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Network News  2018

Welcome to the December edition

NOVEMBER 30th FRIDAY – 3rd MONDAY

The Landworkers Alliance AGM & Winter Shindig For us our AGM is one of the most important events for members every year as it’s a way to bring people together from across the UK, collectively set our work agenda for the following year, develop our political strategy, organise skill shares and farmer-to-farmer trainings, elect our national coordinating group, build and strengthen our movement and of course have a party! Film screening, yoga, building our movement session, Agroecology, Farm Hack, training, local food economy, grassroots resistance. AGM and tour of the farm.You can come for the whole time, daily or for a session – see website for full programme of events. £50 full weekend residential, includes all food and entertainment; U5s free, Non-residential £40, daily tickets £20. Held at Drapers Field Centre, Betws-y-coed, LL24 0HB. Web: landworkersalliance.org.uk. Tickets available from eventbrite.co.uk

1st SATURDAY

The Spirit of the Four Quartets: Workshop with Rhwng Led by Graham Harthill. This day workshop will involve writing, discussion and contemplation, based around T.S. Eliot’s masterpiece, ‘Four Quartets’.  10am – 4pm, £15, £10 concs., Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Noddfa – GLC (Legends Set) Live HipHop and Bands Goldie Looking Chain, Big Love and the Fuzz, Piwb & Penny; food served from Voltaire vegan restaurant – burgers and burritos; 7pm – 1am, £15. Hendre Hall, Aber Rd., Bangor. Tickets from Voltaire, Bangor. All proceeds to Ysgol Pendalar Art Dept. 

Christmas Decoration Workshop and Pop-Up Shop Make your own Christmas decorations from natural, foraged and recycled materials for just £5! Come along for a free glass of homemade mulled wine or hot spiced apple juice and mince pies PLUS don’t miss Phia’s pop-up shop featuring individually designed and handcrafted clothing, crafts and gifts. 12 – 4pm. Canolfan Glasinfryn, Bangor LL57 4UP. Facebook: of same name

Christmas Crafts There will be 2 of our craftspeople ready to show you a range of crafts – card making, tree decorations, table decorations, wreaths, candle holders, Gypsy baskets. You can choose to come in the morning or the afternoon and will be able to try 2 different crafts and take away what you make. All materials and refreshments are provided. 10am – 12pm or 1 – 3pm, £20 adult, £15 accompanied child, booking essential. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari LL16 4DT, 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.uk

Create a Sterling Silver Bauble Led by Miranda Meilleur. Come and join us for an adult masterclass in sparkling silver. Make a small sterling silver bauble to keep or to give as a special Christmas gift. 12 – 4pm, £30 includes refreshments. Suitable for beginners. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

The Greatest Showman Sing-A-Long (PG) Based on the story of PT Barnum. 11am, £3. Theatr Clywd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com 

Crystal Discovery Workshop Whether you already have a collection of crystals or are just starting out, this workshop will introduce you to their amazing healing energies. Crystals help us connect with ourselves, heal ourselves and follow the call of our soul; 10.30am – 4.30pm, £35, booking essential, Chester Health Store, 59 Bridge St Row, Chester CH1 1NW. Bookings: cariadcrystals@yahoo.com

Gong Bath Arrive, be warm, breathe and relax with the harmonic resonance. 7pm, £10. Neuadd Goffa, Mynydd Llandegai, LL57 4LQ. Tickets: Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

A Child’s Christmas, Poems and Tiger Eggs A new ballet by Welsh dance company Ballet Cymru, narrated by Cerys Matthews. An interpretation of Dylan Thomas’ classic A Child’s Christmas. 7pm, £13, £11 concs. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

The Humours of Bandon Theatre performance. Exploring the trials and triumphs of competitive Irish Dancing, this is a coming of age story for anyone who had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life. Written and performed by Margaret McAulife. 7.45pm, £10, age 14+. Theatr Clywd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Author Appearance – P J  Roscoe Support local author Paula and have your new book signed! 11am – 4pm, Castell Gwyrch, Abergele LL22. Facebook: of same name

Tom Blackwell New songs and new electrified sound. 7pm for gig at 8pm, £10 tickets available from Café. Blue Sky Café, Bangor 01248 355444, blueskybangor.co.uk

A Christmas Pantomime Murder Mystery Hosted by Women’s Festival of Music and Arts Llangollen. Snow White with a twist; veggie and non-veggie food available. Teams book table, from 6pm. Contact St. Collen’s Community Centre, Llangollen. womensfestivalofmusicandarts.weebly.com

The Ucheldre Rep: Entertaining Angels Sharp witted comedy – can God be trusted to do anything right at all? 7.30pm, £6, £5 concs., £3 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

1st SATURDAY & 2nd SUNDAY

Louise Schrempft ~ Ceramicist Open studio event, 11am – 4pm, North Wales Potters, 1 High St., Conwy. Contact northwalespotters.wales

1st SATURDAY – 6th THURSDAY

Suspiria (18) Film; a horror classic remake as a young dancer arrives at Berlin Dance Academy. £7.50, £6.50 60+, £6 student. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) Animated film; Ralph needs to fix his broken game. Various times, £7.50 – £5.50. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

1st SATURDAY – 8th SATURDAY

7 Day Movement Retreat This training is designed as an opportunity to deepen your mindfulness practice through a balance of movement and sitting practices. It is suitable for people new to mindfulness retreats and those whose bodies will welcome more movement practice in the mix! We will share a wide range of gentle movement practices with you during the retreat alongside sitting practice. Led by Sarah Silverton. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle. Info: s.silverton@bangor.ac.uk

1st SATURDAY – 12th WEDNESDAY

Bohemian Rhapsody (12) Film of the career of Freddie Mercury with band Queen, up till Live Aid 1985. Various times, £6 – £3. Theatr Clywd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

2nd SUNDAY

Sacred Circle Dance 1st Sun/month, 2 – 4pm, £7, Rhosesmor Village Hall CH7 6WF. Led by Helen Newton and Sue Bates. Contact helen@soul-life.co.uk

Clybod Acoustic Club Meets 1st Sun/month. 2pm, open to all musical abilities and styles of music – no electricity connecting! Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Women’s Gathering An informal monthly gathering where women can come together and spend time with each other, we’ll meet between 12 – 4pm. Bring your crafty projects, your books to read – and yourself, and let’s see what happens. Come for part of, or all of, the time. Bring some snacks to share and refreshments. The Old Barracks, Rosemary Lane, Beaumaris LL58 8ED. Facebook : of same name

Mind, Body & Spirit Festival Over 50 stalls exhibiting with workshops taking place throughout the day. Food available. 11am – 4pm, Theatr Clwyd, Mold. rainbowbiz.org.uk

Guided Walk Around the beautiful village of Betws y Coed, then back into town for fireworks and Xmas festivities. 10am – 4pm, £25; accompanied U16 free.  Meet Cae Llan Car Park, Station Approach, Betws y Coed LL24 0AE. 07958 365122. 

Bohemian Rhapsody (12A) Film of the career of Freddie Mercury with band Queen, up till Live Aid 1985. 3.30pm, £3, £2 children. Ucheldre Cnete, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Advent Procession A service from Darkness to Light for Hope. A time to reflect on the power of Advent. 6.30pm. Chester Cathedral CH1 2HU, 01244 324756, chestercatherdral.com

Anglesey Artisans Fayre A group of like minded individuals specialising in unique crafts, arts, health, beauty products and other bespoke items. 11am – 3pm. Trearddur Bay Hotel, Cemmaes, Anglesey LL65 2UW. Contact 07776 144870, angleseyartisans.com Facebook: of same name.

