Tori James on yet another adventure. This time she has taken the 2016 NYDS shirt to Mount Hutt, New Zealand. This is surely the furthest the NYDS has ever travelled!

Click on the picture to see tori’s video message to charlie shivers


Michael Walchohofer is the latest sporting star to wear the Saundersfoot New Year’s Day swim shirt. Walchhofer is one of the great Austrian downhill skiers whose glittering career led him to wins at infamous courses such as Kitzbuhel, Wengen, Garmisch and Val d’sere.

He started his career in slalom, but then moved over to the speed events of Super G and downhill. During his career he won the World Cup season title in downhill three times, an olympic silver medal, and one gold, two silvers, and a bronze medal at world championships. Walchofer became the first to win the Bormio downhill three times in December 2010. His last World Cup race was in March 2011.

Walchhofer has been a longtime owner a chain of slopeside luxury hotels in Zauchensee, Austria.


With only a few weeks left before the NYDS, Narberth RFC Under 12’s have signed up for the event. Charlie Shivers met with the squad last Sunday at their home match against Llangwym. The 25 strong squad and coaches will be making their NYDS debuts on 1st January! The team will be raising funds for their end of season tour.

Nyds bus launched

Look what will be travelling around pembrokeshire in the build up to saundersfoot nyds, many thanks to edwards coaches.


Headteacher, Mr Allen, and pupils of Saundersfoot School welcomed the Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim mascot, Charlie Shivers, to their morning assembly this week. The school has very close links with the local community and, once again, will take part in the Swim. They have also decided on their fancy dress costume theme, which will remain a secret until New Year’s Day. Martyn Williams, Chairman of NYDS said, “We have had a fantastic relationship with the school over the years and realise that these children are the swim’s future. We are delighted once again they will be going in on 1st” January”.

Lights, Camera NYDS Action!

With only 43 days to go until the 33rd Saundersfoot New Year's Day Swim, Charlie Shivers was on his travels again this week. This time he was treading the boards at the Regency Hall, visiting Saundersfoot Footlights, who were busy preparing for their latest show Peter Pan. A number of cast members have signed up for NYDS 2017. Despite his persistence they resisted offering Charlie a cameo role for the festive pantomime.

Peter Pan is on at the Regency Hall from 5th - 10th December. Further details please visit

Photo courtesy of Angharas thomas photography

Saundersfoot launch nyds 2017 shirt

The launch of the 2017 Saundersfoot New Year's Day Swim took place at the St. Brides Spa Hotel this week. During the event, the 2017 shirt was also unveiled and Charlie Shivers was there to welcome this year’s sponsors. The 2017 swim will be the village’s 33rd and over recent years the swim has gone from strength to strength raising thousands and thousands of pounds for charitable and worthy causes. Last year attracted over 1500 swimmers raising over £40,000.

Martyn Williams, Chairman of Saundersfoot Festivities said, ‘The swim is an important date in the calendar for the village. The NYDS shirt has become an integral part of promoting the swim. I am delighted with this year’s sponsorship. The financial support is vital for the future of the swim. It will also ensure that every penny raised by the swimmers will be allocated to their nominated charities. The generosity which the businesses have shown towards the sponsorship of the swim has been very much appreciated’. Saundersfoot Festivities would like to thank St. Brides Hotel & Spa once again for their generous hospitality, as well as Gareth Davies Photography. The 2017 swim shirt is now on sale at Elements of Pembrokeshire, The Strand, Saundersfoot. All profits from the shirt will be donated to charity.

2017 Swim Sponsors: Powells Cottage Holidays, N.D. Toy & Partners Ltd “Your Financial Solutions Partner”, Scaffold 2000, Sunnyvale Holiday Park, Tees R Us, Tojaz of Saundersfoot, Princes Gate Spring Water, Elston Construction, Folly Farm, Edwards Coaches, Sue’s Pantry, Saundersfoot Pleasure Boats, 1 Formula Fitness, Tenby Glass, Synter BMW, Lewis, Lewis & Co Ltd, Neil Finlay Cars & Pembrokeshire Tyres.

nyds t-shirts in aid of dai rees foundation

Charlie Shivers was on duty again this week, this time meeting the family of Dai Rees who sadly died following a diving accident in the Maldives in March 2014. Although Dai was from Saundersfoot, he later became a paramedic with the South Western Ambulance Trust. Dai set up the Maldivian Sihhath Initiative after finding out the islanders barely had any first aid provision. The initiative provided training and equipment to populated areas.


