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. friendsinharmony.org.uk. 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 gofundme.com/f/mmacymru-2019-european-championships
● Mixed martial artist Hayley Barraclough with Hays Travel North West MD Don Bircham Pic: Mandy Jones Photography