Follow up Session for 8 week Mindfulness Course Graduates. 6.30 – 8pm, Rowen Memorial Hall. Contact Rebecca Crane: r.crane@bangor.ac.uk

Bangor University Symphony Orchestra & Chorus  Music by Beethoven, Brahms, Mared Emlyn and Reinecke. 7.30pm, £12, £10 concs, £5 students & U18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Green Woodworking Everyone welcome, from 10am – 4pm with Bill. Eternal Forest, Boduan, Pwllheli. 01758 612006, 07968 167204, eternalforest.org

Cofio Iola A celebration of the life and career of actress Iola Gregory; drama, film, music and discussion in the company of other artistes. Followed by film at 3pm. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Stormydd Awst (PG) As part of a special day  to remember actress Iola Gregory, we are showing film in which she starred, exactly 30 years since it was broadcast on S4C. It’s 1957 and television comes to Aberheli. 3pm, £3, includes mince pie & panad. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Big Allotment Growing Day An opportunity to grow your own organic nutritious food for free, learn new skills: planting and harvesting the veg and fruits; pickling, preserving, cooking, baking and brewing, craft work and wood work or come and chill out with a brew. 11.30am – 4pm. Tyn y Nant, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr. Nr Corwen. Facebook: Eco Fferm Frwythau/Gift Economy, or wellhealthcooperative@googlemail.com

Singing Bowl Workshop The harmonious sounds emitted from a singing bowl have been used for hundreds of years to invoke a state of meditation and deep relaxation, to relieve stress, tension and soothe away any negative energy. 10am – 12.30pm, £25, includes light refreshments. Neuadd Goffa, Mynydd Llandegai, Bangor LL57 4 LQ. Tickets: Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Elias String Quartet Play music by Beethoven, Haydn and Purcell. 7.30pm, £10 – £22. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Gong Bath Arrive, be warm, breathe and relax with the harmonic resonance. 7pm, £13. Rhoscolyn Village Hall, Holyhead LL65 2NQ. Tickets: Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote The classic Cervantes story, ballet in three acts. 3pm, £13, £10. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

3rd MONDAY

‘Deep’ Get Together with Dementia Go Are you living with Dementia or supporting someone who is? Deep is the UK Network of Dementia Voices and this friendly, informal event provides an opportunity to get together with others. 11am – 2pm, lunch and refreshments provided. Dragon Theatre, Barmouth LL42 1EF, 01341 281697, dragontheatre.co.uk

Meditation Monday Wrexham A collective of meditations that vary each week that are guided, this is suitable for all ages and experiences of meditation, beginner, medium and advanced. We practice in a small group. 6 – 7pm, £5 donation or more. Creyunni Complementary Healthcare, Wrexham LL11. Katie 07472 266952, creuynni@outlook.co.uk

United Nations Day of Access for Disabled People Raising awareness of disability, access provide info, metworking, celebrating; with Wheelchair Basketball and Taekwondo (in Brailsford Sports Centre, Bangor).  Music and Poetry, Art Exhibition and Stalls and Information (in Neuadd Powis Hall, Main Arts, Bangor University). 1 – 8pm. Contact: Disabilityartscymru.co.uk, gwawrdawn@gmail.com, adriansharratt@gmail.com

NW Moth Group Informal meeting, 8pm, donations appreciated. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

Gong Bath Arrive, be warm, breathe and relax with the harmonic resonance. 7.30pm, £13. Canolfan Thomas Telford Centre, Mona Rd, Menai Bridge LL59 5EA. Tickets: Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

ROH Live Ballet: The Nutcracker Music by Tchaikovsky. 7.15pm, £13, £11, £4 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Beicio Bangor Meets 1st Mon/month. We campaign on cycling issues affecting Bangor and the travel-to-work area around. All welcome, 7pm, £5 per annum. Basement Fat Café, High Street, Bangor. Details: beiciobangor.org.uk

3rd MONDAY – 5th WEDNESDAY

Branwen The most well-known tale from the Mabinogi. 12.45pm daily; plus 10am 4th & 5th. £10, £8 U18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

First Man (12A) Film. Biopic on the life of the legendary American astronaut Neil Armstrong from 1961-1969. 3rd 10.30am, 4th 8.15pm, 5th 7.30pm. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms 3rd 7.30pm;  4th 5.30pm; 5th 4.30pm. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

3rd MONDAY – 6th THURSDAY

Peterloo (12A) Film. In 1819, a crowd of almost 100,000 people from Manchester and surrounding towns gathered in St Peter’s Fields to demand Parliamentary reform and an extension of voting rights. 3rd & 4th 1.45pm; 5th & 6th 8.30pm. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

3rd MONDAY – 8th SATURDAY

Christmas Retreat A cosy house, mince pies, mulled wine, relaxation, woodland walks, sea views in Cardigan Bay, homemade local meals. £400 – £495. Tŷ Newydd, Llanystumdwy, LL52 0LW, 01766 522811, tynewydd.wales

4th TUESDAY

Wild Winter Elixirs Workshop Join Jules Cooper in this fun and informative practical workshop making wild winter elixirs to help with the winter blues, that are rich in vitamins and support the immune system. Jules will be using wild winter roots and preserved goodies from her autumnal store. 6.30 – 8.30pm. Follow Your Bliss Café, High St., Bangor. Bookings: FYB Café, Bangor 01248 345495, Facebook: Wild Winter Elixirs

Saber Planting 10am. We’ll be planting at Dyffryn Mymbyr, which was previously owned and farmed by Esme Kirby, the founder of the Snowdonia Society. Come and join us on the hills and enjoy the excellent wintery scenes of this valley. Mince pies included! Snowdonia Society, Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Gong Bath Arrive, be warm, breathe and relax with the harmonic resonance. 7pm, £13. Memorial Hall, Penmorfa, Porthmadog LL49 9RY. Tickets: Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Llangollen Friends of the Earth 1st Tues/month; 7.15 for 7.30pm, all welcome, venue varies so call or text 07525 016504, info@llangollenfoe.org.uk

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (15) Film. Based on the story of Iphigenia by Euripedes; a surgeon’s life begins to fall apart. 7.30pm, St. Mary’s Creative Space, Chester. Contact: chesterfilmfans.co.uk

Conwy County Peace Group Meets 1st Tues/month at 7pm in Centre for Cultural Engagement, 10 Greenfield Rd., Colwyn Bay LL29 8EL. Contact Secretary Efa Wulle conwypeace@gmail.com or donsaundersopt@aol.com (chair)

Cygnus Café in Chester An opportunity to join like-minded people to discuss and explore spirituality, well-being, holistic therapies, transformation, community, ecology and much more. For those who are not familiar with Cygnus Review, it offers books, CDs, reviews, articles to uplift and inspire you on your path of self-discovery. 11am – 1pm, The Lodge Café, Grosvenor Park, Chester. Lynn Alexander 01244 951753, lynnalexander@talktalk.net

Tuesday Chanting: Meditative Songs from Around the World Bring a cushion if you want to sit on the floor, bring percussion, your beautiful voices (whether you believe it or not!), and we’ll have a good old sing together. 7.45 for 8pm prompt start, £5. Quaker Meeting House, Dean St., Bangor. Led by Laura Knott, see Facebook: of same name

Noddfa Circle Dance 1st and 3rd Tues/month, from 2 – 4pm. Noddfa, Penmaenmawr 01492 623474, noddfa.org.uk

