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Museum event will trace the history of film and cinema in rural Wales

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Films from the past and the history of rural cinema will be the focus for an evening at Ceredigion Museum on Saturday 14 July 2018. Doors open at 7pm.

Radio and TV presenter Francine Stock will be choosing four of her favourite film to talk about, from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

Joining her on the stage of the former Coliseum Cinema will be historian Jamie Terrill.

Jamie is studying the history of rural Welsh cinemas as part of a PhD at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University.

Jamie has been tracing the early spread of cinema technology, such as Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope and the Lumière brothers’ Cinematographe, into Wales and its rural regions in the mid-1890s.

He will discuss the history of cinemagoing in Aberystwyth for those early days, with a particular focus on the Coliseum itself.

Originally built as a theatre in 1904, the Coliseum ran as a cinema from 1932 until 1977, with 3,800 films show during this time. It reopened as Ceredigion Museum in 1982.

Jamie said: “I’m really looking forward to sharing the stage with Francine, who I’ve long listened to on BBC Radio 4’s The Film Programme. It will also be a great opportunity to discuss the social history of Aberystwyth and my research within a public setting.”

With clips from selected films, all of which were shown over the decades at the old Coliseum Cinema, Francine will be explaining her choices, with background information about the creation of these iconic films.

“I wanted to choose films that reflected an era or captured the zeitgeist of those times”, she said. “By looking through the long list of films that were originally shown at the Coliseum, Aberystwyth I came up with a list that evokes the mood of each decade.”

Francine has worked on a variety of TV programmes including Newsnight, The Money Programme, The Antiques Showand more recently The Film Programmeon Radio Four.

Besides being involved in film criticism she is also a writer. Her books include novels and a social history of cinema.

She has been chairperson of the Tate members council and is an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College Oxford, having studied Modern Languages there.

Francine continued, “It was so exciting to find that the daily records kept by the proprietors of the Coliseum were so detailed. Not only were the films named and the film distributor mentioned but the number of people who attended were recorded as well as the takings for each showing. There were some surprises there; films I had never heard of which seemed to attracted a big audience at the time.”

“You might recognise some of the films and this is your chance to find out more about the making and background of each film. For the seventies I chose the award-winning ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It was actually made at the end of the 60s but first shown in ’71 in Ceredigion and then brought back three more times over the decade.”

Each of the four films will be screened at the Coliseum at a later date. Francine will be using clips from the films to illustrate points which she wishes to make during her talk.

“For the sixties I have chosen The Ipcress File which stars Michael Caine. It is a brilliantly downbeat alternative to the cheesy Bond films of the time. Based on a Len Deighton novel it won a BAFTA in 1965. The two remaining films are less known today but were very popular in their day; the fifties being represented by ‘Mogambo’ and the forties by ‘In Which We Serve’.”

For more details on these films you will have to attend the evening, when Francine will reveal why she believes they are so representative of those periods in our history.

Ceredigion Museum’s Curator Carrie Canham said, “We’re delighted to invite Francine Stock to look back on her favourite films whilst hearing more from Jamie Terrill looking about the history of the old Coliseum Cinema, this will be a truly engaging and interesting evening, especially for anyone for a passion of classic, iconic films.”

The evening is hosted by Ceredigion Museum, in association with Hay Festival.

For more information about Ceredigion Museum and what’s on, contact Ceredigion Museum 01970 633088 or visit the Museum’s web site.

Photo: The Coliseum in Aberystwyth opened as a cinema in 1932.


Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies

Ceredigion Museum

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Temporary barbecue ban at Pembrey Country Park

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Rangers at Pembrey Country Park are enforcing a temporary ban on barbecues, camping stoves and camp fires to limit the risks of grass and forest fires.

A small fire broke out at the Park on Saturday afternoon after a barbecue ignited trees and bushes near to the visitor centre.

It was kept under control by rangers and extinguished by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, but sparked evacuation of the nearby campsite.

Ground conditions have been extra dry following the intense heatwave which, whilst great for camping conditions, mean extra hazards for park rangers to deal with.

A temporary ban has now been put in place until ground conditions dampen.

Signage has been placed around the park and information has been shared on the Park’s website and social media channels.

Visitors are being encouraged to bring picnics and pre-cooked foods.

Ian Jones, Head of Leisure, said: “We don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the Park but we have to put safety considerations first. We had previously advised people to exercise caution with lit barbecues and disposal of waste but until conditions improve we are now enforcing a ban.

“We hope people will understand our reasoning behind this move and respect the ban.”

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New Ysgol Parc y Tywyn School in Burry Port opens its doors to pupils

Posted By Robert Lloyd

The new Ysgol Parc y Tywyn in Burry Port has opened its doors to pupils for the first time.

Current pupils moved into their new £9.6 million school on Monday (July 9) at its new home near the harbour.

The Welsh medium school, which from September will include a new nursery offering part-time nursery provision, has been built to the highest energy efficiency standards, becoming the latest Passivhaus and BREEAM Excellent school building in Wales designed by the county council’s in-house Property Design team.

Welsh home grown timber is the principal structural material, and locally sourced softwoods provide the majority of the external rain cladding.

The council appointed Dawnus contractors to carry out the development.

The new school has been delivered through Carmarthenshire County Council’s Modernising Education Programme, and jointly funded by the Welsh Government.

Education executive board member Cllr Glynog Davies said: “What a great day today has been for staff and pupils in Burry Port and the surrounding areas as they move into their exciting and vibrant new school.
“Work has been completed in time for pupils to adjust to their new surroundings ahead of the start of the new school year in September.”

