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Residents and their families will be supported as nursing home closes

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ASHBERRY Healthcare has regrettably announced it will need to close Bridell Manor Nursing Home near Cardigan. This follows a lengthy period of difficulty in recruiting qualified nursing and care staff due to a national shortage, which is a particular challenge in very rural localities.

A spokesperson for Bridell Manor Nursing Home said: “As a responsible care provider, we conduct regular reviews into the sustainability of all our care homes to make sure we can continue to deliver high quality care with the appropriate number of trained staff.

“Bridell Manor has faced a long-term recruitment challenge which has left us unable to staff the home to appropriate levels. Despite our best efforts to attract qualified carers and nursing staff to the home, we have been unable to solve this recruitment challenge. As a result, and for the safety of all the residents living at the home, we have made the difficult decision to close Bridell Manor Nursing Home.

“We are seeking to retain many of our dedicated staff members at our other nearby homes, and they will be fully supported by our HR team throughout this process.

“We understand that this will be difficult news for everyone at Bridell Manor. We are working closely with all the relevant authorities to support residents throughout the closure process and to help find them a new care home in which they will be happy”.

There are approximately 20 residents at the home who are provided with nursing care, including those with dementia care needs.

Local authorities and Hywel Dda University Health Board will now work closely with the care home, residents and their families to find suitable alternative care and placements. Those affected have been contacted directly and will be supported through this process.

A date for closure has not yet been determined but work to secure alternative care and placements has already begun.

Commenting, Elin Jones AM said: “The news that Ashberry Healthcare is set to close Bridell Manor Nirsing Home, near Cardigan, is a severe blow to elderly care in Ceredigion, especially in the south of the county.

“There are many Ceredigion residents that live in this nursing home, which provides care for people with advanced dementia. There is also very little alternative provision. Hywel Dda Health Board now needs to work urgently with families and patients to ensure that their needs are prioritised.

“Ashberry has stated that the main reason that it has taken this decision is that it has difficulty in recruiting qualified caring and nursing staff at the home. There is also a longer term strategy needed to ensure training of sufficient staff locally. This is a matter I will raise urgently with the Welsh Government Minister for Health.”

Ben Lake MP added:

“Bridell Manor has long offered valuable care to individuals suffering from dementia, and its closure is a devastating blow, not least as dementia care beds are so few and far between.

“The priority now must be to ensure the residents impacted by this decision are supported as they secure alternative care, however, in looking towards the future, it is clear that the recruitment difficulties that contributed to this closure need to be urgently addressed by the Welsh Government.”

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Theatr Felinfach Performing School presents CAMAU

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OVER the past few months enthusiastic members of Theatr Felinfach Performing School have been developing new skills through a series of masterclasses with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.

The members have been busy creating material through scripting, directing, choreography, clog dancing, folk dancing and much more. All their hard work will be shown in their ‘CAMAU’ (steps) performance on Monday 28 October, 7:00pm at Theatr Felinfach. This is your chance to see the fruits of their labour!

The Performing School was established in January 2017 and has now grown into a very popular group. It’s a great opportunity for 7-18 years olds to gain new experiences in theatre skills through the medium of Welsh and to make new friends who share the same passion for performing.

This year two trips were organized for members of the Performing School. In June, the group visited the ‘Lexicon’ show by the UK’s leading large-scale circus company ‘NoFitState’ in Bluestone, Narberth. The audience was amazed at the performers’ talents and agility and seeing the children’s faces was invaluable.

Later in July, the group visited ‘Chores’ at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, a production organised by Cluster Arts, an Australian company. The story was about two young boys playing in their mess of a room where they began using their acrobatic skills to sort out the carnage. The show was inspired by ‘slapstick’ legends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

Theatr Felinfach hopes to continue taking members to see various shows and productions to give them the opportunity to experience professional theatre.

The Performing School meet each Thursday evening – the primary members (7-11 years) from 4:30pm to 5:30pm and the older members (12-18 years) from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Membership fees are every half term and range between £30 and £35 depending on the age of the members.

If you would like more information about the Performing School and how to become a member in the new year, please contact sioned.thomas@ceredigion.gov.uk or call 01570 470697.

Tickets for ‘CAMAU’ are £6 for adults, £5 for OAPs and theatre members and £4 for students and Children. They’re available from the Box Office on 01570 470697 or online at theatrfelinfach.cymru.

 

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New plaque unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan

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A NEW plaque was unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan. The plaque was unveiled during a public Commemoration and Dedication Service on 12 October.

The plaque commemorates Michael J. Dunphy who gave his life in the 1982 Falklands War and Lee T. Davies and David M.E. Greenhalgh who gave their lives in the 2001-2015 conflict in Afghanistan. The plaque was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards.

Councillor Paul Hinge is Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion. He said: “It was an honour and privilege to welcome everyone to the Service of Commemoration and Dedication, not only as a son of Cardigan, but as a veteran myself and Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion.

“The three fallen soldiers of Cardigan, Michael Dunphy, Lee Davies and Dave Greenhalgh paid the ultimate sacrifice and their names are now immortalised on Cardigan War Memorial honouring their sacrifice.

“It was a privilege to work with all stakeholders involved in planning the day including the families, regiments, Cardigan Town Council and Ceredigion County Council officers. We were delighted with the strong attendance on Saturday which was a testament to how important this Commemoration is to all concerned. It was a fitting tribute to the fallen soldiers of Cardigan.”

 

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Wales Audit Office report shows council finances are well managed

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CEREDIGION County Council has approved the statement of accounts following a report from the Wales Audit Office. The report shows a positive performance of the council’s financial management.

In a council meeting, the Chairman of the council’s Audit Committee, Councillor Rowland Rees-Evans welcomed an unqualified report and acknowledged the work of all staff for ensuring that the council ended the year with a balanced budget.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd is the Cabinet member responsible for Finance. He said: “I am delighted that we have approved accounts showing good financial management. This is crucial in a very difficult financial climate after years of cuts to our budgets. We will continue to carefully plan our finances to provide the best possible services for Ceredigion residents in the future.”

The council’s accounts are reviewed by the Wales Audit Office every year to make sure that they show a true and fair view. They also make sure that they have been properly prepared with legislative requirements.

The statement of accounts has been published and can be viewed in the Canolfan Rheidol office in Aberystwyth or online via https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/your-council/budgets-finance/statement-of-accounts/.

 

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