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Rhys Ifans brings star appeal to new kids show

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star appealFAMILIES in west Wales will be treated to a very special performance when the first ever Welsh language production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (Pedr a’r Blaidd) arrives at Theatr Mwldan on Wednesday, March 5 at 6.30pm – complete with Hollywood star appeal!

Ensemble Cymru’s 30-piece orchestra will bring this much loved children’s classic to life, live on stage featuring the voice of Rhys Ifans, on-screen illustrations by Marc Vyvyan Jones, and a very special introduction by S4C’s Dona Direidi.

Talking about being part of the first Welsh language recording of Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’, Rhys Ifans said, “I’m surprised there hasn’t been a Welsh language version before so it feels very special to be chosen. My mum’s also very pleased!”

The Welsh actor enjoyed the experience of working with an orchestra as he explains, “The story is quite simple and domestic, but when the orchestra kicks in, it conjures up what you’d imagine a great story does in a child’s mind – the music creates this huge landscape around these simple words and the marriage of these two mediums is really magical.”

Rhys Ifans generously agreed to donate his time on this project for free and for his royalties to be re-invested back into Ensemble Cymru’s work with schools and children, there will also be a schools performance at Mwldan on Thursday, March 6.

Peryn Clement-Evans, Ensemble Cymru’s Artistic Director said: “We’re so excited to be bringing this show to Cardigan as it’s a brilliant opportunity for children to experience a live orchestra performance. It’s a story that’s captured the imagination of children for many years and we hope this new production will both entertain and inspire children in Wales.”

This is Welsh language production is also suitable for Welsh learners; an English language version of the script along with a vocabulary list and other resources to assist Welsh learners are available on www.pedr.org

Tickets for Ensemble Cymru’s production of Prokofiev’s ‘Pedr a’r Blaidd’ are priced £7 full price (£6 concessions) £6 each for groups of 4+ and are available now from Theatr Mwldan’s Box Office on 01239 621200, on-line at www.mwldan.co.uk or via smartphones.

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Police call for vigilance to report illegal raves

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is asking farmers and local landowners to be on the alert over the next few months for warning signs of any illegal gatherings planned for their land over the summer.

Gatherings – such as illegal raves – can cause considerable anxiety to the community and if they are not dealt with swiftly, they are difficult to stop or otherwise control, due often to the sheer numbers of persons involved and the safety aspects surrounding breaking up such an event.

Superintendent Robyn Mason said: “There is little doubt that these type of events are very well planned, organised and that local knowledge is important in drawing down the main group to a particular ‘vulnerable’ field, or area of land which has been targeted previously as a suitable venue.

“Farmers, landowners and local communities are encouraged to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Police; this may be an unusual numbers of vehicles, especially camper vans, vans or trucks in the locality, illegal trespassers who may be doing ‘recce’ of sites in advance of the event.

“I can assure local communities that Police will take the appropriate action to deter illegal gatherings and deal robustly with any criminal offences discovered or disclosed.”  

Members of the public are also urged to be vigilant of persons who approach landowners or enquiring for land, in the guise of hiring for apparently acceptable activities such as gymkhanas and scouts/guides events.

Please contact Police on 101 with reports on any suspicious activity.

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Wheelchair-bound man jailed for child sex offences

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A CHILD sex offender from Ystrad Meurig has been jailed despite being wheelchair-bound.

Dean Harper, aged 61, had distributed child pornography and tried to entice a 10-year-old girl into sexually abusing herself and sending him photographs.

Harper, of Sisial y Pin, Ffair Rhos, admitted downloading 317 indecent images of children in the most serious category A, 400 in category B and 500 in C.

He also admitted sending images in all three categories to a third party, all on a single day in October, 2016.

Harper also admitted attempting to incite the girl into sexual activity knowing that she was only 10-years-old.

Kevin Jones, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that the distribution of the images alerted the police who raided Harper’s home and removed computer equipment.

An examination of his internet activity revealed he had made contact with a girl via social media and swapped messages with her.

The judge, Mr Recorder Peter Griffiths told Harper his offending was serious and a jail sentence was inevitable despite his disability.

Harper was jailed for a total of two years and ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for 10 years.

He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order which will restrict his contact with young people and his internet activity after his release from prison.

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Royals set to visit Ceredigion during summer visit

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AS PART of their annual summer visit to Wales, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting Ceredigion next month.

From July 2-6, Charles and Camilla will tour the country, undertaking over 20 engagements across the country.

On July 3, The Prince of Wales will visit Dà Mhìle Distillery, Llandysul, the first organic distillery in the UK approved by the Soil Association, where he was previously gifted the thousandth bottle to be produced by Dà Mhìle.

The Prince of Wales will also visit St. Gwenog’s Church, Llanwenog, and view their unique carvings created by Joseph Reubens, a Belgian World War One refugee. His Royal Highness will also meet members of their local community.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s fourteenth annual Summer visit to Wales will feature celebrations to mark the 70th Anniversary of The National Health Service and the marking the 150th anniversary of the Heart of Wales railway line amongst other events.

A Clarence House spokesperson said: “The Prince and The Duchess are really looking forward to their annual summer visit to Wales where they will be celebrating key anniversaries for the National Health Service, the Heart of Wales railway line and the 90th anniversary of Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisation. Their Royal Highnesses relish the opportunity to meet members of the community who are making a difference to Welsh life.”

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