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Get hooked – Pembrokeshire Fish Week casts off on Saturday!

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LOVE good food, enjoy coastal activities and the great outdoors, or just want some fun with family and friends?

Then you’ll definitely be hooked on Pembrokeshire Fish Week!

The festival takes place from Saturday June 22nd to Sunday June 30th with more than 200 activities and events all over the county celebrating our coastline, beaches and great local produce.

Launching the festival on Saturday, 22nd June is the Milford Fish Festival at Mackerel Quay, Milford Waterfront – a free entry event, with fishy fun for the whole family planned on the day.

Enjoy fresh seafood, local produce, street food, cookery and filleting demonstrations and live music! Browse the stalls, enjoy children’s craft and entertainment, take a short boat trip along the Cleddau and lots more. You’ll find all the event information at www.milfordfishfestival.co.uk

Also on 22nd June is the launch of the Saundersfoot Summer Festival by the Sea. The week-long event (www.visitsaundersfootbay.com) includes family beach safaris, sculpture workshops, a seaweed potion kitchen, and plenty besides!

And if you love your fish and seafood, then you’re in for a feast – Fish Week is packed with cookery demos and workshops, and the chance to tuck into delicious local produce.

Renowned celebrity chef Bryn Williams will be hosting one of the festival’s highlights – a Cookery Masterclass at the Merlin Theatre in Pembrokeshire College, Haverfordwest, on Monday, 24th June at 7.30pm.

Celebrity chef Bryn Williams will be hosting a cookery masterclass on Monday 24th June at the Merlin Theatre, Pembrokeshire College – be inspired by one of Britain’s top chefs!

Hailing from Denbigh in North Wales, Bryn Williams has worked in some of the most prestigious kitchens in London, working under Marco Pierre White and Michel Roux among others.

Bryn is now the Chef Patron of Odette’s in Primrose Hill, London, and is also at Porth Eirias on the North Wales coast. He has also recently opened at Somerset House on The Strand, London.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Bryn back to Fish Week – come and be inspired by one of the most talented chefs in Britain!” said festival organiser Joe Welch.

The evening at the Merlin Theatre will be hosted by restaurateur, broadcaster and food writer Simon Wright.

Tickets are £15 and the event is supported by Blas y Tir and Twr y Felin Hotel.

And throughout Fish Week, local café and restaurants are putting their fresh local catch at centre stage.

Enjoy delicious seafood barbecues and pizzas, fresh fish feasts, Spanish paella, a wild food pop-up, seaside fish and chips and much more!

Café Môr are holding a seafood barbecue at Freshwater West with a surfing lesson thrown in – or why not join a seaweed cooking masterclass, with perhaps a seaweed-spiced rum cocktail or two!

Enjoy a British feast night at The Shed at Cardeeth, Cresselly, the ‘Taste of the Sea’ at the Grove Hotel, Narberth, and the finest Fresh Fish Creations at St Brides Hotel and Spa.

At Saundersfoot, the Stone Crab is serving up delicious harbour dressed crab salads all week while Harold O’Vinegars is selling the freshest local crab and lobster – and don’t miss the seafood pizza at the Shoreline Café!

Spoil yourself with a prosecco seafood brunch and other culinary celebrations at Ffwrn in Fishguard, locally-caught crab and lobster at Coco’s in Milford Haven, or a five-course tasting menu at Castell Malgwyn in Llechryd.

Delicious dishes to enjoy while overlooking the sea include a family-style feast at the National Trust café Runwayskiln at Marloes, a gourmet seafood and wine-tasting evening at the Griffin Inn at Dale, and a mouth-watering Fish Feast at The Druidstone.

Or if you fancy dusting off your flamenco dress, why not come along a paella and tapas evening with Spanish wines at Martha’s Vineyard in Milford Haven Marina!

There’s also plenty of fun outdoor activities – from crab-catching with sea friendly gear at Lower Town, Fishguard to a foraging walk with Julia Horton-Mansfield and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority – as well as wild flower walks, guided rock-pooling, fly-fishing lessons, and much more.

The festival’s closing weekend includes a great family fun day and raft race at Fishguard Harbour and a swashbuckling Pirate Day at Dale (both on Saturday 29th June) while the spectacular Saundersfoot Harbour Festival takes place on Sunday 30th June.

Pembrokeshire Fish Week is co-ordinated by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Food Development Team, part-funded by Welsh Government and supported by various organisations.

For full event details visit www.pembrokeshirefishweek.co.uk or follow us on facebook (PembrokeshireFishWeek) or Twitter (@pembsfishweek #fishweek)

The Bryn Williams cookery masterclass will be held on Monday, 24th June at 7.30pm at Merlin Theatre, Pembrokeshire College, Haverfordwest. Tickets are £15. To book online, please view www.ticketsource.co.uk/pembrokeshire-fish-week-festival

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Sentencing delay for money theft case

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A CROWN COURT has delayed the sentencing of a Narberth man who has admitted stealing from a local community organisation.

Lee Squelch, 37, of Caerau Farm, Llandewi Velfrey, had denied the charges but changed his plea to guilty on March 5.

However, due to over running cases at the Crown Court, the sentencing date has been put back until Wednesday, April 21 – the case was due to be concluded on April 15.

Squelch has admitted that between April 2014 and March 2018 he stole money from The Pembrokeshire Byways and Bridleways Association.

It is understood that Squelch was in a position of responsibility within the said organisation when the alleged offences took place.

