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RYA offers free sailing and windsurfing

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NO fewer than 27 sailing clubs and watersports centres across Wales will be offering FREE and low cost opportunities to get out on the water and try a new sport in May as part of national RYA Push the Boat Out 2015 (May 9-17). RYA Push the Boat Out offers nationwide sailing and windsurfing taster sessions introducing newcomers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to the sports. And for the fi rst time ever this year Push the Boat Out will run over nine days – two weekends and five weekdays – to give people even more chance to have a go! Last year 260 clubs and centres in Britain hosted Push the Boat Out events with 17,000 people trying sailing or windsurfi ng for the first time over one weekend. Hundreds took advantage of the opportunities around Wales, with nearly 50 people having a go at sailing in Caernarfon, while 20 new members joined Penarth sailing club after being given the opportunity to try the sport.

Each open day and taster session will be different depending on the activities each club or centre offers, but all Push the Boat Out events are geared showcase what the sports are all about from the freedom of being on the water to the social buzz of club life and will highlight just how accessible sailing actually is to everyone. Welsh clubs and centres already signed up to Push the Boat Out in May include free sailing sessions in Llandegfedd, Llangorse, Merthyr, Cardiff, Sully, Mumbles, Towy, Saundersfoot, Tenby, Neyland, Dale, Tresaith Mariners, Cardigan Bay, New Quay, Dovey, Bala, Pwllheli, Gresford, Royal Welsh and Llandudno.

Reduced charges will apply in Colwyn Bay, Royal Anglesey, Swansea Watersports, Challenge Wales tall ships and One Ocean Sea School in Cardiff Bay. Some 27 clubs and centres across the nation have signed up in total. All you need for any of the Open Days or ‘have a go’ sessions are a change of clothes, soft soled shoes and a towel and the clubs/centres will provide everything else. Booking is essential for some of the activities.

Refreshments will be available and a friendly smile guaranteed as BBQs and other social activities also take place to give newcomers a warm welcome. In 2014, the nation’s sailing clubs gained more than 1,000 personal memberships through Push the Boat Out with more than 500 families also becoming members of the clubs they visited. For full details on Push the Boat Out 2015 and what’s going on in your area visit www.rya.org.uk/go/ptboWhy give sailing a go? Sailing has everything, from being a sociable, relaxing experience to a high adrenaline, high action sport. Experience the adrenaline buzz of skimming across the waves on a windsurfer, or flying across the water in a small dinghy. Sailing is also one of Britain’s most successful Olympic medal winning sports and one of the most accessible sports for people with a disability.

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Aberaeron: Playing field gains Centenary Field status

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THE PARK known as Square Field in the centre of Aberaeron has been designated a Centenary Field and named as Cae Canmlwyddiant Ceredigion Centenary Field – Cae Sgwâr / Square Field, Aberaeron.

In gaining the Centenary Field status, the field will be protected in perpetuity to honour the memory of the millions who lost their lives in the First World War. Cae Canmlwyddiant Ceredigion Centenary Field – Cae Sgwâr / Square Field, Aberaeron is the first Centenary Field in Ceredigion.

Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Paul Hinge said, “I am delighted that Aberaeron Town Council’s application to dedicate this fantastic green space as a Centenary Field has been accepted by Fields in Trust, and that the County Council was able to support it. It pays an important tribute to those who lost their lives in the First World War, including many young Ceredigion men went to war and didn’t return.

This has been an interesting journey and one that as the Armed Forces Champion and a veteran, I am proud to support.”

A plaque commemorating the status was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards.

The Mayor of Aberaeron and Local Member, Councillor Elizabeth Evans, said, “Aberaeron residents are rightly proud of Cae Sgwâr’s new status as the designated Centenary Field of Ceredigion, it has a proud history of being the towns recreational field and there isn’t one community in Ceredigion whose children haven’t played on it at some point. It is a fitting commemoration in this hundredth anniversary year of the ending of the First World War and as we remember the past, we also look to the future and Cae Sgwar’s newly protected status in perpetuity as a recreational field, thanks to the Centenary Field Trust.”

