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Summer Issue 38 Phae Wood

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Croeso i rifyn yr Haf o gylchgrawn Abersoch Sensation, sy’n llawn clecs, ffasiwn, digwyddiadau, hanes lleol, danteithion coginiol, garddio a llawer mwy er mwyn eich diddanu yn ystod dyddiau hirfelyn yr Haf. Welcome to the Summer issue of the Abersoch Sensation Magazine jam packed full of gossip, fashion, events, local history, culinary delights, gardening and much more to help you while away those long Summer days. It’s finally starting to feel like summer!!! The birds are singing and the beaches are busy, bikinis and boardies are making their first appearance and it’s great to see more people venturing out for some fun on the water. And let’s face it, when the sun’s shining there’s no better place to be than on the Llŷn Peninsula in this sub tropical oasis! There are lots of things to look forward to this summer; a running event, two festivals, Jubilee celebrations, Olympic Torch action, the Yacht club reopening its doors to nonmembers and rumours of a return of Tidal Aid. For full details of this summer’s events see pages 86-88. If you fancy getting out in the fresh air and stretching your legs our ‘walk to remember’ on pages 22-24 features the newly launched Coastal Footpath and guides you through some spectacular walks right on our doorstep. We also take a little look back in time at how the Polish Village came in to being as we explore its World War Two history (pages 38-44), its valuable community spirit and deep Polish roots. You can also catch up on what some of our much loved locals have been up to including Martin Turtle celebrating his 20th Anniversary (pages 26-30), Tim Long (Boatyard Tim) filling us in on his new sailing hobby (page 20) and local microbrewery Cwrw Llŷn opens its doors on their brewing success (pages 32-36). And don’t forget our regular features; we’ve got some gorgeous girls and guys modeling some of the best swimwear, boardies and beachwear Abersoch has to offer on pages 46 – 52. Summer Gardening tips from Abersoch Garden Centre and exclusive access to Haulfryn House’s spectacular and rare gardens on pages 68 - 70 and last but, by no means least, we talk with Mike, Elaine and Nigel who invite us in to the Egryn Taste restaurant to share with us a few of their favorite recipes (page 60-64). So all that’s left to do is put your feet up, soak up some rays and enjoy!

Mae’n dechrau teimlo fel haf o’r diwedd!!! Mae’r adar yn canu a’r traethau’n brysur, bicinis a boardies yn dechrau dod i’r golwg ac mae’n ardderchog gweld mwy o bobl yn mentro allan am hwyl ar y dŵr. Rhaid cyfaddef, pan mae’r haul yn tywynnu, does unman gwell i fod na Phen Llŷn yn y baradwys isdrofannol hon! Mae yna lawer o bethau i edrych ymlaen atynt dros yr haf; ras, dwy ŵyl, dathliadau jiwbilî, croesawu’r Fflam Olympaidd, y clwb hwylio yn agor ei ddrysau eto i rai nad ydynt yn aelodau a sôn am ddychweliad Tidal Aid. I gael manylion llawn am ddigwyddiadau’r haf ewch i dudalennau 86-88. Os oes gennych ffansi bod allan yn yr awyr agored ac ymestyn eich coesau, mae ein heitem ‘walk to remember’ ar dudalennau 22-24 yn sôn am Lwybr Arfordir Cymru sydd newydd ei lansio ac yn eich tywys ar ambell lwybr ysblennydd sydd ar stepen eich drws. Rydym hefyd yn rhoi cip yn ôl i’r gorffennol ar sefydlu’r Pentref Pwylaidd wrth inni archwilio ei hanes yn ystod yr Ail Ryfel Byd (tudalennau 38-44), ei ysbryd cymunedol gwerthfawr a’i wreiddiau Pwylaidd dwfn. Cewch hefyd ddarllen newyddion am rai o’n trigolion lleol, gan gynnwys Martin Turtle yn dathlu 20 mlynedd o ffotograffiaeth (tudalennau 26-30), Tim Long (Boatyard Tim) yn sôn am ei hobi hwylio newydd (tudalen 20) a bragdy crefft lleol, Cwrw Llŵn, yn agor y drysau ar lwyddiant y bragu (tudalennau 32-36). A pheidiwch ag anghofio am ein heitemau rheolaidd; mae genethod a bechgyn hardd yn modelu rhai o’r gwisgoedd nofio, boardies a dillad glan môr gorau sydd gan Abersoch i’w cynnig ar dudalennau 46-52. Help gyda garddio yn yr haf gan Ganolfan Arddio Abersoch a mynediad unigryw i erddi ysblennydd a phrin Haulfryn House ar dudalennau 68-70. Yn olaf, ond nid lleiaf pwysig, rydym yn sgwrsio gyda Mike, Elaine a Nigel sy’n ein gwahodd i fwyty Taste yr Egryn i rannu rhai o’u hoff ryseitiau (tudalen 60-64). Felly’r unig beth sydd ar ôl yw rhoi eich traed i fyny yng ngwres yr haul a mwynhau!


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20 Radio Controlled Lasers 22 A walk to remember Tim Long talks about his new sailing hobby

This issue we look at the newly launched ‘Coastal Footpath’

26 Turtle Photography 32 Cwrw Llŷn 38 Polish Home

Take a look back at 20 years of Turtle Photography Local microbrewery makes beer fit of a King Go back in history and learn how Penrhos became home to a beautiful Polish Village

60 Featured Chef 68 Summer Gardening 72 Parisian Style 76 Coastal Homes

The Egryn Taste: Informal, Inviting, in Abersoch

More Summer tips from Abersoch Garden Centre & a rare peak at the Haulfryn estate Paris Chic for your Coastal Home

New Regular Feature A taste of properties available in the area to buy or to rent

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Catch up with all that has been happening in the village this winter with this issue’s bumper news section

46 Beach Fashion Feature 56 Approved Activities 82 Did You Know That? Boardies, Bikini’s, Cakes & Tans Felin Uchaf takes center stage

Get lost in the Welsh heritage of the area with some definitions of words you might see around Abersoch

86 Events 90 Soch Heads 94 Abersoch Listings And Map 96 Pwllheli Listings And Map 98 Last Photo and Poem Essential dates for your diary

Faces on heads around Abersoch

A list of local businesses and where to find them

A list of businesses in Pwllheli and where to find them

Stand on Llanbedrog Head & shout this out at the top of your lungs. A sailors lament by Dave Palliser


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Marine Conservation Zone reccommended for the Llyn

The Welsh Assembly Government is putting forward proposals for 6 areas of our coastline including Bardsey, St Tudwal’s and Llanbedrog, to become part of a marine conservation zone where crucial work and leisure activities could be banned. The proposals could have an impact on activities such as traditional lobster fishing, recreational angling, beachcombing, any kind of fishing including children’s rockpooling, shrimping or crab-lining. Pets or animals could be prohibitied on certain beaches and the collection of driftwood, shells and sea-glass could be illegal. Highly Protected Marine Conservation Zones have been used in areas like Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to protect rare species and habitats. The Countryside Council for Wales has advised our government to apply them here, despite many scientists’ belief that this is the wrong approach. Local fisherman are understandably concerned about the proposals as fisherman Brian Jones said in a recent interview with the Caernarfon and Denbigh: “These Marine Conservation Zones are a ridiculous idea that will affect at least 30-40 fishermen that I know of. These zones encompass a large part of the Llyn coast, including St Tudwal’s, and whatever’s left won’t be nearly enough to sustain us all. I’ve never seen the seas in such good condition as they are now, so why come in with these proposals now?”

Find out more from www.cragen-llyn.com

THE BRANDS ARE COMING! Development work in Pwllheli is continuing apace with the former Wynnstay building and nearby Bon Marche being upgraded. Already confirmed for the Wynnstay development are Wilkinsons, Costa Coffee and a ladies clothing chain Studio 21. The pub chain Weatherspoons are the intended residents in a revamped Bon Marche opposite Pwllheli station, and there are strong rumours of a national hotel chain setting up near the marina. So with all these national brands descending on Pwllheli, what effect will this have on the local economy, existing businesses and the community? Given the general economic state of the country, so much inward investment into the area must be an encouraging sign, bringing jobs, economic sustainability and hope for the future. However some local businesses fear that the new retail outlets will take customers away from their own businesses, but local businessman Conrad Davies believes the opposite will be true. “I see these new outlets as bringing more potential customers into the locality, shoppers will always be attracted to a thriving, varied and busy shopping centre, and it will be up to the existing businesses to adapt to the challenge. Having these brands coming in will create an environment where other brands will look at Pwllheli as an attractive investment opportunity.”

Final total announced for Llywelyn Trust

With the sailing academy in the process of development it seems the Llyn Peninsula is bucking the national trend for high streets full of empty shops, a lack of available investment and business failures. In Abersoch too, there are very few retail outlet opportunities coming onto the market and when they do they are quickly snapped up. There can be nothing more dreary to visitors than walking around a place where there are boarded up shops, an obvious lack of investment or care and a feeling of doom and gloom. Towns and villages on the Llyn are offering the opposite of that, clear new investment, vibrancy and a general air of positivity – long may it last!

In the last issue of the magazine we covered The Beicwyr Llyn Biker Club’s annual charity ride that took place on 4th March 2012 and attracted some 120 bikers to join the 100 mile ride around the Llyn. The charity motorbike ride was held this year in aid of Dafydd Llywelyn Williams, aka “Sponge”, who was tragically struck down by a car in 2011 and sadly lost his right leg in the accident. On 15th May the Bikers and local media all gathered at the Snowdonia Park Pub to announce the final total and presented the cheque to Sponge and Rob Deli (Middleton). The final total raised by the bikers was a fantastic £7,200, which demonstrates a remarkable community effort. The money raised by the Llyn Bikers will help provide Llywelyn the care and equipment he needs to carry on with his life and will go towards their £50,000 target needed to buy him a new state-of-the-art hydraulic limb. Well done to all who took part!

