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MID-WALES INFORMATION PORTAL


Your one-stop location for local, up to date and relevant information, tailor-made for your individual town.


Choose your town from the list below, or if using a mobile device scroll down for the (QR) Quick Response codes.


Click button to try out the many special interest sections

CHOOSE YOUR TOWN

NEW TOWNS WILL BE ADDED AS THE SITE GROWS TO COVER THE WHOLE OF WALES

WHAT IS WOO ?

WOO is the Swiss Army Knife of desktop shortcuts

a hub of collated Local Information, advice, links to many other useful sources, all in one place!

Watch the WOO Video

Describing WOO in a few words is not easy, the best way to find out how useful WOO can be is to explore it and see.

USEFULL TOOLS

Calculators; Converters;
Calendars; Live Travel; Map; Timetables; Weather;
Job Searching; Parcel Tracking;
Recycling & Money Saving ideas;
TV & Radio links; How to fix it videos.

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

Hospitals; Doctors; Dentists; Vets; Crime; Flood information;   Disaster & Emergencies; Missing People; Police Information Requests; First-Aid advice; Medical information & videos, Family Safety; Home Support.

LOCAL SERVICES

Contact numbers and websites for your local Schools; Colleges; Council Departments; News; Local Businesses and services.

SPECIAL SECTIONS

WOO is all about keeping you & your family safe.
Medical advice, First-aid,
household advice, Fitness for those who cannot attend a gym, Tips for  motorists, 
WOO-KIDS helps keep the little ones amused and helps them learn.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Electric charging points; Places to eat and stay, Things to see and do; Camping information; Online TV & Radio, Maps.

HOW WOO CAME ABOUT.

Before the Mobile and Internet age, most households had both local telephone directories and advertising directories to find contact information, there were also 'Pink Cards', A4 size printed advertising sheets that were put through the door which displayed local numbers to local businesses, but all these have now ceased to exist.
I wanted to not only replace these and once again have the information close to hand, but to greatly improve on them and have something easy to access whether at home, work or outside in the street with much more than just telephone numbers. Quick and simple access to Emergency information and contact numbers of Hospitals Doctors and Dentists, Schools, along with adverts for numbers you may need quickly such as plumbers or electricians.
The WOO Portal is not just a simple list of information, it is a place to trust,
it is an experience, it is a place to go to, and a place to be involved.
There are many useful tools such as converters and calculators always at hand for when you need them, and many special sections that enable you to access TV, or offer advice and help, some even show you how to do things by video.
The webpages go much further than the old printed directories, they utilise videos and pictures, and nearly everything you see is a clickable link that will give you even further information, Click on a name and it will take you directly to the contact number or even to a website.
Aware that people are wary of, and do not want to download memory hungry 'apps' or use up valuable computer or device disk space, I decided to create it purely as a website, giving the user the option of creating just a small (2kb) shortcut on their desktop, or saving the website address to their favourites list to instantly bring the information to view. Nothing is downloaded or placed on your phone or computer!
Some of the video content used in the creation of the site was made and is owned by others, Woo takes no credit for this, and all credit is given to the original creators.

WOO'S ETHOS AND VALUES.

Woo is Non-Political, unbiased and non-discriminatory.

WOO wishes to be as environmentally friendly as possible, by reducing the use and need of paper leaflets and directories, and by actively promoting recycling ideas and practices through its special sections.

Woo wants to be part of the community, giving useful something back, involving the community in its work and its content, providing the community and vistors to that community the helpful information and advice they may need, all in one place. Woo wants to Create awareness of local and national events, promoting local businesses, groups, individuals and places. Promoting not only the town itself, but Wales as a whole, showing off our beautiful scenery, many interesting places, heritage, history and it's culture.

Woo is eager to support the many worthy charities and non-profit making groups that give so much to our communities and make us proud to live in Wales, by providing them with free advertising to help promote awareness.

GDPR COMPLIANCE

General Data Protection Regulation.

WOO ensures that only the minimum information is recorded and stored safely, this will include the necessary Customer Data for those paying for advertising which includes :-

Business name, business address, contact name, business phone number, business email address, dates of advertisement periods and dates of payments.

No tracking of visitors or insertion of cookies is used by WOO

HOW WE ONCE SEARCHED FOR INFORMATION

PINK CARD

Basic information of local services through paid for adverts. Put through door once a year.
NOW CEASED

YELOW PAGES

Bulky and often out of date. once issued to all owners of landlines.
Now not issued in our area

THOMPSONS LOCAL DIRECTORY

Often out of date. Selectively issued to households.
NOW CEASED

SHOP NOTICE BOARDS

Jumbled information outside town shops & outlets.
Not available in the home.

192 DIRECTORY ENQUIRIES

Available to households with a landline. charged for set amount of telephone number information.

PRINTED BOOKLETS

Small printed directories are sometimes available, but often discarded or lost.

WERE THEY EFFECTIVE ?

At the time there was no alternative, at home we had a large pile of heavy directories that were often out of date, the Pink card that only gave a few basic numbers, or the ability to use directory enquiries to get a maximum of three phone numbers at any one time. The shop notice board was of no use when you were sitting at home.

As the internet arrived we now have Google, it's a great search engine but can swamp the user with many pages of information that are not relevant , including many paid for advertisements,  The required information still has to be searched for from large lists and is not automatically defined to your town or area.

BUT NOW WE HAVE WOO !

MAKE A TINY 2KB DESKTOP ICON

To keep Woo always to hand and save having to search for your town, create a tiny (2kb) shortcut on your desktop. First go to the menu page for your nearest town, highlight and copy the full address shown in the address bar at the top of the page, then using the right mouse button click on a blank area of your desktop and choose 'New' and then 'shortcut'. Use the right button to click in the box, and Paste in the copied address, press OK. Another box will open for you to name your shortcut eg 'Woo', then press OK again. Tuck this new icon away in the corner of your screen and you will have instant access to your own local information at a click of the icon. Alternatively, goto the menu page of your town and click to add it to your list of Favourite's / Bookmarks.

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Quick Response Codes

You can use your Smartphone camera to quickly go to your town's main page.
Or click the image or button to be taken straight to the town of your choice.

WOO HOME PAGE

WOO TOOLS MENU

WOO EMERGENCY PAGES

THE FUTURE OF WOO

I started WOO as a personal project and with just one town in mind, Welshpool the town where I live. The original site over its years of development had many rewrites and style changes. Many new ideas were added and tried out and gradually it took its current form.

I was soon approached by other viewers asking if their town could also be included, soon Newtown was added and then later followed by others. The interest grew and I had to decide on where I would take it to in the future.

Woo is growing all the time, and many more new towns will be added once all the research into each town has been done.  Wales has many county boundaries so to simpify things I had to split Wales into the five zones shown below, sometimes the information will overlap and towns on the imaginary borders will appear in two or more zones.

I will concentrate on one zone at a time starting with 'Mid-Wales', and gradually expand to cover the other four zones.

Who knows, as time goes by and with a little assistance from others, maybe WOO will eventually grow to cover the whole of the UK. 

CHOOSE YOUR WOO ZONE

Greyed out labels are sections not yet completed.