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Judges Steve Peace, Gwawr Lewis, Mair James, Huw WIlliams and Barrie Evans: With the entries for the ‘story of milk’ competition

Judges Steve Peace, Gwawr Lewis, Mair James, Huw WIlliams and Barrie Evans: With the entries for the ‘story of milk’ competition

THREE artists, all under the age of 10, have been chosen as the winners of the Welsh Dairy Show’s ‘Story of Milk’ art competition for their informative and colourful illustrations of how milk travels from the farm to the fridge.

The Welsh Dairy Show recently teamed up with the Carmarthenshire Cheese Company, Elanco, Mole Valley Farmers and Totally Welsh to call on school pupils from across South-West Wales to enter the art competition to help raise the profile of milk and the dairy industry ahead of the event on Tuesday, October 25.

Alys Cumming, aged eight, from Llangadog Primary School in Carmarthenshire; Megan Davies, aged eight, from Cwrtnewydd Primary School in Ceredigion and Ellis Phillips, aged nine, from Templeton Primary School in Narberth, Pembrokeshire were all winners. Each won tickets for their family to visit the Welsh Dairy Show on Tuesday, October 25, £75 for their school and a trip for the winner’s class to visit a local cheese or milk factory.

Hundreds of students of all ages from across South-West Wales entered the competition. The prize winning drawings are now being used as the front cover image on the Show Catalogue, a poster and to promote the forthcoming Show on the internet.

Mair James, Organiser of the Welsh Dairy Show, said: “Thank you to all the school pupils for your fantastic drawings. We will put every entry on display at the Welsh Dairy Show for visitors to see your amazing efforts. I would also like to thank teachers for taking the time to discuss the value of milk whilst encouraging your students to enter the competition.

“This year’s Welsh Dairy Show has been organised to coincide with half term as I want to encourage younger visitors to attend the event, where they will have the opportunity to learn more about the importance of milk and how it is turned into other products such as cheese and ice-cream. It will be free for under 15s to attend the Show.”

The children’s area in the Welsh Dairy Show will be run by Cows on Tour and the Carmarthenshire Cheese Company and will feature cows that the children can milk, demonstrations on how cheese is made and an opportunity for the children to make butter.

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Ceredigion public transport services arrangements challenging

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WORK is ongoing to provide sustainable and affordable travel opportunities by bus.

A procurement process is currently underway to secure statutory learner transport requirements as well as opportunities for the general public to travel by bus on a number of routes in Ceredigion.

With the current arrangements coming to an end on 31 December 2022, tenders received for local bus routes are being evaluated. There is particular focus on their affordability taking into account the significant increases in tendered prices.

Unfortunately, no tender has been received for operating the 585 service, Aberystwyth-Tregaron-Lampeter. Unless a last minute contract can be negotiated, the non-school journeys on this route will not operate as of January 2023.

Opportunities for the general public to travel on some learner travel services will continue from January 2023 onwards. This is due to the integrated nature of the bus network in Ceredigion.

Councillor Keith Henson, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Transport Services said, “It is a very difficult time for the bus industry with spiralling costs, a lack of qualified Public Service Vehicle (PSV) drivers, uncertainty around future funding arrangements and low passenger numbers. The number of people using buses in Wales has been in decline for a number of years. This has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to the amount of public funding required to subsidise local bus services rising dramatically on already stretched public finance budgets.

The Council will continue in its efforts to work with key stakeholders including local bus operators, Welsh Government and Transport for Wales to provide sustainable and affordable travel opportunities by bus. However, in the short term at least, it has to be recognised that the outlook is very challenging.”

Further updates will be provided in due course while officers focus their attention on providing the best level of travel opportunities possible.

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Flood warnings issued in parts of Ceredigion

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FLOOD warnings have been issued in Borth, Borth River Leri and the tidal area at Aberystwyth seafront.

The high tide is expected at 8:15pm on Thursday 24 November 2022 at Borth. Wave overtopping at the seafront is expected to occur between 7:15pm and 9:45pm. The properties closest to the sea front are most at risk.

If you are worried or experiencing flooding, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

You can visit Natural Resources Wales website to see the current flood warnings in force, check the river and sea levels or keep an eye on the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://naturalresources.wales/?lang=en

You can also follow Ceredigion County Council, Natural Resources Wales and the Met Office on social media for updates on the weather situation.

Any further details will be updated on this page: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/novemberfloodwarnings

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Winter Fuel Support Scheme open for applications

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ELIGIBLE households are reminded to apply to the Winter Fuel Support Scheme for support towards paying winter fuel bills.

Welsh Government has re-launched the Winter Fuel Support Scheme for 2022 – 2023 as part of a £90m support package to address immediate pressures on living costs.

To date, Ceredigion County Council has assisted over 5,000 households with these payments, and paid out in excess of £1million. So, if you are facing increased fuel bills and think that you may qualify, please submit your application as soon as possible. Eligible households can claim a one-off £200 payment to provide support towards paying their energy bills for their primary residence in Wales.

The scheme is open to households where the applicant or their partner is responsible for paying the energy bills and is in receipt of one of the following benefits (at any time between 1 September 2022 and 31 January 2023):

Income Support
Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
Income Related Employment & Support Allowance
Universal Credit
Working Tax Credits
Child Tax Credits
Pension Credit
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
Carers Allowance
Contributory Based/New Style Job Seekers Allowance
Contributory Based/New Style Employment & Support Allowance
Armed Forces Independence Payment
Constant Attendance Allowance
War Pension Mobility Supplement

If the applicant or their partner who is liable for the fuel costs does not receive any of the above qualifying benefits then they may still be eligible for a payment if a qualifying person lives with them. A qualifying person must meet all the following:

occupy the applicant’s or partner’s home as their primary residence, and
is a dependent child or an adult living with the applicant or their partner, and
is in receipt of one of the following benefits (at any time between 1 September 2022 and 31 January 2023):
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
Attendance Allowance
Armed Forces Independence Payment
Constant Attendance Allowance
War Pension Mobility Supplement

The payment will be available to all eligible households regardless of whether they pay for their energy on a pre-payment meter, by direct debit or by paying a bill quarterly. The fuel received can be on or off grid.

Councillor Gareth Davies, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Finance and Procurement Services, said: “I would encourage people facing higher fuel bills to check if they are eligible for the Winter Fuel Assistance Scheme to get invaluable help with fuel bills when it is most needed.”

Applications can be made up until 5pm on 28 February 2023 on the Council website: https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/benefits/winter-fuel-support-scheme/

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