Sunday, 8 December 2013

November - December 2013

I had a pleasant surprise when I visited Llyn Cerrig Bach a couple of weeks ago.

Following my site visit with Colin Edwards, the Anglesey County Council’s Highways Principal Engineer, the growth each side of the entrance has been cut well back. As you’ll have noted in my August blog, this had to be done in order to comply with the road safety requirement before the council would allow Cadw to place an interpretation there.  As you can see in the pictures, the grass verge has now been cut way back behind the commemorative stone. I’m looking forward now to Cadw being able to place their interpretation board. According to Marion Blockley of Cadw's description, the design sounds really exciting.


After cutback
Fiona, Gorwel and I took Awen my 9 year old granddaughter with us to a performance by Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita at the Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead. Catrin Finch is our world famous Welsh harpist and Seckou is from West Africa and plays the Kora. This African string instrument blended beautifully with the harp. They both also gave solo performances. Although we were sitting in the front row, Awen sat forward on the edge of her seat in awe throughout their performance.

The Ucheldre Centre is one of our gems on Anglesey. Their programme appeals to a cross section of the community. You will see from each of their three monthly programme, that they have world famous performers, local talented artists, literary and music societies – the list goes on and on!
Visit their website for yourself or phone them up for a mailed programme. I must also mention their lovely café with food baked freshly each day. Scrumptious cakes!
                                         Tel:  01407 763361
You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
Another very useful site on Facebook is - Môn – Dewch i Chware - set up by Siwan Owens, Menter Môn. I’m always perusing it for ideas to take my granddaughters to.

                        Facebook:     Môn – Dewch i Chware    by Siwan Owens

 During school half term, Siwan advertises numerous activities for young and older children to attend on Anglesey, both indoors and out. This time, I chose to take them to the outside activities arranged at the Breakwater Country Park in Holyhead. Fishing and wall climbing!


 This lovely park takes its name from the fact that the limestone to build the breakwater was quarried from this side of mountain. Engineering artefacts during its construction are displayed all around the site. There are also interesting historical information panels relating to its construction. The breakwater is 1.7miles long, was completed in 1873 and officially opened by Albert Edward the then Prince of Wales. This summer, Prince William and his wife Kate came there to start off the “Ring of Fire” Anglesey marathon. This race is organised by James Bingham, whose parents run the excellent Sandy’s Bistro in Rhosneigr.  I used to teach both James and his brother Edward at the local primary school. Between them, they have raised loads of money for charities doing incredible extreme climbs, including Everest. Their parents must be really proud of them.
Everest summit

                    The park's latest addition is an on site café -  telephone 01407 760530.
 Next month, I hope to have some interesting news to relate regarding the launch of the comic about Llyn Cerrig Bach by illustrator, John Swogger.