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Biodiversity-rich ‘green space’ officially opened in Haverfordwest

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A forgotten landscape in the terraced ‘burgage’ gardens below Haverfordwest Castle has been transformed into a tranquil and restful green space, thanks to a project led by Pembrokeshire County Council and supported by Welsh Government.

Wildflower meadows, native plants, new paths and seating have replaced the previously overgrown areas. The historic terrace walls have been refurbished and medieval bee hives – skeps – have also been introduced.

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The project is one of the first in Wales to receive funding under Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity grant. It also received funding from Pembrokeshire County Council and Welsh Government’s Local Places for Nature programme.

“We are so pleased that Welsh Government has been able to support this excellent project through Transforming Towns funding,” said Emma Jenkins, Regeneration Project Manager at Welsh Government.

“We are really keen to continue this work with the Local Authority, Town Council and other local partners to deliver other Green Infrastructure schemes in towns across Pembrokeshire.”

Haverfordwest Castle (Image: Pembrokeshire Council)

Cllr Mike James, Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, said it was a ‘fantastic example’ of what can be achieved in urban areas to create natural habitats and support biodiversity.

Speaking at the official opening this week, he said; “It will have a positive impact on the wellbeing of residents and visitors by providing the opportunity for tranquil rest and reflection in natural surroundings – right here in the town centre.”

Cllr Phil Baker, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Licensing and Major Events, added that the scheme is part of the Council’s wider project to conserve and enhance Haverfordwest Castle and its environs ‘which is in turn is part of our regeneration programme for our County town and Pembrokeshire’.

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The wildlife and biodiversity features on the site include:

  • Bat boxes (these are also in the walls of Haverfordwest Castle)
  • Boxes for swifts, hedgehogs and birds
  • Planting of small trees and hedges to provide food for birds, insects and bats.
  • Wild flower meadows edged with winter bulbs

Ant Rogers from Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership said the scheme had benefited from collaboration with project managers since the outset.

“The close working relationship between Pembrokeshire County Council staff and the Nature Partnership has helped to draw in additional funding and really optimise the benefits for nature and for people through this project, setting the work in the context of wider ecosystems,” he said.

Interpretation panels at the Castle (Images: Pembrokeshire Council)

Cllr Thomas Tudor, county councillor for the Castle Ward, welcomed the project and said that together with the Castle Lake link, it ‘could only enhance this part of Haverfordwest to the benefit of its townspeople and visitors to the county town of Pembrokeshire’.

“I have long championed that Haverfordwest Castle is indeed the jewel in the crown for Haverfordwest, and I welcome this long overdue investment into this 12th century building which cuts an impressive sight when viewed from the banks of the Western Cleddau below,” he said.

Lead Image: Pictured at the official opening of the burgage gardens below Haverfordwest Castle are (above, left to right), Ant Rogers, Emma Jenkins, Cllr Mike James, Cllr Phil Baker and Cllr Thomas Tudor. (Image: Pembrokeshire Council)

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Young carers urged to capture their lives on camera

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Action for Children and the Royal Photographic Society have launched a new photography project challenging young carers to get creative and show what’s important in their lives.

Action for Children and the Royal Photographic Society, supported by Arts Council England have launched a nationwide photography project to celebrate young carers across the UK.

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The charities who share HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as Patron are asking young carers to get creative to photograph what’s important to them in their lives and learn a fantastic new skill along the way.

Selected entries will form a nationwide photography exhibition entitled ‘Young Carers – A Life in Focus’. This will follow a series of free online workshops and resources available to all young carers across the UK, created by leading photographers, on how to take unique images on their mobile phone, device or camera.

Caiden Meacham (10) from Haverfordwest is supported by Action for Children’s young carers service in Pembrokeshire. He said: “I want to learn how to take good photos and can’t wait to learn. I like taking photos of lots of different things like nature and my pets which mean a lot to me.”

Caiden taking a photo of his dog, Feebee

Vikki Phillips, service coordinator for Pembrokeshire Young Carers, added: “The project has generated a lot of excitement amongst our young people like Caiden. It’s a generation that love to take photographs and document their lives so this is a perfect opportunity to do that while learning new skills from experts in the field. I’d love to see some of their work showcased in the exhibition.

Celebrated photographer and visual artist Jo Bradford has produced the innovative and creative online workshops, which will cover technical topics such as composition through leading lines and interesting placements of subjects, lighting using objects you can find around your home to achieve professional results and editing using homemade filters and apps found on your phone.

With an estimated 800,000 children and young people across the UK caring for a family member with a disability, illness or mental health issue – some as young as five years old – Action for Children and the Royal Photographic Society are encouraging young carers to capture their thoughts, emotions and life experiences.

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Typically, young carers help with practical tasks around the home such as cooking, housework and shopping; physical care, such as helping someone out of bed; and personal care, such as helping someone dress.

