Author: Darby Higgins

News Editor | 19-20 Secretary | 19-20

A pet shop in Abergele has opened a dog-friendly cinema where dogs and their owners can sit and enjoy a film on the big screen. The owners of Pet Place in Abergele, Conwy county, have spent over £100,000 building a cinema for dogs, which will run alongside their current pet shop. The cinema also has a coffee shop that sells snacks and drinks for both humans and their pets. The cinema seats 40 people on deckchairs, and 50 dogs on mats. Tickets cost £10 for an adult and dog. All of the films shown will be pet-related and include titles…

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The annual Christmas Market will be held on Sunday 16 December, and will see Bangor High Street filled with stalls, including street food, local produce and crafts. There will also be live music throughout the day, separate funfairs for both children and adults, and a firework display to finish. The Christmas Market follows the successful Bangor Food Festival which was held in September. Emyr Owen, event organiser, said: “The food festival was an amazing success, I haven’t spoken to one person who didn’t enjoy themselves, many people said they’ve never seen so many people in Bangor. With the Christmas Market…

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Storiel in Bangor have a new exhibition which explores the theme of recycling through showcasing how discarded, unwanted and broken items can be transformed from ‘rubbish’ into art. The items on show include examples of ‘recycling’ from Storiel’s museum collection. Some pieces are made from treasured fragments, whilst others were created from discarded broken objects which have been used in a new way. The exhibition is important as it shows how our waste can be repurposed and reused. This notion is important in today’s world as our waste, especially items made from plastics and artificial fabrics, is threatening to overwhelm…

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Well-known butcher’s shop, G Williams and Son, has reopened after suddenly closing last summer. The shop had been trading in the city for just under 150 years before it closed back in June. On 1 December, a former shop apprentice re-opened the business. Ashley Richard Thomas, 23, said: “I’m glad to say that we are reopening under new ownership.” Thomas already has ideas to increase trade but also urges people to support the high street. “My plan for the future with the shop will be to extend our home delivery service much further then we did previously. It’s very important…

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The residential courses run in partnership with Bangor University’s School of Welsh and the Urdd’s Glan-Ilyn Outdoor Centre are well established among pupils and teachers. They offer an annual opportunity for first and second language learners to come together for a packed agenda of discussions on the areas and issues that apply to their Welsh AS/A2 level courses. Over 150 students are expected to attend this year’s courses, travelling from all over Wales to the Urdd’s facility at Glan-Ilyn, in the Bala area. Students and teachers will be given the opportunity to listen to some of Wales’ leading lecturers, many…

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As part of its on-going commitment to sustainability, Bangor University is one of the signatories of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment and launched at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali. Bangor University is one of 40 global universities to have made this commitment. The University is already working to put sustainability and the wellbeing of future generations at the heart of its teaching, learning, research and innovation. Its BioComposites Centre is at the forefront of research, development and the commercial application of bio-based alternatives to synthetic materials in…

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Once again, Bangor University took part in the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Sciences and invited the public to get involved too. Year 12 and 13 school pupils visited the University on 6 November to take part in a variety of workshops and seminars that discussed different forms of injustice experienced by people living in England and Wales in the 21st century. One event – Faces of injustice: Social sciences and social justice – was used as a way of exploring 21st century injustices, whilst highlighting the role that social science research can play in fighting these…

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On Sunday, 11 November, a parade marched from the Bangor Clock on the High Street to the Cathedral before the start of the Remembrance Service at 9.45am. At 10.50am, people gathered round the Bangor Cenotaph to take part in a two-minute silence, which was followed by a Wreath Laying Ceremony and a short service. The newly opened ‘Cove’ on Sackville Road offered a 20% discount for ex-soldiers, veterans and serving soldiers on the day. Jordan Love, Cove Manager, explained: “I served 7 years in the army with two tours of Afghanistan, so I will always try and create an event…

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Bangor residents are being encouraged to donate shoe boxes containing items for elderly and vulnerable people who are being supported by a local care provider in the area this holiday season. Abacare care management has launched its shoebox appeal for the fourth year running, providing essentials and gifts for service users who may not be able to get outside and may not have many gifts at Christmas. Ffion Evans, Registered Manager at Abacare, said: “It’s that time of year again when we ask the generous people of Wales to get behind our festive shoebox appeal. It has been extremely successful…

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A long-lost screenplay by American film director Stanley Kubrick, which was discovered by Bangor University Professor Nathan Abrams, will be sold at a New York auction later this month. Professor Abrams discovered the 1956 screenplay this summer, whilst researching for his book about Kubrick, “Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film”. The screenplay, titled ‘Burning Secret’, follows the story of a predatory man who befriends a young boy in order to seduce his married mother. Professor Abrams believes that the film may have been too “risqué” back in the Fifties, which is the reason behind…

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Bangor man Paul Feaver and his family raised more than £1,600 at their second annual Memorial Fun Day and football match in memory of his father who passed away from mixed dementia last year. Paul and his partner Sian Topansa hosted the second Eddie Feaver Memorial Fun Day (7 October) to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of Paul’s dad, Eddie, who died at the age of 79, having been diagnosed with both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Eddie’s sister Barbara had also passed away from Alzheimer’s, in 2014. Sian, who helped organise the event with her family,…

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A post-doctoral researcher at Bangor University’s School of Natural Sciences has been awarded a prestigious European Commission Horizon2020 funded Marie Sklodowska Curie Global Fellowship. The fellowship, which allows for international mobility and knowledge exchange, will enable Dr Karina Marsden of Bethesda to spend two years working in The University of Melbourne, Australia, before returning to Bangor University for the final year of her research project. It was awarded following a successful joint application by Bangor and Melbourne universities. During the training-through-research project, Marsden will have opportunities to learn mathematical modelling, molecular ecology and stable isotope methods to better understand soil…

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Bangor Cathedral’s display of 20,000 knitted poppies commemorating the centenary of the end of World War One will close on November 11th, Remembrance Sunday, in a special way. Taking place at a date on or around Armistice day, a group of young people from Bangor, the same age as those who died during the First World War, 1914-1918, will read the biographies of those who gave their lives and are commemorated (many accompanied by a photograph) in Cofeb Y Dewrion (Heroes’ Memorial) compiled by the Reverend W. J. Owen (Afallon) soon after the war ended. Bangor Cathedral are currently appealing…

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First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced that a new bridge across the Menai Strait is to be built to the east of the Britannia Bridge. The new route will include facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. According to Mr Jones, construction was due to begin in 2021. Previously, the Welsh Government has said that the new crossing could open in 2021 if it got approved. Making the announcement on Anglesey, Mr Jones said he would like the new bridge to be “equally iconic” as the Menai Bridge – built by Thomas Telford in the 1820s – and Britannia Bridge – built…

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Iwan Llewelyn Jones, from Bangor University’s School of Music and Media, will be visiting China later this month to perform and host masterclasses for music students in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Iwan Llewelyn-Jones has firmly established himself as one of the finest pianists of his generation. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Music and has performed at many of the worlds prestigious concert halls such as London’s Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as Sydney Opera House and Leipzig Gewandhaus. He has also presented masterclasses and adjudicated competitions at all…

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Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams has launched the Welsh Government’s new Rural Education Action Plan. The aim of the plan is to introduce a range of initiatives and measures for education improvements and experiences across rural school areas of Wales. The plan forms a pivotal part of the transformation reforms outlined in the Education in Wales – Our National Mission 2017-21 which sets out the Welsh Government’s strategy to improve the school system by 2021; in which details activities which will transform policy into practices within schools. The Rural Education Plan draws upon evidence and recommendations from a research…

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