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SEPTEMBER 2010

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IN THIS ISSUE: DISCOVER WELSH WONDERS IN CONWY TOP TIPS FOR KEEPING FIT AND HEALTHY SIGNATURE DISH,YOUR ABERCONWY, WHAT’S ON GUIDE PLUS: EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL OFFERS & A FANTASTIC COMPETITION


WELCOME

THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF ‘EARTHSEASKY’ BRINGS YOU THE LATEST UPDATES, EVENTS AND OFFERS FROM ABERCONWY. This is your Aberconwy and we want to ensure you have a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing time on every visit. Our staff across the resort are always on hand to help. In this edition we introduce you to Customer Services’ Sam Holmes and Langley’s Personal Trainer John Lyall passes on his top tips for keeping fit and healthy. There’s plenty going on throughout this month both here at Aberconwy and across the Conwy Valley, our What’s On guide is packed with a brilliant selection of events and activities for you to enjoy. Learn more about the legend of Owain Glyndwr in our Welsh Revolution feature and find out where to find quality ales from the North Wales coast. If you’re more inclined to spend time relaxing in the luxury of your holiday home take a good look at our ‘BULK BUY’ offer. There has never been a better time to upgrade your home and if you needed any further convincing our six reasons to upgrade should give you all the incentive you need to order your new home. We’ve got another great competition this month and a tasty recipe from Jimmy Williams, plus one of our newest owners Brenda Williams tells us why life has just begun again for her at Aberconwy. Enjoy EarthSeaSky, enjoy Aberconwy and remember, between the sea, sky and mountains this is your special place... Ken, Linda, David, Claudette, Mike & Andrea

01492 572 002 www.aberconwy.co.uk

SIX REASONS TO UPGRADE YOUR HOLIDAY HOME THIS SEPTEMBER Well it’s that time of year again, Aberconwy is bustling with life and the leading manufacturers of holiday homes are showcasing their new range of homes. Which can only lead to one thing; time to re-introduce our hugely successful ‘BULK BUY’ offer. If you are not familiar with this, every year, if we attract enough advanced orders for next season, we receive additional discounts from the manufacturers – which we pass on to you. We’ve had such a tremendous year here at Aberconwy that we are now in need of more excellent pre-owned stock and can offer this even earlier than ever before.

SIX REASONS TO UPGRADE NOW... 1. Huge order discount - 6% discount on all homes ordered (except lodges) by 28th February 2011. 2. Even bigger discount - Order and pay by 31st December 2010, this increases to a fantastic 10% discount! 3. Avoid VAT increase - By paying before the end of the year, you also SAVE 2.5% by avoiding the increase in VAT. (20% from 04/01/11). 4. Choose when you move - You can move into your home as soon as the order is complete this year or you can off-set and take ownership from 1st March 2011. 5. Extra Incentive - Pre-register your interest this September with a deposit of £1000, and not only will you receive our offer but your new home will come fully skirted, absolutely FREE! 6. Money Back Guarantee - Your deposit will be fully refunded if you change your mind or you can use it as a down payment on next year’s pitch fees. This unique offer could save you anything from £3,000 to £15,500 on the large double wide ‘mini’ lodges. If you are interested, just give David a call or visit us to go through the options and we can work with you to make sure you make the right choice.


PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE BEING PHYSICALLY ACTIVE IS GOOD FOR ALL OF US AND COMBINED WITH HEALTHY EATING CAN HELP COMBAT MANY MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT CAN AFFECT US AS WE GET OLDER. Keen golfer Jimmy Tarbuck combats his diabetes with regular exercise.

Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. 2.5 million people in the UK are diagnosed with diabetes and many people have the condition but don’t know it.

