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It was an extremely cold night with severe weather conditions on 28 February, but 29 members braved the weather to attend the meeting. Jacqui Puddle, the President arrived at the meeting but had to leave shortly afterwards as the roads near her home were dangerously icy. Mari O’Rourke, vice-president, welcomed everyone including guests Jan Cole and Sue Wager from Harlech W I. Meirion was sung in Welsh to the accompaniment of Blodwen Comerford on piano.
Pam Payton read the minutes of the January meeting and said what an enjoyable meeting we had had with Mary Post. Mary had reared goats on a smallholding on the Isle of Man, and learnt how to weave with their wool. She had since moved to live in Harlech, and gave a demonstration of weaving on a portable loom. She makes beautiful rugs, scarves and wall hangings some of which she had on display.
Janet Davies read the County newsletter and several other items of correspondence. Future events include scrabble, darts, a quiz night and the All Wales AGM in Newtown. Entries were requested for Brethyn Cartref, the Meirionnydd W I magazine. Also requested were entries for the craft and cookery competitions at the Spring Event in May and for the Lady Denman Cup literary competition. Further details can be obtained from Janet.
Members were then treated to an excellent musical performance from Chris Knowles playing the harp. He played a wonderful selection of mainly Welsh airs and gave a history of each piece. Included was music written by Dafydd Roberts who lived in Barmouth and referred locally as the ‘blind harpist’. One of the tunes was appropriately called ‘ Ar y traeth yn Bermo’. Mari thanked Chris for a most enjoyable evening.
Mari also thanked the tea hostesses, Joan Holloway, Joan Probert and Liz Roberts for a tasty selection of cakes. Mari won the raffle. The speaker at the next meeting on 28th March will be ‘Magic Lantern and Victorian Reality’ with Dilys Williams, and the competition is Victorian memorabilia.

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New choir
A new Pop Choir is being developed at the Buffs Club for boys and girls from 8 years upwards. Sessions are held from 5-6pm on Monday evenings in the club room. Donna Lea Morris is the person leading and training the singers. She can be contacted on 07825446280 or via facebook for more details.

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A.G.M. coming

Barmouth Publicity Association will be having their Annual General Meeting at the Royal Hotel on 21st February at 7pm.All are welcome, the new town guide will be launched.  There will be a talk on the replacement for the Tourist Information Centre.Graham Hogg will be there talking about how the Barmouth Walking Festival in September can boost accommodation businesses.This is the main event for those involved in Barmouth's tourism industry to get together and dicuss issues of particular relevance to them.

Merched y Wawr
Cyfarfu’r gangen nos Fawrth 16eg Ionawr, 2018. Croesawodd Llewela yr aelodau i’r cyfarfod. Cydymdeimlodd hefyd a Mair o golli ei modryb Margaret Owen a thalodd deyrnged I Maragret oedd wedi bod yn aelod gwerthfawr o’r gangen er pan gafodd ei sefydlu a lle bu hefyd yn lywydd yn y dyddiau cynnar. Trafodwyd yr Wyl Rhanbarth ar Ebrill, 25ain yn Nhrawsfynydd ac hefyd yr Wyl Pum Rhanbarth ddydd Sadwrn 12fed o Fai. Bydd ein cyfarfod nesaf yn cael ei gynnal ar y 7fed Chwefror ar y cyd gyda’r Gymdeithas Gymraeg pan fyddwn yn croesawu cwmni drama Dinas Mawddwy. Croesawodd Llewela Mai a Dei, Garage Dyffryn Ardudwy i’n plith.Thema noson oedd arddangosfa sleidiau o’u hymweliad a Rhaedr Victoria a’r cyffiniau yn Zimbabwe. Roedd sleidiau’n wych gyda lluniau o’r anifiliaid gwylltion yn arbennig iawn. Diolchwydd iddynt gan Jean am noson fendigedig ac addysgiadol iawn. Jean a Mair oedd yng ngofal y te a Jean hefyd oedd ennillydd y raffl


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 Craig’s collecting

Local charity fundraiser Craig Dobbins has been hard at work sorting the used stamps that are donated locally for  charities around the area. The funds generated from ordinary postage stamps benefits: Barmouth Oasis Community Group, Mawddach Rotary ( Heart pillows), Y Not Drop In  ( Barmouth) Gwynedd Hospice at Home, Barmouth Food Bank and Bala Craft and support group. If you have any used stamps please leave them at either Elim Church or Celebrations card shop in Barmouth. Craig also has collection points at the Laundrette, Spar and Youngs Fuit & Veg shop in Dolgellau. Craig wishes to thank the residents of Gwynedd for their on going support of thses important and valuable local organisations

Charity Pig racing and Karaoke

Mawddach Lodge Freemasons have organised a fun evening of Pig Racing and Karaoke at the Ysgethin Inn Talybont  on Friday 19th January starting at 7-30pm.

There will be auctions for the pigs prior to the races.  Following the races will be  the Karaoke. The proceeds of the evening will be divided between Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue and Mawddach Lodge Local Good Causes fun. There is an open invitation to everyone who wants a fun evening to banish the winter blues and help good causes.

Lifeboat News

Barmouth RNLI Fundraisers will be holding their Annual General Meeting at 2.00 p.m. on Friday 26th January 2018 at the Lifeboat house 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.   There will be a report on our fundraising activities during 2017 and news of future events and undertakings. A promotional awareness video will be shown and tea and biscuits will be served.



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Bermo Arts

On Thursday evening Bermo Arts presented what might be termed an English Noson llawen. It commenced with the Singin Wimin community singers and was followed by a play reading by members of Bermo Arts. After a break for an excellent buffet singer Catrin O’Neill and harpist Chris Knowles took to the stage and delivered a Celtic inspired programme of Welsh and Irish songs. The mix of performers created a balanced and thoroughly enjoyable event that seemed to be appreciated by all present. Catrin and Chris will be returning to the Dragon in the summer and are well worth hearing, youtube videos show previous performances.

Late night in Barmouth
A reminder that the community event previously advised will be happening on Thursday 7th from 5-30pm. Much effort goes into the staging of these events and the town is already looking festive and colourful thanks to the efforts of local traders . Thursday will see the turning on of the lights on the square to complete the seasonal atmosphere, this will also begin an evening of attractions to welcome everyone to the Christmas scene in Barmouth .

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The AGM was held on 22 November. Jacqui Puddle, the President, gave a warm welcome to members and to Meinir Lloyd-Jones, County President and Gwenfair Lloyd-Hughes. Meirion was sung to the accompaniment of Blodwen Comerford on piano. Birthday wishes were extended to Sheila Davies, Anne Vaughan-Jones and Wendy Ponsford. Carol Clay reported that 5 members had enjoyed a ramble up the Ysgethin River and down Cors-y-Gedol Drive. The annual reports were given from Rose - Finance; Pam – Sports; Mari – Home Economics; Susan – Dining Out and Janet – Speakers and Outings. Meinir then congratulated Barmouth on being such a successful and enthusiastic Institute, and for supporting all of the County events. She said that the County Magazine, Brethyn Cartref, was to be re-launched, and contributions would be welcome. The County Carol Service was to be held in Penrhyndeudraeth on 1st December and the Christmas Event at Bala on 9th December. She wished everyone success during the Institute’s 100th birthday in 2018. Jacqui informed members that the first special event of the centenary year was a lunch at Min-y-Mor Hotel on 19th January, with guest speaker Canon Beth Bailey. A commemoration bench will be placed in the Dragon Theatre Garden; shopping bags will be for sale at £3.50 and brooches at £3.00 each. Jacqui was unanimously re-elected as President for 2018, also Rose as Treasurer, Janet as Secretary and Pam as Minutes Secretary.A light hearted game was then held. Each table was given a list of 25 items to find. It was amazing to see what people carried around in their pockets or handbags!! The group that found every item between them, including a pair of sunglasses!, were Rose, Blodwen, Meinir and Gwenfair. The raffle was won by Janet, the flowers by Jeanette, and Gill, Pauline and Angela were thanked for their refreshments.The next meeting is the Christmas Dinner on 15th December, 6:30 for 7:00, at Min-y-Mor Hotel.

Quiz and cake night
There will be a fundraising event at the Min y Mor on December 3rd starting at 4pm with live music from Liam Dixon &Co during the interval. Entry will cost £2 with profits going to Restless Development. Restless Development, is a youth-led development agency, known previously as Students Partnership Worldwide It was founded in 1985, by Jim Cogan OBE. Its mission is to place young people at the forefront of change and development.


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Ysgol y Traeth
The Friends of Ysgol Y Traeth have organised a Christmas Fayre which will be held at the school on Wednesday 29th November between 3pm and 5pm. There will be treats for both parents and children. Santa will be visiting, so while the grownups have turkey rolls with mulled wine or Baileys hot chocolate the children will be able to visit the various stalls and craft shows. Entry is free to all.

Barmouth Community Late Night Shopping
This long standing annual community event is an opportunity to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the town, see the festive lights and join in all sorts of extra activities that have been organised by the Town Council such as Carol singing on Talbot Square and listening to Batala Bermo and hear the Church bells being rung. Local businesses will have special offerings such as pork baps at Did’s butchers and a Festive Treasure hunt at Luvits. All this on Thursday 7th December starting with the bell ringers at 5-45

Christmas Bingo
The Christmas Bingo session for Ysgol Y Traeth has again been organised by the Friends of the school. The fun evening raises funds for the school and is always enjoyed by those who take part. This year it will be on Monday 4th December at 6pm in the Buffs Club in the centre of town. This event is for adults only.

Best dressed window
Local businesses are encouraged to get ready for the 'Best Dressed Shop Window' competition. Barmouth's Mayor will be checking out all of the windows and winner announced at the Christmas lights switch on on 7th December.



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Supporting Amelia

It is now 14 months since Amelia left the UK to join “Logos Hope”, the mission ship of Operation Mobilisation. She went as a volunteer nursery teacher  on the ship which is at the moment visiting Bridgetown Barbados. Apart from her teaching duties, Amelia is a member of the African Choir and clowning group. She recently spenta day helping with relief work on Barbuda, an island badly damaged by hurricane Irma. A Coffee Morning will be held  on Thursday 23rd November in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre in Barmouth. Contributions of cakes would be very welcome, the event will run from 10-30am until 1pm


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Charity Christmas Fayre
Hendre Coed Isaf will again be holding a Christmas Fayre on November 22nd supporting Barmouth Air Ambulance, Ambulance & Cancer Charities. Last year’s event was a great success and a fun night was had by all so the organisers hope to build on that.There will be: a variety of stall's, Santas grotto,Carol Singing,Alpaca, Wine tasting, Mulled Wine & Mince Pies, Seasonal Food and Seasonal light displays. All will be welcomed to support the charities and have a fun evening

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Barmouth Childcare partnership
There will be a meeting on 8th November in Elim at the back of the shop starting at 9.15am till 9.45am,to discuss the under 3’s Christmas party and Christmas fair. New members will be welcomed.
Walk not
In anticipation of storm Brian the organisers of the annual Barnardo’s Walk reluctantly took the decision to cancel this years event in order to preserve the safety of all concerned. The 2018 event is scheduled for 6th October.
Russian Choir Returns
Returning for another performance, the Resurrection Choir from St Petersburg, Russia will be bringing an international flavour of music to St John’s Church Barmouth. Refreshments will be available along with a selection of Russian items and recordings of the choir for sale. The two-hour performance commences at 7:30pm on 1st November in St John’s Church with tickets costing £10.
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Flash bang
There can be no doubt that Barmouth was celebrating at the weekend, residents were joined by thousands of visitors to mark the 150th anniversary of Barmouth Bridge opening. Events during the day were  well attended and the spectacular light and firework show made a massive splash of colour in the night sky. Local people say it was reminiscent of the Regatta events that the town ran but the crowds on Saturday night were even bigger. Inevitably traffic struggled but people were patient and good natured, parking spaces filled early raising fears that many would be unable to park but the mild weather meant that people from the camp sites were able to walk to and from the town swelling the visitor numbers even more. Local businesses got a massive boost at a time that is normally becoming quieter. The organisers, Barmouth Town Council, received praise from every angle for its work in creating the event. On Friday October 27th the Barmouth Community Bonfire will be held to coincide with the Motocross event that will run over the weekend, that is likely to be another massive draw for visitors and present further opportunities for traders and accommodation providers.
Russian Choir Returns
Returning for another performance, the Resurrection Choir from Russia conducted by Jurij Maruk will perform a variety of music at St John's Church Barmouth. Refreshments will also be available along with a selection of Russian items and recordings of the choir for sale. The two hour performance commences at 7-30pm on November 1st in St. Johns Church Barmouth
Fright Fest
The Buffs Club will be hosting three events at the end of the month. On Saturday 28th the Hallowteens Party will welcome 13-17yr olds from 7pm till 10pm, On Monday 30th there will be a Horror Movie Night for over 18’s opening at 7pm then on Tuesday 31st there will be a Kids Halloween Party from 4-30 till 6-30 any funds raised at this event will go to Barmouth Junior Football Club.


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MacMillan Coffee morning
Hendre Coed Isaf holiday park Llanaber will be hosting a Coffee Morning in aid of the MacMillan Cancer charity on 29th Sept from 12noon till 2pm. The event will include a guess the height of the cake competition. Everyone is invited to support the superb work done by this organisation in supporting those affected by cancer.



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Barmouth Bowling Club

Friday 11th August saw members of the club and friends, enjoying a get together for a social evening, where the highlight of the night was a Fish and Chip supper.  Another successful event when all who took part agreed that a repeat performance was definitely required.The following day, Saturday the glorious 12th August  (no grouse about the weather) when the competition for the Ron Barnard Cup was held, was a good day for Pauline Owen who won, with Mick Williams runner-up.  The lady members of the club are doing well this season.  Keep up the good work ladies. On Saturday the 19th August the team were at home for the annual local derby with Fairbourne Bowling Club.  On this occasion Barmouth Club were the successful team.  All now depends on the return match on the 2nd September when Fairbourne are the hosts. The mixed doubles contest was held on 26th August and the winners were Pam Payton and Meirion Roberts with runners-up Christine Palmer and Brian Williams.


The Barmouth W.I. ladies and their friends played the bowling competition for the Netta Irvine Rose Bowl on Saturday 5th August. The weather brightened up and the 12 players enjoyed the matches in the afternoon. The four semi-finalists were Sue Curme v Pam Payton and Lorraine Viney v Rose Martin, resulting in Pam and Rose going through to the finals. It was a close match with Pam being the winner. Sheila Davies gave a lovely talk about her friend, Netta, after whom the competition was named. Jacqui, the W.I. President, then presented the trophies to Pam and Rose, and also one to Lorraine for ‘The Best of the Rest’. Photos were taken before going into the Clubhouse for a lovely tea provided and served by the W.I. ladies, who were thanked by Pam. Pam also thanked Ifor and his friends for organising and marking the matches so efficiently, making the whole afternoon run smoothly. Six of the players celebrated together in the evening, and a good day was had by all.


Charity Day
On Saturday 26th August there will be an event for the benefit of the Huntingdons Disease charity. It will run from 10-30am till 2-30pm and will be situated on the forecourt of the Buffs Club, and will relocate inside the club if it is wet. There will be bric a brac stalls, home made cakes, Tombola and Grand raffle. The event is being sponsored by LL DIY.

Barmouth RNLI to hold a Funday
Crowds are expected at the Lifeboat Station on Barmouth promenade next Sunday 20th August 2017 to enjoy the annual RNLI Fun Day put on by fundraisers and crew.
The all-weather lifeboat, Moira Barrie, will be on display out on the beach and there will be stalls, games, tombola and barbecue as well as the chance to chat to the crew of the lifeboat station. Tea and cakes will be served and the Cox in the Stocks will give children the opportunity to soak the coxswain with wet sponges again!
The event will run from 10.30 am until 3.30 pm and entrance is free, so come along to support the Barmouth Branch of the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.


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Mawddach Artists the Mawddach Art Group has been meeting once a week for around 20 years. There are 14 members, all amateur, some with formal training, others self-taught. All members are now over 60 years old. There are no restrictions, as such, when it comes to media. “It depends on what you’re prepared to carry up the stairs to the school room above Christ Church! We all have one thing in common – we love to create – be it painting, drawing, collage, sculpture or photography,” says Ann Hickebottom, who organises the group’s exhibitions. St John’s Hall Gallery is pleased to show the latest work of the group and support this group of artists. The exhibition will be open 11am to 4:30pm Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays from 12th August till 2nd September.


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Barmouth Bowling Club
uly has been another excellent month for the Club, even though the weather has not been too kind this season so far. Too much rain and not enough sunshine, which has been the case. However, stalwart bowlers have been undeterred and enjoyed the various activities. Matches have been played, some having been postponed due to weather conditions but re-arranged, leaving the club's calendar in tact. On the 15th July, the match Ladies v Gentlemen was played, and on this occasion the Gentlemen won. The 22nd July, was the Ladies Doubles Match, and this year Lorraine Viney and Pauline Owen were worthy winners. The Wales v England game held on the 29th July was won by Wales. Congratulations to the Welsh team. The green, although subjected to a larger than average rainfall, has been kept in very good condition, and appears to have stood up well, thanks to the green keepers and the club members who always provide their best efforts to keep the green in tip top condition, despite the vagaries of the British weather. The Club has been happy to receive visitors during the month, and is always ready to welcome new bowling enthusiasts. Club members are willing to help and give tuition to newcomers. The Barmouth branch of the W.I. will take over the Green on Saturday the 4th August for the Annual event, the Netta Irvine Cup. This match is for ladies only, but is always well attended and provides an entertaining and enjoyable afternoon for all, players and spectators alike.

Race reminder
A new charity event for the Bloodwise charity is called The Caderman Triathlon it set for Saturday 5th August start time 8am with the swim at Tywyn then cycle to Dolgellau followed by a run up Cader There are two options, the sprint distance or, the extreme half-ironman distance. You can get all the details of the swim , cycle and run event from the bloodwise site . You can enter individually or as a team of three. It will be a good competition with athletes who follow the series of challenges around the country taking part. Keep fit, raise awareness for a vital charity and help raise money with one good deed.

Integrated Network Consultation
There will be a period of public consultation beginning on Wednesday 28 June 2017 and continuing for 12 weeks until Wednesday 20 September 2017. This will provide an opportunity to have your say on the proposals for the Integrated Network maps for walkers and cyclists in Gwynedd. A consultation meeting will be held in Barmouth on 4th August in Parlwr Mawr from 9-30am till 4pm.

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Childcare partnership
National Play Day will be 2nd August, the event is being marked in Barmouth by Barmouth Childcare Partnership which is organising free play for all ages in the Pavilion leisure Centre from 3-5pm. There will also be a craft table, juice and biscuits


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Friends of Hafod Mawddach.
The Annual Cream Tea at Hafod Mawddach took place at the Residential Home on a beautiful sunny day last week and was very much enjoyed by residents and visitors. The magnificent sum of £358.50 was raised and this will go towards entertainment for the residents, Christmas gifts and party. Our thanks go to Co-OP Barmouth for kindly donating the scones, to Angie Chamberlain for selling raffle tickets and to all the committee and friends for providing cakes and raffle prizes. Thank you to everyone who supported this special day. If anyone would like to be part of our committee please contact Carol Clay on 01341281565.

Jasper Elgood has given philosophical talks at the St John’s Hall Gallery for a few years now in July. This year there will be three Thursday talks. The topics are ‘Mysticism and Class‘ on 13th July, ‘Continuity‘ on 20th July and ‘Environmental Ethics‘ on 27th July. The talks start at 7:30pm. All welcome. No charge.

Keith Durrant’s exhibition of beautiful seascapes and landscapes with some air force themed paintings too in St John’s Hall Gallery, is well worth a look and is on until 30th July.

Supporting Amelia
Amelia has been at sea 11 months now and has visited several countries on ”Logos hope” the mission ship of Operation Mobilisation. She is the nursery teacher but has other duties on the ship and ashore. The ship, a converted car ferry, is staffed by 440 volunteers and brings hope, help and support wherever it docks. This year will be spent in the Caribbean and at present is visiting Jamaica. On Thursday July 20th a fund raising event will be held at Fron y Graig on Barmouth’s High Street. There will be various stalls including Tombola, Books, Cakes and Bric a brac.
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Barmouth Bowling Club
The month of June brought a challenge to the club's players, providing the wettest in club memory.
However, undaunted, members were still able to continue their matches by re scheduling, and in fact, only one or two arranged Matches were affected, and these were played when the kinder weather arrived. One of the affected matches was the event of the Cyril Hudson Cup, which in fact, was played for the following week, and won by Mick Williams, with Brian Williams as runner-up. The Men's Doubles Match, held on the 24th June, was won by Ron Rees, who has always set the bar high, and is a difficult player to beat, with runner-up Mick Williams, a formidable player! The Bill Gaskell Centenary Shield was played for on Saturday, the 1st July, which was a most enjoyable event, when the Past President and Chairman Bill Gaskell, awarded the Shield to a worthy winner, Ron Rees, and on this occasion, the runner-up was Bryan Gatehouse. Members are hopeful that the return of the good weather enjoyed for the Bill Gaskell Shield event, will continue for the rest of the season. The Club is hopeful that the second half of the season will be as enjoyable as the first half when, despite the efforts of the resident rabbit family, and dreadful, at times, weather the Green is looking to be in fine form.
The Club has welcomed visitors throughout the month, and is always happy to meet new possible players, who may like to try their hand at bowling. This very enjoyable and interesting game provides excellent exercise and enjoyable leisure to both young and old, and is a good sport for all the family. For further information about the Club and events, telephone 01341 280705.

The President, Jacqui Puddle, welcomed members to the meeting on 28 June, and ‘Meirion’ was sung to the accompaniment of Blodwen Comerford on piano. Val Vine gave an informative and amusing report of her visit to the National Women’s Institute A.G.M. in Liverpool on 7 June. The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, welcomed everyone. The speakers were Jo Fairley, co-founder of Green & Blacks, and Susie Dent of Countdown fame. The meeting had ended with singing and dancing in the aisles to the Liverpool band, the Retros. The summer outing, on 21 June, was to Ruthin Gaol and Cae Dai 1950s museum, both of which were very interesting. The very hot day ended with a good meal in Isis. The County Treasure Hunt was held in Dolgellau on 23 June. Although the six Barmouth members who attended did not win, they had great fun and did win some raffle prizes. Members were reminded that the County Summer Fair will be held at the Dragon Theatre at 10 a.m. on 6th July. The Netta Bowling Competition is on 5th August, The County Show is in Tywyn on the 23rd August, and the next dining out is to the Ship Hotel in Dolgellau on 8th September. The speaker for the evening was Llinos Griffiths, who is originally from Barmouth, but now lives in Machynlleth. She recently launched her new business ‘Dyfi Naturals’ following retirement from teaching. Llinos explained that she had attended appropriate courses and her products had to be approved by a chemist and trading standards. She showed how her soaps are made and members had the opportunity to buy her products. Llinos was warmly thanked by Rose Morris. Delicious refreshments were then served by Karen Chapman and Audrey Witts, who were thanked by Jacqui. The raffle was won by Pauline Roberts and the flowers by Val Vine. The competition for a posy of flowers was won by Iris Lovatt. The next meeting is on 26 July when there will be a sale of books, DVDs and CDs. Any contributions for the stall can be brought to the meeting.


