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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Message of thanks from Oak Street Gallery

Oak Street Gallery in Llangollen has sent through a message of thanks to all those who attended the opening of the Jon Young Art winter exhibition the weekend before last. 

It says: "Thank you to everyone who has visited this vibrant, colourful exhibition of people and places already and to all the hardy souls who braved the snow to make our opening event such a success.

"We are now into our final week at this amazing gallery and the paintings will be coming down on Monday 25th November so please come along to enjoy Jon's work before then. We are open every day 10am-5pm (4pm on Sunday), but not open until lunchtime on Monday 18th.

"We look forward to seeing you."

Lunchtime recital features songs from Shea

Cash available for open spaces and play areas

Funding totalling £209,000 is available to improve open spaces and play areas in Denbighshire.

The county council’s Open Spaces Commuted Sums is now open to communities across the county.

A commuted sum is a payment from developers to a local authority when it is not appropriate to provide the required outdoor open space during a development.

The funds are held specifically for the enhancement of open spaces and play areas, and are used in the same area as the development.

The fund is open to town or community councils, community or voluntary groups.

* Closing date for funding applications is Friday, January 31, 2020 and for details visit

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Road safety spot checks outside schools

A clampdown on anti-social parking outside schools will take place in Denbighshire next week.

As part of Road Safety Week, which runs from November 18 and 24, council officers will be carrying out spot checks at schools and informing motorists about road safety.

Police Community Support Officers and Civil Enforcement Officers will also be attending schools to deter parents from parking on zig-zags and double yellow lines.

Emlyn Jones, Denbighshire County Council’s Head of Planning and Public Protection Services, said: “Anti-social driving and parking around the county’s schools puts children’s lives in danger. 

"We are urging parents to observe the highway code and facilitate the safeguarding of our children. Parking on pavements and zig zags forces children to walk on roads which are busy and congested during these hours.

“Congestion around schools also makes it difficult for children to be seen when crossing the road. Anti-social parking is selfish and dangerous and it is endangering the lives of our children.

“We are urging parents to consider their options and think about walking or cycling to school with their children.”

The council has also launched the Park Safe Walk Safe competition. 

The competition was rolled out to all the primary schools in Denbighshire through their Junior Road Safety Officers, the winning design will be made into a poster and distributed to all the schools in Denbighshire, with the winner receiving a £50 Halfords voucher.

A number of banners have also been produced and will be displayed outside a number of Denbighshire schools to promote this initiative,  Project Zig  Zag.

A worthy contender in the prestige SUV arena

* The DS7 Crossback above and below.

DS7 Crossback road test by Steve Rogers

Goddess. What a wonderful name for a car, particularly one that lit up the motoring world.

That was the incomparable Citroen DS of 1955, the car that changed the face of motoring with its ground breaking design and technology. 

In French DS, or rather Déesse, means goddess, a nugget of information imparted by my wife who speaks the lingo.

Fitting then that Peugeot Citroen should choose DS to front its luxury marque and DS7 Crossback is its first completely new model, as opposed to DS3,4 and 5 which were rebadged Citroens before the brand was launched last year.

That is why there are not too many DS7s around ... yet. It takes a while to establish a new luxury brand, look how long it has taken Lexus to get a decent foothold, and DS7 is up against Audi, BMW, Mercedes, all of whom have established, prestige SUVs.

Yes, DS7 is an SUV when you might have thought a luxury saloon would be the way to go given the DS heritage. But this was a smart move by the brains at Peugeot Citroen who figured, correctly as it turned out, that SUVs were the future.

So how is DS7 Crossback fairing in this difficult old world? At just under 4.6m it sits between an Audi Q3 and Q5 and is a smidgen longer than Volkswagen's Tiguan.

The target market is the luxury end so a lot of time and money has gone into creating something special. Special enough to turn people's heads away from the mighty German trio.

And DS has the perfect setting to model its 'special' car. Paris. So the stylists homed in on the glass pyramid at the Louvre and the Rue de Rivoli, the most fashionable street in Paris for inspiration.

Let's move on from the car's body shape, which is a bit flat, and concentrate on the chic styling. The LED light clusters are just exquisite. Up front are three individual ice cube style modules while the diamond design strip at the rear is even more spectacular. That is the first introduction to the diamond theme (remember the Louvre's glass pyramid) which runs riot in the cabin.