NT Live: The Madness of King George lll (12A) Film screening of theatre production of George lll’s deterioration. 7pm, £20. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

5th WEDNESDAY

SAORI Weaving Taster Session 1st Weds/month. Half an hour introduction to SAORI freestyle hand weaving, using a SAORI loom and take your weaving home. No experience is necessary and all abilities are catered for. £10 per class including materials. Please book/maximum of six. 6 Swifts Buildings, Bangor LL57 1DQ (opposite Domino’s Pizzas below the train station). Rosie Green 01248 345325, saorimor.co.uk

Drum Journey Meditation Circle An opportunity to join together in circle, set intention, relax with guided meditation and access inner guidance with Shamanic Drum journey. 8pm – 9.30pm, £10. Source Yoga, 294 Conway Rd, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay, LL28 5DS. Claire 07426 894640, sourcehealing.co.uk. – claire.sourcehealing@gmail.com Facebook: Drum Journey Meditation Circle Also 19th

Conscious Dance 1st & 2nd Weds/month. Bringing awareness to all that is within us; in body, heart and mind, and giving it expression in movement. Drop-in. Suitable for all levels of fitness and experience. 7 – 9pm, £10, £8, £5. The Little Theatre, Gloucester St., Chester CH1 3HR. Ella Speirs 07922 620503, ellaspiers@hotmail.com

NWWT Christmas Party Join us for some seasonal cheer as we open our doors to all members, volunteers, supporters and friends! 5 – 7pm. Bangor Office, Llys Garth, Garth Rd., Bangor LL57 2RT. 01248 351541, northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk

NW Geology Association Various short talks by members of this group. 7.30pm, Pensychnant Centre, Conwy 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

Free Vintage Matinees Film These afternoons provide a welcome opportunity for social interaction for our predominantly mature audience – as well as the chance to see fondly remembered films. Doors open 1pm, film starts 1.30pm. Denbigh Film Club, Theatr Twm o’r Nant, Station Rd., LL16 3DA. Lilian Jones 01745 813426, denbighfilmclub.co.uk

Bohemian Rhapsody See 2nd; except at 5.30 & 8pm.

6th THURSDAY

Ancestral Voices: Understanding our Roots and Echoes of Trauma A series of talks examining our relationship to place, space and belonging and how that affects our health and wellbeing. Rev Alexandra Wilson is an interfaith minister, end of life doula and griefkeeper, honorary lecturer in Spiritual Care at Bangor University and a specialist in griefwork and ritual including ancestral healing. 7 – 8.30pm, £5, Follow Your Bliss Café, High St., Bangor. Facebook: of same name

Weaving for Health & Wellbeing Evening 1st Thur/month. Learn Japanese SAORI freestyle hand weaving. No experience is necessary, guidance given. 6.30 – 8.30pm, £25 per class plus materials. Please book/maximum of six. 6 Swifts Buildings, off High Street, Bangor LL57 1DQ (by traffic lights below the train station). 01248 345325, saorimor.co.uk 

Tai Chi for Adults Suitable for beginners. You will need to come along enthusiastic in comfortable clothing and wearing flat shoes. Henry Shallcross will be leading the workshop. 10 – 11am, £5. RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve, LL31 9XZ. Contact 07563 085945, conwy@rspb.org.uk

Pop Up Vinyl Record/CD Shop 1st Thurs/month. 3000+ records, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, rock, pop, prog rock, indie, Cymraeg, blues, metal, punk, new wave, soul, Northern Soul, folk, jazz, reggae, electronic, goth, hip hop and more. Records from 50p. Also a hand picked selection of CD’s. 3 – 8pm, Ty Glyndwr, Caernarfon. Facebook: of same name

NT Live: Anthony & Cleopatra Live broadcast; amidst the wars, Cleo and Mark fall in love. 7pm, £10, £8 concs., £4 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

NW Arthritis and Chronic Pain Support Group 1st Thurs/month. Helping people living with pain. 6.30 – 8.30pm. Mold Community Hospital, Ash Grove, Mold CH7 1XG. Angela 0844 887 2618, nwcpsg@gmail.com

Nordic Walking for Adults Suitable for beginners. Nordic Walking uses special poles that are designed to maximize the benefits of walking as you are using the back of your arms to push the poles along. This push helps you walk faster, burn more calories and take some weight from the knees making it easier to walk for longer. 10 – 11am, £4. RSPB Conwy Nature Resreve, LL31 9XZ. Tony 07891 658830, antony.wbertola@btinternet.com

White Christmas (U) Dementia friendly screening of festive film. Open also to the general public; people are free to come and go as they please, sing-a-long and with lights down low. 2pm, £4.50. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk 

Helfa Gelf Event: Approaches to Curation Ceri Jones and Laura Thomas will share their experiences as independent Curators and Artists, through images, practical activities and a tour around the new exhibitions at Ruthin Craft Centre. This workshop is for Artists and creatives interested in learning about curatorial decisions for fine art, craft and design, and how to curate your own show. Please bring along a single domestic object of your choice and any unwanted magazines. 10am – 3.30pm, £5 HG members, £10 non-members, plus booking fee. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Exploring and Learning from the most remote coral reefs on Earth A talk by Gareth Williams. Tropical coral reefs represent some of the most human-impacted ecosystems on our planet. Understanding exactly how humans have transformed coral reefs is challenging given the ubiquity and complexity of human impacts across our planet. This lecture will discuss how remote coral reefs, far removed from local human pressures such as fishing and coastal development, have informed us and advanced our understanding of the natural functioning of these diverse ecosystems. 7pm, Part of The Year of The Sea Lecture Series. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB, 01492 879201, mostyn.org

NWWT: Young Conservationists on Anglesey Andy O’Callaghan, Youth Project Officer, explains how young people on Anglesey have been engaged in environmental activity and conservation projects over the past year as part of the Wildlife Trust’s ‘Our Wild Coast’ project. No dogs. 2 – 4.30pm, £2, to include refreshments. St Cyngar’s Church Hall , Llangefni, LL77 7EA. Penny Radford 01248 713022, radfords713@btinternet.com

Gwynedd Astronomy Society 1st Thurs/month, 7.30pm. Arts and Drama Rehearsal Room, Bangor University. Parking is available directly outside the main entrance. Davyth Fear 01286 672882.

NT Live: Anthony & Cleopatra (12A) Broadcast live from the National Theatre; a story of great power politics and passion. 7pm, £12, Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk Also: Theatr Clywd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com Also: Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com Also: Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

6th THURSDAY – 9th SUNDAY

Space To Be These retreats are open to anyone looking for some quiet-but-purposeful time in beautiful surroundings with a light-touch, semi-structured programme that is hosted and facilitated by Trigonos. Resources include, art materials, library, CDs, local walks, yoga mats, blocks and cushions. Facilitated by Ros Tennyson. Costs depend on length of stay and programme charges. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle, 01286 882388, trigonos.org

7th FRIDAY

New Moon in Sagittarius 7:20am

Gadael Tir with Owen Shiers and Gwilym Morus. A show that tells the story of land rights and protest in Wales. £10, Cellb, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3AD. 01766 832001, cellb.org

Llangollen Reading Group 1st Fri/month, 7pm, Castle St, 01978 869600.

