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Cardi-Gân choir celebrates 20th birthday



On Saturday, 28 September Cardi-Gân choir will celebrate its 20th birthday. Their guests are the two renowned tenors, Rhys Merion and Aled Wyn Davies or ‘Tra Bo Dau’ as they are known.

Tickets have been sold out since mid-August, but it’s worth anyone looking for a ticket to add their names to the waiting list in case some become available at the last minute!

Cardi-Gân supports a different charity annually since its inception. Some of the charities that have benefited from their campaigns over the years are Cancer Research Wales, British Heart Foundation, Canolfan y Môr – Aberaeron Secondary School, Welsh Blood Bikes and the Colorectal Disease to name but a few. We have successfully raised many thousands over the years and the two charities that we’re supporting this year are RABI Cymru Wales and Tir Dewi.

RABI is an agricultural charity working regionally within England and Wales changing the lives of families for the better. The charity offers confidential financial support to farmers of all ages facing hardship. Each case is different and the support offered is tailored to individual circumstances.

Each year the R.A.B.I charity gives out around £2 million in grants and helps around 2,000 individuals and families. The majority of income comes from fundraising events, donations from individuals, businesses, community groups and the voluntary county committees, as well as from wills and grants from charitable trusts.

Tir Dewi was formed in response to a growing and serious need to help farmers in West Wales during difficult times. Rev Canon Eileen Davies and Bishop Wyn (now retired) agreed that some kind of help had to be offered and Eileen was tasked with setting up Tir Dewi with a helpline, a listening service and a signposting service. Generous funding came from The Church in Wales and The Prince of Wales Countryside Fund. The service was originally launched in the summer of 2015 and since then has helped around 50 farmers and their families who were, in one way or another, at a crisis point. The main focus is on three counties – Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

The charity has a strong network of experts across the diverse facets of farming who can act as advocates, offer communication support and attend meetings with suppliers, customers, banks, finance companies or advisers. Tir Dewi aims to help identify the best way forward and advice and support to take the right steps to get there.

Côr Cardi-Gân meets every Wednesday in ‘Y Gwndwn’ on the Theatr Felinfach campus at 7:45 pm. New members are always welcome and there is no better time to join than the present.

On Wednesday, 9 October at 7:30pm a meeting will be held at Felinfach Hall to see how much interest there is in creating an adult Mixed Choir for competing in the Ceredigion 2020 Eisteddfod. Many of the choir members are keen to establish a larger choir in the Aeron Valley and the wider area to compete in the Entertainment Choir competition. Calling individuals, groups, and established choirs. No experience is needed, just energy and enthusiasm, so come and join us.

The Cardi-Gân Choir 20th Birthday Celebration Concert will be held with Tra Bo Dau on Saturday, 28 September at 7:30 pm. Contact the Box Office to add your name to the waiting list on 01570 470697.

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‘Victims will be at heart of the organisation’ says re-elected’ – Dafydd Llywelyn



DAFYDD LLYWELYN who has been re-elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys has said that he will ensure victims are placed at the heart of the Dyfed-Powys Police organisation as he prepares to start his second term in Office this week.

On Sunday 9 May 2021, it was announced that Mr Llywelyn won in the second round of voting, with first and second preference votes totalling 94,488.

Mr Dafydd Llywelyn told The Herald: “I am extremely pleased that I have been re-elected, and I’m grateful to the residents of Dyfed-Powys for putting their faith in me.

“To serve as a Police and Crime Commissioner is a privilege that carries great responsibility, and an honour that I do not take lightly.   I will ensure that the safety of our communities and the voice of victims are placed at the heart of this organisation as I look to support the Force to recover from the pressures put upon us in the last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

On Friday 7th of May, it was announced that Dyfed-Powys Police had been issued with an accelerated cause of concern, after failing to make improvements in crime-recording practices highlighted by HMICFRS in 2018.

During his first visit to Police Headquarters since the elections, PCC Dafydd Llywelyn said that he was disappointed despite being given assurances that improvements were being made in line with HMICFRS recommendations.

