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mean the economy will start to grow at a higher rate? I wouldn’t like to say, but if our top politicians can’t agree whether Maggie Thatcher made or broke this country I’m not sure we’re in safe hands! And I’m also not sure that most people’s wages would agree we’re not in recession either, especially after a winter of petrol, gas and electricity costs. At least we’re moving into a few months where we’ll need less heat – well, I hope so at least! I think the butchers are all still doing well after the horsemeat scandal returned us all to their doors, which is great news. And despite it being a Monday as I type this, a text from one of my advertisers telling me that for him our magazine is working as well today as it did a few years ago, is like music to my ears. That’s like a dose of the sun in itself and I’m happy – well, at least for today...... Have a lovely month of May.

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Splashing around with Suzy! Some years ago I went to interview the Head Brewer of Border Breweries at his home in Wrexham. No- not about beer, but cars, as he had indeed been an owner and admirer of Alvis cars over the years. I asked him how many of them he had owned, and what models they were. “Four actually” he said “ All of them 3.0 litre models of the ’60s with the stylish saloon bodies designed by the Swiss coachbuilder, Graber. My wife and I have called them all Gala 1, Gala 2 and Gala 3 etc.” he went on, his face glowing with pleasure as he gazed at the latest model gleaming on the drive. “Why Gala?” I asked. “Because every day my wife and I drive them is a gala day.” he said. ‘A bit over the top’ I thought to myself, but I could see why both of them were so thrilled about their beautiful , sophisticated Grand Tourer with it’s elegant low-slung body. Then, a year ago we bought a Suzuki Splash. My wife saw it for sale in Cheshire, and when we went to see it, she was captivated by its metallic turquoise colour scheme and its immaculate overall condition. We 6

had driven several similar mini-MPV test cars before, such as Nissan Note, Renault Modus, Vauxhall Agila etc., but we preferred the Suzuki Splash SZ4, 5-door, with its high seating position, making it so easy to get in and out of, and giving very good all-round vision. It’s also very versatile, with a surprising amount of luggage space, especially with the rear seats folded. The large container under the boot floor is very useful. Suzuki know all about high-efficiency engines, and the 1.2 litre, four cylinder, double overhead camshaft unit in our Splash model develops a healthy 85 b.h.p., allowing it to accelerate to 60 m.p.h. in 12.3 seconds, and on to a top speed of 109 M.P.H. A glance at the trip computer reveals that it has averaged 48.3 m.p.g., and its 129 gm/km CO2 emissions ensures a low Road Tax. Well equipped and comfortable, it certainly is a little charmer, and the way that my wife looks at it reminds me of the Head Brewer and his Alvis! So, if you see us driving around the area in it and she is smiling, it’s for Suzynot for me!


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At King’s our Seniors discover their true potential… The King’s School is a dynamic, exciting place to learn and offers your child the best opportunity to succeed in later life. Our curriculum is designed to offer stimulating courses which stretch young minds from the minute they start with us from age 11. New and innovative subjects ensure our pupils are not limited by the narrow confines of public exams. King’s Seniors now study for the highly regarded iGCSE in half of their subjects – we consider these more rigorous than standard GCSEs and our students certainly rise to the challenge. An ambitious afternoon of ‘Enrichment’ offers over 40 courses such as Italian, Arabic, Anthropology, Electronics and Art History. Subjects intended to widen their intellectual horizons, increase confidence and develop independent study – qualities highly valued by the top universities.

King’s is well known for its Music School, with 25 music groups and over 50% of pupils in some way involved in music. Sport is a real strength at King’s with students competing at national level for rowing, regional level for hockey and cricket and district level for numerous other sports. There are also 130 clubs and activities, with something for everyone from poetry to Mandarin. With our new state-of-the-art Vanbrugh Theatre, now fully operational, King’s will be adding Drama and Theatre Studies to the School’s curriculum from September 2013, reinforcing our reputation for excellence in drama.

