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Welsh Learners given recognition in Welsh in the Workplace celebrations

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AN event was held on April 30 at Canolfan Rheidol, Aberystwyth to commend Ceredigion County Council staff that attended learning Welsh courses in the workplace during the last year.

Ceredigion County Council has partnered with the National Centre for Learning Welsh, Aberystwyth University and Ceredigion Language Centre to deliver courses to learn Welsh in the workplace. Over 125 staff members were recognised for their dedication to learn the language by attending regular classes.

One member of staff who’d attended the courses said: “My service has benefitted as I am now trying to have conversations over the phone in Welsh. As I am answering phone calls, if someone starts speaking automatically to me in Welsh, I am usually understanding them first time around and continuing with the task without disrupting the flow of the phone call.”

The Council has secured funding from the National Centre for Learning Welsh to deliver a pilot scheme which will enable the Council to employ a Work Welsh Training Officer for a year, to deliver intensive Welsh lessons in the workplace.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn welcomed the staff attending the event. Councillor Ap Gwynn said: “On behalf of the Council, I congratulate all the staff that have put the time, effort and determination into attending the Welsh in the Workplace sessions to improve their skills in Welsh. I’d also like to commend the successful partnership working between the Council and the National Centre for Learning Welsh. The new pilot scheme is a positive step to ensure that an excellent level of learning Welsh programmes will be delivered. This will ensure that staff will be able to continue to develop their journey towards fluency in Welsh, for their own benefit including adding value to services across Ceredigion.”

The Council is promoting and facilitating the use of the Welsh language in all aspects of its business. At the end of last year, the Council reinforced its Welsh Language Policy statement, setting out its aims to increase availably and improve quality of its Welsh medium services, and to make it easier for service users to know that they can use the language when accessing services.

Residents can use Welsh when contacting the Council, whether that’s over the phone, through email or when using face to face services.

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New Quay RNLI crew members pass out as ILB helms

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NEW QUAY RNLI crew members Huw Williams and Dylan Price recently passed out as inshore lifeboat helms.

They were put through their paces by an RNLI Assessor on Monday (Aug 13) with a written exam ashore and a practical assessment afloat on the D class inshore lifeboat.

Roger Couch, Lifeboat Operation Manager of New Quay RNLI said: “As well as responding to emergencies our volunteer crew members spend a lot of time training in order to maintain their knowledge and skills.

“Both crew members have worked very hard over the past 12 months to complete all the training units needed and have now passed the final stage.

“Our lifeboats are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round and having seven qualified helms for our inshore lifeboat provides us with additional flexibility.”

Huw Williams added:“Dylan and I would like to thank all the crew here at New Quay lifeboat station for their help over the last 12 months. We could not have done it without their support.”

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Schools succeed in A-Level results

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A-LEVEL examination results published yesterday(16 August) by the WJEC indicate that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Learning Services said: “Our sincere congratulations are extended to Ceredigion sixth form students who, once again have excelled in their A Levels. Thank you to all school staff, Governors and parents who have supported our young people to fulfil their potential.

“Their successes are a testament to our pupils’ efforts and hard work, in addition to the quality of education provided by teachers in Ceredigion. We are proud of the well-deserved achievements of our young people and wish them well in the future.”

Nearly 27% of Ceredigion entries achieved A* – A grades and 77% of entries achieved A*- C grades. A pass rate of 98% was achieved by Ceredigion students.

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Grade A* – A 26.8% 26.3%
Grade A* – B 56.7% n/a
Grade A* – C 77.1% n/a
Grade A* – E 97.8% 97.4%

Compared with last year, 6% more of Ceredigion entries achieved A*-A grades. The number of entries that have achieved A*-A, and A*-E in Ceredigion is higher than the Welsh average.

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Man assaulted nurses while being restrained

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A PRE-SENTENCE report will be prepared on a Ceredigion man who assaulted two nurses and destroyed an extractor fan.

Lewis Hill, aged 24, of Brynhoffnant, appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Aug 14) to plead guilty to the three charges.

Prosecuting, Mr Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the Court: “At 11pm in the evening on January 30, the defendant was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital threatening to jump off. Police and medical personnel attended and were able to talk him down.

“He was taken to the Cwm Seren ward in St Davids Park, Carmarthen, where they arrived at 1:03am the following morning. During the course of being assessed he became aggressive and had to be restrained by staff. He kicked out at the first nurse and was then put on the floor.

“Whilst on the floor he was throwing his head back and forth and the staff nurse, who was concerned for him, tried to hold his head but he continued to throw his head and because of the force he was using he trapped her finger onto the floor.

“The charge did originally read as common assault but the nurse went to get her finger x-rayed which revealed the fracture.

“After that incident he got free and he started damaging an extractor fan which he completely destroyed.
“I am not sure why the case has taken so long to come here but at the time of the offence he was on a suspended prison sentence, the period for which has now elapsed.”

Defending, Mrs Katie Hanson added: “He is extremely sorry for his actions on that night. He was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital trying to commit suicide. There are serious mental health issues but he accepts he was struggling on the floor but he did not intentionally hurt anyone and he apologises for his actions.”

Magistrates ordered that a pre-sentence report be prepared and Hill was released on unconditional bail and must return to court on Wednesday, August 29 for sentencing.

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