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April 26 2017

Kayakers & Paddleboarders Wanted For Swim Event Help

The annual U Swim open water swimming events in September, that are sponsored by local company Abersoch Quality Homes and run from Abersoch main beach, provide a fun atmosphere and a range of distances suited to all levels of swimmer. This year, U Swim are looking for kayakers and paddleboarders to help with their 5 mile swim event - and anyone able to help can contact Karen Smith at U Swim on 07813 095458 or at: sales@uswimopenwater.com - or via twitter... @UswimOpenwater

More info on the event can be found by clicking here.


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April 19 2017

Election Candidates Manifestos

Here are the manifestos of 2 of the candidates for the Abersoch ward in the forthcoming Gwynedd Council elections (May 4th). Click on the images below to access the information. We will publish the other candidates info when they are available.



The other 2 candidates are - Bernard Arthur Ronald Gentry, Conservative
and Sally Jones, representing Llais Gwynedd.


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April 10 2017

Huw & Jeremy In The Sahara At The Marathon Des sables.

2 local men are currently in the Sahara desert taking part in the iconic, multi day ultra marathon race, the Marathon des Sables. Jeremy Collins, who is from Abersoch and Huw Williams from near Pwllheli have been trainng all winter for this incredible challenge. Training for the daytime heat of the sahara has been a particular challenge during the UK winter, with Huw regularly seen in the area "over dressed" for running, in an attempt to replicate the heat effect of the Sahara desert on his body.
Huw is one of the race directors for the 125km , Pen Llyn Ultra Marathon, which took place for the first time last summer, with the second edition due to take place at the end of July and he is running for the Scope charity. Jeremy has already completed challenging events such as the Ring Of Fire and also the Pen Llyn Ultra.
You can follow the progress of both of these Pen Llyn ultra runners and their incredible journey, at the Marathon des Sables website, by clicking here - Jeremy is competitor 0718 and Huw is 1050.

Update: They did it!!!


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April 04 2017

Local Government Elections: List Of Candidates Announced.

The local governement elections are set to take place on Thursday, 4th May, 2017 and today the list of candidates has been released for the various wards of Pen Llyn.
In Abersoch there are 4 candidates to replace retiring Councillor Wyn Williams, who has served the area for over 20 years.
The candidates are as follows:
- Bernard Arthur Ronald Gentry, Conservative
- John Bernard Gosling, Independent
- Sally Jones, Llais Gwynedd
- Dewi Wyn Roberts, Independent
Over in Llanengan, and it is a two horse race, with current councillor John Brynmor Hughes (John Pent) an Independent, up against Owen Hefin Roberts, who is standing for Plaid Cymru.
In Llanbedrog, Angela Russell, who is the current Independent, councillor, will be re-elected unopposed as there are no other candidates.



March 24 2017

New Website For The Warren Spa & A New Facility Being Built
The Spa on the Warren has a new website, showing the full range of treatments currently available and overseen and provided by fully qualified beauty therapist, Sarah Burr. Sarah has over 15 years of experience in the beauty industry, including working with high profile brands and celebrities. You can view the new website at www.thewarrenspa.co.uk.

The team at the Warren are also excited by the news that work recently began on a brand new spa facility, that will comprise of "6 treatment rooms, 6 experience zones and also a spa experience pool." The facility is expected to open later in the year.



March 20 2017

Footage Of Controlled Explosions At Porth Neigwl
Abersoch Coastguard have posted on their Facebook page footage of the bomb squad (Royal Logistical Corps) carrying out 2 controlled explosions on the ordnance that was found washed up on Porth Neigwl yesterday.

You can view the footage and also follow the excellent work carried out throughout the year by the local Abersoch coastguards by clicking here.


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March 20 2017

Explosive Device Washed Up At Porth Neigwl
Local coastguards and police cordoned off part of the beach at Porth Neigwl on Sunday after a local dog walker found what appeared to be an explosive device wadhed up on the shore. There are reports of the incident on the Daily Post website here and on the BBC News website here.

The local coastguard team, that is based in Abersoch, receives training on how to identify potentially explosive items, which can come from a variety of sources, including munitions that were dumped out at sea after the second world war. The recent discovery appears to be of more recent manufacture.



March 17 2017
Warning About Fraudulent Emails Asking For Accommodation

As we reported last year, we urge accommodation providers to be aware of scam emails that enquire about accommodation availability and then offer a rather odd way of paying for the dates, resulting in large sums of money being lost by the accommodation provider. This caught at least one property owner out last year and we have recently received reports of similar emails being received, including the following one received by abersoch.co.uk overnight. This one comes from a seemingly legitimate US email company address and reads as following...



I would like to inquire more about your place for me and my wife.
Please let me know how much it would cost for a week stay from 20th to 27th of May,2017. Waiting for your prompt reply with the availability of the dates and the total price for two guest.

