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Learners celebrate their success at Gwent Welsh for Adults Awards Ceremony

Welsh learners from across

Gwent were recognised for their dedication to the national language in an awards ceremony held at Coleg Gwent’s Pontypool Campus this week.

The awards were hosted by TV presenter Nia Parry and attended by special guest Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning.

The ceremony occurs annually and highlights the importance of learning

the Welsh language in

Gwent, as well as paying tribute to the achievements, hard work and commitment of both students and tutors. Learn Welsh Gwent – Coleg Gwent’s Welsh for Adults section – enrols over 2,500 enrolments on Welsh for Adults courses each year. Geraint Wilson-Price, head of Learn Welsh Gwent and organiser of the awards believes that recognising learners for their enthusiasm and hard work is important. Geraint Wilson-Price said “With there being such a huge increase in the numbers of adults learning Welsh in the Gwent area, it’s important that we recognise and celebrate

the successes of our learners at an event like this.

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) will host two exciting events as part of its activities at the forthcoming Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells, to highlight the opportunities for Welsh red meat in the domestic market.

Grace Capper winner of the Learner of the Year in the Workplace Award.

“This evening has been a lovely time for learners of all levels to be recognised for their hard work and successes.

What is particularly

delightful is to see so many learners moving through the levels and becoming more and more proficient so they can fully take part in all aspects of Welsh life,” he added. Welsh

Minister Eluned Morgan,

AM said: “This is one of my first engagements as the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning and I can’t imagine a more fitting one than a ceremony

that celebrates both aspects of my portfolio. I congratulate everybody for their success and commend you on your commitment to learning Welsh.”

Find out more about learning Welsh at Coleg Gwent by visiting Classes are offered throughout the community at all levels to suit learners. Learners can choose from day school, weekend courses, lessons from two hours to nine hours a week, and there are even classes via Skype and FaceTime.

One of the highlights at the HCC stand this year will be a Christmas dinner made from all Welsh produce. The dinner which will take place on Monday 27 November from 1pm at the HCC stand in the South Glamorgan Hall, will include a starter, main course including accompaniments and a pudding all sourced from Welsh producers.

The main course will be prepared and cooked by Elwen Roberts, Consumer Executive at HCC, who will demonstrate easy to follow cooking methods with the recipes ensuring that people of all ages can emulate the Welsh Christmas Dinner at home.

Over at the main entrance of the Showground, HCC will also be showcasing the best of Welsh produce with social media star Chris Roberts, who will be cooking Welsh Lamb on an Asado for both days of the Winter Fair.

Five festive ideas to decorate your home this Christmas Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, shares some simple and affordable ideas to help make your home look both cosy and sophisticated

Five easy ways to achieve a festive feel in your home: 1 Fill jars, vases, and bowls with lights and festive trinkets

2 Use sprigs of green to compliment the Christmas tree

3 Wrap string lights around wire frames 4 Try using pinecones and acorns as informal decor 5 Make your own transparent baubles

Make use of existing decorative jars Filling mason jars, vases, bell jars and glass bowls with pinecones, string lights, and other festive trinkets is a cost effective way of creating a centrepiece for your shelf or dining table.

Rebecca says: “Creating an impressive Christmas display doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Put a few pinecones inside a bell jar and wrap some twinkling

lights around them for a beautiful festive centrepiece. The natural wood, emphasised by the string lights, gives a subtle hint of woodland and winter. You can still showcase everyday objects in this way after Christmas for a sophisticated look all year round; a potted plant, some colourful fruit or a faux statement feather looks really beautiful underneath a glass dome.”

Place sprigs of green around the room Incorporating small sprigs of greenery into the home gives a subtle visual reminder of the more attention-

grabbing Christmas tree, not to mention the fact that muted greenery complements any oak furniture or natural wood in the room.

Rebecca says, “The Christmas tree doesn’t have to be the only green decor in the room; place sprigs of eucalyptus and rosemary on display as informal decor. As well as bringing in more natural elements to the room, they will provide a pleasant, fresh aroma. Alternatively, try putting sprigs of green inside a small jar or bell jar - this is a particularly good option if you have curious children and pets.”

Wrap string lights around wire frames String lights are a great way to add warmth to your living space and can really draw your guest’s attention to a centrepiece or section of the room. Purchase some wire frames, in a star or a Christmas tree shape, for example, and entwine string lights around the shape for an eye-catching decoration. “There’s nothing more festive than a string of twinkling lights”, says Rebecca. She suggests using them to create a Christmas wall decoration; “A simple but effective way to create a sparkly centrepiece, is to wrap string lights around a shaped frame and add a few sprigs of greenery to finish. This would look great above a fireplace or on a shelf surrounded by more greenery.” If you want to add a touch of Christmas without majorly disrupting your current decor, drape string lights around frames you already own - oak frames add general warmth and depth to a room and work well with neutral colours.”

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Use pinecones and acorns as informal decor Incorporate natural woodland elements like acorns and pinecones for a subtle hint of nature, with the added benefit of complementing neutral, muted or winter tones in the room. “Try placing a cluster of pinecones and acorns on a shelf with some greenery for an informal festive look. Pinecones and acorns can also be scattered on your Christmas table, perhaps with some frosted sprigs, for a cosy, relaxed arrangement. If you want to take your DIY skills a little further, make your pinecones shimmer with some glitter and arrange them in your favourite bowl, and if you’re feeling ambitious try making a wreath with your pinecones with glue and wreath frame.”

Make your own transparent baubles

For a personal touch, try making your own baubles. Rebecca says, “Transparent DIY baubles are easy to find, and add an individual touch to your Christmas decor. Placing sprigs and a bit of glitter inside baubles, and hanging them using twine looks much more high end than plenty of shop bought affairs, not to mention completely unique. This is

something the whole family can get involved in too.”

All Welsh Christmas Dinner at Winter Fair

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