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Music workshop for people with sight loss

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Welsh singer Anne Wilkins will be leading a workshop at RNIB Cymru's event in Aberaeron

RNIB CYMRU is inviting blind and partially sighted people to a free music workshop in Aberaeron. The event will take place in the town’s Memorial Hall on Friday 17 of May between 11am and 2pm.

The workshop will be led by Welsh singer and musician Anne Wilkins, who has been blind since birth. Anne is an accomplished soloist, whose musical highlight was winning the prestigious David Ellis Memorial Blue Riband at the National Eisteddfod in 2012.

Anne Wilkins, from Bridgend said: “Whether you’re joining in, listening or making your own music it is something we can all enjoy as equals, whether you have sight or not. I’m really looking forward to our upcoming music workshop because it will be a great chance for people who are blind or partially sighted to get together and share in their enjoyment of music.

“I hope this day will give people a greater appreciation of the power of music, and its ability to help us through the best and worst of times.”

Anyone with sight loss, including family and friends, are welcome to attend the free musical event. They will have a chance to watch performances by blind and partially sighted musicians, hear from the RNIB music service about their work and enjoy an afternoon tea.

RNIB Cymru’s Connect Facilitator Eleanor Rothwell said: “Music brings people together. We know that people with sight loss can often feel isolated or lonely. This is why our music day is going to give people a chance to connect with others who are in a similar situation and most importantly enjoy some great music.”

RNIB Cymru is aiming to break down the barriers for the 111,000 people estimated to be living with sight loss in Wales. Their Connect events are an important way of doing this, making sure blind and partially sighted people can meet up, socialise and have fun. It is also an opportunity for blind and partially sighted people to find out more about how they can get involved with RNIB’s work and any services that could benefit them.

Anyone who would like to attend the event can contact RNIB Cymru by emailing cymru@rnib.org.uk or calling 029 2082 8500.

The event is being held as part of Age UK’s Gwanwyn Festival, which is being held across Wales in May to celebrate creativity in older age.

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Jail after heroin worth £45,000 seized

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AN ABERYSTYWYTH woman has been jailed, and an organised crime gang disrupted, after heroin worth £45,000 was found at her home.

Dyfed-Powys Police found more than 400g of the class A drug during a warrant at Susan Marie Proffitt’s home – resulting in one of the force’s largest single seizures of heroin in Ceredigion.

The result has disrupted an active organised crime gang supplying class A drugs to the area.

Sergeant Steven Jones said: “This swift and thorough investigation involved officers and staff from departments across the division, who worked together to secure this result.

“The defendant had a huge amount of heroin at her home, with efforts taken to conceal bags of the drug around the property.

“There is no doubt that in taking Proffitt out of the supply chain we will have disrupted an organised crime gang which she was a trusted part of in supplying heroin into the division.”

Officers carried out a warrant at the 52-year-old’s home in South Road on August 30, 2020.

On searching the property, a box containing 408g of heroin was found concealed in a vent under the staircase, and two further wraps were found in a shower head bracket. Fingerprint marks matching those of Proffitt were found on these items.

Four mobile phones were also seized from the property.

Sgt Jones said: “The quantity of heroin recovered is far in excess of what he would expect to see someone who is simply a user to be in possession of for their own use.

“Given the value of the heroin recovered and the financial circumstances of the defendant, we were confident it was unlikely she would be able to fund a purchase of such a quantity of heroin without being involved in the supply of drugs.

“The only realistic reason for possessing this quantity of heroin was for supply onto others.”

Proffitt was charged with possession with intent to supply, and pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to 57 months in prison when she appeared at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday, November 26.

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New permanent walk-in test centre opens in Aberystwyth

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PEOPLE in Aberystwyth with symptoms of COVID-19 now have access to a permanent walk-in testing facility.

Hywel Dda University Health Board has arranged for a Local Testing Site (LTS) to be located inside the former Padarn Nursery building, (behind, but not connected to, Padarn Surgery), on Penglais Road.

Local people should avoid using the nearby nursery car park, leaving it free for those people accessing tests to park there. People who attend the walk-in centre must wear a face covering.

Meanwhile, the drive-through facility at Canolfan Rheidol has now been relocated to Cardigan in response to a rise in cases in that area. Residents of Aberystwyth will not be impacted by this move as there is plenty of testing capacity at the LTS.

Alison Shakeshaft, Director of Therapies & Health Science at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We are very pleased to have secured this LTS for the people of Aberystwyth. Many residents in the town, including students, do not have their own private vehicle in order to access drive-through testing facilities, so the option of a walk-in facility is very important.

“This is a challenging time and I urge everyone to remain vigilant and follow the rules, including wearing face coverings where required, maintain social distancing, washing hands regularly, or using a hand sanitiser if hand washing is not possible.”

Anyone who has symptoms of the virus (a new persistent cough, high temperature or loss/change of taste or smell) must book a test as soon as possible.  This can be done through the online UK portal at www.gov.wales/coronavirus.

University students with COVID-19 symptoms, when booking a test, are required to provide their local address in Aberystwyth.

Please do not book a test if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not attend testing centres without booking first as you will not be seen without an appointment.

Please follow the latest self-isolation guidelines which can be found here.

For the latest news and updated from Hywel Dda University Health Board visit https://hduhb.nhs.wales/

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Improvements required at a pub in Devil’s Bridge

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A HOSPITALITY business in Devil’s Bridge has been required to make improvements to safeguard the public’s health and well-being as part of the coronavirus regulations.

A Premises Improvement Notice has been served to The Hafod, Devil’s Bridge, Aberystwyth by Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection Officers due to non-compliance with The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 4) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

As part of the Premises Improvement Notice, the Premises must ensure that a distance of 2 metres is maintained between any persons on the premises, and put measures in place which limit close face to face interaction and maintain hygiene. 

These measures will need to be implemented by 17:00 on November 27, 2020. The full notice can be seen on the Council’s website under Improvement and Closure Notices.

Information for businesses is available on the Council’s website under Supporting Ceredigion’s Economy.

Any business who is unsure of their responsibilities is urged to check the Welsh Government website

Any business that requires further information or guidance can contact the council’s Licensing Team on 01545 570881 or clic@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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