Usually at TVConwy we edit a short round-up video of all the events and activities we’ve done throughout the year – but obviously this year has been so different – we’ve missed being out and about with the community, having fun, listening to great music, seeing all the amazing sporting events that Conwy hosts and so many families, locals and tourists alike enjoying our beautful Conwy.
We haven’t been completely quiet though..
At the annual Take pART in Llandudno’s Venue Cymru in January we had two days of fantastic fun with our very busy vlogging workshop and generally enjoying this brilliant event which sees thousands participating over the weekend.
Throughout January and February we were fnishing off filming a collaborative project between storytellers, writers, and music and theatre workshop providers. It was a year-long project with three local primaryschools during which we had trecked up a mountain, sung with the WNO, met lots of scary creatures in the woods and had many more adventures. When the Lockdown happened in March, we had to stop filming but that didn’t stop us and we carried on “Zoom – style ” with the amazing support of the teachers and pupils.
Also in February, TVConwy volunteer Sandra Phillips popped into one of the last events of 2020 – The Cambrian Rally and took some amazing photos for us.
Over the next few months we kept our website and Facebook forum and page filled with links to on-line activities, information and local news, and our forum in particular continued to be a place where the on-line community came together offfering support and advice and sharing ideas of how to cope with the stresses of dealing with the pandemic.
Looking through our archives in the early Spring months we re-visited some of the 400 or so video stories we’ve created over the past seven and a half years and the many happy events we’ve been a part of.
In May one of our long-standing volunteers Clare Forrester was honoured to present a cheque for £500 to one of her favourite charities Blood Bikes North Wales from one of the groups she volunteers with, The Llandudno branch of the Lions International.https://vimeo.com/419830580
Thanking our NHS a few of our volunteers joined together to create a little promo video – https://vimeo.com/419833213
..and later in the month we asked you how you’d been coping with Lockdown – thanks to one of our other long-standing volunteers Stuart Brookes-Norrie who edited a series of digital stories focussing on different members of the community.https://vimeo.com/426275070
June was noteable for it’s incredible storms and yet again, our local photographers took some incredible images – here’s just one example..
Photo courtesy of Jonny Williams – June storm – Llandudno
Llanfairfechan Scarecrow Competition
Even faced with the strict Covid restrictions we were delighted to see how many of our local community pulled together to find ways of entertaining local families and helping one another – here’s just one small example – the August Llanfairfechan Scarecrow competition.
Later in the summer we were delighted to be able to take part in our first Covid-safe outdoor event and went along to the outdoor screening of ” A Wall is _ /Mae’r Wal yn _ “ a documentary by Kristin Luke and CALL ( Culture Action Llandudno ). The film documents a period Kristin spent as artist-in-residence in the Tre Cwm housing estate in Llandudno – the evening was a huge success with many residents attending and enagaging in discussion about the project, as well as simply enjoying the final film. Thanks to Simon Hoerner for stepping in and helping with the filming.
As the rolled into Autumn we met up with our old friend Mark Earp and his group of carvers, the Chainsaw Dragons and went along to their charity carving event near Betws-Y-Coed. The carvers created beautiful pieces for a sculpture park in the outdoor activies centre Rhyd-Y-Creuau which had fallen in a storm earleir in the year. https://vimeo.com/426275070
Photo courtesy of Dawn Pattinson – Deganwy Sunset
The Autumn was especially beautiful this year with some spectacular sunsets and dawns and we are always pleased to be able to share photos taken my members of our local community who’ve captured this beauty.
Photo courtesy of Maria Vicars- Harris – Llandudno Dawn Run
October saw things returning to ” normal ” slightly and TVConwy volunteer Sandra Phillips was able to pop along to the latest exhibition at the RCA in Conwy.
Although all the usual Remembrance Day events had to be cancelled two TVConwy volunteers were invited to attended Llanfairfechan’s Remembrance Day wreath laying service in November, and edited together photos of the event to share with the community who were unable to attend due to the restrictions. https://vimeo.com/476882716
Also in November, in our second Lockdown we saw some incredible examples of the kindness of our local community – just one example is local coffee and bookshop L’s in Conwy who opened their doors for a “swap, drop and shop ” project and literally filled thousands of food parcels for the local food banks. The staff worked so hard as they were innundated with donations – so amazing to see.
December has been a busy month for us – earlier in the month we met members of Llandudno Town Council who, along with a special guest, sent out a Christmas message to local children and families.https://vimeo.com/489466289
We were so saddened that Christmas Eve had to be cancelled but enjoyed looking back on the many Conwy Christmas Eve events we’ve attended and gathered some of our favourite shots together for a little bit of fun. With thanks to TVConwy volunteer Stuaart Brookes- Norrie for creating this little Christmas recipe.. https://vimeo.com/485833832
Our last event of 2020 was an invitation to do some filming at a buzzing, yet Covid-safe Artisan Christmas market in Colwyn Bay where we met some innovative traders and learnt how they’ve coped with the present situation. It was really inspiring to hear and how this artisan market has offered them a safe place to trade again. Have a look at this little trailer we made.. https://vimeo.com/493399360
And throughout the year we’ve been constantly entertained by the antics of our now World-famous Llandudno goats – we are grateful to our lovely local community who continue to send in their photos of these cheeky creatures – always guarenteed to make us all smile!
Photo courtesy of Johm Hume Senior
Like so many organisations , it’s been a frustrating year for us but we really hope that 2021’s going to see a return to the many happy events and activites that we this area has to offer.
Until then, take care and stay safe everyone!
Blwydyyn Newydd Dda! Happy New Year!