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Man and woman in River Teifi saved by Cardigan man

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TWO PEOPLE were rescued from the River Teifi by a Cardigan man after they had fallen out of an inflatable dingy and began to be swept out to sea by the out-going tide.

On Thursday evening (June 27) at around 7:15pm, 49 year-old Titus Sharp was walking on Poppit Sands with a friend.

A man and a woman – understood to be from the Cardigan area – had gone into the estuary on an inflatable from the Gwbert side of the river but soon hit trouble and overturned.

The pair struggled to hold on to the inflatable, as the strong ebb tide was pushed along by an easterly wind.

Titus, who works as a mental health support worker, noticed them from the shore and realised the pair were in real danger. He said: “I had seen them in the river and knew they were in trouble before they fell off.

“I saw they had overturned and were floating around. They were just about managing to cling on but it was a fast-flowing tide and going out very quickly.

“I did not have my mobile phone on me but ran along the beach and managed to find someone who had a phone and he was able to call the Coastguard.

“I ran back as fast as I could, stripped off and dived into the river. I just had to make that call and I swam out to them about 30 metres and pulled them back in.

“The woman was really struggling, a bit panicky and very, very anxious and the man was struggling too – it was a close call but they managed to hang on to the inflatable and I swam them back in.

“The first question I asked them when I got them back to the beach was how many of them was there, I was so relieved when they said just the two of them.”

Titus is the son of the late Charlie Sharp, the former helmsman on the Cardigan Lifeboat who passed away last year.

Charlie himself was hailed a hero and given a top bravery award for the rescue of a man in the River Teifi back in 2003, when he dived in and saved a man from drowning at Prince Charles Quay.

“I was a beach lifeguard when I was younger and it is really thanks to my dad that I know the river so well and what to do,” Titus added.

“I just don’t think people realise how dangerous the conditions can be.”

Cardigan lifeboat crew had been preparing to launch after the alarm had been raised by the Coastguard.

“The lifeboat crew were paged at 19.25hrs, and Cardigan’s Atlantic class lifeboat was preparing to launch at 19.35hrs when the launch was cancelled by the Coastguard when it became apparent that the two persons had made it ashore with the assistance of the members of the public,” said an RNLI spokesman.

With the hot weather and holidays approaching, the RNLI is urging people to follow safety guidelines if they are going to use any inflatables at any time whilst near water.

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Theatr Felinfach Performing School presents CAMAU

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OVER the past few months enthusiastic members of Theatr Felinfach Performing School have been developing new skills through a series of masterclasses with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.

The members have been busy creating material through scripting, directing, choreography, clog dancing, folk dancing and much more. All their hard work will be shown in their ‘CAMAU’ (steps) performance on Monday 28 October, 7:00pm at Theatr Felinfach. This is your chance to see the fruits of their labour!

The Performing School was established in January 2017 and has now grown into a very popular group. It’s a great opportunity for 7-18 years olds to gain new experiences in theatre skills through the medium of Welsh and to make new friends who share the same passion for performing.

This year two trips were organized for members of the Performing School. In June, the group visited the ‘Lexicon’ show by the UK’s leading large-scale circus company ‘NoFitState’ in Bluestone, Narberth. The audience was amazed at the performers’ talents and agility and seeing the children’s faces was invaluable.

Later in July, the group visited ‘Chores’ at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, a production organised by Cluster Arts, an Australian company. The story was about two young boys playing in their mess of a room where they began using their acrobatic skills to sort out the carnage. The show was inspired by ‘slapstick’ legends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

Theatr Felinfach hopes to continue taking members to see various shows and productions to give them the opportunity to experience professional theatre.

The Performing School meet each Thursday evening – the primary members (7-11 years) from 4:30pm to 5:30pm and the older members (12-18 years) from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Membership fees are every half term and range between £30 and £35 depending on the age of the members.

If you would like more information about the Performing School and how to become a member in the new year, please contact sioned.thomas@ceredigion.gov.uk or call 01570 470697.

Tickets for ‘CAMAU’ are £6 for adults, £5 for OAPs and theatre members and £4 for students and Children. They’re available from the Box Office on 01570 470697 or online at theatrfelinfach.cymru.

 

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New plaque unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan

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A NEW plaque was unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan. The plaque was unveiled during a public Commemoration and Dedication Service on 12 October.

The plaque commemorates Michael J. Dunphy who gave his life in the 1982 Falklands War and Lee T. Davies and David M.E. Greenhalgh who gave their lives in the 2001-2015 conflict in Afghanistan. The plaque was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards.

Councillor Paul Hinge is Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion. He said: “It was an honour and privilege to welcome everyone to the Service of Commemoration and Dedication, not only as a son of Cardigan, but as a veteran myself and Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion.

“The three fallen soldiers of Cardigan, Michael Dunphy, Lee Davies and Dave Greenhalgh paid the ultimate sacrifice and their names are now immortalised on Cardigan War Memorial honouring their sacrifice.

“It was a privilege to work with all stakeholders involved in planning the day including the families, regiments, Cardigan Town Council and Ceredigion County Council officers. We were delighted with the strong attendance on Saturday which was a testament to how important this Commemoration is to all concerned. It was a fitting tribute to the fallen soldiers of Cardigan.”

 

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Wales Audit Office report shows council finances are well managed

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CEREDIGION County Council has approved the statement of accounts following a report from the Wales Audit Office. The report shows a positive performance of the council’s financial management.

In a council meeting, the Chairman of the council’s Audit Committee, Councillor Rowland Rees-Evans welcomed an unqualified report and acknowledged the work of all staff for ensuring that the council ended the year with a balanced budget.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd is the Cabinet member responsible for Finance. He said: “I am delighted that we have approved accounts showing good financial management. This is crucial in a very difficult financial climate after years of cuts to our budgets. We will continue to carefully plan our finances to provide the best possible services for Ceredigion residents in the future.”

The council’s accounts are reviewed by the Wales Audit Office every year to make sure that they show a true and fair view. They also make sure that they have been properly prepared with legislative requirements.

The statement of accounts has been published and can be viewed in the Canolfan Rheidol office in Aberystwyth or online via https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/your-council/budgets-finance/statement-of-accounts/.

 

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