By Junior Reporter Catryn Jessica Richards (aged 9 from Penrhyncoch)
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT candidate for Ceredigion writes: Catryn joined myself and the team canvassing on a sunny night in Aberystwyth and I was interviewed by her on a range of important issues.
Catryn: We need clearer labelling on packages about recycling – there is lots of wrapping that can’t be recycled.
Elizabeth: Well you are right, it’s better to have more recycling and less packaging. We know that there are lots of things like apples and oranges that don’t really need to be all wrapped up, but the supermarkets sell them with lots of packaging which then needs to be thrown away.
We should look at how we can make it easier to get the weekly shop without so much packaging. Like you say, we should all recycle as much as we can and it’s very important to do so.
Catryn: There should be proper cycling lessons for children because lots of children can’t cycle well.
Elizabeth: There should definitely be cycling lessons available for all children. There ought to be money available for this if there isn’t already – I will need to check on this for you.
I think all children should have cycling lessons because it’s important for us to be healthy and cycling is a good way to keep fit, but it is also important that everyone is safe on their bikes; especially if they are cycling on the road. You could start a petition about this if the services aren’t there to ensure that children can learn to ride their bikes safely.
Catryn: We should have a giant chess set and a giant snakes and ladders set on the Prom so that you and your friend can meet and play together.
Elizabeth: Great idea! I will contact the people responsible for the services on the Promenade and ask them if they can look into this idea. It would be great for local people and it would also encourage tourists to use the Prom whilst they are on their holidays. That’s something I would love to do too – although I’m not very good at chess- my husband Graeme loves playing it.
Catryn: There should be more science in primary school because the university science fair is really good.
Elizabeth: It’s great that you love science! I have heard that the university science fair is very good too and it’s fantastic that they encourage youngsters onto the campus. I am a school governor so this is certainly something I can ask teachers about and see if it is possible to teach more science at primary school level.
What you learn in primary school is a really important grounding for going into secondary school and studying further, so we should encourage young people to study science – the earlier the better!
Catryn: More things to do in the wet weather like ten-pin bowling or ice skating because there are not many things to do in in the wet weather.
Elizabeth: Yes; I agree with you Catryn. We need more things for young people and visitors to do in the wet weather.
There used to be a ten pin bowling alley in Llanbadarn but that closed. There is a gap in the market here for something similar like laser quest as you say. This is certainly something that we should try to attract to Aberystwyth.
Catryn: What do you think about kids voting?
Elizabeth: I think it’s a great idea and we should certainly try to make that happen for the next election! I went to see pupils in Penglais School last week who asked the same question – they are much older than you but just a little bit too young to vote; which is very frustrating for them.
So, yes, indeed young people should be able to vote and we should seriously look at reducing the voting age to 16.
Time given to develop 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.”
RSPCA aim for Christmas number one
MUSIC 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
Charity games raise over £2000
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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