BARMOUTH COMMUNITY NEWS ARCHIVE
Thanks to Martin of Barmouth Communities First for providing these Community news updates.
22-08-10 Barmouth News
Huntingdons Disease Charity Day
This cause has long been supported in Barmouth, this year with a Charity Day that will be held in the centre of town on the forecourt of the home of Gwynfor Owen, Fron y Graig, High Street,next to the offices of Breese Gwyndaf Solicitors. It will be held on Saturday 28th August from 11am till 2pm. There will be a wide variety of stalls including the ever-popular bric a brac and cake stalls along with a prize raffle. All money raised goes to the charity so you can be assured that your kind donations will be fully utilised.
Got a job, want a job?
Part of the window of the Communities First office is being made available to local workers and employers to act as a kind of job exchange. If you are looking for staff you can display the details and if you are looking for work you can advertise your skills. It is that simple and with no cost involved. Just call in to the office in station Road and give some details.
To counter the doom and gloom stories about jobs and business in the media it is good to be able to report that a shop that had been empty for a long time has now been transformed into a beauticians and teeth whitening centre. It is called Lasting impressions and is located in Church street near the Crown hotel. As with all new enterprises they are wished good luck in offering services new to the town.
The Barmouth Arts festival will soon be here, starting on September 4th with “A family affair” a highly talented family trio that is a substantial draw by itself is joined by the immense talent of Rhys Meirion for what is sure to be a spectacular performance. There may be no Vaynol Festival this year but Barmouth has attracted an excellent range of performers to the 36th Barmouth Arts Festival. Yellow leaflets and posters to be found around town provide an overview of the programme. Further details are also available from the website www.barmouthartsfestival.co.uk One change to the programme is that the speaker at the literary lunch will now be John Sam Jones a local writer who recently worked closely with Marc Rees on the development of the “For mountain Sea and Sand” scripts. Details at the bottom of the leaflet and posters tell you how to book tickets. Many of the programmed items are expected to be very popular so early booking is strongly recommended.
When the Quakers went off to Pennsylvania they had a big impact on the area. Over the years the Welsh were industrious and influential, so it was that in the 1880’s that the stations along the new Pennsylvania railroad were named after places in Wales known to those original settlers. Barmouth station existed and is at the side now of a walkway somewhat similar to the Mawddach trail. Emails have been exchanged with the conservation group from Lower Meirion Township and they can be seen, giving interesting historic detail on the barmouth-communities-first.org web site, click on History and then the top article “Another Barmouth” Perhaps there is the potential to twin with an area with which there is so much in common. The site is also clearly shown on Google earth.
15/08/10 Barmouth news
Summer Strolling in support of local hospice
Nightingale House Hospice invites walkers to join the Dolgellau to Barmouth ‘Summer Stroll’. This is a unique opportunity to raise money for the local Hospice, and experience the beautiful Mawddach trail, from Dolgellau to Barmouth. The walk is around 9.5 miles long, and starts at 11am on Saturday 11th September at Barmouth harbour. On their return all walkers will be receive a fish and chips lunch. This is an ideal family day out and the walk is dog, children and pram friendly. Registration is £10 per person, £5 per child (aged 2-10), and infants (younger than 2) go free. You can also register as a family (2 adults and 2 children) for a group fee of £25. Those who register, and wish to stay overnight in the town will also be eligible for discounts on local B&B’s and hotels, details of which will be sent with registration packs. The event sponsor is Emma’s Coaches Cymru. Nightingale House Hospice provides specialist palliative care services, completely free-of-charge, to patients and their families across a wide area stretching from Wrexham, Flintshire, East Denbighshire to Barmouth and the border towns including Oswestry and Whitchurch. This year alone, it will cost £2.4 million to run the Hospice, this equates to just under £7,000 per day. Only 20% of this comes from statutory government sources. The Hospice greatly relies on the generosity of the communities it serves. To find out more about how to help visit www.nightingalehouse.co.uk or call Income Generation on 01978 314292.
The Y Llechen Credit Union that operates on Thursday morning in the Communities First office has made some changes to its loan process to make it easier for people to access loans. There are many reasons why people choose not to use conventional banks for loans, Y Llechen loans are based on ability to repay rather than on other criteria. Information packs and loan repayment information is available from the office in Station Road any time. The volunteers who run the branch are available on Thursdays from 11am till 1pm to guide people through the process. Until recently there was an eight-week qualifying period before members could access loans, that has now been removed and a credit scoring system helps borrowers assess how much they can afford to repay. This is an alternative to doorstep lenders that could save large amounts of money on repayments.
Craig Dobbins has added another recycling scheme to his charity collecting. He now accepts used computer ink cartridges, these go to raise money for the MacMillan Cancer Research Charity, he is still collecting plastic bottle tops for Hospice at home and stamps for the purchase of wheelchairs and also ring pulls that benefit a leukaemia research charity. All items can be left at the Communities First office in Station Road.
A collection was held on August 5th at which a total of £1650-56 was donated. In Barmouth and District £593-13 was collected, a further £163-01 came from Fairbourne and £894-42 from Shell Island. William Burton the promoter would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work in raising this commendable sum.
If you would like to have your say on the creation of an on line radio station for Barmouth you are invited to go along to a discussion at the Communities First office at 3-45 on Monday 23rd August. Some well known local characters will be there along with Devinda and Mathilde who many will have met during the National Theatre production that ran in Barmouth last month. Everyone is welcome—whether you are a backroom assistant or a budding reporter or performer. The aim will be to develop downloadable podcasts in the early stages and grow from this base over time.
There will be a great evening of live music at the Last Inn on Tuesday 24th August to raise funds for the “Heroes”. The evening will begin around 8-30pm with music from the 40’s onwards, if you really want to help the atmosphere you are invited to dress in the period style.
Mari O’Rourke, the President welcomed members to the July meeting, which opened with the singing of Meirion accompanied by Blodwen Comerford. Good wishes were sent to Mrs Goodchild who was 99 that week. Apologies were received from indisposed and holidaying members. Mari introduced Llinos from Dolgellau who spoke about a new befriending project that is running in South Gwynedd where volunteers are trained to offer support by listening and being a good companion. The training enables people to offer information about health and social care services that will be of interest to people who may be living alone. Those interested in joining the scheme can contact Llinos on 01341 422575. After this the minutes of the previous meeting were read, confirmed and signed. Janice thanked members who had helped at the bottle stall. Thanks were received from Marc Rees for the help members had given at his “For mountain sea and sand “ production. The summer outing was a great success on June 29th when members went for a trip on the Llangollen canal over the Froncysyllte aqueduct. On the way the group called in at the “Glass Blobbery”at Glanrafon where they were entertained with an amusing demonstration. Mari and Rose were thanked by Ann Williams for making the arrangements. Raffles were won by Ruth Lloyd, Venta Bath, Jack Payton and Maria Campbell. Doreen read the newsletters which included congratulations to Greta Cartwright on her award of an M.B.E. and good wishes to Meinir for a speedy recovery. Mari introduced the President and Secretary of the Llanelltyd W.I. who were delegates at the recent Cardiff conference. The guest speakers there were John Burco, Gwen Parry –Jones, Jim Smith and Leigh Durell, widow of Gerald Durell. The resolution this year was directed at reducing the excess packaging on goods. The Merioneth County Show will be held at Ty Cerrig fiedls, Ynys, on August 25th. The admission charge for non competitors will be £8. The Craft Exhibition will be held at the Dragon Theatre on September 9th. Help is needed to serve coffee. The July meeting continued with a quiz prepared by Mari. Members had to identify photos that had been taken from unusual angles of well known buildings and local features along the High Street. Along with this was a delicious Cheese and Wine buffet prepared by the committee. The next meeting will be held on September 22nd.
The next visit by the Citizens Advice Bureau advisor will be on 13th &27th September and 11th & 25th October . In the meantime the highly sophisticated C.A.B. computer point is available every weekday from 9-30 till 4-30 in the old payments office in Station Road, opposite LL Building Supply store. This unit can access the whole CAB information data base and is extremely easy to use, help is at hand if needed.
8-08-10 Barmouth News
Paradisi theatre company from Criccieth have triumphed yet again with their latest production. The larger than usual cat is drawn from Paradisis home area and from Barmouth. All work well together and deliver a gripping and authentic drama that makes you forget that this is not a professional company. Singling performances out for praise is unfair as all contribute to the telling of a wholly believable tale that rings with social comment and observation. Dating from 1983 the issues and characters are recognisable on the streets today, so it is well worth seeing for all sorts of reasons. Performances are every Monday in August at the Dragon Theatre. Booking in advance is advisable, the box office can be contacted by calling 01341 281697 and is also open in the foyer each morning from 11am till 1pm.
The summer run of the Bermo Arts comedy got off to an exceptional start on Wednesday with the “House full” signs going up well before the start of the show. The tradition of transferring T.V. shows to the Barmouth stage has proved to be a consistent draw for visitors and residents alike. The episode chosen will be remembered by fans of the series as it featured the late Joan Sanderson as the deaf woman with the ear trumpet and has the usual mayhem that results from misunderstandings and misinterpretations of messages. As always it is a show not to be missed with a cast dedicated to make you laugh. Tickets can be ordered from the box office as above.
The turnout for the event wasn’t as good as in former years due to the poor weather and to illness. The rain stayed away and it was cool, despite this there was plenty of laughter & fun. Many games had been played in the morning ,there was then a break for lunch. After lunch there was one more game to play for the decider of the semi finals. Pam Payton played Joyce Jones and Lorraine Viney played Pauline Roberts. Pam & Pauline won their games and so went on to play in the finals. There was a short break so they could get their breath back before resuming the game. It was a well contested game with Pam being the winner. Nettas Daughter Lynn presented the trophy and medals doing so after a tearful speech. Lots of photos were taken before all went into the clubhouse where a beautiful spread was awaiting, prepared by the WI ladies. Thank you to everyone who donated lovely raffle prizes they were much appreciated. Next Saturday 14th there will be fun day and anyone is very welcome to join in.
BARMOUTH AND DYFFRYN UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB
The Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club (the Club) will start its 2010-2011 Football Season with a Senior First Team home match against Llanrwst United at Wern Mynach on Saturday, 14th August, kick-off 2.30pm. The Senior Reserve Team will also be celebrating its promotion to the Caernarfon League First Division with an away match against Llanrug Reserves. Barmouth Club supporters will be welcome at both matches. These matches will be followed, that day, by the Junior Teams' Trophy Presentation Evening at the Buffs Club, Barmouth, starting at 6.30pm, when individual young players will be rewarded for their outstanding performances during 2009-2010. At the above events the second edition of the Club's Newsletter will be distributed. As well as a coverage of all Club activities, this Newsletter refers in particular to the Club's ambitious plans for the development of improved playing facilities for Junior Teams. To finance these developments the Club has introduced a new Club Membership Scheme offering Annual Membership for £10 per person per annum, or Lifetime Membership for £100 per person. "Club Members" will in future benefit from discounts on match entrance fees, on purchases of Club merchandise, and preferential terms for Club functions. Further information will be available at the home match versus Llanrwst United, and at the Juniors Trophy Evening. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend these events but would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact Wil Huntley, Chairman, mobile 079127 48875, or Brian Wood, Secretary, tel no 01341 280103.
Barmouth News 02-08-10
There are two very different but highly entertaining plays on every week at the Dragon Theatre in Barmouth, Blood Brothers on Monday nights and Fawlty Towers on Wednesday nights, throughout the month. From Monday 2nd August the foyer box office will be open from 11am – 1pm every weekday. Alternatively, seats can be reserved by phone at any time on 01341 281 697 – leave a message if necessary and they will call back to confirm your booking.
If you have a vacancy that is either seasonal or permanent and want to find someone local to till the vacancy you can advertise for free on the community jobs board in Communities First office window. Similarly if you have skills that you want to sell or are looking for a particular type of job you can also advertise in the same way. Just call in to the office , give the details and a notice will be created in a uniform style that is easy to read. This facility may also be extended to the web site if it proves popular. It is a new idea that is being tried to help local people find jobs with local employers.
If you have not visited Barmouth station in the last week you need to go and see what is happening. Every week there seems to be yet another improvement. In addition to the planters and hanging baskets, extra large area photos had been added along with a painting by a local artist. All this has now been joined by local information boards that tell visitors and residents about the regular events of the town along with information about the local history. Local businesses and individuals are putting in time and money to make Barmouth a really attractive place everyone can help by keeping an eye on the developments, picking up litter and pulling out weeds. It is a proven fact that vandalism thrives in neglected areas and disappears in well kept ones.
If you used to dress in flares or a mini skirt to go out on a Saturday night then the live Soul and Motown show on Saturday 21st August, with 8-piece band The Conmitments is for you. If not, this show is a trip into another world of music that will show you what your parents used to dance to. It also features Tony Scarth as Tom Jones. It promises to be a lively and atmospheric night! The dragon theatre is the venue and tickets can be bought in advance at the box office or ordered by phone on 01341 280979.
Tracy and Yvonne have worked side by side in Sophisticuts and built up a loyal following over the years. Yvonne has now decided to branch out and is renting a chair in the In Style salon on the High street where she is hoping to develop some services that will be new to Barmouth. She is wished every success in her new venture.
Friends met at Hafan Deg on Friday last for a Coffee Morning at which hey raised £60 for MacMillan Cancer Support. Everyone is thanked for their generous donations to this valuable support charity and for supporting the event.
The volunteers at the Freshfields animal sanctuary shop are appealing for items of good clothing to sell in the shop, they are desperately short of stock at the moment and ask you to think of them when clearing your wardrobe. They are also appealing for additional volunteers to help man the shop. They have also sent out an appeal for a mobile phone, if you have one that works they would be most grateful. Their efforts go to support the animal rescue centre to aid abandoned animals.
Members of the Barmouth U3A had a monthly gathering with a difference when they met on 14th July. The theme for the afternoon was "Thanks for the Memory" focusing on the 50s and members were asked to bring with them a small memento that might evoke memories of that decade. The afternoon began with the group singing the Bill Haley and the Comets' hit "Rock around the Clock", (without the jiving in the aisles this time). We were treated to stories about engagement rings and wedding dresses, congoleum and coronations and some not so happy memories of 11 plus examinations. There were recollections of young married life in Liverpool and photographic memories of early nursing years. We even had a slide rule demonstration. It was fascinating to be reminded of transport in the 50s when Crosville buses carried us locally and one member read out a touching letter written to her pen friend in 1953. Scrapbooks took us back to a 'golden age' when children had more freedom yet felt more secure, an innocent time when climbing trees and playing cards were the pastimes. When radio programmes included Two Way Family Favourites with Jean Metcalf for Forces in BFPO 15 and weekends were spent dancing in the Tudor Café with the Junior Leaders from Tonfanau. The whole afternoon was thoroughly enjoyable - as were the delicious scones, served with strawberries and cream.
Bonfire and Benevolent funds
Emergency Services personnel, who are responsible for organising the Barmouth community bonfire & fireworks event, held an Open Day at Barmouth Fire Station last Saturday. The event was well attended and as well as various emergency vehicles being on show a cake stall and raffle helped to raise £399 towards the November community event and Fire & Rescue Benevolent Fund . Emergency staff involved would like to express their thanks to Mark Thomas and staff at Barmouth Co-operative store for the generous help and support shown to them. A main raffle prize generously donated by Barmouth Co-op was won by Ricky Morris, Barmouth Fire & Rescue Service.
25-07-10B Barmouth News
Blood Brothers in Barmouth
It's that time of year again, when Paradisi head towards Barmouth for their Summer production. They will be performing Mondays in August 8pm start at the Dragon Theatre. This year they are performing the original version of Willy Russell's play, Blood Brothers. This is the non musical version. This professional quality company from Criccieth always deliver top class productions so it is well worth seeing.
On Saturday 24th July The Wales v England match was played Everyone enjoyed themselves even though it was fine misty drizzle. Afterwards it was a lovely spread laid on by the members. Ruth Loydd had knitted a gardener Which was beautiful. She put it up for raffle and made an amazing £62 .00 for the club. Well done Ruth.
Despite the damp day over sixty people took part in the Carnifal Cambria on Saturday. The procession along the promenade was a riot of colour and energy . The Harlech Silver Band accompanied the group and played at several points on the route. The station was the rallying point with the majority of people taking the free train supplied courtesy of Arriva Trains to Harlech where the plans had been re arranged to take account of the weather so that the picnic and performance were held at theatre Harlech instead of in the castle. Mask making workshops co funded by Harlech Theatre and Communities First, held in the Dragon Theatre had been a great success earlier in the week. Children from the Pavilion’s Summer Play took part one morning. These masks formed part of the costumes for the parade. Congratulations are due to Jacqui and the organisers for their hard work to make this another successful event for the community.
The appearance of the extending turntable ladder at the open day on Saturday was the star attraction for the children and quite a few of the adults. This joint services day was an opportunity for the local people to go into the Fire Station and discover what happens there. Also present were the First Responders, Coast Guard and Lifeboat crews and various stalls were there to raise funds for local causes. A very impressive Subaru Imprezza in Fire service livery was in attendance with high tech equipment to help drivers understand just how serious and traumatic road incidents can be for all involved. During the course of the day a real emergency occurred that meant one appliance had to attend an incident at Llanelltyd. Station Manger Steve Morris and PCSO Kath Lake Bullen worked hard to put the event together, they would like to thank everyone who participated and attended for the generous way they gave of their time and energy.
Tracy and Yvonne have worked side by side in Sophisticuts and built up a loyal following over the years. Yvonne has now decided to branch out and is renting a chair in Debbie Proberts salon on the High street where she is hoping to develop some services that will be new to Barmouth. She is wished every success in her new venture.
August 4th is Annual Play Day, there will be an event for Barmouth from 11am till 3pm that will be organised by Barmouth Childcare Partnership. All children are welcome but they must be accompanied by an adult. You are asked to take along a packed lunch for the Teddy Bears Picnic. There will be lots of free things to do including face painting, sand sculptures, music workshops, soft play, games and other activities, if you have a bucket and spade you should take that along with you to the Pavilion Leisure Centre at 11am on the 4th August. For more details please contact Denise at Communities firs on 01341 280979.Alternative arrangements are in place if the weather is not good so it will still be a good fun day.
18-07-10 Barmouth news
On Saturday July 10th The Ron Barnard Trophy was played for. Everyone thought it was going to be "rain stop play2 but by the time the draw had the weather changed, in our favour and we was able to play on. There was plenty of laughter in a relaxed atmosphere. It got more serious when we got down to the quarterfinals. The only man left standing was Stan Ward our chairman who played Gwenda Harrison, Stan won by a whisker. Pauline Roberts played a close game against Pam Payton with Pauline winning. Pauline and Stan went on to play brilliant game in the finals but it was Pauline who took home the trophy. Jean brought along her grandson Oscar who presented her fathers trophy to Pauline beautifully. When all the photos had been taken everyone went into the club for lovely refreshments and a raffle was drawn. Another great day with more to come.
It was the wish of the late Bob Berridge that donations made following his passing be given to the Barmouth Lifeboat. His family handed £1000 to the Coxswain of the Barmouth Lifeboat, Peter Davies. Bob, son of Hilda and Herbert Berridge was very proud of his birthplace, Barmouth, where he lived until he was 17, when he met his future wife Beryl and moved to Coventry. His father, Herbert, was a former member of Barmouth Lifeboat crew in the 1950’and was honoured with the D.S.M. for his service at Dunkirk as a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy.
Local wedding (Photo : Cerrie and John Lane)
The marriage between Cerrie Maire Berridge, daughter of Brian and Jenny berridge and John Merfyn Lane, son of George and Ann Lane of Barmouth took place on June 18th at the Elim Church, Park Road, Barmouth. The happy couple would like to thank everyone for all the cards and gifts that they received. As everyone has been so generous.
The Dragon Theatre is having a busy week of varied entertainment. Thursday night is Wrestling night and Friday night is Gypsy swing with Chocolate in the Arts room. Details of these events and others coming up are available from the box office that is open daily from 11am till 1pm in the foyer of the building or by calling 01341 281697 any time.
Hopefully lots of you enjoyed the mask making sessions this week at the Dragon Theatre. Saturday will be the chance to use them as you join the Carnifal Cambria that assembles at the harbour at 11am. Join the fun and get into fancy costume to take advantage of the free train to Harlech where there will be a circus skills display in the castle.
The organisers of this event were bitterly disappointed to have to cancel on Friday when the forecast of strong winds and torrential rain was forecast for Saturday. The team will be meeting next week to plan a weather proof event and hope to be able to offer a really good alternative. Anyone who has ideas on the sort of event they would like is very welcome to contact Denise or Martin on 01341 280979 or call at the Communities First office in Station Road.
Barmouth News 11-07-10
If you love Gypsy Swing then the evening of Friday 23rd July is for you, the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre will host Barmouth’s answer to “Hot club de France”, the event is supported by Mat Mountain.. Tickets will cost £6-50 and the eveniong begins at 7-30pm. For enquiries please call 01341 280903.
A presentation was held at Ysgol y Traeth, Barmouth on Friday 2nd July for the children who had participated in Kerbcraft Kerbcraft is a Gwynedd Council road safety initiative taught to 5-6 year olds. More than 70% of all traffic accidents involving children happen close to parked cars. The children were awarded certificates and pencil cases, supplied by Gwynedd Council. A number of parents and classroom assistants helped over the 12 weeks and they also received certificates in recognition of their efforts. PCSO Kath Lake-Bullen would like to thank them for their valued help and assistance, namely Tina Triggs, Katie Price, Tracy Judd, Samantha Jones, Lowrie Hamer and Stephanie Pearson. Thanks also to Mrs Thomas, Ysgol y Traeth for her assistance and support.
Thursday 22nd is the night for a major tangle, Britain v The World is the name of the bout to be held in the Dragon Theatre starting at 7-30 pm. An opportunity to go along and scream your lungs out for your chosen fighter. Tickets can be bought on line from basixwrestling.co.uk or from the theatre box office costing £8 with concessions at £6. Family tickets are also on sale.
The Flag Day referred to in last weeks appeal for collectors will be held on Thursday 5th August. If you can help, even if only for an hour on the day please call William Burton on 01341 280704.
Last years Carnifal Cambria was the first of its kind. It began in Barmouth and travelled along the coast to Criccieth. The event won a prize for its innovation for sponsors Arriva Trains who then as this year provide free transport for those in costume taking part. In preparation for this years Carnifal which starts from Barmouth Harbour at 11am on Saturday 24th July there will be “Mask making workshops” for all ages that will be held in the Dragon Theatre on Monday and Tuesday 19th and 20th July. You can contact the theatre on 01341 281697 to book places. The morning sessions from 10am till noon will be for younger children while the afternoon sessions from 1pm till 4pm will be for families. All the materials needed will be supplied for the mask making. The parade will go from the harbour to the station with the accompaniment of Batala Bermo, Samba Band. The free train will then take everyone in costumes or masks to Harlech where you can picnic in the grounds of the castle and then be entertained by Acrobats. During the week there are to be circus workshops and the participants of those sessions will be the performers in Saturdays show. There will also be free transport back to Barmouth at 16-20hrs.
Have you seen programmes on T.V. where people are taught how to walk over hot coals without incurring injury. Have you ever fancied trying it yourself? This could be you chance and an excellent way of raising cash for the Vicitm Support work that is being done in this area. This volunteer work is increasingly needed locally though, because of its sensitive nature, it is not something you hear about in general conversation. You need to be at least 18 years old to take part and you will need to get promises of £120 in sponsorship for your effort. Please register your interest at the Communities First office in Station Road Barmouth or call on 01341 280979 before the deadline of August 1st. New volunteers are also needed for this interesting and valuable service, if interested lease call into the office as above to collect contact details,. You will be well equipped as the charity offer a four day training course for new workers. You can also talk to current members of the team at the Meirionnydd Show on August 25th.
You may have heard that local charity collector Craig Dobbins no longer collects plastic bottle tops following the completion of the appeal for which he was working, however he has now found that the tops can be donated for the benefit of “Gwynedd Hospice at Home” so he is appealing once more for your plastic bottle tops. They can be left at the same collection points as before. Communities First office in Station road is a central location where you can drop them off, all will be gladly received for this vital service. In addition Craig is also collecting “Ring pulls” from drinks and food cans, these help raise funds for the Leukaemia Charity, he also collects used stamps for a wheelchair charity.
The work of two local groups and of several local businesses has come together to give the town its best appearance in years. Barmouth Resort Improvement Group and Barmouth in Bloom have pulled out the stops and really gone to town with superb results. All their work is done by volunteers who plan developments in particular areas of Barmouth, search for funding, put the plans into action and then provide ongoing maintenance for the improved areas. The projects belong to the community and community members are encouraged to help with the upkeep of the new planters and areas of planting. Please, if you see rubbish in any of these areas, show your support for the groups by picking it up and putting it in a bin. Increasingly local people are taking control of their local area, this shows that Barmouth people are proud of their town and want to keep its standards high. All concerned at BRIG and Barmouth in Bloom along with the individuals and business owners who are making the effort should be thanked warmly for the tremendous improvement they are making to the street scene.
Dads n Lads
The Dads n Lads , and daughters of course, event will happen this Saturday 17th on the beach near the donkey rides, look out for the gazebo tents and the BBQ. There will be lots of fun and games and a chance for dads to spend quality time with their children. Starting at around 10am and going till around 2pm it will be a completely free, fun, event. Please tell the organisers, at Communities First, North Wales Play Association and Gwynedd Play what you think of the event, if you want more like it or if you want something different. Denise, Kerry, Ceri and Martin will be on hand to listen to your ideas.
Tickets for the “For mountain sea and Sand “ performances around Barmouth will be on sale at the Tourist Information Centre. Special concession prices of £5 and £3 for local adults and children apply. You can also buy on line www.theatrharlech.com or by phoning them on 01766 780667. The performances start at 3pm at St Johns Church Hall. Buying in advance helps the National Theatre group prepare and give the best experience to those participating. This is like nothing you have ever seen before, it is a first for Barmouth and is getting attention from the national press already. Be curious, be confused but don’t miss out on the chance to be part of this amazing experience. There will be 12 performances from 25th June, one each day but none on Mondays and Tuesdays. If you need more information call in to Communities First for an information sheet about the event. The National theatre are also looking for stewards for the event, if you can help even if only on a couple of events please contact Alison Williams on 281697
Cylch Meithrin y Bermo
Enillwr y £50 am enwi dyddiad geni Mrs Mair Owen, Ganllwyd. Diolch yn fawr iawn i bawb sydd wedi trio. Y gyfartal oedd £100. Winner of the £50in naming the birth date was Mrs Mair Owen, Ganllwyd. Thank you to everyone who tried. The total raised was £100
If you are a fan of Nordic Walking and would like to train to be a walk leader you have the opportunity to take a one-day training course with Gwynedd Council in Tywyn. This session will equip you to lead safe walks for people of all ages, further information is available from the Communities First office, there is also a poster in the office window.
Barmouth Bonfire & Firework Committee present a night of dancing to the fabulous sounds of the swinging sixties!
