Christmas Party at Deeside Leisure Centre

On Friday 7th December, Aura Leisure and Libraries happily hosted a Christmas party for 60 guests at Deeside Leisure Centre. The guests who attended have been involved with Aura’s Wellbeing Classes or the National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS). The festivities included a 4 course meal, bingo and a quiz to celebrate a fantastic year full of hard work. Aura leisure centres have been working hard to support the National Exercise Referral Scheme and, due to its popularity, have created a selection of Wellbeing Fitness Classes as a way of helping more people. The Wellbeing Classes are designed as beginner and lower level classes and include circuits, stability and balance, tai chi moves and studio cycling. The instructors have been able to cater the classes to suit individual needs and have enjoyed getting to know all the participants.

Joanne Beevers – one of the NERS co-ordinators – explained how immensely proud she is to be involved with the scheme and Wellbeing Classes, saying: “It has been a fantastic year for all our clients. We have seen people achieve some fantastic health and social benefits from attending the sessions with us. The uptake is greater than ever and we have been able to offer more sessions to provide a better service for people. This year has seen the launch of our Wellbeing classes which are tailored for people with a varied range of health conditions. With these classes being open to anyone, we have seen more people becoming active more often. I am so proud of our clients who were terrified to come through the door on their first session and are now exercising 2-3 times a week”.

Aura Leisure and Libraries were delighted to hear from some of the participants including Valerie Parr who said: “attending the scheme is probably the best thing that has happened to me in years and I hope that many more people can benefit from it as much as I have”. Another participant, Martin McCallion, commented: “I am happy to say that from the minute I walked through the door of the Leisure Centre I have been treated with the utmost courtesy and respect. All the staff I have come into contact with have been friendly and welcoming and ready to lend a helping hand if necessary. I cannot thank Joanne Beevers and her colleagues enough for the positive effect they have had on a very doubtful person, I tell everyone to give it a go, and hope the Centre continues to go from strength to strength”.

All of the Aura Leisure and Libraries staff would like to thank members of the community who attended the Christmas Party at Deeside Leisure Centre, and congratulate them on all their hard work; we hope 2019 will be even better!

Aura’s Accessible Play Equipment

Aura Leisure and Libraries feel passionately about helping our community and ensuring the services we provide are inclusive and available for all.

We were delighted to hear from Bethan Edwards (a local resident) who shared the below photograph of her son Caiden enjoying the new inclusive play equipment at Higher Common play area in Buckley.

Bethan comments on how she “contacted Flintshire County Council’s Leisure Provider – Aura Leisure and Libraries – to ask about potential accessible play equipment in the area. A few weeks later, we were so pleased to see this in our park”.

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Richard Roberts, the Play Design Officer for Aura, has said: “any new playground projects include inclusive play items such as a Roundabout which can be used by all users, like the one we have at Deeside Leisure Centre play area. Other elements that have been introduced are basket swings, bowl roundabouts, a double width slide, ramps and platforms: all of which can be accessed by all users. We continue to research new inventive play equipment ideas which can be introduced to Flintshire play areas for all users to have fun on”.

Bethan expressed her thanks to Aura “for making it possible for Caiden to use the park equipment” and stated that the new equipment has “made such a difference as Caiden can now be a part of ours days in the park and join in with his brother”.

We hope that the new equipment will “make a difference” to many local families and benefit the community through being inclusive and accessible to all.

Winter Cup Victory for Deeside Synchronised Skating Club

Aura Leisure and Libraries  are pleased to be celebrating a victory abroad for Deeside Synchronised Skating Club!

Two teams within Deeside Synchronised Skating Club – the Angels and the Deelites – have been to Belgium to compete in an international ice skating competition.

The Deelites placed 4th in the mixed ages category and the Angels placed 4th in the juvenile category: a personal best for their team.

The competition took place on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of November.

