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All Wales Boat Show Festival No6 Mold Food Festival Venue Cymru North Wales Pride Attractions Competitions & Offers and much more!
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Our two narrow-gauge railways through the heart of the Snowdonia National Park provide the perfect way to relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery - during a car-free, care-free journey in a comfortable carriage, with an ‘at-your-seat’ refreshment service and on-train toilets available. Trains run throughout the year with a daily service until the end of October.
There is always plenty to entertain the whole family, both on and around the railways... You can ride the trains all day; take a shorter trip to one of our intermediate stations or request stops to explore the local villages and beautiful countryside at your leisure, then return on a later train; or you can visit us for one of our many popular ‘family-friendly’ special events. Tan-y-Bwlch is a favourite stopping-off point - complete with station café, playground & nature trails.
Our summer evening trains provide the perfect way to make the most of your family day-out. Don't miss our popular 'Food on the Move' trains which run during August with simple family fare on Tuesdays and a 'Chip Shop Trip' on Wednesdays. Our Jazz Express trains offer a little more 'adult time' with live jazz and a tasty BBQ at Tan-y-Bwlch station on Thursdays 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd August. Come and join in the summertime fun we look forward to seeing you soon!
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Welcome to the Summer issue of Goodtimes Magazine! ‘The Magazine for North Wales’ Lots of fantastic events are taking place in North Wales in 2013 and we are delighted to feature some of the very best including, The All Wales Boat Show, Festival No6, Mold Food Festival, Llangollen Eisteddfod, Venue Cymru and North Wales Pride. We have the best businesses and attractions in the area and look out for some fantastic offers & competitions! Many thanks for picking up a copy of this magazine, please support our advertisers whenever possible and don’t forget to mention that you saw them in Goodtimes Magazine. Stay safe and enjoy the Goodtimes! Nathan Hales - Editor www.firecrackerdesign.co.uk - Graphic Design Goodtimes Magazine is part of North Wales Publishing. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01248 681060 Web: www.northwalespublishing.co.uk
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POR TO ALL WATERS
Donâ€™t miss the All Wales Boat Show taking place this Summer in Conwy! From 24-28 July, Conwyâ€™s two marinas and surrounding waters will be a celebratory festival of all water-based activities, which promises to dazzle you with the very best in boating, excite you with the amazing array of watersports and whet your appetite with incredible outdoor activities & wonderful leisure opportunities. From power to wind and from paddle to diving, the range will be diverse appealing not only to watersport enthusiasts but also to those that wish to get on the water or just love watching the action. There will be yachts fit for millionaires, hand-crafted
traditional boats such as coracles, traditional salmon fishing boats and unique rowing boats amongst the range of craft on show, plus the chance to try your hand at everything from paddle-boarding and sail boats to diving. There will also be various classes of sailing races running alongside the Conwy River Festival, cruising, rowing, and family fun events including raft racing and raft building. For landlubbers there are stunning luxury cars to admire mouth-watering food and wine from Wales and beyond to sample and mock-rock faces to tackle. You can also take a ride across the River Conwy from one marina to another or
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stroll along the coastal path between the two to get a view of the historic waterfronts and watch the many demos or visit the line-up of boats with plenty on offer to buy. You can also sign yourself up to join the crew of a roundtheworld yacht. Wales’ tallest sail training yacht, Challenge Wales, which took pride of place in the Queen’s Jubilee Thames Pageant, will also be anchoring at the Show on the Friday making it the tallest ship ever to visit Conwy. You’ll be able to see round the 72ft long boat which has a 95ft high mast, get a taste of life on the high seas and learn about the charity and how to get involved. They’ll also be running a competition to win a day’s sail for two. Davina Carey-Evans, organiser of the All Wales Boat Show said; “Two million adults in the UK enjoy water-based activities and the marine sector generates £66.7 million in Wales alone. Wherever you go in Wales, you are never far away from a river, lake or coastline which is why it’s renowned for not only offering every watersport activity possible but also some of the very facilities to do so, so it is only fitting that we have our own national boat show. “Conwy boasts two marinas and a reputation for outstanding watersport amenities. It is also a major tourist attraction in its own right being a world heritage site with its own medieval castle so is the perfect location for a show of this stature and size. “And with its easy accessibility whether by car, plane, train or even boat, it will appeal to a wide target audience from not only all of Wales but also the North West, Midlands, Isle of Man and Ireland so we are very excited about the huge potential of this new annual event.” The All Wales Boat Show has support from the National Boat Shows, the British, Irish and Wales Marine Federations, the Irish Sea Marine Leisure Knowledge Network, various watersport based clubs, Conwy County and Town Councils, the Maritime Heritage, The Outdoor Partnership and Tourism Sector.
