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Milford Haven: Housing consultant sheds 5 stone 4½lbs, and says you can too

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Fitter and healthier: Julie Pollard

Fitter and healthier: Julie Pollard

A MILFORD HAVEN resident has lost 5 stone 4½lbs and is now using her weight loss success to inspire the community to lead a healthier lifestyle by becoming a local weight loss consultant.

47 year old Julie Pollard, who works as an assistant at Pembrokeshire Housing told The Herald: “I decided to lose weight when she met an old acquaintance who said ‘I see you haven’t bothered to do anything about your weight!’ I laughed, it was either that or burst into tears.  I had always struggled with my weight and then when I had my daughter I found it even harder to lose weight.  I was so busy with being a mum, the rest of the family and work, that I never seemed to have time to look after myself as well”

She added: “Over the years, my weight kept creeping up and I tried a number of times to lose it, without much success. But that comment was the turning point for me. My brother had died the previous year and I decided life was too short to be miserable about my weight.  My brother used to say to me ‘if something is making you unhappy, do something to change it’.

With that moment as her motivation, Julie walked into her local Weight Watchers meeting in Haverfordwest. Julie explained:  “I was really nervous at first, not sure what to expect, but I needn’t have worried! The Leader was so welcoming and the other members were really supportive too, we were all in it together. Over the weeks, following the ProPoints plan taught me how making small changes can make a big difference – I learnt how to control my portions and make smarter food choices, it also helped me to kick my bad habits such as comfort eating and not planning meals. It was so flexible too, I could fit it around my life and the weight kept coming off. I gained more energy and confidence. Being able to buy new clothes in smaller sizes is amazing! More importantly, it has helped me to change my relationship with food, and I know I will never go back to my old ways.”

Julie also discovered a love of exercise, she now runs regularly and  has completed 2 half marathons and entered the Go-Tri events organised by Pembrokeshire Leisure and just feels better about herself.

Julie was so thrilled with her weight loss success and new healthy lifestyle that she wanted to inspire others, just as her Leader, Allie Partridge has inspired her.  Julie trained to become a Weight Watchers Leader and is now opening a new meeting in Milford Haven in January in Pill Social Centre.

“Honestly, if I can do it, anyone can. I know what it feels like to be unhappy with your health and shape, and I know all the reasons you feel like you can’t do anything about it – but I’ve found a way to turn that around, and so will you. Come along on Sunday at 10am say hello, and find out for yourself just how you can make weight loss work for you.”

To find out more  call Julie on 07973 228981

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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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