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Quakers return to Haverfordwest after 190 years

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Quakers with their banner: Gathering at Milford Haven Friends Meeting House (Pic. Maura Hazelden)

Quakers with their banner: Gathering at Milford Haven Friends Meeting House (Pic. Maura Hazelden)

QUAKERS are coming back to Haverfordwest this autumn with ‘Quaker Quest’, a series of four informal evenings where members of the public can come and find out about Quakers today. Themes include belief, worship, peace and action. Speakers from across West Wales will share their individual and common insights on how being a Quaker influences their lives – from silent meeting for worship to radical action in peacemaking and politics.

Quaker Quest meets every Friday in October at the Picton Community Centre on Freemans Way, starting at 6.30 with fairtrade refreshments and delicious cake, and followed by informal presentations and opportunities for discussion and questions. There is also the opportunity to experience Quaker silent worship, which lies at the heart of the Quaker tradition. Quaker Quest has been organised by the four local meetings in our area; Milford Haven, St. Davids, Narberth and Cardigan, and marks a timely return to the county town.

Quakerism first grew up in the county after George Fox visited in 1656; the towns of Haverford and Narberth in Pennsylvania were founded by Pembrokeshire Quakers fleeing persecution and imprisonment locally. The Meeting House in Haverfordwest, on the site of the Shire Hall, closed in 1824, as the focus for local Quakers moved to Milford Haven, which was founded by Quaker whaling families from Nantucket. A Quaker burial ground dating from the 1660’s remains at Sutton, just outside Haverfordwest, providing a tranquil place to visit, with its beech tree avenue and walled graveyard. For more information visit qqhaverfordwest.blogspot.co.uk

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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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