Fishguard & Goodwick: funding for the future

by Friends of Fishguard & Goodwick abroad and in Fishguard, Wales, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th March 2021 we successfully raised £17,549 ( + est. £2093.50 Gift Aid ) with 270 supporters in 28 days

We want to support three initiatives in Fishguard & Goodwick as part of a larger regeneration for these very special twin towns. Read on...

by Friends of Fishguard & Goodwick abroad and in Fishguard, Wales, United Kingdom

Do you think Fishguard and Goodwick and North Pembrokeshire are just a little bit magical? Do you have fond memories of growing up there, or spending holidays down the Cwm or on the Parrog?  We are a group of cousins who most certainly do. Actor Matthew Rhys, who has strong family links to Fishguard, likewise feels a strong hiraeth for the place where he spent many happy times and is lending his support to this campaign. Then help us raise £30,000 for three small but useful projects aimed at benefitting local children and teenagers and boosting tourist footfall for businesses in the area:

1)     Funding a replacement for the helter-skelter on the Parrog. How much fun have you or your children had whizzing down the helter-skelter on the Parrog? Sadly, time has taken its 1610464904_helter_skelter.jpgtoll on this iconic slide and it is no longer fit for purpose. We want to help buy something to stand in the place of this much-loved amusement and as such play a modest but symbolic part in the future of the OceanLab. In the process of being acquired from the County Council by SeaTrust Wales, OceanLab is embarking on an exciting new phase of development which, along with other regeneration plans for the Parrog, will contribute to the post-Covid recovery of the twin towns and the well-being of the area’s wildlife and people.

2)    Theatr Gwaun’s Show-up Saturday creative workshops for teenagers1612881751_theatr_gwaun_girls_on_stage.jpgFrom its inception as a Temperance Hall in 1885, the old cinema on West Street is very much a part of Fishguard’s cultural heritage and today one of its great strengths. Theatr Gwaun is an independent theatre, cinema, live music venue, bar and café run almost entirely by volunteers. There are great things happening at Theatr Gwaun, including live National Theatre streamings and up-to-the-minute film premieres. Its Show-up Saturday sessions are designed to bring out the best creative talents of the town’s teenagers and young adults in the form of theatrical, film-making and other workshops. Our contribution will help fund and expand this exciting programme to support young people and boost  cultural activities in Fishguard.

3)    Supporting Visit Fishguard to benefit tourists and local businesses. Tourism is the towns' main source of income, and the Chamber of Trade & Tourism is working hard to promote the Visit Fishguard brand and bring more tourist £££ to the area. We plan to help purchase two interactive digital screens to be placed in Fishguard and on the Parrog, highlighting the best that Fishgu1610464930_fishguard_two_ships.jpgard and Goodwick have to offer in terms of shopping, crafts, eating out, history and culture. The Chamber is also, as part of its Visit Fishguard campaign, launching North Pembrokeshire Tours, to enable visitors to Fishguard and Goodwick – including from cruise ships – to access some of the many local attractions and businesses not on the normal coach tour route, in the form of focused, guided visits by minibus. Already successfully trialled in 2019, this not-for-profit venture requires help from us with its start-up funding.

The County Council's 2019 Strategic Regeneration Framework for F&G will bring new vitality to the twin towns, capitalising on their many strengths and bringing public and private investment to redress the weaknesses. As a Friend of Fishguard and Goodwick you can play your part in this regeneration..

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