There are four interior styles, or inspirations as they are called, and my test car was Rivoli. This is French chic in full flow with a variety of classy materials and attention to detail. Here diamonds are DS7's best friend, diamond shaped dials, screen graphics and grey diamond quilted leather upholstery.

Elsewhere crystal effect switches lodged between the front seats conclude the eye candy show. It sounds over the top but as a visual spectacle it works and more stunning than anything the German SUVs can offer.

A 12 inch touchscreen dominates the dashboard from where you can access just about every function. A row of touch sensitive switches give quick access but it is all a bit challenging for the driver. Voice control is available but didn't always respond to commands.

Ahead of the driver is a 12.3in digital instrument cluster, interchangeable of course, with a full width navigation map among the features.

This is a comfortable five seater and will easily accommodate three adults in the back where head and legroom is ample. It is also well off for storage space with good sized door bins and a huge box between the front seats.

As with most French cars ride comfort is key so don't expect DS7 to have the pure driving dynamics of a similar Audi or BMW. Yet there is a decent compromise here with three drive modes, and on the more expensive models a sensor in the windscreen which can spot poor road surfaces and adapt the suspension to give the smoothest ride.

My test car came with the turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol, a feisty number mated to an eight speed automatic box, but not the best option for big economy. Best I could manage was 33mpg overall so look to the diesel or even the hybrid for better results.

DS has made a pretty good fist of its first bespoke model although one thing that needs sorting is the poor definition of the rear camera, a problem that goes across the board with all Peugeot and Citroen models.

Make no mistake DS7 is a worthy contender in the prestige SUV arena and the interior styling is ahead of any of its German rivals. It is also very good value for money with a long spec list.

The elephant in the room for me is its cousin, the Peugeot 3008 which shares many components. It is better looking, has an equally impressive cabin although it falls below the level of quality, and is cheaper. So it is still my favourite SUV.

Key facts

DS7 Crossback Prestige
1.6 litre turbo; 225bhp
0-62mph 8.3secs; 145mph
36.2-40.4mpg combined
125-130g/km. 1st road tax £170
Boot 618 litres
Insurance group 29

Friday, November 15, 2019

County warns over scam emails

Trading standards officers in Denbighshire are warning residents and businesses to be on their guard against scam emails alerting the receiver to a compensation payment as a result of a scam.

Whilst the council says it is only aware of one case in Denbighshire, there have been recent examples in other parts of the country.

Emlyn Jones, Head of Denbighshire’s  Planning and Public Protection, said “This is a timely moment to remind residents that they should be very wary of anybody who cold calls.  Whether over the phone, personally at the door or even by email, we urge people to be cautious.

“Our advice is to be suspicious of any unsolicited email and do not click on any links in any emails you do not know the origin of or are not expecting."  

Trading Standards is asking people to be wary if
•            The email asks you to confirm personal information
•            The web and email addresses do not look genuine
•            It has poor spelling, grammar and presentation
•            There’s a suspicious attachment
•            It’s urging you to act now or make some sort of response.

* Anyone who thinks they have been scammed, or knows someone who has fallen victim to a scam, are encouraged to report it through the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06, for the Welsh language or 03454 04 05 05, or report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or

Flu clinic at the health centre tomorrow

For patients aged 65 and over or those aged under 65 who have received a letter telling them they are eligible
8.30AM – 12.30PM
This is a walk-in clinic –
no appointment necessary

Ysgol y Gwernant renews its green credentials

* Children at Ysgol y Gwernant with their Platinum Flag certificate.

Pupils at Ysgol y Gwernant  have proven their green credentials after being awarded a top eco award.

The school has renewed the prestigious Platinum Flag Award for the second time as part of the environmental education programme Eco-Schools.

Eco-Schools is an international programme run in Wales by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy and funded by the Welsh Government. Over 90% of schools in Wales are registered on the programme.

The programme inspires and empowers pupils to be leaders of change in their community, helping them learn about sustainable living and global citizenship while giving them the information and support they need to make changes that will benefit their school, local environment and wider community, such as reducing waste, energy consumption, transport, biodiversity, healthy living and litter issues.

As part of their Eco-Schools Platinum assessment, Ysgol Y Gwernant promoted recycling, completed litter picks within the community, reduced the use of plastic within the school and encouraged it within local shops in town.

