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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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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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