For a great night of Sixties nostalgia, performing classic numbers from both the Liverpool and British Beat groups of the Sixties, classic hits in a fun packed, fast and vibrant show let Cavern take you back to the beginnings of the Swinging Sixties and the birth of Beatlemania. Cavern recreate this era performing classic hits from groups like The Beatles, The Searchers, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Mersey’s, The Hollies, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who and many other hit groups from the Sixties. Cavern bring The Sixties back to life, taking the audience on a Magical Musical History Tour, through One of the greatest musical decades of all time, it's a fast and vibrant show, designed to get everyone dancing along. Cavern use original instruments from the period, names like Rickenbacker, Epiphone, Gibson, and the famous Hofner Violin Beatle Bass, together with a Black Ludwig drum kit, Cavern also use original amplifiers from the period names such as Marshal and Vox. The Sixties look is completed by the use of original stage clothes including the classic Sixties style Black thin lapelled suits, narrow leg trousers, White button down collared shirts, thin ties and the famous Cuban heeled Black Beatle boots. Anyone daring to don their hotpants, mini skirts or flares there will be a cash prize for best 60's dressed! Cavern will be appearing at The Buffs Club, Barmouth on the 26th June @9pm. Tickets £6-00 available from Rita 01341281541 or 07827315674, Sue 07796485603, alternatively they can be purchased on the door!
Would you like an allotment, are you short of growing space? In order to judge what provision needs to be made Communities First are collecting the names of people in the town who would like land to use for cultivation. Please call into the office in Station Road to put your name down. At present no time scale can be given as suitable land has to be acquired
Craig Dobbins was presented with a certificate of recognition for the work that he has done in the community by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, This is an annual award, created to acknowledge the efforts of people who help their community. Craig was one of five people throughout Gwynedd to receive an award. Craigs certificate was presented at a ceremony in Portmeirion by Robin Llewelyn who is a descendant of Clough Williams Ellis who founded the unique village. Craig works to collect bottle tops, stamps and ring pulls for three charities and helps run the Y Not Drop In. He has developed a network of collection points and provides posters and collecting buckets for the individual sites. He was accompanied to the ceremony by Rita Hunter from the Regard Partnership, Martin Williams Coordinator and Nan McCready from Communities First . The ceremony ended with a generous afternoon tea for the party.
Sunday the 13th of June marked a special day in the life of St John's Church in Barmouth. It was the re-opening of St John's for Sunday worship following the second phase of restoration work. Work has been ongoing at St John's over the last few months on the mountainside of the building with several high-level nave windows having their stonework and glass repaired by specialists. Some of the stained glass windows have also been removed for repair in specialist workshops -no mean feat given the size of the windows! St John's has also had new cast iron drainpipes fitted from the top of the tower and had a lot of lead-work replaced. The end result is now a building that is almost fully weatherproof. All of this work would not have been able to go ahead without the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw, the Piggott Trust and all of the kind people of the parish who donated not only funds, but their valuable time towards the project -and getting the Church ready for its first service. A warm and friendly invitation is therefore made to everyone to go to the 11 am service and see what has been done to St John's. you will be able to read the information displays and learn about future plans of facilities developments at St John's.
Jo King is an expert at recreating the atmosphere and magic of a Frank Sinatra show. The intimate atmosphere of the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre is the perfect venue for this cabaret style show, one which was a complete sell out previously. This show will be on Friday 25th June at 7-30pm, tickets will cost £8 and can be reserved by calling the theatre box office on 01341 281697
The new high tech Citizens Advice Bureau computer system has now been installed at the Communities First office in Station Road. It is a touch screen operation which means you do not have to understand anything about computers to use it, just touch the symbol on the screen and follow the simple instructions. This facility is available 9-30 till 4-30 Monday to Friday, it has local and national information on a vast range of subjects. There will be someone available to help if needed but otherwise you can access the service independently and anonymously in privacy. Access is free and is in addition to the fortnightly visits by a C.A.B. advisor.
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The Friends of Hafod Mawddach raised £240 at a Coffee Evening on 2nd June. It was a good Social Event and lovely to have so many of the Residents joining them. The “Friends” are grateful for the many people who are so willing to support the committee in their work. A very big thank you to you all. If you would like to help the group you can contact Carol Clay on 01341 281565.
Apparently no one when the question is asked in relation to the Barmouth Publicity Association. Not a single hotelier, guest house owner, holiday park owner or tourism business operator could be bothered to turn up for the Barmouth Publicity Associations annual meeting on Thursday last nor did they send apologies. Despite two notices in this column the meeting drew no interest. Had it not been for the members of the walking festival group whose meeting followed immediately after, the AGM would have had six attendees, three of those being the management committee. An optimist would conclude that business is so good in Barmouth, that there is no room for improvement and that confidence in the efforts of the committee is such that it is beyond criticism. The small committee would appreciate a show of support from those they are serving, a word of encouragement and some measure of input. The Managers report showed that the brochure remains popular; with self-catering property adverts increasing but a reduction in adverts from small retailers. Visits to the Associations web site rose from 35132 in 08-09 to 41345 in 09-10 a creditable 17.5% increase in traffic. The financial position of the Association remains strong with 12 months operating costs continuing to be held in reserve.
The growing popularity of the Festival was reported at the AGM of the Publicity Association and to members of the committee of the event. Last autumn 95 walkers took 310 guided walks in the 2009 Festival. It was noted that the walks in the A & B categories were the most popular. It was said that at present the Festival is not yet breaking even and a suggestion was made that seeking sponsorship could be the key to reaching that goal. A substantial number of local volunteers were present at the planning meeting for the coming festival, they give the time and efforts to make the event a progressively popular one. There is a website www.barmouthwalkingfestival.co.uk that will give full details of the programme, repeat bookings from previous years are already being received.
You can save quite a lot of money and will not have to travel all the way to the Albert Hall in London in July to hear Rhys Meirion the international tenor singing if you wait until September 4th as he will be appearing on the opening night of Barmouth’s 36th annual Arts Festival along with instrumentalists Brian, Daniel and Miriam Hughes. Tickets will go fast for this single performance and whilst they are not on sale yet they will be just £10.00 each they can be reserved by telephoning 01341 280392.
The community Fun Day held in Llys Talbot and Talbot Square on Saturday was a great success for all the organisations that took part. It was a chance for them to tell the community about what they are doing, what they have achieved and what they plan to do next for example the Barmouth and Dyffryn football Club. Barmouth in Bloom showed their plans for Marine gardens and gathered signatures of support... This was supplemented by many support agencies such as Mawddach Rotary, Y Llechen Credit Union, Mantell Gwynedd, and Terrance Higgins Trust all of which had a steady stream of visitors during the day. Some groups such as the Whole Foods Cooperative were there to show what is available locally while others such as Barmouth Childcare Partnership were raising money to expand the services they help develop and to show what is available. The guided walks were a popular addition to the day. Petros arranged a superb showcase demonstration by his Karate students that drew a large and attentive audience. The eastern promise of the belly dancers along with the maidens offering Turkish delights ensured that they had a captivated audience. Dedicated, organised child’s play was coordinated by Kelly Bee and much enjoyed by those taking part. Twf were on hand to promote and encouraged parents and children to explore the Welsh language together. The organisers, Communities First, wish to show their appreciation for all the hard work put in by the groups that attended. The mix of groups meant that the event appealed to many different people ensuring good crowds for all the stalls. Barry Lim organised and produced the music on the square that drew the crowds and showed the musical talent of local people. Nothing beats live entertainment for getting people involved. There are too many participating groups to list here but all are equally valued for their various contributions.
CALLING ALL ACTORS / CREW.
Springfield Street Productions in association with Red Bullet films will be shooting a short film in the Dolgellau area in July/August 2010. The film will be submitted to Raindance TV / Britfilms TV/ and possibly to film festivals. Actors, male and female, are wanted in the 18 to 40 age range. No previous experience necessary but must be enthusiastic and committed. Also crewmembers will be needed to help with sound and lighting during filming. Auditions will be held in the Royal Ship Hotel, Dolgellau on Friday 9th July at 8pm.For more details please ring Ed on 01341421097 or e-mail email@example.com
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Reward your own efforts
Visit Wales, in partnership with the Wales Tourism Alliance and in commercial partnership with corporate communications company Quadrant, is staging the National Tourism Awards to recognise the value of the tourism industry to Wales and to applaud the dedication and professionalism of those who, 12 months a year, offer a warm welcome to Wales. You still have time to nominate your business.Go on line to the site shown below, simply click on the Awards Entry button and you are just 15 minutes away from being considered for a National Tourism Award for Wales. There are 11 categories in this year’s award - some categories also have sub categories where appropriate, full details online. The closing date for all entries is 5pm on 25 June 2010. You can enter yourself or nominate somebody else for an award. (If you are nominating someone else, please ensure you let them know before submitting your entry). http://www.ntawales.com This year’s awards will be held at the Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort near Cardiff on Thursday 21 October. Hosted by TV presenter Sarra Elgan, it promises to be a night to remember.
Tonight, Thursday 10th June at 7-30 in the Arts room of the Dragon Theatre is the annual meeting of the Association. If you are interested in how the town is promoted, if you have thoughts on events that could be held and equally if you want to congratulate the Association on its brochure and website please go along and meet the people who shape Barmouth’s image. A warm welcome is assured for all
Barmouth and District RNLI Fundraisers Flower Festival
The Barmouth and District RNLI Fundraisers are having a Flower Festival in St. David’s Church Barmouth on 26th – 29th August. The theme of the festival is the RNLI and so we are looking for any memorabilia associated with the RNLI in general or Barmouth in particular which could be loaned for the occasion. All artefacts will be treated with the greatest respect and returned immediately after the festival has ended.
If you feel that you can help please contact Wendy on 07799125992 or Jacqui on 07850094383.
Dunkirk and Barmouth
Regarding the recent Dunkirk Anniversary Remembrance, a few local residents would no doubt be surprised to learn that Barmouth has its own Dunkirk survivor. Doug Price of Orielton cottage, Panorama and now residing in Hafod Mawddach, was one of the thousands who were rescued from the beach after wading out and waiting to be picked up. Doug was taken into one of the rescue boats and transferred to the passenger ship Montrose which then landed the troops at Ramsgate. He still remembers how difficult it was trying to climb up the very high rope ladder onto the ships deck and seeing some men falling off into the water with tragic consequences. He still has a faded photo of himself in uniform, which he kept in a cigarette tin that suffered water damage, but it is still cherished. Doug, together with his late wife Nellie, and her parents Mr and Mrs Dudley had a market garden business at Orielton gardens Panorama and were well known in the town for their produce and flowers.
The community Fun day will be held in Talbot Square and in Llys Talbot ( former youth centre) and will open at midday on Saturday 12th June. There will be lots of community groups showing what they do and offering you chances to take part in fun and games. There will be a children’s play room with organised activities for the under 8’s, Barmouth Football club will be selling merchandise, browse the car boot sale, try your luck on the raffles and tombola. Mawddach Rotary will be giving free blood pressure readings and there will be plenty of live music throughout the day. If you still do not know why the National Theatre of Wales are doing a major project in Barmouth this summer go along and talk to Marc Rees who is the mastermind and creator of what promises to be a unique experience for local people..
If you are interested in being part of a group that will look at how a community car scheme could be set up please contact Denise or Martin in the Communities First office. At the meeting last Tuesday the suggestion by a local resident was discussed in some detail. Previous investigations had not proceeded because there had been insufficient residents involved to set it up, but, if enough people are prepared to get together and organise a service the Partnership will provide support and guidance.
On 26th May, St. Mary’s Church Llanaber held their annual coffee evening at the Jesuits house. In little over an hour everyone had enjoyed a chat and refreshments whilst helping to raise £480 for Church funds. As always the organisers were most grateful to all who supported the event and helped make it a successful and happy occasion.
For several years Barmouth has hoped for a Citizens Advice Bureau branch in the town where people could have face to face discussions about a range of problems. Communities First are pleased to announce that starting on Monday June 14th there will be a fortnightly drop in service in the old Council offices in Station road between 10am and 1pm. On the alternate weeks the service will visit Blaennau Ffestiniog. This service will be supplemented in the near future by a computer kiosk that will give access to C.A.B. services five days a week. The machine will be located in the old payment office behind Communities First on the ground floor. Both these services are accessible to people with mobility problems. The service is sure to be well used as C.A.B. have seen a dramatic rise in demand for the assistance they provide, particularly in relation to debt and personal finance though they cover a range of issues including housing. The Drop In service will not require an appointment but at busy times you may have to be patient and wait a little time to be seen.
Local businesses are frequently asked by visitors “What is on in Barmouth?” There are a number of sources of information. The Dragon Theatre publish a bi monthly flyer showing what they are doing, this is widely distributed and copies are obtainable by calling Allison Williams on 281697, additionally the Tourist Information Centre update their website each month. Recently a single sheet listing activities on the Communities First calendar was distributed to local shops and town centre businesses. If you know of an event that is coming up please contact Martin in the Communities First office so that he can put it in the community column of the Cambrian News and add it to the www.barmouth-communities-first.org website. There are also sites for the Publicity Association www.barmouth-wales.co.uk and independent ones such as Barmouth.com, which has comprehensive local information.
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On Saturday 22nd May the Mawddach Rowing Club were holding a practice session when they noticed that an inflatable craft with three children and on adult had been washed from the beach into the river. The rowers felt that it would not be safe to leave the craft to the mercy of the strong currents in the harbour area and decided to tow the boat to safety. Visitors often fail to realise the power of the currents and the distances that small craft can be dragged and that the river can be as dangerous as the open sea.
The May meeting began with singing "Meirion" accompanied
Comerford at the piano. Mari O`Rourke, the President welcomed members and
received apologies from several who were unable to be present. Members were
saddened to learn of the sudden death of a beloved brother of Rose Morris
the dear Treasurer members thoughts are with her. Best wishes were given to
Birthday girls, and congratulations to the Quiz team who came 2nd in the
Federation Quiz at Rhydymain last week. Doreen Gill read the minutes of
the last meeting, which were duly approved and signed. President reported that
6 black bags of litter were collected by a group of "pickers" last
Saturday morning who walked to the North end of the prom. The Summer Trip has
been arranged to Llangollen on June 29th calling at the Glass Blobbery in the morning and after lunch a boat ride over the Froncysyllte Aqueduct. The County News Letter was read by the asst, secretary Doreen, many interesting dates for June, the Fun Day at Tywyn on 18th, Croquet games at Harlech, Fashion Show at E.W.M.Porthmadog on June 17th and Summer Fair at the Dragon Theatre on 24th (Barmouth W.I. on
the Bottle Stall, please donate one at next meeting) Further details of any of the above from Mari on 280043 or Mair on 280392. Val Vine gave her report
from the Artro group meeting in particular that there would be 2 Carol
services this Christmastide and that 4 volunteers would be needed for the County Show at Harlech on August 25th. Then followed the evening entertainment which was lead by Evelyn and Martin from Friog .Members sang their hearts out from the song sheets provided ,old favourites and tunes we knew from more recent Musicals, all in such an enjoyable and light-hearted way. Sheila Davies gave the vote of thanks and then followed the much needed cups of tea and tasty refreshments arranged by
Glenys Williams, Betty Morris and Sybil Jones who were thanked by Mari .The
raffle was drawn and won by Sheila Jason. The next meeting will be on June
23rd when Tony Mitchell will be telling more about Holdenby House in Part
2 .Visitors and new members are always welcome.
The next meeting of the Barmouth Residents Association will be held at the Min y Mor Hotel on there on Monday 7th June at 7pm . A warm welcome is extended to all who wish to comment on any aspect of the local community. If you would like to get involved in local projects please go along and take part.
U3A June Meeting.
The Barmouth U3A Monthly Gathering will be at 2.00pm. in Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre on Wednesday 9th June. The meeting will start with the usual cup of tea & time to socialise, followed by a presentation by Ron McBride of the Woodland Trust. He will talk about the Ancient Tree Hunt Project, that the Trust has been undertaking for some time. Once again, this promises to be a fascinating topic, which will be of interest to all that are interested in the countryside and our environment.
New members, and those interested in seeing what the U3A get up to are very welcome.
BARMOUTH AND DYFFRYN UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB.
The Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club ( The Football Club) has just completed its' most successful football season for many years. The First Team finished 4th in the Welsh Alliance Football League, Barmouth F C Reserves came top of the Safeflue Caernarfon and District League Second Division and reached the final of the Moorings Cup, and the Junior Teams achieved outstanding success throughout the 2009/10 Season. In celebration of this overall success, the Football Club has arranged a Presentation Evening on Friday, 11th June, at the RAOB (Buffs) Club in Barmouth, starting at 7.30pm, when trophies will be presented to outstanding First and Reserve Team players. All football players, match spectators, and Club supporters will be welcome at this event. On the following day, Saturday, 12th June, The Football Club will participate in the Barmouth Community Fun Day to be held at Llys Talbot and Talbot Square in Barmouth. In addition to a car-boot sale and sale of Club kit, The Football Club will arrange a display of historic Team photographs. Also The Football Club will introduce a new Club Membership Scheme, which will enable players and supporters to become Life or Annual Club Members with various financial concessions. The above events will be followed by The Club's Annual General Meeting to be held on Monday, 21st June, at the Tal Y Don Hotel, Barmouth, starting at 7.30pm. The main item on the Agenda for this event will be the election of Club Officials and Management Committee Members for 2010/2011. If anyone is interested in joining the Club Officials/ Management Committee Members, please contact Wil Huntley, Chairman, mobile tel. no. 079127 48875, or Brian Wood, Secretary, tel.no.01341 280103.
Fourteen members of the Barmouth U3A Walking Group met at Nant Gwynant Car Park near Beddgelert on Monday 24th May for their most adventurous walk yet - the ascent of Snowdon. The weather was warm and sunny, but with a welcoming cool breeze near the top. George Mandow, the walk organiser had chosen the Watkin Path for the ascent, the steepest and one of the most difficult. The final track to the top was very sheer with the ground underfoot on Bwlch Cilau crumbling and eroded and we were reminded of the importance of adequate footwear and clothing in such conditions. But with extra vigilance, help from the more experienced walkers and dogged perseverance, everyone was delighted to make the summit and enjoy the wonderful views from the new café. It was decided to take the south ridge down, and again care had to be taken to manage the narrow track to Bwlch Cwm Llan. A cooling and well earned paddle in the stream near the waterfalls in the early evening sunshine marked the end to an excellent day out.
The tickets for the National Theatre production that will take place in and around Barmouth are selling well. Many local people are involved in the events and the production team have been in town this week from Cardiff to begin the construction of various parts. This major theatrical project has been noticed by the national press with the Sunday Times listing it as one of the top10outdoor theatre events in Britain this year. Those who have already met Marc Rees and the team will realise the massive energy and commitment that is going into this unique event, it takes community theatre into a whole new dimension, there is room for everyone to get involved. Tickets can be ordered by calling Box office: 01766 780667.for any performance from June 25 to July 10. Further information about events can be obtained from the website www.nationaltheatrewales.org. If you would like to contact the organisers locally call in to the Communities First office in Station road.
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Cruse is a charity that provides counselling to bereaved people, this specialised service requires carefully selected and trained volunteers who have the ability to empathise with clients whilst maintaining a professional approach. The Cruse Bilingual Bereavement Course scheduled to run in Dolgellau from September to November will be of 8 weeks. It will be delivered lOam -4pm Wednesdays starting 15th of Sept. and ending on the 3rd November. For further details or to register your interest please call the Cruse Administrator on: 08445 617 856 .
Three Peaks Race
Preparations are underway for the 2010 Three Peaks Yacht Race, now in its 33rd year. The race starts from Bannouth at 4.00 p.m. on Saturday 19th June 2010, but there will be music and entertainment on the quayside for most of the day. To date there have been 22 entries with an international flavour again this year with Australian Team Whistler who recently won the Tasmanian Three Peaks Race (a spin-off from the original) and Team Krishna -an Israeli team whose crew are all celebrating their 40th birthday this year. The classic Aberdyfi yacht Driac will celebrate its 80th birthday at the end of June -but this time it's the boat -not the crew! Once again you can follow the race on the website -www.threepeaksyachtrace.co.uk which features profiles on all the teams and will carry daily race coverage, picture galleries and a race 'leaderboard' throughout race week.
Jazz & Blues at the Dragon
On Friday 28th May, HUW 2, which comprises Huw Warren on piano, & Garry Bywater on tenor sax. Will offer a freewheeling evening of Latin & standards, with a few originals thrown in. Inspired & inspirational! Huw is an internationally known pianist, who won the coveted BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2005, & Garry was a stalwart of the West Midlands Jazz Scene before moving to the Porthmadog area two years ago. A rare opportunity to hear two masters making great music. These two will be supported by Coppins & Musgrave, a totally unique mix of Dylan, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. These two should only be released with a public health warning. Tickets...01341280903
Dyslexia, ADHD and dyspraxia
There will be an open evening to hear about the DORE's drug free approach to dealing with the effects of a number of conditions that result in learning difficulties. Scott Quinnell, a fonner Wales and Lions rugby player will be talking about how he overcame the condition affecting him at the session that will be held in the Arfon Leisure Centre in Caernarfon on 22nd June from 5-30 till 7-30. A free copy of Scott's book will be given to everyone attending. There is no charge for this event. More infonnation is available by calling 0333 123 0100.
The Community fun Day arranged by Communities first will this year be held in Llys Talbot, the former youth centre on Talbot Square. It will be an opportunity to meet many of the groups that operate in Barmouth and to learn about their plans. If you would like your group to be included in this event which will run from noon till early evening on Saturday 12th June please contact Denise on 01341 280979 or call in to the Communities First office in Station Road. There will be live music on the square, belly dancing, Karate displays, tombola, and lots of information on a range of topics. to be picked up. There will also be a play session for children run by the North Wales Play Association and Gwynedd's Play officer. The Childcare Partnership and the Friends of the school, along with TWF will be adding to the fun.
The first of this seasons evening walks was an enjoyable one with a dozen people making the most of the pleasant early evening air, a walk on the bridge gave a good view of the rolling low cloud that eerily appeared. All are welcome to join in on Thursday evenings starting from the Pavilion leisure Centre at 6pm.
For Mountains Sea and Sand
This is the title of the National Theatre of Wales project in Barmouth. It is one that everyone can be part of, it is part of the launch programme for the new organisation. Members of the team have been in Barmouth meeting musicians, performers and helpers for a number of events that will take place over the summer. The aim is to leave a newly established group in the town that will be able to tap into the expertise, workshops and facilities of this national body. You can contact the theatre via the Com unities first office, where there are information packs about all the theatre's projects this year.
The Dragon Theatre is seeking to answer the old old question, "What do you do in Barmouth in bad weather?" Their answer is, call in to the Arts room where they will offer crafts tables, cartoons or films, tours of the theatre and refreshments. This will be tried out on 1st and 3rd June from 1-30pm till 4pm and on 2nd June from 6pm till 9pm, bad weather permitting.
Barmouth Publicity Association
The A.G .M. of this important local group will be held on Thursday June 10th in the Dragon Theatre, 7.30pm. Since much of the town relies on tourism for it's income it is important that as many people as possible attend and find out what the Publicity Association can do to improve business in Barmouth. The whole of the towns marketing rests with this organisation. If you have ideas on how the promotion of the town can be enhanced your views will be welcomed. If you would like to promote ideas for new events this is the one time in the year when people come together to discuss such things. After this meeting there will be a meeting about the 2010 Walking Festival, an event that has grown over the years and draws a considerable number of additional visitors to the area in September each year.
A huge thank you is sent to Sarn Faen Holiday Park for kindly offering the use of their pool. Unfortunately, due to the size and depth, it ws unsuitable. However it is hoped that a suitable venue can be found for the sessions that will take a minimum of ten babies with adults. If you would like to add your name to the list for the sessions that will be held after the summer season please speak to Denise at Communities First or call her on 01341 280979
Dragon Theatre and Community Centre
On Monday May 17th the AGM of the Management Committee was held at the centre. Manager Allison Williams reported that the number of people using the building was up on last year. The Treasurer, Geraldine Vincent, submitted a detailed financial balance which showed a small surplus despite continually rising costs. Both were thanked, warmly, along with the other members who put in a lot of volunteer work to keep the centre viable. Officers elected for the coming year were: Chairman, Melville Penzer, Vice Chair Val Vine, Treasurer, Geraldine Vincent and Secretary Mair Jones.
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Congratulations to those who participated on the local sponsored walk for BREAST CANCER on Wednesday APRIL 21st 2010 all you needed to have was something pink or to have your bra with you, showing. Thanks go to the people in the picture who participated, (BACK ROW) CERIAN MORRIS, LYNN PYMM, EIRA MORRIS, DONNA MORRIS (FRONT ROW) VICKY GOULD, DELYTH MORRIS AND SIOBHAN MORRIS. All together these 7people raised £415.00p. thanks also to the First Responders who did the walk with them, JULIE JONES, NICKY ROBERTS AND NINA HUNTLEY, and thanks to all those who supported them with sponsors or donations. well-done girls!
League of Friends
The local Barmouth branch of the Dolgellau hospital League of Friends have decided to close. The small number of committee members have failed to find new members and have closed the account, sending the balance of £70 to the main executive account at the hospital. Thank you for all the years of support.
The Barmouth U3A held it Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 12th May in Parlwr Mawr, Dragon Theatre. Al the officers were re-elected. Mrs Wendy Bramley, who has retired from the committee, was thanked warmly for her excellent work as Programme Secretary by Mrs Evelyn Richardson, the Chairlady. Three new members were duly elected as Committee members. The speaker for the afternoon was Mr Trefor Owen from Criccieth talking on< “ Traditional Clog Making “ He had many examples to show from early times to modern day. As clog dancing has become a very popular event, especially at Eisteddfodau he is kept extremely busy. However, he expressed great concern for he future of hand made clogs as there are no young members of the society involved in the trade. The reason for this being no funding or grants for apprenticeships. The next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 9th June at 2pm in Parlwr Mawr, the speaker will be Mr Rob McBride of the Woodland Trust, his subject being the “Ancient Tree Hunt project”. The U3A currently offers some fourteen different groups covering a whole range of interests. For further information please contact George Mandow on 01341 422946.
The artist, A K Brazier, sketching on the quayside was a familiar sight to many of the older Barmouth residents. Primarily working in water colours he captured many of the landscapes and buildings around the town and further a field Some of his most interesting works include some of the vessels which used to be seen in the harbour such as the Dora- the last steam ship to visit the port and the now forgotten herring fleet. Born in 1894, A. K. Brazier was brought up in Barmouth locally known affectionately by his second name 'Keeley'. From Barmouth grammar school he went on to an apprenticeship at Coalport China Works- producing some now very sought after pieces. However, his career as a ceramic artist was cut short by the advent of World War I. After returning injured from the front in 191 7 he went onto study at the
Birkenhead and Hammersmith Schools of Art. Returning to settle in Barmouth in the 19.30s A. K Brazier exhibited many times in Wales and London, his pictures were often found hanging at the Royal Cambrian Academy and the Royal Welsh. Academy exhibitions. In 1959 he founded the Meirionnydd Artists Society and was chairman for many years. People will be pleased to hear that there will be an opportunity to view or buy his paintings on 21st and 22nd May at The Gables, Mynach Road Barmouth from 1pm till 6pm.
The annual Llanaber Church coffee evening will be generously hosted at the Jesuits house, Llanaber, as has been the custom for some years, on Wednesday 26th May at 7pm. A warm welcome is extended to everyone.
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At the monthly meeting of the Barmouth Communities First Partnership it was agreed by all present that the members wished to send a Welcome Home message to all the service men and women who have recently returned from tours of duty abroad. They wished to express their support for the efforts of those carrying out such difficult and dangerous tasks, and are happy that they are all re-united with their families and friends.
