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CONTENTS Winter 2014/15





Snippets from around the county



Find out more about S4C’s latest
romantic comedy, filmed in
Little Haven


ToAsT oF ThE CoAsT

Meet the winners of this year’s
Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards

birD’s EYE ViEW

Pictures of Pembrokeshire as
you’ve never seen it before


Archive photographs reveal the
aftermath of the bombing of oil
tanks near Pembroke Dock

FAmiLY hisTorY

One woman’s spiritual journey
takes her to China as she reveals
the story of her great-grandparents
who were murdered in the Boxer



Local singer Jay James Picton’s
quest to win TV’s biggest singing

shiPWrECk hUNTEr

Diver James Hedley Phillips
reveals the secrets of
Pembrokeshire’s coastline

ChrisTmAs is ComiNG

Decorations for the home


Pembrokeshire produce perfect
for the party season


Dressing to impress


Festive jumpers Yule just love!


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S the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, it’s time to snuggle up and
reflect on the great summer behind us and the festive season ahead.
In this issue of Pembrokeshire County Living we celebrate our glorious
scenery and tourism industry, meet some of the characters who make our
county the special place it is and prepare to indulge in a little Christmas spirit.
Reporter Joanna Sayers interviews some of the names behind S4C’s latest comedy
drama filmed in Little Haven, while Ceri Coleman-Phillips heads to the Pembrokeshire
Tourism Awards to discover the people and businesses helping to put our county on the
tourist map.
Our friends at Skycam Wales reveal some of the amazing images they have been
taking with their state of the art drone photography system, while stories from the
county’s past are revealed through archive photographs and the publication of new
books by Pembrokeshire authors.
We talk to writer Prudence Bell whose spiritual journey to China traced the history
of her great grandparents who were butchered in the Boxer Rebellion, and hear from
local singer Jay James Picton who, as Pembrokeshire County Living goes to press, has
been continuing to impress audiences and judges on TV’s biggest singing competition
– the X Factor.
With Christmas round the corner we look at some of the festive fare on offer in
the county and take some festive inspiration from the high street. Plus, don’t miss our
comprehensive What’s On guide with details of things to see and do around the county.

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.

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GREEN-FINGERED regulars of two Pembrokeshire
pubs have raised £150 for the Coastguard cliff rescue
On Friday October 17 a charity pumpkin competition
took place at The St Govans Inn, Bosherston.
The competition has been a source of friendly rivalry
for local pubs The Stackpole Inn, St Govans Inn, The
Speculation, the Hibernia and the Highgate since the
This year the two entering teams were Stackpole and
St Govans. The competition was for the largest individual
pumpkin and for the heaviest six pumpkins from each
An amazing effort was made by all growers this year
and, by a close margin, The Stackpole Inn retained the
titles with an individual pumpkin of 375lbs 3oz grown
for Stackpole by Mark Josey of Deer Park View, and a
combined six pumpkin weight of 1,370lb 5oz.
The St Govans Inn had a combined weight of
1,076lbs, and a largest individual of 331lbs 5oz by
Dilwyn Mason.
£150 was raised through a raffle and donations on the
Rebecca Evans, who runs the Stackpole Inn with her
husband Gary, said: “Mark spends a lot of time on them
and he’s very kind; he helps everybody out and he’s very,
very good at it; he’s won for the last couple of years.”
Mark, who grew the impressive 375lb 3oz pumpkin,
is pictured with The Stackpole Inn winning pumpkin
entries and trophies.

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WITH 2014 marking the centenary of
the start of the First World War and the
70th anniversary of D-Day communities
across the county have been marking and
commemorating the contribution made by
their residents in wartime.
New memorials have been erected in
villages such as Templeton and Goodwick.
After six months of planning and
fundraising Goodwick’s war memorial
was unveiled in a moving ceremony
attended by hundreds of people.
The memorial was made of
Carreggwyn stone by local sculptor Darren
Yeadon. It is mounted on a plinth of 74
Goodwick bricks, representing the 74
heroes from the village lost in the First and
Second World War.

Local war veterans Glyn
Griffiths and Cyril Evans unveiled the
memorial against a background of blue
skies and sunshine, they then paid tribute
to their fallen colleagues.
Before the memorial was unveiled the
names of Goodwick soldiers lost in both
wars were only available to view in St
Peter’s Church, which is not always open
to the public.
The Fishguard and Goodwick branch
of the Royal British Legion set about to
remedy this as part of the First World War
centenary commemorations.

A FIRST-class Pembrokeshire postman, who has
served the community for almost 50 years, has hung up
his mailbag for the last time.
Trevor James, 64, from Haverfordwest, was given
an emotional send-off by Royal Mail colleagues when
he retired on October 24.
Following his father into the industry, Trevor signed
up as a telegram boy aged 16, and became a postman
within two years.
For the last 15 years he has covered the
Puncheston area, and has put his own stamp
on the route, often running errands for
older villagers on his day off.
Trevor said his customers – all of
whom he is on ‘first name terms’ with
– were what made the job so enjoyable.
“I couldn’t wish for a better
job – out in the fresh air, meeting
people and working with some great
colleagues. I will miss them all,” said
He hopes to dedicate more time
to his role as a volunteer driver with
Country Cars - a door-to-door service that
helps get local people to and from important

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kiNG mAkEr
TWO north Pembrokeshire woollen mills
have recently been recognised for their
efforts to maintain and develop traditional
weaving practices in west Wales.
The Welsh Mills Society has awarded
Certificates of Commendation to
Tregwynt Woollen Mill, St Nicholas, and
Solva Woollen Mill.
Fifty members of the society gathered
at the Victoria Hall in Roch in October for
the society’s annual general meeting and
to mark its 30th anniversary.
The society’s chairman, St Davidsborn Gerallt Nash, presented the first
certificate to Eifion and Amanda Griffiths
of Tregwynt. Tom and Anna
Grime picked up the award
for Solva Woollen Mill at the
mill itself, in Middle Mill,
during the afternoon.
The highly distinctive
designs of Tregwynt Mill
have made their mark worldwide with their products now
be spotted in stores and hotels
in the UK, Europe and the
Solva Woollen Mill has
identified a niche in the


market and specialises in woven stair
For example, Prince Charles
commissioned a carpet from Solva
for Llwynywermod, his residence in
They are currently expanding their
operation and hope to produce a wider
range of products in the near future.
Also visited by members of the society
on the day were the corn mills at Felin
Isaf, St Davids, and Roch Mill.
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AUTHOR and historian Terry Breverton latest books reveal the
fascinating story of the Tudors and a Pembrokeshire man who
helped change the face of British history.
Mr Breverton has carried out extensive research in Wales
and France on Jasper Tudor, the Earl of Pembroke, and uncle of
Henry VII, who defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth.
His book, Jasper Tudor: Dynasty Maker , published in
August, reveals how Jasper’s actions put his nephew on the
“Without Jasper, Earl of Pembroke, Henry Tudor could never
have gained the throne,” said Mr Breverton. “Jasper not only
helped Henry escape from Tenby, but fought throughout the 32
years of the Wars of the Roses, from the Battle of St Albans in
1455, through to Bosworth in 1458 and Stoke Field in 1487.
“This unknown son of a Welsh father and the French widow
of Henry V was responsible, more than any other man, for the
Tudor Dynasty.”
And Mr Breverton continues his quest to inform people
about the Tudors and Tudor life with a second new work full
of entertaining facts called All You Wanted to Know about the
Tudors but Were Afraid to Ask.
Everyone knows the old nursery rhyme: Mary, Mary,
quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells
and cockle shells, And pretty maids all in a row. But did you
know that this is Mary Tudor, and her garden is an allusion
to graveyards which were increasing in size with those who
dared stay Protestant? The silver bells and cockle shells were
instruments of torture, and the maids were a form of guillotine.
And the first National Lottery was in 1569, but discontinued
in 1826 because of religious feelings. These facts, and many
more are just waiting to be discovered.
Both books are published by Amberley.

