By Lesley Griffiths

MS for Wrexham

Readers will be aware Bradford claimed the City of Culture 2025 title last week, meaning Wrexham, unfortunately, missed out.

Despite the setback, I wish to congratulate everyone involved with the #Wrecsam2025 bid and thank them for all their hard work.

The team did an outstanding job and it was heartening to see so many people come together to support the bid and the town. Everyone in Wrexham should be proud of the team’s efforts and I hope the positivity generated by the campaign can be harnessed, allowing the town to continue to thrive in the months and years ahead.

I was recently invited to speak at the launch of a new dementia awareness leaflet that has been created by a group of volunteers aiming to support those living with the disease in their local community.

Members of St Anne’s Church in Caia Park, Pat Williams and Rosemary Williams, secured National Lottery funding to produce a straightforward pamphlet aimed at helping those living with dementia.

The leaflet, which has been intentionally designed to be simple and easy to understand, signposts people to the key local support services and is available in English, Welsh, Polish and Portuguese.

Members of the dementia awareness group were invited to The Happy Hedgehog Café to celebrate the unveiling of the leaflet, enjoy afternoon tea and to hear from a range of guest speakers.

Pat and Rosemary have done a wonderful job but are keen to stress this was a real team effort, with a number of parishioners involved with the design and production of the leaflet.

I’m certain it will help improve people’s lives and I know this is just the beginning.

They’re determined to keep helping the local community and I believe their excellent work could be replicated to help support people living with dementia in other areas and neighbouring counties.

Finally, I recently met with Inspector Luke Hughes of Wrexham Police station for a walkabout the town centre.

These meetings take place regularly to help ensure I’m kept up to date with local issues, as well as providing me with the opportunity to raise constituents’ concerns directly with the police.

If you’re a constituent in Wrexham and there is something I could help you with, please do not hesitate to contact me via email: or call 01978 355743.