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Wildlife Centre is a victim of arson

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THE WELSH WILDLIFE CENTRE in Cilgerran, Cardigan, took to social media today to report that one of their bird hides has been burnt down by arsonists.

Posting on Facebook, the wildlife centre said: “We are very sorry to report that last night, around 9 pm, arsonists burnt down our most popular well used bird hide, the Kingfisher Hide on the wetland trail.

As you can see, the damage is extensive and we know that many of you will share our shock at such mindless destruction of a popular place enjoyed by so many people.

If anyone has any information about this disgraceful incident please get in touch with us or the police. We appreciate your support at this dreadful time. Thank you for all the messages of support and offers of help. It is early days but we will let people know how they can get involved and help and appreciate all the offers.

 

We are in the process of setting up an emergency appeal which will be available via our website in the next couple of hours. Please bear with us whilst this is arranged.”

The post has been shared over 400 times and the centre has received a huge amount of messages of support and offers of help.

They added: “It is early days but we will let people know how they can get involved and help and appreciate all the offers.”

Cardigan Fire Station said: “Just after 9 pm on Wednesday (Sept 24) we responded to an incident where the Kingfisher Hide at The Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran, Cardigan had been deliberately set alight and destroyed.

The Welsh Wildlife Center is one of the very few attractions within Cardigan which is FREE for ALL to enjoy throughout the year, as a community we must endeavour to bring those responsible for such an act of mindless vandalism to account.

If you have any information relating to this incident we would urge you to contact Heddlu Dyfed Powys Police on 101 quoting: DP-20190924-307.”

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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