A short ceremony was held to unveil the plaque where Miss Edwards, Councillor Hinge and Councillor Evans spoke alongside Ceredigion County Council’s Chairman, Councillor Hag Harris and the Fields in Trust Chairman, Brynmor Williams.

David Lewis, Aberaeron Branch of The Royal British Legion; Miss Elin Jones AM; Councillor Hag Harris, Ceredigion County Council Chairman; Councillor Paul Hinge, Ceredigion County Council Armed Forces Champion; Councillor Elizabeth Evans, Mayor of Aberaeron and Local Member; Miss Sara Edwards, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed; John Lewis, Aberaeron Town Improvement Committee; Carwyn Lloyd-Jones, The Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet; Robin Williams, Fields in Trust; Brynmor Williams, Fields in Trust Chairman; Alun Williams, Ceredigion County Council Corporate Lead Officer for Policy and Performance; Huw Evans, Aberaeron Memorial Hall Committee.

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Workshop held on Ceredigion’s economic future

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A WORKSHOP was held for Elected Members on Thursday, March 8, to discuss Ceredigion’s Economic Future bringing together some of the county’s biggest organisations to share what they had to offer and what partnership working could look like in the future.

With an introduction and background to Growing Mid Wales by Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council, Eifion Evans, Ceredigion’s Economic Future Members Workshop proceeded to discuss partnership working with the organisations. Aberystwyth University, Qinetiq Group PLC, West Wales Airport Ltd, Thales Group and Volac International Ltd were in attendance talking about future investment opportunities and outlining significant plans in the county for growth.

Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Chair of the Growing Mid Wales Partnership and Ceredigion County Council Leader, said: “Holding this workshop and working together with some of the county’s organisations shows the strong position that we are in to develop. I’m looking forward to seeing the exciting developments of Growing Mid Wales in the coming years and particularly so in terms of longer term prospects. The workshop was very important for Members in making them aware of these opportunities and the session was welcomed by all who attended.”

Significant opportunities were recognised as the Mid Wales region starts to develop its response to the Government on the possibilities for a Growth Deal.

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Council services returning to normal

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WITH the snow and ice thawing across Ceredigion, Council services are returning to normal after wintry weather, but weather conditions continue to affect some services.

Council workers have recently spread 1,560 tons of grit on the roads and have carried out seven continuous 12 hour shifts. Council vehicles responding to the wintry weather have travelled approximately 10,100 miles. The B4343 has now reopened.

All waste collection teams were deployed today (5 March), however access issues in some locations may impact on the ability to provide a full service. Information on any waste service disruption can be found at http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/bins-recycling/recycling-bin-collection-dates/waste-disruptions/ or by contacting 01545 572 572.

The Council’s Household Waste sites have reopened. It is likely all waste services will be functioning as usual during the first half of the week.

Councillor Ray Quant MBE, the Cabinet member responsible for Technical Services said, “Council staff have been out in all conditions and every hour throughout the day and night to keep Ceredigion residents safe. The outstanding teamwork and dedication shown during the adverse weather situation is to be highly commended and I’m sure everyone is very grateful for their work. It’s also important to keep in mind that the planning work that was carried out before the weather hit Ceredigion has allowed staff to prioritise and uses resources effectively for maximum impact.”

Ysgol Bro Teifi remains closed today due to water supply disruption. Pupils and staff from Rhos-y-wlad Campus, Ysgol Rhoshelyg will transfer to Llangeitho Campus for a few days due to water leakage. Dihewyd School and Canolfan Aeron sent pupils home due to water supply disruption. Every other school in Ceredigion has reopened after being closed on Thursday and Friday (01 and 02 March 2018) due to wintry weather.

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