TVConwy’s 2016 has been incredible – we’ve had new volunteers join us and new organisations support us.
Its been a year of lots of hard work but lots of fun too and we’ve met some wonderful, inspiring people and attended a huge number of community events.
We’ve been out and about almost every week helping to promote lots of local projects and activities and we’re extremely proud to be a part of such a lively local community. Here’s just a taste of some of our highlights of 2016.
We were delighted to be a part of TAKEPART again this year when new volunteer Lucy Bowen helped Rhianna film at this annual action-packed free family event organised by Venue Cymru https://venuecymru.co.uk/
We also launched our “Through Older Eyes ” project with thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund – the first session, in Ty Hapus, Llandudno was so busy, we hardly had room for everyone!
Volunteer Stuart Brookes-Norrie joined us and filmed his first event at the Abergele Spring Festival, we continued teaching older people photography and editing using their mobile devices and our second “Through Older Eyes ” session was as busy as our first.
We took part in the RYA’s “Big Weekend ” in Plas Menai where volunteer Mark Ramsden ran a workshop and Gerrit Forrester joined us from the “Through Older Eyes ” sessions.
Also this month, we welcomed another young volunteer, Morgan Griffith from Ysgol John Bright who had a great week with us as part of his work experience.
April was a very busy month for us – we were honoured when we received a visit from the chair of Big Lottery Wales – Sir Adrian Webb and his wife.
We were also delighted to be a part of the Beacon Lighting ceremony on the Great Orme – to mark HRH Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, and welcomed another new volunteer, Bethany Hughes to the team.
Beth helped Stuart cover the ever popular Forties Weekend in Colwyn Bay, which is a wonderful community event – enjoyed by visitors and locals alike, and later in the month Alfie Heane, one of our youngest volunteers, returned to help out filming the Victorian Extravaganza in Llandudno.
In May, we had great fun, once again, as part of the Cyffordd Llandudno Junction Trakz Festival http://bit.ly/2iPS3eH not only filming but also being a part of the festival with our “big red gazebo”
weather reporting studio ( thanks to Cartrefi Conwy http://bit.ly/1u3YjgV )
This month seemed to be full of news items for us – with our crew covering a public meeting about the future of – Conwy Civic Hall, the flood defenses on Llandudno’s North Shore and of course the devastating fire above Dwygyfylchi and the Sychnant Pass in Conwy.
We also interviewed the charming and fascinating award-winning adventurer Ash Dykes and attended various events such as the launch of the Dewis website http://bit.ly/2hELOOt in Venue Cymru.
Every year, we thoroughly enjoy being a part of Conwy’s Pirate Weekend and this year was even more special when a lovely couple decided to tie the knot during the event. TVConwy’s young volunteer crew were on hand to record their special day as well as all the merry-making, music and mayhem that the pirates always bring to Conwy 🙂
This lovely community event held at Penmaenmawr Beach is a delightful day of Beach Art and building sandcastles amongst other amazing creations – although it was windy – the beach was packed and we had great fun filming.
We also really enjoyed being part of the Conwy River Festival raising money for various local charities, volunteer Bethany Hughes even got a ride on a jetski.
We went along to the Charity Football match between Llandudno FC Old Boys and the Royal Welch Fusiliers, and we were honoured to meet Shaun Stocker as well as many other inspirational fundraisers and campaigners. This family friendly event was lots of fun and raised funds for both Blind Veterans UK and Help For Heroes.
August was jam-packed with free family activities organised by Conwy Communities First ( http://bit.ly/2aH0cOh ) – we filmed quite a few of these “Families-R-Us” sessions and had great fun learning woodcraft skills, playing on the beach, searching for dragons, and much more!
We also covered the four Inspire Days – tasters of the TAKEPART event, taking the event out into the community.
Another free event was the annual Cartrefi Conwy Fun Day – a day packed full of free activities for Cartrefi Conwy (http://bit.ly/1u3YjgV )residents which we thoroughly enjoyed being part of.
It was lovely to introduce Joanne Austin and Sandra Phillips to our happy family of volunteers at the Sci Fi Wales event this month. It was quite surreal seeing all the characters and cosplayers in Venue Cymru in Llandudno.
Gorjys is a new event set in the beautiful location of Caerhun Hall in the Conwy Valley. It was a fantastic event, with a great line-up of musicians and interesting stalls selling local produce and delicious locally produced food – we look forward to next year’s festival.
This month was all about Glitch, this was a weekend of music, madness and mayhem by an inspirational group of young people known as the GLITCH Collective. The event was led by Tate and took part on the Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno and it was fitting that some of our youngest volunteers were the crew that weekend.
As part of the Cyffordd Llandudno Junction Trakz fundraising activities, the group put on a series of talks – one of which was a very interesting talk about the history of the Somme, this was a very moving and fascinating talk which we were delighted to support.
We also spent a lot of time following the Conwy Council Wellbeing Team http://bit.ly/2iEko8n covering the Wellbeing Workshops that are offered to the community in and around Conwy. We were totally inspired by the people we met in these sessions and how their lives had been changed by getting involved.
As we come to the end of the year, two new volunteers joined our team – Naomi Hughes who has been an invaluable help working on our regular “What’s On ” and Chris Burrows who has joined us on the production side.
Christmas is always a busy time for a lot of community groups and we were able to cover just a part of the work Conwy Communities First have done by attending some of their Christmas events, we joined them as they revealed hundreds of puppets created by local school children and artist Wendy Couling, and at a Christmas Lunch at Tan Y Lan Community Centre, where residents were invited and Children from the Kidz Club came along to entertain with Christmas carols.
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a panto – and we had a great time at the Dick Whittington this year performed by local theatre group CHAPS.
Conwy Town Council’s http://bit.ly/2iTDKWv Christmas Eve event was its usual fabulous evening of Christmas carols and a visit from Santa at the castle walls, finished off with an amazing fireworks display.
We’ve had a wonderful year, with new volunteers of all ages coming on board and many new projects and productions underway.
We couldn’t have done it without our supporters and want to extend a huge thank you to the following:
Conwy Town Council
Llandudno Town Council
Williams Denton Accountants and Tax Advisors
Big Lottery Fund Wales
Cymundau yn Gyntaf/Conwy Communities First
Tim Lles Cymunedol/CommunityWellbeing Team
Penmaenmawr Community Support Group
Cyffordd Llandudno Junction Trakz Busking Festival
Ty Hapus Community Centre, Llandudno
Penmaenmawr Town Council
RYA Cymru Wales
Ty Llywelyn Community Centre, Llandudno
and the community of Conwy and beyond, who have been a part of us in so many ways, sharing images, supporting us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.