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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…

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…

Whilst scrolling through and dodging the fake Cube ticket sellers on the popular Facebook page ‘Overheard at Bangor’, your attention may have been brought to some more happy, wholesome news. Those of you who have lived on College Road in the past will be no stranger to the famous Ginger Tomcat. With more names than Daenery’s Targaryen, this little fella would stroll into the homes of those happy enough to open their door to him, eat whatever food was offered and maybe give a friendly purr as thanks! He’s not been seen for a while and a few worried people…

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…

Police officers from 34 different police forces competed in 2018 Police Sport UK 10 mile road race on Wednesday 5th September. The event was hosted by North Wales Police and started in Port Penrhyn, Bangor. The route used the Lon Las Ogwen track to Tregarth and a turnaround point at Bethesda before returning to Bangor. Following the race, an evening function and presentation took place at Bangor University in the Neuadd Pritchard Jones Hall. Chief Officer from North Wales Police was in attendance to present awards to runners of all different abilities. Police Sport UK has a membership of over…

Once again, Bangor University has been ranked in the top 10 of the UK’s non-specialist universities, according to the latest annual National Student Satisfaction Survey (NSS). The news follows the University’s inclusion among the top 100 European Universities in the recent Times Higher Education (THE) European Teaching Rankings. Bangor University was also awarded a Gold Standard in the first round of the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. The National Student Survey, a poll of over 320,000 graduating students at each university in the UK, provides the most comprehensive feedback on the student experience at each institution. This year, Bangor is…

Helena Robinson, a postdoctoral research officer at Bangor University, has handed back her Ebola medal to the Government. Robinson, 29, from Guernsey, was awarded the medal following her five-week deployment to Sierra Leone during the West Africa Ebola crisis in December 2014. The PhD student was placed in a diagnostics lab in Sierra Leone over Christmas 2014 set up by Public Health England. She was assigned to the Kerry Town treatment centre which was run by Save the Children. Sierra Leone was declared free of the Ebola virus in November 2015. Along with 19 others, Helena handed back her medal…

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