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Stunning Pembrokeshire images by local photographer at Torch

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THIS OCTOBER at the Torch Theatre, local business owner Lloyd Grayshon, a Pembrokeshire native, will showcase his wonderful photographs of the county at the Joanna Field Gallery called The Lloyd Grayshon Exhibition. Based mostly on nature and wildlife, Lloyd’s images have captured the changing Pembrokeshire weather and its glorious landscape.

Owner of Media to Motion; a production company with a special focus on video creation based here in Pembrokeshire, Lloyd’s passion lies in videography. However most recently, he has also developed a deep appreciation for the art of photography. 

Father of two, Lloyd, is really looking forward to be exhibiting his work at the Torch Theatre which is on his doorstep. He said:

“I’m thrilled to present my photography in the Torch Theatre Gallery. The shots were taken whilst on various projects as a videographer. A drone pilot allowed me to capture the stunning beauty of Pembrokeshire from unique angles and perspectives.”

The county is most precious to Lloyd and through his images, he hopes to promote Pembrokeshire in the most magical of ways.

Lloyd concluded: “Pembrokeshire holds a special place in my heart, and through my lens, I aim to share my personal connection and daily encounters with the region’s natural beauty.

“I hope that you’ll enjoy my interpretation of this remarkable place that I call home.”

The Lloyd Grayshon Exhibition will take place at the Joanna Field Gallery, Torch Theatre throughout October and will be open during Torch Theatre opening hours.

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An evening of Cuban music at Twr y Felin Hotel, St Davids

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TWR Y FELIN art hotel in St Davids is offering an exciting evening of Latin American music on Saturday, 29th June.

Go along between 7pm and 9pm and enjoy the Cuban rhythms and vibrant sounds of Raul Speek’s Latin Kings Band. They will also perform a selection of original jazz compositions in the intimate setting surrounded by specially commissioned artwork.

Born in Guantanamo, Cuba, Raul came to the UK in 1991 and now lives and works in Wales. As well as a talented musician, he is also an accomplished artist with a local gallery in Solva.

Tickets, priced at £14 per person, can be booked online at www.twryfelinhotel.com or call 01437 725 555 for more details. Information about Rual Speek can be found on www.raulspeek.co.uk.

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Live music event for Nia, raising money for the Withybush Hospital Cancer Day Unit appeal

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Twenty years ago, the world lost another star to the clutches of cancer. This particular person was a member of the increasingly successful Pembrokeshire rock band JYlt, and her name was Nia George.

JYlt had been praised by John Peel of Radio 1, completed a UK tour including a performance at Glastonbury, distributed over 20,000 CDs, and were in talks with Sony about furthering their record deal. Nia was just 21 years old when she passed away after battling leukaemia for a year.

This summer, Nia’s life will be celebrated with a gig at HaverHub on August 10th. The event will feature Bryde (former JYlt singer), Tom Jenkins (who recently released his EP ‘Meadows Pt1 & Pt2’ through Xtra Mile Recordings), Persona B (with two other JYlt members), and SLAK, the winners of Pembrokeshire College’s Battle of the Bands 2024. There is also the potential for a special appearance that cannot be confirmed yet.

This event is not just a celebration of Nia’s life. It is also a poignant reminder of how cancer can affect anyone at any time, and it focuses on supporting the remarkable Withybush Cancer Day Unit. All ticket proceeds and donations will be given to this wonderful place that supports so many people during unimaginably difficult times, often resulting in beautiful stories of success. This unit is a lifeline to many, and we aim to give a little back.

Please note, this event is for those aged 16 and over, with a strict ID policy in place.

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Plan submitted for £2m holiday pods near Tenby

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£2M PLANS for wheelchair accessible holiday lodges at the site of a Pembrokeshire deer park attraction, which has animals from the Queen’s estate, would make the county a more disability-friendly location, its applicants say.

In an application submitted to Pembrokeshire County Council, Mr and Mrs Evans seek permission for 15 lodges at Great Wedlock, Gumfreston, near Tenby, the site of a 176-acre deer farm attraction, opened last year, and a recently-granted market traders’ barn.

In a supporting statement, the applicants say: “Over the last 48 years, my wife and I have developed Holiday Parks firstly in Pembrokeshire and then throughout the UK. We decided to return to Pembrokeshire where it all started for us in 1976, to develop the deer park and are now looking to develop the wheelchair accessible lodge development, to support our business and for the benefit of Pembrokeshire and its economy.

“In 2020 we bought Great Wedlock Farm and set about applying for planning permission to open the farm to the public to provide a new tourism destination and allow visitors to re-connect with the countryside and natural beauty Pembrokeshire has to offer. The deer were purchased from Woburn Abbey and some from the late Queen’s estate (to ensure the highest quality of deer breeding stock). We opened the deer park in May 2023 with a great emphasis on catering for disabled persons and the elderly.”

They say the deer park has disability-friendly facilities, along with a specially adapted MPV allowing disabled visitors to the deer park to go on ‘Safari,’ viewing the deer, as well as electric buggies and trailers for wheelchair users.

“There is an ever-increasing demand for the type of development that we are now looking to undertake. We are now applying for 15 wheelchair accessible lodges that will be made available for those with accessible needs, specially designed and manufactured by Quality Pods Wales (located in Pembroke Dock). Using local suppliers underpins our business model to support the wider Pembrokeshire economy. Current build costs to complete the development are circa £2m which will add considerable income to local suppliers, contractors and the lodge manufacturer. This will bring our total investment across the site to some £10m, funded wholly by our own funds.”

The applicants add: “The development of these units will provide an inclusive and accessible environment for guests, in addition to the work we have undertaken at the main park already,” adding it would “also take pressure off the local housing stock especially as second homes are noted as an issue surrounding local affordability and availability of accommodation for permanent residents residing in Pembrokeshire”.

“Our initial research has noted that disability organisations often have issues seeking accessible accommodation in Pembrokeshire. Demand is considered to be high, with access organisations already wishing to book accommodation all-year round for their members. This development could support year-round holidays, which would be of great benefit to the local economy.”

They hope the scheme, if granted, would create five full-time jobs.

They finish: “I realise it is against the current LDP policy however this is a very special development for those of us with accessibility problems and I really do feel that an exception could be made in this case, without setting a precedent for future planning applications.”

The application will be considered by planners at a later date.

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