Month: August 2019

Top pianist swaps Carnegie Hall for St Asaph Cathedral

A Japanese classical pianist is swapping New York’s Carnegie Hall for St Asaph Cathedral for a performance at this year’s North Wales International Music Festival. Recognised as one of the world’s most acclaimed pianists of her generation Yu Kosuge, who has played in leading venues around the world, says she is looking forward to what […]

Police boss beefs up crack rural crime team

A crack team of rural crimefighters is being beefed up, it’s been revealed. Three extra police constables will be added to the North Wales Rural Crime Team of four PCs and three Police Community Support Officers headed by team manager Rob Taylor, bringing its numbers up to 11 officers. The announcement was made by North […]

World-renowned soprano headlines at centre’s anniversary concert

One of Wales’ greatest sopranos is to headline a concert to celebrate the 20th anniversary of music centre which has bases in Caernarfon, Denbigh and Ruthin. As well as being an internationally renowned soloist, Mary Lloyd-Davies has taught at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias (William Mathias Music Centre) since the very first day. The centre – […]

Raising a glass of Chateau Loughlin to honour food festival saviour Colin

A new wine is being launched to honour the memory of the man who saved the popular Llangollen Food Festival – and will be used to raise money for his favourite charity. Friends and colleagues were devastated by the sudden death of the “larger than life” former wine distributor, Colin Loughlin, 76, after he suffered […]

Caring Paige tells Deputy Minister how she landed “dream job”

A young woman has spoken movingly about how landing her “dream job” at a care home has been a life-changing experience. Paige Taylor, 22, told her story to Julie Morgan AM, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, when she visited the Pendine Park Care Organisation in Wrexham. According to Paige, her […]

Life’s a beach for sea-loving youngsters

Youngsters have been making a splash at free water sports sessions at the seaside. Fifty young people aged between eight and 14, all children of Cartrefi Conwy housing association tenants, took part in the summer Beach Club scheme at Colwyn Bay Water Sports Centre. As a result, they were given the chance to try a whole […]

Inspirational Gethin weaves his magic with new studio opening

An “inspirational” young textile designer and printmaker is gearing up for his first solo exhibition. Gethin Ceidiog Hughes, from Denbigh, has been awarded a £5,000 training and development grant from the Arts Council of Wales to create a new body of work. As a result, Gethin is moving into a residency studio at Ruthin Craft […]

Skoda Octavia road test by Steve Rogers

THIS will sound comical but I have just got out of a car where it seemed Big Brother was watching me! The fictional character in George Orwell’s novel 1984 kept a sinister eye on everyone and that was how it seemed in the Skoda Octavia. As soon as I turned the ignition a message came […]

New volunteers sought for sex offender scheme with a 100% success rate

A search has been launched for volunteers to work with former sex offenders as part of a pioneering programme in North Wales that has a 100% success rate. The aim of the Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) programme is to keep the community safe and since it started in North Wales in 2007 none […]