2012: Beddgelert ‘tourism businesses affected by power cuts’

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Businesses in a Snowdonia village want compensation after claims a series of power cuts has affected trade. Beddgelert Tourism Association, representing 47 businesses, says the power cuts in August hit without warning often at busy times.

Scottish Power said the faults were weather-related. The company added a meeting has been arranged with the community council to update them about future upgrading.

“The power cuts were during August and affected quite a lot of B&Bs and hotels especially when it happened over breakfast time,” said Colleen Marsden the secretary of the Beddgelert Tourism Association.

Answers needed

“Shops were also being affected as the credit card terminals were not working. On one Friday afternoon there was a particularly long period without power and many people staying in holiday cottages decided to leave a day early. There were three or four cuts in all, and although it seems to have been sorted we still need answers to our concerns, and we’re asking for compensation. I emailed Scottish Power last week on behalf of the 47 businesses the tourist association represents and I’ve still not heard back,” she added.

A spokeswoman for the power company said the problems in the village were all “weather related”.

“In one a lightning strike damaged a transformer and in a couple of others high winds brought branches down onto overhead lines.”

She added that whilst looking at the damaged overhead lines the company decided that modernising work was needed in the area.

“A meeting has been arranged with the community council at the beginning of October so that we can keep them informed about what we’re doing,” she added.

BBC, North West Wales, 23 September 2012


2012: Beddgelert school gets ready to celebrate 100th birthday

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PUPILS in Beddgelert will celebrate the school’s 100th birthday next week.

Children, teachers and pupils past and present will celebrate the impact Ysgol Beddgelert has had on the community over the past century.

There will be two days of celebrations at the school on Lon Caernarfon on Friday, May 25-26 to mark the event.

Pupils will dress up in past uniforms and learn about how school life was different a century ago. They will take part in role plays and will also perform a Welsh song accompanied by the harp for visitors. There will be commemorative slates and coasters handed out to pupils and a special poem written for the centenary will be read out.

On Saturday, people with links to the school will be invited to share memories and to view old photos. It’s also hoped current pupils will go up against adults in a commemorative football match.

Catrin Gwilym, headteacher, said the school’s 100th birthday was an important event to mark.

“It’s something that gets the community back together and in to the school. We’ve had people from the village who used to attend the school come in and the children have asked them questions. Some can remember funny stories when they were in school and how it’s different now.”

Megan Corcoran, a parent governor who is helping to organise the festivities, urged people to go along and celebrate the day. She said: “From a heritage point of view local history is important in the community to realise how education has come along in the last 100 years.”


Source: North Wales Daily Post, published 17 May 2012


2010: Hotelier’s drive ban

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A hotelier was banned from driving after he admitted using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Ben Doodson, a director of the Royal Goat Hotel in Beddgelert, was disqualified for six months after he accumulated 12 penalty points.

Magistrates at Pwllheli heard the 37-year-old already had two speeding tickets and another driving offence on his licence when he was stopped at Tremadog last September. The court heard he was seen by officers holding the phone to his left ear while driving through the village.

Doodson, who lives at Tan y Gaer, Abersoch, argued a driving ban would cause hardship for himself, his family and the business. His solicitor Richard Williams said he worked long hours and would not be in a position to employ someone else to undertake his duties at the hotel. He added it was financially not possible to employ someone to drive either.

Bench chairman Gareth Haulfryn Williams said they had considered everything that had been said but they had concluded it did not amount to exceptional hardship. “It may amount to exceptional inconvenience but we do not consider it to be exceptional hardship,” he said.

Doodson was also fined £60 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

North Wales Daily Post, 24 June 2010


1945: Probate Calendar

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The following entries are shown in the Probate Calendar for 1945:

JONES Elias of Cartref Beddgelert Carnarvonshire died 12 February 1945. Probate Bangor 26 April (1945) to Daniel Jones tractor driver and Griffith Roberts labourer. Effects £45 10s 6d.


1945: Welsh Lake Tragedy

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Mr Hywel Griffiths, aged 35, a son of Mr Richard Griffiths, of Carneddi Farm, Beddgelert, was yesterday found drowned in Dinas Lake, about two miles from his home. The inquest will be held today.

Liverpool Evening Express, 4 August 1945

Note: Deceased was Hywel Wyn Griffith, 42, a farmer, born 31 May 1903, died 3 August 1945. Carneddi Farm is in the hamlet of Nantmor.


1944: Probate Calendar

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The following entries are shown in the Probate Calendar for 1944:

CURTEIS Cyril Samuel Sackville of Craflwyn Hall Beddgelert Carnarvonshire died 8 October 1943. Probate Lewes 30 May (1944) to Mabel de Stuteville Curteis widow. Effects £1011 4s. 1d.

