Building work on the extension that will house the primary school section extension of Ysgol Henry Richard will not be completed by the start of the new term.
A new personal and social development programme for young people has been launched in Ceredigion by the Ceredigion Youth Service. The Inspire programme is a 12 week programme for young people aged 16-25.
Celebrating 40 years this year, Ail Symudiad and support band Argyfwng Canol Oed are bringing their music to Theatr Felinfach.
‘A’ Level examination results published today (16 August) by the WJEC indicate that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools.
During the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Cardiff this year, Wales’ first professional folk group ‘Ar Log’ released a new album – ‘Ar Log VII’, and they are making their way to Theatr Felinfach!
Ceredigion Youth Service will take part in an International Youth Exchange Project hosted in Italy, alongside Youth Groups from Poland, Spain and Malta.
An innovative pilot scheme has been launched in North Parade, Aberystwyth to help promote positive waste behaviours in the town centre.
On Thursday, 9 August, a celebratory event to mark the centenary of the RAF was held at the West Wales Airport, Aberporth.
Working parents of three and four-year-old children are being urged to apply via the online registration form for the funded Childcare Offer ahead of the September launch in Ceredigion.
Support is available for local groups interested in generating sustainable energy and saving money. The Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group (LAG), which is administered by Ceredigion County Council, can help local rural communities spark their renewable energy project ideas with support available under the ‘renewable energy at a community level’ LEADER theme.
A new apprenticeship programme helping young people in Ceredigion get valuable training and work experience is being launched by Ceredigion County Council. The programme is open to applications from Monday, 13 August until Monday, 10 September 2018.
Trudy Jones and Rhian Evans, members of the Ceredigion Tourism Service Team, share an insight into their roles as Information Assistants at the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in Aberaeron.
In a meeting on 18 July, an Action Plan and Annual Statement on Modern Slavery was recommended for final approval.
A new website providing a one-stop-shop source of information on supporting wellbeing was launched in Ceredigion and nationally on 26 July in the Royal Welsh Show. Dewis Cymru is an online resource that has a directory hosting a range of opportunities, events and services in the community.
The potential relocation of Theatr Felinfach will be looked into further after a feasibility study was carried out to consider potential design improvement options for the Theatre.
In the true tradition of its original motto the Coliseum, Aberystwyth, now home to Ceredigion Museum, will host an evening of spectacular ‘entertainment without vulgarity’ on Saturday 4 August in celebration of the Welsh Year of Sea.
On 13 July 2018, Ceredigion Youth Council took over the Council Chambers to host the first ever discussion session in Ceredigion, organised and led by Ceredigion Youth Council. The event was an opportunity for Ceredigion Youth Council to ask questions regarding issues which affect young people, to a panel of influential decision makers.
Views are being sought on the proposed Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP).
Aberystwyth Promenade is the place to be on Sunday, 12 August 2018. The Aberystwyth Sea2Shore Festival returns to the Promenade with free entry to enjoy local produce and a variety of things to do for the whole family.
Ceredigion County Council has published its Welsh Language Standards Monitoring Report and is available for the public to read.
The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 was launched in Ceredigion Libraries on Saturday, 14 July and will be running until Saturday, 29 September.
Pupils from primary schools across Ceredigion were recently awarded certificates in recognition for their achievements as Bronze Young Ambassadors (BYA) for 2018.
Ceredigion Youth Service will again this year embark on a comprehensive five-week Summer Program of activities during the summer holidays. The program will offer over ten different projects, activities, workshops and events for young people aged 11-25 from across the county.
A busy timetable of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run Leisure Centres in the county.
Mid Wales businesses are being encouraged for their views on the future of the region’s economy and what can be done to boost growth.
Childcare providers are being urged to register as providers of the Government’s Childcare Offer. Ceredigion County Council is calling on all Ceredigion based childcare providers to complete the online registration form.
Penrhyncoch Brownies were congratulated for composing a new Welsh language song recently. The workshops were part of a program of Welsh language workshops organised by Cered - Menter Iaith Ceredigion.
Fun filled museum caravan and traditional seaside holiday activities on Aberystwyth Prom this summer
The smallest cinema in a theatre caravan will be on the Promenade in Aberystwyth for three Saturdays this summer.
At the end of Adult Learners’ Week, Ceredigion Adult Learning Partnership held their Inspire! Awards where eight awards were presented. The adult learners from across Ceredigion, who have overcome challenges and barriers, were recognised for their achievements.
A second Workshop was held on 09 July for County Councillors to discuss Ceredigion’s economic future bringing together some of the county’s biggest organisations to share what they had to offer and what partnership working between businesses and Ceredigion County Council could look like in the future.
Tîm Teulu, in collaboration with Penparcau Family Centre, will be attempting to make the longest friendship bracelet in Ceredigion at this year’s Young People’s Play Day Festival. The Festival is a free event being held by Ray Ceredigion on 1 August in the Square Field, Aberaeron.
Views are being sought on the proposed Ceredigion Language Strategy 2018-2023.
Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion have launched Hwyl yr Haf 2018 which is a guide full of Welsh medium and bilingual activities for children, young people and families in North Ceredigion, following on the success of the Hwyl yr Haf pilot project during the 2017 summer holidays.
I was brought up by the Ystwyth river in the small village of Llanafan and attended the local school and then on to Ysgol Uwchradd Tregaron, as its name was at the time. I enjoyed my time in school but by the end, I’d had enough and after completing my A-Level’s, I chose to go for it and join the world of work. I worked in a supermarket in Aberystwyth to begin with but then the opportunity arose to join the world of books.
A consultation will be held on the future of education provision at Ysgol Gynradd Beulah and Ysgol Gynradd Trewen. A consultation will also be held regarding the future of education provision at Ysgol Gynradd Cilcennin. These decisions were made as recommended by the Council’s School Review Panel.
A proposed solution to a long running land dispute will see the Strand Quayside in Cardigan renovated if negotiations are successful.
Ceredigion Sports Council held the 2018 Ceredigion Sports Awards on Friday, 06 July at Penmorfa, Aberaeron.
The Ceredigion Enhanced Rider Scheme (CERS) offers training to qualified motorcyclists who reside in Ceredigion and is available for free throughout the summer this year.
Residents across Ceredigion are being asked, through an engagement campaign, how the Council can give them a voice in strengthening communities and shaping future services.
It’s a very exciting time at Theatr Felinfach as the enthusiastic members of the Performing School prepare to present their first musical drama, ‘Syrffio ar y Sgwâr!’ (Surfing on the Square). The performance will take place at 7pm on Saturday, 14 July.
As part of Youth Work Week 2018 celebrations, Ceredigion Youth Service (CYS) hosted an open evening at Cardigan Youth Centre.
Builders and developers in Ceredigion were recently recognised for their commitment to quality construction within the county.
Llanarth Primary School pupils will be hosting a show under the guidance of Theatr Felinfach’s Creative Team at on 9 July.
Four dual purpose vehicles have arrived in Ceredigion. They will perform both general highway maintenance tasks and convert to gritters to perform winter maintenance activities as and when required.
Ceredigion Youth Service celebrated Youth Work Week between 23 and 30 June, a week dedicated to celebrating Youth Work all across Wales.
‘Making a Splash’ is a new exhibition at Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth, that takes a peep at bathing, the seaside and the Great British summer holiday.
Ceredigion Museum has been working with the Ohio Schools Project to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first Ohio emigration from Ceredigion on 1 April 1818.
On 19 June 2018, recommended fees were approved for placements in Ceredigion’s independent sector care homes for older people for the period of 2018 to 2019.
The Council is welcoming responses to a recently launched consultation looking into the use and future of the Rhydeinon Household Waste Site.
Ras Yr Iaith 2018 will take place between 4 and 6 July and the first day of the Ras will close in Aberystwyth with a feast of music for all tastes.
Residents in Ceredigion are urged to check and update their information that appears on the electoral register.
Following their success at the Urdd Preliminary Hair and Beauty Competition in May, Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training (HCT) pupil and apprentice hairdressers represented the county at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Builth Wells on Friday 1 June. Once again, HCT’s hairdressers showed exceptional talent with their top-rate designs.
A free event to celebrate Carers week, with the intention to help Carers stay ‘healthy and connected’ took place on 15 June, at Llanina Arms, hosted by Ceredigion County Council’s Carers Unit, along with partner organisations.
On Sunday, 17 June families across the county celebrated Father’s Day, but it wasn’t just birth fathers to note the day.
Radio and TV presenter Francine Stock will be choosing four of her favourite films to talk about at Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth on 14 July at 7pm. With clips from selected films, all of which were shown over the decades at the old Coliseum Cinema, she will be explaining her choices, with background information about the creation of these iconic films.
Ceredigion Actif’s ‘Fit in 5’ programme, an initiative to increase children’s activity levels is a project already running in over 30 primary schools in Ceredigion, is now available in nurseries and pre-schools across the county.
Ceredigion County Council staff achievements were celebrated in a Council meeting on 21 June 2018.
The Council has been awarded £100,800 from the Welsh Government’s Rural Communities Development Fund to finance capital works in four play areas across Ceredigion. On 19 June, the Council’s Cabinet authorised the project’s commencement.
A Procurement Strategy for 2018-2022 will have a strong focus on supporting and strengthening the local economy whilst delivering benefits to the people of Ceredigion and its communities.
Canolfan Meugan and Canolfan Steffan held an Eisteddfod for the service users at Neuadd Felinfach on 7 June.
Views are being sought on the proposed access improvements at Pendinas Hillfort in Penparcau.
A Day in My Life by Gareth Davies, Parking Services Team Leader, Ceredigion's Civil Parking Enforcement Team
Originally from St Clears, I’ve had a varied work history ranging from training to be a builder when I left school to working within the medical records department in West Wales General Hospital. I studied for a law degree in Bristol and originally planned to train to be in the probation service, however I moved up to Ceredigion in 2004 after meeting my wife and started working at a local spring water bottling company, which I thoroughly enjoyed as it helped me develop a good relationship with the local community through talking to customers on a regular basis.