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Rob Deli and Sponge receiving the cheque


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SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS

If you’re looking for some things to do with the kids this Summer we’ve got a couple of suggestions for you. Clwb Abersoch Club: A Children’s Holiday Club right in the heart of the village at Ysgol Abersoch School (right next to village hall & car park): Activities include trips to beach, Jr. Lifeguards, Yoga, Sports, Arts & Crafts, Wii, Digital Photography & Computer Animation. 1/2 day and full day sessions available please call 07977 426 389 for more details. All children age 4-11 welcome. Natnt Gwrtheyrn: Visit Nant Gwrtheyrn on Nefyn Bay and experience Welsh culture and heritage first hand on the coast of the beautiful Llyn Peninsula, in North Wales. Whatever your interests, the former quarrying village of Nant Gwrtheyrn is a fun day out with no admission fee. www.nantgwrtheyrn. org or call on 01758 750 334 Oriel Plas Glyn-Y-Weddw Gallery in Llanbedrog has events all summer. They have also been in the process of building an outdoor Amphitheatre and updating the woodland trails. more info http://www.oriel.org.uk or call 01758 740 763

Jenny II has the best view of Abersoch Dolphin’s

Even though the weather has been cooler and breezier than we would wish through early May there have been many days of dolphin presence in Abersoch Bay. Fish ‘n’ Trips boat Jenny II is back on the water and looking forward to another successful summer. Mackeral have been showing and there are all the positive signs of plentiful food in the water for them. The dolphin activity has been spectacular on several occasions with large numbers of the pod present often with younger animals readily identifiable and Jenny II remains a great platform from which to view them.

A perfect time to learn to surf with West Coast Surf

Surfing lesson at Hell’s Mouth

Mackerel Race!

The small waves of summer are perfect for an introduction to surfing. West Coast Surf Shop have beginner surfboards for hire and thick wetsuits to keep you warm. Why not join a surfing lesson and get professional help for just £30.00 for 2 1/2 hours. Visit West Coast Surf Shop in Abersoch to book a lesson or to get advice about buying a wetsuit. Visit the website at www.westcoastsurf. co.uk or give us a ring 01758 713067.

For nearly 100 years August Bank Holiday has marked the date of the annual Mackerel Race held in Abersoch. Eager members of the angling community and fishing enthusiasts join forces in teams and compete to be the first to return to the Last Years winners! main beach with 50 mackerel. Each year approximately 10-15 boats line up to take to the sometimes rough seas to compete for the famous trophy and historical title. Despite the rough seas and torrential rain, last year saw a fleet of 10 very competitive boats with several previous winners battling it out. Finishing first, with a time of 60 minutes, was Seamark skippered by Geoff Hurst - the footballer Ed? - with a crew of 12 to 15 year olds, namely Ian x 2, Kevin, Lewis, Jordan, Jake and Fergus. It was a fitting win since the previous year the same crew had to stop fishing to rescue a yacht in distress. Second and third respectively were previous winners Ellie Grace (Rob Huntbach ) and Silvousplait (Gary Fletcher and Tom Moule). Last years event raised £123.50, including the proceeds from the fish sold to the crowd after the event. As always the winners nominated their charity, which appropriately was Abersoch RNLI. This year’s event will be on August Bank Holiday Saturday, 25th August starting from beach hut No 3, main beach, by Footprints, at 2pm. Any queries please ring Miles - 01758712294 or pickering911@btinternet.com.

Tradtional Welsh Music Workshops at Felin Uchaf During the Summer months Felin Uchaf are holding four monthly music sessions in their big roundhouse. Lead by Anna Georgina Chitty the workshops are part of Sessiwn Dros Gymru and focus on learning traditional Welsh tunes. The remaining workshop dates include the 15th June, 13th July and 17th August and are held between 7.00 - 8.30pm and the cost is £2.50 per session. For more information call Anna Georgina Chitty 01758 770454 anna.georgina@hotmail.co.uk (featured on page 56 - 58). 14


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WHY ISN’T GLASS BUTTER BEACH ON A CARLSBERG ADVERT? If Carlsberg made festivals, then Glass Butter Beach would surely be their template. Taking place on the weekend before August bank holiday (Fri 17th & Sat 18th August) on the Crugan fields overlooking Llanbedrog Beach and including the beach itself, the surf, wake, skate, BMX & music festival for all ages is set to continue its story into an exciting second year with a barrage of ticks on your ‘ideal festival’ check list to ensure it’s fully highlighted on your calendar ready to stock you up with some great festival memories.

Glass Butter Beach 17th - 18th august

Live at SCYC.... for four nights only! Many may remember when the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club was the place to be for music and entertainment. Well we’re back with a special four night licence open to nonmembers on four consecutive Wednesday nights from the 1st August. Bands will include; The Kickbacks, One Too Many Kicks, Displays and Common Ground. There will be no entry fee and we are keen to encourage as many non-members as possible to experience SCYC. Look out for further information onwww.abersochlife.com or www.scyc.co.uk.

This multi-action sports & music festival has it all. An open air stage that looks out across Cardigan Bay to St. Tudwal’s Islands and the Snowdonia mountain range, 2 more stages including one on the beach complete with bar, sunbeds, space hoppers & Baywatch style lifeguard tower. A campsite that sits between the festival site & the beach with the most outrageous views, an ingeniously programmed line-up of bands & DJs, comedy & magic and a selection of some of the sports top athletes in the world of surfing, wakeboarding, skateboard & BMX. The festival not only showcases Surf, Wake, BMX & Skate to the highest level, it also encourages you to ‘Have A Go’ under the careful instruction of the best instructors & riders in the business. There’s a fairground to keep your heart rate pumping, or some Caribbean style bars both on the beach and up on the cliff top, for those that want to chill with a beer & enjoy the breathtaking surroundings. For those looking for some audio & visual entertainment then there’s a fantastic eclectic mix of bands, DJs, comedy & magic on the 3 stages. Chicane, Grandmaster Flash, Stooshe, Sway & Rudimental will be there along with local favourites, The Kickbacks, Dan Williams & Joel plus a whole host of other both established and up & coming acts to get you bouncing into the night. Tickets range from £17.50 for a Junior day ticket to £70 for a weekend camping adult (Under 11’s enter for free). Or for those wishing to enjoy the festival as a VIP, for a little more moolah there are some fantastic options well worth investing in. Tickets are in local shops now or for more information check out the official festival website at www.glassbutterbeach.com or call the event office on 01758 714000.

THURS 23RD AUGUST 2012

This has got to be the biggest news of the Summer ….. Tidal Aid is returning to Abersoch for 2012! It will take place on Thursday 23rd August with Beach Volleyball, the famous BBQ and some big beats on the beach. Raising money for a great local cause, there will also be the return of the night time party. Who knows, one day it could see the return of the famous tent in the Yacht Club overflow car park!

Photo: Gary Shaw

SWEATY BEATS

Full details to be announced over the Summer, but keep checking www. abersochlife.com for all the details. You don’t want to miss this! It’s got a lot of history and is a whole bunch of fun. If you want to volunteer your help then contact organisers Sensation Group via email on info@sensationgroup.com

OFFICIAL 10K AFTER PARTY - 8pm Saturday 9th June Saturday 9th June sees the Fairline Abersoch 10K and Abersoch Holiday Homes 3K Beach Race running through the streets and beaches of our little seaside village for the 4th year in a row. It’s looking like it’s going to be a busy race with nearly 800 entries so far (at the time of print) and we’ve got a steady stream of entries still rolling in. This year we wanted to help runners celebrate their fantastic achievement in style by giving them a big party by the sea!!! Whether you’re taking part in the race or just watching from the sidelines you’re invited to join us at the SCYC for the Sweaty Beats Official Abersoch 10K After Party. Along with enjoying the beautiful Sea views of Cardigan Bay, we’ve got singer/songwriter Dan Williams and three piece acoustic band The Kickbacks playing to help ease those post run (or spectating) aches and to liven it up further ‘Saturday Night Heros’ will be DJing a bouncing set. There might also be a few drinks promotions available for those who have successfully crossed the line so remember to keep your shiny medals handy! Check Abersoch 10K website for full details. Doors open from 8pm till 1am. Entry is £5 on the door. Aged 18 and over. 16


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Soch Press SUMMER IS HERE! Get your golden glow & look fabulous no matter the weather with FakeBake! The Warren now offers a FakeBake professional spray tan service in conjunction with Coastal Culture Abersoch. Fake Bake is the UK’s leading salon professional selftan and spray tan brand. Giving an instant sun-kissed colour that develops into a long lasting sunless fake tan, the professional FakeBake spray tan combines naturally derived tanning agents DHA and Erythulose guaranteeing longer lasting (up to 50% longer), more natural-looking results. FakeBake has developed botanical ingredients to remove parabens and artificial preservatives & the specialist self-tans offer added benefits like anti ageing, anti cellulite and anti oxidants. Award winning, Fake Bake has become the choice of beauty experts and celebrities alike. Call The Warren Leisure Club to book your appointment on: 01758714120. If you would rather do your tan yourself in the comfort of your own home, a full range of retail FakeBake products are available to buy at Coastal Culture!

Beachy Bakes

Nina Lewthwaite formerly of Oriel Fach Cafe, Abersoch has still kept busy at home since the sale of the business last July and has set up a new venture called BEACHY BAKES, homemade delicious cupcakes and bakes. Gluten free, wheat intolerant cakes available. Made to order for any occasion. You can follow Beachy Bakes on twitter, facebook and beachybakes.blogspot.com

Handmade Picnic Benches

Down at the Angorfa B&B & Breakfast café Andy is branching out into handmade Picnic Benches due to high demand and continuous questions where did you get your benches? They are high quality handmade, very strong and can be seen on the Angorfa Patio, you might have even sat on them yourselves whilst enjoying an Angorfa breakfast. These are great for the garden, Caravan and ideal for Cafes and Pub beer gardens. For further information see main advert in this magazine or call Andy on 07772148454.

Join Finn & Louie on Facebook Now you can keep up to date with all the gorgeous new stock available at Finn & Louie on Facebook!! If you haven’t discovered our show room on the high street in Pwllheli yet then a selection of the soft furnishings, home accessories, bespoke hand painted furniture and fabulous vintage finds are available on our web site www.finnandlouie.com. New fabric books from Susie Watson are also available to fall in love with along with fabrics from Vanessa Arbuthnot and Biggie Best. If you have a piece of furniture that needs a new lease of life then we welcome commissions to paint furniture, reupholster and made to order soft furnishings and footstools.

