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your life, your home, your community. Happy New Year, and I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas break and not drank and eaten too much, ( of course we all have, but we don’t have to admit it!) and received some lovely presents off Santa! No snow unlike last year, but there’s plenty of time yet. Mind you for those in the flooded areas, the thought of snow is probably not a reassuring alternative and I sympathise with those whose homes have been ruined, hopefully only temporarily though. I also sympathise with those that have spent Christmas with no electricity due to the stormy and windy weather we have had.That can’t have been fun!

And I’ve just been chatting to Karen at the Buck House about internet access. It’s funny when you live in the country you do get used to a lesser service in some respects, because you know you don’t live in a very populated area with main roads etc where you will get priority for anything really because your location does not have an effect on the rest of the borough, but I think we all accept that and appreciate the joys of the countryside are worth the down sides. Anyway back to internet access I have just accepted a slow and intermittent service because of living rurally and just seem to manage somehow, mind you I’m not very technical either so wouldn’t know if I could speed things up or not. But I do know that when I arranged broadband years ago the person attending to my call sold me the all singing all dancing broadband with the fastest speed etc when in actual fact it was impossible to get that speed in the village! Anyway Karen’s in the same boat as me at the moment struggling with intermittent access and wondering how it all works and what can we do to get a better service. Any ideas from any technical experts would be greatfully appreciated.

I’ve had a strange old time over Christmas, very sadly my partners mother’s dementia has increased over the last year and we’ve had a difficult time having to travel up and down the motorway to where she lives in Wolverhampton several times a week to keep an eye on her, until it became a full time job. Thank you to Terry and Pam for the counselling sessions with I’ll leave you with that as your January challenge. this it’s been a great help, but this is my first Have a good month and I’ll see you all in Feb experience of dementia in the family and I don’t know how anyone can cope with this, it’s very All the best, Jill challenging. Mind you it has its funny moments too like on Christmas Day when Margaret told us she’d been asked to stand in for the Queen. I did tune in at 3pm just to make sure, well you just never know!

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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 sexualgame 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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I would like to thank everyone involved in the organising and assisting at the Pensioners Xmas Tea in December. Everyone involved worked really hard with the preparation of food and tables and others helping with serving and clearing up. It was a great success and everyone had a really lovely afternoon. Special thanks to Dave & Carol Jones who organised it and did all the shopping for the lovely food. Also I would like to thank my colleague PCSO Phil Jones who entertained us with his brilliant flute playing. He was well received and appreciated by everyone who This seems very suspicious as they don’t seem attended. to be from the designated charities and are More to come later on in the magazine! therefore technically stealing these bags. There is money to be made now by selling clothes by weight, so this could be turning into big business. If anyone sees anything suspicious regarding these vans, please try and get the CONTACT NUMBERS registration number and report it in the usual way to the 101 number. I have already had a PCSO 0151 Lynne Maurice call from a vigilant resident with a registration Blackberry 07854 352 815 number that we are following up. So many PCSO 2858 Phil Jones thanks to that person. Also try to be vigilant Mobile 07854 389056 as to what time you put these charity bags out Overton, Hanmer, Horseman’s Green & Penley and try not to leave them overnight if possible. 16 Overton Police Station 01978 348 425 So here we are again another New Year ahead of us, let’s hope it’s a good one for all of us. I just want to make everyone aware about possible clothing thieves who may be operating in the area. Apparently there have been a couple of white vans, one with ‘Charity Clothing Co’ on the side and another plain white van, who seem to be travelling up and down the road or cul-de-sacs looking around, they then leave and come back very soon afterwards and quickly bundle the charity bags full of clothes into the van and swiftly drive off.

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Bob Dylan once wrote “Money doesn’t talk, it swears,”. Getting control over your finances will provide a passport to a speedy, stress-free year. However, gaining control is easier said than done. We’ve all seen the figures marking the increasing level of UK consumer indebtedness over the past year. When outgoings exceed income, debt is the only outcome. A survey earlier this year found that one in five people in the 18-29 age bracket is permanently overdrawn and one in three uses their overdraft to finance other debt. Every year the banks hoover up at least £40 million in penalty charges incurred by customers who breach current account and overdraft rules. But you don’t have to be a victim; instead take a few simple steps to minimise and eventually eradicate your overdraft and increase the amount of money you have ‘left’ each month. 1: ANALYSE YOUR EXPENDITURE Leaving aside the large monthly direct debits and standing orders, where can you make savings on the small stuff? Check bank statements to ensure you’re not still funding

