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Second for Ysgol Talgarreg in ‘Cwis Dim Clem’



Ysgol Talgarreg pupils

FOR the first time this year, pupils from some Ceredigion schools had the opportunity to compete in a quiz competition organised by South West Wales’ Mentrau Iaith called ‘Cwis Dim Clem’. The regional rounds were organised by Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion.

Pupils from central Ceredigion schools competed in order to make it to the final where Ysgol Talgarreg came second against schools from Neath – Port Talbot, Brecknockshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.

‘Cwis Dim Clem’ is a quiz for year 6 pupils where the aim is to develop new Welsh medium opportunities for school children and to develop links between schools and the Mentrau Iaith.

The teams competed against each other on various topics from geography, science and mathematics to sport, music and food. The school that scores the most points in every round progresses to the final to compete against the champions from the other counties of the South West.

‘Cwis Dim Clem’ has been held for several years and in 2019 the scheme expanded to include new counties such as Ceredigion. In this first year, Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion piloted ‘Cwis Dim Clem’ in the Lampeter and Aberaeron area by holding local rounds in the two areas and a semi-final for the best teams.

Seven schools competed in these rounds but in the end Ysgol Talgarreg took first prize and reached the final at Yr Atom in Carmarthen on Wednesday 27 March. Ysgol Cilgerran from Pembrokeshire won first prize with Ysgol Talgarreg coming second and Ysgol Gymraeg Rhydaman from Carmarthenshire placing third.

Steffan Rees, Cered’s Community Development Officer said, “In our first year being a part of ‘Cwis Dim Clem’ we weren’t too sure what to expect but it was lovely to see the children thoroughly enjoying themselves and to see one of our schools doing so well in the final.”

For further information contact Steffan Rees, Cered’s Community Development Officer on 01545 572 350 or by e-mail on:

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Stand up for slowing down speed campaign launched



INAPPROPRIATE speed contributes to around 11% of all injury collisions reported to the police, with 15% of collisions resulting in a serious injury and 24% of collisions resulting in fatalities.

Starting on the 26th July, the National Police Chief Council (NPCC) Speed Campaign will kick off across the UK, with GoSafe and the four Welsh Police Forces participating in both engaging with the public about the risks of speeding and enforcing the speed limits on the roads of Wales.

In 2019, 60,073 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued in Wales to drivers/riders for speeding.

Speeding is a major contributing factor to collisions on the roads of Wales. This includes both ‘excessive speed’, where the speed limit is exceeded, as well as driving or riding within the speed limit when this is too fast for the conditions at the time; for example, in poor weather, poor visibility or high pedestrian activity.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, we saw less traffic but higher speeds.  Now our restrictions are lifting, traffic volumes are up and as we are holidaying in the UK more, we are seeing more people speeding on the roads in Wales.  We want to change this, but can only do that with your help.

 Over the next few weeks you will see an increased presence on the road network of Wales as we aim to keep all road users safe and reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

 We know that the majority of road users comply with the speed limit; but the minority of those who do not increases the risk to the safety of all road users and need to be educated on the risks to their own safety as well as to the safety of those around them. Throughout this campaign, GoSafe and our partners in the Police and Local Authorities will encourage and educate more people to reduce their speed to save lives.

Teresa Ciano, GoSafe Partnership Manager said: “GoSafe enforce at sites across Wales in order to encourage motorists to comply with the speed limits and in turn make our roads and communities safer for everyone. If we all play our part and stand up for slowing down we can make a difference, and we can save lives on the roads of Wales.”

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change said: “I am very pleased to support this campaign. Driving at high speeds costs lives and a greater police presence on our roads will mean motorists will be more likely to drive within the speed limits, protecting lives and avoiding a speeding fine.”

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Cardigan man accused of murder in court



John Williams Bell was found murdered in Cardigan

A CARDIGAN man who is accused of stabbing a man to death has appeared in court today (Jul 28).

Ashley Keegan, 22, of Golwyg y Castell, Cardigan, appeared before court via video link where he spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

Swansea crown court heard how Keegan is accused of stabbing 37-year-old John Williams Bell seven times in the back.

Mr Bell’s body was discovered in the early hours of Wednesday Morning, July 21, on the road to Cardigan Bridge.

The court set a provisional trial date for January 3, 2022.

Keegan will remain remanded into custody until the trial.

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Suspected drink driver tracked for two miles by police dog



A SUSPECTED drink driver was arrested after a police dog tracked him for two miles along a cycle path.

Dyfed-Powys Police dog Storm and his handler PC Mike Barnsley located the driver following a collision between Bont and Tregaron on Sunday, July 25.

Officers had attended the scene of the collision, discovering that a car had hit a tree and overturned – however, the driver was not present.

PC Barnsley said: “There were concerns that the driver could have been injured due to the significant damage to the car, so a search was immediately launched to find them.

“With PD Storm, I focussed on the cycle path running alongside the road, where Storm picked up a track and followed it for around two miles.

“Local response units accessed the cycle path ahead of us, while another unit searched from the main road along an unclassified road in the same direction.”

PC Barnsley and Storm reported a sighting of a man on the cycle path, and he was stopped and arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Sergeant David Hawksworth said: “This was an excellent demonstration of teamwork and coordination by officers, whose good local knowledge resulted in the suspect being swiftly found and arrested.”

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