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your life, your home, your community. A local Penley resident rang me last week concerned about a local issue and to ask if I was happy to publish details in the magazine. Of course, I’m happy to help as always, but when we decided to approach the local councillor for Penley we couldn’t work out who it was. Penley isn’t listed on the council website as a separate ward so we can only assume it’s combined with Overton. Anyway if anyone can get in touch about this, that would be really helpful. And now we’ve had the wettest June in the last 100 years, and I thought April would be difficult to beat! It’s strange how April and June were record breaking wet a 100 years ago, and the same months have been record breaking wet this year as well. At least some elements of the weather are consistent! Despite the national flood disasters, we’ve been okay locally, well outside that it is. The Buck House didn’t get off so lightly with an annoying leak, but we can’t blame the weather for that! Anyway I hope they’re all sorted now. I know we need water, but I think we’re due a little sunshine as well anytime soon, overdue in fact. And I think we’d all appreciate a little sun to cheer us up, mind you I bet travel agents are doing a storm this year as people go off in search of

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by Terry Davies a Drivers’ Assistance Pack which provided ESP, EDL and Traction Control (£400). Well built, this rather squarish little City car, just 3,540mm in length, is not as stylish as a Peugeot 107, but has a surprising amount of passenger room and luggage space, extending from 251 litres to 951 litres. The three-cylinder 999c.c. engine developed 60 PS and emits only 105 g/km of CO2 emissions, which means only £30 annual VED. Its 0-62 m.p.h. time was 14.4 seconds and its top speed was 99 m.p.h. I was amazed at how quiet the engine was, and, using the slick five speed gearbox, I had a most enjoyable cross country drive, with very good road holding, thanks to the ESP, no-doubt! It also has a City Emergency Braking System, using a laser to detect Any impending collision, automatically applying the brakes. So, I thought that Volkswagen’s new city car, built in Bratislava, Slovakia, was a stunning little car that could turn on a sixpence at a flick of the wheel, and I’m looking forward to driving the 5door version, probably in Skoda Citigo form.


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This past month has seen a slight increase in crime across our patch; the majority of crime has been thefts from sheds, garages and out buildings. These type of buildings are an easy target for criminals as, from past experience, they often contain expensive gardening equipment and are regularly left unlocked. Please can I ask you to secure all your out buildings by locking them with strong locks or chains. If you store anything of value in these buildings, please can you consider moving them into your home or another secure area. It has also become apparent this past month that many of you have been the victims of crime but have not reported it to North Wales Police. I cannot stress enough how important it is to inform NWP of any crime that you experience. The more we are aware of crime on our patch, the better chance we have of preventing it. Recently there has also been a burglary in Bangor On Dee. The victim’s high powered sports car was stolen off their drive after the house had been broken into and the car keys stolen. There has been a recent increase of this type of crime in Wrexham town but this is the first time they have come out and targeted surrounding villages. NWP are working in conjunction with Cheshire, West Mercia and Dyfed Powys police forces in an effort to combat this type of crime. The type of vehicles being taken are high powered sports cars, for example; BMWs, Audis, etc. If you own one of these or similar vehicles and own a garage, please make every effort 16

to store them in said garage. If a garage is unavailable, please store your car keys in a secure location in your home. North Wales Police do have suspects in mind for these offences and we are currently doing all we can to apprehend them. Please report any suspicious people or vehicles to NWP immediately on 101 or contact Overton station on 01978 348 425. I don’t want to alarm or scare you, however, I feel that informing you all about what has happened is the best way to prevent a repeat of the crime in the future. If you want discuss any of the issues I have raised in this month’s Essentially Yours, please contact me on the number below. You may also contact either of my colleagues whose numbers are below too.

