The Glan

Posted by Chris on April 29th, 2011

The Glan is the shortened version of The Glan yr Afon Inn in Holywell, Flintshire and if you google The Glan yr Afon Inn you will find the website, blogsite, videos etc etc

View from the front.

Bedrooms, bar, sports bar etc

Benjamin Bryan – former landlord of The Glan around 1950 ??

Marketing Services in the Ironbridge,Telford Area

Posted by Chris on April 21st, 2011

If you are looking for a company that can provide Marketing Services in the Ironbridge, Telford and Shrewsbury area then I would recommend that you contact Claire at CSL Design.

CSL Design offers professional and honest marketing services in Telford, Shropshire. They offer a full solution for your business from Internet Marketing, Graphic Design and Print to Event Management, Photography and PR. They can also provide you with a free initial marketing overview to measure the effectiveness of your current marketing and show you where improvements could be made to make your efforts more cost effective and successful.

Marketing Services Provided:

Internet Marketing
Search Engine Optimisation
Social Media (Facebook/Twitter/Blogs)
Email Marketing
Graphic Design & Print
Event Management & Marketing
PR & Copy Writing
Marketing Plans & Reviews

Contact Claire on:

Contact: Claire Windley | Email: | Mobile: 07891 285514

TripAdvisor is a monster that is out of control !

Posted by Chris on April 6th, 2011

TripAdvisor is a monster that is out of control and you know what happens to out of control monsters ??? They get shot !!

More and more people are joining the movement against TripAdvisor which allows people to post defamatory comments on it’s website and then denies any responsibility for them doing so.

Duncan Bannatyne is one of the more recent victims,

and it must have come as a bit of a shock to him to find that even with all his money you can do very little to move TripAdvisor when it is on the rampage.

In general the comments on TripAdvisor are polarised towards those that are either trying to damage the business in question or those that are trying to defend it.

People only actually take the time to write on TripAdvisor when they have something they really want to say – whether good or bad.

Blackmail is commonplace with TripAdvisor would be posters threatening hospitality venues with ” a bad review ” unless they get ( whatever it is they feel like demanding – a discount, a free meal etc etc ).

However, when everyone realises that the comments on TripAdvisor are worthless pieces of make believe then what is the value of TripAdvisor ??

I feel sorry for all the hospitality business owners who can do nothing against the TripAdvisor monster.

When they try to respond to defamatory posts TripAdvisor delays or fails to post these responses. ( This is implicitly giving control and ” right ” to the defamers ).

Complaining to TripAdvisor  ( as Duncan Bannatyne found ) is next to worthless as they simply defend themselves like cornered rats.

My advice is to invest in a blogsite that complements your main website ( or is part of your main website ) and to understand how to SEO your blogsite to get it ranked for e.g. Reviews about ( The name of your establishment ).

As a powerful website TripAdvisor will always get ranked high itself by Google etc but this does not mean that you cannot rank alongside or ahead of it for certain search terms.

With your own blogsite you can respond in detail and in the way you want to to any posts put on TripAdvisor in a timeframe that suits you.

Dorset Phone Systems Case Studies and Recommendations

Posted by Chris on April 6th, 2011

If you are looking for a phone system in Dorset then Cisco FutureLine is one of the most popular systems to be installed by small and medium businesses in the Dorset area.

Companies ranging from lawyers to wealth management companies and garages to marketing and PR companies are benefiting from the flexibility, support, low cost, ease of moves and changes and advanced technology that Cisco FutureLine phone systems bring.

These are just some of the quotes from happy Dorset businesses that have bought Cisco FutureLine phone systems:

“Initially we opted for FutureLine because of the flexibility it

gave us. When we first started we weren’t sure how fast we

were going to grow and we needed to ensure that whatever

we choose we would always have flexibility. When we

recently added an extra member of staff, we simply placed

an order and within 24 hours the new phone was installed and

being used. The ease of use is great. The FutureLine team is

easy to deal with, they are very knowledgeable and always

quick to respond to any query. Also I now only have one bill to

pay rather than several and about the best thing is that it’s

about half what it used to be”.

