Representatives from Ceredigion County Council’s Tourism Service will attend Vakantiebuers, Europe’s largest consumer travel show in Utrecht in the Netherlands, this week as part of a campaign to raise awareness of Wales and the Welsh language and to attract overseas visitors to Wales outside the peak season.
Ceredigion County Council’s Carers Unit is the first council in Wales to be awarded with a Gold level under the Investors in Carers (liC) scheme. IiC is a quality assurance scheme that ensures that organisations and services are identifying and supporting unpaid Carers.
Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood is this year’s Little Mill Players Pantomime. Performances will be at Theatr Felinfach from Thursday 30 January to Saturday 01 February at 7:30pm. There will also be a matinée performance on Saturday 01 February at 2:30pm.
On 10 December 2019, young people from Ysgol Henry Richard’s Cooking Club hosted a Christmas Fayre stall, selling cakes and donated bakes from the local community to raise money for young people receiving care at Angharad Ward, Bronglais Hospital and West Wales Domestic Abuse Service. The club was led by Ceredigion Youth Service and raised over £400 for the charities.
CERED, Menter Iaith Ceredigion (Ceredigion’s Welsh language initiative), has been shortlisted for a national Mentrau Iaith award. The Award Ceremony which will be held for the first time ever on January 22nd will celebrate the outstanding work of Mentrau Iaith, Welsh Language Initiatives, across Wales in promoting and increasing the use of Welsh in communities in Wales.
Drop-in sessions will be held across Ceredigion as the council gathers information to help inform a new Economic Strategy for the next 15 years. The drop-in sessions are aimed at Ceredigion businesses and will gather their opinions on how the council can support them in the future.
A Second World War Veteran who served in the ‘Forgotten Army’ in the Far East celebrated his 100th birthday in Cartref Tregerddan, Bow Street on 11 January.
Children in Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth have had lessons in online safety using newly translated teaching materials.
A Ceredigion sports fund that gives grants to clubs in Ceredigion has given out £1m in grants since it started 20 years ago.
The annual 5x60 Dance Competition took part at Theatre Felinfach on Wednesday, 18 December 2019.
Ceredigion County Council has revised its Domestic Abuse Policy to reflect Welsh Government legislation on domestic abuse. The revised policy was approved by Cabinet on 17 December and reflects the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Act (2015).
The Welsh Guards will be granted the Freedom of the County of Ceredigion in a ceremony in Cardigan on 24 June 2020.
A successful conference for childcare sector staff took place on 16 November 2019. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Enabling Children’s Rights’.
Ceredigion County Council staff achievements were celebrated in a council meeting on 19 December 2019.
The roll out of the new waste collection service in Ceredigion is nearing successful completion. As part of the roll out, the popular online postcode finder has been refreshed and is now available to view via the council’s website www.ceredigion.gov.uk.
A new Area School will be built in the Aeron Valley after Ceredigion County Council approved a proposal to build it.
Aberaeron Youth Club, led by Ceredigion Youth Service raised £350 by selling Christmas crafts created by young people at Aberaeron Christmas Fayre on 30 November 2019.
An alternative route is now available to walkers on a part of the Ceredigion Coastal Path after a landslide.
On 8 November 2019, Ceredigion’s Member of Youth Parliament (MYP), Thomas Kendall and the Deputy MYP, Huw Jones represented the county in the annual UK Youth Parliament takeover debate. The debate was chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Deputy Speak, Dame Eleanor Fulton Laing.
Views are sought from Ceredigion residents on a revised Strategic Equality Plan called A Fair and Equal Ceredigion.
Ceredigion County Council were given special commendation in the ‘Local Government Changing the Way We Work Award’. This was for their success in incorporating ecological considerations into their work on managing and maintaining the county’s highway green estate.
Your views are sought on a food and beverage trial that was held during the summer on Aberystwyth Promenade.
Three surveys have been launched to gather the views of Ceredigion residents on developing the local economy. The surveys will help to develop a 15 year economic strategy to support opportunities to grow the local economy.
In the New Year, there will be an opportunity for people living in North Ceredigion and beyond to learn the ukulele through the medium of Welsh on an 8 week course for beginners called ‘Iwcadwli i Ddechreuwyr’. The course is run by Cered at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
A section of the Ceredigion coastal path has fallen away and has been closed.
Four secondary schools from Ceredigion led the way in the Urdd National Inclusive Zone Basketball tournament. Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi, Aberaeron Comprehensive School, Penglais School and Penweddig Comprehensive School travelled to Cardiff to compete on Thursday, 5 December 2019.
A Crown Court judge has upheld a judgement of a case which saw the neglect and death of 58 cows. In his judgement, the judge described the offence as ‘truly disturbing’.
Over the next few weeks there will be an opportunity for musicians in the Cardigan area to come together to form a brand new community band. Whether they are experienced musicians or someone who used to play in a school band or orchestra years ago, there is a warm welcome to everyone in ‘Band y Fari’.
There was success for Ceredigion at the Welsh Indoor Rowing Championships bringing home nine medals.
Ysgol Bro Teifi received a positive report of good practice by Estyn, following their inspection at the start of the year.
Carers provide unpaid care by looking after a family member, friend or partner who is ill, frail, disabled or struggling with mental health, drugs, or alcohol. Three out of five of us will be a Carer at some time in our lives.
On Monday 18 November 2019, Rhydian Jones of Waun Lluest, Gorrig, Llandysul appeared before Aberystwyth Magistrates at an appeal hearing objecting to the decision not to renew his Dog Breeding Licence.
Ceredigion County Council is supporting ‘Stand up, Speak Out’ on White Ribbon Day, held on 25 November 2019.
Ceredigion’s Explore Your Own Archives’ campaign, ‘A Battered Suitcase in the Attic’, will be held from 25 to 30 November 2019. The intention is to get people to value their own personal archives. The title reflects the half-forgotten treasures that many people have hidden in the attic or under the bed in their homes.
On Wednesday, 13 November, the final of the brand new quiz competition ‘Ar Eich Marciau’ organised by Cered and Ceredigion Actif was held at Aberaeron Rugby Club.
CERED staff were presented with a Silver Award Certificate based on the work the Menter is doing to help students prepare for their future careers at a special awards ceremony in Cardiff on 14 November.
Who likes to do a jigsaw? The challenge of emptying a box of various pieces on a floor, all different shapes and colours, and starting the task of creating a single big picture?
Ceredigion Actif have recently delivered a very successful Young Ambassador training session for young leaders with an impairment.
Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron has been awarded the Investors in Carers Bronze Award in recognition of their commitment and support for carers and their families. Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron is the second school in Ceredigion to receive this award.
Pupils at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.
Parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.
“Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.
Ceredigion County Council joins 2,000 other communities highlighting the risks of drinking too much alcohol
This week, Ceredigion County Council joins 2,000 other community groups to mark Alcohol Awareness Week, taking place between 11-17 November. Led by Alcohol Change UK, the campaign highlights the impact that alcohol can have on our bodies, our lives and those we love, and how by making changes to our drinking behaviour we can become healthier and reduce our risk for many serious health conditions including cancer, mental health problems and liver disease.