LOCAL author Brian John’s latest novel heads
off in a whole new direction from his popular
Pembrokeshire-based Angel Mountain series.
Mr John, who led a scientific expedition to the
fjord landscape of East Greenland in 1962, has
recreated in a fictional context the tensions that
existed at the time between NATO and the Warsaw
At the time he was joint leader of a university
research expedition to East Greenland which
was the last one to be truly unsupported, with
no helicopter backup and no radio contact with
the outside world. He still thinks that the eight
members of the field party were lucky to survive,
given the many hazardous situations in which they
found themselves.
East Greenland in 1962 was not very far from
the “hot spots” of world politics. Keflavik Air Base
in Iceland was fully operational, manned by the

United States air force under an agreement with
the Icelandic Government. Soviet “sealers” were
often reported in the North Atlantic, and it was
common knowledge that they had nothing much to
do with sealing. There were NATO bases in West
Greenland and on the ice sheet.
Brian says: “From my own memories and
records I have fashioned a thriller which presents a
perfectly feasible sequence of events. In the story,
the members of a scientific expedition become
the unwitting guinea pigs in a series of grotesque
experiments in an arctic wilderness. As the death
toll mounts, they uncover a huge conspiracy and
realise that an implacable enemy with limitless
resources will not allow any of them to survive.”
He said: “I had both wonderful personal
experiences and rich background material to call on
as the story evolved inside my head.”

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Finding love is the theme of a new fictional TV series filmed recently in
Pembrokeshire. Reporter Joanna Sayers catches up with the home-grown producer
behind the show and meets one of its stars at a special screening.
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NE woman’s quest to find love for a
village full of men is at the heart of a new
romantic comedy filmed in Little Haven
for S4C.
Cara Fi (Love Me) is set in the fictional village
of Tretarw which, thanks to an increase in holiday
homes and a mass exodus of young people, is bereft of
eligible young women.
Determined to play matchmaker for the men – and
her own son - pub landlady Nancy sets out on a radical
mission to attract women to the village by advertising
the unsuspecting bachelors on milk cartons.
Filmed in and around The Swan Inn – re-named
The Anchor for the show - the eight-part series
follows the men as they trot out their rusty one-liners
to welcome their exciting new visitors, and get reacquainted with some faces from the past.
Star of the show is Steffan Rhodri – best known for
his role as Dave Coaches in hit BBC show Gavin and
Stacey – who plays forthright but loveable rogue Vic.
As well as the chance to spend time on the
‘beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, Steffan said the quality
of the show’s script is what attracted him to the part.
“What’s so often missing from Welsh comedy is a
genuine wit, and this has it,” he said.
Also fighting it out for the affections of its latest
visitors will be former Ysgol y Preseli student
Gwydion Rhys, and Crymych comedian and actor
Iwan John, while Pobol y Cwm actress Rhian Jones
and fiery matriarch Christine Pritchard ensure the few
women remaining in Tretarw have their voices heard.
Series producer Laura Cotton, who went to school
in Croesgoch and St Davids, said Pembrokeshire was
the perfect setting for the show.
“We were very
aware of what is
happening to small
towns and villages,
like my home town
of Trefin, where
most of the houses
are now owned by

holidaymakers,” said the 32-year-old.
“It’s a subject very close to my heart, and I wanted
to come back and make it here, where I’m from, and
show what an amazing, beautiful place it is.
“It’s madness that we haven’t seen Pembrokeshire
on screen more,” she added.
Paul Morris, who owns the Swan Inn, said the
filming process had been a “refreshing change” for
the village, and brought a welcome boost to the local
economy in what was usually a quiet time.
He said the crew and actors were very sensitive to
village life, and fitted in well, with Steffan Rhodri even
hosting a charity quiz night for Velindre Cancer Centre
that raised almost £1,000.
“It was great, a brilliant experience, and wellreceived by almost everyone,” said Paul.
“We would definitely have them all back!”
With music by Richard James (Gorky’s Zygotic
Mynci), sets by design guru Arwel Wyn Jones – who
worked on BBC hit show Sherlock, and a strong online
presence Laura hopes Cara Fi will also capture the
hearts of younger audiences.
And, in a plot that on the surface revolves entirely
around the needs of a bunch of men, Laura worked
hard to make sure its female characters were wellrepresented and – more importantly – realistic.
A fan of fast-paced female-led comedy The
Gilmore Girls, Laura said it was vital every episode
passed the Bechdel test – a benchmark for TV and
films that assesses how much time female characters
spend talking about their male counterparts.
“Every woman has a strong back story - a
hinterland – that paints her as a woman with a career, a
family, friends, and an agenda of her own,” she said.
Steffan said having genuine, well-constructed
female characters, was also important in drawing out

authentic performances from its male actors.
“I wouldn’t have trusted men to produce this
show, it has the class and integrity of its female
written all over it,” he said.
“Vic has a sort of ruggedness about him, but
also a vulnerability, which makes him attractive too.
“It was a fantastic opportunity as an actor.”
The first episode of Cara Fi was broadcast
on November 9, with English subtitles. Catch up
online by visiting the S4C Live (Clic) website.

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VENTS marking the end of
another successful summer
tourist season for Pembrokeshire
brought with them a celebration
of the best the county has to offer.
The 2014 Pembrokeshire Tourism
Awards took place at a glittering ceremony
at the Wolfscastle Country Hotel on
October 9.
The black tie event was a celebration
of the county’s businesses that go the extra
mile to deliver a high quality product or
service to the local tourism economy,
which is worth more than £520 million
a year.
This year a record number of entries
and nominations were received from a
range of businesses in 14 competitive
categories, including best customer service
team, best Pembrokeshire experience/day
out and exciting new business or owner.
Fourteen gold awards, 20 silver awards
and 10 bronze awards were handed out.
The chief executive of Pembrokeshire
Tourism, Maudie Hughes, said: “This year
has seen some truly outstanding entries
with extremely high standards across all
categories, and it was a real challenge for
our judges.
“Achieving a shortlist position in our
awards is no mean feat. In an industry that
is constantly evolving and developing,
businesses the length and breadth of the

county are delivering fantastic experiences
for the visitor and working hard to meet
and then exceed expectations.”
More than 200 people attended the
evening and were treated to a special guest
appearance from the editor of the Daily
Express Hugh Whittow, originally from
He delighted the audience with a
compelling speech of his illustrious career
which saw him train as a journalist at
the Western Telegraph in the late 1960s
before moving to Cardiff to work on The
South Wales Echo and then onto London’s
infamous Fleet Street.
He said it has taken a lot of hard work
to reach the top and a lot of luck. “I have
not had to apply for a job since I was 22,”
he joked.
Mr Whittow spoke of his love of
Pembrokeshire, in particular his home
town of Haverfordwest and walking his
dog on Newgale Beach.
The entertainment was provided by
Narberth based singer-songwriter Caroline
Harrison, who is planning the release of
her third single this autumn before going
on a UK tour.
Throughout the evening fifteen
businesses were presented with the gold
award trophy produced by local glass
sculptor Steve Robinson. The remaining
category finalists were presented with

