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St David’s Day celebrations set for success

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CERED, Ceredigion’s Welsh Language initiative, will be busy between March 1-4 with events to celebrate St David’s Day in Aberystwyth and Lampeter.

In Lampeter, a parade will be held on Friday, March 2 and hundreds of local residents of all ages are expected to march through the streets of the town, waving flags to the sound of welcoming Welsh music. Amongst the marchers will be schools, societies, clubs and members of the district churches. All the schools and societies have been asked to display their organisations’ flags and wear the traditional Welsh costume or something red.

The parade will begin at 12:45pm at Ysgol Bro Pedr and finish with a special seremony in the Orsedd park where Ben Lake MP, Elin Jones AM and Lampeter Town Council will greet the marchers. The entertainment will consist of speakers, Cwmann and District Choir and an ensemble from Ysgol Bro Pedr. Following the parade, there will be a dance session with Sally Saunders and Sioned Rees for Year 5 and 6 pupils of the district.

Owain Llŷr, Cered’s Senior Development Officer, explained how the plan to hold a parade was developed: “During 2017, Cered held focus groups as part of the Pwerdy Iaith Lampeter and District plan in order to assess the situation of the Welsh Language in the district and think about projects to develop that would boost the language locally. One of the ideas discussed was to establish a St David’s parade through the town by following similar examples in towns such as Aberystwyth and Carmarthen who’ve developed similar parades over the last years. Following on from the focus groups, members of Lampeter Town Council arranged a committee to go ahead and organise the parade. Cered has supported this work as part of its community work initiative.”

As part of the celebrations in Lampeter, all of the town’s café’s will offer Welsh food on St David’s day itself, March 1. A competition is held for the town’s businessess for the best decorated shop window. The winning business will receive a prize donated by the Town Council.

To close the celebrations, a gig will be held on Saturday, March 3, with Fleur de Lys, Mei Emrys a’r Band, Bwca and Ysgol Bro Pedr DJs performing. Tickets can be bought for £8 in advance by contacting Cered on 01545 572350 or email cered@ceredigion.gov.uk and £10 at the door.

The parade is being sponsored by Lampeter Town Council, Cered, LAS, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, W. D. Lewis, Lampeter Rotary Club, Pedr and Lampeter Lunch Club.

As well as playing a leading role in organising the Lampeter St David’s Day celebrations, Cered has also been busy organising special activities in Aberystwyth. On Saturday, March3, Cered will be holding a day of Welsh activities and entertainment for all the family as part of the Aberystwyth Festival Parade day. ‘Cered on the Prom’ will take place between 9.30am and 4pm at the Bandstand and includes a performance by the Welsh Whisperer, the hugely popular entertainer at 2pm.

There will be bands performing from some of the district’s primary schools who have been taking part in composing pop song workshops with Steff Rees from Bwca, also a Community Development Officer for Cered. A number of workshops will be held, all free to attend. Artist Meinir Mathias will be leading an art workshop, a story session for babies, a costume creating workshop with Arad Goch and a children’s clogging workshop with Tasgu.

Ceredigion County Council Leader, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn said: “The Council is proud to support Cered, who is working hard to influence and develop the use of the Welsh language in Ceredigion. Through events organised such as these, everyone who loves Wales and wants Wales to flourish, whatever their background, can have a chance to celebrate and enjoy St David’s Day together.”

If you would like more information about these events or for the wider work of Cered, like their Facebook page @ceredmenteriaith, follow them on Twitter, @MICered, or visit their website at www.cered.wales.

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How museums can help to shape the future of Wales

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ON DECEMBER 6, Ceredigion Museum hosted the launch of a new report. The Happy Museum report, ‘Welsh museums and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act’, shines a spotlight on the many ways that Welsh museums are responding to the goals of the Act.

Focusing on the work of six Welsh museums, the report shows the significant contribution museums can make through examples of current or recent practice. It also details the museums’ efforts to develop projects to respond to the Wellbeing goals.

Ceredigion Museum Curator, Carrie Canham said: “It’s an honour to have had such an important document for museums throughout Wales launched at Ceredigion Museum. Ceredigion Museum has been a Happy Museum partner for some years now. They’ve supported us to deliver projects that have had a positive impact on local people’s lives, so it’s great to put that in the context of the ground-breaking Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015. This report shows how we, and other museums in Wales, are ahead of the game in responding to the Act and how much we have to contribute to the wellbeing of our nation.”

The report was developed through a partnership between Happy Museum and Ceredigion Museum, Monmouthshire Museums, Cardiff Story Museum, Oriel Môn, Storiel and Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives. The project was supported by the Welsh Government through an accreditation support grant from the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales,

The Director of Happy Museum Project, Hilary Jennings said: “The Future Generations Act in Wales is an exemplary piece of legislation and museums in Wales are responding across the board to its seven goals.  We hope that the work of these Welsh museums will provide inspiration for the potential of museums worldwide to work in support of the wellbeing of people, place and planet.”

