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Friday, April 30, 2021

Eisteddfod advertises for an executive producer

* The job advertisement in Arts Job Finder.

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is looking for an executive producer.

An advertisement for the £45,000-a-year post has just appeared online in the Arts Jobs Finder.

The person appointed, it says, will work closely with the board and “our fantastic team to help us achieve our potential and grow our impact and reach”.

The ad explains: “The Executive Producer is the creative and executive lead for the organisation, shaping its programme, connecting with audiences and partners, supporting and developing the staff team and ensuring the vitality, diversity, sustainability and impact of the Eisteddfod as major annual international event.

“As Chief Executive the Executive Producer is also the lead decision-maker, responsible for the strategic planning and financial sustainability of the company.

“They model a working culture that inspires and supports staff, trustees and contractors.

“They have the confidence of the trustees, volunteers and key stakeholders. They are the face of a world-class programme that attracts a broad audience from North Wales, the North West of England and beyond.

“We want our workforce to be representative of all sections of society and we actively welcome candidates who are currently underrepresented in the arts.

“We are seeking an inspiring individual who values creative ambition, inclusivity and internationalism.”

The post is full-time on a three-year fixed-term contract starting this summer. It requires post-holder to be based within a commutable distance from the Llangollen area.

Closing date for applications is June 1 and more details can be found on the Arts Jobs Finder website at:

Last week the eisteddfod management revealed that, as part of a restructuring exercise, four redundancies had been made from the festival’s six permanent staff.

The impact of the pandemic was blamed.

As part of the same exercise two roles have been created and filled by existing staff from the team of six.

A statement added that a further post was due to be advertised shortly, and this is clearly that of the new executive producer.

Due to the pandemic the 2020 eisteddfod had to be cancelled and replaced with a series of online events.

This year’s festival has also fallen victim to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and has been postponed until next year. A similar programme of alternative events is being planned.

No waiting order proposed for Hall Street and Willow Street

Denbighshire County Council is proposing to make an order prohibiting the waiting of vehicles at any time on stretches of Hall Street and Willow Street, Llangollen.

According to the schedule of a public notice, on Hall Street the order would cover a section on the north side from a point 27 metres west of the projected kerbline of the unnamed road linking Hall Street to Berwyn Street for a distance of 27 metres in a westerly direction.

On Willow Street, the order would cover an area, on the west side, from the projected southerly kerbline of Hall Street for a distance of 45 metres in a southerly direction and, on the east side, from the projected southern kerbline of Hall Street for a distance of 51 metres in a southerly direction.

Exceptions to the order would be made for the purposes of alighting, boarding, loading and unloading and works of maintenance, repair and so on.

There would also be exceptions for vehicles displaying both a Disabled Person's Badge and a Disabled Person's Parking Disc to wait for a period not exceeding three hours.

Objections to the order can be made via the Denbighshire County Council website, under the County Conversation portal, or by sending a written statement to: Head of Legal, HR and Democratic Services, Denbighshire County Council, PO Box 62, Ruthin, LL15 9AZ, no later than May 21st, 2021.     

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Health board's latest vaccination update issued

The Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board, which covers Llangollen, has put out its latest update about the vaccination situation.

Aimed mainly at younger people it says: "This update is to help explain the changes that have been made to the BCU COVID-19 vaccination delivery plan as a result of new national guidance and the impact this has had on the availability of vaccines in North Wales. 

AstraZeneca vaccine advice

·        We are following the latest guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advising that the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine should now not be routinely used in those under 30 years of age.

·        This means that two groups of Cohort 10 will run concurrently - those adults aged between 30 and 50 who will now generally receive the AstraZeneca, and those adults aged under 30 who will receive the Pfizer vaccine.

·        Those aged under 30 years that have already had a first of AstraZeneca will have the second dose of the vaccine to complete their course.We want to use vaccine supplies as quickly as it is received, so that they provide benefit, and this will inevitably mean inviting some under 30s before having completed the 30 to 50 year old age group.

