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Fun workshop: Enjoyed by pupils around the county

Fun workshop: Enjoyed by pupils around the county

TWO of the country’s most energetic and entertaining children’s authors were in Pembrokeshire recently delivering a series of reading and writing workshops to some of our county’s schools.

Primary aged pupils from Hubberston, Hakin, Neyland, Milford Haven Juniors, St Francis, Coastlands, Pennar, Cleddau Reach, Bro Ingli and Mary Immaculate attended the sessions hosted by the ‘Two Steves’.

Former drama school teachers Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore are no strangers to Pembrokeshire, having delivered the workshops over the past 14 years, and built up an excellent reputation for their ‘fantastic interactive performances’.

“The ‘Two Steves’ know how to make writing workshops fun; they engage the children from the outset, showing how they can use and exaggerate their experience of life as a starting point for their own writing,” said Pembrokeshire County Council’s Adviser for Literacy, Eva John. “They model a range of really effective strategies for story writing which the pupils are able to apply to their own work to great effect.”

“Pembrokeshire has a strong working partnership with the ‘Two Steves’ and they have a lasting impact on pupil enthusiasm for reading, with pupils continuing to take their books out of school libraries long after their visits.”

Having written over 200 books between them, the ‘Two Steves’ are well placed to teach the techniques needed to formulate a story, including what hooks to use to draw people in.

“All of their methods are done with humour, but with audience and purpose in mind,” added Eva. “They learn when to use dialogue, how to use foreshadowing to build tension and when to use similes as a method of comparison.

“All of this is done through games and wordplay and modelling.

“It’s a privilege to watch the children develop during the week and I’m grateful to Dragon LNG and Literature Wales for contributing towards the costs of running the event. Everyone finds them of lasting impact.

“Teachers often see an increase in the enthusiasm and confidence of their pupils in their ability to read and write, with one child saying, ‘I used to hate writing but now I want to do it all the time’.

“That sums the week up in a nutshell!”

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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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