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your life, your home, your community. I received an email this week advising of a new scam. Particularly likely in the countryside a child’s seat is being left on the side of the road with a blanket across it, giving the impression a child may have been abandoned. However, if you get out to help apparently you will become the target of crime and be dragged into the nearby hedge and robbed! Whilst I would like to think this would never happen, the cynic inside me wants to share this with you and make sure you stay safe, and alert. And if you’ve ever watched Crime Watch I don’t think you’d dismiss anything. What kind of world do we live in? It will come to the point soon where we will be too afraid to stop and help anyone for fear of our own safety. At a time when the news is full of Jimmy Savile and Lance Armstrong , I find it difficult to console myself that this kind of thing is the minority. I’m sorry to be doom and gloom at a time when we should be gearing up for Christmas and getting out our festive spirit for another year, but I do really wonder whatever’s next. It must be particularly difficult for those
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more senior members of the community that were brought up in very different times. I remember the stories from my grandparents how they always left doors open and children played out in the street unsupervised. Bring back those days! And only 2 more pay days until Christmas, I can’t believe it’s come round so quick again! How are all your preparations coming along? Non- existent if you’re like me. Mind you I appreciate not many of us are flush with cash what with the price of fuel and utilities. So whilst you’re thinking about present buying, organising Christmas parties, family meals and get togethers please consciously try and use our local independent businesses and retailers where possible. In this economic climate they are the ones that deserve, need and value your business, so please bear this in mind before you shop, and do your bit to support the local economy.
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Dragonsong is a new, glee-style youth Working with modern songs allows young choir for 13-18 year olds from across people to engage more passionately with the arrangements, undoubtedly a key element in the county of Wrexham. The choir is currently working towards a concert on the 11th December in Central Station, the rehearsal venue, where they will perform a range of modern songs in choral arrangements. The choir is led by their Musical Director, Charlotte Jones. In only two rehearsals, the choir have already started practising songs such as Price Tag by Jessie J, Someone Like You by Adele and Wings by Little Mix, with Charlotte’s choral arrangements often splitting into three-part harmony. Rehearsals are fun and easy going, and there’s no need to panic - solos are only given to those who volunteer! In addition, there is no painstaking audition process to join Dragonsong, it is open to anyone who loves singing and wants to join. It provides a fantastic opportunity not only to develop your singing but to socialise and engage with a new hobby in a relaxed environment. Andrew Fergus, the founder of Dragonsong, is keen to regenerate youth choirs by moving away from the common misconception that choir music must stick rigidly to its roots.
what makes Dragonsong so innovative. Tom James, Wrexham’s gold medallist rower, had been named patron of the choir and is keen to be involved in a Wrexhambased project. He believes Dragonsong will be highly successful in getting the younger generation involved in something “new and rewarding”. Dragonsong rehearsals are held every Tuesday at Central Station in Wrexham, from 6.30-8.00pm. www.dragonsong.org.uk
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Bird flocks are a feature of winter. The vast assemblies of Starlings containing thousands of birds are mainly migrants from eastern Europe. Smaller gatherings may be made up of family groups like the 40 odd Long-tailed Tits seen with Siskins and Goldfinches feeding in alders by Rossett weir. Kingfishers returned after workmen left the reconstructed fish pass. Gull numbers (mostly Lesser Blackbacks) build up on Gresford Flash and down the road in Darland 80+ Pied Wagtails have been feeding on a waterlogged field. These birds probably roost nearby.There is another Wagtail roost in the Maelor Hospital. The hospital recently hosted a Dipper spotted on a stream running through the grounds by a friend visiting his wife in the labour ward. (Mother and baby are both doing well). Flocking helps birds share information about food sources and provides a measure of protection from predators. The more pairs of eyes the better for spotting impending danger. Once aware of a potential killer small birds can effectively thwart an aggressor by taking to the skies and whirling en masse. Hundreds of small birds scattering
in a disorganised flying rabble confuse a hawk or falcon by making it impossible to concentrate on a particular target. If this does not work their Plan B is mobbing. Among our local birds of prey are Wrexhamâ€™s iconic urban Peregrines. They are regularly seen over Gresford Flash. Earlier in the year a youngster begging for food from a tree top was an unexpected addition to our back garden list. Buzzards are now our most widespread hawks, currently outnumbering Kestrels, with Sparrowhawks the most likely to be seen in gardens. The speed and agility of a hunting Sparrowhawk is breathtaking. Females are bigger than males and capable of catching and lifting prey larger and heavier than themselves. The female Sparrowhawk pictured subsequently took to the air carrying the Woodpigeon in its talons. To squeamish readers I apologise but these things happen in the natural world and for a bird photographer obtaining such a shot, gruesome as it may be, is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
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The September figures for inflation as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) are important for all state benefits as it determines how much pensions and other benefits are to increase in the following tax year. The September figures have just been revealed as we go to press which show that in the twelve months to September 2012 prices increased by 2.2%. (ONS 16/10/2012) State pension rates will increase by 2.5% as the Government has agreed a minimum increase of this amount going forward. Inflation seems higher than 2.2% especially with energy companies having recently announced increases substantially above this figure and with savings interest rates seeming to be going in the opposite direction it is important that investors look for the best returns for their capital. Currently the best instant access rate is 2.85% (Moneysupermarket.com) which net of basic rate tax is only 2.28%, hardly making any real return above inflation. The alternative option of investing in the stock market is regarded as too risky by some, particularly in the volatile period we have had over the last few years but for people who are prepared to invest their capital for the longer term there are means of managing this risk.