Cleopatra Browne and Gareth Chilton – Celtic Quest Coasteering

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Dean Merrick publisher of the Western Telegraph and Pembrokeshire County
Living – Sponsor, Outstanding contribution to tourism award winner Glyn
Williams – Folly Farm, and Hugh Whittow, editor of the Daily Express

Angus Findlay – Web Adept, Kevin Hire – Sponsor – Radio Pembrokeshire – Right



Dominic Subbiani, Gillan
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Ian Griffiths – Sponsor – Celtic Camping and Bunkhouse – Middle, Ann Pendleton and Stella Jones – Croft
Holiday Park – Left to Right

Jacqui and Dewi Davies – Clydey Cottages, David Witt
– Sponsor – West Wales Holiday Cottages – Right

Graham Da Gama Howells and Bethan Jones
– Cwtch Camping

Alison Belton – Sponsor – Outsource Me Ltd / Outsource
Me Stay Green – Middle, Graham Da Gama Howells
and Bethan Jones – Cwtch Camping

Ant Goddart – Kayak King

Jayne Hancock – Fields Lodge Bed and Breakfast

framed certificates for the silver and bronze awards.
Chair of Pembrokeshire Tourism, Jane Rees-Baynes
was delighted with the evening’s success. She said: “I
was delighted to be part of the Pembrokeshire Tourism
awards – both as a category sponsor and as chairman.
The team at Wolfscastle really looked after everyone
with delicious food and excellent service. Thank you
to all the sponsors and attendees and especially to the
team at Pembrokeshire Tourism for organising another
fantastic awards event highlighting just what fabulous
businesses we have in the county.”
Pembrokeshire Tourism Association offers advice,
guidance and support to businesses in the industry of all
shapes and sizes in the industry and acts as a voice for
its members as well as sharing best practice.
Maudie said: “Pembrokeshire has had two good
summers in a row with plenty of sunshine, but that is

only part of the story.
“Across the county individuals and groups of
people have worked hard to deliver great results for
their businesses, the visitors and of course the local
population as well. This all requires investment, both
time and money, and a sensible management of that too.
“Over the coming months we will be continuing to
work with our partners in the Destination Pembrokeshire
Partnership, to evolve tourism in the county, develop
new ways of working that maximise the available
resources and take the lead in encouraging innovation
and growth in the tourism and visitor economy in
“The more businesses who join us, the stronger our
position is, and the louder your voice and our voice

roAr As
WiNs Top
WINNER of the outstanding contribution to
tourism award was the founding director of
an award-winning Pembrokeshire attraction.
Glyn Williams, who set up Folly Farm
more than 25 years ago, was presented with
the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism
award at the Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards.
The award marks the high level
of contribution he has made to the
Pembrokeshire tourism economy over the
The tourism awards celebrate and
recognise inspirational businesses in
the county and Folly Farm is one of the
attractions that has helped put Pembrokeshire
on the tourist map.
The outstanding contribution to tourism
award, sponsored by the Western Telegraph,
was presented to Glyn by Western Telegraph
publisher Dean Merrick and special guest,
national newspaper editor Hugh Whittow, of
the Express.
Glyn said: “I was surprised and
overwhelmed to receive this fantastic award
from my industry peers. Even when the
information about the winner was being read
out I didn’t realise it was me.
“It was a very kind gesture and is
testament to all the hard work the entire
Folly Farm team have put in over the last 26
As a previous winner of Wales’ Best
Family Day Out award, Folly Farm continues
to evolve through strategic investment, and
is set to celebrate a record level of visitors by
the end of the year following the launch of
its new £0.5m two-acre lion enclosure this
summer, The Pride of Pembrokeshire.
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From the archives


RCHIVE photographs recording damage done by the Luftwaffe
bombing of oil tanks near Pembroke Dock during the Second World
War, which led to the death of five firemen, have recently been republished.
The August 1940 bombings of the oil tanks at Llanreath caused the biggest
fire seen in the UK since the Great Fire of London and continued to burn for
weeks. Five Cardiff firemen lost their lives and many others were seriously
On the afternoon of August 19, 1940, a group of three German Luftwaffe
Junkers Ju88 bombers, accompanied by two Messerchmitt ME109 fighters flew
over the Oil Tank Farm south of Llanreath.
Four of the bombs fell short, exploding in open country, but the resulting
detonation from one direct hit on a tank of 12,000 tons started a blaze that
would take more than 600 men from 22 brigades 18 days to put out.
Low-level oblique shots of the inferno, taken on the August 31, when the fire
had been burning for 12 days, have now been found in the Royal Commission
on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales archive.
Ted Owens, 91, of Pembroke Dock’s Elizabeth Court was a 15-year-old
messenger boy in the fire brigade at the time of the bombing.
Ted, a later Royal Marine Commando veteran of D-Day, said: “I saw so
many things in Pembroke Dock a boy of my age shouldn’t have seen.
“I was on that for three days and three nights and never came home.
“I was frightened; it was so hot we even took sheets off a hay rick and used
galvanised sheets to shield us.
“It was very, very dangerous; five of the men got burned to death; that was a
terrible accident.
“The oil was coming down out of the sky; everything was black.”

Martin Cavaney of the Pembroke Dock-based Sunderland Trust said
Pembroke Dock was a sitting duck for the Luftwaffe on that fateful day:
“The town was completely undefended; they’d obviously done their scouting
beforehand. These tanks were wide open.”

PICTURES: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales archive.

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Writer Prudence Bell recounts
the tragic story of how her greatgrandparents were butchered during
the Chinese Boxer Rebellion.