I graduated as a state-registered health professional and began my career in the health services back in 1994. Prior to working for the council, I was a registered Health and Social Care manager for a housing association. I’ve previously worked within management of third sector services for marginalized and vulnerable people with complex needs. I began my current role as Porth y Gymuned Team Leader in May 2018.
During Autumn 2019 Ceredigion County Council staff and elected members were given the opportunity to take part in a Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT). By using specialist equipment and creating a simulated environment, the experience gave an insight into what dementia might feel like.
This year, National Safeguarding Week in Wales will take place between 11 and 15 November 2019.
Four people from Ceredigion have now completed apprenticeships with Ceredigion County Council.
Four Ceredigion organisations were successful in the Estyn Excellence Awards in October.
Ceredigion residents are being urged to consider registering for a postal vote for the first December General Election since 1923.
This year, Carers Rights Day is held on Thursday 21 November 2019.
The construction company WRW has been appointed as the contractor for the Cylch Caron Scheme. The news comes after Cylch Caron was awarded Welsh Government funding to design the scheme. The Llanelli based company was successful after a tendering process.
‘Eye opening’ visit as FCA Chairman meets community members to discuss accessing cash and banks in rural communities
The Chair of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Payment Systems Regulator, Charles Randell CBE recently met with members of the community and key organisations to discuss access to cash, bank branch closures and the impacts on people’s ability to save and access credit.
Ceredigion County Council has replaced old diesel street sweepers with new electric powered models
Parents of 400 Ceredigion children have taken advantage of the Childcare Offer in its first year. The scheme has been running in Ceredigion since September 2018 and has saved parents almost £850,000 in childcare costs so far.
On Wednesday 13 November, Cwmni Theatr Bara Caws will present Lleu Llaw Gyffes by the acclaimed author and litterateur, Aled Jones Williams. The play was inspired by Aled’s desire to explore our nation’s myths: The Mabinogion.
Orig Williams or El Bandito as the Welsh wrestler was known, has carried the Welsh flag to all parts of the World. He fought the fiercest of fighters, experienced the wins and the losses – without a doubt, he lived life to the limit! A wrestler, a family man and an entrepreneur.
Individuals, groups, businesses and organisations within Ceredigion still have time this year to submit innovative ideas to support their local rural communities, to Cynnal y Cardi by Monday, 11 November.
Aberystwyth resident, Chris Tuner, aged 25, is autistic and struggles with low confidence which limits his social and professional opportunities. With his own determination, together with help and support from RAY Ceredigion and Workways+, Chris' life has taken a positive turn and he's now seeking employment in IT and warehousing.
The supply of commercial land and business premises for development is a vital part of the Mid Wales economic strategy according to the Growing Mid Wales Partnership.
A consultation is open to get the opinions of Ceredigion residents on proposed changes to some polling station locations in the county.
A new plaque was unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan. The plaque was unveiled during a public Commemoration and Dedication Service on 12 October.
Over the past few months enthusiastic members of Theatr Felinfach Performing School have been developing new skills through a series of masterclasses with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.
Ceredigion County Council has recently published its Annual Active Travel Report which contains details of £1 million worth of new cycling and walking schemes delivered in Ceredigion during the 2018-19 financial year.
Today, 15 October, Ceredigion County Council is celebrating Shwmae, Su’mae 2019.
104 new young Ambassadors attended training at three different venues across Ceredigion to begin their Young Ambassador leadership pathway.
Ceredigion County Council has approved the statement of accounts following a report from the Wales Audit Office. The report shows a positive performance of the council’s financial management.
On Saturday, 9 November at 7:30pm and for the first time in over a decade, Mid Wales Opera (MWO) returns to Theatr Felinfach with a radical reworking of John Gay's 1728 ballad opera The Beggar's Opera. Join Mrs. Peachum, her daughter Polly and the Beggar in their bawdy, ballsy take on relationships and the relative virtues of virginity.
For a night of unruly laughter, Theatr Felinfach is the place to be on Saturday, 26 October at 8 pm as Elis James returns with a brand new Welsh language show.
Adoption Mid and West Wales is seeking prospective adopters to an Information Evening from 6.30 - 8pm on Thursday 17 October at Yr Atom, 18 King St, Carmarthen SA31 1BN.
Ceredigion County Council has won the UK-wide ‘Local Authority Award 2019’ in the Community Sponsorship Awards 2019. The award was accepted by the council’s Leader, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn and Cathryn Morgan, the council’s Families First and Refugees Coordinator. The awards took place on 8 October at Canada House in London.
The last year or so has seen flurries of activity on and around Pen Dinas Local Nature Reserve. Members of Ceredigion’s Rights of Way team, contractors and a whole host of volunteers have carried out footpath improvement work with thanks to a grant from the Landfill Disposal Tax Community Scheme (administered by Welsh Council for Voluntary Action).
National Hate Crime Awareness Week will take place from 12 – 19 October this year. Ceredigion County Council is highlighting the campaign by reminding residents of what is a Hate Crime and signposting people to the necessary support; whether they may be a victim or a witness to a hate crime incident.
As Winter maintenance training preparations continue, a specially-painted golden gritter named ‘Goldie’ visited Ceredigion on 2 October to mark Econ Engineering, UK’s biggest manufacturer of gritters, 50th anniversary
The ‘Tlws yr Eidalwyr’ (Welsh for Trophy of the Italians) has returned to Ceredigion before the Ceredigion National Eisteddfod in 2020. The trophy is transferred from one county council to another as the Eisteddfod travels around Wales.
A public Commemoration and Dedication Service to honour fallen soldiers from the Cardigan area will be held on Saturday, 12 October at 2 pm in Cardigan. A plaque will be unveiled at the Cardigan War Memorial in Victoria Gardens by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards.
Following the UK Government’s announcement of a £55 million investment in the Mid Wales Growth Deal, Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns met with the Leaders of Powys and Ceredigion county councils together with members of the region’s private sector. The Growing Mid Wales Partnership has now announced the nomination process for the leadership of the region’s private sector board – the Economic Strategy Group.
We work as Overview and Scrutiny Officers as part of the Council’s Democratic Services Team.
Beginning in October, both residents and people who work in Ceredigion will be able to submit their views through Facebook on an agenda item for Scrutiny committees.
Straight from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Cer i Grafu..Sori GARU! - a Welsh version of the award-winning Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff), a one-woman science comedy musical about the neuroscience of love and loneliness will be performed at Theatr Felinfach on Saturday, 19 October.
Who are the most knowledgeable sports team in Ceredigion? Discovering the answer is the aim of a new quiz called “Ar Eich Marciau”. Cered and Ceredigion Actif would like people to form a team to represent their club in a brand new quiz competition for the county’s sports clubs called “Ar Eich Marciau” (Welsh for “On Your Marks”).
Families who attend Lampeter Family Centre joined together with Cylch Meithrin Carreg Hirfaen and with residents and service users of Hafan Deg Residential Home and Day Centre to create a colourful mural at Hafan Deg Residential Home and Day Centre, Lampeter for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Libraries across Ceredigion are supporting national Libraries Week 2019 this year by hosting a variety of events between 7 and 12 October 2019
On 8 November 2019, Thomas Kendall, Ceredigion’s Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) will join over 300 other MYPs to take part in the annual UK Youth Parliament takeover debate in the House of Commons Chamber, London, chaired by Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP.
