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Skydive: Fr Mansel Usher, Bishop Tom Burns and Fr Liam Bradley geared up!

Skydive: Fr Mansel Usher, Bishop Tom Burns and Fr Liam Bradley geared up!

FR LIAM BRADLEY, the Catholic priest in St David and St Patrick’s Church in Haverfordwest, and a hospital Chaplain at Withybush Hospital, recently joined Fr Mansel Usher (of Mumbles Parish) to perform a sponsored skydive in aid of the ‘Menevia Jubilee Appeal.’ The appeal is hoping to raise funds and awareness by promoting the work of the Catholic Diocese of Menevia, which serves an area stretching from Borth to Margam.

The holy duo arrived on a sunny Saturday morning to ‘Skydive Swansea’ at Swansea airport for their briefings and safety demonstrations, before being flown to 12,000ft above the Gower Peninsula. At that height Fr Liam and Fr Mansel – attached in tandem to their instructors – jumped out for a free fall of just under a minute reaching speeds of 120mph.

Once the parachute was opened they then took a further 5 minutes to float back to Swansea Airport to cheers of local parishioners, lead by Bishop Tom, the bishop of Menevia. Together they have so far raised over £6000 with sponsorship forms being sent to every parish in Menevia. It is hoped that the final figure will be even more. Fr Liam said that one of the most nerve-racking moments were when the plane takes off because you suddenly realise there’s no going back.

Second only to that is the fear of sitting on the edge of the plane with your legs hanging in free air! Fr Mansel said that the experience was exhilarating and the views of the diocese are unbelievable. Both landed gently, with smiles, and said they would both do it again!

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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