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Sift – exhibition at Oriel Y Parc and St Davids Cathedral Refectory

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Sift – exhibition at Oriel Y Parc and St Davids Cathedral Refectory

Opening Thursday 23rd February

4-5 pm The Refectory, St Davids Cathedral – David Begley Small Finds

5-7 pm Oriel Y Parc – Seán Vicary, John Sunderland, Sylvia Cullen, Linda Norris

Sunday 26th March 2 – 5.20 pm Light-Boats with Tracy Breathnach, Whitesands Bay, St Davids

Exhbition tours to Wexford County Council Office, Carriklawn 17th April – 19th May. Opening Friday 14th April

Ancient Connections is delighted to announce the opening of an exhibition titled Sift at Oriel Y Parc and the Refectory, St Davids Cathedral on February 23rd. Following this, the show will tour to Wexford town, opening on April 14th at the Wexford County Council offices at Carricklawn.

The six artists included are John Sunderland, Sylvia Cullen, David Begley, who are all based in the east of Ireland and Seán Vicary, Linda Norris and Tracy Breathnach based in the west of Wales. 

The exhibition weaves together the themes of journeying, sacred places, ancestral heritage, storytelling and longing for home through photography, animation, sound, participatory arts, text, story, glass and light. The artists have been inspired by the findings of the Ancient Connections wider project. Historical research, folklore and story gathering have revealed deep connections between these two regions and the archaeological excavations and geophysical surveys at Whitesands and in Ferns, Wexford tell a story of travel and connection between Wexford and Pembrokeshire from pre-history to the modern day.

 Writer Sylvia Cullen, based in Wexford said:

It is the sea which connects us” – These were the words which resonated most deeply with me, when researching this commission. Writing and recording a quartet of new short stories in response to several of the Ancient Connections themes was the focus of my work. Most of the characters and worlds which emerged were informed by lives and events connected to the seawaters linking Pembrokeshire and North Wexford.  

 Multi-media artist Seán Vicary has created a new video installation and said:

My work responds to a month spent working alongside Dyfed Archaeological Trust during the excavation of an early medieval cemetery threatened by imminent coastal erosion at St Patrick’s Chapel, Whitesands. I have used moving image, field recordings and animation to reflect on this experience and examine resonances between the archaeological and artistic processes.  

 Tracy Breathnach was invited by Ancient Connections to create a participatory event at Whitesands Beach to commemorate all those buried in the early mediaeval cemetery at St Patrick’s Chapel. This free event will take place from 2- 5.20 pm on Sunday 26th March and is open to anyone. Tracy says: ‘Participants will create a simple palm-sized willow boat, filled with a tiny bundle of native plants to place on the beach for the tide to take out. Placing a light with each tiny boat, symbolically, this may represent thoughts, wishes, hopes and prayers for those living and those who have passed’.

Please book a slot through Eventbrite link here

David Begley has been artist in Residence with Ancient Connections since 2020. His research into medieval farming practices, St Aidan of Ferns, medicinal plants, medieval manuscript and ink making, as well as contemporary farming and healing practices in Ferns have inspired David’s current body of work Small Finds in drawing, painting and video which will be on display in the Refectory at St Davids Cathedral. 

Linda Norris has created a light and glass installation featuring a virtual dresser that incorporates poetry written by participants from Pembrokeshire and Ireland inspired by found ceramic shards and sandblasted onto glass pieces. Linda says:

In essence, the work imaginatively investigates powerful human connections across time and landscapes. These tiny shards provide a portal into other lives and places, and journeying there inspires us to reflect on our own.

In his series of lightboxes titled Unheimlich, John Sunderland documents the new pilgrimage route from Ferns to St. David’s, imagining how someone from the mediaeval period would have reacted to these landscapes, as they were then and how they are today. He has photographed scenes that epitomise these reflections.

