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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively visit their Facebook page here or their YouTube channel here. Simon.
As North Wales eases slowly out of lockdown, watersports and sailing is beginning to get up and running and last week I found out about a very exciting project which is being stepped up in the county. Wales based sailor Cris Miles has taken the first steps to enter the prestigious ‘Mini Transat’ race that takes place every two years, the next race being 2021. The project currently based at Conwy Marina is believed to be only the second time a Welsh based boat has attempted the race. The boat, brought from France before lockdown, is a ‘Classe Mini 6.50 - just 21’ long. Despite the diminutive size these boats are faster than most speed boats in the right conditions, capable of speeds in excess of 20 knots. The race is a brutal test, with skippers only sleeping for 20 minutes at a time, and no luxuries on board including no toilet. Join me for a chat with Cris about this immense challenge in our short podcast. Simon.
It's been another great week of music as we've been marking positivity and wellbeing in our Colwyn through the power of song feature whilst in lockdown. In this episode of the podcast we hear live music with a folksy edge from local musician Vin Murtagh including his own composition 'This Is The Ship' and a cover of 'Rake' originall recorded by Townes van Zandt. Also we have another check in with the Ghostbuskers to see how they are doing in their bid to get more members into their community choir. Plus there's a fantastic live performance of them on the stage at the BBC Proms back in 2016. Remember you can get involved with Ghostbuskers and find out more here https://www.facebook.com/groups/Ghostbuskers/ Thanks for listening and remember there's lots of local music featured across the week in Good Morning Colwyn Bay, weekdays from 8am on Drive with Phillydog from 4pm.
Youth-led projects benefiting volunteering in the Conwy area now have the chance to receive some financial support thanks to a new fund which launches on Wednesday 3rd June. The aim of the Youth Led Grants scheme is to support a range of small volunteering projects and activities, led and carried out by young people, with applications selected and recommended by a panel of young people aged 14-25. Do you an idea which could really make a difference to the community or your organisation? Well now is the time to spring into action! Hurry, applications close on Friday 17th July. Grants of up to £1000 are available to support volunteering or set up a volunteering activity and these will support a number of small youth led projects across the County of Conwy. They will enable young people to develop their own initiatives; take an active role in their communities and involve/recruit young people to take part. On Monday's show, Simon had a chat with Aled Roberts from CVSC about the launch and everything you need to know before applying. To begin the process please get in touch with Aled to discuss your idea and if it fits the bill, he will send you an application form to complete. You can email the grants team email@example.com or you can telephone 01492 534091. Best of luck with your application everyone!
An online book of remembrance has been launched to commemerate and remember those who have died as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Bayside's Jeff Pearson looked back at the launch with reporter Stuart Buchanan. You can hear the report here in a special podcast. People of all faiths, beliefs or none are invited to contribute to Remember Me by submitting, free of charge, the name, photograph and a short message in honour of the deceased person via the Remember Me website. Local Clwyd West MS Darren Millar commented on the project: “It is truly devastating that so many people across the UK have lost their lives to coronavirus and my heart goes out to every single family affected. “Remember Me is a wonderful way of paying tribute to those we have lost in this pandemic and I encourage anyone in Conwy and Denbighshire who has lost someone to this virus to pay tribute to them on the Remember Me site.” Remember Me was launched at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, where choristers recorded a special piece of music to serve as an anthem for the book of remembrance. It is intended that the Remember Me site will become a physical memorial at the Cathedral, with designs approved for a new inner porch in the North transept, which, subject to funding, will serve as a fitting memorial for all who have died as a result of the pandemic. The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Very Reverend David Ison, said: "For centuries, St Paul's Cathedral has been a place to remember the personal and national impact of great tragedies, from the losses of war to the devastation of the Grenfell Tower fire. "We have heard so many sad stories of those affected by the pandemic, and all our thoughts and prayers are with them. Every person is valued and worthy of remembrance.” Members of the public can register details of their family member or friend on ‘Remember Me: A book of remembrance for the UK’ via: www.rememberme2020.uk
We've been having so much fun this week featuring musicians and also local people just breaking into song to keep their spirits high during lockdown. The power of song is helping give us a massive boost at a difficult time and on Friday it was my pleasure to talk with some of the people who are part of the Ghostbuskers group which is organised by Tape Music and Film in Old Colwyn. Ghostbuskers or as they are effectionately known as the Goo-Boos, is a community based group who would ordinarily be taking to the stage and streets to bring their love of music into the community. Sadly at the moment that's not possible but that isn't dampening the group and as always they are always on the look out for people to join. You don't have to be a singer just someone who want to join in, have fun and meet like minded people. Currently they are rehearsing online each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm via Zoom and they have the target to increase the group to 101 members over the next few weeks. Please take a listen to the podcast and why not give it a go? You can find details of the group at www.facebook.com/groups/Ghostbuskers
Hi there, Last week as part of our Colwyn Through The Power of Song feature, I caught up with two local talents who use music to drive positivity and keep spirits high for everyone during the lockdown. It was my pleasure to meet up with both Tomos Bohanna a young singer from Colwyn Bay who is definately a talent to watch out for having starred in the Alladin pantomime at Theatr Colwyn earlier in the year. What a fantastic voice. Also another great young talent is Tom Rogerwski who is both a solo musician from Colwyn Bay and star of band Mad Haven who are very much in demand on the rock circuit. I chat to them both about their music, how it helps at this difficult time - it is a real inspiration to hear them both. Don't forget we'll be continuing the feature for the next few weeks on both my programme in the morning and on Drivetime with Phillydog. Hope you can join us and take part if you're a local person who enjoys a good old sing-song! Hear the podcast and let these two young talents inspire you to break into song! Simon.
