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The Week That Was #197… 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

 

From Welsh sport awards to inspiring foster carers, Masterchef, Muppets and the perfect pint - it’s been another busy seven days for our team. Take a look at five peeks behind our week…

 

1. Winning Great Sport Story of the Year at the Wales Sports Awards

Alun Wyn Jones. Joe Calzaghe. And our team! That was the glittering guestlist of names at Tuesday night’s Wales Sports Awards at the Celtic Manor. The awards celebrated all levels of Welsh sport, from the grassroots to the elite and we were there to help accept the award for ‘Great Sport Story of the Year’ for Homeless World Cup Cardiff 2019. It was wonderful to catch up with some of the other key players who helped to organise such an incredible event; a project that defined our summer and was undoubtedly one of our proudest moments in PR.

 

2. Recipe films with Masterchef star chef

 

 

If you’ve been watching Masterchef this week, you’ll have seen the professional contestants get a schooling from a Michelin starred chef based in mid Wales. Gareth Ward’s blend of barbecue techniques and Japanese seasoning has built up a real reputation at Ynyshir, just outside Machenllyth, and he put three hopefuls on the show through their paces in his kitchen on Wednesday night. We were lucky enough to get an insight into Gareth’s kitchen a little while back, making this film on his take on mackerel for Visit Wales. Anyone else hungry?

 

3. Welsh brewers head to the top of the class

Is there anything better than having the chance to have a pint with friends and family in the festive season? We don’t think so. And if you’re Welsh and into supporting local produce in that pint glass, you’re in luck. From Porthmadog to the Gower, Welsh brewers are producing some of the best ales you could wish for this Christmas. Now, thanks to the Welsh Drinks Cluster, that beer is set to get even better, as brewers across the country access industry leading training that will help ensure the perfect pint every time.

You can read more about that training in stories we secured on Beer Guild and Larder. And next time you raise a glass of Welsh beer, offer a toast to the talented brewers whose hard work help make the good times great.

 

4. Creative students hear from experts in TV and film

Lucky creative learners at Coleg y Cymoedd have been joined by some of the world’s leading artists and designers to get the inside scoop on working within the world of film and television.

College students studying courses including costume construction and prop making were visited by leading experts in the industry including Brian Froud, the conceptual designer behind 80s hits Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, his wife Wendy Froud, the brains behind Star Wars’ Yoda, and famous Welsh puppet designer and performer, William Todd-Jones. During the sessions, the experts shared their advice on how to create characters and props ready for the big screen, as well as tips on getting into the industry. You can read more about their visit on Wales 24/7 and News from Wales.

 

5. Shining the spotlight on an inspiring foster carer 

This week, we shared the inspiring story of a foster carer who left her job in the NHS to care for a pair of siblings. Nina Severn, who fosters with our client Five Rivers Child Care, first considered fostering seven years ago when her five biological children grew older and started to live more independently. At the time, Nina came close to fostering but ultimately decided it wasn’t the right moment in her life. But, at the start of 2019 she decided to make the career switch and now cares for a 10-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy. They live with Nina and her husband Alan on the family farm, alongside 40 chickens, 20 guineafowl, 16 goats, three horses, three geese, two working dogs, two cats and a house dog!

To find out more about Nina’s fostering journey, you can read her story on Nottingham Local News and the Mansfield & Ashfield Chad Series.