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International day of Peace celebrated in Aberystwyth



There was a peace flag raised to symbolise this special day. Image by Rose Voon.

THE INTERNATIONAL day of Peace was celebrated on Tuesday 21st September. Ceredigion County Council formally marked the United Nations International Day of Peace. 

This was the first time Aberystwyth marked it officially. The simple ceremony began at 1:30pm, near Flagpole. The mayor Alun Williams attended the event. There was a peace flag raised to symbolise this special day. 

The event began with Alun Williams giving a speech, followed by Cor Gobaith – Choir of Hope singing, and finally Rose Voon read a poem she had written. 

Cor Gobaith. Image by Rose Voon

Alun’s speech said: “Thank you all very much for being here today to mark the United Nations International Day of Peace.For many decades Aberystwyth has played a prominent role in advocating for peace and disarmament.

“In 1926 the town hosted a full-scale international peace conference associated with the League of Nations, the forerunner of the United Nations. This international conference had been held annually following the end of the first World War and normally took place in capital cities. But that year, it came to Aberystwyth. 

“The 200 international delegates were all transported here on a special train from London and several thousand local residents lining the streets to greet them. The conference was held in a large wooden university hall on the site of what is now North Road car park.

“The Cambrian News headlined that week with ‘Towards World Peace’ and reported that, ‘The delegates were greatly impressed by the munificience of the reception by the people of Aberystwyth.’

“In 1935 the town held a Peace Pageant, and photos show thousands of local residents filling these castle grounds to watch performances aimed at showing the need for international peace.

“Fast forward to the early 1960s, where photos show a very large demonstration on the Prom by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. And, on the night in 2003 when the invasion of Iraq was launched, there was a huge, noisy demonstration in the streets here against the war.

“In 2004, as well as always contributing to the laying of a red poppy wreath at the Remembrance Day ceremony, Aberystwyth Town Council first began laying a white poppy wreath as well. And, by agreement with the British Legion, the laying of both wreaths now takes place annually within the same ceremony. And that agreement has been seen by many around Wales as an example to follow. 

“And most recently Aberystwyth has played a key role, by hosting conferences and discussions, in the setting up – exactly one year ago today – of Academi Heddwch Cymreig – the Wales Peace Academy. 

“This Academy, based on others around the world, brings a wide range of academics and experts together, including Aberystwyth University, to support the maintenance of peace and the avoidance of war. As they point out, peace is not just the absence of war. It is about nonviolence, sustainability, equality and justice.

“So, when Aberystwyth Town Council was asked by a group of local residents to formally mark the United Nations International Day of Peace on 21st September, it had no hesitation in agreeing. 

“The flag we’re about to raise, I understand, is also being flown today by Ceredigion County Council at Canolfan Rheidol and in Aberaeron. And it’s a pleasure – and entirely in keeping with the history of Aberystwyth – to raise it here today.”  

Mayor Alun Williams and Rose Voon

Rose Voon then presented her poem: 

Accept me as I am or not at all

Accept me as I am or not at all

Disabled or abled, we all bleed the same blood. So stop the prejudice. 

Those looks. Those words. 

Walking away in ignorance. 

Disabled or abled, we all bleed the same blood. 

See people. 

Not the looks.

Not the race.

Nor the body 

and not just the face or the colour of skin.

We are all worthy of love, 

self love and the love of others. 

Every single one of us. 

Accept me as I am or not at all. 

Disabled or abled, we all bleed the same blood. 

Poetry by Rose Voon

September 2021

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Council makes available wellbeing and mental health support for social care providers



The programme will run until March 2022

IN RECOGNITION of the important work of the social care sector and impact of the Covid pandemic on social care providers and their staff, Ceredigion County Council has made available a programme of wellbeing and mental health support sessions.

The programme consists of Wellbeing and Mental health Awareness, Mental Health First Aid (Adults and Youth) and also offers facilitated support sessions.

The programme of events will run from December through to March 2022.

Any social care provider, carer or personal assistant can request more information or book a place on these sessions by emailing

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Avian Influenza identified in poultry on Anglesey



THE CHIEF Veterinary Officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop has confirmed the presence of avian influenza H5N1 in a small backyard flock of chickens and ducks at a premises on the Isle of Anglesey.

A 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zone Area have been imposed around the small infected premises, to limit the risk of disease spread.

The risk to public health from the virus is considered to be very low and these cases do not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

A case of avian influenza was confirmed in poultry and wild birds in Wrexham County borough last month. There have been similar findings of avian influenza in the UK and Europe.

On Wednesday this week the Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland agreed to bring in new housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza. These measures come into force on Monday, 29 November.

All keepers are strongly advised to be vigilant for signs of the disease such as increased mortality or respiratory distress. If keepers have any concerns about the health of their birds, they are encouraged to seek prompt advice from their veterinary surgeon.

The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop, said:

“This confirmation of a case of avian influenza in poultry on the Isle of Anglesey is further evidence of the need for all keepers of birds to ensure they have the very highest levels of biosecurity in place.

“We have announced new housing measures will come into force from next Monday to protect poultry and kept birds, but I must stress that this is at its most effective when combined with implementation of the most stringent biosecurity measures.

“Public Health Wales has said the risk to the health of the public from Avian Influenza is very low and the Food Standards Agency has made clear it does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

“Temporary control zones have been imposed to help prevent further spread of the disease.

“Suspicion of avian influenza or any other notifiable disease must be reported to the Animal and Plant Health Agency immediately.”

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Commitment to collaborative approach for Celtic Sea floating wind project



A SUCCESSFUL Celtic Sea APPG Reception, attended by over 100 key representatives of Industry and MPs, was hosted by Cherilyn Mackrory and the Celtic Sea Developers Alliance at the House of Commons on Monday.
The event, which included speakers from The Crown Estate, Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK and the Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart promoted floating wind (FLOW), which will become a key global technology in achieving a cost-effective Net Zero.
Cherilyn Mackrory MP for Truro and Falmouth and Celtic Sea APPG Member said:
“It was fantastic to be able to bring together developers, supply chain partners and Parliamentarians to hear more about the exciting opportunities for floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea and positive announcements have set the scene for our discussions.
Particularly, the Government’s commitment to floating offshore wind as part of the Net Zero Strategy, building on the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to deliver 1GW of energy through floating offshore wind by 2030.”
Simon Hart MP, Secretary of State for Wales said: “The development of floating off shore wind projects in our waters could create thousands of sustainable jobs in Wales, boosting our economy and accelerating the UK’s shift to clean growth. I’m delighted to support projects in the Celtic Sea which will help the UK Government reach our aim of net-zero emissions by 2050 and to see Wales at the forefront of this exciting opportunity. “
In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change stated that offshore wind will become the backbone of the future energy system requiring 100GW of installed capacity by 2050, with floating wind set to deliver 50% of that target. Delivering 100GW of offshore wind will provide a huge economic opportunity across the UK.
The Celtic Sea will play a key role in delivering UK and Irish low carbon targets with an estimated 50GW of realisable wind resource, in turn, driving regional development, creating new supply chain opportunities, a just energy transition and a significant portion of the 29,000 jobs forecast by 2050.
The Celtic Sea Developers Alliance brings together FLOW developer interests from Cornwall and the Great South West, Ireland and Wales to strengthen collaboration between the three regions with the aim of realising the economic and low carbon energy opportunity presented by FLOW

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