For more details on the All Wales Boat Show please call 0845 123 5438, email email@example.com or visit www.allwalesboatshow.com.
Tall order for young sailors A search has been launched to find budding young sailors to join the crew of a round-the-world yacht. Wales’s tallest sail training yacht, Challenge Wales, that took pride of place in the Queen’s Jubilee Thames Pageant, will be anchoring at Conwy at the All-Wales Boat Show in July after competing in a race across the Irish Sea. The aim is to give local youngsters a taste of sea life by giving them a tour of the 72ft long boat which has a 95ft
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high mast and will be the tallest ship ever to visit Conwy. Challenge Wales will be sailing into the show on Friday, July 26, crewed by young people from different parts of Wales. It will be the first visit by the yacht - to Conwy or Deganwy marinas. Now the charity that keeps the boat afloat wants to hear from local young people in who want to join the crew, setting sail from Holyhead on July 5 for the Lyver Trophy Race to Dublin.
The previous tallest ship into Conwy harbour is believed to be the brigantine Zebu, with a 72ft mast, and before that Nuclear Electric, which had a 67ft mast, and which won the British Steel Challenge 1992-3 round-the-world race. The All Wales Boat Show from July 24-28, will be split between Conwy and Deganwy Quay marinas, with visitors ferried across the River Conwy from one harbour side to the other. There will be a range of craft on show, plus the chance to try out some of the equipment on sale, along with a variety of events and entertainment. Challenge Wales director Vicky Williams said: “We haven’t had many people from North Wales sailing with us and that is one of the reasons for coming to the All Wales Boat Show. “We want to raise awareness of the charity, find new volunteers, and to let young people and youth groups know that we have a bursary fund for those who live in North Wales, which makes sail training accessible for them. Our bursary fund supports Welsh residents aged 12 - 25 years. “The boat will be opened up at the show enabling all ages to learn about the charity, see the boat first hand and can learn about getting involved, such as by volunteering. We are an Approved Activity Provider for the Gold Residential Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme so that’s another way young people can get involved. “We will also be running a competition to win a day sail for two on Challenge Wales and visitors to the boat can also book up for a future voyage, whether young people or adults.
“The All Wales Boat Show is a great way to demonstrate to people the fun and the skills that can be gained in the world of sailing. “Challenge Wales is a sail training charity, both teaching people how to sail and helping those who step aboard to develop their personal and social skills. “We give people a purpose and help to broaden their horizons, a goal to strive towards, the opportunity to experience the highs of achievement and success and sometimes the lows of failure but understanding how to cope with that. “Teamwork, leadership, discipline, respect for others and communication skills are all developed while on board Challenge Wales.” The yacht was originally known as Challenge Business 47 and successfully took part in two round the world races – the BT Global Challenge 2000-01 and the Global Challenge 2004-5, when it came joint seventh, taking 170 days to circle the globe. Designed by Robert Humphreys and built by Devenport Yachts in 2000, she was one of 12 identical yachts that took part in the toughest yacht race in the world and covering some 29,000 nautical miles. Challenge Wales has also taken part in races including the famous Round the Island Race, Cowes in 2011(where she beat her sister yachts and half the Clipper fleet) and the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO) Small Ships Race 2011 in the Solent, picking up her first trophy along the way. In 2012 Challenge Wales was invited to be part of the Queen’s Jubilee Thames Pageant in London as part of the Avenue of Sail floating exhibition in St Katharine’s Dock.
