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New working group for Aberystwyth University campus grounds

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The Welsh Historic Gardens Trust is working with Aberystwyth University in a new partnership to develop a long-term conservation plan for the Penglais campus grounds.
A joint working group has been set up with representatives from the Ceredigion branch of the Trust, with the first meeting held Monday 16 October 2017,
As well as the Trust, the group will include Estates Department staff and the University’s own botanical experts.
There will also be consultation with staff and students as part of the development of a conservation management plan for the grounds, which are Grade II* listed by Cadw.
Dr Caroline Palmer, Chair of the Ceredigion branch of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the University on what we envisage will be the development of a long-term plan to be rolled out over a number of years. Our joint aim will be to draw up a policy for current maintenance and future aspirations for this designed landscape. We are fortunate …

Côr Meibion Llanelli delighted to perform for Hillary Clinton

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Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir leaders have been talking about their pride at performing in front of USA Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The Llanelli choristers were picked to perform at the closing event for Mrs Clinton’s visit to Swansea University.
Mrs Clinton was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of her commitment to promoting the rights of families and children around the world.
Côr Meibion Llanelli secretary Fred Elias said: “We knew about Mrs Clinton’s visit a couple of months ago, but it was all hush-hush for security reasons.
“But we sort of put two and to together when we were asked to rehearse The Star Spangled Banner, the American anthem we were already very familiar with from our tours to North Amercia.
“Then, when Mrs Clinton’s visit was officially announced, we had to go through stringent security protocols, including getting our own special photographic ID tags for the occasion.
“Most of the events for Mrs Clinton’s vis…

Jenkins Bakery presents £3200 cheque to Cancer Research UK charity

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Staff at Jenkins Bakery shops in Llanelli and the rest of South West Wales have collected a magnificent £3,200 for Cancer Research UK.
The money was raised during a special summer fundraising campaign when pink cup cakes were on sale at Jenkins Bakery shops.
The company made a charity donation of 10p or every cake sold and customers added to the sum by making their own contributions. Jenkins Bakery staff also organised special fundraising events.
“The Pink campaign in our shops was a huge success,” said Jenkins Bakery area manager Fiona Snook.
"Members of staff dressed up in a pink theme and the shops were decorated to add to the party spirit.
“Our loyal customers were, of course, fantastic and hugely supportive of the campaign, with generous donations to Cancer Research.
"I must give special praise to our staff, who were fantastic, holding raffles, fancy dress events, bikeathons and a quiz night. "We are into our fifth year of doing this event and each year the fundra…

Nominations open for the annual Carmarthen Town Sports Awards

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Nominations are now open for the prestigious annual Carmarthen Town Sports Awards.
Carmarthen Town Council is inviting nominations for the 2016 Carmarthen Town Sports Awards.
Sporting clubs and members of the public are requested to submit their nominations for each of the 11 categories.
An independent selection panel of sporting experts will decide on the winners of each category.
All winners will be invited to attend to receive their award at the Presentation Evening to be held on Friday 26th January 2018 at the Carmarthen Quins Rugby Football Club.
Nominations need to be submitted to Mrs Eleri James at the Carmarthen Town Council offices by no later than Monday 27th November 2017.
The eleven categories are: Senior MaleSenior FemaleU13s Junior MaleU13s Junior FemaleU16s Intermediate MaleU16s Intermediate FemaleU19s Youth MaleU19s Youth FemaleJunior TeamSenior TeamCoach/Organiser/Volunteer. There will be two awards in each category, first and second, making a total of 22 trophy winn…

Nominations sought for Aberystwyth University Honorary Awards 2018

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The deadline for nominations for individuals to be considered for an Honorary Award at Aberystwyth University’s 2018 graduation ceremonies is midnight on Monday 23 October 2017.
Nominations can be submitted by members of staff, students and members of the public.
The University confers a number of Honorary Fellowships, Honorary Doctorate and Bachelor degrees every year.
Honorary Fellowships are awarded to honour individuals who have, or have had a connection with Aberystwyth or Wales in general, and who have made an outstanding contribution to their chosen field.
Those honoured in recent years include award winning novelist and The Times columnist Caitlin Moran, journalist and presenter Robert Peston, former Australian Prime Minster Julia Gillard and naturalist and television presenter Iolo Williams.
In 2015, the University also began to confer Honorary Doctorate Degrees and Honorary Bachelor Degrees.
Honorary Doctorate Degrees may be conferred on those who have been outstandingly succes…

Top Three UK university ranking for International English Centre

The quality of English language tuition enjoyed by international students at Aberystwyth University is rated among the best in the UK according to figures published this week.
The International English Centre (IEC) at Aberystwyth University has been ranked third in EL Gazette’s league table of university English language centres in the UK.
The publication’s University Ranking Table is based on British Council inspectors’ summary statements and an assessment of fifteen areas of activity at university English language centres.
The IEC’s most recent inspection took place in March 2017 when British Council inspectors identified ten areas of strength, marking it as a Centre of Excellence.
This compares very favourably with the average of four areas of strength identified for British Council language schools.
The areas of strength identified at Aberystwyth’s IEC include staff management, student administration, quality assurance, learning resources, course design, learner management, teaching, c…

New range of Halloween products launched by Jenkins Bakery

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The popular South Wales-based Jenkins Bakery has launched a special range of products to mark Halloween.
"We always like to do something special to mark different occasions throughout the year," said Russell Jenkins, operations director at the Jenkins Bakery.
"Our customers have come to expect us to do something special and this year we have six different products for people to enjoy as they party over Halloween.
"We hope our customers enjoy them."

The products are -
Pumpkin Biscuits (£1.00)

Our top quality shortbread biscuit with a hand decorated pumpkin in sugar paste & chocolate – packed with shelf life label underneath. 
Halloween Cupcakes (£1.00)

Our top quality plain sponge, covered with chocolate frosting, decorated with a halloween sugar paste plaque, and a sprinkle of bats or pumpkin figures. 
Skeleton Biscuits (£0.80)

Our top quality shortbread biscuit covered with a sugar paste skeleton plaque. 
Frankenstein Biscuits (£0.80)

Our top quality shor…