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Post office petition sent to top brass

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Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

THE SAVE Aberystwyth Post Office Campaign have posted their petition to Paula Vennells the CEO of Post Office Ltd, this week (Apr 11) at Aberystwyth Post Office on Great Darkgate St. The petition is protesting against the possible franchising of the crown post office and has been signed by at least 2700 people.

Gary Williams, branch secretary of the Communication Workers Union, has officially posted the petition. Campaign supporters were present, including Ceredigion Peoples Assembly, Mark Williams MP Lib Dems, Elin Jones AM Plaid Cymru, and Dinah Mulholland from Ceredigion Labour who started the cross party community campaign with the support of the CWU.

Many of the petitioners have put comments on the website testifying to the fact that the post office is so well used, so essential to the town, and that the service and the building are held in such esteem by locals and visitors.

A campaign spokesperson told The Herald: “People feel that Wales is being picked on. Post Offices in Wales are being closed disproportionately to the rest of the UK. We have printed out the petition comments and are sending them to Post Office CEO Paula Vennells. I don’t know if she will read them but she should. She should see what effect this slash and burn attitude topost office services is having on people. It is the only Crown Post Office left in a 140 mile area.”

One petitioner wrote, ‘Don’t kill Aberystwyth off.’ Another petitioner just wrote, ‘No. No no no no no no no no no.’

Last week it was confirmed that Tregaron Post Office was moving into the Spar and Royal Mail announced that Tregaron Sorting Office service was being moved to Aberystwyth as it was ‘not fit for purpose’. However no attempt was made to find alternative premises in Tregaron.

Dinah Mulholland from Ceredigion Labour Party said, “Post Office Ltd is saying that these closures are because the services are not sustainable. But millions has been made by individuals and hedge funds from the sale of Royal Mail and from the privatisation of post offices. Some closures and franchises have been prevented because the local community were so active in their opposition. Who knows what the outcome will be here in Aberystwyth but we have to keep trying. Each small act of protest adds up to a larger whole.

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New Quay RNLI crew members pass out as ILB helms

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NEW QUAY RNLI crew members Huw Williams and Dylan Price recently passed out as inshore lifeboat helms.

They were put through their paces by an RNLI Assessor on Monday (Aug 13) with a written exam ashore and a practical assessment afloat on the D class inshore lifeboat.

Roger Couch, Lifeboat Operation Manager of New Quay RNLI said: “As well as responding to emergencies our volunteer crew members spend a lot of time training in order to maintain their knowledge and skills.

“Both crew members have worked very hard over the past 12 months to complete all the training units needed and have now passed the final stage.

“Our lifeboats are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round and having seven qualified helms for our inshore lifeboat provides us with additional flexibility.”

Huw Williams added:“Dylan and I would like to thank all the crew here at New Quay lifeboat station for their help over the last 12 months. We could not have done it without their support.”

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Schools succeed in A-Level results

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A-LEVEL examination results published yesterday(16 August) by the WJEC indicate that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Learning Services said: “Our sincere congratulations are extended to Ceredigion sixth form students who, once again have excelled in their A Levels. Thank you to all school staff, Governors and parents who have supported our young people to fulfil their potential.

“Their successes are a testament to our pupils’ efforts and hard work, in addition to the quality of education provided by teachers in Ceredigion. We are proud of the well-deserved achievements of our young people and wish them well in the future.”

Nearly 27% of Ceredigion entries achieved A* – A grades and 77% of entries achieved A*- C grades. A pass rate of 98% was achieved by Ceredigion students.

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Grade A* – A 26.8% 26.3%
Grade A* – B 56.7% n/a
Grade A* – C 77.1% n/a
Grade A* – E 97.8% 97.4%

Compared with last year, 6% more of Ceredigion entries achieved A*-A grades. The number of entries that have achieved A*-A, and A*-E in Ceredigion is higher than the Welsh average.

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Man assaulted nurses while being restrained

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A PRE-SENTENCE report will be prepared on a Ceredigion man who assaulted two nurses and destroyed an extractor fan.

Lewis Hill, aged 24, of Brynhoffnant, appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Aug 14) to plead guilty to the three charges.

Prosecuting, Mr Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the Court: “At 11pm in the evening on January 30, the defendant was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital threatening to jump off. Police and medical personnel attended and were able to talk him down.

“He was taken to the Cwm Seren ward in St Davids Park, Carmarthen, where they arrived at 1:03am the following morning. During the course of being assessed he became aggressive and had to be restrained by staff. He kicked out at the first nurse and was then put on the floor.

“Whilst on the floor he was throwing his head back and forth and the staff nurse, who was concerned for him, tried to hold his head but he continued to throw his head and because of the force he was using he trapped her finger onto the floor.

“The charge did originally read as common assault but the nurse went to get her finger x-rayed which revealed the fracture.

“After that incident he got free and he started damaging an extractor fan which he completely destroyed.
“I am not sure why the case has taken so long to come here but at the time of the offence he was on a suspended prison sentence, the period for which has now elapsed.”

Defending, Mrs Katie Hanson added: “He is extremely sorry for his actions on that night. He was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital trying to commit suicide. There are serious mental health issues but he accepts he was struggling on the floor but he did not intentionally hurt anyone and he apologises for his actions.”

Magistrates ordered that a pre-sentence report be prepared and Hill was released on unconditional bail and must return to court on Wednesday, August 29 for sentencing.

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