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Final opportunity this year to apply for sports grants

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Ceredigion Actif

THERE are two opportunities left for local sports clubs and societies to apply for a grant from the Community Chest fund in this financial year, with the next closing date being November 17.

Local sports clubs have received more than £800,000 over the last 15 years from this fund. Hundreds of new coaches were trained, dozens of new clubs set up and many of them have received new equipment.

Ceredigion Actif’s Communities Manager, Steven Jones said: ‘’What a fantastic milestone to achieve in investing well over three quarters of a million pounds in our local clubs, all at grassroots level. Wherever you go around our county we see the positive effect the money has made. Sport has so much to offer and is an important part of our culture and wellbeing.’’

Councillor Rhodri Evans, Cabinet Member for Lifestyle Services, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to apply for funding to invest in sports clubs at a grassroots level. Clubs and societies across Ceredigion have benefited greatly from this funding and I am excited to see the difference that such investment can bring. I would encourage anyone with an interest to get in touch for more information.”

September grants were awarded to:

Aberaeron Hockey Club – To train parents to become coaches and promote boys and girls hockey.
Teifi Valley Paddlers – Safety training and new coaches for this family based canoeing club.
Aberaeron Bowls Club – Equipment and First Aid training.
Penparc Junior Football Club – Purchase pitch line marker.
Cilgwyn Golf Club – Train three young people to become Level 1 coaches.
Aberporth Rowers – Help to buy additional oars.
Aberystwyth Swimming Club – Train five parents to become swimming coaches.
Tregaron Ladies Football Club – Hire facilities and purchase equipment to promote football to women and girls.
Bow Street Football Club – Set up new under 12’s girls football team.
Camddŵr Shooting Society – Purchase an additional shooting trap

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Police appeal following Aberystwyth RTC

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POLICE are investigating a road traffic collision which occurred at approximately 6.20pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

A silver MG ZT, which had been reported as stolen, collided with another vehicle in Rhydybont, Aberystwyth.

The occupants of the MG walked away in the direction of Min Y Ddol.

Police would like to speak to the man in the image as he may have information that could assist the police investigation.

Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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Family pay tribute to Aberporth man

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THE FAMILY of Phillip Rasmussen, from Aberporth, who tragically died in Spain on April 1, have paid tribute to the 47-year-old.

They said: “We are devastated by the loss of Phillip, and he will be dearly missed by us all.

“Phillip was a loving husband to Elissa and father to Rhys, Beci and Dylan.

“He lived life to the full and will be remembered for his energy and passion towards all aspects of life. He was a keen sailor, cyclist and loved to travel.

“He began his professional career as a chartered accountant and spent the last ten years working as Chief Financial Officer for IQE plc, a role which he truly loved and made his own.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support at this difficult time. It has meant so much to the whole family.

“We would now like time to grieve and would ask to be given privacy in which to do so.”

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Big Welsh Walk aims to tackle loneliness and isolation

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THE BIG WELSH WALK takes place in June to promote the benefits of walking groups; reducing loneliness and isolation, as well as improving fitness and general wellbeing.

Starting in Devil’s Bridge, Ceredigion on Saturday (Jun 2) there are four walks to choose from, ranging from 6 to 20 miles. Participants can challenge themselves through the stunning landscapes, highlighting breath taking scenery along the way.

Most of us will experience loneliness at some point in our lives. For many people, especially the older generation, this isn’t a fleeting experience, but one that can define and shatter your life. The need for action is increasingly understood and Ramblers Cymru is working hard to combat this through leading local walking groups.

Within in the UK, research shows that more than 9 million people always or often feel lonely, that around 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month and up to 85% of young disabled adults – 18-34 year olds – feel lonely.

With around 20 million adults also failing to meet UK government recommendations for physical activity, walking is the obvious answer to help combat loneliness and isolation whilst also maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Ramblers Cymru is working to change this by encouraging people to join their local walking group.

Local resident of Ceredigion, Dwynwen Belsey, walks with Aberystwyth Ramblers each week. She said: “It’s well-established that walking is good for you, but it also helps people develop social skills, and build confidence too.

“Life has its ups and downs and walking helps because it has a therapeutic effect,” explains Dwynwen. “The difference walking with the group has made to me, is fantastic. I have the confidence to volunteer through leading walks and helping maintain the public footpaths so that more people can enjoy the benefits of walking”.

Director of Ramblers Cymru, Angela Charlton, said: “It’s inspiring to hear about groups like Aberystwyth Ramblers and the fantastic work they are doing locally to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Ceredigion. Loneliness and isolation is becoming a real issue people from all walks of life in Wales are faced with. Our vision in Ramblers Cymru is to work towards combatting this and ensuring we encourage people to use group walking as a way to a healthier lifestyles, mentally and physically”.

You can find out more about the local walks led by Ramblers Cymru by visiting www.ramblers.org.uk/wales and to join the Big Welsh Walk www.ramblers.org.uk/bigwelshwalk

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