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Fabulous event for car enthusiasts

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fabulous eventCAR enthusiasts from west Wales and beyond are getting set to take part in the first ever Celtic Charity Classic Car Tour.

This exciting event will start from Pembrokeshire at midday on Friday, April 25 and will finish back in the county at 6pm on Monday (28) having travelled 400 miles throughout Ireland and Wales with overnight stops in Wexford, Kilkenny and Dublin.

Organisers Norman Mason and Gareth Jenkins said that entries and enqueries are coming in from all over Wales as well as some from England for what promises to be a fabulous event.

Participants travel on a planned route taking in miles of fabulous scenery throughout Ireland and Wales with three Classic Car Clubs in Ireland enthusiastically involved in the event promising a traditional Irish welcome as well as organising three car displays throughout the tour.

Highlights of the Tour include the Friday afternoon ferry crossing from Fishguard to Rosslare, then the overnight stop in or near Wexford, before a Saturday morning car display near The Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross.

They will then take a special route planned by Wexford Sports & Classic Car Club which includes some of the stages of the famous Circuit of Ireland Rally. They will then arrive in the beautiful Walton Park Dungarvan for a Saturday Afternoon Car Display organised be the local Yesteryear Motor Club, and travel up to Kilkenny for an overnight stop in this great city recently voted Ireland’s Tourism Town of 2013.

Midday on the Sunday they will have another organised display outside the historical Kilkenny Castle staged by The Kilkenny Motor Club, and then they head north for the last overnight stop near Newlands Cross, Dublin with a presentation and entertainment in the evening at the nearby Bewleys Hotel.

Then they catch the early morning ferry from Dublin Port to Holyhead and make the scenic route down the Welsh coast with an organised break near Aberystwyth, and then on to a buffet and presentation back in Pembrokeshire to finish this epic adventure.

Two very worthwhile charities, Cardiac Risk in the Young (in memory of local man Dean Mason) and Meningitis UK are both set to benefit from this much anticipated event which is open to all types of classic or unusual Cars (entries already vary from LandRovers to Morgans, and Volkswagon Beetles to Gilberns) if interested in details on entering please telephone Norman or Gareth on 07768 518387 or emailclassiccarrallies@yahoo.co.uk but please don’t delay as there is a 100 car limit set on this event.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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