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new talentTHIS spring the award-winning National Dance Company Wales (NDCWales) will be presenting work by some of the most celebrated choreographers alongside creations by the hottest new talent from Wales.

With nominations for the second year running from the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards, NDCWales continues to produce outstanding work that is both challenging and entertaining.

Following a special performance at British Dance Edition in Glasgow, NDCWales opens the main tour in one of its regular Welsh venues, Aberystwyth Arts Centre before moving to home ground with a performance at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff then heading across Wales and the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven on Tuesday, March 18. Technical Director and resident designer Joe Fletcher is taking his own creation with House Choreographer and NDCWales Rehearsal Director Lee Johnston on tour for the first time and will be presenting one of two works.

Joe said “I’m extremely proud to be taking my own work on the road this spring. Lee and I have collaborated for a number of years and watching our work evolve into the two pieces we are now touring has been a delight and a highlight of my time with the Company.”

The programme also includes Stephen Petronio’s Water Stories, created in the Dance House last autumn, and Stephen Shropshire’s Mythology, originally created in 2012 for Noord Nederlands Dans.

Stephen Petronio; Water Stories

Stephen Petronio premieres his new creation for NDCWales, with music from Grammy-winning composer Atticus Ross, who created the score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and original visual design from Matthew Brandt.

Lee Johnston; Purlieus and They Seek To Find the Happiness They Seem

In collaboration with lighting designer Joe Fletcher, Lee has created two beautiful and awe-inspiring works. Purlieus explores the relationship between movement, light and animation to create an immersive experience for both performer and audience; They Seek To Find The Happiness They Seem uses existing forms of choreography, lighting and costume design to explore dislocation and separation within a relationship.

Stephen Shropshire; Mythology

Stephen Shropshire’s thought-provoking piece is a mesmerising work complemented by Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together, an avant-garde composition for piano, jazz ensemble and spoken word.

National Dance Company of Wales arrive in Milford Haven for one night only on Tuesday, March 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now by calling 01646 695267 or by visiting the website torchtheatre.co.uk

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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