Tim Gallego – Partner – Poundbury Wealth Managment

“The Futureline phone system offered us all the features we

needed at a price that suited our budget. We now have a

new phone system and we are paying less a month for phones

and line rental than we were before. We’ve used ring groups

and hunt groups to make sure we never miss a call. We can

see which number the customer has called so we can track

sales campaigns and we can review call records to help us

plan better for the future.”

John Johnston – Manager – Ford Harbour Bonfield Garage

“We wanted a phone system that would give us ultimate flexibility

whilst still ensuring that we paid a fair amount for the

features we needed. The ‘all inclusive’ package from Future-

Line allows us to easily manage our budgeting. The flexibility

has been fantastic for us. We have moved offices several

times and there is never any fuss – just a simple, quick move.

Each time we add a new member of staff it is a simple, quick

process. We know in advance what it is going to cost, so planning

and budgeting is easy.

Natalie Gamble – Partner – Natalie Gamble and Associates.

Contact FutureLine on

0871 594 3555 or

email at:

Why choose a telephone system from Poundbury Systems?

We have range of options that not only suit your business, but can grow and change as your business does.

Flexible – Simple – Effective

The features you need, at a price you want.

All our Telephone Systems all contain the following features

Our standard telephone systems come with all the features below needed to successfully run any business. Apart from all these useful components, we can also customise your system to provide what you need for your individual business.

Free calls within your own company – All calls to your other offices or home workers equipped with our VoIP phone are entirely free of charge. Calls to other land lines and mobiles are cheaper than BT’s standard rates.

Lower call charges to everyone else – Our phone call charges are significantly lower than most national phone companies’ standard prices without compromising any quality.

Single Bill, Single Point of Contact – One bill and one phone call for all your calls, line rental, broadband and even your IT support.

Main number voice mail – Collected from the phone, remotely or by e-mail. Callers can leave a message out of hours or when your reception staff are busy, safe in the knowledge that their call will be returned swiftly.

Individual voice mails – Any employee you choose can have their own voice mail. Messages can then be forwarded to their e-mail account, mobile phone or can be accessed from their desk phone.

Individual call forwarding – Individual phones can be set to Do Not Disturb. Calls can be forwarded to other extensions, mobiles, home numbers etc.

Presence Indication – See when your colleagues are already on the phone – Have you ever transferred a call to somebody only to find that they are engaged? See with ease who is on the phone or available.

Fully customisable – You can turn on and off features, or add them at a later date.

Easy access to call reporting – Reports are available for you see exactly who has been calling where and for how long. These are issued automatically with each monthly bill.

Geography free – The system can receive numbers that are normally associated with different parts of the country – London for example.

Music on Hold – let your customers hear music while they are on hold.

Home workers – The system can support remote users so working from home becomes easier.

Road Warriors – The system can connect you with those members of staff who are always on the road.


If you would like to see and try one of our phone systems, just call us and we will arrange for a free demonstration.

Additional Services
PSL can supply any other services you might need for your new telephone system, such as a broadband (ADSL) lines and routers. We can also provide servers, PC, e-mail and anti-spam service through to desktop PC support.

Common Additional Options:

Automatic greetings – Many professional companies are now or will soon be required by legislation to ensure industry specific announcements are made to each and every caller. Remove the worry for you and the hassle from your reception staff by recording the important messages and letting the system automatically play them for you.

Automatic call routing – Callers can choose 1 for sales 2 for accounts etc. This can save resources on reception and enable calls to be answered with more speed and efficiency.

Paging Service – Do you need to know about emergency calls out of hours? – No problem at all with our system.

Conference calls – Easily talk to any other group of people without the need to get in the car.

Personalised numbers – Individual users can have their own direct dial number – where only their phone will ring – ideal for you to give to your premium clients. These can be geographic i.e 01 or 02 numbers or non-geographic numbers such as 0800/0844/0871 etc

Multiple company numbers – The system can accept calls to multiple numbers and will display the number the caller has dialled – i.e. ‘Sales Order Line’.

