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.
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.
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.
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.
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 P.G.C.E.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
A trade delegation of Mid Wales businesses will be visiting the Senedd later this month to highlight the economic ambitions and investment aspirations of the region to the Welsh Government.
On 15 January 2019, Mr David Davies and Mr Meirion Davies, both of Penffynnon Farm, Bangor Teifi, Llandysul appeared before the Magistrates Court at Aberystwyth, charged with Animal Health related offences.
The young people of Llandysul will embark on a new role at the end of this month as they join ‘Criw Cered’ – who are the volunteers of Cered: Welsh Language Initiative. The young people will assist with the organising of the concert ‘Llwybrau Robat Arwyn’ which is being held at Ysgol Bro Teifi on Saturday, 26 January at 7.30pm.
Following last year’s success, Ceredigion Youth Service are fortunate to accept another opportunity generously provided by West Wales Holiday Cottages to support young people with a cash bursary again this year.
Roy Noble and Nigel Jones have worked together as Community Wardens for over 12 years for Ceredigion County Council. Here’s an insight into their roles and how they deal with pest issues across Ceredigion.
Following the first meeting of 2019, the Ceredigion Armed Forces Community Covenant (CAFCC) wishes to endorse Royal British Legion’s generous offer of providing a fully-funded tour back to the beaches for 300 D-Day veterans.
Did you know that since 1 April 2018 Ceredigion County Council has provided free food waste caddy liners to households in Ceredigion?
A radio workshop will be held on Friday 19 January at 7pm at the Caron Leisure Centre. Organised by Cered (Ceredigion Welsh language Initiative) alongside the leisure centre itself. Running the workshop will be MarciG from Radio Cymru. Young people aged 10-16 are welcome, first and second language!
A letter from an eight-year old girl, Lucie Medhurst, has led to positive action being taken to tackle dog fouling at a local beauty spot. Lucie, from Penrhyn-coch, wrote the heartfelt letter to Ceredigion County Council expressing her concern about the extent of the problem at nearby Gogerddan woods.
On 19 December 2018, Aberystwyth Community Ambassadors and members of Penparcau Youth Club teamed up with Aber Food Surplus and Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos to host a ‘pay as you feel’ meal at Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos, Penparcau.
A brand new Welsh language comedy show from one of Wales’ foremost comedians is coming to Theatr Felinfach on Saturday, 19 January at 8pm.
Over the past few months Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion has been busy travelling across Ceredigion developing music skills whilst creating fun opportunities through the medium of Welsh with a brand new ukulele orchestra and ukulele workshops for children and adult.
A consultation has been launched in Ceredigion on the local Toilet Strategy. The consultation will give people the chance to have their say on public toilets in the county.
An Award Ceremony was held on 13 December to celebrate the achievements of the first group of trainers who have completed a ground-breaking new program to train and support Carers.
Bayley Harries, a Level 2 Hairdressing apprentice at Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training (HCT), took the top spot in her heat of a prestigious skills competition in Wrexham on 26 November. The competition, organised by World Skills UK, aims to inspire young people interested in vocational careers to achieve their full potential in their chosen career.
The new Ceredigion Carers Fund was launched on 30 November in a Carers Rights Day event in the Old College in Aberystwyth. The Ceredigion Carers Fund provides funds for Carers to pay for something that will improve their health and wellbeing.
Statutory notices will be published on the closure of Ysgol Gynradd Cilcennin, Ysgol Gynradd Beulah and Ysgol Gynradd Trewen after a Cabinet decision. The notices will be in place for 28 days to give people the opportunity to oppose the proposals to close the schools. This Cabinet decision is not a final decision to close the schools.
A project that has been successfully supporting vulnerable secondary school learners to improve their attendance, attainment and behaviour in Ceredigion has been awarded an additional £1,545,213 and extended until December 2022 following European funding being awarded.
Results from the 2018 National School Sport Survey found that the amount of physical activity children in Ceredigion take part in has increased since 2015.
While many people will be enjoying the festive break with their families and friends, it will be business as usual for a number of Ceredigion County Council’s staff. This includes the Waste Collection Team, who have encountered some challenges recently with the reliability of its ageing fleet, meaning it’s not always been possible to deliver the best level of service.
A third Members’ Workshop was held to discuss boosting the economy in Ceredigion on Friday, 14 December 2018.
A farmer from Ceredigion has made a full admission of guilt and accepted a caution in relation to the offence of interfering with a TB test. The individual also admitted to another animal welfare offence of injecting the necks of five cattle with a diesel type substance.
In a council meeting on 13 December 2018, the council approved a No Casino Resolution. The resolution will be in place until 2022.
On 6 December, Ceredigion Museum hosted the launch of a new report. The Happy Museum report, ‘Welsh museums and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act’, shines a spotlight on the many ways that Welsh museums are responding to the goals of the Act.
I’ve worked within the Environmental Health Service since 2013. I first became interested in Environmental Health during a careers evening in secondary school, and then went on to do work experience in the subject. This cemented my love for the job.
Are you aged between 11 and 25 and have some creative ideas on how to give a fresh new look to Aberystwyth promenade?
At the UK Coaching Awards 2018 on Thursday 29 November, Ceredigion Basketball coach, Lee Coulson was awarded the UK Community Coach of the Year 2018.
'All Aboard The Bandstand!’ was the cry on Aberystwyth Promenade as Ceredigion Archives, the county record office, put on a range of special events on a maritime theme in the Bandstand to celebrate Explore Your Archives week from 19 to 23 November.
I grew up in Brandenburg, a beautiful town surrounded by lakes and rivers just outside of Berlin, where my family were and still are farmers. I grew up with the knowledge of how important land drainage is for agriculture and farming. This sparked my interest in engineering from an early age.
Switching street lights to LED bulbs has saved over £1m over 10 years in Ceredigion. In 2017/18, 985 tons of carbon was saved from entering the atmosphere when compared to 2007/08 street light emissions.
Future visitor information provision in Cardigan to be considered as decision is made to close Tourist Information Centre
The way visitor information is offered in Cardigan will be looked into further after a decision was made to close the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in the town.
Four Young Leaders from Ceredigion have won a National Innovation Award for their work last year as Bronze Young Ambassadors.
Vulnerable people at risk of homelessness will be offered improved help to stay in their homes under a new homelessness strategy in Ceredigion.
It’s Panto time once again in Theatr Felinfach - one of the flagship participatory and community projects. This year, it’s hard to believe that the Welsh language Panto celebrates it’s 50th birthday and one cast member has appeared in every production!
On 13 November, Ceredigion County Council extended its new waste collection pilot scheme in Aberystwyth along Cambrian Street and parts of Alexandra Road. Residents will be able to put their waste into strong sacks provided by the Council.
On 14 November, a team from Ceredigion Youth Justice and Prevention Services (CYJPS) were finalists for the Howard League’s Community Awards.
68 individuals have been supported by a new project in Ceredigion in its first four months.
A free training course for motorcyclists is to be held in Aberystwyth Fire Station on 13 December from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
On October 26, a meeting was held at the Council Chamber in Penmorfa, Aberaeron, to welcome new members to Ceredigion County Council’s Youth Council; three years on from when it was first established.
Sporting clubs and organisations in Ceredigion have benefitted from receiving over £126,000 in funding for 2017/18 through Development grants and Community Chest grants awarded by Sports Wales and delivered by Ceredigion Actif.
Carers Rights Day event will be held on 30 November in The Old College, Aberystwyth. The event will help Carers to know their rights, help Carers find the help they deserve, and raise awareness of the needs of Carers.
Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training (HCT) enjoyed a successful open evening on Wednesday 07 November as it opened its doors to the public.
Communities and staff have been thanked for their work during the Storm Callum Floods. The October floods caused great damage to homes, businesses, roads and bridges in the south of Ceredigion. The floods were the biggest flood event in the last 31 years in Ceredigion.