Barmouth Health Walks
The new season of Thursday evening Health Walks has started. Anyone who would like a leisurely walk in the company of others to gain some light exercise is invited to meet at the Pavilion Leisure Centre at 6pm on Thursday evenings. Walks usually go either along the promenade, into the foothills behind town or across the railway viaduct, they last between 1 & 11/2 hours. To find out more about this friendly group please call Mari O’Rourke on 01341 280043.
Machynlleth writer and producer Carmel George has this play involvoing the stories of three womeen. It will be performed “In the round” in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre on Friday 14th May at 7-30 pm. Tickets cost £5.
Communities First would like to hear from you if you would be interested in taking part in a ten week programme to teach your baby to swim.. It is planned that the sessions will be delivered at the Sarn Faen pool at Talybont. A minimum of ten people is needed to be able to run the course. The sessions would be run in the autumn as many parents are too busy during the summer holidays. If you would like to know more or put your name down please call in and talk to Denise Bott at Communities First in Station Raod, alternatively you can call her on 01341 280979.
Would you like to be able to create great works of fiction, write a poem, or just put your thoughts on paper in a coherent way? A two hour taster session will be run as part of the Adult Learners Week on Thursday 20th May at the Dragon Theatre in Jubilee Road. If you fancy finding out what you can do give Denise a call on 01341 280979 or call in and sew her at Communities first to book a place. Its completely free and sure to be fun.
There will be an open afternoon in the Dragon Theatre from 1pm till 3pm on Thursday 20th May where you will be able to find out about the courses that are being offered by Coleg Meirion Dwyfor. Computer, Art and Welsh tutors will be on hand to advise you, you will also be able to suggest other courses that could be run in the town.
The local group would like to thank: Iceland, Co-op, Spar, Browns bakery, The Old Tea Rooms ,W.I., M.Y.W. and also those who assisted and provided for the “Bring and Buy” on the 30th April. The event raised £171-40 and, although the weather was dismal it was a fun filled day Thanks are also sent to the supporters who went along and enjoyed themselves.
The club held its first Friendly match of the season on April 10th. There was very good turnout, teams played Town v Country with Country winning 2—1. As it was such a beautiful day there were quite a few spectators. After the game finished everyone went into the clubhouse where a lovely spread of cake, sandwiches and tea were awaiting. Bill Gaskell thanked everyone for going and he then drew the raffle. Everyone commented on what a wonderful day they had had. On 25th April the club played a very good match against Towyn with Towyn winning by a whisker. It was a brilliant turnout with everyone enjoying themselves. As usual the food laid on by the Barmouth team was excellent.
Celia Evans , who lives up on the rock received a nasty shock when fire broke out at the adjoining property. Fortunately neighbours Pat and Peter Bunce were on hand to offer help. Celia would like to thank them for all their kindness and care during the incident. She would also like to thank the Police officer, who alerted the fire services, and the Harlech Fire Brigade who were in attendance.
The Barmouth U3A will be meeting once again at 1.30 pm in the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre on Wednesday 12th May. The meeting will start with the AGM, followed by a presentation by Trevor Owen on ‘Traditional Clog making, some myths, some truths, and a few theories.’ As usual, time will be fitted in for a cup of tea, a biscuit, and some socialising. As always, new members are very welcome.
Barmouth Bowling Club
The club held its first friendly match of the season on Sat 10thApril.There was a very good turnout of 24players.Three teams of eight played Town v Country with country winning 2-1.As it was such a beautiful day we also had quite a few spectators enjoying the match.After the game had finished we all went into the club where a lovely spread of sandwiches,cake &tea were laid on for us.Bill Gaskell thanked everyone for coming and he then drew the raffle.Everyone said what a wonderful day they had.
Heather Lewis gave us a treat on Tuesday 13th April with an entertaining and informed talk and slides on 'Weird and Wonderful Wildlife' Plants and animals, reptiles and sea creatures, many of them rare and protected are to be found in our immediate area. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we were reassured to hear of the work being done by the Countryside Council for Wales to protect this wonderful and diverse environment on our doorstep.
President, Mari O`Rourke welcomed members to the meeting on April 28th. It began
with the singing of `Meirion" in English accompanied by Blodwen
on a new piano. Vice-president Sheila Davies and Treasurer Rosemary Morris had visited Nansi Dedwydd and reported how much better she was looking since their last visit. It would seem that seeing people who she knows is a real tonic. The Darts team were congratulated on their win at Bala medals were displayed. Doreen read the Minutes of the last meeting, which were duly signed. Then followed the County Letter an important item from this was the need for volunteers to help at the County Show at Harlech in August, also the need for team members for the Quiz on May 20th at Rhydymain info from Mair Jones. Visit to E.W.M .in Porthmadog undecided yet due to lack of transport [cars] There are still a few places at the Lunch
at Portmeirion on 27th May. An important message from OFT to raise awareness of scams, bogus lotteries etc be on your guard! On Fri. 7th May Theatr Fach Dolgellau will be holding an Open Day following refurbishment a chance to see this little theatre in Glyndwr Street. On May 22nd Barmouth W,I. will be doing a "Litter Picking" feel free to join in. Health Walks to begin again on May 13th.Lowri, Daughter of late member, Enid Evans, has presented the branch with some memorabilia saved by Miss Kitty Evans, County Stores, which comprised of an engraved glass and a poem which W.D. had been commissioned to write for a particular W.I. anniversary in 1955. Then the speaker for the evening was introduced, Mrs Margaret Walker from Porthmadog. Her talk was entitled "Cucumber Sandwiches and Fishnet Tights" most were mystified, when she began by confiding in us that as a young girl she had aspired to become a vicar’s wife eyebrows were raised. smiles spread into chuckles, and from then on it became one hilarious incident after another as she related the development of her career, her marriage, her moves to various vicarages round Yorkshire elsewhere and eventually to Wales. As a supportive vicar’s wife and mother of three her life was very full. In her words hers was "A ministry of interruptions" The applause reflected the enjoyment. The vote of thanks was given by Vicky Pell and then tea was served by Sheila Davies Angela Jones and helpers Raffle was won by Val Vine. Next meeting May 26th Singing for fun .
Marriage( Photo accompanies)
John Lloyd of Barmouth and Elizabeth Dixon-Wood from Newton le Willows were married recently at Warrington
A Coffee Morning will be held on May 13th in Christchurch school rooom between 10am and 12 noon. Admission will be free and there will be various stalls to browse. A street collection will take palace on the same day
U3A April Meeting
Numbers were a little depleted for the April meeting, no doubt due to the glorious sunshine. Those that were there, however, were treated to a showing of an early Bollywood classic, Langaan. All the essential elements were there; conflict with the British Raj, injustice, ill fated and true love, heroism, suspense, dance, music, and most of all. Cricket. Who would have believed that a game of cricket could have provided so much suspense and heroism? Despite the film lasting three hours, no one left before the end, and perhaps fortified by a few cups of tea, no one fell asleep. Perhaps a few U3A members will now be switching on the Asian channels on their televisions, to seek out a few more classics. Next month's meeting will also be starting at the earlier time of 1.30pm, in Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre on Wednesday 12th May as it will be the AGM, followed by a presentation by Trevor Owen on Traditional Clog Making.
The Cambrian Coast Croquet Club finished its winter season with an indoor tournament at the Barmouth Pavilion Leisure Centre> The first winner of the new indoor tournament trophy was David Birkby from Tywyn. The Club now start their outdoor summer season at Hafod Wen, Harlech, meeting of Friday afternoons from 2pm and Tuesday evenings from 6pm. New members are always welcome, those interested should contact the club Secre5tary Margaret Fuller on 01766 780210
04-04-10 Barmouth News
BARMOUTH AND DYFFRYN UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB.
Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club teams face an intensive series of fixtures during the coming final month of the 2009/2010 football season. This starts with a crucial First Team Welsh Alliance home match against Rhydymwyn F.C., the current leaders of the Welsh Alliance League, on Saturday, 10th April, Kick Off 2.30pm. These two teams have met twice during the current football season, with Barmouth winning a Barritt Cup contest and Rhydymwyn winning a recent League contest. Saturday's match, therefore, promises to be a highly competitive and entertaining "decider" fixture, when all football fans and their families will be welcome. A win for Barmouth F C will keep the Club in the top 3-4 Teams in the Welsh Alliance League. As well as excellence on the football fields, the Barmouth Club also continues with its plan to improve significantly the Club facilities for supporters, spectators and players. Recent initiatives include significant improvements to the Club's refreshments building and a toilet block, including facilities for the disabled. These initiatives have been undertaken with the financial support of Communities First and Gwynedd Council. Further improvements now planned include the development of an Academy pitch for the Club's Junior Teams, Stand improvements, and car parking facilities. As well as further grants, the Club will continue to arrange fund raising events to finance these developments. For example, a recent "Casino and Horse Racing" event at the Buffs Club in Barmouth raised £900 towards the Club's development costs. The Club would like to take this opportunity of thanking the many local traders who donated fabulous prizes for this evening. Further fund raising ideas will be discussed at the next Meeting of the Club's Management Committee on Monday, 12th April. If anyone has any fund raising ideas which they suggest the Club should consider at this Meeting, please contact either Wil Huntley, Club Chairman, Tel No 079127 48875, or Brian Wood, Club Secretary, Tel No 01341 280103.
There will be a joint meeting of the Barmouth Residents Association and the Neighbourhood Policing Team with the local community on April 26th in Parlwr Bach of the Dragon Theatre at 7pm. Residents of Barmouth are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to go along and discuss or bring to the attention of the two organisations, matters that may be troubling them or their families. This is a chance to make your community a better place in which to live safely. It is hoped that these meetings will become a regular feature on the community calendar. Members of both Communities First and the Town Council will be taking part, all eager to hear your observations.
A timely reminder that on Friday evening, April 9th Bermo Arts will be providing an evening of drama and music. The Bermo Arts Club will be offering two one act plays: “Set a thief to catch a thief “and “The Chinese Pendant “ separated by a selection of songs from the U3A “Singing for pleasure” group. Tickets will cost £5 and £4 and the bar will be open. The fun starts at 7-30pm.
28-03-10 Barmouth News
Top flight ( Photo below shows Victoria with awards)
Victoria Mitchelmore has spent the last 22 weeks at the Military Preparation College in Bangor. She won the distinction of being the first girl to be awarded the “Most promising student” award. The course continues until May so the next few weeks will be spent preparing for the Selection Boards. It is Victorias hope to join the R.A.F. and enter the Military Police.
Air Charity gets a lift. (
Picture above shows Magician Gareth Jenkins with Rob Clark)
on Sunday 21st march a charity supper organised by Beryl and Rob Clark was held at the dragon theatre barmouth. Including donations a total of £1,100 was raised for the air ambulance. Everyone enjoyed a magical evening and were thanked for their generous support.
Helping Help for Heroes
Richard Williams will be organising a Car boot sale for the aid of Help For Heroes. It will be held in the Buffs Club on Saturday 10th April, set up time will be 9am so that doors can open from 10am till 3pm. To book space contact Richard at the Buffs Club. He is also planning a sponsored walk up Snowdon and has support from the emergency service members locally for this. So far 50 people have shown interest in taking part, he will be generating sponsorship forms for this over the next few weeks. If you want to join in speak to Richard.
If you are a parent or a person working with young people up to the age of 25 you are invited to take part in a free Food and Nutrition Skills course. This will give you a recognised Open College Network qualification that may help in a future job or volunteering application. It is also supported and endorsed by the CSSIW. Further details of the course are available from the Communities First office in Station Road. You can book a place by emailing email@example.com .The course is organised in conjunction with the Welsh Assembly, Coleg Harlech and the N.H.S.
This months film on April 2nd will be “An Education” a BAFTA winning film set in the swinging 60’s about a girl who becomes entangled with a playboy who is twice her age. This comes with a certificate 12 and will be shown at 8pm at the Dragon Theatre.
On April 9th Bermo Arts will be providing an evening of drama and music. The Bermo Arts Club will be offering two one act plays: “Set a thief to catch a thief “and “The Chinese Pendant “ separated by a selection of songs from the U3A “Singing for pleasure” group. Tickets will cost £5 and £4 and the bar will be open. The fun starts at 7-30pm.
The very accomplished Paradisi Theatre Company from Criccieth, who last year produced a brilliant version of “Barefoot in the park” came back to Barmouth’s Dragon Theatre on 19th and 20th March with their new production of Educating Rita. Although an amateur group the standard of their productions rival those of professional companies. The tightness of Willy Russell’s writing was brought into sharp focus by the clever design of paring the cast down to two characters. The audience were in awe of the performers ability to retain such a vast amount of dialogue without any noticeable hesitation. As with all great writing it still seems fresh and relevant today with characters with whom everyone could identify. This is another substantial success for this excellent company.
The Community gallery and archive, on the Barmouth Communities First website, has continued to grow and diversify. It provided the inspiration and the research resource that brought the National Theatre of Wales to carry out a fantastic project that is developing in Barmouth. What impressed Marc Rees , who has been commissioned to run the project for the National Theatre, was the fact that the whole community have been involved in creating this collection that has been tirelessly coordinated and organised by Hugh Roberts. With over 2000 images and 184000 hits this is the biggest and best online community archive in Wales. Not only have community members provided the material but they have also taken part in the Hugh’s views events and provided the stories that go with these pictures. The story shop, in the foyer of the Dragon Theatre has been documenting many of the stories this week so that they can be added to the resource. On the site are many articles written by local historians, which will provide a permanent record for future generations. Thursday morning’s session in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre was the best yet when, in addition to the historic photos a compilation of movie footage from 1970’s carnivals, created by Peter Telfer, was shown. Two songs by Glyn were very well received and the morning ended with Hugh’s latest innovation, a gallery showing current residents of the town. The value of the work was brought home when Hugh said that 5% of the contributors had already passed away. Without this facility their stories and pictures would have been lost with their passing,
President Mari O`Rourke opened the March meeting by telling members that Blodwen Comerford had been unwell again and so was unable to attend this meeting. "Meirion" was sung in English ,unaccompanied. The President then announced that Margaret Price an active member for many years, had passed away. Members stood for a minute’s silence in her memory. Other news was that Jane Griffith had been discharged from hospital and was expected home the following day. Christine Leese`s daughter has successfully completed her course and was now a fully qualified Counsellor, congratulations! Mari extended best wishes to all birthday-girls in the coming month, and speedy recovery to all members who were indisposed.
Assistant Secretary Doreen Gill read the Minutes which were approved and signed, followed by reading the County News letter, a reminder that Home Economics committee should be planning entries for the County Show in August theme A Welsh Country Garden contact Angela Jones for details. Ten Pin Bowling on27th April at Glan Llyn, Federation Quiz at Rhydymaen 20thMay names to Mair Jones by May 1st.
Val Vine, the Artro Group representative read the report of their last meeting, then the speaker for the evening was introduced by the President. Bill Gaskell
is known to many members This evening he advised on growing vegetables and flowers in containers. Many most useful tips were given from the simple
subjects of cress and lettuce in small cells to potatoes and runner beans in large tubs and floral displays from hanging baskets of pelargoniums to wigwams
of sweet peas, just follow instructions on the packet! Pam Payton gave a vote of thanks to Bill and then followed refreshments arranged by Marie Flavell,
Rosemary Perry and Sheila Jason The raffle was won by Susan Wallace. Next month the guest will be Margaret Walker talking about Cucumber sandwiches
and Fishnet Tights" so keep 28thApril free ! New members and guests are welcome.
BARMOUTH NEWS 20.03.2010
The very accomplished Paradisi Theatre Company from Criccieth, who last year produced a brilliant version of “Barefoot in the park” came back to Barmouth’s Dragon Theatre on 19th and 20th March with their new production of Educating Rita. Although an amateur group the standard of their productions rival those of professional companies. The tightness of Willy Russell's writing was brought into sharp focus by the clever design of paring the cast down to two characters. The audience were in awe of the performers ability to retain such a vast amount of dialogue without any noticeable hesitation. As with all great writing it still seems fresh and relevant today with characters with whom everyone could identify. Another substantial success for this excellent company.
RNLI Flag Day
Once again the Flag Day approaches and as always the success of this day relies on the generous help of volunteers. If you can spare an hour or two during the day on August 5th William Burton would be very glad to hear from you now, so that he can organise the event, on 01341 280704
The Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre is holding an Easter Fair and Coffee Morning in Parlwr Mawr in the Dragon Theatre on Easter Monday, 5th April from 10am till 2pm. There will be a raffle, cake stall, Books Gifts, Bric a Brac, along with Freshfields goods and leaflets. Admission will be free, coffee and tea will be available. Your support to help raise funds to care for the animals will be warmly welcomed.
If you are a parent or a person working with young people up to the age of 25 you are invited to take part in a free Food and Nutrition Skills course. This will give you a recognised Open College Network qualification that may help in a future job or volunteering application. It is also supported and endorsed by the CSSIW. Further details of the course are available from the Communities First office in Station Road. You can book a place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .The course is organised in conjunction with the Welsh Assembly, Coleg Harlech and the N.H.S.
This months will be “An Education” a BAFTA winning film set in the swinging 60’s about a girl who becomes entangled with a playboy who is twice her age. This comes with a certificate 12 and will be shown at 8pm.
On April 9th Bermo Arts will be providing an evening of drama and music. The Bermo Arts Club will be offering two one act plays: “Set a thief to catch a thief “and “The Chinese Pendant “ separated by a selection of songs from the U3A “Singing for pleasure” group. Tickets will cost £5 and £4 and the bar will be open. The fun starts at 7-30pm.
Marc Rees is one of Wales’s leading exponents of contemporary performance and installation who is preparing a project commissioned by the recently inaugurated National Theatre Wales. It will take the form of a location specific, multi-sensory journey through the town of Barmouth in June and July 2010. Entitled ‘For Mountain, Sand & Sea’, the project will use the extraordinary historical pictorial archive of the town collated by the community (headed by Hugh Roberts through a Communities First initiative) as its main stimulus. In June 2010 Marc and his team will be resident in Barmouth for four weeks creating this new work; the company will be made up of Marc Rees, the curator and artistic director, Benedict Anderson, his creative collaborator, Siân Thomas the producer and six artists who work in the performing and visual arts, mostly from Wales but including one artist from Spain. There will also be a team of technical people supporting the project and a group of stewards to help guide the audience around the town; additionally they will work with some of the local Barmouth craftsmen who will bring their expertise to the project. The excursion around Barmouth will begin at St Johns Church Hall where he will create a ‘social sculpture’ to animate the photographic archive, giving people the opportunity to discover, explore and interact with the photographs; this installation will resemble an archaeological excavation. Following the initial interactive experience the audience will then be guided to strategic points, places, buildings that connect with the archive or stories to encounter short performances. This factual/ fictional tour will take in key landmarks including the beach, Dinas Olau, shops on the High Street, The Sandancer, The Sailor’s Institute, The harbour and the bridge across the estuary. In preparation for the public performances in the summer, in March 2010, and using the photographic archive as a catalyst, Marc would like to invite all Barmouth residents to help assemble an oral history of the town. A temporary ‘Story Shop’ will be set up in the foyer of the Dragon Theatre where stories can be gathered together from the whole community. These will then be given to local author John Sam Jones to shape then pass on to the group of artists to provide inspiration for the final creation in June.
If you would like to share your personal stories, anecdotes, memories and reflections about Barmouth please visit the ‘Story Shop’. It will be open from Monday 22nd until Saturday 27th March 2010 between 11.00am and 3.00pm in the foyer of the Dragon Theatre. Marc and his team would be delighted to meet you and hear your tales so please go along and help to reactivate the history of Barmouth in a unique and original way. National Theatre Wales was launched in November 2009 with the mission to create invigorating theatre across the whole of Wales. For Mountain, Sand & Sea will be the fourth of twelve productions created during this inaugural year for the new national company and National Theatre Wales are delighted to include Barmouth in their ‘Theatre Map of Wales’ (for more information about National Theatre Wales visit - http://nationaltheatrewales.org).
The Barmouth Childcare Partnership and the Friends of Ysgol y Traeth have planned an Easter Egg Hunt that will take place on the field at the school on April 1st 12 noon. Lots of raffle prizes have been donated by local people and businesses in the area. for the event and the Tombola stall. The team of organisers have worked hard to make this a spectacular event with the aim of raising money for the two groups involved.
The Fair Trade Coffee Morning, held at the showrooms of Walter Lloyd Jones raised £26-85 in donations plus £51 from the raffle. The Fair Trade Hamper that was donated by the Co-op was won by Lowri Evans.The Coffee and Walnut cake was won by Mrs Batty. The proceeds will be split between the The Fairtrade Foundation and Tradecraft Exchange.
The RNLI Barmouth and District Fundraisers would like to thank everyone who took part in the recent sponsored walk in aid of the RNLI SOS appeal. A huge Thank You is sent to all who kindly provided sponsorship. The total raised was £461-30.
Last weeks edition incorrectly showed the date for the performances being in April instead of March. The good news is that you do not have to wait so long to see this brilliant production; in fact it will be performed this weekend. The very accomplished Paradisi Theatre Company from Criccieth, who last year produced a brilliant version of “Barefoot in the park” are coming back to Barmouth’s Dragon Theatre on 19th and 20th March with their new production of Educating Rita. Although an amateur group the standard of their productions rival those of professional companies. You can order tickets from the box office by calling 01341 281697 any spare tickets will be sold on the door.
Jazz & Blues at the Dragon
Paul Cowley, blues guitarist & vocalist together with Rob Venables harmonica player, will be paying a return visit to the Arts Room on the Fourth Friday of March, the 26th. Paul, one of the founding members of the Sutton Blues collective, has recorded and played with numerous bands of renown, as well leading his own band. The same can be said of Rob Venables, who has just returned from a successful tour of France.
Paul & Rob will be supported by Niall Stone, who has headlined at the Skye Folk Festival. The performance will start at 7.30pm, & times will fit in with local trains. Tickets £6.50 with discounts. For reservations, please contact the Dragon Theatre on 01341 281697.
The guest speaker at the group meeting, held on Wednesday 10th march, was the Rev’d Peter Crooks, the intriguing title of his talk being, “ Pirates, Refugees and Incense” Together with his wife Nancy he lived and worked in Yemen for four years. He gave a fascinating insight into the life of the people, the hardships and the deprivations with which they lived. His work involved trying to better the lives of those around hi, especially helping with medical problems. However, his own health concerns forced him to return to the UK, but not until he had found a worthy replacement. The next group meeting will be on Wednesday 14th April at 1-30pm when there will be an opportunity to view a Bollywood film kindly lent by Raj. This will commence at 1-30pm in the Arts room.
7-02-10 Barmouth News
Lit and Deb
The Society met of 4th March in the Parlwr Mawr. There were 19 people present. The speaker was Mr Keith O’Brien and Derek Gladstone was in the Chair. Mr O’Brien’s subject was, “ The history of Rhiw Goch”. As a resident of Trawsfynnydd, who was born and bred there, he was in an ideal position to speak about Rhiw Goch which was situated only a few miles from the village. He covered the ever changing history of the house from its 12th Century beginnings to the 17th century additions for the visit of the Prince of Wales and its acquisition by the Army as a tr5ining camp in 1905. futher modifications were made by the Army in 1939 and, eventually, it was converted to a restaurant whilst still retaining its Grade 2 listed status. Rita Gladstone thanked the speaker for highlighting such an important site ” on our own doorstep”. Members are reminded that the A.G.M. will be on 18th March.
The service in Barmouth took place in Christchurch this year at 11am on Friday 5th March and hosted by Siloam Chapel. The theme of “Everything that hath breath will praise the Lord” had been chosen by the women of Cameroon in West Africa and to set the scene music from Cameroon was played as women from the Barmouth Churches gathered. Representatives took part in the prayers and readings led by Iris Pugh and with Llewela Edwards as organist. The address on the theme was given by the Rev’d Brian Evans.
As part of this years fundraising for the ever successful Bonfire and Fireworks event there are a number of events that will be taking place in the next few months. 10th April will see local children and parents along with help from the guys involved in the Emergency Services offering to “Pack your bags” in Barmouth coop, any donations will gratefully accepted. On April 17th The Buffs Club will be hosting a fantastic Rock/ Blues band “The idle hands” Tickets will cost £6, for more information chat to Mark Stratos, Rita or Sue Hunter. Everyone is invited to the “Party on the Prom on June 26th which, if anyone did not already know, is Armed Forces Day. Rita and Sam Jones will be jointly organising a fun filled afternoon for all to enjoy and take part in,details will follow soon. To end the day there will be a rocking sixties night, at the Buffs Clubwith “The Cavern Sixties tribute band” that will take you on a magical mystery tour of the 60’s. tickets for this will cost £6-50. Throughout the months up to 26th June a raffle will run for some great prizes donated by various local people and businesses including Co-op. The organisers of the Fireworks and Bonfire Event are extremely grateful for all the donations. The group was formed in 2008 under the umbrella of Barmouth Residents Association. An open Day3will be held at Barmouth Fire Station to, details will follow nearer the event.
Local artist Kevin Snow ran an event called Ready Steady Art for Barmouth Youth Club some time ago, a great success that produced some brilliant work. He has now been persuaded to repeat the event for Grown ups. It is a fast, fun event that will be held in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre on Wednesday 17th March at 7-30pm. It is a great spectator event but if you would like to join in the fun you will have a chance to create a masterpiece in minutes. The £6 entry charge includes a glass of Guinness or Irish cream. You need no previous experience or skill, just the desire to have fun.
Barmouth News 27-02-10
Community Voluntary Health Guardians Project
This project is part of the North Wales Chronic Conditions Demonstrator Site and the main aim is to train volunteers to support individuals living with chronic conditions or long term conditions. Some people might need additional support to that which can be offered by the statutory services. The volunteers will be able to offer extra support by befriending, being there to listen on the phone or by signposting people to other health organizations and services available locally. In practice this means, variously, for some: weekly visits to their home, going for walks, helping with shopping or going for a coffee, giving carers some respite. It means being a good companion to help relieve some of the loneliness or boredom that someone can feel which can lead to depression and failing health.If you are interested in volunteering, or would like an information session for your group or club, or know of anyone who might like to use the service, please contact Llinos Alun at Mantell Gwynedd in Dolgellau on 01341 422575 or email@example.com
If you are between 16 and 25, not in work or college and not sure what you want to do next Communities First have a short project that might help you decide. If you can spare three days, would be interested in getting some extra skills and would like to go Go Karting Martin or Denise would like to talk to you. You can call them on 01341 280979 or you can call in to the Communities first office in Station Road. The three sessions will teach you about basic mechanics, stuff you could use in al sorts of situations, team work, driving at speed, first aid and I.T. If you do not normally sign up for anything, if you are not impressed easily, if you know someone like this; this is the one time it will be worth giving it a go.
U3A March Meeting.
The Barmouth U3A will be meeting in Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre on Wednesday 10th March, for its’ monthly meeting. The meeting will start at 2.00pm, and conclude at approximately 4.00pm. The speaker will be the Reverend Peter Crooks, who will give a presentation on ‘Pirates, Refugees, and Incense – Four Years in the Yemen.’ The monthly presentations are invariably humorous, touching, and interesting - March’s meeting promises to be no different from the usual. The meeting will start with a cup of tea and an opportunity to meet others. It is not only open to members, but also to anyone who may be interested in joining, or simply in seeing what activities the organisation is involved in.
