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Aber Archers shooting onto the world stage

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Shooting: Beth Duthie (Credit: Emily J Photography)

TWO Aberystwyth University students are part of the Great British team currently competing at the World 3D Archery Championships in Robion, France from September 19-24, 2017.

Alex Newnes, a PhD student from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, and Beth Duthie, a third-year Law undergraduate were selected as two of the top archers in the UK to represent the country at the event.

Alex, who is from Rhos-on-Sea in North Wales, said: “We are thrilled to have been selected to join the British team to compete at this event. This is a first for the University archery club, and the first time Beth and I will have competed internationally.

“Archery at Aberystwyth University is booming. Members of the University’s archery club, Aber Archers, are highly ranked, with a number of county, Welsh and British records between us.

“I picked up a bow for the first time as an undergraduate at Aberystwyth, and whilst studying for my degree, MSc and PhD, I have become the county, Welsh, British and BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) indoor champion, the British Target and Field champion and the #1 field archer in Wales in my discipline.”

The Aber Archers is a student society. Run by students, for students, it is the largest University-based archery club in the UK.

Beth Duthie, who comes from Derby, said: “I am delighted to be taking part in the World 3D Archery Championships, which is the highest profile and most highly competitive 3D archery tournament in the world. Alex and I are very grateful to the Aber Fund for supporting us with our travel expenses to attend the event.”

The Aber Fund is the University’s giving programme for alumni, parents, staff and friends of the University to support projects that directly enrich student experience and development and help advance the ambitions of the university. This has included supporting student coaching programmes, student hardship, wellbeing projects and many more.

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Cered organises a fun evening for Llandysul Cubs with ‘Britain’s got Talent’ star

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CERED: Menter Iaith Ceredigion hosted a fantastic evening for Llandysul Cubs where the comedian Noel James from ‘Britiain’s got Talent’ came to entertain them.

Rhodri Francis, Cered Development Officer said, “We are very keen to work with organisations like the Cubs in order to hold a series of Welsh language events for their members. The evening with Noel James at Llandysul Cubs was fantastic – everyone enjoyed themselves! We wish to organise more events there in the future. We would like to thank Llandysul Cub leaders for giving us the opportunity to work with them so that their members can have the opportunity to socialise and enjoy activities through the medium of Welsh”.

Alix Bryant,Cub Leader 1st Llandysul Scout Group said, “On behalf of Llandysul Cub Scouts I would like to say a huge thank you to Cered for organising a very entertaining evening for the Cubs. It was great for the children to be entertained bilingually by Noel James, he did an amazing job. I think the children especially enjoyed the impressions!”

“This session has inspired the children to complete their entertainers badge so maybe we will have a few budding Welsh comedians in our group. Thank you again and we look forward to working with Cered in the future”.

For more information about Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion events and activities, visit their website, cered.cymru or their Facebook page, @ceredmenteriaith, or get in touch by calling 01545 572 358.

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Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais

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New steps: At Parc Natur Penglais

VOLUNTEERS, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais.

Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.

Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”

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​RSPCA aim for Christmas number one​

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'Stars' by Lucy Ellie​: Help it get to number one

M​USIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.

The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ​’​Stars​’​ in aid of the RSPCA.

‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over ​two million views online across a variety of platforms.

The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.

Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.

RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.

“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”

You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online

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