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Lampeter Museum reopens with new exhibits

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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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Man sentenced following Tregaron assault

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FOLLOWING a report of an assault in Tregaron on Tuesday, April 3, Dyfed-Powys Police has arrested and charged Saul Rownan Henvey, aged 42, of Chapel Street, Tregaron, with common assault.

He was arrested following the incident, for which the victim required hospital treatment.

Henvey appeared before Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, April 6.

He received a three month sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also given a 12 month supervisory order and ordered to undergo 30 days of rehabilitation requirements.

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Motorbike safety campaign launched across Wales

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A CAMPAIGN aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads is underway across Wales.

As the weather improves police see more bikers on the roads, taking advantage of the beautiful routes across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

Dyfed-Powys Police is urging motorcyclists to ride safely and warns that until October there will be an increased focus as part of the campaign, named Op Darwen.

Superintendent Huw Meredith, Head of Specialist Operations, said: “Motorcyclists have long been identified as particularly vulnerable road users and reducing the number of road deaths and casualties on the roads of Dyfed-Powys is a priority for our Roads Policing Units.

“We have always welcomed motorcyclists from outside our borders to enjoy the magnificent landscape, but they must be aware that Dyfed-Powys Police is doing all it can to ensure our roads are used safely by all, with our Roads Policing Units taking robust action to prevent fatal or serious road traffic collisions on our roads.

“Everyone must take responsibility for their own and others safety on our roads and be aware of their riding and driving manner. Action will be taken against anyone choosing to ride or drive anti-socially, recklessly or illegally on our roads.

“Our officers see far too many tragedies, many preventable. Roads Policing officers will be out in numbers throughout Dyfed-Powys using a combination of education, engagement and enforcement to prevent further tragedies.”

Officers will also be encouraging riders to improve their biking skills by taking part in BikeSafe workshops, which
offer an insight into what can be achieved with further advanced training. The workshops, run by police forces around the UK, use a mix of discussions, on-road observed rides and information videos. They are designed to enhance the skills of all riders who have already passed their tests and are suitable for all abilities, from the most seasoned rider to those returning to biking after a period of absence.

Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates praised the campaign: “Our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the world.

“However, the number of motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured is still too high.

“Campaigns like this are a key part of a wider range of measures aimed at making our roads safer and preventing future motorcycling casualties. This holistic approach includes ensuring motorcyclists are prioritised in our road safety funding, supporting Go Safe’s operation of speed cameras and funding local authorities to deliver Bikesafe and other motorcyclist training.”

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‘Race hate’ case will be heard at Crown Court

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A BRYNAMMAN man who allegedly called for all Muslims to be ‘forcibly sterilised and banned from preaching their ‘evil creed’ in a social media post will have his case heard at Crown Court.

It s alleged that 34-year-old Jonathan Jennings posted nine offensive or threatening comments between March and April last year.

These are said to include threatening to ‘Jo Cox’ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, hailing a man jailed for kicking a pregnant Muslim woman in the stomach as ‘a National Hero’ and suggesting that bombing mosques and ‘putting Muslim on top of bonfires’ were ‘great ideas’.

It is alleged that he said Hitler was born 100 years too soon, and called for Gina Miller to be ‘hunted down and executed’ over her stance on Brexit.

Appearing at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court wearing a blue military greatcoat, purple shirt, and yellow striped tie, Jennings, of Heol y Gelynen, spoke only to give the court his name, age and address.

Jennings’ solicitor said that he would not be entering a plea at this stage.

The District Judge declined jurisdiction, and Jennings was released on bail until May 18 at Swansea Crown Court, on condition that he does not post or repost anything on social media, or create any new accounts.

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