Bayley Harries will be competing in a prestigious competition which allows young trainees and apprentices the opportunity to show off their skills in a huge variety of vocational careers.
‘Pwerdy Iaith Aberaeron’ will celebrate Christmas with a special gig in the company of Patrobas and Eleri Llwyd on Friday, 14 December.
Following a successful recruitment campaign held over the summer, four young people from Ceredigion recently took their first steps in careers.
It’s been a busy few weeks for Ceredigion Sporting Young Ambassadors.
An inclusive fun day was provided to over 50 young people with impairments during the October half term.
On 09 November, a tribute night was held to celebrate two local theatre stars, Aeron Davies and Grett Jenkins.
The invitation period to tender for the design and build of a new fully-integrated health, social care and housing centre, Cylch Caron in Tregaron has closed. The submissions received are currently being evaluated.
A traditional evening of entertainment will be held in Theatr Felinfach on 16 November at 7:30pm. The evening will be led by Hywel (Gas) Lloyd and Arwel (Cwmcoedog) Davies.
Ceredigion Museum will host a magical Christmas Fayre unlike any other.
A multi-agency partnership aimed at the prevention and reduction of harm from substance misuse among children and young people in Ceredigion has been launched.
The Bro Teifi School Memorial Garden was officially opened on 09 November 2018. This is a new home to the War Memorial to former pupils of Llandysul Grammar School who lost their lives during the First World War and the Second World War.
Visitors from Yosano Town, Japan were welcomed to Food Centre Wales on Wednesday, 07 November 2018.
At the end of the last half term, a tea party was held at Ysgol y Dderi to celebrate Mair Spate’s retirement, after 42 years of working as the school’s dinner money collector.
Carers who care for a family member or friend and Councillors attended a coffee morning on 8 October specifically for Carers and Councillors in Penmorfa, Aberaeron. The event gave Councillors the chance to listen to the concerns of those who care for loved ones and the challenges they face.
A new Children and Young People’s Participation Strategy for 2018-2021 was approved in a Cabinet meeting on 6 November 2018.
As part of its annual campaign to reduce crime levels within the county, the Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership is inviting residents to attend a public meeting of the Full Partnership and Strategy Group.
The opportunity to have your say on the development of the Welsh medium in the foundation phase at Ysgol Bro Pedr, Lampeter is now open.
A Coastal Communities Fund application for the renovation of the wooden jetty at Aberystwyth to bring pleasure boat trips back to the seafront has been successful.
Funding has been secured that will help vulnerable households in Ceredigion prepare for winter.
Ceredigion represented UK Local Authorities at a European meeting to discuss a community based approach to resettling refugees.
Food Innovation Wales will be exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation show at the NEC Birmingham on 7 and 8 November 2018.
Following a public consultation exercise, Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet decided to keep the Household Waste Site at Rhydeinon, near Llanarth open, with changes to the opening hours.
National Safeguarding Week, held between 12 and 16 November, will focus this year on raising awareness of the risk of exploitation.
Fresh calls are being made for working parents to register for the Childcare Offer in Ceredigion. The calls are being made before the latest group of three-year-olds become eligible for the scheme at the start of the new school term in January 2019.
Businesses and organisations in Aberystwyth and Lampeter can take advantage of free information sessions which will offer networking opportunities along with opportunities to share best practice on using the Welsh language in social media.
In a Full Council meeting on 25 October, the Council backed a motion supporting the Lucy’s Law campaign. It follows the Healthier Communities Committee Meeting on 19 September in which the committee considered and supported the campaign in principle.
Baby Massage Training was held recently at Enfys Teifi Integrated Children’s Centre in Cardigan.
Drop in sessions for people in Ceredigion affected by the flooding following Storm Callum are being held. The first session will take place in Lampeter on 30 October.
A safety notice has been issued concerning a ‘Carve your own pumpkin’ polystyrene pumpkin and is being highlighted by Ceredigion County Council Trading Standards Service.
On 25 October, Ceredigion County Council supported a motion recognising the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign.
Over 40 food and drink businesses from across Wales attended the first ‘Zero Waste Conference’ at Food Centre Wales on Tuesday, 16 October.
Small businesses in Cardigan came together to a special event on Thursday, 4 October 2018. The Business Fair was an opportunity to network, learn from each other and share experiences of using the Welsh language in business.
Shwmae Su’mae day was celebrated throughout Wales on Monday, 15 October to encourage people to start every conversation with ‘Shwmae’ or ‘Su’mae’! To mark the day this year, staff at Ceredigion County Council held a cookery competition during its weekly ‘Clwb Cinio Cymraeg’ session (Welsh Lunch Club).
Parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays preceding Christmas this year.
There will be a special opportunity for the people of Tregaron to learn about one of Wales’ most successful industrialists, David Davies Llandinam with a performance by the drama company “Mewn Cymeriad”.
Sustrans Cymru director, Steve Brooks visited recent work to the Aberystwyth Active Travel Network on 26 September. The network of pedestrian, cycling and general accessibility improvements has been developed in partnership with the Welsh Government and Sustrans.
Dwyn i Gof (Bring to Mind) is a thought provoking drama which combines the intense and humorous to discuss an omnipresent subject which is ‘on everyone’s mind’ these days, in Meic Povey’s last play for Bara Caws.
A consultation is to take place on the development of the medium of instruction to Welsh in the foundation phase at Ysgol Bro Pedr.
Ceredigion Museum celebrates the 100th birthday of award winning Ceredigion illustrator Margaret Jones with an exclusive exhibition.
Having a caring family and a place they call home is what a lot of children take for granted; however, there are children in Ceredigion who are still looking for a home of their own. As part of National Adoption Week, which is happening between 15 and 21 October, people are being asked to consider opening their homes and their hearts to those waiting for a family.
Residents are being sought for involvement in the Pen Dinas Hillfort project.
A procurement event is being held for Ceredigion businesses to develop on their tender submissions and winning public sector contracts.
A performance report outlining progress towards reaching Ceredigion County Council’s Well-being and Improvement Objectives will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet and Full Council in October 2018.
With the clear-up following Storm Callum flooding well underway, important safety advice is being issued to Ceredigion residents.
This is the latest with regards to roads and bridges at 19:45, 14.10.2018.
Teaching Welsh has been a big part of my life for many years; in secondary school, I used to enjoy visiting evening classes to speak to learners as part of a Cynllun Pontio (Bridging Scheme).
The park known as Square Field in the centre of Aberaeron has been designated a Centenary Field and named as Cae Canmlwyddiant Ceredigion Centenary Field – Cae Sgwâr / Square Field, Aberaeron.
A new Welsh language Strategy for Ceredigion has been approved for 2018-2023. The strategy was approved by Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet in a meeting on 25 September 2018.
e-sgol, a new initiative supported by Welsh Government to develop opportunities in e-learning, has been launched in Ceredigion.
Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training (HCT) staff and learners enjoyed participating in Macmillan’s Coffee Morning on Friday, 28 September. The total money collected amounted to over £160, which will go towards vital care and support services for people affected by cancer.
On Monday 1 October, Ysgol Henry Richard welcomed the primary section to the school, following the completion of the extension section of the school. It includes a new primary school building and refurbishment of the secondary section building.
During the autumn term, Aberaeron Youth Club Members have been busy organising community activities and promoting the youth club to the residents of the town.
14 sports clubs from all over Ceredigion were successful in receiving over £1,300 each, to get people more active in their communities, through a Community Chest Fund.
A new Creative Team has been appointed in Theatr Felinfach. The team’s new members - Lowri Angharad Briddon and Sioned Hâf Thomas – will play a central role in the Theatr’s creative process.
On Saturday morning, 29 September, Cardigan town came to a virtual standstill as over 100 school children came together to perform a Flashmob. The Flashmob dance was created as part of the town’s Gŵyl y Cynhaeaf (translated as Harvest Festival) programme of events to celebrate Welsh culture with performances taking place on the Quayside, in the Castle and on the town square. The dance was performed to the music of local band Ail Symudiad.