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Join Paula
Local athlete Paula Skye Tunnadine will soon be competing in a new local event which is a triathlon for the Bloodwise charity . The Caderman Triathlon is the newest in the Bloodwise calendar and will take you from sea level to summit in one day. There are two options, the sprint distance or if you think you are tough enough, why not sign up for the extreme half-ironman distance. You can get all the details of the swim , cycle and run event from the bloodwise site . You can enter individually or as a team of three. The date is set for Saturday 5th August start time 8am with the swim at Tywyn then cycle to Dolgellau followed by a run up Cader. Paula is concerned that many who would like to take part in such an event and for such a good cause may not have heard about it. Booking is now open but likely to fill fast as it is open nationally. Paula will be pleased to hear from those who are interested or curious.
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Vote for £3million
To celebrate their 300th anniversary the Freemasons of Britain are giving an additional £3million pounds to charities that serve their local community. The following Charities have been nominated for a grant award in North Wales:
Tan Y Maen mental health resource centre in Blaennau Ffestiniog Flintshire Deaf Children’s Society, Anglesey Foster Care Association, North Wales Women’s Centre, Erlas Victorian Walled Garden, The Neuro Therapy Centre. It is now up to the Masonic community and the general public to decide which Charities get the largest grants through an online vote at Select and vote for the charity of your choice. All the nominated charities are guaranteed to receive a grant, but the public vote will determine the amount from £4,000 up to £25,000.The vote is open from the 12th June 2017 until the 31st July 2017. Have your say, vote now and help your favourite North Wales charity win a share of the £3 million. Once you have voted, please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same
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Coffee evening
'St. Mary's Church Llanaber will be holding their annual coffee evening at the Jesuits' House , main road, Llanaber on Wednesday the 21st June at 7pm. There will also be a superb display of model vehicles, steam engines and farm equipment. A warm welcome to all'
Be a Councillor?
Barmouth Town Council intends to co-opt 4 members to fill the vacancies that exist in the office of Councillor for the Barmouth Community (Ward). No election was held as there were fewer contenders than seats The remaining Councillors therefore have the power to select replacements for those who have resigned or retired. If you feel that you have an interest in the issues affecting the Town and would like to become involved in resolving them you are invited to apply. For details of how to apply please speak to the Clerk to the Council by calling Sue on 07919117632 or by email Closing date for applications is 23rd June.
Charities first
Barmouth’s first annual colour run / walk will take place on Sunday 18th June at 1pm. It will start from the Bathhouse on the quay. There will be a 2-5Km and a 5Km challenge with medals for all participants. Entry will cost £5 for Children and £10 for adults. Funds raised will, this year, go to Ysgol y Traeth. You can register on the day or in advance via facebook.
Gallery re-opens
There is an open invitation to visit St Johns hall Gallery in Barmouth on Monday 3rd July, starting at 7:30 pm, to celebrate the reopening of the refurbished gallery and preview the guest exhibition of paintings by Keith Durrant, titled “Times, Places and Dreams” and the Resident Artists’ exhibitions. There will also be live music from the regular Monday night acoustic session musicians.
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Church news
On Friday 2nd of June two fundraising events will be taking place. Weather permitting a Strawberry cream tea and clothes sale will take place at St David’s Church, Barmouth between 12:30pm and 4pm. A clothes stall will also be setup to raise funds for the Refugee Appeal. In the evening from 6:30pm a Beetle drive social evening at the Church Hall in Dyffryn Ardudwy has been planned with free entry. A soup supper at £2 per person will also be available. Everyone is most welcome to both events.
Jacqui Puddle, President, welcomed members to the meeting on 24th May, and ‘Meirion’ was sung. Dolgellau Vet, Sophie Rendall, was introduced, and she gave a brief description of her work. Sophie specialises in small domestic animals, but the practice also treats farm animals. They offer a 24 hour service and some emergency treatments of cats and dogs were described. Sophie stressed, that if possible pets’ teeth should be brushed regularly to prevent infections. Members were invited to ask questions and Sophie was warmly thanked by Janet. Best wishes were given to those who have birthdays soon. The minutes of the April meeting were read. Jacqui and Mari had taken the results of the food waste survey to Co-op. Votes were taken on the resolutions, ’alleviating loneliness’ and ‘plastic soup’, the results of which Val will take to the National AGM in Liverpool. The county newsletter, and letters from the National Assembly, regarding the shortage of midwives, were read. A meal at the Boathouse was enjoyed by 16 members on 12 May. A few members have worked hard weeding, and planting geraniums on the wall around the Leisure Centre, in conjunction with ‘Barmouth in Bloom’. The County have organised a ramble on Precipice Walk on 2nd June, Barmouth ramble from Fairbourne to Barmouth is on 10th June, and there will be a treasure hunt in Dolgellau on 23 June. The summer outing has been arranged for 21 June, to Ruthin Gaol and Cae Dai 1950s museum, Denbigh; ending the day with a meal in Isis. Pauline Roberts won the raffle, Carol Clay won the flowers and the competition for the best photograph of an animal was won by Malan Evans. The next meeting will be a demonstration of handmade soaps with Llinos Griffiths and the competition is a small posy of flowers
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Exhibition time
A new exhibition has opened at the refurbished St Johns gallery with the combined works of Bernard, Aloysha and Sacha Barnes and Reyna Rushton. The interior of the building has been reorganised with a new layout. Not to be missed is the awe inspiring work that is now located on the north wall. This is a venue unique to and within Barmouth. The exhibition opens daily from 10am till 4pm
Paper swan
A new studio is preparing to open in King Edward Street Paper Swan studio will be showing artwork, paintings, drawings, sculptures, masks, poetry, writings, creativity by Tony Stringfellow and local artists
There is now a public access Defibrillator sited outside Bendi-gedig on Talbot Square. This is the first of two cabinets to be installed in Barmouth bought through local fundraising. The Defibrillators have been provided by Barmouth First Responders and are accessible to all 24/7 by dialling 999, ambulance control will then issue the code to unlock the cabinet and dispatch help. In addition Merioneth Yacht Club have installed one on the front of the Yacht Club to cover the needs of the harbour area.

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On the ball
The Cambrian Coast Croquet Club has just finished another enjoyable indoor season in the Barmouth Leisure Centre. However, this would not have been possible without the hard work of the centre staff who had to lay out and put away the mats every week, so many thanks to them.
The club is now playing outdoors every Friday afternoon, weather permitting, at Royal St David’s Golf Club, Harlech. Anybody wishing to try something different will be made very welcome. Call 01341241308 for more details.
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The Dragon Theatre will have its AGM on Monday 15th May, 7pm in Parlwr Bach and users of the Theatre are welcome to attend. Reports will be given on the Theatre’s activities and progress over the last 12 months. The Dragon Theatre is always looking for volunteers to join the team and help with events, but particularly, would like to increase the number of members on the Management Board so if you are interested then why not go along to the meeting and have a chat with the board members.
Music at the gallery
After the refurbishment of the St Johns Hall gallery the   Monday Music Unplugged sessions will recommence on Monday 15 May starting 7:30pm. These sessions are open mike, but without the mike, with a folk music bias. If you are a musician or like to listen, you are invited to go along. All welcome.
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From Ysgol Y Traeth newsletter:-

1. During the first weekin March the whole school celebrated “Cool Wales”. Pupils were given an opportunity to study Welsh artists. The local author Bethan Gwanas came to work with year 6 and read a story to year 2.Bodlyn class prepared an assembly on St David’s Day and we all enjoyed a special lunch before going on a
Parade. Pupils’ posters celebrating St David’s Day were displayed in the Coop once again this year and in
return they were each given a special St David’s Day cupcake or Welsh cake.During World Book Day pupils studied Welsh authors. Pupils from the Reception Class, Years 1 and 2 visited the library in town.On Friday we had our second school Eisteddfod where every pupil participated. Some of the school Governors
judged competitions from drawing daffodils to creating Welsh Dragons on the computer and awarded certificates to the winners from each class. The pupils who were competing in the Urdd Eisteddfod had anopportunity to perform in front of the school
2. Red Nose Day
A total of £238 was raised for Red NoseDay this year. Everyone had the opportunity towear red and 3 boxes of red noses were sold.

3. Friends of The School
Most of the pupils in the school had their faces painted on St David’s Day by the Friends.
Thank you for supporting the Easter Fair on Wednesday night.Nearly £600 was raised.The school staff appreciate all the hard work
that goes into raising substantial funds.

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Music at St John’s
An Evening of Seasonal Music at St John’s Barmouth on Easter Sunday. On the 16 of April a musical extravaganza will take place at St John’s Church Barmouth featuring two local Choirs and an Organist. Cor Meibion Ardudwy and Cana mi Gei will be performing seasonal music along with Ross Williams performing a number of Organ Pieces. Tickets will be £5 at the door on the evening along with an interval with refreshments.
There will be an event to help raise funds to pay for treatment in America for Freddie Hunt a two year old  with a tumour in his head. He has had the first stage of treatment but the total cost will be £320,000. Riva in the High Street will be holding a “Magnificent Cake Sale”on April 8th from 11am till 2pm. It is being organised by Hayley Jocelyn and Rita Johnson Hunter. They seek your support and also donations of cakes. There will also be  an Easter Sweet Tree raffle. For more information contact Rita or Hayley.
Community involvement
Co-op Barmouth are looking for ways to get more involved in various community projects/volunteering help/etc. Does anyone have any ideas/information/events that we could help with if available? If so, please inbox us through the store's FB page, or let one of our colleagues know.

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Friends of Ysgol y Traeth

The group will be holding their annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Wednesday 5th April, from 3pm on the school field. All welcome for fun & games, Easter Egg Hunt, a visit from the Easter Bunny and much more!

Beach Clean
Barmouth Lifeboat and Underwater Wales will be holding a beach clean on Barmouth beach on April 13th between 1pm and 4pm. The meeting point at the start will be the Lifeboat station next to the leisure centre. Everyone is invited to go and help clean the beach or join in with Underwater Wales who will be doing an MCS Beach clean survey ,where you record everything you pick up, an egg case hunt mermaids purses, wash balls etc and a nurdle hunt. Every piece of litter collected helps.

Merched y Wawr, Bermo.
Cyfarfu’r gangen nos Fawrth, 21ain. Mawrth. Croesawodd Llewela yr gelodau i’r cyfarfod ac anfonwyd ein cofion at Gwyneth sydd yn yr ysbyty wedi damwain yn ei chartref. Derbyniodd yr aelodau fag siopa i ddath1u’r Aur (hanner can m1wyddiantMerched y Wawr) a thynnwyd lluniau ohonynt gyda’u bagiau. Hefyd, gwerthwyd sgwariau raffl cenedlaethol Carthen Melin Tregwynt. Darllenodd Megan adroddiad o’r pwyllgor rhanbarth gafodd ei gynnal yn
Llanelltyd y nos Lun flaenorol. Cafwyd gwahoddiad i Gangen Nancol nos Fercher Sed. Ebrill i noson draddodiadol Gymreig yng nghwmni’r Band Arall. Croesawodd Megan, Jane Williams ein gwraig wadd o Ddyffryn Ardudwy i’r cyfarfod. Cyflwynodd Jane ei hun i ni fel yr oedd yn ei dyddiau cynnar yn ferch fferm Cors y Gedol, Dyffryn Ardydwy a’i dyddiau coleg yn astudio a chreu crochenwaith. Mae’n awr yn ddarlithydd mewn crochenwaith yng Ngholeg Meirion/Dwyfor yn Nolgellau. Cawsom hefyd hanes difyr iawn ganddi o’i hamser ar y rhaglen deledu boblogaidd ‘The Great Potttery Throw Down’ pan greodd waith canmoladwy iawn. Daeth a rhai o’r cyrmyrch oedd wedi eu creu at y rhaglen gyda hi ac hefyd waith arall i’w arddangos a’i werthu. Rhoddodd gyfle i
bawb greu ei grochenwaith bach ei hun a chawson andros o hwyl yn baeddu ein dwylo wrth geisio siapio’r clai i ‘bot pinch’ Ar y diwedd aeth Jane a’n gwaith adref i’w roi yn yr odyn I sychu. Diolchodd Megan yn gynnes iawn iddi am ei hamser a’i hymroddiad. Paratowyd y baned gan Megan a Mair ac enillwyd y raffl gan Iona.

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Mawddach Rotary will be holding one of their Film and Supper nights on Friday 31st March at the Dragon Theatre. The film will be "Sully miracle on the Hudson" starring Tom Hanks.Those wishing to have the Fish and Chip supper need to book in advance by calling Eliz Swain on 01341 450314 or the Dragon Box office 01341 281697 who will pass on the message. Supper will be at 6-30 and the film will start at 7-30.Profits will go to Rotary nominated charities.

Remembering David
On Friday 31st March there will be a gathering of friends to celebrate and remember the life of David Leese who passed away late last year. The meeting will be at the Masonic Hall, Water street Barmouth where David had been a member of long standing and of which he had been Master twice. All friends of David and Christine will be welcomed to the informal session that will start at 2pm and end at 4pm. Friends will be able to see several clips from “Collectors Lot” a t.v. programme that featured David’s work on several occasions.Donations can be made to either Parkinsons Society or British Heart Foundation charities on the day.


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Hunt for the Wilderpeople
The film being shown in the Dragon theatre on Saturday 18th March at 7-30pm is the tale of a boy and his foster uncle who get lost in the wilds of New Zealand. It is billed as a comedy adventure and has a 12a rating.
Chris Malcolm
Following the recent death of Chris Malcolm who, when living in Barmouth, ran the Sandhurst guest house, there will be a short Wake at 9pm on Monday 27th March in the Tal y Don hotel for his friends to say goodbye and share memories of him

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Supporting Amelia on Logos Hope
A coffee morning will be held on Thursday 23rd February  in Barmouth Community Centre from 10am till 12-30pm. There will be refreshments, raffle, tombola, book stall and gifts. Donations of cake would be very welcome. Amelia is very grateful for the support from family, friends and the residents of Dyffryn and Barmouth as she teaches the nursery class as a volunteer on Logos Hope, a Christian mission ship. She is at present in Tobago having visited Ghana, Cape Verde, the Canaries, South America and Trinidad during the last six months. The ship is a converted car ferry, known as the largest floating bookshop in the world, it also carries water purifying tablets and extending shoes that can fit a child for up to five years.
Volunteer needed
Barmouth and Dyffryn United  are looking for a volunteer first aider to assist on match days, if you are qualified and would like to support the team please contact Will Huntley on 07912748875.
Half Term at the Dragon
There are number of up coming events at the Dragon theatre, call the box office on 01341 281697  for more details. Puppet Theatre: LITTLE BO PEEP, Sea Legs Production, 3pm THURDAY 23rd FEBRUARY. Music: 4th FRIDAY JAZZ & BLUES, JAZZ RAG, 7.30pm FRIDAY 24th FEBRUARY. Film: A UNITED KINGDOM (12A, 111 mins), 7.30pm FRIDAY 3rd MARCH.
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High speed sketch
On Saturday  18th  there will be a live comedy sketch show at the Dragon theatre, three performers will create 30 sketches of a comical and  topical nature  over ninety minutes.  Titled from here to absurdity the show is supported by Gwynedd Council. Show starts at 7-30pm
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Barmouth Publicity Association will be holding their AGM on Thursday 16th February at The Royal in Barmouth. Where it will be launching the new, expanded, Barmouth Town Guide, sharing details about the future of the Tourist Information Centre, revealing details of additional advertising for Barmouth this year and hopefully offering a preview of the new Barmouth-Wales website which is in the final stages of production. Copies of the Town Guide will be available to take away with you. The meeting itself starts at 7.30pm but you may choose to go  along at 6pm and join the members for dinner at The Royal? The hotel  like to know numbers so please let Heather Brown at  Bryn Melyn on 01341 280556 know if you are going for the meal. Please put this event in your diary, the committee look forward to seeing you there.
Barmouth Leisure Centre has received  new equipment for the gym through a deal struck by Gwynedd Council which  has enabled a number of centres to be upgraded. Given the proven effects of exercise on both mental and physical health this development should be welcomed by all. The gym is a well used facility in Barmouth and is set to become even more popular  with the high tech equipment now installed.
On Friday 3rd February the First Friday film will be Bridget Jones’s Baby, showing at the Dragon at 7-30pm

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Heather Brown, from Barmouth Publicity Association, is starting to put together the Town Guide for 2017. This publication had a major redesign in 2016 and has been very well received. The print run was increased from 10,000 to 20,000 and most have been  distributed. Primarily an accommodation directory, the brochure also carries adverts for shops, places to eat, activities and services. The volunteer run group also manage the web page which also carries the adverts. If you would like to advertise in the 2017 Guide, please contact Heather by email or via Bryn Melyn hotel
Trussel Trust
The screening of the film, I Daniel Blake on Saturday 28th January is intended to draw people to become aware of and offer support to the Trussel Trust which operates  the umbrella organisation for food banks across Britain. The film will be preceded by a short talk by Barmouth Food Banks manager. The film will start at about  7-30pm in the Dragon
Bridget Jones
For fans of the series of films Friday 3rd February offers an opportunity to see  Bridget Jones’s baby, it is certificate 15 and will be shown at the Dragon at 7-30pm.

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Community Courses
Coleg Llandrillo have a new Basic computer course and a 'Get to know your Tablet Device' starting in Barmouth on Monday's at the Dragon Theatre. Basic computer sessions will be held from 10:00 - 12:30 and Tablet sessions will be held from 1:00 - 3:00. Either take your own device or the tutor will be happy to supply one for you to try. The courses are free and accredited. All ages and abilities , with small and friendly classes.  For more information contact Wendy Cleaver at the college in Dolgellau.
Sunday matinee
Swallows and amazons forever is a family adventure adapted from the classic novel. Holidaying in the Lake District, four siblings set sail on a boat named Swallow and discover an island. As they explore they realise the island has already been claimed by rivals who have their own vessel called the Amazon. Show starts at 2-30pm at the Dragon Theatre
Fourth Friday Jazz and Blues
MARCIA PENDLEBURY, TheQueen of the Blues will be performing in the Arts Room of the Dragon on Friday 27th January. There is no one quite like Marcia and there is nothing quite like an evening of her favourite genre the blues. Backed by a five piece band including drums, bass, guitar and blues harp. Call Danny Jones on 280903 for pricing and to book tickets
Food bank and film
A short presentation by the manager of the Barmouth Food Bank precedes the film I,Daniel Blake which will be shown at 7-30pm  on Saturday 28th January at the Dragon . The price of entry is lower than normal to encourage donations  and there will be a raffle  which will also raise funds for the Trussle Trust that supports  Food Banks across Britain.
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Barmouth Mawddach Lodge Freemasons have organised a fund raising  cabaret and dinner at the Min y Mor for Saturday December 3rd.  The  professional entertainers are Singer  Colin Gibson and Magician Andy Lochran which along with the excellent food at the Min y Mor will guarantee a superb evenings entertainment. All are welcome, tickets can be obtained from Celebrations Card Shop in the Arches or by calling Pat Butcher on 07585440380.
On Friday night the Dragon Theatre will welcome The Boggy Mountain Boys for a Bluegrass night. More details from the box office on 01341 281697
Friday will see the antique valuation day, organised by Mawddach Rotary, being held at the Dragon Theatre between 10am and 2pm.
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Charity Antiques Valuation Day
Mawddach Rotary have arranged an antiques valuation day which will be held in the Dragon Theatre on Friday 14th October from 10am till 2pm. Professional valuers will appraise items and advise on potential sale values. If items are too large to take  to this event home visits can be arranged. Mawddach Rotary will charge £2 per item valued  and will use the proceeds in their charitable work. Refreshments will also be on sale.Further details are available from Mawddach Rotary on 01341 423459 or from Halls on 01743 450700.
Barmouth Bowling Club
The end of September saw the club heading towards the end of another very successful year, not the least event being the completion of the refurbishment of the clubhouse, which gave a boost to the start of the season, and with a number of new members it was an auspicious start for 2016.  Other events  in September were the match for the Goat Cup which was won by new member Mick Williams.  Captain's team v Chairman's team, and after a play off on this occasion the Chairman's team were declared winners.  The final match of the season was "Wales v England" - Wales were the winners. The Annual General Meeting was held on the 1st October, at the club house.  The meeting showed a healthy financial position and a positive growth in membership which augurs well for the future prospects of the club. The AGM was followed by the Annual Presentation Dinner, at Hendre Coed Restaurant.  On this occasion, the lady players did rather better than the gentlemen players in gaining more of the trophies than their male counterparts.  Well done ladies. The Bowling Green will close on the 8th September, 2016, and the club look forward to the re-opening for the 2017 season on the 1st April, 2017. Newcomers will be welcomed.
Co-op benefit
The Co-op is creating a new scheme that will benefit customers and communities. For those signing up  1% of the money they spend on selected co-op brand products will be donated to local causes. The Dragon Theatre being community owned and operated is to be the first beneficiary of the scheme

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Films in Barmouth
FRIDAY 7th OCT, FILM: The Legend of Tarzan, it's been nearly a decade since Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård), also known as John Clayton III, left Africa to live in Victorian England with his wife Jane. Danger lurks on the horizon as Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), a treacherous envoy for King Leopold, devises a scheme that lures the couple to the Congo. Rom plans to capture Tarzan and deliver him to an old enemy in exchange for diamonds. When Jane becomes a pawn in his devious plot, Tarzan must return to the jungle to save the woman he loves. Showing at Barmouth’s Dragon theatre at  7.30pm
On  Sunday 9th October, the film will be : Robinson Crusoe, it will be shown at 2.30pm at the Dragon Theatre.
Co-op benefit
The Co-op is creating a new scheme that will benefit customers and communities. For those signing up  1% of the money they spend on selected co-op brand products will be donated to local causes. The Dragon Theatre being community owned and operated is to be the first beneficiary of the scheme.
St John’s - Barmouth
On the 2nd of October the time of the main Sunday service at St John's will change from 11:30am to 10:00am. The service on the first Sunday of every month will also be a family service with a free breakfast served at the start of the service at 10:00am. The first of these family services will be a Harvest Celebration
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Barmouth’s Mawddach Lodge Freemasons threw open the doors on Saturday and welcomed both locals and visitors into their building in Water street. People had an opportunity to tour the elegant building , examine displays of Masonic artefacts and to meet and ask questions of members of several Lodges that use the building. Both the mens and ladies organisations received interest so it is likely that a similar day will be organised next year.
The 23rd Barnardos  Walk will take place on October 15th starting at 8-30am. The fundraising walk begins at Talbot square and the route runs around the lower Diffwys ridge. Everyone welcome. You have the option to walk 5,10,15 or 20 miles depending on your personal capabilities. Refreshments will be  available along the way. Lark Davies is the person to contact for more information.
There was a 'drop-in' evening at the Dragon Theatre last Thursday  for all those interested in learning Spanish or who needed information about community courses on offer from the Llandrillo college. If you missed this event you can contact Wendy Cleaver at the colleges Dolgellau site to register interest or request information.
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Barmouth Bowling Club
August, despite variable weather conditions and the rabbit population's best efforts, was another successful month. On the 13th of August, the club played for the Ron Barnard Cup.  David Evans, the men's captain, was the  winner, and Pam Payton the Club Treasurer, was runner up. The 16th, a perfect summer's day for bowling, saw the team visit Fairbourne for the annual Local Derby.   The hosts gained a well deserved victory on this occasion, and afterwards, Barmouth team enjoyed a super buffet meal prepared by the Farbourne ladies. Wednesday, the 17th, the Dolgellau Rotary Club enjoyed the use of the green for a fun evening, followed by a fish and chip supper. A good time was had by the Rotarians, who hope to repeat the event next season. The return match with Fairbourne Bowling Club had been scheduled for the 22nd, but was hastily re-arranged for the next day, due to the vagaries of the British summer weather.  However, the 23rd was a beautiful summery day, but Barmouth was once again defeated by the better side, and the Challenge Shield will now join the Fairbourne Club's collection of trophies across the River Mawddach, Next year Barmouth? The mixed doubles contest on the 27th August, another lovely day, was won by Ron Rees, who now has a prolific amount of trophies and challenges to his name over his many years of membership. His doubles partner, on this occasion, was Pauline Roberts, the ladies' captain. The fun day arranged for September 3rd, was postponed due once more to poor weather conditions.  Club days are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at the Pavillion on Park Road.  Other days may be available by prior arrangement.  Should your club, group or organisation wish to take advantage of the excellent facilities, please telephone 01341 280705 for more information.
Open Day
The Freemasons are often  inaccurately described as a secret society,  to disprove this and to show that they are an active, charitable institution an open day is planned for Saturday 17th September. The whole building in Water street will be open to the public in an effort to provide a more informed view of what Masonry is and what it  has to offer to men and women in the 21st century. There will be Brethren on hand to explain  what membership entails and what the order does in terms of raising funds from among members to run the grand charities and to fund the Royal College for Surgeons. The building will be open to everyone from 11am till 4pm.
Autumn music
Two very different styles of music will be offered at the Dragon Theatre at the end of this week. On Friday 9th there will be the Summer Strings Serenade by Volante Strings orchestra. The performance will begin at 8pm The programme will includeVivaldi – String Concerto in D minor, Thomas : The Silence of Aberffraw, Elgar :Serenade for Strings, Rutter : Suite for Strings, Leroy Anderson : Fiddle- Faddle, Eric Coates : Calling all Workers,  Blue Lagoon, 3 short works for Cello and Strings - Frank Bridge and Pablo Casals with soloist Corinne Frost.On Saturday there will be a change of pace with Jazz night starting at 8pm, both events in the Arts Room
 September in the gallery
The “Fragments of Barmouth” exhibition of paintings by Bernard Barnes is on until Friday 30th September 2016. Most of the paintings in this exhibition are recent, painted over the winter while the gallery was closed for restoration work. The gallery is open every day from 11am to 4:30pm except for Mondays when it is normally closed during the day. Also at St John’s Gallery is the ”Monday Music Unplugged” every Monday 7:30pm live acoustic music with a folk bias. If you play or just like to listen, you are invited to go along.
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Events at St John’s Gallery Barmouth
You have an opportunity to Learn Castprinting with Jon George 24th - 28th September, 2-5pm each day (not on Sunday 25th). The course is £65 including materials. Maximum of 10 places, please email to book a place. Castprinting is a type of relief printing similar to lino or woodcut printing, but paintbrushes are used in place of chisels or gouging tools. Invented by Jon George, Castprinting is a new method in printmaking. Students would therefore be participating in the exploration of a process as yet in its infancy - with many aesthetic possibilities still to be explored. Castprinting is block printing suitable for those who paint - it is a simple low tech, hand printing technique, which can be practised with relatively inexpensive equipment
Tribute Night
On Saturday 27th August there will be a triple tribute night at which the music of Little Richard, Ray Charles and James Brown will feature. In  addition there will be a Dusty Springfield  tribute singer to complete the evenings offering. The show will start at 8pm on Saturday 27th at the Dragon Theatre. Tickets and further information are available by calling 01341 281697.
Flag Day
The collection held on 4th August resulted in a total amount of £1200-28 for the RNLI. Barmouth raised £542.48, Shell Island £545.70 and Fairbourne £112.10.William Burton the promoter has thanked everyone for the commendable effort  that produced this result.
Supporting Amelia
The Summer sale held in Barouth Community Centre last Thursday was a great success despite the wet weather. £450 was raised to help fund Amelia who will be travelling to Ghana on September 3rd to begin two years as a volunteer Nursery Teacher. Amelia will be  based on a ship “Logos hope” travelling up the coast of Africaand on to the Carribean with the charity “Operation mobilisation”. Amelia thanks those who have supported her and especially the ladies who helped on the day

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Barmouth Bowling Club
St. Swithin, this July, kept his promise. However,  the pleasure of using our newly renovated and refurbished club house more than made up for all that rain. In the event, one match only had to be postponed.  This match was the Men v Women.  The men won this match soundly. Despite the inclement weather during the month, the inter-club matches are now at the semi-final stage and finals will take place during the next few weeks, when the winners of trophies, cups and shields will be known. The W.I. have their Annual event, The Netta Irvine Cup, during early August at the Club.  This event is always a special time, and a lovely day out for the ladies of the W.I and their families and friends. Membership continues to grow and so far this season, there have been more visiting players, whom the Club welcome as well as new bowling enthusiasts who may like to try their arm at bowling ; literally. Should you or your family be interested to try bowling, do go along to the club house on Park Road, where you will be sure members will give helpful advice and guidance. For further information please call Margaret Williams 01341 280705..
My brilliant divorce
Wednesday 17th will see the second performance of My Brilliant Divorce , this summers production from Paradisi theatre company at the Dragon Theatre in Barmouth. The performance starts at 7-30pm . Tickets can be bought at the door or reserved by calling the box office on 01341 281697.
Folk night
The Catrin O’Neill folk night will take place on Wednesday 24th in the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre at 8pm.  This accomplished harpist will be accompanied by Mike Lease and Chris Knowles, providing an evening of both traditional and original music.
ROTARY Bric a Brac sale.
Early birds could pick up real bargains at the Rotary Bric a Brac sale being held in the Arts room of the Dragon theatre on Sunday 14th between 10am and 2pm. Many generously donated items must go  including silver, glassware, ornaments, jewellery, handbags, paintings, cd's, DVD's, books etc.  Teas/ coffees, cakes and scones available. All monies will go to Rotary good causes.
On Saturday 6th August, 22 ladies competed in a bowling match for the Netta Irvine Rose Bowl. It was a sunny afternoon, ideal for the both the players and  spectators.  Ifor Evans and friends organised and marked the games, and following the preliminary rounds, Betty Annett, Anita Gatehouse, Rose Martin and Mari O’Rourke went through to the semi-finals. The exciting final match ended with a tie-break, Mari was the victor by one point, with Betty a close second. Pam Payton and Lyn Norton (Netta’s daughter) presented the trophies including an award to Jane Wilson for “The Best of the Rest”.
A sumptuous tea was provided by  W.I. ladies. Lyn had brought a novelty cake – two ladies playing on a bowling green – to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this competition and she thanked everyone for their continued support. Pam thanked the men for all their help during the afternoon and thanked the tea ladies for a lovely spread. There were several raffle prizes. All agreed that it had been a very successful and enjoyable day,

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Barmouth RNLI to hold a Funday
Crowds are expected at the Lifeboat Station on Barmouth promenade on Sunday 14th August to enjoy the annual Sunday Fun Day put on by fundraisers from 10.30 am until 3.30 pm. The all-weather lifeboat, Moira Barrie, will be on display out on the beach and there will be stalls, games, tombola and barbecue as well as the chance to chat to the crew of the lifeboat station. Tea and cakes will be served and the Cox in the Stocks will give children the opportunity to soak the coxswain with wet sponges again! Entrance is free, so come along to support the Barmouth Branch of the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.

