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Musical Stage Show, Featuring Disney Classics, comes to Wales

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FANS of the songs of the Oscar-winning brothers, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman including classics from Disney films such as Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Winnie the Pooh and The Aristocats, as well as other classics such as Charlotte’s Web and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be delighted to know that a fantastic show, A Spoonful of Sherman will be arriving at the Swansea Grand Theatre this April.

A Spoonful of Sherman is a new musical stage show currently on a UK tour to celebrate 100 years of Sherman family history, and lands in Wales next month. Al Sherman, the father of the famous Sherman brothers, began his career in 1918, and went on to write songs for the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. The cast of five tell the story of the Sherman family legacy and sing through well-known songs from the Sherman brothers’ impressive repertoire.

This exhilarating new show stars a wealth of musical talent – the cast are; musician/songwriter Mark Read, member of the smash hit number one boyband A1; Olivier Award nominated Sophie-Louise Dann, whose West End credits include: Celia in The Girls; Bend it Like Beckham, Made In Dagenham, Lend Me a Tenor, 42nd Street, and Jolson; recent graduates Glen Facey and Jenna Innes; and musical director and performer Ben Stock, who has numerous West End credits to his name.

The double Oscar-winning Sherman Brothers – Richard M Sherman & Robert B Sherman – remain one of the most formidable songwriting teams in family entertainment history. From 1964 onwards their unparalleled partnership produced music, songs and scores for dozens of films, particularly many of Disney’s best loved titles including Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Charlotte’s Web, and The Aristocats. The highly prolific brothers were the sons of the great Al Sherman, who wrote songs for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and many singers of the golden American Songbook period of the 1930s-1950s.

Robert J Sherman, son of Robert B. Sherman and a successful composer in his own right, brings the compelling story of one family’s century-long, award-winning musical journey to UK audiences in 2018. Three generations of Sherman songwriters are brought to life in this delightful show, which includes songs from Robert J. Sherman’s own charming musical, Love Birds, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015.

A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN tour dates:

  • March 8th-10th – Inverness Eden Court
  • March 12th-14th – Darlington Hippodrome
  • March 16th-17th – East Grinstead, Chequer Mead
  • March 20th-21st – Guildford, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
  • March 22nd-24th – Windsor Theatre Royal
  • March 26th-30th – London Greenwich Theatre (PRESS NIGHT: March 27th)
  • April 2nd – Buxton Opera House
  • April 5th-7th – Swansea Grand Theatre
  • April 10th-11th – Harrogate Theatre
  • April 12th-13th – Southport Atkinson Theatre
  • April 15th-17th – Hornchurch Essex, Queen’s Theatre
  • April 18th-20th – Isle of Wight, Shanklin Theatre
  • April 23rd-24th – Newport Riverfront Theatre
  • April 25th-26th – Yeovil Somerset, Octagon Theatre
  • April 30th-May 1st – Swindon, Wyvern Theatre
  • May 7th-9th – Lincoln Theatre Royal
  • May 14th-15th – Weston Super Mare, Playhouse Theatre
  • May 16th-18th – Exeter Northcott Theatre
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Meet the Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor

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A NEW Pembrokeshire business is proving to be an inspiration for young people after its recent launch.

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor is the brainchild of Ewan Griffiths, who turned his dream into reality thanks to the advice and support of Cam Nesa.

The project aims to reduce the number of young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, training or employment.

Before signing up to Cam Nesa, Ewan was out of work and struggling for direction, and anxiety was preventing him from maximising his potential.

Throughout his journey with Cam Nesa, Ewan worked closely with youth worker Donna Wright to devise a plan that provided support and guidance to improve his confidence and self-esteem, and provide mechanisms for coping with anxiety.

In addition, the project provided Ewan with opportunities to gain qualifications and obtain information that would help him with starting his own business.

Ewan’s message to other young people is simple, “If you find yourself struggling, there is help.”

“Cam Nesa supported me in all aspects of my plan, and working with Donna was fantastic.”

“I would definitely encourage others to reach out for support.”

Donna Wright, who supported Ewan throughout his Cam Nesa journey, said that the launch of his new business is a great source of pride for Cam Nesa and Pembrokeshire Youth Service.

“Ewan has come on leaps and bounds, and it was his engagement and determination that has made his outcome with Cam Nesa so successful and inspiring”, she said.

“Congratulations Ewan on your achievements, and we all wish you good luck with your new business.”

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor provides repairs and servicing for mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, and most agricultural engines, with the mobile service providing collection and returns.

For more information, search ‘Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor’ on Facebook.

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Milford Haven: Mount estate death not being treated as suspicious say police

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POLICE have confirmed that following a welfare visit to a property in Mount Estate, they discovered a male occupant, in his 30’s, in need of medical help.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff he sadly passed away on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a property at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Friday 30th April 2021, following a report of concern for the welfare of the occupier.

“A male was taken to hospital where he died on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

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Polling station changes in Pembrokeshire

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POLLING STATIONS in Pembrokeshire are open today (May 6) but a small number may have changed from the last time you voted.

In Neyland, the polling station will be at the new Community Hub building on John Street.

St Katherine’s Church Hall will be the new host for the station in Milford Haven, having previously been held at the Murray Suite in the town hall.

A polling station will be placed at the leisure centre in Haverfordwest while one at Trecwn has been moved to the Gate, Scleddau.

Voters in the county will be electing for the Preseli Pembrokeshire and the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituencies.

People will also be able to select five MSs to represent the Mid and West Wales Region.

The candidate with the most votes will win the constituency but the ballot for the region will be decided by a different process.

People will be elected according to their share of the vote, using a mathematical process, and gives parties who may have won fewer or no constituencies a better chance of winning regional ones.

It will also be a big day for 16 and 17 year olds as they will be able to vote in Welsh elections for the first time.

The ballots will be counted on Friday (May 7) with results expected to come in from the afternoon.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will close at 10pm.

All those who vote will be required to stick to Covid-19 safety measures including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

Clean pencils will be available but voters can bring their own pen or pencil.

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