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Title: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 03, 2010, 10:27:01 AM
This is a 'Catch all' thread for snippets of news/info concerning Conwy that don't really deserve their own thread.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 04, 2010, 06:29:53 PM
Whilst in Conwy this morning, I sneaked up a little alleyway for a close up look at the old Cockpit, just off Lancaster Square. Shame to see just a historic little building in a poor state. "An eighteenth century cylindrical cockpit later converted to a chapel of rest and now redundant."
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: JasonW on September 06, 2010, 09:26:27 PM

Has anyone tried out the new River Taxi Service between Deganwy and Conwy.
Its something I raised as an idea last year and 3 organisations have got together to run the service: Network Yacht Brokers, North Wales Cruising Club and Conwy Yacht Club.

5 Pick Up points: Deganwy Beach, Deganwy Marina, Conwy Beacons, Conwy Marina and Conwy Quay

£2 per person per Trip (Accompanied under 16s free)

Phone 07512 218003, for a pick up.

I've tried it out with the family and its a great way to visit Conwy (or Deganwy)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 11, 2010, 04:30:56 PM
High Tide in Conwy today, nearly up to the kiosk on the Quay!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: JasonW on September 14, 2010, 06:25:05 PM
I just hope the Kiosk keeps it doors closed as it is part of the flood defence for the Quay.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on September 14, 2010, 06:32:27 PM
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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 03, 2010, 03:59:59 PM
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Whilst in Conwy this morning, I sneaked up a little alleyway for a close up look at the old Cockpit, just off Lancaster Square. Shame to see just a historic little building in a poor state. "An eighteenth century cylindrical cockpit later converted to a chapel of rest and now redundant."

Where is this building, although I live in Conwy I'm actually from Pen. I am really interested in local history.  I thought the cockpit was the building behind the big wooden gates across from the Albion, or is this just a different view ? I've just found the hidden garden in Conwys cemetery, in the summer the whole enclosure is covered in cherries. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 03, 2010, 06:20:12 PM
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Whilst in Conwy this morning, I sneaked up a little alleyway for a close up look at the old Cockpit, just off Lancaster Square. Shame to see just a historic little building in a poor state. "An eighteenth century cylindrical cockpit later converted to a chapel of rest and now redundant."

Where is this building, although I live in Conwy I'm actually from Pen. I am really interested in local history.  I thought the cockpit was the building behind the big wooden gates across from the Albion, or is this just a different view ? I've just found the hidden garden in Conwys cemetery, in the summer the whole enclosure is covered in cherries. 
If you stand outside Alfredos, you'll see a passageway to the left of it. Walk a few steps up the passage and the cockpit will be in front of you.

Do you mean the large overgrown section of graveyard on St Agnes Road? I've explored that too, if that's the one you mean.  *&(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 03, 2010, 06:43:45 PM
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Whilst in Conwy this morning, I sneaked up a little alleyway for a close up look at the old Cockpit, just off Lancaster Square. Shame to see just a historic little building in a poor state. "An eighteenth century cylindrical cockpit later converted to a chapel of rest and now redundant."

Where is this building, although I live in Conwy I'm actually from Pen. I am really interested in local history.  I thought the cockpit was the building behind the big wooden gates across from the Albion, or is this just a different view ? I've just found the hidden garden in Conwys cemetery, in the summer the whole enclosure is covered in cherries. 
If you stand outside Alfredos, you'll see a passageway to the left of it. Walk a few steps up the passage and the cockpit will be in front of you.

Do you mean the large overgrown section of graveyard on St Agnes Road? I've explored that too, if that's the one you mean.  *&(
Erm no its in St Marys church yard, if I tell you where it is on here it won't be a secret garden any more ;) I'd heard about it before but could obviously never find it, so I enquired with an old friend and he showed me, its best seen in summer when the cherries are out. I'll email you later. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 04, 2010, 01:03:58 PM
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Whilst in Conwy this morning, I sneaked up a little alleyway for a close up look at the old Cockpit, just off Lancaster Square. Shame to see just a historic little building in a poor state. "An eighteenth century cylindrical cockpit later converted to a chapel of rest and now redundant."

I'm going to go have a look today.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 06, 2010, 03:56:26 PM
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This is a 'Catch all' thread for snippets of news/info concerning Conwy that don't really deserve their own thread.
Just got my free tickets for the Conwy Feast, luv it.  Loads of excellent stalls, my son and I just munch our way round.  Its not cheap mind, I understand they have to charge for the event but the food on sale is very expensive.  When you think its a fiver to get in and £3.50 a block of cheese it adds up.  My favourite stall is the indian guys who sell all the nuts, There used to be lads selling all the noodles but they weren't there last year.  You can also sample the new ales from the local micro breweries like Purple Moose and Gwyns Conwy ales.  I wonder why they dont utilise Bodlondeb field though.  Anyway Chocolate fountain here I come can't wait.
 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 06, 2010, 06:44:05 PM
I think I might pop along and fill my face this year.   <:<:<:<
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on October 06, 2010, 07:18:59 PM
When is it?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 06, 2010, 07:39:10 PM
It's on the weekend of the 23/24 October. There is a website at www.conwyfeast.co.uk (http://www.conwyfeast.co.uk) but it doesnt seem to be working for me at present.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on October 06, 2010, 09:37:38 PM
Thanks for that Dave, I have seen something about it but could not bring the date to mind.
The site is working for me.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 06, 2010, 09:58:18 PM
Today's focus is on the Black Lion in Castle Street, Conwy, an eyesore that is all the worse for the fact it is one of the oldest buildings in the town, dating back to 1589! It's been a mess for about 10 years or more now, although plans are being prepared by the Anglesey based owner to actually do something with it. Until work starts though, it's staying on the list! My mind boggles that such a fantastic building in a great location can have been left empty and uncared for, for so long.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4047/4526608954_17769fb65b_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/4526608954/)
The Black Lion (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/4526608954/) by SnakeCorp (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr

History of the Black Lion (taken from my blog) follows:

Black Lion (Y Llew Du), built in 1589 by John Brickdall, Vicar of Conwy (1569-1607); his initials and those of his wife appear over the door together with the date 1589 (they were married on the 10th May 1589).  Brickdall's father was the Constable of Conwy Castle at the time of construction and later died of the plague.

The building was turned into the Black Lion Inn in the 1700s; a usage that continued for over 200 years (it was also the venue for the popular Monday morning Pig Market) until the 15th March 1935, when falling trade made it unviable. It then had a variety of uses, including tearooms and an antique bookshop, until it became empty in the 1990s when its condition deteriorated sharply due to dry rot. The exterior was renovated a few years back and it was then sold but no work appears to have been carried out since the sale - I believe the interior is just a shell. I just wish somebody would renovate it and bring it back into use- its a lovely old building, full of character, and in a prime spot on Castle Street.

A local artist, Jean Morgan Roberts, was born in the Black Lion and, in her book 'The Character of Conwy', she says "I grew up in the wonderful old atmosphere of the house with its secret passages, a cellar reputed to have an escape tunnel that led to the quay, a well, stables, stone steps to the town walls, a tower, Elizabethan fireplaces and a beautiful walled garden." You can visit her website here.

A local guidebook states that the building has two ghosts; one being an elderly gentleman who often sits beside the large fireplace in what was once the pub's parlour (see interior photo below), smiling to himself and nodding benignly. A former proprietor stated that 'he's a nice old fellow and we've got used to him and take his appearances for granted'.

The other ghost is quite the opposite, described as being a 'tall person in a cloak', bringing with him a 'feeling of malevolence' as he haunts the upper floor of the building. A former employee stated that 'he's a real fierce character...he has rocked the bed, frightening many a sleeping person, striking terror in the dead of night". Fortunately, the second ghost is very rarely seen!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 07, 2010, 01:09:35 PM
A touch outside Conwy, I know, But I hear that the Red Lion pub at Tyn Y Groes has closed down.  :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on October 07, 2010, 08:36:29 PM
Don't know why I always seem to have something to write about when a pub comes into the forum!!! But, there you are. The Red Lion, Tyn y Groes. Ive known this from the outside for not far off 70 years, but I had never crossed its doorstep until about 12 months ago. No reason, it just didnt happen. I was a trifle surprised when the landlord greeted me and obviously knew me well. I struggled---but, slowly, I guessed who he was, no connection with the immediate area. And I immediately thought to myself, well, hes alright in small doses but as a Landlord? Until say ten or twelve years ago he would'nt have had a chance. Even as a customer, well, maybe a chance.  I think that says it all for the present day pub business  Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 07, 2010, 09:26:29 PM
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It's on the weekend of the 23/24 October. There is a website at www.conwyfeast.co.uk (http://www.conwyfeast.co.uk) but it doesnt seem to be working for me at present.
Nice one, but step away from the chocolate fountain lol
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Tillymint on October 08, 2010, 10:39:51 PM
According to local gossip, the Albion has been bought by the Conwy Brewery. If true I hope they will keep the old bar.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 10, 2010, 02:32:36 PM
the Albion has been bought by the Conwy Brewery.
If it is Gwyn thats bought it, he will keep the bar I'm sure. He always used to comment on it when he came in.  I'll be made up if it him as he will keep the pub as it is,
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 10, 2010, 02:45:54 PM
That is good news.  Z**

I went past the Mailcoach yesterday and it all looked very quiet. One half of the front door was boarded up too.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 10, 2010, 04:17:25 PM
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That is good news.  Z**


Not sure who's taking that over. The window was smashed in the door before it shut. I've always liked the Mailcoach.  Can get really busy there and did have a good crowd of regulars when Kevin Mcardle and Dave were landlords. Relies heavily on food sales, thats the way forward with the Mail.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: suepp on October 10, 2010, 06:01:15 PM

The Conwy Feast website still doesn't seem to be working, I know it is on Oct 23/24th but not much else e.g. where the stalls will be situated etc. never having been to it before!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 12, 2010, 01:01:55 PM
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The Conwy Feast website still doesn't seem to be working, I know it is on Oct 23/24th but not much else e.g. where the stalls will be situated etc. never having been to it before!
Stalls are along the quay, on the square and up the high street, you have to pay £5 for the day to enter most of the tents. Everything from tutorials to a champagne and Oyster tent, You can even see Tree dressing ( not sure what this mind) its an excellent weekend and well worth a visit.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: JasonW on October 12, 2010, 07:02:54 PM
I understand that there will also be stalls on the Vicarage Car Park as well as the areas decribed by Pendragon..
It is normally squeezed into the Station Car Park, but this year that have had agreement to use the Vicarage Car Park.

The River Taxi will I'm sure be running and hence you could park in Deganwy or at Conwy Beacons and get the taxi.
The River Taxi phone number is 07512 218003 (worth checking availability prior to making your way).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 13, 2010, 01:13:55 PM
Not strictly Conwy related but...I saw today that Punch Taverns are selling up to 1,800 of their pubs. I'm wondering which ones locally they own?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on October 13, 2010, 04:04:43 PM
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the Albion has been bought by the Conwy Brewery.
If it is Gwyn thats bought it, he will keep the bar I'm sure. He always used to comment on it when he came in.  I'll be made up if it him as he will keep the pub as it is,

That is indeed good news. I know rumours have been flying for months that perhaps he and another brewery were going to buy it but it never went through. If he's finally made a deal with punch then we all benefit. The Albion was my local until it closed!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on October 13, 2010, 04:06:18 PM
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Not strictly Conwy related but...I saw today that Punch Taverns are selling up to 1,800 of their pubs. I'm wondering which ones locally they own?

Apparently all of Punch's taverns are available for offers! The Punch taverns in Conwy (to the best of my knowledge) are Albion, Blue Bell and Mail Coach.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 13, 2010, 04:57:14 PM
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I'm wondering which ones locally they own?
In Conwy they own Albion Vaults, Blue Bell and George and Dragon. Glan Conwy its the Estuary, Llandudno Junction, they own the Killer, I was told they own the Maelgwyn too but I don't think thayts right. Llandudno its The Gresham and the Alex as far as I'm aware.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 13, 2010, 05:01:52 PM
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I saw today that Punch Taverns are selling up to 1,800 of their pubs.
Yes thats right but they're also investing 38m in their managed sector, all this means is they'll now work you like a dog, you'll get wages every week but at least you won't lose your deposit and lease money. Basically now you'll do all the work and they will get all the profit.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 13, 2010, 06:29:23 PM
Thanks for the info.   ;) The Killer is already up for sale and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Gresham become available either. The lease of the Alex is available as well, at a crazy price.

p.s. Welcome to the forum, MrFalafel!  :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on October 14, 2010, 12:58:24 PM
Bad news! Conwy Brewery isn't buying the Albion after all. Here's an email I got from Gwynne:


sorry to say we aren't buying The Albion, it would be great as a Conwy Brewery pub but we can't afford it and it would also distract us from our main goal which is brewing great beer,
 
cheers
 
Gwynne


Anybody else have a spare quarter of a million to invest in a pub?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 14, 2010, 02:27:34 PM
What a shame.  :( I think its quite likely that Punch will put the Mailcoach up for sale, as well.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on October 15, 2010, 05:19:52 AM
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What a shame.  :( I think its quite likely that Punch will put the Mailcoach up for sale, as well.

He and his wife will be sorely missed if that happens.  :-[
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 15, 2010, 03:27:22 PM
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What a shame.  :( I think its quite likely that Punch will put the Mailcoach up for sale, as well.
Punch Taverns don't own the Mail its Enterprize.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: TheMedz on October 16, 2010, 08:12:49 PM
Does anyone know if I can pay on the day for Conwy Feast or do I have to buy a wristband in advance?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 16, 2010, 08:17:59 PM
You can pay on the day, there's a small army of helpers that you can buy them from.  :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: TheMedz on October 16, 2010, 08:28:53 PM
Thanks Dave.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on October 16, 2010, 09:50:56 PM
Earlier this year I came across a list of businesses and shops in Conwy in the late 1940s/early 1950s, compiled by John Thom in 2002 and it is reproduced here (with acknowledgements to him)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on October 18, 2010, 09:52:36 AM
Wow look at all of those sweet shops back then!

Speaking of which, has anyone noticed the rise in kids hanging out in large groups in Conwy? Teenagers congregate in the Square and ride their bikes enmasse through town (going the wrong direction on the one way system). Don't mind a few kids but it's getting out of hand again.

I remember years ago the police passed a temporary law outlawing kids from hanging out in groups within the town walls after a certain hour of night and regulary broke them up and sent them home. What will it take to get this kind of law enacted again?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 18, 2010, 10:35:28 AM
These are the people to contact:
http://www.north-wales.police.uk/nwpv2/en/nptSearch/wardResults.asp?ID=13&WID=C05 (http://www.north-wales.police.uk/nwpv2/en/nptSearch/wardResults.asp?ID=13&WID=C05)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 18, 2010, 02:27:32 PM
AHH.............. The Dispersal Order.  As I remember the police didn't actually inform the kids of this. They put leaflets on lamp posts, which teenagers do not read! The first they knew was when they were escorted mob handed by Pc Parminter out of the town.  I also remember that the trouble was then diverted from within the walls where there is CCTV, to the outskirts where there is none. Local residents kicked off even more, especially those who lived on the Morfa and up Pen Garth etc. Although within the town walls was considerably quieter the rest of Conwy was not.  I suppose it depends where abouts in Conwy you live and whether or not you have young kids.
Another ridiculous idea was a shelter costing £6,000 to be erected in Bodlondeb but heres the best, the council said they would put CCTV in it and send a police officer there to check on the youths randomly, meaning said youths would avoid it like the plauge, as I would have done when I was a teenager. I suggested that for the same money they could pay someone a wage of £125 a week to man the youth club and maybe not close the bloody building over the holidays when the kids are really are bored.  Y'know these kids are not arriving on buses every night they actually live here!!!!!!!!
I'm not saying that they're not a pain in the ass, I'm saying we should come up with a constructive solution. Maybe consult the youths first.  Escorting youths from within the walls is not a solution I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on October 18, 2010, 02:50:41 PM
The temporary lights have just been cleared from the bridge so traffic is free-flowing again.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on October 19, 2010, 10:10:29 AM
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AHH.............. The Dispersal Order.  As I remember the police didn't actually inform the kids of this. They put leaflets on lamp posts, which teenagers do not read! The first they knew was when they were escorted mob handed by Pc Parminter out of the town.  I also remember that the trouble was then diverted from within the walls where there is CCTV, to the outskirts where there is none. Local residents kicked off even more, especially those who lived on the Morfa and up Pen Garth etc. Although within the town walls was considerably quieter the rest of Conwy was not.  I suppose it depends where abouts in Conwy you live and whether or not you have young kids.
Another ridiculous idea was a shelter costing £6,000 to be erected in Bodlondeb but heres the best, the council said they would put CCTV in it and send a police officer there to check on the youths randomly, meaning said youths would avoid it like the plauge, as I would have done when I was a teenager. I suggested that for the same money they could pay someone a wage of £125 a week to man the youth club and maybe not close the bloody building over the holidays when the kids are really are bored.  Y'know these kids are not arriving on buses every night they actually live here!!!!!!!!
I'm not saying that they're not a pain in the ass, I'm saying we should come up with a constructive solution. Maybe consult the youths first.  Escorting youths from within the walls is not a solution I'm afraid.

I don't disagree with any of this but as you recall, it was really bad at the time. Tourists were being accosted in the square, elderly were afraid to leave their homes at night and the 'parents' of these feral youth were blissfully unaware of what their kids were up to so the authorities had to step in to do the parent's jobs for them.

Why should my tax money subsidize poor parenting skills of those that live around me?

For the last few years the kids have been great, not causing trouble, not hanging out in large groups and so on. Its just in the last few months that the bad behaviour has cropped up again. Nothing has changed in the last few years it's just that this latest crop of kids is perhaps as badly behaved as the crop of kids from years ago. It's time to clamp down again.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 20, 2010, 07:25:33 PM
I might well get hammered for this but hay ho,  I live within the town walls and have to say I haven't noticed large gangs of youths hanging round. I have noticed small groups hanging round the square but to be honest they're not causing trouble. My son is 13 and he goes out round town. They have absolutly nowhere to go. When I was in the Albion I used to let them in until 8pm to play pool (13+), one or two thought they were clever, but once they were told they behaved. The main reason they behaved was because they had no choice if they wanted to come in. Now don't get me wrong it's not the ideal as of course kids should't really be in pubs, I informed the police and knew most of their parents anyway.
This problem is everywhere, Junction, Llandudno, Conwy and Pen, is the answer to put them all on a curfew? How much money does anti-social behavior of any sort cost the council each year? Could that cost be bought down by providing amenities for these kids? There will always be a small group who are hell bent on causing trouble, these individuals shoul be dealt with accordingly, a lot of the time parenting is to blame but bordom I'm sure plays a bigger part.
People winge (I don't mean you) theres not enough police on the beat in Town, y'know the only time we see police in conwy is in cars going to the station for a brew. Trouble was overted when the Dispersal Order was in place, but we also had two police officers on the beat almost every day, once the Dispersal order was lifted so were the police.
You have to admit it's nowhere near as bad as it was.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on October 20, 2010, 07:55:09 PM
"You have to admit it's nowhere near as bad as it was".

You can say that again!  L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 20, 2010, 08:08:58 PM
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"You have to admit it's nowhere near as bad as it was".

You can say that again!  L0L
I thought that book was about the Town Council?!  _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on October 20, 2010, 08:32:59 PM
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"You have to admit it's nowhere near as bad as it was".

You can say that again!  L0L
I thought that book was about the Town Council?!  _))*

 L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on October 21, 2010, 10:34:39 AM
Pendragon is right, it's not as bad as it once was ....yet. My concern is that it is building up again. The kids gather and realise that no one is doing anything about it and are then bored and emboldened to create mischief. I just think it'd be great to have the police or community support officer break things up before they get out of hand like they did before.

Again, nothing has changed. The last few years of kids didn't cause that much trouble nor did they hang out in large groups in town (I'm surprised you haven't seen them in Lancaster Square most evenings) but for whatever reason they are now. Yes, it would be great for them to hang out in a youth centrre or what have you but parents can put these kids into other activities in the evening, they don't need to wander around town.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 21, 2010, 04:39:51 PM
Mr Falafel, what did you do to pass the time when you were 13/18 ? I would like to take this opportunity to explain what I did. After school on Mondays and wednesdays, I'd arrive home, smile loving at my parents and tell them all about my day, I'd go upsatairs and tidy my room like I'd promised. Then off I'd trot to my gymnastics class, Tuesdays and Thursdays were swimming lessons then 7pm off I'd go to the local Youth club where there was loads to do.  Fridays and Saturdays I spent most of my time helping old ladies with shopping and of course Sundays were spent in church followed by all my homework ...............As if  ;)
When I was 13+ to be honest most of the time was spent outside the butchers, chippy or library freezing my ass off and bored to tears. Fridays was special though, in groups we'd club together and buy a bottle of Merrydown cider, a couple of bottles of cherry B and of course 10 jps fags and down Pen beach we would go. Saturdays if we had any money we'd go to town for the day and hang round the pier, looking hard and smoking (tut tut) on arriving back in Pen it was back to walking round the village.
I think its unfair to asume these kids are causing trouble just because theres more than 3 of them together. I mean can you honestly say you have been acosted, intimidated or abused in any way by any one of them recently or have you just noticed them (apart from the 1 on the skateboard,) some of them do look scruffy beggers with those dreadful baggy jeans on silly hats but so did we with skin tight jeans, odd coloured leg warmers and "Frankie Says" emblazoned across our t'shirts, that's teenagers!
Things haven't changed for young people and teenagers, the way we percieve them has but thats because we're older.
Teenagers now can't win, they're told their spending far too much time on their games consoles,watching tv or on the internet, then they're told they need to be out and  excercise as 1 out of 4 of them are obese. The rest of the time they're told to stay in and keep out of trouble.  :rage:
Ok rant over, soap box dissmounted  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on October 21, 2010, 04:53:24 PM
Again, I agree with everything you say.  What is iinteresting is that I have my teenage nephew and neice over to Conwy very often (every weekend) and they have never once said they were bored in Conwy. I guess it's all a matter of perspective.

I'm 6 foot tall and rather imposing so I do not have any problems with pushing through groups of youth on the way to the Spar. But what about the elderly? What about tourists? If you vistied a town and saw 12 bored teenagers hanging around would you feel safe and secure or not?

Not to repeat what I said before but we do all remember there was a 'bad time' in the not too distant past where kids became unruly in town and all I am saying is that it appears to me that we are heading in that direction again and wouldn't it be nice if the community officer started to mix in amongst the congregating teens just to let them know they are watching them. I'm sure that is all that is necessary for now. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Sadly, with the government budget cuts announced in the last few days it doesn't look like any youth centre or anything else will be provided in the near or distant future. We may even lose the police resources who could help prevent possible problems.

Oh, and btw I grew up in an extremely rural town with absolutely nothing to do. No beach, no bowling, no places to go at all.    ¢¢##  But there was very litle trouble as we knew our parents would punish us severely for any brush with the authorities...

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 21, 2010, 05:12:48 PM
Well with things the way they are, financial cut backs and the like.  I think I'll resort to plan B, when my son comes home from school from now on I'm going to confiscate his xbox and lock him in his room with a treadmill, or maybe boarding school is an option (God if only boarding school was available on the national health.................ahhhhh) sorry (click fingers) back in the room. 
On a serious note lets hope things don't escalate as they did before and I for one will try and ensure that when my lad is out he behaves.
Btw my dad was old school too, none of this childrens charter nonsence "when I were a kid. Naughty = slap in our ouse"  ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on October 21, 2010, 05:44:46 PM
The issue of teenagers hanging abut apparently bored dates back about five hundred years, so it's hardly surprising it's still happening.  However, a lot has to do with the way n which they're regarded by adults, and the lack of focus so many youngsters suffer from in their early teenage years, but mostly the relinquishing of parental responsibility by those who should know better.

I believe parents have a responsibility to lead their kids; that has nothing to do with simply telling them what they shouldn't be doing, but is instead an active role which entails becoming involved with their childrens' lives and doing things with them, instead of simply closing the door as they go out and hoping they won't get up to mischief. Sadly, too many parents like to enjoy themselves and assume that Schools, Youth clubs, Police - in short, anyone but them - will do things with their kids and keep them out of trouble.  Bringing up kids is a full-time activity, and one which demands that you put your own needs in second place.  Parents who don't realise that are usually the ones responsible for the problems on street corners.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 21, 2010, 08:38:58 PM
I agree totally. People including myself have had children at a young age. So many of us were determined not to be like our parents which has proved a big mistake. Like Mr Farafel said many of us and people of our eras knew the consequence of acting up, nowadays parents say "oh they're just kids" many of them are just that, however a small minority have recieved no guidence whatsoever. Maybe parenting classes could be the first move (does that sound soft) I would go and so would many other parents.  Y'see if we now bought our kids up like our parents did, we'd be on the social services list as bad parents. If I was out of order (and my Dad found out) he'd think nothing of giving me a hiding. Not because he was mean but that's the parenting he had been used to.  We are now living in an age where parents can be taken to court for slapping children and teachers can get done for assult just for removing a splinters. Yet no alternative guidance has been given.   $smack$

Ps wicked smiley
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 23, 2010, 04:59:36 PM
Had an excellent afternoon at the Conwy Feast, the weather was a bit unsettled but the rain held off and the whole town was absolutely heaving. Lots to see and do (and eat), with some great musical performances on the various stages - special mention must be given to the Batala Bangor Samba Band, the band 'Tacsi' from Anglesey and 'Hero Melia' from Capel Curig who is already a harp playing pro at the age of eleven.

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 23, 2010, 05:11:41 PM
I'm working all day today till 12am, so i'll be up early tomorrow and out, can't wait, I love nothing more than munching my way round Conwy on the feast. Luckily the buses were not a problem this morning, your right DaveR it was heaving. That's what we want. ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on October 23, 2010, 07:21:51 PM
Yes, the Feast was great today! I'm still stuffed from eating so many wonderful things!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on October 24, 2010, 05:08:22 AM
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Yes, the Feast was great today! I'm still stuffed from eating so many wonderful things!

Did you find any Falafel's to eat?  L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on October 24, 2010, 06:27:41 AM
This is my favorite bus shelter in Conwy:

Where the cars are parked behind, reminds me of the entrance to Conwy Market. Great place for jeans in the '70's.

Anyone with a photo of the market?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: TheMedz on October 24, 2010, 07:44:58 PM
Our first visit to  the Feast this afternoon. Extremely enjoyable 3 or 4 hours spent tasting and drinking.  Once we'd got the elbows sharpened up to get into the food samples we tasted some excellent food and beer.  Also went to a couple of the cookery demonstrations followed by tastings of the finished product. When she asked if there were any questions I just about resisted the temptation to ask Sian Lloyd how Lembit was these days. The exhibitors were however saying things tended to calm down numbers wise after 4pm. Is there a good time to go to avoid the crowds but not be  drinking at 10:00 in the morning?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 24, 2010, 07:54:34 PM
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Is there a good time to go to avoid the crowds but not be  drinking at 10:00 in the morning?
Yes, 10.01am.  Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 24, 2010, 09:57:58 PM
I love the Conwy feast, (I'm munching on a chorizo as I post) it's my favourite weekend in Conwy. Went for a good wander today with the Boy ( who's also Munching chorizo)  I noticed on the map that there was a tent (19) marked Bees.  I was really looking forward to seeing bees and a bee hive, gutted I was when I finally got there and proudly displayed my (sorry can't help it) FREE wrist band to Ray, only to discover there was no bees and no hives either!!...... Course, I had to laugh when it dawned on me that having a hive full of bees, in a tent, with shed loads of people was probably not a good idea really.......was it. I was however drawn to a basket of large logs on the way out, £12.50 the sign read "Logs impregnated with mushroom spaws, grows mushrooms in 6/12 months". Yeah right, I can just see my Hubbys' face when he gets in and asks why on earth I've dragged a 2 ft log home, and I start explaining "we'll have our own mushrooms in 12 months" nah, he wouldn't be impressed, so I decided I wouldn't buy one and left.
It was really busy on the quay too, I saw the chocolate fountain but didn't buy one, with all the people milling round I would have spread it on everyones jackets and thats just a waste of chocolate. Went in to see the Geese, sheep and pigs really cute kinda spoilt it when I read the sign that said "Orders taken for Xmas"  I did get my cheese and nuts though so I'm a happy bunny.  :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: TheMedz on October 24, 2010, 10:06:13 PM
Whiskey infused cheese was a winner.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 24, 2010, 10:14:28 PM
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Whiskey infused cheese was a winner.
I got the Snowdonia pickle cheese. Testicles du chien mate  D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 24, 2010, 10:38:14 PM
I didn't realise that Chorizo had whole pepper corns in it. I've got a mouth like Gandhis' flip flop now, oh well only one thing for it.....yep....more beer Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on October 25, 2010, 12:20:42 AM
Mr and Mrs Fester made their way round there again today.... quite late cos we were working....Parking is horrific,  but I need to say...

Mmmmmm ...Hot Roast Pork Sandwich,  $dins$

Mmmmmm .. Cig Oen   (or hot Roast Lamb sandwich to non Welshies, like me)  $dins$

Mmmmmm... Chocolate fountain,  bollox to the mess, and there sure was a mess.  $dins$

Mmmmmm.... Snowdonia Pickle cheese,   got most of it left for putting on crackers during the week!

Mmmmmm .... Cold lager from the Liverpool Arms... ZXZ

Mmmmmm...  £4 a shot for pretend champagne in the Oyster Bar   Z**





Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on October 25, 2010, 06:14:15 AM
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Two young pcs came to the Albion and I was told "if people were taking drugs in the pub the onus was on us! "

Itemiser used in Llandudno (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A9cESqf6RQ#)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 25, 2010, 11:45:35 AM
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Two young pcs came to the Albion and I was told "if people were taking drugs in the pub the onus was on us! "

Itemiser used in Llandudno (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A9cESqf6RQ#)
I remember going to an outdoor event in Mona about 4 years ago, I couldn't understand why everyone was outside, until I was told they had this swabbing sysyem. It's a good idea, not sure how costly it is.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 26, 2010, 12:04:05 AM

Itemiser used in Llandudno (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A9cESqf6RQ#)
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I remember going to an outdoor event in Mona about 4 years ago, I couldn't understand why everyone was outside, until I was told they had this swabbing sysyem. It's a good idea, not sure how costly it is.

I've been thinking about your post and I think you said you used to be in the police. Doesn't this kind of thing prove people do take drugs.................don't we already know this.  The results of these procedures would be very interesting
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on October 26, 2010, 12:45:26 AM
"I've been thinking about your post and I think you said you used to be in the police".

Me?  :o

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 26, 2010, 12:56:17 AM
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"I've been thinking about your post and I think you said you used to be in the police".

Me?  :o

 _))*
Yeah sorry mate, I didn't check thats why I wasn't sure. Might have been Yorkie then  ))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 26, 2010, 08:14:33 AM
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"I've been thinking about your post and I think you said you used to be in the police".

Me?  :o

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 26, 2010, 12:41:28 PM


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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on October 26, 2010, 01:22:26 PM
And I'm going to plead the Fifth Amendment!!        $eu

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury.   
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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on October 26, 2010, 03:10:22 PM
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Yes, the Feast was great today! I'm still stuffed from eating so many wonderful things!

Did you find any Falafel's to eat?  L0L


Sadly no. One has to travel to London or make falafel oneself to get a good one. 
But the Indian ladies in a green kiosk in the castle parking lot sold the most amazing Indian street food. Proper idly in a sambar! I ate their twice. Best food I've had since visiting India last summer. I should have marched over to the Raj and grabbed the chef by the collar and led him to where the ladies were cooking to have them teach him how to cook proper Indian food :lol:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on October 26, 2010, 05:53:20 PM
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And I'm going to plead the Fifth Amendment!!        $eu

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury.   
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Hmmmm....I know you're from London Yorkie. You don't happen to play the drums do you?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 27, 2010, 12:26:48 PM
Very disappointing news in the Pioneer today, that Conwy's Civic Hall is to close. I would suggest that, as closures of this nature become more widespread due to cutbacks, then it is time for the community to 'step up' and take over these facilities themselves by forming a non-profit group to run them....or lose them for good.


Curtain closes on Conwy Civic Hall
Published date: 27 October 2010 | Published by: David Waddington

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Civic Hall (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/4543586339/#) by SnakeCorp (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr

THE closure of a Conwy theatre has been mourned as ‘the end of an era’ by community groups.

Conwy Civic Hall will no longer be accepting bookings after December of this year, with all events already planned to be moved to alternative premises throughout the county.

In a letter to theatre groups and organisations who use the venue, Conwy County Borough Council confirmed the closure would save “at least £20,000 every year” but that the lounge area of the building would still be available during library opening hours.

Rhian Williams, Section Head for Culture and Information, said: “The future of the Civic Hall has been uncertain for many years, however, the decision to close was made in September as one of a number of measures given the current financial climate.
“There are a number of venues available for community use in the town and we will help groups to find the one that most suits their needs.”

Margaret Norwood of Civic Hall Amateur Players (CHAPS) was devastated by the news.

She said: “We’re absolutely dismayed that it’s such short notice. We will get to show our pantomime but we had already started talking about our next show.
“Teenz & Kidz aimed to do their panto in January and the North Wales One Act Play Festival booked their event for March.
“There is nothing like Conwy Civic Hall - it’s an essential community resource. It’s got everything.
"The future of CHAPS is now in question. We’re celebrating our 30th year this year and I’m pushing the fact that this might be our last pantomime because there is nowhere else for us to go.”

Alison Shaw of Conwy Folk Club said the closure marked “the end of an era” and would be “chipping away another little bit of culture” in the town.

Conwy’s popular four-day North Wales Bluegrass Festival may also be affected by the closure of the performance space.

Organiser of the event, Gill Williams, said: “It’s our main venue. With our capricious weather if it poured down with rain for four days we knew we could pack the people in the Civic Hall. It’s probable we will end up with a bigger marquee on our Bodlondeb site, but we won’t have the movement of the people from the site to the town, which is going to have an effect on businesses.

“The Civic Hall is the perfect size with room for 240 people, great lighting, excellent quality of sound - it does what a great little theatre supposed to do. And when it’s full and the music is going it’s got an amazing atmosphere. It really is a shame.”

http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/94889/your-say-curtain-closes-on-conwy-civic-hall.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/94889/your-say-curtain-closes-on-conwy-civic-hall.aspx)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on October 28, 2010, 09:39:21 AM
Such a major impact to the town's culture just to save £20k? Seems like a savings that will do more harm than good. Such a shame :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 29, 2010, 10:03:45 AM
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Such a major impact to the town's culture just to save £20k? Seems like a savings that will do more harm than good. Such a shame :(
Maybe CCBC are hoping that Conwy Town Council will take over the running of the Hall? And why not, its just the sort of thing they should be doing.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 02, 2010, 01:05:22 PM
I see that the 'house on the hill' in Conwy, Bryn Corach, is up for sale:
http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-31659338.html (http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-31659338.html)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 02, 2010, 01:47:09 PM
What;s interesting is that I've found out that the Council are in exclusive negotiations with a Developer with regard to the Civic Hall, Library and Quayside. Maybe that's the real reason they want to shut the Civic Hall?

Minutes:

The County Valuer and Asset Manager presented a report in order to obtain Members’ approval for the Council to enter into a Lock-out Agreement with a Developer for them to explore the development potential of the Library, Civic Hall and Quayside, Conwy.

Members agreed with the recommendation, but stated that the Lock-out Agreement should be no longer than six months.


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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on November 02, 2010, 02:23:16 PM
As I've already said I don't really concern myself with council issues.  Although I am becoming more interested the older I get. One question I'd like to ask is: While they're cutting funding and closing local much needed local amenities to save money such as the Civic Hall, schools and hospitals, are they curbing their own personal excessive spending for example dinner dances etc costing thousands of tax payers money. Their expences bill on the whole could be considerably reduced are they still recieving ridiculous bonuses and so on.  I'm only voicing my concerns to issues which have been thrust down my throat in local newspapers and the like, I want to see in the NWWN what cuts have been made to THEM. )*)&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on November 02, 2010, 03:08:31 PM
Just seen this on Oscars

Civic Hall - resist the closure meeting, in the Civic Hall tonight at 7:30pm
Be There please!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on November 02, 2010, 03:32:44 PM
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Hmmmm....I know you're from London Yorkie. You don't happen to play the drums do you?



No I just play the FOOL!   _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 04, 2010, 06:19:24 PM
Pleasing to see that so many people want to resist the closure plans. The ideal way forward is for a community group, formed of representatives of the hall's main users, to take over the premises themselves. How dare CCBC think they can casually close a community facility and just hand it over to a commercial developer - it sadly shows once again the arrogance of these people who think they are our masters...

A BATTLE plan has been drawn up by supporters of the Civic Hall in Conwy, who will fight to save it from closure.

A petition, Facebook page, letters to the council’s chief executive, a benefit concert and a sit down protest were some of the ideas mooted at the energetic meeting on Tuesday night.

Last week it emerged the Civic Hall has become one of the first victims of the spending cuts after Conwy County Council confirmed it would close it in December to save £20,000 a year.

Although the library will continue, the upstairs area used by local clubs will be shut. The downstairs lounge space will only be open during library opening hours.

The news came as a huge blow to the town as it’s the third largest performing space in the county, after Venue Cymru and Theatr Colwyn.

Conwy County Council has entered into a six-month agreement with an unnamed local hotelier which means the Civic Hall could be developed into a commercial enterprise if the authority approves of the firm’s ideas for it.

On Tuesday around 100 representatives from the user groups of the Civic Hall met to discuss the its future.

Many of the organisations who use it say the closure will mean the end for them too, as they can’t afford to rent anywhere else.

The meeting was also attended by town councillors and the mayor of Conwy Vicky Macdonald, who questioned why the local county councillors Tony Tobin and Joan Vaughan weren’t present.

She said: “We hadn’t been told of the closure. It’s been handled in a disingenuous way.”

The group discussed leasing the space from the local authority, and there were suggestions of raising the hire fees which have stayed the same since 1984.

Cllr Macdonald suggested Conwy Town Council could set some money aside from its budget to help fund it.

David Hughes, of the Civic Hall Amateur Players drama group, said to much cheering: “The council needs to step aside as we could do a better job of running it.”

And Sue Holt said: “We’ve got to get the community behind us and force the council to keep it open.”

Sian Lewis added: “We need to send letters to councillors, and Ken Finch, the acting chief executive, to show how much concern there is.

“Why not arrange a public meeting and invite them all here?”

Karen Roberts, chair of Kaleidoscope Drama Group in Deganwy, said: “If this hall closes there’s nowhere else for us to go. They’ve suggested Ysgol Aberconwy, but there are no dressing rooms there and you can’t lump all the children in one room because of child protection laws.

“We have 40 children on our books, as does the Teenz ‘n’ Kidz drama group.

“If it closes young Welsh stars like Elgan Llyr Thomas, the recent winner of the Bryn Terfel Scholarship, will not have the opportunity to learn how to perform.

“Rising stars like Elgan started with local drama groups. We could lose a generation of talent from the Conwy area.”

It was decided that a new committee will be formed made up of users. Queues formed of people eager to join.

As Phyllis Pritchard said: “The Aberconwy Historical Society has been coming here for 60 years.

“We’ve got to do something as they are just kicking us out onto the streets.”

Goronwy Edwards, Conwy's cabinet member for communities, was asked by the Weekly News why nothing was mentioned about the Civic Hall’s closure to Conwy Town Council during his recent visit there. He replied: “I was there to answer questions. If there is a group which wants to take it over who have viable ideas, then the door is open.”


http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2010/11/04/campaign-launched-to-save-conwy-civic-hall-55243-27594572/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2010/11/04/campaign-launched-to-save-conwy-civic-hall-55243-27594572/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 05, 2010, 08:49:55 AM
The group working to keep the Civic Hall open have now set up a Blog page:
http://saveconwycivichall.blogspot.com/ (http://saveconwycivichall.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Alison on November 05, 2010, 03:39:13 PM
there's also a Facebook group called " Save Conwy Civic Hall"
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there's also a Facebook group called " Save Conwy Civic Hall"
Welcome to the Forum, Alison.  :)  I've found the link to the Facebook Group:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=115157115214249 (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=115157115214249)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 06, 2010, 10:56:38 AM
Electricity cut in our part of Conwy this morning from just after 8 for the best part of a couple of hours. Anyone know what the cause was?

Upset our breakfast routine and had to search for the old kettle to put on the gas!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 08, 2010, 10:19:54 AM
The Minutes of the first Public Meeting are now online:
https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B8U-40vj3V21YjFiN2E1NWUtMzgzYy00NTJiLWIzZDAtMzYzNTZkODQ0ZjA5&hl=en

Llew Groom opened the meeting by reading out the letter from the Conwy County Borough
Council, which had been sent to organisations renting the Civic Hall. He said that he suspected
that this was not just a cost cutting exercise, but that there may be a hidden agenda, e.g.
commercial development, or something similar.

Mr. Groom explained the past efforts of CCHUG to negotiate the retention of the Civic Hall,
which dated back the best part of ten years. He also explained that at one time CCHUG had
become a Limited Company in order to be able to take on a lease of the Civic Hall, and to run
it, thus relieving the Council of the burden.

Mr. Groom further said that although CCHUG had been formed as a negotiating body on behalf
of the Users of the Hall, the Council had not had the courtesy to inform CCHUG of the closure
decision.

Mr. Groom explained that he would not be continuing to Chair CCHUG, as he felt that after this
amount of time, a new team should take over the role of pressing the Council to keep the Hall
open, and he also said that his age now precluded his involvement in the kind of activity that
was called for. For similar reasons he explained that the present Secretary, John Willis, also
intended to step down.

Mr. Groom then introduced Geoffrey Skelhorn, Chairman of the Civic Hall Amateur Players,
(CHAPS), who were one of the main users of the Hall.

Geoffrey Skelhorn

Mr. Skelhorn emphasised the variety of uses, and users of the Civic Hall, and its importance to
the local community. He pointed out that although the Council had referred to alternative
venues in their letter, their were no other venues offering the facilities provided by the Civic
Hall. Such facilities as separate dressing rooms were for example not available in local Church
Halls, nor was proper lighting and sound equipment available, nor the excellent seating. The
rents at venues such as the Colwyn Bay Theatre, (Theatr Colwyn), and ‘Venue Cymru’ put them
beyond the financial resources of the majority of users of the Conwy Civic Hall. It was
therefore difficult to see what venues the Council had in mind when suggesting they would try
to find alternative venues for the Civic Hall Users.

Indeed Mr. Skelhorn pointed out that some groups had turned from such venues as the Theatr
Colwyn, since they had found them to be beyond their financial resources.

The rents at the Civic Hall were very low, and indeed, in spite of saying that rents would be
increased, the Council had made no effort to do this, and the last increase dated from 1984,
this circumstance contributing to the losses incurred by the Council over the Civic Hall. Whilst
this was very nice for Users, they had nevertheless prepared themselves to pay more, and

indeed, had the Council put some increases in place, the Civic Hall might not be facing the
problems that it was.

Mr. Skelhorn mentioned that according to the minutes of a Council Cabinet sub Committee,
there had been a lock out agreement of six months made with a single developer. Presumably
this meant that this Developer would have a preferential opportunity when decisions came to
be made finally about the Civic Hall.

Mark Robinson from the audience commented that had the Council made an exclusive
agreement with a Developer, there should be an opportunity for this matter to be discussed.
Mr. Skelhorn continued that he would like to see the Community have an opportunity to have a
say in the fate of what was their community facility.

Sian Lewis, from the audience asked why there had been no consultation over this major
decision, and Councillor Mrs. Vicki McDonald, The Mayor of Conwy, said that even the Conwy
Town Council had not been told about this decision, nor consulted in any way. There was she
felt some sort of money making scheme behind this decision.

Mark Robinson from the audience enquired whether it would be possible to find out what the
‘lock out’ involves? Dennis Gannon enquired whether the Building was a listed one, and Llew
Groom replied that only the Façade is listed.

An enquiry as to the ownership of the Civic Hall, elicited the response from Llew Groom that
initially it was owned by Conwy Town, but when this was absorbed into Aberconwy the
ownership of the Hall went to them, and then subsequently to the Conwy CBC.

Tony Franks, from the Audience commented that were the Hall to close and stand empty it
would deteriorate, and were that to happen it could then legitimately be pulled down.

Sian Lewis asked if the Caretaking Staff had been spoken to, and was the projected saving
mentioned in the Council’s letter, of £20,000 an accurate one.

Garry Rees, from the audience, and who cleans the Civic Hall, said that some Councillors had
looked round the Building, but apparently hadn’t been able to find an excuse to demolish the
Building. He also remarked that no marketing had been done for the Civic Hall.

The Mayor of Conwy, Councillor Mrs. Vicki McDonald, remarked that The Conwy CBC had
produced a glossy brochure about the various Civic Halls in their area of control, but had failed
to mention the Conwy Civic Hall at all.

Geoff Skelhorn said that obviously the Civic Hall needed to be marketed, but that the Council
had failed completely to do this.

Mark Robinson said that any theatre’s future depended on marketing, and he asked what was
being charged, and in the light of this, how much extra would need to be charged to cover the
£20,000 figure that the Council hoped to save by the Building’s closure.

Chris Lloyd of the Pink Ffloyd Band said his band played at the Civic Hall and liked it, and hoped
to come again in January, and he observed that the Hall needs promoting. He went on to say
that the Hall was an excellent location, but was let too cheaply by the Council., He stated that

the Wrexham Hall charged £300 for a letting compared to £60 for the Conwy Civic Hall. The
charge should he considered be at least three times the £60 charged.

Dennis Gannon agreed that the charges were too low, and said in his view the Council had
been somewhat incompetent over this issue. He said that grant money should be available.

John Willis said that in the past CCHUG had tried to obtain grant funding, but because the
Council owned the Building, CCHUG was not an owner, nor did they have a lease, although they
had tried to get the Council to lease the Hall to them. Without ownership or a lease CCHUG
could not get a grant, and as a local authority, Conwy CBC was not eligible for grant funding for
the Civic Hall.

The Mayor of Conwy, Councillor Mrs. Vicki McDonald said that the Royal Cambrian Academy
were situated in a Conwy CBC owned Building, and paid only a peppercorn rent for it. It should
be possible therefore for something to be arranged.

Sarah Allerdice, of Conwy Town Council said she felt that it was necessary to make a fresh
start, and attempt to get the Conwy CBC to think again, and possibly a way could be found of
operating the Civic Hall, so as to keep it open.

Mark Robinson believed that a ‘financial test’ might not support the Building just as a Theatre,
but asked the Mayor of Conwy, if Conwy Town Council could articulate to Conwy CBC the
importance of the Civic Hall to the people of Conwy, and the area surrounding.

Anne Penketh, from the audience said that she felt it was important that an approach be made
to the Council, prior to the end of the ‘lock out’, and pointed out that already some time had
passed since the beginning of the ‘lock out’ and there was a need for expedition.

David Hughes of U3A said he’d been involved with several shows in the Hall, which had enjoyed
a near capacity audience of 200 people. He pointed out that there simply wasn’t another venue
in the area that could take this number of people, and felt that this needed to be pointed out to
the Council.

He also said that he considered that if the Council only needed to save £20,000 this amount
could be raised by every show at the Civic Hall contributing a seat levy, of perhaps £2 a seat.
This should offset the amount the Council needed to save.

Shirley Betts of Colwyn Abbey Players said that her Group had found that Theatr Colwyn was
too expensive. She also pointed out that the Council only allowed twelve licences per year for
performances at Conwy Civic Hall. She wondered why this restriction had been applied.

Sian Lewis pointed out that the Theatr Colwyn was in fact closed until May, and wondered
whether the Council could be persuaded to at least hold off the closure of the Civic Hall until
Theatr Colwyn had re-opened. What she wondered would happen to performances booked
later than March, and prior to May. Both Llew Groom and Geoff Skelhorn responded that they
would have to be cancelled.

In response to this Phyllis Pritchard, who made bookings for the Conwy Historical Society said
that the Council had accepted bookings from her Society until May, and if they were to be
cancelled she would expect some financial recompense from the Council.

Both Sue Holt, from the audience, and David Crawford of the Next Stage Theatre Company felt
that the matter should be pursued with some urgency, and Mr. Crawford felt that any
approaches to Councillors should be positive, with suggestions for what individuals, or groups
thought the Councillors should do.

Tony Franks, the Chairman of Conwy Folk Club suggested that organisations could ask their
members to sign a petition, and that a petition be organised, perhaps asking visitors to the Hall
to sign one.

The Mayor of Conwy suggested that people might write to the Acting Chief Executive of Conwy
CBC, Mr. Ken Finch, as she felt he would be more likely to act than some of the Councillors.

Numerous people in the audience felt that some action should be taken as a matter of urgency,
and Llew Groom suggested that interested people might give their names to the Secretary of
the meeting, so that a new CCHUG Committee could be formed to take the work of CCHUG
forward.

Mr. Ewan Berry of the North Wales Pioneer offered to take people’s names, who were
interested, so he could keep people generally informed of progress.

Brian, the Caretaker of the Hall, asked to speak. He said that he had been very impressed by
the professionalism of the Groups that used the Civic Hall. He urged people to use the same
professionalism in approaching the Council, and in pursuing the object of keeping the Civic Hall
open.

Closing the Meeting Llew Groom asked those interested in taking some action, and forming a
Committee to come forward and give their names, so the matter could be further pursued.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on November 09, 2010, 02:48:49 PM
I think Santas' coming prepared for Conwy this year
 _))* _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 09, 2010, 09:42:12 PM
A second Public Meeting is being held this Friday at 7.30pm in the Civic hall:

"This second meeting is being called to define a way forward, this will include for example: setting some short and medium term aims and objectives, electing steering committee members, and recruiting activists and standing committee members."

http://saveconwycivichall.blogspot.com/2010/11/public-meeting-on-friday-at-730pm-at.html (http://saveconwycivichall.blogspot.com/2010/11/public-meeting-on-friday-at-730pm-at.html)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 10, 2010, 11:18:04 AM
I have found the DTZ Gillespies Feasibility Report for the Conwy Quay & Civic Hall:
http://modgoveng.conwy.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=7243 (http://modgoveng.conwy.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=7243)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on November 11, 2010, 11:32:57 AM
He'll need more protection than that from the ruffian youth gathered in the square  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on November 11, 2010, 11:44:45 AM
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He'll need more protection than that from the ruffian youth gathered in the square  ;D
Oooooh MrFalafel are you trying to press my buttons  _))*

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on November 13, 2010, 02:59:34 PM
Saw this car on the way to work yesterday morning, bet the poor owner is gutted. ¢¢##
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 13, 2010, 06:02:41 PM
 :o looks like a good Saab, shame to see, our last house near Porthmadog had some of those awfull block walls most of which were loose and I had to take them down  :rage:  mind you the whole house was a house from hell! Thank goodness we are here now 8) D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Tillymint on November 14, 2010, 07:15:05 PM
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Saw this car on the way to work yesterday morning, bet the poor owner is gutted. ¢¢##

Too right he was gutted !! He has only owned it for about six weeks bawling.gif bawling.gif
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on November 15, 2010, 06:27:01 AM
Wonder which building firm built that wall? 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on November 15, 2010, 09:14:45 PM
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Wonder which building firm built that wall? 
who would be liable. Was the car legally parked. Would that matter?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on November 16, 2010, 06:12:52 PM
If the driver has fully comprehensive insurance he will be covered unless the insurer claims an "Act of God".                  $uk
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 16, 2010, 06:14:41 PM
How much longer are those lights going to be on the bridge?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 16, 2010, 06:36:34 PM
When I went through on Saturday, they looked to be working on a very deep hole - might be a few days yet.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 16, 2010, 08:05:25 PM
Yes the very deep hole is still there. I thought that if the bridge was closed completely on Saturday and Sunday nights, then the work would be completed by Monday am but then again .................................!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 17, 2010, 09:43:25 AM
Minutes of the Second Public meeting:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bBaBzkQ3Ls6lwviRIYAbMrHpm3iLOI5zRcGJdBvIjNw/edit?hl=en

Mr. Groom opened the Meeting but explained he could only stay for a short while, due to  a Family bereavement.  Mr. Groom had expressed his intention to relinquish the role of Chairman, and suggested the forthcoming meeting should primarily concern itself with forming a Committee, and appointing officers, and in particular a new Chair Person, a Secretary and a Treasurer.

Following Mr. Grooms departure, the meeting was Chaired by Geoffrey Skelhorn, (Chairman of CHAPS).

A number of people present in the room indicated that they were unfamiliar with the history of the Civic Hall, (particularly since the initial moves by the Council to ‘cap’ the Building).  Geoff Skelhorn therefore explained the subsequent role of CCHUG, and some of the background and the various events prior to the present expression of the Council’s intent to finally close the Civic Hall.

A number of people present felt that the time for talking was over and that the Meeting should move on to take some specific action.

Mr. Mark Robinson emphasised the importance of forming a forum, and preferably a Committee, or a Community Interest Group to initiate some action to keep the Civic Hall for the Community.

Tony Franks, (Blue Grass), suggested that possible aims and objectives of such a group should be considered, so that a definite direction or course of action could be elucidated.

Dennis Gannon of Penmaenmawr U3A suggested that CCHUG could act as an ‘umbrella organisation’.

Phyllis Pritchard of the Conwy Historical Society reminded everyone present that whatever happened, if the Hall was to be retained, then money would need to be spent upon it.

Geoffrey Skelhorn, in response to this spoke of the problems with the lift, and said that the constant difficulties with this facility were due to a leaking roof.  The roof was the first thing, he felt, that would need to be addressed.

Tony Franks emphasised that whatever happened, were a Group to take over the Hall, ongoing costs would have to be met.

One member of the audience pointed out that, in his view, repair work done in the past on the Hall had merely been ‘make do’ work.  What was really needed was ‘make good’ work.  Obviously, the amount of money spent had to be reasonable, but by only spending the minimum amount, only patch up work had taken place.

Ray Miles of Ysgol Bodafon felt that the meeting should consider not just ‘place – i.e., only the Civic Hall, but rather the function that the building fulfilled.  In other words, he felt that perhaps an alternative building might ultimately be made to take on the community function of the Civic Hall.

Jane Hughes, the Organiser of the Conwy Feast disagreed with this quite strongly and believed the Civic Hall as a Building was important to the Community, offering as it did a range of facilities, and not just that of a theatre, or a meeting place alone.

John Willis reminded the meeting of Bill Bowen’s view that the Civic Hall was strategically placed in Conwy, with an important position, overlooking the Harbour, and forming a connection between the Town and the Quay.

Mr. Pilkingham from the Audience said that in his view, if the Civic Hall went, then that was the Heart of Conwy gone.

In general the feeling of the meeting was that an attempt should be made to save the Civic Hall.

Sue Holt of CHAPS said that she felt it was time to move on from general discussion, and reminded everyone that the meeting had been called for a purpose.  She felt that the time had come to move on and to discuss possible courses of action.

At this point, the Chairman, (Mr. Skelhorn), pointed out to the Meeting that in fact two Councillors, from Conwy County Borough Council, (CCBC), were present, these being Councillor Goronwy Edwards, and Councillor Joan Vaughan.  He felt that they should be invited to speak on the matter, should they wish to do so.  Both Councillors said they would be delighted to address the Meeting.

Goronwy Edwards said that he’d had a ten year involvement with the Civic Hall and gave a brief resume of the present position.  He said that there had been a Developer involved with the Quay, and who had presented proposals for the Civic Hall, but had ultimately pulled out from the Quay development.  Various feasibility studies had considered the best course of action, and a discussion had taken place with CCHUG at one stage for a community run Civic Hall. 

Unfortunately for various reasons none of the various options had thus far progressed, although the Council had done their best to keep the Building as a usable facility for the community. 

At present a developer was looking at the possibilities for the Hall, and would be reporting back to the Council, after a period of six months with their proposals.

The situation with the building was that over £1 million would need to be spent to bring the building up to modern standards, and given the severe current financial strictures, with severe budgetary cuts for the next five or possibly ten years, the Council did not have this sort of money available.

He went on to say that unless some Community Group could take over and operate the Hall he saw little future for it in its present form.  He referred to the situation with Theatr Colwyn, and pointed out that a local community group together with the Colwyn Bay Town Council, who had put a small precept on the Council Tax, had been able to run the Theatre, and had been very successful in obtaining grant funding to both keep the Theatre running and to carry out improvements.

He believed something similar could be done in Conwy, with the cooperation of the Conwy Town Council, who he suggested could perhaps put a small precept on the Council Tax  for the purpose, and working together with a Community Group there perhaps could be a future for the Civic Hall.

