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Pembrokeshire and unanticipated cards



hallmarkcardsBRITISH etiquette is getting the better of Pembrokeshire according to a recent survey, which revealed a third of residents in Pembrokeshire keep a secret stash of Christmas cards to return gestures of unexpected goodwill. Hallmark Cards, unwrapped that a third of Pembrokeshire have a secret stash of cards to avoid being caught out by a stray sender. 18 per cent admits to rushing home to write one to return the next day, while one in seven (14 per cent) will lie and say they’ve not written theirs yet, when they have and you were not on their list! One in six (16 per cent) have a secret Christmas card list they work from each year in Pembrokeshire.

A third won’t include colleagues on it though (39 per cent) yet will include their dog (11 per cent) and children’s’ teacher (12 per cent). They have their pets covered, but the relative they are most likely to forget to send a card to are their cousins. Pembrokeshire feels the greetings guilt, with a quarter running home to write you a card immediately or will add you to their list for next year. 5 per cent feel no shame however, saying it’s the season of giving so you shouldn’t feel bad if you don’t return the favour.

Brits are most confused about sending cards to colleagues, and it differs by region as to who we address it to. Wales knows their colleagues best; addressing them to colleague and their partner’s name. North West address them just to their colleague, North East will make each card bespoke depending on their relationship with colleague and Londoners will hazard a guess at marital status and partner’s names for holiday humour.

The nations also differ with how to sign off a card. Scotland and England will write ‘Best Wishes’ or just write their name, whereas Wales prefer love, luv or lv followed by their name. Tamsyn Johnston-Hughes, Communications Manager at Hallmark Cards, said: “89 per cent of Pembrokeshire send cards to keep the tradition alive, saying it is the easiest way of spreading Christmas cheer.

“79 per cent also told us it allows them to keep in touch with distance family and friends around the world, so they feel they are spending Christmas Day with more than just their immediate family. With this in mind, we want to encourage people to share a simple Merry Christmas with friends, family and colleagues this year. Received a card you hadn’t expected? Be honest. Don’t know who to address it to? Keep it generic.

But above all; remember to check your card list and check it twice!” Pembrokeshire is also hoping for a secret card from The Queen (14 per cent), closely followed by Father Christmas, his reindeer and elves (13 per cent), who came out as the top celebrity figures the Pembrokeshire hoped to receive a card from. The nation as a whole wants to receive cards, even the next generation. 18 per cent of 16-24 year only send cards to receive them in return; 10 per cent want to decorate their home with them.

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



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 –

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Fishguard and Goodwick Mural project turns to Crowdfunder to raise money



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



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 :- 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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