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Monday, November 29, 2021

Three Eagles lands best eatery award at tourism Oscars

* The Three Eagles Bar and Grill's Dyfan Hughes and Lydia Davies.

A Llangollen restaurant and bar has been named North Wales’s best eatery at the region’s tourism Oscars.

The Three Eagles Bar and Grill’s successful transformation to provide an outdoor dining offer won them the Go Taste of North Wales, sponsored by Bwydlyn Butchery.

A delighted restaurant manager Lydia Davies said: “We’ve got a really good team here doing lots of hours and their hard work has paid off.

“We made a really big change because we wanted the Bar and Grill to be more accessible and we’ve opened up our outdoor space which has really helped us because as well as our regulars we’ve got lots of visitors coming in.

“We get lots of walkers and cyclists and people walking their dogs and Llangollen itself is a great attraction and an outdoorsy place.”

The Three Eagles received its accolade at the Go North Wales Tourism Awards, a glittering event at Venue Cymru in Llandudno sponsored by leading food distribution company, Harlech Foodservice, and hosted by acclaimed journalist Sian Lloyd who hails from Wrexham.

The occasion was also a 30th anniversary celebration for organiser North Wales Tourism which was founded in 1990 and now represents more than 1,500 members across the region.

Other Denbighshire winners: Thornley Leisure Parks Go Holiday Park of the Year, Marine Holiday Park, Rhyl; Pero Foods Ltd Go Pet Friendly Award, Y Shed, Meliden; Bwydlyn Butchery Go Taste of North Wales Award, Three Eagles Bar and Grill, Llangollen; Design To Print Go Activity of the Year, Mynydd Sleddog Adventures, Llyn Brenig and Alwen Reservoir.

According to Chair of the judges Jim Jones, the chief executive of North Wales Tourism, the amount of investment going into improving the infrastructure of the tourism and hospitality sector was a vote of confidence in the future of the industry in North Wales.

Before the pandemic, the tourism industry was flying with the overall income generated increasing to an all-time high of £3.6 billion in 2019 when the number of visitors rocketed to nearly 37 million.

After a massive slump, the staycation boom this summer showed that North Wales was still a hugely popular destination for holidaymakers.

Jim Jones said: “Like everybody else, the tourism industry has endured an absolute nightmare over the past 20 months and, because of the nature of the business, our sector was disproportionately affected during the lockdown periods.

“I would like to congratulate the winners and the other finalists tonight because was they have achieved is utterly remarkable, particularly under the most difficult of circumstances.

“I would also like to stress that all the nominees are playing an absolutely vital role in leading the economic recovery here in North Wales and I would like to thank them for their incredible ongoing contribution.”

David Cattrall, the managing director of Harlech Foodservice, said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to be the headline backer of the awards and to sponsor two individual categories because the tourism and hospitality industry represents our core customer base.

“Although we’ve all had an extremely tough time, there are reasons to be optimistic for the future and the scale of investment going into North Wales shows there is a strong belief that this is a first-class, must-visit destination.”

North Wales Tourism used the occasion to raise money for their nominated charity, St David’s Hospice in Llandudno.

Llan business backs county's 'shop local' campaign

* Peter Carol is backing the #LoveLiveLocal campaign.

Llangollen’s ProAdventure is one of a number of independent businesses supporting the #LoveLiveLocal campaign being run by Denbighshire County Council to encourage more people to shop local this winter.

ProAdventure opened in 1991 and is a specialist outdoor adventure retailer selling everything from tipi tents, bush-craft equipment, outdoor clothing and equipment for cooking and living comfortably in the great outdoors.

Peter Carol runs the business with his wife Lesley who is a trained mountain leader, a qualified canoe river leader and a Nordic walking coach.

Peter, who has more than 30 years of experience of working in outdoor adventure training and holidays, said: “Adventure sports are very popular in Denbighshire and we are seeing it grow. There is also a wealth of beautiful countryside for people to explore.

“Now is a great time to get kitted out for the new year, or for those who are experienced in the outdoors you can repair, wash or reproof kit with the supplies we carry in the shop. The products we sell reflect our love of walking and camping, Scandinavian culture and back garden living.

“We also make careful buying choices while taking account of the environmental impact products make and this includes choices on what we sell and who we buy it from, sourcing renewable electricity and using LED lighting throughout the store.

