Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Llandrindod Wells Carnival

The first Saturday of July... an important day in Llandrindod Wells' community events calendar... Llandrindod Wells Town Carnival. 
(Karen Saunders)

Saturday 1st July; the arrival of Llandrindod Carnival Day 2017. The welcome promise of sunshine and blue skies made sure a jam-packed day full of fun and entertainment was to be enjoyed by all townsfolk. 
(Daniel Cadwallader-Jones)

What happens on Carnival Day?

  • Float judging and procession around the streets of Llandrindod Wells
  • Meirion Owen & The Quack Pack - Duck Racing on Temple Gardens
  • Mid Wales Axe Racing Team on Temple Gardens
  • Local acts & group performances on the Bandstand
  • Local live musicians on the "music stage"
  • The Penmaenau Bar open all day on Temple Gardens
  • Food and games stalls on Temple Gardens
  • Bouncy castle on Temple Gardens
  • Lorry pull along Middleton Street
  • Donkey rides 
....and lots more 
(Karen Saunders)

The community were out in force, lining the streets to watch the fantastic display of floats around the town. 
There were many float prizes up for grabs, including...
  • Best Adult & Child Float
  • Best Small Vehicle Float
  • Most Humorous Float
  • Child Fancy Dress (Under 6 / 6-12 / 12-16) 
  • NEW FOR 2017: Best Buggy (pram, wheelchair, mobility scooter) 
  • Best Adult Fancy Dress

So... who were the winners? 

The people tasked with the difficult job of judging all of the fantastic entries to these competitions were; Jon Williams (Town Mayor) and his wife Jo, Miss Powys (Shelleey Ann), Jane Griffiths Community Champion from Tesco and Gemma Staton owner of Happy Home Gift Company in Llandrindod Wells. 

Here are the details of all the entries and competition winners this year.  

Best Child Float

1st - Wonkas Factory by Crossgates CP School 
2nd - The Force is with you (Star Wars) by Cefnllys CP School
3rd - Splash on the Beach by Ysgol Trefonnen

Highly Commended - Under the Sea by Llandrindod Rainbows and Brownies 

Best Adult Float

1st - Little Shop of Horrors by The Albert Hall Theatre Company
Best Visiting Queen - Rhayader Carnival

Best Overall - Rascals Reef by Little Rascals Nursery (won the Gordon Phillips Cup presented to the Carnival by Jon Williams Mayor to recognise Gordon Phillip's contribution) 


Most Humorous Float

Wonkas Factory by Crossgates CP School

Child Fancy Dress (Under 6)

1st - Mad Hatter by Malaki Omeila
2nd - Sir Gallahad by Kirill Tomalin
3rd - Snake Charmer by Sienna Williams

Buzzy Bee by Myra Gallagher
Cheeky Monkey by Gerard Gallagher
Alice by Harper Omelia
Dinosaur by Ethan Williams
Flower Fairies by Lola Grace Jackson

Child Fancy Dress (12+)

1st -  The Hairy Biker by Dylan Vellacott

Adult Fancy Dress

1st - Clown by Sue Jackaman
2nd - The Scarecrow by Gordon Phillips  

Adam Kavenar, Oli Gough, Ady Howard and Kevin Stephen as the Teletubbies
Don Huws-Jones by Saudi Sheik pulling Donald Trump 


NEW FOR 2017: Best Buggy 

Mur-buggy by Priyala Annesh

A BIG WELL DONE to everyone that took part in the floats and fancy dress competitions. It was amazing to see the attention to detail and the phenomenal amount of time and effort put into everything truly shone through
Here's a visual taste of the events from the Carnival day. (With thanks to Karen Saunders, Daniel Cadwallader-Jones and Llandrindod Carnival.)

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Half Term Fun

Stuck for something to keep the kids busy over the Half Term break? Or stuck for something to do yourself? Look no further... 


