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MP supports Aberporth’s campaign against single-use plastic products

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THE ‘PLASTIC-FREE VILLAGE’ campaign in Aberporth aiming to tackle our addiction to plastic has set up a committee currently planning a series of fund-raising events and activities to raise awareness in the community.

The campaign has already gained the support of the village general store who has started selling milk in glass bottles, and the local pub, the Ship Inn, who has replaced its plastic drinking straws with paper ones.

Ben Lake MP visited Aberporth recently to meet with campaign representatives and to discuss what further measures could be introduced locally to help reduce the eight million tons of plastic being pumped into our oceans every year.

The Ceredigion MP has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons congratulating the community of Aberporth in its efforts to ban the use of single-use plastics.

The motion “celebrates the actions taken by local shops, pubs, cafes and others to replace single-use plastics with environmentally friendly alternatives; believes it is people like the residents of Aberporth who make Ceredigion such a unique and special place to live; and recognises the commitment and dedication of the people of Aberporth as an example of positive environmental responsibility to the rest of the UK.”

Ben Lake MP added: “Plastic pollution is a huge problem that we can no longer afford to ignore. Not only does it have an impact on tourism and our enjoyment of our coastal areas, but it also has a specific impact on marine life.

“Plaid Cymru has been pushing for action on this for a long time, and I’m pleased that my colleagues in Cardiff have secured the backing of the National Assembly for a levy on single use plastics to reduce the amount of pollution in the seas and in the environment.

“It is very encouraging that more and more communities and towns across Ceredigion are coming together to discuss positive, practical and innovative ways to tackle plastic pollution on a local level.”

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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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