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local cricket club news With only a few weekends left to prepare ourselves for the 2013 season, after being hampered by soggy and snowy weather, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their continued support. The 2012 season was another successful one for our team; we competed well and finished the season in 5th position of division 4. We had fantastic support from our playing members and fielded a strong opposition at every fixture, with youngsters adding new blood and sustained enthusiasm from our veterans. The beginning of the season was dry, with the best of the cricketing weather seen early in the season but the confirmation that 2012 was the second wettest Summer on record, took its toll on our pitch and the pitches of our opponents. The season played out well with everyone having their 15 minutes of fame, either in the field or in their batting prowess but none of


this could happen without the support of our fair ladies and the collective team effort in preparing our ground and pavilion. Fundraising will be vital this year; sadly a flood has caused considerable damage to our pavilion with water spoilage from floor to ceiling and we are researching grant support in order to run a junior cricket night from next season, which could be an exciting prospect for some! We look forward to welcoming old face and new at our ground this season and hope that you bring the sunshine with you when you come! Rob Lawrenson, Secretary Contact for details: Chairman Mr. M. Lawrenson 01978 710219 Secretary Mr. R. Lawrenson 01978 710537 Treasurer Mr. N. Woolley 01978 781079 Captain Mr. A. Clements 01948 830101


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Asia From the jungles of Borneo to the Great Wall in China, there is something very magical and captivating about this continent that tempts visitors back year after year.

Local travel expert Lynne Swinn Tea with a Geisha in Japan, a tour of the Cu Chi erton tunnels in Vietnam, visiting Thailand’s hill tribes in Malaysia or simply relaxing with a Singapore Sling at the famous Raffles Hotel are just a small number will be enticed by the aromas generated from of experiences that can be part of a fabulous the food stalls in the markets, where bargains abound and bartering is expected! holiday. Historic architecture of Ancient and Imperial China form an integral part of this now modern country and can be best appreciated on a guided tour. Wildlife enthusiasts are catered for in many countries from Borneo’s orang-utans to pandas in China. Asia’s cities are all very individual. The frantic city of Bangkok differs greatly from the calmness of Singapore. At night, the city lights illuminate Hong Kong’s awesome harbour. Passers by

Beaches throughout this continent are amongst the very best in the world. It is vital that the right resort is recommended for you as they differ considerably. I have had many fantastic holidays in Asia and my own personal experiences help create memorable journeys for my clients. For detailed advice on holidays to this region, Australia, America, Africa, Europe or even Antarctica why not contact me today to begin your journey. TM




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Hands-on experience of servants’ daily tasks, house tour, photographs to keep, lecture on the real servants at Erddig. Includes lunch and afternoon tea. Tickets £60. To book, call Rhiannon Cooke on 01978 315156.

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The coracle was a flat-bottomed boat with rounded ends with a seat across the middle. It was made of willow and would originally have been covered in hides but this became changed to canvas, which made a lighter boat, coated with up to twelve coats of pitch or tar. They differed from boats made at Llangollen being lighter - 35lb to Llangollen’s 55lbs. Bangor coracles were designed to hold just one person unlike boats on other Welsh rivers many of which were designed to for two people. They were manoeuvred using either a short paddle or a long pole. Fishermen would sling a net between two boats and then drift down-stream with the flow of water to catch the salmon. They would then land and carry their net, paddles and coracle back up stream to repeat the process. Many inhabitants of Bangor have for centuries made a living out of the river often by illegal poaching. Prior to the twentieth century, regattas and coracle races would be held each year when the fishermen would compete over a length or river for prizes. When celebrations took place in the village to mark special occasions a coracle race was often included in the day’s events. One such occasion was Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebrations of 1897 when a coracle race was very keenly fought and was won by C Johnson with J Johnson as a runner up. Bangor’s coracle men also took part in the Chester Regattas such as one held in August 1878 in which seven men from Holt and seven from Bangor competed over a 18

