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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Town crier goes hot foot to raise £1,000

Llangollen’s town crier Austin “Chem” Cheminais braved the hot coals to raise around £1,000 for the Wales Air Ambulance by completing a fire walk at Chirk Boathouse last night (Saturday).

The 63-year-old retired teacher, who is also a town councillor, has raised hundreds of pounds for the air ambulance over the past few years as a way of saying thank you for the way the Midlands helicopter zoomed in to airlift him to hospital back in 2010 after he was run over twice by a delivery van in the car park of the school in Walsall where he was headmaster at the time.

In his latest fundraising venture, along with other charity dare-devils, he walked over red-hot coals in full costume and ringing his bell every step of the way

After his ordeal by fire Chem said: “I actually raised around £1,000 and I'd like to thank everyone who contributed.
“At the end of it my feet didn't hurt at all because I'd been fully prepared beforehand by the organisers.

"If you sort of psych yourself and tell yourself you're not going to be frightened and it's not going to hurt then you are okay."

* Chem's charity page is at 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Kings Bridge to close temporarily

Denbighshire County Council has made a temporary traffic order for the closure of the B5103 Kings Bridge in Berwyn.

Coming into force on October 16, it has been made to facilitate highway drainage improvements and carriageway works by the county council's bridges section.

The order lasts for 18 months or the completion of the works, whichever is soonest.

The signposted alternative route will be via the B5103 from its junction with the A5(T) to the junction with the A542 Horseshoe Pass Road, Abbey Dingle Nursery to Abbey Road, Abbey Road, Castle Street and the A5.

Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the closure period. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

County campaign puts spotlight on older people

A week-long series of events is being to take place across Denbighshire in the run-up to International Day of Older Persons (October 1) to celebrate the contribution of older people.

Nearly 30 years ago the United National General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons.

Last year the United Nations took a stand against ageism by drawing attention to and challenging negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older people and ageing. 

This year, a series of events is being arranged by the Denbighshire Ageing – Well Networking Group to showcase what support is available.

This Partnership includes Denbighshire County Council, Age Connect, Alzheimer's Society, British Red Cross, Care & Repair, Care Forum Wales, Citizens’ Advice Denbighshire, NEWCIS and the NHS and many more.

Events will include sessions of the Lost in Art project, social events, arts and textiles, a ‘culture club’ for arts and dance and Talking Points sessions for people to get advice and information on well-being issues.

A social media campaign will also get underway to promote the projects and help raise the profile of issues relating to older people.

Councillor Bobby Feeley, Denbighshire County Council’s Lead Member for Well-being and Independence, who is also the Council’s Older People’s Champion said:  “The increasing age profile is a fact we can't ignore.

“Throughout their lives older people have gained a wealth of knowledge, and as living longer becomes the norm, we need to recognise, value and harness their contribution.  We must encourage people to take responsibility for keeping well and fit and to stay independent for as long as possible.

“Denbighshire has the second largest population of older people in Wales. Nearly a half of the population of Denbighshire are aged over 50 and a quarter are over 65.  More and more people are living past 100 than ever before and this is a fact that needs recognising and celebrating."  

* To find out more visit the Talking Points between Monday September 25 – Friday September 29, or contact Karen Eynon, Older People’s Strategy Development Officer on  01824 706356, e-mail:

A copy of Denbighshire’s Ageing Well Plan can also be found by visiting:

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Figures show Denbighshire performing well

Denbighshire continues to be one of the top performing councils in Wales, providing a high standard of service to the county’s residents.

Figures compiled by the Local Government Data Unit compare the performance of councils across Wales on a range of issues. 
The results for 2016/17 show that Denbighshire performed in the top half for the majority of activities it was assessed against, when compared with other councils.
Results also show Denbighshire has the least number of measures appearing in the bottom quarter of any authority in Wales. It had also shown an improvement in 17 out of 25 indicators it was assessed against
Denbighshire had:
  • One of the lowest waiting times for delivering disabled facilities grants
  • One of the highest rates for turning private sector dwellings to occupied through direct action by the Council.
  • 100% of final statements of special education need issued within 26 weeks.
  • One of the lowest sickness absence rates
Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill, Cabinet Lead Member for Finance, with responsibility for business performance, said: “This report makes very pleasing reading and reflects the commitment and dedication of both staff and councillors for Denbighshire to be a continuing high performing authority, providing the best quality services to its residents and its communities. This is at a time of on-going financial pressures.
 “The headlines speak for themselves and we are proud of our achievements. However, we recognise that there is always room for further improvement and we will not become complacent as we work to continue to be as good as we can possibly be in all areas of our work."