Jubilee Sc’egg’s at The Dining Room

From the beginning of June we’ll once again be running special edition Sc’eggs - this year they’ll be Si’s very special ‘Jubilee Sc’egg’ , our classic kedgeree inspired smoked haddock scotch egg, served with asparagus soldiers and coronation relish! ‘Coronation’, get it?!!!

A TOUGH CHALLENGE FOR DAN

Dan brook-Sutton will travel to Central America this summer to take part in an epic journey for charity. He will hike, bike, white water raft and kayak 250km in seven days crossing the continental divide in the process. He hopes to raise at least £4,000 for the Princes Trust when he takes part in the Costa Rica challenge in September. The Princes Trust is a fantastic charity that helps so many disadvantaged young people. Dan who works for O’shea International in Abersoch has already started training for the event says that acclimatisation will be on of the biggest challenges, along with the climb up the continental divide which stands at 2,300. Dan Says “One of the biggest obstacles will be the humidity. Its hard to replicate those conditions here in Abersoch! All I can do is train to the best of my ability beforehand!” To support Dan with his fundraising efforts, a facebook page has been set up. Log on to Facebook and search for Costa Rica challenge Dan Brook-Sutton. LADY GAGA FAVOURITE ARRIVES AT RED 1 Red1 is happily settling in to its new surroundings, and looking forward to the arrival of eyewear brand ‘quay’ Australia. Super affordable and good quality sunglasses, and with a cool fashion edge too. Stars seen in ‘quay’ include lady Gaga and many more. Quay sunglasses will also be available at DRIFT in Abersoch too. DRIFT and RED1 have new ‘high summer’ stock arriving weekly, including, @drift, superdry board shorts for men and woman, lots of new logo tees, converse all star flipflops, Fred Perry and @red1, fitetrap, MINA & Love. If you spend over £50 don’t forget to join our loyalty card system available @ red1. 18

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Smooth Sailing:

Remote Control Lasers RC lasers are radio controlled (the RC bit) sailboats that can be enjoyed all year round. The boat is an official scale version of the Olympic Class Laser dingy. The overall length is 105.4 cm and an overall height of 2.16 cm. The hull and deck are molded in once piece of polyethylene with a two part tapered fibreglass mast. These little beauties will fit in the back of your car ready for adventure. Sensation caught up with local boatyard hero, weatherman and RC laser aficionado, Tim Long who gave me the lo-down on this hot hobby.

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Sensation: So Tim, what is an RC Laser? Tim: It is a radio-controlled sailboat. They come in several classes but the RC Laser base class is pretty much ready to sail- which makes it so popular and easy for anyone to have a go. Here we get them in and make a few alterations, to help them sail better. We re-rig them with dyneema cord and speedy clips. There are four different sails to choose from for the boats and we have spare parts in case a sailor needs a new mast or rudder for example. Sensation: Can you tell us more about the other classes? Tim: Sure. The next class is a 1-meter class, the IOM or International One Meter— which is the most popular for the serious racers but it is more expensive and harder to get due to demand and not enough people making them. The IOM class is still restricted but does allow for the DIY enthusiast some freedom to construct a relatively inexpensive and competitive boat. The newest class is the RG65 which is all carbon fiber and unlimited as far as design specs go. People can alter them and when racing really not much is standard between competitors. This is one of the benefits of the RC Laser class—because everything is standard between the boats, they are all the same size, and shape. There are clear regulations for sailors to follow. This means that the challenge of the racing is down to the helm’s skill as the equipment is all evenly matched. This is an international sport with races being held in other countries too. It is very popular in North America, for example. In the UK, it is regulated by the MYA, the Model Yachting Association. Sensation: How did you get into racing? Time: Well, I started model yacht sailing 15 years ago before I moved down here. But then I came here and got involved doing boatyard work. Over this last winter a group of sailors from the sailing club decided to have a go on the RC Lasers—mostly to keep their skills up. Soon enough I was drawn into the racing as well because it is really fun and I seem to be good at it. Now, I race nationally and am currently 3rd in the country. 20

Sensation: Wow! So you’re kinda a big deal! Tim: A big deal in a small pond. Sensation: So it sounds like this really has something for everyone. For those who just enjoy boats, it is a hobby and an escape with the peaceful joy of sailing them on a quiet lake. They can also be a fun family activity that entertains the whole clan no matter what the age. And for those thrill seekers out there, they offer the challenge of competitive sailing, which happens all year round—and in winter has the obvious benefit of a dry sailor. Tim: That’s right and it helps sailors keep their skills up too as well as being good practice for those learning to sail. Sensation: Where can these boats be sailed? Tim: There is a local lake that we use near Nanhoron—the local fleet is up to fourteen boats now. But we’ve also sailed them in the harbour here and off the beach in calmer waters. Sensation: Is there a local sailing club then? Tim: Yes, the SCYC RC Laser Club (that’s South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club Radio Controlled Laser Club). It is a new club so now is a good time to find out more about it. The email is scycrclc@hotmail. co.uk Sensation: What advice to do have for a novice? Tim: I’d say come along and have a go! We’ll lend you a boat and help you get

started. We sell all the kit you need to have a full rig to suit the conditions without sailors needing to worry that something has been missed out. All the sailor will need is some batteries and they can be on their way. Sensation: Well, with an invitation like that there’s no excuse not to! You can find out more at Abersoch Boatyard or check out the website at www.abersochboatyardservices.co.uk While at the website, if you haven’t had a chance to check out Tim’s epic weather forecast for local Abersoch now is the time! The Timcast is essential viewing for any trip to the Llyn. Tim tells the weather like it really is with his easy sense of humour and down to earth vibe—plus his local tips are priceless.


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This summer brings many new exciting developments to the area. Visitors can enjoy various surprises around the village, as many establishments have been undergoing fierce refurbishment in time for a successful season this year. However, perhaps the most exciting development to the area is the completion of the 180 mile long coastal footpath lining the outskirts of Gwynedd. This incredible footpath is 870 miles long in total, and amazingly connects Coastal footpaths along the entire coast of Wales. There is roughly 12 months of work left before this entire project is completed; the aim is to form an unbroken line of path from the top of North Wales all the way down to far South.

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Words By Heather Owen, All photography by Turtle Photography

As a quarter of the footpath is based in Gwynedd, we are incredibly lucky to have the glorious route right on our doorsteps. What better way to explore the beautiful scenery, than to follow an endless path taking us right around the stunning coastline. Walkers can join the footpath wherever they please and enjoy exclusive views of the sea on any area of the peninsula they like. Particular new developments to our area are in Bwlchtocyn and Llanbedrog. Gwynedd Council’s Coastal Access Project Officer Mr. Rhys Roberts explained to me that Bwlchtocyn is one of the largest creations in the programme, measuring an impressive 3.5km! This is great news for us, considering Bwlchtocyn is one of Abersoch’s neighbouring villages. The footpath leads from Porth Ceiriad

View of the SCYC

View of the St Tudwal’s Islands and beyond

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T u R T l e P h o t o g R A P h y

years 20 And counting...

There are many things that have become synonymous with Abersoch; the beach huts on the main beach, Manana’s Restaurant, the Hookes brothers, Wakestock, The PB (R.I.P). but one person has been around to capture all of this and is himself a key pillar of Abersoch village. Martin Turtle of Turtle Photography has been documenting the beauty of this seaside resort for 20 years and has captured us all enjoying its addiction both on and off the water. Martin and his Partner Margot have been kind enough to open the doors on the last 20 years and give us a glimpse of the many things that have changed over that time. 26

Words by Margot Jones

Martin taking photos from the first boat, circa 1992


Beer fit for a

King This is the story of twelve good men, a vision and a birth in an outbuilding used to house farm animals. The religious amongst you will immediately know where we are going with this, but this is not a story of biblical proportions, but more a story of local success and initiative.

This is the story of twelve good men, a vision and a birth in an outbuilding used to house farm animals. The religious amongst you will immediately know where we are going with this, but this is not a story of biblical proportions, but more a story of local success and initiative. The twelve good men are all farmers, tradesmen and professionals, and together they have started a local microbrewery – Cwrw Llyn (Llyn Beer). According to CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) microbreweries are cropping up all around the country and are a direct response to a requirement from an increasingly discerning public for “taste and quality.” While the big brewery companies are feeling the economic pinch, the success of microbreweries is growing, with some 80 new breweries being launched in 2011 against a figure of around 40 larger breweries closing since 1997. Good Beer Guide editor Roger Protz said: “The real ale revolution goes on in spite of all the problems facing the brewing industry such as the often anti-competitive behaviour of the large pub companies, the heavy and continuing rise in tax on beer, grossly unfair competition from supermarkets, and the smoking ban in pubs. “Yet, against all the odds, craft breweries continue to sprout like mushrooms at dawn. The main reason is a simple one craft brewers are responding to genuine consumer demand. “Beer in pubs may be expensive compared to cheap supermarkets but drinkers are prepared to pay a bit extra for beer with taste and quality.” The real ale industry was once the preserve of a certain kind of male - but now women and younger people are choosing to drink the brew as well. In addition to consumers’ increasing demand for different flavours from their beer, the growth of the microbrewer sector in the UK has been further helped by the Progressive 32

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Beer Duty scheme, which was introduced by the Government in 2002. Under the rule, brewers of up to 5,000 hectolitres (110,000 gallons) per year, only pay half the excise duty. For a pint of typical 4% beer, this cuts the duty a microbrewer has to pay from 37.44p to 18.72p, giving them a financial helping hand. Back to our local story. Cwrw Llyn started brewing in March last year, after one of the “Gang” heard that a microbrewery including equipment was being offered for sale in Llanrwst. After some help from the sellers, and setting up the brewing process in a cowshed on one of the “Gang of twelve’s” farms,

