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‘Cactws’ opens its doors

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Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 14.25.08A NEW and unique retail store made itself a new home in one of Aberystwyth’s main shopping streets. 

‘Cactws’, the latest addition to the block, opened its doors to Pier Street and the rest of Aberystwyth on Monday, August 1, and has been the talk of the town.

The shop, which is dedicated to men’s fashion, is one of very few men’s clothing shops in the town, with the others being chain store Burtons and Clive Menswear, so it was definitely time to introduce an additional store that stands out from the crowd.

Pier Street, where Cactws has opened up, is becoming more and more of an attractive location to base businesses, amongst the likes of Aberystwyth’s local cafes and other well known names.

With a modern decor, upbeat music and irresistible clothing (‘Eastpak’ bags and ‘Cheap Monday’ t-shirts), shoppers will be spoiled for choice when exploring the shop and will be welcomed with open arms from professional customer service.

Matthew Penberthy, co-founder of Cactws, spoke to The Herald on the new clothing store venture and what the people of Aberystwyth have to look forward to: “Catcws is a menswear store aimed at a majority of ages and we cater for smart/casual wear and even sportswear to a degree. We sell a mixture of modern and traditional; We have, for example, straight-cut jeans and a higher cut for the older ages.

“We are a completely independent business, and we needed a bigger premises to move into and saw an opening here on Pier Street. It’s a lovely space to work in and Aberystwyth, we felt, was in need of another men’s store which targets a slightly younger audience and has more up-to-date fashion.

“Although there is a Burton’s store in the town, a Clive’s store which is a good shop that does traditional clothing and tailoring, there is also Olly’s which is a bit more tweedy. We, therefore, feel like we fill that gap.

“For those who have yet to come to our store, the environment is really nice to come into and the selection of clothes is different to anywhere else. The price point, again, is slightly lower than elsewhere but it does go higher as well due to demands. So far, even though we have been open for only a few days, business has been good and we have had people taking an interest in the shop.

“We had a really successful launch night where we had family and friends gathered in the shop. We had a few drinks upstairs as part of a little celebration and we did really well on that night and we hope to go forward and do student discounts on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Right now, we are ironing the creases out before the students come back to the town.

“Pier Street is going through a bit of resurgence in terms of ‘Game’ moving from the High Street to Pier Street and there is an ‘Animal’ store which is going strong, with a few other popular stores opening up as well which is good.

“With Pier Street being around the corner from the Promenade, it is a nice way for shoppers to drop into our store over the coming months.

“We invite Herald readers to stay tuned to our social media pages to find out what we are up to and the promotions that we will run that they can take advantage of. We would also like to add that we also employ bilingual staff and are looking for all types of employees, be it professionals or students.”

For more information, and to follow every step of Cactws’ success, like them on Facebook – ‘Cactws Aber’.

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Man accused of sexually assaulting six-year-old girls

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A FORMER Penparcau man is to stand trial accused of sexually assaulting two six year old girls.

Raymond Albert Wardall, 55, now of Blaenllynant Lodge, Queens Road, Aberystwyth, appeared at Swansea Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Paul Thomas.

Wardall denied a total of eight charges of sexual assault and sexual touching.

He will stand trial on November 27 and was granted bail until then.

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Alerts issued ahead of Storm Brian

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NATURAL RESOURCE WALES (NRW) is warning people that parts of the Welsh coast could see localised flooding as Storm Brian combines with high tides this evening and tomorrow.

The conditions could cause a storm surge, which in some areas could lead to overtopping of sea defences. Current predictions show that the worst affected areas are likely to be along exposed sections of the west coast of Wales from Southern Gwynedd to Llantwit Major.

High tides in these locations are expected to peak between 6am and 11am tomorrow (Oct 21).

NRW has already issued a number of flood alerts for the west coast, and is likely to issue flood warnings for Aberystwyth and Newgale later today. Further alerts or warnings for other areas will be issued as necessary.

24/7 Emergency response workers from NRW will be out at key areas of the coast over the next couple of day to monitor the high tides and condition of its sea flood defences.

NRW has also contacted its partner agencies such as local councils and the emergency services to ensure that appropriate responses are in place should the need arise.

Richard Hancox, from Natural Resources Wales said: “Conditions across the coastline are likely to be extremely dangerous this weekend and we urge people to stay clear, and avoid visiting the coast during this time.

“We know people are tempted to try and take photos of these storms, but it really isn’t worth putting your life at risk. Sea spray and flood water can knock you off your feet easier than you might think, and the large waves can send debris flying onto shore.

“If anyone is concerned about the risk of flooding to their home, please check to see if flood warnings are available in your area, and visit our website for advice on how best to prepare.”

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes.

Information and updates are also available by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188. People can also register for free flood warnings either by calling the Floodline number or at NRW’s website.

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​Major bequests for Aber research ​

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TWO major legacies to support postgraduate research have been announced at Aberystwyth University’s Founders’ Day held in the Old College on October 13.

The University revealed that Eleanor and David James had donated £2m to the institution where they both worked for 35 years, while former student Margaret Wooloff has bequeathed £400,000.

Both bequests will be used to fund postgraduate research at the University, in line with the wishes of the benefactors.

The legacies were announced as part of the University’s now annual Founders’ event, which echoes the celebrations held in the town back in October 1872 when the first students arrived at Old College.

The Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, said: “It is extremely fitting that these very special bequests have been the focal point of this year’s Founders’ Day event. They remind us how the University has been supported since its early beginnings by the generosity of the people of Wales and the wider world.

“Eleanor and David James, and Margaret Wooloff all dedicated their lives to the furtherance of knowledge and their valuable contributions to education in Wales will live on in their legacies. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”

The Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Aberystwyth University, Louise Jagger, said: “There is a very strong bond between the University and our family of alumni across the world. Eleanor and David James and Margaret Wooloff were all active members of the Old Students’ Association during their lives and we are immensely grateful to them for their support over the years. Their generous legacies will now enable the scholars of the future to pursue their particular fields of expertise and undertake research with impact, which is integral to our mission as a leading University.”

Members of the local community joined staff and students at the Old College to mark Founders’ Day.

The guest speaker at the event was Ceredigion MP Ben Lake who said: “The story of how Aberystwyth University – or the University College of Wales as it was originally called – is one in which we can all take pride as a nation. Driven by the vision of its founders, the dream of establishing a college with University status in Wales was made possible thanks to the generosity of ordinary people. The roots and foundations of the University reflect our values in Wales and it is vitally important that we commemorate and celebrate this very special heritage.

“May I take this opportunity to congratulate Aberystwyth on being named recently as the University of the Year for Teaching Quality by the Good University Guide – a well deserved accolade which is testament to the dedication of all its staff.”

In July 2017, the Heritage Lottery Fund announced that it had earmarked £10.5m for ambitious plans to redevelop Old College in time for the University’s 150th anniversary in 2022.

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