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Get hooked – Pembrokeshire Fish Week casts off on Saturday!

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LOVE good food, enjoy coastal activities and the great outdoors, or just want some fun with family and friends?

Then you’ll definitely be hooked on Pembrokeshire Fish Week!

The festival takes place from Saturday June 22nd to Sunday June 30th with more than 200 activities and events all over the county celebrating our coastline, beaches and great local produce.

Launching the festival on Saturday, 22nd June is the Milford Fish Festival at Mackerel Quay, Milford Waterfront – a free entry event, with fishy fun for the whole family planned on the day.

Enjoy fresh seafood, local produce, street food, cookery and filleting demonstrations and live music! Browse the stalls, enjoy children’s craft and entertainment, take a short boat trip along the Cleddau and lots more. You’ll find all the event information at www.milfordfishfestival.co.uk

Also on 22nd June is the launch of the Saundersfoot Summer Festival by the Sea. The week-long event (www.visitsaundersfootbay.com) includes family beach safaris, sculpture workshops, a seaweed potion kitchen, and plenty besides!

And if you love your fish and seafood, then you’re in for a feast – Fish Week is packed with cookery demos and workshops, and the chance to tuck into delicious local produce.

Renowned celebrity chef Bryn Williams will be hosting one of the festival’s highlights – a Cookery Masterclass at the Merlin Theatre in Pembrokeshire College, Haverfordwest, on Monday, 24th June at 7.30pm.

Celebrity chef Bryn Williams will be hosting a cookery masterclass on Monday 24th June at the Merlin Theatre, Pembrokeshire College – be inspired by one of Britain’s top chefs!

Hailing from Denbigh in North Wales, Bryn Williams has worked in some of the most prestigious kitchens in London, working under Marco Pierre White and Michel Roux among others.

Bryn is now the Chef Patron of Odette’s in Primrose Hill, London, and is also at Porth Eirias on the North Wales coast. He has also recently opened at Somerset House on The Strand, London.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Bryn back to Fish Week – come and be inspired by one of the most talented chefs in Britain!” said festival organiser Joe Welch.

The evening at the Merlin Theatre will be hosted by restaurateur, broadcaster and food writer Simon Wright.

Tickets are £15 and the event is supported by Blas y Tir and Twr y Felin Hotel.

And throughout Fish Week, local café and restaurants are putting their fresh local catch at centre stage.

Enjoy delicious seafood barbecues and pizzas, fresh fish feasts, Spanish paella, a wild food pop-up, seaside fish and chips and much more!

Café Môr are holding a seafood barbecue at Freshwater West with a surfing lesson thrown in – or why not join a seaweed cooking masterclass, with perhaps a seaweed-spiced rum cocktail or two!

Enjoy a British feast night at The Shed at Cardeeth, Cresselly, the ‘Taste of the Sea’ at the Grove Hotel, Narberth, and the finest Fresh Fish Creations at St Brides Hotel and Spa.

At Saundersfoot, the Stone Crab is serving up delicious harbour dressed crab salads all week while Harold O’Vinegars is selling the freshest local crab and lobster – and don’t miss the seafood pizza at the Shoreline Café!

Spoil yourself with a prosecco seafood brunch and other culinary celebrations at Ffwrn in Fishguard, locally-caught crab and lobster at Coco’s in Milford Haven, or a five-course tasting menu at Castell Malgwyn in Llechryd.

Delicious dishes to enjoy while overlooking the sea include a family-style feast at the National Trust café Runwayskiln at Marloes, a gourmet seafood and wine-tasting evening at the Griffin Inn at Dale, and a mouth-watering Fish Feast at The Druidstone.

Or if you fancy dusting off your flamenco dress, why not come along a paella and tapas evening with Spanish wines at Martha’s Vineyard in Milford Haven Marina!

There’s also plenty of fun outdoor activities – from crab-catching with sea friendly gear at Lower Town, Fishguard to a foraging walk with Julia Horton-Mansfield and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority – as well as wild flower walks, guided rock-pooling, fly-fishing lessons, and much more.

The festival’s closing weekend includes a great family fun day and raft race at Fishguard Harbour and a swashbuckling Pirate Day at Dale (both on Saturday 29th June) while the spectacular Saundersfoot Harbour Festival takes place on Sunday 30th June.

Pembrokeshire Fish Week is co-ordinated by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Food Development Team, part-funded by Welsh Government and supported by various organisations.

