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Christmas is coming to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

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Worth a visit: The Oriel y Parc Christmas Market.

Worth a visit: The Oriel y Parc Christmas Market.

GET into the festive spirit and find the perfect gift for that special someone with a visit to one of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s festive events, which take place on the first weekend of December. Santa will be visiting the Christmas Market at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids on Saturday (Dec 6), before heading on to Carew Castle’s Christmas Fayre on Sunday (Dec 7) At Oriel y Parc, a range of locally based artists, craftspeople and local producers will be bringing their unique and quality gifts to the courtyard and interior of the building, with everything from photography, ceramics, home-ware, wood work and jewellery on offer.

To help you get in the Christmas mood, Goodwick Brass Band will be on hand with festive music and the Oriel y Parc Café will be serving mulled wine and mince pies. The Oriel y Parc Christmas Market will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday (Dec 6) and is free of charge. Santa will be in his grotto and for £1.50 per child there’s the chance to meet Santa himself and receive a gift. For more details call 01437 720392.

Then on Sunday (Dec 7) there will be medieval merriment and more at Carew Castle’s Christmas Fayre, which will host a range of craftspeople selling locally made gifts, cards, decorations and produce. The Quaynotes Choir will perform traditional carols and Christmas songs from 1pm-1.30pm, with Pembrokeshire Falconry also in attendance all day, with a number of their beautiful birds. A one-to-one session with a bird costs just £1 per person.

The Carew Castle Christmas Fayre will be open from 11am to 3pm on Sunday (Dec 7), and admission to the castle costs £4 for adults with a free mince pie, with free entry for children. Tucked away down the winding corridors of the castle will be Santa and his grotto, greeting children with a gift for £1.50 per child. For more details call 01646 651782. Oriel y Parc and Carew Castle are both managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. There will be free parking at both attractions. Both sites offer more information on ways to enjoy the National Park, including nearby walking routes and places to visit. For more ideas on where to go and what to do in the National Park over Christmas and into the New Year log onto www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk.

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Cered organises a fun evening for Llandysul Cubs with ‘Britain’s got Talent’ star

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CERED: Menter Iaith Ceredigion hosted a fantastic evening for Llandysul Cubs where the comedian Noel James from ‘Britiain’s got Talent’ came to entertain them.

Rhodri Francis, Cered Development Officer said, “We are very keen to work with organisations like the Cubs in order to hold a series of Welsh language events for their members. The evening with Noel James at Llandysul Cubs was fantastic – everyone enjoyed themselves! We wish to organise more events there in the future. We would like to thank Llandysul Cub leaders for giving us the opportunity to work with them so that their members can have the opportunity to socialise and enjoy activities through the medium of Welsh”.

Alix Bryant,Cub Leader 1st Llandysul Scout Group said, “On behalf of Llandysul Cub Scouts I would like to say a huge thank you to Cered for organising a very entertaining evening for the Cubs. It was great for the children to be entertained bilingually by Noel James, he did an amazing job. I think the children especially enjoyed the impressions!”

“This session has inspired the children to complete their entertainers badge so maybe we will have a few budding Welsh comedians in our group. Thank you again and we look forward to working with Cered in the future”.

For more information about Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion events and activities, visit their website, cered.cymru or their Facebook page, @ceredmenteriaith, or get in touch by calling 01545 572 358.

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Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais

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New steps: At Parc Natur Penglais

VOLUNTEERS, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais.

Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.

Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”

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​RSPCA aim for Christmas number one​

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'Stars' by Lucy Ellie​: Help it get to number one

M​USIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.

The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ​’​Stars​’​ in aid of the RSPCA.

‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over ​two million views online across a variety of platforms.

The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.

Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.

RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.

“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”

You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online

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