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The proposal of building a new tunnel under the Menai Strait to carry electric cables from Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant, has potential to give geologists the opportunity to study ancient rock formations on the bed of the Strait. The new tunnel, which could be opened in the mid-2020s, would see cables laid to carry energy from Wylfa Newydd to the mainland. Dr Mike Roberts, from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences, told ‘Good Morning Wales’ listeners how geology and marine geology surveyors are benefiting from samples from under the Menai Strait. Drilling by National Grid has gone 50m into the…

Across North Wales, barbers – including Kai’s Barbers in Bangor – will be given help to assist in saving lives while giving a ‘short back and sides’ as part of a new drive to raise awareness of men’s mental health and the male suicide rate. Hairdressers across the region are set to receive training in spotting warning signs of mental health issues in their customers, along with practice guidance on how to listen, give helpful advice, and signpost to support services. Having been launched on International Men’s Day (19 November), the initiative aims to raise awareness of the tragedy of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The students and staff of Bangor’s BSc Product Design course have been working with the contemporary art gallery MOSTYN, located in Llandudno, to create a range of jewellery items suitable for the gallery’s shop. The high-quality jewellery is currently on sale at the shop. The students took inspiration for the location and countryside as their inspiration for the jewellery pieces. Katie Roberts, a Product Design Lecturer at Bangor University, said that “Experience is vital in any field, and opportunities to work with companies and organisations who are passionate about developing the next generation of designers and creative thinkers are priceless,…

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…

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…

By Oli Hewson Bangor University has a Natural History Museum. This will be news to many of you, I’m sure, seeing as it has somehow remained a secret to me for almost three years at this institution. This may be partly down to the fact that admission to The Brambell Natural History Museum (no prizes for guessing where it is… Psst! It’s in The Brambell Building – sort of opposite Asda) is generally restricted to students of Natural Sciences at the University and rarely open to the public. When it is, however, it fills. Saturday 3rd was the weekend of…

Bangor’s first ever food festival, which took place on Sunday 30th September, shed light onto the culinary artists close to home. With over 15 different food stands, a cocktail garden, and live performances on stage, we were quite frankly blown away. This excellent bonanza was put together and raised all the spirits of the otherwise boring, hungover Sundays. Open to all members of the community, it welcomed students and locals to come together and socialise in a means that isn’t a noise complaint. As soon as we approached Bangor High Street, our nostrils were overwhelmed with the amount of flavours…

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,…

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…

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…

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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