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.

Mothers Day near Holywell in Flintshire, North Wales

Posted by Chris on March 28th, 2011

If you are looking for a place to eat for Mothers Day near Holywell in Flintshire, North Wales then The Glan yr Afon Inn near Holywell has a few tables left.

Recently reviewed in the The Leader

The Glan is offering a FREE bottle of wine for each Mum and a Mother’s Day menu at £12.95.

There’s a video of The Glan here

and other recommendations e.g. here

Please call on 01325 710052 to discuss your booking.

Website at

Going to do The Real Ale Trail in Flintshire – April 16th 2011 ??

Posted by Chris on March 22nd, 2011

If you are going to take part in the Flintshire Real Ale Trail which takes place on Saturday April 16th 2011 then you could base yourself at The Glan yr Afon Inn on Halkyn Mountain which is between The Blue Bell Inn and The Crown Inn ( roughly !! ) just below Halkyn Mountain.

The Glan is in the Real Ale Good Beer Guide ( ) and is also highly recommended for it’s food.

( See review below )

The Glan has 8 lovely rooms overlooking the River Dee.

There are lots of things to see and do in Flintshire so why not make it a weekend away ???

Give us a call and we can discuss a package to suit you for rooms, food and taxi’s to join the bus route.

We have put a few useful links below that may help you in your research into The Flintshire Real Ale Trail 2011.

The Glan 01352 710052

Visit Flintshire and Discover Flintshire


N.B. The Real Ale Trail, which takes place on April 16, has been organised by Flintshire Tourism Association (FTA), to help boost trade at Flintshire’s rural pubs.

Digium Asterisk based FutureLine at UC Expo 2011

Posted by Chris on February 19th, 2011

FutureLine  is one of the few Hosted Voice Solutions available that combines the power of Digium Asterisk with Cisco Systems amazing technology. A large percentage of Cisco’s networking equipment and end points are attached to Asterisk based voip pbx systems around the world, especially in the SMB sector ( around 30% ).

Digium sponsors, maintains and owns the Asterisk platform and devotes around 50% of its resources  to supporting the Asterisk project and ecosystem.

Digium was founded by Mark Spencer  in 1999  whilst still a computer engineering student.When faced with the high cost of buying a PBX for his company, Spencer used his Linux PC and knowledge of C code to develop his own PBX. This was the beginning of the worldwide open source phenomenon known as Asterisk.

As Asterisk gained in popularity, Spencer shifted his business focus from Linux support to supporting Asterisk and opening up the telecom market.

Mark renamed the company Digium and transformed the fledgling start-up into the leading open source telecommunications provider in the world that it is today.

Digium is also now the leading provider of commercially supported open source phone systems, as well as manufacturer of the hardware that supports Asterisk.

Digium’s Asterisk is fast becoming a major competitor to proprietary alternatives because of its compelling benefits, which include:

Asterisk Hosted Voice Benefits

There are a number of reasons why an  Asterisk-based  Hosted Voice system is a good choice.

It is  based on the world’s largest open source platform

Asterisk is the world’s leading open source telephony platform and the InfoWorld 2008 Technology of the Year.

Asterisk holds a 17% share of the global telephony market and offers a credible and proven alternative to proprietary systems.

Digium, the owner of Asterisk, is highlighted in Gartner’s prestigious visionary quadrant for the third year in a row.

It scales easily to suit your business needs

Our Asterisk based Hosted Voice systems are built on a scalable platform that can be easily modified to meet changing requirements.
Whether increasing, reducing, changing or moving your business, Asterisk Hosted Voice systems accommodate your business plans rather than your business adapting its plans. The flexibility to do what you want it to do is inbuilt.
Asterisk provides complete access and visibility to the system development. If there is something you need your system to do or something you don’t like, it can easily be incorporated.

FutureLine has the flexibility to meet any business requirement – the system can be altered at any stage to support changes in your business operation – even when you’re up and running.

