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Lynford Thomas elected as Chairman

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Councillor Dai Mason, previous Chairman; Councillor Lynford Thomas, Chairman; and Councillor Hag Harris, Vice-Chairman.

CLLR LYNFORD THOMAS was elected as the Chairman of the Council for 2017-2018 in the Annual Meeting held by Ceredigion County Council on Thursday (May 25).

Opening the meeting and retiring as Chairman, Councillor Dai Mason addressed the Council and reflected on his year as Chairman stating that being the Chairman had given him a year of memories in the more than 70 events he had attended. He wished his successor well.

Mrs Mair Mason, Consort of previous Chairman; Councillor Dai Mason, previous Chairman; Mrs Jennifer Thomas, Consort of Chairman; Councillor Lynford Thomas, Chairman; Councillor Hag Harris, Vice-Chairman; Mrs Eiry Morgan Consort of Vice-Chairman.

After being elected as Chairman, Councillor Thomas, of the Llanfihangel Ystrad ward made a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and was presented with the Chain of Office by the retiring Chairman. He then addressed the Council extending his hope that the whole Chamber would cooperate for the good of the communities of Ceredigion.

Councillor Hag Harris, of the Lampeter ward was elected as Vice-Chairman of the Council, made a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and was presented with the Insignia of Office by the Chairman. He added that he looked forward to supporting the Chairman in his duties.

The Committees also agreed the Chairs and Vice Chairs for 2017/18 as seen below.

Committee Chair Vice-Chair
Audit Cllr Elizabeth Evans Cllr Rowland Rees-Evans
Development Control Cllr Lyndon Lloyd MBE Cllr Bryan Davies
Licensing Cllr Gareth Davies Cllr Paul James
Language Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn Cllr Alun Lloyd Jones
Overview and Scrutiny Coordinating Committee Cllr Paul Hinge Cllr Elizabeth Evans
Healthier Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee Cllr Alun Lloyd Jones Cllr Mark Strong
Thriving Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee Cllr Euros Davies Cllr Gwyn James
Learning Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee Cllr Odwyn Davies Cllr Endaf Edwards
Corporate Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee Cllr Ifan Davies Cllr Keith Evans

The Reverend Stephen Morgan was appointed as the Chairman’s Chaplain for 2017-2018.

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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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