A 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’.
Ceredigion Conservative Association Elects a New Chairman
On the 18th September, the Ceredigion Conservative Association held its Annual General Meeting, attended remotely by Conservative Members from across the County. The Association was formally re-established and Patrick Loxdale was elected as the new Chairman.
Commenting on his new position, Patrick says:
“ I am very honoured to be given the opportunity to serve in this position. I believe passionately in democracy and the democratic process. The Welsh Conservatives came second in Ceredigion in last year’s General Election, increasing the Conservative vote share by more than the national average. It shows that Conservative values are widely held by people of all ages in Ceredigion, and it is important that we have a functioning local association, and strong candidates to allow their opinions to be heard.”
Patrick, whose family have lived in Llanilar for five generations, previously served as a Medical Officer in The Royal Navy for almost twenty years, qualifying as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. From 2001 to 2016 he worked as an NHS Consultant in Devon. Moving back to Llanilar when his brother passed away, Patrick now farms from his family home and enjoys acquiring new knowledge in organic farming and rural management. Patrick adds:
“Ceredigion is a fantastic place to live, with a world beating environment. There are great opportunities for our future and our children’s security, prosperity and fulfilment here. Yet the Labour run Welsh Government continues to fail to grasp this and rarely provides any real focus outside of the M4 corridor! In next year’s Senedd election, the people of Ceredigion deserve a credible alternative choice; a choice that rejects both the on-going failures of Welsh Labour and the separatist ideology of Plaid Cymru. It is time for the people of Ceredigion to vote for the Welsh Conservatives.
Walk-in testing now available for Aberystwyth town
From today [Wednesday 30 September 2020], people in Aberystwyth with symptoms of COVID-19 can access testing (through a booked appointment) via a temporary walk-in facility in the town.
Hywel Dda University Health Board has arranged this extra testing service in addition to the drive through facility already in place at Canolfan Rheidol, because many residents in the town, including students, do not have their own private vehicle in order to access the drive-through testing facility.
The facility is located in the former university nursery building (behind, but not connected to, Padarn Surgery), Penglais Road, Aberystwyth and can be accessed via the walkway which will be clearly signposted to ensure people get to the right place.
Alison Shakeshaft, Director of Therapies & Health Science at Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “We have put this extra facility in place to make sure those in the local community without their own transport are not missing out on getting a test when they need it.
“We appreciate the efforts people are making to help protect each other during this challenging time. I urge everyone to remain vigilant and follow the rules, including wearing face coverings where required, keep social distancing, washing hands regularly, or using a hand sanitiser if hand washing is not possible, to help us live and work alongside the virus whilst containing its spread.”
Eifion Evans, Ceredigion County Council Chief Executive said, “We thank Hywel Dda University Health Board for providing extra testing service in Ceredigion. Residents and students alike are urged to utilise this service for the health of everyone living in our county and we are able to protect the vulnerable. This is a critical time for us to follow the rules and keep Ceredigion safe.”
Anyone who has symptoms of the virus (a new persistent cough, high temperature or loss/change of taste or smell) must book a test as soon as possible through the online UK portal at www.gov.wales/coronavirus.
Please make sure when booking your test that you select the option you need (for example, only book the walk-in centre if you are not able to travel in your own vehicle to the drive through facility). If you attend the walk-in centre you must wear a face covering.
University students with COVID-19 symptoms, when booking a test, are required to provide the temporary local address they are living at while they are students at Aberystwyth university and not their usual home address.
Please do not book a test if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not turn up without booking first as it will not be possible to accommodate you without an appointment.
Please follow the latest self-isolation guidelines which can be found here.
Thank you for helping to #KeepCeredigionSafe.
For the latest news and updated from Hywel Dda University Health Board visit www.hduhb.wales.nhs.uk
Adjustment to Safe Zones
In August, temporary traffic orders were introduced so that Safe Zones for four Ceredigion towns could remain for up to 18 months subject to regular reviews so minor adjustments can be made.
In line with the evidence collected on the use of the towns, Ceredigion County Council feel the need to keep the safe zones in place for the time being. Aberaeron and New Quay will continue as they are.
In Cardigan the closures will change to 11am until 4:30pm Monday to Saturday. The safe zones will not be in place on a Sunday in Cardigan. These adjustments will come in to force on Sunday morning, 04 October.
In Aberystwyth, additional parking has been implemented for the disabled and blue badge holders in Chalybeate Street close to the Care Society Mobility Centre.
Further enhancements to provide better access for the disabled and blue badge holders will also continue to be explored.
Safe zones were introduced in Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Cardigan and New Quay on 13 July to create safe and spacious areas for the public to visit and provide the confidence that social distancing can be maintained in these areas.
Safe zones will be in place until at least 01 November 2020 and reviewed fortnightly in line with the infection rate and available evidence.
More information can be seen on the safe zones web page: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/SafeZones
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