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Journey through time wins lottery support



pembroke 21cPEMBROKE 21C Community Association has received £70,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting partnership project, A Journey Through Time in Pembroke. 

The project is a development of the successful Pembroke Story heritage project at the Tabernacle United Reformed Church (URC) and will link Pembroke Commons with the Main Street through the town walls, the garden and the church. A garden with a range of planted areas reflecting the story of Pembroke through the ages will be recreated in the burgage plot behind the Tabernacle URC with an area for quiet and contemplation. The garden is one of Pembroke’s medieval burgage plots. It has a limestone cave and within the town walls that surround it there is a 17th century lime kiln. The Tabernacle has plans to create an open, modern community church while conserving the Victorian nature of the building. The Pembroke Town Walls Trust, the third partner, will use the walls surrounding the garden as a pilot project to test out methods of refurbishing the walls throughout the town. All three aspects of the project will be interpreted inside the Church as well as in the garden. This will enhance The Pembroke Story project, its website and displays and reach a much wider audience by engaging the community and attracting more visitors and by working in collaboration with Pembroke Castle, Welsh Historic Garden Trust and other local heritage groups. Commenting on the award, Gareth Jones, Chair of Pembroke 21C Trustees, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for this important project. We are confident it will encourage new volunteers from throughout the community to be interested in their local heritage as well as engaging school children and bringing more visitors into the town.” Explaining the importance of the project, Jennifer Steward, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales said: “Looking after and sharing local heritage is an excellent way of keeping stories and traditions alive for future generations. This project will provide creative and exciting opportunities which will ensure that this heritage is safeguarded and remembered.”

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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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Teacher recruits family and friends for Tenby 10k run



Declan Lynch (kneeling, right): With a selection of the runners he has recruited

AN YSGOL BRO GWAUN teacher has recruited nearly two dozen friends and family members to participate in a 10km run in Tenby on Sunday (Jul 30) in memory of his mother.

The annual Tenby 10k starts at 11am and follows a scenic route in and around Tenby.

Declan Lynch, an IT teacher, is raising money for Paul Satori following the death of his mother, Ellen, last year.

On his JustGiving page, Declan said: “Early last year my Mum, Ellen, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. After a long battle, she passed away peacefully on November 7th 2016.

“One promise I made to her was that I would get fit and raise money for the charities that gave us as a family invaluable support and equipment to make Mum as comfortable as possible; one of these being the Paul Sartori Foundation.

“Money can’t bring Mum back, nor can show our appreciation to all the charities that helped us at these hard times, however by doing whatever little I can to help will enable anyone going through tough times to have the same support that we received.”

So far, Declan has raised £1501, exceeding his initial goal, but he hopes to raise more in one final push for donations before the run.

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