Penweddig School is getting ready to safely re-open its doors to pupils in September 2020 as Hywel Dda University Health Board gratefully hands back the site to Ceredigion County Council.
Safe Zones have been in place in four Ceredigion towns for three weeks.
A survey has been launched to gather views on the Safe Zones in four Ceredigion towns.
A new service has been launched to ensure short term unemployed people in west Wales get the practical hands on support needed to get into work.
Households in the Tregaron area are receiving a questionnaire around the Cylch Caron scheme.
A collection of useful words relating to the coronavirus pandemic has been compiled and is available at your fingertips.
Families and friends will be able to visit their loved ones once again at Ceredigion County Council Residential Care Homes.
On 17 July, sections of the Ceredigion Coast Path that had been temporarily closed have now reopened.
First Minister Mark Drakeford announced that children’s playgrounds will be able to reopen gradually from 20 July, and over the following weeks as and when safety checks and mitigations are put in place.
Simple acts of kindness can make a big difference – that’s the message from a new campaign being launched in Ceredigion today, Friday 17 July.
Ceredigion Actif has come up with a novel way of getting members ready to return to sport when the time comes. The Active Young People team has partnered up with over 20 community sports clubs in Ceredigion in a campaign to produce videos of activities that residents can do at home.
Ceredigion Museum’s ground-breaking ‘Sheep’ exhibition has been shortlisted for the Museums & Heritage Awards 2020 ‘Temporary or Touring Exhibition’ category.
Safe Zones have been created in four Ceredigion towns to create an open, safe space.
On 1 May, a group of 20 exercise referral clients in Ceredigion took up the challenge to virtually walk the Welsh coastal path. Some people did it by walking around their kitchens, some in their gardens and some when they went out locally for their daily exercise.
As the coronavirus restrictions are being eased, Ceredigion is welcoming visitors safely and gradually.
For the first time this year, Mentrau Iaith Cymru is holding a national competition to encourage people across Wales to create scarecrows (Bwgan Brain in Welsh).
As part of Caru Ceredigion everyone can play their part in helping keep our county clean.
The Flying Start team have been busy adapting their services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ceredigion County Council wants to create safe, inviting towns for people to confidently come shopping and to enjoy, enabling businesses to reopen and successfully trade whilst also keeping people safe.
Ceredigion pupils will be back in their schools to receive full-time education in September.
The first Ceredigion safe zones for pedestrians are being put in place in four town centres.
Self-contained visitor accommodation will begin to re-open in Wales from 11 July.
A new strategy to tackle hardship in Ceredigion has been approved.
Carers Week took place from 8-14 June 2020 across the UK. It is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers who look after family, and friends who couldn’t manage on their own.
Ceredigion Youth Service were awarded the National Participation Standards Kite Mark on 22 June 2020 for their work involving the participation of young people.
Ceredigion County Council in partnership with Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations (CAVO) and local community groups are ensuring that adults across Ceredigion who may be experiencing loneliness, isolation or vulnerabilities as a result of COVID-19 receive wellbeing packs to support them during this difficult period.
In response to the challenge posed by the Coronavirus epidemic, all formal and informal Welsh classes have been moved online.
Further changes come into force to ease the lockdown in Wales due to the continued fall in the number of coronavirus cases.
Plans are being put into place to create safe zones for pedestrians in Ceredigion town centres.
Maisie, a year 5 student from Ysgol Bro Sion Cwilt got creative during the lockdown period through creating embroidered items depicting elements of the lockdown period. Maisie planned and made the creations with the help of her Auntie.
Coleg Ceredigion, supported by Cynnal y Cardi, has completed a feasibility study with the construction sector in Ceredigion.
Sian Howys has been appointed as Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer for Porth Cynnal (Specialist Services) and the role of Statutory Director for Social Services.
Refugee Week was celebrated nationwide between 15 and 19 June. Here, in Ceredigion it was a chance to give recognition to the positive work that’s been carried out that has enabled 74 refugees from Syria to be welcomed into the county.
