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Farmers enjoy breakfast the Welsh-Italian way

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Promoting Welsh farmhouse produce: (L-R) FUW Ceredigion CEO Mared Rand Jones, FUW Ceredigion County Chairman Anwen Hughes and FUW Ceredigion Administration Assistant Elin Jenkins

OVER 130 people joined the Ceredigion branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales as they started their day the Welsh-Italian way at the end of January.

Two breakfasts were organised as part of the FUW’s Farmhouse Breakfast Week campaign (January 21-28), which aimed to raise the profile of Welsh produce and got politicians, key stakeholders and the general public around the breakfast table to see the important role the food and drink sector plays in their everyday lives.

The first breakfast was held on Thursday, January 26, at Neuadd Goffa Felinfach, Lampeter, and a further breakfast was held last Friday (Jan 27), at La Calabria, Rhydgoch, Ffostrasol, Llandysul, where a passion for good food and a love of the Welsh countryside and its people are the driving force behind the Italian family-run restaurant.

Mared Rand Jones, the County Executive Officer for Ceredigion, who organised the breakfast functions, said: “Our breakfast functions have been a huge success and I am glad so many were able to join us.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to share not just great food but also our thoughts and worries about the state of the industry. Many of you told us your stories and helped us to understand how we can help each other. And there was no better time and place to do all that than over a cuppa with some great food – which was guaranteed at the Felinfach and La Calabria breakfasts.”

As part of the breakfast campaign, the local Ceredigion branch also raised £1,600 for the FUW president’s charity BHF Cymru.

BHF are the nation’s heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer and their pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions and their work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are helping to change the face of the UK’s fight against heart disease.

Mared Rand Jones added: “I would like to thank everyone who sponsored our breakfast produce and helped us raise such a fantastic amount of money for the charity in the process.”

A special thank you from the FUW Ceredigion branch goes to the following for sponsoring the breakfast produce: Mark Webb, Butcher, Rhydlewis; Aeron Bacon Supplies, Butcher, Talsarn; Thomas, Golwg y Môr, Butcher, Tanygroes; Sainsbury’s Lampeter; Bara Betws, Betws Ifan; Jones, Pengraig, Ystrad Meurig – Eggs; Jac’s fruit and veg, mobile van, Llanybydder – mushrooms and tomatoes; Brodyr Davies, Penbwliaid, Bryngwyn – Eggs; Lewis Bread, Lampeter; Felinfach Premier Shop and Post Office, Felinfach.

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Christmas gift fair returns

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Last year at the Food Fair: The annual Christmas celebrations return this year

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!

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‘​I​t’s ok to say’

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FUW raise awareness: Urging people to 'say' on World Mental Health Day​

​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.

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Scholarship scheme funds student’s Masters

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One of the chosen few: Stella Foster (Pic. Mark Woodward)

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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