Campaign to End Loneliness Pembrokeshire.

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A National Campaign to End Loneliness reached Pembrokeshire this week and was the focus of a day-long seminar at Letterston Memorial Hall on Thursday.

Supported by Big Lottery Funding and, in Pembrokeshire, by Pembrokeshire County Council, this initiative acknowledges that ‘Loneliness is horrible’.

Novelist Emily Dickinson described it as “…the horror not to be surveyed….the quiet devastation.”

Novelist Emily Dickinson described it as “…the quiet devastation, the horror not to be surveyed.”

Campaign to End Loneliness.

Discussion centred around a search for applied local strategies to help relieve loneliness in our communities and so improve lives; to achieve positive health outcomes and reduce the impact that, as research clearly shows, loneliness has on morbidity and mortality – yes, it’s a bigger indirect killer than heart disease and obesity and other chronic diseases.

Loneliness shortens lives and renders life unbearable for sufferers.

 

Adverse effects of loneliness on health:

  • Increased stress – associated with boredom, restriction of free movement – #campaigntoendlonelinessconfinement.
  • Weight gain or weight loss – effects of low mood, isolation – perhaps leading to insufficient or sub-optimal dietary intake / poor nutrition.
  • Depression and anxiety – and more severe risks to self, secondary to these.

What helps to relieve loneliness?

Here are just a few…. please add your own suggestions in the comments section below, following this article…

Sharing…

  • A heart to heart hug.
  • Therapeutic touch.
  • *Contact and communication…. Women tend to prefer face to face contact (more appropriate when anyone seeks ‘understanding’ or emotional support; whereas men enjoy ‘shoulder to shoulder’ activities – the Men’s Shed initiative is an excellent example of this – ‘tangible support’, working together to solve a problem.
  • *Meaningful invitations to share time together – even 10 minutes contact is proven to bring about a release of hormones that affect a positive sense of wellbeing (Oxytocin).
  • Singing.*
  • Conversation.*
  • Considered seating arrangements.*
  • Cultural sensitivity.*
  • Listening.*
  • Inter-generational meeting places.*

* These asterisks denote an interaction that can be facilitated when visiting someone who is lonely, and perhaps housebound and unable to access all that we take for granted;

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DUCK RACE!

Haverfordwest Brownies with Marty DUCK fundraising for Girl Guiding Pembrokeshire
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Girl Guiding Pembrokeshire held a Duck Race this morning at Riverside, Haverfordwest.

Well attended – Marty DUCK was a crowd pleaser – and it was delightful to see lots of beaming faces cheering on their ducks!

It was our first experience of a Duck Race…. NOW I get it…. (I wondered who on earth raced ducks and could only imagine time trials and training schedules!) We’d like another one SOON, please…. great fun.

AND THE WINNER IS…

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Meetup: Pembrokeshire Culture Club

Meetup - Pembrokeshire Culture Club

Do you enjoy the arts and culture? Would you like to meet up with like-minded people and share these interests? Pembrokeshire Culture Club could be for you… Open to any … Read more…

Country Fair at Picton Castle and Gardens.

Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire

A traditional rural day out for all the family, including the dog.

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The sunny August Bank Holiday weekend saw a great event and plenty of fun for all ages in the castle and 40 acres of garden and woodlands of Picton Castle. Arts, crafts and produce alongside stalls, food, and drink were much enjoyed, particularly the village cream teas and thirst-quenching choices in the beer tent. Entertainment from the Ukelele Pirates and a fun dog show with agility classes were also on offer.

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Taking dogs to Pembrokeshire County Show?

aerial view Pembrokeshire County Show
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Look out for horse riding: Seren James, Helen Parry & 10 year old, Emily Locke – all featured…. check back for more over weekend. 

Oh yes! Pembrokeshire County Show is a dog-friendly day out.

On the first day of the 2017 show the sun came out after some torrential rain the day before – a few issues for parking with parts under water and some muddy patches, but otherwise all set for a grand day out. Dogs on leads with responsible owners equipped with pooh bags are made very welcome. We decided to take our 2-year-old Border Collie, Cwtch, to see how she got on!

 

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Taking Flight Theatre Company.

Taking Flight
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The Tempest comes to Pembrokeshire

Hilton Court Gardens played host to the lively outdoor performance of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest one sunny July evening and the audience were treated to a fast-moving and interactive, promenading theatrical experience. Taking Flight Theatre Company is a multi-talented team making creative access in theatre happen and this production is proving a great attraction all across Wales and over the border to Bristol.

Watch our videos from their performance and listen to the audio podcast interview, below…

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Nolan charity presents iPads and DVD players to Hywel Dda hospitals.

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Great news for patients on Hywel Dda childrens wards –

Nolan Charity Fund recently presented iPads and DVD players to Bronglais, Glangwili and Withybush hospitals worth over £1,300.

The iPads and DVD players will make a huge difference to patient experience and will go towards making a stay in hospital as relaxing and comfortable as possible while keeping children amused during their illness.

The Nolan Charity Fund is a Welsh charity set up in 2015 by uPVC businessman Nolan Nicholas to work hand in hand for the benefit of worthy causes in Wales. Sarah Cleevely, Fundraising & Events Manager, Nolan Charity Fund, said: , “I was delighted to meet the staff on the new children’s ward at Withybush Hospital and to be able to present them with iPads and DVD players. I am pleased that the Nolan Charity Fund has been able to provide Hywel Dda Health Charities with this support and the children in its care. I hope the equipment we have donated will go some way in providing the children visiting Withybush, Bronglais and Glangwili hospitals with some comfort during their stay.”

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Nigel J Bevans’ Top 10 places – Photograph Pembrokeshire 2017

Solva by Nigel J bevans

When I first wrote about my Top Ten Places in Pembrokeshire to photograph in 2016, I mentioned that this list changes on a regular basis as I visit new places or simply fall more in love with others and, true to my word, the list has changed, so here are my personal 10 favourite photography locations in Pembrokeshire as it stands now…

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Pebbles in the Sand – Artist Sue Powell

Wet Felted Art by Sue Powell - Curlew
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Coastal, Felt and Driftwood Artist – Designs inspired by the sea

Over six months ago I spent a busy day at the Christmas Fair in Pembroke Castle and met many varied and talented stallholders (this is a great annual event and I would suggest putting it in your diary now!) One particular stall drew me back several times and I was captivated by the work of Sue Powell – she manages to somehow to really capture the natural beauty, colours and wildness of the West Wales coast. After chatting with Sue, we agreed to keep in touch and to arrange an interview in the summer.

We joined Sue at her home, and spent an enjoyable afternoon watching her at work and finding out more about her life as an artist in West Wales. When I had first seen her pictures at the Pembroke Castle event, I had not realised they are from felted wool and also had no idea of the labour-intensive work and skill that goes into each unique felted picture and her driftwood art.

Artist Sue Powell - Felting and Driftwood Art
Artist Sue Powell

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