A celebration event is being held at Llanerchaeron, near Aberaeron, on Saturday May 10th to celebrate the diverse projects funded by the RDP in the county. The event is being organised by Cynnal y Cardi, will be free and will run from 11am until 4pm. The total RDP investment in Ceredigion since 2011 has been over £5 million. The RDP funding has been used to support the development of new businesses by creating new entrepreneurs, funding community activities and supporting existing rural businesses in Ceredigion.

The Cynnal Y Cardi Axis 4 Leader Project has supported numerous events, initiatives and activities aimed at improving the quality of life across rural Ceredigion.  Community groups, organisations, charities, schools and social enterprises have benefitted through projects such as Lampeter and District Beekeepers Association’s ‘Bees are Beautiful’, Tir Coed’s ‘Community Outreach Initiative’, RAY Ceredigion Beach School Project, and Ceredigion Museum’s ‘Storming the Walls’. In terms of the support provided to new entrepreneurs, 53 individuals have been successfully supported through the Ysgol Fenter y Cardi bursary scheme, equating to 14 full time equivalent jobs being created, and these are still being counted.

The event will provide an opportunity to bring all these successful beneficiaries together to celebrate the positive effects that the project has had. There will be a chance to take part in taster activities run by organisations supported such as beekeeping – with Lampeter and District Beekeepers Association and green woodworking – with the woodland skills charity, Tir Coed, and arts and crafts activities for children run by RAY Ceredigion.

Cllr Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet Member Economic Development & Tourism and Chair of the Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group said: “The contribution that the RDP has played in regenerating the rural economy of Ceredigion has been very important. The Cynnal Y Cardi Axis 4 Leader project has involved trialling new and innovative projects which will in turn contribute substantially to the long-term sustainability of our rural communities. Many of the ideas could not have been given the kick start needed without this particular support received. So this event is about celebrating the activities taking place all over Ceredigion by promoting those that have benefitted. A warm welcome is extended to all.”

The Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007 – 2013 is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.