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Lifeboat crew win bravery award

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RNLI volunteers from Cardigan received national recognition last Thursday (March 12) when they won the St David Bravery Award by First Minister Carwyn Jones at a special ceremony.

The award was presented to Derek Pusey, Leonard Walters and Clive Williams by First Minister Carwyn James at a celebrity-studded bash in the Welsh Assembly Building.

Derek, Len and Clive were nominated for their roles in a dramatic night-time rescue. Back in September 2013, Cardigan RNLI were requested to launch both lifeboats to rescue two people cut off by the tide, who were stranded on a ledge amongst steep rocks near Tresaith beach.

Helmsman Leonard Walters steered the Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Albatross as close to the cliffs as possible during rough seas and gusting winds. But when the boat was unable to get close enough, Clive Williams volunteered to swim through the choppy waters in order to reach the pair. Clive reached the rocky shoreline where he was knocked off his feet several times by powerful waves before he managed to reach the men.

The men were given lifejackets as they waited for the D-class lifeboat, helmed by Derek Pusey, to reach them. Due to the rough conditions, it took four attempts before the lifeboat was able to get close enough to reach the pair. The men were then transferred to the Atlantic 85 class lifeboat and both crews returned to shore.

Nigel Jones, RNLI Divisional Operations Manager, praised the efforts of the three volunteers: “Derek, Len and Clive showed great courage and leadership during the daring rescue of two stranded walkers off the cliffs off Tresaith back in 2013.”

“The RNLI are extremely proud of the courage and teamwork Cardigan lifeboat crew showed during the daring rescue and it’s great to hear that they’ve been recognised again for their efforts. Derek and Len used their skills and experience to lead the lifeboat crew to a successful rescue whilst Clive demonstrated selfless courage by entering the water to reach and reassure the casualties.

“On behalf of the charity I would like to congratulate Cardigan RNLI for winning the St David Bravery Award in Cardiff last night.”

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Start your career with the RNLI

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THE RNLI is in search of new recruits to spend a season working on some of west Wales’ most popular beaches, as applications open for 2020 beach lifeguards. RNLI lifeguards operate on 40 beaches in Wales in the counties of Bridgend, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Denbighshire.

In west Wales, the RNLI is particularly keen to recruit lifeguards to work the beaches of Aberystwyth north/south and Borth.

In addition to this lifeguards will be required to provide a seasonal service at Pembrey, Pendine Sands, Amroth, Saundersfoot, Tenby North/Castle/South, Freshwater West, Broad Haven, Nolton Haven, Newgale South/Central/North, Whitesands, Newport Sands, Poppit Sands, Aberporth, Tresaith, Llangrannog, New Quay Harbour and Clarach.

Successful applications will be to be available to attend training between 29 June – 10 July 2020.

At the forefront of the RNLI’s lifesaving work, the charity’s lifeguards responded to almost 20,000 incidents and helped more than 32,000 people in 2018. Successful applicants receive world-class training in search and rescue, lifesaving and casualty care techniques, good rates of pay and the chance to develop valuable skills for a future career.

In order to apply, there is a requirement to hold a National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) or equivalent. A health assessment (including an eyesight test) to ensure you are physically up to the job will be required. All lifeguards must be able to complete:

A 400m pool swim in under 7½ minutes, the first 200m of which must be completed in under 3½ minutes.
A 25m pool swim underwater and a 25m surface swim consecutively in under 50 seconds.
A 200m beach run in under 40 seconds.

Lee Fisher, Lifeguard Services Manager says: ‘Working as a lifeguard is a unique and rewarding experience – you get to call the beach your office for a start! But far more importantly than that, you are there to make sure the public stay safe while enjoying their visit, and ultimately to help save lives at sea.

‘This is a demanding job requiring commitment, skill and a clear head, but it’s also a job that is truly life changing. We’re looking for people with courage, determination and the ability to put their training into action and make the right decision if someone’s life is in danger. It is an incredibly rewarding role.’