Supporting Amelia
There will be a Summer Sale on Thursday August 11th in the Community Centre in Barmouth. There will be books, refreshments, tombola, cakes and a raffle. Entry will be free. The purpose of the sale is to raise funds to support Amelia Vine who is going to Ghana on September 3rd for two years as a volunteer nursery teacher.

Folk Night
Catrin O’Neill will be performing original and traditional folk songs, jigs, reels and Celtic harp airs.She will be accompanied by fiddler Mike Lease and multi instrumentalist Chris Knowles.The session will be on Wednesday24th August in the Dragon Theatre

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Over 60 children under 5 years of age from Cylch Feithrin Y Tonnau, Ysgol Y Traeth and Oasis Day Centre Barmouth took part in the Annual Barnardo's Big Toddle on the 14th July. The children were dressed up as wild animals or wearing face masks they had been busy making to Toddle round the Wern Mynach conservation area.When they finished they  enjoyed a biscuit and drink as well as time to play on the Pirate Boat.
They raised a grand total is £455.80 and thanks go to all who took part and raised Sponsor money for this well known Children's Charity.
Car Wash
On 4th August the Christadelphians from Worcester will be washing cars from  2pm to 5pm on the forecourt of the lifeboat station. All funds raised will then be donated to the RNLI.
For those interested in philosophy, Jasper Elgood is giving a series of 4 talks in July on Thursday evenings, each starting at 7:30pm. The titles and dates of his talks are: Thurs 7th July: Malice – Invasion of the Narcissists from Hell. Thurs 14th July: Barrack Obama and Donald Trump – The Noble and the Base a Lost Theme in Political Discourse. Thurs 21st July: Walking Meditation – How to Get from A to B Without Leaving A  Thurs 28th July: What is ‘Why’? – Questioning Questioning For a flavour of previous years’ talks, recordings are available here:
Dads army
The movie  inspired by the  T.V. series of the same name will be screened in the Dragon Theatre on Friday evening at 7-30pm
Family films.
The Dragon theatre have programmed a mix of entertainments for the summer holidays. Zootropolis is top be shown on Wednesday 3rd and Friday 16th August  at 2-30pm. Alvin and the Chipmunks roadtrip will be shown on Friday 12th August and Kung Fu Panda will be shown on Friday 19th August. Details of all can be obtained by calling the Dragon Theatre on 01341 281697
First Friday
The First Friday Film for August will be, “ Miles ahead” it is a biopic of Jazz musician Miles Davis. It will be shown on Friday 5th August at 7-30 at the Dragon Theatre
My Brilliant Divorce
Paradisi Theatre company from Criccieth will be performing a comedy written by Geraldine Aron which has been previously nominated for “Best entertainment” at the Olivier’s Awards. Paradisi have an excellent track record in producing memorable  high quality  productions. There will be two evening performances one on 10th August and the other a week later on 17th. Tickets can be booked in advance by contacting the box office at the Dragon Theatre on 01341 281697.

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Dads Army
 Some years ago Bermo Arts produced a summer show based on an episode of the popular t.v. series. On July 29th  the Dragon Theatre will be screening the latest Dads Army movie. In addition there will be a short B movie from the British Film Institute’s “Britain on film “ project. The show commences at 7-30pm. Tea and cake will be provided.
Come and see
A Family fun evening has been  organised at St Johns Church for Wednesday 27th July. The event commences at 4-30pm on the Promenade opposite the Life Boat Station with a Seek and you will find treasure hunt. The route goes through the town ending at St Johns Church. This event is free , children must be accompanied by an adult. At 5pm there will be a barbeque on the terrace at St John’s where food, cocktails, mocktails and soft drinks will be on sale. There will be numerous activities including skittles in the aisle, Wii station, table tennis, craft corner, yours of the bell tower and more
Carnival timings
Timings have now been set for the St John’s hill  Gallery annual Carnival and Open Day on Saturday 23rd July. There will be family activities during the day in the gallery and Talbot Square. If you would like to take part by being one of the giant puppeteers, please contact Bernard Barnes (07767 862382) before the event to volunteer. Similarly, if you want to be involved in making puppets or the puppet theatre or you have some other performance that you want to do.10 am Puppeteers arrive at the gallery.
11 am -12 noon Talbot Square - giant puppets dancing including dragon, giant bubbles and live music. In the gallery for the rest of the day, these activities will be taking place: Various music performances Caricatures with John Ruskin
Still life with Reyna ,Calligraphy with Hakim, Puppet workshop with Sue
Poetry with Bernard Young Puppet show.
Kung Fu Panda 3
On Wednesday 27th July and Friday 19th August there will be screenings of the continuing, “legendary  adventures of awesomeness” Involving Kung Fu Panda. Screenings will be at 2-30 at the Dragon Theatre.

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Ten Million Hit Milestone for Community Archive

On 27th July 2007 the Barmouth Community Archive, which has become better known as Hugh’s Views was launched by Communities First in Barmouth as a project to encourage local people to develop digital skills. It was thought that a collection of historic photographs of the area on line would be an incentive for those resistant to technology to learn the necessary skills to access the pictures. It has become a truly sustainable community project. Over the nine years the collection has grown constantly and now comprises 6625 images including pictures and also well text from newspapers all organised by theme and in chronological order.. On Saturday 9th July this year the collection passed the 10 million hit record, with 2 million hits in the last year alone. Of the 349 people who have contributed of images 48 have now passed away. Site controller Hugh Griffith Roberts points out that without this resource those contributions would probably have been lost forever. It is to Hugh that much of the credit must go because he catalogues, repairs and updates the site constantly. He draws on local skills to assist in identifying images and characters depicted. “A lot of detective work goes into identifying some of the more obscure and damaged pictures he says. Some images have been reproduced in the Cambrian News so that readers have an opportunity to appraise and comment when specific details are being sought. The site has provided research material for groups as diverse as National Theatre Wales, W.I. schools, History of Cycling project and the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum. Family history researchers have found the cache of images invaluable too. In addition Hugh’s Views session have been held in the Dragon theatre on more than 24 occasions where the community have come together to view the collection of the big screen. Money raised by the events supports the community owned theatre This is almost certainly the largest community owned and operated archive in the country. WCVA recognised the massive achievement with an award ceremony for Hugh in Cardiff naming him as Volunteer of the Year. Since the demise of Communities First Barmouth Town Council have recognised the value of the collection and agreed to pay the cost of the web presence. In addition Cwmni Bermo, Barmouth First have provided a new laptop so that Hugh can continue the constant up grading and expansion of this truly amazing collection. New pictures are being donated and added weekly. It is a useful marketing tool for the area too as many of the viewers have been tourists interested in the development of the area. It is also notable that Barmouth expats in all corners of the world log on to show family and friends views of their home area. The collection has expanded its remit so that images of, “ history in the making” are now included so that it will remain as source of research for future generations.
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Barmouth Bowling Club

During the season so far, the Club has welcomed a number of new members and would like to take this opportunity to welcome them. Bank Holiday Monday, 30th May was an exceptionally popular day with the Bowling Green full to capacity with both members and visitors. Thanks are due to Patrick and Rose Martin for organising a Race Night which was held at the Buffs Club in Barmouth on the 3rd June. This was a very enjoyable evening with lots of fun and also a great help to the fund raising activities. The Club hope that Patrick and Rose will continue with their sterling work to help the club in this way. On the 11th June, a Club match for the Cyril Hudson Cup was won by the lady captain, Pauline Roberts, with runner-up Meirion Roberts. The 25th June saw another match for the men's doubles trophy. This was won by Ron Rees and men's captain David Evans. Runners up were Brian Williams and the Club's President Vic Tritton. The 2nd of July's match for the Bill Gaskill Centenary Shield, was won by Brian Williams, Runner up was Meirion Williams. Despite rabbits taking up residence and some pretty poor weather in the latter half of June, the programme continues on schedule.

Jungle book
The 2016 Jungle Book is a live action and CGI film that tells the story of Mowgli an orphaned human boy who, guided by his animal guardians, sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the threatening Shere Khan. It will show at the Dragon Theatre on July 8th at 7-30pm

Oscar’s coming
On Saturday 16th July Mawddach Rotary will be hosting the Oscars in Barmouth at the Dragon theatre. The evening commences with drinks and a buffet and is followed by the movie Bridge of Spies featuring Tom Hanks. In addition there will be awards and a luxury raffle. Order of the day is glitz and bling so dinner jackets and long dresses get an airing for this sumptuous event. Tickets can be ordered at the Dragon Theatre by calling 01341 281697 or by calling Eliz Swain on 01341 450314 or by calling in to the Guinevere shop in Eldon Square Dolgellau.

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Llanaber Church News

The Flower festival “Where the sea meets the shore” organised by Dorothy Round and Frances Pead at St Mary’s Church recently, was enjoyed by many locals and visitors. The help and support given by all was much appreciated, including the generosity of local Barmouth businesses who kindly sponsored the event, £741 being raised for refugee crisis and Church funds.

Coffee evening
On 15th June the annual Coffee Evening was held at the Jesuit’s House in llanaber thanks once again to the kindness of Brother Ken vance. As well as the usual stalls an excellent model vehicle display was exhibited, organised by the Corps family and friends. This was a very special added attraction. Thanks are due to all who helped and supported the event resulting in £746 being raised for St Mary’s Church funds.

The First Friday Film for July will be The Revenant which will be showing on Friday 1syt July at 7-30 in the Dragon Theatre at 7.30pm. Starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hardy it is a survival movie made in 2015. The following week on the 8th there will be a screening of the ever popular family film Jungle Book also at 7.30pm. Pre booking and further details available by calling the theatre on 01341 281697.

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On June 10"‘ Batala Bermo joined by members from Batala Bangor rocked the ramparts of Harlach Castle to open Rock Ardudwy 2016. The next day the band went on to give an exuberant performance on Barmouth harbour followed by a rousing session on the breakwater giving the teams taking part in the Three Peaks Yacht Race a great send off.Anyone who felt inspired by the samba rhythms please email or phone 07494848596 for details of beginners classes.

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Acoustic Music Open Sessions will be held every Monday at the new Gallery on St Johns hill, starting on Monday 13 June 2016. If you play or like to listen please go along.

Oriel St John’s Gallery held an opening event on Friday 3rd June. The evening was the official re-opening of the gallery after being closed for renovation over the winter, plus private views of 2 exhibitions new work by Bernard Barnes, “Fragments of Barmouth”, produced while renovation work was on-going and Landscape Photographs by Helen Iles. Exhibitions will be open 11am to 5pm every day (except Mondays when closed), from Saturday 4th June to Friday 30th September 2016. Live music featured on the evening videos of which can be found on youtube.

Gwarchod Bermo
There have been 7 cctv footage requests from North Wales police for May. These request where for Assault, burglary, criminal damage and car related requests . Gwarchod Bermo have been able to produced footage for some of these requests.

Sandcastle competition
Barmouth was proud to host the Sandcastle Competition organised by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, Ardudwy Funding Appeal. With perfect sand and a good number of entries, Barmouth's Mayor Valerie McArdell judged the 3 categories of entries Families, Adults and Children. The winners of the Family Category, awarded for their imaginative representation of Barmouth which included the bridge, a mermaid, and Harlech Castle.

Oscar’s Night
Mawddach Rotary will be hosting their Oscar’s night at the Dragon Theatre on Saturday 16th July The evening will commence with a sophisticated finger buffet before moving to the auditorium for a screening of Bridge of Spies featuring Tom Hanks. This event is a Bling spectacular where everyone dresses to impress. Bookings can be made by contacting the theatre on 01341 281697 or by calling Eliz Swain on 01341 450314 or by calling in to the Guinevere shop in the Square Dolgellau.

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Coffee evening

The annual St Mary’s Coffee Evening will again be hosted at the Jesuits House at Llanaber on Wednesday 15th June at 7pm. There will be the usual variety of stalls along with a model display. A warm welcome is extended to all.

The week started with a United Service in Christ Church. Representatives from the town's churches came together for this special service to launch the week. Thursday was fundraising day and this proved a great success with a total of £400 being raised by selling Coffee and cakes in Christ Church, Street collectors, donations and the offering during the Sunday. Our thanks go to all those who helped and those who generously donated to this very important Christian Charity.

Flower festival
St Mary’s Church Llanaber is such an ancient and atmospheric place that it is the perfect setting for the Flower festival. Overlooking the sea the festival’s theme of “Where the sea meets the shore.” was a perfect choice. Thirty four individual creations depict both personal and religious interpretations that demonstrate the beliefs and skill of the contributors. Some pieces relate to the present day events connected to the sea such as Refugees Lifeboats and holidays while others reflect timeless messages of hope and reminiscence. The Festival also demonstrates the drawing together of the various elements of the Parish as it evolves for the future. The creators of the designs deserve credit for their inventiveness and for the execution of the intricate work involved in brining them to fruition. Funds raised will go towards supporting the work to help refugees and to maintain the Church.

Barmouth Bowling Club
May brought some welcome fine weather, which has helped quite a lot with members enjoyment of the lovely game of bowling. On Saturday 7th May, the Lady Captain, Pauline Roberts, won the ladies Round Robin Cup, with runner-up Iola Evans. Iola has only recently joined as a player to watch! Well done Iola. The following week on he 14th May, saw Ron Rees win the Roy Morton Cup, with runner up Margaret Williams. Both Ron and Margaret are prolific trophy winners and appear to be unbeatable, but are they? On Friday, 3rd June the club will be , staging a Race Night, which will take place at the Buffs Club, Barmouth. at 7.30pm. It promises to be a good fun night for everyone. If you and your friends and family like to try a little flutter, do go and join club members at the Buffs Club on Friday the 3rd June. All are welcome.

New Mayor
Valerie McArdell was elected as Mayor at last week's Barmouth Town Council AGM with Rob Triggs being elected as the Deputy Mayor. They are wished well for the coming year and thanks were expressed to Matthew Harris as outgoing Mayor for his hard work over the last year.

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Flower Festival

This years the Flower Festival at St Mary’s Church takes the theme of Where the sea meets the shore. It will run from Friday 27th May to Sunday June 5th and will be open from 11am till 4-30pm. Proceeds will go to St Mar’s Church and Refugees. Your support and appreciation of the work involved in setting up the displays will be warmly welcomed. The setting is unique and affords tranquillity and inspiration.

The Dresser
On Bank Holiday Monday, 30th May Dolgellau Amateur Dramatics group will be preforming The Dresser at the Dragon theatre in Barmouth at 7-30pm. It is the story of an actors personal assistant that tries to keep the actor ready and capable of performing year after year, a role made famous by Tom Courtney.Tickets can be booked in advance by calling the box office on 01341281697 or can be purchased at the door.

First Friday Film
Eddie the Eagle will be shown in the Dragon on Friday 3rd June at 7-30pm. Based on the real life Olympian who got to the top through determination and a refusal to be defeated.

Bob Comlay, who sailed with Major Bill Tilman during two voyages to Greenland in the 1970s, will be delivering a talk and showcasing some of his fantastic photographs on Wednesday 8th June at 7-30 in the Arts Room of the Dragon theatre. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office on 01341 281697 The Three Peaks Yacht Race committee will be hosting a Tilman exhibition during race week. The Race starts at 2pm on 11th June.

Boat House Rocks
On Sunday May 29th Barmouth RNLI will again be hosting the ever popular Boathouse Rocks event . From noon till 6pm.the boathouse on the promenade will be alive with music provided by local groups who generously give their services free to the RNLI for the day. There will be stalls with a tombola with super prizes and plenty of home made refreshments on sale. Everyone is invited to go along and support this worthwhile event.

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What a show

The Mawddach Art Group would like to say thank you to all those people, locals and visitors, for their support at the recent exhibition which ended on Sunday 8 may, as last year, it was a great success, despite some disappointing weather. The group would like to express special thanks to Allison at the dDagon Theatre for her support and the super venue and to Matthew White, who once again made sure that the art exhibition banner was displayed.

Numerous items of “Rubbish” can be recycled to raise funds for charities. The collection point for Barmouth is the Bookshop in Park Road by Oasis. The items to be collected are Biscuit wrappers, Old mobile phones, Tassimo pods, old spectacles, Anti-perspirant and deodorant aerosols, milk, washing bottle and pop bottle tops, Ink and toner cartridges, coffee jar lids, trigger spray tops and used stamps.. All these items are sorted and passed to the various charities by Craig Dobbins who has been developing a network of recyclers for several years. All the money raised is used for charitable purposes, Craig gives his time and energy free and really appreciates the support that the community gives him. He has a network of collection points, the next nearest being Youngs greengrocers in Dolgellau.

Reminder and update
This Friday the Film at the Dragon will be Room starting at 8pm following the Meet the wardrobe mistress session at 7pm in the Arts Room. Also reminder that the sale of costumes by Bermo Arts takes place on Saturday while another sale in the Arts Room will have a range of items for your delight. The sales run from 10am till 4pm.

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It’s a sell out

Bermo Arts will be holding a big sale of items from the wardrobe department at the Dragon Theatre on Saturday 21st May. It will include costumes, uniforms, vintage & modern clothing and accessories and will be open from 10am to 4pm. On the same day the theatre will host an event in the Arts Room, with refreshments available ; Anything Arty, Retro or Recycled in the form of a Tabletop Sale – AARTS Day. Stall bookings are welcomed from anyone selling their craft or art work, collectable, antique or upcycled items. Also, the theatre committee is putting out a call for donation of individual items which could be sold to raise funds for the Dragon Theatre. For more information please contact 01341 281 697.

Food Bank gain
Craig Dobbins continues to make his re-cycling for charity collections around the area and wishes to thank everyone that has contributed so far. He collects used biscuit wrappers, coffee jar lids, washing up liquid bottle tops and trigger spray heads, all of which are recycled for charity. The latest donations have raised £80 which has been donated to the Barmouth Food Bank. Craigs collection effort continue and items can be left at Elim Church book shop in Park Road for him.

Barmouth Bowling Club
The clubhouse is now looking very smart, the refurbishment now completed. The rabbit family whom the club rehoused last season obviously did not like it's relocated site, so has now returned to it's former home, the bowling green. April was, despite some very poor days, once again kind to the club and therefore it had a good start to the 2016 season. The green is in fine shape so matches and games are going ahead at a pace. The first competition was town versus country which took place on 16th April where town overcame country, followed by the men's Round Robin match on 23rd April. This was won by David Owen with Bryan Gatehouse runner-up. On the 30th April Barmouth was host to a team from Lichfield who proved to be far too good for the local team and Barmouth was soundly beaten, well played Lichfield! The Lichfield players were an excellent adversary and the Barmouth team was pleased to have met such a great bunch of very pleasant people. Post match, all enjoyed refreshments in the clubhouse, followed by the usual light-hearted banter and raffle. The buffet provided by the club's ladies was much appreciated. All in all, the first month of the season was a great success.

First Friday Film
This month the film chosen is to be “Room” which has a 15 certificate. It is the story of how a mother and son escape imprisonment in a small room. It will be showing on the big screen in the theatre. The lead performance won an Oscar. Preceding the film there will be a “Meet the wardrobe mistress" event in the Arts Room with free tea and cake.

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Barmouth Services Project update

An open public meeting will be held at the Dragon Theatre on the 12th May from 2.30 to 7.30The Barmouth Services Project is a group composed of representatives from Gwynedd County Council , Barmouth Town Council, B Vag group , Barmouth in Bloom, Yacht Club, and other local group members . It was set up some months ago to look at ways to continue certain services which are in danger of being cut or reduced as a result of financial cuts to GCC budget. This will be the second drop in public meeting to keep the towns people informed and invite suggestions and feedback. Please drop in and stay informed and show your interest, the session will be in Parlwr Mawr, Dragon Theatre with refreshments available.

Historical walk
A historical walk is planned for Sunday 8th May. Starting at the Lifeboat Station, this will be an easy guided two-hour walk down to the harbour before climbing up through old Barmouth and over Dinas Oleu to St John’s Church, revealing some of the important landmarks and pointing out the historical wealth that Barmouth has to offer. If you would like to join the walkers, you can meet at 10.30 at the Lifeboathouse on the Promenade to register. The walk will start at 11.00 am. It will then return to the Boathouse at about 1 pm for a warming bowl of soup. Adults £3.00.children £1.50. Suitable clothing and footwear is essential. All proceeds to Barmouth RNLI.

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Make me an offer

Rita at the Buffs has come up with a new fundraising idea. She will be running an event on the Buffs forecourt on May 28 and 29. There will be stalls but the items wont be priced, you are invited to make an offer. If you would like to take part stalls will cost £5 each. The events will run from 1pm till 4pm . In addition there will be a super cake stall, Teddy Tombola and much more. Contact Rita on 07779259076 or via the Buffs club for more details. The events are part of the funding benefit year that the Buffs are running for Ysgol Y Traeth, nominated by the late Tommy Owen.

The force awakens in Barmouth
The First Friday film for May will be Star Wars “The Force awakens “ which is set 30 years after the conclusion of the last film. It will be screened on Friday 6 May at 7-30 in the Dragon Theatre.

The Erpingham Camp
The Louche Theatre Company will be performing a Joe Orton dark farce that is set in the 1960’s in a holiday camp. It will be full of biting humour, dodgy innuendo and Yellow coat entertainers mishaps. It will start at 8pm on Saturday 7th May in the Dragon Theatre. As always you can pre-book by calling 01341281697

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Twm Elias will be giving a talk on, “Welsh Smugglers” on Saturday 30th April at 7.30 pm in the Dragon Theatre in aid of Barmouth Lifeboat. Twm is a well-known broadcaster and speaker on local and historical themes . North Wales has always been a smugglers’ paradise, so the evening should be an interesting one. Please support your local branch of the RNLI. Tickets £7.00 available from the Lifeboat shop or from the Dragon Theatre.

Spring exhibition
The Mawddach Art Group will be holding its annual Spring Exhibition of work in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre from Saturday 30th April till and including Sunday 8th May between 10am and 3pm daily, apart from Wednesday when it will be open in the afternoon only. Entry will be free and everyone is assured of a warm welcome.

On Sunday May 1st from 11am till 5pm the gardens of Pen Y Bryn at Glandwr, 2 miles east of Barmouth, will be open to the public as part of the National Gardens scheme. Phil and Jenny Martin invite you to visit their garden which is only open once a year. Entrance £3.50. Children free dogs only on leads.All profits go to The National Garden Scheme for Macmillan Cancer Support and Gwynedd Hospice at Home.Over 4 acres of established woodland walks and garden featuring a variety of stunning rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas, blending seamlessly into the magnificent panorama backdrop of the Mawddach Estuary. Bluebells abound in Spring along the woodland paths and rocky outcrops. Hydrangeas, hellebores, heathers, choisya, ceonothus, crinodendron, clematis, hypericum, mahonia and photinia feature among many other shrubs and flowers on different lawn levels with a water feature and an ancient Rock Cannon; a nostalgic reminder of the bygone days of celebrating great occasions. There swill also be cream teas and plants for sale.

