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New addition to Coed y Bont

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(L-R): Brian Rumble, NRW; Brian Hanwell, NRW; Jonathan Suiter, Coed y Bont; Chris Harris Coed y Bont; Erian George, carpenter and principal constructor; Geoff Lester, Coed y Bont(L-R): Brian Rumble, NRW; Brian Hanwell, NRW; Jonathan Suiter, Coed y Bont; Chris Harris Coed y Bont; Erian George, carpenter and principal constructor; Geoff Lester, Coed y Bont

(L-R): Brian Rumble, NRW; Brian Hanwell, NRW; Jonathan Suiter, Coed y Bont; Chris Harris Coed y Bont;
Erian George, carpenter and principal constructor; Geoff Lester, Coed y Bont(L-R): Brian Rumble, NRW; Brian Hanwell, NRW; Jonathan Suiter, Coed y Bont; Chris Harris Coed y Bont;
Erian George, carpenter and principal constructor; Geoff Lester, Coed y Bont

THE COED Y BONT Community Woodland Group are delighted to announce the construction of a wooden shelter at the community woodland at Pontrhydfendigaid.

Using locally sourced timber , this new structure lies next to the car park at the woodland entrance and adjacent to the picnic area. It will provide much needed shelter for people using the woodland when the weather is bad and serve as a focal point for visiting groups and for events.

The shelter was made possible by a very generous financial donation from Aberaeron -based Hydro Schemes UK Ltd and by engineers and planning staff of Natural Resources Wales who gave their time and expertise to do the design and organise and undertake the construction.

“This is an absolutely first class piece of work and a valuable addition to the community woodland,” said Committee Chairman, Jim Cowie. “It uses local timber, is extremely well designed, blends very effectively into its surroundings and is very solidly built.”

“Those who have been involved, particularly Hydro Schemes UK Ltd for providing the funding and a number of NRW staff for their unstinting and enthusiastic help and support, deserve a huge amount of credit for what they have done. There is no doubt that without them the shelter would not have happened. While there are direct benefits to the woodland project, we also recognise that this is an asset that will be available to the wider community and visitors to the area for many years to come.”

Brian Hanwell NRW’s Local Area Manager said: “Delivery of this project is very much due to the drive and enthusiasm of my Engineering Support Officer colleague Brian Rumble, who saw the opportunity to bring together the timber arising from tree felling operations occasioned by implementing the renewable energy project on the Afon Glassffrwd, with a generous financial contribution from Hydro Schemes UK Ltd. Brian drew on his huge practical experience to bring together a team of contractors who delivered a very attractive and robust shelter that will be witness to this collaborative effort for many years to come .”

The shelter project is also supported under the LEADER Scheme through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. This support, administered by the Ceredigion Local Action Group Cynnal y Cardi at Ceredigion County Council, has provided additional tools and equipment, essential training for volunteers, publicity materials and projects to involve the local school children and youth club, all of which will enhance the community’s engagement with its local woodland.

“We were extremely pleased to receive the Leader funded grant ,” said Coed y Bont Treasurer, Chris Harris. “We are especially delighted that the money will fund projects such as community artists and the Vincent Wildlife Trust working with the young people in our area to help them to understand and appreciate the fascinating world of wildlife on their doorstep. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust Fund for their recent grant funding and to add that the shelter will make an excellent asset to our woodland .”

Committee member Geoff Lester added : “We have been extremely lucky to have the shelter funded and built for us. It’s a great thing for the woodland but it’s also something that benefits the whole community. We owe a lot of thanks to Hydro Schemes UK and to NRW and also to Cynnal y Cardi for helping us to get the additional grant funding. Coed y Bont is now even a better place to come to relax and unwind and enjoy the beautiful woodland surroundings.”

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Domestic abuse victims in Wales to be given more time to report assaults

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DOMESTIC abuse victims in Wales and England to be given more time to report assaults.

New measures targeted directly at keeping women and girls safer will be added to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill last week (Jan 4) the UK Government has announced.

Under the changes, victims of domestic abuse will be allowed more time to report incidents of common assault or battery against them. Currently, prosecutions must commence within six months of the offence.

