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Genealogy & Research / Re: Pensarn Farm Llangystenin Conwy
« Last post by DVT on Yesterday at 10:47:11 PM »
Looking closer at the 1911 census details for James Evans ... the census forms you can view online are copies of the originals, hand-written by the residents.  Although the transcript gives the property as Ffrith y Vae I am confident the writing actually says Ffrith y Voel (spelt with a V and not F).  The census also states that the marriage of James and Anne has been for 24 years and they had 4 children, three still living but not at that address.

Strangely I cannot trace James or Anne Evans on earlier censuses.

Who is William Henry Evans, cannot trace him.
Fix My Street / Re: 25+ abandoned wooden marker posts, 15th October
« Last post by Blongb on Yesterday at 07:37:50 PM »
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25+ abandoned wooden marker posts, 15th October

25+ wooden marker posts, left over after the WRC have been abandoned on the pier side of the Zebra crossing. Opposite #24 North Parade LL30 2LP
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 23 North Parade, Llandudno
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they were removed the next day
Local News & Discussion / Re: The long running saga of Colwyn Bay Pier
« Last post by SteveH on Yesterday at 05:13:41 PM »
Workers will return to the Colwyn Bay Pier site tomorrow.

Borehole investigation work will be carried out on the seawall and the upper retaining wall on the site of the former pier in Colwyn Bay tomorrow and Friday.

The testing is part of the preparation for the construction of a new truncated pier, which was one of the listed building conditions placed on Conwy County Borough Council (CCBC).
The investigation work aims to determine the profile of the rear face of the wall and foundation depths.

The contractor taking on the work will be Colin Jones (Rock Engineering) Ltd.
Dismantling of the pier, which has stood on the Colwyn Bay promenade for more than 100 years, was completed in May.

Work on the construction of a new truncated pier could begin as early as spring 2019 after a designer was named to draw plans in July.  ref Pioneer

Local News & Discussion / Re: Everything to do with Shops
« Last post by wrex on Yesterday at 04:56:03 PM »
Altrincham has turned itself around by turning an old market hall into small independant buisnesses etc cakes beers cheeses even the shops in the center are now being occupied
Local News & Discussion / Re: Everything to do with Shops
« Last post by SteveH on Yesterday at 04:50:18 PM »
After reading the comments above, I had a look for Artisan markets etc. and found this, from a company with markets around the UK.  ..............It covers some points already mentioned, and raises others, whether market or shop based, it is showing this is a good idea, for those willing to give it a go...........Maybe we should discuss... a Town Manager or some type of business group idea.  8)

"Fresh aromas, vivid colours, eclectic treasures, buzzing crowds – a mere stroll amongst the many (often 100+) stalls of an Artisan Market are enough to invigorate the senses and whet the appetite.
These markets aim to keep things authentic, providing an opportunity to meet the many food & craft producers & suppliers. The local entertainment and local community groups provide a real sense of ownership, adding to the atmosphere, the mix and bustle reminiscent of yesteryear with a contemporary twist.

It is a haven for anybody who cares about the quality and provenance of the food they eat, for those that seek something different from that on supermarket shelves. It provides a cornucopia of exquisite handcrafted, artistic items and an opportunity to interact with the artisan who has produced them.

But it’s not just the sheer quality of the items on offer that makes an Artisan Market so special – it is also about the people and the place. Locally based craftspeople and producers who are passionate about their products represent each town.

Most of our stallholders are themselves primary producers – people who grow, make, create, style, rear, craft or bake the products that they sell. Others are suppliers with intimate knowledge of their products and the people who made them.

As a result, the Artisan Markets have become a vast repository of culinary knowledge, artisan craftsmanship and skills from previous generations. It’s a place to explore, to ask questions, to discover new flavours, stumble upon raw talent, unearth entrepreneurship, nurture bygone mastery, and to savour a unique, buzzing atmosphere.

Town centres as we knew them have changed considerably over recent years, now is the time to revitalize, add a new dimension and inject the buzz and effervescence back into the community.

Many towns across the country are suffering because so many of their residents are choosing to shop elsewhere.
The explosion of online shopping, free parking and other enticements to out of town shopping centres, the demand for convenience – is what is driving our towns into extinction.

The low numbers of visitors in our town centres is causing towns to lose their vibrancy and attraction to residents having a direct detrimental effect on retail businesses. The town then becomes less attractive to new businesses and thus the downward cycle perpetuates itself.

People now demand so much more, they want an experience, they want customer service, and they want choice and knowledge, character and diversity.

By delivering the Artisan Market in towns across the region we are fulfilling all of these demands, and helping to reinvigorate the towns we live in.

We provide an exciting, unique event that brings people together as a community. It encourages more people to visit their town and rediscover the many things it has to offer.

Our core values reflect what is really important to us as a company and underpin The Market Co’s culture and ethos.
Artisan Markets are more than a place to buy or sell goods, they are all encompassing, dynamic events that bring the town alive.

We strive to source the very finest artisan traders and products to deliver a high quality and heterogeneous mix for our visitors. This offer compliments rather than competes with the high street retailers providing a synergistic environment.

Entertainment is provided which is locally sourced and inspirational. Community groups and organisations are encouraged to think outside the box and get involved in a creative way, offering them a platform to showcase themselves to the wider community – which in itself provides a unique local feel and sense of pride, as well as valuable exposure.
The Artisan Market is a place where our visitors can connect and interact with the specialists, meet friends, be introduced to new ideas and enjoy their town to the full."
Local News & Discussion / Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
« Last post by SteveH on Yesterday at 03:42:18 PM »
Inside Conwy Council's new state-of-the art £35m offices
Hundreds of staff will be moving in during the next couple of weeks pumping an estimated £1m into the local economy.

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Local News & Discussion / Re: Everything to do with Shops
« Last post by Daihardwelshman on Yesterday at 01:27:15 PM »
Ffarm Vintners are still on Builder Street.
Local News & Discussion / Re: Everything to do with Shops
« Last post by Dave on Yesterday at 12:31:44 PM »
I have ordered wine several times online, always a full case. Delivered within 24 hours at no extra cost and that included a case of superb red from Aldi that cost the same delivered as in store. I ordered online to make sure I got some as I knew it would go very quickly.
We had a wine merchant in Builder St that was open to the public but that has gone now I think.Interesting as Poynton's moved that way!
I think that retail stores such as wine merchants and bakers can enhance their business by allowing in store sampling in the form of a cafe or bar.
Local News & Discussion / Re: Everything to do with Shops
« Last post by born2run on Yesterday at 12:08:39 PM »
I disagree, the shop in Conwy is doing very well, recently added a bar upstairs.
Wine and Beer is one of the hardest things to push online, it's a nightmare to post (very heavy and unshapely and needs lots of packaging) plus a lot of the product needs to be shipped from Europe in the first place and people generally like to look, hold and even sample the product before they taste it. A specialist wine and beer shop would do fantastic in Llandudno.

Their only real competition would be supermarkets, who have really upped their game in recent years and most now have whole aisles dedicated to craft beer and wine.
Genealogy & Research / Re: Grace Ellen Jones 1885-1961
« Last post by mull on Yesterday at 11:16:13 AM »
Hi Hugo, or any one else.
Can you help me out on this ?

You gave a website for Military Service history on your post October 14th 4.59 pm.
I have tried to get into this looking for Grace Ellen's husband.
John Jones, Corporal, Royal Engineers, 1916/1917 to 1920. served out in Egypt/Middle East.
Website keeps going blank on me.
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