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MP backs war widows campaign for compensation

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 Mark Williams announced as new Welsh Lib Dem Leader

MARK WILLIAMS, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, joined a protest of war widows outside the Houses of Parliament yesterday, to give his support to a campaign demanding they have their compensation reinstated.

Various changes over the years to government’s compensation policies have left an anomaly- that women widowed between 1973 and 2005, had remarried and given up their compensation, are unable to have their compensation reinstated.

This anomaly affects 200 to 300 women and Mark has backed the campaign, led by Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland, for all of these women to continue getting some form of compensation.

War widows from around the country travelled down to Parliament to protest and unfurled a banner in front of Parliament demanding “Justice for ALL war widows!” They were joined by MPs from all parties who came along to give their support and join the protest.

The war widows then went inside Parliament for a meeting, where they shared their experiences of having to choose between finding love again and having economic security. The war widows also shared the stories of their former husbands who died due to service.

Commenting, Mark Williams said: “I’m pleased to give this campaign my support. The war widows I met at the protest outside Parliament have been very unjustly treated. Their husbands died fighting for our country, we owe them a huge debt, and that means we should take care of their loved ones.

“It is simply not right that they had to give up the compensation they were rightly entitled to. It was very humbling speaking to the war widows and hearing their stories. I hope their campaign is successful.”

Greg Mulholland MP added: “The scenes outside Parliament were very moving. These women have been treated very unjustly and they will all have been hugely grateful that Mark came along to support their cause. So I want to express a real thanks to Mark for taking the time to join the protest, now hopefully we can go all the way and win back for them the compensation that should never have been taken away from them.”

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St. Michaels School celebrates excellent A-Level results

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St. Michael’s pupils with their A-Level results

ST. MICHAEL’S School, Llanelli, is extremely pleased to announce another year of successful A-Level results, with 80.2% of all grades awarded either an A* or A grade.

The vast majority of pupils have earned a place at their chosen university to study courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Economics.

This is the first year that traditional exams have resumed since the Covid-19 pandemic began with the majority of lessons in the first part of the A-Level being delivered online rather than in a classroom environment. This makes the results even more of an achievement considering the circumstances.

Headmaster Mr Benson Ferrari said: “We offer our sincere congratulations to our outgoing Year 13 class on the publication of their A-Level results, demonstrating that our pupils have worked so hard despite the challenges of returning to a conventional assessment approach.

“They approached the situation with resilience and dedication, which has resulted in grades that are truly representative of their ability.  I am confident that they will all go onto achieve great things at university and in their working lives.  

“We wish them the best as they move to this new and exciting stage of their education.  The preparation which St. Michael’s has provided will be built upon, along with our values and principles providing a lasting framework to tackle the challenges ahead.”

In 2020, St. Michael’s School was awarded The Sunday Times Welsh Independent School of the Decade and this was in part due to the excellent exam results that the school receives each year. 

St. Michael’s was also ranked 13th in The Times 2019 Co Ed League Table for UK Independent Schools, which was the last time that the results were published. The school hopes that this year’s results will continue to secure their place in the 2022 league table which will be published later this year.

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Police appeal following road traffic collision in Cwmystwyth

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DYFED-Powys Police have issued a statement following a road traffic collision on Saturday, August 13.

Officers attended a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred about 6.40pm near Cwmystwyth, Aberystwyth.  

Dyfed-Powys Police said: “The two vehicles involved were a blue Triumph Tiger motorcycle and a black Ford Fiesta.

“The male rider of the motorcycle was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening.

“Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101. 

“If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

“Quote reference: DP-20220813-392.”

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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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