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City residents give Commissioner their views

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schools2SCHOOL pupils and local councillors were among those visited by Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon in St Davids on May 16.

His Your Voice day of activity in and around the city saw him talk with others such as members of Dyfed- Powys Police, a Church in Wales figure and tourism specialists. Additionally, a surgery at Ysgol Dewi Sant saw Mr Salmon meet individuals privately with 30-minute appointments. Mr Salmon said: “Your Voice St Davids was all about me gaining a greater understanding of the needs of local people. It was a people-focused day; as their voice in crime and policing I need to understand their thoughts. “Specific matters raised included keeping young people active, busy and engaged with the community, vandalism, police visibility, accessibility and communications, and the Commissioner’s Fund. “The overall message was that Dyfed-Powys is a safe part of the world and that St Davids is possibly the least troublesome corner of Dyfed-Powys. “It was great to get the thoughts of people from St Davids there are many who care greatly about the area and who are doing good work.” Those who met Mr Salmon  included city councillors, PCSO Jude Parr and Police Sergeant Catrin Thomas, students, staff, governors and headteacher David Haynes at Ysgol Dewi Sant, and students, staff and deputy headteacher Sharon Osborne at Bro Dewi Primary School. At St Davids Cathedral he was interviewed by David Hammond- Williams, a writer with diocesan newspaper Pobl Dewi, and at Oriel y Parc he spoke to manager Paula Ellis. The venue was preparing for the launch of its Dylan Thomas-themed art exhibition of works by Peter Blake. The Commissioner oversees an annual Dyfed-Powys policing fund of around £100m. As the elected voice of the public, he makes the police answerable to the communities they serve. In his first 18 months in office, his key achievements have included more police officers, improved access to the police, reduced policing costs, the launch of the Commissioner’s Fund for community initiatives and a launch grant for a rural policing centre. Mr Salmon has 12 “Your Voice” days through 2014 three in each Dyfed- Powys county of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys. The schedule includes a visit

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Ben Lake MP pledges support for local pubs in Ceredigion

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Ben Lake MP has today pledged their support for the Long Live the Local Campaign to help pubs in Ceredigion keep their doors open. Ben Lake joins the more than 240,000 people who have signed the petition so far, including 335 in Ceredigion alone.

Ben Lake MP is calling on the Government to cut beer tax at the Budget. With £1 in every £3 pounds spent in UK pubs going to the taxman, British drinkers now pay 40% of all beer tax across the EU, but drink only 12% of the beer. Seven in ten alcoholic drinks served in pubs are beer, underlining how directly a cut in beer duty will help pubs. Brewing and pubs in Ceredigion supports 1169 jobs and contributes £23.1m to the local economy.

Commenting on the campaign, Ben Lake MP said:

“Pubs are at the heart of communities across Ceredigion, but with three pubs closing their doors for good every day across the UK, we must acknowledge that these community assets are facing significant challenges as they try to stay open. For this reason I am supporting the Long Live the Local campaign and calling on the Chancellor to cut beer tax for licenced premises in this year’s Budget to support pubs in our local communities.”

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“Beer duty has increased by 60% over the last 17 years and now the UK has one of the highest rates of tax in Europe. When over two thirds of all alcoholic drinks purchased in the pub are beers, a cut in beer tax would go a long way to protecting pubs across Ceredigion. We are very grateful to Ben Lake for their support for the Long Live the Local campaign, and hope that the Government listens to MPs across Parliament and the thousands of people across the country who are calling for a cut in beer tax to protect our pubs.”

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The Little Mill Players present Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood by Ben Crocker

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Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood is this year’s Little Mill Players Pantomime. Performances will be at Theatr Felinfach from Thursday 30 January to Saturday 01 February at 7:30pm. There will also be a matinée performance on Saturday 01 February at 2:30pm.

Robin Hood may be the best archer in the land, but can he escape the clutches of the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham and save the Babes? Come along and join Winnie Widebottom, Marion, Little Joan, Friar Tuck and the Outlaws (and also, surprisingly, the Smugglers Cove WI who have come to Sherwood Forest on a camping holiday and get caught up in the adventure). Boo, hiss and cheer to help make sure the Sheriff gets his just deserts. Expect much fun, laughter and song in this family friendly production.

The Little Mill Players have existed as long as Theatr Felinfach has been in existence, since 1972. Members of the company come from various parts of Ceredigion and even Carmarthenshire. The age range of the cast varies from 7 to 60+ and their jobs vary from manual to managerial as well as school pupils and students. This year they are again thrilled to have several new faces and hope this trend will continue.

The show’s director, Stephen Entwistle, has been a member of the group for over 16 years. He began life with the group as the Musical Director, then progressed onto the stage and is now the ‘boss’!

One of the longest serving members of the current cast is Dilys Megicks, the show’s production assistant, who has been a member for some 24 years. During that time she has portrayed a wide array of characters including a baddy, a chicken and is currently Chair of the Smuggler’s Cove WI! She enjoys all aspects of the traditional pantomime.

Another, now established, member of the cast is Andrew Tyrrell who, over the years, has truly made the role of panto ‘Dame’ his own. He most certainly is the comedian of the cast. Andrew also takes charge of prop building and supplies.

Remember to follow Theatr Felinfach’s Facebook page for opportunities to win tickets to the production. Tickets are available from Theatr Felinfach’s Box Office on 01570 470697 or online at theatrfelinfach.cymru. Ticket prices are £9 for adults, £8 for Senior Citizens and £6 for children.

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NHS volunteers needed

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Volunteering for the NHS can be incredibly rewarding and Hywel Dda UHB are looking for new people to join their Volunteering for Health service in Ceredigion.

There are many reasons why you may consider volunteering with Hywel Dda UHB. It is a great way to experience what it is like in a hospital environment if you are thinking about a career in health. It can also help you to give something back if you’ve been a patient yourself or had a relative in hospital.

There are many different volunteer roles available such as patient befrienders on our wards and welcome volunteers at hospital receptions, and we are particularly looking for people who would be able to help with the shop trolley and help as patient befrienders on our wards at Bronglais Hospital.

Volunteer information sessions will be held in February and anyone who may be interested in becoming a volunteer can find out more by contacting the Volunteering for Health team on 01267 244401 or HDd.VolunteerForHealth@wales.nhs.uk.

David Fretwell, Volunteer Manager at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “One of the greatest benefits volunteers can bring to the NHS is the support and comfort you bring to our patients. We particularly want to establish a shop trolley at Bronglais Hospital but we encourage anyone local to Ceredigion who wants to volunteer for their NHS to get in touch.”

To find out more about Hywel Dda UHB’s Volunteering for Health Service please visit www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/volunteering

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