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Camrose Vintage Working Day a roaring success as record crowds attend

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A SYMPHONY of engines roared to life this past Saturday (Aug 26) as tractors, motorbikes, classic cars, and Land Rovers converged on the grounds for the much-anticipated ‘Camrose Vintage Working Day’. The turnout was nothing short of spectacular, with chairman Andrew James proclaiming the 2023 event as “one of the best ever”.

The vintage extravaganza saw over 5,000 enthusiasts and curious visitors making their way throughout the day. “The number of vehicles that turned up to exhibit was tremendous,” an ecstatic James said.

In an unexpected turn of events, the overflow car park was full by midday. A neighbouring farmer generously offered to move his sheep to make room for the burgeoning number of vehicles. But the sea of visitors did not ebb. As the afternoon progressed and more visitors continued to pour in, the accommodating sheep found themselves shifted once again to facilitate a third overflow car park.

The spectacle was not just limited to the plethora of vehicles. This year’s event boasted an impressive showcase of over 170 tractors, over 100 vintage cars, and a sizeable assembly of Land Rovers and motorbikes. Enthusiasts were also treated to grass mowing and ploughing demonstrations, which piqued considerable interest throughout the day.

Having taken the mantle during the covid pandemic, this marks Andrew’s second show as chairman. He credits the seamless execution and success to the indomitable spirit of the organising committee and the tireless efforts of the volunteers. “We’re extremely fortunate in having an exceptionally strong committee and a team of very hard-working volunteers. It’s thanks to these unsung heroes working diligently behind the scenes that the show continues to be such a great success,” he said, brimming with gratitude.

The Vintage Working Day is not just about the love for vintage machines; it’s also about giving back. Profits garnered from the show are set to benefit a consortium of 22 charities.

With the bar set high, fans and vintage aficionados will undoubtedly be looking forward to what the committee has in store for the coming year.

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Alice in Wonderland: You’d be MAD to miss it!

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MULTI award-nominated Immersion Theatre brings its trademark energy to its biggest, funniest, and most spectacular family musical to date: Alice in Wonderland. From the team behind last year’s smash hit “The Jungle Book” – be prepared to be amazed and delighted with this glorious, magical family show at the Torch Theatre this April!

Based on the classic children’s book by Lewis Carroll, follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure and meet a host of outlandish characters including Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire cat and of course, the Mad-as a bat-Hatter! The well-loved characters will all make an appearance and will take you on a colourful journey to a land of fantasy where your imagination can run wild.

Immersion Theatre is based in London and will tour Alice in Wonderland all over the UK during 2024. The company’s initial creations saw them producing a great deal of unflinching and unapologetic drama in a variety of Off-West End venues where their distinctive concepts and fearless re-workings of predominantly classic texts quickly earned them a reputation as one of the city’s most exciting and innovative theatre companies.

Children and adults alike are invited to join in the hilarity of seeing this classic story brought vividly to life in a show packed with comedy, music, audience interaction, and fun for the whole family! You’d be MAD to miss it!

Alice in Wonderland will be performed at the Torch Theatre on Thursday 4 April at 2pm and 5pm Suitable for ages 4+.

Ticket prices: Family £48. Adult: £14 and Child: £12. For tickets phone the Box Office on 01646 695267 or visit torchtheatre.co.uk.

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Pembrokeshire in oil and mixed medium by Mehdi Moazzen

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INTERNATIONAL consulting designer Mehdi Moazzen will feature his work at the Torch Theatre this March. Kateh, is a collection of digital artworks that captivate dramatic paintings of local scenes of mix mediums.

From 2-29 of March, visitors to the Joanna Field Gallery at the Torch will be able to view Mehdi’s evocative collection of works that capture the very essence of Pembrokeshire’s changing light and landscapes.
Iranian born and UK-educated, Mehdi, trained at the Tehran School of Fine Art and then in London and Manchester. After many visits to Pembrokeshire, he finally settled here in 1981 and ran his own gallery at the Coach House, Haverfordwest.

“My first commission was to design beach huts off the Caspian Sea for Farah, Empress of Iran. Coming full circle, my most recent project was to restore the former home of Queen Soraya, the Shah’s second wife in the South of France,” said Mehdi, who is also a painter and sculptor, often creating custom design furniture to align with his architectural designs. 

Mehdi’s career spans more than 40 years both within the corporate world – as a former design manager at Herman Miller – and his own private practice, spanning commercial and residential sectors in Europe and the Middle East.

“I’ve exhibited my work at the Torch Theatre before and I’ve had several exhibitions internationally,” added Mehdi.

Mehdi extends a warm welcome to all to his opening exhibition at the Torch Theatre on Saturday 2 March 5-7pm.

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Pembrokeshire’s true tales echo on stage in ‘Farmers Townies and Grockles’

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THE ARTS organisation SPAN Arts is one of 16 UK organisations partnering with Unlimited, an arts commissioning body that supports, funds and promotes new work by disabled and neurodivergent artists for UK and international audiences.

The commission has been awarded to actor, writer and founder of Popty Ping Productions theatre company, Ceri Ashe to create ‘Farmers Townies and Grockles’, a bilingual play telling the true stories of the people of Pembrokeshire, directed by Anna Sherratt.

Verbatim theatre is made from real people’s words. Ceri Ashe (Bipolar Me, Tales of a New Normal, Lockdown Tales: Making Bread and Babies) has been holding storytelling workshops and interviewing people from across Pembrokeshire about their lives. These true stories have been woven together to create a tapestry of voices that explores what it means to be a resident of this rural county.

From farmers in Marloes, retired Welsh teachers in Cilgerran, barmen in Little Haven, to zumba instructors in Milford Haven – this exciting new show explores the themes of belonging, community and change.

It is also an honest look at the issues facing people in Pembrokeshire today: the lack of affordable housing, the decline in Welsh speaking communities, and the future of farming.

Ceri says: ‘I have always been intrigued by the diverse range of people Pembrokeshire is home to, and it’s been a delight to go out into the community to speak to people from north and south of the county to create this play. I’ve worked with SPAN previously to create online verbatim plays during lockdown, and it’s so exciting to now be able to create a live theatre show with a fantastic cast of professional and community actors all from Pembrokeshire.’

Bethan Touhig-Gamble director of SPAN arts mentions “Being part of the Unlimited Commission which champions disabled and Neurodivergent artists has supported SPAN to invest in the creation of this extraordinary new work. We are proud to be able to create platforms for diverse creatives in Pembrokeshire to tell their own stories and make work that is rebellious, radical, adventurous, inspiring, and playful.”

This eagerly anticipated production will be performed in community venues for two shows only:

  • Friday 22nd March – Ffwrn, 6 Main St, Fishguard SA65 9HH at 7:30pm (limited spaces)
  • Saturday 23rd March – Pill Social Centre, Cellar Hill, Milford Haven SA73 2QT 3:00pm
  • Pay what you can for this exciting new show!
  • Book your space via the SPAN Arts website span-arts.org.uk
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