MISSIONARY from St Davids was among
thousands of Christians to be hunted down
and beheaded during the Chinese Boxer
Rebellion at the start of the twentieth

The story of Elizabeth Dixon has been told by
her great-granddaughter Prudence Bell, who recently
launched her book ‘Lives From a Black Tin Box’ at
Oriel y Parc in the city.
Elizabeth was born in the Old Cross Hotel and
travelled to China with her husband Herbert to spread
the word of God.
Their work was to be cut short when the Empress
Cixi decreed that all foreigners must be executed.
An army of men dubbed the Boxers were soon
hunting the couple along with the many other
European missionary families who had settled there.
Herbert and Elizabeth were forced to run for their
lives. Herbert had with him some paper on which he
wrote down everything that happened to them and
by some ‘amazing miracle’ those papers, along with
countless letters the couple wrote to their children and
relatives ended up back in Britain and in the family’s
Black Tin Box, to be discovered by Prudence.
While hiding in a cave on July 21, 1900 Herbert
wrote: “Were it not for our trust in God we should be
in utter despair. To see the ladies, and especially my
dear wife in her weakness having to tramp over these
rough mountains by night and be hiding all day in
damp caves without proper food and water to wash
themselves makes me think some very bitter thoughts
towards against the governor of the province who has
promoted this terrible persecution.”
In 2006 Prudence and her husband Stuart travelled
to China. During their visit they planned to go to a
church in Xinzhou where Herbert and Elizabeth had
been missionaries.
Prudence said: “Our arrival on that particular
Tuesday morning, at that particular time had a divine
hand behind it.
“It was clear the people were a little suspicious
of who we were and why we had come. When it was
explained I was the great-granddaughter of Herbert
and Elizabeth Dixon, the room erupted with smiles
and handshakes.
“I didn’t know these people, but suddenly they
seemed to know me. It was as if they had been
expecting me and in some way they had.”
Lives From a Black Tin Box takes the reader on a

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spiritual journey spanning 120 years.
Prudence said: “You will go from Wales to
London, to the Congo and back to London, to China
and back to Wales, and one last journey to China.
“I’ve known about my great-grandparents being
murdered in the Boxer Rebellion for a long time, but
the thought of ever putting it down on paper never
ever occurred to me.”
She was convinced to take a tape recorder and

journal with her to China, on which she recorded her
emotions. The writings and recordings inspired the
creation of a BBC Wales radio programme called
The Blood of the Martyrs and subsequently the book,
which Prudence wrote with Ronald Clements.
Speaking at the launch, Prudence said: “There is
completeness about today.
“We have brought Elizabeth back to St Davids,
completing the circle.”


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INGER Jay James Picton is certainly
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Right from the early rounds it was clear he would
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In his bid to reach the live TV finals the 31-year-old
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sang Coldplay’s Fix You.
It was hailed as ‘a stunning performance’ by judge
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Even hard-man judge Simon Cowell was stirred to
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shows like this to find people like you.
“I think we have found somebody really special.”
Former Royal Navy physical training instructor
James grew up in Saundersfoot, where he now lives
with his wife Victoria and baby daughter Nova.
He took up music while on sick leave from a knee
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as he previously had a recording contract.
James - who added Jay as his stage name - was the
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released from his contract.
He confessed after the arena audition he was
‘shaking all over’ when he took to the stage.
And that arena performance earned him a place in
the X Factor boot camp stage from where contestants
are chosen to sing at judges’ houses ahead of the live
Jay was soon the bookies’ favourite to win, and
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in judge and over 25s mentor Simon Cowell’s top six
and off to Los Angeles after delivering a heartfelt and
stunning performance of Snow Patrol’s Run.
Judge Mel B told him: “You sing with such
passion,” while his mentor-to-be, Simon Cowell
added: “From the very first time you and I met, I really
felt that you had the potential to be special.”
And when it came to the first live show, not
only did his ballad version of The Proclaimers’
1980s anthem ‘500 Miles’, see him winning enough
public votes to stay in the competition, but the song’s
download from the show also made the iTunes top ten.
Jay’s interpretation of the song was hailed as
‘genius’ by his mentor, Simon Cowell, but fellow judge
Cheryl Versini-Fernandez begged to differ.
“You sang it beautifully, but it was a bit odd,” she
Retorted Cowell: “I am gobsmacked that you don’t
like it,” and he went on to tell 31-year-old Jay that his
performance was ‘amazing’.
Louis Walsh told him he had ‘nailed’ the song,
while Mel B added: “Your voice is a killer!”
After that appearance Jay said:
“I had a great time. I really enjoyed
myself. I’m loving the competition and
I just want to come back each week.”
Jay was an audience favourite in
his home village of Saundersfoot long
before he performed in front of the
television cameras.
As Jay took on a slick James Bond
style to perform Adele’s Bond theme
Skyfall on last month’s movie themed
show, local fans recalled his first
appearances on the Saundersfoot stage
when he was a tiny, lively youngster.
As James Picton, he became

LOCAL STAR: Jay sings Happy Birthday at the
Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim. He is pictured
with event compere Benny Bond (Kevin Lloyd).

involved with Saundersfoot Musical Youth - now
Saundersfoot Footlights - through his mother, Janet,
who was the group’s choreographer.
“He was really sweet, and managed to get himself
on stage before the official age of seven,” recalled
long-standing Footlights member Pauline Hunting. “He
used to go to all the rehearsals with his mum and as he
was there so often he knew all the songs for Guys and
Dolls, so we fitted him out with a costume.
“The audience loved him even then. There were a
lot of Ohs and Ahs!”
James went on to play the young Jerome in South
Pacific in 1991; took on the title role in Oliver with an
unforgettable solo of Where is Love the following year;
was part of the chorus of Annie in 1993 and lined up in
the Family Von Trapp as Kurt in the Sound of Music
in 1994.
But possibly his first public performance was
singing a solo as one of the Three Kings in the
Christmas play by the Early Years children in Tenby’s
St Teilo’s School, which he attended with his sister
His teacher at the time, Julie Conybeare, recalled:
“James was an imp! He was always laughing and loved
playing in the water tray. He could sing then, and had a
very high, sweet voice.”
James recently took time out to send a special
video message to the children at St Teilo’s, who are
sharing the excitement at his continued success in The
X Factor.


STARTING YOUNG: As a Von Trapp youngster in The Sound of
Music and taking the title role in Oliver. PICTURES: Courtesy of
Saundersfoot Footlights.

Jay admitted he was ‘so nervous’ during his Skyfall performance,
adding: “It was such a big song, but I loved it.”
And interest in the singer also led to an appearance in OK magazine
with his wife Victoria and little daughter Nova.
Taking to the stage for the X Factor’s Hallowe’en Fright Night the
now X Factor heartthrob confessed however there had been another
woman on his mind as prepared for the next round – he was still to win
over contest judge Cheryl Fernadez-Versini.
The former Girls Aloud star had fired a negative comment at Jay
each week of the live shows, and told him after his storming rendition of
Tears for Fears’ Mad World: “You should have trusted your gut, as you’re
better than that song.”
So the question for the singer - who as Pembrokeshire County Living
went to press had already amounted 106,000 Twitter followers – was
how could he find his way to Cheryl’s heart?
“I really don’t know - maybe buy her a cake or some shoes or
something?” laughed Jay. “I am a big fan of Cheryl and I respect her. I
would love to win her around.
“But most important is that I do everything that I can possibly do to
continue to impress Simon Cowell.
“He gives me so much confidence. I admit I originally wasn’t sure
about the song choice, but I really trust his judgement and his instinct.
“Simon said to me that he also trusts mine, and that means a lot to
Jay confessed there was one performance on the show’s recent Fright
Night to coincide with Halloween which tugged at his own emotions
- the Phantom of the Opera rendition by wildcard contestant Stevi Richie,
who is his room-mate in the X Factor house.
“I was in tears backstage for him,” he admitted. “Stevi was really
living his dream that night.
“And that’s the message I would pass on to everyone, especially the
people in Pembrokeshire who are showing me such incredible support.
If you have a dream, and you believe in it that much, you have got to go
for it.”
Jay and his many fans in Pembrokeshire are hoping his talents will
take him all the way to the X Factor live final in the run up to the festive
Traditionally the overall X Factor winner has released a winner’s
single in time for Christmas, with many of the finalists participating in an
X Factor live tour some time in the new year.

