Beauty spot restored with criminals’ cash

Cash seized from criminals is being used to help combat anti-social behaviour at a beauty spot in Colwyn Bay. Local people were being put off going to parts of the 50-acre Eirias Park because they were being blighted by petty crime and drug dealing. Now two environmental projects have secured a £2,500 grant from North […]

Care providers being priced out of the jobs market by the NHS

A social care leader is calling for urgent reform to enable care homes and home care companies in Wales to compete with the NHS when it comes to recruiting staff. Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales, revealed that the NHS was paying staff up to £1.50 an hour more for doing the […]

Mazda MX-5 Road test by Steve Rogers

MAZDA has beefed up the world’s favourite sports car…but don’t get too excited. The MX-5 has been given a power boost, an extra 23bhp for the top of the range two-litre, yet it is the sound rather than the extra grunt that provides most of the thrills. This is a car that makes a big […]

Selfless Jeff and Lynne are hailed as social care heroes

A selfless couple whose lives have been dedicated to helping others less fortunate than themselves are in line for a major award. Jeff and Lynne Gornicki are in line for a prestigious award despite claiming, with typical modesty, that their work is ample reward in itself. For 40 years the couple from Wyllie, near Blackwood, […]

Booming bakery creates 20 more new jobs

Twenty more new jobs are up for grabs at a booming bakery which has just announced an inflation-busting pay increase of up to eight per cent for production workers. The award-winning Village Bakery need extra staff for a new gluten-free bakery that’s being launched later in the year and to put two extra shifts on […]

Care home kazoo choir prepares for debut in aid of Poppy Appeal

Musical residents at a care home who set up a choir of kazoos are planning to make their public debut at a charity concert to raise money for the Poppy Appeal. The Singing for Fitness programme at Pendine Park in Wrexham has been a big hit and were originally organised to help residents’ breathing and […]

Food lovers have a ball

The delicacies on offer at a top food festival included sheep’s’ testicles and a host of creepy crawlies. One of the most popular sessions at the Llangollen Food Festival was a cookery demonstration by chef Jack Hatley who cooked up a storm making the lamb fries and dishes using insects such as grasshoppers and meal worms. […]

Inspirational estate makeover is an example to rest of Wales

The “inspirational” transformation of a housing estate in Llandudno has been hailed as an example to the rest of Wales. The plaudits came from Sophie Howe, the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, who was speaking at a ceremony to mark the completion of the ground-breaking project by housing association Cartrefi Conwy at the Tre Cwm […]

Caring Shauna overcomes tragedy to be in running for award

A former shop worker who decided to swap careers and become a carer after the death of a close family friend is in the running for an award. But when Shauna Martin was interviewed by her now residential home employer in Port Talbot she came across as shy and lacking in confidence. Then during her […]