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Police appeal following fatal crash on A487

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a single-vehicle incident which sadly resulted in the death of an 80-year-old woman.

The incident took place along the northbound A487 between Aberaeron and Llanon on Tuesday (Mar 13) at around 10:27am.

A police spokesperson said: “The vehicle involved was a 17 plate blue Suzuki Ignis whereby an 80 year old female driver had sadly passed away at scene.

“If anyone has any information on this incident please contact Ceredigion roads policing unit on the 101 number quoting reference 075 of March 13.”

Paul Kelly, a Milford Haven resident, was behind the car during the incident – and tried to save the life of the female driver.

Paul Kelly: He pulled the woman out of the car

He told The Herald: “We were driving down the A487 and a car in front of us was swerving around the road, and then she drove up the hedge, the car slid, and it ended up on the passenger side with the engine running.

“My mate jumped out of the car, and I had to jump out of the back door.

“Rushing like an idiot – a car passed me and ran over my foot.

“Despite this, I climbed up on top of the car, my colleague switched the engine off, and told me to drop inside of the car, so I did.

“I dropped down to the bottom window, then one of the boys said they would cut the seatbelt with a Stanley knife he had.

“As he did this I was trying to steady her head, and felt for a pulse, but I couldn’t find one and as she was cut her full body weight felt on to me.

“I said ‘let’s get her out of her’, so we smashed the back window and also managed to get the boot open

“We got the lady outside and put her in to the recovery position. Again we couldn’t find her pulse, so we started to do CPR.

“The police came and took over, but there was still no reaction, then paramedics came and tried to resuscitate her.

“The air ambulance arrived and the lady showed a bit of response – they did get a bit of a pulse, one of the paramedics told me that it was faint.

“She was taken to hospital – I don’t know if she survived.

“I have to say the response time was good by all emergency services.

“I was taking to Aberystwyth hospital to have them look at my foot. It turns out it’s just a twisted ankle and bruising – so I am lucky.

“The whole incident was a big shock – I didn’t sleep last night and all I could see it over and over again.”

A spokesperson for the Wesh Ambulance Service told the Herald: “We were called at approximately 10.30am yesterday (Tuesday 13 March 2018) to reports of a one-vehicle road traffic accident between Aberaeron and Llanon.

“We sent a paramedic in a rapid response car and two emergency ambulances to the scene, where crews were also supported by a Wales Air Ambulance.”

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  1. Laura

    March 14, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    The Fire brigade was 2nd on scene as my partner is a fire fighter he did CPR and managed to get her pulse back and then the air ambulance team took over.

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A brand new Welsh language ukulele orchestra

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CAN you play the ukulele and would like to join a ukulele orchestra? Or would you like to learn a new skill and to socialise in a Welsh-speaking environment? Why not join Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl?

On Monday, October 15, Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Learn Welsh will launch Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl which is a brand new, Welsh language ukulele orchestra in Aberystwyth for free, for those aged 16+.

Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl will practice weekly between 6pm and 7:30pm every Monday night during the school term and practices will take place at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. There is no need for any experience or ability on the ukulele and there will be instruments available to borrow so that you can have a taste before buying your own ukulele.

Welsh will be the main language of Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl but there is a warm welcome to everyone whatever your level of proficiency in Welsh. Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl is supported by Learn Welsh as a great activity for learners to practice their Welsh outside the classroom in a fun and new way.

Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl’s conductor will be Steffan Rees who has held a number of Iwcs a Hwyl workshops over the last year as Cered’s Community Development Officer. Steffan is also a musician who composes and performs as “Bwca” and he has been playing the ukulele for years.

Steffan said, “I have really wanted to start a Welsh ukulele orchestra in Ceredigion for a while having seen the successes and popularity of those in Cardiff and South East Wales. The ukulele is an instrument that excites people of all ages and with some patience and perseverance, it is an easy enough instrument to master. I’m looking forward to developing a repertoire with the orchestra and play a few gigs; the National Eisteddfod in Tregaron in 2020 perhaps!”

Numbers for the first term of the orchestra are limited so contact the Arts Centre Box Office on 01970 632 232 to book your place in Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl.

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Hanes Llambed meeting held

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THE FIRST meeting of Hanes Llambed of the 2018/19 year was held in Lampeter’s Trinity Saint David’s Old Hall this week.

There was a good attendance as Cwrtnewydd resident Simon Evans gave the first of what will eventually be two talks about his home parish of Llanwenog.

Mr Evans spoke of how the parish was defined by the Afon Cledlyn and its tributaries, describing the region’s history from the Stone Age to the present day. The talk spoke of the several hill forts of the area, as well as Llanwenog church, founded around 500 AD, before it was built in its current form in the 14th century.

The Battle of Llanwenog in 981 AD between the Welsh and invading Danes was detailed, before the speaker went on to describe the Puritan struggle and the Civil War.

The talk then went on to the establishment of private academies by nonconformist ministers from 1750 onwards, and the founding of Unitarian chapels in the early 19th century.

The terrible agricultural situation of the 1840s was described, followed by the bad harvests, which led directly to the Rebecca Riots and emigration to the USA and elsewhere in Britain.

The next meeting of Hanes Llambed will take place in October when the subject will be the Cardiganshire War Tribunals of the First World War.

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Former AM charged with child porn offences

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SIMON THOMAS, the former Plaid Cymru AM for Mid & West Wales has been charged with three offences of making indecent images of children.

Mr Thomas, aged 54, was charged with the offences earlier today (Sept 18) at Aberystwyth Police Station.

He has been bailed to appear at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, October 3.

At the time of his arrest, Mr Thomas was his Party’s spokesperson on Rural Affairs and Energy policy and had recently taken up a role which would have seen him perform a significant role in Plaid Cymru’s future campaigns.

His arrest in July was a shock both to his political allies and those in other parties in the Assembly.

Following his arrest, Mr Thomas resigned immediately as an Assembly Member and from Plaid Cymru. He was replaced as regional AM by Helen Mary Jones.

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