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.
Time given to develop 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.”
RSPCA aim for Christmas number one
MUSIC 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
Charity games raise over £2000
NOT all heroes wear capes and Tesco Aberystwyth’s very own Community Champion, Natasha Worrall has proven this raising a staggering £2,096.27 for local and national charities.
Natasha, the brainchild behind the charity football events, came up with the idea first off by challenging Tesco’s neighbours, Marks and Spencer’s, to a football match, she quickly set her powers to work and contacted Aberystwyth Football club who were more than happy to help and allowed use of the pitch.
The Big Day arrived, there was a lot of tension and passion on the pitch that night, it was more than just about winning a match it was the status, the pride and most of all bringing people together to raise money for three great causes; Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Mind. Hundreds of supporters braved the cold October evening to support the players and Tesco stole the show with a 7-1 victory and an amazing £607 was raised.
Natasha now had a taste of success under her cape and wanted to really get this event of the ground and challenged supermarket rivals, Morrisons to a match! The response for Tesco vs Morrisons was just what Natasha wanted and a November date was set.
Tesco now had experience in their boots and both teams had everything to play for. Victory once again went to Tesco who pipped Morrisons at the post and clawed back to a 5-4 victory raising a further £648.15 for Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Clic Sargent.
In true football fashion Natasha wanted a hat trick but could Team Tesco achieve this? Last Sunday (Dec 3) seemed the perfect opportunity and the opponents who were up for the challenge came from Bronglais Hospital and their chosen charity Pila Pala, Llwyn yr Eos. What a match! And what great team to take victory, Hywel Dda 2 – Tesco – 0. A rematch could certainly be on the cards especially as they raised the biggest amount ever of £841.12.
Behind every success there is always great team and working with Natasha and the players a number of local heroes who helped, Ruth’s kitchen provided heroic meals for all the players for a £1 donation, Aberystwyth women’s Team loaned their footballs, the Referees, linesmen, stewards, security, first aiders and ball boys and girls who all donated their time free of charge.
Team Tesco are looking for more opponents to play and raise even more money for local charities, if you are interested please call into Tesco store and see Natasha.
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