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Recent mild weather has affected local birds in a number of ways. Garden visitors have been fewer than expected because natural food was plentiful in fields and hedgerows. Another consequence of warmer temperatures has been unseasonal activity. Blackbirds, usually silent at this time of year, have tentatively started to sing. Dippers on the River Alyn have been performing courtship rituals normally not seen until Spring. So far there have been only odd reports of wintering Blackcaps visiting feeders and, unlike last November, when a large flock of Waxwings appeared in the Maelor Hospital car park, only a handful of these colourful birds has been recorded anywhere in the British Isles. Rossett’s Green Sandpiper is back at the same stream it has occupied for the last five winters. On the coast a Hoopoe has taken up residence near Abergele. The Ross’s Goose at Gresford Flash was joined by another on 23rd November. The second bird left after two days. For a while there was a third Ross’s Goose in Lancashire. Experts tell us they are almost certainly not genuine migrants from arctic Canada but feral

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Those of you who are avid readers of the local newspapers will know that dualling of our rail link to Chester has hit the headlines. When the Welsh Government’s Transport Minister announced on October 2nd that she had agreed a ‘£44 million scheme with Network Rail’ explaining that it would “improve north-south journey times and links with Wrexham”, everyone assumed that she was backing the original Network Rail Scheme. But it now appears that the Welsh Government demanded that Network Rail produce a second scheme that left out doubling the rail track between Wrexham and the Gresford Bridge over the A483,and this was the scheme that was announced to great fanfare. Indeed I was one of those who warmly welcomed the announcement. The original plan was to double 5.5 miles of track between Saltney and Rossett. Another 2 mile section between Rossett and Gresford Bridge was not going to be dualled

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because rebuilding the bridge would be too costly. It is a second 2 mile section between the bridge and Wrexham station that has been left out by the Welsh Government. The existing track allows for 3 trains passing in either direction in one hour, the original scheme devised by Network Rail would allow 12 and the Welsh Government’s revision would allow 6. So the number of trains linking Wrexham to Chester would be halved. The Welsh Government gives priority to the line to Holyhead so it is our links to England that would be affected. This change of policy will create congestion in the future when the new prison opens generating an extra 1000 passengers a week – an increase of around 17%. It will make it less likely that there will be direct services to the North West of England and Wrexham will not be able to benefit fully from the electrification of the North Wales Coast Line. And of greater interest to readers of Essentially Yours is the long term proposal for a new station in the Rosset area with plenty of room for commuter parking and a park and ridefacility. The aim is to reduce congestion on the A483 by encouraging more people to commute. A development that is unlikely to go ahead unless the line into Wrexham General itself is not dualled. If you would like to discuss our transport links or any other issue then please contact my office in Johnstown on 01978 843300, email me at Aled.Roberts@Wales.gov.uk or write to me at 18 High Street, Johnstown, Wrexham LL14 2SN.


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A newly formed committee overseen by The Gresford Trust is looking to expand its membership with the aim of organising a Village Festival to take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August 2014. The purpose of the festival is to commemorate three separate and unique areas of remembrance. We wish to celebrate the 65 years since the formation of Gresford Trust . We would like to show our respect to the 266 men and boys who perished in the Gresford Colliery disaster exactly 80 years ago and, of course, we wish to recognise that this year will mark 100 years since the start of the First World War For the event to achieve its objectives and to be successful the current team is convening a meeting later this month and looking to recruit members onto the main organising committee and various sub-committees. In particular, we would like to recruit active support from all of the member organisations of the Trust, also from the many interest groups, schools, playgroups etc. and the support of the local shops, businesses and pubs. We are already making steady progress, with the cricket club hosting a charity fun cricket match and they have also agreed to oversee the bar. The football club is organising a series of competitions and taking charge of the BBQ. In addition to commemorating the historic events the Festival will provide a great opportunity for each of the groups involved to raise funds for their own organisation. The more help the better - as we are hoping to arrange donkey rides, have static displays, a tombola and, who knows? – if there is sufficient interest - we may even be able to arrange an “Our Village has got Talent” competition !! Please register your level of interest via email to contact@gresfordtrust.org or, if you would like more information, please call Emlyn on 01978 854360 or Phil on 07525-824-679. AS IT SAYS IN OUR GRAPHIC – WE WANT THE MAXIMUM SUPPORT FROM OUR VILLAGE FOLK TO MAKE THIS EVENT A MASSIVE SUCCESS


