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Ploughing accolades for farmers

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ploughing accoladesTHE well attended annual dinner of the St Davids and district Ploughing Association took place at the Square & Compass Inn, Croesgoch and was presided over by the chairman, Michael James.

During the evening the chairman of the South West Wales Ploughing Association, Gordon Harries, announced the winners of the senior and junior area championships for the past year. They were both members of the St Davids Society, father and son Rhodri and James George of St Bride’s View, Roch and were presented with suitable mementos by the Society President, Ellis Jones.

Rhodri had represented Wales at the World championships held in Canada last July and was placed a highly commendable 7th overall. He expressed his most grateful thanks to all fellow ploughmen who had supported him and wished him well for the competition. He said that he, and Wyn Jones of Cardigan who had ploughed in the reversible section, had nothing but praise for the generous help, support and warm hospitality shown by their hosts –“There was nothing that they would not do to help in every possible way” he said.

Mr Harries wished every success to Rhodri who will again lead the Welsh team for the 2014 World championships to be held from 29 August -8 September near Bordeaux in France. Also Wilfred Richards of the Llawhaden Society who is to represent Wales in the coming Six Nations challenge.

This years St Davids ploughing match is to take place at Parcyreithan, Mathry on Sunday, 23 February with the Llandygwydd YFC match at Cardigan on the previous day. A number of top class Irish ploughmen are expected to compete at both events.

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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

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.

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Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’

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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.

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Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme

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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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