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(Left to right) Sara Andrew, Anna Malloy, Vidette Swales, Clare Stowell and Kris John from the Port of Milford Haven take part in a sponsored walk for PATCH

(Left to right) Sara Andrew, Anna Malloy, Vidette Swales, Clare Stowell and Kris John from the Port of
Milford Haven take part in a sponsored walk for PATCH

STAFF from the Port of Milford Haven took part in a nine mile sponsored walk for PATCH just before Christmas, raising over six hundred pounds. A few brave volunteers from across the organisation faced the cold weather walking from their offices in Pembroke Port to their headquarters in Hakin, Milford Haven, carrying buckets to collect a few extra pennies along the way from passers-by.

Other members of staff from the Port and their family and friends supported them by sponsorship through their Just Giving page. The team managed to raise an impressive £610.25. PATCH was voted by staff at the Port to be their charity of the year for 2014. Anna Malloy, PR and Communications Officer for the Port of Milford Haven, said “Having worked closely with the charity, especially during the last twelve months, we recognised that Christmas would be a time when they needed extra support, being their busiest time of year.

“We are very thankful to those who were able to sponsor us. The whole team were overwhelmed by the generosity shown by everyone.” As well as making financial donations, the Port assisted PATCH throughout the year on a range of projects. A number of in-kind services have been delivered over the twelve months such as providing staff for the PATCH Toy Appeal and providing professional training to its volunteers.

Early in the year PATCH was able to move its Milford Haven branch into larger premises owned by the Port at a significantly reduced rent, and later in the year PATCH realised one of its long term dreams when the Port supplied them with a piece of land adjacent to its Liddeston Ridge Solar Park enabling volunteers to launch a unique gardening project that provides produce for use in the food bank.

Tracy Olin, coordinator of PATCH said: “We are so grateful for all the Port has done for us. Not just in the incredible time we have been their charity of the year but from when PATCH was just a dream. “The money raised from the walk was fantastic, especially as Christmas is our busiest time of year. We had the Annual Christmas Toy appeal where we gave to 600 children all over Pembrokeshire. “It was also really busy at the food side of our basics bank making sure people in Pembrokeshire who weren’t going to receive any income over the holiday, would have provision of food.

We would like to give a giant thank you to all who walked and all who sponsored as well.” Staff at the Port have been busy voting for their Charity of the Year for 2015 and the winner will be announced shortly.

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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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