LAST Thursday (Sept 21), volunteers presented Ceredigion County Council with a new trailer which will help the Public Rights of Way team with their duties across the county.
Volunteers who help maintain public footpaths secured funding from Ramblers Cymru ‘Tools for Teams’ fund. This fund provides support to groups of committed volunteers who’ve been working together with the Council’s officers for over twenty years and are involved with a wide range of work including erecting bridges and gates, cutting back overgrowth, and general maintenance work on the county’s paths.
Len Kersley, who coordinates Aberystwyth Ramblers Footpath Working Party, commented: “This timely gift is a very well-deserved tribute to the Ceredigion County Council Rights of Way Team. For more than two decades the Council Rangers have worked very effectively using volunteers to help look after the fine network of paths that enables both locals and visitors to enjoy our scenic coast and countryside. Another trailer will help greatly in their task. Ceredigion sets a fine example of how Council staff and volunteers can work together.”
Angela Charlton, Director of Ramblers Cymru, highlighted the good work of the volunteers. “During the run up to May 2017, when Ramblers Cymru held The Big Welsh Walk in Devil’s Bridge, our volunteers alongside Ceredigion County Council worked tirelessly maintaining footpaths, gates and way markers to ensure everyone walking the routes could do so in an accessible and enjoyable manner. Hopefully the addition of this new trailer will make their voluntary work easier and allow even more paths to be maintained.”
The handover of the new trailer to the Council and the volunteers took place at the Council’s depot at Glanyrafon Industrial Estate, Llanbadarn, Aberystwyth.
Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic and Community Development, was present to receive the trailer on behalf of the Council. During the event, he noted, “The Council is very grateful to the volunteers who were able to secure this funding from Ramblers Cymru. I’d also like to thank the volunteers for their continued support and hard work, we would be at a loss without them.”
Police appeal following Aberystwyth RTC
POLICE are investigating a road traffic collision which occurred at approximately 6.20pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
A silver MG ZT, which had been reported as stolen, collided with another vehicle in Rhydybont, Aberystwyth.
The occupants of the MG walked away in the direction of Min Y Ddol.
Police would like to speak to the man in the image as he may have information that could assist the police investigation.
Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”
Family pay tribute to Aberporth man
THE FAMILY of Phillip Rasmussen, from Aberporth, who tragically died in Spain on April 1, have paid tribute to the 47-year-old.
They said: “We are devastated by the loss of Phillip, and he will be dearly missed by us all.
“Phillip was a loving husband to Elissa and father to Rhys, Beci and Dylan.
“He lived life to the full and will be remembered for his energy and passion towards all aspects of life. He was a keen sailor, cyclist and loved to travel.
“He began his professional career as a chartered accountant and spent the last ten years working as Chief Financial Officer for IQE plc, a role which he truly loved and made his own.
“We would like to thank everyone for their support at this difficult time. It has meant so much to the whole family.
“We would now like time to grieve and would ask to be given privacy in which to do so.”
Big Welsh Walk aims to tackle loneliness and isolation
THE BIG WELSH WALK takes place in June to promote the benefits of walking groups; reducing loneliness and isolation, as well as improving fitness and general wellbeing.
Starting in Devil’s Bridge, Ceredigion on Saturday (Jun 2) there are four walks to choose from, ranging from 6 to 20 miles. Participants can challenge themselves through the stunning landscapes, highlighting breath taking scenery along the way.
Most of us will experience loneliness at some point in our lives. For many people, especially the older generation, this isn’t a fleeting experience, but one that can define and shatter your life. The need for action is increasingly understood and Ramblers Cymru is working hard to combat this through leading local walking groups.
Within in the UK, research shows that more than 9 million people always or often feel lonely, that around 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month and up to 85% of young disabled adults – 18-34 year olds – feel lonely.
With around 20 million adults also failing to meet UK government recommendations for physical activity, walking is the obvious answer to help combat loneliness and isolation whilst also maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Ramblers Cymru is working to change this by encouraging people to join their local walking group.
Local resident of Ceredigion, Dwynwen Belsey, walks with Aberystwyth Ramblers each week. She said: “It’s well-established that walking is good for you, but it also helps people develop social skills, and build confidence too.
“Life has its ups and downs and walking helps because it has a therapeutic effect,” explains Dwynwen. “The difference walking with the group has made to me, is fantastic. I have the confidence to volunteer through leading walks and helping maintain the public footpaths so that more people can enjoy the benefits of walking”.
Director of Ramblers Cymru, Angela Charlton, said: “It’s inspiring to hear about groups like Aberystwyth Ramblers and the fantastic work they are doing locally to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Ceredigion. Loneliness and isolation is becoming a real issue people from all walks of life in Wales are faced with. Our vision in Ramblers Cymru is to work towards combatting this and ensuring we encourage people to use group walking as a way to a healthier lifestyles, mentally and physically”.
You can find out more about the local walks led by Ramblers Cymru by visiting www.ramblers.org.uk/wales and to join the Big Welsh Walk www.ramblers.org.uk/bigwelshwalk
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