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Lampeter Student makes astronomy awards shortlist

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screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-14-31-58KATHERINE (EVA) YOUNG, a MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology distance student in the Sophia Centre at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s campus in Lampeter, has made the shortlist for the 2016 Insight Astronomy of the Year Photographer Competition for her photograph ‘Rise Lunation’. 

This year’s Insight Astronomy of the Year Photographer Competition had over 4,500 entries and only 140 photographs were shortlisted. Katherine’s photo submission, Rise Lunation, included her quote:

‘There is little clarity through the atmospherics that can intensify horizons – to portray it as such would be unnatural. As the Moon emerges, I relish the ripples and surprising shimmers – it extends and reaches through its seeming climb, out of this world! The Moon is rising and at an altitude of +8, an azimuth of 75 and 98% illuminated. It is a day after being full and now on the returning wane’.

Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and competition judge said: “It’s the sheer variety of images that impressed the judges this year. It’s been wonderful to see the entrants really pushing the boundaries, both in terms of extreme technical achievement and also in the originality and artistry of their subjects and compositions.”

Turner prize-winning artist Wolfgang Tillmans and Oana Sandu of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) join the judging panel this year, and the overall winner will be announced on September 15 at a special ceremony at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

UWTSD’s Sophia Centre Director, Dr Nicholas Campion, said: “We are all very proud of Eva. Astronomical photography helps us reconnect with the power of the sky and reminds that visual images can be as important as words in academic work.”

Earlier this year, Katherine conceived the Sophia Centre’s first student photo competition ‘Adventures in Time and Place’, which allowed the Sophia Centre’s students a forum for sharing and discussing their participation in visual culture, skyscapes and places via time and space. In April 2014, Katherine won UWTSD’s INSPIRE Photography competition for her photo titled ‘Making the Invisible, Visible’.

The Insight Astronomy of the Year Photographer Competition is in its eighth year and is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

The winners’ exhibition will be open to the public starting on September 17 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

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A brand new Welsh language ukulele orchestra

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CAN you play the ukulele and would like to join a ukulele orchestra? Or would you like to learn a new skill and to socialise in a Welsh-speaking environment? Why not join Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl?

On Monday, October 15, Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Learn Welsh will launch Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl which is a brand new, Welsh language ukulele orchestra in Aberystwyth for free, for those aged 16+.

Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl will practice weekly between 6pm and 7:30pm every Monday night during the school term and practices will take place at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. There is no need for any experience or ability on the ukulele and there will be instruments available to borrow so that you can have a taste before buying your own ukulele.

Welsh will be the main language of Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl but there is a warm welcome to everyone whatever your level of proficiency in Welsh. Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl is supported by Learn Welsh as a great activity for learners to practice their Welsh outside the classroom in a fun and new way.

Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl’s conductor will be Steffan Rees who has held a number of Iwcs a Hwyl workshops over the last year as Cered’s Community Development Officer. Steffan is also a musician who composes and performs as “Bwca” and he has been playing the ukulele for years.

Steffan said, “I have really wanted to start a Welsh ukulele orchestra in Ceredigion for a while having seen the successes and popularity of those in Cardiff and South East Wales. The ukulele is an instrument that excites people of all ages and with some patience and perseverance, it is an easy enough instrument to master. I’m looking forward to developing a repertoire with the orchestra and play a few gigs; the National Eisteddfod in Tregaron in 2020 perhaps!”

Numbers for the first term of the orchestra are limited so contact the Arts Centre Box Office on 01970 632 232 to book your place in Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl.

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Hanes Llambed meeting held

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THE FIRST meeting of Hanes Llambed of the 2018/19 year was held in Lampeter’s Trinity Saint David’s Old Hall this week.

There was a good attendance as Cwrtnewydd resident Simon Evans gave the first of what will eventually be two talks about his home parish of Llanwenog.

Mr Evans spoke of how the parish was defined by the Afon Cledlyn and its tributaries, describing the region’s history from the Stone Age to the present day. The talk spoke of the several hill forts of the area, as well as Llanwenog church, founded around 500 AD, before it was built in its current form in the 14th century.

The Battle of Llanwenog in 981 AD between the Welsh and invading Danes was detailed, before the speaker went on to describe the Puritan struggle and the Civil War.

The talk then went on to the establishment of private academies by nonconformist ministers from 1750 onwards, and the founding of Unitarian chapels in the early 19th century.

The terrible agricultural situation of the 1840s was described, followed by the bad harvests, which led directly to the Rebecca Riots and emigration to the USA and elsewhere in Britain.

The next meeting of Hanes Llambed will take place in October when the subject will be the Cardiganshire War Tribunals of the First World War.

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Former AM charged with child porn offences

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SIMON THOMAS, the former Plaid Cymru AM for Mid & West Wales has been charged with three offences of making indecent images of children.

Mr Thomas, aged 54, was charged with the offences earlier today (Sept 18) at Aberystwyth Police Station.

He has been bailed to appear at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, October 3.

At the time of his arrest, Mr Thomas was his Party’s spokesperson on Rural Affairs and Energy policy and had recently taken up a role which would have seen him perform a significant role in Plaid Cymru’s future campaigns.

His arrest in July was a shock both to his political allies and those in other parties in the Assembly.

Following his arrest, Mr Thomas resigned immediately as an Assembly Member and from Plaid Cymru. He was replaced as regional AM by Helen Mary Jones.

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