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Jill Cropley and Jane Unitt: With their awards

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.

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Cered organises a fun evening for Llandysul Cubs with ‘Britain’s got Talent’ star

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CERED: Menter Iaith Ceredigion hosted a fantastic evening for Llandysul Cubs where the comedian Noel James from ‘Britiain’s got Talent’ came to entertain them.

Rhodri Francis, Cered Development Officer said, “We are very keen to work with organisations like the Cubs in order to hold a series of Welsh language events for their members. The evening with Noel James at Llandysul Cubs was fantastic – everyone enjoyed themselves! We wish to organise more events there in the future. We would like to thank Llandysul Cub leaders for giving us the opportunity to work with them so that their members can have the opportunity to socialise and enjoy activities through the medium of Welsh”.

Alix Bryant,Cub Leader 1st Llandysul Scout Group said, “On behalf of Llandysul Cub Scouts I would like to say a huge thank you to Cered for organising a very entertaining evening for the Cubs. It was great for the children to be entertained bilingually by Noel James, he did an amazing job. I think the children especially enjoyed the impressions!”

“This session has inspired the children to complete their entertainers badge so maybe we will have a few budding Welsh comedians in our group. Thank you again and we look forward to working with Cered in the future”.

For more information about Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion events and activities, visit their website, cered.cymru or their Facebook page, @ceredmenteriaith, or get in touch by calling 01545 572 358.

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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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