Monthly Archives: May 2012

27 May 2012

The Craig y Don Sports and Community Centre held its annual open day on Saturday 26th May.  The users of the centre put on displays and were on hand to chat; and the arts and craft groups had sales of work.

The centre very kindly allowed the Friends of the park to have a stall.  We used the opportunity to inform people about the Jubilee picnic, talk about our plans for the park and invite people to join the group.  It was great to have this chance to meet local people, and to hear their experiences of using the park and their views on how it could be improved.

Highlights of the open day included the art display, the model engines, the opportunity to look in on the bowls club and finding out Craig y Don now has a Croquet club.


This is the final weekly reminder – the Jubilee picnic in the park takes place Sunday 3rd June from noon.  Bring a picnic.

Craig y Don marks Queen’s Jubilee

The North Wales Pioneer 23 May 2012

A picnic will be held in Queen’s Park, Craig y Don, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee weekend from 12 noon on Sunday June 3.

On offer will be tea and coffee, cake stalls, tuck shops, a bouncy castle, lawn darts, football and a welly-throwing contest.

Entry is free and visitors are asked to bring their own picnic.

20 May 2012

It is only two weeks until the picnic in the park to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on 3 June.  The Friends of the park had a meeting on Tuesday at the County Hotel in Craig y Don to finalise arrangements.

The event is not being run as a fund raiser, but as an opportunity for everyone in the community to come together and have a good time.  A donation of £153 from Llandudno Town Council has allowed the Friends of the park to organise an event that we think will be fun and special for everyone.

We are asking people to come along at midday with a picnic.  Some tables and chairs will be provided and jubilee decorations will liven up the park.  There will be tea and coffee, a cake stall and tuck shop.  A welly throwing competition, lawn darts and football fun organised by Shane Cartwirght will provide some amusement.

If you have deck chairs, a picnic table or rug you may want to bring them as we have no idea how many people are likely to attend.  Donations for the cake stall will be really welcome.

The only uncertainty we have about the day is the weather. We are making arrangements for an inside venue, just in case.


Llandudno nightspot The Washington Nights closes

Daily Post 17 May 2012

The Washington Nights on East Parade has been bought from Punch Taverns by Fu Lee, owner of Fu’s Cantonese Restaurant in Caernarfon.

It’s unclear what the future of one of the town’s oldest and best known nightspots will be, as the current leaseholder Bijan Sharifian is seeking legal advice after claiming he was forced to cease trading last Friday night.

Mr Sharifian says the electricity was cut off, making it impossible to open. Up to £1,000 worth of food stored in the bar’s freezers was ruined because of the loss of power.

Mr Sharifian said: “We knew The Washington had been sold and we were negotiating with the new owner as we want to continue to run the venue as a nightspot.

“However, we are now having to get legal advice as the electricity was cut off making it impossible for us to trade.

“The building has been partly boarded up and we are being denied access, so at present I just don’t know how feasible it is for us to reopen.

He added: “If we don’t manage it then I’d like to say a big thank you to all the staff, and to all the people who have supported us over the years.”

Some observers believe that the closure of the nightclub will hit the local economy in the near future.

The general manager of the venue, Nicky Jones, said: “We are all really gutted as we’ve all lost our jobs, and it’s going to have a real knock-on effect for the town.

“Local suppliers, doormen, taxi drivers and DJs are all going to feel this, as well as our 20 staff, two of whom were disabled.

“We are still trying to find a way to pay the staff wages as we have lost so much money not being able to trade last weekend.

“We’ve had so many messages of support on Facebook because people are so upset at us having to close.”

David Harris, who worked at The Washington and who has special needs, said: “I waited outside The Washington all alone, it seemed like hours and I got upset and sad.

“I started crying and thought of the years I had been there, I loved working there.”

On Facebook there were dozens of comments. Holly Augood wrote: “Such a shame, The Wash will be missed by many.”

Christine Hughes said: “Gutted! Some amazing memories have been made at the Wash!

“Good luck to everyone for the future!”

Despite numerous attempts to contact Mr Fu Lee, he was unavailable for comment.

13 May 2012

The Victorian Extravaganza is a major event for Llandudno. It caters for young and old; and brings a lot people into the town every Mayday bank holiday.

The transport festival that takes place on Bodafon field over the same weekend seems to get less attention but is always well attended.  And for those of us in Craig y Don we have a real treat on a Saturday evening when a lot of the vehicles leave the field and go for a run to Conwy, travelling along Mostyn Avenue and up Queens Road.  It’s quite a spectacle and great to watch.


Plans are well under way for the Jubilee Big Lunch to be held in the park on
3rd June. Put the date in your diary!

6 May 2012

You may have noticed two new plant beds have been developed in the park over recent weeks.  In their own right they may be quite small, but for the park I think they represent a great step forward.  Let me explain.

The plants have been paid for by Keep Wales Tidy.  They are doing great work to encourage local action to protect and enhance the environment of Wales.  The preparation of the beds and planting were carried out by the Friends of the park, during their fortnightly gardening sessions.  This group are doing a great job of maintaining and enhancing the park.  And, this week they were assisted by children from the Craig y Don Playschool and pupils from Ysgol Gogarth.  We hope that this is the start of some close cooperation between the Friends of the park and these important parts of our local community.


Plans are well under way for the Jubilee Big Lunch to be held in the park on
3rd June. Put the date in your diary!