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Over 500 new members at Ceredigion Libraries

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AS A RESULT of the activities during National Library Week, Ceredigion Libraries attracted an impressive 501 new people to sign up and join.

Ceredigion Libraries aimed high at the start of October, aiming to attract 250 new members during the week celebrating libraries, going above and beyond their target over the whole month.

In addition to access to new and old books, Ceredigion Libraries provide a wide range of services. You can 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.

There are several music and craft sessions on offer at the libraries. A Welsh story and rhymetime sessions is held at Aberystwyth Library every Tuesday afternoon at 2pm and Thursday afternoon at 1:30pm during term time and story time every Monday at Lampeter Library at 10:30am.

Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member responsible for ICT and Customer Services, Councillor Dafydd Edwards said: “To gain over 500 new members to our libraries in just one month is fantastic news. Welcome to all our new members and thank you for taking the time to register. I hope you enjoy the benefits of all the services our libraries have to offer, whether that’s a bestseller to curl up to in front of the fire during the long winter nights, catching up with the latest download of your favourite magazine, or doing a spot of practical revision using the ‘Theory Test Pro’. There really is something of interest for everyone.”

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.

Councillor Edwards continued: “Ceredigion Libraries are welcoming hubs for communities. Thank you to all our members, new and old, for the continued support in utilising and enjoying all that there is on offer at our Libraries.”

Become a member of Ceredigion Library by calling in at one of the five libraries across the county or email llyfrgell.library@ceredigion.gov.uk.

For more information on what Ceredigion Libraries have to offer, visit the Council’s website, http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=348.

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A digital future for Ceredigion

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STARTING from today (Dec 15), we are excited to announce that The Ceredigion Herald will be a digital only publication.

Our website and social media pages have always been an important outlet for delivering news to Ceredigion, and with the re-launch of Herald Radio this year, and the launch of our news channel Herald News 24 next year, the methods in which we deliver news to Ceredigion is only going from strength to strength.

Put simply, what this means for our readers is more content, delivered quicker, and with all the benefits that only an online platform can provide – such as picture galleries and video content.

Since the first edition, The Ceredigion Herald has gained a reputation for tackling the tough stories which others ignored, reporting on local news and events, and being a voice for the communities across Ceredigion.

This is not changing.

Over the coming weeks and months we will be rolling out new additions to the website, launching our online news channel, and much more.

We hope you look forward to the evolution as much as we are, and if you have any comments, feedback or ideas, we’d love to hear them.

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FUW holds open meeting to discuss bank closures

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​IN LIGHT of the announced NatWest bank closures in Ceredigion, affecting the Lampeter and Cardigan branches, the Farmers’ Union of Wales is holding open meetings with Plaid Cymru to discuss a way forward with local MP Ben Lake and AM Elin Jones.

The meetings will take place on Thursday ​(​Dec 21​)​ at Lampeter Rugby Club and Thursday, January 18 at the Guildhall, Cardigan. Both meetings will commence at 7.30pm and are open to all.

Speaking ahead of the meetings, ​​FUW Ceredigion CEO Mared Jones said: “The closure of those banks will have a detrimental effect​ on​ our local towns, as they serve not only villages close by but many of the neighbourhoods in surrounding areas, as well as providing employment to local people.

“We are therefore holding two open meetings with our local elected representatives to discuss a way forward and I hope many of you will be able to join us.”

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Farmers warned of targeted fraud attacks

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​DYFED-POWYS POLICE is warning the farming community to be extremely wary of any suspicious calls, texts or emails as a scam specifically targeting the agricultural sector has been identified.

During December farmers start to receive payments through the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy).

Information about the payments, including the recipients’ names and the amount paid, is publically available, meaning criminals are able to directly target victims making their approaches appear more convincing.

The scam communications will typically claim that fraud has been detected on the farmer’s bank account and that urgent action is required to safeguard funds.

The victim is then persuaded to divulge personal or financial information, or even to transfer money directly into a so-called ‘safe account’.

With some grants worth thousands of pounds, in past years fraudsters have stolen significant amounts of money from their victims.

Paul Callard, Financial Crime Team, Dyfed Powys Police said: “If you receive such a call or message, hang up the phone and do not reply directly. Instead, wait five minutes and ring your bank to alert them to the scam, using a phone number that you trust – such as the one from the official website.”

Be wary of:
• Any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from your bank, the police, a Government body or other organisation asking for personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money.
• Cold callers who suggest you hang up the phone and call them back. Fraudsters can keep your phone line open by not putting down the receiver at their end.
• Any request to check that the number showing on your telephone display matches an organisation’s registered telephone number. The display cannot be trusted, as the number showing can be altered by the caller.

Remember:
• You will never be asked for your 4 digit PIN or your online banking password, or for you to transfer money to a new account for “fraud reasons”.
• If you receive a suspicious call, hang up, wait five minutes to clear the line, or where possible use a different phone line, then call your bank or card issuer on their advertised number to report the fraud.

Never disclose your:
• Four digit card PIN to anyone, including the bank or police.
• Your password or online banking codes.
• Personal details unless you are certain you know who you are talking to. People are not always who they say they are.

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