Bottles to Bardsey


BeerKing fit for a

guest beer through one pump.” Ben was a little confused by the initial way that the beer was delivered. “They gave me a number to call for more stock and as soon as I put it into the phone it came up as the coal merchant, I had a couple of double takes to check the number, called it, and the next day the beer arrived on the back of the coal lorry!” The customers of the pub agree, “not only is this a really great pint. but knowing it is brewed locally adds to the satisfaction of the drink.” Another said “I’ve had a number of beers from local microbreweries as I think this is the way forward for serious beer drinkers, this brew is up there amongst my favourites.” At present the Vaynol is one of around a dozen pubs in the area that constantly have the beer on tap, but the word is spreading with around four pubs in the Bangor/Caernarfon area now selling the beer as well. Other pubs and bars occasionally have the beer on as a guest beer for short periods of time and the Yacht Clubs in both Pwllheli and Abersoch have stocked the beer for special events. The other way to enjoy the beer is of course from the bottles. Dean Pritchard, proprietor of Gwin Llyn Wines in Pwllheli is convinced that people are looking for locally produced drinks. “It is clear that quality Welsh products are very popular, not just with the locals but also the tourist trade. Penderyn

whisky is our best selling whisky and over the weekend, since both bottled Cwrw Llyn beers came in they have been our best selling Welsh beer by far. They brought out some gift sets of a bottle of each of the beers and a brewery glass, they all went in the first day’s trading! I am sure that if the quality is maintained, and there’s nothing to suggest it won’t be, this beer will be a long term best seller” So now you know about the local microbrewery, the only thing to do is to go and taste the product. Available at The Vaynol in Abersoch and both pubs in Aberdaron and of course in bottles from Gwin LLyn Wines on the Maes in Pwllheli, let us know what you think by emailing us on info@sensationgroup.com

Brenin Enlli

The name derives from Ynys Enlli – Bardsey Island – Brenin Enlli translates as Bardsey King. A hundred years ago, there was a 200 strong community of fishermen and crofters on the island and as is customary on many islands, they elected their own “king”. The island was renowned for its barley – crops were so heavy that when mature, the heads of the stalks bent down under their weight until the grain touched the earth. The island folk brewed their own beer using peas as well as barley and wheat. It was legendary strong stuff, so powerful that bottles of the beer occasionally exploded on the shelves of the cottages.

Seithenyn

Seithenyn, legentd has it, was the keeper of the sluice gates in the fertile netherlands of Cantre’r Gwaelod between Llyn and Ceredigion – what is now part of Cardigan Bay. He was also a drunkard and got very merry at the king’s daughter’s wedding one day, and forgot the sea defences when a storm came in from the west and flooded Cantre’r Gwaelod. Outcrops of boulders to the south of Pwllheli at Sarn Badrig, and prehistoric tree stumps can be seen on southern Llyn and in Ceredigion on spring tides, thus adding some authenticity to the legend.

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POLISH HOME IN PENRHOS

By Jessica Booth Photography by Phae Wood Old photos provided courtesy of Polish Village

We’ve all driven past the signs for Penrhos on our way to other parts of the Llyn. Many of us have even danced on the fields that used to be part of the RAF base at the Wakestock festival. But, what exactly is the Polish Home and how did it come to pass that there was a Polish settlement, here in this rural Welsh community? In a quieter moment, I had the opportunity to visit the charming Polish Home, sometimes called Polish Village, nestled at the end of the narrow road. At first impression, this is a well cared for and loved village. To see it now, in the full flush of early summer, it is green and full of well tended gardens, flowers and trees. The white houses and building are neatly tucked around the grounds where there is little traffic. It is extremely peaceful and easy to forget that the buildings and surrounding area have a turbulent history. An afternoon chat with the General Manager, Michal Drewenski, shed some light on the fascinating story behind the picture-perfect village.

The Old Barracks are now Residential accommodation

Well kept gardens

Polish Homes

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It is my sense that the building of the RAF base helped to galvanize the Welsh Nationalist movement. Possibly because there was no consultation process, as well as the harsh reality that a site of community heritage was destroyed - so not only were the Welsh voices not listened to, in a way they could be seen to be erased, literally. It was also a good four years before Britain entered the war, so I can see that imminent threat would not have been foremost in the minds of locals. As I understand it, the act of burning down the construction office and some of the buildings was not intended to harm individuals but to raise a conscientious objection once legal routes had been denied. Other sites, such as several acres in Porth Neigwll, were purchased and developed by the RAF at the same time but it was only this site that got all the attention. The Porth Neigwll site later was used as an Emergency Landing Ground for RAF Penrhos. In fact many locals were appreciative of the increase in jobs, however, it cannot be denied that some of the roots of Plaid Cymru lie in Penhros and that those events in 1936 sent ripples through the rest of modern Welsh political history. Needless to say, the fire had little influence on the plans for the base and construction continued. On 1st of February 1937 the base became operational. It was No. 5 Armament Training Camp with 6 Westland Wallace’s and 5 Patrol Boats, which operated out of Pwllheli harbor. In mid April the flying school arrived and one year later in April of 1938 it became an armament training school as well. By 1939, the base began running as an Air Observer School followed shortly by a Bombing and Gunnery school. Over the course of 1940, there were several bombing raids on the site causing both loss of life and property. Over the harrowing period of the war, the base continued to have many changes with armed forces from the UK, Poland, Czechoslovakia and other allies passing through there. In December 1940 a detachment from No. 312 (Czechoslovak) squadron was moved to protect Penrhos from German attack. It was this final connection, which led in later years to the Polish Resettlement Corps using the site to house Polish soldiers, sailors and airmen who chose not to return to communist Poland.

R.A.F Penrhos - Llanbedrog headland seen in the top right hand corner Aircrew ( Navigators ) c1940

Hurricanes of 312 Squadron at readiness in early 1941

Royal Air Force ratings from the bombing station at Penrhos leaving St. Pedrog Church, Llanbedrog, after attending the first church parade since the station was opened.

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...the home that many Polish people had before the war, simply no longer existed.

In fact, the home that many Polish people had before the war, simply no longer existed. With the double-pronged attack in 1939, many Polish people fled to France. A new government in exile was elected but when France capitulated in 1940, the Polish government moved to Great Britain. Of the 84,000 strong Polish Army, they were only able to evacuate 24,000. The climate in Poland itself was terrible. The part that had been annexed by the Soviet Union was rife with arrests, deportations and harassment of the Polish people. In the Western part of the country, the Germans were busy sending Polish people to concentration camps. Some survivors of the German camps and prisons were able to make it home after the war. This was not the case for those deportees stuck in Russia though as their part of Poland was still under Russian Communist control. In the chaos of the post war period, many Polish people were still displaced and scattered all over the world from the Middle East and Great Britain to as far away as New Zealand and Australia. It was during this time that many concessions were made in the treaties to end the war, one of them being that Russia continued to keep the eastern part of Poland and banned all Polish people who had been deported from returning or claiming any compensation for the loss of their homes. In addition to this, a Communist Government was put in place in the Western part of Poland. This post-war Polish government did not want an influx of anti-communist citizens returning from their fight out of the country. The only choice left to many Polish left abroad was to gain the status of Political Refuge. For many this displacement was a terrible price to pay after the war. All these Polish survivors wished was to return home, but sadly that home simply no longer existed.

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It was the decommissioning of the RAF base on the 31st March 1946 that lead to the site becoming available for use by the Polish Housing Society. The main impetus for the site was to offer war veterans, senior citizens, war invalids and other people needing special care and services a home. These were Polish citizens who had no chance of returning home and could not for various reasons move into other communities around Britain. The Polish Housing Society originally rented the site but was able to purchase it wholly in October 1964. The aims of the organization have always been to maintain a home-like way of life and secure the necessary funding to enable it to function properly. In the immediate post - war period these goals were challenging and required an impressive level of negotiation. Most of the backing came from Polish organizations many of which depended on the generosity of the general public. But the vision was worth the demands. For many Polish, protecting the people who defended their country, their older generations and people who were unable to support themselves was of up most importance. By creating a safe place for these people to live they also created a place to carry on the heritage of their language, history and culture with dignity. It is these goals and history that inspired the local Welsh community, who opened their hearts to the Polish Village. .

Polish Resident


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Current Polish Residents Jan and Bronia at the memorial who have been at the home for 1 & 1/2 years and 2 & 1/2 years respectively.

A visit to the Polish Village today, makes this heritage and dignity evident. There is a Polish library, a pretty church, a beautiful shrine and traditional art. Allotments have been present from the beginning as well as carefully cultivated gardens. There are seasonal music events which are both Polish and Welsh as the Friends of Penrhos organize wonderful events of great variety for the residents. Some of these are musicians from the University in Cardiff or young up and coming Polish folk groups, for example. The shop offers a variety of Continental and Polish food. The combination of sheltered housing and a care home offers a continuity of care, that is so important. In fact after 66 years, this special place has a deep connection to both Wales and Poland. There are currently 120 people living in the sheltered accommodation who are mostly Polish. However, the care home houses both local Welsh people as well as Polish. Mairyla Skrzynska, the Welfare Manager, shared how important the special relationship is between the Welsh staff, the Friends of Penrhos many of whom are Welsh, as well as the staff and residents who are Polish or descended from Polish family who were connected with the village. These people have come together to support each other in the true spirit of community. Even reaching out to raise funds for other local charities such as children’s hospice and air ambulance. Memorial plaque in Polish, Welsh and English

This story is the joining together of two communities. One Welsh and one Polish, both striving to keep their language and culture alive and vibrant. They share a common resonance for what home means, a deep connection to spiritual life and have been able to build a thriving relationship based on this common goal of respect for heritage. If you’d like to visit The Polish Village there is a wonderful summer fair at Penrhos in August, date to be announced. Otherwise, just give the main office a call and let them know you are coming. The Polish Village Main Office phone number is 01758 612 731. Many thanks to Stanislaw M. Szczerbiak who has compiled are careful consideration on the history of Penrhos Polish Home which was a helpful reference.

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GET BACK TO NATURE THIS SUMMER YOU SHOULD...

