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Art exhibition

The Mawddach Art group will be holding  its annual exhibition of work in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre from Thursday 1st to Sunday 11th  May inclusive . Viewing will be available  between 10am and 3pm daily except for the morning of Wednesday 7th when  the show will open at noon.. Entry will be free to all an honesty bar will be available for tea and coffee and everyone is assured a warm welcome .



On FRIDAY 25TH APRIL at  2.30PM in the The Dragon Theatre
CIRCUS BERZERCUS will  present FUNNY BUSINESS a comedy and magical glow in the dark  show for all the family. Please call 01341 281 697 to reserve your tickets


Easter Wreath

There will be an Easter Wreath making workshop in the Dragon Theatre on Thursday 67th April contact Rosiemade on 07969627490 for more details or the theatre on 01341 281697.


Lego movie

 The Lego Movie will be showing in the Dragon Theatre on April 19th at 2-30pm.




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Barmouth WI


The March meeting of Barmouth WI took place as usual in the Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre.

After a warm welcome from The President, Mari O’ Rourke, Meirion was sung accompanied by Blodwen Comerford on the piano. The five members celebrating birthdays this month were all sent best wishes and then Mari told all present about the Inspiring Women Working Together Conference, which she had attended in Chester on 21st April. The members present at the conference were introduced to all the National WI officers and brought up to date with all that the WI is offering.  Mari said that it was very informative and inspiring and one of the messages was to tailor every WI to its members.The minutes of the last meeting were read by Val Vine and the members were told that it has been decided to buy a Centenery rose and plant it in the garden by the Dragon Theatre. Special activities and projects will be taking place between now and June 2015 to celebrate the Centenary of the Women's Institute. It has now been confirmed that the broadcast from the Royal Albert Hall in June next year will take place via broadband. Possibly Barmouth will be the venue. Five members went to Harlech WI’s last meeting and had a very enjoyable time as did the ladies who went to Te Cymreig in Towyn.Val read out the County Newsletter and we were reminded of upcoming dates. There will be a ramble at Bala on Monday 7th April, the Dining Out Night will be on 11th April at The Wayside, the U3A Silver Screen films will begin on Thursday 10th April at the Dragon Theatre starting at 1.30 and the Artro group are having their annual Day School at Plas Tan-y-Bwlch on Wednesday 21st May.The speaker for the evening was Glen Baker Chair of Top Kids Belarus. He began his talk and showing of a DVD, by telling members about the vision of the volunteers who work for the charity which is building a brighter future for orphan children. Andrew is the visionary who launched the charity. Andrew and his wife, Avril, now live and work in Belarus, and are

determined to help the orphan children feel special and let them know that there are people who really care about them. There are 6,500 children in orphanages in Belarus. The orphan children in Belarus are the nation most affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Andrew and Avril’s vision is achieved by encouraging couples in Belarus to open up their homes and their hearts to become foster parents and provide a loving family for the orphan children. They then support the families and try to secure financial sponsorship, to help with the everyday costs. Sometimes help is given in the form of building a new bathroom or maybe a new bedroom as the foster parents incur great expense in making their homes as comfortable as possible for the children. An old college has been turned into a living home where everyone is welcome. The home is a great place to welcome families and to give them a break from the busy-ness of their lives. Sometimes they go for a meal and other times they stay for a few days. Everyone comments on how it is so peaceful and how relaxing. The next project is to build a foster village. Children grow so much and so quickly, consequently they are always in need of bigger clothes. The children receive new and good quality second hand clothes, through humanitarian aid. The ladies of Barmouth WI have contributed items of clothing, which they made themselves, and were delighted to see some of the children wearing them on the video.The evening proved to be very emotional, hearing about the terrible lives that the children had been subjected to and then seeing how happy, contented and loved they are thanks to the many loving, caring and nurturing volunteers. The joy on the faces of the children when they received a gift of a new hat or toy, the love shown by their foster parents (sometimes 14 children are taken into one family!), the laughter and fun whilst playing with other children, and their excitement when playing with games which had been donated – all priceless.

During the talk there were a few tears and the whole evening was thought provoking. Andrew and Avril and all their volunteers are to be commended for the amazing work that they are doing in Belarus. Rose Morris gave the vote of thanks. Pam Payton won the raffle and Mary Smallwood won the flowers. The tea hostesses were Vanita Bath, Joan Holloway and Jacqui Puddle. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 23rd April 2014 Annnual General Meeting in the Clubhouse on Ssturaday 29th March. Tewenty five members were in attendance and Phil Powell Chaired the meetingin The Parlwr Mawr at The Dragon Theatre.


Barmouth Bowling Club

The club held its 2014 Annual General Meeting in the Clubhouse on Saturday 29th March. Twenty five members were in attendance and Phil Powell  Chaired his first meeting as the Club’s new President.Despite the recent storms and the force 11 winds, the bowling green stood up well to the challenge and is now open to all who wish to play bowls. The Bowling Club is always pleased to welcome new members.If anyone would like to go along, young or older, or would like more information, they should join members at the Clubhouse on Park Road where they will find a friendly welcome and someone to help and advise newcomers and would be bowling enthusiasts. The Club enjoys a relaxed social atmosphere as well as playing matches with local rival bowling clubs, which are always enjoyable and end in afternoon tea parties with lovely food and good humoured banter. Club days are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 1-45pm throughout the season, unless otherwise stated. For further information please phone the Club Secretary, Mari O’Rourke on 01341 280043




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Funeral arranged

The funeral of David Robert Evans  who passed away peacefully on March 20th will take place in London on April 10th.  A former resident of Waynes Cottage, he was brother of the late Haydn, Ron and Elton.



This week marks the tenth anniversary of the tragic events that led to the deaths of two well known and highly regarded local men, Alan Massey and Keith Allday. Close family and friends along with the wider community in which they played such an active part still feel the loss and will be remembering them with affection on this notable occasion.



Ysgol y Traeth Friends of the School are returning to host a Fantastic afternoon of fundraising, where all proceeds will benefit young children in Barmouth. The event will be held in Ysgol Y Traeth on 11th April between 3pm and 5pm. Among the  things to enjoy are: an Easter egg hunt, raffles, tombola, face painting, refreshments, Easter Bunny and Hat parade and many stalls.


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Literary and debating society
The Annual Dinner of the Barmouth Literary and Debating Sociaety was held at the Min Y Mor Hotel on Thursday March 20th. After having a delicious meal members sat down  to a speech by the guest for the evening, Cllr John Sam Jones, who is a member of Barmouth Town Council and a well known local figure. He told the audience about his work on the Town Council and various projects in hand. This provoked some discussion and questions from members present. In his response the President, Mr Michel Benson, thanked John Sam for his interesting talk and announced that the Annual Debate, to be held on 19th June would be on the future of Barmouth as a resort.


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Welsh for parents
Fancy a fun Friday afternoon learning Welsh? Lessons for parents and their young children Fridays 1.00-2.30 from March 7th at the Dragon Theatre. £10 for 10 weeks. Plenty of toys and cups of tea. Ring 01766 780363 for details.

The novice detective

Creating a new theatre experience the Dragon theatre have developed the idea of supper and a show. On March 14th there will be a Fish and Chip supper followed by a detective story written and performed by professional writer and actress Sophie Willan. The cost for the combined package is £12 but for those only wishing to see the show the price will be £7-50 for adults and £2-50 for under 18’s. To aid catering  bookings need to be made in advance by calling the box office on 01341 281697.

Slim chance

Slimming world will be in a new venue every Tuesday at  5.30 and 7.30pm in the Arts room of the Dragon theatre. New and existing members will be warmly welcomed by the  local consultant Cheryl.

The novice detective

Take a story, mix it with theatre and comedy and you have Contact Manchester’s  one woman show entitled The Novice Detective. Written and acted by Sophie Willan and funded by the Arts Council this promises to be a lively  and entertaining evening, recommended for over 13 year olds. There is also the option of a Fish and Chip supper before the show which needs to be booked in advance by calling the box office on 01341 281697


For younger viewers the Dragon Community Theatre will be screening  the movie Frozen at 2-30 on Saturday  15th March There is a special price for an adult plus child of £8 otherwise, adults £6-50  and under 18’s £3.


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Welsh for parents
Fancy a fun Friday afternoon learning Welsh? Lessons for parents and their young children Fridays 1.00-2.30 from March 7th at the Dragon Theatre. £10 for 10 weeks. Plenty of toys and cups of tea. Ring 01766 780363 for details.

The novice detective

Creating a new theatre experience the Dragon theatre have developed the idea of supper and a show. On March 14th there will be a Fish and Chip supper followed by a detective story written and performed by professional writer and actress Sophie Willan. The cost for the combined package is £12 but for those only wishing to see the show the price will be £7-50 for adults and £2-50 for under 18’s. To aid catering  bookings need to be made in advance by calling the box office on 01341 281697.

RNLI walk

The RNLI walk postponed because of bad weather in January had now been re-scheduled for Friday 14th March. Those wishing to take part should meet at 11 am at the lifeboat house to walk across Barmouth Bridge, around Mawddach Crescent and along the Mawddach Trail.  Soup and rolls will be served afterwards in the boathouse.  As before, participants can ask for sponsorship or make a donation on the day. Please ring Wendy Ponsford on 07799125592 or Norma Stockford on 07917245882 if you would like to participate.


Barmouth WI

 The February meeting of Barmouth WI took place as usual in the Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre.The President Mari O’ Rourke, warmly welcomed everyone, after which Meirion was sung in Welsh, accompanied by Blodwen Comerford on the piano. Members were sad to learn that Gwyneth Morris a long and loyal member of Barmouth WI had recently passed away. A few moments were spent in silence in remembrance.  Mari also told the group that Gretta Cartwright had suffered a serious injury after a fall.

Val Vine the secretary read the Newsletter bringing important dates to member’s attention followed by the minutes of January’s meeting.

An Email has been received from Andrew and Avril thanking everyone for the beautiful knitting sent to Belarus for the Operation Christmas Child. The new Denman brochure, a transcript of the Autumn Council, the County Show Schedule and a copy of the new Handbook have also been received. Liz Roberts told us about her stay at Denman College where she spent a very busy two days making many different types of pastry. The photos of her creations looked delicious. She had a wonderful time and said that she thoroughly recommended Denman as it offers a wide variety of day and residential courses to suit everyone. Val and Wendy attended a Group Artro meeting; there were six members present. This year promises to be very busy as proved when Val announced the dates for the darts competitions, Summer Fair, Fashion Show, Treasure Hunt, Scrabble Competition and Healthy Living Day.

The recent meal at the Tal y Don was a hit with the Diners Club. In March it was agreed to go to The Captain’s Table for an evening meal. As it is St. David’s Day on March 1st, the title for the meeting was   ‘Noson Gymraeg.’  The speaker was Jennifer Edwards.Jennifer entertained us with her beautiful singing voice interspersed with humorous anecdotes and all too soon the evening was over.

Blodwen warmly thanked her for a very enjoyable evening. Mary, Joan and Pam provided the refreshments. Mari thanked them, and sent good wishes to Pam for a quick recovery from her recent operation. Christine Lees won the raffle and Vicky Pell won the flowers. Jennifer Edwards judged the competition, which was, ‘A Welsh item which means something to us’. She chose a love spoon, which belonged to Mari O’Rourke. Next month’s competition is for a knitted or crocheted item suitable for a child in Belarus. All contributions will be given to the guest speaker. The next meeting is on Wednesday 26th March at 7pm when the speaker will be Glen Baker talking about  ‘Top Kids Belarus.’


Publicity meeting

Barmouth Publicity Association have an Extraordinary General Meeting on Thursday evening 6th March  at 7.30pm at the Dragon Theatre. The meeting has been called to approve the new constitution but once that has been approved there will be a presentation from BENDI GEDIG, the new children's indoor play area opening in Barmouth this year, followed by the official launch of the new BARMOUTH HERITAGE TRAIL. This is  a great opportunity to discover more about two exciting additions to Barmouth's attractions and everyone is welcome.


Lit and Deb Society.

At its meeting on Thursday 20th February the Literary and Debating Society was entertained by an interesting and amusing presentation given by its President Michel Benson, entitled Dieppe and its English  Visitors. MIchel described the growth of the English enclave in Dipeppe  before the first World war giving vivid glimpses of the lives of its characters. The meeting was Chaired by Alistair MacFarlane and engendered a lively discussion. A warm and witty vote of thanks was proposed by Alan Vincent.





 Yacht Race event

The Three Peaks Race committee is organising a fund raising night for the Three Peaks Yacht Race. It will take the form of a Curry and Race Night in the Dragon Theatre Arts Room It’s going to be a fun horse racing night on Friday 21st March at 7.00 for 7.30. The Three Peaks committee need to raise funds to ensure that this long established and important date in the Barmouth calendar can go ahead. Tickets can be obtained  from the Dragon box office  by calling 01341 281697 or by calling Wendy direct on  07799125592.


Welsh for parents
Fancy a fun Friday afternoon learning Welsh? Lessons for parents and their young children Fridays 1.00-2.30 from March 7th at the Dragon Theatre. £10 for 10 weeks. Plenty of toys and cups of tea. Ring 01766 780363 for details.


The novice detective

Creating a new theatre experience the Dragon theatre have developed the idea of supper and a show. On March 14th there will be a Fish and Chip supper followed by a detective story written and performed by professional writer and actress Sophie Willan. The cost for the combined package is £12 but for those only wishing to see the show the price will be £7-50 for adults and £2-50 for under 18’s. To aid catering  bookings need to be made in advance by calling the box office on 01341 281697.





St. David's Day Fun Bingo

Barmouth Childcare Partnership have organised a Fun Bingo event for 1 March at 14:00 in the RAOB Buffs Club Barmouth. Tickets will cost £2 for six games with prizes for a line and full house. If anyone would like to donate prizes they can contact the group through its facebook page. Funds raised are used for the benefit of local children.


Literary and debating society

The next meeting of the Barmouth Literary and debating Society will be held on Thursday 20th February at 7-30 in the Parlwr of Barmouth Community theatre with Sir Alistair McFarlane in the chair. He will introduce a talk by the President Mr Michel Benson on the subject of English visitors to Diepppe. Dieppe was the home town of his late mother and visitors included Oscar Wilde, the famous artists Walter Sickert and Lady Blanche Hozier, mother in law of the late Sir Winston Churchill. All visitors welcome





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That’s entertainment update

Bermo Arts new show will beperformed in the Dragon Theatre Arts Room on Friday 21st February at 7-30pm. Called 'That's Entertainment' it's a brief sprint through the last hundred years of song and comedy. The show will be preceded by a buffet supper. Limited numbers so book early, tickets from the theatre. Unfortunately, last week it was stated that members of the youth club would be taking part, that is no longer the case.


The  Barmouth Heritage Trail
The Barmouth Publicity Association will be  holding an Extraordinary General Meeting on the 27th February at 7.30pm in the Dragon Theatre to approve the new constitution and confirm the appointment of the new Committee. After the business part of the meeting there will be a presentation by Heidi Blakemore and Rowi Owen introducing Bendi Gedig and sharing developments and progress on that project, following which Sue Slater as Mayor will officially launch the Barmouth Heritage Trail with a short presentation by Chairman David Brown giving further details,


Funding victory

Once again the people of Barmouth have achieved success, this time in obtaining funding for the C.C.T.V. upgrade.  North Wales Police ran a voting scheme on Facebook to decide which community  would get funding towards their community project.  The Barmouth scheme gained more votes than any other and therefore gets the money. This will enable Gwarchod Bermo to upgrade the system so that it continues to provide the quality of information necessary to ensure that crime on the streets is effectively  solved.


Little valentines

There will be a Children’s Valentines Disco on  Friday 14th Feb @ 4pm till 5-30pm. In the RAOB BUFFS CLUB Disco & games with Damian £1-00 entry and please bring a small plate of food.  All children need to be accompanied by an adult. Drinks will be available at the bar.


Community Centre event

The Dragon, the community  owned theatre , will be showing Philomena starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench at 7-30pm on Saturday 15th February, ticket prices will be £6-50 for adults and £3 for under 18’s contact the Dragon Theatre  01341 281697 to reserve tickets.

RNLI sponsored walk

Due to adverse  weather and tide conditions predicted for last weekend it was with great regret that the RNLI sponsored walk scheduled for Friday 31st January 2014 was postponed until a later date.  Further details, with a new date and time, will be announced as soon as possible.'

Drumming up new members

Batala Bermo is  on a recruiting drive, the band has recently drawn 9 new members and is keen to welcome even more. If you would like to give it a try go along to rehearsals that are held at the Venue on the seafront on Wednesdays from 7pm till 9-30pm. The space has generously been provided by  Charlie and Debbie Wright over the last few years and is an ideal location .




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RNLI sponsored walk

Due to adverse  weather and tide conditions predicted for last weekend it was with great regret that the RNLI sponsored walk scheduled for Friday 31st January 2014 was postponed until a later date.  Further details, with a new date and time, will be announced as soon as possible.'


Barmouth WI

The first Barmouth WI meeting of 2014 took place on 22nd January at the Dragon Theatre.The President Mari O’Rourke opened the meeting and after warmly welcoming all present ‘Merion’ was sung accompanied by Blodwen Comerford on the piano. Mari thanked everyone for making the Christmas dinner such an enjoyable evening at the Min y Mor particularly the members who provided the entertainment. Thanks were also given to the ladies who dressed Christmas trees for the festival of Christmas Trees at St. Johns Church. Mari also congratulated the ladies in the quiz team who came fourth in the inter society quiz. It was a very close and  tough contest. Congratulations were also given to Val Vine’s son. On Tuesday he took part in the BBC programme ‘The Eggheads’ and his team won, no mean feat. As part of the National Celebration of NFWI Centenary our Federation is taking part in special activities between now and 2015. A specially designed centenary baton is  travelling throughout the 69 federations in England, Wales and the Islands to celebrate the links of friendship and community developed through the WI. The   relay started on Angelsey in recognition of the first W.I. - Llanfairpwll founded there in 1915. It will finish its journeyat the Annual Meeting in June 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall..Each federation will also upload twelve selected photos to a memory stick stored within the baton to represent their members, WIs, and the local area that will be shared on social media to keep everyone in touch and so that members across the country can share in the party. The Artro Group received the baton at the Victoria Hotel, Llanbedr after which a delicious afternoon tea was served. Val Vine then read the County Newsletter for January followed by a list of important dates for the members diaries. These included the ‘Inspiring Women Working Together’ conference to be held at Chester racecourse on 21st  March, the Spring Council on 29th April at Penrhyndedraeth, an officer’s training evening 15th May Dolgellau Rugby Club and  The 2014 NFWI Annual Meeting which will be held at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Saturday, 7 June. Other events included: scrabble, indoor bowls, darts and digital stories. The Huxley Cup competition for 2014 will take place in the Gloucestershire Federation of WI's marquee at the Royal Three Counties Showground, on the 13 - 15 June 2014. The aim is to find a flower arranger who demonstrates maximum creativity and skill. The Lady Denman Cup Competition 2014 invites WI members to write a poem based on the theme 'What my WI means to me'. Closing date for entries is Friday 8th August 2014. The meeting agreed that every month there will be a competition beginning in  February when the item will be a  ‘ Welsh item which means something to me’. The judge will be the guest speaker.Harlech WI have invited Barmouth WI to attend their meeting on Wednesday 12th March at 7pm.Contact Janet Davies for information on the open section of the County Show.The speaker was Sandra Watson a local resident, a past member of the WI and well known to all present. One of her past achievements was being the WI driver of the year. But it was the ukulele that Sandra entertained us with. She told us that eighteen months ago  while watching her grandchildren playing music, she realised that she regretted not being able to play a musical instrument.Sandra looked on the internet for easy instruments to play and one that particularly interested her was the ukulele. After taking advice from an accomplished musical friend, and listening to Bette Midler,The Beatles, Johnny Cash and the master himself, George Formby she was hooked. She bought her first ukulele after trying every single one in the shop, knowing that she would recognise the one meant for her by its unique sound and the way it felt.She learnt three chords, how to strum correctly and by watching Ukulele Mike on the internet she found out about strumming patterns.We were entertained with four songs which everyone recognised and joined in: ‘I walk the line’, ‘Ukulele Lady’, ‘I can see clearly now’ and the last one, Its Friday I’m in Love’. Sandra is now a member of a ukulele group in Chester. They vary in age from 14 to the mid 70’s, meet every week, play different genres of music and they organised the hugely successful first ever 'Ukulele Festival' in Chester's Northgate Quarter in July 2013, and are currently busy preparing the 2014 event. The group have played at festivals and different venues at Christmas raising hundred of pounds for local charities. They have even met Joe Brown when he played in Liverpool. The evening was a huge success, filled with amusing anecdotes and good music. The vote of thanks was given by Janet Davies. The tea hostesses were Sheila Badger, Pat Millward and Liz Roberts. The winner of the raffle was Geinor Lavendar and Liz Roberts won the flowers. The next meeting is on Wednesday 26th February when the speaker will be Jennifer Edwards and the subject, ‘Noson Gymraeg’. All welcome.




The Dragon Theatre will be showing Philomena starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench at 7-30pm on Saturday 15th February, ticket prices will be £6-50 for adults and £3 for under 18’s contact the Dragon Theatre  01341 281697 to reserve tickets.


Bermo Arts production

Bermo Arts and the Youth Club have worked together and will be presenting “ That’s entertainment” which is explained as “a brief sprint through  the last 100 years of light entertainment” on Friday 21st February at 7-30 in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre. The evening includes a buffet in the  ticket price of  £10 per person. Tickets need to be reserved in advance to help organisers plan  the catering. Call 01341 281697 to reserve tickets.





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Jazz and Blues

 The regular  4th Friday  sessions will continue on 24th January With Chicago Swing Katz. The sessions are held in the Arts Room  starting at 7-30pm To reserve tickets and for more information contact Danny Jones on 01341 280903

Community Choir setup

Around Britain new choirs are springing up  in the wake of  the Gareth Molloy series on T.V.   There is an open invitation to singers and would be singers to go along to the Parlwr Mawr  on the evening of January 30th  to see if there is enough interest to develop a choir locally. Choirs come in many styles these days so by getting in at the beginning you have a chance to get what you would like.


There are a number of films coming to Barmouth in the next month. The first , Gravity  will be shown on Friday 31st January at 8pm Tickets will cost £6-50 with consession of £3 for under 18’s. The second film will be  Philomena starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench at 7-30pm on Saturday 15th February, ticket prices as before and in both cases contact the Dragon Theatre to reserve tickets.

Rotary supper and film

The Rotary club of Mawddach will hold another of their popular Food & Film nights at the Dragon Theatre on Friday next week ( 7th February)  Fish & chips will be served in the arts room at 6.30pm  and the film will start in the theatre at 7.30pm.  Tickets available from the Dragon Theatre in Barmouth or from Guinivere shop in Dolgellau.  £12.00 for food & film or £6.00 for film only. The film is the Thomas Crown affair starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. All profits from the evening go to Rotary supported good causes - this month primarily aimed at the youth of our community



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SOS Saunter on the Sands


Barmouth RNLI fundraisers will be holding a 'Saunter on the Sands' on Lifeboat SOS day, Friday 31st January, 2014, the RNLI’s biggest day of fundraising.  We will meet at the Lifeboat Station at 1.30 pm for a 2.00pm start to walk out to the point, then to the end of the promenade and ‘saunter along the sands’ as far as the tide will allow.  The walk is not too taxing, and you will be rewarded with a warming bowl of soup at the Lifeboathouse when you return.  Walkers can either collect sponsorship money or make a small donation to Barmouth RNLI on the day.  Sponsorship forms are available from the Lifeboat Station or from Linda’s shop on the harbour.  Why not put on some sturdy shoes and start the year off with a brisk walk raising funds for an excellent charity?   All are most welcome.If you would like to join us, please contact Wendy Ponsford on 01341281262 or Norma Stockford on 01341280742.


Local interest


Local people have generously submitted photos both of the flooding and of the removal of the railway rolling stock to the online community gallery. When Communities First assisted Hugh Roberts to set up the gallery a specific period of 100 years was selected as the focus for images. Over the years it has become clear that it is necessary also  to conserve evidence of current events for future generations. Hugh therefore created a contemporary element to the gallery which has proved its worth as, during the peak days of the storms, the site registered 34000 hits per day. Both local residents and those who have moved away, along with friends and visitors of the town  access the images often. It is useful to be able to direct interested people to a comprehensive central resource. Martin and Hugh look forward to the opportunity to show some of these images on the big screen  at the Dragon theatre when invited so to do.



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Barmouth Literary and Debating Society

The first meeting of the New Year, traditionally the Vice Presidents evening, will be  this evening, Thursday 16th January. The speaker will be Angie Harrington, who will talk about "Working on the Ffestiniog Railway", and will present her memories of many years working on the railway. Meetings begin at 7:30pm in Parlwr Bach, of the  Dragon Theatre, Visitors are welcome.


On the 31st of January 2014, Dylan Tyrrell (age 30) and Graham Tyrrell (63) will be cycling from Talybont in Gwynedd, to the base of Cader Idris. They will then walk up Cader Idris, taking their bikes and 40kg of kit with them. After spending a night in the summit's hut, they will then make the return walk down Cader Idris, before cycling back to Talybont. All offline donations will be presented to the RNLI via Barmouth Lifeboat.

Panto time

In the Dragon theatre Barmouth, on Friday the 17th Of January at 7.30pm or Saturday 18th at 2.30pm you can see 'Cinderella' performed by Ardudwy youth and community theatre. The script has been written by local actor and writer  Jack is a  chance to enjoy  some good family fun; all welcome tickets Adults £7 children £4.




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Barmouth residents have been full of praise for the staff of Gwynedd Council and the emergency services , all of whom, have given fantastic service and support to Barmouth during the period of the storms. Equally the local community has shown typical Barmouth spirit in organising impromptu systems of support for those under threat of flooding. As always Barmouth has shown that it is a strong, resourceful community.


Barmouth Freemasons

At the Carol service held in the Masonic Temple on Wednesday 16th December  Master  of Mawddach Lodge  Worshipfull Brother David Leese presented a cheque for £300 to Melville Penzer, who, as Company Secretary,  received it on behalf  of the Dragon Theatre Barmouth. Each year the incumbant  Master of the Lodge selects a charity to receive a donation. Members of the Lodge  along with friends, family , Lady Masons of Carreg Harlech Lodge and invited guests then enjoyed an excellent“White table” dinner at the Min Y Mor hotel.



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Davy Jones' Locker was the venue for the annual quayside Carol singing session on Tuesday 17 December. As usual this was a family event and children of all ages met Santa and sang along with Christmas songs old and new. Musical accompaniment was provided by Barry Lim (accordion) Chris Knowles (whistles) and Gwynfor Morris (whistles and vocal). The raffle for the charity "Save the Children" raised £205. Many thanks to all involved.



Barmouth W I held their Christmas Party at the Min-y-Mor Hotel on 17th December. The delicious meal was enjoyed by 34 members. Vicky Pell had arranged the entertainment which started with Mari Haddon and Mari O’Rourke as ‘TheTwo Mari s’. Then followed a medley of popular songs with Vicky, Janet, Rose and Mari accompanied by Mari Haddon on piano. Everyone joined in, and the evening ended with singing a few carols.  It was agreed by all that it had been a most enjoyable evening.

The next meeting will be on 22 January 2014.

Fast fibre

According to the SuperfastCymru  facebook page high speed fibreoptic service is now available in parts of town; to check if you can get fibre check the website If it is not yet available for you you can register your intererst and they will contact you as the service comes on line. Several different technologies will be employed  but not all go live at the same time hence the staggered introduction.

Camera upgrade

Barmouth’s cctv system  operated by local group Gwarchod Bermo has been up and running since 2005 However they now need money to upgrade some of the older equipment that suffers being in a salt laden atmosphere all year round. they need community help and support to do this. They have applied for a £3500 grant from the police. They have to compete with  5 other towns to be in with a chance of winning the grant; so it has become a competition. The winner of the grant will be the one with the most votes, which is difficult for a small town. However, Barmouth won the Tesco School Uniform competition against stiff competition a few years ago but all pulling together as a community, and it can be done again. So please can you all vote for Gwarchod Bermo Watch on the . Click on GWYNEDD and then GWARCHOD BERMO to vote . The Camers have made a big difference to crime detection rates in Barmouth in recent years, making Barmouth safer so presumably this is reflected in lower insurance costs for residents meaning that everyone benefits.




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Buffs party ( 2 pics)

The RAOB Buffs Club Barmouth would like to thank everyone who was involved in the successful party on saturday 7th dec, From those who donated money, Barmouth Town Council and Gwynedd Paranormal Investigations. To the brothers at the lodge for providing the fab raffle prizes and the ladies for helping out on the day. A fab time was had by all with Barmouth's Mayor Sue Slater opening the party Paul Edwards providing non stop entertainment and special guests Mickey & Minnie Mouse. Have a merry Christmas & We hope to see you all on new years eve. thanks to Will Huntley from the Mermaid Chip Shop for kindly donating the drinks .



The recent auction that was part of the fundraising day for the Dragon Theatre raised £545, the total raised for the day was £1000. Considerable effort was put in by the organisers to ensure  a well run, profitable and enjoyable event. They are very  grateful for the donations of items for auction and for the support of the community.




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St Phillips Carols

Please join us for a traditional carol service by candlelight on Sunday December 15th.  6.0pm at St Philip's church , Caerdeon. This service is the start of the Christmas season for many in our community and we would love you to join us for the carols,  readings and the mulled wine and mince pies that follow .  The building is always very full with a great atmosphere and especially poignant this year as it will be the last service to be held in this building.  Further details from Rev Kevin Horswell 01341 280516

Promoting the area

TPMW have recently awarded a new PR contract specifically for the Southern

Snowdonia area Ceidiog PR will be working with TPMW and Gwynedd Council Tourism department to promote Meirionnydd to the rest of Wales, the UK and further afield. There's a great story to tell about Meirionnydd, so now they need you to tell them  what is on offer so that they can spread the word and put this part of Wales firmly on the map for visitors in 2014.  Ceidiog PR plan to entice travel writers to visit the region and discover for themselves the spectacular countryside and coastline. If you want them to promote an event or particular aspect please contact Sarah either by phone or email 07884 482896

Late night winner

Summer Strawberries home store in Barmouth held a free prize draw on the evening of late night shopping event , 5th December. There was an over whelming response for which the owners thank everyone, However the eventual winner was Tina Triggs of Barmouth. Congratulations to Tina and thanks to all who entered.


On Saturday December 14th at 1pm in the  RAOB buffs club Barmouth there will be a  Christmas craft session for the kids.  You will be able to decorate your xmas shortbread with sprinkles and shiny balls, then  have a short break with a milkshake to eat your shortbread. Then there will be  card making and finally making pom poms.  The cost will be £2-00 per child. all children must be accompanied by an adult. It will be limited to the first 40 to put their name down as there’s limited space. Please don't put your name down if you have no intention of going as other children  might miss out. Ring the club on 01341 280424 to book a place or message Rita via facebook.




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Please join us for a traditional carol service by candlelight on SUNDAY DECEMBER 15th.  6.0pm at St Philip's church , Caerdeon.
This service is the start of the Christmas season for many in our community and we would love you to join us for the carols,  readings and the mulled wine and mince pies that follow .  The building is always very full with a great atmosphere and especially poignant this year as it will be the last service to be held in this building.  Further details from Rev Kevin Horswell 01341 280516



Members were welcomed to the AGM on Tuesday 11th November by the President, Ann Williams. The Club has had very interesting speakers during the year – on gardening, wildlife and travel. The committee were thanked for organising an excellent programme. The Coffee Morning and Plant Sale held in May had also been successful due to the hard work of the members. The Barmouth Gardening Club had been established in the late 50s with over 40 members. Their first Horticultural Show was held in 1977 and founder members included Mrs Betty Morris, Emyr and Iris Pugh, Randal Rees and Miss Elias. In those days members also took part in, and often won, the Merioneth Horticultural Quiz. It was therefore, with regret, that the current members decided that there were insufficient members to continue with the monthly meetings. However they will still continue to maintain the Dragon Theatre Garden.




The Vice President, Mari O’Rourke, welcomed 24 members to the AGM on Wednesday 27th November. ‘Meirion’ was sung to the accompaniment of Blodwen Comerford on piano. Doreen Gill was congratulated on winning the county scrabble competition with an exceptionally high score. The darts team, Rose Janet Vicky and Karen, were congratulated on winning the county darts competition. Members were informed of forthcoming events including Group Artro Carol Service in Dyffryn on 6th December and the Christmas dinner at Min-y-Mor Hotel on 17th December. The annual reports were given. Rose Morris with the financial report; Pam Payton reported on sports and the Autumn Council; Janet Davies gave a report on Home Economics and Christine Leese on Dragon Barmouth Ltd.  Mari reported on all other events and thanked everyone for their hard work and support for the Institute. Mari was elected President for 2014 and the committee members were allocated their duties for the year, including Val Vine who will remain Secretary and Rose Morris, Treasurer. The tea hostesses, Vicky Pell, Susan Wallace and Christine Leese were thanked for the refreshments.  The raffle was won by Angela Jones and the flowers, which had been given by Sybil, were won by Lorraine Viney.



This event  imported from American will be on 7th December. The main aim of the day is to promote small businesses locally and generate trade, in what is usually one of the busiest shopping days before Christmas. This is particularly relevant in Gwynedd, as the second largest means of employment after the public sector is small businesses. Individual business may be making special offers or marking the day in their own particular way. It is hoped that shoppers will look to local suppliers before venturing farther afield.


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Party time

Barmouth Childcare Partnership having their under 3 Christmas party 6 December in the leisure centre 9.30am till 11.30am.


Buffs Kids party

This Years R.A.O.B Buffs Club Christmas party will be held on 7th December. Mayor Sue Slater will open the party at 1pm with Paul Edwards Family Entertainer who  is bringing fun, games and dancing, he has 2 special helpers from Disneyland assisting him making it a fun filled afternoon with a break in between for food. Father Christmas will be arriving in his grotto at 3-15 with his trusty elves to deliver gifts for the children. Free entry with food and a gift. Drinks will be available from the bar. Please note there is limited space so get there on time be to guaranteed a seat. Children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.


The R.A.O.B Buffs Club would like to thank Zoe Callow from Gwynedd Paranormal Investigations and Olivia and her Crystalize Mediums for giving up their free time in holding an evening of mediumship and raising an amazing £378 which will be used for this years Buffs Christmas Party.

Barmouth Literary and Debating Society

 At the second meeting in the new season on Thursday 21st Mary Howell was welcomed as speaker. Mary gave a very interesting presentation on Santiago de Compostela and the pilgrimage routes in Northern Spain.  Speaking first about the history of the town and its association with St James and then about her own time walking the Caminos, and showing photos of the routes and towns Mary gave  a great insight into the subject. Following questions from the audience Peter Leyden gave a vote of thanks. The  next meeting will be on Thursday 19th December when the Society celebrate the festive period with contributions of poetry, prose and anecdotes from members. Wine and mince pies will be on hand to enliven the evening. 7:30pm in Parlwr Bach, The Dragon Theatre, Visitors are welcome.

Boxing day

On Saturday 30th November there will be an afternoon of amateur boxing at the Pavilion leisure Centre organised by Barmouth Amateur Boxing Club,. There will be a lot of local boxers taking part as North Wales Select challenge West Wales select. Doors will open at 1-30 and the first bout will be at 2pm Tickets for adults will cost £10 and for under 16’s £6. Contact details can be found on the Bermo A.B.C.facebook page.



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Christmas Fair

Ysgol-y-Traeth will be holding their Christmas Fair  on 29th November at 3pm, everyone is invited to go along and help support the school.


The annual bingo night,  which forms part of the fund raising plans for Ysgol y Traeth,  will be held in the school canteen on 4th December,   doors will  open  at 6.30pm,  The organisers look forward to welcoming regular and new supporters to this fun evening.


Barmouth Bonfire & Fireworks Committee would like to thank everyone for the fantastic support they have received this year which has enabled them to provide an amazing event. Without the financial support of a large majority of local buisnesses (to many to mention individually) Town Council and PACT the Fireworks display would;nt be able to be held. The committee consists of a number of volunteers from each of the emergency services who work tirelessly throughout the year. Also thanks to Ysgol -y -Traeth and the local children for taking part in the Guyfawke competition and to the numerous members of the public for helping on the night, from building the fire to selling flashing toys and carrying collection buckets.


The date of Monday 2nd December, has been confirmed for the next Hugh’s Views in the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre. Start time will be 10am. Hugh will be showing some of the newest photos to arrive so many will not have been seen before.

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 The second meeting in the new season will be, Thursday 21st at 7:30pm in Parlwr Bach, The Dragon Theatre, Visitors are welcome. The presentation on Santiago de Compostela and the pilgrimage routes in Northern Spain will be given by Mary Howell who has recently published a novel, “Murielle’s Angel” which was inspired by her travels in the area.




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The next meeting of Barmouth Residents association will be on 19th November at the Buffs Club starting at 7pm. Anyone resident in the area is welcome to go along to offer their comments and suggestions


Hughs views

The Dragon theatre are hoping to arrange a Hugh’s views session in the Arts Room of the Dragon theatre in December, a chance to see more images from the community  archive on the big screen


Boxing day

On Saturday 30th November there will be an afternoon of amateur boxing at the Pavilion leisure Centre organised by Barmouth Amateur Boxing Club,. There will be a lot of local boxers taking part as North Wales Select challenge West Wales select. Doors will open at 1-30 and the first bout will be at 2pm Tickets for adults will cost £10 and for under 16’s £6. Contact details can be found on the Bermo A.B.C.facebook page.



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The storm on Saturday forced to postponement of the community bonfire and fireworks display till Sunday evening. Those who attended say that it was the best show yet. Congratulations are due to Rita and the team who have yet again created a brilliant community event that could only happen in a place as good as Barmouth. So many individuals and organisations have worked during the year to raise money and put all the  plans into place to make a safe and spectacular event for all to enjoy.


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Come and join us on the 2nd Nov at 6-3opm opposite Ynys y brawd  by the Bath house for a fun safe firework display organised by local people and the emergency services. There will be a Samba band parade with local children, bonfire, flashing swords, bunny ears glow sticks etc. Hot food hot dogs soup & crusty roll tea & coffee. If you require food please buy from the marquee on the car park as the money goes back into the pot for next years event.


Cambrian coast Croquet

The club has had another successful outdoor summer season at Hafod Wen , Harlech, for which they thank Reg and Jane Chapman for the use of the lawn. The Club are now playing indoors at the Barmouth Pavilion Leisure Centre through the winter, if you would like to join a friendly group for a sociable game of croquet you are invited to go along to the centre where they play between 12-30pm and 2pm on Fridays, your first session will be free.



 Vice-president Mari O’Rourke welcomed members and friends to the meeting on Wednesday 23 October, and Meirion was sung to the accompaniment of Blodwen Comerford on piano. Ten members went on a Nordic walk in Bala on 14th October which was led by Bill, the Lake Warden, and Caroline Moncrief who supervised the use of the Nordic poles. It was enjoyed by all, despite the wet weather. Seven members had a delicious meal at the Saffron Indian Restaurant on 11 October and the next ‘Dining Out’ will be at the Bistro on 13 November. Members were reminded of the Autumn Council in Llandrillo on 5th November and the pre-Christmas Day School at Plas Tan y Bwlch on 21 November. The Christmas Dinner has been arranged for 17 December at Min y Mor Hotel. Janet Davies brought along a blanket that has been knitted by members of the knitting group for the children in Belarus. She made an appeal for wool so that more blankets could be made for this project. Janet also brought along delightful little knitted hats that have been made for an Age Concern appeal, and poppies for a British Legion appeal. Christine Leese gave a report on fund raising projects for the Dragon Theatre and asked members to support them. The guest speaker for the evening was Margaret Smith and her topic was the Flowers and Villages of the Himalayas. Margaret is an excellent photographer and her slides illustrated breath-taking views, amazing flowers and interesting people. The anecdotes of her holiday made a very entertaining evening. Margaret was thanked by Vicky Pell. The tea hostesses, Janet Davies, Angela Jones and Pam Payton were thanked for their tasty refreshments. The raffle was won by Geinor Lavender and the flowers by Christine Leese’s granddaughter, Dee. The next meeting is the A G M on 27 November.




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It is not often that audiences in rural communities get the chance to see the first performance of a new work but in Barmouth on Friday just such an opportunity occurred. Ed Penney, known to many for his dentistry skills has another skill, he is also a writer. In recent years Ed has turned full time to writing for the stage and screen. His latest  work is entitled Butterfly in shades of blue and was premiered on the stage of the Dragon Theatre last weekend with Ceri Bostock and Iago McGuire performing. Both Ceri and Iago have creditable c.v’s of theatre, film and television work which adds further valiue and credibility to the work. Ed is hoping that the play will go on tour. The finely crafted characters are believable throughout, not an easy thing to achieve in a play that portrays two people’s development over a span of about 17years. If you missed the performance you may have to wait  for the movie that could easily be developed form this starting point.


Lit and Deb

The 2013/14 season of the literary and Debating Society opened on 17th October when the President, Michel Benson  introduced the speaker Mr John Muston. Mr Muston was making a  welcome return  to the Society. He took his large audience, with an illustrated account of an expedition, to Everest, in which he took part in 1976. As a member of a British / Nepalese joint venture he described the route taken from Kathmandu through the foothills of the mountain. HE talked about the conditions and privations of the trip including severe frostbite. In addition to the pictures he had some of the clothing he wore for the audience to appreciate. A vote of hanks was given by Mrs Betty O’Dell. The next meeting will be held on Thursday November21st when Mary Howell will talk about  a visit to Santiago di Compostela


Tsunami night in Barmouth

Mawddach Rotary club held a Thai curry and film night at the Dragon Theatre last week raising around £800 for Rotary supported charities. The film “Impossible” related the true story of a family of 5 separated as they were caught up in the Tsunami that engulfed major tourist resorts in Thailand. Miraculously they were eventually reunited despite the turmoil that was experienced in the aftermath. Nearly 8000 people were killed ( or unaccounted for ) and many thousands more were made homeless. The film was shown to tie in with a shorter film highlighting the Shelterbox charity – founded by Rotary and now recognised by the UN as a global charity providing speedy emergency housing in such disasters. The revenue from the evening provided funds for 1 shelterbox for future emergencies ( £590.00 for a box + emergency contents for a family ) with residual  money going to good causes locally.


The Mawddach Rotary club aims to fund at least two Shelterboxes each year, find out more by Googling “Shelterbox”.  The Mawddach club’s next event will be helping  Natural resources Wales with their Halloween  scary night on 31st October at Coed y Brenin from 6pm to 8pm.  Give Coed y Brenin a call and book your place.



Working together

WORKING TOGETHER FOR SERVICE DELIVERY is the title of a one day course being offered to voluntary groups via Mantell Gwynedd. They explain that Third sector organisations are increasingly being encouraged to work more collaboratively and form consortia but working across organisational boundaries can bring difficulties and risks.  This full-day training course aims to explore the opportunities offered by working with partners, and to help organisations understand some of the key principles and practical considerations, such as choosing an appropriate structure and developing written agreements. So the aim is to provide participants with the tools and knowledge to make informed decisions about whether and how to work with other third sector organisations to deliver services. To book a place and get more details  contact Ellen ap Dafydd on 01341 433575 


Teyrnged ar ran y teulu

Fe’i ganed yr hynaf o dri o blant i Laura a Robert Morris yn Nhanygrisiau NID Blaenau Ffestiniog ond Tanygrisiau, fel y byddai’n atgoffa ni o dro i dro!

Pasiodd yr 11+ ac ennill lle yn y Cownti School. Ond ar ol colli ei fam yn ifanc iawn daeth i fyw i Ddyffryn Ardudwy ac i weithio fel gwas ffarm

Ymuno a’r fyddin wedyn CYN ei fod yn ddeunaw oed, ac i neud hynny roedd rhaid iddo ddweud celwydd – cymaint roedd o’n dyheu i fod yn rhan o’r lluoedd arfog.

Treuliodd y rhan fwya o’r ail ryfel byd yn Burma, a mor hoff yr oedd o adrodd ei hynt a’i helynt yn y dwyrain pell.

Diwedd y rhyfel a’r de-mob, nol i Dyffryn y daeth ac yn 1951 priodi hefo Gwyneth. Bu’n gweithio i ddechrau yn hel insurance cyn helpu ei dad-yng-nghyfraith, William Roberts Gwelfor, yn adnewyddu a chodi tai. Ac mae ffrwyth ei lafur i’w weld ar hyd a lled Ardudwy.

Roedd chwaraeon yn bwysig iawn yn ei fywyd, a braf ydi cael deud fy mod wedi etifeddu’r dileit yna ganddo – yn rhannol yn sgil teithio hefo fo i gaeau pel-droed ar hyd canolbarth Cymru.

Criced, ac yn hwyrach yn ei fywyd, bowls fu’n mynd a’i fryd. Ond ar y cae pel-droed y disgleiriodd yn benna, a hynny ledled gogledd Cymru.

Dwi’n cofio fy nhad yn deud sawl tro pa mor anghyfiawn oedd hi nad oedd John wedi ennill cap amatur dros Gymru. Ond fe wnaeth ennill sawl cwpan a chynghrair fel chwaraewr a chapten tim Bermo & Dyffryn, gan gynnwys y cwpan fawreddog sef Cwpan Amatur gogledd Cymru nol ym 1956.

Wedi ymddeol fel chwaraewr fe gafodd ei benodi yn reolwr ar dîm Bermo ….a pharhau wnaeth ei lwyddiant. Mae llawer un yn ei gofio fel gwr bonheddig a thawel ei natur – wel, mi fedra i dystio mai nid felly oedd hi pob tro yn yr ystafell newid pan doedd ei dîm ddim yn chwarae’n dda!!

After his marriage to Gwyneth they moved to Barmouth to live – where John was for many years a faithful member of the Mawddach lodge.  Symud nol i Dyffryn tan 1992, cyn dychwelyd i Bermo unwaith yn rhagor.


Mae gynnon ni i gyd nifer o atgofion melys iawn ohono, a’r rheiny fydd yn gysur i ni rwan - yn deulu ac yn ffrindia - a’r atgofion hynny yn aros hefo ni am byth.



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Barmouth Literary and Debating Society

The 2013-14 season of the Society  will commence on Thursday 17th October at 7-30pm in Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre. The President Mr Michel Benson  will introduce Mr John Muston who will speak on  an expedition he made to Everest. A warm welcome awaits previous members and new members will be most welcome. The Society will then meet on the third Thursday  each month until July 2014. Those who have heard Mr Muston speak  on other expeditions previously will be certain of an exciting evening.



There will be an auction at the Lifeboat Station to raise funds for the RNLI on 29th October at 3pm. There are many interesting items including sports kit and equipment and a computer to bid on. Viewing will be from 10am on the morning of the sale.For more information ring the organiser on 07799125592.


Brownies funds

2nd Barmouth Brownies will benefit from a  fundraiser  to be held at the Brownies meeting room, above Adeles Flower shop in Baech road, on Thursday 24th October from 7 till receiving commission on the total sales of coffee (or tea!), cakes and Christmas and greetings cards

Barmouth Business Network

The next meeting of the Barmouth Business Network will be on Wednesday 30th October, at 7pm at the BUFFS club.  Anyone with a business interest in the Barmouth area is welcome to join. The committee has decided to try and give added value and interest to Network meetings by using them to inform members about projects happening in the local area, or to get external speakers in to help with local businesses.  To start off this month it has been arranged for the Barmouth Viaduct Access Group (B-VAG) to bring members up-to-date with this ambitious project which will have an impact on almost of all businesses. If you have not seen the plans this is an opportunity to discover what is intended and for all to learn about progress so far.There will also be a short presentation about the new Barmouth Heritage Trail which has been funded by a grant from the Experience Gwynedd Implementation Fund. The meeting will start at 7pm with an opportunity for networking and catching up after the season. There will be a short business meeting at 7.30pm followed at around 7.45pm by the two presentations.


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Community radio

Barmouth community radio, was formed following the work done in the town by National Theatre Wales: they were keen to leave a legacy after they left the area. Money from Communities First enabled a group to purchase  equipment and software to enable online programmes to be made. One of the founder members was local actor and writer Jack Rendell who has created ,”The Curse Of Telhorn Castle” which is a fantasy series created  to explore the possibilities of local radio drama. The starting point of the series is  a land ruled by corrupt King Ranyon, the Lady Extorgia is the leader of a rebellion to reclaim the throne - but the threat of an ancient Curse hangs over her. The first airing will be on and youtube from 10th  October.


Counter culture

Today many charitable organisations rely on volunteers, this means that there are many opportunities for those with some spare time to make a really useful contribution either to their local community or to a cause close to their heart. On Thursday 10th October from 11am till 3pm Save the Children’s shop in Church Street will be holding a coffee and cake event to  give potential volunteers the chance to meet  the staff  and show what they could offer in time and energy to support the work of this important charity. Everyone is welcome irrespective of age or previous experience




Mair Jones, the President, welcomed members to the meeting on 25 September and Meirion was sung to the accompaniment of Blodwen Comerford on piano.

Colin Evans, Information Officer for North Wales Deaf Association, was the speaker for the evening. He gave details of the support given by the association, and demonstrated several items of equipment which could aid those with a hearing impediment. Members were given the opportunity to discuss their individual needs.  Mary Smallwood  thanked Colin for a most informative talk.

Mair congratulated Doreen on the marriage of her grandson, Angela on the marriage of her daughter and to Val on her son’s engagement. Pam, Rose, Sheila and Lorraine were congratulated on winning the County Bowls competition at Fairbourne. Thanks were given to all those involved in the County Show craft and cookery competitions and for all the hard work in making the Coffee Morning and Craft exhibition such a success.

Forthcoming events include Dining Out at the Saffron Indian Restaurant on 11 October; Cookery demonstration in Talsarnau on 12 October;  Darts in Bala on 14 October; Walk in Bala on 14 October; Healthy Living Day in Maentwrog on 17 October and the Autumn Council in Llandrillo on 5 November. Further details from Val Vine.

Mair was then presented with a gift as it was her last meeting prior to moving to Shrewsbury. A special cake was then shared; it had been made by Sybil Jones and beautifully decorated with the Meirionnydd W I badge, by Roland Parker. Mair gave a short talk on her initial involvement with the W I, and subsequently, many other organisations in Barmouth. She will be greatly missed by all members.

Mair thanked the tea hostesses, Christine Dearden, Rosemary Perry and Iris Lovatt. The raffle was won by Karen Owen and the flowers by Val Vine.

The next meeting on 23 October will be Flowers and Villages of the Himalayas with Margaret Smith.


Air ambulance benefits
A total of £520 was raised in donations at the funeral of Elwyn Hussey of Barmouth, The family  have expressed their gratitude to those involved in the care of Elwn Hussey including Dr Walker, all at Bay View Nursing Home in Tywyn and to Glyn Rees Funeral Directors. The money raised will be given to the Wales Air Ambulance Service to show appreciation for their past assistance.





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 Miniature buffers

There will be a miniature train exhibition on  October 19th at the Buffs Club in Barmouth. Along with the layouts there will be demonstrations, film footage. trade stands and lots more., all in aid of Barmouth & Dolgellau League of Friends. Rita at the Buffs is looking for volunteers to help on the day, if anyone is interested please call her on 01341 280424

W I at the Arts Festival

The annual W.I, Coffee Morning and Craft Exhibition was held in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre on the morning of 12 September. On display were the items that had been entered in the County Show competitions. They included knitted blankets and scarves, patchwork, photography, gift cards and bread – illustrating the variety of talents of W.I. members, Several of these items had been awarded certificates for first, second or third place. Other displays included work done at the weekly craft classes, knitted items to be sent to a children’s charity in Belarus, and individual work of a variety of crafts by Janet Davies and Vicky Pell. The ladies had a very busy morning serving coffees, selling cakes and raffle tickets and £208 was raised from which a donation was given to the Arts Festival.



Unbroken Bond

Barmouth in the 1500’s was a tiny collection of cottages, a small population so most Barmouth residents came from somewhere else originally. Over time they build families and relationships and come to regard the town as home. The fascinating true story of just one of those people is told in Tommy Porters book, Unbroken Bond which has been published by Grosvenor House Publishing. It tells of his happy early life in Bootle which was shattered by war and tragedy but which eventually led to a new life in Barmouth.  Tommy is happy to autograph copies, which are available from him or from Amazon and other booksellers.