Most succesful investment strategies usually involve spreading capital between four assets - cash, shares and property- with the allocation of capital to each asset depending on the amount of risk an investor is prepared to take and if they want income, growth or a combination of the two. No-one can predict which investment is going to produce the best returns year after year, but there are two things we can be fairly sure of; the best performing investment in one year can often turn out to be the worst performing investment the next year and, by spreading your money you stand a better chance of achieving more consistent returns. In 2008 UK equities (as measured by the FTSE All share index) lost 30% over the year, yet in 2009 investor confidence grew and shares improved by over 30% over the year. Rebalancing a portfolio to take advantage of this volatility is a vital part of the ongoing risk management to ensure that too much money is not allocated to the wrong asset at any one time. Investors who are prepared to commit for the longer term are likely to be well rewarded in terms of their income and capital if they adopt this strategy.
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As temperatures are set to drop inWrexham and the county prepares for wind, rain and snow the message from WCBC this winter is: KEEP WARM, KEEP WELL. WHAT ARE THE RISKS? We all know just how important it is to keep warm in winter. Keeping warm can help you stay healthy and safe and can help prevent serious health problems like pneumonia. There are some simple things you can do to keep yourself and your home warm this winter. EAT WELL Eating regular meals will help keep your energy levels up when it is cold STAY ACTIVE Exercise can help to keep you warm.Try to move around at least once an hour. WEAR WARM CLOTHES Wear plenty of thin layers. Put on a hat, scarf, coat and gloves when you go outside. Wear clothes made of wool, cotton or fleecy material. Wear thermal underwear and bed socks at night. HEAT YOUR HOME In the day time heat your main living room to around 18- 21°C and the rest of your house to at least 16°C
Try to keep the temperature above 18°C in your bedroom overnight. Set the heating to come on earlier, rather than turn the thermostat up, so you won’t be cold while you wait for your home to heat up. Never use an electric blanket and a hot water bottle together as you could electrocute yourself. BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR If you have an older neighbour or relative, look out for them to make sure they are safe and well. If the curtains aren’t opened, or there are no lights on there might be some thing wrong. Try knocking on the door to see if there’s an answer. If not, contact a relative or friend who you think may have a key. If you think there are serious grounds for concern, phone 999 Who to contact if you need further help If you are worried about your health or wellbeing or the health and wellbeing of someone you know please call Contact Wrexham Tel: 01978 292066 If you want help to make your home warmer, please call Wrexham Care & Repair Tel: 01978 268120
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Dear residents, Here we are again - November! Where has the summer gone? As I’m sure you are aware, this is one of the busiest times of year for us, with Halloween, Bonfire Night and the run up to Christmas and New Year. By the time you receive this edition, Halloween and Bonfire night will have passed, so I do hope this has run its course without any problems for you all. I would like to mention to you that PCSO Kelly Ellis has moved onto a new position within North Wales Police and no longer works in the ward area of Rossett. Please can I say a big ‘thank you’ to Kelly for all her hard work in the community and wish her well in her new post. The new PCSO for Rosset is currently PCSO Luke Dobby, who I’m sure you will see and get to know in the near future. As mentioned earlier, Christmas will soon be upon us so please may I take this opportunity to provide (below) a few simple steps in order for us all to be safe this Christmas and New Year.