 

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Pilgrimage Today – routes to flourishing communities and enterprise

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Pilgrimage Today - routes to flourishing communities and enterprise

Ancient Connections is collaborating with the British Pilgrimage Trust to host a pilgrimage symposium 11/12 March 2023

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This free symposium will celebrate pilgrimage and ask three vital questions: ‘How do you create a successful pilgrim route?’, ‘What’s in it for all of us?’ And ‘Is there a difference between a tourist and a pilgrim? The event marks the launch of the new Wexford-Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way that will link Ferns in North Wexford with St Davids in Pembrokeshire and is part of the wider EU funded Ancient Connections project connecting these two regions through arts, heritage and tourism.

The programme begins on Saturday 11th March with a keynote speech given by Satish Kumar, a trustee of the British Pilgrimage Trust. Kumar undertook a peace pilgrimage from India to Moscow, London, Paris, and America in 1962 and he has subsequently devoted his life to campaigning for ecological regeneration, social justice and spiritual fulfilment. Now in his 80s, Kumar is an inspirational speaker, teacher and author. This is followed by an action packed day, combining chaired sessions as well as inclusive discussion forums. A representative of Visit Wales and Andrew Smith and Ciara Byrne of Fáilte Ireland will speak about spiritual tourism in Wales and Ireland. Other speakers include Ruben Heijloo, Director of Nordic Pilgrim, Very Reverend Dr Sarah Rowland-Jones, Dean of St Davids Cathedral and John G O’Dwyer, Chairman of Pilgrim Paths Ireland. There will be opportunities to explore pilgrimage practice as well as time to chat and network with other attendees. The second day on Sunday 12th March is an optional extra, where participants will have the chance to walk some of the new pilgrim route in Wexford or participate in a pilgrimage singing workshop and reflect on ideas emerging from the day before.

It is expected that the symposium will appeal to and attract a wide range of people from different backgrounds including local businesses in the hospitality, tour guide and accommodation industries, spiritual tourism specialists and policy makers, academics and researchers, local government representatives and community members

A broad spectrum of stakeholders and partners have been involved in shaping the event programme, including the British Pilgrimage Trust who are leading on the development of the new pilgrim route along with Pilgrim Paths Ireland, Journeying and Guided Pilgrimage. Staff at St Davids Cathedral & Diocese, who are celebrating Year of Pilgrimage in 2023, have also been key stakeholders in the process. A number of individual specialists have also contributed such as Bernadette Flanagan: Associate Professor in Spirituality South East Technological University (Wexford), Christopher Catling: Chief Executive of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and Chair of Welsh Places of Worship and Jaeyeon Choe, Lecturer in Tourism and Events at Glasgow Caledonian University.

The symposium is free and includes lunch and optional dinner but not accommodation or travel. Booking is on a first come first served basis.

Full Programme

Day 1 – 11th March 2023

9am

Registration

9:30

Opening Note / Welcome Remarks

A representative from the Ancient Connections project

9:45 

Keynote Speech (30 mins talk / 15 mins Q & A)

Name: Satish Kumar

Title: The importance of Pilgrimage

End with a minute’s silence

10.30

Movement/stretching/’Get to know each other’ session – Bonnie Boux & Suzi MacGregor – Creative Camino Artists.

10:45

Tea/Coffee Break – 25 mins

11.10 

Question 1: How do you create a successful pilgrim route? – best practice from Ireland and Britain

A

Pilgrimage in Ireland

 

Pilgrim Paths in Ireland – the 21st century Revival – John G O’Dwyer, Pilgrim Paths Ireland

Bernadette Flanagan

Southeast Technological University – findings from interviews with pilgrimage tour operators in Ireland.

Sean O Nuallain

University of Ireland  – A new path for Celtic spirituality?

