ArtlySparkly Designs and Sebon Craft
Friday – Sunday – 10 – 4 – Llandudno Junction
An exhibition and sale of nature related items by Sam (ArtlySparkly Designs) and Kate (Sebon Craft). Browse sea glass jewellery, clay and
wooden pendants, nature photography, up-cycled nature-themed clothing, natural handmade soaps, cards,
crochet wear and funky alternative knitwear. From 10am to 4pm. Free event.
Nearly New Sale
Saturday – 11 – 1 – Colwyn Bay
NCT Nearly New Sale of preloved Children and Baby Clothes, toys, books and equipment at fantastic prices!
NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Friday – 7pm – Colwyn Bay – Theatr Colwyn
Theatr Colwyn – Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay. Phone: 01492 556677/872000. Web: www.theatrcolwyn.co.uk
Thursday – Monday – ConwyAn ideal time to start thinking about Christmas gifts – we have a great selection of stalls offering some unique, often handmade, gifts. Open from 10am to 5pm.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Saturday – 2pm – 4pm Llanfairfechan Town HallOpen mic, pop-up café style event for musicians and dancers affected by mental illness. All welcome.For more info – go to : https://www.facebook.com/events/1257571447756474/___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
History Talk – Roman Roads of North Wales
Thursday – 7pm – Deganwy – Ty Mawr Rd – Peniel Chapel
The next talk held by the History of Deganwy Group is The Norman Roads of North West Wales by David Hopewell, on Thursday 17th October, at 7:00pm.
When the Romans arrived in Britain they built roads which in many cases, form the basis of the modern network we have today. David is a member of the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust and has studied the Roman in Wales, writing many papers on the topic.
Non members £2:50
Antique, Collectors and Vintage Fair
Saturday – 9 – 4 – Llandudno
On sale will be a wide variety of goods with prices to suit everybody: china, glass, linen, paintings and prints, books, jewellery (fine and costume), silver, postcards
At the Town Hall, Lloyd Street, Llandudno from 9am to 4pm. Admission: adult 50p; child (under 16) free.
Phone: 07581 397721. Web: www.simplythebestantiquefairs.co.uk
Thursday – 7:30 – Llandudno
Members of the Llandudno Soroptimists are holding a fundraising fashion show at the Imperial Hotel on Thursday – clothes by M and S and jewellery from Skylark
Pay at the door £10 call 07747194942 for more info
Wee Ones Meeting Wise Ones
Thursday – 10 :30 – 11:30 – Colwyn Bay
Babies, toddlers and parents are invited to join in with Caartrefi Conwy tenants for songs and rhymes at this free event.
Come along to Y Fron Community Centre and help young and old interact and have fun – free tea and cake provided
Forest Rangers Progranne Starts
Saturday – 10 – 3 – Colwyn Heights
Forest Rangers programme for 14-17year olds: Saturday 19th October
Development programme for young people; develop skills, socialise and work towards awards and qualifications.10am – 3pm
£25.00 per person (includes lunch cooked on the fire)
Future dates include 16th November; 14th December.
For more info contact – Greg and Delyth
- Telephone: 07538 114 948Website: www.colwynbayforestschool.co.
Up The Junktion – Live Music Event
Saturday – 4:30 – 1AM – Llandudno Junction Labour Club
Tickets on the door £7
13 October to 6 November – Exhibitions: Chloë Holt, Rob Pitwell and Chris Neale.
Ffin y Parc Gallery – Betws Road, Llanrwst. Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to
5pm. Phone: 01492 642070. Visit the website for details of more activities at this site: www.welshart.net/
• Until 27 October – Elisabetta Benassi: Empire – An installation of around 1,000 terracotta bricks, hand-
crafted in the UK from clay ranging in colour from red to black. The bricks are configured as site-specific
• Until 27 October – MOSTYN Open 21 – Selected from over 750 submissions from across the globe, the
21st anniversary edition of this internationally significant exhibition presents over 30 artists working in
disciplines including textiles, photography, painting, sculpture, installation, film and video.
• 16 October to 26 January – AS IT IS: Man’s footprint on the Welsh landscape – Photographs by
Magnum photographer David Hurn, accompanied by a film about the artist by Zed Nelson.
MOSTYN – 12 Vaughan Street, Llandudno. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am to 4pm. Phone: 01492 879201.
Visit the website for details of more activities at this site: www.mostyn.org
19 October to 16 November – Ann Catrin Evans – ‘Spirit’.
• 19 October to 16 November – The Welsh Group at 70 – An exhibition celebrating 70 years of the Welsh
Royal Cambrian Academy – Crown Lane, Conwy. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm. Phone:
01492 593413. Visit the website for details of more activities at this site: www.rcaconwy.org
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Every Thursday in October – Antique, Collectors and Vintage Fair – A very popular Antique and Collectors
Fair in the Snowdonia National Park. We have on sale a wide variety of goods with prices to suit everybody.