Arts review

Another very successful Barmouth Arts Festival concluded on Saturday evening with a spectacular concert given by Cor Bro Meirion in St John’s Church, a venue suited to the big, rich sounds that they produce. This award winning choir , led by Iwan Parry  performed a broad mix of musical styles, taking the choral tradition forward with an interesting repertoire that is different from standard programmes. Their music was very well received by a highly appreciative audience. On the preceding night, in a totally different area of the Arts, Jessica Sandry re-lived the life of Marilyn Monroe in a dramatic, engrossing performance that not only helped people understand this iconic figure but also  showed  the  emotional struggles of a person constantly in the spotlight of publicity. Thursday had seen an audience  taken on a trip through the history of opera, the narrator  described the development  and spread of opera and thrilled the audience with musical examples, to have three highly regarded singers on stage created a truly memorable evening, one that will be long remembered. The W.I. local craft exhibition demonstrated  another aspect of the arts and demonstrated the wealth of talent that is resident in the area. Their contribution to the  variety festival is always much appreciated. Mawddach Artists  ran an exhibition of their work to accompany the festival too. Bermo Art’s  well received production of three Steptoe and son episodes  reached its finale as part of the Festival. On Tuesday the hilarious two man show that depicted Oscar Wilde’s humorous tale of misadventure, Lord Arthur Savills Crime gave the audience plenty to laugh about. Michael Lunt has created a number of musical, comedy commentary evenings that have been performed in Barmouth so his return to the stage on Monday had been eagerly awaited. His audience once more appreciated the work that had gone into the performance in their warm applause. The Oakley Band had provided a rousing fun evening to start the Festival  and it was interesting to note that both the band and the choir will be combining for a joint performance in the are very soon. A presentation was made to Mrs Mair Jones at the start of Saturday night’s concert to thank her for her contribution to many aspects of the community of Barmouth over many years. Sadly  for the town Mair will be moving away soon to live nearer to her daughter, everyone wishes her well in her new home.




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The Barmouth Community On Line  Gallery has hit another high point, 16548 hits in one day. The total since its creation is now almost 1.8 million hits. Today there are 4030 images, a total that continues to grow with 105 new pictures added  in June, and an average of 45 per month overall. If you have pictures that can be scanned and added please leave them at the Tourist Information Centre from where Hugh Roberts will collect them The Town Council will pay the hosting and website costs for two years starting from October, taking over from the now defunct Communities First. In addition to developing the web site there have been 17 coffee mornings in the Dragon where the pictures have been shown, discussed and explained. Hugh Roberts  and Martin Williams are looking forward to the next event when  there will be a chance for everyone to meet up and enjoy seeing some of the new views.

Tickets please

The box office for the 39th Arts Festival opens in the Dragon theatre on Thursday morning and daily thereafter from 10am till noon, tickets van also be reserved by calling the theatre on 01341 281697. Unfortunately there was a miss print of dates in the full page advert in the Cambrian last week it should have said 7th to the 14th, the good news is that you have not missed anything.  The orange leaflets are at many locations around town and at the Tourist information Centre at the railway station, they give information about all the performances in detail. This locally organised and volunteer run festival has been supported by many local businesses and individuals and the organisers hope to welcome as many local people as possible to the very varied shows that  have been booked. Most events will be in the Dragon Theatre starting at 7-30pm, the choir night will be in St John ‘s Church. 



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Junior football

Barmouth Junior teams  held an event at the Buffs Club on 3rd August to celebrate the progress made by the teams and players.  The hard work and generous time given by the adults to develop local talent is so important in helping young people develop the skills of working and socialising together. Building team spirit benefits people not just in their sports but in life in general too.  Special thanks  go to Aaron Brading for being great coach for the last 6 year's.


A collection was held on 1st August from which a total of £1380.38 was donated as follows. Barmouth £425-27, Fairbourne £76-05, Shell Island  £439-53, Shell Island  Directors donation£439-53. William Burton, the promoter, has thanked everyone involved for heir hard work in raising this commendable sum.

Kids event

A talent show for 16 and under will be held at the Buffs club on August 28th doors open 2pm . The cost will be £2 per adult children free There will also be a raffle and lucky dip .




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Drama workshops

There will be 2 drama workshops this summer for the kids in Barmouth. They will be on 7th and 14th August at the Dragon Theatre between 2 and 4pm - only £1.50 per child per session, as Barmouth Childcare Partnership will be subsidising them. These can be paid on the day, but it would be good to know in advance if anyone is definitely going to be there.

Family fun

Every Friday through to the end of August there will be a family Fun day in the Leisure Centre from 10-30am at a cost of £1-50 per child. Over the same period there will be organized events on Mondays and Wednesdays, all at very small cost as they have been set up by the Childcare Partnership which has been fundraising in order to subsidise  the sessions so that everyone can take part. Posters around town  and the Childcare Partnership facebook page give details of other events and a flier can be picked up from the Leisure Centre.

Good run

The Ardudwy community theatre group have just completed a successful run of the Agatha Christie drama Murder at the Vicarage which they performed at the Dragon theatre in Barmouth. The roles were well delivered  with convincing performances by all. It is encouraging to see that the area supports two amateur  groups capable of putting on performances. Bermo Arts commenced their summer run  in the same venue on Wednesday night with episodes taken from the Steptoe and Son T.V. series.

Play rangers

The Gwynedd Play Rangers are in town each Wednesday and Friday 3pm till 4-30 and Saturday 11-30 till 1pm, if you see their big red van that’s the place to be for fun and games.

Venue fundraiser

On Friday 2nd August Ultrabeat will be running a fundraising event at the Venue night club on the seafront  for the benefit of the M.S. society, entry will cost £5

One act play

The bespoke overcoat, was written in 1952 by Wolf Mankowitz, and based on a Gogol play of the 19th Century called The Overcoat. On Friday 2nd August in the Dragon Theatre it will be performed by Louche Theatre company. It is a tragic and comic tale centring on two main characters. The performance starts at 8pm.


Mair Jones, the President, welcomed members to the meeting on 24th July. ‘Meirion’ was sung to the accompaniment of Blodwen Comerford on piano. Best wishes were given to those who had birthdays in July and August, and members were shown a beautiful card, made by Susan Wallace, to be given to Eira Goodchild on her 102nd birthday. Rose Morris, Angela Jones and Mair had recently attended their daughters’ graduation ceremonies, and Mair said that it was a wonderful, proud experience. The Netta Rose Bowl Bowling Competition is to be held on 3rd August and members were invited to play or help with refreshments. Craft items and refreshments will also be needed for the Coffee Morning on 12 September as part of the Arts Festival.A short entertaining quiz based on nursery rhymes was organised by Vicky Pell. There were two winning teams – Christine Dearden, Alma and Linda, and Janet, Angela, Geraldine and Geinor. Members then had an opportunity to buy goods from the Bring and Buy stall, which resulted in a donation of £125 to the Urdd National Eisteddfod 2014.

The committee members had provided delicious summer refreshments of cream scones and fruit kebabs with a glass of Pimms.  They were thanked by Mair. Betty Morris, Sybil Jones and Mary Smallwood all won raffle prizes and Christine Dearden won a W I commemorative plate. Colin Evans from the Deaf Association will be the speaker at the next meeting on 25th September.

Ahead of the game

Whilst the Archbishop of Canterbury is calling for Churches to host branches of Credit Unions across England, in Wales and Barmouth in particular we are one step ahead. When Communities First ceased in March the North Wales Credit Union , that they had helped develop, transferred to the Elim Church in Park Road, not of course Dr Welbys denomination but still the same principle is being applied. Those wishing to take out loans or to set up savings accounts or current accounts can do so on Thursday mornings at the building in Park Road. North Wales Credit Union have a website too  is not a Church organisation but is generously hosted there. It is operated by volunteers as is much of the organisation which is partly why it is able to offer such good rates as  there are few paid staff.  If you would like to become a volunteer  ring Alistair  Wilkinson on 01286 678 686 . The interest rate on loans is low, assistance is available to people seeking loans and there is a dividend paid to savers each year.

Barmouth in Bloom

The red geraniums along the wall in Jubilee Road look stunning.  The new planting in the wall around the Leisure Centre looks spectacular.  The petunia planters on Marine Parade look gorgeous.  Richmond Court is looking elegant and colourful, all this is thanks to Barmouth in Bloom. This past month of hot, sunny weather has presented a real challenge - and thanks to Eric Jarman and Craig Papirnyk the walls have been watered and the plants have thrived.  Special thanks need to go to Mari O’Rourke and the women from the Barmouth branch of the WI for their time and effort planting up the walls, and Mari's continued support with weeding and dead-heading.  Special mention must also be made of the person who, on seeing a group of volunteers plant up the wall in Jubilee Road one afternoon at the beginning of June, made an anonymous spontaneous donation of £100 towards the purchase of plants. Watch out in the next weeks for the new planter at the top of King Edward Street.  Barmouth in Bloom hopes you will agree that a planter full of plants will look better than the bollards the County Council were going to place on that piece of pavement opposite Moss Bank to deter illegal parking. If you have been really thrilled by the show of colour this year, please consider volunteering some time with Barmouth in Bloom.  There are a couple of places on the working group and any number of hands, willing and able to weed, plant, water and clean up will be welcome.  Please contact John Sam Jones on 01341 280284.




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Children’s summer events fundraising.

Barmouth Childcare Partnership would like to thank friends of Ysgol-y-traeth,Sam Jones,Play Rangers, Cooperative and everyone who supported their fun day in June. £85 was raised. The next fundraising event will be a sponsored walk over Barmouth bridge 26th August 2pm; meet in the gardens opposite the  Last Inn . Anyone wishing to support can ask Cerian Morris for a sponsor form.


Youth Soccer

Barmouth FC are looking for managers to run U14s & U16s teams this coming season.

If you can help please contact Craig Papirnyk at the Pavilion Leisure Centre or call him there on 01341 280111.


Viaduct Access

The highly motivated group of local people is drawing support for the project from far and wide. Users of Facebook will already be aware that Simon Weston has expressed support and has permitted his comments to be shown on the groups page. He said” "I am delighted to support the Barmouth Viaduct Access Group`s campaign to build a walkway from the Barmouth footbridge into the town centre. Community projects of this nature bring everyone together and the walkway will not only improve road safety but also improve accessibility for disabled people and those in wheelchairs. I fully support the efforts being made and offer my best wishes with the project” – Simon Weston OBE”. With growing numbers of cycling families coming to the area the need  for improvements becomes daily more urgent.




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Childcare Partnership

There will be a “Family fun day” in the pavilion  leisure centre  on 26th July  from 10am till 12pm. You will have an opportunity to see what events and activities are planned for the summer holidays. The cost will be £1-50 per child

Car parking

 Once again local people have noted that cars parked on the seafront car park displaying valid tickets  are receiving parking fines from wardens because they are  parked in unmarked spaces. Gwynedd council are aware of the situation but have not marked  the additional spaces. The extra income they get is a disincentive for them to resolve the situation. Meanwhile there are a lot of rightly angry visitors who will leave Barmouth with bad memories of their day out.

Barmouth RNLI Open Day

Barmouth RNLI will be holding a ‘Come and Visit Us’ day from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. on Sunday 21st July when the doors of the lifeboat house on the promenade will be thrown open for members of the public to see exactly what goes on ‘behind the scenes’.  RNLI Visits Officer Wendy Cleaver will show you around the station and members of the crew will be on hand to give you a tour of each of the lifeboats. Refreshments will also be available.  This is an opportunity for everyone to see exactly how their donations help save lives at sea.



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Kite Festival

The Kite Festival this year will be held on the beach opposite the lifeboat station on July 13th and 14th from 10am till 5pm.  The colourful events are proving popular and the organisers are hoping to do two events next year, one in July and the other in August. For this years festival the county council have waived the fee that they now charge for events held on the beach. Local campsites, accommodation providers and businesses benefit from the extra visitors that themed events draw to the town.

 Country music

The Country Music Festival  was a great success and benefitted from the excellent summer weather. The appreciative audiences  were grateful for all the hard work that goes into organising the two day event each year.

Arts festival

At the planning meeting last Monday  members of the committee examined the leaflets and posters that have been produced for this years festival, they are being distributed to  tourist information centres in the area and  to businesses locally. If anyone would like  some to give to their customers they can contact Melville Penzer on 01341 242703 who will arrange a delivery. The full programme is now on the website too.


Local businesses in Barmouth and along the coast to Harlech  are getting together to promote their services to the communities they serve  by joining a facebook page. A google search for local businesses Barmouth, Dyffryn and Harlech will take you to the page. People may be pleased and  surprised by the number of new local businesses that are being set up in the area.



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Barmouth in Bloom

Members of Barmouth in Bloom have been busy around the town  repairing and repainting the planters that they maintain. The work is financed by donations from the towns businesses supplemented by small grants from the Town Council and from Gwynedd Council through the Town Centre Improvement Scheme.  New, this  year, is the planting of the wall outside the youth centre which is now part of the leisure centre complex, which was achieved with the help of Barmouth W.I., members of which handled the planting. Barmouth in Bloom is a voluntary group. In the next few weeks the group will be placing a planter on the pavement in King Edward Street opposite Moss Bank to discourage illegal parking, the group feel this option is preferable to the bollards that Gwynedd Council planned to install. Fro further information about the projects of Barmouth in Bloom please talk to Councillor John Sam Jones on 01341 280284.


St Mary’s Coffee Evening

On 5th June the annual CoffeeEvening was held at the Jesuit Housein Llanaber by kind permission of Brother Ken Vance. The welcome sunshine and seaside location provided a very pleasant venue for the event. Thanks as always to the loyal supporters and helpers the total raised for much needed Church funds was £736-93



The monthly meeting on 26 June was held in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre.  Mair Jones, the President, welcomed members and their guests – Christine Leese’s sister and Karen Owen. Wendy Ponsford was congratulated on being awarded the Gold Badge for services to the RNLI; and both Rose Morris’ daughter Kelly and Mari Haddon’s son Tom were congratulated on graduating from university with excellent results.  Best wishes were extended to Eira Goodchild who will be celebrating her 102nd birthday in July. Two teams represented Barmouth in the recent County quiz and the winners ‘the Early Birds’ (Christine Dearden, Christine Leese, Jacqui Puddle and Geraldine Vincent) were proudly congratulated. Several members had helped to plant flowers in the Leisure Centre wall and a grateful letter of thanks was received from Barmouth in Bloom. The summer trip to Llandudno was a great success, thanks to Rose who had organised the event. There was time for shopping and lunch, and then the theatre to see ‘We’ll Meet Again’ followed by afternoon tea. Val read out the county Newsletter and the reports on the National Federation W I AGM in Cardiff which had been very interesting and enjoyable; the speakers being Griff Rhys Jones, John Humphries and William Shawcross. The next ‘dining out’ evening will be a t the Captain’s Table on 12 July. The County Summer Fair and Cream Tea will be held in Barmouth in the Arts Room on 4 July from 2.00 to 3.30 p.m. Barmouth members are asked to contribute items for the books, CDs and card stall.  There will be a taster evening, where members provide food with recipe, in Dolgellau on 26 July. Bob Bilham and his daughter, Beverly, then continued the evening with leading some of the members in line dancing. The dancers, who were of varying skill, took to the floor with enthusiasm. Janet Davies thanked Bob and Beverly for an evening of great fun for the dancers and those who watched. Mair thanked Liz, Joan and Jacqui for the refreshments. The raffle was won by Vanita and the flowers by Val.  The next meeting on 24 July will be a bring & buy evening with refreshments.


Great Gatsby

Friday night, 5th July, will be a chance to see this iconic film on a screen bigger than any home cinema, in the Dragon Theatre at 7-30pm. Tickets will cost £6 and £4 or if you want to arrive early and enjoy sparkling wine and strawberries the cost will be £10. Call the theatre on 280697 for more details.


Murder at the vicarage

The Ardudwy community theatre company will be performing  a classic Agatha Christie drama in  Barmouth at the Dragon Theatre on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July also on 19th and 20th and Monday 22nd at 7-30pm. Tickets cost £7, £6 and £4.


Summer Fayre

Meirionnydd W.I. will be holding their summer event on the afternoon of Thursday 4th July from 2pm in the Arts Room  at the Dragon Theatre. Among other things there will be home made cakes and other produce on sale.






There will be a “START OF SEASON SHINDIG” at the Club on 6th July ; children of any age are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult The event starts 5pm till 7pm with  free entry. There will be a disco with Damian and games Also the Buffs club are planning to  hold a tabletop and  craft fair on the 6th July 11am till 3pm. Refreshments will be available. Tables can be reserved at a cost of  £5 each. To book please phone Rita on 07827315674.

B.C.P. Fun Day

Barmouth Childcare Partnership have organised a  Fun Day to be held on Talbot Square on  29 June from 11am till 3pm The event is open to all, please support  as all money raised will be used to entertain local children through the summer holiday.


 In Aid of the John Hartson Foundation supporting Testicular Cancer.
The event will take place on the 6th July at the Marian Football Fields Dolgellau.
The vivid kit to be worn by the Dolgellau Smithies Select will help you find them.
The day will be attended by Welsh Football legend John Hartson. Everyone is invited to go along and support a good cause

The Great Gatsby

FILM, FOOD and FIZZ at the Dragon, the winning combination of food and film has been a success at the Dragon over recent months. In attempts to generate income for the local community facility ideas such as this are being developed. People can see the film only by arriving in time for the start att 7.30pm or can reserve tickets  in advance and arrive anytime from 6.30pm to start the  evening with a glass of chilled bubbly, a warm scone, fresh strawberries and cream. Film Food & Fizz Tickets £10, Film Only Tickets £6 , under 18’s £4


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Over the summer there will be coaching of gymnastics at Bala, Twywn, Portmadog, Barmouth and Dolgellau Leisure Centres. Each  will be a 2 or 3 hour session, depending if they have a trampoline or not and it will be a mixture of artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, sports acrobatics and trampolining. Due to the time length of the class it will be for children aged 7 yrs. plus and up (with no upper limit). Places are limited and therefore all children must be booked onto a session at least 24 hrs in advance or they can block book for the whole summer For more information contact the individual leisure centres or  Cader Idris Gymnastics Club
Barmouth Country Music Festival
More details are being released about the event which will be held around town on 6th and 7th July. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday night at the Min y Mor available for the Live music sessions . On Friday night you will be able to hear Cherry K, while on Saturday night you have a choice of Red Strokes or Bobby Jones.£7.00 per ticket. contact Ruth on 01341 242631



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Car Boot

There will be a sale on 6th July from 11am till 3pm that will be organised by  the R.A.O.B Buffs Club Barmouth. The charge will be £5 per table, hopefully outside weather permitting so first come first served on the outdoor space. Contact Rita Hunter Johnson  at the club or through Facebook for more information

Country music festival

This years Country Music festival will be held in the centre of Barmouth on the weekend of Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July. Each year the festival has a strong following of regular country music lovers and hopefully if  the weather is good it  will attract additional fans too.

Hughs Views

The summer session of Hughs Views will be in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre on Monday 24th June at 10am . The sessions are of interest to residents, part time residents and to visitors who want to see pictures from the community picture collection on the big screen. The collection is currently near 4000 images and the hit rate on the site continues to grow daily.


Marys Meals

The Tal y Don hotel held a Table Top sale on 21st May to raise money in aid of Marys Meals Back Pack Project. £104 was raised with the help of Chloe Andrews. The next table top sale will be held on 22nd June There will also be a Soup and Coffee Morning on 20th June to help fund the Mountain Rescue service



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Buffs fundraiser

Rita is hoping to organise an open  air car  boot sale for the six weeks of the summer holidays  below the Buffs Club, by the betting shop. She is hoping to raise funds to get a new projector for the Buffs Club. There will only be space for 8 or 9  sellers so if you want to be sure of a space contact her at the Buffs Club soon.


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Barmouth promenade will be alive with music on Sunday 26th May 2013 for the annual Boathouse Rocks pop, blues and jazz event. Local bands will entertain us from 12 noon.  Tombola and stalls and refreshments will be available . Entry will be free but donations can be made to aid R.N.L.I. The Annual General Meeting of the Fundraising Committee and Presentation of Awards will take place at the Lifeboathouse in Barmouth at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 5th June.  All supporters are welcome, refreshments will be provided.



The Welsh Government are calling a conference during July 2013.  The conference’s aim will be to bring together Welsh civil society to discuss the challenges facing the Welsh language across Wales. To enable them to collect the view points of Welsh speakers, learners as well non-Welsh speakers a series of local forums are being held in the weeks before the conference.  Two of these forums are to be held in Gwynedd:The Institute, Allt y Pafiliwn, Caernarfon, June 10th at 7.00 p.m. Canolfan Gymdeithasol Talysarn, Talysarn, June 11th at 7.00 p.m. The Government are encouraging people of all linguistic backgrounds to attend.  If you have a view point of the future of the Welsh language and are interested in attending then contact Linda Evans on Please specify in your email if you are a Welsh speaker, a learner or a non-Welsh speaker.  This will make it possible to ensure the forums include people from a variety of linguistic backgrounds.



The President, Mair Jones, welcomed members to the meeting on 22nd May, and Meirion was sung to the accompaniment of Blodwen Comerford on piano. Best wishes were extended to Rose Morris on her retirement and congratulations to Val Vine’s daughter, Amelia, on her success in gaining a new teaching post in London.  Over the last month Janet Davies and Pam Payton represented the Federation in a darts competition against Caernarfon; four members walked from Taicynhaeaf to Barmouth along the Mawddach Trail on a pleasant sunny afternoon; and three members attended the ‘staging’ workshop in Llanelltyd which they found informative and interesting. Liz Robertts reported on the Group Artro day out at Plas Tanybwlch where they had talks on post boxes, the National Health and history of a Master Mariner - the whole day being most enjoyable. Future events include the ‘Dining Out’ evening which will be at Isis, on the harbour, on 14th June, and two teams from Barmouth will be competing at the quiz night in Dolgellau on 7th June. The speaker for the evening was Clare Horton, a physiotherapist from Tywyn. Clare has also worked in Dolgellau hospital and was recognised by some members who had had the benefit of her skills. Much of Clare’s work is to help those who are recovering from fractured bones following a fall, therefore there was a discussion on how to avoid falling, especially in the home and garden. Other topics covered were osteoporosis, diet and exercise, and again members enthusiastically contributed to a discussion. Christine Leese thanked Clare for an informative and lively evening. Mair thanked the tea hostesses, Geraldine Geinor and Doreen for delicious refreshments which included chocolate dipped strawberries.  The raffle was won by Sybil Jones and the flowers by Joan Probert. The next meeting on 26th June will be line dancing with Bob Bilham.

Dragon AGM

The AGM of the Dragon Theatre took place on Monday 20th May with Melville Penzer in the chair as Mr Roy Treherne the President was at the Chelsea Flower Show. Sandra Prior presented the accounts which were discussed by all and it was noted that the theatre had made a loss over the year of £8948.32. Allison Williams the manager gave an account of the years activities and notes that whilst there had been a loss of hirers for the Parlwrs, new hirers had come along to fill the gap. Melville Penzer the chairman indicated his desire to retire and the committee elected Cllr. Gethin Williams in his place.  Mair Jones expressed her wish to retire as secretary as she will be moving away later in the year.  Melville Penzer was elected to take over her duties and expressed his and the committees thanks for all her years of hard work on behalf of the theatre, he said that she will be greatly missed. Sandra Prior was re-elected as treasure and was also thanked for her work during the year in setting up the accounts on computer. The remainder of the committee and directors were re-elected en-block.

Ysgol y Traeth

The Friends of Ysgol-y-traeth will be hosting a Race night on  15th  June at 7pm in the R.A.O.B Buffs club. There will be  free entry and there is the option of  curry rice and nan bread for  £3. There will also be a raffle and the chance to have bets on the horses for £1. The organisers are grateful to the Min y Mor hotel, Mor Wyn bed and breakfast, Crystal House  bed and breakfast, Arbour hotel, Barmouth mobile bermo, Bradburys garage,Hendre Mynach caravan park and R.A.O.B Buffs club for supporting the night.



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LLanaber Church

The annual St Mary’s Coffee Evening will be held at the Jesuits House, Llanaber on Wednesday 5th June at 7pm. There will be the usual variety of stalls including plants, home made cakes and preserves, bri a brac etc. This lovely venue on the main road facing the sea will be signposted on the day. There will be plenty of free parking, everyone is warmly welcomed.


There will be a Table Top sale in the Buffs Club on Saturday 25th May from 11am till 3pm. If you would like to book a £5 table please contact Delyth Morris on facebook or call 01341 281819 or leave a message at the Buffs Club.

Mawddach Arts

The Mawddach Arts Group would like to say thank you to evertyone involved in their recent exhibition which ended on Sunday 12th May. As last year, it was a great success with approximately 350 visitors passing through the doors. The group would like to express special thanks to Alison at the Dragon Theatre for her support and the super venue, to Barmouth Press Association for the use of their display screens, to Gwynedd Council for their support in purchasing new screens and finally to Matthew White who donated fixings enabling the groups banner to be displayed.


The Cambrian Coast Croquet Club has just finished another enjoyable indoor season at the Barmouth Leisure Centre, with thanks to the centre staff for the hard work they put in on behalf of the club. Unfortunately, due to some members being away and others not well, there were not enough members present at the last meeting to hold the annual Indoor Tournament. This will now be held when we return indoors in the autumn. So from this Friday until October the club will be playing outdoors every Friday afternoon at Hafod Wen, Harlech. New faces are always welcome so if you are interested in playing croquet please contact Keith on 01341 241308 or David on 01654 710958 .



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Business network

The next meeting of the Barmouth Business Network group will be at 7pm
on 23rd May at R.A.O.B Buffs Club. The first part of the evening will be
an opportunity to network with other local business owners. At 7.45pm
the formal part of the meeting will start to discuss issues raised at
the inaugal meeting last month.  New members are always welcome.  The
Network is open to anyone who lives in Barmouth or runs a business in

Parkinsons support

The local support group for those affected by Parkinsons have set dates for their next two meetings; Tuesday 21st May and Tuesday 23rd July, both from 1-30pm till 3-30pm and both in Dyffryn Village hall which is on the main road at the Harlech end of the village. At the may meeting there will be a singing workshop and in July there will be a circle dance session. The meetings are a chance to gather information and share ideas. More information can be had by calling Dawn McGuiness on 0844 2253713 or checking the website



On Sunday 26th May there will be an Elvis trtibute night performed again by Craig Memphis King at the Dragon Theatre in Barmouth. The show will start at 8pm. Tickets can be reserved by calling 01341 2181697 and will also be on sale at the door.

Advance notice

The year on year growth in the popularity of the annual Mowtown nights at the Dragon Theatre means that tickets for the show on August 3rd are already selling, if you want to be sure of a seat you can contact the theatre and advance purchase now.


 Since the closing of the Communities First office the sale of Llais Ardudwy has moved to David Jones Butchers shop , St.Annes Square.


On Tuesday 30th April Deanna Fisher was presented with  a Chief Constables Commendation for the work of Gwarchod Bermo. The contribution that the groups work has made to improving the safety of the town and the clear up rate on crime is recognised in this prestigious award. Gwarchod Bermos community organised system has acted as an example for other communities that have consulted the group on all aspects of setting up and more importantly, sustaining  the effective working.

Film and supper night

Les Miserables will be showing in the Dragon Theatre on May17th at 7-30pm. There will be a themed supper at 6-30 consisting of soup, baguette and cheeses before the show. Costs including supper will be £10, for the film only £6 over 18’s and £4 under 18’s. You will need to book if you want supper as space will be limited, call 01341 281697 to make your reservation. The first £750 raised will be match funded by Barlays Bank community fund. The theatre needs to raise additional funds in order to meet the rising costs of this community facility.

Childcare Partnership

Barmouth Childcare Partnership will be having a Table Top Sale,  Cake Stall and Children’s Tombola at the Buffs Club 25th May 11am till 3pm,All money raised will go to pay for  entertainments for  local children in the summer holidays, please support.

Barmouth Bowling Club

The bowling season is well under way and individual competition matches are being played. The first Saturday match was Barmouth v. the Rest on 27th April. The game was enjoyed by all and resulted in a draw. On 4th May members entered the men’s and ladies individual Round Robin competition. It was one of the first sunny and pleasant Saturday afternoons of the season. There were 22 entrants who all played well. The winner of the ladies competition was Pam Payton and runner up Margaret Williams; Ron Rees was the winner of the men’s with Phil Powell runner up. The players then retired to the Club House for a delicious tea provided by Anita and Brian Gatehouse, Dave Evans, Marie Flavell and Meirion Roberts. Unfortunately the Captain v. Lady Captain match, which was to be played on the 11 May, was postponed due to the wet weather. The next match will be against Fairbourne on 30 May followed by the Cyril Hudson Cup on 1st June. Members regularly meet on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 1;45 and a warm welcome will be given to non-members and holidaymakers at £3 per game.


The Gardening Club held their annual plant sale and coffee morning on Saturday 4th May.  Parlwr Bach was full of plants, including small shrubs, bedding plants, vegetable plants and herbs, and nearly all had been sold by midday. In Parlwr Mawr was the cake stall and raffle and where coffee and biscuits were served, along with a friendly chat. £250.00 was raised towards club funds, which will pay towards speakers’ fees next year. Meetings will start again in September and non-members are welcome. Look out for posters for details.




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Garden open for charity

The gardens  at  Aber Artro Hall, Llanbedr will be on Sunday, 5 May, May Bank Holiday Sunday, from 11 a.m. to  5 p.m. in aid of Harlech, Llanbedr and Barmouth Churches.  Light Refreshments, Tombola, Books, Bric-a-brac, Plants for Sale. Everyone is invited to go along to support the event and enjoy the beauty of the gardens, the admission charge will be £ 5 Children free.




The President, Mair Jones, welcomed members to the meeting on 24 April, and Meirion was sung to the accompaniment of Blodwen Comerford on piano.  Pam Payton was congratulated on winning the County darts singles competition that was held at Bala on 22 April.  Pat Millward was congratulated on the birth of her grandson, Harry. Best wishes were extended to members who had birthdays in May; Sheila Badger, Angela Jones, Alma Havercroft and Pam Payton. The next ‘Dining Out’ will be at Ty’r Graig Hotel on 10th May and the ramble will be from Penmaenpool to Barmouth along the Mawddach Trail on 12 May. The summer trip has been arranged to the theatre in Llandudno on 17th June, at a total cost of £27. Payment to Rose as soon as possible.

The speaker for the evening was Rhydian Morris, Community Ranger for the National Trust, based in Ysbyty Ifan. He gave an overview of the history of the Trust, including Dinas Oleu which was their first piece of land. The Trust owns vast areas of countryside including nature reserves and many properties including castles, houses, hotels, lighthouses and gardens which are open to the public. Rhydian gave details, illustrated with slides, of the work undertaken in the conservation of nature and properties and the invaluable help given by volunteers. Egryn, in Talybont and the woodland and properties in Ganllwyd were highlighted, being of local interest.  Janet Davies thanked Rhydian for a most interesting and informative talk.Mair thanked the tea hostesses, Lorraine Viney, Sheila Davies and Mari O’Rourke.  The raffle was won by Sheila Jason and the flowers by Pam Payton.The next meeting on 22nd May will be with physiotherapist, Clare Horton.



The weekly Barmouth Health Walks re-start on Thursday 2 May at 6 p.m. from the Pavilion Leisure Centre. All are welcome to join these leisurely walks, which are between 1 to 1.5 hours long; along the promenade, over the bridge or on the foothills behind Barmouth. It is an opportunity to meet new people while taking gentle exercise.

Everyone is also invited to Coed y Brenin ( start at visitor’s centre) for walks between 3 and 4.5 miles long on 2 May, 6 June and 4 July, also a 3 mile walk in Bala ( start at Llyn Tegid visitor center)  on 20 May.  Registration for all of these walks is at 10.30 a.m. Further details from Caroline Moncrieff  07980 538811.


The Barmouth Gardening Club will hold their annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning on Saturday 4th May from 10.00 to 12.30 a.m. in Parlwr Mawr ( rear of Dragon Theatre). Admission will be £1 to include tea/coffee and biscuits. There will also be cake stall and raffle. Come along. You will be given a warm welcome and plenty of plants to choose from or just enjoy a cup of coffee in good company. The Gardening Club normally meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in Parlwr Bach.. The next meeting is on 10 September following a summer break. The speaker will be Dave Anning from the RSPB with an illustrated talk about Welsh Woodland Birds. Visitors and non-members are always welcome – look out for the posters.

Christian aid

Christian Aid Week will this year be celebrated from 13th to 19th  May. There will be a street collection in Barmouth on Thursday 16th May. If you would like to be a collector please contact Mair Jones on 280892. The book stall at Christchurch will also be part of the days activities.

Urdd 2014

In the months leading up to the Eisteddfod Yr Urdd 2014 in Bala all the towns and villages in Meirionydd will be busy fundraising towards the cost. Barmouth’s target is £8000 and so far about £2000 has been raised or promised. The next event will be the Coffee Morning and silent auction at Tower House on Thuresday23rd May from 10am tillnoon. Everyone is asked to help and support the cause.



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The Mawddach Arts Group will be holding an exhibition of their work in the Arts room of the Dragon Theatre from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 12th May inclusive between 10am and 3pm daily with an honesty bar for Tea and Coffee, entry is free. The Art group meet on Thursday’s from 10am till 1-30pm in the upper room of Christchurch which is accessed in Beach Road  at the side of Adeles flower shop. Anyone interested in joining is invited to go along.



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At the meeting on Thursday it was decided to widen the scope of BarmouthLive to cover audio and video content, this means that if you have podcasts that you would like to add to the site you can do so in various ways. So if you want to share your vblog, , audio diary or other stuff please check the barmouthlive facebook for details and contacts. If you have ideas for programmes or one off recordings  but need help to make it happen contact the group in the same way.The site is for everyone so if it is poetry that thrills you or maybe local history, local events, reviews there is space for all this and more.


Laurel and Hardy

It has been said that in 1931 and 32 Laurel & Hardy came to Barmouth and performed on the seafront. Have you heard this story, do you have pictures of the event. If so please leave a note and or photo for Hugh Roberts at the Tourist Information Centre. The community gallery is still growing and getting more hits than ever. Just because BarmouthFirst has moved out it does not mean that the gallery has been affected. There will be further Hugh’s Views sessions when arranged.

Arts Festival

At the planning meeting it was decided that the ticket prices for the 2013 Arts Festival will be held at the same level as last year. This means that the first night will cost £10 and all other performances will cost £8. Details of the programme are on the website .




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Mair Jones, President, welcomed members to the meeting on 27th March. The guest speaker, Linda Baily, was introduced; she is well known locally as physiotherapist and parish curate. Her talk, which was illustrated with slides, was about the three months she spent on the West Bank as part of Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. Her role, together with other independent persons from many countries, was to observe and record and to offer protection through non-violent presence. Many members agreed that the information, both verbal and visual was a real ‘eye opener’, and were unaware of the complex division of the country and the severity of the living conditions of the Palestinians. Rose Morris thanked Linda for enlightening members. The meeting continued with reports of events. Mair, Val and Christine Leese had competed in the county scrabble competition and Pam and Mary had played in the indoor bowls in Machynlleth. Mair had attended the Welsh Tea at Dolserau Hall where they had been entertained by pupils from Ysgol y Gader. Events in April include a ramble at Blaenau Ffestiniog, darts competition in Bala and the monthly dinner will be at the Anchor on 12th April. The summer trip is on 17th June to Llandudno theatre to see the show ‘We’ll Meet Again’; please contact Rose for further details. The evening ended with refreshments provided by Ann Williams, Joan Probert and Vanita Bath. They were thanked by Mair. Monica Buggy won the raffle and Mari O’Rourke won the flowers. The speaker at the next meeting on 24th April will be  Rhydian Morris whose topic is the National Trust.



The Chairman, Bill Gaskell, welcomed 24 members to the meeting on Saturday 30th March.  The weather has prevented the necessary work to keep the Bowling Green up to its usual standard but it will be done as soon as possible and more members were asked to help. However, members are able to play now and visitors are always welcome. Annual membership fees are £40, social membership £20 or non-members can play at £3 per game. The first club match will be Barmouth v. the Rest on 27 April. Twentyfour  enjoyed the start of season dinner which was held at the Min-y-Mor Hotel on 6th April.


Play Rangers are coming to Barmouth

 The Play Ranger project will land in Barmouth next week. The Play Ranger project provides play provision for children between the ages of 5-14 years old.  The project gives the children independence in making choices about what to play and what they would like to do. The project aims to support parents/carers and children to feel confident about playing out in their community by creating a playful environment, full of possibilities, where children can experience increasing independence and responsibility for their own play behaviour.  Our aim is to sustain the project within the community by recruiting volunteers to carry on the play sessions.

There will be a taster session for parents and children on the 10th of April in Ysgol y Traeth starting at 2pm.  Parents are welcome to come along at this time to have a chat with the Play Rangers and to see what we do. 

The project will be launching in Barmouth on the 19th of April on the school grounds between 3-4.30pm.

Remember to bring old clothes to play! For more information contact the team on 07557480305 / 07557480306 or email /


Knitting for charity (Photo accompanies.= Members of the Barmouth W.I. knitting circle)

The Barmouth W I knitting group and several of their friends have been busy over the winter months knitting for TopKids, a charity in Belarus. The charity was set up and is run by Andrew and Avril Wesley, who once lived in Barmouth. They place orphan children in loving family homes and then support these families, thus giving the children the chance of a better future.

The knitting group have sent off two boxes of items, which comprise 145 hats, 59 scarves, 15 pairs of gloves, 8 pairs of socks, 3 cardigans and 2 jumpers. The children will appreciate all of these items, as they live in very cold conditions, which at the moment is minus 20 degrees.

Another parcel will be sent to the collection centre in Gloucester before September, when a van will be taking supplies out to Belarus.



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Buffs benefit Youth

There will be a Table top sale at the R.A.O.B Buffs Club on 6th April from 11am till 3pm. There will be free entry, tea, hot choc, £1-00 (cream/marshmallows) 50p. Milk shakes £1-00. Homemade scones with jam/cream £1.20. Tables will cost £5 each contact Rita Hunter Johnson on 01341-280424  to book space. The  proceeds will be donated to  to Barmouth Youth Club.


Mair Jones, President, welcomed members to the meeting on 27th March. The guest speaker, Linda Baily, was introduced; she is well known locally as physiotherapist and Parish curate. Her talk, which was illustrated with slides, was about the three months she spent on the West Bank as part of Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. Her role, together with other independent persons from many countries, was to observe, record and to offer protection through non-violent presence. Many members agreed that the information, both verbal and visual was a real ‘eye opener’, and were unaware of the complex division of the country and the severity of the living conditions of the Palestinians. Rose Morris thanked Linda for enlightening members. The meeting continued with reports of events. Mair, Val and Christine Leese had competed in the county scrabble competition while Pam and Mary had played in the indoor bowls in Machynlleth. Mair had attended the Welsh Tea at Dolserau Hall where they had been entertained by pupils from Ysgol y Gader. Events in April include a ramble at Blaenau Ffestiniog, darts competition in Bala and the monthly dinner which  will be at the Anchor on 12th April. The summer trip will be on 17th June to Llandudno theatre to see the show ‘We’ll Meet Again’; please contact Rose for further details. The evening ended with refreshments provided by Ann Williams, Joan Probert and Vanita Bath. They were thanked by Mair. Monica Buggy won the raffle and Mari O’Rourke won the flowers. The speaker at the next meeting on 24th April is Rhydian Morris whose topic will be the National Trust.

Spring in your step

The Dragon Theatre have a Springtime Ceilidh  in the Arts room with Mooncoin on the 4th of April. Don’t worry if your inexperienced, an expert caller will show you how in minutes.Tickets cost £7 and can be bought in advance from Luvits on the High street or take a chance and pay at the door.

Bond in Barmouth

If you want to see the latest Bond film, Skyfall, on the big screen you can do so on Friday 5th April at 7-30 at the Dragon. Mawddach Rotary have organized the screening to raise funds for local good causes. Tickets cost £6 at the door.

Hughs views

At the session in the Arts Room on Monday last Hugh paid tribute to four local people who had recently passed away, including Mrs Gwyneth Darbyshire who had attended many previous sessions. Hugh emphasized the importance of retaining the images and stories that people recollect so that they live on when the people are no longer here. Les Darbyshire spoke about the further developments regarding Les’s Sea Heroes book and there will be a separate announcement about the money raised in a few weeks time. Les is currently working on an article about another local character of whom there is little recognition but who, by Les’s research, appears to be another local hero. If you have photos  that can be added to the gallery please drop them off at the Information Centre in the railway station, Hugh will collect them, scan them and then return them to the office for collection normally within 24 hours so there is no danger of valued pictures being lost.


The closure of the Barmouth First office has meant that various services have been re-located. The Bumps n Babies group will in future meet in the Dragon Theatre community rooms, details of times and days can be obtained from Ann James at Barmouth Health Centre.  The North Wales Credit Union has moved over to Elim Church premises in Park Road,  New loans and savings accounts can be opened there and the volunteers who ran the service in Barmouth First will be there to meet existing and new clients and offer the full range of community finance options. Citizens Advice Bureau can be contacted on 08444 77 20 20 they will try to answer questions over the phone  and will arrange for clients to meet an advisor face to face in Dolgellau for complex issues. The Relate counselling service can be reached by calling 01492 – 533920, they will arrange to meet people at Elim Church rooms in Park road or other places by agreement. Craigs recycling collection point has also moved to the Elim Church  building , he collects ink and toner cartridges, old mobile phones, plastic bottle tops and used stamps for the benefit of  a range of charities operating  both locally and farther afield.


The new drop off point for news items is Celebrations Card shop in the Arches. Items will be collected on Saturdays for inclusion in the following Thursdays edition. You can also contact Martin by email .



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The open meeting held at the Parlwr Mawr last Tuesday 19th March, displaying the proposed plans for a safe walkway from Barmouth Bridge into the town was very successful.

Around 70 people attended the meeting and we have over 50 written statements of support. There were no written comments of objection. The plans generated much positive discussion and we should like to thank everyone who came along. Comments can also be made on Face book Barmouth-Viaduct Access Group (B-VAG)


If you have only seen the latest Bond film on  home t.v.  there is a chance to see it on the big screen at the Dragon Theatre on April 5th at 7-30. Tickets will cost £6 Organised by Mawddach Roatary the profits will go to local causes. You can pay on the door or  book tickets  by contacting 01341 423 730 or call the Dragon Theatre on 01341 281697

The last illusion

On Friday night , 29th March  Bash street co will be performing “The last illusion “ in the Dragon Theatre, contact the theatre direct for more information on 01341281697

With Easter almost here  it is good to see that work has been done to improve the entrance to the town from the Harlech direction. Rebuilding of the planter around the Welcome to Barmouth sign  will provide added impact and offer an attractive first view, presumably this is work undertaken by BRIG the group that has done so much in recent years to make areas of the town more appealing to visitors and residents.



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All change

From the start of April the new place to drop off items for the Cambrian News will be Celebrations card shop in the Arches. News items will be picked up on Friday afternoon for inclusion in the following Thursday’s edition. Those with email can send information to

Closing today

Sadly today ( Thursday) is the closing day for the Barmouth First office in Station Road. The staff and officers of the company wish to thank everyone in the community that has contributed to the success of the organisation during its 8 year span. Barmouth has benefitted greatly from the work that has been done with the help of numerous dedicated local people. It is hoped that the groups set up will continue to flourish in the coming years.

Casting call

Bermo Arts is hoping to put on that well loved T.V. comedy “Steptoe and son” as their Summer Show.The group is now looking for people with some acting ability to take the major roles. If you are interested and can commit to a Wednesday evening most weeks until September please call Keith on 01341 241308 or Ann on 01341 247382.



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Arctic message

One of the pictures on the community gallery has produced an interesting message. The photo of Alex Downing was seen by a lady in St Petersburg who is a magazine editor there. She added a comment under the picture, in Welsh, to say thank you  for the help that the Arctic Convoy, of which  Alex was a member, had provided during the war.  It is only relatively recently that the contribution made by the convoy has been officially recognised in Britain. The picture can be seen on line or by going to the next Hugh's Views session that will be held on Monday 25th February in the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre.

B-VAG public display
Proposed plans for a safe walkway from the Mawwdach viaduct into Barmouth have been drawn up by B-VAG (Barmouth Viaduct Access Group). The plans will be on public display at The Parlwr Mawr, Dragon Theatre on Tuesday 19th March 3-7pm. everyone welcome.

Heart of Wales Lorry Rally

Last September The Heart of Wales Lorry Rally made their annual visit to Barmouth and raised £400 for The Air Ambulance and £400 for the RNLI. This year the rally will be in Barmouth on Saturday 7th September between 1pm. and 3pm.

Country boys struggle

Barmouth Youth Club are using the Nights Out scheme to bring a show to Barmouth. Called the Country boys struggle ,  Maxwell Golden  tells the story of trying to make urban music in rural Cornwall. He then moves to the big city and finds its not how he thought it would be. There is a mix of Hip Hop, Movement and comedy, so especially relevant to young people locally who have dreams and ambitions in music. Price and Time details from  Dragon Theatre 01341 281697, Youth Club and Luvits. Show will be on Friday 15th March


Lit & Deb

The Annual Dinner of the society was held at the Min y Mor hotel on 7th March. After enjoying a very good meal members listened to the guest speaker, Canon Bernard Lorden, who will be remembered as the former Priest at St Tudwals .He was a member of the society for seven years untill he moved to a new parish at Llay near Wrexham. Canon Lorden recalled that his years in Barmouth had been very happy ones and that he still has many friends in the society. The President, Michel Benson, thanked Canon Lorden for coming and said that he was sadly missed at the weekly meetings. Mr Benson mentioned that the Society is looking forward to its entenary in 2019. He also mentioned that certain members were unable to attend the dinner due to ill health. Colin Havercroft had to cancel and Rita Gladstone, who had atended last year had been ill for some months but had had an interesting conversation about the nature of belief at the previous dinner.

Barmouth First, notice to all concerned, it is with regret that hte Barouth First office will be closing its doors for the last time next Thursday 28th March. Cwmni 'r Bermo who ran the office will continue until further notice. If anyone needs information or help please call in in this last week, also if anyone needs to collect anything.



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The meeting to celebrate St David’s Day, on 27th February, began with singing Meirion in Welsh.  The President, Mair Jones, gave best wishes to members who were celebrating birthdays in March. Angela Jones was congratulated on the birth of her grandson, Ethan, and Mary Smallwood on the birth of her grandson, Benjamin Robert. Also, Val’s daughter, Amelia, who teaches four year olds in an inner city London school, was congratulated on having an excellent inspector’s report.

Val then read the minutes of the last meeting, the County newsletter and several items of correspondence from National W I including bursaries which are available if attending a course at Denman College. Members are invited to Harlech W I for a talk and film on Snowdonia set to music. The County Welsh tea will be at Dolserau Hall on 8th March. Other events in March include indoor bowls at Machynlleth and bingo in Llanelltyd. Darts is now played every Tuesday evening at 7.00 p.m. at the bowling club. There was also an appeal for items for the next issue of the Meirionnydd W I magazine, Brethyn Cartref.

Mari Haddon, Mari O’Rourke and Rose Morris, and her grandchildren, Oliver and Victoria, who were dressed in traditional Welsh costume, gave the evening entertainment.  Mari Haddon has recently learnt to play the harp and she played very competently a selection of tunes and also sang. She also gave a very interesting talk on the history of the harp in Wales. Mari O’Rourke then held a quiz and the winning team - Cenin Pedr - Chris, Buddug, Blodwen, Sheila and Ann were each awarded a pot of daffodils. Everyone then joined in to sing a medley of Welsh songs ending with the National Anthem. Pam Payton gave the vote of thanks and Mair presented Oliver and Victoria with an Easter egg each.

The tasty refreshments were provided by Mary Smallwood, Marie Flavell and Sheila Jason and they were thanked by Mair. Vicky Pell won the raffle and Oliver and Victoria won the flowers.

The next meeting on 27th March will be with Rev. Linda Baily who will speak of her experience living in the West Bank.



Bold productions and Aberystwyth Arts Centre present Betrayal a play by Harold Pinter. It will be performed in the Dragon Theatre Barmouth on Saturday 9th March at 7-30pm. Tickets will cost £7 and are on sale at Luvits on theHigh Street as well as on the door at the theatre.


The community on line radio station  is building up a stock of podcasts that can be posted on the BarmouthLive site for downloading. If you have any podcasts that you have created please send them to so that Barry Lim who is geenerously hosting the site can upload them. If you have programme ideas and need help contact the BarmouthFirst office and Martin or Denise will try to link you up with someone within the group that can assisst you. If you have  and are willing to assist in creating content for the site please contact the officeor call 01341 280979 and leave details.

Hughs Views

The next Hughs Views will be held on Monday  25th March at 10am in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre.



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A small committee has been established to carry forward the fund raising  effort for the 2014 Urdd Eisteddfod. Cllr Gethin Williams will Chair the group, Llewela Edwards will be Vice Chair, Annest Williams is the Secretary and Mair Jones will be Treasurer. The Town Council has already made a contribution but the considerable target of £8000 that has been set for the community of Barmouth will require much effort to achieve.

Mae pwyllgor bach wedi ei sefydlu i gario ymlaen codi arian ymdrech ar gyfer 2014 Urdd Eisteddfod. Y Cynghorydd Gethin Williams fydd yn cadeirio'r grŵp, bydd Llewela Edwards yn Is-Gadeirydd, Annest Williams yw'r Ysgrifennydd a bydd Mair Jones yn Drysorydd. Mae Cyngor y Dref eisoes wedi gwneud cyfraniad, ond bydd y targed sylweddol o £ 8000 sydd wedi ei osod ar gyfer y gymuned o'r Bermo ei gwneud yn ofynnol llawer o ymdrech i gyflawni.

School bodyshop

Thanks are sent to all who supported the Year 6 Raffle and Bodyshop event. There was a small turnout but a total of £300 was raised. Reffle winners were Derek, Claire Wright, Shane, Mari O’Rourke, Warren, Christine, Will, June, Deb Courtney, Barbara Howard and Caroline Parry. There were three winnners of Charity Bodyshop squares: Val Williams, Wayne and Adrian Chick.

Knit and Natter

As part of the Barmouth Big Knit, Luvit, on the High Street, will be holding  a Knit n Natter session in the shop on Saturday 2nd March from 11am till 2pm. The aim is to raise money for the RNLI and Wales Air Ambulance. Take along wool and knitting needles and you can help   make squares for the super long scarf. You will also be able to have a coffee, cake and chat as you help generate money for these vital services. Questions can be addressed to Awenna  or John on 01341 280259.



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Lit and Deb

At its meeting on the evening of St Valentines Day, members of the Literary and Debating Society were entertained by a witty, wide ranging and instructive presentation by George Sanders, Chaired by Alistair MacFarlane. The topic was Valentine: truths and Dalliances. After explaining the historical genesis of the celebration and its subsequent development George covered a huge range of poetry and prose dealing with the subject in an amusing, insightful and instructive way. His chosen authors, illustrated by many readings ranged from Chaucer through W.B.Yeats, Una Fanthorpe and R.S. Thomas to Isabelle Allende. They covered a wide range from the witty to the deeply moving, from the tragic to the farcical. Rachel Cleaver warmly expressed the Society’s thanks, saying how George had once again given a splendid talk that would be remembered.


On Thursday 28th there will be a short but intense meeting to sort out the future development of BarmouthLive, the community online radio project. If you would like to have any part in the operation of the station in either technical, presentation or management you will be welcomed to put your ideas  forward. The meeting  at 6pm will be held at Barmouthfirst office in Station Road. If you cannot make the meeting you can still contact the office on 01341 280979  or call in any time Monday to Friday 10am till 4pm.

Spanish and Technology

Have you tried learning to speak Spanish in the past, are you ready to move to intermediate level now, if so please contact Martin or Denise at Barmouthfirst office in Station road or call 01341 280979 and leave your contact details, If enough people show interest we will approach a tutor  and assist in setting up a learning group.

Are you confused by all the gadgets on the market, and the words that go with them tablets, laptops, android, apps would you like to know more and understand what to choose for your needs. If so contact as above and  the team will try to arrange an event to clear some confusion for you.