Facilitator: Nessie Reid

10 min presentation followed by 15 min Q&A

B

Pilgrimage & Tourism

Promoting Pilgrimages through Food Experiences in Rural Communities 

Daniel Olsen, Brigham Young University, USA

Strategies for attracting visitors and pilgrims for communities and church institutions

Anne Bailey, University of Oxford

Materiality, Meaning and Practice: a visual essay of St David’s Well, Co. Wexford, Samantha Morris, TU Dublin, Ireland

Facilitator: Jaeyeon Choe

10 min presentations followed by 15 min Q&A

C

Pilgrimage in Wales

A year of pilgrimage, Dean Sarah Rowland Jones, St Davids Cathedral

Investing in the future of pilgrimage, Siôn Rhys Evans, Bangor Diocese

Community Co-Creation in the St Thomas Way project.

Professor Catherine Clarke, University of London (St Thomas Way project director)

Facilitator: Iain Tweedale

10 min presentations followed by 15 min Q&A

11.55

1 hr Facilitated Session (World Café Model?) – answering above question

·        Challenge 1

·        Challenge 2

·        Challenge 3

·        Challenge 4

·        Challenge 5

·        Groups spend 10 minutes at each table

 

15 min Facilitated Feedback

13.10 

Buffet Lunch – 50 mins 

14.00

14:40

Question 2: What’s in it for all of us? Benefits of pilgrim routes for local communities, accommodation and hospitality providers, local authorities and tourism agencies. How do businesses attract pilgrims in terms of amenities, facilities, atmosphere, products and marketing.

Panel discussion: Spiritual Tourism in Wales and Ireland 40 mins

Visit Wales / Fáilte Ireland

Confirmed: Andrew Smith   Fáilte Ireland Product Development Officer. Ciara Byrne CP&I

Chair: Andrew Campbell Professor of Practice in Tourism UWTSD, Chair of Welsh Government Ministerial Advisory Board for Economy and former Chair of Wales Tourism Alliance

Intro by Andrew Campbell, 2 x 10 min presentations followed by 15 min panel discussion

A

Business Toolkit

Dawn Champion, British Pilgrimage Trust

Tips on how to adapt your business to meet pilgrim needs such as accommodation and hospitality, trade and products.

Facilitator: Dawn Champion

Workshop style session

B

Pilgrimage & Community

Roles of Festivals for Promoting Scottish Pilgrimage, Martin Robertson, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

Eventization of Religious Heritage in Ireland, Ruth Dowson, Leeds Beckett University, England

Economic Impact of Religious Pilgrimage, Razaq Raj, Leeds Beckett University, England

Facilitator: Kevin Griffin

10 minute presentations and 15 minute Q&A

C

Models for Guided Pilgrimage

Iain Tweedale, Journeying

Ruben Heijloo, Nordic Pilgrim

Phil Brennan, Waterford Camino Tours

Facilitator: Nessie Reid

5 minute presentations, 20 minute facilitated discussion and 10 minute Q&A

15:30

Question 3: To be a Pilgrim! Is there a difference between a tourist and a pilgrim? What individual benefits are there from going on pilgrimage and how and when do transformative experiences occur on journeys?

 

A

Pilgrimage & Transformation

The Intimate Relationship between Pilgrimage and Tourism: Comparing International Shrines and Pilgrimage Routes

John Eade, University of Roehamptom, London

What Does Modern Spirituality Seek in Ireland, Wales and their ‘Celtic’ Connections? Jonathan M. Wooding, Wales

Motivations for undertaking pilgrimage, Eleanor O’Keefe. National Centre for Social Research

Facilitator: Kevin Griffin

10 min presentations followed by 10 min Q&A

B

Digital Pilgrims

Pererin Wyf / I am a Pilgrim – presentation about artist Rowan O’Neil and Span Arts project connecting pilgrims in Wexford, Pembrokeshire and  across the Celtic Diaspora.

Pilgrimage and Digitalisation

Jaffer Idris, Sheffield Hallam University, England

Problems and Pitfalls of Using Digital Innovation for Pilgrimage, Michael Di Giovine, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA

Facilitator: Nessie Reid

10 min presentations followed by 15 min Q&A

C

How to be a pilgrim

Experiential workshop-walk led by British Pilgrimage Trust director, Guy Hayward

Performing ritual in the landscape, Nick Mayhew-Smith, Roehampton University

 

Facilitator: Guy Hayward

Walk to Enniscorthy Cathedral

45 mins

16:20

Short break

16.30 

Fishbowl – antidote to panel discussions.

