Upcoming events

H.O.P.E. Annual General Meeting is to be held on Friday 29th July

H.O.P.E. Open Day is to be held on Friday 23rd September

30TH Anniversary Celebration GALA CONCERT

30TH Anniversary Celebration GALA CONCERT to be held at St Davids Cathedral on Friday 17th June (7.30p.m. start.

Kindly supported by:

  • The UK National Brass Band Champions – THE GOODWICK BRASS BAND
  • The PEMBROKE & DISTRICT MALE VOICE CHOIR and
  • THE WHITLAND & DISTRICT MALE VOICE CHOIR and
  • BELLA VOCE –  Accompanied by Seimon Morris and
  • AARON PRYCE-LEWIS – Baritone

Compere: Phil Lloyd – Pembroke & District MV Choir

THE SOUND THAT IS PEMBROKESHIRE

The Music and Voices of Pembrokeshire are equal to and even surpass any worldwide

With Tickets at only £15 (main aisle) and £10 (back and sides) and Children 11years and under FREE

THIS IS ONE NOT TO BE MISSED!!

Tickets available from: St Davids Bookshop 01437 720480, West Wales Art Centre Fishguard 01348 873867, Castle Photography Haverfordwest 01437 766858, Adept Cleaners Pembroke Dock 01646 683827, and The H.O.P.E. Centre 01646 600384 and possibly at the door on the night.

We gratefully acknowledge the support given by ALL OF THE ABOVE – The Band, The Choirs and Aaron, their Conductors and Accompanists and the contributions of support with sponsorship for this concert from The Rotary Clubs of Pembrokeshire, Stewart Thompson – www.marinatelecom.co.uk, Valero and Andy – Monddi Design Agency support with printing and All at The Cathedral and St Davids Bookshop

MUSICAL spectacular’ featuring a host of young local talent comes to the Torch Theatre on Saturday, April 23.

Greenhill Jazz Band

Greenhill Jazz Band

Aaron Pryce–Lewis and Elinor Crane

Aaron Pryce–Lewis and Elinor Crane

Seren Irish Dancers

Seren Irish Dancers

A ‘MUSICAL spectacular’ featuring a host of young local talent comes to the Torch Theatre on Saturday, April 23.

Singers Aaron Pryce–Lewis and Elinor Crane will perform alongside Seren Irish Dancers and Greenhill Jazz Band.

The concert will be raising money for the HOPE Centre in Neyland, which offers treatments and support to people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and those who have suffered a stroke.

The centre, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, helps around 60 people a month – some of these daily.

Its annual running costs now total around £107,000, and relies heavily on donations and the efforts of its fundraising committee.

Aaron, who went to Sir Thomas Picton School in Haverfordwest, studies classical voice in London, and has performed in a range of musicals, as well as baritone in Brahms’ Requiem and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall.

Having performed in Bugsy Malone, Oliver, Sweeney Todd and Phantom of the Opera, Sir Thomas Picton pupil Elinor now studies musical theatre at university, and has also worked as an assistant teacher at a stage school.

The Greenhill School Jazz Band performs traditional ‘Big Band’ style music, adding their own jazz flavour to other popular songs. The current band is made up of Year 11 to 13 pupils.

Members of Seren School of Irish Dance, run by sisters Cheryl and Lizzie John, have competed across Europe, earning a host of medals and trophies.

Tickets are £10, and can be booked through the Torch Theatre box office by telephoning 01646 695267.

Bob runs for HOPE MS and Shalom House

bob-runs-for-hopeAt the age of 76, running the London Marathon for most pensioners is not their daily focus.

But for Bob Hayler, he’s lacing up his trainers and training hard for this year’s 26.2-mile event on Sunday, April 24.

Bob, who started running in 1985 at the age of 45, has completed 136 marathons and has run 20,000 miles whilst ‘training’ and 8,000 miles whilst racing totalling 1.25 times around the equator!

Said Bob: “In 1984, I was watching the London Marathon and thought ‘I could have a go at that.’ After completing my first marathon in 1985 at Gloucester, I succeeded gaining an entry in the London Marathon in April 1986 (my second marathon). This year will be my 11th in London.”

Bob’s running has also taken him abroad.

“I have run in Europe, USA, Canada, North Africa, and the Islands of Malta, Cyprus, Jersey and the Isle of Man,” but he adds: “My top two marathon locations are London – it’s the atmosphere and Snowdonia in North Wales – which leaves one with a real sense of achievement on finishing, and, the scenery is stunning whatever the weather.”

Bob is running the London Marathon for the HOPE MS Therapy Centre, Neyland, and Shalom House, St. Davids.

But why did Bob choose these two charities?

Well, his sister-in-law and her husband, Liz and Ken Brombley, of Sageston, have been heavily involved in HOPE for many years, with Ken the current chairman and Liz an active fundraiser.

Bob continued: “I was sponsored on my first London Marathon for an MS Day Care and Respite Centre in Oxford (Ritchie Russell House) and it is so appropriate that I should run for HOPE MS and Shalom House on what, it seems, may well be my last London Marathon.

“My first wife had MS (she passed away with cancer in 1999) and was a regular at Ritchie Russell House. A number of ‘Hopers’ have stayed at Shalom House, St. Davids, and I am aware they have had to reduce their services due to high running costs. From the time of going to print (week beginning April 11), I would like all monies collected to be shared equally between HOPE MS and Shalom and I am sure all monies raised will be a Godsend to these two worthwhile charities.”

Bob’s race number on the day is 27,568 and he will start from the ‘celebrities’ start point as he is classified as a ‘Good for Age.’

Last year, Bob, of Pewsey, Wiltshire, ran a marathon in under five hours hence his qualification for the race.

But he admits: “It is getting harder each time now so takes me nearer five-and-a-half hours to finish. Watch out for me, I will be wearing a white t-shirt with BOB 4 Pembs MS on the back.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Bob can do so online. Search for Virgin Money Giving, click on the make a donation page and sponsor your friend, then type in Kenneth Brombley (HOPE chairman). Clicking the blue arrows will bring you to Robert Hayler and supporters fundraising. Click on Robert’s name for his information and/or click the donate now tab and donate.

Footnote: Don’t miss HOPE’s next 30th anniversary celebration concert at The Torch Theatre on Saturday, April 23, with The Seren Irish Dancers, Greenhill Jazz Band and Haverfordwest’s very own Elinor Crane Aaron Pryce-Lewis. Not to be missed!

Saundersfoot NEW YEARS DAY SWIM 2015 – help raise funds!

Saundersfoot swim in 2014

Saundersfoot swim in 2014

Hi, I WILL BE TAKING PART in aid of HOPE MS Therapy Centre in Pembrokeshire. This year they are celebrating their 30th year on the 6th Jan, commitment to the support and well-being of local MS sufferers.
They offer onsite hyperbaric oxygen therapy and physiotherapy that relieve the pain and suffering of those living with the condition.
They also offer advice and support to families, carers and individuals.
The Pembrokeshire Parkinson group also use the Centre on Wednesday and we also give Physiotherapy to recovering stroke members.
I would be grateful for any donations that will assist HOPE in continuing to provide this vital service in Pembrokeshire.

You can sponsor me through Virgin Money Giving and donations will be quickly processed and passed to the charity. Virgin Money Giving is a not-for-profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this. Hope MS Therapy Centre is a registered charity (1126567) and you can find out more information about them at www.pembrokeshiremstherapycentre.co.uk.
I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.
Ken Brombley