Friday film
The Danish Girl is based on the extraordinary true story of Lili & Gerda, whose marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s journey as a transgender pioneer. It will be shown on Friday 29th April in the Dragon Theatre at 7-30pm

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Saturday 16 April, 7.30pm Film screenings continue at the Dragon Barmouth with Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett who star as two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York.

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Barmouth Bowling
The Easter weekend and British Summertime. heralded the start of the Bowling Club's 2016 season. During the winter months, the Clubhouse has undergone a refurbishment and on Easter Saturday, the Bowling members attended the opening meeting. The Chairman, Phil Powell, welcomed newcomers to the Club, and reiterated the club's continuing regard and gratitude to the former President, Bill Gaskell. A proposal was made that Bill be given life membership of the Club. Members agreed unanimously with this proposal. In the evening members enjoyed a start of programme Dinner at the Min y Mor Hotel, thus cementing an auspicious start to the season. Club days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1.45pm. The Club has an extensive programme of matches and events prepared, and welcomes new members whether proficient or just interested in the game of bowls. Members of the club are always happy to assist newcomers to the game of bowling. Why not bring along your family for an outdoor afternoon treat at the bowling club Park Road Barmouth. For further information, telephone 01341 280705.

Community nursery fund raiser
Oasis Nursery are hosting a blind auction to raise funds for exciting upcoming projects to enhance the environment in which the children learn and develop Oasis is a not for profit community group that relies on fundraising and grants to boost its resources. "A Blind Auction is another term for a sealed bid auction in which bidders simultaneously submit bids without knowledge of the amount bid by other participants, the highest bidder is declared the winner." Oasis has been receiving some fantastic donations from local businesses, tourist attractions and larger business chains Donated items will be grouped together accordingly to produce a selection of bundles, packages and individual prizes. From Friday 8th April the auction will open and members of the public will be able to choose an item, bundle or multiple packages on which to enter a bid. They will place their bid into an envelope which will be sealed and signed then placed inside a box. No one will know the bid except the bidder When the auction closes on Monday 2nd May, an event will be held at the Elim Church where bidders are more than welcome to watch the unsealing of the envelopes. The highest bidder will be revealed. If there are two or more identical bids, these will be drawn from a hat by an independent adjudicator.

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Entertainment in Barmouth

Two films will be showing over the next couple of weeks, one for a more adult audience and the other for younger viewers. The Good Dinosaur Film starts 2.30pm Friday 1st April The Lady In The Van, 7.30pm Saturday 2nd April, The Lady In The Van, 7.30pm Friday 8th April The Good Dinosaur, 2.30pm Saturday 9th April Find more details about all events on or by calling 01341 281697

St John’s concert

On Saturday night, 2nd April the Cor Meibion Bro Dysynni choir will be singing in St. John's Church at 7.30. The tickets are £10.00 each

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Bags of fun

Two separate Beach Clean sessions on Friday and Saturday last week resulted in over sixty bags of rubbish being removed from Barmouth beach. The events were organised by the Residents Association and by the Lifeboat committee Local residents take pride in their town and wanted to make sure that standards are maintained with Easter fast approaching. Much debris has been blown onto the beach or washed up over the winter during the great storms. Now everyone can enjoy their beach in safety.

Curtain call

The Dragon theatre is seeking volunteers to help with various aspects of this community owned facility. The building hosts theatre and cinema productions as well as a range of community events, workshops and meetings. With arts funding being limited such organisations can only survive by drawing on the skill, time and effort of community members. If you have interests in front of house or behind the scenes opportunities contact Allison Williams at the theatre or call her on 01341 281697.

Easter entertainment The Dragon Theatre have plenty going on over Easter and beyond, including films THE GOOD DINOSAUR, THE LADY IN THE VAN, and an Arts Council supported professional touring show - BAD GUYS. Full details will be posted on the theatre notice boards, on the facebook page and in the Dragon Diary which is an email facility available to everyone. Details can also be obtained by calling the theatre office on 01341 281697


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The film at the Dragon on Friday 18th will be Brooklyn, the story of an Irish immigrant played by Saoirse Ronan in 1950s New York falls for a tough Italian plumber played by Emory Cohen, but faces temptation from another man acted by Domhnall Gleeson when she returns to her homeland for a visit. The film will start at 7-30. Tickets on the door or in advance by contacting the theatre on 01341 281697.


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Community Beach cleaning

On Friday 18th March between 3pm and 5pm volunteers will be clearing Barmouth beach of the winters accumulated rubbish This initiative is open to everyone who wants to help keep Barmouth clean. All bags and pickers will be provided, Meet at the Coastguard The RNLI will be doing from lifeboat centre on Saturday 19th.

In the Buffs

The Buffs club are planning a Ladies evening for April 9th, entertainment will be provided by Wildboys entertainment. The fun will start at 7-30 ending at midnight. Contact Rita at the club for tickets.

Easter disco

There will be an Easter Disco for vulnerable adults in residential or supported living or living with family. Saturday March 26th at 5 pm until 7pm in the Buffs Club, £2 entry fee to pay for DJ there will be hotdogs on sale £1 each. There will be a visit from the Easter Bunny who will be giving each service user a free Cadburys cream egg

Folk Tales Event

On Sunday March 13th there will be an afternoon of traditional Welsh folk and fairy tales told by a storyteller with two musicians to add atmosphere. There will follow a story making and illustration workshop. Free tea and cake is included in the entry price. This event is suited to anyone over the age of 5. More details and booking is available by calling the theatre 0n 01341 281697


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First Friday

The First Friday Film this month will be,’ THE HEART OF THE SEA’, showing on Friday 4th at 7.30pm. in the Dragon Theatre. It is based on a real incident which created the idea for the book Moby Dick. It is certificate 12a and runs for 122mins.

Late Easter

The Buffs Club will be hosting a Late Easter Craft and Art Disco on April 2nd from 12 noon till 2pm organised by Barmouth Childcare Partnership. The event is a fundraiser and will include Craft session, stalls and a disco. Everyone of all ages will be welcomed.

Easter Fair

Returning for 2016! Friends of Ysgol y Traeth will host the annual Easter Fair
Stalls will include tombola, lucky dip, hook-a-duck, hoopla, Dutch raffle, refreshments and, of course, the Easter Egg Hunt. There might even be a visit from the Easter Bunny. Tables are available for any crafters or businesses who wish to go along, promote their business and make some sales! If you are interested in a table, please get in touch with Katie Price (Crystal House) who will provide you with all the information. Friends of Ysgol Y Traeth will also be supporting Year 6 with their fundraising for the Cardiff trip and other community charities including the RNLI and Barmouth Guiding.
Rotary Bond Night

Fancy a bit of James Bond? On FRIDAY 11th MARCH, the Mawddach Rotary will be holding a fundraising FILM NIGHT, showing SPECTRE, with optional Fish & Chips pre-film. Food served at 6.30pm, film starts 7.30pm. Tickets for food & film are £12 (must be booked in advance on 01341 281 697). Tickets for film only are £6 and can be purchased on the door.


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Barmouth Publicity Association will be holding the A.G.M. on Thursday 25th evening at 7-30 in the Royal Hotel. The meeting is open to all. The issue of the planned closure of the Tourist Information Centres means there is an opportunity for some creative thinking about how to promote the town in the future. If you have ideas on any aspect of tourism this is the forum in which to air them.

Venue events

February 27th the Venue has MTV'S Geordie Shore star 'Joel Corry' to perform a DJ Set Then on March 5th the world famous brand Goodgreef will be on Tour with a massive Lineup which includes Alex Kidd, Mark EG, DJ YOZ and others, this will be the perfect night for all you Hard Style fans. Full details are on the clubs facebook page.

Silent Auction

A Silent auction is being is planned in aid of Oasis Most local businesses have received a letter, but organisers are hoping to get everyone involved. Oasis is a community nursery built by the community. Any donations will be gratefully received between now and April 1st : the silent auction will open on April 8th and close on May 2nd. Please ring 01341 280 770 for more information


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During March there will be three films shown in the Dragon Theatre, the first on Friday 04 March when In the Heart of the Sea (12A) will be shown. It is about the sinking of the American whaling ship “Essex” in 1820, an event that inspired the novel Moby Dick.

That is followed on the 11th March by Spectre a James Bond spectacular with all the expected excitement and action.

Later in the month on the 18th Brooklyn will be showing: An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.


Spanish classes commence in the Dragon Theatre on 25th February, contact the theatre, Wendy Cleaver or Coleg llandrillo for more details of timing and costs.

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Stars in their eyes meets X factor

The Buffs Club will be hosting a fund raiser for Sarcoma, the bone and soft tissue cancer charity on Saturday 19th March starting at 7-30. The annual show features local talent, and is always a sellout, local people queue up to be part of this fun and fund raising event . Each year the organisers choose a charity to benefit from the show.Tickets go on sale on March 1st. Contact the club, Dan Papyrnik or Dan Owen for more details.

Mindfulness, an eight week course starts in Parlwr Bach of the Dragon Theatre on Thursday 18th February at 6-30pm. Places are limited so advance booking is essential. For more details contact Martin on 01341 242703 or email or check out Facebook Barmouth events page.


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Gwarchod Bermo
Following recent  car damage in Prk Road it has become evident to Gwarchod Bermo that   more cameras are needed to improve security for residents and businesses in that area. Since there is no statutory funding for the CCTV system the group need to seek funding wherever it is available.  It is hoped that those who live and work in the park Road area will appreciate  the benefit cameras will bring and be prepared to make some contribution  to the cost of installation.. The group would like to be able to offer cover of the play area too  but again this is dependant on funds being available. Contact Deanna Fisher if you can offer anything.
Publicity A.G.M.
On February 25th the Publicity Association will hold an AGM. There will also be a free session with Gwion Llwyd of Dioni Holiday cottages who will be sharing information  on 'Digital Productivity'. The AGM is an opportunity to network and share ideas on any aspect of the promotion of the town and its attractions.. The reports and election of officers for the coming year  forms part of the agenda. Copies of the 2016 brochure will be available at the event which will be held in the Royal Hotel starting at 7-30pm There will be a pre-meeting dinner, also at the Royal starting at 6pm, if you wish to attend please contact David or Heather by calling 01341 280556, they will give you details and price.
Mid Wales Tourism
February 2nd 10:30am - 1pm: Mid Wales Tourism will be holding a Trade Day at the Bae Abermaw hotel. MWT Local Trade Days are open to all MWT members, tourism association representatives and guests and provide the ideal opportunity to meet informally and exchange information. This is an opportunity to find out what MWT are doing to promote tourism in our area, and if you are not currently a member to understand the benefits of membership. To take part contact Heather Brown, on 01341 280556, who will register you.
First Friday Film
The film for Friday 5th February will be Suffragette, starring Corey Mulligan and Meryl Streep. It is in Widescreen and is certificate 12a. It will start at 7-30pm in the Dragon Theatre.
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The film at the Dragon theatre on Friday, 29th January will be Everest, acclaimed for its spectacular photography. Before the film starts local photographer Helen Iles  will be the guest at the latest “Meet the artist”  session. Helen was shortlisted for the 2015 “Outdoor photographer of the year” The performance starts at 7-30pm.
Coleg Llandrillo is excited to announce that it has two great courses starting after half-term, both are 10 week courses and cost £70: Spanish in Barmouth 7pm - 9pm every Thursday evening and
Back Massage in Dolgellau 6pm - 8pm every Monday evening. If you are interested please leave a message with your name and contact number. Alternatively contact Wendy Cleaver at the college 01341 422827 ext:8418. At least 10 people are  needed to run each course.



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Barmouth author on TV
The Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol shown last Sunday on  S4C showed Rhys Meirion visiting Flintshire with Barmouth  author Aled Lewis Evans and discovered some of its peaceful and secluded places. There was a performance by former Cân i Gymru/Song for Wales winner, Mirain Evans and Ysgol Maes Garmon School Choir. Aled’s latest book is LLWYBRAU LLONYDDWCH, Routes to tranquillity, and the first chapter relates to Barmouth being entitled Bro'r Goleuni. Aled has donated a copy of this book to Barmouth library.


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Bro Ardudwy Churches & St John's Barmouth

Following a busy Christmas period the Wardens of St John's & St David's Churches would like to thank all of the organisations and businesses that gave up their valuable time to decorate and donate Christmas trees to the Christmas Tree festival.  An open invitation to a Celebration of a New Ministry Service at St John's Church, Barmouth is also extended to everyone.  The service will mark the formal completion of the Bro Ardudwy Ministry Area which now stretches from Bontddu to Llandecwyn and will provide an opportunity to formally welcome Rev'd Canon Beth Bailey and the Ministry Area Team to Barmouth.  The service will be led by the Rt Reverend Andrew John, Bishop of Bangor and will start at 3pm on Sunday 17th of January at St John's followed by refreshments after the service.
Due to the success of the summer club last year in the cylch (Barmouth) are thinking of extending it to cover the Easter holidays too. If anybody is interested in registering their child (up to age 4) please get in touch with Lorna Harod or Carys Greer, hours will be 10-3 Mon -Fri cost to be confirmed.
Spring courses
Adult Community Courses will be up and running next week so if you want a 'New Improved You' for 2016. Contact  the college in Dolgellau If anyone in Barmouth knows of anybody who may be interested in Computers for Absolute Beginners starting on a Thursday afternoon contact Wendy Cleaver on 01341 422827 ext 8418. Or if you have a need for any other part-time/short course then let them know your ideas.

In tune
There will be a free music taster day on Saturday 31st January at Bendi-gedig as an introduction to the music lessons that they plan to offer for adults and children. Contact them on 01341 280523 for details of timings.


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Under milk wood
The  2015 film of Dylan Thomas’ radio play will be shown at the Dragon on Friday 8th January at 7-30, it stars Rhys Ifans and Charlotte Church, so should have authentic accents. Free tea and cake is being offered too. Before the film starts there will be a chance to meet  Jane Bailey Williams who was a contestant in ,” The great pottery throwdown”
Jack and the Beanstalk
Ardudwy community players  will be staging Jack and the beanstalk in the Dragon theatre on Friday  the 15th January  at 7pm and on Saturday 16th at 2pm


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Barmouth Town Guide
In 2016 the Barmouth Publicity Association is developing a new Town Guide, this will take the information previously available in the Guide and Brochure and combine them into a single publication, with the addition of a map.  We are increasing the print run from 10,000 in 2015 to 20,000 in 2016 and plan to make them available all over Barmouth and  the surrounding area via shops, pubs, cafes, B&Bs etc.  The brochure will include shops, places to eat, attractions and transport links as well as the accommodation information previously available.  The intention is to produce a high quality publication which can be sent out to people before they arrive and also for visitors to use when they arrive in town to help them find their way around.  The Guide will show them how much there is to do and see in the area and hopefully encourage them to come back for return visits.  The Guide will also contain a calendar of events, so please let Heather Brown ( know of any events planned for 2016 so they can be included in the diary.  The Barmouth webpage will also be updated with all the information in the Guide, and will be updated during the year with further information as it becomes available.

The St John’s Hall Gallery has closed till the spring during which time renovations will be carried out on the building  to make it more suitable for its current use. The fabric of the building needs  a number of repairs that could not be done while the building is in use. The upgraded centre will re-open  to satisfy the growing need for both exhibition and art themed meeting spaces. For example an exhibition of the photographic work of Helen isles  is planned.
New carol
Local writer, broadcaster, photographer, minister and teacher Aled Lewis Evans has written a new carol that is to be performed to music composed by Tecwyn Ifan. It was broadcast for the first time on BBC Radio Cymru at 9am Wednesday  16th on Rhaglen Dylan. This will be his third item as BBC Radio Cymru Bardd y Mis Poet of the Month. It may be available to catch up on line.



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Christmas Fair
This years fair will be held on Thursday 17th December at 3pm at Ysgol y Traeth.  There will be a “Santa's Grotto” at just £2 , there will be craft stalls, tombola, raffle and refreshments available. All are welcome and funds raised go to help the school.
The R.A.O.B. club will be hosting a party for adults in residential or supported living. It will be from 3pm till 5pm on Wednesday 16th December.  Those attending are asked to take a food contribution along. More details are available from Rita on 07779259076.
Members of Mawddach Masons, their guests  and friends enjoyed an excellent  Christmas social evening at the Min y Mor on Saturday 5th December. A sumptuous three course meal including a carvery was enjoyed before professional entertainment from “Just Denis” began. Denis is an excellent musician and singer who  thoroughly entertained all present. A large table of prizes was raffled and a guess the dolls name added to the fun. The staff at the Min Y Mor did an excellent job in ensuring that everyone had fun evening.
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Running up a fund
Are you having a big fundraising walk/run in 2016? If so, can you please let me know of the date asks Megan Griffith a Barmouth girl, now living in Shrewsbury. Megan and her colleagues of the A&E Dept. of The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital are keen to come to Barmouth, raise money and show support. She can be contacted through Facebook.
Dragon Events
Coming up during December are a film,  a play and a music event. On Friday 7th at 7-30pm the film, starring Dustin Hoffman,  is “The choir”  it tells the story of a choirmaster who pushes his young, talented but troubled student to fulfil his potential. A highly if surprisingly acclaimed film.It has a PG) rating  Further details can be obtained by calling the box office on 01341 281697
On Saturday 5th there will be a matinee performance of TREASURE ISLAND  by the Louche Theatre company, at 2-30pm It will be  the first offering of the 2015-117 Gwynedd Arts Project. It is a stylish, humorous entertainment with original music.
On Wednesday  16th there will be the  CHRISTMAS CEILIDH, a regular seasonal event which is a Yuletide Barndance with music from Mooncoin, an expert caller will guide you through the steps. Starts at 7-3opm in the Arts Room
Cancelled viewing
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Hugh’s Views session planned for Monday 7th December, in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre has had to be cancelled, it may be rescheduled in the New Year.


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Only released on the 15th November the Pieces for Places  parody of this years John Lewis advert has already spread far and wide. It clearly benefits the company but also helps to put Barmouth  on screens  everywhere. It may be that they have created a new  phenomena as numerous others around Britain are now creating  parodies of varying ingenuity and quality  too.
Gwynedd Council has confirmed that all of its council-run car parks will be free between December 13 and 27 in a bid to attract more shoppers to high streets and boost the local economy.  The aim of this initiative is to encourage shoppers to use businesses within Gwynedd  and to support the local economy instead of travelling to distant cities.

School Bingo
Ysgol Y Traeth will be holding their annual fund raising Bingo night on Wednesday 2nd December at the Buffs Club at 6pm.  All are welcome to play and help support the school. Organisers thank the local businesses that are supporting the event


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Publicity spreads
 Three years ago the Barmouth Publicity Association funded a major re-branding with new guides and brochures to advertise Barmouth. The new branding and design has been very well received, and Barmouth’s publicity material stands out locally as one of the best and most distinctive brochures. The group are now building on that successful base and combining the previous guide and brochure into a single Town Guide and extending the coverage to include attractions, shops, cafes, transport and activities as well  and will also be extending the coverage on the website to include these areas.
Community Fun Night
This years event , during which the shops stay open late, will be held on December 3rd from 5-45 till 7-30. Attractions will include Santa’s grotto
Samba band, Face painting, Church bells, Mayor turning the Christmas tree lights on, Mulled wine, Pork baps, Raffles, Lifeboat / fire engine, and more.
Hughs views
The next Hughs Views session will be held on Monday 7th December at 10am in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre. All are welcome  to see a selection of the massive collection of pictures covering Barmouth and the surrounding area shown on the big screen where even more detail can be seen. Whether a long time resident or a new arrival  these pictures will thrill and interest you. Tea coffee etc will be available as usual.



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Barmouth Childcare Partnership
Barmouth Childcare Partnership will be holding a Coffee Morning and Christmas Fair at the Royal Hotel in Barmouth on Saturday 21st November. . If anyone is  interested in having a table to sell crafts or car boot items. Contact Delyth Morris £5 table. All proceeds to this year's under 3's Christmas party.
Publicity spreads
 Three years ago the Barmouth Publicity Association funded a major re-branding with new guides and brochures to advertise Barmouth. The new branding and design has been very well received, and Barmouth’s publicity material stands out locally as one of the best and most distinctive brochures. The group are now building on that successful base and combining the previous guide and brochure into a single Town Guide and extending the coverage to include attractions, shops, cafes, transport and activities as well  and will also be extending the coverage on the website to include these areas.


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Challenge Gwynedd
An aptly titled event;, which invites you to go to the Dragon Theatre on Thursday  5th November between 2pm and 4pm  and discuss with staff from Gwynedd Council  proposals to make substantial cuts in the budget for the coming years. Your chance to have your say.
First Friday
This months cinematic offering at the Dragon  is to be Mr Holmes. It tells of Holmes attempts to solve a 30year old case with the help of his housekeepers son. Sir Ian McKellen stars. The film will start at 7-30pm


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Pooling resources
As a way of raising funds to support the Harlech Pool there is to be a super Magic comedy show presented by Paul Ray who has twice won the British Magic Comedy award with his close up magic and his comedy music impressions. The evening will include  supper. It will be held at the Dragon Theatre Arts Room on Sunday November 1st. All proceeds to go to Harlech Pool.  Tickets are
available by calling Rob on 01341 423467. The Pool committee are working hard to raise the money needed to keep the pool open. On-going maintenance and staffing costs have to be met all year round.
Cuts and comments
While everyone is probably aware of the consideration being given to the idea of closing the bridge path It is important to remember that many other things have a similar axe hanging over them. Within the longer list of cuts is one to abolish the Tourism and Marketing Service and to abolish the Business Support Service.  This would result in the closure of all the Tourist Information Centres and also to cease publication and online support of the Snowdonia Mountains and Coast brochure.  The Business Support service helps many local small
businesses with day to day issues as well as grant applications which
bring additional money into local businesses. The suggested savings show
only the current cost to the council and do not consider the loss of
revenue to Gwynedd due to cutting these services. There will be a drop in session in Barmouth on 5th November at the Dragon Theatre between 2pm and 4pm if you can attend to let the council know your concerns in person. There is also a questionnaire available online, or in paper format. The link is from the Council's Home page:
St John's & St David's
Following another busy week, the congregations of St John's & St David's
have raised £190 towards the Christian Aid Refugee Appeal and £120 towards the North Wales Refugee Support Group who are currently on their way to Calais with 3 vans full of supplies. Sunday's joyful Baptism service at St John's welcomed baby Ocean Patricia Violet daughter of Lee and Kristie Corbett into the family of the Church. The congregation wish them and the Godparents well for the future. Upcoming events at St John's include a Messy Church event on the 4th of November
and a Fundraising Thank you Party at St John's for those that have organised fundraising events and donated funds towards repairing the Clock. The Party will begin at 6:30pm on the 5th of November and a tour of the clock will also be available during the evening.



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Photo graphics
On 31st October Peter Telfer , who was born in Dyffryn and is well known in the area, will give a talk to illuminate his exhibition of Black and White photography in the St Johns Hall gallery at 6.30pm. Anyone is welcome. The exhibition may be viewed any day between 11 and 4.30 in the hall. This steadily developing facility in the centre of town is becoming a big asset to the artistic and creative community, giving opportunities to create wider audiences for various artistic media.
Cambrian Coast Croquet Club.
The club has just finished another enjoyable outdoor season and all the members would like to thank the committee and members of Royal St. David's Golf Club
for allowing them to play there each week.
For the winter season the club will be playing indoors each Friday at the Barmouth Leisure Centre from 12-30 to 2-30/3 pm.
New members will receive a warm welcome and a free introduction to the game of croquet so come along and have a go.


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Pitch perfect
On Friday 9th October, at a time earlier than usual, 7pm, in the the Dragon theatre there will be a screening of the movie, Pitch perfect. It has a certificate 12A and runs for  just under two hours. The theatre will be conducting a survey on the evening and invite viewers to enjoy a free ice cream soda or coke float in return for completing a questionnaire.
Keep it open
Become part of the national campaign to ensure that Barmouth Bridge path remains open to walkers and cyclists and becomes more accessible to disabled people. On Saturday 31st October 2015 you can join the walking and cycling action day on Barmouth Bridge arranged by local activists. You can register your interest and intention at  to become a “Friend of Barmouth Bridge" so they can keep you in touch with the campaign to "Keep It Open - Make It Safe"  and to get to the bridge via a new traffic free route from Barmouth Harbour.


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Advance Notice – RNLI Valuation Day
Barmouth RNLI will be holding an Antiques Valuation Day in October. So there is time to sort through your attics, dust off your heirlooms, polish your precious porcelain and take your treasures along to the Dragon Theatre from 11 am to 2.00 pm on Friday 16th October where representatives from Halls Fine Art Auctioneers of Shrewsbury will value them for you.  Lunchtime refreshments will be available.
Rowlands  pharmacy in Barmouth recently qualified  for Elite Pharmacy status was presented with the award by Regional manager Nicky Grundy and Area manager Claire chapman
Puppet Carnival
The parade of giant puppets took place in Barmouth on the 19th and 20th of September.  The carnival was organised by Bernard Barnes and Reyna Rushton with volunteer helpers through St John's Hall Gallery. It is hoped that this will
become an annual event. Photos of the event can be found on the St John’s Gallery website at  The group are currently editing the video s taken during the course of the event.

The First Friday Film will be screened on Friday 2nd October. It will be “A royal night out” which tells the story of the two princesses who left Buckingham Palace in order to join in the V.E. day celebrations. The screening starts at 7-30 in the Dragon Theatre.


