YOUNG farmer Melva Phillips, who runs a dairy farm alongside her husband Iwan at Glynarthen, near Llandysul in Ceredigion, has been named as the winner of the prestigious Brynle Williams Memorial Award.
The annual award was established in 2011 to recognise the contribution of the late Brynle Williams to Welsh agriculture, both as an Assembly Member and as a farmer. It celebrates the achievements of young farmers who have received a package of support from the Welsh Government designed to help bring new blood into the industry.
Announcing the winner, alongside Brynle’s wife, Mary Williams, at the recent Royal Welsh Show, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, said: “Brynle believed, as I do, today’s young farmers are the future of the industry and we must invest in them to ensure both they and this industry have a bright future.
“As a government, we are proud of the package of support we have made available to young and new entrants and I am pleased so many young people are continuing to make use of it.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce here at the Royal Welsh Show, Melva Williams as the winner of the Brynle Williams Memorial Award 2016.
“Melva has showed tremendous determination and perseverance in establishing a family-run dairy business in difficult circumstances. She exemplified the spirit of the award perfectly, expressing a passion and enthusiasm for farming which left the judges in no doubt she was a worthy winner.
“I congratulate her and the shortlisted finalists and wish them all the best of luck with their farming careers.”
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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