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Blooming Marvellous! Colwyn Blooms Again

Blooming Marvellous! Colwyn Blooms Again

July 17, 2020

Earlier this week Colwyn Bay woke to a lovely surprise! Thanks to the efforts of Angela Roberts and volunteers helping out at the Kind Bay Initiative, shoppers and shop keepers arrived to find the organisation had given flower beds, planters and window boxes a colourful makeover and filled them with bedding plants and shrubs. I had a chat with Angela on my Friday show to find out how it all came about, who was involved and how much it meant to our Bay of Colwyn community. Please take a listen! Simon. For more on the Kind Bay Initiative visit //www.facebook.com/thekindbayinitiative/

Colwyn Bay’s New Town Markets

Colwyn Bay’s New Town Markets

July 15, 2020

Colwyn Bay’s Tuesday and Saturday street market has returned say Conwy County Council proudly. Last year the Council decided to look at ways to manage and develop Colwyn Bay market which has been an important feature in the town for over 30 years. In March 2020, following advertising the opportunity to manage the market, the Council awarded a contract to the Artisan Market Company Ltd. A local market will now take place every Tuesday with a range of essentials including food, hardware and homeware. On the third Saturday of the month an Artisan market, featuring handmade arts, crafts and artisan food, will also run. The first of these Artisan markets takes place on Saturday 18 July. Simon spoke to Stella Mac from The Artisan Market Company on Wednesday's Good Morning Colwyn Bay.

Craig Hughes: Salvage Hunters The Restorers

Craig Hughes: Salvage Hunters The Restorers

July 6, 2020

We think you might like to try the new series of Salvage Hunters: The Restorers starring Colwyn Bay based craftsman Craig Hughes! When it comes to upholstery there's not much that our Craig doesn't know about restoration and you can see for yourself why this fascinating series on Quest TV has many fans around the world. Craig and other restorers take the many wonderful finds discovered by Conwy based Salvage Hunter Drew Pritchard and turn them into real gems in front of your eyes. The new series (series 3) is on Quest each Wednesday night and you can catch up on the series so far on dplay. Listen to our interview with Craig and find out what makes the show such a success.

Community Safety Update North Wales Police

Community Safety Update North Wales Police

July 4, 2020

Hello there, Last week we had our regular catch up with Sgt. Beth Jones from Community Safety at North Wales Police about scams and crimes you should be made of aware of. Thankfully we live in an area with relatively low crime but from time-to-time we hear of local burglaries, car thefts and scams. Please take a listen to my interview to prevent you being a possible victim. Here are links to some of websites that we mentioned that might be helpful.. lpscommsafety@nthwales.pnn.police.uk is the email address for any questions or requests for “No Cold Calling” Stickers.

report@phishing.gov.uk is the National Cyber Security Centre Email address for all scam emails to be sent to. 0808 223 1133 English 0808 223 1144 Welsh is the Citizen Advice Consumer Service for people to report Rogue Traders. North Wales Police Community Safety Facebook and Twitter pages are both @NWPComSafCent Also we hope this may be of some help if the hot weather returns and you are in this terrible situation... Help a dog in a hot car - Establish the animal's health and condition. If they're displaying any signs of heatstroke dial 999 immediately. - If the situation becomes critical for the dog and the police are too far away or unable to attend, many people's instinct will be to break into the car to free the dog. If you decide to do this, please be aware that without proper justification, this could be classed as criminal damage and, potentially, you may need to defend your actions in court. - Make sure you tell the police what you intend to do and why. Take pictures or videos of the dog and the names and numbers of witnesses to the incident. The law states that you have a lawful excuse to commit damage if you believe that the owner of the property that you damage would consent to the damage if they knew the circumstances (section 5(2)(a) Criminal Damage Act 1971). - Once removed, if the dog is displaying signs of heatstroke, follow our emergency first aid advice. This could mean the difference between life and death for the dog. - If the dog isn't displaying symptoms of heatstroke. - Establish how long the dog has been in the car. A 'pay and display' ticket could help. - Make a note of the car's registration. If the owner returns, but you still feel the situation was dangerous for the dog, you may still report the incident to the police. - If you're at a shop, venue or event ask the staff to make an announcement to alert the owner of the situation. - If possible, get someone to stay with the dog to monitor their condition. If they begin to display signs of distress or heatstroke, be prepared to dial 999. Thanks for reading and for listening, Simon.

