A Puma 2 helicopter of No 230 Squadron – which has a tiger on its official crest – flew into the Royal Dockyard last week to link up with the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust during a routine training sortie. The Squadron’s first connection with the town was in 1934 when based at the RAF station before relocating to the Far East. After the Second World War 230 Squadron returned to ‘PD’ briefly, before becoming permanent residents there from 1949 until the last two Sunderland squadrons in the UK disbanded in 1957. Heading the 230 crew was the squadron Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Hamish Cormack. This was one of his last duties before handing over command on promotion. And it was almost a homecoming for another crew member, Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Thomas, who is from Ceredigion. To celebrate 230 Squadron’s 95th anniversary, the Puma 2 was repainted in a special colour scheme as worn by a Sunderland which 230 operated from Ceylon in World War II. Known as ‘Black Peter’, the Sunderland was the only one painted black, for night operations. Wing Commander Cormack brought along a framed print featuring the new and the old ‘Black Peters’ and this was presented to Ron Boreham for the Sunderland Trust. Ron, a Trust Volunteer and former 230 Squadron aircrew on Sunderlands at ‘PD’, later took members of the crew to visit the Flying Boat Centre Workshop and the new Heritage Centre in the Dockyard Chapel. The Mayor of Pembroke Dock, Councillor Pam George, welcomed the visitors and presented a Town Council plaque to Wing Commander Cormack. Sunderland Trust Volunteer Team members and members of the public took the opportunity to view the Puma 2 at close quarters during its brief period on the ground. The landing site, close to the western Sunderland hangar in the former dockyard, was generously provided by the Port of Pembroke whose staff spent considerable time preparing it for the aerial arrival. The support once again of the Port staff is gratefully acknowledged by the Trust. The original ‘Black Peter’ – in model form – was on hand to greet the 230 Squadron crew. It was made by Sunderland Trust Volunteer Peter Mitchell, of the Penfro Model Group, who had faithfully recreated the colour scheme and markings of this unique aircraft. This model will be displayed by the Sunderland Trust the Heritage Centre, along with the print of the 230 Squadron Puma 2.
Aberystwyth CID appeal following serious assault
ABERYSTWYTH CID are investigating a serious assault that occurred in the Castle Street area of Aberystwyth at approx. 4.45pm on Tuesday, June 15 2021. Following medical treatment the victim is recovering at home. Police are appealing for any witnesses to the assault and anyone in the vicinity around this time, or immediately prior to the incident, that may have witnessed people acting suspiciously.
Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20210615-268
New Quay RNLI’s special artwork to honour local volunteers is unveiled
ON SUNDAY (June 13) saw a special artwork unveiled at New Quay Lifeboat Station by RNLI’s Director of Lifesaving Operations, John Payne. The artwork was created by local amateur artist and wife of New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mrs Tina Couch who wanted to pay tribute to the special job the volunteers do, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mrs Couch talking about the artwork said, “Last year some of the volunteers went above and beyond and worked hard in the community by delivering food parcels and medicines to those shielding in the area. I wanted to pay tribute to all the volunteers at New Quay Lifeboat Station so decided to paint a mural with a portrait of each volunteer. This artwork is to recognise all the hard work they did during the lockdown, as well as being on call 24/7 to save lives at sea.”
John Payne, RNLI’s Director of Lifesaving Operations added, “It was an honour to unveil this wonderful piece of artwork, a great end to celebrating Volunteers’ Week. Our communities benefit enormously from our volunteers’ selflessness and this is a special way to reflect on their achievements. I would like to thank every one of you who make the RNLI what it is today, and recognise the sacrifices and efforts undertaken in giving your time, energy and positivity to the organisation.”
While Mr Payne was visiting New Quay Lifeboat Station he had another presentation to make, a certificate of thanks to Steffan Williams who raised over £2,200 for the RNLI’s Mayday Mile campaign. Steffan, aged 12, a pupil in Ysgol Bro Teifi, paddleboarded not just one mile but accomplished 10 miles in under four hours and smashed his target of £100.
Mr Payne said, “This is a great achievement for someone so young. Steffan has shown his determination in being a lifesaver, and he is definitely someone to watch in the future as he continues his volunteering within the RNLI.”
Steffan said, “I am so pleased that I’ve raised so much for the RNLI and want to thank everyone who has donated. It is a charity close to my heart as my Dad is a crew member and I want to join when I’m older too. They are all volunteers and need our help to pay for equipment and lifeboats.”
If you would like to volunteer for the RNLI please visit the website to find out more: https://rnli.org/support-us/volunteer/how-you-can-volunteer/be-a-lifeboat-station-volunteer.
Or if you would like to donate to New Quay RNLI to help the volunteers save lives at sea please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/new-quay-wales.
Strategic plan to strengthen Welsh medium education
A CONSULTATION period will be held during the autumn term this year to increase the number of pupils in Ceredigion who will be able to develop and learn through the medium of Welsh.
During a Cabinet meeting held virtually on Tuesday, 15 June 2021, members discussed the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan for 2022-2032. The plan is a 10 year strategy which sets out the requirements to reach the Welsh Government’s target of achieving one million Welsh speakers by 2050.
Cabinet Members agreed to hold a consultation period during the autumn term of 2021 for eight weeks, incorporating views by pupils, parents, schools and governing bodies.
The strategy outlines aims which include increasing the number of nursery and reception age pupils in Welsh medium education; encourage more learners to study Welsh as a subject and subjects through the medium of Welsh; increase the provision of Welsh medium education for pupils with additional learning needs and increase the number of teaching staff who can teach Welsh as a subject and subjects through the medium of Welsh.
Councillor Catrin Miles, Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Support and Intervention, said: “The Welsh in Education Strategic Plan reinforces Ceredigion County Council’s aspiration to strengthen the position of the Welsh language through its Language Strategy. I’m pleased to see that a consultation period will be held this autumn to gather ideas in order to plan and develop Welsh medium education in our county.”
Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council, added: “I welcome this draft document which aims to create more opportunities for pupils across the county to take full advantage of Welsh medium education.”
Following the consultation period, feedback will be considered and the plan will be reintroduced to the Healthier Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the full Council for consideration and final decision. The proposal supports the Council’s Strategic Objectives and the Welsh Government’s Million Speakers by 2050 Strategy.
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