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Planning applications. Sadly the planning committee have granted approval for housing Christmas events. It was great to see two on the former bowling green to the rear of really successful events in the village. The first the Nags Head.A planning application has been was a concert by the Rhos Orpheus Male Voice received to build houses on the Rosemary Choir held in aid of the Village Hall. This event Nurseries site in Burton. I have met with raised over £1000 and was well supported by highways and planning officers and there are the local community and beyond. We hope a number of concerns regarding the current to make this an annual event as there is an application; firstly the over-intensive nature ongoing need to raise funds to replace the roof of the development and secondly the access on the Village Hall. The second event was the onto the narrowest part of Rosemary Lane. Christmas Carols’ singing by the tree on the The status of the land is ‘brown field on the park. Again a great success and well attended; edge of settlement’ and therefore there congratulations to the pupils and staff of St is a presumption in favour of some form Peters school for their excellent carol singing. of residential development. My main aim Thanks are due to the Rossett is to ensure that the development is of an Festival Committee, The appropriate size with access that is safe for Horticultural Society and all road users. I am also concerned to ensure the Community Council that the existing hedgerows are retained to who all came together to ensure that the rural aspect of the location is ensure we had a tree in the not damaged. village for the first time. As always I can be contacted at or on Rossett Mill. It is good Hugh.Jones@wrexham.gov.uk 07769706999 to see the repainted Mill looking so attractive with its May we all have a healthy and peaceful festive Christmas Tree. At the New Year.


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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.

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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.


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Planning Application P/2012/0830 An appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a retail uniton the Red Lion car parkhas finally been received. The latest date for representations to be made to the Planning Inspector is 22nd January. The Appeal will probably be heard in March. Marford Community Centre

not booked at a previous meeting, you must The hall is now looking much smarter after ring Beryl Blackmore on 01978 855691. the improvements and painting. Outside, Street lights etc. by the main road, Mypag volunteers have While the lights in Wynnstay Lane, planted more daffodil bulbs supplied by Meadows View etc. were working again Wrexham Council. We look forward to the over Christmas, parts of Stancliffe Avenue new group MCC taking over the Centre this and Hillock Lane have had to wait for their year. repairs after a falling tree affected the power Maes Y Pant supply. Problems caused by high winds seem The leaflet launchingthe “Friends of Maes-y- to hit us quite often at present! But please Pant� has been distributed.More people are keep the Council informed of lighting and turning up to help on volunteer days which other road problems using the website, or continue at 10am on Jan 22nd and Feb 2nd, telephoning the Contact Centre in Lord St 12th, 16th, 26th on 01978 298989. Rofft School Wrexham to Chester Railway Service The resurfacing of Pant Lane was completed before Christmas, and we can look forward Finally I was thoroughly disappointed to to new surfacing at the pedestrian crossing learn that the Wales Government will not near the Red Lion and also where Hayfield spend the money needed to dual the track. Without this work it will not be possible to Drive meets Hillock Lane. increase the service and ever more people Marford and Gresford Luncheon Club will be forced to use our roads. The New Year meetings of the Luncheon Clubwill be heldon 14th& 28th January Please continue to contact me with and then on 11th February & 4th March at news and suggestions; I look forward to 12.30pm at Marford Community Centre.If hearing from you.

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Gresford Methodist Church Hall

We were pleased to complete the work on our church hall in time for Christmas 2013. During the autumn improvements have been made to bring the hall into the 21st century. The original hall was built in the middle of the previous century, and although always well maintained it needed a major update.

in the hall itself. We are the only hall in the area to have a stage where we have staged entertainment in the past and hope to do so in the future.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to all who gave generously of their time and energy to bring this to fruition, and we look forward to Members of the congregation together with the hall being of use to the local community professional workers installed a new ceiling as well as the church members for many years with improved lighting, decorating the kitchen, to come. toilets, entrance lobby, and restyling the decor Gill Tanner

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West Highland Ramblings

A Diary of Douglas the Westie

As I write this article on Christmas Day, I am sitting in my private suite at a luxury hotel in North Wales, better known as Ewloe Boarding Kennels. I will have to have stern words with Himself when and if he gets around to collecting me. I need to remind him of the well known saying “ A dog is for Christmas as well as for life”. Ah well, the girls who tend to my every need are very nice and I have been making loads of new friends. Of course, I was immediately identified as a celebrated author and they are all trying to get my attention. My neighbour is a very interesting character, a cross between a West Highland and a Scottie. I call him a Wottie; he’s the sort of dog that you see on the label of that well know whisky, looking just as they do after sampling a wee dram or three. Talking of a wee dram or three, I will be at home for Hogmanay. Well, when I say home I mean in Wales. I had been dropping hints that Edinburgh might be more appropriate, or better still the banks of the Douglas River at Fort William. Ah well, at least Himself has left me some travel leaflets to read whilst 26