This will be an opportunity for everyone to discuss the 3 main questions and any others that arise on the day. It will be facilitated and be fed by questions gathered by note takers from each of the sessions.

Dinner table set up, people can choose to participate in the discussion or sit back and listen. 8-10 people will be invited to sit around the table to start the discussion.

Facilitator:  Nessie Reid

17:30-18:30

Free time

18.30-20:00

Dinner 

20:00-21:00

Poetry reading, Creative Camino Artist Performance & Film Screening

Grahame Davies – poetry reading

Creative Camino artists joint performance: Bonnie Boux, Kate Powell, Ailsa Richardson & Suzi MacGregor

Film screening Title of film: Filmmaker: Will Philpin of ‘When it Rains Creative’

Facilitator: Ruth Jones

        

Day 2 – 12th March 2023

 

10:00 – 12:00

Option 1 – Pererin Wyf Singing Workshop – Oportunity to participate in Rowan O’Neil/Span Art’s cross-border project and learn the hymn Pererin Wyf.  Participants to include exchange visitors from Wales (c. 8 people including workshop leader Molara Awen),  exchange trip hosts Rachel and John and the North Wexford traditional singers.  Ferns choir Chord on Blues and anyone else from the symposium who wishes to attend. There will be an opportunity to record your song and add it to the digital map and/or visit Wales and sing the song as part of the Ancient Connections finale event in the Bishop’s Palace St Davids on 29th May 2023.

Option 2 – Walking part of the Wexford-Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way

Details TBC 

13:00

Lunch  – people will need to pay for their own lunch 

14:00 – 15:30

2-3pm Sum-up / facilitated networking session – tbc

Reflective Poetry Writing – opportunity for participants to feedback feeling and reflections on the day. 

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Travel and accommodation is the responsibility of attendees. Below is some information to assist with this:

OPTIONS:

By Hire Car from Dublin Airport to Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy

Link to Google Maps directions

By Bus from Dublin Airport

https://www.dublinairport.com/to-from-the-airport/by-bus

https://www.dublinairport.com/to-from-the-airport/by-bus/all-ireland-bus-routes

https://www.dublinairport.com/to-from-the-airport/by-bus/plan-your-journey

Bus Eireann (Expressway Route 2) > Dublin Airport to Wexford (with stop in Enniscorthy) https://www.expressway.ie/route/2-X2/2-x2-dublin-airport-to-wexford/2023-01-24 Pick up is Red Zone 13 Stop 9

Wexford Bus Route 740 > Dublin Airport to Wexford (with stop in Enniscorthy) Timetable Home – Wexford Bus the 740 Route, Pick up is at Coach Park, Zone 16 (see map https://www.dublinairport.com/to-from-the-airport/by-bus)

By Train

Sample journey from Dublin (Connolly) train station, to Enniscorthy. While it is a more comfortable journey than the bus, it is harder to get to the train station, which is in Dublin City centre, for the Wexford/Rosslare line (with a stop in Enniscorthy). https://journeyplanner.irishrail.ie/webapp/#!P|TP!histId|1!histKey|H692786

Ferry from UK

Fishguard Rosslare route – Stena line

Dublin – Holyhead route – Stena line

Accommodation

Most attendees will be staying at Riverside Park Hotel & Leisure Club

The Promenade, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Y21 T2F4

Other accommodation in Enniscorthy

Treacy’s Hotel https://www.treacyshotel.com/

Wexford town accommodation (Note: 20mins drive to Enniscorthy)