Operator software – this can give specific users the ability to drag and drop incoming calls and see the status of all users within the organisation.

Company Specific Directories – these can be synchronised with ‘off phone lists’. Public folders in Microsoft Exchange can be linked to the phones for example.

Click to dial – allows you to select a number on your desktop and dial it by clicking with your mouse.
Screen pops – can show you information about who is calling and be linked to your other internal software, if the necessary external connectors are made available to us.

Time aware behaviour – The system can do different things automatically at different times of day. i.e. all calls to voicemail after 5.30pm.

There are a choice of handsets and we can show you all the options at our demo facilities in Dorchester.

Shropshire Arts & Craft Fairs 2011

Posted by Chris on April 6th, 2011

A Craft Fair will be held at Netley Hall, Shropshire in May 2011.


Netley Hall Country & Equestrian Show


Our next show is on May 21-22 2011 and will include a high level show jumping competition and a country show that will include:

  • Country Side arena with Ferret/Dog/Falconry/Sheep Dog displays
  • Entertainment area with adult and childrens bouncy castles, bungee run, surf simulator, bucking bronco, laser clay shooting, giant garden games, archery and more…
  • Food court and bars
  • Craft fair and trade stands

Entry to the show will be free of charge and car parking will be charged at just £5 per car.

We look forward to welcoming you to our event at Netley Hall in May.

Craft stalls are £50 for two days at the May show if you book by Friday this week. Forms are on website this evening or can be emailed to you on request.
Contact Claire Windley
Netley Hall Estate
t: 01743 718339

Easter Weekend 2011 in Holywell Flintshire North Wales

Posted by Chris on April 6th, 2011

Easter Weekend 2011 is the  Friday 22nd to the Monday 25th April with Easter Sunday being the 24th April and The Glan yr Afon Inn, Holywell, Flintshire will be offering a special meal deal.

From Friday through to Monday tables of 4, who reserve a table before the Easter Weekend, will receive a free bottle of wine with their meal.

In addition there will be a Childrens Easter Egg hunt on the Sunday and children will receive a free chocolate bunny.

More details of The Glan yr Afon Inn, which is in Milwr, Dolphin near Holywell can be found here

or Telephone 01352 710052.

Weekends are quite busy at The Glan so we recommend booking in advance.

Events that are taking place in Flintshire and Denbighshire include:


RHYL SUN CENTRE – Waterpark with 300ft The Buzz slide, 200ft Black Hole, surfing and waves, with baby pool. Cafe & shop
Open 10.30am-5.15pm (Friday 4pm-8.15pm) Admission £7.95. East Parade, Rhyl 01745 344433 or

SEAQUARIUM – Life beneath the waves. Find lobsters, conger eels and mystical axolotls before entering the Lethal Reef, home to some of the most poisonous animals on our planet
Open daily 10am-5pm. Adults £6.50, children £5.25, seniors £5.25. SeaQuarium, East Parade, Rhyl 01745 344660 or

RUTHIN GAOL – Discover how prisoners were forced to stay in solitary confinement or do hard labour from Victorian times through to World War I
Open daily 10am-5pm. Adults £3.50, children £2.50, seniors £2.50, families £10. Clwyd St, Ruthin 01824 708281 or

LLANGOLLEN MOTOR MUSEUM – See the cars and motorbikes that Taid or Grandad used to drive, such as the oldest motor drawn caravan in Britain or Humphrey – a 1962 Triumph TR4
Open Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm. Pentre Felin, Llangollen 01978 860324 or

PLAS NEWYDD -Once home to the Regency Ladies of Llangollen, Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby. Now Denbighshire Council museum
Open Easter to October 10am-5pm. Hill Street, Llangollen 01824 708223 or

LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY – Trains along the banks of the River Dee from Llangollen to Carrog. Shop and cafe on Platform One. Special events and trains
Open weekends (weekdays June-October) Adults from £3.50 return, children £2.50. Abbey Road, Llangollen 01978 860979 or

