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Save Bodlondeb campaign continues

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Former Ceredigion MP Mark Williams: Took time to join campaigners at Sgwar Owain Glyndwr, Aberystwyth

THE SAVE BODLONDEB campaign is urging every concerned resident in Ceredigion to complete and return a consultation document to the Council as fears arise that Hafan Deg, Lampeter, and Yr Hafod, Cardigan, are facing increasingly uncertain futures.

This emphasises one of the campaign’s fears, that Bodlondeb is the first ‘domino’ in a row which is to be ‘toppled’ by Council closures.

Ben Lake, MP for Ceredigion urged the Council to listen to the public’s views before embarking on any potentially disastrous courses of action, advising the Council to ​’take the time to analyse the responses to the consultation, as each response must be considered – we need a worked-out plan for the future of residential care in Aberystwyth and ​north Ceredigion, it isn’t something that can be rushed​’.

Campaigners, out again at the weekend in the centre of Aberystwyth with petition forms and copies of the consultation document noted a hardening of attitude against the closure of Bodlondeb. One campaigner remarked ​’
what was different today from previously is that people were coming to us and asking to sign the petition​’​.​

Mark Williams, former Ceredigion MP, and Chair of the Save Bodlondeb Steering Group explained​:​ “Our Campaign is urging as many as possible to participate in the Council’s consultation. Much is at stake, not just Bodlondeb in isolation. We believe Bodlondeb has a key role in care provision on the North of Ceredigion, and that Council run care homes are a key part in the continuum of care our increasingly elderly society requires.”

Underlining the cross-party support which the Campaign enjoys, Ben Lake, who also sits on the Steering Group, summed up by saying​:​ “It is crucial that people in Ceredigion participate in the consultation so that their opinions are expressed clearly to the Council.”

Consultation documents are available online at dss.adadmin@ceredigion.gov.uk, from Council offices in Aberystwyth, or by telephoning: 01545 572616.

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Lampeter: Ellis McGuiness jailed for nine months

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A MAN who once claimed to “run Aberystwyth” before he was jailed has discovered he does not rule Lampeter either.

Ellis McGuiness, aged 23, was imprisoned in 2016 for attacking three men after warning them that Aberystwyth was “my town.”
After his release he moved to a flat in High Street, Lampeter, where on July 24 he was involved in two violent confrontations.
Swansea Crown Court heard how at 1.30am he began threatening a 16 year old boy while holding a metal bar.
The youth ran home and re-emerged with a samurai sword in his hand.
CCTV cameras filmed them squaring up to each other outside the Royal Oak pub on High Street.
At about 5.30pm that day McGuiness again came across the youth and began shouting at him. The juvenile again ran home and returned to the scene holding the sword and McGuiness punched him in the face.
McGuiness admitted possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.
His barrister, John Hipkin, said he had to accept that McGuiness had a bad record for violence.
The punch, he said, had not led to any visible injury.
Neither incidents, he added, had led to the weapons being used to inflict injuries.
Judge Keith Thomas told McGuiness he had been responsible for “unpleasant incidents on the streets of Lampeter.”
“Weapons were used by both sides as they threatened each other,” he added.
McGuiness, he said, had at the age of 23 a “dreadful record for violence.”
He was jailed for nine months.
The court heard the youth had been dealt with by a court for juveniles.
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Ceredigion’s first ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ Fair to be held

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CEREDIGION’S first ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ Fair will be held to encourage and support businesses who want to increase their bilingual provision in their daily work. 

With the 2020 Ceredigion National Eisteddfod on the horizon, Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion’s Welsh in the Workplace Officers are busy assisting the county’s businesses in benefitting from the use of Welsh in their business. To this end, the Welsh will be the focus for a special event at the beginning of October with a Welsh in the Workplace Fair. 

Huw Marshall from ‘Yr Awr Gymraeg’ (The Welsh hour) will lead in how to raise your business profile and how to effectively market in order to attract more customers. During the day there will be opportunities to ask a panel of businesses who already operate bilingually whilst learning from their experiences and the challenges they faced. The panel will consist of Emlyn Jones (Diogel Events), Kerry Ferguson (Gwe Cambrian), Eleri Davies (Blaenwaun Caravan Park) and Sioned Thomas (Ffenestri Kevin Thomas Windows), chaired by Keith Henson (Coleg Ceredigion).

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Culture said, “It is heart-warming to see a valuable and important Fair such as this being held in Ceredigion for the first time by Cered. It’s a very special opportunity to see businesses in one place and hear the experiences from those who use the Welsh language daily in their work.”

Later in the afternoon, there will be opportunities for businesses to visit an array of information stands from Learn Welsh, Ceredigion Training, Cynnal y Cardi, Business Wales, Antur Teifi, the Welsh Language Commissioner, Coleg Ceredigion and Cymraeg Byd Busnes.

The Fair is to be held on Thursday, 04 October 2018, between 10:30 and 15:30 at Cardigan Castle. Limited spaces are available, so register and reserve your place on tocyn.cymru. Simultaneous translation facilities and refreshments including tea and coffee will be available.

The ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ project has received LEADER support through the Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group (administered by Ceredigion County Council) which is funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

For further information, contact Pat Jones, Welsh Language Business Development Officer, Cered, Menter Iaith Ceredigion on Pat.jones@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01545 572350.

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Woman claimed benefits after £138,000 inheritance

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A NEW QUAY woman continued claiming benefits despite inheriting £138,000.
Susan Marion, aged 57, was then awarded £18,417 which she was not entitled to.
Marion was found guilty by a jury at Swansea crown court this afternoon of failing to notify Ceredigion County Council and the Department for Work and Pensions of inheritances that would have affected her right to benefits.
Ieuan Rees, prosecuting, told the jury how a series of inheritances meant that Marion had well above the £16,000 limit of savings and capital.
Marion, of Plas y Wern, Gilfachrheda, told the court she did not accept that the money was rightfully her’s.
She said it had been left to her by her father, grandmother and an aunt.
She said she considered the money tainted because her father and grandfather had kept battery chickens and killed lambs, both of which she disapproved of.
At first, she added, she had been willing to keep the £11,000 left to her by her aunt, but then discovered she had raced whippets, which she also considered to be cruel.
Mr Rees said that despite her views she had used the money to open four accounts at Barclays bank.
Marion, who had denied the charges, will be sentenced on October 19 and was granted bail until then.
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