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Enjoy what Dyfed-Powys has to offer safely at the Royal Welsh Show

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is inviting Royal Welsh Show visitors to visit their stand to find out more about how to safely enjoy what the area has to offer over the summer.

The stand, located at E366 behind the main grandstand, is geared at bringing to life the force’s #EnjoyDPP summer campaign.

The campaign is about helping people who live in and visit the counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys safely enjoy their summer.

Officers and staff from Dyfed-Powys Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will be on hand to offer practical advice to help people enjoy the towns, beaches, mountains and events. They will be joined by key partners on certain days including Get Safe Online, Brecon Mountain Rescue team and Crimestoppers.

Superintendent of Powys Jon Cummins said: “The Royal Welsh Show is the biggest event of the year we police in Dyfed-Powys and also where we concentrate huge efforts on engaging positively with visitors to the show at our police stand. Come say hello, meet our experienced and knowledgeable officers and staff and find out more about how to stay safe and enjoy the summer while taking advantage of the many wonderful places and events we have to offer.”

Visitors will be able to explore a police vehicle, take a ride in a Formula 1 simulator and chat to our Get Safe Online colleagues about cybercrime, meet a police dog and our new police puppy Nev, dress up as a police officer or Police Community Support Officer and pose for photos at an #EnjoyDpp photobooth.

Venture inside and relax on a hay bale and have a chat with our experts on issues including summer safety, rural crime, financial crime, crimes and issues that affect children and so much more.

To allow people to chat without distractions from the children there will be a special children’s corner where they can have their fingerprints taken, colour a police-themed picture or play a giant police-themed garden game.

For the second year running Dyfed-Powys Police will also have a mobile police station based up near the competing animals to allow officers and staff to link in with farmers around rural crime issues.

There will be experts from the force’s Financial Crime Team giving live demonstrations of how to avoid becoming scammed out of hard-earned cash, as well as further specialist input from Get Safe Online. They will be offering advice around on-line banking, internet safety for children, online shopping, social media advice, how to protect devices and more.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has a host of activities planned, including promoting the Commissioner’s crime plan, giving people opportunity to pose their questions to the Chief Constable via the Commissioner, hop on a cow print exercise bike and help rack up the miles while hearing more about the Commissioner’s charity challenge.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “The Royal Welsh Show is such an important event for Dyfed-Powys and indeed Wales. I’m delighted that representatives from my office will be there to talk to visitors about the role of Police and Crime Commissioner and the work I’m carrying out to ensure our four counties remain the safest in England and Wales.”

As well as the daily activities and engagement opportunities, police will be focusing on a different theme each day as follows:

Monday: Digital Policing

There will be live demonstrations of technology officers are using – mobile data terminals and body worn video – to improve the way they work and to allow them to be more visible in the communities they serve. The point being that officers are not playing on their phones, they are working and if they didn’t have their tablets they would be back at the police station. Body worn video is being introduced in Dyfed-Powys. Body Worn Video is an independent witness – it increases accountability, improves performance and deters crime. Alongside this work there will be staff from the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner available to talk about work being carried out to improve police stations.

Tuesday: Rural Policing

Rural crime experts will be on hand in the main police stand and the mobile police station to speak to people about issues that can affect rural areas and how people can best protect themselves from such crime. For example, report cattle thefts. We can’t direct resources to the right place if we don’t know how much of a problem it is. The Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and Aberystwyth University will be carrying out the rural crime survey at the police stand and around the show giving people opportunity to tell us what issues really matter in rural communities.

Wednesday: #EnjoyDpp summer safety campaign

#EnjoyDPP, offers practical advice to help people enjoy the towns, beaches, mountains and events in the four counties. Brecon Mountain Rescue Team will join police on this day to demonstrate their work and offer advice on how to be prepared and safe when considering a mountain walk.

Thursday: Volunteering

A chance to celebrate the work of the many and varied volunteers we have contributing in some way to keeping Dyfed-Powys the safest place to live and work in England and Wales. There will be volunteers from the Special Constabulary, Police Cadets, Animal Welfare and Custody Visitors from the Commissioner’s Office, Crimestoppers, Goleudy (a support service for victims and witnesses of crime). Advice and support will be given to anyone considering volunteering for one of these services.

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It’s About Time

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THIS January, Ceredigion Museum are proud to exhibit artwork by the portrait painter Seren Morgan Jones, originally from Aberystwyth and the third generation of women artists in her family.

Jones follows in the footsteps of her grandmother Margaret Jones, whose work forms part of the Ceredigion Museum collection. The exhibition will be followed in January 2019 by a retrospective show of work by her grandmother Margaret Jones who celebrates her 100th birthday this December.

