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Top international award for S4C drama

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Richard Harrington (DCI Mathias): during a break in the filming

Richard Harrington (DCI Mathias): during a break in the filming

THE DETECTIVE crime series Y Gwyll/Hinterland has won the top award at the 2016 New York International Film and Television awards.

The Grand Award is given to a select group of the highest scoring programmes from among all the entries – and among the top scorers this year is Y Gwyll/Hinterland.

Three productions have been chosen for the Grand Award this year, they are; Y Gwyll, ‘Earth is Yours’ (BBC Worldwide / Singapore), and ‘The Roosevelts: An Intimate History’ (PBS / USA).

Fiction Factory-produced Y Gwyll also won a Gold Medal in the Crime Drama category.

The news will be welcomed in Ceredigion where the cast and crew are currently filming the third series, to be broadcast first on S4C in the autumn and by BBC Wales at a later date.

The Grand Award and Gold Medal crowned a very successful night for S4C with two further Silver and Bronze Medals awarded to Welsh language content. The ceremony was held in Las Vegas on Tuesday, 19 April and received entries from 50 countries.

The Silver Medal went to the Boom Cymru documentary film, Patagonia Eric Jones ac Ioan Doyle in the Sports and Recreational category. The film followed the two rock climbers from Gwynedd on a journey to the Argentine province.

The documentary Dagrau o Waed: Rhyfel Corea won the Bronze Medal in the National / International Affairs category. The documentary is a co-production between S4C, Awen Media and JTV in Korea. It is one of several programmes made as part of a partnership with Jenonju Television and tells the story of two soldiers who fought during the Korean War – Meirion Davies from Ammanford and Young-Bok Yoo from South Korea.

Also nominated in the awards was the Green Bay media youth series, Llond Ceg who has received the commendation of a Finalists Certificate.

S4C Director of Content, Dafydd Rhys, is overjoyed with this year’s success at the awards. Dafydd Rhys says, “This is the most successful awards in recent years for S4C content at the New York International Film and Television awards and we congratulate everyone on their medals. Once again the talent and creativity of the production sector has flown the flag for Wales on the international stage bringing praise for both Wales and the excellent programmes made here. Well done everyone.”

S4C has enjoyed success at the New York International Film and Television Awards in recent years. In 2015, Adam Price a Streic y Glowyr (Tinopolis) won a Bronze Medal and there was a Silver Medal for Gwirionedd y Galon: Dr John Davies (Telesgop). In 2014, the series Taith Fawr y Dyn Bach (Cwmni Da) won Silver and Karen (Cwmni Da) took a Bronze Medal. And, in 2013, a Gold Medal was awarded to the documentary Fy Chwaer a Fi (Bulb Films, Part of Boom Cymru).

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Scheme to enhance the town of Tregaron for the National Eisteddfod

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THE REGENERATING Rural Towns scheme run by the Cynnal y Cardi LEADER programme has been supporting Tregaron Town Council with a series of marketing techniques and installations to promote and enhance Tregaron in preparation for the historic and cultural event, the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2022.

This work acted as a legacy to the National Eisteddfod at Tregaron following the influx of thousands of people to the town daily for the duration of the festival and subsequently to the surrounding rural communities and local sites of interest.

A wide range of installations could be seen in Tregaron during the Eisteddfod following town branding design work, which included a giant deckchair, lamp post flags, banners, bunting, tiered flower planters, benches & picnic tables, monument conservation improvements, and a prominent Tregaron sign overlooking the ‘Maes’. Many of these features will remain in place for the summer months and can be utilised by the town in the future. Further town development work is due to commence to maintain and enhance the attractiveness and vibrancy of the town.

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New Quay RNLI assists boy with broken ankle

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LAST week New Quay RNLI volunteers had a busy week with two training sessions, two call outs and crew attending a local agricultural show in Caerwedros.

