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Secrets of shrubs and seeds

It is late autumn. I look out over the golden leaves of the oak tree, across the bay covered with white, wind-blown waves and I think how lucky I am. I am particularly grateful to all the plant hunters. They listened to the quiet whispers from the wild and brought us plant cures for so […]

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Wellbeing comes to Goodwick

December, with its cold, dark days and even longer nights, is a time for digging in and nurturing oneself. At this time of year, we seem to be more at risk of whatever bugs are passing by and some of us approach the Christmas season feeling the worse for wear. But this year we in […]

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Naomi Tydeman: painting in the present

Naomi Tydeman, has been among our favourite artists since we first came across her gallery while wandering the streets of Tenby. Naomi’s skills have been honed over many years, watercolours being her chosen medium. Much of her inspiration has been found in the beauty of Pembrokeshire. The sea, the shores , the rivers and the ever-changing landscape. […]

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Memorial Hall Climate Aware Christmas

On the 7th December 2019, the Newport Memorial Hall will be hosting a Climate Aware Christmas event with Fair Climate FairStalls, food, music, Santa camper van, bike doctor +  parallel programme – singing, discussion, faith, personal story, and festive rite. The day begins at 11am and is expected to go on late into the evening. […]

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Building a bug hotel

Looking after the grandchildren? Or looking to get the kids out more doing something in the garden? Well, why not get them to build a bug hotel. A bit of fresh air and doing something positive for the local bugs, insects and wildlife… Choose a suitable site. It needs to be level and the ground […]

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The haunting of Craig-y-Nos

We’re welcoming your ghost story entries for our Christmas competition. And to give you some extra inspiration, here are some memories of a spine-tingling night I spent, shut up inside Wales’s most haunted spot: Craig-y-Nos Castle. I used not to believe in ghosts – until I spent seven dark, cold hours on watch in the […]

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A Lord Woolton Pie

I admit here and now that I have a healthy obsession with anything to do with history, whether it be military, political, social, sporting or even back to the 17th century or as far back as you want to go, I love it. Well, I also have an interest in World War II and not […]

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Holly and mistletoe: more than Christmas decorations!

In days gone by, before tinsel and glass baubles, people decorated their homes with holly and mistletoe, in the depth of winter. Christians have long associated the holly thorn with the suffering of Jesus, and the berries with his blood, but the use of holly as a sacred symbol goes further back in time. We know […]

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Pinocchio comes to Clarbeston Road

First nights can be a bit hit or miss but Clarbeston Road Players new pantomime Pinocchio was a real joy. Yes, there were some missed cues and an occasional hiccup but this troupe are old hands who work as a team and just keep coming at you with their fun and enthusiasm. Testament to the […]

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Carole King: Artist and Book Binder.

I have been wanting to talk with artist Carole King for some time but something just kept getting in the way. When we finally managed to hook up for an interview I asked her about her background. Does she come from a creative family?  “I was born in Chelmsford, Essex ,” she tells me, “and […]

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