In a ceremony held on December 19 in the Council Chamber, Aberaeron, the British Empire Medal was awarded to Paul Thomas of Sarnau.
The medal was awarded for pastoral care to the Fire and Rescue Service in Wales and his extensive charity work.
Mr Thomas worked for the Fire and Rescue Services for 34 years as an operational firefighter and then served as voluntarily Chaplain for Fire and Rescue Services for the last 15 years. The British Empire Medal was presented by Sara Edwards, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed.
Ceredigion County Council Chief Executive, Eifion Evans, who presided over the ceremony said: “Mr Thomas is fully deserving of the British Empire Medal. He has served communities at home and abroad with great compassion and dedication. His achievements are extraordinary and has certainly had a great impact on the lives of many.”
Mr Thomas established a school and a children’s home in Uganda and is Chaplain to the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. He holds the post of National Chair to the Fire and Rescue Service Chaplains’ Association of Great Britain and Islands. He is an ordained Elim Pentecostal minister and is part of the leadership team of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Cardigan.
He co-founded and is a trustee of Tŷ Cariad Africa, a UK charity, which raised the funds to convert a donated building in Uganda now called Tŷ Cariad into a children’s home and continues to work tirelessly to improve the work. The charity pays the running costs of the home which helps orphans and vulnerable children.
He has worked with ex-President Jimmy Carter building homes for the homeless in South Africa through Habitat for Humanity.
After receiving his British Empire Medal, Mr Thomas said: “I am delighted to have received this great honour and to have shared the ceremony with my family and friends. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve and help people in need.”
The British Empire Medal is awarded to people who have made sustained and high-impact work in their community.
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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.”
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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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