CARDIGAN CASTLE has had a record-breaking summer with visitor figures at their best ever.
More than 7,500 people visited the castle during the six week summer holiday period – up 2,000 on last year’s numbers.
Add in the successful events co-produced with Theatr Mwldan – ranging from a four day comedy festival to top dub band Dreadzone, African guitar poets Tinariwen, Catrin Aur plus Claire Jones and the American Youth Harp Ensemble – and more than 10,000 people have made use of the castle this summer.
On top of that, in the wake of the Restoration of the Year win, the site’s five star accommodation has been fully booked with the diary already filling up for next year.
Now the castle has announced the appointment of a new director – Newcastle Emlyn-born Jac Owen Davies who has been brought in to steer the castle to even greater heights.
Jac, who has a background in the civil service and hotel management, has joined the castle from his role as director and general manager at the pro Rugby League Team London Skolars. Before that he was chief executive officer at the London Welsh Centre.
A first language Welsh speaker, he will be returning to live in the area with his wife and two children.
The role has been funded by an HLF Resilient Heritage grant with Jac’s role to secure the castle’s future sustainability.
Jac said: “I’m delighted to be joining Cardigan Castle at this exciting time in its history. The existing staff and trustees have developed an excellent product that’s a real asset not only to Cardigan but to west Wales as a whole, I’m looking forward to getting started on helping take the castle to the next level and to ensure as many people as possible benefit from this incredible site.”
New Children’s Book based on local fisherman
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.
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.
Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’
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.
Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme
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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