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April 12 2021

Second Shout In 7 days For Abersoch RNLI

Abersoch RNLI volunteer crew were paged at 1.47pm on Saturday 10th April, to assist a motor cruiser with engine failure.

The 16 foot Quicksilver motor cruiser contacted UK Coastguard for assistance after experiencing engine failure. The vessel broke down south east of St Tudwal’s Island East with one person on board.

With a keen northerly wind and a moderate sea state the lifeboat crew towed the vessel back to Pwllheli Marina and then returned to the RNLI lifeboat station at 3.50pm where the lifeboat was thoroughly cleaned, refuelled and left ready for service.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Andy Vowell, said ‘It is essential to ensure boat engines are regularly serviced and maintained to reduce the risk of problems’. He added ‘It is advisable to consider having a smaller auxiliary engine on board which can be used in the event of main engine failure’.

If you wish to make a donation to Abersoch Lifeboat please visit their Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/abersoch-rnli. Your donations allow them to continue saving lives at sea.

 

 

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April 04 2021

Abersoch RNLI First Call-Out Of The Season

The volunteer crew at Abersoch RNLI were paged at 2.38pm on April 2nd, to assist a broken down rib.

The rib experienced engine failure between St. Tudwal's West and Cilan Headland and the Coastguard was contacted. There were 4 people on board, all wearing lifejackets and carrying a means of calling for help.

The lifeboat crew towed the vessel back to it’s marina berth in Pwllheli and returned to the lifeboat station at 4.25pm. The lifeboat was thoroughly cleaned, refuelled and left ready for service.

Andy Vowell, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat, says: ‘It is vital that people always have a means of calling for help as unfortunately engine failure can occur. People should always ensure boat engines are regularly serviced and maintained to reduce the risk of problems’.

If you wish to make a donation to Abersoch Lifeboat please visit their Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/abersoch-rnli. Your donations allow them to continue saving lives at sea.

 

 

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Updated April 01 2021
Travel From Rest Of UK To Re-Start On 12th April
The Welsh government has announced that travel into Wales from the rest of the UK can re-start from the 12th April. Hospitality could open outdoors from the 26th April, though the date for the re-opening of indoor hospitality is yet to be announced, with speculation that it could re-open before the bank holiday at the end of May (including serviced accomodation such as hotels).

If cases remain low, then the dates are as follows...

Monday, 12 April:

- Travel in and out of Wales from the rest of the UK
- All remaining non-essential retail and close contact services, like beauty salons, allowed to reopen
Monday, 26 April:

- Outdoor hospitality, including cafes, pubs and restaurants
- Outdoor attractions, including funfairs and theme parks
Monday, 3 May:

- Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people
- Outdoor wedding receptions attended by no more than 30 people
Monday, 10 May

- People will be allowed to form extended households again, allowing two households to meet and have contact indoors
- Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities can reopen. Individual and one-to-one training will be allowed, but not exercise classes
Monday, 17 May:

- Children's indoor activities
- Community centres
- Organised indoor activities for adults, limited to a maximum of 15 people. This includes exercise classes

Remember... the rules in Wales are often different to those in England.

The BBC has a report today here...

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-56594315

For detailed info regarding the latest regulations in Wales- visit:

https://gov.wales/coronavirus

 

 

 

 

March 27 2021

Update On The Campaign To Save Ysgol Abersoch / Abersoch School

Message from the school governors...

"We are delighted to understand that over 150 responses to the Statutory Consultation were sent in. The Education Department were due to publish their report during April ahead of a Cabinet decision being made in May, but this process has been delayed as a result of the upcoming Welsh Assembly elections. Given the large number of responses that were received, and since each response requires consideration and addressing, we believe that this may also be a contributing factor.

The delay puts into question the proposed date for the closure of the school, since it seems unlikely the new timetable will allow completion of the whole process before the beginning of the new school year.

We are waiting to hear when the Cabinet will be meeting to decide the outcome, but if the decision is not in our favour, there is a 28 day objection period, as well as the opportunity to refer any decision to the Welsh Ministers.
So as you can see the situation still remains far from certain one way or the other!

We have requested clarity on the implications of the delayed timetable, and will let you know any developments in due course.


See extract from the Modernising Education email below:

"As is known, between 12 January 2021 and 23 February 2021, a statutory consultation period was held on the proposal to close Ysgol Abersoch on 31 August 2021, and offer pupils a place at Ysgol Sarn Bach from 1 September 2021.
As a next step, in accordance with the requirements of the School Organisation Code 011/2018, a report on the consultation responses will be submitted to the Cabinet, and the Cabinet will discuss the report and decide whether or not to proceed with the proposal.
Due to the Election Period rules, it will not be possible to submit a report to Gwynedd Council's Cabinet on Ysgol Abersoch's consultation between 22 March 2021 when the official election notice is issued, and the election day on 6 May 2021. As a result, the outline timetable set out in the consultation document has been modified, with a view of presenting the report to the Cabinet during May 2021, as soon as possible after the Election Period ends, and the report will be published on the Council’s website in advance of the meeting, in accordance with the usual timetable.”

 

 

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Updated March 26 2021
Stay Local Restrictions End Tomorrow - Saturday 27th March.
Unrestricted travel within the borders of Wales will be allowed from tomorrow (Saturday 27th March), with self contained tourist accommodation also able to re-open. As travel to Wales from other UK nations is not allowed until the 12th April, at the moment, only those in Wales will be able to use the tourist accommodation. Non-essentail retail should re-open on the 12th April. The decision on when pubs, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to re-open, is due to be taken on the 22nd April.

Remember... the rules in Wales are often different to those in England.

For detailed info regarding the latest regulations in Wales- visit:

https://gov.wales/coronavirus

 

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Updated March 12 2021
Self Contained Accommodation To Re-Open
The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, is today setting out the Welsh Government's plans for the lifting of restrictions in Wales. This morning, it looks as though self contained accommodation will be allowed to re-open from the 29th March (note this is now 27th), but current restrictions in England would mean that people from there would not be able visit, so only those in Wales would be able to use caravans, second homes and holiday rentals. Most non-essential shops will remain closed until 12th April.

More details can be found on the BBC news website at:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-56363367

Remember... the rules in Wales are often different to those in England.

For detailed info regarding the latest regulations in Wales- visit:

https://gov.wales/coronavirus

 

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March 06 2021

Council Confirms Doubling Of Council Tax For Holiday Homes

As expected, a meeting of the full council voted this week to double the rate of council tax on holiday homes and empty properties across Gwynedd. The vote was 38 to 16, despite a public consultation which found that 55% of respondents said that second homes brought "positive benefits." However, the consultation also found that the majority of local respondents were concerned about their impact. The Daily Post has an article on the vote and the issue.

The article can be read at:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/gwynedd-council-decides-double-council-19969848

 

 

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February 23 2021

Second Home Council Tax Rise Appears A Foregone Conclusion

A report in the Daily Post suggests that Gwynedd Council are set to go ahead with another rise in council tax on second homes, due to the housing crisis in the county. This will result in second homes seeing the premium rise from an additional 50% to 100%, ie double the rate of other houses.

The consultation process launched by the council (see news item Dec below, which was pinned to the top of this news page for some time) - saw a majority suggesting that second homes brought positive benefits to local communities. The Daily Post reports, "But with most respondents being second home owners themselves (58.6%) and locals generally against holiday homes, cabinet members concluded that the consultation was “not a referendum” and pressed on with increasing the premium to the maximum currently allowed by the Welsh Government."

The article can be read at:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/second-home-owners-complain-theyre-19873079

 

 

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Updated February 20 2021
The Path Out Of Lockdown
The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, yesterday announced details of the potential path out of lockdown in Wales. In terms of the tourism industry, the Easter period is the target date for re-opening businesses, with a focus on self-contained accommodation and tourism attractions with social distancing. The next review of restrictions will be on March 12th.

The BBC have a news article here:

www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-56111548

Remember... the rules in Wales are often different to those in England.

For detailed info regarding the latest regulations in Wales- visit:

https://gov.wales/coronavirus

 

 

 

 

January 22 2021

Letter From Ysgol Abersoch - Help Save The School

Dear Friend

We are writing to ask for your support for our unique village school, Ysgol Abersoch.
The future of the school is under review by Gwynedd Council, who, on the 12th January commenced a Statutory Consultation on the proposal to close Ysgol Abersoch on the 31st August 2021.
The Council are ploughing ahead with the consultation despite the Covid 19 restrictions and Lockdown which mean that all the County’s schools are currently closed.

As society reels from the effects of the pandemic, the Council’s review process poses a serious threat to the school’s survival, and casts an additional shadow over initiatives underway to encourage an increase in pupil numbers, such as:
- Cylch Meithrin Abersoch, early years childcare, in a dedicated room in the school
- Cylch Ti&Fi, parent and toddler group, weekly social event also in the school
- Registration as a “Beach School” akin to a "Forest School”

 

It is clearly extremely difficult under these extraordinary circumstances for any kind of coordinated community challenge to be organised as a response to the threat to this dearly loved school in the heart of Abersoch.


However, we are determined to fight this proposal, which, if confirmed, would deliver a devastating blow to our community, especially in terms of the survival of the Welsh language and culture...

click here to read the full letter, where there is a link to the online petition to save the school and where you can also take part in the consultation...

 

 

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Updated January 15 2021
Abersoch RNLI Rescue On Saving Lives At Sea

The Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat team were on the BBC "Saving Lives At Sea" series yesterday evening, following the rescue of a young paddleboarder off Aberdaron back in the summer. The dramatic account of the rescue, including footage from the crew cams, highlights the professionalism of all involved, which undoubtedly saved a young man's life. It should be remembered, that the lifeboat crew, including the shore and management team, are all volunteers, who give up countless hours of their own time in order to train and have the ability to carry out rescues such as this one. Well done all!

If you have not seen the episode - catch up with it as soon as you can on BBC I Player.

 

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Updated January 15 2021
Good News From Llanbedrog
Llanbedrog pharmacy will become the first in Wales to bring vaccines for Covid into the Pen Llyn community. 50 people are expected to be vaccinated today. Read more at the BBC article on this at:

Covid vaccine: Gwynedd pharmacy 'first in Wales to offer jab'

 

 

 

 

 

January 14 2021

Ysgol Abersoch Closure Consultation Extended

The BBC are reporting today that the time to object to the proposed closure of Ysgol Abersoch (Abersoch School), has been extended by a week. However, some feel that this extension does not go far enough.

The BBC reports that, "The original consultation was launched on January 5 to run until February 16, but has been extended to February 23.

Campaigners who fear closure will threaten the Welsh-speaking nature of the village claim the original deadline did not allow enough time to respond.

A Gwynedd Council spokesman said last week the authority was "confident" the process was being conducted according to a code covering consultation on rural school closures, particularly amendments announced in July in response to the pandemic."

"However, Welsh language campaigners from Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg are still unhappy.

"It's completely unfair to consult on the future of schools such as Abersoch while schools are closed as a result of a health crisis," said chairwoman Mabli Siriol.

"This is an additional concern and burden on parents, governors and the children themselves.

"The odds are stacked against these village communities, and we call on everyone to support them."

The BBC article can be found by clicking here.

 

 

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Updated January 08 2021
Abersoch RNLI bid a fond farewell by Zoom to long serving RNLI volunteer.

In keeping with much of the last 12 months, Abersoch RNLI turned to technology to celebrate Steve Fox’s retirement. Steve, more fondly known as Foxy, first joined the volunteer crew at Abersoch RNILI in 1988 following his move to the area from the Wirral. He started as a crew member and after completing his training in Cowes he became a helmsman on the station’s Atlantic 21 lifeboat ‘Wolverhampton’ and later the ‘Borough of Solihull’, also an Atlantic 21. At that time the RNLI retirement age was just 45 and Steve soon realised retirement wasn’t for him! After a chat over coffee with Abersoch RNLI volunteer Phill Brown, who is now Chairman, Steve decided to put the time on his hands to good use and he continued with his volunteering as shore crew and then Deputy Launch Authority until retiring gracefully at the tender age of 70. Lifeboat Operations Manager, Andy Vowell, commenting on Steve’s retirement said ‘Steve has always been a valuable member of the team here at Abersoch RNLI and he was always the person who would lift everyone’s spirits even after a difficult shout. He was a real character and will be missed by us all. We wish him a long and enjoyable retirement.’ Steve said of his many years with the RNLI, that he ‘has never enjoyed anything so much in his life’. When asked about any memorable moments he said, ‘there have been so many but my claim to fame is being upside in a boat with George Rawlinson’. Steve completed his training in Cowes with George who is now head of Lifeboat Operations at the RNLI. Steve and his wife Chris have three sons and their youngest son, Ioan, is following in his dad’s footsteps and now serves on the crew at Abersoch. Steve was presented with a framed photograph of the crew with the lifeboat.

 

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Updated December 23 2020
Haulfryn Team Delivers Festive Donations To Pwllheli Food Bank

Team members from the Haulfryn Group, which operates five holiday parks across North Wales, have delivered donations to the Pwllheli Food Bank in time for the festive period.

 

Nick McCann and Helen Thomas from Gimblet Rock in Pwllheli, along with Jessie Jones and Jo Sapsford-Williams from The Warren in Abersoch, delivered a car-load of not only essentials, but also Christmas treats including food, mince pies, chocolate selection boxes and toys following collections from staff at both sites.

