Monthly Archives: August 2012

26 August 2012

It is just a week until this year’s Craig y Don Party in the Park.  This is the biggest event organised by the Friends of the Park each year.  As well as a fundraiser it is a great opportunity for the community to get together – we always get lots of comments about how people appreciate this aspect.

There are a couple of differences this year.  The first is that we wanted to involve more of the community; so local businesses, charities and other groups have been invited to have a stall or simply come along and join in.  The other change is that we are holding it on a Sunday; we thought this may suit people who have business and family commitments on a Saturday.

Of course there will be plenty of familiar events and activities.  We hope there will be something for everyone.

See you there.

Andy

The Party in the Park is on Sunday 2nd September.  It starts at noon, entry is free and everyone is welcome.

It is just a week until this year’s Craig y Don Party in the Park.  This is the biggest event organised by the Friends of the Park each year.  As well as a fundraiser it is a great opportunity for the community to get together – we always get lots of comments about how people appreciate this aspect.

There are a couple of differences this year.  The first is that we wanted to involve more of the community; so local businesses, charities and other groups have been invited to have a stall or simply come along and join in.  The other change is that we are holding it on a Sunday; we thought this may suit people who have business and family commitments on a Saturday.

Of course there will be plenty of familiar events and activities.  We hope there will be something for everyone.

See you there.

Andy

The Party in the Park is on Sunday 2nd September.  It starts at noon, entry is free and everyone is welcome. More information at http://www.craigydon.co.uk/summer-party/

19 August 2012

Well done to Jeff Wright for creating his Olympic tree.  A Craig y Don resident and long standing and hardworking Friends of the park, Jeff can be relied on to come up with new ideas and follow them through.  He had lots of people visiting to see the tree, including Billy here, one of our local Olympic Torch carriers.

There will be some Olympic influence on this year’s Party in the Park on 2nd September.  You will be able to have your photo taken with an Olympic torch, there will be an Olympic quiz and Jeff is going to transfer his flags and medals to create an Olympic wall.  This is all in addition to the normal events and activities including bouncy castles, welly throwing, football, raffle, books stall, cake stall, tuck shop etc.

Andy

The Party in the Park is on Sunday 2nd September.  It starts at noon, entry is free and everyone is welcome.

Young Llandudno tenor sweeps the board at national Eisteddfod

North Wales Weekly News 16 August 2012 by Judith Phillips

A BRILLIANT young tenor swept all before him when he won three competitions and the prestigious Blue Riband award at the Royal National Eisteddfod last week.

Elgan Llyr Thomas, 22, from Craig-y-Don, Llandudno, is an aspiring opera singer who in the autumn will study at the Guildhall School of Music in London, following in the footsteps of his idol Bryn Terfel.

A former winner of the Bryn Terfel Scholarship at the Urdd National Eisteddfod, he has now won the Blue Riband for soloists under 25 at the Royal.

“It’s brilliant, and to be honest totally unexpected. I hoped to do well, but to win the Blue Riband is beyond anything I’d hoped for.

 “It’s the most prestigious prize in Wales for singers in the under 25 age group,” he commented.

Former Ysgol y Creuddyn pupil Elgan won the Welsh solo, the operatic solo, and the musical theatre solo in the 19-25 age group.

“There was a lot of rushing around, it was quite hectic and pressurised to do the preliminaries and the finals, and then I had to sing again for the Blue Riband,” he commented.

The Riband is accompanied by the Osborne Roberts Scholarship which will help towards the costs of his postgraduate Guildhall course which follows his success in getting a first class honours degree in music from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Elgan is already a seasoned concert performer having appeared with Bryn Terfel, Hayley Westenra and John Owen-Jones, and he will be gaining operatic experience when he takes the part of Macduff in Verdi’s opera Macbeth in an Opera Cymru production.

“We’ll spend two weeks rehearsing in Blaenau Ffestiniog before going on tour,” he added.

And he has recently recorded a CD at the Sain studios in Caernarfon which will be released soon.