Couple take big bite out of artisan biscuit market

* Sweet taste of success...James Shepherd with the Aberffraw biscuits.

An enterprising couple are supplying one of the world's most famous stores and prestigious outlets in Singapore and Kuwait after reviving Britain's oldest biscuit.

Four years ago James Shepherd and his wife Natasha re-created the historic Aberffraw Biscuit which dates back to the 13th century.

They won plaudits from lovers of fine food when they officially launched it at Llangollen Food Festival in 2013.

Since then the premium shortbread, made from only the finest butter, flour and sugar, has become a firm favourite across the UK.

Among the places you can now buy the mouth-watering biscuit is the flagship Selfridges store in London’s Oxford Street.

To say a big thank you for helping to power the biscuit’s amazing rise to popularity the couple’s are returning to the festival which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
The event, which  has been named as one of the Top 10 food festivals in the UK by the Daily Telegraph and Independent newspapers, will be staged at the iconic Llangollen Pavilion on October 14 and 15.
James, originally from Llandudno, and Natasha, a Welsh-speaker from Trefriw, met at Leicester University, married 14 years ago and have two children Rowan, 11, who is a pupil at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy in Llanrwst, and nine-year-old Jasmine who attends Ysgol Bro Cernyw in Llangernyw.

The couple were watching the Great British Bake Off in 2012 when a feature about the Aberffraw biscuit, which was first baked in the Anglesey village of the same name 800 years ago, caught their eye.

Taking the same basic recipe from ancient times, they set up a company to start baking and marketing the biscuits.

The following autumn the tasty scallop-shaped treat was showcased for the first time in the new products section of Llangollen Food Festival.

After a couple of years Natasha left her part-time job with a governmental agency to join former journalist James as a co-director of the growing business which has gone from strength to strength.

Recalling how it all began, James said: “We started chatting about hearing about the original Aberffraw Biscuit on Bake-Off and realised that despite the fact we were both from North Wales and lived here all our lives, we had never even heard of it, despite the fact it was supposed to be Britain’s oldest biscuit.

“After working out our business plan we set up production at a unit in Llanrwst with me making the biscuits and even designing the packaging.

“From the start we wanted everything to be as authentic as possible, from the unique stamp for the scallop shape of the biscuit to the ingredients which include only top quality British products.

“Over the past four years the business has just grown. In fact, the scale of it now gets a bit staggering at times and I sometimes have to pinch myself as a reminder that it’s all really happening.

“We make the biscuits in four different flavours – traditional, chocolate, lemon and bara brith - and they’re all very popular.

“Apart from outlets across the UK, we’ve been selling 500 packets at a time to Dean & Deluca, an up-market chain of stores for their Kuwait branch and Gourmet Grocery, a high-end deli in Singapore, has been taking a similar order.

“After doing a couple of tasting sessions with Selfridges they are now taking them for their flagship store in London’s Oxford Street. Apart from that we’re doing a good online trade through Amazon.”

To cope with the upsurge in sales James and Natasha, who live in Llansannan, now have two production units in Llanrwst and employ five staff to help them.

In the past few years the biscuits and the company have been showered with awards, including Ambient Food Manufacturer of the Year - The Food Awards Wales 2015 (Overall Winner), Great Taste Award 2015 (Traditional Aberffraw Biscuit), Great Taste Awards 2017 (Lemon Abberffraw Biscuit) and Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year - Entrepreneur Wales Awards 2015 (Overall Winner).

​Ex-journalist James  added: “Being at Hamper Llangollen this year, especially as it’s the 20th anniversary, will be good because it’s where it all began for us.  

“Apart from that, it will be great just to be part of the event and to thank them for all they did to help us get the business off the ground.

“Hamper Llangollen is a great festival in a fantastic location which attracts people who are really enthusiastic about good quality local produce.

“We can’t wait to meet the visitors and show them all our new developments.”

The Aberffraw biscuit (or sometimes Aberffraw cake) and is said to originate from 13th Century Anglesey.

Legend has it that a Welsh king was holding court in Aberffraw and his wife was walking on the beach there and, spotting a pretty scallop shell, asked for a cake to be baked in the same form.

