Deganwy History Group Meeting

Deganwy History group’s next meeting is entitled ‘Snippets of History’ and will be held on Thursday, February 15 at 7pm. They will meet at Peniel Chapel Schoolroom, Ty Mawr Road, Deganwy.

This is the annual opportunity for individual members of the Deganwy History Group to give a talk on subjects in which they are particularly interested. This year, they have Adrian Hughes – ‘Herb Collectors’; Elan Rivers – ‘The Zac Brierley Story’; Vicky Macdonald – ‘Conwy Cockpit.

Zac Brierly was an engineering company located in Llandudno Junction, North Wales next to our office. The building is now the headquarters of Crest Co-operative.


Lidl reveals when Llandudno Junction supermarket development set to start

The discounter says that it will create 40 jobs when the new store opens.

Supermarket chain Lidl will start work this June on its new store in Llandudno Junction, North Wales. The German discounter was given planning permission by Conwy council back in November for a new store. It will be located on the site of the former Arriva bus depot and Daily Post/Weekly.

They hope to have the new supermarket open in “early 2019”.



The implementation of Tax-Free Childcare, the new government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare, is being rolled out to eligible parents in stages.

The scheme first made its debut in April 2017 and although there have been initial systems problems, HMRC’s aim is to have the scheme open to all eligible parents by 14 February 2018. Application is made online through the Childcare Choices site and applications can be made for all eligible children at the same time.

Under Tax-Free Childcare, for every £8 the parent pays, the government provides a £2 top-up, to a maximum of £2,000 per child each year – with a higher limit of £4,000 for disabled children. This gives a total childcare pot of £10,000, or £20,000 for disabled children. To be eligible, parents must generally have minimum weekly earnings of at least £120 each. There is also an upper earnings limit of £100,000.

Those employing a nanny should be able to use the childcare account to pay their PAYE tax and National Insurance. Application is made online GOV.UK childcare-service-compensation

Updated List Of Professional Subscriptions

Employees are allowed to claim tax relief on their annual professional fees or subscriptions to some HMRC approved professional organisations. The costs are tax deductible generally where the individual must have membership to do their job or it is helpful for their work. Where the fees are paid by the individual’s employer this will not generally result in a benefit in kind charge.

HMRC have updated the list of approved bodies which also includes not only details of the professional bodies that are approved but details of qualifying annual subscriptions for journals.

Internet link: GOV.UK/professional-bodies