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Talacre Story Shop 

Published: 15/04/2019

Saturday 20 April – Sunday 29 April

Talacre Community Centre, Gamfa Wen, Talacre, CH8 9RT

10am-4pm each day

We are celebrating Talacre and its people through an exhibition relating to its history, its stories and its people. If you have any memories or memorabilia of Talacre come along and share those with us. There will be cups of tea, archive photos, objects and stories to enjoy. Everyone is welcome.

The Story Shop is the first part of the Talacre Then and Now project, led by Flintshire Countryside Service, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and Outdoor Learning Wales.

In preparation for the Story Shop, the team led by Lisa Heledd Jones of Storyworks, has been gathering stories and photos from local people.

“We moved to The Warren from Walton in Liverpool when I was two to  escape the bombing. We lived in a wooden bungalow my dad built. You could hear the planes overhead at night as they came from Ireland way and up the estuary towards Liverpool but it didn’t seem to affect us as we were in a little cocoon of our own. We were safe and sound and yet the war was all around us. I know it sounds daft as there was a war on but it was a wonderful life.”  Anita Marsden

“I was born in 1948 and lived on the Warren until I was 20.The dunes and beach were my playground as were the woods in Tyn-y-Morfa and the fields behind Warren House (where my Grandmother lived).

“The Warren was peopled by a mixture of residents and summer visitors, who came from Liverpool, Manchester and The Potteries. We got to know a number of the regular visitors and often played together as children. They learned about the countryside while we learned about the towns and cities. 

“The beach was littered with spent bullets from its time as a firing range during World War 2. We often collected them, making them into belts when we played at being cowboys and Indians.” Jack Jones

“It was absolutely fantastic growing up on the Warren. The freedom we had! The bungalows didn’t have any facilities – we didn’t have running water or electric, it was mostly paraffin lamps - but it was a magical place.” John Larner

“Talacre was a holiday resort and we all had little jobs. We used to go and meet the people from the train - Talacre had a station in those days - and we’d wait with great anticipation as the train pulled in and all the families tumbled out. We were acutely aware of all the different accents – every week or month the accents changed as, in those days, the factories in the industrial towns of the North West and Midlands had different weeks for their holidays. I always remember the first ones were from the Potteries. Those accents heralded the start of our lucrative summer season carrying luggage!” Bryn Jones

For more information about the Story shop please contact Lisa Heledd Jones on 07475931831 or  


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