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Platinum Young Ambassador status for Ceredigion pupil

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OSIAN DAVIES, a pupil of Ysgol Bro Teifi, was chosen to become a Platinum Young Ambassador in Ceredigion in August.

The Young Ambassador programme, delivered by Ceredigion Actif, aims to empower and inspire young people to become leaders through sport and help encourage their peers to become keen on keeping fit.

Osian is one of 26 young people who have been chosen across Wales who will join together to run the Young Ambassador programme across the country. Osian is the third person to become a Platinum Young Ambassador in Ceredigion since 2012.

Alwyn Davies, Active Young People Manager from Ceredigion Actif said, “We are very proud of Osian being selected as a Platinum Young Ambassador and representing Ceredigion on the National Steering Group. It shows his commitment to the Young Ambassador initiative and is a reward for his contribution to our Active Young People programme.”

In September 2017, Osian was selected to become a Silver Young Ambassador and went on to attend training with the Active Young People team for the Leadership Programme. Through completion of the training, Osian was able to help deliver a Cricket programme for Key Stage 3 pupils during his school lunchtime. In addition to these sessions, Osian helped the school’s Rugby Development Officer deliver rugby sessions for a range of ages throughout the school.

In January 2018, Osian was promoted to Gold Young Ambassador in recognition of his work across the county. Following this, Osian began helping out at an after-school sports club and coach a range of different activities at Primary School Sports Festivals. He also trains a Girls Rugby Team, ‘Y Gwiberod’ in Newcastle Emlyn. Osian was awarded the accolade of ‘Young Ambassador of the Year’ at the Ceredigion Sports Award 2018 in July.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services said, “Well done Osian on this fantastic achievement. Osian’s hard work and dedication in encouraging young people to take up and participate more in sports is commendable and an inspiration to others. On behalf of Ceredigion County Council, I wish Osian the best of luck and success in this respected role.”

Osian is now preparing to present and lead on key presentations at the Gold Young Ambassador conference which is to be held at Cardiff Football Stadium on Friday, 9 November.

For more information on sports programmes that are delivered by Ceredigion Actif, visit www.ceredigionactif.org.uk.

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New Quay: RNLI receives donation from local couple

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LINDA and Tony Miles from Llandysul recently donated a sum of money to New Quay Lifeboat Station on behalf of their grandson.

Being former members of Teifi Boating Club in Gwbert, their grandson Robert had asked for his Christmas present money to go to the RNLI at New Quay.

On receiving the donation Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager said “We would like to thank Robert for his kind thoughts and generosity. Donating money to New Quay Lifeboat Station ensures we can carry on with our lifesaving work in Cardigan Bay.”

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Ten years for baby abusing paedophile who handed himself in to police

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A LLANILAR man who confessed to child sex offences no-one was aware of was jailed for 10 years on Friday (Jan 18).

Jared Perry, aged 32, walked into Aberystwyth police station and told officers he had sexually assaulted seven children, three of them when they were babies.

Perry, of Talardeg, was told by Judge Paul Thomas that he was a dangerous offender as defined by law and would be on licence and liable to be recalled to prison until 2035.

John Hipkin, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that he made members of his family aware that he had committed child sex offences.

Perry promised “to change” but went on to sexually assault more children.

Judge Paul Thomas said those who were aware of Perry’s offending would have to live with their decision not to inform the police.

Eventually Perry’s conscience got the better of him and he made full admissions to the police.

Mr Hipkin said the prosecution had to accept that there was no evidence of his offending apart from his confession.

He said one of Perry’s victims was a two month old baby.

Mr Hipkin said some of the assaults happened when Perry was about 16. There was then a gap before a second spate of offences when he was aged between 26 and 29.

Perry’s barrister, Dean Pulling, said he had been brought up in a deeply religious environment and had been driven by his conscience to confess.

Perry admitted 10 offences of indecent assault and sexual assault on children aged under 13.

Judge Thomas said there were aspects of the case that were unique to the point of being bizarre.

“The evidence comes solely from your own admissions.

“One truly shocking aspect is that after those first offences you told members of your family.

“For reasons known best only to them, and which they will have to live with, they did not inform the police.

“No doubt they gave you a chance because you promised to change. But you did not. You were unable to prevent yourself from re-offending.”

Judge Thomas said he was in no doubt whatsoever that Perry posed an extremely high risk of sexually harming children in the future.

Perry was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and told to register with the police as a sex offender, both orders to run for the rest of his life.

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D-Day anniversary offer for veterans

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FOLLOWING the first meeting of 2019, the Ceredigion Armed Forces Community Covenant (CAFCC) wishes to endorse Royal British Legion’s generous offer of providing a fully-funded tour back to the beaches for 300 D-Day veterans.

June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

Following the CAFCC meeting, Councillor Paul Hinge, Ceredigion’s Armed Forces Champion said, “This most generous gesture is fantastic, everyone of those eligible to travel is a nonagenarian 90+ year old and this trip will be a fitting way to say ‘thank you’ for their contribution as the Allies won WW2.”

The Royal British Legion, in partnership with Arena Travel, have chartered a ship, the MV Boudicca, to provide a fully funded tour for 300 D-Day Veterans from 02 June until 09 June. Each veteran will be able to bring one carer who will also be fully funded.

Veterans interested in applying for the trip need to complete the eligibility form by Monday 4 February 2019. The eligibility form and more details of the event can be found online at: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/community/d-day-75/

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