Instead, this requirement will be moved to six months from the date the incident is formally reported to the police – with an overall time limit of two years from the offence to bring a prosecution.Domestic abuse is often reported late relative to other crimes; so this will ensure victims have enough time to seek justice and that perpetrators answer for their actions.

The UK Government says that today’s announcement builds on measures already in the Bill to better protect women such as ending the halfway release of offenders sentenced between four and seven years in prison for serious sexual offences – forcing them to spend two-thirds of their time in prison.

In December, the legislation was amended to make clear that a new legal duty requiring public bodies to work together to tackle serious violence can also include domestic abuse and sexual offences.

It means that these crimes should be taken as seriously as knife crime and homicide, with police, government, and health bodies required to collaborate locally, so that they can develop more holistic strategies to protect people from harm, including through early intervention.

Home Secretary, Priti Patel, said: “My commitment to making our homes, streets and communities safer for women and girls is clear.”

“Every department in government is working to address and tackle all issues relating to violence against women and girls.”

“The Government has a focussed strategy, dedicated to providing essential support for survivors, the prevention of crimes against women and girls and bringing perpetrators to justice with the full force of the law.”

“Our actions include the new Domestic Abuse Act, with important changes to our laws; a newly created national police lead responsible solely on violence against women and girls, and millions of pounds have been invested in direct safety measures through the Safer Streets Fund.”

“These are all important public confidence measures and changes to ensure the safety of women and girls in public spaces.”

The UK Government has also said that taking non-consensual photographs or video recordings of breastfeeding mothers will be made a specific offence punishable by up to two years in prison.

It covers situations where the motive is to obtain sexual gratification, or to cause humiliation, distress or alarm.

Similar legislation introduced by the UK Government in 2019 that criminalised “up skirting” has led to more than 30 prosecutions since it became law.

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Vandalised church passes fundraising target

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The inside of the Church was also subjected to vandalism

A FUNDRAISER to rebuild a vandalised church met its goal of £20k within three days. 

Eglwys y Grog, which is situated near the cliffs at Mwnt. It is a well known landmark, and is a favourite among photographers.

Clive Davies, a local County Councillor, claims he is “totally blown away” with the donations. 

He said the church was targeted on 2 December, and again on 20 December, in “a pointless saddening act.”

“There was nothing of value in the church and it was a senseless act. There was no money there, just a small little church,” he added.

“The church members were getting a lot of requests to donate money and they contacted me to do something coordinated online so I set up a JustGiving page for them.

“It’s been a global response really, three thousand pounds came in overnight. There were messages of support from America, and there was a couple from Australia as well,

“There are a lot of good people out there and it is an amazing start to 2022 for us.”

When the campaign was launched on January 1st, a £20,000 goal was set.

The leaded windows of the church were smashed in with rocks

The inside of the church, as well as the leaded church windows and gated entrance, were all damaged.

Mr Davies, who is also a local councillor, claims to have long-standing family ties to the church, which includes plaques honouring his great-grandparents on either side of the altar.

“The local community has been amazing, supporting it and the power of social media made in tenfold,” he said.

“It was like a snowball effect really, local businesses have offered not only financial support but will be part of the restoration work needed now.”

“I’ll be meeting with the church members and the vicar and we’ll start discussing what needs doing, but also we’re going to have to look at safety for the future and what could we do in terms of security,” he added.

He stated that it was critical for the church to remain open while staying safe.

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£250 boost to all Ceredigion food banks

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PLAID CYMRU Councillors from Ceredigion will donate £250 to each food bank in the county to alleviate pressures over the Christmas period.

The issue of food banks continues on a daily basis in most towns in Wales due to lack of funds and benefits being cut. 

Individuals and families are forced to use food banks to make sure they have food for their children and families.

A spokesperson for the Councillors said: “Ceredigion County Council’s Plaid Cymru Group of Councilors is delighted to announce their decision again this year to donate £250.00 each to every food bank in Ceredigion.

“Food banks in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Aberaeron, Llandysul, Lampeter will benefit from this over Christmas.

“Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

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