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Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho extension built after grant

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A NEW extension at Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho was opened today (Sept 4). The extension was mainly funded through a Council Community Grant and a grant from the National Lottery.

Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho’s new extension will allow them to significantly improve their facilities and also increase the number of childcare places available. The new extension was opened by the Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Hag Harris.

The extension was funded through a combination of local fundraising contributions and events as well as a £15,000 Council Community Grant and a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery. Other contributions include £400 from Mudiad Meithrin, £150 from Lledrod Community Council and £4,800 was raised by Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho itself.

Councillor Catrin Miles, the Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services said: “Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho has been able to make very effective use of the Council’s Community Grant and other funding to make a valuable addition to their Cylch. I’m sure the youngsters will be excited to see the new extension and will benefit greatly from the extra space.”

The purpose of the Council’s Community Grant Scheme is to increase the range of facilities, activities and opportunities within Ceredigion. Each application can be awarded up to a maximum grant of lower than 50% of the project cost or the amount required to fund the project deficit, up to a maximum of £25,000.

The Community Grant is designed to support communities in Ceredigion by providing grant money to allow communities to fund the rest themselves or by attracting additional or match-funding from another source.

Graham Parker, Chairman of Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho, said: “This has been a great example of local fundraising being supported by Ceredigion Council Community Grants and the National Lottery and we are very grateful to everyone who has contributed towards our extension fund.  This will deliver a tremendous benefit to the local community by improving facilities for the children, increasing the number of childcare places available for parents and also increasing local employment opportunities.”

Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho is one of many Ceredigion childcare providers who have registered as providers of the Welsh Government’s Childcare Offer which launched on September 1 in Ceredigion.

The offer of Welsh Government funded childcare is available for eligible working parents and guardians of three and four-year-old children for up to 30 hours per week and will be available for up to 48 weeks of the year. Parents interested in registering for the offer should visit the Council’s website on www.ceredigion.gov.uk/ChildcareOffer.

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Ceredigion Schools have already produced more than 300 visors

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MORE than 300 face-visors have already been produced by staff at Ysgol Bro Pedr, Ysgol Penglais, Ysgol Bro Teifi and Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi.

These face-visors provide much needed protection for front-line workers in Ceredigion. The visors are produced on the schools’ 3-D printers.
Plans are in place to produce another 2,000 of these vital visors.

Meinir Ebbsworth, Corporate Lead Officer – Schools said, “We are extremely grateful to our staff who are using their expertise and school equipment to help others.”

Ceredigion County Council are proud of the contribution that our schools are making during this difficult and challenging times, and to all our staff and volunteers who have shown such goodwill to help others.

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Cooperation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Ceredigion County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) are working together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three facilities in the county – Plascrug Leisure Centre and Penweddig School in Aberystwyth and Cardigan Leisure Centre – will provide additional capacity in response to the unprecedented challenges currently faced by the NHS and social care services.

Further sites across the county continue to be scoped and further information will be provided as and when these are confirmed. The health service is also working with its university partners in Aberystwyth on opportunities for them to support the efforts.

This follows announcements made last week confirming additional capacity in Parc Y Scarlets and the Selwyn Samuel Centre in Llanelli and Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire.

Dr Phil Kloer, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Delivering this additional capacity in Ceredigion will be essential to help us manage patient flow over the coming weeks and we are extremely grateful for all of the support that we are receiving from Ceredigion County Council to help make this happen.

“We have followed the situation in Italy closely to learn where possible and to help our planning. Our European colleagues have provided feedback that patient flow and throughput is a critical factor in response to COVID-19 pressures.”

Eifion Evans, Chief Executive said “Ceredigion County Council is proud to be supporting Hywel Dda University Health Board in establishing our Leisure Centres and one of our secondary schools as facilities which will provide additional capacity as we prepare for the potential impact of COVID-19. This is a reflection of the close partnership working between the two organisations. We thank all staff who have been working tirelessly to prepare for and respond to this crisis.”

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Ceredigion Public House to be served with a prohibition notice

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On Friday night, 27 March 2020, officers from Ceredigion County Council`s Public Protection Team came across a country public house serving customers alcohol, and open for business in contravention of the recently issued Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020. Police assistance was called and the landlord will now be served with a prohibition notice. A number of other offences were identified and a report will be made to the Council`s Licencing Committee.

Inspections by the Council’s Public Protection Team during the week have shown that the overwhelming majority of local businesses have voluntarily closed when they have been required to do so by the emergency regulations. Other businesses, where permitted to do so, have quickly diversified from serving foods to be consumed on their premises to providing deliveries or takeaways.

Premises that have been permitted to remain open have diligently and rapidly adjusted to social distancing measures. The vast majority of the community recognises the need for, and the importance of these emergency measures and has willingly played its part.

Over 70 premises were inspected last week, however only one premises failed to follow the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 introduced.

The Council’s Public Protection officers will continue to monitor compliance, with support from the Dyfed-Powys Police if appropriate. Businesses and premises which breach the regulations will be subject to prohibition notices and fines. Businesses that continue to contravene the measures will be forced to close down. Individuals and companies who do not pay their fine may also be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose potentially unlimited fines.

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