Located on the ‘Morris & Bates roundabout’ in Aberystwyth is a law firm that this year celebrates its 40th birthday. We caught up with director Annwen Jones to find out more.

When I got married, the last place I’d have expected to find myself visiting almost seven years later would have been a bridal boutique in Llanrhystud. However, after hearing about a new venture from a young entrepreneur by the name of Charley Miller I made the short drive from Aberystwyth to find out more.

The University is consulting members of the public on the latest designs for its ambitious plans to refurbish Old College, one of Wales’s most iconic buildings.
Detailed proposals for the multi-million pound project were unveiled on 11 December 2018 at an event held in the Old College, which also saw the launch of a 28 day public consultation which closes on 24 January 2019.

My name is Martienus Thomas and I am a proud former Penparcau Primary School pupil. I am a self-employed Independent Swimming Instructor and work weekends, weekdays, after school, and have done for a long time.

The last 7 years, with time available during mornings and times off work, I have become a walking geek; short walks, long walks, for fitness and a change of scenery. First a walk in the Cambrian Mountains with friends. Then Cader Idris. I then looked at a map: Ordnance Survey map 213. I would then take adventures, following the map walks, walking pathways around my home village of Penrhyncoch and beyond.

An epic walk from my house in Penrhyncoch to the summit of Plymlimon and back in the same day, would be crazy to some, but I loved the adventure, testing my fitness, enjoying the beautiful landscape. Then I got my hands on more maps with mountains and walkways in Wales, England, Scotland, Canada; pathways like Devil’s Bridge to Borth, Lampeter to Aberaeron have been achieved, sometimes alone and some walks are shared with my beautiful wife Nicola, which we both love.

For many years Leanne Michael was a regular on the Arts Centre stage but she has gone on to forge herself an extremely successful career on stage, screen and stadia all over the world. Huw caught up with her in the Grail café to find out more.

So Leanne, tell me a bit about yourself. I was born and raised in Aberystwyth. My Dad, John Michael, was a Print Manager at Cambrian News/Printers, and my Mum, Christine Michael, a Local Government Officer, who continues to work at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre Dance School. I attended Plascrug primary and Penglais secondary schools. I now live in London as a professional dancer and actress, with my husband and daughter.

It’s the welcome time of year when the wonderful Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival returns to Aberystwyth Arts Centre. This year is particularly special, as the festival now expands to two days of programming at the cinema, offering even more chances to see a diverse range of animated films from Japan, including the latest film from Mamoru Hosoda.

Cymraeg yn dilyn.

Wales celebrated the first Shwmae Su’mae day on October 15, 2013 ‘to promote the idea of starting every conversation with shwmae, su’mae or shwdi’!

The broader aim of the day was ‘to show that the Welsh language belongs to us all – fluent speakers, learners or those shy about their Welsh’. It’s also an opportunity to take your first steps towards being a Welsh speaker.

In our December 2016 edition we featured Alana Spencer on the front cover and during that month she was crowned the winner of BBC1’s The Apprentice, by Lord Sugar.

Almost two years later, Huw caught up with her to find out how life has changed since that moment and why she’s chosen to make Aberystwyth her permanent home.

Did you know that the Aberystwyth area is recognised by the United Nations as a site of excellence and innovation in sustainable development? ’Biosffer Dyfi Biosphere’ has had this accolade since 2009, and is the only such area in Wales. Since then businesses, academics and many others have started to work together to take advantage of the opportunities arising from this status. Now the locally-led Partnership responsible for the initiative is asking whether the area should be expanded.

From Tregaron to Tierra del Fuego – the global reach of Aberystwyth Geography and Earth Sciences

One hundred years ago this summer, the then University College of Wales admitted the first students to its new degree scheme in Geography. The students were amongst the very first in Britain to study Geography as a degree, only Glasgow and Liverpool universities having offered the subject before Aberystwyth. Among their number was the poet Iorwerth Peate, whose
later involvement in establishing the St Fagan’s Folk Museum reflected the enduring influence of Aberystwyth’s founding Professor of Geography, H.J. Fleure, a polymath whose interests ranged across human and physical geography, anthropology, archaeology and zoology.

