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Former WREN honoured

2:39pm Monday 2nd November 2009

A former WREN has just been honoured for work she did in World War II at the top secret code-breaking centre of Bletchley Park.

Newport Regatta

9:10am Wednesday 5th August 2009

Newport Regatta will be held at Cwm, Parrog on Sunday 16th August. The Inshore Events of swimming, rowing, diving and canoeing for all children and adults will start at 2pm and the sailing races from Cwm yr Eglwys at 1.30pm. The day promises to provide fun for all the family and please support it if you can.

Local people assist with uncovering Nevern’s past

2:12pm Friday 31st July 2009

Archaeologists working on a major excavation in north Pembrokeshire recently uncovered a wall of the 12th century castle built by Lord Rhys and the remains of a massive masonry tower.

Newport Pembs Charity Bed Push–Withybush Hospital to Newport Square

10:10am Tuesday 21st July 2009

A day to remember with joy and without exaggeration, a tiring but great time was had by all!

Pwllgor Bro Ingli Cancer Research Committee

9:25am Thursday 2nd July 2009

On Wednesday June 24th a successful strawberry tea and raffle was held at the Golden Lion. It was a beautiful sunny day and the conservatory and garden was the perfect setting. Many thanks to Darren and Christina and staff for their help. The sum of £627 was raised.

Newport Music Society

1:15pm Tuesday 2nd June 2009

Newport Music Society’s inspiring summer concert takes place at Tregwynt Mansion on Saturday June 13th.

90th birthday donation

9:52am Tuesday 19th May 2009

Her gratefulness to Morriston Hospital for giving back her independence spurred Mrs May Davies, Awel Deg, Newport to make it known to family and friends that any monetary gifts received by her on her 90th birthday would go to the Cardiac Unit at that hospital.

WRVS Meals on Wheels Newport.

2:18pm Monday 18th May 2009

Sue Wells and two of her team of volunteers ready to deliver meals to the elderly and vulnerable members of Newport community.

Music at the Bay Spring Festival : Ramapo Mountain with Nadine and Andy Highfield.

2:18pm Thursday 30th April 2009

Ramapo Mountain, singing Blue Grass and folk music, will feature at the Marquee on the Parrog at 12.30 pm on Sunday, 3rd May. "The name Ramapo Mountain comes from the area in the Appalachians in Northern New Jersey where I grew up," says Nadine. Blue Grass has been influenced in style, but not in material, by jazz and blues. The Scots-Irish traditional music of the Southern Appalachian Mountains has evolved into Bluegrass music . Nadine explains that, "Blue Grass is acoustic and usually features unamplified mandolin, and fiddle and does not use electric instruments. It is a natural sound." Bluegrass has come to symbolise an older and less industrialised America and is often used as back up music on films and television. I remember the films Deliverance, Bonny and Clyde and the television series The Beverley Hill Billies. Much that does appear on film or television is an indifferent version of Bluegrass. The influx of Welsh immigrants from the coal mines of Wales also became absorbed into both the culture and music of the areas where Bluegrass developed.

Brynberian News goes on-line

10:06am Thursday 30th April 2009

The Brynberian News is now available, either in English or Welsh, to those in the area who wish to receive the Newsletter via e-mail. After a hiccup, for some readers who could not open one edition, followed by an apology by the busy editor Nikki Beken, the Newsletter now seems to be up and running. Nikki writes that she is "using a different programme this time with, hopefully, a better result." This addition to the print edition is another imaginative move by the Brynberian Community Hall Management Committee who rescued an old school and refurbished it as a Community Hall which is now at the heart of the area. The events attract audiences, usually to bi-lingual speakers, in numbers which reward the effort and imagination behind this venture. Nikki Beken, and the others who support this enterprise, are already busy people and Nikki welcomes information on events in the area which she could include in the Brynberian News at nikki.beken@tesco.net.

Meet your local authors at the Newport Bay Spring Festival

9:23am Tuesday 28th April 2009

The Marqeeon The Parrog: Sat 2nd to Monday 4th May, 10pm to 4.30pm This year the Newport Bay Spring Festival will be bringing together over a dozen local authors who will be signing their work in the marquee on the Parrog from Saturday 2nd May to Monday 4th May.

