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Busy weekend for Aberystwyth lifeboat

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THE CREW at Aberystwyth lifeboat were called out twice on the evening of Friday (Jun 29), firstly to an inflatable dinghy off South beach, but were quickly told the casualty had come ashore; as the Arancia lifeboat had already launched they decided to check if anyone else was in difficulty due to the offshore wind.

They soon found 2 people in rubber rings floating out to sea with no way to get back and surrounded by jelly fish. After taking the two casualties back to the shore and explaining about the dangers of the offshore wind they picked up two more abandoned inflatables before attempting to return to station.

As they were about to leave the area they noticed a person under the pier in an inflatable. It was quickly ascertained that the person was stuck and unable to make it ashore and it also transpired unable to swim. The casualty was taken back to the beach and the crews returned home.

Less than an hour later at 7:55pm the both station lifeboats were sent to reports of a large group of people in difficulty in the water off the pier. Once on scene it was quickly identified that a number of inflatables had been taken ashore by passing kayakers and both boats returned back to station.

On Saturday (Jun 30), at 12:45pm, the lifeboat was launched to an inflatable dinghy being blown out to sea off the beach at Clarach. The fast Atlantic 85 ‘Spirit of Friendship’ was launched and soon located the inflatable being pushed out to sea with one person aboard. Once this was taken to shore, they spotted another inflatable in difficulty and was able to return it and its two occupants safely back to the beach.

As they were about to head back to station they were flagged down by a small tender which had been unable to get its engine started and was also being pushed away from the safety of the beach. The lifeboat assisted the two people on board back to the shore before doing a sweep of all four beaches in the Aberystwyth area and returning to station.

On Sunday (Jul 1) whilst out on exercise the lifeboat was asked to go and assist a small fishing boat which had suffered engine failure just after leaving the harbour. The boat with one adult and two children aboard was towed back into Aberystwyth harbour and put onto its moorings. This was also the first shout for Seren James-Williams who has just joined the crew, after following in the footsteps of long serving volunteer Paul WIlliams, who is her dad.

The crew at Aberystwyth RNLI want people to enjoy using the sea in this hot weather, but advice people to respect the water and make sure they are properly prepared for the activity they are doing. Check wind conditions if using an inflatable and either stay close to the shore or tether the boat so it cant be blown out to sea.

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Former headteacher of Llandysul Primary School jailed for child sex offences

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A FORMER headteacher of primary schools in west Wales who was awarded the MBE for services to education has been jailed for child sex offences.

David Watkin Bundock, aged 74, admitted six offences–one of them committed after he had been arrested and granted bail.

Judge Keith Thomas, sitting at Swansea crown court, told Bundock he had achieved a great deal during his professional career but had then gone on to behave in a way that was the exact opposite to the moral values he had once championed.

Bundock, once the head of Llandysul Primary School, admitted four offences of possessing indecent images of children.

He also admitted attempting to communicate with a child aged under 16 for sexual reasons and, on January 27, 2019, attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Bundock was jailed for two years and three months. He was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and banned from ever working with children and must register with the police as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, said Bundock came to be of interest to the police after his telephone number was found on the mobile of a man arrested for indecent images offences.

But after being granted bail he was then snared by paedophile hunters who created an Internet account of a fictional 15 year old boy.

Bundock swapped indecent messages with the “boy” and travelled to a park in Carmarthen hoping to meet him.

But when he arrived he was confronted by members of the group and arrested later that day for a second time.

Bundock’s barrister, India Cox, said his offending was completely out of character and difficult to explain.

Judge Thomas described the offences as appalling.

The offences took place place in Carmarthenshire and at his home at Valetta House, Cardiff.

Bundock went on to become a senior adviser with Ceredigion County Council’s education department. In 2004 he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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£24m health centre project will not stop following Interserve problems

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FOLLOWING the collapse of Interserve, health officials have said they are confident it will not affect Cardigan’s £24m health care centre.

Interserve, the government outsourcer to complete the works, ran into financial difficulty and was rescued from administration last Friday by banks and hedge funds. This has left many of it’s key suppliers now facing large financial losses.

With 69,000 staff worldwide, the takeover will ensure they will remain working and with most suppliers trading as usual.

The bailout follows fears that the company could follow in the footstep’s of rival contractor Carillion.

Carillion’s collapse last year left worker’s, pension’s and lender’s with huge financial losses. Forcing the Government to step in and deliver the services.

A Hywel Dda health board spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Interserve will continue to deliver both the Cardigan Integrated Care Centre and the Women’s and Children’s Phase 2 project at Glangwili General Hospital as planned.”

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Young women in Ceredigion make their voices heard

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PERIOD poverty, access to mental health services and equal pay were among the issues raised by young women on International Women’s Day 2019.

On 8 March, in collaboration with the Young Women’s Trust, Ben Lake MP hosted a ‘Real Talk’ workshop aimed at young women aged 16 to 30 years old. Young women from all walks of life came together at the Coliseum Coffee House to voice their concerns and share their hopes for the future with the local MP.

Ben Lake said: “It was great to hear new ideas for change and to discuss ways in which we can improve the lives of young people in Ceredigion. The experiences of women and girls must be heard, both locally and nationally. After all, it is impossible for policies to be truly effective if they do not reflect the wishes, and address the challenges faced by all in society.”

(Credited to Lauren Garside, Year 1 Coleg Ceredigion Media Production student) The ‘Real Talk’ workshop held on International Women’s Day at Ceredigion Museum.

The young women set out three priorities for Ben Lake to campaign for on their behalf at Westminster:

1. Education: ensure that equality issues and mental health awareness training is included on all PGCE courses
2. Increase the national minimum wage for apprentices and roll out National Living Wage for under-25s
3. Period poverty: campaign, raise awareness and look to introduce policies to mitigate the effects of period poverty

Period poverty in particular, was an issue that the young women felt needed tackling as a matter of urgency. A recent report from FreedomforGirls* found that period poverty has a direct impact on education, with pupils in the UK missing class every month due to their periods. A RightsInfo investigation** discovered thousands of women were relying on food banks to get through their monthly periods.

In an attempt to tackle period poverty, the UK Chancellor confirmed in his Spring Statement that secondary schools in England will start providing menstrual products free of charge to girls from September onwards. Ben Lake MP has encouraged the Welsh Government to follow suit.

Ben Lake said: “All women, regardless of age, social status or background, should be able to easily access the menstrual products they need.

“Too many girls miss out on vital education each month as a lack of access to menstrual products forces them to miss school. Even those pupils who do not suffer period poverty will benefit from free access to sanitary products, ensuring no child is without protection during what can be a very stressful and vulnerable time.”

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