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Parents warned to be weary of kids safety around school

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CHILDREN and parents are being warned to be careful when around school areas due to an increase of predation over the last few weeks.

Two incidents occurred near the St Dogmaels and Cardigan schools and across Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion have been contacted.

Ysgol Caer Elen in Haverfordwest, posted on Facebook: “The police have shared information with the local authority (Sept 26) following two separate incidents this week in Ceredigion of pupils being asked to enter a car whilst walking home from school. We, as a school would like to remind pupils of ‘stranger danger’ and the importance of staying safe. Pupils and parents are reminded of the need to be vigilant, and wherever possible pupils should walk together in pairs or in small groups. They should walk home via a route which is the most visible to other members of the public and if approached they should walk to a more public area and call for assistance or phone 999 in an emergency.”

Police in the surrounding areas have confirmed they are looking into the two sperate matters.

Nicola James, the Cardigan School headteacher, has composed an email warning parents and puils to be on their guard around anyone they might not know after school. A similar warning was sent to Cardigan Primary School parents by headteacher Donna Hanley.

The email from Cardigan School stated: “At Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi, the safety of our pupils is paramount and without wanting to cause alarm I need to inform you of developments in the locality which have come to light in recent hours. There have been two separate incidents this week of pupils being asked to enter a car whilst walking home from school. The police have been informed and are investigating. We will be informing pupils of the risks and advising them how to keep safe in assemblies this afternoon. Wherever possible pupils should walk together in pairs or in small groups. They should walk home via a route which is most visible to other members of the public. If approached they should walk to a more public area and call for assistance or phone 999 in an emergency. This is obviously a concerning incident and I will keep you informed if and when there are any further developments.”

A police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police has received two reports of separate incidents in the Cardigan area, on September 24 and 25, whereby a secondary school pupil was asked to get in to a stranger’s vehicle. The two children have been spoken to, and at this stage descriptions indicate the vehicles and drivers were different. One instance took place near the secondary school, and another in the St Dogmaels area. Officers are investigating and encouraging parents and children to be cautious but not alarmed. Anyone who has any information about these incidents is asked to report it to police online: http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, by email: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101.”

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Baroness visits New Quay RNLI

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ON Friday afternoon (4 October) Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist paid a special visit to New Quay Lifeboat Station to meet key crew members and to see the workings of the all-weather lifeboat station.

Having recently been appointed as the House of Lords’ spokesperson for the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales, Baroness Bloomfield was keen to visit the lifeboat station while passing through Ceredigion.

Baroness Bloomfield said, “The RNLI is a shining example of a voluntary organisation that goes above and beyond to save lives, serving as an inspiration to us all.

“It was an honour to meet the brave crew and lifeguards and those working behind the scenes at the New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Station. Their work to educate, supervise and rescue anyone at risk at sea across the UK and internationally is truly priceless.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager added, “It was great to show the Baroness around the station and chat about our operations here in Cardigan Bay. We hope she can visit again soon.”

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Aberystwyth University hosts debate on the Constitution Reform Group’s Act of Union Bill

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WITH Halloween and Britain’s impending departure from the EU looming, and with it a potential constitutional crisis between the four nations of the UK, a proposed new constitutional settlement for the UK will be the focus for debate at Aberystwyth University on Thursday 24 October 2019.

Joining leading constitutional expert Sir Paul Silk to discuss The Constitution Reform Group’s Act of Union Bill will be former Labour Ministers Lord Hain and Gisela Stuart and former First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones AM.

The Bill has been described by The Times journalist Iain Martin as “the first attempt to devise a coherent plan for what happens after many powers return from the European Union”.

It proposes a new federal structure for the UK and establishes the principle of self-determination for the nations and parts of the United Kingdom.

It also makes the case for radical reform and possible abolition of the House of Lords as well as a fairer distribution of tax collected by the centre.

Hosted by the University’s Centre for Welsh Politics and Society and chaired by Professor Emyr Lewis, Head of the Department of Law and Criminology, the debate takes place at Old College and runs from 6 until 8pm.

For more information, see attached news release or go online: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/news/archive/2019/10/title-226343-en.html

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New Young Ambassador leaders trained

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104 new young Ambassadors attended training at three different venues across Ceredigion to begin their Young Ambassador leadership pathway.

The Young Ambassador leadership pathway is implemented across all schools in Ceredigion and begins at Bronze level, which starts in years five and six at primary school and progresses in secondary school with the levels of Sports Crew, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

The Young Ambassador programme, delivered by Ceredigion Actif, aims to empower and inspire young people to become leaders through sport and help encourage their peers to become hooked on keeping fit.

Aberystwyth Bronze Young Ambassadors, Lampeter Bronze Young Ambassadors, Bro Sion Cwilt Bronze Young Ambassadors

During the training days, they prepare their ‘pledges’ for the year ahead and these action plans are announced to the rest of the school’s pupils and their parents. They then return to school and start organising activities and events to encourage more children to get active.

The training includes information on picking teams, how to encourage everyone to get involved, Disability Inclusion and Ceredigion Actif programmes such as Fit in 5 and the QR Codes which encourage skill development in early years.

All Bronze Young Ambassadors are tasked with arranging sports and skills for other year 5 & 6 pupils at sports festivals held around the county. Autumn term festivals are for years 5 & 6, Spring term festivals are for years 3 & 4 and Summer term festivals are for foundation phase children. They are also required to run lunchtime and after school clubs back at their schools.

Alwyn Davies is Active Young People Manager for Ceredigion County Council. He said “We’re really excited with this new group of young leaders. Now that they’ve attended the training days, they are ready to start delivering opportunities back at their schools. They will mostly lead lunchtime and after school clubs with the aim of getting more children active, creating an interest in health and wellbeing and improving children’s confidence to try a wide range of activities.

“In their first month, we will be asking them to work with us to provide a range of activities at our multi sports festival. This will be a useful way of mentoring them slowly as they start to achieve results. They have received their polo shirts and are eager to start on the leadership ladder.”

Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member responsible for Leisure Services. She said, “I’m very impressed to see the vast amount of young people interested in being Young Ambassadors. Fitness and well-being are key to the development of young people, and these new young Bronze Ambassadors will be role models in Ceredigion schools. I wish them the very best.”

For more information, or to learn more about opportunities that are available to you, go over to Ceredigion Actif’s Facebook and Twitter pages or visit their website on www.ceredigionactif.org.uk. You can also contact Alwyn Davies, Active Young People Manager on 01970 633 695 or by e-mail on Alwyn.Davies@ceredigion.gov.uk.

 

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