long forgotten causes (eg associations, charities, societies) or subscribing to facilities you have ceased to use, such as gym memberships. 2: ITEMISE WEEKLY OUTGOINGS Note down every purchase you make - no matter how small. Budget food and drink at a sensible level. For instance, do you need a smoothie every day as part of your government-approved five portions of fruit and veg? A fresh apple or carrot would be a lot cheaper. Establish a weekly limit for such expenditure and pay with cash so that you can see the money disappearing. It is simple common sense; if you haven’t got the pure hard cash then you can’t spend it. 3: CREDIT AND STORE CARDS Read the small print, do the sums and understand the dangers of compound interest. If possible, switch your balances to a 0% interest deal, but note the increasing prevalence of upfront balance transfer fees and other conditions. Try to always make more than the monthly minimum repayment. Consider that a £1,000 balance at an APR of 14.9% would take 19 years and seven months to clear and cost £1,116 in interest if paid back at the minimum 2% level. Paying back at 3% each month brings the time down to 11 years and seven months, and the interest paid to £545.

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Professional deep cleaning at set prices

Cookers • Ovens • Ranges Extractors • Aga • Rayburn & Stanley appliances Local family run business - reliable and efficient

Tel 01978 822 767 Mob 07896 275 888

UNBEATABLE PRICES & SERVICE Main dealer for Hankook tyres All leading makes of tyres supplied 4 x 4 specialist Full range of exhausts Batteries (3 year guarantee) Tracking (free check) • Tyre repairs

Authorised fitter for AlloyGater

Protect your wheels from kerb damage All our tyre prices include fitting, valve & balance

WE DO THE BUSINESS, BECAUSE WE KNOW THE BUSINESS 5% discount when spending over £60 Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm Saturday 8.30am - 4pm

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Countryside Management Woodland management Pond and ditch creation Stiles, seating and signage Footpaths, steps & boardwalks

Tel: 01978 710786

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Environmental Education Outdoor classrooms Nature trails, bird hides Raised beds and orchards After-school workshops

Tax crackdown for second-hand motor trade industry in Powys and Wrexham

Tax cheats in the second-hand motor trade in Powys and Wrexham are being targeted as part of the next wave of taskforces launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

HMRC has collected more than £90 million as a result of taskforces launched since 2011-12. It expects to bring in over £90 million per year from taskforces launched over the next three years.

The taskforce will focus on the West Midlands, East of England, the South West, the North West and Wales, and is expected to recover more than £3 million.

HMRC’s Jennie Granger, Director General of Enforcement and Compliance, said:

Taskforces are specialist teams that undertake intensive bursts of activity in specific high-risk trade sectors and locations in the UK. The teams visit traders to examine their records and carry out other investigations.

“HMRC taskforces are deployed in sectors and areas where we've detected a high risk of tax evasion. If you have declared all your income, you have nothing to worry about. But, if you haven't, we will find you, investigate you and not only could you face a heavy fine, but a criminal prosecution as well.”

Other taskforces being launched today to tackle A Memorandum of Understanding with the tax evasion will target: Security Industry Authority was signed with HMRC · the private security industry in London, which is on 9 September to strengthen the exchange of information between both organisations. This expected to recover £10 million; will help prevent, detect and prosecute criminal · the construction industry in London – set to activity and ensure that everyone pays their fair bring in £3 million; and share of tax. · hidden wealth in the Midlands – including people If you know anyone who is evading their taxes, you with offshore accounts and those living lifestyles can tell HMRC by calling the Tax Evasion Hotline beyond their obvious means through assets from on 0800 788 887. undeclared income. This will recover over £3 HMRC is currently running the second stage of million. its evasion publicity campaign through a series David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, of targeted advertisements, including radio said: advertising and over 3,000 billboards in public “We are determined to support hardworking areas. The campaign works alongside existing people who want to get on, but the people being compliance activity such as data collection, targeted by these taskforces have no intention of taskforces and enforcement to raise awareness playing by the rules. This Government has made it among those breaking the rules that HMRC is clear that we will not tolerate tax evasion and we closing in on undeclared income. have provided HMRC with the resources to crack down on those who break the rules.

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

Remember we are open every weekend for all the routine stiff and the urgent stuff if you need us: Saturday 8.30 -6.30pm Sunday 10 -4 pm With no extra silly charges just because it is a weekend!

01244 570364 Online shop: thegatehousevets


I’m sure a few of you will have had a new bike for Christmas, so here are a few tips on keeping it safe and secured. Also I will be looking at holding another Bike Marking Event at Marchwiel Hall in the very near future, so you can bring your bikes along and get them security marked up for free. There may even be a few more freebies, so make sure you come along, adults and children welcome. Look out for posters regarding dates and times in the coming month. See below for security tips.

