CAMPAIGN group Save Aberystwyth Post Office say there have been several developments within the last week in their fight to save the last crown office in a 140 mile area from franchise and closure.
Roger Gale of Post Office Ltd has acknowledged the delivery of the campaign’s petition of over 3000 signature s. In his email to campaigners Mr Gale said: “We know this demonstrates the strength of feeling within the local community”.
He added that there is still no confirmed date for a public consultation over the fate of the Post Office: “as this is subject to us finding a potential partner.”
Most interestingly, despite Mr Gale claiming not to know who the ‘potential partner’ for the Post Office might be, the email to the campaign was signed: “General Manager –Crown and WHSmith!”
Within the same week Post Office Ltd released news of a deal whereby WHSmiths will take 61 Crown Offices over a ten year period under franchising or concessionary agreements. It now seems highly likely that Post Office Ltd want Aberystwyth Post Office to go into WHSmith as part of its deal.
If a concessionary deal is worked out for Aberystwyth, rather than a franchise agreement, then post office staff will remain employees of Post Office Ltd.
Also last week, Jeremy Corbyn used a speech at the Communication Workers Union (CWU) conference to call for Royal Mail and the Post Office to be brought back together under public ownership.
Mr Corbyn told CWU delegates that post offices are under increasing threat: “If we lose high street post offices, we’ve lost something pioneers fought to get,”
“The bean-counters in our government don’t understand the importance of human interaction.”
This week Save Aberystwyth Post Office campaigners were out in Aberystwyth making a film (see attached picture) highlighting some worrying issues with poor disabled access, lack of high street frontage and lack of space for projected higher customer traffic within WHSmith if the deal goes ahead.
Dinah Mulholland, speaking on behalf of the Save Aberystwyth Post Office campaign, said: “How come our post office might be moved into this totally unsuitable building when a perfectly good one exists on G r e a t D a r k g a t e St?”
Ms Mulholland added that campaigners will continue to fight to keep the iconic post office in its purpose built prime location, and will campaign to protect jobs and the terms and conditions of post office staff.
Campaigners have written to Post Office Ltd asking them to confirm the nature of the WHSmith agreement for Aberystwyth Post Office. The letter also recommends that instead of the Post Office being moved into WHSmiths that WHSmiths consider relocating into the Post Office building in Great Darkgate St.
Campaigners will be leafletting outside WHSmith for the next few Saturdays. Other actions are also planned
Penrhyn-coch Brownies compose song
PENRHYN-COCH Brownies were congratulated for composing a new Welsh language song recently. The workshops were part of a program of Welsh language workshops organised by Cered – Menter Iaith Ceredigion.
Following a series of workshops with the young singer, Mari Mathias from Talgarreg, the girls decided to compose a song. ‘Yn yr Haf’ was recorded with the girls singing and Mari on the guitar. All the group members received a copy of the song on CD.
Rhodri Francis, Cered’s Development Officer said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the group and we congratulate members on their masterpiece. Thanks also to the leaders for their enthusiasm in securing opportunities for the members to socialise in Welsh outside of school hours.”
Cered’s main aim is to support, influence and develop the use of the Welsh language in Ceredigion through partnership and co-operation, to establish the best possible foundation for the development of the language in the society and community.
Wendy Reynolds, leader of the Brownies unit in Penrhyn-coch said: “The experience has been amazing for the girls and they’ve had a lot of fun doing activities through the medium of Welsh.”
Follow all the news about the wider work of Cered, through liking the Facebook page @ceredmenteriaith or follow on Twitter @MICered.
For more information on Cered, phone 01545 572350 or email email@example.com.
Theatre caravan coming to Aberystwyth
THE SMALLEST cinema in a theatre caravan will be on the Promenade in Aberystwyth for three Saturdays this summer.
Staff from Ceredigion Museum, together with the Friends of Ceredigion Museum, will be hosting a series of free entertaining events in and around the theatre caravan on July 28, August 4, and August 11 between 12pm and 4pm.
Sarah Morton, the Events Organiser for Ceredigion Museum said, “We have a series of short local films from the National Film and Screen Archive which links to our summer exhibition relating to the seaside at the museum, in the old Coliseum Theatre. The two minute films show people on the beach and promenade in Aberystwyth as well as Y Borth. We will also have singing from the Showtime Singers to add to the entertainment.
“We will be situated in and near the bandstand and hope to be able to bring some of the traditions of a typical coastal break back to life.”
Besides the theatre caravan, there will be a Guess-the-Object held in the bandstand with museum staff to aid in identifying the mystery objects.
For more details about the caravan and the entertainment, contact Sarah Morton at Ceredigion Museum on 01970 633088
Surprise presentation for retiring cook
AFTER feeding hundreds of children in her role as cook at Ysgol Eglwyswrw for the past 40 years, Mrs Anona Williams is finally hanging up her apron. But there was a shock in store for Mrs Williams when she arrived at the school for one of her last days at work on Tuesday (Jul 17).
Cameras from the S4C magazine programme, Heno, were present to capture her receiving a special award from music conductor and presenter, Alwyn Humphreys.
She started at her post in 1978 and during that time has fed three generations including her own niece and nephew and great-niece and great-nephew.
Headteacher, Edryd Eynon, said Mrs Williams would be sadly missed.
“We will miss her delicious meals and her caring nature,” he said.
“She spoils all the children and is like a grandmother to them. Her contribution to the school is priceless.
“She ran the breakfast and the Cook It clubs and ensured all pupils had an exciting experiences working with food and preparing many delicious recipes.
“Every sports day she would prepare and donate coffee, tea and her famous scones and all the money she raised would be given to school funds. She did this for 40 years.
“Mrs Williams will be sadly missed at Ysgol Eglwyswrw not only for her delicious food – especially her pizza and coleslaw – but also for her caring and loving character. We wish her all the best for the future.”
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