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Heritage group stumble on hidden gems

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effigiesA PROJECT in Llangwm which received support from Heritage Lottery Fund has uncovered some interesting discoveries. 

The lottery grant was awarded the Heritage Llangwm Group to produce plans and to cost out essential repair works to Llangwm’s medieval church. The grant also enabled the Group to undertake first stage research into the 12th century Fleming settlements of South Pembrokeshire, the Flemish noble family that were Llangwm’s first Lords of the Manor, and to identify sites where community driven archaeological digs might bear fruit. “Much of the last five months has been a costing and a searching exercise,” said Pam Hunt, Chair of the Heritage Llangwm Group.

“But we have stumbled unexpectedly on some hidden gems. Very little has been recorded about the early Flemish settlers sent here from England by Henry 1, so in addition to searching out information here in the UK, we also called on help from medieval specialist institutions in Flanders. “This approach has helped us to start to understand the lifestyles and culture of these early settlers. History books barely acknowledge them, describing them as barbarians who quickly integrated with the Anglo Normans. Well, we’ve found that isn’t exactly the case.”

The group has discovered from the writings of Lucas d’Heere, a Flemish traveller of the late 16th century, that there were still parts of Pembrokeshire where people continued to speak Flemish. “That is over 400 years after they arrived here,” said Pam. “We cannot know exactly where in the county they were still speaking their mother tongue, but places like Llangwm were fairly inaccessible five or six hundred years ago unless one came and went by boat. I think that is a perfect reason for a community not to adopt another language.” Should the proposals be successful, archaeology will provide an opportunity for the people of Llangwm to literally dig into their past. “We really didn’t know what we should be looking for or what we could find,” said Liz Rawlings, who will lead the community archaeological explorations next year.

“There was very little information available. But our Flanders contacts suggest that the discovery of fine medieval pottery fragments would be helpful.” There are plans for all this research to be correlated into an exhibition which will be located in the north transept of the church, the highlight of which will be a tapestry depicting images that outline the story of the village’s medieval past. “But it is to be a tapestry with a significant difference,” said Pam. “Each image in our tapestry will talk to smart phones and tablet devices to give the user a much better insight into Llangwm’s medieval past. And it will be in three languages, English, Welsh and Flemish.”

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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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