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.
Christmas gift fair returns
NEXT Friday (Oct 20), the annual craft and gifts extravaganza will return to Aberystwyth Arts Centre to get the locals in the mood for Christmas.
The Winter Craft & Gift Fair is sure to get visitors feeling festive in the run up to Christmas with over 80 stalls selling a wonderful array of crafts and gifts, many produced by local makers from Ceredigion and mid Wales.
This year will feature many regular stalls, as well as some who will be selling at the fair for the first time, so prepare to discover the unusual and unexpected at this year’s fair with it’s new layout and products for 2017.
The fair will be open from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday and 12 to 5.30pm on Sundays all the way up until December 23.
On Saturday, November 25, the Arts Centre’s Christmas Food Fair will take over the Great Hall for the day. There will be the very best of Welsh produce with cheese, meats, fish, wine, cider, pastries, puddings, jams and much, much more from many local producers. The Food Fair is the perfect place to stock up on a few gastronomic goodies in the run up to Christmas. There will also be live musical entertainment to get you in the Christmassy mood! The fair will be on 10am-4pm and entry is free!
‘It’s ok to say’
ON WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY, farmers across Wales are being reminded that ‘it’s ok to say’ and the Farmers’ Union of Wales is urging them not to hide problems from themselves, their families and friends and to talk about their personal feelings.
The FUW made a commitment at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in July to continue raising awareness of mental health problems in rural communities and is therefore renewing the call for those who might be suffering from mental health problems to seek help.
“The focus of this year’s World Mental Health day is on mental health in the workplace and farms are just that. In our places of work we’ve faced some pretty low-points in the last few years. Bovine TB, price volatility and uncertainty about our future post-Brexit, this all puts a strain on our resolve and will have many feeling stressed and under immense pressure,” said Union President Glyn Roberts.
“But we must break the stigma attached to mental health, so if you’re feeling vulnerable, please open-up and speak to someone. That doesn’t just mean today, but always. Farmers and farming families need to continue talking openly about what they are experiencing and the FUW strongly encourages anyone who is worried about their own mental health or a loved-one, to seek help from the Farming Community Network, Tir Dewi, The DPJ Foundation, Mind Cymru or Call Helpline Wales,” added Glyn Roberts.
Scholarship scheme funds student’s Masters
A TALYBONT native is one of just 28 people in the UK to be awarded a scholarship granted by energy company ScottishPower.
Stella Foster, 32, gratefully received the grant from the Scottish Power Foundation for the 2017/18 academic year.
Having just completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of York, Stella will begin her Masters in Environmental Sciences this week at the University of East Anglia. Environmental science degrees integrate biology, physical science and information sciences to examine environmental systems (air, water, etc.) and how they interact.
The sought-after scholarship covers full enrolment costs as well as a living allowance. On top of this, the scholars will receive unique opportunities including meeting leading industry professionals.
“Travelling around the world and living in China before I started my undergraduate studies made me aware of the astounding change of pace in urbanisation; the two-hour bus ride from where I lived to Shanghai, there wasn’t a moment where you couldn’t see a construction site,” Stella said.
“This fast and dramatic development creates issues with the environment, and I’m really excited to learn about the creative and fascinating solutions out there, and hopefully come up with some of my own,” she added.
Since it was launched in 2010, the ScottishPower Foundation scholarships programme has provided £1.5m in grants towards training the next generation in their chosen field.
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