NATURAL TREASURE: FELIN UCHAF Building a cob walled compost toilet

WORDS BY JESSICA BOOTH

There is a Welsh word that has no easy translation into English. It is a special word that has in it a sense of longing for home. The word hiraeth is the sense of nostalgia or even homesickness that one feels when one is reminded of that special connection to a place. For me Felin Uchaf (pronounced Veleen Uchav) gives that feeling of hiraeth—that reminder of a need to connect with land and community. It is everywhere around us in this wild and beautiful place but can be missed easily in the pace of everyday life. Felin Uchav is a community enterprise centre based on a holistic approach to environmental and cultural heritage and education. It offers a completely delightful way to connect both the community and the history of the Llyn. In 2004, a group of friends purchased a windswept site and over the last few years have transformed it into a small hive of traditional buildings (like a very stunning roundhouse complete with pizza oven, fire and enough seating for storytelling & music events) and biodynamic vegetable and herb gardens. There are tangled glens and sweeping meadows as well as lots of young trees carefully planted. An afternoon can easily be lost meandering around the beautiful site. As Dafydd Davies-Hughes, one of the founders explains so beautifully, this group was inspired “just as when you work with the grain of wood - to bring out the best in the natural resources and cultural heritage of the Llyn by working with what is already in the grain of the land. Felin Uchaf means the Higher Mill and a century ago this place accepted the grain of the community’s harvest to be transformed into nourishing flour. The nearby water wheel stopped turning long ago but the place now continues the tradition of nourishing the community. And not just the local community. Young people from across the UK, Europe and the furthest reaches of the world come here to volunteer and learn new skills. From eco-building to organic gardening, thatching to baking, from learning to live independently and finding one’s direction in life to learning valuable team skills and how to live cooperatively and sustainably 56

Volunteer lunch with fresh organic veg from the community garden with other people from different cultures. Something the world really needs right now.” Felin Uchaf is a charity, for the benefit of the community and the people who visit here. Any support is gratefully appreciated. Dafydd took a moment to share a special event happening over 2012. “This year the charity has launched an appeal to raise enough money to repay all the initial purchase loans and buy the whole centre outright for the benefit of the wider community.

It’s a vital step toward safeguarding the project for future generations. They aim to raise the £270,000 needed through pledges and donations so if you want to influence change and really make a positive difference to the lives of young people then get involved. The appeal is entitled “Help Push the Boat Out” and that’s just what they’re doing this year: a new oak framed boatbuilding workshop is being thatched and prepared for constructing and repairing traditional wooden boats. Major sponsors will have the option of


having their names beautifully carved on some of the massive oak beams or on the first wooden boat to be built there. The skills learned on training courses like this go well beyond mere carpentry: they help young people gain the practical and technical know-how and confidence to get ahead in life and encourage them to start their own business enterprises.” The open and friendly community at Felin Uchaf welcomes visitors to join in any of the volunteer activities or come and walk the picturesque gardens and woodlands. Conserving and enhancing the habitats and biodiversity within the existing farm and beyond, for the benefit of wildlife; the farmland is home to a number of rare plants and animals such as barn owls, hares and otters. Live storytelling, music and community art events happen around the fire in the subterranean roundhouse all year round and are a wonderful family friendly activity no matter what the weather. The round house itself is worth seeing build by hand and looking quite magical, as if it would be at home equally here or in Tolkien’s Middle Earth. To find out more about this year’s events and how you can support or volunteer at Felin Uchaf check out their website www. felinuchaf.org and look out for posters and fliers in the Tourist Information Centres. The centre is open all year for visitors to

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Storytelling in the roundhouse

walk around the footpaths and the office hours are 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday. You can contact Dafydd for further information on 01758 780280 or via email at felinuchaf@tiscali.co.uk Upcoming events: Archaeological Festival Weekend - 21st & 22nd July

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by Jessica Booth

THE EGRYN TASTE: INFORMAL, INVITING, IN ABERSOCH A few small steps down the high street of Abersoch is a fantastic restaurant and B&B, although The Egryn & Egryn Taste really goes beyond those names. This family run establishment has a closeknit team of staff that really care about service but without pretence. Sensation Magazine stopped by for a visit and a chat to find out more about this star in the village. Lynne and Mike Maylor are relaxed and comfortable in any aspect of their business. It really feels as if I’ve been invited into their lovely home as a friend. Maybe this is down to their cordial smiles and the obvious care. The décor in the dining room and bar of the restaurant is dusky and warm, completely inviting as you are cocooned in wood tones and sultry purple hues. The room is full of the diffused glow of candles and large windows full of natural light. Overall the feeling is both friendly and intimate. And as Mike and Lynne point out they have a regular cliental of families in the earlier evening as well as couples and groups without children. It is a rare restaurant that can cater to both and maintain that special atmosphere of informal intimate dining. I would say that this same friendly but intimate feeling is carried right through to the menu. Nigel Matthews, the head chef and Lynne have a collaborative and creative menu which shows both of their love of food and the dining experience. Lynne really wants the attention to be on what is important, “fresh, locally sourced ingredients, simple homemade food and service that delights our customers.” And Nigel had a similar point of view.

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When I asked what he enjoyed most about catering he said, “Seeing people happy”, which from a guest’s point of view is pretty spot on. Nigel has a passion for food and cooking which started from the age of six when he began cooking at home. He takes inspiration from all over the world especially the fusion and creativity from Australia which mixes fresh ingredients from all over, Asia, Africa and Europe.

“Seeing people happ y” Nigel in the kitchen


Featured Recipe

by Jessica Booth

Mini Beef Wellington The first recipe the Egryn team is sharing with us is their signature starter from the menu. It is a classic mini Beef Wellington served with their (absolutely divine) homemade, spiced pears. It is very popular on the menu, one of their signature dishes. Better yet, because it is a small one, it is less daunting to make at home than the whole fillet encased in pastry challenge. Let’s be honest, a full size Wellington can be a bit temperamental! Make this little star to impress your friends and family. It is one of those recipes that looks and tastes so impressive but is surprisingly easy to make. When I tasted this, the beef was meltingly tender, the pâté and mushroom duxelle woody and earthy, the pastry a buttery delight. The richness of the Wellington was beautifully balanced with the homemade, spiced pears, which is how they serve it in the restaurant. The pears melt in your mouth with a hint of silky, sugary, warm spice.

1. To make the duxelle mixture, soak the porcini in boiling water for 20 minutes. Chop the shallot and open cap mushrooms as finely as possible (use a food processor if you have one). When the porcini soaking time us up, squeeze out all the excess liquid and chop them finely too. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and stir in the shallots, mushrooms and porcini and season well with salt and pepper and add the leaves from the thyme sprig. Turn the head down low and cook, uncovered, allowing all the juices from the mushrooms to evaporate slowly. This will take about 35 minutes and the end result should be a dry mixture. Leave this to chill in the fridge.

Ingredients

3. Cut the pastry into 4 pieces and roll out each one thinly to about a 19cm square – trim the pastry to neaten the square. Lightly brush the surface of each square with a little beaten egg.

• 300g fillet steak (tail end will do) cut into 4 medallions

4. Brush the steaks with a little brandy.

• 225g puff pastry (if not making your own buy a good quality, all butter, roll out version) • A little brandy • 1 medium egg, beaten • 100g chicken liver pate • Salt and pepper • Tbsp oil • For the mushroom duxelles: 10g dried porcini mushrooms • 200g dark open cap mushrooms • 2 shallots • 28g butter • Sprig thyme

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Method

2. Heat a little oil in a frying pan until it is smoking hot, place the fillet medallions in the pan and give them 30 seconds on each side. You are searing the meat to trap in the juices, not cooking it at this stage. Leave to cool.

5. Place an eighth of the mushroom mixture in the middle of each square of pastry. Top with a medallion, place a quarter of the pate on top of the medallion, and then another layer of mushroom. Bring two opposite corners of the pastry together to overlap in the middle, brush the pastry with egg again and bring up the other two remaining opposite corners to overlap each other. Do not wrap too tightly and seal the pastry gently to avoid it bursting open in the oven. Repeat with the other 3 pastry squares. 6. Using a fish slice, gently lift the parcels on to a baking sheet, cover with a clean tea cloth and leave to chill for at least 30 minutes. Pre-heat oven to gas mark 8 (220C), pop them in the oven on a high shelf and cook for 25 minutes which will give you a medium rare steak. Reduce the time to 20 minutes for a rare steak and increase to 30 minutes for a well done steak. 7. Serve with lightly dressed salad leaves and spiced pear (optional).


Featured Recipe

by Jessica Booth

Thai Roasted Salmon The next recipe is Lynne’s own version of an alternative to a Sunday roast. It is a Thai roasted salmon. This is a dish that Lynne makes regularly for her own family during the summer. It is versatile as it can be eaten cold the next day, great for a picnic. It can be cooked on a BBQ - and you would be BBQ royalty if you turned up with this! Again it is really easy to make, focusing on fresh ingredients which you can get locally (there are several excellent fishmongers in Pwllheli). The salmon comes out fragrant and light. The heat from the chillies is perfectly balanced by the delicate coconut. The prawns add depth and the herbs lift the whole fish to the next level. This salmon dish will be one you make again and again. And if you don’t love salmon, Nigel suggests you try it with another fish, such as trout or sea bass.

Ingredients • 1.8kg salmon (sustainably sourced), de-scaled, filleted and cut lengthways into two halves (ask your fishmonger to do this) • 1 bunch spring onions • 2 fresh red chillies • Large knob of fresh ginger, about 3 inches, peeled • 2 garlic cloves • 2 tbsp oil • 50g creamed coconut

Method 1. To make the stuffing, trim the spring onions and cut on the diagonal. Half the chilli lengthways and scrape out the core and seeds. Cut this and the ginger into needle thin strips. Crush the garlic. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan, add the onions, chilli, ginger and garlic and stir fry over a medium to high heat for 3-4 minutes until softened. Add the creamed coconut and stir until it melts and thickens. Add the prawns and toss until they turn pink all over – about 2-3 minutes. Leave to cool. 2. To prepare the salmon, pull out any pin bones from the flesh. Rinse in cold water. With a very sharp knife score through the skin of one fillet in criss-cross lines. Lay a large piece of kitchen foil in a roasting try – large enough to fully encase the salmon – with one long side facing you. Lay three pieces of string, 30cm in length, vertically at regular intervals along the foil. 3. Put the unscored fillet, skin side down, across the string. Spread the stuffing over the fillet and top with the scored fillet, skin side up. Bring the string round the fish and tie on top to make a long parcel. 4. Preheat the oven to gas mark (220C). Place the salmon in the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes. Open one of the central slashes with a knife to see if the flesh is cooked. When cooked place the salmon on serving dish and leave to rest for 5 minutes. 5. Garnish salmon with spring onions and chilli and serve with a simple green salad and new potatoes.

• 400g peeled large prawns • Garnish – 1 red chilli, cored, seeded and cut into very thin strips and 1-2 spring onions shredded

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6. This dish is can also be served cold - use any leftovers for picnics on the beach the next day!


