Events attended in March 2019

March 13, 2019

01/03/19 – Council Eisteddfod in Ruthin. I opened the Denbighshire Council Eisteddfod and had my picture taken with most of the prize winners.

02/03/19 – We attended the Denbigh Mayor’s Concert at the Town Hall.  The Denbigh Choir were very good and the two soloists also were exceptional. An entertaining evening.

03/03/19 – The Canadian Remembrance Service at Bodelwyddan Marble Church was a very moving service attended by a very large congregation.  11 British Legion Flags were present and also the Canadian Flag carried by Captain Brad Percival.  I laid a wreath on behalf of Denbighshire County Council at the Canadian Memorial Gravestone,and welcomed guests to Bodelwyddan Community Hall later in the day for refreshments.  A lovely day.

Bodelwyddan service 1

Photograph by Barrie Mee

08/03/19 – The Opening of the Rhyl Seafront Travelodge. I was welcomed by David Handyside-Cook, Travelodge Regional Director for Wales and Sophie Owen, Hotel Manager.  After David’s speech I gave my address thanking Travelodge for coming to Rhyl and providing 25 new jobs and finished by wishing them every success in the future.

11/03/19 – Flag raising event for Commonwealth Day at County Hall, Ruthin.  The Commonwealth flag flying event is now in its sixth year and involves so many people of all ages, from all walks of life and provides a positive way for people to link with fellow citizens of the commonwealth in a family that spans across oceans and continents – giving a real sense of hope for the future.

Commonwealth Flag event




Events attended in February 2019

March 13, 2019

15/02/19 – Chairman’s Charity Dinner held at the Oriel House, St. Asaph with proceeds to the Chairman’s Charity, St. Kentigern Hospice, St. Asaph.  The Chairman and his wife thoroughly enjoyed the evening and wished to thank everyone who made it such a success.  Thanks also to those who provided prizes for the raffle and auction.

16/02/19 – Mayor of Ruthin’s Charity Dinner held at Vale Country Club, Ruthin

22/02/19 – Healthy Schools Celebration held at Ysgol y Parc in Denbigh.

28/02/19 – Sue and I went to the preview of the Corwen Museum which was a very interesting night. We were well looked after and thoroughly enjoyed the night.




Events attended in January 2019

February 7, 2019

17/01/19 – the Citizenship Ceremony held at the Town Hall in Ruthin was a very nice affair.  I think we had 5 new citizens from all over the World.


25/01/19 – Cynnig’s Activity Celebrations on 25th were held in Theatre Twm o’r Nant, Denbigh.

We were entertained by numerous vulnerable adults with presentations ranging from cooking, essays, singing, art, walking and fishing which lasted from 7.00pm until 9.30pm. This was followed by a buffet in the Theatre, unfortunately we didn’t win any of the plentiful raffle prizes!!

Could we thank Nathan and his team for looking after us during the evening which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Events attended in December 2018

December 14, 2018

04/12/18 – A Christmas Celebration – Denbighshire Carol Serice was held at St. Asaph Parish Church, St. Asaph.  An evening of music and celebration at the start of the run up to Christmas.  A lovely evening enjoyed by all who attended.

11/12/18 – School Visit to County Hall, Ruthin

12/12/18 – Early start this morning so as to be able to visit the Royal Mail Sorting Office in Rhyl.  I was shown around by Office Manager, Graham Simpson (on the right in the picture).  The site is very busy with the Christmas rush but everyone was very pleasant and found time to talk to me.  I would like to wish all the staff there a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as well as Happy Sorting!

20181212 Rhyl Sorting Office


14/12/18   This picture of me and Sue was taken at the Mayor of Denbigh’s 50th birthday Charity Celebration. The evening was very enjoyable with good company and a Country & Western duo who entertained us all night.

We were made very welcome and would like to thank Catherine for an excellent evening.

Mayor of Denbigh 50th

Events attended in November 2018

December 14, 2018

11/11/18 –  Special Remembrance Service to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War was held in St. Asaph Cathedral, St. Asaph.

11/11/18 – The Battle is Over – afternoon remembrance service held in St. Mary’s Church, Rhuddlan.

15/11/18 – Citizenship ceremony held in the Town Hall, Ruthin

21/11/18 – School Visit to County Hall, Ruthin

Events attended in October 2018

October 24, 2018

04/10/18 – Official Opening of the Denbigh Library following its recent refurbishment.  I welcomed all present and Dafydd Lloyd Ellis was there to represent the Welsh Government and give a speech. It was pleasant being shown around the new set up.

Later in the morning I attended the Denbigh Music Centre visit attended by Kirsty Williams who listened to comments from the music centre staff, telling her how they are improving the music lessons for pupils around Denbigh.

