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Free sessions on Welsh language in social media

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BUSINESSES and organisations in Aberystwyth and Lampeter can take advantage of free information sessions which will offer networking opportunities along with opportunities to share best practice on using the Welsh language in social media.

Eleri Davies, who runs a Caravan Park in Mwnt, will lead the session on how to utilise social media using the Welsh language. There will also be an opportunity for those who attend to discuss their present social media usage and to share ideas for the future.

Social media is an important marketing tool. Welsh language marketing opportunities, such as Yr Awr Gymraeg (#yagym), or ‘Welsh Hour’ on Twitter, are part of a Welsh language digital community which offers businesses a chance to engage with an audience which appreciates the effort made by businesses to use the Welsh language online.

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Culture said, “Using the Welsh language online can strengthen the relationship with customers, raise brand awareness and make a business or organisation stand out. It shows that a business or organisation is supportive of the local culture and community. With social media accounts by now driving traffic to specific websites, it’s a way for businesses and organisations to develop a relationship with new customers. It can gain an appreciation from Welsh language customers and customers who aren’t Welsh speakers.

The Aberystwyth Social Media Information Session will be held at Coleg Ceredigion’s Aberystwyth campus on 26 November at 6pm.

The Lampeter Social Media Information Session will be held at the Lloyd Thomas Centre on the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus on 29 November at 5pm.

Non Davies, Cered Manager, said, “With the growing emphasis on online promotion, this session is an opportunity for us to support local businesses and the local economy and to highlight the potential benefits of using different techniques to highlight their uniqueness.”

The Welsh in the Workplace project has received LEADER support through the Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group. The Project is administered by Ceredigion County Council and is funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. The Programme is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

The sessions are arranged by the team at the ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ project, which is run by Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion. Contact the Development Officers to confirm a place, or if you would like support to increase the use of the Welsh language in your business or organisation on 01545 572 350.

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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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Sex offender caught trying to flee to Ireland

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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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