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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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Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais

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New steps: At Parc Natur Penglais

VOLUNTEERS, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais.

Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.

Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”

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​RSPCA aim for Christmas number one​

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'Stars' by Lucy Ellie​: Help it get to number one

M​USIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.

The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ​’​Stars​’​ in aid of the RSPCA.

‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over ​two million views online across a variety of platforms.

The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.

Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.

RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.

“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”

You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online

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Charity games raise over £2000

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Team Tesco: Raised over £2000 through three football games

NOT all heroes wear capes and Tesco Aberystwyth’s very own Community Champion, Natasha Worrall has proven this raising a staggering £2,096.27 for local and national charities.

Natasha, the brainchild behind the charity football events, came up with the idea first off by challenging Tesco’s neighbours, Marks and Spencer’s, to a football match, she quickly set her powers to work and contacted Aberystwyth Football club who were more than happy to help and allowed use of the pitch.

The Big Day arrived, there was a lot of tension and passion on the pitch that night, it was more than just about winning a match it was the status, the pride and most of all bringing people together to raise money for three great causes; Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Mind. Hundreds of supporters braved the cold October evening to support the players and Tesco stole the show with a 7-1 victory and an amazing £607 was raised.

Natasha now had a taste of success under her cape and wanted to really get this event of the ground and challenged supermarket rivals, Morrisons to a match! The response for Tesco vs Morrisons was just what Natasha wanted and a November date was set.

Tesco now had experience in their boots and both teams had everything to play for. Victory once again went to Tesco who pipped Morrisons at the post and clawed back to a 5-4 victory raising a further £648.15 for Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Clic Sargent.

In true football fashion Natasha wanted a hat trick but could Team Tesco achieve this? Last Sunday (Dec 3) seemed the perfect opportunity and the opponents who were up for the challenge came from Bronglais Hospital and their chosen charity Pila Pala, Llwyn yr Eos. What a match! And what great team to take victory, Hywel Dda 2 – Tesco – 0. A rematch could certainly be on the cards especially as they raised the biggest amount ever of £841.12.

Behind every success there is always great team and working with Natasha and the players a number of local heroes who helped, Ruth’s kitchen provided heroic meals for all the players for a £1 donation, Aberystwyth women’s Team loaned their footballs, the Referees, linesmen, stewards, security, first aiders and ball boys and girls who all donated their time free of charge.

Team Tesco are looking for more opponents to play and raise even more money for local charities, if you are interested please call into Tesco store and see Natasha.

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