·       The only way to avoid this would be to hold back supplies of the Pfizer vaccine, which would be an unjustifiable risk.

·         More information can be found on the BCU website here

Who we are currently vaccinating and how they will be contacted

This week we are continuing to provide vaccination to the following groups, with invitations made by letter, text message and phone call:

·         People in Priority Groups 1-9 who were unable to receive their vaccination when it was first offered. This includes people aged 50+; people aged 16-64 with certain underlying health conditions; unpaid carers; and those living with people who are immunosuppressed

·         People aged 18-49 years (Priority Group 10)

Asking employers to support their staff

We are appealing to employers across the region to be sympathetic to requests for their staff to take time off to attend their vaccination appointments. Vaccination provides the best protection from becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 and is our best route out of the pandemic. It will also help to reduce staff sickness.

MP praises facelift work at Town Hall

* From left, Charlie Jones, Facilities Officer, Katherine Susanthan, professional upholsterer, and Simon Baynes MP in the balcony at Llangollen Town Hall.

Clwyd South MP Simon Baynes made a socially distanced visit to see some of the recent improvements to Llangollen Town Hall. 

He met with Charlie Jones, Facilities Officer, and Katherine Susanthan, who are currently reupholstering the seats in the balcony.

Since Charlie became the Facilities Officer of the Town Hall in 2018, she and volunteers, supported by the Friends of Llangollen Town Hall, have been undertaking restoration work in the building, including replacing the stage curtains, cleaning the lead pane windows, repainting the lobby and cleaning its chandelier. 

The current project of reupholstering the balcony seats will take two months and the skills of local professional upholsterer Katherine Susanthan, assisted by Charlie, are making a welcome transformation of the look and comfort of the balcony seats.

Charlie said: “Ysgol Dinas Bran gave us their old curtains and thanks to them we were able to re-make and up-cycle them for the stage. 

"We had donations of pretty vintage china that we use instead of plastic or paper which reduces waste and looks nice. 

"Our old Town Hall chairs were dated and uncomfortable and a school in Ruthin were throwing them away, so a volunteer brought them from Ruthin in a trailer and a group of volunteers from the groups who use the Town Hall cleaned and painted them.

"The old Town Hall chairs have been up-cycled with chalk paint to show what can be done with them and they would be great as spare chairs.

“We’re always looking for volunteers and welcome any contribution they can make, however small because it all makes a difference to the community we live in. 

"Each of us has something to give, and the work our volunteers have done is a gift to the community that makes a real difference. I can’t thank them enough.”

Simon Baynes said: “It was a pleasure to meet Charlie and Katherine and see the great improvements they are making to the balcony seating. 

"This project along with the other improvements that Charlie has overseen are hugely important to securing the future of Llangollen’s much-loved Town Hall and its central role in the heritage and culture of the town. 

"I look forward to visiting again soon and supporting them in their work in the future.”

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

National Park plan for this area branded as "bonkers"

The Daily Post is reporting that moves to create a new national park in north east Wales, which would include Llangollen, have been labelled “bonkers”.

Local councillors say the plans for the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley are likely to meet stiff opposition from farmers and rural businesses worried about extra rules and costs.

* For the full story, see:

Board reports some positive news for railway's future

The Trust board of Llangollen Railway has this morning (Wednesday) issued a statement which is hopeful for the future of the heritage attraction.

In March 1 the railway's Public Limited Company went into receivership with debts of around £350,000.

Since then the assets of the railway have been put up for online auction, which culminates on May 12.

In the meantime, the separate Trust Board, which remains completely solvent, has been battling to raise enough money to buy as many of the assets as possible and get the railway back on track. 

Today's statement from the board says: "The Trust is delighted to announce it has completed a deal with the administrators of Llangollen Railway plc, Cowgill Holloway Business Recovery LLP, for an undisclosed sum, to purchase certain assets belonging to the railway along with the right to use the railway line. 