Register your bike with for free. Visit the Bike Register website or download the BikeRegister form here. Take out insurance on your bike and be sure to cover for thefts away from home.Take a photo of your bike and write a clear description of it for your own records. Mark your bike – contact a member of your local Neighbourhood Policing Team for further advice.

ecuring your bike whilst at home The vast majority of bicycle thefts are opportunist thefts. It only takes a few seconds If you store your bike in a shed or garage, fit a for the opportunist to take a bike which is not ground or wall anchor and lock your bike to it. Lock valuables together to prevent them being secured. There are a number of bikes stolen each year easily removed. from within peoples own properties, either from sheds or garages. Follow our simple crime prevention tips to help keep your bicycle safe from thieves When you are out and about - get a good quality bike lock – solid ‘D’ locks offer good protection. Lock it or lose it – even if you just pop to the shops for two minutes, many thefts are opportunistic. Always lock your bike to an immovable object. Don’t just lock the frame to the wheel. Leave your bike in a well-lit area where it can easily be seen by others. Remove anything that can’t be secured – such as lamps and pumps. Permanently mark your bike using a police preferred product. 28


PCSO 0151 Lynne Maurice Blackberry 07854 352 815 PCSO 2858 Phil Jones Mobile 07854 389056

Overton, Hanmer, Horseman’s Green & Penley 28

Overton Police Station 01978 348 425

CALL 101 which is a 24 hour number for non emergency calls ie. Threatening and abusive behaviour, Drunk and rowdy groups, Drug related anti-social behaviour.


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

Tel 01978 710 435

Extensive ranges in beautiful kitchen, bedroom and office furniture. • Vaccinations and health checks • Microchipping •PETS passports •Consultations by appointment: Mon-Fri 1pm-3pm Tuesdays & Thursdays 5pm-6pm • 24 hour emergency service Maelor Veterinary Centre

01978 711 975 Penyllan Street, Overton LL13 0EE Also at Blakemere Vet Centre, Ellesmere

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.

Don’t make your car cosy for criminals...

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Every winter, cars are stolen from driveways across North Wales because owners leave them unattended, keys in the ignition, while they warm up and the windscreens defrost.

Some victims nip inside for just a few seconds to collect a bag or finish the last mouthful of coffee - but that’s all the time an opportunist thief needs. Insurance companies may not pay out for cars stolen in this way and if your house keys are taken as well, you’re making your home vulnerable.

FREEZE OUT CAR THIEVES ON FROSTY MORNINGS: • Clear windscreens with de-icer and a scraper • Sit in your vehicle while the heater de-mists the windscreen If you see anyone acting suspiciously, call 101 or 0300 330 0101 and ask for your local police station. If you see a crime being committed call 999. NORTH WALES POLICE A safer North Wales

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01244 520551

Camgas For Warmth: Where you need it! When you need it!

LPG for Central Heating 46kg Propane refills from ÂŁ50.00 inc. VAT Domestic Bulk Propane - 49 pence per litre + VAT (subject to terms & conditions)

Other size cylinders available: 13kg Butane

11kg Propane

18kg Propane

18kg FLT Propane

For prompt delivery please call our friendly team on 01244 520551


LOVELY 3 BED DETACHED COTTAGE JOHNSTOWN AREA Stone built. Log burner. 3 double beds and ensuite to master. Gas central heating. Off road parking on driveway. Newly refurbished Contact Richard on

07967 432546 WORTHENBURY W.I. Tues.11th Feb. at 7.15p.m.

in the Village Hall, when the speaker will be Mrs Mavis Griffiths, who will give an amusing talk on "behind the Vicarage door". If you are not already a Member come and give us a try, taster fee ÂŁ4, you will be very welcome. At the meeting on March 11th, we will be celebrating our 60th birthday, watch this space for a good time.

Hire BOD Village Hall

01978 780622 BANGOR-ON-DEE


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

see your business here? advertise your business or service in the next issue of essentiallyours

Call 01244 571 602 for more information


Sat 18th Jan - 7pm Marchwiel Village Hall (Piercy Hall) bar available


By saving used postage stamps you can help many charities including these two animal charities by sending them on to PDSA Stamp Appeal PO Box 9191 Wilshaw Lanarkshire ML2 OYB Nowzad Dogs PO Box 39 Plymouth PL2 9AU


clean carpets for a healthly atmosphere £20 OFF CLEANING On production of this advert

Min charge £50 • Valid until February 28th 2014

CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY CLEANING SERVICE Has it been 12 months or longer since you last cleaned your carpets or upholstery?

CLEAN FOR HEALTH Carpets should be cleaned regularly even if they don’t look dirty. Like you use anti bacterial sprays on your kitchen work surfaces, carpets should be cleaned for the same reason. A clean carpet helps promote a healthy atmosphere free from dirt and bacteria, and more so for people with allergies and asthma.


