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Pembrokeshire County Show promises to be ‘a real diamond this year’



WALES’ largest three-day agricultural show – Pembrokeshire County Show promises to be a real diamond this year.

The action-packed event on August 13, 14 and 15 is celebrating a milestone anniversary – it’s 60 years since the show moved to its present location at Pembrokeshire County Showground in Haverfordwest.

And to celebrate, organisers, Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society are pulling out all the stops to make the event another fantastic event for West Wales – new attractions and a new showground layout will make the 2019 show one to remember.

There’s been a lot of work going on behind the scenes over the winter as Jan Pearce, society chief executive, explained: “Following the 2018 show, on going consultation has taken place with both internal and external stakeholders to provide feedback and suggestions. The society has worked to improve, expand and innovate the three-day county show into a unique summer event and this year’s show is jam-packed with great attractions and events with something for everyone.
“The emphasis of the show has always been on agriculture, farming and food, while connecting with the all communities and visitors throughout Wales, and this will be core for 2019.”

Headlining the attractions will be the IMPs motorcycling display team who will mesmerise the crowds with an unmissable display of discipline and skill, while there will also be a chance to engage with the team from BASC, take part in Irish sheaf throwing competitions and watch falconry displays in the Countryside Marquee, enjoy the Free Family Play Zone, hop on board the land train and visit the new Pembrokeshire Little Farmers Education Marquee.

As part of the new-look layout, there will be the fabulous shopping village with hundreds of trade stands.

The Castell Howell Food Marquee has been extended following its huge success last year and increased demand from standholders. Visitors will be able to tickle their tastebuds at the huge food festival which celebrates the very best local produce on offer.

Equine entrants will be able to enjoy the new viewing gallery accessed by Main Avenue for the Grand Arena, which follows on the success from the introduction of the Stockman’s Bar last year.

But whilst there’s a whole new lot of things to see and do, as is tradition, the animals will be taking centre stage in the rings as they go head-to-head for the most sought-after top honours.

From cattle, sheep, pigs, and horses to poultry and dog agility competitions, World class showjumping, crafts and horticulture, vintage tractors and crops, show-goers will be able to see some of the country’s finest exhibits.
The entire show will be live and entertaining, culminating in a spectacular Grand Parade each day.

There’s just so much on – it may take you a couple of days to see it all!
The show is open from 8 am until late each of the three days with early bird tickets now on sale at
And once more, this year there will be reduced rates for entry after 4 pm.

No-one will need to go home early as the live stage will provide entertainment until late.
In the meantime, like the Pembrokeshire County Show Facebook page and keep up-to-date with the countdown.


Crocodiles to appear at Folly Farm in early 2020



A PAIR of crocodiles is set to join the Folly Farm family and be shown off in a new enclosure. The West African Dwarf crocodiles will take their place in the Tropical Trails exhibit next February.

The fascinating reptiles are classified as vulnerable due to being hunted for their meat and having their habitats destroyed. The crocs are labelled as ‘dwarf’ in name only, as both are over five foot long at 29 years old. Folly Farm is re-homing them from Drayton Manor Park, their home for several years, as it is currently renovating its crocodile enclosures.

The female of the duo was caught in the wild as part of the illegal pet trade and seized by customs whilst her male companion was captive-bred at Barcelona Zoo. The two crocs will join sloths, bats and snakes in the Tropical Trails enclosure.

Folly Farm’s zoo curator, Tim Morphew, said: “Tropical Trails seeks to highlight the issues of habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade, so these new additions will be a flagship species for the conservation messages we’re trying to deliver. We’re designing the enclosure to replicate the swampy, forest habitats in Africa with plenty of glass viewing windows so our visitors will get a good view of these powerful creatures.”

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Community Engagement Event in Narberth



A PART of the roll out of information about the Household Waste and Recycling Changes, Pembrokeshire County Council will have information and advice for local residents.  It is a chance to find out about:

  • Reusable Nappy Scheme
  • Absorbent Hygiene Product collections (AHP’s)
  • Availability of assisted collections
  • Kerbside Sort – New method and new containers
  • Additional recyclable household items
  • Text alerts for collection days

There will also be plans on show of the current active travel routes in Narberth and residents will be able to discuss and comment on how they work for the town and how they could be improved whilst planning for the future.

An officer from Sustrans, the Sustainable Transport Charity, will also demonstrate what has been done so far with the multi user route from Narberth to Haverfordwest and what plans there are for the future.

Cllr. Vic Dennis said

“All 3 of these pieces of work are part of the local efforts to reduce carbon and improve our environment, along with helping us to access and enjoy our environment.  I am delighted that we have staff from County Hall here to advise and answer questions as well as listen to local people.

The roll out for the new recycling and waste collection is planned for 4th November so it will be very timely to have this information available before then.  Join us in the Sports Hall at Bloomfield Community Centre, Narberth between 1-4pm on Weds 23rd October 2019.

I hope that residents from the surrounding area will also take the opportunity to join us to find out more.”

This is a part of a wide information campaign so look out for further information in the press, on social media and on the website at

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‘Man o’ war’ creatures wash up on Pembrokeshire shores



PEMBROKESHIRE residents are being warned to be careful on beaches after sightings of stinging jellyfish.
‘Atlantic Portuguese man o’ war’ have been washed up in Freshwater East and West, Newgale, Amroth and Angle in Pembrokeshire and the coastguard are requesting any sightings to be reported to them immediately.

The creatures, which resemble jellyfish but are a species of siphonophore, cause painful stings if people come in contact with their tentacles. Similar sightings have been reported on beaches in Cornwall and Ireland and it is thought that the recent Storm Lorenzo has brought more of the creatures to the Welsh waters.

Freshwater East Coast Care Group, which has been monitoring numbers at Freshwater beach, said they had collected about 60 of the creatures so far and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has since warned people not to touch them, not to walk barefoot on the beach and to keep pets away.

A spokesperson for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park said: “If you or your dog are stung and experience severe or lasting pain seek medical or veterinary advice immediately.”

According to National Geographic, the creatures, whose scientific name is Physalia Physalis, look like jellyfish but are not classed as such because what looks like one organism is a colony of organisms, known as polyps, working together.
True jellyfish are single organisms and the ‘man o’ war’ are carnivorous invertebrates and have a gas-filled bladder which floats above the water, and tentacles which deliver their sting. The tentacles can grow up to 165ft (50m) in length so caution is advised if one is spotted at your local beach.

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