What a busy month it has been – arts & crafts, coffee mornings, an auction and not one but TWO dog shows!

Rhoscolyn NCI’s Auction raises £2,400!

As Mike says in News from the Lookout (see right hand column) Rhoscolyn NCI’s principal event, amongst many this month, was its annual fund- raiser held this year in St Gwenfaen’s Hall. Here is his report:

‘Captain’John Wilson – chairman of Rhoscolyn NCI (Gerrit Forrester)

On Wednesday 7th well over 150 people turned up for a coffee morning and auction of promises. This was a spectacular success raising £1,400, a sum that later increased to £2,400 when our event sponsor, Barclays Bank, made good on their promise to match the total we raised up to a maximum donation of £1,000. Money was also raised on the door and by the sale of various arts and crafts including some interesting driftwood sculptures and a large selection of handmade greetings cards.

(Gerrit Forrester)

The auction itself was great fun with over 40 lots being knocked down, some for figures hovering around the £100 mark, but all of them bargains. So, a big thank you to Barclays Bank, the NCI volunteers who turned out in uniform on the day to help run the event, to all those who donated items for the auction and –  most of all – everybody who attended to bid with such great enthusiasm and generosity.

The Team (Gerrit Forrester)

Our particular thanks and congratulations go to Caro Wilson and Jo Jones for their impeccable organization of the event and to Kath Shipley and her team in the kitchen for all the tea, coffee and cakes they served. Oh – and for doing all the washing up! Mike Shaw

Dog Shows

Rhoscolyn, clearly a very doggy place, enjoyed two dog shows this Summer: One organised by Jill Owen for the Pony Club (ponies – dogs?) and the other was held at the White Eagle. Here is Jill’s report of the first:

Well, we had a great afternoon with one class attracting 13 entries! The final class was musical sit which had a huge number of hounds, a lot of bribing with bits of cake and a lot of hilarity! We made nearly £200 which will go towards getting specialist coaches to come to the area to train the members, who often travel for two or three hours for specialised training which is also costly in terms of fuel etc. Getting coaches to come to North Wales is a massive help.

Richie with his award winning Jack Russell
Richie with his award winning Jack Russell
You can see pictures from the White Eagle’s dog show on the Pet Page.

From our Assembly Member, Rhun ap Iorwerth:

Sioe Mon/Anglesey Show

Fi a fy nhim yn Sioe Mon – Me and my team at the Anglesey Show – Jamie Thomas, Francess Taylor & Non ap Gwyn

Mae wedi bod yn haf prysur arall o sioeau a digwyddiadau ac roedd Sioe Môn yn sicr yn llwyddiant. Mwynheais gwrdd ag etholwyr a ffrindiau, yn ogystal â mynychu ambell i gyfarfod.

It’s been another busy summer of shows and events and the Anglesey Show was certainly a success. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting constituents and friends as well as attending a few meetings.

Rural Payments Wales

I am deeply concerned regarding the significant delay in making payments to Welsh Farmers. A number of famers, union members, and their agents have been in contact with me over the last few months regarding the unacceptable delays they are facing in receiving these essential payments. I have written to Welsh Government and I am concerned that they are far too slow to respond to what is a crisis for the farmers involved. One agent representing farmers on Ynys Môn has told me that over £200,000 is owed to farmers on the island. See the Welsh version in the side bar.

Explosion at Alpoco plant in Holyhead

Tim Hopper

A very loud explosion followed by a major fire occurred on Saturday 6th August at the old Anglesey Aluminium site on London Road, Holyhead, alarming people for miles around.

The emergency services were concerned about the risk of further explosions, so a section of the A55 was closed for a short time. Multiple agencies attended the site and, after safety checks, it was declared safe and roads were reopened.

Alpoco operates from the site producing aluminium powder, which is used in pastes, pigments, chemicals, metallurgy, refractory, propulsion, pyrotechnics, spray deposition and powder metallurgy.

Watch out for fatbergs on beaches

Dog walkers are being warned to keep their pets away from the potentially deadly palm oil masses that have been washed up on Anglesey shores. They come in many different shapes and sizes (see sidebar).

The lumps of palm oil give off a “very noxious smell” that dogs are often drawn to, but the toxic substance can cause vomiting and diarrhoea when ingested. It can also lead to kidney or liver failure, or blockages of the gut. In some instances this has resulted to the dog needing to be put down. Owners are being warned to keep their dogs on a lead or muzzled – or to refrain from walking their dogs on palm oil contaminated beaches. If your dog does eat any, take it to the vet as soon as possible.