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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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Free parking in Ceredigion for the three Saturdays before Christmas



PARKNG will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays preceding Christmas this year.

The development follows a decision made the by the Council’s Cabinet on 16 October 2018. Parking charges at Council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on 8, 15 and 22 December 2018.

The Cabinet Member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services, Councillor Dafydd Edwards said, “Christmas is a very important time of year for many small businesses in our towns. This decision will support people to prepare for the festivities locally and help small businesses compete with the increasing influence of online shopping.”

The decision contributes towards one of the Council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Development of the Welsh Language at Ysgol Bro Pedr a step forward



A CONSULTATION is to take place on the development of the medium of instruction to Welsh in the foundation phase at Ysgol Bro Pedr, Lampeter.

On 15 March 2018, members of Ysgol Bro Pedr’s Governing Body unanimously agreed to support a consultation on the development of the medium of instruction in the Foundation Phase. In its meeting on 16 October 2018, Cabinet supported and approved the Governing Body’s decision to commence a consultation to develop the medium of instruction to Welsh in the foundation phase at Ysgol Bro Pedr.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services and Lifelong Learning, said, “The Governing body’s decision to seek approval to proceed to consultation supports the wider context noted in Ceredigion’s WESP, to see more seven year old children being educated through the medium of Welsh. The decision also supports the Council’s aim to teach Ceredigion pupils so that they are fully bilingual when they leave primary school and to develop this ability during their time in secondary education.”

Currently, pupils transferring from the reception class to Year 1 are taught in separate classrooms. One classroom is taught mainly through the medium of English and the other through the medium of Welsh. Implementing the decision of the Governing Body would mean that only Welsh-medium education would be provided to the end of the Foundation Phase. English and Welsh medium classes would continue in Key Stage 2.

The formal consultation will begin on 06 November 2018 with an opportunity to present views and comments on the proposal or express support for status quo. In addition, drop in sessions will also be undertaken at the school to allow parents to discuss the proposals in detail with members of the Governing Body and County Council officers.

The Cabinet decision contributes towards realising the Council’s corporate priorities within the Corporate Strategy of investing in people’s future.

If the proposal is approved following the consultation, it would be implemented from 01 September 2019. However, pupils currently receiving their education in the Foundation Phase through the medium of English would continue to do so until they enter Key Stage 2.

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Margaret Jones: 100th birthday of award winning Ceredigion illustrator



CEREDIGION MUSEUM celebrates the 100th birthday of award winning Ceredigion illustrator Margaret Jones with an exclusive exhibition.

The exhibition Margaret Jones: Celebrating 100, highlighting the career of award winning illustrator Margaret Jones on the eve of her 100th birthday, includes early sketches and unseen drawings owned by the Jones family themselves. The exclusive exhibition opens the door to this famous painter’s art, inviting visitors to discover the ideas, sketches and inner workings of her iconic paintings and illustrations.

The exhibition will feature previously unseen original prints from the ‘Arthur’ series and rare prints from unpublished work including ‘Seven days of the week’, which looks at how the names of the days of the week derive from the sagas of the Nordic Kings and Queens. Archive photo albums and unpublished books will be shown alongside the drawings and prints giving an intimate view of the artist and her life.

Ceredigion Museum’s assistant curator Alice Briggs said, “It has been wonderful to have the chance to delve through the portfolios of Margaret Jones, to discover more about her process of creating her illustrations and to learn more of her own detailed knowledge of the storytelling traditions in which she has illustrated.”

Becoming a professional painter at the age of 60, Margaret became known as one of the leading illustrators in the Celtic tradition and other folklore. Born in England, Margaret brought up her own young family in India with her husband, before being appointed as lecturer in Education Studies at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Here, her portrayal of the Mabinogi has defined the way a generation of children in Wales imagine the folklore of the nation’s past.

Professor Sioned Davies, the former Head of Welsh at Cardiff University, whose ongoing contribution to Welsh language and culture is highly influential, will open the exhibition on Saturday 27 October at 2pm. All museum visitors are very welcome to attend the official opening.

The Margaret Jones: Celebrating 100 free exhibition will run at Ceredigion Museum gallery from Saturday, 27 October 2018 until 5 January 2019.

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