"This was the first key step towards recovery and thoughts now turn fully to the task of preparing for reopening as we continue on our journey to protect and preserve this beautiful part of our heritage.

"Talks have been initiated meanwhile with the Welsh Government, Business Wales, Denbighshire County Council and the National Heritage Lottery Fund, all of which have been positive. 

"The Safety Management System will have to be rewritten to some degree and fresh approval sought from the Office of Rail & Road.  

"Liz Parkes of North York Moors Railway has been helping us in this regard and we are very appreciative of her support. 

"We have been very encouraged and gratified by all the support received in our fundraising efforts and thank everyone who has contributed.  

"Including promises, funds raised to date are approximately £85,000. This should enable us to submit a competitive bid in the auction on 12 May for key items, such as at least one carriagewith accessible adaptation, function coach, road railer, telehandler and 12t crane.

"Looking ahead to the preparation for re-opening phase, £100,000 approximately is needed to cover necessary overheads, for which we hope to attract at least some grant funding.  

"It remains too soon to speculate when re-opening might be but we are targeting the end of July or early August currently.

"We would also like to acknowledge the continuing support of the media, without which our need for funds would not have reached so wide an audience.

"Please donate if you can: Online at and click the Donate button, or via our Facebook page. For taxpayers, the Railway can apply for 25% Gift Aid.Alternatively, supporters are invited to send cheques payable to Llangollen Railway Trust Ltd to The Station, Abbey Road, Llangollen LL20 8SN."    

Widow of Dai Davies backs hospice's balloon appeal

* Lois Wynne of Ifor Williams Trailers, Sarah Povey, community and event fundraiser at Nightingale House and Judy Davies.            

* Dai and Judy Davies on their wedding day.

The widow of legendary Welsh goalkeeper Dai Davies has made a moving appeal for people to support the hospice that cared for him in his final months.

Former Wales international Dai died in February at the age of 72 from pancreatic cancer at his home in Llangollen, having received palliative care and rehabilitation at Nightingale House in Wrexham.

His wife Judy has voiced her gratitude for the help the hospice gave to Dai and is backing its fundraising Build a Balloon campaign, praising supporters and corporate sponsors including Ifor Williams Trailers.

Fundraising activities for Nightingale House that provides specialist palliative care services for people with life-limiting illnesses have been badly hit by the pandemic.

The annual running costs of the hospice are £3.4 million and 80 per cent of it has come from fundraising.

Judy said: “I so appreciate the support Ifor Williams Trailers and all the other wonderful sponsors give the hospice.

“The hospice is largely reliant on fundraising and donations to carry out its work and I have seen first-hand whilst Dai was supported at Nightingale House exactly how important this work is.

“It would be wonderful if people could put their support behind the Build A Balloon appeal as this week is the final week of the campaign before the balloon goes into production in Spain.”

Judy saw at first hand the quality of the care at Nightingale House when they cared for former Everton and Wrexham goalkeeper Dai before he was transferred from the Royal Liverpool Hospital last year after spending several weeks in hospital and without any visitors due to the pandemic.

Dai’s transfer to the hospice enabled him to be reunited with his family and receive the physiotherapy that saw him learn to walk again.

Judy said: “Dai’s days at Nightingale House and the wonderful care and support we both received when he was a Day Patient too, totally enhanced his quality of life during his final months.

“I also feel that it actually helped to prolong the precious time we had left together and I will be forever grateful to everyone at Nightingale House for the care he received.

"Nothing was too much trouble for example, when he arrived somebody had kindly put a small vase of fresh sweet peas from the hospice garden on his bedside table.

"Dai had been in hospital for several weeks, so coming to Nightingale House felt like a five-star hotel for him.

“It was wonderful to have him home eventually and that experience was made possible by the care and attention given to us all as a family by the team at Nightingale House."

During his distinguished career, Dai was capped 52 times by Wales and kept goal for clubs including Swansea City, Tranmere Rovers and Bangor City. 