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Overton • St Mary the Virgin Church Overton is perhaps best known for the magnificent ancient yew trees in the churchyard, one of the ‘seven wonders of Wales’. The oldest is thought to be about 1500-2000 years old. The church tower dates from the 14th Century and houses a peel of 6 bells, and a clock by Joyce of Whitchurch incorporating their patent escapement mechanism, in common with ‘Big Ben’. Contact 01978 292015 • Opening Times daily 9am - 4.30pm

Bangor on Dee-St Dunawd’s Church St Dunawd was the distinguished Abbott of a huge 7th century monastery, noted for the slaughter of 1200 monks by the Anglo Saxons in 61AD. In approximately 1300 a red sandstone building was erected on what remained of the monastery, of which the chancel still stands. Discover graves and memorial plaques dating from 1300, a font dating from 1500, and beautiful stained glass windows. Beneath the pulpit are fragments of stone from the old Bangor Cross. Contact: 01978 292015 • Opening Times daily 10am-4pm

Tallarn Green • St Mary Magdalene Church This small Victorian church was first opened on 22nd October 1873, at a total building cost of £800, an amount that seems quite unreal today, as does the £137 spent on building the clock tower to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. There can be fewer better examples of a small Victorian rural church than Tallarn Green, which continues to see regular worship after 130 years.

Worthenbury • Parish Church of St Deiniol’s The church is a Grade I listed building, and undoubtedly one of the finest examples of Georgian Architecture in Wales. The exterior is truly characteristic, in red brick with stone dressings, a fine square tower with a balustrade and urn finials, and a clock by Joyce of Whitchurch.

Marchwiel St Marcella’s Church There has been a church building on or near the current site since the 13th century.The church was restored in 1778, as the Latin inscription on one of the nave windows confirms. The pipe organ was presented to the church in 1888 by the widow of Benjamin Piercy of Marchwiel Hall. The organ was completely restored in the late 1990’s. Tel: 01978 292015 • Opening Times 10am- 4pm


The Inn at The Lanes are very pleased to announce that we are now offering a traditional

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essentiallybugs We’re not the only ones who get a buzz from the warm weather; hundreds of different species of insects also come out during the summer months. I know from experience that if you come across an overly-tame wasp or bee, the natural reaction is to throw whatever you are holding (be it ice-cream or drink), and run, arms flailing, away from the critter as quickly as possible. This, however, is not advisable, as stings can happen at any time, whether you panic or not! If you do get stung: • The poison is contained in the sting, so remove it as soon as possible using tweezers, or even a credit card if you’re out and about. • Applying something cold afterwards should reduce any redness or swelling, but keep an eye out for adverse reactions, as people react to stings in different ways. • Anaphylactic shock is the term to describe a severe reaction from a bite or sting. Symptoms develop very quickly and include a difficulty in breathing, appearance of a red rash, and the swelling of the face and lips.

Should this happen, stay as calm as possible and phone 999 immediately. Keep the casualty in a comfortable position that supports their breathing. • Be especially careful when driving, as bugs flying in through the window have a tendency to cause panic, which on the road can be fatal. Try to keep calm and pull over at the first available safe point. • If you’re enjoying a day at the beach, remember, jellyfish can lurk in shallow water. A jellyfish sting can be soothed by applying vinegar to the affected area, as well as a cold compress. Paracetamol can help with the pain, and anti-histamines for itchiness. • Don’t forget when walking in fields or woods that nettles can cause an itchy rash and clambering over styles can leave a splinter. To relieve a nettle sting, try rubbing a dock leaf (large, flat and green) on the area, or dab the area with calamine lotion (available from most chemists), or an ice pack. • Splinters can be removed using a clean pair of tweezers and a steady hand. Clean the area before attempting to remove the splinter, but be careful not to knock the tip off. If the splinter is lodged with no tip, make an appointment with your nearest GP and try and keep the wound clean. So this summer insect-phobes should remember to keep calm when confronted with a flying fiend, road users should be wary of driving with the windows open, and stings and bites can be treated with a cold compress and antihistamines if painful.