They also monitored taps, computer screens and lighting daily to reduce energy and water within the school, held regular gardening clubs and community gardening, promoted eco themes in the whole school assemblies throughout the year and much more. 

Catrin Hughes, Education Officer for Keep Wales Tidy said: “The Platinum Flag is a very impressive achievement and highlights the enthusiasm and commitment that Ysgol y Gwernant has towards sustainable development. 

"The dedication of the Eco-Committee over many years has been inspirational. I’d like to congratulate and thank all of the pupils and staff involved for their hard work.”

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Sion Corn slides into Christmas Festival on skis

* Sion Corn heads for the festival on skis via Plas Newydd. 

Siorn Corn – the Welsh Santa Claus – has been checking out the quickest way to reach Llangollen when it stages its annual Christmas Festival on Saturday November 30.

Thousands of seasonal revellers are expected to come flocking to the Denbighshire tourist spot for the big event.

And as Sion Corn will be starring in the traditional parade and wants to make sure he’s there in good time on the day he’s been trying out various modes of travel.

First up was a pair of skis and he reckons they might do the trick.

He said: “It was a bit tough checking them out when there was no snow but I did find a suitable slope in the beautiful surroundings of Plas Newydd, home of the Ladies of Llangollen, which gave me some idea of what it would be like coming in from Lapland on the day.

“The holly berries that have appeared on the trees helped provide a festive atmosphere.”

Over the next few weeks Sion Corn will be trying out a few more ways of getting to Llangollen on time.    

Kicking off at 1pm with the famous parade, which sees Sion Corn being escorted into town over the historic bridge by a colourful cavalcade of entertainers and local groups, the event features children’s fairground rides, food stalls, choirs, craft stalls, circus acts and face painting.

There will also be a chance for youngsters to visit Sion Corn in his glorious grotto and put in their early requests from what they’d like to see him bring them on Christmas morning. 

During the afternoon visitors can look forward to an eclectic mix of musical entertainment from local groups on two outdoor stages and other on-street entertainment.

The fun-packed day rounds off at 5pm with the ceremonial switching on of Llangollen’s legendary Christmas lights and a firework extravaganza. 

Llangollen Christmas Festival is organised by a group of dedicated community volunteers. It costs over £4,000 to stage each year and is self-funding.

The festival aims to provide a free family-orientated event in the safety of the town centre with surplus funds being donated to Wales Air Ambulance and local community groups.

Over the last couple of years the police have estimated that the spectacular event draws over 2,000 people into town during the course of the afternoon.

For the third year the festival has teamed up with Light Up Local Food, a project aimed at promoting Llangollen-based food and drink producers.

Chairman of the festival committee Austin ‘Chem’ Cheminais, who is also the local town crier and a member of the town council, said: “With the help of the community we manage, each year, to raise just about enough to fund the event and give a little to charity.

“Last year’s festival was particularly successful thanks to the good weather and the feedback from those attending was very positive.

“The ‘market’ feel to the event provided by Light UP Local Food was particularly commented upon and helped to attract visitors from much further afield.

“Once again we’re expecting a bumper crowd to come along and help us to give a great early start to Christmas.” 

Festival organisers have also arranged for free parking throughout the day at local car parks.

Monday, November 11, 2019

llanblogger takes a short break to return later this week

llanblogger is now taking a short break and will be back later in the week

It's the generation game at The Old Vicarage

* Bethan Mascarenhas, at the back near the window, with Welsh Learner of the Year Fiona Collins, centre holding soft toy, with residents, children and their parents at the storytelling session. 

The reigning Welsh Learner of the Year was signed up by the new boss of a Llangollen care home to help strengthen its links with the local community. 

Bethan Mascarenhas took over the Old Vicarage late last year and has since embarked on an ambitious series of initiatives to help keep elderly residents active and feel part of the daily life of the town.

And most of the activities she has in mind are aimed at encouraging them to mix with much younger people.

It’s with this aim in mind that Bethan has started regular storytelling sessions at the home, the first of which was led by Fiona Collins, Welsh Learner of the Year or 2019, and saw mums and toddlers from the area sitting alongside residents to enjoy nursery rhymes, stories and songs in Welsh, all introduced with the help of her collection of cuddly toys from an owl to a fish.

