Month: December 2015

Fond farewell for Jenny after 25 years of dedicated service

The deputy manager of a Wrexham care home deputy manager has hung up her apron for the last time after a quarter of a century of dedicated service. Jenny Jones, 62, joined the Pendine Park care organisation in 1990 and has spent most of her service at their Hillbury House care home. According to Jenny, […]

Abergele school named as first ambassador for educational excellence in Wales 

An Abergele school has been named as the first ambassador for educational excellence in Wales. Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan is pioneering the Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme (TEEP), which is already used by many English schools. It aims to drive up professional teaching standards by improving the performance of teachers in the classroom and ensure pupils […]

Bells ring time on purse thefts

An ingenious invention to stop purse thefts has been praised by a police boss. Forces across the UK are now showing interest in the simple device which has two small bells and is clipped to shoppers’ purses. It was invented by Llandudno Police and Community Support Officer Sarah Curry – who has clocked up 10 […]

Gladiator Jet combats absenteeism at work

A former TV Gladiator is on a new mission to combat absenteeism and improve productivity at work in North Wales. Diane Youdale, aka Jet from the hit 1990s series, has teamed up with St Asaph-based training firm, You Train, to provide health and well-being courses for companies across the region. The concept will be officially […]

UK’s first solar powered bakery

A leading bakery is aiming to be the greenest bakery in Britain – with the help of solar power. The Village Bakery has installed over 1,000 solar panels at their new Baking Academy and Innovation Centre on Wrexham Industrial Estate. The 250 kilowatt system means in summer they will be able to run their bakery […]

Esther’s still doing it her way 100 years on

A woman born just over a fortnight after legendary crooner Frank Sinatra celebrated her 100th birthday in style – and attributes her longevity to the odd nip of whisky. As well as receiving a birthday card from the Queen, Esther Stevens enjoyed a party with family and friends at Pendine Park’s Highfield care home in […]

Bargain hunters brave torrential rain

Around 1,000 bargain hunters braved torrential rain in readiness for the annual Boxing Day sale at Next at a shopping centre in Wrexham. The queue began to snake around Eagles Meadow from 2.45am as sale addicts waited patiently for the doors to be thrown open just over three hours later. According to Eagles Meadow manager […]

Car park charges slashed at Eagles Meadow

Car park charges have been slashed at a busy shopping centre – just in time for Christmas. Tickets have been drastically reduced by between 55 per cent and 38 per cent at Eagles Meadow in Wrexham town centre. Among the changes is a new one hour rate of £1 for people who just need to […]

Mike steers group to major award from police boss

A driving expert from the Vale of Clwyd who promotes safer driving across North Wales has steered a group to a top award from a police boss. The North Group of Advanced Motorists, chaired by Mike Redfern-Jones who lives in Denbigh, was set up by motoring enthusiasts back in 1977 to help drivers to prepare […]

Sarah still drawn to care after 20 years

Wales’ first ever care home artist in residence is celebrating two decades in the role. Staff and residents at the Pendine Park care organisation threw a special celebration party in honour of the pioneering Sarah Edwards. She was engaged as a consultant by arts loving owners Mario and Gill Kreft in 1995. Since then Sarah’s […]