Month: October 2021

Devastated care home owner Brian relives Covid horror after deaths data published

A care home owner who lost more than 20 residents to Covid-19 has relived the ordeal as new data reveals the tragic death toll suffered by Welsh care homes. Brian Rosenberg, who owns Tregwilym Lodge Nursing and Residential Home in Rogerstone, Newport, said lessons had to be learned from the catastrophe to improve the handling […]

Boxing club packs a big punch with cash seized from criminals

A historic Flintshire boxing club with a history of producing champions is back in the swing of things after lockdown. Buckley Boxing Cub was founded over 100 years ago and its regular sessions at the gym off the town’s Drury Lane are once again attracting over 300 boxers aged from six to 60. They have […]

Grieving widow calls for Wales-only Covid inquiry as new data reveals tragic death toll

A former care home owner whose husband tragically took his own life because of the unbearable strain of Covid is demanding answers from the Welsh Government on their handling of the crisis. Louise Hough, who until recently owned Gwastad Hall Care Home in Cefn-y-Bedd, near Wrexham, said her husband Vernon’s suicide might have been prevented […]

Rural communities to share £1.3 million fund for green projects

Towns and villages across North East Wales are being challenged to come up with innovative green projects to earn a slice of a £1.3 million fund aimed at boosting the local environment. The Green Communities Fund aims to provide money to kick-start sustainable community-led projects and is being launched this month across the rural areas […]

Covid deaths were our “worst possible nightmare”

A social care leader said the loss of care home residents who died of Covid was the “worst possible nightmare”. Mary Wimbury, the chief executive of Care Forum Wales, was speaking in the wake of the publication of the death notifications for individual homes by regulators Care Inspectorate Wales who admitted the statistics were flawed […]

Business leaders say freeport would turbo charge North Wales economy and create thousands of jobs

Business leaders say securing freeport status for Holyhead would be a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to turbo charge the North Wales economy. According to the North Wales and Mersey Dee Business Council, it would help attract billions of pounds of investment and create thousands of new jobs. The influential organisation’s Commercial Director, Ashley Rogers, spoke out after […]

Inspirational Julie’s Cwtch café culture survives and thrives against the odds

An “inspirational” woman who launched a café just before Covid-19 struck says she has had to reinvent herself “more times than Madonna” to survive the pandemic. Mother-of-four and gran-of-five Julie Vaughan-Roberts, 65, ploughed every penny of her life-savings – including her funeral fund – to establish Cwtch Ceramics in Rossett, near Wrexham Just 10 days […]

Judges sing praises of tech savvy music cooperative

A music cooperative that “pushed the boundaries of technology” to provide online lessons for children and young people has won a top award. The North Wales Music Cooperative, a not-for-profit organisation providing quality music tuition for pupils in Denbighshire and Wrexham, was honoured at the prestigious Social Business Wales Awards, winning the technology category, Tech […]

Police boss boots out hate crime

A police boss put on his football boots to take part in a six-aside tournament to kick out hate crime. The competition held in Wrexham to mark Hate Crime Awareness Week was hailed a success by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Dunbobbin. The event at Glyndwr University, sponsored by the commissioner, returned after […]

Anglesey hydrogen can bridge UK’s energy gap says economics expert

Anglesey can become a UK leader in hydrogen energy technology, cleaning up the transport sector and creating high quality jobs across North Wales, according to a leading Welsh economic expert. This comes as motorists across the country struggle with chaos at petrol stations caused by a shortage of HGV delivery drivers. This follows UK Government […]