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your life, your home, your community. In true January style despite New Years Day being over a week ago, it feels so much longer. You think time would fly by returning to work after nearly 2 weeks off, but somehow it just doesn’t in January. I’m sure it would at any other time of year.
Mind you the flooding and rain I’m sure has had us all on edge. Locally, Bangor on Dee seemed to cop for the worst of it as usual .The road closures, flooded fields, and the poor woman trapped in her car nearby on the A525 just before Christmas wasn’t quite the run up to Christmas we would like to see. The lady had to be rescued by firefighters in a boat but is absolutely fine I’m pleased to say. As I type there are no local flood warnings in place but I’m so shocked by the recent devastation and how wet the year has been.
I don’t know about you but it’s like waking up after a long sleep having time off over Christmas and trying to get back into work mode, well for those of us that are fortunate enough to get time off that is. I’m aware for some of us this is a busy time of year, particularly for retailers and the hospitality industry, and I’m sure our Let’s hope 2013 is a drier year and we local pub and hotel owners are shattered won’t have to put waders or wellies on after the Christmas period. our Christmas lists! Anyway I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas and New year and had some quality time with your families. Again another Christmas where I didn’t cook the dinner, which is good for anyone wanting to have a nice meal! I think I’ve managed not to do one now for over 10 years! I’m not sure if that’s good or bad really.
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wintermotoring This winter is forecast to be the coldest we’ve seen for many years, so we have put together some tips to ensure your car is well prepared for those winter trips. Bad weather can strike suddenly, so it’s no surprise the number of cars requiring assistance increases over this period. To be a step ahead and ensure that winter breakdowns are a rare occurrence, here’s a driver’s check list: • In cold weather antifreeze is essential for protecting your car against frost damage. It is important the correct strength mix is used as neat antifreeze can turn to sludge when very cold. A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is recommended. • Check oil and water levels regularly, referring to manufacturer’s manual. • Check all lights are in working order. Replace burned out bulbs and remember to clean road grime from all lenses when washing the car. • Check your front and rear fog lights too; remember these should only be used when visibility is reduced
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Housing development takes on local apprentices A major new housing development in Wrexham is already reaping employment rewards in the town. A local building firm has just taken on eight new apprentices to learn their trade on Anwyl Construction’s £13 million contract to build 127 new homes on two sites in Wrexham for leading social housing landlord Wales & West Housing and Wrexham County Borough Council. Bricklaying specialist sub-contractors Alan Davies and Sons will be doing much of the work on the two sites on Kingsmills Road and Rivulet Road and they have already recruited the apprentices. Four, who come from Yale College’s Faculty of Construction and Engineering in Bersham Road, will be trained as bricklayers while the remaining four, from Caia Park will be on general building duties with the opportunity to move on to specialist apprenticeships. Iain Murray, Construction Manager for awardwinning builders Anwyls, said: “It was always our intention to ensure that this major contract should bring benefits to the local area and we’re delighted that this is already happening. “It was important to us that this project provided training opportunities and that was one of the reasons why Alan Davies was successful at the Meet The Contractor event we held in June. Alan Davies, 63, learned his trade as an apprentice bricklayer in the old Llay Main colliery, building ventilation shafts and bricking up old mine workings and he said: “I’ve always been keen to have apprentices and we always use Yale College. “I would think almost every bricklayer in the town has worked for me at some time and a lot of them learned their trade with us. “We’ve taken on four from the college as
apprentice bricklayers and they will be with us four days a week and in college one day a week and the four from Caia Park will be on general building duties but if they impress us there will be apprenticeship opportunities for them too.” The twin developments are due to be completed by December 2013 with Rivulet Road seeing more than 35 houses and apartments built while a further 92 will be developed at Kingsmills Road. The apprentice recruitment has also been welcomed by Yale College’s Graham Evans, Director of the Faculty of Construction and Engineering, who said: “We’re delighted that four of our students have been taken on and we hope that as the job progresses we will also see opportunities for apprentice joiners, plasterers, electricians and plumbers. “This is the only significant building project locally and it is very encouraging that it is taking on young men from within the catchment area. To have four on one job is excellent and we’re over the moon about it.” Anwyl Construction Director Mathew Anwyl said: “We regard apprenticeships as vitally important to the future of the construction industry and we have close links with colleges such as Deeside and now Yale and the excellent training schemes they run.”