China, glass, linen, paintings and prints, books, jewellery (both fine and costume), silver, postcards etc. At St
Mary’s Church Hall, Holyhead Road, Betws-y-Coed from 9am to 4pm. Admission: adult 30p, child (under 16)
free. Phone: 07581 397721. Web: www.simplythebestantiquefairs.co.uk_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Every Friday until 20 December – Rhos-on-Sea Country Market – With homemade food, cakes, bread,
savouries, biscuits, homemade crafts and seasonal plants for sale. Refreshments available, everyone welcome.
At United Reformed Church, Colwyn Avenue, Rhos-on-Sea from 10am to 12pm. Phone: 01492 544920____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Cancer Support Group
Every first Friday of the Month- 10:30 – 12:30 – Deganwy
The Cancer Support Group is on tomorrow (Friday) 10:30-12:30 at All Saints Church in Deganwy. It is a lovely informal setting with cakes and drinks and open to everyone.
Classic Movie Club
on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month – 2pm Llanrhos
Come along to the Llanrhos Old School in Deganwy – movies start at 2:30 – refreshments from 2
Call Julie on 07860232641 for more info
Up to 32 tables crammed with Vintage and Antiques from our quality 15 stall holders. Parking around the venue is restricted, there is a pay and display at the rear of the Town Hall. Good disabled access. Toilets are in the building.
Admission is 50p which includes a free Hot drink Tea or Coffee
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________A week Tuesday on April 2nd starts our weekly Craft Fair In Llandudno Town Hall
We have amazing crafters from around North Wales
So much quality.
Our crafters will include
Prestige Pens, beautifully crafted wooden pens, and stunning wooden bowls
Terrence Bunce will be at the Town Hall with his amazing Welsh Pottery
Cath and Allie’s amazing Photography
Jewellery from some of Wales top crafters, Including Sea Glass, Swarovski, Beads, amazing designs from our Top jewellers
Greeting from Bri and Jen will have amazing crafted cards
Honey wax products
Oil painted Art
Our Generation dolls clothes
There is so much to see, visit Llandudno’s premium Craft Fair Every Tuesday Llandudno Town Hall
9am – 4pm____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- Telephone: 07538 114 948Website: www.colwynbayforestschool.co.
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Photo courtesy of Joe McCarthy
National charity The Wheelyboat Trust will launch its 200th wheelchair accessible Wheelyboat, which will be used in North Wales, at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show.
The new Wheelyboat, named Phil Braden after the late RYA Cymru Wales chief executive who passed away earlier this year, will be officially handed over by The Wheelyboat Trust to its new owners, SEAS @ Conway Centre.
A team from the Conway Centre will travel from its base on the Menai Straits, Anglesey, to collect their new vessel, a Coulam Wheelyboat V17, from the charity which turns 35 this year.
The handover will take place this coming weekend as part of the Southampton International Boat Show. The team will then transport their new Wheelyboat back to Anglesey where a formal launch will take place on Saturday 19th October.
This is the project that was featured on BBC One’s Countryfile that showcased the work of The Wheelyboat Trust last March.
Jon Gamon, Chief Instructor of SEAS @ Conway Centre, said, “The arrival of the Coulam Wheelyboat V17 will mark an enormous leap forward in the capability of the SEAS group to deliver inclusive activity.
“Not only will this vessel enable our disabled volunteers to take a more integral role in the delivery of sessions, but it will also open doors to new activities such as paddle sports and fishing.”
The Coulam Wheelyboat V17 is The Wheelyboat Trust’s latest model and was unveiled in June. It is the Trust’s most versatile Wheelyboat to date and enables disabled people, and wheelchair users in particular, to take part in a myriad waterborne activities.
The roll-on, roll-off bow door, large open cockpit and drive-from-wheelchair helm provide a huge amount of freedom and independence. The Coulam Wheelyboat V17 can operate anywhere from leisurely pleasure boating on canals to high speed powerboating on inshore waters – it is truly a multi-purpose craft with enormous versatility.
It is designed to be used with Suzuki outboards up to 100hp at speeds in excess of 30mph but is also available as a tiller driven model for outboards up to 15hp. It is a smaller version of its big sister, the Coulam Wheelyboat V20, launched by the Trust in 2014. Like the V20, the V17 is a craft unique in its class.
Photo courtesy of The Wheelyboat Trust
SEAS @ Conway Centre was formed in 2018 to provide disabled people of all ages from North Wales with accessible sailing and boating as part of the RYA’s national Sailability programme.
The group has enjoyed tremendous growth and success with hundreds of individuals participating so far.
The group’s primary objectives are to enable disabled people to become physically active, improve their health and well-being and create new social opportunities by targeting inequalities in outdoor activity participation and offer greater support where barriers to regular participation exist.