Following Welsh Government guidelines, Ceredigion is reopening carefully, slowly and safely.
Loyal blood donors in Ceredigion have responded to a request from the Welsh Blood Service to ‘donate differently’ by rolling up their sleeves to make a lifesaving donation at one of the Service’s new regional hubs.
Ceredigion Youth Service celebrated Youth Work Week between 22 and 28 June, a week dedicated to celebrating Youth Work all across Wales.
With the warm, sunny and dry weather we have recently been experiencing and with the lockdown rules starting to be relaxed in Wales, the message has changed from “stay home” to “stay local”, which seems like a perfect opportunity to start to enjoy the wonderful countryside and beaches that we have to offer. However, since the announcement was made on Friday 29 May, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) have attended 98 grass fires that have either been started deliberately or were accidental.
Ceredigion County Council in partnership with local community groups and services are ensuring that women and girls have access to feminine hygiene products.
A Ceredigion resident has set out on a new career path after receiving support by Workways+.
New businesses have been able to access monthly online sessions to develop their businesses.
Survey launched to identify research priorities for the social care and support of people aged 65 and over
How can we best provide sustainable care and support to help older people live happier and more fulfilling lives?
Following the substantial work that construction company WRW have carried out, the plans for the Integrated Resource Centre, Cylch Caron have been approved.
As the Welsh Government further relaxes its coronavirus restrictions, it’s even more important that we all work together to reduce the risk of infection as shops and the tourism industry gradually reopen.
Ceredigion schools will reopen for a period of three weeks, instead of the four weeks originally noted.
Armed Forces Week is on between 22 and 27 June this year.
As we move into the Adjustment Phase of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic, we reflect on the work that has been done so far to attempt to control the virus in Ceredigion.
Shops in Ceredigion can reopen from Monday, 22 June 2020, following the announcement by Wales’ First Minister.
Further steps was announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford today, Friday 19 June to unlock Wales.
Ceredigion County Council has published its Welsh Language Standards’ Annual Monitoring Report following approval in a recent Cabinet meeting.
On Tuesday 30 June, Theatr Felinfach will launch a recording of one of T Llew Jones' classics, the novel ‘Tân ar y Comin’ with an accompanying picture of Gwenllian Beynon's work. This is the latest project in the Imagine series, which are digital creative activities provided by the theatre during the lockdown on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube platforms.
Three of Ceredigion’s Household Waste Sites have now reopened.
A list of grants and support available for those individuals facing hardship during the coronavirus pandemic is now available in one place.
The county’s libraries will partially reopen safely this month by offering customers a click and collect service.
Pwerdy Iaith Aberaeron held an online quiz called Cwis Zoom Aberaeron on Wednesday 11 June, in order to raise the spirits of the community during this challenging time.
Ceredigion County Council’s Chairman, Councillor Gareth Davies, would like to extend special greetings to a resident in the county who celebrated a special birthday and turned 102 years old.
The Leaders of the Growing Mid Wales Board have shared their vision for the Mid Wales economy and progressing the Mid Wales Growth Deal with the Welsh and UK Governments on 11 June 2020.
A letter has been sent from Ceredigion to the Welsh Parliament regarding a concern about the Welsh language in schools under the proposed Curriculum and Assessment Bill.
Ceredigion Youth Service has been awarded £99,000 by the National Lottery Community Fund to develop a mobile provision for children and young people.
The Household Waste Site (HWS) at Glanyrafon, near Aberystwyth re-opened on Thursday 4 June.
The vital work of matching children with their new forever families across Mid and West Wales is continuing despite the Covid-19 outbreak.
Parcels which include local food produce are continuing to be delivered to 900 shielding residents in Ceredigion each week.
Schools in Ceredigion will start to make arrangements to reopen before the end of the summer term to ‘Check in and Catch Up’.