14/10/18 – We visited Llangefni, Anglesey for the Chair of Ynys Mon’s Civic Service.  This was a very nice Service followed by afternoon tea in the Town Hall.

15/10/18 – School visit to Council Chambers

19/10/18 – Attended at Rhyl Library to welcome Eluned Morgan AM on a flying visit to view the work of Communities for Work and Communities for Work Plus Projects in the Library. Eluned was very impressed about the work being carried out by the team there.

Rhyl Library


19/10/18 – Mayor of Wrexham’s Charity Dinner Dance held at the Ramada Hotel, Wrexham.

20/10/18 – Installation of the Chancellor and Bailiff of St. David’s and Prior for Wales Visitation to North Wales which was held at St. Asaph Cathedral.

28/10/18 – We attended the Mayor of Caerwys’ Civic Service, held in St. Michael’s Parish Church, Caerwys.  A lovely service.



Events attended in September 2018

September 26, 2018

02/09/18 – Mayor of St Asaph’s Civic Service held at St. Asaph Cathedral. A nice day with the people of St Asaph.

03/09/18 – Merchant Navy Day – raising the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day at the flagpoles outside County Hall, Ruthin. It was good to see so many there for this event and a great pleasure to welcome Mr Ted Evans, 96 who joined the Merchant Navy in 1936 as a cabin boy and gave us an insight into the significant importance and often very dangerous conditions of life in the Merchant Navy.


07/09/18 – Emergency Services Day – the first year that this flag flying event has been held to recognise and thank our 999 services. The event was held at the flagpoles outside County Hall, Ruthin and we were lucky to have members of the Police, Ambulance Service and Fire Brigade with us.


07/09/18 – Panel Signing Ceremony at Ysgol Carreg Emlyn – the framework of the school had been built up over the summer break so we signed one of the inside panels, the school children were very excited and impressed with the progress at the School.

Carreg Emlyn

08/09/18 – RAF Centenary Cathedral Service and Parade held in Bangor as part of the 100th Anniversary Celebrations. A very good turnout at the Cathedral on what was an atrocious day as the rain didn’t stop. Unfortunately due to the bad weather the scheduled fly past was unable to go ahead.

13/09/18 – Ysgol Pen Barras visit to the Denbighshire Council offices and the Council Chamber in Ruthin.

13/09/18 – Panel signing at Ysgol Llanfair DC where the panel we signed was placed in the School wall afterwards.

16/09/18 – Wreath laying ceremony in Rhyl to celebrate the Battle of Britain with the RAF Air Force Cadets. The wreath laying followed a Service at St Thomas Church, Rhyl.

16/09/18 – Chairman of Conwy’s Civic Service held at St Mary Magdalene Church, Cerrigydrudian. This was a nice service followed by afternoon tea at the White Lion.

20/09/18 – North Wales Superkids held an information event at their grotto in the Old Library, Raikes Lane, Mold. This Charity sends out Christmas presents to children whose parents are unable to provide for them at this time. They are always looking for presents, donations and wool. A very worthwhile Charity.

21/09/18 – Panel signing at Christ the World Catholic School site in Rhyl.

Rhyl school - IMG_2832

23/09/18 – Chairman’s Civic Service, held at St. Asaph Cathedral.  A very successful day attended by over 150 people who all enjoyed the Service.



Events attended in July 2018

July 6, 2018

01/07/18 – Chairman of Flintshire’s Civic Service held at the Parish Church of St. Mary and St. David in Flint.

06/07/18 – Official Opening of Rhuddlan Fresh Air Gym at Admiral’s Field, Rhuddlan

Rhuddlan Air Gym

08/07/18 – We attended the Mayor of Ruthin’s Civic Service on Sunday 8th July held at St. Peter’s Church followed by a very enjoyable civic lunch held at the Vale Country Club in Ruthin.

12/07/18 –  Citizenship Ceremony held at the Town Hall, Ruthin for six new members to the British Empire along with the Lord Lieutenant. The Lieutenant presented certificates and I presented a memento from Denbighshire County Council.

13/07/18 – Headmistress Ellen Williams-Lumb and I joined pupils and ex-pupils of Rhewl School for an afternoon of celebrations and looking back as the school closed today after 100 years.

Rhewl School with Headmistress Ellen Williams Lumb

It was an enjoyable afternoon with lots to see and pictures had been put up all around the school. The pick and mix sweet shop went down a storm and I had a large bag myself too!

19/07/18 – Gwyneth Kensler and I at the launch of the Tom Pryce Exhibition in Denbigh Museum tonight.