12:30 - 17:00 / 18:30 - 21:00 Mid Wales Gin Festival @ Pavilion Mid Wales

21:00 Michael Jackon Tribute @ The Llanerch Inn


16:00 Folk session @ Arvon Ale House

18:00 Tomorrow - The Film! @ Powys Dance Centre


11:00 - 13:00 / 15:00 - 16:00 Additional swim sessions @ Llandrindod Wells Leisure Centre


11:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 16:00 Additional swim sessions @ Llandrindod Wells Leisure Centre


11:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 16:00 Additional swim sessions @ Llandrindod Wells Leisure Centre

16:00 - 17:00 llandrindodlife Children's Running Group


10:00 - 11:00 Kayaking @ Llandrindod Wells Leisure Centre (over 8's / booking essential) 

10:30 - 12:00 Bouncy Castle @ Llandrindod Wells Leisure Centre (under 7's)


11:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 16:00 Additional swim sessions @ Llandrindod Wells Leisure Centre

14:00 - 15:30 Football Skills @ Llandrindod Wells Leisure Centre (4-8 years / booking essential)

19:30 Royal British Legion Pub Quiz @ The British Legion


19:00 Ignacio Lopez Espanyolo @ Pavilion Mid Wales
21:00 Brown's Disco @ The Llanerch Inn

There are also many other activities and things to do in Llandrindod Wells and around the local area. What about spending an afternoon at Quackers Play Centre near Newbridge on Wye? Or taking a stroll around Llandrindod's Rock Park Spa or The Lake and burning some energy on the play park? 

The National Cycle Museum is perfect for those cycling enthusiasts eager to learn all about the history of the bike. Or the Radnorshire Museum is a great visit to learn all about the history of the local area. 

National Cycle Museum

You could spend your time browsing the quirky shops of Llandrindod Wells and the library. Why not even treat yourself to tea and cake at one of the many cafes the town has to offer?

The setting of Llandrindod Wells Golf Course is certainly worthy of a round of golf. Or if golf isn't your thing; why not take a walk along the footpaths above the lake or even down towards Shakey Bridge and see for yourself the carpet of bluebells?

There is so much to do in and around the area of Llandrindod Wells. Use your time wisely over the half term break and get out there and explore the beautiful area right on your doorstep.  

If you have organised an event for over the half term break which has not been included in this blog post, then please do get in contact and it will be added! 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Mid Wales Gin Festival

Recently, I interviewed Laura Gallagher of Arvon Ale House all about a new and exciting event happening in the town of Llandrindod Wells very soon.

llandrindodlife: What is the event?

Laura Gallagher: The event we have planned is the first ever Mid Wales Gin Festival!

When and where is the Mid Wales Gin Festival being held? 

It is on Saturday 27th May 2017, at Pavilion Mid Wales in Llandrindod Wells. 
Who can attend? Where can the tickets be purchased?
Anyone over 18 can attend. The tickets cost £8 and can be purchased from Arvon Ale House, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells or online from Eventbrite (online booking fee applies). If you want to be sure of your place at the event then buy in advance but this is a big venue so we hope that there will be some tickets available at the door. The ticket price also includes a complementary commemorative gin glass and a gin bottle.   

What will be happening at the event?
Well firstly there's the gins. We have sourced all the gins available from across Wales and the bordering counties. So a selection of 38 gins from 19 producers. There will be producers there too, to answer any questions you might have about gin.  And believe me they love talking about gin and how they make theirs.  

Then there’s the party!  We have made the theme Swing Time (1930’s, 1940’s).  There will be a 6-piece swing band called Donnie Joe’s American SwingBand, playing at both sessions.  MidWales Jive and Aber Swing are coming along and will be providing a free swing-dance workshop.  So lots of music from the swing era and lots of dancing.  

Snack plates will be available - all the things that people on Facebook told us went well with gin.

There will also be a full bar at the event serving hot drinks and a range of soft and alcoholic drinks.
What is the sell out feature of the event? Why will people want to attend?
Local and lovely gins!  Swing music and dancing! Beautiful costumes! Beautiful venue!
What's so special about gin? Why a gin festival?
All of these gins are artisan products, made in small batches and are not readily available.  Some of the gins have been specially made with the festival in mind.  At our festival they will all be available under one roof.  The producers use local botanicals picked from the surrounding area, even from their own farms and gardens!  Each gin is made in a slightly different way and this results in them being different from each other.  Each gin capturing the essence of where it is made and the passion of the people that make it.  We thought that deserved a celebration.

Will there be a particular dress code for the festival?
There isn’t a dress code; people can wear what they feel comfortable in.  However lots of people are dressing up to match the swing theme of the event.  So 1930’s/1940’s/swing style and there are prizes for best dressed.  So dress casual or smart, or dress like you’ve just walked out of a black and white movie!  Or somewhere in between - add a hat or just wear a feather in your hair!  It’s up to you.
How do you think the Mid Wales Gin Festival will benefit the community of Llandrindod Wells? 

