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Council set to support Aber CycleFest

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FOLLOWING a Cabinet meeting on March 14, the Council has decided to support a new format for Aber CycleFest this May, after the 2017 Pearl Izumi Tour Series stage was cancelled, which was due to be held in Aberystwyth.

Ceredigion County Council will now support organisers Aberystwyth CycleFest with the previously successful format, adding a new race which will replace the previous Tour Series race as the final event of the evening.

Sweetspot, the Pearl Izumi Tour Series organiser, informed the Council on Wednesday (Mar 1), that the event would not go ahead this year in Aberystwyth. This was due to several logistical changes being made to the series, resulting in a Welsh leg not being possible this year.

The Tour Series criterium race was the flagship event of AberCycleFest week. The 2016 event attracted 5,000 visitors to the Aberystwyth area contributing almost £300,000 into the local economy.

Ann Eleri Jones, Ceredigion County Council’s Tourism and Marketing Manager, said: “The Council is delighted to be associated with the new ‘Ceredigion Grand Prix’. It’s a fantastic alternative event and it’s great news for Ceredigion’s cycling enthusiasts who won’t miss out on an opportunity to watch professional and top amateur riders compete in Aberystwyth again this year.

“The Ceredigion Grand Prix and the other Aberystwyth CycleFest events will all contribute to ensuring that Ceredigion is recognised as an important regional and national centre for cycling activity.”

The event will host no less than 15 races between 1.30pm and 9pm on Friday, May 26. The popular children’s races form a major part of the day’s activities, open to any child living in Ceredigion.

More information about registering will be sent to all Ceredigion schools shortly. Other races will include the a fancy dress challenge, a beginner adult race, a new Cat 3/4 race for those wishing to move to the next level, and finally the Elite Women’s and Men’s races at the end of the evening.

Registration is now open and anyone wishing to register should do so via the online system at www.abercyclefest.com, which is fully insured and regulated by British Cycling.

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New Quay RNLI crew members pass out as ILB helms

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NEW QUAY RNLI crew members Huw Williams and Dylan Price recently passed out as inshore lifeboat helms.

They were put through their paces by an RNLI Assessor on Monday (Aug 13) with a written exam ashore and a practical assessment afloat on the D class inshore lifeboat.

Roger Couch, Lifeboat Operation Manager of New Quay RNLI said: “As well as responding to emergencies our volunteer crew members spend a lot of time training in order to maintain their knowledge and skills.

“Both crew members have worked very hard over the past 12 months to complete all the training units needed and have now passed the final stage.

“Our lifeboats are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round and having seven qualified helms for our inshore lifeboat provides us with additional flexibility.”

Huw Williams added:“Dylan and I would like to thank all the crew here at New Quay lifeboat station for their help over the last 12 months. We could not have done it without their support.”

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Schools succeed in A-Level results

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A-LEVEL examination results published yesterday(16 August) by the WJEC indicate that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Learning Services said: “Our sincere congratulations are extended to Ceredigion sixth form students who, once again have excelled in their A Levels. Thank you to all school staff, Governors and parents who have supported our young people to fulfil their potential.

“Their successes are a testament to our pupils’ efforts and hard work, in addition to the quality of education provided by teachers in Ceredigion. We are proud of the well-deserved achievements of our young people and wish them well in the future.”

Nearly 27% of Ceredigion entries achieved A* – A grades and 77% of entries achieved A*- C grades. A pass rate of 98% was achieved by Ceredigion students.

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Grade A* – A 26.8% 26.3%
Grade A* – B 56.7% n/a
Grade A* – C 77.1% n/a
Grade A* – E 97.8% 97.4%

Compared with last year, 6% more of Ceredigion entries achieved A*-A grades. The number of entries that have achieved A*-A, and A*-E in Ceredigion is higher than the Welsh average.

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Man assaulted nurses while being restrained

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A PRE-SENTENCE report will be prepared on a Ceredigion man who assaulted two nurses and destroyed an extractor fan.

Lewis Hill, aged 24, of Brynhoffnant, appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Aug 14) to plead guilty to the three charges.

Prosecuting, Mr Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the Court: “At 11pm in the evening on January 30, the defendant was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital threatening to jump off. Police and medical personnel attended and were able to talk him down.

“He was taken to the Cwm Seren ward in St Davids Park, Carmarthen, where they arrived at 1:03am the following morning. During the course of being assessed he became aggressive and had to be restrained by staff. He kicked out at the first nurse and was then put on the floor.

“Whilst on the floor he was throwing his head back and forth and the staff nurse, who was concerned for him, tried to hold his head but he continued to throw his head and because of the force he was using he trapped her finger onto the floor.

“The charge did originally read as common assault but the nurse went to get her finger x-rayed which revealed the fracture.

“After that incident he got free and he started damaging an extractor fan which he completely destroyed.
“I am not sure why the case has taken so long to come here but at the time of the offence he was on a suspended prison sentence, the period for which has now elapsed.”

Defending, Mrs Katie Hanson added: “He is extremely sorry for his actions on that night. He was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital trying to commit suicide. There are serious mental health issues but he accepts he was struggling on the floor but he did not intentionally hurt anyone and he apologises for his actions.”

Magistrates ordered that a pre-sentence report be prepared and Hill was released on unconditional bail and must return to court on Wednesday, August 29 for sentencing.

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