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AM holds meeting with NatWest over branch closures

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LAST WEEK, Elin Jones AM met with regional representatives from NatWest at the Cardigan branch, to discuss proposed closures of their branches in Lampeter and Cardigan.

Elin Jones AM has also launched a petition along with Ben Lake MP, against the closure, which you can find online at www.elinjones.com/NatwestBank.

Elin and Ben will also be holding two public meetings in order to discuss the closure in Lampeter, on Thursday, December 21 at Lampeter Rugby Club and Cardigan Guildhall on January 18, 2018, both at 7.30pm.

Elin Jones AM, said: “When NatWest closed its Aberaeron, Llandysul and Tregaron branches, less than two years ago, customers were told that Lampeter and Cardigan branches were close enough. Now customers are being told that these branches are closing too.

“NatWest has told me that it is are taking steps to continue a kind of skeleton service for Lampeter and Cardigan, but this cannot replace the full service given by the high-street banks.

“Cardigan is the second biggest town in Ceredigion, and Lampeter is a very busy market town. They need the services provided by stable, long-term banks. NatWest, however, is abandoning its imposing buildings on these high streets.

“NatWest has told me that it will be offering many of its services through regional staff, as well as referring customers to the Post Office, but we know that this is not ideal, especially with Post Office closures and relocations in both towns. They have also promised a mobile bank to stop for less than an hour a week in Cardigan and Lampeter, which is strikingly insufficient, and not nearly enough to cater for the needs of local customers.

“I urge all of those who will be affected by this decision to sign the petition, as well as attend a public meeting. I’m looking to hearing your views.”

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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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