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Garden launches artistic competition

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THE NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN OF WALES will be hosting its own ‘Watercolour Challenge’ this summer.

Garden launches artistic competition

Garden launches artistic competition

The celebration will coincide with the biggest project in the Garden’s history, a £6.7 million restoration project that aims to restore the site to its former glory. With falls, cascades, lakes and weirs, the Gardens will resemble the way the site looked 2 centuries ago.

The competition marks 200 years since Thomas Hornor was commissioned by Sir William Paxton of Middleton in Llanarthe to paint “one of the finest water parks in Britain.” The National Botanic Gardens are now situated in this place.

To celebrate the anniversary, the Garden is challenging artists from across the country to attend the attraction and capture the beauty of it.

The best of the artworks will feature in an exhibition in the Garden’s gallery. There will be prizes in each of the three categories; the winner of the under 12s contest will receive £250, the winner in the 12-18 category will win £500 and the winner of the adult’s competition will take home £1,250.

“The 5 year plan to restore our Regency landscape began in January,” said organiser Rob Thomas, “and the main source material for the project in the Hornor watercolour collection. So it is very fitting that, two centuries after Hornor created his brilliant body of work, we try and capture what we have here today.”

The competition, however, is not restricted to watercolours only. All mediums are welcome. Thomas commented that it will “in time, prove as compelling a record of the estate as Thomas Hornor created all those years ago.”

The ‘Watercolour Challenge’ runs from May 23 to August 15. All ages and abilities are welcome, and half price entry is available for all entrants. Entries from a range of age categories will be displayed in the Garden’s gallery in the Autumn.

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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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