Business networking

The next meeting that aims to bring local business people together will be held at the Buffs club on Thursday 28th February at 7pm. To help the networking you have the option to take along business cards or  copies of a short business profile to hand round to fellow businesses to show the range of goods and services available locally.

Soul Club

The second Mid Wales soul club nights will be on  22nd February at 8pm in the Buffs Club . The first one was thoroughly enjoyed by those attended and the dance floor was never empty, you are invited to go and dance the night away meet some true soulies and exercise while having fun. The bar will be open and entry will be free plus first class sounds. Doors open @ 7-00pm



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Christmas competition

Gwynedd County Council ran a competition through the Library service that required entrants to design a Christmas wrapping paper. Entries from 17 libraries were judged in Caernarfon with 7 prizes being awarded. The prizes  consisted of various artists materials to encourage the young winners in their art works. Morgen Morris from Barmouth who attends Ysgol y Traeth was one of the talented winners. He is pictured with his winning entry and his prize.

Gwynedd Business Week 2013
Once again this year, Gwynedd Council will be arranging a Business Week
during the week commencing 20th May 2013. This annual event is an attempt to encourage businesses to get together to exchange ideas, network with other local businesses and face the challenges of doing business from and within Gwynedd. It is also an opportunity to focus on the economy of Gwynedd and to highlight and celebrate success stories from within the local economy. The intention is to arrange and hold key business related events during the week as well as a Business Dinner on the 23rd May. Further information can be obtained from> or by calling the business unit on 01286 679778

Knit to win

A new approach to fundraising has been created in Barmouth where you have the chance to win a prize and two charities  will get money too. To win you have to guess the length of scarf that will result from the stitching together of all the donated squares that are being requested for the other part of the project. If you can knit you are asked to donate  a six inch square, by Monday 18th March, to the organisers at Crystal House on Marine Parade. When joined they will create a scarf, the length of which will be determined by an independent adjudicator. The money raised will be split equally between the winner, the RNLI and the Wales Air Ambulance Fund. After the event  a third charity will benefit as the scarf will be made into blankets for a local animal rescue centre. For more information talk to Katie at Crystal House or email her

Mental Health Advocates

An IMHA is a trained and experienced advocate. Theyare independent, which means that they are separate from your medical and social care teams and work for a different organisation. An IMHA will not tell you what they think is right for you, but help you to decide what you want to do. They only act on your instructions and do not judge you. IMHAs can also work with people who are unable to give instructions. You can contact them by calling 01248 354127.




Barmouth Food Bank

Barmouth Food Bank opens soon; preparations are well under way for the facility that will be located in Park road at Elim Church. The food bank relies on the generosity of those who can spare items of food to help those who find themselves in great need. This will be local people helping local people. In order to accumulate food for distribution a collection is being organised to take place  at Barmouth Co-op on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of February starting at 9-30am and, with the help of volunteers, continuing throughout the day. In these uncertain times no one knows when they may need help whatever you can spare will be greatly appreciated by those most in need. This scheme is being set up with the help of the Trussel Trust a charity which provides support and guidance to community groups to combat food poverty in Wales.


Buffs soul

A Northern Soul Gig was held at the Buffs R.A.O.B. club in Barmouth on Saturday night the 26th January. D.J's Annie and Kas played good music and even a thunderstorm could not keep die hard Soulie's away. The organisers are hoping to make this a monthly event.


Children's Valentine's

R.A.O.B. Buffs Club Barmouth will be holding a free Children's Valentine's party on Thursday, 14th February. There will be Fun and Games and Disco with DJ DAMO. The fun will start at midday for the 0 – 5 YEAR OLDs  12 NOON - 1PM then they will be joined by the 5years and up from1PM - 3PM, little ones can stay if they want. All children must be accompanied by an Adult. Please if possible bring a plate of food as a contribution to the buffet at this community event.


Film Rescheduled

The film Anna Karenina, which was due to be screened on Friday 18th January and was cancelled due to the blizzard conditions, will now be shown this Friday, 8th February at 7.45pm in the Dragon Theatre.


Parkinsons support group

The group held its second meeting in Barmouth in the Bowling Club Pavilion last Tuesday. The speaker for the day was Davina Bavanesco a specialist in recovery exercise programmes, which are aimed at limbs, joints that are suffering pain, stiffening and loss of normal posture in diseases such as Parkinsons. The speaker gave a highly informative presentation, which involved every member carrying out simple exercises, all laced with humour and audience participation. Davina can be contacted on 01766 530404. In discussions many found that their health problems had been resolved in ways that they had not thought about. The day ended with the P.D. Branch organizer, Dawn McGuinness inviting comments on the two venues used to date. The result being in favour of Dyffryn Ardudwy community hall, one major factor being the large car park opposite the hall. When Dawn completes her enquiry and has a firm date you will be informed: watch this space. The contact number for the Parkinsons Disease organization is 0844 225 3713



The guest speaker on Wednesday 23rd January was Raj, who was welcomed by the President, Mair Jones. Raj spoke of his career as a Bollywood actor, both as a child and principal actor. His mother is a film writer and director and she supported his career, as did his school. He explained how film stars are revered in India but he met his wife, Noori, who was from a rural area of India and was unaware of his fame. Although Raj still has business dealings in London and India, he and Noori decided that they would like their children to grow up away from city life. They have happily settled in Dolgellau and are proprietors of the Indiana Restaurant in Fairbourne. Raj ended his talk with a song and a dance, which was typical of Bollywood films, and many members joined in. Everyone agreed that Raj had been a most interesting and entertaining speaker and before he left he was warmly thanked by Val Vine. Mair then thanked all those who had helped at various events in December and gave best wished to members who were celebrating their birthdays. The County Newsletter was then read by Val which mentioned several county events in March, including St David’s Day celebration, indoor bowls, scrabble and bingo. Delicious refreshments were then provided by Sybil Jones, Betty Morris and Wendy Ponsford and they were thanked by Mair.  Mair won the raffle and Betty won the flowers. The next meeting will be the Welsh Evening on 27th February with entertainment provided by Mari Haddon and friends.



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Lit and Deb

The annual Inter Societies Quiz took place on Thursday January24th in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre. This year the host was Barmouth Literary and Debating Society. The President Mr Michel Benson welcomed those present, including members of Bermo Arts and U3A. Questions on various subjects were set by Rachel Cleaver, Alan Vincent, Peter Leyden and Michel Benson. At the end of an enjoyable evening Mrs Ann Court gave a vote of thanks on behalf of Bermo Arts and Mrs Evelyn Richardson on behalf of U3A. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 31st January and the speaker will be Danny Jones who will talk about Jazz and Blues.

Read right

You can help your child with reading and writing, by understanding the ways children learn to read and write. Then you will be able to identify what your child needs in order to progress. Ysgol y Traeth can help you to create and do fun activities with your children. If you want to know a bit more  you are invited to meet and chat with other parents on Thursdays 1-3pm in the school canteen. There is no charge and there will be free tea or coffee.

Experience Gwynedd

The project to market the historic aspects of Barmouth to  visitors is moving forward slowly. A grant and support has been secured and some work has been done to identify how and what to promote. If you want to know what progress has been made and have input there will be a meeting at 4pm on Thursday January 31st at the Dragon Theatre in community rooms.



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Barmouth Lit and Deb were pleased to welcome Alan Gayden of Dyffryn Ardudwy as their guest speaker on Thursday 17th January. Alan gave an extremely interesting account of how his fascination in pottery began, his progress through three Art School's and his journey into becoming a potter. He brought with him samples of his work and explained the difference between Earthenware, Stoneware and Porcelin. Alan and his wife Lynette own and run Harlech Pottery. His talk was greatly enjoyed by all present. A return presentation in a future programme is highly likely. Alan was warmly thanked by Sir Alaistair MacFarlane on behalf of the society. On Thursday 24th January, Lit and Deb will host the Inter Society Quiz at 7:30 in the Art's Room. It is hoped to welcome a large number of members from other groups and societies in the town.

 Batala Bermo

The Batala Bermo will be holding a workshop session on Sunday 27th January at Ysgol Y Traeth. Anyone who is interested in “Having a go” will be welcomed, just call in between 11am and 3pm and meet the band.

Arts Festival

This years Arts Festival will run from 7th -14th September. At the meeting held last week the new Treasurer , Megan and Secretary Mair Jones were elected before the meeting went on to consider aspects of the coming years Festival. Chairman Melville Penzer reported on progress with confirming the various performers who will take part this year.

All that Jazz

The monthly Jazz nights are so popular that it is necessary to book to be sure of getting in. This months event will be on Friday 25th  at 7-30pm in the Arts Room of the Dragon. It will be “A night of Gypsy fire, Jazz & Piaff with HOT CLUB D’ABER, featuring Jean-Louis Raimbaud guitar, Tom Owen guitar, violin & what- ever, Clive Jones double bass & Ali Matthews vocals. Supported by Blues from BIG JOE BONE ;Ivor Aldred & Danny Wilson. Tickets cost £9, Call 01341 280 903to reserve.


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SOS Saunter on the Sands

Barmouth RNLI fundraisers will be holding a sponsored Saunter on the Sands on Lifeboat SOS day, Friday 25th January, 2013, the RNLI’s biggest day of fundraising.  Walkers will assemble at the Lifeboat Station at 1 pm to walk to the end of the promenade and saunter along the sands as far as the tide will allow.  The walk is not too taxing, and walkers will be rewarded by warming bowl of soup at the Lifeboathouse when they return.  Sponsorship forms are available from the Lifeboat Station or from Linda’s shop on the harbour.  Why not put on some sturdy shoes and start the year off with a brisk walk raising funds for an excellent charity?   All are most welcome.

For more information contact Norma Stockford, Barmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01341 280 742 or 07917 245 882 or, or Danielle Rush, RNLI Divisional Media Relations Manager Wales and West on 01745 585162 / 07786 668829.

 Fund raising

Year 6 at Ysgol y Traeth are raising funds to pay for their trip to Cardiff. On January 18th a "Bodyshop party" will be held in the Buffs Club from 7pm also on sale will be "Charity squares" at £2 and a raffle with tickets at £2 each. The evening is open to everyone and the organisers hope you will support their efforts.

  Barmouth in business

The next meeting, which is open to all, will be held at the Buffs Club on Thursday 17th January from 7pm till 9pm. It will be a Brainstorming session and networking opportunity. The event is being organised by Barmouth Town Council.

Hughs Views

The next Hugh’s Views session will be in the Arts Room of the Dragon on Monday 21st January at 10am, a warm welcome is extended to all  who want to see pictures from the online gallery.

Film night

Friday 18th at 7-45 there will be a chance to see  Anna Karenina drama from the director of Atonement and Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley as an aristocrat in late 19th century Russian high society who enters into a life changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. Tickets: £6AD

Mad miscellany This showcase performance by youngsters from Ardudwy Youth Theatre takes place at the end of one of their regular Saturday morning sessions.on Saturday 19th January  In the Dragon theatre in BarmouthFree Entry. New members welcome, 5 - 18 yrs 9.30am to 12 pm, 1st & 3rd Saturdays, £2



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Barmouth Elim Pentecostal Church will be holding a Presentation to inform the community of Barmouth and the surrounding areas of the intention to open a foodbank to help meet the needs of people in crisis.  It is recognised that every day people in the UK go hungry for various reasons, in 2011-2012 foodbanks provided food to nearly 130,000 people nationwide.  If anyone would like to just find out more or consider becoming a volunteer, then we would be pleased to see them.  Further information can be obtained by contacting the organisers on 01341 280808, or out of hours on 01341 247133 or 0782 7813421.

 Belly Dancing

Several local people have shown interest in having a belly dancing workshop in town and possibly then setting up a local group, if there is enough interest. If you would like to have a go or would be interested in regular sessions please call in to the Barmouth First office in Station Road and leave your contact details. This could be a fun new way to stay fit and supple.


Mrs Mair Jones from Barmouth W.I. was recently pleased to accept the personal award that is in the gift of the W.I. County chair. Each year a member is nominated by the Chair and receives a clock for the year.

Boxing day milestone

On Boxing Day the Barmouth community gallery passed the million hits mark, since then a further 19000 hits have been recorded with 6000 in a single day, this itself being a record. The next Hugh’s Views will be held in the Arts Room at the Dragon on Monday 21st January at 10am.


Sales of Barmouth Sea Heroes are going extremely well ,copies can be obtained from Barmouth First and from Rowlands Chemist in Barmouth and from Smithy Garage in Dyffryn. Author Les Darbyshire along with other local historians is now researching for the next book which will document the Officer Cadet Training Unit that was based locally during the war.

Barmouth Featured

Several Barmouth places are featured in the writings of Aled Lewis Evans whose book “Another face in the audience” is now available locally. Aled lived and taught in  Barmouth before moving to Wrexham where he is a writer, broadcaster, minister and teacher. Copies are available from Barmouth First in Station Road



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Community Gallery

The National Library has undertaken to take a copy of the Barmouth Community Gallery archive to preserve it in perpetuity. Presently there are 3800 images on the site with more being added all the time.  This action will ensure that all the work undertaken by Hugh and Communities First will be saved for the benefit of those who come along in future generations.

Speed calming

A petition to request the provision of traffic calming, speed bumps on Mynach Road is available for people to sign in the Barmouth First Office  which is open Monday to Friday 10am till 4pm .

Sea Heroes

Barmouth Sea Heroes is a new book by local historian and writer Les Darbyshire, it is on sale at Barmouth First and at Rowlands pharmacy . Rowlands pharmacy contributed to the cost of producing and printing the book because descendants of several of the people mentioned in the book now work for Rowlands. Their generosity means that this interesting and well illustrated local history can be sold for £10 per copy.
Barmouth W.I.
The November meeting of Barmouth W.I. was to include the A.G.M.. There were many apologies for absence so Meirion was sung unaccompanied. The President, Mair Jones, congratulated Liz and Ann for the unstinting care they are giving to their mother Eira, a past member. Rose and Vicky were welcomed back after recent indispositions. Mair gave good wishes for a Happy Birthday to the birthday girls of the month. The Secretary Val Vine read the minutes, which were approved and signed, she then read the County letter. There were several interesting dates for members diaries, trips, a holiday to Weston Super Mare and news about the Big Walk Little Splash. There was also a reminder that votes for this years resolution should be enetered on the form that can be cut from the W.I. Life magazine and sent or given to Val Vine for forwarding to the County Secretary. Congratulations were given to Doreen Gill who won the Scrabble Competition at Dolgellau. The Federation Carol Service was held at Christ Church Barmouth this year, tea and mince pies were served afterwards. The County Letter contained a message from Seren of Blaennau Ffestiniog asking for used Christmas Cards to be sent to them after the festivities. Following this Mair asked for volunteers to help with the refreshments after the Carol Service. It was then time to deal with the AGM business of the branch. Mair thanked all members who had supported her during this term of office, the Tea Hostesses, Blodwen the pianist, the car drivers who had given their services when needed, the teas for the visitors and lunches for VIP’s and all those in the background who helped preparing, arranging flowers or washing up. Rose the Treasurer gave her report which had been audited by Robert Wyn Jones. Sue Wallace gave an account of the sports fixtures in which Barmouth had taken part during the year. Sue also gave an e4xcellent report on the Autumn Council Meeting which the Meirionnydd Federation held at the Dragon Theatre on November 6th. Janet Davies as convenor of Home Economics Su-committee gave her report on Crafts and the Summer Fair. Val attended the Arts Festival AGM and gave a report which included notice the the Dragon Theatre was now a company and that funding would be needed. Wendy Ponsford reported on Group Artro and Plas Tan y Bwlch. Mair was voted to keep the office of President for another year, Mari O’Rourke as Vice President, Val Vine as secretary and Rosemary Morris as Treasurer. The Sub-committee remains. Mair won the raffle and Mari the flowers. The next meeting was held at the Min y Mor for the Christmas Party on December 12th. Mari, as Vice President took the Chair as Mair had a prior engagement. Members enjoyed the meal and there were many prizes in the raffle. Afterwards entertainment was provided in the usual hilarious style by the entertainment committee, a couple of sketches, a duet by two witches who said they were sisters, but no man between them and a ballad read by Doreen Gill. The evening ended as members joined together in seasonal song, carols and remembrances of previous members no longer present. The first meeting of 2013 will be held on January 23rd( committee Friday before) Mair sends her best wishes for a lovely peaceful Christmas, Nadolig llawen and Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.



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 Arts Festival.

At the AGM of the Barmouth Arts Festival  a positive and up beat of the last festival was received by members who concluded that they would  go ahead and develop the 2013 Festival that will run in early September next year. A number of members who had served for many years saw this as an opportunity for some new members to be given the opportunity to join the committee. David Clay after many years as Treasurer has retired in favour of Geraldine Vincent. A number of vacancies are available to be filled by community members who have an interest in developing the existing festival for the future. If you would like to be involved in taking the festival forward please call Melville Penzer, Chairman on 01341 242703. The next meeting will be held on January 14th at 7pm in Parlwr Bach where new members will be welcomed.

Barmouth First

The board of Barmouth First will be holding a Christmas Coffee Morning  at the offices in Station Road fro 10am till midday on Friday 14th December to begin fundraising in order to retain the services in Barmouth. Activities include a free visit to Santa with a token  gift. Members will have baked mince pies to go with the coffee and a merry morning is guaranteed to all. A book and tabletop sale is also  included.


Lit & Deb society

The Society met last Thursday for the last meeting of the season. The President, Mr Michel Benson, presented a members evening which compared Christmas celebrations around the world. With a glass of mulled wine and mince pies to set the scene Mrs Rachel Cleaver began , telling of Christmas she had spent in the Canary Islands in the sunshine, Mr Benson talked about Christmas on the French Riviera where the festivities are a matter of going to Midnight Mass followed by a large meal including Oysters, turkey,  and the traditional Bouche de Noel. He then told  the audience about Christmas in Scandinavia. In Finland, where candles are placed on the raves of loved ones and of the traditional scene on Christmas evening.  In Sweden proceedings commence on 13th December with St Lucie  leading up to a traditional Christmas smorgasbord on Christmas Eve followed by watching Disney films on T.V. on Christmas afternoon.  In Denmark the tree is decorated before people dance around it singing carols. The evening ended with Alan Vincent giving an account of Christmas in the United States where the season starts on Thanksgiving Day. A vote of thanks was given by Mr Robin Harper. The Society will next meet on January 10th when the Vice President will present a video “Journey down the Mawddach”

Home buy

Gwynedd Council are trying to work out how to help first time buyers, a short questionnaire has been created for anyone thinking about buying to complete. It can be collected from the Barmouth First office in Station Road any day 10am till 4pm.  Definitely worth doing if you want to buy your own home at some point.


Due to the ill health of Hugh Roberts the Christmas Hugh’s Views had to be cancelled, it is hoped to re-schedule early in the New Year, Martin and Hugh apologise   for the disappointment this caused.



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Funds rising

Car Boot held at the Buffs raised £97 for the South Snowdonia Mountain Rescue.  Organised by a local group from the Tal y Don. Many thanks to all who participated, especially Chloe Andrews who gave up her Saturday to help. The group will be undertaking further fundraising in the New Year for the Mountain Rescue

 Late Night Barmouth

Barmouths annual late night shopping event will be Thursday 6th December when the local businesses along with various charities get together to create a festive evening around town. It is hoped that in addition to enjoying the seasonal hospitality people will show their support for the local traders who are making every effort to keep the towns shops occupied and open. Seasonal music and a visit by Santa along with lots of on street activities will ensure a lively and enjoyable evening.

Late Night Crafts

Thursday 6th December is a chance to go along and say hello to a bunch of people who dedicate their spare time to making handmade gifts and other items.
You are invited to enjoy a glass of sherry or wine and a rum truffle while browsing the stalls in the Dragon Theatre from 4pm till 8pm. Free entry but raffle tickets will be on sale for The R.A.O.B Christmas Party

Lit & Deb Society

On 29th November, the Lit and Deb were delighted to welcome Martyn Barrow as their speaker. He had named his subject " Pianology" - a made up word to incorporate piano and anthology. Martyn gave an extremely comprehensive description of how the piano has evolved over the centuries and delighted the large audience with his exquisite playing of exerpts from the many famous composers, ranging through Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Debussey, Rachmaninov to Joplin.  He was thanked, warmly by Norma Stockford on behalf of the Society . The last meeting for 2012 will be on Thursday , 6th December. Various members will describe their personal experience of Christmas in other lands. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served,

Rosies Wreathes

There will be a Christmas wreath making session in the Dragon Theatre on Saturday between 10am and 4pm  on Saturday 8th December. Materials will be supplied  along with tuition for an inclusive cost of £7-50. Estimated making time is two hours. Please book in advance to help with supplies planning.

Hughs Christmas Views

The popular sessions continue with Hugh  showing more from the still growing archive of pictures and images that have been collected from the local and not so local community. 10am till noon  on Monday December 10th  Coffee and mince pies will be available.

First Responders

The First Responders group provide a vital service   for people in Barmouth by offering a first on the scene support in emergency situations where an ambulance has been called. They can make the difference between life and death.  If you would like to join the team and are able to  undergo the training necessary for this valuable service please contact  the Barmouth First office in Station Road so that they can pass your details to the local  team coordinator. The skills you learn will benefit both you and the patients and could help you in securing future employment.



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Barmouth Literary &Debating Society

The theme of  the meeting held on 22nd November was "Putting the world to rights". Originally started by a former member Graham Pickton it has proved popular with the members ever since. Opening the evening the President Michel Benson talked about Franchising of the Railway companies noting they they are largely in the hands of German Dutch and French companies. Robin Harper told the audience how the Union Jack is often flown upside down, Dr. Derek Mundy talked about the Health Services in England and Wales. Sir Alistair MacFarlane spoke of the unfairness in society. Alan Vincent brought up the subject of "Changing the clocks" and discussed why Britain was different from the rest of Europe to complete the evening. Each subject provoked  lively discussion. A vote of thanks to the contributors was given by Rachel Cleaver. At the next meeting  on November 29th Mr Martin Borrow will be the speaker with Mrs Rachel Cleaver in the Chair


Coffee Morning

 Y Not Drop In  be will holding  a Coffee Morning on Thursday 29th November from 11am till 2pm in the Meeting room at the Revelation Book Shop in Park Road.

 First look

Barmouth First will be holding an Open Morning on Friday 30th November from 10am till 12 noon, an opportunity to call in, have a coffee, see the redecorated  facilities  in Station Road and talk to members of the group about future projects.


Barmouth First Hugh’s views

The next Hugh’s Views will  be on Monday 10th December from 10am till noon. The Dragon Theatre will be hosting this event and all proceeds  from coffee and mince pie sales, as previously, will go to theatre funds. It is hoped that copies of a new book by Les Darbyshire entitled, “Sea heroes of Barmouth” will be available for viewing and purchase on the morning. The book celebrates the stories and heroism of Barmouth  seafarers  locally and around the world.



Are you happy with  the direction of the Barmouth area? If not then you are invited to go along to a meeting of Barmouth Residents Association to let the committee know about your concerns and ideas. The relaunch meeting for B.R.A. will be held on Monday 3rd December at 7pm in the Min y Mor. If you can't make it to the meeting you can leave a message for the group at Barmouth First in Station road or leave a message on the BRA facebook page.

  Barmouth in Business

At an event hosted by Barmouth Town Council last Tuesday over 30 local businesses expressed interest in developing a business focussed group that would enable closer working between local enterprises and also provide a forum for the creation projects that would benefit the area. The meeting concluded with the setting of a date in January for the next session, it will be held in the Buffs Club on Thursday 17th January, time to be announced nearer the date.



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Improving shops

Gwynedd Council has relaunched the shop front improvement scheme in Barmouth .  50% support up to £1000 is available to businesses in addition to the Retaiil support scheme and the local loans fund all of which are administered by Gwynedd Council. Barmouth First in Station Road has details of the scheme .

Christmas fair

Friends of Ysgol y Traeth  will be holding their Christmas Fair on November 27th from 3pm at the school. Santa will be visiting. Entry will cost £1.

Tourism help

A  free one day event is to be held at Dolgellau Golf Club  on 20th November to help local tourism businesses find ways to become more competitive and effective to combat the effects of  the recession.. Organised by Tourism Partnership Mid Wales details are available in the Barmouth First office and you can book a place on line by going to

Events funding

 If you organise events  that happen locally you can get up to £500 to help with marketing and promotion costs which can include printed materials such as flyers, banners, posters etc. or website design, or revamp. Barmouth First has details or you can call Iestyn Pritchard at Gwynedd Council on 01341 424504

Wedding ( photo accompanies)

The wedding of Stuart Hudson and Ceri Lyn Owen tool place at St John’s Church Barmouth on September 29th and was followed by a reception at Fronoleu Dolgellau



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Funds party

A Bodyshop Party has been organised as a fund raiser for the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides in Barmouth. It will be in the  Brownies Hall ,The Blue door down the alley at the side of Adeles Flower shop in Beach Road on Thursday 22nd November at 7pm

Charity Car Boot

17th November , Car Boot  / Table Top sale at the Buffs. Doors open at 10am for stallholders to set up, Sale commences at 11am. £5 per table, all proceeds going towards the free Christmas party provided by the Buffs club for local children. Anyone interested in having a stall please contact Rita Hunter on 07827 315674

Charity walk

Sarah Murphy who suffers from Cerebral Palsy completed a 5 mile sponsored walk in aid of Children in Need. She raised just over £300. Well done to Sarah and a big thank you to the people of Barmouth who supported her.

New book

Local writer Heather Brading has just had her first novel published, an exciting event for any writer. It is entitled  Joshua’s Key and from the snippet on the publishers website it looks to be the sort of fantasy that ends up on cinema screens. It is available now in print form and soon as an ebook. It would be soo good to see substantial sales to get this noticed further afield. Heather is already working on her next book.

Poetry please

“Someone else in the audience” is a new anthology of poems by Barmouth poet, writer and broadcaster Aled LewisEvans, this book will be published in English and launched in time for Christmas

Round the Horne

Castaway Community Theatre’s evening of ROUND THE HORNE inspired by the classic 1960’s radio show, with sketches, stories and a LIVE BAND will be at the Dragon Theatre on . Saturday 17th of November, 7.30pm



The Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club has made a great start to the 2012-2013 Football  Season. In particular our First Team has won most of its first 12 fixtures so far this season, as a result of which our First Team is now placed within the top four teams within the Welsh Alliance League. This success has encouraged the Club to continue with its ambitious  development plans, including the installation of floodlights, pitch drainage channels, pitch fencing, and, most important,  improvements to our supporters’ facilities. The Football  Club, there-for, is engaging  upon a major fund-raising programme, starting with a “Casino” evening to be held at the Myn Y Mor Hotel, Barmouth, on Saturday, 24th November, starting at 7p.m. This evening will embrace horse raising challengers, roulette tables, and various challenges and prize draws. Entrance Tickets for this event are now available at £10 per ticket from Wil Huntley, Club Chairman, Mermaid Fish Bar, Brian Wood, Football Club Secretary, 01341 280103, or Min Y Mor Hotel.    




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Mountain rescue

A fund raising  Curry Night and Raffle  for the benefit of South Snowdonia Mountain Rescue service was held at the Tal y Don in Barmouth on October 27th. A total of £366 was raised for this important service.

Car boot

The Barmouth Car Boot Sale will resume under new leadership on Saturday November 10th   in Parlwr Bach. Between 9-30am and 2-30pm There a vacancies for a few additional stall holders. Set up time from 8-30am.


The wedding of Stuart Hudson and Ceri Lyn Owen tool place at St John’s Church Barmouth on September 29th and was followed by a reception at Fronoleu Dolgellau

Parkinsons support

A new support group for people affected by Parkinsons disease will have its first meeting in the village hall in Dyffryn Ardudwy on Tuesday 27th November from 2pm till 3-30pm. It will be a chance to meet take part in activities and share information. For more information talk to Dawn McGuinness at the Parkinsons organisation on  0844 225 3713.

Literary and debating society

Last Thursday Martin Williams spoke about 'Communities First' and the ten years it has been in going in Wales. It was set up to help deprived areas in Wales, Barmouth was one of seven areas in Gwynedd that gained from it by having its own office and support workers. It has taken part in campaigns to reduce Social and Economic exclusion and six years ago plans to eradicate child poverty, which is still on-going were added. Many groups in the Barmouth area  have been created and supported such as the Mother and Toddler group, Y Not Drop-in, Samba Bermo and the U3A. The programme ceased in Barmouth at the end of September but has exit funding till March to enable it to evolve into a local advice, guidance and support service  for residents and the first port of call for outside agencies who seek to deliver services to the area. Communities First Barmouth ended because the Welsh Assembly Government has changed the criteria  by which deprivation is assessed. Mr Michel Benson gave the vote of thanks. The next meeting, on  Thursday 6th , is “Gold Mines of Gwynedd “ The speaker will be  Cllr Gethin Williams.


The RAOB Buffs Club will hold their annual and famous Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday 15th December at the club on St Annes Square.

Debt Support

A project called The Safety Net offers free support with debt and financial issues. It is funded by Gwynedd Council through Sylfaen and is run by trained volunteers. It ois endorsed by the Citizens Advice Bureau and the North Wales Credit Union. To talk with Glen or Anne call in to Barmouth Library on Mondays or phone 01341 280258.


There is something special about Barmouth’s community bonfire, each year the rain stops just long enough for everyone to enjoy a spectacular display of light and colour and this year was no exception. The Batala Band gave a good energetic  introduction while the massive  fire kept everyone warm as they waited for the fireworks to begin then the wide eyed amazement of the adults and children signalled the success of the marvellous display.  Rita and the team along with the emergency services have yet again produced a fun, safe and colourful show that is appreciated by all ages. If you would like to contribute to the considerable cost of the event please leave donations at the Communities First office in Station Road so that they can be passed to the organisers.


The wedding of Stuart Hudson and Ceri Lyn Owen took place at St. John’s Church Barmouth on September 29th and was followed by a reception at Fronoleu  Dolgellau.





A local historian is working on an article ab out Barmouth during the second world war. He is interested to hear recollections of the period that people may be able to offer. He is particularly interested in hearing about the troops who were based here on returning from  Dunkirk , where they were billeted, and any related stories. In addition there has been mention of a railway line being constructed that branched off the main line into the army camp at Harlech, known as “Harlech Military Railway”. If you know anything of this or have pictures etc that information would be gratefully received.  It is important that the stories of the past be recorded for future generations. Any information can be passed either to the Communities First office in Station Road or to Hugh Roberts who will pass it on to the writer.

Barmouth bowling club

For the past four years the club has organised one day trips to Machynlleth where members have enjoyed playing at the leisure centre. Derek and Vic will be arranging a trip this year and have ascertained that the prices have not increased, if you would like more information you can contact Derek on 07966039646 or Vic on 07780917733. The Club have further plans, to repeat the two  trips per year to Bodelwyddan Castle. Booking requirements for this have altered and in order to ensure an adequate number of players approaches are being made to local clubs so that a combined group can  benefit. In the past non bowls players have gone on the trip too to enjoy the other aspects of the Castles facilities. The organisers wish to hear from members when they would like the trips to take place. Once again Derek and Vic have a lot more detail to impart. Finally short mat bowls are played at Dyffryn Community Centre on Monday between 6pm and 8pm, presently sessions are not busy so there is a danger that the venue will be lost if player numbers cannot be brought up. Once again Derek and Vic are the people to talk to about this.

Literary and Debating Society

Last Thursday (25th) saw Vice President, Alan Vincent, welcome John Puddle as the speaker for the evening. John entertained the audience with a talk about his career as an airline pilot. Having obtained a pilots’ licence at the age of 17, John spent 38 years flying commercially. He described for his audience the various planes he had flown over that period and how much things have changed. With stories and anecdotes, John was able to present a fascinating peek behind the scenes of commercial flying. The audience really enjoyed the talk and asked a number of questions at the end, with a couple of members adding their own anecdotes about flying. A vote of thanks was given by Peter Leyden. The next speaker, on November 1st, will be Martin Williams of Barmouth Communities First.


Cwmni’rBermo will hold their AGM at the Communities First office in Station road at 6pm on Tuesday 6th November. Would all members make an effort to attend as the future direction of the company needs to be discussed and agreed.

Halloween party

 Barmouth Juniors  held a  Halloween Party at the Buffs Club which  raised £200 which will pay for new equipment and coaches courses the help of everyone who supported and help run the event is much appreciated




Bonfire night

The Community Bonfire will be on 3rd  November at 18:00 at  Ynys y brawd opposite the Bath House, everyone is welcome to go along and see the spectacular show that has been planned and to enjoy the atmosphere.

Mary's Meals

A fundraising morning selling soup for "Mary's Meals" was held recently at the Tal- y - Don Hotel. The sum of £75 was raised and the local organisers than everyone who supported this event.


Mountain Rescue

A curry evening to raise funds for the local mountain rescue team is taking place on Saturday evening 27th, October between 6pm and 8:30 pm at the Tal- y - Don Hotel. Everyone welcome.



At this time of year, our thoughts turn to the brave servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice whilst serving our nation.  Recent conflicts have brought added relevance to annual acts of Remembrance.  Increasingly we remember not just battles long past but families in our own communities who are mourning the recent death of a loved one.  We also think about the bravery of those who now live with life-changing injuries, and the families that support them.  During the last century, British troops saw action in many different conflicts.  But from the National Service generation fighting in Korea to those who served during the troubles in Northern Ireland, the Falklands War and the campaigns in Bosnia and Kosovo, many veterans feel their sacrifices and those of their comrades have been forgotten.  The mental and physical scars of a conflict can last a long time after the battles have left the front pages.  The Meirionnydd Branch of SSAFA Forces Help provides a lifetime of support to servicemen and women and their dependants.  We’re here for them long after conflicts have become history.  So, if you have ever served in our Armed Forces, including as a National Serviceman, or you know someone who has and you need some support then SSAFA’s local team is here to help. Telephone 01654-710804 

Jim Head

The funeral of the late Jim Head resulted in donations to both the Air Ambulance and to St. David's Church, Barmouth. Jim's family have really appreciated the support of the community that enabled him to remain at home for the duration of his illness and thank everyone for their kindness and help.




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As part of the public consultation  there will be a  drop in session to be held on Friday 19th October 2012 09.30am to 3.00pm entitled  ‘good health event’ at  Glan Wnion Leisure Centre, Dolgellau. It is important that local people take part in these events to show that they want to have a say in what happens to their health services.  The Health authority  want to hear your views on proposals to change the way in which some healthcare services are provided across north Wales.



Barmouth should be incredibly proud of its generosity and community spirit. Whenever tragedy strikes either locally or further afield the people of Barmouth find a way to help. People from Barmouth have been taking part in the search around Machynlleth while others have contributed food drinks and dog treats to sustain the emergency service personnel and the public who are giving so much time and effort. A well known local character , Rita Hunter Johnson  has been at the forefront , organising the delivery trips and getting supplies from local  residents and businesses.  There is a fundraising event that has been planned by Erin, to support the family of April that is being promoted via facebook. It will be a children’s disco at the Buffs on Friday  12th October at 4pm, £2 per child and includes food, all money raised will be sent to the APRIL JONES FUND all kids either wear pink or have a pink bow.  Whatever the outcome of events in Machynlleth Barmouth has once again shown how caring and compassionate it is as a community.
Buffs fundraiser
A Psychic evening held at the Buffs Club and hosted by Gwynedd Paranormal Investigations raised £269-23 for the Air ambulance Appeal and a further £269. 23 for the Community Bonfire night funds.
Bin Bags
 A limited supply of liners for the brown food bins is available at the library. It will be a first come first served  service.
Debt Advice
The Safety Net project developed by Citizens Advice Bureau, North Wales Credit Union and Gwynedd Council offers free debt advice. Glen Harris and Anne Phipps will be located in Barmouth Library from 10-15am till 4-45 every Monday. There is no need to book just call in and get answers and suggestions to help you deal with finance issues.
Gwarchod Bermo

The leaders of Gwarchod Bermo have been pleased to receive a number of  generous cheques from local businesses that appreciate the amount of work that goes into the running of the CCTV system. All businesses and residents benefit from the security that the system offers in terms of personal safety and safety of property. Current events in other places show the value of systems such as Barmouth’s  that can help in  tracking down serious offenders.  This is a community run and managed service, it needs to be maintained and run to protect everyone. Whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be left at the Barmouth First office in Station Road or posted to Gwarchod Bermo at that address.

Free Computer Sessions
There will be free computer taster sessions at Communities First in Station road on October 16th and 23rd  from 10am till  12 noon. A chance to try out  various skills  and also an opportunity for you to mention to the course organiser any topics that you would like to learn more about

Art for art sake

The Mawddach Art Group meet each Thursday between 10am and 2pm in the Christchurch school room in Beach Road. This is an untutored group that occasionally has workshops and trips. Anyone wishing to find out more is invited to go along on a Thursday for a taster session.

 On Saturdaty 29th IOctober as “Coffee and Cake” morning was held at Luvit, High Street. A grand total of £250-44 was raised as part of the “Worlds biggest coffee morning” for MacMillan Cancer Support. Owenna and John thank all those who donated cakes and those who supported the event.



Barmouth should be incredibly proud of its generosity and community spirit. Whenever tragedy strikes either locally or further afield the people of Barmouth find a way to help. People from Barmouth have been taking part in the search around Machynlleth while others have contributed food drinks and dog treats to sustain the emergency service personnel and the public who are giving so much time and effort. A well known local character , Rita Hunter Johnson has been at the forefront , organising the delivery trips and getting supplies from local residents and businesses. There is a fundraising event that has been planned by Erin, to support the family of April that is being promoted via facebook. It will be a children’s disco at the Buffs on Friday 12th October at 4pm, £2 per child and includes food, all money raised will be sent to the APRIL JONES FUND all kids either wear pink or have a pink bow. Whatever the outcome of events in Machynlleth Barmouth has once again shown how caring and compassionate it is as a community.

Free Computer Sessions
There will be free computer taster sessions at Communities First in Station road on October 16th and 23rd from 10am till 12 noon. A chance to try out various skills and also an opportunity for you to mention to the course organiser any topics that you would like to learn more about
Buffs fundraiser
A Psychic evening held at the Buffs Club and hosted by Gwynedd Paranormal Investigations raised £269-23 for the Air ambulance Appeal and a further £269. 23 for the Community Bonfire night funds.
Bin Bags
A limited supply of liners for the brown food bins is available at the library. It will be a first come first served service.
Debt Advice
The Safety Net project developed by Citizens Advice Bureau, North Wales Credit Union and Gwynedd Council offers free debt advice. Glen Harris and Anne Phipps will be located in Barmouth Library from 10-15am till 4-45 every Monday. There is no need to book just call in and get answers and suggestions to help you deal with finance issues.
Gwarchod Bermo
The leaders of Gwarchod Bermo have been pleased to receive a number of generous cheques from local businesses that appreciate the amount of work that goes into the running of the CCTV system. All businesses and residents benefit from the security that the system offers in terms of personal safety and safety of property. Current events in other places show the value of systems such as Barmouth’s that can help in tracking down serious offenders. This is a community run and managed service, it needs to be maintained and run to protect everyone. Whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be left at the Barmouth First office in Station Road or posted to Gwarchod Bermo at that address.
Cotton bags
As Barmouth First is now having to generate income in order to provide services the Communities First cotton bags are being sold for 30p each. Community meeting space is also available to local groups and counsellor services at £7 per hour.


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Friends needed

Dolgellau and Barmouth Hospital league of Friends raises money and contributes to discussions on the provision of services  locally. There are a number of branches in the communities surrounding the hospital but unfortunately there is not one covering Barmouth, Talybont and Dyffryn at present. The Chair of the League is Liz Stokes from Fairbourne, who has offered to support  the set up of a branch in the Barmouth area if a few willing volunteers can be found.. Each branch can send two representatives to the main committee to give the viewpoint of their locality. If you feel strongly about the way in which services are structured and provided this may be a good way of being heard. If you like the challenge of fund raising for an essential local hospital your efforts would benefit everyone in the area. You can either call into the Communities First, Cwmni ‘r Bermo office in Station Road to register your interest or for more detail call Liz on 01341 251066.

Cwmni ‘r Bermo

Communities First , funded by the Welsh Government will come to an end on 30th September. From October 1st Cwmni ‘r Bermo, that has operated the Communities First services in Barmouth in recent years will  operate a community resource centre from the same premises. Funding from the Government will cover running costs at the office for the first six months and will fund either a fulltime post or two part timers for that period. During the six months the staff will have to seek funding and contracts that will generate enough to sustain the project in the long term. Services like Bumps n Babies, the Toddlers group, counselling services, Genesis and Taith I waith programmes and training will be available as before. Staff will continue to support local groups and assist them in finding funding for projects. In addition the fax, copying, laminating etc . services will be available at modest cost. Space for classes and meetings will also be available.

Dogs orders

Dog owners need to be aware of Gwynedd Councils proposal to introduce strict and far reaching  Dog Control Orders that will be far more stringent than ever before. The consultation period is now operative, leaflets are available at the Communities First ( Cwmni ‘r Bermo) office , the information and a questionnaire is available on the /dogcontrolorders  website. Representations need to be made before November 5th. These orders controlling where dog walkers can go cover all land that can be accessed by the public. For example dogs that are seen in excluded areas will cause the owner to be fined a fixed penalty of up to £150 or if taken to court £1000. This applies on the beaches too if a dog strays across the invisible boundary. Council officials will be empowered to order  people to put their dog on a lead in any public or private space where the general public has access. This is in addition to the fines that can be made against those who do not clean up after their pets.

Trains on line

Information on the Welsh Government web site tells that the free train services will re-commence on 3rd October till 31st March. Travel is not available on 4 services . Further printed details are available at the Cwmni ‘r Bermo Communities First office in Station road.

Bowled over

The Barmouth Bowling Club held its Annual Fun Day on Saturday 15th September. The weather was a bit disappointing, being overcast with a cool breeze but it did not dampen the spirits of the members. The Bowling Green became an obstacle course, testing the bowlers skill to the limit. After negotiating the course three times congratulations went to the winner Rachael Cleaver. Special thanks go to some of the male members of the club for organising such a successful day of fun.


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Festival roundup

Audience reactions show that the 38th Barmouth Arts Festival was a resounding success. Many local businesses  including hotels and restaurants have benefitted by the influx of performers and theatre goers, many of whom booked for the week to take advantage of the varied programme. Emphasis was put on accessible art, every performer had their own unique twist on their particular genre.  Light classics from Clare Lsangan and Anna Tilbrook were delivered with warm  and effusive explanations and comments. Taffy Shakespeare had the audience rolling in the aisles with the totally unexpected tale of the Bards true inspiration and ghost writer, a stand up comedian from Wales call Ianto Pugh.. Bermo Arts can be proud of their contribution which  every bit as much entertainment value as the professional performers. The change of pace to the Arts room for the Day Level music and country tales was well suited to the more intimate ambience of that venue building audience interaction from the first chord. The Glitz and magic of Llangollen Operatic society made Friday night a spectacular build up to the finale on Saturday Parti Cut Lloi which evoked the atmosphere of a noson llawen, they won the prize for the most original prop by working a live chicken into the show. In these austere times it is good to be able to report increased ticket sales  compared with last year, proving that once again the committee got the mix right.

Communities First

Within the classification of the Welsh Government Barmouth has moved out of the top 10% most deprived communities in Wales and is now in the 50% most deprived. Many eyebrows will be raised at this news since there has been no significant increase in household incomes nor in the availability of affordable housing nor a decrease in the number of residents living on long term incapacity benefits. From 1st October Barmouth will cease to be a Communities First area, only Bangor and Caernarfon will remain intact out of seven areas in Gwynedd. The board of the Partnership are waiting for news if their bid to operate a community resource centre will be supported  by Gwynedd Council and the Welsh Government. Various proposals have been made that would enable the assets bought by the Partnership to be retained for use by local groups. In the latest bid there would only be  money to pay for one person to man the office, though this could be split for two part timers. The Partnership have been hoping to carry on operating services such as the Bumps n Babies, Toddlers group, counselling services, Credit Union and community classes along with information and guidance for both residents and local groups, from the base in Station road. The Board were recently disappointed to hear that the Town Council had voted against joining with the Partnership to enable this to happen. Staff members have been advised that their posts will be redundant from 30th September. If funding is not agreed the office will be shut on 28th September, staff are working to relocate as many services as possible with other organisations if this becomes necessary.

Fourth Friday Jazz

If you like Django Rheinhardt then the Gypsy guitar music of Sam C Lees and the vocals of Jennifer Lees will strongly appeal, supported by Sarah Smith, Paul Woolcroft and Joe Lees the sound will be rich and authentic. Their support act will be the ten piece Street Band. These events in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre are regular sell outs so to be sure of a seat call Danny Jones on 280903 to reserve tickets and get prices. The action begins at 7-30pm and the bar will be open.

Dragon Theatre

The new edition of the Dragon Diary is available in various spots around town including the Tourist information Centre and on the facebook page. There are a lot of  performances planned for the autumn for all ages and tastes. The theatre is working hard to offer something for everyone and is now attracting new, younger audiences  and performers with live entertainment that really competes well against the endless repeats on t.v. The facilities at the Dragon are warm, comfortable, welcoming and inexpensive. If you have never explored the place you will be surprised how good it is.





On a beautiful, warm, sunny day, Monday 3rd September the Annual W.I. Bowling Competition  took place. The venue, Barmouth Bowling Club. Five teams entered, four members per team, Aberdovey, Bala, Barmouth, Brithdir, the fifth team consisted of two members from Talybont, one from Bala and one from Brithdir, who were the eventual winners, beating Barmouth in the final by eleven points to three.

Festival roundup

Audience reactions show that the 38th Barmouth Arts Festival was a resounding success. Many local businesses  including hotels and restaurants have benefitted by the influx of performers and theatre goers, many of whom booked for the week to take advantage of the varied programme. Emphasis was put on accessible art, every performer had their own unique twist on their particular genre.  Light classics from Clare Lsangan and Anna Tilbrook were delivered with warm  and effusive explanations and comments. Taffy Shakespeare had the audience rolling in the aisles with the totally unexpected tale of the Bards true inspiration and ghost writer, a stand up comedian from Wales call Ianto Pugh.. Bermo Arts can be proud of their contribution which  every bit as much entertainment value as the professional performers. The change of pace to the Arts room for the Day Level music and country tales was well suited to the more intimate ambience of that venue building audience interaction from the first chord. The Glitz and magic of Llangollen Operatic society made Friday night a spectacular build up to the finale on Saturday Parti Cut Lloi which evoked the atmosphere of a noson llawen, they won the prize for the most original prop by working a live chicken into the show. In these austere times it is good to be able to report increased ticket sales  compared with last year, proving that once again the committee got the mix right.

Local history event

An evening on the Maritime History of Barmouth is to be held in the Dragon Theatre at 7.30 on Tuesday 18th September.  The programme will consist of a DVD showing the river Mawddach from its source, highlighting the industrial and social history of the area.  This will be followed by two illustrated talks on the importance of Barmouth as a port and shipbuilding centre and a look at the early history of the area and the people who helped to shape the town.  Proceeds from the event will go to Barmouth RNLI.  Tickets cost £7.00 and are available from the Lifeboat Shop, the Dragon Theatre and Linda’s shop on the harbour.

Getting information

There will be an  information morning  and taster session, drop in in the Dragon Theatre on Thursday September 20th,from 9-30 till 12-30 run by Deudraeth Cyf who have been offering  the computer sessions through Communities first for several years.  If you’d like to call in for a coffee and piece of cake they will tell you about what they have to offer to help you  understand more about  how useful and essential computers are in this day and age,

Accessing the gallery

If you are trying to access the community picture gallery via the Communities First site you will find  that the site is not working at present. You can still get to the gallery by typing Hugh Roberts Henddol  into a search engine this will take you to the site. Hopefully the new Barmouth Town Council website will have a link to the gallery as  it will take over responsibility for financing the site if  Communities First does not obtain funding to continue.


Just to prove that Big Brother did not corner the market in  making the totally talentless famous Theatre Paradisi will be telling the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a rich American woman from the 1940’s who had a dream to perform a sell out concert at Carnegie Hall. The fact that she could not carry a tune in a bucket did not stop her and her vast wealth enabled her to promote herself to international fame. This wildly funny story will be in Barmouth for one night only on September 21st at 8pm in the Dragon Theatre. Paradisi’s shows are always well written  and superbly produced so this is one not to be missed.




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Opening night

The 38th Barmouth Arts Festival was opened on Saturday night by Mrs Carol Clay one of the honorary secretaries of the founding committee. Over the years Mrs Clay has had a close and varied relationship with the development of the Dragon on both sides of the footlights.Her comments were welcomed warmly by the Chairman Melville Penzer who paid tribute the the work of all who had brought the festival together. There was special mention for a particular, long term sponsor and supporter. Colin and Bababra Meade of Sunnysands are celebrating their 60th Wedding anniversary this year and received warm  congratulations from the audience.  The first show of the run was given by Michael Lunts who had written a one man show around the music of Noel Coward depicting life on an ocean liner travelling back from the far east in the 1930’s. Many of the characters portrayed can still be seen on cruise ships of today though in lesser proportion than in those days. The audience was amazed that one person could remember so much dialogue and music and deliver it with such ease. The intermission was longer than is usual to allow the audience to enjoy to the full the spectacular buffet and wine that is provided customarily on the first night. The festival runs through to this Saturday . Ion Thursday night it is the guitars and voices of Sally Tonge and Brian Carrington giving a light, relaxed musical evening. Friday will welcome the Llangollen Operatic Society with a mixed modern and traditional programme and the finale of the festival will be on Saturday night when Parti Cut Lloi from Banw Valley, an Eisteddfod winning folk party, will entertain what promises to be a packed house.


Lorra Lorry

The annual Heart of Wales Vintage Lorry Rally will take place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September. The lorries route takes them from Shrewsbury to Barmouth and onwards to Llanberis for a night halt before returning to Shrewsbury on Sunday. The lorries resplendent in their old liveries can be viewed in Barmouth main car park next to the RNLI lifeboat station between 1pm. and 3pm. on Saturday 8th September. Any monies raised will be divided between the Welsh Air Ambulance and the RNLI.




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Barmouth Bowling Club

The Club held the annual  competition for the Ron Barnard  Shield. The weather was kind on Saturday 18th August and all members present enjoyed a good afternoons bowling. The trophy was won by local bowler Ron Rees who beat another local man, John Lindsey in the final. Anyone interested in lawn bowls is invited to talk to Bill Gaskell on 01341 280500.

Local Health Services

 Betsi Cadwalader Health Board want to know what you think of their proposals. Among ideas floated is the creation of hubs based on  community hospitals where services will be offered within certain time slots. They have produced a consultation document and a questionnaire. Copies of each can be printed off for you at the Communities First office. If you do not respond to the invitation to comment you really wont be justified in complaining later if they do something with which you disagree. Individuals and organisations such as Merched Y Wawr,  U3A, etc. can make submissions .You may prefer to talk to your Town or County Councillors and ask them to answer on behalf of the community.


There is an opportunity to go along to the Dragon Theatre, Parlwr Mawr on Thursday to talk with Gwynedd Community Homes and the developers about issues relating to the improvements being carried out on former Cyngor Gwynedd properties. If you have issues to raise or questions to ask this will be an opportunity to  talk to the people in charge. Photographic evidence will help you show what you talking about.



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Clwb Y Traeth would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to Rita Johnson-Hunter for the donation of £45 from the Craft Fair that was held at the Buffs Club recently. They would also like to wish Rita every success in her new appointment.

RNLI Flag Day

Barmouth, R.N.L.I. Flag Day

 The total amount raised on the 9th August as part of the Barmouth collection was £963:03. In Barmouth the collection raised £385:17 and in Fairbourne the amount collected was £108:24.The total collected on Shell Island was £234:81 which was matched with a donation from the Directors of a further £234:81.  

William Burton, the promoter for this wishes to thank everyone involved for their work in raising this commendable sum and also a big thank you to all those who gave so generously.

Why try the YNot Drop In

The Y Not Drop In  is an independent group of people who get together to chat, and interact on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am till 2pm. It is totally informal, and is literally a drop in  so you don’t have to stay longer than you want to. It is a way to meet new people, make contact with others, share knowledge, ideas or concerns.  The group is staffed by volunteers and welcomes anyone who is feeling a bit isolated or at a loose end. They meet in a room behind the Elim book shop in Park Road, the group is grateful for the use of this space given by the Church.