FAMILIAR FACE: Jay two years ago at a local gig in the Shoreline cafe bar. Pictures: Angharad Thomas Photography.

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A diver, who has been researching and locating
shipwrecks off the Pembrokeshire coast for more than
40 years, has written of his adventures under the sea.


ames Hedley Phillips has personally
located more than 30 previously
unknown wrecks and dived on
countless more, recovering 100 year old
bottles of wine in the process which he drank
freely before discovering they were worth at
least £1,500 each.
Now James has published his first book
detailing some of the finds, and telling the
stories of those who were on board.
“Sailing ships were just about the first
form of transport, if you ignore horses,
and man has been sailing the seas off
Pembrokeshire for thousands of years,” said
“Until steam came along ships were
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Pembrokeshire has always been infamous for
the variety of sea and wind patterns.
“Add together dangerous rocks such as
the Hats and Barrels and the Smalls and it is
no wonder there are so many wrecks down
In James’ first book, Pembrokeshire
Trilogy Volume 1 Tales of the Sea, he recalls
diving on the SS Vendome, which sank off
Strumble Head, near Fishguard.
“I was confronted by the biggest conger
eel I have ever seen, as thick as a telegraph
pole and with a head the size of an Alsatian
dog’s. And it had teeth a Sabretooth Tiger
would have been proud of,” said James.
“I thought the best option was to retreat.
No-one can hear you scream under the sea.”
James also writes about Pembrokeshire’s
own tsunamis, duelling mayors, body
snatchers and drunken communities fuelled
by shipwreck whisky.
James, the son of a master mariner, has
dived off North Carolina, Florida, Israel,
Corfu, France and Sir Lanka, but has not
found anything to compare with the sea off
“There are three thousand wrecks down

there, maybe many more. I don’t think there
is a coastline anywhere in the world quite like
it,” he added.
James has spent years researching the
ships themselves but it is the human stories
that shine through, often involving great
sadness but also outstanding bravery such as
by the Angle and St Davids lifeboat crews
and the bravery of local people in saving
seamen’s lives.
It still disturbs him to write about
December 27, 1834, when 13 quarry workers
and farm labourers, as well as two women,
tried to reach Tenby after a week working on
Caldey Island. They were so eager to return
to their families in time for the Christmas
market they ignored warnings about the
heavy swell between the town and Caldey.
Their boat sank in full view of their
families, waiting excitedly on Tenby beach,
and no-one survived.
James has also carried out some of the
most detailed research ever on the islands off
Pembrokeshire, particularly Skomer, which a
local magistrate compared to Siberia.
And he tells of the parts played by the
German Kaiser Wilhelm 1, Queen Victoria
and Benjamin Disraeli in what became the
first coastguard station at St Davids, how
Napoleon Bonaparte’s Privateers captured
ships at will and, of course, smugglers galore.
“If you think you know Pembrokeshire’s
maritime history you are in for a shock,” said
James. “A lot of the stories have never been
told before and, hopefully, readers will feel
they happened yesterday and not hundreds of
years ago.”
James, who now lives in Haverfordwest,
plans to continue diving as he prepares
Volume Two of the Pembrokeshire Trilogy.
Copies of the book are available from
bookshops in Cardigan, Haverfordwest and
Tenby, and from Amazon. There is also a

THIRSTY WORK: Bottles rang
from Champagne to lime juic
e all
recovered from Shipwrecks by

Jim at 45
metres deep, recovering a ship’s
dinner plate and
a full and still
corked bottle
of Schweppes
Tonic Water.

August 1909 wrecked
on Bell Rock, five miles
west of St. David’s Head.
Divers recovered dinner
plates, bottles of red wine
(which Jim drank freely,
till he discovered each
bottle was worth over
£1,500 each).

DEEP: James
Hedley Phillips has
published his first
book chronicling
his adventure
under the sea off

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A Cushion For Christmas
This selection is from Jan Constantine.

Decorate your home this Christmas with a few bits and pieces that
Reporter Jenny Hanson meets a truly inspirational dame…
we’ve taken great pleasure in sourcing for you this month.
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Retro Stockings


We love these – they’re from
ClaireLoves -

Light Up A Wall

Kate Sproston alpine scene
cushion available at

A tree in a jar –
from Tesco!

From Betsy Benn

Festive top mini Christmas trees
from Ginger Ray

A Little Light
Illuminating Christmas sign
from Cotswold Trading

Christmas tradition sign from Betsy
Benn -

From Berry Red

Hung By The Fire

Stockings from Decorators Note Book

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Truly a Dream Store

The three floors are full to bursting with sumptuous leather
suites, occasional chairs and solid wood furniture all at
exceptional prices.
Cushions and throws are available in abundance co-ordinating
neatly with the ranges of design-led lighting, mirrors and home
Our own unique range of childrens hand carved, painted
furniture is a ‘must see’ and added to ourselection of jewellery,
handbags and personal accessories means we have something for
Couple all of the above with a Quayside café serving a true taste
of Pembrokeshire produce andreally great Italian Coffee wrapped
up in an historic building and you get ‘truly a dream store’.


North Quay, Pembroke SA71 4NU | 01646 684290

Home interiors • Furnishings & Accessories • Gifts • Lighting
Quayside Café - Serving Fine Pembrokeshire Produce

Pride � Passion � Performance


upils at Llandovery College are
proud of their school as a progressive
forward-looking place of learning
with a rich Welsh heritage.
Steeped in history, Llandovery College has
always evolved to meet challenges, building
a deserved reputation for producing high
achievers and nurturing and mentoring each
and every individual pupil.
Recent financial restructuring has seen
the College restore and realign itself,
strengthening its position in the independent
sector and preparing it for an exciting future.
September sees Llandovery College once
again leading the way when Year 6 pupils
will stay an extra two years in Llandovery’s
Preparatory School, rather than moving up
to senior school forYears 7 and 8.This phased
move will be fully in place by September
2015, with a new imaginative timetable
allowing pupils greater focus on literacy
and numeracy skills at this crucial stage in
their development. The College’s Nursery
is also an exciting development which
launched this Summer and a Development
Foundation has been established to drive
fundraising and ensure long-term growth.
Llandovery College presents an unrivalled
level of opportunity for its 320 pupils.
Dedicated to small class sizes and specialist
teaching, such as Classics and Mandarin
taught in our Confucious Centre. The
College produces Oxbridge students as well
as the international rugby talent for which
it is famed.

