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Award Winning Blazing Minds Joins Partnership with Wirksworth 3 Minute Film Festival

We have some fantastic news today, our very own Karen Woodham has an amazing website called Blazing Minds, the multi-award winning website has become a top source for film reviews and more since starting in 2008, now Blazing Minds are very pleased to announce their partnership with the upcoming Wirksworth 3 Minute Film Festival.

Karen said, "It such an honour to be able to support the film festival in its first year, which will showcase films of 3 minutes and under, the Wirksworth Film Festival will take place from the 15-16th of September as part of the International Wirksworth Arts Festival. Blazing Minds has been going strong since late 2008 and over the last few years it's been growing even more with the awards that it has one and the entertainment industry people that support the site."

Blazing Minds will be bringing their knowledge of film and social media to supporting the film festival, by promoting the event to their huge following on the various social media accounts along with their award-winning website, that is probably one of the biggest and most read North Wales based websites.

The Film Festival is a way to celebrate the love of shorts films from around the world, the films will be shown at various locations across the town of Wirksworth.

The team behind the Wirksworth Film Festival said, "Part of the philosophy of the festival is to encourage younger filmmakers to submit their work, hence the fact we offer free entry for all under 25’s. As part of the festival, we have already secured a 20th anniversary showing of the Blair Witch Project, which is being introduced in a one-off video by the writer and director Dan Myrick."

The Wirksworth 3 Minute Film Festival is aimed at young filmmakers aged under 18 years of age, or aged 18-25 we want to hear from you! (Early bird entries, ends May 31st) East Midlands Filmmakers receive free entry to the festival.

UK and International Short films will be charged a small submission fee

All films selected for competition will be shown on the 16th of Sept 2019 at The Northern Light Cinema, Wirksworth (Top ten independent cinema in the UK- Guardian Newspaper)

"Here at Blazing Minds we are so excited about the Wirksworth 3 Minute Film Festival and it is an honour to be one of the partners of the upcoming event and we will be bringing you more news on the event and the film and filmmakers that will be showing their movies at the festival." Karen Woodham, Blazing Minds

If you would like to submit your film then you can do so by submitting your films through the dedicated partner Filmfreeway. Full Submission T&C's can be found on the FilmFreeway website.


Rhyl Air Show, RAF Eurofighter Typhoon Display Team To Make Debut Appearance

RAF Eurofighter Typhoon display team will be making their debut at Rhyl Air Show

RAF Eurofighter Typhoon will be making their debut at Rhyl Air Show


The Red Arrows maybe absent from this year’s Rhyl Air Show as the Rhyl Journal Said. But according to: https://www.military-airshows.co.uk/press19/redarrowsschedule2019.htm on August 24 2019 & August 25 2019 they are in New York at Stewart International on their United States North America Tour. As of i needed to check to see where the red arrows were going to be. 

The team will be making their debut appearance at the air extravaganza, taking place on August 24 and 25.

The RAF have confirmed that the Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire and Hurricane will also display, along with the Tucano.

The line-up also includes Team Raven - a formation aerobatic display team flying 5 Van’s RV8 aircraft from Wales, high energy aerobatics from Steve Carver and The Royal Logistic Corps Silver Stars Army Parachute Display Team.

Rhyl Journal:



The RAF have confirmed that the Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire and Hurricane will also display, along with the Tucano

Peter Sinclair, flight director, said: “Bringing the RAF Typhoon to this year’s Rhyl Air Show was a coup for the council’s events team.

"The RAF’s Lancaster was built at Hawarden and for the RAF to allocate BBMF, including its iconic bomber, means that we can put on another very worthy show with a good military presence.

"The RAF Tucano will also be at Rhyl for the first time in many years and the events teams is still in discussions with other potential participants. There will be other high profile display items that will ensure that this 11th Rhyl Air Display of the modern era showcases the development and style that is becoming Rhyl."

Cllr Win Mullen-James, mayor of Rhyl, said: “The air show is a spectacular event that ends the summer season on a real high. Year on year, the Air Show secures displays from some of the leading aviation display teams and historic aircrafts and we have received great feedback from visitors and residents who return time and again for the event.

"This event certainly puts the town on the map, it’s great for its reputation and a super opportunity to boost the local economy.”

Cllr Hugh Evans, leader of Denbighshire County Council, said: "The Rhyl Air Show is recognised as one of the best events of its kind in the country and there is always great anticipation to see what will be appearing."

RAF Tucano Display Schedule 2019.

RAF Tucano


These lucky thrill-seekers were first in the queue for the official opening of Rhyl's SC2

The £15m attraction is expected to attract 350,000 extra visitors a year


Scores of people queued up to experience Rhyl's "new Sun Centre" this afternoon.

Thrill-seekers from across North Wales and over the border flocked to visit SC2 , which officially opened its doors at 4pm.

The £15m attraction features a water park and Wales' first TAGactive obstacle course - described as a cross between Total Wipeout and Ninja Warrior.

Over the last three weeks, thousands of residents had the chance to try it out first when free tickets were handed out.