Heart of the community

A Fun Day & Car Boot sale was arranged to celebrate the first anniversary of Maia’s year heart transplant. The outdoor activities were cancelled, due to bad weather and a car boot was held instead in Ysgol y Traeth canteen. A total of £413.80 was raised and raffle winners were George Thompson, Mandy, Chris Stevens, Venice Morris, Alma Havercroft, Tesni, Charlotte Price, Kim, Daniel, Ryan & Becky. Anyone still wishing to donate can do so with Hannah Carter.    Maia and family would like to thank everyone who supported them for the past year .

August market

It has now been confirmed that the European Market will be held on Talbot Square on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August, between 9am and 5pm. This event has been arranged by the Town Council following the trial  event held earlier in the year.


Bank Holiday Funday

There will be a Charity Fundraising  day at Hendre Coed Isaf Holiday Park, Llanaber. Saturday 25 August from 12.00noon.The aim is to  raise money for Barmouth Ambulance Service. You are invited to go along  and support the park  the ambulance service. Among the attractions there will be Face painting, tombola, raffle, stalls, etc. If you want to book a stall or carboot space for only £5 please contact Jane on 01341 280597.


 Don’t miss this

The Buffs, R.A.O.B club in the centre of  Barmouth are hosting a Family Evening of Fun on August 25th. Paul Edwards Family Entertainer will perform a magic show, run competitions and  organise games, it’s a chance for all the family to get together and enjoy good family fun It will start at 6pm and will be followed by a disco later on Entry is only £2 each.


Car Boot Sale

 From 11am till 3pm on Saturday August 25th you will have a chance to browse the bargains at the Buffs Club Car Boot Sale. If you want to book space please contact Rita at the club

Merioneth Yacht Club

The club held it's monthly dinner on the 18th August with good support from members. The menu this month reflected that it was summer and the Social Committee prepared a menu that was reminiscent of a warm summers day in the time when summers were hot and dry. The first course took members to the Caribbean with a hot dish of banana enrobed with herb breadcrumbs, wrapped in bacon and baked then served on a salad of nectarines, pineapple, melon, sweetcorn, peppers and beanshoots and topped with a creamy curry flavoured mayonnaise. Then came a baked ham, succulent and juicy served with an apricot sauce enhanced with the essences of red and white wine accompanied by new potatoes and a seasonal salad. To end, the club's famous dessert selection and again as usual supplied be members of the Social Committee, lemon meringue, chocolate gateau, fruit salad, gooseberry and redcurrant pie- just a sample of the sweets to titillate member's palates. A great evening in a lovely venue.

The Thursday preceding the dinner the club held it's usual bi-weekly Quiz which was well attended. After the supper, members brains were put through their paces by answering question from ten categories with additional picture questions. Considering the number of subjects covered in the end it was very close with "The Olympic Hopefuls" just pipping the faithful, "Ace Years" to the post with all the other five teams not too far behind.

Next Thursday it will be Bingo with the Open Mic Night on the 23rd August. Why not come along and listen to great music by up to now unknown talent.

The club's Annual General Meeting is not too far away and members are respectfully requested to put October 13th in their diaries. There will be the usual buffet to follow the meeting.



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The 16th Netta Irvine Rose Bowl bowling competition was held on the 4th August. Despite the dark skies and the threat of rain nine W.I. members and their friends went ahead with the competition The matches were run by Ifor Evans with the help of Meirion Roberts, John Lindsey, Ron Rees and Hugh Roberts. The semi-finalists were the winners of the four round robins, Jane Wilson, Pauline Roberts, Anna East and Pam Payton, which was a great result considering that Jane and Anna are novices at the game. Pam was the well deserved winner with Pauline a close second and they were presented with their trophies by Lynn Norton, daughter of the late Netta Irvine.A wonderful afternoon tea was then provided by members of the W.I.; Mair Jones, (President), Jan Davies, Angela Jones and Liz Roberts.  There were several raffle prizes drawn.  Everyone agreed that it had been a most successful day especially as the sun eventually came out.

Most of the players went to the Min-y-Mor Hotel for a meal in the evening and still had the energy for dancing at the 80s night in the Buffs Club.

Save The Children

The Save The Children shop in Barmouth is a busy place and is in need of additional volunteers. If you have a couple of hours to spare on a regular basis you could become a valued member of this small  team. If you would like to talk about the possible role you could play you are invited to call in to the shop and talk to  manager or any of the staff.

Homes under the hammer

Barmouth residents of Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd Community Homes properties are increasingly expressing dissatisfaction with the standard of work being carried out on their homes. In addition they are concerned that they are left without essential services while work is being done and that jobs are not completed within the timescale quoted. Many find that jobs do not start on the date quoted  which disrupts the plans of the residents, some of whom arranged to be out of the property for the duration of the refits. There is a general perception that CCG are not accountable to anyone so the relationship between tenants and landlord is suffering considerably. Intervention by County Councillor Gethin Williams has gained rapid and  positive results. He has been assured by the Interim Contract Operation Manager at CCG that they , “have put the programme on hold until all of the “backlog” properties are completed and signed off by CCG. This will free up trade resources to ensure that this is achieved by the end of next week. When this has been achieved, we will we re-commence the programme. I have also decided we will re-start the programme with fewer properties being opened on a weekly basis. There will be a review one month after this when we will decide whether the contractor can increase the programme to 12 properties per week. This will only be done based on satisfactory performance. We are ensuring that we advise all customers  that are affected by these changes..”  Certainly this commitment should satisfy residents and show them that their concerns have been noted and addressed.

All that jazz

 The next Jazz and Blues night will be on in the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre on Friday 31st August. The performers this month will be Kel Elliot, Kevin Leitch and  Leo Steeds. Their music will range from Tom Waits to Ella Fitzgerald. If you want to book, which is advised, call Danny Jones on  01341 280903.


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Experience Gwynedd

Several local groups combined efforts to bid for £10k to develop new tourism marketing for Barmouth. The fund requires communities to identify new  aspects of their area and new ways of promoting them that might be of interest to visitors. At a session to be held in the Parlwr  Mawr on Thursday 9th August from 3pm till 6-3pm. Anyone will be able to drop in any time during the period. They will be invited to write their ideas for projects on flip chart paper also to list the features and characteristics of the area.  Although the idea is to encourage people to take their time and work their way around the room at their own pace there will be a facilitator present to explain the project further for those attend.

Summertime Ceilidh

The Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre will be alive to the sounds of the Mooncoin Ceilidh Band and their dance caller Emerald will ensure that everyones steps go in the right direction in the ancient dances that form  an integral part of the entertainment . The last event was a sell out so if you do not want to miss out 7-30 on Thursday 9th August is the time to join the action

Mowtown in town

The distinctive sound of Mowtown will be filling the Dragon Theatre on Saturday 11th August. Make no mistake this is a big sound to wow fans of 70’s soul and disco. There are limited tickets available so it is best to call the box office on 01341 281697 to see if you can get lucky.

Yellow flyer

The distinctive yellow leaflets of the Arts Festival are appearing at strategic points around town. If you have trouble locating one call into Communities First in Station Road for a copy. The extensive programme is already attracting advance bookings for the 38th Festival which begins on September 1st

Family evening

The Buffs Club has organised an evening of entertainment for all the family  There will be a disco, children’s magic show, balloon modelling, competitions, prizes and games. The fun starts at 6pm and ends at midnight on Saturday 25th August.



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Gwarchod Bermo

The volunteer group that operates the CCTV system need to raise money to keep the system running and to upgrade cameras. The system has led to a 75% increase in the detection of crime making the town a much safer place to be. It is essential that the system is kept up to date as a complete replacement would be prohibitively expensive. In recognition of the value of the service the Town Council have said that they will match whatever amount is raised from donations by residents. Any amount that you can contribute will effectively be doubled, please leave contributions at the Communities First office in Station Road.



The community gallery is reaching ever wider, drawing audiences from around the world. Someone in New Zealand was looking at the site, knowing of a distant family connection with Barmouth and was thrilled to find a 1911 photograph showing his grandparents wedding party. He contacted the site to let everyone know how pleased he was with what he had found.

Europe in Barmouth

The Town Council have arranged for a return visit by the European Market. This will take place on Friday and Saturday 24th & 25th August as part of the Bank Holiday week attractions.


The next drop in session with Fiona for Citizens Advice Bureau will be on Monday 3rd September from 10am till 12-30pm. If you need help in the meantime you can call 08444772020 You do not need to book an appointment, just call in and get free help.

Funday and Car Boot

There will be a Fun Day with Car Boot sale on the field of Ysgol Y Traeth on August 15th between 11am and 3pm.Among the activities and attractions there will be a bouncy castle, hook-a-duck, tombola, raffle, Randy’s burger van. The event celebrates the anniversary of Maia Collingswood’s heart transplant. Money raised will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital.


The monthly meeting, on Wednesday 25th July, was a members meeting, beginning with the singing of Meirion accompanied by Blodwen Comerford. The medal of Runner up in the County Darts  match was presented to Rose Morris and birthday wishes were extended, especially to  Eira Goodchild who was 101 on the day. Janet Davies was congratulated on winning first for an item made from recycled material at the summer Fair, the Cake3 Stall run by Group Artro had raised £140. Minutes and correspondence were read by Secretary Val Vine and she also gave a report on a day at Plas Tan Y Bwlch. Rose Morris gave an interesting account of visiting the war graves of her father and grandfather. Vicky Pell and Susan Wallace organised a quiz and table top sale, Mair and Rose served refreshments. Blodwen won the raffle.


The Bowling Club Annual Tournament, the Cyril Hudson Cup, in memory of the late and respected former Chairman, was held on Saturday 21st July. On a lovely afternoon a well attended competition saw two Barmouth ladies contest and exciting final with Pam Payton edging out Margaret Williams. The club has a number of similar tournaments during the season and plays social  bowls on three afternoons per week. Anyone interested.


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There will be a Craft Fair in the Buffs Club on 28th July from 10am till 3pm. If you would like to exhibit and sell your work contact Rita 07827315674 or Sam 07891062072 to reserve a table. There is no charge for this . Among the stands there will be cakes, wood turning, sock monkeys, local prints, hand made cards and lots more.

Bowling along

On a beautiful sunny day, Saturday 14th July a friendly game of bowls was enjoyed between the two mixed teams, one led by the Chairmanof the Club and the other by the Ladies Captain who were the eventual winners.

Community centre

At the regular meeting of the Management of the centre and theatre, Chairman, Melville Penzer welcomed new member Gethin Williams. The newly elected Councillor represents Cyngor Gwynedd on the management team. The Manager Allison Williams gave a report on the activities of the busy centre and on the events already booked for the summer. She was very pleased with the help given by Megan Roberts of Harlech who  works one day per week at the Dragon Theatre on the marketing, a post funded by Gwynedd Council. Also new is Sandra Prior of Dyffryn  who has taken over as Treasurer following the retirement of Geraldine Vincent, she also gave an encouraging report. With Barmouth Gardening Club tending the garden adjoining the centre the very well equipped Dragon Theatre and Community Centre is set to serve the people of Barmouth for the future.

Hearing aid

There are regular opportunities for local people to have their hearing aids checked and serviced by volunteers who have been trained by the audiology department of BCUHB. Sessions are held in the leisure centre at Dolgellau. The next sessions, on the first Friday of each month, will be on 3rd August, 7th September, 5th October 2nd November and 7th December. For more details contact Paul Williamson on 01248614420, who can also arrange home visits to those not able to attend these sessions.



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A very successful "Cream Tea" was held at Hafod Mawddach on the 4th 'July raising the magnificent sum of £211 towards the Christmas Party to be held in December. The raffle raised £100 and the lucky winners were:- Mike Triggs, Eirlys Nolan, Yvonne Hussey, Beryl Morris, Angie Chamberlain, Sylvia Buckley, Alma 8& Colin Havercroft, Margaret Pugh and Mary Fox.The Cake Stall took £65 and £46 was taken at the door. Grateful thanks are extended to Co-op Store Barmouth for providing the scones and to Angie Chamberlain for selling Raffle tickets. The committee and friends worked hard to make this an enjoyable afternoon and thank all who went along to  support . They were also assisted by the dedicated staff of Hafod Mawddach. The group would welcome others to join the fund raising  group which seeks to serve the Senior Citizens of the area. Anyone interested please contact Carol Clay 01341281565.


Hearing aid

There are regular opportunities for local people to have their hearing aids checked and volunteers who have been trained by the audiology department of BCUHB. Sessions are held in the leisure centre at Dolgellau. The next sessions, on the first Friday of each month, will be on 3rd August, 7th September, 5th October 2nd November and 7th December. For more details contact Paul Williamson on 01248614420, who can also arrange home visits to those not able to attend these sessions.


Start of summer shindig

A session for kids from school year 2 onwards is planned for Saturday 21st July in the Buffs Club. There will be a Maddie Matthews gig from 7pm till 9pm  then a disco will follow till late. Entry for kids will cost £1 adults free.

Post haste

Raymond Woodward  has been a postman in the Barmouth area for over 25 years, he spent 12 yrs on rounds in Barmouth and in the 13years has covered Dyffryn and Talybont. He has now retired and has time to indulge his hobbies of walking, reading and surfing the internet. He was overwhelmed by the number of cards and gifts that he received to mark his retirement and is spending a lot of time saying thankyou, but realizes that he cannot get round to all. He hopes everyone understands how much he appreciates the generosity he has been shown. He is now looking forward to the birth of a grandchild in Australia and to the visit that he is hoping to make when that happens.


David Guthrie Jones, who returned recently with his family to Barmouth for a harp concert which was given by his daughter at the Dragon Theatre, sadly died at his home in Melbourne on July 6th after a long and courageous battle against cancer. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him in the town.

Fit for life ( picture accompanies showing Leisure Centre staff Greg Smithies and Warren Brown with residents and day visitors of Hafod Mawddach)

Gwynedd Councillor for Barmouth Gethin Williams was so impressed with the

enterprise of staff at the leisure centre Barmouth, that he invited the

cabinet member for Healthy Gwynedd on the Council Mr Paul Thomas to see

first hand the fitness sessions being conducted by staff given to the

residents of Hafod Mawddach. The residents look forward to their weekly

workout, the first of it's kind to be rolled out in Wales, which is the result

of more collaboration between Gwynedd Council departments. A big congratulations to all staff involved at both centres. It is hoped that homes such as Hafod Mawddach  will become multi purpose facilities, acting as resource centres for older people in the community. This move will also help keep residents involved in their community as there will be  more  activities and more visitors to the homes.


Members of Barmouth U3A enjoyed a stimulating lecture  "Living On The Edge" On Wednesday 11th July. It was given by Dr. David Stephenson and looked at aspects of Ardudwy in the 12th and 13 th century encompassing a look at tax returns for the period, the relevance of the various castles which surround the area and the many conflicts as different families vied for dominance of the region. There was an excellent attendance and plenty of questions and discussion of the material. A thought provoking and stimulating afternoon. There will be no monthly meeting in August, the next one being on the 2nd Wednesday in September, 1.30 pm in the Parlwr Mawr.


Publicity Boost

The Publicity Association have received a grant from the Communities First Trust Fund for a project to redesign the Barmouth brochure and to produce a town map. If you would like to have some input into this project please let Allison Williams know as soon as possible. She will be happy to  tell you about the plans for the redesign and would welcome comments and suggestions. Call her on 01341 281697

Barmouth Publicity are now managing three facebook pages: ‘Barmouth Wales’, ‘Barmouth What’s On’ and ‘Barmouth Walking Festival’. All three pages have plug-ins on their two web-sites ( and so they are a useful means of instantly imparting news, special offers, etc. If you run a facebook page for your business or if you just have a page as an individual, please ‘like’ them and if you would like to promote a special offer, new venture or event, please get in touch with Allison.


Walking Festival

The 2012 Barmouth Walking Festival bookings are coming in steadily but as part of  the marketing the organisers would like to promote the accommodation available in the town. If you have vacancies to fill during the festival, 15th – 24th September, and would like to offer a deal on accommodation and walks you are invited to contact Allison Williams to discuss the possibilities




Barmouth news 8-7-12


Age Concern Delyth Les and Daryl Edwards have made a kind donation of wool to gthe Clwb Y Traeth in Barmouth . The wool will be used to make items that can be sold  to go into club funds so that little treats can be bought to help the members time more enjoyable. The members are very grateful to Les, Delyth and Daryl for this most useful  and practical gift.


Stamp money

Local people have been donating used stamps for a wheelchair appeal . Craig Dobbins from  Cerrig Camu in Dolgellau has been setting up collection points around the area and has so far raised £1750 towards the ongoing appeal. He is grateful for the support of the community and aims to continue with his many recycling for charity appeals


Cash on Demand

Bermo Arts are feverishly working away to hone the summer play that is described as having elements of farce that turn increasingly ridiculous and bizarre so it is bound to be loads of fun  for everyone concerned. It will be performed  every Wednesday from 25th July to 5th September at the Dragon Theatre Tickets will cost £8 £4 children and the  Box Office will be open in foyer weekdays, 11 - 1, or phone01341 281697 anytime to book.


Arts Festival

 Bar outh Arts Festival programme flyers are currently being distributed around town and farther afield. If you do not yet have a copy you can collect supplies from the Commuities First office in Station Road. It is hoped to have the programme on line in the next week or so.



The Barmouth  and Dyffryn United Football Club invite football enthusiasts to attend the Barmouth Club’s Annual General Meeting to be held at the Tal Y Don Hotel, Barmouth, on Wednesday, 18th July, starting at 7.30pm. As well as a review of the successful 2011/2012 season, which included awards from  the Welsh F.A, Club Chairman, Wil Huntley, will lead a discussion on the Club’s ambitious development plans for the forthcoming football season. Of particular importance will be the implementation of the Club’s much needed  drainage developments covering senior and junior pitches. All  Barmouth  Football Club Life and Annual Members, Management Committee Members, players and Barmouth F C supporters will be welcome at this event. Anyone interested in joining the Club’s Membership Scheme and/or  the Club’s Management Committee should contact  either Wil Huntley, mobile number 079127 48875, or Brian Wood, Secretary, telephone number 01341



Barmouth News

Buffs Boot

There will be a Car boot sale on 7th July  from 11am till 3pm in the Buffs Club. Tables will cost  £5,  with 50% of table rental going to a local  charity . Last month £35  went to help Emmy Taylor. Book tables with Rita on 07827315674. On the same date, in the evening there will be a

 60’s disco. Doors will  open at  8pm and  start 9pm  entry £2, its a chance to relive the days of long hair, beads and flares.


Back home

Brian Lloyd returned home 3 weeks ago following major surgery after a heart attack.  His recovery has been greatly aided  by over 50 cards and messages of good luck that  have been sent to him He will not be able to respond individually to each but has said that he really appreciates the concern shown by so many people.


Starter and Ebay classes

 The free beginner  computer classes are proving very popular. Another will start on 17th July and run for four weeks on  Tuesday morning from 10am till 12-00 starting. If you would like a gentle introduction to the practical and increasingly essential word of computers and the internet please contact Communities First in Station Road or call 01341 280979. If you are confused about how to buy and sell on Ebay there will be a sort, 2 session , course on how to use this facility from  10:00 -12:00  on , Wednesday, 18th and 25th July. Please contact the office for times and dates, this is also provided free. Deudraeth Cyf provide the training and you have the choice of Welsh or English.



David and Sheila Powell- Jones have an innovative way of raising funds for the RNLI. Whenever they have been offered money for help that they have given to users of their Benar Beach Caravan Park they have put it into a collection pot. For the 2011 season this has amounted to £413-13 that they have been pleased to donate to RNLI funds.



Meirion was sung unaccompanied at the start of the monthly meeting on Wednesday, 27th June. Best wishes were extended to Beti Jones who is moving to live in Cardiff and to Sheila Jason who is in  hospital. Congratulations to Gaynor Lavendar who is a dual member in  Barmouth, on winning the County Darts Singles.The minutes and correspondence were then read by Secretary Val Vine. Members had enjoyed te trip to Aberystwyth and Devils Bridge, having been lucky with the weather. Five members had also enjoyed a walk in Coed Y Brenin with other W.I.’s. Betty Gardner of Brithdir attended as Link delegate to give a reportof the AGM in the Albert Hall. She was followed by Gwen and Alan Pettifer of Llanfair, who took members on a visit to New Zealand with beautiful slides and interesting information. They were thanked warmly by Mary Smallwood. The President, Mair Jones thanked the tea hostesses; Ann Williams, Mari O’Rourke, and Elizabeth Roberts for the delicious refreshments and drew the raffle which was won by Mrs. Roberts Talgraig and the flowers by Monica Buggy. Everyone was reminded of the County Summer Fair which was to be  be held in the Dragon Theatre on the following morning.



Barmouth RNLI is to hold an Open Day on Sunday 8th July 2012.  The boathouse will be thrown open to the public from 10.30 am until 4.30 pm and everyone who has ever supported the RNLI, (or if you haven't but would just like to see what's behind those big doors) is invited to have a look around the boats and the Station.  Both the Inshore Lifeboat and the All-weather Lifeboat will be on display and visitors will be able to speak to crew members about the work of the RNLI, its crews and support staff.  Refreshments and souvenirs will be on sale.  Everyone is welcome – and entry is completely FREE!


Barmouth News 24-06-12


Car boot sale

Maia Louise Collingswood would like to raise some money for Great Ormond Street Hospital on the anniversary of her heart transplant. On 15th August 2012 a Car Boot Sale will be held at Ysgol y Traeth from 11am till 3pm. To book call Hannah on 07747722264.


Jubilee party

Barmouth Childcare Partnership would like to give a big thank you to all those who supported the Barmouth Jubilee Party, especially Iceland, Barmouth Town Council, Barmouth Residents Association, Communities First, Party Packs, and many many more for cash donations also to thank all those attended with their great food, which due to weather was held at the Leisure Centre, there was a great turn out on June 3rd 2012 and hope the queen enjoyed her celebrations as much as we enjoyed ours.


 This year the Summer Fayre will be on Thursday 28th June. There will be delicious cakes and home made produce, various stalls and refreshments. Takes place in the Arts Room.


 DR JAZZ - From Swing to Sinatra and from cool to hot! A unique blend of songs from the Great American Songbook and later , one of NorthWales’ premier jazz & swing bands. Supported by Helen Spear and Ella Morgan, from Tywyn. Friday 22nd June at 7-30pm in the Arts Room. Tickets and details from Danny Jones on 01341 280 903 booking recommended.


Band Mau

There will be a chance to hear Mau 61, featuring AndyWickett  ex Duran Duran which is  a four-piece band playing a mix of original  songs with elements of reggae acoustic, punk and more. They will be supported by a local combo - ‘Last Chance Salune’ - a group of friends who meet at the Last Inn Music Nights. You can hear them on Friday 6th July. 7-45 in the Arts Room of the Dragon Tickets cost £7.




Barmouth News 17-06-12


Business Rates

Some time ago Communities First contacted Dafydd Elis Thomas to convey the concerns of local traders over the effect of non-domestic rates on their businesses. In reply information was supplied about the measures the Government are taking to support businesses and an advance notice that a Business Rates Wales Review was to take place.  The report compiled as part of the review contained 19 recommendations. The report can be found by searching the internet for” Business Rates Wales Review”; Incentivising Growth Those suggestions can be commented upon by anyone. Go to to give your comments. If you do not have internet access Communities First can print off a copy of the report if you call in to the office in Station Road.


Barmouth U3A.

The Barmouth U3A Monthly Gathering took an unusual turn on Wednesday 13th June, when a “Desert Island Discs” afternoon was held at the Dragon Theatre, compered by Danny Jones. 11 members each introduced a piece of music which had played a role in their lives, and spoke about its importance to them.  The pieces were extremely varied.  Among members  heard memories of childhood in “The Teddy Bears' Picnic” and “They're Changing Guard at Buckingham Palace”; there was some plainsong, and some popular music from the 60's and 70's with “Loverman” and the Beatles' “I saw her standing there”.  There was music from America with “The Masochism Tango” by Tom Lehrer and “Camp Granada” by Alan Sherman.  The horror of war  was reflected in “The Green Fields of France” and part of Shostakovich's 7th Symphony composed during the siege of Leningrad. The result was a most enjoyable afternoon, during which those taking part   heard some interesting music and learned a lot about each other. Thanks go to Evelyn Richardson and Alan Vincent for organising the afternoon so ably.


Barmouth News10-6-12


Three Peaks

Preparations are underway for the 2012 Three Peaks Yacht Race Saturday 16th June, now in its 35th year.  There will be stalls, music and entertainment on the quayside for most of the day as well as the Continental Market in the centre of the town.  The race has 13 entries this year and an international flavour again with the return of a Belgian team - Deneboli’s .  Because of tide conditions, the boats will leave the harbour a little later than usual, at 6.00 p.m. on Saturday for a start out at sea at 7 p.m. Once again you can follow the race on the website -  which  features profiles on all the teams and will carry daily race coverage, picture galleries and a race ‘leaderboard’ throughout race week.

Continental Market

There will be a Continental Market on Talbot Sq., on Friday and sat 15th and 16th June,  9am - 5pm.  Professional continental market traders from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland and Poland wearing traditional costumes and selling high quality products, including Britanny biscuits, olives, French crepes, Italian nougat, pungent cheese, saucissons, Tartiflette from the  Alps, charcuterie, fresh breads, croissants and much, much more, timed to coincide with the 3 Peaks Yacht Race and bring a fresh and new flavour to Barmouth for the delectation of both locals and visitors.

Batala Bermo

Batala Bermo has had a busy summer so far with gigs in Llandudno at the Extravaganza; Broughton fete; Abersoch Yacht Club; a private wedding; Sunnysands Jubilee party, etc etc.  this weekend they will be playing around Barmouth during the day leading up to playing down on the harbour for the start of this years 3 Peaks Yacht Race at about 6pm.

Home help

Barmouth Communities First partnership are trying to discover how much need exists for a home help service in the area. The local authority provide personal care for those living at home but there seems to be a need for cleaning, shopping, odd job services in addition to this. In order to help plan for the future the partnership need to know what sort of srvices they would need to supply , how often and at what cost. If you can offer your thoughts on this Martin and Denise at the Communities First office in Station Road would be very pleased to hear from you.

St.Mary’s Church

The Jesuit House in llanaber once againprovided a very pleasant venue for the St >ary’s annual Coffee Evening, thanks to the kindness of Brother Ken Vance. The support and help of all  was very much appreciated. The grand sum of £692 was raised for much needed Church funds.



Barmouth News 3-6-12


Radio star

Do you have an idea for a radio show that would be of interest to people who live in , visit or have an interest in Barmouth. The ideas can cover any topic from local history to local recipes, local music to stories about famous Barmouth characters and so much more. Would you like to  be involved in putting a show together, hosting it or acting in someone’s drama? Barmouthlive is a local on line station in the making, anyone in the area can contribute so that it really is a local station for everyone. Contact the group via the Communities First office with your offers and ideas and they will also keep you informed of progress.


Bowling Club

 On Saturday 27th May Barmouth Bowling Club held their annual Captain V Lady Captain match. On a beautiful day in lovely sunny weather a well attended and closely contested match took place. This was won by a delighted Lady Captain, Pauline Roberts. The club offers a warm welcome to new members. Anyone interested in Bowling which takes place on at least three afternoons per week should phone 01341 280500.



Barmouth News 20-05-12

Swimmers at  Harlech join in world Guinness world record attempt.


Over 4000 swimmers from 23 countries took the plunge simultaneously last Saturday to raise money for ROTARY’s continued campaign to rid the world of Polio. Swimmers at the Harlech community pool contributed in a small way with just 31 swimmers. The event was organised in Harlech by the ROTARY Club of Mawddach and raised £750.00 towards the continuing campaign to eliminate the scourge of Polio from the world.


Participants in the UK had it easy with a swim time of between 1200 and 1300hrs GMT, but the fact that all swimmers around the world had to take to the water in the same hour meant that swimmers in countries as far flung as New Zealand, Australia, and the West Coast of the USA were taking the plunge late at night or very early in the morning.


As viewers to BBC may have seen last week, India, has taken the next step in eliminating the disease and for the first time has had no Polio cases in the last year. However, neighbouring Pakistan and Afghanistan have, and with modern mass travel – reinfection is just a plane ride away. It is for this reason that mass vaccinations must continue in order to ensure protection for everyone. In India this means vaccinating 170 million children at each such vaccination day (known throughout India as NIDs (National Immunisation Days) This is why, despite great progress, money is still needed to fund this huge campaign.


Even as the Swimarathon took place, two members of the Mawddach Rotary club were assisting in the current Mass immunisation in Delhi.   Rotarians from the world over volunteer to assist the authorities in India* in undertaking this enormous task. To date ROTARY  world-wide have contributed over $200 million towards this cause and this has been more than matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation which became involved with the Rotary organisation just three years ago.


The Mawddach Rotary club would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the Welsh element of this Global event, the swimmers, sponsors and in particular to the Manager and staff of the Harlech Pool who volunteered their time to enable the event to take place outside the pools normal opening hours and for Harlech to feature in a new Guinness record.




The Barmouth W.I. Darts teams have played exceptionally well this year. On 24th April, at Bala Golf Club, the Barmouth A team won the Meirionydd competition with Barmouth B team runners up. And to add to the excitement Janet Davies of Barmouth won the singles competition.

Then, on the evening of 16th May the Barmouth A team, together with their supporters, travelled to Pwllheli to play against the winners of the Caernarfon Federation competition, and were delighted to win that too!


Barmouth U3A

The Annual General Meeting of Barmouth U3A was held on Wednesday 9th May in the Dragon Theatre, Barmouth.  The Chairlady, Evelyn Richardson, spoke about the aims of the U3A, and the way in which the organisation had worked together to fulfil these.  2011 – 2012 had been an interesting and eventful year, not least because of the highly successful Study Day in October2011, supported by so many members. After three years in office Evelyn, together with the Vice-Chair Rachel Cleaver and the Secretary Sue McCulloch, had come to the end of their terms of office, and they were thanked, warmly, for all their hard work. In their place were elected Alan Vincent as Chairman, Peter Leyland as Vice-Chairman, and Bronwen Dorling as Secretary. After the AGM wine and cakes were served, then Paul Aslin, supported by his wife Pauline, gave a fascinating talk on the life cycle of the honey bee, bringing members attention to many intriguing aspects of bee-keeping. Paul was accompanied by a lively squad of bees, who needed a few drops of water from time to time.  After Paul's excellent talk, members were able to buy honey and many tempting beeswax products from his sales table – a fitting end to a very successful AGM.


Hugh’s Views

The next Hugh’s Views will be held on Monday June 11th in the Aets Room of the Dragon Theatre. The event takes the form of a coffee morning so all are welcome to go along and view pictures from the vast collection in the Community Gallery  held on the internet  on the big screen. Hopefully Daniel Richards  from Citizensonline  will also be attending  to offer advice to anyone wanting information about gaining computer skills.


Crafty weekend

At the weekend there will be two craft fairs operating in Barmouth one  on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Paddlesports event on the harbour, with a range of colourful stalls displaying crafts and another, on Sunday , showing locally made craft products such as Felt designs, sock monkeys, hand turned wooden items, jewellery, cards, soaps, cakes and much more.  at the Buffs Club  between 10am and 3pm. Please support these locally organised events.



Open University

A Masters Degree in English, was conferred on Ann Denise Elizabeth Allday of Barmouth, Gwynedd, at the recent awards ceremony in Cardiff. In the picture, Ann is being congratulated on her achievement by the Vice-Chancellor of the Open University, Mr Martin Bean


3 Peaks

In order to raise funds for this years race there will be a coffee morning and film show in the Parlwr Mawr of the Dragon on Thursday 31st May  from 10-30am till 12-30 . The film will be running throughout the morning in addition to the coffee, cakes, bric, a brac that will be available. It will be an interesting  event at which all are welcome.


School competition

 Ysgol Y Traeth  this year beat all other schools in the UK  to receive free , embroidered school uniforms from Tesco. They would like repeat that success but need local people to go to the Facebook site and vote, currently they are in second place so every vote will be valued.



Barmouth News 6-5-12


Go Free

Local people will be able to try the taster sessions for free at the Mawddach Rotary  Paddlesports Festival that will be held in Barmouth  on May 26th and 27th. Barmouth Communities First Partnership has made an advance payment that will entitle anyone with an LL42 post code to  take part in the sessions for free. The minimum age will probably be 8yrs for safety reason but parents can check this on the day. There is no upper age limit so anyone can have a go. Visitors have long known the pleasures of the outdoor pursuits available locally so this is a chance for residents to see what is available on their doorstep.

Craft Fair

On Sunday 27th May there  will be a Craft Fair in the Buffs Club, St Annes Square from 10am till 3pm. Everything on show and for sale will be locally made and includes among other things Felt designs, sock monkeys, hand turned wooden items, jewellery, cards, soaps, cakes and much more. If you would like to display your work , free of charge please contact the organisers Sam 07891062072 or Rita 07827315674 so that they can reserve space for you


Can You  Help

Tony Hoadley is trying to locate  a friend he had whilst serving with the RAF at West Kirby in 1953 who came from Barmouth and was a church goer. His name was Eddie  or Ted Williams and was the Godfather to Tony’s son. If anyone has any information on him or his family they can call Tony on 01403 265214 or email him

Llanaber Church Coffee Evening

On Wednesday 30th May there will be the annual Coffee Evening in the Jesuits House at Llanaber. The house has spectacular views out into the bay so is a superb location for the event. Starting at 7pm there will be various stalls offering homemade cakes and preserves, plants, books, Bric a Brac additionally there will also be a Raffle and Tombola. The £1 entrance includes refreshments, a warm welcome is extended to everyone.


Lifeboat News

Barmouth RNLI Fundraisers will be holding their Annual General Meeting at 2.15 p.m. on Wednesday 16th May at the Lifeboathouse on the Promenade and extend an invitation to existing and prospective fundraisers from Barmouth, Fairbourne and the surrounding districts, to attend. If you would like to hear more about the work of this important charity, which depends entirely on voluntary donations to maintain its rescue service, then please come along.   A promotional awareness video will be shown and refreshments will be served after the meeting. 





Barmouth News 29-04-12


Parkinsons benefit.

The recent Parkinsons awareness  coffee morning event that was held in the Parlwr Mawr was well attended. Information  on the condition was available and fun  games helped generate funds for the association. In total £267 was raised which was achieved thanks to the generosity of the businesses and individuals that  supported and those who attended.

Health Walks

The Health Walks will start again on Thursday evenings from 10th May. The Pavilion Leisure Centre is the meeting point, leaving at 6pm. Walks generally last for one to one and a half hours and are classed as easy. Everyone is welcome to join in, especially those who feel they would like a little exercise in the company of others.


After the singing of Meirion to the accompaniment of Blodwen Comerford congratulations were extended to the darts players, both teams having reached the County Finals. Barmouth A beat Barmouth B for the Shield and Janet Davies won the singles. Best wishes were also proffered to the April birthdays and to Rose Morris on the birth of grandson Elis and to Christine Dearden on her new grandchild. The correspondence was then dealt with by the deputy Secreetary Christine Leeses and a clipboard was circulated for the Summer Trip on Wednesday 20th June. The Table Top Sale at the July meeting will be given to Federation, who are hosting 2013 Wales Conference. Guest speaker Betty Miller then gave a wonderful display of sugarcraft, making flowers to decorate cakes. She also gererously donated one of her cakes to be raffled. Janet Davies warmly thanked Betty, who comes from Llanbedr, for the demonstration. President Mair Jones thanked the tea hostesses Shelia Davies, Lorraine Viney and Mari O’Rourke. The cake was won by Beti Jones, the raffle prize by Christine Dearden and the flowers by Monica Buggy. Members were pleased by the attendance of the Federation PresidentMeinir Lloyd Jones at the meeting.


The local online radio group have now purchased equipment that will allow them to start building a library of downloadable podcasts and items. If you  have ideas for programmes  that will be of local interest or would like to record original writing or music for others to hear please contact the group via the Communities First office in Station road.  If you want to test reaction to your work as a writer, comedian, musician or story teller etc. this could be an ideal way to start. The group meet regularly, if you would like to be informed of meeting dates and times leave your contact details at the office as above.

Oil Club

It was thought that group buying of oil would result in significant savings for local consumers. After further investigation it has been found that a particular site seems to offer the benefits of bulk buying without the need for membership or local organising. If you would like details of what has been found call in to  the Communities First office and talk to Denise or Martin.




Barmouth News 22-04-12


A.G.M. U3A.

The AGM of Barmouth U3A will be held in the Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre, Barmouth on Wednesday May 9th and it will start at 1.30 prompt. It will be followed by refreshments at 2pm.  At 2.30, the speaker will be Paul Aslin.  Paul and his wife Pauline are beekeepers who live in Arthog. They look after 24 colonies of bees and produce local honey and beeswax products including candles, polish, skincreams and soap.  Paul will take a small colony of bees in a securely sealed glass-sided observation hive and will describe the inner workings of the colony.  He will explain how the colony develops through the season and how the bees communicate and work together to produce honey and wax in quantities which a beekeeper is able harvest.

There will be a sales table.  Non-members are welcome.


Barmouth U3A.

The guest speaker at Barmouth U3A Monthly Gathering on Wednesday March 11th was Mr. Caerwyn Roberts, chairman of Snowdonia National Park Authority.  Mr. Roberts described all aspects of the valuable work done by the Authority since its founding 60 years ago, and accompanied his talk with a wealth of slides highlighting the repair and restoration to land and buildings which has been regularly undertaken.  Mr. Roberts stressed two of the Authority's recent important achievements; the completion of Hafod Eryri, the visitor centre on the summit of Snowdon, and the purchase of Yr Ysgwrn, home of the poet Hedd Wyn.  We were most grateful to Mr. Roberts for making us aware how much hard work goes into protecting our heritage.



The Mawddach Art Group will be holding an exhibition of their work in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre from Tuesday 1st  to and including Saturday 12th May between 10am and 3pm daily with an honesty bar for tea and coffee. Entry will be free. The Mawddach Arts group meet each Thursday from 10am till 1-30pm in the school room of Christchurch in Beach Road, prospective new members will be welcomed any Thursday.


Craft Fair

There will be a Craft Fair, not a car boot sale, in the Buffs Club on Monday 27th May from 10am till2-3opm. If you would like to reserve a table and sell your own work please contact Rita Hunter Johnson or Samantha Jones or leave a message at Communities First in Station Road.


 May Concert

 Alana Guthrie–Jones , who is daughter of David and grand-daughter of the late  Joan and Edward Guthrie–Jones  is an acclaimed musician with the Melbourne Symphony orchestra. She will be visiting the UK in May and has offered to perform a concert at the Dragon Theatre in Barmouth as a tribute to her Grandfather who was such a good friend of the theatre. The proceeds from the concert will be donated to the theatre. Alana will be performing a varied selections of musical styles and is sure to thrill her audience with her skills. Monday May 6th  at 7-30 is the date and time, please contact the theatre for prices on 01341 281697


Fantastic Factory effort

The Factory Shop in Barmouth has nominated the Dragon Theatre as its chosen charity to support this year.  All their fund raising efforts will benefit this local facility.  The event that they ran over the Easter weekend raised a gladly received £200 but in addition to that  Barmouth branch sold more plastic bags than any other branch in Wales and were therefore able to choose where the total money from all the sales of bags went. Naturally they gave the £2900 raised to the Dragon Theatre , the Management committee were overwhelmed by this generosity and congratulate the staff on their outstanding efforts on their behalf.


All that Jazz

The Fourth Friday Jazz night  on 27th April at 7-30 in the Arts Room at the Dragon will this month welcome the Jochen Eisenstraut Trio with supporting player Mike McKever. These events are so popular now that it is suggested that you contact Danny Jones on 01341 280903 to book.


Film choices

A new initiative by the Dragon Manager, Allison Williams,  sees potential film viewers being given the opportunity to help choose the films to be shown . The films available are listed at, if you find something that you feel would draw an audience you are invited to contact her with your ideas on 01341 281697


Prayer guidance

Learning to Pray and Deepening our Life of Prayer  has reached  the third session in the series which will be held in the Meeting Room at the Presbytery at St. Tudwal’s, Barmouth, on Thursday, 3rd May, 2012.  The session will begin at 7 p.m. with an input on Lectio Divina  meaning Praying with the Bible followed by questions and fellowship over tea, coffee and snacks ending at 8 p.m. All are invited to go and take their friends along for an enjoyable evening.



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Titanic Day

100 years to the day Barmouth celebrated the bravery of former resident Harold Lowe who was instrumental in saving many lives on the horrific night that the Titanic sank. Hundreds of people joined outside the Harbourmasters office for the unveiling of the commemorative plaque. This excellently orchestrated event was introduced by Mayor Mark James and delivered by Cllr Phil Hill, Cllr Sue Slater along with the Rector and Harold Lowe’s grandson. The Ardudwy Male Voice Choir performed and also led the closing hymn of the ceremony that saw both Harold Lowes Grandson and Maddie, who had instigated the chain of events that led to todays event perform the unveiling. Both the Army and Air cadets participated, lowering their standards to signal the minute’s silence that opened the proceedings. Many residents from the area and organisations attended, including Lifeboat Crew, Coastguards and Harbourmaster. Town and County Councillors were joined by officers from Gwynedd Council Maritime Department. A thoroughly enjoyable, interesting and poignant event for a sunny spring afternoon to recognise the bravery and the tragedy of that fateful night.

Getting to know

 If you are one of those who does not even know how to turn a computer on let alone understand how these machines are relevant to your life you have a great opportunity. Communities First with Deudraeth Cyf are offering a number of sessions for people of all abilities. The beginners course runs for five weeks from Tuesday 1st May from 10am till noon. A one off session on poster design will be of interest for local groups. This two hour session will be held on Thursday 26th April 12noon till 2pm. Ebay selling is another session offered on Wednesday May2nd from noon till 2pm and finally Skype  for beginners will be from 12-30 till 2pm on Tuesday 15th May. All sessions are free but you need to book a space. Contact Communities First on 01341 280979 or call in to the office for further details.

How the other half loves

Alan Ayckbournes comedies always attract attention, this one is being performed by Louche Theatre Company from Aberystwyth on Saturday 21st April at 7-30 in the Dragon Theatre. Tickets will cost £7-50. web site will give more information about this company.


Turn2us is a charitable organisation, promoted by Citizens Advice Bureau,  that has launched its second annual Benefits Awareness Month this April. It  aims encourage people in financial need to understand what benefits are available to them. The  website. gives the opportunity to  check your entitlement to welfare benefits using the Turn2us Benefits Calculator. You can also phone them on  0808 802 2000. Alternatively you can call in to the Communities First office where the staff will guide you around the website.





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Oil Club

A recent item in the Communities First news letter referred to  the benefits of group buying of heating oil to secure discounts on price. If anyone would be interested in investigating this further they are invited to contact Martin at the Communities Fist office  in Station Road it is likely that a minimum of ten people would need to join to make it worthwhile.


On Sunday 15th April at 2 pm a plaque will be unveiled on the Harbour to commemorate the bravery of 5th officer Harold Lowe shown on the occasion of the sinking of the Titanic on 15th April 1912

Parkinsons awareness

On Thursday 19th April from 10am till 4pm there will be a Parkinson Awareness event in the Parlwr Mawr of the Dragon Theatre. The Specialist Nurse will be on hand to offer advice and explanations to anyone who would like to know more about this condition. There will be lots of fun events too including competitions with generously donated prizes.


 Many non Welsh speakers miss out a lot in that they do not know  the significance or meaning of many place names in the area. Following the very popular Hughes Views it was suggested that people may like to hear explanations and perhaps view pictures or visit those places. An event has been arranged for Monday 30th April at 2pm in the Communities First office. Space is limited so it would be helpful if you could contact Denise on 01341 280979 to let her know if you would like to go along.


Barmouth Gardening Club

The meeting opened with Jenny Wilson, this month's chairperson, introducing member Barry Rampton who briefly told us about jobs to do in the garden in March. These included planting vegetables, pruning, lawn care & much more. He finished by giving us a recipe for Wild Garlic Pesto & answering some questions. 
Next Mrs Hilary Nurse informed us about the National Garden Scheme of which she is the Area Organiser. Mrs. Nurse spoke about the gardens open in this area with a brief description of them. She was surprised that some members did not realise that the money raised from Open Gardens goes to charity. The NGS has raised 22million pounds in the last 10 years for nursing, caring & gardening charities. Mrs. Nurse hoped we would visit as many open gardens as possible during the coming summer.
After thanking Mrs. Nurse the evening ended with tea& biscuits. The next meeting is on April 10that 7pm in the Parlwr Mawr .

Jobs help

If you need help filling application forms, searching the net for jobs, updating your c.v. or other help finding training you are welcome to call in to Communities First on Tuesday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm. Employers are also invited to advertise their vacancies free of charge, please contact the office to leave details.

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Barmouth U3A.

At the next Monthly Gathering of Barmouth U3A on Wednesday April 11th the guest speaker will be Mr. Caerwyn Roberts, Chairman of Snowdonia National Park.  His title will be “Snowdonia National Park over the last 60 years”.  The Park is the 4th oldest National Park out of a total of 14 in Britain, and Mr. Roberts will be bringing to our attention what he considers to be some of Snowdonia National Park Authority's finest achievements and most memorable moments.  The meeting will be held in the Parlwr Mawr of the Dragon Theatre, Barmouth, 1.30 for 2pm, and non-members will be very welcome.

Fish and chip babies

The members of the Barmouth Knitting Group took on a project of knitting for the new born babies in Africa, many of whom are infected with Aides and leave hospital wrapped in newspaper. We would like to say a huge Thank You to all who knitted jumpers -forty seven have been completed to date, and also those who contributed wool. If you are still interested in knitting more of the jumpers the project is on-going.


Catrin o’Neill will be presenting an evening of Traditional and original Welsh, Breton and Irish music. She will be accompanied by Mike lease and Chris Knowles on a variety if interesting instruments The event is to be held in the Dragon Theatre Arts Room on Thursday 12th April at 8pm. Tickets can be bought in advance or at the door at a cost of £6 adults and £3 children.

Easter Fair

The Dragon Theatre continues to find opportunities for local artists and crafts people to showcase their talents. On Thursday 5th April between 10am and 2-30 there will be an event that combines crafts and  locally produced food for demonstration and purchase. It is hoped that a regular pattern of shows could be set up, perhaps on Sundays. It is also possible for people who cannot attend to deliver their craft work in advance to be shown and sold on commission. Please call Allison on 01341 281697 to discuss the options.


 With funding from Communities First a group of local residents are setting up an internet based radio, multi media station. If you would like to contribute to the library of content that will be developed please contact the group via the Communities First office. You may have original writings or poetry, music, comedy or talks on various subjects that could be shared with the community. Call in and talk to Denise or Martin about your ideas.



18-03-12 Barmouth News.


Easter egg extravaganza

The Head of ysgol Y Traeth has given permission for an event to be held at the school on Friday 30th March between 3pm and 5pm. Participating groups will include R.N.L.I., Brownies, Rainbows, North Wales Fire Service, TWF, Beavers, Cubs, North Wales Police and The Easter Bunny.  Along with the Easter Egg Hunt there will be a craft table, tombola, Easter bonnet parade and many more fun and tasty treats. The event has been devised and created by Barmouth Childcare Partnership and Friends of the school.


Hope Quartet

There will be a Lunchtime Concert in the Arts Room of the Dragon at 1pm on Friday 30th March, given by the Hope Quartet who will play a programme that will include music by Mozart, Haydn, Elgar and others. Tea coffee and sandwiches will be avialble. Tickets for the concert alone cost £4 or with sandwich lunch £7


Easter craft and produce fair

On Thursday 5th April there will be a chance to see and buy a range of lovally produced crafts and foods. The event will be held in the community rooms at the Dragon between 10am and 2-30pm


Lit and Deb

The Annual General meeting was heldon Thursday 1st March. In opening the meeting the retiring President, Barry Rampton paid tribute to the work of the committee over the past year, especially to  Shelia Cole, the retiring Hon. Secretary. Mr Rampton recalled a very successful year for the Society which ended with increased membership and an enjoyable Annual Dinner at the Min y Mor hotel.  In the ensuing elections Mr Michel Benson was elected President, Mr Alan Vincent Vice Poresident, and Mr Peter Leyden as Treasurer. The post of Hon. Secretary remained unfilled. The remaining committee consists of Mr Barry Rampton, Past President, John and trish Percival, Ron and Shelia Coles, and Raechal Cleaver. The evening concluded with a short illustrated talk  entitles “Ooops” showing mishaps in the world of transport given by Ron Cole.


Carrying on

Born and Bred is to be the new name for Jennys as another generation of the family takes control and moves the business forward. Following some alterations the new  look shop will open on 22nd March. They will continue to offer a range of food and confectionary.




12-03-12 Barmouth News


Casting call

Bermo Arts has started planning for their summer show. They are looking for enthusiastic people who would like to take part in it. If you are interested, you are invited to go along to one of the meetings on a Wednesday evening, 7pm the Dragon Theatre. You never know, this summer Barmouth, next year Hollywood.


Recycling coffee

On Thursday,22nd March from 10am till noon  there will be a unique event at the Arts Room  of the Dragon Theatre. It will combine Fair Trade with awareness about recycling. NEST will be there to tell you about saving on energy costs, Seren will show how household items can be saved from going to  the tip. Various people around town collect items that can be recycled to raise money for charities e.g. mobile phones to pay for guide dogs, used stamps help buy wheel chairs, used ink cartridges benefit cancer charities spectacles go to third world countries. Thursdays’ event will be a chance for you to see what else is collected and who benefits while at the same time enjoying a Fair Trade Coffee Morning. Gwynedd Council will be on hand to answer questions about their recycling services and enable you to order replacement bins etc. 


Lit and Deb

On the evening of St Davids Day the Society met for the last time this winter season to hear a talk on the estate of Dolymelynllyn , given by Rhodri Wigley,an area ranger for the National Trust. The former mansion at Dolymelyllyn is of historic interestand oimportance, once owned by the young William Maddocks, who built, at the turn of the C19th , what became the Cob at Porthmadog. Rhodri described in detail his job of conserving and maintaining the natural environment of the estate: walls, standing and fallen timber, ancient and new areas of woodland, the mansions gardens and even cleaning the lake. The area was mined for gold in earlier centuries  and the remains of many old mine workings have been tidied up and left in place. Groups of work volunteers and of school children are encouraged to visit and clearly enjoy themselves so doing. His audience was fascinated by Rhodri’s address which was supported by slides and and added explanations by his colleague  Rhdian Morris, a Community Ranger with the Trust. The question ans answer period which followed showed the keen interest and appreciation of all presentat this inspiring talk. The Hon. Secretary of the Society, Shelia Cole gave, on behalf of everyone, a warm vote of thanks to the speakers.

Barmouth Bowling Club

The Chairman, Bill Gaskell, welcomed 25 members to the start of season meeting on 10 March. There was a minute’s silence to remember two good members of the club who had recently died, Roy Morton and Frank Wright. Bill thanked all those who had been involved in maintaining the green over the winter months. The green has extensive areas of moss on it but it is hoped that it will be cleared, and the green be ready to play on, by 1st April. John Coward was thanked for polishing all the woods and the ladies were thanked for giving the clubhouse a spring clean. Bill asked for more help from members as maintenance is required on the three benches and the green needs trimming regularly. The Captain, Stan Ward, gave an outline of the new guidelines regarding the playing of club competitions and these will be displayed on the notice board. Members were asked to distribute posters in the area to encourage new members and that visitors would be welcome. The nine hole putting green is also available to all. Club days are on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1.45 but other days can be arranged by contacting Bill on 280500. In the evening members and their friends had a superb meal and social evening at the Min-y-Mor Hotel.