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Autumn fair and gift day
The Churches of St.David, St John and St Mary will be holding their annual Fair and Gift Day at the Dragon Theatre on Thursday 24th September from 10am till 2pm. As well as a variety of stalls, refreshments will be available including a homemade soup lunch. A warm welcome is extended to all.
Yoga classes will run from 14th September  4-15 till 6pm at the  Arts room in the Dragon theatre, teacher will be Tracy Jocelyn
Autumn courses
Digital workshops, Art for all, Creative writing and  Renewable energy are among the topics on offer this year in Barmouth in the community rooms attached to the Dragon theatre. For more  details ring 01341 281697.
Barmouth Bowling Club
August proved trying weatherwise.   Nevertheless, the club was able to successfully complete its programme and end the month  on a high note. On the 8th August, Ronnie Rees won the Ron Barnard cup, with Pam Payton runner up. The 22nd August saw Phil Powell and Brian Williams take the Doubles trophy, with Pam Payton and Vic Tritton runners up.  On the 24th August, the club played its local Derby with Fairbourne at home, where Barmouth was the winning team and successfully retained the Shield won in 2014.  Afterwards everyone enjoyed a tea party ,the usual raffles and good humoured banter with friends from Fairbourne. The 29th August saw the Wales versus England match which was won by Wales on points. September promises to be eventful and if you and your family  would like to join the members at the Bowling Club on Park Road, please do go, where a warm welcome awaits on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1-45pm. 
The 17th September saw the 1§00th anniversary of the Women’s Institute and to celebrate the Barmouth W.I. held a garden party in the Dragon Theatre gardens. Some members dresses in the fashion of the early 1900’s,from kitchen maids to ladies of the manor. The tables were set and members seated. Meirion was sung followed by a medley of songs from the period in both Welsh and English. Tea was then served, a good selection of sandwiches and cakes was followed by trifle, jelly and blancmange. Endless cups of tea  accompanied the meal. Mary Smallwood had baked and iced a special celebration cake which was cut up by Mari O”Rourke and Ann Williams, everyone received a piece and it was delicious. After much chatting and laughter the afternoon ended with Mari thanking everyone for their help followed with the singing of God save the Queen and finally Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau. Everyone agreed it had been a great afternoon’s celebration of the Women’s Institute and wished good luck for the next 100 years.


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Open Garden

The gardens of Ty Llwyd near the centre of Dyffryn, on the main road will be open as part of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 6th September from 11am till 5pm. Prominent signs will everyone find the location. Monies raised will benefit charities. There will also be plants and refreshments on sale.

First Friday Film

Woman in Gold will be showing in the Dragon Theatre on Friday night at 7-30pm. Helen Mirren stars as a woman fighting to regain a painting of her aunt that had been looted by Nazis.

Barmouth Walking Festival

This years Walking Festival will run from Saturday 12th to Monday 21st September and will include 30 walks of varying difficulty. The organisers will use the foyer of the Dragon theatre each day to accept bookings and registrations for the walks. Full information is available on the website

Talk about Snowdon

As part of the Walking Festivals events programme there will be a fish and chip supper followed by a talk entitled “Access to Snowdonia National Park” This will take place on Wednesday 16th September at 7-30 in the Arts Room below the Dragon theatre. Advance booking will be required to enable catering provision. You can call the theatre on 01341 281697 or call into the foyer from Saturday 12th and book there.



Thanks are due to Gwynedd residents for helping to raise money for the Why Not Drop In in Barmouth. The collections of biscuit wrappers, coffee jar lids and trigger spray and washing up bottle tops when recycled raised £28-42. Craig Dobbins who manages the collections and processing is grateful to all who continue to help by providing collection points and to those who donate items to the on going project.

RNLI Flag Day

A collection was held on August 6th at which a total of £1200-67 was raised. This is made up of £514-14 from Barmouth, £623-46 from Shell Island and £63-07 from Fairbourne. William Burton , the promoter thanks everyone involved in the fund raising for their commendable work.

First Friday Film

On September 4th the film at the Dragon theatre will be “Woman in Gold” in which Helen Mirren plays a woman trying to retrieve a painting of her aunt that had been plundered by the Nazis during the war. The screening begins at 7-30pm

Last chance

The last performance of “Abigails party” which is being performed by Paradisi theatre company from Criccieth at the Dragon theatre Barmouth will be on Friday 28th at 7-30pm. Tickets can be booked in advance or purchased on the door.



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Celtic rowing again

There will be a meeting at 7-30 on Friday 21 August at Merioneth Yacht Club for anyone interested in re-starting the Celtic Rowing section of the Yacht Club.  Either completely new or experienced rowers are welcome to come along.  This is a great sport for the fit and the not so fit to enjoy.


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Barnardos Big Toddle Barmouth

Following the Annual Toddle in June the children have been busy collecting their sponsor money and have raised an amazing total of £544-90. Thanks go to the staff, parents and friends of Cylch Feithrin Y Bermo, £338-40. Oasis Day nursery £142-40 and Ysgol y Traeth Y Bermo Nursery and Reception class £150 for all their hard work. Special thanks go to the children who toddled round the Wern Nature Reserve on a lovely sunny day in June.

Aid to Belarus

Barmouth W.I. ladies and their friends have sent out another supply of knitted items to Top Kids charity in Belarus. This is a project run by Andrew and Avril Wesley, who support orphan children and their foster families, in the poorer areas of Belarus. Avril recently visited Barmouth and gave a progress report of the Dream Home, where these families, who might have eight children or more, are given a short respite from their very basic lives. The parents are able to relax and meet with other foster carers, while the children are entertained and cared for in a warm and friendly environment. Their long term plan is to provide more homes where foster families can live in a caring community.

Warm clothing is much appreciated in a country where winter temperatures can drop to minus 30 degrees. This time, 45 hats, 8 scarves, 24 pairs of gloves, 70 jumpers and 24 blankets, have been sent. This makes a total of nearly 700 items which have been knitted and sent from Barmouth since the beginning of 2013. It has been worthwhile and a pleasure to knit these items, especially the joint effort of knitting squares for the blankets.

Dragon in August

Events at the Dragon theatre for August include Matinee films on Mondays at 2-30pm. Wednesday 12th August, 7.30pm : BEDSIDE MANNERS; a classic British comedy performed with full set on the main stage by Ardudwy Community Theatre. Think a little bit of Fawlty Towers, a little bit of Benny Hill. Wednesday 19th August, 8.00pm : FOLK MUSIC NIGHT, Friday 14th August, 7.30pm : ABIGAIL’S PARTY, Friday 21st August, 7.30pm : ABIGAIL’S PARTY by Paradisi Theatre company from Criccieth is a 70’s classic, a bitter comedy and social comment. More information on these and other events can be obtained by calling the theatre on 01341 281697.

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Walk and cycle
Gwynedd Council are required by the Welsh Government to audit paths and cycle ways to ensure that adequate opportunities exist to walk or cycle instead of using a vehicle. Barmouth will be audited in the future and there is currently a consultation questionnaire that people can complete on line. Interestingly the bridge pathway is not shown as being under consideration but there is an opportunity to identify paths that you use. The survey can be completed in English or Welsh the link is Both links are also on the Barmouth Viaduct Access groups site at is easier to type. Given the concern over the future of the bridge path it is important to demonstrate that walking and cycling are a major part of social and practical life in Barmouth area.

Large Puppet Carnival
During August St John’s Hall Gallery will be busy preparing for the Large Puppet Carnival, Volunteers are needed to help build the large puppets that will walk through Barmouth on August 26th. After the parade followers may return to the hall for a day and evening of interesting events performances and entertainment. Groups are encouraged to form and create their own puppet for this event. It is an opportunity to get together and make something really hum. Why not go along to the gallery soon to see the preparations and make suggestions. A sort of Madi Gras of large puppets would generate a lively procession. Last year’s carnival procession can be seen on This is also the main site for the gallery and is packed with information about this rapidly developing Arts centre.
Barmouth Puppet Theatre Project
Puppet workshops will be running at St Johns Gallery this summer where you or your child may like to help build a puppet theatre which will perform its play during the carnival. The puppets, scenery and the theatre itself, will be created at the gallery
Think of a simple play, write the words, and make the music. The more children and parents that go the more puppets there will be to use in the theatre. Puppet workshops will take place on Thursday and Saturday between 2 and 4 at a cost per person £5
Take old clothes, all the materials will be supplied. Maybe this will become a puppet festival
Barmouth W I invited members and friends to play for the Netta Rose Bowl ladies bowling competition on Saturday 1st August. Nineteen ladies turned up despite very heavy showers of rain. Ifor Evans arranged the games and was helped by Ronnie, Meirion and John as markers. The rain had eased by 2:15 and it became a most enjoyable afternoon with regular bowlers helping those who had never played before.
Sheila Davies, Sharon Cooney, Rose Martin and Pauline Roberts got through to the semi- finals, and all played a great game. Sharon won the competition, defending her title, as she also won last year. Rose was runner up and Jane Wilson was awarded the‘Best of the Rest’ trophy. The trophies were presented by Pam Payton, the institute’s sport’s convenor. Following the games Sheila Davies told everyone how the annual match started 19 years ago in memory of Netta Irvine, who had been a member of the W I and the bowling club.
A sumptuous tea was then served in the Club house, which was provided by the W I ladies and served by Janet, Liz, Val and Ann. They were thanked by Mari who also thanked the men for their help. There were several raffle prizes.
Everyone agreed that the afternoon had been a great success.
Artist and teacher Hakin Bassass from Morocco will be guiding regular workshops in calligraphic art on Wednesdays between 2-4pm at the St Johns Hall Gallery in Barmouth. Hakim will introduce the cursive and decorative style of Arabic writing. All materials are included in the £5 price per person for the session. More details can be obtained by calling 07767862382




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Barmouth W.I.

The meeting was held on Wednesday 22nd July when Mari welcomed everyone and Meirion was sung accompanied by Blodwen. Mari read out postcards that had been received from members on holiday, birthday wishes were then given to those whose birthdays fall in August. Best wishes were sent to Gill and Charles for their forthcoming wedding. Apologies were given then Val read the minutes of the last meeting. Mari told how the Summer Fair in the Dragon Theatre had been a great success. Pam then read a report that had been given by Pauline Roberts regarding the Crown Green Bowls in Bala: the final was between Llandrillo and Barmouth, with Barmouth being the victors, all the more unexpected because this was their first time playing. The day had been rounded off with a lovely tea in the club house. The cup and medals won were shown at the meeting. It was reported that the Flower Festival had received many compliments regarding the flowers by Christine Dearden and the photographs chosen and placed by Liz Roberts and Mari. Pam is arranging for members to have tee shirts with the Barmouth W.I. logo on, if anyone would like one they should contact her. Christine Leese told the group that her daughter was doing a sponsored walk in aid of the Parkinsons disease organisation and that on August 22nd there will be walk in aid of Nightingale House. Geraldine showed DVDs that Susan Wallace had compiled showing old photographs of members past and present, one being narrated by Doreen Gill. It was lovely to see pictures of the carnivals that were once held in Barmouth with the W.I. always taking part.Everyone enjoyed seeing part of Barmouth W.I’s history. Geraldine then read old postcards that had been sent from Barmouth, Mary talked about her 1912 copy of Mrs Beeton’s cookbook, Ann Williams showed an early picture of the house she and her husband had bought when first married and Mari read articles from an early 1900’s copy of the Barmouth & County Advertiser and District Weekly News. Refreshments were then served, Pimms ,cheese and biscuits and scones. Mari thanked those of the committee who had helped with the preparation of the lovely supper and to Sybil for the flowers which were won by Anne Vaughan Jones. The raffles were won by Shelia Jason and Angela. Mari wished everyone a lovely summer and asked people not to forget the many events during August.

Barmouth Bridge

Gwynedd Council are to consider closing the footpath across Barmouth bridge in order to save the approximately £32000 that they pay as a contribution to the bridge maintenance cost. When the toll charging was in operation the path was generating approximately £60,000 from the 100,000 crossings per year assuming an average toll of 60p. It would appear that reintroducing the toll could generate sufficient to pay a toll collector and cover the contribution to the rail company. The crossing forms part of the Wales Coastal Path and is believed to be a right of way. Closing the path would mean that the very popular link from Barmouth to Dolgellau for walkers and cyclists would be broken and in turn would increase cycle traffic on the busy main road. As an alternative route would add considerably to the journey, be less scenic and increase traffic hazards. The impact on tourism businesses from the reduction in walking and cycling visitors could be substantial.

Abigails party

The highly acclaimed Paradisi theatre company from Criccieth will be performing the iconic Abigail’s Party at the Dragon Theatre on the 14th, 21st and 28th August. It is the satirical tale of social climbing and aspiration in the Britain of the 1970’s. Tickets, timings and prices can be found on the Dragon theatre web site or by calling the box office on 01341 281697



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Party in the Buffs

On Wednesday 5th August from 12-30 till 3-30 DJ Nick ,Party Man, will be bringing 3 hours of fun fun fun, Hawaiian themed with lots of games and dancing, DJ Nick has been very popular at the club and if you’ve seen him before you will know why. Children under the age of 16 entry will be £2-00 includes a drink (fruit shoot or squash) Adults go free, there will be light lunch of a sandwich crisps and a biscuit available for £1-00 Children MUST be accompanied by an adult


The organisers will be holding an evening of fab music with Omega Party Duo who will be singing covers from the 60;s to the present. including Stevie Wonder, Sam smith, Wilson Pickett, Ed Sheeran,Stereophonics Pharrel Williams, Bryan Adams Jeff Beck and many more Tickets are only £3 or pay on the door. The event will raise money for Novembers Community Bonfire. It will start at 8-30 on August 8th and there will be Bingo during the interval

Barmouth Bowling Club

Whilst the weather has done its best to spoil the Club’s sport this season, it has failed, as the club has so far had some very good bowling days and matches have been played and won with gallant winners and valiant losers. The latest victors of the Men's Doubles trophy were Ron Rees and Meirion Roberts. The Centenary Cup was, this year taken by David Evans, with Pam Payton the runner-up.Having said the weather had failed to upset the programme, the match played on the 11th July, at Fairbourne was abandoned because "rain stopped play" with only approximately 50% of the games having been played. Fairbourne Bowling Club on this occasion, beat Barmouth. Barmouth look forward to the return match. However, the rain didn't spoil everything, as Fairbourne provided everyone with a lovely buffet tea and the usual banter and raffle. Members look forward to the return match in Barmouth.

Monday matinees

Every Monday afternoon at 2-30 during the school holidays there will be a family friendly film showing at the Dragon Theatre, come rain or shine. Detals of films can be found on the Dragon theatre website or on the boards outside the theatre in Jubilee Road

Psychic night

Michelle Hare will be running an evening of psychic mediumship in the Dragon Theatre on Friday July 31st. Further details of timing and price can be obtained by calling the theatre on 01341 281697. Only a limited number of tickets will be on sale to ensure an intimate feel to the event.


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Y Not drop In to help
Y Not Drop IN meets on Mondays and Thursdays 10.00am to 2pm in the community rooms of Elim Church Park Road, Barmouth. Anyone who is feeling alone or isolated and wishes to meet new people can go and spend some time there over a cup of coffee or tea or even go to use the internet. The group is also looking for some new volunteers to help run and support those who enjoy the hospitality and warm welcome the facility provides. If you can spare a little time and perhaps have something to offer the group in terms of an interest to share please contact Helen, Pete or Dawn on Tel 01341 280808.

Bedside manners
Ardudwy Community Theatre will be performing Graham Benfield’s comedy about life in a rundown country inn at the Dragon Theatre on Wednesdays from July 22 through to 12th August. Tickets can be bought at the door for the performances that will start at 7-30pm

Fourth Friday Jazz
Barmouth Music will present The Casey Greene Latin Six with the Cal Tjader Project . Cal Tjader was a pioneer of Latin Jazz, the event is likely to be popular so advance booking, by calling Danny Jones on 01341 280903, is recommended for the session that will take place in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre at 7-30pm on Friday 24th July.

Volunteering recognised
Two local residents have been recognised for their voluntary efforts in the field of Music. Danny Jones has developed the highly successful monthly jazz event that takes place at the Dragon Arts Room every month and has also organised workshops and a festival in the past. Evelyn Richardson was also recognised for her work with community music having run the singing for pleasure group within the U3A. Both were presented with Wales Council for Voluntary Action certificates by Ann Fleming, Volunteering Officer of Mantell Gwynedd in appreciation of their efforts and commitment.



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Local production
Ardudwy Youth Theatre, will present RISING STARS – THE REVUE, on Friday 10th July, 7.00pm in the Dragon Theatre

Gwynedd Project Film, WILD, will be screened on Saturday 11th July at 7.30pm at the Dragon Theatre

Coffee morning
The Sailors’ Institute will hold their Coffee Morning,in Parlwr Mawr on Friday 10th July at 10am.



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Merched y Wawr

Daeth tymor 2014-15 i ben gyda taith i Gwmni Seren ym Mlaenau Ffestiniog. Trefnwyd i gyfarfod wrth y stordy dillad am 5.00y.h. a diolch i’r pedair aelod a’n cludodd yna. Cawsom ein croesawu gan Adelyn Ellis, Prif Weithredwraig y Cwmni ag eglurodd y broses o adnewyddu dodrefn a dillad. Roedd yn frwdfrydig iawn dros yr achos ac yn falch bod gwaith i tua 40 o fobl.

Ymunodd Sioned Parry, Rheolwraig Gwesty Seren â ni yma. Ymlaen wedyn i Cylch yr Efail, gweithdy oedd yma, roedd y gwaith yn hynod o gywrain ac yn drefnus tu hwnt. Yna ymweld â siop Waverley, dyma gyfle i brynu amrywiaeth o bethau megis, cardiau, dillad, gemwaith ac ati. Roedd y deunyddiau hyn wedi cael eu prynu gan y pres o werthu nwyddau o’r gweithdy. Y lle olaf i ni ymweld â oedd Gwesty Seren, Llan Ffestiniog, agorwyd y drysau yma Ebrill 2014. Cawsom ein tywys o gwmpas y gwesty tair seren gan Adelyn a Sioned. Mae’r ystafelloedd wedi eu cynllunio yn arbennig ar gyfer bobl ag anableddau dysgu a chorfforol a’u teluoedd. Roedd yma gyfleusterau anhygoel ac wedi meddwl am bob agwedd o anghenion y cwsmer. Diolchodd Llewela i Adelyn a Sioned am eu croeso ar hanes difyr. Erbyn hyn roedd pawb yn barod am swper, cawsom wledd a gwen gan y merched oedd yn gweini arnom.

Taith i’w chofio.

Aethpwyd ymlaen i ganu penblwydd hapus i Jean a oedd yn dathlu penblwydd arbennig. Trefnwyd rota ar gyfer gwneud paned ym mhabell Merched y Wawr yn Sioe Sir yn Harlech. Diolch i’r aelodau yma a hefyd i rhai addawodd wneud gacennau cri. Diolchodd Llewela i’r swyddogion am eu gwaith dros y ddwy flynedd flaenorol. Diolch yn arbennig i Elenor am gadw trefn ar y coffrau am 31 o flynyddoedd ac i’r aelodau am eu cefnogaeth. Edrychwn ymlaen at dymor arall ym mis Medi gyda Dorothy, Gwenda a Jean wrth y llyw.

Batala Bermo

Batala Bermo are now recruiting new band members. No musical experience is necessary, just plenty of enthusiasm. Anyoe interested in joining the band will be made very welcome and given every help. Band rehearsals are held in the Sandancer (Vanue) every Wednesday from 7 till 9-30 pm and smaller workshops are held in Bendgedig every Monday from 7-9pm. You are welcome to go along, try it out, have a laugh and make new friends.

First Friday

This month the First Friday film at 7-30pm in the Dragon theatre will be Mr Turner starring Timothy Spall. Mr. Turner is a 2014 British, French and German biographical drama film, written and directed by Mike Leigh, and starring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson, Marion Bailey, Lesley Manville and Martin Savage. The film concerns the life and career of British artist J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851), who is played by Spall.

Ardudwy Youth Theatre

Rising stars – the revue is the title of the production being staged by Ardudwy Youth Theatre in The Dragon Theatre on Friday 10th July starting at 7pm

Gwynedd project film

On Saturday July 11th the film Wild starring Reece Witherspoon will be shown at 7-30pm in the Dragon Theatre




Free show

On Saturday 27th June at 7-30pm UNIT cornerstone graduate dance company consisting of graduates from Liverpool Hope University will give a free show in the Dragon Theatre. It will comprise a series of 1940’s mystery style dance pieces. A workshop session may also be available, call the theatre for further details on 01341 281697.

First Friday films

The Dragon Theatre is aiming to screen films on the first Friday of each month. The first will be “Mr Turner” starring Timothy Spall which will start at 7-30 on 3rd July. The combination of Bluray projection and large screen makes a trip to the theatre well worth while to get a much better experience than any home cinema can achieve.


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The Buffs Club will be running a Motown Disco Night on Saturday June 20th from 9pm till 2am. Free entry, D.J. Damo will be playing the music. More information from Rita at the club.

Top award

Hugh Roberts has been selected by Wales Council for Voluntary Action as their male volunteer of the year for the work he has done in building the Barmouth Community Web Archive that is known as Hugh’s Views.It is hosted on a Flikr site that was paid for by Communities First and is now paid for by the Town Council. Hugh puts a tremendous number of hours into sorting, improving, loading and cataloguing the 5000 plus images on the site. The hit level has passed the 7,000,000 mark meaning that Barmouth has probably the best community web based archive in the country. Hugh's award and trophy presentation forms part of the annual ceremony being held in Cardiff. Barmouth can be proud of the quality and quantity of images that that residents and people connected to the town have given over the years which have created a unique social history of the area. Hugh left for Cardiff to attend the ceremony straight after the latest Hugh’s Views that was held at the Dragon on Monday morning.


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Film night
On Friday 12th at 7-30 the film Dark Horse will be showing at the Dragon Theatre

Hugh’s views
The next Hugh’s Views will be held on Monday 16th June at 10am in the Dragon Arts Room where some interesting and exciting information will be imparted along with the latest pictures and stories from the Community gallery.

Paddle sports
Due to strong winds on Saturday morning the Paddle Sports event had to be re-organised and a number of events re-scheduled. The popular and well established event was organised by Mawddach Rotary a group that proved its capability by still delivering an enjoyable event despite Saturdays windy conditions. Fortunately Sundays weather was kinder and everyone enjoyed a pleasant day.

Shoppers delight
On Saturday afternoon shoppers on the High Street were able to listen to the Harp playing and folk singing of Siobhan Owen who was performing outside Pieces for Places ahead of her planned concert in the Dragon Theatre on Saturday evening.


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Barmouth Level crossings open day

On Thursday 4th June there will be a meeting to discuss the future of all the level crossings e.g. Waynes Crossing, town centre, promenade crossings locally, so a lot of people may be affected if changes are to be made. The meeting has been arranged by Network Rail and will be open from 1pm till 6pm in the Dragon Theatre community room to hear the views of local people.

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Barmouth Bowling Club 16th May
Roy Morton Shield Winner Vic Tritton, Runner up Margaret Williams with Chairman Phil Powell


Boathouse Rocks
On Sunday 24thMay, Barmouth RNLI will again be hosting the annual ‘Boathouse Rocks’ event. From 12 noon until 6.00 pm the Lifeboat house on the promenade will be alive with non-stop music provided by local groups who generously give their services free to the RNLI for the day. There will be stalls and a tombola with super prizes and plenty of home-made refreshments on sale. Everyone is invited to come along to support this worthwhile event.

Paddle Sports
This year’s BARMOUTH PADDLESPORT FESTIVAL on 6thand 7th June is fast approaching and there’s still a chance to get involved. The organisers look forward to welcoming back many of the teams that entered last year but there are still rafts available for any more Crews of 6 on Sunday’s event from Ambulance, Fire, Police, Council, or other work groups, or for Sports Club members, Darts teams etc. Individuals can also experience the fun of water sports with a range of other activities taking place over the weekend. You may even be able to join one of the raft crews – just register and the organisers do what they can to get you on board. Full details can be obtained from the event website on www . paddlewales . com . If you want more details or to enter a team you can also phone Beryl Clark on 01341 423467 Join in the fun ashore or afloat and make it a great community weekend. Beryl would also like to hear from any locals who would like to help on the day.

Ambulance Fundraiser
Hendre Coed Isaf Caravan Park will be holding a charity fun week in aid of Barmouth Ambulance and Marie Curie you are invited to go along and support these 2 charities between 24th - 31st May if you would like more information please contact the site office on (01341) 280 597

Book launch and exhibition
City as superorganism is the title of an exhibition that will run the the St John’s Hall Gsallery from May 23rd till 16thAugust. The works by Bernard Barnes demonstrate his belief that human settlements develop organically. An accompanying book will be launched at the exhibition which will be open from 11am till 5pm daily

Big Hero 6
The Oscar winning animated film Big Hero 6 will be shown in the Dragon Theatre on Thursday afternoon 28th May at 2-30pm. A family film with a PG rating.