Businesses in Ceredigion will benefit following the release of a new booklet “Welsh in the Workplace” by Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion.
Young Ambassadors all set to deliver physical activity opportunities in every Ceredigion Primary School
Towards the end of September, all the Ceredigion Young Ambassadors attended one-day training sessions across Ceredigion in three different leisure centres, to learn new leadership skills and how to prepare and deliver safe physical activity opportunities within their school.
Landlord Forums will be held in Aberystwyth and Aberaeron to discuss the Additional Licensing Scheme Review in October 2018 to gather opinions of residents, landlords and tenants.
A special evening to remember the remarkable work Wales' most well-known children's authors, T.Llew Jones, is to be held at Aberystwyth Library at 07:30pm on Wednesday, 10 October.
Ceredigion has a new Housing Strategy for 2018-2023. The Strategy, ‘Housing for All’ was approved by the Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet on 25 September 2018.
On Thursday, 27 September, a ‘Friends Against Scam’ event was held at the bandstand in Aberystwyth, where Ceredigion residents had the opportunity to learn more about how they can protect themselves against scams.
Consultations on the future of education provision at three Ceredigion primary schools are now open and views are being sought.
On 09 November 2018, Esme Freeman, 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.
This Autumn, Dysgu Bro are pleased to introduce new courses, as well as returning favourites, for the adult learners of Ceredigion.
A new Team will take the reins at the Coliseum Coffee House on 08 October for a new era of the Ceredigion Museum’s Café.
The first event of this year’s Yr Ŵyl Ddrama, a collaboration between Theatr Felinfach and Theatr Gydweithredol Troedyrhiw, will be an evening that will stir memories and tickle the chuckle-muscles.
Following the investigative work as a result of the fire at Tŷ Belgrave in Aberystwyth, Marine Terrace has now partially reopened with traffic management arrangements in place, but Terrace Road will remain closed for the medium term.
The Ceredigion Learning Disability Partnership Board would like to know your views on the Learning Disability Strategy; a new strategy for people with a learning disability and their families and carers.
Plans are afoot for a proposed Coastal Defence Scheme in Aberystwyth with events held to give your views.
A Council Tax exemption to Care Leavers up to the age of 25 was approved by Council on 20 September 2018.
Over the next few months, Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion will be supporting a group of Llan-non residents to hold a series of Welsh-medium environmental activities under the banner ‘Arwyr yr Arfordir’ - Heroes of the coast. The series of activities will start with a plastic-free beach clean on the village’s beach on Saturday, 29 September
Recently updated Ministry of Justice data has shown that the number of young people in Ceredigion being found guilty of offences has reduced by nearly 70% in 12 years.
Ceredigion Actif Service this year again embarked on a comprehensive four week Summer Program of activities.
The achievements of two of Ceredigion’s Academi Bro students were recently celebrated as they completed their final projects.
Ceredigion Libraries have organised a range of events to celebrate Libraries Week, which is held between 08 and 13 October this year.
After entering a Sport Wales Cymry Coch competition, Penrhyncoch Primary School received a visit from Paralympian and Commonwealth medallist Jordan Howe and Commonwealth Silver Medallist Kane Charig.
At the UK Energy Efficiency Awards Ceremony held on 7 September in Birmingham, Ceredigion County Council’s ECO Flexibility Scheme won the award for the best Multi-Measure Project.
Ceredigion’s first ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ Fair will be held to encourage and support businesses who want to increase their bilingual provision in their daily work.
Ceredigion residents will get the opportunity to learn more about how they can protect themselves against scams in an event to be held at the Bandstand, Aberystwyth on 27 September between 9:30am and 1:30pm.
Can you play the ukulele and would like to join a ukulele orchestra? Or would you like to learn a new skill and to socialise in a Welsh-speaking environment? Why not join Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl?
On 4 July, five primary schools took part in running ‘Ras yr Iaith’. Children from Ysgol Llanilar, Ysgol Plascrug, Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos, Ysgol Padarn Sant and Ysgol Gymraeg put on their running shoes and joined Rhodri Francis, Development Officer for Cered to run the stretch of the race at Aberystwyth.
The Standards Conference Wales 2018 was held in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion on Friday, 14 September.
Available to residents in Ceredigion, the Wales National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) is designed to aid individuals to take up the benefits of participating in high quality supervised enjoyable exercise programme to improve health and well-being, having been identified by their Medical Practitioner.
Osian Davies, a pupil of Ysgol Bro Teifi, was chosen to become a Platinum Young Ambassador in Ceredigion in August.
Views are being sought from Ceredigion residents, businesses, existing licence holders and their representatives on Ceredigion County Council’s review of its current Gambling policy. The policy covers betting, gaming, casinos, lotteries and bingo.
Ceredigion Youth Service recently participated in an International Youth Exchange Project hosted in Italy, alongside Youth Groups from Poland, Spain, Malta and Italy. The group joined 32 other young people aged between 14-17 and eight other Youth Workers from Italy, Spain, Malta and Poland between 19 and 26 of August.
There will be a special opportunity for the people of Llandysul to celebrate Owain Glyndŵr Day this year with a special performance at the town’s Library.
A comprehensive summer programme of activities was delivered over five 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 from across the county.
With the winter season approaching, the assessment criteria used to decide which roads are pre-treated with salt in advance of forecasted ice or snow has been reviewed to reflect the effect that altitude can have on road surface temperatures. The development follows a Cabinet decision made on 04 September 2018.
Over the summer, the Ceredigion Youth Service - working in partnership with Walkin’ on Water Surf School - coordinated and delivered an eight-week targeted Surf Project.
The Council’s first Anti-Slavery Annual Statement has been confirmed following approval from the Cabinet on 04 September. An Anti-Slavery Action Plan has also been adopted and will now be implemented.
A new extension at Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho was opened on 04 September. The extension was mainly funded through a Council Community Grant and a grant from the National Lottery.
The Rhydeinon Household Waste site will remain open for three days per week following a Cabinet decision and public consultation. New opening hours will see the site open to the public on Wednesday and will be open for extended hours on Saturday and Sunday.
A public consultation is being held over home dog breeder licence conditions in Ceredigion, offering individuals the opportunity to provide feedback on the home breeding conditions licence set by Ceredigion County Council.
Ceredigion County Council’s Work Welsh Pilot Scheme was launched at a special event on Friday, 10 August at Shwmae Caerdydd at the Pierhead Building, on the National Eisteddfod field. A group of Welsh learners from the Council attended the Eisteddfod to be part of the launch.
The GCSE examination results published today (23 August) by the WJEC indicate that very high standards are being maintained in the schools of Ceredigion.
Ceredigion County Council and Dyfed-Powys Police are asking farmers, local landowners and community councils to be on alert over the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend for warning signs of any illegal events such as raves planned for their land.
At the end of the summer term, five primary schools and one secondary school in Ceredigion successfully completed the national ‘Learning with Autism’ project and have gained the national Autism Aware School accreditation.
Over the past few months, a group of adults with learning disabilities at the Canolfan Padarn day services centre, Llanbadarn have been working with local art trail artist Jeni Pain, (The Shed by the Stream) exploring the topic of ‘The Year of the Sea’ in ceramic, including discussion of what the sea means to us, what we love about Aberystwyth and the issues around plastic pollution.
Building work on the extension that will house the primary school section extension of Ysgol Henry Richard will not be completed by the start of the new term.
A new personal and social development programme for young people has been launched in Ceredigion by the Ceredigion Youth Service. The Inspire programme is a 12 week programme for young people aged 16-25.
‘A’ Level examination results published today (16 August) by the WJEC indicate that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools.
Celebrating 40 years this year, Ail Symudiad and support band Argyfwng Canol Oed are bringing their music to Theatr Felinfach.
During the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Cardiff this year, Wales’ first professional folk group ‘Ar Log’ released a new album – ‘Ar Log VII’, and they are making their way to Theatr Felinfach!