Colwyn Nostalgia: Memory Hour 1970s

Colwyn Nostalgia: Memory Hour 1970s

June 20, 2020

Welcome to a brand new series of programmes looking back at the memories made in the Bay of Colwyn and beyond in the Memory Hour. Each week for three weeks, Pete Williams will revisit the decades from the 1960s to the 1980s remembering some of the events and history from our wonderful area. Along with archive sounds, music and recollections from local people, we promise an hour of entertainment which is guaranteed to bring back good-time memories. This week Pete looks back at the 1970s with memories of the sights and sounds we may have forgotten about. We relieve the year that Colwyn Bay began its own newspaper and some of the stories that made the headlines and there's more listener memories of Rhos-on-Sea and music to take you back. Perhaps you remember some of the old hotels and guest houses that featured in a 1971 holiday guide in the town or going to see the wonderful Emyr ac Elwyn play at the Four Oaks with Dilwyn on the keyboard? Join us on a trip down memory lane and please share your recollections so we can include it on the next programme. Once you've listened to our podcast you can also enjoy these 'extra' memory clips in full by clicking on the links below. Memories from the start of the Colwyn Bay Pioneer

Memories of Emyr ac Elwyn and the record shop on Abergele Road

Bayside are working on these special programmes with Imagine Colwyn Bay. With the help of specially commissioned artists, creative resources and prompts are being developed to encourage reminiscence. It has been identified that the number of people living with Dementia in the Bay of Colwyn area is almost double the Welsh average and as a result Conwy Culture Centre has initiated a project to update museum and archive handling / reminiscence collections. 12 collections are now available for individuals or groups to loan. These collections are themed and linked to particular subjects and eras. Currently the collections cover through to the 1950’s and with your help the team are looking to create new collections from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. So we would like to find out what brings back memories of this time for you. Over the next few weeks we are being active on Facebook on the Community Group pages of Facebook asking you what things you recall. You can also get in touch with us on the website and send us your stories and recollections from the various eras. Please send them to community@baysideradio.co.uk. Toys, household objects, TV adverts, music - the list is endless! Our memories are often multi-sensory so we want to know about the sights, sounds, the smells, textures and tastes that evoke memories of these eras. So we have identified a need for collections that meet the needs of younger people also recognising the fact that reminiscence is enjoyable and healthy for all ages and that the timeframe is constantly moving. Reminiscence is something for everyone but it is particularly powerful for people living with Dementia so these resources will be hugely valuable and made available to care homes, through NHS groups and community settings.

COVID 19: Kind Volunteers to feed our Zoo

COVID 19: Kind Volunteers to feed our Zoo

June 19, 2020

A Colwyn Bay organisation with a heart of gold has been working tirelessly in our community for many weeks helping our vulnerable and making sure that local foodbanks have been well stocked during the Coronavirus crisis. Now in response to the plight of our town's much loved zoo, volunteers at The Kind Bay Initiative are turning their attention to helping feed the animals during a very uncertain time.  Thanks to what is already a campaign continuing to gather momentum in the Bay, locals are helping out on one of the biggest food collection projects that the town has seen. On Sunday (21st June) between 4 and 6pm, Kind Bay volunteers and drivers which are donating their vans and time for free and will be heading around the locality picking up food to help ease some of the pressure on the zoo's running costs which continue despite the lockdown. Helen Robinson from the Kind Bay says it will be an ambitious collection "but one that shows how wonderful it is that the community has come together at this time. "The people at 2 Me 2 You removals have even come on board with their van as well to help take donations up to the Zoo on Monday. " said Helen. These are the items which are needed at this time. Fruit and Veg (no potatoes or mushrooms), plain porridge, bird seed, unsalted nuts, dry sultanas, raisins, apricots, dates, honey, tinned fruit, chutney, fresh herbs, hay, shavings, wormwool. To get involved please head over to the Kind Bay Initiative on Facebook //www.facebook.com/thekindbayinitiative/ In the weeks to come The Kind Bay will also be turning attention to supporting St. David's Hospice. Hear our chat with Helen in our short podcast.

COVID-19: Billy Goat Challenge for hospice

COVID-19: Billy Goat Challenge for hospice

June 19, 2020

Runners, cyclists and walkers are being invited to take part in an exciting new virtual sports challenge to help raise essential funds for St David’s Hospice at Llandudno. The new virtual event, to be completed anytime between 15-28th June, encourages people to run or walk 10k, or cycle 10-miles for a great cause. We spoke to Don Hale about what is happening and how to support.

