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LIBRARIES in Ceredigion are aiming high during National Library Week with a target of attracting 250 new members during the week.

A series of activities are planned throughout the county’s libraries during the week, held between 9-14 October, including a talk on local history by local author Goronwy Evans and the week will finish on a high on 14 October, with a ‘Pirate’ themed fun day and prizes for the best fancy dress.

Ceredigion Libraries needs you to become one of the 250 new members to join and enjoy what’s on offer.

In addition to access to new and old books, Ceredigion libraries provide a wide range of other services. You can get access to over a million books at Aberystwyth University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, download e-Books and popular magazines free of charge and an online Library Catalogue where members can check to see if a book is in stock, reserve a book or CD and renew books. Events and reading groups are held at various locations, and also story time for pre-schoolers.

For those who are learning to drive, a free service available at Ceredigion Libraries is the ‘Theory Test Pro’. This is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK’s driving theory tests for all vehicle categories and can be used online at home.

Members wishing to look deeper into local history or for more information on their family history can do so with the help of the Ceredigion Library’s Local History Collections online: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=3610 .

Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member responsible for ICT and Customer Services, Councillor Dafydd Edwards, highlighted the importance of supporting libraries.

He said: “Our Libraries are treasure troves, full of information, knowledge, and culture which everyone of all ages can enjoy. Our libraries are welcoming places, with knowledgeable staff, serving our communities in a variety of ways. Call in at your local library between 9-14 October during National Library Week to become a member and see what you can learn.”

Becoming a member is quick and easy. You can become a member of Ceredigion Libraries at one of the 5 libraries across the county by calling in at any of them. There will also be information stands at Council offices in Penmorfa, Aberaeron and Canolfan Rheidol, Aberystwyth during National Library Week.

For more information on how Ceredigion Libraries are celebrating National Library Week, or for more information on becoming a member of Ceredigion Library, contact Emyr Lloyd on 01970 633 717 or Emyr.lloyd@ceredigion.gov.uk. For more information on Ceredigion Libraries, visit Ceredigion County Council’s website; http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=348.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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