Happy Holidays in Church Bay 1957-1967

by Hillary

Church Bay Anglesey

Church Bay Anglesey

Hi Wil.

My family spent our holidays at Church Bay from 1957/1967. I have so many happy memories.

My parents had a tiny caravan which we put on Mr. Jones field. We were lucky enough to spend four weeks there each summer. When we first went we had to walk up the hill to get water from the well(the well is still there but now locked) then Mr Jones had a stand pipe put in his yard!

He kept 2 cows which he milked by hand. I remember helping him to bottle the milk and then he went off on his small round.

There were many families who went down every summer when we met up- the Taggerts from Liverpool and a family from the Derby area who had 3 girls. The Wittaker family had been going down long before we did, there were 2 sisters one was called Janet I think the other one was Pam.

I also remember Wally Needham A crowd of us (as teenagers) would be on the beach and he would see us, then count us and go to the Wavecrest Cafe and buy us all ice creams- what a gentleman.

We also had a bonfire on the beach one year(not allowed now). The cream cakes Mrs Williams made were out of this world...

Such happy memories I could go on and on. I now have a property in Moelfre but do not live there all the time, as does my sister Anne.

I regularly go down to Church Bay where if I close my eyes I can be ten to eighteen years of age once again.

Happy days.


Hi Hilary

I'll have to see Wally the next time he is in Holyhead and bring him into see all these wonderful stories about him posted here on Anglesey Hidden Gem.

Your story does not surprise me at all. Wally remains still a kind communitarian and looks as fit as a butchers dog and well tanned cycling along the road back to Rhydwyn.

You'll notice that the stories about Church Bay far exceed those of any other each on my Anglesey website.

I wish I had a Tardis then I would back there in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

I hope that members of the families you mention above find their way to this website and get in touch.

My very best wishes to you and feel free to write again to share more stories.

Better still do you have any photos you could send me as attachments.


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Apr 11, 2016
Williams Farm Church Bay
by: Peter - Liverpool

Hi Wil

My mother and farther took my brother and I on holiday to c
Church Bay in the summer of 1957. It was a small farm at the back of Church Bay run by Tom Williams and his sister and they had two cows which he milked by hand each night.

0n this holiday the Cumming a Family (from Liverpool) also stayed with us . Tom took us on his tractor, an old petrol Ford, out into the fields to collect hay. The beach was just down the road we would call in the beach cafe for. An ice cream or lolly most days were spent on the beach.

I've returned there a few times since the farm land has been sold off Tom and his sister are both now deceased and the farm cottage has been bought for private residence.

Happy days many years ago.

PS Mustn't forget their two dogs Meg & Rover. P

Mar 29, 2015
Church Bay holidays 2000-2007
by: Chris

We spent some very happy holidays on Anglesey, staying very close to Church Bay - what a tranquil and magical place. I have returned since and plan to visit again this Easter, hopefully coinciding with the Wavecrest opening times! Wonderful spot, just timeless.

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