Month: December 2018

Deeside photographer Stacey shortlisted for top award

THE work of a Deeside photographer has been brought in to sharp focus after a wedding shot she took was shortlisted for a prestigious UK-wide award. Stacey Oliver, a mum-of-two from Sealand, has reached the finals of the Guild of Photographers Image of the Year Competition, for a wedding photo she took at The Belsfield […]

How much are you prepared to pay for cops?

A police boss is urging people in North Wales to take part in a survey to gauge how much voters are prepared to pay for policing the region. North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones has launched the online poll against a backdrop of £31 million in cuts imposed on North Wales Police by […]

Let’s banish the blight of costly nursing agencies and Dickensian procurement

By Mario Kreft MBE, Chair of Care Forum Wales Social care is the glue that binds our communities together – socially, culturally and economically – but it is being blighted by a triple whammy of chronic underfunding, Dickensian procurement practices and the eye-watering cost of hiring agency nurses. As a sector, it directly employs 100,000 […]

New flat right on cue for Dylan

Empty storerooms above a Grade Two listed village snooker hall have been transformed into a stylish two-bedroom flat thanks to a grant aimed at easing the housing crisis in Conwy. Even the clicking of the balls is masked by sound-proofing at the property above Llansannan’s Y Ddarllenfa – the reading rooms – where the villagers […]

New scheme being launched to steer offenders away from a life of crime

A pioneering scheme to divert low level offenders away from a life of crime is being launched in North Wales. The idea has been championed by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones who says it will cut reoffending rates as well as reducing police and court time. It’s anticipated part of the Checkpoint […]

Peugeot Traveller road test by Steve Rogers

NOT so long ago no family was complete without a people carrier. They were born in the eighties, the brainchild of Renault whose innovative Espace brought a whole new meaning to big family motoring. With seven comfy individual seats it was a bit like taking a trip in a miniature luxury coach. The French company […]

Crocodiles and dragons star in spooky Christmas story

A group of talented care home residents have worked with members of a symphony orchestra to come up with a spooky Christmas tale with an added musical twist. The people living at the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham teamed up with professional storyteller Jacqui Bloor for a creative writing workshop. The story which featured […]

More than 140 referrals made to authorities over child neglect in North Wales

A children’s charity has revealed that more than 140 referrals were made to authorities over child neglect concerns in North Wales over the last year. According to NSPCC Wales Appeal Board Chairman Alan Peterson, it is contacted on average 55 times a day by adults from across the UK worried about neglect. The charity’s helpline […]

Volcano expert discovers Vale of Clwyd is a cycling hotspot

A volcano expert who caught the biking bug in Japan has followed his dream by opening a cycling shop in the heart of Denbighshire’s cycling country. James Ashworth has put a career as a volcanologist on hold to open Kazoku – Japanese for family – Cycles on Denbigh’s Bridge Street and is getting ready for […]