“We have a very sportive business community here in Llangollen and we would encourage shoppers to look at their local high streets this Christmas and to think outside the box when looking for presents.”

Shoppers can help by sharing great experiences and products on social media to let people know you have shopped local this winter and encourage others to #LoveLiveLocal too.

* You can get involved by visiting

Sunday, November 28, 2021

EE gives update on loss of signal in Llan

At 6.35pm today (Sunday) EE has given an update on the loss of its signal in the central area of Llangollen which began yesterday as a result of Storm Arwen.

This says: "Network update: We are working on the problem in LL20 8HN. It's taking longer than expected to resolve. We will continue to keep you updated."

Skates urges sports groups to go for free defibrillator

Member of the Senedd for Clwyd South, Ken Skates, is urging local sports clubs and organisations to apply for a free defibrillator through the Welsh Labour Government’s Save a life Cymru scheme before the upcoming deadline for applications on November 30.

In September, Welsh Labour’s Health Minister Eluned Morgan announced an additional £500,000 to improve community access to defibrillators and boost out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates. 

The money is going towards enabling places like community buildings and sports grounds to access a defibrillator. 

A patient’s chance of surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest decreases by an estimated 10% with every passing minute. By increasing the availability of them in community settings it is hoped to improve the survival rates of those suffering a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital. 

Ken Skates MS said: “Every second counts when someone goes into cardiac arrest. By improving community access to defibrillators, it will hopefully improve the survival rates of those suffering cardiac arrest outside of a hospital. 

“I fully supported the calls for more defibrillators, so I was really pleased when the Welsh Labour Government announced additional funding of £500,000 to improve community access to them."

Organisations can apply for a community public access defibrillator here:

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Help network springs back into action to help those hit by power cut

The woman who helped get Llangollen through the pandemic has swung into action to give assistance with the power cut caused by Storm Arwen.

With mobile phone lines down to make things even more difficult, Cat Mead has this afternoon been on Facebook to put out a plea to help elderly people in the area left without electricity.

The Daily Post said earlier in a story about the after-effects of the storm that a number of properties and locations have been left without power and in some instances, electricity isn't expected to be restored until 8pm tomorrow evening, according to reports.

A notice on Scottish Power's website said that the firm were struggling with a high volume of outage reports - with parts in the east of the region particularly hard hit.

A spokesman told the Daily Post said that around 28,000 customers across England and Wales were without power with outages mainly affecting the Dee Valley, mid and North Wales as well as Oswestry.  

Cat Mead posted earlier: "HELP NEEDED URGENTLY. We have lots of elderly residents without Electric, no heat, no lights or hot water...

"Please check on your elderly neighbours, as phone lines are down too! Could anyone that can help support with the following - battery operated lights/torches with working batteries, Flasks/tea Urn etc..
"I have power at the min so can fill and take to residents, If you can help please msg me asap."

A little later, she posted: "Hot drinks sorted! Really need torches and battery operated lights if anyone can help."

Another local person commented: "Latest message from electric company is they are hoping to have everyone back on by 12pm 28th November. They will stagger the reconnection. The power cut is affecting large areas of North Wales, Shropshire and across to parts of the Wirral."

Later, Cat updated by posting: 
"BIG THANK YOU to everyone that quickly jumped into help, Scout Hut have given lots of battery lights, residents rally to donate torches, Paula Lingard is again being main contact and touching base with the residents in apartments on Abbey Rd, others filling hot water bottles and George's Cafe Llangollen straight to the rescue (he really is a great human) 
Cath Cambrian House Llangollen 


Talented Young 'Uns look forward to next spectacular show

Llangollen Operatic Young 'Uns say they are sad not to be taking part in this afternoon's entertainment programme planned for the town's Christmas lights switch-on after the event was cancelled due to the severe weather warning. 

A group spokesperson said: "The talented cast of  the Young 'Uns had planned to present a taster for their forthcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors.

"They have been rehearsing for the show since early September and had hoped to perform of a lively selection of songs from this. They sounded amazing at their last rehearsal and are filled with enthusiasm and talent.

"The amazing Little Shop of Horrors will be staged at Llangollen Town Hall from February 16-19 February 2022. 

"It promises to be truly spectacular, with all the talented performances this older group of the Young 'Uns will bring. 

"There will be five performances including a matinee. Tickets are available from Ticket Source.

"The Young 'Uns hope very much to see you there."

Gale's host food and craft fair

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