Barmouth Bowling Club
Since the start of the bowling season, the weather has done its best to dampen members enthusiasm for this lovely game. However, undaunted and due to their persistence they have, so far, gained the upper hand and only one match has been re-scheduled due to inclement weather.On the 16th May, a perfectly lovely afternoon, members played for the Roy Morton Cup, which was won by Vic Tritton| They then had tea, cakes and biscuits etc. in the clubhouse, along with the usual light hearted banter. The Bowling Club is open to all, on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1.45pm to 5.00pm. at the club house on Park Road Barmouth, and the club welcomes anyone interested in playing whether would be players or proficient bowlers.If you and,or your family would like to taste the joy of a game of bowls, do go along. There is always someone willing to offer advice or tuition if required. The gentle exercise is also beneficial in many other ways as well as good fun. On Saturday 23rd May there will be a “Free taster day” between 1-45pm and 5pm when anyone can go along and try the sport and meet members of the Club


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The theory of everything
The Dragon theatre will be screening “The theory of everything” on Friday 15th May at 7-30pm. If you arrive at 7pm you can get a free glass of wine in exchange for your views on what future films and events should go to the Dragon. As a community facility this is your opportunity to suggest new events or film titles.

Family Bingo
The Friends of Ysgol y Traeth have organised an afternoon of Family Bingo on Wednesday 20th May starting at 3-3opm at the school. Prizes are plentiful and varied including toys, games and days out. Refreshments will also be available and anyone is welcome to go along and take part Funds raised go to support school activities.

Hughs Views
The next Hugh’s Views will be held in the Dragon Arts Room on Monday 15th June at 10am. With hits on the site nearing 7,000,000 and the stock of photos still rising weekly there is always something new to be discovered on the site. Hugh’s unique style and knowledge and the active participation of the audience ensure the morning will be fun and informative. Funds raised go to support the community owned theatre.

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Picture this
The Annual Art Exhibition, mounted by Mawddach Art Group will be open from Thursday 29thApril to Sunday10th May with the exception of 5th and 6thMay. It will be located in the Dragon Theatre.

Mayday Walk for Yellow Wellies
Mayday! Mayday! Come and join Barmouth RNLI at the Lifeboat house on the promenade at 2 pm on Sunday May 3rd and walk to the end of the promenade with them in your wellies. If you haven’t any wellies, come along anyway. Entry is just £1 and you get a yellow welly badge for joining in. There will be cakes and treats on sale and tea, coffee and soft drinks served in the boathouse afterwards.

The April meeting was held on Wednesday 22nd . Mari O’Rourke, as President, welcomed everyone. Meirion was sung accompanied by Blodwen Comerford. Mari ten announced the sad news of the death of former member Beryl Finch and also of one of the present members Doreen Gill. Doreen was known for her quick wit and ability to turn her hand to many things. Mari read a poem penned by her grandchildren that summed Doreen up to a tee., she will be greatly missed. A minutes silence was held in her memory. Shelia Davies was then congratulated on the presentation of her British Empire Medal which was held at Ysgol Y Traeth. Shelia gave a short talk on the presentation which she described as “Magical”and said that the children kept her going. Monday 20th was the Darts Singles Night in Bala and congratulations went to the winner Pam Payton with Rose Morris coming second in close fought matches, both being Barmouth members. The Spring Ramble will take place on Thursday April 30th, meeting in Talbot Square at 10-30a.m. walking up to Bwlch y Llan and back down by the mast. Eating Out will be Friday May 8th at 7pm in the Anchor. The Summer trip on 17thJune will be a visit to Erddig. Val Vine the read the County letter with reminders about the Spring Council on Tuesday April 28th, to be held in Neuadd, Aberdovey, the Centenary Exhibition at the Toll House Anglesey on 16th April and the Annual Quiz in the Rugby Club Dolgellau on May 15th. Mrs Norma Stockford then gave a talk entitled Stories of the sea, starting off with the intriguing tale of Cantref Gwaelod, She then moved on to talk about how ship building had been such an important part of Barmouth’s history, then to more recent times recalling stories of her father and late husband John of the Roses family and the Berridge men who were all ferrymen. All this accompanied with photographs. Ann Williams then thanked Norma for such an interesting and informative evening. The monthly competition was an original short sea verse which was won by Janet Davies with Val Vine a close second. Lorraine Viney and Liz Porter won the raffles. Mari then thanked Pat Millward, Linda Hills and Pat Bunce for the refreshments. The next meeting will be held at the Dragon Theatre on Wednesday 27th May


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The first general meeting of the Barmouth Bowling Club was held on Saturday 28th March at 2pm. The Chairman, Phil Powell, opened the meeting welcoming members to the start of the season, stating that the Bowling Green would be open for play from Sunday 30th March, Bill Gaskill, the President, outlined forward plans for the year 2015. including the financial health of the club and refurbishment of the Clubhouse. Work on the Club house has been held up for some time awaiting specialist builders and Gwynedd Council's consents to he various items required. However, it was thought that builders would commence refurbishing the roof and the meeting room on the 18th April. Mari O'Rourke, Secretary, gave a full report of events and resolutions agreed during the 2014/15 period , and also in the Treasurer's unavoidable absence, read out his abridged report. The full Treasurer's report will be provided at a later date. The Bowling Green has wintered well, thanks mainly to volunteer work by members with help from professionals. However, a slight problem appeared in the form of a family of rabbits taking up residence on the green. Obviously the lovely lush grass was heaven sent for them. They appear to be quite determined in their efforts to remain, in that as fast as the holes they made were sealed up, the resourceful rabbit night shift made new ones.
It is hoped to re-house them a.s.a.p

Local Oscars

On Friday night Barmouth hosted the Oscars, complete with red carpet and glamour. The evening began with a spectacular table buffet before moving into the auditorium of the theatre for the awards ceremony at which awards were made to Wendy Ponsford, Will and Nina Huntley, John and Sandra Smith each individually having been judged Local Heroes for the work they have done in conjunction with Mawddach Rotary, particularly in the paddle Sports Event. Following the awards the brilliant film “The imitation game” was screened which was greatly enhanced by being shown on the new supersize screen, projected from the new Blu-ray projector and offering full stereo sound enhancement. Mawddach Rotatory have gained a reputation for devising innovative and fun fund raising events and the Dragon was the perfect venue


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Roller Disco

Get your skates on for a great afternoon of roller fun at a roller disco on Wednesday 15th April 2105 at the Pavilion Leisure Centre for the benefit of Ysgol Y Traeth events fund The sessions will be open to all ages, but please make note of the age groups and times listed .Children aged 7 and under can skate from 15:30 to 16:00 - £1 for half an hour.Children aged 8 and over can skate from 16:00 to 17:00 - £2 for 1 hour.All children should be accompanied by a responsible adult. If there are any adults wishing to skate with their children, the same charge for the session applies (£1/£2)If adults are just watching/supervising their children, there is no charge - admission is free
Please take your own roller skates/roller boots/roller blades! Please skate safely and wear appropriate safety equipment.There will be a tuck shop available selling refreshments, including drinks, fruit bags, crisps and sweets. No food/drink will be allowed to be consumed in the skating area. Any questions, please ask! Katie Price via Facebook or call her on phone 01341 280603
Tickets are available to purchase in advance or on the door -, All proceeds are to go towards the Ysgol y Traeth Year 6 Cardiff Fund.


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Barmouth Oscars

Mawddach Rotary are planning a screening of "The Imitation Game" on 10th April at the Dragon theatre Barmouth
To make it different they are doing their version of the Oscars. They will have the red carpet and perhaps a few Oscars and, hopefully an Oscar style finger Buffet, trying to make it a special night for everyone to feel good and special. Those who want to look as though they have come out of Hollywood can, or else they can come as a character or just come as you want and see some glitterati. To book tickets contact the Dragon theatre or any member of Mawddach Rotary.

Barmouth W.I

Mari O’Rourke the President opened the meeting by asking everyone to join in and sing Merion unaccompanied. The Bridge players and the guest visitors Llanfair WI were warmly welcomed. Mari introduced the guest speaker for the evening Rob Clarke a magician, Fi Fi was his glamorous assistant ,Geraldine from Barmouth WI. He entertained everyone with his funny quips and very amusing tricks and magic. Val gave thanks before he left with the bridge players. The business meeting proceeded with the President firstly giving special birthday greetings to Rosemary Parry who will be celebrating her 80th and for the forthcoming birthdays in April. Geinor Lavender brought in a photo of her recent 80th party. The County Letter was read and Pam Payton read out the resolution which she will be taking to the Centenary AGM in London. Five ladies from Barmouth WI helped with the beach clean up. It had been a good day. Shiela Walker read out a lovely piece about Barmouth W.I.’s visit to Harlech. They thoroughly enjoyed it also winning several raffle prizes. Mari thanked the tea hostesses Mary, Liz and Pam for the lovely refreshments. Jan Spicer President of Llanfair thanked members for the invitation and said they had a lovely evening. The raffle prizes were won by Carol, Joan Probert, Rose, Jan Spicer and Christine Freeman. Rosemary Parry won the flowers. The competition for the most amusing photo was won by Pat Millward.

Its in the stars

Visit Wales is addressing the issue of the grading scheme for hotels, guest houses and other accommodation sectors to evaluate its effectiveness in the face of online review sites such as Trip Advisor. They have commissioned a tourism consultancy to look into the current scheme and its future. Since 2004 there have been agreed criteria for the individual gradings but now a consultancy will look at the relevance of those schemes in an increasingly sophisticated market place. Barmouth Publicity Association have details if any business or individual would like more information. Contact David Brown at Bryn Melyn Hotel Panorama Road.



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Fundraising in the Buffs

Thursday 2nd April. from 11-00am till 3-00pm the buffs will be holding a fundraising car boot sale . tables will  cost £5 each and proceeds will be split between the community bonfire event and this years children’s Christmas party. both excellent local charities. its Easter week and market day so there should be a few people about and weather permitting it can be  held  outside on the forecourt. phone Rita on077792590 to book your space.



The Start of Season General Meeting begins the Barmouth Bowling Club's programme for 2015.  The meeting will take place in the Club House on Park Road Barmouth on Saturday 28th March at 2pm.   If you and or your family has an interest in bowling as a sport, you are invited to go along and join at  the meeting. This season "Taster Afternoons"  are being  offered where anyone can have a "taste" of the game.   Members will be on hand to provide support , help and tips on how to play etc.   These afternoons are to be held on the 4th April. and 23rd May from 1.45pm to 4.00pm.   New members and visitors are welcome, where they are guaranteed to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon and meet with a very friendly group of bowling players of varying degrees of proficiency from beginners to (almost) first class.




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Barmouth Childcare Partnership will be holding a meeting on March 26th at 2pm in the leisure Centre. If anyone has any fund raising ideas for the coming year or would like to join the committee they are welcome to go along meet the group and join in.


Our backyard war

Information about the forthcoming publication of Les Darbyshires latest book was given at Hugh’s Views on Monday morning. It is a unique view of how the local community of west Meirionnydd coped with  and was affected by the second world war. The book is to be published by Y Lolfa Publishers. Signed copies can be ordered from the author by calling him on 01341 280838.  Publication date is to be June 1st.


Casino Royale

Mawddach lodge Freemasons will be hosting a James Bond inspired  Casino Royale evening at the Min y Mor on Saturday 21st March . Imn addition to Blackjack and Roulette there will be Pig Racing. Tickets will be on sale at Celebrations Card Shop. Min y Mor Hotel or from George Workman at Shell Island.  Ticket price includes a two course meal and starter pack of gaming chips. The dress code for the event is “Bond style” Monies raised will go to local and national Masonic charities




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The Annual conference for those involved in the tourism industry will be held at the Metropole Hotel in lLandrindod wells on 19th March. It will be a chance to hear industry leaders speak on this years theme which is “Boosting the bottom line” these events provide an opportunity to network with others , compare notes, pick up new ideas and improve knowledge. Full details are on the  conference site


Stamp of success

Craig Dobbins has once more been collecting used stamps from local people that are recycled to raise funds for the Y Not Drop In centre in Barmouths Park Road. His latest collection has resulted in £40-22 being donated to the funds. He thanks everyone who leaves used stamps at the various drop off points, which includes the Celebrations Card Shop in the Arches. The collecting continues and any donations are welcomed.


Easter eggstavaganza

Ysgol y traeth will be hosting a school  fund raising event, organised  by the Friends of the school  between 3pm and 5pm  on March 24th. Local businesses have provided sponsorship and prizes including a family ticket to be won for King Arthur's Labyrinth. There will be stalls  of various kinds, games and an Easter egg hunt.



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 The CF1 concert at St Johns on Saturday ( 28-02-15) is likely to be a big success, 190 tickets have already been reserved. There will be an item on radio Cymru and another on the Heno programme  this week to publicise it further.  St John's is the right sort of size to give the acoustics to show this fabulous choir  to best effect. You can pay at the door and / or reserve tickets at Rowlands chemist ( see Stefan) or by calling the Dragon Theatre on 01341 281697.





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Barmouth Publicity AGM

The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Barmouth Publicity Association was held in the Dragon Theatre, Barmouth, on Wednesday 11th February 2015. Members present heard reports from the Chairman, David Brown, and Treasurer, Graham Hogg, and confirmed the committee members in an open election. The new 2015 Barmouth Brochure was presented to members. It is hoped that this will be more widely distributed than previous issues. The BPA’s plans to evolve the present brochures into a single ‘town guide’ style publication were then shared with the meeting to a very positive reception. Val Hawkins, the Chief Executive of Mid Wales Tourism, was present at the meeting and after a presentation about the activities of MWT Cymru as it is now known an open forum discussion was held. The change in the way in which people book accommodation was discussed which led onto the issue of grading, with several members arguing for the new town guide to be open to non-graded properties to advertise, whilst others defended a more exclusive policy. A good exchange of views was able to take place which will assist the BPA as it makes it plans for the future. Thanks to Val Hawkins for giving up her evening to join the meeting and to those members who attended. 


Buffs Bootee

On Thursday 2nd April, which is both market day and Easter week the Buffs Club will be holding a Car Boot Sale from 11am till 3pm to raise funds for both the Community Bonfire Event and the Buffs Children’s Christmas Party, both  valued local community events. Weather permitting there will be space for stalls outside as well as in. Rita will be pleased to hear from you as soon as possible so that she can plan , you can contact her by calling 07779259076


Inter societies quiz

On Monday 23rd February the greatest minds in town will come together to battle for the crown of society quiz team 2015. Representatives from Bermo Arts, W.I., U3A etc. will be competing in a light hearted manner . The quiz will start at 7-30 in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre





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Hugh’s Views

The next Hugh’s views will be held on March 9th at 10am in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre.  The site has now had more than 6 million hits and the interest from around the world seems to continue to grow. The collection is probably the most comprehensive  of any community in Britain and is probably comparable  with anything achieved internationally too.  Enquiries and comments come from the most surprising places. Money from the sale of coffees etc on the morning will go to support the Dragon Theatre.


Concert tickets

Tickets for the amazing “ Cor CF1 choir” concert, to be staged in |St Johns Church  on February 28th, are available by contacting  the Dragon Theatre on 01341 281697 or can be purchased at Rowlands Pharmacy in the High Street . Advance booking is advisable because this internationally famous group are likely to draw an audience from far and wide, especially following their success in the Choir of the year concert where they  came first. Members are drawn from across Wales and includes Stefan the Pharmacist from Rowlands in Barmouth.



Gone Girl will be showing at the Dragon Theatre on  Friday 13th February at 7-30, cert 18. It is a thriller based on the best selling book by Gillian Flynn.


Tales from the Taiga

 There will be a half term treat for youngsters in the form of  Small World Theatres performance  of “Tales from the Taiga” on Friday 20th February at 2pm.  that includes puppets, giant creatures and story telling . In addition there will be a shadow puppet workshop at 11am . Details on prices etc from the Dragon Theatre on 01341 281697




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Talybont W.I. have generously made donation to the Freshfields animal charity which has a shop in Church street Barmouth. The charity is very grateful to have received this support which is greatly needed.


Stamp of approval

 Craig Dobbins is a local charity recycling collector and organiser, he has set up a network of collection points where people can donate used stamps  which are then sold to be recycled with the proceeds going to support the work of the Why Not Drop In in Barmouth. Special thanks go to Ian at Celebrations for his help.


 Film and supper

On Friday evening  at 6-30pm the Dragon Theatre will be offering another Film and supper package. Supper will be Fish and Chips from an award winning fryer and the film will be Pride. To book tickets call 01341 281697,  The film will start at 7-15 for those who do not wish to eat.


Quiz time

There will be a Family  Quiz session in the caneen of Ysgol y Treath on February 10th Doors will open at 15:00 with the quiz starting at 15:30. It will cost £1 per entrant with a maximum of 6 people per team. Nursery and Reception aged children can join in free of charge.  There will be questions for all ages, so put your young and old(er!) brains together and try your luck! There will be a  prize for the overall winner AND loser so go and have a bit of fun. Refreshments will be available : tea, coffee, juice, pizza, fruit bags, cakes and biscuits.


Cor it’s choir of the year

On February 28th The 2014 British Choir of the Year will be performing at St John’s Church Barmouth. CF1, named after the Cardiff central post code, is a Cardiff based choir with members from  across the country, including Stephan the Pharmacist at Rowlands in Barmouth. They beat  149 other choirs from across Britain at the Bridgewater hall competition in Manchester. It is hoped that  the concert will draw people from across North Wales because of their fame and quality. The concert commissioned by the Dragon Theatre is made possible by the donation of the residual funds from Barmouth Arts Festival. It was felt that  something  of the highest quality was needed to mark the passing of the Annual Barmouth Festival, St John’s was chosen as the venue as it has the acoustics, organ and capacity to do justice to this exceptional group of singers.  Tickets can be reserved by contacting the Dragon Theatre on 01341 281697 .



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The U3A Monthly Gathering will take place in the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre Barmouth on Wednesday 14th January.The meeting will begin at 1.30pm with tea and biscuits and as usual there will be a raffle and sales table. Liz Green will be talking about Egryn near Talybont, an extraordinary site of immense cultural and historical interest that was bequeathed to the National Trust in 2000. This promises to be a very interesting and informative talk.If you are retired or semi-retired and looking for life-enhancing and life changing opportunities in 2015, come along to the Dragon Theatre and chat to the friendly members of Barmouth U3A and find out what is on offer.
Events for January include: beginners bridge and social bridge, book club, table tennis, singing for fun, badminton, discussion group, lunch club, walking and strollers groups and film club.Interested? Don’t be shy, come along, we would love to see you.
An email has been received from Canada relating to the community gallery that is maintained and developed by Hugh Roberts. In the email the writer talks of his grandfathers emigration to Canada in 1913 and of the two water colours of a ship called the Cariad that went with him. The writers great grandfather is thought to have been the captain of the ship which plied its trade between the UK and India. Links were sent so that the paintings can be viewed. This demonstrates the worldwide reach of the site and its relevance to generations of decendants of Barmouth families. If anyone has knowledge of the ship or the Pugh family who lived on Epworth Terrace up to 1913 Hugh would be pleased to hear from you.





Christmas Masses

On Wednesday 24th December there will be Christmas Carol singing at 8-45 followed by Mass at 9pm in St Tudwals Barmouth. On Thursday 25th Mass will be in St David’s Harlech at 9am and in Barmouth at St Tudwals at 11am, These timings also apply to Sunday Mass throughout the year and confessions are heard from 3-4pm in Barmouth on Saturdays.

Gwarchod Bermo

Unfortunately the competitive bid for funding  that was run online  was unsuccessful. All those who cast votes are thanked as are all those businesses and individuals that have already made donations towards the  new equipment. It is hard for small towns to compete with towns that have much larger populations in competitions that require community members to cast votes because the likelihood is that the larger community will overwhelm the smaller ones. Gwarchod Bermo still need to raise funds  to continue to run the system and will now be looking for alternative fund raising ideas. If you have suggestions please contact Deana Fisher who will be very pleased to hear from you.





Helpers needed

Can the Local Community help Sian Court –Williams out with any of these for Ael-y-Bryn's community event,  Winter Wonderland ? Ice Rink Stall : Friday 19th 5-9.30, Marshalling Traffic –Friday 19th 5-9.30pm 3 / 4 required. - Saturday 10.30am -5pm 1 required - Saturday 5-9.30 1 / 2 required - Sunday 10.30-5 1 required If you can help please call her on 01341 242701.





RNLI morning event

All RNLI supporters are invited to a ‘Thank you morning’ on Wednesday 3rd  December 2014.  Anyone who has helped to support the Lifeboat in any way is welcome to come along and have a cup of tea or a glass of sherry and a mince pie at 11.00 am in the Boathouse on Barmouth Promenade.  There will also be a short film showing the valuable work our lifeboat volunteer crew do all year round.  The RNLI is very grateful for the behind-scenes dedication of fundraising and lifeboat management volunteers and this is just a small way of them saying thankyou to all who help.So if you have baked a cake, sold some flags, put in a couple of hours in the Lifeboat Shop, filled a lifeboat box, or just dropped some money into a collection bucket, do come along and spend a couple of hours with us.  You are all very welcome.

 Children’s Party Time

R.A.O.B Buffs Club Annual Childrens Christmas Party is to be held on 13th December 1pm till 4pm. Paul Edwards will be entertaining the children with Mickey and Minnie joining in the fun. Father Christmas will be in his grotto with gifts for the children. There will be a free buffet with drinks available to purchase at the bar. This is a free community event but spaces are limited so if you would like your child to come please contact Rita at the club or phone 07779259076


Mari O’Rourke welcomed members to the AGM on 26th November, together with guests Meinir Lloyd Jones, County President and Gwenfair Lloyd Hughes, Deudraeth President. The minutes of the October meeting were read by Val Vine and members were reminded that the Christmas Dinner is at the Min-y-Mor Hotel on 10th December, 6.30 for7.00 p.m; and the County Carol Service is at Ebeneser Chapel Dolgellau on 7th December at 2 p.m. A trip has been organised to visit the Centenary Exhibition and the Tollhouse WI museum on Anglesey, which is the site of the first British WI established in 1915, on 16 May 2015. It is necessary to book before the end of December. The annual reports were then given:- Finance by Rose Morris, Home Economics by Janet Davies, Sports by Pam Payton and Dining Out by Vicky Pell. Mari concluded with thanks to all who had worked hard to make Barmouth a thriving Institute. Meinir Lloyd Jones then addressed the meeting. She reported on forthcoming events which have been arranged by the Federation including those which have been arranged on a National level in celebration of the W I Centenary in 2015. Barmouth were also congratulated on being such a successful and friendly Institute. Mari thanked the tea hostesses, Karen Owen and Linda Hills who were also helped by Janet Davies. Iris, Val and Malan won the raffle prizes.


The timing of Mass in the Catholic Parish of Barmouth and Harlech is Sunday at St David Harlech  9-am, St Tudwals Barmouth11am; Weekdays at St Tudwal Barmouth 10am and on Saturday also at St Tuwal Barmouth 9am. Confessions from 3pm till 4pm.

Organ recital

There will be an organ  recital in St Johns Church Barmouth on December 15th at 7pm To celebrate the completion of work carried out in the basement and to open this year's Christmas Tree Festival the Recital will be given by Owain Pritchard the Parish Organist.

This years event will be held on December 4th Thursday, opening at 5.45 pm in  Talbot square, with the Christmas lights being turned on. There will be a Christmas fair  at Bendigedig and a Santas Grotto  in the Barmouth hotel, and Carol singing. The Bells of St Johns will be rung and there will be music. There will also be a Big raffle  with prizes to be won from KET tickets available from there, and much much more.


Good turnout

The Challenge Gwynedd event held in Barmouth last week to enable local people to voice their interest in which local services should be protected attracted a large  group of people. Holding the event was certainly justified by the number of people who made the effort to go along. Cllr Gethin Williams is grateful to all those who took part.





Batala Bonfire bonus

The members of Batala Bermo wish to convey their thanks and good wishes to the anonymous  well-wisher for their generous donation, given after their performance at the Community Bonfire and Fireworks event on Saturday November 8th in Barmouth. The Band look forward to the opportunity to playing for the Late Night Shopping evening on December 4th.


Age Concern

 Age Concern invites you to a Christmas Coffee Morning on Tuesday 9th December in the communal lounge at Hafan Deg from 10-30 till noon. There will be many items for sale. The 50p entrance charge will include refreshments, the group hopes you will be able to attend.



Celebrations card shop in the Arches has agreed to act as a collecting point for used stamps that will be recycled for charities. Local charity collector Craig Dobbins  sought agreement from Ian Evans who is happy for local people to drop off any used stamps of any value or nationality.


Bingo y Traeth

Ysgol y Traeth will be holding their annual Bingo Night on December 2nd at 6-30pm in the school canteen. Appreciation is sent to Karen Owen, Mark Driver and local businesses without whose support the event could not happen.



Cllr Gethin Williams would like to remind residents that they have a chance to put their views on which County Council services should be retained  and which cut so that Barmouth gets the services that it needs. This information can be given in person to the Challenge Gwynedd team in the Dragon Theatre on Friday 28th  between 1pm and 4pm. There is also a facility on the Gwynedd Council website for those unable to attend.





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Challenge Gwynedd

Year on year the cuts to the county councils funding mean that there is less money available to run the organisation. A series of events are being held across the county to get the thoughts and suggestions of residents on how best to manage the functions of the council more efficiently. If you have a practical suggestion or an observation to make about how  Gwynedd Council could provide for the needs of residents more effectively or at less cost you have the opportunity to put your ideas to the consultation group who will be at the Dragon Theatre on November 28th from 1pm till 4pm. Don’t assume that everyone else has had the same brainwave as you, you might be able to make a real difference.



A number of local businesses are calling on residents to consider shopping with the areas small businesses rather than using remote multinationals. Their reason for this is that businesses located in Barmouth contribute to community and charity events by donating money and raffle prizes which many larger companies do not. It should be noted though that at least one large company with a local presence is also very active in supporting the community.



Barmouth Childcare Partnership will be holding an “Under 3’s Christmas Party”  on December 4th from 9-15am till 10-45am at the Pavilion Leisure Centre. Please contact members of the group for more details.