Clayton Whites Hotel https://www.claytonwhiteshotel.com/

Crown Quarter https://www.crownquarter.com/

Ferrycarrig Hotel https://www.ferrycarrighotel.ie/

Maldron Hotel https://www.maldronhotelwexford.com/

Talbot Hotel https://www.talbotwexford.ie/

Riverbank House Hotel https://www.riverbankhousehotel.com/

Whitford House Hotel https://www.whitfordhotelwexford.ie/

For other accommodation options please go to Visit Wexford 

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St Patrick’s Chapel Dig – final report available

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Final Report for St Patrick's Chapel dig now available

The view or download the whole document click one the link below

ST PATRICK’S CHAPEL EXCAVATIONS 2014-16 2019 AND 2021

Report Summary below

Coastal erosion has been affecting St Patrick’s early medieval cemetery and medieval chapel at Whitesands, St Davids, Pembrokeshire since at least the mid-twentieth century. Storms in January and February 2014 exposed several burials, following which Dyfed Archaeological Trust in partnership with the University of Sheffield carried out five seasons of excavation: 2014–16, 2019 and 2021, funded by Cadw, the Nineveh Trust, the EU funded Ancient Connections project and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

The earliest elements of the site consisted of an oval stone-built enclosure, 5.5m × 4.5m, with a centrally placed rectangular structure, 1.4m × 1.0m, dating to the mid eighth century. Several of the stones of the structure were carved — a ring-cross with interlace design, a human figure dressed in a tunic with stick arms raised, and an inscription reading ‘donoec’ (an Irish compound name meaning something like ‘dark youth’ or ‘noble warrior’). Evidence of occupation, mammal, bird and fish bones, cereal grains and other carbonised seeds, and craft production accompanied this early element, including the manufacture of copper alloy artefacts and amber working. Wind-blown sand rapidly covered these early elements.

In the mid- late eighth/ninth century a substantial stone-built cemetery enclosure wall was built over oval enclosure and rectangular structure, and the first burials appeared.
The first burials were of young children. Sand continued to accumulate, and as it did so
more burials were put in the ground. Over 250 burials were excavated, stacked up to eight deep in the sand, between the mid- late eighth/ninth century and c. 1100. After the first phase of child burial, both children and adults were buried. The earliest burials were simple dug graves; later in the sequence cist graves appeared.

In the eleventh/twelfth century a layer of rubble was laid down covering the early medieval cemetery and a stone-built chapel constructed. Burials accompanying the chapel consisted of cist graves capped with quartz pebbles or in some examples with limpet shells. All were of children. The chapel was abandoned during the sixteenth century.

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Pererin Wyf – new arts project launch!

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Pererin Wyf - new arts project launch!

Pererin Wyf / Is oilithreach mé / I am a Pilgrim: Sounding the way back through story and song

is a new cross border participatory arts project connecting the Welsh and Irish diasporas of North Pembrokeshire and North Wexford launching this Autumn.

The Pererin Wyf project will be delivered by artist Rowan O’Neill and Pembrokeshire based community arts organisation SPAN Arts, working in tandem with co-facilitators, Irish artists Rachel Uí Fhaoláin from Ceol Mo Chroí and John Ó Faoláin from Traditional Archive Channel.

 Pererin Wyf is Welsh for the affirmative statement, ‘I am a pilgrim’ and is the title of an 18th century hymn written by prolific hymn writer, William Williams Pantycelyn from which this project takes its inspiration.  The hymn later became associated with the tune Amazing Grace and was popularised in the 1960s with a recording by Iris Williams.

The Pererin Wyf  project will invite singers from all over the world to record a version of this song in any language from the location of their choice.  Recordings will be pinned to a digital map to form a global chorus of this enduring song.  Project participants will also have the chance to offer their personal reflections and connections to North Pembrokeshire and Wexford whether current resident, the home place of their forebears, or place of significance for other reasons.

The project Pererin Wyf will begin in September 2022 with a series of free bi-weekly online workshops with world class speakers focusing on the key themes of the project; connecting with the Welsh and Irish diaspora, language, home, travel and song.  Speakers will include David Greenslade whose book Welsh Fever is a gazeteer of Welsh activity and connection in North America, Pamela Petro author of The Long Field, a meditation on hiraeth shortlisted for the 2022 Welsh Book of the year, Professor Helen Phelan Director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and Rachel Uí Fhaoláin and John Ó Faoláin, traditional song, folklore and story collectors based in Wexford.

