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Ceredigion Day Centre meet the Dream Team

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On Monday 9 September, the Dream Team visited staff and service users at, Canolfan Meugan Community Support Base for adults with learning disabilities and older people, to showcase the ‘My charter’. The Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’ West Wales was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.

The Dream Team is made up of the people who wrote the Charter. 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.

Organisations, businesses and individuals are encouraged to show their support by signing up to the My Charter.

Go to www.ldcharter.com for more information on ‘My Charter’.

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Mid Wales Opera returns to Theatr Felinfach with Mrs. Peachum’s Guide to Love and Marriage

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ON SATURDAY, November 9 at 7:30pm and for the first time in over a decade, Mid Wales Opera (MWO) returns to Theatr Felinfach with a radical reworking of John Gay’s 1728 ballad opera The Beggar’s Opera. Join Mrs. Peachum, her daughter Polly and the Beggar in their bawdy, ballsy take on relationships and the relative virtues of virginity.

Horrified to learn of Polly’s illicit marriage to an errant highwayman, Mrs. P contrives to get the rascal hanged so Polly can claim the reward. Loyalty and love are put to the test as murder, rage and fury drive this rumbustious tragicomedy towards its conclusion. Will things really be left so unhappily and will Polly remain true to her man and abandon her mother to the lure of London Gin?

MWO are delighted to premiere this new one act opera, adapted by Richard Studer, in a new musical version by Jonathan Lyness, accompanied by MWO’s Small Stages Ensemble of four musicians, a cast of three singers including the brilliant Northern Irish mezzo Carolyn Dobbin as Mrs Peachum (Madame Popova, The Bear, Small Stages 2017) and Welsh soprano Alys Mererid Roberts as her feckless daughter Polly. Carolyn Dobbin was in the last production that MWO brought to Theatr Felinfach in 2008, which was Tales of Hoffman.

As with John Gay’s original ballad opera, the score is bursting with melodies both familiar and new, from Lillibolero to Greensleeves. MWO’s restoration comedy is filled with as many musical twists as there are in the plot. Though the trio of characters may live in the gutter, musically they are looking to the stars…

During the second half and following the interval the team will sing a medley of delights exploring love and marriage in all its forms – a curtain raiser for the Spring 2020 Main Stage tour of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

MWO’s Small Stages brings live opera to the heart of communities across Wales and the Borders, touring to theatres, village halls and community venues.

Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01570 470697 or Online at theatrfelinfach.cymru.

Tickets are £15 for Adults, £14 for OAPs and Members and £10 for Students and Children.

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Be Someone’s Lifeline: Leave a Legacy During Free Wills Month and Help Save Lives

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DURING October anyone aged 55 or over in Mid and West Wales will have the opportunity to write their Will, free of charge during Free Wills Month 2019, as The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) works alongside supporting solicitors.

The Free Wills Month scheme gives those 55 and over the opportunity to write or update their Will with local participating solicitors and, if they wish, to include a gift to a charity of their choice, after they have taken care of their loved ones.

The RNLI’s Legacy Income Manager, Eifron Hopper says: ‘At least six out of ten RNLI lifeboat launches are only made possible because of gifts left to the RNLI in Wills, and although people taking up the Free Wills Month offer aren’t obliged to leave a gift in their Will to the RNLI, the charity hopes people will consider doing so to help fund the lifesaving service.

‘Free Wills Month is a great opportunity for people who’ve been meaning to write or update a Will to do so and to help power the RNLI’s lifesaving future in the process.

‘RNLI supporters have left all sorts of things to the charity in their Wills, ranging from a round of drinks for their local volunteer lifeboat crew, to a 100-year-old bottle of brandy to a much-loved collection of Ferraris! Whatever the value of the donation, we’re always grateful to anyone who leaves a gift to the RNLI in their Will, enabling our volunteer crews to continue to save lives at sea.’

Occasionally the RNLI receives a large gift, but smaller legacies make a big difference too. A gift in a Will of £458 pays for a new lifejacket to keep an inshore lifeboat crew member safe at sea; £872 is enough to equip a beach lifeguard; while £1,600 will provide the training for a lifeboat crew member for a whole year.

For more information – including details of solicitors in Mid and West Wales participating in Free Wills Month – call 0300 300 0124 or email legacy_enquiry@rnli.org.uk. Or for general information about Free Wills Month, visit RNLI.org/FreeWills.

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Are you someone who could provide a loving and safe home for children currently in care?

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ADOPTION Mid and West Wales is seeking prospective adopters to an Information Evening from 6.30 – 8pm on Thursday 17 October at Yr Atom, 18 King St, Carmarthen  SA31 1BN.

There will be adoption staff and an experienced adopter (Sue), to share information about adoption and answer questions.

Sue says: ”We’ve not regretted adopting Charlie for a moment since he came to us over two years ago. The process was fine; it is fairly lengthy and very thorough – all necessary to make sure the right families are created.

“Adoption Mid and West Wales are a busy, professional team, who aim to have you assessed and trained and ready for what life may throw at you. Take every opportunity you can for training because when a child lands on your doorstep you become a little busier!

So far we’ve found our biggest challenges have been parenting ones, not those of being adopters. Would we do it again? Yes, bring it on! I don’t give two hoots about sharing DNA, its all about sharing our lives.

For more information, go to www.adoptionmwwales.org.uk.

 

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