 

Pwllheli foodbank offers much needed support to local families and individuals in need of food and daily essentials, and the team from Haulfryn have been making weekly donations to show their support.

 

Karen Cooper, Chair of the Pwllheli Food Bank, has said that the rise in donations from the public this year had been ‘heartwarming’ to see particularly in light of the additional struggle’s families are facing due to the pandemic.

 

Jessie Jones from the Haulfryn Group said, “The vital work the Pwllheli Food Bank do for local people and the community is fantastic and Haulfryn team members have been delighted to get involved and co-ordinate donations. It is a cause close to our hearts.”

 

For further information or to make donations people can contact Pwllheli Food Bank at pwllhelifoodbank@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page.

 

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December 2020

Gwynedd Council Survey For Second Home Council Tax Increase

Second homes have been charged a 50% premium on the annual council tax bill in the last year, however, Gwynedd Council are now considering raising the premium to the maximum allowed, which is 100%, which would mean a doubling of council tax. This would also apply to long term empty dwellings.

The council are carrying out a survey, "...in order to gather the views of Gwynedd taxpayers, homeowners and others on how the Council should implement these powers."

To take part in the survey, which is anonymous, follow the link here.

 

 

 

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Updated December 20 2020
Another Lockdown
The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, yesterday brought forward restrictions which were planned to come into force after Christmas...

The BBC have a news article here:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-55128305

Remember... the rules in Wales are often different to those in England.

For detailed info regarding the latest regulations - visit:

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

 

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Updated December 18 2020
Abersoch RNLI Delighted To Receive A Generous Donation From Lost At Sea Brewery.

Abersoch RNLI said a big thank you to brothers and business owners, Ollie and Mike, of Lost At Sea Brewery following their generous ‘milestone’ donation. The two brothers, who have a long family connection with Pen Llyn, have pledged to donate 5p from the sale of every can of Lost At Sea ale to the RNLI and today, in celebration of reaching a milestone 20,000 sales, they presented Abersoch RNLI with their donation. Abersoch RNLI Chairman, Phill Brown and Fundraising Chair, Sue McCann accepted the donation on behalf of the Lifeboat Station at a pre-arranged, socially distanced meeting held outdoors where they thanked the brothers for their continued and ongoing support of the RNLI. Phill said '2020 has been an unprecedented year which has meant the majority of our fundraising activities have had to be cancelled, including the New Year's Day Dip, and this has had a considerable financial impact on the RNLI and our local station in what has also been one of the busiest years for call-outs'. Lost At Sea Brewery commented ‘We’re proud to be such local supporters of the RNLI and pledge to give them 5p for every beer we sell.’

 

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Updated December 07 2020
New Plans For Abersoch White House
The Daily Post is reporting today that there are new plans for the development of the site which was formerly occupied by the White House Hotel. The old hotel was knocked down in 2016 after many years of standing derelict and it is reported that a new developer, Providence Gate, are aiming to increase the number of rooms available to 60, in what will be a £24 million development.

You can read more at: The Daily Post Website

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Updated December 01 2020
Pubs, Cafes & Restaurants See New Restrictions From Friday
The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, announced yesterday that all pubs, cafes and restaurants will be banned from serving any alcohol from Friday and will have to close to customers each day at 6pm. It already looks as though many of the affected businesses in the area have decided to shut completley until restrictions have eased.

The BBC have a news article here:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-55128305

Remember... the rules in Wales are different to those in England.

For detailed info regarding the latest regulations - visit:

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

 

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Updated November 13 2020
Local Businesses Make A Generous Donation To Abersoch RNLI.
Abersoch RNLI have said a big thank you to the The Little Tea Rooms and
Mickey’s Boatyard for their generous donations...
Business owners Carron Wright, The Little Tea Rooms and Lisa Griffiths, Mickeys Boatyard, wanted to help after hearing that the Abersoch RNLI Annual New Year’s Day Dip for January 2021 had been cancelled due to the current pandemic. Knowing how big the event always is in the village, with hundreds of RNLI supporters taking part in the dip or watching from the beach, they decided to each make a generous donation in support of the lifeboat station.
Abersoch RNLI Chairman, Phill Brown, said ‘Following on from the wholehearted
support previously given to Abersoch RNLI by Mickey’s Boatyard, it is most welcome to now receive support form The Little Tea Rooms and we thank both of these local businesses for their generous donation.’ He further added, ‘With the New Year’s Day Dip being cancelled such donations are really important.’
Carron and Lisa presented the donations to Phill outside the lifeboat station in
accordance with Government guidelines.

 

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Updated November 10 2020
Abersoch RNLI Virtual Challenge Raises £791

From Abersoch Lifeboat... "Well Done to everyone who participated in our Abersoch RNLI Virtual Challenge during October. You all raised a huge £791, that’s 169 miles run, 278miles walked, 12miles hiked, 1079miles cycled and 6miles on a cross trainer. Your medals will be posted out to you all shortly.
Huge Thanks goes to Louise (pictured) for all her hard work organising this successful virtual fundraising event and as always Thanks to everyone for all your continued support to Abersoch RNLI, it’s hugely appreciated for the running of our station."

https://www.facebook.com/AbersochRNLI

 

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Updated November 08 2020
After Lockdown - Rules From Monday 9th November
With the "firebreak lockdown about to come to an end, the Welsh Government has released the details of the rules and regulations which will be in place from the 9th November. In relation to the tourism industry, travel into Wales from other countries including England, will currently not be allowed for holiday purposes, however, the rules state that under the rules, a caravan owner from elsewhere in the UK may return to collect their belongings and secure their caravan for the winter - however, they are not permitted to stay overnight while travel restrictions are in operation. For those who live in Wales, holidays within Wales are allowed.

Remember... the rules in Wales will be different to those in England.

For detailed info regarding the regulations from 9th November - visit:

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

 

 

 

 

November 06 2020

Statement From The Governors Of Ysgol Abersoch

"As governors of Ysgol Abersoch we would like to make it clear that a decision to close Ysgol Abersoch has not been made.
Any implication otherwise is highly damaging to the school’s prospects of remaining open, since misleading reports can severely undermine the confidence of prospective parents.

We are very disappointed that the Cabinet voted to give permission to begin a statutory consultation on the proposal despite our concerns that this cannot be satisfactorily arranged under the current Covid restrictions, which prevent face to face meetings and significant social interaction.
We do not agree that this proposal will be effectively subject to public scrutiny, comment, challenge and community engagement during this period, yet the Cabinet will be presented with the results of this public consultation to consider before coming to a decision.

Prospective parents are encouraged to contact the school for further information and to arrange a visit.
Places are also available for children between the ages of 2 to 4 years old in the Cylch Meithrin Abersoch, based in the school, which is also registered with the 30 hour free childcare scheme.

It has never been more important in the 97 years of Ysgol Abersoch than it is now to enrol your child in this wonderful school, since an increase in pupil numbers not only demonstrates support and sustainability for the future the school, but also for the Welsh language, culture and community of Abersoch."

 

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Updated November 02 2020
Abersoch RNLI Pumpkin Carving Competition

From Abersoch Lifeboat... "As chosen by our Abersoch RNLI volunteer crew, here’s the WINNER of our Pumpkin Competition!!
Well Done to Crystal, the crew thought your pumpkin was brilliant and so well themed, we’ll be intouch about your prize.
Thank you to everyone who sent us your pumpkin photos, the crew had great fun looking at them all, pictured are a few more of their favourites.
Although Halloween is anything but normal this year, we want to wish all our supporters a happy and safe Halloween from all the crew and everyone at Abersoch RNLI."

 

 

 

 

October 30 2020

RIP Rob Smith

Some very sad news, with the passing of Rob Smith.

Many visitors to Abersoch will have known Rob as the manager of Abersoch Boatyard. Rob was a talented musician, passionate cricket and rugby follower, dedicated and enthusiastic shop manager and someone who made an impression on all who knew him.

The Boatyard announced the news on their Facebook page yesterday...

"It is with much sadness that we wish to share the news that our friend , manager and rock star Rob Smith has died.
He finally lost his battle.
His humour , clever wit and annoying encyclopaedic knowledge of everything , especially music will be greatly missed. RIP Rob".

https://www.facebook.com/abersochboatyardltd

 

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Updated October 24 2020
Lockdown Part 2

The "firebreak" lockdown has begun across Wales.

FAQ's regarding the lockdown in terms of what you can and can't do and details of which businesses can remain open, can be found at:

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-circuit-break-frequently-asked-questions

 

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October 24 2020

Abersoch RNLI New Year Dip Cancelled Due To Covid

Abersoch RNLI and Coastguard regret that the annual New Year’s Day Dip on Abersoch beach cannot be held this next New Year’s Day. They know that the many of people who regularly support this fun event will be disappointed, but for the safety of everyone and to comply with local Covid restrictions they have no option but to cancel the Dip this time. The RNLI asks that nobody ventures in for a dip themselves on New Year’s Day as there will not be the usual first responder presence on the beach.
It is hoped that it may be possible to hold a similar event later in the year, but if not........ See you all on January 1st 2022!!

 

 

 

 

October 24 2020

Ysgol Abersoch Governors Appeal To Cabinet For Decison Reversal

The fight to save Ysgol Abersoch continues and here are extracts from a recent letter sent to the council cabinet, from the school governors...

 

"Further to the Scrutiny Committee meeting on the 8th October, we understand this matter will be considered by the Cabinet once again, and so we write to emphasise our opinion of the present situation. We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Scrutiny Committee unanimously opposed the continuation of the consultation. It is also important to note that many members of this committee have a background in education and are therefore well aware of the implications of the proposal in question.

"The proposed Statutory Consultation cannot be conducted on a level playing field as long as we are under ever increasing Covid restrictions.

We feel very strongly that to continue with a consultation at this time would be an infringement of our democratic rights, and that any decision taken as a result of a statutory consultation at this time would undermine the process."


"We also kindly request that you consider the importance of allowing the newly established Cylch Meithrin to develop and flourish before making any decisions on the future of the school. We firmly believe that the Cylch Meithrin is the key to ensuring the sustainability of the school in the future."

"We are of course appreciative that for the purposes of this process Ysgol Abersoch is being treated as a “ Rural School”, yet we remain vulnerable due to the fact that it is not formally classified as such. Whilst the Education Department believes and insists that the omission of Ysgol Abersoch from the Rural School list is out of their hands and cannot be changed, we do not believe that the situation is as clear cut as this and will challenge this categorisation since our research would suggest that the exclusion of the school is an oversight."

 

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Updated October 19 2020 12.50pm)
Wales To Go Into Lockdown For 17 Days From Friday 23rd
A 17 day "firebreak" lockdown will start for the whole of Wales on Friday 23rd October at 6pm.

Details are as follows:

- people must stay at home, except for very limited purposes
- people must not visit other households or meet other people they do not live with
- certain businesses and venues, including bars, restaurants and most shops must close
- secondary schools will provide learning online only for the week after half-term, other than for children in years seven and eight. Primary schools and childcare settings will remain open.
- face coverings continue to be mandatory in the indoor public spaces that remain open (subject to certain exemptions and exceptions), including on public transport and in taxis


If you break these new laws:

-You may be told to go home or removed from where you are and returned home.
You could have to pay a fixed penalty notice of £60. This will rise to £120 for the second breach,
Or you could have criminal proceedings brought against you, and if found guilty, you will have to pay a fine.
Even where something may be allowed, we ask you not to think about whether it is permitted but whether it is truly necessary and sensible. The purpose of this short lockdown is to create a concerted national effort to do everything we can to stop the spread of corononavirus, and every individual contribution to that counts.

FAQ's regarding the lockdown can be found at:

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-circuit-break-frequently-asked-questions

 

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Updated October 15 2020 (6.20am)
Wales To Ban Visitors From UK Covid Hotspots
The First Minister has announced that a ban on visitors to Wales from Covid hotspots will come into force from 6pm on Friday (16th October).
Further details are awaited and will be posted here.

BBC Article on the proposed ban here:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-54540764

Update 5.20pm:

Current understanding is that those from areas under Tier 3 and Tier 2 restrictions in England, will be unable to travel into Wales.

 

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Updated October 11 2020 (8.25am)
Bangor In Lockdown But No Further Restrictions For Rest Of Gwynedd
Bangor went into lockdown yesterday evening, however, further restrictions were not imposed on the rest of the county. However, it looks as though the situation will be looked at again early this week.

According to the BBC, a Welsh Government spokeswoman said: "We will continue to closely monitor the situation in Gwynedd and will meet with the local authority and with neighbouring local authority leaders at the start of the week to discuss the developing situation further."

BBC Article here:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-54491199

 

 

 

 

October 11 2020 (8.20am)

Hope For Abersoch School As Scrutiny Committee Asks Cabinet To Reconsider

From BBC Cymru... "A decision to close a primary school in Llŷn may be delayed - at least for a time - after concerns have been raised about consultation arrangements during the pandemic.

Last month, Gwynedd Council's cabinet voted unanimously in favor of proceeding with a period of statutory consultation leading to the closure of Abersoch Primary School in the summer of 2021.

But the local member and school governors have urged members of the council's Education and Economy Committee to reconsider, arguing that the pandemic impedes the ability to conduct a fair consultation.

