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From Friday November 29th to Tuesday December 24th 23, 24 and 30 November 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 December 10am to 4pm Free park and ride service

Santas Grotto Open 10am to 4pm 23, 24 and 30 November 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 December

New Year’s Eve bash Ticket price £55

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Due to the over-whelming popularity of the Erddig grotto we are operating a pre-booked only system for 2013. Tickets are £5 per child and can be booked via a link on the Erddig events webpage: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig/events or by calling 0844 246 1895

Parking To make parking and access easier Wrexham County Borough Council are providing a free park and ride service operating from Wrexham. Pick up/drop off is from Ruthin Road. Please consider this option as parking within the grounds is limited.

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And whereby a 1.5 billion shortfall in the balance sheet of a big company may sound a lot, and is indeed a lot of money, it’s hard to relate to as a small local business. Mind you that doesn’t stop me thinking I could do a better job! It’s like watching football from your armchair, when your team is losing, we all think we can play better.

Well here we are again. The turkey is ordered, the oil tank is full, and logs a plenty so that’s not bad for me. I will definitely be warm this Christmas but there’s a definite lack of presents having been bought so far. I Which reminds me I’ve had the pleasure of never fail to not be 100% organised! using a few of our local businesses this year; Hopefully I’ll feel more Christmassy Mark Leather Physiotherapy at the Plassey, anytime soon. Well as soon as I stop Trotting Mare Garage, Ego Hair, Holt listening to the news that is, with the floods Cabinetry for a hand crafted and engraved in the Philippines, the trouble in Syria, the bread board, Maelor Vets and Cunnahs Oil. News of the World and its ongoing phone I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them hacking court case; and more recently the and hope you buy local and support the Co-op bank. I used to work for the Co- local community where possible too. op bank and had great faith that they were And seeing as it’s the last magazine of the better than the rest of the greedy and year I would like to thank all contributors unscrupulous crowd. and delivery helpers for making it happen, Mind you I’m going back 20 years when all very reliable and very much appreciated. I first started there, and Terry Thomas Here’s to a great Christmas and a Happy was the head of the bank. Somehow he New year. seemed to move the bank forward to be taken seriously, modernised it whilst All the best, Jill keeping its independence and integrity, and I’m sure a healthy balance sheet too! I’m disappointed to say the least to hear the recent news and I’m sure Baron Thomas from his retirement arm chair will have a few things to say too!

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Meet Mr and Mrs Claus Magical Wizard Kids Festive Crafts & Activities Traditional Fairground Rides Horse and Carriage Rides Festive Food Stalls Christmas Trees and Wreaths Unique Gift and Craft Stalls Mulled Wine and much more!

Meet award winning masterchef of Great Britain Brian Mellor and owner of Harthill Cookery School along with other local chefs who will be demonstrating and offering advice and tips during the weekend. For more details on Harthill Cookery School visit www.brianmellor.co.uk

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King’s. The top performing school in the Chester area. Entrance Exams at King’s open the door to excellence, for girls and boys at both Senior and Junior levels. Our Senior School, for children aged 11-18, produced the top performance in the area at A level and ranked second top co-ed school in the North in 2013. The success of our girls, in fact, rivals the top performing schools in the UK. Virtually all Senior students go on to university, with over 78% of leavers studying at ‘The Times Top 30’ universities and 83 Oxbridge offers in the last 10 years. King’s Junior School offers 7-11 year olds an inspiring education within a separate self-contained school. Its caring and supportive environment encourages your child to flourish in small classes and become, as described by the last inspection, ‘happy learners’.

Strong academic foundations at both Junior and Senior Schools are overlaid with excellent drama, music and sporting facilities and over 130 clubs and activities. This year’s new developments include a Learning Centre for Juniors encompassing a Science Lab, Art studio and Computer and Design Technology workshop, an extension of the Senior’s international GCSEs programme and new enrichment subjects such as Arabic and Anthropology.

Senior Entrance Exam: Friday 24th January: Senior Year 7

Junior School Assessment Days: Saturday 11th January: Junior Year 3 Friday 24th January: Junior Years 4, 5 & 6 Please note: Financial help is available for Senior School, dependent on parental income.

