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Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho extension built after grant



A NEW extension at Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho was opened today (Sept 4). The extension was mainly funded through a Council Community Grant and a grant from the National Lottery.

Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho’s new extension will allow them to significantly improve their facilities and also increase the number of childcare places available. The new extension was opened by the Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Hag Harris.

The extension was funded through a combination of local fundraising contributions and events as well as a £15,000 Council Community Grant and a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery. Other contributions include £400 from Mudiad Meithrin, £150 from Lledrod Community Council and £4,800 was raised by Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho itself.

Councillor Catrin Miles, the Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services said: “Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho has been able to make very effective use of the Council’s Community Grant and other funding to make a valuable addition to their Cylch. I’m sure the youngsters will be excited to see the new extension and will benefit greatly from the extra space.”

The purpose of the Council’s Community Grant Scheme is to increase the range of facilities, activities and opportunities within Ceredigion. Each application can be awarded up to a maximum grant of lower than 50% of the project cost or the amount required to fund the project deficit, up to a maximum of £25,000.

The Community Grant is designed to support communities in Ceredigion by providing grant money to allow communities to fund the rest themselves or by attracting additional or match-funding from another source.

Graham Parker, Chairman of Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho, said: “This has been a great example of local fundraising being supported by Ceredigion Council Community Grants and the National Lottery and we are very grateful to everyone who has contributed towards our extension fund.  This will deliver a tremendous benefit to the local community by improving facilities for the children, increasing the number of childcare places available for parents and also increasing local employment opportunities.”

Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho is one of many Ceredigion childcare providers who have registered as providers of the Welsh Government’s Childcare Offer which launched on September 1 in Ceredigion.

The offer of Welsh Government funded childcare is available for eligible working parents and guardians of three and four-year-old children for up to 30 hours per week and will be available for up to 48 weeks of the year. Parents interested in registering for the offer should visit the Council’s website on

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Sex offender caught trying to flee to Ireland



A sex offender from Bow Street near Aberystwyth who tried to move to Ireland without telling anyone has been jailed.

Dennis Bull, aged 67, was caught trying to drive a van onto the Fishguard–Rosslare ferry with his belongings in the back ready for a new life in the Republic.

Bull, of Nirmit, admitted failing to comply with the conditions of registration as a sex offender and was jailed for 16 months.

Dyfed Thomas, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court it was the third time he had breached the order, imposed at Caernarfon crown court in February, 2016, for possessing indecent images of children.

That conviction was on top of earlier offending in New Zealand that included indecent exposure, outraging public decency and gross indecency with a child.

Mr Thomas said Bull had been jailed for 16 months in 2016 and ordered to register with the police. The restrictions imposed included a requirement to tell the police if he intended to change address.

On November 13 last year police at Fishguard harbour became aware of a Ford Mondeo registered to Bull.

A few minutes later Bull was arrested as he attempted to drive a van onto the Stenna ferry, which was loaded with household items.

Bull told the police he had made arrangements to move to Ireland “lock, stock and barrel” because he understood the monitoring of sex offenders was less strict.

In particular, said Mr Thomas, Bull did not like prospective employers being told about his convictions.

Judge Geraint Walters told Bull, “This was a planned and determined attempt to avoid detection. It was only the eagle eyes of the authorities that brought you to book.

“Your record is troubling and you present a risk of committing more offences of a sexual nature.

 “You are defiant of court orders that are there to protect others and it is truly disturbing that you are so keen to breach them.”

Bull was warned that the 2016 order remained in place for a further seven years.

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Newcastle Emlyn woman to brave the shave for charity



TO MARK her 50th birthday, a Newcastle Emlyn woman will brave the shave to raise money for Diabetes UK Cymru.

On January 26, Newcastle Emlyn’s Coopers Arms will be the venue where Yvonne Lloyd’s shoulder length hair will hit the deck, as it is shaved off by hairdresser Pamela Atterbury. Mayor of Newcastle Emlyn Cefin Evans will make the first cut, in an evening that will include a buffet, raffle and live music from local band Back Tracks.

Yvonne, a waitress at Ty Croeso Delicatessen, said: “My son Tristan, now 25, developed Type 1 diabetes when he was at university. However well managed, it is a life-changing condition which you can never forget.

“He was diagnosed after an emergency admission to hospital with diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening condition caused by extremely high blood sugar. It can be fatal if not treated immediately. He was in hospital for four days and now relies on four insulin injections a day.

“I’m having my head shaved, not just to raise money, but also to educate people. There are a lot of myths about diabetes and how it can affect your life.”

The hair cut will start at 8.30pm on Saturday January 26 at the Coopers Arms, Station Road, Newcastle Emlyn. Entry costs £5 and doors open at 7.00 pm. All are welcome.

You can support Yvonne by signing one of the sponsor forms at the Coopers Arms and Ty Croeso, or online at:

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Next stage of works to clear Cwmduad landslide



PHASE two of the works to stabilise a landslide in Cwmduad has begun following the recovery of a lorry from the river below.

Carmarthenshire County Council is leading the operation to clear the site and re-open the A484 for traffic travelling between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn, following the landslide in October.

Phase one, which commenced before Christmas, created a safe zone for the recovery of a lorry that was swept in to the river during the storm.

That recovery took place earlier today (Monday, January 14, 2019).

Phase two, to permanently stabilise the embankment, involves complex drainage and geotechnical works.

The highway structure will then be assessed before any indication can be given as to when the road will re-open.

The council has thanked the community, and affected commuters, for their patience whilst site assessments and works have been underway.

Ruth Mullen, Director of Environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are now making progress in what has been a highly complex operation and legal process between the council, partner agencies and the landowner.

“We fully appreciate the impact this has had on the community, and we wish to reiterate that we have worked without delay to undertake site investigations in the immediate aftermath of the landslide, along with clearance and construction works to make the area safe.

“We are working as quickly as we can to re-open the road as soon as possible, and would like to thank those affected most sincerely for their patience.”

Until the road is re-opened, traffic will continue to be diverted along the B4333 Carmarthen – Newcastle Emlyn.

Additional bus services remain in place:

A shuttle service currently runs from Cwmduad to Tycoch to catch the 460 service at 7.25am, 9.35am and 10.55am. Return journeys are at 2.25pm and 4.45pm.
The 460 service is currently operating on a diversion route

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