Obviously any proposal would be considered by the Council, together of course with proposals that might come from elsewhere.

Asked if the Civic Hall could be kept open until Theatr Colwyn re-opened, in order to ensure continuity of provision for local groups, Mr. Edwards said that he thought this unlikely, and that in any case, other venues were available and had been offered to local groups who had enquired.

Councillor Joan Vaughan, responding to a question from Jane Hughes said that there were inevitably difficulties in getting a community style of Committee to work, but that with persistence and dedication it could be done.  If such a committee could work with the Conwy Town Council, then it might be possible for the Civic Hall to be run in a similar way to Theatr Colwyn, but Councillor Vaughan said that, any such Committee would have to stick at it’!   Councillor Vaughan also said that she would be prepared to be a champion for such a group, if they could show her they were in earnest.

Councillor Edwards went on to say that the CCBC had put some money aside for capital work on the Civic Hall, but that some of that money had been spent.  He said that around £350,000 of that sum remained, but warned that because of present financial pressures, there was a danger that this money could be taken for use elsewhere.  Councillor Edwards also warned that any group being set up to take on the running of the Civic Hall must be very much aware of what they were taking on.

Mr. Skelhorn thanked both Coun. Edwards, and Coun. Vaughan for being prepared to stand up and discuss the Hall.

At this point, those people willing to sit on a Committee to consider a future course of action for the retention of the Civic Hall were invited to stay behind, and the general meeting was closed.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 17, 2010, 04:25:19 PM
They are filling the "hole" up this afternoon so the lights might possibly disappear soon!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on November 17, 2010, 05:26:05 PM
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Yes the very deep hole is still there. I thought that if the bridge was closed completely on Saturday and Sunday nights, then the work would be completed by Monday am but then again .................................!!

This deep hole business.... I think I need to look into it!

(or is that comment too facetious for the new 'up-tight' forum?)    :-* :P

I hope my use of those smileys is not too frivolous?   ¢¢## ))*


Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 17, 2010, 05:31:02 PM
Too late Fester, it's been filled up. Mind you there could be another opportunity "to look into it" at a future time I am sure!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 18, 2010, 12:14:36 PM
I was too optimistic!! -  having filled up one hole, they have now dug another on the other side, so the lights are still there. :( :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 18, 2010, 03:23:15 PM
Fester, you are going to have plenty of time to have a look in the "hole". According to Jason on Oscar's blog it's going to take another week to fix the problem. Welsh Water are going to replace the pipe instead of "fixing" the existing one!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 18, 2010, 06:21:18 PM
A new committee forms to save Conwy Civic Hall

Nov 18 2010 by Mari Jones, North Wales Weekly News

AN ACTION committee has been set up to fight for the future of Conwy’s Civic Hall.

The well-attended meeting last Friday was held in the lounge area of the building. The top floor of the venue is to close on December 28, although existing bookings will be honoured until March 2011.

The closure will save Conwy County Council around £20,000 a year, but the users of the hall have vowed to save it from closure.

Many local people believe that if it were to shut, it would take the heart out of the walled town’s community.

Conwy Council has entered into a six month agreement with a local developer, with the aim of turning the hall into a commercial enterprise such as a restaurant.

This means the new Save Our Civic Hall committee will have to come up with a viable business plan to take over the hall by February 2011 to present to the local authority.

The meeting on Friday was also attended by Cllr Goronwy Edwards, who is the cabinet member for communities, and Conwy councillor Joan Vaughan.

Conwy town councillor Sara Allardice said after the meeting: “At first there were a lot of angry people in the room, but in the end Goronwy and Joan said they will back us 100%.

“They’ve promised the committee they will provide any information they want about the hall, such as past feasibility studies.

“They’ve also said they will give support to set up a community interest group.

“In fact both of them were very positive, which was fantastic.”

Cllr Edwards referred to the situation with Theatr Colwyn, which is currently being revamped, and pointed out that a community group together with Colwyn Bay Town Council, which put a small precept on the council tax, had been able to run the theatre.

The group had been very successful in obtaining grant funding to keep the theatre running and to carry out improvements.

He believed something similar could be done in Conwy, with the cooperation of Conwy Town Council.

Sue Holt of the Civic Hall Amateur Players drama group was elected chairman of the committee.

A sub-committee was also formed to look into drawing up a business plan to present to the council. Its members include Jane Hughes, organiser of the annual Conwy Feast, Sue Holt and local businessman Mark Robinson.

http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2010/11/18/a-new-committee-forms-to-save-conwy-civic-hall-55243-27670917/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2010/11/18/a-new-committee-forms-to-save-conwy-civic-hall-55243-27670917/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 18, 2010, 06:32:08 PM
I'm interested in the history of the Civic Hall but can't find out a lot about it.

I believe the fire that destroyed the original building was in 1968 and it reopened with the modern roof in 1971? But when was it originally built? Was it just one large hall originally? Anyone have more information/old photos to share?  :)

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The 1968 fire at the Civic Hall
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 20, 2010, 08:00:55 PM
No sign of the work being competed anytime soon when I went past this afternoon.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 20, 2010, 08:02:15 PM
The Mailcoach pub on the High Street is in danger of going on the Local Eyesores list if it deteriorates much further. Let's hope someone takes it over soon.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 21, 2010, 12:42:32 PM
Conwy Half Marathon on today

- made me feel exhausted watching some of them running/jogging up through Deganwy
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 21, 2010, 04:01:23 PM
Conwy was very busy with runners this afternoon, I was happier going for a walk with a friend around the Morfa and then having coffee at Coffee Illy!  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on November 21, 2010, 06:04:59 PM
From my vantage point on Llandudno Pier, I watched what seemed like thousands of runners going round the Orme like an army of ants!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 21, 2010, 06:05:40 PM
When we went past the Mulberry this afternoon, there was a lot of noise coming from the Marina, turns out they were dredging it - a process that seemingly involved stirring up all the mud by using giant paddles and then sucking it out through tubes to dump in the river. Interesting to watch, the dredger was called 'Serendipity' and was from Padstow.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 24, 2010, 08:06:49 PM
The day after the fire can be seen in the photo below. I believe the fire occurred not long after the building had been modernised:

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 24, 2010, 08:11:10 PM
...and the same view today:

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on November 25, 2010, 12:55:34 AM
Just look at that picture,
I've always thought it looked rubbish and incongruous on such a beautiful site.
How could the planning dept allow this?    A private person would have been stopped before laying a single brick
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 25, 2010, 12:05:53 PM
Sad to hear of the death of Mrs Pamela Davies formerly of Ty Mawr Nurseries, Gyffin.

Funeral details - see "Obits"

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 25, 2010, 12:26:47 PM
National Tree Week Event at Bodlondeb -  Saturday 27 November 2010 - 10.30am  to 2.30pm. Free entry

For further details see "What's On".
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 25, 2010, 07:24:58 PM
The work has finished on the bridge and so the lights have gone. Back to normal until the next time.....!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: JasonW on November 25, 2010, 09:19:30 PM
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The work has finished on the bridge and so the lights have gone. Back to normal until the next time.....!!
We have had 3 faults in the sewage pipe across the bridge since August. Welsh Water, after much persuading, agreed to replace the whole length of pipe. This is why the works were extended.
CCBC Street Engineer has requested that they replace the patchwork tarmac with a new surface, which will take place early next year. Hopefully these works will prevent more faults.

Welsh Water are also working in the Car Park in Deganwy, some serious works ongoing following a leak spotted earlier in the week.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 25, 2010, 09:35:11 PM
Thanks for that information Jason and good luck with your stated future endeavours.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Blongb on November 25, 2010, 09:56:33 PM
In 1968 Fester you only had to look at Mostyn Street opposite M and S to see what the Planners would allow. Fortunately Mothercare and Boots were pulled down to make way for the Victoria Centre which at least is trying to blend in. Garth Court on Llewelyn Ave is another example of a bad planning decision during that era. It used to be the site of the Grand Hotels car park. With it gone they just clog up North Parade and Happy Valley Road.
To get back on thread, the unforgivable thing about the Conwy fire was the loss of all Llandudno's public records, moved there by the County Council for "SAFE KEEPING", which up to that time must have been the most full and comprehensive of any town in Wales. “Never put all your eggs in one basket.” ))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on November 25, 2010, 11:18:34 PM
How ironic is that?

But to go OFF thread again just for the moment, I agree that the building of Garth Court was an utter disgrace.
In fact, it actually belongs in the topic EYESORES,  such is the blight on the towns landscape.

You can't tell me that money didn't change hands in brown envelopes to ge that through the planning stages.   $hands$ $hands$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on November 25, 2010, 11:26:29 PM
More recently look at the flats they built as you come through the arch into berry street. Unbelievable, they really are horrid aren't they  :( another brown envelope me thinks Fester
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 26, 2010, 08:22:04 AM
You have to remember, that in the case of Garth Court and the Mostyn Street shops, that Planning Laws were nowhere near as tight as they are now. There was no Conservation Area, for example, and very few buildings in Llandudno were Listed until 1976, hence you could knock down anything you wanted and stick some square concrete building up instead.

In addition, in those days, anything deemed 'modern' was always welcomed, and the Victorian buildings were thought of as being past it and fit only for demolition. No brown envelopes were needed, believe me.

This site lists all the Listed Buildings in Llandudno:
http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/wales/conwy/llandudno (http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/wales/conwy/llandudno)

Colwyn Bay:
http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/wales/conwy/colwyn+bay (http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/wales/conwy/colwyn+bay)

Conwy:
http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/wales/conwy/conwy (http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/wales/conwy/conwy)



Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 26, 2010, 08:24:29 AM
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More recently look at the flats they built as you come through the arch into berry street. Unbelievable, they really are horrid aren't they  :( another brown envelope me thinks Fester
They are a disappointment when looking from Berry Street but the backs of them match other buildings quite well if you look from the end of the Town Wall by the Quay. Why they couldn't have built the fronts in the same style as the other houses on Berry Street, I don't know.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on November 26, 2010, 08:27:25 AM
Yes - thanks for keeping us in the loop, Jason.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Blongb on November 26, 2010, 09:33:54 PM
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This site lists all the Listed Buildings in Llandudno:
http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/wales/conwy/llandudno (http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/wales/conwy/llandudno)

Thank-you for the link Dave. I have just spent a couple of very interesting hours on the Listed buildings site updating the information on my place. Perhaps we’ll get more customers next year now I've relocated their Map Marker from the disused Loo's on Happy Valley Road to our place. )*)&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 27, 2010, 02:48:03 PM
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keeping us in the loop

I've an idea what you mean Ian but for those of us who have a jargon deficiency, perhaps you will be kind enough to explain.

Stan
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 27, 2010, 03:00:42 PM
It's cold and there's snow on the ground as in the picture just on the outskirts of town. My wife's pet sheep are feeling it as well, and I think the one at the front is probably saying to me after I fed them, "Can I have some more please?"

There's one thing with black sheep, at least you can see them against the white of the snow! However they don't photograph particularly well.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on November 27, 2010, 05:32:19 PM
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I've an idea what you mean Ian but for those of us who have a jargon deficiency, perhaps you will be kind enough to explain.
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Keeping us informed, Stan. Sorry;  it's an Americanism.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 28, 2010, 05:41:56 PM
Looking towards Tal Y Fan from the Town Walls in Conwy yesterday:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 30, 2010, 07:33:27 PM
Conwy Town Councillor Peter Kraus suspended for 12 months from 19 October 2010

See www.jasonweyman.blogspot.com (http://www.jasonweyman.blogspot.com)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on December 01, 2010, 04:56:03 PM
Peter is an excentric character. I've had lots of conversations with him and he's very well informed. I have to be honest I like him. He's an intelligent man but then you can't go to council meetings shouting and swearing can you. However much  you feel the urge.  He does have issues though and this should be taken into account before we start with the persecution.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 01, 2010, 05:04:43 PM
There's no excuse for an adult to behave that way. We talk about people having 'issues' but those are just excuses. If he's capable of becoming a councillor (no jokes please), then he's surely capable of behaving in a civilised fashion.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on December 01, 2010, 06:02:23 PM
David, you should have lived in Kinmel Bay around about (time flies) say 7 or 8 years. The Police were called out at least three separate occasions to local council meetings. On at least one occasion it involved a Councillor and his own son, both of whom where on the council. I remember reading about it in the press, the son shouting something like Councillor sh--b-- and such like language. The main Councillor, the Father, has since sadly died. I knew him well for over forty years. Another son was on the Council in Rhyl, it must have run in the blood. Apparantly some of the members were actually fearing physical assault, or so they claimed
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Tillymint on December 01, 2010, 07:44:13 PM
It looks like the Border Agency has been active within the walls this evening.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 01, 2010, 08:04:54 PM
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It looks like the Border Agency has been active within the walls this evening.
Whereabouts, Tillymint? On Castle Street maybe?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Tillymint on December 01, 2010, 10:11:44 PM
Not 100% sure where but they were kitting themselves up on Mount Pleasant around 5.45.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 02, 2010, 02:37:34 PM
The temporary traffic lights in Gyffin village are in process of being removed following Daniels digging holes to trace and repair a water leak near the surgery. I wouldn't have thought that was a very comfortable task in this weather. Well done chaps. $thanx$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 04, 2010, 10:11:39 AM
BEWARE THE FREEZING RAIN THIS MORNING - VERY SLIPPERY AND HAZARDOUS IN PLACES    ))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on December 04, 2010, 07:22:15 PM
Well there's been going ons in the Mail Coach over this week, hopefully it will open soon, the locals love that pub.  For the record no one in Conwy minds who takes it over or where they're from! They objected to the way in which it was first taken from Dave and the boycott by the locals confirmed that.  >>>
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 06, 2010, 02:06:44 PM
I hope it gets a good paint and tidyup outside, looks really scruffy at the moment.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on December 08, 2010, 09:51:14 AM
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Well there's been going ons in the Mail Coach over this week, hopefully it will open soon, the locals love that pub.  For the record no one in Conwy minds who takes it over or where they're from! They objected to the way in which it was first taken from Dave and the boycott by the locals confirmed that.  >>>

That boycott was rather odd as Dave himself said he had no quarrel with the new landlord and wished him all the best, he even encouraged others to support the new landlord as Conwy needs busy pubs. Oh well, that didn't work.

I've used the closing(s) as an excuse to stop by some of the other pubs I haven't visited in a long time. The Bridge is very well done up and their smoking area has a heater : :votive:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on December 08, 2010, 10:01:43 AM
Question about Christmas Eve fireworks that perhaps someone can answer: Let's say someone had some rockets left over from Nov 5th and wanted to launch them after the usual Christmas Eve fireworks display at the castle ...where could one legally launch said firework rockets in a way that could enhance peoples walk home without incurring the wrath of the local police force?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: poppy on December 08, 2010, 10:16:18 AM
It there a new restaurant called Aimee or something similar in Conwy area. Run by an old friend called MacKensie.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 08, 2010, 10:17:34 AM
Amelie? Above the Palace Bingo?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: poppy on December 08, 2010, 10:26:49 AM
 Z** cheers for prompt answer.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 08, 2010, 10:59:24 AM
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/wales/north-wales/conwy/things-to-do (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/wales/north-wales/conwy/things-to-do)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on December 08, 2010, 06:08:35 PM
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Amelie? Above the Palace Bingo?

Amelie's is not new though?   Might not be the one you were thinking of?   Gets great reviews though...  $dins$ $dins$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on December 08, 2010, 06:28:52 PM
The little Welsh Bistro in Conwy by the police station is the one of the best places I've ever eaten, you have to be quick to book though   $dins$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Blongb on December 08, 2010, 07:53:41 PM
If you can't get in to the one in Conwy, they also have another Bistro in Betws y Coed just opposite Pont-y-Pair Bridge and just like Conwy the food there is fantastic
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 08, 2010, 07:57:27 PM
The one in Conwy is no longer anything to do with the one in Betws Y Coed. The Betws Y Coed one is still run by the original owners of the Conwy one, if that makes sense.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on December 08, 2010, 07:59:17 PM
I thought the one in Conwy was owned by the same guy  ::)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 08, 2010, 08:02:07 PM
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I thought the one in Conwy was owned by the same guy  ::)
Not any more. Incidentally, the owners, Andrea & Paul, were also leading lights in local band 'Melys'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melys (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melys)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on December 10, 2010, 10:32:13 PM
The Festers have been to the Conwy Late Knight Shopping event tonight.

It has been excellently publicised and my congratulations go to the organisers.

I can't say that the tills were ringing very loudly in the shops, but as an event it was very well done.

There were Knights re-enacting battles, there was a medieval torchlight parade, street vendors ..a hog roast (my favourite), lots of fancy dress, jousting for the kids, charity auction... carollers, brass band....and so it goes on.
There was an RNLI team collecting funds by getting locked in medieval stocks and getting pelted by cold, soaking wet sponges.  Fair play to them.

I'm a lousy photographer but I'll put a couple on here anyway.

I really hope they repeat this event in future years.....it will grow in popularity.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 11, 2010, 02:53:32 PM
I'm in Conwy at the moment and it's pretty quiet. There's just me in Coffee Illy, having a chat with the manager. Perhaps everyone has spent their money last night?!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 12, 2010, 10:06:45 PM
The Christmas Tree in Lancaster Square looks good:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on December 13, 2010, 04:30:35 PM
The medieval parade was indeed small but very pleasant. It reminded me of how intimate the Christmas Eve gatherings used to be in Conwy many years ago.

I was out and about on Saturday the 11th. Cineworld was a tomb! Saturday night you'd expect the place to be rammed but it was as quiet as I've ever seen it. In Conwy the streets were empty at night as well. Very eerie. But I guess everyone is saving their money for xmas presents and the like. No spare cash for cinema or pints...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on December 14, 2010, 05:39:32 PM
There's no street light in Conwy again tonight. You don't realise how much difference they make. The streets are pitch black. You can't see the pavement in front of you. I was told last night the council are conserving energy "so if the xmas light are on then the street lights are off" not sure if that's true though.
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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 14, 2010, 06:42:22 PM
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There's no street light in Conwy again tonight. You don't realise how much difference they make. The streets are pitch black. You can't see the pavement in front of you. I was told last night the council are conserving energy "so if the xmas light are on then the street lights are off" not sure if that's true though.
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Which streets? They were certainly all on last Saturday and the Xmas lights were on as well.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5162/5251683741_41be3bd07b_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/5251683741/)
Light Pollution (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/5251683741/#) by SnakeCorp (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on December 14, 2010, 06:44:44 PM
I noticed them off last night on my way to my mates, they're off tonight too. Its all the street lights Dave  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 14, 2010, 06:47:21 PM
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I noticed them off last night on my way to my mates, they're off tonight too. Its all the street lights Dave  :o
Scary! Must be a fault, I'd have thought? Has anyone contacted CCBC or Joan Vaughan? Send her an email and get her earning her money:
cllr.joan.vaughan@conwy.gov.uk
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on December 15, 2010, 08:29:37 AM
Maybe it's not such a bad thing: (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11990737)

"Bright city lights exacerbate air pollution, according to a study by US scientists. Their research indicates that the glare thrown up into the sky interferes with chemical reactions.

These reactions would normally help clean the air during the night of the fumes emitted by motor cars and factories during the day.

The study was presented at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco."

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 15, 2010, 09:03:07 AM
Newer street lights are designed to minimise light pollution, by directing all of the light downwards. Good lighting in public areas is important to create a sense of safety and well being, as well as actually deterring crime.  :votive:

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5010/5261995764_3b1ea145c9_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/5261995764/)
Berry Street/Castle Street, Conwy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/5261995764/#) by SnakeCorp (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on December 15, 2010, 02:24:17 PM
Monday all street light were off, tuesday the main streets were lit but all side streets etc were in darkness, I was just concerned as pensioners etc would find it incredibly difficult to see. Gail (although she IS a calamity) fell up the kerb.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on December 16, 2010, 09:18:07 PM
I agree. I nearly fell over last Thursday night. I couldnt see where I was going!! Thank goodness a young lady helped me along.  Mike  P.S. Not in Conwy though
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 17, 2010, 05:27:02 PM
Yes it's fun again in and around Conwy with the snow back again - 4" on top of my car roof at present, and roads a bit tricky at best! One or two cars are still going past us very slowly towards Henryd, and we have seen several people walking - it must be best part of two miles from here to Henryd if that's where they are going to.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 17, 2010, 09:45:04 PM
Henryd Road a little earlier and yes it was a bit slippery. The snow plough had been down a little earlier too. However the gritter has just gone up so it should be a bit better.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 17, 2010, 09:47:04 PM
We should have left the umbrella up!!

Anyone for tea??

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on December 18, 2010, 09:02:35 AM
What's the bump?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Paddy on December 18, 2010, 10:57:00 AM
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What's the bump?

Good question Ian. Perhaps you could move the pic to the "quiz" thread so we can have a guess.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 18, 2010, 12:25:25 PM
The same picture almost, taken this morning after the overnight snow - some more tonight and the "bump" might disappear!

The "bump" (my wife tells me, because she put it there), is one of those tortoise shaped solar lights.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 18, 2010, 12:32:14 PM
I walked down to Gyffin Village Shop earlier and was struck by the number of vehicles parked and obviously abandoned last night. The car park was full, cars on either side of the bridge as well as on the main road, in New Street and up Henryd Road, and all blanketed in quite a depth of snow.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on December 18, 2010, 02:05:10 PM
I pulled into Conwy about 6:30pm last night after driving from Manchester. The traffic just stopped about the time I reached the town square. Nothing moving as far as the Morfa. Everything was slipping and sliding and the side roads were impassable. In fact. a recovery vehicle carrying  van got stuck in the archway on Uppergate St where it stayed all night.The police were just directing people to pull off the road as much as possible and leave their cars as nothing was happening for hours. I parked up along Lancaster square and left the car there all night. Finally just moved it. So yeah a lot of abandoned cars but the police seemed to encouraging people to just park anywhere and seek shelter rather than sit out for hours waiting for gritters that may be hours and hours away.

Here's a photo of the recovery vehicle stuck in the Uppergate archway.

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 18, 2010, 02:41:21 PM
Nice shot, mate.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on December 18, 2010, 02:59:32 PM
It's been a  mad night in Conwy, a bus was trying to turn into the bottom arch on berry street and slipped down the side road to the quay, then a van tried to get through the arch on uppergate street got stuck and was still there this morning, a couple of guys were trying to dig it out. Buses are only going between conwy and Llandudno. Got a call from Maes G in Bangor this morning and my mate is completely blocked in. The delivery guys said last night thta there was 15mile tail backs from Llanfair. Opened the club today, doubt it will be busy though.  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 18, 2010, 03:43:09 PM
A view this morning from Henryd Road across towards Oakwood Park.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 19, 2010, 06:43:09 PM
Oh it's a night to stay in - our thermometer currently reads -11C     -  YES MINUS 11C
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on December 19, 2010, 06:57:28 PM
Just watch those brass bells!!     L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 19, 2010, 07:25:25 PM
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Oh it's a night to stay in - our thermometer currently reads -11C     -  YES MINUS 11C

-3.5C at the moment on the Penrhyn beach estate, looks like it really is a mitcro climate here  D)  I'll have to dig out the sun cream tomorrow  L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Quiggs on December 19, 2010, 07:30:03 PM
I spoke to a friend this afternoon who works in Capel Curig, he said that the snow was about 3Ft. deep and the temperature was -18 Deg.  :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 19, 2010, 08:29:13 PM
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Just watch those brass bells!!     L0L

You did say bells didn't you?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on December 19, 2010, 08:32:45 PM
Yep - fortunately no mix up with the vowels!       _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 20, 2010, 10:59:18 PM
Looks like a substantial fire incident on Bryn Gynog Caravan/Chalet Park off Hendre Road at the moment - quite a number of blue flashing lights and considerable smoke coming from one caravan furthest away from Conwy on this site.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 20, 2010, 11:12:11 PM
Fire Service seem to have it under control, there is a lot less smoke about. I suppose one of the main dangers would be gas cylinders which all these units have.

Not a very good Christmas in prospect for someone.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on December 21, 2010, 02:38:50 PM
I saw a fire engine going down Mostyn Street in the direction of Conwy, It had it's siren and lights on and was by Trinity Square (M and S side) then a large wagon came out of the shops from Bog Island and blocked the Fire Engine's way!    :rage:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on December 22, 2010, 01:18:41 AM
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I saw a fire engine going down Mostyn Street in the direction of Conwy, It had it's siren and lights on and was by Trinity Square (M and S side) then a large wagon came out of the shops from Bog Island and blocked the Fire Engine's way!    :rage:

Amazing, did you get a photo of the large wagon that came out of the shops?

Don't tell me......The Habit Tea rooms & Subway?  ^^^^
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 22, 2010, 09:30:49 AM
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Amazing, did you get a photo of the large wagon that came out of the shops?

???
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 22, 2010, 12:21:56 PM
Everybody out with their shovels and spades this morning - nothing like adversity to bring out the best in people, also sometimes it seems to bring out the worst as well!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 22, 2010, 05:22:15 PM
That patio table and chairs after lasts night's snowfall. The "hump" is still just there so another night like last night could see it levelled off.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Paddy on December 22, 2010, 06:27:39 PM
Wow Bellringer! I've got about six inches on my garden furniture, you must have nearly a foot! Those chairs look really inviting with those thick "cushions" on them.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on December 22, 2010, 06:42:51 PM
Has anybody in Conwy had any post? I live on the marina and haven't seen the postie in a while. parcel delivery drivers have been in my close delivering flat-packs to my neighbour but no post. i wonder if royal mail health and safety has gone bonkers
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 22, 2010, 07:14:22 PM
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Wow Bellringer! I've got about six inches on my garden furniture, you must have nearly a foot! Those chairs look really inviting with those thick "cushions" on them.

Just stuck an old 12" ruler into the snow on the table and it records about 11". It isn't all from last night though.

Dwsi. I'm in Gyffin and no, we have had no post this week but having seen the thread "Royal Mail" we weren't expecting any perhaps. We had a delivery from Tesco Direct yesterday although in normal circumstances that should have arrived last Friday.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on December 22, 2010, 09:09:25 PM
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Wow Bellringer! I've got about six inches on my garden furniture

Be careful of your neighbours Paddy.

The Police take a dim view of antics like that.  8)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 22, 2010, 09:36:52 PM
Rather nippy again tonight. Our thermometer is currently reading -9C
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on December 22, 2010, 09:48:24 PM
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Rather nippy again tonight. Our thermometer is currently reading -9C

Is this an indoor or outdoor one?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 22, 2010, 09:50:27 PM
An outdoor one. Fortunately things are warmer inside.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on December 23, 2010, 08:37:50 AM
Does anyone know if the Conwy Christmas Eve parade etc will be happening this year? I've heard of councils cancelling outdoor celebrations in other parks of the country for safety reasons and was wondering if the same would be true here.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: JasonW on December 23, 2010, 04:04:52 PM
I'm sorry to say that the Conwy Chrsitmas Eve Parade has been cancelled.   :( :(

I had a phone call earlier form the Mayor Cllr Vicky MacDonald, who after visiting the sites with the Police and the Safety Officer, has been advised to cancel the event.

The have made the decision with a heavy heart because the know how much people look forward to the event and the fact that a lot of work has already be performed in the organisation of the event.


The Boxing Day Dip in Deganwy has also be cancelled, on the advice from the RNLI, due to the extremely low water temperatures.

I drove through Conwy this afternoon and the paths are treachorous, but so are the ice and snow on the roofs and guttering. Some of the icicles now forming do look very large and potentially unsafe.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MrFalafel on December 23, 2010, 04:37:32 PM
Yes, I just saw the signs placed around Conwy saying the event has been cancelled. Now I have to break the news to my nephew who was so looking forward to it. But better safe than sorry.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on December 23, 2010, 08:37:22 PM
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The Boxing Day Dip in Deganwy has also be cancelled, on the advice from the RNLI, due to the extremely low water temperatures.

I would suggest that the RNLI become a little more informed:

http://www.seafordweather.co.uk/wl/UKSeaTemp.htm (http://www.seafordweather.co.uk/wl/UKSeaTemp.htm)

Sea temps are roughly the seasonal average at the moment.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 23, 2010, 09:21:40 PM
Never let the facts get in the way of weather related hysteria, Ian!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on December 23, 2010, 11:23:18 PM
The Boxing Day Dip in Deganwy has also be cancelled, on the advice from the RNLI, due to the extremely low water temperatures.

I drove through Conwy this afternoon and the paths are treachorous, but so are the ice and snow on the roofs and guttering. Some of the icicles now forming do look very large and potentially unsafe.


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Jason I am most concerned that as an elected councillor, you confine your driving to the road... and not the paths!
Set an example man.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on December 24, 2010, 09:05:37 AM
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Never let the facts get in the way of weather related hysteria, Ian!

I know.  But these are the people who are supposed to know something about the sea.  Fills you with confidence, doesn't it?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 24, 2010, 10:08:00 PM
Doesn't appear to be too many about tonight, currently -9C so people have stayed at home in the warm I suppose.

Pity about the fireworks, carols etc having to be cancelled earlier, it's become such a traditional event to attend on Christmas Eve to while away an hour or so. VV
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on December 24, 2010, 11:17:25 PM
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Doesn't appear to be too many about tonight, currently -9C so people have stayed at home in the warm I suppose.

Pity about the fireworks, carols etc having to be cancelled earlier, it's become such a traditional event to attend on Christmas Eve to while away an hour or so. VV

It's becoming a traditional event to have fireworks cancelled Stan.  :-X
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 26, 2010, 01:06:41 PM
Trojan, I know what you mean, but I think on this occasion things were so bad here in Conwy, that most people would have agreed it was the most sensible option. And conditions aren't any better today. ))* says he as he just had an unplanned slide on the drive.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 27, 2010, 12:58:12 PM
Does anyone else in the Conwy area have milk delivered to the doorstep by Geoff Holley?  Apart from having had no milk deliveries since the week before last, I wondered whether he is OK. He has delivered our milk for several years since taking over the round from Tevor.

We have now had to make alternative arrangements which is no big deal because we can get milk and most other things we need from Gyffin Village Shop which is just down the road fortunately.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on January 06, 2011, 01:29:38 PM
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Felt sorry for parents with youngsters at Ysgol Porth y Felin today, the school failed to open after the Christmas break because of a boiler problem.  It maybe a good idea to check if it's open tomorrow before sending/taking your child.

The school is also closed today but will be open tomorrow with advice that children should wear warm clothing.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on January 07, 2011, 08:00:31 AM
I've moved the Housing posts into a new topic.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on January 07, 2011, 09:00:41 AM
Looks like you have also moved my posts about Ysgol Porth y Felin which is supposed to be open today after two days being closed because of heating problems.

HOWEVER it's snowing quite steadily at present.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on January 07, 2011, 09:22:32 AM
Ian, you have also moved my two posts about Ysgol Porth y Felin which should stay under "Everything to do with Conwy".
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on January 08, 2011, 08:14:31 AM
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Looks like you have also moved my posts about Ysgol Porth y Felin which is supposed to be open today after two days being closed because of heating problems.

Oops!  Sorry, Stan;  you're quite right.  I'd meant to separate that post and leave it in situ.

 :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on January 08, 2011, 10:11:08 AM
Apology readily accepted Ian, and a belated Happy New Year to you and yours.

Stan
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on January 09, 2011, 12:55:27 PM
Went in the Mail Coach yesterday, it's had a rocky ride over the last few weeks, Dawn and Keith are the new landlords and they are very nice people. They intend to stay so thats good. I hope they make a good go of it. I've always liked the Mail Coach.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on January 09, 2011, 03:46:19 PM
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Went in the Mail Coach yesterday, it's had a rocky ride over the last few weeks, Dawn and Keith are the new landlords and they are very nice people. They intend to stay so thats good. I hope they make a good go of it. I've always liked the Mail Coach.
I went past yesterday - they had wooden tables with those silver metal patio chairs inside the pub.  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on January 10, 2011, 07:04:46 PM
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I went past yesterday - they had wooden tables with those silver metal patio chairs inside the pub.  :o
[/quote]Yes I know, they're waiting for new furniture.  We did question the decor lol
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on January 13, 2011, 06:02:08 PM
I was surprised to see in the Weekly News that Bistro Bach (formerly Bistro Conwy) had closed down.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on January 13, 2011, 06:20:22 PM
Yeah, sorry to see that. At least Alfredos is open though we can still get an excellent steak  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Blongb on January 13, 2011, 09:49:45 PM
I loved the food in Bistro Bach, It means a round trip to Betws-y-Coed now, so I shan't be eating their so often
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on January 20, 2011, 09:34:27 PM
Fight to save Conwy Civic Hall from closure goes on
Jan 20 2011 by Mari Jones, North Wales Weekly News

CAMPAIGNERS trying to save the Civic Hall in Conwy from closure have set up a community interest company.

The company has been established so that, if the campaign is successful and Conwy County Council agrees to transfer the lease of the hall to the group, the company will be in an immediate position to apply for external grant funding for future developments.

The campaign to save the hall is going well, and campaigners have been pleasantly surprised by the level of support there is for the venue, which is set to close in March.

Conwy Council announced its plans in November to close the building, which houses the town’s library, and an upstairs auditorium with tiered seating for 240 people, as well as staging and dressing rooms.

“I’m amazed by the support we are getting from the public,” said Tony Franks, director of the campaign group.

“We are frequently stopped in the street by people outraged by the threat of the closure.”

Over 1,500 people have signed a petition to save it and the campaign group has called itself Ciwb Conwy Cube.

Tony explained: “Ciwb Conwy Cube is inspired by what many people consider the Civic Hall’s unattractive shape created by a 1960s extension.”

Conwy Council has entered into an agreement with an unnamed local developer looking at alternative uses for the site.

Sara Allardice, another Ciwb Conwy Cube member, said: “It’s really disappointing that the community wasn’t consulted first before the negotiations were agreed. That now means no further bookings can be taken for the hall.

“The agreement lasts until April and we don’t know what will happen after that.”

Sara explained what plans Ciwb Conwy Cube have for the hall, if they were successful in securing the venue.

“We will enable a diverse programme of entertainment in the hall, including drama, cinema, dance, exhibitions, festivals, comedy and music,” she said.

The group says it is very pleased that Conwy Council is making an exception to the “no new bookings” rule and allowing Ciwb Conwy Cube to hold meetings there.

The next public meeting of Ciwb Conwy Cube is on Tuesday, February 1 at 7.30pm in Conwy Civic Hall. All interested welcome. For more log on to www.saveconwycivichall.blogspot.com (http://www.saveconwycivichall.blogspot.com) or e-mail info@conwycivichall.org.uk

http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/01/20/fight-to-save-conwy-civic-hall-from-closure-goes-on-55243-28015715/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/01/20/fight-to-save-conwy-civic-hall-from-closure-goes-on-55243-28015715/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on January 21, 2011, 04:30:42 PM
I don't beleve it. I've just recieved an email from a lady called Jo Hale from Enterprise Inns reguarding the Mail Coach. It seems the couple who have only been there a matter of weeks are leaving now! Such a shame it's a nice pub. The problem is these pub-cos insist on lease terms. Its £19,000 + £23,000 for yearly rent. I read earlier on the net that Enterprise are putting over 20 pubs in Wales up for auction, the way the Mail Coach is going it could well be included.  Also the Cross Keys in Llandudno. The lads from the town house are just filling in there apparently. The only way to make any money from pubs nowadays is to buy freehold. Please take my advise, do not enter into a lease with any pub co owned pub. You will lose your money I promise, complete and utter waste of time. If you want a pub, buy it freehold, those that have are the only premises benefitting at the moment. You have tremendous buying power and can get some fantastic deals.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on January 21, 2011, 05:38:53 PM
We were hoping to go to the Bistro Bach soon so it was disappointing to see that it had closed.  It was always full when we went there and the meals were delicious so I hope that it does open again soon. If anyone hears about it reopening can they post it up here please.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on January 21, 2011, 05:58:10 PM
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I don't beleve it. I've just recieved an email from a lady called Jo Hale from Enterprise Inns reguarding the Mail Coach. It seems the couple who have only been there a matter of weeks are leaving now! Such a shame it's a nice pub. The problem is these pub-cos insist on lease terms. Its £19,000 + £23,000 for yearly rent. I read earlier on the net that Enterprise are putting over 20 pubs in Wales up for auction, the way the Mail Coach is going it could well be included.  Also the Cross Keys in Llandudno. The lads from the town house are just filling in there apparently. The only way to make any money from pubs nowadays is to buy freehold. Please take my advise, do not enter into a lease with any pub co owned pub. You will lose your money I promise, complete and utter waste of time. If you want a pub, buy it freehold, those that have are the only premises benefitting at the moment. You have tremendous buying power and can get some fantastic deals.
It must have been those silver patio chairs that did it!  :o

I would add the caveat on buying a pub that it must be freehold, have some sort of outside area (ideally a garden) and have a decent food business. Otherwise, you're going to be treading water, at best.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Paddy on January 21, 2011, 06:37:21 PM
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We were hoping to go to the Bistro Bach soon so it was disappointing to see that it had closed.  It was always full when we went there and the meals were delicious so I hope that it does open again soon. If anyone hears about it reopening can they post it up here please.

I heard a rumour whilst out for dinner last night that the previous owners, the people who also have a place in Betws, are considering taking it on again. Great news if they do.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on January 29, 2011, 06:08:39 PM
I see SuSus on Castle Street has closed down. Nice shop in a good location, won't stay empty for long:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on January 30, 2011, 01:00:48 AM
I hear the builders have been inside Conwy Police Station.  :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 02, 2011, 11:09:54 AM
The Albion is up for auction offers over £90,000. It was cheap at £225,000. My views on the Albion have been written on here countless times so I'm not going to bang on about it don't panic. I just can't believe no one but me sees the potential in this fantastic building.

http://www.pugh-auctions.com/Auction/Manchester/20110224 (http://www.pugh-auctions.com/Auction/Manchester/20110224)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 02, 2011, 11:15:40 AM
That's some reduction but only a guide price, of course. It could go for a lot more, a bit less or not sell at all. If it doesn't sell, someone could go in with an even lower offer. Worth noting that you also have to add VAT to 90% of the sale price!

http://www.pugh-auctions.com/Lot/Manchester/20110224/040 (http://www.pugh-auctions.com/Lot/Manchester/20110224/040)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on February 02, 2011, 01:50:41 PM
I know how much Angie knows and loves The Albion.

I have to say that in all my years of visiting the local hostelries, The Albion was the one I could never bring myself to go in.

I was always aware of it, but it seemed to be shoved a little out of the way in Conwy.
Each time I passed by, it never really 'grabbed' me and said 'come in'

Location wise, it was the equivalent of The Snowdon in Llandudno to me.

However, If you buy it and re-open Angie, I promise to be in there on night ONE!

 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 02, 2011, 02:01:54 PM
Yep I just need to win the lottery now.  You and Mrs Fester will be the first to be invited Mr Man.  I'm just gutted having lost £35,000 the first time round with Punch Taverns, I'm not in a financial position to do so at the moment. However what is meant to be and all that, You never know. (Mostly today I will be wandering round Conwy waiting for a black cat to cross my path)  :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 02, 2011, 09:40:54 PM
Presentation from Conwy Cube, a community group who are working to take over the Civic Hall:

http://www.conwycivichall.org.uk/2011-02-01-Ciwb-Presentation.pdf (http://www.conwycivichall.org.uk/2011-02-01-Ciwb-Presentation.pdf)

 ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 03, 2011, 10:39:00 AM
Have a look on CAMRAS national inventory. Some fantastic photos of the interior of the Albion, just after I had gone.  It took over a week to strip down this door. Its absolutely beautiful.  Myself and a friend Ali Gugs took over 3 weeks to strip the bar and the back paneling. Behind the paneling (once the partition) on the back wall running towards the where the door has now been uncovered are the original tiles from the off sales side.



http://www.heritagepubs.org.uk/pubs/national-inventory-entry.asp?pubid=285 (http://www.heritagepubs.org.uk/pubs/national-inventory-entry.asp?pubid=285)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 03, 2011, 11:02:13 AM
"Re-built in 1921, this is by far the best surviving example of an interwar pub in Wales."

I love all the wood, a very impressive interior.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 03, 2011, 11:10:48 AM
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"Re-built in 1921, this is by far the best surviving example of an interwar pub in Wales."

I love all the wood, a very impressive interior.


The wood is mainly mahogany and oak. It has to be saved. Can you see now why I'm Avid Fan lol.
I've emailed the chairman of the Pub Heritage Group to see if there is anything They or I can do.  I wouldn't mind going to the auction either. I feel a mission coming on.................I'm going to organise a viewing. If I do Dave will you take photos of the inerior with me? Mine won't do the building justice.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 03, 2011, 11:33:01 AM
If you can arrange it for an afternoon, then I should be free to take some photos.  :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Barbiroli on February 05, 2011, 01:19:31 PM
Went over Conwy bridge last night, No lights again, for me to know they have`nt been on since before the 25th Jan. Does Anybody know why?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 05, 2011, 02:12:41 PM
When I was in Conwy last Sat, I noticed that all the street lamps on the side streets were on all day.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on February 06, 2011, 02:29:18 AM
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Went over Conwy bridge last night, No lights again, for me to know they have`nt been on since before the 25th Jan. Does Anybody know why?

Maybe your headlights have blown.  8)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Barbiroli on February 06, 2011, 02:56:54 PM
Not far wrong there Trojan, with the high winds we have got here today. :o :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 08, 2011, 10:38:22 AM
£10,000 reward to help find missing Conwy man

A PUB landlord has been missing for four days sparking fears for his safety.

Justin Mathis, 29, who runs The Bridge pub in Conwy, vanished on Thursday after a night out in the town.

Now his worried family has put up a £10,000 reward for help to track him down.

They’ve posted “missing” notices in the pub windows asking for help to find him.

Mr Mathis’s partner Gareth Williams, 37, said: “The last sighting of him was on CCTV near the Conwy Mussels building on Conwy Quay on Thursday at about 11.50pm. Then he walks off camera.

“I hope he has just fallen somewhere and banged his head and when he’s feeling better he’ll come back.”

Mr Mathis and Mr Williams have been partners for 10 years and took over running The Bridge last March.

Mr Williams said: “We’ve been really enjoying it.” He added that it was out of character for Justin to vanish like this.

He said business was going well since they embarked on their new venture at one of the most prominent pubs in Conwy, which is visited by thousands of tourists every year.

The North Wales police helicopter was out looking for Justin yesterday afternoon and officers and coastguard teams had carried out “extensive” searches.

Describing Justin, Mr Williams said: “If we had had an argument he would just go and sleep in another room. He is normally happy go lucky.

“Everyone likes him. I’m trying to be positive and wait for him. All his family are here. They are just waiting for him to come back.”

Justin’s brother Vincent said: “We are all at a total loss as to what’s happened. Justin has never just up and gone before. We are all devastated and just praying and hoping he will turn up.”

The family’s posters read: “Missing person! Have you seen this man? Justin Mathis. If so please contact 07900 924643, 01492 573482 or 01492 623814.”

North Wales Police said they are appealing for help in tracing Justin, who is slim, 6ft 6in tall with dark brown hair. When last seen he was wearing a green jumper, dark blue jeans, a three quarter length black overcoat and black lace up boots.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/02/08/10-000-reward-to-help-find-missing-conwy-man-55578-28131159/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/02/08/10-000-reward-to-help-find-missing-conwy-man-55578-28131159/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on February 08, 2011, 01:16:23 PM
No mention of Les Battersby?    I heard that both men were missing?

Is that connection just an ill-founded rumour then?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 09, 2011, 10:48:18 AM
Justin is missing. He had an argument with Les Battersby on the night. No one is saying Les is behind the disappearance, they're saying no one has seen Les either. Les has probably sculked off home? I hope the lad turns up safe and well. There are a lot of family and friends who are concerned.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on February 09, 2011, 11:21:44 AM
First port of call for PC Plod then is ''round to Les's place''

2nd port of call, Justin's bank.... to see if and where any transactions have been made?

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 09, 2011, 10:58:03 PM
I took some photos on the fly over today. Where did these steps go Dave?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 10, 2011, 09:39:50 AM
I've looked at those myself, in the past, and wondered about them. They seem pretty pointless. Obviously, they were intended as a means of access to the water for some reason but I can't think why - for boats to land? For people who've fallen off the Cob to get back to dry land?!  :roll:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on February 10, 2011, 10:27:43 AM
The police helicopter appears to be searching the estuary again this morning.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 10, 2011, 10:48:10 AM
Historic Conwy pub to be sold in few weeks
Feb 10 2011
by Rayyan Parry, North Wales Weekly News


ONE of Conwy’s oldest pubs could be sold within the next few weeks.

The vacant Albion Vaults on Uppergate Street has come under an offer of £125,000 from an buyer who has not been named.
The historic pub closed its doors in August due to a fall in customers and was placed on the market on freehold.
Since then a previous offer of £225,000 from a buyer had collapsed. Now a fresh offer made in early January could prove to be successful.
 
However, if the grade II listed building fails to sell it will be auctioned at a starting price of £90,000 on February 24 in Manchester.
A spokesman for Manchester based Christie & Co who are looking after the selling of the property the said: “The Albion originally had a starting price of £225,000 but a deal we did fell through.
“We do have a deal that’s going through, but if that fails there is an option to auction the property.
“I would be very surprised to see it developed as anything other than a pub. It’s a grade two listed building and has historic significance to the town. If the deal is successful if can be sold within the next few weeks.”
The Albion is regarded as one of the oldest inter war pubs in Wales after being rebuilt in 1921.
The pub has been praised for retaining its Victorian fittings and open coal fires and its mahogany and oak interior.
The building comes with a sports bar and public bar on the ground floor and a three-bedroom flat on a first floor.

Elsewhere, the Ye Olde Mail Coach on Conwy High Street continues to look for a new tenant after the previous one left.
A spokeswoman for pub owners Enterprise Inns said:“We are currently recruiting a tenant. Our intention into is to have one as soon as possible.”

http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/02/10/historic-conwy-pub-to-be-sold-in-few-weeks-55243-28143750/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/02/10/historic-conwy-pub-to-be-sold-in-few-weeks-55243-28143750/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on February 10, 2011, 11:23:49 AM
But....The Mail Coach was open on Monday when I went past?

Anyhow, a deal for £250k fell through.... but one for £125k might be successful??

This is a stark reminder of what property is REALLY worth !!

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 11, 2011, 12:50:18 PM
The missing Landlord's boot has been found on a beach along the 'Conwy Estuary'.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on February 13, 2011, 03:57:10 PM
Police helicopter flying round the Conwy area this afternoon, anything to do with the missing landlord I wonder?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 14, 2011, 08:57:23 PM
Went over to my sisters with Socs to see the kids today.  Had a look over the wall into the estuary and saw 3 shopping trolleys and a scooter. Has jackass been to town and I missed it?  Surley the cctv would have captured who threw them in.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 14, 2011, 08:59:33 PM
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I took some photos on the fly over today. Where did these steps go Dave?
This photo I found might explain things a little more. It also shows the mysterious doorway that leads under the road.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 14, 2011, 09:09:31 PM
D'you think those steps have anything to do with the ferry that used to cross the river before the flyover was built.  I went past the door today and it was open, why didn't I take a photo? 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 14, 2011, 09:20:18 PM
Yesterday I noticed these turrets. They look as old as the castle ones d'you think they are?  The building behind them is the youth hostel so they are a fair way out of Conwy.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 14, 2011, 09:25:03 PM
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D'you think those steps have anything to do with the ferry that used to cross the river before the flyover was built.  I went past the door today and it was open, why didn't I take a photo? 
Possibly maintaining some ancient right of access to the river? Could be?!

How far does it go back, that tunnel?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 14, 2011, 09:27:17 PM
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Yesterday I noticed these turrets. They look as old as the castle ones d'you think they are?  The building behind them is the youth hostel so they are a fair way out of Conwy.
No, they're only Victorian, part of Bryn Corach. Its design was inspired by Conwy Castle.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 14, 2011, 09:29:52 PM
I thought the door way may have been a way of entrance for maintenance workers.  I don't know how far it goes back I'll see if it's still open tomorrow before I go on another trek.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on February 15, 2011, 12:46:12 PM
Uppergate is closed today - looks as if they are doing some resurfacing work.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 15, 2011, 04:06:16 PM
I should think so too, have you seen the state of it after the snow.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on February 15, 2011, 05:38:57 PM
It was pretty rough outside the Albion before the snow.  The work seemed to be going on at the bottom by the Albion and at the top through the archway.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: JasonW on February 15, 2011, 06:02:43 PM
Police Car and Ambulance at entrance to Bodlondeb Woods at 4pm today as I left Council Offices.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 16, 2011, 11:03:43 PM
I did take the dog for a walk today, I wanted to find the now bricked up tunnel that led from Benarth shore up to Benarth Hall an old escape route in times gone by.  I remember seeing it when I was a kid.  However I couldn't find it.  Puzzled I asked a local fisherman who told me the tunnel had been bricked up some years before. 
The fisherman told me of a smugglers cave which really intrigued me.  He said that the cave was almost opposite Glan Conwy, smugglers used to hide their swag in the cave until they could retrieve it when the tide was out.  Unfortunately as the tide was turning I couldn't chance walking along the shore again, I will return this week.   As I walked home my head full of thoughts of smugglers and secret tunnels, it suddenly dawned on me that a gentleman I had met through the Albion called Rob Pritchard was a mine of information on such subjects. 
As soon as I got home I phoned him and arranged to meet him at his house.  When I arrived he had dug out old papers and photos of Conwy.  He had misheard me on the phone and thought I wanted to research old pubs of Conwy.  I was amazed to find he had lists and photos and other related paraphernalia regarding the subject.  He has loaned me old exerts from papers and journals.  I am going to write at length on the subject tomorrow but due to my lad wanting my dongle in an hour  I will give you a taster now.  I'm sorry this is a rushed job but I was so excited.  I know you'll love it.

Here's a list of all the pubs in Conwy through the 1800s until the present day:  Some of them could have been the same place with a change in name.  Until I go through all these papers I couldn't tell you at present.  I've even got the list of all the proprietors but not enough time to write them in now.

The Anchor ............Uppergate Street
The Albion .............Uppergate Street
The White Horse.....Uppergate Street
The Union...............Church Street
The Swan...............Berry Street
The Soldiers Arms...Berry Street
The Ship.................Castle Street
The Ship.................High Street (there was two)
The Royal Oak........Quay
The Rising Gull.......Berry Street
The Red Lion..........High Street
The Railway Tavern..Lancaster square
The Plough.............Lancaster square
The Newborough later called The Harp (which I have a photo of) on High Street
The New Inn............
The Mail Coach.......High Street
The Liverpool Arms...Quay
The King's Head.......High Street
The Joiners Arms......Quay
The George and Dragon...Castle Street
The Foresters Arms...Gyffin
The Feathers...........Bangor Road
The Erskine (Malt Loaf)..Rosehill Street
The Eccles Inn....???
The Eagles.............Castle Street
The Crown...........High Street
The Conwy Castle...No 3 Berry Street
The Coach and Horses....High Street
The Castle View.......The old co op (bangor road)
The Castle Hotel (Castle Inn)...High Street
The Carpenters Arms...No6 Berry Street
The Bulls Head....High Street
The Britannia...Castle Street
The Bridge.......Rosehill Street
The Blue Bell.....Castle Street
The Black Horse...Castle Street
The Black Lion......Castle Street
The Boot Inn.........Lancaser Square.

I have written below some interesting excerpts from the old papers:

The Kings Head was a farmers house.  In it's back garden was a cock pit which was used at times, as old inhabitants tell, by gypsies to settle their quarrels with the fists.  From the little stone building at the end of the garden spectators watched both cocks and gypsies in combat.  (it doesn't say what year)
                                  .........................................................................................
Edward Williams late "Black Lion" Conwy fell from a tree 21st Feby 1851 died Sunday night about 10 o'clock 23 Feby 1821.  Buried 27th he was born in the year 1792.
                                  .........................................................................................

etc etc (I have to hand over the dongle now)  See you tomorrow.




Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 17, 2011, 06:58:02 AM
Fascinating stuff, well done Angie! I look forward to hearing more.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on February 17, 2011, 08:07:35 AM
Great stuff, Pen.  If this is all on paper, one of us can probably scan and extract the text, usng OCR, so we could save you a lot of time, if you're typing it out.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 17, 2011, 08:43:44 AM
I have a scanner and can probably find some OCR software, so let me know if you want anything doing.  :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 17, 2011, 09:59:17 AM
I was sat here last night until 2am reading about Mr Smiths visit to Conwy 1833 he writes..............near the entrance (to the Castle) we were annoyed by a swarm of children who rushed out of the neighbouring houses begging for a "ha pence please ma'am" "a ha pence sair" words they were taught to utter in a whining tone which they continue repeating as long as they dare follow a party of strangers..........

and ............eight persons have been committed to Caernarfon gaol from the neighbourhood of Llandudno charged with plundering from the wreck of the Hornby, lost on the Great Ormshead. On 2nd January 1824.  They received sentences ranging from 12 months hard labour to imprisonment.  Fascinating reading.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 17, 2011, 10:19:15 AM
Angie, there's a great book in the making here and you are the ideal person to write it  D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 17, 2011, 10:23:54 AM
I am for once seriously thinking of it now.  The information and books Robs got are excellent.  He's even got all the caernarfon court listings and sentences from the 1800s.  I asked him why he had never wrote a book.  He said his father (the first head master of Aberconwy school) and himself had intended to do just that bur just never got round to it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 17, 2011, 12:26:37 PM
I'm sure you'd do a fantastic job. Any photos needed, of course, can be provided by me!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 17, 2011, 12:30:04 PM
Well, the news that every Conwy Pub Landlord has been dreading has arrived....

J D Wetherpoon are coming to town! It's rumoured they will be purchasing the Palace Bingo and that makes perfect sense, it's the only building of sufficent size for them. Comments by Cllr Joan Vaughan that they might buy the Albion are laughable - it is far too small for them even to consider.  :laugh:

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A veritable Palace... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/3781224430/#) by davidrobertsphotography (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 17, 2011, 05:16:54 PM
Wethers have tried unsucessfully to buy buildings in Conwy in  the past.  They tried to buy Woolworths and it was also rumoured they were in the running for the police station.  Apparently the council refused both offers stating there was already enough pubs in Conwy.  It still would make no difference to the Albion it has an attraction of it's own.  It would make a big difference to al the others though.  I can't see the council approving another pub within the walls to be honest.

Wetherspoons have the financial muscle to do whatever they want. Their planning consultants can push through anything they want.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 17, 2011, 05:40:48 PM
As I started the daily trek with Socs today, I approached the "turret toilets" and there was some lads cutting all the ivy from the walls and another fixing the broken drainpipe.  The door was open and I couldn't resist sneaking up the stairs and taking some photos.  It bought back memories as I climbed the stairs.  It was bigger than I remember and it looks like the council have been using it for storage, they are in a state of disrepair but that's to be expected I suppose, they've been shut for years.  I was tempted to climb the ladder through the sky light but that's where the lads were so I didn't chance it.  
I was talking to a man from the council, he informed me that the turret actually belongs to them.  He said that the turret was never part of the castle and was built later?  He pointed out the difference in  the stone work at the side.  Dave maybe you can check that out, it seems plausible but why would they build such impressive toilets there?  Anyway all the work has been done now and that can only be a good thing.  Hopefully it's another brownie point to the forum.  Job done.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 17, 2011, 06:58:30 PM
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Wethers have tried unsucessfully to buy buildings in Conwy in  the past.  They tried to buy Woolworths and it was also rumoured they were in the running for the police station.  Apparently the council refused both offers stating there was already enough pubs in Conwy.  It still would make no difference to the Albion it has an attraction of it's own.  It would make a big difference to al the others though.  I can't see the council approving another pub within the walls to be honest.

Wetherspoons have the financial muscle to do whatever they want. Their planning consultants can push through anything they want.
Bah...how can the Council refuse offers when they don't own the buildings? Wetherspoons have the financial muscle to push through any deal they want and the planning experts to ensure they receive permission.  ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 17, 2011, 07:02:32 PM
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As I started the daily trek with Socs today, I approached the "turret toilets" and there was some lads cutting all the ivy from the walls and another fixing the broken drainpipe.  The door was open and I couldn't resist sneaking up the stairs and taking some photos.  It bought back memories as I climbed the stairs.  It was bigger than I remember and it looks like the council have been using it for storage, they are in a state of disrepair but that's to be expected I suppose, they've been shut for years.  I was tempted to climb the ladder through the sky light but that's where the lads were so I didn't chance it.  
I was talking to a man from the council, he informed me that the turret actually belongs to them.  He said that the turret was never part of the castle and was built later?  He pointed out the difference in  the stone work at the side.  Dave maybe you can check that out, it seems plausible but why would they build such impressive toilets there?  Anyway all the work has been done now and that can only be a good thing.  Hopefully it's another brownie point to the forum.  Job done.
Excellent work in getting the inside pics!