Yours truly,
Mr and Mrs George


This is rather similar to the emails received last year, such as...


How much would it cost for a week from 23 to 30 July, 2016. I hope to read back from you with the availability of the dates and the total price for two guest.

Best wishes
Mr & Mrs Brown


What happened in the case of "Mr and Mrs Brown's" enquiry was that those dates were full, but Mr and Mrs Brown were (unsurprisingly) very flexible in their holiday dates and could reschedule almost anytime.

What then transpires is that Mr and Mrs Brown say they are American, stating that a european company is paying for a holiday for him and his wife and that a european cheque will arrive for more than the cost of the holiday. The property owner are then to take out their fee and forward an amount to cover his travelling expenses. The scam is, that on your bank statement it looks like the money has cleared and you forward fee for the travelling expenses, however, the cheque then bounces. They also try and cancel the holiday and ask for a refund to make it a potential double rip off.


So, the message is that if you receive any enquiry that raises suspicions and the potential customer is suggesting a third party is paying, or if the form of potential payment raises suspicions, with some unusual transaction requested, then the safest way is not to proceed with the booking and and ignore further emails and to take advice from local trading standards officials.


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March 13 2017

Council Tax To Rise By 50% On Second Homes… In 2018

Back in October 2016 we posted some views on the proposed increase in council tax on second homes in Gwynedd (see October in 2016 news). Late in 2016, the council voted overwhlemingly in favour of an increase in council tax on second homes of 50%, to take effect in 2018. The aim of the increase is to increase the funds available for the council to help those who are unable to buy a house in Gwynedd and "to ensure second homes make a fair contribution”. You can read a Daily Post news article on the story on the following link and this story will be returned to during the year...


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March 13 2017

Abersoch Voted As One Of The Best Places To Live In The UK
No real surprises here!…Daily Post article at ... http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/its-official-abersoch-one-best-12717302


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March 13 2017

Porth Neigwl Beach Clean
Keep Wales Tidy, supported by Llyn AONB, are planning a beach clean of Porth Neigwl/ Hells Mouth beach on Sunday 19/3/17, starting at 11am.

All are welcome to come and lend a hand, with equipment provided.
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February 16 2017

Venetia Refurb & New Italian Tapas Menu

Abersoch's popular Venetia restaurant and boutique accommodation have been working hard over the winter on a refurb and also on an exciting new Italian tapas style menu - Cicchetti, which are a delightful Venetian custom, and comprise of small plate dishes, to share or eat alone.
They are served alongside the main courses at Venetia and are an exciting new addition which can be enjoyed in the newly refurbished dining room or cosy bar with log burner.

Venetia is open for food on Friday 17th Feb and each night next week for half term from 6 pm.

Through March, April & May, they are open from Wednesday to Sunday lunch and for June, from Tuesday to Sunday lunch.
The rooms are always open.

Click on the menu for a larger version of the new menu and for more info on Venetia, go to www.venetiawales.com


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February 13 2017

Abersoch 10K & Triathlon On Course To Sell-Out

Entries for the 2017 Abersoch 10K and Triathlons have been coming in thick and fast and currently on track to sell-out in advance of the races.

The Henri Lloyd Abersoch 10K comes into its 9th year and has increased in numbers each year with over 800 entering in 2016. The race has an entry limit of 1,000 runners and race organisers are giving a heads up that entries are up more than double on this time last year so well on course for a sell-out. The same is warned for the Triathlons in particular the Sprint Tri which sold out the last 2 years around the event date but again current entries are up more than double this time last year.

Dates for all races are as follows:
Saturday 3rd June: Henri Lloyd Abersoch 10K and Abersoch Holiday Homes 3K Beach Race
Saturday 17th June: Abersoch Olympic & Sprint Distance Triathlons + Abersoch Holiday Homes 1K Beach Sprint
Saturday 16th September: Chaparral Abersoch Half Marathon + Abersoch Holiday Homes 2K Beach Blast

For full details and to enter go to www.abersochtriplecrown.com


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January 24 2017
Abersoch RNLI Sponsored Bike Ride 2017

Plans are now being prepared for this year’s Abersoch RNLI Sponsored Bike Ride. As in previous years, this is a non-competitive cycling event starting and finishing in the centre of Abersoch at The Vaynol. All money raised from the event will go towards Abersoch RNLI fundraising.

The ride will be on Sunday 1st October and riders will be able to start at any time, of their choosing, between 9:00 and 11:00am.

There are four routes: a 40 mile route, with 3,067 feet of climbing, for experienced cyclists; a shorter 30 mile route, with 2,342 feet of climbing, for those seeking less of a challenge; and two shorter routes of 15 or 9½ miles, for families and those looking for an easier ride.

All routes are tried and tested by local riders and designed around our beautiful North West Wales Llyn peninsula and were planned to accommodate the riding abilities of all participants.