On behalf of Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim and Tees R Us, Charlie donated 100 T-shirts which will be sold off and all proceeds from sales of the ‘DRF' T-Shirt will support the work of the Dai Rees Foundation, a registered charity set up to continue the legacy of Dai.

In 2017 a team of paramedics from the DRF will be partnering with Community Action Nepal to deliver emergency medical training and equipment to remote and rural locations in Nepal.

The Dai Rees Foundation and Dai’s family are hugely grateful to the NYD Swim and Tees-R-Us for their support. If you would like to purchase a t-shirt, please call 01834 813785 or visit Elements of Pembrokeshire, The Strand, Saundersfoot.

Martyn Williams, Chairman of the NYDS, said, ‘We are delighted to be making this donation. Hopefully the money raised will help support the excellent work which the Dai Rees Foundation is carrying out’.

Family of Dai Rees with Charlie Shivers with NYDS ‘DRF’ T-shirts

Nyds hoodies & t-shirts unveiled

The New Year’s Day Swim organisers have again teamed up with Richard Lewis from Tee’s R Us and pictured is the unveiling of the new 2017 NYDS hoodie and t-shirt. The new design for this year includes the iconic backdrop of Monkstone Point.

Martyn Williams, Chairman of the Swim said, “We started with a rugby shirt which has proved extremely successful. Public demand, however, has led us to produce a hoodie and now a t-shirt. It doesn’t matter what time of year you walk around the village, somebody seems to have a NYDS top on!”.

All orders for hoodies and t-shirts can be made direct with Tees R Us, New Hedges 01834 845216.

grove school sign for NYDS 2017

with only a few weeks left before the NYDS pupils at Grove School met with Charlie Shivers this week to sign up for the event.

pick your own nyds rubgy xv

With so many rugby internationals having worn the famous Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim shirt, Charlie Shivers has launched a competition to select the best XV. On the board are photographs of those players, together with Charlie’s selection. He is challenging people to select a better team on-line. Some of the players include current Wales internationals Sam Warburton, George North, Jamie Roberts and former greats Gareth Edwards and Phil Bennett.

Former Scarlets and Wales coach, Gareth Jenkins, has selected his team and the person whose selection is closest to Gareth’s will receive 2 tickets for the Wales v Ireland game in March, 2017 at the Principality Stadium. Click on the picture of charlie shivers with the billboard containing famous rugby players who have worn the infamous NYDS rugby shirt to enter.


nyds 2017 set for mannequin challenge

With only weeks away from the 33rd Saundersfoot New Year's Day Swim, Charlie Shivers was in the village this week visiting Heywood's Butchers. He was there to practice for his latest challenge. On New Year's Day, organisers are planning a mass Mannequin Challenge. Just before the start of the swim, all swimmers and spectators will be invited to join in. With 1500 swimmers regularly taking part in the swim, plus thousands watching it could be one of the biggest yet!

The Mannequin Challenge is a viral video craze featuring people imitating mannequins and freezing for the camera while music plays in the background.

Pembrokeshire Photography will be on hand to capture the footage so get practising!


Charlie with Mark, Darren and Stuart from Heywood's Butchers practising their poses.

pubs jockeying for position in NYDS ‘sand’ national

With only 19 days to go before the 33rd Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim, anticipation is brewing amongst the pubs and restaurants of the village ahead of the inaugural ‘Cold Cup’. Forget Aintree, this will be Saundersfoot’s ‘Sand National’! Each of the pubs will represented by their finest jockeys and will be required to overcome the gruelling steeplechase course in order to be crowned the Champion Jockey. The race is being sponsored by N.D. Toy & Partners Ltd “Your Financial Solutions Partner”. Organisers are very grateful to Body Socks Fancy Dress who have donated the suits. The race will take place at approximately 12.10pm. The swim will start at 12.30pm.

Entry list: Royal Oak, Boathouse, Hean, Sports Club, Chemist Inn, Captain’s Table, Koo-ka-ba & Salvage Bar.

