Events attended in March 2017

March 14, 2017

01.03.17 – Opening of Rhuddlan Library

A proud day for Rhuddlan on 1st March with the opening of the newly refurbished library. I was delighted to open the new library especially since I have been visiting this library for 50 years. The new community room has been called Phillip Jones Griffiths who lived in Hylas Lane a few doors away from me. His mother ran a sweet shop from her parlour!

01.03.17 – It was a huge honour and privilege for me to represent Denbighshire at No. 10 Downing Street. They really did Wales proud with a Welsh choir, harpist, Welsh produce and hundreds of daffodils all around No. 10.   It was lovely to see  a young carer from Denbighshire receive an award from the Prime Minister.

Downing Street

03.03.17 – Mayor of St. Asaph’s Charity Ball

08.03.17– Lord Langford’s 105th birthday

I was invited to Bodrhyddan Hall to deliver a birthday card to Lord Langford on his 105th birthday.

Our oldest resident in Rhuddlan,He is a remarkable man with so many interesting stories to tell.

Lord Langfords 105th

13.03.17 – Commonwealth Day Flag Flying Ceremony, County Hall, Ruthin

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Events attended in February 2017

March 14, 2017

05.02.17 – Mayor of Rhuddlan’s Civic Service, Rhuddlan

07.02.17 – Denbighshire Youth Council at Denbigh Town Hall

12.02.17– Valentine Walk in aid of St. Kintigern Hospice set off from Denbigh Museum

16.02.17– School Council Visits to County Hall, Ruthin

17.02.17 – Cynnig Activity Celebration Night at Theatr Twm O’r Nant, Denbigh

21.02.17 – Ysgol Glan Clwyd – informal view of the first phase of the project

26.02.17 – Chairman’s St. David’s Day Charity Concert, St. Mary’s Church, Rhuddlan

St Mary’s church was full to capacity for my St David’s day Charity Concert .

The night featured Trelawnydd Male voice choir, soloist Elis Jones,accompanist Paul Young and Ann Atkinson as musical director , the event raised was held to raise funds for my chosen charities St Kentigern hospice and Ty Gobaith.

I have been touched by the generosity of local people and businesses by not only the level of their donations but their willingness to support me to make the event a success.

Charity concert

 

 

Events attended in January 2017

February 9, 2017

15/01/17 – Commissioning Service for the Aber- Morfa Mission Area at St. Mary’s Church, Rhuddlan.  Service conducted by Bishop Gregory.  Commissioning of Canon Ian Day as Mission Area Leader.

18/01/17 – Funeral of Councillor John Raymond Bartley, a friend and colleague who will be sadly missed, Denbigh

19/01/17 – Primary School Council Visits, County Hall, Ruthin

19/01/17 – Citizenship Ceremony, Town Hall, Ruthin

23/01/17-  Ysgol Trefnant, Denbigh and St. Asaph VP Infants, St Asaph.

24/01/17 – Ysgol Borthyn and Ysgol Llanbedr, Ruthin

25/01/17 – Ysgol Dewi Sant and Blessed Edward Jones schools, Rhyl

WIZARDING EXPRESS JOURNEY OF DENBIGHSHIRE SCHOOLS.

Denbighshire Education and Children’s services curriculum enrichment initiative.

The excitement and enjoyment shining through all those smiling faces when the children met Harry Potter and Hedwig was a joy to see.

 

Thanks to Sarah Dixon for her contribution to the education of children of Denbighshire.

27/01/17 – Funeral of former Councillor Glyn Williams, Flint.

Events attended in December 2016

December 22, 2016

05/12/16 – Celebrate Reading Together – Denbighshire Reading Mentoring Initiative 2016, Town Hall, Ruthin

A tea party was held to celebrate the reading achievements of children from various schools, they were each presented with certificates.

It was great to see the children’s enthusiasm and pride in their reading achievements.

Special thanks must go to Sarah Dixon and mentors for their continued support and encouragement.
super-readers-2016

06/12/16 – Chairman’s Carol Service, St. Mary’s Church, Rhuddlan

We were treated to the beautiful voices of the Denbighshire Youth Choir conducted by Eleri Watkins soloist Ynyr Rogers and Tesni Jones and harpist Angharad Huw. The Denbighshire brass band certainly raised the roof,they were a real credit to conductor Jon Powell.