The Education and Economy Scrutiny Committee argued that Ysgol Abersoch should be regarded as a "rural school" under the Welsh Government's definition, meaning there was a presumption against closure."

Full article here at BBC Cymru ... https://www.bbc.com/cymrufyw/54477959

 

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Updated October 04 2020 (8.30am)
Gwynedd Residents Urged To Follow Covid-19 Rules To Avoid Local Restrictions
With local restrictions introduced in four north Wales counties on 1st October 2020, Gwynedd Council has issued a press release urging residents to follow Covid-19 rules to the letter to avoid a similar local lockdown. Over recent days, the number of confirmed cases in Gwynedd has been rising and the Council together with partner organisations are reminding residents of the need to follow all the Covid-19 guidelines to prevent these concerning figures from taking-off.

To see the press release in full, go to:

https://bit.ly/PressReleaseGwynedd02Oct2020

 

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Updated October 04 2020 (8.15am)

RNLI Abesoch Virtual Bike Ride Challenge
We should be currently finalising details for our 2020 6th annual Abersoch RNLI Bike ride, but due to COVID-19 all our traditional fundraising events have been cancelled, but with our lifeboat being launched more than ever this summer we still need to focus on raising much needed funds for the running costs of our station.
So veering away from our usual Bike Ride event in these challenging times we’re organising a virtual challenge!
It’s all quite simple, you set yourself a target distance eg. 40, 30, 15 or 9.5 miles that can be completed in 1 session or as many times as you wish, over the whole month of October by any form of movement such as bike, walk, run, treadmill, wheelchair, swim, skateboard, skip, roller skate, paddleboard, the choice is yours, no sponsorship required just a minimum £10 donation via our Just Giving page and with proof of completion and Thanks for money raised a medal will be sent to celebrate your achievement.
For further information please follow the link below to the event page or
email: bikeride@abersochrnli.org
https://facebook.com/events/s/abersoch-rnli-virtual-challeng/389376025394478/?ti=icl

 

 

 

 

October 04 2020 (8.00am)

Abersoch School Closure To Go To Scrutiny Committee

The recent decision taken by the Gwynedd Council cabinet to begin the process to close Ysgol Abersoch school in 2021 is to be discussed by the Education and Economy Scrutiny Committee on 8th October.
Further updates will appear here...

 

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Updated September 30 2020 (6.55am)
Is Travel To Abersoch & Pen Llyn Still Allowed?

With local lockdowns across parts of the north of England and now about to begin in some North Wales counties such as Conwy, we have been asked whether it is still OK to travel to the Abersoch area.

The best explantation we have seen so far comes from an article in the Daily Post, written by their business correspondent Owen Hughes...

"New coronavirus restrictions are being introduced in four local authority areas in North Wales - Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham.
It will mean no one is allowed to enter or leave each of these areas without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education.

The new measures will come into force at 6pm on Thursday 1 October.

Anglesey and Gwynedd remain out of lockdown but a large proportion of visitors to the counties come from the North West of England.
This has seen questions asked about whether visitors can travel along the A55 and other A-roads through the lockdown counties to reach hotels or holiday cottages in north west Wales - or want to climb Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa).

The answer from Welsh Government is 'yes' - travel through the counties is allowed.

This would apply to those coming from lockdown areas in England that don't currently have travel restrictions.

But a source said travellers would be expected to travel straight through the lockdown counties - so that means no stopping for a picnic or trip to a cafe.

Essential stops for items like fuel are allowed.

It means the strange situation of a person from England being able to travel to climb Snowdon, but someone from Capel Curig in Conwy county not being allowed to do the same."
Full article at:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/can-visitors-travel-through-lockdown-19020391

 

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Updated September 23 2020 (7.00am)
Pubs & Restaurants To Close At 10pm From Thursday

The latest restrictions were announced yesterday by First Minister, Mark Drakeford...

"At the last review of the coronavirus restrictions, we introduced new Wales-wide measures to help control the spread of the virus – these included the requirement for everyone over 11 to wear a face covering in an indoor public place and a new limit on the number of people who can meet indoors at any one time. In Wales, only six people from the same exclusive extended household group can meet indoors – extended households are currently suspended in the areas subject to local restrictions.

Each of the four UK governments today agreed about the need to take further coordinated, preventative action to control the spread of virus.

Some of these actions, such as the need for people to work from home wherever possible, are already in force in Wales and have been since late March. We also continue to encourage people to think very carefully about who they meet and whether they need to travel.

We will, however, be introducing some new measures in Wales, which will come into force at the same time as the rest of the UK and which are designed to help prevent a fresh coronavirus crisis

From Thursday at 6pm, hospitality businesses in Wales – including pubs, cafes, restaurants and casinos – will have to close at 10pm. They will also have to provide table service only.

Off-licences, such as supermarkets, will also have to stop selling alcohol at 10pm".

All details at: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

 

 

 

 

September 20 2020

Parents & Governors To Fight Abersoch School Closure

There is anger from those involved with the running of Abersoch school and from parents regarding the news that the Gwynedd Council cabinet had voted to embark on a process which would result in the school closing next year.
No one from Ysgol Abersoch School, whether they are staff, governors or parents, have been notified of the cabinet's decision, which was made on Tuesday 15th September - with the news of the vote coming via media outlets such as the BBC.
There is also growing concern as to how the decision was made at the cabinet meeting, with what is reported to be a lack of discussion of the matter, before the vote was taken.
According to sources at the school, the publication of the video and minutes of the meeting on the Gwynedd Council website will bring some much needed clarity, however, those sources also say that the battle to save Abersoch school has only just begun.

 

Here is a press release from the school governors...

 

"We are highly disappointed with the decision made by Gwynedd Council Cabinet on 15th September 2020 to progress with the statutory consultation with a view to close Ysgol Abersoch on 31 August 2021. Despite presenting our concerns that the process is not being carried out fairly, and our objections to the misleading context contained within the Education Department report on Ysgol Abersoch, it is highly concerning that the Council continue to progress despite the undemocratic situation we find ourselves in. We will continue with our objections and strive to do our best to keep this wonderful little school at the heart of our community, celebrating and supporting our unique culture and ensuring the survival of Welsh as a living language in Abersoch.

Rydym yn siomedig iawn â phenderfyniad Cabinet Cyngor Gwynedd ar Fedi 15fed, 2020 i symud ymlaen ag ymgynghoriad statudol gyda’r bwriad o gau Ysgol Abersoch ar Awst 31ain, 2021. Er gwaethaf cyflwyno ein pryderon na chynhelir y broses yn deg a'n gwrthwynebiadau i'r cyd-destun camarweiniol a gynhwysir yn adroddiad yr Adran Addysg ar Ysgol Abersoch, mae'n destun pryder mawr fod y Cyngor am barhau, er gwaethaf y sefyllfa annemocrataidd yr ydym ynddi. Byddwn yn parhau â'n gwrthwynebiad a gwneud ein gorau i gadw ein hysgol fach, fendigedig yng nghalon ein cymuned, sy’n dathlu a chefnogi ein diwylliant unigryw a sicrhau goroesiad y Gymraeg fel iaith fyw yn Abersoch".


Further updates will appear here...

 

 

 

 

September 16 2020

Gwynedd Council Cabinet Votes For Abersoch School Closure
Abersoch village school is set to close in the summer of next year (2021). This follows a vote taken by the cabinet of Gwynedd Council, who decided to continue with the process which will eventually lead to the school's closure.

The BBC Cymru website have a news item on this at:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newyddion/54165075

BBC Wales News also has the item in English at:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-54176273

 

Update: As of 20/09/2020, the governors of the school have yet to be informed of the decision of the council cabinet.

 

 

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Updated September 11 2020 (7.30am)
Tightening Of Restrictions Expected

The First Minister of Wales has said this morning that from Monday (14th September), the limit on the number of people who can meet indoors at any one time will be reduced to 6... of which all must be from the same extended household group. Also, the wearing of facemasks will become compulsory in all shops and indoor public spaces from the same day - including pubs and restaurants. The rules will not apply to those under the age of 11 and up to 30 people will still be able to meet outside.

Further details expected during the day at:
https://gov.wales/coronavirus

 

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Updated August 31 2020 (8.45am)
A Thought From John Gosling Chair of ADTTA

(Abersoch and District Trade & Tourism Association (and TIC)

 

"I would like to thank all who have visited Abersoch and this wonderful area since Covid 19 restrictions were lifted. The summer period is always very busy for us as we welcome back visitors many of whom come back year on year. 2020 will be remembered by many of us for different reasons, none more than Covid 19. We who live in Abersoch all year round will remember it for rediscovering our village, beaches and wonderful countryside.

It was a shock when on the 6th July restrictions started to be lifted and we could start to travel more than 5 miles, this allowed us to visit family and friends we had not seen for so long. Then on the 11th we could start welcoming visitors back and with more restrictions being lifted as time moved on we have been able to welcome more of you to visit our beaches, countryside and all we have to offer.

In general, thanks go out to everyone who has followed all the new rules including social distancing and accepted new ways of how things are having to work in accommodation providers, pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, shops etc. We are sorry we have not been able to open our Tourist Office (TIC) in Abersoch village so allowing you to obtain information on our members businesses, and on what the area and North Wales has to offer.

 

To everyone who visited the beaches and took their rubbish off the beaches with them a BIG thank you. As with all things you always have a few who do not follow rules or requests made of them. 2020 will be remembered by many for rubbish left on our great beaches, if only those who went to the beach at night time had taken the rubbish with them, local people would not have had to go out early in the mornings to clean up the mess left by the inconsiderate unthinking people young and old alike. It is not a hard thing to do is it? (Thank you to the people who took their rubbish with them and those who helped to clean up rubbish and glass left on the beaches).

 

We who live in the area will remember 2020 as a time of rediscovery and when the time came welcoming back visitors and friends to this unbelievable part of the world we call heaven.

 

Let's make the rest of 2020 one that we all look to the future, looking forward to 2021 when we can all spend time in the heaven that is Abersoch and this wonderful area.

 

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Updated August 19 2020 (8.25am)
Strong Winds & High Tides Over The Coming Days

As mentioned on this morning's weather forecast page, there are some gales and severe gales in the forecast for the coming days. As well as the gales, the combination of low pressure, increasing amounts of swell, wind strength and some spring tides, could easily result in the high tides becoming enhanced. This is one to keep an eye on if you have a boat on places such as the main beach as the sea may come further up the beach than would normally be expected.

 

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Updated August 16 2020 (9.30am)
Another Paddleboarder Rescued

Abersoch Lifeboat were launched again last week, following a report of a paddleboarder approximately 1 mile off Porth Neigwl struggling against the wind and tide. The volunteer crew at Abersoch RNLI were tasked by HM Coastguard at 4.06pm.
The Lifeboat was launched at 4.22pm and on arrival the crew found one adult male, wearing a wetsuit, sitting on his paddleboard trying to paddle back to shore. The casualty was picked up, along with his equipment, and returned safely to the beach.
Commenting on the incident Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Andy Vowell said, ‘We need to put an important safety message out there that all paddleboarders need to carry safety equipment such as a life jacket and a form of communication in addition to wearing the safety leash’. He further added, ‘Although the sea may look calm and flat they should take extra care with offshore winds and states of the tide and be aware of their own capabilities as they are not designed to go far out to sea. The local retailers in the area can assist and are happy to provide suitable safety advice.’

 

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Updated August 12 2020 (9.30am)
Abersoch Lifeboat Saves Paddleboarder

A well equipped paddleboarer was pulled from the water last weekend, after being swept out to sea from Aberdaron Bay. Details of the incident from Abersoch RNLI are as follows...


"Our volunteer crew were tasked by HM Coastguard at 3.45pm following reports of a teenage paddleboarder being swept out in Aberdaron bay. Our Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched and arrived on the scene within 20 minutes.
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On arrival the crew were informed that the casualty was no longer on his paddleboard and was now in the water. It was believed he had left his board in an attempt to swim ashore but was now being swept out to sea
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An immediate search commenced to locate him. Aberdaron Coastguard assisted from the cliff tops, however due to a significant swell, an outgoing tide and offshore wind, visibility was extremely difficult
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The casualty was carrying a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch and was talking to the police in an attempt to describe his exact location. The Coastguard helicopter was tasked to assist with the search. Approx 20 minutes later the casualty was located in the water with the assistance of the Coastguard team on the headland. RNLI team recovered the casualty from the water into the lifeboat.

 

The casualty, who was wearing his lifejacket, was extremely cold and confused and appeared to have swallowed a significant amount of sea water and with indications of hypothermia. His condition was assessed as serious and he was given immediate first aid by the crew before being airlifted from the lifeboat to the waiting Coastguard helicopter who then took him to Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital. Once the casualty was safely in the helicopter the crew returned to the lifeboat station where both the crew kit and lifeboat were thoroughly cleaned in accordance with current guidelines and left ready for service.


The following day, following his release from hospital, the boy and his father attended the lifeboat station to collect his belongings and express their gratitude to all of our volunteer Crew

RNLI helm Fritz Williams said ‘This call-out shows just how crucial a lifejacket is and having a means of calling for help. A lifejacket can buy you valuable time in a time-critical situation whilst you wait for help to arrive. Staying with your vessel/flotation device can help keep warm out of the water and making you easier to find’ https://www.facebook.com/AbersochRNLI/

 

Note: It is important to emphasise the importance of staying with your board if you get into difficulties - preferably attached to it by a leash. Staying with your board can save your life. The water is always cold off the coast of Pen Llyn, so entering the water from the relatively safety of a board in an attempt to reach shore is not advised.

