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Fundraising event to help Syrian refugees

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A SURF-THE-SKILL session has been organised, which will take place on Good Friday, in order for people to get together to share skills and help raise enough money to settle two Syrian families in the Cardigan area.

People arriving in Newport Pembs Hall at 5.30pm on April 14 will be met by a choice of skills on offer at different tables. For the price of £10 you can do six 20 minute sessions, or spend longer on one.

The skills on offer are diverse. You can choose between power tool woodwork, crafts for all ages, introduction to Arabic, how to install and live within wood warmth or hydro, wind or solar electricity and more.

Having enriched the mind, it will then be time for supper, made by a Welsh chef with Eastern flair and local veg.

At 8.15pm BBC presenter Kim Thomas will lead an auction. Local businesses have generously donated prizes for every taste: From essentials such as an MOT to exceptional art works, dining out in Newport, yoga retreat, holistic massage to a golf lesson or a Newport holiday with hot-tub. People can pick up a bargain or pay generously, as they choose, all topped off with a raffle!

The volunteers are raising the funds to welcome two Syrian families into Cardigan to escape the trauma of war and refugee camps. The proceeds will go to Croeso Teifi, which is a charitable organisation working with the Local Authority and Home Office.

Community sponsored settlement isn’t quite like government schemes, as the community has to raise the money, find homes, meet the family at the airport and ensure they have all they need to heal and integrate, without the council’s involvement.

Vicky Moller, secretary of Croeso Teifi, said: “If they do not become valued members of the local community within the first year or so, we will have failed in our job. The young Syrian children living in Cardigan will learn through Welsh, so they will have two languages to learn.

“Preparing to welcome a few families is a momentous journey, all kinds of people are helping. We are amazed at their generosity and enthusiasm. The Christian churches of all denominations have been awesome, so have local businesses, and people in queues outside the job centre have offered to help because they can understand the trauma and despair Syrians have experienced. It is quite moving.

“The positivity is partly a reaction to the tragedy in Syria which was a lovely country, and partly because our method of welcoming a few chosen families into a networked community is the right way to do integration. It is in stark contrast to what is happening in many cities and the negative reaction this provokes.”

This charitable event is just one of a series of sociable fundraising events. For more information, you can contact 07791 809 810, or visit www.croesoteifi.org.

Everyone is welcome to the free entry skill sharing event on Good Friday, lifts to and from Cardigan can be arranged.

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Stereophonics to play Swansea gig

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ONE of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics has announced a special performance at Singleton Park, Swansea on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

The stadium rockers will perform in their south Wales heartland to celebrate 20 years since the career milestone show in Swansea at Morfa Stadium to 55,000 people and the release of ‘Performance and Cocktails’.

It will be the band’s first time back in south west Wales since their Morfa Stadium show in 1999. This now iconic album, which was the band’s second studio release, gave Stereophonics three straight top five singles in the British charts with ‘The Bartender and the Thief’ reaching No.3, and both ‘Just Looking’ and ‘Pick a Part That’s New’ reaching No.4.

Over the past two decades, Stereophonics have played at some of the biggest venues to fans all across the globe, amassing over 10 million album sales in that time.

More recently in 2018, the band performed to sell-out crowds across the globe, including a huge 15-date arena tour, summer homecoming gigs in Wrexham and Cardiff plus headline shows at Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival and Victorious Festival.

Speaking about the latest announcement, Kelly Jones said: “Performance and Cocktails put us on the world map, and also on the TV and the Radio, which meant a lot of people went back to discover Word Gets Around and made our first album platinum! Morfa Stadium was where we set Performance and Cocktails alight, and it was a one off day that can never be beaten. It was perfect. I’m not a man that likes to go backwards, this event is merely a birthday party, so come along and help us blow out the candles.”

Stereophonics are Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar), Richard Jones (bass), Adam Zindani (guitar) and Jamie Morrison (drums).

Tickets go on sale on Friday (Dec 14) at 10am via www.myticket.co.uk.

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Heroin could be linked to Aberysytwyth supply

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A LIVERPOOL man has admitted possessing heroin that could be linked to drugs supplied in Aberystwyth.

Jack English, aged 20, pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of heroin with intent to supply when he appeared at Swansea Crown ccourt for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.

The court heard the drugs could also be linked to English’s father, who had been a heroin user who had ‘gone to Aberystwyth on many occasions’ and who had died since his son’s arrest in October 2017.

Judge Thomas said he would sentence English on January 11.

English, of Storrington Road, was granted bail meanwhile but warned that a jail sentence was the most likely outcome.

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Mark Drakeford named next First Minister

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THE NEXT First Minister of Wales will be Mark Drakeford, it has been announced this afternoon (Dec 6).

Mr Drakeford, a Cardiff West AM, was named as the winner of the Welsh Labour leadership contest at the Principality Stadium.

The contest was triggered when Carwyn Jones, the current First Minister, announced he was stepping down.

Mr Jones will officially step down on Tuesday (Dec 10).

Mr Drakeford will then be officially confirmed as the new First Minister of Wales by the National Assembly next week.

In the first round of voting, the results were:

Mark Drakeford – 46.9%
Vaughan Gething – 30.8%
Eluned Morgan – 22.3%

Eluned Morgan’s votes were then redistributed on voters’ second preferences, with the following results:

Mark Drakeford – 53.9%
Vaughan Gethin – 46.1%

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