Month: November 2018

Brexit pensions bombshell could mean 133 fewer police officers in North Wales

Brexit will help blow a £5 million black hole in the pension pot of North Wales Police over the next two years – and could mean 133 fewer officers or a massive increase in council tax. North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones warned there was even worse to come because of proposed changes […]

Exceptional Amy honoured at social care Oscars

A former factory worker who has fulfilled her dream of working with children has landed a national award just a year into her role caring for young people with autism and learning disabilities. Amy Thomas, 30, who has been hailed as “exceptional” by Ty Bronllys Children’s Home in Brecon where she began working as a […]

Super Mario’s lifetime achievement award

A social care champion has been given a lifetime achievement award for his “remarkable and outstanding contribution” over three decades. Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales and the owner of the Pendine Park care organisation, was honoured at the prestigious Wales Care Awards at City Hall in Cardiff. The former Older People’s […]

Nia defies doctor’s orders to take part in charity run

A Gwynedd musician-in-residence defied doctor’s orders to run a half marathon to raise money for a charity she cares passionately about. Nia Davies Williams, 46, who works at Pendine Park’s Bryn Seiont Newydd Care Home in Caernarfon, tackled the  Cardiff Half Marathon despite having badly bruised ribs. Nia, a leading authority on the use of […]

Caroline back on stage after two decades for festival fundraiser

The manager of a top festival will celebrate a landmark birthday by singing for the first time since her school days at a special fundraising concert in her honour. Caroline Thomas, from Glan Conwy, who works for the North Wales International Music Festival in St Asaph, was a member of an award-winning choir when she […]

BMW X3 Road test by Steve Rogers

MY BMW loving friend has got himself into a fix. David has been driving his 420d for nearly a year and although he loves it he struggles to get in and out. I should say David is nudging 80 and has had a new hip – 60 years prancing around a badminton court has taken […]

Steve Rogers reviews the new Peugeot 508

Has Peugeot finally found a big saloon winner? Steve Rogers gives his verdict. IT’S bold and beautiful so is this the car that can crack the saloon car market for Peugeot. Not that many of us are buying big saloons any more, and those that do tend to go up market for Audis, BMWs, Mercs […]

Final poppy salute to war hero Bill

A group of artistic care home residents have come up with a touching tribute to Second World War hero Bill Evans by making cascades of giant poppies in his memory. Bill, 93, who fought his way through Europe and helped liberate Brussels, died on Monday, October 15, after a short illness at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. […]

Growing distribution firm builds new £3m HQ and warehouse

A growing distribution firm is building a new £3 million headquarters and warehouse which will more than double its capacity and create 12 new jobs. Mike McCarthy, Managing Director of McCarthy Distribution, based on Wrexham Industrial Estate, has launched the ambitious expansion plan to cater for the increasing demand for warehouse space from firms moving […]