As well as their four keelboats, the group currently operates a motor launch, but neither are currently accessible, so wheelchair users either have to be helped on board or they miss out.
One of their volunteers, Ian, is a wheelchair user and a canoe coach. He will now be able to fully participate in the group’s sessions by providing canoe coaching from the helm of the Wheelyboat.
As well as wheelchair accessible powerboating and pleasure trips, the Coulam Wheelyboat V17 will provide the group with a purpose-built craft that they can use to train and qualify their disabled members as powerboat drivers and instructors – a truly remarkable and inspirational objective thanks to their lead instructor, Jon Gamon.
Jon Gamon, Chief Instructor of SEAS at Conway Centre, said, “We are all very much looking forward to ‘Phil the boat’s’ arrival.
“The roll-on, roll-off capability of this boat will make an enormous difference to our wheelchair users especially who will be able to gain access to the water in the comfort of their own chair, under their own steam without the need to be helped.
“We already have powerboat level two courses planned for wheelchair users and we have been working with and training our volunteers with the view to them becoming instructors themselves.
“The capabilities and build quality of the V17 is a milestone in SEAS’ long term sustainability and success.”
Photo courtesy of The Wheelyboat Trust
Andy Beadsley, Director of The Wheelyboat Trust, explained, “Providing 200 Wheelyboats in 35 years is a fantastic achievement for the charity and all involved.
“From the Trust’s modest beginnings in Sussex, Wheelyboats are now available across the UK, from the north of Scotland to the west of Cornwall, and can also be found in Ireland and Denmark.
“Wheelyboats enable disabled people to participate alongside and on equal terms with their able-bodied counterparts in a wide variety of activities from fishing to powerboating.
“We’re thrilled to be able to give thousands of disabled people every year access to water-based activities via the expanding Wheelyboat fleet.
“The brand new V17 model is an important step forward in the continuing development of the Trust and nationwide expansion of the essential service we provide. It will be a fantastic asset for North Wales Sailability and the Conway Centre.”
The Wheelyboat Trust was formed in 1984 and was originally called the Handicapped Anglers Trust. Founding Trustee, Alan Faulkner, conceived the idea of a Wheelyboat after his friend, Bill Buchanan, was paralysed in an accident.
Bill’s accident left him a wheelchair user, but Alan was determined that in spite of this they would continue to enjoy fishing together, and from these early beginnings The Wheelyboat Trust was born.
Initially, the Trust’s principal aim was to supply fisheries with Wheelyboats, in order to provide disabled anglers with access to the water.
Now, 35 years on, the Trust still supplies Wheelyboats to fisheries but also to Sailability groups, outdoor activity centres, special educational needs schools, sailing and powerboat schools, youth and community groups, canal trusts and organisations set up with the specific aim of operating their own Wheelyboat so that anyone, at any age, with any disability, can enjoy being out on the water.
35 years of The Wheelyboat Trust (1984 – 2019):
- Originally called the Handicapped Anglers Trust, the charity was formed in 1984
- The first Wheelyboat was built and officially launched by HRH Prince Charles in 1985
- In 2004, the charity changed name to The Wheelyboat Trust
- The multi-purpose Mk III Wheelyboat, designed for inland waterways, was developed in 2006
- The Coulam 15 Wheelyboat – the first ever Wheelyboat designed for large rivers – was developed in 2007
- Rutland Water acquired the first Coulam 16 Wheelyboat – a purpose built angling boat for stillwaters, in 2008
- The Coulam 16 Wheelyboat won the CLA Game Fair’s Most Innovative Product award in 2008
- The Coulam Wheelyboat V20 was launched in 2014 the year of the Trust’s 30th anniversary
- The latest model, the Coulam Wheelyboat V17 was launched in spring 2019
- All current Wheelyboat models are hand built by boatbuilder Jim Coulam in Lincolnshire, UK
- Wheelyboats have many uses – including allowing users to go fishing, wildlife watching, powerboating and powerboat training, pleasure boating and sightseeing.
- To date, the Wheelyboat Trust has launched 200 accessible boats in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Irish Republic and Denmark.
- Photo courtesy of The Wheelyboat Trust
Andy concluded, “After the Southampton International Boat Show, we will be turning our attention to the next launches on the horizon. So far, we have plans for Wheelyboat numbers 201, 202 and 203 to bring a wealth of possibility and excitement to those in Thames Ditton (Surrey), Wallingford (Oxfordshire) and Lough Lene (Co Westmeath, Ireland) plus seven Wheelyboats for UK fisheries, and we can’t wait to get started on the next chapter in the story of The Wheelyboat Trust.”
The Wheelyboat Trust relies on the support of individuals, companies and charitable organisations to fund its activities. Donations can be made in a variety of ways including online at www.wheelyboats.org/donate.
Photo courtesy of Joe McCarthy
All photos courtesy of The Wheelyboat Trust and Joe McCarthy
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