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University supports surplus food redistribution

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Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 10.57.02ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY has organised a conference to see how surplus food from local food businesses could be used to help community groups in the town.

The event brought together staff from supermarkets, charities and local and national government to explore how supermarket surplus food could be used to benefit the town, instead of being thrown away.

It built on work that students from the University’s Sustainability Society have been doing, with support from WRAP Cymru, the Welsh waste management organisation.

Acting Vice-Chancellor John Grattan said: “At last year’s event we were happy to sign an agreement with WRAP that we would cut food packaging waste on campus and we’ve continued to make progress in that area with regular collections of waste food from student accommodation. We’re proud of our reputation as an academic centre for food and farming, and we are pleased that our students are now extending this work into the town.”

The conference also heard speakers from the Fishguard Transition Cafe, a pioneering project which turns 850kg of surplus food every month into nutritious and affordable meals, while providing a space for volunteers and community groups to come together.

Delegates were served a meal of soup and baguettes prepared by the Treehouse from leftover food supplied by Morrisons and Lidl.

The event was supported by a team from Bangor University who are looking at the values that motivate people who work with food, and developing ways to reinforce people’s enthusiasm for involvement in their local communities.

Postgraduate student Heather McClure said: “It has been very interesting and rewarding to talk to Morrisons and other local businesses and help link them to charities who are able to make good use of the food. We feel like we are making a real difference in the town, as well as gaining valuable experience.”

The event built on earlier events organised by the University , to convene people with an interest in food in the local area, including its catering staff, local food businesses and academic staff , including researchers in plant breeding, geography and international politics.

The event is one in a series of events looking at how engaging with values can support work on food and builds on earlier research on Food Values conducted by Aberystwyth University.

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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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