ABERAERON is one of 10 finalists competing to be crowned Wales’ Best Place, in a competition run by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Cymru, to celebrate some of our most attractive and inspiring places and the role planners have played in helping to protect or shape them for Welsh communities.
Widely cherished for its stunning examples of striking Regency-style architecture, Aberaeron is regularly recognised as one of Wales’ most attractive seaside towns. The tranquil and picturesque setting of this harbour town, equally coupled by its thriving establishments and close-knit community, make Aberaeron one of the jewels in the crown of Ceredigion.
The top 10 best places in Wales have been whittled down by the Wales Best Places Judging Panel from over 200 nominations from the public.
The other finalists are:
- Caernarfon, Gwynedd
- Cardiff Bay Inner Harbour, Cardiff
- Denbigh, Denbighshire
- Gower, Swansea
- The Hayes, Cardiff
- Llandudno Promenade and High Street, Conwy
- Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, Merthyr Tydfil
- Snowdonia, Conwy and Gwynedd
- Tenby, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
The public can now vote for their favourite which will be crowned Wales’ Best Place.
Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic and Community Development Services at Ceredigion County Council , said: “Aberaeron was one of the first planned towns in Wales, and is recognised for its balanced offering of community, business and environmental needs. This is reflected by residents and workers who love living and working in the charming seaside town, and by the hundreds of thousands of visitors that come to the area every year to enjoy its delights.”
Peter Lloyd, Chair of RTPI Cymru, said: “The competition has reminded us of the passion we have for places we love. The finalists, places clearly loved by the public, have been protected, carefully planned or improved by the planning system. I encourage everyone to get behind their favourite place to ensure it wins!”
The voting for Wales Best Places is being officially launched by RTPI Cymru at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny. Similar successful competitions were held last year in England and Scotland.
Voting is open until Friday, September 30. There are three easy ways to vote:
- Submit your vote online www.rtpi.org.uk/walesbestplace
- Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tweet your vote for your chosen place, tagging @WalesBestPlaces
Christmas gift fair returns
NEXT Friday (Oct 20), the annual craft and gifts extravaganza will return to Aberystwyth Arts Centre to get the locals in the mood for Christmas.
The Winter Craft & Gift Fair is sure to get visitors feeling festive in the run up to Christmas with over 80 stalls selling a wonderful array of crafts and gifts, many produced by local makers from Ceredigion and mid Wales.
This year will feature many regular stalls, as well as some who will be selling at the fair for the first time, so prepare to discover the unusual and unexpected at this year’s fair with it’s new layout and products for 2017.
The fair will be open from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday and 12 to 5.30pm on Sundays all the way up until December 23.
On Saturday, November 25, the Arts Centre’s Christmas Food Fair will take over the Great Hall for the day. There will be the very best of Welsh produce with cheese, meats, fish, wine, cider, pastries, puddings, jams and much, much more from many local producers. The Food Fair is the perfect place to stock up on a few gastronomic goodies in the run up to Christmas. There will also be live musical entertainment to get you in the Christmassy mood! The fair will be on 10am-4pm and entry is free!
‘It’s ok to say’
ON WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY, farmers across Wales are being reminded that ‘it’s ok to say’ and the Farmers’ Union of Wales is urging them not to hide problems from themselves, their families and friends and to talk about their personal feelings.
The FUW made a commitment at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in July to continue raising awareness of mental health problems in rural communities and is therefore renewing the call for those who might be suffering from mental health problems to seek help.
“The focus of this year’s World Mental Health day is on mental health in the workplace and farms are just that. In our places of work we’ve faced some pretty low-points in the last few years. Bovine TB, price volatility and uncertainty about our future post-Brexit, this all puts a strain on our resolve and will have many feeling stressed and under immense pressure,” said Union President Glyn Roberts.
“But we must break the stigma attached to mental health, so if you’re feeling vulnerable, please open-up and speak to someone. That doesn’t just mean today, but always. Farmers and farming families need to continue talking openly about what they are experiencing and the FUW strongly encourages anyone who is worried about their own mental health or a loved-one, to seek help from the Farming Community Network, Tir Dewi, The DPJ Foundation, Mind Cymru or Call Helpline Wales,” added Glyn Roberts.
Scholarship scheme funds student’s Masters
A TALYBONT native is one of just 28 people in the UK to be awarded a scholarship granted by energy company ScottishPower.
Stella Foster, 32, gratefully received the grant from the Scottish Power Foundation for the 2017/18 academic year.
Having just completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of York, Stella will begin her Masters in Environmental Sciences this week at the University of East Anglia. Environmental science degrees integrate biology, physical science and information sciences to examine environmental systems (air, water, etc.) and how they interact.
The sought-after scholarship covers full enrolment costs as well as a living allowance. On top of this, the scholars will receive unique opportunities including meeting leading industry professionals.
“Travelling around the world and living in China before I started my undergraduate studies made me aware of the astounding change of pace in urbanisation; the two-hour bus ride from where I lived to Shanghai, there wasn’t a moment where you couldn’t see a construction site,” Stella said.
“This fast and dramatic development creates issues with the environment, and I’m really excited to learn about the creative and fascinating solutions out there, and hopefully come up with some of my own,” she added.
Since it was launched in 2010, the ScottishPower Foundation scholarships programme has provided £1.5m in grants towards training the next generation in their chosen field.
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