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Former Swales Music Centre is part of new project

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A building which housed one of Haverfordwest’s best known businesses is being restored.

Numbers 2 – 6 High Street – once better known as Swales Music Centre – is the latest property in the town to be renovated under the Haverfordwest Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

The building is being brought back into productive use as three retail units with accommodation above.

The work will entail extensive work to the internal timber framing and complete rendering to the front elevation using traditional lime render

Pembrokeshire County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Communities, Keith Lewis, said: “It’s wonderful to see signs of real regeneration in Haverfordwest.

“We are fortunate to have grant money available under the THI and I would encourage other property owners to take advantage of this scheme.”

Former Swales Music Centre: High Street, Haverfordwest

The local County Council Member, Thomas Tudor, emphasised the importance of investing In Haverfordwest as Pembrokeshire’s county town

Mike Woods from R K Lucas and Son said his company was delighted to be appointed project managers for the renovation work.

He explained: “Swales is remembered as an iconic part of the townscape and not just by music lovers. The name itself will be recalled fondly by generations across Pembrokeshire.

“Having our own business roots dating back to the late 1700s, this was a project we were keen to be involved with.

“The Townscape Heritage Initiative has played a vital part in the viability of this project and I would like to thank the Council for their co-operation in the development of the scheme.

“With their financial assistance and our professional guidance, we look forward to the successful completion of the restoration of some wonderful buildings in our town providing much needed quality accommodation and commercial space.”.

The grant funders to the scheme are Pembrokeshire County Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cadw.

Said Councillor Lewis: “This is a last call for owners to come on board for the THI as all grant offers need to be in place by August, with work complete by March next year.”

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Llanteg: Car crash causes large tailbacks

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A CRASH on the A477 in Llanteg has caused large traffic tailbacks this afternoon (Sept 25).

Emergency services, including Dyfed-Powys Police and Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

Rush hour traffic is starting to slow in both directions.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

There are currently no reports of serious injuries.

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TV voices lead massed choirs at St David’s Cathedral

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THE HEAVENLY voices of Llanelli’s Angelicus Celtis, ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent Semi-Finalists, will be leading an army of voices performing at St. David’s Cathedral next month (Oct 7).

Angelicus Celtis from the ranks of the international broadcast and performance voices of Wales’ Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers will unite with the Hywel Choirs, Llanelli Choral Society and Haverfordwest Male Choir (musical director Richard Stephens) for an momentous massed voice performance of ‘A Journey of World Music’ on Saturday, October 7, at St. David’s Cathedral.

The evening will also star acclaimed organist Huw Tregelles Williams OBE, pianist Jane Jewell, orchestral percussionist Gareth Hamlin – all under the baton of legendary conductor John Hywel Williams MBE.

The artists and stunning performance return to the cathedral by popular demand after last year’s sell-out performance in October 2016.

This year’s performance highlights will include magical moments from opera, classical, sacred, cinema, musicals and international music.  Exciting highlight will include Habanera, Benedictus, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Nimrod, a poignant tribute to veterans and the centenary of WW1, Holy City,  a world premiere of a choral arrangement of Karl Jenkins’ Palladio Allegretto by John Hywel & Jeremy Hywel and Angelicus Celtis’ acclaimed rendition of Nessun Dorma as seen by millions of TV viewers around the world… to name but a few.

Angelicus Celtis who have enjoyed a whirlwind year of television and radio broadcasts, were recently featured on BBC’s Songs of Praise filmed from Pembrokeshire where they gave a moving rendition of Be Still My Soul from the beautiful surroundings of Manorbier Castle.

Tickets for A Journey of World Music (£15, £20) can be obtained via www.ticketsource.co.uk/hywelchoir, by telephone 07795 236807, at St. David’s Bookshop or at the door.

Doors open 6.45pm. Performance commences 7.30pm.

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Parent networking groups to be held this autumn

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PARENT network groups for people whose children need extra help and support are being held this autumn in various locations around Pembrokeshire.

The groups are an ideal opportunity for parents and carers to chat to other people in their local area who might have similar issues facing children with additional learning needs, and share experiences over a cup of coffee.

The parent network groups are led by local parents and organised by Pembrokeshire County Council. They are facilitated by an Inclusion Support Officer from the Council who will be on hand to give further advice and information if needed.

There are eight different groups, which are meeting in Narberth, Crymych, St Davids, Tenby, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Fishguard, and Pembroke.

The sessions are being held as follows:

Fishguard, Town Hall

8th November

13th December

 

12-1pm

6-7pm

  Narberth, Bloomfield House

25th September

6th November

18th December

 

6-7pm

10-11am

Pembroke, Foundry House

19th October

30th November

 

6-7pm

10-11am

St Davids, City Hall

24th October

12th December

 

6-7pm

12-1pm

Haverfordwest, Archives Centre

9th October

20th November

 

 

10-11am

6-7pm

Tenby, Community Learning centre

26th October

7th December

 

 

6-7pm

6-7pm

Preseli, Community Learning Centre

19th October

7th December

 

 

12-1pm

6-7pm

Milford Haven, Hubberston Community Learning Centre

23rd October

4th December

 

 

6-7pm

10-11am

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