Abergele Community News
Abergele, Pensarn and St George are great places to live and work, with a lively community spirit.
Tales from the Towers
There are 8 episodes in all being released each Monday.
Covid-19 Gwasanaeth Galw a Chasglu / Call and Collect Service
Give the best gift you can this Christmas Eve https://wbs.wales/AbergeleTownCouncil
Rhowch yr anrheg orau y gallwch chi ar Noswyl Nadolig https://wbs.wales/AbergeleTownCouncil
Looking for Christmas Lunches being delivered or served
If you know of any organisation or parish doing Christmas lunches on Christmas Day or delivering hot Christmas lunches please send me the details or a contact phone number as I will advertise them in the Christmas issue of the newsletter. Same for any Christmas gifts being sent out or any help, support or anything joyous happening at Christmas – let me know please. 😊
Mrs Alessandra Thomas
Older People’s Forum Coordinator – Conwy T: 01492 817 124 (Please leave voicemail) E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures of St Michael's Remembrance 2020 preparations
Names of the fallen attached to the tree with a poppy
Red ribbon on the railings
Banner of what we can all do
Abergele Firework Display
Get your popcorn/hotdog/ burger, wrap up warm don’t forget your bobble hat!
Abergele TV has put together a 12-minute video and message from the Mayor of Abergele Cllr. Alan Hunter and a look back at previous years' firework displays because Abergele Round Table and the Gwrych Castle Trust are unable to put on the annual firework display. For the Round Table this will be the first time in 20 years, because of the Covid pandemic.
This will go live at 18:00 on 4th November 2020.
The Mayor of Abergele Cllr Alan Hunter and his wife The Mayoress Mrs Cheryl Hunter switching on the lights at Gwrych Castle entrance
Mayor Shirley Jones-Roberts's Shop Window Competition
As I represent the Gele Ward, I asked two fellow Councillors, the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Alan Hunter (Pensarn Ward) and Cllr. George Frost (Pentre Mawr Ward) to help me judge the Shop Window Competition.
An impressive thirty plus windows took part in the competition. The overall result has lifted the appearance of the town and caused much interest in the press both locally and nationally and I would like to thank each and every business who took part. Your efforts were fantastic making the judging very difficult. All prizes were related to Gwrych Castle.
The winner of the first prize was Ivy's Florist, the prize, a carving of 'Winnie the resident Peahen of Gwrych Castle' carved by local chainsaw artist Mark Earp.
The second prize went to 'Indigo' and was a lantern, a replica of Gwrych Castle created by local potter Wendy Gill of Earthworks Pottery, St. Asaph.
The third prize was awarded to 'Flamingo Babywear' and was a kind donation from the Gwrych Preservation Trust of a family pass to visit the Castle, a signed book by Dr. Mark Baker along with a 'Gwrych' bag containing many Castle related goodies.
Well done, not just to the winners but to you all for your wonderful efforts. During the judging we were accompanied by Mr Carl Bishop who took photos of each of the participating shop windows. These can all be seen on the Abergele TV Channel on YouTube https://youtu.be/KdrCeNGFGyc for the residents who have not been able to see the windows and for the many 'Abergeleites' who live further afield.
Thank you all again.
Cllr. Shirley Jones-Roberts.
With the imminent filming of 'I'm a Celebrity' at Gwrych Castle and hopefully many visitors coming to our town, it's the ideal time to showcase the community spirit we have here. Bunting is already being made by several, two shops have already decorated their windows and so I'm asking that all the shops/businesses/offices could join in and take part in my Mayor's 'I'm a Celebrity Window Competition' to give everyone visiting a typically 'Warm, Welsh Welcome'.
If our school children could do something along the same theme and display around the town.
I have two lovely prizes to be won which will hopefully be displayed in the winning shop windows.
Posters are being made and will be distributed around town next week.
