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Llangwm: Village hosting new Literary Festival this weekend

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Bob Phillips: Part of the Literary Festival

THE COUNTDOWN is on to Pembrokeshire’s newest literary festival.

From Friday to Sunday (Aug 11-13), Llangwm will present a lively three-day festival of writers’ talks, live music, open art studios, poetry, creative writing sessions, and more.

Writers include bestselling authors Natasha Pulley (The Watchmaker of Filigree Street), Ferdinand Mount (Tears of the Rajas), Brian John (On Angel Mountain), and many others.

For children, there are art and writing workshops, a talk by E.J. Clarke (Rowan Oakwing), bug discovery walks, and family tales from storyteller Peter Chand.

Music includes the Hershel Quartet’s debut performance in Pembrokeshire and a grand festival concert by Llangwm’s community choir ‘Village Voices’.

The festival also includes the premiere on Sunday of a debut film co-produced by local writer and guitarist Bob Phillips and Media to Motion, entitled ‘Gathering the Graves’.

The film focuses on a little-known aspect of the Great War – the task of recovering the fallen from the fields of battle.

Bob’s interest in the topic was kindled by a family remembrance of Uncle Charlie (who never came back from Mametz Wood on the Somme) combined with his involvement with ‘WW1 – A Village Opera’ produced in Llangwm in 2014.

Other events on the Sunday include talks by former BBC Wales broadcaster Mari Griffith, and foraging with Julia Horton-Powdrill.

For full details on all events, and to reserve tickets, please view www.llangwmlitfest.co.uk or the Llangwm Lit Fest pages on Facebook and Twitter.

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Community raises funds to save local pub

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A JOB listing has been posted for a couple to run the Tafarn Sinc pub in Rosebush, after a campaign to buy and run the pub has been successful,

In total, £325,800 was raised to buy the pub by the community to keep it open.

Now a job advert has been posted for a couple to run the pub and live in the accommodation.

The applicants will need experience in the industry and speak Welsh.

Hollywood star Rhys Ifans was part of the campaign to save the pub, after the previous owners for the last 25 years decided to retire.

The couple, Brian and Hafwen Davies, were delighted that the community managed to raise the funds to save the pub.

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Former Haverfordwest keeper investigated after racism claims

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FORMER Haverfordwest County goalkeeper Lee Kendall is being investigated by the FA for racist comments he allegedly made towards Eni Aluko.

The current England Women’s Goalkeeping Coach is the latest person to be caught up in the FA’s racism row after former England Coach Mark Samspon was found to have made a racist remark towards her.

Aluko had been giving evidence at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee hearing, held on Wednesday (Oct 18).

She said that the England women’s goalkeeping coach, Lee Kendall, used to speak to her in a fake Caribbean accent.

Eni Aluko: Claims racist comments were made

Eni Aluko said that Sampson had made a ‘racist joke’ to her about Ebola and her family which was later revealed to be him allegedly telling her to be careful her Nigerian relatives did not bring the virus to Wembley.

The FA has also issued an apology to Aluko for the comments made.

A spokesperson for the FA told the Herald: “The FA can confirm we are investigating England Women goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall following new evidence that came to light on Wednesday alleging unacceptable behaviour towards Eniola Aluko during an England camp.”

Kendall made 136 appearance for Haverfordwest County between 2003-2007.

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Pembroke: Wheelchair-bound man jailed for repeatedly attacking woman

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A WHEELCHAIR-BOUND Pembroke Dock man left a woman with scars and injuries after he attacked her on four different occasions.

Lewis Laville, aged 23, threw heavy objects at the woman, twice striking her on her head causing serious bleeding and permanent scars.

On another occasion he caused her such serious leg injuries that she could not get up off the floor. But Laville ignored her pleas for an ambulance and left her on the floor for an hour.

In the final incident, Laville knocked out a front tooth.

Laville, of Powell Close, admitted four offences of assault causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for 18 months.

In one incident, Laville had begun insulting her and, after a row, through a can of hairspray at her. It struck her head, causing two cuts and scars.

Shortly afterwards he threw a glass ashtray at her, again hitting her on the head. Later, he through a heavy metal horseshoe at her, striking her leg, and finally a glass photo frame, which knocked out one tooth and cut another in half.

The victim had to attend a wedding with a missing tooth, the court heard.

In a victim impact statement the woman said she still had nightmares about Laville.

Laville, who wept throughout the hearing, had previous convictions for assaulting a partner.

Jon Tarrant, the barrister representing the victim, said he had had issues with alcohol but had been taking steps to deal with them.

And there had been fears about his mental stability, but he was also receiving treatment for that.

Mr Tarrant said he was now in a relationship and his partner was pregnant.

Judge Geraint Walters said he noted that Laville had not entered a guilty plea until the day of his trial.

He told Laville: “You subjected her to some very real violence and routinely and systematically abused her, causing not insignificant injuries.

“You were quite sadistic towards her.

“It is true you had your own difficulties as a result of an accident that left you confined to a wheelchair.

“The court has shown you considerable leniency in the past and has bent over backwards to see if you could be helped. But you rewarded that leniency by reoffending and breaching orders.”

Judge Walters issued a 10 year restraining order preventing Laville from contacting the woman after his release from prison.

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