DAVIES William William otherwise William of Bronygraig Nantmor near Beddgelert Carnarvonshire died 4 February 1944. Probate Bangor 28 February (1944) to William Roberts accountant and Henry Owen Williams schoolmaster. Effects £266 19s. 9d.

ROBERTS Ellis of Y Gored Nantmor near Beddgelert Carnarvonshire died 5 December 1943. Probate Bangor 13 January (1944) to Agnes Maud Roberts widow. Effects £600 3s. 9d.

WILLIAMS William Hwfa of Bungalow Cwm Dyli Beddgelert Carnarvonshire died 23 April 1944 at The County Hospital Bangor. Probate Bangor 8 June (1944) to Sydney Kate Williams widow. Effects £2292 16s.


1944: For Sale: The Royal Goat Hotel

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For Sale, Freehold, £9,750. – The Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert, N. Wales. The valuable fully-licensed Hotel in a lovely district; 35 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 8 w.c.s, 6 lounges, large dining-room, &c., large cafe building for 170; garage 15 cars; main electricity and water. Farm buildings, gardens and land (let). The hotel is requisitioned. In all about 47 acres. Salmon and trout fishing. – Sole Agents, Chamberlaine-Brothers & Harrison, Shrewsbury (Phone 2061).

Published by Liverpool Daily Post, 15 July 1944


1943: Probate Calendar

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The following entries are shown in the Probate Calendar for 1943:

GRIFFITHS Charlotte of Glyn Awel 6 Glanaber Nantgwynant Carnarvonshire widow died 5 April 1943 at 10 Gwynant-street Carnorvonshire Beddgelert. Administration Bangor 17 May to Margaret Jane Williams widow. effcts £132 0s. 8d.

JONES Edmund Richard of Dalafon Nantgwynant Beddgelert Carnarvonshire died 18 October 1943. Administration Bangor 13 December to Jane Richards widow. Effects £1,249 1s. 7d.

JONES John William of Frondeg Beddgelert Carnarvonshire died 11 August 1943. Probate Bangor 4 November to Jane Helena Jones widow. Effects £8,587 9s 2d.

ROBERTS Morgan of Gelli Iago Nantgwynant Beddgleret Carnarvonshire died 1 September 1943. Probate Bangor 30 December to John Roberts and Morgan Richard Roberts farmers. Effects £5,570 8s.

WILLIAMS Jane Ann of Tynffynon 3 Gwynant-street Beddgelert Carnarvonshire widow died 24 January 1943. Probate Bangor 8 March to Robert Williams retired hotel boots and Ceinwen Rhoden (wife of Leslie Gwinneth Rhoden). Effects £150 10s. 9d.


1942: Probate Calendar

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The following entries are shown in the Probate Calendar for 1942:

COOK Alfred of Gelerts House Beddgelert Carnarvon died 23 January 1942 at Plas Amhurst Nursing Home Harlech Merionethshire. Probate Llandudno 26 March (1942) to Rupert Cook civil servant. Effects £2909 1s. 11d.

JONES Anne Roberts of Lyndyisaf Beddgelert Carnarvonshire (wife of Jonathan Jones) died 26 January 1942. Administration Bangor 19 March (1942) to the said Jonathan Jones farmer. Effects £252 2s. 9d.

JONES Maggie of Brynaber Nantgwynant Beddgelert Carnarvonshire widow died 27 February 1942. Administration Liverpool 9 April (1942) to Emrys Anwyl Jones fireman National Fire Service. Effects £138.

JONES Richard Edward of Ael-y-bryn Beddgelert Carnarvonshire died 12 December 1941. Probate Bangor 11 June (1942) to Esther Jones widow. Effects £1042 10s.1d.

WHITE Samuel of Holmwood Bidston Cheshire died 16 August 1942 at Hafodtan-y-Graig Nant Gwynant Beddgelert Carnarvonshire. Probate Liverpool 23 September (1942) to Henry Graham White and Arnold Sinclair White stockbrokers. Effects £119426 2s. 5d.

WHITNALL Walter Evans of The Firs Beddgelert Carnarvonshire died 26 July 1941. Probate Llandudno 9 January (1942) to Eleanor Rounthwaite Whitnall widow. Effects £20604 10s. 5d.


1941: Probate Calendar

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The following entries are shown in the Probate Calendar for 1941:

BURNETT William Constantine of Dryll Beddgelert Carnarvonshire died 16 January 1941. Probate Llandudno 23 June (1941) to The Public Trustee. Effects £22319.

PIERCE John of Sygun-terrace Beddgelert Carnarvonshire died 5 October 1935. Administration Bangor  3 november (1941) to Ellen Pierce widow. Effects £117 10s.

ROBERTS June Anne of Hebog View Beddgelert Carnarvonshire widow died 22 April 1941. Administration Bangor 8 May (1941) to Robert lloyd Roberts stoker. Effects £241 14s. 11d.