 

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Updated August 03 2020 (1.55pm)

Abersoch Lifeboat Call Out To Porth Neigwl

The Abersoch Inshore Lifeboat was called out yesterday after a 999 call reported a young person in difficulty in the sea at Porth Neigwl. The lifeboat was launched quickly. On arrival, the person/persons in difficulty were ashore and safe. Two Abersoch lifeboat volunteer crew members landed on the beach to provide casualty care advice, along with help from the Abersoch Coastguard team.

It is reported that 2 people were in difficutly, and were surfing and were carried out to sea by a rip current, before being helped ashore by others.

 

This incident comes on the same day as a person died in the water at Barmouth.

 

Porth Neigwl often has surf conditions which can result in rip currents - which is the case on any beach with waves. These rips have caught people out in the past, resulting in the call out of the lifeboat and coastguard and on some occasions, members of the surfing public have intervened to help people in trouble.

 

In 2004, a young person drowned at the beach after getting into difficulty in the waves, despite a heroic intervention by local surf instructor Jonny Robinson, who managed to locate the person in the water with help of the RAF 122 rescue helicopter and attempt to revive him. On this occasion, the Abersoch Lifeboat had only just rounded Cilan headland by the time the casualty was in the helicopter, which gives an indication of the time it takes Abersoch lifeboat to get round to Porth Neigwl. So, with no official lifeguard presence on the beach at Porth Neigwl, remember these tips from the RNLI...

If you do find yourself caught in a rip:
•Don’t try to swim against it or you’ll get exhausted
•If you can stand, Wade don’t swim
•If you can, swim parallel to the shore until free of the rip and then head for shore
•Ifyou are surfing or bodyboarding do not let go of your board
If you see anyone in trouble, CALL 999 and ask for the COASTGUARD

Here is an RNLI article with more info on rips...
https://rnli.org/magazine/magazine-featured-list/2017/july/how-to-get-out-of-a-rip-current

 

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Updated July 31 2020 (8.20am)
Indoor Areas Of Restaurants & Pubs To Re-Open On Monday...

The Welsh Government has confirmed that indoor dining at restaurants, pubs and cafes can resume from Monday 3rd August.

Further details at:
https://gov.wales/coronavirus

Note that in Abersoch, many venues are taking advanced booking only for indoor dining, with some venues such as the hugely popular Manana restaurant already full for indoor dining slots for August (see their facebook page for details).

 

 

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Updated July 23 2020 (8.20am)
Abersoch Lifeboat Call Out 21/07/2020
The Abersoch Lifeboat Volunteer Crew were paged by HM Coastguard and tasked to assist a cruiser with mechanical difficulties anchored off South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club...

"Our Atlantic 85 Lifeboat safely took the vessel under tow back to a berth in Pwllheli Marina. It was confirmed the vessel was equipped with both VHF and a mobile phone to call for assistance

Andy Vowell, Lifeboat Operations Manager said “If you find yourself in difficulty, or see someone else in difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard. By carrying a VHF radio you can call the Coastguard direct on Channel 16, should there be limited mobile signal”.
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This is our second shout within two days, all crew kit and the lifeboat are thoroughly cleaned and sanitised after every callout and ready for service."

 

https://www.facebook.com/AbersochRNLI/posts/3479471428753673

 

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Updated July 22 2020 (9.25am)
Abersoch Lifeboat Call Out 19/07/2020
Abersoch Lifeboat were tasked on Sunday by HM Coastguard following a report of a stranded Kayaker on Gwylan Island off the coast of Aberdaron, who’d got into difficulty with a strong tide running.
The casualty was safely retrieved, safely assessed and returned ashore for handover to Aberdaron Coastguard.
Volunteer Helm Elissa Thursfield-Williams said ‘It's Vital you familiarise yourself with local tides and if you head out, you have means of calling for help and wear appropriate clothing and a life jacket’.

For a video of the call out visit the Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/AbersochRNLI/posts/3475598985807584

 

 

 

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Updated July 19 2020 (3.40pm)
Starting To Look Normal!

The sunshine has returned to Abersoch today, with the main beach looking much more like a normal, sunny, July Weekend day. Those on the beach report that most groups were carrying out social distancing, which is great to hear!

 

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Updated July 11 2020 (8.40am)
The Start Of The 2020 Season Arrives...

Finally, the 2020 summer season can start to begin today, with self contained, self catering properties and caravan / chalet parks able to re-open.

 

Further easing of restrictions were announced yesterday by the Welsh Governement... Outdoor areas of pubs cafes and restaurants can re-open from Monday, with campsites able to re-open from 25th July and it looks that indoor dining and drinking may resume from the 3rd August.

 

Further details at:


https://gov.wales/coronavirus-restrictions-relaxed-further-support-tourism-and-leisure-sectors-wales

 

 

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Updated July 06 2020 (6.15pm)
Extended Households...

The extended household rules are causing a little bit of confusion in terms of the potential impact on holiday accommodation... The Welsh Gov has said that...

"From 6 July, two households will be able to join together to form an extended household. This means all the people living in these two separate households will become part of one extended household.

They will enjoy the same legal freedoms people living in individual households currently have – such as being able to meet indoors, have physical contact and stay in each other’s homes."

 

The official guidelines can be found at the following links...


https://gov.wales/extended-households-frequently-asked-questions

 

https://gov.wales/guidance-extended-households-coronavirus

 

 

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Updated July 06 2020 (7.25am)
Visitors Are Able To Return From Today...

The 5 mile travel restriction across Wales has been lifted today, meaning that Abersoch is once again open to visitors. Those wishing to stay in rented self catering accommodation will have a few more days to wait, as that sector re-opens on the 11th July, which is also the date when the caravan parks are expected to re-open.

 

 

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Updated July 03 2020 (1.40pm - updated 3.20pm)
Local Services Set To Resume Next Week...

News from the council today regarding the resumption of some of the tourism related services. We'll post more info as we receive it over the coming days... but here is the latest info...

- the beach patrol is expected to re-commence from Tuesday 7th July.

- Lon Golff slipway barrier opened Wed 8th July (open 10am to 8pm)

- launching permitted - all craft must be registered prior to launching. Payments taken by card preferably at the beach office next to Lon Golff toilets (not on slipway as in previous years).

- public toilets will re-open on Monday 6th July.

- bins should be in place from Wed 8th July, though visitors are requested to take rubbish home to help to keep the area litter free.

- new signs regarding social distancing are expected in the village.

- the 5 mile travel restriction is still expected to be lifted on 6th July.

 

 

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Updated July 02 2020 (1.55pm)
Self Contained Holiday Accomm Opening Brought Forward To 11th...

The Latest update from the Welsh Government brings forward the date when self contained holiday accommodation can open, to the 11th July. This means the Saturday to Saturday booking week can be maintained for that first week of opening. Details as follows...

"The Minister signalled the first phase of a planned reopening for bars, restaurants and cafes with outdoor spaces following a rapid review of the sector.  

A final decision about outdoor re-opening will be made at the next review of the coronavirus regulations on 9 July and will depend on whether rates of coronavirus are continuing to fall. 

Future decisions about indoor re-opening will be made later and will depend on the success of the first phase of outdoor opening.

The Minister will today also confirm the timetable for re-opening outdoor visitor attractions and the partial opening of the tourism industry in Wales for the remainder of the summer season.

If the requirement to stay local is lifted in Wales on 6 July, outdoor visitor attractions will be able to reopen from Monday.

And, subject to the forthcoming review of coronavirus regulations on 9 July, the tourism sector is preparing to re-open self-contained accommodation.

The Minister will today confirm the date that owners of self-contained accommodation can accept bookings is being brought forward to 11 July from 13 July, to help with the pattern of Saturday-to-Saturday bookings."

https://gov.wales/timetable-phased-reopening-tourism-sector

 

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Updated July 02 2020 (6.30am)
Outdoor Areas Of Pubs, Cafes & Restaurants Opening 13th July?...

The BBC are reporting this morning...

"Some pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in Wales will be able to reopen outdoors from 13 July, under new Welsh Government plans.

Venues will be able to open in spaces they own and have licences for - as long as coronavirus cases continue to fall.

But indoor services will remain closed for now, despite industry pressure.

Wales is the only part of the UK without a restart date for indoor hospitality.

A group of restaurant owners has warned thousands of jobs are at risk in the sector in Wales."

Further details are expected during the day.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-53247660

 

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Updated June 30 2020 (6.35am)
Further Guidance Issued By Welsh Government...

The Welsh Government issued further guidance yesterday, the key points being...

 

"6th July 2020 Outdoor visitor attractions: Lifting of current requirement to stay local will mean people are able to travel around Wales and will allow outdoor visitor attractions to open again, subject to strict social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines.

13th July 2020 Reopening self-contained holiday accommodation:
Bookings can be made for stays after 13 July, but this is at people’s own risk and they should check with the accommodation provider before they book.

This includes:

- Hotels and other serviced accommodation (e.g. B&Bs, hostels, etc.) that do provide en-suite rooms and can provide room service meals. This does not include private facilities that are access via a corridor
- Other accommodation that is entirely self-contained (e.g. self-catering cottages, apartments, etc.)
- Glamping or any other accommodation with en-suite shower/bath, WC and kitchen facilities
- Holiday caravans (statics and twins, including those marketed as lodges but constructed to the statutory definition of a caravan) where they have their own on-board shower/bath, WC and kitchen facilities
- Seasonal touring caravans, motorhomes and campervans (with agreement to remain on pitch) where they have their own on-board shower, WC and kitchen facilities
- Touring caravans, motorhomes and campervans where they have their own on-board shower, WC and kitchen facilities
- Caravan and touring sites will need to ensure the strict application of industry guidance on shared waste disposal and water points.

- All shared facilities, aside from water and disposal points will remain closed including toilets, shower blocks, laundry, restaurants, nightclubs, swimming pools, children’s play areas, bars, cafes, etc.

- Caravan parks are closed by law so holiday caravan owners will not be able to access their caravans until 13th July, not even for day visits.

- Accommodation can only be let to members of the same household.

To Be Confirmed: Indoor visitor attractions; pubs, bars and restaurants; other accommodation types; and other businesses in the visitor economy.

 

Note the point which says... -"Caravan parks are closed by law so holiday caravan owners will not be able to access their caravans until 13th July, not even for day visits".

 

For full details see the guidelines at: https://gov.wales/tourism-and-hospitality-businesses-guidance-phased-reopening-html

FAQ's at...

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

 

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Updated June 28 2020 (8.10am)
Abersoch Waiting For Clarity On Guidelines...

There remains a lack of clarity regarding the re-opening / partial re-opening of the local tourism industry. Local tourism officials suggest that further guidelines from the Welsh Government regarding self catering properties, B&B's, holiday parks and campsites are expected early in the coming week. Also Gwynedd Council have yet to publish info regarding the decisions on bins, public toilets, car parks, slip ways and the beach patrol, but this is also expected in the very near future.

The latest guidelines regarding current restrictions can be found at...

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

Hopefully, this will be updated in the next few days.

 

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Updated June 25 2020 (6.25am)
Latest Guidelines...

The latest guidelines regarding current restrictions can be found at...

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

Further clarifications are still awaited and these will be posted as soon as they have been received.

 

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Updated June 19 2020 (3.35pm)
Announcements Today... Limited Tourism To Resume 6th July

Update 8am: The First Minister of Wales has said this morning that non-essential shops will re-open from Monday 22nd, schools from the 29th and the travel restrictions will be lifted from July 6th.

 

Update 9am: It looks as though bookings for campsites, caravan parks and holiday cottages, along with hotels which have been adjusted to allow "self containment", can be taken from 13th July.

 

Update 3.35pm: There are still some questions regarding what will be allowed from the 6th and 13th July.

The Welsh Gov statement today says:

"Ministers have decided to lift the requirement to stay local on 6 July, provided the conditions allow. With the requirement lifted, people will be able to travel to tourist attractions across Wales.

The First Minister will today signal to some businesses and the visitor and tourism industry to use this period to begin to make preparations for reopening.

At the next review on 9 July, the Welsh Government will consider a range of specific options for opening:
Self-contained holiday accommodation
Personal care services, such as hairdressing and beauty, by appointment.

Discussions will also be held with the hospitality sector about the potential phased reopening of pubs, cafes and restaurants while maintaining strict social distancing.

The First Minister added:

“I know the wider tourism industry is keen to reopen and to salvage some of this summer’s season. I am therefore signalling owners of self-contained accommodation should use the next three weeks to prepare to re-open, working with their local communities."

 

In summary, some very positive news today for those in the tourism sector however, further clarifications will be welcomed over the coming days.

Further info can be found at: https://gov.wales/first-minister-announces-further-steps-to-unlock-wales

 

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Updated June 09 2020 (8.45am)
The Wait Goes On...

The next announcement on the lockdown in Wales is expected to be on the 19th June. Until then, the tourist industry remains on hold. The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, suggested yesterday that if the number of cases is favourable by the end of next week, "...we will have some headroom to go on in that careful and cautious way of lifting the restrictions in Wales."