After playing top-fight football with Everton, he joined Wrexham in 1977 and helped them win the Third Division title in 1977-78.

He went on to work as a football pundit and was also a popular figure away from the sport, with the proud Welsh speaker running a natural health clinic in Llangollen and being admitted to the prestigious Gorsedd of the Bards at the National Eisteddfod in 1978.

Judy and Dai were together for over 25 years. She hopes her experience will make people appreciate exactly what Nightingale House Hospice has to offer.

"Dai so appreciated the support he received and he would want anybody in a similar situation to reach out to the Nightingale House team.

"People often seem to think that a hospice is just where someone goes at the very end of their life, but it is so much more than that.

"The hospice did so much to help Dai and nothing was too much trouble."

Dai had three children and three step-children and 12 grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

His death was met with an outpouring of grief across Wales and from fans of the clubs he played for.

"Dai had worked extensively on television promoting football through the medium of Welsh,” said Judy.

"He was a loving family man and we all miss him greatly. However, it is comforting to know how much he meant to people and that was clear from the wonderful tributes paid to him."

Nightingale House is marking its 25th birthday by running its Build a Balloon fundraising campaign, which will see a hot air balloon take to the skies complete with sponsored panels.

Ifor Williams Trailers has regularly supported the hospice and is throwing its weight behind the Build a Balloon campaign by serving as a corporate sponsor.

As she returned to Nightingale House to show her support for the campaign, Judy met with Lois Wynne from Ifor Williams Trailers.

Lois conveyed the strong relationship that has been developed between the two organisations.

She said: "Nightingale House is such a lovely and important cause that we have been supporting for several years.

"The balloon campaign is again something we are very happy to support and we would encourage anybody who is able to get involved to do so.

"It has been a pleasure to meet with Judy and it is nice to hear how much she appreciates what the hospice did for her husband, Dai.

"The hospice does a lot of very important work and we at Ifor Williams Trailers are keen to do whatever we can to support it." 

Sarah Povey, community and event fundraiser at Nightingale House, expressed her thanks for the company's sponsorship.

She said: "We are very grateful for the support we receive from our corporate sponsors, including Ifor Williams Trailers.

"We have enjoyed a good relationship with Ifor Williams Trailers for many years and the support they provide makes a massive difference to us.

"The last year has been very challenging as we have not been able to hold some fundraising events, meaning we have lost out on a substantial amount of income.

"The Build a Balloon campaign is therefore very important and we appreciate the support we have received. Every donation to the hospice is gratefully accepted.

"We are also grateful for the kind words Judy has said about the hospice. At Nightingale House we seek to go to great lengths to help our patients as much as we possibly can."

* For more information about Nightingale House and how to donate visit 

Arteon R-Line does its duty well for Volkswagen

Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake road test by Steve Rogers

It is amazing how a sloping roof and lashings of chrome can change the character of a car and even give it the wow factor.

The Arteon is a case in point. When the saloon, or fastback to give it its proper title, was launched in 2017 it was nothing more than a posh Passat, but with the recent addition of an estate, or shooting brake to give it its proper title, the range has taken on a whole new persona and much the better for it.

The shooting brake is a bit of a looker, breaking away from VW's traditional conservative styling with a long coupe roofline and a lot less glass than the boxy Passat. 

The front looks good too with a restyled wider grille laden with chrome while the shiny bits outline the side windows. Somehow I don't see Arteons lining up with Passat estates plying their trade at the taxi ranks.

So Arteon is no longer just an alternative Passat but having an identity of its own with a classier body, restyled interior and swankier trim, in fact it edges closer to its posh cousins at Audi when it comes to quality.

My R-Line came with smart aluminium inserts along the dash and door cards enhanced with backlit trim inlays giving the car a nice cosy feel at night. There is a 30-strong palette to choose your favourite colour.

The interior in general has a good feel about it, the seats are more comfortable than most and legroom, particularly in the back, is outstanding. And there is ample space for luggage, not as much as a Passat, but more than enough to cater for a family of five taking off on their hols.

