FISHGUARD musical theatre society was delighted to receive donations totalling £3,000 from the masons at their practice on Saturday.

The local Strumble Lodge has donated £500 to the society, with a further grant of £2,500 awarded from a national awarding body.

The society has gone from strength to strength after its initial production of Whistle Down the Wind in April 2017.

It now has more than 100 members who are currently busy working towards this year’s productions of the Wizard of Oz and Cats.

The group is behind previous sell-out shows; Oliver, Brassed Off, Whistle Down the Wind, Magic of the Musicals and Magic of the Musicals, Disney.

The group has an established tradition of giving back to the local community; its first three productions raised thousands of pounds for Fishguard’s Theatr Gwaun, £250 from ticket sales of Oliver have been earmarked for POINT, and tickets are given to local charities and schools to raffle off.

“We are delighted to receive a second grant from the Strumble Lodge,” said director Rain Malone Hallett.

“Last year Dr Barton secured £500 from the Strumble Lodge and following this we invited him to come along and watch our productions.

“He was delighted with the amount of members and the effort and work everyone puts in.

“We were thrilled with the £500 and even more excited that Dr Barton had approached the provincial grand charity and asked them they could help us as well. The provincial grand charity granted us £2500.

“We are so very excited as this will help us with lots of expenses for our next three productions. We have the Wizard of Oz on March 1, 2 and 3. The full Westend version on April 19,20 and 21 and Land of our fathers in May.

“We are a not for profit group and our aim is to provide professional standard theatre in the area and give local people an outlet to perform, gain confidence and make new friends while learning a new skill.

“We currently have over 100 members . We like to support local charities to give something back and have raised funds for the theatre, schools, churches and community groups. It’s lovely that someone has recognised our worth and is helping us to achieve all we do.”