To launch the project, photographer Jo Bradford shares her top three tips for young carers to get them experimenting with their photographic skills:

  1. Shine a torch on reflective, shiny objects around your home to make interesting light patterns in your photographs. A CD, vase or glass can create a glimmer or reflection
  2. Use the objects in your home to create frames by placing them in the fore and background. Placing plants in the foreground could give a great jungle effect or a hole in some bubble wrap could make a fun frame for a face
  3. Get experimental with your phone settings – using the panorama setting and shaking your phone up and down can produce abstract patterns around you

Action for Children supports over 3,700 children and young people who are young carers across the UK, giving them advice and respite through short breaks, activities and the chance to connect with other young carers.

Melanie Armstrong, Chief Executive at Action for Children, said: “We see first-hand the impact of loneliness and stress on young carers, who are dedicating a large part of their childhood to helping loved ones. These children and young people are often desperate for a break from their duties so it’s important for them to have some fun by doing a hobby or something they enjoy.

“Our photography project will offer young carers the chance to do something for themselves while learning a new skill. We can’t wait to see the creative contributions later this year!”

Evan Dawson, Chief Executive of the Royal Photographic Society, adds: “There are thousands of inspirational young people in the UK performing regular caring duties for their loved ones, whilst also completing their education and somehow finding time to have a childhood.

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“Every situation is different – but these remarkable lives are rarely seen in the media or understood by their peers. We will provide new photography skills to these young people, and help celebrate their vital contribution to UK communities.”

If you are a young carer in the UK, we’re asking you to take photographs of what’s important to you in your everyday life and we’d love to see them. Selected entries will be part of a nationwide exhibition called Young Carers – A Life in Focus.

For more information: https://rps.org/opportunities/young-carers-a-life-in-focus/

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West Wales firm urges learners to consider career in accountancy

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Ashmole & Co are encouraging those qualifying from university, sitting their GCSEs or A Levels this month to consider a future career in accountancy.

They say trainees are the lifeblood of the accountancy firm which has offices in Haverfordwest and Tenby.

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Ashmole & Co employed Adam Bowen last year as a Trainee Accountant based in the Haverfordwest office. Adam lives in Pembroke with his parents and brother. Day to day he prepares statutory accounts for clients, Tax returns and VAT returns for local individuals, sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.

William Hughes, Partner in the Haverfordwest Ashmole & Co office, said, “It is important as a profession that we help nurture the next generation of professional accountants. Trainee staff members are the lifeblood for the future success of our firm. We are a local business and are always keen to employ those who live locally.”

After passing his A Levels Adam completed a Business Management Degree gaining a First Class Honours and an MSc Accounting and Finance Masters with Distinction, both at Swansea University. He began his Masters in September 2020 and joined Ashmole & Co in February 2021. He then went on to complete his Masters exams and dissertation as an Ashmole & Co employee completing his course in September 2021 and graduating in December 2021. 

Commenting on his appointment Adam said, “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the experienced team at Ashmole & Co who are one of the most established and largest teams of chartered and certified accountants and auditors in south and west Wales. It is very rewarding to be able to learn new skills and apply the skills I’ve already gained from my University and ACCA studies.”

In his spare time Adam likes playing football. He plays for Hundleton Football Club and when he isn’t taking part himself he enjoys watching the game.

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Ashmole & Co are one of the largest chartered certified accountants in Wales. The rapidly expanding and modern firm often has job opportunities for enthusiastic individuals both qualified and non-qualified within the organisation.

Ashmole & Co say if you feel you have the qualities to be part of their team, email your CV to AshmoleHR@ashmole.co.uk or apply for a specific vacancy on www.ashmole.co.uk.

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National Gallery masterpiece visits Haverfordwest

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The Riverside Library, Gallery and Visitor Information in Haverfordwest is welcoming a very special exhibition this spring, thanks to the National Gallery Masterpiece Tour, sponsored by Christie’s.

Hélène Rouart in her Father’s Study by Edgar Degas will form the centrepiece in an exhibition drawn from the National Welsh Portrait Collection at The National Library of Wales, which will be held at the Riverside Gallery, Haverfordwest.

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The exhibition will contextualise the painting through an exploration of the female form in art, and analyse the theory of the male gaze in portraits through the eyes of both female and male artists such as Seren Morgan Jones and Sir Kyffin Williams.

The exhibition will be open from 14 May – 3 September 2022 and will run alongside the current exhibition Pembrokeshire: Past & Present.

Mike Cavanagh, Head of Cultural, Leisure, Tourism and Registration Services for Pembrokeshire County Council, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity finally to be part of the Masterpiece Tour after the pandemic forced us to put our plans on hold. The arrival of the Degas will have a huge impact on the community and the county’s many visitors, and will inspire, illuminate and raise ambition within the county.”

Pedr ap Llwyd, Chief Executive and Librarian at the National Library of Wales added: “It is wonderful to be able to work with Pembrokeshire County Council and the National Gallery to bring the ‘Masterpiece Tour’ to this region of Wales which gives the residents of Pembrokeshire and those visiting the area the opportunity to see the Hélène Rouart in her Father’s Study by Edgar Degas.”

An exciting series of events and activities are being planned to support the exhibition, such as a special talk about the masterpiece painting by one of the National Gallery’s curators.

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Lead image: Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas. Helene Rouart in her Father’s Study. (Image: The National Gallery, London)

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