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Barmouth W. I. met for their February meeting on 22nd of the month. This being the nearest one to St. David`s day, March 1st, is traditionally the Welsh meeting , President Mair Jones therefore greeted members in her mother tongue, and suggested that members could open the meeting by singing "Meirion" in either language, accompanied by Blodwen Comerford. It was a miserable wet evening and there were many apologies. Mair gave birthday greetings to all who celebrated in Feb and March, and best wishes to the Secretary Val Vine for her impending operation. The minutes of the last meeting were read and verified .The County News Letter had not arrived, however a letter reminding about Community based events: the Swim and Walk for 200 miles from Llanfair P.G. to the Olympic Stadium, start recording your mileage now ! The previously held meetings at Tan-y Bwlych and at Llanbedr can be arranged again if desired, also for Indoor Bowls and Darts, contact Sports secretary. A group of members have volunteered to knit baby jumpers for "fish and chip" babies of Africa these are newly borns wrapped in newspaper, further details from Janet Davies. Mair reminded all that they have a busy year ahead hosting events, taking part in the Dragon Theatre with Group Artro at the Summer Fair, the Autumn Fair in September, and the Federation Carol Service in December

The guest for the evening was Mr Gwynne Pearce of Llanbedr renowned executor of the guitar and of the vocals of many eras going back to the time when he was in short trousers. His words. Not only was his singing relaxing, funny and poignant but also was interspersed with some hilarious anecdotes. Blodwen Comerford proposed the vote of thanks. Following this there was a Welsh Tea prepared by Pam Payton, Marie Flavell and Doreen Gill. The raffle was won by Liz Roberts and the flowers by Rosemary Perry. The next meeting will be on March 28th when the guest speaker, Margaret Smith, will talk about Villages & Flowers of the Himalayas. New members and visitors always welcome.


Church News.


On 20th February the Parish Dinner was enjoyed by over fifty people. Grace was said by the Rector, Kevin Horswell. A Trivial True or False quiz was won by Geoffrey Clayton. Many thanks were extended to the Min y Mor and all who supported the dinner. On Shrove Tuesday St John’s held another “Messy Church” event. The children enjoyed variety of craft activities as well as making and eating pancakes. Many took the opportumity to climb the bell tower where an explanation of the bells was given and a chance to have a go at bell ringing by the Barmouth Bell Ringers. If anyone would like to join the bell ringers, no experience necessary, please contact Paula Thompson on 01341 280144. The Rector gave the children  an explanation of Pancake Day and the meaning of Lent. Linda Baily showed pictures of schools in Palestine and spoke of some of the difficulties encountered by children going to school. Many thanks are sent to the helpers and supporters of the event.





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Prayer Conference

On the first Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Meeting Room at the Presbytery at St. Tudawl Church Barmouth there will be a conference on “Learning to pray and deepening your life of prayer”. The Conference is open to all. It will consist of input, question time and fellowship over tea and snacks, and will be over by 8pm. There are no fees and you and your friends will be made most welcome. The first session will be on Thursday 1st March; Msgr Alex Robello invites you and your friends to go along.

All that Jazz

There will be a one day jazz festival on Sunday 27th May in the Min Y Mor, organized by the Barmouth Music Workshop and the hotel proprietors. Four bands will play between 1pm and 11pm. Food and drink will be available during the day. On Friday 26th there will be a taster from 7-30pm in the Arts room at the Dragon Theatre where it will be The Gypsy Jazz all star band. Tickets for Friday will cost £9 and those for Sunday £30 Contact Danny Jones on 01341 280903 for more details.

Goat Street Runners

Professional touring company Lighthouse Theatre will be at the Dragon Theatre to present a new play based on the three night blitz of Swansea. Probably not suitable for children under 10 due to the subject matter but an excellent opportunity for older children to experience history through theatre. Thursday 1st March at 7-30pmtickets cost £7.50

Coffee morning and auction

The Theatre staff are having a clear out of cupboards and storage spaces and are going to sell off the resulting treasure! Everything from half mannequins to fake palm trees! If you're having a clear out yourself, they would welcome items to sell for theatre funds , nothing electrical. Viewing will be from 10.30 until the auction starts at 12 noon. Limited Community Stall & Table Top pitches also available. Contact Alison for more details on 01341 281 697.




Lit & Deb     A most interesting talk and slide show about a trek with a difference was given on the 2nd Feb. By DR. John Smith at the Barmouth Lit & Deb evening.  The trek was in the Himalayas from Lukla to the base camp of Everest. 16 normal people of mixed ages took part having daily checks and keeping detailed medical records to see how oxygen in the blood is affected by altitude and other factors.  This is part of continued international medical research into the use of oxygen in hospitals, particularly intensive care, which is a mostly unknown area in medical science. Dr. Smith, a retired academic whose subject is the ‘Human Impact on the Environment’ was ideally placed to consider the effects of tourism on the culture of the people and awe inspiring landscape of Nepal. On the following week John Hirst was the speaker. He talked about “The early days of Barmouth, a subject he would know well having just completed his history with the Open University. Part of his studies involved writing a dissertation on the development of Barmouth as a seaside resort in the C 19th. He demonstrated the effect of the railways in bringing people into Barmouth but also its role in the demise of local shipping. An interesting point noted was that the early visitors were as interested in the hills as the seaside aspect of the area. The appreciation of the large audience present was expressed by Mr Derek Gladstone on behalf of members. The President reminded members that the annual dinner is to be held on 8th March. On the 16th Feb. a talk will be given by John Knight  on  East Africa.  All are welcome.

Barmouth U3A.
Did you know that it was a “polite” campaign against ladies of  fashion wearing birds' feathers in their best hats in the late  nineteenth century which led to the founding of the RSPB?  Well, that was one of the many interesting things which we learnt at the Barmouth
U3A Monthly Gathering on February 8th from Beverly Dimmock, an RSPB worker, who gave us a fascinating presentation on the work of the RSPB at their reserve at Ynys Hir, just south of Machynlleth on the Dovey estuary.  The amount of work which has been and is being done at the reserve to make it more bird friendly and at the same time public
friendly was most impressive, and it was interesting to learn what a large number of volunteer workers the reserve and RSPB in general is attracting.  Beverly's slides of the reserve in its setting, surrounded by magnificent scenery, and of the birds in it, were a great pleasure to watch, and, coupled with her lively presentation, they made for an afternoon of great enjoyment.  And what a place for a visit in the months to come!

Swan Gone  

Would the person responsible for removing 2 stone swans (about 2’ high) from outside 5 Park Road, Barmouth please replace them?

Computer bites

Is there something you want to know about using a computer, a particular thing, like how to find bus times, how to pay bills or whats on a the theatre? If the answer is yes do you want to be able to go to a single session to get answers or would you like a couple of sessions in which to practice? Would you rather learn in the day or the evening? Please contact Communities First and tell us your answers; there is money available to teach people how to use computers. You have the chance to help design how that information is given so that it is easily accessible for all. The FREE sessions can start in the next couple of weeks so please call at the office and let Denise, Nan or Martin know just what you need.






Barmouth News 29-1-12


Members Evening. After toasting in the New Year with mulled wine, this month members had a lovely presentation by Val Vines on the ITALIAN GARDENS she had visited. As this was quite short the group went on to watch the Tatton Park Garden Show & various other gardens. Val was thanked for the most professional presentation, which was accompanied by inspiring music. To finish the evening a light, but tasty, buffet supplied by all the members, was enjoyed by everyone. The next meeting is on Tuesday, 14 February in the Parlwr Bach, when the speaker, Dr John Smith, will talk about the effect of global warming on gardens. Visitors & new members will be most welcome.

Inter societies quiz
Last Wednesday saw about 25 people enjoy the annual Inter Societies Quiz night. It was organised, this year, by Bermo Arts. A vote of thanks on behalf of the other societies was proposed by Barry Rampton The Quiz was followed by refreshments. It was just a shame that having added U3A to the clubs involved the overall turn out was so low.

Kids disco
Valentines disco for under II's will be held in the Buffs on 11th Feb from 2pm till 5pm. Get your best clothes on as there will be prizes for best dressed king & queen. disco and party games price £2-00 includes buffet for the children, soft drinks can be purchased at the bar. Any contributions of food will be gratefully accepted . Contact Rita Hunter Johnson for more information

IT Skills
There will be a Free Drop In session at Dolgellau college on Thursday 9th February for anyone who wants to find out how to improve their I.T. skills It will be held in the Business point centre at the college from 10am till 2pm. There will be people on hand who can tell you about sessions, courses and funding support for training. You can also call 08454 505960 for further details.

Lit & Deb
The Inter-Societies Quiz this year was hosted by Bermo Arts with their Chairman, Keith Barber firing off questions to all assembled. The teams taking part in this annual “Battle of Brains” were made up from, The Lit & Deb, Bermo Arts, Cymdeithas Gymraeg and U3A. The quiz composed of 6 categories ranging from sport, history, geography etc each with 10 questions in each category. The winning table was an amalgam of The Lit & Deb and Bermo Arts, namely, Colin and Alma Havercroft, Barry Rampton and Rhian Griffith. It was a great evening which stretched the little grey cells to the extreme. Thanks to Keith Barber and his team were offered by Lit & Deb President, Barry Rampton. Next wee k the Speaker will be Dr. John Smith talking about Mountain Medicine. New members and guests are always welcome.


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At Barmouth U3A's first Monthly Gathering of 2012, on Wednesday 11th
January, members were delighted to welcome Islwyn Humphries, an
ex-Barmouth resident, who now lives in Anglesey.  For the last ten years
Islwyn has been a member of the Samaritans, and in his talk he gave us a
wonderful insight into that organisation.  He described the history and
evolution of the movement, supplied some impressive statistics, and then
moved on to describe the excellent training and support network provided
to members in their difficult task.  Islwyn's obvious dedication to his
work as a Samaritan came over most clearly, and listening to his talk
was a moving experience. Members responded warmly to his talk, and many
questions were asked by the audience.  We all felt it was a privilege to
listen to him.

Merioneth Yacht Club

The New Year started at the club with a sumptuous buffet provided mainly by the Social Committee with help from members. It proved a very enjoyable and relaxed evening with many members attending coming from far and wide and enjoying the excellent food. The darts team also started the New Year off on a high note winning their match by default as the opposition failed to arrive. Last week they took part in the Barmouth league doubles, again doing well with the Captain and Vice Captain only failing in the semi-finals. Considering this is the team’s first season in the league the progress they are making is very encouraging. If you would like to join the team please come along on a Wednesday evening. The ever-popular Open Mic evening at the club will commence on January 27th and fortnightly thereafter. Anyone wishing to take part in these musical extravaganzas please come along. New members will always be made welcome.



The Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club continues to improve its ground facilities in Wern Mynach, Barmouth for the benefit of players of all ages and spectators. Its latest initiative has been the installation of floodlights beside its junior team pitch. To finance the development of such first class facilities the Club has embarked upon a number of fund raising events. For example a recent Christmas raffle for a large TV raised £640; the raffle winner was Julia Hughes from Tal Y Bont. The completion of the 2011 “100 Club” Draw has also raised significant sums for the Club; details of the winners of the latest draw are available at the Mermaid Fish Bar, Jubilee Road, Barmouth. The Club’s next fund raising initiative will be a “Casino Night” at the R.A.O.B (Buffs) Club, Barmouth, on Saturday, 18th February, starting at 7pm; activities will include horse racing films, roulette tables, and a prize draw at the end of the evening. Entrance Tickets are now available at £10 per ticket; for further details and purchase of tickets please contact either Wil Huntley, Club Chairman, Mermaid Fish Bar, Tel No 079127 48875, or Brian Wood, Club Secretary, Bron Ddwynant, Barmouth, Tel No 01341 280103.

Lit & Deb

On Thursday evening, 12th January the long awaited culmination of the Life & Times of Captain David Clayton was heard by members of the Society. Barmouth’s own 20th century buccaneer relayed part two of his saga, which began during last year’s session. It took the form of Dessert Island Discs with his wife, Gwenda taking the part of Roy Plumley. The second part of this fascinating story was as interesting as the first and carried on from his time when his ship harassed the North Koreans during the Korean War. On his return he proposed to Gwenda and they were later married in Dolgellau. From then on his life was a series of home and seagoing postings often being away from his family for many months at a time. At one time he was seconded to the Royal Malayan Navy and was based for some time in Singapore. On one of his trips his ship circumnavigated the world showing the flag where ever they went. It was during his time in the navy that he developed an interest in the law and studied, finally being called to the Bar 50 years ago. He took part in many Court Marshals dispensing justice and also he presided over many civilian cases when the judiciary were overstretched. He eventually reached the high office of Chief Judge Advocate to the Navy. His choice of music was also interesting with his favourite piece, The Pearl Fishers Duet by Bizet being the first members heard. His luxury item he chose to accompany him to his dessert island was a bottle of Remy Martin. He was thanked by the President, Mr Barry Rampton.


Age Concern would like to thank Mrs Beryl Bradly for a beautiful knitted bedspread she donated. It was raffled and £100 of the proceeds went to Age Concern


 The speaker at  the last meeting of the Literary and Debating Society was  Mr John Muston who had spoken last year on leading an expedition to Greenland. Introduced by the Chairman of the evening Mr Michel Benson, he told the society of a British Army expedition he led in 1982 to Nepal for 58 days comprising 16 soldiers, including 2 ladies. They had  lived in tents and were led by a team of local guides . Mr Muston treated his large audience to wonderful views of the Himalayan foothills and spoke of the living conditions of the poor but happy people. A vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Alistair MacFarlane.


Beaver scouts for boys and girls age from 6 to 8 are starting in the new Youth Club  at the Pavilion. They will meet from 5-15 to 6-15 on Thursdays during term time. If you want to know more you are welcome to call in for a chat with organiser Erin or call Debbie Tanner the development officer for the Scouts on 01407 832192 or mobile 07920506368.

Royal British Legion

Will all members please note that the first meeting of 2012 will take place at the RAOB Club, as usual at 7.30pm. The Chairman is looking forward to seeing as many members as possible attending..





Barmouth U3A.
At the next Barmouth U3A Monthly Gathering on Wednesday February 8th,
Bryony Swinfen, Community Links Officer for the RSPB, will be giving a
talk on the RSPB reserves at Ynys-hir and on the Mawddach Estuary, which
will be accompanied by slides.  This will be held in the Parlwr Mawr at
the Dragon Theatre, Barmouth.  All are welcome to observe , new members are similarly welcome.


Indoor Car boot sale

The sales in the Dragon Theatres parlwrs restart on Saturday 21st January. Contact Carl Hayward for further details on 07979 783 126


Chinese New Year

On Mon 23rd January the  ‘Year of the Dragon’ begins so on Saturday 21st Ardudwy Youth Theatre’s Chinese Dragon will perform outside The Original Factory Shop

With Fortune Cookies, Chinese Horoscopes & other treats on sale at around 10am. If wet they will be found in the Dragon Theatre


Jazz nights

Vocalist Marcia Pendlebury’s eclectic mix of styles will be  backed by a talented handpicked

Band for the Barmouth Jazz Club that will meet on January 27th in the Arts Room of The Dragon Theatre!  They will be supported by singer and songwriter Osian Morris from Dolgellau. Tickets £9These musician are popular in the area so booking strongly recommended, Call Danny Jones on 01341 280 903.

Bermo Arts Follies

Bermo Arts will present an evening of sketches & songs in the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre. see poster for menu. Bar open. Booking is  essential to facilitate catering. Tickets will cost £10 and the price includes a home cooked meal and dessert. They are only available from Communities First, Station Road.


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Lit & Deb

The first meeting of the New Year  is traditionally the Vice Presidents evening and this year Mr Michel Benson introduced Captain David Bailey, who told his captivated audience f his 42 years at sea. After leaving the Thames Nautical Training School he joined the Blue Funnel Line as an apprentice deck officer in January 1967rising to become a Master Mariner in 1977 and later taking command in 1992 until his retirement in 2009. His career was not one of entertaining passengers at the Captains table. After working with the Blue Funnel line, P&O Containers, P&O Ned Lloyd and finally Maerk Line in his many years at sea. Captain Bailey told of the many changes in shipping through the years including that from bulk carriers to giant container ships Having travelled most of the world he was able to talk about the perils of sea travel that include fire, collision , damage to containers and to ships, the worst being experienced in the Bay of Biscay and the Northern Pacific. Captain Bailey was always happy to return to his home overlooking the beautiful Mawddach estuary and to enjoy views better than  many seen on his long travels. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Norma Stockford. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 12th January when Mrs Glenda Clayton will present Captain David Clayton R.N.  in Desert Island Discs.

Save The Children

The support received over Christmas and through the preceding year was gratefully acknowledged by the local group. The raffle at the shop raised £257 there being six prize winners. The Tombola raised a further £181-50. The “Traditional carols at the Locker”  on December 20thwas well supported despite the wet weather. A raffle raised £147 The enthusiastic singing was accompanied by Chris Knowles. It was good to have Glyn Roberts singing too . Those present enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies. Father Christmas visited and gave gifts to both young and old. Many thanks are sent to Greg And Debbie for their hospitality and to Nicky and her stafrf at the Locker who helped make the evening such a special event..

 R.A.O.B. Kids Party

Again another successful party was acheived with about 80 children attendingf and receiving a present from Santa Thanks go to thecompere Ray Mercer, the Littel Elves, Andy Nimmo and Richard Jones and the girls who looked after the catering and children during the day. Special thanks go to Mark  and staff at the Co-Op  Barmouth for their donations and help and to Will from the Mermaid, the Brothers of the Cader Idris Lodge for their donations and to the Mayor, who enjoyed himself  taking part  on the day and the Town Council. Brother Stan Stebbings and Brother M.Tookey were also thanked for their contribution. The Club look forward to seeing everyone at next years event.

Hughs views

The ever popular coffee mornings with a chance to see pictures from the community gallery on the big screen  will next be held in mid March. To date the site has received 530,000 hits and contains 3,300 photos.



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Free parking

There is free parking in Cyngor Gwynedd car parks up to December 27th. Drivers should be aware that the on street parking restrictions still apply year round , if traffic wardens visit the town  an infringements would still be penalised so it is better to make use of the free parking while it is on offer.

Car boot stop

The weekly Car Boot Sales that have been held in the Dragon Theatre  will re-commence on Saturday January 21st.

Communities First

There is much speculation over the future of Communities First. From information received this week it is clear that there are unlikely to be any major changes in the next 15 months. The programme developed by the Welsh Government is currently being re-designed. The Partnership of Barmouth Communities First will look at the programme when it is unveiled along with other options available to them and decide the way forward that best serves the needs of the local community. The Partnership will consult with the community to ensure that any changes bring additional benefits to the area. It is not known at present if the Trust Fund will be available from April but the local staff will be happy to help groups search for suitable funding for projects from a variety of sources. The work programme for the next financial year will be drawn up in January.

Lit and Deb

Recently the Past President, Mr Colin Havercroft, beguiled members with a talk recalling Musical Memories. This was a look into his past where he relived memories expressed through music. Starting from his time at the Turret School where he first became aware of the power of music through his time with the school percussion band.  Members then travelled back through time encountering on the way pieces of music that had influenced Mr Havercroft throughout his life.

Music from Brahms, Wagner, and  Bruch, singers like Joseph Locke  and Elizabeth Schwartzkopf and comic songs by Frank Cummit were featured.

It was a very interesting evening and a very novel way of looking into the past of a very well-known local resident.

The residing President, Mr Barry Rampton offered the vote of thanks saying that it was really a wonderful evening especially due to the fact that Mr Havercroft was still recovering from very serious illness.

St Philip’s Caerdeon

This beautiful little church overlooking the Mawddach estuary, once the private chapel to Plas Caerdeon held it’s annual Carol Service last Sunday, 11th December. Flaming torches lighted the way to the church and on entering the visitors were beguiled by wonderful decorations and flickering candles. It was a perfect setting for this traditional Candlelit service, which over the past few years has become accepted in Barmouth as heralding the beginning of the festive season and the large congregation which had gathered there was a testament to it’s popularity. The rector of Barmouth, Rev Kevin Horswell, conducted the Service and the organist was Owain Pritchard

It was a magical evening with the call to worship being presented by Derek Munday followed by the St Philip’s Singers Choir opening the singing with the lovely advent carol, O come O come Emmanuel” The congregation then followed filling the evening with all the ever-popular carols. Eight Christmas readings were also read telling the Christmas story and describing the events leading up to the birth of Jesus. There was also a duet, singing, Dawel Nos Ddwyfol Nos, the St Philip Singers then gave their version of What Child is This, a trio, from the choir then sang that beautiful well known carol Three Kings and Mary Munday read a modern parable. After wards there was mulled wine and mince pies to warm the homeward bound congregation. The collection from the Service will be forwarded to Hope House and amounted to a grand total of £280. The PCC of St Philip’s wish to thank all those who read and sang and who were extremely generous in their contributions to this very worthwhile Children’s Charity. 

Merioneth Yacht Club ( Photo accompanies)(Barmouth Lifeboat Crew for the Children’s Christmas Party)

In it’s first season in the Barmouth Wednesday Darts League the club experienced it’s first win by beating the Min-y-Mor, five games to four. It had been neck and neck throughout the evening but the MYC managed to snatch victory in the last doubles game. This is an obviously warning to all the other teams in the league that the club is shaking itself free from the bottom and is on it’s way upwards.

The team under the captaincy of Paul Johnson consisted of, Neil Sheehan, Roy Burford, Bruce Milczarek, Dion Pritchard and Steve Sheehan.

The following evening the club held it’s Christmas Quiz and Supper Evening with the team, “The Desdemonas”, claiming the first prize. And “The Years”, bringing up the rear. A great fun evening.

On the Saturday the club hosted the local RNLI Children’s Christmas party with over 20 youngsters enjoying a fun day with hot dogs and other delicacies. Presents from Father Christmas were distributed, who had arrived with the help of the lifeboat men on the inshore rescue boat due to the fact that he had problems with his sleigh, not enough snow here!. The club is always looking for new members you are invited to go along and enjoy some of the many facilities the club has to offer.




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It was thanks all round at the Barmouth RNLI Lifeboathouse on Thursday morning the 1st December when a thank-you coffee-morning had been arranged to acknowledge the hard work and dedication put in by fundraising volunteers over the previous year.  Debbie Ferns, the RNLI Community Fundraising Manager for North Wales thanked all the enthusiastic supporters who were delighted to hear that to date, Barmouth was the second highest fundraising branch throughout North Wales.  A short film was shown, a compilation of news items and lifeboat ‘shouts’ across the UK.  This was an excellent way of raising awareness of exactly what is involved when our lifeboats put to sea.  The meeting were also told about an initiative called ‘All Hands on Deck’ whereby members of the public can get involved in volunteering for the lifesaving charity even if they can’t always offer a regular commitment.  Further information of this opportunity to get involved in this rewarding lifesaving work is available at A special vote of thanks went to June Davies who manages the RNLI souvenir shop.  June reported that a profit of £18,301.40 had been made on souvenir sales this year, an 8.5% in increase on the previous year.   June thanked the diligent group of volunteers who man the shop throughout the summer season, with especial mention for those who had stepped in to cover shifts at the last minute.  She also thanked Ena Ridley and her band of volunteers from Fairbourne who work tirelessly each year to raise money on the other side of the water.  Thanks were also due to Linda who keeps a supply of RNLI Christmas Cards and calendars for sale in her shop on the harbour.   Future events include the SOS sponsored walk a ‘Saunter on the Sands’ (or run!) on Saturday 28 th January 2011.  It will be followed by a thank-you bowl of soup at the Lifeboat house afterwards. The coxswain, crew and friends will again be taking a New Year’s Day dip in the sea at about 11 a.m. on 1st January 2012.  This is to be followed by a well-earned and warming barbecue brunch. So if you need to work off some of those extra inches gained over the festive season, you are most welcome to come and join us.   If you want to take part in either event, sponsor forms can be obtained from the Lifeboathouse. The Meirion Amateur Radio Society will be hosting their annual fundraising event during the week up to the sponsored walk.  They will set up their radio station in the Lifeboat house at 9 a.m. on the 28th January and to contact other radio enthusiasts all over the world.  They move to the Merioneth Yacht Club that evening and work throughout the night raising money for the RNLI.  Members of the public are invited to the boathouse or the yacht club to see their progress, and you can have the chance to speak to people in the UK, Europe and the USA.  They have even made contact with the International Space Station.  M.A.R.S. has been an active supporter of the Barmouth branch of the RNLI for the several years and last year were winners of an award for the highest amount collected for charity by an amateur radio station in the UK. 



 Mr. Richard Poole who was for many years a Tutor at Coleg Harlech gave a Literary evening at Barmouth +Lit. & Deb. Society on the 24th Nov.  He read many of his own poems including natural history poems inspired by local places, poems by T. H. Parry-Williams and excerpts from  his  acclaimed fantasy novels. It became a very different and personal evening., enjoyed by all. The talk on Dec.1st will be by Mr. Haydn Hughes from Gwynedd Council  on ‘Environment Issues’, and on Dec. 8th a Members Evening of a Dickensian Christmas will be held.


Meirion was sung unaccompanied. Several members were celebrating birthdays this month. Thirteen names were proposed and seconded for the 2012 committee. Monica Buggy proposed that Mair Jones remained as President, seconded by Sybil Jones. Minutes of the last minutes were read and signed. After the usual business was over, all the annual reports were given and adopted by the members. The president gave a report of the Autumn Council held in Rhyd-y-Maen on November 1st. The members and committee were thanked by the president for their support over the past year, particularly Rose Morris for her commitment and hard work as Barmouth treasurer. The new committee then elected the officers to serve for the coming year.

NEET  Music

If you are not in education, employment or training and are aged between 16 and 25 Community Music Wales have something to offer you. If you have an interest in any form of music you will have a chance to try out several activities as diverse as djing, performing, music production and much more. Spread over 15 weeks the sessions can be held in Barmouth so there is no travel cost, you can join in even if you are on job seekers allowance. If you would like full details call into Communities First and talk to Martin or Denise,it could be a great start to the New Year.

Mawddach Paddlesports Festival

Mawddach Rotary Club organised the first paddlesports festival earlier this year and have decided from the response they got to develop the idea further for 2012. They have set an initial date of 26th and 27th May so accommodation providers may wish to note this for their marketing. Main event include a 10km Tidal Ascent, a 20km Estuary challenge a 10km Open canoe raft race and many inner harbour events. The money raised goes to local good causes and to Hope house Childrens Hospice.

Age Concern

The Coffee Morning at Hafan Deg on Tuesday 6th December raised £176-65. This was made possible by the generosity of those who suppoerted the event and by those who donated raffle prizes.

Barmouth Football Club

The residents of Hafan Deg and Maes Teg would like to say a big thank you to members of Barmouth and Dyffryn Football team who cleared paths of moss and leaves and generally tidied around the buildings. Their input was much appreciated and left the area looking much better.

Buffs Christmas Party

The now famous Buffs Christmas Party that welcomes any child aged 12 and under will be held this year on 17th Decvember. It will be opened by the Mayor, Mark James at 1pm. Entry is free and parents are invited to accompany their children. There will be a raffle as well as a visit from Santa.

George Smith memorial

Further to the notification earlier about the passing of former Barmouth resident and business owner George Smith a service will be held at Christchurch in Barmouth for remembrance on Friday 30th December 2011 at 12:00hrs. George Smith passed away during the latter part of June at his home in France.   Donations in memory of George will be gratefully received towards “Alzheimer’s Research UK” and the “National Memorial Arboretum”  c/o Mark Kelly, 4 Catchford View, Upper Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 8XZ There will be some light refreshments available in the Christchurch Schoolrooms afterwards. It is his Mrs Smith’s wish to have the cremated remains scattered,  close to their former home near Barmouth at Goetre in Sylfaen Valley  with family members attending. 

Air Ambulance

The North Wales Air Ambulance fund received a generous boost this week. Local couple Betty and Bobby Glyn Evans celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 24th November. In place of gifts to mark the occasion they

asked for donations for the benefit of the Air Ambulance. A total of£250.00 was raised. The happy couple celebrated their day with their family and also received a congratulatory card from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.



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Royal British Legion

The sun shone and the day was warm with strong blustery winds as the Remembrance Parade wound it’s Solemn way to the War Memorial in Park Road last Sunday.

Previous to this there had been a Remembrance Service in St John’s conducted by the Rector of Barmouth, Rev. Kevin Horswell with Organist Owain Pritchard. Five Standards were paraded this year, The Royal British Legion carried by Barry Rampton, the Royal British Legion Women’s Section carried by Max Heron, the newly reformed Army Cadet’s Standard, the Guide’s flag was carried by Rebecca Knight with escort, Rebecca Springel and the Brownies by Eloise Knight with escorts Kitty Parker and Kes Triggs.

The Legion’s Branch President, Mr Peter Crabtree JP and Chairman Cllr. Trefor Roberts said the Exhortation and Kohima Epitaph. Elis Matthewson read this year’s poem, “The Kitchener Chap” by Horace Bray with great feeling both in church and at the Memorial.

The theme of the Rector’s sermon was Remembrance, “blessed are the peacemakers” and why we wear a Poppy. He began by getting the Rainbows to recite this sentence, “ We are hear to remember and respect brave people”, and they are never too young to remember!

At the War Memorial Wreaths were laid by many organisations and clubs under the guidance of Parade Marshal, Trefor Roberts.

There had also been on 11th November at the 11th hour an Act of Homage at the Memorial.

The Barmouth Branch of the Royal British Legion wish to thank all those who took part in the Ceremonies and made the day fitting for those who made “The Supreme Sacrifice.”

“Lest We Forget”


Lit And Deb

Last Thursday saw a well attended meting with the speaker Mr Robin Ward of Magnox who spoke on the Decommissioning of Trawsfynnydd Nuclear Power Plant. Although the station has been closed since 1992 it now has over 600 people making the plant safe and it has sent high level waste to Sellafield plant to be re-processed. What is left is low level waste that will be encased in concrete boxes and entombed in the new buildings on the site, which will become a possible nature reserve after 2026. The meeting on November 17th will be entitled “Musical memories”, the speaker will be Mr Colin Havercroft and will be Chaired by Barry Rampton.

Rotary Night

Mawddach Rotary have organised a Bread and Cheese evening with live music from Angelesey band “The usual suspects” who populat blues and swing. The event will raise money for the clubs Shelter Box Appeal. It will be held in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre on Friday night, 18th November at 7-30pm. Tickets cost £10

Musical Follies and Hot Supper

Bermo Arts have planned an evening of sketches and songs that will accompany a hot meal for Friday December 2nd  . The venue will be the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre. Tickets at £10 each are available through the Communities First office.





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Lit & Deb

At the meeting of Barmouth Literary and debating Society the speaker was Mr George Sanders and his subject was “Story times a personal miscellany”. Mr Derek Gladstone was in the chair and there were 27 people present. The speakers considerable knowledge in the world of literature was amply demonstrated by the wide field of stories from which he drew. These ranges from Robert Louis Stevenson to Anton Chekov by way of Charles Dickens, Rosemary Timperley and Axel Munthe. In each example Mr Sanders used his skill as a reader to bring out the dramatic content The readings were interspersed with comments which helped the audience to appreciate the craft of the writers which had made the stories such important works of art. Mrs Rachel Cleaver thanked the speaker and underlined his popularity by mentioning that this was the seventh time he had addressed the Society. The next meeting will be on November 10th in the Parlwr Mawr at 7-30pm when the subject will be” The decommissioning of the Trawsfynnydd power station.


The Emergency Services and the Residents Association are to be congratulated on the smooth running of this years Community Bonfire that was held on the beach by the Bath House. A fine night and easy parking meant that the turnout was even higher than in previous years but there were sufficient marshals to ensure that both the pedestrian and vehicle traffic moved quickly and without incident. It is hoped that those attending donated generously to the official collectors as money will be needed for next years event. Fund raising events take place throughout the year, part of the hard work done by the small team that many do not realise is happening.


Last Wednesday the National Theatre of Wales brought an amazingly spectacular production to Barmouth, it is the sort of event that will be remembered by the audience for many years. It was staged in a way that enabled local performers to take part. To have a production in Barmouth that in bigger cities would probably have had ticket prices four or five times those charged at the Dragon is amazing in itself. Subsidies by the Arts Council and the National Theatre enable these high value productions to be brought to rural areas at accessible prices. The reputation gained by N.T.W. for imaginative, high quality theatre ensured a full house on the night.

Royal British Legion

The branch held their AGM recently at the Sailor’s Institute with Cllr. Trefor Roberts officiating. After reports from the President, Mr Peter Crabtree JP and Cllr Roberts, the following members were elected to serve on the committee for the coming year.

President, Mr P. Crabtree, Chairman, Cllr. Roberts, Hon. Secretary, Mr B Rampton, Hon. Treasurer, Mr R Hodgson, membership Secretary and Poppy Appeal Organiser, Mr Neil McMaster and Standard Bearer, Mr B Rampton. Remembrance Sunday is on 13th November in St Johns Church at 10.45am and following the Service the congregation will makes it’s way to the War Memorial for the laying of Wreaths. Will all Standard Bearers and those taking part in the Service please be in St John’s at 11.00am on Saturday 12th November for a rehearsal. On Friday 11th at 11.00am at the War Memorial there will be an Act of Homage, please come along and show support for our Armed Forces personnel who in many fields of conflict over the years made the supreme sacrifice.

End the weekend

The Min Y Mor Hotel will be hosting a live music session on Sunday 13th from 4pm all are welcome to go along. Call 01341 280555 for more details.




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Bonfire Night

The Free community Bonfire will be lit near the Bath House on Barmouth seafront on Saturday night.  The Emergency Services along with Barmouth Residents Association have worked all year to raise funds and  ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all. The promenade car park will be free. Batala Bermo will lead the procession from the Lifeboat Station ,at around 6pm, of lantern carrying mask wearing people of all ages. The fire will be lit at 6-30pm, topped by the first prize winning entry in the Guy competition. Everyone is invited to take part and watch the spectacular firework display that will begin at 7pm. There will be collectors with buckets for donations everyone is asked to contribute just £2 to help fund the event and give a start to next years fundraising.

Advertising scam

Local traders should be aware that calls have been received by local people from someone claiming to be the Barmouth Community Crime Press Officer. Enquiries with North Wales Police confirm that other calls of a similar nature have been made throughout North Wales recently.  The caller claims to be selling advertising on behalf of the Police for a publication that is coming out locally soon. Again Police confirm that no such publication exists. One thoughtful local businessman retained the callers number on his phone, this has been passed to the Police for investigation.


At the monthly meeting on 26th Oct. the president welcomed two young guests, relatives of Glenys Williams. Members were saddened to hear of the death of Judy Linley, a former Barmouth member. Congratulations were extended to Marie Leese and Sharon Vincent on their recent respective  engagements and to Mrs Hallard on the birth of her great granddaughter, Elen Sian Thomas, also congratulations to Ben Williams on his coming marriage to Jane Bailey. Kevin Snow from the youth centre has invited W.I. members to go and integrate with his young members on Friday 4th November between 5-6.30pm. After the formal business of the night, members were reminded of various events to come, including a weekly knitting circle, darts at Bala on 21st November, bingo at Llanelltyd on 17th November and a request for helpers to serve food on Bonfire night. The guest speaker was Beryl Hadland, who showed  how she creates lovely 3D cards. She brought a wonderful display of craft work using all kinds of materials including minute beads for decorating baubles etc. she explained that it took many hours and lots of patience to create these beautiful items. She donated a boxed card for a raffle prize which was won by Monica Buggy. Beryl was warmly thanked by Janet Davies. Next meeting is the AGM on Wednesday 23rd November.

Report on Barmouth Literary Society meeting Thursday 27 October 2011.


Lit and Deb

Barmouth ‘Lit & Deb’ meet every Thursday in Parlwr Mawr, Community Centre at 7.30pm. This week the members were treated to an interesting talk about ‘Llandanwg Past & Present’ given by Mr. Tony Bowers. The talk covered the 4 ‘W’s. ‘W’here the church is built.’ W’hy was the church built where it is, ‘W’hen was the church built and its’ history, ‘W’ho was St. Tanwg. The talk highlighted many points of interest which brings visitors such as educational parties from schools, Universities, etc. as well as foreign parts – in the meeting there were visitors from USA. Mr. Bowers spoke about the geography of the region and it association with Ireland and Bardsey. He spoke about the history through to today. The activities of the church, such as the flower festival, the August bank holiday concert given by the Harlech Silver band, weddings, also the association between Llandanwg and Huchenfeld in Germany. A lot of local history was explained leaving the audience a desire to find out more.

The next meeting of the Barmouth Literary and Debating Society will be This Thursday 3 November , the subject being ‘Story time – a Miscellany’ by Mr George Sanders, a local man with many a tale to tell. The following week , 10 November the subject will be ‘The Decommissioning of Trawsfynedd Power Station’ by Mr Robin Ward of Magnox (also a local man).

All are welcome, so why not have an evening away from the Telly?



23-10-11 Barmouth News

Literary and Debating Society

On the 20th October Mr. Keith O’Brien from Trawsfynydd entertained Barmouth Literary & Debating Society with a talk about the Military Camp at Rhiw Goch. With some excellent old photographs and archive material it was a sometimes humorous but always fascinating insight into how the landscape and lives of local people were affected by the intrusion of several hundred soldiers and horses into the area of Trawsfynydd. The next meeting will take place on the 27th October with a talk by Mr. Tony Bowers about Llandanwg Past & Present and on the 3rd November Mr. George Sanders is the Speaker on ‘Story Time- A Miscellany’

Age Concern

The Local Age Concern group would be grateful for any donations of dark coloured yarn. It will be used in their craft projects. Communities First in Station Road have agreed to be the drop off point. Any amount that you have spare will be useful.

Fourth Friday Jazz

Rag Mama Rag consisting of Ashley & Deborah Dow are one of Europe’s top Country Blues duos. They have been persuaded to include the Dragon Theatre on their tour of the UK and can be seen on Friday 28th October at 7-30pm.  Contact Danny Jones for tickets and more details on 01341 280 903.

Village Social

The National Theatre of Wales has been to Barmouth and has produced work involving local people. It will be in Barmouth on November 2nd hoping to draw a big audience for a comedy musical that once again needs local participation. If you are between 15 and 25 and available for the day please contract Martin at Communities First or call him on 01341 280979. The show will be at 7-30 in the Dragon Theatre it will be an unique experience for the audience and performers. Be in it or be in the audience for an amazing night.

Community Bonfire night

The combined Emergency Services with Barmouth Residents Association are tying up the loose ends for this years community bonfire that will be held near the Bath House on Bonfire Night. The Samba Band will lead the procession down to the site in time for the lighting of the fire at 6-30. The Fireworks will start at 7pm. Free parking has been arranged for the evening but everyone is asked to contribute £2 to the collectors on the night to help fund next years event


16-10-11 Barmouth News

Lit & Deb

The President of the Society, Mr Barry Rampton welcomed everyone to the 92nd year of the Society, which commenced with a very inspiring and illuminating talk by Mrs Norma Stockford, Publicity Officer of the world famous, Three Peaks race. Dr. Rob Howarth sitting around his kitchen table conceived the idea for this gruelling race of sailing 389 miles, climbing 11,000ft, and running 73 miles but it was his friend, Dr. Merfyn Jones who suggested making into a race. They set out a route and Dr. Jones spent many days checking out the course. They invited Major “Bill” Tillman to be President and then everything was ready for the start of the first Three Peaks Race in 1977. Five boats left Barmouth for Caernarfon and on arrival two runners ran up Snowdon. Then it was on to Ravenglass, which was the port for the runners to disembark for the run up Scafell. In  2000 this was changed to Whitehaven and because of the distance to Scafell bicycles could now be used for the first 15 miles. From here it was on to the final destination, Corpath where runner have to run up Ben Nevis and return to the finish for the culmination of this epic voyage. Mrs Stockford explained very eloquently the complexities of organising the race, which is all done by volunteers and the roles that the Sponsors take in the event. Start day is a great occasion for Barmouth, with Samba Bands, stalls bunting and displays heralding the start. With teams coming from around the world to take part there is a wonderful atmosphere.  They follow the lifeboat out and at a predetermined time the race is on.

John Barnes, Sports Editor of the Times said, after he had completed the race, “All you need is legs to take you up the hills, a good stomach to take the sea, and a crew that can take you anywhere” It was an extremely good evening with excellent narrative and photographs and Dr Munday thanked her for her efforts.

The next talk on October 20th is “The Military Camp at Rhiw Goch” given by Mr Keith O’Brien, new members always welcome, 7.30pm Parlwr Mawr.

Sunny Rhyl

Sunny Rhyl is a comedy drama about Francis and Lola. An unlikely pair in an innocent seaside town that can’t help but change. It was written by Paul Kelly and directed by Steve Davies.It is suitable for all ages and will be performed in the Dragon theatre on Thursday 27th October at 7-30pm. Tickets can be reserved in advance or purchased at the door

Barmouth Gardening Club

The October meeting of the Club was held in the Parlwr Bach and after welcoming members and guests this month’s Chairperson, Barbara Rampton introduced Carole Carol who demonstrated Christmas floral decorations. Carole proceeded to produce five excellent arrangements using all types of flowers and holders. Her final demonstration was a flamboyant display perched on top of a bowl of baubles which was very enthusiastically appreciated. This was then used as a raffle prize which was won by Dewina Lewis. After thanking Carole for her speed and imagination the evening ended with tea and biscuits served by Jinny Jeffs. The next meeting which is the Club’s AGM is in Tuesday 8th November.


Barmouth U3A.
The next Monthly Gathering, which will be held on November 9th at the
Dragon Theatre, Barmouth,  will be led by Alison Smedley, a Holistic
Aromatherapist from Dolgellau.  She we lead members on a hands-on look into
the art and science of aromatherapy, with plenty of chance for experimentation.  1.30 for 2pm in the Parlwr Mawr.  Non-members welcome.

 First time in Barmouth

On Friday 27th October in the Dragon Theatre Cor Meibion Bro Glyndwr Male Voice Choir will sing Reggae with Jamaican Reggae star Kwabena Nipadadae. They will be supported by pop heart-throb Leon Z and Barmouth’s own Batala Bermo Brazilian Samba Reggae drummers. The cost will be £10 each , £5 Children or £25 Family .

Publicity Coffee morning

The group that manages the tourism publicity for Barmouth is called Barmouth Publicity Association, it produces the Barmouth Brochure and was responsible for the creation of the Walking Festival that has become a successful and enjoyable feature of the tourism calendar locally. It is time for the A.G.M. and in an attempt to draw more local people to contribute to the development of marketing for the town the group have arranged a Coffee Morning to go with the AGM on Thursday 27th October starting at 10am which will include a large display of Barmouth Brochures stretching back a very long time. It will be interesting to see how ideas and tourism products have changed over the years. A very warm welcome is extended to everyone. After the Coffee morning, at 12-15 there will be the AGM where people can ask questions and make suggestions. Given the trading difficulties that all businesses are finding around Britain  it is essential that Barmouth businesses work together to make sure that every possible opportunity is maximised.

National Theatre of Wales

“Village Social” is the name of a touring production that mixes professional actors with local people. If you saw or took part5 in  For Moutain Sea and Sand you will know how much fun can be had. Young people from 15 to 25 are needed to take part in the production in Barmouth that will be staged in the Dragon on November 2nd. You will work with the NTW team on the day and take part in the performance in the evening. The show is said to be a cross between League of Gentlemen, Vicar of Dibley and the Wicker Man, it is not like anything you have seen or done before but if you are willing to have a go contact Martin at Communities First on 01341 280979 as soon as possible and he will pass the details to NTW.

Community Bonfire

The combined Emergency Services with Barmouth Residents Association are tying up the loose ends for this years community bonfire that will be held near the Bath House on Bonfire Night. The Samba Band wqill lead the procession down to the site in time for the lighting of the fire at 6-30. The Fireworks will start at 7pm. Free parking has been arranged for the evening but everyone is asked to contribute £2 to the collectors on the night to help fund next years event


A free course is being offered to local people who want to learn how to create a website on their mobile phone. It is equally suitable for personal or business use  so anyone can take part. Barney ran a free course last year on building sites for pc’s and laptops Sessions will be held at Communities first starting late October on Tuesday mornings from 10am till noon. If interested please call Denise or Nan on 01341 280979 or call in at the office.

Llais Ardudwy

Some may still not be aware that the Welsh medium monthly paper Llais Ardudwy is  now available from the Communities First office in Station road.



Barmouth News 9/10/11

Barmouth Lit & Deb


Thursday 13th October is the commencement of the Society’s 92nd year and to open the season, Mrs Norma Stockford will give an insight into the beginnings of the Three Peaks Race. This could be seen as a continuation of Dr. Rob Howarth’s talk last year on Major Tilman, who along with Dr. Howarth started this exceptionally gruelling race, for both sailors and runners, which begins in Barmouth moves on to Whitehaven and culminates at Fort William. An evening not to be missed. The following Thursday will be a talk on the Military Camp at Fron Goch by Mr Keith O’Brien. The Lit & Deb meets in the Parlwr Mawr every Thursday over the winter commencing at 7.30pm and there is always an eclectic mixture of subjects offered to stimulate the “little grey cells” and promote discussion. New members, guest and visitors will be made very welcome. For further information on the Society please contact the President, Mr Barry Rampton 01341 280398


Free Bags

As the charge for carrier bags has come in to force Communities First are offering a free re-useable cotton bag to anyone who wants to call in to the office in Station Road and collect one



A free course is being offered to local people who want to learn how to create a website on their mobile phone. It is equally suitable for personal or business use  so anyone can take part. Barney ran a free course last year on building sites for pc’s and laptops Sessions will be held at Communities first starting late October on Tuesday mornings from 10am till noon. If interested please call Denise or Nan on 01341 280979 or call in at the office.


School fund raiser

Ticket arrangements for the Race Night to be held at the Buffs on  Saturday 15th October from 7 till 11pm have been changed. Entry will now be free with an option of paying just £3 for  a delicious chicken curry . Funds raised will go to supporting Ysgol y Traeth.

Llais Ardudwy

Some may still not be aware that the Welsh medium monthly paper Llais Ardudwy is  now available from the Communities First office in Station road.


“Hugh’s views” will be in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre on Monday 17th at 10am. Money from sales of teas and coffees goes to aid the Theatre. Many new images have been added to the site so it will be a good chance to catch upand see lots of original photos.





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Walking Festival

Although this year’s weather has been the worst in the Festivals ten year history we still managed a record number of walkers, we had 122 Walkers this year doing just short of 350 walks.  Welcoming 65 new walkers that were not on our mailing list which goes back to 2008 and 57 returning walkers , 53 of those had walked with us in 2010.  They covered 30 different Grade A, B and C walks ranging from Cadair Idris Super Walk  to strolls round Caerdeon & Goetre Isaf, climbing Rhinog Fawr; Cnicht; Moel Hebog; Arran Fwddwy; Y Garn; Rhobell  Fawr; and all areas in between during the ten days from 17th to the 26th September 2011.  The Monday saw the opening of the ‘ Taith Ardudwy’ and this also provided one of the walks covering the Southern Section on that day. All the Leaders and Assistants on the walks are from the local community and approximately 40 volunteers are involved in making the Barmouth Festival of Walking the success it has become. The photograph shows Mark James, the Mayor of Barmouth, opening this year’s Barmouth Festival of Walking on Saturday 17th September 2011, walkers,  leader and assistants ready for their walk to Foel Offrwm.

Prize winning film event

‘Kendal’ is one of the world’s major Mountain Film Festivals, an internationally

known event showing action, adventure and wildlife films from around the world.

The Best of Kendal Film Tour features a two-hour selection of the very best, prize

winning films from the festival, presented by one of the organisers, Robin Ashcroft,

a mountaineer, sea kayaker, adventurer and  author. It will be an unmissable evening at the Dragon on the evening of Friday 7th October starting at 7-30. Please contact the theatre on 01341 281697 for more details.

 Race Night

The Friends of Ysgol Y Traeth will be holding a Race Night to raise funds for the school. It will be held in the Buffs Club on  Saturday 15th October from 7 till 11pm. The tickets which will cost £5 at the door include a bowl of chicken curry. A good night is guaranteed with the chance to help the school at the same time.

Same Time Next Year

Following their production of Alan Bennets The Lady in the Van’ this  is the welcome return for Theatre Rue’s with their new production “Same time next year” ‘ this bittersweet romantic comedy set in a motel room over many years. It will be performed at the Dragon Theatre on Saturday 15th October at 7-30pm , tickets will cost £8.

Cambrian Coast Croquet Club,
The club has just finished another outdoor season at Hafod Wen, Harlech and would like to thank the owners, Mr & Mrs Chapman, for once again allowing them to use the croquet lawn. As from the 7th October will be playing indoors in the Barmouth Leisure Centre, 12-30 to 3-30 every Friday. New members are always welcome. Just go along and enjoy a free introductory session.

Luncheon Club

If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining a regular lunch club that would offer a two course hot meal at reasonable cost please contact Denise at Communities First or call 01341 280979 to register your interest. It will be an opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a meal with other people. Daw3n Robinson of Elim Church in Park road has generously made  their building available for this as it has easy access and is centrally located.



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Hughs Views

The next chance to have a look at the community gallery on the big screen  will be on Monday 17th October 10am  in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre. New images are continuing to flow in and the gallery is attracting in excess of 500 viewers a day on the internet. Recently a new record was reached when 3028 people viewed the site in a single day.  As usual Communities First will pay for the hire of the Arts Room and the money from the sale of teas and coffees will go to benefit theatre funds.



In last weeks report on the fundraising event for the Huntingdons Disease Charity it was incorrectly stated that the sum raised was £19-59 it was in fact £1136-59. Much hard work had gone into the organisation of this valuable event and it is good to be able to report that a worthwhile amount was raised in response.


Jazz workshop

Mike Walker, an international guitarist, will run a jazz improvisation weekend at the Dragon

Theatre for the Barmouth Music Workshop group on1st and 2nd October. The  Saturday night will provide an opportunity for the members to put into practice what he has taught them during a relaxed Jam Session that will be open to anyone interested. Call 01341 280 903 for workshop details. the cost for the  Jam Session will be  £2 on the door.


Al ac Ant

Sioe addas i deuluoedd, plant, myfyrwyr a holl ddilynnwyr brwd Al ac Ant (S4C).

Dewch i ‘flasu’ eu cynhyrchiad theatrig cyntaf - mae’n sicir o fod yn brofiad i’w gofio!

A brand new, welsh language theatre production starring S4C presenters Al & Ant.

Cwmni Theatr ARAD GOCH Galwch / call 01341 281 697 i gadw seddi / to reserve seats


Prize winning film event

‘Kendal’ is one of the world’s major Mountain Film Festivals, an internationally

known event showing action, adventure and wildlife films from around the world.

The Best of Kendal Film Tour features a two-hour selection of the very best, prize

winning films from the festival, presented by one of the organisers, Robin Ashcroft,

a mountaineer, sea kayaker, adventurer and  author. It will be an unmissable evening at the Dragon on the evening of Friday 7th October starting at 7-30. Please contact the theatre on 01341 281697 for more details.



Following our Team’s success in winning their preliminary Welsh Cup fixtures, the Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club now face a major challenge in a First Round  Welsh Cup Proper home match against Ruthin Town on Saturday, 1st October. Ruthin Town are currently placed in the middle of the Cymru Alliance League, a League above the Welsh Alliance League in which we compete. So please come and support our First Team players at our Wern Mynach pitch at the end of Park Road, Barmouth on Saturday. Another reason to attend this match is that we shall be celebrating Tom Hughes’ 80th Birthday this coming week-end. Tom has been a loyal supporter of the Barmouth Club since 1949 when he made his debut as a goalkeeper. Since then he has been a player, manager, physio,and  groundsman. In March, 2008, he was awarded the coveted Football Association of Wales Long Meritorious Award, given to people who have given unbroken support for Welsh football for over 25 years. Today he is our Football Club’s Honorary Life President. Your support for our Football Club and Tom’s birthday celebrations  next Saturday will be much appreciated.


 The Parish of Llanaber, Barmouth with Caerdeon Harvest Festival and Autumn Fair

A Harvest Messy Church will take place in St. Johns Church Barmouth next Sunday, 2nd October at 11.00 am. Everybody who has attended Messy Church in the past has enjoyed these family orientated fun filled events. All are welcome! Also The Parish Gift Day will take place on the following Thursday 6th October from 10.00 am in the Dragon Theatre. Coffee and biscuits, cake stalls, soup available at lunch time and lots more!



