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Train passenger exposed himself



ON A ‘BOISTEROUS’ train service, a drunk man who was celebrating his birthday exposed himself.

David Lloyd Jones, 28, of Hill View Close in Newtown, appeared before Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Nov 22) to face two offences which took place on April 16 at Borth Railway Station.

Jones pleaded guilty to assaulting a complainant by beating and exposing himself in a public place.

At around 7:30pm on the day in question, the defendant was on an Arriva-owned train from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury with a group of people, prosecutor Helen Tench told the court.

The complainant was checking passenger tickets at the time before the train stopped at Borth and noticed the defendant exposing himself, with his underwear and trousers pulled down. The complainant asked Jones to pull his trousers up and carried on checking tickets on the train.

When the train stopped at Borth, the complainant asked Jones for his ticket but the defendant became confrontational. Jones attempted to hit the complainant, and a staff member was asked to call the police.

When police officers arrived at the scene, Jones was arrested.

During his interview, the defendant said that he could not recall the incident as he was drunk.

Officers were also told that the last train service from Aberystwyth is often described as ‘boisterous’ as it attracts intoxicated passengers.

Defending, Kevin Williams said that the offence was a ‘moment of madness’ for Jones and ‘complete and utter stupidity’.

Mr Williams said on the night in question, Jones was in Aberystwyth for his birthday and travelled back after consuming rum.

The offence was ‘out of character’ for the defendant, according to Mr Williams, and the incident was not premeditated. Jones did not understand why he committed the offence and was deeply ashamed and embarrassed by his behaviour.

Jones was fined £140 for the assault and a further £80 for exposing himself. The defendant was also told to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a surcharge of £30.

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Penrhyn-coch Brownies compose song



PENRHYN-COCH Brownies were congratulated for composing a new Welsh language song recently. The workshops were part of a program of Welsh language workshops organised by Cered – Menter Iaith Ceredigion.

Following a series of workshops with the young singer, Mari Mathias from Talgarreg, the girls decided to compose a song. ‘Yn yr Haf’ was recorded with the girls singing and Mari on the guitar. All the group members received a copy of the song on CD.

Rhodri Francis, Cered’s Development Officer said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the group and we congratulate members on their masterpiece. Thanks also to the leaders for their enthusiasm in securing opportunities for the members to socialise in Welsh outside of school hours.”

Cered’s main aim is to support, influence and develop the use of the Welsh language in Ceredigion through partnership and co-operation, to establish the best possible foundation for the development of the language in the society and community.

Wendy Reynolds, leader of the Brownies unit in Penrhyn-coch said: “The experience has been amazing for the girls and they’ve had a lot of fun doing activities through the medium of Welsh.”

Follow all the news about the wider work of Cered, through liking the Facebook page @ceredmenteriaith or follow on Twitter @MICered.

For more information on Cered, phone 01545 572350 or email

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Theatre caravan coming to Aberystwyth



THE SMALLEST cinema in a theatre caravan will be on the Promenade in Aberystwyth for three Saturdays this summer.

Staff from Ceredigion Museum, together with the Friends of Ceredigion Museum, will be hosting a series of free entertaining events in and around the theatre caravan on July 28, August 4, and August 11 between 12pm and 4pm.

Sarah Morton, the Events Organiser for Ceredigion Museum said, “We have a series of short local films from the National Film and Screen Archive which links to our summer exhibition relating to the seaside at the museum, in the old Coliseum Theatre. The two minute films show people on the beach and promenade in Aberystwyth as well as Y Borth. We will also have singing from the Showtime Singers to add to the entertainment.

“We will be situated in and near the bandstand and hope to be able to bring some of the traditions of a typical coastal break back to life.”

Besides the theatre caravan, there will be a Guess-the-Object held in the bandstand with museum staff to aid in identifying the mystery objects.

For more details about the caravan and the entertainment, contact Sarah Morton at Ceredigion Museum on 01970 633088

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Surprise presentation for retiring cook



AFTER feeding hundreds of children in her role as cook at Ysgol Eglwyswrw for the past 40 years, Mrs Anona Williams is finally hanging up her apron. But there was a shock in store for Mrs Williams when she arrived at the school for one of her last days at work on Tuesday (Jul 17).

Cameras from the S4C magazine programme, Heno, were present to capture her receiving a special award from music conductor and presenter, Alwyn Humphreys.

She started at her post in 1978 and during that time has fed three generations including her own niece and nephew and great-niece and great-nephew.

Headteacher, Edryd Eynon, said Mrs Williams would be sadly missed.

“We will miss her delicious meals and her caring nature,” he said.

“She spoils all the children and is like a grandmother to them. Her contribution to the school is priceless.

“She ran the breakfast and the Cook It clubs and ensured all pupils had an exciting experiences working with food and preparing many delicious recipes.

“Every sports day she would prepare and donate coffee, tea and her famous scones and all the money she raised would be given to school funds. She did this for 40 years.

“Mrs Williams will be sadly missed at Ysgol Eglwyswrw not only for her delicious food – especially her pizza and coleslaw – but also for her caring and loving character. We wish her all the best for the future.”

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