A most uplifting evening at St Mary’s Church in Rhuddlan.

 

08/12/16 – Primary School Council Visits, County Hall, Ruthin

09/12/16 – Opening night of Peter Pan, Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl

A fun evening was had by all at the opening night of “Peter Pan” it was lovely to see young people from local dance and drama groups take part in the production.

14/12/16 – Visit to Radio Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan Hospital, Bodelwyddan

I was delighted to visit the hospital radio studio and present a cheque to Brenda Jones for their Toys for Christmas Appeal, I also took some presents for children who may be in hospital over the Christmas period.

I was pleased to chat on air during Brenda’s show, I spoke on what life was like on the wards when I was nursing 50 years ago, my taste in music and my plans for Christmas Day .

18/12/16 – Chairman of Conwy’s Civic Service, The Parish Church of St. Catherine and St. John the Baptist, Old Colwyn

Cllr Brian Cossey Chairman of Conwy County council held a memorable civic service at The Parish church of St Catherine and St John the Baptist church Old Colwyn.

22/12/16 – Red Carpet Event, Screening of the new Star Wars Film, Rogue One at Vue Cinemas, Rhyl

Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate the success of Rhyl actor Spencer Wilding at a special Star Wars screening.

Stormy Stan, Rhyl lifeboat’s mascot mingled with storm troopers at the event, alongside Rhyl lifeboat crew and their inshore lifeboat.

 

Events attended in November 2016

November 23, 2016

03/11/16   – Denbighshire Community Sports Awards, Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen

It was great to see so many deserving nominees at this wonderful event.

Mark Colbourne British Paralympic gold medallist was guest speaker, his story was an inspiration to us all but most notably to the next generation of sportsmen and women.
Delyth Jones Denbighshire Sports Ambassador 2016 and Volunteer of the year.

Congratulations to all the winners.

04/11/16 – Opening of New pavilion in Rhewl

A warm welcome was received at the opening ceremony of the Rhewl Pavilion.

It was pleasing to see how the community work together for the benefit of this beautiful village.

Children from Ysgol y Rhewl entertained us with some lovely singing ,and it was nice to talk to them over tea and delicious home made cakes.

06/11/16 – Mayor of Caerwys Civic Service, Caerwys (Vice-Chairman attended)

07/11/16 – Turf cutting ceremony, Glasdir, Ruthin

New school coming to Ruthin.  I was delighted to be assisted with the turf cutting by pupils from Ysgol Pen Baras and Rhos Street School.

09/11/16 – School Council Visit, County Hall, Ruthin

10/11/16 – Citizenship Ceremony, Town Hall, Ruthin (Vice-Chairman attended)

11/11/16 – Remembrance Day

Another very moving Remembrance Day

12/11/16 – Rhuddlan Mayor’s Masquerade Charity Ball

Rhuddlan Mayor held a fundraising Masquerade ball in aid of Luke’s fund. An enjoyable night was had by all.

“Luke is an inspirational young man”

masquerade-ball

16/11/16 – Annual meeting with City, Town and Community Councils, County Hall, Ruthin (Vice-Chairman attended)

18/11/16 – Wales Launch of Explore your Archive, Denbighshire Archives, Ruthin

It was fascinating listening to the special guest Bryn Williams.

It was lovely to hear how some of the old recipes are being translated into modern recipes used today.

I was delighted to share the recipes written by my Mother in 1927,and the list of my parents wedding presents from 1932.

24/11/16  Celebrating 150 years of the Journal in Rhyl

24/11/16  Cyngerdd Awyr Las Concert – Denbighshire Youth Choir, Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl

77 members of the Denbighshire youth choir performed on stage with some of Wales most prominent stars- Rhys Meirion ,Sian Cothi and Rebecca Evans.

A superb concert

25/11/16  NEWCIS Carers Rights Day, St. Asaph

 

Events attended in October 2016

October 14, 2016

01.10.16  –  St. Asaph Music Festival

The New Sinfonia Orchestra with Violinist Tasmin Waley- Cohen.  A wonderful concert.

