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Neolithic exhibition comes to St Davids

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Susan Edwards: Exhibiting her work at St Davids Cathedral

Susan Edwards: Exhibiting her work at St Davids Cathedral

CAPTURING the mysticism and magnificence of the monuments left across the county by our ancestors, St Davids Cathedral’s new Autumn exhibition will show paintings and original prints by Susan Edwards.

From September 22 until October 5, Susan Edwards’ ‘A Permanent Presence’ will be displayed at St Davids Cathedral’s Cloister Gallery.

Welsh artist, Susan Edwards has spent several years visiting a large number of ancient burial grounds, cromlechs and standing stones scattered across Pembrokeshire and recording them in her sketches and paintings.

Using a range of media, Susan brings together her collagraphs, paintings and etchings for her exhibition, ‘A Permanent Presence’ in St Davids Cathedral Cloister Gallery, which will be open from 11am until 5pm every day.

Susan said: “The untamed Pembrokeshire landscape provides a dramatic backdrop for these mystical Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments. No one really knows who was buried in the chambers or why, and it is fascinating to imagine these people living their lives in this rugged landscape, starting to farm, build communities and creating such impressive structures.”

She added: “Some of the cromlechs I have painted are well known, such as Pentre Ifan and Carreg Samson, others, almost forgotten, are tucked away in remote sites that are difficult to reach and some have since been severely damaged. My husband and I have enjoyed combing the countryside for remnants of the past and I have tried to recreate them in my work. There are more for me to do.

“We have been helped in our explorations by three books; ‘The Architecture Of Death’ by George Nash, ‘Neolithic Sites of Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire’ by George Nash and George Children and ‘The Chambered Tombs of South West Wales’ by Christopher Thompson Barker.”

Having studied Fine Art at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC), Susan has focused on painting and printmaking, teaching in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan as well as creating her own work.

Previous exhibitions include those with the Vale of Glamorgan Artists and with Cardiff Print workshop across South Wales, Belgium, France and Germany

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Cered organises a fun evening for Llandysul Cubs with ‘Britain’s got Talent’ star

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CERED: Menter Iaith Ceredigion hosted a fantastic evening for Llandysul Cubs where the comedian Noel James from ‘Britiain’s got Talent’ came to entertain them.

Rhodri Francis, Cered Development Officer said, “We are very keen to work with organisations like the Cubs in order to hold a series of Welsh language events for their members. The evening with Noel James at Llandysul Cubs was fantastic – everyone enjoyed themselves! We wish to organise more events there in the future. We would like to thank Llandysul Cub leaders for giving us the opportunity to work with them so that their members can have the opportunity to socialise and enjoy activities through the medium of Welsh”.

Alix Bryant,Cub Leader 1st Llandysul Scout Group said, “On behalf of Llandysul Cub Scouts I would like to say a huge thank you to Cered for organising a very entertaining evening for the Cubs. It was great for the children to be entertained bilingually by Noel James, he did an amazing job. I think the children especially enjoyed the impressions!”

“This session has inspired the children to complete their entertainers badge so maybe we will have a few budding Welsh comedians in our group. Thank you again and we look forward to working with Cered in the future”.

For more information about Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion events and activities, visit their website, cered.cymru or their Facebook page, @ceredmenteriaith, or get in touch by calling 01545 572 358.

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Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais

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New steps: At Parc Natur Penglais

VOLUNTEERS, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais.

Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.

Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”

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​RSPCA aim for Christmas number one​

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'Stars' by Lucy Ellie​: Help it get to number one

M​USIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.

The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ​’​Stars​’​ in aid of the RSPCA.

‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over ​two million views online across a variety of platforms.

The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.

Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.

RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.

“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”

You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online

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