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Cardi-Gân choir celebrates 20th birthday

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On Saturday, 28 September Cardi-Gân choir will celebrate its 20th birthday. Their guests are the two renowned tenors, Rhys Merion and Aled Wyn Davies or ‘Tra Bo Dau’ as they are known.

Tickets have been sold out since mid-August, but it’s worth anyone looking for a ticket to add their names to the waiting list in case some become available at the last minute!

Cardi-Gân supports a different charity annually since its inception. Some of the charities that have benefited from their campaigns over the years are Cancer Research Wales, British Heart Foundation, Canolfan y Môr – Aberaeron Secondary School, Welsh Blood Bikes and the Colorectal Disease to name but a few. We have successfully raised many thousands over the years and the two charities that we’re supporting this year are RABI Cymru Wales and Tir Dewi.

RABI is an agricultural charity working regionally within England and Wales changing the lives of families for the better. The charity offers confidential financial support to farmers of all ages facing hardship. Each case is different and the support offered is tailored to individual circumstances.

Each year the R.A.B.I charity gives out around £2 million in grants and helps around 2,000 individuals and families. The majority of income comes from fundraising events, donations from individuals, businesses, community groups and the voluntary county committees, as well as from wills and grants from charitable trusts.

Tir Dewi was formed in response to a growing and serious need to help farmers in West Wales during difficult times. Rev Canon Eileen Davies and Bishop Wyn (now retired) agreed that some kind of help had to be offered and Eileen was tasked with setting up Tir Dewi with a helpline, a listening service and a signposting service. Generous funding came from The Church in Wales and The Prince of Wales Countryside Fund. The service was originally launched in the summer of 2015 and since then has helped around 50 farmers and their families who were, in one way or another, at a crisis point. The main focus is on three counties – Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

The charity has a strong network of experts across the diverse facets of farming who can act as advocates, offer communication support and attend meetings with suppliers, customers, banks, finance companies or advisers. Tir Dewi aims to help identify the best way forward and advice and support to take the right steps to get there.

Côr Cardi-Gân meets every Wednesday in ‘Y Gwndwn’ on the Theatr Felinfach campus at 7:45 pm. New members are always welcome and there is no better time to join than the present.

On Wednesday, 9 October at 7:30pm a meeting will be held at Felinfach Hall to see how much interest there is in creating an adult Mixed Choir for competing in the Ceredigion 2020 Eisteddfod. Many of the choir members are keen to establish a larger choir in the Aeron Valley and the wider area to compete in the Entertainment Choir competition. Calling individuals, groups, and established choirs. No experience is needed, just energy and enthusiasm, so come and join us.

The Cardi-Gân Choir 20th Birthday Celebration Concert will be held with Tra Bo Dau on Saturday, 28 September at 7:30 pm. Contact the Box Office to add your name to the waiting list on 01570 470697.

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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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