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Pupils make music with world-class orchestra and care home residents

Schoolchildren joined forces with a world-renowned orchestra and a care organisation to work on a pioneering project about the Welsh colony in Patagonia. Pupils from Ysgol Bodhyfryd in Wrexham spent the afternoon making music with the Hallé orchestra and the residents of the Hillbury care home which is part of the Pendine Park care organisation. […]

New councils urged to ditch double standards over expenses and care fees

The cost of overnight expenses and meal allowances claimed by councillors can be twice what local authorities pay in care home fees for vulnerable people, it’s been revealed. The figures have come to light following an investigation by Care Forum Wales, the body that represents nearly 500 social care providers. If they’re away on official […]

Hello Dolly! Shoppers given sneak preview of hit musical

Shoppers were given a sneak preview of a blockbuster musical in Llangollen. The music of country legend Dolly Parton had customers dancing and tapping their feet at the Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre in Wrexham. They were entertained by member of the cast of the hit show, 9 to 5, which will be performed by Llangollen Operatic […]

Bakery pays for staff to join Co-op in a UK first

A leading bakery has become the first company in the UK to pay for all its staff to become members of The Co-op. As a result, the 450-strong workforce at the Village Bakery will be co-owners and have voting rights at the organisation’s annual meeting. On top of that they’ll get a five per cent […]

Colwyn Bay set to get into the swing with Forties Festival 

Two iconic planes from World War II will take centre stage in Colwyn Bay this weekend, as the town gets into the swing with its popular Forties Festival. The family-focused event on Saturday May 20 and Sunday May 21 celebrates the town’s strategic war-time role in keeping Britain fed, when the Ministry of Food set […]

Phil measures up to big fundraising challenge in memory of late mum and aunt

The men’s suits manager at a Wrexham department store has fitted himself out as a marathon man to raise cash in memory of his mum and his aunt who both died from cancer. Phil Roberts saw the two sisters lose their separate battles with the disease within a few months of each other last year. […]

UCML officially connects to charity that brightens lives of disabled youngsters

A charity that’s been an “absolute godsend” to disabled teenager Caitlin Chapman and her mum has boosted by kind staff at utility connections company UCML. Soon after her birth, 17-year-old Caitlin was diagnosed with a severe form of cerebral palsy, which has left her unable to walk or talk properly, and she also registered blind. […]

New police station will keep frontline officers in town

Here is what the new town centre police station in Wrexham will look like. Work was given the go-ahead by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones. According to Mr Jones, a former police inspector who served in Wrexham during his career, it will keep a range of vital frontline facilities in the heart […]

Grieving mum backs fix room for drug users

The bereaved mother of a teenager who died after taking ecstasy has backed the call by a police boss to set up safe injecting areas for drug users in North Wales. Schoolgirl Martha Fernbeck was just 15 when she suffered a cardiac arrest in July 2013 after swallowing half a gram of 90 per cent […]

Golden jubilee is a moveable feast

A national women’s organisation that began in the Bala area will be celebrating its golden anniversary in style thanks to a trailer company. Merched y Wawr marks its 50th birthday this year and a series of exhibitions is planned to mark the event. But transporting the panels which form the exhibition around the country posed […]