Te speaker at the meeting on 25th February was Dr David Craik Ph.D. who was born in Barmouth and is now Deputy Head of Worcester College. He has a keen interest in the history of Merioneth, which quickly became apparent in his talk, “Crime and Punishment in Merioneth 1734 to 1960. His historical passion was transmitted to his audience, who were regaled with accounts of sundry felonies and draconian punishments, particularly up to the late C19th, but including a local murder trial as late as 1955. Dr Craik showed slides of places of gruesome interesting Barmouth, Harlech, Dolgellau and Talsarnau, and his running commentary was always gripping. One remarkable aspect was the opposition to capital punishment by many local people for much of the C19th, a sentence that could be and apparently was, often commuted. David Clayton Chaired the meeting and Robin Harper thanked Dr Craik, warmly, for an evening that had been much appreciated by all. The next meeting will be held on March 4th when Mr Keith O’Brian will address members on the history of Rhiw Goch. As usual, all are welcome to attend; this will be the last talk of the current season, which ends on March 18th with the A.G.M. which all members are urged to attend.
Coming soon will be, “The Department of Smelling Pistakes” billed as “An evening of comedy” in the Arts Room, Saturday 6th March, 8pm. Supported by the Arts Council of Wales Night Out Scheme. Please contact the theatre on 01341 281697 for further details and for a copy of the latest Dragon diary that will hold details of events planned for March.
Barmouth W. I,
The President, Mari O'Rourke, welcomed members to the Welsh meeting celebrating St. David. A special welcome to Blodwen Comerford who had been indisposed for many weeks and who now accompanied members again in the singing of "Meirion” in Welsh. Mari thanked all who had provided cakes for the "Cakes for Heroes" stall, which had proved a most successful event. Doreen Gill, Secretary read the minutes, which were duly approved and signed. This was followed by reading the County letter giving many interesting dates for the coming months. Sports include Scrabble on March 1 st, Indoor Bowls on March 5th at Machynlleth, a Ramble at Festiniog on March 26th and an Easter Bingo Evening at Llanelltyd on March 30th at 7~30.
The Wales Conference will be held at Brecon on March 24th / 25th further details from Edna Allcock 01766 780489, who also has details of 2 courses to be arranged in Basic Computer Skills. Anyone interested please contact her by March 12th .The President then introduced the guest for the evening Mr. Gwynne Pierce, Musician Extraordinaire from Llanbedr, originally from Pen y Groes where he grew up in the years of skiffle and country and western music being influenced by singer / songwriters such as Lonni Donegan, Woody Guthrie and Burl Ives. The rhythm and guitar music appealed and soon Welsh versions --sometimes translations became popular folk music in the area. With his guitar and enchanting voice Gwynne gave renditions of ditties such as "Fi a Wil goes bren", "Bwy ar bres y gof', "Gi ceffyl bach" a "Mi fydd yn crwydro" With an unexpected "backing group" of some W .1. members including one Buddug who incidentally also hailed from Pen y Groes.
After a warm applause Mair Jones gave an excellent bi-lingual vote of thanks and then followed welcome refreshments prepared by Joan Holloway, Linda Hills and Lin Dury. The raffle was won by Doreen and the daffodils by Betty who presented them to Blodwen. The next meeting will be on March 24th when Bill Gaskell will be the guest advising on "Container Gardening". New members and visitors are always welcome.
The first meeting of the year was held on February 9th in the Parlwr Mawr, Dragon Theatre. Cerys Edwards, a stage manager, and farmers daughter told us all about her passion for Bee Keeping. Her fascinating talk took members through the life cycle of the bee and on to the many different honeys with their colours and flavours. The bad summers of late have meant a shortage of honey with beekeepers having to purchase sugar to keep their bees alive during the winter. Her advice to those wishing to start up would be to buy bees locally to avoid disease. She also recommended talking to local Bee Keeping Groups.The next meeting will be on Tuesday 9th March at 7pm, when Sue Beasley will talk about her experiences - Snowdrops to Holly. All are welcome. For further info please ring Ann Williams on 280065
BARMOUTH NEWS 19-02-10
Day of Prayer
On Friday 5th March the Women’s World Day of Prayer will be celebrated in Barmouth at 11am in Christchurch, led this year by the women of Siloam Chapel with members from all the towns Churches taking part. The theme is “Let everything that has breath praise God” it was chosen and prepared by the women of Cameroon in West Africa. The message is “Please feel free to join in this annual celebration and feel kinship with other women around the world”
Melville Penzer chaired the meeting on Monday 15th February. There were a number of apologies. Manager Allison Williams reported on a number of events, including a number of films which have been shown, but have had very small audiences. The web site is now operational. The Treasurer Geraldine Vincent gave a comprehensive report, sadly maintenance costs continue to increase and are a matter of concern to the theatre.
On Sunday 28th February there will be a screening of a highly regarded fantasy film from Japan called Spirited away. It is suitable for 7 to 14 age group. Further information on Dragon events will be found on their website: ww.dragontheatre.co.uk
Barmouth News 7-02-10
Help for Heroes
There will be a Car Boot and Cake Sale in the Parlwr Mawr between 11-30 and 3pm on Saturday 13th February. This is part of a sequence of events arranged for the benefit of the Help For Heroes charity. Tables can be booked with Sam on 07792912394 and will cost £5. Looking ahead there will be an event on Sunday August 1st in the harbour from noon till 4pm. A lot of fun items will be going on , but if you have a bit of time to spare the organisers would value your help. Please call Sam on the number above to get involved.
If you are wondering what to do during half term the Dragon theatre has some of the answer. They will be showing 6 films during the week at 3-30pm daily. Among others there will be “The Fox and the Child”, “Charlottes Web” “Howls moving castle” and “Finding Nemo” Although on Wednesday there is a break because that evening you will be able to see the spectacular live show “Phileas P.Souper” at 7-30pm, which includes four musicians and two miming clown artistes. Details of all are available in the Dragon Diary, by calling the theatre on 01341 281697 and the events diary of the www.barmouth-communities-first.org site .
The Pavilion Leisure centres half term fun club sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday of Half Term week from 1pm till 3pm. Call the centre on 01341 280111 to get full details and book places.
Members and visitors who attended the ‘Lit & Deb’ evening on 4th Feb were well rewarded by a fascinating talk on China by Mervyn Rowe – the Barmouth Artist and Designer, who has visited different parts of the country with his wife Bin Bin. The talk was illustrated with the most beautiful sketches from his book ‘Beautiful Journey’, which can be even more outstanding on the big screen. We rarely have the privilege to see such unique works, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.
A pancake race will be held on Sunday 14th February at 2pm on the beach opposite the lifeboat station in aid of the RNLI. Entry will be £1 per person,you will need to take your own pan and pancake.There will be four age group catregories: Under 7, 7-11, 11-16 and over 16 There will be races for individuals in each category and also races for teams of four. Fancy dress is optional, there will be prizes for the best outfits.Why not go along for a fun afternoon whatever the weather! For information contact Jacqui on 07850094383
The combined Churches of Caersalem, Siloam and ChristChurch will be holding a Coffee Morning to raise funds to be sent for the relief of suffering that is occurring on the devastated island of Haiti. It will run from 10am till 12 noon on Thursday 4th February at Christchurch . All are invited to contribute.
The President Mari O'Rourke, welcomed all to the first meeting of 2010 on Jan 27 wishing all a Happy New Year with a particular welcome to 2 potential new members. In the absence of pianist, Blodwen Comerford who sadly is indisposed, "Meirion" was sung enthusiastically unaccompanied. The President then welcomed the new committee and presented a token of appreciation to the retiring secretary, Val Vine, in recognition of her sterling work in past years Best wishes were sent to all who were absent through illness. The new secretary, Doreen Gill then read the Minutes of Nov. and Dec. meetings which were duly confirmed and signed. Doreen read the County News Letters of Dec. and Jan. while members noted forthcoming events: Darts at Bala 6.30 Feb 1st and Scrabble in the Ship Hotel Dolgellau, 2pm March 1st. The President introduced the speaker for the evening Maureen Owen who has spent 30 years of her life in Barmouth although having being born in Liverpool; hence the title of her talk this evening "In my Liverpool Home" .She began by reading some poetry from her father, Jimmy McGovern's, book "In my Liverpool Home" the prose and poetry were reminiscences of his childhood, the hardships living a cramped and unsavoury life on the docks but with a great community spirit which went on even through W. W.2 and all of it in living memory, as too is the fact that Liverpool is now a Heritage City of Culture. The talk finished with members joining in the song printed on Maureen's T-shirt In my Liverpool home.
Ann Williams[Vice President] proposed the vote of thanks to Maureen after which members were served with refreshments prepared by Pam Payton, Mary Smallwood, and Ann Williams and thanked by the President. The raffle was drawn and won by LorraineViney and the flowers by Val Vine who presented them to the President. The next meeting will be on Feb 24th, and as this is the nearest meeting to St David'sDay it will have a Welsh flavour brought by Gwynne Pierce of Llanbedr New members and visitors welcome.
A meeting was held on Thursday 28th January on Wern Mynach with the Countryside Warden to discuss the groups objectives for 2010. As the members walked round a number of ideas were put forward. A great many sections of the community use and enjoy the wildlife area and it was suggested that another picnic table be put near the ship. It was also suggested that a plot of land could be used and plantec by the primary school children as an outdoor classroom wiht benches, bird table erected and bluebells planted. Small boards with information about the importance of various habitats for wildlife was another idea( The loss of which would ultimately affect future generations)e.g. rees beds filter out toxins in ponds and ditches cleansing water. Over 130 varieties of wild flowers have been identified on the Wern and over 21 species of birds recorded there one summer. This winter flocks of Fieldfare andRedwings arrived to feed there. The tree planting on 5th December 2009 was a success with over 30 people including the Mayor turning out. This was a B.B.C. scheme and the 150 allotted trees were planted in one hour The trees planted with the Cyd Coed grant are doing well but members were disappointed that the tree planted in memory of Sophie Palmer , by the Guides, has bee destroyed yet again.It is lovely to see so many children playing on the ship. The paths are ideal for mums with pushchairs, wheelchair users and dog walkers. 2010 is Boi-diversity Year, the group would like to encourage more people to be interested in diverse and natural areas in Barmouth. If you would like to join the group please leave your contact details at the Communities First office in Station Road and they will be passed on to the Secretary.
Dach chi’n isio darllen newyddion lleol yn Cymraeg? Mae Llais Ardudwy sy ar werth mewn swyddfa Cymunedau yn gyntaf. Oes gynnoch chi rhwybeth i fynd i fewn, dach chi’n fedru adael hon yma hefyd.
Barmouth Arts Festival
The first committee meeting for the 2010 Festival was held on Monday 25th January and Chaired by Melville Penzer who wished everyone a Happy New Year. The development of the programme is progressing well and will run from 4th to 11th September, opening with “A family affair” with the Hughes family from Gresford. The Festival Lunch will have Capt. Victoria Smallwood as speaker. There will be a jazz evening and on another occasion Trevor Fishlock will be the personality to meet. In addition there will be contributions from Bermo Arts Club and the local W.I., there will also be a conjurer for a children’s event. The Tribute group for this year will be a Bee Gees . The Finale of the Festival will be Cantorion Cxolin jones a choir whose members are drawn from all over North Wales.
Literary and Debating Society.
On Thursday 21 January the Society was entertained by a talk by the Revd Neil Fairlamb, Rector of Beaumaris in Anglesey, who has recently published a book entitled The Viscount and the Earl being a biography of Thomas James Warren Bulkeley (1752-1822) the seventh Viscount Bulkeley of Cashel in the peerage of Ireland and the first and last Baron Bulkeley of Beaumaris in the peerage of the United Kingdom. Although much of his talk was devoted to the life and times of Lord Bulkeley, Mr Fairlamb presented amusing and knowledgeable accounts of the large number of archives which he consulted ;whilst researching the book, ranging through the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster, the College of Arms, the Bodleian Library at Oxford to local archives in the Caernarfon Record Office and the Beaumaris Town Council. In the end, however, he drew a picture of a man who, to quote Mr Fairlamb's own words, “retained his fundamental patriotism, family commitment, compassion to the disadvantaged, support of good causes and loyal duty to King and the Constitution” in a truly fascinating story.The Barmouth Literary and Debating Society were host to Bermo Arts and Cymdeithas Gymraeg for the “Three Societies Quiz”, held on Thursday 28th January in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre. This friendly light hearted event was thoroughly enjoyed by all the participants. The winning table of five self styles “The Horse whisperers” were duly presented with “Gold” winners medals to commemorate their great achievement. The speaker for Thursday 4th February, back in the usual venue of Parlwr Mawr at 7-30pm will be the renowned local artist Mr Mervyn Hunter Rowe, his subject t will be “My art and China”. New members and guests are always welcomed.
“Moon” is a film from 2009 which is a science fiction film without inter-galactic wars or aliens, instead a thought provoking and well made movie that is worth seeing. It will be screened on Friday February 5th at 7-30 at the Dragon theatre. Tickets available on the door will cost £4 a concessionary price of £1 applies for students and under 18’s, this film carries a 15 certificate.
Elton Evans who formerly lived in Waynes Cottage Barmouth has died in Lyttleton New Zealand at the age of 77. He was father of Louise, Bill and Wendy and had survived his late wife Margaret. He had brothers Ron, David , Ken and the late Haydn. He emigrated from Barmouth in 1958 where he had worked for Manweb. He had also been a member of Barmouth Silver Band
The Credit Unions of north Wales are preparing to merge in the coming months. This will vastly expand the services offered. At present exceptionally low cost loans are available to members , who have the option to carry on saving whilst also paying off a loan. If this sounds like a confusing idea the volunteer staff of the Y Llechen Credit Union in Barmouth will be pleased to explain, at their usual Thursday morning sessions that are held in the Communities First office from 11am till 1pm. New members both savers and borrowers will be made most welcome. The latest news about local credit unions can be found in the news section of the www.barmouth-communities-first.org website.
The next meeting of Headway Gwynedd’s new meeting for South Gwynedd is on 10 February in the community rooms at the Dragon Theatre in Barmouth, doors open at 1.30 pm for 2pm to 4.30 pm. The meeting will include Martin Hughes’ talk ‘Looking on the Bright Side’ plus opportunity for people with brain injury (including strokes) and their family carers and others with an interest to meet and share. Refreshments are provided.
For more information please phone Headway Gwynedd’s Helpline is 01248 360303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
24-01-10 Barmouth News
Following the report recently of dog fouling on the bridge over the railway line two further hot spots have been highlighted, these being the school field and the grass area in the Memorial Park. Dog owners are responsible for removing what their dogs deposit. There are no areas of public land where this rule does not apply. The problem is at best unpleasant but when it occurs on a field where young children regularly play it is also a health hazard. Gwynedd Council wardens will issue fixed penalty fines to those seen to be failing to clear up. Members of the public can advise the PCSO Kath Lake Bullen or Council staff of the times that they see incidents occurring so that wardens can be deployed to observe and take action.
Iain Dixon, a nationally known saxophonist will be tutoring a workshop at an open session in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre on Saturday 30th Jan from 7-30pm. Entry cost will only be £2
During February nine films will be screened at the Dragon Theatre, some aimed at young children and others at an older audience. The full programme is available from the theatre, there is also an email service for all events, you can add your name to the circulation list by contacting email@example.com or calling 01341 281697.
If you would like to be a fitness trainer and would like to be trained for this role, for free, Ceinwen Stokes at Gwynedd Council, would like to talk to you. This 12 day course, worth £599 will be offered on condition that you then deliver 20 organised sessions for local people. Help may be available if needed for child care and travelling. For an informal chat and more information call Ceinwen Stokes on 01766 515018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
17-01-10 Barmouth News
The Lit. and Deb. Society held their Members Literary evening for the first time on Jan. 14th. Val Vine was the ever-popular Chairman and six members introduced their favourite pieces of poetry or prose giving reasons for their choice. Among the chosen poets were Hilaire Belloc, John Masefield, Pam Ayres, Edmund Spencer, John Clare, George Hilary Brown and M. S Thomas, concluding with Barry Rampton reading The Highwayman by Albert Noyes. It made for a different evening, which was much enjoyed by the members present. The next evening will be held on 21st Jan. in the Parlwr Mawr with the Rev. Neil Fairlamb talking about his book ‘The Viscount and the Baron’.
Krystina Ryan, fundraiser for Barmouth Juniors F.C. would like to thank everyone who supported us with our Xmas Hamper draw. It raised £644 which will be going to provide much needed funds for . Barmouth Juniors. Thank you also to Miriam Vinney for all her help. The Hamper winners were Dickie Sharpe, Glenda Andrews, John lane and Sylvia Buckley.
The new 10 week session of Youth Theatre workshops has started in the Dragon Theatre. Jaqui from Theatre Harlech is organising and running the sessions that are held every Wednesday from January 20th.Times will be 3 to 5 yr olds from 3-45 till 4-15 at £1 per session, 6 – 10 yrs from 4-30 till 5-30 costs £2 and 11 – 16 yrs from 6pm till 7pm also costing £2
The short run of Happy Christmas Shirley finished on Saturday night. It was good to see a large cast with a broad age range putting on a fun play. There were the inevitable fluffed lines and mishaps but they are part and parcel of community theatre and in no way detracted from the enjoyment of a good script that had lots of humour. The roles were well cast delivering convincing acting.
During the next couple of weeks a number of test pits will be dug around the former Youth Centre to determine the depth and quality of the foundations, a comparison pit will be opened on Talbot square. The surfaces will be reinstated but this may take a few weeks as it is necessary to allow for settlement of the re-filled holes.
08/01/10 Barmouth News
BRA send a Happy New Year message to you all. Barmouth Residents Association will hold its next meeting in the Min y Mor Hotel at 7pm on the 1st February where sandwiches will be provided. Do you have ideas of how the Residents Association could better help your community?? Do you have any queries or problems in regard to your housing or environment that the association may be able to help you with?? Do you have a project in mind that you need help getting off the ground ??? No promises but if they can help they will or at least point you in the right direction. The Residents Association was formed several years ago now and has been instrumental in helping resolve many of the problems that occur in a community like Barmouth. The committee feels that it is now time to change the format of the Association and so would like to take this opportunity to invite anyone interested to go along for a bite to eat and an informal chat to put their heads together and find the best way forward for 2010. Old and new members will be very welcome they meet in the pool room, go along and see if you can make a difference.
BARMOUTH AND DYFFRYN UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB.
The Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club enters 2010 with great enthusiasm, despite the cold weather, and wishes all its players and supporters a happy and successful New Year. With the Club's First Team now second in the Welsh Alliance League, the Reserve Team heading towards the top of the Safeflue Caernarfon & District League Second Division, and the success of the Junior Teams, the Club looks forward with great expectations. In particular the Club's First Team players are now preparing for their next match, a tough Barritt Cup contest against Welsh Alliance Leaders, Rhydymwyn, on Saturday, 16th January at the Wern Mynach ground, weather permitting. Given such overall optimism, a meeting of the Club's Management Committee on Monday, 11th January, endorsed proposals for major developments to Club facilities to improve conditions for players and supporters. Emphasis will be placed upon extending the area of the junior pitch to create two full size pitches, the development of all weather pitch facilities for both senior and junior teams to reduce the disruption of fixtures caused by adverse weather conditions, and the provision of better stand and car parking facilities for spectators. As well as Club funds and grant applications, the Management Committee is arranging a number of fund raising events to finance these initiatives. These will include a Golf Tournament at Dolgellau Golf Club on Sunday,24th January, and a Horse Racing and Casino evening at the Buffs Club, Barmouth, on Saturday, 27th February. All Club players and supporters will be welcome at these events. For further details contact Wil Huntley, Chairman (079127 48875) or Brian Wood, Club Secretary (01341 280103).
An open meeting will be held on 19th January at 7pm, in the Dragon Theatre at which anyone in the community will be able to talk about issues that are of concern. If you are not able to go to the meeting you can talk to P.C. Gareth Jones who is the Community Beat Manager for Barmouth and he will raise your issue on your behalf. It is an opportunity to tell the Police what they are getting right, to ask if particular issues could be tackled in a different way or to find out how the community can help reduce crime.
As ois tradition, the first meeting of the New Year is the “Vice Presidents Evening”. Mr Michel Benson introduced a well known Barmouth figure, Miss Allison Williams, Manager of the Dragon Theatre. After Mrs Rae Cleaver, acting President led the meeting in a silent tribute to former members Mary Clegg and Betty Pierce, both of whom had died recently. Allison, who herself appeared on stage in the Dragon at the age of six, told the audience about the events during the last 50 years of the Dragon Theatre. The theatre opened in 1959 after members of Bermo Arts, the local amateur dramatics society, purchased the old Congregational Chapel in Jubilee Road, converting it to a theatre. The Theatre then produced a variety of shows: opera, ballet, and plays including the famous Gilbert and Sullivan plays remembered by some of the older members of the audience. Extensive rebuilding with the aid of National Lottery was carried out in the last few years to make the Dragon one of the leading Arts venues in the area, hosting over 60 events in the last year. A vote of hanks was given by Mrs Val vine. The next meeting will be held on 14th January and will be a “Member’s literary evening” presented by Val Vine.
Saturday offers a second chance to see the current production from Bermo Arts entitled “Happy Christmas Shirley” it is a Christmas comedy by Louise Roche . The play starts at 7-30pm and tickets will be available at the door.
Barmouth News 4/01/2010
Happy Christmas Shirley
A seasonal comedy performed by Bermo Arts will be performed on two consecutive Saturdays, 9th and 16th January. A lively story of the main character Shirley who tries to plan the perfect Christmas, but will it be as she hopes. The performances start at 7-30pm and tickets cost £6.
Lit and Deb
The second half of the Lit and Deb season begins on 7th January where the speaker will be Allison Williams Manager of the Dragon theatre who will talk about the history and development of the building. On the following Thursday the Members Literary Evening will be chaired by Val vine. As always meetings are held on Thursdays at 7-3opm in Parlwr Mawr, visitors and new members are always welcomed.
Free Cookery course
If you want to improve your cookery skills to help you provide inexpensive, healthy meals for the family a one day a week course spread over five Thursdays may be of interest. The sessions will be at Coleg Meiriion in Dolgellau with free transport from Barmouth leaving at 9-30am and ensuring that you are back in town by 3pm. If child care is an issue Communities First can arrange this . Contact Denise Bott on 01341 280979 for more details and to reserve a place.
A reminder that the Headway meeting which will hopefully lead to the creation of a local group will be held on January 13th in Parlwr Mawr from 1-30 till 4-30 as a Drop In session . If you would like to know more about the group and the organisation and what they may be able to offer call in during that time for a hot drink and a chat.
January 18th is the next date for the ever popular session where there will be an opportunity to look at some of the images from the ever growing community gallery on the Communities First web site. Hugh Roberts will be leading the session, explaining the pictures and inviting comment In addition there will be an update by Mark Rees from the National Theatre of Wales on the project that they are running here this year. All are welcome to this event . Profits from the sale of coffee and tea go to the Dragon Theatre.
Barmouth News 27/12/09
Rate Review Joy
Local business owners will be pleased to hear that Communities First have received a reply to correspondence with Dafydd Elis Thomas in which the Partnership has raised the issue of rising rateable values having taken many properties out of the discount thresholds. The Welsh Assembly has decided that “thresholds will be increased by at least 20% so that funding for small business rates relief is at least maintained at current levels” A.M. Dafydd Elis Thomas had put a strong case for a review of the provisions based on local representations. The Statement by Carl Sargeant, Minister for Social Justice and Local Government was issued on December 22nd. The full statement can be viewed on the barmouth-communities-first.org website in the News section.
If you feel that your children need good food, well cooked and made from the best mix of ingredients you will probably be interested in a free course for parents that is to be run from January 14th. Free transport and free childcare are available to help everyone make use of these sessions that will be held over a five week period. If you want to know more about timings or any other details talk to Denise Bott in the Communities First office or call her on 01341 280979.
The Headway group from Caernarfon will hold an open door drop in meeting in Parlwr Mawr of the Dragon theatre on January 13th between 1-30pm and 4-30pm. There will be information available on the sort and range of help and support that is available to people and carers of those with brain injuries. There will be refreshments and a friendly welcome on offer. Hopefully a local group can be created if there is enough interest shown.
Recently there seems to have been a dramatic increase in the number of incidences where dog owners have not cleared up after their animals. Not only do these people create a health hazard in leaving this material on pavements and public areas, but they also create a slip hazard for those walking. A particular problem area at present is the bridge from Park road to Marine road. Pedestrians should vigilant when crossing until the culprit is caught. Many local groups are working to improve the environment of the town and improve its appeal, those who are too lazy and thoughtless to pick up after their pets are undermining the efforts of their neighbours and friends. To combat this any member of the public can contact Cyngor Gwynedd, the Harbour Master or Kath Lake-Bullen the Police Community Support Officer to report problem areas. Wardens can then be dispatched to observe areas at particular times so that the offenders can be issued with fixed penalty notices.
Bumps n Babies ( Pictures show 3 of the babies at the Christmas party.)
The group meet every Friday morning at Communities First from 9-30 till 11-30. The weekly sessions are led by Ann James, Local Health Visitor. There is a varied weekly programme which includes : baby weighing, chat and play, learning bilingually through the media of English and Welsh and sign language for babies. Everyone is welcome to go along , meet other parents, participate in the activities and enjoy a cuppa and a chat. If anyone wants more information please contact Denise Bott at the Communities First office on 280979 or Ann James via the health Centre.
Gwynedd, having been alerted to the fact that their plans left a six week gap in the brown bin cycle have added an extra collection on January 4th. This will be much appreciated as the accumulation of food waste would cause problems for residents.
The meeting on 16th December was “Brethyn Cartref Home Spun, with members contributing items of readings, songs, quiz, anecdotes and ending with carols accompanied by Blodwen Comerford. taking art were John Williams, Les Vaughan, Anwen McFalane, Rhian Davenport, Llewela Edwards, Margaret Owen. The refreshments were provided by Megan Vaughan, and the raffle was won by John Vincent Jones. They were thanked by Chairman Mair Jones for creating a happy friendly evening
13-12-09 Barmouth News
Tree o’clock success
On Saturday December 5th the Barmouth Environmental Group took part in an attempt to plant one hundred and fifty trees in the space of one hour between 11am and 12am. The project was part of the BBC's 'Tree O'clock attempt to break the World record for the most trees planted in one hour. Environmental groups from all across Britain were involved in the project. The Barmouth Group attempt was completed successfully in the space of 59 minutes thanks to the efforts of the many volunteers who pitched in to help, not the least of which were the Girl Guides group under the leadership of Ms, Ann,Vaughan-Jones. Official witnesses to the attempt were the Rev Linda Bailey and Mr, Jamie Brooks Mayor of Barmouth. The Barmouth Environmental Group wish to thank all those who took part and worked so hard towards making the event a success. Thanks must also go to Mr, Haydn Hughes Countryside Warden, for his hard work and advice in organising the attempt.
Local Police officers want to be accessible to everyone and are looking for ways to enable local people to pass on their comments and concerns without any great formality. Their latest thought is to have a “Street Meet” in Barmouth, High Street (Post Office area) on Monday 21st December 2009 at 11.00am. If anyone has any issues they wish to discuss with the Police then please go along. In attendance will be the Community Beat Manager for Barmouth, Pc Gareth Jones and Police Community Support Officer, Kath Lake-Bullen.