Talk on the Ty Canol Woods area

1:32pm Monday 20th April 2009

Hedd Ladd-Lewis, on Saturday 18th April, followed by a throng of adults, a few children, a variety of dogs and a pet lamb, began his much anticipated talk on the Ty Canol Woods area. The talk, arranged by the Brynberian Community Hall Committee, gathered below Carnedd Meibion Owen. "Despite the interest we never expected as many people," said Sandra Llewellyn in her introduction. The numbers grew while she spoke as people continued to arrive. Hedd Ladd-Lewis is an expert with a passion for his subject and an admirable ability to communicate to an audience. Under an April sun and cloudless sky the walkers, most from the Brynberian area, enjoyed perfect weather for the walk. Even as natives of Brynberian they gained fresh insights into this ancient region of history, myth and magic. Hedd, with his own family roots deep in the area, spoke first in Welsh (the language of most of those present) before translating into English. He spoke of his admiration for the ancient people, including those of the New Stone Age (the builders of Pentre Ifan Cromlech); the farmers desperately grubbing an existence over hundreds of years and those who sacrificed and lost so much during the First World War. He referred to the use of the trees of the area to build ships in Napoleonic times, pit props in the First World War and to sustain "the madness" of the trenches. Iron Age people valued iron so much, that it was only used in the life and death business of battle. In the Iron Age the massive rocks were moved and defensive walls erected by muscle power and with no use of iron tools. In ancient times the forest stretched about thirty miles into what is now the Irish Sea before it flooded during an earlier episode of global warming. In local cultures the inflow of water is recorded in the myths and legends.

Music at the Bay Spring Festival

10:24am Friday 17th April 2009

Music at the Bay Spring Festival: Lowri Evans sings.

Music at the Bay Spring Festival: The Baghdaddies

9:38am Wednesday 15th April 2009

The Baghdaddies, described by the Glastonbury Review as, "our true festival heroes", will appear live at the Memorial Hall, Newport, on Saturday, 2nd May (doors 7pm) during the Newport Bay Spring Festival. "They are part of a variety of music to suit all tastes during the Festival," says one of the organisers. The riotous five-piece band are famous for their mix of original songs, traditional tunes sung in English and Welsh and their range covers pavement buskers' Gypsy-jazz to a Balkan wedding band frenzy which "they let rip with nothing held back." Add a theatrical element, a vocal style that pulsates with energy and their reputation is established as a festival favourite guaranteed to provide a fun evening. One of the band members grew up in the Newport area and he describes their music as: "The Baghdaddies pump out an eclectic fusion of rhythms and melodies plucked from around the world. From Balkan gypsy with Middle Eastern flavours, shades of klezmer and tango, jazz and reggae plus a touch of ska - all laced with funky dance grooves and blistering eastern brass harmonies, they are guaranteed to raise your spirits." A local fan says, "These guys hold nothing back; they give you the lot, the real deal and when I heard them at Glastonbury I loved it. Once experienced, never forgotten. I started buying their recordings after hearing them live. I can't quite believe they are coming to us." The evening also "promises entertainment from Klezmer Trio" with acclaimed supporting performers as well as "African Dancing from Marcel." With a Middle Eastern Cafe by Louise Cook, expected to be "stunningly delicious" the evening is anticipated as a highlight of the Pembrokeshire Musical and Social Calendar. Information on this and other events is available on the leaflets which are now freely and widely available in Newport.

Newport walk

11:43am Tuesday 14th April 2009

Anne Eastham will lead a pilgrimage walk on Sunday, 3rd May, from Nevern to Cwm yr Eglwys, as part of the Newport Bay Spring Festival. The Pilgrimage Walk begins at 10am, covers 7 miles, and will last 5 hours. The walk is described in the Festival programme as "moderate to challenging, boots and weatherproofs." It will follow the mediaeval route and provides a chance to experience walking the path of the pilgrims and to hear about an area which abounds in history and legend. Nevern church was founded by St Brynach, a friend of St David, and Nevern itself first begins to emerge from the Celtic mists in the late 11th century. The walk is a chance to hear about much that lies at the religious, legendary and mystical heart of Wales.