BOD PETRUAL TRAILS – Easy paths and walkways through pine forests, larch woodlands and glimpses of moorland, parking nearby
Open daily, no charge. Clocaenog Forest, Ruthin or

ANVIL POTTERY – working pottery in former village smithy. Each pot handmade from grogged stoneware or earthenware clay, with designs inspired by Celtic history
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm weekdays, (Sat & Sun 10am-5pm). The Old Smithy, Llanrhaeadr 01745 890532 or

CANAL BOAT TRIP – Journey from Llangollen Wharf in a horse drawn boat along the canal, or a motorised aqueduct cruise across Telford’s Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Gift shop and cafe
Open daily. Adult £5, child £2.50 family £12.50 (aqueduct cruise adult £10, child £8. Wharf Hill, Llangollen 01978 860702 or

HIRAETHOG FOREST -This 15,000 acre site is home to red squirrels and black grouse, plus rare trees. Perfect for walks and rides
Free access daily. B5105 from Ruthin


MOEL FAMMAU COUNTRY PARK -The summit’s Jubilee Tower gives a spectacular view of the North Wales landscape. Ample parking, country walks, nature trails, picnic areas, ice creams
Open all day every day, free. Moel Fammau, near Mold

GREENFIELD VALLEY HERITAGE PARK – Farm animals, country walks, Basingwerk Abbey ruins, rescued farm buildings, adventure playground, shop, and museum
Open daily 10am-4.30pm. Adults £3.50, children £2, disabled £2.60. Basingwerk House, Greenfield Valley, Greenfield 01352 714172

WEPRE COUNTRY PARK – Ancient woodland with ruins of Ewloe Castle, plus walks, fishing pool, visitor centre, children’s playground, football pitches
Visitor centre open 9am-5pm, daily. Free. Wepre Drive, Connah’s Quay 01244 814931 or

DEESIDE ICE RINK -National centre for ice sports in Wales, with an Olympic size ice pad, fun skating sessions, discos on ice, ice hockey and curling
Open daily 10.30am-3.30pm, disco 7.30-10pm, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. Admission adults £3.70, junior £2.90, family £10.30, skate hire £1.40. Deeside Leisure Centre, Chester Road West, Queensferry 01244 814725 or

LOGGERHEADS DEVIL’S GORGE -Walk along the Leete – look out for 120ft abseil on March 29-30 for NCH Cymru – equipment provided. Over 14s. Details Call Hanna Lewis on 02920 222127 or
Open daily. Free (abseil 9am). Loggerheads Country Park, near Mold

GRONANT AND TALACRE SAND DUNES -SSSI Home to rare natterjack toads and little terns. Waymarked walks, open beaches and a lighthouse. RSPB bird hide at Point of Ayr
Open daily, free Talacre RSPB details 0151 336 7681 or

SWIMMING -Free sessions for children in school holidays at pools in Mold, Buckley, Flint and Connah’s Quay.
Contact individual pools for details and times. Mold 01352 756116; Buckley 01244 544469; Flint 01352 733677; Connah’s Quay 01244 819561, or

ETNA PARK AND BUCKLEY HERITAGE TRAIL -Former clay hole and landfill site now the start for three-mile Buckley Heritage Trail about brick-making industry
Open daily. Free. Globe Way, Buckley 01244 814931 or

GREENACRES FARM PARK -Working farm, tractor and pony rides, children’s play area, showtime entertainment, happy caterpillar rides, bouncy castle, gift shop, cafe
Open daily 10.30am-5.30pm. Admission adults £5.50, children £5. Cottage Lane, Mancot 01244 531147 or

CIRCUIT DEESIDE INDOOR KARTING CENTRE -Arrive and drive, full grand prix, enduro racing, a 350m indoor go-karting track and junior cadet karts. Cafe
Open daily from 11am. Charges from £13. Babbage Rd, Engineer Park, Sandycroft 01244 531652 or

and The Glan yr Afon Inn, Holywell, Flintshire is a great place to base yourself to visit these over the weekend.

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