News from Trefeurig

Y TINCER in full-colour (18-09-2008)

The September issue of Y Tincer has been launched in full colour.

New Bishop of St David's - the Penrhyn-coch connection. (02-09-2008)

The new Bishop of St David's, the Rt Revd Wyn Evans, spent his childhood years in Penrhyn-coch.
His father the Revd D. Eifion Evans was vicar of Penrhyn-coch 1948?57.

He is due to be consecrated in a joint service at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff 29 November 2008.

The Very Rev J Wyn Evans, Dean of St Davids, will be consecrated as the 128th Bishop of St Davids, Pembrokeshire.


Penrhyn-coch Inventor wins National Competition (05-07-2008)

Having won a competition for new Welsh inventors, Dr Huw Thomas from Penrhyn-coch saw his invention on display at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea during May 2008. He was commended for the commercial potential and social awareness of his invention, the Promove Sling. Wheelchair-user Dr Thomas was inspired to design the sling after he had to be lifted by firemen from the first floor of a building when the lift broke down. The retired scientist has created an emergency evacuation device that can help not only disabled or incapacitated people but also the increasing population of overweight people in the UK and across the world.

The ?Inventors Den? competition was part of Museums and Galleries Month 2008 which ran from 1 to 31 May. Ideas and innovations were the theme for this year and entrants were required to submit their ideas for Wales?s innovations of the future that could change life for the better. The competition was judged by representatives of the design school of Glamorgan University, the National Waterfront Museum at Swansea, and the UK Intellectual Property Office at Newport.

Huw, who suffers from muscular dystrophy said: ?I?m delighted to have won the competition and am really pleased that the sling was showcased to visitors to the Waterfront Museum. Many people have mentioned how practical the sling is but it is great to receive recognition.?

The Promove makes it easy and safer to move individuals in difficult circumstances. It can be used with people who have disabilities as well as people who weigh up to 45 stone, in cramped spaces or outdoors where no hoist is available. It is suitable for emergency services, airport personnel, public convenience managers, and the Health and Social Services sector. The product is being trialled by West Wales Fire and Rescue Service at the present time, as well as by Fire Services in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Promove can be placed quite easily underneath a disabled person on the ground, sitting in a chair or in a tight corner. The sling gives good support, forming a bucket-shaped seat. Handles are strategically placed on the device so that it is possible for two or four workers (or even eight for heavy persons) to manage.

In April Dr Huw Thomas?s business partner Dana Thomas, who also hails from Penrhyn-coch, attended the International Exhibition of Inventions 2008 at Geneva, where the device won a bronze medal.

For more information consult Dr Huw Thomas or Dana Thomas on 01970 820 893

Launch of the website: 15 May 2008 (17-05-2008)

Photographs of the big event!

County Council Elections (1 May 2008) (03-05-2008)

Dai Suter (Plaid Cymru / The Party of Wales) 461
Martin J Squires (Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru / Welsh Liberal Democrats) 108
Kari Walker 99

Penrhyn-coch Eisteddfod 18 and 19 April 2008 (22-03-2008)

Photos on the Eisteddfod page.