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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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 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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Barmouth WI

 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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Barmouth Literary and Debating Society

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


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

Panto time

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




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


Barmouth Freemasons

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



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



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

The next meeting will be on 22 January 2014.

Fast fibre

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

Camera upgrade

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




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Buffs party ( 2 pics)

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



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




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St Phillips Carols

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

Promoting the area

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

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

Late night winner

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


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




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



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




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



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


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Party time

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


Buffs Kids party

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


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

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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.