Local artist Gwenllian Beynon and three of her students will give an informal talk at Theatr Felinfach about their visit to Ohio on Friday, 29 June at 7:30pm.
The proposed Cylch Caron Integrated Resource Centre in Tregaron has moved closer to fruition, following the successful completion of the Pre-Qualification stage of the Invitation to Tender.
On 18 June 2018, Mr Rysul Asad of 5 Gloster Row, Cardigan and the former proprietor of Gulshan, Chancery Lane, Cardigan, pleaded guilty to 10 food hygiene offences before Magistrates at Aberystwyth Justice Centre.
Following an impressive effort and success in this year’s Big Pedal challenge, four Ceredigion schools were rewarded with a visit from Yinka Thomas, a highly acclaimed BMX Artist along with support from world record holder Matti Hemmings.
Four Ceredigion learners were awarded for the standard of their written Welsh at Merched y Wawr Summer Festival in Machynlleth on Saturday, May 19.
From September 2018, families in Ceredigion will be among those in Wales able to claim 30 hours of Government funded early education and childcare for up to 48 weeks of the year as part of the new Childcare Offer for Wales.
On Thursday, 7 June, a number of dignitaries from Madagascar met with members of Ceredigion County Council as part of celebrations that have taken place in Ceredigion to celebrate the bicentenary of the first missionaries who travelled from the area of Aberaeron over to Madagascar.
As part of Youth Work Week 2018 celebrations, Ceredigion Youth Service (CYS) will host an open evening at Cardigan Youth Centre.
Food Centre Wales, situated at Horeb Business Park, Llandysul, is opening its doors to the public on 26 June, from 10am-4pm. The Centre is a dedicated food technology centre offering advice, technical services and training to business start-ups, small to medium enterprises and existing food manufacturers.
With summer on the way, bringing visitors enjoying Ceredigion’s wildlife rich coastline, the Council is urging members of the public to enjoy coastal activities without disturbing Cardigan Bay’s special wildlife and habitats. The call comes after individuals recently approached and swam with dolphins in Cardigan Bay.
As Councillor Lynford Thomas’s year as Chairman of Ceredigion County Council for 2017-2018 drew to a close, the Chairman’s Annual Dinner was held. During the evening, donations were received supporting the charity of the Chair’s choice, which was DASH Ceredigion.
The bright talents and skills of Ceredigion’s youth has brought the county to the second place in the league of successes at this year’s 2018 Brecon and Radnorshire Urdd National Eisteddfod held on the Royal Welsh showground, Builth Wells, between 28 May and 2 June.
New members are being sought for the Ceredigion Local Access Forum.
Ceredigion Museum has recently launched its brand new collection of designer gifts created by four local artists, Becky Knight, Carys Boyle, Felix Cannadam and Ruth Jên Evans.
Aberystwyth Day Centre celebrated the Royal Wedding with a special lunch and toast.
To celebrate Carers Week 2018, held between 11 and 17 June, the Carers Unit are this year holding an event for Carers on Friday 15 June in the Llanina Arms, Llanarth.
The final annual review of the Council’s Carbon Management Plan has revealed that Council carbon emissions have reduced by 21.15% in the last 5 years.
Ceredigion will be celebrating Adult Learners’ Week which is the UK’s largest annual learning festival, with over 10,000 adults in Wales participate in activities to note the week every year.
Staff and service users from Canolfan Padarn took part in this year’s Race for Life which took place on Sunday, 13 May.
The Ceredigion Youth Service has created a new website which was developed following consultation with young people.
Ceredigion Youth Service will be celebrating Youth Work Week between 23 and 30 June, a week dedicated to celebrating youth work all across Wales.
Are you a disabled person residing in Ceredigion, support worker, carer or representative working with disabled people in the county? If so come and join the Ceredigion Disability Forum.
Further active travel improvements in Aberystwyth have recently been completed after Ceredigion County Council secured additional Welsh Government capital grant funding of £249,000.
Cered – Ceredigion Language Initiative and Code Club, part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, are pleased to launch new Welsh language resources. The launch will be held at Mentrau Iaith Cymru’s stand at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Builth Wells on 29 June between 10am and 12pm.
Do you like singing Welsh nursery rhymes? Or are you a parent or guardian to little children? A brand new app is being launched at the Urdd Eisteddfod which could be right up your street.
On 13 July 2018, Ceredigion Youth Council will take over the Council Chambers to host the first ever discussion session in Ceredigion, organised and led by Ceredigion Youth Council. The event will be an opportunity for Ceredigion Youth Council to ask questions, regarding issues which effect young people, to a panel of people who influence decisions on policies, young people; local and nationally.
Ceredigion Museum has had a full refurbishment of its lighting thanks to £116,558 of grants from Welsh Governments Museums Archives and Libraries Division and the Rural Community Development Fund.
Ceredigion Museum is hosting the RNLI’s ‘Hope in the Great War’ exhibition, which honours the courage and determination of those who saved lives at sea as part of the First World War centenary commemorations. The family-friendly, interactive exhibition focuses on six heroic rescue stories from around the coast of the UK and Ireland. It also explores the fascinating history of Borth, Aberystwyth, New Quay and Cardigan Lifeboat stations.