02.10.16  –  North Wales Superkids Concert, Theatre Clwyd, Mold

A wealth of talented children and young people took part in this charity concert to raise funds for disadvantaged children and their families. A very enjoyable evening .

04.10.16  –  Special School Showing of Roald Dahl’s Matilda at Ysgol Cefn Meiriadog, Groessfordd Marli

Following their success as finalist in this year’s Young Performers 2016, children at Ysgol Cefn Meiriadog were awarded with a visit from Hollie Taylor direct from the London’s West End production of Matilda.

matilda-the-musical

Ysgol Bendigedig. Diolch am y Croeso gan y plant ac Athrawon.

05.10.16  – Pennaf Housing, Gronant Street, Rhyl

Very impressive development of affordable (joint ownership) housing at Gronant Street, Rhyl.

051016-gronant06.10.16  –  Launch of St. Kentigern Hospice and Palliative Care Centre’s new 5 Year Strategy

I was delighted to be invited to Launch the St Kentigern Hospice and palliative care centre’s new 5 year strategy and to celebrate the 21 years that the hospice has been caring for adults in the Denbighshire, Conwy and Flintshire area.

Thank you to all the staff and volunteers for their dedication .

07.10.16  –  Your Champions Awards 2016 at St. George’s Hotel, Llandudno

Congratulations to all the worthy winners.

08.10.16  – Cllr Merfyn Parry and Cllr Huw Williams rode their bikes from Rhyl to Liverpool to raise funds to buy a defibrillator for the community of Rhewl .

Well done to them both!

bikes

 

13/10/16 – Primary School Council Visits to County Hall, Ruthin

17/10/16 – Official Opening of Denbighshire Memorial Park and Crematorium, St. Asaph

Service of Dedication and Official Opening of the Denbighshire Memorial Park and Crematorium by the Rt Revd Dr Gregory Cameron.

crematorium

Photograph by Laurence Clark at Castle Vision Photographic.

21/10/16 – Official Opening of new building for Rhyl High School and Ysgol Tir Morfa

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27/10/16   – 1st New Youth Council Event, Denbigh Town Hall, Denbigh

Denbighshire Youth Council met with a guest panel of Denbighshire County Council staff.

“A great opportunity for the young people to share their views and comments with people who can influence change “.

youth-event

 

Events attended in September 2016

September 12, 2016

02.09.16 – Fly the flag for Merchant Navy Day, Ruthin

The UK Red Ensign Flag was flown nationwide at 10am ,with the flag in Denbighshire being raised at County Hall,Ruthin.

The Chairman’s Chaplain Parch Brian Jones led in prayer.

 

The Council is very proud to support this event and offers the opportunity to recognise and support the seafarers on whom the UK so heavily depends.

We will also remember the bravery of members of the Merchant Navy during the two World Wars and their invaluable contribution to the safety and well being of our Nation.

03.09.16 H.M. The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration Ploughman’s Lunch, Prestatyn

The Prestatyn Branch of the Royal British Legion hosted a ploughman’s lunch to Celebrate H.M. The Queen’s 90th Birthday.

Nice to meet up with fellow Rhuddlan Town Councillor Andy Smith and the poppy appeal man.

04.09.16  Mayor of St. Asaph Civic Service, St. Asaph

It’s always a delight to visit St Asaph Cathedral and on the 4th September I attended the Civic Service for the Mayor, Councillor Colin Hardie, and his consort Gwenda.

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07.09.16  Tour of Britain, Denbigh

Thousands of people and school children lined the streets of Denbigh to welcome the cyclists to the town, businesses showed their support by dressing shop windows.  A Spectacular Event.

 

08.09.16  Citizenship Ceremony, Ruthin

Always a pleasure to welcome residents to the Town Hll in Ruthin and witness them becoming British Citizens.

09.09.16  Opening Ceremony Bodnant Community School

plaque

I was delighted to unveil the commemorative plaque for the opening of a brand new state of the art extension at Ysgol Gymunedol, Bodnant.

10.09.16  Re-enactment of the Freedom of Anglesey to the Royal Air Force Valley

 Airmen from RAF at Valley were given a rapturous welcome as they exercised their rights as Freemen of Anglesey by marching through the town. The parade was preceded by a fly- past of four T2 Hawks, based at RAF Valley.

