Last Thursday was Social Enterprise day – part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week – and I marked it with a visit to the Holyhead and Anglesey Weightlifting and Fitness Centre. Thanks to Ray Williams for the welcome and to his father Doug who put me to shame with his strength and determination!
The gym, which has produced many champions, is a real asset to Holyhead and Anglesey, and it was a pleasure to be able to add my support for the work that they do. HAWFC is a fine example of a social enterprise making a huge contribution to its community.
I had the opportunity to congratulate other champions from Anglesey as well recently, as producers from all over Wales were honoured in the Great Taste Awards in Cardiff. Melyn Môn recipe butters, Caws Rhyd y Delyn cheese and Halen Môn salt all received Gold Taste stars for their produce. It was great to hear of their success and to chat about exciting plans for the future.
At the National Assembly, the Royal College of GPs launched their manifesto ahead of the Assembly elections next year. During the launch, I discussed my wish to see more Doctors being trained in north Wales to help with recruitment issues. RCGP representatives confirmed that Doctors doing their training in rural locations such as Anglesey are then more likely to stay here.
During First Minister’s Questions, I emphasised the frustration felt by users of the A55. It feels that as soon as one section of road repair is completed, another section of work starts! Maintaining the road and its safety is of course crucial, but I asked the Government to be far more proactive in the way they inform people who use the A55 about the work that is ongoing and is going to be happening in future, so that people can have a better picture of what’s going to be happening on the road in the future.
Finally, all roads led to Llangefni on Saturday for those wanting to show that we are a peaceful, tolerant society. Several hundred took part in a colourful, positive rally.
Free speech is very important to us, and it is a principle that I as a journalist hold dear. However if we have protests that make some people fearful, all should be done to limit the disruption caused. Many had feared Saturday’s far right rally. Ultimately, the best of Anglesey shone through.