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Artist died in flat fire

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AN ARTIST died after inhaling smoke from a fire in his Newcastle Emlyn flat, an inquest held at Llanelli Town Hall on Friday (Nov 24) concluded.

Coroner’s Officer Malcolm Thompson said that Vincent Windsor had been born in Stoke on Trent in 1962, and had changed his name by deed poll later in life to something more artistic. After leaving school he gained employment as an apprentice ceramic painter at one of the regions potteries, before embarking on a career which included a number of jobs.

After moving to Wales he spent some time living at an alternative lifestyle community near Llandeilo before settling in Newcastle Emlyn.

He was a keen artist specialising in painting abstracts. He also loved motorcycles and animals, and all animals seemed to trust him.

On April 27 of this year, emergency services were called to a flat in Newcastle Emlyn following reports of a fire.

Fire crews said that there was heavy smoke in the downstairs flat, where Mr Windsor was found collapsed on a mattress in an unresponsive condition. It was noted that there were a large number of beer bottles scattered around the floor.

He was rushed to Glangwili Hospital and placed on life support, but sadly passed away on April 26. The causes of death were listed as a brain haemorrhage, cardiac arrest, and smoke inhalation, and it was the view of doctors that the smoke inhalation had caused the arrest and haemorrhage.

Fire investigation officers determined that the fire was caused by a lit gas cooking ring which had been placed in close proximity to an armchair pile high with clothes and bedding.

The inquest heard that Mr Windsor’s upstairs neighbour had heard a fire alarm and tried to rouse him before calling emergency services. “It is clear that the person living above him, to his credit, tried to rouse Mr Windsor,” Coroner Mark Layton said.

“The evidence suggests that this was an unfortunate and tragic accident.” Conclusion: Accidental death.

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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