Just before Christmas last year I was asked to don a Santa outfit by Red at The Grail café. With some trepidation I walked downstairs into a beautifully prepared ‘grotto’ where a room full of expectant children sat with their eyes agog. I’d never done this sort of thing before, so broke the ice with a question about what the kids were getting for Christmas. Quick as a flash a cross-legged boy at the front of crowd said “I’m getting a train. I love trains.”

In our August 2016 edition we caught up with Medina Rees on the  verge of her move to the site of the old Talbot Hotel on Market Street.
Eighteen months later Huw met up with her again to find out how life has been since the relocation.

Aberystwyth Rotary Club celebrates its 70th birthday next month. Huw has caught up with this year’s Club President, Martin Davies, to find out more.

Aberystwyth born Sophie Francis was schooled at Cwmpadarn and Penglais, is 23 years old and after working in hospitality since she was a Saturday girl seven years ago, her love of animals led her to open Aber’s 1st dog friendly café, Sophie Bach on Cambrian Place.

For over three decades Rachel’s Dairy and latterly, Rachel’s Organic, has been a source of great pride for the people of Dolybont, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion and Wales. We all love the yoghurt – but who is Rachel? We sent Huw to Brynllys Farm just outside Borth to find out.


So Rachel, thank you so much for speaking to us! To get the ball rolling, can you tell our readers a bit about yourself? I am 71 years old and except for 2 years (one year at school in Belfast and one year in Bracknell following my marriage to Gareth), I have lived all my life on the family organic farm, Brynllys. From a very early age I only ever wanted to be a farmer.

APPRENTICESHIPS are a popular choice amongst people who want to begin or perhaps change their career, gaining valuable skills that employers need alongside gaining an accredited qualification.
The Welsh Government pays for the apprentice’s training costs, meaning employers only need pay the wage, and more businesses are being encouraged to come on board to help build tomorrow’s highly skilled workforce.

For nearly five decades, Rhiannon Jewellery has been a focal point for tourists and locals alike in the town of Tregaron and, more recently, in Aberystwyth. But who is Rhiannon? We sent Huw to meet Rhiannon Evans herself to find out!

Just over 12 months ago, Huw went to see Modlen Osborne Jones, the manager of Glan Y Mor, to find out about what they had to offer to both holidaymakers and locals alike. A few weeks’ ago, with the stunning Clarach sunset as a backdrop, Huw visited Modlen once again to see how things have changed in one of the jewels in the Cardigan Bay crown.

So Modlen, last time we featured you was in April 2016. A lot seems to have changed round here since then?! Yes, yes there has!! I feel if the park never changed, then we wouldn’t move with the times! The main visible changes we have had is….black and gold bilingual park signage as we did say in our last interview that the next step was to promote welsh awareness. There has also been an extension on the soft play area (which has been very popular), a new steam room and whirlpool fitted inside the main indoor pool.

Only nine miles from Aberystwyth lies Penrhos Park. Probably best known for its golf course, this family owned and run leisure complex offers much, much more and Huw recently caught up with the one and only John Pugh-Evans to find out about Penrhos’ history, the family that run it and, of course, that iconic 17th hole!

So John, good to see you as always! Now I understand that Penrhos Park enjoyed a rather large birthday recently?

Yes, we’ve recently celebrated twenty-five years at the golf club. We held a golf day for our members and booked X-Factor star Joe Wheelan as entertainment. It was a great day. We also celebrated 50 years at the caravan site last year so I think we’re all partied out!

Nia Marshalsay is a well-known and well-respected model from Aberystwyth but is now turning her hand to presenting a TV show about horses. Huw recently caught up with her and was champing at the bit to find out more.

So Nia, tell me a bit about yourself growing up. I was born in Pontypool and moved to Llanddeiniol with my family when I was three. I went to Myfenydd primary school and then onto Penweddig. Neither Mum nor Dad spoke Welsh but felt it was very important that my sister and I attended Welsh schools. I didn’t realise I would be so grateful for this later on in my life. We are a very ‘outdoorsy’ family and I can’t remember my life before horses!

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