The Friends of the school, Ysgol y Traeth, would like to thank local businesses for their donation of prizes to the school Bingo night. A total of £505 was raised. A big thank you is sent to Karen Owen who hosted the evening and made it fun for all. Thanks are also sent to the parents and people who helped with the arrangements and donated for the School Fair which raised £325, Thanks are offered to John Whitehouse who became Santa for the day. Finally thanks are sent to the owners of the Sandpiper for organising the Toy Fair that was held at the Dragon Theatre on December 5th.
Friday Dance Group. On Friday 4th December around 80 dancers sat down to Christmas Lunch at the Tal y Don hotel. The food was varied and of excellent quality, everyone was well satisfied. Alan gave an admirable ands amusing vote of thanks to the M.C’s Margaret and Dennis and apologies for the five people who were unable to attend. A basket of flowers was then presented after which everyone made their way to the R.A.O.B. club for the usual Friday Tea Dance. The music was very seasonal and even after two hours of dancing there seemed to be a reluctance to end the afternoon, a good indication that it had been a successful day. Sequence and Ballroom dancing takes place every other Friday at 2pm at the R.A.O.B. club at a cost of £2 including tea and biscuits. Dancers and potential dancers are welcomed. For further details contact Margaret of Dennis on 01341 430236
6-12-09 Barmouth News
The popular sessions in the Arts Room features the welcome return of Huw Warren (piano), Zoot Warren (drums) and Huw Vaughan Williams (double bass).Tickets costing £6-50 can be reserved by calling 01341 281697 for the performance on Friday 11th December at 7-30pm.
Locally hand made gifts, cards and Christmas produce will be on sale at a festive fair in the Arts Room at the Dragon theatre on Saturday 12th December between 10-30 a.m. and 4pm. Entry will be free and refreshments will be on sale.
Ardudwy Youth Theatre present a lively & colourful pantomime featuring children and young people from the Harlech & Barmouth area. Evening show on Friday (7pm), matinee on Saturday (2pm) 18th and 19th December. Tickets cost £4 adults and £3 children.
The Society’s penultimate meeting of the first half session took the form of a Cheeses and Wine Party. The acting President, Mrs Rae Cleaver, was delighted to welcome several members from the Barmouth U3A ”Singing for fun” group. They, together with their leader Evelyn and pianist Martin, sang several songs and carols, inviting the audience to participate. This they did with gusto. The last meeting for 2009 will be held on Thursday 10th December when the speaker, Mr Derek Gladstone will talk about “RE-inventing the wheel” This promises to be a very good evening. Visitors and guest are most welcome.
There is to be a public meeting in the Dragon Theatre to talk about the West Wales Shoreline Management Plan2. This consultation will help shape the strategies for sea defences along the coast. It will be a two way exchange of information. Which areas can be left undefended, which should be sacrificed, how will those decisions be reached? The meeting will be at 7pm on December 15th.
Members were transported to the heart of Malaysia on Wednesday 2nd December when John and Llinos Cadwaladr gave a talk illustrated with slides. They gave a comprehensive picture of the country, its people, food and produce, as well as humorous personal glimpses of their visit. The couple, from the Dolgellau area, were warmly thanked by Rhian Davenport. The raffle was won by Blodwen Comerford.
After a very successful 2009 Festival, both financially and in its programme content it was agreed to continue and hold the 36th festival in 2010.At the AGM, held on Monday 30th November, it was agreed to hold the Festival from 4th to 11th September, a number of artistes names were suggested, these will be contacted. Officers elected were: President Roy Treherne, Chairman and Stage Manager E. Melville Penzer, Treasurer David Clay and Secretary Mair Jones.
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The family service in St Davids on Sunday 6th December at 11am.will be focused on prayers for for our troops serving abroad and their families.The collection will go to the “Help the Heroes Fund”. All are welcome.
On the morning of Thursday 10th a Christmas Fair will be held in the Dragon Theatre.
The children’s club will be taking part in a walking Nativity on Friday 11th.starting from the School at 4pm,they will stop off at Hafod Mawddach, Hafan Deg and various spots in town ,and will be collecting for Christian aid.They will finish in St David’s for a party to celebrate Jesus Birthday.
A Carol service will be held in St David’s on the 20th of December at 6pm.
The Barmouth branch of the children’s charity would like to thank Barmouth Youth Club, which raised £242-42 for the fund at the recent Fashion Show. They would also like to thank Coleg Meirion Dwyfor who assisted with the hair and make-up and to everyone else who was involved in a very successful evening.
The Christmas Fair, with Father Christmas will be held on Friday 4th December from 3-30 till 5-30. The organisers invite you to go along and support their efforts and also ask that if you have prizes that you are willing to donate that you take them along to the school by December 1st if possible.
The Society met on 26th November in Parlwr Mawr with 26 people present. One of the Society’s members, Mr George Saunders, spoke on the subject of “What is Romanticism”, Mr Derek Gladstone was in the Chair. The speaker introduced the subject by explaining the notion of “The sublime” as seen by the poets of the C18th and C19th. This embraced the feelings of infinity, vastness, darkness, solitude and terror. To illustrate these he helped his audience to interpret some of the works of Thomas Moore, William Wordsworth, John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. A very sincere “Vote of thanks2 was given by Capt. David Clayton who expressed the wish that there were more literary talks. The 3rd December will be the members Christmas Evening.
The meeting held on 25/11/09 was the annual general meeting and was opened by the President Marie O Rourke welcoming all members including 3 new members to join her in singing Jerusalem to the accompaniment of Blodwen Commerford on the piano. Marie extended get well wishes to the poorly. On a lighter note two members were wished happy birthday. Minutes were read and agreed. A clip board was sent round to see who would like to go to the carol service in Llanfair on December 18th and also who would like to go to see Cinderella panto at Aberdovey on February 6th 2010.The County Letter was read out and two thank you cards were read from Dorothy Harper and County President. It was then time for the annual reports to be read out, The President began, with her report on the Autumn Council, which was interesting and funny, followed by the rest of the committee reading theirs. Delicious refreshments were laid on by tea hostesses Shiela Davies, Angie Jones and Lorraine Viney: they were thanked by the President. The raffle was won by Lin Dury. The meeting closed with a big thank you from the President for all the hard work members had done throughout the year.
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The club will be holding a Table Top sale and Coffee Morning on Saturday 5th December in the Buffs Club from 10 am. Anyone wanting to reserve a table should call Krystina on 07790393624. Tables will cost £5. There will also be a cake stall, a Christmas food and drink hamper, Raffle prizes and a flat screen T.V. to be won. Please support the local youngsters team in any way you can, they will be pleased to see you.
Christmas is rapidly approaching and the traders of Barmouth have got together to hold a late night event on Thursday 3rd December. Posters around town and in shops will give more details about times and events The Mayor will be on Talbot Square to officially turn on the Christmas lights and there will be various events around the main streets for all the family to enjoy
The Barmouth Environmental Group (BECG) is to take part in an exciting venture launched by the BBC. The venture called ‘Tree O’ Clock’ will be an attempt to break the World record for the highest number of trees planted in one hour. Environmental groups all across Britain will be involved in the attempt, which will take place on Saturday 5th December between eleven am and twelve noon. The Barmouth group has pledged to plant one hundred and fifty trees in the hour and so will need all the help it can get if it is to succeed. The group is calling for volunteers who would be willing to give one hour on the day. They would be quite happy should you wish to dedicate a tree in memory of a loved one. Anyone interested in helping should contact any of the following. Haydn Hughes Senior Countryside Warden on 01296679841
Dewina Lewis, Chairperson BECG 01341 280553 , Charles Meadows Secretary BECG 01341 280874. It will help also if volunteers are able to bring along their own garden spade. The trees of course will be provided.
On Friday evening Chris Hayward, Andy McKenzie and Greg Robley will be the guests of Barmouth Music Workshop for a concert in the Arts Room, Dragon Theatre that will start at 7-30. Tickets are on sale at Communities First and at the door, they cost £6-50 or £5 concessions.
The Christmas film will be showing on Friday 8th on the big screen, in the theatre it will be accompanied by mince pie and mulled wine to build up the seasonal atmosphere. The wine and mince pie will be served between 7pm and 8pm at which time the film will start. Inclusive tickets will cost £5
On Saturday 5th December there will be a Toy and Train fair at the Dragon theatre from 10am till 5pm. There will be model train displays, trade stands, refreshments and a raffle all in aid of Ysgol y Traeth. Entry will cost £1 for adults and 50p for children. More details can be obtained by calling 01341 280318
The monthly Management Meeting was held on Monday 16th November chaired by Melville Penzer. He reported that Colin Havercroft was responding to physiotherapy at Eryri hospital in Caernarfon. The Gala Evening, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the theatre had been very successful and much enjoyed. Manager Allison Williams reported on a number of events to come including the Town Council election, a pantomime, sports awards and Ysgol y Traeth celebrations in addition to the usual Christmas events. The Treasurer, Geraldine Vincent, gave a comprehensive financial report reflec5ting the multi- purpose use of the building. Since Christmas approaches the next meeting will be held on January 18th 2010
On Wednesday 2nd December there will be a taster morning at the Communities First office in Station road where you can try coffee and mince pie tasting as part of a morning to introduce a course that is planned for the New Year by Aberystwyth University. The course will cover food and nutrition. You will be able to find out how the food you choose helps you to feel better, have more energy, stsay fitter and more able to fight diseases. The qualification gained with the course could also improve career prospects. You will be able to talk to past students who will be offering simple assessments of current diets and pointing to areas that may benefit from change. The session is free to anyone interested in this subject and will be open from 9-30 am till noon.
Last weeks fashion show staged by Barmouth youth Club was a massive success. Members of the club along with past members worked on fast paced slick choreography to create an impressive show. Highlight of the evening was the Thriller sequence where the club really went to town with costumes and make up. The energy they put into this production was rewarded by the cheers of the enthusiastic audience who filled the ground floor of the theatre. A former member John-Paul Brooks sang three numbers during the evening making for a very entertaining event that they created for the benefit of the Save the Children branch in Barmouth
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This years fashion show by Barmouth youth club steps up a grade with live music and solo singers plus a stunning “Thriller” dance sequence with make up being done by Coleg Meirion. This will be a really entertaining evening created together by staff and members of the Youth Club to raise funds for Save The Children Fund. There will also be a raffle, tombola and Christmas cards on sale. Tonight Thursday 19th at the Dragon Theatre, starts at 7-30pm Pay at the door, adults £4 kids £2. The price includes a mince pie and tea.
GUY COMPETITION, FIREWORK DISPLAY & BONFIRE
Thank you to all those who helped to make the community bonfire and firework display such a success. The weather on Monday 9th was in marked contrast to 5th November which certainly helped. The Guy Competition which was held on 4th November attracted over 30 entries and was funded by The Arson Reduction Team (PACT). The working group responsible for organising both the Guy Competition and the Community Bonfire & Firework Event could not have run these events without the help and assistance of Communities First Partnership, Liam Hughes – Skips Signs, Rob Steel, Mike Jones, Barmouth Youth Club leaders, Ysgol y Traeth, Oasis, Gwynedd Council for assisting with the road closures and the organisations who donated generously to our fund raising efforts including Barmouth Town Council, and especially to local businesses. The event organisers would also like to thank all those who gave their time so willingly, particularly those who built the bonfire in such adverse weather conditions on the 5th and then giving their time again on the 9th together with all those who volunteered to help marshal the event on the night. This included a great many personnel from Barmouth’s emergency services and community groups: Fire & Rescue Association, Coastguards, RNLI, Harbour Master’s Office, First Responders, Barmouth Town Council, Barmouth Residents Association, Barmouth Rowing Club, and all those who gave their time for the difficult task of judging the Guy competition. A photographic display of both the Guy Competition and the community bonfire and fireworks display will be exhibited within the next couple of weeks and if anyone has any photographs of the event and would be happy to share them please contact PCSO Kath Lake-Bullen on 07768 556 307.
U3A November Meeting
Parlwr Mawr, at the Dragon Theatre, was once again full for the November meeting (these meetings seem to be getting very popular,) when Sue Alger, free-range pig producer extraordinaire gave an extremely interesting and humorous presentation. Having managed a pub in rural Shropshire some years ago, she married the landlord, & ended up breeding free range pigs in Arthog…a strange turn of events. What with tales of sows making nests in the woods, and chickens rearing piglets, everyone had an extremely informative and pleasant afternoon, with U3A members going home heavily laden with some of Sue’s free range products. The monthly stall did well, and members socialised with a cup of tea or coffee. The next monthly gathering of the U3A will be on Wednesday 9th December at 7.30pm, in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre, when they will be having their annual Christmas party.
If you are a fan of Dennis Potters comedy writing this is the one for you, billed as “a play about childhood and the loss of innocence. A comedy-drama with a powerful punch at the climax“ It is played by professional performers from the Louche theatre company. Tickets will be £6-50 or £5 for concessions for the performance on Friday 20th at 8pmin the Dragon Theatre.
Craig Dobbins, one of the helpers at the bonfire event captured a Dragon in the flames of the fire last Monday night, a Welsh Dragon of course.
The Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre is growing to be a popular venue for live music. On Saturday 27th there will be another quality gig organised by Barmouth Music Workshop. Chris Hayward will be on Violin, Andy McKenzie playing Guitar & Greg Robley on Bass.Not exactly the smoky cellar bar so synonymous with jazz, but a great venue with good atmosphere and acoustics, definitely worth a look. Entry will cost £6-50 and £5 for concessions.
For the first time in many years a meeting has been cancelled. The late and unexpected unavailability of the speaker and the absence of several key members has resulted in the, thankfully rare, decision to cancel a meeting of this long standing part of the cultural core of the town.
The community web gallery hit new heights on Friday with a recorded 1300 hits before 10am, this is the highest one day level so far. With about 2000 images on the site considerable interest is being shown with an average of 1000 hits a week being recorded.
Sion Edwards, the Chemist from Bala, gave a very interesting talk, on Wednesday 11th November. He outlined the history of medication from the earliest days when man realised that certain plants had a beneficial effect on the human body, up to the present day of organ transplants. He built a tower of risk factors to raise awareness and laced the whole with humour. He was warmly thanked by the Chairman of the evening Les Vaughan. The raffle was won by John V. Jones. The tea and scones, as always, was arranged by Megan Vaughan.
There will be a car boot sale in the Buffs Club on Saturday 28th November for the benefit of the Help for Heroes charity. It will run from 11am till 3pm and tables will cost £5, these can be booked by calling Sam on 07792912394. There will also be a Help for Heroes stall at the sale. Boxes for troops are still being collected , details of what can be included are available from Sam on the above number, there is also a list in the Communities First office.
Europe’s foremost Chubby Brown tribute act will be at the Buffs Club on Thursday December 3rd at 7-30pm. A disco and raffle will also be part of the evenings entertainment. Tickets for the show are bound to sell quickly, they are available from Fishers Hairdressers, the Milk Bar, from the Buffs Club and from Sam Jones who is on 07792912394. At £5 each they are likely to sell out quickly, especially as this is a benefit night for the Help For Heroes charity. It is a good opportunity to show support for local men and women who are serving around the world.
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The president Mari O Rourke welcomed members to the monthly WI meeting on 28/10/09.Meirion was sung to the accompaniment of Blodwen Comerford on piano. The president sent get well wishes to members who are poorly, also birthday greetings were extended and also congratulations. The minutes were read and agreed by Val Vine secretary. Mari Flavel was the speaker for the evening. She brought along some of her antiques which had a very funny story attached to them. Rose Morris gave the vote of thanks. A clip board was sent round for those interested in either playing darts in the singles or just simply coming along as a supporter and having an enjoyable night at the golf club in Bala on 23rd Nov at 6.30 pm. The Christmas dinner will be at the Min -y Mor on the 18th December. The raffle was won by Val Vine and flowers by Christine Leese. Next meeting will be the Annual General Meeting on 25th November.
The Bonfire and Firework Display evening commences at 6.30 pm with the lighting of the bonfire. A lantern parade will commence at 6.40 pm from the Leisure Centre towards the Bath House accompanied by Barmouth’s Batala Band. The fireworks display will then follow and promises to be a big lively event. Members of Barmouth Football Club along with volunteers will be collecting the generous donations from an appreciative audience to ensure that there will be money for next years event. There will be Free parking in main car park on the promenade so even if you just donate the money you would have paid to park that would be gratefully received. Hot food and drinks will be available. Members of the emergency services along with community groups have worked hard to make sure there is a safe fun and spectacular night, everyone is welcome to join in and enjoy the atmosphere.
If you would like your own website , as something for all the family to use or if you want something that showcases your skills or interests there is a free course being run at the Communities First offices on a Monday morning from 10am till 12, if you would like to have a go Barney will be pleased to welcome you. Contact the office on 01341 280979 for further details or call in any time.
The item about business rates in last week’s paper has made many local people check the amount they will have to pay next year. Dafydd Elis Thomas is compiling evidence of hardship that will be caused to small businesses by the new charges. If you wish to register your concern you may make contact by sending information to Sian Roberts, Plaid Cymru, 7 Bank Place, Porthmadog LL49 9AA . Further information about business rates is available on line at. www.2010.voa.gov.uk/ or at mybusinessrates.gov.uk/wales/rates.
Barmouth church services and activities for November and December.
The Remembrance service will be held at 10-45am. in St Johns Church, and on the 6th December there will be a special service in St David's church supporting troops who are serving abroad, the Church hope the people of Barmouth will go and join in prayer for these brave boys and girls.
On the 10th December there will be a Christmas Coffee Morning in the Dragon Theatre. On 13th December at 6pm there will be “ Carols by candlelight” in St Philips Church Caerdeon. Then on the 20th December the Barmouth carol service will take place in St David church at 6pm. The children's club starts on Friday 6th November 3-30-5pm,age group 8-11,all children are welcome, lots of great activities, outings, games.. Sunday school is held in St Johns every Sunday morning at 11 am. The last session of the children's club will be on the 11th December, members will be taking part in a walking nativity from the school to St David's Church, complete with a donkey, it will end with a small party to celebrate Jesus’ Birthday.
Melville Penzer, Chairman of the Dragon Theatre Management Committee, welcomed a capacity audience to the Gala Celebration of the Theatres 50th anniversary. He paid tribute to those responsible for the creation of the facility, for their foresight and to the numerous individuals who over the years have worked on the expansion and redevelopment of the building. He expressed sadness that two key figures of more recent times; Harrison Wilde and Colin Havercroft could not be present to see the culmination of their work He also commended the work of the various groups that have grown up with the theatre and for the work they do to keep the place alive and relevant to the needs of the current community. Making a hasty escape from the stage to the lighting box the evening’s musical entertainment began. The choice of Gilbert and Sullivan echoed the opening night of the theatre, this time with members of the D’oyly Carte opera company on stage reviving the memories amongst so many in the audience of the times that they have been on stage with local productions of these fast paced and memory challenging musical extravaganzas. Those present felt that this had been an excellent way to celebrate having thoroughly enjoyed the quality and quantity of the programme presented to them.
On 22nd October the Lit and Deb Society met for one of their best ever talks; given by Jack Grasse on the much loved local mountain Cader Idris. With SSSI status for its geology the slides giving examples of volcanic and glacial activity were fascinating. Also of great interest were the plants to be found and the reasons for their survival. Some of the history was discussed leading on to examples of modern day management and the people that have been involved with that work. Barry Rampton gave a very appreciative vote of thanks.
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This years event is coming together well and the organisers have worked hard to ensure that it will be a good event, the latest addition to the plans is that Fairbourne Railway will be running an evening train on Thursday 5th November 2009, leaving Fairbourne at approx 6.30pm. This will enable spectators to watch the Barmouth firework display from the Fairbourne side and the train will return once the firework display is over. In Barmouth the road will be closed so that everyone can move about safely.
The annual general meeting of the Barmouth Environmental Group will be held in the arts room of the Dragon theatre on Tuesday 17th November at 6.30 pm. Members are urged to make an effort to attend in order to show support for the committee. Matters for inclusion on the agenda should be communicated to the secretary on 01341 280 874, or by email at Abermaw@aol.com without delay.
BLUES AT THE DRAGON
Paul Cowley acoustic blues guitarist, and Rob Venables harmonica, gave a sterling performance to an enthusiastic audience, in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre, on Friday 23rd October. As well as many tried and tested old favourites, Paul sang some of his own compositions, whilst accompanied by Rob, in his usual never ending variety of harmonicas and styles. The atmosphere in the Arts Room was warm and welcoming, and the music was stirring…a good time was had by all.
U3A October Meeting
Parlwr Mawr, at the Dragon Theatre, was pretty full for the October meeting, when Margaret Dunn from Beddgelert gave an extremely interesting presentation on the dating of old houses in North Wales. Settlements and houses were covered, from the Bronze and Iron Age hut circles frequently seen on the surrounding hills of Barmouth, to the cruck houses of the 16th Century. Wendy Bramley thanked everyone for their generosity during a recent charity walk in which she took part, the usual monthly stall sold some goodies, teas and coffees were served, and a good time was had by all. The next monthly gathering of the U3A will be on Wednesday 11th November, when the speaker will be Sue Alger, who is a free-range pig farmer from Arthog. Her presentation will be entitled ‘Life in the Muck’. This winter, the U3A will be meeting in Parlwr Mawr, on the second Wednesday of the month. Anyone interested in seeing what the U3A is about is welcome to attend, especially those interested in possibly becoming members.
Do you want to get active this winter? Do you want to improve your health & fitness? Would you to go to the gym on your own but can’t find anyone to go with?Are you apprehensive about using gym equipment? If you have answered yes to any of the above then we are able to help. The Pavilion Leisure Centre is offering 10 weeks of informal, staffed gym sessions that will run twice a week commencing 2nd of November 09. The sessions will be on Mondays 12pm – 1.00pm and Thursdays 5.00pm – 6.00pm. Each session only costs £1.00 and all participants will receive a free gym induction. There are only 15 spaces available so sign up today. For more information please contact the centre on 01341 280 111.
Pastor Dawn Robinson conducted Baptisms for members of the Elim Pentecostal Church on October 11th . She would like to express thanks to the owners of Sarn Faen caravan park for the use of their pool for this joyus occasion.
Sufficient names were given to the returning officer to ensure that there will be an election in Barmouth . If you would like to stand for the vacant seat on the Town Council you will need to get your nomination papers into the returning officer by 30th October. The date set for the election is Thursday 26th November. The election relates only to the vacant seat and does not affect sitting members. Details of the nomination process are available at the Library and from the Returning Officer Gwynedd Council. The Electoral section of Cyngor Gwynedd can be contacted on 01341 424311.
Llanaber Masters Golf Toumament
The 2009 Llanaber Masters Golf Toumament was held at Royal St. David's Golf Club, Harlech. With the number of participants significantly up on 2008 a keenly contested competition was anticipated and did not disappoint. Winner of the coveted 'Masters Red Jacket' for 2009 was local golfer Brett Wheatley whose score of 32 Stableford proved to be a comfortable winning margin over the Runner-Up, another local man, 80 year old Derek Hurrell. Other prize winners were: Shortest Drive -65 yards -Peter Coles who ironically had travelled the longest distance, from Milford Haven Longest Drive -267 yards -Geoff Challenor 'Bottom of the Year' Geoff Challenor. Team Event -was won by Brett Wheatley, Derek Hurrell and Phil Hill.
The monthly meeting of the Management Committee was held on Monday 19th October with Melville Penzer Chairing. He expressed his concern at the illness of Colin Havercroft who was in hospital. Further progress on the committee becoming a company would be made with an advisor on October 26th. The Manager, Allison Williams, gave a written report on all the activity during a very busy September and October, and thanked the volunteers who had helped at events. Treasurer, Geraldine Vincent, gave a detailed report of finance, members are now looking to celebrate the 50th Anniversary with a Gala Evening on Friday 30th October. Tickets cost £12 and are available at the theatre with bookings already going very well.
Sponsored Ride ( Picture show Barmouth youngsters on the Promenade after their sponsored ride for B.R.A.)
Thank you and well done to all the children in the above picture: Back row Cai, Ellen, Morgen, Front row: Dana Charlotte, Chloe and Callum, who took part in the sponsored cycle ride along the Promenade and back on Sunday 18th October to raise money for the Barmouth Residents association. The amount raised was £50.
Brilliant and sad
Hijinx Theatre Company is one of the most highly acclaimed travelling companies in the country. It is based in Cardiff and booked by theatres across Wales to take the imaginative, colourful and simply brilliant plays and shows out to audiences in their own communities. Whenever this company comes to Barmouth audiences are amazed and thrilled by what a fantastic spectacle a touring group can deliver. Saturday nights production, a grown ups version of Gullivers Travels, was stunningly good, one of those “You had to be there “ nights, far to clever and complex to describe in a few lines. The sad part was that they had an audience of 24 people.
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The recent Coffee Morning, held at Mynydd Y Mor, raised the excellent sum of £268 for MacMillan cancer Support. Lin and Ken who organised the event send their thanks to everyone for their donations.
On Friday 23rd October at the W.I. hall in Talybont there will be a “Special evening of Clairvoyance” with talented Medium John Deveraux. The event runs from 7pm till 10pm. Entrance will cost £4 including refreshments.
The first meeting of the new season was held on Thusday 15th October. Sadly the new President, Mr Colin Havercroft, was unable to be present due to illness. His place was taken by Mrs Rae Cleaver, Immediate past President. A minute silence was held in tribute to Mr Harrison Wilde, Mr Jack Lauder and Mrs Peggy Walk, who have all died during 2009. The Society’s good wishes to Colin, with the hope of a speedy recovery. Traditionally the first meeting of the season is Presidents evening , Colin had chosen to invite Mrs Fiona Collins, a renowned story teller. She kept the audience enthralled with three of her tales of Welsh myth and legend. She was thanked, warmly, by David Clayton. The next meeting, on October 22nd will be addressed by Mr Jack Grasse on the subject of “ Cader”. Visitors and new members are always welcomed. Membership programmes are available at meetings and from the Communities First office.
Pastor Dawn Robinson conducted Baptisms for members of the Elim Pentecostal Church on October 11th . She would like to express thanks to the owners of Sarn Faen caravan park for the use of their pool for this joyus occasion.
Sensei Petros, and all students from the Doragon Karate Club, would like to thank the following people for their kind donations to their recent course held at the Barmouth Leisure Centre. Mrs Buddug Jones, Heol Llewelyn, Barmouth: Harbour Fish & Chip Shop, Barmouth: Riverside Stores, Llwyngwril: Lemon Grass Restaurant, Dolgellau: L&L Barmouth: J&B Willbrooks, Dyffryn Ardudwy: Phil & Mark, Park Road, Barmouth.
The Service at the Talybont Spiritualist Church on Thursday evening will welcome Martin Polley as guest medium. Further details of services can be obtained by calling Gail on 07730945849.
The 50th Anniversary event for Barmouth Dragon Theatre is fast approaching, tickets for the Gilbert and Sullivan evening with D’Oyly Carte Theatre company are selling well, if you do not want to miss out on this celebratory evening you can contact the box office on 281697.
On Friday 23rd October there will be a superb opportunity to enjoy an evening of top quality Acoustic Blues featuring Singer/Songwriter Paul Cowley and Harmonica player Rob Venables. They will be playing in the arts room from 7-30pm. Entry will cost £6-50
Hijinx theatre company will be playing their unique version of Gullivers travels on Saturday night in the Dragon Theatre starting at 7-30pm tickets can be bought at the door. A good chance for all ages to enjoy an evening of live theatre.
