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ST DAVID’S DAY SUPPER PARTY
March 1st – Around 70 came together to celebrate our patron saint’s day and have a fun evening together. The hall was ablaze with daffodils and looked both festive and welcoming. There was delicious leek and potato soup, home made bread and Welsh cheese, followed by bara brith and welsh cakes, all enjoyed with local cask beer or a choice of wines.
A printed copy of our February newsletter is being delivered to every home within Ty’n-y-Groes. If yours goes missing, a copy can be downloaded here.
CHRISTMAS PARTY December 7th
This was an afternoon of chatting, mixing, feasting and an opportunity to see Santa. Approximately 40 residents came together to enjoy the event.
CHEESE AND WINE PARTY 16th November
Shirley Cantello is the first to receive the Ty’n-y-Groes Community award. It was presented by Dennis and Anne Pugh at the Cheese and Wine Party in the Young Farmers Club Hall on 16th November and is in recognition of Shirley’s contributing so much to our village and community over very many years working through the Ty’n-y-Groes Residents Association from which she finally retired last summer. This handsome Blaenau Ffestiniog slate trophy has been donated as Dennis and Anne’s parting gift to our village as they leave to live in Cardiff. They will be so missed by many of us in Ty’n-y-Groes but we wish them every happiness in South Wales.
You mightn’t believe it possible but The Young Farmers Hall was transformed the other evening into a warm, cosy, moodily lit dining room. Around 50 of all ages from around the village and beyond arrived to be greeted by a selection of homemade breads, fine cheeses and wines. Everyone ate, drank, laughed, chatted merrily. It worked well – people who may never have met in the years they had lived in Ty’n-y-Groes got to talk and find common interest. Many offers to support similar events are being received.
Some chose to donate even if they couldn’t come and added to the total takings from tickets and raffle leaving over £300 available for other projects Cymuned Ty’n-y-Groes Community will now consider.
Also, a magnificent very extended family of Pudsey bears of all sizes oversaw the party and raised £52 for Children in Need.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 11th November
The commemoration held at the Ty’n-y-Groes war memorial this year, the 100thanniversary of the armistice of WW1 was exceptionally well attended. The rain held off. The area around was clean and tidy; the planters freshly filled with poppy coloured cyclamen created a respectful backdrop to the ceremony. Moving poems were read in Welsh and English by Gwynfor Evans and Philip Grout. Meurig Rees read the names with poignant details of those from around here who had died. Afterwards, wreaths were laid at the memorial by Wil Roberts of Ty’n-y-Groes, Jimmy Logan and Graham Morris of Rowen and Esmor Evans on behalf of NW Police.
Afterwards many came to the Young Farmers Hall for delicious homemade cakes, fresh coffee or tea. A display of those from the Conwy Valley who served in WW1 had been mounted by Eryl Prys Jones. Eryl’s illustrated book was on sale by donation with proceeds going to fund an English translation. Use the contact link to enquire about the book.
During refreshments a collection box had collected just over £50 for the British Legion Poppy Day appeal.
WIL ROBERTS’ 90th BIRTHDAY
On Saturday afternoon,1st September almost 30 local residents met at The Young Farmers Hut for a chat, picnic and, most importantly of all to celebrate the occasion of “The Father Of the Village” Wil Roberts 90th birthday. A most enjoyable afternoon. Many thanks to Shirley Cantello for organising the event and to all those who helped in any way.
EGLWYSBACH NEW VILLAGE SHOP
The picture shows the new village shop in Eglwysbach, y Cwch Gwenyn or The Beehive. Open now for day to day essentials.
WIL ROBERTS’ BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL AWARD
June 18th 2018 was a momentous day for Wil Roberts and the community of Ty’n-y-groes, which was enjoyed by many members of Wil’s family, local friends and neighbours. He was awarded the British Empire Medal [BEM] under the New Year’s Honours List 2018. For more detail of this award, click here and for a report on the ceremony, click here.
WALES FOR PEACE
Wales for Peace is a four-year Heritage Lottery Funded project devised by the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, exploring what Wales has done for peace in the 100 years since World War 1. The project has sought to uncover the stories of bravery, faith, immeasurable kindness and commitment to a peaceful future in our communities. For further information re venues/provisional dates, click here or contact : Fiona Owens on 07498 309 779.
NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD 2019
To raise money locally, from the Caerhun and Henryd area, for the 2019 National Eisteddfod at Llanrwst, a committee has been established. The officers are as follow: Chairman Jon Hughes (email@example.com), Vice-chairman Gwynfor Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org,) Secretary Delyth Jones ( email@example.com), Treasurer Dewi Jones, Vice-treasurers Meurig Rees and Meredydd Jones.
PUBLIC ACCESS DEFIBRILLATOR
The defibrillator is located in a clearly marked cabinet on the external wall of the Young Farmers Club hall and is available for public access in the event of an emergency.
An awareness raising session was held on 5th July, 2017, attended by 19 people. [See photo]
It is extremely simple to use – you can’t go wrong, the machine won’t let you! So, do come along when the next session is arranged. Knowing how to use it could save the life of someone you know and love. [Last update 21/10/18]
CONWY FOOD BANK APPEAL
ROWEN WEDNESDAY POST OFFICE
The Rowen Wednesday Post Office operates every Wednesday in the Memorial Hall, Rowen, 9 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. The Postperson is Mrs. Branson.
If you find any access problems when walking the footpaths, please contact us via this website or Mike Pearson on 01492 650286. A downloadable footpaths leaflet is available on the Walks page of this website.
ROWEN YOUNG FARMERS CLUB HALL, TY’N Y GROES
The Hall, which is under the control of the Rowen Young Farmers Trustees, is available for private hire for meetings, parties or other events at a reasonable rate. Day-to-day bookings are handled by Mrs. Jeanie Coley, 01492 650902.
BUS SERVICE 19
Llew Jones is the provider of the number 19 bus route. Bus timetable information is available at www.bustimes.org.uk
VICTORIAN VEGETABLE GARDEN & ORCHARD
LOCAL HEROES – THEIR SACRIFICE
A truly awesome document reflecting a remarkable piece of research can be found here.
Meurig Rees has tracked down the final resting places of local lads, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in WW1. We can’t begin to imagine the amount of time he has devoted to this task nor how he managed to obtain so many photographic images and we are grateful to him for having done this on behalf of the community and preparing the information for the website.
Reading it is a must for all.
We would welcome any feedback from anyone who finds this information about a family member helpful, whether personally or, as part of their own family history research. Also, if anyone has additional information or a photograph they would be willing to share to add to this document on the website, then please contact us using the Contact form on this website.
We will remember
The Red Lion was closed on 4th May, 2014 and was put up for sale in June 2014.
The mobile library will be at Maes Rhun on the following Tuesdays: 22nd August, 19th September, 17th October, 14th November and 12th December. Please note the new times: 11.55 a.m.to 12.20 p.m.
HOME LIBRARY SERVICE
If you are unable to get to the library due to age, illness or infirmity, then you may be eligible for Conwy Home Library Service. Books, DVDs, audio books and information can all be delivered direct to your door, including old favourites and new authors. Anyone living in Conwy can apply for this free service. To find out more, contact Library Headquarters on 01492 576139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. DAVID’S HOSPICE
There are a number of short videos on the Hospice website, that give an overview of St David’s Hospice, including staff at the hospice and patients talking about their experiences. To view online and find out more about the free services they provide to adults with terminal illnesses, across Conwy Gwynedd and Anglesey, click here.