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Llandovery College

College Warden, Guy Ayling, has been
leading the College for two years and is
proud of the loyalty of parents and pupils as
well as the dedication of his staff.
He said: “It’s a real vote of confidence
in the school that pupil numbers are
increasing so dramatically and this is down
to a solid curriculum rooted in Literacy
and Numeracy, quality co-curricular
opportunities, non-negotiable absolute core
values and the inspirational leadership and
commitment of staff.”

We warmly welcome prospective pupils and their families to see our school in action
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PRODUCERS, shops and outlets in and around
Pembrokeshire have been hard at work ensuring their
customers can enjoy the best festive fare possible this
From turkeys to vegetables, meats, cheeses, chutneys,
pies, pasties, breads, cakes, sweets,ice-creams, ales and
more, there is plenty to choose from without the need
to build up the road miles.
Here is a small selection of some of the festive delights
to look out for from local producers this Christmas…

Rockin’ Robin Catchypole
Christmas Porter
Bluestone Brewing Company

A full bodied traditional dark Porter hopped
with Bramling Cross and Fuggles hops giving a
spicy bitterness to compliment its coffee and nut
flavours. It’s from a recipe true to Britain’s most
popular beer of the 1800s and perfect for a cold
winter’s night. Also available as a Ginger Porter
with a fresh root ginger addition. Available in
cask and bottle direct from the brewery or through
Templeton Beer and Wines and to be found
throughout Pembrokeshire.
Bluestone Brewing Company is based in the
Preseli Hills, north Pembrokeshire. Look out
for the team at Farmer’s Markets and Christmas
markets over the coming weeks and the beers can
be found in various hostelries in the county.

The new winter brew being produced by
Caffle, the Llawhaden based brewery, is
It’s an India Dark Ale which has a distinctive
roasted malt flavour but with the hop notes of
an IPA. The name is, once again like many of
Caffle’s previous beer names, inspired by the
Pembrokeshire dialect. Catchypole is the name
given to a tadpole so the pump clip and label
reflect the deliciously dark colour of the beer
- and the tadpole.
Caffle micro-brewery can be found in the old
school building at Llawhaden, near Narberth.

Its various
ales with their
labels are
available from
the brewery or
various outlets in
including Vincent
Davies in Haverfordwest and Fire and Ice in
Narberth. They’re also a familiar sight at beer
and food festivals.

Festive Artisan Gelato
and Cocktail Sorbets
Delicious festive gelatos
blended with Calon Wen
milk and Trioni double cream
from Fire and Ice include
the award-winning Tiramisu
gelato, and mince pie gelato

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India Dark Ale
Caffle brewery

infused with brandy.
Cocktail sorbets include
Blood Orange & Spiced Rum
and Black Russian (Vodka,
Kahlúa and Coke).
If you’re looking for
something more fruity, why
not try the smooth fruit
sorbets including Great
Taste Award Winning
Spiced Mango Sorbet
infused with ginger and a
hint of coriander.
All the products are
available in take home tubs
from the Narberth shop.
Call in for a sample at 66
James Street, Narberth.

Fire & Ice

As well as making their own
gelatos and sorbets, Fire and
Ice also stocks Welsh craft
ales and traditional ciders,
Welsh whisky, mead, gin and
honey. If you fancy something
different to mulled wine this
Christmas, why not try a
mulled cider or apple juice or
even a hot toffee apple juice
from Orchard Pig!


Christmas cheese hampers
The festive season just wouldn’t be the same
without a little cheese, and the experts at Caws
Cenarth have come up with a selection of tasty
cheese hampers that will make the perfect gift,
if you can bear to give them away that is. The
Cheese Lover’s Artisan Ensemble includes
Caerffili and Cranberry Christmas Pudding,
Llain, Perl Las, Cenarth Brie, Craddocks Cheese
Crackers and Pancae Mawr Chutney, while
the Cheese Lovers Caws Cryf Range features
Caws Cryf, Cennin Cenarth, Tomi Twyn, Brandi
Braf, Craddocks Cheese Crackers and Pancae
Mawr Chutney. There are further delights to be
found in the Cheese Lovers Artisan Favourites
and Ultimate Christmas Cheese Compilation
selections. The Caerffili & Cranberry Christmas
pudding is the firm’s famous traditional Caerffili
with cranberries dressed as a Christmas pudding.
It’s the ultimate edible festive decoration.

Caws Cenarth

Caws Cenarth celebrated 25 years of exceptional
cheese-making in 2012, and its cheeses continue
to be sold to and served in some of the top shops
and eateries in the country. Numerous awards
over the years have included the ultimate title of
Supreme Champion at the British Cheese Awards
for their Golden Cenarth.

Also from Pembrokeshire…


From Tan y Castell’s award-winning Welsh cakes,
griddles and Bara Brith, to tasty treats from the county’s
many bakeries and bakers, you’re sure to find the perfect
treats for Christmas. Many of the county’s smaller
producers can be found at festive fairs and markets in the
run up to Christmas.


The Narberth shop may no-longer be a feature in
St James’ Street, but there are plenty of chocolaty
treats to be found on the Fredericks website at
Or why not drop in to the Wickedly Welsh chocolate
factory at Withybush and indulge in the complete
chocolate experience!


Bakeries and outlets across the county will be serving
up their own festive take on some of your favourite
foods. Look out for plenty of tasty mince pies and festive

breads. The Welsh Bakery, with outlets in Milford Haven
and Haverfordwest can be relied on for tasty fresh fare,
while the Pembrokeshire Pasty and Pie Company in
Tenby came up with their own take on turkey pasties last
year. What will you find in 2014?!


Not strictly Pembrokeshire produce, but a festive trip to
Tenby’s own traditional sweet emporium Lollies always
goes down a treat. From retro sweets to the latest sugary
creations, you can be sure they’ll have plenty of stocking
fillers. Milford Haven’s Truly Scrumptious also offers
a great selection of old fashioned confectionery, sweet
hampers and sweet trees. Look out too for many of the
sweets, fudges and toffees made by artisan producers in
the county. You’ll find them at markets and fairs in the
run up to Christmas.
If you’ve developed or discovered some tasty west Wales
fare worthy of mention email details to

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Celebrating 400 years of educational excellence 1614 - 2014
Set in the beautiful Wye Valley, Monmouth School and Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls offer
the best of both worlds: the advantages of single-sex education with regular, joint after school and
weekend activities for boys and girls, and a coordinated Sixth Form timetable, offering around 30 AS/A
Level subjects. Outstanding results enable the vast majority of our pupils to gain access to their first
choice university and to pursue careers as diverse as medicine, law, business, engineering, sport and the arts.
Monmouth was listed in the Sunday Times as the third best place to live in the UK with special mention
of the Haberdashers’ Schools. While the Tatler Schools Guide 2015 described the schools’ fees as “among
the best value in the country”.
Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls and its prep school, Inglefield House, offer a nurturing and
aspirational environment. Filled with energy and happiness, there is a sense that pupils can achieve
extraordinary things with the support and encouragement of staff and fellow pupils. HMSG welcomed
Mrs Caroline Pascoe as its new Headmistress in April.
Founded in 1614, Monmouth School and The Grange, Monmouth Preparatory School, know how boys
develop best. With boarding from 9, the School offers extra-curricular activities to allow boys to excel not
just academically, but also in music, the arts, sport and adventurous, character-building pursuits. Frequently
placed in the top 10 boarding school for boys based on A Level results.
For more information on the 17th January Open Morning or to arrange an individual visit, please call Mrs
Diane Jakes on 01600 710433 for Monmouth School, boys aged 7 to 18, or Mrs Gloria Sheppard on
01600 711104 for Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls aged 7 to 18.

