Author: The Bangor Aye

A Hidden Portrait – BBC features painting by Bangor artist Pete Jones

Joe spent nearly 50 years in various institutions. His memory survives through the work of one of his nurses, Pete Jones from Bangor, who is also a portrait artist. The portrait will now be featured by the BBC as part of a series of short film documentaries. A Hidden Portrait, directed by Paul Hunt, is the remarkable story of Joe Bevans from Pembrokeshire who was taken away from his family at the age of 15 as he had learning difficulties, and subsequently spent over 50 years in long-term care institutions all over Wales, latterly at Bryn y Neuadd hospital...

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Hywel Williams: Government must protect lecturers from pension cuts

Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament for Arfon Hywel Williams is backing students at Bangor University who are set to protest against drastic cuts to the pension rights of their lecturers. A nationwide change to the University Superannuation Scheme (USS) would see an average lecturer lose an estimated 20-40% of their retirement benefits (around £9,000 a year) leading to fears that this could have a debilitating effect on morale and retention, and a knock-on effect on students. Hywel Williams MP, who was formerly on the staff at Bangor is also a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Students...

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Station wall cleared as part of ongoing Bangor tidy up

Following Gwynedd Council’s recent upgrade of the lighting and clearing the overgrowth of weeds under the railway bridge on Caernarfon Road, Arriva and Network Rail have been busy tidying up the retaining station wall this week. The work has been coordinated by Medwyn Hughes, Councillor for Hendre Ward, he said: “I’m pleased to see that following talks with Arriva and Network Rail that the retaining station wall is being cleared.” The work follows recent clearing projects in areas of Tai Station and the grounds of the old St David’s Church in Glanadda. Medwyn added: “As part of the Hendre...

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Bangor Snooker Club launch appeal to fix leaking roof

A leaking roof at the City Leisure Pool & Snooker Club in Bangor, has caused rain water to pour in on the stairs and toilets of the club and permanent damage is being done to the building. With the situation becoming worse and no money available, the club have now launched an appeal to help raise £3,000 for the essential repairs. The club, which is primarily a pool hall, has six high quality pool tables and two snooker tables, a licensed bar and dart boards. The club has teams playing in various local pool, snooker and darts leagues as...

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Bangor ‘Spring Clean’ planned to address litter problem

A ‘Spring Clean’ litter pick has been planned for Bangor as more and more people are becoming angry about the amount of litter in the city. The event is being organised by Plaid Cymru’s Catrin Wager, councillor for Menai ward in Bangor. Ms Wager said: “Had enough of seeing litter on the streets of the city? Join us for a morning of litter picking to make a difference. The more of us that come together, the bigger the difference we can make, so please, come along, invite your friends and share this event.” Litter Picking sessions will start from...

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