Each October, ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ holds its annual Wear Red Day. Friday, 18 October will mark the campaigns fifth anniversary. This year, Ceredigion County Council will be showing its support throughout its schools, offices and council chamber by wearing red.
In a meeting held on 24 September, Cabinet members agreed that Ceredigion County Council would provide an ‘over the counter’ identification verification process for applicants to the Home Office’s European Union Settlement Scheme.
During the academic year 2018-19, six non-maintained settings (playgroup or nursery) and seven schools in Ceredigion were inspected by Estyn – all of which received either ‘Good’ or Excellent’ in their current performance and prospects for improvement in five inspection areas.
On 24 September, Cabinet was updated on the increased provision being provided to the veteran community in Ceredigion. They were updated on two activities which were the Regional Armed Forces Covenant Liaison Officer (RAFCLO) post and the Veterans’ Hub funding project.
This summer, Ceredigion County Council received funding of €24,919 from the European Commissions Erasmus+ programme to organise a youth exchange for young people in Ceredigion and Romania.
The Cardigan Bay Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) is asking residents, groups and organisations based within fisheries communities to send in their ideas on developing the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Cardigan Bay coast and inland waters from St Dogmaels to Barmouth
On Thursday, 24 October, Theatr Felinfach will host two performances of the puppet show ‘Dygwyl y Meirw’ (Festival of the Dead). A very timely show for the time of year celebrating the legends and traditions of the ancient Celts.
On Monday 9 September, the Dream Team visited staff and service users at, Canolfan Meugan Community Support Base for adults with learning disabilities and older people, to showcase the ‘My charter’. The Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’ West Wales was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.
What is thought to be the first Sunday Service since October 1876 was held recently at The Old Chapel at Llwynrhydowen near Llandysul when the Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Peter Davies MBE held his Civic Service at the Chapel.
On Saturday, 28 September Cardi-Gân choir will celebrate its 20th birthday. Their guests are the two renowned tenors, Rhys Merion and Aled Wyn Davies or ‘Tra Bo Dau’ as they are known.
On 13 September, a Pupil Voice conference was held at Penmorfa Council Chamber, Aberaeron with representation from all secondary schools and nearly all primary schools in Ceredigion
On Monday 9 September, the Ceredigion Public Services Board (PSB) signed the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’ West Wales. In doing so, it has become the first PSB to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.
Life is punctuated by occasions and events to be marked, remembered and commemorated. For some of these, it may be more appropriate to do something that has a longer-lasting effect than a card or flowers. Speaking on behalf of Ceredigion County Councils Public Rights of Way team, Eifion Jones says: “We have regular requests to install memorial or commemorative benches along paths in the county, and whilst there are a few locations where this is appropriate and useful, in the most part something as formal as a garden bench can be intrusive and out of place in our wild and remote landscape.” With this in mind, the team have launched a ‘Donate a Gate’ scheme.
A regional summer picnic was a great success for Syrian refugees at Gwersyll yr Urdd, Llangrannog. The picnic on 1 August was enjoyed by 200 Syrian Refugees who have come to live in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Powys and Carmarthenshire.
On Saturday, 12 October, the entrepreneur and entertainer Stifyn Parri returns to Theatr Felinfach with his new show ‘Dim C’wilydd!’ (No Shame!).
Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training (HCT) continue to support their learners in skill competitions across the UK. The latest success story is Bayley Harries, who recently qualified as a Level 2 hairdresser.
Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos in Penparcau is the first school in Ceredigion to deliver the Food and Fun Scheme to its pupils.
Notices will be published on the proposal to open a new Aeron Valley area school on a new site, and also to close Felinfach, Ciliau Parc and Dihewyd primary schools. The publication of a statutory notice gives people the chance to make an objection to the proposal.
An inclusive summer programme of activities was delivered over four weeks of the summer holidays by Ceredigion Youth Service. Workshops, activities, day trips, events and projects were organised and delivered to young people aged 11 to 25 across the county.
Every year as part of their ‘Start from the Heart’ initiative, the Calor Gas Depot at Glanyrafon Industrial Estate donate a day of their time by volunteering in the community. This year, Calor Gas employees - Matthew Davis, Kevin Sargent and Martin Atkinson volunteered their time at Bryntirion Residential home in Tregaron.
An online Budget Challenge simulator is giving Ceredigion residents the chance to show how they want the council budget to be spent in 2020-2021. The Budget Challenge was launched on 2 September and will close on 13 October.
Ceredigion County Council has been nominated for the Local Authority Award 2019 in the Community Sponsorship Awards 2019, an award ceremony organised by Sponsor Refugees.
Ceri is an Apprentice Care Assistant working with Adults at Tregerddan Residential Care Home near Aberystwyth.
Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group is supporting two innovative mental health pilot projects which aim to help young people suffering from mental health issues in Ceredigion – Amethyst and Here For You. Cynnal y Cardi is administered by Ceredigion County Council.
Catrin Davies, Delor Evans and Glesni Hemming are the Communities for Work+ Delivery Team for Ceredigion and here they talk about how they’re helping towards making a positive change for people up and down the county:
The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.
The GCSE exam results published today (22 August) by the WJEC show that very high standards are being maintained in Ceredigion schools.
The council’s 2019 Apprenticeship programme is now open for applications until Sunday 22 September
A recent Estyn report on the primary school in Mynach has given the 'Excellent' status to each of the five inspection areas.
Ceredigion County Council are currently trying to contact as many members of the community as possible to take part in a survey on accommodation for Gypsy Traveller communities. Information collected from the survey will be used to understand how many pitches may be needed in Ceredigion now and in the future.
A Comedy Gala will be held at Theatr Felinfach on Friday, 13 September at 8pm. Many familiar faces as well as some new ones will be taking part during the evening. Here’s a little background on the comedians that will be taking part on the night.
On 30 July 2019, recommended fees were approved for placements in Ceredigion’s independent sector care homes for older people for the period of 2019 to 2020.
The ‘A’ level examination results published today by the WJEC (15 August) show that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools once again. 97.9% of entries for WJEC examinations were graded A* to E, with 27.9% of the entries achieving the top ’A’ grades.
At Swansea Crown Court on 14 August, Steffan Lee Harries and Barbara Ray Howell were given prison sentences due to a number of serious offences, including animal cruelty. Steffan Lee Harries was sentenced to six months imprisonment with immediate effect; three months of which will be spent in custody and three months on licence depending on behaviour. His partner, Barbara Ray Howell was jailed for four months, suspended for 18 months due to being a young mother and also for having a smaller role in the criminal acts.
A new trial has been launched in Aberystwyth as part of the Caru Aber campaign, to help keep the town centre clean on waste collection days.
Ceredigion residents will have the chance to show how they want the council budget to be spent in 2020-2021. The feedback from residents will help the council to set next year’s budget.
The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has praised the innovative approach to planning in Ceredigion. The institute has also encouraged other council’s to use similar practices.
Donna Pritchard has been appointed as Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer for Porth Ceredigion. Porth Ceredigion is a new social care service which focuses on helping people at an early stage to stop problems from becoming more serious.
