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New Cancer Support Centre

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cancersupport1PEOPLE affected by cancer in Ceredigion are now able to access a newly developed Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre based in Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth. The service was officially launched on Wednesday (May 4) by Steve Moore, Hywel Dda University Health Board Chief Executive, and Susan Morris, Head of Services for Macmillan Wales. The service is part of a £3.3m investment made in the health board over the last five years to support posts and projects, and £500,000 specifically for information and support services.

The service will include Macmillan information and support centres and co-ordinators in all four hospitals across Hywel Dda. Susan Morris Macmillan Wales Head of Services said: “There are 3,160 people in Ceredigion living with and beyond cancer and 465 people are diagnosed each year. This means they need more than medical help, they also need practical, emotional and financial support, which the Macmillan Information and Support Centre can provide. “People affected by cancer can be overwhelmed by the amount of information about their diagnosis and treatment. The service will make sure that anyone affected by cancer can access the right information and support.

“Our centre not only provides good quality information for people affected by cancer, but Gwynneth and Ingrid offer face-to-face support as well as helping people find other services, including welfare benefits advice.” Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda University Health Board, added: “We are extremely proud to mark the opening of this information centre in Bronglais Hospital which will provide local people with additional support when they need it most. “I’m delighted we have been able to work with our partner, Macmillan, to provide this valuable service closer to home for our patients.”

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Co-ordinators Gwynneth Shiers and Ingrid Evans said: “Based in a rural area of Wales, we are passionate about getting information out to as many people as possible, using GP surgeries, informal presentations and word of mouth. “Being in a designated area is a huge asset and sometimes people passing will just pop in. Some of the comments we have had include: ’It’s so nice to have someone to talk to, thank you, I feel better already;’ and ‘I wish I’d known about this service sooner.’

“The Macmillan recipe book is also proving very popular.” Macmillan Cancer Support has fully funded the Information and Support Centre in partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board. The centre is based by the purple entrance of the hospital and offers: • Information on a variety of cancer types; • Financial, practical, physical and emotional support; • Confidential advice for patients, families and carers, and also to healthcare professionals. Macmillan can only fund services such as these thanks to the generosity of the public.

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Free parking in Ceredigion for the three Saturdays before Christmas

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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

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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

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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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