Pembrokeshire.Online: Your Magazine Needs You!

As we start a new year at Pembrokeshire.Online, we are asking for more! More contributions, more writers, more helpers and more tech-savvy volunteers… KITTY PARSONS explains how you can get involved…

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Pembrokeshire.Online started 2020 with our very own drama. The magazine had disappeared… just like that. Fortunately and thanks to people like Ben and Jana Davidson, we were able to drag ourselves back and burst into the new year with a whole new look and a fierce dedication to continuing our good work.

Little did we know then that 2020 was to prove a bit of a challenge for everyone, the likes of which I doubt any of us have ever experienced.

Many of you will know that Pembrokeshire.Online is a community project  launched initially in January 2018 to provide a free online magazine for all who live in or love Pembrokeshire. We were originally a Community Interest Company (CIC) but we found that far too complicated for our needs , so we dissolved the company in 2020.

Our aim was always to be a non-commercial (money is never what we are about), good news  online publication, that would bring people together, as contributors and as readers, to celebrate Pembrokeshire and its people.

To that end  we generally have a  feature that goes live every day and we are always looking for stories that are  positive, informative and entertaining.

We focus on the community, work, history, the natural environment, health and wellbeing, and culture. A growing network of contributors and followers also means that we successfully reach out to people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities.

Our team are all volunteers and include writers, photographers, gardeners, conservationists, artisans, artists and so many more. We believe in working across generations, challenging preconceived ideas and facilitating skills sharing. Pembrokeshire.Online provides opportunities for people to gain experience, build portfolios and enhance their employment prospects. Not bad,eh?

We are fully inclusive: anyone with internet access, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances, can read our magazine and/or offer contributions.

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Very dear to our hearts is the platform Pembrokeshire.Online offers for the sharing of local stories and the capturing of the histories and activities in communities.

We want your skills and your ideas. Got a story to tell, a club you want us to know about or an event you are planning? You are the community that the magazine is all about If you have something that will be of interest to our readers, we will consider it.

Get  Grandad to tell his story about growing up in Pembrokeshire, or what farming was like 50 years ago, or your brother’s love of skateboarding… You don’t know where to start? We will be delighted to show you what we need.

We have a contributors policy for anyone who fancies sending us stories, articles or poetry. Coronovirus restrictions not withstanding, we  can arrange  press passes for a lot of local events , which means free entry for our correspondent in exchange for an appropriate article.

If you have skills to offer, please let us know. We are always happy to hear from anyone interested in the magazine. There is no age limit for contributors and we would love to see more young people getting involved. Great for that CV and a lovely way to bring people together.

Starting in 2021 we  are also keen to invite people to help with the running of the magazine. Fresh blood and new ideas are always good and, while we have a strong presence in the north of Pembrokeshire, we could do with more news and information from  the south.

We also particularly need an extra person with IT skills and/or a good understanding of social media to really make us sparkle.

Interested? Know someone who might be? Email Kitty at: speaktofish@gmail.com.

Kitty Parsons

Kitty knows that she will always be an incomer, but this is to be her sixth summers. The wet and grey days of winters have not diminished her love of Pembrokeshire, but she is always grateful for the golden light of spring and summer. Her love of the sea sustains her even through the darkest of days and she can often be found at high tide bobbing about in Fishguard harbour at high tide, often with seals in attendance. When not freezing in water she is usually at her computer. She says" Pembrokeshire.online has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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