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Past meets the present at Scolton Manor

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scoltonSCOLTON MANOR country park was proud to welcome Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, last Friday to officially open their newly restored Victorian Walled Garden. Managed by Pembrokeshire County Council, Scolton is one of seven partners in the “One Historic Garden” scheme linking heritage, gardens and opportunities across South Wales. One Historic Garden is partfunded via the Sustainable Tourism Project led by Visit Wales, the tourism department within Welsh Government and supported through the European Regional Development Fund. It is thanks to financial support from this scheme that a number of significant capital developments have been undertaken at Scolton over the past two years resulting in some dramatic transformations. The majority of work has focused on carefully restoring the previously dilapidated Walled Garden compound to its former glory and enabling the reestablishment of an authentic working kitchen garden. Additionally the Museum Service’s agricultural machinery collection has been relocated from the old Exhibition Hall to a purpose built viewing barn in a new location in the south of the Country Park’s estate. The project has also been the catalyst for other partnership projects which have brought about the restoration of the working Pineapple House and the recently completed Honey Kitchen established by the Pembrokeshire Bee Keepers Association. This is already a beekeeping Centre of Excellence for Pembrokeshire and a great new attraction for visitors to the site. It is hoped that these improvement works will enhance the visitor’s Scolton experience and provide a more comprehensive window into the Victorian era and Scolton’s place in it, as a self-sufficient community in the nineteenth century. The Minister commented: “Our aim through the One Historic Garden project is to create a trail of gardens throughout south west Wales which will become a major attraction for the area. I hope that investment will contribute to an increase in visitor numbers, encourage visitors to stay in the area to experience other sites on the trail and extend the visitor season which will lead to job creation. “The development at Scolton gives a fascinating insight into the social history of garden estates and can be a place where Pembrokeshire’s past meets up with the present.” Mark Thomas, Museums Officer, said that the event was the culmination of many years’ planning. “I’m extremely proud of my staff,” he added. Spittal VC Church in Wales School Choir, led by Louise Fair and accompanied by musical director Seimon Morris, entertained the guests. Present at the opening were members of the Higgon family, whose family lived at the estate from the 1500s until 1972, when they bequeathed it to the County Council. Councillor Tom Richards, Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, welcomed the investment and said it was particularly appropriate that the walled garden was opened in The Princes’ Trust National Countryside Week. “We’re grateful for the support from Visit Wales and European funding, which has enhanced this beautiful site in the heart of Pembrokeshire, and helped it to develop into a more sustainable tourist attraction,” he said. For more information about the project you can visit www. onehistoricgarden.co.uk or contact Scolton Manor on 01437 731328.

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Fishguard and Goodwick Mural project turns to Crowdfunder to raise money

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PLANS to put up a few bright and decorative murals around the twin towns of Fishguard & Goodwick have turned to Crowdfunder to raise the money needed for their vision.

Andrew Harries, found of the Fishguard Future Projects, wants to place 12 murals around Fishguard and Goodwick “to help brighten up the town and showcase its culture and history”.

Andrew said: “Having been born and raised in Fishguard, I have seen the town’s highs and lows.

“Fishguard and Goodwick has a lot of potential with the tourism trade growing every year and the popular events such as the Music Festivals, The New Years Eve Street Party, The Carnival, The Soapbox Derby and many more helping attract even more visitors.”

The murals, which were initially turned down for funding when a grant application was refused, will focus on the two towns “interesting but lesser known history” that Andrew feels needs to be highlighted.

Andrew told The Herald: “Each design will be 8 x 6ft and mounted professionally on buildings around the area. Having spoken to a few business owners around the town, this project has received a lot of positive feedback.”

“The murals will unfortunately need to be fully funded via Crowdfunder, after a grant application was turned down.

“I have explored the option of having them traditionally painted on, but this would be more cost effective and would need to be maintained every 5 – 8 years. With this in mind, the designs will be created digitally and then professionally mounted on aluminium composite.”

If you want to help, you can find the link to Andrew’s Crowdfunder here.

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Drive for new recruits as Army Cadets re-open

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DYFED AND GLAMORGAN ARMY CADET FORCE are now able to accept new joiners aged 12 (and in Year 8 at School) to 17 years old.

Joining the Army Cadets will give access to a wide range of exciting activities, from adventurous training (AT) such as kayaking, mountain biking and abseiling and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to military-themed activities including shooting, fieldcraft and skill at arms, as well as training in first aid, young adults get the chance to discover lots of new experiences and make new friends.  

There is no obligation to join the Forces at all, but they can give some guidance if you are interested.  

There are no subscription charges, uniform is issued free on a loan basis; the only thing you need to supply yourselves is Boots.  

The Cadet Force are also looking for adult volunteers, both uniformed and non-uniformed to assist as well.

They have Detachments located in Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Narberth, Tenby, Milford Haven, Neyland, Pembroke Dock, Tenby, St Clears, Llanelli, Trimsarren and Burry Port.

Most Detachments parade twice a week in the evenings 1900 – 2100hrs on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday (Depending on Location) and try to get away for a weekend every month as well as organising summer camps. 

Further Information is available at :- www.armycadets.com or call them on 01656 657593 (Option 1) to find out where your local detachment is and what nights they Parade.

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Food Waste Heroes needed in Pembrokeshire

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TESCO’S Pembroke Dock Superstore has joined forces with food sharing app and social enterprise OLIO which is encouraging people across Pembrokeshire to become Food Waste Heroes.

The OLIO app allows anyone who signs up to tackle the issue of food waste at a local level.

OLIO Food Waste Heroes collect surplus food that might otherwise go to waste from supermarkets and other food businesses and share it with others locally for free via a contact-free pick-up.

Food Waste Heroes will be collecting surplus food from Tesco local stores taking part in the scheme, including the Tesco Pembroke Dock Superstore, and take it home ready to upload it to the app and share it with their community.

To reward them for taking part Food Waste Heroes are allowed to keep 10% of anything they collect to enjoy at home.

Saasha Celestial-One, co-founder of OLIO, said: “People become a Food Waste Hero for many different reasons but they each share a commitment to reducing food waste at scale. It is extremely rewarding because distributing large quantities of surplus food via the app means you get to see exactly what food you are preventing from going to waste.

“In the process of sharing our FWHs also get to meet a lot of new people in their neighbourhood, people from all walks of life. Finally, FWHs are able to keep up to 10% of their haul for themselves, so they can enjoy some of the delicious rescued food too!”

OLIO is registered with the Food Standards Agency, which ensures that all food collected is safe for human consumption.

Paul Johns, Store Manager at Tesco Pembroke Dock encouraged people to get involved.

“At Tesco we are committed to tackling food waste and we already donate our store’s surplus food to local charities and community groups through our Community Food Connection scheme with FareShare,” he said.

“But on some days local charities and community groups are unable to collect from us, and that is why we are supporting OLIO in the hunt for Food Waste Heroes across Pembrokeshire so that even more of our surplus food is eaten rather than wasted.”

To become a Food Waste Hero or find out more, visit https://olioex.com/get-involved/volunteer/

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