 

In summary - all eyes will be on next Friday's announcement.

 

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Updated May 29 2020 (8.15am then updated 5.20pm)
More News Today?

Changes to the lockdown measures are expected to be announced today... whether there will be any related to the tourism industry remains to be seen. Updates will appear here.

Update 5.20pm:

Small changes in the lockdown rules for Wales were announced today, though these do not involve any easing on the restrictions on tourism. The next review of the lockdown rules is scheduled to be on 18th June.

Full details can be found at: https://gov.wales/guidance-changes-coronavirus-regulations-1-june

... and the press release can be found at: https://gov.wales/stay-local-to-keep-wales-safe

 

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Updated May 23 2020 (8.25am)
The Situation Remains The Same Regarding Tourism

Today would normally be the start of a very, very busy Whitsun half term week in Abersoch, however, the current situation means that tourism remains on hold. Hopefully, we will see further guidance from the Welsh government this week on a timetable for easing restrictions.

 

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Updated May 19 2020 (7.25am)
Abersoch Dinghy Week 2020 Cancelled

Some sad news to report as another event falls victim to the Covid 19 crisis... a statement released on the dinghy week Facebook page says:

"The Abersoch Dinghy Week team and SCYC - South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club Abersoch have been monitoring the RYA, Welsh Assembly and UK Governments' guidance and policies with regard to Covid 19.
So it is with great regret that we are cancelling this years event.
We will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Abersoch Dinghy Week kindly sponsored by Abersoch Boatyard from 24th July till 30th July 2021.
Get the dates into your diary...
Planning has already started for it be a week to be remembered and will include happier Happy Hours, a 50th anniversary party for competitors and their families as well as the usual Band Night and other social events."

Info on dinghy week can be found at www.scyc.co.uk

 

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Updated May 16 2020 (8.10am)
Wales' Roadmap Published

Information on Wales potential route out of the coronavirus crisis was released by the Welsh government yesterday. It looks as though the next key date regarding changes to the current restrictions will be in approximately 2 weeks time, but in the meantime, the restrictions remain in place.

Mark Drakeford, the First Minister of Wales said:

"The challenges we face are shared with all parts of the United Kingdom. For that reason, we have always strongly supported a 4-nation approach to the lifting of the lockdown.

But this has to respect the responsibilities of each government to determine the speed at which it is safe to move and the balance to be struck between different forms of ‘easement’ – how to prioritise between allowing people to meet up with close family, to go shopping or to the hairdresser, to get back to work or visit the seaside.

With limited ‘headroom’ to ease the current restrictions, choices need to be made and we want to make those choices in consultation with our partners and the people of Wales.

That is why we are publishing this document, not as the final word, but as part of the continuing conversation.

But for the next 2 weeks, at least, I urge everyone in Wales to stick to the advice, Stay Home, Protect our NHS and Save Lives."

Details can be found at:

https://gov.wales/unlocking-our-society-and-economy-wales-roadmap-published

 

 

Updated May 15 2020 (8.30am)
Update From Welsh Government Expected Today

Today, the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, is set to provide further details regarding how Wales will exit from the current Lockdown.

This item will be updated when the "road map" is released.

 

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Updated May 11 2020 (8.15am)
No Major Change In Lockdown Rules In Wales

After a weekend of statements from the Welsh and UK leaders, the guidance for Wales remains very similar, with the only changes to to the lockdown related to being able to exercise more than once per day and some garden centres can open.

Tourism remains on hold.

 

The First Minister Wales, Mark Drakeford, said yesterday evening:

 

"I set out the modest changes to the stay-at-home regulations we are making in Wales on Friday. These will come into force tomorrow afternoon.

Here in Wales, we will change the regulations so people can exercise more often and allow garden centres to open, if they can comply with social distancing.

Our advice has not changed in Wales.

Wherever you can you should stay at home.
If you need to leave home for work, exercise or shopping, you should stay local and stay alert.
Coronavirus has not gone away
The way we behave over the weeks ahead will continue to have a profound impact on our NHS and our ability to save lives.
If you go out, stay local and stay safe.
The Prime Minister also set out his roadmap for the future. This is at an early stage because it depends on how the virus behaves over the coming weeks and months.

Two weeks ago, I published a framework to lead Wales out of the pandemic.

This has helped us decide that schools will not return to normal on June 1.

We will continue to make decisions, which are right for Wales, using information and expert advice about how coronavirus is circulating here to keep us safe.

The health of the public is paramount. It will inform our decisions and we will continue to inform you as we plan for our future in the weeks ahead."

https://gov.wales/first-minister-wales-message-people-wales

 

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Updated May 08 2020 (8.35am)
No Further Guidance On Any Potential Easing Of Restrictions

We await updated information from the Welsh government later today and the UK government announcement on Sunday evening.

 

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Updated May 01 2020 (9.05am)
No Further Guidance On Any Potential Easing Of Restrictions

Following on from the item below, regarding whether there are any signs of when the tourism sector might be allowed to resume in some form, no further guidance is currently available.

Updates will appear as soon as they are available. In the meantime, thankyou to all those who are staying away and complying with the lockdown rules.

 

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Updated April 26 2020 (9.10am)
Looking For Signs When Tourism Might Resume

As May approaches, many will be keeping a close eye on the announcements from the UK and Welsh governments and whether there are any hints on the timing of a possible return of tourism. At the moment, it is impossible to be able to provide any guidance on a potential date when tourism might be able to resume. On Friday, the Welsh Government released a document, "Leading Wales out of the coronavirus pandemic: A framework for recovery." This document provides some information on what the Welsh government will be looking for, in order for it to make changes to the current lockdown, though tourism is not mentioned specifically.

The document can be read at:

https://gov.wales/leading-wales-out-coronavirus-pandemic

On Friday, some changes to the guidance on exercise were also released and these can be read at: https://gov.wales/leaving-home-exercise-guidance

 

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Updated April 23 2020 (8.50am)
Loophole For £10K Grant Closed

An update on the news item below (17th April). Press release from Gwynedd Council...

"Gwynedd Council has welcomed the fact that the Welsh Government has changed the national guidelines for the provision of grants to support small businesses that are suffering as a result of the Coronavirus emergency.

Some weeks ago, Gwynedd Council had identified the fact that the original Welsh Government guidelines would have allowed second home owners who had changed the status of their property from a second home to a business to avoid taxes to claim a grant of £10,000. This would have cost the public purse between £15million and £20 million in Gwynedd alone.

Gwynedd Council Leader, Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn said: “As a Council we did not consider the original guidelines issued by the Welsh Government to be acceptable as they would have enabled second home owners in the county to claim a grant of £10,000.

“As the Council Leader, I raised this matter with the Government’s Local Government Minister, Julie James in writing and in various discussions. In response, the Minister has amended the guidelines for the administration of the scheme.

“Whilst we did not agree with the exact wording of the changes to the guidelines that has been forthcoming from the Government, we are confident that the changes will mean that no second home owner will be able to claim this grant money without presenting evidence that the majority of their income derives from the property.”

“As a Council we are pleased that the Minister has listened to the arguments that we presented to her. As a result, the public purse will not now be used to enrich those who are already using the Welsh Government’s rules to avoid paying taxes on their second homes.”

“Of course, unlike second homes, genuine holiday let businesses remain eligible to receive this money, and I would urge them to present an application to the Council if they have not already done so.”

 

The press realease can be read at:

https://www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/en/Council/News/Press-releases/April-2020/Covid-19-Gwynedd-Council-welcomes-changes-to-business-grant-guidelines.aspx

 

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Updated April 22 2020 (8.45am)
The Daughter Of Abersoch Man Who Died After Contracting Coronavirus Speaks About Her Nightmare

Abersoch has recently lost one of its well loved citizens, due to the Coronavirus. John Griffiths died in Ysbyty Gwynedd on the 9th April, just a few days after being admitted, after falling ill on the 2nd April. Many visitors to Abersoch will remember John as the man who ran the newspaper caravan in the village for many years, or they may have met him through the local golf club, where he was a former captain. John has been described by many as a "true gentleman", and his untimely death is a tragedy for the village.

 

His daughter, Linda Jones, who is the head teacher at Abersoch school,

has spoken with BBC Cymru of her nightmare after losing 2 loved ones in a matter of weeks. She also speaks of her anger, as her father did not travel and didn't go further than his local shop. "As a family we are asking 'why John?' - we haven't heard of anyone else on the Llŷn Peninsula sick with the virus". Linda is also urging people not to travel unnecessarily to prevent the spread of infection.

 

The BBC Cymru article can be read at:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cymrufyw/52375108

 

 

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Updated April 21 2020 (2.10pm)
"Stricter Second Home Lockdown Rules On The Way." Says Daily Post

Today's Daily Post is reporting that:

"The Welsh government looks set to implement stricter clamp downs on people visiting their second homes, the First Minister has confirmed, amid calls to maintain the current lockdown until at least mid-May.

While existing UK and Welsh government advice states that people should not travel to their second homes due to the added pressure placed on rural services, with Police also carrying out spot checks, concerns have been raised in some quarters that police are left powerless to act once they have arrived in Wales.

The Easter weekend saw calls from the leader of Plaid Cymru for fines of up to £1,000 to be slapped on those found breaking the current rules, with Dwyfor Meirionnydd MP Liz Saville Roberts also urging the UK Government to produce "explicit instructions" for second home owners to remain in their primary residence for the lockdown, as well as measures forcing those who have already arrived at their holiday homes to go back."

 

The article can be read at:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/tough-new-second-home-owner-18124962

 

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Update: 17 April, 2020: (9.15am)

BBC Report On Grant Loophole For Second Home Owners

From the BBC news this morning:

"Some second-home owners are using a "loophole" to claim grants which are intended to help small businesses survive coronavirus, it is claimed.

Firms employing fewer than nine people can apply for £10,000 grants as part of a £1.1bn Welsh Government package.

Five councils are calling on Welsh ministers to change advice so second-home owners who pay business rates rather than council tax cannot claim.

The Welsh Government said councils can ask for more evidence from claimants.

Properties that are used as full-time holiday accommodation are often registered as businesses.

But a rising number of second-home owners have moved from paying council tax - which includes a second-home premium - to paying business rates..."

The full BBC article is at: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-52316003

 

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Update: 17 April, 2020

Abersoch Lifeboat Crew Clap For NHS/Keyworkers Video

The lifeboat crew have posted a video of them showing support for the NHS and keyworkers.


You can view the facebook post and video by clicking here.

Lifeboat page: www.facebook.com/AbersochRNLI

 

 

 

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Update: 17 April, 2020

Indie Band The Cuza Release Video Shot At Porth Neigwl

The Cuza, an indie band with Abersoch connections, have released a video of their song "Underwater", which was filmed at Porth Neigl back in January.

 

You can listen to the tune at: https://youtu.be/op49V8mMme4


You can view their facebook page by clicking here.

 

 

 

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Update: 13 April, 2020: (8.30am)

A Quiet Easter - But Local Emergency Services Have Been On Call

Abersoch Coastguard Rescue Team have been working all weekend, helping North Wales Police to ensure that government guidance is being followed. On Saturday they also assisted Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat, who were called out to reports of an upturned boat at Porth Ceiriad.

The Abersoch Lifeboat Facebook page reports the incident as follows:

 

"Abersoch Volunteer Crew were called at 07.50 this morning to reports from local farmer of a dinghy spotted floating upside down in Porth Ceiriad bay, no persons seen.
Abersoch RNLI Lifeboat arrived at scene at 08.22 where we discovered a well damaged sailing dinghy in a very poor state. It didn’t look as if it had been in the sea long so had probably gone adrift during the recent high tides.
Dinghy was recovered back to the boathouse to prevent further issues.
Lifeboat was back and in the station and ready for service by 09.30hrs

Thanks to all our volunteer Crew who attended this morning

The RNLI is advising the public that they should not take part in any water based activity on or in the sea, to reduce the risk to the lifesaving charity’s volunteer crews and other emergency services being exposed to COVID-19, and the pressure on their time, thanks for staying home and staying safe. "

Lifeboat page: www.facebook.com/AbersochRNLI

Coastguard page: www.facebook.com/AbersochCoastguard

 

 

 

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April 10 2020

Good Friday Photos Under The Lockdown

The overwhelming majority of people have played their part in helping to keep the local community safe, by staying away from the area on what would normally be the first day of a 4 day holiday weekend.

These were taken at lunchtime today by John at totallyabersoch.co.uk

 

 

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Updated April 08 2020 (9.00am)
Thankyou For Helping To Keep The Community Safe This Easter

Under normal conditions, Abersoch would awaiting the huge number of visitors arriving for the first really big weekend of the season and those visitors would be excitedly counting down the days and hours until their arrival. Sadly, this year, that is not going to be possible, however, those feelings of anticipation and excitement will return, hopefully in the not too distant future.

With Abersoch currently very quiet under its period of confinement, it is obvious that the overwhelming majority of people have heeded the advice of health professionals, the governments of Wales and the UK, local authorities and the police, by postponing their visit to the area, thus helping to keep the community safe by reducing the chances of transmission of this horrible virus and any potential strain on local health services.

