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Elin Jones meets Ugandan coffee farmer to learn more about Fairtrade

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​​Elin Jones AM and Fairtrade farmer Nimrod Wambette: At Aberystwyth Arts Centre

​​Elin Jones AM and Fairtrade farmer Nimrod Wambette: At Aberystwyth Arts Centre

CEREDIGION’S local Plaid Cymru AM Elin Jones has backed Fairtrade Wales’s “Sit down for breakfast, Stand up for farmers” campaign, and discussed Fairtrade issues with a coffee farmer from Uganda, Nimrod Wambette.

Mr. Wambette and Fairtrade Wales visited Ceredigion as part of its campaign, holding a breakfast at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Aberystwyth has long had an active Fairtrade group.

Nimrod Wambette is a coffee farmer in Konokoyi, Uganda. He grew up at the foothills of Mt. Elgon in Eastern Uganda, where his father worked growing and selling coffee to pay for Nimrod and his siblings to go to school. Nimrod is now a member of the Gumutindo coffee cooperative, a Fairtrade producer group.

Nimrod Wambette said: “Since joining the Fairtrade family, the horizon for us small farmers looks brighter with each harvest.”

Ceredigion AM Elin Jones said; “I very much enjoyed meeting Nimrod Wambette to learn more about how Fairtrade can help farmers in developing countries. I congratulate Fairtrade Wales on holding this event in Ceredigion, and hope awareness of their work will continue to be raised.”

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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”

The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.

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Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’

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CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.

The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.

Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”

The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

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Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme

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A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.

From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.

There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!

A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”

Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.

For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.

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