Barmouth Juniors held a fund raising Presentation Evening on Saturday 17th of October to celebrate the achievements of those who participated in the sponsored walk to the George on the 5th of September. The sponsor money from the walk alone raised an unbelievable £1050 and to top it off the evening raised an impressive £250 through raffles and games. Many Thanks go to all the Children and Parents who took part in the walk and also to everyone who attended the evening in support of the club.
A Special Thank you must go to Katie Price and Tracy Judd for all their hard work and effort that went in to collecting raffle prizes and preparing games and food for the evening, a fun time was had by all. Please Come and Support the team once again on Saturday the 31st of October at the Fancy Dress Halloween Disco at The Buffs RAOB Club starting at 5.30PM, all children Under 12 welcome.
U3A October Meeting.
The Barmouth U3A will be meeting for its’ first gathering of the winter, in Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre on Wednesday 14th October. The meeting will start at 2.00pm, and conclude at approximately 4.00pm. The speaker will be Margaret Dunn, who will give a presentation on the Dating of Old Houses in North Wales. As usual, the meeting will start with a cup of tea and an opportunity to meet others. It is not only open to members, but also to anyone who may be interested in joining, or simply in seeing what activities the organisation is involved in. Those intending to attend should note that meetings will now be held in Parlwr Mawr, as opposed to the Arts Room, and on a Wednesday, as opposed to a Tuesday.
SPRINGFIELD STREET PRODUCTIONS.
Springfield Street Productions will be holding an audition/reading in the Royal Ship Hotel, Dolgellau at 7.30pm on Thursday 15th October. This will be to cast the hilarious comedy ‘Death by Fatal Murder’ by Peter Gordon to be staged in the spring of 2010. Everyone welcome. Do not miss the return of the bungling Inspector Pratt!!
More info contact Ed on 01341421097 or e-mail email@example.com
BARMOUTH MUSIC WORKSHOP.
Paul Cowley, blues guitarist, and Rob Venables, harmonica, will be appearing in the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre, on Friday, 23rd October at 7.30pm. Paul, one of the founding members of the Sutton Blues Collective in Sutton Coldfield, is a fingerstyle and slide guitar player and singer. He leads his own band, and has been recorded, and performed on radio on many occasions. Rob, who is from Tywyn and already well known in the area, has recorded numerous tunes that have been used in commercials on television here and in the USA. Both artists have played with names such as Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes, Chris Farlow, Chris Jagger, The Climax Blues Band and many others. Together, they form a duo that will enthral any lover of the blues. Tickets will be £6.50 with concessions. Further details, Danny Jones, 01341 280903)
If you remember Radio Caroline and Radio Luxembourg you will know the inspiration for this months Film Club choice of “The boat that rocked” Set in the 60’s it tells the story of how innovative people got round the broadcasting laws and created the phenomenon that shaped the music radio that we have today. Showing on Friday 16th October the tickets will cost £4 and concessions £3 at the Dragon theatre.
Hijinx theatre company have been to Barmouth’s Dragon Theatre many times and always get highly praised for the imaginative productions that they bring. On Saturday 24th at 7-30pm they will, in their own special way, tell the story of Gulliver and his travels. The fact that this has a PG rating indicates that it is not a bedtime story production. If you never go to the theatre give this a try it just might open up a new world to you. Tickets cost £7 for adults and £4for children.
Tucked away in a drawer, sitting in a box, do you have items that relate to the history or development of the Dragon Theatre. As the 50th Anniversary of the opening approaches the management committee are seeking to mount an exhibition of artefacts this could include posters, pictures, costumes whatever you have please contact the theatre on 281697. Tickets for the celebration evening on 30th October at which past and present members of D’Oyly Carte Opera will perform excerpts from various Gilbert and Suyllivan operas are available through the box office. The choice of performance reflects the opening night of 50 years ago.
Barmouth’s bonfire, firework display and guy competition
The ‘Guy’ Competition, on Wednesday 4th November 2009. is open to young people up to the age of 17, it will be held at the Youth Club at 2pm. There was a fantastic response to last year’s competition with 22 ‘Guys’ in total. Also as part of the event children from Ysgol y Traeth will parade from the school to the Leisure Centre with their Guys. The competition is free, with free refreshments and prizes. Judging will be conducted by a panel of selected community members. This all leads up to the Bonfire & Firework Display on Thursday 5th November. The venue will be the beach area between the Bath House and Ynys y Brawd. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm. At 6.40pm there will be a lantern parade by children from Ysgol y Traeth from the Leisure Centre towards the Bath House. Hot food, burgers, hot dogs and hot drinks will be available on the night in the area which will be closed to all traffic from 5pm until 8pm. The harbour road will be closed to vehicles from the junction of Church Street and vehicles will be directed to the promenade via Jubilee Road and to the main car park. Spectators will be directed along the promenade area by nominated marshals. Would you be able to assist on the night? If so, please contact PCSO Kath Lake-Bullen 07768 556 307 or Steve Morris 07775 730 113.
The new season of Society meetings begins on 15th October at 7-30 in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre. The meeting will be open to everyone, the speaker being Story Teller Fiona Collins who will recount myths and legends from around the world, including part of the Mabinogion. For this meeting only the entrance charge will be £3. Membership and Programmes for the rest of the season will be on sale the following week and can also be bought at Communities First office in Station Road.
The Church is is friendly and open to everyone, they meet every Thursday at 7pm for a 7-30 start. Meetings are held at the W.I. hall in Talybont. Next weeks mediums will be Darren and Victoria. Entry costs £2-50 which includes a raffle ticket. Any enquiries please to Gail on 07730945849.
The Junior Football club presentation evening will be held on Saturday, 17th October, in the Buffs Club and will start at 4pm. This will be a celebration of the teams successes and an opportunity to raise some much needed funds for the club. There are some good prizes to be won so it is worth going along to support the young players and help them.
On Sunday 27th September a street party was held in Heol y Llan, Barmouth in aid of Help for Heroes. The organisers would like to thank all the residents who donated, gave their time and made food and supported us on the day. There was a couple of stalls, free food and drinks, an official Help for Heroes stall and there was a raffle and tombola which was possible due to the generosity of local businesses and individuals. There will be official ‘Thank you letters’ for the businesses to display the total raised which was £652.77. This was £460 from the Street party and a donation of £192.77 from Barmouth’s Batala Band, a very big thank you to all. The organizers would also like to say a big thanks to young Josh Jones for giving up his afternoon to run the children’s games. Another big thank you goes to Carol Power for bringing down the army Land Rover. Fun was had by all who attended and for those who did not - please join us next year as this is an extremely important cause and you will have fun I promise!
4-10-09 Barmouth News
U3A October Meeting.
The Barmouth U3A will be meeting for its’ first gathering of the winter, in Parlwr Mawr at the Dragon Theatre on Wednesday 14th October. The meeting will start at 2.00pm, and conclude at approximately 4.00pm. The speaker will be Margaret Dunn, who will give a presentation on the Dating of Old Houses in North Wales. As usual, the meeting will start with a cup of tea and an opportunity to meet others. It is not only open to members, but also to anyone who may be interested in joining, or simply in seeing what activities the organisation is involved in. Those intending to attend should note that meetings will now be held in Parlwr Mawr, as opposed to the Arts Room, and on a Wednesday, as opposed to a Tuesday.
However big home T.V. screens get they still can’t create the atmosphere of a real cinema, that is why it is worth going along to the Dragon on Saturday afternoon at 2-3opm to get the full experience of a big screen show. When aliens attack the Earth, the monsters must step up and become heroes, to rescue humanity. The all-star voice cast features in this children’s blockbuster from Dreamworks Animation. Tickets cost just £3
On Sunday, 11th , in the Dragon Theatre, between noon and 4pm there will be a one stop shop event for all people thinking about planning a wedding. If you go along there will be ideas, inspiration and exclusive special offers for your big day. From dresses, cakes, cars and flowers, to video and photography, go and sample the finest wedding services in Wales. Entry is free so take all your friends with you.
Rose Morris was very grateful for all the messages, prayers and kindness shown during the last few months and would like to let everyone know how much she appreciates their kind thoughts.
Surprise surprise this year’s Community Bonfire with fireworks will be held on November 5th. Building on last year’s success the team from the Emergency Services and the Barmouth Residents Association have plans to make it even better. You can help by getting involved; there are various ways to do this. You could, providing you are under 17 take part in the “Build the best guy” competition that will be held in the Youth Club on November 4th from 2pm. Individual and group entries are allowed. Alternatively you could help with crowd control as a Marshall , designer Hi Viz vests supplied. Please talk to PCSO Kath Lake Bullen if you are available for this. The children of Ysgol Y Traeth will be having a Lantern Parade too, but if adults want to make lanterns as well that will add to the atmosphere. The starting time for the fun will be 6-3opm. If you have wood, and please nothing else, you can take it to the site by the Bath House actually on the 5th, if it is taken earlier it will have to be removed as a hazard.
There had been concern that the concessionary travel arrangements that operated last year would not be available this winter. It is know believed that the scheme restarted on Sunday 4th October and will run till 26th March next year along the Cambrian Coast line. Holders of the Gwynedd bus pass will be able to make use of the rail facility, but it would be wise to check if any restrictions or limits have been imposed, when planning your trip.
Each Thursday evening the Talybont Independent Spiritualist Church meets at the W.I. hall in the village. They welcome all who are interested. Services start at 7-30pm and have a different Medium each week. The £2-50 entry fee includes refreshments and a raffle. Healing is also offered after the service. Gail can be contacted on 01341 280112 for more information.
The annual holiday was in Blackpool and included visits to the British Commercial Vehicle Museum, Fleetwood, Southport, Lakeside Steam Railway a boat trip on Lake Windermere and to the Joe Longthorne show. A tired but happy crew got on the coach laughing and got off exactly the same. Next years holiday has been booked in Scarborough, there are a few places left so if interested please contact Tina Hughes on 01341 280840. Before that there will be an Xmas Dinner at Shell Island on Friday December 11th, if you ant to go please contact Tina as above. The cost will be approximately £22.
On October 30th the Dragon Theatre will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Management Committee are marking the event by bringing in a West End production of Gilbert and Sullivan works by past and present members of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. It is billed as a Gala Evening, one that will be, a night to remember for the next fifty years. Tickets will be on sale and can be reserved by calling the box office on 01341 281697.
The Staff of Hafod Mawddach are planning a sponsored walk up Snowdon on 24th October (weather permitting). They are hoping to raise money for the Residents Amienety Fund, most of the money raised from the walk will be used for entertainment and presents for christmas. If anyone would like to join us, or sponsor the staff, please call in at Hafod Mawddach or phone to speak to one of the staff on 01341 280053. Your support is always welcome.
Contemporaries of Roger Hough (age 65) may remember him from schooldays. He has just been made a Distinguished Member of the International Society of Petroleum Engineers, a rare award, for his services to the oil industry. Roger was educated at Barmouth Primary and Grammar schools, moving to Harlech School in 1956. His degree in Applied Mineral Sciences from Leeds University ensured his joining The Royal Dutch Shell Company, working with them for the next thirty years managing Well and Production Technology Research. Although retired for many years, Roger is still active, where he lives in Canada, giving lectures at Calgary University, and Industrial courses in the USA and Canada. His award ceremony took place in Calgary earlier this month.
As a new way of launching the autumn programme an open invitation has been issued by The Literary and Debating Society to a event in the Arts Room of the Dragon theatre. Fiona Collins a professional Story Teller will be delivering two or three stories, one of which will come from the Mabinogion. Since this evening will be promoting an historic, cultural tradition and will have appeal to many different strands of local interest Communities First will be paying the story tellers fee. All those attending this session on Thursday October 15th at a cost of £3 will also get a £1 discount on the annual membership of the Society if they wish to join. If you are interested in developing a local storytelling group this could be the ideal starting point.
Do you want to learn to cook simple, good, tasty food but never quite got round to it? A free course is being offered to Barmouth residents over four Thursdays starting October 8th from 10am till 4pm in Dolgellau college. You will need to be able to make your own way to the college. If interested please speak to Denise in the Communities First office or call 01341 280979, help with child care costs may also be available.
Following on from the recent free taster session Drama and Theatre classes will be run every Wednesday at the Dragon Theatre in conjunction with Theatr Harlech. Timings are : Tots3-5yrs 4 till 4-30pm, 6 –10 years 4-30 till 5-30 and for older young people 11-16 from 6 till 7-30pm. There will be a very small charge for participants
The weekly services at Talybont Spiritualist Church attract a loyal following with a different Medium visiting weekly. The guest this week will be Sandra Mosses. Following the service there will be a healing session. Refreshments are also served to round off the evening. As always the entrance fee is £2-50. Further details can be obtained from Gail on 01341 280112.
The September meeting was opened by the President Mari O’Rourke who welcomed everyone. Meirion was sung to the accompaniment of Blodwen Comerford. Birthday greeting were given to many members and a Get Well message was sent to Rose Morris whgo had gone to hospital. Mari then read a card that had been sent by the niece of the recently deceased Peggy Walk. Minutes were read and agreed. Then everyone who had made food for the Netta Irvine Cup was thanked. It was announced that on Friday 2nd October anyone can go along to the Leisure Centre and play indoor bowls for 50p a game, those interested should ring the centre on 01341 280111 for precise timings. Peter Bunce was then introduced who gave his very interesting talk on “Ringing the Barmouth bells” he had taken a model of a bell tower to show a little of the workings. He was thanked, warmly on behalf of the membership by Ann Williams. Splendid refreshments were made by the hostesses of the evening Christine Leese, Rosemary Perry and Pat Bunce. Raffle was won by Val Vine and the flowers by Ann Williams. The next meeting will be held on October 28th.
Barmouth Juniors Football Club will be having a Presentation and Fund Raising Event in the Buffs Club on Saturday 17th October at 4pm. There will be a raffle, tombola , lucky dip and buffet. There will be a Certificate Presentation to all the children who completed the Sponsored Walk. If you have any prizes that you would like to donate for the event please contact Tracy Judd 07851922835 or Katie Price 01341 280603. The teams are doing really well and the kids are putting in a lot of effort, your support would be greatly valued. By having strong local clubs kids learn to work together and develop good character and discipline, their commitment and that of the organisers makes this an important community asset.
Billed as an event for everyone this event is being staged in Dolgellau between 10am and 3pm at the Leisure Centre and the fire Station. Over 40 organisations including Health, Police and Fire Services will take part offering services such as blood pressure checks, advice and information along with exercise taster sessions and alternative therapy advice. A free coach is being provided from and back to Barmouth, please talk to Denise Bott at Communities First for further details on 01341 280979. The day is being coordinated by Mantell Gwynedd who can be contacted on 01341 422575.
20-09-09 Barmouth News
A sanctuary of love and light with medium Craig Sefton will take place at Talybont Spiritualist Church on Thursday evening. The service will start at 7-30 and the £2-50 entrance includes refreshments after the service and entry to the raffle. For more details call Gail on 01341 280112
The Freshfields animal charity shop in Church street would like to publicly acknowledge a donation that they received. The collection at the recent funeral of Mr C Lisle amounted to £148-47 which was donated in his memory to the charity. The generous help is greatly appreciated and will help in the valuable work they do.
|On Saturday 12th September an event was organised on Talbot Square, the first of its kind, but hopefully the start of many. On a fine afternoon there was plenty to do, the Samba Band played, there was a children’s fancy dress competition as seen in the picture. Cllr Trevor Roberts was one of the judges for the competition. The competition for best decorated pram went to Riley and Lewis, Bonny Baby was Riley, 5 and under by Ethan and 5-10 yrs by Ciaran. In other games Hugshon had the highest score in the Bean Bag game, Jude won the Ball Game, Carlie guessed that there were 153 sweets in the jar and Alysha guessed the weight of the sweets at 600 grams. The Tombola raffle and stalls netted a total of £255 which will go towards the Community Bonfire Event that is being organised by the Fireworks Committee. Rita And Delyth wish to thank everyone who helped with the organisation and running of the event, especially Dolly and to Karen Hills for stepping in to help on the day and to everyone who donated prizes. The group are considering running a Car boot sale on the estate around half term, if you can help organise this please talk to Rita or to Delyth, if you don’t know them call in to the Communities First office and they will put you in touch.|
There will be an update meeting at the Dragon Theatre on Wednesday 30th September at 7pm in Parlwr Mawr. It will be a chance to get feedback on the outcome of the last meeting and to raise any new issues that come to mind. P.C.S.O. Kath Lake-Bullen will be there and it will be an opportunity to meet P.C. Gareth Jones who has taken over from Mike Humphreys as Community Beat Manager.
Many in town will be familiar with the sight of Carl Heywood moving around town using a long white cane since he lost most of his vision following a stroke some years ago. Recently he was waiting at the bus stop in Jubilee road at the time when many youngsters were on their way home from school. He was delighted with the help, politeness and consideration shown to him by the young people around him. They ensured that he got the right bus and made sure he had a seat. He was keen to make public his praise because all too often it is the negative stories that seem to be given precedence. It is thought that the youngsters concerned were from Ysgol y Gader.
Local Area Trading Schemes are gaining popularity as a way of exchanging goods and services without the use of cash. Essentially each hour has a value, this can then be used to buy services that are needed. The scheme can cover anything from lawn mowing, form filling, letter writing, handyman type jobs. If you would like to know more there will be an informal meeting at Communities First offices on Monday 28th September at 2pm. Simon Jones from the Wales cooperative Centre will be on hand with local organisers to talk about how the scheme can be set up and managed. If you would like to be involved in any way please go to that meeting, you will be made welcome.
On Saturday night Barmouth’s Dragon Theatre welcomed the enormous talents of Rhys Meirion, who was joined in concert by Brian, Miriam and Daniel Hughes all of whom displayed magical musicality and worked together to produce a truly memorable evening of music. The mix of composers and genre ensured that the audience were roundly entertained. There was a warm interaction with the audience that created an excellent atmosphere. The experiment of repeating a song firstly sung by Rhys Meirion then repeated with his part being taken by the Alto Flute in the hands of Miriam was a great success. Daniels choice of folk tunes added further pleasure to the programme. Brian’s narration and explanation of works added to the understanding and enjoyment of the concert.
Iain Dixon, nationally renowned saxophone player, guides an evening jam session with local members of the weekend jazz workshop he is tutoring in a free session at the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre on 26th September, Saturday night, from 7-30pm. The bar will be open
BARMOUTH AND DYFFRYN UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB.
Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club has continued its successful start to the 2009-10 Football Season with a 4-0 First Team victory over Amlwch Town last Saturday. As a result the First Team has maintained its place as second in the Welsh Alliance League. The Team now faces further tough fixtures, including an away match against Flint Town FC in the Welsh Cup Second Round on Saturday, 3rd October. Club supporters and spectators will be particularly welcome at this important Welsh Cup fixture. With this in mind the Club has arranged for a coach to be available to take Club supporters, as well as our players, to the match and return. The coach will leave the Mermaid Fish Bar, Barmouth, at 11am, with 30 seats reserved for Club supporters. Coach tickets will cost £10 per person, payable in advance. If you would like to reserve a seat please contact Wil Huntley, Club Chairman, ASAP, either in the Mermaid Fish Bar, or by phone, 079127 48875, or contact Brian Wood, tel no 01341 280103. As well as successful Team results, the Club has continued to raise significant funds to help finance the Club's ambitious plans to improve our facilities for spectators. The Club's latest initiative was a raffle for a Manchester United shirt signed by the Manchester United players. The draw for this raffle took place on Saturday, 19th September, when the winner was Kevin Chambers. The Club wishes to thank the many people who bought raffle tickets, and thereby support our Football Club.
12-09-09 Barmouth News
Several years ago, in response to the dire effects of the Foot and Mouth crisis and to take full advantage of the wonderful surrounding landscape, Barmouth Publicity Association instigated the Festival of Walking. The event has developed and increased in popularity, earning a place on the shortlist for a Wales Tourism award in 2007. This year’s festival begins on Saturday the 19th and continues until Monday the 28th of September. 30 walks take place over the 10 days, graded to suit all levels of ability and guided by local walk leaders chosen for their knowledge and experience. Bookings are already up by 30 percent on last year and so far 66 walkers have registered to undertake a total of 237 walks. The website: www.barmouthwalkingfestival.co.uk gives further information and copies of the festival brochure, detailing all the walks, are available from the Tourist Information Centre on Barmouth Station. It is possible to just turn up on the day but booking is recommended, as some walks have proved very popular.
The Talybont Independent Community Spiritualist Church will welcome Margaret Jones on Thursday 17th September as guest medium Doors will open at 7pm and commence service at 7-30 As usual refreshments will be served after the service. Further information is available from Gail on 01341 280112
There is a vacant seat on the Barmouth Town Council, if you wish to see this resolved by election it is necessary for ten electors to sign a letter requesting an election by 12 noon on Friday 25th September and send it to the Returning officer, Gwynedd Council, Council offices, Caernarfon Gwynedd LL55 1SH. If an election is not requested the town Council will take steps to fill the seat. The formal notice to this effect can be seen in the window of Communities First in Station Road and on the town notice board on Talbot Square and in the Library.
We sadly record the passing on Sept 1st of Mrs Sheila James (nee Roberts) formally of Barmouth. She leaves a daughter Karen and son Brian and brother Glyn. She was laid to rest on the 9th Sept 2009.
There will be a Concert on Saturday evening 19th September at 7-30pm in the Dragon Theatre It will feature the superb Tenor voice of Rhys Meirion who will be accompanied by the highly talented family instrumentalists Brian, Miriam and Daniel Hughes. To have a singer of this calibre in Barmouth is a real treat as he now sings in opera houses around the world and made his Australia debut playing the poet Rodolfo in La Boheme in Sydney opera house.He is an established recording artist too. Tickets will cost £12 , they can be ordered in advance by calling Mair Jones on 01341 280392 or they can be purchased at the door.
The Barmouth Arts Festival is being hailed a success by the organisers and the audiences who have heaped praise on the choices made for this year. Audience levels have been good. The Wide variety appealed to many different audiences; On Monday the irrepressible energy of American Organist Carlo Curley ensured that everyone heard and understood every note of his repertoire Mike Parkers talk on his writing and broadcasting was warmly received, The Vicar of Dibley was greatly enjoyed by a large audience, The search for Ol Man River resulted in the very enjoyable find of Huw Morgan and Ingrid Surgenor who delighted an appreciative and attentive following while the Bohemians really brought the house down with dancing in the aisles . The younger generation had their own session with Swsi Kemp and her puppet workshop while Rhos Ladies Choir were a pure delight to everyone who heard them with their lively mixed programme and energetic presentation.
The monthly meting of the Barmouth U3A was held on Wednesday 9th September in Parlwr Mawr, Dragon theatre. The guest speaker was Huw Jenkins whose subject as “Snowdonia and Slovenia”. Having lived and worked in Slovenia for four years he got to know both the area and its people. Like Snowdonia Slovenia has a national park. Slides were shown depicting the similarities and the contrasts of the two countries flora and fauna. His presentation and enthusiasm was greatly appreciated by the audience . Currently Huw lives in Maentwrog and is marketing Director of a quarterly, bi-lingual, magazine Natur Cymru , The Nature of Wales. A subscription to the magazine was won by Lindsey Burton. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 14th October when the speaker will be, Margaret Durre. As always visitors and new members are offered a warm welcome
06-09-09 Barmouth News
Barmouth and Dyffryn United held a Family Fun Day on the damp Bank Holiday weekend, Parents and children took part in a Family Affair 6 a-side tournament with a strong turn out and lots of support. The winners were presented with the Eric Jones Commemoration Shield by his Daughter, Many Thanks to Brenda for braving the traffic to attend. In the Afternoon past and Present Barmouth Players came together for a Veterans match in which the Veterans were victorious. An Enjoyable Day was had by all, and it is The Clubs intention to make this an annual Event, hopefully attracting more teams next year. The Club would like to thank everyone who participated and showed their support, especially Wendy, Miriam and Denise for raising valuable funds in the tea hut.
The residents of Hafod Mawddach are enjoying watching their new flat screen digital T.V. Part of the funds for this were raised during a coffee evening at Hafod Mawddach which was organised by The Friends Of Hafod Mawddach, whose support throughout the year is much appreciated by the staff and residents. Our thanks also goes to the Rotary Club in Dolgellau, and Mr and Mrs Gibbons who have also given a donation. Money has also been raised in Hafod Mawddach on a weekly bonus ball game, which the residents enjoy. We are continuously raising funds for the Residents Amenity Fund which provides them with activities, concerts, outings etc.
A free basic cookery course is being offered to local people. The course will run over four Thursdays, starting on 8th October with a break on 29th to accommodate the college half term. The sessions will be from 10am till 4pm in the college at Dolgellau and are paid for by Communities First. If you are a single person needing ideas on healthy, practical and inexpensive meals this could be for you. Please contact Communities First in Station Road for more details. Transport is not provided but car share may be possible.
The Why-Not Drop-In held their first ever Coffee Morning last Thursday in Parlwr Bach. Much planning and many invitations ensured a good flow of people through the door. The group had gathered prizes for the raffle and the tombola and had made cakes and preserves to be sold on the day. As an extra bonus the Treasurer Dawn Robinson was presented with a cheque for £157 by Craig Dobbins who had taken part in the Bala Lake Challenge to raise funds for the group, an effort for which he was widely congratulated. Also present at the event were representatives from the Mawddach Rotary Mind Café as well as the development worker from Tan y Maen in Blaennau Ffestiniog. The total collected on the day was £107 which made the event worthwhile and has encouraged the group to start planning for the next event, near to Christmas. Funds are being raised to enable people who would spend Christmas Day alone to get together and enjoy a meal in a festive atmosphere.
Talybont Independent Community Spiritualist Church will open on Thursday 10th September. The doors will open at 7pm and the service will start at 7-30pm in the W.I. hall in Talybont. Everyone will be made welcome, those wanting further information should talk to Gail on 01341 280112
Mike Triggs is well known locally for his fund raising efforts based on the carpets that he creates from donated wool. Over the years he has used themes such as the Air Ambulance and the Castles of Wales. This year he created two rugs in colourful designs that were used as prizes in a “Guess the date” competition. An independent draw was conducted at the Communities First office at which the winning tickets were December 18th Kane Triggs and November 9th Andrew James. From the entries a total sum of £254 was raised. This will now be presented to two local groups, Age Concern will receive £100 and the Hard of Hearing Club will receive £154.
The " SINGING FOR FUN GROUP "will be meeting on Wednesday !6th September at 2pm. in the Parlwr Mawr. And from then on the third Wednesday of each month. We hope to see all of our regular singers and if anyone else wishes to have an afternoon of music and laughter you will be most welcome. You do not need to be a "good singer" just be willing to join in or even listen, we sing a wide variety of songs to suit everyone’s taste and welcome suggestions of what to sing from all of the group. So come on don't be shy. Further detail if needed from Evelyn on 01341 250 428
Despite the wind and rain on August 15th many supporters braved the weather to attend the Coffee Morning held at Parlwr Mawr in aid of Huntingdon’s Disease research. The main sponsor of the event was LL DIY home and Garden Centre, Barmouth. Raffle prizes wee also donated by many other businesses in the town and this was also much appreciated. The generosity of all who supported this event resulted in over £1200 being raised for research into Huntingdons disease. Thanks to all who helped bring about this excellent result.
