Monthly Archives: July 2012

22 July

Plans are well under way for this year’s Party in the Park.  It is being held on Sunday 2nd September.  This is a day or two before the children go back to school.

This is the main fundraiser organised by the friends of the park, but as importantly it is a great opportunity for the residents of Craig y Don and Llandudno to come together and have a good time.  We have all the usual events lined up including fun dog show, raffle, tombola, cake stall, tuck shop, welly throwing, magic show and a football event.  Bryan George has agreed to compare and we are hoping to have some musical entertainment.  A couple of new events we hope to organise include art, photography, model engines and an obstacle course.

We want this year’s event to involve all members of the local community.  If there are any charities, clubs, groups or businesses based in Craig y Don that would like to be involved please contact us using the form at the side of this page.   Also any volunteers to help out on the day.


Party in the Park Sunday 2nd September

15 July 2012

Thank you to Sonia and Francis for holding an open garden this Sunday.  Also, thanks to everyone who donated cakes and everyone else for coming.  It was intended as a social event for the Friends of the park, and proved to be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon chatting and relaxing.  Inevitably there was a donations box, and the money raised will go towards maintaining and improving the park.

Sonia and Francis have developed a great garden in relatively little space.  They are very conscious of nature and wildlife; and everywhere you look there is something different to see.  It is a real inspiration for anyone who has a garden, showing what can be done with a bit of effort.  Of course we know that Sonia is the brains of then outfit and does most of the gardening and Francis is only called on to provide muscle power from time to time.

Thank you again, and we look forward to the next open garden.


We are now planning this year’s Party in the Park.  It will be on Sunday 2nd September. Put the date in you diary.

8 July 2012

A transformed aeroplane fuselage arrived in Llandudno today.  Adain Avion provides a centrepiece for a week of art-based celebrations.  It is part of the Cultural Olympiad, which accompanies the London Olympics.

Its route along the promenade was led by Llandudno Town Band and local schoolchildren.  It stopped outside Venue Cymru, where it will stay all week.

The DC-9 fuselage will host free performances, talks, films and activities.  A full programme of over 40 events is available at and includes:

  • An installation called Motor Head by Nick Elphick
  • Pilates and over 50’s fitness classes
  • A workshop on the beach called Patterning the Pebble by Tim Pugh
  • The Hapus Purl Knitters animation project
  • Ghost Buskers.

Llandudno is only one of four locations for this event.  The fuselage is certainly worth seeing and there is clearly a wide range of events.


1 July 2012

A contractor has been appointed this week to design and build the new Ysgol Gogarth.  This school is located in Craig y Don and caters for up to 170 children with special educational needs.

Willmott Dixon is the company selected to undertake the work.  They list education as one of their specialist areas and, according to their website, they approach their projects in a way that minimises environmental impacts and engages the whole community.  Their projects have won awards across the whole of the UK.

The new facilities will include classrooms and other teaching areas, library, IT spaces, therapy rooms, hydro-pool and sports hall.  The existing residential facilities will be extensively refurbished and outdoor areas including vehicle access, parking, sports and recreation areas will be developed and improved.

The project will cost approximately £18million and is being funded by the Welsh Government and Conwy County Borough Council.  It has been reviewed and approved by the Design Commission of Wales.

Building is due to start by the end of July.