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Council candidate Neil Flower passes away

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Sad news: Llandyfriog Ward candidate Neil Flower passed away this week

SUDDENLY and unexpectedly, a County Council candidate passed away on Wednesday (Apr 26), just over a week before the elections on May 4.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats sadly announced that Neil Flower, candidate for the Llandyfriog Ward of Ceredigion County Council, had died this week.

Commenting on behalf of Neil’s wife Stefani, his election agent Cllr Mark Cole said:​ ​”As a liberal family here in Ceredigion, we were all shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Neil’s sudden passing yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with Stefani and family at this very sad time.

“Neil had been an activist in the radical liberal tradition since the days of the SDP and he had a strong commitment to the fundamental democratic process which so many people take for granted. In recent years Neil had stood in Council elections to ensure that they were contested and that democracy would rightly run its course.

“One of his final decisions was to do so this time once again by standing in the Llandyfriog Ward to ensure that there would be a contest. In the meantime, he was actively supporting his wife Stefani in her Council campaign in Aberporth where they have ran their Ffynonwen Guest House for many years.

“As a party, we salute this commitment and we hope that residents throughout the county follow Neil’s lead by using their vote, for whomever they choose, this coming Thursday​.​”

Ceredigion’s MP and Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Mark Williams MP added:​ “I was only with Neil on Sunday evening discussing the elections and he was his usual cheerful and enthusiastic self, so this has come as a huge shock to us all. He has always been highly supportive of me as a candidate and an MP. I will miss him greatly. My deepest condolences to Stefani and the family​.​”

For further information regarding the Llandyfriog Ward election, please contact Bronwen Morgan, the Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council.

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Accredited Archive status given to Ceredigion Archives

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RECENTLY Ceredigion Archives celebrated that the Archives has been awarded the Accredited Archive status. The Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Lynford Thomas unveiled the ‘Accredited Archive Service’ plaque.

Archive Service Accreditation is the UK standard for archive services. Standards schemes and frameworks help archives to manage and improve their efficiency and effectiveness through external validation, and by identifying good practice.

Attendees were welcomed to the unveiling by Helen Palmer, County Archivist a Information and Records Manager. She thanked all that were involved in the development of the Ceredigion Archives, saying: “Thanks to the Archives and Records Management Team who have worked so hard for so long to make this service what it is today. I also give an extended thanks to the Council staff within other departments, including ICT and Technical Services, who have helped us realise our ambitions and helped towards our accreditation.”

Helen continued: “Thanks go to our donors, for their huge generosity in sharing precious documents with us, without whom our collections would lack content and variety. Thanks to our researchers who prove over and over again that what we do is meaningful, relevant and important.”

Ceredigion Archives is available for everyone to use; for personal research, for school projects, university degree work, academic research, and research for business purposes. Staff at the Archives can suggest appropriate lines of research, and provide advice and assistance in the use of the documents.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet member with responsibility for Finance, ICT and Customer Services said: “The Archives and Records Management Team have worked hard and their dedication has been reflected in this success and on behalf of the Council, I congratulate Helen and her team for the prestigious Accredited status given to Ceredigion Archives. The Archives has a fantastic collection of documents, preserved carefully, which are available for anyone wanting to come along to view.”

You can visit Ceredigion Archives’ website at https://archifdy-ceredigion.org.uk/ or follow ‘Archifdy Ceredigion Archives’ on Facebook.

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Police appeal following Aberystwyth RTC

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POLICE are investigating a road traffic collision which occurred at approximately 6.20pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

A silver MG ZT, which had been reported as stolen, collided with another vehicle in Rhydybont, Aberystwyth.

The occupants of the MG walked away in the direction of Min Y Ddol.

Police would like to speak to the man in the image as he may have information that could assist the police investigation.

Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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Family pay tribute to Aberporth man

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THE FAMILY of Phillip Rasmussen, from Aberporth, who tragically died in Spain on April 1, have paid tribute to the 47-year-old.

They said: “We are devastated by the loss of Phillip, and he will be dearly missed by us all.

“Phillip was a loving husband to Elissa and father to Rhys, Beci and Dylan.

“He lived life to the full and will be remembered for his energy and passion towards all aspects of life. He was a keen sailor, cyclist and loved to travel.

“He began his professional career as a chartered accountant and spent the last ten years working as Chief Financial Officer for IQE plc, a role which he truly loved and made his own.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support at this difficult time. It has meant so much to the whole family.

“We would now like time to grieve and would ask to be given privacy in which to do so.”

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