straight course of 440 yards. The race was won by G Dunbabin of Bangor. In recent times raft racing has taken over from coracle racing on the river. In 1976 when the Bangor carnival was revived the villagers organised a River Spectacular as part of the celebrations. One of the events was a raft race with the launch site at Turn o’ Dee and the finishing line at Bangor Bridge. For several weeks beforehand the sound of hammering and welding would be heard as competitors designed their own version of rafts - petrol drums and tyres were in shirt supply in the area for weeks prior to the race. One year Val Green was looking for a fellow ‘nutter’ and persuaded the author to crew a raft constructed by her husband, Chris. He was supposed to tow the raft with the girls onboard upstream to the starting point. However when Val and Viv, dressed as Bunny Girls, arrived at the riverbank it was just in time to see the raft disappearing in the distance. By the time the girls had run all the way to the starting point the race had already begun.To the rhythm of Val repeating ‘just wait until I get the b**** home, I’ll c**** him’, they powered their way down stream overtaking several competitors on the way but the leaders had too great a start. If only the course had been a few yards longer - ‘we was robbed’!

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George Osborne presented his fourth budget on 20th March 2013 in the midst of us still having a weak economy. At least we are not in a triple-dip recession! Many of the announcements were aimed at businesses to stimulate economic growth. Here we look at some of the headline items and key allowances for individuals and businesses. • The basic personal allowance (currently £9,440) is to be increased to £10,000 from 6 April 2014. This is a year earlier than planned. • Support for home buyers - A new Help-toBuy scheme was announced. The government will provide interest-free loans of up to 20% of the value of new-build properties as a deposit, provided buyers can find 5% themselves.This is good news for those currently house-hunting and also for current homeowners as it could result in house prices increasing.

do not benefit from a reduction in their corporation tax rate. • Employment Allowance - an allowance of £2,000 per year will be available for all businesses and charities to offset against the cost of employer’s class 1 national insurance contributions (NICs). This should provide a real reduction in the cost of employing workers by all types of businesses. The new employment allowance will reduce employer’s NICs paid from 6 April 2014. It’s a shame that we need to wait until 2014 for the change! • Key Allowances for tax year 2013-14 • Personal allowance up to £9,440 from £8,105 • Higher rate tax down to £32,010 from £34,370 • VAT threshold up to £79k from £77k

• Personal capital gains tax allowance – unchanged at £10,600 (goes up to £11k in tax • Fuel duty – an increase in fuel duty of 1.89 year 2014-15). pence per litre planned from 1 September • Corporation tax – unchanged at 20% for 2013 has been cancelled. companies with profits under £300,000. Main • Corporation Tax - corporation tax rates for rate fell by 1% to 23% from April 2013. small and large companies will be aligned at • ISA threshold £11,520. Max. of £5,760 cash. 20% from April 2015.The small companies’ rate (for companies with profits of up to £300,000) • Mileage stays at 45p per mile for business use is already 20% and the main corporation tax of private car up to 10,000 miles, and 25p for rate will reduce from its current 23% to 21% additional miles. for the year beginning 1 April 2014 and to 20% If you require additional information for the year beginning 1 April 2015. Whilst regarding the budget please contact us this is good news for companies with profits on 01978 310600 or email support@ greater than £300,000, smaller companies 22

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Denbigh Plum Fruit varieties derive from chance finds as well as intentional selection and breeding. Old varieties often came to local prominence through discovery of a notable tree by an interested individual. Even after widespread commercial sale of fruit trees began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many varieties were not widely known and became only locally popular. In recent times we have become more aware of the many threats to our native biodiversity, although often we recognise losses only with hindsight. The diversity of our ‘fruit heritage’ is also threatened. The ‘localness’ of many traditional varieties makes them particularly vulnerable to neglect, changes in fashion and taste, and simply lack of awareness. Where and what are Denbigh plums? In North Wales, and particularly in the Vale of Clwyd, many people know of the ‘Denbigh Plum’. They may have, or think they have, one growing in their garden, or know of a tree said to be a ‘Denbigh’. Since 2009 Denbigh has held an annual Denbigh Plum Festival, recognising the pride the town has in having the only plum variety thought to be native to Wales. Nevertheless, the true identity and status of the Denbigh Plum remain uncertain. Do we all mean the 24

What is it, where is it, and should we be concerned about its future? OLIVER PRYS JONES considers the history, status and recognition of the only known plum variety native to Wales, and considers ways to conserve and study its genetic identity by involving the public.

