Shalom House

Lantern Walk – A time to remember someone special.
Shalom House Palliative Care Centre would like to invite anyone wishing to remember someone special to join us at Penrhiw Priory on Friday 22 March.
We will gather from 4.30 pm for registration (garden closes at 6.15 pm) and complimentary tea or coffee, followed by a short walk thorough the woodland walkway to the gardens. Here we will leave our lanterns for our loved ones. If possible, please bring your own glass jar with string / wire handle and we will provide all candles. The wonderful walkway is not suitable for those with walking difficulties, however access to the patio that overlooks the gardens is available via a flat stone path. Parking is available for a small number of cars in the meadow adjacent to Penrhiw Priory or alternatively the car park at Quickwell Hill is only a short walk away. Any queries please phone Shalom House on 01437 721344 or Penrhiw Priory on 01437 725588.


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The Really Wild Food & Countryside Festival

The event will be held at Oriel y Parc in St Davids on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2019 (Spring Bank Holiday weekend).
The event will celebrate food and countryside crafts that originate from the wild and celebrate rural life. The event will be free admission to the public.
Further details and booking forms for exhibitors/concessions are now available to download from our website http://www.orielyparc.co.uk/reallywild


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Gentle Fitness

50+ Fitness
New exercise class in Solva Memorial Hall – Tuesdays between 2 – 3 pm
For anyone who is looking to get or stay active, to improve health and be fit for life. Maybe you are completely new to fitness and have recently been thinking about “getting healthier or more active”, or you lead an active life
but feel that the high intensity classes that you once attended are now a little too much, but you would still like to participate in group exercise?
These gentle exercise classes are low intensity, instructor led sessions specifically designed for adults over the age of 50, although not exclusively for this age group. They consist of a range of different exercises which could include gentle aerobics, yoga, tai chi, chair based exercises, relaxation and stretches. A great way to improve fitness, lose weight and tone the whole body, suitable for people with joint conditions or those who may be carrying some extra body weight.


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Hafal Crossroads Coffee Morning

Easter Saturday 20 April
This special 25th coffee morning event will be held at City Hall, St Davids from 10am – 12.30pm. It is organised by Sharon Houghton in support of the friends of Hafal Crossroads, a registered charity providing practical support,
information and assistance to unpaid carers of all ages and the people they care for. There will be a raffle with £100 first prize, a hamper for the runner-up and other fabulous prizes on offer. Please come along for coffee, chat and a chance to win a prize.
Pure West Radio will be in attendance. All proceeds to support unpaid carers.


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Solva Care

News: Winning the lottery – see front page!
Friday club Report – Last month Solva Ukulele Pirates performed to terrific audience response, Span Arts took us down memory lane, Ceri from Solva Craft helped us create Valentine pouches and Helen presented some old and familiar songs. We had Brenda’s musical movement, healthy living tips and the benefits of different
musical sounds.
Next month we can look forward to St. David’s Day Celebrations with MamGu Welsh Cakes, the Ukulele Pirates and poetry. Span Arts are doing another session (in the Football Club). There will be ceramic sessions with Nadia, musical movement with Brenda and Ifor and Gill’s sing-a-long.
VC Gallery – During the three sessions held so far Solva Care people have produced several masterpieces, which will be exhibited in the VC Gallery later on.
The remaining sessions will take place at the VC Gallery on Tuesday 12 & Tuesday 26 March. The Bws y Bobl will leave the Mosaic steps at 10 am. Please contact Lena 07805 717556 or Sandra 01437 721450 if you are interested.
Telephone friend – This time of year days can seem long, especially if the weather is bad and stops you from going out. If you would like a “telephone friend” – someone to call you now and then for a chat, contact Lena (details above).


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Bug Farm

Running until the end of March – British Butterflies and Moths Textile Art Exhibition.
Inspired by the St Davids Pollinator Trail, local textile artist Deborah John has created a range of exquisite textile pieces showcasing the beauty of British butterflies and moths. Explore St Davids with the St Davids Pollinator Trail, a free activity for all the family. For more information, see: https://www.thebugfarm.co.uk/pollinator-trail/


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Edge News

We are now entering Edge season! Early Bird tickets are selling well and there are still some available so make sure you get yours – for only £35 it represents very good value for an entertaining weekend at the beginning of August. Most of the bands ave now been booked, and for the first time we will feature two choirs. The headline poet is Jonathan Edwards. There will be a special focus on the writing of Pembrokeshire. Following the introduction of dance last year Zosia is coming back to run a workshop and we will also have Tracy Evans who is an artist in residence at Oriel y Parc in March. Check the website for updates.
People have asked where the money went. In 2018 we distributed funding to: Solva Water Sports, Solva Sailing, Solva Regatta, SCC for the playground, Solva AFC, Solva under tens football team, Solva Heritage Society, Solva Church, Caerhys Organic Farm, Porthmawr Life Savers, RNLI, Solva Youth Club, St David’s Memory Cafe, Frame, The Army Benevolent Society and Solva Memorial Hall. Four £500 bursaries were awarded to aspirational young Solva people. The total distributed was £13,000. 2018 was the best year for the festival but during four years we have now put over £25,000 into our community. Support the Edge Festival, Support Solva!