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BOXING DAY CARVERY Thursday 26th December • 12.00 - 3.00pm Roast Beef, Roast Lamb and Baked Gammon

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Wrexham County Borough: It is our aim to safeguard the road user within the County Borough of Wrexham throughout the winter months. Rocksalt is applied to over 500 kilometres of County Borough and Trunk Road network during a 2 ½ hours period when frost or icy conditions are forecast. There are 10 priority precautionary gritting routes which covers 40% of the road network of 1140 km’s of County Borough maintained roads. The gritting routes are pre-determined utilising criteria such as height above sea level, road classification, road gradients and proximity to schools, bus routes, local industry and shopping areas which are likely to generate high volumes of traffic. Resources: Our objective is to ensure that rocksalt is spread on the highway before the formation of ice. To achieve this a dedicated workforce comprising of 40 qualified drivers operate a fleet of 14 gritting vehicles, which are based centrally within the street scene department. Gritting Operations may be undertaken from one of our three depots based at Chirk, Llay or Wrexham Industrial Estate and spread approximately 4,000 Tonnes of rocksalt onto the County Borough road network during an average winter. Rocksalt: The preferred de-icing material utilised by Wrexham County Borough Council is 6mm nominal size rocksalt, which is spread onto the road network at a rate of 10 - 15 grams/m2 prior to the development of frost and ice. This figure is increased to 40 grams/m2 during the onset of snow conditions. Rocksalt is mined from a nonrenewable source and, in high concentration can be environmentally unfriendly and in certain situations can damage vegetation. It is therefore important that the material is only used when necessary and in the correct locations.

To effectively remove ice from the road surface the rock salt requires the action of traffic, which assists in the process of breaking down the salt granules into a saline solution. This rapidly melts the ice and prevents further ice forming for several hours. Salt Bins / Heaps: Salt bins/heaps are located in areas for the use of pedestrians and motorists to teat the public highway only. The council currently maintains in excess of 200 salt bins throughout the County Borough. Salt bins are provided in strategic locations that cannot be accessed by our main gritting vehicles but are subject to being individually assessed against criteria with includes, • Non Precautionary gritting routes • Location within the bounds of the public highway • Benefit to road safety, i.e. areas with steep inclines • Traffic volumes • Proximity to schools and locations of public interest A pro forma to aid assessment is carried out for all new requests for salt bins in accordance with the agreed winter service policy. Community councils may purchase salt bins and rock salt from the council providing that any new salt bins are distinguishable from the Environment Department salt bins and approved location on the public highway. Supply of rocksalt to the public: During the winter months many requests are received from members of the public for this Authority to provide them with rocksalt for personal use. Unfortunately, our salt stock levels do not cater for random supplies outside of our controlled winter maintenance operations and therefore our policy to not supply rocksalt for personal use has been derived. This ensures that our resources are maintained for use by this Authority to provide the most efficient service to the general public.


Christmas & new year at the Cross lanes Christmas eve candlelit dinner £28.95 Including champagne and canapés and a specially selected festive menu.

Christmas Day lunch

Victorian Banquet 30th December

£35.00 Experience our unique Victorian Banquet featuring a menu served at Erddig Hall over 120 years ago!

Some Party Night Places still available

£66.00 Children 5-12 years £28.00 Children under 5 Free Indulge all the family with a sumptuous four-course lunch with no washing up!

new year’s eve 31st December

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essential gardening Flower Garden - Prune roses down tallgrowing bush roses by about a half to help prevent wind-rock loosening and damaging their roots and shorten all the branches on standard roses. Plant barerooted rose bushes this month. Shrubs - December is a good time to move evergreens and large shrubs that have outgrown their current position. Try to lift them with as large a rootball as possible and tie them to stakes for extra stability. Cuttings - Take hardwood cuttings now from a wide range of shrubs. Winter care - As cold nights bring the final leaves tumbling from the trees, rake lawns, sweep paths and patios, and pick up leaves from borders and rock gardens, where their soggy mass can smother tender alpines. Leaves also provide shelter for slugs and snails, so clear them up without delay, taking care not to disturb any nesting hedgehogs. Water features - Removing pumps and filters from ponds and water features helps prevent them being damaged by freezing water during the winter. Keep ponds covered with netting to prevent fallen leaves blowing in. Dividing perennials - If conditions are

