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1st July 2017: Dale Walk and Gardens

GUIDED WALK ALONG NEW FOOTPATH IN DALE, with the additional opportunity to visit the Dale Open Gardens Event (charges applicable, in aid of the Dale Church roof restoration fund) and also the Dale Heritage centre (free) during the afternoon.

DATE: Saturday, 1st July 2017 at 11am, approximately 3 miles, taking one and a half hours. Meet in Dale car park (SA62 3RE) and wear sturdy footwear. Dogs on leads welcome.

EVENT: A chance to experience the superb, new, three mile, circular route, recently created for walkers through the efforts of the Friends’ Tuesday Work Parties, in conjunction with the PC National Park and the Dale Environment Group. The walk includes fantastic coastal and inland views, many historical details, interesting woodland flora and fauna and information on how and why the new path was created.

LEADER: Dan Wynn, National Park ranger responsible for the area, who was heavily involved in the establishment of the new footpath. Dan has worked for 5 years as a ranger on the coastline across the UK. A keen bird watcher, he has a passion for managing landscapes for wildlife and a strong interest in marine conservation and related issues, such as plastic pollution and over fishing. One of his chief recreations is to run along the coast path, so he may have flashed past you when out walking!

Also in Dale from 2 – 6pm: DALE OPEN GARDENS EVENT
A chance to have a look around parts of Dale that are normally ‘out of bounds’. There will be around a dozen gardens to explore, with the opportunity to have a delicious cream tea in the Coronation Hall. Tickets will be available in the Hall and the gardens. Proceeds to go towards Dale Church roof restoration fund. No dogs allowed in gardens. Some are wheelchair accessible.

For further information on this ‘Day out in Dale’, please contact Caroline Potter (01646 636341).

4 May 2017: Walk around Monk Haven

Event:  ‘Ancient and Modern’ – A walk from Monk Haven 

Details: This is the first of two events in May to celebrate National Walking Month. A circular walk starting at the church in Monk Haven and taking in the coastal path round to Sandy Haven and a slow meander back to St Ishmael’s. About 6 miles but there is an opportunity to do only three for those who wish. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in St Ishmael’s Garden Centre on completion. Good sturdy footwear recommended. 

Timings and Meeting Point: Meet at 10:30 at Monk Haven Church (Grid Ref:                     SM8302 0675). Should complete no later than 15:00. 

Info Needed From You: None (no need to book), but bring a picnic with you.

Lead Organiser: Margaret Sandland (telephone: 01437 731163)

Friends’ Swim, Tea Party and Candlelit Carol Service at St. Brides

The annual Christmas tea party took place last December in the stunning setting, once again, of St Bride’s Castle, with the kind permission of the Holiday Property Bond. More than fifty people – Friends, their guests, and those staying at the castle, – gathered in the castle library. Christmas decorations and the beautiful tree all brought about a festive ambience, and the tea table groaned with delights and delicacies, provided by those who came. This event is the most popular Friends’ event throughout the year, and it gives members the opportunity to meet and catch up, as well as to enjoy the wonderful surroundings of the National Park at the start of the Christmas season.

For the first time, the beautiful, heated, indoor swimming pool was made available by the Holiday Property Bond for the Friends to use. Several were brave enough, despite the cold outside, to take full advantage of this unique opportunity, and after all that exercise, doubtless felt able to fill their plates at the tea party with clear consciences!

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The annual Carol Service followed the tea party and was held, as usual, in the nearby, candlelit St. Bridget’s Church, beside the beautiful, sandy cove of St Bride’s Haven. John Potter, who played the organ, organised a series of readings and carols. Father Andrew Johnson, rector of St Bridget’s, presided, and welcomed everyone to his ancient and historic church, which was full. The singing was magnificent and the readings were delivered with clarity and confidence by members of the congregation. The generous retiring collection amounted to almost two hundred pounds for the church funds. Many thanks to all those involved with supplying the food for the tea party, and for taking part in the Service, making this event such a special part of the Christmas celebrations.

Caroline Potter

24 June 2017: Tour of St Davids Lifeboat Station and Whitesands Walk

Event: A morning tour of St Justinian’s Lifeboat Station and an afternoon circular walk from the lifeboat station around to Whitesands Bay.

Details: This promises to be a really interesting day. In the morning, you can hear about the workings of the new and old lifeboat stations and the first-hand experiences of the lifeboat crew. And in the afternoon, we will walk from the lifeboat station round to Whitesands Bay and back to the car park – about 5 miles but with an opportunity to do less for those who wish. The exact route will follow in due course.

Timings and Meeting Point: St Justinian’s Lifeboat Station at 10:00. There is a Pay and Display car park about 400 yards before the lifeboat station and only very limited car parking at the site itself. Postcode: SA62 6PY.

Info from you: You MUST BOOK to attend this event because there is a maximum of 30 for the lifeboat station visit, and places are going fast. Let Steve Drinkwater know as soon as possible. Bring a picnic and we will stop somewhere during the walk. There is also a café at the Whitesands Bay car park.

Lead Organiser: Steve Drinkwater (telephone number: 01437 710009)