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New flat right on cue for Dylan

Empty storerooms above a Grade Two listed village snooker hall have been transformed into a stylish two-bedroom flat thanks to a grant aimed at easing the housing crisis in Conwy. Even the clicking of the balls is masked by sound-proofing at the property above Llansannan’s Y Ddarllenfa – the reading rooms – where the villagers […]

New scheme being launched to steer offenders away from a life of crime

A pioneering scheme to divert low level offenders away from a life of crime is being launched in North Wales. The idea has been championed by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones who says it will cut reoffending rates as well as reducing police and court time. It’s anticipated part of the Checkpoint […]

Peugeot Traveller road test by Steve Rogers

NOT so long ago no family was complete without a people carrier. They were born in the eighties, the brainchild of Renault whose innovative Espace brought a whole new meaning to big family motoring. With seven comfy individual seats it was a bit like taking a trip in a miniature luxury coach. The French company […]

Crocodiles and dragons star in spooky Christmas story

A group of talented care home residents have worked with members of a symphony orchestra to come up with a spooky Christmas tale with an added musical twist. The people living at the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham teamed up with professional storyteller Jacqui Bloor for a creative writing workshop. The story which featured […]

More than 140 referrals made to authorities over child neglect in North Wales

A children’s charity has revealed that more than 140 referrals were made to authorities over child neglect concerns in North Wales over the last year. According to NSPCC Wales Appeal Board Chairman Alan Peterson, it is contacted on average 55 times a day by adults from across the UK worried about neglect. The charity’s helpline […]

Volcano expert discovers Vale of Clwyd is a cycling hotspot

A volcano expert who caught the biking bug in Japan has followed his dream by opening a cycling shop in the heart of Denbighshire’s cycling country. James Ashworth has put a career as a volcanologist on hold to open Kazoku – Japanese for family – Cycles on Denbigh’s Bridge Street and is getting ready for […]

Care home staff and residents jump to it for children’s charity

Kind-hearted residents staff at a care organisation jumped to it and donned their festive finery for a children’s charity. Glitter, Rudolph and plenty of Santa’s were on show at Pendine Park’s office and training academy in Wrexham while their care homes across the town and in Caernarfon joined in. Head of shared services Jen Roberts […]

World record-breaking hula hooper building business empire by tackling workplace stress 

An entrepreneur who holds a Guinness World Record for hula hooping is aiming to expand her stress-busting business across the UK. Energetic businesswoman Sasha Kenny, the owner of Hoola Nation and Fit Philosophy, says gyrating with a hula hoop is a great way of coping with work-related pressures as well as promoting well-being for adults […]

Crooks’ cash funds local crime-busters tackles new threat of County Lines

A £60,000 fund boosted by money confiscated from criminals has been launched to help tackle the growing menace of youngsters being groomed and exploited by vicious drugs gangs. According to North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones, the ill-gotten gains of villains will be recycled for the benefit of the community in a series of […]

Let’s work together to make Wrexham more prosperous, says new council boss

A new council boss has vowed to build a “new and exciting” relationship with the business community in Wrexham. Ian Bancroft, the recently-appointed chief executive of Wrexham County Borough Council, says it’s vital the public and private sectors work together to forge a more prosperous future for the town. Mr Bancroft made to the pledge […]