Young people

Cash boost is music to the ears of talented Flintshire youngsters

A FINANCIAL windfall will be music to the ears of youngsters who can look forward to enjoying new facilities at a village hub – thanks to cash seized from criminals. Penyffordd and Penymynydd War Memorial Institute has served the community for almost 100 years and the venue on Chester Road, Penyffordd, is used by scores […]

Villagers and iconic trailer take centre stage in new TV show

A village in the Vale of Clwyd will be taking centre stage in a new TV show starring popular singer the Welsh Whisperer. Welsh, aka Andrew Walton, pops in to Llanrhaeadr near Denbigh, as part of his televised tour of rural communities across Wales. The other star of the show is his trusty Ifor Williams […]

It’s only rock ‘n’ roll but the kids really like it

Lessons were pumped up to full volume at a special school when they were treated to a series of rock classics by a group of talented music tutors. The live sessions beamed to Ysgol Tir Morfa in Rhyl were laid on by the Denbigh-based Denbighshire Music Co-operative to lift the pupils’ spirits a year after […]

Historic village cricket club launches search for next generation of players

Cricket in the Cheshire village of Tattenhall dates back over 150 years and now there is a new generation playing the game thanks to the support of a local law firm. Tattenhall Cricket Club, near Chester, was founded in 1864, the year the legendary W G Grace hit his first hundred, and the future looks […]

New scheme offers fresh start to jobless young people hit hardest by pandemic

A new scheme has been launched to provide a fresh start for 30 unemployed young people who have suffered most during the pandemic. In North Wales the Gateway Kickstart programme will provide six-month job placements for 16 to 25-year-olds via a new partnership. It includes Mochdre-based Creating Enterprise who are working with housing associations Cartrefi […]

Cricket club launch a junior coaching scheme to get kids back into cricket

A go-ahead local cricket club is on a mission to get kids in Wrexham playing the game again with an ambitious coaching and playing programme – paid for with cash seized from criminals. Brymbo Cricket Club, one of North Wales’s most successful sides and the place where current Glamorgan captain David Lloyd learned the game, […]

Boxing club packs a big punch with cash seized from criminals

A BOXING club which has produced a string of Welsh champions over 30 years will continue to pack a punch – thanks to cash confiscated from criminals. Clwyd Amateur Boxing Club in Rhyl was founded in 1989 by the late Johnny Ritchie, born John Richard Jones, who fought at both amateur and professional level and […]

Magical unicorn cake treat for little Mali

A BRAVE little girl who spent Christmas undergoing vital treatment in hospital has been handed a magical treat at the start of the new year. Big-hearted Ann Chapman, manager of the Pendine Park’s Bodlondeb care home in Wrexham, has been busy baking a delightful unicorn-themed cake for four-year-old Mali Hilditch Prydderch. The lavish cake represented […]

Kind bakers help boys’ choir rise to Covid-19 challenge

A pioneering choir that hit the high notes when it wowed the Britain’s Got Talent judges has been given a boost by a bakery firm as it struggles for funding during the coronavirus pandemic. Only Boys Aloud, which has choirs in Wrexham, Rhyl, Caernarfon and Holyhead with a total of 80 members, has received a […]

Switch to online classes enables top harpist to teach protégé 7,500 miles away in Patagonia

A switch to online classes because of the covid crisis has enabled an acclaimed music centre in North Wales to provide lessons around the world. Among the tutors at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias (William Mathias Music Centre), which has bases in Caernarfon, Denbigh and Ruthin, is internationally renowned harpist Elinor Bennett who is now teaching […]