A far more realistic source for the biscuit was the famous pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

This pilgrimage to the church of St James in Galicia, north western Spain, began in about the 8th Century with pilgrims wearing badges on their hat in the shape of a scallop shell.

It’s for this reason Aberffraw biscuits are sometimes also called James cakes. Under the patronage of King Gruffudd ap Cynan (1075-1137) or his son and successor Owain Gwynedd (1137-70), a stone church was built at Aberffraw with Romanesque features similar to 12th Century churches on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

This building is the final link to the scallop shell of St James pilgrims and the small Welsh village of Aberffraw.

Llangollen Food Festival committee member Phil Davies said: "We're delighted that James and Natasha will be helping us celebrate our 20th anniversary this year.

"We're particularly proud that we played a role in the launch of their Aberffraw biscuits which have been so successful.

"As a festival, it is an important part of our mission to provide a shop window for a host of extremely talented indigenous food producers like James and Natasha."

Check out Aberffraw biscuits at and Llangollen Food Festival at

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Former bank could get new use

* Save our bank protestors outside the branch in November 2013.

According to a story in the Daily Post, the former HSBC bank in Bridge Street, Llangollen could be transformed into adventure firm headquarters and bunkhouse.

The branch closed back in February 2014 despite furious protests by the local community.

* For the full story see:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top sommelier heading for Hamper Llangollen

* Top sommelier Dan Davies is heading for Hamper Llangollen. 

One of the UK's youngest head sommeliers who has served stars like Sir Tom Jones and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin will be sharing his wine expertise at Llangollen Food Festival.

It will be quite the family affair for Dan Davies, 22, will be joining his father, festival stalwart Dai Chef, who will also be assisted by younger children Megan, 12, and Ellis, seven, for a cookery demonstration.

The event, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has been named as one of the Top 10 food festivals in the UK by the Daily Telegraph and Independent newspapers.
It's being held at the iconic Llangollen Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15.
Dan, who was brought up in Chirk and is currently head sommelier at the two-Michelin starred Whatley Manor Hotel in the Cotswolds, has also served two of the biggest names in the culinary world, Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal and the queen of cakes, Mary Berry.
Now, he is looking forward to returning home to North Wales and helping visitors discover some exciting homegrown wines.
He grew up attending the Llangollen Food Festival and although he wasn't old enough to remember, he met legendary operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti in 1995.

At the time his dad was working at the nearby Bryn Howel Hotel and spent a week as the opera superstar's personal chef when he made an emotional return to the eisteddfod, 40 years after he had first competed there as a 19-year-old member of the Chorus Rossini choir from Modena, Italy in 1955.

Daniel, said: "I don't remember seeing Pavarotti but I've seen the photos of me in my chef whites standing next to my dad!

"It'll be nice to come up. I'm looking forward to having a bit of fun and speaking about wine.

"I work most weekends so it's exciting to do something a bit different.

"I'll be matching wines to dad's meals - they will be a selection of Welsh and English wines.

"Hopefully people will discover some new wines and see what we're capable of producing in Britain, which is high quality wine.

"Wine over here is really flourishing. The Germans, for example, are keeping a really close eye on our wine, particularly with the climate change.

"It's a really exciting market - one of the fastest growing for wine in fact.

"We use the Bacchus grape, which is like an English or Welsh Sauvignon, but the taste is more elderflower and tart. There are some really interesting styles and I think people will be surprised."

Daniel, a former pupil of Ysgol David Hughes in Menai Bridge, Anglesey, has been by his dad's side most of his life but was never destined to follow in his footsteps as a chef.

He said: "I wanted to be an air traffic controller when I was 16. I was learning to fly but never ended up getting my pilot's license.

"I was always in the kitchen with my dad which funded my flying at the time.

"He sat me down one day and said why not think about doing hospitality, you're good at it."
Daniel, who went on to study catering and hospitality at Coleg Llandrillo Cymru,
moved on to the five star Cliveden House Hotel in Berkshire where he was introduced to the wine profession - and has never looked back.

Daniel explained: "I was teetotal at the time but it's safe to say I'm not anymore!

"It all started from there really - I fell in love with the subject. I love the challenge and puzzle involved.

"I'm really enjoying my current role. I work in lovely surroundings, very pretty.

"There are a lot of vineyards in the area that I can visit and I also try to get to London as much as I can for wine tasting events.

"I try to get out to as many places as I can, here and abroad, to increase my knowledge. It's very important."

