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Lampeter Museum reopens with new exhibits



RECENT visitors to Lampeter described the museum on College Street as “a lovely place to visit”.

It has now reopened after its winter closure period. The vast majority of the exhibits on display have been newly created for 2018, and focus upon different aspects of Lampeter town and its surrounding area, from those seen last year.

There is a large amount of material about Lampeter town and the 1st World War, which details those who died in 1918 during the conflict or shortly afterwards from wounds or illnesses arising from the war. This biographical information provides facts about the home location of the individuals, plus their army or naval unit. There are revealing and thought provoking accounts of two women who served, one of whom died overseas.

There is also a display about the Dalis Fair, which was once a major event in the life of Lampeter when dealers and horses came from many areas of the country to buy and sell animals. For this annual event the town was a hub of activity and the railway was an important means of moving the horses away. The event added much to the commercial life of the town.

Reflecting the wider geographical area there is an attractive account of the history of the parish of Silian, with unique artefacts relating to the school.

A group of students from Lampeter university have produced a very informative display about suffragettes and suffragists and their important role in seeking to bring about electoral reform in the UK. It links the actions the campaigners took to visits made to Lampeter.

Another new exhibition relates to the Rees family of Lampeter. The material on display outlines the lives of key members of the family from 1870-1971. It shows their work in operating a nursery in the town, through to a family member creating and operating the Welsh Gazette newspaper, to another’s work on the Manchester and Milford Railway, and the significant work of one other Rees family member in working as private secretary to Mrs Lloyd George.

The museum is open on Tuesdays from 10 AM until 4 PM, Wednesdays 11 AM until 2 PM, Thursday 10 AM until 4 PM and Saturday 11 AM until 2 PM. Admission is free.

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  1. Will Richardson

    April 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Bore da. Diolch yn fawr for this article.

    I am Will Richardson eldest son of George Richardson, only son of Ceridwen Peris Rees.

    So Cymry is the land of my father’s mother!

    I understand a distant relative, Richard Rhys O’Brien helped with the exhibition.

    We’re hoping to visit in the summer.

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Parents saving on average £350 on childcare per month



Parents in Ceredigion have saved an average of £350 a month on childcare costs after the introduction of the Childcare Offer in September 2018.

Parents and guardians of three and four-year-old children living in Ceredigion can be eligible for the offer if they work the equivalent of 16 hours per week. This includes self-employed parents and seasonal workers.

The Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services, Councillor Catrin Miles said, “It’s great to see that the Childcare Offer is having such an impact across Ceredigion in the first few months. The savings will only increase as more parents register for the scheme. This will have a real positive effect on the lives of many parents. I urge anyone who thinks they are eligible to find out.”

Ceredigion County Council manages the scheme in the county, and will manage the scheme in neighbouring counties as the scheme is rolled out in 2019. The Welsh Government fund the Childcare Offer.

Parents and guardians who want to see if they are eligible can visit the Childcare Offer page on the Council’s website:

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Police manhunt now extending beyond Dyfed-Powys region



POLICE looking for a man who attacked a police officer on Saturday afternoon have evidence to suggest he has now left the Dyfed-Powys force area.

The investigation team is now working with other forces as the operation to find him continues.

The man has been wanted by Dyfed-Powys Police since Saturday, when he attacked a police officer who stopped the car he was travelling in. The officer stopped the car based on information that he was connected with criminal activity in other areas.

Extensive searches have been carried out in Ceredigion, using the armed response unit, dog unit and NPAS helicopter, and officers now have evidence to suggest he is in another area.

A second man who was arrested following the incident has now been charged.

Wayne Dobson, aged 29, has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage, aggravated vehicle taking and vehicle damage, and two counts of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Chief Superintendent Peter Roderick said: “This has, and continues to be, a long and intense investigation, which now involves colleagues from other forces as efforts are focussed on locations outside Dyfed-Powys.

“We understand that there has been a high level of concern in our communities since Saturday afternoon, and we would like to thank the public for their patience as operations have been carried out across Ceredigion.

“Due to the nature of the enquiry, and information we have been working from, the level of detail about the wanted man that we have been able to release has been limited, but we have endeavoured to keep our communities updated as best we can.”

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CCTV to return to Aberystwyth



ABERYSTWYTH is set to have it’s CCTV returned to the town.

The CCTV was scrapped in the town five years ago following a cost-cutting move by Ceredigion council.

Work is due to start this month with 10 state-of-the-art cameras, Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn have confirmed. The system was removed in 2014, despite strong opposition.

Rising crime rates and falling conviction rates, has seen a call for the reinstatement of the system ever since its removal.

Ceredig Davies, Aberystwyth Councillor has said: “Switching off the town’s CCTV cameras was a retrograde step, and as the councillor in whose ward all the cameras are located I looked forward to them being reinstated.

“I have had numerous conversations with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, on the matter and on behalf of residents and visitors to the town I applaud him on keeping his election pledge.”

When Dafydd Llewelyn took over from Christopher Salmon as Police and Crime Commissioner, he mad a key campaign pledge to return the CCTV to the town. Speaking on the reinstatement he said he was “very pleased” to stick to his promise.

He added “Aberystwyth is a busy town within the Dyfed Powys Police force area where CCTV is required to safeguard communities and assist in investigations.

“Crime mapping analysis has identified 10 locations for cameras for the town that I am delighted that work is to begin there very soon.

“A project of this nature is very intricate and complex. The CCTV project team is working team is working hard to keep the project moving along as swiftly as possible.

“Work starting in Aberystwyth marks the halfway point of the project.”

The removal of the old CCTV system is said to have saved Ceredigion council £150,000 a year.

The new CCTV system set to start in Aberystwyth is part of a larger project, which will see 120 cameras in 17 towns across the region by completion.

The images will be fed directly to a monitoring room at Dyfed Powys Police headquarters Llangunnor, Carmarthenshire where they will be monitored by dedicated staff.

Marie McAvoy, project manager said: “I am grateful to the team I work with for their continued determination to ensure this project is delivered for the benefit of the communities we serve.

“I am also grateful to Ceredigion County Council and North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency for their assistance and support in ensuring that this reinvestment in CCTV in Aberystwyth is delivered.”

Mark Collins, Chief Constable said: “I’m confident the system will prove to be an invaluable asset in preventing crime and responding to emerging incidents swiftly before they escalate.

“Evidence from the CCTV cameras will also no doubt prove an important investigative tool for officers.”

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