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Big screen returns to the Coliseum

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Ceredigion Museum to install new cinema screen: The Coliseum Theatre is to return after a 40 year absence

Ceredigion Museum to install new cinema screen: The Coliseum Theatre is to return after a 40 year absence

CELEBRATING their success at managing to secure a £13,917 community grant, the Friends of Ceredigion Museum now intend to add a full-sized cinema screen and projector in The Coliseum.

Nearly 40 years after it closed its doors as a cinema, the Coliseum, now home to Ceredigion Museum, is set to become a cinema once again.

The magnificent Coliseum initially opened as a variety theatre in 1905, becoming a cinema in the early 1930s where it was run by Olive and Harry Gale until it was abandoned in 1977.

However, in 1982, it reopened as the Ceredigion Museum, and it currently undergoing a £1.3m Heritage Lottery Funded redevelopment called ‘New Approaches’.

The Community Grant Scheme is awarded by Ceredigion County Council and is aimed at increasing the range of facilities, activities and opportunities within the county.

The grants are available to community groups, community councils, voluntary sports and play associations.

Lionel Madden, Chair of the Friends of Ceredigion Museum, said: “The Friends are delighted to be contributing to the future sustainability of the museum by raising funds to re-equip the auditorium with state-of-the-art technology, facilities for people with hearing impairments and new seating and tables.

“Many of the friends have fond memories of the Coliseum as a cinema and it will be wonderful to experience the magic of the movies in such a beautiful setting once again.”

Re-equipping the historic Grade II listed Coliseum theatre with comfortable seating, modern audio-visual equipment and a hearing loop for hearing aid users will enable them to host bigger and better community and public events in the auditorium in the future.

Carrie Canham, Museum Curator, said: “We’ve been showing films for some time, and they’re always very popular, particularly the silent films, but we have always had to borrow equipment and the screen we were using isn’t very big.

“Now we can do the films we show the justice they deserve and audiences will have a much better experience. “I can’t thank the Friends enough for their hard work in securing the funding, which all adds to the match funding we need for our Heritage Lottery funded project.”

The re-equipping of the Coliseum forms part of the £1.3m ‘New Approaches’ project to secure the future of the museum by creating opportunities to generate income and attracting more visitors.

To mark the occasion, the museum will be showing a silent Charlie Chaplin film called ‘Shoulders Arms’ with a live piano accompaniment by Dr Stephen Briggs, a talented musician and long-time supporter of the museum.

The film is set during World War One and is part of the programme of activities to complement the current exhibition of propaganda posters from that time.

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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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Charity games raise over £2000

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Team Tesco: Raised over £2000 through three football games

NOT all heroes wear capes and Tesco Aberystwyth’s very own Community Champion, Natasha Worrall has proven this raising a staggering £2,096.27 for local and national charities.

Natasha, the brainchild behind the charity football events, came up with the idea first off by challenging Tesco’s neighbours, Marks and Spencer’s, to a football match, she quickly set her powers to work and contacted Aberystwyth Football club who were more than happy to help and allowed use of the pitch.

The Big Day arrived, there was a lot of tension and passion on the pitch that night, it was more than just about winning a match it was the status, the pride and most of all bringing people together to raise money for three great causes; Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Mind. Hundreds of supporters braved the cold October evening to support the players and Tesco stole the show with a 7-1 victory and an amazing £607 was raised.

Natasha now had a taste of success under her cape and wanted to really get this event of the ground and challenged supermarket rivals, Morrisons to a match! The response for Tesco vs Morrisons was just what Natasha wanted and a November date was set.

Tesco now had experience in their boots and both teams had everything to play for. Victory once again went to Tesco who pipped Morrisons at the post and clawed back to a 5-4 victory raising a further £648.15 for Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Clic Sargent.

In true football fashion Natasha wanted a hat trick but could Team Tesco achieve this? Last Sunday (Dec 3) seemed the perfect opportunity and the opponents who were up for the challenge came from Bronglais Hospital and their chosen charity Pila Pala, Llwyn yr Eos. What a match! And what great team to take victory, Hywel Dda 2 – Tesco – 0. A rematch could certainly be on the cards especially as they raised the biggest amount ever of £841.12.

Behind every success there is always great team and working with Natasha and the players a number of local heroes who helped, Ruth’s kitchen provided heroic meals for all the players for a £1 donation, Aberystwyth women’s Team loaned their footballs, the Referees, linesmen, stewards, security, first aiders and ball boys and girls who all donated their time free of charge.

Team Tesco are looking for more opponents to play and raise even more money for local charities, if you are interested please call into Tesco store and see Natasha.

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