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Exceptional sporting talent celebrated

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sportingawardsAmazing sport achievements from across the County were recognised at the Sport Pembrokeshire awards on Friday (28th November). Over six hundred people turned up to celebrate the outstanding talent of the County’s sportspeople at the prestigious annual event at Folly Farm. Hosted by Sport Pembrokeshire- Pembrokeshire County Council’s sports development service – this year’s awards attracted more nominations that ever before across a wide variety of sports. Among those recognised was former professional football player – Mark Delaney, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mark played for Goodwick United, Carmarthen Town, Cardiff City and finally Aston Villa, where he is now the coaching organiser for their under 7s to 11s and coaches their talented under 16 side. He was only at Cardiff City for 28 matches before John Gregory took him to Aston Villa and he established his first team place very quickly. One highlight of his 158 games there was playing for Villa in the last FA Cup Final to take place at the old Wembley Stadium, although they lost to Chelsea. Another of Mark’s highlights was representing Wales 36 times after his debut in 1999 – and he was honoured with the captaincy as an added bonus.

Another of this year’s winners was Christopher Gouldsmith, recipient of the Chairman’s Special Achievement Award. He and identical twin brother, Jonathan, grew up the best of friends and both had successful careers in the Army. Christopher was a Corporal with the Royal Engineers and Jonathan a Lance Corporal with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). In April, 2011, Jonathan returned home to celebrate winning a services skiing championship but tragedy struck during a night out in Llanelli when he was hit by a taxi and killed.

Three years on, Christopher decided to honour his brother’s memory and take on a mammoth marathon challenge. He ran 10 marathons in 11 days as part of the ‘Run Goldie, Run’ challenge. On September 15th this year, Christopher began his mammoth undertaking in Kinloss, Scotland – which is where incidentally he and Jonathan trained with Great Britain’s cross country skiing team – and less than a fortnight and 524 miles later he finished in his home town of Haverfordwest.

Christopher wanted to raise £20,000 for the REME Charitable Trust – which helped support his family when they lost Jonathan – and Combat Stress, the Mental Health Charity for ex-service personnel. Councillor Elwyn Morse, Cabinet member for Sport and Leisure said the awards recognised not just the hard work and effort that went into sport in Pembrokeshire but also the sporting heroism that often went with it.

“We have an exceptional standard of award winners this year, who epitomise the very best of sporting endeavour,” he said. “Again, it proved to be a very emotional evening.” Ben Field, Manager of Sport Pembrokeshire said the success of the awards scheme was due to the many coaches, parents and volunteers that kept community sports clubs going right throughout the year. “It’s down to them that grass roots sport in Pembrokeshire is alive and kicking!” he said.

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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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