Share Shop ~ Pop-Up Shop Buy an entire outfit for under £5, learn how to repair and update your clothes in the Patch Challenge. Find out the benefits of purchasing second-hand and ethical clothing. The University of Chester’s Seaborne Library Green Impact Team will be hosting a pop-up clothing sale to benefit Share Aid. There will also be a cake sale. 10am – 2pm. Small Hall, University of Chester, Parkgate Road. Caitlyn c.hallmanlewis@chester.ac.uk

Llanbedr Woodlands Kylie Jones Mattock leads a walk into these spectacular Celtic rainforests. Bring a picnic! No dogs. 11am – 3pm. £2 appreciated. Llanbedr LL45 2LD. Janet Baker 07812 659593, jemmole@hotmail.com

Trinidad & Tobago Following a quick AGM, members of the 2017 Cambrian Ornithological Society trip to Trinidad and Tobago will show slides and share experiences of this bird-watchers paradise – lots of hummingbirds and other tropical species. 7.30pm, £1. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

Bohemian Rhapsody See 2nd; except at 8pm.

NT Live: The Madness of King George lll (12A) Film screening of theatre production telling the story of George lll’s deterioration. 4pm, Theatr Clywd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

121 Psychic Readings Christmas Event This evening we will have readers offering mediumship, psychic, tarot, angel card, future and life readings, no need to book just pop in and see us. 5 – 8pm, £10, £20 depending on readers. John Bride Psychic Medium, The Angel Office, High St., Ruabon LL14 6AA. John 01978 810300.

The Man Who Invented Christmas (PG) Film. In 1843, Charles Dickens is at a low point in his career with three flops behind him and his family expenses piling up at home. 7.30pm, Denbigh Film Club, Theatr Twm o’r Nant, Station Rd., LL16 3DA. Lilian Jones 01745 813426, denbighfilmclub.co.uk

NWWT: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly A journey through the highs and lows of an amateur wildlife photographer, Richard Walliker. 7 – 9pm, £2 appreciated. Maes Esgob Community Centre, Dyserth, LL18 6HB. Mark Hughes 07800 771570, mjdhughes1108@gmail.com

7th FRIDAY – 9th SUNDAY

Artist & Dreamer ~ Jeff Cummins Artist meet and greet, exhibition and print sale. 12noon – 5pm, £15 – £50. Stamford Gate Hotel, Halkyn Rd, Holywell, Flintshire, CH8 7SJ. 07900 323143. 

8th SATURDAY

End Injustice in Palestine! A specialgathering to address Ending the Occupation, Apartheid, the Siege of Gaza, Settlements, media blackout and diversions, bringing the right of return for all Palestinians. There are speakers who have worked in Gaza and Palestine and supporters of the Palestinian cause. 12 – 4pm, Craig-y-Don Community Centre, Llandudno LL30 1TE. Palestinian Food will be served at the Llandudno Junction Mosque. Contact conwypeace@gmail.com

FFair Nadolig Various craft stalls, poetry, wood-turning, pyrography, paintings, china, books, cards, tea and cakes. 10am – 5pm, Pensychnant Centre, Conwy 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

Kids Christmas Activity Day We will entertain your children with Christmas craft activities, games and outdoor play. Children need to come dressed in warm and waterproof outdoor clothing and suitable footwear as we will spend time outdoors. The session will be run by experienced and qualified Forest School leaders. Limited places, 6 – 12yr, Drop-off 10am, collect 3pm, £20 per child, £35 2 children from same family; lunch, snacks and drinks included. Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari, Denbigh. 01745 710626, woodlandskillscentre.uk 

Prezzie Wrapping and Yule Celebrations Bring paper, newspapers, brown paper, fabrics, scarves, anything you fancy to wrap those Christmas /Yule presents individually and beautifully, think ribbons, sticks, twine, buttons. Bring stamps and ink to make your own paper and cards, let your creative side take over. We’re planning a lovely festive day, so bring something festive to eat to share; 10am – 4pm. Room cost is £30 so we ask for donations of £5 part /£10 full day, or whatever you can afford, please don’t let cost put you off. The Vestry, Snowdon St, Porthmadog LL49 9PG. Facebook: of same name

Book Signing – P J Roscoe Meet local author PJ amongst the paranormal, historical, supernatural and the faeries of Firefly Shiny Shop. 10.30am – 1pm. 18 Central Arcade, Wrexham LL11 1AG, 07850 584251, fireflyshinyshop@yahoo.com

Christmas Wreath Workshop Get in the festive spirit and make a Christmas wreath from local, naturally sourced materials. 9.30am – 12.30pm or 1 – 4pm, refreshments included. £12 for FTBG members, £15 non-members. Treborth Botanical Gardens, Bangor. Bokings: treborth@bangor.ac.uk

The Polar Express (U) Animated film; a young boy on a magical adventure to the North Pole. 11am, Theatr Clywd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Fire/LED Jam1 Come and join us spin fire and listen to some reggae tunes. 7 – 10pm, bring warm blankets, donations for paraffin, food, drinks and friends. Be Safe and Tidy. Meet at the Lagoons in Llanberis. Awesome photographers get free marshmallows!  Facebook: of same name

Sacred Song A morning of singing songs from various faith traditions and none in 4 part harmony, all taught by ear. Including songs from Taize, Iona, Findhorn, Harmonic Temple. Songs of life, death and everything in between. 10am – 1pm, £15, £10, £5. Wesley Church Centre, St John St, Chester. Contact Ella 07922 620503, ellaspeirs@hotmail.com

Willow Christmas Decorations and Wreaths While getting into the festive mood you will learn the principles of willow weaving and skills and will be able to develop your own projects thereafter. With Pippa Jones. 10am – 4pm, £65 includes lunch. CAT, Machynlleth 01654 705959, cat.org.uk

Conwy’s Winterfest Street entertainers, musicians, choirs, sword fighting on Lancaster Square, hot chestnuts and much more. Torch lit procession with Armoured Knights and their Ladies at 5.45pm. 4 – 7pm, free. Conwy Town LL32 8AY. 01492 577566.

8th SATURDAY & 9th SUNDAY 

Reiki 1 Reiki is a simple form of healing and self-healing. Vivien teaches the original form of the Usui System of Healing. She offers continuous on-going support to all of her students. £150 class fee, accommodation is available £30 per night. Tregarth, Bangor LL57 4NP. Viv 01248 601388, vivreiki@hotmail.com

9th SUNDAY

Yoga Workshop Yoga sessions are suitable for beginners and more experienced alike. There will be an energizing morning yoga to kick start the day and a restorative Yin class in the late afternoon. £28, includes refreshments. Portmeirion Village, Minffordd LL48 6ER. Bookings: Tracey Jocelyn 07809 485323, traceyyogamassage.co.uk

Christmas Open Day: Dru Centre Experience, energetic yoga, deep relaxation and Dru meditation. 2 – 6pm, £18 adv, £25 door. Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Bethesda. Dru Yoga 01248 602900, hello@druworldwide.com

Gweithdy Creu Torch Nadolig Amgen/ Alternative Christmas Wreath Workshop Come and join us for a festive crafternoon in our new workshop space ‘Safle CREU’. Lora Morgan from Siop Siafins will lead the session and help you create a unique alternative Christmas wreath using fabric, felt and yarn and one or two pom-poms! Equipment and materials available. 14+ 1pm, £25. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Waymark Installation 10am. Over the past few months we have joined with The Woodland Trust and Kehoe countryside to produce waymarkers to mark the passage through Coed Felinrhyd, a Celtic Rainforest steeped in Welsh legend. Snowdonia Society, Dan 01286 685498, dan@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Anglesey Artisans A group of like minded individuals specialising in unique crafts, arts, health, beauty products and other bespoke items. 11am – 3pm. The Valley, Anglesey, B4545, LL65 3DU. 07776 144870, angleseyartisans.com Facebook: of same name.

