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Lucky winners of Commissioner’s competition

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Winners: William Wilson (left) and Henry White, of Roch Community School won a design competition run by Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon

Winners: William Wilson (left) and
Henry White, of Roch Community
School won a design competition run
by Police and Crime Commissioner
Christopher Salmon

TWO 10-year-old boys won a competition to design the offi cial Christmas card of Dyfed-powys police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon. William Wilson and Henry White from Roch Community School in Haverfordwest designed the card, which will be seen in the corridors of power across the UK. The card, in traditional and digital formats, will go to hundreds of people on Mr Salmon’s Christmas list, including Prime Minister David Cameron. William said: “We’re really pleased to win the competition.”

Their artwork depicts traditional Christmas themes, the rural nature of Dyfed-Powys, and the traditional police colour, blue. Henry said: “It’s great that something we’ve designed will go all over Britain”. Mr Salmon said: “I congratulate William and Henry and thank the many young artists from around the region who entered the competition. I know that Roch School encourages pupils to become problem solvers – and William and Henry certainly rose to the challenge of my competition.

“Young people are our future so I need to hear their views on crime and policing along with the thoughts of other young people and all residents of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.” Roch year six teacher, Verity Jones said: “We’re thrilled that William and Henry have won the Commissioner’s competition. It was a stimulating experience for them and their classmates and brought a close focus to the issue of ensuring that our communities stay safe.”

Year six schoolchildren across Dyfed-Powys submitted their Christmas card designs to the competition. Mr Salmon said: “Strong schools are pivotal to strong communities and, for that reason, I was keen for school pupils to design my Offi ce’s 2014 Christmas card.” William and Henry’s winning design will go to hundreds of contacts, ranging from members of the public to Police and Crime Commissioners around England and Wales. Their prize is a class tour of Police HQ near Carmarthen and £200 to spend on a community safety initiative of the school’s choice. Runners-up in the competition was Kirsty Dunlop, of Roch, and Aimee Edwards and Sophie Thomas of Llanelli’s Maes y Morfa Primary Community School.

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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”

The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.

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Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’

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CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.

The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.

Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”

The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

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Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme

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A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.

From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.

There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!

A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”

Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.

For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.

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