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Singing for lung health in North Ceredigion

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SINGING for Lung Health is a fun, medicine free option for people in the North Ceredigion area who experience shortness of breath to help improve their lung health.

The singing group sessions, known as Skylark Singers, give patients the tools for the self-management of breathlessness. By practicing breath control and singing, patients can build up stamina physically and vocally, optimise their breathing patterns and practice mindfulness.

Patients struggling with Anxiety, long Covid, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease. and cardiac conditions are welcome to get involved.

Testimonials provided have shown that the project is already having great outcomes, with one participant saying: “I was suffering with long Covid and suddenly found myself having difficulties breathing and walking.

“I have had two clear stages of recovery which I put down to these singing sessions. First, the change between not being able to walk up a hill, which I can now do. Second, an increase in energy and lung capacity, so now I can choose to walk and do more, if I wish.

“My speaking confidence has greatly improved, and I have more energy for more time. If I need to rest, I now have the confidence to explain why.”

Another participant has said: “I am a pensioner living on my own. When I joined the Skylark Singers it helped me get out of the house and meet new people. I have Raised Hemidiaphragm, and it makes my breathing difficult. These singing sessions massively help me with my breathing.

“I feel more relaxed after the singing and when I get home I want to sing, which I never used to do. My son has told me he thinks I am a more cheerful person since going to Skylark Singers and I look forward to every session.”These free singing sessions take place in person every week in Aberystwyth. Alternatively, if you live elsewhere, you can attend a Zoom session. Please contact your GP for more information or contact Susie Ennals (susie@ennals.org.uk) to take part. 

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St. Michaels School celebrates excellent A-Level results

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St. Michael’s pupils with their A-Level results

ST. MICHAEL’S School, Llanelli, is extremely pleased to announce another year of successful A-Level results, with 80.2% of all grades awarded either an A* or A grade.

The vast majority of pupils have earned a place at their chosen university to study courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Economics.

This is the first year that traditional exams have resumed since the Covid-19 pandemic began with the majority of lessons in the first part of the A-Level being delivered online rather than in a classroom environment. This makes the results even more of an achievement considering the circumstances.

Headmaster Mr Benson Ferrari said: “We offer our sincere congratulations to our outgoing Year 13 class on the publication of their A-Level results, demonstrating that our pupils have worked so hard despite the challenges of returning to a conventional assessment approach.

“They approached the situation with resilience and dedication, which has resulted in grades that are truly representative of their ability.  I am confident that they will all go onto achieve great things at university and in their working lives.  

“We wish them the best as they move to this new and exciting stage of their education.  The preparation which St. Michael’s has provided will be built upon, along with our values and principles providing a lasting framework to tackle the challenges ahead.”

In 2020, St. Michael’s School was awarded The Sunday Times Welsh Independent School of the Decade and this was in part due to the excellent exam results that the school receives each year. 

St. Michael’s was also ranked 13th in The Times 2019 Co Ed League Table for UK Independent Schools, which was the last time that the results were published. The school hopes that this year’s results will continue to secure their place in the 2022 league table which will be published later this year.

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Police appeal following road traffic collision in Cwmystwyth

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DYFED-Powys Police have issued a statement following a road traffic collision on Saturday, August 13.

Officers attended a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred about 6.40pm near Cwmystwyth, Aberystwyth.  

Dyfed-Powys Police said: “The two vehicles involved were a blue Triumph Tiger motorcycle and a black Ford Fiesta.

“The male rider of the motorcycle was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening.

“Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101. 

“If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

“Quote reference: DP-20220813-392.”

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Scheme to enhance the town of Tregaron for the National Eisteddfod

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THE REGENERATING Rural Towns scheme run by the Cynnal y Cardi LEADER programme has been supporting Tregaron Town Council with a series of marketing techniques and installations to promote and enhance Tregaron in preparation for the historic and cultural event, the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2022.

This work acted as a legacy to the National Eisteddfod at Tregaron following the influx of thousands of people to the town daily for the duration of the festival and subsequently to the surrounding rural communities and local sites of interest.

A wide range of installations could be seen in Tregaron during the Eisteddfod following town branding design work, which included a giant deckchair, lamp post flags, banners, bunting, tiered flower planters, benches & picnic tables, monument conservation improvements, and a prominent Tregaron sign overlooking the ‘Maes’. Many of these features will remain in place for the summer months and can be utilised by the town in the future. Further town development work is due to commence to maintain and enhance the attractiveness and vibrancy of the town.

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