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Share your memories of Ceredigion Coliseum

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Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 10.55.20CEREDIGION MUSEUM in Aberystwyth are looking for people who have memories they would like to share about their experiences at the Coliseum for their ‘Gathering Memories’ project. 

The museum has recently started the project ‘Gathering Memories’ in order to create an oral history archive about the Coliseum as part of the HLF funded New Approaches project, worth £1.3 million.

The memories submitted will form an archive that will be used for creating new displays and a film about the history of the Coliseum. The memories will also be used as inspiration for the creative design of the new shop and cafe.

The Coliseum was opened as a theatre in 1905 and became a cinema in 1933. It closed in 1976 and re-opened as the Ceredigion Museum in 1982.

Carrie Canham, Curator at Ceredigion Museum, states: “The Coliseum is a very special building and visitors often tell us about their fond memories when they visit. We’ve started to record these memories for posterity, including those of Walford Hughes, who was born in 1920 and remembers seeing performances and magic lantern shows here when it was still a theatre.”

Some people may remember the life of the Coliseum as a cinema, under the management of Harry and Olive Gale who hoped to provide ‘amusement without vulgarity’, and ran a continuous programme until its closure in 1976. Others may even have memories of the museum’s early days and memorable exhibitions; there may even be valued memories of those who worked there. All accounts of the buildings past will help bring the history of the Coliseum to life.

Leader of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, said: “I particularly remember coming here to see the film ‘Herbie Goes Bananas’ with my husband Iolo, who is an avid film and VW fan. It was sometime in the early seventies. We had just come back from holiday and I’m afraid that I fell asleep and missed most of it! There is a lot of interesting history connected with the building and we would love the local community to get involved and share their stories with us.”

If you, or someone you know, has memories of the Coliseum, or you might want to volunteer a few hours of your time to help collect and record the memories, please get in touch with the Museum team – they would love to hear from you. Full training and support will be provided, and no experience is necessary, just some free time and an interest in people and history.

To find out how to get involved, please call the team on 01970 833 087 or email museum@ceredigion. gov.uk. Alternatively, drop in at the Museum on Saturday, August 6, between 2pm and 4pm for a cup of tea, when there will be Coliseum memorabilia for visitors to look at that may jog memories further.

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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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