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Aber Archers shooting onto the world stage

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Shooting: Beth Duthie (Credit: Emily J Photography)

TWO Aberystwyth University students are part of the Great British team currently competing at the World 3D Archery Championships in Robion, France from September 19-24, 2017.

Alex Newnes, a PhD student from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, and Beth Duthie, a third-year Law undergraduate were selected as two of the top archers in the UK to represent the country at the event.

Alex, who is from Rhos-on-Sea in North Wales, said: “We are thrilled to have been selected to join the British team to compete at this event. This is a first for the University archery club, and the first time Beth and I will have competed internationally.

“Archery at Aberystwyth University is booming. Members of the University’s archery club, Aber Archers, are highly ranked, with a number of county, Welsh and British records between us.

“I picked up a bow for the first time as an undergraduate at Aberystwyth, and whilst studying for my degree, MSc and PhD, I have become the county, Welsh, British and BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) indoor champion, the British Target and Field champion and the #1 field archer in Wales in my discipline.”

The Aber Archers is a student society. Run by students, for students, it is the largest University-based archery club in the UK.

Beth Duthie, who comes from Derby, said: “I am delighted to be taking part in the World 3D Archery Championships, which is the highest profile and most highly competitive 3D archery tournament in the world. Alex and I are very grateful to the Aber Fund for supporting us with our travel expenses to attend the event.”

The Aber Fund is the University’s giving programme for alumni, parents, staff and friends of the University to support projects that directly enrich student experience and development and help advance the ambitions of the university. This has included supporting student coaching programmes, student hardship, wellbeing projects and many more.

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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”

The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.

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Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’

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CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.

The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.

Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”

The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

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Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme

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A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.

From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.

There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!

A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”

Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.

For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.

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