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diybeauty Our TV screens are crammed with the latest super-sophisticated unpronounceable ingredients. We’re all trying to cut costs where possible - your kitchen cupboard provides countless ‘natural’, not to mention thrifty, solutions to your beauty needs. Cool as a cucumber - Our eyes get a raw deal, whether it’s daubing them with every colour under the sun, staying up until the wee hours or staring comatose at computer screens for hours on end.There’s a reason why so many eye care products contain cucumber - it’s proven to reduce puffiness and calm irritation; go one step better by placing slices, straight from the fridge, on your peepers. Lie back and relax for 5 to 10 minutes. Egg-traordinary - This simple concoction is great for oily complexions and will make your skin feel quite tight and taut when you apply it. Mix one egg white with quarter of a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar - whisk

together and apply to cleansed skin. Wash off after 10 minutes. Tomato source - The fruit acids in the humble tomato are great for calming oily skin and boosting dull complexions. Mash up a ripe, very soft tomato with a fork, apply to clean skin and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm (not hot) water. Oat of this world - Our skin, both male and female - needs regular exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and combat dullness, but it can be harsh on sensitive complexions. Try this if you’re allergic to shop-bought exfoliation products: mix two heaped tablespoons of oatmeal (finely ground oats) with 2 teaspoons of double cream and rub gently on to the skin using your fingertips. Soothing yogurt - Plain yogurt is commonly used in Indian beauty regimes popular for its ability to cool and soothe the most irritated of skins. Try applying it direct to a clean complexion if it’s feeling sensitive or you’ve over-indulged on the sunbathing. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash thoroughly. Berry nice - This is another great natural solution to dehydrated or sensitive skin. Take two handfuls of ripe strawberries, which are packed with skinfriendly vitamin C - and mash together with a tablespoon of natural yogurt. Massage on to your face and leave for 10-15 minutes. Go on, raid your cupboards and give your skin a well deserved treat.


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18th July 2pm - 4pm Price £3.00 Includes afternoon Tea Marchwiel Village Hall

coffee morning

28th July 10am-12noon

Coach trip to York

Saturday July 14th £15 return fare plenty to do in York! Leave Gresford from the Lake on High Street at 7.40am, pick-up in Chester 8am. Leave York 4.30pm Back in Gresford 7pm - 7.30 pm, (depending on the traffic) Seats may be booked by phoning 01978 852856 secured when payment received.

Jubilee Hall, Malpas 50p entrance including cup of tea All proceeds to Alderhey Childrens Hospital tel: 01948 860576

film night at Marchwiel Village Hall

Wed 1st August - £5 Includes tea or coffee & bar available

01978 314344

In aid of Bangor on Dee Church

summer lunch

OFFICES FOR RENT

Furnished/UNFURNISHED Bridge House Properties Station Rd, Rossett 01244 579 018

Aug 26th 1pm - 1.30pm At Dr & Mrs Burgess, Deeside, Overton Rd , Bangor on Dee tickets £20 from Brian Neale 780735 or Johnsons 780417


The Plassey

Hire BOD Village Hall

01978 780622

Events & Workshops in July Kids Fun Craft Workshop Saturday 14th July: 10.30am - 4.30pm Crafts start at £2 per craft/£3.50 for 2 crafts.

Model Aircraft Flying & Come And Have A Go!

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Sunday 15th July: 11am - 4pm

Olympic Figures Craft Workshop Saturday 21st July: 10.30am - 4.30pm £2.50 per figure

YOUR MONTHLY INSIGHT INTO LOCAL LIVING COVERING

BANGOR ON DEE, OVERTON, CROSS LANES AND SURROUNDING AREAS

YOUR MONTHLY INSIGHT INTO LOCAL

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Archery in the Tea Garden

IT’S YOUR MAG TOO! Got any comments? Let’s have them! Call 01244 571602 or email info@essentiallyours.co.uk your life, your home, your community.

