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Library Suicides starts its journey at Aber

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Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 10.05.19AWARD-WINNING Welsh feature film set at the National Library comes home to Aberystwyth. 

An award-winning Welsh language film will be making its debut in Aberystwyth following a special premiere screening at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny.

The Library Suicides (Y Llyfrgell) is a contemporary thriller, set in Aberystwyth’s own National Library of Wales. Following twin librarians Nan and Ana, the film tracks their journey to unravel the mystery behind their famous author mother’s untimely death.

Based on Fflur Dafydd’s award -winning Welsh language novel ‘Y Llyfrgell’, the film explores the secrets and lies at the heart of storytelling and poses the question of ‘who tells the story?’ to the audience.

In the search for answers, Nan and Ana set off during their library night shift on a murderous quest to avenge their Mother’s death but are soon disrupted by the night porter who gets tangled up in their exploits.

Directed by Bafta-Cymru award -winner Euros Lyn, the film received its world premiere during the Edinburgh Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best British Feature, and leading actress Catrin Stewart scooped the coveted Best Performance in a British Feature Film. The film marks Euros’ first feature-length film project having previously worked directing national favourites, Broadchurch and Doctor Who.

Speaking on his first Welsh language feature film, Euros said: “For me, working on this film was like being a child in a sweet shop – it brought so many of my loves together. I’m a huge fan of this genre and it was great that I could make my first feature film in Welsh. To be allowed to film in the wonderfully atmospheric National Library of Wales was the icing on the cake – it’s a fantastic location.”

Ceredigion native, Ryland Teifi, stars in the film as the biographer to the twins’ mother, whose character is doubted after her mysterious death. Speaking ahead of the film’s release across Wales, Ryland said: “I’m very excited for the film to be coming home to Aberystwyth. Since the vast majority of the filming was done at the National Library, it feels only right that it starts its screening journey in the town.

“It was great to be able to work with such a respected group of people, such as Euros and Fflur, throughout the production of The Library Suicides and to be able to do it right here in my home county of Ceredigion made it extra special.”

The film will be shown at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from Friday (Aug 5) until Thursday, August 11. Additionally, Director Euros Lyn and author Fflur Dafydd will be hosting a Q&A session following the screening on Friday (Aug 6). There will be an additional screening and Q&A session at the National Library of Wales on September 16.

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Amendments introduced to the Cardigan Safe Zone

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AS MORE people are expected to visit Ceredigion’s towns over the coming weeks and summer months, changes are required to ensure our streets are safe for everyone, by allowing people to maintain a 2 metre social distance at all times.

Introducing changes over the Easter period has meant that some amendments will be made over the coming weeks.

Following a review, the initial phase of the Safe Zone (Phase 2) for Cardigan will be amended to Phase 2a, with Morgan Street and The Strand remaining as a one way system (unchanged current arrangement).

Road closures affecting the High Street in Cardigan will commence ahead of the May Bank holiday weekend at the end of May. The road closures will be between 12pm and 4pm daily.

As part of Phase 2a, the following work is being undertaken:

  • Placing road markings for all disabled bays along High St & Pendre
  • Placing loading bay road markings opposite Dewi James Butchers
  • Introducing new reflective bollards to replace the red/white baulks. This will allow traders to operate in the road as per their licence. The widened footpaths within the trading areas in the road will be raised to the same level as the adjacent footpaths to create a flat accessible area for pedestrians.
  • Placing a chicane outside the Black Lion Hotel to slow traffic flow
  • Implement a one way system along College Row to improve pedestrian safety
  • Reversal of one way along St Mary St to allow access to Chancery
  • Close the top of Pwllhai for licenced trading and pedestrian safety

A map of Cardigan and all the latest information on the Safe Zones is available on Ceredigion County Council’s website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/safezones   

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New Quay youngster answers RNLI’s mayday call and raises nearly £2,000

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OVER the May Day Bank Holiday weekend a New Quay schoolboy took to the water on his paddle board and raised nearly £2,000 for the RNLI Mayday Mile appeal. He is now urging more people to take part this May in any way they can to raise funds for equipment before the busy summer season on the coast. 

Steffan outside Newquay RNLI lifeboat station after completing his challenge

Steffan Williams, 12, a pupil from Ysgol Bro Teifi answered the RNLI’s mayday call for fundraising and decided to not just do one mile on his paddleboard but attempt 10 miles in one day. He is now encouraging more people to get involved with the appeal to raise funds.  

Steffan said, “The RNLI Mayday Mile is a great way to raise money for the charity that saves lives at sea as you can do one mile or 100 miles in any way you want. You could run it, walk it, dance it and make it fun in fancy dress. 

Steffan Williams before his challenge on Sunday May 3

“I decided to take to the sea on my paddleboard, and I am really pleased I completed my challenge of 10 miles in one day. It was really hard going as the wind picked up in the afternoon but I did not want to give up. 

“I have been really shocked at the support and want to thank everyone who has donated, I am so happy!” 

Steffan’s total so far is £1,812 and he is the RNLI’s top individual fundraiser in the UK and Ireland. To support Steffan visit https://themaydaymile.rnli.org/fundraising/steffans-paddleboarding-mayday-challenge

The RNLI’s Mayday Mile campaign will be running throughout the month of May and anyone can take part by joining up on the RNLI’s Mayday Mile website https://themaydaymile.rnli.org/.  

With more people expected to be holidaying close to home this year, the RNLI predicts a summer like no other.  

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager said, “Steffan has done a fantastic job on raising so much money for the charity and we are very grateful indeed. He is a true hero. This summer we expect to be very busy and urge people visiting our coast to take the necessary precautions.  

“Always check the weather, the tides and if you are on the water remember to wear a buoyancy aid and take means of calling for help, a mobile phone or radio. Remember we are on call 24/7 so if you see anyone in trouble on the coast please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.” 

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Contact Hywel Dda for second vaccine appointment

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HYWEL Dda University Health Board (UHB) is asking anyone who received a first Pfizer vaccine at one of its mass vaccination centres in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire more than 21 days ago to get in touch if they have not received a second vaccine appointment.       

Ros Jervis, Director of Public Health for Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Second doses are essential for longer term protection, so it’s important that everyone comes forward for their full course when called.

“Our records show that a small number of people across our three counties have not responded to our invitation to receive their second dose. We won’t leave anyone behind and there is still time for them to receive it within the required timeframe.”

Additional clinics will be put on in the next couple weeks to administer these second doses. If it has been more than 21 days since your first Pfizer vaccine please email COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk with the subject title “Second Pfizer dose request” with your full name, date of first vaccine and a contact phone number to book your appointment. If you are unable to email you can also contact the health board by calling 0300 303 8322.

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