Monday, 9 January 2017

'16 going on '17

"A look back at what happened in Llandrindod Wells during 2016 and a glimpse forward to what 2017 may possibly hold for the County town of Powys"

Oh, what a tremendous year 2016 was for the old Victorian town of Llandrindod Wells nestled in the beautiful hills of Mid Wales!

Here's a quick summary of some of the amazing things that happened in Llandrindod Wells in 2016. (In no particular order)

Radnor Fringe Festival 
Llandrindod Youth Market 
Llandrindod Repair Cafe
Llandrindod LED's Masquerade Ball
Llandrindod Wells Theatre Company's performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 
Launch of the new town website promoting Llandrindod Wellness  
£6.6 million refurbishment and extension of Llandrindod Hospital to include a new birthing unit
Llandrindod Soup
The Big Lunch Street Party
Run for Bracken
Arvon Ales named as Camra Pub of the Year
Llandrindod Cycle Fest
Steampunk weekend
Development of Riversimple's hydrogen cell powered green car
Llandrindod's Just Move ladies social running group named Welsh Athletics Social Running Group of the year
Poppy Picnic
BBC MyRamble held around Llandrindod Lake
People power saves the railway crossing
Welsh 2day Enduro
Llandrindod Community Christmas Fayre, brought to the community by KDM Local and LED 
Llandrindod High School Christmas Fete
Dod Town Extreme granted a license to develop downhill mountain bike tracks
Light the Lights at the Albert Hall Theatre
The opening of many new shops and businesses
Launch of the Llandrindod Wellness 1km Route around the Lake
Flicks in the Sticks
Llandrindance at Powys Dance
Arvon Ales Folk and Blues sessions

And so, I think you can all join me in the agreement 2016 was indeed a special year for Llandrindod Wells. Looking through the list above clearly shows the town is on an upward trend and the past year was a massive year of growth for the community. It is a pleasure to be a part of this thriving community and I am proud of what everyone has achieved this past year. Who knows what the future may hold but it is certainly fair to say that the future of this town is bright. There is clearly much more to come as development is an ongoing process that doesn't happen over night but the community is coming back to life stronger than ever before. Let's make 2017 another successful year for Llandrindod Wells. 

2016 was also the year that this llandrindodlife blog launched with the aim of showing people and helping the community realise why Llandrindod Wells is such a great place to live. On the blog there were posts featuring some thriving local businesses such as HappyHomeGiftCo and Junk n Disorderly and also some posts focused on community events such as Llandrindod Theatre Company's performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  

These posts created lots of attention and it was lovely to get so much positive feedback and comments from people in the community.

Now looking ahead to what will happen to this llandrindodlife blog in 2017. This year is going to be a new start for the blog. New year is all about new beginnings and this year I will be bringing new energy to the community blog. I will do this by blogging more frequently about local events that I attend with the aim to raise the profile of the town's events to the wider community and even to people outside of Powys who read the posts and become interested in the town. 

I am also looking to blog more frequently about different businesses, shops, cafes etc. within the town. The posts I did last year were highly successful and I hope to build on this. So... If you are a local business, tourist attraction, service, shop etc and wish to be featured on the blog, please do get in contact. I am really looking forward to writing more blog posts about the businesses, shops and services we are so lucky to have here in Llandrindod so naturally I am eagerly awaiting people's responses. If you would like to get in contact with me, you can email me directly or use the contact form to the left side of this blog post. I do not want to charge for this service however, I would appreciate donations to enable me to further my running ambitions; the key here is flexibility and I would be happy to help out local businesses in return for example by making some of my time available to them. I am aiming to publish a post weekly about either an event, business or attraction in the community.

If your business, shop, service etc. were to be featured on this blog then your service will be reaching the wider community. I am helping people to understand what unique service you offer. This hopefully means your business will be boosted. Also, your service will not just be reaching people in the community but people all over the world as I share the blog posts on my personal social networking sites where I have followers that I know through the sport of running based in the USA, Canada, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Turkey, New Zealand, Italy, Australia and beyond. So you see Llandrindod is being put on the map!

In 2017 there will also be more llandrindodlife community running events organised. These will range from the llandrindodlife children's running group, social runs, one to one training sessions and lots more. Stay up to date with these on the llandrindodlife Facebook page. 

You can watch the GoPro footage of the first llandrindodlife social run here to whet your appetite for what will happen in 2017. 

Through the sport of running, I get to travel to some pretty amazing places around the world. Nevertheless, it's always a pleasure to return back to Mid Wales and run my local routes around Llandrindod Wells. My passion for this part of the world will never die and I hope you can share this feeling and be a part of this journey to demonstrate to everyone that we live in a town we should ALL be proud of.

Llandrindod Wells – the future of the town is in our hands. I look forward to working with all of you in the local community to enhance #llandrindodlife