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Mumford and Runs hit the road

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Dan Mumford with Chris Payne (left) and Robert Thomas (right), manager of Tenby Leisure Centre.

Dan Mumford with Chris Payne (left) and Robert Thomas (right), manager of Tenby Leisure Centre.

A PEMBROKESHIRE leisure centre worker has embarked on a unique running challenge for the New Year. Dan Mumford, Duty Officer at Tenby Leisure Centre, aims to run at least 2,015 miles in 2015 for charity. With the support of his family and friends, Dan will tot up the mileage in a series of gruelling distance events spread across the course of the year, and will all be in aid of local mental health charity, Pembrokeshire Mind.

The 31-year-old, who suffered from depression two years ago, said running had helped him with his own health problems and he wanted to spread the message about how beneficial it could be. He said: “I run for my own mental health and its part of the reason why I have embarked on this project. “While some people go to church and others go to the pub, I go running. It’s a chance for me to think about stuff as well as find out what my own body is capable of.” He said running had allowed him to come off medication and made him understand his own mental health better.

He said: “I also want to encourage others to get active. It shows that there are other options for treating mental health issues and although it might not be for everyone, I’m sure it can help many people.” Dan was brought up in Pembroke and now lives in Carew with his family, and says he got into leisure work after taking a training scheme at Haverfordwest sports centre.

A keen sportsman and former rugby player, he took up running years ago, embarking on his first race, a half marathon, two years ago. His next event as part of his Mumford & Runs project will be an ultra-marathon consisting of 40 miles in Llanelli next month, while the Greater Manchester Marathon is also in his sights.

He trains on the roads around his home often early in the mornings so as not to interfere in family life, and has also helped set up a running club in Carew with around 40 members of all abilities meeting weekly. He said: “The beauty of running is that you need no specialist equipment and you can do it whenever you want.

It also doesn’t matter how good you are – any distance or speed will make you feel good.” His 2015 project has the backing of Pembrokeshire Leisure, Pembrokeshire County Council’s leisure service, which will be putting up posters and collection boxes in leisure centres across the county. Pembrokeshire Leisure Services Manager, Chris Payne, praised Dan for his initiative. He said: “It’s fantastic. He has shown that sport and physical activity can really change people’s lives for the better. I wish him the very best in this and any future initiatives he may be involved in.”

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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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