Here’s a photo from the Dennis Parr Collection of the old Abergele Fire Station, Pentre Mawr Park 1948.
See also this old fire engine, now restored and owned by Colin Knowlson. It’s possible that the engine owned by Colin was called out of the fire station that used to be next to the Bee Filling Station, Slaters.
From the Dennis Parr Collection, here’s an old photo of the T R Jones shop in Abergele, date unknown. This men’s tailor and outfitter’s shop was located at Varsity House, Market Street.
Perhaps on the pavement in the foreground was a note to tell the dog to keep looking ahead at the camera.
Abergele – The Jolly Fryer
There’s a heartfelt note by Gaenor in the window of the Tlws jewellery shop in Abergele. Her end of lease is in February 2018 and she’s decided not to renew it. But the shop will remain open over Christmas and right up until the end of February, says the note.
This has been a great place to buy locally-based Clogau gold rings and pendants, as well as reasonably-priced silver pendants and gifts.
It’ll be a loss to Abergele when it’s gone and we wish Gaenor all the best. Diolch.
Tlws general email enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
67 Market Street
Shop Opening Times
9.30 – 5pm Mon – Sat
It’s good to see new life has been injected into the old Pen y Bont pub. I haven’t tried the food upstairs yet but I’m looking forward to going back to the Pen for a pint.
Wikipedia says: “Opened as Abergele by the Chester and Holyhead Railway on 1 May 1848, it became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The line then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.
The Privatisation of British Railways led to services being provided by Arriva Trains Wales.”
There’s a chance to be inspired by the surroundings while writing at Gwrych Castle on Thursdays. I don’t have the exact dates but there are details on this poster:
Abergele resident and biomedical scientist John Hepworth has been awarded with a prestigious 50 year medal by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
Erin Johnson, Communications Officer with the Institute of Biomedical Science shared this story with us:
“John joined the Institute in 1967, and became a Fellow in 1974. His career began by working in the Public Health Laboratory in Wakefield. He continued in the microbiology department at the Algernon Firth Institute at Leeds University, specialising in bacteriology. He gained a Senior MLSO (Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer) post in microbiology at Wythenshaw Hospital in Manchester and was promoted to Chief MLSO in 1984. He earned a reputation as an expert in microbiology, with his work being published in journals such as The Lancet and Thorax.
“For the Institute, John joined the Manchester branch of the IBMS in 1981 and served as branch secretary from 1985-1993. He was the branch representative to the North Region in 1997-1998, and was a founding member of the IBMS North West region in 1994. He also acted as a regional representative to IBMS Council until his retirement in 2002. He was awarded Life membership in 2013.
“Outside the Institute, John is a skilled photographer and regularly wins prizes for his photos of the wild animals at Chester Zoo. He is also known by colleagues for his choice of flamboyant ties.
“In the UK alone, pathologists are involved in over 70% of diagnoses in the NHS. Biomedical scientists like John diagnose disease and evaluate the effectiveness of treatments through the analysis of fluids and tissue samples, handling over 150 million samples every year.
IBMS President Ian Sturdgess said, “Over the course of nearly 50 years of membership, John has been a wonderful supporter of the Institute and the profession. John’s hard work and professionalism have shown him to be an invaluable asset to the IBMS, and it gives me great pleasure to present John with the IBMS 50 Year medal.”