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Stuart Crafton winnerPEMBROKESHIRE-based international writing competition, Pint-sized Plays is getting ready for this year’s round of performances in pubs. The competition, now in its sixth year, attracted over 250 entries from all over the world and this year’s winners include entries from the USA, New Zealand and Wales.
It is hoped that the six winners and four runners up will all be performed in Tenby pubs starting Tenby Arts Festival week. All plays are around 10 minutes long and three will be performed in each pub – some are poignant, some plain funny, some downright hilarious – but all worth catching and they’re free to watch.
Performances this year are: Monday, September 23 in Tenby – 7.30 pm: Normandie, Upper Frog Street; 8.30 pm: Hope & Anchor, St Julian Street; 9.30 pm: The Crown, Lower Frog Street.; Tuesday, September 24 – Tenby: 7.00 pm: The Galloping Major, New Hedges;?8.30 pm: 5 Arches, St George Street;?9.30 pm: The Buccaneer, St Julian Street.
There are then two additional performances in Haverfordwest on Thursday October 3 at 8pm in The Mariners Hotel, Mariners Square and 9pm: The Bristol Trader, Quay Street.
All the winners and runners up will compete for the Pint-sized ‘Pint-Pot’ trophy on September 28 at 4U@TheatrGwaun in Fishguard. This is the show where the audience get to vote for their favourite script and is always great fun.
Competing this year for the coveted Pint-Pot award are: Brought To Book by Lou Treleaven from Luton – in a play where books are a banned substance; ?Eternity by Elan David Garonzik from New York – a play set at the Pearly Gates;?Forever True by Neil Walden?from Caerphilly – a play on the nature of truth and the Finnish national anthem; Icebergs by Camilla Valerie Whitehill (London) – a play about lettuces and more besides; ?Lifetime by Angie Farrow from New Zealand – a lifetime played out in ten minutes; ?and Roadkill by Clare Reddaway (Bath) with two would-be Native Americans.
Adding to these competition winners will be the following runners up: Auto-Incorrect by Bridgette Portman (California); ?Dogs And Cats Living Together by Lynn-Steven Johanson?(Illinois); Knight Intruder by Dorothy Lambert (Dorset); and The Intricate Workings Of A Sherbet Lemon by Stuart Lee from Oxford.
Pint-sized Plays organiser, Derek Webb, says of this year’s competition: “Each year we seem to attract a wider range of themes, and this year’s crop is more diverse than ever. I am also proud that our home-grown competition has now become internationally respected, reflected in the geographical spread of our entrants.”
At the Script Slam, winners and runners up are on equal terms, and the overall winner of the best script award is decided by the audience. Last year there were no less than seven of the writers present, including Stuart Crafton who actually came all the way from the USA – but his effort was rewarded, because he walked away with the best script award. Prizes are also awarded for best performance by Peter Richards, Artistic Director of Fluellen Theatre Company.
The Pint-sized Plays 2013 Script Slam starts at 7.30pm and tickets (£5.50) can be booked on pintsizedplays.org.uk.
And, this year, there is an additional show after the Script Slam – Pint-sized World at Small World Theatre in Cardigan will showcase a selection of this year’s winners together with some from previous years as a complete performance of up to 12 plays. Small World Theatre with its unique round auditorium will have tables and seating cabaret style, with bar, combining pub atmosphere with theatre. Tickets at £6.50 can be booked on whatevertheweatherwales.co.uk.

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Pembroke and District Male Voice Choir’s fantastic Sunday evening concert in Templeton

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SPECIAL guests were among the audience when Pembroke and District Male Voice Choir returned to Templeton Parish Church for a Sunday evening concert – the Bishop of St Davids, the Rt Rev Dr Joanna Penberthy, and her Chaplain, the Rev Shirley Murphy.

Bishop Penberthy and the Rev Shirley were welcomed along with the choir and audience by the Rector, the Rev Martin Cox, who reminded that Rev Shirley had been Curate at Templeton before taking up her role in the Bishop’s office.

He also spoke of his long connections with the male voice, over more than 30 years, during which the choir had staged at his churches at Monkton, Gorseinon and now Templeton.

Musical Director Juliet Rossiter chose a varied programme in Welsh and English, with Carole Rees as Accompanist and Matthew John as MC.

Regular soloist Alyson Griffiths, on flute, played ‘Pie Jesu’ and ‘Somewhere’ – from the musical West Side Story – and First Tenor Peter Halifax accompanied himself on guitar with two items. Singer/songwriter Peter sang a folk song in the Ukrainian language, ‘Bili Kashtani’, and an original piece entitled ‘’Greater is He that is within you’, all to warm acclaim.

