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Film's success in international festival

A film made as part of a bid to save a local church has won its section in an international film festival.

The film, The Search for Little Flanders, was made in 2016 to raise money for the restoration of the medieval Church of St Jerome's in Llangwm, Pembrokeshire.

It was chosen as best documentary feature at the West Europe International Film Festival in Brussels.

The film tells the story of the Flemish settlement of parts of Pembrokeshire after the 11 th century Norman invasion.

It was directed by Pamela Hunt, a former independent film maker, who lives in Llangwm, with help from the people of the village.

Pam and other members of the crew spent a week filming in Belgium interviewing experts including academics and historians about the ancient links with West Wales.

Pam said afterwards the judges had told her the film was nominated because of its strong local involvement and she thanked all those who took part.

"It was wonderful to be able to do something involving so many village people and the enthusiasm it engendered was quite remarkable", she added. "We were able to use local people to present, narrate and take on other roles in making the film and this I think was what swayed the judges."

"We watched the awards ceremony live online - and when the announcement came the noise made by all those watching as they all unmuted their connection at the same time was so great that it crashed the system!"

The money raised by selling DVDs of the film together with backing from the Heritage Lottery and other funds was enough to pay for building work at the church which now looks set to stand for another few hundred years.

It can be seen online onYouTube at https://youtu.be/f5Nw5PPsacA

Llangwm is named as one of the best places to live in the UK in a recent Sunday Times survey

Whoever gave the Cleddau Estuary its nickname, "the secret waterway", wasn't joking - many of the holiday makers who flock to Tenby and Saundersfoot every summer are blissfully unaware of the delights to be found on its shores - but now the game is up. Sori (sorry).

The Cleddau Estuary is barely visible from a road, or even from the air, thanks to the wartime efforts of the Ministry of Defence, which planted non- reflective water weeds on its banks to deny the Luftwaffe a shiny signpost to the shipyards at Pembroke Dock.

However, for those lucky enough to live here, villages such as Lawrenny, Liangwm, Landshipping, Carew and tiny Cresswell Quay offer a waterside idyll of rare charm and tranquillity. The mudflats provide rich pickings for wading birds, and you'll often spot seals and otters In the water. Stick around on a summer evening and you'll probably also see kayaks and paddleboards weaving their way Io the Cresselly Arms for a pint of Quay Ale and a packet of crisps. Llangwm and Landshipping are beautiful, vibrant little communities, but Lawrenny is our favourite. It has a waterside pub in the Lawrenny Arms, and Quayside is an award-winning tearoom; both are reached via a footpath with panoramic views. There's also a community shop, open for a few hours most days, although residents get a keycard, so they can pop in whenever they want.

From: The Sunday Times, 26March 2021