News & General

A second defibrillator for Rhoscolyn

Yes, we know it isn’t a defibrillator but it is prettier (see the one at the Rhoscolyn Lookout station pictured in the margin) and it is going to help provide funds to buy one!

Prints on canvas of this really unusual and beautiful aerial photograph of Rhoscolyn are being sold by Ken Nayor to raise funds for a defibrillator (or even two if sufficient money is raised), which will be put somewhere central and easily accessible in Rhoscolyn, hopefully before next Summer.  It is going to be in memory of the late Peter O’Brien, who many of you will have known.  A lovely man and this is a really lovely and much appreciated thought, Ken.

The photograph is by Andy Hughes,  and the 1000x500mm canvases are being sold by Ken for £50 (a bargain he tells us as a professional print of this quality would sell at anything up to £150 in local studios/galleries. So really good value). They would make great Christmas presents – but if you do want one in time for that, hurry to contact Ken on 01407 860 555 or email

Ynys Mon Broadband Public Meeting – Rhun ap Iorwerth AM

We mentioned this meeting, held in Bodedern village hall on 29th November, in our last News and we were glad to see one or two of you there.  Here we have Rhun ap Iorwerth’s report of the meeting (in English here with Welsh in the side bar):

We had a very good meeting with constituents from all over Anglesey to discuss superfast broadband connection issues in Anglesey. A great opportunity for the public to voice their concerns directly to Welsh Government with the Leader of the House, Julie James, in attendance (seated far right), as well Vivien Collins, Welsh Government Senior Contracts Manager (to her left).  Also 2 representatives from Openreach (far left).

It is pleasing to hear that a number of positive steps are being taken with regards to the second rollout of Superfast Broadband.

Remember you are very welcome to contact my office any time for support with your broadband issues, or any other matters you might like help with!

Ed’s note:  It was a useful meeting and we thank Rhun ap Iorwerth for arranging it. Do contact him as he has invited if you want to know more or have any specific issues.  One of the things that he and the other Assembly representatives are promoting is the formation of local community groups to gain their own superfast broadband supplies.  We understand that this is already being looked into for Rhoscolyn and if you are interested – and we certainly are because the situation here is pretty dire, then get in touch and we will pass your details on to the appropriate people as being potentially interested in taking part.

NCI annual dinner – Mike Shaw reports

The Rhosclyn Branch of the NCI held its annual dinner at the Deck House Restaurant, Silver Bay in November when 50 members of the NCI, together with their friends and guests, enjoyed a top-class meal in very pleasant surroundings.

Our heartfelt thanks go to Jo Jones for organizing the evening with her usual flair and efficiency; to Caro Wilson who organized an excellent raffle and the auctioning of a trip to Ireland for two people courtesy of Stena Line (which between them raised over £150 for our funds) and, of course, the staff of the Deck House who looked after us wonderfully well.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Andy Short who was accompanied by his partner Dawn Fletcher.  Andy, who has 20 years’ experience of kayaking in the sea around Anglesey, runs the Rhoscolyn-based adventurous pursuits company, B-Active, which specializes in teaching kayaking skills to both novice and experienced paddlers alike. He and his company also offer courses for coasteering and rock climbing.

With his vast experience of paddling in and around Borth Wen, Rhoscolyn Beacon and the surrounding areas, Andy was able to pass on a few facts about kayaking which were also very informative. For instance, at half-tide, whether ebbing or flooding, the local currents are running at between three-and-a-half and four knots (which I did know!) and that even experienced paddlers are unable to paddle against such tides for any length of time (which I didn’t!). This reinforced my determination to keep an even closer eye on kayakers trying to paddle against the tide when on duty – especially if they are solo and/or appear to be inexpert.

Andy is also an accredited GeoMon guide with a deep knowledge of local history and geology. He concluded his talk by describing how the local landscape has been forged over many millions of years by, among other things, volcanic action and the grinding of the earth’s surface under a kilometer thick layer of ice during the last ice-age. This we all found to be totally riveting. Andy conducts guided walks offering new perspectives and insights into the rocks and cliffs around Rhoscolyn that we all tend to take for granted. I, for one, will be taking one of these guided tours in the New Year. We extend our warm thanks to Andy and Dawn for making the evening so special.

You can learn more about Andy and B-Active by visiting his website at

St Gwenfaen’s this Christmas

There will be a carol service on 23rd December at 5.00pm; children from Ysgol Gwenfaen Rhoscolyn will be joining us for this.  Holy Communion will be held on Christmas Day at 10.30.