This year, mixed choir Cardi-Gân celebrates its 20th birthday. The choir will mark the occasion by hosting a year of events starting with a grand concert to be held at Theatr Felinfach on Saturday, 28 September at 7:30pm with special guests Tra Bo Dau, Rhys Meirion and Aled Wyn Davies.
On 10 July at the annual Road Safety Wales conference, Dawn Davies was awarded a Road Safety Wales Award for her long standing service and commitment as the School Crossing Patrol Officer at St Padarn's Catholic Primary School for over 13 years.
It’s a busy time for Thomas Kendall, Ceredigion Member of Youth Parliament (MYP), and Huw Jones, Ceredigion Deputy Member of Youth Parliament (DMYP), as they embark on their roles, since being elected in April 2019.
Two members of the Ceredigion Youth Council recently contributed to a meeting of Ceredigion County Council’s Learning Communities Scrutiny Committee.
On Sunday 11 August 2019, Aberystwyth Sea2shore food festival will be held on Aberystwyth promenade. The food festival will be officially opened by the Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Peter Davies MBE.
£460,000 over two years has been pledged towards the restoration of Cardigan Market Hall.
The new Ceredigion Public Toilet Strategy will focus on making public toilets in Ceredigion sustainable for the future and accessible to use.
Ceredigion Youth Service brought home a number of awards from this year’s National Youth Excellence Awards. The awards took place on Friday, 28 June in Deganwy, North Wales. Youth Workers from across Wales gathered to celebrate excellent practice in youth work over the last year, as well as to celebrate 25 years of the Youth Excellence Awards.
The Cylch Caron draft Full Business Case has been submitted to the Welsh Government to establish the grant funding levels for the scheme.
On Wednesday, 17 July, Mrs.Nansi Lovatt of Aberystwyth celebrated her 100th birthday.
From 11 until 26 February 2019, Andrea DeRome, Collections Access Officer at Ceredigion Museum journeyed to Patagonia, Argentina to research pioneering voyages for a temporary exhibition at Ceredigion Museum. The ‘Because it’s There’ exhibition is on display now until 12 October. The journey was made by support from the ICOM UK - British Council Travel Grant Scheme 2018-19.
The first thing that needs doing in the morning is to switch on all the appliances. Making sure that we have enough cakes in stock for the day is the next on my list, all our cakes are made in house so we’re always well-stocked. We get lots of compliments on our cakes, pop in if you haven’t tried one yet.
Colin Harding, a model railway layout builder based in Ceredigion has been sentenced to a 6 month custodial sentence, suspended for 15 months, after pleading guilty to fraud and supplying unsafe electrical goods.
Young people were recently given the chance to attend an employment preparation day course at the Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus in Penrhyncoch. The event was the result of Cam Nesa - a European Social Fund project part-funded through the Welsh Government - joining up with the construction company, Willmott Dixon.
Matthew Woolfall Jones won the majority of votes at the Llanbadarn Sulien by-election held on Thursday, 18 July 2019.
Household enquiry forms sent out across Ceredigion – making sure residents don’t lose their right to vote
Ceredigion County Council is asking residents in Ceredigion to look out for the household enquiry forms in the post and to make sure that they respond as soon as possible.
On 12 July 2019, Ceredigion Youth Council took over the Council Chambers to host a ‘question time’ event which they had organised and led. The event was an opportunity for them to ask questions regarding issues which affect young people, to a panel of influential decision-makers.
Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion have been working closely with Penrhyncoch Brownies over the last year to increase their use of the Welsh language and to raise awareness of its importance.
On 10 July 2019, Dylan Williams of Neuaddlwyd Uchaf, Neuaddlwyd, Ciliau Aeron appeared before magistrates at Aberystwyth Justice Centre and was sentenced for animal by-products and animal welfare offences.
Cabinet members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.
On 5 July 2019, Ceredigion Autism Spectrum Team and Aberystwyth University Accessibility Services hosted the Ceredigion Autism Conference at Aberystwyth University.
Cered’s 2019 Hwyl yr Haf programme was launched on 5 July at Gŵyl Aber. It is the essential guide for parents looking for Welsh and bilingual activities for their children in Ceredigion over the school summer holidays.
This year, Ceredigion Youth Service’s Summer Programme offers a wide range of activities over a period of four weeks during the summer holidays. There’s 19 different projects, activities, workshops and events planned 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.
A research study called Pweru’r Dyffryn delivered by Gweithgor Dyffryn Aeron cyf is looking into the feasibility of powering businesses and households in the Aeron Valley.
Following refugee week in June, Ceredigion residents are being encouraged to consider taking part in a community sponsorship scheme to host Syrian refugees.
On Thursday 11 July, Ysgol Henry Richard in Tregaron was officially opened by Mark Drakeford AM, First Minister of Wales.
200+ referrals have been received and 88 people have been supported by the Communities for Work Plus project in Ceredigion in its first 12 months. The project began in April 2018 with two Mentors and an Employer Liaison Officer. They support people to improve their employability skills. This should, in turn, help them either get employment or get better-paid employment.
Children between four and 11 years old are being encouraged to take part in the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge will be launched in libraries across Ceredigion on 13 July and will run until 28 September 2019.
Ceredigion is one of four regions in England and Wales chosen by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to take part in the Census Rehearsal on Sunday, 13 October 2019.
Ceredigion residents Neville Morgan Thomas, Ed Goodliffe and Ian Townrow have all benefited from the help of employment and volunteering support service Workways+ through an outreach programme run by the Cardigan based mental health recovery centre, Kinora.
On Friday, 05 July at Penmorfa, Aberaeron Ceredigion Sports Council held the 2019 Ceredigion Sports Awards.
Workshops were held recently with the Welsh beatboxer Mr Phormula at Penparcau and Aberaeron Youth Club, organised by Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion along with Ceredigion Youth Service.
Prestigious insport silver award demonstrating a commitment to inclusion awarded to Ceredigion County Council
Disability Sport Wales has awarded the insport development silver standard to Ceredigion County Council; one of eight local authorities in Wales to have gained this achievement.
On Friday 28 June, Workways+ celebrated UK’s first Employability Day by holding a drop-in event in Tregaron. Workways+ were on hand to explain how they can help with job, training and employability opportunities to anyone aged 25 and over and looking for work.
The Ceredigion Plastic and Packaging Reduction Scheme was launched on 16 April 2019 and is carried out by Ceredigion County Council and the Welsh voluntary environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy. The scheme’s aim is to encourage businesses, schools, cafes and take away outlets in Ceredigion to rethink their plastic use and to reduce their overall usage of plastic and packaging.
On Thursday 27 June, year 5 and 6 pupils from Aberaeron-area primary schools took part in a sports festival at Ysgol Bro Sion Cwilt as part of the annual celebration of National School Sports Week 2019.
Ceredigion Youth Service celebrated Youth Work Week between 23 and 30 June, a week dedicated to celebrating Youth Work all across Wales.
Ceredigion County Council’s Carers Unit organised a special carers event during Carers week on Tuesday 11 June 2019 to give carers a chance to relax and recharge their batteries.
