Month: August 2018

Toyota Yaris road test by Steve Rogers

IF we are to believe what we hear nearly all of us will be driving hybrid or electric within 10 years. Volvo is really going for it saying every new car from 2019 will be electrified. The numbers of hybrid and electric cars has certainly shifted up a gear in the last 12 months with […]

Energy specialists go for hat-trick at the renewables Oscars

A leading North Wales green energy company is in the running for a hat-trick of awards at the renewables Oscars next month. Denbigh-based Hafod Renewables have been short-listed in three categories at the Energy Efficiency Awards, the renewables industry ‘Oscars’ at the Hilton NEC Metropole Hotel in Birmingham next month. They will be presented by […]

Innovative new app harnesses power of music to help people with dementia

An innovative new app is triggering musical memories for people with dementia to help them cope with the challenges of daily life. The program for mobile devices is being developed with the help of residents at the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham who specialise in providing dementia care. The Memory Tracks app is the […]

Expanding bakery clinches major deal for new gluten-free products

A booming bakery firm has clinched a deal to supply a leading retail chain with its new gluten-free range. The products are being rolled out by the Wrexham-based Village Bakery to a total of 60 Spar stores in North Wales – with another major announcement expected before the end of the year. The family-run company […]

Matron Linda has new national role sewn up

A former seamstress who switched careers to follow her dreams of nursing is toasting success after landing a top job with responsibility for 39 hospitals. Linda Jones has risen through the ranks at Spire Yale Hospital in Wrexham to be appointed National Matron for the private healthcare group covering its hospitals throughout the UK. It […]

Musical premiere to honour the last native Prince of Wales, Owain Glyndŵr

A new work by one of Wales’ most revered composers which tells the story of the death of Owain Glyndŵr will be premiered at this year’s North Wales International Music Festival. Composer Brian Hughes, who lives in Gresford, near Wrexham, has written his haunting string orchestral piece, Death of the Skylark, based on a traditional […]

Cheers! Incredible Bessie celebrates 102nd birthday with glass of sherry

An “incredible” woman who was born during the First World War has celebrated her 102nd birthday – with a glass of her favourite sweet sherry. According to Martha Elizabeth Hughes, known as Bessie, enjoying an occasional tipple and going for regular walks are among the secrets of her longevity. She lived independently in Brymbo, near […]

Big-hearted fundraisers inspired by Shakin’ Stevens’ campaign

A life-saving piece of equipment has been installed at a community centre after a fundraising drive by members of a club who meet there. The public access defibrillator was unveiled at the Park Way Community Centre in Rhos-on-Sea that’s managed by housing association Cartrefi Conwy. The £1,400 to buy the machine was raised by members […]

Award for North Wales woman leading fight against child slavery

A dedicated charity worker who plays a vital role in keeping vulnerable children safe from trafficking and exploitation has been honoured by North Wales’s policing chief. Sian Humphreys, who works for Barnardo’s as an Independent Child Trafficking Advocate for Wales, has won the Anti-Slavery Champion title in the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community […]

Care home art exhibition uncovers rare Welsh nursery rhyme

Residents of a Gwynedd care home are showcasing their artistic talents with a display of their work for visitors – and it has even uncovered a rare Welsh nursery rhyme. The exhibition at Plasgwyn Care Home, near Criccieth, run by the award-winning Cariad Care Homes, displays a huge array of work done there from multimedia […]