Estyneto Join us for regular dance/movement sessions specifically for those over the age of 60. The sessions are led by two inspirational dancers/choreographers – Cai Tomos and Angharad Price Jones. You don’t need any previous experience or dance skills – only the desire to stay fit and healthy. 1.30 – 3.30pm. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Craft and Holistic Wellbeing Fayre Crystals, tarot and psychic medium readers, healing, upcycled goods, hand made jewelry, crafts, artists, Herbalists, runes, holistic treatments, salt lamps, aromatherapy, and much more. 10am – 4pm, 50p entry. Refreshments available, vegan and veggie options. Glasdir Business and Conference Centre, Llanrwst LL26 0DF. Sammy 07983 985886.

The Ensemble of St Luke’s Playing highlights of the quartets repertoire; Mozart, Beethoven, Dvořák and The Beatles, plus some festive surprises. 3pm, £12, £10, £5 students and U18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

The Bangor Forest Garden An opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends whilst contributing to maintaining and developing the Garden! Session starts at 11.30am – 4pm. Wear some outdoor suitable clothing and bring some lunch; tea and coffee provided. If you need a lift ask us about car sharing. More details from bangorforestgarden@gmail.com, thebfg.org.uk Or have a look on Facebook: bangorforestgarden

Bohemian Rhapsody See 2nd; except at 3.30pm.

10th MONDAY

Wildlife Gardening Whether you are completely new to gardening or have years of experience, whether you can spare one day each month or one day every week, we need you! 10am, Snowdonia Society 01286 685498, tyhyll@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Native Daffodil Habitat Management 10am. This hidden site is home to native Daffodils which produce a fantastic carpet of yellow in the spring. Our aim is to help maintain this site for its natural qualities and preserve this great display. Snowdonia Society, Dan 01286 685498, dan@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Seriously Books 2nd Mon/month. A warm welcome and intelligent discussion that ranges from the light-hearted to the challenging. Books selected by vote and alternate between contemporary and classic fiction. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. Louisa Yates – louisa.yates@gladlib.org

Prestatyn Reading Group 2nd Mon/month, 6pm, Prestatyn Library, King’s Ave 01745 854841.

11th TUESDAY

Yule Floristry Workshop / Rustic Creations Led by Nancy Bloom. Wreath making, natural decorations, Garlands using floristry and colour. 6.30 – 8.30pm, £15, includes all materials. Follow Your Bliss Café, High St., Bangor LL57 1UL. Bookings: FYBC 01248 345495, Facebook: Yule Floristry Workshop

Sound Healing One hour of blissful gongs. Give yourself a time and space to switch off. The perfect journey to help your mind, body and soul, relax and rejuvenate. This ancient practice utilizes wave forms and frequencies. Bring something to lie on, cushion, water. 6.30 – 8pm, £8, £5 concs., Ty Pawb, Market St., Wrexham LL13 8BB. Facebook: of same name

Work Party A work outdoor day – clearing the encroaching wilderness. Wear work clothes and tough gloves. 10am onwards. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

Rhododendron Removal 10am. Our clearance work will greatly help get this beautiful valley back to its natural state. To celebrate the holiday period we’ll have plenty mince pies to go around. 10am. Snowdonia Society, Owain 01286 685498, owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

The Healing Well Hands on Healing, two sessions, donations welcome, 7 – 9pm. Canolfan Pentrefelin, nr Criccieth. Mayamara 01766 770874.

Tuesday Chanting: Meditative Songs from Around the World Last one this year! See 4th

Ross Noble – El Hablador Comedian, 8pm, £25. Venue Cymru, Llandudno 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk

Cylch Gitar Gogledd Cymru/ North Wales Guitar Circle 2nd Tues/month. All styles of acoustic guitarists – from non players to professional (non vocal). 7.45pm, £1 per person. Anglesey Arms Hotel, Menai Bridge. Jane and Dave Sinnett 01407 831480, jane.sinnett@btinternet.com ~ Facebook: northwalesguitarcircle

A Christmas Carol (PG) Film screening of a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive storytelling that is both heart-warming and deeply moving. 7.30pm, £12 – £8. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com Also: Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

12th WEDNESDAY

NWWT: Greening the Wrexham Industrial Estate An update on the Wrexham Industrial Estate Living Landscape Project, with project officer Jonny Hulson. 7.30 – 9.30pm, Gresford Memorial Hall, High Street, Gresford, LL12 8PS. Dan Rose 07976 962251, nwwtwrexham@gmail.com

Gong Bath Arrive, be warm, breathe and relax with the harmonic resonance. 8pm, £13. Source Yoga Studio, 294 Conway Rd, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5DS. Tickets: Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

The Christmas Tree, Science Myths and Dreams  Come Together Under the Christmas Tree A talk by Brian Gill, Transpersonal Psychologist. Refreshments served at 7pm to 7.30pm – time to chat with friends old and new. Introduction, Meditation and Talk starts at 7.30pm prompt. Followed by questions at 9pm to 9.15pm. Refreshments included, £5.50, £3.50 concs. Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St, Chester, CH1 3LF. Enquiries: 01244 377170, chestertheosophy.org

Healing for Wellbeing 2nd Weds/month Hands on Healing provided by Christine and Larry. Healing is a relaxing form of complementary therapy which can be helpful for chronic pain, stress and much more. 6 – 9.30pm. Llaingoch Village Hall, South Stack Rd., Holyhead LL65 1NF. Info 07831 389904, mamahlaryea2003@yahoo.co.uk

Conscious Dance 1st & 2nd Weds/month. Bringing awareness to all that is within us; in body, heart and mind, and giving it expression in movement. Drop-in. Suitable for all levels of fitness and experience. 7 – 9pm, £10, £8, £5. The Little Theatre, Gloucester St., Chester CH1 3HR. Ella Speirs 07922 620503, ellaspiers@hotmail.com

Willow Clearing 10am. Join us at Greenacres dune system to help control the spread of willow. Situated between Criccieth and Porthmadog. Booking essential, Snowdonia Society, Owain 01286 685498, Owain@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Circle Dance 2nd Weds/month. A relaxing afternoon with a friendly group. No experience or partner needed. 2 – 4pm, Old Colwyn Methodist Church Hall. Phone Janice 01492 545587 / Susan 01352 219464.

Ruthin Reading Group 2nd Weds/month, 7.30pm, Ruthin Library, 01824 705274.

