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!

Do you want to learn some new skills, harness your digital creativity or increase your personal or team effectiveness at work? Then maybe Dysgu Bro Ceredigion can help you.

Aberystwyth Business Club is a dynamic and active group of passionate business people who operate in the town of Aberystwyth.

Bryan Pugh Jones was recently appointed as an Honorary Life Governor of the RNLI due to his devoted service to Aberystwyth Lifeboat station. Born on the 5th May 1941 Bryan decided to join the Aberystwyth Lifeboat in 1958 at the age of 17 and has been part of the station ever since.

As we are well into winter have you ever wondered, what is happening to the Honeybee?
Well, it depends...

Are you a budding Steven Spielberg or Martin Scorsese? From camera operating to directing your own films, Coleg Ceredigion’s Level 3 Creative Media Production course could be the stepping stone that you need to turn those dreams into a reality. Based on our Aberystwyth Campus, the close-knit team of tutors are all highly qualified both academically and vocationally. The Creative Media Production department has excellent facilities and staff all have the professional experience to be able to teach the skills required to use a variety of high specification equipment and software, including industry standard broadcast quality cameras, professional full frame DSLRs, 4K action cameras, purpose built editing suites and 3D animation software that is the same as used in Hollywood film. The course is structured entirely around professional standards to create a student experience that instils an ethos based on professional values.

Blood Bikes Wales provides a courier service, free of charge, to the NHS. It is funded entirely by public donations and business sponsorship and has no salaried staff, all are voluntary.

Though referred to as blood bikes, we do so much more: transporting test samples, documents, X-rays, frozen breast milk for premature babies and other essential medical supplies. If it will fit on the bike, we take it! The provision of this service results in several thousands of pounds of annual savings for the NHS, as the only alternative is the expensive use of taxis. As this service is free, NHS staff do not have to balance cost against urgency before making a call out. In the last year alone, Blood Bikes Wales has made 4,728 call outs, with 338 of those carried out in the last 3 months.

Nestled in the Cambrian Mountains just a short drive outside of Aberystwyth, lies Moelgolomen farm. The organic 750 acre holding is home to Rhodri Lloyd-Williams, his wife Sarah and their three children - seven-year old Elen, four-year old Ariana and two-year old Cai - as well as 800 Welsh Mountain ewes and 25 Welsh Black suckler cows.

The Glengower Hotel in Aberystwyth has won the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) West Wales Pub of the Year 2016 award. Earlier this year, members of the local CAMRA branch selected the pub as the winner of the Bae Ceredigion CAMRA pub of the year 2016 competition. Then, during the summer, the Glengower was judged against the regional winners from Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire before being declared as the West Wales regional winner.

Many residents of North Cardiganshire will fondly remember Marjorie Pryse, better known as Lady Pryse - a tough, no nonsense character with a wicked sense of humour. She was born under mysterious circumstances, adopted into ‘nouveau riche’ wealth, and was educated and well-travelled in her youth. In her early 30s, her love of hunting caught the eye of a Baronet more than twice her age and she married into one of Cardiganshire’s oldest landed families which, by then, had fallen on hard times. She served as Master of the Gogerddan Hunt before finally ending her days in poverty.

What, then, of these mysterious beginnings? Gwendoline Marjorie was born in 1906 to Elsie Maud Thomson. Her husband, W. Edward Thomson, subsequently adopted Marjorie, suggesting that she was illegitimate. In 1909, for reasons unknown, she was adopted by David and Gertrude Howell of Plas Cwmcynfelin, Llangorwen. Unusually, and illegally, Marjorie’s birth had never been registered and she was later given, by Court Order, a birth date of 22 December 1906. David and Gertrude Howell had no children of their own, which meant that Marjorie was heiress to a substantial fortune.

I’m not sure that the Treehouse cafe/bistro in Baker Street really needs much introduction, but as it’s the beginning of the academic year there will be many new residents in Aberystwyth who have yet to learn that this has been one of the best places to eat here and at very reasonable prices since 1991.

The building itself is well named because it’s set over three floors, is very quaint with its winding staircases and does feel a little like you’re in a treehouse.
The ground floor houses an organic food shop and the other two floors encompass the eating areas.They offer an innovative menu using organic, local ingredients and have been recommended in the good food guide every year since 2011.

They make great homemade soup (to eat in or take away) and there’s normally a choice of two on the menu. I particularly like the pea and mint and the yellow split pea and coconut - but they make a great many more besides. The homemade bread rolls are freshly baked and often still warm, and there are alternatives for customers who can’t eat wheat or gluten.
Recently I had lunch there with a friend and I chose the Lemon and Fennel Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes and Puy Lentils in a Red Pepper and Provençal Sauce from the Specials Board which was really good and full of flavours that worked well together.

My friend had the Chard Tortilla with a Beetroot Cream Sauce and Salad which looked really pretty on the plate, was apparently delicious and I made a mental note to have it myself another time! Amongst their ‘favourites’ are chicken burgers, veggie burgers, ploughman’s lunch and quiche of the day and a recent example of their ‘local dish’ of the day was cauliflower balti with Bombay new potatoes served with tomato relish and a green salad. Another one of their local dishes that I also enjoyed recently was their Welsh organic pork sausages with cider jus, peas and mash. They are licensed so I had a glass of Shiraz with it - delicious! The salads are always really fresh with lots of different ingredients and flavours but if you just want one of their scrumptious cakes, there’s a good selection to choose from and once again they also cater for customers who can’t eat wheat or gluten.

This is a well established place to enjoy good food and drink and pick up some delicious organic produce on your way out, and I’m sure I’m not the only customer who thinks that after all these years Aberystwyth wouldn’t be quite the same without it!

Neil Hannon is the creator and ever present front man of pop band The Divine Comedy who are fast approaching their thirtieth birthday. During the late nineties the group had nine singles in the top 40 including the legendary “National Express”. For one night only on the 7th October Neil and the band will be performing on the Arts Centre stage and Huw caught up with him to discuss their current tour, their new album Neverland and the next thirty years!

So Neil, welcome to Aberystwyth! Is this your first time in this neck of the woods?
I thought it was but I was speaking to Julie at the Cambrian News earlier and she said that I’ve been here before! You can ask Julie to fill you in about what happened last time…

Well she’s a good friend of mine so I’ll definitely ask her - Aberystwyth can be a small place sometimes! Now I’ve seen you’ve got a busy schedule ahead of you. You start in Paris then come to Aberystwyth – if there’s a more natural progression than Paris to Aberystwyth then I’m not aware of it but how do you come up with the schedule and is there any particular reason you’re kicking things off here? I don’t come up with the schedule. I do comment on it and try and bend Charlie my agent to my will but at the end of the day it’s just a big old compromise between so many different concerns and probably the least of those concerns is the route and how sensible and logical it is!

Four friends, two sets of brothers, set out to raise £4,000 for charity by completing gruelling marathon.

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