Ceredigion Youth Service will take part in an International Youth Exchange Project hosted in Italy, alongside Youth Groups from Poland, Spain and Malta.
An innovative pilot scheme has been launched in North Parade, Aberystwyth to help promote positive waste behaviours in the town centre.
On Thursday, 9 August, a celebratory event to mark the centenary of the RAF was held at the West Wales Airport, Aberporth.
Working parents of three and four-year-old children are being urged to apply via the online registration form for the funded Childcare Offer ahead of the September launch in Ceredigion.
Support is available for local groups interested in generating sustainable energy and saving money. The Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group (LAG), which is administered by Ceredigion County Council, can help local rural communities spark their renewable energy project ideas with support available under the ‘renewable energy at a community level’ LEADER theme.
A new apprenticeship programme helping young people in Ceredigion get valuable training and work experience is being launched by Ceredigion County Council. The programme is open to applications from Monday, 13 August until Monday, 10 September 2018.
Trudy Jones and Rhian Evans, members of the Ceredigion Tourism Service Team, share an insight into their roles as Information Assistants at the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in Aberaeron.
In a meeting on 18 July, an Action Plan and Annual Statement on Modern Slavery was recommended for final approval.
A new website providing a one-stop-shop source of information on supporting wellbeing was launched in Ceredigion and nationally on 26 July in the Royal Welsh Show. Dewis Cymru is an online resource that has a directory hosting a range of opportunities, events and services in the community.
The potential relocation of Theatr Felinfach will be looked into further after a feasibility study was carried out to consider potential design improvement options for the Theatre.
In the true tradition of its original motto the Coliseum, Aberystwyth, now home to Ceredigion Museum, will host an evening of spectacular ‘entertainment without vulgarity’ on Saturday 4 August in celebration of the Welsh Year of Sea.
On 13 July 2018, Ceredigion Youth Council took over the Council Chambers to host the first ever discussion session in Ceredigion, organised and led by Ceredigion Youth Council. The event was an opportunity for Ceredigion Youth Council to ask questions regarding issues which affect young people, to a panel of influential decision makers.
Views are being sought on the proposed Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP).
Aberystwyth Promenade is the place to be on Sunday, 12 August 2018. The Aberystwyth Sea2Shore Festival returns to the Promenade with free entry to enjoy local produce and a variety of things to do for the whole family.
Ceredigion County Council has published its Welsh Language Standards Monitoring Report and is available for the public to read.
The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 was launched in Ceredigion Libraries on Saturday, 14 July and will be running until Saturday, 29 September.
Pupils from primary schools across Ceredigion were recently awarded certificates in recognition for their achievements as Bronze Young Ambassadors (BYA) for 2018.
Ceredigion Youth Service will again this year embark on a comprehensive five-week Summer Program of activities during the summer holidays. The program will offer over ten different projects, activities, workshops and events for young people aged 11-25 from across the county.
A busy timetable of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run Leisure Centres in the county.
Mid Wales businesses are being encouraged for their views on the future of the region’s economy and what can be done to boost growth.
Childcare providers are being urged to register as providers of the Government’s Childcare Offer. Ceredigion County Council is calling on all Ceredigion based childcare providers to complete the online registration form.
Penrhyncoch Brownies were congratulated for composing a new Welsh language song recently. The workshops were part of a program of Welsh language workshops organised by Cered - Menter Iaith Ceredigion.
Fun filled museum caravan and traditional seaside holiday activities on Aberystwyth Prom this summer
The smallest cinema in a theatre caravan will be on the Promenade in Aberystwyth for three Saturdays this summer.
At the end of Adult Learners’ Week, Ceredigion Adult Learning Partnership held their Inspire! Awards where eight awards were presented. The adult learners from across Ceredigion, who have overcome challenges and barriers, were recognised for their achievements.
A second Workshop was held on 09 July for County Councillors to discuss Ceredigion’s economic future bringing together some of the county’s biggest organisations to share what they had to offer and what partnership working between businesses and Ceredigion County Council could look like in the future.
Tîm Teulu, in collaboration with Penparcau Family Centre, will be attempting to make the longest friendship bracelet in Ceredigion at this year’s Young People’s Play Day Festival. The Festival is a free event being held by Ray Ceredigion on 1 August in the Square Field, Aberaeron.
Views are being sought on the proposed Ceredigion Language Strategy 2018-2023.
Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion have launched Hwyl yr Haf 2018 which is a guide full of Welsh medium and bilingual activities for children, young people and families in North Ceredigion, following on the success of the Hwyl yr Haf pilot project during the 2017 summer holidays.
I was brought up by the Ystwyth river in the small village of Llanafan and attended the local school and then on to Ysgol Uwchradd Tregaron, as its name was at the time. I enjoyed my time in school but by the end, I’d had enough and after completing my A-Level’s, I chose to go for it and join the world of work. I worked in a supermarket in Aberystwyth to begin with but then the opportunity arose to join the world of books.
A consultation will be held on the future of education provision at Ysgol Gynradd Beulah and Ysgol Gynradd Trewen. A consultation will also be held regarding the future of education provision at Ysgol Gynradd Cilcennin. These decisions were made as recommended by the Council’s School Review Panel.
A proposed solution to a long running land dispute will see the Strand Quayside in Cardigan renovated if negotiations are successful.
Ceredigion Sports Council held the 2018 Ceredigion Sports Awards on Friday, 06 July at Penmorfa, Aberaeron.
The Ceredigion Enhanced Rider Scheme (CERS) offers training to qualified motorcyclists who reside in Ceredigion and is available for free throughout the summer this year.
Residents across Ceredigion are being asked, through an engagement campaign, how the Council can give them a voice in strengthening communities and shaping future services.
It’s a very exciting time at Theatr Felinfach as the enthusiastic members of the Performing School prepare to present their first musical drama, ‘Syrffio ar y Sgwâr!’ (Surfing on the Square). The performance will take place at 7pm on Saturday, 14 July.
As part of Youth Work Week 2018 celebrations, Ceredigion Youth Service (CYS) hosted an open evening at Cardigan Youth Centre.
Builders and developers in Ceredigion were recently recognised for their commitment to quality construction within the county.
Llanarth Primary School pupils will be hosting a show under the guidance of Theatr Felinfach’s Creative Team at on 9 July.
Four dual purpose vehicles have arrived in Ceredigion. They will perform both general highway maintenance tasks and convert to gritters to perform winter maintenance activities as and when required.
Ceredigion Youth Service celebrated Youth Work Week between 23 and 30 June, a week dedicated to celebrating Youth Work all across Wales.
‘Making a Splash’ is a new exhibition at Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth, that takes a peep at bathing, the seaside and the Great British summer holiday.
Ceredigion Museum has been working with the Ohio Schools Project to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first Ohio emigration from Ceredigion on 1 April 1818.
On 19 June 2018, recommended fees were approved for placements in Ceredigion’s independent sector care homes for older people for the period of 2018 to 2019.
The Council is welcoming responses to a recently launched consultation looking into the use and future of the Rhydeinon Household Waste Site.
Ras Yr Iaith 2018 will take place between 4 and 6 July and the first day of the Ras will close in Aberystwyth with a feast of music for all tastes.
Residents in Ceredigion are urged to check and update their information that appears on the electoral register.
Following their success at the Urdd Preliminary Hair and Beauty Competition in May, Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training (HCT) pupil and apprentice hairdressers represented the county at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Builth Wells on Friday 1 June. Once again, HCT’s hairdressers showed exceptional talent with their top-rate designs.
A free event to celebrate Carers week, with the intention to help Carers stay ‘healthy and connected’ took place on 15 June, at Llanina Arms, hosted by Ceredigion County Council’s Carers Unit, along with partner organisations.
On Sunday, 17 June families across the county celebrated Father’s Day, but it wasn’t just birth fathers to note the day.