Gadael Tir A history of land-rights and protest in Wales. The show tells the story of the common folk of Wales battling for a better life; told through old ballads. 10+ yrs, 7.30pm, £8, £6. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Friends of the Earth Conwy Meet 2nd Weds/month in the rear room of the Albion Ale House, Upper gate St., Conwy LL32 8RF. The meeting above replaces our usual monthly meeting. We would love to have some new members to help with our campaigns, currently focusing on reducing plastic use locally and raising awareness of climate change issues. Contact Kay 07918 663640, kaypitt40@gmail.com

Sweet Country with Occasional Cinema. Aussie period Western set in 1929 in the Northern Territory. Start approx 7.30pm. Mill Bistro, Seiont, Caernarfon 01286 676549, occasionalcinema.org

NWWT Christmas Party An informal evening, quizzes and food. 7.30 – 9.30pm. Brambell Building, Deiniol Rd, Bangor, LL57 2UW. Kate Gibbs 01248 681936, kategibbs.nwwt@gmail.com

13th THURSDAY

Ceremony of Light at Hillside Retreat A beautiful way to connect with Spirit at this dark time of year, allowing the light of love, joy and peace to shine through us. The theme is PEACE and on this 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, we will take time to honour any family member of yours who lost their life.  You are welcome to read a sacred passage or poem on peace. We will sing chants on the theme of peace, meditate and welcome in the light by lighting candles in the darkness. Followed by mulled wine, mince pies & carol singing around the log fire. Please let me know you are coming. Arrive 6.45 for ceremony at 7pm. Hillside Retreat, Rhosesmor, Flintshire. Contact Helen: helen@soul-life.co.uk

Midwinter of the Soul: healing and transformation through embracing grief A series of talks examining our relationship to place, space and belonging and how that affects our health and wellbeing. Rev Alexandra Wilson is an interfaith minister, end of life doula and griefkeeper, honorary lecturer in Spiritual Care at Bangor University and a specialist in griefwork and ritual including ancestral healing. 7 – 8.30pm, £5, Follow Your Bliss Café, High St., Bangor. Facebook: of same name

Art, Aesthetics, Architecture and Algae A talk by Professor David Thomas – School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University. Part of The Year of the Sea Lecture Series. Science can be perceived as sterile, routine, complicated and impenetrable except to a select few. Seaweeds (algae) are frequently viewed as being a smelly nuisance. In contrast the world of art and design is a hive of creativity that entices an audience by appealing to our emotions and senses. David Thomas will illustrate how these apparently different fields are underpinned by similar inspiration – often just expressed in different words. 7pm, Mostyn, Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Nordic Walking for Adults See 6th

Tai Chi for Adults See 6th

Wreath Making Workshop Using natural materials with NWWT’s Anna Williams and Katy Haines. We’ll provide materials, but you can bring your own, too: holly with berries is always welcome! Booking essential. 5.30 – 7.30pm, £12, to include refreshments. North Wales Wildlife Trust – Bangor office, Llys Garth, Garth Road, Bangor, LL57 2RT. Bleddyn Williams 01248 351541, info@northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk

14th FRIDAY

The King And I Screening of musical recorded live. A governess arrives to look after the children of the King of Siam. Event recorded live from London’s Palladium. 2pm & 7pm. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

The Colour of Saying: Poetry Workshop A poetry writing workshop led by Phil Bowen. Followed by a showing of the film Love Somehow. 1 – 3 workshop. We look at Dylan Thomas’s addiction to synaesthesia – seeing sounds and hearing sights – and aims to both unravel certain instinctive understandings and write beyond them. £5, £4 concs., Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

Bird Walks at Bodnant Garden Find out about the birds of Bodnant Garden on a walk led by a local expert. Booking essential. 11am – 12.30pm. Bodnant Garden, Colwyn Bay LL28 5RE, 01492 650460. 

It’s A Wonderful Life Classic family movie. Relaxed matinee, low lighting, extra signage, dementia friendly, 2.30 – 5.30pm; evening performance 7.30 -10.30pm. Donations welcome towards Welsh Women’s Aid Wrexham and Llangollen Community Christmas Lunch. New Dot Cinema, Llangollen Town Hall, LL20 8PU. newdotcinema.org

Gong Bath Arrive, be warm, breathe and relax with the harmonic resonance. 7pm, £13, Rhuddlan Community Centre, Parliament St, Rhuddlan, Rhyl LL18 5AW. Tickets: Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

BritRock Film Tour Brit Rock has all the best new climbing films featuring some of the country’s most popular climbers. “… compelling stories from the vertical world”. Open 7pm, film 8pm, £5. Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda. Tickets: neuaddogwen.com

Bohemian Rhapsody See 2nd; except at 5.30 & 8pm.

14th FRIDAY – 16th SUNDAY

Trigonos Christmas Yoga Retreat The weekend will comprise of 4 sessions which will include yoga, meditation and a gong bath with Steph Healy. All inclusive – meals, continuous access to refreshments and relaxing time. £340 – £305. Open to all. Trigonos, Nantlle. Bookings: trigonos.org

15th SATURDAY

Freedom SoundSystem Rebel Lion Road Block Event With special guests Trilla Jenna & Kingjay. Trilla Jenna – founding member of the all-female Gold Label Sound System. Powerful basslines, conscious lyrics and raw roots melodies. NW best Djs. 6pm – 1.30am. Tickets: £6 adv; 6 – 8pm door £8; 8 – 10pm door £10. Held at Cove Pop-Up Coffee and Rum Shack, 38 Sackville Rd., Bangor LL57 1LD. Tickets from: tickets.partyforthepeople.org

Winter Chill An evening of Yoga by candlelight; moving into stillness as we follow the thread of the breath. Yin and Vinyasa practices followed by sumptuous Yoga Nidra. 5.30pm, £25, includes warming soup, teas and nibbles. Booking essential. Neuadd Goffa, Mynydd Llandegai. Contact Mary: yogatastic@hotmail.com Facebook: Winter Chill

A Christmas Carol (PG) Animated film about Mr Scrooge. 11am, Theatr Clywd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

IOAC Choral Christmas Concert with Isle of Anglesey Choral Society. A light evening performance of some of the old Welsh Plygain carols with unique harmonies. 7.30pm, £8, £7, £4 children. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

SAORI Weaving for Health & Wellbeing Day 3rd Sat/month. Learn Japanese SAORI freestyle hand weaving. No experience is necessary, all abilities welcome, guidance given. 10am – 4pm, £75 per class plus materials. Please book/maximum of six. 6 Swifts Buildings, off High Street, Bangor, LL57 1DQ (opposite Domino’s Pizzas below the train station). Rosie Green 01248 345325, saorimor.co.uk 

Odiyan Film; Indian Malayalam-language fantasy thriller. Kerala folklore says men possess shapeshifting abilities, who could assume animal form. English subtitles. 5.30pm, £7.50, £6.50 60+, £5.50 U18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

Benllech Film Night Monthly Comunity Hall film night; free, donations welcome. Contact us for titles. 7.30 – 9.30pm. Benllech Community Hall, Anglesey. benllechcommunity.wordpress.com

Botanical Painting Classes Led by Doreen Hamilton. 3rd Sat/month. Materials can be supplied at cost. 10am – 3pm; followed by tea/coffee. £15, students £10. Treborth Gardens, nr Bangor. Booking not required – but please let Doreen know by e-mail the previous week and then just turn up; doreensbotanicals@gmail.com

Met Live – La Traviata Opera, 5.55pm, Theatr Clywd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com Also: Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

16th SUNDAY

Quaker Meeting 3rd Sun/month, 10am, Memorial Hall, Market St., Llangollen. Maria Haines 0 1978 860349, northwalesquakers.org

Red Tent Gwynedd Dancing, Singing and Cool Down, followed by Sacred Circle to mark the Solstice together. Please bring: food to share, something for the altar, cushion and blanket to sit on/snuggle, anything to share on a Mid-Winter theme, beautiful sheet/scarf and fairy lights to decorate room with, £4 towards the hire of the hall. 1pm – set up space, decorate room. Ends 6pm, help to pack away. Held at Menai Bridge Community Centre, Water St., LL59 5DD. Facebook page: Red Tent Gwynedd

Dru Yoga & Gong Bath An afternoon of Dru Yoga by candlelight as the sun sets, followed by a Gong Bath. 3 – 5pm, £23. Gwernymynydd Village Hall, nr Mold. Please contact Jill for further information and to book a space: 07449 631836, jill.blandford@yahoo.co.uk