Wine & Beer Recommendations

^ by Dean Pritchard of Gwin Llyn Wines The featured menu of Mini Beef Wellingtons to start, followed by Thai Roasted Salmon sounds like gastro heaven. The Egryn will have diners beating down their door, but if you are unlucky enough not to secure a booking, perhaps you could try cooking them for yourselves and friends at home. You will obviously need to pair this luscious duo with liquid accompaniments which will do them justice. When asked to pair a drink with food, we automatically think wine is the drink of choice; however have you considered beer can also work well? So, as a bit of a turnaround, included alongside the obvious wine choices, there are also selections of beers that can be enjoyed with the featured dishes.

Wine Fact

Oenophobia is an intense fear or hatred of wine.

For the mini beef wellington, the wine choice is a Scotto “Old Vine” Zinfandel (widely available at around £8.50) while the ^ beers are Samuel Smith’s “Oatmeal Stout” and Cwrw Llyn’s “Brenin Enlli”. The Scotto “Old Vine” Zinfandel is a beauty, made in Lodi, California, using grapes from vines which are well over fifty years old. It’s a wine which drinks well over its purchase price and not to be confused with the “white Zinfandel” so called blush wines. If you like gutsy red wines like Malbec, Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignons give this wine a try. It’s a cracking big, rich and smooth drop of red deliciousness full of red currant freshness with a touch of sweet spice on the finish which compliments the earthy flavours of the mushrooms, pate and beef. For the beer lovers Samuel Smith’s “Oatmeal Stout” or Cwrw ^ Llyn’s “Brennin Enlli” would work with the dish. Samuel Smith beers are brewed in Tadcaster, Yorkshire using water from a well which was sunk in 1758; their oatmeal stout has an excellent balance with rich flavours and a very lingering finish. Historically this type of ale was considered nutritional and was prescribed for nursing mothers and athletes. (Ahh, the good old days!)

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Wine Trivia

The highest price ever paid for a standard size bottle of wine is £146,000.00 paid for an 1869 Chateau Lafite Rothschild at auction in Hong Kong.

For the main course of Thai Roasted Salmon, the wine which immediately jumps of the shelf is Bottega Vinai’s Gewurztraminer from Trentino, Italy. (Widely available £9.99) For lovers of Gewurztraminer (ger-vertz-tramina) and for this dish, it is a definite must try. Probably the most flamboyantly camp member of the white wine family with way too much perfume and very little shame, for Thai inspired dishes, it is a match made in heaven with aromas and flavours of lychee, honey and withered roses. It is so sensual, smooth and silky in the mouth. Try it and see! It is easy to stay within your comfort zone and only drink those wines you are most familiar with. But trust me, this is worth the experience!

Wine Tip

Instead of simply uncorking a bottle of red wine an hour or so before drinking in order to let it breath it’s far better to open the bottle and pour the wine into a jug. Then give it a good swirl around and pour it back into the bottle or if you have one a decanter. By doing this you allow the wine to open up and be at its best. ^ For the beers, Cwrw Llyn’s “Seithenyn” is a golden beer with a dry continental style or Porthmadog’s, Purple Moose “Ysgawen”, their seasonal special pale ale brewed with elderflowers, would match this Thai inspired salmon dish. Each are brewed in a refreshing dry style which would complement the coconut, chilli and ginger in the dish whilst not overwhelming the flavour of the salmon.

The above suggestions are all widely available and, in my opinion, will work with the featured recipes. But as far as I am concerned, if it works for you, go with it and enjoy. As Galileo Galilee said “Wine is sunlight, held together by water”. Cheers - Dean


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Summer in Bloom

Pointers from Abersoch’s experienced Gardeners With Summer upon us we’ve got some more tips and secret tricks to give you courtesy of Abersoch Garden Centre to help ensure your Garden is the envy of all your friends and a colourful sanctuary to help you snooze away those long summer days. Special to this issue we’re also giving you a sneak peek in to one of the Llyn’s oldest gardens right here in the heart of Abersoch. Haulfryn House have opened their doors to readers of Sensation Magazine and we’ve taken a look at the rare plants and trees in their beautifully landscaped garden and most importantly got some inside knowledge from one of their experienced gardeners about how they keep the grounds so pristine and colourful throughout the stormy coastal winters and dry summer months.

Abersoch Garden Centre Summer Tips Summer is a time of beauty and abundance in the garden. It’s also a busy time for the gardener, full of chores that are necessary to care for and maintain the health of your plants. Listed below are some of the core tasks of the season to help you prioritise your workload.

Indoor garden

Watering

Don’t forget to keep up with your watering, especially as the very hot weather sets in. If you don’t water enough, roots will stay near the surface, making them even more prone to the heat. An inch of water a week is a good rule of thumb, so don’t just spritz, water deeply to keep those roots digging deeper.

Early summer is the ideal time to plant containers, such as patio Plant Bulbs pots, window boxes, and hanging baskets. All threat of frost has Mid-summer is the time to plant bulbs that will bloom in the fall, surely passed along with the passing of spring, so you can safely such as colchicum. Wait for late summer to plant bulbs that will put containers outside. Don’t forget to feed container-bound bloom in the spring. plants as the summer progresses.

Dead-heading

This is also listed as a spring chore, but you should continue to dead-head flowers that have passed throughout the summer (this increases bloom time and strengthens the plant). Pay special attention to dead-heading flowers that self-seed once they have passed so that you maintain control over where they spread in your garden. If you want to propagate certain plants, you can save the flower heads for planting at a later date.

Pest Patrol

Keep a close watch over your garden for any sign of pests so that you can move quickly and take action before the problem spreads out of control. On roses especially, keep an eye out for aphids and mildew. This is also a good time to reapply pepper wax or whatever you might be using to keep the deer, rabbits and other big pests away too.

Sow Annuals

Now that all threat of frost is gone, early summer is a perfect time to sow hardy annuals, such as lupines, outdoors in the garden. You can also sow biennials, such as forget-me-nots. These hardy plants are easy to grow outdoors from seed.

Vegetables

Time to get those tomatoes and other frost sensitive plants in the ground! Know the frost date for your area (check with your local extension service) and as soon as it’s safe, get things started. More time in the ground means bigger and quicker harvests.

Prune Shrubs

Although many shrubs do not require pruning, some shrubs that flower in the spring and early summer, such as lilacs, will greatly benefit from pruning once they have finished flowering. This keeps them looking lovely season after season. Refer to the appropriate page in the web site for pruning tips; a good rule of Staking & Support thumb is prune right after things bloom and you’re always safe Put stakes and supports in place for tall, herbaceous plants, like from pruning off flower buds. peonies and delphiniums. This will prevent them from falling over or look messy as they grow taller and heavy with blooms with the Of course, there is plenty more activity in the summer garden than progressing season. Likewise, as climbers display new growth, be the chores listed above, but this will give you a good indication of sure to position them on a support system in order to maintain some of the essential activities that need to be tended to. control over where they grow and prevent an untidy appearance. Enjoy! 68


Paris Chic

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1. Antique late 19th century French mirror, £295, Hand painted French style console £415, Bird cage £21.95, Ornate French style frame £14.95. 2. Cake Stands small £14.95 Medium £24.95 Large £34.95 3. Ornate glass storage £16.95, Tall glass storage £23.95, Oval storage £26.95 4. Set of 4 Mugs £24.95, Mug tree £16.95 5. Hand Painted French style Table and 4 reupholstered chairs £750, Metal tray £21.50, Set of 4 glasses £12.95, Decanter £49.50, Metal Urn £45, Artificial hydrangeas £15.95 each, Set of 4 Mugs £24.95, Mug tree £16.95, Cake Stands small £14.95 Medium £24.95 Large £34.95, Table runner £26.95, Storage book box £12.95, Ornate glass storage £16.95, Tall glass storage £23.95, Oval storage £26.95, Set 4 French style plates £34.95, 24 piece ornate cutlery £24.9 6. Hand painted and reupholstered French Style chair £195 72


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All from Lavender House Linen ‘Belle Jardiniere’ cushion £18.00 (different sizes and shapes of this design available), Distressed painted slatted table £39.00, Rustic ‘Huiled Olive 1902’ Lamp £110, Olive wreath jug £12, Airtight ceramic storage jars £15.00 and £25.00, Grey willow lantern £35.00, Grey willow place mats £5.00 each, Pure linen embroidered napkins £15.00 for 4, Angel Fresco Canvas £149.00, Artificial Olive tree in pot £23.00

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Homes A taste of the properties available in the Abersoch area

Properties in this area have always enjoyed stronger valuations than in comparison to many other parts of the UK, but Martin Lewthwaite branch manager of Beresford Adams Abersoch has the inside knowledge to bring us up to speed with how the market has faired over the last year. During the last 12 months House prices remained fairly stable although on average we have seen a decrease in values by as much as 20% since the peak of 2006. In 2011 people realised that money invested was giving them a poor return on their capital, so they returned to the market considering property was still a solid long-term investment with the opportunity to enjoy their property with friends and family. The retirement market was relatively slow due we think mainly to low income levels and pressure put on their siblings to live closer to them to babysit their grandchildren whilst mum and dad go out to work. The local market in certain areas on Pen Llyn was positive but helped mainly by local government schemes for first time buyers and with Building

developments by Cymdeithas Tai Eryri and North Wales Housing in Abersoch, Botwnnog and Llanbedrog this has slightly eased the pressure for young local people to buy or rent.

All About The View LANE END, ABERSOCH £585.000

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ensuite bathroom, two further bedrooms and a bathroom plus further separate wc. The accommodation is complemented by an oil fired central heating system and double glazing. All the principal rooms enjoy the lovely sea and country views and a particular feature being the landscaped gardens, enjoying a private sunny aspect lying mostly to the rear and the westerly elevation. There are good parking facilities to the easterly side of the property leading to a recently constructed detached double garage. The property has recently undergone a scheme of refurbishment of the highest quality, with new double glazed windows and doors and a brand new kitchen and appliances, en suite bathroom in the master bedroom, a completely refitted main bathroom and newly fitted carpets throughout. Lane End is on the market for £585.000 and is available through Beresford Adams, The Harbour, Abersoch tel: 01758 712016 www.beresfordadams. co.uk

A most imposing 3 bedroomed detached family residence lying to the outskirts of Abersoch village in a superb location with beautiful views over Abersoch golf course and the sandhills to Cardigan Bay and St. Tudwal’s Island (east). The property is individually designed with a very comfortable layout providing a large living room, separate dining room and kitchen, all to the ground floor. The first floor provides a master bedroom with

Prime Abersoch DOL LLYS, LON HAWEN, ABERSOCH. Offers in the region of £330,000 This is a beautiful traditional and spacious semi-detached property with off road parking for up to three vehicles/boat and a garage, located in this peaceful crescent on the periphery of this ever popular


PROPERTIES TO RENT IN THE LOCAL AREA

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Home away from

Home The Lleyn Peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty with a choice of fantastic beaches in The Good Beach Guide. Sailing, wakeboarding, surfing, fishing, horse riding, golf, clay shooting, diving, karting, archery, ten-pin bowling, cycling, walking and so much more are all available locally. What better way to spend quality time away from home than to rent a stunning selfcatering retreat for your holiday.

