Daniel Owen Festival

We are quickly approaching the birthday and anniversary of death of our very own famous Flintshire writer, Daniel Owen. This can only mean one thing: the return of the Daniel Owen Festival!


All week there will be lots of different events in celebration including a Stories and Treasure Hunt at Mold Museum on Saturday 20th, the annual Memorial Lecture on Monday 22nd  in Bethesda Chapel presented by Dr Haydn Edwards entitled ‘Daniel Owen the Politician’ (given in Welsh with an English translation), as well as an evening in Mold library accompanied by Dr Goronwy Wynne: the winner of the non-fiction 2018 Welsh Book of the Year!

The week will be filled with language, literature, culture and the arts and is the perfect way to learn more about Flintshire’s history and heritage.

In Nia Wyn Jones’ words: “It’s lovely to see the festival banners around town now that the arrangements have been made for the week long festival that offers a wide range of activities.”

Pop into Mold library to see the wonderful display set up by the librarians which showcases some of Daniel Owen’s works – whilst you’re there why not pick up a programme to see a full list of all events taking place through the week. Or, follow this link to the website where full details can be found and more information: www.gwyldanielowen.com


Flintshire museum volunteers win British Museum award


Photograph taken at the awards ceremony and shows: Lorna Kernahan Moore, Volunteer Co-ordinator Greenfield Valley, Adele Thackray, Lifelong Learning Manager Cadw, Sarah Pevely Assistant Curator Aura and some of the volunteers.  Photograph taken by Benedict Johnson Photography Ltd.

A group of museum volunteers from Greenfield Valley Museum & Heritage Park have won a national award for their contribution to volunteering.

The Marsh Volunteers for Museum Learning Awards are run in partnership with the British Museum.  They recognise the best and most innovative ways in which volunteers work within local and national museums and galleries to engage the public with collections and exhibitions.

The Perceiving the Past Project on Basingwerk Abbey was awarded Regional Winner for Wales at a celebration event in London this week.  The main aim of this project was to create a bilingual cross-curricular, engaging and fun resource for schools on Basingwerk Abbey.  Around 20 volunteers worked over a five month period developing an education pack and an education resource box.  The group was made up of volunteers from a variety of different backgrounds, ages, skills and interests with the youngest being 18 and the oldest 80.  The group also acted and directed their own short film for pupils to watch before a visit to the site.  All the material will be available via the national Hwb school website and the Greenfield Valley website.

The project was funded by Cadw and managed by the museum team from Aura Leisure & Libraries in partnership with Greenfield Valley staff

Carolyn Thomas, Flintshire County Council Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside said

“Basingwerk Abbey is an important open access historic site sitting alongside Greenfield Valley Museum and Heritage Park.  Perceiving the Past has been a brilliant partnership project which has developed fantastic resources for schools.  I would like to congratulate the volunteers on receiving this award and thank them for the many hours which they have spent on the project.”

While Mike Welch, Managing Director for Aura Leisure & Libraries commented “This month Aura celebrates its first birthday and it is wonderful that one of our partnership museum projects has won this award.  We look forward to working with the volunteers again on further education resources in the Greenfield Valley and beyond.”

The Volunteers for Museum Learning award forms part of a programme of awards presented by the Marsh Christian Trust in the fields of science, ecology, conservation, heritage, literature and volunteering. Each one of these awards recognises individuals and organisations who devote their lives to improving the world today and the world in the future. The Marsh Awards programme is managed in association with key partners including the Zoological Society of London, the Council for British Archaeology, Barnardo’s, the Refugee Council and the British Museum.

Working to become dementia-friendly

Presentation 4.09.18 EDITED

Jo Lane, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Communities Co-ordinator for North Wales presents Aura Managing Director Mike Welch and members of the Steering Group with the official certification to show that Aura Leisure and Libraries Ltd are ‘Working to become a dementia-friendly organisation’. Tuesday 4th September 2018.

NEW Deeside 3G Pitches

NEW 3G Football Pitches @ DLC SEPL2018 v2

Feel the performance

NEW Deeside 3G Pitches

September Launch

Adult pitch hire – £29
Junior pitch hire – £16.50
(Junior rate is for u18s)

Third Generation surfaces (3G pitches) are the most significant and successful development in synthetic surface technology designed for football and sport at both competitive and recreational levels. Two pitches installed last year shall be having a top up of rubber crumb and the remaining four 5 a side pitches shall be having the old artificial surfaces removed and replaced with a 3rd generation top of the range Lano Profoot MXSi TLT surface installed.

