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Antiques Fair Takes centre stage

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DERWEN FAIRS are about to launch their new summer Antiques Fair and Vintage Market at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

It will be held over the weekend of July 1-2 at the prestigious National Botanic Gardens of Wales , which nestles into the Carmarthenshire countryside on the outskirts of Carmarthen and just 15 minutes away from the end of the M4 .

Organiser Brita Rogers, of Derwen Fairs, said: “The fair has proved to be a recipe for success, increasing in size to up to 100 stands and includes many more stands outside. Demand is high, so our Botanic Gardens series of fairs now includes this extra date in July, making four fairs for 2017. “

With up to 100 stands on display, the fair has become quite a spectacle since it began seven years ago. Showcasing a wonderful variety of quality antiques and collectables to suit all tastes and budgets, these popular fairs have a friendly and vibrant atmosphere. With buggies whizzing back and for , transporting the excited antiques enthusiasts from the Gate House up to the GlassHouse, the weekend of antiques is set to be a busy one. Many visitors just prefer to meander up the path and enjoy the delights of the garden.

Fans of collectables, curios and classic antiques should make their way to the various Botanic Garden venues – including the Lord Foster-designed Great Glasshouse – for displays of Welsh art and pottery, quality jewellery and outstanding militaria collections.

The reason for its success and appeal is the fairs unique setting. From furniture to fishing reels , most areas of collecting can be located here and then step next door and again within Principality House (the old servants’ quarters), you will discover good displays of quality antiques.

There is also a hidden gem tucked away beside the Millennium Courtyard, where again you will find a large range of country pine furniture, rare books, treen and Ewenny pottery and in the Theatr Botanica for quality Royal Worcester and Launa Bailey pottery .

The fair has also expanded into the Millennium Courtyard filling it with a Vintage Antiques Market. The Vintage market, houses smaller marquees showing off vintage toys, clothing and retro furniture plus numerous up cycled furniture and quirky items. This is a new and exciting addition to the established in side section of the fair.

Brita explained: “The fair will be showcasing Welsh areas of collecting including Welsh pottery, Welsh art and furniture. Richard Bebb will be displaying a rich array of Welsh paintings including artists such as Kyffin Williams.

“Welsh textiles will also be a main feature at the fair. There will be a huge range of welsh tapestry blankets on display with their extensive colour range and intrinsic patterns. “

Amongst the quality stands, will be a selection of militaria stands, displaying some very unusual items from the past including rare medals, military swords and vintage fire arms. From furniture to fishing reels, rare pewter collections to exquisite jewellery, most areas of collecting can be found.

Brita added: “I am sure collectors will find the large quantity of impressive stands, showing off a variety of themes from fine pieces of silver to the retro 60s and country farmhouse, very appealing. There is also gorgeous Victorian linen, vintage clothes, fans and costume jewellery, and an attractive display of nostalgic interior designs; plus fishing reels, and collections of Moorcroft, Wemyss and Lorna Bailey pottery.”

The fair opens at 10am and closes at 4.30pm .

Admission to the Garden and for the Antiques Weekend is just £4 entry is free for Garden members and parking is free for all.

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Christmas gift fair returns

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Last year at the Food Fair: The annual Christmas celebrations return this year

NEXT Friday (Oct 20), the annual craft and gifts extravaganza will return to Aberystwyth Arts Centre to get the locals in the mood for Christmas.

The Winter Craft & Gift Fair is sure to get visitors feeling festive in the run up to Christmas with over 80 stalls selling a wonderful array of crafts and gifts, many produced by local makers from Ceredigion and mid Wales.

This year will feature many regular stalls, as well as some who will be selling at the fair for the first time, so prepare to discover the unusual and unexpected at this year’s fair with it’s new layout and products for 2017.

The fair will be open from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday and 12 to 5.30pm on Sundays all the way up until December 23.

On Saturday​,​ ​November ​​25, ​the Arts Centre’s Christmas Food Fair will take over the Great Hall for the day. There will be the very best of Welsh produce with cheese, meats, fish, wine, cider, pastries, puddings, jams and much, much more from many local producers. The Food Fair is the perfect place to stock up on a few gastronomic goodies in the run up to Christmas. There will also be live musical entertainment to get you in the Christmassy mood! The fair will be on 10am-4pm and entry is free!

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‘​I​t’s ok to say’

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FUW raise awareness: Urging people to 'say' on World Mental Health Day​

​ON WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY, farmers across Wales are being reminded that ‘it’s ok to say’ and the Farmers’ Union of Wales is urging them not to hide problems from themselves, their families and friends and to talk about their personal feelings.

The FUW made a commitment at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in July to continue raising awareness of mental health problems in rural communities and is therefore renewing the call for those who might be suffering from mental health problems to seek help.

“The focus of this year’s World Mental Health day is on mental health in the workplace and farms are just that. In our places of work we’ve faced some pretty low-points in the last few years. Bovine TB, price volatility and uncertainty about our future post-Brexit, this all puts a strain on our resolve and will have many feeling stressed and under immense pressure,” said Union President Glyn Roberts​.​

“But we must break the stigma attached to mental health, so if you’re feeling vulnerable, please open-up and speak to someone. That doesn’t just mean today, but always. Farmers and farming families need to continue talking openly about what they are experiencing and the FUW strongly encourages anyone who is worried about their own mental health or a loved-one, to seek help from the Farming Community Network, Tir Dewi, The DPJ Foundation, Mind Cymru or Call Helpline Wales,” added Glyn Roberts.

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Scholarship scheme funds student’s Masters

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One of the chosen few: Stella Foster (Pic. Mark Woodward)

A TALYBONT native is one of just 28 people in the UK to be awarded a scholarship granted by energy company ScottishPower.

Stella Foster, 32, gratefully received the grant from the Scottish Power Foundation for the 2017/18 academic year.

Having just completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of York, Stella will begin her Masters in Environmental Sciences this week at the University of East Anglia. Environmental science degrees integrate biology, physical science and information sciences to examine environmental systems (air, water, etc.) and how they interact.

The sought-after scholarship covers full enrolment costs as well as a living allowance. On top of this, the scholars will receive unique opportunities including meeting leading industry professionals.

“Travelling around the world and living in China before I started my undergraduate studies made me aware of the astounding change of pace in urbanisation; the two-hour bus ride from where I lived to Shanghai, there wasn’t a moment where you couldn’t see a construction site,” Stella said.

“This fast and dramatic development creates issues with the environment, and I’m really excited to learn about the creative and fascinating solutions out there, and hopefully come up with some of my own,” she added.

Since it was launched in 2010, the ScottishPower Foundation scholarships programme has provided £1.5m in grants towards training the next generation in their chosen field.

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