Happy Museum project supports museum practice that puts wellbeing within an environmental and future-facing frame. It rethinks the role that museums can play in creating more resilient people, places and planet.

The six Welsh museums worked with the Happy Museum over six months, to deepen their understanding of their Future Generations Act obligations. They also looked at the ways that they were already responding to the goals, planning new activities and embedding ways of working that would improve how they meet the goals of the Act.

The new report draws together all this learning as a resource and inspiration for museums across Wales – and to help them demonstrate their response to meeting the goals of the Act.

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Drakeford confirmed as First Minister

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MARK DRAKEFORD was confirmed as the new First Minister after a vote in the Welsh Assembly on Wednesday (Dec 12).

Carmarthen-born Drakeford succeeds Carwyn Jones as Welsh Labour leader, after Jones resigned on Tuesday.

Mr Drakeford, 64, has styled himself as a ’21st Century socialist’, and throughout his leadership campaign promoted continuity and stability as a candidate, having worked as a Welsh Government special advisor under Rhodri Morgan and being the only Welsh Government cabinet minister to support Jeremy Corbyn when he ran for the UK Labour leadership in 2015.

The AM for Cardiff West has been in the Assembly since 2011, becoming Health Minister in 2013 before becoming Finance Secretary in 2016.

Mr Drakeford grew up in Carmarthen, and was educated at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School for Boys. He then went on to study Latin at the University of Kent, before working as a probation officer and Barnardos project leader in west Cardiff.

Mr Drakeford went on to pursue a career in academia, lecturing at Swansea University, and then becoming a professor of social policy and applied social sciences at Cardiff University.

His first experience of electoral politics was as a councillor on the old South Glamorgan County Council, before serving the Cardiff ward of Pontcanna between 1985 and 1993.

Mr Drakeford was one of the two candidates, alongside Eluned Morgan, to have produced a manifesto during the leadership campaign, setting out many of the policies he hopes to introduce. These include an extension of the smoking ban to outdoor areas such as restaurants and town centres, the cutting of emissions through greater emphasis on public transport and building on Superfast Cymru – a scheme to rollout 733,000 homes and businesses across Wales.

The manifesto also proposed installing drinking fountains across Wales, double allotments, and piloting a ‘baby bundle’ – similar to baby box schemes in other countries with a package of essential items.

Mr Drakeford also suggested introducing a committee to advise the Welsh Government on the Hinckley Point power plant in Somerset, as he has spoken of his scepticism regarding nuclear power.

The new First Minister has also backed proposals put forward by economist Gerry Holtham to fund elderly social care in Wales through a tax. An annual review of PFI contracts across the Welsh public sector would be introduced, and the 22 councils across Wales would be kept as they are.

One issue that has been subject to much debate is the potential for the M4 Relief Road, but Mr Drakeford’s manifesto does not mention it specifically. Instead, it states a commitment to dealing with congestion, citing the A40 in Mid and West Wales, the A55 in the North and the M4 in South Wales.

The other two leadership candidates, Vaughan Gething and Eluned Morgan, had both backed another referendum on whether the UK leaves the EU, yet Mr Drakeford is less set on another vote, saying he would only back it should the final deal fail to protect workers’ rights.

As Finance Secretary, Mr Drakeford has been in charge of much of the Welsh Government’s approach towards Brexit so far.

In Wednesday’s vote, Mr Drakeford was backed by 30 AMs, with 12 voting for the Conservatives’ Paul Davies and nine supporting Plaid Cymru’s Adam Price.

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Are you a £1m Euromillions winner? Time is running out to redeem prize

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A LAST ditch attempt is being made to locate a mystery local winner of an unclaimed £1 million pound lottery ticket.

Time is running out to find the owner of the winning ticket from the Euromillions draw bought in Ceredigion on June 22, 2018 – with Millionaire code MDLG 86259.

The winner has until Wednesday, December 19 to claim their life-changing prize.

Andy Carter, senior winners’ advisor at The National Lottery, said: “Time really is running out for the winner of this prize, but we are still hopeful that someone will come forward to claim the money. We’re urging everyone to check their old tickets or look anywhere a missing EuroMillions ticket could be hiding. This life changing prize could really help to make dreams become a reality.”

If no-one comes forward with the winning ticket before the prize claim deadline, then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

The National Lottery changes the lives of individuals as well as communities – players raise, on average around £30 million for National Lottery-funded projects every week.

Euromillions UK Millionaire Maker creates two UK millionaires in every draw. For every EuroMillions line played, UK players automatically receive a Millionaire Maker Code printed on their ticket.

Ceredigion alone has around 1,675 individual National Lottery grants that have been awarded to help projects across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors.

With all National Lottery draws, players only have 180 days from the day of the draw to claim their prize if they have the winning ticket. Anyone who has any queries or who believes they have the winning ticket for any of The National Lottery draws within the 180 day deadline should call the National Lottery line on 0333 234 5050 or email help@national-lottery.co.uk.

Anyone concerned about lost or unchecked tickets may like to consider either setting up a National Lottery Direct Debit or playing online at www.national-lottery.co.uk.

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