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Fish Week packed with new events!



fish weekLISTED as the UK’s No1 Food Festival 2013 by The Independent, this year’s Pembrokeshire Fish Week is taking place between the June 28 and July 6.

Confirmed for this summer’s festival, is a night with Paul Rankin-Celebrity Chef Masterclass, Proms at Pembroke Castle, a time for picnics, prawns and pimms and a festival firework finale, plus headlining at the opening event chef Bryn Williams.

Start your week at the Open Day on Milford Fish Docks with a great line-up on the music stage, shiver your timbers with the Maritime show, the Tall Ship Irene, plus some tasty dishes in the “Blas-y-tir’ Feast on Fish pop-up restaurant. Reserve your seat on Wednesday, July 2 at the Torch Theatre for a night with Paul Rankin, guaranteed to be a lively evening of tales, tastes and techniques. Or get hands on in one of the cookery workshops with S4C’s Tim Maddams.

Other delicious new events for foodies include a Fish Feast at the Harbourmaster, Tapas and live Jazz at the Lavender Café, a Tutored tasting at the St Brides Spa Hotel, a Druidstone Feast night, with Sea Shanties and Dancing and much more to get your mouth watering across the county.

Take a fishing trip or an estuary cruise with Broadsword Cruises, or explore with the family in kayaks at Stackpole, finishing the day off with music and fresh crab in the Boathouse cafe.

Join Pembrokeshire Coast National Park as they watch the lives of the seabirds on the stacks, go crab catching, or take a six mile guided walk at Castlemartin range.

New for this year is an illustrated talk, “Indian Oceans’ at Haroldston House, an afternoon of family fun in St David’s and beach fun at Goodwick Harbour.

For a great social night take a picnic and listen to the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra at Pembroke Castle on Saturday, July 5, then visit Saundersfoot Harbour on July 6 – for sea and shore based family activities.

There are also plenty of competitions throughout the week from photography to art and craft, catch yourself a £1000 prize fishing at Holgan Farm.

Minister for the Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart, said: “I’m delighted that the Welsh Government has supported the development of Pembrokeshire Fish Week which has become much looked forward to event by both visitors and locals. In 2013 the festival had a direct economic impact on the County of £2.5million which is further evidence of the event’s success and growth. I wish the team well with the arrangements for this year’s event.”

To get your business or organisation involved visit

Facebook: Pembrokeshire Fish Week / Twitter: @pembrokeshirefishweek

Pembrokeshire Fish Week festival is organised by Pembrokeshire County Council and part-funded by the Welsh Government.

For further information, contact Festival Organiser Kate Morgan, on 01437 776168 or Sarah Lacey on 01437 776171.

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Pembroke Dock: Extraordinary stories of arctic exploration



YOU can discover extraordinary stories of arctic exploration at a special event at Pembroke Dock Library this week.

On Wednesday 18th April from 7pm, David Saunders MBE will be discussing the journeys of three ships built in Pembroke Dock and bound for the Arctic, only to be lost in some of the most mysterious stories in the history of exploration.

David is a maritime historian, a subject he has studied extensively and has always been passionate about.

He is also a well-known naturalist, having become the first warden of Skomer Island in 1960. He was awarded a MBE in 2003.

The event is free to attend and no booking is required.

For more information, contact Pembroke Dock Library on 01437 775 825.

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Kilgetty: Walkers raise £3700 for Harriet Davis Trust



LAST AUGUST, the customers of the White Horse Inn organised a sponsored walk to raise funds for the Harriet Davis Trust.

The team of 30 walkers, led by Dilwyn Davies, has now collected all the sponsor money and the donations have reached a fantastic £3713.

Elizabeth Sleight, fundraiser for the trust said: “This was a truly amazing fundraising effort by Dilwyn and the White Horse Inn team, and we were completely overwhelmed by the result.

“Everyone has been so generous and it will make a huge difference in helping us give disabled children the best possible holidays.”

The Harriet Davis Trust has four holiday houses in Pembrokeshire for disabled children and their families and it is currently raising funds to refurbish its Giltar View property in Southcliffe Street, Tenby.

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Haverfordwest: Fresh artist on the block ready for exhibition



AN EXHIBITION showcasing the work of an extremely talented local artist will open on Monday, August 1 at The VC Gallery in High Street, Haverfordwest.

Maxine Bunston from Haverfordwest, who has only had one year of experience in the art industry, has managed to create a huge range of fantastic art work, that she will be proudly presenting next week.

The Herald caught up with Maxine, to talk about the art that she will be exhibiting, and what it means to her. She said: “It’s escapism from mental health. It keeps me distracted from low self esteem, especially when people have commented on my appearance. But, mainly, it’s a distraction from mental health and self harm.”

Many of Maxine’s beautiful paintings depict delicate fairies, and The Herald asked Maxine why she decided to feature these in her work. She said: “They’re mystical and magical, and it’s escapism in the way of feeling like a child: Everything is innocent, and it’s the light-heartedness of life, really.”

Maxine has long struggled with mental health, and her art has reflected her emotions and what she was going through at the time.

Everything is innocent: Maxine paints to escape from mental health

Friend of Maxine and regular at The VC Gallery, Mia Gillies, said: “I’ve known Maxine for 10 years, and she started doing art at Bro Cerwen. I’ve seen her evolve from celtic style into really detailed fairy work, with dots and lots of action going on.

“She has really streamlined her work and now, you recognise it as Maxine’s work. It’s also not messy and more, it’s really clean and very intricate.”

All of the paintings at Maxine’s exhibition, which runs from August 1 until August 31, are for sale with prints available on request.

When asked if she classes herself as an artist, Maxine said: “No, I don’t like to call myself an artist. If someone asks me what I do, I don’t say that I’m an artist.”

If you would like to visit The VC Gallery to see Maxine’s wonderful work on display, you can do so from 10am until 5pm, Monday to Friday. To view Maxine’s work online, you can also visit

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