Challenge Wales’ attendance was endorsed by the Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan and she represented the youth of Wales in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Young people from different parts of Wales sailed Challenge Wales up the Thames as part of a special Jubilee Sailing Voyage. The All Wales Boat Show is being organised by event management and marketing specialists Sparc Ltd. Managing Director Davina Carey-Evans said: “We are very excited that Challenge Wales will be coming to the show. “She is a magnificent yacht and will provide a wonderful spectacle that I am sure will help inspire a new generation of sailors. “This is the first ever National Boat Show for Wales and what’s interesting is how far and wide the exhibitors are coming from - from all across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. “We believe the timing is perfect, too, because it’s taking place the same time as the Conwy River Festival. “Two million adults in the UK enjoy water-based activities and the marine sector generates £66.7 million in Wales alone. “Wherever you go in Wales, you are never far away from a river, lake or coastline which is why it’s renowned for not only offering every water sport activity possible but also some of the very best facilities to do so, so it is only fitting that we have our own boat show. “Conwy boasts two marinas and a reputation for outstanding water sport amenities. It is also a major tourist attraction in its own right being a world heritage site with its own medieval castle so is the perfect location for a show of
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this stature and size. “And with its easy accessibility whether by car, plane, train or even boat, it will appeal to a wide target audience from not only all of Wales but also the North West, Midlands, Isle of Man and Ireland.”
For more details on the All Wales Boat Show please call 0845 123 5438, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.allwalesboatshow.com.
Unique rowing boat is a family affair at All Wales Boat Show A unique rowing boat, hand-built in Gwynedd, will be among the craft on show at the first All Wales Boat Show. It’s the latest design from Classic Sailboats, where watersports instructor Adrian Richardson has joined forces with his father-in-law John Jones, a master boat-builder. At their yard at Wern Difyr, Bethel, near Caernarfon,they’ve come up with the 14ft rowing boat, which can carry up to four people but is suitable for one and two rowers, and which is perfect for fun on rivers, lakes and in harbours, The range will be called Menai 14, but the name of the latest rowing boat will be unveiled at the show, which is being staged in both Conwy and Deganwy Marinas in July. “We are very proud to be showing off our new design at the event,” said Adrian, who is now business development manager at the company. This is the prototype model. It has a fibre glass hull, while all the trimmings and fittings are wood. “So it looks really good and elegant, and sits well in the water. Also it’s fast to row,” added Adrian. “We were looking to bridge the divide between fibre glass, and the traditional wooden rowing boat, to create something that combines the best of each.” The boat has been trialled at Llyn Padarn at Llanberis and in the Menai Strait, and they are now putting the finishing touches to the design, ready to unveil it at the show, where it will go on sale for under £5,000. John 55, has more than 40 years’ experience of building boats for use on the Menai Strait. He set up his latest venture in 2003 and Adrian, originally from oxford, joined him in 2008. “I used to sail dinghies on a reservoir near my home and then came to North Wales to be a watersports instructor at Plas Menai,” explained Adrian, now 28. During that time he met his wife Rhian, 25, a teaching assistant in Bangor, and the couple, who live in Felinheli, now have a son Leo, aged 15 months. “Maybe one day he’ll be the third generation to go into the boatbuilding business,” added Adrian. “We are looking forward to showing off our new rowing boat at the All Wales Boat Show, and seeing what else is on offer at the event.
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This event is just what the watersports industry in North Wales needs.” The All Wales Boat show from July 24-28, will be split between Conwy and Deganwy Quay marinas, with visitors ferried across the River Conwy from one harbour side to the other. There will be a range of craft on show, plus the chance to try out some of the equipment on sale, along with a variety of events and entertainment. The event, organised by event management and marketing specialists, Sparc Ltd, aims to help Wales grab a bigger share of the marine industry that generates around £3 billion in the UK every year. Managing Director Davina Carey-Evans said: “We very excited about the huge potential of the event, especially as it’s the only boat show that uses the water to actually transport people. “It’s the first ever National Boat Show for Wales and what’s interesting is how far and wide the exhibitors are coming from - from all across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. “We believe the timing is perfect, too, because it’s taking place the same time as the Conwy River Festival. “Two million adults in the UK enjoy water-based activities and the marine sector generates £66.7 million in Wales alone. “Wherever you go in Wales, you are never far away from a river, lake or coastline which is why it’s renowned for not only offering every water sport activity possible but also some of the very best facilities to do so, so it is only fitting that we have our own boat show. “Conwy boasts two marinas and a reputation for outstanding water sport amenities. It is also a major tourist attraction in its own right being a world heritage site with its own medieval castle so is the perfect location for a show of this stature and size. “And with its easy accessibility whether by car, plane, train or even boat, it will appeal to a wide target audience from not only all of Wales but also the North West, Midlands, Isle of Man and Ireland.”