A consultation on the preferred strategy for a Replacement Local Development Plan (LDP2) started on 28 June 2019. Ceredigion County Council welcomes comments or observations regarding these documents from members of the public and anyone with an interest or a stake in the development and impacts of development in Ceredigion.
On Wednesday 26 June, the chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Peter Davies MBE, formally re-opened the wooden jetty on Aberystwyth Promenade.
On Friday 21 June, Ceredigion County Council’s Cynnydd Project and Alternative Curriculum first annual award ceremony took place in Cwrtnewydd.
On Friday, 07 June a Workways+ Employer Support Group meeting was held at Penmorfa, Aberaeron. The main aim of the group is to improve the employer network and relationships with stakeholders and partner organisations across Ceredigion.
Gwenllian and Rhun give an insight into their rewarding roles as youth workers for the Ceredigion Youth Service.
Several households have applied for the new Cozy Caron scheme following several engagement events which were recently held in Tregaron, Bontrhydfendigaid, Ysbyty Ystwyth and Pontrhydygroes, Llanfair Clydogau, Llanddewi Brefi and Llangeitho.
Electric vehicle charging points have been installed at the main council offices in Ceredigion; Canolfan Rheidol in Aberystwyth and Penmorfa in Aberaeron. The charging points are for use by the public as well as staff.
Ceredigion councillors have supported a motion to make Ceredigion County Council a net zero carbon local authority by 2030. The councillors supported the motion in a meeting on 20 June 2019.
During the Cardiff and the Vale 2019 Urdd Eisteddfod held at Cardiff Bay, pupils at Ysgol Bro Teifi celebrated their success on the Millennium Centre Stage.
Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion officers organised several nights of activities with the 'Ffynnon' youth club in Llandysul to provide new opportunities through the medium of Welsh for the older members in the club.
On Wednesday 12 June, Ceredigion Youth Service (CYS) was given acknowledgement by representatives from Ceredigion County Council for the creativity of a large graffiti mural along the river Teifi in Cardigan, created by CYS, along with 17 young people aged between 11-25 and graffiti artist, Lloyd the Graffiti.
Bryntirion Residential Home in Tregaron offers one to one therapy weekly sessions for residents to improve their well-being and confidence. The sessions are funded by the Margaret and Alick Potter Trust which provides grants to support people living in Ceredigion who have a diagnosis of dementia as well as their families and carers.
On Saturday 20 July, Ceredigion Museum will be welcoming visitors through its doors to the Year of Discovery 2019 exhibition to celebrate the story of human endeavours, with objects selected from the museum collection.
Following a recent Estyn inspection, Ysgol Gynradd Aberaeron is praised for the enriching educational experiences they provide.
11 new E-bike charging stations have been recently installed at various sites in Aberystwyth by Ceredigion County Council following receipt of an Active Travel Fund grant from the Welsh Government. These charging stations are free of charge to all and are the first to be installed by a local authority in Wales.
An ambitious new Carbon Management Plan is targeting a 15% reduction in emissions by 2023. The plan to reduce Ceredigion County Council emissions was approved by the council’s Cabinet on 11 June 2019.
Food and drink businesses will be among those who can apply to have a place on the Aberystwyth Promenade this summer. The council’s Cabinet approved proposals to tender out parts of the promenade and beach for a trial period during the summer of 2019.
The publication of a Language Strategy and the appointment of the Working Welsh Tutor were among the main achievements in 2018-2019 according to a report approved at a Cabinet meeting on 11 June.
Teaching, leadership and standards have been described as ‘Excellent’ in Ysgol Dyffryn Cledlyn’s first Estyn report.
A new shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians between Bow Street and IBERS at Plas Gogerddan has been completed. The path was officially launched on 6 June 2019.
A new plan has been approved to improve footpaths and bridleways in Ceredigion. The Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) was approved in a Cabinet meeting on 4 June 2019.
Over forty businesses and organisations from across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire came together recently to find out how they can be a part of a new and exciting tourism project called ‘Celtic Routes’.
On 28 June, Stuart Evans will be retiring from Ceredigion Museum after 43 years.
Do you have a community-led idea that could make a real difference to the lives of people living and working in Ceredigion? Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group is asking residents, local groups and organisations to send in their ideas by Monday, 24 June.
Jennifer Ladd – a retired Emergency Nurse Practitioner from Cardigan Hospital’s Minor Injury Unit (MIU) – has been awarded the British Empire Medal. The medal was presented by Miss Sara Edwards, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed on 30 May 2019.
On Friday 7 June at 7:30pm, Lloyd Macey, who is known for featuring on the X Factor television show will perform at Theatr Felinfach.
A consultation will be held on establishing a new area school in the Aeron Valley. The council’s Cabinet approved the consultation on 4 June 2019.
Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion's Volunteer Awards Ceremony was held on 17 May at Theatr Felinfach. The evening publicly recognise the efforts of young people who have been volunteering with Cered over the past year.
A members’ workshop has heard that Ceredigion can be a leader in the agri-food sector in the future. The workshop was held in the Council Chamber on 30 April.
Ceredigion Youth Service recently presented a handcrafted bench to the community of Tregaron, as part of a youth-led community project. The group of young people aged 16-25 are part of ‘Inspire’, the Youth Service’s Outreach programme.
Saturday, 14 February 1981 was my first day of work here, at Hafan Deg. Starting out as an Assistant Matron, I progressed to being Manager (known as Matron at the time) in 1983, and have been the Manager ever since – 38 years on!
Climate change and sea level rises will likely bring changes to Tanybwlch beach. Ceredigion residents and visitors are invited to share their local knowledge of the area surrounding the beach with the council’s Conservation Team at a number of events around Aberystwyth this summer.
The views of Ceredigion residents are being sought to revise the Strategic Equality Plan for 2020-24. Public services in mid and west Wales are working with Ceredigion County Council to ask residents to give their opinions. The survey is available on the council website and will run until 14 June 2019.
Beulah, Cilcennin and Trewen Primary Schools will close at the end of the school year.
On Friday, 5 July 2019, Ceredigion Sports Awards ceremony will be held to recognise and honour people's achievements and outstanding contribution to sport in Ceredigion.
On Monday evening, 13 May at Cardigan Castle, a group of children and young people across the south of the county were given an opportunity to perform in an end of year production as members of Clwb CICA’r Ffin, a new Welsh Performing Arts Club in Cardigan and north Pembrokeshire.
Food Centre Wales is holding a one-day first aid training course on 25 June. Open to businesses and the public, the course gives an introduction to an important range of first aid topics.
The Ceredigion Music Service will be restructured to make it sustainable and to make savings within the Schools Service.
Aberystwyth Cycle Festival will be held from 18 May until 27 May 2019. School children will have the chance to take part in the race from 10am on Saturday morning 25 May.
As part of Carers week, individuals and organisations come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is. This year, Ceredigion County Council’s Carers Unit and third sector partners invite you to a Carers Relax and recharge day on Tuesday, 11 June at Rhosygilwen Mansion, Cilgerran.
Councillor Peter Davies MBE was elected as the Chairman of the Council for 2019-2020 in the Annual Meeting held by Ceredigion County Council on Friday 17 May.