Newport Easter holiday

11:42am Tuesday 14th April 2009

Newport Beach, on Easter Bank Bank Holiday Sunday morning, had the holiday makers soon filling the car park with their children, dogs, boats, buckets and spade and picnic equipment. Many arrived in expectation of clouds or even rain. The sun and calm sea was an opportunity they seized. Matthew from Crystal Palace had already spent a week trudging across the Preseli Hills and through the Gwaun Valley with his chocolate Labrador, Bertie. "I want to walk round Dinas Head before I leave," he said. "I have to catch a train from Fishguard to Cardiff and then to London late tonight." This was his first visit to the area and he intends to return. After stopping at a farm near Brynberian to ask directions he was offered a lift with his dog to Newport Beach. He says, "I have met this kind of welcome all week and am amazed that people are so friendly here compared to a city."

Brynberian Nicaragua Evening

3:41pm Wednesday 8th April 2009

Eira Kedward, during a Nicaragua Evening, gave a slide-show in the Brynberian Community Centre of her work. The slide-show, live music and varied and delicious food raised £420 for the work of the Brynberian sister community centre on the island of Omotepe. Eira, through slides and her added comments, showed the importance for the local people of developing practical and sustainable systems within their community. The slides showed the stunning scenery as well as the birds, animals and flora of the area. Eira added expert comments on the culture of the community and the friendship an welcome of the people in that area.

House set to get planning ok

10:30am Wednesday 8th April 2009

A Newport house which caused uproar in the town looks set to get the thumbs up from the National Park following a long running planning row.

Newport Links

10:31am Wednesday 8th April 2009

Richards Bros cup was played on the 5th April and thanks go to Richard Brothers for their generous sponsorship of the event.With the sun shinning the scoring also shone.1st place with 39 pts was David Owen,2nd also with 39 pts Stephen Jenkins and 3d again with 39 pts .

The Bay Spring Festival: 1 May - 4 May

3:53pm Monday 6th April 2009

The National Park is providing generous help for the Festival by enabling its rangers to lead some of the walks. One pub walk offers an experience which will be especially memorable. In past years some visitors have described it as unique. The pub walk for welsh speakers and learners includes a visit to Bessie's in the Gwaun Valley. Bessie has become the stuff of legend, a link to a vanished or at least a fast disappearing rural past. The practices and rituals of country life in the hills and outlying areas survive but they are under threat. Bessie reflects the reality of that past. "We drank beer, ate some crisps, sat in the sun and it is an experience we won't forget," said a visitor from the U.S.A. "The beer is better than all this junk lager they serve up in cans." There are stories about Bessie and visits to her pub which now reach around the world. With them goes an affection for Bessie, her pub, her beer and for the the uniqueness of the personality that lies behind them.

Newport Bay Spring Festival

2:03pm Friday 3rd April 2009

Newport Bay Spring Festival, from 1st to 4th May, this year celebrates the delights and challenges of Pembrokeshire outdoors. The compact, clear and varied leaflet describing events is a model of its kind. The photograph on the cover is of slim children competing in a race and anyone searching for physical challenge will find the opportunity inside. Events include cycling: a 45 mile loop followed by an optional 35 mile loop with spectacular hill, valley and coastal scenery; a junior mountain bike race with "mud and thrills" in the shadow of Carningli; a gentle paced Family Cycle Ride led by an experienced instructor. The running is similarly varied to test the fit and competitive while encouraging others to try less demanding events. Kayaking, an activity some speculate may soon overtake cycling in popularity in this area, provides a chance to compete or just be under the spell of the spectacular cliff and river scenery of the area. A "taster session" in the estuary is available.