5 TOP TIPS FOR KEEPING FIT

Type 1 diabetes is a hereditary condition and accounts for between 5 and 15 per cent of all people with diabetes. It is treated by daily insulin injections, a healthy diet and regular physical activity. Type 2 diabetes has become one of the most common conditions for over 40s in the UK today. It is often developed through lifestyle choices and Langley’s John Lyall has given us some insight into what can be done to help prevent Type 2 diabetes:

Langley’s Health Club offers great facilities for gym workouts and swimming and their friendly and knowledable fitness instructors are always on hand to give you specialised advice on exercising for your needs. It is important to find something that is enjoyable and achievable for you and here, John Lyall, Personal Trainer and Nutritional Therapist at Langley’s suggests some activities you can easily build into your time at Aberconwy Resort & Spa. WALKING There are lots of ways to include more walking into everyday life. (See page three for a great walk near Conwy) - Park your car in the furthest spot in the car park. - Offer to take a friend’s dog for a walk. HOUSEHOLD JOBS DIY can lead to health as well as home improvements! - Get fit while sprucing up your garden. - Boogie while you’re hoovering. SWIMMING A great way to relax and, if you want more fun, water aerobics might be just up your street. GOLF Walking briskly between 18 holes notches up plenty of physical activity minutes and helps you destress. CYCLING A great way to explore the countryside. If you would like to find out more about ways to become more active... Drop into Langley’s Health Club or email langleys@aberconwy.co.uk

“Like with many conditions, diabetes can often be prevented with a controlled diet and regular exercise. A diet low in saturated fat is important, so try to avoid or reduce your intake of dairy products, fatty meats and (unfortunately) chocolate. It’s not about taking the fun out of what you eat, just ensure that you control and think about your food.” “Weight training has been proven to be one of the more beneficial forms of exercise for those diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This is mainly due to the fact that an increase in lean muscle helps improve insulin sensitivity and therefore better control blood sugar levels.”

In a recent interview for the BBC, Jimmy Tarbuck, honorary vicepresident of Diabetes UK spoke about the changes he made to his lifestyle when his Type 2 Diabetes was identified. Diagnosed in his early 50s, Jimmy was prescribed medication, yet it was the introduction of a healthier diet and increase in exercise that proved to be the best remedy: He said “I was told to lose some weight... It’s very difficult when you get to a certain age but I have done that now and just recently I’ve taken nine pounds off by just being sensible and you do feel better. There’s no doubt about it, when you’re a porker like I am you do feel better. It’s like everything isn’t it? If you’re told early enough, you can adjust and fight back.” Tarbuck is backing Diabetes UK’s Measure Up campaign: “By the time people are diagnosed, around half already have evidence of complications such as heart disease, blindness and kidney failure. The campaign aims to make people aware of the risk factors that include; waist size, weight, age, ethnicity and family history, and encourages people with at least two risk factors to get themselves tested. If diabetes is diagnosed early and effectively managed you can live a long and healthy life.

MAKING JUST SMALL CHANGES TO YOUR LIFESTYLE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE WHEN COMBINED WITH WATCHING WHAT YOU EAT.

www.diabetes.org.uk


WHAT’S ON - SEPTEMBER

ENJOY A DAY OUT IN THE CONWY VALLEY OR RELAX AT YOUR RESORT & SPA

EXPLORE ABERCONWY The world heritage site of Conwy Castle and the 13th century walled town offer great views over the jumble of medieval streets and an excellent starting point for a walk filled with history and wildlife. WalkingNorthWales.co.uk have lots of ideas for walks of all levels across North Wales. There is a great moderate walking route of around seven and a half miles starting from the woodland of Bodlondeb Park in Conwy, through the Sychnant Pass up to Conwy Mountain for some incredible views of Anglesey, Snowdonia and the Irish Sea.

8th - 10th SEPTEMBER SNOWDONIA ARTS FESTIVAL This exciting festival of all things creative includes historic and contemporary visual art shows, classes and workshops, music events, poetry and story telling. Taking place at various venues over three days see website for further information.

13th SEPTEMBER CONWY HONEY FAIR

www.betwsycoedartsfestival.org.uk

www.conwybeekeepers.org.uk

One of Conwy’s Royal Charter fairs, introduced more than 700 years ago. The Honey Fair sees local beekeepers shift around a ton of honey by lunchtime!

