Month: November 2020

Switch to online classes enables top harpist to teach protégé 7,500 miles away in Patagonia

A switch to online classes because of the covid crisis has enabled an acclaimed music centre in North Wales to provide lessons around the world. Among the tutors at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias (William Mathias Music Centre), which has bases in Caernarfon, Denbigh and Ruthin, is internationally renowned harpist Elinor Bennett who is now teaching […]

Charity appeals for crafters to train adults with learning difficulties

A charity that works with adults with learning difficulties is appealing for crafters to volunteer to pass on their skills at their café and shop in Wrexham town centre. Baseline Matters was set up by Denise Thomas, whose son has Aspergers, after she found that there was a lack of services for young people with […]

Suzuki Vitara road test by Steve Rogers

The pandemic has brought untold misery, but lockdown in England has thrown a small crumb of comfort my way. Test drives normally last a week but as the Suzuki press team delivered a Vitara just before the latest lockdown, and then went into forced hibernation, the SUV is with me for a month and that, […]

Top private school offers free online lessons to young people across the UK

A kind-hearted private school is offering free access to online lessons in key subjects to any youngsters across the UK whose studies have been affected by Covid disruptions. The two hour evening sessions covering English, Maths and Sciences will be taught by experienced subject specialist teachers at Myddelton College, a Microsoft Global Showcase Independent School, […]

Covid forces county lines gangs to switch tactics and groom kids in care homes

A police boss fears children in care are being recruited by ruthless county lines drugs gangs. North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones has been told the covid lockdown restrictions have forced crime overlords to change their “business model”. Instead of bringing in young runners from Merseyside and Manchester, it’s believed the gangs are […]

More psychiatric nurses needed to deal with Covid mental health crisis

A World Health Organisation warning about an explosion in cases of depression caused by the pandemic has led to a call for more people to apply to become mental health nurses by one of Wales’s leading training providers. Bangor University’s School of Health Sciences trains nursing students for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, one […]

Giant dog Dash is a big winner

A giant Newfoundland dog called Dash has become big friends with care home residents in Caernarfon. Weighing in at more than 10st and standing three feet tall at the shoulders, Dash is a popular visitor to the Bryn Seiont Newydd dementia centre on the outskirts of town. So much so, that he’s won a competition […]