FOUR learners from Ceredigion, who attend Welsh Classes organised by Ceredigion County Council at Llangeitho and Lampeter, and tutored by Carol Thomas, were presented with awards at Merched y Wawr’s Summer Festival in Machynlleth on Saturday, May 20.
Over the last few years ‘Merched y Wawr’ has been organising written competitions for Welsh Learners across Wales that are open to both men and women alike.
At this year’s awards Jill Cropley from Mydroilyn won the first prize at Intermediate Level for writing an article about her local area, whilst Jane Unitt from Llwyn-y-groes was presented with the second prize. Both are learners at the Welsh evening class held at Ysgol Bro Pedr, Lampeter.
Jill said: “I am delighted to have won this award. It’s a testament to my wonderful learning group. It’s great to learn with such an inspirational crew of people and I’m lucky to have such a supportive and patient tutor.”
Tutor Carol Thomas said: “I‘m extremely proud of the learners’ success in winning these awards and in learning the Welsh language. I strongly believe that it is important that their Welsh is developed in the formal lessons, but that it is equally important for them to have an opportunity to experience Welsh culture and socialise through the medium of Welsh.”
At Foundation Level the first prize for completing a form providing personal details in Welsh was awarded to Aidan Jones from Tregaron and the second prize was presented to Dionne Sherwood from Llangeitho. Both are learners at the Welsh evening class held at Ysgol Rhoshelyg, Llangeitho. The four winners were each presented with a slate tray, a book token and a certificate.
The Learning Services offer both day and evening Welsh courses ranging from a few hours to full day courses. If you would like to know more about Welsh classes in your local area please contact Meryl Evans on 01545 572715 or e-mailMeryl.Evans@ ceredigion.gov.uk.
Christmas gift fair returns
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!
‘It’s ok to say’
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.
Scholarship scheme funds student’s Masters
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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