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Welsh Motoring Writers honour RAF Valley Over the years, the Welsh Motoring Writers Group has presented their prestigious Tom Pryce Trophy award to many famous people for their achievements on land, sea and air, including Jonathan Jones, Welsh power boat racer; Owen Wyn Owen, restorer of ParryThomas’ L.S.R. car ‘Babs’; Richard Parry- Jones CBE, Chief Engineer and suspension guru of Ford; David Richards, CEO of Prodrive; Nick Reilly CBE, President of GM Europe- the list goes on and on. However, this year marks the 20th. anniversary of the WMW Group, and so the Tom Pryce Trophy has been awarded to a whole group of people, namely R.A.F. Valley, Anglesey,- for its fast jet combat training ( probably the best in the world) and for its helicopter search and rescue operations. This year also marks the 60th. anniversary of fast jet training at Valley, being equipped with Vampire T11 two-seat jet trainers in 1952. Nowadays it’s the versatile Hawk trainers we see so expertly flown over our demanding Welsh terrain, turning young men and women into first rate combat pilots. The award was presented on behalf of the WMW by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Gwynedd, His Honour Huw Morgan Daniel ,to Group Captain Adrian Hill ADC RAF, Valley Station Commander, who, in his acceptance speech on behalf of all at Valley, likened the modern day pilot to racing driver Tom Pryce in his F1 car. This , of course, is continued by Wing Commander Andy Green breaking the Land 10
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New Year greetings to all our readers. The Waxwing invasion hit Rossett on December 1st with a flock of 60-70 seen in Harwood’s Lane by Steve Palin. Typically they did not stay. Wintering Waxwings are restless in search of food. When they find a supply of berries they consume everything they can eat and then move on. Other winter visitors, however, settle in for weeks or even months. Blackcaps are berry eaters too but, unlike Waxwings, they are less choosy and prepared to vary their diet with alternative items such as fat, seeds and peanuts provided in birdfriendly gardens. Throughout December five of these unobtrusive warblers joined Long-tailed, Blue, Coal and Great Tits, assorted finches and, on one occasion, even a Tree Sparrow at our garden feeder. Traditionally Blackcaps have been regarded only as summer visitors but over the past half century increasing numbers have been recorded during winter months and especially in gardens. It used to be assumed these were nonmigrants remaining behind after the breeding season, however scientific research now shows that they actually belong to a different population from eastern Europe. After Christmas gull numbers tend to build up at Gresford Flash. Over the years some unusual species have been recorded. Gull identification can be tricky, especially as the larger gulls take four years to mature and pass through a variety of plumage phases acquired during successive
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Happy Financial New Year Now that the last of the Christmas turkey has been finished off and we are into the New Year, it’s time to dust off the annual financial New Year resolutions to get our finances in good order for 2013. With prices going up and interest rates remaining low, it’s doubly important that we get the best value for all of our money this year. Below, I have outlined some areas that you should revisit at the beginning of the year to ensure that you are getting the best deal. Savings. Check those savings account rates with banks and building societies. Did they have an introductory rate to entice you in, and has that rate now finished? For example some are offering an instant access account paying a rate of around 2.00 % which includes a bonus for 12 months. Savers who leave their money in beyond 12 months will see their rate reduce to just over 0.52%. Does your account have a similar arrangement? Cash ISAs may have the same issue as mentioned above. Many people use Cash ISAs as long term investments. However, low interest rates mean that the returns do not justify tying up the capital. Currently you could have a 5 year fixed rate cash at 3% and with inflation at 3.2% (RPI October 2012 – ONS) means that in real terms this account is currently losing value. Consider the option of moving long term cash ISAs to investment linked ISAs as there is the potential to make a real return after inflation and all your ISAs can be in one place. However, this is not a decision to be made lightly, as although you can transfer a Cash ISA to a Stocks and Shares ISA, you cannot transfer a Stocks and Shares ISA to a Cash ISA and the security of capital associated with a Cash ISA does not apply to a Stocks and Shares ISA. The ISA allowance this year is £11,280 and
you have until April 5th to use this to make an investment. Pensions. How well are your current schemes performing? You should review the performance on a regular basis with your adviser. At the same time look again as to how much you are contributing, is it enough to provide a good income? Are you taking advantage of the tax relief available on pension savings? The deadline for making a contribution is April 5th, so make sure you have everything in place before then. Investments. Do they need reviewing? Is the performance respectable and does your portfolio need rebalancing? The key to decent investment performance is making sure your assets are held in the right areas at the right time. Has your portfolio become too concentrated in one asset class and increased the risk? If you have a mortgage are you on the best deal available to you? If you are paying the standard variable rate, should you switch to a fixed rate at very low levels now, to ensure that when rates eventually increase you will not be affected? There are some very good fixed rates available at the moment and it’s worth reviewing your rate with a mortgage adviser to ensure that you are on the best deal. The secret to making sure that your money is working hard is to keep on top of things, but in many cases we don’t have the time or the inclination to do so. This is where a relationship with a good Wealth Manager or Financial Adviser can be crucial to a happy financial new year. * source – Moneysupermarket.com
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man in the neighbourhood waited in turn to take a random name out of the urn, and the couple would be paired up together for a year after a bit more feasting, eroticism, and sexual-game playing. This weird matchmaking often resulted in marriage. Valentine by name - The early Christians decided to put a stop to all this unbridled eroticism and overt sexuality, and changed the festival to one of romantic love. They grabbed hold of a fantastic public relations opportunity in the shape of Saint Valentine. The Catholic Church recognises at least three people called Valentine or Valentinus, who were martyred, so the Valentine story could be about any one of them, or indeed all of them. One legend says that Valentine was a priest or bishop who lived in third century Rome. Whatever your view on Valentine’s Day, past and present, don’t be caught out by forgetting your loved one!
