In a small and socially safe service, the Mayor, Cllr John Wyn Williams, joined representatives of the Royal British Legion and the North Wales Police in an act of commemoration and remembrance this morning to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. The City Council would like to echo the message from the Welsh Government and encourage everyone to celebrate this day but to do so safely and within the social distancing guidelines.
For some ideas on how to mark the occasion while staying at home, click here ve-vjday75.gov.uk/get-involved
As the nation comes together here are some significant times:
2.45 pm: Extracts of Winston Churchill’s announcement that the war is over will be transmitted.
2.55 pm: Bugle, trumpet and cornet players are invited to play the Last Post.
3.00 pm: Everyone is invited to raise a glass in national toast to those who gave so much.
9.00 pm: Message from the Queen and Vera Lynn will again lead the nation in singing We’ll Meet Again.
Due to the continued spread of the Covid-19 virus and for the safety of the people of Bangor it has been decided to suspend the Friday markets, until further notice.
As a result of the increasing spread of the Covid 19 virus (Coronavirus) and Government advice regarding social distancing, Bangor City Council has today taken the difficult decision to close Bangor Pier to the public until further notice. As such the Pier will close at 4.30 pm this afternoon.
The City Council apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Mayor of Bangor, Councillor John Wyn Williams, recently celebrated his 70th birthday.
A large gathering of friends and family attended the birthday celebration at Bangor Rygbi Club with the aim of collecting money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The Alzheimer’s Society is very close to John’s heart and it is immense pride that John was able to collect the sum in excess of £2500.
The money collected is to be used locally in the Gwynedd and Anglesey are for the Alzheimer Society’s ‘Side By Side’ service.
Side by Side is a volunteer-led service which helps people living with dementia to continue to play active roles in their communities. The service helps them to lead fulfilling lives, and reduces loneliness and isolation.
A cheque was recently presented by Councillor John Wyn Williams to a local representative of the Alzheimer Society.
The Bangor community, at large, turned out in great numbers on Sunday (15th December) to support, what was again a very successful Christmas Market.
The Market was run and organised by Bangor City Council, the People of Bangor Community Group, supported by the Gwynedd School of Dance.
The Deiniol Centre welcomed numerous craft vendors into the mall to display their goods, including a vast array of ‘festive spirits’ and additional market stalls and food vendors extended up the High Street. In addition, there was a great range of Music and entertainment in Tan-y-Fynwent, which included performances by ‘Elsa’, the Gwynedd School of Dance, a local DJ, and percussion fun for all by CAPOEIRA MOCAMBO.
Among other attractions, live reindeers came visiting, while Father Christmas was in his grotto, courtesy of the Debenham’s store.
Thanks to the support of Gwynedd County Council there were children’s rides a car park in the centre of the City.
Bangor City Council sincerely thank everyone who played a part in the event, especially the market Inspector, North Wales Police and Gwynedd County Council.
The Boundary Commission’s Final Recommendations Report for Gwynedd County Council was submitted to Welsh Ministers on 6 November 2018. There is a period of six weeks where Welsh Ministers may not make an Order. You may wish to take this opportunity to write to them with your views on the Final Recommendations. The six week period will end on 18 December 2018.
The Final Recommendations Report contains all of the Commission’s recommendations for the County of Gwynedd. Where it has made changes to the existing arrangements a description of the change, the representations it has received, the reasons for any change and a map of the proposals are contained in the report.
The Commission has now discharged its duties and it is now for Welsh Government and it’s Ministers to decide how to proceed. Ordinarily they will make an Order.
The Commission would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who took the time to make representations as well as the County Council for their assistance in the conduct of the review.
The reports, maps and other supporting information for the review can be found below.
The War Memorial Cross, plinths, steps, slabs and naming slates have recently been repaired and renovated by the City Council as part of the 100 year Remembrance of the end of World War 1.
Successful grant applications with monies from CADW and the War Memorials Trust as well as a contribution from the City Council have enabled the work to be undertaken.
Works included cleaning, stone repairs, resin pinning, mortar re-pointing, brass cleaning, parapet, stone and blockwork repairs. It also entailed a refurbishment of the slate slabs and repainting of the lettering.
France Moreton, Director of the War Memorials Trust said “War memorials are a tangible connection to our shared past creating a link between the fallen and today. It is vital we ensure all our war memorials are in the best possible condition for their age and the charity is delighted to support this project. The centenary of World War 1 is a wonderful opportunity for communities across the country to protect and conserve their war memorials. If anyone knows of any other war memorials that need attention please contact us.”
The Mayor of Bangor, Councillor John Wynn Jones said “This important renovation will enhance the City Centre and give us a war memorial to be proud of. This is a place where respect and remembrance is given to the fallen, we must therefore ensure it is kept in good condition and held in great esteem”
Town Clerk, Ian Jones said “we are grateful to Welsh Government, CADW and the War Memorials Trust for their help and guidance in funding this work as the Memorial was suffering some disrepair and neglect. We hope this renovation will keep the cross and memorial in good stead for many years to come.”
Bangor City Council has resolved to repair and restore the Garth Pier which has not received any major maintenance works for many years and is now in need of a refurbishment. The last restoration and renovation programme was in 1986.
Due to the precarious nature of this work substantial scaffolding is required as is stringent Health and Safety measures. There is also a requirement to dispose of all waste material in compliance with the regulations and a Marine Licence application was made and lodged with Natural Resources Wales and a dialogue has been ongoing with other interested parties.
The City Council apologises for any inconvenience during this construction project but these works are deemed necessary to secure the future stability and safety of the Pier for future generations to enjoy.
The City of Bangor Council has dug deep into its finances to form a partnership with Gwynedd Council to keep open the three Gwynedd owned public toilets in the City.
For 2018/19 the City Council will contribute £10,000 to ensure the toilets remain open as Gwynedd cuts bite deep into the public services provided in the City. From 2018 the Council will look at other ways of maintaining the provision of public conveniences. The three toilets are located at Glanrafon, Tanfynwent and Garth Road. The City Council’s own public toilet at the end of the Pier is unaffected as this is already maintained by the City.
City Councillors felt it was imperative at this time of cutbacks that under-threat toilet provision had to be maintained and consideration was given to taking them over completely, however the Town Clerk informed the Council that taking them over was not an option available at present but could be feasible subject to conditions at a later date.