With the inshore lifeboat training on Wednesday night and the all-weather lifeboat training on Thursday night, the crew then proceeded to launch on service twice over the weekend.

On Saturday 6 August at 5.50pm New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard to provide first aid and assist the local New Quay Coastguard team with a medical evacuation on Traeth Gwyn, New Quay.

Huw Williams, one of New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “Unfortunately one of our crew members’ son had injured his ankle while playing on Traeth Gwyn. He urgently needed medical care but unfortunately there was a long wait for an ambulance. We arrived quickly on scene and administered pain relief. The casualty was in a lot of pain and we assisted the local Coastguard team to carry the casualty off the beach, up the steep path to their car.”

Father of the injured boy, Wayne Slawson added, “We would like to say a huge thank to everyone involved in this on Saturday and to both organisations as a whole, the level of service you all provide is first class.

“Our son is doing ok, following a few tough days in and out of hospital. He had to have a scan to determine whether or not he needed an operation as he had fractured his growth plate in his ankle. Luckily, they were able to manipulate the ankle into position while in theatre and now he has a full leg plaster. We can’t thank you all enough.”

The second callout was late on Sunday night at 11.50pm when New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard to assist Dyfed Powys Police in searching for a missing person.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “After a thorough search of New Quay bay in glass calm conditions, and with nothing found, we were stood down and back at station by 1.30am. Another great example of our emergency services working together with the local Coastguard Rescue Team and police officers involved.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager said, “We have been busy over the past few months keeping up with training and with many launches on service. Remember if you see anyone in trouble in the sea on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Our volunteers are on call 24/7 to help.”

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Possible super-hospital plans released as Pembrokeshire site ruled out

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HYWEL Dda Health Board have reduced the number of potential sites for the new “super-hospital” in West Wales from five to three. 

The new site has been narrowed down to two possible locations in Whitland or one in St Clears.

According to the plans provided in Hywel Dda’s technical appraisal reports, all sites will include a main building divided into planned and urgent care, as well as a separate facility for mental health services. Parking, administrative facilities, and a helipad are also planned.

Site 12 in Whitland
Travel time analysis for population to site 12

The potential Narberth site is no longer being considered, meaning that the new hospital would be built outside of Pembrokeshire.

Hywel Dda presented the findings of a “transport infrastructure analysis,” stating that both sites had bus services that are “infrequent” and “short,” making shift work difficult.

Plan for ‘site C’ in Whitland
Travel time analysis for population to ‘site C’

For Whitland, it noted that there was an approximate 750m walking distance from the train station to the hospital site, with recommended walking distance of 400m, and that local roads do ‘not appear’ to suffer from significant congestion during a typical weekday. 

In St Clears, the report highlighted the impact a planned new railway station – expected to open in 2024 – could have on the town, saying it would be a ‘major boost’ to the area providing viable alternative car travel, with it being understood there is a commitment to increase the frequency of services at some stations along the west Wales line from two hourly to hourly.

Plans for ‘site 17’ in St Clears
Travel time analysis for population ‘site 17’ in St Clears

After it was announced that Narberth would not be the site of the new hospital, Hywel Dda University Health Board Chair, Maria Battle, assured the residents of Pembrokeshire that their concerns would be taken into account.

“Our programme business case to the Welsh Government is seeking the greatest investment west Wales will have ever seen,” said Ms Battle.

Ambulance times to Whitland, Bronglais Hospital and Morriston Hospital (Welsh Ambulance Service travel time analysis June 2022)
Ambulance times to St Clears, Bronglais Hospital and Morriston Hospital (Welsh Ambulance Service travel time analysis June 2022)

“We have listened to and continue to listen to the fears and voices of the public we serve and our staff who understand the frontline challenges of trying to deliver services across so many sites and spread so thinly.

“Recognising the fragility of our services and the risk this poses every day, we do not intend to make changes at Glangwili or Withybush hospitals before a new hospital is built. And afterwards, they will continue to provide valuable health services to our communities.”

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