Extended Yoga with live Tongue Drum Savasana An extended Yoga class accompanied by some gentle live tongue drum music from artist Mikey Goldthorp. The Yoga class will begin with some guided Meditation and Pranayama (breathing practice), before we move through a blend of Hatha and Vinyasa flow. Followed by Christmas baked treats. £15, 7.30 – 9.30pm, booking essential. Held at Y Festri, Goodman St., Llanberis LL55 4HL. Nalini Yoga tickets from: docs.google.com Facebook: Christmas Special: Extended Yoga with live Tongue Drum Savasana

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Featuring Elan Catrin Parry performing songs from her debut album “Angel”. Plus Llangollen Operatic Young ‘Uns, Ysgol Dinas Bran Band and Wrexham County Youth Choir. Open 7pm, £10, £8 concs., £5 children, U5s free. Llangollen Pavilion 01978 862 000, llangollen.net

17th MONDAY

Chester Amnesty International We are ordinary people standing up for humanity, human rights and justice. Meets at 7.45pm, this month in The Watergate Inn, (room on the left inside pub), close to Chester Racecourse. Contact Alan 01244 679185/ Facebook for more details, amnesty.org

Follow up Session for 8 week Mindfulness Course Graduates. 6.30 – 8.30pm, Wheldon Building, Bangor University Science Site, off Deiniol Road (opposite the large Deiniol Library), Bangor. CMRP, mindfulness@bangor.ac.uk

Gong Bath Arrive, be warm, breathe and relax with the harmonic resonance. 7pm, £13, Llanfairfechan Community Centre, Village Rd, Llanfairfechan LL33. Tickets: Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Meditation Meet-Up Sharing meditation techniques and practices. Suitable for all ages and experiences of meditation. You might like to bring a notepad and pencil. If you prefer to sit on the floor, you might like to bring a cushion or mat. 6 -7pm, £5 or more, held at Creuynni Complementary Healthcare, 7 Salisbury Close, Wrexham LL13 7BY. Katie 01978 356337, creuynni@outlook.com

Bangor Cellar Writing Group Meetings allow writers of prose and poetry to share their work with others by reading out their manuscripts.  We also have a programme of writing challenges and workshops.  All abilities are welcome from beginner to more experienced writers. The aim is to encourage people in their writing and able to meet with others who share their interest. 7 – 9.15pm, 1815 Café, Bangor. Mary Ward – merielward75@gmail.com

Ucheldre Jazz Club Monthly meet, all welcome, 8pm, free. Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 01407 763361, ucheldre.org

18th TUESDAY

Sound Bath Sound baths are believed to have numerous healing properties, including reduced anxiety and stress, better mental clarity, improved energy and more restful sleep. 7 – 9.30pm, £12. Follow Your Bliss, High St., Bangor LL57 1UL. Tickets: Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk Noddfa Circle Dance 1st and 3rd Tues/month, from 2 – 4pm. Noddfa, Penmaenmawr 01492 623474, noddfa.org.uk

Gathering Winter Fuel 10am. Come join us for some yule log/mince pies and hot chocolate as we celebrate the last Woodland Workday of the year by becoming lumberjacks for the day! Booking essential, Ty Hyll, Betws Rd, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0DS. Snowdonia Society, Dan 01286 685498, dan@snowdonia-society.org.uk

Supporters Christmas Elevenses A small event to thank all those who have volunteered and helped at the Centre. 10.30am. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy 01492 592595, pensychnant.co.uk

Chester Humanists 3rd Tues/month. We seek to make the best use of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, using reason, experience and shared human values. Meet at 7.30pm, Custom House, Watergate St., Chester. Stuart 07954 166567, Richard 07530 225268, chester.humanist.org.uk

19th WEDNESDAY

Chester and District Friends of the Earth 3rd Weds/month, 7.30pm in the Custom House, Watergate Street, Chester. Contact Peter Benson 07740 179939.

Storytelling Club 3rd Weds/month. Special guest wordsmith every month. All welcome. No charge! 7.30pm. The Blue Bell Inn, 19 Castle Street, Conwy LL32 8AT. Suzi & Simon  07984 637068. 

Drum Journey Meditation Circle An opportunity to join together in circle, set intention, relax with guided meditation and access inner guidance with Shamanic Drum journey. 8pm – 9.30pm, £10. Source Yoga, 294 Conway Rd, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay, LL28 5DS. Claire 07426 894640, sourcehealing.co.uk ~  claire.sourcehealing@gmail.com Facebook: Drum Journey Meditation Circle

Write Now Meets 3rd Weds/month at 7.30pm. All types of writing welcome, we read our work aloud and share tips and news. Meet in Gales Wine Bar, 18 Bridge St., Llangollen. Rachel 07706 101349.

Mindful Meditation 3rd Weds/month. A monthly meditation group, open to all and suitable for beginners. If you have not meditated before, this can help you get started. Also, experienced meditators welcome to come and practise in a group setting. 7.30 – 9pm. Kit’n’Heels, 3 Penrhyn Ave, LL28 4PS Rhôs-on-Sea Facebook: Wings of Change

National Parks Matter – Stories from a Wild Europe The National Parks and wild spaces of Europe are under threat. Hear the stories of two people who fight to protect them. Learn the similarities and differences in their separate struggles. 7.30 – 10.30pm. Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda LL57 3AN. 01248 208485, neuaddogwen.com

Gong Bath Arrive, be warm, breathe and relax with the harmonic resonance. 7pm, £13. Canolfan Beaumaris, Rating Row, Beaumaris LL58 8AL. Tickets: Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Big Allotment Growing Day An opportunity to grow your own organic nutritious food for free, learn new skills: planting and harvesting the veg and fruits; pickling, preserving, cooking, baking and brewing, craft work and wood work or come and chill out with a brew. 11.30am – 4pm. Tyn y Nant, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr. Nr Corwen. Facebook: Eco Fferm Frwythau/Gift Economy, wellhealthcooperative@googlemail.com

White Christmas (U) Dementia friendly showing. Classic festive film; a song and dance duo become romantically involved with a sister act. 1pm, £6 – £3. Theatr Clywd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

Withnail & I (15) Film; set in the 60s, two friends go off on holiday by mistake. 8.15pm, £7.50, £6.50 for 60+, £6 student, £5.50 U18s. Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

20th THURSDAY

Nordic Walking for Adults See 6th

Tai Chi for Adults See 6th

Chester CND Our monthly meeting, all welcome, free. 7.30 – 9pm. Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham St., Chester chestercnd@gmail.com

Midwinter of the Soul: Healing Through Embracing Grief  3rd talk in a series. See 13th for more info

NT Live: The Madness of King George lll (12A) Film screening of theatre production of George lll’s deterioration. 7pm, £13, £10. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com

21st FRIDAY

Winter Solstice 10:23pm

Welcoming in the Winter Solstice Gong Bath A time to reflect and on what’s happened and then look forward and set intentions and wishes for the oncoming cycle of the year. Rest in the darkness and welcome in the dawn of the Winter Solstice, while allowing yourself to be bathed in the sound waves and vibrations from the gongs, singing bowls and grounding instruments. Porridge and tea before you leave! 6.30 – 8.30am. £20, Neuadd Goffa, Mynydd Llandegai, Bangor LL57 4LQ. Tickets: Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

Winter Solstice Meditation 11am – 1pm, donations for the hall. Abersoch Village Hall. Sue Baumann, sue.reiki@talktalk.net

