The return of… Fishy Tales (2)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…
On Saturday 22 June, 6.30 for 7pm at Haroldston House; an evening of stories and legends of the sea, including finger food (there will be a cash bar). All proceeds to the Edge Festival charity. Booking essential, tickets £10, available by emailing stay@haroldstonhouse.co.uk, from Haroldston House, 29 High Street, Solva SA62 6TE
or by messaging @HaroldstonHouse


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Surgery News

New “Community Connector” for North Pembrokeshire
Julie Campbell is the new Community Connector for North Pembrokeshire. Julie will be holding monthly bookable appointments at St Davids Surgery on the first Wednesday of every month, from 11am – 2pm. These appointments will be available to patients registered at both St Davids and Solva Surgeries.
Community Connectors aim to help patients combat social isolation and loneliness. They can sign-post patients – putting them in touch with transport for attending social activities; offering befriending; discussing benefits and welfare; discussing access to mobile library services, etc. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from a chat with a Community Connector, please ring St Davids Surgery on 01437 720303 to book an appointment with Julie.


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Advent Windows

Easter time and glorious sunshine seems like an odd time to be looking forward to Advent and dark December days. However, we are hoping to lighten up those dark days in Solva by organising a village Advent Calendar. Each day between 1 December and 24 December a window in a house would be lit as in a conventional cardboard
Advent Calendar showing a scene or design. If you are interested in finding out more details or if you have any suggestions you would be very welcome to join us in the Memorial Hall on Thursday 9 May at 12 noon, immediately following the coffee morning. We have invited a visitor from another village in Pembrokeshire who is coming to share her experience and show examples of ideas. She is also happy to answer any questio ns we may have, technical, creative or practical.
We are not limited to 24 windows. We can have more than one window lit up on the same day so we hope to see lots of you with ideas and suggestions. All ages welcome 6 – 106!


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Solva Heritage Society

A small band of loyal supporters met at the Memorial Hall on Wednesday 17 April to preview the pamphlet for the Solva Heritage Trail. Two films were shown. One of the Trail, showing the various points chosen to feature on this circular route through Solva and Whitchurch; using the churches as information points; and another giving a potted history of St Davids Church, Whitchurch. The next project is to build on these information points which are very limited at present. Further contributions from Solva residents and businesses, to make them of interest and value to locals and visitors alike, are very welcome. At the same time it would be of interest and value to build on the store of information collected for the “Solva: One Hundred Years ago” to show how our village has developed and collect photographs of our buildings for a comprehensive record for 2019/2020. This will support an on-going project by the National Library of Wales. Some keen photographers have started making a record of their own streets. Many have expressed an interest in providing historical
accounts of our school, chapels, businesses, the harbour and many more topics but as yet nothing has materialised. The preservation of our heritage depends on individuals being prepared to collect, record and share this knowledge. If you can help, please contact: Mobile number 07739 158024 or email: solvaheritage62@gmail.com


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Solva Care Friday Club

Our “End of term” outing was to Pointz Castle Farm to watch a demonstration of ice cream making and to sample some of the many delicious ice cream flavours. The milk has only to travel a few yards from cow to cornet! We all enjoyed the demonstration which was followed by tea, coffee and cakes in the café, and of course, ice cream!


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Duck Race Results

A huge thank you to everyone who sold tickets, those who bought tickets and to all the helpers and organisers. The results: 1st Rosie, 2nd Ryan, 3rd Claire – if you have one of the winning names and have not claimed your prize, please enquire at Bay View Stores or phone 01437 720111.


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MamGu Welsh Cakes Events

We have lots of dates over May for you!
Friday 10 May 7pm Pembrokeshire Cider Company: a night of fun, laughter and cider tasting! Tickets, which include the tasting and light nibbles, are now on sale for £15pp and are limited. Plus Wednesday 29 May 3pm book in for afternoon tea with Chanter teas! £15. And not forgetting Friday 31 May 7pm the return of the Nepal curry night! £25. Tel: 01437 454369.


