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First Minister gets a taste of Ceredigion

First Minister gets a taste of Ceredigion

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, today visited Ceredigion to sample some of its finest foods and see how education is delivered in one of its newest schools.

In Llanerchaeron, a National Trust owned site near Aberaeron, the First Minister officially launched Taste Trail Ceredigion. This project brings together 27 local food producers, from whisky distillers and cheese makers to chocolate producers and vegetable growers, and promotes local produce to visitors and residents alike through traditional methods as well as innovative social media channels.

Supported by the Welsh Government through the Rural Development Plan for Wales the project aims to highlight the wealth of produce available in the county and to further encourage people to appreciate what is available on their own doorstep. Many of the producers are also opening their doors for the first time for visitors to see them in action.

The First Minister then went on to visit Ysgol T Llew Jones, the county’s newest primary school, and saw how new technology is giving pupils a helping hand in the classroom.

The visits certainly made an impression on the First Minister:

“We have this week published the second annual report highlighting the achievements of our Programme for Government. Among the key priorities are continuing to improve on how we deliver education for our children and developing a sustainable economy. What I have witnessed today certainly proves to me that we are on the right track.

"Taste Trail Ceredigion shows the benefits of European funding to Wales and how it can work alongside Welsh Government money to develop and support viable projects.

"Ysgol T Llew Jones is a shining example of how a community looked to the future and secured a first class facility to provide first class education for their children. The Welsh Government’s financial support to this development highlights our continued commitment to improving educational standards across the country.”

Taste Trail Ceredigion is the brainchild of Jenny and Teifi Davies of Llwynhelyg Farm Shop and they are delighted to see it come to fruition:

“We are celebrating thirty years in business this year and during that time we have seen many local producers start up in this area. We want to ensure that they and others have an opportunity to flourish in future and by working together we are confident of a positive outcome.”

Ysgol T Llew Jones opened in September of last year and Alwyn Ward, the headteacher, is very happy with how everyone is settling in:

“It can be very difficult for pupils and staff to come into a completely new building but this school meets all our needs from a technological and an environmental perspective. I believe that the significant financial investment by the Welsh Government and the Local Authority shows that delivering a first class education is at the forefront and this bodes well for the future.”    

During the day the First Minister also visited the National Library in Aberystwyth and attended the Wales Colloquium of the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO at Aberystwyth University.