mild and dry, continue to divide hardy perennials. On wet soils, it is best to wait until new shoots appear in the spring. Soil conditioning - Where areas have been cleared, start digging over and conditioning the soil. It is worth carrying out a soil test now to check its acidity or alkalinity level (pH). Most plants grow best in a neutral soil, so make adjustments if necessary by applying a lime dressing to very acid soils, or sulphur chips to alkaline ones. Planting shrubs - If the weather conditions remain dry, continue planting evergreen shrubs, conifers and hedging. Even when it’s cold, soil still retains a little heat, especially deeper down, which encourages root growth and helps plants get established. Always take time to prepare the soil well when you are planting long-lived shrubs. Be generous with the compost that you dig in to improve the soil. Repairs - Repair fences, trellises and wooden features. Once annual climbers have died away and perennial ones have lost their leaves, treat timber with wood colour or preservative. Replace loose posts and those rotting at the base before they collapse and cause greater damage.


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We are fast approaching Christmas which a busy time for everyone. The festive season often presents criminals with the perfect opportunity to take advantage of those who have started or even finished their Christmas shopping. North Wales Police are urging everyone to keep gifts out of sight of thieves, both in your vehicles and homes. If it is not on display then they will think twice and that also goes for everything of value you might habitually leave on display (sat Navs, loose change, CDs, etc.). Also with the winter nights drawing in don’t leave the house in darkness, it’s an invite that there is no-one home. Try and leave a light on or put it on a timer so it comes on when it starts to go dark. Low energy bulbs are quite cheap these days but we have a few here at the station if anyone would like one. As the cold weather is also approaching and the temperature is plummeting please keep an eye on the more vulnerable members of society in your areas, such as the elderly, especially this time of 14

year and over the Christmas period. Christmas parties will be in full swing and that generally means alcohol. If you are going to drink then DO NOT drive under any circumstances. NWP will be operating a drink-drive campaign and will come down hard on those found to be under the influence behind the wheel. I would just like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. Regards Lynne

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The magic of a name The Rolls-Royce story began in 1904 at the Midland Hotel, Manchester when engineer Henry Royce, who was a perfectionist in his trade, met with the Right Honourable Charles Rolls, son of Lord Llangattock of The Hendry, Nr. Monmouth, who was a London-based purveyor of fine cars for the gentry. A strange combination you may think, but it certainly worked very well, as seemingly everyone wanted to own one of Henry’s cars as they were so beautifully made, very reliable and amazingly silent for the times. Henry always said that ‘In the elder days of art, craftsmen wrought with greatest care each minute and unseen part, for the Gods see everywhere’ but, when the high price was queried, he also said ‘The quality remains after the price is forgotten’. There was little doubt that the cars were very special, most owners in those days taking delivery of the Rolls-Royce chassis and running gear and taking it to a specialist coachbuilder to have the body of their choice built on it. In 1914 when WW1 broke out, Bend’Or, the second Duke of Westminster, bought a squadron of armoured cars for £20,000 from the company, based on the 40/50 h.p. chassis and fitted with Maxim heavy machine guns, but perhaps the most exotic bodies were commissioned by the fabulously rich Maharajas of India, and many of them are still sold for huge amounts of money at auctions today.

by Terry Davies

almost ghostly progress. Thus it all started in the early 1900s by the Silver Ghost, then came the Phantoms One, Two and Three, followed by similar ethereal named models such as the Silver Dawn, Silver Wraith and Silver Cloud, all derived from the same theme. Choosing a name for such prestigious cars was a very serious business indeed, involving much discussion, as you would expect of Rolls-Royce, but in the late ’60s, an advanced new model was due to be introduced, and with great deliberation and secrecy a name for it was chosen. The launch date was decided and everything was made ready for the great occasion which was approaching fast. We all knew it was going to be the Silver ‘something’, but at the eleventh hour the name was revealed to R-R dealers. It was to be called the Silver Mist, a traditional and beautiful name- but in Germany there was panic in the R-R dealership, because the word ‘mist’ in German means dung or the like, and who in that country would buy a Rolls-Royce Silver Sh--? Thus followed a frantic call to Rolls-Royce who swiftly changed the name to Silver Shadow, averting disaster at the last minute. Not that it will ever happen again, as Rolls-Royce is now German owned,and the current Phantom and Ghost models maintain the continuity of this

However, the earliest names of these very special prestigious marque. cars reflected their comparative silence and Merry Christmas to you all. 18


