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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…

North Wales Police are currently appealing for any information regarding a fire which has killed a mother and three children in a first floor flat in Prestatyn. Charlie Timbrell, 15 months, became the fourth victim of the fire, dying of his injuries at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital on Sunday the 21st October. His mother Lee-Anna Shiers, 20 and cousins Bailey Allen, four, and two year-old Skye Allen were pronounced dead at the scene of the blaze in the Maes y Groes area of the Denbighshire seaside town. Stephen Allen and his fiancee, Jonty Lewis, spoke of how Skye and…

A new savings programme will force Bangor University to rethink their internal structure. The proposed three-year plan will see saving strategies brought into place to counter a projected £5 million shortfall. The University have set up a team to analyse and identify departments which could be made more cost effective and efficient. This comes after the Higher Education Funding Council of Wales announced cuts to the subsidiaries they provide to students’ tuition fees. David Learmont, Director of Business Improvement at the University, will be overseeing the ‘programme of change’. “Its an opportunity to reflect on how we currently operate, a…

The Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd last week presented local volunteer group Student Volunteering Bangor (SVB) with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2012 at Bangor University. The distinguishedl ceremony, hosted by His Honour Huw Morgan Daniel, saw the Bangor University’s Students’ Union group bestowed with an exclusive commemorative crystal alongside a certificate signed by Her Majesty, in recognition of their outstanding contribution. Helen Munro, Student Volunteering Bangor University’s SVB said: “The volunteers are incredibly proud to have received this accolade which endorses the time they give and the sacrifices they sometimes make in order to enrich the lives of other,…

The Main Arts building of Bangor University was evacuated this morning. The fire alarm sounded at around 10am, disrupting a number of lectures around the building. Both students and staff were evacuated from the building quickly by the University’s security staff and asked to stand far away from the building on the opposite side of the road, in front of the Hen Goleg building. The fire service were called to the scene and are still in the building according to Ashleigh Garnett, a 23 year old Law student, outside Main Arts. It is unclear, at this time, whether  it was…

Olympic Ceremony performer to play gig in Bangor Academi this December It wouldn’t be an unfair slight on Bangor’s recent history with music to suggest that itís struggled to attract notable acts to visit. However, a growing number of caveats have appeared in the last three years that dispute such a contention; in May 2010, Radio One’s Big Weekend was held in Bangor; internationally acclaimed opera singer, Bryn Terfel, performed in the universityís Pritchard-Jones Hall late May of this year and recent Summer Balls have welcomed well-known artists such as Rizzle Kicks, Feeder and Maxïmo Park. Frank Turner has recently…

Bangor High Street could be home to a three-storey hotel should the application be successful. The plans were submitted by Copley Square Ltd to turn Bangor’s current DVLA offices into a hotel.  It would see a change of use of the offices into a hotel and then a three-storey extension to the building. The DVLA offices will close in November 2013 seeing 12 jobs lost but with the option for the staff to move to the Swansea office. It is thought that the conversion into a hotel would provide a number of full-time and part-time jobs for the local community.…

A Bangor University graduate will be attempting to cycle from Cardiff to Paris in aid of Shelter Cymru next month. Diana Miller will be leaving the Welsh capital on 23rd September for her journey. The trip will take her four days if she cycles around 90 miles per day. Diana will be meeting up with other cyclists attempting the trip in aid of the charity also. Her trip will raise money for Shelter Cymru who help people in Wales to find a home and keep it. Diana has been volunteering for the charity since 2009, taking part in a number…

The Olympic Torch entered the streets of Bangor at 17:39 yesterday, to legions of cheers from students, and locals, who lined the footpaths. It’s arrival was part of a five day tour of Wales, which included travelling through major areas such as Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor, and Anglesey, before being carried up Snowdon, and progressing into England today. It was carried into the city by sixty one year old Malcolm Jones from Tremadog, a keen mountain runner who has completed all 37 Snowdon Mountain International Races since they began in 1975. Many Bangor University staff and students also became torch bearers…

If after the exams and highly anticipated summer ball, you’re hanging around Bangor for a little longer you might be wondering if there is anything to get up to. Well you’ll be happy to hear that the 3rd annual Bangor CARNIVAL is rolling into town on Saturday 9th June and is expected to be bigger and better than ever. After the protests in Bangor three years ago about the lack of pride and sense of community in the area, a group of residents took it upon themselves to create this event for everyone to enjoy. The day will start with…

An appeal is being made by the family of an A-level student who went missing Wednesday 25th April 2012. Beloved brother and son Matthew Williams, 18, from Bangor, was last seen by his parents Dennis and Susan Williams as he left their home on Caernarfon Road on the Wednesday to get a McDonalds from the nearby outlet, and later told them he was going to visit a friend’s house nearby. Matthew’s mum Susan, 42, became concerned when she discovered that Matthew, who volunteers at an old people’s home, was not in his room Thursday morning when she went in there,…

The body of a man has been found in Felinheli on the 16th April 2012. A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “We can confirm that the body of a man has been recovered from a wooded area in Felinheli. The man in his twenties, who has not been formally identified, is believed to be local. At this time police are not treating the death as suspicious.” The body has now been identified as 23-year-old plasterer Dion Hughes and the police are still not treating the death as suspicious. It is thought that Mr Hughes was finding it difficult to…

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