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Trails re-open at award winning visitor centre

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Bwlch Nant yr Arian: Trails re-open

THE TRAILS at Bwlch Nant yr Arian, near Aberystwyth, have now reopened as the second phase of tree felling moves past the half way mark.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is felling up to 20,000 trees near the popular visitor centre to slow the spread of Phytophthora ramorum, a disease which is attacking larch trees.

The visitor centre, also run by NRW, provides places to go running; walking; mountain biking; orienteering; and horse-riding.

Gareth Owen, Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre Manager said: “Bwlch Nant yr Arian has a special place in the hearts of local people and visitors and I want to thank them for their patience during this time.

“We’ve worked hard to make sure that parts of the forest have always been open for people to enjoy, but we couldn’t avoid closing some of our trails while the work took place.”

NRW has already replanted around 12,000 native trees at Bwlch Nant yr Arian since the last phase of major tree felling in 2013.

The area will continue to be replanted with a mix of species including Douglas fir, Western red cedar and native broadleaf.

Gareth said: “The tree felling will now continue in the valley below the car park area, so this will not affect the visitor centre or the trails.”

The felled timber is being sent to local sawmills to produce timber for the construction industry.

Any money made will be reinvested into the Welsh Government’s Woodland Estate.

As part of the #Keepitclean campaign NRW asks all visitors to help stop the spread of Phytophthora ramorum by washing boots, and equipment such as bikes, before visiting woodland again.

Sticks or foliage should be left in the woods and any fallen needles should be brushed from cars before leaving the woodland.

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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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