One simple way of helping to understand the importance of the measures in keeping everyone's communites safe, is to add up in your mind those people that you know who could really do without catching the virus. We did this very early in the crisis, hence the very forthright messages which have been posted on this site.

By staying away, you are helping to protect the elderly and the vulnerable, the little local girl who has a lung disorder, the local lady who has had a lung transplant, the local father who is undergoing treatment for cancer, the local father who has recently had heart surgery, the local mother fighting cancer, the local man who has recently had a stroke, grandfathers, grandmothers, nains and taids... the list could go on and on and on.


So, thankyou to all those who are staying away and are helping to keep these people safe.

 

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Updated April 06 2020 (9.50am)
Abersoch Dinghy Week 2020 Uncertainty

The organisers of the famous Abersoch Dinghy Week, which is set to begin on the 25th July, have posted a message regarding the prospects for the event going ahead... "The ADW team and SCYC - South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club Abersoch are regularly discussing the implications of the Coronavirus outbreak for the 2020 event. Needless to say we all want it to go ahead... but only if we can do that safely. We know some people have booked accommodation already, rest assured we will make a decision in time for everyone to react and plan accordingly."

They finish the post by saying, "Looking on the brighter side - here is a reminder of next years dates where we will be celebrating 50 years of Abersoch Dinghy Week... 24th to 30th July 2021."

Info on dinghy week can be found at www.scyc.co.uk

 

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Updated April 06 2020 (9.10am)
Websites For Checking The Number Of Cases

 

This one from the BBC:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-51768274

 

This one is run by a welsh student:

https://coronaviruscymru.wales

 

The Public Health Wales website:
https://phw.nhs.wales

 

 

 

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Updated April 05 2020 (1.45pm)
Abersoch Life Comes Under Fire For Slow Response

The AbersochLife website (Sensation Magazine) has finally updated its homepage to reflect the important message that Abersoch is currently closed to visitors. Despite nearly 2 weeks of this crisis passing, a message was finally posted on the homepage of the site on the evening of the 4th April, seemingly, only after criticism was posted on social media from members of the local community.

It is the view of this site, and of many in the local community, that at this time, the promotion of tourism as a priority can wait, as the absolute number one priority is the protection of those most vulnerable in the community and the support of those key workers who are on the front line of the pandemic.

Whilst it is good to see that the AbersochLife website has finally woken up to the fact that the area is in the midst of its biggest crisis and threat to health in decades, its apparent reluctance to post a message is baffling. This was no time for pussy footing about - peoples lives are at stake.

 

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Update: 04 April, 2020: (2.50pm)

The Message Remains The Same - Please Stay At Home

We have not received any reports of people deciding to ignore the instructions from the government, police and healthcare professionals, by making a trip to the coast, so far this weekend. We hope this remains the case!

 

How One Local Business Is Being Affected: Wern Fawr, Llanbedrog

One local B&B and self catering provider was recently interviewed by the Cambrian News. Alan Harper-Smith, who owns and runs Wern Fawr in Llanbedrog, spoke about how the Covid19 outbreak and subsequent shutdown of the tourism sector has affected his business.
In the interview , he also highights what he believes to be the very unfair business rates system in current operation.
"I am still so angry that business rates are such an unfair, over complicated tax that punishes the honest and rewards the dishonest. There are businesses offering the same as we do from an accommodation point of view that pay a fraction of what we pay".
He goes on to say that he hopes the current situation will help to highlight what he calls "pseudo-businesses", which are second homes which have flipped to business rates, thus avoiding paying council tax.
The article is not yet available on the Cambrian News website, however, you can read the article in full by clicking on the image opposite.

Alan's website is at www.wernfawr.co.uk and he also runs the info site for Llanbedrog at www.llanbedrog.info

 

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Updated March 31 2020 (9.15am)
Most Second Home Visitors Return Home

Reports suggest that most visitors to second homes in the area have followed the instructions of the Welsh and UK governments and returned to their primary residences, for which the community is very grateful. However, some second homes are still being used, the reasons for which are unclear.

 

 

 

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Updated March 28 2020 (9.30am)
Events Postponed

The Abersoch Triathlon events, which were due to be held in June have been postponed until October. Although the Abersoch 10K race, which is scheduled for 30th May, has not been officially postponed or cancelled, it appears inconceivable that this event will go ahead in May, given the current circumstances.

 

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Updated March 26 2020 (9.35am)
Councillors Appeal To Holiday Home Visitors To Return Home

The 2 Gwynedd councillors who represent the populations of the Abersoch and Llanengan areas, have both issued appeals overnight for those who have arrived to stay in holiday homes, to return to their primary residence.

 

From Abersoch Councillor Dewi Wyn Roberts:

"I have received a lot of negative feedback from residents regarding visitors taking harbour in holiday homes in the area.
It is clear that some have disregarded the advice to STAY HOME, and now some are acting in an unlawful way and disregarding the law.
Many residents believe this is the responsibility of the Council.
It is essential that a lead is taken on this matter or we work together to stop this behaviour.
This seems to be the old story of creating a law and authority without and the means to enforce the law.
I appeal again to those who have travelled to second homes here to return home. Doing so will put them in a safer position re. their health and reflect their respect for our community which lacks the facilities and assets of care and health to deal with the resident population never mind a transient burden."

 

From Llanengan Councillor John Hughes:

"As the local Councillor for the Llanengan parish, I am in self isolation going out only when necessary and adhering to government LAW, which are also the guidelines given by Gwynedd Council.
PLEASE CAN ALL THAT HAVE SECOND HOMES IN LLYN STAY AT YOUR PRIMARY DWELLING (HOME).
Our Health Service is stretched to the limit. All our services are stretched to the limit.
For the sake of all our future, and to try and avoid SPREADING THIS VIRUS PLEASE PLEASE STAY AT HOME.
WHEN IT IS ALL OVER THERE WILL BE A WELCOME. BUT FOR NOW WE MUST ALL PLAY OUR PART.
KEEP SAFE AND ISOLATE."

 

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Updated March 24 2020 (10.10am)
Lockdown

You cannot visit the area at this time.

 

"Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk."

 

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

 

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Updated March 23 2020 (9.30am)

Council & Welsh Government Messages

- The latest council advice to visitors or those thinking of visiting - click here

- A letter from Gwynedd council to accommodation providers - click here

- The please do not visit Wales message from Welsh Government - click here

 

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Updated March 22 2020 (5.05pm)

Update On Message Below...

Today most businesses in the village closed their doors until further notice, due to the Covid 19 outbreak. Caravan parks such as Fach Farm and the Warren are now closed until further notice. Advice from Gwynedd Council and Visit Wales is to not visit the area.

This information will be updated tomorrow.

Please read our message below regarding second homes and the reasons for not visiting the area.

 

 

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Updated March 22 2020 (9am)

Now Is Not The Right Time To Visit.

The official UK government advice regarding unnecessary travel has been posted on this site for some days now, however, there appears to be confusion amongst some of the population as to what this means.

Abersoch and North Wales have seen an influx of visitors over recent days. Social media is awash with reports and photos of people ignoring the basic social distancing advice. Some businesses in the Abersoch and Pen Llyn area have fuelled the problem by either allowing their outside seating to be used by people to picnic, or, incredibly, to serve takeaway food and let them consume it on their premises.

Health professionals in North Wales are suggesting that a combination of tourists and second home visitors, some of whom have arrived in the area to self isolate, will result in extra pressure on local health services, which are expected to come under huge strain in the coming days and weeks.

Northern Italy has seen a catastrophe in the community, with distressing scenes coming from the overwhelmed provincial hospial in Bergamo.

Ysbyty Bangor is the North Wales equivalent of Bergamo.

Although official advice is not yet spelling it out at the moment, common sense advice is as follows.

If you are a visitor, or are thinking of visiting, please go home or don't travel. You will be welcomed warmly once the situation returns to normal.

If you are a second home owner, please stay at your primary residence and come back and enjoy the area when things return to normal.

Some people who are second home owners may think that this advice does not apply to them.

It does.


If in doubt, think about Bergamo and help protect the most vulnerable people in the community.

 

 

 

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Updated March 22 2020

Coronavirus

Please read a message from the Partners of Pwllheli Doctors Surgery - see news item below dated 20th March...

 

The UK Official Government advice as of the 22nd March is for the public to avoid all unnecessary travel. All pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes are closed.

 

The Common sense advice is that NOW IS NOT THE RIGHT TIME TO VISIT ABERSOCH.

 

The latest info on the spread of the virus in Wales can be found at the Public Health Wales website at https://phw.nhs.wales/

 

This website will also bring you the latest info on the local situation and we will also post relevant info on the twitter feed.

 

All other news items will appear below...

 

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Updated March 20 2020

Coronavirus - A Message From Local Doctors

Below is a message from the partners of Treflan surgery in Pwllheli.

Dear Manager

COVID19

Following government advice issued this week regarding the COVID19 outbreak we strongly urge you, as holiday park owners, to remind your customers about the necessity to stop all unnecessary travel. This includes travelling to a second home or visiting the area on holiday.

Our healthcare services are already stretched beyond their limits and it is highly unlikely that the healthcare infrastructure in the Dwyfor/Gwynedd locality will be able to cope with any additional demand during the outbreak. We also must inform you that the usual Temporary Resident Service that we normally commission will be non-existent. We have also been advised by our pharmacy colleagues that they will not be providing a minor ailments service to any patients with respiratory symptoms.

You should also make your customers aware that those who have travelled here on public transport may not be able to return home as services may be suspended due to staff shortages.

We cannot emphasise enough how concerned we are about this influx of visitors to the area over the past week and we are gravely concerned about their welfare and potential inability to access healthcare during this pandemic.

Yours sincerely

The Partners of Treflan Surgery

https://www.facebook.com/MeddygfaTreflan-1420562314903462

 

 

 

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March 13 2020

POSTPONED - Abersoch RNLI New To You Sale
Unfortunately, due to the increasing concerns about possible transmission of the corona virus the RNLI has decided to postpone the New to You event to a later date. They very much regret disappointing people who had planned to support them at this event, but would not like to risk being the medium for passing the virus around and understand the concerns that some people have expressed to them about this possibility.

 

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March 06 2020

POSTPONED - Pen LLyn Coastal Trail Series
The team behind the Pen Llyn Ultra races, Team Beautifully Brutal are organising a fun and easily accessible series of trail races in the area this May...

These shorter distances are a great way to have a day out with your friends on the coastal path and trails with a few drinks afterwards!

Here is more information on what we have in store for you!

RACE DATE 24th MAY 2020

3 Dragons for you and your friends to choose from 10K, Half and Marathon

The ‘Draig Bach’ 10km is suited to all abilities and is jam packed with a good mix of terrain

The ‘Draig Mawr’ Half Marathon will test its competitors with fast trail to soft beach then as a few of you will have already have experienced the lung busting climb up the Llanbedrog headland before the leg trashing return

The ‘Draig Hir’ Marathon completes the races with an undulating coastal hugging and vertically challenging Route with everything the Pen Llyn can and does throw at you. ITRA and UTMB point for the Marathon distance

International competitors please contact the team directly for assistance with travel, pick up and accommodation...

Sign up today:- at: www.penllyncoastaltrailseries.co.uk


 

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March 06 2020

Abersoch RNLI New To You Sale
Abersoch RNLI will be holding a New to You sale for clothes and accessories in the Village Hall on Saturday 21st March from 10:00 to 12:30. This will be the time to clear you wardrobes to be able to buy for the new season, or to find the bargain buy to refresh your look. Tables to sell your unwanted items will be £10, and can be booked in advance by emailing abersochrnlifundraising@gmail.com

Entry on the day will be £2, to include coffee and biscuit.


 

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March 06 2019

Update On The Warren Application For All Year Round Opening
This application has been approved.

 

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February 27 2019

Latest On The Warren Application For All Year Round Opening
Following on from the news item back in November regarding Haulfryn Group's application to change the Warren to allow all year round use, the latest news is that Gwynedd Council planning officers have recommended the application to be approved by councillors. However, Llanengan Community Councillors suggest that approval would lead to what would effectively be a huge new estate of permenant homes in the village and it would also open the door for other parks to follow suit. Those in favour of the proposal say that it would have a positive effect on the local economy and that there are measures in place which restrict the holiday homes from being used as places to live all year round. The issue is expected to be decided at a planning meeting next week.

- A View From The Warren Photo from John at totallyabersoch.co.uk

 

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January 01 2020

Photos From The 2020 RNLI Abersoch New Year's Day Sea Dip
121 photos from today's annual RNLI sponsored sea dip are available to view at John Wormald's website. This year's event drew a huge crowd and very large number of participants, braving the icy waters for a great cause. All the money raised helps the local lifeboat crew maintain their 24hr / 365 day rescue cover for an area that runs from near Pwllheli, all the way to Bardsey Island and out into Cardigan Bay. Without events such as these, there would probably not be a lifeboat, so well done to all involved in continuing to raise money for the RNLI... and to the volunteer crew and officials of the station who give up hundreds of hours of their time each year.


The photos can be viewed at...

 

https://john53.zenfolio.com/nyddip2020

 

The BBC also provided some coverage on their website at:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-50966203

 

 

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January 01 2020

Photos From The 3rd Abersoch San Silvestre 6K Run
New Year's Eve saw the third edition of this increasingly popular event and John Wormald of Totally Abersoch was there on Abersoch main beach to capture it.

