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A staff member at Bangor University has recently sailed the Atlantic Ocean in a bid to raise money for the Beaumaris National Lifeboat Institution. Stevie Scanlan, Marketing Manager at Bangor University’s college of Physical and Applied Sciences, said of the journey, which started from the Canaries for Antigua in November: “The whole experience was amazing. It was much more of a mental challenge than a physical one, the hardest thing was getting your head around the fact that you can’t get off the boat, but now that I’ve done it I feel like I can do anything.” She continued, “I…

The Minister for Education, this month, laid the foundations for a new Bangor. In a celebration of hard hats and homegrown music, the foundation stone for Bangor’s Pontio building was finally revealed. Unveiled by the Minister for Education, Leighton Andrews, the stone represents the hope for a new union between students and the community. “This is going to be a focal point for the local community and the University alike – a place to meet, learn and be entertained as well as a home for innovative research, design and learning. It will be a unique place with the potential to…

2012 was a year of weather extremes with drought conditions in many areas at the beginning followed by months of record breaking rain. Widespread flooding across much of the UK caused fatalities and excessive damage to properties and infrastructure. Increased development on floodplains could be increasing the risk of flooding at a time when the climate is changing unpredictably. In April, shortly after hosepipe bans were put in place in England, the skies opened and rain began to fall, which has persisted almost continuously ever since. Flooding occurred as rivers burst banks and run-off from fully saturated ground was rapid.…

This article is partially a follow up to the first one written in the last edition of Seren. The overall results of the 41 Policing authorities are as follows; Conservatives (15) Labour (13) Independent (10) and Zero tolerance policing (1). The results do confirm all of the predictions made before the election, that the turnout would struggle to reach 20% in many places and indeed the turnout nationally didn’t reach 20%. The government failed to adequately advertise the PCC elections; it failed to communicate effectively what the PCC’s would do and yet managed to spend a hundred million pounds on this…

Bangor University’s new housing search tool promises to take stress off of hundreds of students next year. Studentpod has been created with the intention of making house hunting a lot easier for University students. Amy Jones of the Student Housing Office said of the tool: “The site has far more details about each house than we had previously, as well as the ability for landlords to upload pictures. You can e mail details of individual houses to friends – to make finding that perfect house for your next year all the easier. You can also register on the site so…

A man charged with punching another man unconscious before breaking his ankle has been imprisoned for three years. Ralph Richards, of Rhuddlan, was accused of intentionally targeting the victim, Anthony Webster, whom he attacked on the property of The New Inn, Rhuddlan. The Recorder, Duncan Bould, told Mold Crown Court how the intoxicated Mr Richards purposefully targeted the victim: “Mr Richards made a beeline for the victim…approaching him in such a way that he was unable to see you [Richards] coming”. Mr Webster was knocked unconscious in the attack, but instead of ceasing in his actions  Richards continued to beat…

Residents of Bangor are being asked to take extra care in the build-up to Christmas to secure their houses after a rise in the number of burglaries in the Bangor area. Bangor residents are now being warned to lock up when they go to bed or out to work or other activities. The alert comes after a string of crimes and burglaries, the latest being at Toronnen, adjacent to Caernarfon Road, where there have been sighted break-ins with personal effects, like electrical items, being the main items stolen. Inspector Simon Barrasford has reminded people to ensure that they remain vigilant:…

Great Poles of Fire Many households in Holyhead experienced a power cut in the early hours of November 29th after thieves set fire to a telegraph pole in an attempt to steal copper cable. in a field near the recently built Cybil Retail Park in Kingsland Road. It is thought that the fire was started at midnight in a field near the recently built Cybil Retail Park in Kingsland road, and five hours later the power was cut off. Scottish power discovered the damaged telegraph pole and reported the incident to the police. Holyhead police described the criminal actions as…

A local tattoo studio has become an award winning studio over night.Ben Ormerod and Kev Heath, of The Rogues Gallery, attended the East Coast Tattoo Convention in Essex this month and came away with both first and second place in the best small, black and grey tattoo category.Jess Hughes, the studio’s manager and resident piercer, said: “We are thrilled that before we have even reached our 6 month opening anniversary that our artists and studio have received such recognition and become a multi award-winning studio.” The studio opened in June 2012 when Ms. Hughes and Mr. Ormerod teamed up with…

A 50ft sign injured a teenage girl on Monday 26 November after it was dismantled by heavy wind.The girl, who has not been named, was trapped under the B&M sign until emergency services arrived.The victim suffered injuries to both her lower back as well as her nose and was immediately taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd. The seriousness of her injuries has not been confirmed. B&M’s sign also damaged several cars parked in the store’s disabled parking spaces.B&M Regional Manager John Trubshaw told the BBC: “Some cars were damaged and I understand a lady was trapped but the police have told us…

A number of Bangor University students have revealed that they were asked to leave Embassy nightclub last year. The students were approached by security in what they described as homophobic related incidents. A 19-year-old music student said she was approached whilst kissing another female. She was told to stop what she was doing as it wasn’t allowed. The same student also witnessed a homosexual friend, on a separate occasion, being told directly by a bouncer to “Leave before something was done about it.” “I was told stop or you’ll have to leave” said Amelia Anderson, a Bangor…

The new Asda Bangor store is keen to give students exactly what they need. The store, situated at the old Bangor City FC site on Farrar Road, is reaching out to the students of Bangor for help. “If the students could help us by telling us what we haven’t got enough of then we can sort that out. We know pizzas, energy drinks and pasta are popular at the moment.” said Sally Blake, the General Store Manager. Already the store is looking ahead to how it can provide students with what they need when it comes to big student events.…

A gang of four men have been sentenced to a total of seven years in jail for a spate of robberies from cars in rural areas around Caernarfon. In a case presided over by Judge Rhys Rowlands at Mold Crown Court, the four men were accused of stealing various electronics and valuables from parked cars in the Bethel, Deiniolen and Llanrug areas. The operation occurred over a two night period earlier this year, accessing 14 cars in the area and collecting items of value from the glove compartments. The men were jailed for conspiracy to steal from cars, a sentencing…

Pontio is the company behind the Arts & Innovation centre due to be built in Bangor. According to their original schedule, we should be writing this article from inside Pontio right now, however, major set-backs have forced the site to remain a bed of rubble. In wake of the recent crane appearance at the building’s location, our editor, LJ Taylor, thought it a good time to have a catch-up with our old friends at Pontio. Interview with Elen ap Robert Elan ap Robert became Pontio’s first Artistic Director in April. Her role largely centres around developing and putting on a…

A Bangor University music student has won the Bryn Terfel Scholarship, defeating six talented performers at the Urdd Gobaith Cymru Youth Competition broadcasted live on S4C. Huw Ynyr Evans from Rhydymain near Dolgellau was presented the scholarship, worth £4,000, by Bryn Terfel. The music student said, “It was a bit scary knowing it was live and my mates at home were saying they were all watching, the pressure was on.” Huw won his chance to perform in the final concert at Theatr y Stiwt, Rhosllanerchrugog, on Sunday 14th October by winning the Cerdd Dant and the Solo Under-25 competitions in…

Local business Crumbs Salad Sandwich Bar digs itself down for another year facing big brand companies now that students have settled back into Bangor. The sandwich bar, situated on the high street next to charity shop Oxfam, has already been running for 12 strong years under the ownership of the Thomas family. However, despite being a healthier and cheaper choice, Crumbs has faced a dip in sales over the past few years due to the presence of larger franchises such as Greggs and Subways. Speaking to the owner, Stephanie Thomas, and her husband David, she tells Seren how people are…

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