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Ian Lucas MP is helping out with plans to install a display about Wrexham’s mining heritage in a mosque.

Mr Lucas, the town’s Labour MP, has chaired a meeting at Wrexham Islamic Cultural Centre on Grosvenor Road, where it is hoped something can be erected in the foyer area to reflect the building’s past as a mine workers’ institute.  

The meeting was attended by representatives from the mosque itself, and also Alan and Margaret Jones of the North Wales Miners Association Trust (NWMAT).

Now the search is on to find funding while both parties consider exactly what should be in the display.

Mr Lucas said: “This project is a coming together of faith and history, and it’s something I support fully and am pleased to be involved in.

“The idea for the display came from the people at the mosque. They’re conscious of the building’s heritage and are keen to see this remembered and reflected in a display which can be enjoyed by all visitors to the mosque.

“We’re now looking for funding and I’d urge any organisations who might be able to help out to get in touch.”

There are several ideas for how the display might look. NWMAT have several artefacts which could be loaned to the mosque, including helmets, picks and snap tins that miners used for carrying their lunch. They also have a 7ft metal sign from the original building which could be restored and hung from a wall.

Funding is being sought for educational posters or artworks which could be hung alongside the artefacts.

The miners’ institute closed in 2008 due to a drop in members. Two years later, the Muslim Association of Wrexham bought the building, which is used for Friday prayers and also as a centre for educational and cultural studies.

NWMAT was set up in 2009 with the aim of preserving the region’s coal and metal mining heritage.  The trust promotes the preservation of mining artefacts and has a mobile museum which goes out to schools and other organisations.

Anyone able to assist with funding can contact the office of Ian Lucas MP by calling 01978 355743 or emailing ian.lucas.mp@parliament.uk.

Plans for Wrexham miners' tribute at mosque backed by Ian Lucas MP

Ian Lucas MP is helping out with plans to install a display about Wrexham’s mining heritage in a mosque.

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Digital experts came to Wrexham to pass on their expertise – and were taken aback by the ‘huge’ turnout as people showed a real appetite for improving their social media skills

Ian Lucas MP was proud to see the Google Digital Garage event – a free day-long masterclass delivered by the search engine giants – prove to be such a success.
The Wrexham MP had helped secure the visit from Google through his work on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.
He gave speech at the start of the event, which took place at the new Town Square business hub on Rhosddu Road on Friday, May 11.
Mr Lucas said: “The Google Digital Garage was a vibrant and imaginative event – and it certainly caught the imagination of the people of the town. I found it inspirational to see so many people in attendance.
“But this is just the start of things. I hope the people who came to the event learnt a lot and can use it to help grow their businesses, which of course will be good news for Wrexham.”
Mr Lucas added: “There is a great pool of talent in towns and Wrexham is no exception. Wrexham showed it was up for Google… and our visitors fromGoogle were up for Wrexham.”
Since launching in 2015, Google’s Digital Garages have trained more than 250,000 people and visited more than 200 villages, towns and cities in the UK. The event in Wrexham was the first in a series of visits to market towns, with the aim being to help people adapt and thrive in the digital age.
It was free to attend and proved particularly popular with small businesses, as there were courses on building digital market plans, social media strategy, search engine optimisation and digital advertising.  There were also workshops where Google experts worked one-to-one with individuals.
Eleanor Linsell, public policy and government relations analyst at Google, attended Friday’s event and was pleased it was such a success.
“It’s gone really well in Wrexham and I’m really happy to see such a huge number if people come out,” said Eleanor. “The diversity of those who signed up was really noticeable – they were young and old, and from a range of backgrounds.
“We really wanted to come out to market towns. Before we’ve visited cities and coastal towns, but we realised market towns also really need this kind of investment.
“There is definitely an appetite for it and it’s essential for growing local economies.”

Ian Lucas MP hails 'inspirational' Google event in Wrexham

Digital experts came to Wrexham to pass on their expertise – and were taken aback by the ‘huge’ turnout as people showed a real appetite for improving their social media...

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IAN Lucas MP has urged Wrexham Council to reconsider its decision to withdraw funding for the town’s Citizens Advice (CA) service.

Funding for the service has been phased out by the council out over a period covering almost three years, meaning Citizens Advice Wrexham on Grosvenor Road will close in July.

Wrexham is the only local authority in Wales who now make no contribution to CA services.

Mr Lucas has been in contact with both the council and Citizens Advice Wrexham to see what can be done, stressing the vital importance of such an organisation to his constituents. 

The Labour MP for Wrexham has written to the council’s executive director Lee Robinson and deputy leader Hugh Jones about the matter.

Mr Lucas wrote: “I am very conscious of the very considerable strain on public services and individual constituents at this time. I think that the withdrawal of funding from Citizens Advice in this context would be highly irresponsible and would have a severe impact on the welfare of the people of Wrexham.

“I do hope the council will reconsider its decision to withdraw funding.”

Staff at the town’s CA office on Grosvenor Road provide free in-depth advice to thousands of clients from the Wrexham and district area each year. The range of cases they work on is broad, covering everything from benefits queries to debt advice, housing issues, people’s rights at work, consumer rights and immigration.

The closure of the centre would mean residents would have nowhere to turn to for help with resolving their urgent and serious problems, Mr Lucas said.

The council’s own in-house service – the Welfare Rights Unit (WRU) – is limited to welfare benefits issues and is only free to people with adult social care needs, cancer patients, carers and anyone in Families First-funded services.

Mr Lucas added: “The council should not be contracting advice services when people desperately need them. Citizens Advice Wrexham provides a vital service and it would be devastating for the people of the town if it was lost.

“The council’s Welfare Rights Unite quite simply does not have the capacity to cover everything handled by the CA office. They only deal with benefits and charge in certain cases.

“They don’t cover debt advice, immigration, consumer rights, small claims, housing applications, rights at work, probate forms, neighbour disputes, divorce and separation, complaints about the Health Service or care homes, or power of attorney matters.

“We can’t afford to lose the town’s CA office and the situation is now extremely urgent.”

Ian Lucas MP calls on council to help save Wrexham’s Citizens Advice office

IAN Lucas MP has urged Wrexham Council to reconsider its decision to withdraw funding for the town’s Citizens Advice (CA) service.


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