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Derek stands down after many years at the helm

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New College team: Pictured (left to right) are College Principal Sharron Lusher with Derek Lloyd, Stephen Harrison and Andrew Brown

DEREK LLOYD recently chaired his last meeting of the Pembrokeshire College Corporation Board of Governors after 19 years as Chairman.

 Derek became a member of the Board in 1992 and became Chairman in April 1995 following the retirement of Councillor Bill Phillips. In his outgoing message Derek spoke of the many changes to the College over the past 20 years. He spoke of the significant investment in the College estate and the high regard with which the College is held within the sector for its innovation and good practice, providing a unique environment for learners. He paid tribute to the senior management team and all the staff at the College for their hard work, dedication and ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. In response, Chairman-Elect Stephen Harrison thanked Derek for his enormous contribution to the work of the College and stated that he had been instrumental in what had been achieved under his strong leadership. He also referred to Derek’s involvement on the Board of ColegauCymru (the body that represents further education colleges in Wales) and read a tribute from the Chief Executive Dr John Graystone thanking Derek for his steady hand and wise counsel which had helped ensure that the FE sector had been able to respond positively to the challenges it has faced over recent years. The College will not be losing the vast experience of Derek as he takes up the position of President of the newly formed Pembrokeshire College Advisory Forum. Stephen will chair his first meeting of the Board on July 8, the last meeting of the current academic year, and is looking forward to the challenging role. Stephen is an economics graduate from Aberystwyth University and a chartered accountant. He was a partner in PWC for 27 years and at the time of his retirement was Chairman for Wales and the West region. Stephen is currently non-executive director/adviser to a number of companies based in Wales. He is also a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. His role in PWC gave him exposure to the education sector and he has been advisor to a number of further education colleges and universities. His interest in education and training is reflected by his previous roles as chairman of the former Swansea Further Education College and The Competitiveness and Skills Board for the West of England (covering the four local authorities around the City of Bristol). Supporting him in his role as Vice Chairman will be Andrew Brown. Andrew is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was, until retirement in 2012, the Engineering Director for Milford Haven Port Authority having started as the Port’s first Port Engineer in 1990. He has been a College Governor for over eight years and has been Chairman of the College’s Audit Committee since 2010. College Principal Sharron Lusher added her thanks to Derek for supporting her and the previous two Principals under his Chairmanship and for his direction in leading the Board and the College. She also paid tribute to the former Vice Chairman Danny Fellows, who sadly passed away earlier this year, stating that Derek and Danny were a formidable team, ably supported by their colleagues on the Board of Governors and that she looked forward to working with Stephen and Andrew and other members of the Board of Governors in steering the College through an exciting time for further education in Wales.

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It’s About Time

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THIS January, Ceredigion Museum are proud to exhibit artwork by the portrait painter Seren Morgan Jones, originally from Aberystwyth and the third generation of women artists in her family.

Jones follows in the footsteps of her grandmother Margaret Jones, whose work forms part of the Ceredigion Museum collection. The exhibition will be followed in January 2019 by a retrospective show of work by her grandmother Margaret Jones who celebrates her 100th birthday this December.

It’s About Time is an amalgamation of two distinct bodies of work created by Seren Morgan Jones; ‘History’s Eyes’ documenting Welsh women from the 19th century and ‘Portraits of Protesters’ a collection of paintings documenting Welsh suffragists at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Drawing inspiration from historical aesthetics and references, but expanding the scope of traditional portraiture, Jones redefines and re-imagines the historical narrative, and through this creating a place for women within the Welsh visual story. The paintings take on an additional layer of importance and meaning when shown in the context of Ceredigion Museum; which houses a large collection of items representing the culture and history of the county. The collection is home to many items that have been donated by women, but we too often don’t have the narrative of those women’s lives. Jones used the Ceredigion Museum collection of welsh costume as research for her paintings depicting women in welsh traditional garb; the women largely remain nameless and faceless in our displays and yet here, in Jones’ work those women’s histories are now brought to life.

The portraits are powerful and direct; the eyes gaze unswerving to create an utterly distraction-free moment between viewer and painting which seeks to challenge and question. The portraits are imagined and shaped from stories and photographs of women rather than actual bygone figures. In the creation of these false portraits, in a style that references that of the tradition of Welsh Masters; Jones places her and the women whom she is portraying within this cultural narrative.