Radio and TV presenter Francine Stock will be choosing four of her favourite films to talk about at Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth on 14 July at 7pm. With clips from selected films, all of which were shown over the decades at the old Coliseum Cinema, she will be explaining her choices, with background information about the creation of these iconic films.
Ceredigion Actif’s ‘Fit in 5’ programme, an initiative to increase children’s activity levels is a project already running in over 30 primary schools in Ceredigion, is now available in nurseries and pre-schools across the county.
Ceredigion County Council staff achievements were celebrated in a Council meeting on 21 June 2018.
The Council has been awarded £100,800 from the Welsh Government’s Rural Communities Development Fund to finance capital works in four play areas across Ceredigion. On 19 June, the Council’s Cabinet authorised the project’s commencement.
A Procurement Strategy for 2018-2022 will have a strong focus on supporting and strengthening the local economy whilst delivering benefits to the people of Ceredigion and its communities.
Canolfan Meugan and Canolfan Steffan held an Eisteddfod for the service users at Neuadd Felinfach on 7 June.
Views are being sought on the proposed access improvements at Pendinas Hillfort in Penparcau.
A Day in My Life by Gareth Davies, Parking Services Team Leader, Ceredigion's Civil Parking Enforcement Team
Originally from St Clears, I’ve had a varied work history ranging from training to be a builder when I left school to working within the medical records department in West Wales General Hospital. I studied for a law degree in Bristol and originally planned to train to be in the probation service, however I moved up to Ceredigion in 2004 after meeting my wife and started working at a local spring water bottling company, which I thoroughly enjoyed as it helped me develop a good relationship with the local community through talking to customers on a regular basis.
Local artist Gwenllian Beynon and three of her students will give an informal talk at Theatr Felinfach about their visit to Ohio on Friday, 29 June at 7:30pm.
The proposed Cylch Caron Integrated Resource Centre in Tregaron has moved closer to fruition, following the successful completion of the Pre-Qualification stage of the Invitation to Tender.
On 18 June 2018, Mr Rysul Asad of 5 Gloster Row, Cardigan and the former proprietor of Gulshan, Chancery Lane, Cardigan, pleaded guilty to 10 food hygiene offences before Magistrates at Aberystwyth Justice Centre.
Following an impressive effort and success in this year’s Big Pedal challenge, four Ceredigion schools were rewarded with a visit from Yinka Thomas, a highly acclaimed BMX Artist along with support from world record holder Matti Hemmings.
Four Ceredigion learners were awarded for the standard of their written Welsh at Merched y Wawr Summer Festival in Machynlleth on Saturday, May 19.
From September 2018, families in Ceredigion will be among those in Wales able to claim 30 hours of Government funded early education and childcare for up to 48 weeks of the year as part of the new Childcare Offer for Wales.
On Thursday, 7 June, a number of dignitaries from Madagascar met with members of Ceredigion County Council as part of celebrations that have taken place in Ceredigion to celebrate the bicentenary of the first missionaries who travelled from the area of Aberaeron over to Madagascar.
As part of Youth Work Week 2018 celebrations, Ceredigion Youth Service (CYS) will host an open evening at Cardigan Youth Centre.
Food Centre Wales, situated at Horeb Business Park, Llandysul, is opening its doors to the public on 26 June, from 10am-4pm. The Centre is a dedicated food technology centre offering advice, technical services and training to business start-ups, small to medium enterprises and existing food manufacturers.
With summer on the way, bringing visitors enjoying Ceredigion’s wildlife rich coastline, the Council is urging members of the public to enjoy coastal activities without disturbing Cardigan Bay’s special wildlife and habitats. The call comes after individuals recently approached and swam with dolphins in Cardigan Bay.
As Councillor Lynford Thomas’s year as Chairman of Ceredigion County Council for 2017-2018 drew to a close, the Chairman’s Annual Dinner was held. During the evening, donations were received supporting the charity of the Chair’s choice, which was DASH Ceredigion.
The bright talents and skills of Ceredigion’s youth has brought the county to the second place in the league of successes at this year’s 2018 Brecon and Radnorshire Urdd National Eisteddfod held on the Royal Welsh showground, Builth Wells, between 28 May and 2 June.
New members are being sought for the Ceredigion Local Access Forum.
Ceredigion Museum has recently launched its brand new collection of designer gifts created by four local artists, Becky Knight, Carys Boyle, Felix Cannadam and Ruth Jên Evans.
Aberystwyth Day Centre celebrated the Royal Wedding with a special lunch and toast.
To celebrate Carers Week 2018, held between 11 and 17 June, the Carers Unit are this year holding an event for Carers on Friday 15 June in the Llanina Arms, Llanarth.
The final annual review of the Council’s Carbon Management Plan has revealed that Council carbon emissions have reduced by 21.15% in the last 5 years.
Ceredigion will be celebrating Adult Learners’ Week which is the UK’s largest annual learning festival, with over 10,000 adults in Wales participate in activities to note the week every year.
Staff and service users from Canolfan Padarn took part in this year’s Race for Life which took place on Sunday, 13 May.
The Ceredigion Youth Service has created a new website which was developed following consultation with young people.
Ceredigion Youth Service will be celebrating Youth Work Week between 23 and 30 June, a week dedicated to celebrating youth work all across Wales.
Are you a disabled person residing in Ceredigion, support worker, carer or representative working with disabled people in the county? If so come and join the Ceredigion Disability Forum.
Further active travel improvements in Aberystwyth have recently been completed after Ceredigion County Council secured additional Welsh Government capital grant funding of £249,000.
Cered – Ceredigion Language Initiative and Code Club, part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, are pleased to launch new Welsh language resources. The launch will be held at Mentrau Iaith Cymru’s stand at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Builth Wells on 29 June between 10am and 12pm.
Do you like singing Welsh nursery rhymes? Or are you a parent or guardian to little children? A brand new app is being launched at the Urdd Eisteddfod which could be right up your street.
On 13 July 2018, Ceredigion Youth Council will take over the Council Chambers to host the first ever discussion session in Ceredigion, organised and led by Ceredigion Youth Council. The event will be an opportunity for Ceredigion Youth Council to ask questions, regarding issues which effect young people, to a panel of people who influence decisions on policies, young people; local and nationally.
Ceredigion Museum has had a full refurbishment of its lighting thanks to £116,558 of grants from Welsh Governments Museums Archives and Libraries Division and the Rural Community Development Fund.
Ceredigion Museum is hosting the RNLI’s ‘Hope in the Great War’ exhibition, which honours the courage and determination of those who saved lives at sea as part of the First World War centenary commemorations. The family-friendly, interactive exhibition focuses on six heroic rescue stories from around the coast of the UK and Ireland. It also explores the fascinating history of Borth, Aberystwyth, New Quay and Cardigan Lifeboat stations.
In a ceremony held on 18 May in the Council Chamber, Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Aberaeron, the British Empire Medal was awarded to Lee Coulson. The medal was awarded for Lee’s services to Disability Basketball – voluntary and charitable
Ceredigion Museum is looking for your seaside holiday photographs to take part in a new exhibition celebrating the nation’s relationship with the seaside.
Views are being sought on a new Corporate Enforcement Policy produced by Ceredigion County Council.
The Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group would like to hear from individuals, community groups and eligible organisations with innovative ideas that could enhance the experience of living and working in Ceredigion.
A Cabinet portfolio reorganisation was announced in Ceredigion County Council’s Annual General Meeting on 18 May 2018. The announcement was made by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn.
Councillor Hag Harris was elected as the Chairman of the Council for 2018-2019 in the Annual Meeting held by Ceredigion County Council on Friday 18 May 2018.
If a Public Right of Way combines fantastic coastal and mountain views, takes in farm land, wooded valleys and tumbling streams, provides an off-road route between a coastal village and an inland hamlet and, on top of all this, has historical links to a literary legend, then it deserves to be looked after. The footpath in question runs from Llanon towards Pennant.
