Community life

Living in the community of Pembrokeshire

party time at pennar

Village Halls: Pennar

Pennar is an example of a Pembrokeshire hall with simple needs. Tony Wilcox who kindly met me explained that the hall is efficiently run by a committee of six.  “Any more would be unwieldy.” They meet monthly and have just held their  AGM at the end of June ( 2019). Tony says that the committee […]

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Canolfan Clydau

Village Halls: Canolfan Clydau.

It’s a cold and blustery day in Pembrokeshire and the little village of Tegryn, possibly the highest point of the county, is no stranger to the wind. Rod Bowen has kindly agreed to show me around Canolfan Clydau , the community centre that serves this little hamlet with a host of activities. “The cost of […]

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lady in red

Sharon McCarney: A Return To Fishguard.

Born in Fishguard to a local family, Sharon McCarney worked all over South Wales in pub management for many years. Settling for a time in North Devon, she brought her daughter up in Torquay but couldn’t resist coming home to Pembrokeshire last year and immersing herself in local life.    “I came home to Fishguard […]

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People at Point


If you haven’t already responded to Points request for feedback from the community we urge you to take part soon. There is a link at the bottom of this article. Point have been supporting young people in the north of Pembrokeshire since 2001 and at their recent open day I had a chat to Jessica, […]

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Lottery celebration


£100 k NATIONAL Lottery success for Brynberian Past, Present and Future PROJECT! The Community of Brynberian was delighted to hear this week that it has been awarded £100k from National Lottery Community Fund for its Brynberian Past, Present and Future project.  Centred on the recently refurbished Community Centre, the project is designed to grow an already […]

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The First Dying Matters Conference in Pembrokeshire.

Did you know that May was the month for Dying Matters week, a week of celebrating life and of planning our inevitable death. Luke Conlon has worked in this field for many years and is a keen exponent of planning before you need to. He opened the conference he had organised, on the 17th May […]

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endless dating of food

Food Poverty and Food Aid in Pembrokeshire.

Research findings from Pat Caplan, Goldsmiths University of London Tourists who visit Pembrokeshire for its spectacular scenery and National Park might be surprised to know that there is a high rate of food insecurity, which usually betokens poverty. Why is this? Pembrokeshire has a high unemployment rate and those jobs which are available are often […]

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St Dogmaels Memorial Hall


Neuadd Goffa Llandudoch is St Dogmaels community centre manged by a team of 7.  Jo Hutchings explained to me that the hall is funded by revenue that  the hall generates from bookings, plus our 200 Club. “We have had two very generous bequests over the last few years which were earmarked for Capital Projects. One […]

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Tanyard Open Day 2019


Tanyard Youth Project have just celebrated receiving a generous grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation. Sue Lines, their manager,  told me while she potted plants for sale at their open day that the £ 68000  that they have received has transformed the whole Tanyard. “We have replaced windows and doors, had a new fire escape, […]

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Living With Autism: Emma’s Story.

I was fortunate to meet Emma recently , quite by chance and after chatting for a bit, I asked if she would agree to an interview. It quickly became apparent that Emma was going to be much better at telling her own story than I could. Emma quickly dispels so many misconceptions we might have […]

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