Perfect Sanctuary Y NODDFA LUXURY LODGE PARK. From £299 (short break) - £1,100 (One week peak season)

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Y Noddfa dishwasher cooker with gas hob. Spacious open plan lounge with plasma TV, and DVD. Decking area with patio furniture. Private hot tub. No pets. Y NODDFA LODGE PARK rental prices start at £299 (short break) rising to £1100 (one week peak season) . Sleeps 6 in total. No pets or smoking and shorter breaks are available. Contact: 01766 819098 Email: Vicky@ thesanctuarylodges.co.uk Web www.thesanctuarylodges.co.uk

EDWARDIAN HIDEAWAY Set over 3 floors, Goleufryn is an elegant detached Edwardian house located in a quiet country lane, just a 10 minute walk to the centre of Abersoch.

GOLEUFRYN, ABERSOCH, From £700 per week Beautifully renovated and furnished,the house has an open plan ground floor consisting of a kitchen, breakfast room, lounge and dining room with the added benefit of a conservatory sitting room. The conservatory leads onto a decking area set in a large enclosed garden full of mature sycamore, pine and oak trees with lovely white hydrangea bushes - the perfect spot for evening entertaining with a BBQ and countryside views. With all modern features and separate games room, Goleufryn sleeps 10 in 4 bedrooms and is ideal for one large family or two families sharing.

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Goleufryn weekly rental prices start at £700 rising to £1800. Sleeps 10 in total with a Saturday changeover. Dogs welcome by arrangement. No smoking. Contact Abersoch Holiday Homes on 01758 740992 or Email abersochhh@btinternet. com. Web www.abersochholidayhomes. co.uk.


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Waters Reach, Abersoch Perched above the entrance to Abersoch village, Waters Reach commands unique panoramic views towards St Tudwals Islands, Llanbedrog and Abersoch outer harbour. Sleeps 10 guests in 4 spacious bedrooms. A separate sauna provides extra relaxation. Beach Hut available at a supplement.

Hillview, Llanbedrog Tucked away in a tranquil and popular part of lower Llanbedrog, Hillview is a stylish three bedroomed fully modernised bungalow. Just a short walk to Llanbedrog beach and the pretty villages amenities of pubs, restaurants and art gallery. Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms.

Llanw, Abersoch Spacious detached ‘A’ frame house close to Abersoch village centre. Lovely airy open plan living space with generous balcony from the first floor lounge with views over Abersoch village towards the sea. Llanw offers an enclosed lawned garden, terrace and generous private parking. Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms.

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Trigfa, Abersoch Magnificently renovated detached Edwardian villa located in a tranquil setting but just yards from Abersoch beach and village. High quality furnishings and decor throughout. Large private landscaped gardens with lovely patio and terrace. Sleeps 10 guests in 5 bedrooms.

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DID YOU KNOW THAT? Regular visitors to Abersoch may or may not have noticed on their travels the rich welsh heritage of the area lives on in the names of places and houses. With so many new property developments happening all the time, the new owners/property developers are strongly encouraged to name their house in Welsh to keep the language alive. The BBC wales website has a Welsh house name generator to help in such cases, and can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/wales/livinginwales/ nameyourhouse Here are some translations of some common welsh words you may have seen around Abersoch, and a couple of things that you may not know...

Nant -Y- Mor: Stream by the Sea

Bwlchtocyn is a small village near Abersoch, ‘Bwlch’ in a place name means a pass or a gap, and ‘tocyn’ is welsh for ticket. An unusual place name that we have had difficulty finding the origin of, and if any local readers can shine a light on this don’t hesitate to get in contact by emailing lauren@sensationgroup. com Lanarth: ‘Lan’ is an abbreviation of ‘glan’ which means a bank or shore. ‘Arth’ is welsh for bear.

Y Tŷ Pren: ‘Tŷ’ is welsh for house, ‘Pren’ means wood, so this is ‘The Wooden House’. Dont forget that when the y has a ‘to bach’ (meaning little roof !) above it like in ‘Tŷ’ it makes a slightly longer sound.

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Turtle Photography

The St Tudwal’s Islands, a familiar view on the horizon for Abersoch beach-goers, were named after a Saint who lived in the 6th century. He was said to have lived as a hermit on the east smaller island where the remains of a priory can be found. The west island is currently owned by TV explorer Bear Grylls and also houses the un-manned solar powered lighthouse.


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Locals Help In Africa Three local volunteers have recently returned from Africa in full spirits! Elisabeth Lyons(20), Cara Lyons(17) and Nathan Williams (21) put work and school on hold to embark on a six month expedition to Tanzania to volunteer in Lake Victoria Disability Centre and Nkoaranga Orphanage. The trio live and work in Abersoch area, and caused a great stir in the neighbourhood with the announcement they would be ditching everyday country life for a worthwhile stint of volunteering in Africa! Some of you may remember hearing about their trip eight months ago. Elisabeth, Nathan and Cara raised spectacular awareness for the charity Lake Victoria with fundraising events and advertisement. In August last year, the three of them arranged a night of stalls, raffle and music at Pwllheli Rugby Club to raise money for the cause. Shops from all over Abersoch and Pwllheli generously contributed towards the evening by setting up tables of their produce and donating percentages of their sales to them. Cara baked hundreds of cakes to sell to guests while Mr. and Mrs. Lyons kept the crowd’s energy up with hot dogs and burgers! One Too Many Kicks kindly donated their time to playing at the event followed by DJ Micky Synth. Overall, the night raised over £750 for the centre. The trio also organised a large car boot sale in Sarn which raised a further £200. Overall, including personal donations from giving friends and family members, over £1000 was raised and donated to the disability centre on arrival. Elisabeth expressed her overwhelming gratitude during our interview. She claimed; “we couldn’t have done it without the support of so many kind people; not only in donating their money but by keeping in touch and following our progress”. You may have heard Elisabeth speaking on Radio Cymru in September last year, discussing the importance of the trip and raising further awareness for the Beth trying to learn sign language

mistreatment of disabled people in Africa. There were news bulletins in local papers left right and centre wishing luck to the local teenagers, and now I’ve managed to grab them for a quick chat to hear how the experience went for them. Elisabeth explains that during their six month trip, four months were spent volunteering with Lake Victoria and two months at the orphanage. During their time 84

Elizabeth and with Miriam, 4 years old, from the orphanage

Cara teaching the students of the LVDC

Nathan with Shujah (which means Hero in Swahili) who is a 4 month old motherless child. at the centre, the trio lived with an African family and learnt Swahili to be able to communicate with the students better. The centre is a learning environment for disabled youths; they are taught practical courses such as woodwork and dressmaking, as well as crucial life skills. Elisabeth, Nathan and Cara took part in teaching the individuals, while also helping out with office work. Elisabeth explains that they were inspired to help out at the centre after hearing of the terrible treatment towards disabled people in Tanzania. Many of the students had been cast aside by society due to their disability; what the centre achieved was teaching them how to be independent with skills of their own.

It was an amazing ““experience, a total eye-opener -it really makes you realise how lucky we are in this country.”” - Elisabeth

They also heard about the Nkoaranga Orphanage, and came to realise “quite how badly volunteers were needed in that aspect of care”. So off they went to one of the poorest orphanages in Arusha to offer their assistance - they were welcomed with open arms! It was here they stayed for the remainder of the trip; living in a volunteer house with many others in the same situation. I asked Elisabeth for a description of daily life in the orphanage. She explained firstly that being able to actively take care of the children and be in a more ‘hands-on’ situation was a great experience for them, and the reason they stayed there longer than expected. Every day they would arrive at the orphanage at 6am, in time to bathe the babies and children and dress them. They would then eat their breakfast and enjoy ‘playtime’ until lunch: “Lunch was always

very, very messy! Rice was all they ate – so as you can imagine, it got everywhere!” Afternoons were spent doing “one-to-one learning”; children were individually taught like they would be in school by a volunteer or a “Mama”. The evenings would then consist of calming the children down and settling them into their own beds by 8pm- a very long day! Elisabeth repeatedly praised the good done by Nkoaranga Orpahanage, but added there were plenty in the area that maybe weren’t so kind to the children. The trio have now returned to their home in Nanhoron, and are saving up for their next trip. Plenty of plans to continue with volunteering are in order, but not before Elisabeth and Nathan tie the knot this July! I asked Elisabeth for any advice she would give Sensation readers perhaps looking to volunteer themselves, and she replied: “It’s very important that you research as much as possible before going anywhere. You want to know all about the cause you’re raising money for, and to be able to enjoy seeing where your money is being spent.” Elisabeth also suggested undergoing your own preparation for the trip and “cutting out the middle man”- referring to any organisation that will charge you a lot of money to do it for you. I questioned Cara on her experience, being only 16 during her time in Africa- she is clearly exceptionally mature for her age! Cara remarks:”Going to Africa was the best thing that I have ever done; I’ll never forget it. I made so many special bonds with the kids at Nkoaranga Orphanage, especially with baby Maurini!”. Beth and Cara with the students of the LVDC

WORDS BY HEATHER OWEN


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ESSENTIAL DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

June June 4 - RLNI open day www.rnliabersoch.co.u June 4 - Felin Uchaf Open Day www.felinuchaf.org June 9th- Abersoch 10k - enter at www.abersoch10k.com

