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Plaid Cymru celebrates Police and Crime Commissioner success

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Dafydd Llywelyn has been elected the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys Police

Dafydd Llywelyn has been elected the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys Police

PLAID CYMRU leader Leanne Wood has thanked supporters after her party won two out of four Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

The Party of Wales’ Dafydd Llywelyn has been elected the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys Police, whilst Arfon Jones has become the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales Police. Plaid Cymru also had strong results in South Wales and in Gwent.

Party leader Leanne Wood said that Dafydd Llywelyn and Arfon Jones would work to deliver improvements in policing in the communities they will serve by increasing transparency and accountability in the police service.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said told The Herald: “People in Dyfed Powys and North Wales police areas have voted for transparency and accountability in their public services. They have voted for the police to come under the jurisdiction of the Assembly.  In all police areas Plaid Cymru has secured strong results, and I offer my particular congratulations to Dafydd Llywelyn and Arfon Jones on their success.

“These elections have been a success for Plaid Cymru. Whilst each of the other main parties in the Assembly lost ground, more and more people voted for Plaid Cymru because they trust us to always stand up for Wales and do what is right for our communities.

“We now have a renewed team of Plaid Cymru elected representatives all across Wales who are ready to work hard for the people of Wales every single day. Arfon and Dafydd will work tirelessly to ensure the full democratic accountability of the police through our elected representatives in the Assembly, as has been agreed by all parties in the Silk Commission process.”

Responding to his defeat in his bid for re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys, Christopher Salmon said: “Securing a second term was always going to be hard. This was a tough fight. Whatever my personal disappointment, the important thing is that the public have had their say.

“I congratulate Dafydd Llewelyn on being elected. This is a fantastically rewarding job with huge potential to make a difference to our lives. I am sure he will come to see its value.

“I’m honoured to have been the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys. I hope I have been able to establish this role effectively and to leave behind a new office and governance arrangements which improve how the police can serve our public.

“I am privileged to have worked with many dedicated officers and staff who are so committed to their duty. I hope people will feel that I have done mine.”

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A brand new Welsh language ukulele orchestra

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CAN you play the ukulele and would like to join a ukulele orchestra? Or would you like to learn a new skill and to socialise in a Welsh-speaking environment? Why not join Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl?

On Monday, October 15, Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Learn Welsh will launch Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl which is a brand new, Welsh language ukulele orchestra in Aberystwyth for free, for those aged 16+.

Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl will practice weekly between 6pm and 7:30pm every Monday night during the school term and practices will take place at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. There is no need for any experience or ability on the ukulele and there will be instruments available to borrow so that you can have a taste before buying your own ukulele.

Welsh will be the main language of Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl but there is a warm welcome to everyone whatever your level of proficiency in Welsh. Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl is supported by Learn Welsh as a great activity for learners to practice their Welsh outside the classroom in a fun and new way.

Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl’s conductor will be Steffan Rees who has held a number of Iwcs a Hwyl workshops over the last year as Cered’s Community Development Officer. Steffan is also a musician who composes and performs as “Bwca” and he has been playing the ukulele for years.

Steffan said, “I have really wanted to start a Welsh ukulele orchestra in Ceredigion for a while having seen the successes and popularity of those in Cardiff and South East Wales. The ukulele is an instrument that excites people of all ages and with some patience and perseverance, it is an easy enough instrument to master. I’m looking forward to developing a repertoire with the orchestra and play a few gigs; the National Eisteddfod in Tregaron in 2020 perhaps!”

Numbers for the first term of the orchestra are limited so contact the Arts Centre Box Office on 01970 632 232 to book your place in Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl.

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Hanes Llambed meeting held

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THE FIRST meeting of Hanes Llambed of the 2018/19 year was held in Lampeter’s Trinity Saint David’s Old Hall this week.

There was a good attendance as Cwrtnewydd resident Simon Evans gave the first of what will eventually be two talks about his home parish of Llanwenog.

Mr Evans spoke of how the parish was defined by the Afon Cledlyn and its tributaries, describing the region’s history from the Stone Age to the present day. The talk spoke of the several hill forts of the area, as well as Llanwenog church, founded around 500 AD, before it was built in its current form in the 14th century.

The Battle of Llanwenog in 981 AD between the Welsh and invading Danes was detailed, before the speaker went on to describe the Puritan struggle and the Civil War.

The talk then went on to the establishment of private academies by nonconformist ministers from 1750 onwards, and the founding of Unitarian chapels in the early 19th century.

The terrible agricultural situation of the 1840s was described, followed by the bad harvests, which led directly to the Rebecca Riots and emigration to the USA and elsewhere in Britain.

The next meeting of Hanes Llambed will take place in October when the subject will be the Cardiganshire War Tribunals of the First World War.

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Former AM charged with child porn offences

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SIMON THOMAS, the former Plaid Cymru AM for Mid & West Wales has been charged with three offences of making indecent images of children.

Mr Thomas, aged 54, was charged with the offences earlier today (Sept 18) at Aberystwyth Police Station.

He has been bailed to appear at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, October 3.

At the time of his arrest, Mr Thomas was his Party’s spokesperson on Rural Affairs and Energy policy and had recently taken up a role which would have seen him perform a significant role in Plaid Cymru’s future campaigns.

His arrest in July was a shock both to his political allies and those in other parties in the Assembly.

Following his arrest, Mr Thomas resigned immediately as an Assembly Member and from Plaid Cymru. He was replaced as regional AM by Helen Mary Jones.

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