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A FEW FESTIVE TIPS! Personal Safety: • Only carry small amounts of cash. • Always make sure your purse/wallet is in a secure place. • A lot of people will be attending Christmas parties or just going out to celebrate this festive season. Always remember to let people know where you are going and what time to expect you back. Home Security: • Make sure all doors and windows are locked when you are not home. This also includes garages and sheds. • Use timer switches to turn your lights on when you are not home, especially during these dark nights.
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whereby if they return to Rossett they will be served with a notice that will ban them from the village for three months. It has also been made clear to them that they will not be offered a house in Rossett. The illegal site which they formally occupied is now in the process of being returned to agricultural land.DARLAND SCHOOL Congratulations are due to the head, staff and governors for the way in which the school has been turned around in the past two years. This autumn it was the only school in the County Borough that was oversubscribed for its intake. This is a tremendous achievement for all concerned. PCSO We are saying farewell to Kelly Ellis who has been our PCSO for the past three years. She is moving to the Wrexham Industrial Estate and we say â€œThank Youâ€? to her for the work that she has done in recent years. We are currently sharing PCSO Luke Dobby with Holt and will have our own dedicated PCSO by the end of the year. HEDGES During September and October I arranged for a significant number of overgrown hedgerows to be cut back. This is an annual problem and we need the cooperation of owners who have hedges that are alongside pavements. It is unacceptable for parents with prams, wheelchair users and the disabled to be forced to walk in the road. As always I can be contacted on 01244 571747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Road Repairs Can I congratulate a determined group of residents, past and present, whose lobbying has finally paid dividends in the long awaited resurfacing of Winchester Way? (You know who you are!). Having fought hard for these road repairs prior to 2008, Winchester Way along with Annfield and Old Wrexham Road were my election priorities this year. After a few “false dawns” the repairs are finally being done. It has shown up flaws in the council’s contracting system - a councillor should be able to use their local knowledge to ensure that nearby off-shoot roads (in this case literally just a few yards long) are included in the contract and do not have to be returned to separately. I will be making this point in the relevant scrutiny committee this month. Darland School In my August news I referred to a number of factors that were indicators of a good year for Darland School. One of the issues was the return from a licensed deficit to a projected balanced budget for 2012-2013. This was made very clear in October’s Customer, Performance and Resources Scrutiny meeting from a budget monitoring report. With a projected positive shift of £167,075 in secondary school balances, Darland provides over 95% of this increase. Whilst not without its pain, this is a tribute to the work of head teacher Peter Agnew, bursar Janice Barnes and the Darland team. Well done all. Records of Marford Quarry I am proud to be a working director of the MYPAG group (with a stress on the working!) and work is continuing on the paths and potential tree planting. I can remember seeing photos of the Marford quarries as working quarries in local history talks. If anyone has such photos or other records, the MYPAG group would welcome and look after them and once archived the originals will be returned. 26
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PEDESTRIAN CROSSING I am still worried by the number of vehicles that fail to stop for people who are crossing the road at the top of Marford Hill. The only statistics kept by the police and the Council Highways department are for accidents. I would like to know how many near misses have occurred. Would you send me an e-mail if you have stepped on to the crossing and a vehicle has failed to stop for you recently (since January 2012)? If you can say what time of day it was, the date and which way the vehicle was going, it will help. For any dangerous incident ring the police on 101. MARFORD PLAY AREA After complaints were made about the poor reinstatement of the field, the contractors came back, dug over and reseeded the area. Unfortunately this has delayed its use again for general games, but I am pleased that a reasonable surface will be achieved. ROAD & PAVEMENT RESURFACING We are still waiting for the resurfacing of Willow Drive, Hayfield Drive and Birch Drive. I hope this will not be delayed by bad weather. Any piece of roadway or pavement which develops a pothole should be reported to the Council on their website or by ringing 298989. If you think that a particular stretch is particularly poor and in need of resurfacing, please let me know and I will get it assessed to see if it can be included in the programme for next year. MAES Y PANT / HOLLOWFIELD The main paths have been laid and it is much easier to walk around the old quarry now. Hundreds of small trees will be planted in November by volunteers. These trees (which are varieties native to this area) have been donated by the Woodland Trust which is committed to restoring native woodlands. Work is carried out by groups of volunteers trying to make it safer and tidier, particularly on most Sunday mornings from10.00am,. Anyone who wants to help should check on the Maes y Pant website. 30
MARFORD AND GRESFORD LUNCHEON CLUB The Marford Community Centre Management Committee organise the Luncheon Club (with help from our friends). The club will meet on 6th November and 20th November at Marford Community Centre at 12.30pm. On 11th December we will provide a special festive lunch, which I hope will match or surpass the success of last year’s popular event. Don’t forget to book beforehand with Beryl Blackmore on 01978 855691. The Community Centre is receiving some much needed improvements to the kitchen and ladies’ toilets, flooring etc. RED LION CAR PARK There have been indications that a planning application may be submitted soon for this site. REPORTING I often use the Wrexham Council website http://www.wrexham.gov.uk to report potholes and street lights not working, but if I am out and about during working hours I use my mobile phone to ring the Wrexham Council Contact Centre in Lord St on 01978 298989. Other things such as dog fouling, fly tipping, missed bin collections etc. can also be reported. If you want to call the police and it is not a 999 emergency, you can ring 101. If you want to call the police and it is not a 999 emergency, you can ring 101.
