Month: August 2017

Top builder in line for slice of £335 million housing cake

Award-winning builder Anwyl Construction is in the running for affordable housing contracts across the North of England worth over a third of a billion pounds over the next four years. The Ewloe-based firm is on the list of approved builders for the JV North consortium of ten housing associations which has announced a £335 million, […]

We’ll have 200 fewer police officers unless training cash row is sorted

A row over how police training is funded could result in 200 fewer officers in Wales – and potential recruits choosing to sign up to work for English forces instead. That’s the warning from the four police and crime commissioners and the chief constables in Wales who are calling for urgent action over the controversial […]

Dancing cow helps raise money for African village

A cafe in Wrexham is raising funds to buy a special gift for an African community – a cow. Barista Billy Paterson, who works at the Starbucks cafe in Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre, got into character to boost the fundraising effort. Billy, 23, dressed up a special bovine fancy dress suit to help promote the […]

A stitch in time saves Nain

A team of young knitting stars have come up with a “purl” of an idea to help people with dementia. The five pupils from Llay CP School have made twiddle blankets and mitts for the residents of Pendine Park in Wrexham. They were given a warm welcome when they presented their natty gifts at the […]

Royal chef will champion “world class” North Wales produce

A celebrity chef who has cooked regularly for royalty and government leaders says North Wales produces some of the best food in the world. Graham Tinsley MBE, who has prepared dishes for the Queen and Prince Charles on at least a dozen occasions and also created St David’s Day feasts at 10 Downing Street, can’t […]

Globally successful composer Robat honoured on home turf

The work of a composer whose song helped achieve a Guinness World Record for the fastest selling debut album in the UK will be celebrated at a music festival. Robat Arwyn, from Ruthin, wrote the music for a song called Benedictus on an album by three Irish Catholic priests backed by the Vatican Choir which […]

Help us find Wrexham’s Young Legend

Football idol Joey Jones has launched a search for an unsung young hero or heroine. Joey has joined forces with The Leader newspaper and Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre in Wrexham to honour a local youngster aged under 18. The aim is identify and pay tribute to Wrexham’s Young Legend who deserves credit for what they […]

Action plan to reverse shock rise in short jail sentences given to women

An action plan has been launched to reverse the shock rise in short jail sentences dished out to women in North Wales. The “worrying trend”, which saw an 88 per cent increase from 40 in 2010 to 75 in 2015, was highlighted at a special summit hosted by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon […]

Five star success for top fabric firm Simon Boyd

A local businessman who started out over 40 years ago has created a soft furnishings empire that is now believed to be the UK’s largest independent fabric retailer. Peter Grimes’s chain of four Simon Boyd shops now includes Premiership footballers, the top five star London hotel, The Corinthia and the world famous Gleneagles Hotel and […]

Campaigning pensioner Richard hailed a hero

A public-spirited pensioner with a heart of gold had been hailed a local hero by town councillors and a housing association. Retired process worker Richard Blackwell, 75, came in for praise after his successful campaign to improve road safety at the Parkway estate in Rhos-on-Sea. Richard, a tenant of housing association Cartrefi Conwy, jumped into […]