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Lifeguards return to beaches

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lifeguardRNLI lifeguards will be increasing the safety service across the Welsh coast this weekend as they return to the beaches to offer safety advice and assistance over the bank holiday weekend. 

Working in partnership with Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion County Councils, RNLI lifeguards will return to their posts at Whitesands and Newgale beaches, as well as Llangrannog and New Quay in Ceredigion from Saturday, May 24. The charity’s lifeguards have already made an early appearance on some of these beaches as they took part in voluntary patrols earlier in May. Hundreds of people have already chosen to enjoy the hot weather on Welsh beaches this year. RNLI lifeguards will be ready at their posts from 10am-6pm throughout the bank holiday weekend. Philip Davies, west Wales RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said: “Hopefully we will have more glorious weather over the bank holiday weekend. We would urge anyone planning on visiting a beach over the break to check local information in advance and head to a lifeguarded beach. Before setting out, check tide times, read local safety signs or ask a lifeguard to make sure you know the times of high and low water. Don’t judge the length of time you have left to get back to the beach by just looking at the waterline, the tide moves very quickly and it can be very deceptive.’ Phil continued: “Even though it’s forecasting sunshine and warm weather remember that the water can still be cold this time of year. Conditions can change dramatically whilst out on the coast so please make sure to come prepared when visiting the beach this weekend.” Ahead of the school half term, a team of RNLI lifeguards are holding Hit the Surf sessions on Tenby South beach throughout the week, teaching children vital safety tips to stay safe on the coast this summer. Hit the Surf is an educational programme that is presented by a team of RNLI lifeguards to primary school children. Over a two hour interactive session, local children are taught the meaning of beach flags, rip currents, the dangers of tombstoning as well as the chance to don their wetsuits and learn basic board skills on Tenby’s South beach.

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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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Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’

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CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.

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.

Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”

The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

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Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme

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A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.

From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.

There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!

A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”

Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.

For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.

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