Ceredigion County Council will pick up five Blue Flags at the Wales 2019 Coastal Awards ceremony on Wednesday 15 May 2019
On 14 and 28 June, Ceredigion Museum will be screening three films centred on Wales’ most iconic animal, the sheep. Screened alongside the Museum’s current art exhibition simply entitled Sheep, this tryptic of films explore the intricacies of our relationship with these woolly creatures and the communities and lives that we have built around them.
Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion organised ‘Eisteddfod Ddwl’ at Ysgol Bro Teifi together with the school’s language charter for year seven pupils.
Principles of the new structure of the Ceredigion Music Service ensure future opportunity and consistency for pupils. This will be one of the messages to be presented at a meeting of the Council's Learning Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 09 May 2019. The Committee will receive a presentation on the new structure of the service and be given the opportunity to discuss and ask questions.
As Councillor Hag Harris’ year as Chairman of Ceredigion County Council for 2018-2019 draws 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 Lampeter Family Centre.
Two information sessions are to be held in Tregaron and Ponhtrydfendigaid on 13 and 14 May for residents to gain information on the ‘Cozy Caron’ scheme. Cozy Caron is a new scheme to help eligible homes within the area of Tregaron and the surrounding villages to have central heating systems installed.
Helping to make someone’s life a little bit more manageable – an overview of a Blue Badge Administrator
Sheila Herbert is the Blue Badge Administrator at Ceredigion County Council. She is dedicated to making sure that eligible Ceredigion residents have their parking concessions to help make their lives a little bit more manageable. Reflecting on her work, Sheila gives an overview of her role and key information on the Blue Badge scheme.
On Saturday 11 May at 7:30 pm, the Athena trio, will perform, alongside Steffan Rhys Hughes, at Theatr Felinfach as part of their Encore Series.
I’ve been in this role for three years and really enjoy the fact that I help towards making someone’s life a little bit more manageable.
Ceredigion County Council is pleased to announce that it's been successful in obtaining a £125k grant from the Welsh Governments Enabling Natural Resources and Wellbeing fund in order to install a purpose-built boardwalk along the River Teifi in Cenarth.
Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion hosted a special evening with the Llandysul Cubs. Ynni Da visited the Cubs to do a pedal power session through the Welsh language.
Following an inspection, Ysgol Bro Teifi has received a commendable report from Estyn. Estyn's report had appraised that Ysgol Bro Teifi was either good or excellent in all of the inspection areas.
On 16 April 2019, the Ceredigion plastic and packaging reduction scheme was launched. The scheme is carried out by Ceredigion County Council’s Conservation and Waste Management Teams, together with the Welsh voluntary environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy.
The European Parliamentary Elections will be held on 23 May 2019. Britain is scheduled to take part.
A Carers Garden Party was held on 11 April in Aberystwyth to bring carers of all ages together to take their caring hat off and enjoy with their loved ones.
Rodents can cause a lot of damage, cost money and cause concern for many. In response to these concerns, the Council has invested in underground camera technology for infestations, where Community Wardens will be able to identify defects in drains and identify potential points of entry where rodents are entering properties from the drains.
On Tuesday, 09 April, over 220 young people and their families, from across Ceredigion joined Ceredigion Youth Service to celebrate their annual Awards Night. The evening was an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the achievements and successes of all young people who have engaged with Ceredigion Youth Service during the past year.
Ceredigion Youth Service have been successful in being shortlisted for a number of awards at this year’s National Youth Excellence Awards. The awards will take place on Friday, 28 June at Deganwy, Llandudno. Youth Workers from across Wales will gather to celebrate excellent practice in youth work over the last year.
Students of the Countryside Management Course at Aberystwyth University have been constructing two new bridges to replace the old structures at a popular riverside walk in Aberystwyth, near Morrisons.
MORE than £16,000 has been shared out amongst people affected by last October’s floods, thanks to the generosity of Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion communities.
On 9 April 2019, Ceredigion Youth Council elected Thomas Kendall as the county’s new Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) who will represent Ceredigion in the UK Youth Parliament in 2019-2020, with Huw Jones elected as deputy member of Youth Parliament who will support Thomas.
A sentencing hearing was held on 10 April at Aberystwyth Magistrates Court to consider the guilty pleas submitted by Mrs. Margaret Cooper, 80 yrs old and Mr. Norman Richard Cooper, 55 yrs old. of Gilfachwith Farm, Bangor Teifi, in relation to the death and serious neglect of 84 cattle.
In March, Ceredigion Youth Service has achieved the prestigious Gold Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales. The Gold Quality Mark of Youth Work in Wales has only been achieved by two other Local Authority Youth Services to date.
Congratulations have been given to all Ceredigion Welsh Learners on their success in stage, literature and arts and crafts competitions at the Learners' Eisteddfod in Brecon recently
Ceredigion County Council has received confirmation that Councillor Paul James was killed last night, following a road accident.
For the first time this year, pupils from some Ceredigion schools had the opportunity to compete in a quiz competition organised by South West Wales’ Mentrau Iaith called ‘Cwis Dim Clem’. The regional rounds were organised by Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion.
A dedicated new service has been established to help unpaid Carers in Ceredigion. Gofalwyr Ceredigion Carers (GCC) provides many services including advice and emotional support for Carers, as well as helping them to have short breaks from their caring responsibilities.
Businesses from across Mid Wales have taken the first major step in developing the vision for a Mid Wales Growth Deal. 40 businesses, representative organisations and charitable trusts met in three workshops in early April to start the process.
Ysgol Penweddig is judged to have made ‘sufficient progress’ in addressing the recommendations made after an inspection held in January 2017. As a result, the school has been removed from the list of schools requiring Estyn review.
Derek Brockway, aka the ‘Weatherman’ has returned to Ceredigion to enjoy the beautiful coastal path in Ceredigion. The Public Rights of Way team, with the help of a group of enthusiastic volunteers have been busy working on the coastal path to ensure that the path is ready for all to enjoy this spring.
The enhanced High Street and Retail Rates Relief Scheme has been approved for 2019-20 in Ceredigion. The scheme was approved by Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet on 9 April 2019.
Welsh will be the medium of instruction in the foundation phase of Ysgol Bro Pedr from September 2019 onwards. The development follows the approval of the plan by Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet.
From April 2019 up until the autumn, a series of ‘Walk of the Week’ posters will be published on Ceredigion County Council’s social media pages. These will highlight long and short routes across the county, so over the course of the summer there should be something for everyone to enjoy.
Pupils, staff and parents of Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos are delighted with the findings of the ESTYN inspection on the school, which was published today, 08 April.
Ysgol Penglais is no longer on a list of schools that need significant improvement. The development comes after an Estyn visit in March.
Do you have a community-led idea that could make a real difference to the lives of people living and working in Ceredigion? Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group (LAG) is asking residents to send in their ideas or expressions of interest for a project by Monday, 29 April.
In a workstream meeting on 3 April, councillors were given an update on the work to develop new ways of providing a music service in Ceredigion.
A new initiative to get nursery children more active has been launched across Ceredigion nurseries. Run by the Active Young People team from Ceredigion Actif, together with Public Health Wales, the aim of the scheme is to increase children’s physical activity, increase the number of parents involved in their child’s development and an opportunity for the children to develop key skills.
