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2022 ‘Cherished Memories’ Calendar for Tenby in big demand



POPULAR Tenby bookshop owner Albie Smosarski of Cofion Books, Bridge Street, Tenby is pleased to say that the 2022 edition of the ‘Tenby Cherished Memories’ calendar is proving to be very popular with two thirds of the print run already sold.

Albie is also of course a well-known postcard dealer and the calendar features iconic and vintage postcard scenes of Tenby, some over 100 years old. Albie is of course well known for writing the popular ‘Cofion Corner’ feature in the Tenby Times for many years which also featured vintage and historic iconic images of Tenby, and he said this week that the calendar, now in its third year, remained hugely popular.

Ian is pictured with the 2022 Tenby Cherished Memories Calendar which features an iconic image of
his father and much-loved Tenby Town Crier John Thomas.
(pic credit Robert Mayhew)

The A4 full colour calendar, priced at £6.99 contains 12 new photos from last year and features on the cover a picture of the much-loved Town Crier, John Thomas of Clarice’s Toy Shop whose son Ian, now works at Tenby Stores and Post Office, one of the shops selling the calendar They can be bought from Albie at Cofion Books, they are also for sale at Tenby Post Office & Stores, Charlton Cards (High Street), Rembrandts Jewellers, Tenby and from Vincent Davies Department Store in Haverfordwest

All enquiries, including for mail order can be made to Albie at , or via Cofion Books’ new Facebook page.

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New walking route officially opened in Newport, Pembrokeshire



A NEW North Pembrokeshire footpath that gives walkers a chance to see a variety of landscapes including oak woodland and meadows, as well notable local landmarks including Carningli, Newport Sands and Dinas Head was officially opened on 12 May.

The Llwybr Pwll Cornel route was created in 2021, following a collaboration Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority staff, volunteers and Members and with the permission of the local landowners Mr and Mrs Evans of Berryhill Farm and the owners of Llwyngwair Manor, who kindly permitted the establishment of the path over their land

National Park Authority Ranger Richard Vaughan; Access and Rights of Way Manager, Anthony Richards, Members Cllr Mike James and Paul Harries and Chief Executive, Tegryn Jones are pictured with Meleri Ennis of Llwyngwair Manor.

The new 1.1 mile-long stretch of footpath is named after Pwll Cornel, the corner pool on the River Nevern (Afon Nyfer) that the path overlooks.

National Park Authority North Area Ranger, Richard Vaughan said: “The route was created by Authority Wardens and Rangers with a great deal of support from a small army of volunteers from a variety of local groups.

“The woodland section of the walk has some steep gradients, but the walker is rewarded with some great views of the estuary, Carningli and the coastline down to Dinas Head.

“As well as being an enjoyable short walk in its own right, it also provides links to the wider network of public paths in this area, giving people the chance to add this route to their usual walks.”

The work was funded by the Welsh Government’s Access Improvement Grant.

To view more information about the route and download a map, visit

You can also find this walk listed alongside other walks in the Newport area by visiting

(Picture at top of this page: The view of Newport Sands and Dinas Head which walkers of the new Llwybr Pwll Cornel route will encounter.)

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Nature is blooming at Withybush Woods three years after enhancement project



THREE years after the launch of a project to enhance Withybush Woods, there are abundant signs that biodiversity is thriving.

Swathes of early purple orchid – a scarce wild flower – have been spotted in shadier parts of the tranquil woodlands while a pair of rare breeding stock doves have made the woods their home for the second year.

Song thrushes can be heard everywhere on the 1.5km accessible footpath together with chiffchaffs, willow warblers, nuthatch, woodpeckers, blackbirds, blue tits and many other woodland birds.

Mallards and moorhens and their young can be seen on the restored lower pond, together with the resident swans, and a new wetland area nearby is providing a new habitat for other species of invertebrates and pollinators.

The EU-funded improvement project was led by Pembrokeshire County Council, which owns the woods on the outskirts of Haverfordwest.

Dr Steven Jones, Director of Community Services, said: “Withybush Woods has always been a beautiful and special place to visit and even more so now, thanks to its increasing range of species and biodiversity habitats.

The enhancement work received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. 

The scheme also received funding through the Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme, through the WCVA.

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£10,000 National Lottery Heritage Fund grant for project on Haverfordwest Castle plans



PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has been awarded a £10,000 grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to carry out Community Engagement on the future of Haverfordwest Castle.

This community engagement will inform planning over the future heritage redevelopment of the medieval castle.

The Council will engage with local people to ensure the project benefits the local community and shapes the castle’s future as a heritage asset for Haverfordwest.

This will aid the Council’s ongoing regeneration of the County Town and provide a popular space for local people and events.

A consultant will be appointed to assess local views; collate ideas and perspectives; capture local people’s memories and stories; identify audiences and ensure engagement with people of all ages and all sectors of the community.

Further information will be made available following the appointment of the organisation that will undertake this important work.

Built in about 1110, Haverfordwest Castle dominates the County Town visually from its hilltop site.

It is a Grade 1 listed Scheduled Ancient Monument and the extensive castle fabric that survives, dates mostly from the 13th century.

The castle was once owned by Queen Eleanor of Castile and within the castle is the Georgian former county gaol and governor’s house, both Grade II listed.

Mike Cavanagh, Head of Culture, Leisure and Registration Services said: “We’re delighted to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players.

“The castle is an integral part of Haverfordwest’s rich history and this money will help ensure the community is at the forefront of shaping this magnificent piece of history to be an important part of the future too.”

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