Blue Flags will fly over five of Ceredigion’s most popular beaches this summer. Borth, Aberystwyth North, New Quay Harbour, Llangrannog and Tresaith beaches have once again been awarded the coveted Blue Flag for 2018. In addition, Ceredigion’s beaches have been awarded 4 Green Coast awards and 13 Seaside Awards.
To coincide with the Commonwealth Games, a Ceredigion Play Unified Games was held on 25 April at Aberystwyth University.
Theatr Felinfach’s annual Welsh Pantomime is celebrating its 50th year this year. It is famous throughout Wales and is the flagship participatory and community project.
A day in My Life By Julie Lomas, Food and Drink Festivals Co-ordinator / Aberystwyth Farmers Market Co-ordinator
Originally from Tonypandy in the Rhondda Valleys, I left school after my O Levels (yes, I am that old!) and spent 12 years as a Tax Officer at the Inland Revenue in Cardiff.
Young, aspiring hairdressers from across the county gathered at Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training (HCT) on Wednesday, 02 May, to show off their skills.
The OVO Energy Tour Series returns to Aberystwyth on Saturday 26 May - the only Welsh stage of its tour of British towns and cities. Ceredigion County Council is proud to host the event again this year with financial support from Aberystwyth Town Council and Advancing Aberystwyth ar y Blaen to secure the event for Aberystwyth.
Two types of new bins have been sited near some of Ceredigion’s main beaches to help keep the county’s coast clean.
Food Centre Wales recently had a virtual tour created of the centres’ ‘Innovation and Manufacturing Hub’ to enable people to view the facilities on offer there remotely.
The walls of the billiards room at Llanerchaeron would probably tell some tales if only they could speak, but it is doubtful they’ve witnessed, in such intimacy, the details of a City and Guilds brush cutter training course before. This was the venue, kindly loaned by the National Trust for the day, to a group which included some of Ceredigion County Council’s ‘Adopt a Path’ volunteers.
Ceredigion’s first Local Well-being Plan has been launched in an event with the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Sophie Howe.
Ceredigion County Council will be showing their support for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Bi-phobia (IDAHOT) on Thursday 17 May, by raising the rainbow flag outside Council Offices at Penmorfa, Aberaeron and Canolfan Rheidol, Aberystwyth.
Ceredigion County Council will be starting Dementia Action Week, which takes place between 21 and 27 May, by holding a Dementia Friends public information session on Monday, 21 May at 2pm at the Powerhouse, Llandysul.
Two prominent UK and Welsh Government Ministers were in Llandrindod Wells on Thursday, April 26, to discuss the Mid Wales Growth Deal with the region’s council leaders.
In a meeting on 08 May 2018, the Council’s Cabinet approved a new Scrap Metal Policy. The policy ensures accessibility and clarity to those seeking to obtain a Collectors or a Site Licence from the Council.
Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training’s (HCT) Plumbing department has been celebrating the success of two apprentices, Shannon Haf Burril and Robert Davies, in recent UK-wide trade competitions.
Authorities in the mid and west Wales region are seeking input into their new strategy on tackling violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
This year’s Spring Fair will be celebrating Aberystwyth Farmers’ Market’s 18th anniversary.
An event was held on 30 April at Canolfan Rheidol, Aberystwyth to commend Ceredigion County Council staff that attended learning Welsh courses in the workplace during the last year.
Theatr Felinfach, Cered, and the Ceredigion Education Department have worked together to produce a booklet, ‘One Life – Two Languages’.
The ‘Safe Routes in Communities Scheme’ in Penrhyn-coch has been completed following the recent ‘Phase 2’ construction works on the new section of footway between the School and Post Office and the improvements to the junction of Glan Ffrwd residential estate.
On 20 April 2018, Ceredigion Youth Council elected Esme Freeman as the County’s new Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) who will represent Ceredigion in the UK Youth Parliament in 2018-2019.
The fee charging paddle gates that have been installed in the public conveniences at Market Street, Lampeter and St Johns Street, New Quay will be operational as of 1 May 2018 following the Cabinet decision made on 13 February 2018.
As part of its annual campaign to reduce crime levels within the county, the Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership is inviting residents to attend a public meeting of the Full Partnership and Strategy Group, at 2pm in the Council Chamber, Penmorfa, Aberaeron, on Thursday 10 May, 2018.
My working career has been varied over the years; I have worked previously as a printer, then in various factories as a paint sprayer for kitchens and also as a forklift truck driver.
Ceredigion Youth Service (CYS) have been successful in utilising funding to develop the garden area at Aberaeron Youth Centre.
On Tuesday evening, 17 April, over 400 young people and their families from across Ceredigion were invited to attend Ceredigion Youth Service’s Awards Ceremony. The evening was an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the achievements and successes of all the young people who have engaged with Ceredigion Youth Service (CYS) during the past year.
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s latest production, Estron by Hefin Robinson, will be performed at Theatr Felinfach on Saturday, 5 May at 7:30pm.
On Thursday, 19 April, Ceredigion Archives celebrated that the Archives has been awarded the Accredited Archive status. The Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Lynford Thomas unveiled the ‘Accredited Archive Service’ plaque.
The Ceredigion Sports Council (CSC) was awarded the Gold Language Charter for use of Welsh in everyday business and developing communities in Ceredigion.
It’s Family Safety Week from 23 to 27 April and to raise awareness of safety issues involving child car seats, Ceredigion County Council’s Road Safety Team wishes to highlight the free child car seat checks service they provide to residents in Ceredigion.
On Friday, 27 April at 8pm, Theatr Felinfach will be hosting Cabarela, which will be something quite different to the Theatr’s usual offering. It will be an informal evening with a variety of fun loving artists, introduced by Wales’ version of ‘4 poofs and a piano’; 3 sisters and a jazz duo! The word Cabarela is a combination of cabaret and Sorela; a Welsh acapella folk band consisting of three sisters from Aberystwyth.
A new public cycle repair station with an integrated pump has recently been installed outside Plascrug Leisure Centre. The station was installed by Ceredigion County Council using grant funding from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund.
The Council’s programme of road refurbishment and resurfacing will be accelerated after receiving almost £1.2m of grant money from the Welsh Government. On 17 April 2018, the Cabinet agreed that the grant funding will be used for the refurbishment of the roads in Ceredigion in accordance with conditions of the grant.
An Inter-Community Support Base sporting event was recently held at the Leisure Centre at Gwersyll yr Urdd, Llangrannog, to raise money for Sports Relief.
In a Cabinet meeting on 17 April, the Ceredigion County Council Cabinet decided to hold a public consultation in relation to the Rhydeinon Household Waste Site, near Llanarth. The Cabinet also decided to extend the contract for the household waste site for a period of 6 months.
In a meeting of the Full Council on 12 April, Ceredigion County Councillors agreed on a response to be submitted to the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales’ review of electoral arrangements. This response details the Council’s view of the Commission’s proposals to change ward boundaries in Ceredigion.
On Saturday, 21 April at 7:30pm the Ysgol Theatr Maldwyn company will be performing a sparkling new production, ‘Y Cylch’ (The Circle) at Theatr Felinfach, which was originally written in 1983. The show, set in a night club, forms an allegory of how life can turn in a circle and features memorable songs which are characteristic of shows produced over the years by the trio Derec Williams, Penri Roberts a Linda Gittins.
The Welsh Government has been awarded funding by the UK Department for Transport to build a new public transport interchange at Bow Street. The proposal includes the re-opening of Bow Street railway station and will comprise of a car park, cycling facilities, pedestrian links and bus stops. The project will be delivered by Transport for Wales.
In a Ceremony held on 16 March, the British Empire Medal was awarded to Tony Hawkins, formerly of Llandysul. The medal was awarded for voluntary services to disabled people in Ceredigion.
The Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership is currently carrying out an Assessment of crime and disorder related issues within the County.
The Ethics and Standards Committee has recently welcomed four new members following the end of term of two others.
