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Religious walking routes to boost heritage tourism on Ceredigion coast

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WORKING in partnership with the National Churches Trust, the Wales Coast Path has today (14 May) released a unique series of walking itineraries to showcase some of the finest sacred spaces and hidden spiritual gems of Wales.

Featuring the unmistakeable coastlines of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and the Llŷn Peninsula, the brand-new collection of  itineraries will offer the people of Wales — and the wider UK — the chance to discover nine historical treasures along the Wales Coast Path.

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Entitled ‘Sacred Heritage Places’, the new itineraries have been released in support of ‘Experiencing Sacred Wales’ — an initiative led by the National Churches Trust.

The programme aims to shine a spotlight on the country’s historical abbeys, churches and traditional Welsh chapels — to ensure that they remain a key part of the country’s tourism offer during 2021 and beyond.

Featuring everything from St Ffraid’s Church and St Michaels Church in Ceredigion to St Dogmael’s Abbey in Pembrokeshire, it is hoped that the new itineraries will inspire Wales Coast Path visitors to explore quieter stretches of coastline this summer — in a bid to avoid over-crowding at more popular coastal locations.

This aligns with Visit Wales’s Addo campaign — which encourages us to make a promise to care for each other and the wider communities of Wales as they continue to return to their favourite outdoor spaces and attractions across the country. It is hoped that this initiative will help encourage everyone to behave safely and responsibly while exploring the Wales Coast Path.

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Huw Edwards, broadcaster, journalist and Vice President of National Churches Trust said: “The churches and chapels of Wales are some of the most beautiful religious buildings anywhere in the world. 

“Many of them can be found near the Wales Coast Path and the nine new walking routes make it easy to discover magnificent sacred heritage which tells the story of Wales.”

Eve Nicholson of Wales Coast Path said: “Attracting more people to visit the churches and chapels of Wales is key to ensuring their long term sustainability, which is why we are proud to be supporting the ‘Experiencing Sacred Wales’ programme with a band new collection of bespoke walking itineraries.

“Not only do we hope that these new walking adventures will help to boost tourism and raise awareness of Wales’s sacred heritage, but we hope they will also encourage people to consider exploring quieter stretches of Wales’ coastline this summer.

“Too often, visitors from Wales and beyond swarm to the same stretches of the Wales Coast Path — meaning there are so many more beautiful miles yet to be discovered by so many.

“Therefore, I strongly encourage everyone to try a new walking route this year and discover the abundance of hidden treasures that can be found along the way — our new ‘Sacred Heritage Places itineraries’ are a great place to start!”

To find out more about the new ‘Scared Heritage Places’ walking itineraries, created by Wales Coast Path in partnership with the National Churches Trust, please visit: walescoastpath.gov.uk/plan-your-visit/itineraries/scared-heritage-places/.

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Hywel Dda provides teaching equipment on infant feeding for over 100 midwives.

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Doll and knitted breast for midwifery

THANKS to donations, Hywel Dda Health Charities has been able to provide bags containing teaching equipment on infant feeding to over 100 midwives across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Each bag contains a doll and knitted breast, so that the midwives can give advice to new mums and mums-to-be on breast-feeding, along with laminated cards with information.

All the community midwives across the three counties, plus the maternity units at Glangwili,

Bronglais and Withybush hospitals have received the bags.

Hywel Dda’s Infant Feeding Co-ordinator, Christena Phelan O’Riordan (pictured in the foreground with Health Care Support Worker Jan Jones), said the dolls and knitted breasts were proving to be extremely useful as teaching aids.

“It has made such a difference having these visual aids to give pregnant and post-natal mothers advice on breast-feeding,” she said.

“Whether face-to-face in hospital or at home, or virtually through WhatsApp calls, these aids are great props for when we are teaching about breast-feeding.”

Nicola Llewelyn, Head of Hywel Dda Health Charities, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “Donations are making a real difference to the lives of patients, service-users and staff in the Hywel Dda University Health Board area.

“We are very grateful for all the support we receive from our local communities.”

For more details about the charity and how you can help support local NHS patients and staff, go to www.hywelddahealthcharities.org.uk.

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Recognition given to long-standing members of Council committee

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AT AN Ethics and Standards Committee (virtual) meeting held on 17 September 2021,  Rif Winfield and Hywel Wyn Jones were given recognition for their 10 years’ of service to the Committee between 2011 and 2021. A small plaque was presented to both.

Hywel was Chair of the Committee for 3 years.

In their place, two new independent members Alan Davies and Caryl Davies have been appointed.

Eifion Evans, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council said, “Ceredigion County Council has benefitted from a decade of advice and considerations provided by Rif & Hywel. We welcome the new members of the committee and their input to the function of the Committee will be greatly appreciated.”

Standards Committees of local authorities exist to do all that is possible to promote and safeguard the standards that the public rightly expect from their elected representatives.

Ceredigion County Council Chairman, Councillor Paul Hinge, said, “Our thanks go to Rif and Hywel who have given their time to contribute to the Committee and we welcome the new members.”

The Committee is made up of five independent members, two county councillors and two town/community councillors. Meeting quarterly, reports for the Ethics and Standards Committee including dispensation applications can be found on the Council website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Exciting new developments on the horizon for Lampeter Wellbeing Centre

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Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility

At a Cabinet meeting held on 01 December 2020, it was agreed that Lampeter Leisure Centre would become the location of the Council’s first Wellbeing Centre in the County.

A significant amount of work and investment is to be made at the Leisure Centre which will improve the facility and the resources for years to come.

Over the coming months, as we see the plans and proposals for Wellbeing Centre develop, they will be shared with service users and the residents of Ceredigion.

Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility. The layout will be a reconfiguration of the existing facility in order to provide a Wellbeing Centre that can provide an enhanced range of Through Age Services, including Leisure Services to the residents of Lampeter and the mid of the county. 

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member, said: “We are looking forward to the development of the new Wellbeing Centre at Lampeter. This will provide a range of services to residents within their local community.

This development comes at a welcome time, as Ceredigion Public Service Board is carrying out an Assessment of Local Wellbeing, in order to find out about the wellbeing of local people and communities, now and in the future.”

Lampeter Leisure Centre will be closed during the building works, but during this period alternative provision will be made available for all service users and clubs.

We look forward to being able to share these alternative plans with you over the coming weeks, as soon as these arrangements have been finalised.

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