Swimmers warming up for NYDS 2017 with a bike ride

With only a few weeks to go until the 33rd Saundersfoot New Year's Swim, some of the swimmers have been gearing themselves up with a bike ride, sporting their new NYDS cycling shirts. Given the increasing popularity of the sport in the locality cycling shirts seemed an obvious addition to this year's charity shirt range.

2017 Swim Sponsors: Powells Cottage Holidays, N.D. Toy & Partners Ltd “Your Financial Solutions Partner”, Scaffold 2000, Sunnyvale Holiday Park, Tees R Us, Tojaz of Saundersfoot, Princes Gate Spring Water, Elston Construction, Folly Farm, Edwards Coaches, Sue’s Pantry, Saundersfoot Pleasure Boats, 1 Formula Fitness, Tenby Glass, Synter BMW, Lewis, Lewis & Co Ltd, Neil Finlay Cars and Pembrokeshire Tyres.

Saundersfoot nyds takes to the sky !

There will be no hiding place in Saundersfoot on New Year’s Day thanks to the organisers of the swim teaming up with SkyCamWales. SkyCamWales will be there to capture a unique aerial perspective as never seen before in the 30 year history of the swim. The remotely controlled machine will capture video footage of the 33rd swim. In addition to filming the swim, SkyCamWales will also capture the planned Mannequin Challenge which is due to take place just before the swim. Organisers are hoping the NYDS version of the Mannequin Challenge will prove to be the biggest and best yet of the worldwide viral craze! Please follow @pembsphoto and @skycamwales on Twitter or like us on Facebook Skycamwales & Pembrokeshire Photography to see the photographs.

Charlie Shivers with Ian & Bev Richards from SkyCamWales

Can you guess the latest celebrity to wear the nyds shirt

This Clydach boy can often be seen going through the most famous black door in Britain. Occasionally sits on the front bench.

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Black mountain chapter swap their bikes for their trunks

Charlie Shivers joins the Black Mountain chapter of the Harley Davidson Owners group who will take part in the 2017 Swim

Presenting the nyds ‘cold cup’

Charlie shivers met with Chris of ND Toy & Partners Ltd and Jack of Bodysocks to collect the ‘Cold Cup’. they are co-sponsors of the horse race between 8 of the village pubs/restaurants prior to the Swim

Nyds 2017 beer mats are launched

Charlie shivers met with members of ND Toy & Partners Ltd who have kindly sponsored the 2017 Swim beer mats

The chemist inn launches nyds competition

Ollie Gibson, licensee of the Chemist Inn, and Charlie Shivers launch the pub’s New Year’s Day Swim competition to raise money for charity.

Nyds mini is launched

Charlie is delighted to borrow a mini for the Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim from Sytner, Haverfordwest. Pictured with Charlie, from the left, are Chris Allen, Sales Executive and David Whiting-Whips, Head of Business at Sytner, Haverfordwest.

Leicester tigers wearing the Nyds shirt

The players at leicester tigers have been showing their support for the new years day swim this week by wearing the nyds shirt. Pictured below are Ben Youngs, Dan Cole, Geordan Murphy, Michele Rizzo, Logovi'i Mulipola, Manu Tuilagi, Owen Williams, Tom Youngs, Graham Kitchener

Charlie shivers gets in the festive spirit at saundersfoot carol service

Scarlets wearing the nyds shirt

Players at the scarlets have been showing their support for the new years day swim by wearing the nyds shirt. Pictured below are Scott Williams, Gareth Davies and Liam Williams

Get ready for the ‘cold’ cup

Local mp simon hart showing his support by wearing the nyds shirt

Can you guess the latest celebrity to wear the nyds shirt

This haverfordwest product has become a scarlet dragon !

Click on the picture to see if you were right

Please note that there will no longer be a childrens party at the regency hall this year

Latest celebrity to wear the nyds shirt

Latest celebrity to wear the 2017 Swim shirt is former Austrian ski racer, Michael Walchhofer. Michael won three World Cup season title crystal globes, an Olympic silver medal and a gold, two silvers and a bronze in the World Championships. He achieved 19 race victories and 49 podiums

Charlie presents cheque to Tenby AFC U15's

Team Manager and coach of Tenby AFC U15’s, Gareth Noot, receives a cheque from Charlie Shivers for sponsorship raised in the 2017 Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim. Also in the picture is Dylan Noot who received a certificate for raising over £100 as well as a Blue Tit Award for Group entry.


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