A series of hybrid workshops will follow culminating in an exchange trip between host county participants in the Spring of 2023.  The workshops will result in a new version of the song featuring the Irish language and reflecting contemporary understandings of pilgrimage, home and return.

If you have a personal connection with North Pembrokeshire or Wexford and would like to take part in this project we would love to hear from you.  Please email rowan@span-arts.org.uk to find out more about how you could get involved or book a place on the introductory session on the 29th September through www.span-arts.org.uk 

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Public Art Launch – Do the Little Things – everyone welcome!

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Public Art Launch - Do the Little Things - everyone welcome!

Friday 18th November 3 – 5 pm St Davids Cathedral grounds 

Do the Little Things is a new public artwork designed for two locations: St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, and Ferns, Wexford.

The three giant bee hives made from cedar wood have been created by Bedwyr Williams, whose project has been realised with the support of Contemporary Art Society Consultancy.

These ‘living sculptures’ will house live bee colonies and Do the Little Things connects the two communities of St Davids and Ferns through the practice of beekeeping, reflecting the medieval story of St David and his friendship with St Aidan, who brought bees back to Ireland from Wales.

The bee colonies are being cared for by local beekeepers and community groups, who will be harvesting and selling honey in labelled jars designed by the artist and local school children.

Bedwyr says: “I’m interested in objects that invite communities to become active participants to make the artwork whole. St David’s last words were “Gwnewch y pethau bychain” or “Do the little things.” This ethos has guided the development of my proposal, which is founded on the story of St David and St Aidan and steeped in the magic and history of these two intertwined locations.”

Sited in the grounds of St David’s Cathedral, the first edition of the work opens to the public on Friday 18 November from 3 pm. The launch will include a Q&A with the artist and local beekeeper Gayle Twitchen, storytelling, and a performance of  the ‘Bee Song’ by children from Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi led by composer Sam Howley. The event is free and all are welcome.

Bees have linked St Davids and Ferns since the sixth century, when St David gifted a hive of bees to St Aidan to keep, after the monastery bees twice followed their favourite monk home to Ireland and had to be brought back” said the Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, Dean of the Cathedral. “We’re delighted to welcome this striking symbol of the ties between us”.

Please register for the event so that we know how many people to cater for

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Cwtch Festival – tickets now live!

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Cwtch Festival - Tickets now Live!

Tickets are now on sale for Cwtch Festival, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, 28th – 30th October .

Over 50 acts will play free and ticketed gigs over three days this autumn- including Welsh and Irish talent: The Magic Numbers, Lisa O’Neill, Scott Matthews, Adwaith, Penelope Isles and Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, who have just supported Tom Jones and Stereophonics at the Principality Stadium.

Open to everyone, the festival is hosting exclusive, intimate ticketed gigs at City Hall and Ty’r Pererin as well as free music along the ‘cwtch trail’.

Weekend passes and individual gig tickets are available.

The festival is part funded by Ancient Connections.

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YNYS – soundscapes created by Fern Thomas Artist in Residence

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YNYS - soundscapes by Artist in Residence Fern Thomas

‘…and as the relics, stones, bones and stories from both places washed out to sea, a new island was formed right in the middle. A shared place for culture, history, dreams, poetry and song from all time to live alongside each other. And from this place, a radio station appeared and began to transmit,…’

YNYS is a fictional radio station which will create a series of soundscapes that documents the Ancient Connections project and explores the two places of Pembrokeshire and Wexford through field recordings, archival sounds, prose, song, interviews and the speaking of the land.

Fern Thomas has released two of the soundscape podcasts, which you can listen to here. She will be releasing one a month until the end of the project. 

 
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Next Round of Free Tourism & Heritage Ambassador Training Announced!