I idle the hours away in my suite. I am busy planning my annual Scottish tour. You will recall that this year my visits to various stately homes were then immediately followed by a certain Corgi owner. I am of course checking with the Palace to ensure that there is no clash of itinerary for 2014. I must admit to being somewhat surprised not to have received a letter advising me that my services to literature have, at long last, been recognised. The letter of course might be waiting for me when I return home. If it is, I will need to consider very carefully whether it is of an appropriate level for such a refined Scottish Gentleman; after all, the standards of the Clan Douglas have to be maintained. I have to end my 2013 writings with some very sad news. My dearest friend Kira has gone to the doggy kennel in the sky. We are all devastated; she was such a dear friend. Her passing came soon after that of Timmy Fonts from across the road, so sadly I am the last remaining terrier on Stonewalls. So here’s hoping we all have a happier 2014. Och aye the noo. Douglas


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Tales of France...

Bonjour! Escape to the Country, A Place in the Sun, Wanted Down Under, how so many of us are drawn to daytime TV escapism! So much so, I do confess, that in 2002 I, like so many others, ventured across La Manche (The English Channel) to live the French dream…. Bienvenue a chez moi!….over the past eleven years I have witnessed the funniest and most bizarre happenings of real French country living, from French peasant neighbours’ antics which will make you blush, to the British family arriving with their worldly goods stacked in horse box two days late for their meeting with the French estate agent…..why? All will be revealed over the up and coming months here in Essentiallyours. I would like to share many anecdotal experiences with you. Some will raise an eyebrow, cause a titter, inspire a new recipe, and some of my tales might make you reach for the ferry schedule and venture over yourself.

Alors! I shall begin with how it all started…. An avid fan of A Place in the Sun, good ole’ Amanda Lamb tempted and teased daily with snippets of the French countryside, opening up regions less known to holiday makers from the UK. France bordered by both the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, is the largest country in Western Europe, almost double the size of the UK yet with a similar population.This therefore presented a very large map! If I were to escape, where might I head for? During those well loved by children yet dreaded 8 weeks summer holidays for parents, we would hook up the family caravan and off we would go driving through France toward our destination in northern Spain. So many places to choose from! I fondly recall my Father packing with excitement his French language tapes from Linguaphone. Tapes! A little hint of my age. Mum nervous as the map reader, this needing no more mention other than that dread I am sure we have all endured being charged with directions! “Écouter et repeater”, my sister


and I would laugh at our Father repeating allowed, in French, of sorts. This is when my French dream was planted so how did it come to fruition?.... Did I want a city pied de terre, coastal cottage or remote dwelling set in roaming countryside? A really useful guide was a good purchase, David Hampshire writes many a good read on living and working in France and it was a perfect recommendation. Accompanied by suitable aired Burgundy I indulged. Metropolitan France is made up of 96 Departments with varying geographies. To be frank it was a process of elimination. The likes of the delightful Paris, Provence in the south and skiers heaven in the mountains all far too expensive, and for me the northern regions were just too close to the UK. I wanted real France. Having narrowed down the search therefore I then thought practically and researched flight schedules. Little point in being far removed from transport networks given my family and friends all reside throughout the UK. Mr Hampshire had spoken highly of Limoges, renowned for its fine porcelain. And, there is an airport! Immediately I booked a flight, never could I have imagined the adventures ahead‌‌.until next time!

Fait français Rossett is twinned with Theix, a commune in the Morbihan department of Brittany in the north west of France. An interesting building in Theix being the chapel Notre-Dame-la-Blanche, built in 1239 for Sevestre de Salarum. The chapel home to a stone pieta dated from the 16th century and an ex-voto (a votive offering to a saint or to a divinity, given in fulfilment of a vow) dated 1690 recalling how Jean Pichon was saved from a watermill wheel.