Ceredigion County Council will not be relaxing or changing its position in relation to services and facilities it provides at this time. The only exception is the scheduled reopening of the Household Waste Sites.
The Council’s work is going ahead with restarting its meetings, being held online.
Carers Week runs from Monday 8 June to Sunday 14 June. It is an annual campaign to recognise the contribution that unpaid Carers make to families and communities. Carers look after a friend or family member who cannot manage on their own because they have an illness, poor health, disability, mental health issue or an addiction.
People volunteer for personal reasons and these can differ from person to person. Some people volunteer for social reasons and others want to learn new skills and get work experience. The one thing that all volunteers have in common is the wonderful warm feeling they get from helping others.
Household Waste Sites (HWS) across Ceredigion are to reopen, on different dates between 04 and 17 June. Residents are urged only to visit the sites if this is essential - if the waste items can’t be stored safely at home or if it they can’t be collected as part of the usual domestic waste collections.
A number of support packages have been made available to support businesses in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Following an update to the Welsh Government COVID-19 Business grants scheme on 26 May, Not for Profit organisations operating for charitable purposes are now able to apply for a business grant of up to £10,000.
Ceredigion Museum has an exceptional collection of quilts, bursting with social history and stories about the past, which will be exhibited once visitors can be welcomed back to the museum. Two new quilts, one real and one digital, are going to be added to the collection, to help commemorate shared experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and to capture the experiences of the community during this transformative moment in time.
Ceredigion County Council is the first county in Wales to receive approval to fully coordinate the Shielding Scheme locally, providing support to over 900 people weekly.
All six golf courses in Ceredigion will remain closed until 1 June 2020.
The Active Young People team and Young Ambassadors from Ceredigion Schools have been busy preparing resources for activities and skills that children can do at home during lockdown.
Ceredigion Museum currently holds over 65,000 historic artefacts that tell the story of Ceredigion from prehistoric times to the modern day. To accommodate these, the Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group via the LEADER scheme has supported a feasibility study to explore the options of creating a state of the art, eco-friendly storage facility to accommodate all of the museum’s stored collections.
As Sue Darnbrook retires from her role as a Corporate Director at Ceredigion County Council after almost 11 years, Councillors share their thanks.
Following nearly 11 years of service in Ceredigion, Sue Darnbrook, Corporate Director at Ceredigion County Council, is today retiring.
The message remains clear in Ceredigion – there will be no changes to the restrictions, and the next three weeks are vital for the county.
Theatr Felinfach is well known as an example of excellence in the field of Community Arts and Participatory Art, but of course like most other businesses and organisations at the moment, it is currently closed.
Ceredigion County Council has developed and is implementing a contact-tracing method for coronavirus in Ceredigion.
A Ceredigion barbershop has been served with a prohibition notice after continuing to use its premises to provide services.
Ahead of the May Bank Holiday weekend, Ceredigion County Council is warning residents that there has been no changes to the restrictions currently in place.
In response to Penweddig building being used to form part of Ysbyty Enfys Aberystwyth, contingency plans have been put in place if pupils were to return gradually to school before September 2020.
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Ceredigion County Council is proud to be supporting Hywel Dda University Health Board by establishing two temporary field hospitals in the county in response to COVID-19.
Ceredigion secondary schools have gone above and beyond to produce more than 2,800 visors in response to the coronavirus crisis.
A 16 year old Ysgol Penglais pupil has become an internet statistic sensation during the Coronavirus pandemic.
During this challenging period, Porth Cymorth Cynnar has established a virtual platform to ensure that we are able to keep in touch with vulnerable residents across Ceredigion.
Thanks to everyone for staying at home. We know this is hard, but your actions are making a difference.
New guidance and support is published in light of recent changes to the restrictions and closure of holiday accommodation provisions, detailing some specific exceptions.
