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Pony saved from death by RSPCA

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Fit and well: The pony was okay despite the ordeal

A PONY has been saved from certain death after being rescued by RSPCA Cymru from the bottom of a Cardigan sea cliff.

The dramatic rescue – which took place on May 18, and involved 13 RSPCA officers – has been caught on film, with the pony winched an incredible 80 feet from a shingle bed to safety.

It took place at Gwbert, from a cliff near Cardigan Golf Club. The rescue involved two RSPCA rope rescue teams, cliff rescue specialists and a boat team.

RSPCA officers reached the stranded equine via boat. He was sedated, before being winched some 80-feet in their air to safety.

The pony is believed to have been trapped for approximately one week, with an RSPCA officer commenting that he was ‘in a hopeless situation’ prior to the rescue.

However, while the animal was weak and drained from the ordeal, he was found to be fit and well after veterinary inspection, and within half-an-hour was seen happy with other ponies at the nearby farm park.

RSPCA animal welfare officer Andrew Harris said: “This pony was in a hopeless situation – and was facing certain death.

“Undoubtedly, this was one of the largest and most challenging rescues I have ever experienced – and it was amazing to be involved in such a happy ending.

“The RSPCA devoted significant, but necessary, resources to this complex rescue, which demonstrated the breadth of skills across our inspectorate, and the length we will go to in keeping animals safe.

“Using two rope teams and a boat team was absolutely integral to completing this successful rescue.

“Fortunately – though initially very weak – the pony was safe and well after the ordeal.

“After a successful veterinary inspection, the pony seemed very happy back alongside the rest of the herd at the farm park. We are delighted this operation was a success.”

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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