THE latest community news from Blaenau Ffestiniog


BETHESDA: Dennis Davies, 10am.

Bowydd: Rev Anita Ephraim.

Carmel: Rev B Wright, 10am.

Hyfrydfa: Rhian Williams, 5.30pm.

St David’s: Morning service at 11am.

St Michael’s: Morning service at 9.30am.

Manod Orthodox: Third and Sixth Canonical Hours at 10am followed by the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom.

St Mary Magdalene: Mass at 11am with Fr Shaji Punnati.

Holy Cross: Mass at 6pm on Saturday with Fr Shaji Punnati.


THREE brothers Ed, Med and Owen Dafydd, have set up a partnership for a Hydro Electricity Scheme at Cwm Cynfal.

They and Ed Bailey, land surveyor for the project attended a council meeting where they explained and discussed the new scheme before the planning application will be submitted to the Snowdonia National Park.

He added that the partnership understands that a project is in an important area for the local community and visitors but this will generate income that will contribute to a wide area of the community.

A previous application had been submitted and rejected by the Snowdonia National Park at the end of last year with objections and how the revised application had hopefully addressed the objections noted, which included an ecological and archaeological studies the landscape, the viewpoint and highways design.

The councillors raised a number of concerns primarily on wildlife and landscape and one part of the development is in a steep area where there has been landslides in the past.

Ed Bailey stated that he would resend the emails with the plans and statements to the town clerk.


THE town council could not support a planning application for a two-storey extension to side with rear balcony and a ground floor garage at 1, Pant yr Onnen, Rhiwbryfdir because they said the use of timber is out of keeping with the rest of the area’s buildings.


THERE have been discussions to establish a hospice in the area and the town council was waiting for a response from some of the area’s town and parish councils to see if they support the plan.

There has been talk about looking for other sites as the costs of setting on at the old physiotherapy building at Towyn Road were a major factor of assessing the probability of another location for it.

Porthmadog Town Council is willing to declare support for the campaign in principle but until there was a business plan in place, could not declare any firm support.

Once a business plan is in place they look forward to hearing what support will be needed.

Clwb Cerdded

TAITH nesaf aelodau Clwb Cerdded Stiniog ddydd Sul yma fydd rhan chwech o Lwybr Llechi Eryri.

Gofynnir i’r aelodau fod ger T? Gorsaf am 9yb; mae esgidiau cryf, dillad addas a phecyn o fwyd yn hanfodol i’r daith.


IT was quite a successful weekend for the Blaenau Sovereigns Morris Dancers at the Championship 2019 which was held at Pontins, Southport as the Babies Section were champions with best leader and mascot and the overall mascot winner.

The Tinies were placed third in their section and their leader was the overall leader.

In the Junior Section, Blaenau were the champions with best leader and mascot and also winning the overall troupe of the year and overall leader.

In the Senior Section 2 they were placed third but in the Section 1 they were the champions, with best leader, mascot and overall leader and mascot.

The Babies, Tinies and Senior Section also won the Talent Show.

Ffion Davies was awarded the Trainer of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Mr and Mrs Evan Ellis and the Personality of the Year went to the babies section.

All this would not have been possible but for the local continuous support and generosity they had received throughout the year.


TO round off this month’s variety of sessions at the library there will be a break time board games and colouring to relax from 10am until 1pm and 2pm until 4pm.

There is also a digital skills session from 1.30pm until 4.40pm this Friday.

Prior booking is required for the last session as is needed for the story and crafts with Carys Ofalus next Tuesday from 2pm until 3.30pm and for the Hallowe’en crafts session to be held there on Wednesday, 30 October between 3pm and 4.30pm.


BLAENAU Amateurs FC took on Buckley Town at Cae Clyd in a Welsh Cup first round tie which ended in a 2-0 win for the visitors.

It is believed that this was the first time these clubs had met.

This Saturday the Amateurs will be home to St Asaph in a league match.

Bro Ffestiniog XV were soundly beaten 44-3 at Pwllheli and this Friday evening they take on Ruthin at Dolawel.


THE Maenofferen Gallery Quarry Women exhibition comes to an end on 29 October and admission is free to the gallery during the library’s opening hours.


HAVING received a request from Mr O G Williams to obtain permission to send the Diffwys Square fountain pump for a repair quote, the council has recommended to ask for a quote for a smaller pump.

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