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Council called out on refugee crisis

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Marc Frenchi, Kate Sherringer and Celia Lang: Outside Cardigan’s Guildhall despite the rain

Marc Frenchi, Kate Sherringer and Celia Lang: Outside Cardigan’s Guildhall despite the rain

LOCAL Amnesty members from Cardigan gathered outside the Guildhall on Saturday (25 Jun) in a bid to ask members of the local community to sign a letter concerning the housing of Syrian refugees within the Pembrokeshire area. The letter, addressed to Pembrokeshire County Council, received an optimistic number of signatures in favour of increasing the proportion of Syrian refugees housed within the county.

An excerpt from the letter reads: “We are writing as concerned members of the public to express our disquiet at the apparent lack of positive steps toward the local settlement of refugees. We feel it is only right that we should share the responsibility for the desperate families fleeing from their war-torn countries.”

Cardigan’s Amnesty community set up a table and an information board outside the popular Cardigan venue and included pictures of war-damaged Syria. Throughout the morning, local members Marc Frenchi, Kate Sherringer and Celia Lang asked the people of Cardigan to sign the letter addressed to the council, bringing the refugee crisis to the forefront of people’s minds as they questioned the possibility of Pembrokeshire taking in their quota of refugees.

A spokesperson for Amnesty Cardigan said: “We write now to ask you to ensure that we are part of a county that cares, and that will shoulder its responsibilities with dignity and humanity.”

“With Refugee Week having just t aken place (Jun 20-26), members of Cardigan Amnesty would like to express the ir gratitude towards Pembrokeshire citizens who have already demonstrated a surge of goodwill related to the cause through supporting Hiraeth Hope.”

“Pembrokeshire has a history of providing a warm welcome to those in need, and this should be no exception.”

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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