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Hi Readers, Well, it’s been quite a month for me – after last month’s revelations about Woodygate, I have been besieged with requests for interviews. However, I have retained my dignity and resisted – if only Kira had done the same…………….enough of this! I have been busy dealing with correspondence that has come in during the month and in response to the lady from Burton who raised the point about the missing letterbox – I have mentioned this again to Himself and he assures me that he has spoken to the Post Office and the replacement is due in December. I miss having my walks up there, particularly as we have to pass Striker’s house where there is often a juicy treat on offer! Strangely enough, I have also been handed copy correspondence in respect of a young Cairn Terrier called Lottie, who has received a warning letter from the Post Office as she has apparently been ‘menacing’ the postman – I guess in effect she has had an ASBO for dogs. Not the way us terriers should be behaving, but sounds like a very spirited young lady to me – maybe I should call round and interview her! Watch out, Kira!! 34
I have been visiting the Ynys Mon again which I always enjoy. Whilst Himself enjoys trawling around graveyards looking for his long departed relatives, I enjoy racing around on the beach. I amazed Himself by managing a 4 ½ hour walk with no complaints at all. Just shows what I can do when I want to! Somebody had spotted a West Highland Terrier walking with the Monday afternoon group who walk from the weir and I was asked if it was me – I have to admit that I was fast asleep at the time but if anyone has any information as to who this fine specimen is I would be interested to hear! I also have to mention that I noted one of the contestants on ‘Strictly’ had a Cairn Terrier under her arm last week – takes me back to when I used to dream about Kira and I appearing on the series, but sadly that seems to be a fading dream. I’m not looking forward to the dark nights coming upon us once again and fewer opportunities for running across the fields. Can you believe it – as soon as the temperatures start to fall, guess who is taken to have most of his hair cut off. I am feeling very chilly at the moment ….. never mind… See you soon, Douglas xx
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essentiallyrossett MEETING MINUTES FROM 17TH OCTOBER 2012 COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCILLOR H. JONES. • The Travellers. Has held several meetings with North Wales Police and departmental Directors of Wrexham County Borough Council. The Daisy lane site has been sold and it is now required to return it to its original condition and level in respect of the Flood plain to include the removal of a septic tank. • Next Generation Broadband.Is in consultation with Wrexham County Borough Council regarding the provision of High Speed Broadband to Rossett. MATTERS FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS. i. The Weir. Letter sent to The Environment agency complaining of the stark appearance of the fish pass and requesting an environmental scheme to improve access and provide a seat and info. board at locations to be agreed. A further letter will be sent to Mr. Paul Isaac, Project Manager, E.A. Cardiff, pointing out that the project is not up to the standards promised, including the matter of Children’s Safety ‘Warning signs’ for the deep water and the dangerous nature of the angular walls of the fish pass. There is a large tree lodged at the top of the weir which, in a further seriously wet period could cause flooding. E.A. to be asked to remove it. ii. The Recreation Ground. The roundabout has been identified as not up to modern standards (Low Risk hazard). Not considered to be dangerous. The seized Rocking Horse has been repaired. Despite there being 8 litter bins in the area, litter is a constant problem. The ‘No Dogs; signs have deteriorated and will be replaced. Hannah Burbedge, a resident of Gun Street, who has experience in Playground management, has offered to advise the Council on development of the playground. Cllr. Huw Kelly will convene a meeting with her along with the Sub Committee. iii. The Toilets. Recent damage involved a broken lock on one of the Ladies toilet doors (Now replaced) and toilet bowls filled with paper then flushed. Letters sent to Darland & St. Peter’s Schools re misuse of toilets by children. In view of recent changes in legislation Wrexham County Borough Council Legal dept. and North Wales Police will be asked about the legality of CCTV in the toilets and the processes required to download recorded images.. iv. Park Warden. There is no cover for holidays /sickness of the Warden. To be advertised. 40