For more details on the All Wales Boat Show please call 0845 123 5438, email email@example.com or visit www.allwalesboatshow.com.
For one week each July Llangollen is transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour as it stages its own Carnival of Nations. 9th July - 14th July
The International Musical Eisteddfod, held on the second week of the month, brings a fiesta of music, language, dance and colour to the little town on the banks of the River Dee. The colour and excitement of this great event still brings its message of peace and friendship to the place where Wales meets the World after 67 years. And that festival atmosphere floods out
from the Royal International Pavilion where artists of the stature of Luciano Pavarotti, Bryn Terfel, Joan Baez, Hayley Westenra and Jose Carreras have performed. Hundreds of competitors and thousands of visitors flock to the field and you can soak up the sights and sounds of the world as singers, musicians and dancers from New Zealand and Russia, ChIna, India and South America mingle. Impromptu performances break out, Zulu choirs sing, Indian musicians pluck sitars and accents from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas mingle. One of the highlights this year will be the visit of two members of a German youth choir who are to make an emotional return to Llangollen, 60 years after they sang there as schoolgirls. Ursel Gaussman and Inge Volkening, then both aged 14, were part of the Obernkirchen Children’s Choir which won at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in 1953 – and had an international hit with the song The Happy Wanderer. Sixty years on the Eisteddfod have contacted the choir, now known as the Schaumburger Maerchensaenger, and invited Inge and Ursel over, accompanied by the choir’s musical director, Gudrun Wuttke. Back in 1953 another visitor, the poet Dylan Thomas, described them as “pig-tailed angels” in a radio broadcast, one of his last for the BBC before his death in New York four months later. Ursel and Inge actually
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met the great poet as well as the Queen and Prince Philip Gudrun, who has been in charge of the choir for over 25 years, said proudly: “He is one of my favourite poets and we still use ‘angels with pigtails’ in our publicity.” They will be there for the traditional opening parade which sets the template for the six days of the Eisteddfod, from Tuesday July 9, to Sunday, July 14, with a fabulous spectacle of colour and sound as locals and visitors from the UK and across the world join together. Competitors dance, sing and play musical instruments as the procession moves from the Eisteddfod field through the streets of Llangollen, and back again, led by the event Patron, Terry Waite MBE. The concerts begin that night with the Carnival of Nations featuring four of Wales’s finest male voice choirs, the Rhos Orpheus, Cor Godre’r Aran, Cor y Brythoniaid and the chart topping Fron Choir, performing on the 60th anniversary of the historic visit of Germany’s Oberkirchen Choir. They will be joined by the St Melodians Steel Band, from Trinidad and international competitors. Wednesday night will feature An Evening with Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie who will be joined by the rising American tenor Noah Stewart and harpist Claire Jones, former official harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales, along with the Eisteddfod Orchestra and the Santo Tomas Choir from the Philippines, twice Choir of the World winners. Thursday will be Strictly Cuban, a celebration of Latin dance rhythms with James and Ola Jordan and the Buena Vista Social Club while Friday will be VERDI 200, a performance of Verdi’s Requiem by to mark the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth with Claire Rutter, Mirouslava Yordanova , Gwyn Hughes Jones, Jonathan Lemalu and accompanied by the Eisteddfod Orchestra conducted by Andrew Greenwood. Saturday is Choir of the World which this year will also feature Only Men Aloud, Last Choir Standing TV winners while for the first time dance will be teamed with choral music on Saturday night as the Eisteddfod’s top two dance troupes dance off for the new Dance Champions
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2013 Trophy. On Sunday keyboard king Jools Holland will bring the house and the curtain down with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and a special guest. Eilir Owen Griffiths said: “I am delighted to have put together such a strong line-up and one that is truly global in its scope and one that shows that Llangollen still attracts the very best to come and perform here. “It’s a very exciting programme and is very different and we need to show that we can do that and remain true to the spirit of the International Eisteddfod. “We have a truly worldwide line-up which is a real mixture but I feel it is a good fit. “We have international class performers from around the world and that combined with the colour and atmosphere generated by our competitors and the welcome they receive makes this a unique event.” Outside the Pavilion with its high quality competitions in music and dance visitors can enjoy live music and international performances on the new and improved undercover Outside Stages. At the 200-seat S4C Stage, you can join in with a dance workshop on the Amphitheatre Wrexham Lager Stage or listen to live storytelling on the Lawn Stage. And in the early evenings the S4C Stage will be transformed into an amazing window