same thing when we talk about them: are all ‘Denbighs’ the same? What is the extent of their distribution, and are they threatened? Identification: Since 1988 I have accumulated a small collection of supposed Denbigh plum trees from a variety of sources. These have been grown in broadly similar conditions in the same garden. There appears to be a degree of variability in the appearance of both the trees and the fruit, depending on their source; whether this reflects underlying genetic variability is not yet known. There are however a number of common features shared by these trees. If you would like to contribute records of Denbigh Plum trees – especially old or large trees, or other information that may be helpful, please submit these via Cofnod’s Online Recording System, www.cofnod. using the special recording form for Denbigh Plums, or contact me by email at:

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♦ 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 warranties, 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

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Summer Fair Ysgol Sant Dunawd Ysgol Sant Dunawd, Bangor-on-Dee

Saturday 15th June 1pm - 4pm BBQ • Bar • Raffle • Face Painting • Penalty Shootout Stalls and Games for all the family. There will also be demonstrates and various acts throughout the afternoon. Admission: Free for children/ Adults £1 This year there is also a number of competitions, which are again for all the family, including the


(adults 7" cakes £2 and Children 5 cupcakes £1 baked and decorated)


Entitled Images of Bangor- on-Dee Adult £4 and Children £2. Prizes will be award to first place in all competitions, the photography adults prize being a fabulous 2hour private one to one lesson with Professional photographer Ian Williams photography and the child prize is their winning photo framed, again donated by Ian Williams. Full competitions details including closing date and entry fee as well as more info about the Fair are available via the school website PTA page. or by emailing


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Loft & barn conversions Roofing • Pointing • Walling Stonework • Decking • Repairs UPVC Windows doors facias & sofits Mini digger & driver

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Environmental Day - 31st May Marchwiel, Cross Lanes. Eyton & Erbistock. Pickhill & Sontley

An environmental day will take place on Friday 31st May 2013. from 10.00am until 3.00 pm.Volunteers from all areas are required on the day, to assist in keeping our villages and country side free of litter. Organisations who are involved on the day are. • Wrexham County Borough Council Street Scene. • Wrexham Council Housing Services. • Keep Wales Tidy. • North Wales Fire Service. • Local PCSOs - North Wales Police. • Marchwiel Scouts, Girl Guides, Cubs, Explores & Brownies. • Marchwiel Youth Club. • Wrexham Council Environmental Dept. 30

Equipment for the day will be supplied on loan by Wrexham County Borough Council Street Scene Department &Keep Wales Tidy.Marchwiel Community Council, and Wrexham Council Housing Services will supply skips which will be situated on Station Road Marchwiel.Wrexham Council Housing Services will also be attending on the day to give any advice to council house tenants, or any residents queries. Refreshments will also be available for all volunteers free of charge at Station Road Changing Rooms Marchwiel. Hope to see you on the day,any amount of your time would be much appreciated. Volunteers to contact Wrexham County Borough Councillor John Pritchard on 01978 358153. Mobile 07746857511.

15th & 16th JUNE 2013 E LLES ME RE

FOOD& festival DRINK

Showcasing impressive variees of top quality produce, from fruit, vegetables, cheeses, meat products, ice cream, wines, beers to homemade chocolates and preserves all from local and regional producers, suppliers, restaurants and more...

This years theme is

“The Simpsons�

This will be a weekend of fantasc fun for all who enjoy culinary delights, drink or two and share it with your friends, families and loved ones. Sponsored by:

The first North Wales Beer Festival is coming to the Wrexham Centenary Club! Following on from the hugely successful Wrexham Beer Festival held at the Gresford Colliery Club, the event has expanded and moved to the Centenary Club to allow a greater capacity and easier access, with the venue being just 5 minutes walk from Wrexham General Railway station and 10 minutes from the bus station in the middle of Wrexham. There will be over 50 real ales from UK breweries, including local micros as well as perries and ciders. Food will be available all sessions with entertainment in the evening. For those that need further stimulation, there will also beer pub games, a tombola and the North Wales Beer of the Year competition. Open: Friday 10th May 7-11pm Saturday 11th May 12-4pm Saturday 11th May 7-11pm Admission each session is ÂŁ3, to include a souvenir programme. Card carrying CAMRA members get a free half pint. 32

For further details or to buy tickets, visit Alternatively, for information (not ticket sales), contact Shirley on 07946 043341. Tickets are also available from the following outlets: The Royal Oak, Wrexham Elihu Yale, Wrexham Pant Yr Ochain, Gresford Gold Cape, Mold Glasfryn, Mold Sun, Llangollen Bridge End, Ruabon The Evening Leader, King Street, Wrexham.

