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winter walksPEOPLE in Wales are being invited to step out with the Ramblers during its annual Festival of Winter Walks and leave footprints in the snow as they explore the country’s beautiful wintry landscapes. Ramblers Cymru groups will be leading free walks from December 20 2014 until January 4 2015. From short festive strolls passing carol singers and Christmas markets to heartier rambles to walk off the mince pies and kickstart new year’s resolutions, there’s something for everyone in Wales to enjoy.

Ramblers Cymru Director, Angela Charlton, said: “Walking is great at any time of the year, we’re spoiled by our dramatic coastlines, rolling hills and stunning views, but there’s nothing quite like wrapping up warm and heading out with family and friends to explore Wales at its wintry best.

Our walks during the festival are free, fun and open to everyone, so put on your hat and scarf and join us as we head out into the crisp, clear winter to enjoy the season the way we know best, on our feet.” Let’s Walk Cymru, a national health walking scheme run by Ramblers Cymru, will also be leading short, free walks across Wales during the festival. Step out with Ramblers Cymru on one of the following free winter wanders in Wales during the Festival of Winter Walks:

Mince Pie Walk, Great Orme Date: Saturday December 20 Start time: 10am Distance: 7 miles Description: Join the Vale of Clwyd Ramblers for this Mince Pie Walk in Great Orme. Starting point: Llandudno, West Shore Group: Vale of Clwyd

Pen y Fan (Brecon Beacons) at night with Gower Society Date: Saturday December 20 Meeting time: 3pm Start time: 4pm Distance: 6 miles Description: This short, circular night-walk, run in partnership with the Gower Society, will climb to the top of Pen y Fan then over to Tommy Jones’ memorial and back. This is a night walk so remember to bring head torches and fresh batteries. Due to the time of year, this walk will be dependent upon reasonable weather so if in doubt, check with walk leader Ian Smith on 01792 368609 on the morning of the walk. Starting point: Between Guildhall & Victoria Park Group: Swansea

Boxing Day Walk: Pwll Du, Brandy Cove & Langland Bay Date: Friday December 26 Start time: 10am Distance: 7 miles Description: Starting in Newton, this winter walk crosses Clyne Common then heads on to Murton, Bishopston Valley and Pwll Du Bay. Enjoy beautiful views from the Wales Coast Path as you head via Brandy Cove and Langland Bay back to the start. Starting point: Highpool Lane, Newton Nearest postcode: SA3 4TZ Group: Swansea

On Par for Mountain Views (in the Amman Valley, Garnant) Date: Saturday January 3 2015 Start time: 11am Distance: 6 miles Description: This walk heads up past Garnant Golf Course for some great views of the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, following a series of footpaths along the southern side of the Amman Valley. The route heads back to the starting point through Garnant Park, following the River Amman. Starting point: The car park on Upper Station Road, Garnant. Turn north down the hill into Upper Station Road (opposite Garnant Chemist). After going over the level crossing at the bottom of this short hill, take the second turning on the left into the car park (approximately 50 metres after the level crossing) Group: Swansea

Gower: Whiteford Point Date: Sunday January 4 2015 Meeting time: 9am Start time: 10.15am Distance: 8 miles Description: A varied walk over hills and across beach and dunes in Gower. Make sure you bring your binoculars as birdlife is abundant during the winter. Meeting point: Tesco Ammanford Group: Dinefwr

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Salvage Hunters: New series is filming in Pembrokeshire, and they need help

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SALVAGE HUNTERS, the well-loved and most watched Quest TV and Discovery Network show, is on the hunt for locations to film at in the Pembrokeshire and the wider South West Wales area to feature in the upcoming series.

We follow decorative antiques expert Drew Pritchard as he travels around various locations in the UK and abroad on his quest to find and buy unusual objects with an interesting history.

Drew really visits everywhere – beautiful estates, old family businesses, barns and attic’s stuffed full of unwanted things, museums, factories, collectors and iconic religious sites buying all sorts along the way – from gorgeous country house furniture and railwayana to 6ft 1980s disco balls and anything in-between.

Now in its sixteenth series and airing to over half a million people in the UK and millions more worldwide, this is a great opportunity for you to promote your business or home to a broad audience, sell a few items that perhaps you no longer need, make some money and celebrate the history and heritage of the UK.

If you think you fit the bill or know somebody that might then please do not hesitate to reach out and speak with a member of our team.

Call us on 0203 179 0092 or alternatively send us an email to – salvagehunters@curvemedia.com

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Fishguard and Goodwick Mural project turns to Crowdfunder to raise money

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PLANS to put up a few bright and decorative murals around the twin towns of Fishguard & Goodwick have turned to Crowdfunder to raise the money needed for their vision.

Andrew Harries, found of the Fishguard Future Projects, wants to place 12 murals around Fishguard and Goodwick “to help brighten up the town and showcase its culture and history”.

Andrew said: “Having been born and raised in Fishguard, I have seen the town’s highs and lows.

“Fishguard and Goodwick has a lot of potential with the tourism trade growing every year and the popular events such as the Music Festivals, The New Years Eve Street Party, The Carnival, The Soapbox Derby and many more helping attract even more visitors.”

The murals, which were initially turned down for funding when a grant application was refused, will focus on the two towns “interesting but lesser known history” that Andrew feels needs to be highlighted.

Andrew told The Herald: “Each design will be 8 x 6ft and mounted professionally on buildings around the area. Having spoken to a few business owners around the town, this project has received a lot of positive feedback.”

“The murals will unfortunately need to be fully funded via Crowdfunder, after a grant application was turned down.

“I have explored the option of having them traditionally painted on, but this would be more cost effective and would need to be maintained every 5 – 8 years. With this in mind, the designs will be created digitally and then professionally mounted on aluminium composite.”

If you want to help, you can find the link to Andrew’s Crowdfunder here.

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Drive for new recruits as Army Cadets re-open

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DYFED AND GLAMORGAN ARMY CADET FORCE are now able to accept new joiners aged 12 (and in Year 8 at School) to 17 years old.

Joining the Army Cadets will give access to a wide range of exciting activities, from adventurous training (AT) such as kayaking, mountain biking and abseiling and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to military-themed activities including shooting, fieldcraft and skill at arms, as well as training in first aid, young adults get the chance to discover lots of new experiences and make new friends.  

There is no obligation to join the Forces at all, but they can give some guidance if you are interested.  

There are no subscription charges, uniform is issued free on a loan basis; the only thing you need to supply yourselves is Boots.  

The Cadet Force are also looking for adult volunteers, both uniformed and non-uniformed to assist as well.

They have Detachments located in Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Narberth, Tenby, Milford Haven, Neyland, Pembroke Dock, Tenby, St Clears, Llanelli, Trimsarren and Burry Port.

Most Detachments parade twice a week in the evenings 1900 – 2100hrs on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday (Depending on Location) and try to get away for a weekend every month as well as organising summer camps. 

Further Information is available at :- www.armycadets.com or call them on 01656 657593 (Option 1) to find out where your local detachment is and what nights they Parade.

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