The woodlands are full of specimen trees and it is an excellent route for bird watching, not to mention a cracking sunset if you time it right. Further along the walk there’s a 120 acre nature reserve at the Pensychnant Conservation Centre, where wild ponies graze amongst the Bronze Age standing stones and stone circles.

MEET AND GREET The last Meet and Greet will take place on Saturday 11th September (not 17th as advertised) between 5pm-6pm at Signatures Bar. Enjoy a drink, meet up with friends and find out the latest news, offers and events from Aberconwy Resort & Spa. If you have any questions or want to share your thoughts about your Resort and Spa speak to a member of the team or email us:

customer.services@aberconwy.co.uk


Aberconwy Resort & Spa are proud to be agents for Venue Cymru in Llandudno. Book with us and receive an exclusive 10% discount on tickets.

19th SEPTEMBER NORTH WALES CAR SHOW The show at ‘The Tweedmill’, St Asaph includes Classics, Americans, Modifieds, Bikes and a trophies competition. www.jgcarshows.co.uk FIND MORE GREAT DAYS OUT AT WWW.VISITCONWY.CO.UK

WEEKENDS IN SEPTEMBER EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS Historic churches, buildings and sites throughout Conwy County will open their doors in September for European Heritage Days - a great opportunity to discover local history and heritage. http://www.civictrustwales.org

TRY THE 30 MINUTE WORKOUT FOR WOMEN Contours is Langley’s fitness and weight-loss facility designed specifically for women. The Countours circuit adapts perfectly to your individual fitness requirements. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting to get fit or are already taking regular exercise, Contours will take into account your current fitness levels and give you the level of workout that’s just right for you. Contours is a one-stop exercise programme that you can complete in around thirty minutes. You’re free to undertake the programme as few or as many times a week as you like, although three times per week is about right. You’ll receive a full induction programme, plus you’ll be given instruction on how to use the machines. After your induction, you can choose to join one of the regular daily classes - or you can work out on your own, whichever you prefer.

Drop in at Langley’s to find out more or call Contours on 01492 818 457.

30 Aug – 04 September Blood Brothers 07 September Tell Me On A Sunday featuring Claire Sweeney 08 September Off The Wall The Music of Pink Floyd 09 September Joe Longthorne 10 & 11 September North Wales Country Music Festival 2010 12 September Llandudno Town Band Centenary Concert 20 – 25 September The Rocky Horror Show 26 September Rhydian Roberts & Maelgwn Male Voice Choir

www.venuecymru.co.uk


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WELSH REVOLUTION THE LEGEND OF OWAIN GLYNDWR

In 1401, Owain Glyndwr stamped his name into Welsh folklore and became the ‘Saviour’ of Wales when he began a revolution that included the capture of Conwy Castle. But did he use trickery or was he just a mastermind tactician? Two years previous to the change at the castle, Britain was in a state of civil unrest. The new King, Henry IV, took the thrown from the murdered Richard II. King Henry IV was known by many as a usurper and a deeply unpopular monarch with a number of enemies within England and frequent bloody battles with France, Scotland and Ireland. Owain was a highly educated man, who spent time in England and even served under the previous regime against the Scots in 1385. He had built up a following within North Wales and many believed he was the ‘son of prophecy’ and the man who would free the Welsh. Owain began to create a rebel army to defeat the English and reclaim Wales and one infamous night ordered his cousins - the Tudor Brothers of Anglesey - to claim the castle from the King’s Men. It is said that Owain and his troops tricked their way into the castle, with a carpenter gaining access during the Good Friday celebrations and letting the rebels (led by his Cousins) inside the castle walls. That day marked a symbolic shift in power and Owain’s army went from strength to strength. The revolution was complete by 1403 and the self proclaimed ‘Prince of Wales’, Owain Glyndwr, had successfully battled back against the English. Many of whom claimed he had done so using magical powers, suggesting that he could control the weather. However, it is also widely reported that he was a master tactician, making his army look bigger with helmets on poles and asking blacksmiths to put horseshoes on backwards to make it look like they were going in the opposite direction. Owain’s success lasted a few years, he had many admirers from Scotland, France and Spain and all over Wales he was hailed as a hero. But it wasn’t to last, by 1408 King Henry IV had regrouped and regained Wales due mainly to prowess on the Sea and a huge army. Despite being offered a full pardon, Owain went into hiding, never to be seen again. Mystery still surrounds the disappearance of one of the areas great rulers but the legend of his reign lives on. Learn more about the great revolution with a visit to Conwy Castle www.cadw-wales.gov.uk