We want to make sure that Llandrindod Wells is recognised for all the wonderful things that happen here.  We hope that bringing the gin revolution out of the cities and into our town will help with that.  Also we want to see the beautiful Pavilion building in full swing!   

Can you describe the event in three words?
Gin.  Swing-time. Party.

This sounds like a tremendous new exciting event that the community of Llandrindod Wells should feel very lucky to have a chance to be a part of. So get yourself down to Pavilion Mid Wales on 27th May to see for yourself what the Mid Wales Gin Festival is all about; just another shining example of just one of the brilliant events happening here in #llandrindodlife!

With thanks to Laura Gallagher for her time and the pictures included in this blog post.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

An afternoon at Newbridge on Wye Primary School

Last Friday, I had the privilege of attending Newbridge on Wye Primary School in order to help launch the start of an initiative to help the pupils get fitter, more healthy and active outside.  This was the launch of a scheme called the Daily Mile, which the children of Newbridge School will now perform between 9am and 9:15am everyday.

This will involve the children running, jogging and walking their way to a healthier lifestyle when they complete 13 laps of the school yard everyday. 

It was a massive honour for me to be invited to attend the launch alongside Welsh Government Minister Kirsty Williams and T47 international athlete Morgan Jones who actually attended Newbridge School when he was younger. Running is a sport that brings so many people together and it was so humbling to see all the children so enthusiastic and excited to run and to experience that enjoyment and sense of achievement together as a school. 

I would just like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Newbridge Primary School for inviting me to attend. It will be an afternoon I remember for many years to come. I would also like to wish good luck to the pupils and staff of the school in finding and growing their passion for healthy activity together as I am sure they will do by running a mile everyday as a school community! 

You can watch the YouTube clip below by Jonathon Nash of Sport Powys to help you understand why the Daily Mile is such a great initiative for the children of the next generation to participate in. 

If you or your child has been inspired by this; why not bring your child along to the llandrindodlife children's running group, which meets at Llandrindod Wells Lake every Wednesday, 4-5pm. This is for children aged 8 and over and costs just £2 per child. It's a fun introduction into the sport with the aim of getting the children of the Llandrindod Wells community and beyond more active and healthy, just like the Daily Mile at Newbridge Primary School! If you would like some more information, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


The last llandrindodlife social run was held on February 19th. This was a highly successful event with many different people from within the community coming together for a little trot around the town. 

As expected, there were some experienced runners who attended who have been pounding the streets around Llandrindod Wells for a few years. There were also some ladies from the local very successful 'Just Move; Walk to Run' group which meets every Monday night and has over 200 signed up members! Nevertheless, there were also some newbie runners who came along to this social run and it was truly amazing and rewarding to witness them running further than they ever have before!

As this was such a successful event, I have decided to organise more frequent llandrindodlife social runs.

The next social run will be on April 8th. Like the February event; meet at Llandrindod Wells Lake for a 10am start. 


When: Saturday 8th April 2017

Where: Meet at Llandrindod Wells Lake for a 10am start

Route: Approx 4/5 miles on the roads around the town. Everyone runs together with planned stops and chances to regroup. No one will be left behind!

Free event but donations always welcome (Look out for the yellow donation box)

Enjoy a yummy 9Bar after the run!

I hope lots of people will come to this event and use the sport of running to become healthy and active whilst having fun getting to know different people from within the community.

All that's left to say is after reading this I would be grateful if you could please tell people about this event. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell a stranger you see running down Middleton Street! Please also share on social media to help spread the word. This is always very much appreciated!

I look forward to running with you all on April 8th!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


"RWG Mobile is run by people in Wales, for people in Wales...wherever you are."

Maybe you haven't heard of RWG Mobile before? I hadn't either until recently but read on to discover what this unique Welsh service has to offer the people of Wales. 

First things first; you may be wondering what RWG stands for? The answer is Red, White and Green; like the colours on the Welsh flag. Using this name highlights the mobile networks' patriotism and their passion for all things Welsh and what Wales stands for. 

