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The late Kenneth Clawson had a long-standing involvement in Eventing; the JAS series was his brainchild as he wanted to offer pre-season competition to Eventers. The trophy was introduced in remembrance of him in 2013 and to reward those who may have faced personal challenge or adversity during the JAS qualifying period.
Martha Thomas on Hercules Morse
The 2014 winner of the Kenneth Clawson Memorial trophy is 22 year old Martha Thomas from Glamorgan; the JAS team chose her because of her skill and determination in getting to the Championships.
The government also plans to enable landowners to deposit statements with the registration (unitary) authority, challenging people’s use of the land for recreation.
At present, local people can apply to register land as a green if they have enjoyed it for 20 years for informal recreation, without being stopped or given permission. Once registered, the land is protected from development.
Says Nicola Hodgson, case officer for the Open Spaces Society: ‘These proposals strike at the heart of local communities, preventing them from securing the land they have long enjoyed. Many people won’t even be aware that land is threatened with development until it is too late to save it.
‘We are dismayed that the Welsh Government wants to copy the Westminster Government’s egregious Growth and Infrastructure Act and to introduce the same damaging changes to the law.
‘We have suggested instead that, before allocating land for development, planning authorities must be satisfied that the land is not capable of being registered as a green. If the land is eligible for registration, the authority must allow local people sufficient time to gather evidence and submit an application.
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Dylan Roberts from Salop Leisure, which has sales centres in Machynlleth, Shrewsbury and Stourport-on-Severn, raised the money for the charity in memory of his late father, Dr Ieuan Roberts, by completing the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon last September.
Dr Roberts died from MS in 1983 at the age 43. He was a founder lecturer at the Welsh Agricultural College, Aberystwyth.
“As I was approaching the age 50, I decided that I should do something to improve my fitness and took up running in November 2012,” said Dylan, who lives in Bow Street, Aberystwyth.
"I decided that I would have a go at running the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon and raise money for the MS Society, which is a charity close to my heart," he explained. "I receive a regular newsletter from the charity which charts the progress being made with research in recent years.
“They are pushing for money to complete the research, which will hopefully lead to an amazing breakthrough. What better cause to support.”
Dylan, who says he has never felt fitter since he began running, plans to run the Shrewsbury Half Marathon in June and repeat the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon in September.
He made the announcement on 12 February, undertaking to invest £5 million in the project which will be completed by the end of 2017.
There are 175,000 hectares of common land in Wales, 8.5 per cent of the land area, and commons are important for their contribution to the landscape and biodiversity of Wales, as well as to the hill-farming economy and for public access. The electronic registers will replace the 50-year-old paper registers and will be accurate and accessible.
Says Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society: ‘This is a great step forward for common land in Wales. It will help to raise the profile of commons with the public, as well as ensuring that the information held in the registers is readily accessible and consistent throughout the country.
‘The power to convert the registers is contained in section 25 of the Commons Act 2006 and it’s a pity that the Westminster government has shown no inclination to introduce it in England.’
Ms Leering, who was Director of Finance and IT at Chwarae Teg, took up her new role in mid December.
The Wales Co-operative Centre is the country’s leading co-operative and social enterprise development agency. The Centre also works to promote social, financial and digital inclusion through a range of projects.
Judy is a certified Chartered Accountant with over 14 years experience in the third sector. She brings with her a wealth of experience in managing European and Welsh Government programmes as well as IT infrastructure and corporate governance.
Derek Walker, Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre said, “Judy will be a huge asset to the Centre’s senior management team and will provide the Wales Co-operative Centre with a high level of skills and knowledge to enable us to fulfil our strategic objectives in the years ahead”.
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