OPEN DAY 17 January 2015, 9.30am - 12.00 noon
11+ ENTRANCE TEST Saturday 31 January 2015
Registered Charity Number 525616

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We pick out a selection of dresses to glam up your festive parties.
From Debenhams

From Lipsy

From Dorothy Perkins

From Miss Selfridge

From Lipsy

From F&F at Tesco

From Top Shop
From New Look

From New Look

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Here are some fun festive jumpers to help you
through the cold winter nights.









1. BHS Womens navy robin jumper
2. BHS Womens red slogan jumper
3. George at Asda Mens red reindeer jumper
4. M&S Mens Merry Christmas jumper 
. BHS Womens Santa beard jumper
6. M&S Womens Collection blue ribbon jumper
7. Debenhams Womens ‘I love mistletoe’ jumper
8. M&S Mens Angry Birds Christmas jumper
9. George at Asda Kids Santa jumper
10. Get the Label Mens Baa Humbug jumper
11. Littlewoods Kids Ladybird snowman jumper
12., Reindeer jumper


Pembrokeshire County Living | 43

New Range of Beds

Quilted Mattresses Start

Pocket Sprung - Hand Tufted:
£175.00 For A Single
£240.00 For A Double
£280.00 For A King Size

£72.00 For A Single
£115.00 For A Double
£145.00 For A King Size
Deep Quilted Start From:

Pocket Sprung - MemoryMicro Quilted:

£110.00 For A Single
£160.00 For A Double
£185.00 For A King Size

£240.00 For A Single
£350.00 For A Double
£410.00 For A King Size

Tack And Jump Mattresses:

Bed Sets Start From:

£120.00 For A Single
£165.00 For A Double
£190.00 For A King Size

£120.00 For A Single (3’)
£190.00 For A Double (4’6”)
£225.00 For A King Size (5’0)

Hand Tufted:

9am - 5pm Monday - Saturday
10am - 4pm Sunday

£120.00 For A Single
£170.00 For A Double
£195.00 For A King Size

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accessories in South West Wales.
Our stock is sourced from the main manufactures and includes ranges from Armstrong, Forbo-Nairn and Leolan.
We have more than 2,000 rugs in styles and designs that range from the traditional to modern; there is something to suit every taste.
We also have a wide-range of vinyl. including Safety Floor (slip resistant), matting, underlay, gripper door-plates and many other accessories.
We have about 300 rolls of 4m wide carpet and limited range of 5m carpet rolls and runners.
Our vinyl is available in 2m, 3m and 4m widths.
Carpet and vinyl remnants are also available in sizes that would fit a room down to ones for the loo, shed or car boot!
Because we take quality seriously all of our products are inspected are orders carefully monitored before they leave us.
We can cut your order while you wait or you can use one of our reputable, recommended fitters.
We look forward to helping you choose your next carpet at our warehouse and showroom in Haverfordwest on the County Showground.

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bands playing at 14 venues over three days.
Seaside Blues in style.
WINTER FAIR: Colby Woodland Gardens.
Crafts, gifts, local food and produce. www.
WINTER FAIR: 11am-3pm, Lamphey Village
Hall. Frozen theme.
FAIR: St Martin’s Church and Community Hall,
Queens Square, Haverfordwest. Bottle stall,
cakes, books, toys and more.
CRAFT FAIR: Pig Street Craft Fair, the Queens
Hall, Narberth.
MUSICAL: WW1: A Village Opera, at Newport
Memorial Hall. 7pm. Llangwm Local History
Society’s moving musical tribute to the men
who served in the First World War and those
who waited at home goes on tour. Music: Sue
Howley. Words: Peter George. Tickets £5.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Welsh Sinfonia at the
Torch Theatre Milford Haven. Tickets £15/13,
£5 under 26s.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Portfield School
upper school hall, Haverfordwest, from 6-8pm.
Entry £2 (children free).
Festival of Trees. Vote for your favourite tree
decorated by community groups and businesses.
St Davids City Hall.
MUSICAL: WW1: A Village Opera, at
Merlin Theatre, Pembrokeshire College,
Haverfordwest. 7pm. Llangwm Local History
Society’s moving musical tribute to the men
who served in the First World War and those
who waited at home goes on tour. Music: Sue
Howley. Words: Peter George. Tickets £5.
Pembroke Dock, 5-9pm. Craft stalls, raffle,
refreshments and Father Christmas will be
visiting. At 9pm the trees in the hall grounds will
be lit up for Christmas.
CONCERT: Roch Mixed Choir and St Mary’s
Hand Bell Ringers from Tenby at St Clements
Church, Neyland. 7.30pm. Tickets £5 in aid of
Hope MS Centre, Neyland.

BENEFIT: Annual Amnesty International
benefit at Rhos-y-gilwen, Cilgerran. Music and
dancing with Jamalot ceilidh band and songs
from the 40s, 50s and 60s plus Cor Meibion
and more. More on the Rhosygilwen website.
Tickets £12.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Hazelbeach Community
Mission Hall, 2-5pm. Craft stalls, local honey,
cakes, jams, chutney, pickles, refreshments etc.


ADVENT FAIR: St Teilo’s RC Church, Tenby
in the Church Hall. 11am-3pm. Proceeds to
church funds.

CONCERT: Informal organ concert by Peter
Allen at St Tudwal’s Church, Llanstadwell. 6pm.
Tickets £5. Limited parking, a shuttle will run
from Brunel Quay between 5.10pm and 5.40pm.
CONCERT: Teifi Chamber Orchestra, 4pm,
at Rhosygilwen near Cilgerran. Tickets £6. No
charge for accompanied children.
Haverfordwest bowls club at the bowls pavilion.

SHOWCASE: West Wales Academy of Dance
showcase performance, 6pm, Pater Hall,
Pembroke Dock.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: St Davids Christmas
tree lighting and Santa’s Grotto, ceremony
5.15pm, St Davids Cross Square.
CHRISTMAS QUIZ: 7.30pm start, Simpson
Cross Community Hall, in aid of SPPOT.
Sociable, quiet dogs, welcome. Teams of up
to six people, or join one on the night. £3 per
person for the quiz.