The council guy was quite right, the turret was built when the Telford road and bridge was constructed - the only access through the walls in that area was the little pedestrian arch next to the Harbourmaster's office:

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 17, 2011, 07:37:33 PM
Y'see this is why I call you "the Oracle" Dave.  I wish I could have taken better pics.  It was really dark so was relying on the flash.   8)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 17, 2011, 09:21:52 PM
A photo of the Kelly the goose, not sure when it was taken.  Apparently he was a regular visitor to Llewelyns Fountain on the square, he was a popular goose that was famliar with all the locals.  Bless.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 17, 2011, 09:27:34 PM
Great photo. Wasn't there also a famous Goose that lived down on the Quay at one time?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 17, 2011, 09:28:00 PM
We were talking about the turret toilets earlier.  In this photo you can clearly see the turret isn't there.  I wonder why they built it then?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 17, 2011, 09:33:17 PM
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Great photo. Wasn't there also a famous Goose that lived down on the Quay at one time?
Thinking about it Dave is Kelly the duck a goose d'you reckon?





My mistake amended the post.  Kelly was indeed a Goose (sorry Kelly)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 17, 2011, 09:48:28 PM
This is a painting of Conwy Castle on fire.  I was reading last night that people put lights round the Castle to stop people looting materials from it.  The problem with this picture is I can't imagine they put fairy lights all over it though.  Last night I was shown photos of the chain bridge illuminated with lights and lights on the turrets of the castle. Artistic license maybe? 
Now here's an interesting thought,  the castle did catch fire years ago and apparently it was likened to an inferno.  My question is why did the castle not fall down due to the heat?  It was said that the mortar withstood the heat thus saving the castle walls from destruction.  What was the mortar made from?  They took samples from the walls some years ago and the findings were inconclusive, although it was found it to contain mussel shells etc.  The mortar used in the Great Wall of China was found to contain rice water.  I reckon they should take a sample from the hole in Deganwy Castle I mentioned earlier and find out once and for all.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 17, 2011, 09:50:07 PM
A photo of Conwy Quay under constuction in the early 1900s I think.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 17, 2011, 10:37:29 PM
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We were talking about the turret toilets earlier.  In this photo you can clearly see the turret isn't there.  I wonder why they built it then?
It was built as a Tollhouse:

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Barbiroli on February 17, 2011, 10:56:30 PM
Kelly looks like a goose to me.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 17, 2011, 11:35:43 PM
Thanks Barbiroli I'll amend my post now  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 18, 2011, 08:08:16 AM
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A photo of Conwy Quay under constuction in the early 1900s I think.
I think it could be much later, and is the new bridge under construction in the 1950s?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 18, 2011, 08:20:29 AM
It is a little known secret that the suggestion in the early seventies of putting a roundabout in front of Conwy Castle was mine.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 18, 2011, 08:52:40 AM
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This is a painting of Conwy Castle on fire.  I was reading last night that people put lights round the Castle to stop people looting materials from it.  The problem with this picture is I can't imagine they put fairy lights all over it though.  Last night I was shown photos of the chain bridge illuminated with lights and lights on the turrets of the castle. Artistic license maybe? 
I've never heard of a fire at the castle? I thought the interior timbers etc were stripped out hundreds of years before the railway arrived? I've got the guidebook to the castle  I will take a look.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Llechwedd on February 18, 2011, 12:36:51 PM
The castle used to be lit from the inside and the red shining through the arrow slits looked really eery but great shame they don't do it now.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Llechwedd on February 18, 2011, 12:41:30 PM
BTW, Pendragon do you think that Bob Pritchard would have any info. on mariner Griffith Owen who is buried by the door to St mary's church and was at the Battle of Trafalgar?  I have his naval records but it's the family I'm trying to sort out.  he lived in Chapel Street but I don't know the number. :-[
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 18, 2011, 09:24:58 PM
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This is a painting of Conwy Castle on fire.  I was reading last night that people put lights round the Castle to stop people looting materials from it.  The problem with this picture is I can't imagine they put fairy lights all over it though.  Last night I was shown photos of the chain bridge illuminated with lights and lights on the turrets of the castle. Artistic license maybe? 
Now here's an interesting thought,  the castle did catch fire years ago and apparently it was likened to an inferno.  My question is why did the castle not fall down due to the heat?  It was said that the mortar withstood the heat thus saving the castle walls from destruction.  What was the mortar made from?  They took samples from the walls some years ago and the findings were inconclusive, although it was found it to contain mussel shells etc.  The mortar used in the Great Wall of China was found to contain rice water.  I reckon they should take a sample from the hole in Deganwy Castle I mentioned earlier and find out once and for all.
I've just been looking through the CADW history of the castle and there's no mention of a fire? The entire interior was stripped out in 1665 by Lord Conway and it was his Agent, Williams Millward, that arranged for the castle to be illuminated in order to prevent the locals pinching the lead that was being stripped off the roofs!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on February 19, 2011, 01:42:19 AM
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to prevent the locals pinching the lead that was being stripped off the roofs!

Not much has changed!  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 19, 2011, 09:50:18 AM
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This is a painting of Conwy Castle on fire.  I was reading last night that people put lights round the Castle to stop people looting materials from it.  The problem with this picture is I can't imagine they put fairy lights all over it though.  Last night I was shown photos of the chain bridge illuminated with lights and lights on the turrets of the castle. Artistic license maybe? 
Found out about this picture. It was painted by a guy called  Warren Williams in 1927 and depicts a Pageant entitled "The Castle In Flames", where the castle was floodlit to give the impression it was on fire.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: suepp on February 19, 2011, 10:23:05 AM
A lot of Warren Williams' work was reproduced on postcards,  he lived in Conwy and his original work is highly prized,
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 20, 2011, 07:52:29 AM
Whilst in Conwy yesterday with Pendragon, we noticed that the Grey Lady, the large derelict boat on the foreshore, had been patched up and there was a man working on board. He said that he had bought it and was going to restore it but it was going to be a long process.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: brumbob on February 21, 2011, 05:50:23 PM
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Justin is missing. He had an argument with Les Battersby on the night. No one is saying Les is behind the disappearance, they're saying no one has seen Les either. Les has probably sculked off home? I hope the lad turns up safe and well. There are a lot of family and friends who are concerned.
My nephew saw Les Battersby in a Conwy pub today
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 21, 2011, 06:44:36 PM
Yeah Les was in the pub the other day too. Someone apparently suggested he may have had something to do with the disappearance and les lost the plot (again).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on February 21, 2011, 06:47:10 PM
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Yeah Les was in the pub the other day too. Someone apparently suggested he may have had something to do with the disappearance and les lost the plot (again).

I would have thought he would have "helped the Police with their inquiries" by now?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: brumbob on February 21, 2011, 07:27:41 PM
Sherrie Hewson reveals secret attack by Coronation Street co-star
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1359070/Sherrie-Hewson-reveals-secret-attack-Coronation-Street-star.html#ixzz1EchNWjEf (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1359070/Sherrie-Hewson-reveals-secret-attack-Coronation-Street-star.html#ixzz1EchNWjEf)

I wonder who this co-star was?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 27, 2011, 05:04:18 PM
Having walked round St Benedict's today, I decided to go and have a look round the St Agnes cemetery and see if I could find any other graves belonging to old landlords in Conwy (mainly because I was bored)  as I walked round, I noticed a little gateway which led to an older part of the cemetery.  I walked through the gate and was dismayed to find the state of the place.  There really is no excuse for this.  Most of the graves are completely covered in Ivy and brambles.  There was full grown trees growing out of some graves.  Disgraceful.  Some of the headstones are falling down.  This place has just been left for years and years with no maintenance whatsoever!  I understand that relatives of these people have long gone but it's a grave yard for gods sake. 
Mother nature is the only one trying to make this cemetery look nice as to be honest as I have never seen so many snowdrops and daffodils.
Another job for the "community service" team maybe.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: TheMedz on February 27, 2011, 05:11:24 PM
Les was in the bar of the George and Dragon when we went in for a pub meal last night. Good tasty food and large portions.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 27, 2011, 06:00:57 PM
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Having walked round St Benedict's today, I decided to go and have a look round the St Agnes cemetery and see if I could find any other graves belonging to old landlords in Conwy (mainly because I was bored)  as I walked round, I noticed a little gateway which led to an older part of the cemetery.  I walked through the gate and was dismayed to find the state of the place.  There really is no excuse for this.  Most of the graves are completely covered in Ivy and brambles.  There was full grown trees growing out of some graves.  Disgraceful.  Some of the headstones are falling down.  This place has just been left for years and years with no maintenance whatsoever!  I understand that relatives of these people have long gone but it's a grave yard for gods sake. 
Mother nature is the only one trying to make this cemetery look nice as to be honest as I have never seen so many snowdrops and daffodils.
Another job for the "community service" team maybe.

Good pics there, I know what you mean, however, I'll have to have a look there with my camera, looks very atmospheric, any angels there at all?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on February 27, 2011, 06:31:37 PM
Maybe there is an arguement for burials in the ground to be stopped.   I visited a graveyard recently (in Portugal) where they are burying people in cubicles in a wall.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 27, 2011, 07:20:38 PM
There's free admission to Conwy Castle on Tuesday, 1st March (St Davids Day) courtesy of the Welsh Assembly Goverment. All other CADW sites will also be free admission on that day.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 27, 2011, 07:30:55 PM
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Having walked round St Benedict's today, I decided to go and have a look round the St Agnes cemetery and see if I could find any other graves belonging to old landlords in Conwy (mainly because I was bored)  as I walked round, I noticed a little gateway which led to an older part of the cemetery.  I walked through the gate and was dismayed to find the state of the place.  There really is no excuse for this.  Most of the graves are completely covered in Ivy and brambles.  There was full grown trees growing out of some graves.  Disgraceful.  Some of the headstones are falling down.  This place has just been left for years and years with no maintenance whatsoever!  I understand that relatives of these people have long gone but it's a grave yard for gods sake. 
Mother nature is the only one trying to make this cemetery look nice as to be honest as I have never seen so many snowdrops and daffodils.
Another job for the "community service" team maybe.
I explored in there last year, fascinating place. It also reminded me of the inscription on the gravestone of one Thomas Hughes, Riding Officer, who died on the 13th November 1818, aged 20 and is buried in St. Marys Churchyard, Conwy:

"A pale consumption gave the fatal blow;
The stroke was certain but the effect was slow;
With wasting pains Death found me long oppressed;
Pitied my sighs and kindly gave me rest"


Beautifully hand carved, too:

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Death (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/4528607406/#) by davidrobertsphotography (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 27, 2011, 07:43:25 PM
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There's free admission to Conwy Castle on Tuesday, 1st March (St Davids Day) courtesy of the Welsh Assembly Goverment. All other CADW sites will also be free admission on that day.

Great, we can have a look there and the graveyard on Tuesday, I've not been in the castle for years, Thanks for telling us Dave  D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on February 27, 2011, 11:33:57 PM
Yep,  nice one Dave.
That will save The Fester's a couple of quid too....

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 27, 2011, 11:38:49 PM
erm...............I have a plan why don't we meet up and go there together.  I'm free
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 28, 2011, 07:20:52 AM
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erm...............I have a plan why don't we meet up and go there together.  I'm free

Yes, good plan, we are up for that  :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on February 28, 2011, 08:39:59 AM
It's going to be a nice day, so we'll probably be there as well. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Llechwedd on February 28, 2011, 01:49:13 PM
My Great Grand Father, Owen Owen and my Great Uncle Hugh are there at each end of the back row. I went up there two years ago but was too scared to go in as I was afraid of falling and never being found.  Mind you all the wild flowers growing there looked beautiful.  I was told that they cannot afford to keep it tidy and the old part of St Hilary's only gets done once a year too.  perhaps naughty people on community service could be used.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 28, 2011, 02:05:13 PM
When I went round there, the main problem appeared to be the saplings shooting up everywhere. A couple of people with cordless pruners would soon sort them out.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on February 28, 2011, 03:42:11 PM
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erm...............I have a plan why don't we meet up and go there together.  I'm free

Yes, good plan, we are up for that  :)

So what time are you all planning to meet up? I would not be going round the castle but would be interested in the visit to the St Agnes graveyard.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 28, 2011, 04:49:44 PM
Anytime is ok for us
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 28, 2011, 05:57:06 PM
I have to go to Bangor in the morning, not sure what time I'll be back.  If your still around in the afternoon,  I'll do my best to make an appearance.   8)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on February 28, 2011, 06:41:54 PM
I am just going to make my way round to Conwy in my own good time.
Several reasons...  we have builders is who need keeping an eye on,   I might have to work depending on how busy Llandudno is on St David's day.
Also, Mrs F has work to do too ....   so we may bump into you at some stage.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 28, 2011, 06:57:27 PM
we'll be going in the morning, Plas Mawr will be free too and it must be at least 15 years since we've been in there!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on February 28, 2011, 07:08:21 PM
Went there (and paid admission) a couple of year ago...it was rubbish.

So was the episode of Most Haunted which was broadcast from there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 28, 2011, 07:12:49 PM
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Went there (and paid admission) a couple of year ago...it was rubbish.

So was the episode of Most Haunted which was broadcast from there.

must be good value if it's free!  D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 28, 2011, 07:34:13 PM
Dave and I went to the Aberconwy house across from the civic center last week. That's worth a look too.  I'm sure the fella said it was supposed to cost £6.80 each which is a bit steep, I think.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on February 28, 2011, 07:48:09 PM
Get an annual subscription to the National Trust, well worth the money if you like visiting their properties.   And we have a good few around here!     $wales
I have received my Free CADW entry card now which is a double bonus.   $uk
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on February 28, 2011, 08:03:54 PM
Do Conwy residents still get a discounted entry into the castle?
 $wales
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 28, 2011, 08:09:05 PM
Yes they do.  You have to prove you live in Conwy, not sure where you apply though, sorry.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: JasonW on February 28, 2011, 08:27:11 PM
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Get an annual subscription to the National Trust, well worth the money if you like visiting their properties.   And we have a good few around here!     $wales
I have received my Free CADW entry card now which is a double bonus.   $uk

Join the Scottish National Trust instead, its cheaper than the National Trust. You can still visit all the National Trust sites in England and Wales for free.

The Conwy Castle scheme is open to all residents living within the Conwy Town Council area, i.e.includes  Llandudno Junction and Deganwy
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on February 28, 2011, 09:14:51 PM
Not so I think you will find.   Joint Pensioners are cheaper with National Trust than the Scottish NT and one can use the Membership in Scotland.
    $uk
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on March 01, 2011, 09:23:15 AM
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Dave and I went to the Aberconwy house across from the civic center last week. That's worth a look too.  I'm sure the fella said it was supposed to cost £6.80 each which is a bit steep, I think.
I think that was for both of us - £6.80 for looking at a couple of rooms would be very steep. Interesting place, though.  :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on March 01, 2011, 09:25:18 AM
Don't forget to give the Three Towns Forum hand signal if you sight a suspected fellow member at the Castle:  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on March 01, 2011, 09:41:00 AM
The Masons will be after you, giving away all their secret signs!     $eu    L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: JasonW on March 01, 2011, 10:55:04 AM
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Not so I think you will find.   Joint Pensioners are cheaper with National Trust than the Scottish NT and one can use the Membership in Scotland.
    $uk
The pricing pages are:
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-trust/w-support/w-jointoday/w-jointoday-categories_costs.htm (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-trust/w-support/w-jointoday/w-jointoday-categories_costs.htm)
http://www.nts.org.uk/Join/Glance/ (http://www.nts.org.uk/Join/Glance/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 01, 2011, 12:23:30 PM
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Don't forget to give the Three Towns Forum hand signal if you sight a suspected fellow member at the Castle:  :laugh:

 _))* too late, we met Mr & Mrs Fester going in as we were leaving  L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: brumbob on March 01, 2011, 03:09:00 PM
freeloaders  :rage:  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on March 01, 2011, 03:35:12 PM
Jealous? ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: brumbob on March 01, 2011, 03:37:04 PM
Yes, why aren't you all at work  :P
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Post by: Nemesis on March 01, 2011, 03:42:28 PM
I was--- only just sat down apart from my lunch !
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Post by: Yorkie on March 01, 2011, 04:02:19 PM
I bin retired for years!      Z**
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 01, 2011, 05:00:03 PM
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Yes, why aren't you all at work  :P

I was, it's hard work going up and down all those towers!  :laugh:
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Post by: Fester on March 01, 2011, 05:49:14 PM
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Yes, why aren't you all at work  :P

Because I came to Llandudno to retire...and die.
Sadly I did both of those...today!

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Post by: brumbob on March 01, 2011, 05:54:14 PM
R.I.P. :(  :laugh:
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 01, 2011, 05:55:58 PM
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Yes, why aren't you all at work  :P

Because I came to Llandudno to retire...and die.
Sadly I did both of those...today!



you'd made a good recovery when I saw you this afternoorn on the pier!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on March 01, 2011, 05:59:02 PM
No mate, I think you will find that was me dying a death....
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 01, 2011, 06:44:41 PM
we did enjoy our flight over Conwy this morning  :)

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f295/AustinRover/March%202011/DSCF1697.jpg)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on March 01, 2011, 07:26:48 PM
Must have looked very impressive back then when it was painted white with limewash - amazing to think you can still see traces of the paint on the outer walls today.
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Post by: Trojan on March 02, 2011, 03:29:44 AM
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Don't forget to give the Three Towns Forum hand signal if you sight a suspected fellow member at the Castle:  :laugh:

I tried it in Westlake this evening and people started shooting at me. People just don't know a decent forum when they see one.  >:(

 $3towns$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: brumbob on March 02, 2011, 07:15:45 AM
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we did enjoy our flight over Conwy this morning  :)


Was it by airfix
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Post by: JasonW on March 03, 2011, 01:13:40 PM
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Must have looked very impressive back then when it was painted white with limewash - amazing to think you can still see traces of the paint on the outer walls today.

I agree Dave it   Du  Lux   good.
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Post by: brumbob on March 03, 2011, 02:48:32 PM
 :laugh: groan
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Post by: Pendragon on March 17, 2011, 01:53:24 PM
This picture was on the wall in the Albion. The caption on it read "Albion darts team 1880".  obviously that was a joke.
Does anyone know where it's from.  If you look closely some of the women are actually men?  You can see their trousers under their frocks  :o

I was once told it was a protest picture for the Welsh Nationalists as men in those days would never wear a dress (debatable) it does look genuinely old.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on March 17, 2011, 02:37:23 PM
THe ones with the 'trousers' look quite feminine-- :o might be their drawers !
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 17, 2011, 03:47:50 PM
Looks like a Photoshop job to me  :)
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Post by: Bellringer on March 17, 2011, 04:33:51 PM
The Weekly News reports that the owners of the derelict Billingtons' Garage are to be taken to Court.

Let us all hope that the site is cleared and tidied up as soon as possible - it has been an eyesore for far too long.
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Post by: Pendragon on March 17, 2011, 04:39:17 PM
Nah I don't think so Andy, the older locals have told me it was on the wall for as long as they could remember.  I saw a copy of it once in the Old Bistro Bach over the road.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on March 17, 2011, 04:45:44 PM
I love this little extract from the "History of the Caernarfonshire Constabulary" by J Owain Jones

........On one occasion in the 1920s the tramps in Conwy Workhouse went on strike.  They refused to do the tasks allotted to them in return for their board.  The police were called in and the tramps, nineteen of them, were sentenced to a months imprisonment, and taken to Walton Gaol, Liverpol in a bus specially hired for the purpose.  The town square of Conwy, where the police station is situated, was crammed with people who came to see them off.

You can imagine it can't you  *&(
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 17, 2011, 05:57:47 PM
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Nah I don't think so Andy, the older locals have told me it was on the wall for as long as they could remember.  I saw a copy of it once in the Old Bistro Bach over the road.

very early pre war photoshop  L0L  the faces somehow look stuck on afterwards, if you know what i mean
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 17, 2011, 05:59:57 PM
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I love this little extract from the "History of the Caernarfonshire Constabulary" by J Owain Jones

........On one occasion in the 1920s the tramps in Conwy Workhouse went on strike.  They refused to do the tasks allotted to them in return for their board.  The police were called in and the tramps, nineteen of them, were sentenced to a months imprisonment, and taken to Walton Gaol, Liverpol in a bus specially hired for the purpose.  The town square of Conwy, where the police station is situated, was crammed with people who came to see them off.

You can imagine it can't you  *&(
 

Why don't tramps go on strike now or work to rule, they need a better union  :laugh:
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Post by: Trojan on March 19, 2011, 03:23:31 AM
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Nah I don't think so Andy, the older locals have told me it was on the wall for as long as they could remember.  I saw a copy of it once in the Old Bistro Bach over the road.

very early pre war photoshop  L0L  the faces somehow look stuck on afterwards, if you know what i mean

Dave displayed this pic a while ago on another thread and I said the same thing.

It's obvious - especially this "Welsh Lady"
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Macclad on March 22, 2011, 04:29:50 PM
Can anyone on this site tell me anything about the private yacht in the attached picture,  I have boyhood memories of this smart little vessel moored in a line with other smaller boats as the family walked along the marine walk.   There were various rumours regarding her opwnership, the most popular being that it was a Liverpool Solicitor or Barrister.   The topic has been aired this month in the maritime magazine "Sea Breezes", and I would appreciate any help.
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Post by: Yorkie on March 22, 2011, 04:32:48 PM
If you have the name of the vessel and its port of registration (normally on the stern) you can look it up on the Marine Register.  You may even manage to get more detail by Googling just the name.   ££$
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Post by: ormegolf on March 23, 2011, 07:42:30 PM
This subject has come up on the forum before, probably in the old Llandudno forum. I remember it well being moored there for very many years, maybe 1939-45 wartime or in the immediate postwar years, or both. It always had an air of mystery about it, no one knew anything (or would'nt say anything). We kids let our imaginations run wild!!! Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on March 24, 2011, 09:49:05 AM
A guess might be that the Yacht that once belonged to Mr. Albert Wood, the owner of Bodlondeb (then a mansion). He definitely had a large private Yacht that was moored in front of his home. Whether it is the same one as in the photo, I couldn't say. His Estate was sold in 1936 after he died.

The only info I could find about his yacht says the following - makes no sense to me but someone might know what it means:

Wood, Albert, I

Bodlondeb, Conway, North Wales.
Ang.-HigV~Mer.-St. G.-Tm8.-WeL

8. Falcon 16

8. Manya 148
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on March 24, 2011, 11:24:43 AM
If you know the name of the ship and possible year of build try this search:
http://gsn.ncl.ac.uk/ (http://gsn.ncl.ac.uk/)
Or this one
http://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/ships_register.php (http://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/ships_register.php)

I have looked everywhere and found nothing else.  However, I believe that the vessel is an ex Admiralty Steam Pinnace that has been sypathetically restored and altered to suit the owner.  Looks very nice and I would have loved to have had a voyage in her.    D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on March 24, 2011, 08:34:26 PM
As young teenagers we thought of many possible scenarios. Gambling, take the boat to sea outside national limits, young ladies seen going on board, and later rich looking men, drinking alcohol on a Sunday (pubs of course all closed) Hitler hiding below decks. Thats just a few of our ideas for why it was there.
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Post by: Macclad on March 25, 2011, 04:59:26 PM
Thank you everone who has responded to my query, it would seem, from some of the answers that your ideas are as wild as mine as to the possibilities.   The lack of a name is a great disadvantage, but I never did see any identification on it.  A suggestion from the enquiring source thought they had heard the name "Llys Selig" at one time but without confirmation, my feeling is that if that is so, it is more likely to be a mispronunciation of "Llys Helig".
Many thanks anyway for your input, if I find the truth I will report back.
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Post by: Hugo on March 25, 2011, 08:16:01 PM
I can remember a steamer being moored in that same area and it was there for months at a time. It was black and larger than the one in the photo and had at least one funnel, maybe more but I cannot remember it's name.
It moored there for years and I bet someone from the Conwy area will remember it too.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on March 25, 2011, 08:39:57 PM
Here is an old picture of Conwy Quay.
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Post by: Paddy on March 25, 2011, 09:20:57 PM
Apparently a car has been parked in a 40-minute bay in Conwy since November!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-12865505 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-12865505)
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Post by: DaveR on March 25, 2011, 09:25:22 PM
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Apparently a car has been parked in a 40-minute bay in Conwy since November!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-12865505 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-12865505)
Registered to an address in Cheshire but the owner cannot be traced. How odd?
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Post by: Hugo on March 25, 2011, 10:23:36 PM
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Apparently a car has been parked in a 40-minute bay in Conwy since November!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-12865505 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-12865505)
Registered to an address in Cheshire but the owner cannot be traced. How odd?

The report doesn't mention it, but in fact the car is not insured so why has it been left on a public road?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on March 25, 2011, 10:24:38 PM
In January I saw it plastered with fixed penalty notices .. then it seems they realised how stupid they were being.
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Post by: Bellringer on March 26, 2011, 12:43:18 PM
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Thank you everone who has responded to my query, it would seem, from some of the answers that your ideas are as wild as mine as to the possibilities.   The lack of a name is a great disadvantage, but I never did see any identification on it.  A suggestion from the enquiring source thought they had heard the name "Llys Selig" at one time but without confirmation, my feeling is that if that is so, it is more likely to be a mispronunciation of "Llys Helig".
Many thanks anyway for your input, if I find the truth I will report back.

My neighbour who has lived in Conwy for all his 76 years on seeing the picture of the boat, immediately said that it was called the Llys Helig. And that was before I said anything. He remembers the boat well but sadly not the owner. He is convinced it was certainly there in the 50s and possibly into the 60s.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: brumbob on March 26, 2011, 12:50:38 PM
It's mentioned in The Shipbuilder Monthly, Vol. XXVIII, No. 149 Year 1923, January number, if you have a copy knocking about  :laugh:
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Post by: Yorkie on March 26, 2011, 01:31:01 PM
Or try The Shipbuilder Monthly, Vol. XXIX, No. 158 Year 1923, October number!    ZXZ

Pity there is no other information or we could probably find out more.   I have written to the Magazine and will post any information they can give me.  I am as intrigued as everyone about this mysterious vessel!    D)
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Post by: Paddy on March 26, 2011, 01:34:48 PM
Not really my specialist subject but the editor of this magazine lives in Llanrhos and might be able to help.

http://www.shippingtandy.com/index.php (http://www.shippingtandy.com/index.php)
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Post by: Yorkie on March 26, 2011, 01:53:11 PM
There is a link to "previous issue" but it isn't up and working yet!   It will be a while before 1923 is there!    :weeping:

I'll keep on the job.
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Post by: DaveR on March 26, 2011, 02:22:58 PM
Just had a look around the Seed Fair, weather has held out ok and even a bit of sunshine. Quite a few stalls and lots of people wandering around.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: brumbob on March 26, 2011, 02:56:48 PM
So it sucseeded then
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Post by: Nemesis on March 26, 2011, 06:00:24 PM
Like the toothless parrot? ;D
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Post by: Fester on March 26, 2011, 06:02:42 PM
 :o :o  I've never seen a Parrot WITH teeth, Nem?

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Post by: Trojan on March 26, 2011, 08:06:59 PM
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:o :o  I've never seen a Parrot WITH teeth, Nem?


John Parrott has a nice set.  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on March 27, 2011, 08:13:21 PM
Not Conwy itself but in the Conwy Valley at Tal-y-Cafn, I notice a Christie's sale board on the Tal-y-Cafn Hotel/pub.
I'm sure it wasn't there when I went past last week but apologies if it has already been posted elsewhere!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on March 27, 2011, 08:27:14 PM
It has had a For Sale sign on it for some weeks now.   Not surprised people just won't drive to drink nowadays.    ZXZ
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Post by: Bellringer on March 27, 2011, 08:44:43 PM
But it has been a popular eating place at times in the past and was not just a pub.. I remember well having some excellent meals when the Beards managed it.
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Post by: ormegolf on March 27, 2011, 09:27:00 PM
I have known and used the Tal y Cafn for many, many years. What a roller coaster over the last ten. It just about sums up everything that is wrong with the licensed trade today. It used to be a Greenall Whitley pub when the brewery was like a great, paternal family looking after their brood of tenants. It served food as long ago as the 1950s, ham, egg and chips on a Saturday night, and a bit of a dance. Always well run, never any trouble, the customer knew what they would get before they even went there.
  Around ten years ago things started to change dramatically. The tenants at that time still gave it a basically pub drinking atmosphere, but food was taking more and more priority.  The landlords wife was a bit of a handfull, upset a fair few, bar sales going down (not their fault, just changing drinking habits) and they packed it in. The brewery, now in the middle of tremendous change (it was 300 years old but within the next year or so it was no more) put in some very young, inexperienced males to "run" it. Overnight they destroyed all the trade that had taken 50 years to build up. They were terrible.
  So Greenalls sold it.  A couple of fiftyish males bought it, spent some cash on improvements (car park etc), were excellent with the food and built up a very good, repeat food side. But, they moved on to another residential pub, and sold to guess who---say no more---Punch Taverns. Different manager every week, no customer knew what to expect before they arrived. Then another couple took over, I don't know if they bought it or what. But a load of money was spent on the building and gardens, work went on for months on end, and this couple tried everything possible to build up trade. Loyality cards, transport home, special nights, promotions, cut price residential deals, they did the lot.  But of course, it wasent enough, trade went up but not enough to pay for all the improvements and promotions. Shame because they were professionals. So then it was down to closed, or erratic hours, or God knows what the food is going to be like tonight. The drinkers were all long gone.
 
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Post by: DaveR on March 28, 2011, 08:12:43 AM
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Then another couple took over, I don't know if they bought it or what. But a load of money was spent on the building and gardens, work went on for months on end, and this couple tried everything possible to build up trade. Loyality cards, transport home, special nights, promotions, cut price residential deals, they did the lot.  But of course, it wasent enough, trade went up but not enough to pay for all the improvements and promotions. Shame because they were professionals. So then it was down to closed, or erratic hours, or God knows what the food is going to be like tonight. The drinkers were all long gone.
I remember it well at that point. A lot of money was spent on improvements/refurbishment but I can't say that the drinking/eating experience improved much.

It could do well if it offered excellent food - people always like the idea of popping out for a meal at a country pub.
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Post by: Hugo on March 29, 2011, 06:49:01 PM
Acording to the NWWN the Bistro Bach is reopening on 2nd April 2011.   It will be under the new name of Watson's Bistro and run by a local Chef Ian Watson who has been at the St Tudno's Hotel, Conwy Golf Club and Bodysgallen Hall so I'm looking forward to trying it out.     :)
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Post by: Trojan on March 29, 2011, 06:52:47 PM
Don't forget......Hugo read it in the Weekly News first!  +}}{--
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Post by: Pendragon on March 29, 2011, 11:23:24 PM
Today I went for a walk around the inside of St Mays Church in Conwy.  It really is beautiful, all the carved wood and stone work are clearly really old.  In one of the side rooms there was a picture that was painted in 1878 by an M Ravner so I took a picture of the church now as a comparison.
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Post by: Hugo on March 30, 2011, 03:53:45 PM
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Apparently a car has been parked in a 40-minute bay in Conwy since November!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-12865505 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-12865505)
Registered to an address in Cheshire but the owner cannot be traced. How odd?

I read the article again in the Daily Mirror and it refered to the car as having a valid tax disc, insurance and Mot certificate but if I know that the car is not insured so must the Police know   ???   so by not impounding the car now if the driver unexpectedly returns and drives it away they are in effect allowing him to commit a Road Traffic Offence.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on March 30, 2011, 04:18:08 PM
Ignorance of the law is no defence!   It is up to the driver at all times to ensure that he is driving legally.    ¢¢##
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Post by: Yorkie on March 30, 2011, 09:28:33 PM
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Can anyone on this site tell me anything about the private yacht in the attached picture,

I have contacted the magazine who have e-mailed me 2 plans of the vessel and the page of the magazine containing the article.  I will post them tomorrow from my main PC if they don't produce from my notebook.
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Post by: DaveR on March 30, 2011, 09:51:47 PM
Good work, Yorkie!  $good$
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Post by: Trojan on March 30, 2011, 10:29:16 PM
YACHTS Motor Motor Yacht Llys Helig Shipbldg & Shipg Ree vol 20 no 24 Dec 14 1922 pp 697 700 4 figs Built by John I Thornycroft & Co Ltd Southampton Eng fitted with two Kromhout semi Diesel engines length overall 107 ft 6 in breadth 19 ft depth 11 ft 2 in.

http://books.google.com/books?id=uX0PAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA673&lpg=PA673&dq=Kromhout+semi-diesel+Llys+helig&source=bl&ots=PaKPKWaAzA&sig=Yp97J0ZbLtCpMiuCP2dPDJaA0B8&hl=en&ei=xKCTTazqEY_EsAO6-om7BQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBUQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Kromhout%20semi-diesel%20Llys%20helig&f=false (http://books.google.com/books?id=uX0PAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA673&lpg=PA673&dq=Kromhout+semi-diesel+Llys+helig&source=bl&ots=PaKPKWaAzA&sig=Yp97J0ZbLtCpMiuCP2dPDJaA0B8&hl=en&ei=xKCTTazqEY_EsAO6-om7BQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBUQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Kromhout%20semi-diesel%20Llys%20helig&f=false)
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Post by: Yorkie on March 31, 2011, 08:26:22 AM
Couple more details.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: brumbob on April 01, 2011, 07:20:22 AM
Super sleuth  D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 02, 2011, 12:50:20 PM
Dec 7 2006 by Richard Evans, North Wales Weekly News

A CEMETERY will remain overgrown and unkempt because the church does not have the resources to maintain it.

The oldest part of the St Agnes Road churchyard currently lies beneath grass and brambles, while shrubs and trees obscure gravestones.

Litter is tangled in the undergrowth, and visiting mourners must wade through nettles and thorns just to stand beside the site where their loved ones lie.

The Church of Wales is responsible for the site, as when St Agnes Road Church, known as the “Tin Chapel”, was demolished, the graveyard was attributed to St Mary’s on Rosehill Street.

Conwy Town Council currently chooses to contribute toward the site, but legislation doesn't permit local authorities in Wales to pitch in, unlike in England.

St Agnes Graveyard is a place that has played on my mind since my first visit.  The main part of the site is maintained by the council.  Through a little gate to your left is the oldest part owned by St Marys Church.  I originally went to the graveyard looking for the old landlords of Conwys graves, of which there are many.  The majority of these graves date back to the early 1800s.  These were not the graves of the poor, some are made with marble and surrounded by ornate iron chains, others are tombs that accommodate whole families, there's large ornate obelisks adourning others. 
I'm not religious but the people who paid for these plots of land all those years ago clearly were.   You would not appreciate the state of the site until you have been there and seen it for yourself.  Some graves are almost completely obscured by huge bramble bushes, others have full grown trees growing from within them.  As you go through the first gate head down and take a look on the left hand side,  you can see that there are cavities of approximately 2 ft in places, almost completely disintegrated plots.  You'll have to be careful as there's a real risk of falling in and that doesn't bear thinking about.
As I've said I'm not religious but even I feel astounded by the total disrespect demonstrated here.  How can this be allowed to happen?  This is sacred land!   Surely St Marys has an obligation to maintain this land?  How much longer can it be left in this condition, after all the brambles and trees are still growing.  It won't be long before it will take nothing less than the prince from "Sleeping Beauty" to cut his way through the impenetrable thorns.
Conwy Town Council currently chooses to contribute toward the site, but legislation doesn't permit local authorities in Wales to pitch in .
If this is true, exactly what are the Council contributing towards?
I think the excuse of having no money to spend is just that, an excuse. The owners of this land should practice the respect they preach and get this sorted, one way or another or be forced to by the council.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 02, 2011, 12:54:47 PM
The actual main access to the St Marys Churchyard is now closed and padlocked.  Entry can only be gained through the council side.
I couldn't help but laugh when I read their little sign. 
Disgraceful!

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: brumbob on April 02, 2011, 01:15:01 PM
disgusting, another reason to be cremated
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Post by: Yorkie on April 02, 2011, 01:33:37 PM
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disgusting, another reason to be cremated

I presume you mean the whole of Conwy County Council?     L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 02, 2011, 02:17:38 PM
I'd be quite happy to be thrown in a box and hoofed over a wall to be honest.  If these people could see the state of their last resting place they would probably share my sentiments I feel.
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Post by: Huw Pritchard on April 03, 2011, 11:01:24 AM
The council ought to bring in a few goats to sort out the cemetery.
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Post by: Ian on April 03, 2011, 11:05:07 AM
Welcome to the forum, Huw.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on April 03, 2011, 12:10:50 PM
I wonder if this the same Huw Pritchard who used to work in Llandudno Library and of TV fame ?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 05, 2011, 05:45:21 PM
I came accross this old photo of J Tudor Williams Tanners shop on Lancaster Square Conwy.  I couldn't think where the photo was taken at first.  I had a scout round and I think it was Georges shop?  The front has been changed but I'm 99% sure its the same building.  I've not seen this photo befor.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 05, 2011, 05:48:06 PM
I found these initials etched into a stone on the Castle Walls in Conwy.  It must have taken ages to finish.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on April 06, 2011, 06:03:17 PM
Re the post about the yacht Llys Helig :-  Does anyone know what actually happened to her please. A non-member friend has asked??
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on April 06, 2011, 06:17:34 PM
Try a question here or to the magazine mentioned in the thread.

 info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk
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Post by: Pendragon on April 08, 2011, 11:58:07 PM
I went to Rob Pritchards again tonight, don't ask me where he aquired them but he has the locations, names and escriptions on all the graves in St Agnes and St Mary's church yards.  All the plots laid out and planned even the unmarked ones. Fantastic.  I've got a new scanner so I'll print what I can on here.  :D

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Post by: Llechwedd on April 09, 2011, 10:55:47 AM
Gwynedd Family History Society produce a book with all the names and lay out of the old part. My Gt. Gt. Grand Father and GT. Gt. Uncle are there it's like a nature reserve up there especially this time of the year - full of lovely wild flowers.  Why don't they get people who are on community service to clear it?  Mind you they'd have to insure them it's very hilly and roots everywhere.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Macclad on April 10, 2011, 07:55:04 PM
Thanks to all who have contributed to answer my query on the "Llys Helig" and in particular 'Yorkie' for producing the plans and pictures, much appreciated.  I too have been making independent enquiries elsewhere which tally perfectly with that provided here plus her recent whereabouts which will answer the question posed by 'Nemesis'   I have attached a copy of an e.mail on the subject. Thanks again all concerned
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Post by: Nemesis on April 11, 2011, 08:54:55 AM
Thanks for the info Macclad-- I have passed it to my friend.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on April 11, 2011, 09:43:08 PM
Mrs Fester and I popped into the Castle Hotel in Conwy tonight....
We felt a bit flush, so we ordered a meal.
It was excellent, apart from one annoying thing.
I ordered 'Conwy Chowder'   Advertised as containing 'Salmon, King Prawns, Cod, Scallops and Conwy Mussels''

There were NO mussels, and no scallops.   I would usually kick off when something like that happens, but it tasted superb.
There was loads of fish and prawns.
So I just mentioned it to the waiter, who answered... ''oh yes, sorry, they are out of season''

Well, Sallops don't HAVE a season .... and I should have been informed about the mussels at least!  Grrr




Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 11, 2011, 09:56:21 PM
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I came accross this old photo of J Tudor Williams Tanners shop on Lancaster Square Conwy.  I couldn't think where the photo was taken at first.  I had a scout round and I think it was Georges shop?  The front has been changed but I'm 99% sure its the same building.  I've not seen this photo befor.
I think it may be the other corner, where the HSBC building is now? Reason I say that is, in your old pic, there is no sign of the slope upwards at the left-hand side of the shop which would be there if it were where George's shop is now.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 11, 2011, 09:58:48 PM
I didn't realise until yesterday that Conwy used to have an island called Yr Ynys. 
Situated between Conwy and Junction. The chains of Telfords bridge are attached to the solid rock on the eastern side. In pic 1 you can see the woman painting a picture of Conwy from the island and there is quite clearly a sweeping pathway to the water.  I wonder if the steps photographed for an eatlier post have something to do with Yr Ynys.  On the google pic you can see the remains of the island on the left hand side of the flyover.  It could explain why the steps are completely different from the materials used for the Cob?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 13, 2011, 11:51:55 AM
The Mail Coach is closed for a couple of days for another refurb.  I do hope they do a good job, the pub looks derelict from the outside and  those god awful metal chairs inside are horrendous, no reflection on the  current  landlords as they are really nice people.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on April 13, 2011, 04:28:21 PM
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I didn't realise until yesterday that Conwy used to have an island called Yr Ynys. 
Situated between Conwy and Junction. The chains of Telfords bridge are attached to the solid rock on the eastern side. In pic 1 you can see the woman painting a picture of Conwy from the island and there is quite clearly a sweeping pathway to the water.  I wonder if the steps photographed for an eatlier post have something to do with Yr Ynys.  On the google pic you can see the remains of the island on the left hand side of the flyover.  It could explain why the steps are completely different from the materials used for the Cob?

Found a few old paintings Angie. This one clearly shows an island out in the estuary.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on April 13, 2011, 04:30:43 PM
This one shows a small house....on the cob?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on April 13, 2011, 04:42:57 PM
Bridge over the river Gyffin. The building seems to be where Billingtons had their garage
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on April 13, 2011, 04:53:24 PM
Conwy quay in the snow:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on April 13, 2011, 04:54:40 PM
Trawlers:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on April 13, 2011, 04:57:16 PM
Not sure about the date on this postcard.

The first trawler is the Manx Beauty.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 13, 2011, 05:00:48 PM
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Not sure about the date on this postcard.
I would say late 1940s/early 1950s?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on April 13, 2011, 05:18:05 PM
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Not sure about the date on this postcard.
I would say late 1940s/early 1950s?

Yes, that's what I would have said.

I was thinking about the trawler.....obviously it came from the Isle of Man. Was it more profitable for them in those days to off-load their catch at Conwy?

Having said that, Manx kippers were always a favorite delicacy. My Father and I always brought some home after a day excursion to Douglas from Llandudno pier.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on April 16, 2011, 05:57:24 PM
Any truth in the rumours that Fat Face http://www.fatface.com/ (http://www.fatface.com/) are moving to Conwy? I heard that they are moving into the Celtic shop
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 16, 2011, 06:07:16 PM
The Celtic Shop has been for sale for a year or so. I think it was Fat Face who viewed a shop in Castle Street a couple of years ago and arrived on a cold and wet Winter morning with hardly a soul in sight. Needless to say, they didn't take the Lease back then.  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 16, 2011, 06:30:45 PM
I'm told that Tony Meads is retiring as Harbourmaster at the end of this month.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on April 16, 2011, 06:53:36 PM
I had the pleasure of working with Tony as Seaboard Inspector in the early 90's.  He joined the Council very shortly after myself.  He was great to work for, probably due to his background in the RN.  A true Officer and a Gentleman in my book.  May he always sail in calm waters.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 16, 2011, 09:23:50 PM
I saw this sign in the window of the Chinese Takeaway in Castle Street, Conwy:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on April 16, 2011, 09:33:30 PM
Isn't that the sign Pendragon posted about last week?

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 16, 2011, 09:38:10 PM
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Isn't that the sign Pendragon posted about last week?


Is it? I'd not seen it before. It's not on this thread, I don't think?   ???
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 16, 2011, 09:40:50 PM
The Mail Coach looks much better after a coat of paint...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 16, 2011, 10:12:22 PM
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Isn't that the sign Pendragon posted about last week?


Is it? I'd not seen it before. It's not on this thread, I don't think?   ???
I couldn't upload the pic from my phone for some unknown reason but it was posted I can't remember where now though?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on April 17, 2011, 08:17:41 AM
I remember it. 'Twas here (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=483.msg24020#msg24020)

In North Wales and Weekly News
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 17, 2011, 11:52:32 AM
I noticed yesterday that the metal grid protecting the stained glass window on the side of the Albion had been removed.  This morning I went and had a closer look.  Two large panels of glass have been broken, though not recently.  The interior from what I could see is in a terrible state, mould covers the floor and seating, nobodies fault I know, a result of being left empty.  There must be a bad case of rising damp in the building, to be honest I know there's rising damp.  The cellar must be horrendous.  Nothing that can't be remedied mind.  I was told by a few different people that the Albion was actually sold for £70k, I have also been told it was bought by a builder, however the same story could have originated from the same source so it's not gospel.  I really hope it's not going to be flats but I am after all powerless to change any plans put forward by the owner.
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Post by: Trojan on April 17, 2011, 07:26:50 PM
How did you get inside?  ???
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Post by: DaveR on April 17, 2011, 08:11:07 PM
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How did you get inside?  ???
I imagine she poked the camera through the broken window? It's amazing how quickly buildings deteriorate once the are left empty and unheated.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 17, 2011, 08:24:23 PM
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I was told by a few different people that the Albion was actually sold for £70k, I have also been told it was bought by a builder
I will have a look this week to find out if a deal has gone through and, if so, who the new owner is.
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Post by: Pendragon on April 17, 2011, 09:01:20 PM
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I was told by a few different people that the Albion was actually sold for £70k, I have also been told it was bought by a builder
I will have a look this week to find out if a deal has gone through and, if so, who the new owner is.
A deal has gone through,as the Albion was taken off the market as sold according to the Auction site Pughs.  That's all I know as fact Dave.  PM me with any results and I'll be your friend long time for ever  :-*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 18, 2011, 09:31:01 AM
As far as I can see, the sale has not yet been registered with the Land Registry. I'll have another look in a few days.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 18, 2011, 09:42:23 AM
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Not Conwy itself but in the Conwy Valley at Tal-y-Cafn, I notice a Christie's sale board on the Tal-y-Cafn Hotel/pub.
I'm sure it wasn't there when I went past last week but apologies if it has already been posted elsewhere!
Just seen the Listing for this, up for sale at £350,000. Not a bad price for what you get..

Substantial detached property
Restaurant/dining area
Lounge bar (25) and snug (12)
Beer garden (50) with children's play area
Allocated car park (40)
Possible letting bedrooms

http://www.christie.com/search/property/36/coaching_inn_north_wales_for_sale_40567 (http://www.christie.com/search/property/36/coaching_inn_north_wales_for_sale_40567)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 18, 2011, 10:05:03 AM
Now I know some will disagree but, It's good to see all these pubs going up for sale as it means they will be bought freehold and then prices will be cheaper for the landlord and the customers in the long run.  For far too long these pub-cos have got away with their extortionate rates for rent and stock.  Of course there's always the chance new owners will push for change of use.  I was once told there are old by-laws that say there should be a public house for every 500 people in any one area.
I remember about 6 years ago the landlady in the Farmers Arms inquired about Maggie Murphys lease in Deganwy when Mostyn Estates had said they were thinking of selling the Farmers and the land.  Punch Taverns didn't know of these plans and she was informed that when the remainder of the current Maggies lease was up,( if I remember rightly it was 18mths) the pub was going to be sold and I quote "it will never be a pub again." Of course Punch are no longer able to dictate the future use of sold properties since a president was set about 2 years ago and the clause was deemed illegal.  Needless to say when Mostyn Estates did demolish the Farmers and sold the land, Punch Taverns realized that if they did sell Maggies their clause would not be upheld and so they did a re-furb and in true Punch manor they doubled the rent.
 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 18, 2011, 10:13:06 AM
To be fair though, they did a lovely refurb on Maggie Murphys/Castle View, spent a fortune on the place and it's very popular now as a food led venue.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 18, 2011, 10:27:03 AM
I agree Dave it's a really nice place but then with a weekly rent in excess of £1000 you'd have to pull all the stops out and they do.  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on April 18, 2011, 09:02:58 PM
I haven't seen a "proper" scarecrow (one dressed in men's clothing) for a number of years, but saw three in the same field on the outskirts of the town tonight

"Worsel Gummidge" is alive and well!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on April 20, 2011, 10:24:29 AM
Went for a walk round the Morfa and took a pic of the Marina.  Must be one of the larfest fleets that never goes anywhere!    "We are aren't sailing"      ;D
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Post by: JasonW on April 20, 2011, 07:02:49 PM
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I haven't seen a "proper" scarecrow (one dressed in men's clothing) for a number of years, but saw three in the same field on the outskirts of the town tonight

"Worsel Gummidge" is alive and well!

Are you sure they weren't Election Canvassers   ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on April 20, 2011, 09:11:18 PM
Absolutely sure Jason, they hadn't got rosettes on.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 23, 2011, 08:45:26 PM
I walked to Penmaenmawr today over the Pass.  Funny isn't it, all week I've had to walk over and I decide to go on the one day it's threatening rain, thankfully it held out.  Just past the cattle grid is the old Coet Mor farm building.  It's the one building that's falling to bits but still looks pretty in any weather (pic 1) next to the farm is the small pond.  I took photos of this pond in February, there's quite a difference now (pic 2+3)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 23, 2011, 08:49:42 PM
Talk about wasting money, this is the street in Conwy yesterday at 4pm.  Why were the lights on?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 23, 2011, 08:57:06 PM
Every time I'm in Conwy, the ones on the side streets seem to be switched on. They are probably group switched and the timer is broken, so have to be left on all the time, otherwise they would be off at night as well.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on April 23, 2011, 09:45:17 PM
You'd think in this day and age they would be operated by light sensors instead of timers. It would stop them coming on in the daytime and there would be no need to change them for winter/summer daylight times. That's how ours work on the railway & they have an override switch for maintenance purposes.
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Post by: DaveR on April 23, 2011, 10:12:00 PM
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You'd think in this day and age they would be operated by light sensors instead of timers. It would stop them coming on in the daytime and there would be no need to change them for winter/summer daylight times. That's how ours work on the railway & they have an override switch for maintenance purposes.
You're quite right, these are knackered old ones from the 1960s/70s that need scrapping.
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Post by: Huw Pritchard on April 24, 2011, 12:00:11 PM
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I wonder if this the same Huw Pritchard who used to work in Llandudno Library and of TV fame ?


Yes that's me Bri - although 'fame' is putting it much too strongly! Are you the same Bri that I used to be in Llandudno Round Table with?

(excuse the sentence construction - I've been away from the library for too long!)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on April 24, 2011, 05:19:21 PM
Welcome to the forum Huw.

I'm sure it's the same Bri Broberts that used to be "disguised" as Santa Claus aboard the Round Table Christmas sleigh, that did the rounds in the South Ward (now Tudno) during the festive season.

I seem to remember he was "offered" food items as he passed through the Tre Creuddyn estate on a few occasions.  :twoface:

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on April 24, 2011, 06:18:27 PM
Yes, Huw and Trojan.

It is the same Santa Claus although those young sweet innocent kids in Cwm Place were not quite convinced I was the real Santa and certainly let me know that fact in a very polite manner. VV
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Post by: Trojan on April 24, 2011, 10:29:28 PM
 :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: kgem on April 25, 2011, 11:40:09 PM
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The Mail Coach is closed for a couple of days for another refurb.  I do hope they do a good job, the pub looks derelict from the outside and  those god awful metal chairs inside are horrendous, no reflection on the  current  landlords as they are really nice people.
 

Have you seen the price of the beer there £2.20 for larger & cider. £2.10 for bitter.It says all day everyday.its sent shock waves round the pubs. I heard one of them has already been on the phone to enterprise inns.I think with those prices we can live with the metal chairs.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on April 25, 2011, 11:54:49 PM
Thats very impressive... even Wetherspoons can't maintain those kind of prices over a long period.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 26, 2011, 08:08:16 AM
Lager costs a Freehouse around 90p a pint to buy (exc vat), according to this interesting article on the costs of setting up a pub by Matt Saunders, co-owner of the Fat Cat chain:
http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/news.ma/article/85928?Ntt=freehouse%2B500&Ne=598327&Ntk=All&PagingData=Po_0~Ps_10~Psd_Asc (http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/news.ma/article/85928?Ntt=freehouse%2B500&Ne=598327&Ntk=All&PagingData=Po_0~Ps_10~Psd_Asc)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 26, 2011, 12:25:29 PM
We went into the Mail Coach yesterday it looks much better and all the metal chairs have gone.  I was a bit shocked when I stood at the bar while a guy ordered a pint of Guinness and paid only £2.70 that's an average of 50p cheaper!  My pint was £2.20 saving over 70p!.  No wonder the pub was busy.  They're really nice people too.  The problem with Conwy is all the pubs within the walls are owned by Pub-Cos and they unfortunately dictate the price you pay for a pint.  When the Albion opens and I hope that's the case, I would think the prices would be reduced, due to the fact it's now a free house.
Enterprise has realized pricing reduction is the way to go in Conwy, lets hope the others follow suite.  If rumours are true what are the pubs going to do when Wetherspoons opens it's door in the not too distant future. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 26, 2011, 12:27:36 PM
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Lager costs a Freehouse around 90p a pint to buy (exc vat), according to this interesting article on the costs of setting up a pub by Matt Saunders, co-owner of the Fat Cat chain:
http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/news.ma/article/85928?Ntt=freehouse%2B500&Ne=598327&Ntk=All&PagingData=Po_0~Ps_10~Psd_Asc (http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/news.ma/article/85928?Ntt=freehouse%2B500&Ne=598327&Ntk=All&PagingData=Po_0~Ps_10~Psd_Asc)
Lager is around 90p a pint wholesale but that's not the price your Pub-Co will charge.  Then other costs have to be factored in like business rates, rent, staff, running costs blah blah blah.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 26, 2011, 02:22:49 PM
While on the Conwy Quay yesterday I spoke with a local Fisherman who told me of an incident that happened on the Quay last week.  He said that a fellow Fisherman had approached Tony Mead regarding the mooring of a working fishing boat on the Quay.  He was told by Mr Mead that working fishing boats are no longer permitted to moor on the Quay as they are trying to attract the yacht owners instead.  The fisherman was outraged and a phone call was made by a colleague to a local Councillor who in turn contacted Mr Mead direct and as a result the Fisherman has now been told that this is untrue and he is more than welcome to moor his boat.  The question I suppose is why would Tony Mead say that in the first place?  Is this a sign of things to come? Does he know something we don't? There will be uproar in Conwy if this issue becomes a reality as working fishing boats have worked from the Quay for hundreds of years.  What was he thinking?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 26, 2011, 02:57:02 PM
Courteous Thief play the Blue Bell in Conwy Saturday, 21 May 2011 at 20:30.


These are a fantastic local band, Gaz the lead singer is a friend of mine and used to perform in the Albion where he caused quite a stir.  He went on to form the band and they are gathering fans from far and wide.  Check out their music on the link below.  Come to the Blue Bell and show your support you won't be disappointed I promise.

'Over Mountains and Sea' by Courteous Thief (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RnFGDhj2n4#ws)

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Post by: Yorkie on April 26, 2011, 03:16:54 PM
Copyright logo on the photo Angie!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on April 26, 2011, 03:20:48 PM
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Copyright logo on the photo Angie!
Oops I didn't notice it. I've run out of time now to delete it, aahh
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Post by: Yorkie on April 26, 2011, 05:04:49 PM
You CANNOT delete, this is the privilege of the Admin ONLY!    You only have about 20 minutes to make a modification so it pays to be a bit slower and make sure now!    WWW
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on April 27, 2011, 02:01:20 PM
There appears to be some activity in the old Billington's Garage premises. Does this mean something is finally going to happen to this eyesore?