A mature driver course aimed at drivers who are 65 years old or older will be held in Aberystwyth on 1 and 2 May 2018. The course is being held in partnership by Ceredigion County Council and Dyfed Powys Police. The same course will be held again on 4 and 5 September.
Ceredigion County Council are urging residents to be aware of scam calls, having recently received reports of scam calls being made to Ceredigion residents from callers claiming to be from the ‘local Council’.
Ceredigion Youth Service (CYS) will host an annual awards ceremony on April 17, at Theatr Felinfach between 4-7pm. The ceremony will be an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the achievements and successes of all the young people who have engaged with CYS during the past year.
Monday 26 March marked the start of World Autism Awareness Week 2018. To coincide with this, Ceredigion Special Educational Needs/Additional Learning Needs (SEN/ALN) team arranged for renowned speaker and journalist, Dean Beadle, to give a presentation to an audience of school staff, learning services staff and partnership agencies on Monday, 26 March. Dean shared his humorous and insightful personal experiences of learning and living with autism in order to further raise awareness of autism and its educational implications.
A new waste collection service model for Ceredigion has been approved by the Cabinet at its meeting on 27 March 2018.
Workways+ offers training and paid work experience opportunities to long-term unemployed people to help them on their route back to employment. Amanda Needham, 57 has recently benefited from their support to find employment at a newly opened farm shop and Welsh bistro.
A new five year ICT and Digital Strategy covering a range of future facing opportunities and challenges for Ceredigion County Council has been approved.
The site of the former Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi in Llandysul will be placed for sale on the open market in three separate parcels of land.
Work has recently been completed by Ceredigion County Council to widen the footway on Pont y Cleifion Road, which sees the culmination of a two year package of grant-funded Active Travel improvements in Cardigan.
A major EU-backed project has been launched aimed at supporting young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) across West Wales.
In a Cabinet meeting on 6 March, the Ceredigion County Council Cabinet agreed to support the National Eisteddfod which is coming to the county in 2020.
On 23 March, schools, sports clubs and Ceredigion County Council will have the opportunity to turn red to show their support for the Welsh athletes who will be representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April with ‘We Are Red’ day.
I have been a keen horse rider since the age of 7, when my family relocated from Devon to Llanddewi-Brefi, Ceredigion. Over the years I have experienced my fair share of near misses on the rural roads of Ceredigion whilst out with my sisters or friends on horseback or on bikes. I’ve always thought there’s more that could be done to educate and advise people in order to make a difference to the safety of all road users, in particular vulnerable road users. Having said this, I never imagined I would start a career in road safety; I had initially been keen to pursue an equestrian career!
At 8:30pm on Saturday 24 March, Ceredigion County Council will join hundreds of millions of people across the world that will be turning off their lights for one hour in a show of support for action on climate change.
A Workshop was held for Elected Members on Thursday, 8 March, to discuss Ceredigion’s Economic Future bringing together some of the county’s biggest organisations to share what they had to offer and what partnership working could look like in the future.
There will be an evening of Welsh stand-up comedy by Noel James, Sion Owens and the Welsh Whisperer at Theatr Felinfach on Saturday, 24 March at 8:00pm.
On 12 March, Commonwealth Day 2018, the Commonwealth flag was flown at the Council offices at Penmorfa, Aberaeron to celebrate the family of nations that encompasses the globe.
29 volunteers attended the Ceredigion County Council led clean ups in February, giving a total of 55 hours of their time to remove litter from the beaches, woods and reserves of Ceredigion.
Ceredigion Youth Service have recently been fortunate to accept an opportunity generously provided by West Wales Holiday Cottages to support young people with a cash bursary.
The Growing Mid Wales Partnership is on the hunt for organisations with good ideas and the ability to implement those ideas with some assistance in any of six towns in Mid Wales.
The site of the former Bodlondeb residential care home in Penparcau, Aberystwyth is to be put up for sale with priority given to buyers intending on using the site to provide an Elderly Mentally Infirm (EMI)/Dementia nursing home. The development follows a Cabinet decision taken on 6 March 2018.
Plans to turn a former office block in Aberaeron into a brand new Integrated Care Centre with health and social care services have been sent to Welsh Government officials for consideration.
With the snow and ice thawing across Ceredigion, Council services are returning to normal after wintry weather, but weather conditions continue to affect some services.
A film screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope was held on 22 February to hold a conversation around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s).
On 27 February, Ysgol Penglais was awarded the Investors in Carers Bronze Award, in recognition of their commitment to and support for carers and their families. Ysgol Penglais is the first school in Ceredigion to receive this award.
Ceredigion County Council’s Public Rights of Way team couldn’t do their job of maintaining and improving footpaths and bridleways without the help and support of their dedicated, skilled and enthusiastic volunteers.
Whilst snowfall hasn’t been as heavy as expected in some parts of the county, the wind has caused a few problems overnight in Ceredigion, both in relation to drifting snow and fallen trees and we are also now experiencing freezing rain in some areas.
To mark St David’s day, Ceredigion County Council have commended staff members who’ve attended Welsh training in the workplace during the last year.
With warnings continuing to be in place for snow and ice, and quickly changing local weather, Ceredigion County Council are prepared to ensure that disruptions are kept to a minimum and resources are concentrated on issues that could arise.
With forecasts of disruptive levels of snow and very cold temperatures, Ceredigion County Council has advised all schools to close and decided that day care centres will be closed on Thursday, 1 March and Friday 2 March, 2018. Waste collection services will also be suspended on these days.
Ceredigion County Council were commended at an Awards ceremony for their efforts based on a number of schemes and interventions which have been delivered within the County.
In a Full Council meeting on Thursday 22 February 2018, members determined the Council Tax rate for 2018-2019. The overall increase in the Council Tax rate will be 5.02%. The County Council’s element of the tax will increase by 4.95%.
A vision for how freight transport across Mid Wales and the Marches could be improved to support economic development and operational efficiency was launched on Wednesday 21 February.
In a Full Council meeting on 22 February 2018, the Council unanimously supported a motion to reduce the use of plastic and to support plastic reduction initiatives in Ceredigion.
I’m a boy from Pontyberem, Gwendraeth Valley, Carmarthenshire originally, but I’ve lived in Aberystwyth since 2010. I studied Human Geography and then a Masters in Environmental and Regional Policy at Aberystwyth University. Following on from my time in college near the sea, I worked for a time as a Research Consultant with a local research company, travelling all over Wales undertaking a range of research and evaluations.
Tenders are invited for the design and build of a new fully-integrated health, social care and housing centre, Cylch Caron in Tregaron.
The Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group (LAG) is looking for innovative community led project ideas that could make a real difference to the lives of people living and working in Ceredigion.
Fee-charging paddle gates are to be installed at public toilets in Lampeter and New Quay following a Cabinet decision made on 13 February 2018.
Ceredigion Young Volunteers is a program led by Ceredigion Youth Service, which offers support and opportunities for young people wishing to volunteer and gain experience within Youth Work settings. Two young volunteers have received millennium volunteers recognition.
The site of the former Ysgol Cwrtnewydd will be repurposed to host Ceredigion Youth Service following a Cabinet decision made on 13 February 2018. The decision will enable the Youth Service to offer a variety of opportunities to young people aged between 11 and 25 in the county.
The play ‘Y Tad’ will come to Theatr Felinfach on 2 and 3 March 2018. The drama – which discusses the contemporary theme of dementia – has led the Theatre to undertake dementia training to better understand how the condition could affect their users.
The process of tendering for the installation of public use electric vehicle charging points at Council offices will begin after the Ceredigion County Council Cabinet approved a project on 13 February 2018.
Cered: Ceredigion’s Welsh Language Initiative will be busy between 1 and 4 March with events to celebrate St David’s Day in Aberystwyth and Lampeter.
A series of litter picking events will be held across Ceredigion in February 2018. The events will be open to the public and will be facilitated by Ceredigion County Council officers who will provide litter picking equipment as well as drinks and snacks.