Businesses in Ceredigion are urged to apply for a business grant. Nearly 900 businesses have already had their applications approved paying out £11.7m of grant funding. More businesses will be eligible for the grant and are urged to apply.
As part of the support being given for people who are currently shielding to keep themselves safe from the risk of Coronavirus, food parcel deliveries are being arranged for those who are shielding and do not have family or friends who can support with shopping.
During this challenging period, Porth Cymorth Cynnar has established a virtual platform to ensure that we are able to keep in touch with vulnerable residents across Ceredigion.
Visitors and residents are being urged to enjoy at home this Easter weekend.
More than 300 face-visors have already been produced by staff at Ysgol Bro Pedr, Ysgol Penglais, Ysgol Bro Teifi and Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi to provide much needed protection for front-line workers in Ceredigion. The visors are produced on the schools’ laser cutters and plans are in place to produce another 2,000 of these vital visors.
The weather improves over the weekend. We know that it would be delightful to enjoy Ceredigion at its best, but there will be an opportunity to enjoy it at a later date. By staying home, you will help reduce the number of people infected from the coronavirus. Thank you for enjoying the weather at home and staying safe.
Ceredigion County Council values the importance of keeping in touch during this challenging time of self-isolation and appreciates that it is difficult for families that aren’t able to visit their loved ones at our care homes.
With the ongoing situation of the Coronavirus, here is the latest update regarding Waste Services provided by Ceredigion County Council.
Those in receipt of Free School Meals are receiving support during the Coronavirus crisis.
Simple but important new emergency Coronavirus laws came into force last week across Wales regarding businesses.
During this challenging period, Porth Cymorth Cynnar has established a virtual platform to ensure that we are able to keep in touch with vulnerable residents across Ceredigion. Due to the restrictions introduced to safeguard our communities against COVID-19, many residents will not be able to access their usual provision or support such as parent groups or GP Referral Exercise Classes. Instead, we are ensuring that all residents whom are known to our services, and others, are kept in touch with, through regular welfare calls, should they wish.
Sections of the Ceredigion Coast Path have been temporarily closed in the interest of public health.
Ceredigion County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) are working together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Friday night, 27 March 2020, officers from Ceredigion County Council`s Public Protection Team came across a country public house serving customers alcohol, and open for business in contravention of the recently issued Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020. Police assistance was called and the landlord will now be served with a prohibition notice. A number of other offences were identified and a report will be made to the Council`s Licencing Committee.
The UK Government has postponed the May 2020 Police Crime Commissioner elections due to COVID-19. The election will now be held on 6 May 2021. If you have not done so already, you can register to vote online by visiting https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, a range of measures to support businesses and workers have been made available by the UK and Welsh Government.
This is a difficult and stressful time for many residents in Ceredigion as Coronavirus is having a significant impact on the economy.
During this challenging period, Porth Cymorth Cynnar has established a virtual platform to ensure that we are able to keep in touch with vulnerable residents across Ceredigion.
Do not visit Ceredigion, or travel within Ceredigion to walk our coastal path
Dog fouling is a problem that can spoil everyone’s enjoyment of the great outdoors. As well as being unpleasant to look at, or worse step in, dog fouling can also be dangerous. To tackle this, Ceredigion County Council have launched a new initiative by displaying temporary messages that state ‘Your Dog Your Job’, to encourage dog-owners to take responsibility.
Council officers visited Borth Wild Animal Kingdom on 25 March, to assess and monitor a situation where 3 Lechwe antelopes escaped.
Individuals and communities are working together across Ceredigion to help those most in need. As with any crisis though, coronavirus offers opportunities to the unscrupulous to exploit the vulnerable. If you or your community group become aware that anyone is at risk of falling victim to scams, then we need your help in cracking down on them.
The Council has received information that three Letchwe antelopes have escaped from Borth Wild Animal Kingdom this morning, Wednesday 25 March.
Following Government’s advice of social distancing and one form of exercise daily, we are urging the public to be mindful when accessing the County’s beautiful coast and countryside.