Of course the swans are settled in their usual nest behind the premises, so I hope some consideration is taken if demolition is about to happen.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on May 03, 2011, 10:20:47 PM
Quite a blaze on the mountain tonight to the Pen side of Tal-y-Fan. Emergency vehicles making their way up the narrow road leading to the old Church. There's still a slight wind but it's a good job it's dropped somewhat compared with yesterday.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on May 04, 2011, 06:15:34 PM
Did a bit of market research yesterday (that's what I told Hubby anyway  :roll:)  We went for a swift pint in the Mail Coach.  It looks much better now all the metal chairs have been replaced by upholstered stools, the interior has been decorated very well and the toilets have been sorted.  A well presented pub with a good outside area, clean toilets and cheap beer, back of the net enterprise.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on May 04, 2011, 06:18:13 PM
 $cool$ $drink1$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Tillymint on May 05, 2011, 11:37:47 PM
What is going on with Pubsafe in Conwy town?.  I know of two people that were given a twelve month ban a couple of months ago who are getting served in two pubs. At one time there was 100% compliance from all of the Landlords, with the full backing of the police. "Licensing" (oops, spelling) at the council don't want to know ..... apparently they just attend the meetings and that's it !! :(

The lack of support from all concerned seems to make a total mockery of the whole thing.  :rage:

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on May 06, 2011, 12:51:17 AM
When it comes to Pubsafe there are those Landlords who flout the rules because in some cases they truly do not know the people on their list and haven't had up to date photos issued by the police, in others staff training can be an issue and then there are those who genuinely and for good reason in some cases think the decisions made by fellow Landlords are based on personal reasons, which is a matter for that landlord and his premises alone not necessarily for Pubsafe.  The Pubsafe offenders have no say in the matter, no chance to explain their behavior and an appeal is futile believe me.  It can be very unfair.
I can't elaborate any further as I'd be breaching data protection laws.  There is no clear guidelines in most cases and each area carries different terms and lengths of bans.  I honestly think Pubsafe can act as an excellent deterrent to trouble in pubs but only if the rules are fair and clear.  I must also point out that in my opinion most people who are on a Pubsafe list have genuinely and without doubt been caught bang to rights. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on May 14, 2011, 04:40:28 PM
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You'd think in this day and age they would be operated by light sensors instead of timers. It would stop them coming on in the daytime and there would be no need to change them for winter/summer daylight times. That's how ours work on the railway & they have an override switch for maintenance purposes.
You're quite right, these are knackered old ones from the 1960s/70s that need scrapping.
...and it seems that was indeed the problem.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-13388474 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-13388474)

Joan Vaughan is as clueless as ever :

"But they are digging up, as we speak, to try and find the fault," she told BBC Radio Wales.


Why are they digging up anything, as the fault is known?

"The council says...the only way to solve the problem is to fit a new 'photocell' switch to each street lamp"

Better tell them to stop digging, Joan! Either way, it doesn't take 6 weeks to fit some photocells to a few Street Lamps.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on May 14, 2011, 05:03:09 PM
Quite a few people wandering around the Celtic Fayre today:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on May 14, 2011, 10:04:21 PM
"The council says...the only way to solve the problem is to fit a new 'photocell' switch to each street lamp"


You shouldn't need to fit a photocell to every lamp but just to certain ones that control a section. Surely they were originally fitted with timers which should just have been swapped to a photocell without the need for any digging.
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Post by: DaveR on May 14, 2011, 10:15:12 PM
Indeed! It's all very odd.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on May 18, 2011, 10:12:50 AM
The front page of the Pioneer today reads "Castle siege is called off." 
Cadw the body responsible for the maintenance of monuments across Wales has turned down an offer by Conwy's Chamber of Trade to re-enact the 1401 English siege of the Castle.
Cllr Allardice said a re-enactment of the siege would not have been suitable for family viewing due to the historical realities of it's aftermath.  She said "If we did an act depicting it would be very depressing.  We'd have 40 guys led out, tired and starved and then we'd have to choose eight of them to be hanged, drawn and quartered."
Ive actually got mixed views on this to be honest, whilst I don't really want to pay to watch a re-enactment of the Prince of Wales and his 40 loyal men losing the Castle to the English.  I think the re-enactment contrary to Cllr Allardices response could finish well before anyone was hung drawn and quartered  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on May 18, 2011, 05:49:32 PM
It is thought to have been captured as the result of a trick in 1401. A carpenter gained access to Conwy Castle during the Easter celebration of Good Friday when the garrison troops were at church. The carpenter admitted a group of Welsh rebels who proclaimed their allegiance to Owain Glyndwr.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on May 18, 2011, 11:49:44 PM
Absolutely right Trojan Owain Glyn Dwr and 40 0f his men gained entry through deception to the castle and so the siege began.  Full story on the link below  $walesflag$ $good$

http://www.walesdirectory.co.uk/Heritage_Holidays/Owain_Glyndwr_Conwy_Castle.htm (http://www.walesdirectory.co.uk/Heritage_Holidays/Owain_Glyndwr_Conwy_Castle.htm)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on May 20, 2011, 02:01:12 PM
The swans nesting behind the old Billington's garage have successfully produced 7/8 cygnets -  they were proudly parading them in the shallow waters behind the building this morning. Would have been a nice pic. but didn't have my camera with me unfortunately.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on May 25, 2011, 10:28:40 AM
We had a knock on the door this morning from the lad next door informing us that every car up our street had been "Keyed."  In total about 15 cars had been damaged.  Gez is not a happy bunny.  The Police were here taking reg Nos and details but being realistic no one will be caught.  No fault of the Police of course there's no Cctv camera pointed up here and no evidence to collect. 
Mind you when Gez had his car broken into some years ago on the Mount Pleasant car park which does have Cctv, he was told the camera wasn't on and even if it had been it wouldn't have been recording.
I feel sorry for the young lad next next door, his car is is pride and joy, we often rib him on how many times he's washing and polishing it.  Bless him I bet he's gutted.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 25, 2011, 12:12:38 PM
 :o Sorry to hear this,a public flogging for the culprit is in order and make him pay for the repairs out of his benifits  $smack$ I would be gutted if it happened to any of our cars!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on May 25, 2011, 12:27:34 PM
I havent hear this phrase "keyed." What does it mean? Fifteen cars? Superglue in the locks?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 25, 2011, 01:13:07 PM
Paintwork scratched, using a key, or penknife etc, costs a lot to put right, a pastime of mindless scum  $angry$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on May 25, 2011, 01:16:33 PM
I have come up with a cunning plan to teach the little no-mark a lesson myself.  I am going to get  flame throwers fitted to the sides of the car and an early warning system.  The next time they approach the car a warning will sound and if that has no effect the culprit will be the one running down the road in a ball of flames.  I think it will be obvious who it was then  ;D

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on May 25, 2011, 01:51:23 PM
You do get this sort of moronic behaviour now and then. Slashing types is another one. It's usually drunken youths on their way home.

I noticed yesterday that some moron had walked along the shops on Mostyn Street down by Bog Island, running a black marker pen along the shop windows and woodwork as they did so.

As always, these people have no regard or respect for other people or their property, yet are first to bleat on about their 'rights' when challenged.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Quiggs on May 25, 2011, 05:38:21 PM
Many moons ago, a friend, who was fed up with his car being damaged, rigged up an ignition coil to the bodywork with a make and break circuit, which was activated by a sensitive mercury switch. Anyone who touched the car and activated the switch, got a 24,000 volt jolt, to remind them to leave well alone. Probably would be illegal now. Maybe it was then? But it worked.
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Post by: Pendragon on May 25, 2011, 06:07:22 PM
Quiggs please email me instructions, i don't give a monkeys if it's illegal............so is criminal damage  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 25, 2011, 06:13:06 PM
sounds great, just remember a remote control for the car owner!  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on May 25, 2011, 06:19:33 PM
Perhaps of the point of what happens if a child accidentally touches it should be raised?  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 25, 2011, 06:43:16 PM
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Perhaps of the point of what happens if a child accidentally touches it should be raised?  :o

they would just jump about a bit  L0L  good point though they could become annoyed and kick the car!  I've had many shocks from car ignitions and lived to tell the tale (and one of 240volts mains as a kid too!  :o )
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on May 25, 2011, 08:40:49 PM
good point though they could become annoyed and kick the car!

So instead of a scratch you have a kicked-in door or wing?
Back to the drawing board.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on May 25, 2011, 08:44:14 PM
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Perhaps of the point of what happens if a child accidentally touches it should be raised?  :o

It would teach 'em not to touch stuff?

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on May 25, 2011, 10:37:44 PM
I can't believe you all thought I would actually rig the car  _))*  there's nothing you can do really, as we've said it's just kids on their way home.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 25, 2011, 10:43:40 PM
Look out in next week's Pioneer there will be a story about this (like this week's running fiaco in llandudno!)  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on May 25, 2011, 10:44:02 PM
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I can't believe you all thought I would actually rig the car  _))*  there's nothing you can do really, as we've said it's just kids on their way home.

Errr, I can't believe that you wouldn't !!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on May 26, 2011, 05:09:15 PM
I have had what I think is the best news in the world today.  Flicking through the Daily Post and there it was.  An advertisement for a pub manager in Conwy.  I'm hoping that the pub in question is the Albion.  D)   :D

It seems as if Gwyn from Conwy Brewery has after all bought the Albion.  I am chuffed to bits as I know he won't change the interior and it will remain in the hands of someone who appreciates it's unique character.  Read the ad below and see what you think.  I believe or maybe I just want to believe it's the Albion.

Pubs nowadays need to have a unique selling point and I will say to the day I die the Albion has just that.  I'm now going to do a little jig and then have a pint.   ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Paddy on May 26, 2011, 05:44:24 PM
Have you applied Pen?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on May 26, 2011, 06:21:24 PM
No,  not sure what to do if I'm honest.  I'd have to have a meeting with Police and Council and after the email they received when I went.  I can quite safely say I'll be working on the back foot to begin with.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on May 26, 2011, 10:45:01 PM
There's an application in the NWWN to change a name from Albion to Llewelyn's.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on May 27, 2011, 12:53:41 AM
??? Isn't Llewelyns the new wine bar / night club in Llanrwst?

Pendragon...if you think that this IS the Albion, then don't waste words on this forum... throw your hat into the ring, and go get it girl!  $walesflag$

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on May 27, 2011, 08:04:58 AM
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There's an application in the NWWN to change a name from Albion to Llewelyn's.

Wrong Albion, that's for the Albion in Llanrwst. The nightclub next door to the Legion on the square

 $walesflag$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on May 27, 2011, 08:35:50 AM
Apologies for my mistake.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on May 27, 2011, 10:23:37 AM
It is the Albion Conwy that's advertised just had an email from Gwynne.  He's going to concentrate on real ales.  Fantastic.  ;D
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Post by: DaveR on May 27, 2011, 11:08:38 AM
That's good news.  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Llechwedd on May 27, 2011, 02:11:28 PM
What does wet led mean?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on May 27, 2011, 03:02:35 PM
I think it means the pub relies on the revenue from the beer to survive and not from other sources like food etc...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on May 27, 2011, 03:48:11 PM
Yes, wet lead means there is no food available only beer. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Llechwedd on May 28, 2011, 10:54:53 AM
Oh I see.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on May 28, 2011, 11:58:14 AM
No food in a pub! Years ago my local village pub didn't do food but on Friday and Saturday nights they did a very good cheese "buttie" with a pickle onion.
I also remember some years ago, going into a Shropshire rural pub with my wife and asking for a pint and a Martini.
"Nay lad, I can't sell you a Martini" said the man behind the bar, "this is an ale house". I didn't understand but he went onto to say that the pub only had a licence to sell ales, so spirits etc. were not available!.   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on May 28, 2011, 10:44:16 PM
What?  They say ''Nay Lad'' ..in Shropshire?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on May 29, 2011, 09:26:59 AM
I think he was from Yorkshire!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on June 03, 2011, 10:35:43 AM
‘Wrong’ tarmac used to resurface Conwy’s roads
by Dan Beavan, DPW West

DRIVERS face traffic chaos after the “wrong” road surface was used on a town’s roads.

Conwy town centre had its roads resurfaced two years ago but the material used was found to be faulty.

Conwy Borough Council will rip up the surface and start again later this month, overnight from June 13-24.

Work will take place from the junction of Mount Pleasant and Bangor Road, down Town Ditch, along Berry Street and Castle Street to Rosehill roundabout.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/06/03/wrong-tarmac-used-to-resurface-conwy-s-roads-55578-28812702/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/06/03/wrong-tarmac-used-to-resurface-conwy-s-roads-55578-28812702/)

I wonder if the original contractor is footing the bill for the remedial work?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on June 03, 2011, 10:52:10 AM
According to letter we received from the council yesterday the contractor is Huw Howatson Ltd and it says "this work is being carried out at no cost to the council"
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Post by: DaveR on June 03, 2011, 11:13:09 AM
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According to letter we received from the council yesterday the contractor is Huw Howatson Ltd and it says "this work is being carried out at no cost to the council"
That's good to hear.  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on June 03, 2011, 11:21:20 AM
Ali Gugs and I were sat on Conwy Quay yesterday evening.  It's funny, there was lots of people down there but still is was quiet.  I think the scenery is absolutely beautiful and very calming.  I love Conwy.  These photos were taken on my phone.  I liked the one with the forgotten dog ball and the boat chains.

................and no before you ask I didn't see Oscar that's Alis shadow.  ;D

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on June 04, 2011, 03:34:35 PM
Middle photo - is that Bryn Hughes' boat moored in the background?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on June 04, 2011, 08:13:30 PM
Yes. It used to be all white but a few years ago it had a 'makeover'!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on June 05, 2011, 12:52:18 AM
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Yes. It used to be all white but a few years ago it had a 'makeover'!!

Ah, I thought it was the same vessel. It's called Victoria, probably in honour of his daughter.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on June 08, 2011, 10:53:22 AM
£250,000 revamp for Conwy hotel
by Martin Williams, DPW West Jun 8 2011
 
A HOTEL opened a new bar and restaurant as part of a £250,000 revamp.

The four-star Castle Hotel in Conwy has undergone a major overhaul, with the support of Barclays Corporate.

Owner Peter Lavin said the funding enabled them to offer new services and give bedrooms a makeover.

The 28-room townhouse, which employs 45 staff with an annual turnover of £1.4 million, dates back to the 15th century.

Peter believes the cash injection will help them offer a new twist while maintaining historical links.

He told Business Post: “This investment has allowed us to refurbish the rooms and create a new bar and restaurant, which will be vital to the future prosperity of the business.

“We want the Castle Hotel to be recognised as a destination coaching inn offering good food, accommodation and the hub of the local community.”

Peter added: “I have been in the hotel industry for over 40 years and constant investment in the business is vital if you want to survive.

“The sector is facing tough times like everyone else as consumer spending tightens up but the major challenge is the unpredictable market as more and more visitors wait until the last minute to make reservations.

“We very much reflect the economic climate as we have recently noticed end of month spikes as customers wait until the end of the month to check disposable income then decide to go for a meal or book up for a weekend break.”

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business-news/business-news/2011/06/08/250-000-revamp-for-conwy-hotel-55578-28839204/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business-news/business-news/2011/06/08/250-000-revamp-for-conwy-hotel-55578-28839204/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: hollins on June 08, 2011, 11:41:32 AM
Is it Barclays paying back the Castle hotel for ormegolf's menu typing!

Re: The 3 Towns Coffee centre
« Reply #269 on: May 02, 2011, 09:49:20 PM »

(Sorry don't know how to transfer the quote to this post).

That was one of the best stories I read on this forum. It still makes me smile!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on June 08, 2011, 02:38:18 PM
Gez and I went for a short walk last night along the Quay and up through Bodlondeb woods.  he hates it when I take my camera as he says I look like a tourist  :roll:  he couldn't resist a pose on the Quay.  Hansom devil he is  ;D  I'm not sure what the cabin is doing there, there's been a lot of controversy over house boats mooring on the Quay so I'm hoping this is not going to converted into a bedsit  :o  He was telling me all about Keith the fish and what a genuinly good fella he was, I didn't know him myself but he was a very popular man in Conwy.  The plaque dedicated to him speaks for itself.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on June 08, 2011, 02:47:52 PM
We carried on along Marine walk, it's such a shame to see these boats the Edward Birbeck and the Grey Lady rotting on the Shaw.  It doesn't look like the guy we spoke to Dave has done much with the Grey Lady so far, I reckon he was telling fibs, he hadn't bought it at all and was trespassing  ???
I love the trees in Bodlondeb woods, typical Gez the first thing he noticed was the dead ones,  we also had a look at where the butterfly jungle was, it's been demolished now to make way for the Coastal Hawk Project buildings.  That will be a great tourist attraction for Conwy.  I also noticed this little post box in the wall by the Quay arch, never noticed it before.................no change there then  ;D I wonder how old it is?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Llechwedd on June 08, 2011, 03:22:11 PM
That cabin was on a boat on Saturday afternoon as I walked past I was thinking what a terrible paint job so I don't know where the boat has gone!  There was a man on it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on June 08, 2011, 04:15:03 PM
I did notice an awful lot of scrap along side the cabin on the Quay, no idea why it's there mind.
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Post by: Trojan on June 08, 2011, 08:23:49 PM
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That cabin was on a boat on Saturday afternoon as I walked past I was thinking what a terrible paint job so I don't know where the boat has gone!  There was a man on it.

Perhaps it used to be a cabin cruiser?  :-X
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Post by: DaveR on June 08, 2011, 08:34:17 PM
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We carried on along Marine walk, it's such a shame to see these boats the Edward Birbeck and the Grey Lady rotting on the Shaw.  It doesn't look like the guy we spoke to Dave has done much with the Grey Lady so far, I reckon he was telling fibs, he hadn't bought it at all and was trespassing  ???
Perhaps he couldn't get it 'standing up'?  :laugh:
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Post by: Trojan on June 08, 2011, 08:50:28 PM
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We carried on along Marine walk, it's such a shame to see these boats the Edward Birbeck and the Grey Lady rotting on the Shaw.  It doesn't look like the guy we spoke to Dave has done much with the Grey Lady so far, I reckon he was telling fibs, he hadn't bought it at all and was trespassing  ???
Perhaps he couldn't get it 'standing up'?  :laugh:

Don't be such a stick-in-the-mud Pen.  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on June 08, 2011, 09:25:29 PM
Oh somebody woke with a sense of humour this morning............................uh no they never  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on June 18, 2011, 09:52:55 AM
BARCLAYS BANK IS TO CLOSE ITS BRANCH IN HIGH STREET, CONWY - THE LAST DAY FOR BUSINESS WILL BE FRIDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2011

Customers are currently receiving letters stating "We would like you to know that we are closing our branch at High Street, Conwy due to consistently declining customer usage. We have not taken this decision lightly and we are sorry to be going, but our Llandudno Junction branch, (approximately 1 mile away), and our other branches in the area, will be happy to help you in future".
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on June 18, 2011, 10:47:15 AM
What a shame - I thought that the era of bank branch closures was over.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on July 04, 2011, 09:41:04 PM
I had a chat with the lads working on the St Marys clock.  It's having a face lift.  Newly painted face and hand painted numbers as you can see in the photo.  Finally the hands will be cleaned and put back.  There's a lot of work to be done as St Marys has 4 clock faces.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on July 04, 2011, 11:20:26 PM
Had an excellent day in Conwy last week.  On the way home we decided to get some chips from the Fishermans cafe.  We gave mash the money and John and I walked up to his.  Mash arrived 15 minutes later with our take away.  Now as you know I'm not one for moaning  :roll: but I couldn't believe I'd paid £1.60 for a burger sized box of chips!  :(  John was even less impressed when he had chips, mushy peas and a fishcake in the same sized box.  :o I felt robbed, since when can you hope to get away with that, Mash assured me the girl behind the counter wasn't wearing a balaclava but I beg to differ.  I will never go there again. $angry2$


at least Mash had crispy bits in his.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on July 04, 2011, 11:32:11 PM
Piss Poor.....is the phrase that leaps to mind.

When will businesses learn that if they provide good quality fayre, at reasonable price (or even slightly above) the reputation will ensure that the customer returns, time and again,  thus ensuring future sustainabilty for that business,

Too many businesses are trying to get away with the bare minimum in standards.  It's self defeatingm and disappointing.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on July 05, 2011, 08:14:42 AM
I always go to the other one, the Galleon.

Speaking of piss poor chips, I got some from Pebble in Llandudno (by Bog Island) on Sunday, If the portion had been any smaller, I could have eaten the lot in one mouthful. Won't be going there again.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Llechwedd on July 05, 2011, 12:03:09 PM
I'd like to thank whoever organises things in Conwy.  I was there on Saturday and the place was buzzing.  New opening at the RCA with tea and cakes.  Little shops on the quay.  Lots of Japanese and American tourists a real feel of summer.  Then I returned to Llandudno.  70% off sale at the new Stead and Simpsons and tourists from Birmingham. Oh well........
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on July 05, 2011, 12:52:44 PM
'A WOMAN was assaulted when a brawl broke out in a pub beer garden.

The fight took place in Ye Olde Mail Coach, Conwy on Sunday evening.

Three police cars attended the incident by which time the fight had already ended.

A North Wales Police spokesman confirmed that officers were called to a disturbance in the pub’s beer garden at 8.25pm.

No arrests have yet been made but an investigation is underway.

Any witnesses or anyone with information should call 101, he added.'

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/07/05/woman-assaulted-in-conwy-beer-garden-brawl-55578-28992988/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/07/05/woman-assaulted-in-conwy-beer-garden-brawl-55578-28992988/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on July 09, 2011, 09:52:55 PM
There were a couple of Ferraris on the Quay at Conwy this lunchtime. Looked like the same ones that I saw at Caernarfon the other week. Also saw this interesting little car, a F27 Ninja (whatever that is):
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on July 09, 2011, 10:02:47 PM
So who's bright idea was it to carry out repair work (for the umpteenth time - will they ever be done properly?) on the cobbles on Conwy Quay in the busiest part of the year?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on July 12, 2011, 11:22:05 AM
It was a lovely day yesterday so we decided to go and sit on the Quay.  Usually at this time of year there's lots of tourists around but not yesterday and i couldn't help thinking the paving works were partly to blame.  The noise was horrendous with cement mixers on the go banging and to top it all off a pneumatic drill hammering away  :o a complete joke.  There's nothing down the Quay for visitors apart from the scenery and even that has been spoilt !!  I'd be gutted if I'd spent my hard earned to come on holiday to Conwy only to find one of the main attractions resembling a building site. 
As we sat barely able to hear each other speak I noticed 4 young people had bought chips and were heading towards the steps by the side of the pub to eat them, one lad was left to guard the boxes of chips while the other three went in the Arms to get drinks.  First one seagull sat on the wall then all the others descended, they flew down and dive bombed the poor lad determined to steal the food which they did in numbers. The seagulls are getting more aggressive towards people without doubt.   If that wasn't bad enough a child of about 5 was sat only yards from me with an ice-cream he had one lick and down flew another seagull and whipped it straight from the little lads hand, he had a hellover fright and burst into tears bless him I wanted to wring the birds neck.  I hope Conwy Council pull their finger out soon they haven't got a clue. 
After all my moaning I looked at the works vans and noticed all the inconvenience and noise had been caused by a company called A Parry  ;D  Made me giggle.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on July 12, 2011, 11:33:02 AM
A sad day today it's Ken (Blue Bell) funeral.  He was a really nice guy and we will genuinely miss him, he was a real character round town and a popular man.  He always made time for a chat and was full of funny stories.  The Blue Bell will not be the same without him he was an excellent Landlord.  I think a lot of people will be at his funeral which is testament to his popularity.  RIP Ken you were ace mate.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on July 22, 2011, 05:41:46 PM
Met the new owner of the Albion today and I'm pleased to say the pub will be re-opening soon.  There is a lot of work to be done such as re-wiring  and upholstering all the existing original seating.  The new owner wants to keep the Albion exactly as it is..........music to my ears.  I didn't have the opportunity to take photos today but I will as soon as possible.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on July 26, 2011, 10:36:20 PM
The Clemence Restaurant has been sold and is to become a Coffee Shop & Wine Bar.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on July 27, 2011, 10:36:47 AM
The end of another era. :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on July 28, 2011, 01:58:27 PM
Last night the Civic Hall Conwy was the venue hosting Band Night organised by two local lads in aid of the Duke Of Edinburgh expedition.  Seven local young bands took to the stage and played half hour sets entertaining the youth of Conwy.  My lad is the lead guitar in Engage the Enemy.  They did a couple of covers, an acoustic set and a really funny rap song titled Junction Crew where they dressed as Chavs (not entirely sure what the definition of Chav is if I'm honest......tut tut I'm getting old)  
It was an excellent night and I was very proud of the band it takes some courage to get up on stage in front of your mates and play live especially given the average age of band members is 14yrs old.  ;D
I remember two years ago when he asked for a guitar for xmas and I thought it would be a passing phase but ever since he has practiced no end he now has two electric guitars too.  We on the other hand are considering sound proofing his room with egg boxes and buying matching head phones for the tv but hey at least he didn't want drums  :o.

On a more serious note Conwy Council should get their priorities in order, the Civic Hall in Conwy is a much needed local amenity which is utilized by countless organisations for events such as the one hosted last night.  Where would these kids have played had the Council got their way and closed the Civic as planned.  I for one would rather have my taxes spent on local facilities such as the Civic Hall than see the Town Council parading round in Limos and getting free lunches in local expensive hotels with my hard earned.  
 

 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on July 28, 2011, 02:39:00 PM
Good for them-- it looks a great night. :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on July 28, 2011, 05:39:15 PM
This was posted on my wall by Rob Daviis (Coastal Hawks) sounds like a good family day. 

Living History On Conwy Quay - 13th/14th August 2011

13th/14th August 2011 Living History on Conwy Quay Part of The Conwy River Festival On Saturday 11am there will be a living history time line along Conwy Quay from Vikings to the 1400's. There will be sword fighting, archery & arrow making, Leatherworking, cookery, net & fish trap making, birds of prey and many other examples of medieval craft. Throughout the day there will be many medieval entertainers and musicians both on the quay and wandering around the town. In the evening there will be a fire breathing and juggling display on the quay with a torch lit medieval parade when it starts going dark.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on August 01, 2011, 07:36:34 PM
Conwy Council are planning to charge residents who live within the walls £80 a year for parking outside their own homes  :o in a bid to cut down on congestion caused by shoppers and workers parking on residential streets in the town. 
Joan Vaughan commented “Some residents will be happy to pay for a permit to help tackle this problem but other will not want to pay £80 for a permit, and this is something that divides people. 
no sh*t Shelock some of us will be hopping Joan !  They could have issued Conwy residents with a free permit but oh no they want to charge us on top of the extra Council Tax we already pay.  The money generated will help fund yet more traffic wardens..............can you believe that  :o.  Roads in Llandudno. Llandudno Junction and Colwyn Bay have also been earmarked for the trials. 

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/07/30/conwy-drivers-could-face-80-parking-permit-bill-55578-29146820/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/07/30/conwy-drivers-could-face-80-parking-permit-bill-55578-29146820/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on August 01, 2011, 08:05:17 PM
I've been waiting for you to kick off about this, Pendragon..  WWW  ;D

I completely agree, a system of parking permits is fine, but they should be free to residents. £80 a year to park outside your own house is ridiculous.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on August 01, 2011, 08:13:49 PM
the council's report about the purposed resedential parking scheme http://bit.ly/oV5wML (http://bit.ly/oV5wML)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on August 01, 2011, 08:38:42 PM
I agree that parking is a problem for residents living within the walls its a nightmare on our street, I also agree that a "residents parking scheme (RPS) " would be a good idea.  What I object to is the fact we will be charged £80 for the privilege of parking outside our own houses.  Will local businesses have to park their cars in council car parks then? I wonder how much the fee is for 8 hours a day?  People just popping to the shops will also have to use council  car parks then I take it too?  Then of course we'll have more Traffic Wardens patrolling the streets to ensure no one flouts the rules and those who do will be fined, It seems to me the only benefit from the proposed plans will be the financial benefit gained by the Council. :rage: :rage:

There is only two questions really the report needs to answer.
1: Is there a need for a RPS in Conwy..................Yes
2: Should residents have to pay for the permit..................No they bloody shouldn't!!!


ps Thanks for posting the report Dwsi.  Just read it now.   ;D


Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on August 01, 2011, 08:53:55 PM
I like the bit where it says The Council may choose to adopt this priority survey and listing as an annual process which could take account of parking displacement from newly introduced
residents parking schemes as well as other changes in parking levels, stock and
behaviour. In addition adoption of such a process would enable further residential
areas to be added to the waiting list and  be placed at the appropriate priority
level. 

So in other words the Council may start with a few designated streets but then every year an assessment will be undertaken and more streets added to the scheme until eventually all the streets will be included anyway.  >>>
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on August 02, 2011, 09:12:09 AM
But, as always, they have to use three times as many words to tell you, and dress it all up in jargon and spin!    :rage:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on August 10, 2011, 08:36:34 PM
A fairly full skip outside the Albion tonight so work obviously going on at the premises.

Wonder whether it will be full by morning??  OR perhaps even fuller??
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on August 25, 2011, 12:04:44 AM
5 bedroom business for sale - The George & Dragon Castle Street, Conwy http://bit.ly/oRz6rd (http://bit.ly/oRz6rd)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on August 25, 2011, 08:10:03 AM
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5 bedroom business for sale - The George & Dragon Castle Street, Conwy http://bit.ly/oRz6rd (http://bit.ly/oRz6rd)
£150,000 for the Lease....and then £35,100 rent per annum.

I liked the bit about "a popular beer garden to the rear, which overlooks the bay". Has the Town Wall been removed then?  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on August 27, 2011, 10:20:12 AM
Just had a pleasant, if short, air display over Conwy by four small planes. Thanks guys, really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on August 31, 2011, 10:40:53 AM
BBC News - Conwy in medieval town wall tourist coaches size worry http://bbc.in/pAsoqg (http://bbc.in/pAsoqg)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on August 31, 2011, 11:01:31 AM
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BBC News - Conwy in medieval town wall tourist coaches size worry http://bbc.in/pAsoqg (http://bbc.in/pAsoqg)
Surely only the Bangor Road archway (which isn't original, it was built by Thomas Telford) needs widening? Then Coaches could enter over the Cob, drop off at Vicarage Gardens and then head out to a Coach Park maybe at Bodlondeb. They'd have to go round back through the tunnel to enter Conwy again certainly, but it would be the cheapest option.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Llechwedd on August 31, 2011, 11:57:26 AM
Oh dear.  Knocking copy in today's Daily Mail.  Under a heading something like boring British days out - smallest house why pay £2.50. to see what is a tiny house?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on August 31, 2011, 12:23:16 PM
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Oh dear.  Knocking copy in today's Daily Mail.  Under a heading something like boring British days out - smallest house why pay £2.50. to see what is a tiny house?

http://bit.ly/nR2dkn (http://bit.ly/nR2dkn)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on August 31, 2011, 03:16:14 PM
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BBC News - Conwy in medieval town wall tourist coaches size worry http://bbc.in/pAsoqg (http://bbc.in/pAsoqg)

http://bbc.in/qjwVFf (http://bbc.in/qjwVFf)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on August 31, 2011, 03:39:13 PM
When did a cheap option ever cross anyone in authority's mind ? :rage:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on August 31, 2011, 04:19:30 PM
The darn coaches could always come into town via Tal-y-Cafn they wouldn't have any bridges to worry about then and the Town Walls would be preserved.    Z**

With a Three Towns Park and Ride (Llandudno, Conwy and Colwyn Bay) using smaller coaches  to drop the people in the centre of the towns, there could be a more permanent solution to some of the traffic problems.   ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 04, 2011, 07:20:20 PM
I went past the Albion today and all of the exterior lighting was switched on. No sign of anyone about, I did get this photo of the interior:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on September 04, 2011, 09:07:41 PM
Yorkie, the darn coaches (I quote) bring darn tourists. If you dont like one, then you wont get the other.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on September 04, 2011, 09:33:57 PM
And I'll quote - it's the darn coach drivers who are complaining about the arches in Conwy.  I am looking at a solution to all the traffic problems which includes coaches.  Do you by any chance have any transport services bringing people to your facility?   Coaches can't get there can they?     WWW
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 04, 2011, 09:36:29 PM
The No.73 bus goes past every 30 minutes. I've used it a couple of times when I've gone up to see Mike.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on September 05, 2011, 07:50:56 AM
I know that!   Just a thought if Mike could cope with a whole coach load at once!    L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on September 05, 2011, 08:26:53 PM
Might be a bit of a waiting time. Course empty -- nine holes, 4 players go to each tee i.e.36 -- so about 20 would have to share my flask of tea for a few mins. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on September 05, 2011, 08:34:02 PM
That's a big flask.  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 13, 2011, 10:58:38 AM
This should be interesting...

3D Digital Event

The 3D Digital Event is proposed to run alongside Gwledd Conwy Feast
(22-23 October), with the programme beginning each evening as the
Feast ends for the day.  This extends the audiences already in Conwy, as
well as attracting new audiences to the town providing an economic as
well as a creative benefit.

It is a celebration of visual and sound technologies based around Conwy
Castle.  Using the Castle as its backdrop, it is proposed to project
specially commissioned, high-quality digital artworks onto the outside
walls of the building using a sophisticated projection mapping system.  All
the artworks will be based on a unique 3D model of the Castle, and the
artworks will be available for future projects or to the local community after
the festival.

This light-based (lumiere) festival is a new form of public event becoming
popular internationally, and the event will be recorded and uploaded on
the Internet, enabling this event, and Conwy as a World Heritage Site to
reach a world-wide audience.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Llechwedd on September 19, 2011, 12:24:25 PM
For the first time in over fifty years I went in to the Guildhall on Saturday part of the Open House scheme.  Very interesting paintings and prints you'd like Dave.  The lady guide is a councillor and the Deputy mayor was there as well so I took the opportunity to ask why St. Agnes cemetry (the old part) is allowed to be so overgrown.  They both looked puzzled and said there are budgets for that sort of thing.  They will look in to it so fingers crossed.

Also on the wall in one of the rooms is a marquetery picture of the castle.  She said it had been found on a wall when modernising a bank in Llandudno and given to Conwy by said bank.  The thing is I know I've seen it before.... but where?  Any ideas?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on September 22, 2011, 10:01:14 PM
Parking fine provides a bitter end to a perfect day in Conwy - North Wales Weekly News http://bit.ly/nm2m6n (http://bit.ly/nm2m6n)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on September 22, 2011, 11:05:20 PM
How strange that the article Dwsi posts was only 2 pages away in the NWWN, from another article all about the same gentleman, Nelson Haerr, and his new business in Llanrwst.

He seems to be getting into the paper even more than Greg Robbins!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on September 23, 2011, 11:39:16 AM
I've said about the two Divs that trashed cars up and beyond our street the other night and this will be the third time cars have been vandalized in one way or another on the same street, so you could quite safely say that Rosemary Lane is a hot spot for Morons on their way home.  The annoying thing is on each occasion the Cctv camera that covers the Square and Rosemary lane has been out of action, I quote "apparently it will cost thousands to repair and so the Council won't pay it" they'll be quick enough to collect the money for the parking permit though won't they!  Well I will personally make sure that every resident in Conwy signs my petition not to pay until all Cctv cameras covering their streets are fully operational and recording.  This type of offence has already cost local residents here collectively thousands of pounds in  repairs to body work, windscreens and insurance premiums.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 23, 2011, 12:34:11 PM
bring back the birch  $smack$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on September 23, 2011, 01:12:48 PM
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bring back the birch  $smack$

Bring out the baseball bats.  $angry1$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 23, 2011, 01:50:34 PM
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bring back the birch  $smack$

Bring out the baseball bats.  $angry1$

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on September 25, 2011, 12:30:56 PM
A couple of Conwy related cine films on Facebook

Conwy Links, where now stands the marina
http://on.fb.me/nlSUlG (http://on.fb.me/nlSUlG)

Short 8mm cine clip with some corny sound. Taken during the reconstruction of Morfa Garage in 1967
http://on.fb.me/oJoWUm (http://on.fb.me/oJoWUm)

Another short 8mm cine clip of Morfa Garage after the building of the new workshop and enlarged shop / kiosk
http://on.fb.me/oqYmbz (http://on.fb.me/oqYmbz)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on September 29, 2011, 07:11:05 PM
For the last few weeks a gang of rail staff have cleared all the ivy from the walls along the railway tracks in Conwy.  They started about 12am and went through the night on some days but they've done a really good job to be fair.  The first couple of photos were taken earlier this year the second pair were taken earlier today.  It's made a tremendous difference, you'd expect the wall to be in a state after the mass of overgrown ivy but it looks as good as the day it was first built.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 30, 2011, 08:21:49 PM
Network Rail have done a really good job.  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on September 30, 2011, 11:21:00 PM
Don't be surprised if they've done this to facilitate the instalation of a GSM(R) telecommunication mast in the not too distant future.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 03, 2011, 04:57:52 PM
Some people are just so stupid it beggars belief   >>> one of the cars smashed on our street belonged to local lad and when he found out who the culprits were he had a word in their ears....as you do.  The next day the lads turned up with the £65 in full it cost to repair the local lads car.  The best is both the lads have made statements in which they plead not guilty!!  My first question in that case is why the hell pay for the damage then....pair of Muppets.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 05, 2011, 09:16:13 AM
CCBC are currently considering prohibiting cars entirely from the Conwy Quay area - here's a map showing the area covered:

http://modgoveng.conwy.gov.uk/Published/C00000206/M00002919/AI00031004/reportappendixConwyQuayprohibitionofdriving.pdf (http://modgoveng.conwy.gov.uk/Published/C00000206/M00002919/AI00031004/reportappendixConwyQuayprohibitionofdriving.pdf)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 05, 2011, 09:32:35 AM
To be honest I've said for years car shouldn't be allowed on the quay, there's too many kids down there at the height of the season and it can be dangerous.
Having said that people live in the little houses on the Quay and obviously they want to park outside their house.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 05, 2011, 09:38:04 AM
Residents will still be able to drive along the Quay, I think.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Paulakelsall on October 05, 2011, 08:33:12 PM
Re: Parking on Conwy Quay - not sure if I've read it correctly but is the date on the plan 2007?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 05, 2011, 09:44:56 PM
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Re: Parking on Conwy Quay - not sure if I've read it correctly but is the date on the plan 2007?
Probably, the regulations were originally drawn up back then but are only going to be enforced now.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 06, 2011, 10:45:19 AM
Ciwb Conwy Cube step closer to securing Conwy Civic Hall
Oct 6 2011by Mari Jones, North Wales Weekly News

THE community group Ciwb Conwy Cube has been selected as the preferred choice to take on the running of Conwy’s Civic Hall.

Two groups – Ciwb Conwy Cube and Movix – presented their business plans to Conwy’s scrutiny committee last week at Bodlondeb.

Conwy Cube were formed last year to try and save the ailing hall from closure.

At the presentation Conwy Cube gave the main points from their business plan and their vision for the hall’s future.
The committee thanked Conwy Cube for giving them a well informed and comprehensive presentation, and resolved: “that Ciwb Conwy Cube should be given the opportunity to further develop their business plan as the council’s preferred community representative”.

The committee asked Conwy Cube to set out the longer term vision for the Civic Hall in the business plan.Š
They also said that Conwy Cube will need to secure a certain proportion of funding from Conwy Town Council.
Because of these resolutions, Conwy Cube now has the go ahead to fully develop their proposal to a point where Conwy County Council can give formal consent.

Tony Franks, chairman of Ciwb Conwy Cube, said: “This is great news for all involved and a major milestone on our path to securing the future of the Civic Hall.

“We thank Conwy County Council for their supportive approach and look forward to addressing the comments they made last week.

“The long term vision is something we have been working on, we need to involve everyone to help decide the way forward.
“We will further improve and strengthen our business plan in the weeks ahead.

“We can now work out with the county council the process of transferring the Civic Hall to Ciwb Conwy Cube and also with Conwy Town Council to agree funding support.

“We want to ensure we make the Civic Hall a vibrant community based venue, one that is in continuous use, and want to start doing that as quickly as possible.”

He added: “This is our mandate, from our members, the user groups of the hall, and from the thousands of people who signed our petition.”

Craig Morrison of Movix commented: “Conwy Cube is the preferred bid, and we wish them all the luck in the future and hope the building becomes the dynamic focal point that its important strategic position demands.”

http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/10/06/ciwb-conwy-cube-step-closer-to-securing-conwy-civic-hall-55243-29543773/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/10/06/ciwb-conwy-cube-step-closer-to-securing-conwy-civic-hall-55243-29543773/)

 $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Welshmunchkin on October 11, 2011, 12:37:13 AM
New subject;
Does anyone remember the Pwllhelli Welsh Rock shop that was at the bottom of the main street in Conwy, by the traffic lights around 1964? They had a girl dressed as a Welsh lady outside handing out samples of Welsh rock. Yup, I was that girl! For the princely sum of £5 a day ( weekends and school holidays) -not bad money for the time, I was prepared to lose all my street cred and stand with a permanent smile on my face ( you know, the one that sticks to you teeth so you end up leering at everyone and frightening the tourists away)offering samples of rock, mainly to the local children who grabbed handfuls every time they passed, despite muffled threats from me.
My boss at the time was a man called, I think, Alan, who must have been in his 20's. He had a very attractive wife, who at the time was pregnant with their first child. I remember the occasion when she had a craving for strawberries, and he turned up, not with a punnet but with a whole case of strawberries for her! At the time I thought it was so romantic, ( well I was 12 years old!) now I can't help thinking he had more money than sense! Whoops! Cynical little me!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 11, 2011, 09:43:40 PM
Ciwb Conwy Cube are holding a public meeting on Tuesday the 18th of October at 07:30pm in Conwy Civic Hall itself regarding the future of the Hall.

There will be a presentation about the plan given to Conwy Council and an opportunity to ask questions and to get involved.

Ciwb Conwy Cube CIC are the company that represent Conwy Civic Hall's user groups and local stakeholders in the Hall. Members of Ciwb Conwy Cube will be available for informal discussions during and after the meeting.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on October 22, 2011, 03:46:15 PM
Cannabis found being grown on farm in Henryd near Conwy -  Daily Post North Wales http://bit.ly/qFjATL (http://bit.ly/qFjATL) Operation Kettering

CANNABIS plants worth several thousand pounds were found being grown in a specially-built hide under a farm shed.

Dozens of drugs officers swooped on the farm in the Henryd area near Conwy and seized what they said was “a substantial amount” of cannabis.

Search warrants were executed as part of Operation Kettering, an investigation into the cultivation of cannabis around Conwy.

Two houses in the Bangor Road area of Conwy town itself were also searched and cannabis found on Wednesday.

Three men were arrested. One was released without charge while two have been released on police bail as investigations continue.

A North Wales Police spokesman said: “A significant number of immature plants were found at two premises, including the farm where police discovered a specially constructed hide under a shed.”
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Jack on October 23, 2011, 09:56:22 AM
Went to see the 'blinc' lightshow in Conwy last night, it was fantastically attended and well worth seeing.  There was a continuous show on the walls of Plas Mawr on the High Street, while the walls of the Castle were used at 7.15 and 8.15.  The roads were all closed so that spectators could stand safely anywhere from the Weekly News roundabout through to the Pen-y-Bont.  Then went to sample the real ales in the beer tent on the Quay, great atmosphere, decent bands and lots and lots of people spending.  All positive in my view, tho I'm sure like the forthcoming rally in Llandudno there will be the usual negativity from the nimbys.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on October 23, 2011, 01:11:09 PM
QUOTE: " All positive in my view, tho I'm sure like the forthcoming rally in Llandudno there will be the usual negativity from the nimbys."

What you really mean is "I'm alright, Jack!"

If you read the comments on the Rally it is not a case of NIMBY, everyone is, in fact, in favour of the Rally , but just cannot see the reason to close the whole of the Great Orme to everyone except those who pay!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on October 23, 2011, 01:30:47 PM
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Went to see the 'blinc' lightshow in Conwy last night, it was fantastically attended and well worth seeing.   All positive in my view, tho I'm sure like the forthcoming rally in Llandudno there will be the usual negativity from the nimbys.


I agree with Jack. well worth seeing.

Never seen so many in the Pen y Bont for a long time - it was packed at around 7pm anyway.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: TheMedz on October 23, 2011, 06:14:23 PM
A selection from last nights 8:15 show
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: TheMedz on October 23, 2011, 06:16:23 PM
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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on October 23, 2011, 06:53:15 PM
Yes indeed Medz, Mrs Fester and I must have been stoof very close to you... at 7.15, and again at 8.15.

I took some pictures on my pathetic phone camera, and I was hoping that someone would post some better ones to save me the trouble. So, well done..  &well&
Pendragon and her entourage were nearby too, and we continued the celebrations in the Geoge and Dragon afterwards.

Yes, its was excellent in Conwy last night.... and we spent a fortune, but it was well worth it.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: TheMedz on October 23, 2011, 07:03:21 PM
 We very nearly went to the George and Dragon ourselves but thought it might have been a little bit packed with the crowds from the Feast. Mind you the Links came up with the usual quality meal.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 24, 2011, 02:12:28 PM
We filmed the show in Conwy on an iphone but unfortunately for some reason I can't upload it.......and so I had a dig round on youtube and this was the best recording I could find uploaded by  dmizon.

Conwy Lightshow (Blinc) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTdvHOlDXAc#)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on October 24, 2011, 08:15:06 PM
Great find Pen.... that conveys the power of the thing perfectly.  Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 26, 2011, 11:11:33 AM
Yesterday Socs and I went up Conwy mountain in search of an ancient Mine discovered a few months ago by a friend of my Dad.  My Dad was telling me when the guy first found the mine he squeezed through the small entrance and fell approx 13' however once down in the mine he couldn't get back back out, luckily his mobile phone had a signal and so he contacted a mate in Llandudno and he raced over with a rope to rescue his friend.  I must also add my Dads friend is an experienced pot holer (is that the right word?)
A few weeks later my Dad and Tony ventured up to the Mine armed with a rope.  Tony went down the shaft tied to the rope and had a look round and my Dad hauled him out. 
Anyway I had a rough idea where it was but couldn't locate it's exact position and so I phoned my Dad.  I'm sure my dad still thinks I'm a kid  ;D he told me where the mine was and then gave me strict instructions not to go down it "i'd get stuck" "it was dangerous" laughing I assured him that there was no chance I would as to be honest I'd be too afraid of the spiders  :o.  He said he'd covered the entrance with sticks and I'd have to replace them before I left.  I reminded my Dad I was infact 42 and went for a closer look.
The Mine is facing the sea half way up the slope above Roland Youngs yard.  I found the Mine, cleared some of the sticks as best I could to show you the entrance, took some photos and replaced my Dads sticks.  They are not sure yet what source was extracted from the Mine or even when the Mine was first dug.  They think it could have been the Romans.
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Post by: Yorkie on October 26, 2011, 11:51:25 AM
What you describe could well have been an old animal trap.  Big enough to catch a decent size meal for the family and deep enough so the blighter couldn't escape.    The prey would probably live so if it was something he kids wouldn't eat you could release it and wait for something better to come along. 

If the hole actually led somewhere the it could be a mine as you say.
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Post by: Pendragon on October 26, 2011, 11:57:52 AM
Yes I suppose it could be, we'll have to wait until further examinations are carried out.
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Post by: Pendragon on October 27, 2011, 05:06:57 PM
My Dad emailed me some photos he and Tony took in the Mine on Conwy mountain.  In the very last photo you can see a tiny chink of light at the top of the shaft....that's the entrance  :o Dad reckons it's an old Victorian copper mine.  He says that the entrance is very narrow and Tony had to stretch his arms out above his head to wriggle through the gap.  Once inside the shaft splits into two different tunnels and they go for at least 70' each from what Tony could see.
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Post by: Pendragon on October 27, 2011, 05:10:16 PM
Some more photos of the Conwy Mine.  I find places like this fascinating. 
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Post by: DaveR on October 27, 2011, 05:24:25 PM
I doubt I'd fit in there! Some good photos.  $thanx$
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Post by: Llechwedd on October 28, 2011, 02:18:26 PM
Any idea how old it is?
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Post by: Blodyn on October 28, 2011, 06:01:24 PM
That's fascinating, Pendragon.  I don't think I'd fancy going down there but it's nice to see what it's like. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 29, 2011, 02:40:23 PM
Further examinations need to be carried out but my Dad reckons it could be victorian.
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Post by: Pendragon on November 12, 2011, 05:51:21 PM
These photos were taken on the Conwy Food Fest weekend.  Our friends came down with the kids,  I'm a Godmother don't ya know  ;D  They had bought armbands for the day and this entitled them to get in Conwy castle half price.  The kids were given a little detective booklet to fill in with a pencil, the idea is based on true historical facts based around the story of Owain Glyndwr and how he tricked his way into seizing the castle.  You have to find various boards located with in the castle some of which are at the top of the turrets....typical.  When you have found all the clues you fill in the spaces and if correct you win a badge  $good$ It's an excellent idea.  While looking for the clues I took some photos of the people in their medieval costumes.  It's a shame they're not in the castle more often as the costumes, tents and furs draped over sticks really added to the atmosphere and the kids really enjoyed themselves.
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Post by: Pendragon on November 12, 2011, 05:52:50 PM
A couple more photos from the day.
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Post by: Blodyn on November 12, 2011, 08:17:34 PM
Sounds like an excellent day.  I do like the pictures of the "medieval" people in the castle.
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Post by: snowcap on November 12, 2011, 09:46:22 PM
it would draw the crowds in if it was done during the summer months don,t you think ?
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Post by: Pendragon on November 12, 2011, 10:11:19 PM
Yes it really would.  This sounds really cheesy but it really bought the castle to life....if you know what I mean  :D
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Post by: snowcap on November 12, 2011, 10:19:39 PM
it would certainly make it more intresting for visitors, i walked around it last st Davids day but it was empty compaired to your photos, and it was free to go around it on that day.
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Post by: Pendragon on November 12, 2011, 10:41:12 PM
We all know if you pay to take the kids somewhere and they're bored stupid you will forever think that attraction is not worth the money.  These kids were between two and a half and eight, three of them and they had a wail of a time, so did I as not wanting to miss out I had my own booklet but I didn't collect my badge   :-X  Once kids have run up the steps seen the top, been shouted at for going to close to the edge, run up more steps again, they're bored...the little booklet coupled with the traditional costumes etc it just made the whole day more real to them which I thought was priceless.
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Post by: snowcap on November 12, 2011, 10:51:33 PM
I'm glad you had a great day out with them, i would be watching them like a hawk if they were to go up the towers, knowing my grandchildren they would be climbing on the guard rails with no thought of how dangerous it was, my wife would have kittens.
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Post by: Pendragon on November 12, 2011, 10:57:11 PM
They're lovely kids, they really are.  If they weren't I wouldn't have gone  :laugh:
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Post by: dwsi on November 14, 2011, 01:51:30 AM
Sychnant Pass starring in the Sainsburys 2011 Christmas Ad


Sainsbury's Christmas ad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glhHIkwQFl4#ws)


Sainsbury's panto horse antics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbxS3sifIDw#ws)

and Menai Bridge
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on November 14, 2011, 10:18:53 PM
The Albion has a new facebook page  Albion Ale House.
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Post by: Fester on November 14, 2011, 10:20:20 PM
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The Albion has a new facebook page  Albion Ale House.

Eh?  Is it open?
I have been past a few times recently, it looks to be in darkness, and several broken windon panes?
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Post by: Pendragon on November 14, 2011, 10:25:35 PM
No it's not open yet but they plan (so I believe) to be opening  December.  There's a lot of work to be done but it's all in hand.  I went in last week and two fellas were there french polishing the bar.  I'm still hoping to catch Jonathan so I can take some photos.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on November 20, 2011, 01:25:49 PM
We had a fantastic time last night in the Civic Hall in Conwy.  We bought tickets to go and see Courteous Theif, Pocket venus and Chris Helme from the Seahorses and The Yards..  Courteous Thief are friends of ours and my lad is their No1 fan so he was made up when we got 2 tickets for him and his mate too, the band has been on Radio Wales all last week as their new single was voted Radio Wales track of the week, I'm sure they will make it big time.  I've never seen Pocket Venus before and they were really good too, I think the band is from Llandudno.  I was blown away by Chris Helme though, I vaguely remember the Seahorses but this was the first time I saw Chris perform, he did an acoustic set and he was awesome.  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on November 21, 2011, 09:52:33 AM
Coming back from my Mums last night I took a photo of the Albion.  The scaffolding was being put up in the morning.  I'm so happy that this beautiful building is now in the hands of those who really appreciate the importance of this magnificent heritage pub.  When I first took over in 2002 I asked Punch taverns if we could have new signs and they point blank refused, so me being me I made all my own.  They must have been ok as the woman who ran it for 12 months after me kept them too.  I suppose they  will be binned now though to make way for the professional ones that should have been there in the first place.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Blodyn on November 21, 2011, 10:13:10 AM
Pendragon, is the second photo the sign that you made?  If so, you've obviously do have your family's artistic talent.  I think that's a great sign - very welcoming!    &well&
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Post by: Pendragon on November 21, 2011, 10:38:07 AM
Yes I made the sign took me ages but I enjoyed making them.  Thanks Blodyn  $thanx$
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Post by: Pendragon on November 24, 2011, 05:52:05 PM
Well according to the Conwy bongo drums The Blue Bell is to shut down on the 3rd December.  It was never the same once Ken sadly passed away.  I really hope no one else is going to invest money with punch taverns. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on November 24, 2011, 06:04:30 PM
I am made up.....just had an email saying I can go and take photos in the Albion.  I can do some before and after ones.  Unfortunately the Albion will not be open before Xmas though.
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Post by: Tillymint on November 25, 2011, 02:38:43 PM
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Well according to the Conwy bongo drums The Blue Bell is to shut down on the 3rd December.  It was never the same once Ken sadly passed away.  I really hope no one else is going to invest money with punch taverns.

The Conwy bongo drums now say that the Landlady "did a runner" a couple of days ago.

The Blue Bell front door and one of the side windows are now boarded up so there may be some truth to the rumours.

Couldn't agree more about Punch Taverns. Too many people have lost a lot of money over the years. Don't think it will be long before Punch go belly up either. They are selling off most of their leased properties,
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Post by: DaveR on November 25, 2011, 03:17:35 PM
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I really hope no one else is going to invest money with punch taverns.
Invest is perhaps not the right word....
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 27, 2011, 12:33:18 PM
Remember the Grey Lady?  Sad to see her today :o

(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i331/penrhynpigeons/PB270087.jpg)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on November 27, 2011, 07:24:58 PM
A few weeks ago I posted on the forum about The Conwy Mine my Dads friend had found on Conwy mountain.  Yesterday some friends of Nemesis went up there to investigate and below is the youtube video.  Rodger has emailed me these photos too.........which he says are mine so there's no copyright issues.  I found the video fascinating. I had described the Mine as half way up when in actual fact it's very near the top  :roll: so I think they were a bit knackered when they finally reached it  :laugh:  I truly hope they covered the entrance again with my Dads sticks or he'll have a fit   ;D
 

Roger said "Sadly it only went about 200-300 yards so it was very short. There was little evidence of what was mined there and not much in the way of mineral".

Ps I think the guys name is Roger

Conwy Mine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT7gwi1QUKo#)
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Post by: Pendragon on November 27, 2011, 09:19:27 PM
Hehe oops Rogers name is actually Ian  :laugh: thanks Nem  $good$
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Post by: Nemesis on November 27, 2011, 09:21:58 PM
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Hehe oops Rogers name is actually Ian  :laugh: thanks Nem  $good$

No Probs ! ;D
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Post by: Pendragon on November 28, 2011, 10:39:17 AM
I called in at the Albion a few days ago and as promised took some photos of the interior, as you can see Wood Valentine have done a fantastic job of the french polishing.  The beams in the pool room have been striped back to the original oak and it looks beautiful.  All the seating has been sent away to be upholstered.  Electricians are rewiring and builders are due to start on the renovations to the mens toilets etc.   You can see on the photo of the paneling a piece has been taken out to reveal the original Victorian tiles.  It's great to see such attention being lavished on the Albion and I hope the new managers do really well.
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Post by: DaveR on November 28, 2011, 11:23:50 AM
Good to see work progressing. Love that clock.  $good$
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Post by: Pendragon on November 28, 2011, 11:44:57 AM
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Good to see work progressing. Love that clock.  $good$
Yes it's the original clock but unfortunately the mechanism has been changed and it now works with a battery.
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Post by: Fester on December 16, 2011, 10:39:47 AM
I see the planning rejection department at CCBC is in full swing again..

At least there are no large scale jobs hinging on it this time..  see here.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-16174247 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-16174247)

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Post by: DaveR on December 16, 2011, 11:05:43 AM
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I see the planning rejection department at CCBC is in full swing again..

