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If you use the coast or countryside in Ceredigion you could help shape developing public access

If you use the coast or countryside in Ceredigion you could help shape developing public access

PROVIDING access to Ceredigion’s coast and countryside is an essential part of the rural tourism product in Ceredigion and the network of public rights of way is a valuable economic asset that helps create jobs, says the local council. What’s more, Cerdigion Council says it understands how countryside access has an important role to play in health and well-being. Regular walking, cycling and horse riding can bring benefits through improving people’s health and well-being, the council said.

The Ceredigion Local Access Forum is set up under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to advise Ceredigion County Council, Natural Resources Wales and others on the way that access to the countryside is improved and managed. Forums are appointed for a three year term. The Council is currently seeking enthusiastic people to sit on the Forum and play an important role in improving and managing access to the County’s diverse and attractive countryside.

Local Access Forums were set up under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act to give advice on the improvement of public access for the purpose of outdoor recreation and enjoyment, taking into account the needs of land management and the conservation of the natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Local Access Forums represent a broad spectrum of interests, including those with an interest in access (walkers, horse riders, cyclists, carriage drivers, motorised recreation vehicles and access for those with disabilities), farming and land management.

John Morgan, past Chairman of the Ceredigion Local Access Forum said “The Forum is a statutory body encouraged to set its own agenda. To those interested in developing public access and associated recreation it can be an effective interface with Ceredigion County Council, Government Agencies and other organisations who have responsibilities or interests in these topics.”

Over the last few years the Forum has grappled with a range of different issues ranging from the review of the Council’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan which explains how the Council will manage and improve the extensive network of rights of way across the County, giving advice to Welsh Government on permissive access under the Glastir scheme, access issues affecting wind farm proposals and consideration of the requirements and impacts of motorised recreational vehicles.

A spokesman for Ceredigion County Council said “We will be making arrangements for appointing new members to the Forum early in the New Year. If you would like to get involved in shaping the future of public access to one of Ceredigion’s most precious assets – our countryside – then we would be pleased to hear from you”. Further information is available about the Ceredigion Local Access Forum, including information about applying to become a member, on the County Councils website:www. c e r e d i g i o n . g o v . u k / i n d e x . cfm?articleid=11843

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Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais

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New steps: At Parc Natur Penglais

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.

Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”

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​RSPCA aim for Christmas number one​

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'Stars' by Lucy Ellie​: Help it get to number one

M​USIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.

The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ​’​Stars​’​ in aid of the RSPCA.

‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over ​two million views online across a variety of platforms.

The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.

Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.

RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.

“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”

You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online

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Charity games raise over £2000

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Team Tesco: Raised over £2000 through three football games

NOT all heroes wear capes and Tesco Aberystwyth’s very own Community Champion, Natasha Worrall has proven this raising a staggering £2,096.27 for local and national charities.

Natasha, the brainchild behind the charity football events, came up with the idea first off by challenging Tesco’s neighbours, Marks and Spencer’s, to a football match, she quickly set her powers to work and contacted Aberystwyth Football club who were more than happy to help and allowed use of the pitch.

The Big Day arrived, there was a lot of tension and passion on the pitch that night, it was more than just about winning a match it was the status, the pride and most of all bringing people together to raise money for three great causes; Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Mind. Hundreds of supporters braved the cold October evening to support the players and Tesco stole the show with a 7-1 victory and an amazing £607 was raised.

Natasha now had a taste of success under her cape and wanted to really get this event of the ground and challenged supermarket rivals, Morrisons to a match! The response for Tesco vs Morrisons was just what Natasha wanted and a November date was set.

Tesco now had experience in their boots and both teams had everything to play for. Victory once again went to Tesco who pipped Morrisons at the post and clawed back to a 5-4 victory raising a further £648.15 for Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Clic Sargent.

In true football fashion Natasha wanted a hat trick but could Team Tesco achieve this? Last Sunday (Dec 3) seemed the perfect opportunity and the opponents who were up for the challenge came from Bronglais Hospital and their chosen charity Pila Pala, Llwyn yr Eos. What a match! And what great team to take victory, Hywel Dda 2 – Tesco – 0. A rematch could certainly be on the cards especially as they raised the biggest amount ever of £841.12.

Behind every success there is always great team and working with Natasha and the players a number of local heroes who helped, Ruth’s kitchen provided heroic meals for all the players for a £1 donation, Aberystwyth women’s Team loaned their footballs, the Referees, linesmen, stewards, security, first aiders and ball boys and girls who all donated their time free of charge.

Team Tesco are looking for more opponents to play and raise even more money for local charities, if you are interested please call into Tesco store and see Natasha.

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