Saturday 21st July: 10.30am - 4.00pm £2.00 for 6 arrows & tuition

Whizz Bang Cakes

Parent & Child Cake Decorating Classes Monday 23rd July: 10.00am - 12.30pm £20 per adult/£10 per child. School Holiday Club Monday 23rd July: 1.30pm - 4.30pm £20 per child Tuesday 24th July: 9.30am - 12.30pm £20 per child Tuesday 24th July: 1.30pm until 4.30pm For More details call Nicola 07708936979 email whizzbangcakes@yahoo.com

Fun Sand Creations Workshop

Upholstery Classes

Currently running Saturdays 9.30am -11.30am throughout the summer. Wednesday night classes starting 12th Sept 7-9pm 10weeks - £95 No previous experience necessary - fun & sociable Enrolling now for both days Sean 01978 351273 07933 779 379

Friday 27th July: 10.30am - 4.30pm Sand creations start at £2.00 per creation.

Jewellery & Bead Workshop Saturday 28th July: 10.30am - 4.30pm Items start at £1.50

Whizz Bang Cakes

School Holiday Club Monday 30th July: 9.30am - 12.30pm £20 per child Drop In Cupcake Workshop Monday 30th July: 1.30am - 4.30pm £1.50 each. Tuesday 31st July: 9.30am - 12.30pm £20 per child Parent & Child Cake Decorating Tuesday 31st July: 1.30pm - 4.00pm £20 per adult and £10 per child. For details call Nicola 07708936979 or email whizzbangcakes@yahoo.com Free entry & Parking, for more details call

01978 780277 or email enquiries@plassey.com


Penley Calling all Knitters of all Ages and Abilities

NEW “Rainbow Knit and Natter” Group Penley Rainbow Centre is working together with RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme) to develop a Knitting Group Already RSVP has over 2000 knitting volunteers who make a variety of knitted goods for needy causes, mainly clothing for premature babies, trauma teddies for children in distress and other items of clothing for those in need wherever they may be.

Partner Organisations Around the country local knitting organisers are involved in developing relationships with local hospitals to provide clothing for the special care baby units and trauma teddies for Accident & Emergency departments. Many items go abroad on aid convoys and RSVP has working relationships with such organisations as International Aid Trust, Smile International, and the Communication PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT US

Workers Union

1st Wednesday of every month AT:

The Penley Rainbow Centre, Penley Call Jane on

10am – 12pm £1.50 for Tea/Coffee and Cake

01948 830 730 for more information or just come along

Bingo at Penley Rainbow Centre NEW “Rainbow Knit and Natter” Group Calling all Knitters of all Ages and Abilities

FREE DANCE CLASSES Whitchurch Road, Wrexham, LL13 0GB

Penley RainbowPenley Centre is working together with RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme) to develop a Knitting Group

12 WEEK COURSE • NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY Learn all the TV’s Strictly andthey more premature babies, trauma teddies for children in distress and other items of clothing for thoseDances in need wherever may be. Already RSVP has over 2000 knitting volunteers who make a variety of knitted goods for needy causes, mainly clothing for

“STRICTLY DANCING”

Partner Organisations

PENLEYon RAINBOW CENTRE Come along

Weekly starting 26th July 2012 Over 50’s class 7pm till 8pm RSVP has working relationships with such organisations as International Smile International, and the Communication th(16Aid–Trust, Come along on Adult Workers Union PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT US50) class 8pm till 9pm

Around the country local knitting organisers are involved in developing relationships with local hospitals to provide clothing for the Bingo at Penley Rainbow Centre special care baby and teddies for Accident & Emergency departments. Many items go abroad on aid convoys and Whitchurch Road,units Wrexham, LL13 trauma 0GB

Tuesday 7 August th Tuesday TO BOOK9YOUROctober PLACE CALL Jane on 01948 830730

Tuesday 12th June Tuesday 7th August 1st Tuesday 9th October

AT:

With Denise Sides, Experienced professional dance teacher. IDTA,

UKA month and LDTA qualified Checked / First Aider Wednesday of every 10am -– CRB 12pm

The Penley Rainbow Centre, Penley

Doors open 6.30pm Starts at 7pm £6.50 All in including a drink and biscuit.