Last week I had the great pleasure to chat to Victoria Hardy who is a localnfundraiser for Marie Curie and she told me a little about their work supporting people seriously ill with cancer and a fundraising idea which has had to take on a brand new look to address the lockdown many of us find ourselves in. Marie Curie’s famous Blooming Great Tea Party is going virtual this year and the charity needs tea party hosts more than ever before to make up for the devastating effect the coronavirus crisis has had on the charity’s income. The end of life charity is calling on you to throw a Blooming Virtual Tea Party from home this summer. While staying indoors is the new normal, throwing a virtual tea party is a fun way to stay connected to the ones you love during this time and a great way to support nurses working on the frontline of the crisis. In people’s homes across North Wales, the charity is caring for people with terminal illnesses and is protecting the NHS by keeping patients away from hospital. However, as the charity has stepped up its support for the nation, its fundraising income has been devastated by the impact of lockdown measures – it had to cancel its Great Daffodil Appeal in March and closed all its charity shops shortly after. That is why the charity and its celebrity ambassador, Mel Giedroyc, are encouraging everyone to download Zoom, Skype or Houseparty and connect with friends and family while raising some money at the same time. Cake lover and tea party extraordinaire, Mel Giedroyc says: “You can bake it, fake it, brew it or stew it – whatever your cup of tea, Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Tea Party is going ‘virtual’ this year and it’s a simple way to keep in touch with your chums, while raising money for a wonderful cause, which, I think you’ll agree, we all need right now". “Marie Curie needs to raise a massive £2.5million each week to care for the tens of thousands of people who need its nursing and hospice care. This year, the amazing nurses and frontline staff need you more than ever, as the fundraising events they rely on have all been cancelled. “I’ve met their nurses before. They are inspiring, kind, caring and loving people who are currently caring for people at the end of their lives and keeping people out of hospital, helping the NHS cope with the Coronavirus crisis. “Every last crumb of the money you raise will help people at the end of their lives. So please join me by raising a cuppa, and some money, in your lounge or garden for the Marie Curie Nurses on the front line”. Sara Bass, Fundraising Manager in Wales, said: “Our Blooming Great Tea Party looks a little different this year but I think everyone needs an excuse to meet up with their friends and family – online of course – and check in on the people they love. "If you can do that while raising some money for Marie Curie, then your generous donations will enable us to help even more people at the end of their lives get the care they need in this time of uncertainty. “We rely on the support of the amazing public to ensure our nurses can keep caring for people. And while the coronavirus crisis has badly impacted our fundraising events, we hope by going virtual we’ll be able to raise the vital funds we need to keep supporting people in our communities across North Wales.” To find out more and some ideas on how to start holding your own please click here Simon.
During these difficult and anxious times being able to relax is a key part of maintaining positivity, good balance and health. On my show earlier today I had a chat with Lydia Watson from Cartrefi Conwy about a series of online video workshops which you can take part in to help deal with the stresses and strains of life at this time. Tai Chi is a gentle Chinese martial art of slow meditative physical exercise. This helps combines mental concentration, slow breathing and dance-like movements to increase life force energy. Why not listen to our conversation and if you live in the Conwy area why not consider getting involved? Here is a link to their special Facebook page - Tai Chi Finding Your Anchor. I'm sure Lydia will be on hand to answer any questions you have. https://www.facebook.com/Taichifindingyouranchor Cartrefi Conwy's Community Involvement Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/getinvolvedatcartrefi/ To contact Cartrefi you can message them, email, text whatever suits you. Customer Services 0300 124 0040 Cartrefi Conwy Lydia Watson 07733012521 Lydia.firstname.lastname@example.org Also this is the Youtube channel for those not on facebook. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo0OPUa7xXfFOzQVql3_B5A?view_as=subscriber