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Ceredigion prepares for cycle festival

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THE OVO ENERGY TOUR SERIES returns to Aberystwyth on Saturday 26 May – the only Welsh stage of its tour of British towns and cities. Ceredigion County Council is proud to host the event again this year with financial support from Aberystwyth Town Council and Advancing Aberystwyth ar y Blaen to secure the event for Aberystwyth.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic and Community Development said: “We look forward to welcoming the OVO Energy Tour Series to Aberystwyth again this year and to working alongside the organisers of Aber Cycle Fest to deliver 10 days of cycling events. Cycling is a hugely popular sport and staging these events gives us an opportunity to showcase Aberystwyth and Ceredigion at their best.

“The Aberystwyth stage of the Tour will be particularly exciting this year as both the men’s and women’s professional teams will feature 2018 Commonwealth Games medalists. Not only will the festival offer a chance to see well-known cyclists racing on the town’s streets, it will also be a great opportunity for school children and local amateur cyclists to demonstrate their skills and to compete for a place on the podium.”

This year, the children cycling races will be held on Saturday morning, May 26 marking a change in the last 7 years when they were held on a Friday. Cycling races for girls and boys in year 3, 4, 5 and 6 will start at 9am. This is a morning festival of fun for the cyclists of the future with a perfect opportunity to race in a closed, safe environment around the town. Secondary School children will be able to take part in the Welsh Cycling Criterium.

Registration is obligatory through www.abercyclefest.co.uk by May 21.

Aber Cycle Fest – ten activity-packed days of cycling events from May 19 until 29 – is a celebration of cycling in Ceredigion. The Tour Series is one of the main highlights of the festival along with the town centre criterium racing, uphill and downhill races and a mass participation ride – the Welsh Wild West Sportive.

The Festival includes fringe events all week and of course brings you the thrills of town centre cycle races all afternoon and evening on the 26 May.

Aber Cycle Fest continues to go from strength to strength as it develops to become one of Wales’ biggest cycling celebrations, with over 1,100 cyclists participating in last year’s event. Organisers of the event receive enquiries from cyclists from every part of the UK as the reputation of the festival spreads across the country.

Aberystwyth is Round 5 of the OVO Energy Tour Series out of 8 and will be broadcast on May 28 at 10pm on ITV.

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Teenage passenger dies in A487 crash – police appealing for help

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DYFED POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision which occurred at around 10pm last night (Saturday, November 16) on the A487 at Commins Coch, Aberystwyth.

The collision involved two vehicles – a black Vauxhall Astra, which was travelling out of Aberystwyth heading towards the general direction of Bow Street, and a silver Audi A6.

Sadly, an 18-year-old sustained fatal injuries and passed away at hospital this morning. She was a passenger in the Vauxhall Astra.

Several casualties were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision or the vehicles involved, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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