July July 6-8 Wakestock Festival, Penrhos, Tickets on sale now www.wakestock.co.uk July 21 - Dinghy Week www.scyc.co.uk July 21 -22 Felin Uchaf Archeological Festival Weekend 01758 780280 www.felinuchaf.org July 22–27 - International Topper UK National championships. Further information contact Pwllheli Sailing Club on 01758 613343 or events@pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk July 28th - Seabird Open www.scyc.co.uk

August Brabbin

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August 4- Squib Welsh Open www.scyc. co.uk August 11 - Abersoch Regatta & Mirror Week www.scyc.co.uk

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August 15 - Open Golf Competition; Great Raft Race August 16 - Sandcastle Competition August 12 – 17 - International Optimist UK National and Open championships. Further information contact Pwllheli Sailing Club on 01758 613343 or events@pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk August 18 - Keelboat Week www.scyc. co.uk August 18 - 19 - RS Feva Open www.scyc. co.uk August 17-18 - Glass Butter Beach 2012. www.glassbutterbeach.com

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August 23 Tidal Aid. Beach Volleyball, BBQ & beats. www.abersochlife.com August 25 Maceral Race Beach Hut No.3 2pm 01758 712294 August 26 - 31 - Firefly UK National championship. Further information contact Pwllheli Sailing Club on 01758 613343 or events@pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk

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October October 6 - 7 - International Laser UK Ranking event. Further information contact Pwllheli Sailing Club on 01758 613343 or events@pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk October 20-21 North Wales Surf Contest October 27 - 28 - International 29er UK Grand Prix series. Further information contact Pwllheli Sailing Club on 01758 613343 or events@pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk

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January 1st- RNLI New Years Sea Dip


Soch Heads 2012 Abersoch Listings Lorrie on his new longboard

Pwllheli Listings

Morgan, Samantha, Harry, James, Ben & Jack

Curt jumping off the Harbour Wall Alicia, Ben & Alison

David Cameron, Chris Chown, Samantha Cameron & Gunna Chown at Plas Bodegroes

Mark & Debbie Lilley, Scarlett, Charlie, Isabelle, Heather Taylor, Matt, Julie Mason & Richard at the Tin Man

Rob and Karen at Zinc

Mallory, Max, Charlotte, Darren & Carl cooling off at the Machros end of Porth Fawr

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John Elwell & Mark Lilley

Curt jumping off the Harbour Wall


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Josh Holyoak checking the Mouth

The home stretch

Dorine & Brian

Josh at Zinc

Luke & Cara at Fat Face

Julie, Fox, Rob & Liz Oakley

Emma Lewthwaite taking a serious liking to one of Little Wood Oven’s cakes

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Sam helping Emma eat quicker

Mel & Chloe


ABERSOCH INDEX RESTAURANTS & CAFES

1 THE COCONUT KITCHEN, Abersoch 01758 712250 Favourite Thai restaurant by the harbour. www.cocnutkitchen.co.uk 2 THE DINING ROOM, Restaurant 01758 740709 Great food in a central Abersoch location www.thediningroomabersoch.co.uk. 3 PLAS BODEGROES, Pwllheli, 01758 612363 www.bodegroes.co.uk Delightful Georgian Manor House, elegant bedrooms & lovely grounds. 4 ABERSOCH DELI & ZINC BAR & GRILL, Lon Pen Cei, Abersoch. 01758 713456 Breakfast, lunches, daytime snacks & evening meals. 5 PETAL A POT TEAROOMS, Ty Mawr 01758 713098 www.abersochgardencentre.com 6 THE TWNTI, Rhydyclafdy, 01758 740929 Fantastic fish restaurant near Pwllheli 7 TREMFAN HALL, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli 01758 7140169 Delicious Food, Great Atmosphere & Stunning Views. www.tremfanhall.com 8 VENETIA Stunning Restaurant with rooms in the centre of Abersoch - 01758 713354 www.venetiawales.com 9. EGRYN TASTE, Lon Sarn Bach, Abersoch, LL53 7EE Tel: 01758 712332 Web: www.egryn.co.uk Egryn Taste offers freshly made soups, pates, salads, pizzas, gourmet steak and chicken burgers, fish and steakstones. 10 FLIPSIDE CAFE, Up the hill by Land & Sea 01758 712772 Coffee, Tea, Cakes Sandwiches & Ice Cream 11 BLADES CAFE, 3 High Street, Abersoch 01758 713158 Licensed Cafe seeling lots of great food 12 ANGORFA BREAKFAST CAFE, High Street, Abersoch 01758 712967 www.angorfa.com

HOTELS & B&B’s

13 GOSLINGS, Abersoch 01758 712526 4 star guest accommodation with stunning views. www.goslingsabersoch.co.uk. 14 PORTH TOCYN HOTEL, Bwlchtocyn. 01758 713303 www.porthtocynhotel.co.uk Continuous entry in the Good Food Guide since 1957 15 VENETIA, Abersoch 01758 713354 Stunning Restaurant with Rooms www.venetiawales.com. 16 ANGORFA Bed & Breakfast, HIgh Street, Abersoch 01758 712967. www.angorfa.com 17 THE OLD RECTORY Boduan, Pwllheli, 01758 721519. Five Star Country House Bed & Breakfast with Self Catering Cottage. www.theoldrectory.net

ACCOMMODATION

18 ABERSOCH HOLIDAY HOMES, 01758 740992 www.abersochholidayhomes.co.uk. Stunning holiday properties

to rent in the village 19 Y NODDFA LUXURY HOLIDAY PARK Rhosfawr, Pwllheli. 01766 819098. Luxury Lodges for sale & to rent. www.sanctuarylodges.co.uk 20 YALE & HEMMINGS 27 Penlan Street, Pwllheli 01758 612233. Estate Agents, Property Valuation, Structural Surveys, Rentals, Planning Applications. www.housesaleswales.co.uk

21 DEUCOCH CARAVANS, 01758 713293 www.deucoch.com. Family friendly run caravan & camping site near Abersoch. 22 SELECT HOLIDAY RENTALS, 01928 711671 www.selectholidayrentals.co.uk. Specialise in management of self catering holiday accommodation in North Wales 23 HAULFRYN HOUSE, Abersoch Beach Road, Abersoch. 01625 262571 www.haulfrynhouse.co.uk Stunning house of great charm. Sleeps 6 - 24 overlooking Abersoch Bay 24 MENAI HOLIDAY COTTAGES 01248 430258 www.menaiholidays.co.uk Fabulous self catering holiday cottages in North Wales 25 GWYNFRYN FARM HOLIDAYS Pwllheli, 01758 612536. Organic Farm where 12 converted farm buildings have been transformed into quality luxury cottages. www.gwynfrynfarm.com

PUBS

26 ZINC BAR, Lon Pen Cei, Abersoch 01758 712880 Open every day, 5pm until late.

27 SANDPIPER FREEHOUSE, Abersoch, 01758 713181 Abersoch’s Largest Freehouse now in it’s fourth year

28 THE SHIP INN Llanbedrog, 01758 741111. Freshly prepared food & great beers. New outdoor dining area. 29 THE VAYNOL ARMS, Lon Pen Cei, Abersoch. Great Pub, Great Food, Great Atmosphere. Check out Buscuit too.

RETAILERS

30 ALCATRAZ, High Street Abersoch 01758 712293. Great women’s fashion. Clothes, handbags, shoes & accessries. www.alcatraz-wales.com 31 FLIPSIDE JEWELLERY Aber Uchaf, Abersoch 01758 712772 www.flipsidejewellery.co.uk Jewellery, handmade on the premises. Commissions undertaken. 32 PRESENT THOUGHTS Lon Pen Cei, Abersoch 01758712646 Inspirational and unusual gifts, Abersoch merchandise, fun beach goods, unique home decor and a range of jewellery and accessories. 33 TURTLE PHOTOGRAPHY Aber Uchaf, Abersoch 01758 713641 www.turtlephotography.co.uk Landscape & seascape gallery, prints, postcards, framed pictures, photo restoration 34 WEST COAST SURF Lon Pen Cei, Abersoch 701758 www.westcoastsurf.co.uk Surfboards, wakeboards, windsurfing kit, wetsuits, clothing and footwear. Mail order and surf check. 35 OFFAXIS Glanafon Garage, Lon Engan, Abersoch, LL53 7HP 01758 713 407 Web: www.offaxis.co.uk Offaxis is a leading supplier of wakeboards, wetsuits and surfboards. Run by boarders for boarders. 36 ABERSOCH GARDEN CENTRE Ty Mawr, Abersoch 01758 713098 Gardeners mecca, come and visit our extensive range of garden accessories, water features and displays. 37 HIDEAWAY BOOKS High Street, Abersoch 01758 701022 Books, gifts, jewellery, beach stuff and much more. 38 FIRST LIGHT High Street Abersoch 01758 713830 Clothing for men & women, jeans, hoodies etc stock HOWIES & clothes made with organic cotton. www.firstlightclothing.co.uk 39 CHUCKBUDDIES, Abersoch 07812 059726 www.chuckbuddies.com 40 LAVENDER HOUSE Bron y Berth, Penrhos 614343 www.periodpine.com Extensive showrooms, country furniture, stockists of brass beds, antique furniture, will deliver


Last Poem

A Sailors Lament No longer the briny to Jolly Roger Sail Tis the lubber land that’s docked me tail My rigging is all frayed and my keel not scraped The anchors are rusted and the bells are all caked I fear my time has come tis too late to cry For those rum soaked cherries and olive skin thigh Twas only a sailor’s promise on buckled knee I then made I’m pleadin with e Davy, can’t we make a last trade? White as the cape foam is my bluff old beard There’s not a cat left to swing or a tally to be cleared This old hulk has now foundered on a sailor’s reef So steady there lads might there still be belief With three sheets to the wind tis my last time to sail To the bottom of a flagon and the devils ale Ah yes; I know them now, Those icy wet that caress my brow Across barnacled tongue my last breath will be rasped As those watery tentacles tighten their grasp My hope is forlorn, tis anchors away Down to Jones’s locker there forever to stay

By Dave Palliser – written Spain 20th April 2009

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Dave Palliser spent a period of his life living in Spain and it was during this time that he was inspired to sculpt this head of Davy Jones’ Locker after watching great storms coming in off the Bay of Biscay. The sculpture then inspired him to write the poem. Davy Jones’s Locker means: The bottom of the sea; the resting place of drowned mariners. Davy Jones considered the ‘evil spirit of the sea’.


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