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National Trust launches Pembrokeshire festive event

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An artist’s impression of ‘The Erddig Glow’: Light displays illuminate the 18th century house.

An artist’s impression of ‘The Erddig Glow’: Light displays illuminate the 18th century house.

NATIONAL TRUST WALES is offering people of all ages a chance to escape the crowds of the busy high street this year with an advent’ calendar of events lined up for December to keep all the family entertained. For the perfect Christmas feast, visit Stackpole Outdoor Learning Centre, where National Trust Wales will be holding a traditional four course banquet on the December 5 and again on December 12.

As well as indulging on roast Pembrokeshire Turkey and Heartland reared beef, visitors can dance the night away to a five piece band. Whilst December will be full of events being held up and down the country at the National Trust places, Colby Woodland Garden will be preparing for its calendar of New Year events that promise to take the edge of the January and February doom and gloom. Colby Woodland Garden will be the perfect place for people of all ages looking for interesting and engaging activities to kick start 2015; starting with the Seascapes Curiosities Workshop which will be held on the January 24.

The event will see visitors foraging for materials and inspiration in the Garden with which to create beautiful prints and nature inspired designs. Other workshops taking place in the New Year include photography, needle felting, weaving, wood carving and wood turning, all of which are great opportunities for crafty types who love to learn new skills and get back to nature.

National Trust Wales is this year bringing a unique sprinkling of Christmas joy to one of its most enchanting listed properties – through a magical night-time illumination of Wrexham’s Downton Abbey-esque Erddig. The Erddig Glow, taking place on Fridays and Saturdays throughout December, will see a string of exciting light displays illuminate the 18th century house and its romantic walled garden, complete with coloured uplighters, static projections, feature lighting and more. Search lights will shoot up in the sky from behind the property which will be seen for miles around – making the house a perfect backdrop for a night-time stroll to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a feast for the senses.

What’s more, the front of the country house – which reflects the upstairs downstairs life of a gentry family over 250 years ago – will this year have an animated projection of an advent calendar that will truly bring to life the spirit of Christmas. The colourful display of numbered windows and doors has inspired a digital advent calendar which has been created to highlight key moments taking place across the places that the National Trust care for in Wales this December. It’ll be packed with events, recipes, key dates and lots of handy hints and tips – perfect for those looking to make the most of the season and get into the festive spirit with their loved ones.

Places featured include Bodnant Garden, Plas Newydd and Penrhyn Castle, which sit near and within the boundaries of Snowdonia National Park, as well as Erddig, Chirk Castle and Powis Castle. Dyffryn Gardens and Tredegar House in South-east Wales are also featured as well as a cluster of beautiful places scattered throughout the west of the country, including Llanerchaeron, Stackpole and Colby Woodland Garden. Justin Albert, Director National Trust Wales said: “We know how important Christmas traditions are for families young and old all across Wales.

Our festive celebrations this year aim to re-kindle the magic of Christmas and let people enjoy the wonders of outdoors despite the drop in temperatures – whether making their own decorations, carolling or enjoying a glass of mulled wine during a walk among our vast gardens. “There’s tonnes going on at each of our places and we can’t wait to welcome people across the country in for a mince pie and a taste of Christmases this year.” National Trust Wales is inviting people to go to (link to be provided) to see the advent calendar and watch as new hints and tips are unveiled day by day.

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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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