Bethan, whose home is a member of the influential Care Forum Wales organisation and trained at the Wrexham-based Pendine Academy, also plans more inter-generational events such as nursery rhyme and singing sessions.

“The arts and music have been proven to be extremely therapeutic for elderly people living in a care home environment and mixing with very young children is great because both the young and old can enjoy them so much,” she said.

“For the older people it can take them back to the happy times they had when they were young parents.”

Bethan also has in mind enabling her residents to return to their former hobbies and passions and to use any specialist knowledge they might have.

She explained: “One of our men is a keen gardener and wants to involve local children in things like planting bulbs for next spring. We also have former teachers living with us who could help younger children with their reading.

“I’d like to bring in experts to give talks to our residents and local primary school children on subjects such as the Second World War. I know someone who is prepared to bring in uniforms and other memorabilia from the era to help illustrate these sessions.”

Bethan added: “I’m quite advanced with planning for a mother and toddlers group to be based at the Old Vicarage and I think it would also be good to involve these children and their parents along with the residents in things like drama workshops, music therapy and yoga sessions.

“I firmly believe that just because someone is living in a home they do not have to feel isolated.

“I see what I am trying to do at the Old Vicarage as providing continuity of community.

“Thanks to Fiona, the first storytelling session was a big hit with the children, their parents and residents and hopefully will be the first of many like it.”

The Old Vicarage recently received a visit from Older Person's Commissioner for Wales Heléna Herklots who was impressed by what she saw.

Fiona Collins, who hosted the recent storytelling session at the home, won the National Eisteddfod's Welsh Learner of the Year in August.

Known as the woman who makes legends, stories and folklore come alive in her own magical way, the former teacher established a story cafe at the Courtyard Cafe in Llangollen, with a group coming together regularly to share stories, recite poetry or sing.
She began learning Welsh in 1999, when she was living in London.
Fiona, who works in English and Welsh, said her "secret mission" is to teach everyone about Welsh folklore.
* For more details about The Old Vicarage, call: 01978 861866.

* Residents meet some of the children.

* Above and below, Fiona Collins leads a  storytelling session.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Llangollen honours the fallen of two world wars

* Standards are lowered in silent tribute to the fallen.

Hundreds of people packed the centre of Llanbgollen this morning (Sunday) to watch and take part in the town's annual Service of Remembrance around the two war memorials in Centenary Square.

The service was led by the Vicar, Father Lee Taylor, and other local clergy and included the traditional two minutes' silence and the sounding of the Last Post and Reveille by a bugler from Llangollen Silver Band.

Wreaths were laid on the memorials on behalf of a number of local organisations and clubs including the Town Council and the Royal British Legion, who jointly organised the event, as the names of the fallen of two world wars were read out.

The service was followed by a parade through the streets of the town led by the silver band. 

* The service is led by the Vicar, Father Lee Taylor.

* A bugler sounds Last Post.

* Town Mayor, Cllr Jon Haddy, lays a wreath on behalf of the council.

* Phil Stroud, chairman of Llangollen Royal British Legion, lays his wreath.

* Llangollen Brownies about to lay their wreath.

* Llangollen Silver Band leads the parade.

* Armed forces veterans and organisations march along Oak Street.

* Above and below, youth organisations join the parade.

* Father Lee Taylor is followed by the standard bearers.

2020 wants your feedback on its parking plans

The 2020 Working Group has sent out a reminder that it is still inviting feedback from the public on its proposals to address the town's parking problems.

Full details of the proposals were given in a story by llanblogger last month. This can be seen at:

See below for how to have your say:

Dementia aware business breakfast planned

Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council (DVSC) is hosting the next Dementia Aware Business Breakfast at St Collen's Community Hall, Regent Street, Llangollen, on Wednesday November 27, from 8.30am until 10.30am, in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses.

A DVSC spokesperson said: "Come along and meet other community businesses. You can discuss how to be more inclusive and how small changes can make a big difference to your customers, improve your reputation in the community and even your bottom line.

"The event includes a healthy breakfast and lots of time for networking and community focused conversations."

To confirm your interest in attending this free event, follow this link:, or call Maisie, DVSC's marketing and impact assistant on 01824 702 441.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

UPDATE Horseshoe Pass re-opened


The Horseshoe Pass has now re-opened following a temporary closure due to bad weather.

