BARMOUTH NEWS 10-12-01
by 'Over the Rainbow', Beach Road, Barmouth
On Sunday December 16th the morning service, at 11-15, will be conducted by the Rev’d W.T.Wise of Blaenau Ffestinniog and will take place in the schoolroom. The evening service, at 5-30pm, please note revised time, will be the Sunday School Christmas Presentation, “The Rats Hat”, followed by coffee or tea and mince pies in the school room
Walking the way to health
Barmouth is one of four areas selected for a pilot programme to try to combat heart disease by encouraging people to walk. The initiative is set up and funded by the British Heart Foundation with the Countryside Council for Wales.
On December 18th there will be a meeting in the Leisure Centre from 7pm till 9pm at which interested people can discuss how a social group with walking at its core can best be set up. It is thought that by having local consultation a pack of walks can be developed covering a range of abilities It has been found that those who take no exercise are as much at risk of heart disease as those who smoke or have high blood pressure. Those dealing with osteoporosis can also achieve good results when using walking as part of their fitness regime. Targeting these people particularly, the aim will be to create a form of exercise which is easy and enjoyable. One benefit is that there is no equipment nor any special clothing to buy. All will be welcome to make suggestions and comments to ensure that the walks are relevant to the needs of those who will use them.
Anne Owen, the Community Health Promotion Officer can be contacted on 01341 423731 where she will give more information.
Barmouth Sailors Institute
The recent AGM was well attended; those present were given information about the plans for the building. It is thought that since Barmouth Sailors Institute is probably the last remaining example of its type it would be wise to restore it to its original specification. Fund raising will continue in order to achieve this aim. The Council for Museums in Wales have recently used the Institute as the venue for the north Wales meeting; 13 delegates attended, some travelling from Llandudno and Anglesey, all were impressed by the work already done. A buffet lunch with complimentary coffee and mince pies was provided at the Last Inn for which the Institute thank Greg and Debbie.
One of the charities to benefit from the Chamber of Trade Fun Day on Saturday last was the SCF who, at their Tombola Stall in the “Leisure Centre Car Boot Sale”, raised £95. All are thanked for their support.
On Saturday 22nd December there will be a Christmas party for under 12’s at the Buffs Club. It will begin at 3pm and end at 6pm. All are welcome as are small donations towards the costs. There will be a disco and karaoke to keep all amused and entertained.
Ysgol Y Traeth
As part of the ongoing fundraising for the local primary school a stall was taken in the car boot sale last Saturday, which raised £70. Rita, Shirley, Sue and Mandy are thanked for coordinating the event as are all those who donated goods to be sold.
On Friday 23rd November a Quiz and Hot Pot Curry Supper was held by kind permission of the Merioneth Yacht Club. All who attended found the evening tremendously enjoyable. A sum of £260 was raised for funds.
On Wednesday 5th December the Barmouth and District Branch held their annual “Sherry and Mince Pie” thank you morning at the Bae Abermaw hotel. Chairperson, Mrs Betty Biggs, thanked everyone present for their help in raising funds during the year.
Barmouth has a new tradition, one which is most welcome. Last year was the inaugural Mayors Show, a glittering success that had to be followed this year by incumbent Mayor Cllr Danny Jones. It is clear from those invited to participate that the intention was to represent and showcase the variety of talent on Barmouths doorstep. From Prize winning soloists Donna Morris and Jenny Edwards and from Amy Siviter, through the readings of Bill Amison and Val Vine to the Comic talents of Anne Court, Marie Flavell and Gwynfor Owen to the choreography and dance of the Barmouth Flames youth club and on through the energetic sound of Arbour lights and Dolgellau Male Voice Choir and the voices of Ysgol Y Traeth who sang excerpts from their forthcoming show. A cornucopia of entertainment which also saw the Mayor and Mayoress in an hilarious rendition of “Baby it’s cold outside” with carefully scripted local references. The theatre was filled with an audience who not only appreciated the talent on stage but also enjoyed the mince pies and sausage rolls which were provided in the interval. Profits from the evening, the audience were advised, are being given to the Barmouth Community Nurses Fund to enable them to buy a piece of equipment for the benefit of local people. A sum in excess of £250 is being made available for this purpose. Members of Bermo Arts who provided technical backup and ladies of the W.I. were thanked for their valuable contribution.