Of her work, Jones says: “I create an alternative image of Welsh women to counter the representation often seen in tourist shops. Some would argue that this is the only ubiquitous presence of women from Wales’ past. It is important that the viewer can relate to these women and for this they must seem to have once lived.”

Join Ceredigion Museum for the official opening of the exhibition on 27 January at 2pm. The exhibition will be opened by the renowned artist William Wilkins.

The exhibition is a partnership project with TEN gallery Cardiff and will run from 20 January until 16 April 2018 at Ceredigion Museum. For more information please contact Assistant Curator Alice Briggs, alice.briggs@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01970633086.

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Four arrested as man remains in ‘critical condition’

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FOUR men have been arrested after a man was hospitalised in the early hours of Sunday morning (Jan 14).

19-year-old Ifan Richards Owen is in hospital in critical condition after the attack.

The incident took place in High Street, Aberystwyth, at approximately 2:20am.

Four men, aged 19, 20, 23 and 25 have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

They are in police custody.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to contact them as a matter of urgency.

DCI Anthony Evans, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “We are issuing a fresh appeal for witnesses to the assault on Ifan Richards Owens, aged 19, which occurred on High Street, Aberystwyth at around 2.20am on Sunday, January 14.

“In particular we would like to speak to anyone who gave first aid to Mr Owens before emergency services arrived.

“Mr Owens remains in hospital in a critical condition.

“We would urge anyone with any information that could assist in our investigation any witnesses to the incident or anyone who may have any CCTV or video footage of the incident to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 402 of January 14. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Four men, aged 25, 23, 20 and 19, have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and remain in police custody at this time.”

Ifan’s family said in a statement:  “Ifan is a kind and gentle person, and we have been overwhelmed with messages of support from family, friends, as well as Ifan’s school friends, teachers, university friends, and sports teams, who are all sending their best wishes for Ifan, who is desperately ill following this incident in Aberystwyth.

“Ifan’s only choice for university was Aberystwyth, he had no interest in any other university and absolutely loves the town. He plays football and rugby for the Geltaidd Football and Rugby Clubs and is enjoying his second year studying Criminology at Aberystwyth University.”

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Ceredigion MP welcomes 7-year Lottery investment in Llandysul

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RURAL FUTURES, a new 7 year programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund, will be rolled out in 10 communities across Wales, including Llandysul in Ceredigion.

Professional advice will be available to help the town create effective long-term solutions to the challenging issues they face.

Rural Futures is delivered by Severn Wye Energy Agency and the BRO Partnership. Llandysul was chosen following a period of research into local economic and social statistics, and liaising with local councillors and staff in numerous community support organisations and community groups.

The decision was finalised following the public meeting held by Ben Lake MP and Elin Jones AM in Llandysul on November 3 whereby over 150 local people came to discuss the town’s future. This meeting helped the Rural Futures team identify that Llandysul would greatly benefit from support to address a number of local and rural issues.

Ben Lake, MP for Ceredigion said: “I am delighted that the successful public meeting held in November played a part in securing this substantial investment. Rural communities such as Llandysul are currently facing enormous challenges and I’m confident that this innovative programme will provide valuable guidance and support to the community as it seeks to come up with ambitious, creative and practical solutions that will regenerate the town.”

Elin Jones, AM for Ceredigion said: “This is excellent news for Llandysul. This programme will give the community the opportunity to take ownership of future plans and projects and implement vital improvements to the town on their own terms.”

The Rural Futures team will work with the community of Llandysul and will also work in partnership with public bodies and local organisations, who are already operating in the area, to add value where possible to their efforts.

Keith Evans, County Councillor for Llandysul said: “Having worked closely with the Rural Futures team over the past few months, I’m extremely pleased that Llandysul has been chosen as one of the 10 communities across Wales to benefit from this programme. I look forward to further collaboration over the next 7 years as we seek to regenerate and invigorate the town.”

Ruth Bates, the Big Lottery Fund’s Communications Officer commented: “This is a new approach for the BLF and in keeping with our aim of putting people in the lead, we see the Rural Futures programme as a fantastic opportunity to deliver real benefits to communities, as well as informing future policy and funding in Wales.”

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