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The Saddening result of seal and seal pup disturbance on the Welsh coast

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Sad news of the death of a seal pup after its mother failed to return to feed

WITH more people visiting the Welsh coast than ever before, wildlife disturbance is on the increase.

Recently, we’ve received sad news of the death of a seal pup after its mother failed to return to feed after being disturbed and scared off by people who wanted to take pictures and ‘selfies’ with the seal pup.

During the breeding season (August to December) you may come across white fluffy seal pups on beaches or rocky outcrops along the Welsh coast – often on their own. The mother however will probably be close by, so it is vital to keep your distance so she can return to her pup to feed it.

Seal pups need space and time to rest and grow. Image by Mickey Beechey.

Melanie Heath, SAC Officer for Cardigan Bay said: “Seal pups need space and time to rest and grow, they are fed by their mothers’ for just three weeks before they have to fend for themselves. It is vital that during this time they are given space. Disturbance can lead to abandonment and death.”

Councillor Rhodri Evans, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration said: “It is very important to remember that these beautiful iconic creatures are wild animals so keep your distance and enjoy from afar.”

For more information, please contact Melanie Heath on Melanie.Heath2@ceredigion.gov.uk

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Studt’s Funfair confirmed for return to Aberystwyth next month

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THERE will be a fun fair in Aberystwyth, from Monday, 15 November until Monday, 22 November for eight consecutive nights, Vernon Studt of Studt Fun Fairs confirmed this week to The Ceredigion Herald.

Vernon Studt said: “We have had constructive talks with Ceredigion County Council and will be returning to Aberystwyth and putting on a good show.

“We have been visiting Aberystwyth since 1837 and I am almost certain that last year was the first time in 183 years that there was no fair in the town in November.

“People will be welcome to wear masks, but they will not be mandatory. All we ask is that people behave responsibly and follow the guidelines.”

The fair and market will be open from 4pm on weekdays and 2pm on weekends.

Vernon added: “We are excited to be returning to Aberystwyth and I am sure children in the area are looking forward to it too.”

Cardigan fair will also return and will take place on Wednesday, 10 November.

The road along Park Avenue will remain open during this time as a new home has been found for the market stalls.

They will now be set up across the road on the site of the former Arriva depot, which was demolished earlier this year and has been hosting the fortnightly farmers market over the summer. Cardigan fair will also return and will take place on Wednesday, 10 November, it is understood.

Image: Rose Voon

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Ceredigion celebrates Shwmae Su’mae Day 2021

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SHWMAE Su’mae Day is celebrated annually on 15 October.

The purpose of the day is to show that the Welsh language belongs to everyone – fluent speakers and learners.

This year, Cardi Iaith have arranged various activities and events to celebrate Diwrnod Shwmae Su’mae in schools across Ceredigion. Games, quizzes and competitions – there’s something for all pupils and even families to get involved in.

Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of the Council, said: “The Welsh language is extremely important to us in Ceredigion. We have hard working and dedicated Welsh speaking staff across Council services and we want to encourage people to contact us in Welsh and use those Welsh language services. So let’s start our conversation, today and every other day with Shwmae. Give it a go!”

More than 90 Ceredigion County Council staff studying on the Council’s Work Welsh scheme this year will have the opportunity to compete in a quiz on Wales and Welsh to celebrate Shwmae Su’mae day.

Follow Cardi Iaith on Facebook for the latest throughout the day.

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Taxi driver role gives mum of two better job security with support from Communities for Work+

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TRACEY* 34 from Aberystwyth worked 12 hours a week at a Chinese takeaway. Tracey and her children were deemed as being at risk of povertry. Read Tracey’s story of how she got a job after seeking employment support from the Communities for Work+ team (CFW+):

“I have a zero-hour contract on minimum wage at the Chinese. I was desperate for more hours. As a mother of two young children who both suffer from separation anxiety, finding the right job was always going to be a challenge. I had to get another job but didn’t know where to start looking.

“With the help of my job coach at JCP Aberystwyth, I was put in touch with the CFW+ team. The team were brilliant! They helped me to put my CV together, further my existing skills and supported me in acquiring a taxi badge licence.

“I’m now a taxi driver and combined with my other job am able to work 28 hours a week. I like being a taxi driver, it gives me peace of mind of having a stable job and flexibile hours which I can fit in around the family.

“I would like to thank Misha from CFW+ for the support and help she has given me the past couple of months. I highly recommend contacting them if you need help to get back into work or learning courses!”

Councillor Catrin Miles, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Schools, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Support and Intervention, said: “It’s positive to hear Tracey’s account of how she’s been able to improve her and her children’s lives through earning more with the help of the CFW+ team. I agree with Tracey and would encourage anyone who’s looking for training or employment opportunities to contact the team.”

Communities For Work+ is a Welsh Government funded project, delivered by Ceredigion County Council which supports individuals in or at risk of poverty, aged 16 or over, across Ceredigion and throughout Wales. Participants may be experiencing in-work poverty, unemployment, living on minimum wage or struggling to pay basic monthly outgoings on sporadic zero hour contracts.

Mentors provide 1:1 support for participants with writing CV’s, undertaking mock interviews, up-skilling and funding a wide variety of training including help with starting up their own business.

If you think the project may be able to help you or if you would like more information, contact the team on 01545 574193 or email TCC-EST@ceredigion.gov.uk.

*As requested by the participant, real name has not been used.

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