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ST AN­DREW’S CHURCH SER­VICES: Sun­days at 11am, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sun­day Holy Com­mu­nion. On the 4th Sun­day a shorter all age ser­vice fol­lowed by tea and cof­fee. Fri­days at 10am Holy Com­mu­nion. Also each Tues at 10am the church hall is open for tea and cof­fee.

ROYAL VOL­UN­TARY SER­VICE: Lunch Club, Waun Dirion, Ev­ery Tues­day 11.45am. Regis­ter be­fore at­tend­ing by phon­ing Ni­cola Collins on 01248 661915.

FRIENDS IN HAR­MONY: A well es­tab­lished Bar­ber­shop cho­rus will en­ter­tain guests at your party, char­ity event or func­tion. For de­tails visit www. friendsin­har­ Gen­tle­men, Friends in Har­mony are also look­ing for new mem­bers. To join the cho­rus on the ris­ers, just turn up and have a go at the ex-Ser­vice­mens Hall, on a Mon­day at 7.30pm. Con­tact Bernard on 01248 410448.

TAI CHI: 1pm-2.15pm, Ev­ery Fri­day in Benllech Com­mu­nity & Ex-Ser­vice­men’s Hall. Session: £4 club mem­bers/£5 non-mem­bers. Tu­tor: Lind­say Meek on be­half of Clwb Benllech 50+ Club. Gen­tle Exercise, Helps Co-or­di­na­tion, Aids Cir­cu­la­tion, Im­proves Mo­bil­ity and Bal­ance. Suit­able for all ages and abil­i­ties for both men and women. For a place­ment, con­tact: Mar­i­lyn Tel: 01248 853207, or Lind­say Tel: 01286 870353 / Mob: 07854 438013.

BENLLECH 50+: Meet ev­ery Thurs­day in the Benllech Com­mu­nity Hall from 2pm-4pm. June 13, Film Out and About; June 20 Life and Times of the Navvies (Rail­ways/Canals) by Dave Mills. Wel­come new mem­bers at any time of the year, gen­tle­men as well as ladies and of­fer a dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­ity ev­ery week, coach trips, theatre trips etc., also we have a lun­cheon club once a month.

ISLE OF AN­GLE­SEY FLOWER CLUB: Benllech is meet­ing on Tues­day, June 18 at 5pm in Gwel Yr Ynys, Pen­maen­mawr for their an­nual gar­den visit. Tea and Bis­cuits are in­cluded in the en­trance fee - Mem­bers free of charge, Vis­i­tors £6.50. A raf­fle will be held and there is park­ing avail­able for a few cars with ex­tra park­ing at the nearby school. Gwel Yr Ynys Gar­den is a dy­namic and ex­cit­ing 3/4 acre gar­den 650 feet above sea level. Imag­i­na­tive land­scap­ing cre­ated to com­ple­ment and blend with the sur­round­ing coun­try­side. Nat­u­ral plant­ing, in­clud­ing a large range of her­ba­ceous plants, shrubs and trees; Gar­den struc­ture ben­e­fits from streams, fresh­wa­ter ponds, wood­land dell area, bog gar­den and many A CARE worker, who will be­come the first fe­male to rep­re­sent Wales in a pres­ti­gious mixed mar­tial arts (MMA) com­pe­ti­tion, has had a big spon­sor­ship boost from a fast-grow­ing in­de­pen­dent travel firm.

Tal­ented am­a­teur fighter Hayley Bar­r­a­clough, orig­i­nally from Llan­fair­p­wll­gwyn­gyll, has been se­lected to com­pete for her coun­try in the uni­fied In­ter­na­tional Mixed Mar­tial Arts Fed­er­a­tion (IMMAF) and World Mixed Mar­tial Arts As­so­ci­a­tion (WMMAA) Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Rome from June 18-24.

The 28-year-old, who now lives in Gw­er­syllt, Wrex­ham, has just re­ceived a £500 boost from Hays Travel North West to help cover her travel costs, was called up to the first ever de­volved Welsh MMA team after im­press­ing dur­ing re­gional tri­als.

Hayley, who is a full time carer sup­port­ing young peo­ple in North Wales, has been spar­ring with Pol­ish Ex­treme Fighting Cham­pi­onship star Karolina Wo­j­cik as she prepares for her first taste of com­pet­i­tive action.

Hayley, who lived on An­gle­sey be­fore mov­ing to Wrex­ham when she was five, said: “It’s the first year of the de­volved Welsh team so I’m the only fe­male com­peti­tor rep­re­sent­ing Wales which is a big hon­our.”

With travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion costs, as well as med­i­cal and en­try fees, Hayley needs to pay a lot out of her own pocket to com­pete in Rome, which is why she was over the moon to re­ceive sup­port from Hays Travel North West which has branches across North Wales in­clud­ing Col­wyn Bay, Rhyl, Flint, Con­nah’s Quay and Mold.

She said: “They’ve given me £500 which is amaz­ing. I can’t thank them enough.

“I have also set up a Go­FundMe page and that has raised more than £500. I just want to do the best for ev­ery­one who has helped and sup­ported me.”

Hays Travel North West manag­ing direc­tor Don Bir­cham es­tab­lished his firm in 2000 and it has a proven track record for sup­port­ing sport­ing causes in the com­mu­nity. His firm has do­nated close to £150,000 over the last cou­ple of decades to Wrex­ham AFC and is the cur­rent spon­sor of the club’s Mold Road stand.

Don said: “With Hayley be­ing the first fe­male to rep­re­sent Wales on the in­ter­na­tional stage we’re more than de­lighted to be able to pro­vide her with some fi­nan­cial help.”

To help Hayley cover the costs of com­pet­ing in Rome you can make a do­na­tion at go­­cymru-2019-euro­pean-cham­pi­onships

● Mixed mar­tial artist Hayley Bar­r­a­clough with Hays Travel North West MD Don Bir­cham Pic: Mandy Jones Pho­tog­ra­phy

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