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C.A.P.Money course

If you would like to develop confidence in handling money, whatever your age or ability you are invited to take part in  free information sessions There will be a three-session course to help you manage your money and live your life. It is free to attend and will be running on three Saturday’s from 15th October from 10am till 4pm. To book  a place please ring 01341 280770 or 01766 540566. More information about C.A.P. can be found on


Huntingdon’s Disease Charity

Despite the miserable weather on Bank Holiday Saturday loyal supporters, many elderly, ventured out to attend this years event which was sponsored by LL DIY Home and Garden Centre, Barmouth and held at Fronygraig by kind permission of Gwynfor  and Maureen Owen and family. The organisers would like to thank all who helped on thre day and worked hard to ensure such a successful result. They much appreciated donations received andare grateful to the many Barmouth shopkeepers who willingly provided raffle prizes. The excellent sum o £19-59 has been raised for Huntingdon’s Disease Research.

Luncheon club

Barmouth Communities First Partnership along with Meirionnydd Older Peoples  forum have set up a luncheon club for older people that will be hosted by Elim Church in Park Road.  The first lunch will be served on Thursday 6th October at 12 noon. A two course hot meal at a reasonable price will be provided, cooked by staff at Hafod Mawddach.  If you would like to go along or know someone who might like to join please contact Denise at Communities First or call her on 1341 280979 to reserve a place

How to

Have you ever wondered how to make a website on your phone or mobile device; something less complicated than a full sized site? Learn  how to create effective sites that work on small screens with 6 free sessions with Barney at Communities First starting on Tuesday mornings from 18th  October 10am till 12noon. Call in or phone 01341 280979 to reserve your place. Suitable for anyone but maybe especially good for small businesses looking to improve their e-trading.


Barmouth Lit & Deb Society

(Photo-Immediate Past President Colin Havercroft presenting the symbol of Office to this year’s, President Barry Rampton)

 The new session commences its 92nd year on Thursday 13th October with an interesting talk on the Three Peaks Race, given by Norma Stockford. This should prove a very interesting evening following on from last years talk on Major Bill Tillman given by Dr. Rob Howarth. There will be, over the season, 19 various talks, quizzes and debates culminating with the Annual Dinner and finally the AGM. Items such as Llandanwg, Rhiw Goch, Music, Poetry, Environment Issues, The Himalayas, Gaza and the early days of Barmouth plus many other topics will be presented by very eloquent speakers.

If you are interested and would like an evening of stimulating conversation, why not come along? The society meets every Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the Parlwr Mawr.

New Boxing Club

A  registration night  will be held on Thursday 29th Sept at the Hall at the Min y Mor Hotel from 7pm to 8pm.There will be limited spaces for the training nights on a Monday and a Wednesday .The club  will accept kids from 10 years upwards, however children under12 should be accompanied by an adult .Membership fee will be £10 to include insurance .Equipment is supplied.This organisation will be run by local people Tim Brown ,Dave Turner, Neville Manderson and Phil Hill .Anybody willing to help please contact Phil on 07881742793.







W.I. COUNTY BOWLING COMPETITION ( photos by Hugh Roberts accompanies)
Six teams of W.I. ladies came from all over Meirionydd to compete in the annual County Bowls competition on Monday 5th September. It was held in Barmouth this year and the teams were from Aberdyfi, Bala, Brithdir, Cynwyd and two teams from Barmouth. The weather looked very bleak first thing in the morning, but despite this, the games went ahead and luckily it stayed dry throughout the day. The teams were split into two round robins with two games of eight ends being played before breaking for lunch, and one game after lunch. This resulted in Aberdyfi and Bala going on to play in the finals This was an exciting game and Bala deservedly won. The trophies were presented by Jane Slater. A delicious tea was then provided by Barmouth W.I. who were thanked by Jane, and the several prizes in the raffle were drawn by Gretta Cartwright. Mair Jones, Barmouth W.I. President, who had been very busy all day providing cups of tea for everyone, thanked Ifor Evans and his friends for organising and helping throughout the day. Everyone agreed that it had been most successful.
Arts Festival

Another festival closed on Saturday with the rousing  Cor Bro Meirion reverberating around the magnificent  St John’s Church a truly superb setting for a big sound. This new choir is setting itself the task of exploring new repertoires and produced a well balanced and engaging concert . The contrast with the surreal performance in the Arts Room of Mr and Mrs Clark’s medicine show highlights the massive mix of  arts that the festival produces. Equally well received the two shows could not have been more different but both sent people home at the end of the evening feeling that they had experienced something amazing that can only be created by live performances. Thursdays comedy and music event gave people the feel of a noson lawen and created a great atmosphere in which everyone relaxed  and enjoyed the songs and stories. Wednesdays drama from Paradisi was well crafted, sharply written and very professional, as are all their offerings. Tuesday was a step change into Jazz with Liane Carroll an intimate evening where the performer was able to converse with the audience and build an excellent rapport. Monday was  an exploration of the life of Richard Burton, a show that has been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe no less. The organisers are already being approached by performers who want to take part in  next years festival, clearly this event is firmly rooted in the arts scene of Wales  and seen as one  in which many wish to be included.

Money and energy

The Moneyadviceservice and the Energy Saving Trust  are teaming up to offer a unique service in Barmouth on Friday September 23rd  from 10-30 till 3-30. They will operate a drop in where anyone can ask for information and advice about anything to do with either of these subjects.  The finance part will cover savings, loans, investments, financial planning, advice on how to manage money while the Energy Saving Trust will help you cut the cost of running your home with suggestions about fuel tariffs, heating, insulation and operating  appliances . No appointments are necessary just call in to see what they are offering.

Wear it Red Night

A fundraising night for British heart Foundation  will be held at Hendre Coed holiday park on Friday 23rd September.  There is an option to have a three course meal that will be served from 6 - 8pm, for this you will need to pre book by calling 01341 280597, the cost will be £25. If you prefer you can arrive at 7pm and pay just £5 that will include a raffle ticket and enjoy the disco . All funds raised will be used for the benefit of the charity.


 Wagons roll (photo accompanies)

The Heart of Wales Road Rally for vintage lorries will be passing through Barmouth on Saturday 17th September. Over 60 lorries resplendent in their original colour schemes will be stopping on the main car park in Barmouth between 11am and 2pm before continuing on their journey to Llanberis.


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Box office

The Box Office for the Arts Festival opens on September 1st daily between 10am and noon in the foyer of the Dragon Theatre. Advance sales have been good so if you want to be sure of tickets for your favoured event it would be a good idea to call in and reserve tickets as soon as you are able.


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Nightingale House Hospice are asking for volunteers, preferably who live in the Barmouth area, to help them at their Dolgellau to Barmouth Summer Stroll event which takes place on Saturday 10th September at 11am.  It is a 9.5 mile sponsored walk along the Mawddach Trail to help raise much-needed funds for the Hospice. Volunteers will be needed for a variety of activities such as marshalling with the walkers at the start, middle or end of a group, as stationary marshals along the route helping with directions etc., or helping to register the walkers of the event.  Volunteers will need to be available from 8.30am onwards.  If you are interested in helping, or if you would like to register for the walk itself which is £10 for adults, £5 for Children (under 5’s are free) or £25 for a family of two adults and two children then please get in touch by calling 01978 314 292 or visiting for more information.

 Barmouth U3A Monthly Gathering.
At the Barmouth U3A Monthly Gathering on Wednesday September 14th members of Machynlleth U3A Drama Group will be reading a short play written by their Writing Group, whose members will also be coming.  The play is called “Broken Threads” and concerns a Welsh family whose members are assembled for their mother's funeral.  Family matters hitherto kept secret emerge as the play progresses. Please note, this monthly gathering will be at 2pm for 2.30pm, later than usual at the Dragon Theatre, Barmouth.

Parish of Llanaber with Barmouth

Last month, another 'Messy Church' was held and once again it was a great success. Nearly 40 children took part with their parents. 'Messy Church' is a family orientated activity; there are crafts, games, food and worship. It's free to everyone, but children must be accompanied by an adult. All who attended agreed to having a great time! This is our third 'Messy Church' so look out for the next one.

Flower festival

From Thursday 25th August to Monday 29th there will be a flower festival in Saint David's Church, on the quay, entitled 'For All The Saints', and is a joint effort from the ladies of St Mary's, St John's and St David's and also the ladies of St. Phillips, Caerdeon. This is being held in memory of our past parish wardens Margaret Newport and Pam Walker; both ladies are sadly missed. An opening service will be held in Saint David's at lO am, Thursday morning. The church has been dosed for several months while extensive structural repairs to the roof timbers and a new roof have been put on, a project that could not have gone ahead without a generous £45,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Good wishes

 Parishioners of the Parish of Llanaber with Barmouth send  best wishes to their Curate, Rev. Linda Bailey on her mission to Palestine. She is wished her every success in the venture and they pray that she will return safely in time for the birth of her third grandchild.



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 RNLI results

The collection which was held on Thursday 4th August resulted in a total of £1542-10 as follows: Barmouth £503-19, Fairbourne £112.85, Shell Island £463-03 this amount was then matched by the management of Shell Island adding a further £463-03. Thanks are sent to all concerned for their interest and hard work in raising this commendable sum were extended by the promoter.



Meirion was sung accompanied on piano by Blodwen Comerford. Several members will be celebrating birthdays during the next month. A gift and card were sent to Eira Goodchild who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Minutes of June meeting were read and signed. Thirty five people enjoyed the annual W. I. summer day out. The July county letter and various other correspondence were read. Members were urged by their president to encourage people to use their local library, which alongside many others could be facing closure through cutbacks. Eight members will be representing Barmouth in Newtown on Sept.17th at the Inter-federation Sports Day. Harlech W.I. are to be congratulated on their Silver Gilt Award at the R.H.S flower show at Tatton Park. This was a members night which included a table top sale(£71.00 was raised for the funds), a quiz,  and cheese and wine refreshments, which were enjoyed by all.

Huntingdons disease

On Saturday 27th August, a Charity Day will be held at Fron Y Graig forecourt, opposite Natwest Bank, Barmouth by kind permission of Gwynfor and Maureen Owen. The stalls will open at 11am and the raffle will be drawn at 1-30pm. The proceeds will go to Huntingdons Disease Research

London Triathlon

Peter Vine ran in the London Triathlon on 31st July to raise funds for Save The Children Fund, he had 106 local sponsors and raised £508.


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Trust Fund

The Communities First Trust Fund is available to local clubs and societies but not to individuals or businesses. If your club or society  is looking for funding for an event, a project or for equipment call in to the Communities First office in Station Road and discuss your needs with Martin or Denise. Normally the fund is open till the end of January but as part of the changes to Communities First the fund will only accept applications up to November this year.

Army Cadet Force Presentations ( Photos show Cadets with the certificates of achievement and Sergeant Lee Williams receiving a cheque for £3300 from Martin Williams and Denise Bott of Communities First)

Barmouth Army Cadet Force re-established in Barmouth last October and became a rapid and substantial success. Currently there are 23 Cadets in Barmouth. Sergeant Lee Williams, by whose hard work along with that of his Second in Command the group has thrived, wanted to reward the Cadets for the hard work they had done and for the progress they had made. Mark James, Mayor of Barmouth was invited on stage to accept thanks for the financial support given by the Town Council, Mr James said a few words in appreciation of the work that had gone into restarting the group and highlighted the benefits to the Cadets and to the community of the opportunities offered to the young people of Barmouth.  Commemorative photos were taken of the Cadets receiving their awards and a picture was taken showing the presentation of a cheque for £300 for the Communities First Trust Fund. The evening also included a film about the ACF and a demonstration of how equipment is stripped cleaned and re-assembled. Family and friends of the Cadets enjoyed an informative social evening. A follow up event is planned for the autumn.

Of course you can

If you are considering getting a job, maybe for the first time or perhaps after a gap you may be interested in a programme of sessions that is being offered free in Barmouth. All the things that get in the way of getting the job you want can be tackled, this could be the start of something good because the sessions aim to build your confidence, show you how to give the best impression, mix with others, write an effective c.v and much more. Surprisingly, you may think, it also teaches you some photographic skills as part of the programme. If you want to know more call in to Communities First office and collect a leaflet or email 

Why Not Drop In

The independent  Y Not Drop In that is  currently hosted in the book shop of Elim Church in Park road is open every Monday as well as every Thursday  to welcome anyone who fancies a chat and some contact with other people. Everyone is welcome, it is not a religious organisation so people of any or no faith are equally welcome. Open ing times are 10am till 1pm  Monday and 10am to 2pm on Thursday. From time to time art, music or craft activities are organised and members arrange trips out from time to time.

Dance Workshops

The series of dance workshops for youngsters is currently being run by the Barmouth Childcare Partnership on Wednesday and Friday each week in the Pavilion leisure centre, these compliment the summer play scheme that has been running, funded through the same group. Sessions cost £2 each There is still time to join, contact Denise Bott on 280979 or the leisure centre on 280111.


Motown in town

Last years session with the Sensations was a sell out, the eight piece Motown style band will be back at the Dragon Theatre on Saturday 20th August at 8-15 pm. If you want tickets and a really energetic night call 01341 281697.


With ongoing  help from the National Theatre of Wales a group in Barmouth have set about creating an online radio station.  The National Theatre paid for a visit to Barmouth of  Keith Murrel from a community radio station in Cardiff who  gave a great deal of information from which the group has taken inspiration. The energetic team is currently looking at the development of content that can be stored as podcasts. Currently music and drama are being worked on by young  residents but there is endless scope for more. The project has three strands:- content, management and technical, if you would like to be part of this exciting community group please contact Martin in Communities First who will be happy to put you in contact with other members of the group.



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My brilliant divorce

Paradisi Theatre Company will be running their brilliant one woman comedy that explores the life of the main character after her husbands mid life crisis. There is lots of insight in the writing and it is hilariously funny too. Mondays at the Dragon  throughout August at 7-30pm.

Wanted one body

Bermo Arts Summer show this year is a period piece comedy, mystery murder story The array of characters will ensure a lively evening that will keep you guessing till the last moment. Wednesdays throughout August in the Dragon at 7-30pm



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Dragon Theatre

The management of the centre is now run as a company the “Dragon Barmouth Ltd.,”. The six Directors are Melville Penzer, Roy Treherne, Mair Jones, Geraldine Vincent, Val Vine and Christine Leese, who report to the members every two months. Manager Allison Williams is looking forward to a busy summer. More people are now realising the versatility of the facilities and this will hopefully help revenue, rising costs are always a problem. The Dragon Diary is now available, for a copy ring 01341 281697.

National Play Day

In celebration of this years National Play Day a free play session has been arrangedat the Pavilion Leisure Centre Barmouth on Friday 5th August from 1pm till 3pm. Children of all ages will be very welcome to join in the fun and activities at this family event. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Day

On Friday last Barmouth Childcare Partnership held one of a series of family play events. Youngsters were able to use all the play equipment at the leisure centre and were also able to take part in making fresh fruit salads and salad pittas to help them understand how to eat well and enjoy the colours and flavours of various fruits and salad items Fridays event will include free play and craft activities, contact the centre on 01341 280111 for details of times.

My brilliant divorce

Paradisi Theatre Company will be running their brilliant one woman comedy that explores the life of the main character after her husbands mid life crisi. There is lots of insight in the writing and it is hilariously funny too. Mondays at the Dragon  throughout August at 7-30pm.

Wanted one body

Bermo Arts Summer show this year is a period piece comedy, mystery murder story The array of characters will ensure a lively evening that will keep you guessing till the last moment. Wednesdays throughout August in the Dragon at 7-30pm

Yellow leaflets

By now the town should be a sea of yellow leaflets , the traditional sign that the annual Arts Festival is getting close. If you cannot find one contact the Tourist information Centre, the Dragon Theatre or Communities First all have supplies at present.



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The sixth monthly meeting started with the singing of Meirion accompanied by Blodwen Comerford. The  President told members that Eira Goodchild will be celebrating her 100th birthday in July, and a card and gift would be purchased and sent via her daughters Anne & Liz. Mary Smallwood will be attending a Buckingham Palace Garden Party with her daughter Victoria. 20 teams attended the quiz night at Rhyd-y-Maen and the winners were The Mawddach Four from Barmouth. Pam Payton gave her report on the AGM in Liverpool, and was thanked by Mair, the President. As there was no guest speaker, each member was asked where their favourite place was and why. Most members talked of places in and around Barmouth, but others talked of more exotic places. The next meeting will be a members meeting on July 27th.

St Mary’s Coffee

St Mary’s Church, Llanaber, held its annual Coffee Evening on 8th June as in previous years at the Jesuits house, once more by kind permission of Brother Ken Vance. Thanks are expressed to all who supported the evening and to the helpers who together made it such a happy occasion. A pleasing and much needed  total of £602 was raised for Church funds.

Barmouth Juniors F.C.

The recent Family Fun Day was a huge success. The sun shone and the school field was filled with music fun and games. The total amount raised was over £900which has been spent on groundwork for the new academy pitch at Wern Mynach. The Club would like to thank everybody involved who made this day a success, especially Charles at Las Vegas amusements for his kind sponsorship and to Wyn at Hen-Llan Bread , Adrian at Iceland and Wayne at Spar for their donations. It is hoped that this will become an annual event for the club

Ron Barnard Trophy ( Photo Margaret Williams receiving the Ron Barnard Trophy)

Margaret Williams is the winner this year of the Ron Barnard Trophy . The match was played at  Barmouth Bowling Club on  Saturday, 9th. July another day of glorious summer weather. The presentation of the trophy was made by the late Ron Barnard's grandson. The event was captured with a  photograph  taken by Hugh Roberts

Dog training

Dog training classes will be starting soon in Bontddu village hall. Classes will cover basic obedience training. If you and your dog would like to go along please contact Jan on 01341 430 269 to book a place.

Money Advice Service

Nigel Jacks who works for Citizens Advice Bureau represented the Money Advice Service provided by the Westminster Government in Barmouth last Thursday when he ran an open door session offering advice on any issue relating to finance. He will arrange his next session for early September when again people will be able to drop in and get answers to their finance questions.


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Elfyn Llwyd will be holding his monthly surgery in Barmouth at Communities First on Friday 1st July from 2pm till 2-30pm. No appointment needed, just drop in.

Free money advice

There will be free money advice sessions, delivered by the Citizens Advice Bureau on Thursday 7th July between 10 am and 3pm. If you want guidance on anything to do with money from choosing energy suppliers to sorting out pensions or deciding how to finance a holiday Nigel Jacks will be on hand to advise you. You can make an appointment or just call into the Communities First offices in Station Road. You can also meet the Credit Union on the same day between 11am and 1pm, they have savings and loans schemes available.


Barmouth Residents Association will be holding their AGM in the poolroom of the Min Y Mor hotel on Monday 4th July at 7pm. This will follow the monthly surgery held by Gareth Jones of Gwynedd Community Homes that begins at 6pm in the same place. All are welcome at either session just call in and have your say on any issue that is affecting you or that you would like to see change.

Local Heroes

Rita Hunter Johnson, Hugh Roberts and Craig Dobbins all received awards at the Mawddach Rotary awards ceremony that was held at the Dragon Theatre on Thursday last. The awards were in recognition of the work that each of them has done in the community to help  make Barmouth the great place it is. Rita does a lot of work for the Residents Association and for local fund raising for a variety of causes as well as helping organise the annual fireworks night. Hugh Roberts has been responsible for the enormous amount of work that goes on to make the community gallery on the internet the best in Britain the site has now had over 400,ooo hits and hold over 3000 images donated by the local community. Craig Dobbins is well known around town for the recycling he does, collecting bottle tops, ring pulls, stamps, toner cartridges and old mobile phones for five different charities, he now covers an area from Bala to Machynlleth and over to Porthmadoc with his collecting buckets. All three have been justly recognised for their efforts.

Charity Race Night

The Friends of Ysgol Y Traeth will be holding their Race Night at the Buffs Club on Friday July 1st. Doors open at 7pm and the first race will be run at 7-30pm. Entry costs £2 to include nibbles.  You can be the “Owner” of a prestigious race horse for the night too. There will be cash prizes, a raffle and mystery prizes. All money raised will go to Ysgol Y Traeth



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On July 13th the Monthly Gathering of the Barmouth U3A will take the
form of an “Any Questions” session.  Members will have a chance to
put their questions on matters great and small to the four volunteers
who are forming the panel, and will also have a chance to voice their
own opinions. U3A are looking forward to some lively interchanges of
ideas, and also to a cream tea afterwards.  The meeting will be  in the Parlwr
Mawr of the Dragon Theatre, Barmouth at 1.30 pm, non-members are

Three Peaks Race

Preparations are underway for the 2011 Powerbar Barmouth to Fort William Three Peaks Yacht Race, now in its 34th year.  The boats leave Barmouth harbour at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday 25th June 2011, but there will be music and entertainment on the quayside from mid-morning. This year’s event is once again full, with 32 entries and has again attracted international entries, the Australian Team Whistler, who came third in the 2010 race, a Belgian team – Flemish Lowlanders from Gent and Danu Technologies from Ireland.  The temporary moorings have been laid and two or three boats have already arrived in the harbour with more expected over the next few days.

You can follow the race this year by going to Sanderson’s Estate Agents in beach road.  They will have computer access to the website which  features profiles on all the teams and will carry daily race coverage, picture galleries and a race ‘leader board’ throughout race week.  Sanderson’s have kindly agreed to let the general public access the race from their computer - so call in to get all the news.  If you haven’t accessed the race website before, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to follow and you can check the actual positions of the yachts as the race progresses.

Community Fun Day ( Barmouth Fun Day Belly Dancers photo)

The event held on the field of Ysgol y Traeth on Saturday was the biggest yet with a large number of local groups and services taking a very active part in the days activities. Local groups were invited to promote their cause and raise money to further their work in the community. Fortunately the weather was good so that the parade along the promenade, the first event of the day could take place and alert people that things were happening on the school field. The beautifully decorated land train and procession of Fancy dressed followers drew many. The fearless revellers, who really entered into the spirit of the day then attempted, the Big Barmouth Boogie. This was followed by a colourful and exotic display of belly dancing which has, as a result, recruited some new members to that group. A change of pace but no less energy then came with the Karate display in the hall organised by Petros with his  local students. Live music was provided and organised throughout the day by Neil Pigden who brought excellent local talent to the stage. All around the field stalls and games were provided by local people, which provided fun and information. Mike Jones as M.C. kept everyone informed so no one missed anything.  All who took part are sent a massive thank you by the organisers


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Saturday Fun Day

 The Funday and parade along with the Big Barmouth Boogie will be taking place at Ysgol y Traeth from 11am till 3pm on Saturday18th by kind permission of Mr Ywain Myfyr, the Head of School. The bouncy castle along with games, Cornel Cymreag raffles,  information stalls,Live music car boot sales and  and choices of food will all be there. Free entry everyone welcome.


U3A June Meeting


The U3A met as usual for their monthly gathering, on Wednesday 8th June,  in Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre. A good turnout initially socialised over a cup of tea, & spent some money on the bring & buy stall, before listening to a presentation of the usual high standard. Irene Doody leads a Family History group & described the structure of a course which she runs on various techniques and methods which can be of benefit to anyone interested in such a fascinating subject. Starting from simply chatting to members of one's family, progressing to using local archives & parish registers, there is a wealth of fascinating information & history waiting out there, which can be accessed by any one of us. Bronwen Dorling thanked the speaker, & announced that the July meeting would be an Ask the Panel session, when a number of U3A members have volunteered as a panel, willing to be quizzed as to their opinions on various subjects...sounds fascinating, once again.  




At the fifth monthly meeting Meirion was sung accompanied by Blodwen Comerford. The president thanked the "B" darts team for representing Barmouth at the Inter-federation darts match on May 11th at Bala. Unfortunately they lost to Aberdaron. Minutes of the April meeting were read and signed. Arrangements for the June trip are going well. Summer Fair at Barmouth is on 30th June in the Arts room. County letter for May was read. Eight W.I. members volunteered to assist Gwynedd Council by tiding up the walls around the leisure centre ready for planting. A team of 4 members will represent Barmouth at the Federation quiz at Rhyd-y -maen on 26th May. Members voted on 2 resolutions prior to the AGM in Liverpool. Our speaker was Margaret Walker, who filled in for Angela Bee who unfortunately was indisposed. She entertained us with anecdotes from her life as a vicars' wife. She is the author of 4 books, which are full of amusing tales of family life moving around the country wherever her husband was working. She was thanked warmly by Liz Roberts. Next meeting is on June 22nd.


Jane Williams’s extra special day


A Barmouth resident celebrated a very special day and in so doing joined a very select group of people. Jane Williams reached her 100th year on Friday June 3rd and wishes to thank management and all the staff at Hafod Mawddach for arranging a party and making this a memorable day for her. She later went on to the Min y Mor hotel, to meet up with family who had gathered there to be with her on the day. Lastly to thank everyone, family, friends and neighbours for all the cards, flowers, presents and well wishes she received. Diolch yn fawr. Jinnie.


Collectors wanted


On Saturday June 25th there will be a collection day near the Co-Op store in Barmouth for the benefit of St Dunstans the charity that assists and trains people with sight impairment. With increasing numbers of people needing the unique help offered by the skilled staff the charity needs every penny that it can raise. If you can spare an hour or two to help collect spare change from passing shoppers please contact Mrs Daphne Dix on 01341 280573 who will be very glad to hear from you.


Last call


On Friday night the Dragon theatre will host Barmouth & Dyffryn Football Club’s fundraising event. An evening with Howard Marks is sure to be an interesting and unusual one. He was the subject of a film entitled, ”Mr Nice” story of drug trafficking, IRA involvement, jet set life style an American jail and ultimately a career touring the land talking about his complicated life. Tickets will be available at the door, the organisers would really appreciate your support.




Hughs Views will take place in the Arts Room of the Dragon theatre on Monday 27th June at 10am. It will be a chance to see some of the new pictures that have been received. New residents are invited to go along and learn more about the community of Barmouth and its amazing history. Many accomplished and fascinating characters began life, passed though or added to the rich pattern of this community. It is a living history carried in the memory of local people and readily passed to all. On this occassion  there will be a special event that will recognise the value of the community gallery and those who have contributed to it.







Can anyone who has spare  glitter, paints, pompoms, wool, feathers, etc. please leave them at the Communities First office to be used at the Fun Day ( 18th June)  on the children’s craft table


Chieftan in town

There will be an opportunity to see the fully restored “Chieftain” lifeboat that once saw service in Barmouth. After falling into a poor state the vessel was bought an restored by the present owners. Mr Tony Gatt plans to sail into Barmouth on the 12th June at around 3:00pm. The Chieftain was stationed in Barmouth from 1949 to 1982 and was launched 113 times, resulting in 132 lives saved.


After being sold out of service she changed hands a number of times. The current owner, Tony Gatt, found her on the east coast in a state of disrepair. He took her to South Wales and spent 6 years singlehandedly restoring her, entirely at his own expense. Tony's goal was to bring her back to Barmouth as soon as she was seaworthy.


He is putting together a collection of old photographs and information about The Chieftain. If anyone can assist with this, please contact Kathryn Gatt on 07774 248354 or email


Barmouth Bowling Club

The Bowling club will be celebrating it’s centenary on Saturday 16th July. If you are a former member and would like to attend the dinner that will be held at the Min y Mor hotel please contact Mari on 01341 280043.


Fun Day

The Community fun Day and parade will  be held on Saturday 18th June. If you fancy joining the fancy dress parade please be at the Lifeboat Station at about 11030. The Princes and princesses will arrive by land train from Ysgol y Traeth to lead the procession back to the field where there will be lots of activity through the afternoon with live music, belly dancing, good food, carboot and community stalls, Karate and hopefully the Big Barmouth Boogie at noon.


Local election

There have been two nominations for the vacant seat on Barmouth Town Council, they are Andrew Sanderson and Carl Hayward. Local people will make their choice in an election to be held on June 30th








Paddled Well


The Paddle Sports weekend devised by Mawddach Rotary can be judged a success despite the events for Sunday having been cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. Those who took part on Saturday report that they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The pictures show winning team in the Raft Race, Team Idris  a Barmouth Team The Taster sessions will be repeated one day in the summer and once again Communities first will enable local people to take part by funding a number of tickets for those with an LL42 post code. The event raised over £3ooo which will be divided between  Ty Gobaith Hope House and local causes, if you would like to suggest local causes that deserve to benefit please contact the Mawddach Rotary.


The show goes on

The Howard Marks show, ‘An Audience with Mr Nice’ is not cancelled and will go ahead as planned on the 17th June. Tickets are available from the box office on 01341 281 697. It promises to be an interesting evening as anyone who saw the film of his life so far will tell you. The event is being run to help the Barmouth and Dyffryn Football club raise funds to improve the facilities at Wern Mynach.

Buffs OK

There has been speculation about the future of the Buffs Club, members are eager to point out that the club is in good health and already planning for the kids Christmas party which is an established highpoint in the Barmouth events calendar.

St Mary’s Church Coffee Evening

The Jesuits house in Llanaber is once again, the venue for the coffee Evening which will be held on Wednesday 8th June at 7pm. A warm welcome is extended to all

Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club: Trophy Presentations evening, FRIDAY, 10th JUNE, 2011.

The Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club has arranged a Trophy Presentations Evening at the RAOB (Buffs) Club in Barmouth on Friday, 10th June, 2011, when trophies will be presented to the Club’s outstanding individual First and Reserve Team players during the 2010/2011 football season. The evening will start at 7pm, with free admission. There will then be a brief review at 7.30pm of our Club’s achievements during 2010/2011, followed by the Trophy presentations. Thereafter there will be a disco. Food and drinks will be available throughout the evening. All football players and their families, Football Club Annual and Life Members, match spectators, and football enthusiasts who would like to know more about our Club will be very welcome at this event. For further information please contact Wil Huntley, Club Chairman, mobile tel no 079127 48875, or Brian Wood, Club Secretary, tel no 01341 280103.

Handover ( Picture shows Cllr Phil Hill congratulating Cllr Mark James and Cllr Val McArdle)

May marks the end of the Mayoral year in Barmouth. it is therefore time to thank you to Cllr Phil Hill for the work he has put in during his year as Chairman of Barmouth Town Council and Mayor. It is also time to welcome the new Mayor Cllr Mark James along with his Deputy Cllr Val McArdle who will respectively hold the posts of Chair and Vice Chair on the Town Council. A vacancy currently exists for one Councillor, which will be filled following a local election.


The community picture gallery which is on the  website  received its highest ever one day level of hits last week, there were 3028 in a 24 hour period. The site now hosts 3002 images that have been given by local people and visitors. If you want to see some on the big screen go along to Hugh’s Views in the Arts room of the Dragon Theatre at 10am on Monday 27th June. New residents will be warmly welcomed as it will be a chance for them to learn some of the history of their new home and a chance to talk to local people who are keeping the history of the town fresh and alive.

Citizens Advice Bureau

The dates for your diary  for the Drop in sessions in Barmouth are 6th and 20th June then 4th and 18th July. All are Mondays. Sessions are held at Communities First  meeting rooms. There is no need to book an appointment, just call in between 10am and 12-30 pm for free confidential advice.

Christian Aid week

Collections for Christian Aid Week this year raised a total of £445-61. All who contributed are thanked for their generosity

Flag Call

The RNLI Flag Day on August 4th approaches once more and as usual there is a need for volunteer collectors to stand with a collecting tin at key points around the town. It is an enjoyable task that only takes an hour or so and benefits a worthy cause. If you have an hour to spare please call William Burton on  01341 280704 he will be pleased to hear from you.


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The Annual General Meeting of the Barmouth Branch of the University of
the Third Age was held on Wednesday May 11th at the Dragon Theatre,
Barmouth.  The Chairlady, Evelyn Richardson, welcomed everyone and
reported on a successful year for the branch.  Evelyn was re-elected as
Chairlady, with Rachel Cleaver remaining as Vice Chairlady and Marie
Thomas as Secretary.    George Mandow, the outgoing Treasurer, was
warmly thanked for all his hard work for the branch, and Christina Cook
was elected as the new Treasurer.  After the business part of the AGM
there was a welcome glass of wine accompanied by delicious cakes.
Members of the Writing Group, led by Norma Stockford, then talked about
the inspiration behind their work, and read pieces they had written.
These ranged from the poignant to the comical, and were greeted by warm
applause, rounding off a highly successful AGM.


Hugh’s Views

By popular demand  the next “Hugh’s Views” will be on Monday 27th June in the Arts room of the Dragon theatre at10am.  New residents will be especially welcome as this will be a chance for them to learn about the community that they have joined and meet local people who will be happy to tell them about the history of the town. For this reason there will be a little more emphasis on the pictures of the town,  many of which will be new to regular viewers. The site continues to grow , attracting viewers from around the world and a steady flow of new images to be added.

 Health Walks

 The new season of healthy leisure walks has started. The walks, led by local guides normally take between one and one and a half hours. They follow routes that take perhaps the promenade, the rail bridge or the foothills behind the town everyone is welcome to join, there is no charge for taking part. All walks begin at the pavilion leisure Centre at 6pm on Thursday evenings. For more information please call Mari on  01341 280043 or Ann on 01341  280065


Regard RSPCA

The recent coffee morning that was run by the Regard  Partnerships  staff and residents at their farm in Dyffryn was a very successful event. Along with the coffee there was a raffle and tombola and plant sale which raised a total of £262 which has been donated to the RSPCA. Thanks are due to all who put in the effort to make the day both fun and profitable.


Coffee Morning

 There will be a Coffee Morning in ad of Bowel Cancer research that will be held by Deltyh and Cerian Morris on Saturday 28th May from 10 till 12noon at 8 Heol y Sarn, on the estate in Barmouth. There will be a table sale, raffle, tombola, cakes and drinks please go along and support this important charities work.

Boat House Rocks

A day of Live Music is being held at the Barmouth RNLI Boathouse on the promenade on Sunday 29th May 2011 from 12 noon until 6.00 p.m.  This is the Bank Holiday Sunday so it should attract plenty of interest.

Music of a variety of genres, including jazz, blues and acoustic guitar, will be played in front of the boathouse by local groups who are giving their services free to the RNLI for the day.  In addition there will be table top stalls, a barbecue and, of course, a raffle.  Raffle prizes include a meal for two at the Min-y-Môr Hotel on the Promenade and an opportunity to ‘Sing with the Band’.  The raffle will be drawn at 5.30 p.m.  Sharon Cooney, who has generously agreed to make all the arrangements to ensure the day a success, would be grateful for any donations towards the raffle and for volunteers to sell tickets and help with the barbecue.  You can contact Sharon on 07894 160 840 if you would like to help.

Juniors’ Fun Day

Barmouth Junior s football teams have organised a Family Fun day for Saturday 4th June that will be held on the school field from 10am. There will be all the usual attractions including a table top sale,  Raffles Face Painting, Games and music by DJ Stanton. To book a table please call Christina Ryan on 07790393624

Clean  sweep

 Sustainability Wales along with partners from Gwynedd council and other agencies conducted “Total focus Barmouth “ last week. Businesses were visited by Council and Fire Service personnel to give them information. Dog walkers and smokers were advised of the rules relating to them about disposing of dog waste and cigarette ends. As part of the Focus, all the street bins were replaced with matching green and gold square ones. A recycling display was mounted in the Co-op car park thanks to the generosity of Mark Thomas the manager and his staff. Local school children from Ysgol y Traeth were on hand and were greeted by Mayor Of Barmouth Cllr Phil Hill. Local groups got involved too. W.I. cleaned out the walls around the leisure centre by the new Youth Centre.  The Youth Club will now plant and maintain the walls. Gwynedd council have agreed to give them £100 worth of plants and compost to get started. Communities First, with help from residents of the Regard partnership will plant the two containers at the entrance to the Pavilion with fragrant herbs and plants. Warren who operates the kiosks and cafe has already planted the walls and beds facing the sea and created a colourful display.  With the wonderful displays on the station and the high number of shops that have repainted their frontages the town looks in very good condition to welcome this years visitors.


Blood Brothers


The Paradisi Theatre company from Criccieth will be performing their hit version of the original stage play of Blood Brothers over the Bank Holiday weekend at the Dragon theatre in Barmouth . Shows will be on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st at 8pm. Tickets can be reserved by calling 01341 281697 and will be available on the door also


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At the meeting on April27th, Meirion was sung accompanied by Blodwen Comerford. Rose Morris was congratulated on winning the darts final, and Susan Wallace for making the final an all Barmouth one. Barmouth B team won the team finals and will play Caernarfon at Bala on 11th May in the Interfederation Match. The minutes of the March meeting were read and signed. Mari O'Rourke and Ann Williams were thanked for organising the Spring Ramble, which was at Tywyn. The Barmouth Health walks start on May5th. The county letter was read and relevant facts noted by the members. Our guest was Betty Annett who put us through our paces with a series of exercises designed to keep our joints and bodies as supple as possible despite any infirmities. She was warmly thanked by Val Vine. Raffle was won by Pam Payton and flowers by Mari O'Rourke. Next meeting will be on  May 25th, our guest will be Angela Bee from Tywyn.

Race For Life Events  --- ( pictures accompany:-  Barmouth participants in Race for Life Week events)

. Organisers Jen Dinnage, Liz Jones and Clare Jones would like to say a big thank you , firstly to all the children and  mums who did a sponsored walk on April 21st from Ysgol y Traeth to the Bath House. They raised £318 in total. They would also like to thank Delyth Griffiths for entertaining the children dressed as an Easter Bunny and to the Bath house for supplying ice cream cones at the end of the walk. There was also a fundraising Day on Sunday 24th April at the Dragon Theatre which in total raised £907-10, thanks go to family friends and everyone that donated cakes, scones, clothing etc and helped on the day, it would not have happened without your help. The donations from local businesses for the raffle were gratefully received.. The final event of the week saw Jen, Liz and Clare along with family and friends take part in the “Race for Life” event that was held in Caernarfon The three separate events helped raise a  grand total of  £1800 proving yet again the generosity of Barmouth people.

Credit Union

The Credit Union that operates in Barmouth on Thursdays from 11am till 1pm needs additional volunteers to help deal with the enquiries and operate the collection point. The purpose of a Credit union is to offer cheap loans and variable savings facilities. The one in Barmouth is becoming so popular that it needs additional helpers. If you want something to go on a C.V. or have past experience of administration and can be discreet this could be the opportunity you have been waiting for. Training is provided with this rapidly growing community organisation, for further information talk to Martin or Denise on 01341 280979 or call in to Communities First.

Youth Jazz

A very special treat this month as the Gwynedd & Anglesey Youth Jazz orchestra take to the stage at the Dragon in Barmouth for a night of fireworks and big band sound with some of the finest young jazz musicians in two counties. Tickets will cost £7.50 It is likely to be a popular choice so please book early, call Danny Jones on 01341 280 903.

Town council

There is a casual vacancy on Barmouth Town Council. If ten electors request an election this will be the way the vacancy is filled otherwise the remaining Councillors will co-opt someone. Requests for an election would have to be sent to the Returning Officer at Gwynedd Council in Caernarfon by mid day on May 31st.


Coffee Morning

Delyth Morris would like to thank those who supported and donated to the Coffee morning an May 8th which raised £413-50. The proceeds will be split between Maia Collingwood  and Birmingham Children’s Hospital in which she was staying. Maia  was then transferred to Great Ormond street hospital London. Special thanks go to Angie Chamberlaine who had a collecting box and to the girls who sold raffle tickets. There were twenty two raffle prize winners, too many to list. The generosity of all who helped is much appreciated.



Barmouth News


There will be a drop in session with Citizens Advice Bureau on Monday 16th May in the Communities First offices in Station Road between 10am and 1pm no appointment is necessary. In addition the info kiosk with touch screen is available Monday to Friday 9-30am till 4-30pm

Town Clean Up

Gwynedd Council along with other agencies are planning to do a Town Clean Up session on the 17th, 18th and 19th May. There will be about twenty people from various groups such as community pay back , environmental services etc. who will tackle jobs around town. The organiser Peter Simpson has asked if community members and groups would also help. Anyone willing to take part should contact Martin or Denise in the Communities First office or call 01341 280979. They will take your contact details and let you know what is planned for each of the days. Similarly they need to know of any areas that you feel need attention. The teams will tackle problems on public or communal land and may be able to advise on courses of action for anything they do not cover

Have a go

As part of the Paddlesports Festival that is being organised by Mawddach Rotary and will raise money for Ty Gobaith Hope House , Barmouth Communities First Partnership have agreed to sponsor a limited number of tickets for the canoe taster sessions on the two days of the event. The sessions will be conducted between 10-30am and 3pm weather permitting. You are likely to get wet so a towel and a change of clothes will be needed. Safety equipment will be provided. If you would like a half hour to try out with an instructor for free please leave your details at the Communities First office by Wednesday 18th May . Tickets will then be allocated for the event, which will be held on the 21st and 22nd May. You must be over 8 to take part and anyone under 15 will need to be escorted, as the harbour area will be busy at this time.

Carnival Fun Day

Saturday 18th June is the date chosen for this new event. Built on the base of the Communities First Family Day this event will include a carnival procession along the promenade of hand made floats which may in future years grow bigger if this year is a success. This will finish on the school field where there will be a day of fun activities provided by the community groups of the town. If you or your group would like to get involved and perhaps raise funds for your cause please contact Denise or Martin at the Communities First office in Station Road who will pass your details to the organising team.

Electric Dragon

On Saturday 14th May there will be a night of live music . It’s called Electric Dragon and it’s a Live Music Jam Night. Doors open at 8.30pm and it’s free entry until 9.30pm, £2 after. Players, non-players, all welcome. This is a chance to try out ideas with like minded musicians, make new friends and hear new sounds. The bar will be open so there will be a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere that proves so popular with the jazz nights.

Mr Nice Guy

Another first for the Dragon, there will be a late night screening of the iconic film “Mr Nice Guy “ on Friday 20th May. This is a lead in to the live event in June when Howard Marks, about whom the film is written, will appear at the Dragon Barmouth  and the proceeds of that evening will go to the development of Barmouth and Dyffryn Football Club facilities. Both the film and the “audience with” are real must see events for many reasons. He is an Oxford graduate and drug smuggler who has worked with MI5, CIA the mafia. His first live shows, discussed his life as a marijuana smuggler and his views on drug use and legalisation. The shows received excellent reviews throughout the national press, and his now legendary one-man comedy show, An Audience with Mr Nice, continues to sell-out at venues throughout Britain and Europe covering an ever-widening range of topics. He will be at the Dragon on Friday 17th June. Tickets are on sale at the theatre or by calling them on 01341 280979 to reserve.

Open Day

King Arthur’s Labyrinth will offer people with local post codes, LL42 free entry to the centre at Corris on May 14th. You will need to supply proof of your residency Contact them before travelling to ensure the event is still scheduled.

Information Bus

Are you an older person, that now means over 50?If so the Information Bus that will be parked on Barmouth Market on Thursday 12th May between 10am and 3pm is for you. There will be ideas offered on how to keep yourself and your hope in good condition and set for long life. The service is arranged by Gwynedd older Peoples Forum. A range of service organisations will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice.

Credit Union

The Credit Union that operates in barmouth on Thursdays from 11am till 1pm offering cheap loans and variable savings facilities is becoming so popular that it needs additional volunteers to help deal with the enquiries and operate the collection point. If you want something to go on a C.V. or have past experience of administration and can be discreet this could be the opportunity you have been waiting for. Training is provided with this rapidly growing community organisation, for further information talk to Martin or Denise on 01341 280979 or call in to Communities First .



1st May 2011 Barmouth News

RSPCA Coffee

The Regard Partnership staff and residents have organised a Coffee Morning to be held at LLwyngwian Farm, Dyffryn Ardudwy on May 5th that will raise funds for the RSPCA .It is worth going to see the spectacular views. The entry fee is £1 to include coffee and cake or biscuit. There will also be a raffle, tombola and plant stall. For the more energetic there will be a penalty shoot out. For more information or to arrange a lift up the hill contact Karen on 01341 247389

Housing warden

If you have any issues to raise about the Gwynedd Community Homes ( former Gwynedd Council) housing properties in general or wish to talk about a community project that you feel GCH can help you achieve there will be an opportunity to talk to Gareth Jones who is the Community Housing Warden. He will be holding regular drop in sessions on the first Thursday of the month in the Communities First offices. The first will be Thursday 5th May from 2-4pm..No appointment necessary.

Paddle Sports event

The first Paddle Sports event is drawing near, 21st and 22nd May. This new event has been devised by Mawddach Rotary Club which has done a tremendous amount of preparation to ensure that a good variety of water based sports are represented. There will be opportunities for everyone to get involved and have a go, but if you are less active there will be plenty to watch. Posters and flyers town will give all the details of times, locations and contacts.

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U3A March Meeting Report.


The Monthly Meeting of the Barmouth U3A was held on Wednesday 9th March at the Dragon Theatre, and was attended by 30 members & non-members. Having started with the usual cup of tea, socialising & spending time at the monthly stall, the meeting moved on to a lively illustrated presentation by Huw Jenkins. His topic was Plas y Dduallt, The House on the Black Hill, where Huw has lived for some years. Being situated in woodlands, beside the Ffestiniog Railway in the Vale of Ffestiniog, and having a long intriguing history of hauntings, eccentric owners and fascinating facts, it was a perfect subject for Huw’s enthusiastic attitude & approach to life. All those present thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, and are now looking forward to the meeting on the 13th April, when Martin Barrow from Fairbourne will be entertaining members with a musical afternoon on the piano in the Theatre. 



Cambrian Mountains


There will be a free “Sense of Place Workshop” at the Clochfaen, Llangurig 4th April 10 am – 1pm.Followed by the opportunity for a “sense of place in action” tour around this fascinating building.  Tracey Churcher, The Mid Wales Sense of Place Advisor to Visit Wales, will facilitate a morning workshop, working with both the results of a recent questionnaire and also opinions in the room, to identify both the obvious and also the more subtle treasures of this beautiful region. The results of the morning will be fed back to the wider CMI and will form one of the building blocks for future Sense of Place work in the region - don't miss the chance to make your local knowledge count. To book a place please contact Barbara Grantham by phone on 01686 411166 or by email at Lunch will be provided so please inform them if you have any special dietary requirements.


The lady in the van

Alan Bennett is renowned for his sharp depiction of personalities, bringing out minute details that make characters  more real. With the lady in the van he is retelling the real life story of a lady who parked her campervan in his drive for three months but ended up living there, in the van for 15 years. The tale of the personalities and the relationships is wittily conveyed in the play that will be performed in the Dragon Theatre on Friday 18th march at 7-30. Tickets, costing £8 / £6, can be reserved by calling 281697 and will also be available on the door.


Models and table tops

There will be a combined model show and tabletop sale on Sunday March 27th from 11am till 5pm, to be held at Barmouth Bowling club and the Tennis courts in the memorial Park Park Road. There are many highly talented model makers in the area and this will be a good opportunity to see what they produce, share ideas, share knowledge and skills and perhaps get inspired to start building your own model. There will be a 50p admission charge. If you would like to reserve a table space please call Mike Jones on 07786930394


Get fit for Business 3


“Interdependence is good - The Great Outdoors - Get out there & do it” is the title given to  Free taster sessions  that are on offer to accommodation providers  so they  can tell their guests what its really like. The Welsh Assembly Government, Tourism Partnership Mid Wales and the Outdoor Activity Network are  working together to develop the outdoor activity sector in Mid Wales.  From 14th to 29th March there will be a variety of activities for tourism operators to try out: sailing, boat trips, paragliding, ski-ing, Canadian canoeing or “sit on” kayaking, cycling and mountain biking, laser combat, archery and survival skills. To book a place contact Gwawr Price at  Medrwn by calling  01654 705944 or email her



Barmouth News


The President welcomed members to the Annual Welsh Meeting. Meirion was sung in Welsh accompanied by Blodwen Comerford. The President congratulated 4 members on their forthcoming birthdays. The minutes of the January meeting were read and signed. Darts practices started on Tues. 1st March in the bowling club at 7pm. Bingo was in Llanelltyd village hall on Weds. 2nd march at 7pm. Scrabble at Dolgellau on Mon 7th March at 2pm in the Ship hotel. Correspondence:- The monthly County Letter and other communications were read out by the secretary. Harlech W.I. have been asked by Arriva trains to design and show a garden at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. The guest speakers were Sarah Tibbetts & Ifan Pugh. Sarah sang a selection of songs in her native Welsh, accompanied on the piano by Ifan. Although some members did not fully understand all that she sang about, the evening was very enjoyable. The members sang along on one song, singing in both English and Welsh. Sarah and Ifan were thanked, warmly, by Rose Morris. The tea hostesses were thanked by the President. Raffle was won by Doreen Gill and the daffodils by Vicki Pell. Next meeting 23rd march. Guest speaker will be Heather Lewis talking on Wildlife of Meirionydd.

Theatre fundraiser

 The special event, which was devised by Manager Alison Williams, was held to mark St. David’s Day at the Dragon Theatre. It included a session of Hugh’s Views using images from the community web archive, shown on the big screen in the theatre. Hugh Roberts as always brought the images to life with his commentary and by prompting members of the audience to remember past incidents and events. Chris Knowles the well-respected local harpist played a selection of Welsh tunes for the audience at lunchtime and a compilation film of past carnivals created by Vic Biddle was screened in the Arts room. The audience were offered a choice of soups, all made by volunteers who donated their time, ingredients and effort for the good of the theatre. A raffle was also held to add to the total raised. The combined efforts of all resulted in a total of £728-80 being raised on the day.  As the theatre is a registered charity they were entitled to take advantage of a generous scheme operated by Barclays Bank in which the bank match pound for pound the sum raised which means that the theatre will have a total of £1457-50 to put into their funds. The theatre management committee expressed their gratitude for the work by all that produced this excellent result

Employment prospects

Coleg Harlech is planning to offer two lots of 10 young people the chance to get involved in setting up the theatre again for which they would be paid minimum wage for three days per week, for 6 months, while working at Harlech theatre. They'd work from 9am-3.30pm and learn about everything to do with performing arts, they would leave with BTECS and have work references and experience to help them into permanent jobs. Among the skills to be included are: Music technology ; recording, performing, DJ skills and radio broadcasting, multimedia, game design, animation, web design, theatre lighting, Performing Arts: Dance, drama, set design, hair make up, fashion photography. There would also be sessions on marketing, office duties, customer service etc. This would be effectively paid training in a vast array of interesting subjects. If you would like to register your interest in this please contact Communities First who will pass on your details. A start date has not yet been set for this scheme and there are likely to be restrictions on who can apply but if you are not in education, employment or training it is worth considering.

Radio Barmouth

A group of  people met with Keith Murell of Radio Cardiff to talk about the issues involved in the set up of a community radio station for Barmouth. Using Keith’s experience the group were able to map out how to proceed. An initial step will be to find out what licences are needed and another to identify the equipment needs. A note of caution has been flagged up by a local resident who advised that getting a signal to all parts of the town will be costly and difficult to achieve. Enthusiasm among the group will ensure that all avenues and solutions are examined. If you would like to know more or offer help please contact Martin at the Communities First office.

 Y Not Drop In

As Communities First and its satellite groups prepare to move to new premises a number of groups presently using the Station Road  facility are relocating. The Y Not Drop In has been offered space behind the Bookshop in Park Road. Members spent Thursday moving things from the Station Road site where they have operated successfully for about four years. The group hope to be able to offer extra opening times  in addition to the current session which runs from 10am till 2pm on Thursdays. Y Not has an open door policy welcoming anyone who would like to meet and chat with other people. From time to time art, music and craft programmes are offered but anyone can opt in or out of these depending on their personal interests. You are welcome to call in and see the new facility.




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U3A March Meeting.


The Monthly Meeting of the Barmouth U3A will be held at 2.00pm on Wednesday 9th March in Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre. The meeting will start with the usual sales stall, together with a cup of tea & time to socialise. And as usual, new members, and those interested in seeing what the U3A gets up to are very welcome. Afterwards Plas y Dduallt…did it take its name from the dark rocks above, or was it due to things more sinister? Did the Most Haunted team find anything? This medieval house has many tales to tell. It was home to the Llwyds, descendants of Llewelyn Fawr, for hundreds of years. Did Cromwell really sleep here? What did the evacuees get up to in the war? Why does it have a private platform onto the Ffestiniog Railway? Who was Colonel Campbell? Huw Jenkins, the current owner & caretaker will share his thoughts and views in what promises to be a fascinating illustrated talk.


After school yoga


If you would like to see a yoga group for youngsters from the age of eight upwards being formed you are asked to register your interest at the Leisure Centre on .01341 280111 or call Julie on 07510359212.There is also the possibility of creating a group for parents too which could take place during  a week day, again if interested please contact either of the phone numbers. There is already a new yoga group for everyone either experienced or beginner that has recently started on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 7pm also at the leisure centre. To join please contact Julie or go along to the leisure centre.