Working as a sommelier since 2013 has resulted in Daniel rubbing shoulders with some very high profile names.

"Sir Tom Jones was a regular at Stovells - a Mexican restaurant that I worked at in Surrey", he explains.

"He must have come in five or six times. He wasn't a big drinker but he always knew what he wanted.

"I've also served Heston Blumenthal and Mary Berry. Heston had really good knowledge and liked to chat. He's more into his classical wines.

"Then there was an occasion when we had Chris Martin at the Cliveden. I try not to interact too much because they're in their bubble and want to enjoy their night.

"I don't really think too much about the fact they're famous. I'm in professional work mode and treat every guest the same."

Proud father Dai believes his son will become a Master Sommelier by the time he is 40, which is the highest accolade possible and a rare feat achieved by only a few hundred people around the world.

He said: "Daniel has got such knowledge of wines, it's unbelievable. 

"He's been in the kitchen with me all his life. He ran the Ship Inn when he was just 16.

"I always said he was too nice to be in the kitchen so I put him out front and he was made to be with people.

"We decided as a family he should follow the front and it's gone on from there. He's now a sommelier and he loves it."

Dai is looking forward to working with his family, or 'Team Dai Chef' as he refers to them, and will be rustling up a series of meals from the latest culinary craze at the festival.

He explained: "We'll be doing a live workshop on stage. This year we're going to be doing 'clean eating'.

"Dan will be matching the wines to the dishes we do on stage. It'll be innovative and hopefully people will like it at the show.

"There is a big call for clean eating with lots of new places popping up. It is a challenge to keep moving with the times but you have to keep yourself ahead of the game.

"Clean eating is massive in Vegas and New York, and is big right now in London. It's just starting to spread from there.

"It's sharp and exciting food. All your carbs are counted and there is a lot of fresh fruit and veg."

Dai added: "Dan is very much customer first whereas Megan is like me - she has kitchen attitude!

"She's been doing cookery demonstrations since she was five and will be serving up some Greek flatbreads.

"Ellis will also be chipping in. It's a real family effort!"

Dai, who has cooked for Catherine Zeta Jones and the House of Lords during his long, distinguished career, is a regular at Llangollen Food Festival.

He is now working as a freelance and consultant running meal services for private functions.

"I celebrated my 60th birthday this year and I've already visited 30 different restaurants", said Dai.

"I'm completely flat out but I still love it."

Phil Davies, a member of the committee at Llangollen Food Festival, said: "We're delighted Dan is returning to Llangollen Food Festival where he'll be joining his dad, the ever popular Dai Chef, and his family for a culinary masterclass.

"This year is going to be a very special as the festival is celebrating its 20 anniversary so, with advice from Dan, we will be raising a glass or two to mark the occasion.

"With a record number of around 120 stall-holders, this year's festival promises to be the biggest and the best yet. I can't wait."

* To find out more about Llangollen Food Festival go to

Friday, September 15, 2017

Corwen marks Owain Glyndwr Day

Special events are being held to mark Owain Glyndwr Day in Corwen tomorrow (Saturday).

A family fun day, from 12 noon until 5pm, will be held on the site of the former pavilion car park, near the temporary train station in the town.

It will include stalls, bouncy castle, miniature railway, birds of prey demonstration and a performing stage with local choirs and bands.

The day is organised by the local Owain Glyndwr Day festival committee and has been approved by Denbighshire County Council.

Corwen Business Group has designated free car parking at the main Corwen car park  for the day.

Visitors to Llangollen will be encouraged to board the train to visit Corwen.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Police boss offers boost to community crimebusters

* Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales Ann Griffith, Assistant Chief Constable of North Wales Police Richard Debicki,  PACT Chairman David Williams and Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales Arfon Jones.

A special fund which uses cash seized from crooks to help community crimebusters in North Wales is set to take its hand-outs to over £200,000 in five years.

The Your Community, Your Choice Awards are again putting up over £40,000 for local groups and North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones is urging local groups to bid for the cash.

The Community Fund is again being set up jointly by Mr Jones, North Wales Police and the North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT).

Each of the region’s six counties will have £2,500 apiece for two groups with £5,000 each for two organisations that operate across North Wales.

The successful groups are chosen by public vote and entries close on Saturday, September 30, with the Your Community, Your Choice entry form available on the North Wales Police website with a link to it on the Police Commissioner’s website.