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With the Christmas holiday season almost upon us, now is a good time to remind people to take steps to make sure your Christmas isn’t ruined by criminals. OUT SHOPPING If you have too many bags you will be too busy trying to hold on to these to be aware of anyone stealing from you. Have your purse/wallet close to your body and don’t carry too much cash. The same applies to travelling on crowded buses or trains. If you travel by car, make sure you park in a welllit area, lock all doors and windows and do not leave presents in view. Try not to return to your car to leave purchases in the boot before continuing with your shopping trip as thieves may well watch car parks for just such a chance. Arrange to collect heavy items from stores when you have finished all your shopping. AT HOME Having bought all those wonderful presents, don’t make it easy for someone to steal from your home. Keep them out of sight until last thing on Christmas Eve and if you ‘hide’ or store larger items such as bicycles in the shed or outbuildings, make sure they are very secure. You may well find you need to check your insurance to make sure you are covered for the value of goods in your home.Take the

frame numbers of new cycles and the serial numbers of new electrical equipment for future reference. Remember, empty boxes left outside advertise that you have new goods inside - dispose of packing carefully. If you go away for the holiday period - use an automatic timer for lights and ask a trusted neighbour to watch your home. Don’t forget to cancel newspapers and milk if you have them delivered and either redirect your mail through the Post Office or have your neighbour take mail into the house. OUT ON THE TOWN With office parties and general Christmas celebrations, pubs, restaurants and other venues are often crowded. Don’t leave bags over the back of your chair and keep wallets and purses close to your body to make it more difficult for the pickpocket. Make prior arrangements as to how you will get home. Avoid any potential disturbances on the street.Avoid the temptation to take a minicab on the street even if you are having difficulty getting a cab - it is illegal for minicabs to take passengers who have not pre-booked. Make sure someone knows where you are going and what time you will be back. Don’t drink too much - you could become a target for thieves.


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DRINKING AND DRIVING DON’T MIX 3,000 people are killed or seriously injured on our roads each year in drink drive related crashes and nearly one in six of all deaths on the road involve drivers who are over the legal limit. If you plan to drink, don’t risk driving: • book a taxi • use public transport • stay overnight • arrange for someone who is not drinking to drive • don’t be tempted to get into a car with anyone else who has been drinking CONSEQUENCES OF DRINK DRIVING If you think you won’t get caught, you’re wrong. Around 100,000 drivers are convicted every year for drink driving. You don’t have to be in a crash to be breath tested. The police can ask you to take a breath test if they suspect you have been drinking, or if you commit a traffic offence. THE MORNING AFTER If you’ve been out drinking you may still be affected by alcohol the next day. Even though you may feel OK when you get up, you may be over the legal alcohol limit

or unfit to drive, and could still lose your licence. It’s impossible to get rid of alcohol any faster. A shower, cup of coffee, or other ways of ‘sobering up’ will not help. It just takes time. THERE ARE NO EXCUSES “I had a drink but it was at lunch time” Even a small drink at lunchtime can make you more sleepy and impair your driving. “I feel fine to drive” Any amount of alcohol will affect your judgement. “I’ve only had a couple” Even a single drink will affect your driving performance. “I’ve had a meal” Alcohol just takes a little longer to get into your system, your driving will still be affected. JUST TO BE SURE There’s no fail safe guide as to how to stay under the legal alcohol limit or how much you can drink and still drive safely. The only safe option is not to drink if you plan to drive. Never offer a drink to someone else who is driving.


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Hopefully the first of many such evenings for the Father’s of Penley and surrounding district. Hopefully the first of many such evenings after. The host for the evening was Foxy The was a of resounding success and aboutwho 62 men of all ages from 18 to years the for VH theBar Father’s Penley and surrounding work extremely hard in 70 preparing attended merriment was had by all with just a few district. a women free zone….. Great banter and selection of Beers to taste and the meal. The VH Bar was a after. resounding success headaches the morning The host for the evening was Foxy who work extremely hard Do not worry girls watch this space as we and about 62 of allofages from 18 to in preparing themen selection Beers to taste and the meal. 70 years attended a women free zone….. are hoping to set our own evening up. A cocktail early January so keep Do not worry this space we are to set evening our owninevening up. Great bantergirls andwatch merriment wasashad by hoping all with just a few headaches the morning vigilant. A cocktail evening in early January so keep vigilant.

