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Sergeant commended for his commitment to staff

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A POLICE sergeant has been commended for his commitment to ensuring the wellbeing of his team.

Dyfed-Powys Police Sergeant Tom Grace is widely seen by his peers and managers as taking personal responsibility for the mental and emotional wellbeing of his staff.

Over the past 18 months in particular, a number of colleagues have credited Sgt Grace with helping them pull through difficult personal circumstances through offering his time in and out of work.

His passion for supporting his staff has been described as “empowering”, and has led to him being recognised at a commendation ceremony.

Sgt Grace, who joined Dyfed-Powys Police as a Special Constable in Cardigan in 1999, said: “I really enjoy my job. I’ve had bad days, the same as everyone, but I’ve always found myself working within good teams of officers, with support offered when I’ve asked, or someone has sensed I was down.

“Any role in the police service is a demanding one, and with the effects of austerity in recent years I have witnessed the impact of the strains of the job more so on people.

“I feel as a sergeant this is a key role where we can identify when support is needed. If I can provide that little bit of support or guidance, I’m succeeding.”

From a Special, Sgt Grace joined as a PCSO and then became a PC in 2007. He is now based in the response team in Llanelli.

Through his experiences across Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, he has adopted techniques and practices from his own supervisors, combining them to be the best leader he can.

He said: “It’s one of the hardest jobs, working in the police service, but certainly one of the most rewarding also.

“Not only my shift, but all those around me know – or at least I hope they know – they can always speak to me about anything, whether work related or not.”

Sgt Grace regularly checks on his officers’ workload, taking on tasks to prevent them from becoming overwhelmed, supports colleagues who have had time off work due to illness or injury, and even takes it on himself to ensure his team is catered for on duty.

On Christmas Day, he made a cooked breakfast for Llanelli town and rural officers to keep them going through the day.

“I am a great believer in the quote ‘an army marches on its stomach’,” he said. “We have all had those extended shifts, hours on end having not had a break.

“As a constable, and now a sergeant, I take steps to ensure officers receive either a refreshment break or food on the go.

“It’s a morale booster, and we all certainly work better fed than on an empty stomach. I find myself fortunate with a very supportive wife and family who have always assisted in this – a bowl of chilli, sandwiches for everyone at scene preservation, or sometimes a couple of extra plates of Sunday dinner, provided by my wife or mother-in-law.

“It’s the least I can do for all officers and staff that work tirelessly to provide a quality service.”

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Wizardry night a success at Aberystwyth Library

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The fourth Harry Potter Book Night was held at Aberystwyth Library on Friday, 07 February.

After dark, it was a time for fans to celebrate the iconic series of books with events all around the World.

Ceredigion Library Service held the event at Aberystwyth Town Library, which was decorated with all things Harry Potter.

Emyr Lloyd and Delyth Huws, both Assistant Librarians organised the night. They were very pleased with the success and turnout. Emyr Lloyd said, “We enjoy putting on the Harry Potter Book night. The fourth one was no different with 86 children attending the free event and very positive feedback. We hope events such as these spark a joy of reading in the young and old.”

Three Owls from New Quay Birds of Prey came by and Luke the close-up magician entertained the audience. The children were also entertained with a reading from one of the books and also a crafts and activities area.

Follow the events of the Ceredigion Library Service on Facebook @llyfrgellceredigionlibrary. The next event will be a sale of stock on 22 February between 10am and 4pm at the Bandstand in Aberystwyth.

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Stage set for post-apocalyptic phenomenon

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On Monday, 2 March, Cwmni’r Frân Wen, in partnership with Galeri will bring the theatre adaptation of Manon Steffan Ros’ post-apocalyptic novel to Theatr Felinfach as part of its tour of Wales.

‘Llyfr Glas Nebo’ is a Welsh language literary phenomenon.

The novel has made an enormous impression since its publication in 2018. A week after winning the Prose Medal in the 2018 Cardiff National Eisteddfod, a reprint was being prepared. It swept the boards at last year’s Wales Book of the Year awards and has already been named as a set text for GCSE.

The novel follows the amazing story of Siôn, his mother Rowenna, and his younger sister, Dwynwen as they attempt to survive after a nuclear accident – a nightmare that had a devastating effect on the inhabitants of the village of Nebo and beyond.

Tara Bethan plays the mother, with Eben James playing her son, Sion. Tara said: “It’s a huge honour to play a part in adapting ‘Llyfr Glas Nebo’ for the stage – there’s no doubt that it’s one of the most exciting Welsh novels in recent years.”

As the dust settles after a nuclear apocalypse, Rowenna and her children Siôn and Dwynwen are facing a world where signs of life are quickly disappearing. Their story is recorded in a little blue book as the family tries to survive the devastating effects of the incident.

‘Llyfr Glas Nebo’ is an unflinching story about life, death and hope. You will laugh. You will cry. But above all, you will question how we live, love and care about the world around us. Frân Wen and Galeri are proud to bring Manon Steffan Ros’ beautifully harrowing novel to stage.

Tickets are selling fast. Contact the Box Office on 01570 470697 or go online to theatrfelinfach.cymru. Tickets are £12 for adults, £10 for OAPs and members and £8 for students, young people and children. Age Guidance is 12+.

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Oldest St. David’s Procession in Wales?

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Gorymdaith Gŵyl Dewi Aberaeron (Aberaeron’s St David’s procession) was founded by the late Alun Williams, the former headteacher of Ysgol Gynradd Aberaeron in 1979 and is possibly the oldest procession of its kind in Wales which continues to this day.

The date of the 2020 Gorymdaith Gŵyl Dewi in Aberaeron is Monday 02 March with the procession due to start at 9.30 a.m. The 2020 procession will be a little different to that of previous years as Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron pupils will join Ysgol Gynradd Aberaeron pupils to walk around the town. The two schools will walk from their sites to Alban Square where both schools will join and walk together to Pwllcam where a short ceremony will bring the event to a close at 10 a.m.

Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn is Ceredigion County Council’s Leader. She said, “St David’s processions have become more and more commonplace in recent years. There are now processions held in towns and cities across Wales such as Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Lampeter and Cardigan. Just as in these other locations the aim of Gorymdaith Gŵyl Dewi Aberaeron is to draw as many local people together to celebrate the day of the Patron Saint of Wales, Welsh identity and the Welsh Language in a sea of song and colour in the town centre.”

40 years since the first procession, Ysgol Gynradd Aberaeron is still the organiser of the procession and this year they have been co-operating with Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron and Cered, the local language promotion initiative to develop the event. As part of this cooperation the Welsh Council at Ysgol Gynradd Aberaeron and Cered’s Welsh in Business Officer Siriol Teifi will distribute information to the town’s businesses in order to give them ideas on how to be a part of the event.

Anyone is welcome to join the procession – individuals or groups. If you would like to take part or if you would like further details, contact Cered on 01545 572 350 or cered@ceredigion.gov.uk.

As well as Aberaeron, remember the other four parades in the county to celebrate St. David’s Day.

· Tregaron, Friday 28 February, 2:00pm.

· Cardigan, Saturday 29 February, 10:30am.

· Lampeter, Saturday 29 February, 11:00am.

· Aberstwyth, Saturday 29 February, 1:00pm.

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