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Families invited to celebrate Halloween with a puppet show at Theatr Felinfach

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ON THURSDAY, 24 October, Theatr Felinfach will host two performances of the puppet show ‘Dygwyl y Meirw’ (Festival of the Dead). A very timely show for the time of year celebrating the legends and traditions of the ancient Celts.

Dygwyl y Meirw is a show that celebrates the myths of our ancestors, the circle of life, and how a little girl comes to terms with her Grandfather’s death. We meet traditional Welsh characters such as the Black Sow, The White Lady and Jack of the Lantern and with their help, Gwen finds new life in her Grandfather’s stories, and a future as a storyteller herself.

The show features a variety of elements including music, humour, spooky lighting, magic tricks, shadow theatre and flying ghosts. The show ends on a happy, hopeful note.

The author and director of ‘Dygwyl Y Meirw’ is Angela Roberts. She is also a BAFTA Wales winner for Best Children’s Drama, author of the Jini Mê Adventure books and tens of other children’s scripts. She is also the founder of the production company Black Star and Monkey.

In recent years Angela had found that there was a gap in the market where puppet provision for children in Welsh was concerned. She went on to create two successful shows, ‘Drwg’ and ‘Bwystfilod’, in partnership with Theatr Bara Caws. Dygwyl y Meirw is her first show under her own company name, with the support of the Arts Council of Wales.

The first performance will be a 1:30 pm on Thursday 24 October and is aimed at Ceredigion primary schools followed by a family show at 6:00 pm. The show is 45 minutes long and includes puppets and shadow theatre. Children are invited to attend the performance in Halloween costume.

Tickets are available from the Box office for £8 for adults, £7 for pensioners and £6 for children. Collect your tickets from the Box Office on 01570 470697 or go online to theatrfelinfach.cymru.

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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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