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Micro brewery wins business award

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A PEMBROKESHIRE micro brewery has won a prestigious award in the west Wales Business Awards. 

Bluestone Brewing Company, a vibrant new micro-brewery located two miles from Newport, were nominated and awarded the title for the ‘Food produce or Food Retail Outlet’ category. The buildings in which the business operates are over 200 years old and were previously used as a dairy, stables and, indeed, only five months prior to opening their doors as a brewery, new born lambs and calves were being reared in them. In response to receiving the award, Simon Turner of Bluestone Brewing, told The Herald: “Amy (his daughter and partner) and I were delighted to receive the award at such an early stage in the brewery’s development. Brewing is a competitive business, particularly in areas remote from the larger market places, and so recognition for our endeavours is greatly appreciated and will help the Bluestone Brewery reputation both locally and further afield. There are some great food and drink companies and products in west Wales and to be singled out is a real boost”. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 8 in Parc Y Scarlets, celebrating the success of local businesses in west Wales. Chartered Accountants and Advisors LHP presented the second west Wales Business Awards, launched last year. This year’s format expanded from ‘new start’ businesses and opened up to all businesses, attracting 120 nominations, 40 more than last year. The event was presented by S4C’s Chris Jones. Speaking about the event, a partner at LHP Matthew Williams, said: “This shows the LHP commitment to raise our profile and give something back to the business community in west Wales and reward entrepreneurship and innovation which is so crucial in surviving in a tough business environment”. The name Bluestone Brewing Company is derived from the local stone that the buildings were built from many years ago. The Preseli Mountains stand behind the property, providing a very dramatic backdrop, and within a few miles of the brewery are several famous Bluestone monuments including the standing stones Cromlech at Pentre Ifan. The water used for brewing, filters down off the Preseli Mountains, through the organically farmed land at Tyriet, and collects in a well at the foot of the hills. Their banner beer is Bedrock Blonde which many local drinkers might have seen in the county’s pubs. Bluestone also announced to The Herald a new seasonal American Pale Ale called “Summer Rocks”, which will be available in selected pubs this summer and holiday season.

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Pembrokeshire woman aims to inspire by entering national pageant finals

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A WOMAN from Pembrokeshire is set to inspire others to seize the day by competing in the finals of a national pageant contest. Sian Phillips, 41, has been crowned Mrs Galaxy Pembrokeshire and has advanced to the finals of Mrs Galaxy UK.

Driven to enter the competition after the unexpected death of her brother earlier this year, Sian shared her motivations: “Having lost my brother unexpectedly in February, it made me realise that life is too short and to seize every opportunity that came my way.”

Residing in Pembroke Dock and employed at Castlemartin, Sian was introduced to the world of beauty pageants last year while filming with S4C. During this experience, she met Miss Voluptuous 2024, sparking her interest in pageantry. She then discovered the UK Galaxy Pageants, which have been a staple since 2008, offering five competitions annually with categories ranging from Junior Miss Galaxy to Mrs Galaxy UK.

“With these pageants, for most girls and women taking part, it is their first ever event like this and it is a great introduction to this world and beyond,” Sian explained.

Sian’s journey to the finals began with the submission of her pictures and information online. A few days later, she received an email confirming her progression to the grand finals in Lancashire in March 2025.

The event will feature an interview and rehearsals during the day, followed by four rounds in the evening: opening number, swimwear, fashion wear, and the one Sian is most looking forward to – evening wear. Five winners will be crowned on the night, who will then represent the UK at the international finals in America in the summer of 2025.

Expressing her excitement, Sian said, “I am really excited to take part and do something I’ve never done before. I’m not really a girlie girl that gets her hair and nails done. Sometimes it’s scary to do things outside of your comfort zone but it’s good to challenge yourself and realise how amazing you actually are.”

In preparation for the finals, Sian, who has previously organised a charity fashion show and a boudoir photo shoot and exhibition, will be attending local events and fundraising for charities both locally, in the UK, and internationally. Updates on her activities will be posted on Facebook and Instagram.

Sian is also seeking support from local hair, beauty, and nail salons, offering publicity locally and at the event for those who can assist her.

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Police launch urgent search for missing 16-year-old in west Wales

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POLICE are actively searching for a missing 16-year-old boy, known only as Kobi, who has not been seen since last week. The teenager has connections across various towns in west Wales, including Llandeilo, Carmarthen, and Cardigan.

Kobi, described as tall with shaved black hair featuring a purple tint, was last spotted in Llanelli. Authorities have urged the public to remain vigilant and report any sightings of the boy immediately.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police issued a public appeal, stating: “Can you help find Kobi, who has been reported missing? Kobi is 16 years old, and described as tall with shaved black hair which has a purple tint.”

Anyone with information on Kobi’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact Dyfed-Powys Police without delay, as concerns for his welfare continue to grow.

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Feedback wanted on regional transport vision

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VIEWS are wanted on the future of transport in South West Wales.

Covering Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea, a case for change that’s been developed for a regional transport plan is now open for public feedback until Monday August 26.

The case for change shows how the plan is essential to support the ongoing economic development of the region, while recognising its diverse communities and varying transport needs.

Aims of the plan include improving walking and cycling routes to local services, as well as achieving a shift away from private car usage to more sustainable forms of transport. Affordability will be at the centre of the plan to ensure access to transport is available to all.

Comments on the case for change will help inform a draft regional transport plan that will also be consulted on when it’s ready for feedback.  

Swansea Bay and West Wales Metro plans for an integrated bus and rail network will continue to be developed alongside the regional transport plan’s delivery in future. 

The rail metro elements are projected to add over a million journeys to the rail network, helping move more people out of cars and onto public transport than any other scheme in Wales.
Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader and Chairman of the Corporate Joint Committee (CJC) for South West Wales, said: “Adding to an outstanding tourism offer, South West Wales is undergoing a time of unprecedented investment, thanks to developments like the Celtic Freeport and £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal.
“These schemes – in combination with many others – will help create thousands of jobs for local people and attract even more investment to South West Wales in future, but we’ve also identified that our current transport network needs significant improvement to keep pace with these developments, while also better meeting the needs of local people in all the region’s communities – both urban and rural.
“The case for change – which also highlights the importance of affordability, climate change considerations and low-carbon transport – is intended as a guide to help inform the emerging regional transport plan.”
Cllr Darren Price, Carmarthenshire Council’s Leader and Chairman of the CJC’s transport sub-group, said: “The transport network is at the heart or our region. It takes us to work, education, healthcare and leisure and social activities both throughout South West Wales and further afield.
“It affects everyone, which is why we’re opening up our case for change for the regional transport plan for public feedback.
“With the population of the region also expected to increase in the coming decades, we need a transport system that accommodates existing and future developments in a way that supports sustainable travel choices, economic activity and social inclusion across the region.”
Head to www.cjcsouthwest.wales/consultation for more information and the opportunity to give feedback.
Email [email protected] if you have any queries.
Paper copies of the feedback form and consultation materials are available at:
Carmarthenshire: Ammanford Customer Services Hwb on Quay Street, Carmarthen Customer Services Hwb on St Catherine’s Walk or Llanelli Customer Services Hwb on Stepney Street.
Neath Port Talbot: Neath Civic Centre, Port Talbot Civic Centre or The Quays on Brunel Way in Baglan Energy Park.
Pembrokeshire: County Hall in Haverfordwest.
Swansea: The Civic Centre on Oystermouth Road.

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