SC2 is expected to attract an extra 350,000 visitors per year to Rhyl, says Denbighshire Council .

Customers Glenys Pierce and grandchildren Joshua and Eryn, of Chester, arrive at Rhyl's £15m waterpark on the official opening day. Photo: David Powell/North Wales Live


SC2 is expected to attract an extra 350,000 visitors per year to Rhyl, says Denbighsire Council

It features an Anaconda flume, the three-lane Speedster slide and the Boomerang for older children.


There's also a water wheel and Piranha Play area kitted out with water cannons, tipping troughs and jets.


It features an Anaconda flume, the three-lane Speedster slide and the Boomerang for older children.


There's also a water wheel and Piranha Play area kitted out with water cannons, tipping troughs and jets.

An enclosed outdoor splash area which will have beach style paddling is still under construction and is set to open in mid-May.

When it's finished, there will be a 300mm paddling pool and Paradise Island, with even more water activities, as well as a seasonal bar and terrace area.

Customers Stephen Petrie, 31, of Holywell, with daughter Olivia, seven, were looking forward to trying out Rhyl's £15m waterpark on the official opening day. "I'm more excited than she is," he laughed. Photo: David Powell/North Wales Live
Stephen Petrie with his daughter Olivia (Image: David Powell)

There's a "changing village", haystack dryers, cafes, a snack hut and an outside bar and eating area.

Swimmers will also be able to use a cashless wristband system to allow them to buy refreshments or items 

Reporting From Daily Post, North Wales News. 


Rail line not to reopen before summer due to Storm Gareth

Damage to the tracks

** Conwy Valley's rail line was affected by Storm Gareth **


Conwy Valley's rail line will not reopen before summer because of flooding damage caused by Storm Gareth last month.

Network Rail said six miles of its track, two stations and eight level crossings on the line between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog needed significant repair.

A spokeswoman said a programme of work for the line had been developed.

The section north of Llanrwst is expected to reopen by August.


This would be in time for the National Eisteddfod of Wales, which is being held in the town earlier that month.

Since the line closed during the storm, teams have been assessing the damage including using drones in areas made inaccessible by the water.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: "Specialist engineers have now developed a programme of work which will see the line reopen this summer and teams have been busy setting up worksites and sourcing the machinery and materials needed for the repairs, including more than 2,000 tonnes of ballast, to safely restore the track."


From BBC News




Armed Robbery With Firearm at Flint Games Exchange Flint North Wales

Police on Church Street in Flint on Wednesday, April 3


We apologies for not updating this as it happened at the time as details of the Armed Robbery at Games Exchange in Flint today: 4/3/19 at around 1:55pm BST Time. Here is the information below. And also the updates from what the public said about the Armed Robbery. 


A man threatened a female shop worker with a gun during a "traumatic" armed robbery.

North Wales Police issued a statement urging people to avoid Church Street in Flint "at all costs" following the incident at The Games Exchange at 1.55pm today.

Officers said that a man wearing a black balaclava carrying what appeared to be a silver-coloured hand gun threatened a female member of staff before making off on foot with cash.

He is described as 5ft 7ins tall and was wearing a green hoody, and blue trainers.

DI Jane Burns of North Wales Police said: “This was a traumatic experience for the shopkeeper and thankfully no one was was harmed.

"If anyone has information please contact 101 or https://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/live-chat-support quoting reference X044606."

North Flintshire Police issued a statement on Facebook, it said: "There is an ongoing incident in Church Street Flint now and there will be a large Police Presence there shortly.

"We would urge people to avoid the area at all costs for the next 2 hours if possible and will provide more details shortly."


Town 'shocked' as 'despicable' masked gunman targets Flint shop in broad daylight

Residents and community leaders have told of their shock and 'disgust' after a masked gunman targeted a shop in broad daylight.

Police were called to The Games Exchange on Church Street in Flint at 1.55pm today (April 3).

Detectives are continuing their hunt for the gunman who is alleged to have threatened a female member of staff before fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

County councillor Paul Cunningham blasted the thief as "despicable".

He said: "I am shocked. I really am - hearing the news has really upset me. You just don't expect it to happen in our town. For this to happen at 2pm in the middle of the day is also really shocking. What is happening in our town? I am really disgusted this is despicable. We are all in the same boat and we all trying to earn a living so for someone to do this just beggars belief. I hope the lady is okay and gets over her shock rapidly."

Town councillor Mel Buckley added that she was alarmed by the incident but thankful to police for their swift response.

She said: "As a resident and also as a retail worker within the town I am most concerned and alarmed by the number of incidents that seem to be occurring of late. This latest incident reportedly involving a firearm is most worrying, however I am pleased with how swiftly the police responded and contained the incident. I would like to thank North Wales Police for their rapid response and also thankful that ‘armed’ incidents are still very few and far between in our community. I hope the female member of staff is safe and recovers quickly from this."

Police earlier urged people in the town to stay away from the area "at all costs" with workers in nearby shops claiming they had been ordered to remain indoors.