It’s About Time is an amalgamation of two distinct bodies of work created by Seren Morgan Jones; ‘History’s Eyes’ documenting Welsh women from the 19th century and ‘Portraits of Protesters’ a collection of paintings documenting Welsh suffragists at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Drawing inspiration from historical aesthetics and references, but expanding the scope of traditional portraiture, Jones redefines and re-imagines the historical narrative, and through this creating a place for women within the Welsh visual story. The paintings take on an additional layer of importance and meaning when shown in the context of Ceredigion Museum; which houses a large collection of items representing the culture and history of the county. The collection is home to many items that have been donated by women, but we too often don’t have the narrative of those women’s lives. Jones used the Ceredigion Museum collection of welsh costume as research for her paintings depicting women in welsh traditional garb; the women largely remain nameless and faceless in our displays and yet here, in Jones’ work those women’s histories are now brought to life.

The portraits are powerful and direct; the eyes gaze unswerving to create an utterly distraction-free moment between viewer and painting which seeks to challenge and question. The portraits are imagined and shaped from stories and photographs of women rather than actual bygone figures. In the creation of these false portraits, in a style that references that of the tradition of Welsh Masters; Jones places her and the women whom she is portraying within this cultural narrative.

Of her work, Jones says: “I create an alternative image of Welsh women to counter the representation often seen in tourist shops. Some would argue that this is the only ubiquitous presence of women from Wales’ past. It is important that the viewer can relate to these women and for this they must seem to have once lived.”

Join Ceredigion Museum for the official opening of the exhibition on 27 January at 2pm. The exhibition will be opened by the renowned artist William Wilkins.

The exhibition is a partnership project with TEN gallery Cardiff and will run from 20 January until 16 April 2018 at Ceredigion Museum. For more information please contact Assistant Curator Alice Briggs, alice.briggs@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01970633086.

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Four arrested as man remains in ‘critical condition’

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FOUR men have been arrested after a man was hospitalised in the early hours of Sunday morning (Jan 14).

19-year-old Ifan Richards Owen is in hospital in critical condition after the attack.

The incident took place in High Street, Aberystwyth, at approximately 2:20am.

Four men, aged 19, 20, 23 and 25 have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

They are in police custody.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to contact them as a matter of urgency.

DCI Anthony Evans, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “We are issuing a fresh appeal for witnesses to the assault on Ifan Richards Owens, aged 19, which occurred on High Street, Aberystwyth at around 2.20am on Sunday, January 14.

“In particular we would like to speak to anyone who gave first aid to Mr Owens before emergency services arrived.

“Mr Owens remains in hospital in a critical condition.

“We would urge anyone with any information that could assist in our investigation any witnesses to the incident or anyone who may have any CCTV or video footage of the incident to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 402 of January 14. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Four men, aged 25, 23, 20 and 19, have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and remain in police custody at this time.”

Ifan’s family said in a statement:  “Ifan is a kind and gentle person, and we have been overwhelmed with messages of support from family, friends, as well as Ifan’s school friends, teachers, university friends, and sports teams, who are all sending their best wishes for Ifan, who is desperately ill following this incident in Aberystwyth.

“Ifan’s only choice for university was Aberystwyth, he had no interest in any other university and absolutely loves the town. He plays football and rugby for the Geltaidd Football and Rugby Clubs and is enjoying his second year studying Criminology at Aberystwyth University.”

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Ceredigion MP welcomes 7-year Lottery investment in Llandysul

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RURAL FUTURES, a new 7 year programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund, will be rolled out in 10 communities across Wales, including Llandysul in Ceredigion.

Professional advice will be available to help the town create effective long-term solutions to the challenging issues they face.

Rural Futures is delivered by Severn Wye Energy Agency and the BRO Partnership. Llandysul was chosen following a period of research into local economic and social statistics, and liaising with local councillors and staff in numerous community support organisations and community groups.

The decision was finalised following the public meeting held by Ben Lake MP and Elin Jones AM in Llandysul on November 3 whereby over 150 local people came to discuss the town’s future. This meeting helped the Rural Futures team identify that Llandysul would greatly benefit from support to address a number of local and rural issues.

Ben Lake, MP for Ceredigion said: “I am delighted that the successful public meeting held in November played a part in securing this substantial investment. Rural communities such as Llandysul are currently facing enormous challenges and I’m confident that this innovative programme will provide valuable guidance and support to the community as it seeks to come up with ambitious, creative and practical solutions that will regenerate the town.”

Elin Jones, AM for Ceredigion said: “This is excellent news for Llandysul. This programme will give the community the opportunity to take ownership of future plans and projects and implement vital improvements to the town on their own terms.”

The Rural Futures team will work with the community of Llandysul and will also work in partnership with public bodies and local organisations, who are already operating in the area, to add value where possible to their efforts.

Keith Evans, County Councillor for Llandysul said: “Having worked closely with the Rural Futures team over the past few months, I’m extremely pleased that Llandysul has been chosen as one of the 10 communities across Wales to benefit from this programme. I look forward to further collaboration over the next 7 years as we seek to regenerate and invigorate the town.”

Ruth Bates, the Big Lottery Fund’s Communications Officer commented: “This is a new approach for the BLF and in keeping with our aim of putting people in the lead, we see the Rural Futures programme as a fantastic opportunity to deliver real benefits to communities, as well as informing future policy and funding in Wales.”

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