What does this mean? Simply this: If you’re not totally happy with my work, I’ll reclean the area for free. If you’re still not satisfied, I’ll give you your money back.




Opposite The Alyn Pub on Station Road, Ideal for small business - Competitive fully inclusive rental Short or long term letting Free car parking • Wi-Fi Conveniently situated next to local amenities For further details please contact: Bridge House Properties, Bridge House, Station Road, Rossett, Wrexham LL12 0HE

Tel: 01244 579018

QUIZ NIGHT Tallarn Green Village Hall Fri.7th Feb. at 7.30pm.

Book your table with Helen Morgan 01948 830 249 £5 per person incl. refreshments. Proceeds for Tallarn Green Methodist Church. Arrangements to start a Youth Club in Tallarn Green are being made, details of start date see Chapel notice board.


TUTOR AS/A2 CHEMISTY Also GCSE Science & Maths I travel to you

Call 01244 674 619


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Gresford Britishsolid Legion. Excellent condition, one large All welcome. Callmatching 01978 853509 and one smaller sofa's with 2 matching glass top tables from M&S. £475

Contact 07800 843054

Call Paul at Derwen Computers

01978 780957

SEQUENCE DANCING Held most Saturdays at Tallarn Green Village Hall 8pm till 10.30pm To confirm whether there is a dance please phone 01948 770252

SPECIAL OFFERS FOR OFF PEAK & Winter Weddings Depending on availability


Famous for Wonderful Weddings Perfect for YOUR Special Day

• Set in 6 acres of beautiful grounds • 2 Beautiful reception suites • Licensed to hold Civil Wedding Ceremonies • Wedding Co-ordinator to help make your perfect wedding

For availability and more information call NOW on 01978 780555


BEST WESTERN Cross Lanes Country Hotel Bangor Road, Wrexham

Tel: 01978 780555


Stiwt Family Festival

We are so excited to be throwing the very first Stiwt Theatre Family Festival in February Half Term. The festival will be jam packed with a variety of events and shows that cater to everyone in your family. We will also be running different workshops during the week, including a theatre technical workshop, perfect if your little ones are eager to learn all that goes on back stage and behind the scenes of a theatre production show. The festival guarantees family fun for everyone.

The All Star Welsh Wrestling Live: We are kicking things off, quite literally too, with the Welsh All Star Wrestling. Featuring International Superstar Wrestlers, confirmed stars include Kade Callous, Iestyn Rees, former WWE Superstar and 2013 Welsh Heavyweight Champion Stevie Star and the Mexican masked sensation Magico, who will all be battling it out in a night filled with mayhem and madness. Event Information: TICKETS: £10 Adults (£8 Concession) or £30 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)


Tudur Owen alongside Cwmni Rhos Uffen: We are proud to present a night with Comedian and S4c talk show host TUDUR OWEN. Come and join Tudur as he performs brand new unseen comedy material live. Event Information TICKETS: £12 Adults (£10 Concession)


Rhos Male Voice Choir: Celebrate St David’s Day with the all-male voice choir as they perform a collection of choral classics at their annual St David’s Day Concert. Event Information: TICKETS: £10 Adults (£8 Concession)


The D Day Darlings: We are proud to welcomethe D Day Darlings in the closing act of the Family Festival. Come be a part of this vibrant wartime inspired concert. Join the D Day Darlings as they perform a number of wartime hits including ‘We’ll Meet Again’, ‘Run Rabbit Run’ and ‘I’ll Be Seeing You A Lot’ and many more other classic songs. Event Information: TICKETS: £5 (Free bus transport)






Directed By / Cyfarwyddwr -Heddus Blackwell, Mel Drake and Dylan Williams Lighting Design / Cynllunudd Goleuadau

Noson yng nghwmni'r actor, cyflwynydd a'r digrifwr o Fon , Tudur Owen . Mae Tudur ar fin lansio ei sioe 'stand up' newydd sbon . Byddwch y cyntaf i wrando arno ar ei orau yn Theatr y Stiwt Rhos . ...... A night in the company of actor, comedian and performer Tudur Owen.Tudur is just about to launch his brand new stand up show. You will be the first to enjoy this brand new material at the Stiwt Theatre, Rhos




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

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

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

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

For more details, call:

01244 689553 quoting ‘2014 Exam’ email:

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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

Offering a Professional Quality Service l Over 25 years experience l Central Heating PAInstallation UL NELSON l Energy Efficient System Upgrades Matsons Croft, Hollybush Lane l Boiler Installation l Bathroom Installations Penley, Wrexham, Clwyd LL13 0NF l System Powerflushing M. 07918 263 T. 01978 710 897 l Oil Tank631 Installation l FreeE.Estimates l AllW. Work Guaranteed






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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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