Juliet and Carole joined forces for a second concert duet at the keyboard to play two pieces by Johan Strauss – ‘Blue Danube’ and ‘Radetzky March’.

Before the encore – the traditional South African melody ‘Siyahamba’ – Bishop Joanna gave the Blessing and added how much she had enjoyed a live concert again.

Excellent refreshments were provided by the church ladies and they were thanked by Choir Chairman John Hillier.

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Pembrokeshire prose and poems at Llangwm’s 5th Literary Festival

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‘LLANGWM’S fifth literary festival is a wonderful showcase for Pembrokeshire talent.’ says
Michael Pugh, Director of the Llangwm Literary Festival.

‘We some very powerful images from the renowned photographer David Wilson who lives in
the village.’ continues Pugh. ‘In his book ‘The Village’, David’s images capture the soul of
Llangwm’s tight knit former fishing community. These images are all the more important
because many of them were taken during lock-down. It is amazing to look back and see how
far we’re advanced from there and how the human spirit can triumph over adversity.
Local artist and photographer, Ian Jacob, who was born in Llangwm and lives there now is
excited to be unveiling his first book at the festival. ‘Body Rock Sand’ is the fruition of an
idea that developed in Jacob’s mind when, as a young art student, he was captivated by the
images of Lucien Clergue’s, ‘Née de la Vague’ (Born of the Waves). Clergue’s images are
the inspiration for Ian’s very own images on the interplay of skin, sea and sand in
Pembrokeshire’s beaches.

St David’s based master-forager Julia Horton-Mansfield returns to the festival for the fifth
time to invite guests to ‘Come Forage with Me’ and explore the richness of the Cleddau
shoreline and to find out more about the health-giving properties of the delicious foods
literally growing all around us. On a darker note, and for those who enjoy a spine-tingler,

Llangwm-based writer, Pippa ‘the Pen’ Davies, joins Pembrokeshire’s Diana Powell, and
Maggie Himsworth for the unveiling of an intriguing Crime Cymru anthology of short stories
by Welsh Women and to explore what it is that attracts us to read about crime!

For those who have their own story to tell, Narberth’s Emma Baines will be running ‘Write
by the River’; a creative workshop on the Cleddau for those who wish to write about the
mighty river and what it means to them.

Poets, and writers, and anyone who just wants to share a poem or song are warmly invited to
Llangwm rugby club’s ‘Poems and Pints’. This year’s session, inspired by the themes of
Joyce’s Ulysses, and Poems of War in connection with Ukraine, promises to be very high-
octane indeed. No festival in Wales would be complete without a song, and Llangwm is no
exception with its bold Village Voices to entertain with their latest repertoire.
Llangwm’s Ellie Brick, in support of the idea that you need a fit body to get the best out of
your mind, will be blowing the cobweb’s away with a Sunday morning stretch and dance.

And for those who just want to sit back, leave it to Deb Winter, local storyteller
extraordinaire. Her tales will take you to new horizons and undiscovered worlds.

For more information on the festival, please contact llangwmlitfest@gmail.com, or visit our
website: www.llangwmlitfest.co.uk

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Rhian scoops prestigious care award

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A PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL employee has been awarded at this year’s prestigious Employers for Carers Awards held by Carers Wales, which recognise and celebrate those who have supported unpaid working carers in Wales during the last year.

Rhian Bennett, Commissioning Manager, Social Care and Housing, scooped the Line Manager award at the event which was held last month.

The awards, which were part of Carers Week, are designed to recognise those in an organisation who have gone the extra mile in the last 12 months in supporting working carers – such as raising awareness, supporting peers and being a workplace champion, network facilitator or chair.

Rhian’s accolade recognises her efforts as a line manager who supported working carer’s and had a positive impact on helping them to balance care and work within the organisation.

She was nominated by a member of the team she manages, who is an unpaid carer – and this was in relation to her gratitude for the support that she receives and the wider team.

Rhian said: “It was a lovely surprise to win but it was an honour to be nominated and receive the award.

“It’s crucial to support and enable staff to provide care outside of their day job. This award is for everyone who is an unpaid carer and goes the extra mile to ensure their loved ones are supported.”

Carers Week was established by Carers UK more than 25 years ago and is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring and highlight the challenges unpaid carers face. This year’s theme was – ‘make caring visible, valued and supported’.

Jonathan Griffiths, Director of Social Services and Leisure, Social Care & Housing, added: “My congratulations to Rhian for this award, the recognition of her impact on supporting carers shows her commitment and drive to make a difference for people.

“To ensure employers protect carers time and support them, is essential and it’s pleasing to see Rhian’s approach has been recognised in this positive way.”

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