In a ceremony held on 18 May in the Council Chamber, Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Aberaeron, the British Empire Medal was awarded to Lee Coulson. The medal was awarded for Lee’s services to Disability Basketball – voluntary and charitable
Ceredigion Museum is looking for your seaside holiday photographs to take part in a new exhibition celebrating the nation’s relationship with the seaside.
Views are being sought on a new Corporate Enforcement Policy produced by Ceredigion County Council.
The Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group would like to hear from individuals, community groups and eligible organisations with innovative ideas that could enhance the experience of living and working in Ceredigion.
A Cabinet portfolio reorganisation was announced in Ceredigion County Council’s Annual General Meeting on 18 May 2018. The announcement was made by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn.
Councillor Hag Harris was elected as the Chairman of the Council for 2018-2019 in the Annual Meeting held by Ceredigion County Council on Friday 18 May 2018.
If a Public Right of Way combines fantastic coastal and mountain views, takes in farm land, wooded valleys and tumbling streams, provides an off-road route between a coastal village and an inland hamlet and, on top of all this, has historical links to a literary legend, then it deserves to be looked after. The footpath in question runs from Llanon towards Pennant.
Blue Flags will fly over five of Ceredigion’s most popular beaches this summer. Borth, Aberystwyth North, New Quay Harbour, Llangrannog and Tresaith beaches have once again been awarded the coveted Blue Flag for 2018. In addition, Ceredigion’s beaches have been awarded 4 Green Coast awards and 13 Seaside Awards.
To coincide with the Commonwealth Games, a Ceredigion Play Unified Games was held on 25 April at Aberystwyth University.
Theatr Felinfach’s annual Welsh Pantomime is celebrating its 50th year this year. It is famous throughout Wales and is the flagship participatory and community project.
A day in My Life By Julie Lomas, Food and Drink Festivals Co-ordinator / Aberystwyth Farmers Market Co-ordinator
Originally from Tonypandy in the Rhondda Valleys, I left school after my O Levels (yes, I am that old!) and spent 12 years as a Tax Officer at the Inland Revenue in Cardiff.
Young, aspiring hairdressers from across the county gathered at Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training (HCT) on Wednesday, 02 May, to show off their skills.
The OVO Energy Tour Series returns to Aberystwyth on Saturday 26 May - the only Welsh stage of its tour of British towns and cities. Ceredigion County Council is proud to host the event again this year with financial support from Aberystwyth Town Council and Advancing Aberystwyth ar y Blaen to secure the event for Aberystwyth.
Two types of new bins have been sited near some of Ceredigion’s main beaches to help keep the county’s coast clean.
Food Centre Wales recently had a virtual tour created of the centres’ ‘Innovation and Manufacturing Hub’ to enable people to view the facilities on offer there remotely.
The walls of the billiards room at Llanerchaeron would probably tell some tales if only they could speak, but it is doubtful they’ve witnessed, in such intimacy, the details of a City and Guilds brush cutter training course before. This was the venue, kindly loaned by the National Trust for the day, to a group which included some of Ceredigion County Council’s ‘Adopt a Path’ volunteers.
Ceredigion’s first Local Well-being Plan has been launched in an event with the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Sophie Howe.
Ceredigion County Council will be showing their support for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Bi-phobia (IDAHOT) on Thursday 17 May, by raising the rainbow flag outside Council Offices at Penmorfa, Aberaeron and Canolfan Rheidol, Aberystwyth.
Ceredigion County Council will be starting Dementia Action Week, which takes place between 21 and 27 May, by holding a Dementia Friends public information session on Monday, 21 May at 2pm at the Powerhouse, Llandysul.
Two prominent UK and Welsh Government Ministers were in Llandrindod Wells on Thursday, April 26, to discuss the Mid Wales Growth Deal with the region’s council leaders.
In a meeting on 08 May 2018, the Council’s Cabinet approved a new Scrap Metal Policy. The policy ensures accessibility and clarity to those seeking to obtain a Collectors or a Site Licence from the Council.
Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training’s (HCT) Plumbing department has been celebrating the success of two apprentices, Shannon Haf Burril and Robert Davies, in recent UK-wide trade competitions.
Authorities in the mid and west Wales region are seeking input into their new strategy on tackling violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
This year’s Spring Fair will be celebrating Aberystwyth Farmers’ Market’s 18th anniversary.
An event was held on 30 April at Canolfan Rheidol, Aberystwyth to commend Ceredigion County Council staff that attended learning Welsh courses in the workplace during the last year.
Theatr Felinfach, Cered, and the Ceredigion Education Department have worked together to produce a booklet, ‘One Life – Two Languages’.
The ‘Safe Routes in Communities Scheme’ in Penrhyn-coch has been completed following the recent ‘Phase 2’ construction works on the new section of footway between the School and Post Office and the improvements to the junction of Glan Ffrwd residential estate.