on world music for The World @ 6 programme of song and performance from Persia, the Indian subcontinent, Africa and more. Throughout the week world-class competitors perform in a spectacular celebration of cultures with stunning choral music and lively traditional dance, especially on Folk Friday when the outdoor stages will feature world-class music and dance. The Eisteddfod is a complete international experience and that goes for the food too. Home-cooked Welsh produce is on the menu but so are the cuisines of Europe, China, India and the rest of the world and there’s excellent local Llangollen ale. There are gifts and clothes from South America,
jewellery, wooden toys and Welshmade products at more than 40 stalls, including exhibitions of festival supporters, Extreme Animals and Owl Rescue Display, charity groups and more including jugglers, escape artists and magic tricks. Tickets for this year’s concerts go on general sale on Monday, February 11, and are available from the website at www.international-eisteddfod. co.uk For more information on this year’s event check out the website or go to Facebook at www.facebook.com/llangollen
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Extraordinary events this Summer at GreenWood Forest Park
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Voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales, GreenWood Forest Park is a ‘must visit’ day out this Summer! Get set for a fun filled start to the School holidays with Ricardo the Pirate, Howard the Magician or Smarty Marty the Clown at the Forest Theatre performing their ever popular and unforgettable shows and challenges, be transformed by Lookachu Body Art and Hair Braiding or have your face painted by Lisa and Moira. Fancy taking something special home with you? Make a Gypsy flower, do some log sawing with name engraving or even experience Pyro Art with Nader! Also don’t miss our ever popular Donkey Rides, take a ride on one of GreenWood’s newest friends! Plus, during the August Bank Holiday weekend be entertained by James from Syrcas Circus. James will be here running his circus workshop from 1:30-3:30pm on 25th and 26th. Why not come and join the fun and try out Juggling, Diablo, Poi, Stilt walking, Uni-cycle, Devil Stick, and Spinning Plates! Elsewhere onsite, jump aboard the worlds’ only people powered roller coaster, zoom down Wales’ longest sledge run or embark on a Jungle Boat Adventure. For those rainy days, head inside the Enchanted WoodBarn for a mystical world of indoor play! Set in 17 magical acres, you’ll discover bags of woodland adventure and forest family fun. Open daily from 10am and with an onsite café and free parking, GreenWood Forest Park is situated at Y Felinheli, Gwynedd. SAT NAV – LL55 3AD. For more information and special event times and dates, visit www.greenwoodforestpark.co.uk or call the 24 hour info line on 01248 670 076
Festival is a Foodie’s Paradise! The bustling market town of Mold is gearing up for its annual food and drink festival which takes place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September. Celebrating its eighth year, the Mold Food & Drink Festival has earned a reputation for being one of the best in Wales. Providing a showcase for quality food and drink producers from across this beautiful region of Wales and beyond, it’s a must for food lovers everywhere! Amongst the hundred or so exhibitors attending are Snowdonia Cheese, Aerona Liqueurs, Castlemoor Farm Hogroast, Anne’s Patisserie, Orchard Pigs, Gourmet Vinegars, Patchwork Pate, Wrexham Lager and Celyn Farmers’ Market. John Les Tomos, Festival Chairman says: “Every year the Festival just gets better! Last year 15,000 people visited from all areas of the country with many staying locally for the weekend. We’re delighted to welcome some
new food producers this year and there will be a great mix of cooking, live music, children’s entertainment plus new features and attractions. We’re confident that visitors will enjoy another fantastic foodie weekend!” On Sunday celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager, star of numerous popular TV cookery programmes, takes centre stage in the Rangemaster cookery theatre for three impressive demonstrations. Saturday sees the return to the Festival of celebrity chefs Graham Tinsley and Brian Mellor who will take turns to demonstrate their expertise and share top tips with the audience. Interactive cookery workshops will run throughout the weekend providing the perfect opportunity for the whole family to learn some new culinary skills.