Pembrokeshire Byways and Bridleways is a community focused organisation which aims to improve the bridleways around Pembrokeshire, to keep horse riders safely off the roads. It is affiliated to the British Horse Society.

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The Pembrokeshire man on the Titanic

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ON the morning of April 15 1912, in the North Atlantic some 450-miles south of Newfoundland, the RMS Titanic slowly slid beneath the sea just two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg.

Stories from that night are famous, from the lookouts misplacing their binoculars to the ship’s band playing even as the sea washed over their feet, the sinking of the Titanic holds a special place in the public consciousness and continues to grab our attention some 109 years after the ‘unsinkable’ ship sank.

Over 1500 people lost their lives in the biggest maritime naval disaster at that point.

Among the dead were American and British millionaires, White Star Line employees and countless anonymous immigrants from across Europe who were all seeking a better life in America.

908 crew were on board the Titanic when it left Southampton on its fateful maiden voyage, one of the crew was a man called Charles Essex Edwards, 38, who sometimes gave himself the first name of ‘Clement’.

Charles was born in 1862 to John and Harriet Edwards of St. Martin’s Place, Haverfordwest.

He worked as a carpenter as a 19-year-old man and would end up moving out of Pembrokeshire and going to sea.  By the time he married a lady called Lavinia Ann Poulter, from Llanstadwell, in May 1892 he was living in Newport.

Lavinia, a Pembrokeshire woman herself, was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Poulter who lived on Lawrenny Terrace in Neyland.

By 1895, Lavinia had returned to Pembrokeshire following the death of her mother. Charles and Lavinia’s marriage suffered but Charles would continue visiting Lavinia and stayed at his father-in-law’s house when he was on shore leave.

Although still married in the eyes of the law, Charles and Lavinia were basically separated by 1901.

Charles signed on to work on the brand new RMS Titanic after it had completed its sea trials in Belfast Lough, he gave his address as 7 Brunswick Square, Southampton. He worked on the Titanic as an assistant pantry-man steward who earned a monthly wage of £3 15s on his previous ship the SS Zeeland.

SS Zeeland: The ship Charles worked on before the Titanic

When RMS Titanic left Southampton a massive crowd had gathered to see the newest addition to the White Star Line fleet depart. Charles Edwards was there. He was there when the ship picked up more passengers at Cherbourg and Cobh.

He would’ve been working during the day, his job entailed keeping the ship’s pantries stocked with food and wine, a vital job on a ship with such a high-class passenger list as the Titanic.

He was, more than likely, sleeping when Frederick Fleet spotted an iceberg in the ship’s path at 11:40pm on Sunday, April 14. He would’ve been woken by the noise of metal on ice and the ship shuddering as it was torn open on the starboard side.

As the ‘unsinkable’ ship took on water Charles, as a White Star Line employee, would’ve been given the unenviable task of waking up passengers, informing them of what happened and getting them to put on their lifejackets.

Once the scale of the situation on the Titanic became apparent, the command structure effectively disintegrated.

Captain Edward Smith would’ve cut a forlorn figure as he wandered around near the wheelhouse and his last words to his crew, according to reports at the time were:

“Well boys, you’ve done your duty and done it well. I ask no more of you. I release you.

“You know the rule of the sea. It’s every man for himself now, and God bless you.”

This would’ve been around 2:10am, at that point Charles would’ve faced a literal up-hill battle with male members of the crew only having a 24% chance of survival and many people gathering ‘like bees’ on the stern of the stricken liner which, experts say, raised to a 12 degree angle.

The Pantryman-stewards from the Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic

Many male crew members elected to stay at their posts as, according to Victorian culture it was better for men to die than to live and be perceived a coward, so the lights of the ship remained on until about 2:18am, just two minutes before Titanic broke apart and began its journey to its final resting place some 12,000ft below on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

But now you know there was a man named Charles Edwards who was born in Haverfordwest and who died when the Titanic sank in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. His body, if it was recovered, was never identified and we don’t even have a picture of him.

When news of the disaster broke, The Pembroke County Guardian described the tragedy as ‘one of the most appalling calamities in the long history of shipwreck’.

Four men from Maenclochog, it was later revealed, had a lucky escape as their plans to emigrate that April on the Titanic were thwarted by one of their number being unable to travel, so the group decided to wait for their friend. That decision saved their lives.

Pembrokeshire responded to the sinking by raising money for the Titanic Relief Fund, Pembroke Dock raised £12 2s 0d through a collection at the Royal Dockyard and, in Haverfordwest, Sidney White, who would later go on to own The Palace Cinema, hosted benefit performances to packed houses which raised £5 15s.

Lavinia, after a legal battle with Charles’ brother William, was given £192 in compensation for Charles’ death and went on to look after her father at Railway Terrace, Neyland until he passed away.

Lavinia went on to move to Middlesex where she lived until 1934. She left her estate to her chauffeur.

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Marloes pensioner in child abuse images case

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A PENSIONER has been bailed to attend Swansea Crown Court by magistrates sitting in Haverfordwest Law Courts this week.

Derek Lister, 72, of Marloes is accused of making indecent photographs of children.

He appeared before the bench, on Tuesday (Apr 13).

Lister was represented by Redkite Solicitors.

The court heard that between June 2009 and November 2019 in Marloes, Pembrokeshire, Lister allegedly created 3 indecent category A images of a child, 14 indecent category B images of a child and 152 indecent category C images of a child.

He will now appear at Swansea Crown Court on May 11 at 10am for the next hearing after the local court declined jurisdiction.

Lister has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Derek Lister: Accused of making child abuse images
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