"Before RWG Mobile was launched, there wasn’t a mobile network that belonged to Wales. A mobile network that was run by people in Wales, for people in Wales. One with a Welsh language service as standard. RWG Mobile set about to change that."

Other countries have their own mobile network so why should the people of Wales have to settle for less? Here you have Wales' very own mobile network which is suitable for everyone with the flexibility of no contract. 

RWG Mobile is a pay-as-you-go mobile provider that gives you total flexibility of how you buy and consume your mobile services.

RWG gives you complete freedom over your mobile network and how you use your phone as it gives you the ability to buy your voice minutes, texts and data completely separately and to renew them when you wish to. If you accidentally go over your limits you won't be punished. By using RWG Mobile you are not locked to a long-term contract and so you are not paying for a service you don't use. 

To use the RWG mobile network you can use sim cards, the RWG app or both. The RWG Mobile application is available via the Google Play Store and Apple Store. To top up, you can easily use the downloaded app, your local PayPoint store or via your account online.

RWG Mobile bundles are valid for 30 days and are drawn down from credit balance only. There are different bundles for voice minutes, texts and data so it's easy to find the one which suits you and your needs.

RWG Mobile SMS bundles

RWG Mobile voice minutes bundles

RWG Mobile data bundles

What is so special about the RWG Mobile app?


The RWG Mobile app provides additional phone numbers you can use for free and low cost calls and messaging without the need for an extra SIM card. App to app online calls and messages are free and unlimited. Users you can call and message for free are clearly highlighted in your app ‘Contacts’. You will need a WiFi or data connection to use the RWG Mobile app. 

The best thing about this app is the fact it gives you the ability to have extra mobile numbers on your existing phone so you can have separate numbers for different aspects of your busy everyday life for business, social and personal use. 












Features of RWG Mobile:

  • Extra mobile numbers for business and personal use
  • Free calls to other RWG users
  • Free chat via the RWG Mobile app with other app users
  • Low cost calls to any phone
  • Low cost SMS to any phone
  • 4G at no extra cost
  • First extra number is free
  • Get another business line without the need for an extra device
  • Keep your personal number private
  • Peronalised voicemail on each profile
  • Customise each RWG profile
  • Easily see who is calling you
  • Decide when you're available 
  • International roaming
  • Free Wi-Fi calling

Another thing which is unique about RWG Mobile is the fact the customer service team are happy to help in English or yng Nghymraeg! They are able to provide you with a true Welsh service which I think is really special for the people of Wales.

RWG Mobile is a Welsh company, passionate about all things Welsh and all the things Wales stands for. I am Welsh athlete, with a passion for the country in which I live and run. Every time I pull on that Welsh vest and represent the red, white and green; I am extremely proud to be a part of this small but mighty nation. 
There is no better feeling than running the hills of Wales and feeling alive on a windy and wild, Welsh hill top

It is on this note that I wish to tell you about how RWG Mobile are supporting me; my running ambitions and my community work and how through using the unique RWG Mobile network, you can support me too.

If you are currently using a pay-as-you-go network which is not RWG Mobile then I strongly advise you to switch to the red, white and green network, as not only will you be supporting a true Welsh company; you will be supporting a Welsh athlete who is helping to put our hometown of Llandrindod Wells back on the map.
RWG Mobile have provided me with a revenue share opportunity where I receive 15% rebate on top ups from any customer who I bring to their network. The customers who move to RWG Mobile will also receive 10% free on their first top up. 

There are two ways of ensuring this works...
  1. Every time you top-up your RWG Mobile sim use the promotional code HEIDI. This will give you 10% free on your first top up and allow me to qualify for 15% rebate. This will help me with things such as travel and accommodation costs when I compete. 
  2. If you have not yet got a RWG Mobile Sim then you can easily request one, free of charge here. In order to support me; all you need to do is put my name in brackets after your name in the first field and then your account is allocated to me to qualify for rebate. You will receive 10% free on your first top up.

Just add my name in brackets after yours... it's as simple as that!

The use of mobile phones has become part of every day life in the 21st century. If you are as passionate about Wales as I am; why don't you choose to drape your phone in the pride of the red, white and green Welsh flag and order your free RWG Mobile sim today!

Welsh people, Welsh companies, Welsh communities should stick together. Together us Welsh people can be a part of something wonderful. 

Don't forget to follow RWG Mobile on Twitter and like them on Facebook to stay up to date.