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Free childcare for families hit by St Asaph flooding

Free childcare today has been offered to families affected by the recent flooding in St Asaph. Children's activities at St Asaph Leisure Centre have also been organised by Denbighshire County Council between 10am and 2pm.

Flooding in St Asaph
Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes as flood waters rose Credit: Dave Thompson / PA Wire / Press Association Images

Jamie Groves, from the council, says: 'The event held at Ruthin Leisure Centre [last] Saturday was very well attended. Staff arranging the event have said they felt humbled to offer some kind of practical support that would entertain the children and provide them with a bit of normality.'

It's also meant 'to provide their parents with some time to carry out essential jobs. We hope that people affected by flooding in St Asaph take up this opportunity, but to also visit the Advice Centre at the library for any further information and support they require.'

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In pictures: Glyndwr University 'Big Bang' project

Engineers at Glyndwr University St. Asaph are working on the world's largest telescope, which aims to help mankind see to within a millisecond of the 'Big Bang'.

A team of 15 engineers are polishing seven prototype mirrors using advanced technology.

Glyndwr University St Asaph, home to engineers working on the telescope Credit: Working Word PR
An artist's impression of the finished telescope, also known as ‘the world’s largest eye on the sky’ Credit: Working Word PR
A 10m test tower set up in the lab to test the mirrors Credit: Working Word PR
Engineers polish the mirrors using advanced machines Credit: Working Word PR
Precision polishing of a glass mirror for the telescope Credit: Working Word PR

Glyndwr University St Asaph's 'Big Bang' engineers

Engineers at Glyndwr University St. Asaph are working on a €5m project aiming to help mankind see to within a millisecond of the 'Big Bang'.

A team of 15 engineers are working on prototype mirrors for the 39m telescope, which will be the largest optical and nera-infrared telescope in the world.

The telescope, due to be built in Chile in 2023, will eventually need over 900 specialist mirrors.

Glyndwr University says it is determined to secure the manufacturing of the mirrors in north-east Wales. It's claimed the move could create over 60 jobs and contribute €150m to the local economy.

Education Minister Leighton Andrews will visit the university this afternoon to view its work.

Prince Charles visits victims of flooding in St Asaph

Anglesey's most famous residents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first baby.

The announcement was made just two hours ago after the Duchess was taken to hospital in London with what is being described as severe morning sickness.

The news just hours after Prince Charles left St Asaph where he had been meeting some of the victims and the rescuers who were involved in the floods.

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Service held to give hope to St Asaph flood victims

A special service has been held at St Asaph cathedral this afternoon to give hope to those hit by last week's flooding.

Hundreds of people were left homeless in the city and surrounding area when the River Elwy burst its banks.

Tomorrow the Prince of Wales is due to visit the worst-hit areas to offer his support and to thank the emergency services involved in the rescue and clean-up operations.

Rob Shelley reports.

Service held to remember St Asaph flood victim

Margaret Hughes would have been 92 years old on Thursday Credit: Family / North Wales Police

A service is underway at St Asaph Cathedral in memory of 91-year-old Margaret Hughes, who died during last week's floods.

The Dean of St Asaph said prayers and reflections will take place in the theme of 'Light in our Darkness'.

The service is also intended to provide hope and comfort to residents, many of whom face being homeless for Christmas.

Services held following St Asaph floods

Cathedral and church services will be held today in memory of 91-year-old Margaret Hughes, who lost her life during the St Asaph floods.

The Dean of St Asaph said prayers and reflections will take place in the theme of 'Light in our Darkness' to provide hope and comfort to residents. Candles will also be lit by members of the community.

The tiny city was left devastated when the River Elwy burst its banks on Tuesday, with many facing the prospect of being homeless for Christmas.

Prince Charles to visit St Asaph following floods

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The Prince of Wales wants to offer his support to residents of the tiny city, which has been devastated by flooding Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales will visit St Asaph on Monday to offer his support to flood victims and thank members of the emergency services.

The city was submerged on Tuesday when the River Elwy burst its banks following days of persistent rain.

Hundreds of properties were affected and many families have been forced out of their homes as Christmas approaches.

A spokeswoman for Clarence House said: "Following the terrible floods across areas of the United Kingdom in the past few days, The Prince of Wales is keen to thank emergency services and lend his support to some of the residents affected.

"The Prince decided to visit St Asaph because the city has been particularly badly hit by the flooding, with over 180 homes in St Asaph affected."

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