On 20 April 2018, Ceredigion Youth Council elected Esme Freeman as the County’s new Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) who will represent Ceredigion in the UK Youth Parliament in 2018-2019.
The fee charging paddle gates that have been installed in the public conveniences at Market Street, Lampeter and St Johns Street, New Quay will be operational as of 1 May 2018 following the Cabinet decision made on 13 February 2018.
As part of its annual campaign to reduce crime levels within the county, the Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership is inviting residents to attend a public meeting of the Full Partnership and Strategy Group, at 2pm in the Council Chamber, Penmorfa, Aberaeron, on Thursday 10 May, 2018.
My working career has been varied over the years; I have worked previously as a printer, then in various factories as a paint sprayer for kitchens and also as a forklift truck driver.
Ceredigion Youth Service (CYS) have been successful in utilising funding to develop the garden area at Aberaeron Youth Centre.
On Tuesday evening, 17 April, over 400 young people and their families from across Ceredigion were invited to attend Ceredigion Youth Service’s Awards Ceremony. The evening was an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the achievements and successes of all the young people who have engaged with Ceredigion Youth Service (CYS) during the past year.
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s latest production, Estron by Hefin Robinson, will be performed at Theatr Felinfach on Saturday, 5 May at 7:30pm.
On Thursday, 19 April, Ceredigion Archives celebrated that the Archives has been awarded the Accredited Archive status. The Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Lynford Thomas unveiled the ‘Accredited Archive Service’ plaque.
The Ceredigion Sports Council (CSC) was awarded the Gold Language Charter for use of Welsh in everyday business and developing communities in Ceredigion.
It’s Family Safety Week from 23 to 27 April and to raise awareness of safety issues involving child car seats, Ceredigion County Council’s Road Safety Team wishes to highlight the free child car seat checks service they provide to residents in Ceredigion.
On Friday, 27 April at 8pm, Theatr Felinfach will be hosting Cabarela, which will be something quite different to the Theatr’s usual offering. It will be an informal evening with a variety of fun loving artists, introduced by Wales’ version of ‘4 poofs and a piano’; 3 sisters and a jazz duo! The word Cabarela is a combination of cabaret and Sorela; a Welsh acapella folk band consisting of three sisters from Aberystwyth.
A new public cycle repair station with an integrated pump has recently been installed outside Plascrug Leisure Centre. The station was installed by Ceredigion County Council using grant funding from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund.
The Council’s programme of road refurbishment and resurfacing will be accelerated after receiving almost £1.2m of grant money from the Welsh Government. On 17 April 2018, the Cabinet agreed that the grant funding will be used for the refurbishment of the roads in Ceredigion in accordance with conditions of the grant.
An Inter-Community Support Base sporting event was recently held at the Leisure Centre at Gwersyll yr Urdd, Llangrannog, to raise money for Sports Relief.
In a Cabinet meeting on 17 April, the Ceredigion County Council Cabinet decided to hold a public consultation in relation to the Rhydeinon Household Waste Site, near Llanarth. The Cabinet also decided to extend the contract for the household waste site for a period of 6 months.
In a meeting of the Full Council on 12 April, Ceredigion County Councillors agreed on a response to be submitted to the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales’ review of electoral arrangements. This response details the Council’s view of the Commission’s proposals to change ward boundaries in Ceredigion.
On Saturday, 21 April at 7:30pm the Ysgol Theatr Maldwyn company will be performing a sparkling new production, ‘Y Cylch’ (The Circle) at Theatr Felinfach, which was originally written in 1983. The show, set in a night club, forms an allegory of how life can turn in a circle and features memorable songs which are characteristic of shows produced over the years by the trio Derec Williams, Penri Roberts a Linda Gittins.
The Welsh Government has been awarded funding by the UK Department for Transport to build a new public transport interchange at Bow Street. The proposal includes the re-opening of Bow Street railway station and will comprise of a car park, cycling facilities, pedestrian links and bus stops. The project will be delivered by Transport for Wales.
In a Ceremony held on 16 March, the British Empire Medal was awarded to Tony Hawkins, formerly of Llandysul. The medal was awarded for voluntary services to disabled people in Ceredigion.
The Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership is currently carrying out an Assessment of crime and disorder related issues within the County.
The Ethics and Standards Committee has recently welcomed four new members following the end of term of two others.
A mature driver course aimed at drivers who are 65 years old or older will be held in Aberystwyth on 1 and 2 May 2018. The course is being held in partnership by Ceredigion County Council and Dyfed Powys Police. The same course will be held again on 4 and 5 September.
Ceredigion County Council are urging residents to be aware of scam calls, having recently received reports of scam calls being made to Ceredigion residents from callers claiming to be from the ‘local Council’.
Ceredigion Youth Service (CYS) will host an annual awards ceremony on April 17, at Theatr Felinfach between 4-7pm. The ceremony will be an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the achievements and successes of all the young people who have engaged with CYS during the past year.