MUSIC: Pat Grover’s Medicine Chest, 7.30pm,
The Queens Hall, Narberth. Concert featuring
some of the best blues and RnB players in the
country. Tickets £10 via Span Arts.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Castlemartin Village
Hall, proceeds to Warren Church and the Stroke



CHRISTMAS TEA: 2-4pm, St Clement’s
Church Hall, Neyland, Raffles, books, crafts etc.
CONCERT: Emily Portman Trio, leading
UK folk singer and concertina player. 8pm at
Rhosygilwen, near Cilgerran. Tickets £10.
THEATRE: What The Dickens? - The
Misadventures of Charles Dickens with popular
stage comedy company Gonzo Moose.
The Queens Hall, Narberth, doors 7.30pm.
Tickets £12/£10 from Span Arts.
CRAFT FAIR: Coastal Markets Fair at the
Queens Hall, Narberth.
CHRISTMAS BINGO: Haverfordwest County
Football Club Supporters’ Association, at the
clubhouse. Doors open 6.30pm.
LECTURE: Waldo Williams - Gweledigaeth
y Gŵr o’r Preseli, presented by Dr Diarmuid
Johnson in Welsh. Part of Rhosygilwen’s bardic
series ‘Cyfres y Beirdd’. 8pm. Tickets £5.
Rhosygilwen, near Cilgerran.

CONCERT: Haverfordwest Kidney Wales
Winter Concert, Pembrokeshire Ladies
Cantabile Choir and Llangwm Village Voices
and guest soloists, 7pm, Picton Centre,
Haverfordwest. Tickets £10, from Musicians’
World, Haverfordwest.
CHRISTMAS MARKET: 10am-3.30pm,
Queens Hall, Narberth.
activities before the carnival at 6pm. Details at
CHRISTMAS FAIR: Burton Wednesday Club,
in the Jubilee Hall, Houghton. 12.30pm.
Henry Sears. 1-5pm at the Bloomfield Centre,
Narberth. Part of Span Arts’ free Arts Appetisers
series. See the Span Arts website.

CHRISTMAS 10K: Broad Haven’s annual
10km Xmas Pudding Run. Prize for the
best dressed runner, in aid of Broad Haven
playgroup. £12. Over 16s only. www.
CONCERT: A Child’s Christmas in Wales, a
concert of seasonal music in acknowledgement
of the Dylan Thomas centenary, by Tempus
Vocal Group. Tickets £10. Rhosygilwen, near
Henry Sears. 1-5pm Clarbeston Road Hall. Part
of Span Arts’ free Arts Appetisers series. See the
Span Arts website.
CONCERT: One Voice Choir, Burnett’s Hill
Chapel, Martletwy. 7.30pm.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Carew Castle, 11am-3pm.



PANTOMIME: Cinderella, Torch Theatre,
Milford Haven.

CAROL CONCERT: In aid of local cancer
charities. Featuring the Stackpole Singers. 7pm,
Burnett’s Hill Chapel, Martletwy.
CHARITY CONCERT: Ebola Crisis Appeal
Charity Concert, Rhosygilwen, near Cilgerran.
Featuring Robyn Lynn and Y Tri Tenor.
Proceeds of this event will be donated to the
Ebola Crisis Appeal. £8, tickets £10.
PANTOMIME: Old Mother Hubbard and the
Wild Wild West, Clarbeston Road Players,
Clarbeston Road Memorial Hall, 7.30pm.
THEATRE: Amateur production of black
comedy Natural Causes, St Ishmaels Sports
and Social Club. 7.30pm. Tickets £3 (£2)
concessions.Mild adult content, not suitable for
young children. Small theatre amateur dramatics
group hoping to attract new members.
MUSIC: Electric Swing Circus, The Queens
Hall, Narberth. Doors 7.30pm. The Span Arts
Christmas Bonanza is back again, this year
with a roaring 20s theme. Advance: £10/8/6
(concessions and members). On the door:
£12/10/8 (concession & members). See the Span
Arts website for more information.

Henry Sears. 1-5pm Maenclochog Hall. Part of
Span Arts’ free Arts Appetisers series. See the
Span Arts website.
BOXING DAY SWIM: Tenby’s annual
Boxing Day swim. Join hundreds of swimmers
- many in fancy dress - and thousands of
spectators at North Beach, Tenby for the 44th
swim. 11am. More information at www.
PANTOMIME: Robinson Crusoe, The Panto
Company, at the Queens Hall, Narberth.
Advance tickets £8/£28 (family). See the Span
Arts website.
Gallery, St David’s Cathedral, to November 17.
Audrey Johns, Kittiwake, Jude Howells, Sheila
Hickey, Roger Sztencel and Magic Garden.


PHOTOGRAPHY: Home and Away, by Solva
photographer Heather Bennett, at Oriel y Parc St
Davids. To November 30.

and St Peter’s Church Hall, Milford
Haven,10am-12.30pm. An opportunity to see
Santa in his Grotto and to enjoy a variety of
stalls, refreshments etc.

NEW PAINTINGS: Tim Fudge at the White
Lion Street Gallery, Tenby to November 28.
Fishguard Arts Society exhibition, Fishguard
Library Gallery from December 2-30.


Village Hall, Marine Road, Broad Haven. 10am.
In aid of PATCH and the Ugandan Widows

PANTOMIME: Old Mother Hubbard and the
Wild Wild West, Clarbeston Road Players,
Clarbeston Road Memorial Hall, 7.30pm.

WINTER OPEN: Oriel Q, Queens Hall Gallery,
Narberth. Artists include Jill Cope, Sian Jones,
Denis Curry and Roy Ayres. Plus the gallery’s
annual Art Raffle. November 5 to December 20.

CHRISTMAS FETE: Craft fair and Christmas
fete, 2.15pm, Regency Hall, Saundersfoot, in aid
of St Issell’s Church.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: Abstract painter
Heather Nixon at Oriel y Parc, St Davids, to
January 31.


MUSIC: Pembrokeshire band Caffl, featuring
the Jenkins family and Paul Sharp, are the guests
at Cuffern Manor’s December Acoustic Music
Night. Also featuring ale from Pembrokeshire
micro-brewery Caffle. 7.30pm. Cuffern Manor,
near Roch.

Davids. Santa’s grotto, local products and crafts.
Free admission to the market. To visit Santa
£1.50 per child. 10am-4pm.
Christmas visits Milford Haven for the switch
on of the town’s lights. Children’s rides, face
painting, and a puppet show. A Lantern Parade
takes place the same afternoon from the Police
Station to the Town Hall via Charles Street and
Hamilton Terrace will be led by the Milford
Town Band.

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TOY RUN: Three Amigos Christmas Toy Run,
annual motorcycle run in aid of Withybush
Children’s Ward, and Action for Children. Meet
on the Commons, Pembroke at noon. Take toys
and donations, or just go along to see the bikes
and Santa and show your support.
GIG: Amy Wadge & Pete Riley, plus support,
at Pennar Hall. 7.30pm. She has written for and
worked with many artists, notably Ed Sheeran
and Geri Halliwell. Pete Riley has returned to
his native Liverpool having toured for 10 years
with the iconic American artist Edwin McCain.
Tickets from Main Street Music, Pembroke.

NATURAL IMAGES: Historic Photography
Uncovered brings images of Pembrokeshire
dating back as far as the 1850s to public view
at Oriel y Parc, St Davids, home of Amgueddfa
Cymru - National Museum Wales in
Pembrokeshire. From the pioneering mid-19th
century discoveries of John Dillwyn Llewelyn to
the extraordinary wildlife photography of Arthur
Brook, Natural Images presents highlights from
across these photographic collections, and looks
at how Wales was at the heart of photographic
experimentation in the mid-19th century. This
exhibition runs to March 17, 2015.


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