In the days of Woolies

It’s always good to be reminded of how Market St used to look in the days when Woolworth’s was still open. Here’s a colour postcard from the last millennium to give a burst of nostalgia. Because of the miniskirts, I’d date it as late 1960s.

There are lots of interesting features: the old Goerge & Dragon pub sign; the sun shades over the shops on the right; the green Crosville double decker bus in the distance; the old roadsigns outside Woolies on the right and pointing to Llanfair TH on the left; the Volkswagen Beetle; etc…


Abergele Market St





1915-2015: Abergele & District Commemorations: Gordon Gray Hill

Private 67, Gordon Gray Hill, Singapore Volunteer Rifles, died (possibly from malaria), 16 July 1915. Plot 37. F. 13., Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Originally buried at Bididari Christian Cemetery, Singapore, under an earth mound. Not commemorated in the Abergele district.


Born Didsbury, Manchester, 30 August 1888. Son of James and Christina Gray Hill, of Glandŵr, Pensarn, and later of Sherrards, Welwyn, Hertfordshire. Educated at Winchester College 1902-1907 and St. John’s College, Oxford.

Gordon’s father, James, was a Manchester Cotton Merchant who shipped goods from and between China, Japan and India. Gordon, after Oxford, had worked in his father’s offices for two years before moving to Singapore as part of the business. He was living and working in Singapore when war broke out.

On the outbreak of war he immediately volunteered in the Singapore Rifles. He took part in repressing a mutiny among native troops early in 1915 and was subsequently detailed to perform guard duties at various places round Singapore. While stationed at Labrador, on the western point of the city of Singapore, in early July 1915 he caught a severe chill.

An ‘In Memoriam’ carried by The Times on 16 July 1918 stated that he died “very suddenly, from heart failure, following pneumonia contracted while on active service…In life, loving much, he was much beloved, and in death deeply mourned”.

At the time of his death The Times carried a slightly different, cause of death: “in Singapore from acute malarial fever contracted while on active service…only and dearly loved son of Christina and James Gray Hill of Manchester and Glandwr, Abergele’.

His grave carries the epitaph, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee. In memory of the dearly loved only son of James and Christina Gray Hill of Sherrards, Welwyn, Hetrs.

Cae Stalwyn, Abergele

Cae Stalwyn is Welsh for 'stallion's field'. Stâd o dai newydd o'r enw Cae Stalwyn, Ffordd Rhuddlan, Abergele. Llun Sion Jones 2012/3
Cae Stalwyn is Welsh for ‘stallion’s field’. Stâd o dai newydd o’r enw Cae Stalwyn, Ffordd Rhuddlan, Abergele. Llun Sion Jones 2012/3

This relatively new housing estate is called Cae Stalwyn – Welsh for Stallion Field. This is an apt name as the houses were built on the site of the old horse sale field where the stallions were chosen by owners of mares.

Stâd o dai newydd o’r enw Cae Stalwyn, Ffordd Rhuddlan, Abergele.

Contact the Elderly seeks volunteer drivers in Abergele

Can you spare a few hours a month to drive one or two older people to a local tea party? If so, Contact the Elderly  – which tackles loneliness and isolation among older people – wants to hear from you.

The charity organises free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties which give older people in Abergele a regular and vital friendship link.

Each older guest is collected from their home by a volunteer driver, and taken to a host’s home, where they join a small group for tea, chat and companionship.  However, a spokesperson for the charity says the popular group in Abergele is currently at risk of closure due to a lack of volunteers who are able to drive and accompany older guests in the group to and from the gatherings each month.

Contact the Elderly’s Wales Volunteer Support Officer, Sian Llewellyn, said: “The charity is committed to offering a lifeline of friendship to the oldest and loneliest people, but this lifeline is currently under threat in Abergele, due to a real shortage of volunteer drivers in the area.  Anyone who can spare a couple of hours one Sunday a month, has a driving licence, a car, and a capacity for drinking tea, is eligible!  It’s not a big commitment, and our volunteers genuinely get as much out of the experience as our older guests, so I’m calling for anyone who is interested in giving something back to their community to please get in touch with me as soon as possible.”

Abergele residents interested in volunteering for Contact the Elderly as a driver once a month can contact Sian Llewellyn, Wales Volunteer Support Officer, on 01597 822351 or email sian.llewellyn (at)

Source: email from Barbara Corbett, a volunteer with Contact the Elderly.

cake tea photo
Photo by Carwyn Lloyd Jones – Dylunio Creadigol

Get hooked on fishing in Moelfre

trout photo
Photo by PapaPiper (Travelling)

Tan-y-Mynydd Trout Fishery in Moelfre is the venue for Denbigh & Clwyd Angling Club’s Introduction to Angling day between 9.30am and 4pm on Sunday 26th July 2015.

This free event gives everyone a chance to try bait or fly fishing for trout with all tackle provided free.

There will also be advice on hand about fishing for trout, sea trout and salmon from local experts and qualified instructors, fly tying demonstrations, fly casting demonstrations at 10am, 12pm and 2pm as well as a BBQ and refreshments and a raffle. Children and young people under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult. Anybody catching fish on the day will have the option of returning their catch alive or buying them to take home.

Club chairman, Craig Evans, said: “This is part of the club’s ongoing efforts to introduce new recruits to the sport and there will be a welcome for anybody looking for a new interest.”

Members of the Denbigh & Clwyd Angling Club can fish at both Tan y Mynydd Trout Fishery and Llyn Derwen Fishery at special concessionary rates whenever they visit these venues.

Source: Medwyn Roberts, Impact Communications.