Pembrokeshire People – Brian John

Martha Morgan written by Brian John and played by Rhiannon James Year of Legends 2017

Year of Legends

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2017 has been hailed as the Year of Legends in Wales and the great and magnificent tales and legends of Wales will be celebrated and remembered across the land. For the folklore and tales of Pembrokeshire, local author, Dr Brian John, will be sharing his collection of Pembrokeshire Tales for us to enjoy on PembrokeshireLifeOnline.

Story telling is and has always been such an important part of the human condition. Most of us spend our lives trying hard to live our best story and, with the stories we tell ourselves and those we choose to share we endeavour to influence our worlds. In what we say, with words and deeds; art, music, dance, fashion and lifestyle, choices we make to be present or absent, the extent to which we give or take. Our stories abound.

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Dockyard Guitars – George Parfitt

Dockyard Guitars - George Parfitt Cigar Box Guitar on display in an Art Gallery
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A Winston Churchill Memorial Trust award is a boost for this young luthier from South West Wales.

Creating electric guitars from recycled or salvaged materials, George Parfitt is founder of Dockyard Guitars in Pembroke Dock.  The award will enable him to explore the cultural Cigar Box Guitar Movement in U.S.A.

I first met George Parfitt sitting cross-legged on the grass in front of his tent at the 2016, ‘Unearthed In A Field’ festival. He was surrounded by a range of his cigar box guitars.

I next saw George before he dashed of to Europe for a couple of months in autumn last year. Here, I catch up with him again with some of his backstory from that interview and exciting news of his forthcoming pilgrimmage to take in the Cigar Box Guitar revolution in America.

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Gardening with Jim Saul at Fishguard Garden Centre.

feature image Fishguard Garden Centre Pembrokeshire
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Fishguard Garden Centre

Fishguard Garden Centre
As Jim Saul has discovered there can be a few unique challenges and unusual effects of the climate and location here in Pembrokeshire.

Who better to find out more from than Gill and Nick Chilton of Fishguard Garden Centre? They have been sharing their gardening expertise in Pembrokeshire for 15 years from their garden-centre high above Fishguard in North Pembrokeshire.

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Dathlu Hen Galan, Ionawr 13, 2017.

Llwyncelyn (originally The Dyffryn Arms in Gwaun Valley Pembrokeshire Hen Galan 2017

Hen Galan 2017.

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Wel cyrreiddon ni’r Cwm ganol dydd dy Gwener y trydydd ar ddeg o Ionawr a miwn a ni i Llwyncelyn.

Na chi groeso! ‘Roedd Bessie’n  cynnu’r tan yn y rwm ffrynt a Gwyn yn paratoi’r parlwr erbyn parti’r nos. Er bo ni’n galw miwn bob tro inni yn yr ardal roedd hon yn achlysur arbennig iawn. We ni ddim wedi bod yn y Cwm amser Hen Galan ers we ni’n blentyn a we ni’n drychyd mlan yn fowr i’r diwrnod.

Mae Llwyncelyn ( yn wreiddiol “Dyffryn Arms”) wedi bod yn nheulu Bessie Davies ers 1941 a ma hi wedi bod yn rhedeg y lle ers 1972. Mae’r tafarn heb newid lot ers y dyddie cynnar ac mae wedi bod yn y “Good Beer Guide” ers ache.

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An evening of Sartorial splendour!

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Pembrokeshire Fashion Designers deliver Christmas Fashion Show, Pembroke Town Hall, 10th December, 2016.

At the recent Christmas Fashion Show, staged in aid of The Paul Sartori Foundation home-care cancer support charity, we were captivated.

So much talent amongst the local Pembrokeshire fashion designers who gave generously of their time and shared that talent, displaying their wares… and ‘wears’, to attract a beautifully turned out, paying audience.

If you weren’t able to attend the evening, we’ll take you there. And, if you enjoy this article, please consider if you’d like to help Paul Sartori Foundation… the need for support is constant to enable them to do the fantastic work they do, so even a small donation is a big boost. Use the purple button to go to their ‘Just Giving’ page. Thankyou.

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A glamourous evening unfolds…

The evening was directed by Toni-Marie Dorkings from Paul Sartori and Pembrokeshire fashion designer, Clare Johns.

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