Don’t cast a clout ’til the May is out! With May blossom adorning the hedgerows and the return of swifts and swallows, Spring is now well established in Pembrokeshire. Daily … Read more…
Climate change and the A487
It’s not often that very strong winds and gales in St Brides Bay penetrate far into the Brandybrook valley, but the storms in late January 2014 were something different and we lost about a dozen trees on our patch at Roch Mill. As all locals know, with any serious storm there’s a fair chance that the A487 road will be closed across Newgale beach. So, with gales forecast, we were expecting a bit of extra traffic on our minor road at Roch Bridge. This C-class road doubles as the emergency “by-pass”, all 7km of it. The narrow twisty lanes are not well suited to heavy A-road traffic but once in a while, it’s liveable with. Mind you, I’m not so sure the hundreds of delayed travellers would agree.
Our first realisation that this had happened in a big way was when a bus started backing onto our driveway, along with a couple of other vehicles!
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…
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.
Stunning scenery and walks to suit all in South Pembrokeshire – Bosherton, St. Govan’s and Broadhaven South Some of the most often featured images of Pembrokeshire are the famed lily … Read more…
Volunteers’ Week 2017 – You Make the Difference Volunteers’ Week is a nationwide celebration of volunteers and volunteering which takes place from 1st – 7th June. It plays a huge … Read more…
Fishguard International Music Festival Announces 2017 Programme
Taking place at a variety of venues across north Pembrokeshire, the 2017 Fishguard International Music Festival will take place from 24 July – 4 August.
Highlights of this year’s festival include a performance of the complete Bach Brandenburg Concertos by Welsh National Opera Orchestra; a recital by 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition winner, Anna Tsybelva; a welcome return by the Gould Piano Trio performing a new work by Mark Simpson and the first visit to Wales by The Hermes Experiment.
This year’s festival includes two visits by Welsh National Opera Orchestra. In addition to the performance of the complete Bach Brandenburg Concertos at Neaudd y Dderwen, Rhosygilwen (28 July), the orchestra will give a concert at St Davids Cathedral (26 July) with Peter Donohoe as soloist for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1. Further orchestral concerts will be given by the European Union Chamber Orchestra at St Mary’s Church, Haverfordwest (24 July) and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales under the baton of Carlo Rizzi at St Davids Cathedral (4 August).
Pembrokeshire based Luke Harding decided that he would like to raise funds for Paul Sartori recently, adding “Paul Sartori and a couple of other local charities were chosen, as the work you all do in the local community is unquestionable and goes a long way.”
Luke raised money at the ‘Have a Laugh Comedy Club’ charity night at Theatre Gwaun in Fishguard where fundraising efforts from ticket sales and the raffle raised £1300. Paul Sartori Foundation benefitted from his fundraising, along with Shalom and Ward 10 at Withybush Hospital.