A shortlist of applicants will be chosen by a special panel and voting opens to the public on October 30 and runs until December 1 with that vote deciding the winners.

The cash for the awards comes partly from money seized by the courts through the Proceeds of Crime Act with the rest from the Police Commissioner’s Fund.

North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones said: “These awards are important because they involve the community and the communities decide where the money can best be spent.

“A lot of what we fund is aimed at providing something for young people to get involved with in their spare time rather than being tempted to commit crime or indulge in anti-social behaviour.

“We want to support communities so they are able to take responsibility for their own areas.

“Smaller community groups like them can do a great deal to make communities safer, reduce crime and reduce re-offending, It also sends a good message to the communities because it shows we are listening to them.”

His message was backed by Assistant Chief Constable Richard Debicki who said: “This is the fifth year of the scheme and it has been a great success because it gives the public and local communities the chance to have a stake in how local issues are addressed and how we together tackle crime and disorder.

“I get particular satisfaction that part of the funding comes from the proceeds of crime, so that money is taken out of the pockets of criminals and their ill-gotten gains by the courts and is put back into community initiatives.

“It’s turning bad money into good and it’s making a real difference because it is local people who recognise and understand their local issues and how to solve them.

“This is a really positive aspect of the scheme and it helps bring us closer to those communities.”

PACT Chairman David Williams said: “I believe the scheme has been tremendously successful and I welcome the symbolism and synergy between accessing the ill-gotten gains of criminal activity in North Wales and redistributing it to communities in north Wales to support projects which will have a beneficial impact on the local population.

“I have visited some of these projects and I found the commitment and determination shown to be inspirational.

“The aims of the Your Community, Your Choice scheme support the objectives of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s plan so it creates a potent strategy to enhance the well-being of towns and villages across north Wales.”

PACT Manager Dave Evans added: “Applicants have to be a properly constituted community group or a registered charity and the main criterion is that the project helps to support the Police and Crime Plan by delivering safer neighbourhoods.

“It gives us the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of community groups and also importantly gives out local neighbourhood policing teams the opportunity to engage with those groups and support them with their projects.

“I would recommend that applicants considering a bid liaise with their local neighbourhood policing team to discuss it and make sure it is as comprehensive as possible.”

* Completed applications must be returned by e-mail to by 5pm on the closing date of September 30.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Free course to help businesses beat cycber crime

A free course is being offered to protect businesses from the growing threat of cybercrime.

Denbighshire County Council is providing a workshop to businesses on Cyber Essentials, a UK Government backed, industry-supported, foundation for basic cybersecurity.

The one-day course will cover the Cyber Essentials framework, best practice to mitigate cybersecurity risks and understanding external and internal cyber threats to businesses.

Businesses in the county are being offered a free place on this course, normally £70 per person.

The course will take place at Caledfryn, Smithfield Road, Denbigh, on October 2, starting at 9.30am.

* To book or for more information visit

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lottery cash will help improve well-being of elderly

South Denbighshire Community Partnership (SDCP) supported by Citizens Advice Denbighshire (CAD) has been awarded a grant of £349,847 over a four-year period by the Big Lottery Fund.

The cash will enable the partnership and Citizens Advice Denbighshire to work together with the communities of Corwen, Carrog, Glyndyfrdwy, Llandrillo, Cynwyd, Melin y Wig, Betws Gwerfil Goch and Bryneglwys to reduce isolation, improve wellbeing and increase resilience primarily for older people and those unable to access services.

Specifically this will support existing and develop new social activities and events, improving access to welfare benefits and grants, extending our community transport to include a dial a ride and meal delivery service, whilst at the same time providing opportunities for local people to learn new skills and be involved in the design, running and delivery of services.

Michael McNamara, Chair of Trustees of SDCP, said: "Although the grant has been awarded to the
organisation, the benefit is for the whole Edeyrnion community. I would like to compliment the team from for their hard work in extensive consultation and community engagement which has enabled them to submit a comprehensive operational plan.”

Rona Aldrich, Chair of Rural programme funding decision committee, said: “This fund will help our rural communities to address those poverty related issues which they themselves have identified as important and going forward we are looking forward to seeing how they use the funding to build
their confidence and experience.”

Monday, September 11, 2017

Alert issued over scam tax refund emails

llanblogger has received a scam tax refund email from tricksters pretending to be from HM Customs & Excise.

