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Jamie weighs anchor at Pembrokeshire New funding opportunities from LEADER AN ORGANISATION which

granted over a million pounds of funding approval to Pembrokeshire businesses and community groups last year is holding its latest series of funding and advice surgeries in January and February. Arwain Sir Benfro, a local action

Land ho: Ian Badman (Ashmole & Co), Jane Rees-Baynes (Pembrokeshire Tourism), Jamie Owen (BBC News), Tony Key (Wales Air Ambulance), Betsan Powell (JCP Solicitors) and Brian Hawkins (Thomas Carroll)


Wales Today brought some festive cheer to the Pembrokeshire Four Seasons Christmas Business Lunch at St Brides Hotel last month. During his visit, Jamie Owen,

known for both his anchor role on Wales Today and his regular BBC Radio Wales broadcasts, shared his love of Wales and its hidden treasures – as detailed in his books, Magic Islands, Magic Harbours and Around Wales by B-roads and Byways. The regular business lunches,

sponsored by JCP Solicitors, Pembrokeshire Tourism, Thomas Carroll and Ashmole and Co, are designed to bring local businessmen and women together.

Ian Badham, Partner at

Ashmole and Co, said: “The regular Pembrokeshire Four Seasons Business Lunches are a great way for like-minded people to meet and enjoy some networking opportunities in a relaxed and informal setting. “We were pleased to welcome

Jamie Owen to the Christmas gathering and he proved to be a popular guest, as expected.” During last month’s lunch,

guests raised a generous sum of £570 for Wales Air Ambulance. The Pembrokeshire Four Seasons Business Lunch takes place four times a year and anyone who wants to attend should contact josh.nicholls@

group which looks to support projects that benefit Pembrokeshire and its economy, approved £1.2 million worth of project funding last year. The Arwain Sir Benfro LEADER

scheme aims to support new activity and test ideas which benefit rural communities. Whether through improving

local skills, making better use of a local resource or realising economic potential in a local niche or cultural aspect, LEADER-funded projects are intended to nurture local development. Those who previously received

funding also benefited by forming valuable partnerships which were said to enable further development of their ideas and projects. Feedback on previous surgeries showed that 90% of attendees found them useful. The first surgery of 2017 took place

in The Phoenix Centre in Goodwick earlier this week. Further surgeries are set to take place at Crundale Community Hall on Tuesday (Jan 17), Carew Memorial Hall on January 25

Benefitting rural communities: Jim Bowen of Clynfyw Care Farm

and Llandissilio Hall on February 1. All events will commence at 6pm and finish at 9pm, with staff on hand to help with any queries. Community groups, rural

businesses and individuals interested in developing new innovative ideas and initiatives are encouraged to attend.

Also in attendance will be

The Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services, Pembrokeshire Business Initiative, Businesses Wales, Farming Connect, Transition Bro Gwaun, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Pembrokeshire

Local Action Network for Enterprise and Development (PLANED). The LEADER programme is part

of The Welsh Government’s Rural Development Plan 2014 – 2020, which is jointly funded by Welsh Government and The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Further information about

LEADER and Arwain Sir Benfro can be found on Facebook: Arwain Sir Benfro 2020. If you have an idea you would like to discuss, please contact Jess Morgan or Cris Tomos at PLANED on 01834 860965 or email

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