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Bags of success for traditional business

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traditional businessGAYNOR DAVIES-HOWELL is one of the few businesses in Pembrokeshire that still revert to traditional methods of craftsmanship over machine production.

She has produced hand-made bespoke leather bags and briefcases for over a decade and her entrepreneurial drive has seen the business thrive in the current economic climate.

“All of the bags are made with care and precision using the traditional tools from start to finish,” she told the Herald.

Set in a small 19th century chapel , in Clunderwen, Gaynor’s leatherwork is embracing the sudden surge in custom made fashion accessories and has expanded its range of leather products, from mobile phone sleeves to trendy men’s satchels.

Gaynor explains the importance of versatility is from understanding contemporary fashion as a vital component to success. The bags aesthetical appeal is not the only thing that her fashion conscious customers admire.

“We use the best leather material we can get our hands on, and this ensures that our products are strong, durable and above all will give the customer longevity from what they purchase”.

Gaynor also believes that a bag made from this material will complement any outfit and also will bring a touch of class and elegance to whoever wears them.

The company has been trading since 2007 and the appeal of bespoke and hand crafted leather bags have attracted customers from London to Australia and Malaysia. Gaynor hopes the business will continue to grow in the next few years and that her products become a must-have high street fashion accessory for the fashion conscious individual.

Gaynor’s leatherwork makes one-off commissions creating anything from tiny credit card holders, wallets, handbags and even briefcases. They also offer a consultancy and manufacture service for start-up brands as well as running traditional leatherwork courses. These are a great way for people to get directly involved in the craftsmanship of traditional leather from cutting the template to sewing and stitching and right through to the final stages of embossing and strap making. The courses are both fun and informative and details of available dates can be found at www.leathercoursesbritain.com.

Fashion and textile apprentice Enya Judge has become an excellent leatherworker and gives Gaynor valuable advice on current trends. “Enya is a fantastic asset to the company, she keeps me up to date on the current fashion trends and she is a fast learner. She is also key for the success of the business as her ideas and in-put keep the company fresh and appealing to a younger customer base.”

So if you want to get your partner the perfect gift or indulge yourself with fashionable, sublime quality and handcrafted leather accessories, then visit http://www.gdhleatherwork.co.uk/ today and become the envy of your friends, family and peers.

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Pembrokeshire Bluetit Chill Swimmers successfully swim the English Channel

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Seven swimmers from Pembrokeshire have successfully completed their first cross-channel swim as a team representing the Bluetit Chill Swimmers.

“We are feeling amazing, elated, epic, achy, and exhausted,” expressed the team.

Setting off from Dover at 2:31 am last Wednesday morning, the women arrived in France at 7:54 pm that evening, after 17 hours and 24 minutes in the water. They swam in shifts of one hour, navigating through pitch-black early hours and encountering choppy seas during the journey. Despite seasickness and exhaustion, they supported each other throughout.

“For me, what was amazing was the constant support,” remarked team member Laura Voller. “Whether it was keeping warm with a blanket, or ensuring someone had food and drink when needed, there was always someone looking out for the team.”

The journey was far from straightforward. At one point, the safety boat’s pilot called swimmer Makala into the wheelhouse, expressing doubts about reaching France given the conditions and progress.

“I had a quick chat with the team and urged us to dig deep,” Makala recalled. “And we did just that.”

Reflecting on the challenging nature of channel swimming, Bluetits founder Sian Richardson noted, “It’s not glamorous; it’s about getting things done. We pushed ourselves to the limit. Despite fatigue, seasickness, and hunger, spirits lifted towards the end.”

Eva Rees, who made landfall in France, described the moment as a profound privilege. “To be the one landing the team was incredible,” she said. “I felt their support every step of the way.”

The Bluetits hope their achievement will inspire other cold-water swimmers worldwide to take on similar challenges. “Even if you think swimming isn’t for you, it’s achievable,” they affirmed. “We’re just ordinary people, but together, we’ve shown our endurance.”

Beyond their feat, the team aims to raise funds for water safety training across the global Bluetit community of 150,000 members and to equip the team with a portable defibrillator for events. They have already raised over £2,500.

To sponsor them, visit bluetit-channel-relay-swim.raiselysite.com/donate or click the link above.

Additionally, Jess is fundraising for Kidney Wales, while other team members are supporting Paul Sartori.

The team expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support and positive feedback on their videos during the swim, which bolstered their spirits throughout the challenging journey.

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Appeal for witnesses after two killed in A477 collision

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE said today is appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on the A477 between Llanddowror and Red Roses, which occurred at around 4pm on Thursday, 13 June.

Two cars were involved – a black Jaguar and a black Ford Fiesta.

The Jaguar was travelling westbound towards Pembrokeshire and the Fiesta was travelling in the opposite direction at the time of the collision.

Sadly, a man (27) and a woman (25), both travelling in the same car, died as a result of their injuries. Their next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Two other adults, aged 27 and 33, were taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening.

The road was closed for collision investigation and has since reopened.

Anyone who was travelling along this road at the relevant time and has dash camera footage is urged to contact us, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing [email protected], or by calling 101.

Quote reference: DP-20240613-250

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RNLI lifeguard patrols extend across Welsh beaches

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THIS weekend, RNLI beach lifeguards will be extending the number of patrolled beaches and are encouraging the public to visit a lifeguarded beach.

This Saturday 15 June, several more beaches along the Welsh coast will begin to be patrolled by RNLI lifeguards for the season. The RNLI are encouraging those planning a trip to the coast to visit a lifeguarded beach.

Vinny Vincent RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor for Swansea said: “There are plenty of lifeguarded beaches around Wales to choose from. Remember to swim and bodyboard between the red and yellow flags, or surf, kayak or stand-up paddleboard between the black and white flags.

“The lifeguards position the flags in the safest area of the beach, if you see a red flag the lifeguards have deemed that area of the beach as unsafe. If you ever have any questions, feel free to approach the lifeguards.”

From Saturday 15 June, RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling from 10am-6pm at the following locations:

In Denbighshire, Rhyl and Prestatyn beaches are being patrolled on Saturdays and Sundays only until 29 June when they will begin full-time patrols.

In Ceredigion, Borth and Llangrannog are being patrolled full time. Aberystwyth North and South, New Quay, Tresaith and Aberporth are all being patrolled on weekends only up until 13 July when they will begin full-time patrols.

In Pembrokeshire, Newport Sands, Poppit Sands, Whitesands, Newgale Central and South, Broad Haven, Freshwater West, Tenby North, Tenby Castle, Tenby South and Saundersfoot will begin full-time patrols.

In Swansea, Aberavon, Caswell Bay, Langland Bay, and Port Eynon are being patrolled full time. Three Cliffs and Pembrey are being patrolled on weekends only up until 29 June when they will begin to be patrolled full time.

In Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan, Rest Bay, Coney Bay, Trecco Bay and Whitmore Bay are all being patrolled full time. Southerndown, Ogmore and Llantwit Major will begin full-time patrols from 29 June.

Chris Cousens RNLI Water Safety Lead said: “If you’re visiting the coast, remember to visit a lifeguarded beach. It’s safest not to go into the water alone – the person you’re with can help you stay safe. And ensure that you’re always carrying a mobile phone.

“If you unexpectedly find yourself in difficulty in the water, float to live. If you see anyone else in difficulty anywhere along the coast, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.”

To find your nearest lifeguarded beach visit: Lifeguarded Beaches – Find Your Nearest Lifeguarded Beach (rnli.org)

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