 Baby swimming


Are you interested in swimming classes for your baby? The baby swim school is hoping to start soon at Harlech pool and hold sessions from 11am till noon on Wednesdays . The sessions will be bi-lingual and are aimed at those in he 3months to 3 years age band.. The age groups will be  divided  with a ½ hour session for each group. For more information please phone Denise on 01341 280979 or call at the Communities First office in Station Road.


Lit and Deb


Last Thursday Jean Napier ARPS gave an excellent talk and photographic display of her work. Starting with “A tale of two rivers”, the Mawddach and Dyfi and the on to “Two Snowdon rivers” Glaslyn and Dwyryd. Alun John Richards compiled the text in each book, Jean did the photography. She explained clearly how human activity had changed the landscape including reference to the shipbuilding of the 16th century and the slate movements of the 19th century from Gwynfynydd to Bermo and the land to Cader Idris Creuglyn to Aberdyfi. The Snowdon rivers Glaslyn and Dwyryd to Porthmadog and the Cob. Ffestinniog railway from slates to tourists. Jean showed the stunning beauty of North West Wales, its mountains and rivers; something that everyone should enjoy, it is part of the heritage. The next meeting will be held in the Arts room where the speaker will be Professor G.H.Jenkins F.B.A. whose subject will be Iolo Morganwg.




Pastor Dawn Robinson would like tpo thank the owners of Sarn Faen caravan park for giving her the use of their pool on Sunday 13th February for Baptisms, it was a very good event which went with a splash!


How many loaves have you?


The Womens world Day of Prayer is organised by a different group of women each year on a theme and in a format  that is passed around the globe. This year the task has fallen to the women of Chile. There will be over 5000 services in 170 countries. In Barmouth the service will be held in Elim Pentecostal Church in Park Road at 11am on Friday 4th March. It will be led by Pastor Dawn Robinson and the speaker will be Monsignor Alex Robello.


Royal Wedding Street Party


It has been suggested that there could be a Royal Wedding Street Party near the junctions of Heol Y Llan, Heol Llwewelyn and Heol y Sarn.If you think it is a good idea and want to take part, wherever in town you live, please call Sam on 280481  or Rita Johnson Hunter. It’s a good chance to get together for a great party.


Waynes Crossing


A local resident called in to Communities first to say that he was having great difficulty using Waynes Crossing since the “Repair “ works were done recently  that resulted in his wheelchair being tipped at a dangerous angle on the approach to the crossing. Contact was made with the rail authorities who agreed that there was a problem and have promised to get the work re-done in the next few weeks.




Bermo Arts will be holding Open Auditions for their Summer Show on Wednesday 9th March at 7pm in Parlwr Mawr. They also welcome those who would like to take on the behind the scenes roles to go along and introduce themselves.



Barmouth Environmental and Conservation Group

On Thursday 3rd February a meeting was held to discuss present and future projects. A fenced off area for the children of Ysgol-y- Traeth has been created. A raised bed in a butterfly shape, benches, a wild flower area and a willow arch constructed with the children, make it look very interesting. Bushes, plants and wildflowers are to be planted to attract birds and insects. This should then provide a pleasant garden and outdoor classroom for the children where they can learn to protect their environment. Last autumn the brownies planted daffodils and bluebells and these are now appearing. Please do not pick! Boards have been placed along paths informing people of the importance of the brambles -for voles and small birds -and blackberries for all. Reed beds for warblers insects. Wildflowers for birds and bees butterflies. for amphibians and dragon flies, the group even has a visiting Heron and there are a great variety of birds nesting in the trees. Wern Mynach was once a saltmarsh where the monks from Cymer Abbey grazed their sheep in winter. An informal general meeting is to be held in the Parlwr Bach at 6.30 on Thursday 10th March with tea and biscuits. If you are interested in conservation, wildlife gardening or use the Wern for walking and want to see what’s going on and have your say please go along to the meeting.


 “Only Dads allowed” ( Photo Young parents at Barmouth’s Dads n Babies sessions)


The Dads and baby group held at the Communities First office in Barmouth meet on the first Friday of every month 09:30 – 11:30. Dads meet up for their own session which gives mum a bit of a break and allows them the opportunity to promote their baby’s development through play and socialisation.   Ann the health visitor is on hand to answer their questions and make the tea!




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Y Not EGM.

There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Y Not Drop In on Thursday 24th  Feb at 1pm in the meeting room behind the Revelation Bookshop in  ParkRoad. The main topic for discussion will be whether to move to this  venue  from the Communities First building since that venue will not be available after March. There will also be financial and committee reports and any other business that is brought up. All are welcome to attend and participate.

Radio Meeting

Wednesday 2nd March 6-30pm in Communities first office is the time set when local people can talk with Keith Murrel of Radio Cardiff about setting up some kind of station for Barmouth. It is likely that this would be an internet facility. If you want to make programmes or be involved in the operation of a local facility you are welcome to go along and explore the idea.

Hughs Views

 The Hugh’s views “St David’s Day” special event will begin in the main theatre at 11-30 but there will be coffee and tea available in the Arts Room from 10-30. At 12-3o there will be a break for a soup lunch during which a video of past carnivals will be shown then there will be another shorter session from the Community Gallery. Tickets may be available on the door, if not previously sold, out for £3. Tuesday 1st March


All that Jazz

Paul Cowley and a trio from the midlands will be entertaining crowds in the Arts Room on Friday night 25th February. If you want to be sure of a ticket 7you need to call Danny Jones on 01341  280903


Xolisiles song

Pronounced ‘Ko-lees-ees’ Song, this promises to be a visually stunning  show and possibly the most unusual production  seen on the stage of the Dragon. It is brought to Barmouth by  Dodgy Clutch Theatre Company  which is internationallyXrenowned ( This will be a midweek show on Wednesday 2nd March at 7-30pm. Tickets will cost £6.



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Fair Trade

A Free tea and coffee event will be held at the premises of Messrs Walter Lloyd Jones, High Street Barmouth  on Thursday 3rd March from 10am until 3pm.Fairtrade and Tradecraft products will be available to purchase. Local volunteers will be on hand to offer information about the growing range of products that can be classified as being suitable for these two brand marks. There will also be a raffle. You are invited to sample the tea and coffee for free

Light entertainment

If you have seen the Talk Talk trailers during X-factor you’ll recognise light drawing. If not, you might want to do a search online. Now Light drawing comes to Barmouth, as part of the Constellation project, on Thursday 24th February, Half Term week, 10am -12pm or 1pm-3pm at a cost of £2.00 each. In order to plan, the organisers would like to know how many will be going so it is advisable to book as there are limited spaces in each session. The sessions will be run by Ben and Jude who have done work for Harlech Theatr projects in the past. To book call the theatre on 281697

Hughs Views

The community gallery has been growing for the past four years and has over 318000 hits on the Internet site that is funded by Communities First. Some time ago Hugh Roberts, who has developed the gallery, managed the pictures and become effectively the community archivist for images, suggested that it would be good to do a fund raising event for the Dragon Theatre. Interest in the pictures and the memories that they stir continues to grow with new images being added regularly.  He suggested that St. David’s Day would be an ideal date. Allison Williams Manageress at the theatre has developed the idea. Hugh’s Views will start at 11.30, with a soup lunch served mid way through. Coffee will be available in the Arts Room from 10.30, with videos on screen including Vic Biddle’s carnival footage set to music & Charlie Brooks performing in ‘Our Day Out’ (80s). So that they can plan to cater this particular “ Hugh’s Views” will be a  ‘ticket only’ event at £3 per person inclusive. Please phone to reserve tickets and pay on the day, or call in to the theatre and buy in advance. All proceeds go to support the Dragon theatre.

Youth Centre Open Day

 On Wednesday 23rd February, during Half term there will be an open day at the Youth Centre that is located at the Pavilion Leisure Centre on the sea front. An open invitation is offered to everyone to go along and see the superb facility that is being developed there. A samba workshop, dance studio with the latest dance mat technology, craft workshop and many other facilities will be open for you to see between 12 noon and 4pm. All are welcome and entrance is free. A substantial expansion of services at the site is being planned by Gwynedd Youth Services and in addition a funding bid with Communities First would see an outreach worker being employed and additional services being added for individuals and young families up to the age of 25.

4th Friday Jazz

Singer and Blues Guitarist Paul Cowley returns to the Dragon Arts Room for another 4th Friday with a trio of musicians from the Midlands to show “ How Blues bands used to be” Entry will cost£7-50. These events have become so popular that a sell out is a frequent happening so, to be sure book early - call Danny Jones on 01341 280 903 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            01341 280 903      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Age Concern

Do you spend too much time on your own? Why not try Age Concern Day Centre, which is held in the communal Iounge at Hafan Deg, Park Road, Barmouth every Tuesday from until 2.30. It will be an opportunity for a chat, a laugh and a game of bingo, with good company. The cost is £6.00 and includes tea or coffee with biscuits morning and afternoon and a tasty cooked lunch. Transport will be provided. All areas are flat, so if you are a little unsteady on your legs you will be able to manage. Everyone will make you really welcome; Maxine and Pat will ensure you are comfortable. Please telephone Pat on (01341) 281641 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (01341) 281641      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.

Internet Radio

Last summer a number of people showed interest in developing an on line radio project for Barmouth at an event organised by the National Theatre of Wales. The theatre company are keen to reach out into the communities of Wales and offer help and support for arts projects.  Already they have run an actors workshop for Bermo Arts. They now offer the services of a musician and broadcaster from Cardiff who has set up a station there. He has offered to come up and meet a group of local people and discuss ideas with them and show them how he turned thoughts into action in Cardiff. If you would like to take part either as a broadcaster, writer, musician, technical team etc. please contact Martin at Communities First in Station road or call on 01341 281979 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            01341 281979      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. The meeting is likely to be around 2nd March, just awaiting confirmation

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Dragon Diary

The printed Dragon Diary is available at many distribution points around the town and is renewed on a monthly basis. Alternatively, the website includes a what’s on page, with a downloadable version of the diary to view or print. The website also allows the viewing of seating plans, provides information about room hire, the history of the building and more. The Dragon Theatre also has a facebook page, which can be viewed even if you are not a registered Facebook user. This is proving to be a valuable marketing tool for the events that take place, as links can be posted to film trailers and samples of music, for example. Facebook users can ‘like’ the page to receive automatic updates about what is happening at the theatre and community centre - they can also interact by posting reviews and comments about the events.

New Netball

Jo and Craig at The Pavilion have received a lot of interest in starting up Netball classes at the centre. They have decided to start running adult sessions on Friday evenings from 6pm till 7pm. If you fancy giving something new a try or if you are a seasoned player you can join the first session on Friday 11th February. For more details call the Pavilion on 280111.


The new President, Mair Jones, welcomed members to the first meeting of the New Year. Meirion was sung to the accompaniment of Blodwen Comerford. The President stated that 5 members were unable to attend the meeting sue to various ailments, including Mary Smallwood who had received hospital treatment whilst on holiday abroad. Three members had recently celebrated significant birthdays. The President also spoke of the death of Pam Walker, a former W.I. member. Members were informed that Victoria Smallwood has been promoted to Major and Cliff Jones, Mair’s son, has been promoted to Detective inspector in London. The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed. The President mentioned that there is a sewing club in Dyffryn and she was willing to collect monies from interested members at each monthly meeting. The County Letter and other correspondence were read out. There is a bingo night at Llanelltyd on Wednesday March2nd at 7pm and also Bingo at Llandrillo on Friday 15th April at 7-30pm. Scrabble will be on 7th March at 2pm at the Ship Hotel Dolgellau. Te Cymreig at the Victoria hotel, Llanbedr will be on 25th February at 2-30pm. The guest speaker at the meeting was Peter Gur talking about his “Glastonbury experiences”. The still pictures and video clips gave a small insight into life at the biggest festival in the world. Peter talked about the pros and cons of taking his family to Glastonbury over the years, the last visit being two years ago when his son was 13 years old. He was thanked, warmly by Doreen Gill. The raffle was won by Janet Davies and the flowers by Joan Holloway. The next meeting will be on  23rd February at which the guests  will be  Sarah Tibbits and Ifan Pugh.

Made in Dagenham

 An iconic film, set in a car factory, this is the dramatisation of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. It stars Sally Hawkins, Andrea Riseborough and Bob Hoskins. Well worth seeing, this is being shown at the Dragon Theatre on Friday, 11th February, it starts at 8pm but will finish in time for those needing to catch the train back across the water.


Lit and Deb

Mr Chris Crook BSc MBS FRGS, from Beddgelert, was the speaker at the meeting held on February 3rd in Parlwr Mawr. His formative years had been spent at Althorp, the ancestral home of the Spencer family where his father was the longest serving Butler Valet to the 7th Earl. He gave an interesting insight into life among the nobility. Chris also talked about   his many and varied hobbies with members such as mountaineering, canoeing, sailing, cooking, photography and travel. He had a large selection of slides to illustrate his many activities. The speaker was introduced by Rachel Cleaver, Chairman for the evening and thanked by Peter Leyden the groups Treasurer. The next meeting on Thursday 10th February will be addressed by Mrs Sue Alger, whose talk will be entitled, “Life in the muck”. Visitors are always welcomed.


 Bermo Arts message

Bermo Arts would like to apologise for the cancellation of James and the Giant Peach which was due to be performed on the 28th, 29th and 30th December. This was due to many factors including the inclement weather and cast illness. They have booked new dates for Easter performances as follows 20th April 7pm, 23rd April 2pm, 27th 7pm and 30th 2pm.  Reminder and booking details will be given nearer the time.

Internet know-how

With so many services closing their offices and transferring to the internet many find it hard to access the services and information they once took for granted. If the thought of searching the web for bus times, train fares, telephone numbers, goods or services confuses you Communities First can help. Spend two days learning the essentials about how to use the web safely and effectively. Find out how to compare prices, search for deals. Discover just how easy the internet is to use and how it can help you save a lot of money. Compare gas and electricity prices and much more. The sessions are free to anyone living or working in Barmouth. Contact the Communities First office in Station Road or call 01341 280979 for dates and details. Whatever your level of knowledge this is worth doing. You do not need to own a computer, what you learn can be done on the computers at Barmouth library.


The next visit by the Citizens Advice Bureau counsellor will be Monday 14th February between 10am and 1pm at the community room in the Communities First centre in Station Road. No appointment is needed, just drop in and explain what help you need. The service is free. The information point is also available daily from 9-30am till 4-30pm; it has a massive amount of information on 100’s of topics that you can access freely.




Do you spend too much time on your own? Why not try Age Concern Day Centre which is held in the communal lounge at Hafan Deg, Park Road, Barmouth every Tuesday from 10 until 2.30. It will be an opportunity for a chat, a laugh, a game of Bingo with good company.

The cost is £6.00 and includes tea or coffee with biscuits morning and afternoon with a tasty cooked lunch. Transport will be provided. All areas are flat so if you are a little unsteady on your feet you will be Able to manage. Evberyone will make you really welcome and Maxine and myself will ensure you are comfortable. Please telephone Pat on 01341 281641 for more information.


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U3A February Meeting.

The Monthly Meeting of the Barmouth U3A will be held at 2.00pm on Wednesday 9th February, in Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre. The meeting will start with the usual sales stall, together with a cup of tea & time to socialise. And as usual, new members, and those interested in seeing what the U3A gets up to are very welcome. The monthly presentations will maintain their standard of quality and variation, in that Valerie Land, a local artist of some renown will look at her many ways of looking at a single image. The theme of the talk will be ‘Interpretations’, and she will discuss what inspires her, and the materials and techniques that she uses, sprinkled with some amusing yarns along the way.

Help needed

The growing popularity of the North Wales Credit union, formerly known as Y Llechen, has created vacancies for more volunteers to help deal with the rising number of enquiries for the low cost loans that are offered by this members run organisation. At present the group open from 11am till 1pm in Barmouth on Thursdays at Communities First office.  Training is offered and the time commitment is just a couple of hours a month. For those looking to improve their employment prospects volunteering is a good thing to have on a C.V. If you would like to know more call into the office in Beach Road where Martin or Denise will be happy to answer questions.

Business assist

There are two schemes on offer to local businesses at the moment. One is a shop front improvement scheme that offers funding to improve the appearance of properties and to add bi-lingual signage where needed. The second scheme is a business health check. An independent advisor will be paid to carry out an assessment of any aspects that are giving you concern and offer options to move your enterprise forward. Separate from these schemes are the services of MANEG, which is the organisation that helps new businesses to set up, they offer guidance and support and a high degree of expertise. Application forms and contact details for all can be obtained from the Communities First office in Station Road.


All those books, C.D’s and DVD’s that you borrowed from the library and forgot to return can now be taken back under an amnesty which will run from 14th February till 26th March, a chance to clear your cupboards and conscience in one go.

Bermo Arts message

Bermo Arts would like to apologise for the cancellation of James and the Giant Peach which was due to be performed on the 28th, 29th and 30th December. This was due to many factors including the inclement weather and cast illness. They have booked new dates for Easter performances as follows 20th April 7pm, 23rd April 2pm, 27th 7pm and 30th 2pm.  Reminder and booking details will be given nearer the time.

Literary And Debating Society.

Last week the speaker was local man John Muston, who has had an interesting career in the army leading no fewer than 28 expeditions; to0 places as far away as Turkey, Nepal, Everest, the Canadian Arctic, Peru and Greenland. John’s skills include mountaineer8ng, and he describes himself as a moderate skier. He said that his favourite country is Greenland. The speaker, who was introduced by the Vice President, Michel Benson, took his audience on a tour of his favourite country, leading the expedition. Members were treated to slides showing wonderful scenery including ice capped mountains and glaciers. Many of the peaks have been given British names, such as Mount Harlech. Living in tents surrounded by wild scenery mostly bathed in brilliant sunshine in the company of many birds and animals such as the arctic fox created a vivid mental picture. The area is often known as the Arctic Riviera though devoid of tourists. It was indeed an enjoyable excursion to a land unknown by the audience. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Betty O’Dell, who said that she had flown over Greenland. The next meeting will be on 3rd February when the subject will be “Faith in the scientist” by Mr Chris Cook.




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Citizens Advice Bureau


If you would like to talk face to face with a C.A.B advisor you can drop in to the Communities First offices in Beach Road on Thursday 31st January from 10am till 1 pm without making an appointment. C.A.B. have obtained funding to be able to offer this fortnightly, Monday, service in Barmouth.  Appointments can be made to see an advisor in Dolgellau by calling the C.A.B.  help line . There is also a touch screen computer link in the Communities First building in Barmouth with free, confidential access every weekday 9-30 to 4-30.


Age Concern

Thanks are sent to everyone who supported or donated items for the Coffee Morning that was held at Hafan Deg on Tuesday 18th January. Your generosity enabled the group to achieve a grand total of £170-50.



After six years loyal service as Handyman at the Dragon theatre, Vic Court has decided to retire.  During that time he has been a vital member of the team that run the building with his ability to tackle a wide range of practical tasks. He will of course be a hard act to follow but if you possess the necessary skills and would like a few hours work on a regular basis please contact the Manager on 01341 281697.



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Xmas fayre

Hafod Mawddach would like to thank everyone who went along to support the xmas fayre, also a big thank you to those who helped and made donations towards it, it was a massive success raising £750 which will go to the residents amenity fund. The staff would also like to take this opportunity to thank those who support the home all year round especially the friends of Hafod Mawddach who work hard and give a lot of time supporting the care team. They and residents at Hafod Mawddach. wish you all a happy new year


On JANUARY 28th , “The Fourth Friday” events at the Dragon will start 2011 with a shared bill between Quercus Burlesque, & Paul Cowley together with Rob Venables. Quercus Burlesque are a quirky four piece band, showcasing vocals with instrumental accompaniment... humour & musicality featuring strongly in their songs.The second half of the night will be a return by a pair of firm favourites – Paul Cowley on blues guitar & vocals, together with Rob Venables on harmonica. Tickets will cost £7.50, & since the last show was a sell out, it is recommended that you contact Danny Jones, 01341 280903 to reserve your seat as soon as possible.

Literary and Debating Society
Members of the Society were delighted to be joined at their meeting on January 13th by Colin Havercroft, who spoke movingly of his joy to be back after suffering severe strokes in October 2009. The evening was Chaired by Mrs Val vine and was based on “Desert island Discs”. The “Castaway” was David Clayton, a former President and Honorary Secretary of Lit and Deb, whose working career had been spent in the Royal Navy. The audience was intrigued by the description of his early service in ships and shore establishments abroad, especially in H.M.S. Birmingham, engaged in the Korean war. David spoke of his enduring fascination with Japan, the beauty of its countryside and his interest in its spoken language. Rather nearer home he mentioned his families connection with Merioneth which had begun in the 1920’s, before he was born.. He had met his wife Gwenda in Bontddu in 1947 and they had married in Dolgellau in 1955 eventually making their home in Barmouth in 1980. The talk was interspersed with music including songs by Mendelsohn, Schubert , Grieg and more rumbustuous pieces by Strauss and Acker Bilk. The President, Barry Rampton, thanked David, warmly, for his talk, which had interested everyone present very much indeed. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 19th January in the Arts room, the occasion being the Inter- Societies Annual Quiz

Save The Children
Thew local branch of the charity would like to thank all those who braved the weather over Christmas to attend Carols at Davey Jones’ Locker. A total of £172-20 was raised and a very merry evening was had. The Christmas Hamper was also drawn and a further £150 was added to the pot. Thanks also go to everyone who continues to support the work of the local fund raisers in a million little ways.

Burns Night
Local musician and organiser Barry Lim has drawn together a number of talented local people to create a night of Traditional Scottish music to mark Burns Night. To make the occasion complete there will be haggis, ceremonially piped in at the Last Inn on Tuesday evening 25th January.

Singing for fun

The U3A Singing for Fun group did exactly that over the Christmas period when they visited Hafod Mawddach to sing for the residents. A medley of old songs and carols were performed and the faces of residents lit up when they recalled, word for word, some of the songs and joined in with gusto. Martin Barrow accompanied them on the piano and it was heartening to witness their sheer enjoyment. Have you ever thought how good singing is for you? If you can hold a note – why not join? The group meets once a month (at 2 p.m. on the third Wednesday) in the Dragon theatre to sing their hearts out. From church choirs to karaoke, singing is known to lift people’s spirits – and it could be good for your health too! The research available on singing identifies some key physical benefits. It exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, promotes health, breathing, circulation and digestion and leads to increased alertness. It’s also been said that improved airflow in the upper respiratory tract is likely to lessen the opportunity for bacteria to flourish there, countering the symptoms of colds and flu. In fact, there is nothing like singing for generating that feel-good factor and as Ella Fitzgerald once said – ‘The only thing better than singing is more singing!’ If you’d like to know more, contact Evelyn Richardson on 01341 250 438 or simply go along just for fun!



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The last meeting, the Christmas Party, was held at The Min y Mor Hotel where members enjoyed an excellent meal. The retiring President, Mari O Rourke, handed over the Badge of Office to President for 2011 Mair Jones. Both Rose Morris and Christine Leese have been re-elected as Treasurer and Secretary respectively. Members were pleased to hear that the church at Penrhyndeudraeth was filled with W.I. voices at the County Carol Service. After singing14 carols members were given a much appreciated cup of tea and mince pie .Unfortunately the Group ArtroCarol Service had to be cancelled due to weather conditions in the area. The Entertainment which followed was hilarious!! Beginning with some disorientated carol singers who were hardly in unison. This was followed by a more sedate monolouge. There was  then the crowning item presented by the inimitable entertainment committee which was a send-up of "Strictly"  with Val and Mari scoring most points, A truly flourishing finish to a memorable evening. Next meeting on 26th January speaker will be Peter Gurr (Kiwi )who will show slides and talk about his "Glastonbury Experience"   New members and friends always welcomed. There will be a committee meeting on  21 Jan at 7pm

Lit and Deb Society

The first meeting of the New Year was the Vice Presidents Evening at which the VicePresident Michel Benson talked about one of the main events of 2010. This being the National Theatre of Wales commissioned production, ”For mountain sea and sand” created by Artistic Director Marc Rees. The work involved performances at various locations around the town during two weeks last summer. Having played a small p[art in the production Mr Benson described the performances in the absence of Marc Rees who had been unable to reach Barmouth. Two of Barmouth’s young actors, Elis Matthews and Jack Rendell spoke about the parts they played too. In the general discussion that followed all agreed that “For mountain sea and sand had been a great credit to Barmouth. A vote of thanks was given by Shelia Cole. The next event on the programme will be Desert Island Discs presented by Mrs Val Vine M.B.E. on Thursday 13th January.

Buffs Kids Party

The organisers of the Buffs Christmas party for children would like to thank all the people who helped and all the kids and parents who took part to make it as great party that packed the club. Special thanks go to Andy Nimmo, Stan Stebbings, Ray Mercer and Malcolm Tookey for getting it up and running, thanks also go to Mandy and staff and the girls who made the buffet.  The club are grateful to the Co-op and to MP Wholesale, the Mermaid Chippy, Jones Butchers, Shirley North , the milk bar and for the donations from Cader Idris Lodge, lodge members and anyone who has not been mentioned.  The Club are looking forward to next year when they will welcome kids to the best party in Barmouth.

Jean Lloyd Jones

Jeans many friends and relatives in Barmouth will be saddened to hear of her sudden passing on December 23rd in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital Pontypridd. She had retained close ties with Barmouth despite having moved away many years ago, she remained a regular visitor and stayed well informed of the towns activities.Her funeral was held on January 12th in Salem Chapel Tonteg and followed by committal at Glyn Taff cemetery. There was a request that money in lieu of flowers be given to the RNLI care of Castle Court Funeral Home, Castle Street Pontypridd CF371TA.

Christmas Coffee Morning


One of the victims of the snow was the Coffee Morning planned by Age Concern Barmouth, the group have decided to hold the event on January 18th from 10-30 till noon in the Communal Lounge of Hafan Deg. All proceeds go to the local group , everyone is welcome to go along and join in the post Christmas fun.




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How about trying something new for the New Year, the Pavilion Leisure Centre are offering gymnastics  sessions for 4 to 7 yrs olds and separate sessions for 8 to 11 yrs olds. They will be held at the Pavilion on Sundays. To sessions planned for the younger group are from  1pm till 1-45 and also 1-45 till 2-30. The session for the older kids is from 2-30 till 3-30. There are limited spaces available and you need to book by calling in at the centre or calling them on 01341 280111

Pen Pals

There are all sorts of collectors clubs, a local young man would like to create a pen collectors group. His particular interest is pens with company names or logos. If you would be interested in setting up a group for sharing and exchanging you can leave a message for Craig Dobbins at the Communities First office in Station Road If you have computer skills and would be able to help set up a web site that would be a bonus.



Barmouth News 12-12-10


Time Bank Morning

The Time Bank will be  holding a Sherry & Mince Pie morning at the Parlwr Mawr of the  Dragon Theatre on Thursday 23rd December . 9.30 - 1400 hrs. There will also be a jewellery stall, raffle, teas, coffee etc. This will be another chance to find out what a time bank is and what it can do for you. Anyone of any age can get involved and trade their interests and abilities. If you still have no idea what this is all about go along for a simple explanation.


Ardudwy community theatre’s youth drama group have put together an energetic Christmas story with loads of colour, music and dance so it is sure to be fun for all ages. There will be two shows one on Friday 17th at 7pm in the Dragon Theatre and another at 2pm on Saturday 18th at 2pm. Tickets will cost £5 and £4 for concessions.

James and the giant peach

Bermo Arts production for the gap between Christmas and New Year is a real family show with plenty of action and colour to keep everyone interested. Show will be in the Dragon Theatre on Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th with evening shows at 7pm on the 28th and 30th  while the 29th will be a matinee at 2pm . Tickets can be booked in advance by calling the box office on 281697, they will cost £6 and £3 children’s.

Communities First

At the meeting on Tuesday last the Partnership voted to not to continue with the acquisition of the old youth centre on Talbot square, it was felt that there were insurmountable difficulties that could not be resolved with the current owners, Gwynedd Council.  The future of the building is now in question. Communities First have also been advised by Gwynedd Council who currently host the staff of the Partnership that they will need to secure alternative accommodation by March 31st 2011 as the building they presently occupy in Station road is to be disposed of by Gwynedd Council. Various options are being considered. Communities First are currently working on a project to greatly increase the use of the Pavilion  leisure centre and will work in Partnership with Gwynedd  Youth Services to locate a wider range of services for young people and families in the newly formed youth centre section that houses the Youth Club. Other projects will see health and sport connections being strengthened for cooperative working between the Health Board and the Leisure Services in the  rest of the building. At a time of considerable challenges the Partnership are forging some strong working partnerships that will further support the town and its services.

Service times

On 19th December there will e Carols by candlelight at 6pm in St John’s Church which will be followed by mince pies and mulled wine. On Christmas eve the service at St Mary’s Llanaber will take place at 7pm. Midnight Mass at St John’s will commence at 11-30pm then on Christmas Day the 11am service will be held in St David’s. On Sunday 26th December there will be a service in St Mary’s Llanaber at 9-30am.

Barmouth and Dyffryn Line Dance group.

On Friday 3rd December the dancers held their annual Christmas Lunch once again at the Tal y Don hotel. The food as usual was excellent and everyone was well satisfied. After the meal Alan gave a glowing vote of thanks to the dedicated M.C’s,   Margaret and Dennis who were then presented with a gift towards which everyone had contributed. The dancers then made their way to the RAOB club for the usual Friday Tea Dance where seas0nal music contributed to the happy atmosphere. Sequence and ballroom dancing takes place every Friday at 2pm at either RAOB club Barmouth or Dyffryn village hall. The cost is £2, which includes tea and biscuits. Dancers and potential dancers are welcomed, for further information contact Margaret or Dennis on 01341 430236.

 Trust Fund closing

 The Communities First Trust Fund has put £200000 per year into the funds of local groups and organisations. There is no guarantee that this particular fund will continue after this year as Government funding is constantly being tightened. If you are a local group that works in and for the benefit of the people of Barmouth you can apply for funds for specific items that would further enable your group to help the community.  Time is running out, applications need to be in by early in January so please talk to Denise or Martin as soon as possible if you think you may wish to apply.


 The Housing Survey that is being carried out to determine the future housing needs of the community relies on local residents returning their survey forms in order that a true and representative picture can be formed. 1300 surveys were sent to households, a steady flow of them is returning to the Communities First office but many more are needed. Some may think that the survey will not benefit them, however, the aim is to plan for the future and no one knows quite what that may have in store so it is important that all who are able, contribute to this project. Spare forms are available from the Communities First office if they have been lost and it is to there that they can be returned.


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Survey returns

In order to be able to create realistic results that reflect the needs of Barmouth as a whole Communities First need to get as many as possible of the 1300 housing surveys that were sent out returned for inclusion in the evaluation. Everyone is asked to read through the form and complete sections that are relevant to their situation. The aim of the study is to find peoples present and future needs so that planners, builders and landlords can be persuaded to provide the type of accommodation that residents want.

Late night shopping

Last Thursday’s event was a colurful and enjoyable evening when people of the town came out to enjoy the spectacle of the towns lights and decorations. The children were enthralled by the Christmas tree in Talbot square . Music at locations around town provided points of interest as did the  Santa’s Grotto and various stalls . The event was coordinated by Cllr Lark Davies , she would like to thank everyone who helped, too many to list individually in this column. She also stressed that thanks go to those who went out on a cold night to support the event and the traders of the town.

Care to share

An idea has been suggested whereby people who have caring responsibility could come together and provide active support to one another. The thought being that an informal small group could bring together those for whom they care to provide some companionship and that by taking turns each carer could have an afternoon free to re-charge their energy. Clearly this would have to be carefully thought through but if you would like to explore this idea further please talk to Denise or Martin in the Communities First office in Station road or call them on 01341 280979.

Bonfire views

PCSO Kath lake Bullen and Fire Station Officer Steve Morris have drawn together pictures from the Bonfire Night event and created a public display in the window of Aber house at the junction of High Street and Church street. They have also taken the opportunity to put a list of thanks to sponsors and helpers. 

Buff’s Party

The annual and very famous Buffs Children’s Christmas Party will be held at he RAOB Buffs Club on Saturday 18th December throughout the afternoon. There will be free entry for children who will have the chance to meet Father Christmas, receive presents and play party games. The planning and effort that goes into this event is legendary so it is a must for all the smaller residents of the town..


Age Concern invites you to a Christmas Coffee Morning on Tuesday 21st December in the communal lounge at Hafan Deg at 10.30am. There will be many items for sale. The 50p entrance charge will include refreshments. We hope you will be able to attend and look forward to seeing you for a pre Christmas get together.

Go Wales

If you are a graduate and would like to take on further training within the business you own or work for you could get help of up to £1500 for a 50% contribution to the costs.  Your degree need not be a recent one and the training that you undertake need not be related to anything done before, you may be looking to add additional skills or take your business in a different direction. For Further information look on the website or contact Martin at Communities First.

Bingo bonanza

The Ysgol y Traeth  bingo night raised a massive £540  which will now be matched by Barclays Bank  bringing the total to £1080, under a community scheme that they operate to support  local groups. Organisers wish to than Karen and Jane for their help in making the night so much fun for everyone.


Fundraisers and crew members braved the icy elements on Thursday 2nd December to gather in the Lifeboat house on a windswept promenade at Barmouth.  A thank-you coffee-morning had been arranged to acknowledge the hard work and dedication put in by members of the Fundraising Committee over the year. 

Coxswain Peter Davies gave a vote of thanks to the fundraisers for their efforts whose valuable support, he said, helps to raise funds to train and equip the volunteer lifeboat crew.  With the Lifeboat flag lowered to half-mast, the coxswain also had the sad duty of informing the gathering that Cedric Griffith, a former coxswain of the Barmouth Lifeboat, had passed away earlier that morning.  Cedric was a crewmember between 1981 and 1993 and a popular coxswain from 1991 to 1993. Peter asked those present to stand for a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for their former Cox and friend.

Lifeboat Mechanic Llew Griffin showed a short film, a compilation of lifeboat ‘shouts’ across the UK.  This was an excellent way of raising awareness of exactly what is involved when our lifeboats put to sea.  Those present were able to see some of the atrocious conditions the crews have to endure and some of the dangerous situations in which these selfless volunteers can find themselves when saving lives at sea. Wendy Ponsford, Chairman of the Fundraising Committee, offered a special vote of thanks to June Davies who manages the RNLI souvenir shop.  June reported that a total of £29,541.45 (£16,838.63 of which was profit) had been taken over the counter in sales of souvenirs during 2010.  June also thanked the volunteers who man the shop throughout the summer season.  She noted that, because of illness of some volunteers this year, a dedicated few had put in extra shifts and further thanks should go to them.  If you would be interested in helping out with an occasional voluntary two-hour shift in the souvenir shop next year, you can do so by contacting June Davies on 01341 280 532. Future events include the SOS sponsored walk on Friday 28th January 2011.  Because of the tide on that day, this ‘Saunter on the Sands’ will be shorter than last year. It will be followed by a thank-you bowl of soup at the Lifeboat house afterwards. The coxswain added a reminder that some of the RNLI crew will again be taking a New Year’s Day dip in the sea at about 11 a.m. on January 1st.  This is to be followed by a well-earned and warming barbecue. So if you are planning a New Year’s Day walk along the promenade – stop off to enjoy the crew’s discomfort!

 The canon will also be fired on this day in memory of ex-coxswain Keith Allday and crew member Allan Massey who so tragically lost their lives in Barmouth harbour six years ago.

Dragon Theatre

An Auction Day, held on Saturday 4th December raised over £800 for the funds of the theatre. Melville Penzer thanked Val Vine and all the volunteers who had manned the auction, stalls refreshments and raffle which together raised the amount. Raffle winners were Mary Smallwood, Jean Priestly, Ray Chamberlaine, Evan Williams, Denise Bott and Shelia Jason. Thanks are sent to all who supported.



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Hughs Views

 The next episode of Hughs Views will be on Monday 6th December at 10am in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre. There are even more new pictures being added to the community gallery. The event, as always is funded by Communities First with the proceeds of the refreshments going to the Theatre funds. Hugh as always gives his time and effort free, Communities First would like to thank him for his great efforts during the year and to thank all those who have contributed to the gallery and enjoyed the results. This year has seen great activity with the gallery and local residents playing a substantial part in the development of the, “For mountain Sea and Sand” event that was produced by the National Theatre of Wales.

Peter Karrie

West End musical star Peter Karrie will be in Barmouth for one night only at the Dragon Theatre where he will perform music from the shows in which he has taken part and will be talking about Episodes in his life on stage. It is an amazing chance to see a top grade singer  without having to travel vast distances and at a price that won’t break anyone’s bank.  Friday 3rd December, 7-30pm. Tickets £8,£7,£6 Phone 013241281697 for details and to book.

Theatre auction

Saturday 4th December there will be a full day event to raise funds for the Dragon Theatre. Starting at 10-30am there will be a Christmas Fair with Craft and charity stalls , there will also be refreshments including a soup lunch for £2. Then at 2pm there will be an auction of various items that have been donated for sale. Further details from Allison Williams on 01341 281697

U3A November Meeting.

The Barmouth U3A met on the 10th November for their Monthly Gathering at Parlwr Mawr in the Dragon Theatre. Following the usual tea & biscuits & monthly Bring & Buy sale, Norma Stockford gave an extremely professional presentation on the Three Peaks Race…its history, from when it was set up, to the present day, with its logistical, financial & administrative complexities. An idea thought of by two local G.P’s over 30 years ago, & inspired by an explorer who happened to live locally has continued to provide motivation and an example to thousands of sailors, & to bring the little seaside town of Barmouth to the attention of the international yachting world. Numerous questions followed, which Norma answered with a smile on her face, in her usual good-humoured, efficient manner. The U3A’s Christmas Party will take place at 6.00pm, on Wednesday 8th December, in the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre. Food & entertainment will be on hand, & a good time will be had by all.


Parish of Llanaber with Barmouth,and Caerdeon with Bontddu.

 Christmas services and children's activities. A messy church will be held in St Johns church Barmouth on Friday 3RD of December at 3-30pm.An event not to be missed. Messy church is lots of fun with crafts worship and supper. Please come and join us and fill the church with song and laughter, children must be accompanied by an adult, this event is free and open to all, a great way to start your Christmas celebrations.

A Help the Heroes service will be held in St Johns on Dec.5th at 11­am.please come and support our brave troops serving abroad. The collection will go to the Help the Heroes fund. During Advent there will be a compline by candlelight service in St David’s on the quay, Sunday 5th Dec at 6pm. Carol services .St Philips Caerdeon, Sunday 12th Dec.6pm. St Johns Barmouth Carols by Candlelight 19th Dec 6pm

Christmas eve, St Marys Llanaber 1pm.Midnight Mass 11 pm. St John’s Christmas day St David’s l1am .Sunday 26th Boxing day St Mary’s 9-30 am.


If your bin bags are regularly attacked by seagulls you can contact Phil Jones at Gwynedd Council Dolgellau and he will supply a seagull proof Hessian bag that bin bags can be put into. It is an effective way of preventing rubbish from being spread all over the area.

On the right path

 Barmouth Environmental Conservation Group along with the Gwynedd Council Conservation Warden have now completed the creation of a new path on Wern Mynach. The path runs through an area previously cleared by  the Cultivations Charity who work with a range of community organisations on projects that enable disadvantaged people to work with community volunteers and develop their skills. The extended  path now enables users of the area to get all the way round the site and make use of the whole area..


President Mari O`Rourke welcomed Members, and reported that she and Rose had visited Nansi Dedwydd in the Home at Tremadog.  An author writing the history of the W.I. had requested use of photos from the Communities First Community gallery which is often referred to as the Hugh`s Views Website. Doreen Gill read the minutes and letters, then money and names were collected for the Christmas Party on Dec 16th. Pam Payton will be Link Delegate to Liverpool for 2011 National A.G.M. Annual Reports were given: Autumn Council, Mair Jones, Treasurer Rose Morris Savings, Liz Roberts Home Economics, Angela Jones Sports Sheila Davies & Pam Payton, Arts Festival Angela Jones, and Community Centre Christine Leese. Sybil Jones proposed adoption of all the reports. The President reported on other activities and thanked everyone for their work and support. The new committee for 2011 was voted in with Mair Jones as President. Mari thanked tea hostesses Val Vine, Veneta Bath and Susan Wallace, and the raffle was won by Joan Holloway, and Flowers by Blodwen Comerford. Next meeting is the Christmas Party Dec 16th.

BRIG Award

Barmouth Resort Improvement Group were recently nominated for the Green List Wales 2010 Award and were one of the winners. There are 52 winners from across the whole of Wales BRIG  were 1 of only 3 in Gwynedd. Rhian Williams  and Will Huntley went to an event in Llangollen where they were presented the certificate on behalf of the group. Formed in 2007, Barmouth Resort Improvement Group is a small progressive not for profit group of people from the local area, who are committed to the common goal of improving the town. They aim to achieve this in a radical and ambitious way  for example by running projects that range from the simple tidying of neglected small areas to full blown resort changing projects that could make Barmouth a leader in sustainability within the region. They have already delivered a dolphin water feature, Palm trees along the Promenade and rejuvenated the railway station, creating a more attractive environment, and have bold plans for the future. Further information about BRIG and their plans can be seen on their website:

Alice in wonderland

Puppetry, song and dance are the media through which this fantastic tale is told by the Oxfordshire Theatre Company at the Dragon Theatre on Thursday 9th December. This is a show for all the family. Tickets will cost £6,£5, £,4, for the 7pm performance. A chance to let your imagination run wild.

Literary and Debating Society

Ynys is a village that most people must have passed through on their way north from Harlech. Mr Robert Hughes, already well known to the Society was introduced by Mr Michel Benson. He gave a ery interesting talk about the history of Ynys. There is evidence, from the 12th century showing  that indeed Ynys was an island and an important port, being the nearest one  to Harlech castle. By the C19th it had become a very popular holiday destination with many places offering accommodation. At this time there was a ferry service to Borth y Gest and Porthmadog. The evening concluded with the vote of thanks being delivered by Mrs Sheila Coles. The next meeting on Thursday 2nd December will be the members own evening with musical memories presented by Colin Havercroft.

Christmas Fayre

There will be a Christmas Fayre in Hafod Mawddach, Retirement home in Marine Road Barmouth  on Friday 10th December from 3pm till 4-30pm, everyone is invited to go along and see Santa’s Grotto, to take part in the raffle and tombola and see the Help for Heroes stall. A warm welcome awaits you t

December meet for U3A

The Monthly Meeting of the Barmouth U3A will be somewhat different this month, due to the arrival of Christmas in the near future. The date will be Wednesday, 8 December, but the time will be 6.00pm, with 10pm being an approximate time for finishing. The venue will be the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre, instead of Parlwr Mawr. This will be a party, with an entry charge of £3.00 a head, to cover the cost of food and tea and coffee. Those desperate to bring their own alcohol are invited to do so. And there will be entertainment and general fun and frolics. Those attending will enjoy themselves! If you intend coming along, please contact Evelyn Richardson 0341 250428, to help with food numbers, and also those needing help with transport. 


DECEMBER 10th 2010, The Fourth Friday events at the Dragon will come in party style early in December, with Boogie Bill's Billionaires, and a welcome return visit by the Bung Bungs. The Billionaires is a fun and foot-tapping piano-led trio, with the musicians living out their love of the 40's and 50's jump-jive and swing era, as well as having a good romp through some more down and dirty boogie and blues. Bill Roberts on piano will be joined by Laura Andrews on vocals and Paul Froggatt on tenor sax. The ever popular Bung Bungs from Machynlleth will be in doubt they will bring some of their fans with them to join in the party. Tickets will be £10.00 and will include a finger have been pretty full recently, so to make sure that you get in, telephone Danny Jones...01341 280903


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The Ysgol y Traeth annual bingo night is this year to be sponsored by Barclays Bank. This event is organised by the Friends of The School as part of their annual fund raising programme. This fun night will, this year, take place at the school on November 30th at 7pm. Doors open at 6-30 . if anyone would like to donate prizes  they will be gratefully received on the night or in advance by contacting the school.

Time Bank

The Time Bank Coffee morning, held in the Parlwr Mawr was a great success with the raffle yielding some great prizes. This event received generous support from Blakemores, Iceland and from the Cooperative stores in Barmouth. The organisers wish to acknowledge the generosity in supporting this new community venture.

Theatre Management Committee

The monthly Management meeting was held on Monday 15th November with Melville Penzer in the Chair. He reported that the six who would become Directors  had met with Mike Williams of the Wales Cooperative Centre and had signed the necessary forms and submitted the Articles of Association to establish the new company. It will be known as Dragon Barmouth Ltd. Allison Williams gave her Managers report detailing a very busy schedule of events for November and an even busier time ahead in December. This will include Ysgol y Traeth Christmas Concert and the Bermo Arts Club play along with professional productions. She also reported on the maintenance and servicing work that is proving to be costly. In the Treasures report, Geraldine Vincent also reflected the high cost of running the theatre and centre.

Fund raiser

 There will be a fund raising event on Saturday 4th December, at the Dragon Theatre, of crafts, refreshments and a  raffle which will culminate in an auction. Articles to be sold for the benefit of theatre funds would be welcomed at the theatre. Please contact Allison Williams on 01341 81697for more details.

Late Night Shopping Fun

This year there will be a night of community  fun and celebration in town to welcome Christmas. The event will be held on the evening of Thursday 2nd December. The evening will begin at 5-45  with the ringing of the bells of St John’s Church, to be followed by the switching on of the Christmas lights on Talbot Square by the Mayor  who will be joined by children singing carols. The Fire Engine and the RNLI members will be on Cors y Gedol car park and there will be a Santa’s Grotto in the Barmouth hotel. Later the choir will sing at the Tal y Don. Around town there will be Gwynfor’s Silver Band, Rob’s Music, Batala Bermo a Wizard Town Crier, face painting, mulled wine and lots more. Posters around town will have the details and times.


 The next census will be taken in 2011, this is an opportunity for local people to take on a variety of paid jobs. To get more details have a look at the, about 150 people are needed across North Wales for these posts. If you do not have Internet access you can go on line at the library or call in to Communities First office where the staff will try to help access the information.

Graham Pickton

On Wednesday afternoon Llanaber Church was packed with friends and relatives for a celebration of the life of Graham Pickton. This followed a private cremation at Aberystwyth earlier in the day. Many present commented on the wonderful atmosphere at the service. Graham had held Barmouth in great esteem from the days in his youth and later when he had enjoyed summer breaks from university working on the Crossville buses. Many years later he retired to Llanaber with Beryl his wife and became an active member of the community and a stalwart member of the Literary & Debating Society and the Gardening club, the size of the congregation paid testimony to his popularity. At a tea party held in the Dragon Theatre, following the service, Graham’s daughter Clare and her brother had created a montage of photographs which many said gave the feeling that Graham was still there amongst them.


The main objectives of Pass Plus Cymru Courses is to encourage young drivers, particularly those in the 17 – 25 year old category to improve their driving skills, lessen the chances of being involved in a collision, injuring themselves, passengers and other road users. It is an enhanced version of the standard Pass Plus course and is supported by the Driving Standards Agency. PPC courses are organised by Gwynedd Council and supported by partner agencies. A course ran in Barmouth on 15th November with 7 candidates. In this instance it was arranged by Barmouth Police and Fire officers and  funded by Communities First.  A very good, informative and impactive course was presented by Meurig Jones at Barmouth Fire Station. Thanks go to the two Fire Officers who were involved, Steve Morris, Watch Manager who has done a lot of work over the years to develop young drivers safety awareness and Roy Parker. It is anticipated that another course will be offered in the spring. If you would like to take part please contact either P.C.S.O. Kath Lake Bullen, Steve Morris or the Communities First office.

Literary & debating Society

“The working life of a dance band musician in the 50’s and 60’s “ was the subject of a talk by Mr Carlton Jackson on 18th November. There were 22 members present with Mr Derek Gladstone in the Chair. Mr Jackson had taken up the trumpet at the age of 13, his choice of instrument was decided by the £25 in his pocket at the time. He joined amateur bands before playing in R.A.F. military bands during his national service. After studying part time at the Birmingham Conservatoire, as it is now called, he successfully auditioned for the Teddy Foster band and later Ronny Hancock’s band. The speaker described, often in humorous detail, his sessions playing for dancing at Filey and at Weston-Super-Mare which could go on until 2am in the morning. The talk was illustrated with nostalgic recordings of the big bands of that era. Mrs Rita Gladstone thanked Mr Jackson for an extremely informative and clearly presented talk which evoked fond memories of the ballroom.

The next meeting will be on Thursday 25th November when Mr Robert Hughes will speak on, “The history of Ynys”

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U3A November Meeting

The Barmouth U3A met on the 10th November for their Monthly Gathering at Parlwr Mawr in the Dragon Theatre. Following the usual tea & biscuits & monthly Bring & Buy sale, Norma Stockford gave an extremely professional presentation on the Three Peaks Race…its history, from when it was set up, to the present day, with its logistical, financial & administrative complexities. An idea thought of by two local G.P’s over 30 years ago, & inspired by an explorer who happened to live locally has continued to provide motivation and an example to thousands of sailors, & to bring the little seaside town of Barmouth to the attention of the international yachting world. Numerous questions followed, which Norma answered with a smile on her face, in her usual good-humoured, efficient manner. The U3A’s Christmas Party will take place at 6.00pm, on Wednesday 8th. December, in the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre. Food & entertainment will be on hand, & a good time will be had by all!


On NOVEMBER 26th 2010, “The Fourth Friday” events at the Dragon will continue their programme of quality acoustic blues, with an evening in the company of Jim Crawford. Jim, who readily admits that he’d rather go fishing with his dog for company than enter a recording studio, has, none the less, toured much of the USA and Europe, captivating audiences with his intimate blues style. A contemporary of Wizz Jones and Tom Doughty, he first came to the attention of a wider blues audience, when invited to record a session for the BBC’s Paul Jones Show. In support will be Nick’s Old Time  eclectic mix of banjos, guitars, fiddles and more, guaranteed to get your feet tapping. Since the last show was a sell out, and this night promises to be extremely popular once again, it is recommended that you contact Danny Jones, 01341 280903 to reserve your ticket.

Gwynedd’s Got Talent

Have you got what it takes to stand out from the crowd? Are you a musician, performer, stand up comedian.  If you want to take a challenge you can enter the first round of Gwynedd’s got talent at Theatr Harlech on Tuesday 23 November. It costs £2 to enter. The final will be on December 11th with a first prize of £100. More details are on the theatres website.

Not Open Day

The Open Day that was being planned for November 20th at the Youth Club in the Pavilion leisure centre has been postponed to the New Year. Some of the events that the organisers had hoped to provide on this day will not be available and they feel it better to organise another event and give participants plenty of advance notice.

Bonfire Night

The hard work put in by Kath Lake Bullen and Rita Johnson along with members of the emergency services and  local people resulted in a spectacular and safe bonfire night event. Local people generously donated over a £1000 pounds on the night to enable the organisers to plan for next year with confidence.  Food provided by Nina Huntley and cooked by the yacht Club members was greatly appreciated by the people who went along to watch the show. The Lantern Parade accompanied by Barmouth‘s own Samba band gave a unique and lively twist to the event. Everyone involved should be congratulated on the great result of their hard work.

Barmouth Arts Festival


The A.G.M. of the Festival was held on Monday 8th November, having been a successful event in 2010, showing a profit to be added to the reserves. It was therefore agreed to stage another Festival in 2011on the dates of 3rd-10th September. Ideas for the programme were discussed. Officers elected were: President Roy Treherne, Chairman Melville Penzer, Vice Chairman Sue Slater, Treasurer David Clay, Stage Manager and Programme Secretary Melville Penzer, Minutes Secretary Val Vine, Press Secretary Martin Williams.

Gymdeithas Gymraeg

Members enjoyed a wonderful musical evening on Wednesday 10th November. Chairman John Willams introduced, and later thanked the talented group PUMSAIN, a groups of five ladies from the Tywyn and Machynlleth area. Their voices blended well and their choice of songs was much appreciated. The raffle was won by Lillian Edwards , the tea and scones were, as ever organised by Megan Vaughan. John Williams has agreed to represent the Gymdeithas on the Arts Festival committee, replacing Mair Jones who has retired.