The 35th Barmouth Arts Festival opened on Saturday night with a glittering Gala music show. Cllr Evie Morgan opened the festival complimenting the organisers on the programme that they have produced and for the consistent standards they attain. He talked about his long association with both Barmouth, from school days and with the festival itself. The programme was non stop and packed in an amazing array of multi-lingual music. It would be unfair to single out individual performers or pieces and in this case unnecessary as these international performers maintained the highest of musical standards throughout. The names Eirian Owen, Sian Meinir, Diana Palmerston Alewd Wyn Davies and Tom Gwanas instantly convey an understanding of the quality that was on offer.
This event used to be called the Literary Lunch and has formed part of the Arts Festival for many years. This year however that title can rightly be re-used since the speaker for this years Festival lunch at Bae Abermaw was Richard Paramore who has not only learned Welsh but has attained a standard that enables him to write for both English and Welsh media. As an enthusiastic member of the U3A Writing Group, a number of his works was included in the “Joined up writing” book produced by them recently. Being an engaging speaker as well as very capable writer his audience thoroughly enjoyed listening to him speak after the excellent lunch that they had enjoyed in the comfortable surroundings of the hotel. Richard talk expressed the opinion that art is a two-sided contract between the creator and the observer no matter what the medium employed. He said that without active participation by both sides art is no more than paint on canvas, words on a page, he believes that the subjective viewing of the material gives works validity and fresh meaning at each encounter. In closing he encouraged everyone to be part of the many festivals that abound in this land and especially at the moment the Barmouth Arts festival.
On Friday evening the Bohemians, recognised as the premier Queen tribute band will be playing in the Dragon theatre at 7-30pm, before that, tonight Thursday, at 7-30 there will be “In search of Ol man river” a show about and featuring the music of Paul Robeson. On Saturday during the day Swsi Kemp will be making and performing with puppets from 2pm in the Dragon theatre, a session suitable for anyone over the age of two. On Saturday there will be a visit from the Rhos Ladies Choir from the Wrexham area which will ensure a rousing finale to the 35th annual festival.
Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club
The Barmouth and Dyffryn United Football Club has started the new football season in grand style. Our First Team has now won four of its first five Welsh Alliance League matches, as a result of which the Club is now second in the League table, just behind Rhydymwyn F C. This is our highest League ranking yet, following our promotion to this League a year ago. Our next major challenge will take place on Saturday, 12th September, when we compete against Buckley Town at our home ground at Wern Mynach in the Welsh Cup, Round One-our first challenge at this level for 30 years. Kick-off will be at 2pm.
Theatre Harlech and the Dragon Theatre are joining forces to offer taster drama sessions to three age groups on Wednesday 23rd September in the Arts room of the Dragon. Each age group will be given the chance to try out different theatre skills to see if they want to join a series of drama workshops. The aim is to find actors and technicians who will come together to create a show to be performed in both Barmouth and Harlech theatres. Posters around town give details and notices will be going out to the schools in the area. Three age groups will be catered for: 3-5yrs 4 till 4-30, 6 to10yrs 4-30 till 5-30 and 11- 16’s from 6-00 till 7-00. If you want to know more please talk to Jaqui or Clare at theatre Harlech on 01766 780667 or just turn up on the day and see what’s happening. A vibrant youth drama group in Barmouth could make use of the well equiped theatres in the area and develop new young talent . If you are an adult with the enthusiasm and energy to help develop any of the performing arts locally you are invited to speak with Jaqui or Clare about their plans and see where you could fit in.
Sponsored Walk ( Picture shows Barmouth youngsters taking partin the sponsored walk to Penmaenpool)
On the 5th of September 2009 Barmouth Junior Football Teams consisting of under 7’s, under 9’s, under 11’s and under12’s participated in a sponsored walk from Ysgol y Treath, Barmouth to the George Hotel, Penmaenpool. The purpose for this event was to raise much needed funds to support the Barmouth Juniors Football Teams. The walk went really well and thankfully even though a dull day the rain held off. The children who participated were very well behaved and a big thank you must also be mentioned to all the parents who took part in the walk in support of their children. Funds are still being collected and the amount of money raised from the walk is not yet known. The club would like to thank everybody who contributed towards this event as it much appreciated
Barmouth News 15-08-09
Stage one of the digital switchover took place in Barmouth on Wednesday 19th August. At this point BBC2 analogue was turned off. If you can no longer receive this channel it may indicate that you are not ready to receive digital broadcasts. If you do not have a compatible television and have not obtained a set top box or satellite t.v. system you will find that from 16th September you will not receive broadcasts. Communities First have some leaflets that will help you understand what you need to do, literature is also being sent to every household by the organisers of the changeover.
On Friday 21st August there will be an open house session at the Community Health Council office in Arran House, Arran road Dolgellau. You will be able to find out about caring for and getting used to your hearing aid, local services that can be of help and about other equipment that could improve your quality of life. The doors are to be open from 9-30am till 1-30pm. RNID can give more help and advice, their number is 01978 318900.
On Sunday 30th August, on Bank holiday weekend there will be a producers fair in the Parlwrs of the Dragon Theatre. You will be able to view and purchase locally made items. The fair will open at 10am and run till 4pm
Dexi Britland passed out as a Welsh Guard at a ceremony on Friday 7th August. The inspection of the troops was carried out by William Hague M.P. The thoughts and prayers of his family and friends go with him and his fellow solders in these difficult times.
On Thursday 20th August Catrin O’Neil who is a Welsh Irish folk singer and songwriter will be in concert with Mike Lease and Chris Knowles. They will perform in the intimate atmosphere of the Arts Room at the Dragon Theatre from 8pm. The bar will also be open. Tickets will be sold at the door.
The sporting fun day arranged by Barmouth football clubs for Sunday 30th August is drawing a lot of interest. If you want to enter a team for the competition please call Craig Papyrnik on 07737993880 soon. Further details of the events for the day can be seen on the posters around town.
As part of the fund raising for this years November firework festival Delyth Morris is helping to arrange a Carnival on Talbot Square on 12th September. There will also be a Tombola . The Samba Band will be drumming up support and any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated by Delyth .
Two very entertaining but different plays are running at the Dragon Theatre this month. Bermo Arts’ Vicar of Dibley is playing to packed houses on Wednesday evenings while the visiting Criccieth Paradisii Theatre company’s Barefoot in the Park fills the Monday evening slot with a lively, witty, clever adaptation of the American comedy film. Both are excellent entertainment value at surprisingly low cost. Tickets can be bought at the door but since they are popular, don’t be late. Details of times and prices from the box office on 01341 2801697 and on posters locally.
This years Arts Festival will feature an exhibition of photographic works by invited local photo artists. Viewing of the works will take place during the week of the festival in the Arts Room during intermissions. It promises to be an interesting and varied collection. Tickets for events during the Festival are already on sale by phone and from 1st September there will be a box office facility in the theatre foyer. Orange leaflets can be found around town detailing this years exciting programme.
09-08-09 Barmouth news
On Wednesday the funeral of Mary Citrine Roberts was held in Christchurch. The principal mourners were her two sons Cllr Trevor Roberts and Christopher with their respective families and partners. Mary was always proud of the achievements of the two boys. The service drew attention to the many interests that had featured in a long life that had included service to the community through wartime nursing, Red Cross service and numerous others. Reference was made to her poetry writing, that had won awards and had appeared in no less a place than 10 downing street. The poem that appeared on the order of service had been sent to and acknowledged by Gordon Brown. Those at the funeral may not be aware that Mary had been a keen supporter of the samba Band, they, realising the significance of the day at their practice session went and played on the seafront in memory of their fan.
Vicky Stonehouse who is the eldest daughter of David and Carol Jones, Heol y Llan is celebrating her success. She has been working at Llandudno hospital while studying for a degree in nursing. On July 11th she was awarded a Batchelor of Nursing and as a result of the qualification she will now take up the post of Staff Nurse at the hospital. A former pupil of Ysgol Ardudwy she is congratulated by friends and family.
Many in town will know Cliff Probert, over the years he has developed many businesses in the town. He has also been a prolific writer in many genre. His play The New Bell is soon to be resurrected and a musical set in the 17th century is in development. Hot off the press now though is the sequel to Inheritance which he published in 2007. The new book entitled Bitter Harvest. Tells of hardship ultimately overcome and a bad marriage finding a good resolution. Set in the local area many will be reading and working out the true identity of some of the locations. Those who have read the U3a’s compilation Joined up writing will have had a taster of Cliffs writing as he was a contributor to that anthology. Copies of this work can be found at Goodies coffee shop in Barmouth and in good book shops.
Bermo Arts summer production opened to a full house on Wednesday last. The popular t.v. comedy has been brought to live audiences by a talented group of local actors, film makers and under the direction of Ann Court. Tickets are on sale on the door for performances that begin at 7-30 each Wednesday, forward bookings can be made by calling 01341 281697.
The annual Coffee Morning is organised to raise money to continue research into this condition that is an hereditary disorder of the central nervous system. Both men and women are affected in adulthood with a range of symptoms. The event in Barmouth will be held in the Dragon Theatre on Saturday 15th August from 10am till 1pm there will also be a Grand Raffle, to be drawn at 12-30 and various stalls. Your support and interest in this area of health would be greatly appreciated by the organisers.
This production is the most competent amateur adaptation of a big screen film that anyone could wish for. The acting is superb, the story line is coherent, the humour is perfectly timed. Even the set is imaginative. Hope for rain on Monday to give you the excuse to be indoors on a summer evening, this is a play not to be missed. Paradisii Theatre Company come from Criccieth with this lively entertainment every Monday in August. Curtain up at 8pm.Tickets can be bought at the door or reserved by calling 01341 281697.
Thursday night is music night, tonight 13th Ben Walker will be live in the Arts room at the Dragon Theatre and next week 20th Catrin O’Neil Trio will be taking over the venue where the Welsh Irish folk singer and songwriter will be joined by Mike Lease on fiddle and Chris Knowles on Celtic Harp and Bouzouki. Two weeks of Celtic music to enhance your holiday experience and to showcase local supporting talent.
02-08-09 Barmouth News
FRIENDS OF HAFOD MAWDDACH
A very successful Coffee Evening was held at Hafod Mawddach on Wednesday 8th July Due to the kindness and generosity of many people we were able to raise over £300. This is designated for a New Digital Television for the Residents lounge. We extend our grateful thanks to all who worked so hard and contributed towards the evening. It was good to have so many residents joining us and enjoying time with visitors. Our thanks also go to the Staff for their support and help Over the past 25 years the Fund Raising Group has donated over £10/000 towards equipment and furnishings which have helped to improve the Quality of life for the Residents. A Party is also arranged at Christmas and the residents each receive a gift. We operate a Weekly Trolley Service which provides little extras like sweets crisps biscuits and fruit.If anyone would like to get involved with this group please contact Carol Clay.
The topic & speaker at this month's gathering must have sounded promising, since there were almost 30 members and friends present to hear Tony lies give a very interesting presentation on the shipwrecks of Cardigan Bay. The presentation was up to expectations, and was well illustrated with slides... mainly concerning the Bronze Bell Wreck, its' discovery by a local diving group, and subsequent salvaging operations. We all then moved down to the Maritime Museum, and having had the initial presentation by Tony, were able to put the wonderful exhibition at Ty Gwyn well into context. he next monthly gathering of the U3A will be on Wednesday 9th September, when the speaker will be Huw Jenkins, on 'Snowdonia & Slovenia'. Next winter, we will be meeting in Parlwr Mawr, on the second Wednesday of the month.
Alderhay Children’s hospital is Iceland’s chosen charity this year. The staff are working hard to raise funds for this valuable resource. On Wednesday they organised a sponsored walk from the Bath house over the bridge to Fairbourne to a Teddy Bears Picnic. On Saturday they will be having a wet sponge throwing session to help raise more funds and on August 22nd there will be a fancy dress competition and face painting session. You can get All the details from the staff in store and they will be happy to receive your donations to this cause too throughout the year.
On Saturday 30th August the Family Affair six a side tournament will start at 10am on Wern Mynach. Each team must have 3 over 16 year old and 3 under 16 year old players, they should be part of a related “Family”. Also in the afternoon there will be a Barmouth Past versus Barmouth Present match which will kick off at 2pm. Also on the day there will be a Penalty Shoot out, a Crossbar Challenge and a Ten Yard Golf Bucket Challenge. So there will be plenty to see and do. Craig Papirnyk is the guy to speak to to book places, and to get further details. Places are limited for some events so it is important to ring him soon on 01341 280184 or on mobile 07737993880.
On Thursday 13th August there will be a concert that will cover a wide spectrum of music from traditional Irish Tunes through to Latin and Jazz influenced original songs and instrumentals. A singer song writer Ben plays Uillean pipes, flute, whistle, saxophone and piano. He will be accompanied by local musicians Chris Knowles and John Redpath. Tickets can be bought at the door and will cost £7 and £3-50 for the show that starts at 7-30.
With Barefoot in the Park each Monday and the Vicar of Dibley each Wednesday along with folk concerts on Thursday twice this month and Craft sessions on Tuesdays, the Dragon Theatre is the place to be. The notice boards on Jubilee road and the foyer of the theatre will have information to answer all your enquiries or you can call the box office on 01341 281697.
The workshop sessions to create costumes and creatures for the parade attracted over 80 people to the session held in the Arts room at the Dragon Theatre . Locals and visitors took part and then formed the parade on Saturday that was led by an incredibly hard working Samba Bermo. The parade went from Barmouth to Harlech and then on to Criccieth , returning to Barmouth in the evening on the train sponsored by Arriva. The one disappointment of the day was the failure of the steam train to materialise but the local spirit and energy made the day a great success despite this. Sincere thanks are sent to the Samba Band and to the staff of Theatre Harlech to Denise Bott of Communities First and all who helped with the arrangements .
Barmouth News 27-07-09
Max Heron will be giving an update on the soon to happen, two stage change over to digital broadcasting in the Barmouth area. With the first stage coming on August 19th you may have questions that need answering if you are to be prepared for the change. The session will be on Friday 31st July at 2pm in the Arts room of the Dragon Theatre, entry will be free. It is hoped that a number of local suppliers will be showing equipment that is available locally.
Many will remember the scheme that ran at Christmas to send shoe box size parcels weighing no more than 2kg to serving troops.The MoD at the time halted the scheme because the logistics of distribution caused problems. Now however there is an opportunity for local people to send parcels to front line troops at Camp Bastion. Organised by Layla Meadows and Rita Johnstone, the parcels will be sent to two local men who will be able to pass them on to comrades. There are clear rules about what can and cannot be sent: any canned goods must have ring pull opening. The troops have very limited facilities so ringpull cans of fruit, fish etc. pepperami type snacks, biscuits, pot noodles cakes, nuts, dried fruit, cartons of juice, cordial, books and magazines. Chocolate is not practical, it melts and alcohol is not allowed. Communities First have agreed to be the receiving point for boxes. Layla and Rita will send them so that those who have no one to contact for supplies will be helped. All will be greatly appreciated.
The monthly meeting was held on 22nd July, it opened with the singing of Meirion to the accompaniment of Blodwen Comerford . The President, Mari O’Rourke, welcomed everyone to the “Members own meeting”. She extended birthday wishes to members celebrating in August. Apologies were given and the minutes of the previous meeting were read and agreed. Everyone felt that the summer trip had been enjoyed by those who took part. It was reported that the Summer Fair had been a success. Mari, Lorraine and Shelia had been to play flat green bowls at Llandudno and had thoroughly enjoyed it even though they played in the rain. The meeting then turned to photographs brought by members of themselves when young. The other members had to guess who was who. Some members took treasured items and talked about their significance. The evening was enjoyed greatly, as were the refreshments that were arranged by the committee. Doreen Gill won first prize and Val Vine second. Mari thanked everyone for being present.
Credit union --- save for Winter
Everyone is likely to feel some effect of the recession, one way to reduce concerns is to save with the not for profit Y llechen Credit union that is operating from the Communities First office in Barmouth each Thursday between 11am and 1pm.Putting money aside for the winter is urged in the following article. A campaign is being launched urging pensioners, low income families and people with disabilities to take action to reduce their energy bills. With 100 days before winter officially starts a free phone line for advice on grants for home insulation and reduced or social tariffs is being publicised. The 'Winter starts Now' campaign is run by the energy suppliers and backed by a range of charities and housing groups. It is estimated that around 320,000 Welsh households suffer fuel poverty. Also around 80% of people in Wales are unaware of the help available. Garry Felgate, chief executive of the Energy Retail Association, said: "Without wishing to put a damper on the summer, we are urging people in Wales to take action now to prepare for the cooler temperatures and ensure they get lagging for their lofts and cavity wall insulation fitted before the cold of winter sets in. "Many people could be reducing their energy costs now and some will be eligible for grants and social tariffs. The Home Heat Helpline number is 0800 336699 and operates from Monday to Friday 0900 to 2000 BST and 1000 and 1400 BST on Saturdays.
Barefoot in the Park in Barmouth
Paul and Corrie are very much in love but they couldn’t be more different – he’s straight-laced, she is free-wheeling. See the sparks fly when opposites attract in this charming comedy play, brought to you by the Paradisii Theatre Company. It will run every Monday in August at the Dragon Theatre in Barmouth at 8pm, tickets cost £7.
Every Tuesday & Thursday in August between 11am –3pm there will be Craft Tables, Cartoons, Toys and Games for the Kids with a coffee and a sit-down for the grown-ups,in the Arts Room Dragon Theatre Jubilee road. If the weather is beautiful & sunny, they’ll be closed! Activities cost £2 per child they must be accompanied .
This year for their summer production Bermo Arts Club bring another popular TV comedy to the stage at the Dragon Theatre. Tickets have been known to sell out, so book by calling in to the foyer weekday mornings (11 – 1) or phone 01341 281697 at any time every Wednesday night in August 7.30pm .Tickets cost £6 Adults £3 Children
Management Committee meeting
The Dragon Theatre and community Centre management committee met on July 20th, Melville Penzer Chaired the meeting. Much discussion was held on matters being dealt with by the late President Harrison Wilde and with the resignation of another Trustee Harry Allday. Both were very supportive and appreciated members. The Manager, Allison Williams, reported that August will be a very busy month with lots of events to entertain their clients. The Treasurer Geraldine Vincent, gave a detailed report on foinances and of ways to economise. The next meeting will be held on Monday 21st September when the centre will look forward to new classes in the autumn and the theatres 50th anniversary on October 30th.
U3A July Meeting
The topic & speaker at this month’s gathering must have sounded promising, since there were almost 30 members and friends present to hear Tony Iles give a very interesting presentation on the shipwrecks of Cardigan Bay. The presentation was up to expectations, and was well illustrated with slides mainly concerning the Bronze Bell Wreck, its’ discovery by a local diving group, and subsequent salvaging operations. The audience then moved down to the Maritime Museum, and having had the initial presentation by Tony, were able to put the wonderful exhibition at Ty Gwyn well into context. The next monthly gathering of the U3A will be on Wednesday 9th September, when the speaker will be Huw Jenkins, on ‘Snowdonia & Slovenia’. Next winter the group will be meeting in Parlwr Mawr, on the second Wednesday of the month.
Barmouth News 19-07-09
There will be no meeting in August, as the U3A will be taking a summer break, The series of monthly talks this year have been fascinating, thanks to Wendy Bramley. The season will resume in September and details of that meeting will be given during August.
On Wednesday 29th July Glandwr Mill just outside Barmouth on the Dolgellau Road will be hosting the RNLI fundraising Duck Race and Fete. The gardens will be open from 2pm till 5pm and the first race will be at 3pm. The day will consist of all the elements of a traditional country fete and be an opportunity to catch up with friends and have a lot of fun while helping a worthy cause. Entry charges will be £1 for adults and 50p for children.
There has been a change to the programme for the forthcoming Arts Festival. Victoria Smallwood was due to address the Festival Lunch but has been deployed to Afghanistan earlier than anticipated. Fortunately Festival organisers have been rescued by Richard Paramor who has graciously accepted the invitation to speak. His many and varied interest will ensure that he will be a very welcome addition to this years event. Tickets for all items are available from Mrs Mair Jones who can be contacted on 280392 . Programmes detailing the many artistes appearing this year can be found in the Tourist Information Centre at the railway station and in numerous shops and premises around town.
If you have a relative or friend who is serving in Afghanistan and would like to find a group of others in the same situation please ring Judy Muston on 01341 430642 and she will try to form one.
P.C. Mike Humphreys and PCSO Kath Lake-Bullen recently attended local schools in the Barmouth locality to instruct young people in basic cycling skills and road safety. Pc Humphreys stated "hopefully this input will enforce the basic rules of cycling on the road and increase the awareness of the possible dangers this involves". Both officers would like to thank teachers at the schools for their help and support in the delivery of the sessions. For any further information please call Kath on 07768 556 307.
The first stage of switchover to digital broadcasting will be for those using the Preseli transmitter starting on 19th August , Barmouth will be in the first group to go digital on that date. DigitalUK say that nearly nine-in-ten homes in the area have already got digital television or have bought Freeview boxes to convert their analogue sets. The second stage of switchover takes place on 16 September, 2009, when all analogue television broadcasts will cease from the Preseli transmitter and its local ‘relay’ masts. There will be a DigitalUk road-show in Barmouth on July ------- at which your questions can be answered and access to financial help for those entitled can be arranged..
Neigbourhood Policing Panel
A meeting for members of the public has been arranged which invites you to "come and give your opinion" with regard to community issues, policing, general complaints etc for Thursday 23rd July in Barmouth. The meeting will be in Parlwr Bach, Dragon Theatre at 7pm and is open to all from Barmouth and surrounding area Tal y Bont, Dyffryn, Llanbedr. P.C.S.O. Kath Lake-Bullen will be at the meeting and also the Community Beat Sergeant from Dolgellau P.S568 Lane. This is part of the ongoing commitment from the Police service to consult on a regular basis with the communities they serve.
A very successful Drop In day was held that saw 18 people enquiring about courses for September. This has enabled Development Worker Gayle Hudson to set up a support group which will act as a resource and mutual help for new students. If you are still wondering if the O.U. is for you Gayle has left a number of information packs at the Communities First office for anyone to collect. For most people there will be no cost involved, Barmouth’s Communities First status ensures that the “Openings” courses are free to Barmouth residents and the other courses are free to households with an income below £30k per year.
Junior Prom ( Picture show Year 6 pupils of Ysgol y Traeth at their Prom Night)
The first ever Junior Prom was held for year 6 of Ysgol y Traeth, organised by the Friends of the School. The event was a great success and the organisers wish to thank Mr Myfyr and staff for their support, Damien Williams of Caerddaniel for the use of his disco equipment and John for acting as D.J. Thanks also go to the parents who provided the food and refreshments.
Barmouth News 6-07-09
There are to be crystal dowsing and tarot reading sessions at the Shalimar Therapy Room, they will start from July 19th and will be conducted by appointment only. These can be booked by calling Eunice Doyle on 01341 250855
The Wales Co-operative Centre and the Consumer Credit Counselling Service are launching a new housing debt helpline to support people vulnerable to losing their homes. Funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, the ‘Housing Debt Helpline Wales’ offers support to home owners and those in rented property who are finding it difficult to meet their mortgage or rental payments.The website is now live and can be viewed at http://www.housing-debt-helpline
A reminder the next meeting for the creation of the Local Exchange Trading Scheme will be held on July 10th at 10am in the Communities First offices in Station Road. If you have experience of this scheme the set up group would be interested to hear from you and learn from your knowledge. This may be the perfect time to create this alternative economy.
The Kissed by Angels centre at Brittania House in King Edward Street are beginning to hold regular healing sessions. They will take place between 1pm and 4pm every Thursday afternoon. Enquiries can be addressed to 07871549457.
Barmouth News 28-06-09
It is sadly reported that Harrison Wilde died on 15th June and was cremated after a ceremony in Bangor at which about fifty local people were in attendance. During the time that Harrison lived in Barmouth he made a tremendous contribution to local society. His biggest commitment was to the refurbishment and extension of the Dragon theatre. He along with a small , exceptionally hard working group, created a facility of which the community will always be proud. He was also a staunch supporter of the Literary and Debating Society of which he was a long time member holding the most senior positions. He will be remembered as a genial, generous and highly capable member of the community. Many of the organisations with which he had contact were represented at the funeral. Donations in lieu of flowers were requested for the Air Ambulance appeal.
Due to complications experienced by the promoters in arranging insurance the advertised Wrestling bout at the Dragon Theatre will not now be able to proceed. It is expected that a further event will be booked when cover has been obtained.
Thankfully the sun shone for the Healthy Living Fun Day held on the Ysgol y Traeth field last Saturday. This was the most successful event of its kind with a greatly increased number of exhibitors. Both local and national organisations were present, each keen to show what they had to offer and also collecting for their funds to enable their work to go forward. The organisers Communities First wish everyone to know that they are very grateful for the time and effort put into the development of the event and for the help that they received from a wide range of local people.
The Open University Drop In to be held on Wednesday 8th July at the Communities First office is generating lots of interest. Anyone curious about courses, many of which will be free, can call in any time between 12noon and 3-30pm and talk with Gayle from the O.U. and to Nerys from Genesis. It looks as if there will be enough interested people to set up a support group for students and Communities First will be able to provide facilities and equipment for this.
The Wales Co-operative Centre and the Consumer Credit Counselling Service are launching a new housing debt helpline to support people vulnerable to losing their homes. Funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, the ‘Housing Debt Helpline Wales’ offers support to home owners and those in rented property who are finding it difficult to meet their mortgage or rental payments. The website is now live and can be viewed at http://www.housing-debt-helpline-wales.org
The next meeting for the creation of the Local Exchange Trading Scheme will be held on July 10th at b10am at the Communities First offices in Station Road. The system allows members to trade skills on an equal basis measured in one hour units. If your skill is baby sitting, decorating, form filling or anything else you can trade your skills with those of any other member. If you are confused, go along to the meeting where the members will be happy to explain how you could benefit.
21-06-09 Barmouth news
Open university Drop in
There is quite a lot of interest at the moment from people in Barmouth wanting to find out more about Open university courses. Communities First have arranged to the O.U. and with Gensis to host a drop in day at the office in Station road on July Wednesday July 8th from 12 noon till 3-30pm. Gayle Hudson and Nerys Owen will be on hand to talk about how you can work entirely from Barmouth and still get good quality support and help with finances so that you can work towards a qualification at your own pace and in your own time. It is intended that a local support group will also be developed so that students can get together if they want to. You may be able to study at no cost too. Call Martin or Denise on 01341 280979 for more information.
The Management Committee met on Monday 15th June and began on a sombre note as Chairman Melville Penzer paid tribute to Harrison Wilde, the President, who had died that morning. Harrison’s work and tenacity over many years has left the town with a wonderful building, a legacy which is much appreciated. Members stood in silent tribute. The Chairman then conducted the meeting starting by welcoming Benjy Williams who will represent the Ardudwy Youth Theatre. Manager Allison Williams reported on the past months activities and on those in the pipeline. She advised that the lift had been repaired and that a web site was being designed. The treasurer Geraldine Vincent gave the financial report and expressed concern about the utility bills. Advice has been received that users of the building for commercial purposes should carry their own public liability insurance. The Chairman closed the meeting after reporting that Amy Siviter, who had previously performed in the theatre with the local arts group is progressing well at theatre school.
Thew social clubs next outing will be to the National Arboretum in Staffordshire on Wednesday Julyn 8th. The cost will be £15 per person, it will leave Barmouth at 9am. Please contact Tina on 01341 280840 for more information or to book. There are still a few places available for the holiday to Blackpool in September which includes a trip to Astley Hall, a visit to the Transport museum , a ride on Haverthwaite Steam Railway and a cruise on Windermere lake.As before please contact Tina if you are interested.
