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16 News Wales’ generosity revealed in new statistics NEW statistics released by British

Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru reveal just how generous the country is, with almost seven in 10 people saying giving to charity is important to them. The nation’s heart charity surveyed

2,000 people to uncover our favourite fundraising habits to encourage everyone to hold a fundraising event to help raise money for life saving research. BHF Cymru found that three quarters

of people said they would arrange a fundraising event for a good cause (75%), with over two thirds saying helping others by giving to charity is important to them (68%). The fundraiser of choice in Wales

was getting everyone together for a coffee morning (19%) whilst others favoured holding a quiz (18%) or being ‘Bake Off’ inspired with a cake sale (15%). When it came to who to invite to a

fundraiser, two fifths of people in Wales said that family members came top of their guest list (40%) whilst almost three in ten preferred to raise money in the workplace (28%). Each year, over 9,145 people in Wales

lose their lives to heart and circulatory disease. Thanks to the incredible generosity

of fundraisers, BHF Cymru is able to fund groundbreaking research to help prevent, diagnose and treat heart disease. BHF Cymru is encouraging everyone

across the country to raise funds their own way by organising their own fundraising event to help accelerate the fight against heart disease. Jacqulyn Bell, Raise Funds Your Way

Manager at the BHF, said: “We never cease to be amazed by the ways people come together to raise money for our fight against heart disease. “Whether you choose to hold a coffee

morning, hold a fashion show or sit in a bath of baked beans, you will help fund

research that makes a huge difference to the seven million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK. “Why not help us power even more

life saving discoveries by holding your own fundraising event for the BHF. Order your free fundraising pack now for tips and ideas on how to make your fundraising a success.” Whether you know exactly how you’d

like to fundraise to raise money and want to know how to get started, or need some inspiration on what you can do to join the fight for every heartbeat, order a free fundraising pack by visiting uk/yourway.

‘Funding should be redirected to smaller farms’ A CHALLENGING report from

the Campaign to Protect Rural England has suggested that voters’ decision to leave the European Union offers a chance for farming to become more diverse and environmentally resilient. The report suggests that any new

subsidy regime should attempt to reverse the trend to the industrialisation of farming and end the bias in policy towards larger farms. The new model farming paper

argues that a more diverse sector - in demographics, farm size and production – would forge a more resilient future that offers rewards beyond food: beautiful landscapes, clean water, abundant wildlife, better flood management and improved carbon storage. It also argues that a post-Brexit settlement along these lines would make clearer the public benefits of huge public investment in farming. To arrest this decline in diversity,

the paper proposes the tapering of public funding to benefit smaller farmers. It is currently thought that around 80% of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payment goes to the 20% largest businesses. Two of the largest beneficiaries

of the current CAP regime are the National Trust, which receives £11m of subsidy each year and the RSPB with almost £7 million received in subsidy in 2015. And both organisations have argued for a recasting of funding to suit their own – ostensibly charitable – ends. With 34,000 fewer farms in the UK

than there were a decade ago, CPRE also suggests that more land should be made available to new groups of farmers and communities. Across Wales and England, while direct payments have served to support

farm incomes, such finance has not been enough to save thousands of smaller farms. County Council-owned farms have dropped in number, as have mixed farms. Graeme Willis, food and farming

campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), said: “The Government has a great opportunity post-Brexit to determine what farming and the English countryside will look like. Do we really want to continue the pattern of ever larger agri-business, less connected to communities and out of kilter with nature? “To forge a more resilient future,

the Government should encourage a mix of farms that produce different foods for local people and varied, thriving landscapes. The obvious place to start is by redirecting funding to help smaller, more innovative and mixed farms, and by making land available for new farmers to enter the market.” The paper also suggests

Government could encourage more dynamism and diversity in farming through a community right to bid, and a transparent register of landholdings. However, the National Farmers’ Union, has criticised the report. NFU President, Meurig Raymond,

said: “This is not a debate about large or small businesses - all farms contribute. “Missing from the CPRE’s vision

is food security which, in our view, should be considered to be a legitimate political goal and public good alongside the environment. British farmers are proud of the high standards of production, traceability of the food they produce and high animal welfare. It’s important that we develop an ambitious agricultural policy that will stimulate a productive, competitive and profitable farming sector. “All our survey work shows that


SERVICE is inviting members of the public to come and find out more about how it works. People are being encouraged to

attend both the Trust’s latest quarterly board meeting and its Annual General Meeting (AGM), which are both being held in Merthyr Tydfil, in order to see how it makes decisions and to pose questions about how the service is run. Both meetings will take place on