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Solva Sailing Club

The club held a well-attended and entertaining Winter Talk in The Ship Inn on Friday 8 February.
Keith Missen treated us to gorgeous images of his trips around the Pembrokeshire Coast aboard Aquarius, where he’s been lucky enough to capture some stunning photos of dolphins, porpoises and other sea creatures. Our next speaker was Micky Beckett, member of the British Sailing Team and European Laser medalist. Not only did he give us an
understanding of sail racing at such a high level, but amused us with tales of the logistics of eating, travelling and training in Japan. In contrast to Micky’s sailing where speed is all important, the next speaker Geoff Titterton takes his sailing at a more leisurely pace. Tenby sailor Geoff set sail from Penarth and took 9 years embarking on a round the world trip aboard Eclipse. He illustrated his talk with many photos from the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Next, Charles Davies talked about last summer’s adventures to Ireland. He had done a huge amount of planning and preparation, and stressed the need for adaptability and flexibility. Chairman Dave Knowler gave Charles the Solva Log, awarded to the sailor who has covered the most miles outside St Brides Bay in a season
starting and finishing in Solva. During the interval, the audience completed a photographic Competition “St Brides Bay or Not?” Many thanks to The Ship, speakers and of course those who came along and supported the evening.


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Solva Regattas

Raft Race – Friday 31 May – entries: 3pm, construction: 4pm race starts 5pm.
Solva August Regatta – Sunday 11 August, entries: 11am races starts 1pm.


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Solva Rowing Club

Solva Rowing and Water Sports Club is holding its annual AGM in the Royal George on Tuesday 19 March at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, we are always looking for new committee members to help with this ever growing club in Solva. The rowing season kicks off this year with our first Club night scheduled for Thursday 21 March at 6pm. If you fancy a go at sea rowing in one of our Celtic Longboats then please come and give it a try, your first 2 rows are free! New and current members are encouraged to pay their membership fees during March.
The committee is pleased to announce that the club has a new website featuring club news, upcoming events, joining
information, 100 club and lots lots more. There is also an online membership form with a secure option to pay membership fees by debit / card. www.solvarowingclub.co.uk
Finally the committee is excited to inform the rowing community that we have once again been given the opportunity to host the legendary Ramsey Rowing Challenge Race. This will take place on Saturday 18 May, more details on the website and facebook page.
We look forward to seeing you all out on the water.


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Solva Boat Owners Association

● The 2019 SBOA Annual General Meeting will be held in the back room of the Ship Inn Solva commencing at 10.30am on
Saturday 9 March.
● The 2019 Lift-In will take place on Monday 8 April. All those involved will be notified shortly.
● After the lift, a clean up will take place on Trinity Quay and Sand Quay. The committee hope to enlist
volunteers. Please be warned all items found lying around will be taken to the dump.
● Boat owners who winter stored on the foreshore are requested to remove all chocks from the area as soon as
possible after the lift.


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Perennial Garden & Cafe

Garden & Plant Sales reopens 1 March and every weekend and Fridays in March. Cafe reopens on 29 March, in time for Mothering Sunday. Then both gardens and Cafe will be open Tuesdays to Sundays plus Bank Holiday Mondays.
There is a Garden Club every alternate Tuesday afternoon, between 2-4pm.
Please visit the web site: perennialstdavids.co.uk for more information.


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Bingo at the Hall

A family Bingo evening at Solva Memorial Hall.
Friday 15 March,
doors open at 6pm. Bring your family, your own choice of beverages, nibbles and your dabbers!
All proceeds for the upkeep of the Hall.


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Solva Duck Race

The race will be staged on Easter Monday 22 April starting at 3 pm.
Please support this annual, much loved, fundraiser for the Hall.


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Solva AFC

A change from the car boot to a table top sale:
Table Top Sale
to be held at the clubhouse on the first Sunday of every month starting Sunday 3 Feb.
● Doors open at 11am.
● £10 a table.
● Refreshments available.
Come and sell your pre-loved and unwanted items and help raise funds to support your local junior and senior football teams. To book a space call the club secretary Medi George on 07954 241589 or email solvaafc@gmail.com.


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“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

Many of you will remember Kepow Theatre and Kevin Tomlinson in The Seven Ages of Man. He also appeared at the Edge Festival a few years ago. We are pleased to welcome him back to Solva for this show appropriately close to St Valentine’s Day.
The show is suitable for 6 – 106 year-olds and will certainly brighten up the grey February nights. Our thanks as always to Wales Arts Council and their Night Out Scheme. The show is at Solva Memorial Hall on Saturday 16 February at 7.30pm.
Tickets: Adults £10 and concessions: £5 (children, students, unemployed and disabled), available from 01437 721374 or 07970 614233.


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“Men’s Shed”

A number of people in Solva are thinking of setting up a ‘Men’s Shed’, possibly on Tuesday afternoons in the football Clubhouse. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Robin Tyler on 01437 721588 or 07779 240268.
Men’s Sheds are community spaces for people to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups to enjoy together.


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SOLVA COMMUNITY CINEMA

Presents:
Thu 7 Feb: “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” (15)
Adults: £5.00; Under 18’s: £3.50
Doors open: 7pm / Show: 7.30pm
Further films to be announced soon.


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RNLI St Davids

It is the 150th anniversary of the RNLI placing lifeboats at St Davids and at Solva (which closed in 1887). To mark this year we will be posting a picture or story from the station archives each week throughout the year on our
facebook page. Here’s one from 1868 before the first boathouse had been built!


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Solva Surgery

Over the next 3 months, Solva Surgery will have final year Medical Students from the University of Swansea on placement. Patients may be offered supervised appointments with them.


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