Following the Government’s advice in relation to social distancing in response to Coronavirus COVID-19, Ceredigion County Council offices are closed to the public.
All those who manage Ceredigion Play Areas have been asked to close their play areas as of Monday, 23 March 2020.
The Leaders of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire County Councils have consulted with leaders at; Hywel Dda University Health Board and MPs and AMs across the Hywel Dda region in preparing the following statement:
Following the earlier news item regarding the challenges arising from sudden surge in tourism, we are very thankful that a number of caravan and camping sites have closed. This weekend has seen an high influx of visitors and this action by business owners will help stem the flow of people into the area at a time when services will be strained.
Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “71 new cases have tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 347, although the true number of cases is likely to be higher. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is now circulating in every part of Wales.
Coronavirus: Childcare provision for front-line service workers in Ceredigion – update 21 March 2020
Every effort has been made today to telephone all parents who have registered their children for childcare provision from Monday, 23 March 2020.
Due to the escalating position in relation to COVID-19 and further guidance issued by Welsh Government the Council has stopped all visitors to the Council run Residential Care Homes until further notice.
Arrangements are being put into place for childcare service provision for front-line workers in Ceredigion.
Councillor Gareth Davies was elected as the Chairman of the Council for 2020-2021 in the Annual Meeting held by Ceredigion County Council on Friday 20 March.
In light of the quickly changing situation of the Coronavirus, the following will apply regarding the waste service.
Ceredigion County Council has put in place childcare provision for essential staff from Monday 23rd March 2020 and has been receiving applications throughout today (Friday 20th March). The Council has defined who it considers to be essential workers at this stage of the epidemic. These are restricted to front line staff, including Health Service workers, blue light services, Social Services or Care Services, workers in Care Homes and domiciliary care in the county. This has enabled the Council to establish an orderly registration process for childcare.
Work is ongoing on making Ceredigion plastic free.
All Ceredigion schools will close from the end of the school day on Friday, 20 March 2020.
The ongoing Coronavirus situation is developing daily.
All, I can assure the people of Ceredigion that Ceredigion County Council’s COVID-19 Gold Command Group has been established and is doing essential work to prepare the county to cope with Coronavirus.
The Council’s Cabinet met on Tuesday 17 March to discuss the recommendation put forward by the Corporate Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Monday 16 March, regarding the future of the former care home, Penparcau.
At the Cabinet meeting held on 17 March 2020, the Social Services Complaints Policy and Procedure was approved.
A notice will be served by Ceredigion to withdraw from regional school improvement working alliance ERW on 31 March 2021.
Proactive work and plans are underway in Ceredigion to prepare and respond to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
At its meeting on 17 March 2020, the Cabinet approved a plan setting out Ceredigion's equality objectives for 2020-24.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis and uncertainty in relation to the continuity and frequency of Council meetings, the recommendations from the Corporate Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee in relation to the Cabinet decision regarding the former care home site, Penparcau, will be considered at Cabinet tomorrow, Tuesday 17 March at 10am. The meeting is open to the public.
Due to the ongoing threat of infection from coronavirus (Covid-19), and the vulnerability of the service users that attend the Council’s Day Centres, a decision has been made to close the day service for the time being.
A Swimming Skills and Training Vocabulary booklet was launched by the Leisure Service in a Sportsathon challenge event at Lampeter Swimming Pool on Friday 13 March.
Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet has approved an Anti-Slavery Policy annual statement in its meeting on 28 January, 2020.
Ysgol Henry Richard, Tregaron, won the second prize in the inter-counties final of quiz competition Cwis Dim Clem.
Ceredigion County Council has declared a global climate emergency in a Council meeting on 05 March 2020.
At the Council meeting on 5 March 2020, Ceredigion County Council’s service budgets for 2020/21 were approved after receiving the final settlement from Welsh Government on 25 February.
