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Holiday firm reassures customers following Brexit ‘uncertainty’

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ONE of west Wales’ most popular holiday operators are reassuring customers that Brexit in any form will not impact their holiday bookings.

Edwards Coaches have said that in these ‘uncertain times’ any customer with a booked holiday will not risk increased fees of cancellations.

The firm does suggest that anyone booking a holiday checks the expiry date of their passport.

A spokesperson for Edwards Coaches said: “In these uncertain times as a result of the UK’s relationship with the European Union, Edwards Holidays are delighted to offer some clarity and certainty. With the 29th March fast approaching, it’s understandable that you may have questions when it comes to booking your next holiday, especially to Europe. That’s why we at Edwards would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that when you book your holiday with us, you are completely protected, whatever the outcome.

“Once you have booked your holiday and paid your deposit, we guarantee that whatever happens as a result of Brexit the price of your holiday will not increase.

“It is important to check the date that your passport expires. When travelling to the EU after the 29th March 2019, the UK Government recommends that you have 6 months left on your passport on the date you arrive in the EU. You can use the Government’s website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules. https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport

“Finally, it is worth noting that in any event, the UK will enter a transition period in which everything will stay the same until the end of 2020.

“We look forward to welcoming you on-board an Edwards Holiday very soon.”

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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