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Nominate for ITV's fundraiser of the year award

Now, the clock is ticking, with the deadline looming for this year's Pride of Britain Awards. Applications HAVE to be submitted by Friday August 15 at 11.59 pm. So you don't have long.

One of the awards at this year's events is ITV's award for fundraiser of the year. We're looking for that person who goes that little bit further than others - but rarely receives the recognition they deserve. Nominate now http://www.itv.com/localheroes

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Campaign to turn woodland into WWI memorial

The new woodland could be created near Ffos Las. Credit: ITV Wales News

A new campaign has been launched at the National Eisteddfod to help Coed Cadw, The Woodland Trust, to buy a piece of land to create a new woodland to commemorate the Welsh soldiers who fought in the First World War.

The Trust is currently looking at purchasing 120 acres of land near Ffos Las and will need to raise enough money to buy it by the end of the month.

Rory Francis from Coed Cadw, The Woodland Trust in Wales, says the woodland would provide a place for people to remember those who fought in World War One for generations to come.

Open University launches Welsh language resources

The Open University in Wales says it's seeing more people, particularly adults wanting to study through the medium of Welsh. It says many are studying at partner universities like Bangor or Aberystwyth but are looking for more materials in Welsh. It has launched a website with free education resources through the medium of Welsh at the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli today. The director of the OU in Wales says the organisation hand global reach.

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First major Eisteddfod prize for series of 10 poems

The first of this year's major prizes at the National Eisteddfod has gone to one of the youngest ever winners. Guto Dafydd, 24, from Pwllheli won the Eisteddfod crown for a series of ten poems in free verse entitled "Tyfu" ("Growing"). The judges praised both the technical mastery of his poetry and the skilful way he mixed traditional and contemporary themes.

Cardiff gets taste of Thailand in first city festival

Cardiff hosts Wales' first ever Thai Festival this weekend, bringing together cultural entertainment, food, dancing and music.

Organisers say the festival will promote an understanding of Thai culture among the people of Cardiff, many of whom will have their own cultural connections from across the world.

Credit: Desy Thai

"The Wales Thai Festival looks like an exciting new addition to the summer's diverse events calendar. I'm sure it will be a great opportunity for families to learn more about the country and its vibrant culture."

– Cllr Peter Bradbury, Cardiff

Fashion conscious visitors to Cardiff's Coopers Field will also be able to experience colour patterned silks and intricate embroidery work typical of traditional Thai dress.

The costumes on display are the work of Saowanee Jones, who moved to Wales from Thailand over 11 years ago. Soawanee described the festival as "a little taste of Thailand in Cardiff."

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A wide range of stalls will include freshly cooked Thai food, a Thai beer garden, souvenirs and children's rides, while there will also be an energetic display of Muay Thai Boxing.

Concert to kick of this year's National Eisteddfod

Over 350 young people from across Wales will help kick off the 2014 National Eisteddfod in Llanelli this evening at an opening gala.

The National Eisteddfod is one of the world's greatest cultural festivals.

It brings together people from all ages and backgrounds to enjoy an eclectic mix of the arts, music, literature, dance, theatre and more.

Last year's festival was held in Denbighshire

This year's event takes place along the Wales Coast Path, at the Millennium Coastal Park in Llanelli.

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