Stage to stage

A group of superb singers from Llangollen will be performing at the Dragon Theatre on Saturday 22nd November at 7-30pm. Entitled “A night of musical theatre” the programme will be varied and lively. For ticket prices and bookings contact the theatre on 01341 281697  or pay at the door.


Hughs Views

The next Hughs Views session will be at 10am on Monday 1st December in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre. It will be a chance to have a look at some of the new pictures in the massive collection, that is still growing month by month. Money from the sale of teas and coffees will go to  support the running costs of the theatre. As always Hugh will be giving a commentary not just on the pictures but also on how the  images have come into the collection. This is the ultimate community picture archive and probably unrivalled anywhere else.




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Gwarchod funding opportunity

Gwarchod Bermo have got though the selection stage in a competitive  funding scheme on Facebook, and have the chance of winning £3,000 for the cctv upgrade. The group  now  need you all to vote and share the link  on facebook as on a previous occasion. Voting started on the 10th November and runs for one month. The project with the most votes will receive the funding.

Cambrian Coast Croquet Club

The Club finished its outdoor season with a very enjoyable lunch at Royal St David’s Golf Club. This also gave the Croquet Club members the opportunity to express their thanks to the committee and members of Royal St Davids for allowing them the use of part of the grounds for their games during the summer. It is hoped that the club will be allowed to return again next year. During the winter months the club will be playing their games on mats in the Barmouth Leisure Centre, Friday afternoons, 12-30 to 3-00pm. New members are always very welcome so come along one Friday and enjoy your free trial game.




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Late Night shopping

This year the late Night Shopping Event will be held on Thursday 4th December from 5-45pm till 7-30pm. Plans are progressing and attractions on the night will include a visit by Santa, Music, Face painting and temporary tattoos, raffles, mulled wine and more. If you would like to contribute in any way or to add an attraction at your premises contact Lark Davies as soon as possible.


Masons and Brownies

The Worshipful Master of Mawddach lodge Freemasons in Barmouth was pleased to receive a hand made thank you card from the members of the Barmouth Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. This was accompanied by a letter that explained how a donation that was made to the group would be spent in building a stock of uniforms that can be loaned and exchanged as the girls grow and progress. It was also mentioned that Guiding is celebrating its Centenary this year.

In fashion

On Saturday night a Fashion Show was held at the Wayside at Llanaber to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support and Gwarchod Bermo.  Clothes and models were kindly supplied by Pyramid. The evening was very successful despite the wet weather and the fact that there were several other events going on locally. A total of £332 was raised.


Bus route

The T3 service will start on Sunday 2nd November to replace the former Wrexham to Barmouth X94, which was cancelled last December. Following the previous route the new service, the T3 will be operated by GHA Coaches and will link Wrexham, Llangollen, Corwen, Bala, Dolgellau, Barmouth seven days a week. A new weekday and Saturday timetable has been introduced while the Sunday timetable remains unchanged. The service will be further enhanced in spring next year with the introduction of new double deck buses, equipped with coach style seating, additional luggage facilities and free WiFi. The timetable for the T3 service is available on the Traveline Wales website and phone line.

Spend to give

The Dragon Theatre has signed up to a scheme that enables it to benefit from the online spending of supporters. If you would like to support the theatre at no cost to yourself you only need go to and sign up. You will have the opportunity to nominate the charity that receives a retailer’s contribution from what you spend so in this case select Dragon Theatre Barmouth from the list. The scheme claims to have raised £5 million spread across 50,000 good causes so far.

Gallery grows

The on line Community Gallery that is continuously updated and managed by Hugh Roberts on behalf of the local community continues to receive new and interesting photographs at an amazing rate of  up to 95 per month. One of the latest pictures depicts a Suffragette meeting on the Promenade, an event of which little was previously known. There is a facility on the site for viewers to add comments and background history to the images displayed. It is estimated that the hit rate on the site will reach 6 milllion by Christmas this year. Piuctures from the site were used in the recent T.V. programme about the National Trust that featured Griff Rhys Jones in Barmouth up on Dinas Oleu.


St John's Organ Appeal Update
With all of the generous support that has been given to Organ Appeal over the last few months it has been possible to arrange for the air reservoir in the basement to be to taken away for a full rebuild. Hopefully  this work will be complete in time for the Remembrance Sunday service. The Appeal website also has news updates and information about the appeal: Pictures of the newly returned air reservoir being installed  will be posted once the work has been carried out. Appeal organisers are extremely grateful and thankful to everyone who has and those who continue to donate gifts towards this appeal and to those who have given gifts in memory of friends and loved ones. The appeal has also had wonderful news this week that gives credence to why the appeal is being held. The British Institute of Organ Studies has awarded the Organ a grade II* Historic Organ Certificate and has also added it to the Register of Historic Pipe Organs. The certificate also states that the Organ is an instrument of importance to the national heritage and one deserving careful preservation for the benefit of future generations.




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Barmouth WI

The president, Mari O’ Rourke welcomed members to the meeting on October 22nd and gave a special mention to a visitor, Netta’s daughter.Meirion was sung accompanied by Blodwen on the piano.

Mari told the meeting the latest news about Doreen who is still in hospital in Liverpool, and sending her all our very best wishes for a speedy recovery.Congratulations were given to Angie on the arrival of her new grandson and greetings for November birthdays were given to Joan, Mary, Elizabeth, Chris and Sheila.

Members of Llanelltyd and Talybont WI have been invited to our Christmas dinner on Wednesday 10th December at The Min y Mor. Apologies were received and Val read the September minutes followed by a report on the meeting that she and Wendy attended recently. It was ‘The Great Food Debate’ which discussed challenges in food, farming and the environment. This was followed by a cookery demonstration in the afternoon. Val said that it was a very informative and enjoyable day. Diary dates were then mentioned including a new venture for Barmouth WI. On Monday 17th November from 2-4pm there will be a disco in the Arts Room at The Dragon Theatre. Dining out will be on Friday 14th November at Hendre Coed.

The guest speaker was Lisa Daley Allen from The Body Shop at Home. Lisa began by telling us about Anita Roddick the founder of The Body Shop. Anita Roddick began her business in the garage of her home after borrowing £4000 from the bank. Her idea was to provide quality skin care products in refillable containers and sample sizes, all marketed with truth rather than hype. The Body Shop is one of the first companies to prohibit the use of ingredients tested on animals and one of the first to promote fair trade with third world countries. In 1990, Anita Roddick founded Children on the Edge a charitable organisation, which helps disadvantaged children in eastern Europe and Asia. The business went from strength to strength and on 17 March 2006, Loreal purchased Body Shop for £652 million. Lisa was a very entertaining speaker telling us about the origins of all the products she had on display and keeping us all engaged with trying out the many samples. It was a very interesting and fragrant evening  enjoyed by all. The tea hostesses Christine,Angela and Janet were thanked for the delicious refreshments. Lisa very kindly provided two raffle prizes which were won by Christine and Janet. The flowers were won by Angie. The next meeting is the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 26th  November.


Barmouth U3A

The next U3A meeting is on Wednesday 12th November at 1.30pm in the Arts Room at The Dragon Theatre. The speaker will be Bronwen Dorling talking about ‘Researching Arthog School’. All welcome.


Barmouth Bowling Club  Autumn heralded the end of the 2014 Bowling season.  This year finished on a high, with the AGM held in the Clubhouse, followed by the Annual Dinner and trophy presentations. An excellent season was helped, for the most part, by very good weather, with more wins over rival teams, more matches, more fun and games, and more visitors to the club, whishing to join in activities.  All in all a very Moorish year. During the Autumn and winter months the clubhouse will undergo some refurbishment and the green will be winterised and kept in good condition, thanks to club members who work hard to preserve the excellent green, which through perseverance has reached a very high standard but still requires some T.L.C. throughout the year. Also during this winter, the clubhouse will be open to non bowling activities, where on Tuesday afternoons there will be Bridge classes for anyone wishing to learn Bridge from the beginning through to competent players just wishing to brush up on their previous knowledge.  Classes start at 1.45pm until approx. 4.45pm. Table tennis is also played at the club house on Tuesday afternoons from 2.p.m. and again for all stages of proficiency. The Club is pleased to welcome new members to the bowling club and to join in any of the activities. - For further information, please contact Mari O'Rourke on 01341 280043.



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Royal British Legion

Next Monday 27th October sees the Barmouth Branch’s AGM which is kindly to be hosted by the R.A.O.B Club at 7.30pm. It is the members’ opportunity to volunteer their services for the coming year and to look back and thank all those who have contributed during 2014. We should also get the chance to hear a little of the recent trip to Ypres organised by Branch Treasurer Graham Perch. All members are cordially invited to attend. This year’s Remembrance Sunday commemoration will be held at the War Memorial in Park Road on Sunday 9th November. The parade will line up at around 11.30am following on from the service in St John’s Church in Barmouth. We’d be delighted to see you there in this especially important anniversary as we remember it is 100 years since the commencement of World War One.





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Coffee morning

R.O.A.B Buffs Club Barmouth will be hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Saturday 25th October, call in for a chat and cake while raising money for a worthy cause, there will also be a car boot sale, if anyone would like a table please get in touch with Rita  on 07779259076

Barmouth Community Bonfire & Firework Group

 The organisers would like to thank everyone who has donated to this years event which will be held on Saturday 8th November at 6-30pm near the Bath House. Starting the evening off will be Batala Bermo Samba band with a parade from the lifeboat station up to the bonfire. Donations have been flooding in and once again everyone has been very generous, members of the public buying raffle tickets which is  down to the business and their kindness, This event brings the community together to enjoy a safe controlled evening, it is proven from past years that anti-social behaviour has reduced and the use of random fireworks is at a low. Hotdogs, hot soup and tea/coffee will be  on sale along with flashing objects and glow sticks


The Friends of Ysgol y Traeth will be collecting Wish tokens printed in the Daily Post. They can be handed in at the school or given to any member of the committee who will take them in for you.


Bob and Sybil Jones recently celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary, they would like to say thank you to all who sent cards and good wishes

Films at the Dragon

On Wednesday 29th October at 2-30 there will be a chance to see “The Nut Job” it is Certificate U and runs for 85 minutes, starting at 2-30pm

Looking ahead Mrs Browns Boys D’Movie will be showing at the Dragon on Friday November 7th at 7-30 it is certificate 15.





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Autumn Fair

Ysgol Y Traeth will be holding their Autumn themed fair at the school on Monday October 20th starting at 3pm. There will be games such as “Pin the nose on the scarecrow”, refreshments, candyfloss, chocolate apples, and much more. If you wish to book a table contact Katie Price via her facebook page.




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Mawddach Rotary Club

Mawddach Rotary Club will be  holding another film night tomorrow ( Fri 3rd Oct ) at the Dragon Theatre. The film is The Grand Budapest Hotel which has had great reviews  and if you have seen it before  you deserve another laugh.  Either go for a fish & chip supper first at 6.30 in the Arts Room or  film only at 7.30 in the theatre auditorium. The Club will charge £12.00/person for supper and film or £6.00 for film only. Advance booking is  essential for those wishing to eat so that the right number of Fish and Chip suppers can be ordered. Tickets available from the dragon theatre 01341 281697 (r from Guinevere shop in Eldon Sq. Dolgellau. Help Rotary support the community.

Long Service Medal ( Photo of Ricky Morris  attached)


On Sept 1st Ricky Morris and his family were invited to a Fire Service Award Ceremony in Rhyl where Ricky was presented with his 20 year Long Service Medal. Ricky joined Barmouth fire service in December 1992. In 2005 he became the Community Fire Safety Liaison Officer for Barmouth. In 2012 he was promoted to Crew Manager. Ricky has now secured a new position recently as a whole time fire-fighter based in Wrexham but continues to be a Crew Manager in Barmouth.

Barmouth WI

Mari welcomed everyone to the first meeting after the summer break. Meirion was then sung.

Pat was welcomed back after her stay in hospital and good wishes were sent to Doreen.

Betty Jones was congratulated on her 90th birthday and members celebrating birthdays in the coming month were wished a happy day. Apologies were received and the minutes of the last meeting were approved. Congratulations to Val and Janet, who won the treasure hunt on 25th July, and to the Flat Green bowls team which was  the winner at Aberdovey on 1st September.  Barmouth was well represented at the County Show with Pam, Vicky, Betty and Joan all winning First Prizes, Janet 2nd and Mari 3rd. The Coffee Morning at the beginning of September was very successful, thank are sent to all who attended. Darts and bowls practises have begun. Chatty crafters and bridge for beginners will begin on 30th September. The County letter was read out and all important dates noted. The speaker at the meeting was Kim Cartledge, the chef at Hendre Coed Isaf in Llanaber. The Cardigan Bay Bistro has a very good reputation locally and with visitors so when Kim and Bradley her sous chef arrived prepared to cook for members they knew it was going to be a good evening. Kim began by talking about the fish caught locally and used in the restaurant, such as Sea Bass, Mackerel and Grey Mullet and the abundance of crustaceans to be found in Cardigan Bay. After showing a whole Sea Bass and Grey Mullet,  describing the differences and similarities, Kim showed those present how to de scale, fillet and pin bone a Sea Bass while Bradley prepared a sauce using shallots, white wine and lots of cream. It was an impressive introduction, along with the tips Kim gave Kim took her time to explain each process and answer all questions fired at her. The finished dish smelling incredible and tasting even better was presented to the meeting. Sea Bass set on delicious mashed potato made with lashings of cream and butter, served with sauce and asparagus. To the delight of all  present there was more than enough for everyone to have a taste, the unanimous verdict, “Utterly delicious!” Pam gave the vote of thanks. Mari thanked the tea hostesses, Susan, Vicky and Ann. Monica won the flowers and Jacqui won the raffle prize. The next meeting is Wednesday 22nd October. The speaker is Lisa Daley Allen and the topic is “The Body Shop” If you are interested in joining the WI please pop along to the U3A meeting. You will be made to feel very welcome.



The next monthly meeting of the Barmouth U3A will be held in the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre on Wednesday 8th October at 1.30pm. The speaker will be Betty Annett and her talk is entitled “Dancing through life.” If you are interested in finding out more about the U3A and what it has to offer why not come along, have a cup of tea and a chat and discover the range of activities on offer. For more information contact Jacqui on 01341 280 602



The AGM of the Barmouth Bowling Club was held on 27 September. The Chairman, Phil Powell, welcomed the sixteen members who attended, and reports were given. Stan Ward reported that it has been a successful season with all competition matches played within the timescale set. As Stan cannot attend every match he proposed that  another vice-captain be elected, to help him and Pauline Roberts. David Evans was duly elected. The Treasurer, David Morgan, presented the accounts and thanked all who had contributed to the extra income, including John Coward for looking after visitors to the Club. Pam Payton, the Catering Manager thanked everyone for providing refreshments and raffle prizes throughout the season. Arrangements were made to do the necessary work on the green over the next few weeks. It was agreed to have free open days at Easter and Spring Bank Holiday to try to encourage new members. Bowling is a fun game for all ages and abilities and the members of the Club will gave a warm and friendly welcome to everyone. The annual subs for the 2015 season will remain at £45 and visitors £3 per game. The end of season dinner was held the same evening at Min-y-Mor Hotel. An excellent meal was followed by the presentation of cups and trophies. There were several prizes in the raffle, which raised £75. Members will still keep busy during the winter months with indoor bowls in Machynlleth, and play bridge and table tennis in the clubhouse. Non-members are welcome to join them. Phone 01341 280043 for further details.






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Friday Jazz and Blues

The regular and extremely popular monthly live music sessions in the Arts Room at the Dragon continue , this month on Friday 26th starting at 7-30.

Mawddach Rotary Film night

The winning combination of  a good film and a convivial supper remains popular. On this occasion the film will be “The Grand Budapest hotel” and optional supper will be fish and chips. To facilitate catering it is necessary to book in advance but if you only want to watch the film you can turn up at the door at 7-30pm. Supper will be served before the film at around 6-30. Contact the theatre on 01341 281697 to get contact Roatary members’ details  if you wish to book.

Art for all

A new season of sessions begins on Tuesday 30th from 10am till 1pm at the Dragon, call in for more information.

Make a note

 Jan Wolf is looking for interest in holding 4 writing workshops in Barmouth during October, each Tuesday from 1 – 3pm. If anyone is interested can they call her on 07786281776.

Events at the hall

The gallery in the former St John’s Church Hall is developing as an active arts centre with a broad mix of creative arts being represented there. Every Wednesday a recorder ensemble meets in the hall at 1.30 till 3.30 to play recorder music, and visitors are welcome to go and listen. From 4 till 5 Jan Wolf gives an 'introduction to Tai Chi (donations) everyone is welcome to that. There is a continuing exhibition of paintings, nice places to sit and read, films to watch for free in the little cinema. Every Thursday is 'Atelier Day' when artists are welcome to take their paints and projects to the gallery and work with the 2 resident artists leading up to an exhibition of Atelier Artists in June of next year at the Gallery. This costs £10 each day from 11 - 5 there is use of kitchen for drinks.




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 The former Caersalem chapel on the High street has undergone extensive restoration both internally and externally in recent months and has now been transformed into a superbly appointed  retail store. Local people have been flocking to the building since it opened on Monday last to admire the transformation.  Many period details have been preserved and re-used, setting a very high standard throughout. The sandblasting of the exterior has cleaned away the grime to let people see the quality of the building as it would have been when first constructed.


Literary evening

There will be a Literary Evening at Aber House on Friday 19th at 7pm. Local writers, Norma Stockford and Mary Howell will be talking about their books, “Recollections of a Barmouth Childhood”  and “Murielle’s Angel. A warm welcome is extended to all.


Tai Chi for health

A ten week session will begin on September 22nd in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre led by Maggie Stansfield of  Barmouth Physiotherapy. Based on the Sun style of Tai Chi the sessions will be suitable for people of all ages and abilities. To book a place call her on 07933 742239

Rod Stewart

The Rod Stewart Experience will be in Barmouth at the Dragon Theatre on Sunday 21st along with a supporting act. To reserve tickets call the theatre on 01341 281697

Parish Gift Day

On Thursday 25th there will be a Coffee morning, Sale of Work and a soup lunch commencing at 10am in the Parlour at the Dragon Theatre.




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Barmouth U3A

 The topic for the talk at the monthly meeting is ‘Make friends with a book.’ The speaker will be Alaw Mon Thomas-Davies. She will be talking about the free-shared reading group that has been set up in Barmouth Library. The Reader Organisation’s ‘Make Friends with a Book’ project in North Wales is working in partnership with the Macmillan Libraries Health and Well-being Information and Support Project. Alaw Thomas-Davies, The Macmillan Cancer Support information and support service Coordinator who will be facilitating the group said: “This new development in Barmouth library is very exciting.  Reading can take people away from the stresses of daily life.  Reading together is a great way to relax and meet new people.  We hope people will come along and try it out, everyone is welcome.”  This new service is available to anyone affected by cancer, whether you are currently undergoing treatment, have survived cancer or if you are a carer, friend or relative of someone who has or has had cancer. The talk promises to be very interesting and informative. The meeting will be held in The Arts Room at The Dragon Theatre on Wednesday 10th September. The afternoon begins with tea and biscuits at 1.30pm followed by the talk. If you are interested in joining the U3A or would just like to come along and have a chat about the U3A we would be pleased to meet you. For further information contact Jacqui on 01341 280 602

Shared reading differs fundamentally from conventional reading groups in that, rather than reading a book in isolation and then coming together in a group to discuss it, perhaps in an academic or analytical way, shared reading involves reading a short story, or a poem, or a book, together, out loud in small weekly groups. Groups are small and friendly. Each week, books and poems will be read aloud and talked about over a cup of tea and biscuits together. You can join in as much or as little as you like, there’s no pressure.A wide-range of short stories, novels and poems by our greatest writers will be read aloud: all group members have to do is sit back and listen.Everyone is welcome at shared reading groups, whether you’re a reader, a non-reader, or someone who would simply like some time and space to relax. And it’s free.


Heart of Wales Rally

The annual Heart of Wales Road Rally for vintage lorries will be visiting Barmouth on Saturday 13th September.The lorries begin their journey in Shrewsbury climbing over the Dinas Pass to Dolgellau before arriving in Barmouth. Over 65 lorries resplendent in their original colour schemes can be viewed on the main car park in Barmouth between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Whilst in Barmouth the drivers and passengers will enjoy lunch at the Dragon Theatre supplied by Browns of Barmouth, before continuing on their journey to Llanberis. Last year the event raised £900, which was donated to The Welsh Air Ambulance and the RNLI.



Barmouth W I hosted their annual Coffee Morning and Craft Exhibition at the Dragon Theatre on 4th September.There were several tables of crafts on display - knitting, crochet, patchwork, cross-stitch, bead work, to name but a few. The crafts included all entries for the County Show, which was recently held in Bala, and highlighted the exceptional talent of members. In the W I competitions Pam Payton came first with her photograph and Janet Davies came third. Mari O’Rourke came second with her gift box and Pam came third. In the open classes Joan Holloway came first in both photographic competitions and third with her Christmas Card. Vicky Pell came first and Betty Morris came third with their cross-stitch of a farm scene and Betty was first with both her brown and white loaf.The profit made from the proceeds of refreshments, the cake stall and raffle amounted to £90 and the raffle for TopKids, Belarus raised £32. Mari O’Rourke thanked everyone who had worked hard to make this such a successful event.Members of Barmouth W I are invited to join Chatty Crafters on Tuesday afternoons 2-4, starting on 30th September in Parlwr Bach, to work on their own craft projects and to share skills and ideas with each other.The next W I meeting is on 24th September which will be a cookery demonstration with Kim Cartledge.



Norma Stockford will be giving a talk in the Dragon Theatre, Barmouth at 7.30pm on Wednesday 17th September 2014.  The topic will be ‘Stories of the Sea’ and will include legends, tales and pictures of Barmouth’s historic connection with the sea, especially when it prospered as a flourishing fishing port in the 60s and 70s. Tickets cost £8.00 and will be available from the Dragon Theatre or the Lifeboat Shop - all proceeds are in aid of the RNLI.


Autumn happenings

Autumn brings lots of new activity to the town. If the need for a new interest is snapping at your heels a Multi Media course with John Morris may be just what you seek. On Monday evenings the Craft Group get together from 7 till 9pm, while on Wednesdays there is the ladies Dance Class from 10-45am for an hour. Also on Wednesdays there is a weekly Bridge Club meeting. The U3A hold monthly meetings with guest speakers on Wednesday too between 2 and 4pm. The Silver Screen Club meets monthly and will begin by  screening ,”Brief encounter”, on Thursday 11th , at 2pm . The Singin Wimmin community choir meet weekly on Thursdays from 7-30pm While on Fridays the Language and Play sessions run between 10am and noon weekly. All sessions are held at the Dragon Theatre so more information can be gained by calling 01341 281697.




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R.N.L.I. flag day results

A collection was held on 31st July from which a total of £1500-76 was donated as follws: Barmouth £544-68, Fairbourne £79-20, Shell Island £438-44, Shell Island Directors donation £438-44. William Burton, the promoter, has thanked everyone involved for their hard work in raising this commendable sum.

Hear here

You are invited to an information day on Thursday 11th September in the Dragon Theatre Barmouth  from 10am till 2-30pmwhere you will be able to see the equipment and learn about the services that are available for deaf and hard of hearing people. The event is being organised by Wales Council for Deaf People with Dolgellau Hard of Hearing and Luncheon Club. There will be a range of organisations taking part including C.A.B., Mantell Gwynedd,  Age Cymru, Action on hearing loss. There will be a Lipreading taster session too.


Barmouth Bonfire and Firework committee would like to thank the RAOB Buffs Club for hosting their annual Psychic Evening on 23rd August They would also like to thank the mediums who travelled from as far as Holyhead in making the evening a success. The total amount raised on the evening was £310 which will go towards another fabulous event which will be held on November 8th The amount the group need to raise increases each year so everything raised or donated is very gratefully received.

Ice bucket challenge

In an epidemic of Ice Bucket challenges ,that are filling Facebook pages at the moment, money is being raised for a range of conditions of which Motor Neurone is typical. The highest profile  person to be challenged is Barmouth Mayor John Sam Jones who completed his challenge on the harbour on Saturday with both local resident and visitor on lookers. Each person challenged must either be doused in iced water then pay £3 donation to the charity or reject the challenge and pay £10 to the same charity; they then nominate others to do the same. Some people have been nominated multiple times so at some point there needs to come a cut off point.


Barmouth W.I. will bew holding a Coffee Morning in the Dragon Theatre on Thursday 4th September.


The Paradisi theatre company from Criccieth will be performing three of Alan Bennet’s stories at the Dragon on Saturday 13th September at 7-30pm. They are Bed of lentils, Chip in the Sugar and A Lady of Letters. Described variously as darkly comic, tragically poignant and uplifting Bennett’s unique style and Paradisis  polished performances promise a great evening.

Multi media course

If the autumn is arriving for you and the need for a new interest is snapping at your heels a Multi Media course with John Morris in the Dragon Theatre may be just what you seek. Contact the theatre on 01341 281697  for more details.

Tai Chi

Maggie Stansfield will be developing a Tai Chi group at the former St John’s Church hall call in for further details on dates and times.



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Writing workshop

On Thursday, August 28th in the St Johns Hall Gallery Jan Wolf will be holding a writing workshop between 2pm and 4pm. Every Wednesday from 1.30pm - 3.30pm there will be recorder music.


Tai Chi

In the former St John’s Church hall  on Thursday 28th August from 4pm-5pm there will be an introduction to Tai Chi with Maggie Stansfield.


