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Jill Cropley and Jane Unitt: With their awards

FOUR learners from Ceredigion, who attend Welsh Classes organised by Ceredigion County Council at Llangeitho and Lampeter, and tutored by Carol Thomas, were presented with awards at Merched y Wawr’s Summer Festival in Machynlleth on Saturday, May 20.

Over the last few years ‘Merched y Wawr’ has been organising written competitions for Welsh Learners across Wales that are open to both men and women alike.

At this year’s awards Jill Cropley from Mydroilyn won the first prize at Intermediate Level for writing an article about her local area, whilst Jane Unitt from Llwyn-y-groes was presented with the second prize. Both are learners at the Welsh evening class held at Ysgol Bro Pedr, Lampeter.

Jill said: “I am delighted to have won this award. It’s a testament to my wonderful learning group. It’s great to learn with such an inspirational crew of people and I’m lucky to have such a supportive and patient tutor.”

Tutor Carol Thomas said: “I‘m extremely proud of the learners’ success in winning these awards and in learning the Welsh language. I strongly believe that it is important that their Welsh is developed in the formal lessons, but that it is equally important for them to have an opportunity to experience Welsh culture and socialise through the medium of Welsh.”

At Foundation Level the first prize for completing a form providing personal details in Welsh was awarded to Aidan Jones from Tregaron and the second prize was presented to Dionne Sherwood from Llangeitho. Both are learners at the Welsh evening class held at Ysgol Rhoshelyg, Llangeitho. The four winners were each presented with a slate tray, a book token and a certificate.

The Learning Services offer both day and evening Welsh courses ranging from a few hours to full day courses. If you would like to know more about Welsh classes in your local area please contact Meryl Evans on 01545 572715 or e-mailMeryl.Evans@ ceredigion.gov.uk.

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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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