16.09.16 – Wales in Bloom Awards Ceremony, Prestatyn

It was lovely to welcome people from all over Wales to Prestatyn for the WIB Awards Ceremony.

Congratulations to all the winners, and well done to all entrants for your efforts this year.

Rhuddlan Town Council received 1st prize for the best Small Town.

17.09.16 – The Roundhouse Project on the Cob, Marsh Road, Rhyl.

A wonderful project to encourage people both young and old to get outside.

On site is an Ewok house, community pizza oven, corn grinding pot and much more- well worth a visit.

18.09.16 – Battle of Britain Anniversary Commemoration Service, Rhyl

air-cadets-anniversary

On the75th anniversary of the Air Cadets it was wonderful to witness so many cadets say their Renewal of Promise, they are a true inspiration, standing so smart and proud in their uniform, and always replying to a compliment with “Thank you Mam ”

Following the service at St Thomas’ Church the parade, led by the Prestatyn Squadron ATC band, Rhyl Squadron Air Cadets, the Abergele Branch of the Royal Air Forces and the WRNS proceeded to the garden of remembrance for the wreath laying.

18.09.16 – 25 Year Celebration concert at Rhyl Pavilion Concert, Rhyl

A wonderful Anniversary concert starring Only Boys Aloud, Rhydian, Rebecca Trehearn, Richard and Adam.

Musical Director Wyn Pearson .Compare -Gareth Owen.

It was lovely to go backstage to meet everyone.

pavilion

Thanks also to Val Simmons for her great organisational skills- and very warm welcome.

25.09.16 – Mayor of Prestatyn’s Civic Service, Prestatyn

Mayor of Prestatyn Cllr Bob Murray’s Civic Service was held at the Deva Church, it was nice to meet the Chelsea Pensioners.

30.09.16  – Award Ceremony at Ysgol y Castell, Rhuddlan

Well done to those who took part in the Local Nature Reserve Competition.

30.09.16  – ‘Topping Out’ Event at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St. Asaph

It was perfect weather for the roof top ceremony to mark the latest developments at Ysgol Glan Clwyd.

 

30.09.16  –  St. Asaph Music Festival

tots-concerts

Schools and Tiny Tots Concert with guitarist singer and performer John Nicholas .

It was lovely to see the children participate.

 

 

 

Events attended in August 2016

August 26, 2016

18.08.16 – Denbigh and Flint Show, The Green, Denbigh

First Prize for best agricultural trade stand

Best Agricultural Trade Stand

The Young Farmers were the clear winners in this category.

I was impressed with the amount of work they do in providing life skills for young people. For example, training on public speaking and interviewing skills.

The friendly welcome and information provided was outstanding. It would clearly encourage young people to join.

Caernarfon Creamery

Second place went to the Caernarfon Creamery. A very friendly family run business in its 70th year of trading. Clearly very passionate about their produce. Nice to see Welsh produce making it to national supermarkets.

It was lovely to see how butter was originally made, brought back some good memories.

Young Farmers

Fund raising on Young Farmers Stand. Encouraging health and well being. It was Fun to join in.

Well done to Councillor Huw Williams on his win.

23.08.16  Ministerial visit by Rebecca Evans AM to Brighton Road, Rhyl.

I was delighted to welcome Rebecca Evans the Minister for Social Services and Public Health to the Single Point of Access in Rhyl ,to meet the staff and hear for herself the great work that is going on in Denbighshire.

The service is helping local people stay independent and get access to the most appropriate advice and support for their needs, this crucial service is improving people’s health and wellbeing.

Events attended in July 2016

July 14, 2016

 

 

03.07.16  Chairman’s Civic Service, Ebeneser Chapel, Rhuddan

A lovely service officiated by Rev Brian Huw Jones, assisted by Canon Ian Day. Musical delights included a duet from Marni and Laura and an instrumental by harpist Morwen Blythin.

 

04.07.16  Ceremony of the Keys, Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle, Ceremony of the Keys – a wonderful event enjoyed by all, not even the torrential rain damped spirits at this lovely event.