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PLANNING APPLICATION It is an essential part of our democratic system, that the opinion of every individual can be heard before a decision is made by a local planning committee or perhaps by a planning inspector in the event of an appeal. I am very grateful that so many people have taken the time recently to express their views to the planning officer on one particular application. I am confident that their voice will be heard. PEDESTRIAN CROSSING Many people tell me, that they are afraid that traffic will not stop, to allow them to cross the road at the pedestrian crossing at the top of Marford Hill.A number of people have given me details of some scary incidents. However I would still like to know how many near misses have occurred.Would you send me an email if you have stepped on to the crossing and a vehicle has failed to give way for you recently? If you can note the date, the time of day and the direction that the vehicle was going, it will help. If you have sufficient information about a dangerous incident please ring the police on 101. ROAD & PAVEMENT Winter weather is bound to find flaws in road surfaces and turn them into potholes. Please report them to the Council on their website www.wrexham.gov.uk (click “report it”) or by ringing 01978 298989. It is also a useful way of reporting dog fouling, graffiti or fly tipping. There is also a “severe weather” section on the website which shows school closures etc. 30
STREET LIGHTS The light outside the Rofft School has been replaced. I have tried to speed this up as the path between Wynnstay Lane and Sandrock Road has been very dark. Please let me know if you see other dark spots, where a street light would help. There is also a new waste bin outside the school, which should reduce the sweet papers etc. in the street. MARFORD & GRESFORD LUNCHEON CLUB I enjoyed our Christmas lunch, but although I had not drunk much, I gave out the wrong dates for January. The correct dates are 22nd January, 5th February 19th February and 12th March at Marford Community Centre at 12.30pm. If in doubt please check with Beryl Blackmore on 01978 855691 when you book your meal. The Community Centre looks much better outside where work has been done to the walls. As your Councillor in the Marford and Hoseley area, I look forward to hearing from you by phone, by email, in writing or in person.
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I don’t claim to be a financial expert but I Gresford know that the festive season and it’s aftermath _____________________________ Wrexham LL12 8EU can put pressure on our Finances. There are worse options than the local Credit Union a e-mail _____________________________ member led financial group, where membership Andrew.email@example.com is designed to get you into the habit of regular saving and there can be responsible, affordable loans to members. Their Wrexham offices are at 51 King Street, Wrexham-by the bus station or they can be contacted at www.wrexhamcu. Reflections at year end co.uk or 01978 266843. If you missed my December column I was not Maes-y-Pant Quarry informed of the tightened deadline. Last year I can’t let the 2012 pass without referring to was hectic especially since May but I am bedding “Gresford’s 15 minutes of fame” –if the final myself back in to the council and it’s ways. My cut was that long - with the One Show coming impressions are that there is less post coming from Maes-Y-Pant quarry on 21st of November. to my door than previously and more electronic It was really gratifying to see all age groups communication but the basic day to day issues from around two to seventy two plus clearing remain much the same. I hope everyone had the areas needed and planting over 400 trees. a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Thanks to all concerned in the organisation all and I look forward to continue to serve my community in 2013? of the day and Gresfordians for turning out to celebrate on a clear, crisp November night.
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Did you know that they could attend a Playschool session on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday morning and Friday afternoon in the village hall? Each session costs £6 but if your child is aged 3 before January they could be entitled to early years funding. Supervised by a qualified playgroup supervisor and we are Estyn inspected. Please contact Jenny Gill for an application pack through playgroup-secretary@ hotmail.co.uk or just pop into the village hall when one of the sessions is on. Or you can joins us for our toddler session in the village hall from 9.30 until 11.30 on a Friday morning, just turn up all welcome.