On Tuesday 26 March, Aberaeron Community Ambassadors organised and hosted a beach clean at Aberaeron beach during their lunch hour. Whilst carrying out the clean-up, the young people had the opportunity to learn about looking after the environment around them.
A bursary to support young people aged 11-25 to help them with their future aspirations, has been awarded to four successful applicants for their innovative ideas. The bursaries will be given at the Ceredigion Youth Service’s awards evening on Tuesday, 9 April at Theatr Felinfach.
Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion arranged a Minecraft master class which was held at Theatr Felinfach for the winners of the 2019 Minecraft competition held last month.
A garden party for carers will be held on 11 April between 12 and 3pm which is organised by students from Coleg Ceredigion who are currently studying for their BTEC Health and Social Care qualification Level 3.
I’ve had a very varied career, I was a successful sales executive, living in south Wales for the best part of 30 years. I’ve also run a pub in Liverpool, where I come from originally, and have been a delivery driver for a bread manufacturer. Having also lived for a period in Holland and Germany, I moved to Ceredigion four years ago. I heard about some vacancies in the council’s waste collection service, and thought why not?
On March 15, Ysgol Henry Richard’s Cooking Club hosted a bake sale at the school and raised over £300 for Comic Relief. The cooking club is led by Ceredigion Youth Service in partnership with Ysgol Henry Richard, Tregaron. The club baked all sorts of cakes and sweet treats.
Between 6 April and 29 June, Ceredigion Museum will display a group of works on loan from Tate for the first time. The pictures, including three Henry Moore drawings, will form part of the museum’s upcoming exhibition Sheep, which will look at the history, heritage and culture of sheep farming communities and their wider relationship with the land and landscape in Wales.
On Thursday, 11 April at 7:30pm an incredible epic telling of the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion comes to Theatr Felinfach. By turns thrilling, funny, powerful and poetic, Dreaming the Night Field features one of Wales’ most engaging storytellers – Michael Harvey alongside exquisitely haunting live music.
Every member of Ceredigion County Council staff will be paid a minimum of £9 an hour - the equivalent of the Foundation Living Wage from April 2019. This follows the approval of a new pay policy by the council on 21 March 2019.
With Brexit discussions ongoing and regularly in the headlines, Ceredigion County Council has been preparing for a range of potential impacts of Brexit. The preparations are designed to minimise any negative effects that Brexit could have on Ceredigion residents.
From April this year, childminders across Ceredigion will have the chance to use the special Welsh ‘Sach Stori’ resource. This aims to promote Welsh language skills to children in the county.
Career opportunities and apprenticeships within the council were promoted at the careers fair held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 19 February. Over 1,000 pupils from secondary schools across Ceredigion attended the event which was organised by Careers Wales.
A wellbeing day was held in Aberaeron on Wednesday, 6 March for Ceredigion parent/carers which was hosted by the Disabled Children’s Team. Ceredigion wellbeing network support group offered complementary therapies for guests on the day including massage, reiki and sound healing.
The winning designs were announced on 5 March for a competition held at five primary schools across Ceredigion. The task was to design a poster that will be used as an accreditation to businesses who are reducing their use of plastics and packaging.
With two stunning rooms to hold your ceremony in, a fully licensed bar and a choice of wedding breakfast options; Ceredigion Museum is the perfect venue for your special day. From this day forward, Ceredigion Museum is an official licensed venue for weddings and is ready to welcome couples looking for a romantic atmosphere in an unusual setting.
On 17 March, Aber Folk Club are presenting the award-winning folk duo, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman at Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth
The proposed Cylch Caron Integrated Resource Centre in Tregaron has taken an important step closer to being built following the signing and sealing of the Development Agreement between partners.
Career opportunities and apprenticeships within the council were promoted at the Careers Festival held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 19 February. Over 1,000 pupils from secondary schools across Ceredigion attended the event which was organised by Careers Wales
Ceredigion Youth Service again this year embarked on a comprehensive week of both targeted and universal opportunities during the February half term. The half term program offered seven different projects, activities and events for young people aged 11-25 from across the county.
Presented by Clwb Ifor Bach and Maes B, ‘Merched Yn Neud Miwsig’(Girls making music), is coming back to Aberystwyth and will hold a gig in Ceredigion Museum on 6 April.
Farmers are being urged to get advice on how Brexit could affect the agricultural sector and their businesses. The UK is due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019.
Hafan Deg care home, Lampeter, celebrated St David’s day through adorning the home with beautiful daffodils, having a traditional Welsh menu for lunch, consisting of cawl followed by bara brith and Welsh cakes for afternoon tea.
With an enormous red dragon leading the way, hundreds of people paraded along Cardigan’s High Street in the town’s first colourful St. David’s Day Parade on Friday, 1 March. The parade was organised by Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion, to celebrate our national identity and the Welsh language in Cardigan.
On 13 February, the Wales Energy Efficiency Awards were held at the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff. Ceredigion County Council scooped two of the top prizes that give recognition of the council’s commitment to promoting energy efficiency and for delivering a successful large scale energy saving project.
With parts of Wales being considered as possible sites to bury radioactive waste, Ceredigion County Council has reiterated a long standing nuclear free commitment.
Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion hosted a fantastic evening for Llandysul Cubs where the comedian Noel James from ‘Britiain’s got Talent’ came to entertain them
Ceredigion County Council would like to thank residents and visitors for all the great work that is being done to help keep the county clean. Ceredigion is fortunate to have local groups that participate in litter picking activities which creates a big impact in the local area.
A large colourful mural was launched on 27 February 2019 on the Promenade in Aberystwyth. The mural was designed by young people from Ceredigion who won a design competition run by the Ceredigion Youth Service.
The Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth and the Magic Lantern in Tywyn, Gwynedd will be screening the internationally acclaimed Best of WOFFF, the Women over 50 Film Festival in March to celebrate International Women’s Day. Ceredigion Museum and the Magic Lantern Cinema are working in partnership with financial support from Film Hub Wales. Both are historic cinema locations with a tradition of film shows dating back to the early 1900s.
The Ceredigion Learning Disability Strategy to 2023 was approved by the council’s Cabinet on 19 February. Following the approval an action plan will be put in place to make sure that the strategy is put into practice. This means that the right help will be in place to help people who have learning disabilities to integrate as fully as possible into society.
Following an incredible tour of Wales and the USA in 2018, including performances in New York and Washington DC, the Torch Theatre Company is delighted to once again bring the story of ‘Grav’ to the stage for 2019. The show is about to embark on its 5th national tour and the tour will close in Wales at Theatr Felinfach on Friday, 15 March at 7:30pm, exactly four years since its first visit.
The Aberystwyth Farmers Market will host a St David’s Day celebration on 2 March 2019. The event will celebrate the high quality Welsh produce available in the award winning market.
Ceredigion Actif is hosting a weekly inclusive basketball session that combines wheelchair and running basketball. The aims of the tournament is to increase the amount of physical activity that young people participate in, increase opportunities for disabled children and giving young people the opportunity to play together side by side.
