Artisans Collective Promoting Prestatyn

promoting Prestatyn

A fantastic week promoting Prestatyn.

We have had a great week promoting our home town of Prestatyn, it’s community and businesses.

One highlight was TV coverage on ITV Friday evening news in a feature about Wales in Bloom.

We must be doing something right to be getting comments like:

On Twitter  “Just watched the fabulous of on . looked great”. From Grow Wild.

During the week we also held a very good steering group meeting for Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community and another Dementia Friends Awareness Session at The Old Library.

It is an absolute pleasure working with our local businesses and community groups in a non political way for the good of our locality.

We look forward to the coming week as we are hosting the art section of the Prestatyn Flower Show. Also taking part ourselves with our Grow Wild, Mens Shed and Dementia friendly areas.

Thank you to everybody locally that has supported us during the past week in our endeavours to spread the word about how great our town is.

A Good Week in bloom at the Old Library in Prestatyn

bloom good week

Fantastic week with In Bloom, Dementia Friendly Community and The Great British High Street

We must have had one of our best weeks ever at Artisans Collective. The RHS Wales In Bloom and “Its your Community” played a big part.

We also had great news from the Alzheimer’s Society and the team behind The Great British High Street.

On Tuesday evening the assessor from the Royal Horticultural Society visited the Old Library site to view our entry.

The RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) campaign supports community groups in cleaning up and greening up their immediate local environment.

Whether that’s the street they live in, or a small patch of communal land needing a revamp.

She seemed impressed but we will have to wait a few months for the results.

Wednesday saw Prestatyn entered in The Wales in Bloom Competition.

All of our spaces were judged in our towns Wales In Bloom entry. We had even greater involvement as Steve was one of the people transporting the team across town.
Here is a quick video taken on Thursday 14th July 2016

It was Great showing off all of our community groups work.

Also on Wednesday it was confirmed by the Alzheimer’s Society that Prestatyn has met the foundation criteria for the process to become a dementia friendly community.

Even more good news

As if that was not enough we were contacted by the government team that run The Great British High Street Campaign. Who asked us to work with them promoting the 2016 initiative.

They have told us that “It would be great to promote the competition using Prestatyn as a prime example of the Great British High St”

Our team helped lead the Totally Locally Prestatyn campaign Three years ago. It is nearly Two years ago that we opened Prestatyn The Old Library, Art Craft and Heritage Centre as a community hub.

This year we are chairing and facilitating the Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community agenda.

It is nice to be recognised as a voluntary group that has the best intentions and the wish to promote our town at every opportunity.

Not just Prestatyn in bloom

July 2016 Update Going Wild About Wales In Bloom

July Bee in a poopy

July is a blooming good time in Prestatyn.

This July our Grow Wild Voluntary Arts Week and Prestatyn Dementia Friendly community spaces are included in our towns RHS Wales in Bloom entry.

The RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign supports local community groups in cleaning up and greening up their immediate local environment.

Whether that’s the street they live in, or a small patch of communal land needing a revamp.

The It’s Your Neighbourhood Award is a non competitive category and motivates communities in Wales who have not entered the Wales in Bloom Campaign before.

The Benefits are
  • A stronger sense of Community
  • Cleaner and Greener surroundings
  • A safer environment
  • Healthier and happier neighbourhoods with less litter and more attractive green spaces
  • Community engagement in environmentally sustainable practises
  • Reduced anti-social behaviour.
lovelivelocal july logoBusiness

During July and the coming months we are taking part in #lovelivelocal an exciting new campaign from Denbighshire County Council, Economic Development Department.

Encouraging people to use their local shops and services. Also to share their positive experiences of Denbighshire as a fantastic place to shop.

The #LoveLiveLocal 2016 campaign celebrates the diverse and vibrant shopping experiences we have in our County.

The campaign encourages consumers to use the hashtag #LoveLiveLocal to promote businesses in Denbighshire across all social networking platforms.

Health and Wellbeing

Dementia Friendly Prestatyn continues gathering pace and on July 1st we gained 6 more local dementia champions.

Over 100 people have now attended awareness sessions at the Old Library.

Local national retailers such as Boots and Prestatyn high st businesses have all attended the sessions and are helping to spread the word.

A lot of our groups and activities are now on the Dewis Wales website

It is the place for information about well-being in Wales.

They have information that can help you think about what matters to you, along with information about local organisations and services that can help!

Heritage, Health, Wellbeing, and our Community Hub

Heritage railway bench


Nearly a year ago we had a visit from a very nice guy named Richard. who asked about the front area we have in the Old Library Art Craft and Heritage Centre and what we used it for.

He explained to us how he had come across an original 1890’s LNWR platform bench from Prestatyn station at The Crewe Heritage Railway Centre. He was trying to find a home for it if he could convince the heritage centre not to put it in to their next auction. We were very excited by Richard’s story and told him we were more than willing for the bench coming to us where we could give it a good home 🙂

Well to cut a long story short, after months of talks Richard negotiated a price and the purchase of the bench !  We hired a large transit van and Richard, Steve and myself took a road trip down to Crewe where we picked up the bench and bought it back to its home town of Prestatyn !

Harry Thomas on the heritage bench
Well known local historian Harry Thomas on the Heritage Railway Bench at The Old Library.

Health And Well Being

We are getting a lot more involved with local health and wellbeing initiatives. We have recently had high level meetings with Public Health Wales, Our Local Health Board and Social Services. Our work with Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community is ongoing.

In the very near future we will be hosting and facilitating a workshop for all interested parties concerned with the proposed new Academy a key support component to the Healthy PRESTATYN Iach model.

In the words of Chris Stockport Medical Director – Central Area
BCUHB  “An existing community interest company in Prestatyn has worked hard in the last year to provide a base for a number of ‘wellness’ services in the town. Their achievement has been impressive and they are well placed (and keen) to work with us in a co-productive way.

It is envisaged that they will act on behalf of the steering group to provide a level of coordination of available local ‘wellness’ services and also a geographical base for some. Their current base is immediately next to our future main surgery site (Ty Nant), so creating a health and wellness campus.”

Prestatyn Men’s Shed

Mens shed at llandrilloWe recently introduced Prestatyn Men’s Shed members to students at Llandrillo College in Rhyl, where they passed on some of their heritage skills and knowledge on to the students.

“We have had a fantastic week on Traineeships as part of our Intergenerational Project with Prestatyn Men’s Shed. We are so proud of all of you and a big thank you.

We dispelled the stereotypes and worked as a team, the story doesn’t end here……We cannot thank you all at the Artisans Collective CIC and Men’s shed Prestatyn enough. The young people had a great couple of days….more to come x”

Our community groups have also been working on a number of projects with Friends of Prestatyn Railway Station.