Monday 26 March marked the start of World Autism Awareness Week 2018. To coincide with this, Ceredigion Special Educational Needs/Additional Learning Needs (SEN/ALN) team arranged for renowned speaker and journalist, Dean Beadle, to give a presentation to an audience of school staff, learning services staff and partnership agencies on Monday, 26 March. Dean shared his humorous and insightful personal experiences of learning and living with autism in order to further raise awareness of autism and its educational implications.
A new waste collection service model for Ceredigion has been approved by the Cabinet at its meeting on 27 March 2018.
Workways+ offers training and paid work experience opportunities to long-term unemployed people to help them on their route back to employment. Amanda Needham, 57 has recently benefited from their support to find employment at a newly opened farm shop and Welsh bistro.
A new five year ICT and Digital Strategy covering a range of future facing opportunities and challenges for Ceredigion County Council has been approved.
The site of the former Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi in Llandysul will be placed for sale on the open market in three separate parcels of land.
Work has recently been completed by Ceredigion County Council to widen the footway on Pont y Cleifion Road, which sees the culmination of a two year package of grant-funded Active Travel improvements in Cardigan.
A major EU-backed project has been launched aimed at supporting young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) across West Wales.
In a Cabinet meeting on 6 March, the Ceredigion County Council Cabinet agreed to support the National Eisteddfod which is coming to the county in 2020.
On 23 March, schools, sports clubs and Ceredigion County Council will have the opportunity to turn red to show their support for the Welsh athletes who will be representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April with ‘We Are Red’ day.
I have been a keen horse rider since the age of 7, when my family relocated from Devon to Llanddewi-Brefi, Ceredigion. Over the years I have experienced my fair share of near misses on the rural roads of Ceredigion whilst out with my sisters or friends on horseback or on bikes. I’ve always thought there’s more that could be done to educate and advise people in order to make a difference to the safety of all road users, in particular vulnerable road users. Having said this, I never imagined I would start a career in road safety; I had initially been keen to pursue an equestrian career!
At 8:30pm on Saturday 24 March, Ceredigion County Council will join hundreds of millions of people across the world that will be turning off their lights for one hour in a show of support for action on climate change.
A Workshop was held for Elected Members on Thursday, 8 March, to discuss Ceredigion’s Economic Future bringing together some of the county’s biggest organisations to share what they had to offer and what partnership working could look like in the future.
There will be an evening of Welsh stand-up comedy by Noel James, Sion Owens and the Welsh Whisperer at Theatr Felinfach on Saturday, 24 March at 8:00pm.
On 12 March, Commonwealth Day 2018, the Commonwealth flag was flown at the Council offices at Penmorfa, Aberaeron to celebrate the family of nations that encompasses the globe.
29 volunteers attended the Ceredigion County Council led clean ups in February, giving a total of 55 hours of their time to remove litter from the beaches, woods and reserves of Ceredigion.
Ceredigion Youth Service have recently been fortunate to accept an opportunity generously provided by West Wales Holiday Cottages to support young people with a cash bursary.
The Growing Mid Wales Partnership is on the hunt for organisations with good ideas and the ability to implement those ideas with some assistance in any of six towns in Mid Wales.
The site of the former Bodlondeb residential care home in Penparcau, Aberystwyth is to be put up for sale with priority given to buyers intending on using the site to provide an Elderly Mentally Infirm (EMI)/Dementia nursing home. The development follows a Cabinet decision taken on 6 March 2018.
Plans to turn a former office block in Aberaeron into a brand new Integrated Care Centre with health and social care services have been sent to Welsh Government officials for consideration.
With the snow and ice thawing across Ceredigion, Council services are returning to normal after wintry weather, but weather conditions continue to affect some services.
A film screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope was held on 22 February to hold a conversation around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s).
On 27 February, Ysgol Penglais was awarded the Investors in Carers Bronze Award, in recognition of their commitment to and support for carers and their families. Ysgol Penglais is the first school in Ceredigion to receive this award.
Ceredigion County Council’s Public Rights of Way team couldn’t do their job of maintaining and improving footpaths and bridleways without the help and support of their dedicated, skilled and enthusiastic volunteers.
Whilst snowfall hasn’t been as heavy as expected in some parts of the county, the wind has caused a few problems overnight in Ceredigion, both in relation to drifting snow and fallen trees and we are also now experiencing freezing rain in some areas.
To mark St David’s day, Ceredigion County Council have commended staff members who’ve attended Welsh training in the workplace during the last year.
With warnings continuing to be in place for snow and ice, and quickly changing local weather, Ceredigion County Council are prepared to ensure that disruptions are kept to a minimum and resources are concentrated on issues that could arise.
With forecasts of disruptive levels of snow and very cold temperatures, Ceredigion County Council has advised all schools to close and decided that day care centres will be closed on Thursday, 1 March and Friday 2 March, 2018. Waste collection services will also be suspended on these days.
Ceredigion County Council were commended at an Awards ceremony for their efforts based on a number of schemes and interventions which have been delivered within the County.
In a Full Council meeting on Thursday 22 February 2018, members determined the Council Tax rate for 2018-2019. The overall increase in the Council Tax rate will be 5.02%. The County Council’s element of the tax will increase by 4.95%.
