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The streets of Wrexham will come alive to the sound of music in September.

The third annual Wrexham Singing Streets festival – organised by the office of Ian Lucas MP – will feature more than 20 choirs performing at six locations around the town centre.
It will take place on Saturday, September 29 and is free to attend.
A launch event was held at Wrexham Glyndŵr University on Monday, June 11 where sponsors and partners joined Mr Lucas to hear one of the choirs – from Victoria CP School in Wrexham – perform three songs to give a taste of what people can expect on September 29.
Radio station Calon FM broadcast the official launch, which also included speeches from Mr Lucas, Derek Jones of Wrexham Symphony Orchestra and Maria Hinfelaar, vice-chancellor and chief executive of the university.
Wrexham MP Mr Lucas said: "This year’s Wrexham Singing Streets promises to be the biggest and best yet. It’s a wonderful occasion which brings people of the town together - a day when we can sing out loud about what a wonderful place Wrexham is.
“So please put September 29 in your diaries and join us for what promises to be a true community event for the people of Wrexham, when the whole of the town centre will be filled with song."
Mr Lucas’ office is organising the festival in collaboration with John Jones Quality Acoustics, Wrexham Community Choir volunteers, Gateway Church, Wrexham Business Group CIC and Glyndŵr University.
The university’s vice chancellor Professor Hinfelaar said: “I’d like to thank everyone for coming along to the launch – and particularly the children from Victoria School for their wonderful singing.
“The Singing Streets festival is a great event and we are delighted to have launched it here at the university. The festival helps our students get hands-on experience – whether that is filming the launch professionally, working to promote the event in the run-up to September 29, or helping on the day itself to make the festival happen behind the scenes.
“Most importantly, however, all of us who take part get to have a lot of fun. With hundreds of people in the centre of Wrexham, this is a real community event for the town and we’re very grateful to be part of it.”  
Many of the choirs attending are from the Wrexham area but others are coming from further afield. The music on offer will feature a variety of different styles, appealing to all ages.
The event is being sponsored by Wockhardt, Wrexham Crime Link, Hays Travel and Gateway Church. 
There are still places available for any choirs looking to perform on the day. Volunteers to help run the event are also being sought. For further details email ian.lucas.mp@parliament or visit the Singing Streets website at singingstreets.org.

Wrexham Singing Streets choir festival promises to be best yet, says MP

The streets of Wrexham will come alive to the sound of music in September.

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Funding has been found for Wrexham's Citizens Advice service, following a campaign led by Ian Lucas MP. 

Mr Lucas put the plight of the service in the spotlight after learning it was facing closure this summer because its funding had been cut by Wrexham Council.

The Labour MP for Wrexham wrote to the council’s executive director Lee Robinson and deputy leader Hugh Jones urging them to find the funds to save the service, and also supported a petition started by the Wrexham Labour Party to keep the town's Citizens Advice office on Grosvenor Road open. 

Following a motion tabled by the council's Labour Group, the matter was discussed at an Executive Board meeting on Tuesday, June 12 when a decision was taken to grant Wrexham Citizens Advice £25,000.  

Mr Lucas said: "The decision from the council represents progress, but it has only come about because of political pressure from the Labour Group and myself. I have no doubt that the closure of the service would have had a severe impact on the welfare of people in Wrexham, which is why my Labour Party colleagues and I campaigned for the funds to keep it open."

Mr Lucas added: "The advent of PIP payments has meant there is a greater strain on our advice services than ever before. The council now needs to have a serious discussion and consultation about advice services within Wrexham, and make sure there is an adequate system in place to provide these services.

"It should be a full, public consultation – not carried out in private."

The council's Executive Board decided at a meeting in 2015 to phase out core funding to the Citizens Advice service. It meant Wrexham was the only local authority in Wales not to support its Citizens Advice office. 

When Mr Lucas learned that the Wrexham service faced closure this July because all funds had dried up, he began a campaign to keep it open. 

In 2017-18, the Wrexham Citizens Advice office - which serves the town and wider county borough - handled 16,107 cases and saw 3,375 clients covering a wide array of issues including debt advice, consumer rights, housing applications, neighbour disputes, and complaints about the health service or care homes. 

The loss of the service would leave people with no viable alternative, as the council’s in-house Welfare Rights Unit deals only with welfare benefit issues.

The £25,000 grant is half what Citizens Advice Wrexham had requested but is enough to ensure the service does not have to close this summer. 

Ian Lucas MP welcomes ‘progress’ as funding is found for Wrexham's Citizens Advice service

Funding has been found for Wrexham's Citizens Advice service, following a campaign led by Ian Lucas MP. 

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Hundreds of people of all ages enjoyed an afternoon of fun in the sun at a Wrexham park. 

The Rhosddu Park Play Day, which took place on Tuesday, May 29 in blazing half-term sunshine, was a huge success. 

The annual event is organised by the office of Ian Lucas MP, in collaboration with local groups and businesses. 

Mr Lucas, MP for Wrexham, set up the first fun day in 2016 and it proved so popular, it became an annual event. 

Mr Lucas said: "It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves. The sun shone again - we seem to be blessed on every occasion we hold these play days - and about 400 people of all ages turned out to take part in games, competitions, play football and tennis and enjoy ice creams, among many other activities. 

"The support of the Rhosddu community has been wonderful over the past few years. The end result has been a transformation in people’s enjoyment of the park, topped off by the recent completion of improvement works to the play equipment. 

"Thanks to everyone who took part. I enjoyed it hugely and its shows how much we can all achieve when we work together."

There were a range of fun activities and attractions to enjoy, including a bouncy castle, treasure hunt, dog display and show, face painting, a storyteller, Morris dancers, plant and craft stalls, tennis lessons, plus various games and toys. Free refreshments and cakes were provided by the nearby Spa store, church members and Asda.

Admission was free.

Other organisations involved in the event included St James’ Church, the Salvation Army, Wrexham Community Church, Rhosddu Methodist Chapel, North Wales Police, Rhosddu Community Council and AVOW.

Wrexham MP praises ‘wonderful’ community spirit at Rhosddu Park fun day

Hundreds of people of all ages enjoyed an afternoon of fun in the sun at a Wrexham park. 


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