QUALITY ALES FROM THE COAST OF NORTH WALES Conwy Brewery began brewing in 2003 and has quickly grown to be one of the most well known and respected brewers in North Wales. They brew a wide variety of quality cask and bottle conditioned ales that have a strong Welsh identity with many beers having Welsh language badges and/or a strong local/Welsh theme.

All the beers are brewed and bottled in Conwy ensuring that the product maintains provenance. Quality is a top priority for the brewery and with 15 years experience, Lab Manager Gwynne Thomas maintains control of stock and quality.

There is certainly something for everyone at the Conwy Brewery. The Conwy Ales collection - from dark bitter to golden Honey ale. The Heritage Ales includes ales brewed using the history of Conwy as inspiration - Mulberry Dark, Shipwreck IPA and Telford Porter and the Seasonal Ales provide a beer for all seasons - There’s the St Davids Ale for 1st March celebrations, Beachcomber Blonde for the summer and something a bit different for Yuletide...Hoppy Christmas!

Conwy Brewery beers can be found in some of the best known retailers in the country, including Marks and Spencer, JD Wetherspoon & Tesco. They can be found throughout North Wales. in Asda and Tesco, as well as the new Waitrose store in Menai Bridge. Many Co-ops, Spars and independent off licences also stock a range of bottled ales. The brewery shop is normally open Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm. Bottled ales are available by mail order.

For further details about Conwy Brewery beer call Gwynne Thomas on 01492 585287, 01492 585287 or e-mail: enquiries@conwybrewery.co.uk www.conwybrewery.co.uk Here are just a few places you can enjoy a taste of Conwy Brewery... •

The Castle Hotel, Conwy

Cobdens Hotel, Capel Curig

Cwellyn Arms, nr Beddgelert

Y Fricsan/Snowdon Inn, nr Llanberis.

Maenan Abbey Hotel, Conwy Valley

The Lass, Charles Street, Manchester


YOUR ABERCONWY MEET THE TEAM AND YOUR FELLOW RESIDENTS

Brenda Williams from Cheshire tells us why life has just begun again for her at Aberconwy Resort & Spa. We found Aberconwy by mistake last September and fell in love with it from the very first moment we saw its position by the sea. All the boxes were ticked and even boxes we hadn’t got were ticked as well!!! I have a civil partner Annie, a son and daughter and 3 grandchildren. I also have a dog, Alex who is named after my football team Crewe Alexandra and loves coming to Aberconwy! We live in Nantwich but are finding ourselves drawn more and more to Aberconwy where we have found many new friends. There is a unique atmosphere here in which we can work and play and enjoy both! Following a career as a teacher and working with my ex-husband on his dairy farm, I set up Concorde Trophies 30 years ago as a little sideline, with a £25 starting budget! We are now one of the top twenty trophy companies in the UK. My daughter Jenny now has control of the business which includes an online store offering an easy and effective solution for our customers to find the right awards for their football team or business promotion. Since I have recycled myself for the 3rd time, I have retrained and now work as a Counsellor in a medical practice near Chester alongside running a private practice in Nantwich. Aberconwy gives me the peace and quality of life I have been working for over the last 30 years, although now I am in training to swim the Channel next July with my daughter and the swimming instructor from Llandudno Swimming Centre! Find out more about Concorde Trophies at www.sportstrophiesuk.co.uk or visit Brenda in the home next to the path leading to the ice-cream van!

