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Public litter picking events to be held in Ceredigion

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A SERIES of litter picking events will be held across Ceredigion this month.

The events will be open to the public and will be facilitated by Ceredigion County Council officers who will provide litter picking equipment as well as drinks and snacks.

Ceredigion is fortunate to have a number of local groups and schools who regularly carry out litter picks in their neighbourhoods and on the local beaches.

Groups organised by national groups such as Keep Wales Tidy, Surfers Against Sewage, and The Marine Conservation Society also make big contributions to maintaining Ceredigion’s coastline.

The combination of high tides, winter storms and the 8 million pieces of plastic entering the seas every day inevitably leads to accumulations of litter stranded high on Ceredigion’s beaches.

The first litter picking event was held at Geufron Woodland in Penparcau on February 8. Volunteers enjoyed two hours of picking up discarded plastic and other waste – making a real impact in the local area.

The events will be held in;

  • Borth Beach, on February 14, between 10am and 12pm. The meeting point is in the parking area opposite the golf club.
  • Ynyslas Beach, on February 22, between 2pm and 4pm. The meeting point is in the Golf Club car park in Ynyslas
  • Parc y Llyn, Llanbadarn on February 27, between 10am and 12pm. The meeting point is in Morrison’s Car Park adjacent to the cycle path.

Rachel Mills, Ceredigion County Council’s Environmental Protection Officer said: “2018 is the VisitWales ‘Year of The Sea’, a celebration of Wales’ 870-mile coastal path, 230 beaches and 50 islands, so what better time to join an ever growing band of volunteers in stemming the tide of litter? By working together, we can make a real change to the amount of plastic on our beaches in Ceredigion.”

Attendees are encouraged to wear suitable clothing. To take part in in an organised event, or if you would like to organise an event yourself and wish to borrow litter picking equipment, contact Rachel.Mills@ceredigion.gov.uk or call Rachel Mills on 07871 275241.

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Police appeal following Aberystwyth RTC

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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.”

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Family pay tribute to Aberporth man

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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.”

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Big Welsh Walk aims to tackle loneliness and isolation

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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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