3G artificial turf is the only sports surface capable of taking the pounding received by every 5-a-side football pitch at facilities nationwide. Natural grass would rapidly wear away, and no other synthetic surface meets the criteria for realism, durability, ball bounce, ball roll, and non-abrasiveness.

3G Seasonal pitch hire – juniors only
2 x 3G pitches for 2 hours to play your junior league home fixtures £165
Block Bookings available.
Book one of our 6 pitches now on
01352 704200

Hawarden sports event to reduce anti-social behaviour


Local PCSO Stephanie Jones worked with Aura Leisure to arrange two events to be held at Gladstone Playing Fields, Hawarden.

Over 100 children turned up to enjoy the day, which included sports activities such as Zorb football and dodgeball, live music and free ice cream.

The PCSO said the event held last week went really well and she hopes the event for this Thursday will prove to be more successful.

She added: “We have been experiencing issues with anti-social behaviour in the area and I was able to get some funding to organise an event.

“It was brilliant. Over 100 children turned up and we had a lot of positive comments from parents and we are hoping the event this week will be as successful.”

PCSO Jones wanted to organise the youth project over the summer to address the issue of anti-social behaviour and encourage young people to utilise their time more productively.

Funding for the event was received by the High Sherriff’s Crimebeat fund and local businesses.

She said: “The main aim was for us to build relationships with the local young people and police and also local businesses and the community.

“It was a good opportunity to tell the kids local businesses funded the event, businesses that were previous targets for anti-social behaviour.

“There was no issues and it was nice to speak to the kids and it was good to see that they were thinking about where the money had come from and the effects of anti-social behaviour.

“It was really positive and it was really good it take part.

“I just want to say thank you to all businesses involved, from Wales and West, Legat Owen, Redrow, Quintlex and Dan Williams from Aura Leisure.”

The next sports event will be held at the Gladstone Playing Field on August 23 between 3pm and 5pm.

Heritage Crafts Day

Greenfield Valley Logo

Location: Greenfield Valley Heritage Park
Date: 1st September 2018
Time: 11am till 3.30pm

Heritage crafts are an important part of Welsh history and Greenfield Valley Heritage Park is holding a Heritage Craft Day for all the family on Saturday 1st September as a celebration of crafts and skills from long ago. There will be demonstrations and children’s craft activities to make and take home.

Both children and adults will enjoy making their own brooch with artist Juliet, or a sweet smelling Tudor tussie mussie to take home. The Abergele Spinners and Weavers will be demonstrating the skill of spinning yarn from raw wool. In the past spinning and weaving was used to make everyday clothes from the sheep that were raised on the hillsides. As most people lived in the countryside it was often difficult to buy clothes from shops in the towns. Depending on your rank in society it could even be illegal to buy certain types of fabric and colours!

This month is the launch of our Heritage Gardens so come and explore the gardens to learn how people used plants in the past. The volunteers have been working hard all year long, researching, planting and landscaping to create authentic Tudor and medieval gardens. Medieval monks from Basingwerk Abbey will also be on hand to show visitors how to make string from nettles and how the monks used their herbology skills to make medicines and cures.

There will be walking tours throughout the day up to the lower cotton mill and steam bottling plant. There are also lots of other museum displays to visit, a museum passport trail, and don’t forget the tree house and maze to explore.

Mold Official Opening

The re-developed and extended fitness facilities at Mold Leisure Centre are now officially open. On 9 August 2018, Flintshire County Council Cabinet Members & Senior Officers, Aura Board Members & colleagues and Mold’s Town Mayor attended the official opening at the Leisure Centre.

The new fitness development comprises of a 44+ station fitness suite, which also includes an Origin Functional Rig, 21 Technogym studio cycling bikes, two studios, new changing rooms, a new fitness class programme, plus 46 additional car parking spaces.

Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor Ian Roberts, said: “It is fantastic to see the completion of a major capital investment in Mold to improve Flintshire’s facilities.  We work co-operatively with Aura which means, rather than having to consider the future of some of our leisure centres and libraries, we are jointly securing jobs and investing in our leisure centres to make them better for our residents.”

Tom Williams, Mold Leisure Centre Manager, said: “The team at Mold Leisure Centre is immensely excited about its opening and are looking forward to delivering a new fitness programme to existing and future members.”

Christine Edwards, Chair of the Board of Directors for Aura added “The investment in Mold Leisure Centre is a key part of our Aura strategy to benefit the community by improving quality of life through the provision of culture and leisure opportunities that improve mental health and physical well-being.”

More information on the new fitness developments can be accessed on www.aura.wales, and on Mold Leisure Centre’s Facebook page, which can be found by searching @MoldLeisureCentre or also on Aura’s page, @walesaura