A new station is being developed on the railway line between Aberystwyth and Borth stations. It will feature a car park, bus interchange and cycle storage and is due to open to passengers in the winter of 2020.
A travelling fish seller from the north-east of England pleaded guilty to two offences at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Monday 02 March 2020 after he admitted failing to assist Trading Standards Officers from Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection Service. He had failed to provide any records to show who had supplied him with the fish found in his van, a legal requirement under food safety legislation.
David Davies, aged 61, and Evan Meirion Davies, aged 50, of Penffynnon Farm, Bangor Teifi, Llandysul have been imprisoned for 24 weeks each, following their refusal to comply with a previous court order banning them from keeping Animals for 5 years.
A fund to bring underused commercial buildings in Llandysul, Tregaron and Lampeter back into use is helping businesses to expand and support the local economy. The Mid Wales Town Centre Property Investment Fund (TCPIF) is still open and welcoming applications.
On Monday 24 February 2020, Mid Wales Activity Ltd., Pontrhydfendigaid was fined £30,000 by a Judge at Swansea Crown Court. This followed an earlier guilty plea to a single charge made under Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
A key Officer in Ceredigion leads the way in sharing what it’s like to have a career in planning.
At its meeting on 25 February 2020, the Cabinet approved the proposal regarding the future of a former care home in Penparcau, Aberystwyth.
Work has recently started on the construction of the second phase of the new shared use path between Bow St and Penrhyn-coch. The path will be constructed in accordance with the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Design Guidance.
If you’re aged between 9 and 25, and are looking for ways to get to places or to improve your health and well-being, then maybe you could benefit from a free re-cycled bicycle courtesy of the young people’s Inspire Project.
The latest pilot to promote positive waste presentation behaviours in Aberystwyth has been launched.
On Saturday 15 February, over fifty young people from south Ceredigion gathered at the Urdd Camp, Llangrannog for ‘Ti'n Gêm?’, a Welsh-medium social day organised by Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion with the co-operation of the Urdd and Tatl Gaming.
The latest in Ceredigion following Storm Dennis.
A section of Ceredigion coastal path between Aberaeron and Aberarth has fallen away and has been closed.
The fourth Harry Potter Book Night was held at Aberystwyth Library on Friday, 07 February.
On the eve of this year's National Eisteddfod in Tregaron and its surrounding areas, a St David's Day Parade will be held along the streets of the town to celebrate our culture and language.
World-renowned tenor Rhys Meirion will bring his 20th Anniversary Tour to Theatr Felinfach on Saturday, 07 March.
To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Ceredigion pupils had the opportunity to hear the story of a Holocaust survivor.
On Monday, 2 March, Cwmni'r Frân Wen, in partnership with Galeri will bring the theatre adaptation of Manon Steffan Ros' post-apocalyptic novel to Theatr Felinfach as part of its tour of Wales.
Gorymdaith Gŵyl Dewi Aberaeron (Aberaeron’s St David’s procession) was founded by the late Alun Williams, the former headteacher of Ysgol Gynradd Aberaeron in 1979 and is possibly the oldest procession of its kind in Wales which continues to this day.
Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training (HCT) continue to lead the way in skills competitions across the UK. The latest success story is Bayley Harris, who recently qualified as a Level 2 hairdresser at HCT.
A new student guide on recycling has been launched on Ceredigion County Council’s website.
The council will submit funding applications for two green infrastructure projects in Lampeter after the Cabinet approved the submission of the plans on 28 January 2020. The plans will be submitted to the Welsh Government.
County councillors in Ceredigion will be asked to consider a 4% increase in the Council tax rate when they meet on 5 March 2020.
Lee Watson of 5 Bute Avenue, Hereford, pleaded guilty at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on 27 January 2020 to fifteen offences relating to the sale of counterfeit goods.
A progress report has shown that air quality in Ceredigion continues to rank with the best in Wales on the basis of three Welsh Government air quality indicators. The report was approved by the council’s Cabinet on 28 January 2020.
