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A PEMBROKESHIRE micro brewery has won a prestigious award in the west Wales Business Awards. 

Bluestone Brewing Company, a vibrant new micro-brewery located two miles from Newport, were nominated and awarded the title for the ‘Food produce or Food Retail Outlet’ category. The buildings in which the business operates are over 200 years old and were previously used as a dairy, stables and, indeed, only five months prior to opening their doors as a brewery, new born lambs and calves were being reared in them. In response to receiving the award, Simon Turner of Bluestone Brewing, told The Herald: “Amy (his daughter and partner) and I were delighted to receive the award at such an early stage in the brewery’s development. Brewing is a competitive business, particularly in areas remote from the larger market places, and so recognition for our endeavours is greatly appreciated and will help the Bluestone Brewery reputation both locally and further afield. There are some great food and drink companies and products in west Wales and to be singled out is a real boost”. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 8 in Parc Y Scarlets, celebrating the success of local businesses in west Wales. Chartered Accountants and Advisors LHP presented the second west Wales Business Awards, launched last year. This year’s format expanded from ‘new start’ businesses and opened up to all businesses, attracting 120 nominations, 40 more than last year. The event was presented by S4C’s Chris Jones. Speaking about the event, a partner at LHP Matthew Williams, said: “This shows the LHP commitment to raise our profile and give something back to the business community in west Wales and reward entrepreneurship and innovation which is so crucial in surviving in a tough business environment”. The name Bluestone Brewing Company is derived from the local stone that the buildings were built from many years ago. The Preseli Mountains stand behind the property, providing a very dramatic backdrop, and within a few miles of the brewery are several famous Bluestone monuments including the standing stones Cromlech at Pentre Ifan. The water used for brewing, filters down off the Preseli Mountains, through the organically farmed land at Tyriet, and collects in a well at the foot of the hills. Their banner beer is Bedrock Blonde which many local drinkers might have seen in the county’s pubs. Bluestone also announced to The Herald a new seasonal American Pale Ale called “Summer Rocks”, which will be available in selected pubs this summer and holiday season.

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Pembroke Dock: Extraordinary stories of arctic exploration

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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

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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

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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 www.facebook.com/escapistfantasyart

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