Postman Pat in town

Postman Pat the movie will be showing in the Dragon Theatre on Thursday 28th at 3pm its rated as a U so fun for all ages.


Community choir

The Barmouth community choir hold sessions in at the Dragon theatre on Thursday evenings, if you would like to know more contact the staff at the theatre for information.


Walking festival

The Barmouth Walking Festival is now a firmly established event on the visitor and social calendar drawing walkers of all abilities from far and wide  for a packed programme of available walks. This years festival commences on September 13th, their website has details of walks timings and much more.


Open Doors
As part of the Open Doors initiative by Cadw, St John's Church will be showing  exhibits and offering tours of parts of the building.The Church will be open with volunteers in attendance from 9am until 7pm from 1st of September until the 5th of September. Exhibits will include the Parish Registers, all silverware and brass along with all altar frontals and vestments. The Organ will also be available for anyone who wants to have a go. On Wednesday the bell ringers will be available for ringing demonstrations. There will also be an exhibition of photographs related to both world wars and a special area has been set  aside for visitors wishing to light candles in memory of someone. Any further events during the course of the week will be advertised at the bottom of St John's Hill or on the Parish's Facebook and Twitter pages.



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Fair fete

The fine but not hot weather meant that people were around town on Saturday rather than on the beach, this benefitted the Fete at St David’s Church which raised £302 towards the repair of the organ at St John’s. The organisers expressed their thanks to all who worked on or supported the event.


Good fun day

The fun Day at Hendre Coed last Saturday raised  the sum of £360 which will be donated to the Barmouth Ambulance Service, all who took part are thanked for their effort.


Huntingdons fundraiser

On Saturday 23rd  Davina Hughes and friends will be holding their second fundraising event on the forecourt of the Buffs Club in town starting at 11am. The businesses of Barmouth have contributed to  and sponsored the event. There will be stalls, a "bumper raffle", bric a brac sale , cake stall and more. Proceeds will go towards Huntingdons research, a cause that Davina has worked on for many years.




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Lights Out in Barmouth

Barmouth Mayor John Sam Jones placed the commemorative candle at the Barmouth war memorial on Monday evening, 4th August to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the UK declaration of war on Germany in 1914. Around 60 people attended the event organised by the Barmouth branch of the Royal British Legion timed to coincide with events across the country. Branch Chairman, Cllr. Trevor Roberts lead the gathering by reading the names of the fallen in the district of Barmouth. This was followed by prayers, readings and poems by members of the community including members of the clergy, Linda Bailey and Carol Clay. The readings reflected the lives of the soldiers on the frontline and their letters home to their families and loved ones. It was wonderful to see candles burning in some of the homes overlooking the memorial; a reflection of the importance of the anniversary to both residents and country alike.


The date for the Parish Fete at St David’s Church by the harbour is Saturday  16th August not as stated last week. The time was correct, 12 noon till 4pm. The aim is to raise money to help pay for the restoration of he organ in St John’s.

Ambulance benefit

On Saturday 16th August there will be a Charity BBQ at  Hendre Coed Isaf Holiday Park , Llanaber, in aid of Barmouth Ambulance Station. Among the events will be BBQ, tombola, raffle, catch a rat, and various other stalls and games. Car Boot stalls/tables available @£5 book now. Call 01341 280597 for more details.

Literary Evening

On Monday 18th August there will be a Literary Evening with cake at Aber House starting at 7pm. Local Writers Mary Howell and Bernard Young  will be feading extracts from their writings.

Gallery Open Day

St John’s Hall gallery have an Open Day event planned for Wednesday 20th August running from 1 till 6pm that will feature over sized lions, puppets, bubbles and things that go bang in the day , must be worth investigating further.




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 As part of the year round fundraising for the Community Fireworks event the Buffs Club will be hosting a “Psychic night” from 7pm on August 23rd.  For further information contact Rita on  07779259076 or Tessa at Ketdesigns on the High street..


Parish Fete

The fete will be held in the gardens of St David’s Church , by the harbour, on August 15th from 12 noon till 4pm.  There will be stalls, tombola, face painting and music to enjoy. Monies raised will go towards the appeal fund to repair the organ in St John’s.


Barmouth W I

The W I bowling competition for the Netta Irvine Rose Bowl was held on Saturday 2nd August. There had been torrential rain all the morning but at one o’clock when everyone met, the skies cleared for a very pleasant afternoon. There were 21 competitors - members of the W I and their friends  both regular bowls players and those who only play once a year at this event. The matches were arranged, as usual, by Ifor Evans with the help of Brian, Ronnie, Bryan and John. Players were in 6  groups of three or four and the winners of each group went on to the semi finals. They were June, Lorraine, Alma, Betty, Rosie and Sharon. Alma and Sharon, who only ever play at this one event, deservedly went through to play a very exciting final.  After eight ends their scores were even so they went on to play a final end which Sharon won. The trophies were presented by Lynn Norton, daughter of the late Netta Irvine. The winner being Sharon Cooney, runner up Alma Bowen and the ‘Best of the Rest’ Rosie Martin. Sheila Davies thanked everyone for entering the competition and the men for their excellent organisation of the event.There followed a delicious tea served by Sybil, Val and Christine and they were thanked by Mari O’Rourke who also invited non-members of the W I to come to the September meeting when there will be a cookery demonstration, or to the Body Shop party in October. There were several raffle prizes. Everyone agreed that it had been a most successful day.






Six Years

On 27th July it will be six years since  Communities First and Hugh Griffith Roberts set up the community web gallery. Over that time the growth has been amazing and consistent. It is most pleasing to report that on average the gallery still gets 50 new photos every month. Young members of the community are realising the value of old pictures and have been donating them to the gallery  rather than dumping them in skips when clearing old houses. Hugh commented that , “Once lost these pictures cannot be replaced so it is important that they are preserved.” Photos can be loaned to Hugh for scanning and then returned if people want to retain the originals. Hugh donates important pictures to the archive in Dolgellau to be kept safely. Currently there are 4528 pictures on line, in the last year Hugh has  re-edited them to ensure that they are all good quality images,  it takes tremendous dedication to maintain the high standard  set by Hugh himself.  The site , to date , has attracted 4,700,000 hits and is regularly used as a reference tool by people of all ages across the world. The hosting of the site is paid for by the Town Council but Hugh’s considerable time input is given freely.



If you want to get fit and have fun you can join Rita and the gang every Thursday at 7pm for their regular Zumba sessions.


Poetry workshops

 There will be two poetry workshop sessions in  the gallery which is the former St Johns Church Hall on August 18th. In the morning from 11am till 1pm  the focus will be on children while the afternoon session from  2pm till 4pm wi;ll be for adults. For more information  and process check  or call in to the gallery.


Motown Night

Motown Night  will be Saturday 16th August in the Dragon Theatrte. Book the best seats now on 01341 281 697. ' A 10-piece band perform hits from the Soul and Motown eras in a double bill of The Conmitments followed by The Sensations. They've performed all over Europe and have been described 'The Stage' as 'An absolute must... the best live show performing this type of tribute.


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The President Mari O’Rourke opened the meeting and after warmly welcoming all present ‘Merion’ was sung accompanied by Blodwen Comerford on the piano. The July meeting was a “Members Meeting” so there was not a speaker. Instead there was a bring and buy sale and a quiz. Mari began the meeting with some very sad news. Eira Goodchild who would have been 103 on Friday has passed away. A few moments were spent thinking of her and her family. In the Crown Green Bowls competition the Barmouth team reached the semi finals and at the recent Summer Fair, Janet won the recycling competition. Sheila Davies was congratulated on serving as a lollipop lady at Ysgol Y Traeth for forty years. The head teacher, Mr Myfyr, presented her with a bouquet of flowers and a watch. Huge congratulations were given to Gayner on the birth of her 20th great grandchild. Nine birthdays will be celebrated by members before the next meeting so all were wished a happy day. The minutes of the last meeting were signed and the County Newsletter was read out. More entries are needed for the County Show in August and everyone was encouraged to think about taking part in the Interfed Sports Day on 20th September. The NFWI Centenary AGM at Royal Albert Hall on 4th June 2015 can be seen via a live link at The Dragon Theatre. The Netta bowling competition will take place on 2nd August, followed by an afternoon tea. The venue for the Christmas dinner The Min y Mor has been booked for 10th December. The Craft Fair will take place on Thursday 4th September in the Arts Room at The Dragon Theatre 10am – 12 midday. All welcome.Susan is investigating the setting up of a Barmouth WI website. It is hoped that there will be an archive section that everyone can contribute to. “The Treasure Hunters” team, very closely followed by team “Four Eyes”, won the quiz. The committee served delicious scones smothered with jam and cream and served with a glass of Pimms. At the end of the evening, the ladies perused the bring and buy table and the raffle prizes were won by Val, Pam and Angie and the flowers were won by Rose. There is no meeting in August.The title of the meeting on 24th September is “Food Demonstration.”  The speaker will be Kim Cartledge.If you are thinking of joining the WI please do go along. You will be made very welcome.




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Barmouth Bowling Club

On the 12th July, the Barmouth  Bowling team, was set to visit neighbours and friendly rivals, Fairbourne, for a re-match previously cancelled due to rain.   Once again, rain stopped play.  However, the match was rearranged for the following day, which was a lovely sunny afternoon.  Barmouth  on this occasion were the winners, so congratulations were in order. Fairbourne, as always were the perfect hosts, and provided a super tea party, with glorious food and the usual after match hospitality. Thanks to all concerned.  The Club look forward to the return match on the 28th July, when it hopes to be once again victorious. The last few months, the weather, (apart, from the 12th July, luckily not St. Swithin's day), has been excellent, and members, and visitors, have enjoyed a lot of good sunshine and bowling.   Members of the club  must  be thanked who have been diligent in their efforts to keep the green in top condition this year after the earlier storms created some problems, so thank you to all who put in the hard work. Anyone who is interested in bowling, please get in touch with Mari O'Rourke on 01341 280043, or just visit the clubhouse, where you will be warmly welcomed.


Literary and Debating Society 

Last Thursday saw the final meeting of the society for this season. Unfortunately, in a reflection of how attendances have declined recently, only 6 members attended and with no volunteers to take up roles on the committee it was agreed that a formal AGM could not be completed. A subsequent discussion about the prospects of the society continuing resulted in agreement that there was not sufficient support to suggest that another season of meetings would be successful, and it was therefore decided that the existing committee will meet in September with a view to formally closing the society down.Despite the mood of the meeting the 6 members, and one visitor from Scotland who had come in to see the presentation, enjoyed a viewing of the episode of the Channel Four programme “Wreck Detectives” that covered the finding and work done on the Bronze Bell Wreck that is situated off Talybont beach. For those of you who have not seen this programme, come along to the Ty Gwyn museum where the finds from the wreck are on display and the programme can be viewed on screen.


Royal British Legion

“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

The Royal British Legion is encouraging everyone in the UK to turn off their lights except for a single candle or light between 10pm and 11pm on Monday 4th  August 2014. This is exactly 100 years after that declaration was made by Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary, uttering these words on the eve of Britain officially entering the First World War. The Barmouth Branch will be holding a short reflection at the war memorial in Park Road at 10pm on August 4th. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The date for the Branch AGM has been changed to Monday October 27th. A regular branch meeting will be held on Monday July 28th.


The on-going success of Gwarchod  Bermo Watch  has enabled North Wales Police  to charge a man with a series of thefts committed in the town. The group is now  appealing to any member of the community who has a spare  HD television set to contact them either via Dave Morris at LL DIY, Deana Fisher at Fishers, Richmond square or Mark James. Any donations towards the maintenance and upgrading of the system would also be gratefully received, because the salt sea air is a constant problem for sensitive electronics.




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Barmouth Arts Festival

At the recent AGM it proved impossible to find a Chairperson or committee  to take on the running of this years festival. It was therefore decided that  the funds remaining be donated to groups and organisations with which the festival worked. Money will go to Merched y Wawr which for many years has supplied food to the performers on the Welsh Night of the Festival. Money will also go to St John’s Church, where choral and musical    events in the festival were staged The remainder will go to the Dragon Theatre on condition that the money is used solely to pay for the provision of professional performances.



The monthly meeting was eld on Wednesday 25th June. The President, Mari O’Rourke, welcomed members and guests and then advised that a party of members had been to the Dolgellau Archives at the invitation of Merfyn Thomas where they had an interesting visit looking through the records. The President also said that the trip to Llandudno to see Cats had been a great success. She further reported that several volunteers had weeded and replanted the garden wall around the leisure centre and that  the Dining Out group had been to Dolgellau college and had been enjoyed by all. Val Vine reminded members of the Cream Tea  to be held at Hafod Mawddach on Thursday July 10th., money raised will be used to buy Christmas presents for the residents. Carol Clay was then introduced who gave a most informative talk on her three trips to India, a country she said she had always wanted to visit. Her first was as a trustee of the Presbyterian Church, Carol showed slides of some of the wonderful places she had visited and said that the people of India had left a lasting impression with her. She then spoke of the last visit, with husband David, travelling on trains which they had both enjoyed greatly. Val thanked Carol for her talk and for transporting members to India for a short time. Mari then thanked the tea hostesses: Christine, Rosemary, and iris. Vicky won the raffle and the competition for the favourite holiday souvenir, Mary came second. Joan Probert won the flowers. A reminder was given that the meeting on July 23rd will be a Members Meeting and that a Bring and Buy sale will be held.


Lit and Deb

On Thursday 19th June the Literary and Debating Society discussed whether Barmouth has a future in developing tourism. Chaired by Mrs Jean Wilde it proved  lively and interesting and many useful points were made by contributors Michel Benson , the President, John Sam Jones , Mayor, Sue Slater , Former Mayor, Bill Pritchard, Lesley Amison, Chair of the Public Relations Committee. On taking a vote it was unanimously decided that Barmouth can indeed look forward to such a future.


Buffs Boot Sale

To raise funds for organ repairs at St John’s Church  there will be a  Car Boot Sale on July 5th starting at 11am.outside the Buffs Club by Bet Fred’s Among the attractions there will be: Cake stall, tombola, face painting, glitter tattoos, pick a box and lots and lots of bargains. If you have anything to donate Rita at the Buffs Club, who is organising the event would be more than grateful to receive it. Contact Rita at the club or through facebook to book your table for £5, space is limited so it is advised to book soon.


St Mary’s Church Llanaber

On 11th June St Mary’s held their annual Coffee Evening at the Jesuits’ House, Llanber by kind permission  of Brother Ken Vance. It was good to welcome loyal and regular supporters and to meet newcomers also. A big thank you to all who provided items for the event, as well as to the stall holders and caterers who worked hard to ensure the evening was a success. The generous donation given were also much appreciated and £819.62 was raised for much needed Church funds.




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Following the 11am Sunday service at St John’s on the 1st of June the 79 year old electric blowing unit that supplies the Pipe Organ with air broke down. Watkins and Watson ,a Pipe Organ air movement specialist company who installed the original unit 79 years ago, visited the church to diagnose what had happened and more importantly try and get it working again for the wedding of Lauren and Warren at St John’s on Saturday 8th of June. The unit managed to power the Organ for the wedding much to the relief of the Parish Organist but it has now finally given out. This now means that one of the largest tracker action Pipe Organs in North Wales will be silent until a replacement blower unit is purchased. To further complicate matters, the air reservoir that is attached to the blower unit is also on its last legs and will probably not survive much longer. This is of great concern since there are weddings at St John’s in September of this year including the Parish Organists wedding.£14000 is  needed to fix the church organ. To raise funds there will be a  Car Boot Sale on July 5th starting at 11am.outside the Buffs Club by Bet Fred’s Among the attractions there will be: Cake stall, tombola, face painting, glitter tattoos, pick a box and lots and lots of bargains. If you have anything to donate Rita at the Buffs Club, who is organising the event would be more than grateful to receive it. Contact Rita at the club or through facebook to book your table for £5, space is limited so it is advised to book soon.


Festival coming

Barmouth & district country music & linedance festival will be held  in Talbot Square on the 4th and 5th  July. This annual free music festival grows each year and attracts audiences and performers from all over the UK




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Gwarchod Bermo need to continue raising funds in order to maintain  and improve the service the cameras provide. The system is regularly called upon to provide evidence of occurrences on the streets of Barmouth. Dave Morris At LL DIY Home and Garden centre in Station Road is the person in town available to  accept any donations  for Gwarchod  Bermo that you feel able to make, they may also be given to Deanna Fisher  at Fishers in Beach Road or to Mark James. The system has proved its value many  times over the years and Barmouth is now seen as an example that many other towns seek to follow.



You can see The Invisible woman at the Dragon Theatre on Saturday 21stJune. The film starts at 7-15 and has a certificate 12 rating. The start has been timed to allow rail passengers to catch the last train.



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The AGM of Barmouth Arts Festival will be held at the Dragon Theatre on Monday 23rd June at 7-30pm and is open to anyone interested  in this event. If you have skills, ideas or time to contribute you will be made most welcome.



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 The president, Mari O’ Rourke opened the May meeting at The Dragon Theatre and welcomed all present. Meirion was then sung accompanied by Blodwen Comerford on the piano. Apologies for absence were received, and instructions about what to do in case of fire were delivered by Mari. Two members will be enjoying birthdays in June and congratulations were given to them. Val Vine read the minutes of the last meeting, which were approved and signed. Val then reported that the Spring Council, which was held in Penrhyndeudraeth, had been a very enjoyable day and was well attended. Cliff Simpson the speaker shared tales of his extremely interesting and varied career followed by a delicious afternoon tea provided by the Penrhyn ladies. At the Single Darts and Interfed Darts competitions although Barmouth was represented unfortunately this time they did not win. The Day School at Plas Tan-y-Bwlch was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and four members went to the Officers Training in Dolgellau. The Centenary Panel which is in the process of being designed, is to measure 5’x3’ and will record the 1950’s. On Wednesday 4th June, members going to see Cats in Llandudno are to meet at the bus stop on Jubilee Road at 9.30am. The Dining Out Club will be going to Dolgellau College on 6th June. The County Newsletter was read out highlighting forthcoming events. The speaker for the evening was Merfyn Tomos. He is a native of Dolgellau. He works as an archivist and, appropriately enough, is responsible for running the Meirionydd Record Office in Dolgellau. Mr Tomos told members that to learn about the past we need evidence and this comes from different sources. Oral history, pictures and maps, written accounts, artefacts, buildings and the surrounding landscape. The evening was spent showing pictures of Barmouth, census records, maps, trade directories, Topographical Dictionary of Wales, newspaper reports and the Gossiping Guide to Wales. The earliest evidence of Barmouth was during the reign of Elizabeth 1st in 1565 when Abermowe was reported to be a haven with no habitation. It was a fascinating evening and very enjoyable. A follow up has been arranged for members to visit the Meirionnydd Record Office on 25th June. Liz Roberts gave the vote of thanks. Mari thanked the tea hostesses Geinor and Doreen and Geraldine for making cakes even though she could not attend the meeting. Mari won the competition with a 1930’s brochure of The Min y Mor Hotel; Val was second with a family photograph. Geinor won the raffle. The next meeting will be  on 25th June and the speaker, Carol Clay will talk about “Travels in India”. The competition is “Treasured gifts from abroad”. New members always welcome.


B.C.P. event

Barmouth Childcare Partnership and R.N.L.I. station will be holding a Sea Safety Session at the life boat station 0n Saturday June 14th at 1.30pm,children of any age are welcome providing they are accompanied by an adult and if your lucky you can try on the equipment.


Coffee Evening

St Mary’s Church Llanaber will be holding its Annual  Coffee Evening  at the Jesuits House in Llanaber on Wednesday 11th June commencing at 7pm. A warm welcome is extended to all.


Lit and Deb Society

At the last meeting of the Society members were taken on a cruise to Norway and Iceland by the Vice President, Mr Alan Vincent. Sailing from Southampton on the P&O Artemis  the first call was Stavanger, the Oil Capital of Norway. Next cam Bergen the city associate with the composer Edvard Grieg . The ship the visited Lognefjord calling at Flamm and Olden. An excursion to the Flamm railway was followed by a smooth crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to Iceland calling first at Akureyi, then Safjordur and finally Reykjavik. The talk was illustrated by some wonderful photos. A vote of thanks was given by Michel Benson. The Society will next meet on Thursday 19th June when a debate will be heldon the topic of “Does Barmouth have a future as a tourist resort. All are welcome to attend.




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There will be a Family Film in The Dragon Theatre, Barmouth entitled


On yer bike

A meeting is to be held to see if there is sufficient interest to set up a Road Cycling Club in Barmouth the organisers will be holding a public meeting on the 2nd June 2014 at 7.30pm in the Barmouth Freehouse. Anyone who is interested either in the cycling aspect or who would like to be involved in the running of the club is extended a warm invitation to go along and find out more and to say what you would want a club to do. Lots of skills will be needed for a committee so there is potential for anyone to get involved in the way that is best for them. There will also be representatives there from the Welsh cycling union who the club intend to be affiliated with. If you need more information before the meeting you can talk to Paul K Gregory on 07584483612.




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Barmouth Childcare Partnership will be holding a “Smurf event”  at the R.A.O.B. Buffs club on the  17th  May from  2 till 4pm. There will bea  dvd session Smurfs 2, a raffle ticket and pop corn all for £2 . There are some amazing raffle prizes.  Children  are to be accompanied by adults, adults get free entry.

Boat House Rocks

The R.N.L.I have organised  a live music  event  that will be held in the Boat house on the promenade on Sunday 25th May, from noon till 5pm there will be a mix of music including rock, pop, blues and more. There will also be food, stalls raffle and tombola. There will be no entry charge but donations to the RNLI will be accepted gratefully.

Theatre AGM

The A.G.M. of the Dragon Theatre will be held on Monday 19th May at 7pm in the theatre building. Users of the facility and those interested in the future development of the  Dragon are extended a warm invitation to attend.

Lit and Deb

The next meeting of the Literary and Debating Society will be at 7-30pm  on Thursday 15th May in the Parlwr Bach of the Dragon Theatre. The President Mr Michel Benson will introduce a talk by the Vice President Mr Alan Vincent, the subject will be Images of Norway and Iceland, which should prove an interesting meeting.

Bermo Arts

The AGM of Bermo Arts will take place at 7-30pm, Wednesday 21st May at the Dragon Theatre. Non members as well as members are invited to attend. If you want to see the continuation of an amateur dramatic club in Barmouth your are asked to go along. There will be refreshments after the meeting.


Mawddach Arts group

Will be holding an exhibition of their work at the Bae Abermaw Hotel from Friday 23rd May till Sunday 8th June which will be open daily between 10-30am and 5pm. The group recently exhibited at the Dragon Theatre and wish to thank all concerned in making that event successful with particular mention for the Dragon staff and for Matthew White who helped with the banner.





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The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday 23rd April at the Dragon Theatre.  Meirion was sung accompanied by Blodwen Comerford.   Mari extended  best wishes to members with birthdays next month.   Condolences were given to Sheila Davies on the death of her sister.  Congratulations were given to Rose Morris on the birth of her grandson Idris, Janet Davies on the birth of her great grandson Jackson and to Mari O'Rouke on the marriage of her son Tom to Hannah.  Liz Roberts reported on her visit to Wrexhan to the All Wales Conference on April 2nd and said how interesting it had been.  Members then had a wonderful flower arranging demonstration by Dinah Pickard.  Five beautiful arrangements were made and Dinah very kindly said they could be raffled at the end of the meeting.  Lucky members went home delighted with their win.  Mary Smallwood thanked Dinah for sharing some arranging tips with everyone and for the flowers.  The miniature flower arrangement competition was won by Sheila Jason with Sybil Jones second.  Mari thanked the tea hostesses Lorraine Viney, Mari Haddon and Sheila Davies for the delicious cakes and chocolate Easter eggs.  The next meeting will be in the Dragon Theatre on Wednesday May 28th. at 7.p.m.  The speaker being Archivist Merfyn Thomas and the theme 'Treasures in Dolgellau Archives'.


In the Buffs

There will be a Car Boot  and Craft Sale at the Buffs Club on 5th May from 11am. If you would like to take part contact Rita at the Buffs or message her on Facebook.


Lit and Deb Society

The meeting on 17th April began with a sad message from the President Michel Benson who informed  those present that Rachel Cleaver, a longstsanding member and past President had passed away the previous day. It was acknowledged gthat she will be missed by all and a minutes silence was held in her memory. The meeting proceeded with Jean Napier giving a talk on the Landscapes of Wales which covered large parts of north Wales. Working in collaboration with Alun John Richards, who had done the text on their joint works about the rivers of north Wales, namely: “The river  Conwy, source to sea”, “Two Snowdonia rivers the Glaslyn and Dwyryd”, “A tale of two rivers Afon Dyfi and Afon Mawddach”. Jeans photography showed the countryside of Wales in all her wonders, from mountain to river and the sea along with  drovers roads that had been in use since before the Roman arrived, and the industrial past from copper and gold mines to slate quarries. She also covered ship building on the Mawddach and other rives and the wool trade from inland towns. Currently Jean has an exhibition entitled “Llanw- Tide” featuring the effects of the sea on the coastline of wales. Her next project will feature the Rhinog mountain range. Alan Vincent gave the vote of thanks on behalf of those present





Post Office Future

There will be a public open meeting in the Dragon theatre on the 1st May from 3 - 6.30pm . Representatives from Post Office Counters and Martin McColls will be there to answer your questions and concerns regarding the proposed changes in the Post Office Services in Barmouth. Please take this opportunity to go along and find out what is planned. This meeting  has been arranged by the Residents Association and the Town Council.


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




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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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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.


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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.

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 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.