v. The Village Hall clock. It was earlier proposed that Rossett Community Council would pay for a clock to commemorate the Diamond Jubilees of H.M. Queen. Mr. Jeff Peet has made a template showing the available sizes of suitable clocks. Total cost approx. £2,500. It was decided that the cost is prohibitive and quotations will be obtained for an internal clock with a commemorative plaque to a maximum value of £500. vi. Village Hall £10,000 loan. Work on the insulation of the Hall is planned for late October. The loan will be repaid when the funds are provided to settle the invoice, which will include the value of the loan. vii. Litter Bin in Burton. Wrexham County Borough Council will provide a bin when one becomes available viii. The Post box in Burton has been stolen. Assurance has been given by The Post Office that it will be replaced in early December. ix. Bus Shelter in Croes Howell Lane. Letter sent to Mr A. Mytton of Wrexham County Borough Council requesting a shelter. No reply received to date. x. Planning application for Playgroup which is a ‘Not for profit’ Charity. The Secretary has been advised. It is now believed that the Planning Dept. has decided that Retrospective Planning Permission is not required. xi. Burton War Memorial. Cllr. Cade will make a fence to define the boundary of the Memorial area. RECAP is to be approached to purchase the materials. xii. Super Broadband. The Welsh Government advises that it has not yet been decided which telephone exchanges will be covered by ‘Next Generation Broadband’ Further info. later in the autumn. Letters seeking support for Rossett have been sent to North Wales A.M.’s and MP. Replies received from Antoinette Sandbach, Edwina Hart’s Office and Ken Skates He advises that the Welsh Government is committed to provide NGB to all parts of Wales, irrespective of Area Code number, where technically possible. xiii. Training. Cllrs. Cade, J.H. Jones, Smith & the Clerk attended the Police / Community meeting on 11th October. Cllr. Fortune & the clerk attended a Wrexham County Borough Council training course on ‘The Code of Conduct for Councillors’. Cllr. Montgomery attended the One Voice Wales training course on ‘The Council meeting’ Full minutes available on request from Brian Doyle email@example.com
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LAVISTER CHAPEL SUPPORT GROUP AUTUMN EVENT A pleasant evening was enjoyed by our supporters listening to “Sounds Familiar” a mixed choir from Mold. They sang a selection of well known songs and a compilation from “Les Miserables”. Also taking part were several young musicians from Gresford Methodist Church, Rebekah Bentley, Bethan and Robert Tarver, who were accompanied by Sandra Tarver. Supper was served by the support group members together with fruit drinks provided by Moira Taylor and friends. A raffle helped swell the amount raised to £500, and £130 of hospice merchandise goods were also sold. Eluned Griffiths, Chair of the Board of Nightingale House, thanked the group for their support over the last twenty years. On Saturday 24th November Gresford Methodist Church are presenting a concert in aid of Nightingale House. It will feature The Alyn Singers,Pulford Handbell Ringers and some young musicians from the church. Tickets are £5, accompanied children under 12 free, and 12-18 year-olds £1. The concert will commence at 7.30pm. John Whiteley from Stonewalls has sold plants for spring flowering and raised £449.for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Gill Tanner
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This Council has grave concerns about the now completed Fish Pass at Rossett weir.
The project has not come up to the standards promised at pre-construction meetings with your Officers. The particular concern is that of Child Safety. The weir now presents itself as a Playground in that, at normal river levels it is possible for a small person to easily walk across the top of the weir and stand on the top of the fish pass walls. When this concrete surface of these walls become clad in algae and moss it will be extremely slippery and, bearing in mind the depth of the ‘Resting Pool’, will present a dangerous hazard. As a minimum, Notices are required pointing out this hazard. It was believed that the construction of the fish pass walls would be totally clad in stone with the effect that the aforementioned hazard would not exist. Mr. Winstone of your Bangor Office has offered to place a commemorative seat at a location to be decided. This gesture is welcomed with the final decision as to its location yet to be decided. The placing of an information board is also welcomed, it’s location to be decided in consultation with local residents. Yours sincerely F. B. Doyle (Clerk)
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