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Edge Festival News

The first tranche of early bird tickets has now sold out at the £35 price. Tickets are now £40, but it is still great value for a weekend that includes 2 choirs, 10 bands, 5 writers, two dancers, a children’s disco and a magician — that’s just on the festival field!
Food providers serving food as diverse as vegan and beef burgers will ensure festival goers do not go hungry whilst the Greenscar bar will provide real ales, lager, cider, wine and of course, Solva Gin.
This year we have a video wall where we can advertise your business or charity. Call Ifor on 07971038643, to book a slot, even if you only have still photos and a logo we will create an animated show film for you at no extra charge.


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Edge Gin Company

The only community run gin company in Wales, the Solva Gin Company, ran a very successful gin tasting event at MamGu Welsh cakes café. A full house was challenged to taste and identify four gins against a number of criteria that included “mouth feel”, aroma, and taste. In a blind taster the overall winner emerged as, yes, you guessed it, Solva Gin. So if if you have yet to sample this unique product get in touch with Josh at the Harbour and make sure you have a great G&T ready to celebrate 6 the spring weather.


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Table Tennis

Table Tennis has recently restarted in St Davids Sports hall on Thursday evenings. It’s £3 for an hour and is open to all. There were a few people from Solva who used to attend about 4 years ago.


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Making Magic – An 8 week course

Magic is cooler than ever before and you can learn it here in Solva.
This unique opportunity to attend an eight week course on close up magic will be run by Solva’s own Magician – Tom Luddington. The classes are aimed at all ages from 12+ and will be held at the football club on Thursday evenings, starting this May. You’ll also learn about the art of storytelling, theatre and presentation skills.
This heavily subsidised course is available to Solva residents at just £15 per person for the whole course, and it even includes a box of tricks worth £40 that you will get to keep.
Make the most of this opportunity while you can – and there are just 10 places available, so hurry and book your place. Contact Tom Luddington on 07580 645586 or email tom@seriouslygoodmagic.com


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Pembrokeshire Herald 31 December 1869

“Solva – As briefly noted in our last Number, the Institution has formed a lifeboat station at Solva, Pembrokeshire, for service on the south side of St David’s Head and in St Bride’s Bay. It is a rock bound coast, but a good crew can always be secured there for a lifeboat, and one has been sent in the hope that it may be of service in the event of any shipwrecks occurring in that locality in future.
Like the St Justinian Lifeboat Establishment, this station will be under the management of the Committee of the St David’s branch of the Institution.
The boat provided is one of the 10 oared 33 feet class, and for it a house is being erected on ground granted by the Elder Brethren of the Trinity House. The entire expense of the lifeboat establishment is a gift to the Institution of a benevolent lady, in memory of her deceased husband, who had been for many years an active and esteemed Member of the Committee of management of the Institution; the boat is named Charles and Margaret. It was publicly inaugurated at Solva on the 11th September, being named by Miss Williams before being launched to exercise the crew.
The boat had been towed to its station by the Trinity steamer. It had to encounter a heavy sea, particularly in the “tide race”, but towed very well, shipping but little water in the passage”. – The Lifeboat.


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Solva Duck Race 2019

People come from near and far to try their hand at picking the name of the winning ducks. With a choice of names you have the chance to win £10 for first place, £5 for second and £2.50 for third. So choose a duck’s name and purchase your tickets from Bay View Stores, Window on Wales (Solva & St Davids), Royal George, Ship Inn, Harbour Inn, MamGu Welsh Cakes, and 35 Main Street. Tickets are available on the day. Funds raised go to the upkeep of Solva Memorial Hall.