A short film created by Year 12 Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig drama pupils has won second prize in a nationwide competition. The short film focuses on raising awareness of online safety among young people, particularly highlighting and prompting discussions of the risks surrounding the misuse of Snapchat. The project was facilitated by the Ceredigion Youth Service, in conjunction with Aberystwyth University and Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig.
Ceredigion County Council’s Learning Disability Strategy Group want to know your views on learning disability services to develop a new strategy for people with a learning disability and their carers.
In a Full Council meeting on 24 January 2018, Ceredigion County Council passed a motion noting concern over the introduction of Universal Credit in Ceredigion in September 2018.
The responsibility for running the services at Tregaron Leisure Centre have been taken over by a community group following the completion of a lease between Ceredigion County Council and Hamdden Caron Leisure.
Aberystwyth Community Ambassadors - a sub-group led by Ceredigion Youth Service - raised a total of £103.17 for a local charity by selling handmade crafts at Ysgol Gyfun Penweddig’s Christmas Fair on 24 November 2017.
Coleg Ceredigion have been recognised for their commitment to and support for carers and their families.
The statutory fee for certificates issued when registering the death of children will now be waived in Ceredigion on grounds of compassion. The waiving of fees follows a decision taken by Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet on 23 January 2018.
A new Policy is being introduced designed to provide advice and guidance to those individuals or businesses intending to deal in or collect scrap metal and comments are welcomed on the draft.
Council calls on local organisations, community groups and small businesses to attend Dewis Cymru information events
A series of community engagement events will be held across Ceredigion to support any local organisation including community groups and small businesses to upload their details onto an online Wales-wide directory. Once established, Ceredigion residents will be able to find a wealth of resources and opportunities in the county.
Work to hold Welsh Language Coding Clubs will begin after receiving Ceredigion County Council Cabinet approval.
Officers worked around the clock following disruption during the heavy rainfall of Sunday, 21 January 2018. Three roads were closed and a number of others only passable with great care.
Little Mill Players’ pantomime this year is ‘Puss in Boots’ and will be performed at Theatr Felinfach on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 January at 7.30pm as well as on Saturday 27 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Staff who were called into work on Sunday afternoon, 21 January to work through the disruption in Ceredigion have been praised and thanked for their hard work.
I am born and bred in the Aberystwyth area, having lived in the Pont-rhyd-y-groes area for over 30 years with my wife and 3 daughters and recently becoming a grandfather too! I take joy in being able to support and be part of the local community and am involved in a number of voluntary organisations. Back in 2010, I won the CAVO Ceredigion Volunteer award for ‘Trustee of the Year’ and have also been clerk to Ysbyty Ystwyth Community Council for 18 years.
In a meeting on 15 January 2018, the signatories of the Ceredigion Armed Forces Community Covenant reaffirmed their commitment to the Community Covenant and the work it carries out. The reaffirmation was carried out in the Council Chamber in Penmorfa, Aberaeron.
Rhys Meirion and Aled Wyn Davies, two tenors with a shared sense of humour and mischief, matched only by their lifelong love of music performed to a sell out audience at Theatr Felinfach on Saturday, 13 January.
This January, Ceredigion Museum are proud to exhibit artwork by the portrait painter Seren Morgan Jones, originally from Aberystwyth and the third generation of women artists in her family.
Ceredigion Youth Service, in conjunction with Aberystwyth University and Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig, facillitated a project with pupils to create a short film focusing on raising awareness of online safety amongst young people, particularly highlighting and prompting discussions of the risks surrounding the misuse of Snapchat.
On National Carers Rights Day, 24 November, an event designed to empower Carers to know, understand and take up their rights, took place in Penmorfa, Aberaeron.
Bodlondeb Residential Care Home’s doors have closed for the last time after the remaining resident moved into a new home.
Ceredigion County Council has recently been awarded almost £750,000 of additional grant funding from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund and Road Safety Capital Grant to carry out further highways improvement schemes in the County.
Following the September launch of CERI SIARAD - the Welsh Language Charter - a gig was organised for 15 December for Ceredigion school children.
British Empire Medal Awarded for pastoral care to the Fire and Rescue Service in Wales and extensive charity work
In a ceremony held on 19 December in the Council Chamber, Aberaeron, the British Empire Medal was awarded to Paul Thomas of Sarnau. The medal was awarded for pastoral care to the Fire and Rescue Service in Wales and his extensive charity work.
Funding has been received for the fishing industry, fishing communities, groups and organisations involved in the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Cardigan Bay coast and inland waters from St Dogmaels to Barmouth.
Visit Wales is inviting nominations The Wales Tourism Awards 2018.
Tir Coed Tutors Kelly Cutler and Eifion Wakefield have been leading service users in woodworking activities at Canolfan Meugan, a community support base which supports both adults with learning disabilities and the elderly in Cardigan.
Plans to develop a new fully-integrated health, social care and housing centre in Tregaron are continuing to be revised following an initial unsuccessful tendering process.
Friends of Cardigan Skatepark, Ceredigion County Council and Cardigan Town Council have been successful with a collaborative ‘Awards for All’ grant of £4,704 to improve Cardigan Skatepark.
Have you received any new electronic or electrical goods as a Christmas gift? Do you need to get rid of unwanted electrical items? In January 2018 Ceredigion County Council will be working in partnership with European Recycling Platform (ERP) to offer a free waste collection for electrical items as part of the domestic bulky waste collection for all residents in Ceredigion.
On Tuesday, 12 December 2017 Ceredigion Actif in partnership with Sport Wales distributed £14,214 to local sports clubs through the Community Chest Panel.
A series of posters to promote a clutter free Ceredigion by Ceredigion County Council were launched at a Ceredigion Disability Forum meeting on 13 December.
What other job can boast that they created the biggest and fattest gypsy wedding dress in West Wales? This was my challenge 4 Christmases ago when I was asked to create the dame dress for Theatr Felinfach’s Christmas pantomime.
During the Christmas and New Year period, waste collections in Ceredigion will be provided a day later than the usual collection day on the weeks commencing 25 December 2017 and 1 January 2018. The Household Waste Sites will also be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
On Friday 24 November, Canolfan Meugan held a successful Christmas Sale. All proceeds raised, over £1,000, went towards a defibrillator and further resources for the centre, or donation to a charity, to be decided upon by the service users.
In a Full Council meeting on 7 December, the Council unanimously passed a motion in support of New Quay Lifeboat Station. The motion is in response to plans from the RNLI to downgrade the New Quay Lifeboat Station to an inshore Lifeboat when the service of its All-Weather Lifeboat expires in 2020.
Ceredigion County Council has become one of the first Councils in Wales to adopt a policy to tackle modern slavery. The Anti-Slavery Policy was approved in a Full Council meeting on 7 December.
Volunteers, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais. Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.
Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion aims to run coding courses through the medium of Welsh. This follows being awarded with a Cymraeg 2050 grant to promote the use of the Welsh language.
The Food Centre Wales Team were at the Farm Business Innovation show 2017 offering advice and support to businesses in the food and drinks industry.
On 10 November 2017, over 200 young people from across the UK gathered in the Houses of Commons Chamber, to take part in the annual UK Youth Parliament takeover debate, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP. Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) Wil Rees, the former Vice-Chair of Ceredigion Youth Council and former pupil at Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig, now a first year politics student at Cardiff University, represented the young people of Ceredigion.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities will take place on 3rd December which aims to raise awareness of social inclusion.
Ceredigion Youth Service has been successful in attaining a grant from Welsh Government to support young people in improving their use of the Welsh language.
Members of the National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) in Tregaron have raised a total of £1,763 for a good cause.
Chair of the Regional Economic Partnership, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, has welcomed proposals for a Mid Wales Growth Deal, setting out plans to build a Welsh economy that is fit for the future.
As a result of the activities during National Library Week, Ceredigion Libraries attracted an impressive 501 new people to sign up and join.