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Clare’s Craft Centre hosts seventh anniversary open day

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CLARE’S Craft Centre first opened in October 2015. To celebrate being open for business for seven years, Clare’s Craft Centre is hosting an open day on Saturday, October 22 from 10am until 3pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event, from usual customers and students to new and curious visitors.

There will be a finger buffet and soft drinks available to those who attend this exciting event. A free gift will also be given to every customer.

The centre, located in Ferry Lane, Pembroke Dock, has a small haberdashery shop which sells a variety of products ready for any kind of craft. It also has a small and welcoming crafting studio which is available for everyone to visit and try new crafts.

The primary aim for the centre is to offer friendly encouragement for people as they learn new craft skills in a safe, warm and friendly environment.

Student’s sheep craft

Several tutors provide workshops at the centre for a range of different crafting subjects, such as glass painting, silk painting, organza rag ring making and weaving classes – to name but a few.

They also provide one-on-one sessions for most subjects.

During the open day two resident tutors will be available in the studio on the day to display and sell their own handmade crafts.

Lucy from Hooks & Dye and Dawn from Daisy Chain will also be demonstrating their classes and answering any questions people may have.

Owner, Clare Pugh, will also be available on the day to answer questions about the craft centre and any upcoming classes.

Open Day poster

Talking about her business, Clare said: “I believe in the therapeutic benefits of crafting and the creation of art.

“Sewing and creating craft projects have helped me to cope with many challenges in life as well as commemorate and celebrate life’s milestones.

“I have produced gifts, keepsakes, heirlooms, competition entries and I’ve decorated my home with unique items which have provided a sense of achievement as well as instilling a sense of pride. Crafting has improved my confidence and self-esteem.

“I have been fortunate to have family and friends who have nurtured my craft abilities but I believe that many people are unaware of their untapped potential.”

The open day begins at 10am on October 22. Clare’s Craft Centre is excited to meet you and include you as a friend of the centre.

You can visit Clare’s Craft Centre online here or on their Facebook page.

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A40 closed due to two vehicle collision near Camrose

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TWO people have been rushed to hospital following a crash on the A40 on Thursday (Jun 6).

Rescuers were called to a two-vehicle crash near Camrose, Haverfordwest at around 9.10am.

The road was closed in both directions.Both drivers were taken to hospital for further treatment, but was reopened shortly after midday.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police responded to reports of a two-vehicle road traffic collision at the Camrose junction on the A40, just outside Haverfordwest Airport at approximately 9.10am.

“Drivers of both vehicles were taken to hospital, with one being treated for minor injuries and the other treated for more serious injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

“The road was closed while officers attended the scene and reopened shortly after 12pm.”

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10th anniversary of the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre

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PEMBROKE Dock Heritage Centre is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Since the museum was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014, the centre has gone from strength to strength.

Today the museum is a ‘go to’ for information on the military, maritime and social history of Pembroke Dock, an archive of specialist research knowledge on the role of the Sunderland flying boats, and a beacon for Star Wars fans.

The importance of the Heritage Centre will be celebrated on Saturday April 27th with an Open Day.

The museum will be free to enter, from 11am to 3pm.

The Heritage Centre was the culmination of many heritage initiatives and over the years so many volunteers have given their time, skills, energies and enthusiasm to these – from the Gun Tower Museum to the Flying Boat Interpretation Centre, the Fleet Surgeons House and now in the magnificent Royal Dockyard Chapel.

Those at the Heritage centre look forward to welcoming everyone, especial any former volunteers and family members of those involved in past years.

See the website www.pdht.org also Facebook and X for further details.

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Fishguard Festival of Music tickets go on sale next week

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TICKETS go on sale on Monday 15 April for this year’s Fishguard Festival of Music/Gŵyl Gerdd Abergwaun concerts.   18 events will be staged at venues across Pembrokeshire from 18 to 31 July, with the popular Welsh National Opera Orchestra returning to the festival to perform at St David’s Cathedral on Friday 19 July.  Conductor Tomas Hanus will lead a programme that will include Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony and the Mozart Clarinet Concerto.

Other artists performing at this year’s festival include the Marmen String Quartet, the Welsh National Opera Chamber Orchestra and violinist Jennifer Pike with pianist Jâms Coleman.  Harpist Catrin Finch and violinist Aoife Ní Bhriain will team up for a concert following their acclaimed debut album Double You released last year.  Pianist and Festival Patron Peter Donohoe , soprano Claire Booth, accompanied by pianist Jâms Coleman,  will give recitals.  The Bute Wind Quintet and the National Youth Brass Band, Choir and Orchestra of Wales will also give concerts. Welsh Chamber Folk Trio VRi will return after their sell-out concert at Theatr Gwaun two years ago.  The festival will open with a concert in Newport by the Young Music Makers of Dyfed.

The full programme is available to view on the festival’s website and tickets will be on sale from 9.00am on Monday 15th of April and can be booked via www.fishguardmusicfestival.com 

Gillian Green MBE, Artistic Director of the Fishguard Festival of Music, said: “The Fishguard Festival has been a showcase for world-class music in West Wales for over fifty years and this year we will be reverting to our traditional dates in July following the temporary move of the festival dates following COVID. 

“We have an excellent line-up this year and will be taking music outdoors and visiting care homes courtesy of performances by Filkins Drift, funded by Tŷ Cerdd in association with Live Music Now.”

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