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The Flint & District Beekeeping Association will be creating a buzz with a honey show and exhibition. Watch the bees at work in observation hives and sample some locally produced honeys. For those with a craving for craft, head for the WI marquee to see demonstrations including knitting, sewing, spinning, and cake decorating. There will also be children’s activities, competitions and a craft and produce sale. Dine al fresco with a mouth-watering selection of food and drink in the outdoor food court - the perfect place to take a seat, listen to the bands performing on stage and soak up the atmosphere! Visit www.moldfoodfestival. co.uk for further information. FREE Park & Ride service operating frequently from County Hall/Clwyd Theatr Cymru into Mold town centre.
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estival No.6 is a pioneering festival concept bringing together music, arts and culture in the most incredible festival location you will ever see. Festival No.6 takes place over the weekend of 13-15 September 2013 in the eccentric surrounds of Portmeirion, Wales, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner. After a 22 year hiatus from recording, My Bloody Valentine returned in 2013 with their critically acclaimed record ‘M B V’, a wonderfully dense exercise in lo-fi indie. The Dublin rockers will join fellow headliners Manic Street Preachers and Chic Ft. Nile Rodgers at the top of the bill. London duo Public Service Broadcasting have also been announced.
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and will be accompanied by a Q&A. Vice will also present Reincarnated, the film that documents Snoop Lionâ€™s explorations with reggae and Rastafarian culture. The acts will perform across the entire site, from the historic town hall to the Colonnade gardens, to the picturesque Estuary Stage and the promenade along the river, against a back drop of neo-classical architecture, sandy beaches and palm trees. Festival No.6 was named Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards, whilst 2012 headliners New Order walked away with the prize for Best Headline Performance. More recently it was voted Best Small Festival in a public poll at the NME Awards. For tickets and up to date info please visit: www.festivalnumber6.com Follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/festivalnumber6 Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/festivalnumber6
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For some of the most iconic circuits in the world, you just need to speak their name to conjure up vivid visions of the sights, sounds and sensations that spell out the essence of ‘motor racing’ to true aficionados. Watkins Glen, Imola, Mount Fuji, Le Castellet, Monza, Le Mans, Spa-Francorchamps and Phillip Island are all more than just venues, they are part of the very fabric of motorsport and they are set apart from ‘ordinary’ circuits by more than just layout. We get on aeroplanes, trains and buses to travel for thousands of miles just to stand in those locations, because we don’t have anything comparable at home.
ut before you rush off to see the travel agent, have a look at one of the hidden gems of motorsport that’s right under your nose. Here in North Wales we are home to one of the most beautiful circuits anywhere in the world. That’s quite a big statement, but just look around Anglesey Circuit and you’ll find it difficult to argue the point. Comparisons are often drawn with Australia’s Phillip Island and whilst you might think that one of them has a better climate, it is worth pointing out that the one that has penguins is not attached to the Welsh coast by the two historic bridges over the Menai Strait.