A shame though that the boot lip has a 20cm drop which makes heaving out heavy items a strain. It would not take much to put in a false floor and while sorting that out a couple of levers in the side walls to drop the seat backs wouldn't go amiss either.

R-Line suggests sporty and you can select a setting that stiffens the suspension and engages sports drive, I tried it but switched back to comfort which does what it says on the tin and still maintains sharp enough handling. Compared to a similar Audi the Arteon is a more comfortable car.

No surprises for the driver with the now familiar interchangeable digital binnacle display and a central touchscreen for the majority of everyday functions although the voice control is efficient for changing the heating temperature, navigation commands and phone. The heating controls are separate although the touch and slide switches are over sensitive and take a bit of getting used to, but look classy.

The same can be said for the steering wheel controls which are a bit of a nightmare and will take longer to master. They control all manner of things and are even more sensitive, jumping from one function to another until you get the hang of it, but like everything else they can be tamed in time!

The other week I suggested the Mazda6 estate would get an ASBO for its high engine emissions, well this Arteon joins it on the naughty step too. With all but 190bhp it is no slouch, in fact it is a bit of a flyer but maintains a stately refinement when the accelerator is floored.

Powerful it may be yet economy is borderline impressive and with a gentle right foot mid forties can be easily achieved. R-line has the automatic seven speed DSG gearbox with steering wheel paddle shifters for good measure.

Nothing to really dislike about Arteon apart from rear vision which is hopeless because of the small amount of glass, so make sure you spec a rear camera if you are not very good with door mirrors when reversing.

R-Line is well off for the luxury items we crave and packed with safety technology. The active cruise control with lane assist is impressive and even reacts speed limits.

If you can stretch to a few extras the 360 degree camera with trailer view (£800) head up display at £520 and heated windscreen £355 are worth a punt.

Fast facts

Arteon Shooting Brake R-Line

£38,420 (range starts £33,000)

2-litre petrol; 186bhp

0-62mph 7.8secs; 145mph

35.6mpg combined

179g/km. 1st year VED £870

Insurance group 27

Boot 565 litres

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

MP backs company's campaign for new life-saving machine

* Tom Robinson and Simon Baynes MP with lifesaving training equipment at TNR Outdoors in Llangollen.

Clwyd South MP Simon Baynes made a socially distanced visit to TNR Outdoors in Llangollen to lend his backing to their campaign to purchase and install a public access defibrillator outside the entrance to their business in case of emergency. 

He also saw the recent improvements made to their premises including a new training classroom and changing room as well as a new café and kitchen space.

Mr Baynes met Tom Robinson, a director of TNR Outdoors, at Mile End Mill to learn more about their fundraising campaign.

The popularity of their site for recreational paddling, professional courses and rescue training, plus its location mid-way along the popular whitewater section of the River Dee, as well as being on the outskirts of Llangollen on the main A5 route into the town centre, make it a highly appropriate location for a public access defibrillator.

This would be of huge benefit to paddlers and other river users, local residents and road users should an emergency situation ever call for one.

Tom Robinson said: “Our fundraising campaign is aiming to raise a total of £1,700 in order to pay for a brand-new Zoll defibrillator (£1,000), a lockable, heated cabinet which maintains battery charge (£500) and a qualified electrician and materials to install the equipment (£200). 

"The defibrillator itself is being purchased from the Welsh Ambulance Trust. We will also be offering free training for the use of the defibrillator.

"Thanks to the generosity of people and businesses locally, we only have £278 left to raise so please help us reach our target by donating via our fundraising page - Fundraiser for Tom Robinson by Tom Robinson : Public access AED at Mile End Mill (

Simon Baynes said: “I very much enjoyed meeting Tom again at Mile End Mill and seeing TNR Outdoor’s improvements to their facilities and hearing about their fantastic work in raising money to purchase a public access defibrillator. 

