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The Welsh Guards to be granted the Freedom of the County of Ceredigion

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THE WELSH GUARDS will be granted the Freedom of the County of Ceredigion in a ceremony in Cardigan on 24 June 2020.

The decision to grant the freedom was taken by Ceredigion County Council in a special meeting on 19 December 2019.

The Colonel Tom Bonas of the Welsh Guards wrote to the council’s Armed Forces Champion to ask that the council consider granting the Freedom of the County to the regiment.

In his letter, Colonel Bonas wrote, “We have Freedoms of other Counties in Wales as well as Cities and Towns, but Ceredigion is a notable exception. It is such a beautiful County with a rich heritage and one we would be greatly honoured to be formally associated with. Thus, I would ask the County Chairman and Council whether they would consider offering Her Majesty’s Fifth Regiment of Foot Guards, and Wales’ only Foot Guards Regiment, the Freedom of the County.”

The council also confirmed the date of the reaffirmation the Freedom of the County of Ceredigion to the Royal Welsh Regiment. This will be held in Aberaeron on 27 June 2020.

Councillor Paul Hinge is Ceredigion County Council’s Champion for the Armed Forces. He said, “It is an honour and a privilege to be able to offer the Freedom of the County to the Welsh Guards. They have a long and intertwined history with Ceredigion. Many of our citizens are armed forces veterans, many of whom have served in the Welsh Guards.

“This relationship was cemented recently when the council and its partners arranged to place the names of three fallen soldiers on the War Memorial in Cardigan, two of whom were Welsh Guardsman, who lost their lives in the Falkland’s and Afghanistan. Our relationship is equally strong with the Royal Welsh Regiment. Although an entirely different regiment, they will be marching in Aberaeron to reaffirm their already established rights to the Freedom of the County.

“I am delighted that my council colleagues supported this request as we can now provide two spectacular events for the public and visitors to Ceredigion in the month of June, whilst honouring those who defend the nation.”

The decisions honour commitments made by the council in the Armed Forces Community Covenant. The council has previously signed the covenant to support the Armed Forces, their families and veterans.

HERALD TV went to the Torch Theatre to watch The Band of the Welsh Guards from HERALD TV on Vimeo.

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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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