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LIBRARIES in Ceredigion are aiming high during National Library Week with a target of attracting 250 new members during the week.

A series of activities are planned throughout the county’s libraries during the week, held between 9-14 October, including a talk on local history by local author Goronwy Evans and the week will finish on a high on 14 October, with a ‘Pirate’ themed fun day and prizes for the best fancy dress.

Ceredigion Libraries needs you to become one of the 250 new members to join and enjoy what’s on offer.

In addition to access to new and old books, Ceredigion libraries provide a wide range of other services. You can get access to over a million books at Aberystwyth University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, download e-Books and popular magazines free of charge and an online Library Catalogue where members can check to see if a book is in stock, reserve a book or CD and renew books. Events and reading groups are held at various locations, and also story time for pre-schoolers.

For those who are learning to drive, a free service available at Ceredigion Libraries is the ‘Theory Test Pro’. This is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK’s driving theory tests for all vehicle categories and can be used online at home.

Members wishing to look deeper into local history or for more information on their family history can do so with the help of the Ceredigion Library’s Local History Collections online: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=3610 .

Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member responsible for ICT and Customer Services, Councillor Dafydd Edwards, highlighted the importance of supporting libraries.

He said: “Our Libraries are treasure troves, full of information, knowledge, and culture which everyone of all ages can enjoy. Our libraries are welcoming places, with knowledgeable staff, serving our communities in a variety of ways. Call in at your local library between 9-14 October during National Library Week to become a member and see what you can learn.”

Becoming a member is quick and easy. You can become a member of Ceredigion Libraries at one of the 5 libraries across the county by calling in at any of them. There will also be information stands at Council offices in Penmorfa, Aberaeron and Canolfan Rheidol, Aberystwyth during National Library Week.

For more information on how Ceredigion Libraries are celebrating National Library Week, or for more information on becoming a member of Ceredigion Library, contact Emyr Lloyd on 01970 633 717 or Emyr.lloyd@ceredigion.gov.uk. For more information on Ceredigion Libraries, visit Ceredigion County Council’s website; http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=348.

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Free School Meals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 from September 2022

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CEREDIGION COUNTY COUNCIL will be offering Free School Meals from the Autumn term onwards to all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children.

This comes following Welsh Government’s announcement to offer Free School Meals for primary school pupils across Wales, starting with Reception classes from September 2022.

In response to the current rising cost-of-living, this is a positive step forward in ensuring that no child goes hungry while in school and tackling poverty in our County.

From Monday 5 September 2022 onwards, all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Children in Ceredigion schools will be offered Free School Meals, extending the offer beyond what needs to be done by September.

Ceredigion County Council and Welsh Government are committed to implementing this scheme quickly and would ask for your patience as we build catering capacity to ensure a successful phased implementation and work towards a whole school roll-out over the next three years.

The Council are working with Welsh Government to develop a process for you to be able to request a free meal for your child/children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 from September 2022, trying to avoid any unnecessary burden for you.

If your child is currently in receipt of free school meals and/or any other associated benefits, these will not be affected.

Wyn Thomas, Cabinet Member responsible for Schools, Lifelong Learning and Skills, said: “The Government’s aim is for Welsh Local Authorities to provide a free school meal for Reception pupils in September 2022. The Council has taken advantage of the flexibility of the scheme and so more pupils in Ceredigion will benefit from the offer of a free meal for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils in September 2022 in the County’s schools.”

Further information will follow by the end of term.

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Residential care home project approved to increase dementia support

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A DEVELOPMENT project has been approved by Welsh Government that will increase support provided for individuals living with additional needs due to living with dementia at Hafan Deg Residential Care Home, Lampeter.

This project will include renovating four bedrooms, improved personal wellbeing and social area and a securely enclosed outdoor sensory garden.

Councillor Alun Williams, Cabinet Member for Through Age and Wellbeing Services said: “The number of those living with dementia in Ceredigion is rising and we want to make sure that we increase our current provision. This new development at Hafan Deg will enhance the mental and physical wellbeing of both residents and staff and support a reduction in behaviours that challenge. The development will also help to reduce the numbers of residents needing to be moved due to their higher needs.”

Funding has been secured through the Welsh Government Integrated Care Fund Capital programme.

Through the tendering process, J&E Woodworks Ltd were awarded the tender and work is due to commence August 2022.

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New Quay RNLI crew member passes out as coxswain

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ON MONDAY (Jun 13), after many months of training and assessments, New Quay RNLI volunteer crew member Peter Yates passed out as a coxswain and is now qualified to take command of the Mersey class all-weather lifeboat based at New Quay Lifeboat Station in Ceredigion.

Father of two Pete, 33, underwent a year of intensive training, including courses at the RNLI College in Poole and assessments afloat and ashore at the station. On Monday he was put through his paces by RNLI Assessor Hugh Davies in his final assessment and passed with flying colours.

With 16 years of experience, Pete has given up much of his spare time to volunteer at New Quay Lifeboat Station and save lives at sea. In his many roles at the lifeboat station he is also an all-weather lifeboat mechanic, an inshore lifeboat helm and the station’s training assessor. Pete said, “It’s been a tough year but worth all the hard work. It was definitely a stressful final assessment as they throw every scenario at you from fire to emergency steering!

“I want to thank my partner Karis and the kids for their support at home, and of course I want to thank New Quay RNLI crew members for all their support, I couldn’t have done it without them.

“I am now looking forward to the challenge of being an all-weather lifeboat coxswain and welcoming the new Shannon class lifeboat in a couple of years.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said, “We all would like to congratulate Pete on his great achievement. He puts so much time into being a volunteer RNLI crew member, and now all his hard work has paid off. He thoroughly deserves being a coxswain. Well done Pete from all of us!”

Bernie Davies, New Quay RNLI mechanic added, “Only in the RNLI can you pass an assessment by driving a boat up the beach under emergency steering! Excellent work Pete.”

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