A server at the Old Courthouse Cafe said: "We were told it was an armed robbery on one of the shops, I heard someone say the game shop. We can't really see from here but the police told us to stay inside and away from that part of the street."

Another witness said: "I saw the Facebook post from the police saying to stay clear of the area so I decided to have a look since I live near. I think it was at The Game Exchange because they were going between there and the hairdressers opposite."

He added that he had seen police checking CCTV at the nearby library.

Another witness said: "I saw the Facebook post from the police saying to stay clear of the area so I decided to have a look since I live near. I think it was at The Game Exchange because they were going between there and the hairdressers opposite."

He added that he had seen police checking CCTV at the nearby library.

The Games Exchange owns three stores in North Wales in Flint, Rhyl and Colwyn Bay.

The Flint store has been on Church Street for 20 years and sells new and used games, mobile phones, iPods, tablets, laptops and trading cards.

The manager of The Games Exchange in Rhyl said they are aware of the incident in Flint but could not comment further.

If you see anyone matching description of suspect, please contact North Wales Police 101 with Ref Number: X044606 or if its an emergency, then dial 999 if you believe you are in danger. 


Daily Post North Wales 





Rhyl car park to open Friday after major renovation

The car park has been transformed and has a new name. Picture: Geoff Abbott

The car park has been transformed and has a new name. Picture: Geoff Abbott


A CAR park is set to reopen this week after major renovation work.

Rhyl Central Car Park, the former Underground Car Park, will open on Friday – the same day the town’s new £1 5million SC2 water park opens its doors to the public.

The area now benefits from improved signage, two new pedestrian entrances and an additional ramp to improve accessibility, new lighting, ventilation, and improved CCTV coverage.

New pay and display machines have been installed which accept chip and pin card and contactless payment in addition to cash.

Denbighshire County Council leader Cllr Hugh Evans said: “This work has transformed the car park, offering residents and visitors to Rhyl a better experience. The car park has been fitted with new energy efficient lighting and we have ensured the car park feels safer and looks more attractive.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while this work was carried out. The current regeneration programme for Rhyl aims to increase the number of tourists and visitors to the resort and this car park helps accommodate those visitors while improving traffic management in the town.”

Nadeem Ahmad, chairman of the Rhyl Business Improvement District, and owner of Chrome Menswear and the Jean Emporium, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into its modernisation, providing a user friendly, safe and secure parking space, linking well with the High Street with clearly displayed and multiple, up-to-date payment options.”

The car park will be free throughout April but further minor renovation work will continue.


Reporting From Rhyl Journal


Wrexham News: Deployment of armed officers in Gresford

Police are continuing their enquiries after a man was seen allegedly carrying a firearm in Gresford, Wrexham.

A motorist and passenger reported that a man pointed what looked like a handgun at their vehicle as it travelled through Gresford near the Beeches hotel before he boarded a number one bus towards Chester at around 5.02pm yesterday, Sunday March 31.

Armed officers stopped and searched the bus before it left North Wales and searched several other buses on the route, but no suspect was found or firearm located.

Supt Mark Pierce said; “I’d like to reassure the public that no one was hurt and enquires are ongoing to establish the circumstances. If anyone has information please call 101 or contact https://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/live-chat-support  quoting reference X043252.”


Reporting From News & Appeals on https://www.north-wales.police.uk  


Horse rider airlifted to hospital after beach fall Talacre Beach

Members of the public and coastguard officers helped the rider following an Incident at Talacre Beach, North Wales.


A rider had to be airlifted to hospital after falling from their horse.

Coastguard teams were called to the incident on Talacre Beach just before 2.20pm today.

Officers from Flint and Rhyl gave first aid to the injured person but, due to the casualty's condition, it was decided that the Rescue 936 helicopter was needed.

Members of the public, including a nurse, also helped at the scene.

A Flint Coastguard Rescue Team spokesman said: "Team tasked by UK Coastguard along with Rhyl Coastguard Rescue Team to reports of a person fallen from a horse on Talacre Beach, on scene casualty was located west of the lighthouse.


"Due to the injuries, Coastguard Rescue Officers gave immediate first aid until the arrival of Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 936, who then transported the casualty to hospital."

He added: "We wish the person a speedy recovery and we would also like to thank the members of public who gave assistance." 


Reporting From Daily Post North Wales. 


Rhyl Incident : Police close off Rhyl street as they deal with an incident

Police say that an incident in John Street, Rhyl, on Sunday, where a man had been seen throwing knives from an upstairs window, is now resolved.

In a tweet at 4.35pm police said: "The incident on John Street in #Rhyl has now been resolved. Thank you.£

Earlier today, an eyewitness said that a man could be seen and heard shouting at officers below who were asking him to give himself up.

Two armed response vehicles were also in the street which was closed off to the public

In a tweet, North Wales Police said: "Officers are currently dealing with an incident on John Street, Rhyl. No risk to the public.

"The road is closed, but please avoid the area."

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service have a fire crew at the scene and there is also an ambulance along with as many as eight or nine police vehicles.


Reporting From Rhyl, Prestatyn & Abergele Journal

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