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Children help to clean up the Afon Aeron during Spring Clean Cymru

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Yuk! The youth of Aberaeron show the way forward by tackling plastic pollution

HELPING to highlight the plight of our region’s beautiful rivers, children from years five and six of Ysgol Gynradd Aberaeron dedicated a morning to collecting litter from the Afon Aeron with the West Wales Rivers Trust.

The children take part in regular litter-picks with Keep Wales Tidy so when the West Wales Rivers Trust were scouting for volunteers to help them with Spring Clean Cymru the school were eager to do their bit.

Starting in the harbour at low tide on Friday 29th March the children helped to remove fragmented plastics, ropes and even large metal items from the tidal area before walking alongside the bank of the river to prevent more litter entering the waterway. The event was supported by Keep Wales Tidy who brought along their expertise and equipment and the Rotary Club of Aberaeron who marshalled and got thoroughly stuck in.

“The children were incredibly enthusiastic and thorough” says Kathy James, Trust Development Officer for the West Wales Rivers Trust. “We’d like to take them on a tour of West Wales as we couldn’t ask for a better clean-up team!”

The West Wales Rivers Trust was formed in 2017 as an amalgamation of various smaller local groups. The Trust is concerned with river conservation, preserving habitats for wildlife to flourish and educating people about the issues rivers face and the wonders they can contain.

In West Wales, pollution from agricultural run-off and plastics are a particular issue for our river systems. The charity works alongside farmers in the area to encourage best practice for water quality, with fishermen to improve habitat’s for wildlife and with local volunteers to monitor river health. This recent effort from Ysgol Gynradd Aberaeron kickstarts the organisation’s ‘Prosiect Aeron Project’.

“Removing litter from the waterway we are able to show a visible improvement. Now we hope to thoroughly survey the river from source to sea to identify any less visible improvements needed for optimal water quality and habitat. We are currently looking for local businesses to help fund this process” adds Kathy.

Any businesses interested in sponsoring ‘Prosiect Aeron Project’ should get in touch with Kathy directly on Kathy@westwalesriverstrust.org to discuss how they may be able to help.

If you’re feeling inspired to undertake a litter-pick for yourself, Spring Clean Cymru runs until 23rd April. More details can be found on the Keep Wales Tidy website.

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Theatr Felinfach Performing School presents CAMAU

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OVER the past few months enthusiastic members of Theatr Felinfach Performing School have been developing new skills through a series of masterclasses with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.

The members have been busy creating material through scripting, directing, choreography, clog dancing, folk dancing and much more. All their hard work will be shown in their ‘CAMAU’ (steps) performance on Monday 28 October, 7:00pm at Theatr Felinfach. This is your chance to see the fruits of their labour!

The Performing School was established in January 2017 and has now grown into a very popular group. It’s a great opportunity for 7-18 years olds to gain new experiences in theatre skills through the medium of Welsh and to make new friends who share the same passion for performing.

This year two trips were organized for members of the Performing School. In June, the group visited the ‘Lexicon’ show by the UK’s leading large-scale circus company ‘NoFitState’ in Bluestone, Narberth. The audience was amazed at the performers’ talents and agility and seeing the children’s faces was invaluable.

Later in July, the group visited ‘Chores’ at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, a production organised by Cluster Arts, an Australian company. The story was about two young boys playing in their mess of a room where they began using their acrobatic skills to sort out the carnage. The show was inspired by ‘slapstick’ legends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

Theatr Felinfach hopes to continue taking members to see various shows and productions to give them the opportunity to experience professional theatre.

The Performing School meet each Thursday evening – the primary members (7-11 years) from 4:30pm to 5:30pm and the older members (12-18 years) from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Membership fees are every half term and range between £30 and £35 depending on the age of the members.

If you would like more information about the Performing School and how to become a member in the new year, please contact sioned.thomas@ceredigion.gov.uk or call 01570 470697.

Tickets for ‘CAMAU’ are £6 for adults, £5 for OAPs and theatre members and £4 for students and Children. They’re available from the Box Office on 01570 470697 or online at theatrfelinfach.cymru.

 

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New plaque unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan

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A NEW plaque was unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan. The plaque was unveiled during a public Commemoration and Dedication Service on 12 October.

The plaque commemorates Michael J. Dunphy who gave his life in the 1982 Falklands War and Lee T. Davies and David M.E. Greenhalgh who gave their lives in the 2001-2015 conflict in Afghanistan. The plaque was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards.

Councillor Paul Hinge is Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion. He said: “It was an honour and privilege to welcome everyone to the Service of Commemoration and Dedication, not only as a son of Cardigan, but as a veteran myself and Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion.

“The three fallen soldiers of Cardigan, Michael Dunphy, Lee Davies and Dave Greenhalgh paid the ultimate sacrifice and their names are now immortalised on Cardigan War Memorial honouring their sacrifice.

“It was a privilege to work with all stakeholders involved in planning the day including the families, regiments, Cardigan Town Council and Ceredigion County Council officers. We were delighted with the strong attendance on Saturday which was a testament to how important this Commemoration is to all concerned. It was a fitting tribute to the fallen soldiers of Cardigan.”

 

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Wales Audit Office report shows council finances are well managed

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CEREDIGION County Council has approved the statement of accounts following a report from the Wales Audit Office. The report shows a positive performance of the council’s financial management.

In a council meeting, the Chairman of the council’s Audit Committee, Councillor Rowland Rees-Evans welcomed an unqualified report and acknowledged the work of all staff for ensuring that the council ended the year with a balanced budget.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd is the Cabinet member responsible for Finance. He said: “I am delighted that we have approved accounts showing good financial management. This is crucial in a very difficult financial climate after years of cuts to our budgets. We will continue to carefully plan our finances to provide the best possible services for Ceredigion residents in the future.”

The council’s accounts are reviewed by the Wales Audit Office every year to make sure that they show a true and fair view. They also make sure that they have been properly prepared with legislative requirements.

The statement of accounts has been published and can be viewed in the Canolfan Rheidol office in Aberystwyth or online via https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/your-council/budgets-finance/statement-of-accounts/.

 

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