At least there are no large scale jobs hinging on it this time..  see here.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-16174247 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-16174247)
Have you examined the plans? The new entrance for the Visitor Centre was completely inappropriate for a World Heritage site. If it had been built, people would have been complaining as to why the Council had ever passed the design...!
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Post by: Pendragon on December 16, 2011, 11:55:36 AM
I'm going to the Albion again on Monday for some more pictures.  I was going to call in today but they have a conservationist there for most of the day.  Remember the etched glass window in the bar next to the front door that was smashed in 2009, it was replaced by Punch Taverns with an ordinary clear pane (funnily enough the council didn't object at all) well now they're trying to say the new owners replaced it....and another pane that was etched was replaced with the same clear glass at the back of the building too. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: martin on December 22, 2011, 11:34:19 AM
11.25 hrs Just go back from Conwy, the main car park has two or three cars in it, why does the Council not give the locals something at Christmas and have free parking ALL DAY and not just from 15.00 hrs? ???    WWW  Mind you, noticed the parking police were out dispensing their own unique brand of Christmas cheer  WWW
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Post by: Pendragon on January 09, 2012, 04:38:59 PM
Work is progressing fast in the Albion, they were hoping to open mid January but it's looking more likely to be the end of the month now.  The broken window at the front of the building has been restored, interior walls and woodwork have been painted a very clean white, all the reupholstered seating is getting returned this week, rewiring is under way and the cellar is being totally refitted.  I can't get over how fantastic the beams look.   D)  One of the builders said at some point the etched window by the main door is being replaced after Punch Taverns used plain glass (tut tut)  I often wondered how they got away with that amongst other things!!
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Post by: Pendragon on January 09, 2012, 04:41:16 PM
Some more pics of the Albion  $walesflag$
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 09, 2012, 07:48:22 PM
looks very good, great to see these buildings preserved!
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Post by: Bellringer on January 12, 2012, 10:41:23 AM
Hey! Bring my caravan back!!

This burnt out caravan is finally being removed from the Bryn Gynog site on Hendre Road. It must be more than 12 months ago since it went up in flames.
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Post by: DaveR on January 13, 2012, 10:39:48 AM
http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2012/01/12/planning-battle-looms-for-owner-of-one-of-conwy-s-well-known-eyesores-55243-30103449/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2012/01/12/planning-battle-looms-for-owner-of-one-of-conwy-s-well-known-eyesores-55243-30103449/)

THE owner of one of Conwy’s most controversial eyesores claims he’s willing to renovate the site but is being obstructed by Conwy County Council.
Alan Edwards owns the former Fruit and Fibre shop on Lancaster Square in the walled town. For a number of years the Grade II listed premises have lain empty and have deteriorated.
In 2009 Mr Edwards began to make alterations to the property in readiness for what he claims were new tenants.
But Conwy Council took legal action to stop any “unauthorised” work being done on the property. Because the building is within the town walls of Conwy, it is within the conservation area, and it claimed Mr Edwards did not have the right permissions.
According to Conwy Council, Mr Edwards has, without listed building consent, removed the external render and pebble dash from the building.
Gutters and downpipes have also been removed without consent, and seven wooden sash windows.
The council is also unhappy about the installation of a new rooflight at the rear.
Since 2009 the council says it has sought to encourage Mr Edwards to remedy the breaches of listed building control, including discussing possible grant funding.
The authority says it has no intention to halt work indefinitely on the building, but stressed it wanted to see remedial works to restore the architectural features.
In the notice of appeal, Nick Jones, Conwy’s planning and environmental enforcement manager, says: “In view of the lack of cooperation from the owner, the authority has found no alternative but to serve a listed building enforcement notice to remedy continuing injury to the building and the effect of the works on this part of the conservation area.”
Mr Edwards has appealed to the Welsh Government on the grounds that the enforcement notice was not properly served on everyone with an interest in the land, and that the time given to comply was too short.
Mr Edwards told the Weekly News: “I wanted to do the work on the property two years ago and renovate it.
“I’d started the work but Conwy Council put a court order out to stop me. It was a shame as we had tenants lined up to take it over.
“Whatever we’ve suggested doing, the council has been very negative and obstructive.”
County councillor Joan Vaughan said: “This property is in a very prominent position in Conwy and is in a terrible state.
“It looks a disgrace, and I can’t understand why the owner has let it go in such a way.
“It’s a shame, as it could be lovely. I remember it being a number of businesses, such as a laundrette and a grocer’s.”
A Conwy Council spokeswoman said: “An appeal has been submitted and the matter is now in the hands of the Planning Inspectorate.”
The appeal will be dealt with by the Welsh Government sometime next month.


One wonders what Mr Edwards has been doing the previous 25 years it has been derelict?
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Post by: martin on January 13, 2012, 11:29:41 AM
In a tourist town like Conwy, it is a disgrace this building has been allowed to stand in this state for so long.  Another disgrace is Billingtons garage, what visitors must think of these to eyesores I do not know.  Why has the council pussyfooted around for so long?  Billington's owners have run rings around them, last I was aware of was that their appeal due to be heard late last year had been postponed until early this year, I think to the end of this month.  What's the betting it will be put back once again.  These building can do nothing but harm to Conwy and it's tourist industry, Conwy Council, pull your fingers out and get these buildings sorted.  Billington's site needs clearing and grassing over and the old Fruit and Fibre, at the very least remove the scaffolding having first rendered the front elevation, with all work on both sites being charged to the respective owners.  I am sure that if the council were serious about their commitment to the town they would find a way to get these eyesores sorted out.
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Post by: DaveR on January 13, 2012, 12:24:41 PM
Very true, Martin, I completely agree. CCBC's stance towards these eyesores has been pretty lacklustre.
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Post by: DaveR on January 19, 2012, 11:40:15 AM
TWO new shops will soon open in Conwy, while a pirate-themed weekend is also on its way.
Rumours were rife that the tough economic climate had caught up with Conwy, and the town was going to start filling up with empty units.

Chatterbox and The Dressing Room, both shops on the High Street, have closed. However, the good news is the owners of The Dressing Room are going to reopen the premises as the Harbour Gallery, a shop selling original Welsh art, and it’s understood Chatterbox, a former lingerie shop, will be reopening as a card and stationary shop.

Work is also underway to renovate the former Co-op store on Lancaster Square.

Julie Jordan, the owner of Harbour Gallery, which will open on Saturday, February 25, said: “With clothing there is too much competition, and my business partner Geoff Marsden and I have always been interested in art. “We will be selling a range of Welsh artists’ work, but not just paintings, also handmade jewellery, pottery and metalwork. “I also want to get young Welsh artists involved with the gallery. On a three month basis, we will be running art competitions, and whoever wins will be able to exhibit their work at the gallery.”

http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2012/01/19/two-new-shops-to-open-in-conwy-55243-30150815/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2012/01/19/two-new-shops-to-open-in-conwy-55243-30150815/)
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Post by: Pendragon on January 20, 2012, 12:11:29 AM
excellent idea  $good$
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Post by: dwsi on January 23, 2012, 06:31:27 PM
I've heard a rumour that the blue bell is reopening soon, is there any truth to this story?
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Post by: Pendragon on January 23, 2012, 06:48:47 PM
Yes I was told it will be open within the next couple of weeks  $good$ a past landlady is taking it on again.  I wish her luck I truly do but she must be mad dealing with Punch.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: martin on January 23, 2012, 06:59:37 PM
How that place has changed over the years.  We have very found memories of going in there on the night of our honeymoon, 6th April 1973.  I recall the then landlady was fairly advanced in years, and at closing time I had gone for a Jimmy, and the landlady had said to someone else in the bar, "this little girl is just waiting for her husband".  The little girl was in fact 24.  We still think about that night when passing the pub, it would be nice to see it open again.  Our honeymoon was in fact spent at my parents caravan in Gyffin, we now look across from our lounge window to where the caravan used to be, a lifetime ago.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on January 23, 2012, 09:32:40 PM
We spent our honeymoon in a caravan on the old Morfa site in 1964 and now live in Gyffin!! Funny old world how things work out.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on January 28, 2012, 03:51:23 PM
The Albion Vaults is opening it's doors once again at 12pm next Friday 3rd Feb  ;D  All concerned have done a fantastic job in the renovation of this much loved local heritage pub.    It was all hands on deck last night as people scurried around trying to get the finishing touches done in time for the private celebrations last night.  The Albion has had a complete overhaul it's been rewired, new cellar lines, everywhere has been painted and all bare wood including the floors have been french polished by Dave from Valentine Wood in Colwyn Bay, all seating has been upholstered and fabulous light fittings and soft furnishings  adorn every room.  Well worth a visit folks.                                       
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Post by: Pendragon on January 28, 2012, 03:53:52 PM
Some more photos of the Albion  $walesflag$
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Post by: Pendragon on January 28, 2012, 03:57:49 PM
A couple more including one of the certificate awarded to the Albion in 2003 stating the pubs inclusion in CAMRA's National inventory of historic pubs
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 28, 2012, 04:49:22 PM
Wow, that's a great job they've done there, great pics too! I love those art deco lamp shades too.

 $cool$
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Post by: Blodyn on January 28, 2012, 10:03:00 PM
The Albion looks great, Pendragon.  Congratulations to everyone involved and I wish them well with the re-opening. 

 ££$      $walesflag$
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Post by: Paddy on January 29, 2012, 03:07:12 AM
It looks great Pendragon. Are you going to be working there?
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Post by: dwsi on January 29, 2012, 12:06:29 PM
Let's have a 3 towns forum meet-up in the revamped Albion   ZXZ
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Post by: DaveR on January 29, 2012, 07:51:21 PM
Are they going to do anything to the outside?
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Post by: Fester on January 29, 2012, 08:19:18 PM
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Let's have a 3 towns forum meet-up in the revamped Albion   ZXZ

Gerrit organised then, son!  Z**
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Post by: Pendragon on January 30, 2012, 11:04:19 AM
Gail and I are going to the Albion at 6pm this Friday if anyone fancies joining us  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: martin on January 30, 2012, 12:01:49 PM
I noticed last week the scaffolding that had surrounding the old Fruit n' Fibre shop in Conwy has been removed, not sure when this was done, but it is a slight improvement, (and I do mean slight).  Unfortunately now you can see that the building is just a shell with a roof, no windows, etc.  The old boarding the covers the ground floor windows and door looks awful, tatty with very faded blue paint, the front elevation has some render, much of which is missing, so overall, a derelict building in a prime position that lets the town down.   I just hope that this is the start of renovation, but I will not hold my breath.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on January 30, 2012, 12:43:19 PM
CCBC have served an Enforcement Notice on the Owner, who is now moaning about it. He still hasn't explained why he left the property derelict for 20+ years....?
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Post by: JasonW on January 30, 2012, 07:42:29 PM
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In a tourist town like Conwy, it is a disgrace this building has been allowed to stand in this state for so long.  Another disgrace is Billingtons garage, what visitors must think of these to eyesores I do not know.  Why has the council pussyfooted around for so long?  Billington's owners have run rings around them, last I was aware of was that their appeal due to be heard late last year had been postponed until early this year, I think to the end of this month.  What's the betting it will be put back once again.  These building can do nothing but harm to Conwy and it's tourist industry, Conwy Council, pull your fingers out and get these buildings sorted.  Billington's site needs clearing and grassing over and the old Fruit and Fibre, at the very least remove the scaffolding having first rendered the front elevation, with all work on both sites being charged to the respective owners.  I am sure that if the council were serious about their commitment to the town they would find a way to get these eyesores sorted out.
I understand (from 2 sources) that the appeal by the current owners of Billingtons, Muller Property Holdings, have dropped the appeal at the 11th hour. The appeal was due to be heard today and tomorrow at Mold Crown Court.
On Friday evening the owners abandoned the appeal and let the court know that the site was being sold this week.
Due to the late abandonment that judge has order costs of £10,075 this on top of the costs £4K that the owners were order to pay CCBC from the original demolition order.
Apparently the letter of detailing the dropping of the appeal said the site was being sold for £38K.
Is this more delaying tactics, or is the a serious new owner on the scene that will comply with the demolition order, - another waiting game?
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Post by: DaveR on January 30, 2012, 07:53:13 PM
I believe a local estate agent is keen to buy the site...  ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: martin on January 30, 2012, 08:28:10 PM
JasonW - Don't suppose we can celebrate yet, I really do not trust these people, as you say, is it just another delaying tactic? ,   That said, if the costs made against Muller is true that is indeed good news, hitting them in the pocket.   Please post any further news if you hear anything more.
DaveR - What would an estate agent do with the site?  They may just be interested in getting the site at a knock down price and sitting on it until the financial situation improves, which would leave us back to square one.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on January 31, 2012, 09:37:34 AM
Buying that site for £38k seems like a pretty good deal, depending upon what they intend to do with it. Why could CCBC not have bought it and just cleared the site, then grassed it over?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 01, 2012, 09:54:19 AM
THE chink of glasses and Iechyd Da! marked the launch of a new pub run by four local breweries.

The Albion Ale House in Uppergate Street, one of Conwy’s oldest hostelries, was officially reopened yesterday. It has been bought by a businessman who asked four local breweries – Bragdy Conwy Brewery, Bragdy’r Gogarth (Great Orme Brewery), Bragdy Nant Brewery (Llanrwst) and Bragdy Mws Piws (Purple Moose Brewery, Porthmadog) to run it for him.

The pub retains many original features including one of the best examples of a 1920s bar in Wales.

It’s believed this is the first time four competing breweries have joined forces to open a pub.

Mws Piws’ Lawrence Washington said: “People can come here and experience something they might not get in everyday pubs.”

Albion manager Stuart Chapman-Edwards, 35, said: “It’s a very exciting project. It’s going to be a pub for people who want a good quality product in good quality surroundings.

“It’s a passion of mine, real ale. The big draw is each of the ales from all the four breweries. We will have a good range of six to seven different ales served in rotation.”

Mayor of Conwy, councillor Anne Roberts, said at yesterday’s opening: “The fact that four small businesses have got together I think is a wonderful achievement. I hope the public will come and support you. I am sure they will because it is something different.”

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/02/01/breweries-raise-a-glass-to-pub-venture-in-conwy-55578-30239604/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/02/01/breweries-raise-a-glass-to-pub-venture-in-conwy-55578-30239604/)
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Post by: Fester on February 01, 2012, 10:36:10 AM
An interesting concept!
Its like a shop run by its main suppliers.
I wish them all the best, and I hope it gets heavily publicised by the likes of CAMRA, because is not such an easy pub to find otherwise.

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Post by: Pendragon on February 03, 2012, 12:18:17 AM
Came out of work tonight and there's a horrible smell in Conwy.  I wonder if there's something wrong with the drains, honestly it stinks?
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Post by: martin on February 03, 2012, 09:24:38 AM
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Came out of work tonight and there's a horrible smell in Conwy.  I wonder if there's something wrong with the drains, honestly it stinks?
Having lived out in the sticks for many years, and often close to farms, the smell last night  is identical to that produced when a farmer is doing a spot of slurry spreading. 
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 03, 2012, 09:32:48 AM
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Came out of work tonight and there's a horrible smell in Conwy.  I wonder if there's something wrong with the drains, honestly it stinks?

How's that job with the Conwy Tourist board going?  :laugh: 
   We get a smell like that every so often in Penrhyn Bay too!  horrible :'(
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Post by: Yorkie on February 03, 2012, 04:18:12 PM
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We get a smell like that every so often in Penrhyn Bay too!  horrible :'(

Normally when they are spreading silage!     ;)
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Post by: Bellringer on February 07, 2012, 02:24:27 PM
Signs have gone up this morning at the Gyffin village end of Henryd Road saying  "Road Closed" and diverting traffic along the B5106 Llanrwst Road.

Anyone know why.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 07, 2012, 02:30:26 PM
Harbour Gallery opening on the High Street in Conwy:
https://twitter.com/#!/C_Dearden/status/166885134598029313/photo/1
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on February 07, 2012, 03:58:35 PM
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Signs have gone up this morning at the Gyffin village end of Henryd Road saying  "Road Closed" and diverting traffic along the B5106 Llanrwst Road.

Anyone know why.

Daniels are doing work in the road at the Henryd end - road is still closed. As Daniels are involved it must be water pipe problems.

Overnight, a wooden stable just off this road was burnt down. Fortunately no horses inside.
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Post by: dwsi on February 07, 2012, 06:40:27 PM
Suspected arson attack on stables in North Wales - with video - North Wales News - News - Daily Post North Wales http://bit.ly/wWOK7N (http://bit.ly/wWOK7N)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on February 08, 2012, 09:29:54 PM
Quote
Overnight, a wooden stable just off this road was burnt down. Fortunately no horses inside.

Front page story in today's Daily Post.
Just what is the point of such a despicable act??

Cattle also straying on this road during last night/this morning.
The road has now re-opened following work by Daniels.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on February 09, 2012, 05:38:45 PM
Demolition of Billington's Garage in Conwy ‘must go ahead’ - North Wales News - News - Daily Post North Wales http://bit.ly/xwd8VP (http://bit.ly/xwd8VP)
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Post by: Bellringer on February 18, 2012, 02:02:23 PM
Two men with a digger clearing and tidying up the frontage of Billingtons' garage this afternoon. Is demolition finally closer?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 18, 2012, 03:56:46 PM
I believe Mr Flannigan wants to move the offices of St Davids Commercial there.
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Post by: Yorkie on February 18, 2012, 05:44:19 PM
Thought he would prefer to be "Underneath the Arches" with his mate Allan!    _))*
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Post by: DaveR on February 19, 2012, 09:14:53 PM
Some interesting news has emerged with regard to one of Conwy's oldest buildings, the Black Lion in Castle Street.

(http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4047/4526608954_17769fb65b_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/4526608954/)
The Black Lion (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/4526608954/#) by [davidrobertsphotography] (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr

It now seems that it is far older than previously thought and is now regarded as the 2nd oldest medieval building in Conwy town (Aberconwy House being the first). It has been the subject of a Dendro-Chronology (counting tree rings) lab test and its timbers have been dated as felled in 1441/2 when it was an urban 2 bay open hall house with jointed crucks. The conversion into a stone walled hearth-passage vicarage by Vicar John Brickdall was dated 1589. It therefore has national importance.

Given this news, isn't it about time that CCBC took a far firmer line with the Owner? The same owner that wanted to install three en-suite bathrooms and demolish part of the building to build a car port, if my memory serves me correctly! I think its Listing should also be upped to Grade I and it was given a more sympathetic owner willing to treat it with the care its age demands..
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Post by: dwsi on February 19, 2012, 09:27:27 PM
Work has being going on in 2 Lancaster Square all last week. Does anyone know what kind of shop is going in there?
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Post by: DaveR on February 19, 2012, 09:33:33 PM
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Work has being going on in 2 Lancaster Square all last week. Does anyone know what kind of shop is going in there?
The one next to HSBC? Cafe, I believe.
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Post by: dwsi on February 19, 2012, 09:34:50 PM
starbucks?  ;D
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Post by: DaveR on February 19, 2012, 09:53:58 PM
Somewhat more 'cultured' than Starbucks.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on February 19, 2012, 09:56:24 PM
cafe culture?
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Post by: DaveR on February 19, 2012, 09:58:02 PM
 :-X
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Post by: Bellringer on February 20, 2012, 01:01:10 PM
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Two men with a digger clearing and tidying up the frontage of Billingtons' garage this afternoon. Is demolition finally closer?

Well what do you know?
They are now slapping some paint on the building - some of those cracks will take a lot of "Polyfilla"!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 20, 2012, 08:55:09 PM
Ray Castle has told me about this fascinating new website called http://historypoints.org/ (http://historypoints.org/)

It's a relatively new website but already has some great information on it about local buildings, here's one example:

"Compton House replaced an earlier building on the east side of Castle Street, between the road and lower section of the town walls. The building has been used for various trades, including manufacture or sale of footwear through much of the last century (see Footnotes).

The cellar, open to the public in the main tourism season, is said to be haunted. There is a tale that the daughter of the building’s occupant (a John Jones) in about 1860 died from natural causes when she was 16 years old.

Paranormal investigators have explored the building independently, one being from the USA and the other from England. Both advised the owners never to breach the walls in one corner of the cellar and enter the room behind. There is no visible means of entry, and the owners were surprised that a room existed there. Later they drilled a hole in the floor above and, with the help of a medical endoscope, inspected what they could see inside the sealed room. The only objects they could make out appeared to be associated with fishing or seafaring.

Compton House is currently home to the Conwy branch of Celtic Shops, selling gifts and clothes."


Only the Conwy section is currently active but there is plenty to look though in there:
http://historypoints.org/index.php?page=Conway-Buildings (http://historypoints.org/index.php?page=Conway-Buildings)

Well done to all involved.

 $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on February 21, 2012, 05:21:03 PM
Temporary traffic lights on St Agnes Road causing lengthy delays at times - they were putting new lamp posts up last week.

Next week St Agnes Road "closed" for re-surfacing.
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Post by: dwsi on February 21, 2012, 05:42:12 PM
St Agnes Road and Mill Hill will be closed from 27/02 - 2/03 between 0700-1900 for resurfacing. it'll be chaotic in that area  >>>
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Post by: DaveR on February 22, 2012, 09:34:09 PM
Ray Castle has kindly provided us with a lot more historical information about the Black Lion in Conwy below. If anyone has anything to add, please do so.  :)

11 Castle Street - The Black Lion or Brickdall House

1441 to 1589

The inscription on the wall over the front door reads “1589 JB E” This was previously understood
to be the year the building was erected and to be the initials of John Brickdall and Em.Motley ( his
wife ).

However, circa 2010 a sample was taken from one of the roof timbers on behalf of the “The Royal Commission
for Historic and Ancient Monuments in Wales “. The sample was dendro-chronology lab tested and the results
indicated that the timber was felled in the period 1441/42.

( NB Owain Glyndwr’s followers burnt most of the houses of Conwy in 1401 - CADW 1986 )

An archaeological assessment has asserted that the house was originally an urban 2 bay hall house
with jointed crucks.

The conversion of the hall house to a stone walled storeyed hearth passage vicarage was in 1589-
hence the inscription on the outside wall.

1589 to 1607

John Brickdall was married on 10 May 1578 ( not as widely reported 1589 ) according to the parish
registers ( reprinted by Hadley ) and subsequently had at least 6 children. He was the vicar of
Conwy. The building was probably the vicarage ( although there is speculation that it may have been
his private residence )

John Brickdall was descended from Thomas Brickdall –possibly the first Governor of Conwy Castle.
The Brickdall’s were a prominent local family mentioned over several centuries in Conwy. They were
a very wealthy family.

John Brickdall died in 1607 –this was the year that the Black Death decimated the population of
Conwy.

The building was referred to as Brickdall House until late 19 century.

18th Century to 1935


A major remodelling of the building took place in the 18 century- probably associated with the
conversion to a public house.

The outbuilding behind the Black Lion was at some time used as a pig market ( weekly on a Monday
morning)

The building became a posting inn in the 18th century.

(See Norman Tucker page111, JO Halliwell page 109 and W Bezant Lowe page 323)

1935 to circa 1958

The building was bought by William Henry Morgan in 1935 -he was an electrical engineer and
operated his business from the outbuilding at the rear of the Black Lion. The outhouse building used
to be stables.

He let the shop at the front of the Black Lion
a) As a sweetshop operated by the Currans ( Irish family )
b) As a teashop operated by his ex-wife Bessie Jones. The” tearoom” business started in 1952
and was open between Easter and September. It occupied the “Siambr Fawr” – the large
chamber.

The daughter of William Henry Morgan is Jean Morgan Roberts who is a well known professional
artist with a business on Castle Street opposite the Black Lion. Jean was born in the Black Lion
which makes her a “Conwy Jackdaw”. She reports that the Black Lion has its own well, Elizabethan
fireplaces, walled garden, stone steps up to the town wall and a cellar which is rumoured to conceal
a secret escape tunnel which leads under the town wall to the quay. One of the bedrooms over the
passageway had a trapdoor in the floor.

1958 to circa 2000

The Black Lion was sold circa 1958 to Ann Wilkes-Jones who with her parents operated an antiques
business –this incorporated a teashop with sales of books and giftware.

1964 Owned by Miss Wilkes who ran an antiques business from it -2009 Arch. Survey

1969 Llandudno Directory – HWA Wilks, Black Lion, Castle Street

Adverts for this business appeared in the Conwy Town Guide for 1960, 1962 and 1971/2. The
business is mentioned in a report of a 1976 survey made by Gwynedd Archaeological Trust.
The business closed towards the end of the 1970’s and the building was left empty.

Circa 2000 to 2008

In 2002 the Black Lion was sold by the Wilkes family to Ian Hughes who has a car body repair
business in Mochdre. The building remained unoccupied during Ians ownership. Ian had the outside
of the building re-plastered in 2005 and his engineers made the metal jackdaws which perch on the
roof. Other works included re-roofing, new floorboards in part, grounds clearance in the rear court
yard backing onto the town wall and removal of a large amount of debris from within the building.

2008 to date

Ian Hughes eventually sold the Black Lion to Ms Angharad E M Jones ( an accountant ) of Anglesey in
April 2008 -she is the current owner.

The Black Lion remains empty, boarded-up and in dis-repair ( as at 2011 )

A planning application ( 0/37096 in 2010/11 ) for change of use, repair and refurbishment to a
dwelling house including the erection of a new car port to back of site was refused by Conwy CBC.
( the previous use was that of a tea shop and before that, a shop )

Ms Jones has said she eventually hopes to live in the property.


References

1789 Hugh Jones of Black Lion died aged 40 -Gwynedd Family History Book of memorials

1790 mentioned in a draft lease “ Black Lyon then in occupation of Hugh Hughes “ ( 2009 Arch
Survey)

1798 -1800 chief rent of “ Brigdale House “ 7s 4d

1801 Alehouse Keepers recognizance, William Williams of the Black lion, 1801 -2009 Arch. Survey

1828/9 Pigot Directory – Black Lion, Edw. Williams, Castle Street

1834 Robsons Directory lists Edward Williams as licensee

1835 Pigots Directory lists Edward Williams as licensee

1844 licensee was John Davies –1844 Slaters Directory

1850 licensee was John Davies per 1850 Slaters Directory

1850 “Black Lion”is mentioned in Thomas Roberts Chronicles-1850 Mr Goodall
-1851 Edward Williams
-1852 Elizabeth Foulkes, servant
1851 Census lists -John Davies aged 50 Innkeeper
-Ellen Davies aged 49 wife
-3 x servants

1851 Edward Williams late of Black Lion died aged 58- Gwynedd Family History Soc.

1856 Slater’s Directory lists David Roberts as licensee

1859 Black Lion listing is David Roberts in 1859 slaters Directory

1861 Census list includes an entry for David Roberts “ Inn Keeper, Castle Street” ( no location )

1868 Slaters Directory lists Edward Williams as licensee

1871 Census lists Edward Williams as inn keeper aged 32 with his wife Grace aged 27, their 2 sons
and an in-law. Williams affairs fell into disarray and he left in 1879.

1879 (conveyance of the Black Lion from Edward Williams and the trustees of his estate to David
Owen esq upon the liquidation of Edward Williams affair by agreement 1879 -2009 Arch. Survey )

1880 licencee was Edward Williams ( 1880 Slaters Directory )-out of date ? see above

1881 Census lists Thomas Jones, Innkeeper

1889/90 Suttons Directory- Thomas Jones, Black Lion, 11 Castle Street.

1890 Purchase of the Black Lion by Grace Elen Jones for £330, 1890 -2009 Arch. Survey

1891 Census lists Thomas Jones, Licensed Victualler, a 9 year old grand-daughter, a nephew who was
a railway clerk, a bar-maid daughter and her husband, a pig dealer from Caernarfon, as well as two
visiting pig-dealers from Macclesfield in Cheshire.

1894 Will of Mrs Jones of the Black Lion 1894 -2009 Arch. Survey

1894 David Roberts, Black Lion died aged 61

1895 Slaters Directory – Ellen Jones, Black Lion, Castle Street

1897 Conveyance shows property conveyed in 1897 by Hugh Owen and Richard Owen to Ind Coope - 2009 Arch. Survey

1911 licencee was Hugh Jones ( Conway Trades Directory )

1913 Abstract of title of Hugh Jones of the Black Lion to premises in Gyffin 1913 -2009 Arch. Survey

1922 Licensee was Hugh Jones ( Conway Street Directory )
1929    “   “

1932 Copes Directory – Black Lion Public House

1932 Bennetts Directory W H Morgan,Electrical Engineer, Castle Street ( workshop at back of Black
Lion ? )

1935 Weekly News report of 14.3.1935 said the Black Lion closed as an inn on 11 March 1935.

1935 Conveyance shows property sold by Ind Coope and Hooper Ltd to William Henry Morgan ( a
hotelier of Penmaenmawr ? ) - 2009 Arch. Survey

RLCastle
21.1.2010
Updated Sept.2011
Updated December 2011
Updated January 2012
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 26, 2012, 05:37:31 PM
Boat on fire in Conwy Marina, lots of black smoke.

EDIT: Apparently, it's actually the Grey Lady.  :(
(http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4053/4530633298_a0c0d4132c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/4530633298/)
Grey Lady (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/4530633298/#) by [davidrobertsphotography] (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr
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Post by: dwsi on February 26, 2012, 05:38:36 PM
The Grey Lady on Conwy quay caught fire this afternoon. Yet another 'suspicious' fire?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 26, 2012, 05:42:45 PM
Kid messing about, no doubt. There are always a few clambering over it when I go past.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on February 26, 2012, 06:14:17 PM
Picture from twitter of the Grey Lady on fire. The cabin has gone but the hull is ok
http://bit.ly/wdfRMl (http://bit.ly/wdfRMl) © @c_dearden
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 26, 2012, 07:10:08 PM
Firefighters have been dealing with a blaze on a wooden fishing boat in Conwy.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said three appliances were dealing with the incident on the 40ft (12m) vessel at about 17:30 GMT.

The boat involved is believed to be an abandoned trawler. The cause of the blaze has not been confirmed.

Holyhead coastguards said the Llandudno RNLI lifeboat was also called to the incident.

The fire service said crews were dampening down after the initial blaze.
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Post by: dogstail on March 13, 2012, 06:44:49 PM
Saw this before

http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2012/03/01/conwy-ufo-sightings-creepy-conwy-55243-30432585/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2012/03/01/conwy-ufo-sightings-creepy-conwy-55243-30432585/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on March 15, 2012, 07:52:49 PM
BBC News - Historic lifeboat Edward Birkbeck Norfolk trip home http://bbc.in/z8pZXG (http://bbc.in/z8pZXG)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on March 25, 2012, 08:57:38 PM
The 'Grey Lady' as she looks now:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on March 25, 2012, 10:03:07 PM
Should she now be added to the eyesores section?
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Post by: DaveR on March 25, 2012, 10:24:14 PM
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Should she now be added to the eyesores section?
After walking along Conwy Quay today, I think a 'Maritime Eyesores' section may be needed!  ???
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Post by: dwsi on March 29, 2012, 08:59:36 PM
BBC News - Big spelling mistakes on signs in Gyffin car park, Conwy http://bbc.in/HlYHA4 (http://bbc.in/HlYHA4)
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Post by: SCMP on April 04, 2012, 06:22:09 PM
Does anybody know if the falcon place is opening for eater?
Many Thanks

SCMP
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Post by: dwsi on April 09, 2012, 01:10:20 PM
Traffic warden out on the prowl on Bank Holiday Monday and he was out on Good Friday. Beware shoppers in Conwy.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 14, 2012, 05:21:52 PM
Saw this poster on the Quay today in Conwy:
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Post by: SDQ on April 14, 2012, 06:03:17 PM
Oops!  Time to get a new proof reader methinks.
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Post by: Fester on April 14, 2012, 11:42:47 PM
Tut tut... attention to detail again.  &shake&

They weren't ''eagle eyed'' when they made that sign were they?  :laugh:
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Post by: Pendragon on April 26, 2012, 01:26:26 AM
There's a helicopter flying round near the Quay in Conwy?  I'ts been there for the last at least half an hr.  Does anyone know what's happened?  I could have sworn there was a link on here that reported on their latest maneuvers.  I  hope it's not serious  :o
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Post by: markankers on May 05, 2012, 11:27:26 PM
is it possible to get a grave index for st anges conway. the graves that are covered with brambles. i was looking for my g/gandmother Kate Jones grave for my ancestory reserch. i traveled from middlewich cheshire, to find the graves un-accesable.
regards
               mark
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Post by: Huw Pritchard on May 06, 2012, 08:19:26 AM
Re the enquiry about the index to St Agnes - yes, it looks like the Gwynedd Family History Soc have done one. See http://www.gwyneddfhs.org/ (http://www.gwyneddfhs.org/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on May 07, 2012, 12:01:28 PM
After 20 years the Dragons Back race is race is back in September.
It is thought to be the toughest mountain running event. Closely following the original route, the race will start at Conwy Castle in the north and trace the mountainous spine of Wales southwards, over 5 days with approximately 200 miles and 45,000 feet of ascent, to finish at Carreg Cennen Castle.
http://bit.ly/IH6n3R (http://bit.ly/IH6n3R)
 $walesflag$
15 minute video of the orignal race
http://youtu.be/KD6ywokYbqI (http://youtu.be/KD6ywokYbqI)
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Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2012, 05:30:52 PM
A very colourful market on the Quay this morning. A pleasure to meet Mr & Mrs Bri Roberts again as I was wandering around, too.
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Post by: Fester on May 19, 2012, 12:57:31 AM
Today, there is a Pirate themed day in Conwy.

Only on Friday was I shown the flyer, but it looks like a superb event for all the family.

There are loads of events, stalls and attractions going on, but I was unaware of it until Friday.
Amongst the many attractions are a Hog Roast, a Quay Market, a Keg carrying competition, a slave market !  :o, 
Lots of things for the kids and adults alike...  I wish I wasn't working now!!

I hope, despite poor publicity once again, that it it is a great success.

EDIT!!!  EDIT!! .... I have just noticed that Dave R posted about this on the Forum on May 15th...  $good$
But, other than that I don't think that the organisers made a great job of publicising it...
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Post by: DaveR on May 19, 2012, 09:06:56 AM
It's been all over Facebook for a while, that's where I heard about it.
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Post by: ormegolf on May 19, 2012, 11:43:38 AM
Personally this is the first I have heard about it. Mike
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Post by: kgem on May 19, 2012, 04:29:36 PM
Very busy on the quay today with the pirate weekend. its a pity they chose this week to dredge the harbor
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Post by: DaveR on May 19, 2012, 04:56:40 PM
I thought the same, diggers and piles of mud everywhere didn't add to the ambience! Good event, though.
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Post by: ormegolf on May 19, 2012, 07:55:48 PM
I managed to sneak an hour or so off to have a quick look around.
   Without a doubt the thing that struck me was how many were wearing good, quality pirate fancy dress. I dont mean just putting a patch over one eye.  I mean the full works.
   I cannot recall ever going to any event, anywhere where so many people were dressed up, I must have seen at least 300 different ones and I was only there an hour.
   So, absolutely full marks to the organisers for getting them all out.    Mike
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Post by: DaveR on May 19, 2012, 08:17:10 PM
Yes, quite a few people had made a big effort with their costumes. Here's just one:
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Post by: Quiggs on May 19, 2012, 11:13:19 PM
Regarding the Dredging, I can only comment, " Time and Tide wait for no Man "  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on May 21, 2012, 12:47:41 PM
Not for the first time, I was stuck in traffic congestion one day last week because a coach driver decided his coach would not go through the arch by the Castle leading down towards the old Billington's garage.

The hassle and messing about for all the vehicles that had followed him down and those backed up in Castle Square, to manoeuvre and allow the coach to reverse back up towards the Guild Hall, was a real sight!

I think I am correct in saying that signage says how high the arches are BUT NOT HOW WIDE. Perhaps the signage can be changed to help alleviate this 'chaos' happening from time to time especially during the summer months.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Quiggs on May 21, 2012, 04:01:41 PM
If you take a look at the local buses and coaches, you will see that the mirrors are kept as close as possible to the side of the vehicle, so that they can go through the arches and other narrow places around N. Wales     The large motorised mirrors on some coaches are referred to as " P45 " mirrors, because that is what you are likely to get if you knock one off.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on May 21, 2012, 07:14:31 PM
Also that arch is at an angle so you have to go over to the wall on the right and then cross back to the left wall as you go through the arch. Very intimidating for the coach drivers who aren't used to it.
As Quiggs has said, it is easy to spot which are the local buses & coaches.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 21, 2012, 07:33:19 PM
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it is easy to spot which are the local buses & coaches.

They haven't had the mirrors knocked off!  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on May 21, 2012, 11:05:59 PM
They weren't very forward looking, these medieval castle builders were they?

Could they not foresee that in 800 years time there might be public transport vehicles where would be much wider than a horse and cart?  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on May 21, 2012, 11:22:03 PM
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They weren't very forward looking, these medieval castle builders were they?

Could they not foresee that in 800 years time there might be public transport vehicles where would be much wider than a horse and cart?  &shake&

Of course they were! Look how they anticipated the coming of the railways by building that archway.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on May 22, 2012, 11:39:06 AM
The particular arch (on the Gyffin Road) isn't original, it must be post 1800 as there's no sign of it on this map:

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on May 22, 2012, 01:13:57 PM
That tunnel was built specifically for the railway.  The Council agreed the Railways could breach the wall after a lot of wrangling as the council was very protective over the walls at that time,  the Council also said the Railway company had to re build the tower, you can see from the picture below the difference in colour.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on May 22, 2012, 01:14:59 PM
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They weren't very forward looking, these medieval castle builders were they?

Could they not foresee that in 800 years time there might be public transport vehicles where would be much wider than a horse and cart?  &shake&

Of course they were! Look how they anticipated the coming of the railways by building that archway.
Your Back....really missed you Trojan...how the devil are you matey  :-*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on May 23, 2012, 08:47:07 PM
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They weren't very forward looking, these medieval castle builders were they?

Could they not foresee that in 800 years time there might be public transport vehicles where would be much wider than a horse and cart?  &shake&

Of course they were! Look how they anticipated the coming of the railways by building that archway.
Your Back....really missed you Trojan...how the devil are you matey  :-*

Ooooh, I'm not too bad pen, thanks.  :D

(I was only joking about the railway arch Dave.  ???)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Llechwedd on May 24, 2012, 12:37:39 PM
Anyone know if there's going to be a Conwy Music festival this year?  I haven't seen any mention.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on May 24, 2012, 12:48:51 PM
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(I was only joking about the railway arch Dave.  ???)
I'm sure you were; I was talking about the one on the Gyffin road.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on May 29, 2012, 12:33:48 PM
Did anyone go down to see the Olympic Torch coming through Conwy today?  Was it right that the torch bearer was Russian?  If so whose piggin' idea was that?  Surly these people should be local to the area, I thought that was the point.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on May 29, 2012, 01:30:21 PM
The two I saw were Brits
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on May 29, 2012, 01:41:31 PM
For weeks I've been told it was two Russians...thats the Conwy bongo drums for you  :roll:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on May 29, 2012, 10:00:29 PM
They were half right, there was one Russian:
http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/torchbearers/community=conwy/index.html (http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/torchbearers/community=conwy/index.html)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Llechwedd on June 01, 2012, 02:16:05 PM
I was told that there were 42 runners and only 22 were locals
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on June 01, 2012, 11:09:45 PM
How do you define 'locals' Llechwedd?

I'm interested in what you are driving at...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on July 12, 2012, 05:23:21 PM
Has anyone got a photo of "The Street Circus" by Edward Povey.  It was the Mural on the side of Gwydir House in Conwy. The building has since been demolished.  It was painted on the side of the house on Bangor road in 1977.

Slight change of plan just had an e mail from Edward Poveys Studio (how important do I feel now)  Hehe
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on July 12, 2012, 05:42:15 PM
Try the library.    ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on July 12, 2012, 05:46:21 PM
No need I went to the Organ Grinder Yorkie  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on July 14, 2012, 09:17:31 PM
    Just a silly riddle about Conwy.
   Where in Conwy is/was the address which contained just one word plus "CONWY" four times?   Its not very long ago  Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on July 15, 2012, 08:58:33 AM
Conwy Quay.    Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on July 15, 2012, 09:15:02 AM
Conwy Castle
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on July 16, 2012, 04:43:07 PM
  Sorry Yorkie and SDQ.  Both wrong.   i may have described the question wrong in the first place. But I dont think so.

     So here is again.     Yorkie is correct.  QUAY is one of the words.   The other is CONWY ------ BUT that is used FOUR times 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on July 16, 2012, 05:42:28 PM
I'm guessing there must have been a house on the quay called Conwy then?
So it would be:-
Conwy,
Conwy Quay,
Conwy,
Conwy.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: majormellons on July 16, 2012, 06:34:17 PM
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I'm guessing there must have been a house on the quay called Conwy then?
So it would be:-
Conwy,
Conwy Quay,
Conwy,
Conwy.

If there were ever a boat in Conwy Marina called 'Conwy', and who to say that there isn't or hasn't been, the address for that boat would be

'Conwy'
Conwy Marina
Conwy
Conwy.
 :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on July 16, 2012, 06:38:43 PM
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  Sorry Yorkie and SDQ.  Both wrong.   i may have described the question wrong in the first place. But I dont think so.

     So here is again.     Yorkie is correct.  QUAY is one of the words.   The other is CONWY ------ BUT that is used FOUR times

You actually asked "where?".  Did you want the full address?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on July 16, 2012, 07:47:23 PM
  Yes, Yorkie, I should have written "what."  But a bit splitting hairs I feel.  Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on July 16, 2012, 07:59:05 PM
   Majormellons is the winner.  SDQ came very close.
   Around about 1990 a very large boat sailed in and drew up against the wall. Ancours out. Gangplank down. Arrived to stay. It was of course called "Conwy."
   It then opened as a restaurant.  Didnt take long for the Council to say Hey, business, rates.  So the bill arrived. The owner manager Captain, whatever said "If I've going to pay rates, then I want rubbish collected --- and I'm sticking a postbox by the gangplank, and mail can then come to me."  So that is how the address came into use.   mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on July 16, 2012, 09:04:26 PM
I remember it well, it was a rather poor conversion of an old hull all dressed up and was actually known as the Frigate Conwy:  See Folk CLub extract following.

A floating bar restaurant had recently moved in from Conwy Harbour, and it was proposed by one of the group that this would make an ideal venue for a Folk Club. The ship was known as the "Frigate Conwy" and it was agreed that a steering group approach the Management of the Frigate with the view of starting a Folk Club in the "Orlop Bar", that being the lowest of her decks. This proposal was welcomed, and with borrowed P.A. equipment and a great deal of faith, the first Folk Club night was set for Monday 12th August 1996.

The vessel didn't last for long. 

And in fact the correct address was

The Frigate Conwy
The Quay   (not Conwy Quay)
Conwy
Conwy County (which only became so in April 1996 on the formation of the Unitary Authority)

So there is only 3 Conwy's.

Sorry can't find a photo.    ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on July 16, 2012, 09:55:15 PM
     Well ---- that has well and truly put my riddle making in the can. Apologies to anyone who might have spent time thinking about it.   But I have yet to see any letter addressed Conwy COUNTY.   The Quay is universally known as Conwy Quay. I could'nt spell Frigate.   And in any case I didnt ask for the correct address.   I just asked where my Quay and 4 Conwys was situated.
    Never mind, it may have some of you a bit of a laugh. Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Cambrian on July 16, 2012, 10:04:50 PM
There's no such thing as "Conwy County" - it's a County Borough and the term is not used by Royal Mail as an address.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on July 16, 2012, 10:26:45 PM
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     Well ---- that has well and truly put my riddle making in the can. Apologies to anyone who might have spent time thinking about it.   But I have yet to see any letter addressed Conwy COUNTY.   The Quay is universally known as Conwy Quay. I could'nt spell Frigate.   And in any case I didnt ask for the correct address.   I just asked where my Quay and 4 Conwys was situated.
    Never mind, it may have some of you a bit of a laugh. Mike


The question was fine as far as I'm concerned, I think Yorkie is being pedantic because you didn't accept his answer. I find it funny that he accepts Conwy Quay when he used it as an answer but then insists it is The Quay (not Conwy Quay) when it was deemed incorrect.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on July 16, 2012, 11:01:10 PM
I imagine Mike regrets ever asking the question in the first place now...  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on July 17, 2012, 08:50:50 AM
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     Well ---- that has well and truly put my riddle making in the can. Apologies to anyone who might have spent time thinking about it.   But I have yet to see any letter addressed Conwy COUNTY.   The Quay is universally known as Conwy Quay. I could'nt spell Frigate.   And in any case I didnt ask for the correct address.   I just asked where my Quay and 4 Conwys was situated.
    Never mind, it may have some of you a bit of a laugh. Mike


The question was fine as far as I'm concerned, I think Yorkie is being pedantic because you didn't accept his answer. I find it funny that he accepts Conwy Quay when he used it as an answer but then insists it is The Quay (not Conwy Quay) when it was deemed incorrect.

WRONG!  There is a place called Conwy Quay but the correct POSTAL address is The Quay, Conwy!


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There's no such thing as "Conwy County" - it's a County Borough and the term is not used by Royal Mail as an address.


Conwy actually seems to be missing as a County as most mail still seems to be addressed as Gwynedd!  The "County" was dropped from the address shortly after its inception.  Nowadays if an address contains a Post Code the County does not need to be included.

No criticism of Mike, it was an interesting question and I hope he will continue to ask lots more!   ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Llechwedd on July 17, 2012, 01:36:22 PM
Just seen festers question how do I define locals.  Well non Russians actually!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on August 03, 2012, 11:28:04 AM
I had a coffee from Cafe Culture Conwy yesterday.  I have to say mind people are not too impressed that they put tables and chairs out on the pavement though....lots of moaning going on and to be fair they are an obstruction people with prams having to maneuver round them and mobility scooter have no chance but I'm sure they'll sort it....or the council will   .  However the coffee was lovely and it's made a positive difference to Lancaster Square with the marble facade.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on August 03, 2012, 04:17:42 PM
It will defiantly attract more people to the square but a few locals i've spoken to are boycotting the cafe because of who the owner is.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on August 04, 2012, 11:31:06 AM
yes a few locals have told me the same Dwsi but to be honest most are the type who wouldn't really frequent a coffee shop anyway. 
Dickens got the Councils back up when he dressed a judge and a copper up in suspenders etc and used them as a window display, then spread the rumor he was to open a sex shop on the square in protest over not getting planning permission to open a coffee shop.  This caused uproar amongst the locals who were truly horrified at the thought of this den of disrepute opening on the square.  If I'm honest I thought it was funny as of course this would never happen in a million years, it was merely a ploy to get his own way with the council.  The ploy however backfired with the Council determined to bring down Dickens for taking the mick, which they inevitably did.  Press releases were given to the Weekly news who as we know are notoriously bias towards the council.  You can't believe everything you read.   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on August 04, 2012, 11:36:29 AM
I've always found Steve very pleasant to talk to.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on August 04, 2012, 11:48:20 AM
Demolition work has started on Billingtons Garage.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on August 04, 2012, 11:52:32 AM
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I've always found Steve very pleasant to talk to.
So have I, Gezzy knows him better than me and he says he's ok too.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on August 05, 2012, 07:28:15 PM
The flower beds along Conwy Cob are covered with weeds so high you can barely see the flowers anymore! At the height of the tourist season too - it just says 'we don't care' to visitors!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on August 06, 2012, 08:39:04 AM
Oh dear-- you'll have Wrex walking the dog to Conwy !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on August 10, 2012, 05:40:52 PM
Via local BBC reporter Chris Dearden
Ex-Barclays on the High Street in Conwy is being refurbished which will take several weeks. Upstairs to be converted into new flats. The work will include a new roof and re-wiring.

A little job for the local history buffs. The building frontage looks like a warehouse, what is the history of this building?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on August 11, 2012, 05:39:13 PM
Well it was definitely owned and occupied by Barclays Bank between 1957 and1959. I worked in it.
  Most branches in North Wales were opened in the early 1920s. Unlike shall we say Midland, who arrived through takeovers in that case Noth and South Wales Bank.
  The frontage is absolutely typical of a 1920s bank.  Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on August 11, 2012, 06:10:23 PM
If you are talking about the present Edwards of Conwy's building, then Mike is absolutely correct, I worked there too.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on August 11, 2012, 06:12:26 PM
No, it's the one across the the road Chris Dearden means, that closed only recently.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on August 11, 2012, 08:47:22 PM
Ah well that one used to be Baxters the Butchers (or was it Dewhursts) before Barclays moved across.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on August 11, 2012, 08:51:29 PM
The old Billington's Garage is no more. It has now been virtually raised to the ground.

It now looks a much bigger area than before with the building on it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on August 16, 2012, 05:27:46 PM
The River festival in Conwy has been the highlight of the year for as long as I can remember and to me it was always about the bands mostly local bands too.  This year I have to say the advertising has been abysmal, practically non existent, hardly anyone I've asked knew what weekend it was on.  Usually there's banners everywhere and everyone you talk to is buzzing.  Maybe the lack of interest has been because as a rule local bands promote themselves on Facebook etc and this year if the following statement taken from a mate on Facebook is right it could be why nobody knows whats going on?  I think the organisers have made a very costly mistake.  I think the majority of people on the Quay were there to support local bands and enjoyed the diversity of music.  I don't think the boats were the big draw. 

This statement was written on face book earlier

conw quay....this sucks....good old n.wales does it again.....feel sorry for Chris n Roger.

As a lot of u have been asking whats going on with the bands on the quay this yr it is only fair that we should fill you in on the info that we know,

The river festival 'committee' of volunteers invited roger and I to one of their meetings a while back to discuss this yrs event. to tell us that it is a festival about boats and sailing (not a music festival) and that the entertainment is just a part of it (sorry but we were already aware of this!). they also informed us that there was no money to pay for the organisation/promo, p.a. or to pay the bands.

They didn't want it to finish at 11pm when it normally does, blaming litter, unruly crowds, fighting/vomiting! attracting undesirables, noise, the type of music (what do they know!), people buying their beer from the local spar and bring it down to the quay, etc etc. they want it to be more family orientated, so instead of the music running from 5pm till 11pm for one wkend as it has done for like 20yrs or something, they have decided, in their 'wisdom' to have 'entertainment' (which will be some sort of cover band, bringing their own equipment at whatever cost that involves) from 5pm-8pm sat, sun, mon, tue, wed, thurs, fri, sat, sun!

They did ask us if this was something we would be willing to sort out for them, but we declined as we do not want to be involved with such a preposterous idea doomed to failure! as it still requires the p.a. to be set up/taken down more often for less hrs so therefore costs will be tripled and audiences will be very small during the wk, and finishing as 8pm! 'what planet' instantly came to mind!

We did tell them that we have in the past tried to put on gigs during the week and have learnt that it does not work. but add to that the bright idea of finishing at 8pm when most people dont finish work till 5-6 and dont go out till 8 or 9pm, they will have local uproar on their hands and as we will be the ones on the ground doing the bands we do not want to be taking the flak for it.

So roger and I have unfortunately after many years of hard work organising and promoting the bands, doing the sound, dancing with the crowd and generally promoting a good time down on the quay have had to bow out of this 1! we hope it goes well for whatever they have put in its its place, but I for one will not be gracing the quay with my presence as i do not like to attend poorly organised music events.

Backdrop events are sorry that there will be no music event to speak of down on the quay this year. it really was a labour of love for us, it was the only annual free music event of any quality in the area. we, as i'm sure many of u did to, looked forward to it every year. it was an event to be proud of, it was run by musicians for musicians, which involved the best local bands and musicians of all types and a few from all over Great Britain.

As a side note we have asked the Liverpool arms if we could run a little free music fest for another wkend and disassociate from the river fest. but unfortunately they cannot afford the insurance and stewarding costs as so far they say they have had a bad year. so there u go it doesn't look like its gonna happen. which is a sad day for the town and all local music enthusiasts and tourists alike.

hopefully next year will bring better things!

Thanks Chris n Roger.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on August 16, 2012, 06:06:49 PM
The Liverpool Arms had a bad year?!! I have to fight to just get in the door most time I'm in Conwy....  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on August 16, 2012, 06:26:28 PM
He makes a lot more money when it's sunny and this has to be the most sunless year on record surely.  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on August 16, 2012, 06:29:45 PM
Says on Oscar they have gone bust :o

Anyway this is awful news! - Music 5-8!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on August 16, 2012, 06:52:30 PM
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He makes a lot more money when it's sunny and this has to be the most sunless year on record surely.  :o
*looks at suntan*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on August 16, 2012, 08:42:37 PM
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He makes a lot more money when it's sunny and this has to be the most sunless year on record surely.  :o
*looks at suntan*

For business reasons, I keep detailed records of takings in relation to weather and other factors.  (Fester is an anorak, I hear you say)
But, I can conform that from March 1st to today, this year there have been 29 days that I categorised as 'sunny' versus 66 in the same period last year.
A very un-sunny year in my opinion.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on August 16, 2012, 10:06:19 PM
The weather half a mile out to sea is quite often different to that even in town, though?  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on August 16, 2012, 10:34:48 PM
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The weather half a mile out to sea is quite often different to that even in town, though?  &shake&

so is the weather inside cafe nero  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on August 16, 2012, 11:31:36 PM
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The weather half a mile out to sea is quite often different to that even in town, though?  &shake&

Errrm,  I'm sure it is, but I am comparing like with like.... as I was half a mile out to sea LAST year too!   &shake& &shake&

The point remains, there have been less sunny days this year, versus last.

Plus Dave, it only takes an hour to get a tan!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on August 17, 2012, 06:46:00 AM
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The weather half a mile out to sea is quite often different to that even in town, though?

Llandudno has one of the lowest rainfall figures in the UK;  about 12 - 13" per year.  Betws has about 60" per year and Capel Curig about 120".  Unfortunately, this fine but nonetheless predictable detail never makes it into the TV forecasts and visitors are therefore often deterred from coming through from nearby towns for the day.   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 17, 2012, 08:01:25 AM
Very true! And quite often pessimistic weather forecasts will deter visitors too!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on August 17, 2012, 08:26:05 AM
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The weather half a mile out to sea is quite often different to that even in town, though?  &shake&
Errrm,  I'm sure it is, but I am comparing like with like.... as I was half a mile out to sea LAST year too!   &shake& &shake&
You're missing the point. As I said, the weather is often different in town. Just because you've had more bad days on a year on year comparison, it doesn't follow that the town centre or Conwy has, too.

There have been days where you have sent me a message complaining about the terrible weather and I have been sat in the sun outside Cafe Culture, for example.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on August 17, 2012, 08:29:36 AM
The variation of weather within the town is quite amazing. Many times I have been soaked loading my groceries into the car boot at Asda only to find that not a drop has fallen at home.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on August 17, 2012, 09:42:50 AM
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The variation of weather within the town is quite amazing. Many times I have been soaked loading my groceries into the car boot at Asda only to find that not a drop has fallen at home.

Go to Tesco's instead!    ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on August 17, 2012, 09:44:23 AM
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The weather half a mile out to sea is quite often different to that even in town, though?  &shake&
Errrm,  I'm sure it is, but I am comparing like with like.... as I was half a mile out to sea LAST year too!   &shake& &shake&
You're missing the point. As I said, the weather is often different in town. Just because you've had more bad days on a year on year comparison, it doesn't follow that the town centre or Conwy has, too.

There have been days where you have sent me a message complaining about the terrible weather and I have been sat in the sun outside Cafe Culture, for example.

I'm not missing the point at all.  I'm making a very different and concise point.
That being, on a year on year basis there have been LESS sunny days this year than last.
A fact that the Met Office seems to agree with me on.

On days when you have basked outside Cafe Culture and I have moaned about the weather on the pier, I am referring to the wind.
The wind of course is much worse on the pier compared to the relative shelter of Mostyn St.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on August 17, 2012, 02:25:42 PM
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The variation of weather within the town is quite amazing. Many times I have been soaked loading my groceries into the car boot at Asda only to find that not a drop has fallen at home.

Go to Tesco's instead!    ££$

Many reasons that I don't use Tescos
a) I find the outside area in particular grubby.
b) I disagree with their policies on selling live turtles for consumption in China.
c) It takes alot longer to get there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on August 17, 2012, 04:11:29 PM
Can't argue with that!  Which is why I use Aldi for a lot of stuff and ASDA for the rest, foodstuff wise that is!    ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on August 17, 2012, 04:44:06 PM
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The variation of weather within the town is quite amazing. Many times I have been soaked loading my groceries into the car boot at Asda only to find that not a drop has fallen at home.

Go to Tesco's instead!    ££$


c) It takes alot longer to get there.

Don't know about the turtles but it takes us longer to go to Asda!

AND in the evening there are lots of youngsters and others, 'messing' around at the entrance to ASDA which can at times make it a little intimidating if you want to use the cash machines.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on August 18, 2012, 08:57:30 AM
You would be right there Bellringer, Tesco is alot nearer for you. Same for us with Asda, I make nothing of adding to my grocery bill with the cost of petrol ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on August 18, 2012, 09:05:03 AM
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AND in the evening there are lots of youngsters and others, 'messing' around at the entrance to ASDA which can at times make it a little intimidating if you want to use the cash machines.

