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Ceredigion pupils perform a Harvest Flashmob

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ON Saturday (Sept 29) Cardigan town came to a virtual standstill as over 100 school children came together to perform a Flashmob.

The Flashmob dance was created as part of the town’s Gŵyl y Cynhaeaf (translated as Harvest Festival) programme of events to celebrate Welsh culture with performances taking place on the Quayside, in the Castle and on the town square. The dance was performed to the music of local band Ail Symudiad.

Pupils from primary schools including Aberporth, Cardigan, Beulah, Cenarth, Llechryd, Penparc and T.Llew Jones had been preparing over recent weeks in their individual schools with a group rehearsal at Cardigan Castle on the Thursday before the performance.

The idea for a Flashmob came from the Gŵyl y Cynhaeaf committee with support from Cered: Ceredigion’s Welsh Language Initiative. The dance itself was created by Theatr Felinfach’s Creative Officers Lowri Briddon and Sioned Thomas who were also responsible for teaching the children.

Using the music of local group, Ail Symudiad was not only an opportunity to raise the children’s awareness of Welsh music but a means of noting the fact that the band are celebrating their 40th year this year.

Cered Manager, Non Davies said, “It was great to see so many local children performing together accompanied by Welsh music. The event succeeded in drawing a large audience not only of parents and teachers but of visitors along with Saturday morning shoppers eager to see what all the fuss about. Hearing Ail Symudiad music echoing around town was a bonus.

“This is the third Gwyl y Cynhaeaf to be held in the town. The aim of the annual festival is to create opportunities for local people to enjoy Welsh culture via a variety of media whether it is art, poetry, literature or music. The Flashmob was a completely new experience but one that has no doubt created a lasting impression.”

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24-year-old arrested by Sussex Police following Synod Inn assault

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE have confirmed that a man who has been wanted since an assault on a police officer on Saturday, February 9 has now been arrested.

The 24-year-old was arrested by Sussex Police earlier this evening. He is currently in police custody, and Dyfed-Powys Police officers are en route to Sussex.

A search for the man has been ongoing since Saturday afternoon, when a police officer was assaulted after stopping a car in Synod Inn.

The officer is making steady progress in his recovery, but is still unable to return to work.

A second man who was in the car – Wayne Dobson, aged 29 – was charged with assault causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage, aggravated vehicle taking and vehicle damage, and two counts of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

He has appeared at court and was remanded until his next hearing.

Chief Superintendent Peter Roderick said: “I am pleased to confirm the arrest of this man, following a long and intense operation to locate him.

“This operation has involved departments across Dyfed-Powys Police, as well as colleagues from other police forces as we focussed on locations outside our area.

“We understand that there has been a high level of concern in our communities since the weekend, and we would like to thank the public for their patience.

“I would also like to thank all the police officers and staff who have been concerned in the operation, for their diligence, professionalism and commitment to keeping our communities safe.

“Frequent contact has been made with the injured police officer, and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

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‘Horrendous suffering’ at local farm where 58 cows were found dead

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TWO Llandysul brothers have appeared in court to admit to a string of animal welfare charges.

David Davies, aged 60 and Evan Meirion Davies, aged 49, both of Penffynnon Farm, Bangor Teifi, Llandysul, appeared before magistrates to plead guilty to 13 charges brought by Ceredigion County Council under the Animal Welfare Act and Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Wales) Regulations.

Among the charges they admitted were on or before April 16, 2018, causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely four bovines, by failing to provide adequate care; a similar charge relating to seven bulls housed in a shed; causing unnecessary suffering to 26 dead bovines; failing to comply with article 21 of the Community Regulations (EC) in collecting, identifying and transporting the animal by-products without delay, namely the carcasses found on the farm.

The case followed an investigation by Ceredigion County Council animal health officers.

When officers visited the farm, they discovered a large number of cattle carcasses in varying states of decay in several locations. The remaining cattle were also found to be kept in poor conditions.

The remaining cattle have since been subject to regular surveillance.

A sentencing hearing was held at Aberystwth Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, February 14.

Magistrates acknowledged the evidence of “horrendous suffering, inadequate care and poor animal husbandry displayed by both defendants to the animals”.

Both brothers were sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

They were also banned from keeping animals of any description for five years, and ordered to pay costs to Ceredigion Council totalling £3,000..

Dead cow with its head submerged in mud (Pic: Ceredigion County Council)

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Parents saving on average £350 on childcare per month

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Parents in Ceredigion have saved an average of £350 a month on childcare costs after the introduction of the Childcare Offer in September 2018.

Parents and guardians of three and four-year-old children living in Ceredigion can be eligible for the offer if they work the equivalent of 16 hours per week. This includes self-employed parents and seasonal workers.

The Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services, Councillor Catrin Miles said, “It’s great to see that the Childcare Offer is having such an impact across Ceredigion in the first few months. The savings will only increase as more parents register for the scheme. This will have a real positive effect on the lives of many parents. I urge anyone who thinks they are eligible to find out.”

Ceredigion County Council manages the scheme in the county, and will manage the scheme in neighbouring counties as the scheme is rolled out in 2019. The Welsh Government fund the Childcare Offer.

Parents and guardians who want to see if they are eligible can visit the Childcare Offer page on the Council’s website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/ChildcareOffer.

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