A vision for how freight transport across Mid Wales and the Marches could be improved to support economic development and operational efficiency was launched on Wednesday 21 February.
In a Full Council meeting on 22 February 2018, the Council unanimously supported a motion to reduce the use of plastic and to support plastic reduction initiatives in Ceredigion.
I’m a boy from Pontyberem, Gwendraeth Valley, Carmarthenshire originally, but I’ve lived in Aberystwyth since 2010. I studied Human Geography and then a Masters in Environmental and Regional Policy at Aberystwyth University. Following on from my time in college near the sea, I worked for a time as a Research Consultant with a local research company, travelling all over Wales undertaking a range of research and evaluations.
Tenders are invited for the design and build of a new fully-integrated health, social care and housing centre, Cylch Caron in Tregaron.
The Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group (LAG) is looking for innovative community led project ideas that could make a real difference to the lives of people living and working in Ceredigion.
Fee-charging paddle gates are to be installed at public toilets in Lampeter and New Quay following a Cabinet decision made on 13 February 2018.
Ceredigion Young Volunteers is a program led by Ceredigion Youth Service, which offers support and opportunities for young people wishing to volunteer and gain experience within Youth Work settings. Two young volunteers have received millennium volunteers recognition.
The site of the former Ysgol Cwrtnewydd will be repurposed to host Ceredigion Youth Service following a Cabinet decision made on 13 February 2018. The decision will enable the Youth Service to offer a variety of opportunities to young people aged between 11 and 25 in the county.
The play ‘Y Tad’ will come to Theatr Felinfach on 2 and 3 March 2018. The drama – which discusses the contemporary theme of dementia – has led the Theatre to undertake dementia training to better understand how the condition could affect their users.
The process of tendering for the installation of public use electric vehicle charging points at Council offices will begin after the Ceredigion County Council Cabinet approved a project on 13 February 2018.
Cered: Ceredigion’s Welsh Language Initiative will be busy between 1 and 4 March with events to celebrate St David’s Day in Aberystwyth and Lampeter.
A series of litter picking events will be held across Ceredigion in February 2018. The events will be open to the public and will be facilitated by Ceredigion County Council officers who will provide litter picking equipment as well as drinks and snacks.
A short film created by Year 12 Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig drama pupils has won second prize in a nationwide competition. The short film focuses on raising awareness of online safety among young people, particularly highlighting and prompting discussions of the risks surrounding the misuse of Snapchat. The project was facilitated by the Ceredigion Youth Service, in conjunction with Aberystwyth University and Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig.
Ceredigion County Council’s Learning Disability Strategy Group want to know your views on learning disability services to develop a new strategy for people with a learning disability and their carers.
In a Full Council meeting on 24 January 2018, Ceredigion County Council passed a motion noting concern over the introduction of Universal Credit in Ceredigion in September 2018.
The responsibility for running the services at Tregaron Leisure Centre have been taken over by a community group following the completion of a lease between Ceredigion County Council and Hamdden Caron Leisure.
Aberystwyth Community Ambassadors - a sub-group led by Ceredigion Youth Service - raised a total of £103.17 for a local charity by selling handmade crafts at Ysgol Gyfun Penweddig’s Christmas Fair on 24 November 2017.
Coleg Ceredigion have been recognised for their commitment to and support for carers and their families.
The statutory fee for certificates issued when registering the death of children will now be waived in Ceredigion on grounds of compassion. The waiving of fees follows a decision taken by Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet on 23 January 2018.
A new Policy is being introduced designed to provide advice and guidance to those individuals or businesses intending to deal in or collect scrap metal and comments are welcomed on the draft.
Council calls on local organisations, community groups and small businesses to attend Dewis Cymru information events
A series of community engagement events will be held across Ceredigion to support any local organisation including community groups and small businesses to upload their details onto an online Wales-wide directory. Once established, Ceredigion residents will be able to find a wealth of resources and opportunities in the county.
Work to hold Welsh Language Coding Clubs will begin after receiving Ceredigion County Council Cabinet approval.
Officers worked around the clock following disruption during the heavy rainfall of Sunday, 21 January 2018. Three roads were closed and a number of others only passable with great care.
Little Mill Players’ pantomime this year is ‘Puss in Boots’ and will be performed at Theatr Felinfach on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 January at 7.30pm as well as on Saturday 27 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Staff who were called into work on Sunday afternoon, 21 January to work through the disruption in Ceredigion have been praised and thanked for their hard work.
I am born and bred in the Aberystwyth area, having lived in the Pont-rhyd-y-groes area for over 30 years with my wife and 3 daughters and recently becoming a grandfather too! I take joy in being able to support and be part of the local community and am involved in a number of voluntary organisations. Back in 2010, I won the CAVO Ceredigion Volunteer award for ‘Trustee of the Year’ and have also been clerk to Ysbyty Ystwyth Community Council for 18 years.
In a meeting on 15 January 2018, the signatories of the Ceredigion Armed Forces Community Covenant reaffirmed their commitment to the Community Covenant and the work it carries out. The reaffirmation was carried out in the Council Chamber in Penmorfa, Aberaeron.