The photos can be viewed at...

 

https://john53.zenfolio.com/ss6krun2019

 

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December 18 2019

Fears For The Future Of Abersoch School
Ysgol Abersoch is in the news today, with an article and video on the BBC News website about the school panto, which will be performed today by its 7 pupils. However, the item has a serious message, as Gwynedd Council are considering closure of the school, due to its very low numbers.

To view the article and watch the item, visit:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-50809546

 

There is also another media item on the school on the Daily Post website, written in September when school numbers were at 9.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/gwynedd-school-just-nine-pupils-16904340

 

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December 11 2019

The 3rd Abersoch San Silvestre 6K Run
So who would like to come & join us for the last run of the year?

31st Dec 12pm starting from the yacht club end of the beach.
Post run @SCYC for prize giving & Basque raffle + food & drinks.

EVERYONE WELCOME!
ALL proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Enter race/raffle at Kin & Co & Abersoch Watersports or up to 1 hr before on the beach. — with cardiganuk, SCYC - South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club Abersoch and Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

 

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December 02 2019

Photos From The Christmas Festival Weekend Now Online
After another very successful and well attended Abersoch Christmas Festival weekend, 136 photos from the event are available to view and download at John Wormald's Totally Abersoch website.

Check out the photos at: https://john53.zenfolio.com/xmas2019

 

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November 29 2019

The Dining Room Named Seafood Restaurant Of The Year

The 2nd Restaurant Awards 2019 Welsh Edition, took place earlier this week, with representatives of the best restaurants that operate in the country gathered under one roof to celebrate the champions of the industry.

Abersoch's The Dining Room, with chef Si Toft at the helm, was nominated for the Best Seafood Restaurant and won!

A Spokesperson for The Restaurant Awards-Welsh Edition 2019 said: “The awards have acknowledged the restaurants for the overall experience they provide to their guests, including; the friendly staff, comfortable environment, excellent ambience and rich menu amongst other criteria.

“We would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for contributing to making the country well known for its great food."

Learn more about The Dining Room at: www.thediningroomabersoch.co.uk

 

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November 28 2019

Abersoch Christmas Festival Weekend - Starts Today...
The Abersoch Christmas Festival is almost here, with the event kicking off in the Village Hall car park later this afternoon, followed by the switching on of "Lee's Christmas Lights". Tomorrow, sees the centre of the village as the focus and the arrival of Sion Corn, known in English as Father Christmas!

For the latest programme of events - Click on the images for details in Welsh and English.

 

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November 19 2019

Abersoch RNLI New Year's Dip - Into the Roaring Twenties!
The fancy dress theme for the 20-20 RNLI New Year’s Day Dip is ‘The Roaring Twenties’, so you can look forward to seeing our usual imaginative interpretations of the theme, either looking back to the 1920s or forward to the 2020s, dashing across the Abersoch main beach at 12 noon on New Year’s Day.
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.
After the Dip hot showers will be available in SCYC, where The Cove will also be open to everybody, serving a hog roast, soup and mulled wine.

For the 2019 edition of this event, John Wormald has a selection of great photos on his site at: https://john53.zenfolio.com/nyddip2019

 

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November 19 2019

Farrel Over The 50 Knot Speed Barrier Again!
Abersoch windsurfer and the head of O'Shea clothing, iSUP and watersports company, Farrel O'Shea, had another incredible run at the Luderitz speed canal in Namibia. Despite not quite matching his British Record breaking run of 51.2 knots (59 mph!) from back in 2015, he still went through the elusive 50 knot barrier by clocking 50.68 knots.

As we have reported in the past, Farrel was one of the first British sailors to break the 30 knot barrier in the 1980's, however, at that time he was best known as one of Britain's most radical wave sailors. Farrel started out as a teenager in the late 1970's, by windusurfing on his local lake (see photo opposite), and you can read more about his windurfing career at... https://osheasup.com/about-us/

 

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November 17 2019

Daily Post Article On Winter In Abersoch...
There's a new article about Abersoch on the Daily Post North Wales Live website. Despite the rather questionable headline, there are some interesting comments from the various business owners quoted in the article - so it is worth a read.

To put things into perspective, the 1980'as and first half of the 1990's were incredibly quiet in the village, with very few businesses open from October to Easter - so in relative terms, Abersoch has become much, much busier in winter in recent years. Of the relatively new businesses to open since 1995, West coast Surf was one of the first of the seasonal type businesses to open 12 months of the year.

- click here to read the article

 

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November 15 2019

Abersoch Christmas Festival Weekend - Latest Info...
The Abersoch Christmas Festival is only a couple of weeks away and the latest programme of events is now available.

Click on the images for details in Welsh and English.

 

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November 15 2019

Horizon Walking Group - Winter Walks

Local walking group, Horizon, have released their programme of walks on Pen Llyn for this winter and next spring. All are welcome to attend with stout, comfortable footwear advised, as well as a waterproof coat.

 A voluntary contribution of 50p is appreciated, which is used to pay for postage and hire of the village hall, with any surplus going to charities.

Croeso i bawb - All welcome!

Click here for the latest programme.


 

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November 15 2019

The Warren Hopes To Open All Year
The Haulfryn owned holiday park at the Warren, Abersoch, is applying to open all year round. Currently, property owners on the site have to vacate for 6 weeks in winter, so that the council tax does not have to be paid. It hopes the result would be an increase in employment in the area and a boost to tourism. It is unclear what the implications for council tax will be, which is currently a highly controversial topic in the area, due to many second home owners switching from council tax to business rates, thus paying alot less. Those switching to business rates suggest the fact that Gwynedd Council have increased second home council tax by 50%, played a large part in their decision.

- A View From The Warren Photo from John at totallyabersoch.co.uk

 

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November 04 2019

Great Conditions For The Surf Contest
The North Wales Open surf contest was back this year and was held on Sunday 3rd November at Porth Ceiriad. Conditions were excellent, with some spectacular waves and surfing.

Results were as follows:
Results Open:
1.Urien Davies-Hughes 2.Rob Dodd 3.Llywelyn Williams
Results Juniors:
1.Noah Wood 2.Gwion Brown 3.Charlie Middleton

The event was organised by Phill at Abersoch Watersports with prizes donated by Inland Sea and West Coast Surf Shop.

Photo from John at totallyabersoch.co.uk

 

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November 02 2019

Pen Llyn Ultra Marathon - Winter Edition

A week today (9th November), sees the challenging and "Beautifully Brutal", Pen Llyn Ultras Winter Edition come to Pen Llyn for the 2nd year.

This Sold Out Event is a UTMB qualifier and certainly packs a punch with competitors potentially having to wade through the cold winter sea on a few segments of the course as well as enduring a gruelling climb up the ‘Stairway to Hell’.

170 competitors from all over the world will battle it out on the harsh 35 mile terrain and winter weather, with the current course record held by Huw Brassington in a time of 6 hours.

Many competitors are running to raise funds for independent charities as well as this years charity of choice Prostate Cymru.

To find out where you can come and support, below is the link to the Competitors Road Book giving you the route and Checkpoint locations...

https://penllynultra.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Pen-Llyn-Winter-Ultra2019-1.pdf

For more info on the race and also the summer editions, which include 50 mile, 75 mile and 100mile races - visit https://penllynultra.co.uk

 

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November 01 2019

SCYC Looking For An Office Manager

Due to the fact that our Office Manager, Jude, is retiring next year after many years at the Club, which means that the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club (SCYC) is looking to fill that position with a suitable candidate. 

The position requires a self-motivated and organized person who is confident in dealing with people, is customer focused, has the ability to self-manage and to use their initiative in day to day situations.  Experience of office administrative duties, basic knowledge of accounting and computer literacy is essential, including knowledge of Excel as well as familiarity with social media.

The ideal person for this role is someone who is able to be flexible in their working hours, with a willingness to adapt and respond to a busy working club and its members.  Working in a spectacular location with a variety of responsibilities, it’s obviously pretty full-on during the peak season, but for the rest of the year offers a high degree of flexibility and a remuneration package comparable with anything else in the area. 

Candidates are invited to contact the Club, in confidence, on info@scyc.co.uk.

 

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October 30 2019

Abersoch Second Homes Controversy On BBC
The controversy of second homes in the Abersoch area being registered as businesses has really come to the fore, since Gwynedd council increased the council tax on second homes by 50%. The issue has recently been discussed on the BBC Sunday Politics programme and an article highlighting the issue has been posted on the BBC News website.

The article can be read on the BBC News website at: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-50183132

 

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October 19 2019

Abersoch Christmas Festival Weekend - Latest Info...
With Autumn flying by, the Abersoch Christmas Festival is rapidly approaching and the organisers of this lovely event has released the initial programme of events. Further info will be issued in the next few weeks.

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October 13 2019

Warren Sandbar Opens
The Warren Sandbar opened for business today and is a very welcome addition to the range of bars, cafes and restaurants available in the area. Built from scratch to a high standard, along with a spectacular location on the Warren beach, should ensure that this will be a popular venue. The Sandbar is open to the general public, with Haulfryn holiday home owners receiving priority booking for the restaurant.

Further info on opening hours, menus etc will appear on their Facebook page as it develops at: www.facebook.com/warrensandbar/
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October 09 2019

Abersoch RNLI New Year's Dip Theme Announced
The fancy dress theme for the 20-20 RNLI New Year’s Day Dip is ‘The Roaring Twenties’, so you can look forward to seeing our usual imaginative interpretations of the theme, either looking back to the 1920s, looking forward to the 2020s or any other variations on the theme, all dashing across the Abersoch main beach at 12 noon on New Year’s Day.
Further information will be made available nearer the time.

For the 2019 edition of this event, John Wormald has a selection of great photos on his site at: https://john53.zenfolio.com/nyddip2019

 

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October 05 2019

Thinking Of Learning Welsh Coffee Morning
The time to learn Welsh has never been better...

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September 29 2019

Free Parking At Village Hall Car Park Until Easter

The committee of the village hall have allowed the village hall parking to be free of charge until Easter.

 

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September 29 2019

Children's Halloween Party
The 24th October is the date for the Mynytho school - Ysgol Foel Gron Halloween Party.

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September 26 2019

Abersoch Taste Weekend 2019
This weekend is Abersoch Taste Weekend!

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September 08 2019

Abersoch RNLI Sponsored Bike Ride

Abersoch RNLI is once again holding a Sponsored Bike Ride for keen cyclists and family groups.  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 6th 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.  14-15 year olds may ride unaccompanied on the 15 and 9½ mile routes with parental permission.  Under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult on the 15 and 9½ mile routes.

All routes are tried and tested by local riders and designed around our beautiful North West Wales Llŷn 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 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 medal and slate coaster.

You can enter online at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abersoch-rnli-sponsored-bike-ride-2019-tickets-54585133604, or at The Vaynol on the day.

Registration and entry will open at The Vaynol at 8:45am, but riders will not be released to start until 9:00am.

To download a sponsorship form Click here

 

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September 06 2019

THE ROC 2019
This Saturday sees THE ROC take place along with the Abersoch Holiday Homes ROC Mini Trail.
THE ROC is a tough 115km endurance triathlon that starts at 8am on Abersoch beach with a 1.5km sea swim, then 50km on bike to the foot of Snowdon, run up The Watkin Path to Snowdon's summit and back down again. A return 50km bike back to Abersoch, finishing with a 1km run along the beach to the finish. First triathlete expected back around 1pm.

 

THE ROC is sold out but at 11:30am on Saturday there is a 4.6km Trail Race that starts and finishes on Abersoch beach. There are still entries available at www.abersochtriplecrown.com/roc-mini-trail-4-6/ or you can enter at The Vaynol on Friday 5pm - 9pm or on the morning of the race. There are trophies and £50 each for first male & female and some category prizes for U11 and U14 1st boy and girl.

If you're not entering then get down to the beach and support everyone that is taking part. There's a bar and music with Darren Proctor of Hits Radio and Chris Hawkins of BBC 6 Music hosting throughout the day. For further information go to www.theroc.com

 

 

August 19 2019

Persons In Difficulty In The Sea At Porth Neigwl

From the Abersoch Coastguard Rescue Team - news of an incident at Porth Neigwl at the weekend... "A number of people enjoying the water got into trouble off Porth Neigwl/Hell’s Mouth this afternoon in very strong winds and an outgoing tide and had to be rescued by a surfer - thanks Dave! One of those rescued was given oxygen by two of our excellent local first responders and was then helicoptered to Ysbyty Gwynedd/ Bangor Hospital where we wish him all the best and a speedy recovery."

Source- www.facebook.com/AbersochCoastguard

 

 

August 19 2019

Cardigan Bay Challenge

A Charity Channel length swim from Barmouth to Abersoch is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 27th August. The swim is in aid of Plastic Oceans, RNLI and the Air Ambulance service and will be completed by a team of 3 swimmers accompanied by safety kayaks and a rest boat. 

Thir aim is to raise funds and awareness for their chosen charities as well as awareness for plastic pollution which has become increasingly alarming over the past years.

The swim was originally scheduled for the 10th August, but was postponed due to bad weather.

