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Food Innovation Wales to attend the Farm Business Innovation Show 2018



Food Innovation Wales will be exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation show at the NEC Birmingham on 7 and 8 November 2018.

They will be offering advice and support to businesses looking to diversify into food and drink manufacturing. They will also highlight the continued interest in adding value to farm produce, particularly in Wales.

Internationally recognised experts at Food Innovation Wales provide support in all areas of technical expertise from food safety plans and new product development to product packaging and manufacturing facilities. Aimed at helping new start-ups through to established companies and entrepreneurs, they can help navigate the complexity of the modern food industry, taking them to the next level of success.

As a part of Food Innovation Wales, Food Centre Wales staff will be at the stand and will be speaking at the Show. Food Centre Wales is managed and supported by Ceredigion County Council.

The Farm Business Innovation Show brings together top industry experts to provide the guidance, education and opportunities needed to help farmers and rural business owners diversify and increase their income. Now in its sixth year, the Farm Business Innovation Show has established itself in the calendar as the event for innovative and diversifying farmers, landowners and rural entrepreneurs.

Arwyn Davies, Business Development Manager at Food Centre Wales said, “We’re proud of our team of internationally recognised food industry experts, available to help you find your way through a complex range of food disciplines and regulation, covering nutrition and dietetics, environmental health, new product development, factory and workplace design, quality assurance, hygiene, food safety, marketing and efficiency.

“Whatever your interest in the food and drink industry – whether you supply it or make it, run a food company, work in a big multinational, or are taking your first tentative steps to set up a food micro business – we want to help.”

The food and drink industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, contributing £28.8bn to the economy each year.

The Cabinet member responsible for Economy and Regeneration, Councillor Rhodri Evans, said “I’m delighted that Food Centre Wales staff will be supporting Food Innovation Wales at such a high profile event. I’m certain that their broad expertise and services can really help people develop their businesses.”

Angela Sawyer, Senior Food Technologist at Food Centre Wales will also be speaking at the Show. She will lead a seminar on ‘farm diversification into food processing – exploring opportunities and avoiding pitfalls’. The seminar covers the things to consider before launching a new business on the food sector and where to find support.

If you are visiting the show, come and talk to Food Innovation Wales on stand number 2691. Not only would they be interested to hear from you, they can also share with you some excellent case studies of food businesses that are already growing, innovating and reaching new markets, thanks to support from the highly experienced team.

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D-Day anniversary offer for veterans



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:

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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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