Ladies’ Evening, Gresford Just back from Nepal, Adele Pennington, motivational speaker and mountaineer was the guest speaker at the recent Ladies’ Evening held at Gresford Memorial Hall. Adele is an experienced mountaineer, instructor and guide who held everyone’s attention with stories of her mountaineering experiences; she is the first British woman to have climbed Everest (twice). Both entertaining and inspirational, Adele conveyed her lifelong passion for the raw beauty of mountains as well as the inherent dangers. She was accompanied for the

evening by her well-travelled, but very small companion, Ted the mountaineering bear. Glenys Davies and friends organise this annual event as a ladies’ alternative to Sportsmen’s Evenings. With a speaker, good food and music to entertain, the event was once again a success and £800.00 was raised for charity on the night, which will go to Hope House Hospice, Gresford Guides, and CHICS. Thank you Adele, Glenys and friends for a memorable evening. Keep an eye out for news of the 2014 Ladies’ Evening.


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Gresford Library May I thank everyone who has contacted me concerning the future of Gresford Library. I have set a meeting in Gresford Memorial Hall on January 29th 2014 to start at 7.30pm. Hugh Jones, as relevant lead member and Dylan Hughes, the Chief Libraries Officer, should be in attendance. The meeting will gauge the degree of community support for the library, so please spread the word with your friends, groups and networks.We also intend to look at location and whether the general community can have a greater role in their Library. Credit Union You could almost hear Jill’s shriek of despair in her editorial relating to the “fallen Banking idol” and the travails of the Co-op Bank. On a more modest level (but possibly more creditable) I was pleased to note that Christmas savings in Welsh Credit Unions topped the £1m mark for the first time in 2013. Credit Unions are community owned and controlled financial cooperatives where you can save for a modest dividend, and loans are given if judged to be affordable. The local office is 51 King Street, Wrexham, just by the bus station, or they can be contacted at www.northwalescu.co.uk or 01745 361274. Traffic Calming measures As a fellow governor, I welcome the efforts Councillor Hugh Jones is making to secure speed restriction measures at Darland High School. To the naysayers who prefer to cut a few minutes off their journey, all I can say is “do you know you are much more likely to kill or maim someone at 30mph+ than you are at 20mph?” Red Lion Planning. This has now gone to an appeal and Councillor Edwards and I will inform you as soon as we know the precise form this will take. Whilst 32

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in the Scottish Dialect Kilmarnock Edition”, was published and received much critical acclaim. In a matter of weeks he was transformed from local hero to a national celebrity, fussed over by the Edinburgh literati of the day, and Jean Armour’s father allowed her to marry him, now that he was no longer a lowly wordsmith. Alas, the trappings of fame did not bring fortune and he took up a job as an exciseman to supplement the meagre income. The last years of Burns’ life were devoted to penning great poetic masterpieces such as The Lea Rig, Tam O’Shanter and a Red, Red Rose. He died aged 37 of heart disease exacerbated by the hard manual work he undertook when he was young. His death occurred on the same day as his wife Jean gave birth to his last son, Maxwell. On the day of his burial more than 10,000 people came to watch and pay their respects. However, his popularity then was nothing compared to the heights it has reached since. On the anniversary of his birth, 25th January - Scots both at home and abroad celebrate Robert Burns with a supper, where they address the haggis, the ladies and whisky. A celebration which would undoubtedly make him proud.


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Dear Jill, It would seem that my letter that you published in the November edition of Essentiallyours, regarding speed reducing measures, really has stirred up Mr Godbold and his friends - great! These people need to be confronted because this issue, like most things in life, are best addressed when a balanced, common sense and proportional response is taken. It is unfortunate that Mr Godbold has decided to primarily make it a personal attack on me, although this is hardly surprising as he has absolutely no evidence to support the proposal to reduce speed outside Darland School, to 20mph (no incidents or accidents etc.). It is quite ironical that he says I have a patronising approach towards Hugh (which I certainly haven’t) and then proceeds to take patronising to a whole new level! Seriously, if we are to avoid the Old Chester Road becoming akin to the debacle in Kinnerton where the road resemble some sort of army assult course with 12 speeds bumps in the space of 400 yards, we need to stand up against further speed reducing measures. In fact Kinnerton village shows an interesting pattern elsewhere. Welsh village, crazy series of speed bumps, Doddleston, on the Chester side, (also with Junior School) 30mph no bumps. Holt (Wales) insane ’you then me, me then you’ highly dangerous obstacle course on the approach. Farndon, on the other side, far faster road on the approach but a simple 30mph. Kings School Chester, far bigger school than Darland much busier road, 50mph limit (although I think this should be scaled back to 40mph). In all these cases there has never been any incidents recorded over the last10 years. Quite simply these additional measures to slow traffic further are not supported by any local data and only add to our rates bills and the frustration of sensible drivers. Further evidence available at: www.telegraph.co.uk/news/.../20mph-limit-has-not-made-roads-safer.html D. Williams


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