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Working together for Alcohol Awareness Week

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Raising awareness: At Tesco in Cardigan

Raising awareness: At Tesco in Cardigan

AS PART of Alcohol Awareness Week, police officers raised awareness of alcohol abuse and the dangers of drink-driving in Ceredigion.

This year’s theme is ‘Let’s talk about drinking’ and Alcohol Awareness and Road Safety Officers from Ceredigion County Council and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Services recently took the message to Tesco in Cardigan.

They used replica drinks and drink measures to illustrate how alcohol can affect drivers, and raised awareness of non-alcoholic cocktails to promote safer alternatives. There’s compelling evidence to show that drinking over the recommended limits every day or on most days increases the risk of liver disease. Making some simple adjustments to the way you drink can make a difference.

Rhodri Evans, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Lifestyle Services said: “Events like this help promote the safe use of alcohol while making people aware of the negative impact that alcohol misuse can have on individuals, families and communities in Ceredigion.”

The new recommended guidelines state that men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week, which is the equivalent of a bottle and a half of wine over the course of a week. Guidance also states that it’s best not to “save up units” and drink them all in one go and by having at least 2 alcohol-free days a week the risk of liver disease and other diseases such as cancer and stroke is substantially reduced.

Charlotte Leonard, Community Safety Assistant of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “We urge all motorists to know the dangers of drink-driving. There is no failsafe guide as to how much you can drink and still drive safely, and you could still be over the limit the morning after. If you are out drinking alcohol, you should make arrangements to get home safely, whether that is using a designated driver, a taxi or public transport.”

For more ideas and to work out how much you’re drinking, visit www.change4lifewales.org.uk then click on ‘adults’. Don’t let alcohol take control of your life, catch it out and cut back.

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St. Michaels School celebrates excellent A-Level results

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St. Michael’s pupils with their A-Level results

ST. MICHAEL’S School, Llanelli, is extremely pleased to announce another year of successful A-Level results, with 80.2% of all grades awarded either an A* or A grade.

The vast majority of pupils have earned a place at their chosen university to study courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Economics.

This is the first year that traditional exams have resumed since the Covid-19 pandemic began with the majority of lessons in the first part of the A-Level being delivered online rather than in a classroom environment. This makes the results even more of an achievement considering the circumstances.

Headmaster Mr Benson Ferrari said: “We offer our sincere congratulations to our outgoing Year 13 class on the publication of their A-Level results, demonstrating that our pupils have worked so hard despite the challenges of returning to a conventional assessment approach.

“They approached the situation with resilience and dedication, which has resulted in grades that are truly representative of their ability.  I am confident that they will all go onto achieve great things at university and in their working lives.  

“We wish them the best as they move to this new and exciting stage of their education.  The preparation which St. Michael’s has provided will be built upon, along with our values and principles providing a lasting framework to tackle the challenges ahead.”

In 2020, St. Michael’s School was awarded The Sunday Times Welsh Independent School of the Decade and this was in part due to the excellent exam results that the school receives each year. 

St. Michael’s was also ranked 13th in The Times 2019 Co Ed League Table for UK Independent Schools, which was the last time that the results were published. The school hopes that this year’s results will continue to secure their place in the 2022 league table which will be published later this year.

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Police appeal following road traffic collision in Cwmystwyth

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DYFED-Powys Police have issued a statement following a road traffic collision on Saturday, August 13.

Officers attended a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred about 6.40pm near Cwmystwyth, Aberystwyth.  

Dyfed-Powys Police said: “The two vehicles involved were a blue Triumph Tiger motorcycle and a black Ford Fiesta.

“The male rider of the motorcycle was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening.

“Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101. 

“If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

“Quote reference: DP-20220813-392.”

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Scheme to enhance the town of Tregaron for the National Eisteddfod

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THE REGENERATING Rural Towns scheme run by the Cynnal y Cardi LEADER programme has been supporting Tregaron Town Council with a series of marketing techniques and installations to promote and enhance Tregaron in preparation for the historic and cultural event, the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2022.

This work acted as a legacy to the National Eisteddfod at Tregaron following the influx of thousands of people to the town daily for the duration of the festival and subsequently to the surrounding rural communities and local sites of interest.

A wide range of installations could be seen in Tregaron during the Eisteddfod following town branding design work, which included a giant deckchair, lamp post flags, banners, bunting, tiered flower planters, benches & picnic tables, monument conservation improvements, and a prominent Tregaron sign overlooking the ‘Maes’. Many of these features will remain in place for the summer months and can be utilised by the town in the future. Further town development work is due to commence to maintain and enhance the attractiveness and vibrancy of the town.

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