Just after 11.30am North Wales Police posted on its Facebook page that the Horseshoe Pass was closed due to the snow.

Heavy snow is currently falling across Llangollen, as can be seen in this shot over the roof of St Collen's Church.

The Ponderosa Cafe has put up a picture of the Horseshoe Pass on Facebook together with the message: "The cafe is open at this time however that is subject to change roads are slightly covered so do please take care."

New Llan micro pub is a real conversation piece

* Welsh economy minister Ken Skates toasts the opening of The Hoptimist in Llangollen with Richard Green, left, of Dovecote Brewery, and Doug McPherson, of Cwrw Ial.
A new micro pub in Llangollen has banned electronic music and games in favour of good old fashioned conversation.
The Hoptimist, in Market Street, is the latest venture by a partnership of two craft brewers from Denbighshire, Richard Green, of Denbigh’s Dovecote Brewery and Doug McPherson, of Cwrw Ial, from Eryrys, near Mold.
The Llangollen branch of their budding beer empire is the third to open in a year – the first was The Hoptimist in Abergele, followed soon afterwards by a branch in Rhuddlan.
The latest addition to the stable got the thumbs up from local Assembly Member for Clwyd South Ken Skates, the Welsh Government Economy Minister, who dropped in to sample some of the craft beers and ciders they sell – along with a range of flavoured gins made by Richard’s wife, Sue.
He even sampled a fruit cider in a shade of brilliant green and said: “It’s brilliant to see The Hoptimist in Llangollen – it works perfectly with the character of the town.
“Llangollen attracts visitors from around the world and it’s great to see a place like this offering a range of the very best craft ales, many of them produced here in North East Wales.
“Craft beers are all the rage these days and at The Hoptimist you can be guaranteed a genuine taste of the region – they’re putting the ales in Wales.”
Richard and Doug took over the premises on the corner of Market Street and East Street three months ago and have a tenant of their own, a small bakery which sells a range of pies, pastries and Wales’s answer to the Cornish pasty, the oggie.
Richard, whose Dovecote Brewery recently reopened The Salusbury Arms in his home village of Tremeirchion, near St Asaph, also has its own brand micro pubs, The Dove, in Rhyl and Prestatyn.
He said: “This is a really good spot and Llangollen is a perfect town for us as it’s busy all year round.
“We’ve even got the bakery next door so you can pick up your pie and bring it in to enjoy with your pint.
“Doug and I met at a CAMRA – Campaign for Real Ale  - meeting when we’d just set up Dovecote and we didn’t want to be in competition and thought it would work better to be in a partnership.”
Doug, a New Zealander who got into home brewing because when he was growing up the legal age for drinking was 21, said: “It can be difficult for micro-brewers like us to get their beer into pubs so we thought it would make sense to have our own pubs to sell our beer in.
“It’s working very well. Although the craft beer market is still relatively small it’s growing all the time and we are looking at further openings in the future.”
Both breweries produce a range of craft beers using traditional methods but often tweaking the recipes to produce different products like Dovecote’s award-winning Dove Down Under, made with New Zealand hops, and both also include special seasonal beers in their repertoire.
Richard, an industrial chemist from Walsall, in the West Midlands, was persuaded by Sue to turn his home brewing hobby into a business just over two years ago while Doug has been in the brewing industry for 27 years but branched out on his own at Cwrw Iȃl in 2014.
All their beers are 90 per cent made with local ingredients including Welsh–grown hops and barley and adhere to the 503-year-old German Purity Laws which insist that beer can only be made from water, hops, barley and yeast.
Richard added: “We want to grow a self-sustainable business and that’s why it made perfect economic sense to open our own pubs which have a unique atmosphere.
“You won’t find electronic music or games here but you will find a warm welcome, an interesting range of beers, ciders and gins, board games and good conversation.
“Our pubs are smaller and more intimate than most pubs but here in Llangollen we have space upstairs for table football and darts and it’s a good venue for meetings as well and we have a great choice of craft beers, gins and ciders.
“The footprint of each Dove or Hoptimist outlet is more compact than your usual pub, but we have a wide demographic and appeal to ladies and gents alike and we’re dog-friendly too.
“It’s something we believe in and we know it works and we’re hoping to announce further new openings soon.”

