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Yacht club goes from strength to strength

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strength to strengthLAWRENNY YACHT CLUB was founded in 1971 and has continued to thrive with both local membership and many members living over 100 miles away.

The club is quite unique in that it covers a wide range of water borne activities which include the cruising/racing section, the very active power boat section, dinghy sailing, fishing competitions and more recently, kayaking. The club has an impressive range of trophies for its events.

The dinghy sailing section is a relatively new addition. Thanks to various grant funders and sponsors the club is fortunate enough to have a fleet of five Topper dinghies and a safety boat, and the benefit of several members trained to safety boat operator and instructor level in both power and sail. The club is very fortunate having the Lawrenny Arms as an unofficial clubhouse where its social events are held.

The club has a strong and active committee and a full programme of events has already been drawn up for the coming season. The first event this season is the Blues Buster, which is an annual family event held in the Lawrenny Arms, and is designed to drive off the blues of the winter months. It is a social event with pool, darts, dominoes and a quiz and meals will be available.

Some,WW of the other main social events are ‘Chase the bunny’ on Easter Sunday, an event for the children, the ever popular Summer Ball, Summer solstice party, Halloween party, and Christmas party.

The cruiser sailing side has a points series and there are other races such as single handed, ladies race, and down river race. The regatta is on June 7 and there will also be a fete, when profits from the stalls go to the RNLI. In the evening there will be a cider festival at the Lawrenny Arms.

The power side of the club organises events such as a cruise in company to the islands, tender trips to local areas, exploring the creeks by kayak, a club away day to Watwick and the very popular River Carnival.

This is an event for all shapes and sizes of craft, which are taken up to Cresswell Quay on a suitably high evening tide. Many are in fancy dress, and prizes are awarded for the best. This is also good spectator sport and draws a good crowd. The club keeps its membership fees as low as possible. Family membership is £25 (£20 if paid before May 1) and single membership is £20 (£15 if paid before May 1). New members are most welcome. For more details visit our soon to be updated website: mylawrenny.com or visit us on Facebook or contact Secretary Dee Williams on 01646 650130.

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Staff experience what dementia may feel like

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During Autumn 2019 Ceredigion County Council staff and elected members were given the opportunity to take part in a Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT). By using specialist equipment and creating a simulated environment, the experience gave an insight into what dementia might feel like.

Donna Pritchard, Corporate Lead Officer Porth Ceredigion and Deputy Statutory Director for Social Services said: “This has been a very thought-provoking experience. It’s allowed participants to physically and emotionally feel what it would be like to live with Dementia and to acknowledge the challenges to overcome that sensory loss brings.”

Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning. This may include problems with memory loss, thinking speed, mental sharpness and quickness, language, understanding judgement, mood, movement and difficulties carrying out daily activities.

Donna continued: “The Virtual Dementia Tour identifies ways to improve communication for people living with dementia and ways that care and support staff can change their practice to improve their lives and help them achieve positive outcomes. All our staff at residential homes have been trained to ensure that people with dementia are supported in an inclusive environment.”

Staff yn cael profiad o’r hyn y gall dementia deimlo fel

Yn ystod yr Hydref 2019 rhoddwyd cyfle i staff ac aelodau etholedig Cyngor Sir Ceredigion gymryd rhan mewn ‘Virtual Dementia Tour‘ (VDT). Drwy ddefnyddio offer arbenigol a chreu amgylchedd ffug, roedd y profiad yn rhoi cipolwg ar yr hyn y gallai dementia ei deimlo.

Dywedodd Donna Pritchard, Swyddog Arweiniol Corfforaethol Porth Ceredigion a Dirprwy Gyfarwyddwr Statudol Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol: “Mae hwn wedi bod yn brofiad sy’n ysgogi’r meddwl. Mae’n caniatáu i gyfranogwyr deimlo sut beth fyddai fyw gyda dementia, yn gorfforol ac yn emosiynol, a chydnabod yr heriau i oresgyn y golled synhwyraidd honno.”

Mae dementia yn syndrom (grŵp o symptomau cysylltiedig) sy’n gysylltiedig â dirywiad parhaus o ran gweithrediad yr ymennydd. Gall hyn gynnwys problemau o ran colli cof, cyflymder meddwl, miniogrwydd meddwl a chyflymdra, iaith, deall dyfarniad, hwyliau, symud ac anawsterau’n cyflawni gweithgareddau dyddiol.

Parhaodd Donna: “Mae’r ‘Virtual Dementia Tour’ yn nodi ffyrdd o wella’r cyfathrebu ar gyfer pobl sy’n byw gyda dementia a ffyrdd y gall staff gofal a chymorth newid eu hymarfer i wella eu bywydau a’u helpu i gyflawni canlyniadau cadarnhaol. Mae pob un o’n staff mewn cartrefi preswyl wedi cael eu hyfforddi i sicrhau bod pobl â dementia yn cael eu cefnogi mewn amgylchedd cynhwysol.”

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Quadruple success for Ceredigion in Estyn Excellence Awards

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FOUR Ceredigion organisations were successful in the Estyn Excellence Awards in October.

Aberporth Bilingual Playgroup and Cylch Meithrin Talgarreg made up half of the nurseries that were recognised for excellence.

Ysgol Dyffryn Cledlyn and Ysgol Mynach were two of 29 primary schools recognised on the night.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services. She said: “We are extremely proud of the recognition by Estyn of the excellence achieved at these schools and settings. I offer my sincere congratulations to all staff, pupils, governors and parents.”

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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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