The lives, stories and passions of the people who live, work and play in the county of Pembrokeshire.

Heartland Anthology


The PENfro Book Festival is an annual event celebrating the quality and diversity of writing in Wales today, recognising the contribution of local publishers and booksellers, and encouraging more people to enjoy the wealth of books Wales offers. Held in the glorious setting of Rhosygilwen in Pembrokeshire, the festival aims to be friendly, informal and inviting […]

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diving gannets by Andrew Bailey

A Happy Diver.

Patrick Beaumont began diving 44 years ago in Dorset while living in Hampshire. “ I couldn’t  swim,” he told me, “ so when friends were swimming I was sitting , missing out. I got some flippers ( what divers call fins) ,then the snorkel and face mask and I joined a club.”  How hard could […]

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Robert Nisbet: Pembrokeshire Poet

We are delighted to welcome Robert Nisbet to Robert Nisbet has retired ,first from schoolteaching ,and now from several years as associate lecturer at Trinity College, Carmarthen. He now tutors adult education groups in Pembrokeshire. The poems he has written in the last 15 years have been published widely and in roughly equal measures, […]

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sally shaman


Sally Davies grew up in Caerphilly and following her psychology degree from Plymouth she went travelling, before moving to London.   “ I have a particular affinity with Nepal,” she told me, “ I loved the friendliness of the people and was inspired to volunteer with VSO, (Voluntary Service Overseas). I imagined living in a hut in Africa out in the bush […]

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Community Feast for Volunteers.

A great joint venture between Point and Goodwick and Fishguard Community Fridge was held last Saturday night, 28th September, to say thank you to Transition Bro Gwaun and Point volunteers. Community fridge volunteers made enough grated cheese, tomato sauce and pizza dough to make 37 pizzas – at a total cost of £1.00 (for the […]

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Autism Awareness: Available to All.

I am with Gareth, Emma and Alice at the Pembrokeshire People First office in Haverfordwest. We had such a big response to Emma’s story about living with autism that I want to know more about the Autism Awareness course she has helped to develop with her colleagues. It’s Gareth that I speak to first. He […]

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The Nevern Yew – a tale from Pembrokeshire.

Myfanwy’s Magic Runes. An exaltation of larks soared in the blue nothingness far overhead and Myfanwy’s joyful heart flew as she fleet-footed her way down from the mountain. She’d received a letter from Dafydd. He was safe, he was on leave and she would see him soon, possibly the very next evening. Meanwhile, she had […]

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The House Along The Wall.

Newport re-imagined. Karen Hayes and her family have been coming to Newport for over twenty years. The first of her three daughters was two and the second only 6 months old when they stumbled across this beautiful little haven with its ancient history. “We fell in love with it here,”she tells me at her book […]

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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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Mrs Will the Fish.

2018 South West Wales Award Winner-Best Seafood Takeaway! In 1973, when Willie Phillips solemnly vowed at his wedding to forsake all others, his bride realized that he didn’t mean a word of it. She knew that for better or worse, it would always be a ménage à trois: Willie, Jan … and his boat. For […]

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