Worrying.  I seem to remember that Homebase eventually removed its customer toilets because of continued vandalism - and they were deep inside the store at the back.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: martin on August 22, 2012, 03:32:35 PM
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The old Billington's Garage is no more. It has now been virtually raised to the ground.

It now looks a much bigger area than before with the building on it.
But why have they left several very large heaps of bricks/concrete?  Last week there was a JCB and large lorry on site, but both have disappeared and we are left with a very untidy site.  Does anyone know if/when the site will be fully cleared, could it be that the new owner is miffed with the Council for insisting on the demolition, and this is his way of making his displeasure known??
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on August 22, 2012, 03:45:11 PM
Council red tape is stopping people to removing the rubble. Local farmers were going to take it away for free but they needed an environmental license to take it from the site and another one for the dumping site. Which meant too much time, money and hassle.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on August 22, 2012, 06:23:51 PM
Bureaucracy gone mad, once again!     :rage:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on September 02, 2012, 12:23:39 PM
I walked down onto the Quay yesterday with Jj to have a look round the Celtic Fayre.  There was a sign at the entrance which read "£1 entrance fee, this is to cover the cost of the event we receive no funding.....children free" Is it me?  According to a friend of mine who has a stall down there, the organisers charge upwards of £300 per stall for their pitch.  Where does the revenue from this go then?  Why would the organisers get funding?  It is after all just an expensive market if I'm honest.  What really annoyed me though was the fact huge building site fencing had been erected the entire length of the market, so that no one could go in without paying the £1.  It probably cost more for the fencing than they made on entrance fees plus it made the whole area look unwelcoming anyway.  I'm sorry but "children free"....what's that about?  Who would pay for themselves and kids to enter a market?  Last year it cost me nearly £3 for a few bits of fudge so there was no way I was paying extra.  In fact I threw my toys out of the pram and carried on walking past.  I just think it's out of order. 
I can understand the Foodfest (although that's a bit expensive too) but at least they have events like cooking demonstrations going on in the tents. 
 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on September 02, 2012, 01:18:51 PM
Maybe M & S, ASDA and Tesco will catch on to the idea and subject us to a charge to buy in their shops!    L0L

Must confess we don't go into any Fair, Antique at the Town Hall, or Car Boots where one has to pay for anything more than car parking.   It is just a licence for the organisers to grab every penny they can.  Charities are a different matter and we do support them.   ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on September 02, 2012, 01:26:42 PM
Called there this morning-- paid our £2 to get in to visit the folks running the Ty Gobaith stall. My thoughts were 'Where is the rest of it?' I managed a free toothful of cheese, but it isn't worth an entrance fee to spend more money.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on September 02, 2012, 04:00:17 PM
I also believe that such "fairs" that appear for very short periods at or around a peak selling time take business away from the local shops that pay their rates and taxes for the other 360 days of the year!   I don't think they do much to improve the tourism figures either.   

But then I could be wrong!  ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 02, 2012, 06:00:41 PM
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I walked down onto the Quay yesterday with Jj to have a look round the Celtic Fayre.  There was a sign at the entrance which read "£1 entrance fee, this is to cover the cost of the event we receive no funding.....children free" Is it me?  According to a friend of mine who has a stall down there, the organisers charge upwards of £300 per stall for their pitch.  Where does the revenue from this go then?  Why would the organisers get funding?  It is after all just an expensive market if I'm honest.  What really annoyed me though was the fact huge building site fencing had been erected the entire length of the market, so that no one could go in without paying the £1.  It probably cost more for the fencing than they made on entrance fees plus it made the whole area look unwelcoming anyway.  I'm sorry but "children free"....what's that about?  Who would pay for themselves and kids to enter a market?  Last year it cost me nearly £3 for a few bits of fudge so there was no way I was paying extra.  In fact I threw my toys out of the pram and carried on walking past.  I just think it's out of order. 
I can understand the Foodfest (although that's a bit expensive too) but at least they have events like cooking demonstrations going on in the tents.
Agreed, it's just a money making scam.  The idea that they should get funding to put on a market! :laugh: &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on September 02, 2012, 11:14:40 PM
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I also believe that such "fairs" that appear for very short periods at or around a peak selling time take business away from the local shops that pay their rates and taxes for the other 360 days of the year!   I don't think they do much to improve the tourism figures either.   

But then I could be wrong!  ;)

You are not wrong Yorkie.
In fact I have had people coming in to my shop who have bought a ''similar'' item at the local Fayre, either at the Town Hall or in Conwy, and have no need of me this year.
Thats fair enough.... so I thought I would turn it to my advantage.
So, I too ventured to Conwy,  paid my £1,  and picked up some very good ideas, complete with full supplier details to add to MY range next season.
Thanks organisers,  the best quid I ever spent.   $good$

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on September 03, 2012, 07:26:47 AM
I seem to remember that some years ago running sales in hotels and similar venues was banned, or the organisers (or hotel) had to have a licence for such events.   Maybe someone out there can put more info to this?

I also get extremely angry at the disruption caused to traffic and the normal daily routines of the local people.   One reason that I wish the Victorian (so called) Extravaganza was moved to Bodafon field or some other location.  (Note to self: Book holiday for next year around May Bank Holiday!)

 ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on September 03, 2012, 06:17:14 PM
Plans to build another 20 houses on Penmaen Road - residents are angry as they don't want to lose their playing field
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on September 04, 2012, 10:06:15 AM
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I also believe that such "fairs" that appear for very short periods at or around a peak selling time take business away from the local shops that pay their rates and taxes for the other 360 days of the year!   I don't think they do much to improve the tourism figures either.   

But then I could be wrong!  ;)

You are not wrong Yorkie.


In fact I have had people coming in to my shop who have bought a ''similar'' item at the local Fayre, either at the Town Hall or in Conwy, and have no need of me this year.
Thats fair enough.... so I thought I would turn it to my advantage.
So, I too ventured to Conwy,  paid my £1,  and picked up some very good ideas, complete with full supplier details to add to MY range next season.
Thanks organisers,  the best quid I ever spent.   $good$

I noticed the stall selling your type of wares, I think it is the one which seems to go to all the fayres and other events
Do they have premises? ---or rely on such events?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 04, 2012, 12:21:24 PM
I may be wrong but I believe that particular stall is run by the organiser himself.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on September 04, 2012, 12:38:39 PM
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I may be wrong but I believe that particular stall is run by the organiser himself.

He can probably look forward to a Rosie future then!     :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on September 04, 2012, 11:53:15 PM
Nemesis,  I would PM you, but....

So, next time you walking my way, I will fill you in on the subject.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on September 05, 2012, 02:09:37 PM
Heard on the bongo drums this morning that Steve dickens has bought/leased barclays building and he's going to open a tapas bar  $good$ wonder if he needs staff.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on September 05, 2012, 02:33:46 PM
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Nemesis,  I would PM you, but....

So, next time you walking my way, I will fill you in on the subject.

Will call when I get my head back together Fester. Lunatics in residence at the moment!  EEEEEEEK !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Gwynant on September 08, 2012, 11:43:34 AM
      Having noticed that the Morfa Cycle Path bridge is now open as I drove past yesterday, I thought that I would give it a try early today and cycled over from Llandudno to the tunnels and back. The new section is very nice (all Tarmac) but I think that there could be a future problem with sand blowing onto the path when the winds get up (see photo) like the West Shore-Deganwy section but it certainly is a welcome addition to the path network as the old section from the tunnels to the Marina turnoff without any crash barriers between you and the A55 could be a bit nerve-wracking on a windy day!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: martin on September 08, 2012, 11:46:45 AM
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Council red tape is stopping people to removing the rubble. Local farmers were going to take it away for free but they needed an environmental license to take it from the site and another one for the dumping site. Which meant too much time, money and hassle.

Looks like the site clearance is back on course, when we passed this morning there was a large digger loading the rubble into various farmers trailers. $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 21, 2012, 09:23:30 AM
Ward: Conwy
Community Council: Cyngor Tref Conwy Town Council
Location: Former Butterfly Jungle Bodlondeb  Bangor Road Conwy LL32 8DT
Change of use from Butterfly Jungle to Medieval Siege village and Falconry Centre.
Conversion of former potting sheds to shop, mews and staff canteen. Conversion of
derelict buildings into a pay booth and office. Erection of 3.5m wooden fence.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: martin on September 21, 2012, 03:39:50 PM
There is an article in today's Weekly News regarding the old Billington's site.  It appears it may be developed to form a restaurant/bar, but the article then goes on to say that the site will be up for auction on the 27th September, most puzzling. ?{}? ?{}?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: martin on October 03, 2012, 04:20:38 PM
The now cleared Billington's site went up for auction on the 27th September, however, it was unsold.  So, the saga continues. &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on October 25, 2012, 10:58:50 PM
For those not sure what's happening around Conwy town re Blinc. A digital show will start at 7pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Images will be projected on various buildings around Conwy town, each will last approximately 15mins and will continue on a loop system. This will allow people to arrive at each venue at different times ensuring no one will miss anything and it prevents large crowds gathering at one place at one given time. The Legion is the place to come and have a drink and step out of the cold and chill out.....all welcome.


By the way hello everyone....sorry not checked in for ages been busy with working and walking with my little Jj  :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: snowcap on October 26, 2012, 12:31:23 AM
hi pen nice to hear from you again, missed your stories of your walks, thought you had left the country, bri.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Barbiroli on October 28, 2012, 10:24:32 PM
The Palace Bingo in the old cinema on the High Street is closing it`s doors for the last time next Thursday.   The structure seems to be in a bad way,  the number of players has dwidled over the years, it`s a shame.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on October 28, 2012, 11:40:58 PM
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The Palace Bingo in the old cinema on the High Street is closing it`s doors for the last time next Thursday.   The structure seems to be in a bad way,  the number of players has dwidled over the years, it`s a shame.

Is that the place that was rumoured to be taken over by J.D.Wetherspoons a year or so ago?

Bingo on the wane eh?   There seems to be no shortage of people playing it online these days!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Llechwedd on October 29, 2012, 12:43:56 PM
Congatulations to all concerned with the Conwy Food Fair.  I've never seen so many people in the town on Saturday.  Pity about the weather yesterday but hopefully a lot of money was made. :-*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 29, 2012, 01:03:28 PM
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The Palace Bingo in the old cinema on the High Street is closing it`s doors for the last time next Thursday.   The structure seems to be in a bad way,  the number of players has dwidled over the years, it`s a shame.

Is that the place that was rumoured to be taken over by J.D.Wetherspoons a year or so ago?

Bingo on the wane eh?   There seems to be no shortage of people playing it online these days!
The Palace has suffered from lack of investment over the years, both in terms of building maintenance and promoting the business. Part of Parker Leisure Holdings from Rhyl. Originally built as the Palace Cinema in 1936 to a Colwyn Foulkes design. Switched over to Bingo in the 1990s.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3476/3781224430_2dd33329a8_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/3781224430/)
A veritable Palace... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/3781224430/#) by [davidrobertsphotography] (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on October 29, 2012, 01:37:21 PM

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The Palace Bingo in the old cinema on the High Street is closing it`s doors for the last time next Thursday.   

Looks as though my Barbers is going to be amongst the loss we will suffer!  Where else can I get a haircut for £4.50?
 Z@@
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on October 29, 2012, 02:06:09 PM
The one at the top of the street is a fiver as well.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Jack on October 29, 2012, 04:27:46 PM
The one next to the Albion has a notice in the window saying haircuts £4
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on October 29, 2012, 07:36:45 PM
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The one next to the Albion has a notice in the window saying haircuts £4

I'd be a bit suspicious at that price! L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on October 29, 2012, 08:31:42 PM
Sorry to correct you :~~ my old friend DaveR ~~~ but the Palace switched to bingo long before the 1990s. more like the l970s.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 29, 2012, 08:41:47 PM
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Sorry to correct you :~~ my old friend DaveR ~~~ but the Palace switched to bingo long before the 1990s. more like the l970s.
I 'm sorry, Mike, but I must correct your correction! You're maybe thinking of when they introduced Bingo first, but Cinema & Bingo ran in tandem for many years. Here is a pic from the 1980s, that says both Cinema & Bingo:
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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on October 29, 2012, 08:51:23 PM
The cinema took the same approach as many, making the balcony area the main cinema and having Bingo in the downstairs area.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on October 29, 2012, 08:59:41 PM
That will teach me not to try to correct DaveR (tail between my legs).  but can I claim a partial victory. I first drove a coach from Rhyl to the Castle (Cinema or Bingo) full of bingo ladies == they were all ladies, men never seemed to take to bingo ==  in 1985 and there were no films then' Actually I used to snatch an hours kip up in the old projection room.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 29, 2012, 09:05:23 PM
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That will teach me not to try to correct DaveR (tail between my legs).  but can I claim a partial victory. I first drove a coach from Rhyl to the Castle (Cinema or Bingo) full of bingo ladies == they were all ladies, men never seemed to take to bingo ==  in 1985 and there were no films then' Actually I used to snatch an hours kip up in the old projection room.
Oh yes, I remember you telling me this, Mike.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 07, 2012, 02:30:08 PM
J D Wetherspoon have confirmed that they are interesting in opening a pub in Conwy. The Palace is the only building of a suitable size. Bad news for nearly every other pub in Conwy.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on November 07, 2012, 08:56:39 PM
    Yes, a similar situation to when the early Kwik Save arrived in town. Eventually all the local small grocers gave up broken hearted and broke.
   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Barbiroli on November 08, 2012, 05:57:47 PM
Dave and Mike, I went to the last night of the bingo last Thursday in Conwy.   The area manager came to oversee the night, he callled the last housebeccause he said he had called the first housere in 1980.   Hope that helps with the date.
 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on November 13, 2012, 11:09:24 PM
Most of the pubs in Conwy town are Pub-co owned and so therefor Landlords are pretty much governed on the price of their pints.  Maybe with Wetherspoons coming on the patch they'll have to cut landlords some slack and charge them less on their barrels.  I can see some places will struggle non the less though.  Saying that wetherspoons are no longer that cheap either.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on November 13, 2012, 11:55:57 PM
Correct Pendragon!

As concerns the breakfast menu, Wetherspoons reduced the cost of coffee etc, a few months ago, as a sweetener to get rid of the old loyalty card scheme.

But last week, they jacked up all their prices by between 5 and 10%
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on December 04, 2012, 12:03:37 AM
Mixed news as concerns the shops in Conwy High St.

At the bottom of the street, (on the left as you look pp the street) there are three shops which are closing down.
Firstly, the pottery shop is to become I believe a florists, (under the ownership of the people who run the Coffee Lounge 4 doors up)
Secondly, the Retro Gift shop is to become another type of gift shop.
The other shop, (can't remember what it currently is) will be a relocation of the Barbers shop across the road.

This is because the Barbers and the gift shop/florists next door has been given notice to quit.  As these are underneath the Bingo Hall.  This has fuelled rumours that JD Wetherspoons are now very likely to be opening up in that builiding.
Why else would you kick out current paying tenants?

However, Amelie's restaurant in that same building have been offered an extension to their lease.

The plot thickens.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on January 06, 2013, 12:01:25 PM
I drove through Conwy tunnel this morning for the first time in a few weeks & noticed new gantries near the entrance/exit of each tunnel (4 in total) with multiple cameras on each arm. The gantries were painted yellow so am I correct to assume they are speed cameras? There were no markings on the road so if they are I guess they must be average speed cameras as they would have no reference points to record. Has anyone else noticed them or know anything about them?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on January 06, 2013, 12:15:23 PM
They are average speed cameras, to deal with speeding inside the tunnel.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 06, 2013, 12:32:12 PM
'Specs' cameras, as Dave says measuring average speed, I think I saw somewhere some weeks ago it was something to do with work being carried out? Usually you see them on motorway roadworks with a 50mph limit to protect the workforce (when they are actually there that is! )
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on January 06, 2013, 12:59:33 PM
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They are average speed cameras, to deal with speeding inside the tunnel.

I've never come across many people speeding in the tunnel, to be honest I find the opposite with a lot of people slowing down to 50 or 60 so I assume it is when they have the 40mph limits in place when they have the regular inspections & maintenance work.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on January 06, 2013, 01:49:16 PM
They did have "advisory" 50 mph speed limit signs at the entrances to the tunnel but they were removed a couple of years ago since when the average speed through the tunnel has dramatically increased.   The SPECS camera system should ensure that the average will reduce to an acceptable level.  Of course I stand to be corrected!    ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on January 06, 2013, 02:40:57 PM
They are not operational until the 13th of January when the roadworks start up in the tunnel for a month
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on January 06, 2013, 03:28:40 PM
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They did have "advisory" 50 mph speed limit signs at the entrances to the tunnel but they were removed a couple of years ago since when the average speed through the tunnel has dramatically increased.   The SPECS camera system should ensure that the average will reduce to an acceptable level.  Of course I stand to be corrected!    ;)


I've never seen the point of advisory speed signs when they aren't the legal limit, a waste of money that just confuses motorists that don't know the difference and winds up the rest of us that do when they slow down for no other reason. I never exceed the speed limit but I do drive as close to it as is safely possible.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on January 06, 2013, 03:43:02 PM
And I totally agree with you!    ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on January 06, 2013, 09:26:52 PM
... and I have never understood how the 'average speed camera' can actually work.

I have encountered them many times, and I try to stick to the limit, despite always seeing drivers flying past me at a higher speed.  They don't seem to care, so can they actually work?

For example,  I pass a camera doing 55mph, (the limit being 50mph say) and I change lanes regularly... then how can the next camera accurately recognise my vehicle?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 06, 2013, 11:03:11 PM
Very easy, number plate recognition, they measure the time you take to cover a fixed distance, be cautious when they are operating!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on January 07, 2013, 07:27:36 AM
worst place for these is down on the M1, M25 and M20.   They have them in great numbers and you cannot tell which piece of road is being monitored as it could be between any two cameras!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on January 07, 2013, 01:05:46 PM
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They are not operational until the 13th of January when the roadworks start up in the tunnel for a month


The Welsh news this morning said the work in Conwy tunnel starts today so the cameras are probably now in operation.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on January 07, 2013, 01:44:20 PM
Yellow signs on the A55 says the work starts on the 13th for 4 weeks
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on January 07, 2013, 03:20:24 PM
  Yorkie you surprise me. Why should you want to know which bit of road is being monitored? Just drive within the signed speed limits and then you will have no bother (says he, who picked up a speeding ticket in Deganwy only about a month ago) mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on January 07, 2013, 04:23:14 PM
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The Welsh news this morning said the work in Conwy tunnel starts today so the cameras are probably now in operation.

There's a good way to find out!     ^*^0
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Jack on January 07, 2013, 04:56:33 PM
No bollards, signs, men or equipment or traffic chaos anywhere near the tunnel today!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on January 07, 2013, 06:37:34 PM
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  Yorkie you surprise me. Why should you want to know which bit of road is being monitored? Just drive within the signed speed limits and then you will have no bother (says he, who picked up a speeding ticket in Deganwy only about a month ago) mike

Personally I think this is another cash cow
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on January 07, 2013, 07:37:05 PM
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  Yorkie you surprise me. Why should you want to know which bit of road is being monitored? Just drive within the signed speed limits and then you will have no bother (says he, who picked up a speeding ticket in Deganwy only about a month ago) mike

Personally I think this is another cash cow


If they've been installed just for the protection of the workforce whilst the lights in the tunnels are changed then I support the decision as I've seen a lot of ferry traffic exceeding the 40mph in the early hours when routine maintenance is carried out. I wonder if they'll decide to leave them there once the work is completed though.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on January 07, 2013, 07:42:44 PM
I agree, especially overnight but the workers have worked on the tunnels for nearly 25 years without the need of these cameras. Why are they needed now? And aren't they working in a closed tunnel while traffic is in contraflow in the other tunnel?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on February 15, 2013, 06:32:01 PM
Fire Service attending a fire in Berry Street, Conwy, this evening (video):
Fire Service called to house in Conwy 15/2/13 Clip #2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSbMLkppdiI#ws)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Linda on March 08, 2013, 01:23:36 PM
Sad to see Conwy Mussel Fisheries compromised.  Such a draw to visitors etc and again local businesses affected with red tape  :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Linda on May 10, 2013, 09:48:42 PM
Just a reminder of the Pirate Weekend in Conwy(my second home) as my children live in that area. So join the fun, It was really good with
the cannons and muskets last year and folk dressed as pirates very colourful and different.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Linda on May 15, 2013, 10:17:13 PM
Had a short visit to the Pirate Weekend on Sunday apparently we missed some stuff as it all went off early, nevertheless had fun with our  2 year old Grandson him dressed up as a pirate, whilst daughter manned the NCT baby tent. Some amazing costumes and makeup ,all very colourful, some great dancing. Morris dancers dressed as Pirates and amazing belly dancers dressed as Pirates molls. Walk the plank by
the RNLI into the river they went. We took the harbour boat ride as our Grandson thought it was a Pirate ship with the Jolly Roger flag and the captain dressed up as another pirate. Ha Ha rrrr! Jim lad. I thought it was all very colourful and atmospheric around the harbour, loved it. Love the Pirate theme. Also looks like Conwy harbour has been given some extra sand too on its little beach area.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on June 25, 2013, 09:46:06 AM
SEWERAGE contractors have uncovered the remains of a medieval wall and house in Conwy .

Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water’s contractors William Hughes had been working in the historic town’s Castle Street for several weeks.

Now the contractors, alongside Gwynedd Archeological Trust (GAT) experts, have unearthed the cobbles from the wall and a medieval building’s foundations which could date from the time of the world famous 13th century Conwy Castle.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/workmen-find-remains-ancient-medieval-4707901 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/workmen-find-remains-ancient-medieval-4707901)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Blongb on July 24, 2013, 05:25:20 PM
Can anyone tell me what's happening at the Malt Loaf on Rose Hill Street? I tried to get a pint there for the second time this afternoon and it was locked and looked very empty. I've been doing the Conwy real ale trail and needed a pint there to finish it and claim my tee-shirt.  Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on July 29, 2013, 02:03:10 PM
The council working hard in conwy marina. Wonder when the last time this bin was emptied
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on July 29, 2013, 03:08:20 PM
They are just NOT on an even keel, but are leaning over sideways to help.   They maybe don't empty bins in order that folk drop their litter all over the area, and those employed by them to administer the litter laws, can swell the coffers of CCBC and help to make up some of the deficit from their wild spending sprees!   :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on July 31, 2013, 11:49:07 AM
Work is due to start in September on the Black Lion in Castle Street, Conwy  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on July 31, 2013, 10:42:02 PM
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Work is due to start in September on the Black Lion in Castle Street, Conwy  $good$

With a view to creating what, Dwsi?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on August 01, 2013, 12:51:50 AM
I forgot to ask about that vital piece information  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Paulakelsall on August 01, 2013, 11:06:55 PM
This reply made me smile  ;D Good news for the town though.

On a totally unrelated subject, I posted the following on Twitter earlier today:

“Perusing some lovely old pics of Conwy got me wondering 'how many jackdaws are still alive'? My Nanna was the last in our family d2001 95yrs”

Any jackdaws on here?

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on August 09, 2013, 09:26:59 AM
I believe the Black Lion is to become a private house.

True story: I was in the Archway Fish & Chips Shop yesterday. A woman comes in, looks around for a few seconds, and then says 'is this a chip shop?'. Everyone in the shop paused for a few seconds in order to consider what a suitable response might be. :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on August 09, 2013, 09:34:17 AM
Bet she was in Poundland earlier this week.
I overheard
"How much is this ?"
 :o :o :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on August 09, 2013, 11:00:11 AM
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Bet she was in Poundland earlier this week. I overheard
"How much is this ?"

I asked that, once;  the assistant said "Everything's a pound" to which I replied, "Oh, right.  I'll take everything then...".


Well, they say the old ones are the best...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on August 12, 2013, 05:03:13 AM
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Bet she was in Poundland earlier this week. I overheard
"How much is this ?"

I asked that, once;  the assistant said "Everything's a pound" to which I replied, "Oh, right.  I'll take everything then...".


Well, they say the old ones are the best...

 $lol$ They certainly are.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Paulakelsall on September 09, 2013, 11:12:11 PM
St Agnes Road Graveyard, Conwy - WARNING

My husband and I with dog in tow, visited the oldest section of graveyard. This part is neglected and extensively overgrown therefore I was surprised to find as you go through the old gate a path had been cleared to the right along side the high stone wall. I followed the path to approximately 2/3rds of the way down with my husband and dog following behind. He stopped to read a grave and suddenly noticed the dog was covered in wasps – she was standing on the nest which was in a hole underground in the path. My husband ran back up the path with the dog and as I was ahead and trapped the other side of the swarm, I ran further down the path into the undergrowth. I scrambled through the brambles and nettles for about half an hour trying to find an alternative way out, all the time worrying I was going to fall into a sunken grave as it was difficult to see where I was putting my feet and it was beginning to get dark. It began to dawn on me the only way out was back through the swarm, I had no choice but to wait for the wasps to ‘calm down’ a bit and run back up the only path out. It sounds quite comical now but I wanted to warn other people as we noticed a few graves along this path appeared to have been tended recently.

I rang Bron-y-Nant in Mochdre but was informed as this part belongs to the Church it is not the responsibility of the Council and I should contact St Mary’s Vicarage in Conwy. I spoke to Peter Jones (the Vicar?) and understandably he was not quite sure what was to be done about it but would make a few enquires. I suggested at the very least a laminated sign could be put on the gate to warn other people.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on September 09, 2013, 11:22:07 PM
Falling into sunken graves??? Swarms of wasps??   What is this a Hammer Horror film?

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Linda on September 10, 2013, 12:07:28 AM
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St Agnes Road Graveyard, Conwy - WARNING

My husband and I with dog in tow, visited the oldest section of graveyard. This part is neglected and extensively overgrown therefore I was surprised to find as you go through the old gate a path had been cleared to the right along side the high stone wall. I followed the path to approximately 2/3rds of the way down with my husband and dog following behind. He stopped to read a grave and suddenly noticed the dog was covered in wasps

Thanks for that warning my daughter with her toddler and baby walked through there today, watching a tree being cut down i think, as she said my grandson was really interested what the men were doing. I will warn her not to cut thro for a while. Sounds a bit dodgy at the moment.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Linda on September 10, 2013, 12:13:38 AM
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Falling into sunken graves??? Swarms of wasps??   What is this a Hammer Horror film?

Yeh would be an amazing location to film aaa.gif looks very spooky at half light.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Trojan on September 10, 2013, 01:44:54 AM
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Falling into sunken graves??? Swarms of wasps??   What is this a Hammer Horror film?

Yeh would be an amazing location to film aaa.gif looks very spooky at half light.

Good place to film a Bran Flakes Advert.

How do you like your eggs done?
Have you seen the milkman?
Do you know you've got a wasp in your ear....
But ask about the Bran Flakes,
That's a different matter, and then you'll hear...
They're tasty, tasty, very very tasty, they're very tasty!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 10, 2013, 09:55:36 AM
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Falling into sunken graves??? Swarms of wasps??   What is this a Hammer Horror film?
:laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Linda on September 10, 2013, 12:58:10 PM
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Falling into sunken graves??? Swarms of wasps??   What is this a Hammer Horror film?

Yeh would be an amazing location to film aaa.gif looks very spooky at half light.

Good place to film a Bran Flakes Advert.

How do you like your eggs done?
Have you seen the milkman?
Do you know you've got a wasp in your ear....
But ask about the Bran Flakes,
That's a different matter, and then you'll hear...
They're tasty, tasty, very very tasty, they're very tasty!

Hate branflakes and adverts but i do like a spooky story. Large wasps nests on the other hand are very real problem and i was glad of the warning as quite often taking the kids through there i wouldnt have known  :P
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on September 10, 2013, 04:10:07 PM
I have a large wasp's nest in my front garden hedge.  The little blighters are coming and going all the time but have not bothered us so far.  The bin men come tomorrow so the wasps will probably be flying around the waste and recycling stuff, just hope the men don't get attacked. :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Paulakelsall on September 10, 2013, 06:52:52 PM
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Falling into sunken graves??? Swarms of wasps??   What is this a Hammer Horror film?

Fester - Great idea and I claim all the film rights! To make it even more dramatic we thought they were bees at first which my husband is allergic to, he carries now an epi pen after ending up in hospital a few years ago with anaphylatic shock. So, in the film it would be swarm of bees we disturbed  ;)

Linda - Please remember this was in the old Church graveyard and not the adjacent newer public cemetery, although the wasps did follow us into there. Spooky graveyards don't bother me, it's the living that worry me more! However, wasps - well they scare the 'life' out of me.

The Church say they have no funds to maintain/renovate this graveyard. I note the Heritage Lottery Fund operates a grant known as ‘Parks for People’ programme, which includes cemeteries, and wonder if the Church has considered an application. Unfortunately I am not sure how enthusiastic they would be - just a feeling I got when I rang about the wasps nest. I also appreciate an awful lot of work goes into a grant application.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Linda on September 10, 2013, 11:29:04 PM
I dont blame you for being worried over the wasps/bees if one of you is allergic. We have a problem with one of our grandchildren, Peanut allergy so i syphathize. I will inform my daughter its the old part with the nest. Its just when you posted she had earlier said about walking through a lot of overgrown stuff down there and i thought i would warn her and remember myself. Yes and it is the Living you have to worry about  ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on September 11, 2013, 07:31:04 AM
Wasps are being unusually persistent at the moment. We'll all need to start breeding bee-eaters (apparently, they're not too picky) and have them tethered to our shoulders when walking.   :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on September 25, 2013, 08:25:28 PM
Part of Conwy quay was sealed off last evening following the discovery of a 'live' shell being washed ashore. A bomb disposal squad dealt with it and the area was soon restored to normal. I am told it is not unusual for this to happen in the Conwy estuary!
Title: Community TV -
Post by: TVConwy on October 13, 2013, 01:16:46 PM
Good Afternoon-new to the forum but would appreciate your thoughts on our efforts to progress towards a Community TV channel for the Conwy County-My name is Mark CLEMSON and together with my Co Director Debbie BRADEN we are working towards OFCOM status and obtaining a licence to operate a TV channel.Currently operating via a dedicated website at www.tvconwy.co.uk (http://www.tvconwy.co.uk) we aim to develop in order to establish ourselves as a focal point for community events,news,projects,organisations to name but a few.
We also want to develop media training and potentially offer employment.
We currently engage with a variety of educational establishments and plan to encourage more and more organisations locally in order that we can operate with the support of the community.
 

 
Title: Re: Community TV -
Post by: Ian on October 13, 2013, 01:53:43 PM
Hi, Mark. Good to see you on board.
Title: Re: Community TV -
Post by: TVConwy on October 13, 2013, 02:01:47 PM
Thanks Ian
Title: Re: Community TV -
Post by: born2run on October 13, 2013, 06:11:31 PM
Are you doing anything with Coleg Llandrillo? The media department there is pretty good. Could be an excellent show case for student's videos
Title: Re: Community TV -
Post by: Minime on October 13, 2013, 08:40:48 PM
Looks good :)  We're moving to area next week so will be handy to find out whats where
Title: Re: Community TV -
Post by: TVConwy on October 13, 2013, 09:06:10 PM
TVConwy have already linked in with Llandrillo College encouraging a number of the Media students to get involved.

We believe that offering them the opportunity to work in a "realtime" situation and obtaining Work Experience stands them in good stead for their respective futures.

Several members of our team who are currently students at the college are actively involved in photography,interviewing,editing and filming a number of events that we have already covered including;

Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza,Abergele Autumn Fest, Cambrian Rally 2013,The Event (Conwy Civic Hall-Music Event),The E Fest (Music Event-Llandudno), Pentre Mawr Observation Platform Opening,Conwy Youth Festival,Katwalk for Kili-Fashion Show (Imperial Hotel) (Charity event for Victim Support),Interview of Michelle PAVER-Award winning childrens author - this occurred at the Copper Mines-Great Orme.

This and others have been completed since our launch in March/April of this year with very limited resources.

We have also launched our own website which contains a variety of local information concerning Whats On,Local News links,Weather,Tide Timetables and of course features our filmed events etc.

We also have a budding sports journalist on board who reports on Conwy Borough FC and several other sports within the County.

We have an ex Award winning Editor who we look towards for advice etc.

I maybe should point out that everyone including Debbie BRADEN and myself who are involved with TVConwy do so for NO payment and it is a credit to those community spirited individuals  that we have managed to progress and develop in the way we have.
Title: Re: Community TV -
Post by: Sara on October 14, 2013, 11:27:34 PM
My little grandson was on your clip of this years extravaganza, he loves seeing himself on it.
Title: Re: Community TV -
Post by: TVConwy on October 16, 2013, 10:37:53 AM
Thank you sara-glad we gave him 5 minutes of fame-
Title: Re: Community TV -
Post by: TVConwy on October 18, 2013, 12:04:33 PM
TVConwy will be filming at the Cambrian Rally today and tomorrow (Sat 19th Oct)-

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bosun on October 25, 2013, 02:05:30 PM
Speaking to people in Conwy, there are very mixed feelings regarding the food festival. It doesn't appear that either local traders or residents are very impressed.

I wonder who benefits from the event considering the disruption it causes. Would there not be a better location for the event? As far as I am concerned, I've been every year, and each year it seemed a little bit worse than the year before. I won't be going this year. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: MarkJ on October 25, 2013, 03:22:16 PM
I'm a bit confused about the food festival in Conwy, I'm assuming it's nothing more than a big food market throughout the town... but from speaking to people they've said I would have to pay in order to access the market. How does that work?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on October 25, 2013, 04:14:26 PM
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I'm a bit confused about the food festival in Conwy, I'm assuming it's nothing more than a big food market throughout the town... but from speaking to people they've said I would have to pay in order to access the market. How does that work?

you probably have to pay to get in the tent - that's what Llandudno did. Bit silly if you ask me, forcing potential customers to have to pay will surely put people off. It would me.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on October 25, 2013, 04:21:56 PM
And the traders pay no rates and just take business away from the local shops.  Someone is making a packet out of it, and it's not the ratepayers!   ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: llewelyn on October 25, 2013, 06:21:36 PM
£ 8.00 to get in.  :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on October 25, 2013, 07:05:15 PM
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£ 8.00 to get in.  :(

 :o I won't be going!

I could go and see a band for that and that is worth more of my doubloons than a load of stalls and a few bars.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 25, 2013, 07:16:51 PM
£8!!  :o that's like paying to get into Asda!  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on October 25, 2013, 07:32:01 PM
It's like paying to go into a muddy field to spend hard earned (for some) money to relieve other people of rubbish from their car boot or ricketty pasting tables!   Or even, so called, Antique Fairs in Church And Town Halls.

M & S, BHS, C & A, and Billy Lals could snap up the idea of charging, so watch this space! :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on October 26, 2013, 01:06:21 AM
I am a F##King angry Fester tonight.
You see, I went round to the Conwy Feast and spent lots of dosh on the booze and food available, it was shaping up very nicely. We spent a lot of dosh in the Champagne bar, and the outside wine bar.
Then, we went into the Live Music tent and enjoyed the live music which was getting only muted response.
Local bands and musicians were doing their best, and some good talent on display.
But then, when two young local lads danced in front of the stage (harmlessly), the minimum-wage idiotic security guys waded in, and physically threw them out!
This is outrageous, and when I followed them outside to protest against this, they didn't seem to understand who was in charge or even why they had done it.
In other words, they are minimum wage bullies, spoiling for a fight.  They weren't so tough when confronted by an irate 50 year old, they can only knock teenage kids about.
Local lads in this area don't have much money by and large, and not many outlets. So why are they treated so shabbily when they spend the few quid they have got at a local event??

A great night was ruined by trigger-happy bullies. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: llewelyn on October 26, 2013, 03:55:11 AM
The majority of the security are unpaid volunteers, surprised there were paid security  there. The stampede over the bridge when the light show finished, and they opened the road was frightening, hundreds of people trying to cross the bridge being jostled and shoved by some drunken oafs.  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on October 26, 2013, 10:44:03 AM
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when two young local lads danced in front of the stage (harmlessly), the minimum-wage idiotic security guys waded in, and physically threw them out!
 

Are you sure they got thrown out just for dancing in front of the stage? Were they pushing each other and rough housing?
Either way, ranting on here isn't going to do much why don't you send an e mail to the organizers.
Was Kev Chin in charge of the security again?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on October 26, 2013, 11:55:25 AM
B2R:  I've edited your posts twice to remove over-long quotes. If you want to quote someone's post, it's better to simply copy and paste the relevant bits and use the little 'quote' icon

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to insert it as a quote. Quoting entire posts rends to make people ignore them.  If you're not sure how to copy and paste, it's all in our FAQs..

http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=faq (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=faq)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on October 26, 2013, 12:19:57 PM
Ian, I think one of the problems for some folk is to quote a quote from within a quote as when multiple quotes are posted.  Even that sounds complicated but I'm sure you know what I mean!

If you have three quotes, one inside the other, it can be confusing as to where you start and end the cut.    And sometimes a bit difficult also, unless one is on a 22" screen! :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on October 26, 2013, 12:33:55 PM
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A great night was ruined by trigger-happy bullies. 

They had guns?!! That really  is shocking and totally over the top  :o

(Ian I did that to test what you said, but it doesn't say the original quote was by Fester  :( )
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on October 26, 2013, 01:10:07 PM
That's true, but I think most folk are so used to the quoting convention that they can easily see the original posts.

Quote
Ian, I think one of the problems for some folk is to quote a quote from within a quote as when multiple quotes are posted.  Even that sounds complicated but I'm sure you know what I mean!

Yes, but I doubt you really need to quote all the nested quotes.  Even so, it's simple to do using the copy and paste method and it doesn't clutter up the forum.  The problem is that complete quotes simply confuse people and are often skimmed by folk who can't be bothered reading them.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on October 26, 2013, 01:57:27 PM
Quoting selectively. After you have decided that you want to use material in quoted form, quote only the portions of the text specifically relevant to your point. Think of the text in terms of units-- words, phrases, sentences, and groups of sentences (paragraphs, stanzas)--and use only the units you need. If it is particular words or phrases that "prove" your point, you do not need to quote the sentences they appear in; rather, incorporate the words and phrases into sentences expressing your own ideas.

Just a little quote I found!  UNQUOTE.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on October 26, 2013, 05:22:48 PM
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£ 8.00 to get in.  :(

We have not been for a few years so we decided to go over early and paid the £8 each for a Conwy Feast wristband.

The tented area down on the quay near the bridges simply seemed to be an extension of the retail stands elsewhere in Conwy, unless we missed something.

However, up in the Vicarage Car Park we watched some interesting cookery demonstrations from top chefs like Michael Cheetham, Head Chef of Bodysgallen Hall, and Bryn Williams, who will be taking over the restaurant at Porth Eirias in January.

We also listened to a knowledgeable and amusing talk on growing vegetables by Medwyn Williams from Anglesey who has won numerous awards at the Chelsea Flower Show etc.

We stayed for about four hours in Conwy including supporting the Mayor of Conwy’s Charity Coffee Morning in the Guildhall.

Do I enjoy cooking – No.

Do I grow vegetables – No.

Was it worth £8 each? – Yes.

Will I go again tomorrow? – No.
Title: HBSC Conwy to close in Feb 2014.
Post by: nwpo on November 11, 2013, 11:21:04 AM
Chris Dearden, BBC reporter for Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey is reporting this morning that the HSBC in Conwy is to close in February with the Cash Machine being removed as well.

https://twitter.com/C_Dearden/status/399839313829330944 (https://twitter.com/C_Dearden/status/399839313829330944)

Absolutely ridiculous decision to remove the Cash Machine, that will leave Conwy with no 24 hour cash machine and how long until Spar start charging or preventing people using unless they buy something.

Guto Bebb is asking people who are concerned about this to contact his urgently : http://www.gutobebbmp.co.uk/contact (http://www.gutobebbmp.co.uk/contact)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 11, 2013, 03:27:07 PM
Bizarre decision, as HSBC left the cash machine in place when they closed their Abersoch branch, a small albeit busy village in comparison to Conwy.

I see the HSBC branch in Beaumaris is also to close.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on November 11, 2013, 08:52:30 PM
Perhaps the large Nat West branch, (beneath Gamlins), could install a cash machine?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Linda on November 11, 2013, 09:05:46 PM
What a crazy thing to do if Conwy looses the cash point and hsbc. So many visitors as well as locals will have problems. such a shame!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: nwpo on November 12, 2013, 12:34:52 PM
HSBC's justification for removing the cash machine is:

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Customers also have access to their accounts, to withdraw and pay in cash, at any UK post office and all residents of Conwy will continue to have access to other banking facilities and several “fee free” ATMs within the immediate area.

The axing of Conwy’s HSBC follows the closure of the town’s Barclays ATM in High Street.

Where within the immediate area is there another 24 hour cash machine, fee free or not, or are we supposed to use the frequently empty one in the Spar?  The next nearest one (AFAIK) is at Tesco!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on November 12, 2013, 01:10:41 PM
The is a Link ATM in the Village Shop in Gyffin but I think there is a fee, as there seems to be on most Link ATMs.

A lot of retail places offer cash back too but I understand there is a maximum of £50.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: nwpo on November 12, 2013, 03:36:35 PM
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The is a Link ATM in the Village Shop in Gyffin but I think there is a fee, as there seems to be on most Link ATMs.

A lot of retail places offer cash back too but I understand there is a maximum of £50.

My point exactly and the Village Shop shuts at 9pm (earlier in Winter). There are no other 24 hour cash machines.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on November 12, 2013, 04:32:25 PM
I can't understand the fuss.   I have never, ever, used an ATM!  I always draw cash from the Bank counter, and use my Credit Card for 95% of my purchases, which I settle in full every month.  I get a "cash back" bonus every year end and have even used my card to buy a car!
Not suggesting everyone could do as I do, but at least I will never be the subject of an ATM scam!   :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 12, 2013, 04:38:07 PM
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I always draw cash from the Bank counter
How would you do that when the bank branch has closed down?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on November 12, 2013, 05:30:58 PM
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I always draw cash from the Bank counter
How would you do that when the bank branch has closed down?

Go to another branch!  Or have you a better suggestion?

Also I have accounts with more than one bank, and a car.  I can also get on a bus, or if absolutely desperate, call a taxi!   

But you ask. . . . What if the car is broken down, the buses are on strike, and no money for a taxi?   There is always Shank's Pony, and if the horse is dead. . . . .

I bloody shoot myself!!!   What would you do?   :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on November 12, 2013, 06:08:23 PM
  Hello Yorkie,   alli will say is whether you are right or wrong, if you have never, ever used an ATM, you must be about zero minus God knows what of the general Bank account public.
   I'm not saying you are wrong. But you are certainly an absolutely minority of one.  Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on November 12, 2013, 06:41:34 PM
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  Hello Yorkie,   alli will say is whether you are right or wrong, if you have never, ever used an ATM, you must be about zero minus God knows what of the general Bank account public.
   I'm not saying you are wrong. But you are certainly an absolutely minority of one.  Mike

Mike  -  thanks for the comment.  It is just that I have never had the need to use one!   However, I now realise that I have told a mis-truth.  I did use an ATM once.  That was when I opened an account in HSBC in Llandudno, when I used the one inside the branch to change the PIN on my new Debit Card.  I was inside the Branch as I had to get one of the Staff to show me how to use it!    L0L

Your statistics are wrong, or if they are right I must be unique, . . . . and God does not know, unless someone else has told him!   _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 12, 2013, 06:46:29 PM
Your credit card is far more likely to be cloned in general usage in shops etc than at an ATM:

http://www.fraudjobsite.co.uk/news/view/76071 (http://www.fraudjobsite.co.uk/news/view/76071)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on November 12, 2013, 08:13:55 PM
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Your credit card is far more likely to be cloned in general usage in shops etc than at an ATM:

http://www.fraudjobsite.co.uk/news/view/76071 (http://www.fraudjobsite.co.uk/news/view/76071)

I have had a CC since 1967 and there has only been one attempt at impersonation when someone tried to change the holder's address.  My CC Company picked it up immediately and I had a new card 2 days later.  I have never lost one penny by using any of my Credit or Debit Cards.  Now ain't I lucky?  Or should I say, careful and very security conscious?

If it is cloned it will NOT be from using an ATM with a false front, a camera or someone watching through binoculars or over my shoulder.  All cards are fraught with possible problems but the Bank Guarantees tend to nullify them.   With my Bankers anyway, if not with other peoples!
 ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 12, 2013, 08:29:11 PM
Can't say I've ever had a problem either, and I've used ATMs probably a thousand or more times over the years. As with all things, you just have to be a little careful and use common sense.

It seems that the Banks hate having to staff their branches, or indeed, having to have branches at all, and would far prefer that all transactions are automated. Thinking about it though, I've gone in my bank branch about twice in the last 10 years, so maybe they have a point?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on November 12, 2013, 08:58:01 PM
I do the majority of my banking on the Internet and Branch visits are about once every 3 months.  On the basis that I use more than one Bank, I hope it will be some years before they stop counter service, or close all my banks.  But then there is always the Post Office!
 D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on November 13, 2013, 01:08:47 AM
The point has been missed, this is about Conwy, not banks in general.

It is very important to have a free ATM in a town where they have regular street event.
Stall holders at the Honey Fair, Seed Fair, Medieval night, Feast day etc...etc... will not have debit card machines, and the queue at the ATM on those days is massive.

It will have a disastrous effect on those market days, when cash is king. 
Visitor and traders alike will be unable to function as they should.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: llewelyn on November 13, 2013, 02:37:45 AM
My sister has a shop, she has to pay a lot to have a card machine plus a percentage of each sale goes to the bank. she does this as she has to, but with business so tough cash is better for small sales, I didnt realize my card was costing the retailer until she explained this to me
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 13, 2013, 07:15:17 AM
Fixed Card Processing machines arent so expensive, about £20-30 per month to rent. Debit card transactions cost the retailer around 20p to process, whilst credit cards are more expensive,  about 1.5% of the transaction cost. So, yiu can help the small retailer by paying with a debit card, rather than a credit card, for larger transactions.

The mobile Card Processing terminals have a different fee structure.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on November 13, 2013, 08:19:57 AM
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I've gone in my bank branch about twice in the last 10 years, so maybe they have a point?

Like it or not things are changing - certainly in commerce - and it's little wonder that First Direct, a bank with no branches anywhere, is consistently rated more highly than any other by its customers. Fewer and fewer use branches, and branches cost a lot of money to keep going. The main function branches now serve is for the physical receipt of cash, so that's unlikely to change so long as someone, somewhere uses cash. But tiny businesses still use cash, and forcing the installation of NFC card readers that use 3G to check is almost certainly coming.

But the cashless society isn't yet upon us, despite HMRC's urging, so the banks need to consider alternatives to closing down the ATMs everywhere.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: FatAndy on November 13, 2013, 09:01:48 AM
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Perhaps the large Nat West branch, (beneath Gamlins), could install a cash machine?

I once spent a summer holiday working in that branch (a long time ago) and I know they wanted to install an ATM but there was some reason why they couldn't.  I can't remember exactly now but I think it was something to do with listed building consent or something similar.  That must still be the case because I can't imagine in this day and age any bank would choose not to install a machine if it could.

On the subject of HSBC I was working in Craig-y-Don when they closed the branch there.  They asked local businesses if any would be willing to have a machine installed on their premises to replace the one at the bank.  The bloke I was working for investigated this but it's easier said than done.  They need to smash a hole into your building, the machine takes up a lot of space and also they need access to be able to refill the machine when it starts to run low on cash.  I'd imagine that there aren't many places in Conwy that could accommodate a machine but the one place that does spring to mind is the Visitor Centre.  It's close to the castle, it looks like a big enough building and as a commercial enterprise it could only benefit from having a tourist magnet installed.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on November 13, 2013, 09:16:12 AM
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the one place that does spring to mind is the Visitor Centre.  It's close to the castle, it looks like a big enough building and as a commercial enterprise it could only benefit from having a tourist magnet installed.

Excellent idea. Perhaps all tourist centres should consider the idea.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 13, 2013, 10:19:54 AM
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I've gone in my bank branch about twice in the last 10 years, so maybe they have a point?

Like it or not things are changing - certainly in commerce - and it's little wonder that First Direct, a bank with no branches anywhere, is consistently rated more highly than any other by its customers. Fewer and fewer use branches, and branches cost a lot of money to keep going. The main function branches now serve is for the physical receipt of cash, so that's unlikely to change so long as someone, somewhere uses cash. But tiny businesses still use cash, and forcing the installation of NFC card readers that use 3G to check is almost certainly coming.

But the cashless society isn't yet upon us, despite HMRC's urging, so the banks need to consider alternatives to closing down the ATMs everywhere.
Contactless payments for small transactions, whether using a Debit Card or your mobile phone, will be the next stage in phasing out cash. Lots of outlets already have the Terminals fitted, i.e. Caffe Nero.

http://www.visa.co.uk/products/visa-payments/visa-contactless/ (http://www.visa.co.uk/products/visa-payments/visa-contactless/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on November 13, 2013, 03:57:44 PM
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I've gone in my bank branch about twice in the last 10 years, so maybe they have a point?

Like it or not things are changing - certainly in commerce - and it's little wonder that First Direct, a bank with no branches anywhere, is consistently rated more highly than any other by its customers. Fewer and fewer use branches, and branches cost a lot of money to keep going. The main function branches now serve is for the physical receipt of cash, so that's unlikely to change so long as someone, somewhere uses cash. But tiny businesses still use cash, and forcing the installation of NFC card readers that use 3G to check is almost certainly coming.

But the cashless society isn't yet upon us, despite HMRC's urging, so the banks need to consider alternatives to closing down the ATMs everywhere.
Contactless payments for small transactions, whether using a Debit Card or your mobile phone, will be the next stage in phasing out cash. Lots of outlets already have the Terminals fitted, i.e. Caffe Nero.

http://www.visa.co.uk/products/visa-payments/visa-contactless/ (http://www.visa.co.uk/products/visa-payments/visa-contactless/)


I've been using contactless payment for a couple of years & the reliability of the machines leaves a lot to be desired. It's not too bad if you use a card because you can resort to using it the normal way via chip & pin but when using a phone you're knackered. On a few occasions I've popped somewhere on the way to/from work to use it having forgotten to bring cash & had to leave empty handed because the machine wasn't working properly so they have a bit of a way to go yet I'm afraid. When it is working it's a great system & definitely one for the future. I quite like the fingerprint scanner on my phone as a payment method with Apple but hope if I ever get mugged they don't resort to extreme tactics to ensure they can access my phone (if you catch my drift!).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on November 14, 2013, 11:44:16 PM
My little business has benefitted (to a degree) in 2013 by the use of a 3G debit card machine, with a contactless option.

However, it's efficiency leaves much to be desired, and fails to complete the transaction on about 50% of occasions.  Luckily, the customer will usually be patient and try again.

The contactless option frightens many customers, has no PIN number to aid security, and has only ever been used once in my shop.  Also, the customer does not receive a receipt when using that option.
I found that strange, so I queried it with Barclaycard, the provider, and they confirmed it was something they were 'looking at fixing in the future'  :o

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on November 15, 2013, 10:41:54 AM
Sounds a bit dicey Fester.  :o
I have to admit that the card machine which I use in the Charity shop is quite efficient. It is certainly easier than the vagaries of the new till which we had installed, in the fact that there are less procedures to go through and it doesn't all of a sudden decide to take its bat home and not do as you ask it to. The main problem is if a power cut occurs, or if the central system which covers all 14 shops goes down. Then we are faffing about with till keys,sheets of paper and hand written receipts. Not good if a queue is forming ! Also obviously only cash can be accepted.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 15, 2013, 10:59:17 AM
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The contactless option frightens many customers, has no PIN number to aid security, and has only ever been used once in my shop. 
Contactless transactions will occasionally ask for a PIN number, as a security measure. They also have a limit of £20.
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Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Huw Pritchard on December 27, 2013, 07:54:59 PM
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I've gone in my bank branch about twice in the last 10 years, so maybe they have a point?

Like it or not things are changing - certainly in commerce - and it's little wonder that First Direct, a bank with no branches anywhere, is consistently rated more highly than any other by its customers. Fewer and fewer use branches, and branches cost a lot of money to keep going. The main function branches now serve is for the physical receipt of cash, so that's unlikely to change so long as someone, somewhere uses cash. But tiny businesses still use cash, and forcing the installation of NFC card readers that use 3G to check is almost certainly coming.

But the cashless society isn't yet upon us, despite HMRC's urging, so the banks need to consider alternatives to closing down the ATMs everywhere.

The needs of the business have sometimes been forgotten here. Very small businesses, which rely on cash transactions, still need to bank cash, get change (and perhaps get business advice) which they would get from a local bank. Unless the Post Office gets its act together, these services (the first two anyway) will be lost to HSBC business customers in Conwy when the branch closes.

It's not all about tourists!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 29, 2013, 12:11:19 PM
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I've gone in my bank branch about twice in the last 10 years, so maybe they have a point?

Like it or not things are changing - certainly in commerce - and it's little wonder that First Direct, a bank with no branches anywhere, is consistently rated more highly than any other by its customers. Fewer and fewer use branches, and branches cost a lot of money to keep going. The main function branches now serve is for the physical receipt of cash, so that's unlikely to change so long as someone, somewhere uses cash. But tiny businesses still use cash, and forcing the installation of NFC card readers that use 3G to check is almost certainly coming.

But the cashless society isn't yet upon us, despite HMRC's urging, so the banks need to consider alternatives to closing down the ATMs everywhere.

The needs of the business have sometimes been forgotten here. Very small businesses, which rely on cash transactions, still need to bank cash, get change (and perhaps get business advice) which they would get from a local bank. Unless the Post Office gets its act together, these services (the first two anyway) will be lost to HSBC business customers in Conwy when the branch closes.

It's not all about tourists!
Several banks offer business banking via the Post Office, including Santander. You can pay in cash/cheques, get change etc.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 19, 2014, 02:51:08 PM
HSBC has now closed along with the cash point.  The only cash point in Conwy at the moment is in Spar but the manager there is having a nightmare due to the fact they fill the machine themselves......he put £700 in on Monday morning and by 12.30 it was empty again!! He only lets you have £20 cash back and you can't blame him really.  A cash p[oint is being installed on the Square where the telephone boxes are sited but that won't be in place till March.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 19, 2014, 08:44:22 PM
I took a walk over to Pen the other week along the Cycle path from Conwy.  It was very windy but me and Jj were wrapped up well and at least it wasn't raining.  As we approached the Beacons I noticed the public toilets were open (a rarity for Conwy)  so thinking it was the last stop before the long stretch I decided I'd best use it.........then realised what a disgusting state it was in!! I decided to give it a miss.  Those toilets are a disgrace god knows when they last had a clean? 
We carried on and in a short while came to three figures cast in metal,  the figures are LLewelyn the Great, Thomas Telford and Margaret Williams.  I didn't know they were there and neither it seems does Margaret and some members of her family?  Margaret Williams was a Fleet Street reporter for many years and has written childrens books based on the local area,  a real Conwy Character.  The other two were quite important in the Conwy area too hehe.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: hollins on February 19, 2014, 08:49:05 PM
I have missed your tales and adventures with your little dog. Great that you are back!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 19, 2014, 09:28:34 PM
Thanks Hollins........Jj and I have had loads of adventures.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on February 20, 2014, 08:49:36 AM
Lovely to see him and to have you back Pen. ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: FatAndy on February 20, 2014, 09:21:22 AM
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HSBC has now closed along with the cash point.  The only cash point in Conwy at the moment is in Spar but the manager there is having a nightmare due to the fact they fill the machine themselves......he put £700 in on Monday morning and by 12.30 it was empty again!! He only lets you have £20 cash back and you can't blame him really.  A cash p[oint is being installed on the Square where the telephone boxes are sited but that won't be in place till March.

It's strange that a town like Conwy should be down to it's last cash machine when over the river in Llandudno there are at least six that I can think of.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 20, 2014, 09:34:29 AM
Barclays, Sainsburys Local, NatWest, HSBC, M&S, RBS, Santander, Lloyds, Nationwide and Asda (2) plus the two new phonebox ATM’s outside Vollams and Caffe Nero makes 13 unless someone is aware of anymore in Llandudno.  D)

I believe there is another one in Venue Cymru and another outside the Oriental Convenience Store in C-y-D.