“Since 2018, I’ve been re-assured by the Chief Constable and the Force’s Chief Officers that improvements were being made in relation to crime recording, and I’m extremely disappointed and concerned that despite my scrutiny over the years, it has been confirmed by HMICFRS that there are still significant failures, but I am pleased however, that improvements are already being made.

“The residents of Dyfed-Powys should expect that reports of crime are recorded and investigated, and I will move swiftly over coming weeks to appoint a Chief Constable who will continue to address this issue and who will focus on placing victims at the heart of Dyfed-Powys Police”.

Additional MOJ Funding

The Police and Crime Commissioner was pleased to announce that additional funding had been secured by his Office to support organisations that provide support to victims of domestic and sexual abuse in Dyfed-Powys.

“We have already this week heard the news that we have been successful in our application to the Ministry of Justice to secure approximately £450,000 of additional investment into services for high risk victims of domestic and sexual abuse in Dyfed Powys.

“This is in addition to our annual victims grant and the uplift we secured last year for sexual abuse services, which allowed us to develop outreach services aimed at our rural communities and older victims in particular.”

“I am disappointed with the HMICFRS findings, and will ensure that we fully understand the position that we find ourselves in and the investment that I make as a Commissioner into services for victims provides the necessary level of support.  I want residents to feel confident that they have a Force that meets the needs and expectation of our local communities.”

“The public have put their trust in me, and I will repay that trust by holding the Chief Constable to account for addressing the HMICFRS’s concerns.”

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Plaid’s Dafydd Llywelyn re-elected as Police and Crime Commissioner



THE NEW Police and Crime Commissioner for the Dyfed Powys Area has been announced.

Incumbent, Dafydd Llywelyn, of Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales, has been re-elected for a second term.

The election was held Thursday, 06 May 2021, at the same time as the Senedd Cymru elections.

In order to follow all coronavirus regulations, the count for this election was held on Sunday, 09 May 2021.

The announcement was made in Ceredigion, at the Ysgol Bro Teifi, Llandysul.

Dafydd Llywelyn, was first elected as one of the two new Plaid Cymru PCCs during 2016’s election and is the PCC for Dyfed-Powys Police. 

The force covers over half the land mass of Wales and during the PCC elections had the highest turnout of all PCC elections at 49%.

Mr Llywelyn is a former Principal Intelligence Analyst and worked within Police Intelligence for many years before, in 2014, moving to Aberystwyth University to lecture on Criminology. His career has provided him with considerable insight into core policing issues as well as an understanding of what the public want from the service. He has pledged to reinvest in CCTV and prevention activities and has refused to appoint a deputy.

Standing against him were three other candidates – Jon Burns (Conservative); Philippa Thompson (Labour) and Glyn Preston (Welsh Liberal Democrats).

The results for Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner’s elections were as follows:

1st Round

Jon Burns (Conservatives); 69,112

Dafydd Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru); 68208

Philippa Thompson (Labour): 48033

Glyn Preston (Welsh Liberal Democrats) 17649

2nd Round

Jon Burns: 8209

Dafydd Llywelyn: 26280

This was the third time police and crime commissioner elections have been held. The election was originally due to take place in May 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new PCC term begins on Thursday, May 13, 2021.

Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, PCCs must:

  • secure an efficient and effective police for their area;
  • appoint the Chief Constable, hold them to account for running the force, and if necessary dismiss them;
  • set the police and crime objectives for their area through a police and crime plan;
  • set the force budget and determine the precept;
  • contribute to the national and international policing capabilities set out by the Home Secretary; and
  • bring together community safety and criminal justice partners, to make sure local priorities are joined up.
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Tregaron man charged with rape following large scale search for suspect



POLICE in Ceredigion have confirmed that man has been charged following the large police presence and search in the Lampeter area on Thursday, May 6.

A police operation was launched after an allegation of a serious sexual assault.

Officers have now confirmed that 45-year-old Saul Henvey, of Tregaron, has been charged with rape.

He is due to appear at Aberystwyth Magistrates Court on Monday, May 10.

Detectives dealing with the case that they would continue to provide specialist support to the victim.

A spokesperson said: “We would once again like to thank the public for their assistance in this investigation.”

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