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Ceredigion County Council Celebrating Shwmae, Su’mae 2019

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TODAY, October 15, Ceredigion County Council is celebrating Shwmae, Su’mae 2019.

Shwmae Su’mae day is being celebrated across Wales to promote the idea of starting all conversations with Shwmae Su’mae! The aim of the campaign is to show that the Welsh language belongs to us all – fluent speakers, learners or those who are shy about the Welsh language. It’s an opportunity to have fun and share the language – in the shop, leisure centre, at work, at school, on the playground and with your friends.

To celebrate Shwmae 2019 the Council held a very special ‘Clwb Cinio’ for staff, by hosting a baking competition. Cara Buswell from Cegin Cara, Cilcennin had the hard task of choosing the winners! However, the main prizes were won by members of staff who are on various courses to learn Welsh. The event was a great opportunity for learners and Welsh speakers to chat and use Welsh in an informal atmosphere. A poem was created especially for the occasion by the national poet Gruffudd Eifion Owen:

Rhown wisg wen i’th deisenni – a rhown glod

fel cyrn gwlad i’th bobi.

Mae ein prifeirdd moyn profi

holl awen dy deisen di.

During the event there were musical items from Llanilar School Choir. Ysgol Llanilar is the first school in the Aberystwyth area of Ceredigion to achieve Silver level, as part of the Ceredigion Schools Language Charter project; in order to inspire pupils to use their Welsh in all aspects of their lives in order to increase the use of the language outside the classroom.

To complete the celebrations a video was produced and shared on the Council’s social media, with a message informing the public that they may use the Welsh language when contacting the Council should they wish to do so.

The Leader of Ceredigion County Council, Ellen ap Gwynn said: “Ceredigion County Council is very pleased to take part in the 2019 Shwmae celebrations. We have hard working and dedicated Welsh speaking staff across Council services and we want to encourage people to contact us in Welsh and use those Welsh language services. So let’s start our conversation, today and every other day with Shwmae! Make Welsh fun – give it a go!”

Watch the Ceredigion County Council Shwmae video here: https://youtu.be/4pJax7Y9CLQ

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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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