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.
A brand new Welsh language ukulele orchestra
CAN you play the ukulele and would like to join a ukulele orchestra? Or would you like to learn a new skill and to socialise in a Welsh-speaking environment? Why not join Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl?
On Monday, October 15, Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Learn Welsh will launch Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl which is a brand new, Welsh language ukulele orchestra in Aberystwyth for free, for those aged 16+.
Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl will practice weekly between 6pm and 7:30pm every Monday night during the school term and practices will take place at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. There is no need for any experience or ability on the ukulele and there will be instruments available to borrow so that you can have a taste before buying your own ukulele.
Welsh will be the main language of Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl but there is a warm welcome to everyone whatever your level of proficiency in Welsh. Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl is supported by Learn Welsh as a great activity for learners to practice their Welsh outside the classroom in a fun and new way.
Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl’s conductor will be Steffan Rees who has held a number of Iwcs a Hwyl workshops over the last year as Cered’s Community Development Officer. Steffan is also a musician who composes and performs as “Bwca” and he has been playing the ukulele for years.
Steffan said, “I have really wanted to start a Welsh ukulele orchestra in Ceredigion for a while having seen the successes and popularity of those in Cardiff and South East Wales. The ukulele is an instrument that excites people of all ages and with some patience and perseverance, it is an easy enough instrument to master. I’m looking forward to developing a repertoire with the orchestra and play a few gigs; the National Eisteddfod in Tregaron in 2020 perhaps!”
Numbers for the first term of the orchestra are limited so contact the Arts Centre Box Office on 01970 632 232 to book your place in Cerddorfa Iwcs a Hwyl.
Hanes Llambed meeting held
THE FIRST meeting of Hanes Llambed of the 2018/19 year was held in Lampeter’s Trinity Saint David’s Old Hall this week.
There was a good attendance as Cwrtnewydd resident Simon Evans gave the first of what will eventually be two talks about his home parish of Llanwenog.
Mr Evans spoke of how the parish was defined by the Afon Cledlyn and its tributaries, describing the region’s history from the Stone Age to the present day. The talk spoke of the several hill forts of the area, as well as Llanwenog church, founded around 500 AD, before it was built in its current form in the 14th century.
The Battle of Llanwenog in 981 AD between the Welsh and invading Danes was detailed, before the speaker went on to describe the Puritan struggle and the Civil War.
The talk then went on to the establishment of private academies by nonconformist ministers from 1750 onwards, and the founding of Unitarian chapels in the early 19th century.
The terrible agricultural situation of the 1840s was described, followed by the bad harvests, which led directly to the Rebecca Riots and emigration to the USA and elsewhere in Britain.
The next meeting of Hanes Llambed will take place in October when the subject will be the Cardiganshire War Tribunals of the First World War.
Former AM charged with child porn offences
SIMON THOMAS, the former Plaid Cymru AM for Mid & West Wales has been charged with three offences of making indecent images of children.
Mr Thomas, aged 54, was charged with the offences earlier today (Sept 18) at Aberystwyth Police Station.
He has been bailed to appear at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, October 3.
At the time of his arrest, Mr Thomas was his Party’s spokesperson on Rural Affairs and Energy policy and had recently taken up a role which would have seen him perform a significant role in Plaid Cymru’s future campaigns.
His arrest in July was a shock both to his political allies and those in other parties in the Assembly.
Following his arrest, Mr Thomas resigned immediately as an Assembly Member and from Plaid Cymru. He was replaced as regional AM by Helen Mary Jones.
Popular This Week
News1 day ago
Former AM charged with child porn offences
Sport1 week ago
World class entries for Welsh Rally
News5 days ago
Trial for alleged planning breaches
Sport2 days ago
Aber seal thrilling win
News1 week ago
Exercise Referral Scheme available to Ceredigion residents
News3 days ago
Storm Helene could bring 70mph winds
News1 week ago
Views sought on review of gambling policy
News2 weeks ago
University scheme begins to address GP shortages