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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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Give the gift of fitness this Christmas

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PEMBROKESHIRE LEISURE is offering the ‘gift of fitness’ this Christmas, with a limited time only membership offer.

A three-month membership can be purchased for £99 from any leisure centre until December 23, 2019.

Membership includes the use of gyms, group exercise classes, public swimming and lessons, health suites and exercise programmes at any of Pembrokeshire County Council’s leisure centres (located at Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Pembroke, Fishguard, Tenby, St.Davids and Crymych).

The membership gifts must be activated by January 31, 2020.

For more information, please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/pembrokeshireleisure/

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National Lottery gives £63m to Pembrokeshire over 25 years

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THE National Lottery celebrates its 25th Birthday today and charities and community groups in Pembrokeshire are marking the incredible impact of the £63 million awarded to more than 2,400 good causes in the area over the last quarter of a century.

The National Lottery’s first draw took place on 19 November 1994 and the 25th Birthday is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary impact the National Lottery has had on good causes in Pembrokeshire – large and small – in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community.

Whether it’s funding for large iconic projects and landmarks; small community projects which make a big difference; producing the most amazing films; or supporting grassroots sports clubs – it’s thanks to National Lottery players, who raise more than £6.4 million each month for good causes in Wales, that brilliant projects which support our communities and make a vital and sustained contribution to our national life are possible.

As part of the celebrations today, an unique map of Wales, featuring 14 of the most iconic landmarks funded over the last 25 years will be unveiled. The map, created by Welsh artist Hannah Davies, will be on display at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff from November 19th – 25th, features Skomer Island, which was awarded more than £1.6 million from the National Lottery in 2004 for renovation and conservation work, including refurbishing the 150-year-old farmhouse and outbuildings. The map also features St Davids Cathedral which was awarded a £524,000 grant from the National Lottery in 2004 to restore the historically important Cloisters at St Davids Cathedral. The cloister walks were built on the exposed foundations of the original 14th century Cloisters and have been reconstructed to their original heights. New educational facilities, meeting rooms, vestries and lavatories were also built and a new Treasury housing unique artefacts.

A wide variety of other local projects in Pembrokeshire have received National Lottery funding over the last 25 years, including:
· £4.8 million towards modernising and redeveloping the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven – a vibrant centre for the arts;
· £2 million to Revitalise, renovate and conserve historic properties in Haverfordwest town’s conservation area so they can become more attractive and commercially viable; and
· £427,000 to build Haverfordwest Skatepark – a free to access outdoor skateboarding, skating and biking facility in the town which opened in 2013. Wales and Pembrokeshire’s own World Champion wheelchair sports superstar, Lily Rice, can often be seen practicing her tricks here.

70% of all National Lottery grants however have been for small amounts worth up to £10,000, bringing benefits to communities far and wide. These include:
· £10,000 for Pembrokeshire based The DPJ foundation in 2016 to launch and raise awareness of Share the Load – a 24/7 telephone and counselling service for people with mental health problems in rural communities. The charity was established by 31-year-old Emma Picton-Jones, whose 34-year-old husband, Daniel Picton-Jones, an agricultural contractor, tragically took his own life in 2016 after battling with depression and anxiety;
· £4,885 for the Fishguard Unit 142 of the Sea Cadet Corps to create an IT suite which will benefit the cadets and the wider community; and
· £1,500 for Fishguard and Goodwick Jemima Rowing Club to purchase new equipment and coaching training.

In the last 25 years, more than £166 million of National Lottery funding has been invested to 17,300 grassroots sports projects in Wales – creating opportunities for everyone to get fit and improve their lives through sport. The National Lottery has also helped develop some of Wales’ most successful and recognisable athletes to thrive. Those currently reaping the rewards from the National Lottery funded World Class Programme include 30-year-old Matt Bush from Neyland who became the first British man to claim a title at the World Para-taekwondo championships in Turkey this year. The World Class Programme affords athletes coaching, training, and competition support, medical, technology and scientific services. Matt, who stands at 6ft 5in is joined by Welsh Taekwondo star Jade Jones on the programme and has his sights firmly set on representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.

Highlighting the impact of the National Lottery in Wales over the last 25 years, Nick Capaldi, Chair of The Wales National Lottery Forum and the Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales, said: “For 25 years, The National Lottery has been creating possibilities and making us proud of our communities whilst protecting the things we’re most passionate about in Wales. Without the funding, many of our most loved and iconic landmarks wouldn’t exist and many charities wouldn’t be changing lives to the scale they are now. The 25th Birthday is a time to recognise and reflect on the momentous and positive impact the National Lottery has had on the lives of people in communities throughout Wales.”

Discover the positive impact playing the National Lottery has had on your community over the past 25 years by visiting www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk and get involved by using hashtag: #NationalLottery25.

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Rosemarket man to appear in court on rape charge

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A 40-YEAR-OLD man is due to appear at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court today (Nov 20) after being charged with rape.

Christian Edward Macleod of Rosemarket, is charged with raping a woman aged 16 or over in Milford Haven on September 22.

He is also charged with common assault.

It is likely he will appear before Swansea Crown Court next month due to the nature of the charges.

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