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Paul’s Blog

If you are wondering how to get back into trim after the coming festive season visit our Events page where I have just up-loaded somer local fell races for North Wales in January. Due to other commitments I am sadly going to have to miss Michael Corrales ‘new’ Conwy Mountain race which is a great pity because last year I took part in a pre-race recce led by Michael, loved the route but couldn’t make the race itself, maybe next year unless it again clashes with the Buff Winter Trail Half Marathon. Sorry Michael but the Buff is just a …

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OVMRO Quiz Night Saturday 16th December

Final reminder that this coming Saturday sees us welcome back Mike Lees to host his charity Quiz Night to raise funds for our local Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation. Further details are on our Events page, it’s a great way to get into the festive spirit so we hope you can come along & enjoy the fun. The fun doesn’t end there this weekend as Sunday morning sees Eryri Harriers Fun run around Padarn Lake with fancy dress encouraged but not obligatory, better still you don’t have to be a club member to run. For more details visit Eryri Harriers …

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TGO Awards

Just a word of thanks to all who voted for us in this year’s awards, much appreciated. Also congratulations to Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation/ Llaberis Mountain Rescue Teams for being Highly Commended in the ‘Extra Mile’ category as well as to our friends at our local Cotswold Oudoor store in Betws for being part of the reason for Cotswold Outdoor winning the Chain Retailer award, well done to you all.

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Xmas & New Year Opening Hours

With our December Christmas Specials now available it’s time to confirm our Opening Hours over the Festive Period, so here goes:- Christmas Eve: 09:00 to 16:00 Christmas Day: Closed Boxing Day : 10:00 to 17:00 Saturday 30th Dec: 07:30 to 11:00 (Open MIC Night) New Years Eve: 09:00 to 16:00 New Years Day: 10:00 to 17:00 All other days we will be open as our usual hours, hope to see you at some point for one of Dorina’s homemade Mince Pies or something more.

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Paul’s Blog

Running has taken a bit of a back seat in the last week but hopefully a number of chores will be out the way by Monday so that I can step it up again. That said I did manage to get to Bangor to help support our (Eryri Harriers) local Cross Country (XC) race. First of all well done to Becki Law for great organisation & of course to the whole team of people who helped her. The weather was cold & underfoot conditions wet & very muddy, is it just me or do the ladies like pre-ploughing the course …

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Paul’s Blog

Firstly a quick pointer to or Events page which I have recently updated to include several new Events at the Cafe, we hope you can make our Mike Lees Quiz Night in aid of OVMRO. Unusually for the Christmas period we will be holding our Monthly Open MIC Night on 30th December so help give you more than one night to celebrate in Capel leading into the New Year. Into the New Year itself we are excited to be hosting Alex Kendell’s presentation covering his recent book ‘The Snowdonia Way’ on January 6th. Next up is the welcoming back of …

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Paul’s Blog

Before I bore you & you stop reading a couple of points for the diary. Firstly this Saturday sees Eryri Harriers host the latest round of the North Wales Cross Country (XC) at Bangor. As I write this I am sure that Becki Law is marshalling her troops be they runners, cake bakers, helpers & supporters, if you want to turn up & cheer us on as we plough our way around a muddy track (yesterday’s rain will have now made this doubly inevitable) simply go to the Eryri Harriers web-site for more details. It’ll be only my 2nd XC …

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Doug Scott’s ‘A Crawl Down the Ogre’ Presentation

Over a week has passed since we welcomed Doug Scott OBE back to the cafe to give this year’s presentation ‘A Crawl Down the Ogre’ & what a night it was. My apologies for not writing earlier but there were a few loose ends to tie up in order to make my reflection on the night more complete. The night itself was a tremendous success, the feedback we’ve received has been unanimous praise for the enthralling tale delivered in Doug’s unassuming humorous style, the great work of Doug’s charity CAN & for the sitting room fireside atmosphere which our venue …

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Defibrillator Campaign Launch

Today we formally launch our campaign for a Defibrillator to be located outside our Cafe. This campaign has the support of both the Welsh Ambulance Service & the Achub Calon Y Dyffren who approached us with this idea a few weeks ago. Automated External Defibrillator (AED) are essential to help save lives, there is a wide ranging campaign to help install these in Schools & in places to help local communities & vistors alike. Our campaign is to riase £1,500 to purchase & install a ZOLL AED, this is the same brand used by The Welsh Ambulance Service itself thereby …

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Paul’s Blog

I’ll talk about Doug Scott’s presentation separately, an amazing night, very well supported & raised a great deal for CAN, icing on the cake next year is being discussed………… With the first dusting of snow on the tops last weekend, a couple of frosts & another ‘coldish’ snap arriving yesterday morning it is almost feeling like winter, or at least more seasonal late autumnal weather, has arrived in Snowdonia. We must keep our fingers crossed for the months ahead & our hopes for a decent winter season which is becoming long overdue after recent years. It felt good to get …

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