ROSSETT VILLAGE FESTIVAL 2013 An Open Meeting will be held in the Village Hall (in the back room) Station Road, Rossett
Tuesday February 12th 7.30pm
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The Rossett & Burton Hall Management Committee would like to extend their thanks to everyone for their continued support, both financially and in time and effort in the refurbishment of the Village Hall. Thanks go to, Rossett Youth Pilot Scheme, Darland Christian Fellowship, Rossett Community Council, Goeff Thomson (kitchen fittings), Rossett PrePlayschool Playgroup, Rossett Karate Group, Darland Theatre Company, Rossett Festival Committee, Rossett dog training group and Aspirations Dance. Many thanks R&B V H management committee
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The abusive use of the public toilets in Rossett is continuing so it has been decided that they will be closed until March 2013 and a notice displayed explaining the reason for their closure. It is hoped that those who abuse them will realise the outcome of their actions. It is being considered that a payment system could be introduced to restrict their use to people with some degree of respect for them. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information or further ideas about this matter.
PULFORD & POULTON LOCAL HISTORY GROUP WEDNESDAY 20TH FEBRUARY Pulford Village Hall 7:30pm
“The History of Llangollen Railway” An Illustrated Talk by Mr Bill Shakespeare Members £2.00 • Non-members £3.00 General information:
Hon. Sec. Jenny Nethercott 01244 571040 Pulford W.I President, Mrs.R.Bowers warmly welcomed members and three visitors to the January meeting. The President had received a letter with a calender and diaries from our link institute in New Zealand. Secretary,Mrs.M.Davies read the proposed Resolutions for the 2013 AGM. Members voted for the 2 Resolutions to be put forward. Wing walker, Mr.Roger Devonside spoke to us about his 25years of wing walking. He was a Uk champion and had raised thousands of pounds for charity. He showed us a video and talked about some of the scary moments but kept repeating "anyone can do it". There were no volunteers! During the evening there was a raffle run by Mrs.D.Hendrick which raised a good amount for our funds. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 13th February at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. If you would like to join us for the meeting just come along, there is no need to make arrangements. You will be warmly welcomed..
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Could you support a vulnerable adult from your own home? Do you have… Room to spare? Time to Share? Some people in our community need additional help and support in their daily lives because of learning or physical disabilities, mental health problems or being elderly. With your help, they could lead fulfilling and varied lifestyles. Do you have a spare room? Could you support someone in your own home? Could you include someone in your social network and leisure activities? Wrexham Shared Lives believe that people should be able to lead the lives that they want, whilst they receive the support that they require in the home of their choice. We arrange for people with additional support needs to have short breaks or live long term in the homes of carefully selected people called Shared Lives carers.
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_______________________________________________________________________ Well! I bet you thought I had gone to warmer Darland High school continues to keep me
_______________________________________________________________________ climes but I haven’t - I am still dashing about occupied. We are busy fundraising for a
like Rudolph! replacement minibus; not before time as _______________________________________________________________________ I would like to wish you all a happy and the present one is 21 years old! If you can
_______________________________________________________________________ healthy New Year and thank you for your help, get in touch or try and support one of friendship in 2012. Do remember to come the many events you may see advertised.
_______________________________________________________________________ and give the Luncheon Club a visit - the dates The school is continuing to provide the
are as follows: 22nd January [ NOT the 15th community with a well-respected High _______________________________________________________________________ ], 5th Feb,19th Feb, 12th March, 9th April, School. Last but not least, what a shock it
_______________________________________________________________________ 23rd April, 7th May, 21st May, 4th June, was to see an application for a Tesco store
18th June and 2nd July. You may pre-book by on the Red Lion car park. My own opinion _______________________________________________________________________ telephone and leave a message for me. We is that we don’t need it and it would be far
_______________________________________________________________________ had a great Christmas day at The Mercure better to keep a good local pub [I believe the
Hotel, Chester, on Friday 7th December. The new owners have lots of fresh ideas]. It has _______________________________________________________________________ theme was ‘The Sound Of Music’ and two always been well used for quiz nights and
very suspicious-looking nuns boarded the the position of the Red Lion at the top of a _______________________________________________________________________ coach at Marford. One looked very like the hill with busloads of young people about is
_______________________________________________________________________ caretaker of the Community Centre and the not good planning.
other, would you believe, had pink hair ! Beryl Blackmore _______________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________ I have provisionally booked the 11th June
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_______________________________________________________________________ The Theatre Group visited Manchester to see “Lion King” - a wonderful show. The day
_______________________________________________________________________ was enjoyed by 41 people . I have booked
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