Take-Home-A-Christmas-Tree Day Help us to protect this upland mire from becoming a conifer plantation by pulling and cutting seedlings and saplings … and finding yourself a Christmas tree in the process! Wear wellies and waterproofs and bring lunch. Tools and gloves supplied. No dogs. 10am – 3.30pm. Meet: Cors Bodgynydd, Roughly halfway between Llanrwst and Betws-y-Coed in the Gwydir Forest, accessed by a single-track road., Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, LL27 0YZ. Rob Booth 01248 351541, 07764 897414, robbooth@wildlifetrustswales.org

Winter Solstice Sound Harmonisation Session  DJ turned sound therapist Tracie Storey brings her profound understanding of the power of sound to Anglesey for a unique evening celebrating the Winter Solstice. Using an array of acoustic instruments, this healing Sound Harmonisation Session will help you to find harmony with your body and the shifting cycles of nature. 6.30pm – 8.30pm. £20. Held at The Old Rectory, Llanfachraeth, Ynys Môn LL65 4YA. Bookings: Claire 07970 409724, inspiratrix.co.uk

Winter Solstice Stargazing Join astronomers from Dark Sky Wales as they unearth the Celtic stories hidden in the stars. DSW Astronomer Martin Griffiths will tell the tales of our ancestors written large in the sky on a laser guided tour of the heavens. There will be plenty of telescopes available for you to enjoy some of our celestial wonders and ask questions of the astronomers present. Stargazing is dependent on the weather, however, the event will go ahead with Martin telling the tales of the sky in this magical environment. Booking essential. 7.30 – 9.30pm, Bryn Celi Ddu, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey LL61 6EQ. £13.37, tickets from eventbrite.co.uk

Cybi Poets Last Fri/month, to read and share poetry. 7.30pm, free entry, this month with food and a Christmas celebration. Iorwerth Arms, Bryngwran, Holyhead. Karen 07929 069235.

Winter Solstice Yin Yoga and Gong Bath The evening will consist of 65 minutes of Yin Yoga followed by a short comfort break and then an hours’ Gong Bath. You are invited to stay behind afterwards to relax and chat; there will be nibbles and hot and cold drinks on offer. 7.30 -10pm, £23. Source Yoga, Nutrition and Health, 294 Conwy Rd., Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5DS. Tickets: bookwhen.com

The Snowman Classic iconic film, with live orchestra. Plus A Donkey’s Tale, film also to live music. 3 – 4pm & 7 – 8pm. Chester Cathedral CH1 2HU. Tickets: 01244 324756, chestercathedral.com Also 22nd

Caffi Stori Llangollen Storytelling Café 3rd Fri/month. Join us for stories, songs, music and poetry ~ come to tell or just to listen. 7.30pm, £2, Courtyard Coffee Shop, Cwrt-y-Castell, Castle Street, Llangollen LL20 8NY. Croeso cynnes i bawb! A warm welcome to all! Suzi 01490 460563.

Fara with support Plu Music rooted in the spirit of the Orkney Isles; fiddle traditionals and contemporary originals. 8pm, £14, £13 concs., Pontio, Bangor 01248 382828, pontio.co.uk

21st FRIDAY – 23rd SUNDAY

Yogasmiths: Winter Yoga Retreat Some spaces remain – please book directly with yogasmiths.org/retreats. Held at Trigonos, Nantlle, trigonos.org

21st FRIDAY – 28th FRIDAY

Practice Retreat For Men These popular men’s retreats allow retreatants to follow the themes and rhythms emerging in their own meditation practice. In some ways they can be compared to going on solitary retreat while offering the support and structure that practising in the company of others can bring. £280, £252 concs., Vajraloka Buddhist Centre, Corwen LL21 0EN, 01490 460406, vajraloka.org

22nd SATURDAY

Full Moon in Capricorn 5:48pm

The Grinch (PG) Animated film; a grumpy cynic has a change of heart. 11am, Theatr Clywd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com (Also on 23rd & 24th.)

The Nutcracker and The Four Realms (PG) A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. 2pm, Theatr Clywd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

The Snowman See 21st

Climb Snowdon Guided Walk An open day for all interested. 8.30am – 4.30pm, £35, inclusive of winter kit if needed. Festivities after! RAW Adventures, Unit 2, Y Glyn, Llanberis, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 4EL. 07980 770561 

23rd SUNDAY

Children’s Christmas Campfire Collect wood from around the reserve, build a campfire and toast marshmallows with a Christmas story. 11am – 12.30pm & 2 – 3.30pm. Wildlife Explorers £3, non-members £4, accompanying non-member adults £2. RSPB Nature Reserve, Llandudno Junction, Conwy LL31 9XZ. Booking essential 01492 581025.

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker Music by Tchaikovsky. A live broadcast of the story of enchantment. 3pm, £13, £10. Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 01758 704088, neuadddwyfor.com 

24th MONDAY

It’s A Wonderful Life (U) Heart-warming classic; an angel is sent to help a failing businessman to remember how valuable his life is. 2pm, Theatr Clywd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

27th THURSDAY

Singing For The Soul Calling all those who find a soul connection through singing, in particular chants from a range of different spiritual traditions. Led by Felicity Jones, a very experienced singer, we meet once a month at Hillside Retreat, Rhosesmor near Mold from 11.30 – 1 pm. No need to feel you are a ‘good’ singer. £5. If you are interested to come along please email helen@soul-life.co.uk

28th FRIDAY

Yin Yoga and Gong Bath The evening will consist of 65 minutes of yin yoga followed by a short comfort break and then an hours Gong Bath. 6 – 8.30pm, £23. Source Yoga Studio, 294 Conway Rd, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5DS. To book please visit here https://bookwhen.com/sourceyoga

28th FRIDAY – 4th JANUARY, FRIDAY

Practice Retreat For Men See 21st – 28th for details.£280, £252 concs., Vajraloka Buddhist Centre, Corwen LL21 0EN, 01490 460406, vajraloka.org

29th SATURDAY

Craft Fair Range of quality handmade crafts. 9am – 2pm, light refreshments available. Y Canolfan, High St., Portmadog LL49 9LU. paulinedurham@live.co.uk

Yoga Flow with Kate Hamilton Hunter and Sound Healing with Steph Healy. Flowing yoga with a short meditation, plus hour of sound healing. 6.30 – 8.30pm, Mochdre Village Hall, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5HU. Bookings: katehamiltonhunter.com

Ralph Breaks The Internet (PG) Animated film; an adventure inside the internet to find a spare part to fix a video game. 11am, Theatr Clywd, Mold 01352 701521, theatrclwyd.com

30th SUNDAY

Yin Yoga and Sound Bath Come stretch, reconnect and be held by beautiful sounds from the gongs. Refreshments; 3 – 5.30pm, £25. Yin yoga is great for when we are tired, over-stimulated, when our energy is too erratic or mind overactive. Neuadd Goffa, Mynydd Llandygai, Bangor LL57 4LQ. Bookings with Mary: yogatastic@hotmail.com or through Steph Healy 07534 118899, puresound.org.uk

31st MONDAY

Memory Café Last Mon/month. For those living with dementia,  their families, friends and carers. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with like-minded people. Every month we have something different going on, including entertainment, guest speakers and activites such as bingo. Refreshments are provided. The event is always free to attend, with donations welcomed. 2 – 4pm. Kinmel Bay Community Library, Kendal Road, Kinmel Bay, Denbighshire LL18 5BT, 01745 772150. 

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