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Ceredigion dog owners offered ‘fantastic opportunity’

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DOG OWNERS across Ceredigion are being offered a ‘fantastic opportunity’ to ‘protect their canine companion’ by getting them neutered for just £35.

RSPCA Ceredigion Branch has joined forces with Cardigan-based Priory Vets, at Gwalia Gardens, to offer those eligible for means tested benefits the special offer.

Eligible dog owners can collect vouchers from the Priory Vets Cardigan Surgery between January 8 and January 20, with the voucher valid for the entire calendar year.

Neutering dogs is a great way to prevent unwanted litters of puppies being born – and, in the long-term, can reduce the population of stray dogs.

In addition, it can help prevent illnesses and some unwanted behaviours, for example urine marking and roaming in male dogs. It can also reduce the risk of testicular cancer in males and uterine infections and cancers in females.

Sally Learoyd of RSPCA Ceredigion Branch, said: “The RSPCA in Ceredigion is committed to making life better for as many animals in the local area as possible, so we are delighted to fund this new initiative with Priory Vets, our trusted partners for many years.

“Having your dog neutered or spayed is a great welfare move, but we recognise that it can be an expensive option for some families.

“Priory Vets’ experienced and helpful staff will advise on the best time to neuter or spay and to accommodate this, we will issue vouchers, which will be valid until the end of 2018.”

Ruth Jones, Priory Vets Practice Manager, added: “This partnership scheme is a fantastic opportunity for people across Ceredigion to protect their canine companion.

“Sadly, when large, unwanted puppy litters are born, sometimes these young dogs may not end up in the best homes.

“Priory Vets is very proud to work with RSPCA Ceredigion branch on this vitally important scheme, giving dog owners in receipt of means-tested benefits the chance to save money by getting their dog neutered in 2018 for just £35.

“Interested, eligible owners are urged to head down to our practice in Cardigan between January 8 and January 20 to purchase their voucher. This scheme is open to dog owners based in Ceredigion – and is a great example of agencies in the local community working together to promote animal welfare.”

Those collecting vouchers from Priory Vets in Cardigan will require proof that they are eligible for means-tested benefits.

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Former headteacher of Llandysul Primary School jailed for child sex offences

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A FORMER headteacher of primary schools in west Wales who was awarded the MBE for services to education has been jailed for child sex offences.

David Watkin Bundock, aged 74, admitted six offences–one of them committed after he had been arrested and granted bail.

Judge Keith Thomas, sitting at Swansea crown court, told Bundock he had achieved a great deal during his professional career but had then gone on to behave in a way that was the exact opposite to the moral values he had once championed.

Bundock, once the head of Llandysul Primary School, admitted four offences of possessing indecent images of children.

He also admitted attempting to communicate with a child aged under 16 for sexual reasons and, on January 27, 2019, attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Bundock was jailed for two years and three months. He was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and banned from ever working with children and must register with the police as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, said Bundock came to be of interest to the police after his telephone number was found on the mobile of a man arrested for indecent images offences.

But after being granted bail he was then snared by paedophile hunters who created an Internet account of a fictional 15 year old boy.

Bundock swapped indecent messages with the “boy” and travelled to a park in Carmarthen hoping to meet him.

But when he arrived he was confronted by members of the group and arrested later that day for a second time.

Bundock’s barrister, India Cox, said his offending was completely out of character and difficult to explain.

Judge Thomas described the offences as appalling.

The offences took place place in Carmarthenshire and at his home at Valetta House, Cardiff.

Bundock went on to become a senior adviser with Ceredigion County Council’s education department. In 2004 he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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£24m health centre project will not stop following Interserve problems

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FOLLOWING the collapse of Interserve, health officials have said they are confident it will not affect Cardigan’s £24m health care centre.

Interserve, the government outsourcer to complete the works, ran into financial difficulty and was rescued from administration last Friday by banks and hedge funds. This has left many of it’s key suppliers now facing large financial losses.

With 69,000 staff worldwide, the takeover will ensure they will remain working and with most suppliers trading as usual.

The bailout follows fears that the company could follow in the footstep’s of rival contractor Carillion.

Carillion’s collapse last year left worker’s, pension’s and lender’s with huge financial losses. Forcing the Government to step in and deliver the services.

A Hywel Dda health board spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Interserve will continue to deliver both the Cardigan Integrated Care Centre and the Women’s and Children’s Phase 2 project at Glangwili General Hospital as planned.”

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Young women in Ceredigion make their voices heard

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PERIOD poverty, access to mental health services and equal pay were among the issues raised by young women on International Women’s Day 2019.

On 8 March, in collaboration with the Young Women’s Trust, Ben Lake MP hosted a ‘Real Talk’ workshop aimed at young women aged 16 to 30 years old. Young women from all walks of life came together at the Coliseum Coffee House to voice their concerns and share their hopes for the future with the local MP.

Ben Lake said: “It was great to hear new ideas for change and to discuss ways in which we can improve the lives of young people in Ceredigion. The experiences of women and girls must be heard, both locally and nationally. After all, it is impossible for policies to be truly effective if they do not reflect the wishes, and address the challenges faced by all in society.”

(Credited to Lauren Garside, Year 1 Coleg Ceredigion Media Production student) The ‘Real Talk’ workshop held on International Women’s Day at Ceredigion Museum.

The young women set out three priorities for Ben Lake to campaign for on their behalf at Westminster:

1. Education: ensure that equality issues and mental health awareness training is included on all PGCE courses
2. Increase the national minimum wage for apprentices and roll out National Living Wage for under-25s
3. Period poverty: campaign, raise awareness and look to introduce policies to mitigate the effects of period poverty

Period poverty in particular, was an issue that the young women felt needed tackling as a matter of urgency. A recent report from FreedomforGirls* found that period poverty has a direct impact on education, with pupils in the UK missing class every month due to their periods. A RightsInfo investigation** discovered thousands of women were relying on food banks to get through their monthly periods.

In an attempt to tackle period poverty, the UK Chancellor confirmed in his Spring Statement that secondary schools in England will start providing menstrual products free of charge to girls from September onwards. Ben Lake MP has encouraged the Welsh Government to follow suit.

Ben Lake said: “All women, regardless of age, social status or background, should be able to easily access the menstrual products they need.

“Too many girls miss out on vital education each month as a lack of access to menstrual products forces them to miss school. Even those pupils who do not suffer period poverty will benefit from free access to sanitary products, ensuring no child is without protection during what can be a very stressful and vulnerable time.”

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