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FIND US AT Jones Farm Shop, Mold Road, Wrexham Every Tues & Thurs Hawarden Farm Shop Hawarden Every Friday Come and find us.



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01978 261 227

36 St. George’s Crescent, Eagles Meadow, Wrexham

FREE Swimming for the over 50s

Penley Village Hall AGMeeting 7.30pm May 14th

Everyone welcome to see how your community village hall can help you

Saturday 1st June 7pm Wine tasting • Pieroth Wines

Every Tuesday Starting Term Time Only 11am-12pm Maelor School Penley Funded by the Penley Rainbow Centre Befriending Service

Please book your place call Tel 01948 830730

Book your glass with Debbie 01948 830061 £8pp or £15 per couple

Saturday 15th June 9 -12noon Car boot/table top sale Contact Carol 01948 830523 £5 per car or £3 per table

Eccleston Village Open Gardens Sunday 9th June – 1pm – 5pm

Penley Rainbow Centre, Whitchurch Road, Penley, Wrexham LL13 0GB

MUSICAL EVENING Tallarn Green Methodist Church

Sun 16th June 6.30pm St.John's Church Choir Whitchurch Musical "Pharoah to Freedom". Do come along and enjoy this lively production.


If you have a party or event you would like to put on or club/society you would like to start please consider the Communities Village Hall: it is to be used by and for the villagers. Penley Village Hall daily hire is £20 + £10 refundable deposit Phone Sheila to book 01978 710275

Refreshments and Plant & Produce Stall £4.00 per adult admission Raising funds for The Village School and Church, Motor Neurone Disease Association Cheshire and Brain, Injury, Rehabilitation and Development (B.I.R.D.) Chester. For further details call: 01244 683414 or email:

Lunch & Learn 1st Thursday of the Month May Activity: Flower Arranging £12 for 2 courses course meal, coffee and activities

10.30 – 2.30pm £5.50 for 2 courses and coffee 12 – 1pm Booking essential Please register your interest by contacting Jane on

01948 830730 (Transport can be provided for an additional cost please ask for details)

Penley Rainbow Centre, Whitchurch Road, Penley, Wrexham, LL13 0GB

Welsh Carvery every Sunday FROM ÂŁ9.95

Choose from a selection of succulent roasts, a tasty vegetarian option and a delicious fish course all served with the trimmings of course! Then what better way to relax in our peaceful setting with a good pudding and coffee to round off your day?

Make your way to The Inn at The Lanes this Sunday where you can really taste the difference! The Inn at The Lanes BEST WESTERN Cross Lanes Hotel Bangor Road, Cross Lanes, Wrexham LL13 0TF

Tel: 01978 780555

After 20 years the silence is broken On Friday 5th April Live music courtesy of Robin Townsend and his band played the night away with dance music and a caller to gather the troops together in dance. The Buck Hotel provided the bar and a wonderful Hot pot supper. The revelers all had a great time and put the life back into the village hall, bringing back memories of times gone by. My thanks go to Robin and his band and the Buck House Hotel and all those who helped set up the venue. We’re looking for bygone photos and stories of happy times in the village hall. Call Debbie on 01948 830061 if you have any The dance raised just short of £100 for charities including a village in Tanzania and the Village Hall. information. All photos will be returned.