Newport Links

9:35am Wednesday 1st April 2009

Newport travelled to Fairwood park golf club to play the for spring outing cup.In fairly squally conditions there were some good scores none better than James Price who won with 36 pts ,2nd eventually was Mike Cullen with 35 pts ,3d was Anthony Sinnot with 32,4th with 31 pts Herbie Rowley.

Green Drinks reach Newport

9:31am Wednesday 1st April 2009

'Green Drinks' is a world-wide phenomenon, with around 500 cities holding regular 'green drinks' sessions. These are opportunities for people with an interest in any aspect of the environment to get together, share views, news and make contacts in a relaxed pleasurable setting. The idea has reached Pembrokeshire with a series of monthly green drinks and film sessions planned for Newport, and starting next Wednesday, April 15th.

Decision deferred on Bettws Newydd

11:07am Tuesday 24th March 2009

A decision on the fate of a Newport building at the centre of a planning row has been deferred for another month.

Newport experiences a legacy of good fortune

11:13am Wednesday 11th March 2009

Every now and then we note that a town or village community experiences the good fortune of receiving a financial bequest or legacy. Such acts of generosity are usually inspired in memory of someone who is sadly no longer with us but who in life made a lasting and positive contribution to the community.

Newport Golf Club

Tivyside Advertiser: Newport Golf Club

3:56pm Wednesday 25th February 2009

Newport Links . Played on Sunday the 22nd February.

Online petition sent opposing Newport building

1:13pm Monday 23rd February 2009

The online petition opposing the granting of retrospective consent to Bettws Newydd, a very large and prominent replacement dwelling, just outside Newport Parrog Conservation Area, has been sent to The Chief Executive and to The Chairman of The Development Management Committee of the National Park.

Carn Ingly W.I.

9:57am Monday 23rd February 2009

At their February meeting members marked the forthcoming World Book Day by donating their superfluous books to charity.

Seedy Saturday

1:00pm Friday 20th February 2009

Saturday 7th March 2009 10am - 1pm Newport Eco-Centre, Heol Fair Isaf, Newport, Pembrokeshire Come along to the Newport Seedy Saturday Seed Swap. Bring all your spare plants or seeds (home saved or bought) and take home something new to grow for free. Come even if you don't have anything to swap - we always have lots of spare seeds looking for a good home! Teas, coffees & childrens activities including seed- sprouting and seedy art throughout the morning.

Newport golfing

Tivyside Advertiser: Newport golfing

11:06am Tuesday 27th January 2009

Newport Links played on Saturday the 24 th was the Pendre Inn Fishguard open golf competition.There was a good entry and the proceeds on the day went to charity ,the chosen charity was the Fishguard and Goodwick branch of the British Legion and the grand amount of £175.00 was donated.

Clear up at Nevern Castle

Tivyside Advertiser: Clear up at Nevern Castle

11:36am Monday 26th January 2009

Eglwyswrw Y.F.C. and community councillors spent the day on Sunday clearing the undergrowth at Nevern Castle. The day was supervised by Polly Groome, Pembrokeshire National Park archaeologist.

Carn Ingli -Newport W.I.

10:13am Monday 19th January 2009

At the Institute's first meeting of 2009, members received the programme of speakers for the coming year - once again a most interesting and varied list. The Secretary also reported on the Mini Consultative Meeting and summarised the arguments for and against the Resolutions which had been suggested for the National AGM in June.

Newport Links-competition held

10:36am Thursday 15th January 2009

The senior section held a stable ford competition recently and there were some brilliant scores ,1st was John Farnham with 45 pts,2nd John Civil 44pts,3d was Roy Evans with 40..

Poultry Show attraction

Tivyside Advertiser: Society President Derek Howells, Newport (right) won Welsumer trophy with his soft feather Bantams and received his prize: Show President J.Lewis

10:26am Thursday 15th January 2009

The Welsh National Poultry Show at Haverfordwest last weekend featured regional championships for Anconas, Brahmas, Minorca, New Hampshire Red, Plymouth Rock and Oxford Game and, in addition to the Domestic Waterfowls Western championship there were sections for Call ducks, Indian runners, geese and turkeys.