For full event details visit www.pembrokeshirefishweek.co.uk or follow us on facebook (PembrokeshireFishWeek) or Twitter (@pembsfishweek #fishweek)

The Bryn Williams cookery masterclass will be held on Monday, 24th June at 7.30pm at Merlin Theatre, Pembrokeshire College, Haverfordwest. Tickets are £15. To book online, please view www.ticketsource.co.uk/pembrokeshire-fish-week-festival

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New Eco Feature For Haverfordwest

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Plans have been submitted for a ‘living green wall’ to be planted in the centre of Haverfordwest in a bid to enhance local biodiversity and wildlife.

The green wall would be situated alongside the river opposite Glan-yr-Afon, the town’s library and cultural centre, and planted with 25 species of native plants including ferns, grasses, flowers and wild herbs including basil, sage and clary.

As well as providing an important habitat for pollinators, the wall would also be an attractive natural feature in its own right, says Sara Morris, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Development Plans and Conservation Manager.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to re-introduce nature in the heart of Haverfordwest,” she said. “As with all planting, it will take some time for the plants to grow and flourish but given time it will look very attractive.”

The maintenance of the wall, which is scheduled for installation towards the end of October, would be carried out by a team of volunteers. New benches made from Welsh slate would also be installed to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy spending time in the area.

The green wall is part of the Cleddau Reaches partnership project which forms one of the priorities in the Haverfordwest Regeneration framework.

The Cleddau Reaches partners are Pembrokeshire County Council, the Bridge Meadow Trust, Haverfordwest Town Council, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Haverfordwest Kayak Club.

Pembrokeshire College and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority have also supported the project.

The aim is to improve and enhance the rights of way network in and around Haverfordwest and in particular, around the Western Cleddau, through several different inter-linked schemes.

Grant funding of approximately £250,000 has been provided by the NRW, Haverfordwest Town Council and the Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, says the project’s focus on the river follows recognition that for too long, it has been an under-utilised resource despite being one of the town’s key natural assets.

“The Cleddau Reaches project brings together many ideas which the community has put forward over the last 20 years,” he said.

“As well as boosting biodiversity, the project forms part of the wider package of investments we are bringing forward to support Haverfordwest Town Centre.

“This administration is determined to revive the fortunes of the County Town, transforming Haverfordwest Town Centre from a traditional retail centre that’s being left behind into a vibrant leisure destination where residents and visitors alike want to spend their time.”

Some of the work currently taking place as part of the Cleddau Reaches project includes new riverbank paths near the Bridge Meadow with plans to create a new footbridge connecting to the Old Mill Grounds.

Other plans include creating habitats for sand-martins, otters and lampreys upriver, creating a trail linking up with the Town Council’s Priory Saltings project, and installing five interpretation boards along the route describing the flora, fauna and history of the local area.

The green wall planning application is currently registered with Pembrokeshire County Council for determination.

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Homes in Pembrokeshire can get free boilers and insulation

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PEMBROKESHIRE HERALD is teaming up with Blackburn based company Euro Insulation, who are working on a Pembrokeshire County Council backed energy scheme called the ECO: Help to Heat programme.

The scheme intends to utilise government funding for the reduction of fuel poverty within the county.

The council says that it has worked for many years to improve homes locally, and is keen for as many households to sign up as possible.

The local authority is working with ECO energy installers.

Funding is only available for private owner occupiers and private rented tenants. Qualification of flexible eligibility in Pembrokeshire will be determined by certain criteria.

Grants are available to a range of households including those with someone aged over 60, with a child under 5, and homes with children in primary or secondary school, or with a pregnant mother.

The Pembrokeshire Herald is letting as many homeowners know as possible about the scheme and has a call centre open to take queries on behalf of Euro Insulation who will be doing the work.

The aim is to reduce C02 emissions and make homes more energy efficient in Wales.

They are with the Welsh Assembly Government to show homeowners how they can get a brand-new boiler, internal wall insulation and room-in-roof insulation

The funding is only available until December.

To be considered for a FREE boiler or INSULATION call our call centre on 01437 70 70 70

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Fishguard: Armed police presence at Fishguard port

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ARMED officers from Dyfed-Powys Police were on scene at the port in Fishguard this morning (Sept 18).

Border Force and the RNLI were involved in the operation, which reportedly involved a vessel being escorted into the harbour.

Details of the incident are still unfolding, and the police have been contacted for a statement.

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