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Saturday 7th December Social evening with Grandads Fish & Chips 7.30pm - 11pm Dates for the Diary Saturday 14th December The FFF 7-11pm Saturday 7th December Social evening with meet Grandads Fish and Chips 7.30-11pm Saturday 21st December Saturday 14th December the FFF meet 7-11pm Pre Christmas Social 7.30-11pm st Saturday 21(let December pre Christmas your spouse have Social some7.30-11pm time to sort out the home) Tuesday willhave besome Bowling nights forthe allhome) ages 7.30 – 11pm (letevenings your spouse time to sort out We are trying to raise the roof on our second room and have inTuesday evenings be Bowling nights for all ages 7.30 –Table 11pmcourtesy of Mr and creased ourwill sporting facilities with a Tennis Mrs D. Eaton. Why not give it a try at the next social

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A Happy and Healthy Christmas to all out clients and their pets from us all

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The First Christmas

The events leading up to the first Christmas can easily be misconstrued. Israel at that time consisted of 3 provinces in descending order from north to south: Galilee Samaria Judea Mary, the eventual mother of Christ, lived in Galilee in the city of Nazareth. ‘City’ was a general term applied to any place other than a tiny village. Mary wanted to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was five months pregnant. From a quick glance at the Bible you get the impression that she only had to go two or three villages away to see Elizabeth, but oh no! She walked the best part of 100 miles while she herself was 2 months pregnant, down through Galilee, down through Samaria, down into Judea to the city of Hebron in the hill country where Elizabeth lived. She stayed with Elizabeth for 3 months before tackling the long trek back up to Galilee. After a further 3 months Mary, now 8½ months pregnant, had to make the journey

down to Judea again, this time about 90 miles to the city of Bethlehem, her fiance’s ancestral city. He, Joseph, accompanied her as he was required to register there under the Roman census. They travelled probably by ‘caravan’ in it’s original sense of a procession of carts, animals and walkers, and Mary was undoubtedly given pride of place. Of course we know the rest – the very first Christmas, but the distances involved may have passed us by. Another illusion is that Christmas was not necessarily in what we call December, it might very well have been in the Spring! Some years ago Joddrell Bank, the Cheshire Astronomy Centre, carried out some research into the star of Bethlehem, the star seen by the Wise Men. They went back and back in chunks of 76 years , to see if it could have been Halley’s Comet, but in the end they decided that it was a comet caused by the ‘fusion’ of 2 constellations. It would have been seen for several minutes throughout the Middle East, and, most striking of all, it would appear to be pointing downwards like a finger!


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Come and celebrate Christmas at Tallarn Green Methodist Church

Christmas Praise Sunday 15th Dec 10.45am We invite children to come along and take part. Sunday 22nd Dec 6.30pm Village Carol Service Come along and sing your favourite carols. On Christmas Eve we will hold a family Crib & Christingle Service at 5pm Led by Rev. Rob Weir, with a Holy Communion service at 11.30pm

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07967 432546 Penley Church Christmas Events Christingle Service Sunday 15 December 3pm in the church Carols by Candlelight Friday 20 December 7pm in the church Crib Service Tuesday 24 December 4pm in the church Christmas Eucharist Tuesday 24 December 9pm in the church

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Overindulged? Need help with maintaining New Year Resolutions? Why not try a more natural approach? Acupuncture may provide an effective aid to smoking cessation, weight loss programmes or general rebalancing after Christmas festivities and stress.

Merry Christmas to Everyone CAROL SERVICE

Friday 13th December 9pm Brymbo Choir - All welcome

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Recipe of the month

Apricot sausagemeat stuffing YOU’LL NEED 250g pork sausagemeat 125g bacon pieces, chopped and fried 1 large onion, chopped and fried 60g dried apricots, chopped 2 sticks celery, thinly sliced 100g brown breadcrumbs 75g almonds 2tblsp chopped parsley 1 egg 1tsp salt Ground pepper WHAT TO DO 1.Mix all ingredients together in a bowl (by hand is best) 2. S tuff into the neck end of the turkey, pushing as far under the skin over the breast as you can 3. Cook turkey as normal

We have the most amazing selection of local, quality meat at the farm shop. We also have a wide variety of fruit, vegetables and bedding plants! Shop local. You know it makes sense.

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‘Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Little Scholars Nursery’ FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND AVAILABILITY ‘Nadolig Llawen’

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Bangor on Dee - December 2013