Mr A G Rees of Newport

11:39am Friday 9th January 2009

The funeral of Glyn Rees, of Banc-y-Capel, Newport, took place on 29th December at Parc Gwyn, Narberth. He died peacefully at Manor House Nursing Home, Cowbridge, on 21st of December. He was 78.

Newport and Dinas Mother’s Union

11:42am Wednesday 7th January 2009

The last two meetings of 2008 took place on 20th November and 18th December.

Newport Library due to reopen

11:11am Wednesday 7th January 2009

Newport Library is due to reopen on Monday, January 12, at 2pm. The premises, at Bank House had been closed since the Christmas break because of a burst water pipe.

Newport new year golf

10:57am Tuesday 6th January 2009

First competition of the new year is always the one to win, first to shake the Captains hand etc.

Newport Library temporarily closed

11:56am Monday 5th January 2009

Newport Library is temporarily closed for urgent repair work.

Nevern Village Hall

3:41pm Friday 2nd January 2009

The Hall Committee will start 2009 with celebrations of Hen Galan on Saturday night 10th of January at 7 o’clock. Bring refreshments.

Newport festive house fundraiser

Tivyside Advertiser: A dramatic light display is raising funds for a popular Newport club

11:54am Friday 2nd January 2009

A Newport house festooned with festive lights is raising money for the local surf life-saving club.

Newport golf

10:18am Friday 2nd January 2009

Played on New Years Day was a Texas scramble and there were a few hardy golfers who braved the cold and frosty conditions, there were some good scores, with 52.6 were Paul Thomas David Owen Steven Jenkins Viv Griffiths.

Newport boxing day golf

10:27am Tuesday 30th December 2008

Newport links .The Boxing day bash was played in cold but dry conditions and with some good scores.

Former County Councillor and past Mayor of Newport

11:57am Tuesday 23rd December 2008

Former County Councillor Glyn Rees a past Mayor of Newport and popular landlord, with his late wife Penny, of the town's Golden Lion Hotel, has died in a Cardiff Nursing Home.

Brynberian carol singing

Tivyside Advertiser: Brynberian carol singing

11:35am Monday 22nd December 2008

The annual carol singing around the Christmas tree at Brynberian, with mulled wine and mince pies to fortify the vocal chords, had an added interest this year with the children of "Clwb y Bryn" singing carols, during the evening £100 was collected to be donated to Shalom Hospice, St Davids.

Newport Winter Festival

Tivyside Advertiser: Newport Winter Festival

11:05am Wednesday 17th December 2008

This year’s Winter Festival started on Thursday with a visit from Santa on his sleigh.

Newport golf links

10:40am Tuesday 16th December 2008

Sadly I have to report the sad news of the sudden death of one of the very popular member, last years seniors captain Wayne Harries.

West Wales Eco centre, Newport

9:32am Monday 15th December 2008

On Weds December 3rd the West Wales ECO Centre in Newport hosted another popular event following the success of their Renewable Energy question time event in October.

Brynberian annual Christmas dinner

Tivyside Advertiser: Brynberian annual Christmas dinner

11:26am Wednesday 10th December 2008

The Management Committee of the Brynberian Community Centre continues to surprise and delight with the programme for the Annual Christmas Dinner. This year, even after so many memorable dinners, is considered by many who were there on 6th December to be exceptional. Glyndwr Vaughan, the chairman, gave his usual lively introduction and invited Cerwyn Davies, a Congregational Minister who has been working in Canada for 45 years, to say grace. Mr Davies, with his wife Nora, has made a welcome return to the area and now, postponing his retirement, has responsibility for six local churches. Mr Vaughan, and his audience, hope that Mr Davies will find time to share some of his Canadian experiences on a future visit to the Centre.

Newport Winter Festival at Boat Club

11:12am Wednesday 10th December 2008

The Upstairs Bar (Commodore's Lounge) will be open to non-members during the festival (3.00pm to 10.00pm, Friday to Sunday). Rooms are also available for hire. The manager, telephone 820503 or 821029, is happy to provide more information.


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