A Council Tax Reduction Scheme is in place to help people who are on a low income. The council administers the scheme on behalf of the Welsh Government for people who are liable to pay Council Tax and who live in Ceredigion. With the recent decision to raise Council Tax by 7%, residents on low incomes are being urged to find out if they are entitled to some help towards paying their Council Tax.
The council tax rate in Ceredigion for 2019-2020 will increase by 7%. The increase was agreed by councillors to reduce the impact of cuts to the Council’s budget and, in particular, to protect education spending. The decision was made in a Council meeting on 21 February 2019.
Ceredigion Youth Service has been awarded the prestigious Silver Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales.
Plans have been approved to change how social care works in Ceredigion to help residents have a better quality of life. The plans aim to help people at an earlier stage to help them stay active for longer.
On 18 February, the Ministry of Defence launched a new veterans ID card which all service leavers will receive to mark their time in the armed forces.
Work has started to improve access into and within the Pen Dinas Hillfort in Penparcau, Aberystwyth. The work will continue until October 2019.
A new report has shown that Air Quality in Ceredigion ranks with the best in Wales. Levels of some air pollutants are falling in the county.
Three key information management policies have been updated by Ceredigion County Council. The policies were updated because of new laws and the need make sure that they are effective in a changing technological environment.
On 2 March, Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum are very proud to be hosting the very best of Welsh music to celebrate St David’s Day weekend. Llwybr Llaethog, an experimental Welsh language band who’ve been creating dub sounds using an all manner of technology since 1985, will be joined by bilingual beat-boxer and live looping artist, Mr Phormula.
Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion hosted a Minecraft competition to give opportunities for young people to socialise through the medium of Welsh outside of school. Cered are very eager to continue developing programmes that promote the Welsh language. In the next few months, Cered are keen to organise an App Workshop so that young people can enjoy an innovative experience through the medium of Welsh.
Are you looking for somewhere to go over half term? Keen to get some fresh air or to enjoy some live music? If so, make sure you have a look at Cered’s Hwyl Dewi programme for an array of ideas.
Ceredigion Learning Services’ Special Educational Needs Team in Partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board hosted a conference on 12 February to consult and raise awareness of the new draft Code for additional learning needs (ALN). The conference attendees included local councillors, school governors and professionals from a variety of settings.
A sentencing hearing was held on 14 February at Aberystwyth Magistrates Court to consider the guilty pleas submitted by Mr David Davies, and Mr Evan Meirion Davies of Penffynnon Farm, Bangor Teifi.
On Wednesday, 13 February, Min-y-Môr residential home in Aberaeron celebrated resident Mrs. May Barsby’s 105th birthday. The home organised a party for all the residents to join in with the celebrations.
I studied Photography, Graphics and Video at Yale College in Wrexham before going on to complete a degree in Electronic Graphics at Staffordshire University, followed by a PGCE.
Thomas Evans, from Ceredigion, has been selected to join 10 other young people from across Wales to sit on a National Youth Board. The board has been formed to support Welsh Government (WG) to design a whole-school approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health.
The Coliseum Coffee House, situated at Ceredigion Museum, will be celebrating St David’s Day this year with a new menu featuring locally produced, traditional Welsh food.
Parents in Ceredigion have saved an average of £350 a month on childcare costs after the introduction of the Childcare Offer in September 2018.
A study of the need to develop a mobile youth provision in Ceredigion was conducted recently by Wavehill, through Cynnal y Cardi and commissioned by Ceredigion Youth Service (CYS).
Local boat companies are being encouraged to run day and night-time trips from the jetty in Aberystwyth. A renovation of the wooden jetty on the Aberystwyth promenade will make it safe to be used by shallow draft commercial boat operators.
Following constructive discussions between Ceredigion County Council and the NASUWT, the strike action planned for 12-14 February will no longer go ahead.
Businesses from across the Mid Wales region gathered in the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on Thursday, 31 January to show the potential for growth in the region.
On Friday, 15 February at 8pm, an acoustic evening will be held at Theatr Felinfach with company from Lowri Evans, Lee Mason and Mari Elen Mathias
In December 2018, Ceredigion Youth Service and the County Council’s Economy and Regeneration team called on young people, aged between 8-25, to help spruce up an area along Aberystwyth Promenade by sharing their creative ideas. An area which regularly attracts vandalism, on the upper level of the shelter has now been replaced with a large, colourful mural reflecting the heritage of Aberystwyth, and what Aberystwyth means to young people.
In August 2018, Aberystwyth Community Ambassadors, a sub-group of Penparcau Youth Club, led by Ceredigion Youth Service, secured a grant of £700 through CAVO Ceredigion’s Youth Led Grant Scheme, to create an art sculpture for their local community in Penparcau.
Work has started on the construction of a new shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians between Bow Street and the Aberystwyth University IBERS campus at Plas Gogerddan. The work is being undertaken by a local contractor.
On 28 January 2019, Mr. Ceirian Jones, Rhiwonnen Farm, Abermeurig, Lampeter appeared before the Magistrates Court at Aberystwyth charged with obstructing Animal Health Officers, an animal welfare offence and animal by-products related offences.
Theatr Felinfach are delighted to announce that there will be a cinema screening in February 2019 of Milwr yn y Meddwl, the winner of the 2017 Drama Medal, a production by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Sherman Theatre in partnership with the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
A FREE one-day mature driver course aimed at drivers who are 65 years old or older will be held on 28 February, 7 March and 22 March.
A new Active Travel map is available which identifies walking and cycling routes and facilities in Aberystwyth. Ceredigion County Council produced the map in partnership with Sustrans, the UK sustainable transport charity.
Some of Cardigan’s shoppers and businesses witnessed a surprise visitor to the town on Friday, 18 January, as a sizeable and noisy crew sang and guided Y Fari Lwyd along the High Street to celebrate the New Year, in an event organised by Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion.
A consultation will be held on the future development options for Theatr Felinfach. The consultation will offer two options on developing the Theatr.
Today, Thursday 24 January, Ceredigion County Council has published the report of an independent investigation into management and staff relations at Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi. The investigation, was initially launched after issues were raised by former staff members at the school.
A new pay structure for senior officers, not including the Chief Executive, in Ceredigion County Council was approved in a council meeting on 23 January 2019. The new pay structure was introduced to reflect new duties after a restructure of the council’s workforce.
The first sewerage treatment works (STW) site, located in Betws Bledrws, was officially adopted by Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water on 10 December 2018, as part of a broader project to upgrade STW sites in Ceredigion. This is the first of 26 sites in Ceredigion to be transferred.
Ceredigion County Council has called on the Home Office to withdraw the need for EU nationals who live in the UK to apply for settled status. The council unanimously passed the motion in a meeting on 23 January 2019.
A consultation on the proposal to build a new area school in the Aeron Valley will be held after being approved in a Cabinet meeting on 22 January 2019.
The Little Mill Players’ pantomime this year is ‘Treasure Island’ and will be performed at Theatr Felinfach from Thursday, 31 January to Saturday, 2 February at 7.30pm. There will also be a matinée performance on the Saturday at 2:30pm.
Ceredigion's new waste collection service will be starting soon. The new service will include a new collection service for nappies and other hygiene waste.