Author: Gareth

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 […]

Storage giant opens new A55 Abergele site

A fast-growing Denbigh-based self-storage giant has opened its latest site – its 23rd across North and Mid Wales and the Border Counties. The new Lock Stock storage park at Pensarn, near Abergele, already has over 30 units installed with more due to be delivered and they are reporting a high demand in the area. The […]

Stop poaching our staff, social care leader tells NHS

Pay needs to be “levelled up” to stop NHS poaching our staff, says social care leader A social care leader his hit out at the “madness” of the NHS poaching staff from care homes and domiciliary care companies by offering them higher pay. According to Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales, it […]

Trailer for new TV series is a big hit

A humble livestock trailer has been immortalised in song. Folk singing sensation the Welsh Whisperer has been touring Wales for his second television series for S4C. As part of the show, he visited eight communities across the length and breadth of the country – including Ysbyty Ifan in Conwy. He carried his equipment in a […]

Former mayor’s heart-breaking dementia battle inspires charity art exhibition

An award-winning artist whose sister’s dementia battle has left her heartbroken is hosting a fundraising exhibition in aid of a research charity. Jenny Holbrook, was diagnosed with dementia 10 years ago at the age of 80 and has been living at Pendine Park’s Hillbury Care Home in Wrexham since March following her rapid decline in […]

Police boss launches new campaign to cut crimes against women in Wrexham

A police boss is launching a new campaign to cut crimes against women in Wrexham and make the town a safer place for them. North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Dunbobbin has secured an extra £339,000 in funding to reduce the number of offences involving violence against women and girls by 10 per cent. […]