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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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Christmas gift fair returns

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Last year at the Food Fair: The annual Christmas celebrations return this year

NEXT Friday (Oct 20), the annual craft and gifts extravaganza will return to Aberystwyth Arts Centre to get the locals in the mood for Christmas.

The Winter Craft & Gift Fair is sure to get visitors feeling festive in the run up to Christmas with over 80 stalls selling a wonderful array of crafts and gifts, many produced by local makers from Ceredigion and mid Wales.

This year will feature many regular stalls, as well as some who will be selling at the fair for the first time, so prepare to discover the unusual and unexpected at this year’s fair with it’s new layout and products for 2017.

The fair will be open from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday and 12 to 5.30pm on Sundays all the way up until December 23.

On Saturday​,​ ​November ​​25, ​the Arts Centre’s Christmas Food Fair will take over the Great Hall for the day. There will be the very best of Welsh produce with cheese, meats, fish, wine, cider, pastries, puddings, jams and much, much more from many local producers. The Food Fair is the perfect place to stock up on a few gastronomic goodies in the run up to Christmas. There will also be live musical entertainment to get you in the Christmassy mood! The fair will be on 10am-4pm and entry is free!

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‘​I​t’s ok to say’

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FUW raise awareness: Urging people to 'say' on World Mental Health Day​

​ON WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY, farmers across Wales are being reminded that ‘it’s ok to say’ and the Farmers’ Union of Wales is urging them not to hide problems from themselves, their families and friends and to talk about their personal feelings.

The FUW made a commitment at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in July to continue raising awareness of mental health problems in rural communities and is therefore renewing the call for those who might be suffering from mental health problems to seek help.

“The focus of this year’s World Mental Health day is on mental health in the workplace and farms are just that. In our places of work we’ve faced some pretty low-points in the last few years. Bovine TB, price volatility and uncertainty about our future post-Brexit, this all puts a strain on our resolve and will have many feeling stressed and under immense pressure,” said Union President Glyn Roberts​.​

“But we must break the stigma attached to mental health, so if you’re feeling vulnerable, please open-up and speak to someone. That doesn’t just mean today, but always. Farmers and farming families need to continue talking openly about what they are experiencing and the FUW strongly encourages anyone who is worried about their own mental health or a loved-one, to seek help from the Farming Community Network, Tir Dewi, The DPJ Foundation, Mind Cymru or Call Helpline Wales,” added Glyn Roberts.

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Scholarship scheme funds student’s Masters

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One of the chosen few: Stella Foster (Pic. Mark Woodward)

A TALYBONT native is one of just 28 people in the UK to be awarded a scholarship granted by energy company ScottishPower.

Stella Foster, 32, gratefully received the grant from the Scottish Power Foundation for the 2017/18 academic year.

Having just completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of York, Stella will begin her Masters in Environmental Sciences this week at the University of East Anglia. Environmental science degrees integrate biology, physical science and information sciences to examine environmental systems (air, water, etc.) and how they interact.

The sought-after scholarship covers full enrolment costs as well as a living allowance. On top of this, the scholars will receive unique opportunities including meeting leading industry professionals.

“Travelling around the world and living in China before I started my undergraduate studies made me aware of the astounding change of pace in urbanisation; the two-hour bus ride from where I lived to Shanghai, there wasn’t a moment where you couldn’t see a construction site,” Stella said.

“This fast and dramatic development creates issues with the environment, and I’m really excited to learn about the creative and fascinating solutions out there, and hopefully come up with some of my own,” she added.

Since it was launched in 2010, the ScottishPower Foundation scholarships programme has provided £1.5m in grants towards training the next generation in their chosen field.

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