Credit union

Rules have changed at the Y Llechen Credit Union to allow faster processing of loans and has removed the need for people to be members for a qualifying period. This means that first time loans can often be processed within two weeks. The AGM of the Credit union will be held in Bangor later this month at which it is hoped there will be a vote in favour of a merger with four other Credit Unions . If passed that will result in a great increase in the number and variety of services being offered to members. The Credit Union currently operates on Thursday mornings between 11am and 1pm from the Communities First office in Station Road. Leaflets and application forms can be collected during normal office hours.  The Welsh Assembly Government support credit unions as a method of delivering low cost credit as an alternative to doorstep lenders and loan sharks. Often people without bank accounts have difficulty accessing affordable credit, Credit unions are available to everyone. As with all finance organisations several forms of identification and proof of address are needed when opening an account.

Peter Karrie

West end musical star Peter Karrie will be performing at Barmouth’s Dragon Theatre for one night only on Friday December 3rd. This is an opportunity to see an international performer singing songs from the shows and talking about his career in the intimate atmosphere of the Dragon. Tickets are already available for reservations by calling the box office on 01341 281697

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    Our President welcomed members and visitors to the October meeting. "Meirion" was sung accompanied by Blodwen Comerford     Apologies were received from Val  Ann,Sybil, Janet,Glenys, and Pat. Sad news that Jane Griffiths would be leaving Barmouth soon, also that a previous long time member Freda Hancock has died.  Best wishes were given to Birthday Girls for the coming month.  Doreen read the Minutes which were confirmed and signed. Bingo sessions were starting again in Nov. at Llanelltyd, also Scrabble has started. Harlech has adopted their railway station platform,   cleaning and decorating it, photos are on Arriva web site.  Brethyn Cartref is now available.  The Resolution for this year to be  taken to the Albert Hall is that we object to the closure of public toilets. Details are available for Computer Courses. Sunday 12th Dec a Carol service will be held at  Penrhyndeudraeth and on 17th at Llanfair All welcome. A letter of thanks to helpers at the Arts Festival in September ,a donation from the organizers was gratefully received. Mair Jones gave a report on Group Artro`s activities, the Summer Fair will be held in Barmouth again next year following the success this year. The Christmas Dinner will be held this year at Min y Mor on December 16th and on the 4th Dec there will be an Auction in the Arts room at the Dragon theatre at 11 am Goods beforehand but no electrical items.  Mari introduced the guest of the evening Carol Harvey, Hairdresser and Aroma therapist who is due to be part of a team at a salon in Portmeirion. We spent an interesting evening learning that perfumes and aromas were not the same thing. The natural oils are very concentrated and must be diluted with a  carrier oil. However Bergamot, teatree and peppermint can go directly on to the skin for particular problems. Carol passed round straws dipped in various oils for us to guess the aromas. We then paired up to give each other hand massage following Carol`s demonstration ,which was most relaxing. We had some lovely homemade refreshments prepared by Mair Jones, Vicky Pell and Wendy Ponsford, the raffle was won by Geinor Lavender  which drew the evening to a close .Next month  24th November will be Annual General Meeting.

Lit and Deb

At the meeting on Thursday November 4th members heard Mr Huw Jenkins talk about his house Plas Duallt, the house on the black hill, which is situated near Tan y Bwlch, to which he moved six years ago. The property is one of the ancient hall house of Meirionnydd  retaining its cruck bams and dating from around 1500. The building has been beautifully restored as was evidenced by the pictures shown to the interested audience. Huw gave information about previous owners of the property including Colonel Campbell. He also talked about the surrounding area exploring topics such as Bats, Ghosts and the Ffestinniog railway. The talk made a welcome bright spot after a day of miserable weather. At the meeting on November 11th members will take part in “Putting the world to rights”.

Trust Fund

The Communities First Trust Fund still has some money available for local groups. This may be the last year in which this money is available as it may fall victim to the cuts in the Welsh Assembly budgets. Any local group that is located in or for the benefit of Barmouth can apply. Please contact Martin or Denise in the Communities First office in Station Road to discuss your needs.

The man who left the Titanic

Bruce Ismay Managing Director of the White Star Line escaped the sinking Titanic on a lifeboat. This forms the core of the play written by Patrick Prior that is to be performed in the Dragon theatre on Friday November 12th by Pat Abernathy and Dave Marsden. The play has received good reviews and is being brought to Barmouth by isosceles theatre company. Tickets will cost £7, £6, £5 for the performance that starts at 7-30pm.


A pilot programme is being run in Barmouth that allows people to self refer to the Physiotherapy unit in Dolgellau. The scheme is designed for minor problems that do not require treatment at the surgery such as sprains, strains etc. By completing a self assessment form and sending it to the hospital in Dolgellau it will be possible to arrange treatment more quickly. If you need a form please call in to the Communities First office in Station Road.

Coffee Morning

 The Barmouth Time Bank Coffee morning will be held on Thursday 11th from 9-30 till Parlwr Mawr of the Ddragon Theatre There will be brick a brack  and raffle stalls in addition to an information stall that will help people understand what the time bank will do and how to join.



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U3A November Meeting.

The Monthly Meeting of the Barmouth U3A will be held at 2.00pm on Wednesday 10th. November, in Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre. The meeting will start with the usual sales stall, together with a cup of tea & time to socialise. And as usual, new members, and those interested in seeing what the U3A gets up to are very welcome. The Barmouth to Fort William Three Peaks Race is an extremely challenging annual sailing and running event, which has been held for over thirty years, and which has become an important part of the British sailing calendar. Norma Stockford, one of the main members of the management team, will give a presentation covering ’Thirty-three Years of the Barmouth to Fort William Three Peaks Race. How it began, what’s involved, where it goes, and how it keeps going…’ Anyone interested in Barmouth, history, sailing, and the sea will find this an enlightening presentation.

Advice and guidance

Elfyn Llwyd M.P. will be holding his constituency surgery in the Communities First offices , Station Road Barmouth on November 5th from 3pm till 4pm, no appointment is necessary. Citizens advice Bureau will have an advisor, also at the Communities First offices on November 8th from 11am till 1pm again this is a drop in service, no appointment is needed. The Kiosk with the touch screen information system is available every day from 9-30 till 4-3opm at the same location.

Wedding ( Photo of Mark Thomas and Jane Hallard)

Mark Thomas, son of Dorrien and Mair, Brymeillion, Llanpumpsaint and Jane Hallard of Bay View Restaurant Llanaber, daughter of Brian and Diane Hallard of Hendre Coed Isaf Holiday Park, Llanaber were married at Aberystwyth on 13th September with immediate family present. Parties were subsequently held at Hendre Coed Isaf and at the Halfway, Carmarthen. Donations of over £3000 were collected in lieu of presents, for their chosen charity, Cancer Research. Their honeymoon was taken in the Caribbean island of St Kitts. Mark and Jane would liker to thank everyone for all their good wishes and generous donations.

Junior Team developing

Barmouth and Dyffryn Football Club has begun a major fund raising campaign to improve Club facilities with particular emphasis upon the development of an "Academy" pitch  for the Junior Teams and parking facilities. The  new Club Membership scheme, designed primarily to raise funds for the Juniors, has made an excellent start with nearly 40 supporters and parents having signed up so far, either as Lifetime Members for £100, or Annual Members for £10 per annum. Members receive the benefit of discounts for match entrance fees, Club Kit purchases, and Club events, as well as receipt of the Club's new Newsletters. 

Literary and Debating society

The speaker at the meeting last Thursday was Robert Evans of the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust. He spoke about and illustrated the project that is studying various aspects of the coastline from prehistoric times to the present and invited members of the public to contribute their observations. The next meeting, on November  4th, at 7-30pm in Parlwr Mawr will be addressed by Mr Huw Jenkins on Plas y Duallt. All are welcome to attend..


 The community bonfire event will be held on Friday night, all are welcome to attend and see the spectacular display that is planned. The procession of lanterns, at 6-3opm from the Lifeboat station to the Bath house will precede the start of the fireworks at 7pm.




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With the growing popularity of paddlesports, the Mawddach Rotary club has been seeking ways of capitalising on the fantastic opportunities offered by the finest estuary in Wales. After extensive consultations with Canoe Wales, and representatives of the Town Council, Barmouth Publicity Association and the Harbourmaster, a two day event is being devised for the high tides on May 21/22nd next year. The event will be centred on Barmouth to enable paddlers to ascend the course to George 111 on the incoming tide and to return as the tide changes.  Entertainment in the form of  a Jazz band and Saturday night Barbecue is aimed at attracting families into the area for the event. All sorts of paddlecraft will be involved from Celtic longboats, kayaks, canoes, rafts and even coracles. Further attractions will be a Sea  Kayak fishing competition over the weekend, trade stands, and free have a go sessions and fun races. It is hoped to attract sponsorship for the event from local businesses and of course from the participants. Profits from the event will be distributed by the Rotary club to Rotary supported causes – the principal one being Hope House/ Ty Gobaith this year. Further details will be published on the event website  ( ) as they are finalised.  Anyone wishing to help with, or support the event through sponsorship is invited to contact the Mawddach Rotary club through the website.


Barney is offering free web design sessions at the Communities First centre in Station Road. These sessions are offered free to local people who want to design a website for their business or personal use. There are a limited number of places. It is planned to start on Tuesday 26 October for five weeks from 10am till 12 noon. Call in at the office to let Denise or Martin know that you will be coming.


In readiness for the community bonfire and fireworks event on 5th November a ”Make a Guy” Competition will be held on Wednesday 4th November 2010 at Ysgol Y Traeth, Barmouth.  The competition is free and open to young people under the age of 17 years of age and entries would need to be at the school by 1pm on that day.All welcome to this event at the school. The quality of the entries has, in previous years, been exceedingly high and a panel of judges will have the unenviable task of deciding which three Guys will take pride of place on top of the bonfire.  All the other Guys will be placed around the bonfire during the day on 5th November. Lighting of the community bonfire will be at 6.30pm with a lantern parade starting from the Leisure Centre and walking towards the bonfire area at 6.40pm. Hot food – burgers, hot dogs and hot drinks will be provided by the Yacht Club on the night, using the covered area at the Bath House. The harbour road will be closed to vehicles from 5pm till 8pm from the junction of Church Street and vehicles will be directed to the promenade via Jubilee Road and to the main car park.  Spectators will be directed along the promenade area by nominated marshals. Volunteers are always welcome to help with the event.  If you would like to get involved please contact PCSO Kath Lake-Bullen 07768 556 307 or Steve Morris 07775 730 113. 

Bowling Club
The Annual General meeting was held on Saturday 9th October, it was very well attended. Mary Smallwood made a very good job of organizing the venue at the Royal Hotel for the end of season evening meal and presentation. The food was excellent, enjoyed by everyone and in a good atmosphere. The evening was made extra special as Colin Havercroft joined us after a long illness. He made a lovely speech and everyone was pleased to see him and also his wife Alma. Trophies was then presented to the allotted winners by Marie Flavel lady captain, Stan Ward captain and Phil Powel vice captain.  Bill Gaskell made a short speech thanking everyone for all they had done during 2010.Before the raffle was drawn Derek Denfhy raffled 3 special prizes of which the money was being donated to the Parkinsons Society. Ruth Lloyd and Bill then drew the raffle which contained beautiful prizes donated by the club members. It raised over £100.00 so thank you to everyone for a very good evening had by all.




The Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club has made a generally successful start to the 2010-2011 Football Season.The highlight has been the success of the Club's Reserve Team which is now top of the Caernarfon & District League First Division. The Reserve Team players are now looking forward in particular to a Safeflue Cup home match against Harlech on Saturday, 30th October, when all club supporters will be welcome. The First Team has ended a losing streak, caused by injuries, when last Saturday the Team won 4-3 away to Llanrug United. The First Team players now look forward with confidence to a repeat match against Llanrug at the home ground in Wern Mynach, Barmouth, next Saturday, 23rd October, when again all club supporters will be welcome. The Club's Junior Teams are also doing well, with the Under 14's in particular unbeaten so far this season. With 68 youngsters now signed on across the Junior Teams, the Barmouth Club has begun a major fund raising campaign to improve Club facilities with particular emphasis upon the development of an "Academy" pitch  for the Junior Teams and parking facilities. The  new Club Membership scheme, designed primarily to raise funds for the Juniors, has made an excellent start with nearly 40 supporters and parents having signed up so far, either as Lifetime Members for £100, or Annual Members for £10 per annum. Members receive the benefit of discounts for match entrance fees, Club Kit purchases, and Club events, as well as receipt of the Club's new Newsletters. On Saturday, 6th November, the Club will be holding its second fund raising "Casino and Horse Racing" evening at the RAOB (Buffs) Club, Barmouth. Tickets, which are now available, will cost £10 per person. Anyone interested in joining the Club Membership Scheme or wishing to purchase tickets for the Casino evening should contact either Wil Huntley, Club Chairman, The Mermaid Fish Bar, Jubilee Road, Barmouth, mobile telephone number 079127 48875, or Brian Wood, Club Secretary, telephone number 01341 280103.





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Barmouth residents and businesses have the chance  to get involved in BT's Race to Infinity campaign. The initiative, which was launched by the telecoms giant at the beginning of October, will see the five exchange areas in the UK with the highest demand for fibre optic broadband - in terms of the percentage of properties served  have their service improved If you think Barmouth should gain access to super-fast broadband, you need to  vote on the BT Race to Infinity website before December 31st 2010.


Housing survey

The rural Housing Enabler, Arfon Hughes has been advising and supporting Barmouth Communities First Partnership in the development of an in depth questionnaire that will be sent to every household in Barmouth. The aim of the survey is to work out what housing will be needed in the private and social sectors in the coming years. This is not just a survey of homelessness, it is relevant to everyone, it seeks to understand how people’s needs change as they pass through life. There is an assumption at present that there will be a steady increase in the number of one person households as the population ages, however there may by a number of ways of dealing with that situation. Similarly young families need homes where again there are various options to be considered. The survey will go out in November with a request for its return before Christmas so that analysis can be begun.


Comedy Club

Friday night in the Arts Room performance space at the Dragon Theatre there will be a Comedy club with M.C. Tony Vino who will be introducing Gary Delaney and Andy Kind two stand up comedians each having unique styles of delivery.  This will be a great evening. That has been devised by theatr Harlech and delivered by the Dragon.. Tickets can be bought in advance for £7-50, if you are going as a group there is a price deal of 10 for £50 saving a massive £25. The bar will be open for the evening too. Perhaps a regular comedy club with open mike sessions could become part of the Barmouth scene if  there is enough interest.


Back to work

It is clear that many more people will need, in the future, to think about taking some kind of employment. Many who have never considered this will find it a confusing and perhaps scary prospect. It does not need to be; there is lots of help and support available. At the moment Genesis  is looking to help several categories of people in particular: young mums, young people who are not in education, or in training or in work and older people who have never worked. There will be confidence building sessions along with help in getting or improving skills, sessions on how to apply for jobs and much more. If you want to explore the options call in at Communities First and talk with Martin or Denise and pick up some leaflets. Additional help is there for people who feel uncomfortable with reading, writing or computers.


4th Friday

The regular jazz sessions continue in the Arts Room performance space at the Dragon theatre on the 22nd with Blue Tree headlining  the evening, they are a four piece band from Aberystwyth with lead singer Nicky Burgess.   They will be supported by a vocal quartet called Roxanne and the Harrys. This strong line up promises a good night with a mix of jazz standards and contemporary music. Tickets at £7-50 or £6 can be reserved by calling Danny on 01341  280903..

Gymdeithas Gymraeg

The new season started on Wednesday 6th October with a lovely evening with Cor Meibion Ardudwy. Held in the Arts Room , their choice of songs was well received and appreciated by the members and friends. The Choir was introduced and warmly thanked by the Chairman John Williams and the raffle was won by les Vaughan, Greta Cartwright and Aled Jones. Les Darbyshire will be the speaker at the next meeting on Wednesday 20th October.


The Dads and lads event will be held in the old youth centre Talbot Square on Saturday 16th from 11am till 3pm.This is a free event, there will be plenty to do, free drinks, the smoothy bike will be there and several  support agencies will be on hand. This is an experiment to find out what Dads n lads would like to be able to do, the organisers will be looking for your ideas and suggestions.



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U3A October Meeting.

The next Monthly Meeting of the Barmouth U3A will be held at 2.00pm on Wednesday 13th. October, in Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre. The meeting will start with the usual sales stall, together with a cup of tea & time to socialise. As usual, new members, and those interested in seeing what the U3A gets up to are very welcome. A presentation will be given by John Smith, on ‘Climate Change – Good Science, Bad Policy?’ The talk will consist of a review of the scientific evidence for both natural and human induced climate change, including a ‘game’ dealing with carbon footprints, and a discussion on the policy issues involved. This is an issue that concerns everyone, when members will be able to express their views, and hopefully learn from the points of view of others.


Blooming good effort ( pictures show volunteers who helped plant bulbs on Wern Mynach  Barmouth )

Last Thursdays flower bulb planting on Wern Mynach was successfully carried out  by BECG and the willing volunteers who turned out to help with the work. Not the least  of these being the Brownies Troop together with their leader Mrs, Ann Vaughen Jones. The thanks of BECG is extended to all who gave there help with this enterprise Including LL Building Supplies Barmouth for their donation towards the cost of the  necessary  tools, and Communities First for the valuable assistance in publicising the event.  Further development is being planned for the Wern by BECG which will involve the pupils of Ysgol-y-Traeth in an exciting new project. More about this later; 'but watch this space.'

Design a site

Learn with Barney is an opportunity for local people, especially those in business, to learn how to build their own web site. The sessions will be held at Communities First and will be free of charge as Barney is offering his time free and Communities First are supplying the venue and access to computers. If you need to publicise your enterprise more widely, or want advice on more advanced items like promoting your site or choosing the right content these informal sessions could e right for you. Please phone Martin on 01341 280979 or call in to the office to discuss this further. It is hoped that the four or five sessions can start in late  October on Wednesday afternoons.

Dads n lads

Yes daughters can come too, to this session in the old youth club on Talbot Square that is to be run as a fun day to let fathers and their children have fun together. There will be games, crafts, co0mpetitions etc. The session will open at 11am and run till 3pm. There will be free drinks during the day but it is suggested that you bring a packed lunch. The date for this is Saturday 16th October. If you are coming it would be helpful if you let Denise know on 01341 280979, not essential but helpful for planning. This is organised by Communities First in partnership with North Wales Play Association and Gwynedd Council. There will also be a post it wall where dads can put suggestions about the sort of services or assistance they would like to see being offered to them.

What a view

The Hugh’s Views session in the Dragon Theatre last Monday attracted its biggest crowd yet. Hugh was able to announce that in the three years the community gallery has been operating over 250 people have offered over 2600 images to be uploaded leading to 248000 hits on the site. Victor Biddle had compiled cine films of carnivals from days gone by onto a cd that was played on Monday, which adds a new dimension to this amazing archive. During the week activity on the site rocketed and has now passed the 250,000 hit mark and a collection of 32 more photos was received with a promise of even more to follow. Key to this success is Hugh Roberts for his tireless efforts and amazingly broad local knowledge. This wonderful community project is now being observed by other bodies that are keen to learn from Barmouth’s example.



The Barmouth Army Cadet detachment reopened on Monday 4th October at the centre in Park road, by the railway footbridge. Anyone from 12 to 18 is welcome to go along and find out what is on offer. There will be plenty of exciting activities and the chance to build good friendships, the training offered will be useful in many spheres of life and will be helpful in preparing young people for life beyond school. In addition adults are needed to help develop the detachment by offering one evening per week and one weekend in 6. If you go along at 7pm on a Monday you are sure .of a warm welcome.


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New Season starts

The new programme for the Barmouth Lit & Deb Soc begins on the 11th Oct with the President’s Evening in the Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre @ 7.30pm The speaker will be Dr Haworth talking about Major Tilman who was lost at sea in 1977. The week after on the 21st Oct “Augustus John the Artist” will be  the subject of a talk by the eminent lecturer Dr David Craik. All are welcome to the Thursday evenings, a subscription of £11 will make you a member or£2  a visitor for an evening, including tea & biscuits.


The  President Mari O`Rourke, welcomed members back after the summer break and members opened the meeting by singing Meirion. There were many apologies for absence, several being in hospital, Best wishes cards have been sent to them. Happy Birthday was given to all who would be celebrating during the next month. Doreen ,the assistant Secretary read the Minutes of the last meeting which were confirmed and signed. The TableTop sale of last meeting raised £74. Mari thanked all who helped at the summer events, the County Show, the For  Mountain Sand and Sea, the

Art and Craft Exhibition at the Dragon Theatre during the Festival Week. Photographs of the County Show Exhibits were passed round with the judges` comments. The Darts Team will be in training for the next competition soon ,contact Sheila Davies for dates. Mari then introduced the Guest of the evening Gordon Rhodes from Welshpool who gave an exciting and colourful talk with slides of his experiences with a party of likeminded enthusiasts motorcycling up the Himalayas encountering deprivation of basic human needs, and hairbreadth escapes through rocky mountain paths. The scenery was breathtaking, the people  and buildings were amazing  however best appreciated by W.I. members watching the screen from their comfortable seats ! Then followed a gorgeous tea provided by Pat Bunce Chris Dearden and Buddug Jones  The Raffle was won by Mary Smallwood and the flowers by Liz Roberts. Next meeting Oct.27th with Carol Harvey on Aromatherapy. New members welcome.

Bermo Arts

Bermo Arts are planning a couple of events to encourage and welcome new members to enable them to develop new productions. Whilst actors are always needed there are many more  roles within the group for those happy to work on the technical side, designing and creating scenery,  organising promotion and advertising, acquiring props , prompting etc. If you have an interest in community based theatre either in or out of the spotlight you should go along on Monday 4th October at 7pm to an open evening where you can meet some of the current members and discuss options or on Thursday 7th October to the Coffee Morning  where there will be another chance to meet and chat with members. Workshop sessions will also be offered in the near future, supported by the National Theatre of Wales, a new resource for community groups to draw upon..

College names

Coleg Meirion Dwyfor has merged with Llandrillo College which has many sites across North Wales. The unified group are attempting to offer new courses and deliver them as and where needed, which gives communities the opportunity to have input into what is delivered in their area. They are piloting an idea whereby if a number of people phone in requesting a particular topic they will try to set up a course to suit. If you have suggestions you can call the Dolgellau campus on 01341 422827. There is also a new business unit, which aims to support business people in providing training sessions that are relevant to their needs.

The Smugglers are coming

Moonfleet is a  wild and thrilling tale of shipwrecks and smuggling, dastardly deeds and intrigue  it will be performed on Friday night October 1st by “Angel exit theatre”, a professional touring company at the Dragon theatre. The performance in Barmouth  comes as part of an arts Council funded tour of the U.K. This is a family friendly show, tickets will cost £7 for adults and £4 for children, to book in advance call 01341 281697 or pay at the door.

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U3A September Meeting.

The Barmouth U3A Monthly Gatherings started again on Wednesday 8th. September at the Dragon Theatre, with a lively presentation to start off the winter season. Gerwyn Jones, of the Cambrian Railways Partnership talked about his multi faceted role in publicising the Cambrian Coast Line, as well as the actual services provided by the railway, “From Trailways to Aleways.”  The numerous questions from the audience demonstrated the interest created, and the huge range of publicity leaflets showed the scope of interests & services covered. This was a good one to start the season, and will be followed next month by a presentation by John Smith on  ‘Climate Change – Good Science, Bad Policy?  The Cambrian Railways offer some of the most scenic rail journeys anywhere in the U.K. The Cambrian Main Line, between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury, travels through the rolling hills of Montgomeryshire to the glorious sandy beaches of Cardigan Bay, while the Cambrian Coast Line, between Machynlleth and Pwllheli, offers passengers unrivalled views of the coast and peaks of Snowdonia. Gerwyn Jones, from the Cambrian Railways Partnership, will give a presentation on ‘The Cambrian Railways…The Train Attraction’, discussing how these railways are promoted. This promises to be an interesting afternoon both for train buffs and general members alike.


The Fourth Friday events at the Dragon will kick off again on 24th Sept. with Quango, a five-piece band playing all those standards that people know & love. Barmouth is already familiar with some of the band members…Garry Bywater who plays with Huw Warren will be on tenor sax, Greg Robley & Andy McKenzie who appeared at the Dragon with Gadjo will be on keyboard & guitar,  they will be joined by Ray Forrest on drums, and Ben Tunnicliffe on bass. In support will be Ron Wall from Llanegryn, who sings & plays guitar with a number of acoustic blues & bluegrass musicians from the Tywyn area. This promises to be a great night to start the autumn once again, so don’t forget to book your tickets in advance call Danny Jones 01341 280903, to ensure that you get a good seat.


Autumn classes

A range of classes for the autumn are being offered at the Dragon Theatre including popular topics such as  Family History and  computer use, more details are available by calling the theatre on 01341 281697


“Angel exit theatre”, a professional touring company will be performing a  wild and thrilling tale of shipwrecks and smuggling, dastardly deeds and intrigue  at the Dragon theatre on October 1st. This high class company is visiting Barmouth as part of an arts Council funded tour of the U.K. This is a family friendly show, tickets will cost £7 for adults and £4 for children, to book in advance call 01341 281697 or pay at the door.


 Hughs Views will be in the Arts Room at the Dragon on Monday 27th at 10am, this event will also be including previously unseen film footage. Entry is free but any coffee or tea sold helps Dragon Theatre funds.


Should there be an organisation to represent the businesses in Barmouth? Long ago the Chamber of Trade ceased functioning and nothing has taken its place. Do any businesses feel that they could be more effective if they worked in cooperation with others or do they  think they are better keeping themselves to themselves? These are questions that have been raised over a period of time with Communities First, some times by local businesses and often by outside agencies that look for a local body to talk with. If you have thoughts on the subject please contact Martin or Denise at Communities First in Station Road, they want to help develop jobs and a strong economy but need input from those facing challenges to tell them what is needed.


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Art in the Aisles

The  Biennial Quilt and craft festival will be held between 15th & 19th Sept. You are invited to view between 10am —5pm daily. A website has been created that will give  more information, its address is  The locations to be used are Dyffryn Ardudwy Village hall, Llanenddwyn Church, the stables, at Dyffryn, Church hall, LLanddwywe Church. Free entry.

Fundraiser success.

A Huntington’s Disease fund raising event was held on Bank holiday Saturday at Fron y graig in Barmouth High Street by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Gwynfor Owen. It was again sponsored by LL DIY Barmouth and the organisers would like to thank them for their generous support along with the many other Barmouth shopkeepers who also kindly donated raffle prizes. Thanks are also due to the loyal supporters who gave donations and provided items for the stalls and all who helped in so many ways. The interest of locals and visitors alike was tremendous and led to £1,002.95 being raised for the cause. This has been sent to the Huntington’s Disease Research Group at King’s College, London to help further research onto this disorder.

Dylan Thomas in Barmouth

Peter read was in Barmouth to perform the last performance of his tribute to Dylan Thomas. The script covered the time Thomas spent in America and demonstrated the feelings of a man who became hostage to his image. The incessant touring and lecturing, necessary to fuel an increasingly manic lifestyle, seem to have brought him little joy. An early and sad demise would not seem the recipe from which to make an evenings entertainment but the reaction of the audience proved that Peter Read achieved  just that, giving them an insight into the character of genius.

All that jazz

When the piano tuner discovered  for whom he was tuning the Dragon theatres grand piano he was mightily impressed. Gwilym Simcock, who was supported by Russian bass player  Yuri Goloubev and Drummer James Maddren, gave a performance that  audiences at the Dragon will not have seen before. For those who understand the intricacies of producing jazz this was an evening of awe and amazement. The audience came from far and wide but the furthest was a couple who had travelled from Germany for the concert. The players themselves had travelled in variously from Madrid, Denmark and Wimbledon for Thursday nights performance. At 28 Gwilym is both performer and composer who cites influences by musicians as diverse as Keith Jarrett and Igor Stravinsky.

Making tracks

Trevor Fishlock was in town for the Arts festival, as a performer, with a tale or two to tell. He talked about the career that led up to the various  television series that he has brought to the screen in recent years. During his employment with the Times he reported in depth from over sixty countries though it is probably true to say that his work in bringing lesser known gems in Wales to the attention of people of Wales is what makes him instantly popular with audiences

Counterfeit Bee Gees

There has been great variety in this years Arts Festival, not least on Friday evening when people were literally dancing in the aisles at the theatre to the sounds of the seventies as the tribute band strutted their stuff with great conviction. Far more than toe tapping was going on as they had the whole place swinging.

Its Magic

 Howard Hughes is an accomplished conjurer who put on a show especially for a younger audience on Saturday last. His act attracted a very good crowd of youngsters who were thrilled and amazed as things appeared and disappeared before their fascinated faces. It is not surprising that he was good, he is former President of the North Wales Magic Circle, and like all good magicians , didn’t give away any of his secrets

Local talent

 One of the good things about the Barmouth Arts Festival is that it draws high quality professional performers to the town and mixes them on a programme that recognises the talents that abound locally too. So it was that Fawlty Towers produced by Bermo Arts took a well deserved part in this years programme with a show that has been a consistent sell out. In addition to this the W.I. crafts show was equally deserving of recognition because it was a show case for an array of skills and abilities that have led to the production of some superb individual pieces. Being known for their high quality work there was a substantial crowd all eager to see their work. During the week a display of work by local artists has been available for viewing during intermissions, clearly the art is popular as a number of works were sold during the Festival.

Cantorion Colin Jones.

St John’s Church hosted the last night of the 36th Arts Festival because the acoustics of the building and its sheer size were perfect for one of Wales’ premier choirs. This invitation only choir can boast that it draws the creme de la creme from choirs across North Wales. This means that they have access to superb soloists and enables them to deliver stunning music in any genre. Backed by an amazingly good accompanist and a conductor who built an instant and strong relationship with the large audience the evening was an assured success.

Hughs Views

The next session of Hugh’s Views will be held in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre on Monday 27th September at 10am. In addition to the growing number of images on the Communities First web site there will be an opportunity to see some interesting period moving film. The site has been viewed almost a quarter of a million times since it began developing just over three years ago. Hugh will be narrating the event and it is hoped that there will be visitors from other communities that hope to emulate the success of the Barmouth community archive. Entry is free, all are welcome, sales of coffee and tea are for the benefit the Dragon Theatre.




5-09-10 Barmouth News


          Fancy Dress Fund Raiser (Photo of Staff and customers in fancy dress)    

The Original Factory shop celebrated the first anniversary of their opening in Barmouth with a fancy dress party. Becca, Nicky and the team raised £1000-76 for their nominated charity “Barmouth RNLI” through fun days and raffles. The latest raffle, drawn by Liam McAffrey of Llwyngwril was won by Neville Crumpton, Mags Mercer and Mr and Mrs Mercer. The team want to thank all those customers that have supported them in their first year.

What course

Do you look at the papers and think that the colleges never offer the course you would like to do? Coleg Meirion Dwyfor also now known as Llandrillo College has come up with a novel idea. They are asking people to ring in on 01341 422827 and tell them the courses they would like to see running. If sufficient interest in a topic is shown the college will try to respond.

Radio Barmouth

Lots of people were interested in the concept of a radio station for Barmouth  at the end of the Assembly organised by the National Theatre of Wales last month. A small group including Devinder and Mathilde from the National Theatre met at Communities First on Monday last to talk about the possibilities. The most achievable version would be an on demand internet service where listeners could download podcasts and in effect create their own schedule. This system would allow anyone to upload content making it a truly community station. The next step will be to hold a workshop session where various questions will be answered and new ideas incorporated. If you would like to be part of this talk to Martin in Communities First or Barry Lim who can often be found performing on a Tuesday evening at the Last Inn.

Festival opening night

Both President Roy Treherne and Chairman Melville Penzer paid tribute to the hard work put in by the Arts Festival Committee in creating the 36th Barmouth Arts Festival that opened on Saturday. Special mention was made of the 18 years of dedicated work given by Festival Secretary Mair Jones. Saturday evenings opening concert drew back to Barmouth the amazing Hughes family who performed a really interesting, lively and varied mix of music. Their commentary between pieces explaining the choices and the stories behind the composers gave the evening the intimate feel that can only be achieved in a venue like the Dragon.  The icing on an already sumptuous cake was provided by the internationally acclaimed talent of Rhys Meirion.  The ease with which they all worked together was explained when Rhys mentioned that they had worked together recently to produce a CD. His song choices included a work by local composer Meirion Williams along with pieces in Italian and English. At the interval a complimentary and most generous buffet was served, with wine to the appreciative audience.


New in town

 To counter the doom and gloom stories about jobs and business in the media it is good to be able to report that a shop that had been empty for a long time has now been transformed into a beauticians and teeth whitening centre. It is called Lasting impressions and is located in Church street near the Crown hotel. As with all new enterprises they are wished good luck in offering services new to the town.

  Trust Fund

The Communities First Trust fund is available to help  community groups operating in or for the benefit of Barmouth people. Properly constituted groups can access money for a variety of things that will help them survive and thrive. If you would like to know more please contact Martin or Denise in the Communities First office in Station Road.


Businesses are increasingly being encouraged to file tax and VAT returns on line. Many are wary of working in this way and have so far resisted. Barmouth Communities First would like to hear from anyone in business who would like a session or short course with a tutor to improve their I.T. skills and confidence. If there is sufficient interest sessions could be run in Barmouth. If this interests you or you have other business training needs please contact Martin or Denise on 01341 280979 or call in to the office in Station Road..

Over 60’s Excercise

The next season of fitness sessions in the Dragon Theatre begin on September 15th they run for an hour starting at 10-45am on Wednesdays.  Funds raised by the group are donated to the Breast Cancer unit at Llandudno hospital 

Literary lunch

The Wayside Restaurant was this years venue for the Literary Lunch on Sunday last, a part of the Barmouth Arts Festival. The guest speaker John Sam Jones spoke eloquently about the issues in his  life that shaped him as a person and led him into a writing career that he had never envisaged. His audience heard about some of his books  in which he attempts to show life from a perspective that differs from that of the majority but is a reality for a substantial minority. He is a keen observer of relationships and on the theological and cultural influences that shape peoples reactions to those around them. The staff at the Wayside were very welcoming and accommodating which added to everyones enjoyment of a very pleasant event.


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U3A September Meeting.

The Barmouth U3A Monthly Gatherings will be starting again at 2.00pm on Wednesday 8th  September, in Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre, with an interesting presentation to start off the winter season. The meeting will start with the usual sales stall, together with a cup of tea & time to socialise. And as usual, new members, and those interested in seeing what the U3A gets up to are very welcome. The Cambrian Railways offer some of the most scenic rail journeys anywhere in the U.K. The Cambrian Main Line, between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury, travels through the rolling hills of Montgomeryshire to the glorious sandy beaches of Cardigan Bay, while the Cambrian Coast Line, between Machynlleth and Pwllheli, offers passengers unrivalled views of the coast and peaks of Snowdonia. Gerwyn Jones, from the Cambrian Railways Partnership, will give a presentation on ‘The Cambrian Railways. The Train Attraction’, discussing how these railways are promoted. This promises to be an interesting afternoon both for train buffs and general members alike.

National Healthy living Week

The annual event will, this year, be run from the 19th till 25th September. Coincidentally the Barmouth festival of Walking runs from the 18th to the 27th and the Hysbys Older peoples information bus will be visiting Barmouth with information on staying fit, well and safe during the same period.

Heroic collection

 The musical evening at the Last Inn that was organised to raise funds for the Help for Heroes appeal, working on a 1940’s theme the evening was a great deal of fun for all and raised £302-76 Thanks to Barry and the musicians for their efforts  to create an authentic atmosphere 

What course

Do you look at the papers and think that the colleges never offer the course you would like to do? Coleg Meirion Dwyfor also now known as Llandrillo College have come up with a novel idea. They are asking people to ring in on 01341 422827 and tell them the courses they would like to see running. If sufficient interest in a topic is shown the college will try to respond.

Radio Barmouth

Lots of people were interested in the concept of a radio station for Barmouth  at the end of the Assembly organised by the National Theatre of Wales last month. A small group including Devinder and Mathilde from the National Theatre met at Communities First on Monday last to talk about the possibilities. The most achievable version would be an on demand internet service where listeners could download podcasts and in effect create their own schedule. This system would allow anyone to upload content making it a truly community station. The next step will be to hold a workshop session where various questions will be answered and new ideas incorporated. If you would like to be part of this talk to Martin in Communities First or Barry Lim who can often be found performing on a Tuesday evening at the Last Inn.



22-08-10 Barmouth News


Huntingdons Disease Charity  Day

 This cause has long been supported in Barmouth, this year with a Charity Day that will be held in the centre of town on the forecourt of the home of Gwynfor Owen, Fron y Graig, High Street,next to the offices of Breese Gwyndaf Solicitors. It will be held on Saturday 28th August from 11am till 2pm. There will be a wide variety of stalls including the ever-popular bric a brac and cake stalls along with a prize raffle. All money raised goes to the charity so you can be assured that your kind donations will be fully utilised.


Got a job, want a job?

Part of the window of the Communities First office is being made available to local workers and employers to act as a kind of job exchange. If you are looking for staff you can display the details and if you are looking for work you can advertise your skills. It is that simple and with no cost involved. Just call in to the office in station Road and give some details.


New in town

 To counter the doom and gloom stories about jobs and business in the media it is good to be able to report that a shop that had been empty for a long time has now been transformed into a beauticians and teeth whitening centre. It is called Lasting impressions and is located in Church street near the Crown hotel. As with all new enterprises they are wished good luck in offering services new to the town.


Arts Festival

 The Barmouth Arts festival will soon be here, starting on September 4th with “A family affair” a highly talented family trio that is a substantial draw by itself is joined by the immense talent of Rhys Meirion for what is sure to be a spectacular performance. There may be no Vaynol Festival this year but Barmouth has attracted an excellent range of performers to the 36th Barmouth Arts Festival.  Yellow leaflets and posters to be found around town provide an overview of the programme. Further details are also available from the website  One change to the programme is that the speaker at the literary lunch will now be John Sam Jones a local writer who recently worked closely with Marc Rees on the development of the “For mountain Sea and Sand” scripts. Details at the bottom of the leaflet and posters tell you how to book tickets. Many of the programmed items are expected to be very popular so early booking is strongly recommended.


Another Barmouth

When the Quakers went off to Pennsylvania they had a big impact on the area. Over the years the Welsh were industrious and influential, so it was that in the 1880’s that the stations along the new Pennsylvania railroad were named after places in Wales known to those original settlers. Barmouth station existed and is at the side now of a walkway somewhat similar to the Mawddach trail. Emails have been exchanged with the conservation group from Lower Meirion Township and they can be seen, giving interesting historic detail on the web site, click on History and then the top article “Another Barmouth” Perhaps there is the potential to twin with an area with which there is so much in common. The site is also clearly shown on Google earth.




15/08/10 Barmouth news

Summer Strolling in support of local hospice

Nightingale House Hospice invites walkers to join the Dolgellau to Barmouth ‘Summer Stroll’.  This is a unique opportunity to raise money for the local Hospice, and experience the beautiful Mawddach trail, from Dolgellau to Barmouth. The walk is around 9.5 miles long, and starts at 11am on Saturday 11th September at Barmouth harbour.  On their return all walkers will be receive a fish and chips lunch.   This is an ideal family day out and the walk is dog, children and pram friendly. Registration is £10 per person, £5 per child (aged 2-10), and infants (younger than 2) go free.  You can also register as a family (2 adults and 2 children) for a group fee of £25.  Those who register, and wish to stay overnight in the town will also be eligible for discounts on local B&B’s and hotels, details of which will be sent with registration packs. The event sponsor is Emma’s Coaches Cymru. Nightingale House Hospice provides specialist palliative care services, completely free-of-charge, to patients and their families across a wide area stretching from Wrexham, Flintshire, East Denbighshire to Barmouth and the border towns including Oswestry and Whitchurch.  This year alone, it will cost £2.4 million to run the Hospice, this equates to just under £7,000 per day.  Only 20% of this comes from statutory government sources.  The Hospice greatly relies on the generosity of the communities it serves. To find out more about how to help visit or call Income Generation on 01978 314292.

Barmouth Bowling Club

The bowling club fun day was held Saturday 14th Aug. The sun shone and we had a brilliant day. The committee men had worked really hard during the morning setting up the games on the green .There was lots of fun and laughter. After the games ended we retired to the club house where Bill Gaskell presented the prizes of bottles of wine. There was eight winners some winning two bottles for winning their heat. The overall winner was Margaret Williams. Bill announced that he had a bottle of Champers to be won so everyone went back outside to try for it. The winner being Sheila Davies.

Credit Union Change

The Y Llechen Credit Union that operates on Thursday morning in the Communities First office has made some changes to its loan process to make it easier for people to access loans. There are many reasons why people choose not to use conventional banks for loans, Y Llechen loans are based on ability to repay rather than on other criteria. Information packs and loan repayment information is available from the office in Station Road any time. The volunteers who run the branch are available on Thursdays from 11am till 1pm to guide people through the process. Until recently there was an eight-week qualifying period before members could access loans, that has now been removed and a credit scoring system helps borrowers assess how much they can afford to repay. This is an alternative to doorstep lenders that could save large amounts of money on repayments.

Craigs collection grows

Craig Dobbins has added another recycling scheme to his charity collecting. He now accepts used computer ink cartridges, these go to raise money for the MacMillan Cancer Research Charity, he is still collecting plastic bottle tops for Hospice at home and stamps for the purchase of wheelchairs and also ring pulls that benefit a leukaemia research charity. All items can be left at the Communities First office in Station Road.

RNLI Flag Day result

A collection was held on August 5th at which a total of £1650-56 was donated. In Barmouth and District £593-13 was collected, a further £163-01 came from Fairbourne and £894-42 from Shell Island. William Burton the promoter  would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work in raising this commendable sum.

 Radio Barmouth

If you would like to have your say on the creation of an on line radio station for Barmouth you are invited to go along to a discussion at the Communities First office at 3-45 on Monday 23rd August. Some well known local characters will be there along with Devinda and Mathilde who many will have met during the National Theatre production that ran in Barmouth last month. Everyone is welcome—whether you are a backroom assistant or a budding reporter or performer. The aim will be to develop downloadable podcasts in the early stages and grow from this base  over time.

Help for Heroes

 There will be a great evening of live music at the Last Inn on Tuesday 24th August to raise funds for the “Heroes”. The evening will begin around 8-30pm with music from the 40’s onwards, if you really want to help the atmosphere you are invited to dress in the period style.


Mari O’Rourke, the President welcomed members to the July meeting, which opened with the singing of Meirion accompanied by Blodwen Comerford. Good wishes were sent to Mrs Goodchild who was 99 that week. Apologies were received from indisposed and holidaying members. Mari introduced Llinos from Dolgellau who spoke about a new befriending project that is running in South Gwynedd where volunteers are trained to offer support by listening and being a good companion. The training enables people to offer information about health and social care services that will be of interest to  people who may be living alone. Those interested in joining the scheme can contact Llinos on 01341 422575. After this the minutes of the previous meeting were read, confirmed and signed. Janice thanked members who had helped at the bottle stall. Thanks were received from Marc Rees for the help members had given at his “For mountain sea and sand “ production. The summer outing was a great success on June 29th when members went for a trip on the Llangollen canal over the Froncysyllte aqueduct. On the way the group called in at the “Glass Blobbery”at Glanrafon where they were entertained with an amusing demonstration. Mari and Rose were thanked by Ann Williams for making the arrangements. Raffles were won by Ruth Lloyd, Venta Bath, Jack Payton and Maria Campbell. Doreen read the newsletters which included congratulations to Greta Cartwright on her award of an M.B.E. and good wishes to Meinir for a speedy recovery. Mari introduced the President and Secretary of the Llanelltyd W.I. who were delegates at the recent Cardiff conference. The guest speakers there were John Burco, Gwen Parry –Jones, Jim Smith and Leigh Durell, widow of Gerald Durell. The resolution this year was directed at reducing the excess packaging on goods. The Merioneth County Show will be held at Ty Cerrig fiedls, Ynys, on August 25th. The admission charge for non competitors will be £8. The Craft Exhibition will be held at the Dragon Theatre on September 9th. Help is needed to serve coffee. The July meeting continued with a quiz prepared by Mari. Members had to identify photos that had been taken from unusual angles of well known buildings and local features along the High Street. Along with this was a delicious Cheese and Wine buffet prepared by the committee. The next meeting will be held on September 22nd


The next visit by the Citizens Advice Bureau advisor will be on 13th    &27th September and 11th & 25th October .   In the meantime the highly sophisticated C.A.B. computer point is available every weekday from 9-30 till 4-30 in the old payments office in Station Road, opposite LL Building Supply store. This unit can access the whole CAB information data base and is extremely easy to use, help is at hand if needed.


8-08-10 Barmouth News


Blood Brothers

Paradisi theatre company from Criccieth have triumphed yet again with their latest production. The larger than usual cat is drawn from Paradisis home area and from Barmouth. All work well together and deliver a gripping and authentic drama that makes you forget that this is not a professional company. Singling performances out for praise is unfair as all contribute to the telling of a wholly believable tale that rings with social comment and observation. Dating from 1983 the issues and characters are recognisable on the streets today, so it is well worth seeing for all sorts of reasons. Performances are every Monday in August at the Dragon Theatre. Booking in advance is advisable, the box office can be contacted by calling 01341 281697 and is also open in the foyer each morning from 11am till 1pm.


Fawlty Towers

 The summer run of the Bermo Arts comedy got off to an exceptional start on Wednesday with the “House full” signs going up well  before the start of the show.  The tradition of transferring T.V. shows to the Barmouth stage has proved to be a consistent draw for visitors and residents alike.  The episode chosen will be remembered by fans of the series as it featured the late Joan Sanderson  as the deaf woman with the ear trumpet and has the usual mayhem that results from misunderstandings and misinterpretations of messages. As always it is a show not to be missed with a cast dedicated to make you laugh. Tickets can be ordered from the box office as above.

The Netta Irvine Cup

The   turnout for the event  wasn’t as good as in former  years due to the poor  weather and to  illness. The rain stayed away and it was cool, despite this there was plenty of laughter & fun. Many games had been played in the morning ,there was then a break for lunch. After lunch there was one more game to play for the decider  of the semi finals. Pam Payton played Joyce Jones and Lorraine Viney played Pauline Roberts. Pam & Pauline won their games and so went on to play in the finals. There was a short break so they could get their breath back before resuming the game. It was a well contested game with Pam being the winner. Nettas Daughter Lynn presented  the trophy and medals doing so after a tearful speech. Lots of photos were taken before  all went into the clubhouse where a beautiful spread was awaiting, prepared by the WI ladies. Thank you to everyone who donated lovely raffle prizes they were much appreciated. Next Saturday 14th there will be fun day and anyone is very welcome to join in.


The Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club (the Club) will start its 2010-2011 Football Season with a Senior First Team home match against Llanrwst United at Wern Mynach on Saturday, 14th August, kick-off 2.30pm. The  Senior Reserve Team will also be celebrating its promotion to the Caernarfon League First Division with an away match against Llanrug Reserves. Barmouth Club supporters will be welcome at both matches. These matches will be followed, that day, by the Junior Teams' Trophy Presentation Evening at the Buffs Club, Barmouth, starting at 6.30pm, when individual young players will be rewarded for their outstanding performances during 2009-2010. At the above events the second edition of the Club's  Newsletter will  be distributed. As well as a coverage of all Club activities, this Newsletter refers in particular to the  Club's ambitious plans for the development of improved playing facilities for  Junior Teams. To finance these developments the Club has introduced a new Club Membership Scheme offering Annual Membership for £10 per person per annum, or Lifetime Membership for £100 per person. "Club Members" will in future benefit from discounts on match entrance fees, on purchases of Club merchandise, and preferential terms for Club functions. Further information will be available at the home match versus Llanrwst United, and at the Juniors Trophy Evening. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend these events but would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact Wil Huntley, Chairman, mobile 079127 48875, or Brian Wood, Secretary, tel no 01341 280103. 


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There are two  very different but highly entertaining plays on every week at the Dragon Theatre in Barmouth, Blood Brothers on Monday nights and Fawlty Towers on Wednesday nights, throughout the month. From Monday 2nd August the foyer box office will be open from 11am – 1pm every weekday. Alternatively, seats can be reserved by phone at any time on 01341 281 697 – leave a message if necessary and they will call back to confirm your booking.

Job shop

If you have a vacancy that is  either seasonal or permanent and want to find someone local to till the vacancy you can advertise for free on the community jobs board in Communities First office window. Similarly if you have skills that you want to sell or are looking for a particular type of job you can also advertise in the same way. Just call in to the office , give the details and a notice will be created in a uniform style that is easy to read. This facility may also be extended to the web site if it proves popular. It is a new idea that is being tried to help local people find jobs with local employers.

Better and Better

If you have not visited Barmouth station in the last week you need to go and see what is happening. Every week there seems to be yet another improvement. In addition to the planters and hanging baskets, extra large area photos had been added along with a painting by a local artist. All this has now been joined by local information boards that tell visitors and residents about the regular events of the town along with information about the local history. Local businesses and individuals are putting in time and money to make Barmouth a really attractive place everyone can help by keeping an eye on the developments, picking up litter and pulling out weeds. It is a proven fact that vandalism thrives in neglected areas and disappears in well kept ones.

The Commitments

If you used to dress in flares or a mini skirt to go out on a Saturday night then  the live Soul and Motown show on Saturday 21st August, with 8-piece band The Conmitments  is for you. If not, this show is a trip into another world of music that will  show you what your parents used to dance to. It  also features Tony Scarth as Tom Jones.  It promises to be a lively and atmospheric night!  The dragon theatre is the venue and tickets can be bought in advance at the box office or ordered by phone on 01341 280979.

Moving on

Tracy and Yvonne have worked side by side in Sophisticuts and built up a loyal following over the years. Yvonne has now decided to branch out and is renting a chair in the In Style salon on the High street where she is hoping to develop some services that will be new to Barmouth. She is wished every success in her new venture.

Coffee morning

Friends met at Hafan Deg on Friday last for a Coffee Morning at which hey raised £60 for MacMillan Cancer Support.  Everyone is thanked for their generous donations to this valuable support charity and for supporting the event.


The volunteers at the Freshfields animal sanctuary shop  are appealing for items of good clothing to sell in the shop, they are desperately short of stock at the moment and ask you to think of them when clearing your wardrobe. They are also appealing for additional volunteers to help man the shop. They have also sent out an appeal for a mobile phone, if you have one that works they would be most grateful. Their efforts go to support the animal rescue centre to aid abandoned animals.



Members of the Barmouth U3A had a monthly gathering with a difference when they met on 14th July.  The theme for the afternoon was "Thanks for the Memory" focusing on the 50s and members were asked to bring with them a small memento that might evoke memories of that decade.  The afternoon began with the group singing the Bill Haley and the Comets' hit "Rock around the Clock", (without the jiving in the aisles this time).  We were treated to stories about engagement rings and wedding dresses, congoleum and coronations and some not so happy memories of 11 plus examinations. There were recollections of young married life in Liverpool and photographic memories of early nursing years.  We even had a slide rule demonstration. It was fascinating to be reminded of transport in the 50s when Crosville buses carried us locally and one member read out a touching letter written to her pen friend in 1953.  Scrapbooks took us back to a 'golden age' when children had more freedom yet felt more secure, an innocent time when climbing trees and playing cards were the pastimes.  When radio programmes included Two Way Family Favourites with Jean Metcalf for Forces in BFPO 15 and weekends were spent dancing in the Tudor Café with the Junior Leaders from Tonfanau. The whole afternoon was thoroughly enjoyable - as were the delicious scones, served with strawberries and cream.

Bonfire and Benevolent funds

Emergency Services personnel, who are responsible for organising the Barmouth community bonfire & fireworks event, held an Open Day at Barmouth Fire Station last Saturday.  The event was well attended and as well as various emergency vehicles being on show a cake stall and raffle helped to raise £399 towards the November community event and Fire & Rescue Benevolent Fund .  Emergency staff involved would like to  express their thanks to Mark Thomas and staff at Barmouth Co-operative store for the generous help and support shown to them.   A main raffle prize generously donated by Barmouth Co-op was won by  Ricky Morris, Barmouth Fire & Rescue Service.