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Aberaeron Youth Club giving back to their community

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DURING the autumn term, Aberaeron Youth Club Members have been busy organising community activities and promoting the youth club to the residents of the town.

The Youth Club Members have organised litter pick days and beach cleans as part of their environment and citizenship project; arranged relaxation sessions as part of their well-being project; prepared healthy meals, utilising fruit from the new community garden; and visited Min Y Môr care home to donate one of their Wales 2050 graffiti mural depicting Aberaeron’s heritage.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services and Lifelong Learning said, “It’s a pleasure to see young people taking an active role in helping their community. Aberaeron Youth Club is a great example of young people feeling confident and empowered to do positive things which raise awareness and help other people. I congratulate the young volunteers and all the members for their hard work and wish them success with their future projects.”

The youth club also opened its doors to the Aberaeron Walk and Talk group, organised by Councillor Elizabeth Evans, where Aberaeron residents were able to visit the youth centre and learn more about the different projects, such as the recent Community Garden re-development.

Councillor Elizabeth Evans, Aberaeron Town Council, said: “I welcome the fact that Aberaeron Youth Club have fully immersed themselves into the community life of Aberaeron, by supporting various groups and activities and welcoming groups into their Youth Club and Community Garden, which they are rightly proud of. The Youth Club have been so successful in raising the profile of young people in Aberaeron as being a vibrant and integral part of our community and we value that very much.”

All of the activities and provisions at the youth club are planned and prepared mostly by the Young Volunteers. They are now in the process of organising fundraising events for local mental health charities. Thomas Evans and Ashlie Day, two young volunteers, have arranged a Quiz Night at Aberaeron Yacht Club on Thursday, 4 October, 2018. All proceeds will go towards their fundraising project.

Thomas and Ashlie, Young Volunteers at Aberaeron Youth Club said, “We’re really proud of the youth club. It’s a great place for young people to come, socialise and have support. We have different activities happening each week, which helps the members to develop and improve. We feel it’s important to give something back to our community and we try and organise events which brings people together.”

For more information about this project, or to find out what other opportunities are available to you, head over to Ceredigion Youth Service Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages at @GICeredigionYS, website www.giceredigionys.co.uk or contact the Team on youth@ceredigion.gov.uk

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Heroin could be linked to Aberysytwyth supply

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A LIVERPOOL man has admitted possessing heroin that could be linked to drugs supplied in Aberystwyth.

Jack English, aged 20, pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of heroin with intent to supply when he appeared at Swansea Crown ccourt for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.

The court heard the drugs could also be linked to English’s father, who had been a heroin user who had ‘gone to Aberystwyth on many occasions’ and who had died since his son’s arrest in October 2017.

Judge Thomas said he would sentence English on January 11.

English, of Storrington Road, was granted bail meanwhile but warned that a jail sentence was the most likely outcome.

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Mark Drakeford named next First Minister

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THE NEXT First Minister of Wales will be Mark Drakeford, it has been announced this afternoon (Dec 6).

Mr Drakeford, a Cardiff West AM, was named as the winner of the Welsh Labour leadership contest at the Principality Stadium.

The contest was triggered when Carwyn Jones, the current First Minister, announced he was stepping down.

Mr Jones will officially step down on Tuesday (Dec 10).

Mr Drakeford will then be officially confirmed as the new First Minister of Wales by the National Assembly next week.

In the first round of voting, the results were:

Mark Drakeford – 46.9%
Vaughan Gething – 30.8%
Eluned Morgan – 22.3%

Eluned Morgan’s votes were then redistributed on voters’ second preferences, with the following results:

Mark Drakeford – 53.9%
Vaughan Gethin – 46.1%

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Met Office issue yellow weather warning for Friday morning

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THE MET OFFICE has warned of strong winds and heavy rain across South and West Wales as they have issued a yellow weather warning for rain on Friday (Dec 7).

Between 1am and 9am, spells of rain, heavy at times and accompanied by windy weather, are likely to produce 20-40mm of rain.

Coming after some recent wet weather, this rain is likely to lead to some temporary flooding impacts before the rain clears early Friday morning.

The Met Office are warning people that flooding of a few homes and business is likely, bus and train services, as well as roads, will probably be affected, with journey times taking longer.

Natural Resources Wales also has a flood alert in place in Pembrokeshire. Due to restrictions at the tidal outfall, river levels in the River Ritec in the Salterns area of Tenby are likely to remain high for a number of days.

River levels are rising slightly as each high tide arrives. The combination of ground conditions, existing river levels and forecast rainfall quantities gives a high risk of flooding of low-lying land during the next couple of days.

This comes a week after Yellow Weather Warnings were issued across Wales as Storm Diana brought extreme winds and heavy rain to the country.

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