"By making defibrillators more accessible to communities, especially rural communities, we can save lives. This excellent initiative could mean the difference between life and death one day, and I’m very grateful to TNR Outdoors for organising this fundraiser.”

Councillor calls for progress on deal to use Plas Madoc tip

* The household waste recycling facility at Plas Madoc.

A Llangollen town councillor has called on his county council counterparts to “get a move on” with securing a deal with Wrexham for local people to use the Plas Madoc household waste recycling centre.

With no permanent recycling local facility available for Dee Valley residents, Phil Jones has been running a campaign, backed by an 800-signature petition, for them to be able to use Plas Madoc which at the moment is exclusively for residents of neighbouring Wrexham.

The issue stems from dissatisfaction with the pop-up waste disposal service which had been run on Saturday mornings in the Pavilion car park. When this was suspended as the pandemic began Llangollen people faced a drive over to Ruthin to use the facility there.

The progress in negotiating a possible deal with Wrexham for use of Plas Madoc is due to be discussed by Llangollen’s two Denbighshire county councillors, Graham Timms and Melvyn Mile, along with county officers, at a meeting on May 17.

Meanwhile, town councillor Stuart Davies, who has spoken in favour of a deal on a number of occasions, has issued a fresh statement on it.

He says: “I note with concern the long drawn out process of attempting to regularise the use of Plas Madoc recycling centre by Llangollen residents. 

“I am calling upon the county councillors to get a move on and get this process finished. At the moment all we are getting are words from them. 

“My FoI [Freedom of Information] request has revealed that the pop-up facility is costing us £50k-plus a year plus the cost of getting rid of the waste collected. 

“The option of paying WBC (Wrexham Borough Council) £100k a year - a figure that re-appears now and again - is almost cost neutral and compares better than the figures for the rest of the county as revealed in the FoI. 

“It is about time our elected representatives did their job and pressured the officers in to doing the right thing. We have the figures now we know how much it costs. 

“It’s time to do the right thing and provide us with equal services in the south of the county as the north.” 

In response, County Councillor Graham Timms commented:  "This important issue will be discussed with all four Dee Valley councillors and Denbighshire County Council officers on May 17."

Monday, April 26, 2021

Health centre's vaccination update for younger people

Llangollen Health Centre has this morning put out an update on its Covid-19 vaccination programme, which says:

"We have now given over 6,200 vaccines to our patients.
"We are continuing to administer second doses on a weekly basis.

"Second doses are due 10-12 weeks after the first dose and we are contacting patients 1-2 weeks before their appointment is due. If you are concerned that we have missed you please give us a call on 01978 860625.
"Patients 30 – 49 years: We are trialling a collaborative approach with other local practices for this age group.

"The first group of patients are currently being contacted inviting them for their vaccination at Plas Madoc Leisure Centre this Thursday. We shall be doing this in descending order of age.
"Patients aged 18-29 years: Following recent guidance, this age group will now receive the Pfizer vaccine.

"We anticipate that this will also be at Plas Madoc Leisure Centre although we were able to give a small number of patients in this age group their first dose at the weekend.
"Due to variations in the supply chain for the two vaccines, it may well be that patients aged 18-29 get their vaccine before those aged 30-49."

Julie's open-air dance classes come back to the square

The further easing of Covid-19 restrictions, which began today, brought Julie Kirk Thomas's weekly Monday morning Strictly Fun dance classes back to Centenary Square.

Around 20 ladies gathered to go through their open-air paces led by Julie from 10.30am.     

Eisteddfod organisers confirm this year's event will be online

* A scene from the 2019 eisteddfod parade through the town.

After the usual live event was cancelled due to the pandemic, organisers have confirmed that this summer’s Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod will go online instead. 

In a statement issued this morning, they say: “As the world continues to battle through the Coronavirus pandemic, we wanted to update you on our plans for Llangollen Online 2021 which are being adapted to reflect the environment that we are now all living in. 

“As you’re aware, we have suspended the traditional live competition strands for Llangollen 2021, and are reimagining our event in a way that can be delivered safely but which will still capture the magic of our international Eisteddfod in a digital format.