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Solva Tourist Association – Solva Logo Competition

Today we are launching a competition to design a logo for Solva. The new logo will be used on all Solva Tourist Association literature, a new Solva tourism app and anything else that needs the logo. The designer of the winning logo will receive a £60 M&S voucher.
We’re looking for something that reflects our community and has a simple, modern but relevant theme, which also incorporates the view of the harbour.
Guidelines:
○ This is an amateur competition
○ We are looking for an original design
○ Must include the word “Solva” in both English and Welsh
○ Must include a view of Solva harbour
○ Your submissions should be on an A4 size paper and should be big enough to allow the judges to clearly see what
is represented (with explanatory notations if you like) and capable of still being clear when reduced in size to
approx. 3.5 x 2.5 cm.
○ You can submit as many designs as you wish and entries are encouraged from all ages
Please send your submission(s) labelled with your name, email address and telephone number to Bruce Payne (SCC Clerk) either by post (c/o Bay View Stores) or scanned and emailed to brucepayne241@gmail.com by Monday 6 May. Winner will be announced on Monday 20 May.


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Parc y Capel Fete

The spring fete will be held on Monday 27 May from 2-4pm.
This event is an annual favourite of locals and visitors alike, and is the main funding activity for Parc y Capel, ensuring the parc is maintained and can be enjoyed by all. Teas and cakes will be served in the Memorial Hall and
there will be an abundance of stalls, with the famous raffle and sunflower plants on sale in the parc.
All very welcome to attend.


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Men’s Shed update and Sport Reminiscing

Tuesday 16 April Solva AFC Clubhouse
starting at 2pm. If you have any sports memorabilia, please bring it along.
The Men’s Shed first meeting will take place the following Tuesday 23 April starting at 2pm, in Solva AFC Clubhouse.


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SOLVA COMMUNITY CINEMA

Thu 4 April: A Star is Born (15) – (home made cake, tea and coffee available)
Thu 2 May: The Children Act (12)
Thu 6 June: Mission Impossible – Fallout (12)
Thu 4 July: Mary Queen of Scots (15)
Adults: £5.00; Under 18’s: £3.50
Doors open: 7pm / Show: 7:30pm


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Solva WI

The annual fundraising Pancake Coffee Morning held on Shrove Tuesday was, unfortunately, not as well supported as in past years, but £100 was raised and has been donated to Shalom House.
The Walking Group continues to meet on Monday afternoons, unless the weather stops them, and the monthly meeting of the Book Club is held in warm and welcoming establishments throughout the village, preferably where lunch is being served!
On Tuesday 26 March, 9 members, making up 3 teams, took part in the Membership Quiz at the Picton Centre, an enlightening and engaging time was had by all. Next month members will be attending the Dewisland Group meeting on Wednesday 10 April at Crundale Hall. The speaker is Peter Sharpe who escorts Her Majesty at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Following our monthly meeting, we welcomed back Julian Cremona, past Head of Dale Fort Field Centre, who, as ever, gave an interesting and fascinating illustrated talk. The theme this time being “Wildlife in France”.
Members are reminded to bring a plate of “finger” food for the 11 April pre-meeting lunch which starts at 1pm. Sam Langdon an expert on snakes, will give an illustrated talk entitled “Adders are Amazing” – non-members are welcome to attend.


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St Davids & Solva Art Group Easter Exhibition

Will open on Saturday 13 April at Oriel y Parc, St Davids. This vibrant group of about 25 local artists will be
exhibiting their original paintings and prints, taking inspiration from the coastal scenery and light. The exhibition will open at lunchtime on Saturday 13 April and will be open daily from 9.30am – 4.30pm and will close on Friday 26 April at 4.30pm. Paintings can be purchased by cash or card and are priced to suit all pockets. We look forward to seeing you.


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MamGu Welsh Cakes – Solva Gin tasting

There will be a Solva Gin tasting evening at MamGu Welsh Cakes on Friday 12 April at 7pm. Tickets: £10 to include: tapas style nibbles, gin tasting and a talk on Solva Community Gin and its projects. Contact 01437 454369 for more information and tickets.


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