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Community centre to ensure 'no one is left isolated'

A new community centre opening in Wrexham today will 'ensure no one is left isolated and alone'.

A chapel attached to Hillbury House Care Home has been reconfigured to create space for the community centre, which will officially open today with a tea dance.

Things are tough, certainly so far as the economic climate is concerned, and the borough council are having to drastically cut back on what they can offer.

We want to ensure no one is left isolated and alone. We want to offer somewhere where people can go along and enjoy meeting with, and making new, friends.

Somewhere where there is always a cup of tea or coffee waiting and the chance to have a good chat. And the chance to participate in various enriching activities if they so wish.

– Mario Kreft, Pendine Park proprietor

New community centre opens in Wrexham

A converted former chapel in Wrexham is set to open as a community centre.

The Pendine Park care organisation is opening its doors to the wider community, particularly older people, by providing a meeting place and somewhere safe and warm where they can get together socially.

The altar in the former chapel attached to Hillbury House Care Home will still be there but can be partitioned off to create space for the community centre.

A tea dance is being organised at 1.30pm today to celebrate the official opening by the Mayor of Wrexham, Councillor David Bithell.


Health board apology after injured boy waited five hours to be seen at Wrexham Maelor Hospital

The family of a toddler who had to wait five hours in A&E with a serious head injury have received an apology.

Haydn Valentine's parents claim they were moved from ward to ward at Wrexham Maelor Hospital because of a lack of staff - and told by nurses that there hadn't been a doctor available for most of the day.

There are warnings that these sorts of delays could happen more often, as Ian Lang reports.

Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board 'very sorry' over injured child's wait for treatment

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board says it's "very sorry" that Haydn Valentine had to wait five hours to be seen at A&E.

This is not the way we expect children to be cared for in the emergency department and we are looking into the concerns raised by Mr Valentine.

All patients are thoroughly assessed after they have arrived in the department. Those needing immediate urgent care are given priority, which at busy times may delay treatment for others.

– Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

The spokesperson added that they've encouraged Haydn's father to contact them directly.

Our staff work hard to ensure that patients get the care they need, and at busy times they may have to concentrate on treating seriously ill patients in other areas of the emergency department.

Medical staff were on duty in the department throughout last Tuesday, and were making sure that they continually prioritised patients according to their clinical need.

– Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Health board apologises after child waited five hours at Wrexham A&E with head injury

A health board has apologised to the parents of a young boy who had to wait five hours to be seen at A&E following a serious head injury.

Brian and Nicky Valentine told ITV News they feel let down by the service their son experienced at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board says it's looking into their concerns.

"The child was obviously very distressed" said Brian Valentine.

"There was very, very little attention off any of the a&e nurses or staff. It was just appalling."

'No decision' on whether Wrexham super-prison will be privately-run

The prison is intended to house 2,000 prisoners Credit: Ministry of Justice

No decision has been made yet on whether the new so-called super prison at Wrexham will be manned by the public or private sector.

Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright said a full range of options is being considered to deliver the best value to the public as well as a safe, secure and decent environment.

His statement came in response to a question from Elfyn Llwyd, the Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd.

Pending planning approval, the work at the site in Wrexham should start this summer. £250m is being invested in the development.

More: Welsh Secretary visits site of Wrexham super-prison



Stampede after 99p store holds half price sale

Police attended after a stampede broke out when a 99p store had a half price sale.

Hundreds of shoppers descended on the 99p Stores outlet after signs went up in the window advertising everything for just 50p.

Within a few hours some shelves were stripped bare and managers were forced to call the police, who dispatched four officers to contain the crowd.

One shopper described the situation as "bedlam" and said fellow shoppers were acting like "vultures".

The stampede began on Monday morning when the High Street store in Wrexham, North Wales, erected fluorescent posters in the window.

Police were called and the store was temporarily closed.
Police were called and the store was temporarily closed. Credit: SWNS

Word quickly spread around the town and a growing crowd formed outside the premises as there was no more room inside.

However some customers were left angered when the sale ended, claiming they were not told it was a limited offer.

One furious customer said: "The sign did not say anything about a time limit, and we were queuing to pay when we were told things had gone back to 99p. It is not on."

Donna Roberts said: "I stood in the queue for 20 minutes, only to be told they had put the prices back up without telling the customers."

Prison will be a 'significant boost' to the economy

David Jones MP is urging local companies in north Wales to seize the business opportunities presented by the proposed development of a 'super-prison' in Wrexham.

The £250m worth of investment in a new prison in Wrexham is a development that will not only improve prisoner welfare, but will also be a significant boost to the economy of north east Wales.

It is set to create up to 1,000 jobs and contribute around £23m per annum, providing huge construction opportunities and great possibilities for local businesses.

I want to ensure that north Wales companies take advantage of this unique opportunity, show that we have some of the very best suppliers, and demonstrate the quality of our work and the value we can offer.

– David Jones MP

Businesses due to meet at 'super-prison' site

Artists' impression Credit: Ministry of Justice

Hundreds of local businesses are expected to meet contractors today to see if they can work together to build the biggest prison in Wales and England.

Pending planning approval, the work at the site in Wrexham should start this summer. £250m is being invested in the development.

Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright and Secretary of State for Wales David Jones will visit the former Firestone factory site where the prison is scheduled to be built.

They will also meet with local companies and the prime contractors bidding for the construction contract.

Some people living in the local area oppose the plans for the 'super-prison' saying it will have a negative effect on the community.

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