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‘Wiff Waff’ Bar closes



CEH270516_Page_06_Image_0011THE OWNERS of the ‘Wiff Waff’ Bar in Aberystwyth made a social media announcement on Saturday (May 21) to say that the business was to close on Thursday (May 26).

The unique venue, which opened in 2014 at 10 Market Street, Aberystwyth, was the talk of the town after creating a mysterious marketing campaign known as ‘Project 11’ and then going on to brand itself a s a ‘different experience for all’.

The business published an official statement on their Facebook page:

“We are sorry to announce that we will be closing our doors for good on May 26.

“We have tried our very best to make the business work but now have to call it a day. We feel it was brave attempt to try to bring something different to Aber, but we got it wrong. As in all business knowing when to give up is as important as knowing when to start.

“We thank every single person who has crossed the threshold, ate our food, drank with us and bashed those little white balls around, we hope you enjoyed yourselves. We have enjoyed serving you and whilst a costly experience it is still an experience. We thank all our staff for their support and wish them well in whatever they want to do next.

“Finally we are down but not out, ideas are the lifeblood of the entrepreneurial spirit and they still go on.”

Wiff Waff owners Chris and Sam MacKenzie-Grieve, also owners of MG’s café in Aberystwyth, revealed the concept of the bar after Chris became inspired while on a business trip in London.

Noticing the concept had become increasingly popular in the UK after Oscar-winner Sarandon became a part-owner of a chain of bars called ‘SPiN’ across America, both Chris and his wife decided that they had found what Aberystwyth had been missing. The reason behind the name ‘Wiff Waff’ was to establish the theme of tennis and ping pong.

Chris and Sam settled on an old school themed for the business, with the restaurant and bar split into three sections. The Sports Hall consisted of three ping pong tables, dining and seating areas and the main bar. The library had the intent of a ‘relaxing experience’ with booths and sofas to eat and drink.

The food menu based itself on a pizza and burger menu with a range of cocktails. The third room, known as ‘The Headmasters Study’, contained a competition table for parties and group bookings.

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Penrhyn-coch Brownies compose song



PENRHYN-COCH Brownies were congratulated for composing a new Welsh language song recently. The workshops were part of a program of Welsh language workshops organised by Cered – Menter Iaith Ceredigion.

Following a series of workshops with the young singer, Mari Mathias from Talgarreg, the girls decided to compose a song. ‘Yn yr Haf’ was recorded with the girls singing and Mari on the guitar. All the group members received a copy of the song on CD.

Rhodri Francis, Cered’s Development Officer said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the group and we congratulate members on their masterpiece. Thanks also to the leaders for their enthusiasm in securing opportunities for the members to socialise in Welsh outside of school hours.”

Cered’s main aim is to support, influence and develop the use of the Welsh language in Ceredigion through partnership and co-operation, to establish the best possible foundation for the development of the language in the society and community.

Wendy Reynolds, leader of the Brownies unit in Penrhyn-coch said: “The experience has been amazing for the girls and they’ve had a lot of fun doing activities through the medium of Welsh.”

Follow all the news about the wider work of Cered, through liking the Facebook page @ceredmenteriaith or follow on Twitter @MICered.

For more information on Cered, phone 01545 572350 or email

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Theatre caravan coming to Aberystwyth



THE SMALLEST cinema in a theatre caravan will be on the Promenade in Aberystwyth for three Saturdays this summer.

Staff from Ceredigion Museum, together with the Friends of Ceredigion Museum, will be hosting a series of free entertaining events in and around the theatre caravan on July 28, August 4, and August 11 between 12pm and 4pm.

Sarah Morton, the Events Organiser for Ceredigion Museum said, “We have a series of short local films from the National Film and Screen Archive which links to our summer exhibition relating to the seaside at the museum, in the old Coliseum Theatre. The two minute films show people on the beach and promenade in Aberystwyth as well as Y Borth. We will also have singing from the Showtime Singers to add to the entertainment.

“We will be situated in and near the bandstand and hope to be able to bring some of the traditions of a typical coastal break back to life.”

Besides the theatre caravan, there will be a Guess-the-Object held in the bandstand with museum staff to aid in identifying the mystery objects.

For more details about the caravan and the entertainment, contact Sarah Morton at Ceredigion Museum on 01970 633088

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Surprise presentation for retiring cook



AFTER feeding hundreds of children in her role as cook at Ysgol Eglwyswrw for the past 40 years, Mrs Anona Williams is finally hanging up her apron. But there was a shock in store for Mrs Williams when she arrived at the school for one of her last days at work on Tuesday (Jul 17).

Cameras from the S4C magazine programme, Heno, were present to capture her receiving a special award from music conductor and presenter, Alwyn Humphreys.

She started at her post in 1978 and during that time has fed three generations including her own niece and nephew and great-niece and great-nephew.

Headteacher, Edryd Eynon, said Mrs Williams would be sadly missed.

“We will miss her delicious meals and her caring nature,” he said.

“She spoils all the children and is like a grandmother to them. Her contribution to the school is priceless.

“She ran the breakfast and the Cook It clubs and ensured all pupils had an exciting experiences working with food and preparing many delicious recipes.

“Every sports day she would prepare and donate coffee, tea and her famous scones and all the money she raised would be given to school funds. She did this for 40 years.

“Mrs Williams will be sadly missed at Ysgol Eglwyswrw not only for her delicious food – especially her pizza and coleslaw – but also for her caring and loving character. We wish her all the best for the future.”

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