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Pembrokeshire prose and poems at Llangwm’s 5th Literary Festival

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‘LLANGWM’S fifth literary festival is a wonderful showcase for Pembrokeshire talent.’ says
Michael Pugh, Director of the Llangwm Literary Festival.

‘We some very powerful images from the renowned photographer David Wilson who lives in
the village.’ continues Pugh. ‘In his book ‘The Village’, David’s images capture the soul of
Llangwm’s tight knit former fishing community. These images are all the more important
because many of them were taken during lock-down. It is amazing to look back and see how
far we’re advanced from there and how the human spirit can triumph over adversity.
Local artist and photographer, Ian Jacob, who was born in Llangwm and lives there now is
excited to be unveiling his first book at the festival. ‘Body Rock Sand’ is the fruition of an
idea that developed in Jacob’s mind when, as a young art student, he was captivated by the
images of Lucien Clergue’s, ‘Née de la Vague’ (Born of the Waves). Clergue’s images are
the inspiration for Ian’s very own images on the interplay of skin, sea and sand in
Pembrokeshire’s beaches.

St David’s based master-forager Julia Horton-Mansfield returns to the festival for the fifth
time to invite guests to ‘Come Forage with Me’ and explore the richness of the Cleddau
shoreline and to find out more about the health-giving properties of the delicious foods
literally growing all around us. On a darker note, and for those who enjoy a spine-tingler,

Llangwm-based writer, Pippa ‘the Pen’ Davies, joins Pembrokeshire’s Diana Powell, and
Maggie Himsworth for the unveiling of an intriguing Crime Cymru anthology of short stories
by Welsh Women and to explore what it is that attracts us to read about crime!

For those who have their own story to tell, Narberth’s Emma Baines will be running ‘Write
by the River’; a creative workshop on the Cleddau for those who wish to write about the
mighty river and what it means to them.

Poets, and writers, and anyone who just wants to share a poem or song are warmly invited to
Llangwm rugby club’s ‘Poems and Pints’. This year’s session, inspired by the themes of
Joyce’s Ulysses, and Poems of War in connection with Ukraine, promises to be very high-
octane indeed. No festival in Wales would be complete without a song, and Llangwm is no
exception with its bold Village Voices to entertain with their latest repertoire.
Llangwm’s Ellie Brick, in support of the idea that you need a fit body to get the best out of
your mind, will be blowing the cobweb’s away with a Sunday morning stretch and dance.

And for those who just want to sit back, leave it to Deb Winter, local storyteller
extraordinaire. Her tales will take you to new horizons and undiscovered worlds.

For more information on the festival, please contact [email protected], or visit our
website: www.llangwmlitfest.co.uk

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Latest on Skills Partnership’s employment plan at Royal Welsh Show

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THIS WEEK (Jul 22) at the Royal Welsh Show, the Mid Wales Regional Skills Partnership (RSP) unveiled its update to the Employment and Skills Plan 2022-2025. It addresses the region’s evolving employment and skills needs, reflecting sector growth and economic demands.

The updated plan incorporates new labour market intelligence and qualitative data, providing accurate growth forecasts for Powys and Ceredigion. The RSP collaborated with business-led cluster groups to gather industry-specific insights, ensuring the plan meets the Mid Wales economy’s current and future demands.

The updated plan highlights key growth areas up to 2028, including a 6% increase in the construction and advanced manufacturing sectors, a 9% rise in food and drink production, and a 4% growth in the digital sector. It also emphasizes the importance of skills linked to Net Zero and energy, highlighting emerging workforce requirements.

Councillor James Gibson-Watt, Leader of Powys County Council, and Councillor Bryan Davies, Leader of Ceredigion County Council, Co-Chairs of the RSP Board said, “We are pleased with the positive steps the region has made in growth. By collaborating with schools, colleges, universities, and training providers, the RSP is helping to ensure that the right skills are available at the right time to meet the demands of our Mid Wales employers.”

Emma Thomas, Chair of the Mid Wales Regional Skills Partnership, said, “The Employment and Skills Plan Update 2024 is a testament to our ongoing efforts to support the region’s economic development.

The Mid Wales RSP encourages stakeholders, businesses, and the community to explore the comprehensive Employment and Skills Plan on the Growing Mid Wales site: www.growingmidwales.co.uk/midwalesskillspartnership

The RSP is part of the Growing Mid Wales team, and works across the counties of Ceredigion and Powys, ensuring the development and delivery of the vision for Growing Mid Wales. This includes working to drive investment in skills by developing responses based upon local and regional need.

Stay updated on the latest developments with the work of Growing Mid Wales, by signing up for a monthly newsletter. Email [email protected].