Friday, November 8, 2019

Service of Remembrance to be held this Sunday

* Last year's Service of Remembrance in Centenary Square.

Llangollen's annual Service of Remembrance will take place at the war memorials in Centenary Square this Sunday morning.

The parade will form up in Market Street at 10.40am and march off at 10.45am.

The route will start in Market St and go across Castle Street into Oak Street, turning left on to Chapel Street then left on to Bridge Street before forming up on Centenary Square.

After the service, to be led by the Vicar of Llangollen, Father Lee Taylor, and including the traditional bugle calls and silence just before 11am and the laying of wreaths, the band will form up on the corner of Castle/Bridge Street followed by representatives of the Town Council, service standards, Llangollen branch of the Royal British Legion and other local organisations and clubs.
Setting off up Castle Street the parade will turn left into Oak Street, left into Chapel Street, left into Bridge Street.

As the parade passes the two war memorials there will be an "eyes left" order before it heads back on to Castle Street and Oak Street eventually falling out in Oak Street.

* Anyone picking up a wreath from the Town Council chambers for Sunday morning has been reminded that they are not free.

The cost of a wreath is a minimum of £18.50p and can be paid by either cash or cheque, both playable when you collect the wreaths to the Town Clerk. Cheques can be made payable to the Poppy Appeal.

Oak Street celebration event tomorrow

To celebrate the opening of a new exhibition in Karl Young’s Oak Street Gallery in Llangollen several shops will stay open late tomorrow (Saturday) aiming to create a vibrant, whole-street launch event.

Oak Street Gallery will host an exhibition from Jon Young Art with stunning colours in landscape and seascape paintings, many from around the glorious Welsh coastline. 

Gwalia Ceramics will also open its doors for drinks and nibbles. 

Visitors to the event will also be able to browse the gift shops, including the newly-opened Shop Around the Corner, and have a bite to eat in Oak Street Coffee or the Pretty Vintage Tea Room, which is licensed, accompanied by live music from The Cellar Door musicians.

Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy the shops and cafés and start some Christmas shopping. 

The Jon Young Art Winter Exhibition runs from November 8-25 and is open every day from 10am – 5pm and 4pm on Sundays.

Search: “Oak Street Gallery” on Facebook

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Museum art competition winners receive their prizes

* Councillor Sheena Grindley hands out the prizes to children's winners.

Over 30 children and nine adults were awarded with prizes for their entries in Llangollen Museum's 2019 annual art competition yesterday (Wednesday) evening.

During a presentation ceremony at the museum winners were honoured for their contributions across a wide artistic spectrum taking in paintings, drawings, collages, photographs and other media.  

Judges for the competition were town councillors Bob Lube and Sheena Grindley along with local artist Dory. Cllr Grindley presented the prizes.

All pieces of art are now on show at the museum.

Winners in the children section, with entries submitted in any medium on subjects ranging from Old McDonald Had a Farm to Let It Go from Frozen, were:

From Ysgol Bryn Collen - Polly Morris, Lily Davis, Robert Seddon, Manley Susanthan, Jack Bridge, Bella Davis, Dai Davies, Rayna Cooke and Edie Langford. From Ysgol Y Gwernant - Lucas Realey, Daisy Welsh, Lily Thompson, Dexter Andrews, Sasha Davies, George Jenkins. 

Year 1 - Grace Moulton.

Highly commended (either school) - Annabelle Wilcox, Alessa Roberts, Bronagh Cooke, Morgan Andrews, Lola Manley, Esme Luca, Luca Burgoyne, Elin Davies, William Fields, Emese Katona, Jay Jay Moulton, Zac Mdolski, Kia Thomas, Nathan Hughes and Sam Jones.

In the adult section entrants had to depict any song or piece of music of their choice, and winners were: Anita Jones (Fingal's Cave), Jan Murray (Under the Sea), Elizabeth Marley (Dirty Old Town), Simon Collinge (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - photograph). Other small prizes were awarded chosen by the museum staff. Specially commended were the adult entries by Lorna Davies, Sarah Jones, Margaret Morgan and Larrie Davies.

The judges commented on the high standard of work in every section and all entrants were thanked for their submissions.

A selection of the winning adult entries

Winning children's entries