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2019 News.

 

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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.

Click on the images for details in Welsh and English.

 

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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 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.
Ownership will change in September.


     

 

 

 

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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