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Filming starts for Under Milk Wood

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ifan-churchTHE HERALD is playing an active part in the new production of Dylan Thomas’s classic ‘Under Milk Wood’, with Dai Garland, a Herald employee, assisting on set in S4Cs forthcoming film. 

The play is set in the fictional fishing village of Llaggerub and centres on the aspirations and hopes of the inhabitants as they go about their daily lives. It was initially written as a radio play and later became a stage play, and in 1972 was a star-studded film with the late Richard Burton. This latest feature film comes from producer/director Kevin Allen, who directed surprise Welsh-hit ‘Twin Town’. The director is shooting the film over the next four weeks, in both English and Welsh, in Solva. The harbour will be a key location and the production will feature many locals as extras, who were the lucky ones to be chosen from the 200 or so who auditioned back in May of this year. Its lead is played by Rhys Ifans, with Welsh singer Charlotte Church also starring. Allen is also writing the screenplay, along with Ifans, Michael Breen and acclaimed poet Murray Lachlan Young. Murray has been quoted as saying: “I’ve always loved reading the play – it’s a very special piece of literature – but I have generally been disappointed with so many theatrical renditions. I feel they’ve always missed the sexually charged gravitas within the text and, of course, the religious politics; it is so often reduced to a piece of panto-style entertainment. “We will not be going there. As far as cinematic interpretation, it will be unrecognisable from the 1972 original. We are taking a more metaphysical approach to creating an original dreamscape and will be staying away from a literal interpretation. As we’re using the same cast for both Welsh and English versions, the majority of the actors will have to be bilingual, like Rhys. I have met him a couple of times, and when he read some of the lines, he blew me away. It’s inspired casting.” The Herald’s Dai Garland described his involvement: “I was very lucky to have a phone call, as chairman of the Pembrokeshire Vintage and Classic (Motorcycles) Club, from one of the set designers who asked if I could supply a motorcycle from the period. I thought it would be an easy task but she wanted a specific bike, which wasn’t easy, but we managed to find one, a new Hudson Auto Cycle from 1954. “It’s a low powered engine, 49cc, and it’s not really designed for Pembrokeshire roads, so they are hard to find around here. She also asked me to collect some other things including 13 old church pews which they have inserted into a chapel and it looks fantastic. They are making sure they have everything from the period. You wouldn’t even believe you were in Solva.” The film is due for release later in the year, with the Welsh version being screened on S4C over the Christmas period

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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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