It is great value for money

Our Asterisk based Hosted Voice systems provide incredible value for money compared to proprietary Hosted Voice systems. The reason for this is the reduced licensing development and marketing cost of the open source based business model.

The system comes complete. Unlike proprietary systems, there is no increment for each additional feature.

The freedom of choice of hardware and architecture

Asterisk is committed to open standards development ensuring seamless integration with a wide variety of vendor technologies and ability to expand using technologies not normally associated with most Hosted Voice platforms.

This allows you the most diverse choice of architecture and hardware options without restricting functionality.

FutureLine uses Cisco routers and telephones and video equipment but is able to connect to many other manufacturers equipment.

It is feature-rich and subject to constant innovation.

With Asterisk Hosted Voice systems, you can take advantage of the constant innovations of the open source community. The system comes fully equipped with every future requirement that you are likely to want and no “enhanced-version” add on charges.

For more information on FutureLine please go to

Show Jumping in Shropshire in 2011

Posted by Chris on February 10th, 2011

During 2011 Netley Hall will be holding 3 major equestrian events:

Netley Hall Estate is a rural haven in the heart of the Shropshire countryside, yet only six miles from the

famous historic mediaeval town of flowers, Shrewsbury.

The Prestigious Hall was commissioned by Mr Thomas Henry Hope-Edwards in 1855 and designed by

the famous architect Edward Haydock. The Estates grounds cover an extensive 160 acres, with 6 lakes,

22 holiday cottages and superb equestrian facilities.

The Events

In conjunction with The British Show Jumping Association (BSJA) and Sky Sports Netley Hall’s aim is to raise the

profile of British Show Jumping to the general public with the help of the country’s top riders.

Netley Hall wants to encourage people to support and follow one of the only sports in the world where men

and women compete on a level playing field.

They have developed three events this year that will include an equestrian aspect attracting the very

best riders in Pony show jumping with top prizes as well as fantastic general public attractions that

even those not interested in the sport can enjoy. They are expecting in excess of 3000 members of the

general public and equestrian competitors per event.

Below you will find an overview of what’s planned for each show so far:

May 20th – 22nd

Equestrian Show

Country Fair

Falconry Displays

Craft Fair

Laser Clay Pigeon

Course Fishing Competition


Rodio display and bull

Jousting Competition

VIP tent with catering

July 1st – 3rd

Inclusion in Canter Banter

on Sky Sports

Equestrian Show

Saturday & Sunday Family

Fun Weekend

Fairground Rides


Fire eaters/Clowns

Punch & Judy


Crazy Golf

Trade Stands

Evening Event on Saturday

Country Western Barn

Dance with Hog Roast

August 4th – 7th

One hour special on

Sky Sports

Horse of The Year Qualifier

Grand Prix with country’s top

riders & fantastic prizes

Trade Stands

Jazz Picnic by the lake

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

Cloud Computing floats high in U.K. Hi-Tech Mergers & Acquisitions in 2011

Posted by Chris on January 25th, 2011

Cloud Computing is destined to be one of  the most active Hi-Tech sectors for Mergers & Acquisitions in the U.K. in 2011 according to this article

which comments on Deloitte’s bi-annual survey of U.K. based Hi-Tech companies.

Within Cloud Computing Hosted Telephony and Unified Communications is one of the growth niche’s.

Innovative companies like FutureLine, which is being supported by Cisco Systems, are addressing specific market segments e.g. Highly distributed SMB’s.

A Cisco spokesperson said:

“We are seeing an increasing demand for managed and hosted solutions in the voice space and this is especially the case for smaller businesses with less than 20 employees. FutureLine have a refreshingly new approach by addressing the key fundamentals of quality, security and ease of use and deployment. This is all underpinned by partnering with Cisco who fully understand how to manage different media provided by the various consumption models.”

Andy Brocklehurst
RSM Cisco Small Business

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