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Ceredigion Youth Service to host annual awards ceremony

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CEREDIGION Youth Service (CYS) will host an annual awards ceremony on April 17, at Theatr Felinfach between 4-7pm. The ceremony will be an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the achievements and successes of all the young people who have engaged with CYS during the past year.

Recognition will be given to pupils from each secondary school in Ceredigion, young people working with the CYS outreach service and all the young people who attend the youth clubs and holiday provisions.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Learning Services said, “Ceredigion Youth Service have held a wide variety of projects, activities and events again this year, with well over 5,000 young people in attendance. These have been successful due to the commitment and enthusiasm shown by the young people from all over Ceredigion. The ceremony is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the young people and to reflect the excellent opportunities organised and provided by Ceredigion Youth Service.”

The ceremony will recognise over 400 individuals who have achieved nationally recognised accreditations in 2017-2018 and will showcase a set of outstanding achievements and work by young people. Invitations have been distributed to young people aged 11-25 and their families, from across the county to attend the awards ceremony.

Ceredigion Youth Service Principal Youth Officer, Gethin Jones said, “The number of extracurricular qualifications achieved by young people in 2017-2018, as well as the number of special achievements that will be announced on the night, reflect the wide range of work being done to support our young people and the commitment of youth workers, schools and work based learning provider across the County. The awards ceremony provides recognition for young people’s hard work over the past year, encouraging young people to feel a sense of pride and achievement in themselves. We look forward to welcoming young people and their families to join us to celebrate.”

Ceredigion Youth Service is a service for young people aged 11-25 in Ceredigion dedicated to supporting young people’s personal, social and educational development through specialised support and open access provision. Provision includes School Based Youth Work, Outreach Youth Work and Youth Clubs.

For more information or to find out what opportunities are available to you, head over to their Facebook and Twitter pages at @GICeredigionYS or contact the team on youth@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Archaeological sites revealed in drought

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Iron Age farm near Whitland (pic. RCAHMW)

AN AERIAL ARCHAEOLOGIST has photographed ancient settlements from the air after the heatwave has revealed outlines as crop marks.

Dr Toby Driver, Senior Aerial Investigator, uses a light aircraft to find sites, flying from Haverfordwest Airport with stopovers made for fuel at Caernarfon, Welshpool or even Gloucester airports.

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) has released photographs from Dr Driver’s discoveries.

Iron Age farmsteads has been discovered near Whitland in Carmarthenshire and coastal Ceredigion. The Llŷn peninsula has extensive crop marks of prehistoric enclosures, as well as a Bronze Age barrow cemetery.

In Gwynedd, another Celtic settlement has been found on the valley floor between the hillfort Craig yr Aderyn and the castle ruins of Castell y Bere.

A suspected Roman watchtower was also revealed on the nearby coast. Parch marks of Roman buildings are showing at Caerhun Roman fort in Conwy Valley, whilst crop marks of a prehistoric enclosure and a suspected Roman villa were found in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Iron Age farmstead in Ceredigion (pic. RCAHMW)

A Roman town and fortress between Caerwent and Caerleon have also appeared in the dry conditions.

Dr Driver said: “I’ve not seen conditions like this since I took over the archaeological flying at the Royal Commission in 1997. So much new archaeology is showing it is incredible; the urgent work in the air now will lead to months of research in the office in the winter months to map and record all the sites which have been seen, and reveal their true significance.”

The marks are the result of vegetation feeding on better nutrients and water supplies, that have been trapped in the old fortification ditches.

This leads to the lush green growth that results in the pronounced outlines of the prior settlements.

Despite this, the vegetation can quickly retreat as the weather changes.

This research is expected to prompt further research on the ground in the future.

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Welsh Water advises customers to use water wisely

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WELSH WATER is encouraging its three million customers to continue working with the company by using water wisely – even though it may soon start to rain. After such prolonged dry weather, it will be difficult for any rain to penetrate the ground and help restore reservoir levels.

The company – which provides drinking water to most of Wales, Herefordshire and parts of Deeside – is safeguarding water supplies following the hottest June in Wales since records began in 1910.

It has been proactively taking measures for the last two months to prepare for the hot weather, with 450 colleagues finding and repairing leaks and its 62 water treatment works being manned 24 hours a day to help supply a record 1 billion litres a day.

The company confirmed that a few of its 87 reservoirs are now lower than usual at this time of year but said this is to be expected given the prolonged dry weather. It will take some time for these reservoirs to recover to their normal levels, despite the expected rain over the next week.

Managing Director of Water Services Ian Christie, said: “Over the last few months, we have taken and will continue to take all the necessary actions to ensure there is enough water in our network during this very dry period.   We’ve done a lot of groundwork in the background to prepare for this weather and still doing everything we can to safeguard supplies. This includes finding and fixing leaks and putting more water in the network every day than ever before.

“It’s really important that our customers continue to work with us during this period. If they spot a leak, please let us know. We’re also asking them to think about how much water they are using.

We want everyone to stay safe and drink water while it’s hot but we’re reminding everyone of the need to use water wisely and efficiently.

“Customers may notice that some reservoir levels are lower than usual but this isn’t a surprise given this continuing dry weather.  We are all using more water and we’re putting 20% more water into the system. This is helping us meet higher demand in particular communities. We are also using our own fleet of over 30 tankers to help.

“Even if the weather starts to turn and it rains, it’s important that customers continue to work with us and use any water efficiently.  Customers can get advice on our top ten tips of how to use water efficiently around the home and garden from our website, dwrcymru.com

Customers can also help by reporting any leaks as soon as they notice them either through our website or by calling our leak line on 0800 052 0130. Our teams are out and about working around the clock fixing leaks on the network to make sure as much water as possible is available for customers to use.

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Chance to join team of volunteers as a public enquiry officer

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is offering the chance to join its dedicated team of volunteers as the face of police stations across the force.

More than 100 volunteers currently dedicate some of their spare time to various roles in the police – from Special Constables and cadets, to chaplains and victim support officers.

And the force is now opening up the position of public enquiry officer (PEO) to its list of volunteering opportunities for the first time.

PEOs are needed at stations across the force, and will provide support to officers and staff for up to eight hours a week.

They will deal with enquiries from members of the public, police officers and staff in person and over the phone; receive, record and process enquiries relating to lost and found property; and support designated property officers at the station they are based in.

They will also be required to monitor station security and CCTV where applicable; ensure visitors are correctly recorded; and provide general administration and support.

Volunteers will not be expected to open or close stations – they will only be on duty when an officer is at the station.

Superintendent Robyn Mason, force lead for citizens in policing, said: “We have close links with our communities across Dyfed-Powys, and we would like to strengthen these by having volunteers based at some of our stations.

“The new volunteer PEOS will provide a vital link between the force and the towns we serve, and will act as the face of Dyfed-Powys Police in the station they are based.

“In return, we will be providing new skills and experience to our volunteers, who might be looking to apply for employment in the future, taking a career break or looking to give back during their retirement years.”

For an application form, email volunteers@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or phone Citizens in Policing coordinator Adele Jones on 01267 226463

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