Working in partnership with Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion County Councils, RNLI lifeguards will return to their posts at Whitesands and Newgale beaches, as well as Llangrannog and New Quay in Ceredigion from Saturday, May 24. The charity’s lifeguards have already made an early appearance on some of these beaches as they took part in voluntary patrols earlier in May. Hundreds of people have already chosen to enjoy the hot weather on Welsh beaches this year. RNLI lifeguards will be ready at their posts from 10am-6pm throughout the bank holiday weekend. Philip Davies, west Wales RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said: “Hopefully we will have more glorious weather over the bank holiday weekend. We would urge anyone planning on visiting a beach over the break to check local information in advance and head to a lifeguarded beach. Before setting out, check tide times, read local safety signs or ask a lifeguard to make sure you know the times of high and low water. Don’t judge the length of time you have left to get back to the beach by just looking at the waterline, the tide moves very quickly and it can be very deceptive.’ Phil continued: “Even though it’s forecasting sunshine and warm weather remember that the water can still be cold this time of year. Conditions can change dramatically whilst out on the coast so please make sure to come prepared when visiting the beach this weekend.” Ahead of the school half term, a team of RNLI lifeguards are holding Hit the Surf sessions on Tenby South beach throughout the week, teaching children vital safety tips to stay safe on the coast this summer. Hit the Surf is an educational programme that is presented by a team of RNLI lifeguards to primary school children. Over a two hour interactive session, local children are taught the meaning of beach flags, rip currents, the dangers of tombstoning as well as the chance to don their wetsuits and learn basic board skills on Tenby’s South beach.
The Little Mill Players present Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood by Ben Crocker
Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood is this year’s Little Mill Players Pantomime. Performances will be at Theatr Felinfach from Thursday 30 January to Saturday 01 February at 7:30pm. There will also be a matinée performance on Saturday 01 February at 2:30pm.
Robin Hood may be the best archer in the land, but can he escape the clutches of the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham and save the Babes? Come along and join Winnie Widebottom, Marion, Little Joan, Friar Tuck and the Outlaws (and also, surprisingly, the Smugglers Cove WI who have come to Sherwood Forest on a camping holiday and get caught up in the adventure). Boo, hiss and cheer to help make sure the Sheriff gets his just deserts. Expect much fun, laughter and song in this family friendly production.
The Little Mill Players have existed as long as Theatr Felinfach has been in existence, since 1972. Members of the company come from various parts of Ceredigion and even Carmarthenshire. The age range of the cast varies from 7 to 60+ and their jobs vary from manual to managerial as well as school pupils and students. This year they are again thrilled to have several new faces and hope this trend will continue.
The show’s director, Stephen Entwistle, has been a member of the group for over 16 years. He began life with the group as the Musical Director, then progressed onto the stage and is now the ‘boss’!
One of the longest serving members of the current cast is Dilys Megicks, the show’s production assistant, who has been a member for some 24 years. During that time she has portrayed a wide array of characters including a baddy, a chicken and is currently Chair of the Smuggler’s Cove WI! She enjoys all aspects of the traditional pantomime.
Another, now established, member of the cast is Andrew Tyrrell who, over the years, has truly made the role of panto ‘Dame’ his own. He most certainly is the comedian of the cast. Andrew also takes charge of prop building and supplies.
Remember to follow Theatr Felinfach’s Facebook page for opportunities to win tickets to the production. Tickets are available from Theatr Felinfach’s Box Office on 01570 470697 or online at theatrfelinfach.cymru. Ticket prices are £9 for adults, £8 for Senior Citizens and £6 for children.
NHS volunteers needed
Volunteering for the NHS can be incredibly rewarding and Hywel Dda UHB are looking for new people to join their Volunteering for Health service in Ceredigion.
There are many reasons why you may consider volunteering with Hywel Dda UHB. It is a great way to experience what it is like in a hospital environment if you are thinking about a career in health. It can also help you to give something back if you’ve been a patient yourself or had a relative in hospital.
There are many different volunteer roles available such as patient befrienders on our wards and welcome volunteers at hospital receptions, and we are particularly looking for people who would be able to help with the shop trolley and help as patient befrienders on our wards at Bronglais Hospital.
Volunteer information sessions will be held in February and anyone who may be interested in becoming a volunteer can find out more by contacting the Volunteering for Health team on 01267 244401 or HDd.VolunteerForHealth@wales.nhs.uk.
David Fretwell, Volunteer Manager at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “One of the greatest benefits volunteers can bring to the NHS is the support and comfort you bring to our patients. We particularly want to establish a shop trolley at Bronglais Hospital but we encourage anyone local to Ceredigion who wants to volunteer for their NHS to get in touch.”
To find out more about Hywel Dda UHB’s Volunteering for Health Service please visit www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/volunteering
Elin Jones backs calls for Epilepsy Nurse working in Ceredigion
ELIN JONES has joined people living with epilepsy and those who support them to discuss issues relating to the healthcare and wellbeing of epilepsy sufferers in the Aberystwyth area, and has reiterated their call for a specific Epilepsy Nurse in the local Health Board.
Epilepsy Aberystwyth District Support Group meets on the second Saturday of each month, in Tesco’s Community Space in Aberystwyth from 11.00am until 1.00pm.
Following the meeting, Elin Jones said:
“It is important that epilepsy sufferers have appropriate local healthcare support.
“Many epilepsy sufferers are prohibited from driving, and therefore face additional barriers to accessing health and social support.
“There is currently no specialist epilepsy nurse in the Hywel Dda Health Board and I will be raising with the need to appoint such a necessary role with the Chief Executive.
“Meetings such as this with local action groups provide me with valuable insight into the variety of challenges faced by people with specific conditions in Ceredigion and it allows me to represent them more effectively with relevant authorities.”
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