Friday, September 23, at the Redhouse in the Old Town Hall in Merthyr Tydfil, starting at 2pm. There is a jam-packed agenda on

the day and those who wish to attend are also welcome to speak with Board members. Welsh Ambulance Services NHS

Trust Chair, Mick Giannasi, said: “Anyone who wants to come along and see us in action will have a great opportunity in September with both our Trust Board meeting and AGM taking place on the same day. “The response we have had since


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we started encouraging patients, staff and stakeholders to take a more active role in our meetings has been excellent and has helped us to shape the service for the benefit of all concerned. “As we approach winter, we are

preparing so that patients get the best level of care during what is always a busy period, and that is one of many items which will be discussed on the day.” The Trust Board meeting will be

held from 2-5pm before a break for refreshments, followed by the AGM from 5.30-7.30pm. In order to make your attendance

as comfortable as possible, the Trust is asking that anyone planning to go along confirm in advance with Caroline Jones in the Corporate Services Team on 01745 532970 or e-mail caroline. Board papers will be available on

the Trust’s website at www.ambulance. in advance of the meeting and Welsh simultaneous translation facilities will be available on the day.

the British public wants to buy more British food and, interestingly, survey work also shows the British public believes farmers play a beneficial role in improving the environment at the same time.” The NFU President, whose

organisation includes the main agri- businesses that would be affected by a more equitable division of subsidy, suggested: “CPRE’s suggestion that ‘industrialised’ farming has damaged its natural assets is a dated viewpoint and not one the NFU recognises.” Meurig Raymond’s words eerily

echo those of his fellow Pembrokeshire farmer and NFU Cymru President, Stephen James, who, when speaking about the National Trust’s criticism of the effect of industrial-scale farming, said: “The picture the National Trust is trying to paint - that of a damaged countryside - is one that neither I nor most farmers, or visitors to the countryside, will recognise.” Tackling the underlying issue,

that of the future of agriculture and the future nature of any government subsidy, FUW President Glyn Roberts said: “The Farmers’ Union of Wales is currently consulting on the future of agricultural funding through an internal member consultation and an online survey. “The future of many of the most

significant issues remain uncertain and the FUW is therefore exploring all the potential options available in a bid to give members the chance to comment on these major areas of concern. “The Union wants to be sure that

future policies have the backing of the Welsh agricultural sector and we will be identifying the ways in which future agricultural policies might benefit Wales after the UK leaves the European Union.”


a MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology distance student in the Sophia Centre at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s campus in Lampeter, has made the shortlist for the 2016 Insight Astronomy of the Year Photographer Competition for her photograph ‘Rise Lunation’. This year’s Insight Astronomy of

the Year Photographer Competition had over 4,500 entries and only 140 photographs were shortlisted. Katherine’s photo submission, Rise Lunation, included her quote: ‘There is little clarity through the atmospherics that can intensify horizons - to portray it as such would be unnatural. As the Moon emerges, I relish the ripples and surprising shimmers - it extends and reaches through its seeming climb, out of this world! The Moon is rising and at an altitude of +8, an azimuth of 75 and 98% illuminated. It is a day after being full and now on the returning wane’. Dr Marek Kukula, Public

Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and competition judge

Lampeter Student makes astronomy awards shortlist

said: “It’s the sheer variety of images that impressed the judges this year. It’s been wonderful to see the entrants really pushing the boundaries, both in terms of extreme technical achievement and also in the originality and artistry of their subjects and compositions.” Turner


artist Wolfgang Tillmans and Oana Sandu of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) join the judging panel this year, and the overall winner will be announced on September 15 at a special ceremony at the Royal

Observatory, Greenwich. UWTSD’s Sophia Centre Director,

Dr Nicholas Campion, said: “We are all very proud of Eva. Astronomical photography helps us reconnect with the power of the sky and reminds that visual images can be as important as words in academic work.” Earlier this year, Katherine

conceived the Sophia Centre’s first student photo competition ‘Adventures in Time and Place’, which allowed the Sophia Centre’s students a forum for sharing and discussing their participation in visual culture, skyscapes and places via time and space. In April 2014, Katherine won UWTSD’s INSPIRE Photography competition for her photo titled ‘Making the Invisible, Visible’. The Insight Astronomy of the

Year Photographer Competition is in its eighth year and is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The winners’ exhibition will

be open to the public starting on September 17 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

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