Historic agreement to twin ancient castles in North Wales and Japan

An historic agreement will be signed next month to twin two ancient castles – one in North Wales and the other in Japan. The arrangement to partner Conwy Castle and Himeji Castle, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is believed to be the first of its kind for the UK. The Mayor of Himeji, Toshikatsu Iwami, […]

Skoda Karoq road test by Steve Rogers

IF Yeti got Skoda started in the SUV race then Karoq is taking over the baton and is off to a flyer. The Yeti had a name as wacky as the vehicle itself and became a huge favourite because of its quirky looks, versatility and value for money. So should Skoda have given us a […]

Power to the people as Minister opens town’s hydro-electric scheme

A Denbighshire town’s very own renewable hydro-electric scheme promising power to the people has been hailed a success by Wales’s energy minister. Lesley Griffiths AM, the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, visited Corwen to officially open Corwen Electricity Cooperative’s hydro-electric scheme. The Cabinet Secretary, the Assembly Member for Wrexham, attended […]

Charity ball raises £30,000 for children with rare degenerative disease

A CHARITY ball has raised £30,000 to help children with a rare degenerative disease. The seventh A-T Spring Ball, held at Chester Racecourse Pavilion, was organised by Wrexham businessman Vaughn Rawson, managing director of Rawson Digital, and his wife Joanne to help families coping with the rare genetic condition known as Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T). The children […]

Volkswagen Polo review

By Steve Rogers IF you crave a Volkswagen Golf but can’t afford one then try the new Polo. The sixth generation of VW’s second best seller (behind Golf) sits on the group’s ‘one size fits all’ MQB platform so Polo’s underpinnings are, as near as damn it, the same as Golf. That becomes obvious after […]

Police boss declares war on online paedophiles

The scale of sex crimes against children is much bigger than anybody imagined with apps like Snapchat enabling paedophiles to pinpoint the location of potential targets, according to a police boss. North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones is horrified the popular photo messaging app has a mapping device which shows exactly where the […]

Volkswagen T-Roc review

By Steve Rogers FOR a company with so much SUV know-how it has taken Volkswagen long enough to come up with the T-Roc. The compact SUV is almost last on the scene and facing a veritable army of well established rivals, some of them outstanding. Volkswagen’s sport utility range already has Tiguan and Golf Sportvan […]

Hyundai Kona review

Road test by Steve Rogers ANOTHER  day another new crossover, but as my postman said ‘everyone is buying them.’ He got that right. In a year when car sales fell 2017 was a great year for the crossover-cum-SUV, call them what you will. This was the only sector where sales increased although it is hardly […]

Icelandic farmer chooses an Ifor Williams trailer for when going gets tough up north

When a farmer who raises sheep in rugged country close to the Arctic Circle needed help with moving his flock around he turned to Europe’s top trailer maker to provide the answer. And to demonstrate the commitment it shows to customers across the globe the Ifor Williams Trailers distributor in Iceland drove over 200 miles […]