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New guide for older people on accessing GP practices in Wales

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THE OLDER People’s Commissioner for Wales has launched a new guide to help older people and their families better understand their rights when accessing their GP practice, and the kinds of services and support that should be available.

The Commissioner has published the guide after research she undertook earlier this year found that changes to the way services are delivered, and the changing roles of health professionals working with GP practices, have left many older people struggling to find suitable appointments.

The guide includes information on a range of topics, from communicating with your practice, to finding the right service and professional, to the support that should be offered to help meet your needs, to what you can do if you’re not happy with the service you are receiving. The guide also includes contact details for organisations that can provide help and support to older people and their families, including the Commissioner’s own Advice and Assistance Service.

The guide was developed with support from older people, as well as health professionals and other key stakeholders, and is being distributed to every GP practice in Wales, as well as to older people via community-based organisations.

Versions of the guide are available in BSL, Audio and Easy Read formats, alongside summaries in other languages.

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Heléna Herklots CBE, said: “As we get older, accessing GP practices often becomes a more prominent part of our lives and can play an important role in helping us to stay healthy and independent.

“One of the key findings from my recent ‘Access to GP Practices’ report was that many older people are unsure about what services are available from their GP practice and what they are entitled to.

“That’s why I have produced this guide, to empower older people and their families, and help them better understand their rights when accessing GP practices.

“This will help people feel more confident when making appointments and engaging with their GP practice, better understand the services and support they are entitled to, and feel more empowered to raise issues or concerns.”

Alongside launching her information guide, the Commissioner has also published a progress report3, which provides an update on the action taken in response to her ‘Access to GP Practices’ report since its publication in March.

The progress report highlights the ways that the Welsh Government and health boards are using the Commissioner’s findings to shape policy and practice, as well as the commitments made by other key organisations to deliver action to improve older people’s experiences.

The Commissioner added: “I was pleased to see the positive response to my ‘Access to GP Practices’ report and welcome the action that’s already underway.

“It is now essential that policy- and decision-makers build on this and deliver further action against my recommendations, something my team will be pressing for and closely monitoring as we move forward.”

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Barafundle Bay named cleanest beach in the UK

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PEMBROKEHIRE’S Barafundle Bay has been honoured as the cleanest beach in the United Kingdom, according to a comprehensive study by LitterBins.co.uk. The study, which analysed TripAdvisor reviews, Google ratings, cleanliness scores, and bacteria levels, places Barafundle Bay at the top of the list, making it the perfect destination for families this summer.

The research, conducted just in time for the school holidays, evaluated 50 popular beaches across the UK. Barafundle Bay achieved an impressive 86% excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, a 4.9 out of 5 Google star rating, and a cleanliness score of 78 out of 100. The beach also boasts low average bacteria levels of just 10 cfu/100ml, indicating pristine water quality.

Barafundle Bay, often referred to as one of the UK’s hidden gems, is renowned for its golden sands and crystal-clear waters. Accessible only by a half-mile walk from the nearest car park, the beach is free from commercialisation, contributing to its immaculate condition. Visitors can enjoy a tranquil and scenic environment, making it an ideal spot for relaxation and family outings.

Local authorities and residents are delighted with the recognition. Councillor Gwen Jones of Pembrokeshire County Council commented, “We are incredibly proud of Barafundle Bay being named the cleanest beach in the UK. This accolade is a testament to the hard work of our community in maintaining and preserving our beautiful coastline.”

Pembrokeshire is no stranger to pristine beaches, with several others in the region also receiving high rankings for cleanliness. Rhossili Bay and Mwnt Beach, for instance, both feature in the top ten cleanest beaches in the UK, highlighting Wales’s commitment to preserving its natural beauty.

The study also sheds light on other top-ranking beaches across the UK. Woolacombe Sands in Devon and St Cyrus Beach in Aberdeenshire were ranked second and third, respectively. However, the recognition of Barafundle Bay stands out due to its combination of natural beauty and exceptional cleanliness standards.

The designation of Barafundle Bay as the UK’s cleanest beach is expected to boost local tourism, drawing visitors eager to experience its unspoiled charm. Local businesses are preparing for an influx of tourists, hoping to showcase the hospitality and beauty of Pembrokeshire.

As the summer holidays begin, families are encouraged to visit Barafundle Bay to enjoy its stunning scenery and safe, clean environment. The accolade not only puts Pembrokeshire on the map but also serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving and protecting our natural landscapes for future generations.

For more information on Barafundle Bay and other top clean beaches in the UK, visit the LitterBins.co.uk website.

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