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Anglesey Circuit is a purpose built racing circuit that came into being largely due to one man having a dream and seeing it through to its conclusion. Richard Peacock is an ex-car racing driver who looked at this old army camp and saw possibilities, where others only saw run down buildings and sheep grazing next to the sea. He literally went and knocked on the door of the Bodorgan Estate offices and asked “Have you ever thought about making that old army camp into a permanent racing circuit?” He was pleasantly surprised by the positive reaction and pretty much agreed basic terms over a cup of tea. The original one mile circuit here was brought to life
Richard Peacock by the control tower with his E-Type Jaguar
utilising the internal roads of the old camp and whilst that was good enough to get things started, it wasn’t the vision that Richard had in mind when he dreamt about what he wanted to create. From 1993 to 2006 this circuit operated as a very “clubbie” venue using that old layout and steadily built a reputation for being friendly and welcoming to all of the clubs that used it. Richard had also surrounded himself with some very good people, all of whom are still here and very much a part of the success story. That was just the beginning, because all along plans were afoot to build something very special here in Anglesey. Dave Stewart, director of Thundersport GB, has known Richard for a long time and referring back to a meeting many years ago, he says “I have to admit that when he told me he was going to create one of the most demanding and rewarding drivers circuits from scratch, I probably looked at him as though he’d been drinking too much windscreen washer fluid. Like many others before me and since, I had underestimated this quietly spoken man and not only did he obtain the planning permissions required, he worked the oracle and got the finances together as well. The total cost to date is somewhere around six million pounds invested and there are always ideas in Richard’s head as to how he could spend more”. What you now see here is still not quite the finished article, as although the new pit lane complex consisting of a three storey control tower and 22 garages has now been built, the ongoing development will not stop until the facilities here rival the very best circuits in the country. If at any time you should see a tall white haired chap wandering around watching the racing, talking to drivers or riders, taking an avid interest in the general goings on in the paddock or casting an appraising eye over some far flung part of the circuits environs, you might well be looking at the creator of this great circuit. Richard isn’t someone who got into circuit management for commercial reasons; he is one of the genuine motorsport aficionados and is just as interested in all forms of racing today as he was all those years ago when he was a young aspiring racer himself. He still runs his own racing car school and is constantly striving for ways to get more people involved in motorsport Anglesey Circuit, Ty Croes, Anglesey, LL63 5TF. T: 01407 811400 F: 01407 811444 W: www.angleseycircuit.com
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We also specialise in Welsh music at Weddings, and although myself and David are not fluent Welsh speakers (unlike our children), we will be taking lessons! We do however know how Welsh Weddings are run and have all the popular and more rare Welsh music to cater for all ages. Where the tea dances are concerned we hope to join younger and older people together. Many of the older people are lonely and want to give back to society in the way of reminiscence and teaching the youngsters a thing
or two, thereby empowering our elderly population. We aim to have fun! With the popularity of Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing On Ice, we would like to know what amount of interest there is in the area to generate a regular tea dance along the North Wales Coast. We are equipped with compact lighting effects and a state of the
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JEAN MEAD My writing career began some years ago with short stories and articles for magazines. At that time I had no desire to write a novel. But on a perfect autumnal day, sunlit with the bite of the first frost in the air, quite by accident I came across Dorothea quarry, an astoundingly beautiful and haunting place. Stepping over the rusty wire of a wrecked Blondin the idea of The Widow Makers came to me. There was lots of research to do before I could begin to write the historical trilogy based in the quarry lands of North Wales, but so in love with the Dorothea I enjoyed finding out the history of the quarry and the village of Talysarn in Gwynedd. The quarry in the trilogy is the Garddryn but many incidents that happen in the story actually occurred in Dorothea. The first book in the trilogy is The Widow Makers. The story spans the years 18421862. The book was published in 2005 and republished 2012. 2012 the second book, The Widow Makers: Strife, was published with a literary grant from the Welsh Books Council. The sequel covers the years 1862- 1874 and continues the story of the two families against the backdrop of the infamous strikes, lockouts and the struggles of the quarrymen to form a union. The Widow Makers:Road’s End 18741884 is almost complete and will be published autumn 2013. The Welsh Books Council gave the first book a cracking review. ‘Mead’s novel The Widow Makers is inspiring reading: a classic tale, full of all the ingredients which make for the finest novels. Based in the mid-19th century, it tells the story of the young Standish family, who move from the coalfields of Lancashire to the slate quarries of North Wales in search of a better livelihood. Daily life is much like their Welsh neighbours’, and death comes in the cruellest form to the village, but those who remain thrive,