There is be an individual entry fee of £10 with a requirement to raise at least £15 in sponsorship, or for families (2 adults and 2 children) an entry fee of £15 with a requirement to raise a minimum of £25 in sponsorship. We hope that all entrants will raise as much money as possible to support the wonderful volunteers who man our lifeboat in all weathers. All those who finish the course will receive a commemorative t-shirt, medal and slate coaster.

Entries will open on 1st July , but put it in your diaries now.


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January 06 2017
Last Weekend For Sue At Siop Y Plas

It is Sue's last weekend in Siop y Plas, on the way to the beach in Llanbedrog, so there is still time to grab yourself a closing down bargain.

Sue would like to thanks all those who have supported her during her 15 years in the shop.


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January 04 2017

RNLI Sponsored Sea Dip - Organisers Report
Once again, the Abersoch RNLI New Year’s Day Dip attracted large crowds to the main beach. Around 500 hardy souls braved the freezing waters and cold air temperatures to rush into the sea, with many wearing splendid costumes based on this year’s theme of ‘The Circus’. We saw clowns, acrobats, escape artists, lions and tigers with their trainers, penguins and even a couple of elephants. John Wormald was there again to capture the action and the amazing variety of fancy dress - to view a large selection of these images visit the Totally Abersoch website at: http://john53.zenfolio.com/nyd2017.

The dippers raised well-earned sponsorship money and the crowd of around 2,000 spectators gave generously to the collection buckets so that it is hoped that the final total raised will approach last year’s record amount. The organisers are most grateful of the support of all the dippers and spectators and to Steve Clayton for providing the music and commentary, Abersoch Golf Club for making their beach car park available, the Williams family for allowing the use of their café and car park, the Coastguard volunteers and to our wonderfully committed volunteeer lifeboat crew who turned out again early on New Year’s Day to set everything up on the beach and then go into the sea to watch over the dippers.


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January 03 2017

Photos From The Annual RNLI Sponsored Sea Dip
Hundreds of people again braved the freezing waters and cold air temperatures on New Year's Day for the annual sponsored dip, organised by the Abersoch Lifeboat Station and hels on Abersoch main beach. John Wormald was there again to capture the action and the amazing variety of clircus themed fancy dress. To view a large selection of these images, visit the Totally Abersoch website at: http://john53.zenfolio.com/nyd2017


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December 25 2016

Nadolig Llawen / Happy Christmas
Wishing all visitors to Abersoch.co.uk a very merry Christmas.


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December 20 2016

The Circus Is Coming!
This year the fancy dress theme for the RNLI New Year’s Day Dip is ‘The Circus’, so you can look forward to seeing clowns, acrobats, circus animals and trainers dashing across the Abersoch main beach at 12 noon.
We hope that everybody will make an heroic effort to raise as much money as possible, as all money raised will go directly to the RNLI to help ensure that our local crew can be equipped with the best equipment, clothing and training when they go out to sea in any weather.
It is expected that if you join the Dip you will raise some money for the crew, who will be on and in the water at the event to look after everybody’s safety, so to take part a sponsorship form is needed. Sponsorship forms are available in the village at Abersoch Boatyard and Abersoch Watersports shop or can be downloaded by clicking here, and will be available at the tent on the beach on the day.
If you intend to join in the fun, or to watch and support, it is essential that you allow sufficient time to get through the traffic to get onto the beach before 12 o’clock. Each year we have seen disappointed people who didn’t manage to arrive in time for the Dip; we cannot delay the event as it would leave people waiting in the cold.


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December 15 2016
The Christmas Weather
With Christmas now only a short time away, and with stories in the news ranging from the prospects of record mild according to one broadsheet, to one tabloids prediction of a “wall of snow”, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the situation over on the daily weather page. At the moment, the models are leaning towards a generally rather unsettled period perhaps coinciding with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with the chart here from the European ECMWF showing the potential for low pressure to bring some very windy weather, perhaps stormy – though such individual charts at this range should be taken with a very large pinch of salt. What there is no sign of at all at the moment is the “wall of snow” suggested by a tabloid this week, with the professionals at the Met Office highlighting the uncertainty for the Christmas period with unsettled conditions possible in the north and west. So, at the moment, it looks as though the Christmas weekend might be changeable and perhaps very unsettled for a time with nothing extreme in terms of temperatures or the potential for snow, with wind perhaps being the most noticeable feature.
We’ll keep you updated on the weather page where our hand written forecast goes online every morning, normally before 8am.


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December 15 2016
Nat West Bank Building
The Daily Post have a story on the change of use for the Nat West Bank building, which closed in 2016. It was not that many years ago that Nat West used to boast about keeping branches open! The photo opposite is an indication as to how long there has been a bank in the building.

You can read the Daily Post story by clicking here.



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