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Next Round of Free Tourism & Heritage Ambassador Training Announced!

 

Our first lot of Ancient Connections Ambassadors for North Pembrokeshire and Co. Wexford completed their training last month, and what a wonderful bunch they are! Now, we’re launching more training to swell their numbers. Might you be interested?

“I thoroughly enjoyed myself whilst learning lots of new information and stories. It’s been a privilege to be involved.

B. Wheatley, Ancient Connections Ambassador.

Welcoming visitors to the area and supporting their needs so that the local economy can thrive is very important for our communities. Ambassadors are trained to welcome and greet visitors and pilgrims, provide a wealth of local history and heritage information, help orientate visitors and support them to decide on great places to visit, build an itinerary, develop and lead short, local tours, share practical local information, tell stories and much more. 

Training takes two days and is completely FREE. It’s designed specifically for those with time and interest in volunteering as an Ambassador, those who already welcome visitors to their premises or as part of their work and those already volunteering within the visitor and cultural sphere locally

Here are the training days coming up in NORTH PEMBROKESHIRE: Choose two of these three days:

10 June 10am – 4pm Oriel Y Parc, St David’s

14 June 10am-4pm Fishguard area (venue TBC)

21 June 9.30am – 6pm, Out and About across north Pembrokeshire.

Training places are limited, so booking is vital. To book your place, click the blue button below this message. 

The next round of Ambassador Training in County Wexford will be held in September. Keep an eye out for details.


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Animating Schools – exchange trip in June

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Animating Schools - exchange trip in June 2022

Animating Schools is an exchnage project involving Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi in St Davids and two schools in Ferns: St Edan’s Primary School and Scoil Naomh Maodhog.
 
35 pupils are taking part in the creation of a short animated film that will tell the shared story of Ferns and St David’s, from legends of the two Saints to tales of knights, kings and powerful women.  The project is led by Winding Snake, specialists in working with schools and community groups on animation projects.
 
So far the children have been working on script writing and story development. In June, the Ferns group will be travelling to St Davids to meet their welsh counterparts, get to know each other and take part in a joint animation workshop.
 
As well as working on the animation film together, the group will be visiting important heritage sites in the area such as St Nons, St Davids Cathedral, The Bishops Palace, guided by Janet Ingram, St Davids Cathedral’s Education and Pilgrimage Officer. They will also visit Castell Henllys and the dig site at Whitesands Bay and take part in an archaeology workshop. 
 
The film is expected to be completed in Autumn 2022.
 
Filmmaker Terence White is accomanpying the group from Ferns and will be making a short documentary film about the project.
 

 

 

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Wexford & Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way – half day guided pilgrimage

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Wexford & Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way – Goodwick to Llanwnda half-day guided pilgrimage.

Led by The British Pilgrimage Trust. Be the first to have a sneak peak on a 6 mile half-day pilgrimage on the new cross border pilgrimage between Wexford and Pembrokeshire.
 
Our small but excellent and experienced team will guide you from Goodwick to Llanwnda, the Pencaer peninsula, Carregwastad Point and the ancient land of Pebidiog at the Pembrokeshire beginning of a new pilgrimage.
 
You will be led by Pembrokeshire pilgrimage officer David Pepper, Iain Tweedale from Journeying and Christine Smith from Guided Pilgrimage who will share their knowledge and experience of guiding modern day pilgrimage where there will be time to reflect and take time out from our busy lives to go on both an outer journey through these beautiful landscapes, and on an inner journey to re-connect with nature and ourselves.
 
This will be a half-day loop route exploring the landing place of the pilgrim in Goodwick to St Gwyndaf’s Church and Holy Well at Llanwnda. We will be exploring the relationship between land & sea in pilgrimage, taking in holy wells, ancient Celtic christian settlements, neolithic burial chambers mixed with modern day transatlantic relations and last invasions.
 
Meet at: St Peter’s Church Hall, 3 Plasygamil Road, Goodwick, Wales, SA64 0EL
 
Tickets · £22.15