Ann Davies

05.07.16  Wales in Bloom event, Community Centre, Rhuddlan

05.07.16 to 09.07.16 – International Eisteddfod, Llangollen

Some of the amazing children at the international Eisteddfod in Llangollen.

Lovely to see how happy all the children were.

07.07.16  School Council Visits to County Hall, Ruthin

07.07.16  Fairholme School End of Year Celebrations, St. Asaph Cathedral

Fairholme School end of year performance was yet again a great success. Congratulations to all involved.

08.07.16  Chairman’s Sponsored Concert, International Eisteddfod, Llangollen

10.07.16  Chairman of Flintshire’s Civic Service, St. Winefride’s Church, Holywell

Chair of Flintshire County Council Civic Service at St Winifred’s in Holywell was a very nice event.

 10.07.16  Mayor of Rhyl’s Civic Service, St. Thomas’ Church, Rhyl (Vice-Chairman attended)

14.07.16  Citizenship Ceremony, Town Hall, Ruthin (Vice-Chairman attended)

15.07.16  107th Birthday celebrations of Rachel Stanyer including a special demonstration from Meirion Owen with his Quack Pack at St. David’s Care Home, Rhyl  (Vice-Chairman attended)

17.07.16  Mayor of Ruthin’s Civic Service

21.07.16 100th Birthday of Margaret Reads, Priory House, Prestatyn

I was delighted to be invited to Margaret Read’s 100th Birthday party celebrations, joining in the celebrations were Margaret’s friends from her days as a WREN, it was wonderful to hear their stories.

100th birthday

21.07.16  Presentation Evening at the Craft Club, Bodelwyddan Community Centre

22.07.16  30th Anniversary Concert for Chernobyl, Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl

At the Chernobyl Concert a young lady told a large audience  her experience of visiting this country from a young age. We also heard an Armed Forces Officer’s moving memories of when he was on duty that dreadful day.

Praise must be given to all the families who host the children every year, and fundraisers who raise thousands in order to bring the children to this country for a month’s holiday.

29.07.16  Official launch of the Rhuddlan Local Nature Reserve.

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Launch the First Designated Local Nature Reserve in Wales.

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Local schools entered exhibits relating to the site, it was a hard task selecting the winners.  These entries are on display at Rhuddlan library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events attended in June 2016

June 16, 2016

01.06.16  Celebration at Dolwen, Denbigh

02.06.16  Youth Volunteering Awards Presentation, Ruthin School

03.06.16  Celebrating Volunteers Week, Ruthin

03.06.16  Youth Volunteering Awards Presentation, Ysgol Clawdd Offa, Prestatyn

06.06.16  Launch of Wales National Bookstart Week 2016, SeaQuarium, Rhyl (Vice Chairman attended)

07.06.16  Official Opening of the New Senedd, Cardiff

It was a great honour to represent Denbighshire at the official opening of the Welsh Assembly

Queen - Senedd opening

09.06.16  Rhuddlan Community Group – Completion of Planters in Bodrhyddan Avenue, Rhuddlan

11.06.16  Annual Garden Fete, Plas Newydd, Llangollen

It’s always a delight to visit Plas Newydd ,Llangollen, with the beautiful grounds and such a lot of history to the house.

Despite the showers a very warm welcome was received .The afternoon tea was delicious too!!

Well done to all the volunteers who worked so hard to raise funds for many worthy causes.

Plas Newydd

12.06.16  Queen’s Birthday Party Celebrations, Rhuddlan

13.06.16  Armed Forces Day – Flag Flying Ceremony, Ruthin

16.06.16  School Council visit to County Hall, Ruthin

18.06.16  North Wales Armed Forces Day, Bodelwyddan

Armed forced day was certainly a day to remember, sponsored by DCC and attended by 10,000 people.

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19.06.16  Mayor of Wrexham’s Civic Service, St. Giles’ Church, Wrexham (Vice-chairman attended)

19.06.16  Launch of North Wales Music Festival, St. Asaph Cathedral, St. Asaph

30.06.16  St. Kentigern Flower Power Campaign Launch, Rhuddlan Castle, Rhuddlan

St Kentigern Flower Appeal launched a spectacular display at Rhuddlan Castle for a very worthy cause. they will be on display until September if anyone would like to go and see them.

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