Please all make an effort, the town could look wonderful and would give a lovely impression if by chance the film crew found their way into town. After the last few dismal months, it's an opportunity to at last have something cheerful to celebrate Thank you.
Cllr Shirley Jones-Roberts.
Mayor of Abergele’s Annual Community Award 2020
At the beginning of the Pandemic, painted stones with messages of hope appeared all around our town, gardens, parks and along the Prom. Seven year old Tamika Hezzell, a pupil of Ysgol Sant Elfod had painted the stones to give our residents, many self-isolating, a message of hope during this period. They are still being treasured and displayed in gardens.
The Mayor Cllr Shirley Jones-Roberts received stones on behalf of Abergele Town Council which now are proudly displayed at the Town Hall.
The Mayor (ensuring a safe distance) had great pleasure in awarding Tamika with the first 'Mayor of Abergele's Annual Community Award' for her outstanding contribution to our Community. Well done Tamika.
The New Butterfly Garden, Pentre Mawr park, Abergele.
Welsh Blood Service
The Welsh Blood Service are visiting Abergele next week and are appealing to the community to support our lifesaving service
Please Give Blood if you can
JUST HANG UP!
Criminals pretending to be from Microsoft, Norton and BT are trying to scam Dyfed-Powys residents.
If you receive a call saying your computer is infected or has serious errors, or your anti-virus needs updating, just hang up the phone. No genuine employee from Microsoft, Norton Anti-Virus or BT should ever phone you to tell you this.
These callers are criminals who will try gain your trust by making you think your computer has a problem. If you allow them access to your computer, you are at risk of having money taken from your bank account and your computer locked.
• Don’t engage in conversation with them.
• Put the phone down.
• Block the number they called from.
• Tell your friends and neighbours about this scam.
RHOWCH Y FFôN I LAWR!
Mae troseddwyr sy’n esgus eu bod yn galw o Microsoft, Norton a BT yn ceisio twyllo preswylwyr Dyfed-Powys.
Os fyddwch chi’n derbyn galwad yn dweud bod eich cyfrifiadur wedi’i heintio neu fod ganddo wallau difrifol, neu mae angen diweddaru eich meddalwedd wrthfirws, rhowch y ffôn i lawr. Ni ddylai gweithiwr Microsoft, Norton neu BT fyth eich ffonio i ddweud hyn wrthych.
Troseddwyr yw’r galwyr hyn a fydd yn ceisio ennill eich ffydd drwy wneud ichi feddwl bod problem â’ch cyfrifiadur. Os fyddwch chi’n rhoi mynediad iddynt i’ch cyfrifiadur, yr ydych mewn perygl o gael arian wedi ei ddwyn o’ch cyfrif banc a chael eich cyfrifiadur wedi’i gloi.
- Peidiwch sgwrsio â nhw.
- Rhowch y ffôn i lawr.
- Rhwystrwch y rhif ffôn a ddefnyddiwyd i’ch galw.
- Dywedwch wrth eich ffrindiau a’ch cymdogion am y twyll hwn.
The Mayor Cllr S Jones-Roberts being interviewed on ITV's Good Morning programme about the I'm a Celebrity Get Me out of Here coming to Abergele.
Click here: https://youtu.be/NAZ5jPZVIK0
Message from Royal British Legion, Abergele Branch.
The Poppy Appeal has been cancelled nationwide this year due to the ongoing restrictions and the fact the Royal British Legion factory has had to close to adhere to COVID-19 instructions from the Government.
Please be aware that if you wish to make a donation to the RBL Poppy Appeal this year, you can do so through the following options.
Please send a cheque by post to:
Royal British Legion, Poppy Appeal, Haigh House, 199 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1AA.
Hand it in to Council Office for onward transmission through RBL Branch
E-mail, just follow instructions
Your help and assistance, as always means a lot to us. thank you.
IR Martin Vice Chairman. Abergele Branch. RBL.
Please read this article - your experience of the Coronavirus Pandemic is needed.