The email, which claims that a refund of £320.51 is due to the recipient has been confirmed as fraudulent by the real HMRC.

Received on Monday morning from the email address "MH", it prompts the recipient to follow a link it gives if they wish to claim the refund.

The payment method, it says, will be "online credit/debit card to your account."

llanblogger forwarded the email immediately to HMRC's online security team and shortly afterwards received an email from them, which said: "Thank you for letting us know about the suspicious email / text you have received. We can confirm that this is a scam, and was not issued by HMRC.

"Our specialist team will investigate and take the necessary action. Whilst we cannot inform you of the outcome of these investigations I can confirm that we do act on each submission we receive."

And it adds: "HMRC will never send notifications of a tax refund or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email or text message."

* Anyone taken in by similar scam messages by disclosing any personal information is urged to forward a report to:

HMRC publicises details of current scams on our website
HMRC asks for suspect emails to be forwarded to: or texts to: 60559.

Railway volunteers reach end of the line in Corwen

* Railway volunteers at the buffer stop in Corwen.

Llangollen Railway volunteers celebrated getting to the end of the  line when the buffer stop was inserted onto a previously prepared site on the embankment at Green Lane, Corwen.

The stop completes the track bed for the laying of rail as the head shunt at the western extremity of the project for the Corwen Central station.

This will permit locomotives to detach from a train at the station platform and reverse around the loop line to attach to the rear of the train in readiness for the return journey to Llangollen. 

The buffer stop now in situ should be seen as a statement of intent that the terminal station project is on track for completion in 2018.

However, it is not the end of the project as there is much still to do to complete the new station before it is ready for use. 

Not least is the infilling of a breach in the embankment at the eastern end of the site, a former access to the Welsh Water Treatment Works, which currently allows for delivery of materials to the railway development. 

This summer the volunteer workers have created the 160 metre long wall for the arrival platform which has consumed some 3,800 concrete blocks and they are currently laying the edging flags to complete the work.

Their hours spent in building the station have been valued at £200k, without which input the project would be unaffordable. The further challenge for the autumn is to complete a shorter wall on the other side of the platform area.

Commenting on the work, the Project Leader, Richard Dixon-Gough, said: “Our photo-session with the volunteers placing the buffer stop at the end of the tracked bed was a notable occasion. It represented the culmination of all the hard work and endeavour over the past 40 years since the idea was conceived of rebuilding the railway between Llangollen and Corwen by volunteer effort.

"We all look forward to the first train arriving at the new terminus as soon as we can get the rest of the station completed and linked up with the railhead at Dwyrain Corwen East temporary station.”

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Museum defies the rain to host successful fun day

* Les Davies paddles along the canal in his coracle.

A demonstration of the ancient skill of coracle sailing by expert Les Davies of one of the attractions at a fun day organised by Llangollen Museum yesterday (Saturday).

While Les paddled along the canal defying the rain, back at the museum there was a variety of stalls, games and competitions.

Also on offer was a demonstration of traditional spinning and a selection of pre-owned railway and historical or local interest books plus a paint-a-butterfly competition upstairs in the art gallery.

* Beautiful craft items on display at the museum.

* The prize stall outside the museum.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Month of art exhibitions in Llangollen

There are three places to visit in the town as part of this year's Helfa Gelf/Art Trail.  

First is Plas Newydd which has an exhibition of Wrexham Artists  in Y Caban. 

It features the work of eight artists who cover a range of media including painting, ceramics, mixed media and photography. 

Every weekend there will be one of the Artists in Y Caban for viewers to talk to and maybe see them at work.

The second Helfa Gelf venue is Llangollen History Museum on Parade Street which has six Llangollen artists exhibiting who use a range of media including drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, print making, sculpture and textiles. 

The  exhibition is open from until the end of the month and artists will be on hand there on each of the remaining weekends in September. 

Third venue is Gwalia Ceramics in Oak Street which is a gallery selling contemporary works by a variety of selected ceramic makers from Wales and beyond.

There is also  an exhibition of Artists in Y Capel in Castle Street (T.I.C.)

Helfa Gelf is funded by the Arts Council Wales, supported by the National Lottery, and is sponsored by the Welsh Government plus support from the local Authorities across North Wales has allowed the development of the Helfa Gelf Art Trail.
The Helfa Gelf Art Trail takes place in Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham counties from Friday to Sunday throughout September 2017. For further information about the event please view our website at