Donkey duo help Peggy and pupils get crafty

A pensioner who ran a donkey sanctuary had a “wonderful surprise” when two special visitors trotted into the care home where she now lives. Peggy Morris, 87, was thrilled when donkeys Jenny and Winnie arrived at Bryn Seiont Newydd, Pendine Park’s centre of excellence for dementia care in Caernarfon. The four-legged duo were there as part […]

X-Factor star will wow audience at school graduation

An X Factor contestant who has written songs for Atomic Kitten and backed legendary US rock royalty Steely Dan will be entertaining the audience at a Llandudno school’s graduation day this month. Steve McElroy is the IT Director at Ysgol John Bright but the gifted pianist from Prestatyn is also a talented musician who has […]

Ambitious £5.2m housing scheme will breathe new life into old school and boost economy

A housing association has started work on an ambitious £5.2 million housing scheme in Llandudno Junction that will help sustain 70 existing jobs and create six new ones. The development is breathing new life into the former primary school, Ysgol Maelgwn which closed two years ago when the pupils moved to a new super school, […]

Hard-hitting film to protect vulnerable youngsters from evil drugs trade

A hard-hitting film aimed at protecting vulnerable children from becoming involved in the drugs trade is to be made by an award-winning TV director with £10,000 of cash confiscated from criminals in North Wales. The video intended for use in schools and across the community will be made by the charity the Colwyn Bay-based Centre […]

Pioneering care home course gives Lucy a massive boost

A teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome was among a group of young people being helped into the world of work thanks to a pioneering partnership between the Prince’s Trust and a care organisation. Lucy Williams, 18, from Minera, was  one of four candidates to complete the three-week long Get into Care training course at Pendine Park […]

Public school hailed as “vibrant international learning community”

“Our ambition is to be the best independent school in Wales” A private school in North Wales has been hailed by inspectors as a “vibrant international learning community”. It was the first ever inspection carried out by Estyn at Myddelton College in Denbigh which was the UK’s newest independent school in the UK when it […]

Starring role for young piano virtuoso Ellis at music festival

A supremely gifted teenager from Llandudno who’s aiming to become a top concert pianist is to be one of the stars at a music festival later this month (May). It will be the third year in a row that 18-year-old Ysgol John Bright pupil Ellis Thomas has appeared at Beaumaris Music Festival and follows his […]

Nan, 95, joins Strictly-inspired classes with young dancers

A 95-year-old woman is among the twinkle-toed care home residents showing the younger generation how to tango their way to health thanks to a revolutionary exercise project. The Strictly Come Dancing enthusiasts are partnering with eight and nine-year-olds at Chirk Court Care Home, in Chirk, in a project designed to promote intergenerational friendships and improve […]

Trust fund grant helps charity teach young people life and garden skills

A Denbighshire allotment project by children’s charity Barnardo’s Cymru to help young people stay out of trouble and learn new skills has been backed by a £500,000 charity fund. The Gardening and Allotment Project at Brynhyfryd School, Ruthin, has been run by the charity to help young people from across Conwy and Denbighshire, including many […]

Talented schoolgirl artist brings her author mum’s characters to life

A supremely talented young artist has illustrated a children’s fantasy novel written by her mother which is on the shelves of the UK’s biggest bookshop, Waterstone’s. When author and former schoolteacher Hayley Davenport-Smith was looking for someone to provide the artwork for her first book she could think of nobody better than her 12-year-old daughter […]