Call Jane on

Tel: 01948 830730

£1.50 for Tea/Coffee and Cake

01948 830 730 for more information or just come along

All proceeds go to the Penley Rainbow Centre Befriending Project

Doors open 6.30pm Starts at 7pm £6.50 All in including a drink and biscuit.


TELEPHONE

Homely food in a homely atmosphere Tea Room • Restaurant Eat in • Take Away Homely Sunday Lunches

01829 270 750

• Repairs • Installations • Additional sockets • Lighting • Rewires • Conversions • Alarms systems • Outdoor power • Testing & certification Rate’s Electrical is a family run business. All electricians are fully qualified and the company is NICEIC registered. We offer a competitive and reliable service and pride ourselves on the very highest standards. We can meet all of your electrical needs, such as larger projects like house rewires, new fuse boards or extensions, through to smaller jobs, even a single light fitting.

01978 365680 MOBILE

07955 007633 WWW. rates-electrical.co.uk

Vernon’s Old Shop, The Cross, Holt Mon - Fri 8am - 6.30pm • Sat 8am - 6pm • Sun 9am- 5pm

do your weeds

refuse to die?

We’re qualified and licensed for the purchase, storage & application to treat:

• Driveways (gravel,block,concrete) • Paths • Patios and crazy paving • Tennis Courts • Lawn Treatments n Much stronger tha s, retail weed killer rbicide this pesticide/he to the le ab ail av is NOT general public

Call Nick: 01244 577 975 07773 577 975 Green Farm, Rossett, Wrexham

Bryn Yorkin Stores, Bryn Yorkin Lane Caergwrle, Near Wrexham LL12 9HP


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Concern over feeding of birds Dear editors I would like you to ask people in Marchwiel to tidy their gardens and stop feeding the birds in the summer as areas such as Maelor View, Piercy Ave and Daneswood have had problems with rats. We all need to help each other to make our village safer place for children to play in and the elderly to be safe. Birds donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need seed to feed in the summer, if anything give them water to drink and wash in. Rats will make nests under rubbish and wood. Name & address supplied


14/16 Borras Road, Next to the HAND INN

CASH PAID FOR

COINS MEDALS ETC USE OUR 28 DAY BUY BACK SERVICE TO RAISE CASH NOW!

♦ MOT’s ♦ Repairs ♦ Service ♦ Tyres ♦ Exhausts ♦ Recovery ♦ Bosch Trained Technicians ♦ Courtesy Cars Available ♦ Specialists in the supply of low mileage vehicles up to three years old Knolton, Nr. Overton on Dee Wrexham LL13 0LE

Multi Make servicing and repairs at competitive rates. Ford • Nissan • Volkswagen Skoda • Vauxhall • Renault Peugeot • Citroen New & Used Car Sales

We can find the make and model you require Four Wheel Laser Alignment The Trotting Mare Garage is a small family run business with a large stock of quality used cars. All cars are sold with warrantees, MOT’s and service and we believe that our after sales service is unrivalled. As a small business we will take the time to make sure that you make the right choice and if you require something specific we will make every effort to match your needs no pressure, just good honest advice.

Tel or Fax : 01978 710 435

www.trottingmaregarage.co.uk


littlescholars@activechildcare.co.uk

01978 314912

CALL REBECCA OR CATRIN

FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND AVAILABILITY

A typical day at Little Scholars Nursery is overflowing with interesting and fun activities

Bangor on Dee - July 2012  

Essentiallyours magazine, digital edition for Bangor on Dee and surrounding areas. July 2012