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Ceredigion second at the Urdd Eisteddfod

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THE BRIGHT talents and skills of Ceredigion’s youth has brought the county to the second place in the league of successes at this year’s 2018 Brecon and Radnorshire Urdd National Eisteddfod held on the Royal Welsh showground, Builth Wells, between May 28 and June 2.

Competitors, teachers and coaches alike have been working hard again this year, and reaped the fruits of their labour as the county’s youth succeeded nationally in a wide range of competitions. Ceredigion had 52 first medals, 46 second medals, and 39 third medals, making a total of 137, only 2 places away from Snowdonia who lead the way this year.

Pupils from across the county demonstrated their skill as they experienced a number of successes in homework and arts and crafts competitions before the week of the festival. During the Eisteddfod week, exceptional talent was shown by Ceredigion’s youth in competitions such as singing, reciting and dancing.

Leader of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, said: “Our youth have once again shown their skills and talents to the nation both on and off stage in this year’s Urdd National Eisteddfod. Their diligent and hard-working teachers and coaches have taken of their time to develop these young people to try their best in the various competitions. Finishing a close second in the results table is a tremendous achievement, and it all starts locally within Ceredigion. We are all extremely proud of the perseverance and dedication of everyone who took part in any way during the week. Congratulations and well done to everyone!

All the results can be seen on the Urdd website: http://www.urdd.cymru/en/eisteddfod/competitions/results/

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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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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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