Abergele Community News
Abergele, Pensarn and St George are great places to live and work, with a lively community spirit.
National Eisteddfod Bardic Chair
In July of this year, the 1899 National Eisteddfod Bardic Chair returned to it’s home town of Abergele, was offered to and gratefully received by Abergele Town Council.
The Council was contacted by a lady in South Wales, Mrs. Kita Williams, who offered the chair to the safe custody of the Council and will now proudly stand in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall.
Now 121 years old, the chair was designed and made by a local man, John Richard Ellis JP, a carpenter and author of the famous local book ‘A History of Abergele and District’.
The chair was apparently never awarded as a prize at the National Eisteddfod in South Wales in 1899 but awarded at another related competition within the Eisteddfod circle.
The chair then disappeared and little is known about it for about 80 years until it was found on a skip of rubble from a recently demolished YMCA Hostel at St. Athan in South Wales by Mrs Kita Williams. The family cherished and looked after this piece of history for 40 years. The chair was used as a piece of furniture and followed the family from house to house and even to a public house as the family moved around Wales and the South of England with work. 40 years later It was back in Newport and still with Kita, the chair was offered to Abergele Town Council and has been gratefully accepted.
Cllr. Andrew Wood, Abergele Town Council was able to collect the chair during a business trip.
A fitting end to the journey of this chair is that the creator of the chair, JR Ellis had lived at Berthtopic, Rhuddlan Road, Abergele, many years later Cllr. Wood’s family owned the same property.
It would be nice to know where the chair was for the missing 80 years of it’s journey until it was found. If anyone can help fill in the missing time line, please contact the Town Hall 01745 833242.
The picture shows The Mayor, Cllr. Shirley Jones-Roberts receiving the Bardic Chair on behalf of Abergele Town Council with Cllr. Andrew Wood who kindly retrieved the chair.
Message from the Town Mayor
During the last few weeks there have been an incredible amount of volunteers who have taken it upon themselves to pick up litter around our town, our parks and along the promenade at Pensarn. I'm sure my fellow Councillors would like to join me in thanking them all for their efforts in helping to keep our town and community tidy. It's wonderful to know these residents take so much pride in our town.
Please remember to keep safe while doing this and thank you once again.
Cllr. Shirley Jones-Roberts , Town Mayor.
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.”
Ascension Day Service 21 May 2020 11:00am
75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day
Over the weekend the community of Abergele was decorated with pockets of bunting at various parts of the town and Town Hall. Whilst all of the many celebrations organised had to be cancelled, residents carefully celebrated the occasion in the safety of their homes and gardens. The Mayor invited residents to send in their VE Day photos celebrating the event from their gardens and primary school children were invited to colour VE Day posters. Prizes were awarded to the winners.
Whilst observing social distancing, a short film was made at the Cenotaph in St Michael’s Church Abergele, of The Mayor Cllr. Shirley Jones-Roberts laying a wreath. The Rev. Kate Johnson gave a short, moving service and Mr Carl Bishop attended representing the RBL as Standard Bearer. A wreath had also been laid by the RBL.
The Mayor also went to pay her respects at the War Memorial at St. George.
(The film can be viewed on the Abergele Channel on YouTube)
Ellie and Harry Robinson pictured with their posters and certificates from the Mayor's VE Day competition held earlier in May.
Thank you for sending your entries in for the Mayor's Competition, we received many lovely photographs and coloured in posters to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, which made the judging a challenge. The Mayor with the assistance of the Deputy Mayor is now delighted to announce :
The O'Hanlon family are the winner for the best Stay at Home Garden Party photograph.
There were two sets of joint winners for the Poster Colouring Competitions:
Joseph and Lilia Parker and Ellie and Harry Robinson.
Nansi Lloyd Williams was awarded an extra smaller prize for her entry.
Thank you to all that took part. I hope you enjoy viewing these winning photographs.
Cllr Shirley Jones-Roberts