MEMBERS of an Aberystwyth Parish gathered together over the weekend for a social event while having a huge selection of delicious dishes to dine with.
‘The Taste of the Parish’ event, held at St. Padarn’s Catholic Primary school last Saturday (Sept 16), brought many parishioners of the Catholic parish of Aberystwyth together for an evening of laughter and an opportunity to get know one another over tasty home-cooked food.
Parishioners were invited to attend the delightful event with their favourite home-cooked cuisine, with those willing to participate having the chance to win a special prize for the ‘Best Dish’.
The wide selection of homemade local and international dishes included pizza, sandwiches, chicken curry, cheesecake, and sweet treats to satisfy everyone.
Kevin McMulkin, one of the organisers and a member of the parish, told The Herald: “Gina Callanan and I had the idea of hosting a ‘bring and share’ style event in St Padarns School Hall with the aim of bringing people together and strengthening our parish community.
“We thought it would be something fun and a good chance for people to reunite with each other since so many of our congregation have been away on holiday during the summer months.
“We also thought it would be a good opportunity to get to know more people within our congregation.
“I think there is a tendency in the parish and indeed in all walks of life for people to stay in their own friendship groups and not meet new people unless an opportunity arises. So we thought why don’t we create that opportunity?”
He added: “We also decided we wanted to go further, instead of it being just a ‘bring and share’ event it could be an opportunity for parishioners to bring and share their favourite dishes and it might give them a chance to share recipes, ideas and hopefully to create friendships and strengthen others.
“We are extremely lucky to have such an ethnically diverse parish in Aberystwyth, one that reflects the diverse nature of the Catholic Church throughout the world. We thought we could tap into this too and have a wide range of local and international dishes for people to sink their teeth into!
“So we advertised in the parish newsletter and by word of mouth, although I have to be honest I didn’t think anyone would be there.
“Events such as these are difficult to gauge, will people want to come? Will they have other plans and not be able to attend? You really have to hope for the best. From the way the event went all our preparation seemed to have pulled off.
“A good number of people attended, around forty (which is great for the time of day and considering how changeable the weather has been lately) and we were blessed with a wide range of dishes with delicious cheesecake, quiche-lorraine, homemade pizza and various other nibbles.
“We also had a homemade curry dish from one of our Indian parishioners that really hit the spot and some other dishes that will feature in an upcoming parish cookbook. At the same time as we were feasting some people decided to add to the atmosphere by playing traditional Irish music; it became as much the organisers event as those that attended, which is really what you want!”
Kevin concluded by telling The Herald: “Originally we had planned for the event to be a contest where parishioners could battle it out to see who had the best dish; but after things got going we felt that this wasn’t needed and that people were already having fun sharing food and enjoying each others company.
“I have to say the evening went really well and was genuinely enjoyable. I felt we made good use of the opportunity to combine our parishes’ varied culture and varied food, to create something memorable.
“We are even hoping to hold it more regularly, perhaps even bi-monthly if parishioners are interested and invite not only those within the congregation but people from the local area”.
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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