despite desperate poverty, barbaric working conditions and the cruel winter climate. The eldest Standish boy is something of a changeling; he desires a different life and ruthlessly goes in pursuit of his dreams of grandeur and riches of the landowners’ class. Mead’s exceptional talent as a raconteur lets us share the family’s emotional rollercoaster ride, as they lose their eldest son, as he grasps the riches that are so important to him, regardless of the hurt and misery he causes his family and anyone who dares step in his way. My only criticism of The Widow Makers was that it ended too soon; I felt bereft! A sequel, please.’ Other Reviews from The Welsh Books
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Council and Historical Novel Society are on my website www.jeanmead.com Freya 800 AD was published 2012. The story portrays a woman living more than a thousand years ago at the beginning of the Viking raids on Britain. A strong intelligent character, Freya manages the farm and longhouse when her husband and the able men desert the settlement for rich picking of Pict monasteries. A murdering rapist infiltrates the settlement and turbulent events rock the inhabitants. Disease brings isolation and Freya lives alone in the white wilderness through a harsh winter. Sailing across the Norse sea to find her husband, betrayal and battle bring her to the brink of death. There she steals her betrayer’s most valued and precious thing. Kate’s Secret a psychological Thriller published 2013 Every waking moment Kate endures the torment of her husband’s perceived infidelity. Her obsessive fascination with Adam tips her close to madness when he vanishes without trace. When she discovers the reason for his disappearance it is beyond her wildest imagining. Learning the truth does not release her from the torment, for she is forced to keep the dreadful secret. Revealing it will wreck her family. Remaining silent may destroy her sanity entirely
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Photography Very few people relish the thought of smiling to order; I so frequently hear “I hate having my photograph taken”. Music to my ears, it’s a lovely process; gaining someone’s trust, to work with them until their shoulders relax and their natural expressions begin to light their face. I search for the best in you; you on a really good day. Of course with children this is quite a different matter. On a shoot with a newborn they run the show, their session is calm, slow and laid back. The bonus with babies is I get to cuddle and soothe; there’s something very therapeutic about this process. I photograph all ages and now I have a space of my own (not on the high street) I can photograph all year round. (Anglesey’s weather can’t beat me now) I’m lucky enough to be busy with weddings. I throw myself into these occasions; it’s a highly creative process for me and brides and grooms enjoy my unique artistic flair. I would encourage couples to embrace their photography
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Judges appreciated their commitment to add value to a recruitment service when the independent agency was Highly Commended for Best Client Service. One of the issues the recruitment industry still faces is misunderstanding: some businesses still think of recruitment agencies as an extra expense for part-time or temporary workers. Yet the awards highlighted the fact that recruitment agencies can and do play a far bigger role. “I think the misconception remains stronger in rural areas,” explains Supertemps Managing Director Sarah Ellwood. “The testimonials our clients gave as part of the award show the range of services we offer – and we know in many instances the work we do surprises people. “What their feedback also shows is that using a recruitment agency can save you time and expense, and help your business grow. “Sifting through CVs and interviewing people takes up so much time – and how do you know you’re getting it right? “Let us do it. We’ve got the experience, the training and the resources.” The Operations Director of a Bangorbased IT company has certainly changed his opinion of the recruitment industry after using Supertemps. In his award testimonial he said, “I used to use agencies as a last resort. Thanks to Supertemps it’s now the only way we recruit. “They are the most professional and friendly agency we have used and they have never failed to find a good candidate.” When a post becomes available, Supertemps meets with the client and creates an accurate description for an advert. It interviews potential matches and then presents a shortlist of selected candidates for the client to interview and choose. The client adds, “This is a massive positive for me as interviewing candidates is both demanding and time consuming.” For a factory on the outskirts of Caernarfon, Supertemps puts production workers through a 90-minute induction before supplying to the client, ready to work. The Factory Manager’s testimonial read, “Having had dealings with other agencies in North Wales and the UK, working with Supertemps has really opened our eyes. “They’ve brought a new perspective of the industry to me, and a higher standard of service than I have known with recruitment agencies.” Many businesses use recruitment agencies to find permanent roles, and those
vacancies where specialist skills are required. Supertemps launched its own Specialist Division last year to meet this demand. But it likes to stay one step ahead as well. This summer it is offering discounted rates for clients to take on students looking for work between their studies. And to encourage businesses to take on local graduates, the agency is offering a massive 40% rate reduction if they recruit before the end of August. When the economy collapsed a few years ago, Supertemps made a decision to push on and invest. It really has something to shout about now, and businesses as well as awards judges are starting to listen.
You can view more of our vacancies and register your details at www.supertemps.co.uk or call your local branch Bangor: 01248 671477 Colwyn Bay: 01492 517602
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