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West Wales: Fire service advice, and event listings for Bonfire Night

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WITH November 5 just around the corner , Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service encourages the public to celebrate this year’s Bonfire Night in the safest way possible and attend an official, organised public firework display, which are much safer, more entertaining, and cost effective than private displays.

MAWWFRS Arson Reduction Manager will Bowen advises: “Remember that safety is the key to having a safe and successful November the 5th. The following are very simple Do’s and Do Not’s to ensure the safest possible night:

Do:

  • Position the bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs -15m is usually a safe distance.
  • Make sure the bonfire is stable and will not collapse.
  • Ensure everyone is a safe distance (15m) away from the fire and children are supervised at all times.
  • Keep buckets of water, a garden hose or a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency.
  • Pour water on the remains of the bonfire before leaving.
  • Keep pets indoors during bonfire night.

Do NOT burn the following:

  • Tyres
  • Cylinders
  • Canisters
  • Aerosols
  • Paints
  • Plastics
  • Rubber
  • Foam filled furniture

Remember:

  • Never use flammable liquids to light a bonfire.
  • Never light or store fireworks near a bonfire.
  • Never leave a bonfire unattended.

If you are planning a bonfire we insist that you contact the Fire Service ahead of time on 01268909404 and provide us with the following information:

  • Name of responsible person and contact telephone number
  • Date, time and location of the bonfire
  • How the fire will be extinguished after the event or if it gets out of control”.

For those who are interested in attending organised events please see if any of the following are near you:

30th October, 6pm Bonfire at Llangrannog Beach

31st October, 6pm Fireworks at Goodwick Parrog Beach

31st October, 6.30pm Fireworks at Myddfai Hall, Llandovery

31st October, 5.30pm Fireworks, Bonfire and Halloween party at The Snooty Fox, Martletwy

1st November, 6pm Fireworks at Maesydre Recreating Ground, Welshpool

5th November, 5pm Fireworks at Carmarthen Park

5th November, 5.30pm, Fireworks at Mackerel Stage, Milford Haven

5th November, 7pm Fireworks at The Castle Ruins, Newcastle Emlyn

5th November, 6pm Bonfire and Fireworks at Black Mountains Lion and Baskerville Hall, Clyro

5th November, 6pm Fireworks at St Helen’s Ground, Swansea

5th November, 6.30pm Fireworks at Llannon School

5th November, 6pm at King Arthur in Reynoldston

5th November, 6pm Bonfire at St Florence Village Hall

5th November, Bonfire and Fireworks at Gwili Tractors, Lampeter

5th November, 6.30pm at Mynyddygarreg Hall

5th November, 5pm Fireworks at Llangattock Church in Wales School

5th November, Fireworks at Belgrave Park, Abergavenny

5th November, 7pm Fireworks at The plash Inn, Whitland

6th November, Fireworks at Parc y Scarlets

6th November, 6:30pm Fireworks at Rugby Ground Heywood Lane Tenby

7th November, 6pm Fireworks at Cae William, Llandeilo

7th November, 6.30pm at Llangennech Scout Hall

7th November, 6pm Fireworks at Maes y Dre Recreation grounds, Welshpool.

  • If you can think of any more events please email us to be listed or add as a comment below!
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Overall ‘excellent’ performance at Mynach Primary School

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A RECENT Estyn report on the primary school in Mynach has given the ‘Excellent’ status to each of the five inspection areas.

It was noted in the report that the school had attained ‘Excellent’ status in standards; wellbeing and attitudes to learning; teaching and learning experiences; care, support and guidance; and leadership and management.

The report notes, ‘A particular feature is the opportunities for Key Stage 2 pupils to plan and deliver lessons for the rest of the class, focusing on specific skills.’

Joyce George is headteacher at Ysgol y Mynach. She is also headteacher at Pontrhydfendigaid Primary School and Sir John Rhys Primary School. She said, “As a headteacher, I am extremely proud of the results of the survey and very grateful to the staff, governors and those who work effectively together as a team to ensure a first class education for all pupils. I am proud of the fact that the inspectors identified pupils’ literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology skills as excellent.

It was also noted that a pioneering feature of Ysgol Mynach is the way in which teachers adapt and develop the curriculum in order to raise pupils’ independence. Working together as a wider partnership with Ysgol Pontrhydfendigaid and Ysgol Sir John Rhys, Ponterwyd is a great advantage and an opportunity to share expertise, co-design and share ideas which extend and widen the experiences of pupils across the schools.”

Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member for Learning services. She said: “The Estyn report shows that Ysgol Gynradd Mynach has achieved exceptionally high standards. The hard work and dedication of the headteacher, staff, governors and of course the children is very evident. The school shows that a way of working together with neighbouring schools in a progressive way can produce excellent results. Everyone in the school deserves congratulations.”

The report notes that the school is an extremely close community. It also notes that the head teacher has a progressive vision that is continually focused on maintaining and raising standards of pupils’ achievement and wellbeing.

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Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn visits Machynlleth

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ON Thursday 15 August Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed around 200 local Labour Party members from Mid, West and North Wales at Machynlleth Bowling Club. Tickets for the event had all been taken within 24 hours, and an additional video link was live streamed into the club bar to allow those who could not get into the packed venue the opportunity to hear him speak.

Mr Corbyn was joined by Christina Rees, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, and West Wales Regional AMs Joyce Watson and Eluned Morgan, Welsh Labour Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language.

Eluned Morgan AM’s passionate introductory remarks highlighted Welsh Labour’s ongoing commitment to improving outcomes in education, health, housing, jobs and the environment. She urged immediate action from international UK and international governments on the climate crisis, declaring ‘The emergency is now!’

Mr Corbyn made clear that he is expecting a general election to be likely very soon and proceeded to outlined the scale of the current crisis the UK is facing, with 14 million now in poverty in the world’s 5th richest economy, and child poverty predicted by some to rise as high as 40%.

He went on to congratulate Welsh Labour on the great work that has been possible in Wales to insulate the Welsh people from the worst of the effects of Tory austerity, protecting vital NHS services and preventing the worst of school cuts, but he explained that there was only so much that could be done without the full support of a Labour government in Westminster.

“Things will be very different under a Labour government” Mr Corbyn added, saying that Labour will invest in people, with principles of equality and social justice and to demonstrate his state of readiness, with great vigour declared: “I’m up for an election anytime”.

He expressed grave concern over the effects that a reckless No Deal Brexit would have on the UK economy with particular reference to the devastating effects on Welsh industry and agriculture. He promised that Labour will do everything they can to prevent a no-deal, including the offer of a second referendum with Remain as an option, and the formation of a national unity government to prevent further political chaos.

Outlining his commitment to green industrial development Jeremy Corbyn stated that a Labour government would support the creation of the Swansea Tidal Lagoon which would bring valuable new green transitional jobs to Wales which would lead the world on renewables technology.

Mr Corby thanked everyone present for their efforts in Wales and reaffirmed his commitment to core Labour values of equality and social justice. He received a standing ovation and stayed after the event to chat and have photos taken with supporters.

A Ceredigion Labour spokesperson commented: “Jeremy Corbyn spoke passionately and inspiringly. He was full of praise for our outstanding efforts in the 2017 election and said he would be visiting Ceredigion during the next General Election campaign.”

The following day Mr Corbyn visited the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth to see new renewable energy technology in action and learn about pioneering methods of sustainable building and farming. He also confirmed that he would not stand in the way of any future discussion of a Welsh Independence referendum, and that he was open to considering all options for Wales’future.

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Gypsy Traveller Accommodation Assessment 2019

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CEREDIGION County Council are currently trying to contact as many members of the community as possible to take part in a survey on accommodation for Gypsy Traveller communities. Information collected from the survey will be used to understand how many pitches may be needed in Ceredigion now and in the future.

The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 requires all local authorities in Wales to undertake a Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) at least every five years to ensure that appropriate sites are provided where an unmet need is identified.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet member with responsibility for Housing said: “An understanding of Gypsy and Traveller accommodation is essential for us as a Council to make properly planned provision. We need to speak to as many families and individuals as possible in order to produce a robust evaluation of need for a gypsy/traveller or showmen site, or sites, in the county. If you have any contacts in the gypsy or traveller community, let the Council know how to contact them or encourage them to contact the Council directly.”

Any personal data gathered will be held under the Council’s privacy notice which is available here: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/your-council/data-protection-freedom-of-information/data-protection/privacy-notice/.

Contact the Council directly using gt@ceredigion.gov.uk or phone Clic, the Council’s Customer Contact Centre on 01545 570881.

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