Headteacher Donna Jenkins, who will be retiring at the end of this term after 22-years, added: “It’s great to see this fantastic new school for Ysgol Parc y Tywyn. The school opened on October 4, 1965 with 49 pupils being enrolled on the first day, under the leadership of Mr Ken Jones. With this new school it’s safe to say that the future of Welsh education in Burry Port will continue to thrive. I would like to thank parents, governors and the council for securing this new school. It’s a very emotional time for me as I prepare to leave, but this is an exciting new chapter for the school. I am very proud of what we have achieved.”

Parents have until July 31 to apply for part time places at a new nursery class which opens in Ysgol Parc y Tywyn this September.

Visit the education pages on the council’s website to apply for a place.


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Have your say on rural housing needs in Carmarthenshire

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Housing officers from Carmarthenshire Council will be out in locations across Carmarthenshire this week and are keen to hear views on housing issues affecting your community.

We will be at Memorial Hall in Pontargothi on Tuesday (July 10) from 10am-11.30am then on to Llangadog Community Centre from 7pm-8.30pm.

On Wednesday we will be at Llangadog Community Centre from 10am-11.30am

Thursday at Hywel Dda Centre, Whitland from 10am -11.30am and 6.30pm-8pm

Friday at Memorial Hall in Pontargothi from 7.30pm-9pm.

To find out more email mmiller@sirgar.gov.uk or call 01554 899 320.

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Llanelli school wins Carmarthenshire Young Traders competition

Posted By Robert Lloyd

A Llanelli school has made nearly £600 in a day of trading in the town’s outdoor market.

Ysgol Brynsierfel pocketed the money after battling it out with Ysgol Bryn Teg and Ysgol Teilo Sant in this year’s Carmarthenshire Young Traders competition.

They were the winners with takings of £573 which was made selling handmade pictures and celebratory cards.

The two runners up also made money for their school by selling flavoured home-made Welsh cakes and cupcakes.

The annual competition involves setting up a business and turning it into a profitable enterprise. Teams of up to five, Year 6 pupils, must develop a business idea, plan, purchase material/products, brand it and run it themselves on a stall in the outside market for a day.

Each school keeps any profit made during the day.

Carmarthenshire Council’s executive board member responsible for markets, Cllr David Jenkins, said: “It was clear to see that a lot of hard work had gone into preparing for the day and the quality of the products was first class. It was a fantastic experience for the children and they certainly had an insight of what it’s like to run a business. I would like to thank the all school staff and Llanelli Town Council for making this happen.”

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Scarlets reaction to Wayne Pivac Wales Head Coach announcement

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Press release from the Scarlets:

We can today confirm that head coach Wayne Pivac will leave the Scarlets at the end of the forthcoming season to take up the role of Wales Head Coach.

Wayne will take over from Warren Gatland, who is scheduled to step down after the 2019 Rugby World Cup when he will have served more than 12 years at the helm.

He will remain at the Scarlets for the entirety of the 2018/19 season and will only officially come under WRU employment in July 2019.

“First and foremost, on behalf of everyone at the Scarlets, I would like to extend our congratulations to Wayne on his appointment. It will be a proud moment for us all when he takes to the helm as Wales Head Coach,” said Jon Daniels, Scarlets General Manager of Rugby.

“Clearly, finding Wayne’s replacement will be a major priority in the coming months and we are grateful to Wayne and the Welsh Rugby Union for keeping us updated, in an entirely professional and transparent manner, throughout the process.

“Over the last four years Wayne has facilitated the continuation of Scarlets’ development. Being consistently competitive in both the PRO14 and in Europe, has been our aim now for three or four years and will continue to do so.

“We had a one, three and five-year strategy; winning the PRO12 in 2017 was probably a year ahead of where we had forecast to be and that is down to the hard work of the group, of the people involved, to get us to that stage earlier than planned, but that just shows the quality across every department.

“The forthcoming season will be hugely significantly for us all at the Scarlets and ensuring that we build on the momentum and successes from previous seasons will be key. We would also like to be in a position to ensure that Wayne finishes his tenure, here at Parc y Scarlets, with silverware.”

“Having 12 months to find a replacement is something of a luxury in professional sport but as a result we’re now able to follow our detailed recruitment process to ensure we find a Head Coach with ambition and aspiration to continue our rugby performance strategy.

“We are extremely proud of the established environment we have here at the Scarlets and this will not only allow us to continue to be competitive this coming season but we’ll also be in a strong and stable position in readiness to welcome the new Head Coach in twelve months time.

“I know Wayne will agree, we have a strong team here now, of coaches, players and backroom staff. There are a number of people who have contributed to our success under Wayne’s guidance and will continue to contribute and push the region forward this season and after his departure. I am confident we are strong enough to continue to thrive moving forward.”

Wayne’s appointment is the latest example of people maximising their ability at the Scarlets and is the result of a two year process undertaken by Welsh Rugby Union Chief Executive Martyn Phillips and Chairman Gareth Davies, which has involved meticulous research and extensive consultation, and today’s announcement leaves a year-long gap ahead of his start date, by design.

Welsh Rugby Union Chief Executive Martyn Phillips said; “I am extremely grateful to the Scarlets for their support of this process and their Chairman, Nigel Short, in particular who has been first class throughout.

“Both Wayne and Warren and their coaching teams, our international players, supporters and everyone at the Scarlets now have clarity and there is no underestimating the positive benefit to be gained from having the time to plan properly for the future.

“What coach, whether they are in Wales or anywhere around the rugby playing world, would not relish the opportunity to join a team of such rich history and proven professionalism as the Scarlets.

“I would like to think that given the heritage of the Scarlets, their culture, passionate supporters, their track record of success and the quality of their squad that the Head Coach position will be one of the most sought after in rugby.”

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