Not one on Parc Llandudno or Mostyn Champneys.  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: FatAndy on February 20, 2014, 10:15:34 AM
Oops, I missed the "Junction" out of "Llandudno Junction"  :-[.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on February 20, 2014, 12:12:12 PM
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Barclays, Sainsburys Local, NatWest, HSBC, M&S, RBS, Santander, Lloyds, Nationwide and Asda (2) plus the two new phonebox ATM’s outside Vollams and Caffe Nero makes 13 unless someone is aware of anymore in Llandudno.  D)

I believe there is another one in Venue Cymru and another outside the Oriental Convenience Store in C-y-D.

Not one on Parc Llandudno or Mostyn Champneys.  &shake&

If you're including pay cash machines - which I think VC and CYD are, then there are lots more than that.
Club 147 and Wetherspoons for example
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 20, 2014, 02:19:02 PM
Where exactly is it in Wetherspoons?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on February 20, 2014, 10:20:47 PM
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Barclays, Sainsburys Local, NatWest, HSBC, M&S, RBS, Santander, Lloyds, Nationwide and Asda (2) plus the two new phonebox ATM’s outside Vollams and Caffe Nero makes 13 unless someone is aware of anymore in Llandudno.  D)

I believe there is another one in Venue Cymru and another outside the Oriental Convenience Store in C-y-D.

Not one on Parc Llandudno or Mostyn Champneys.  &shake&

I use the Halifax Bank..... across the road from Sainsburys and adjacent to Barclays.

Also, there are two (pay to use) cash machines in the Pier Arcade.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 20, 2014, 10:47:53 PM
Um do you lot want some salt with that.......I think it's wonderful that whilst we here in Conwy have only one cash point for the entire town, you over in Llandudno have more than you can count  :o  WWW
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on February 20, 2014, 11:16:30 PM
At the height of the Credit Crunch and banking crisis in 2008/9 I popped my card into the ATM, and it said 'insufficient funds'

I immediately wondered whether they meant them or me!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on February 21, 2014, 12:15:24 PM
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Where exactly is it in Wetherspoons?

I think it's by the quiz machine  -I don't go in there much though so it may have moved/removed
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 21, 2014, 01:39:18 PM
I am informed it may have been removed and there is now only one left in the Golden Goose, Fester, but thanks for updating the list.

For completeness, the updated list is Barclays, Sainsburys Local, Halifax, NatWest, HSBC, M&S, RBS, Santander, Lloyds, Nationwide and Asda (2) plus the two new phonebox ATM’s outside Vollams and Caffe Nero making 14.

Fee-paying machines are at the Golden Goose, 147 Club, Venue Cymru and another outside the Asian Mini-Market  in C-y-D making another 4.

Unless anybody knows of any more.  ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on February 21, 2014, 01:40:40 PM
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At the height of the Credit Crunch and banking crisis in 2008/9 I popped my card into the ATM, and it said 'insufficient funds'

I immediately wondered whether they meant them or me!

This never happend you rich b***ard  :-*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Jack on February 21, 2014, 01:43:30 PM
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I am informed it may have been removed and there is now only one left in the Golden Goose, Fester, but thanks for updating the list.

For completeness, the updated list is Barclays, Sainsburys Local, Halifax, NatWest, HSBC, M&S, RBS, Santander, Lloyds, Nationwide and Asda (2) plus the two new phonebox ATM’s outside Vollams and Caffe Nero making 14.

Fee-paying machines are at the Golden Goose, 147 Club, Venue Cymru and another outside the Asian Mini-Market  in C-y-D making another 4.

Unless anybody knows of any more.  ;)

One outside Londis, Madoc Street.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on February 21, 2014, 01:44:46 PM
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I am informed it may have been removed and there is now only one left in the Golden Goose, Fester, but thanks for updating the list.

For completeness, the updated list is Barclays, Sainsburys Local, Halifax, NatWest, HSBC, M&S, RBS, Santander, Lloyds, Nationwide and Asda (2) plus the two new phonebox ATM’s outside Vollams and Caffe Nero making 14.

Fee-paying machines are at the Golden Goose, 147 Club, Venue Cymru and another outside the Asian Mini-Market  in C-y-D making another 4.

Unless anybody knows of any more.  ;)

One stop - West Shore
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on February 21, 2014, 01:46:53 PM
Surely there's one on the Summit? Hell of a hike for someone if they've forgot to get money out otherwise  ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: FatAndy on February 21, 2014, 02:29:52 PM
The solution to Conwy's problem is fairly obvious.  Demolish that old castle, let's face it's damaged beyond repair, and build a nice new Asda or Tesco superstore on the site.  That should bring at least two new cash machines to the town so everyone will be happy  :roll:.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on February 21, 2014, 02:32:35 PM
Yes Andy your plans will certainly improve the views over the river x
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on March 03, 2014, 01:37:32 PM
Was in Conwy Friday afternoon - the one and only cash machine (Spar) out of order  $good$
Some tourist town! Be havoc come summer time
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on March 03, 2014, 01:41:36 PM
There'll be a cash machine on the square in a couple of weeks, and I'm trying to get one for members only in the club too.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on March 03, 2014, 02:04:53 PM
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There'll be a cash machine on the square in a couple of weeks, and I'm trying to get one for members only in the club too.

A free cash machine in the square?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on March 03, 2014, 03:18:19 PM
Yeah free as far as I'm aware.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: FatAndy on March 04, 2014, 08:50:18 AM
There's a new free cash machine appeared in Colwyn Bay just opposite Cash Generator.  It seems odd that they're popping up pretty much all over the place with the exception of Conwy.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on March 05, 2014, 12:17:28 PM
It seems likely that Costa Coffee will be opening in Conwy, in the old Council Office on Castle Street.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on March 05, 2014, 12:24:07 PM
What is most worrying is I've heard a rumour that Wethers are now eyeing up the Conwy Civic Hall.  I still feel the farce over Dylan's on the Quay was just to divert the attention from the inevitable fact that Wethers will move in,  so that will be Costa Coffee and Wethers (if true) siphoning cash from the local community and how many independents will these businesses oust out.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on March 05, 2014, 12:26:51 PM
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What is most worrying is I've heard a rumour that Wethers are now eyeing up the Conwy Civic Hall.  I still feel the farce over Dylan's on the Quay was just to divert the attention from the inevitable fact that Wethers will move in,  so that will be Costa Coffee and Wethers (if true) siphoning cash from the local community and how many independents will these businesses oust out.

Nobody forces people to go to Wetherspoons. I personally have no idea why so many people do. More atmostphere in the library in the civic hall than there would be in a wetherspoons
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: FatAndy on March 05, 2014, 08:33:37 PM
On the plus side a new Wetherspoons might mean a new cash machine  Z**.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: llewelyn on March 05, 2014, 10:00:09 PM
Plus. I dont like Weatherspoons, but more than half the pubs in Conwy need a shake up, they are living in the past, cheap wine and crap beer. (except The Albion and The Castle. ) I am hoping the new Time Bar might serve good wine and God forbid cocktails.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on March 06, 2014, 08:02:00 AM
I personally find Wetherspoons very depressing places, particularly the Llandudno one which is just a cavernous space. Some are a lot better, the recently opened one in the former Castle Hotel in Ruthin, for example, which is lots of smaller rooms and has a far better feel to it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on March 06, 2014, 10:57:01 AM
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I personally find Wetherspoons very depressing places, particularly the Llandudno one which is just a cavernous space. Some are a lot better, the recently opened one in the former Castle Hotel in Ruthin, for example, which is lots of smaller rooms and has a far better feel to it.

The one in Llandudno is monsterous. The place can look absolutely empty and depressing with about 20-30 people.
Put them in a normal sized pub and it would be packed out
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on March 06, 2014, 11:36:31 AM
Am I the odd one out?  I have never been in Weatherspoons!   Seems as though I haven't missed much!   :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: OrmeMac on March 07, 2014, 05:08:46 PM
Really like what they've done with The Palladium in Llandudno. It would have been so much easier/cheaper just to put in a false ceiling but instead they've kept a lot of the original features. There's just one problem with Weatherspoon's - if you go on your own it's a struggle to order food because you need a table number but someone could pinch your table whilst you are ordering at the till and then they get what you've paid for!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on March 12, 2014, 10:30:00 PM
I was walking in the Carneddau near Aber today and could smell smoke coming from somewhere and as we came down the slopes saw a cloud of smoke coming from the slopes of Tal Y Fan.
I'm not sure whether it was a controlled fire or not but it must have been a big fire judging from the amount of smoke billowing upwards.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: mull on March 13, 2014, 09:58:34 AM
No muir burning happened on Mull yet, ground is far to wet after all the rain we have had.
Must have had much less rain in North Wales.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Blongb on March 13, 2014, 10:51:54 AM
There was a little article in this weeks Pioneer from North Wales Fire Service, praising the farmers who this year are now reporting their controlled burning directly to them, thus avoiding costly callouts.  $thanx$ and for the green members of the forum don't get to upset by the burning as they are in fact carbon neutral. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on March 13, 2014, 11:16:35 AM
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for the green members of the forum don't get to upset by the burning as they are in fact carbon neutral.

How is that worked out?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Blongb on March 13, 2014, 08:03:49 PM
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How is that worked out?

Its something to do with how long the Carbon in anything we combust has been locked in. Last years growth is rated as carbon neutral hence the abundance of log burners that are permitted and use throughout the EEC $eu 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Quiggs on March 14, 2014, 06:17:38 PM
I was led to believe that it was because the plants that grow in their place absorb a similar amount of carbon that was released due to the burning. !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on March 15, 2014, 08:34:00 AM
A process similar to sustainable foresting, in fact. Problem is the bio-fuel processes.  The EU has been pushing for plant-based fuels for vehicles for some time, but it's a highly inefficient process. To make it better, they're starting to genetically modify the bacteria used to produce the stuff, and that isn't a welcome move, really. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on March 17, 2014, 05:33:00 PM
I notice over the weekend that the old shop/post office by the level crossing at Tal-y-Cafn  was being demolished - it did seem to have been empty for several years.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 17, 2014, 06:33:45 PM
A shame, I liked it! I was told last year that it was owned by the people in the big new house behind and they didn't like the look of it! I preferred the older house!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on March 17, 2014, 10:20:59 PM
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A shame, I liked it! I was told last year that it was owned by the people in the big new house behind and they didn't like the look of it! I preferred the older house!


Me too. I'm amazed they got planning permission for that new place!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on March 17, 2014, 11:43:12 PM
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A shame, I liked it! I was told last year that it was owned by the people in the big new house behind and they didn't like the look of it! I preferred the older house!


Me too. I'm amazed they got planning permission for that new place!

Money talks? $hands$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on March 18, 2014, 09:13:43 PM
Here is a photo of the new Time Cafe Bar set to open tomorrow in  Conwy.  Much as I liked the Clemence it was very dilapidated and out dated.  Many times we sat there eating breakfast with buckets collecting drips next to our table.  The photo was on Facebook.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Cambrian on March 18, 2014, 09:20:20 PM
The new house behind the Old Post Office at Tal y Cafn was built on the site of the former Auction Mart, so it was redevelopment of a brownfield site rather than new build in the countryside.  I have heard locals were increasingly concerned at the unsightly appearance of the old PO.  Nice to see the old Tailor's shop there is still going - personal service and some stuff cheaper than you can buy on line.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on March 19, 2014, 04:20:04 PM
   That little tailors shop in Tal y Cafn is a real blast from the past. Also, although I am not certain it is still there. About 2 miles away, on the left entering Tal y Bont is a butchers. Just the same as the tailors---set it what is really a glorified shed.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Jack on March 19, 2014, 07:52:06 PM
That little butchers is still there Mike, has great quality meat too!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on March 19, 2014, 11:08:56 PM
Angie, I look forward to giving that a try!   Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on April 12, 2014, 08:26:57 PM
Bangor Road closed due to an incident near the entrance to Bodlondeb. Police and fire appliances in attendance.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 13, 2014, 08:11:17 PM
Good to see that the Fountain in the Square has been restored to working order after many years of disuse:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on April 14, 2014, 01:45:57 PM
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Good to see that the Fountain in the Square has been restored to working order after many years of disuse:

I counted about £3.75 in loose change in the fountain (presumably chicked in by tourists)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on April 14, 2014, 11:25:42 PM
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Good to see that the Fountain in the Square has been restored to working order after many years of disuse:

I counted about £3.75 in loose change in the fountain (presumably chicked in by tourists)

Did you fish it out B2R?   Seeing as the darts subs has gone up AGAIN this week,  to £2.00!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on April 15, 2014, 09:19:51 AM
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Good to see that the Fountain in the Square has been restored to working order after many years of disuse:

I counted about £3.75 in loose change in the fountain (presumably chicked in by tourists)

Did you fish it out B2R?   Seeing as the darts subs has gone up AGAIN this week,  to £2.00!  :laugh:

Never!!! Well I'm not doing the donkey work myself I've got you a fishing rod instead

Give a man his subs and he'll come pestering you again for suns the next week
Give a man a fishing rod.......
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on April 16, 2014, 09:27:06 PM
Ha ha... amusing B2R,  as was your ludicrous 'threat' last night to retire from local darts.   :laugh: :laugh:

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on April 27, 2014, 08:00:02 PM
Looks like I spoke too soon. The fountain is not working again and the bowl is full of stagnant water.  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on April 27, 2014, 09:58:35 PM
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Looks like I spoke too soon. The fountain is not working again and the bowl is full of stagnant water.  &shake&

Don't tell the council or they'll fill it with quarry stones!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on April 28, 2014, 08:31:09 AM
 _))* Like it !!!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: JohnD on May 19, 2014, 07:57:57 PM
Hello everyone,  I'm new to this forum - joined today -  so I hope I'm posting this is the right place !

I am currently writing a book about Conwy which is due to be published in October so I am now doing a lot of work on it.  I already have my own collection of old postcards and some old photos but I am looking for more. I am already getting help from many people but  I have seen a few pictures on this forum, particularly of some of the shops as they were in the past.  I would very much like to use some of these in the book if the owners would give me permission.  As this will be my second published book, I am well aware of copyright requirements and I will not breach copyright so I would want to know the copyright situation of any photo anyone lends me.   

I am also still searching for old postcards which I would be prepared to buy or borrow.  I know there are many old postcards around,  but as I am sure many of you will know that the locations of old commercial postcards of Conwy tend to be limited to about five locations:-  Castle, bridges, Plas Mawr, Aberconwy House, Smallest House.

I hope there is someone here who can help.   Thank you in advance.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Cordyline on May 24, 2014, 06:09:58 PM
I wonder what the story is of this boat;
 Tied up at the high water mark near Conway Town ?

(http://i.imgur.com/72NbTUK.jpg)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 24, 2014, 06:38:40 PM
That's the Grey Lady, been there for years, sadly some morons set fire to her a couple of years ago!  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Cordyline on May 24, 2014, 11:20:36 PM
Cheers Merddin Emrys
Must have been someones pride and joy

Was she a cruiser or trawler ?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: majormellons on May 25, 2014, 07:57:07 PM
She was a fishing boat.

Picture before fire (http://www.dphotographer.co.uk/image/159448/lady_grey)

and more here (http://www.greylady-conwy.piczo.com/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Paulakelsall on June 04, 2014, 11:44:44 PM
I came across the following article. Does anyone know if the "lucky stone" is still on the quay?

Weekly News and Visitors Chronicle - 27th July 1900
The Magic Stone - Although it has been almost forgotten, Conway has, like many other places, its magic stone. From time immemorial, it has been embedded on the Quay, and has recently been neglected. The attention of a Committee of the Corporation was drawn to it a day or two ago, through the inquiries of a visitor, and, with praiseworthy promptitude, the stone has been replaced in its original position on the Quay. The "oldest inhabitants" have known it since their birth, and attribute to it various charms. All call it "the lucky stone,' and agree that, if a stranger puts a foot on it, return to Conway is inevitable. Many say that a stranger will never leave Conway, and give incidents in proof. By some aged persons, its charms, in all simplicity, are still believed. It is marked by a plain cross which is directed to the cardinal points, and the present Harbour-master (Mr Evan Evans) has in recent years assisted mariners who doubted the correctness of their compasses, to test them in a rough way by the magic stone of Conway."
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: kgem on June 05, 2014, 09:46:03 PM
Yes the lucky stone is still on the quay it is embedded in concrete at the top of the steps by the telescope.
It was originally the last stone on the old quay wall outside the Liverpool arms.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Paulakelsall on June 05, 2014, 10:23:05 PM
Thanks for the information 'kgem' - good news. I look forward to visiting the stone next time I'm on the quay. I wonder if the tourist office know of its existence - I presume the Town Council do.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Paulakelsall on June 09, 2014, 08:16:18 PM
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Yes the lucky stone is still on the quay it is embedded in concrete at the top of the steps by the telescope.
It was originally the last stone on the old quay wall outside the Liverpool arms.

I found the lucky stone last weekend! Unfortunately I was rather underwhelmed. I will leave you to look at the photographs and make your own judgement.

I asked my father, who is Conwy born and bred, if he had ever heard of the stone but he had not.

If the stone formed part of the original quay wall I presume it dates from 1833. In comparison to other stones in the town, a relative newbie  :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on June 24, 2014, 05:08:53 PM
Conwy cafe owner brandished knives in street and made threats to kill

Jun 23, 2014 16:30
By Eryl Crump


A cafe owner brandished a kitchen knife in each hand while walking down a busy street threatening that she was “going to kill someone”.

Christina Nichols was spared prison today after admitting shouting, swearing and making the threats.

Nichols admitting charges of affray and having a blade in a public place when she appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court.

The court was told she made the threats  after emerging from the cafe she owns in Conwy just after 9.15pm on March 8.

CCTV footage showed her go back into the cafe and re-emerge with the knives.

When a woman in a passing car asked if she was all right, Nichols said: “No, I’m going to kill someone, I'm going to kill you.”

She then struck the car three times with one of the large bladed knives. The shocked woman drove away.

Judge Niclas Parry said: “You must understand that what you did was extremely serious. You were out of control and could have caused catastrophic injuries. Those who use knives in North Wales can expect custody but your case is exceptional.”

The judge heard Nichols, of High Street, Conwy, was depressed at her failing business and had got drunk that evening because of the low takings the cafe had taken during the day.

He added: “This is a truly sad case. You have lived a good life with no previous convictions, worked hard and overcome personal difficulties. Mercifully no one was injured.”

In addition to an eight- month suspended jail term, Nichols was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work and will be supervised by probation officers during the next year.

Outlining the case, prosecutor Richard Edwards said witnesses saw Nichols walking in the street shouting and swearing. “She was saying she was going to kill someone and made reference to a barking dog.

“She went back into the cafe and re-emerged holding a knife in each hand and appeared very stressed. It was then one of the witnesses, the woman in a car, asked if she was OK,” he said.

Police were called and when officers arrived they saw Nichols pacing up and down and asked her to put the knives down. “She did as they asked and she was arrested.

Interviewed later she said she had been drinking heavily and was very depressed due to her failing business but had little recollection of the incident,” he added.

The judge ordered the knives be forfeited and destroyed.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-cafe-owner-brandished-knives-7312932 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-cafe-owner-brandished-knives-7312932)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: castell7 on June 26, 2014, 07:15:44 PM
Hello John
As part of the Conwy Town Research group ( part of DOWHG -see website) I may be able to help-please contact me at rayconwy@hotmail.com
regards
Ray
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Pendragon on June 26, 2014, 07:42:38 PM
Hi Castell7 when do your meetings take place......Can anyone join?  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Huw Pritchard on June 29, 2014, 10:41:49 PM
I find the story about Christina Nichols rather a sad one. Of course she should not have done what she did, but when I read of a person driven to drink and desperation by whatever problems, I think 'there but for the grace of God'. I don't really see what benefit it did anyone making a big splash of the story in the Weekly News.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: norman08 on June 29, 2014, 11:01:47 PM
If that had been a local youth brandishing the knives ,what do we think the sentence had been ,what made me chuckle they confiscated the knives  ,she uses knives in the cafe  >>>
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on June 29, 2014, 11:38:52 PM
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If that had been a local youth brandishing the knives ,what do we think the sentence had been ,what made me chuckle they confiscated the knives  ,she uses knives in the cafe  >>>

Not any more she doesn't.  It's been shut for a little while now.
Title: Conwy Town
Post by: llewelyn on September 05, 2014, 01:16:28 PM
A friend of mine has just visited Conwy after touring the South West for a number of weeks, she commented how shabby the town looked, no decent flower displays, scruffy flags flying, no smart street furniture. For a tourist town it is just not good enough. We have an amazing back drop, The Castle, The Walls and the Quay ( although the Quay is in need of TLC )  :'( 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on October 02, 2014, 11:38:43 AM
LOOK: First images of £1m restaurant close to Conwy castle

These are the first images of a proposed £1m restaurant in the shadow of Conwy castle that would create 40 jobs in the town.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/look-first-images-1m-restaurant-7862336 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/look-first-images-1m-restaurant-7862336)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on October 02, 2014, 12:21:11 PM
That image would look a lot better WITHOUT the restaurant.

There are more than enough places to eat in Conwy for such a tiny town anyway. I recommend the Castle
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 02, 2014, 12:41:56 PM
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I recommend the Castle
Bit draughty in Winter, I'd have thought?  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on October 02, 2014, 01:25:18 PM
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LOOK: First images of £1m restaurant close to Conwy castle

These are the first images of a proposed £1m restaurant in the shadow of Conwy castle that would create 40 jobs in the town.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/look-first-images-1m-restaurant-7862336 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/look-first-images-1m-restaurant-7862336)



Just out of interest, where do you park?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on October 02, 2014, 01:40:34 PM
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I recommend the Castle
Bit draughty in Winter, I'd have thought?  :laugh:

haha always plenty of room though  _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on October 03, 2014, 12:56:54 AM
On the site of the old Billington's Garage is it??

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on October 03, 2014, 08:47:18 AM
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Just out of interest, where do you park?

Pay and Display Car Park two minutes away.    ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on October 03, 2014, 08:58:52 AM
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On the site of the old Billington's Garage is it??

Hi Fester, found this...

Plans to build a 40 job restaurant and shop development in shadow of Conwy Castle have been submitted

The piece of land formerly occupied by Billington’s Garage on the outskirts of Conwy is now an empty site after eyesore garage buildings were demolished last year.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/plans-build-40-job-restaurant-6351654 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/plans-build-40-job-restaurant-6351654)

Restaurant proposal in shadow of Conwy castle is recommended for refusal by planners
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/restaurant-proposal-shadow-conwy-castle-7719314 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/restaurant-proposal-shadow-conwy-castle-7719314)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Dave on October 27, 2014, 08:38:30 AM
Does anyone have a report on the Conwy food festival. Was it worth the entrance fee ? I know so many locals who won't pay the price to enter somewhere that gives nothing back other than the opportunity to spend more ! Maybe someone can change that view from the personal experience of a visit.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on October 27, 2014, 09:28:46 AM
It would have been nice not to have had our conwy card rejected on saturday morning.  A 20% discount would have been welcome.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on October 27, 2014, 09:54:06 AM
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It would have been nice not to have had our conwy card rejected on saturday morning.  A 20% discount would have been welcome.
Hi Bri,...This is a post From Jack on the Assets thread...look at the link.... &shake&
"If you go on the Sunday and are a Conwy County Borough Council ratepayer and have a 'Conwy Card' (they were given out free in April when rate bills were sent out) then you can get a 20% discount off the £6-00 paying £4-80."

Details here: http://www.conwyfeast.com/conwy-card-feast-discount/ (http://www.conwyfeast.com/conwy-card-feast-discount/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on October 27, 2014, 10:54:38 AM
Thank you, SteveH, but I went on Saturday.

Even if I went on Sunday, the 20% discount with a Conwy Card only applies to tickets pre-purchased from the Tourist Information Office in either Llandudno or Conwy and even then I would not have been allowed to use a credit or debit card to secure this valuable discount.

I guess one day I will eventually get to use this Conwy Card for the first time.

BTW, where is the Tourist Information Office in Conwy?

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on October 27, 2014, 10:59:33 AM
Sorry Bri. I remembered Jacks link, so copied and posted without checking...... :-[
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Jack on October 27, 2014, 11:07:46 AM
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Thank you, SteveH, but I went on Saturday.

Even if I went on Sunday, the 20% discount with a Conwy Card only applies to tickets pre-purchased from the Tourist Information Office in either Llandudno or Conwy and even then I would not have been allowed to use a credit or debit card to secure this valuable discount.

I guess one day I will eventually get to use this Conwy Card for the first time.

BTW, where is the Tourist Information Office in Conwy?

Opposite the car park on Rosehill Street.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on October 27, 2014, 11:11:08 AM
Of course, Jack.

Where Elwyn's taxis are and what used to be the registrars office.

 $thanx$

Apparently, anybody who wanted to purchase the weekend ticket including Saturday and Sunday did not receive the 20% discount !!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on October 27, 2014, 12:28:00 PM
WATCH: Conwy Feast attracts thousands with spectacular firework display

Highlights included over 150 artisan food producers and award winning local micro brewers at Conwy Feast festival on the weekend
Video and 38 photos
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/watch-conwy-feast-attracts-thousands-8003179 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/watch-conwy-feast-attracts-thousands-8003179)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on October 27, 2014, 01:37:25 PM
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Where Elwyn's taxis are and what used to be the registrars office.


There are no Elwyn's taxis any more.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: dwsi on October 27, 2014, 02:02:55 PM
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Where Elwyn's taxis are and what used to be the registrars office.


There are no Elwyn's taxis any more.

Elwyn's Taxi's became Conwy Taxis and Elwyn himself drives under Elly's Taxi's.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on October 27, 2014, 02:51:05 PM
Thank you dwsi and Bellringer.  $good$

Anyway, you know where I mean. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 28, 2014, 10:55:31 AM
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Thank you, SteveH, but I went on Saturday.

Even if I went on Sunday, the 20% discount with a Conwy Card only applies to tickets pre-purchased from the Tourist Information Office in either Llandudno or Conwy and even then I would not have been allowed to use a credit or debit card to secure this valuable discount.

I guess one day I will eventually get to use this Conwy Card for the first time.

BTW, where is the Tourist Information Office in Conwy?
Unbelievable!

Shouldn't it be the case that only people who pay their Council Tax Bill in full (no discounts) should get some form of reward? My view is that those people should receive a free parking pass for council car parks.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on October 28, 2014, 11:31:17 AM
http://www.conwyghostbus.com/about-the-ghost-bus-tours/ (http://www.conwyghostbus.com/about-the-ghost-bus-tours/)

I'm going to this on Friday - It may well be a god awful amateur affair but I'm willing to take a punt. Anyone else heard of it?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Dave on October 28, 2014, 12:53:18 PM
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http://www.conwyghostbus.com/about-the-ghost-bus-tours/ (http://www.conwyghostbus.com/about-the-ghost-bus-tours/)

I'm going to this on Friday - It may well be a god awful amateur affair but I'm willing to take a punt. Anyone else heard of it?

Not until you posted ! Where do you find these things ?!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on October 28, 2014, 01:36:13 PM
The spelling is a little strange on the web page !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on October 28, 2014, 02:22:36 PM
I think I may have stumbled across it on facebook.
Wonder if they have permission to hang around the cemetery?
Either way gets me out the house for a few hours  8)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on October 29, 2014, 02:32:04 PM
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The spelling is a little strange on the web page !

The Doors | People Are Strange (Official Video) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq9oR9x171w#)

Hands down the best Halloween song ever
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 29, 2014, 02:41:22 PM
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The spelling is a little strange on the web page !

The Doors | People Are Strange (Official Video) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq9oR9x171w#)

Hands down the best Halloween song ever
Agreed!  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Paulakelsall on October 29, 2014, 10:58:48 PM
Looking through an old box of memorabilia and I came across this commemorative coin of the 700th Charter Anniversary of Conwy. I think it was given to me as a pupil of Ysgol Aberconwy - 30 years ago now!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on November 12, 2014, 10:11:49 AM
40 job restaurant next to Conwy castle backed by planners

A £1m restaurant that would create 40 jobs in the shadow of Conwy castle is tipped to get the go-ahead after being backed by planners and heritage body Cadw.

York Design and Construction, which also undertook the Dylan’s restaurant project in Menai Bridge, wants to build a two storey eaterie on the former Billington’s garage site that has been an eyesore for years.
The restaurant would seat 220 diners and create 20 full time and 20 part time jobs.
It would also help support producers in the area with the firm committed to sourcing local suppliers.

The application was initially deferred by the planning committee in September after it was recommended for refusal by planners concerned at the impact on the castle.
Rhys Davies, from agent Cadnant Planning, speaking on behalf of the applicant, said: “We are pleased that the changes made to the scheme and the production of additional visualisations have resolved all the previous concerns and that all key parties including CADW, Conwy Town Council, the Conservation Officer and the Planning and Highways Officers are now happy to support the proposal.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/40-job-restaurant-next-conwy-8091290 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/40-job-restaurant-next-conwy-8091290)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on November 12, 2014, 03:08:34 PM
Ref.  Tom Davidson NWWN

CONWY: The application for the restaurant is the first item discussed. Gwynedd Archeological planning service recommend a watching brief condition on approval. Cllr Goronwy Edwards said tThe designs are sympathetic to the application. "To see the site in its derelict state is a shame," he said. Cllr Goronwy Edwards proposed recommendation, with pedestrian barriers and building material conditions, and the proposal is passed.
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Post by: SteveH on November 17, 2014, 06:05:09 PM
New permanent camp in Conwy for gypsies and travellers
A plan to set-up a permanent site for gypsies and travellers has sparked an outcry from local business.
Many are worried about security and litter from the camp which would be located yards from an industrial estate off Bangor Road in Conwy.

Conwy Council is legally obliged to provide encampments for the travelling community.
The search to find suitable sites has been made even more urgent after travellers camped illegally at three locations across the county
Conwy councillors will be told by officers at a meeting on Thursday that the Bangor Road layby is the best option.

A council report to the communities overview and scrutiny committee said: “The need for a site (residential or temporary) has been exacerbated recently as a result of the gypsy and traveller unlawful encampment activity (at) Tir Llwyd industrial estate, Betws yn Rhos, Mochdre commerce park and Betws y Coed.”
The report states that unlawful encampments are more common in summer but they are expected to continue “unless a temporary/permanent site is provided now in anticipation of a full permanent site”.

Conwy had to find £20,000 for legal and clean up costs for the Tir Llwyd temporary camp.
Officers recommend that councillors vote to turn the site in Bangor Road, Conwy into a permanent residential location.
More....http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/new-permanent-camp-conwy-gypsies-8124275 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/new-permanent-camp-conwy-gypsies-8124275)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on November 18, 2014, 10:41:42 AM
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Ref.  Tom Davidson NWWN

CONWY: The application for the restaurant is the first item discussed. Gwynedd Archeological planning service recommend a watching brief condition on approval. Cllr Goronwy Edwards said tThe designs are sympathetic to the application. "To see the site in its derelict state is a shame," he said. Cllr Goronwy Edwards proposed recommendation, with pedestrian barriers and building material conditions, and the proposal is passed.
It will be interesting to see what happens when the site floods as it did last winter.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on November 19, 2014, 06:52:00 PM
Wellies? :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 12, 2014, 09:15:22 AM
I see a Planning Application has gone in for new signage at the former Municipal Building in Castle Street, is this the long heralded arrival of Costa Coffee in Conwy?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Tom Davidson on December 12, 2014, 12:35:59 PM
I've seen a similar application more than a couple of times I think DaveR, so I wouldn't hold your breath... It could happen though.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: FatAndy on December 17, 2014, 10:22:35 PM
Mrs FA paid a visit to the docs in Conwy today and has reported back that there's now a branch of Costa Coffee next to the NatWest bank.  It's not quite ready to open but not far off.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: FatAndy on December 17, 2014, 10:28:09 PM
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Thank you, SteveH, but I went on Saturday.

Even if I went on Sunday, the 20% discount with a Conwy Card only applies to tickets pre-purchased from the Tourist Information Office in either Llandudno or Conwy and even then I would not have been allowed to use a credit or debit card to secure this valuable discount.

I guess one day I will eventually get to use this Conwy Card for the first time.

BTW, where is the Tourist Information Office in Conwy?

I know this a bit late now but we went to the Feast on the Sunday and were able to tickets from the TIC without prebooking and we were able to use a debit card to pay for them.  The only slight hiccup was that when they first opened they couldn't get the tills to work so there was a delay of about 5 minutes.  Maybe worth bearing in mind for next year.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 18, 2014, 08:36:41 AM
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Mrs FA paid a visit to the docs in Conwy today and has reported back that there's now a branch of Costa Coffee next to the NatWest bank.  It's not quite ready to open but not far off.
Thats fast work, there was no sign of work starting last week when I passed, I had a peep through the window.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Mr Tunnock on December 24, 2014, 08:45:51 PM
See the ice cream parlour on the high street has had a couple of windows boarded up.
Nasty time of year to get the glass replaced, not that anytime is a good time. 
Parisella's I think it's called.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: ormegolf on December 25, 2014, 04:56:57 AM
 Parisellas are unfortunately well used to vandalism. They operate the cafe in the Happy Valley. Enough said.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on January 06, 2015, 03:41:34 PM
Many Happy Returns of the day to Conwy Town Council's Mayor, Councillor Mrs Ruth Parker whose birthday it is today. I understand as Mayor she is also entitled to the title of Constable of Conwy Castle and that it is traditional to fly a flag on the castle on the Mayor's birthday. The flag was fluttering merrily when I passed earlier.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yorkie on January 06, 2015, 04:24:55 PM
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Parisellas are unfortunately well used to vandalism. They operate the cafe in the Happy Valley. Enough said.

Just a chap leaving the pub after having had a few too many Sherbets.    Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on January 07, 2015, 08:42:02 AM
Was the ice cream parlour the only business affected?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on February 01, 2015, 05:42:59 PM
Things are looking up in Lancaster Square. Alfredo Restaurant is a hive of activity, having a complete revamp. Activity also going on in the recently closed Cafe Culture. If the rumours are true and it is the owners of  Home Cooking, hope the food is as good as Llandudno.   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 01, 2015, 08:22:00 PM
Don't forget the new tapas bar in the former HSBC.

I also notice Mr Blanchard has applied for an alcohol licence next door.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on February 17, 2015, 02:38:54 PM
The new cafe replacing Cafe Culture in Conwy has opened as 2 The Square. It looks very promising,  bright clean decor with a reasonably priced menu and an interesting Gruffalo menu for children. Wishing them  ££$ for the future.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on February 17, 2015, 03:42:04 PM
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The new cafe replacing Cafe Culture in Conwy has opened as 2 The Square. It looks very promising,  bright clean decor with a reasonably priced menu and an interesting Gruffalo menu for children. Wishing them  ££$ for the future.

Yes, it's the same owners as 'Home Cookin' in Llandudno,  they generally do a very good job of things.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on May 06, 2015, 05:05:24 PM
Aberconwy Park & Spa has been sold. Hope the new owners run it as well as The Houghton's.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on May 23, 2015, 07:03:48 PM
The new 'Tapas Bar' is now open in the old HSBC premises now known as Bank of Conwy. It looked fairly busy on Thursday and Friday nights as I went by.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Yelboh on May 23, 2015, 10:23:07 PM
Bank of conwy/ Tapas bar only serving drink currentlty apparently, food to follow. Massive asset to an ever improving and thriving Conwy.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Jonty Hammers on May 25, 2015, 05:45:37 PM
Very good news! Crucial that Conwy maintains its ratio of independently-owned businesses to chain cafes or shops. Not to say chain stores are bad in and of themselves (can remember the Woolies being fairly popular, and the Spar which replaced it is just as useful) as they can be a good draw and helpful convenience. BUT we can't risk towns becoming identikit; not even somewhere like Conwy, with the charms of its castle and attractive immediate environs, is completely protected from just becoming like most other towns in the UK.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on June 04, 2015, 10:03:06 AM
Can't remember if I have posted this before, it's the website of the people restoring the Black Lion at 11 Castle Street:
http://11-stryd-y-castell-conwy.co.uk/ (http://11-stryd-y-castell-conwy.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on June 09, 2015, 03:11:34 PM
Conwy Pirate Weekend 2015: Swashbucklers invited to join in at annual festival

Conwy will be invaded for the fourth year in a row by pirates, buccaneers and salty sea dogs over the weekend of June 20 and 21.

They will be setting up camp outside the town walls on the quay and everyone is invited to join in for a weekend of free family-friendly entertainment.

Chris Williams, of HTC Entertainment & Events who are organising the weekend, said: “This year we have a truly magnificent line-up of entertainers with acts that we're sure will blow your mind.

MORE.....http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/conwy-pirate-weekend-2015-swashbucklers-9419416 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/conwy-pirate-weekend-2015-swashbucklers-9419416)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on June 22, 2015, 12:32:44 PM
No mention of the Pirate weekend on here?

Very successful event, the lack of Liverpool arms was well noticed Z** By me anyway!!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on June 23, 2015, 07:25:13 PM
Terry Wogan in Conwy for new BBC food travel show

Legendary broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has been spotted filming a new BBC2 show in Conwy.

Irish charmer Sir Terry filmed for Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip at the award-winning Tan Lan Bakery today.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/terry-wogan-conwy-new-bbc-9514274 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/terry-wogan-conwy-new-bbc-9514274)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Tom Davidson on June 24, 2015, 09:09:09 AM
Sir Terry was in the Castle Hotel in Conwy last night - I think it was with his crew. Apparently he stayed there while he filmed his food show.

My food was excellent once again (Conwy Lamb Henry).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on June 24, 2015, 12:57:44 PM
Perhaps Tillymint can confirm this... 

I was told that the rent in The Liverpool arms was something like £1800 PER WEEK, to be paid to the leasing company, before even buying the beer... which was a separate purchase through the brewery.

If the figure was anything like that, then how can anyone even attempt to make a living??

It is so greedy and so ridiculous that hard working folk are subjected to terms like that.... and then evicted when they 'mysteriously' fail to make money!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on June 29, 2015, 09:26:40 PM
WATCH: Conwy named most beautiful place in the UK

The medieval town has won the hearts of Japanese officials who chose it from a list of almost 160 places.

The World Heritage site was the only UK destination to make the short list and will now be promoted as a must see stop for Japanese tourists.

Photos of iconic sites, including the castle and the smallest house in Britain, will be displayed at the country’s Tourism Expo in Tokyo this November – which attracted 157,589 visitors last year.

Politicians and local business owners have welcomed the accolade as “huge news for the town” and an excellent way to promote Wales.
Roy Williams, head custodian of the iconic Conwy Castle said the recognition was “exciting” as it should bring in more Japanese visitors who often stop in the walled city of Chester.

Mr Williams said 180,000 people visited the Edwardian castle last year, with more visitors from eastern Europe and Russia exploring the battlements than before.
He said: “This is going to lead to a new market, I’m not sure we see as many as we should here really.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/incoming/watch-conwy-named-most-beautiful-9551420 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/incoming/watch-conwy-named-most-beautiful-9551420)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on June 29, 2015, 11:01:26 PM
I'm not sure you can call it an 'Edwardian Castle', although in one sense it is...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 29, 2015, 11:15:44 PM
Well, I live in an Elizabethan bungalow!  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on June 30, 2015, 08:58:54 AM
Whilst we were looking round Plas Mawr, I looked out of the window and wondered myself what is happening with the former Palace Cinema & Bingo Club? It closed down several years ago and nothing seems to have happened since. I noticed that both shops at the front of the building are still let (an ice cream shop has recently opened in the left-hand one), as is Amelie's Restaurant in the old theatre bar above. Shame to see such a grand building falling slowly into decay.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/22947 (http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/22947)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on July 01, 2015, 11:37:06 AM
On Tuesday, we decided to abandon work for the day, and have a wander around Conwy.

I parked in that little lay-by on the cob, and on returning to my car, I could see that the gate that leads down to Telford's bridge was open.  I have never seen it open before.
So, I walked through, onto the bridge, and was able to get these pictures of the bridge from an angle I have never been able to see before.
I am always amazed by how these things were constructed and anchored into the castle rock, almost 200 years ago.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on July 10, 2015, 07:47:06 PM
Frustrated Conwy parent draws guide to dog poo on path

A detailed map offering a guide to the dog poo left on a Conwy path has been drawn by one frustrated local.
Frustrated parent James Astrop posted the sketch on Facebook to illustrate how bad things have got on the path in the shadow of Conwy Castle.
He’s supporting a campaign called Parents Against Dog Fouling to banish the scourge.
Conwy County Borough Council say they are aware of the problem near Ysgol Porth y Felin in Gyffin.
The Facebook map uses tasteful stars to represent piles of smelly excrement.
One caption states that a pile is “fresh today outside the school gate”.
MORE /MAP http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/frustrated-conwy-parent-draws-guide-9631355 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/frustrated-conwy-parent-draws-guide-9631355)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 10, 2015, 08:35:40 PM
Great idea,  no excuse for it!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on July 11, 2015, 08:48:56 AM
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He’s supporting a campaign called Parents Against Dog Fouling to banish the scourge.

Yes, but he needs a catchier acronym. Parents Against Dog Fouling - PADF, whereas Parents Against Dog Droppings - PADD; altogether more canine in nature, apart from being easier to pronounce.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DVT on July 11, 2015, 09:41:07 AM
PADS

I'll let you work out what the S stands for !!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on July 11, 2015, 11:27:12 AM
 L0L L0L L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: BMD on July 13, 2015, 04:12:53 PM
A new gate has been installed on the Conwy side of the RSPB reserve: http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/placestovisit/conwy/b/conwy-blog/archive/2015/07/13/a-new-arrival.aspx (http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/placestovisit/conwy/b/conwy-blog/archive/2015/07/13/a-new-arrival.aspx)

It lets people out (of the reserve), but not in. Difficult to tell from the photo how far along the estuary path it is. I sometimes walk from Conwy to Llandudno Junction's Tesco store, taking a short cut which takes me over the road/rail footbridge, along the estuary path towards RSPB (but not quite into it) and then cutting across a grass hill to the roundabout by the entrance to RSPB and then on to Tesco. Hope it still lets me do this.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Jack on July 13, 2015, 05:04:02 PM
It is in exactly the same position as their last gate.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: BMD on July 13, 2015, 05:12:00 PM
Ah, there was already a gate there? I don't recall seeing one. Presumably it's a bit further along the path than I'm thinking of.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Jack on July 13, 2015, 05:45:56 PM
Yes, on their boundary on the estuary path - 10 metres or so from the car park at the bottom of the slip road.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on July 25, 2015, 12:36:50 PM
THOUSANDS of pounds have been allocated to a Conwy project to boost tourism in the region.

The Welsh Government announced that Destination Conwy will receive £50,000 from the Regional Tourism Engagement Fund, to deliver a series of activities including an integrated marketing campaign.

It will also be used to develop the Conwy Card, which can be used by residents to obtain up to 20 per cent discount offers at participating tourist and outdoor activity attractions.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, said: “The Regional Tourism Engagement Fund allows local organisations and businesses to work through their destination management partnership to identify what is most needed by visitors to their area and what would make their destination more appealing to visitors.
Destination Conwy will also use a portion of the money to produce a digital twinning with German destinations, to build on the Welsh Government’s Germany marketing campaign, as well as customer research in key resorts.
REFNWPioneer
“Some of our iconic, reputation changing attractions have a key role to play in Year of Adventure 2016, but just as important will the events, attractions, experiences and initiatives which will create a buzz across Wales and give even more reasons for people to have an adventure in Wales during 2016.”
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on August 05, 2015, 04:31:04 PM
http://northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/151099/fright-night-at-former-conwy-chapel.aspx (http://northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/151099/fright-night-at-former-conwy-chapel.aspx)

Thoughts?

For or against?

PLANS to screen ghoulish films in a former place of worship have made the blood of ex-parishioners run cold.

TAPE - a community arts and media charity in Old Colwyn - caused upset among ex-congregation members when it revealed its plans to use Capel Tabernacle in Conwy (pictured) as a venue for horror films during a three day film festival in November.

In an announcement about the Coastline Film Festival on TAPE's facebook, the organisation promised to create a Chapel of Horror between November 13 and 15 as part of its aim to create an “exceptionally eerie venue” and “screen the finest horror movies with the chilling backdrop of the original chapel”.

Thomas Wyn Smart, aged 87, who attended the chapel for more than 50 years until its closure three years ago, said: “I don’t like the idea of screening any films at the chapel, regardless of the genre.

“If they want to show films they should change it to a cinema. I don’t want it there.”

Chris Roberts, former organist at the chapel, added: “I am saddened that they would see the chapel as somewhere spooky. I have a lot of happy memories there.”

A spokesperson for TAPE said that the group were “mindful” of the heritage of the chapel and had chosen five films accordingly.

They said: “Whilst we are not ready to reveal the programme yet, one is a children’s film, one is a 1960s classic american social commentary on race and cold war politics and one is a classic 1930s silent movie which will be screened with a live soundtrack on the chapel’s organ, which is currently unused.


“There are no slasher films, we are not showing the Exorcist or The Omen or anything which could offend the community.”

A member of St John’s Methodist Church who wished to remain anonymous commented: “It’s really good to get people to churches and how you do that can be interesting - what a brilliant way to start some conversations around things like life after death which horror films often touch on.”

Colin Le Boutillier (pictured inset) and his wife Monica - proprietors of Gwynfryn bed and breakfast and owners Tabernacl chapel, are directors of a community interest company which leases the building for a long term community development project, including the refurbishment of the chapel.

Mr Le Boutillier said: “I think the venue is suitable to the festival. I can understand why they think horror would work because it’s an old property and it had a lot of the original features in.”

For updates, follow TAPE Community Music and Film on facebook or visithttp://tapemusicandfilm.co.uk
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Jonty Hammers on August 05, 2015, 08:22:02 PM
Have to say I'm all for it. I can understand the response from former chapel-goers, but the building is no longer put to religious use and is now in, for want of a better word, secular hands. I imagine it must be heartbreaking to men like the chap quoted who attended it, but with the greatest of respect, it is simply no longer a chapel.

Moreover, as TAPE say, this isn't going to be anything in extraordinarily bad taste (given the description, I'm guessing it'll be Phantom of the Opera - one of the last silent Universal horrors before Todd Browning's Dracula came along, plus any screening of Phantom would be highly aided by use of an organ). A "horror" movie, yes - but comparatively tame and nothing like the modern slasher or "demon child" flicks of the 70s, which the organisers have been clever enough to stay away from.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on August 06, 2015, 07:09:35 AM
It sounds to me as though the Pioneer have been casting about for a newsworthy item. Given all the chapels that have been converted to private homes it's not unreasonable to expect one to be used as a part-time cinema. And it's only bringing the wheel full circle; the i61 Church (http://i61.church/) actually meets in a working cinema.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Tom Davidson on August 06, 2015, 08:38:46 AM
We splashed on the horror movies in chapel story on Tuesday I think - but I'm a big fan of the Pioneer's intro.

I didn't write the story for the Post so can't really comment further than that.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on August 06, 2015, 12:35:09 PM
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It sounds to me as though the Pioneer have been casting about for a newsworthy item. Given all the chapels that have been converted to private homes it's not unreasonable to expect one to be used as a part-time cinema. And it's only bringing the wheel full circle; the i61 Church (http://i61.church/) actually meets in a working cinema.

Don't forget Bonkers! That place is a 'horror' to my ears!!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on August 10, 2015, 11:17:20 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-33551689 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-33551689)

I knew there was potential for my juggling shop
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on August 10, 2015, 11:18:02 AM
Getting a new job is no laughing matter unless you are willing to make a fool of yourself in Conwy.
That is exactly what Erwyd le Fol (aka Russell Erwood) has agreed to do by becoming the town's first jester-in-residence since the 13th Century.
The 34-year-old will have a naming ceremony on 2 August before starting his jester japes.
Paid for by the town's chamber of trade, he will attend functions wearing a hat with donkey ears.
He will be performing at a number of official functions in the area such as its local seed and honey fairs plus other civic dates.
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Castle's first fool
Conwy Castle
The first jester arrived in the town when King Edward I stayed at Conwy Castle from 1294
In the winter of 1294-95, King Edward I was besieged by the Welsh at Conwy, forcing him to stay within the castle's walls in the town
Edward's personal jester, Tom le Fol, stayed at the castle throughout the three-month siege, entertaining all who lived there
720 years later, Conwy appoints a new jester-in-residence, Erwyd le Fol
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Mr le Fol, who moved to Conwy from London in October, said: "If there's a town in the world that should have a jester it's Conwy.
"There's a castle, there's walls, there's even a knight shop selling armour, so it's only right there is a jester.
"The locals and the tourists love it and I love it. The reaction has been amazing.
"Being a fool is great. I'm taking my job seriously, well as serious as a jester can.
"My life is making people smile and it's amazing I get to do it every day."
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on August 10, 2015, 12:19:15 PM
I thought Conwy already had a very well paid Jester?

In the form of the Chief Exec of CCBC?    I think he's hilarious.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: llewelyn on August 10, 2015, 10:26:02 PM
Sitting in my living room in Conwy I thought a fight had broken out in the Mail Coach, shouting and bawling carried on for a while so I went down the street to look,  found the jester!  not all locals want to hear this oaf bawling.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on August 11, 2015, 05:38:08 PM
Now you know how I feel about The Monkey Man!! 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bosun on August 11, 2015, 06:51:08 PM
Perhaps we could send them both to a parallel universe where they would live happily ever after.....

........or Rhyl.......
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on August 14, 2015, 12:31:29 PM
http://northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/151491/conwy-man-fined-after-urinating-on-dog.aspx (http://northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/151491/conwy-man-fined-after-urinating-on-dog.aspx)

Normally it's the animals urinating on people  :o
Title: Conwy Cash machines
Post by: llewelyn on August 18, 2015, 12:02:54 AM
A friend of mine visiting from Canada wanted to use her Visa Card the two available cash machines wouldnt take foreign cards, so off we went to the NATWEST they said they were not linked to the ATM so she would have to go to Llandudno or Colwyn Bay. I didnt believe this so rang NATWEST they said it was true so all our visitors from abroad cant get cash in Conwy, what the hell is wrong with this place.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on August 18, 2015, 02:22:34 PM
"what the hell is wrong with this place."  It does seem daft, considering the amount of visitors Conwy gets...... &shake&

An old article from Jan.
Foreign tourists flocked to Wales last summer adding £150m to the economy
Foreign tourism visits to Wales pumped nearly £150m into the economy with 380,000 overseas visitors in the summer.
The latest figures show a major increase (7.5%) in the number of people coming here during the third quarter of 2014 - giving the crucial sector a major boost. This amounted to 30,000 extra visitors compared to the same period in 2013 - spending an extra £9m - according to the Office of National Statistics.
These figures take the overseas visitors figure for the whole of 2014 up to nearly 800,000 - an increase of around 100,000 on 2013.
Across the UK an estimated 10.2 million overseas visits were made in quarter 3 2014, this was an increase of 4% when compared with 9.8 million visits made during the same period in 2013.

VisitBritain set its 2015 forecast to suggest that there will be 35.1 million visits, generating visitor spending of £22.2bn - an increase of 2.5% in volume and 4.5% in value.
These spend figures would be a new record and break the £22bn barrier for the first time.
The tourism sector is worth £5bn to the Welsh economy and employs more than 8% of the workforce.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/business-news/foreign-tourists-flocked-wales-last-8458716 (http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/business-news/foreign-tourists-flocked-wales-last-8458716)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: llewelyn on August 18, 2015, 08:19:52 PM
Good story for the local press, come on Tom !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on August 19, 2015, 08:30:09 AM
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A friend of mine visiting from Canada wanted to use her Visa Card

Was it a debit or credit visa card? It makes a difference, apparently, as does the issuing bank.  Scotiabank, for instance, has reciprocal arrangements with RBS so no charges are levied.  But at the root of this is the UK banking system, which probably treats the 3Ts area as a single conurbation and thus doesn't see economic sense in installing many internationally-enabled ATMs.

When travelling abroad we always check with our own bank for the location of usable cash points prior to travelling. It's a lot better than it used to be but there are still gaps in the system.
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Post by: llewelyn on August 19, 2015, 12:52:00 PM
Thank you for the info, my friend walked into the NATWEST Llandudno and got cash , the bank said they were aware of the problem with Conwy. As Conwy have so many international visitors I am sure the Tourist Manager for CCBC should look into this, the last time my friend stayed she used the bank on Lancaster Square no problem.
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Post by: ormegolf on August 19, 2015, 07:57:58 PM
   When I spend my winter in a small, dirty fishing village in an Indian state, with constant power breakdowns and definitely no water that you can drink, there are two ATMs about half a mile from each other. Often not working,
  But aoout one mile away there is one long large building which holds seven different banking firms ATMs in separate small shop sized compartments. Each one has at least two, maybe three Machines. And, of course, a heavily armed guard outside. Never any problem
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Post by: llewelyn on August 19, 2015, 08:39:44 PM
More advanced than Conwy then ! I would contact our local council representatives but they dont do twitter or facebook. still in the dark ages.  might try Mike Priestly he is available though he covers junction.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on August 20, 2015, 12:35:43 PM
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   When I spend my winter in a small, dirty fishing village in an Indian state, with constant power breakdowns and definitely no water that you can drink,

.... until I saw the word 'fishing' I thought you had been wintering in Bradford.
Title: Re: Conwy Cash machines
Post by: FatAndy on August 21, 2015, 12:17:35 PM
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A friend of mine visiting from Canada wanted to use her Visa Card the two available cash machines wouldnt take foreign cards, so off we went to the NATWEST they said they were not linked to the ATM so she would have to go to Llandudno or Colwyn Bay. I didnt believe this so rang NATWEST they said it was true so all our visitors from abroad cant get cash in Conwy, what the hell is wrong with this place.

I had a holiday job in the NatWest in Conwy during a summer back in the 1990's.  We used to do cash advances on foreign credit cards back then although it was an antiquated system compared to today.  We had to phone a number to get authorisation for the transaction and then whizz the card through one of those old machines with the paper slips.  More often than not the system worked perfectly well, although I do remember once serving an Australian couple who had to try to phone their credit card in the middle of night Aus time to find out why their transaction wasn't being authorised.  It seems odd that in the day of the internet they can no longer do something they could back in the days of steam powered computers.

p.s. Do the cash machines in the Junction not accept foreign cards - there are three at Tesco, one at Asda, one at the Co-op and one at Barclays which are all far more convenient than Llandudno or Colwyn Bay if they can be used?
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Post by: llewelyn on August 21, 2015, 12:34:03 PM
Barclay's at junction could have been an option.
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Post by: Cambrian on August 21, 2015, 01:13:01 PM
This prompted me to reflect on all the banks which have closed in the area in the last 40 years.  Here's a few - I am sure others will add some:

Midland, Craig y Don
Midland, Penrhyn Bay
Midland, Deganwy
Natwest, Deganwy
Natwest, Penrhyn Bay
Natwest, Craig y Don
Natwest, Glan Conwy
Barclays, Conwy
Barclays, Llandudno (moved into the Martins bank)
Natwest (ex Westminster), Llandudno
Natwest (ex District), Llandudno
Natwest (ex Westminster) Colwyn Bay
Natwest, Llandudno Junction
Midland, Mochdre

I suppose there has been a corresponding opening of what were Building Societies which to some extent has off-set the closures but only in the main centres.
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Post by: FatAndy on August 21, 2015, 09:55:38 PM
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This prompted me to reflect on all the banks which have closed in the area in the last 40 years.  Here's a few - I am sure others will add some:

Just do a Google search for "Tapas Bar Conwy County" and you should find a fairly comprehensive list of former banks.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: llewelyn on August 24, 2015, 03:39:56 PM
Day six all cash machines empty  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on September 06, 2015, 03:14:21 PM
Please could I ask fellow members and visitors to the Three Towns Forum to sign an online petition to stop a local developer building 93 houses in an area of outstanding beauty, adjacent to the Snowdonia National Park boundary on The Sychnant Pass. This land has been identified by the LDP as outside the Conwy settlement boundary and the majority of proposed houses will lie within the Historic Lanscape Area.
This proposed site would be built over two public footpaths used by local and visiting ramblers.
If you are interesting in reading further, Grwp Preswylwyr Sychnant Residents Group have a page on Facebook and to sign the petition and comment if you wish, go to change.org Parc & Llys Sychnant Residents Group.

