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Calling for volunteers at Ceredigion Museum

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AS PART of Ceredigion Museum opening its doors to reveal a brand new café, shop and street level entrance this summer, the museum is looking for a host of volunteers to help on the front of house.

Amanda Partridge, Volunteer Coordinator at the Museum, said: “Volunteers can bring huge benefits to the Museum and very much enhance the service we can offer. We welcome adults of all ages and backgrounds.”

Front of House Volunteers provide a warm and friendly welcome to Museum visitors. They answer questions from visitors, deal with enquiries in person and by telephone and, where necessary, direct them to the appropriate member of Museum staff.

Michael Lewis has volunteered with the museum since 2016, and said: “I have found the work very gratifying and it has given me a chance to both learn new skills and historical facts, improve on skills I already have and put them to better use.”

The small team at the Museum means that volunteers and staff work closely together. It is a unique opportunity to have a behind the scenes look at how museums are run and the responsibilities involved in museum curation. It is also a great opportunity to learn about the heritage and culture of Ceredigion, develop professional skills and employability.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic and Community Development said, “Volunteering at the Museum is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to learn about and become a part of the history contained within the walls whilst welcoming the public through our doors. There couldn’t be a better time than now as they will also play a big part in this new chapter of the building, which will sure to be an experience in itself.”

If you enjoy meeting a wide range of people, are interested in local history and can spare half a day a week of your time, contact Amanda on amanda.partridge@ceredigion.gov.uk or Anna on anna.evans@ceredigion.gov.uk at the Museum or call 01970 633088 for more information.

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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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