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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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Another man charged in Ifan Owens assault case

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Ifan Owens: Seriously assaulted in January

ANOTHER man has been charged and remanded into custody in relation to the serious assault of Ifan Owens, aged 19, in Aberystwyth on January 14.

Michael Arwyn Jones, 24, has been charged with S18 Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent and Possession of Cannabis.

Last week, Billy Valentine, 19, of Terrace Road, Aberystwyth, and David Lloyd, 25, of no fixed abode, entered no pleas when they appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court.

The pair were sent to trial at Swansea Crown Court on May 11 at 10am.

Due to the serious nature of the offence, Lloyd’s bail was revoked.

The court found there was a real risk he would abscond or re-offend.

As well as being charged with grievous bodily harm, he was also charged with having a blade exceeding 3 inches in a public place without good reason or lawful authority.

Valentine was also charged with being in possession of herbal cannabis as the time of his arrest. This was by Magistrates, who gave him a 12 month conditional discharge, and ordered him to pay £20 to fund the victims of crime, and £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Consultation to launch today on future of health services in Ceredigion

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HYWEL DDA UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD are formally announcing the launch of their consultation at County Hall in Haverfordwest this morning (Apr 19).

The proposals, the Board say, will shape the future provision of health and care services to the general population.

These provisions will be ‘safe, viable and offer an improvement to what is currently provided’.

The Herald will be attending the event, which starts at 9:30am.

You can watch a live stream here.

The 12-week consultation, which is clinically-led, will involve a number of events for communities, both general and targeted, as well as an awareness raising campaign.

It is expected that the announcements will have big changes for Withbyush, Glangwili, Prince Philip and Bronglais hospitals.

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Issue of lifeboats raised to Prime Minister

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BEN LAKE MP made his Prime Minister’s Questions debut, raising the important issue of the future of Cardigan Bay’s lifeboat provision.

On Thursday (Apr 18) Mr Lake commended the valiant efforts of RNLI staff and volunteers at New Quay lifeboat station who have been safeguarding those who venture out into the bay, be it for work or pleasure, since 1864.

He also expressed concern at the possibility that there will no longer be an all-weather lifeboat in Ceredigion from 2020.

Mr Lake asked the Prime Minister whether she would agree ‘that the invaluable work of the RNLI serves as a fourth emergency service, and that as such it is essential the coastline of Ceredigion, like every other populated coastline, has access to this service whatever the weather?’

The Prime Minister responded: “Search and rescue at sea is provided by several organisations, including the coastguard and the RNLI. The RNLI has a proud tradition, and we should be grateful for its record on search and rescue at sea. It is obviously independent and decides where best to put its resources, but we are supporting the work of independent lifeboat charities through our Rescue Boat Grant Fund, which has allocated more than £3.5 million since 2014 to increase capacity and resilience by providing new boats and equipment.”

Ben Lake said: “I was glad of the opportunity to raise an issue that is of great concern to communities across Ceredigion with the Prime Minister. I look forward to working with the RNLI and campaign representatives in search of a long-term solution, and in particular seek to ascertain whether the Rescue Boat Grant Fund could be of benefit to ensuring the retention of an all-weather lifeboat at New Quay.”

The RNLI has decided to downgrade New Quay Lifeboat Station to an Inshore Lifeboat when the service life of its Mersey-class All-Weather Lifeboat expires in 2020.

The proposed new lifeboat will not be able to launch in conditions exceeding Force 7 in the daytime or Force 6 at night.

After 2020, there will be no All-Weather Lifeboats in the whole of Ceredigion, leaving a gap of 70 miles between the All-Weather stations of Barmouth and Fishguard.

The latest generation of All-Weather Lifeboats can travel at 25 knots in 30 minutes in calm conditions. In a challenging sea, the nearest boats at Barmouth and Fishguard would take more than an hour and a half to respond to an emergency off New Quay or Aberaeron.

The mission statement of the RNLI reads: “Our crews aim to launch their lifeboats with 10 minutes of being notified and can operate up to 100 nautical miles out at sea. We aim to reach at least 90% of all casualties within 10 nautical miles of the coast within 30 minutes of a lifeboat launch – any weather.”

The Ceredigion Lifeboat Campaign are questioning how local rescues can take place in a challenging sea to meet this aim of the RNLI. Over 10,000 have currently signed a petition campaigning against the proposed changes.

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