 $thanx$ for any support, $walesflag$

Meleri 
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Post by: Hugo on September 06, 2015, 03:40:48 PM
Meleri,  if you haven't done it already please contact the Tree Preservation officer asap and get him to see if there are any trees worth preserving on the land.
Developers have a habit of destroying these trees prior to the formal application for outline permission.   
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Post by: DaveR on September 07, 2015, 08:49:47 AM
It certainly would be a shame to see houses built in that area, we just can't go on building on green spaces indefinitely.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Quiggs on September 07, 2015, 01:53:44 PM
Not being critical, just curious, where else can they build with the current shortage of housing, particularly with the immigration problems we face ?? &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on September 07, 2015, 01:54:13 PM
Thank you both for your interest. I have heard of that happening before Hugo, but in this case a Tree report was taken in March by a consultant from Manchester (as if we don't have our own Tree Consultants here in Wales !)
Anyway the fight goes on and if anyone is reading this please, please sign our petition  $thanx$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on September 07, 2015, 03:12:15 PM
Everyone is entitled to their opinion Quiggs and like you I am extremely worried and my hearts go out to the plight of these poor people, but we aren't talking rental properties here. They are Luxury houses, some 4 bedroom with paddocks, the few "Affordable" will be around £175,000. I can't see any young couples being able to afford those prices with the wages they pay in the area. May I suggest if you are curious to know the facts, you read the information we have on the above mentioned sites or go to Conwy Council Planning application 0/41960 and read the letters.
I don't know if you have been to this area recently but Anwyl are building another luxury Estate of 4/5 bedroom houses, just a few hundred metres from the proposed site and we are already finding the infrastructure of the Sychnant Pass Road is inadequate.
There are plenty of houses of all sizes and types for sale and for rent in the Conwy area at present, affordable included so there is no need with the circumstances we have to build more.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 07, 2015, 03:25:31 PM
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Not being critical, just curious, where else can they build with the current shortage of housing, particularly with the immigration problems we face ?? &shake&
We have to remember that we are a planet with finite resources, our population needs to stop growing or it will eventually mean the end for all of us.

On a national level, the UK is already a very crowded place, we can't just keep on building more and more houses.

On a more local level, there are at least 25,000 empty homes in Wales already. Let's get every one of them back in use before considering building even one new house on a greenfield site.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on September 07, 2015, 04:03:47 PM
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On a more local level, there are at least 25,000 empty homes in Wales already. Let's get every one of them back in use before considering building even one new house on a greenfield site.

And across the country there are hundreds of thousands of empty homes. Perhaps second home owners should be charged a second homes tax?
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Post by: DaveR on September 08, 2015, 09:53:12 AM
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On a more local level, there are at least 25,000 empty homes in Wales already. Let's get every one of them back in use before considering building even one new house on a greenfield site.

And across the country there are hundreds of thousands of empty homes. Perhaps second home owners should be charged a second homes tax?
Yes, I definitely think so. Perhaps the Council Tax Rate for Second Homes should be 150% of the normal amount, with the excess being ploughed back into subsidising starter homes for local people?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on September 08, 2015, 04:56:09 PM
You have hit the nail on the head there Ian & Dave.. Approx 22,000 privately owned homes in Wales have been left empty for more than 6 months, what a wasted resource ! In the past the council tax system allowed a discount on council tax for second homes, but it's now at the discretion of the local authorities. They can now charge up to 100%. The Welsh Government are encouraging the local authorities to invest the difference in increasing provision for local housing in their area. Plaid-led Gwynedd Council had proposed 200% at one stage. Certain second homes can in some cases have benefits to the local economy and tourism, but the fact is some are occupied for only part of the year. Holiday rentals in Conwy at the height of the season can cost between £500 and £1,000 per week. The owners could well afford more council tax, after all these properties are a business.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on September 15, 2015, 05:04:59 PM
From Tom and the Daily Post:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SDQ on September 15, 2015, 07:46:54 PM
If he's stuck there he hasn't got a hope of getting under the bridge at the Morfa!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on September 16, 2015, 02:21:38 PM
May be the exception to the rule but there was a brilliant busker in Conwy near Plas Mawr this afternoon.
Song a bunch of folk classics, even did a couple of Christy Moore  ZXZ
Llandudno still holds the record for worst busker EVER. With that youngster who looks like a reject from Sum41 and his awful wailings.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on September 16, 2015, 03:13:51 PM
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May be the exception to the rule but there was a brilliant busker in Conwy near Plas Mawr this afternoon.
Song a bunch of folk classics, even did a couple of Christy Moore  ZXZ
Llandudno still holds the record for worst busker EVER. With that youngster who looks like a reject from Sum41 and his awful wailings.

Yeah, he's terrible bless him...  he looks like Billy Idol's less talented love child.  &shake&
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Post by: born2run on September 16, 2015, 04:09:31 PM
 ;D
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Post by: DaveR on September 17, 2015, 08:39:25 AM
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Llandudno still holds the record for worst busker EVER. With that youngster who looks like a reject from Sum41 and his awful wailings.
Are you forgetting about the whiskery guy outside KFC?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on September 17, 2015, 08:48:24 AM
Many years ago there was an old lady who looked like a Gypsy and played an accordion outside of Woolworths in Rhyl.     Boy was she bad, we used to play " I'll name that tune" amongst ourselves.
I'll name that tune in 5 minutes we'd say and we never ever guessed what tune she was playing       
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on September 17, 2015, 11:12:57 AM
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Llandudno still holds the record for worst busker EVER. With that youngster who looks like a reject from Sum41 and his awful wailings.
Are you forgetting about the whiskery guy outside KFC?

Don't seem to have seen ( or heard ) him recently, but I tend to avoid town when it is busy.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on September 17, 2015, 02:30:01 PM
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Llandudno still holds the record for worst busker EVER. With that youngster who looks like a reject from Sum41 and his awful wailings.
Are you forgetting about the whiskery guy outside KFC?

You don't mean the great Ian Ryland do you?

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/buskers-talent-street-entertainer-rock-6327458 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/buskers-talent-street-entertainer-rock-6327458)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: llewelyn on September 17, 2015, 11:52:10 PM
Wonder if he declared his earnings when signing on every fortnight ?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on October 21, 2015, 10:51:33 AM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/conwy-one-best-places-uk-10299479 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/conwy-one-best-places-uk-10299479)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on October 21, 2015, 10:53:10 AM
Costa Coffee, Spar shop and the Fat Face store

Is this true? Does the bookies not count as a shop then?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: FatAndy on October 21, 2015, 06:19:11 PM
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Costa Coffee, Spar shop and the Fat Face store

Is this true? Does the bookies not count as a shop then?

Mountain Warehouse is part of a chain with branches right across the UK and Europe and Craft Centre Cymru is part of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill group. 

http://www.mountainwarehouse.com/stores/?k=conwy (http://www.mountainwarehouse.com/stores/?k=conwy)
http://www.ewm.co.uk/store-finder/index/storedetail/id/276/ (http://www.ewm.co.uk/store-finder/index/storedetail/id/276/)

p.s. If the editor of the Daily Post is reading this I'm willing to offer my services for an appropriate consideration.  I may not be a trained journalist but I am capable of doing a modicum of research (there's this new fangled invention called "Google") and I know how to use a spell checker so I can't do any worse than your current cohort of "journalists".
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on October 21, 2015, 06:47:08 PM
The survey - which was picked up by several nationals - was not the work of the Daily Post; the Post merely translated the findings of the Local Data Company into an easy-read article. Their methodology is stated on the final page and I suspect it would be unreasonable to expect the DP - given its deadlines - to double check every survey prior to printing. But here's what the Local data company say about how they garnered the information:
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Post by: FatAndy on October 21, 2015, 07:26:47 PM
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The survey - which was picked up by several nationals - was not the work of the Daily Post; the Post merely translated the findings of the Local Data Company into an easy-read article. Their methodology is stated on the final page and I suspect it would be unreasonable to expect the DP - given its deadlines - to double check every survey prior to printing. But here's what the Local data company say about how they garnered the information:

The story on the Post website is credited to Mari Jones.  She is apparently the North Wales Weekly News reporter covering Conwy, Llandudno Junction, Deganwy and the Conwy Valley and I'm assuming she's based in the office that's located about five minutes walk from Conwy.  I'm not a reporter covering Conwy but I realised the survey was flawed so I'd certainly expect someone who is paid to act as a reporter covering the town to notice those flaws as well.  I'm guessing she must spend far more time there than I do.  Unless of course the modern definition of reporter is "a person who blindly cuts and pastes copy from third parties and tries to pass it off as news" in which case you might have a point.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bosun on October 26, 2015, 08:09:30 AM
Fat Andy, you may be closer to the truth than you think with your comment "a person who blindly cuts and pastes copy from third parties and tries to pass it off as news" - I knew regional journalists for national papers who listened to local radio for items that they blindly reported to their head office. With the availability of the internet, journalists, or 'stringers', rarely visit the scene. I knew one free lance journalist who lived, worked and never ventured from deepest Pembrokeshire but wrote convincingly on articles with locations all over the U.K.

On another note, are there any reports from the Conwy Food Festival? I was away for the weekend but returned yesterday afternoon to find traffic queuing off the A55 to cross the cob and many vehicles parked in Deganwy... It appears that the park and ride might not have been that popular! 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on October 26, 2015, 09:19:49 AM
It was brilliant  $good$

Genuinely the best event that has ever been in the area, no over zealous security that has dampened other Conwy festivals and more stalls and choice, people and music than you could hope for.

Even the fireworks were good
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: squiggle on October 30, 2015, 12:08:17 PM
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May be the exception to the rule but there was a brilliant busker in Conwy near Plas Mawr this afternoon.
Song a bunch of folk classics, even did a couple of Christy Moore 

Ride On for CM?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: llewelyn on October 30, 2015, 11:19:45 PM
Living in the town, not allowed double glazing forced to listed to assorted beggers in every room of your house is a nightmare, some rough young lads moved here recently, not my cup of tea at all, but they did go and chase off a busker the other week, shouting at him f' off squeeze box, he had been busking from 9 till 5 . good or bad but enforced listening is bad. &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bosun on December 24, 2015, 08:53:09 PM
Stunningly beautiful fireworks from Conwy Castle tonight, an excellent display. 
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Post by: Fester on December 24, 2015, 09:03:14 PM
Had no idea that was on..... wouldn't have minded seeing that!
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Post by: Bellringer on December 26, 2015, 02:36:59 PM
Fester, it's on every Christmas Eve. Starts about 6pm with carols etc in Lancaster Square and then everyone processes to the Vicarage gardens car park to see Father Christmas followed by fireworks about 7pm.
Particularly good this time and the weather held out just long enough.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on December 26, 2015, 05:19:42 PM
Cheers Stan,  I knew about the Santa visit.... but didn't know Fireworks were on.   
I shall remember that in future.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on January 13, 2016, 04:56:30 PM
Don't think it's been mentioned on here but the Mulberry has been closed for renovations works since before Christmas, probably making it even more boring and overpriced than it already is  Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on January 14, 2016, 12:45:49 PM
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Don't think it's been mentioned on here but the Mulberry has been closed for renovations works since before Christmas, probably making it even more boring and overpriced than it already is  Z**
We went past the other day whilst on a walk and they have really ripped it apart, it's almost unrecognisable.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/conwy-marina-restaurant-mulberry-undergoing-10690120 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/conwy-marina-restaurant-mulberry-undergoing-10690120)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on January 14, 2016, 03:59:13 PM
The new Heritage & Culture centre in Conwy town has finally received the first level of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and about time to. This has been a long time coming and is a much needed centre for Library, Archive, Museum etc. I know you regularly use the Llandudno Archive so will we be seeing you over in Conwy when it opens Hugo? Thanks to everyone who made it happen and Good Luck for the second level.  $walesflag$
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Post by: Hugo on January 15, 2016, 10:35:31 AM
That's good news for Conwy Meleri and I'm sure that I'll be there once it opens.      $good$
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Post by: Bosun on January 15, 2016, 02:21:47 PM
Called in at 'Two the Square' Conwy this afternoon. As usual, the food and coffee in this family owned and run café was really excellent and reasonably priced, I highly recommend it. I wasn't aware that they opened in the evening for dinner, but based on the quality of their daytime food and service, I fully intend to treat Mrs B to an evening meal here in the near future. 

It's a pleasure to be able to deservedly recommend a local family business.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on February 11, 2016, 11:08:36 AM
What will they think of next, The Landlord of The Albion Pub in Conwy is now offering his canine customers a choice of 3 dishes. Lamb and rice kibble, Chicken and rice cubes or Salmon and potato with extra joint care. A small bowl will cost £1.99 and Large £2.99. Right Dog's Dinner if you ask me, but a really good and welcoming pub.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on April 09, 2016, 02:11:12 PM
Public meeting to be held over future of Conwy Civic Hall
THE future of a listed Conwy community building is to be discussed at a public meeting next week.

The meeting - to be held on Monday, April 11 - comes after a developer day held by Conwy County Council at which the authority announced it is looking to work with a developer to bring forward proposals to regenerate and enhance the Civic Hall and Conwy Quay Waterfront area.

In a prospectus for the developer day, the Council set out examples of the site's potential for regeneration outcomes, including further promoting the town as a major tourist attraction and providing community benefit.

The prospectus states: "Conwy County Borough Council are particularly keen to hear and meet interested parties to discuss how practicable its’ disposal strategy is and how best to structure its proposals to meet the needs of potential investors."
The council will be finalising the disposal strategy in the coming weeks.
The public meeting, described on its Facebook event page as a chance to raise concerns about the use of Conwy Civic Hall, will be held at Bank of Conwy, 1 Lancaster Square, at 6.30pm on Monday, April 11.
To see further details of the meeting, visit the facebook event page.
http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/160744/public-meeting-to-be-held-over-future-of-conwy-civic-hall.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/160744/public-meeting-to-be-held-over-future-of-conwy-civic-hall.aspx)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on May 06, 2016, 03:46:05 PM
 Conwy Library have on display a new set of plans CCBC have drawn up for the new Conwy Culture Centre and in my opinion totally out of character for a building in a Heritage site in view of the Town Walls. It consists mainly of glass, steel and concrete and to save money they propose to demolish the old Bodlondeb school, which was incorporated in the original plan. The plans can be viewed on CCBC website and I would love to hear what others think.  &shake&

Meleri
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on May 07, 2016, 06:28:57 PM
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Public meeting to be held over future of Conwy Civic Hall
THE future of a listed Conwy community building is to be discussed at a public meeting next week.
Translation from 'ConwySpeak' into English..."We've already decided what will happen with this building but are pretending that we care about what local people think so have having this sham consultation".
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on May 08, 2016, 03:36:42 PM

Got it in one DaveR  ;) The consolation is there is a step the children loved to sit on known as 'the shiny step' (for obvious reasons), this will be kept and incorporated into the new build. How very magnanimous of CCBC. Let's hope they don't make a pig's ear of it like they did with the Civic Hall cladding.
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Post by: DaveR on May 12, 2016, 09:44:26 AM
I see the Doctors in Castle Street, Conwy is terminating its NHS contract:
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-gp-surgery-terminates-nhs-11317928 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-gp-surgery-terminates-nhs-11317928)

Shocking to see how the NHS and Education are both in crisis in Wales....  &shake&

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Post by: Ian on May 12, 2016, 01:17:58 PM
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Shocking to see how the NHS and Education are both in crisis in Wales....

Yes - we're so like the rest of the UK, aren't we? The NHS is in a pretty dire state throughout the UK. There are a multitude of reasons, not least being the fact that the NHS has done a great job in enabling folk to live a lot longer. Sadly, that's not always in the best of health, and the only thing certain in life is death.

Education is a very interesting issue, since it's better in Wales in some ways and worse in others. No way is it anywhere near crisis, however, but it's a little sad that Osborne's relentless squeezing of cash for the devolved economies has created specialist shortages...
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Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2016, 08:51:18 AM
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Shocking to see how the NHS and Education are both in crisis in Wales....

Yes - we're so like the rest of the UK, aren't we? The NHS is in a pretty dire state throughout the UK. There are a multitude of reasons, not least being the fact that the NHS has done a great job in enabling folk to live a lot longer. Sadly, that's not always in the best of health, and the only thing certain in life is death.

Education is a very interesting issue, since it's better in Wales in some ways and worse in others. No way is it anywhere near crisis, however, but it's a little sad that Osborne's relentless squeezing of cash for the devolved economies has created specialist shortages...
I imagine the increase in population across the UK is one of the other biggest causes of strain on NHS services, unless anyone thinks that all these extra people will never need medical treatment?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/29/uk-population-expected-to-rise-by-almost-10-million-in-25-years (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/29/uk-population-expected-to-rise-by-almost-10-million-in-25-years)

Looking at education, that Pisa report a couple of years ago was shocking. Pisa tests are taken by 500,000 pupils in 68 countries:

In maths, Wales fell three places to 43rd of the 65 countries
In reading, the nation is now ranked at 41 down from 38
The biggest fall came in science where Wales dropped six places to joint 36th

How low does Wales have to sink before it is regarded as a crisis?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25196974 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25196974)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on May 13, 2016, 11:47:16 AM
It's not really that simple. We like to believe a test taken by other countries will always be on a equal footing, will always be testing the same things and will have an unselected entrance.   However, if that were true, then different international tests would produce the same result.  But they don't.

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, a series of international assessments of the mathematics and science knowledge of students around the world, has consistently featured England and Wales in the top ten since their assessments began. The Asian countries always score highest, but there's also a suspicion that not all countries feature random student entrant sets.

Educationalists have long known that it's very unwise to place any reliance on a single set of tests. This has been well observed in IQ testing for many years, where the same person can score up to 25 points differently on different tests.

No, the problem is not that Welsh Education is in crisis at all. There is, however, a well-observed and often negative attitude to education, in particular by boys, across the UK, the reasons behind which are not fully understood, but which are mostly thought to be down to the level and quality of parenting. And that's a whole other issue.



Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Tom Davidson on May 17, 2016, 04:48:37 PM
Blow for Conwy - http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/natwest-delivers-beaumaris-conwy-bombshell-11346292 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/natwest-delivers-beaumaris-conwy-bombshell-11346292)

How long before it is shut entirely?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on June 16, 2016, 11:57:10 AM
Works starts to remove abandoned boat from Conwy beach
 
AN abandoned boat that was destroyed in a blaze four years ago is to finally be removed from Conwy beach.
The 40 foot fishing boat, known as the Grey Lady, has been on the beach at Conwy since February 2012.

Conwy Council have confirmed that they are in the process of removing the boat. A spokesman said: "Operations to remove the wreck of the Grey Lady started on Monday June 13 and are scheduled to last for 3 weeks.
“Contractors will be using a work vessel and barge to remove the wreck in sections."
http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/163291/works-starts-to-remove-abandoned-boat-from-conwy-beach.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/163291/works-starts-to-remove-abandoned-boat-from-conwy-beach.aspx)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on June 16, 2016, 12:50:48 PM
It was in a sad state when I went past The Grey Lady
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on July 26, 2016, 05:07:25 PM
We spent a couple of hours in Conwy last week, took a walk on the quay and noticed a family of six all eating chips, two of them where feeding the gulls, while the other four complained about the gulls attacking and pinching their food ? ............. ???.... ???


And todays Post.....
Conwy residents take matters into their own hands to tackle seagull menace.
Conwy Residents’ Action Party (Seagulls) have enlisted the help of Kevin Bunn and his Lord of the Wings birds of prey to scare off irksome gulls.
They might have given themselves a cheeky acronym, but a band of Conwy residents are serious about turning the tide against rogue seagulls

Spokeswoman Mags Jones has joined with neighbours to hire Mr Bunn and his gang of young volunteers to rid their properties of the birds, after what they say has been the worst year for disruption by herring gulls.

Mags and fellow group members Paul Ridley, Les Warmington and Chris and Yvonne Branson have taken a stand against the avian interlopers.

For £60, Lord of the Wings will stay in situ three days a week, and the group wants other Conwy residents and businesses to stump up and help them extend the idea across the town.
More  http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/watch-conwy-residents-take-matters-11666089 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/watch-conwy-residents-take-matters-11666089)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: BMD on July 26, 2016, 05:46:20 PM
Is there any evidence that using birds of prey has any lasting effect? For instance, in deterring gulls from nesting in a given area (in which case, the best time to have hawks around would presumably be around the end of March?). I remember they were used at Rhyl for a period (hired by the council I think) and possibly at Llandudno? But has it been found successful or not?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on July 26, 2016, 06:21:00 PM
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Is there any evidence that using birds of prey has any lasting effect? For instance, in deterring gulls from nesting in a given area (in which case, the best time to have hawks around would presumably be around the end of March?). I remember they were used at Rhyl for a period (hired by the council I think) and possibly at Llandudno? But has it been found successful or not?

BMD, This is a quote from a falconry site, it implies a regular patrol is needed........
" Pigeons and Gulls will not settle where there are natural predators; the very presence of Falcons and Hawks will create a no-fly zone to flocks of unwanted Pigeons and Gulls. Our birds will only need to fly once or twice per week to have the maximum impact on a nuisance bird population."

"Artificial bird decoys will only have a short term effect on pigeon and gull roost control. It is a fact that birds are intelligent animals and quickly adapt. It will not take long for a bird to realise that artificial decoys pose no threat at all."

"The falconry effect does not diminish over time; pigeons and gulls do not become habituated to the presence of birds-of-prey."

The Mayor of Colwyn Bay has a ceremonial falconer, maybe we could borrow him..... ;) 

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on July 26, 2016, 06:34:00 PM
Our chimney sports a large owl, which has been there for at least 18 years. At first we never had gulls anywhere near the roof, but now they are so brazen that they sit next to the owl and even on its head.

Being surrounded by rooftop nests, the noise is ear splitting at times, especially around dawn.

Could do with a decent night's sleep !!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: hollins on July 26, 2016, 06:42:20 PM
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Is there any evidence that using birds of prey has any lasting effect? For instance, in deterring gulls from nesting in a given area (in which case, the best time to have hawks around would presumably be around the end of March?). I remember they were used at Rhyl for a period (hired by the council I think) and possibly at Llandudno? But has it been found successful or not?

I don't know anything about it in this country but when I first visited a hotel in Abu Dhabi they had a real problem with pigeons and their resultant mess on the balconies. A year later I saw this man training this bird of prey. They had been hired to try and solve the problem. The last two times I have been it seemed to have worked. I had a open balcony on the top floor and no mess.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: BMD on July 26, 2016, 07:02:30 PM
Interesting. Although I suspect gulls would be more difficult to deter than pigeons. When I visited Rhyl at the time they were doing the regular hawk patrols around the centre, I recall that the gulls seemed a bit spooked, at most. It didn't seem to clear them from the area. But then the hawks were just perched on people's arms - they weren't set loose!

The falconry site that Steve quotes says: "Our birds will only need to fly once or twice per week to have the maximum impact on a nuisance bird population." I'm not sure how they'd have them flying around in an urban area, although I'd pay good money to see one of those large Harris Hawks flying around Colwyn Bay.

I sympathise, Nemesis, on getting no sleep. I've been sleeping with the type of foam earplug that blocks out all sound, for 3 months solid. Otherwise sleep would be out of the question with the gulls at the moment.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on July 26, 2016, 08:11:34 PM
My OH tried the earplugs which worked for him, but being in our job we need one pair of ears for any nocturnal comings and goings !..........usually mine ! Ears not comings and goings. Just had a bucket full of inconsiderate noisy people, who nearly had the benefit of my nocturnal noise !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on July 26, 2016, 08:51:24 PM
"The falconry site that Steve quotes says: "Our birds will only need to fly once or twice per week to have the maximum impact on a nuisance bird population." I'm not sure how they'd have them flying around in an urban area, although I'd pay good money to see one of those large Harris Hawks flying around Colwyn Bay."

They do have to fly, to be effective, and some hawks are better than others usually the bigger the better.

When flying the birds, they use transmitters attached to the birds so they can be tracked and followed, then try to lure them back, hopefully.


Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bosun on July 27, 2016, 02:09:53 PM
My neighbours, bless them, have brought a kite of a bird of prey on a very long pole from Denbigh Plant Services in Mochdre, and it's brilliant! They fly it for a few hours every couple of days so that the gulls do not get blasé or used to it and the seagulls and their noise and fouling has dramatically reduced and for the first time in a very long period, we are not woken up at 4am by screaming gulls.

We are very grateful to them and have repaid them with copious quantities of red wine.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on July 27, 2016, 06:06:27 PM
Denbigh Plant Hire has one of  those bird of prey kites operating in their Mochdre address and it looks quite impressive.
We could do with one for the Pigeons that keep coming to my house, perhaps if I get one they'll all go back home to  M E's place
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: spotty dog on July 27, 2016, 06:18:05 PM
I used to supply a contractor with a product called fluid x, which basically was a smelly jays fluid,he was paid to remove seagull nests from the hotels and bird proof them .the fluid was supposed to be a disinfectant but he found it deterred the birds for the season i have tried it in Conway with great success just put in weed sprayer and spray around used area
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on July 27, 2016, 06:37:01 PM
All this talk of kites.............Looks effective

Video of kite in action.........  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjWhHA3DMdA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjWhHA3DMdA)

And sites where they can be bought..........  https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CHKZ_enES433ES433&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=hawk%20kites%20for%20sale%20u (https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CHKZ_enES433ES433&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=hawk%20kites%20for%20sale%20u)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on July 27, 2016, 09:08:32 PM
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I used to supply a contractor with a product called fluid x, which basically was a smelly jays fluid,he was paid to remove seagull nests from the hotels and bird proof them .the fluid was supposed to be a disinfectant but he found it deterred the birds for the season i have tried it in Conway with great success just put in weed sprayer and spray around used area

Wish they would use this on Asda's roof, it seems to be having to be cleaned very regularly, or the smell is choking.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on July 30, 2016, 03:02:35 PM
It was the Conwy Half Marathon race today so I thought that I'd pop along and give my friend support as he was running in the race.    The first part of about a mile was running on soft sand from the Beacons point to the cycle track near the Signatures Restaurant so I took a few photos there and after watching my friend go past I drove to the top of Sychnant Pass to watch them running up the steep hill there.
After what seemed a short while the leading runners came up the pass and that's when my camera battery went flat!       :rage:         :rage:


My own fault,   but I still enjoyed watching the race so  well done everyone who took part in the race, runners and organisers alike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on August 05, 2016, 09:47:17 AM
The revamp at the Malt Loaf continues a pace, never seen quite so much scaffolding on a Conwy property.
It is in process of being refurbished to become a boutique hotel and will change its name back to its original one ie The Erskine.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: norman08 on August 05, 2016, 05:38:41 PM
Took a walk to Conwy today the quay was packed with visitors ,both toilets locked note on gate toilets closed to be repaired nothing on note telling visitors ,so the hight of the season no toilets ccbc once again at their best .
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on August 16, 2016, 03:10:44 PM
The planning application has finally gone in for the Malt Loaf and adjoining cottage, even though they started work weeks ago.The application can be viewed on CCBC website Ref number 0/43078. Some really good design illustrations and information if anyone's interested. One little known fact in there is, Charlotte Bronte stayed for a night.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on September 20, 2016, 12:03:45 PM
A public inquiry will be held next month after developers behind a plan to build 93 homes yards from the Snowdonia National Park appealed the rejection of the scheme.

The land west of Sychnant Pass Road, Conwy , has been designated a “special landscape area”, and council planners voted by nine to three against the proposals earlier this year.
But Beech Developments Limited are now appealing that decision and claim the homes opposite Parc Sychnant are needed and satisfy Conwy’s requirement for a five-year housing supply.
Planning officers had also recommended approval of the scheme.

Anwyl Development recently built a number of houses within 100 yards of the site of the proposed Beech development.
Mike Roberts, land and planning director for Beech Developments, says local and national planning policies do not rule out development

The public inquiry will take place at the council chamber in Bodlondeb, Conwy, between October 26 and 28, and at the Guildhall in Rosehill Street, Conwy, on October 31 and November 1

More  http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-housing-development-edge-snowdonia-11910830 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-housing-development-edge-snowdonia-11910830)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on September 24, 2016, 08:47:23 PM
Excellent firework display tonight, lasted about 20mins.. I believe linked with the Conwy holiday park? pity about the rain. $good$ $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on September 29, 2016, 04:25:20 PM
Nasty accident reported by Crows Nest Farm, Sychnant Pass Road yesterday evening. Two experienced riders were out for a hack when a car hit the back of one of the horses and it collapsed onto the rider. The rider luckily had minor injuries but the horse had to be put down due to leg and internal injuries.
We are absolutely sick and tired here on Sychnant Pass Road of the rat run it has become with irresponsible drivers. Only a few weeks ago there was another incident with a collision between a horsebox and motorbike, it isn't a wonder someone hasn't been killed. It's an absolute nightmare when there are closures on the A55 and now they want to build 93 houses up here, which will add hundreds more car journeys going up and down every day, on a dangerous road with many areas without pavements.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on September 30, 2016, 10:18:00 AM
That's horrific Meleri, how could anyone not see a horse and rider unless they were driving in a dangerous manner.    It can be a dangerous road if you don't drive carefully as apart from Horses, there are sheep grazing alongside the road and ramblers walking there too.



http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/adored-horse-killed-sychnant-pass-11958437 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/adored-horse-killed-sychnant-pass-11958437)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on September 30, 2016, 10:47:42 AM
Well, that driver who drove with the pipes ticking out of his offside rear window shows these aren't isolated incidents.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on September 30, 2016, 12:58:03 PM
Sorry Ian but I don't understand what you mean about " the driver who drove with the pipes ticking out of his offside rear window?"
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on September 30, 2016, 01:09:25 PM
Sorry, Meleri;  I posted this the other day, taken by our dashcam:


Click Here. (https://youtu.be/58_81kOYX1w)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on September 30, 2016, 01:18:32 PM
It's a separate thing Meleri but Ian posted a video from his dash cam that showed a driver on the A470 by Talgoed Nursery driving with metal pipes sticking out from a car window on the driver's side.
It highlighted how stupid some people could be.

With regard to that incident in Conwy it was obviously caused by dangerous driving but it's a shame that mobile phone videos were not taken as evidence along with witness statements as there is a chance that the driver may get away with charges of dangerous driving.
I'm surprised that the incident hasn't attracted the same attention from the media like the incident with the dog run over by a Police car.
The Police were acting in the interests of public safety, but this person obviously had no consideration for the safety of people or animals and they didn't do their credibility any good either  by leaving the scene of the accident before the Police arrived.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on September 30, 2016, 02:04:10 PM
I suspect as the accident involved a person and a horse it's against the law to leave without reporting it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bosun on September 30, 2016, 02:54:34 PM
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I suspect as the accident involved a person and a horse it's against the law to leave without reporting it.

Correct, it is. Contrary to S170 Road Traffic Act 1988 (As Amended.)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on September 30, 2016, 03:18:08 PM
Thanks Hugo & Ian and for putting the dashcam video for me to see. What an absolute idiot that car driver was.

Councillor Goronwy Edwards has said today that there were health and safety issues over the number of horses,cyclists,walkers and riders on Sychnant Pass Road. He also said" It's something the authorities needs to look at" But I won't hold my breath as they are so hell bent on cutting costs, it will  take a human death for them to do anything.  :(  In the not to distant future when they start the major roadworks on the A55 everyone will use the Sychnant Pass Road to avoid the queues. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on October 01, 2016, 08:48:30 AM
Let's hope that something is done before another accident occurs


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-37508527 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-37508527)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on October 08, 2016, 11:26:01 AM
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Councillor Goronwy Edwards has said today that there were health and safety issues over the number of horses,cyclists,walkers and riders on Sychnant Pass Road. He also said" It's something the authorities needs to look at" But I won't hold my breath as they are so hell bent on cutting costs, it will  take a human death for them to do anything.  :(  In the not to distant future when they start the major roadworks on the A55 everyone will use the Sychnant Pass Road to avoid the queues.
Public meeting called over Conwy road after horse dies in collision.
The meeting, called by cllr Sara Allardice, will take place from 5.30pm on Monday, October 10 at Conwy Guild Hall.
It follows a collision between a horse and a car near the Sychnant Pass Hotel on September 28, after which the horse died.
Cllr Allardice said: The aim of the meeting is to gain some clarity as to the safety of the Sychnant Pass. This follows the death of Gillian Singleton's horse, Digby, with Gillian herself narrowly escaping serious injury.

"We have been contacted my many residents who are concerned about the speed and the manner in which drivers use the Sychnant Pass.
"We hope to gather a clearer picture of the road's safety status by hearing the experiences of regular users of the road.
"We hope that this people-centric approach will help to build a fuller picture of the road's safety.

"Currently, any improvement of safety measures would tend to follow as a consequence of data collected by NW Police which is passed on the Conwy County Borough Council's Highways department.
"Such data however, does not include near-misses and therefore runs the risk of under-estimating safety levels."

After the incident on September 28 Rhian McFadden, of Llechan Farm, said: "There's a national speed limit sign on that road and every day I have so many near misses. There needs to be something done about the traffic.
"We're afraid to come out of our yards but we shouldn't be - and they want to build 100 houses on there? We're on a knife edge as it is.”  ref Pioneer

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on October 08, 2016, 01:01:32 PM
I really hope that the meeting is well attended and that something positive comes out of it.  The road is dangerous anyway and bad driving makes it even more so.
The proposed work on the A55 and  the ongoing problems with it will only make the position on the Sychnant Pass road even more hazardous.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on October 08, 2016, 02:13:06 PM
Thanks for that information Steve, I will certainly be going to the meeting. It's about time someone did something about it.  $thanx$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on October 10, 2016, 04:53:15 PM
I went to Talgoed Nursery in Glan Conwy and stopped at the layby on the way back.   That view of Conwy is one I never get tired of seeing. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on October 10, 2016, 08:57:54 PM
I'll second that, but I also love the view of Conwy castle as you come through Gyffin ....
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Dave on October 11, 2016, 09:02:09 AM
(http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q212/Rioja_1/Conwy.jpg) (http://s137.photobucket.com/user/Rioja_1/media/Conwy.jpg.html)

Taken on my wife's mobile phone when she went running along the estuary as the sun came up this morning. I almost regretted staying in bed when I saw it.
We are so lucky to have all this on the doorstep!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Tom Davidson on October 11, 2016, 09:42:20 AM
Can I tweet that photo please Dave?  $thanx$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Dave on October 11, 2016, 01:23:05 PM
No problem Tom.Help yourself.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on October 11, 2016, 03:57:20 PM
What a super photograph Dave, we are very lucky indeed to live in such a beautiful place.

The meeting I went to last night regarding the safety of Sychnant Pass Road was very well attended with barely enough room, as everyone was crammed in. Some very high emotions running especially from the horse riders. They spoke of some of the terrible experiences they were subjected to on a regular basis from inconsiderate drivers who speed along oblivious to the damage they cause. Gareth Wyn Jones from the BBC documentary 'The Hill Farmer' gave an excellent speech regarding the Carneddau ponies and how several have been killed and injured along the road and just left to die.
The CCBC Highways chap appeared to be oblivious to how bad the problem was, apart from the recent accident when the horse had to be put down and mentioned according to police records there were very few accidents they were aware of, so that is why nothing had been done about reducing the speed limit.There was talk the driver who hit the horse would not be prosecuted, which is a disgrace if true.
Councillors Allerdice, Fallon & McCaffrey asked people to write to the Council with their experiences and in future to report incidents and they are going to try and get the speed limit reduced from Conwy to Dwygyfylchi and more signage.
I really hope they succeed as when the work starts on the A55 roundabouts Sychnant Pass will once more turn into a rat-run for speeding motorists and of course we have the threat of nearly 100 houses being built to add to the chaos. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on October 11, 2016, 04:11:40 PM
That was a great atmospheric photo Dave,  I bet your wife was pleased with it.

I was in Conwy today by the bowling green and noticed that the Ivy on the entrance to Benarth Hall was turning into a lovely shade of red.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on October 11, 2016, 04:20:10 PM
It all sounds positive Meleri and people should write in to the Council with their experiences.  As for not prosecuting that person that defies belief.   He or she could easily have caused the death of the rider and it's only good luck that she wasn't killed.
I've seen riders around here wearing cameras on their safety helmets and it's not a bad thing when something like this does happen
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Dave on October 11, 2016, 06:38:12 PM
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That was a great atmospheric photo Dave,  I bet your wife was pleased with it.

I was in Conwy today by the bowling green and noticed that the Ivy on the entrance to Benarth Hall was turning into a lovely shade of red.

Wife was pleased with her photo Hugo , I was pleased she was in a hurry to meet her running pal and didn't have time to drink her bedside coffee so I had two cups whilst reading the news on my Kindle. Can't beat it!
I think that's Virginia Creeper not Ivy. The former isn't as destructive as Ivy in as much as it doesn't send roots in to the walls. The deciduous leaves change colour and drop off unlike Ivy which is an evergreen.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on October 12, 2016, 08:47:46 AM
Call for 30mph on Sychnant Pass.    The Police have already confirmed that the driver will not be prosecuted which seems strange in the circumstances since the driving conditions were good and the driver left the scene before the Police arrived.


https://newsdesk.moreover.com/click/?p=Q1QyL2E9MjgyNTE2OTc1MjImcD0xNGUmdj0xJng9RFhwNkR0TjNyVlZKa0xiLTRrSTRudyZ1MT1ORCZ1Mj1nMTEwOA&a=28251697522&f=TmV3cw&s=ZXhwb3J0&u=ZXIubmV3bWVkaWFAYmJjLmNvLnVr&cn=QkJDIE5FV1MgT05MSU5F&ci=334&i=283&e=Tm9ydGggV2FsZXMgRGFpbHkgUG9zdA&d=685&t=3&k=36145&ck=f37a101c23d1c00eb55fce8bfad8d0db
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on October 12, 2016, 08:55:57 AM
Very strange.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on October 12, 2016, 12:41:05 PM
I just can't figure it out why the Police have decided not to prosecute the driver unless they consider that there is insufficient evidence to take the matter to Court.  The article did say that the riders were so distressed they did not take the details of witnesses and perhaps that is the reason why the Police have decided on their course of action.
However the driver did leave the scene of the accident before the Police arrived so that prevented them from doing a breathalyser or drug test which they normally would have done, so they will never know what contributed to this dangerous driving accident.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on October 12, 2016, 01:02:39 PM
You are spot on with the Virginia Creeper Dave,   I planted the variety Veitchii (aka Boston Ivy)  by the gable end of my house but removed it after a few years as it would have gone into the roof of the building and I was concerned about the effect it was having on the brickwork too.
Virginia Creepers do look nice with their Autumn colours and as I'm going through Llanrwst soon I'll have a look at the cafe there as that is quite spectacular in the Autumn.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on October 22, 2016, 01:08:03 AM
Had a great night tonight at Conwy Feast, and apart from enjoying the very excellent Pinc Ffloyd live on stage, it was lovely to see Mr and Mrs Bri Roberts,  had a nice couple of drinks with Mr and Mrs BlongB, and even had a drunken chat with Born to Run, (he was drunker than me)
Nice to see you all at an impromptu TTF get together,

As far as Pinc Ffloyd go, never seen them before, but I would pay good money to see their full set again in future.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Tom Davidson on October 22, 2016, 11:26:29 AM
I'm going this afternoon after work  D) Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on October 24, 2016, 10:17:09 AM
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Had a great night tonight at Conwy Feast, and apart from enjoying the very excellent Pinc Ffloyd live on stage, it was lovely to see Mr and Mrs Bri Roberts,  had a nice couple of drinks with Mr and Mrs BlongB, and even had a drunken chat with Born to Run, (he was drunker than me)
Nice to see you all at an impromptu TTF get together,

As far as Pinc Ffloyd go, never seen them before, but I would pay good money to see their full set again in future.

Pinc Ffloyd were brilliant even I could tell that after several of the 8.2% ciders they had on offer! I have paid good money to see them before at the Labour club where they were brilliant had the audience captivated for hours. I'm not even that into Pink Floyd but played live the music is spell binding.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on October 24, 2016, 10:41:12 AM
We walked into the entertainment tent as soon as the seven minute firework display ended.

I am afraid the sound of the warm up and sound checks carried out by Pinc Ffloyd were too loud for us so we escaped at 7.25pm to return home and listen to 'Friday Night is Music Night'
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on October 26, 2016, 08:57:13 PM
Public enquiry opened over Sychnant Pass Housing plan

http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/168369/public-inquiry-opened-over-sychnant-pass-housing-plan.aspx#.WBEKC5pl2HQ.email (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/168369/public-inquiry-opened-over-sychnant-pass-housing-plan.aspx#.WBEKC5pl2HQ.email)
Title: Visit Conwy
Post by: cygnusx-1 on October 30, 2016, 04:57:14 PM
The banners for Visit Conwy were in full view on International TV at lunch time today during live coverage of the Wales Rally GB at Llyn Brenig. Cllr Brian Cossey was presented to all those on the podium.

How much did the council pay I wonder?
Title: Re: Visit Conwy
Post by: DVT on October 31, 2016, 08:51:09 AM
The event started and finished in the Conwy area, and the publicity it attracted is a big thing for local tourism.  This area is now amongst the best places to visit in the world, thanks to the promotion as well as the fact that it really is a wonderful place.  There are several major events locally nowadays all of which are well publicised around the world and so bring in a lot of income to the area.

From your post I'm unsure whether you are for or against the sponsorship!
Title: Re: Visit Conwy
Post by: Ian on October 31, 2016, 08:53:21 AM
Apparently, we're now in the top four destinations in the world, according to Lonely Planet. 
Title: Re: Visit Conwy
Post by: Nemesis on October 31, 2016, 10:30:53 AM
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The banners for Visit Conwy were in full view on International TV at lunch time today during live coverage of the Wales Rally GB at Llyn Brenig. Cllr Brian Cossey was presented to all those on the podium.

How much did the council pay I wonder?

Last year  CCBC paid out 80 K.
Title: Re: Visit Conwy
Post by: cygnusx-1 on October 31, 2016, 07:00:55 PM
I am all for sporting events which bring people from far and wide......and as the cycling gives a 2 hour plus advert for the area on ITV4 each September, £80,0000.00 is not too bad if 8,000 people turn up and  spend £10.01 each, we then turn a profit.

The RAC Rally was a better event though, which went much further and had night stages thrown in as a real test.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on November 29, 2016, 04:35:32 PM
It was cold in Conwy this afternoon but it still looked nice in the Autumn sunshine
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on December 02, 2016, 10:27:34 AM
Shock and anger over Natwest plan to shut NINE banks.      Conwy being one of the nine.

Ieuan Edwards, owner of Edwards of Conwy, said no one would have predicted 10 years ago that a town as busy as Conwy would have no banks within a decade.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/shock-anger-over-natwest-plan-12260055 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/shock-anger-over-natwest-plan-12260055)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on December 02, 2016, 11:34:31 AM
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Shock and anger over Natwest plan to shut NINE banks.      Conwy being one of the nine.

Ieuan Edwards, owner of Edwards of Conwy, said no one would have predicted 10 years ago that a town as busy as Conwy would have no banks within a decade.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/shock-anger-over-natwest-plan-12260055 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/shock-anger-over-natwest-plan-12260055)
Even though we all like the idea of having a local bank branch available, it's hard to argue with the facts, unfortunately. Very few people need to go into a bank branch anymore. I haven't been inside my bank in over 2 years, I suspect.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Daihardwelshman on December 02, 2016, 11:42:56 AM
As a business i use mine every week. It will mean businesses in Conwy will have to come into LLandudno or junction to do any banking.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on December 02, 2016, 12:11:40 PM
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Shock and anger over Natwest plan to shut NINE banks.      Conwy being one of the nine.

Ieuan Edwards, owner of Edwards of Conwy, said no one would have predicted 10 years ago that a town as busy as Conwy would have no banks within a decade.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/shock-anger-over-natwest-plan-12260055 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/shock-anger-over-natwest-plan-12260055)
Even though we all like the idea of having a local bank branch available, it's hard to argue with the facts, unfortunately. Very few people need to go into a bank branch anymore. I haven't been inside my bank in over 2 years, I suspect.

I still sympathise with the businesses, tourists and those who do not fully understand online banking.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on December 02, 2016, 12:42:10 PM
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Shock and anger over Natwest plan to shut NINE banks.      Conwy being one of the nine.

Ieuan Edwards, owner of Edwards of Conwy, said no one would have predicted 10 years ago that a town as busy as Conwy would have no banks within a decade.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/shock-anger-over-natwest-plan-12260055 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/shock-anger-over-natwest-plan-12260055)
Even though we all like the idea of having a local bank branch available, it's hard to argue with the facts, unfortunately. Very few people need to go into a bank branch anymore. I haven't been inside my bank in over 2 years, I suspect.

Me neither I do everything on my phone or the internet. Very occasionally I may have to call them. My bank doesn't even have branches!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on December 02, 2016, 01:26:41 PM
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As a business i use mine every week. It will mean businesses in Conwy will have to come into LLandudno or junction to do any banking.

.... with all the risk that carries with it!   
Nat West are guilty of massive hypocrisy, seeing as their advertising campaign on TV was all about there being local branches everywhere, and more opening!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on December 07, 2016, 05:17:13 PM
The Castle Hotel in Conwy's High Street has been acquired by the Coaching Inn Group.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on December 16, 2016, 02:19:41 PM
Controversial Conwy housing development on edge of Snowdonia National Park given go-ahead.

The planning application for homes at Sychnant Pass in Conwy was refused in April of this year, against the recommendation for approval by council officers.

The land west of Sychnant Pass Road, Conwy , has been designated a “special landscape area”, and council planners voted by nine to three against the proposals .

But Beech Developments Limited have successfully appealed that decision after claiming the homes opposite Parc Sychnant are needed and satisfy Conwy’s requirement for a five-year housing supply.

In a document informing the council planning inspector Kay Sheffield, who was appointed by Welsh ministers says: "I have found that there would be no detrimental effect on the highway network and highway safety and that the proposed mitigation would improve the current situation.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/controversial-conwy-housing-development-edge-12332108 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/controversial-conwy-housing-development-edge-12332108)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on February 06, 2017, 10:39:46 AM
A multi-million pound cultural centre is set to get the go-ahead.
Councillors in Conwy will this week be asked to give planning permission to knock down the town’s youth club and begin building work on the £2.5m centre.
Based on the site of the Old School, in Bodlondeb, the plans include new library, arts and heritage hub, as well as a new home for the county’s archive.

In 2015 Conwy council secured Heritage Lottery Funding for the project which required it to get planning permission by the end of this month.

A public consultation was held on the planned development during which people raised concerns that the building should fit in with the architecture of the area.
But councillors have been told it will sit comfortably into its surroundings and will not compete with or detract from the town walls and parkland.
The plans will be discussed at the council’s planning committee meeting on Wednesday.

artist's impression ....
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/25m-conwy-cultural-centre-could-12560789 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/25m-conwy-cultural-centre-could-12560789)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on February 21, 2017, 10:39:04 PM
40 mph speed limit on the Sychnant Pass road


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-39046008 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-39046008)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on March 01, 2017, 04:29:51 PM
The tide was quite high when I was in Conwy earlier today
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on March 08, 2017, 01:18:07 PM
Conwy Civic Hall fails to attract any bids...but all is not lost

Conwy Council will now get the site, which includes part of the quay, valued and marketed on the open market

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-civic-hall-fails-attract-12709859 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-civic-hall-fails-attract-12709859)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on June 25, 2017, 04:56:35 PM
I just want to echo what Spotty Dog said on a different thread.
We went to the Medieval weekend in Conwy and I can't praise it highly enough.
Of course the regular local businesses were very busy, Edwards the butcher, Popty bakery etc... but the rows of artisan stalls were a delight.  Hardly anything out of medieval character was on show.
We couldn't help but spend a small fortune on stoneware, books, candles and plenty more...

We missed the jousting tournament but I'll make a special effort to see it next year.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: llewelyn on July 18, 2017, 06:47:55 PM
Yet another terrace house in Conwy town has been bought by investers being ripped apart to turn into a holiday cottage. We have enough large vehicles prowling the back streets looking for on street parking. Thinking of making a big banner saying welcome to Butlins. Your chalet is ready !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on July 18, 2017, 07:00:11 PM
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Yet another terrace house in Conwy town has been bought by investers being ripped apart to turn into a holiday cottage. We have enough large vehicles prowling the back streets looking for on street parking. Thinking of making a big banner saying welcome to Butlins. Your chalet is ready !

I used to love Butlins, went there for every holiday of my life until I was about 17.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: llewelyn on July 18, 2017, 09:01:02 PM
You wouldn't want to live there now though. Plus Butlins was geared up for guests. The narrow streets of Conwy are not. Argghh!!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Ian on July 19, 2017, 08:48:07 AM
I suppose Conwy TC could simply grasp the nettle and make it an all-themed holiday town.  You could reintroduce stocks, have public beatings, beggar-children combing the streets, redirect the sewerage down the main roads and stage occasional attacks on the town by flotillas of little boats with small cannons, or hordes of longbowmen firing clouds of arrows over the city walls. Charge admission and our friends from the US would flock here.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: llewelyn on July 19, 2017, 04:20:41 PM
My plan was to put the gates back on the walls and charge a toll. Free to residents of course !  and once the carparks are full close the gates. Plus the bigger the car the bigger the toll.😇
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on July 29, 2017, 12:12:02 PM
The Conwy Half Marathon started at 9.00 am today and goes from Conwy along the cycle track to Penmaenmawr then to Sychnant Pass and over Conwy Mountain and back to Conwy for the finish.
I took the easy option and drove to the top of Sychnant Pass so that I could see a friend who was doing this gruelling race. 

Well done to everyone who took part in it.      $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 16, 2017, 09:21:34 AM
Really great news for Conwy that Drew Pritchard is opening his Antiques shop there in the High Street (in the 2 shops across from Parisellas). His Salvage Hunters tv show is a big hit worldwide and it can only bring more visitors into the town.  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on September 16, 2017, 10:34:58 AM
Excellent news Dave it's exactly what Conwy Town needs. I did think Drew would perhaps buy the old Carmel Chapel in Chapel Street, that would make another really good antiques centre.
Good Luck to Drew & his team and looking forward to seeing Enzo. I'm really enjoying Salvage Hunters and hope there are lots more programmes to come.  ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 21, 2017, 08:21:04 AM
Drew Pritchard's new shop in Conwy will be opening on 18th October.

Nice interview with him here:
https://inews.co.uk/essentials/culture/television/salvage-hunters-drew-pritchard-bargain-hunting-tips/
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 27, 2017, 09:39:16 AM
It's a couple of years since I posted my original query below and still nothing seems to be happening with the old Palace Cinema in Conwy? Rumours of Wetherspoons have come and gone. I believe the building is still owned by Parker's Leisure Holdings of Rhyl?

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Whilst we were looking round Plas Mawr, I looked out of the window and wondered myself what is happening with the former Palace Cinema & Bingo Club? It closed down several years ago and nothing seems to have happened since. I noticed that both shops at the front of the building are still let (an ice cream shop has recently opened in the left-hand one), as is Amelie's Restaurant in the old theatre bar above. Shame to see such a grand building falling slowly into decay.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/22947 (http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/22947)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on September 27, 2017, 08:30:30 PM
Does anyone have any news about the old Billington's site? Nothing seems to have happened for ages!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on September 28, 2017, 11:49:46 AM
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Does anyone have any news about the old Billington's site? Nothing seems to have happened for ages!
Think it must still be for sale, since the old plans fell through?

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/conwy-castle-restaurant-site-fails-8733027 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/conwy-castle-restaurant-site-fails-8733027)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 06, 2017, 08:47:43 AM
I hear a whisper that Drew Pritchard has bought the old chapel in Conwy:

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-for-sale/property-49863537.html (http://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-for-sale/property-49863537.html)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: llewelyn on October 06, 2017, 11:01:55 AM
Would be a good option for local residents. We were afraid of The Dreaded Wetherspoons, or Apartments. Parking is already impossible, and noise from the Mail Coach a problem. A smart antiques emporium would be good. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 06, 2017, 02:57:57 PM
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I hear a whisper that Drew Pritchard has bought the old chapel in Conwy:

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-for-sale/property-49863537.html (http://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-for-sale/property-49863537.html)

Drew has already been seen buying stock  in local shops I've heard his shop opens soon , end of October possibly?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on October 06, 2017, 03:07:03 PM
I hope what you have heard is true Dave, it's exactly what Conwy needs   ;D Has anyone heard what is opening in the old Fruit & Fibre shop opposite the main bus stop in Lancaster Square? There appears to be a chiller fridge, hope it's not going to be another takeaway.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bellringer on October 06, 2017, 05:08:45 PM
It was reported a couple of weeks ago that he was opening opposite Edwards of Conwy in the High Street.
You posted it Dave R on 16 Sept.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Bri Roberts on October 06, 2017, 06:00:59 PM
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Has anyone heard what is opening in the old Fruit & Fibre shop opposite the main bus stop in Lancaster Square? There appears to be a chiller fridge, hope it's not going to be another takeaway.
Parisellas is my understanding, Meleri.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Meleri on October 07, 2017, 01:05:37 PM
Thanks for that Bri, I can't see the point in having two of the same ice cream shops in such a small town though, but they must know what they are doing. Perhaps they will make the present one into just a cafe.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: SteveH on October 07, 2017, 01:26:52 PM
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Thanks for that Bri, I can't see the point in having two of the same ice cream shops in such a small town though, but they must know what they are doing. Perhaps they will make the present one into just a cafe.

Meleri. Carrie Parisella is now involved in the business and seems to be the one with new ideas.....

https://businessnewswales.com/north-wales-ice-cream-entrepreneur-expands-business-new-seaside-restaurant/
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 09, 2017, 09:09:41 AM
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It was reported a couple of weeks ago that he was opening opposite Edwards of Conwy in the High Street.
You posted it Dave R on 16 Sept.
That's right, Stan. I believe the Chapel may be used for storage/restoration, whilst the High St shops are there display the items for sale.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 09, 2017, 09:12:34 AM
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Thanks for that Bri, I can't see the point in having two of the same ice cream shops in such a small town though, but they must know what they are doing. Perhaps they will make the present one into just a cafe.

Meleri. Carrie Parisella is now involved in the business and seems to be the one with new ideas.....

https://businessnewswales.com/north-wales-ice-cream-entrepreneur-expands-business-new-seaside-restaurant/
Rhos won't be the same without Nino.  :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Huw Pritchard on October 24, 2017, 10:35:47 PM
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I hope what you have heard is true Dave, it's exactly what Conwy needs   ;D Has anyone heard what is opening in the old Fruit & Fibre shop opposite the main bus stop in Lancaster Square? There appears to be a chiller fridge, hope it's not going to be another takeaway.
I think the old Fruit and Fibre shop is now called Sandwich Express. So there you are. Don't know if it's open yet as have not been in town for a while. Good to see the building occupied and in use anyway.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: DaveR on October 25, 2017, 08:34:56 AM
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I hope what you have heard is true Dave, it's exactly what Conwy needs   ;D Has anyone heard what is opening in the old Fruit & Fibre shop opposite the main bus stop in Lancaster Square? There appears to be a chiller fridge, hope it's not going to be another takeaway.
I think the old Fruit and Fibre shop is now called Sandwich Express. So there you are. Don't know if it's open yet as have not been in town for a while. Good to see the building occupied and in use anyway.
Part of Parisella's expanding empire.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: born2run on October 25, 2017, 01:27:28 PM
Conwy was absolutely buzzing just now, a full two days before the Conwy Feast. Big queues to see the likes of the worst house in Britain or whatever tourist trap it is. If only if only Llandudno was 'allowed' something similar.

In other news the amount of dog mess on the footpath to the quay is a disgrace it literally stinks. Full of flies as well.
I don't understand why those parasites from Fuhrer security don't park themselves up there for an afternoon they'd make a packet  ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: llewelyn on October 27, 2017, 05:40:26 PM
Yes please have The Feast Llandudno, It is a nightmare for Conwy residents, packing thousands of people in such a small space is a joke. Streets already blocked, parking even more of a nightmare than usual. Most of locals are leaving town for a few days.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Fester on October 28, 2017, 09:18:23 PM
Had a great time at the Conwy Food Fest tonight,  yes it’s not cheap, but no one is forcing anyone to buy anything are they?
A very varied range of food on offer, not just your usual burgers etc.
Also, there was a FREE festival of light in St Mary’s church. It was a beautiful show of light and live music, if it doesn’t move you, you don’t have a soul. 
Excellent night all in all.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Conwy
Post by: Hugo on November 19, 2017, 12:03:17 PM
It was the annual Conwy Half Marathon today with about 3,000 entrants and the course went along the main road to Llandudno.    Then it continued to the Pier and around the Marine Drive before returning back to Conwy along the main road again.
I saw the start and then went to Maesdu Bridge to take some more photos.    It's a well organised race and I saw one competitor running in a Gorilla suit, hope that the person made it to the end.