During the Coronavirus Pandemic, I have used my time to record for our grandchildren and future generations, how our town has been affected and the impact it has had on our residents and Community over these last difficult months. Hopefully this will never happen again and although much information will always be available online, this will be a unique tribute to the people of our own town.
I have recorded a comprehensive account already, but would welcome your experiences to add to this.
I will be contacting our schools in September, if our local Community groups could contribute as to how they were affected, missed events etc. it would be appreciated. Experiences/contributions from our shop keepers, traders, businesses, Places of Worship, Care Professionals, Sports Groups, the many Volunteers and most importantly our townspeople themselves, would make a wonderful account of how we all pulled through this together. Many of our younger generation have been able to help others in several ways, some have had their exam results, articles from them would be lovely.
If you are happy to share your experiences, please send them, about 200/250 words, by email to email@example.com or if you are passing, drop them through the letterbox at the Town Hall by 1st. October and hopefully all will be included. This is a personal request and no personal data will be held by myself or Abergele Town Council.
When completed, I will make copies available and a hard copy will be gifted to the Town Hall for the future.
I have wanted to do this not only as Mayor during the period of the Pandemic, or Councillor but as a true local of our town, for the people of our town.
Welsh Government Coastal Community Fund. Promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs in coastal communities
Suitable for - Voluntary or community organisations, Public sector organisations, Private sector organisations. Funding size - £50,000 to £300,000
Application deadline - Round Six will be open for the submission of project Ideas between 16 June and noon of 2 October 2020.
Calling all local Community and Friends Groups
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic Conwy County Council are unable to carry out their planting of summer bedding plants this year. Therefore, they are offering the plants to Community and/or Friends groups, in the Conwy area, who may be able to make use of them.
If you are part of a local Community and/or Friends Group and would benefit from the plants, please contact Environment, Roads and Facilities Department on 01492 575337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CVSC Youth Led Grants Fund. Are You Aged 14-25? Grants up to £1,000 available to young people with an idea that will benefit their community
Visit website : CVSC
Talk to us! Conwy Mind expands telephone support service.
Talk to us! That’s the message from Conwy Mind. The North Wales-based charity has expanded its telephone support services in response to a huge increase in calls from local people facing emotional and mental health challenges.
Social distancing restrictions forced Conwy Mind to suspend all face-to-face services including groups, courses and one-to-one appointments two months ago.
However the charity has been able to step up its telephone support services, helped by a grant of more than £7000 from the Steve Morgan Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Fund.
From workers with financial worries to carers struggling without support, Conwy Mind has responded to an unprecedented range of issues in recent weeks. And their message is: ‘You’re not alone. We’re always here to listen and signpost’
“We’ve seen an increase in general anxiety. People are feeling lonely and isolated, trying to deal with events beyond their control” said Denise Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Conwy Mind.
Thanks to the additional funding, the charity has been able to enhance its’ support strategy with telephone counselling. Callers can access one-to-one sessions with qualified counsellors, following an initial assessment. And up to six sessions are available free of charge.
Since the beginning of lockdown in late March, more than 25 million people in the UK have reported high levels of anxiety. A newly released report by the Office of National Statistics reveals that the number of over-16’s experiencing ‘deep levels of stress’ has more than doubled since late 2019.
“As the leading mental health charity in Conwy, we are very much still here and available for anybody who needs us. Expanding our telephone support in Mental Health Awareness Week is very timely, said Denise Roberts.
Although we can’t currently be there for people, face to face, we are making sure that we can support them effectively in other ways.”
The Steve Morgan Foundation has already helped more than a million people in North Wales, Cheshire and Merseyside since launching its Covid-19 Emergency Fund in March to help vulnerable people impacted by Covid-19.
Steve Morgan, founder of The Steve Morgan Foundation, added: “Mental health is a growing problem made worse by feelings of isolation, loneliness and financial stress.”