Both teams represented Deeside fantastically with their coach Vicki Usherwood stating: “I am extremely proud of how hard the girls have worked this season.  Both teams have gelled and they have a strong bond which shows on the ice when they compete.  We have had a brilliant start to the season and are now focused and putting in extra training to get ready for the British Championships in January”.

Aura Leisure and Libraries would like to congratulate both teams on their victory!

CIPD Wales Awards 2018

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Aura was selected as a finalist at the CIPD Wales Awards 2018

The CIPD Wales Awards are a celebration of the very best in HR, learning and people management across Wales.

Aura Leisure & Libraries and Flintshire County Council were shortlisted in the change management initiative category.

In September of 2017 Aura was created as a new charitable organisation owned by its employees and operated for the benefit of all local communities. We are committed to delivering high quality, customer-focused leisure, libraries & heritage services in a way that is financially viable and sustainable.

Flintshire County Council, which did manage these buildings, believes that this new approach and outlook provides the best opportunity for these popular services to be retained and enhanced for residents both now and in the future.

Swimming Lesson Promotion

Struggling to finish your Christmas shopping?

Looking for a stocking filler?

Treat someone to begin their journey of learning a vital life skill.
Purchase a swimming lesson gift voucher for Christmas.
AMAZING VALUE at only £50!!!!

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  • Available for Junior Swimming Lessons only.
  • Universal to all Aura Swimming Pools.
  • Block of 10 group swimming lessons, also included are activities such as Swim Link Lane Swimming, Waterpolo, Rookies Lifesaving. Full terms and conditions apply to meet correct criteria for all sessions.
  • Must be purchased with Wes at Mold Leisure Centre.

For further information, contact Wes direct on 01352 704343 or email wes.billings@aura.wales

Christmas Party Packages 2018

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Junior group bookings

£6.50 per head

Booking available:

  • Monday to Friday 4:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Includes:

  • 1 hour of ten pin bowling
  • Reserved seating for food
  • Hot food meal or buffet option
  • Unlimited juice throughout party
  • Cupcake dessert

Adults also attending party are £10 per head
(as the following column)

Adult group bookings

£10 per head

Booking available:

  • Monday to Friday 4:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Includes:

  • 1 hour ten pin bowling
  • Reserved seating for food
  • First alcoholic drink/soft drink/hot drink free
  • Hot food meals or buffet option

The Big Welsh Rhyme Time

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This month, Aura Libraries are proudly taking part in BookTrust Cymru’s event: The Big Welsh Rhyme Time!

We are super excited to be hosting special ‘Big Welsh Rhyme Time’ sessions across the week of 26-30th November 2018.

The Big Welsh Rhyme Time is a celebration of music and rhyme and has been created for the benefit of children across Wales.

The sessions will be held during usual Rhyme Time hours and are as follows:

  • Monday 26th November: 2.00pm at Deeside Library
  • Tuesday 27th November: 10.30am at Buckley Library and Connah’s Quay Library
  • Wednesday 28th November: 11.30am at Broughton Library and 2.00pm at Flint Library
  • Thursday 29th November: 10.30am at Connah’s Quay Library and 2.00pm at Mold Library
  • Friday 30th November: 10.00am at Holywell Library and 10.30am at Buckley Library

For taking part in The Big Welsh Rhyme Time, children will receive a special sticker and a certificate!

Contact your local library for any more information and make sure to use the hashtags: #BigWelshRhymeTime #AmserRhigwmMawrCymru

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Follow @auracymru / @aurawales @LibFlintshire and @BookTrustCymru for updates!

Victory for Community Sports Hub against Everton in the Community

On 6th November, members of a community sports hub in Hawarden went to Liverpool to play football against Everton in the Community. The game took place in the community hub next to Goodison park.

The boys wore their brand new Aura kits and played fantastically, winning 5-4.

We would like to thank Everton in the Community for hosting the game and look forward to welcoming them to Deeside Leisure Centre in the near future.

Most of all, the team at Aura would like to say well done to the boys who played and congratulate them on their win!