And it’s not just on the beach where lifeguarding skills can be put into practice. The training provided by the charity can be an ideal first step towards many career paths, including continuing to work for the RNLI or for a career in the emergency services.

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From Rubble To Enterprise

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2020 brings exciting new developments in Lampeter as the work on redeveloping the Canolfan Dulais site in the town gets underway. With the aid of the European Regional Development Fund investment and Welsh Government Targeted Regeneration funding the project will bring an investment of £3.2m to the town.

Tai Ceredigion – who purchased the building from University of Wales Trinity Saint David in March 2018 – revealed the exciting new plans to demolish the old ‘Government Buildings’ in early 2019. The existing structure had poor insulation and the heating system was not fit for purpose. The new plans will create modern eco-friendly business units, particularly for SME’s and businesses, charities and organisations working in the social care sector. The new centre will also have a teleconference facility that will be able to be hired out.

Ceredigion County Council Officers supported the Canolfan Dulais project by encouraging the development through funding applications. The council also plays an advisory role on the project and represents the project in discussions with funding bodies and the regional partnership.

Contractors TR Jones of Ammanford have been awarded the tender. They started on-site on 13 January 2020 with work underway to demolish the current building. The development will also bring much-needed construction work for local trades within the town.

Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council, said: “We see Canolfan Dulais as a real priority for the local and regional economy. We must create modern spaces for local businesses to use and grow. The social care sector is short of capacity in the area where we see a growing demand. We are confident that Canolfan Dulais will be an important step towards growing the sector.”

Steve Jones, Chief Executive of Tai Ceredigion added: “It has taken much hard work from our team to get to the point where the contractors can start on-site and the construction work can get underway. We are grateful to the Welsh Government, Welsh European Office and Ceredigion County Council for sharing our vision and for the support to help bring the idea to reality. We are looking forward to sharing updates on the development and starting conversations with potential new tenants for the building.”

Councillor Rhodri Evans, Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy and Regeneration said: “I’m delighted that a first class premises for start-up and growth businesses, particularly in the Social Care sector, is coming to Lampeter and the work is underway. Canolfan Dulais is a vitally important development for the area which the Council is proud to support.”

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government Hannah Blythyn said: “It’s great that work has begun on this project. The Welsh Government has invested £1,530,000 of funding which will help improve access to an important community facility, which will bring people together, to help tackle social isolation, support jobs, provide training opportunities and the accommodation of social enterprises.

“We want to support local businesses, grow our fantastic town centres and I look forward to seeing it take shape.”

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Elin Jones congratulates Ceredigion Talking Paper in National Assembly

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AM marks 50 years of service by local news service for the blind

Elin Jones AM has congratulated the Ceredigion Talking Newspaper in a statement in the National Assembly for Wales, marking 50 years of service to blind people in Ceredigion and beyond.

In her statement on Wednesday the 20th of January, Elin Jones said:

“Fifty years ago, in January 1970, an innovative charity was established in Ceredigion for blind people, offering the first service of its kind in Wales and the United Kingdom – a service that would enable the blind people of Ceredigion to hear the latest local news in the press.

“That innovative scheme was the Ceredigion Talking Newspaper.

“The talking newspaper was set up by Ronald Sturt, a lecturer at the College of Librarianship in Llanbadarn. Initially, the recordings of local voices reading articles from the local press were on tape cassettes and provided to 18 people.

“Nowadays, the recordings are on a USB, and there are over a hundred regular listeners of the talking newspaper and more than 60 volunteers contributing regularly. The recordings are published weekly and the coverage includes the Cambrian News, Golwg and Y Cymro.

“One reader, Eileen Sinnett, has volunteered continuously for fifty years. What a contribution she has made!

“I would like to congratulate the Ceredigion Talking Newspaper for breaking new ground in 1970, for 50 years of service and for bringing the news, in both Welsh and English, to those who cannot see or read it in Ceredigion and beyond.”

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