A record 35,069 participants attended Exercise Referral classes during 2640 hours of health classes in 2019.
Borth Wild Animal Kingdom has been served with a direction to close the enclosures of its most dangerous animals – known as Category 1 animals - by Ceredigion County Council. The direction was served on 27 January 2020 because of inadequate firearms arrangements in the event of an escape of a dangerous animal.
Councillors in Ceredigion today approved a review of polling stations in the county on 23 January. The review sees three polling stations merged with nearby polling stations.
Ceredigion councillors have supported a motion that calls on the Dyfed Pension Fund to disinvest from holdings with fossil fuel companies within two years. The Dyfed Pension Fund is the fund used by Ceredigion County Council staff and councillors together with other public bodies in the area.
Ysgol Bro Pedr have been placed in the top 25% of schools in Britain with their A Level results.
2020 brings exciting new developments in Lampeter as the work on redeveloping the Canolfan Dulais site in the town gets underway. With the aid of the European Regional Development Fund investment and Welsh Government Targeted Regeneration funding the project will bring an investment of £3.2m to the town.
A Day in Our Life by Rhiannon Pugh, Menna Jones and Gwyneira Edwards, Registration Services, Ceredigion County Council.
“Civil registration is a vital service that affects everyone at some point in their lives. We are therefore in a position to be able to help others during key stages of life from the joyous occasion of a birth, the celebration of a marriage or civil partnership and the difficult and emotional time of registering the death of a loved one”. - Rhiannon Pugh, Superintendent Registrar and Registration Service Manager, along with Menna Jones, Deputy Superintendent Registrar and Gwyneira Edwards, Registration and Ceremonies Officer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Ceredigion County Council staff achievements were celebrated in a council meeting on 19 December 2019.
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’.
The Welsh Guards will be granted the Freedom of the County of Ceredigion in a ceremony in Cardigan on 24 June 2020.
A new Area School will be built in the Aeron Valley after Ceredigion County Council approved a proposal to build it.
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.
Views are sought from Ceredigion residents on a revised Strategic Equality Plan called A Fair and Equal Ceredigion.
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.
An alternative route is now available to walkers on a part of the Ceredigion Coastal Path after a landslide.
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.
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.
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.
Your views are sought on a food and beverage trial that was held during the summer on Aberystwyth Promenade.
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.
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’.
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’.
There was success for Ceredigion at the Welsh Indoor Rowing Championships bringing home nine medals.
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.
Ysgol Bro Teifi received a positive report of good practice by Estyn, following their inspection at the start of the year.
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.
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.
Ceredigion Actif have recently delivered a very successful Young Ambassador training session for young leaders with an impairment.
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?
Parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.
Pupils at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.
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.
“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.
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.
Four people from Ceredigion have now completed apprenticeships with Ceredigion County Council.
This year, National Safeguarding Week in Wales will take place between 11 and 15 November 2019.
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.
Four Ceredigion organisations were successful in the Estyn Excellence Awards in October.
This year, Carers Rights Day is held on Thursday 21 November 2019.
Ceredigion residents are being urged to consider registering for a postal vote for the first December General Election since 1923.
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.
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.
Ceredigion County Council has replaced old diesel street sweepers with new electric powered models
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A consultation is open to get the opinions of Ceredigion residents on proposed changes to some polling station locations in the county.
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.
104 new young Ambassadors attended training at three different venues across Ceredigion to begin their Young Ambassador leadership pathway.
Today, 15 October, Ceredigion County Council is celebrating Shwmae, Su’mae 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 ‘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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We work as Overview and Scrutiny Officers as part of the Council’s Democratic Services Team.
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”).
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.
Libraries across Ceredigion are supporting national Libraries Week 2019 this year by hosting a variety of events between 7 and 12 October 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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 recent Estyn report on the primary school in Mynach has given the 'Excellent' status to each of the five inspection areas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.