A TRIP to the Royal Mint at Llantrisant was recently arranged by Cardigan University of the Third Age, and the trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The group were impressed with the brand new visitor centre and facilities (shop, cafeteria and exhibitions) and every member of staff was welcoming, helpful and willing to make the trip a great experience.
The tour lasted around 45 minutes, but the group were encouraged to stay and browse the exhibitions at their leisure, which were suitable for all ages. The tour guides at The Royal Mint were patient and open to any questions about the various processes within the mint. Afterwards, many members of the group struck their own coins, most of which served as presents to grandchildren.
The group then moved on to visit the Physic Garden at Cowbridge. Most of the garden was laid out by the Edmondes family in the 18th Century, comprising the Old Hall Gardens. The garden had fallen into a state of decay after being badly neglected in the 20th Century, but the work of a dedicated team of volunteers saw it revived with a wonderful arrangement of medicinal plants and herbs, typical of physic gardens from centuries ago.
Finally, after a brief shopping venture and a cup of tea, the group headed back to Cardigan.
The Cardigan University of the Third Age (U3A) is not an academic institution which award degrees. The U3A offers a wide range of learning, creative and leisure groups for the retired and semi-retired. Anyone who is no longer in full-time employment is eligible to join, and no qualifications are required; simply an interest in the subject.
New Children’s Book based on local fisherman
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.
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.
Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’
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.
Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme
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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