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 […]

Bakers raise dough for hospice

A group of big-hearted bakers are organising a charity football match to raise some dough for a hospice. The team at Village Bakery are in training twice a week for the game in aid of Nightingale House in Wrexham. They will be playing Welsh National League side Johnstown FC at Chester City’s ground, the Deva […]

Lord Newborough invites schoolchildren to test out new Rhug Estate playground

THE Rhug Estate’s Lord Newborough asked a group of Corwen schoolchildren to be the first to test out a new £11,000 playground built outside his award winning farm shop. The new adventure area was designed, manufactured and installed by Chester-based firm Creative Play and created as a new play facility for not only young visitors […]

Speech therapist named as star for initiative to prevent youngsters choking

A superstar speech therapist who developed a potentially life-saving system to minimise the risk of choking by children has received a top award. Fiona Luff was stunned when Gary Doherty, Chief Executive of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), surprised her with a prestigious Gwobr Seren Betsi Star Award. She was nominated for the BCUHB […]

Egg-cellent idea in aid of children’s hospices

Kind-hearted restaurant staff have come up with an egg-cellent idea to raise money for a children’s hospice charity. The team at Frankie and Benny’s at Eagles Meadow in Wrexham are organising their own Easter Egg Hunt with all the chocolate delights they discover going to Hope House/Tŷ Gobaith. Customers can donate chocolate Easter Eggs to […]

Weight to go for bakery shop manager Nerys

A bakery shop manager has shed 5st in less than a year thanks to a new diet and taking up weight lifting. Nerys Jones, 33, who runs the Greggs store at the Eagles Meadow shopping centre in Wrexham, is determined to lose another couple of stones before she’s done. After starting out at 171/2 stone, […]

Ready meal firm Thai up new frozen food deals

A unique, family-run Thai ready meals business is venturing into the lucrative frozen food market after expanding its operation thanks to a council grant. Llanferres-based Authentic Thai Cuisine, which is celebrating its 10th year in business, has made its name locally through an array of popular chilled meals. But now Dtoi Harvey, who cooks her […]

New boss Barry serves up burgers instead of beer

A former pub landlord has swapped beer for burgers after taking over as manager of a restaurant in Wrexham. Barry Martin, 48, has spent most of his working life serving up pints and pub meals from behind the bar of several Wrexham and Oswestry pubs but he called time on the licensed trade to take […]