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Busy Bees’ business is buzzing

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Karen and Lois: Busy Bees

Karen and Lois: Busy Bees

WHEN WE think ‘air pollution’, we might think exhaust fumes and cigarette smoke, but the fact is that many of the products we use in our homes to make them cleaner and smell better may also be making us ill.

Asthma, eczema, fertility issues, even heart problems and diseases such as cancer may be linked to products we use every day in our homes.

Those concerns led Llechryd-based businesswoman Karen Stinton to set up Ceredigion’s (and perhaps Wales) first all-natural environmentally friendly cleaning company: Busy Bee Natural Cleaning Company. And business is buzzing!

Although Karen had previously been cleaning homes and commercial premises using more conventional products, she has always had an interest in natural alternatives, and more recently, events in her personal life made her take a serious look at the chemicals that were in her home.

Karen explains: “My husband, Ian, had a double lung transplant last year which has made him susceptible to all sorts of illness and left him vulnerable to all kinds of pollution. Obviously, I wanted to make sure our home was as healthy as possible for him, and I began to look seriously at alternatives to the chemical cleaning products available in the supermarkets.”

Research into ‘old fashioned’ cleaning methods proved to Karen that chemical cleaning products weren’t necessary to have a clean, safe home: ingredients such as vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and lemon that were used by previous generations, can all be used to clean effectively without leaving harmful chemical residues in the atmosphere.

Encouraged by the results she was achieving at home with her natural cleaning solutions, Karen launched Busy Bee Natural Cleaning Company in October 2015 using the cleaning products she mixes at home from old family recipes. Since then, she has been inundated with requests for her cleaning services (and products). In fact, demand for her cleaning services has been so great, she has taken on 2 new members of staff.

As Karen tells us:

“I have been bowled over by how popular the natural cleaning services are proving – and it’s great to be able to employ more people in the area.

“ I think many people know that alternatives exist to conventional cleaning products but they either haven’t got time or are worried about getting it wrong.”

“With Busy Bee, we’ve been able to help people improve the atmosphere in their homes, while maintaining high standards of cleaning.”

Busy Bee Natural Cleaning Company is currently cleaning domestic and commercial premises in South Ceredigion/ North Pembrokeshire/West Carmarthenshire.

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Police call for vigilance to report illegal raves

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is asking farmers and local landowners to be on the alert over the next few months for warning signs of any illegal gatherings planned for their land over the summer.

Gatherings – such as illegal raves – can cause considerable anxiety to the community and if they are not dealt with swiftly, they are difficult to stop or otherwise control, due often to the sheer numbers of persons involved and the safety aspects surrounding breaking up such an event.

Superintendent Robyn Mason said: “There is little doubt that these type of events are very well planned, organised and that local knowledge is important in drawing down the main group to a particular ‘vulnerable’ field, or area of land which has been targeted previously as a suitable venue.

“Farmers, landowners and local communities are encouraged to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Police; this may be an unusual numbers of vehicles, especially camper vans, vans or trucks in the locality, illegal trespassers who may be doing ‘recce’ of sites in advance of the event.

“I can assure local communities that Police will take the appropriate action to deter illegal gatherings and deal robustly with any criminal offences discovered or disclosed.”  

Members of the public are also urged to be vigilant of persons who approach landowners or enquiring for land, in the guise of hiring for apparently acceptable activities such as gymkhanas and scouts/guides events.

Please contact Police on 101 with reports on any suspicious activity.

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Wheelchair-bound man jailed for child sex offences

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A CHILD sex offender from Ystrad Meurig has been jailed despite being wheelchair-bound.

Dean Harper, aged 61, had distributed child pornography and tried to entice a 10-year-old girl into sexually abusing herself and sending him photographs.

Harper, of Sisial y Pin, Ffair Rhos, admitted downloading 317 indecent images of children in the most serious category A, 400 in category B and 500 in C.

He also admitted sending images in all three categories to a third party, all on a single day in October, 2016.

Harper also admitted attempting to incite the girl into sexual activity knowing that she was only 10-years-old.

Kevin Jones, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that the distribution of the images alerted the police who raided Harper’s home and removed computer equipment.

An examination of his internet activity revealed he had made contact with a girl via social media and swapped messages with her.

The judge, Mr Recorder Peter Griffiths told Harper his offending was serious and a jail sentence was inevitable despite his disability.

Harper was jailed for a total of two years and ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for 10 years.

He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order which will restrict his contact with young people and his internet activity after his release from prison.

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Royals set to visit Ceredigion during summer visit

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AS PART of their annual summer visit to Wales, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting Ceredigion next month.

From July 2-6, Charles and Camilla will tour the country, undertaking over 20 engagements across the country.

On July 3, The Prince of Wales will visit Dà Mhìle Distillery, Llandysul, the first organic distillery in the UK approved by the Soil Association, where he was previously gifted the thousandth bottle to be produced by Dà Mhìle.

The Prince of Wales will also visit St. Gwenog’s Church, Llanwenog, and view their unique carvings created by Joseph Reubens, a Belgian World War One refugee. His Royal Highness will also meet members of their local community.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s fourteenth annual Summer visit to Wales will feature celebrations to mark the 70th Anniversary of The National Health Service and the marking the 150th anniversary of the Heart of Wales railway line amongst other events.

A Clarence House spokesperson said: “The Prince and The Duchess are really looking forward to their annual summer visit to Wales where they will be celebrating key anniversaries for the National Health Service, the Heart of Wales railway line and the 90th anniversary of Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisation. Their Royal Highnesses relish the opportunity to meet members of the community who are making a difference to Welsh life.”

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