You can follow the teams progress at:

www.facebook.com/pg/cardiganbaychallenge

and hey have a crowdfunding page set up at:

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/cardigan-bay-challenge

 

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August 10 2019

Zinc Terrace Re-Opens

Following on from the news that the popular covered terrace at Zinc had to close for a number of days, things are now back to normal, with the terrace now open again.

 

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August 05 2019

Zinc Temporarily Closes Outside Terrace

Some sad news from Zinc..."Due to unforeseen circumstances we are having to close our back terrace area until further notice. These are for reasons out of our control. For those of you with Restaurant reservations outside we are working hard this morning to try and fit you all in. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and unfortunately we will not be taking any reservations until we able to re-open. We will do our best to update you on the situation as soon as we can. Please call us on 01758 713433 if you have any concerns regarding your reservations. Thank you."

 

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August 01 2019

Abersoch Regatta Timetable

A reminder that the annual regatta events commence on the 7th August...

The Abersoch Regatta is an annual series of events run by "the Abersoch village community" each August for local people and of course for all the visitors to the area and is one of the only community run regatta type events in the UK. The events are designed to be fun for families and people of all ages and include the famous raft race, a golf competition, sand castle building, crab catching, surf and paddleboarding comps and the famous sailing regatta day at SCYC, where the first Abersoch regatta was held back in 1881! Each year, the various events in the village raise money for local good causes. For more info - see www.abersochregatta.co.uk

 

 

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July 24 2019

Scorchio Weather / Litter Issues

Tuesday July 23rd saw some searing temperatures across the Llyn Peninsula, with over 30C recorded in Porthmadog, with Aberdaron seeing temperatures between 23C and 24C before a northerly sea breeze kicked in during the afternoon, allowing the cooler seas to influence the temperatures at the weather station site. The Abersoch and Pwllheli areas also reported temperatures close to 30C, which is just about as hot as it can possibly get in these locations.

 

The hot weather has coincided with the school holidays, which is wonderful to see, however, it has also brought some unwanted aspects. The photo opposite was posted to the Abersoch Beach Carers Facebook Group this morning, showing that a minority of people continue to be incredibly inconsiderate to their surroundings. Thanks to the dedication of the local voluntary litter pickers, who help keep the beaches clean.

 

Abersoch Beach Carers has a Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/376906646427355

 

Llanengan Litter Pickers have a Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1948299518560778

 

 

 

July 23 2019

Serious Crash With Woman Airlifted To Hospital

Sad news of the crash near to the Warren, which closed the A499 for 3 hours yesterday afternoon. Local firefighters freed a trapped woman from a vehicle and she was then flown by Air Ambulance to hospital.
The Daily Post has a report on its website - here.

 

 

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July 20 2019

News Round Up...Another Gwynedd Council Own Goal?

According to the Daily Post and other media outlets, planning officers have stated that 2 couples who want to build their own homes in Llanengan, should be refused permission as the homes would end up being worth too much!!!

Councillors have so far rejected the planning officers recommendations though, according to the article in the Post, "Cllr Stephen Churchman described it as one of the “hardest decisions” he’d ever been faced with but said “with a heavy heart” he would have to refuse."

The story can be read in more details on the Daily Post website and also on the Cambrian News website.

 

In other news, Bear Grylls' potential slipway on the island is being tweaked, so will need further approval from planners - more info here and a beach hut on the main beach in Abersoch has sold for £110,000 - see here.

Kevin Bell has completed his paddleboard and walk from Abersoch to Poynton in Cheshire, raising thousands of pounds in charity for Cancer Research. He hopes to complete the sections on the peninsula which were missed out due to sea conditions, later in the summer.

 

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July 09 2019

Owi Needs Help

Many will know Owi or his dad, who used to launch boats at Vic and Gill's yard - and the horrible news is that Owi has had a serious accident in Bali... this is the text from the GoFundMe page for him...

"As some of you may already know our dear freind Owi has been involved in an accident whilst spending his last few days in Bali...
He is currently unconscious in intensive care. Nobody knows exactly what had happened but all we do know is Owi and his parents really need our help.
Caroline and Vic (his mother and father) are currently on their way out to Bali to be by his side. Words can not describe what they must be going through.
If we can all pull together and help in any way, it'll go really far. The expenses of both Owis hospital stay and treatment, Carolines and Vics flights and time out - they are going to be through the roof and I know they would appreciate any form of help from all of his friends and family.
Owi is a fighter, let's aid his recovery and his parents sanity.
Thank you for reading and huge thanks of behalf of his parents for donating, whether it's a small amount or large amount.

Our thoughts are with you Owi."

https://www.gofundme.com/bring-owi-jones-back-home-safely

 

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July 09 2019

O'Shea Inflatable SUP

One of the best selling brands of inflatable SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards) are based near Abersoch and have launched a new website to showcase their ever expanding range. With high quality contstruction techniques and design, the boards have a proven record of performance and longevity. The boards are available locally at the OffAxis shops in Abersoch and Pwllheli - and you can find out more at...

https://osheasup.com

 

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July 09 2019

Cannabis Farm In The Centre Of Abersoch Raided

A property on the high street of Abersoch was raided by Police at the weekend, resulting in the discovery of a cannabis growing operation.

3 people from the Pen Llyn area been arrested.

Photo - North Wales Police.

www.north-wales.police.uk/news-and-appeals/abersoch-warrant-execution-leads-to-cannabis-arrests

 

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July 09 2019

Abersoch Regatta Timetable For 2019

The timetable for the village run, 2019 Abersoch Regatta events has been released and is available by clicking on the image opposite. The Abersoch Regatta is an annual series of events run by "the Abersoch village community" each August for local people and of course for all the visitors to the area and is one of the only community run regatta type events in the UK. The events are designed to be fun for families and people of all ages and include the famous raft race, a golf competition, sand castle building, crab catching, surf and paddleboarding comps and the famous sailing regatta day at SCYC, where the first Abersoch regatta was held back in 1881! Each year, the various events in the village raise money for local good causes. For more info - see www.abersochregatta.co.uk

 

 

June 24 2019

Busy Day For Coastguard Teams & Local Lifeboat Crews

Local coastguards, the coastguard SAR helicopter and the Abersoch Lifeboat were called out early this morning to join the search for a missing teenage girl, who was located in the water off Abersoch and taken to hospital by ambulance.

During the morning, the coastguard rescue team (CRT) were called out again, this time to assist the Porth Dinllaen team with the recovery of dogs and their owners who had gone over cliffs, with no safe access. Porthdinllaen RNLI recovered a person stranded at the bottom the cliffs and the dogs, however, unfortunately and very sadly for all involved, one of the dogs had died from the fall.

Remember, if you are caught up in any coastal emergency, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard, who then alert the local CRT and the local RNLI Lifeboat.

 

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June 13 2019

Charity Paddle Board To Poynton!

Kevin Bell, who lives in Llanengan is embarking on Saturday on a 200 mile paddle board from Abersoch to Poynton in Cheshire in aid of Cancer Research.

He'll be setting off on this arduous adventure on Saturday morning, leaving the Golf Slipway at 9.45am, where anybody can join him on the first leg just along the beach to Mickey's.

The rest of day one will then see him attempting a difficult section round Bwlchtocyn, across Porth Ceiriad, around Cilan Headland and into Hell's Mouth.

Thereafter, the journey will take him from Hell's Mouth to Aberdaron from Aberdaron, through the dangerous waters of Bardsey Sound, and into Porth Oer (Whistling Sands). Kevin will be accompanied by other paddlers and will continue up the coast and eventually across the mouth of the Dee estuary and onto the Bridgewater Canal at Runcorn.

He will be posting a full daily itinerary and updates on his social media accounts:
Insta: @kevinbellwaterman
Facebook: Kevin Bell Abersoch
Twitter: @thehometownpad1

You can donate to a very worthy cause via one of our cash collections en route or via his JustGiving page:
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kevin-bell14

 

For those unfamiliar with the waters once you leave the relatively sheltered bay of Abersoch, Kevin will undoubtedly face some very challenging waters on his first days, once he heads through the sound and towards Ceiriad and Cilan and on subsequent days towards Bardsey and beyond. This looks like a really, really difficult challenge...

     

 

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June 08 2019

Venetia Sold...

The wonderful Venetia Restaurant With Rooms, which has graced the high street of Abersoch for many years - providing top notch accommodation and food, has been sold. Marco and Jayne will open the restaurant for the final time this evening (Sat 8th), however, accommodation will be available until the end of August.
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May 31 2019

Horizon Walking Group Summer Programme...

Sustainable Abersoch Cynaliadwy - SAC – is a local volunteer group with a range of interests and activities working towards a sustainable future for the village community. SAC support the Horizon Walking Group, who have recently released their programme of summer walks around the area. All walks start at 11am and all are welcome to paticipate, with a vountary contribution of 50p per walker...

Click here for the full programme of summer walks.

 

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April 26 2019

News Round Up...

Those who were lucky to have visited Abersoch for the Easter Weekend saw some sublime weather, with several days of consecutive warmth and sunshine, which would not have been out of place in the middle of summer. The still early morning's on the beach were a feature of this fine spell, with a glassy bay due to the lack of breeze. The main beach was as busy as a summer holiday day, as can be seen on the photo opposite, taken by John of www.totallyabersoch.co.uk. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and the last couple of days have seen a return of the rather more changeable weather, with a Met Office named storm, "Storm Hannah", set to bring some gales to the area overnight and into Saturday. This forecast has led to the cancellation of the "Roc" endurance triathlon event, that was due to commence on Saturday morning.

Looking ahead and there is a new series of races which are set to take place on Sunday May 26th, starting from the Golf Club in Pwllheli and from the organisers of the Pen Llyn Ultras. The Pen Llyn Coastal & Trail Series consists of 3 race options, a 10K and Half and Full Marathon distances, with the Marathon taking the beautiful route along the coastal path from Abersoch and round to Porth Neigwl. These trail races are in response to the growing popularity of trail running, which is a subject we'll be returning to in the near future.

For more info on the Pen Llyn Coastal Trail Series, visit:
www.penllyncoastaltrailseries.co.uk

     

 

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April 08 2019

New Website For Graham Eaton...

Abersoch regular, Graham Eaton, who is a diver and award winning landscape and wildlife photographer, has a new website to showcase his work.

Graham has won several National and International awards for both wildlife and landscape photography including: The Wildlife Photographer of the Year; The International Mono Awards; The British Wildlife Photography Awards; The Landscape Photographer of the Year; The Denver Audobon International; British Life Photography Awards; Memorial Maria Lucia; The Los Angeles Open Underwater and several others.

His work has also been published in many publications worldwide including BBC News; BBC Wildlife Magazine; Birdwatching Magazine; Professional Photographer Magazine; RSPB Birds; BP Magazine; Diver Magazine; Country Life; The British Journal of Photography; Cheshire Life; Countryside Magazine; Mail on Sunday; GEO Spain; Daily Telegraph; The Guardian; The Times; Nikon Owner; Birds Illustrated Magazine; TGO, Welsh Coast; The Photographer and many others.

All the images on the new site are available as fine art prints, including some new work on Pen Llyn Waves, such as the photo shown opposite.

His site is well worth a visit: www.grayeatonimages.co.uk

     

 

 

 

 

March 26 2019

Venetia Retain Gold Award For 12th Year Running...

Congratulations to Abersoch's Venetia Reataurant with Boutique Accommodation, on their retention of the Visit Wales Gold award for the 12th year running.
The restaurant is open on Mothering Sunday 31st March 2019, 12 noon – 3 pm serving a traditional Sunday roast and dishes from their a la carte / Chicchetti menu.

Find out more about Venetia at: www.venetiawales.com

     

 

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March 04 2019

Porth Neigwl / Hell's Mouth Clean Up...

Llanengan Litter Pickers have organised a beach clean up at Porth Neigwl on Sunday 10th March from 10am to midday. This follows a successful clean up organided by Surfers Against Sewage recently. The recent storms continue to bring in large quantities of plastic waste onto our beaches, so these clean ups are becoming more and more important. All welcome to attend and help.

 

Llanengan Litter Pickers have a Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1948299518560778

 

Abersoch also has a Beach Carers group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/376906646427355

 

It is great to see these volunteer groups helping to keep our beaches clean.

 

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February 05 2019

Gwynedd Council Tax Survey - Have Your Say...

Gwynedd Council have posted a Financial Strategy Questionnaire on their website. It suggests that, "Before Gwynedd councillors agree of the Council Tax rate and the Financial Strategy for April 2019 onwards, there’s an opportunity for the people of Gwynedd to have their say on these options by completing this questionnaire. In accordance with the Data Protection Act (2018), your responses will be completely confidential and it will not be possible to recognise you from your response." Further info is available here and the questionnaire can be found by clicking here...

     

 

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February 05 2019

Development Of The Gwynedd Marine Code...
The Gwynedd Marine Code project is being developed further after a series of

meetings brought local operators and stakeholders together to share their views on the project. Initial engagement meetings were held mid-January and further meetings are expected to take place later in the year.

The current Gwynedd Marine Code can be viewed by clicking here... note that any reckless disturbance of protected species is a criminal offence.

     

 

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January 01 2019

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda / Happy New Year... RNLI Dip Photos...

Another huge sea dip took place today in Abersoch, all in aid of Abersoch RNLI. Report to follow, however, John Wormald has a selection of great photos on his site at: https://john53.zenfolio.com/nyddip2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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