Colwyn Nostalgia: Memory Hour 1960s

Colwyn Nostalgia: Memory Hour 1960s

June 13, 2020

Welcome to a brand new series of programmes looking back at the memories made in the Bay of Colwyn and beyond in the Memory Hour. Each week for the next three weeks, Pete Williams will revisit the decades from the 1960s to the 1980s remembering some of the events and history from our wonderful area. Along with archive sounds, music and recollections from local people, we promise an hour of entertainment which is guaranteed to bring back good-time memories. This week Pete looks back at the 1960s with memories of Rhos-on-Sea, the cinemas, coffee shops and acts on the Pier as well as finding out about the challenging beginnings of the Welsh Mountain Zoo with Nick Jackson. And much, much more too. Once you've listened to the programme you can also enjoy the memories in full from local people by clicking on the links below. Margaret  Pauline Bayside are working on these special programmes with Imagine Colwyn Bay.  With the help of specially commissioned artists, creative resources and prompts are being developed to encourage reminiscence. It has been identified that the number of people living with Dementia in the Bay of Colwyn area is almost double the Welsh average and as a result Conwy Culture Centre has initiated a project to update museum and archive handling / reminiscence collections. 12 collections are now available for individuals or groups to loan. These collections are themed and linked to particular subjects and eras. Currently the collections cover through to the 1950’s and with your help the team are looking to create new collections from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. So we would like to find out what brings back memories of this time for you. Over the next few weeks we are being active on Facebook on the Community Group pages of Facebook asking you what things you recall. You can also get in touch with us on the website and send us your stories and recollections from the various eras. Please send them to community@baysideradio.co.uk. Toys, household objects, TV adverts, music - the list is endless!  Our memories are often multi-sensory so we want to know about the sights, sounds, the smells, textures and tastes that evoke memories of these eras.  So we have identified a need for collections that meet the needs of younger people also recognising the fact that reminiscence is enjoyable and healthy for all ages and that the timeframe is constantly moving. Reminiscence is something for everyone but it is particularly powerful for people living with Dementia so these resources will be hugely valuable and made available to care homes, through NHS groups and community settings.

Community: Together for Colwyn Bay

Community: Together for Colwyn Bay

June 12, 2020

Hello,  On my show this week I had the pleasure to chat with Gwen Thirsk who is the Invest Local Officer for the Building Communities Trust. Invest Local is a programme of funding and support for 13 communities across Wales. It’s an opportunity for everyone living in those communities to make their local area an even better place to live. The 10-year programme builds on the strengths, skills and talents of individuals, groups and organisations in those communities to create positive and long-lasting change. Each area will have £1m to spend on local priorities over the 10 years. Each community decides how they want their areas to develop, how the money will be used, which organisations they want to work with, and how decisions are made. So how does this all fit into life in Colwyn Bay? Well one of the areas of focus is the Glyn Ward in Colwyn Bay and after much development and consultation a group has been set up called Together for Colwyn Bay to identify the things that matter to the community and create plans to make positive things a reality. Take a listen to my chat with Gwen and discover a bit more about the aims of Together for Colwyn Bay and perhaps get involved in helping shape a great project for the community alongside the two development officers Georgia and Vin. Here are a couple of links to the websites and groups that get mentioned in the podcast. Details of the website launch will be announced soon via the Together for Colwyn Bay Facebook page so please keep an eye open. //www.bct.wales/invest-local/ //www.facebook.com/TogetherForColwynBay/ //www.facebook.com/groups/colwynbaycovid19actionnetwork/? Simon. Invest Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Building Communities Trust (BCT).

Colwyn’s Power of Song: Virtual Uke-A-Bay!

Colwyn’s Power of Song: Virtual Uke-A-Bay!

June 10, 2020

If you've been listening to us over the past few weeks, we have been celebrating Colwyn Through The Power of Song and the healing nature of music to make us feel a little better about things as we remain in lockdown across the Bay. Earlier today I caught up with Paul Richards who along with Lucy, run the world-famous Uke-A-Bay event. Sadly once again the coronavirus pandemic has meant the cancellation of this year's event which was due to feature the amazing Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. However not all is lost and with the help of the community, Paul and Lucy fully intend to hold a 'virtual' Uke-A-Bay concert on their website using video, audio and clips which they hope you can help contribute. The aim is to try and get this up and running for August and also to try and raise some money for our Welsh Mountain Zoo in the process. I had a good chat with Paul about the history of the event, the ambition of the virtual Uke-A-Bay and we enjoyed three 2019 performances to lift our spirits from the Mersey Belles and Beau, The Secret Ukulele Band and Young At Heart. If you visit the Uke-A-Bay website at the moment there's not much to see whilst they prepare for August. But if you would like to be part of the Virtual Uke-A-Bay, you can drop them a line via ukeabay19@gmail.com. Alternatively visit their Facebook page here or their YouTube channel here. Simon.

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