Food festival serves up £8m boost to mark 20th anniversary

One of the first food festivals in Wales is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a record number of stallholders and an £8 million boost for the economy. Llangollen Food Festival was founded in 1997 and pioneered food tourism by creating a shop window for home grown producers. Since then the event has gone from strength […]

Intrepid restaurant manager Celine will zip through the air to raise cash for cancer charity

A fearless restaurant boss is serving herself up a hair-raising airborne challenge to raise thousands of pounds for a cancer charity. Celine Larnicol, manager of Pizza Express at the Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre in Wrexham, aims to notch up at least £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking a heart-stopping zipwire ride which will see […]

Care home masterchefs create culinary delights

A group of care home masterchefs are cooking up a storm. Residents of Pendine Park in Wrexham are making a host of taste bud-teasing dishes after setting up their own cookery school. The idea came from Elaine Lee, the enrichment and activities coordinator at their Penybryn care home which specialises in brain injuries and neurological […]

Shiver me timbers! Young pirates help raise booty for charity

A chest full of pirate treasure is on its way to a charity that supports school projects in coffee-producing countries. Staff at the Costa café at the Odeon cinema at Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre in Wrexham organised a swashbuckling fun event for children. They dressed up as characters from latest Pirates of the Caribbean film, […]

Dementia friendly campaign is stepped up in Wrexham

A campaign to turn Wrexham into a dementia friendly town has been stepped up. Businesses at the Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre have agreed for members of staff to receive training to spot the signs of dementia so they can respond appropriately if somebody has the condition. Among them is the Starbucks cafe where baristas Maddy […]

Sunshine makes big savings for solar-powered dairy farmer

The sun is shining on a top dairy farm in Denbighshire and helping it save over £10,000 a year on its huge electricity bills. The herd of 370 Holstein cattle at Kilford Farm, near Denbigh, produce over three million litres of milk a year but a huge milking parlour used twice a day eats up […]

Bakery creates 50 new jobs to cope with growing order book

A leading bakery is creating an extra 50 jobs – including a dozen apprenticeships. The award-winning Village Bakery has launched a recruitment drive to cope with its growing order book. The positions will be spread across its three bakeries on Wrexham Industrial Estate and up the road in nearby Minera. The apprentices will be trained […]

Barista Maddy full of beans as she aims for national title

A barista from Wrexham is training hard in her bid to be become a national champion for her coffee-making skills. Maddy Hemburg-Hayward, 20, has been entered in the Starbucks Barista Championships and is preparing for the district finals in Manchester. The former Maelor School pupil, who works at the Starbucks cafe in Eagles Meadow Shopping […]

Midnight walkers will be on a roll

Hundreds of women walking to raise money for a hospice will have an added incentive to finish the course – a free sausage roll each at the end. The sausage rolls are being supplied by the locally-based Village Bakery in support of the annual Nightingale House Ladies’ Midnight Walk on Saturday, June 17. The hospice […]

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 […]