“We were hoping to create a hybrid weekend as part of this year’s offer, featuring artists from the 2020 line-up including our iconic Llanfest evening, but due to continued restrictions this cannot be realised this summer. 

“Llanfest ticket holders will be contacted by your ticket provider for a full refund in the next week. 

“Any other customers who have retained tickets from 2020 will also be contacted in the next week to confirm their ticketing options. Further information is also available on our website and social media channels. 

“We know that it will be a disappointment to many that we are not able to put on our usual Eisteddfod this year. But please be reassured that we remain committed to our Eisteddfod’s founding mission of bringing people together through music and dance, which will be at the heart of our alternative approach to Llangollen 2021.  We thank you for your understanding and as ever, we are grateful for your support.”

The statement gives no details of what this year's online events are likely to be.

Issy shows off her Ladies of Llangollen collection on national TV

* Issy gets ready to film her sequence on the show. Below: Items in her treasured collection.

* Issy is told the total value of her collection is about £350. 

A Llangollen woman went on national TV to show off her treasured pieces of local memorabilia.

Issy Richards, a former deputy mayor of the town, took her prized collection featuring the famous Ladies of Llangollen along to Bodnant Garden to be admired on BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

And long-standing expert Stephen Moore told her that her collection was worth around £350, although she said she had no intention of selling any of the items because they are of such great sentimental value to her.   

Explaining how her appearance came about, Issy said: "I have always been fascinated by the story of Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, the Ladies of Llangollen, and their home, Plas Newydd, which is the jewel in Llangollen's crown.

"My late mother Heather Richards collected memorabilia about the Ladies including books such as Doris Grumbach's 'The Ladies' and Elizabeth Mavor's 'Life With The Ladies of Llangollen'.

"I've continued to collect items over the years, so when BBC 's Antiques Roadshow put out a call for interesting items, I sent a photograph of them, not expecting any further response."

She added: "However, I did then get a call from a BBC researcher who asked a few questions, then an email inviting me to bring my collection along to Bodnant Gardens on September 2nd last year. 

"There were strict Covid rules and regulations to comply with, and forms to complete for myself and my three guests. 

"The weather on the big day itself couldn't have been worse, with torrential rain and high winds, plus it was very cold! 

"Stephen Moore, who made his first appearance on AR in 1997, is a charming and colourful character with an interest in the Ladies of Llangollen himself, we had a preliminary chat and he selected half a dozen items for the filming. 

"It was interesting watching other people being filmed from a gazebo nearby. I got a bit cold, damp and nervous, but then it was my turn.

"My items were set up on a high table, but it was so windy that a print knocked a piece of china onto the grass, everyone gasped, but fortunately it wasn't damaged.

"The cameras rolled, action was called, and hopefully people enjoyed seeing our Ladies on national television." 

Local roadworks alert

The following local roadworks alerts have been issued by


Castle Street, Llangollen, Denbighshire

28 April — 05 May


Delays likely - Traffic control (give & take)


Works location: Castle Street


Works description: 26/4/21-30/4/21/Jayne Valentine/Drainage Survey/Give and take...


Responsibility for works: Denbighshire County Council


Current status: Advanced planning


Works reference: QR015S000000001729


Market Street, Llangollen, Denbighshire

28 April — 05 May


Delays unlikely - Traffic control (give & take)


Works location: Market Street


Works description: 26/4/21-30/4/21/Jayne Valentine/Drainage Survey/Give and take...


Responsibility for works: Denbighshire County Council


Current status: Advanced planning


Works reference: QR015S000000001730


Oak Street, Llangollen, Denbighshire

28 April — 05 May


Delays unlikely - Traffic control (give & take)


Works location: Oak Street


Works description: 26/4/21-30/4/21/Jayne Valentine/Drainage Survey/Give and take...


Responsibility for works: Denbighshire County Council


Current status: Advanced planning


Works reference: QR015S000000001729