It is a very good tribute to Tom’s life, Gwyneth introduced the exhibition and explained how it was funded. The Museum also contains exhibits on the Denbigh Mental Institution, Denbigh Station and the Old Printing Works.

It is a great addition to Denbigh’s attractions.




Events attended in June 2018

June 20, 2018

08/06/18 – I attended the turf cutting ceremony at Ysgol Llanfair DC today, in fact it was more a soil breaking as all the turf had already been taken away.

The weather was again glorious but the dust has covered my shoes!!

My speech was followed by Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Roe Williams from the Diocese of St Asaph and the School’s Chair of Governors.

09/06/18 – Rotary and Inner Wheel Club of Llangollen Annual Garden Fete held at Plas Newydd in Llangollen.

A lovely event again this year, we had attended as Vice-Chair last year and had been very much looking forward to this year’s event.  We were looked after by the organisers and when we’d seen the stalls we were drinking Pimm’s by the WI stall.

Afternoon tea was again served in the Marquee at the centre of the displays, enjoyable!!

2018 Llangollen Rotary Garden Fete

17/06/18 – Mayor of Denbigh’s Civic Service held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Denbigh.

Denbigh civic service

20/06/18 – North Wales International Music Festival Launch Concert at St. Asaph Cathedral

Last night we attended the Opening of the St Asaph Music Festival.  Drinks to start at 7.00 followed by the Concert from 7.30 until 10.30.  It was very good with Telynau Clwyd Harp Ensemble,  New Sinfonia Quartet, Welsh National Opera Mezzo-Soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, Côr Cytgan Clwyd  and Bro Glyndŵr Male Voice Choir.

Lots of local schools and young people included in the performers. This years theme is Reflections to coincide with the ending of WW1 in 1918.  It should be a very good Festival well worth attending, get your tickets early!

24/06/18 Mayor of Wrexham Civic Service and Reception.

Wrexham Civic Service

With the High Sheriff, Lady Hanmer at the Mayor of Wrexham’s Civic Service.  It was a lovely service at St Giles Parish Church in Wrexham followed by light refreshments at the Garden Village Institute, Kenyon Avenue, Wrexham.

26/06/18 – We attended Rhyl Town Hall to watch Rhyl area Schools perform “A bit of a Show”.  The Schools included Rhyl High School, Ysgol Tir Morfa, Blessed Edward Jones High School and Ysgol Mair.

They all performed with great gusto ably led by Eleri Watkins, the performances of Les Miserables, Lion King and Chess were tremendous.

The Schools were aided with three songs from Only Boys Aloud who finished with a rousing version of You’ll Never Walk Alone.

All the School Choirs took to the stage for two final songs from Greatest Showman. A Million Dreams and This Is Me which went down a storm with all the school children knowing the words.    A very enjoyable evening.

27/06/18 – Armed Forces Day and National Reserves Day – County Hall, Ruthin

29/06/18 – Turf cutting event at new 3-16 Catholic School in Rhyl

30/06/18 – National Armed Forces Day at Llandudno


Events attended in May 2018

June 5, 2018

16/05/18 – Rhyl Town Council Annual General Meeting and Mayor Making at Rhyl Town Hall.
17/05/18 – Primary School Council Visits to County Hall, Ruthin.
18/05/18 – Turf Cutting Event at Ysgol Carreg Emlyn

This was another fine day and I enjoyed all the school children being there. A highlight was being allowed to sit in the excavator although they wouldn’t let me start it up!

Ysgol Carreg Emlyn

21/05/18 – Royal Air Force Centenary – Flying the Ensign event at County Hall, Ruthin
As part of the nationwide celebrations to allow the whole nation to show its appreciation and to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Airforce as the first independent Air Force. We raised the Ensign to show our appreciation for the dedicated contribution made by the RAF servicemen and women as a salute for those serving, those who have already served and those who have sacrificed their lives while defending their country. The sun was shining and we had the opportunity of meeting one RAF veteran who had not attended events like ours previously and was very pleased to have come along.

21-05-18 RAF collage

23/05/18 – I was at the Opening of St Asaph Library and One Stop Shop today on another gloriously sunny day.
Ysgol Esgob Morgan, St Asaph VP School and Mali Elwy from Ysgol Uwchradd Glan Clwyd sang for the gathered guests and residents of St Asaph during the official opening. There were speeches by myself, Mayor of St. Asaph Councillor Colin Hardie and his deputy Councillor John Roberts. Thanks to Head Librarian Bethan for the introductions and looking after us all.
The Library and One Stop Shop looks great and is a credit to both Denbighshire County Council and St Asaph City Council.

St. Asaph Library Opening