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£11.5m bag fund up for grabs



Tesco and Groundwork’s Bags of Help initiative: T Llew Jones School wins the bid for maximum funding for their new nature reserve garden

Tesco and Groundwork’s Bags of Help initiative: T Llew Jones School wins the bid for maximum funding for
their new nature reserve garden

CUSTOMERS who shop at Tesco in Cardigan have been busy voting in their thousands to help a variety of different causes as part of the supermarket’s £11.5m carrier bag charge fund.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000, which have been raised by the 5p bag charges, being awarded to a host of different environmental and greenspace projects.

Following the outcome of the hundreds of thousands of shoppers’ votes, Tesco have revealed that the project which came in first as part of Round One of the funding is T Llew Jones School in Llandysul, who will receive £12,000 to rebuild wildlife hides and a nature reserve garden for education.

Alwyn Ward, Headmaster of T Llew Jones School, said: “As a school, we are very excited about the ‘Hafan’ project. The support from Tesco and its customers has been outstanding and we can’t wait to start on the project.

“During the next few weeks we will begin the project, building a nature hide and installing cameras so that we can monitor the local wildlife from the school and through the internet following the launch of the school’s new website.

“We look forward to working with the school’s families, its community, local artists and gardeners. The wildlife habitats will be an excellent resource for us to learn about the world we live in.

“I must congratulate the school’s Eco Council, the school staff and friends of the school for submitting this excellent project for the Groundwork grant.”

Second place went to Pontgarreg Community Field, who will receive £10,000 towards their new play area and third place went to Aberporth Village Committee who are going to receive £8,000 to install safety barriers at the beach car park.

Bronwen Morgan-James, Pontgarreg Community Field Secretary, said: “Winning this money is going to help create a new play area for the children in the community.

“Since the school closed in 2012, the existing playground has become unsafe and needed replacing. Thanks to Tesco, we’re now able to achieve this.”

The second round of funding for the ‘Bags of Help’ scheme reopened on Monday April 18 and will remain open until Friday June 3.

Dave Thomas, Tesco Community Champion for Cardigan, said of the Bags of Help project: “It’s great that Tesco is putting money spent in Cardigan back into its community and proving ‘Every Little Helps’.

“With applications now open again until June, it gives Tesco customers and the local community their chance to put their own plans forward for funding.”

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Penrhyn-coch Brownies compose song



PENRHYN-COCH Brownies were congratulated for composing a new Welsh language song recently. The workshops were part of a program of Welsh language workshops organised by Cered – Menter Iaith Ceredigion.

Following a series of workshops with the young singer, Mari Mathias from Talgarreg, the girls decided to compose a song. ‘Yn yr Haf’ was recorded with the girls singing and Mari on the guitar. All the group members received a copy of the song on CD.

Rhodri Francis, Cered’s Development Officer said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the group and we congratulate members on their masterpiece. Thanks also to the leaders for their enthusiasm in securing opportunities for the members to socialise in Welsh outside of school hours.”

Cered’s main aim is to support, influence and develop the use of the Welsh language in Ceredigion through partnership and co-operation, to establish the best possible foundation for the development of the language in the society and community.

Wendy Reynolds, leader of the Brownies unit in Penrhyn-coch said: “The experience has been amazing for the girls and they’ve had a lot of fun doing activities through the medium of Welsh.”

Follow all the news about the wider work of Cered, through liking the Facebook page @ceredmenteriaith or follow on Twitter @MICered.

For more information on Cered, phone 01545 572350 or email

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Theatre caravan coming to Aberystwyth



THE SMALLEST cinema in a theatre caravan will be on the Promenade in Aberystwyth for three Saturdays this summer.

Staff from Ceredigion Museum, together with the Friends of Ceredigion Museum, will be hosting a series of free entertaining events in and around the theatre caravan on July 28, August 4, and August 11 between 12pm and 4pm.

Sarah Morton, the Events Organiser for Ceredigion Museum said, “We have a series of short local films from the National Film and Screen Archive which links to our summer exhibition relating to the seaside at the museum, in the old Coliseum Theatre. The two minute films show people on the beach and promenade in Aberystwyth as well as Y Borth. We will also have singing from the Showtime Singers to add to the entertainment.

“We will be situated in and near the bandstand and hope to be able to bring some of the traditions of a typical coastal break back to life.”

Besides the theatre caravan, there will be a Guess-the-Object held in the bandstand with museum staff to aid in identifying the mystery objects.

For more details about the caravan and the entertainment, contact Sarah Morton at Ceredigion Museum on 01970 633088

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Surprise presentation for retiring cook



AFTER feeding hundreds of children in her role as cook at Ysgol Eglwyswrw for the past 40 years, Mrs Anona Williams is finally hanging up her apron. But there was a shock in store for Mrs Williams when she arrived at the school for one of her last days at work on Tuesday (Jul 17).

Cameras from the S4C magazine programme, Heno, were present to capture her receiving a special award from music conductor and presenter, Alwyn Humphreys.

She started at her post in 1978 and during that time has fed three generations including her own niece and nephew and great-niece and great-nephew.

Headteacher, Edryd Eynon, said Mrs Williams would be sadly missed.

“We will miss her delicious meals and her caring nature,” he said.

“She spoils all the children and is like a grandmother to them. Her contribution to the school is priceless.

“She ran the breakfast and the Cook It clubs and ensured all pupils had an exciting experiences working with food and preparing many delicious recipes.

“Every sports day she would prepare and donate coffee, tea and her famous scones and all the money she raised would be given to school funds. She did this for 40 years.

“Mrs Williams will be sadly missed at Ysgol Eglwyswrw not only for her delicious food – especially her pizza and coleslaw – but also for her caring and loving character. We wish her all the best for the future.”

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