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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 lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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