This year’s festival is sponsored by Formal Holdings Ltd who have been involved in the Town for around 20 years. Historically the company has helped sponsor the Regatta and Ellesmere Festival but this year has decided to increase its profile and stake in the town by being the main sponsor for the Food and Drink Festival. This year’s festival will be bigger than ever as we have now have a food area outside the Town Hall with food such as Hog Roast, Polish Sausage, Hot Dogs, Pizza, Dulled BBQ Pork, BBQ Beef, Dragon Eggs, Crepes, Ice Cream and more. Inside the Town Hall and the Market Hall you can have Indian Food, Spanish Food have a Beer from Stonehouse Brewery, a glass of wine a pint of cider try Cakes, Pate, Fish, Fudge, Belgian Chocolate, Pies, Pasties, Liqueurs, Chutney, Flavoured Oils and Vinegars, Cheese, Jams, Fruit and Veg,Vodkas, Bread, Pork, Beef and everything else you can think off and it is FREE to get in,

so bring the family and have a fun filled weekend. This year the Theme is The Simpsons so get dressed up and join in the fun on the 15th and 16th June Father’s Day Weekend, no need for willies as we are mostly under cover and in Ellesmere the weather is always perfect. Book yourself into a hotel or B&B spend the weekend touring the fantastic shops, see the Meres and enjoy the walks. Ellesmere has something for everyone.



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• Casement and Box Sash Windows • Helpful & friendly service • Local installers • Delivery 6-8 weeks

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Extensive ranges in beautiful kitchen, bedroom and office furniture. All manufactured and installed by our own highly skilled craftsmen. Free no pressure, no obligation consultations with Jane, our lady proprietor. Superb Value For Money

Tel: 01978 265381 Mobile: 07802 606352

Unit 2, Fairfield, Barkers Lane, Borras LL13 9TP Showroom open Monday - Friday 9am - 4.30pm with evenings and weekends by appointment.

All Things Trees is one of only three Arboricultural Association approved contractors in North Wales. • Tree felling • Crown shaping, thinning and reduction • Pollarding • High hedge reduction • Insured to £5 million A competitive, high quality service from someone you can trust

Contact: Ian Atkinson

01978 852 520 07880 555 547

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Afternoon Tea with Music Sunday 12 May 3.30pm Penley Village Hall Tickets £5.00 to be reserved in advance

Sunday Lunch 26 May 12.30 for 1pm Madras School, Penley Tickets £12.00 to be reserved in advance. Contact Phyllis 01948 830258 or Viv 01948 830483 Proceeds to Penley Church


Congratulations to Mrs Lily Dawson on her 100th birthday on the 16th of April Mrs Dawson was born at Carden Park Lodge in 1913. She then moved to Shocklach where she attended school. She has also lived in Cross Lanes and Threapwood, where she married her late husband Arthur Dawson, which they both farmed at Horsemans Green and Tallarn Green before retiring to Bangor-on-Dee. She has now lived in Bangor-on-Dee for 53 years. For her birthday last year, she went to Welshpool Airport for a helicopter ride, which she enjoyed very much. This year she will be having a birthday party with family and friends.

Bingo at Penley Rainbow Centre

Love from her family, Joyce, Christina, Lee, Lorraine, Declan, Ronan and Connor.

Whitchurch Road, Wrexham, LL13 0GB

Come along on Tuesday 18th June Tuesday 20th August Tuesday 15th October Tuesday 10th December Doors open 7pm Starts at 7.30pm Tel: 01948 830730

ON YOUR DOORSTEP? Whilst driving from Christchurch to Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island, in January this year, I was intrigued by the following street sign. Being interested, I turned up the street and found the following store, unfortunately being a Sunday - they were closed! Graham Millington



Graig Lane, Bangor-on-Dee Saturday friendlies • League matches & Competitions• Over 60s welcome contact:

Trotting Mare Garage

uPVC Double Glazed Windows & Doors WINDOW & DOOR REPAIRS We specialise in double glazing repairs to ensure your double glazing windows and doors last for longer


CAR VALETING NEW IN HOUSE SERVICE at Trotting Mare Garage Knolton, Nr. Overton on Dee LL13 0LE

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Halkyn Terrace, Rossett LL12 0HP Holt Cabinets specialises in bespoke joinery, cabinetry and green oak structures. With over 20 years experience Holt Cabinets is a family-run business with a small team of experienced craftsmen. Call us to arrange an appointment. Andy 07802 624 820

“ There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million ” Walt Streightiff



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