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World Class Line Up For A Musical Journey

The theme for this year’s North Wales International Music Festival, to be held at St Asaph Cathedral from September 16 – 30, is ‘Journeys’.
Concerts include ‘Journey into Freedom’ with the National Youth Brass Band of Wales; ‘A Night in Vienna’ with NEW Sinfonia orchestra and Italian pianist Federico Colli; ‘Gypsy Baroque Fantasy’ with early music group Red Priest; ‘Robat Arwyn’s Journey’ featuring the composer and tenor Rhys Meirion; ‘A Magnificat Journey’ with Welsh National Opera and the Festival Community Chorus; ‘Aeternam’ with the vocal group VOCES8; ‘Music from around the World’ with Aquarelle Guitar Quartet and ‘A Journey from East to West’ with NEW Sinfonia and South Korean violinist Ye-Eun Choi.
The festival will also feature piano, vocal and strings workshops, a cross-curricular education project, children’s and tots concerts, musical steps for babies to 7 year olds, the annual community tour with Live Music Now Cymru musicians and performances from soprano Tesni Jones, Côr Ruthin, Côr Ysgol Pen Barras and Ensemble Cymru.
There really is something for everyone at this year’s festival.
To find out more about the North Wales International Music Festival visit www.nwimf.com. Tickets are available online, from Theatr Clwyd or from Cathedral Frames, St Asaph - 01745 582929.

Rhyl Water Park Plans Given Green Light

A significant milestone has been reached in the regeneration of Rhyl waterfront, with planning permission approved for the flagship waterpark project.
Members of Denbighshire County Council’s Planning Committee, meeting in Ruthin today (Wednesday) gave the green light to the plan for a 1200 metre square water space, with indoor and outdoor flume rides, children’s water play frame and slides, double height children’s play activity zone, climbing facilities, party rooms, reception, sales areas, outside Splash Pool – two wet splash pads, sun lounger areas and café terraces to provide wet play entertainment. There will also be beach ‘style’ cabanas in the outdoor splash zone and WC facilities, as well as a bar and terrace to cater for evening trade.
The Council formally supported the Waterpark proposal earlier this year – the Council, Rhyl Town Council and Welsh Government providing financial support for the development.
The development will create 60 new jobs and attract 350,000 additional visitors to the town every year, placing Rhyl firmly back on the map as a premier visitor destination.Work will begin on site in September 2017 with the new facilities due to open in early 2019.
The proposals, drawn up in partnership with Alliance Leisure, will also mean that the town’s skatepark will be relocated. The County Council will consult with local young people to co-design the skate park, with the new facility offering new, more attractive design features. The paddling pool will be replaced by a significantly enhanced outdoor splash pad andterrace, as part of the redevelopment.

Cofio’r Cefn Cefn Remembered

The Spring 2017 issue of the Journal of Cefn Meiriadog Historical Society celebrates the 40th birthday of the Society and includes a special supplement illustrating the very first issue of their Journal in Summer 1977.
Once again the booklet is fascinating reading with articles on a wide variety of topics offering the reader a look into the local landscape, myths and legends, architecture and events of the past. Including “A Trip to Parys Mountain and Amlwch Port”, “Houses of Snowdonia”, “Anglesey Bone-Setters” and “Childhood Forays to the Caves and River”.
On a very sad note the Journal records the obituary of Menna Elizabeth Owen who died last year following a serious stroke over five years previously which left her confined to a wheelchair. Menna, the wife of Cofio’r Cefn editor Meurig Owen, was Clerk of the Cefn Meiriadog Community Council for over twenty years, Secretary of Ysbyty Glan Clwyd League of Friends for a similar period and, for four years its Chairperson.
She was a steadfast member of the Chapel at Cefn Meiriadog where she chaired the Ladies Committee and, for some time was Secretary of the Vale of Clwyd Welsh Presbyterian Ladies Fellowship.
Menna was a native of Waen where her parents Charles and Enid Lightbown farmed Fachwen Farm. She was educated at Rhuallt Junior School and St. Asaph Grammar School from where she gained a place at St.Mary’s Teacher Training College at Bangor which led her to be appointed a teacher at St. Asaph Junior School, a post she held for some seven years.
Menna died on December 29th 2016