Our new King and Queen have been crowned in a wonderful and deeply religious ceremony in Westminster Abbey, I was slightly taken aback at how moving I found the Coronation.

So many connections with our country’s history but it was also such an inclusive service including our Welsh language being used for the first time and there were also even closer connections to Powys, the Royal Harpist Alis Huws, who is from Foel, played Tros y Garreg at the Abbey, a moving piece written by Sir Karl Jenkins.

And for those who love people spotting and seeing what outfits were being worn, have a look for Akshata Murty, the Prime Ministers wife, and Pippa Middleton, both of whom were dressed by an incredibly talented British Fashion Designer, Claire Mischevani, who is also from Montgomeryshire, Claire is really making waves in the fashion industry.

We have such talent in Mid-Wales and there is much to celebrate in Montgomeryshire, Brecknockshire and Radnorshire but it is so important that we invest in the next generation.

So with that in mind it was wonderful to see Ysgol Y Trallwng children take possession of their new school last week, an unique design with fabulous facilities, I am sure that the school will flourish.

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Not far behind Ysgol Y Trallwng is the new build for Ysgol Cedewain in Newtown, two projects that I and my Welsh Conservative colleagues fought hard for while we were part of the Powys County Council Cabinet and we are extremely proud to see the results.

It has taken such hard work form many teams in Powys CC but also the school communities, the Head, the Governors, and of course the parents have been so patient.

The investment in education in Powys must continue to ensure our children have every opportunity to achieve.

It is a great concern to me that the current Lib Dem/Labour cabinet have been treading water for the past year since their success in the 2022 Local Government election.

They are currently rowing back on the planned investment, for example they are scaling back the Ysgol Brohyddgen project in Machynlleth, which was due to see new leisure and community library facilities integrated into the new school, this will no longer happen.

The risk is that the town will be left with poorly maintained leisure and library facilities or even closure of them both as the Lib Dem/Labour Cabinet review or as they like to call it ‘reimagine’ the delivery of Council services.

In a week pacted with historical events, history tells us we need to take the long view, lets invest in the next generation and not take knee-jerk easy short-term options.