Rhys Meirion and Aled Wyn Davies, two tenors with a shared sense of humour and mischief, matched only by their lifelong love of music performed to a sell out audience at Theatr Felinfach on Saturday, 13 January.
This January, Ceredigion Museum are proud to exhibit artwork by the portrait painter Seren Morgan Jones, originally from Aberystwyth and the third generation of women artists in her family.
Ceredigion Youth Service, in conjunction with Aberystwyth University and Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig, facillitated a project with pupils to create a short film focusing on raising awareness of online safety amongst young people, particularly highlighting and prompting discussions of the risks surrounding the misuse of Snapchat.
On National Carers Rights Day, 24 November, an event designed to empower Carers to know, understand and take up their rights, took place in Penmorfa, Aberaeron.
Bodlondeb Residential Care Home’s doors have closed for the last time after the remaining resident moved into a new home.
Ceredigion County Council has recently been awarded almost £750,000 of additional grant funding from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund and Road Safety Capital Grant to carry out further highways improvement schemes in the County.
Following the September launch of CERI SIARAD - the Welsh Language Charter - a gig was organised for 15 December for Ceredigion school children.
British Empire Medal Awarded for pastoral care to the Fire and Rescue Service in Wales and extensive charity work
In a ceremony held on 19 December in the Council Chamber, Aberaeron, the British Empire Medal was awarded to Paul Thomas of Sarnau. The medal was awarded for pastoral care to the Fire and Rescue Service in Wales and his extensive charity work.
Funding has been received for the fishing industry, fishing communities, groups and organisations involved in the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Cardigan Bay coast and inland waters from St Dogmaels to Barmouth.
Visit Wales is inviting nominations The Wales Tourism Awards 2018.
Tir Coed Tutors Kelly Cutler and Eifion Wakefield have been leading service users in woodworking activities at Canolfan Meugan, a community support base which supports both adults with learning disabilities and the elderly in Cardigan.
Plans to develop a new fully-integrated health, social care and housing centre in Tregaron are continuing to be revised following an initial unsuccessful tendering process.
Friends of Cardigan Skatepark, Ceredigion County Council and Cardigan Town Council have been successful with a collaborative ‘Awards for All’ grant of £4,704 to improve Cardigan Skatepark.
Have you received any new electronic or electrical goods as a Christmas gift? Do you need to get rid of unwanted electrical items? In January 2018 Ceredigion County Council will be working in partnership with European Recycling Platform (ERP) to offer a free waste collection for electrical items as part of the domestic bulky waste collection for all residents in Ceredigion.
On Tuesday, 12 December 2017 Ceredigion Actif in partnership with Sport Wales distributed £14,214 to local sports clubs through the Community Chest Panel.
A series of posters to promote a clutter free Ceredigion by Ceredigion County Council were launched at a Ceredigion Disability Forum meeting on 13 December.
What other job can boast that they created the biggest and fattest gypsy wedding dress in West Wales? This was my challenge 4 Christmases ago when I was asked to create the dame dress for Theatr Felinfach’s Christmas pantomime.
During the Christmas and New Year period, waste collections in Ceredigion will be provided a day later than the usual collection day on the weeks commencing 25 December 2017 and 1 January 2018. The Household Waste Sites will also be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
On Friday 24 November, Canolfan Meugan held a successful Christmas Sale. All proceeds raised, over £1,000, went towards a defibrillator and further resources for the centre, or donation to a charity, to be decided upon by the service users.
In a Full Council meeting on 7 December, the Council unanimously passed a motion in support of New Quay Lifeboat Station. The motion is in response to plans from the RNLI to downgrade the New Quay Lifeboat Station to an inshore Lifeboat when the service of its All-Weather Lifeboat expires in 2020.
Ceredigion County Council has become one of the first Councils in Wales to adopt a policy to tackle modern slavery. The Anti-Slavery Policy was approved in a Full Council meeting on 7 December.
Volunteers, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais. Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.
Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion aims to run coding courses through the medium of Welsh. This follows being awarded with a Cymraeg 2050 grant to promote the use of the Welsh language.
The Food Centre Wales Team were at the Farm Business Innovation show 2017 offering advice and support to businesses in the food and drinks industry.
On 10 November 2017, over 200 young people from across the UK gathered in the Houses of Commons Chamber, to take part in the annual UK Youth Parliament takeover debate, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP. Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) Wil Rees, the former Vice-Chair of Ceredigion Youth Council and former pupil at Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig, now a first year politics student at Cardiff University, represented the young people of Ceredigion.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities will take place on 3rd December which aims to raise awareness of social inclusion.
Ceredigion Youth Service has been successful in attaining a grant from Welsh Government to support young people in improving their use of the Welsh language.
Members of the National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) in Tregaron have raised a total of £1,763 for a good cause.
Chair of the Regional Economic Partnership, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, has welcomed proposals for a Mid Wales Growth Deal, setting out plans to build a Welsh economy that is fit for the future.
As a result of the activities during National Library Week, Ceredigion Libraries attracted an impressive 501 new people to sign up and join.