U3A June Meeting
Unfortunately, due mainly to the beautiful weather, a fairly small gathering of the U3A met in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre at 2.00pm, on Tuesday 17th. June, to hear a fascinating presentation by Adrian Hicks, on his overland journey from the depths of Meirionnydd to a music festival in Timbuktu. Evelyn Richards, the new chairperson of Barmouth U3A opened the meeting by paying tribute to Harrison Wilde, who unfortunately passed away recently, and who had always given generously of his services to the community of Barmouth. His open, warm personality could always be depended on to enliven any gathering. He will be sorely missed. Adrian initially gave us a short history of the discovery of fabled Timbuktu by Europeans, and followed this with a stunning and entertaining collection of photographs and recollections of his journey…a feast for armchair travellers, and a whetting of the appetite for others. Tony Iles will give a presentation at next month’s meeting, on the Wrecks of Cardigan Bay.
14-06-09 Barmouth News.
Healthy Living day
This years event on the field of Ysgol y Traeth will be bigger than last years with a range of groups and organisations offering services, advice and trials. there will be games for the kids and a range of healthy foods on offer. There is no entry cost and most of the attractions are free, the only ones that will charge will be those raising money for local community groups. There will be lively locally produced live music coordinated by Barry Lim, Karate organised by Petros, Compere for the day will be Mike Jones and hopefully you too will be there. Contact Communities First in Station road if you or your group would like to take part and raise either awareness or funds.It will be held on Saturday June 27th setting up from 10-30am and clearing by 5-30pm
At the recent AG.M. Allison Williams the Manager was re-elected as Secretary, David Clay retained his role as Treasurer and Lesley Amison has agreed to Chair the Association for another year. The meeting was given comprehensive analysis of the current marketing of the town on the internet. Tribute was paid to the late Mrs Pat Podmore for the many years of service that she had given to the Publicity Association. The fact that of the nine people attending there were only two business operators, representing one business in the area. It must be assumed that the association is achieving all that is required of it by all the other businesses and that they are happy with the work done on their behalf. The new brochure is being snapped up both locally and from far afield which hopefully indicates the town can expect a busy season.
A Committee meeting was held on Monday 8th June to finalise arrangements for Barmouth Arts Festival. Which will ru between 5th – 12th September. The programme has now been completed. Local sponsors have, as usual, been very kind in supporting this long standing event. Brochures are available from the Theatre, the Tourist Information Centre, Communities First and locations around town. The Committee are very pleased to hear that Mr Roy Treherne has agreed to be President of the Festival. Full details of the programme can also be found on the Festival website barmouthartsfestival.co.uk . Pre booking of tickets is possible and in fact for some items advisable to avoid disappointment. The contact for further information is Mrs Mair Jones on 280392.
Dorothy Williams and Betty Owen of the Barmouth Branch attended an AGM at Dolgellau on Thurs 11th June. The local branch is now reduced to six members who would welcome volunteers to join them. If anyone is interested please contact Betty Owen by the end of June, she can be contacted on 01341 280774. The League Of Friends. exists to support the Dolgellau area hospital by raising money for additional equipment.
A spiritual healing centre, developed in concert with Ardudwy Spiritualist Church will open in Barmouth at Britannia House, King Edward Street on June 19th at noon. Healing days will be available by appointment as will private readings with internationally renowned medium Lorraine Butler. The group are keen to answer questions and give information They can be contacted via the shop or on 07871549457. This weeks Medium at the Spiritualist Church at Talybont W.I. hall will be Chris Burgess. The evening begins at 7-30pm, anyone can go along to the services. Refreshments, a raffle and healing are offerd after the service. Admission will cost £2.In addition to the spiritual healing at Kissed by Angels complementary therapies will be offered by Angel Feet which will include among others Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage and facial massages, for these services please call 07845 287845.
As the Credit Unions of North Wales move towards a merger that will see them gain greatly in resources of money and staff improvement can already be seen as Y Llechen , which has a base in Barmouth at the Communities First office, has just introduced a Child Trust Fund account. The details are contained in a brochure available from the office, the interest rate is quoted as 1-5% . This is a place for the money donated to children by the Government.,
The annual St.Mary's coffee evening took place on June 3rd at the Jesuits House. The Llanaber ladies together with wonderful help from other members of the parish, set up their stalls, coffee was made and due to the' good weather a brisk trade was soon enjoyed by all. It was a happy, jolly evening and we are so grateful for all the help, donations and money spent. In all £590.00 was raised for parish funds. Many, many thanks to all who helped and those who came. Our thanks also go to Father Langan, who has now retired. His kindness and generosity over the years will always be remembered by St. Mary's parishioners. We wish him a joyous and happy retirement in Preston and to Brother Ken, his successor many happy years in Llanaber.
06-06-09 Barmouth News
U3A AGM May 2009.
The Barmouth U3A met for its’ 2009 AGM and monthly gathering, in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre on Tuesday 19th May. The AGM was chaired by Danny Jones, who was the chairman for the month, and committee and treasurer’s reports were dealt with, before a new committee and officers were elected. Evelyn Richardson is to be congratulated on being elected as chairperson for the next twelve months. Following the AGM, a buffet and glass of wine was enjoyed, before Rachel Cleaver gave an interesting and humorous presentation, on a Spanish wedding she attended…unfortunately, Mr. Merfyn Wyn was unable to give his presentation on the Quakers of Merioneth, due to ill health. It is to be hoped that he will do so at a later date. The next meeting will be at 2.00pm on Tuesday 16th June, when the speaker will be Adrian Hicks, who will give a presentation on an overland journey, from Dolgellau to Timbuctoo, where he attended the Desert Music Festival. Members are reminded that there are now very few places left on the trip to Bardsey, on the 13th June. If anyone else wishes to go, would they please contact Greg Whitelock on 01654 712533 as soon as possible.
Strong winds prevented the eight newest cadet sailors in the Merioneth Yacht club in Barmouth taking to the water on the first of their two-day intensive, so it was knots and naming of parts, both very useful on the way to becoming competent sailors. One name they could all remember: the boom. Why is that? ‘Because when it hits your helmet that’s the noise it makes.’ A steady breeze for the second day kept them on the water. For some it was the first taste of the exhilaration of sailing.
U3A June Meeting.
The Barmouth U3A will be meeting for its’ next monthly gathering, in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre on Tuesday 16th. June. The meeting will start at 2.00pm, and conclude at approximately 4.00pm. This month’s speaker is Adrian Hicks. Adrian now lives locally, and will be giving a presentation on a fascinating journey that he made overland from Dolgellau to Timbuktu at the beginning of the year, to attend the Desert Music Festival. As usual, the meeting will start with a cup of tea and an opportunity to meet others. It is not only open to members, but also to anyone who may be interested in joining, or simply in seeing what activities the organisation is involved in.
Barmouth & Dyffryn United Football Club Annual General Meeting.
The Barmouth & Dyffryn United Football Club will be holding its next Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, 22nd June, 2009,at the RAOB (Buffs) Club, Barmouth, starting at 7.30pm. The Meeting Agenda will cover the success of the Club's Senior and Junior teams throughout the 2008-9 football season, and its ambitious development plans going forward. The Club's Management Committee will greatly welcome all Club players and supporters at this AGM. If there are particular issues that you would like the AGM to address please do not hesitate to contact Brian Wood, Acting Secretary, tel no 01341 280103/ email firstname.lastname@example.org
The bowling season is now well under way with deferred matches from 2008, being played due to the bad weather of last year. These being the Lady v Men’s Captain Match and the Goat Cup. More recently however a match between Aberdovey took place on a wet Saturday afternoon, Aberdovey won, but Barmouth redeemed themselves when taking on the might of Fairbourne on a very pleasant Bank Holiday Tuesday afternoon. The Round Robin competition took place on a very warm and sunny day at the end of May the winners being Kath Anderson and Meiron Roberts congratulations to both. The next match to take place is the Lady Captain v Captain, weather permitting. Anyone interested in joining the club can contact Bill Gaskill on 01341 280500.
The next meeting for anyone interested in the set up of the no cash trading scheme will be held on June 16th at midday, 12 noon, at the Communities First office. A small group of people are creating this way of trading your skills and abilities and getting various services in return. The scheme is free and easy, anyone can take part and everyone gets something out of it. If you want to know more about how it would work for you, you would be welcomed warmly.
Nightingale house Hospice are inviting people to take part in a Summer Sunset Walk on Saturday July 25th at 6pm. The sponsored walk will go along Barmouth beach to Talybont and back .The aim is to raise funds and also give the opportunity to walk with friends and appreciate the wonderful sunsets that occur over the bay. To register you can collect forms from the Communities First office in Station Road or call direct on 01978 314292 .
Healthy Living day
This years event on the field of Ysgol y Traeth will be bigger than last years with a range of groups and organisations offering services, advice and trials. there will be games for the kids and a range of healthy foods on offer. There is no entry cost and most of the attractions are free, the only ones that will charge will be those raising money for local community groups. There will be lively locally produced live music coordinated by Barry Lim, Karate organised by Petros, Compere for the day will be Mike Jones and hopefully you too will be there. Contact Communities First in Station road if you or your group would like to take part and raise either awareness or funds.It will be held on Saturday June 27th setting up from 10am and clearing by 5-30pm
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The Friends of Ysgol Y Traeth collected £195 by bag packing at the Co-op Store on April 11th. The6y wish to say a big thank you to those who made donations .
Once again Flag Day is on the horizon. This year it falls on Thursday 6th August. If you could spare an hour as a street collector on that day please contact William Burton on 01341 280704. Last year the numbers were low and it would be good to welcome additional helpers for this worthwhile cause.
The Juniors competed in the SCI Mitre Ultimatch Cup staying away from home for the first time over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. The team produced some fantastic football during the two day tournement winning seven, drawing once and only losing one game. A truly remarkable acheivemnt from all who participated. The Juniors would like to say a huge thank you to Barmouth Communities First who co-funded the trip and paid for the players to compete. A big thank you must also go to the parents who made it a fantastic atmosphere having over forty people supporting the team which was excellent for team building and bonding. Another thank you goes to Daniel Papirnyk, Jimmy Morgan and Craig papirnyk for their excellent coaching throughout the weekend. Well done everyone and we look forward to next year.
Two more hand made carpets have been created to raise funds for charities in the area. Dolgellau Hearing Impairment Luncheon Group is the first and Age Concxern Barmouth is the other. One kit was supplied by John and Daphne Dix and the other by Age Concern Barmouth and made by Mike Triggs. Tickets will be for sale through Age Concern in Barmouth at £1 each. The aim is to raise £365 there will be a raffle with the carpets as first and second prizes.
As part of the fund raising strategy for the National Eisteddfod calendars have been produced , each month shows a different watercolour view by Emrys Williams. Supplies are limited but there are some available at £3 each from the Communities First office in Station Road.
Young Drivers Course (Picture show Emergency Services and young drivers at Barmouth Fire Station)
10 young people took part in the course held at Barmouth Fire Station in a partnership event devised with the Police, Ambulance, Fire Service, Gwynedd Arrive Alive and Brake a lady who lost her son in an accident on the A55. The course took place on the 7th may and took 3 hours to complete. Mel Vaughan from Gwynedd Highways began the session . He was followed by a presentation from the Ambulance Service. After this there followed a demonstration of extrication by the Fire Service. The Police contribution came from a Families Liason Officer, traffic officer finishing off with a session from Brake talking about a loss from a mothers prospective,
The students can now go on to a pass plus driving day where they can gain further driving skills in motorway driving and night driving. When completed this will give them a discount on their car insurance. Barmouth emergency services would like to thank Martin and the team from the Communities First for all their help with part funding for this project. Station Officer Steve Morris should be thanked for the effort that he has put into organising these sessions and to all the services that devoted time to preserving life and enhancing the skills of new drivers. The drivers themselves should be congratulated for taking part and showing their mature attitude to the challenge of safe driving.
The AGM of the Barmouth Publicity Association will be held on Thursday, 4th June at 7.00pm in the Arts Room, Dragon Theatre. Since tourism is the major industry of Barmouth and virtually everyone benefits from the money that is generated it is important that as many people as possible take part in the shaping of the marketing of the town. If you have comments to make or suggestions to offer this will be an ideal opportunity to share them with like minded residents and operators.
A 1930’s Jazz Swing Night has been organised by the Mawddach Rotary Club and featuring the ever popular JAZZRAG DIXIELAND BAND. Licensed bar available. Advance booking is strongly recommended & jazzy dress requested for the event to be held on Friday May 22 at 7-30pm in the Cabaret room of the Dragon Theatre Tickets cost £11, call 01341 422 205 to reserve.
Bolt is a canine TV star who believes he really does have super-powers. Accidentally shipped from Hollywood to New York City, he teams up with a reluctant alley-cat and an enthusiastic hamster as he makes his way back across America. See this family film for £3 each in the Dragon Theatre at 7pm on Tuesday 26th May
Line dance evening
Featuring all your favourite line-dance tunes. With a licensed bar for alcoholic or soft drinks and nibbles on the tables. All welcome. Friday May 29th from 7-30pm, entrance £3-50 in the Arts room at the Dragon Theatre.
Batala Bermo wish to extend a very sincere thank you to all the businesses and people in Barmouth who have given their support to the 4th Batala Encontro event on May 15th -1Th. Your contribution and invaluable help have made this event possible.
The Breast Test Wales mobile unit is coming to the area again and will be located on the Marian Car Park in Dolgellau during June and up till the end of July. Screening is quick and simple taking only half an hour to complete. The service is of course free.
Pam Ingram wishes to thank all who sponsored her grandson James Gladstone in the London Marathon. He was raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy research. He completed the course in 5hours 10 minutes and raised £2000 , an excellent amount for a worthwhile cause.
The recent cooking for young parents course raised enquiries from others in the area for a more open age range course. In response Communities first have commissioned a one day a week session, for five weeks at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor for anyone interested. The sessions start on June 4th and run from 10-30 till 2-30. To get more information and to book one of the limited number of places please talk to Denise Bott or Nan McCready on 01341 280979 or call in to the office in Station Road.
The Annual General Meeting of Orielton Gardens Association took place on Friday 1st May at the Dragon Theatre. After the Easter holiday four members managed to remove a considerable amount of gorse, bracken and bramble from the along the embankment near the main pathway, after the Parks Department had sprayed to deter growth. Benches have now been provided at view points along the re-opened pathways, revealing stunning views of the Quay and Harbour. The Parks Department along with the Association are working to restore the gardens by clearance of the overgrowth and planned pruning of existing trees and shrubs, with benches being provided to sit and enjoy the views, watch and listen to the many birds and wildlife that reside in the park. The next date for clearance work will be on Saturday 30th May, when any willing volunteers will be welcome. Bring along your strong gloves.
The Dragon theatre will welcome International Medium Lorraine Butler on Saturday 23rd May for an evening of Clairvoyance. Anyone with either interest or curiosity will be welcome. Tickets cost £6. Please contact the theatre on 01341 281697 or Lorraine on 01341 242613 for more detail.
U3A May Meeting.
The Barmouth U3A will be meeting for its’ AGM and next monthly gathering, in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre on Tuesday 19th May. The AGM will start at 1.45pm, followed by the usual get together and presentation for the month, concluding at approximately 4.00pm. This month’s speaker is Mr. Tomos Wyn, who will give a presentation on the early Quaker community of this part of Wales, entitled ‘Friends in Merioneth – a Light that Briefly Shone.’ This will be an opportunity for many of us, who may know snippets of this fascinating period in local history, to fill in the gaps. As usual, the meeting will not only be open to members, but also to anyone who may be interested in joining, or simply seeing what activities the organisation is involved in.
On Good Friday evening, a cheque was handed over to the air ambulance fund, this was the result of 12 months fund raising from the RAOB Provincial Grand Primos Appeal 2008, the total raised was £1542.71. the 2008 PGP Bro Milton Pitcher KOM thanked everyone on who donated to the various events. The presentation took place at the Cader Idris club, Barmouth. Pictured above are Bro Stan Stebbing, Bro Tommy Porter, Mr Chris Craig (Air Ambulance) ,Bro PGP Milton Pitcher, , Bro Tom Hadland, Bro Richard Jones
Ardudwy Spiritualist Church will be welcoming guest medium Hilda Atkinson to their weekly service on Thursday at 7-30 in the W.I. hall at Talybont. Services are followed by healing sessions and refreshments. All are welcome. Further details can be obtained from Gail on 01341 280112.
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Croquet ( Pictures show the Taster Day on Barmouth)
The open afternoon , held to introduce Barmouth’s latest sporting club was hailed a success by the organisers Coaches' from the Llanfairfechan Club were on hand to advise and support the new club . There are now facilities in the town for both indoor and outdoor play. The former Putting Green in the Memorial park has been converted for the summer use and the Pavilion Leisure Centre houses the equipment for the bad weather days.
A major event, the fourth Batala Encontro will be hosted in Barmouth by Batala Bermo. Covering three days in May from the 15th to the 17th performers will be coming from Paris, Nantes, Brazilia, La Rochelle, Washington D.C., Liverpool, Portsmouth, Lancaster and Bangor. The sponsors of the event are Arriva. More information is to be found on the www.batalabermo.org.uk site or by calling 07717097243. This is a world-class event, a real coup for the Barmouth band and recognition of the standing of the group internationally. Performances will be visible and audible around town and the sight of a band in full flow on the breakwater at the entrance to the harbour will be a photo opportunity not to be missed. The influx of players and fans will give a real boost to the businesses of the town and injected extra vitality.
Representatives from three Barmouth organisations: Town Council, Communities First and the Bowling Club attended a briefing session in Caernarfon conducted by the Development Trust Association Wales. The session gave in depth information about how communities can gain control of assets and develop them for the benefit of the local area. Highlighted was the need for robust business plans to be developed along with contingency arrangements to mitigate the effects of unexpected set back situations. By returning buildings to local control the community can operate them in ways that suit the users rather than being dictated to be outside agencies. Already plans are advancing for the return of the Theatre and the former Youth Centre to local control plans are being considered for three further projects that would see a substantial amount of the facilities being managed by local groups.
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Home at last
Welcome home to Glyn Williams of Glan Glasfor who has spent fourteen weeks in isolation at Maelor hospital in Wrexham suffering with a diabetic ulcer on his left foot. While there he received great care from Mr P.W. Laing, Orthopaedic surgeon along with excellent support from doctors and nurses on Dolydd ward. He has now been allowed back to Barmouth with clear instructions that he must remain at home for the next eight weeks and must not put any weight on the foot concerned. He is wished continued steady recovery.
On the 19th April on a lovely Sunday morning Sandra, Maria and the volunteer’s of Tenovus Barmouth did a 10 mile sponsored walk in aid of the charity. The walk started at Penmaenpool and the ladies walked along the old railway track at the side of the Mawddach estuary and across Barmouth Bridge. Sandra the Manager would like to thank everyone who has so kindly sponsored the charity. Over £1,000 has been raised. Sandra would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers at Barmouth shop for all their hard work, dedication and continued support.
U3A April Meeting.
The Barmouth U3A met for its’ next monthly gathering, in the Arts Room of the Dragon Theatre on Tuesday 21st. April After the usual get together, Sarah Worth, of the National Trust, addressed the gathering with particular attention to Egryn Abbey at Talybont, which is now a National Trust property. Sarah’s enthusiasm for both her job, and Egryn in particular, conveyed itself to her audience. The history of Egryn is long & varied, from prehistoric settlements & burial chambers to medieval cultural gatherings, and even 20th century unrivalled collections of agricultural implements. A number of U3A members seem certain to be visiting the property, during its’ next open day. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 19th May, when the AGM will be followed by a presentation on the early Quakers of Merionethshire.
BARMOUTH & DYFFRYN FOOTBALL CLUB.
The latest monthly meeting of the Management Committee of the Barmouth & Dyffryn United Football Club took place on Monday, 20th April. Representatives of the First Team, Reserves, and Junior Teams were present. In particular the Committee discussed arrangements for the First Team's last four home games in the current season's Welsh Alliance League at Wern Mynach Ground. These fixtures include a match against Llanrwst on Saturday, 25th April, which Barmouth won 2-1, mid-week evening games starting at 6.30pm against Nefyn on Tuesday, 28th April and against Llanllyfni on Thursday, 30th April, and an afternoon match starting at 2.30pm against Bethesda Athletic, the League Champions, on Monday, 4th May (May Day).Successful results in these matches will enable the First Team to consolidate it's mid league position in the first year in this premier league, so attendance by Club supporters at these matches will be much appreciated. As well as Senior Teams, a main objective of the Football Club is to promote footballing skills among children of all ages. With this in mind, on "May Day" 4th May, as well as the Bethesda Match in the afternoon, the club shall arrange a "Football Fun Day" for children of up to 11years old in the morning at the Wern Mynach Ground, Park Road, Barmouth, starting at 10.00am. This morning event will comprise a structured coaching session by Club Manager, Brian Harvey, followed by skill competitions and penalty shoot-outs, and culminating in "world cup" games. All children who participate will be awarded a Certificate of their performance on the day, together with "goodies" and spot prizes. All children (and their parents as spectators), whether local inhabitants or holiday makers, will be welcome. A charge of £2 per person will be payable, which will include entry for the morning coaching session and afternoon match against Bethesda. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. Children/parents who would like to participate in this "Football Fun Day" coaching session should contact Kristina Ryan, tel no 01341 280843, or Brian Wood, tel no 01341 280103/email email@example.com. Further dates for Club supporters include the "End of Season Trophy Presentations" and Disco on the evening of Friday, 15th May, at the Buffs Club, and the Club's Annual General Meeting at the Tal Y Don Hotel, Barmouth, on Monday, 8th June.
The April monthly meeting was opened by Mari O’Rourke, the president. Welcoming and inviting everyone to sing Meirion, accompanied by Blodwen Commerford on the piano. Mari then commenced the meeting by telling us that Margaret Price had celebrated her 101st birthday and that wishes had been sent. The digital storytelling had been very good with about 20 WI ladies representing Barmouth attended. Everyone who went on the Spring Ramble to the waterfalls in Coed y Brenin thoroughly enjoyed the day. The president then welcomed the speaker for the evening, Mr Paul Mills. He gave a very interesting talk about Kerfoots in Porthmadog of which he used to own but has now retired. Doreen Gill warmly gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the WI saying it had been very interesting. The raffle was won by Betty Morris and the plant was won by Christine Lees. Our president Mari thanked the tea hostesses, Alma Havercroft, Lin Dury & Christine Dearden for the beautiful food. Denise Bott was also thanked for doing the slide projector. Next months meeting is to be held on may 27th
The Cambrian Coast Croquet Club are having ‘taster’ sessions at 12-30 and 2-30 pm in the Barmouth Leisure Centre on Friday the 24th April 2009, to introduce people to indoor croquet. The sessions are free and all equipment and tuition will be provided. It is intended to provide this new leisure facility for the Barmouth and Cambrian coast communities on a regular basis during the winter weeks and most of the summer. The club is also providing an outdoor lawn facility during the summer months. So, why not give it a try, croquet is a relaxing pastime providing gentle physical exercise, development of skill and tactics with social contact. People of all ages and skill levels, from beginners upwards are welcome. Just bring a pair of clean, flat soft soled shoes to change into whilst on the matting. It is advisable to pre-book your preferred session time by tel.01341280111(Leisure Centre) as places are limited. Or just turn up.
The Royal British Legion social calendar now exists. Their first outing is to see “All the fun of the fair” a new musical starring David Essex. It will be performed in Llandudno on Thursday May 14th. The cost will be £26 inclusive of return coach travel. Anyone wishing to go should call Tina Hughes on 280840 before April 23rd.
If you and your children want to be safe on the internet this three hours one off session is what you need to give you all the information you need. The event will be held in the Dragon Theatre on Wednesday April 29th from 9-30 till 11-30. Spaces are limited so please call Denise on 280979 or call in to Communities First in Station Road to book
Two separate plays in one night one a murder mystery the other the story of a soldiers return from war will be played by Bermo Arts in the Arts room of the Dragon theatre on Friday and Saturday 24th and 25th April. Tickets cost £5 and £4 for a whole evenings entertainment.
Do you wonder which appliances in your house cost the most to run? Would it help to be able to see when and where you use most energy? If yes you could call in to the Communities first office and collect a simple form that will enable you to get a British Gas “Real time electricity monitor”, this unit will give you all sorts of useful information and help you decide how to use appliances at their greatest efficiency. You do not have to be a British gas customer to get one of these free monitors.
Barmouth Emergency Services will hold a special event for young road users on May 7th from 6 till 9pm in Barmouth Fire Station. You may be a young driver, the friend or partner of a young driver. If you want to get an understanding of what can happen when driving, drinking and speed get mixed together this event will answer all your questions and many more. Many small hatchbacks are not as strong or crash proof as you may think, the combined services want to show what really happens when things go wrong and even more importantly to show how to get the best from your car and always arrive in one piece. If you want to take part call Kath Lake-Bullen on 07768556307 and give her your contact details, spaces are limited. Those who took part in the last session, two years ago, are all driving without having had any accidents, a big saving on insurance premiums.
Fresh Fields animal sanctuary shop , situated in Church Street is run entirely by volunteers to raise money for the upkeep of rescued and abandoned animals at the Sanctuary Bryn Melyn Nasareth. The volunteers are making pleas for donations of good clean clothing, hats, shoes, and bric a brac to be sold in the shop. They are a friendly crowd so if there are any animal lovers who could spare a few hours a week to help in the shop they would be very grateful say volunteers Sue and Carol. If you can help please call in to the shop during opening hours or call 07531523287. The shop would also love to hear from anyone who can offer them a till that prints receipts or a mannequin for displaying clothes. They would like to thank everyone in the area who has supported them so far since their opening in November last year.
Ardudwy Spiritualist church meets every Thursday at 7pm in the W.I. Hall at Talybont . they have mediums weekly and offer a healing session after the service. Entry costs £2, there are free refreshments and a free raffle. More details can be obtained by calling Lorraine on 242613 or Gail on 280112.
If anyone in town has knowledge or experience of LETS trading schemes, also known as Time banking or cashless trading could they please get in touch with the Communities First office please. Interest has been shown in developing a scheme for Barmouth but the organisers would value some first hand experience in the early stages. The idea of people trading their skills and services in return for others that they do not posess is a modern, measured way of bartering. If you are interested in this type of trading please contact Martin or Denise and they will put you in touch with those working to set up the Barmouth scheme. You can call 01341 280979 or call in to the office at any time.
Parkinsons disease Awareness
On Saturday you will have a chance to talk with someone who has been closely involved in the development of treatments for Parkinsons Disease. He lives with the condition and has personal knowledge of the challenges involved. He also has a vast collection of information leaflets that have been produced by the Parkinsons disease Society dealing with all aspects of coping physically and mentally with this increasingly frequent condition. The Society have been able to fund a dedicated nurse for two years. She along with Derek will be available to talk with interested passers by on Saturday, in the front yard of Gwynfor Owens house, next to Summer Strawberries on the High Street, where they will have a range of leaflets on offer.
Elizabeth Hodgson is trying to research her Aunt Lilly(Lillian) Hodgson/Gammell, who lived in Barmouth from c1950 to 1983. She was an Irish divorcee and had a guest house in Barmouth. She apparently was very musical and involved with shows etc. If you can help please send details to her at firstname.lastname@example.org If you do not have access to email contact Martin who will forward your message