THIS MONTH CUSTOMER SERVICES’ SAM HOLMES IS IN THE SPOTLIGHT... Sam Holmes is originally from Scotland and moved to Llandudno in 1987 after spending 14 years holidaying in the area with her family. Sam actually worked at the park 16 years ago, she really enjoyed working in the cafe/ bar for 12 months and thinks it’s been great to see the changes and expansions to the park since coming back! Now part of the Customer Services Team, Sam is on hand to help with any issues on the Resort and with superb local knowledge can provide plenty of information about the area. A qualified Jeweller, Sam previoiusly managed a jewellery concession in Harvey Nichols, Manchester. She is a qualified nail technician and for four years she also ran her own card craft shop in Shrewsbury. Sam used her creative talent to show brides to be how to make their own wedding stationery and people how to make greetings cards. Outside of work Sam loves being active and is happy doing anything as long as it doesn’t involve sitting infront of the TV! Just last month Sam organised a walk up Snowdon with a group of friends. With time off, Sam enjoys getting out and about in North Wales, she especially likes the stunning coastal scenery and tells us she is happy anywhere as long as she is in good company. Sam’s favourite thing about Aberconwy is it’s location. “We have a mountain behind us and a beach in front. What more do you need!” Sam celebrates her 40th birthday this month so many congratulations Sam and best wishes for a very Happy Birthday!

COMPETITION TIME Win a fantastic gift pack of Conwy Ales and exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Brewery. Simply answer the following question: On which date is St David’s Day celebrated in Wales? Drop your answer, along with your contact details at Reception, text your answer followed by your name to 07702 002136 or email: dominic.manley@aberconwy.co.uk Congratulaions to the winner of last month’s competition Margaret Roberts who is set to enjoy a wonderful performance at Venue Cymru!

GOING TO THE CHAPEL... Congratulations also this month to our Marketing Manager, Dominic who is heading down the aisle on 11th September to wed fiancee, Rachael. All the best to the new Mr & Mrs Manley!


SIGNATURE DISH

EXECUTIVE CHEF JIMMY WILLIAMS BRINGS YOU A FLAVOUR OF SIGNATURES WITH A DELICIOUS, EASY TO COOK PASTA RECIPE

CREAMY TAGLIATELLE CARBONARA METHOD - Melt the butter in a pan and add the pancetta and garlic until the garlic turns golden brown, Then remove and discard the garlic. - Meanwhile cook the tagliatelle in a pan of salted boiling water until ‘al dente’, drain and set aside. - Return to the pan with the pancetta and add the double cream until it starts to boil, then add the drained pasta and grated parmesan. SERVES 4 25g Butter 100g Diced Pancetta 1 Garlic Clove 350g Tagliatelle 120ml Double Cream 3 Egg Yolks - Beaten 60g Parmesan Cheese - Grated 20g Parmesan Cheese Shavings (Use a Potato Peeler) 1 Bunch Rocket Freshly Milled Pepper

- Now the vitally important stage of this recipe... take the pan off the heat and continue mixing while adding the beaten egg yolks. The sauce should now be glossy not scrambled! - Finally, divide the the dish into four bowls and top with the rocket and parmesan shavings.

CHEF’S TIP: You probably won’t need to add salt to the dish because of the pancetta and parmesan containing salt, but I do recommend freshly milled black pepper. This has got to be one of my favourite dishes for a light lunch with friends!

To sample more of the great recipes from Jimmy and his team, take advantage of our September offers and enjoy the new lunchtime menu or a lovely evening meal with us. To book a table, call in or telephone the restaurant on 01492 583 513 * Simply visit www.signatures.co.uk/offers and register to download your vouchers today. Terms and conditions apply - see website for details.

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Earth Sea Sky - September 2010