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You are probably aware that Gresford Library is under threat of closure. The library will close at the end of the financial year unless the community can create and develop a social enterprise model to take over its running. With the proposed closure at the end of this month, the support of the local community is essential if our library service is to continue.

term aim is that the library becomes, or is part of, a community hub that will enhance the lives and wellbeing of those within the communities it serves. Work is already under way to secure funding and negotiate a lease with the local authority but more help and support will be needed to ensure the library can be saved and maintained in the future.

At a packed meeting held in Gresford on the 29th January 2014, there was overwhelming support for a continued service in the area. Subsequentl, a steering group has been set up to try and ensure this happens. The steering group is now establishing a nonprofit making company with charitable status which will be in a position to take over the running of the library.

To make this happen, goodwill and support from you is vital. We now need volunteers to run the library, as well as volunteers to help decorate and prepare the library for reopening. Volunteers will be an essential part of the continued running of the library and training and support will be provided. If you are able to help with a financial donation or give your time to get involved then please do; any donations and offers of help are welcome however small.

The plan is to create and develop a sustainable library service that will work in partnership with Wrexham County Borough Council and serve the communities of Gresford, Marford, Burton, Rossett and Lavister. It will be the organisation's immediate and primary goal to keep and develop the present library building. Members also hope to expand the use of the building with creative writing courses, refreshments, visits by local authors/poets and history courses to name a few ideas.The organisation’s long-

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Roads Despite a huge reduction in the budget available for maintaining the roads, I have been assured that the long overdue resurfacing of the top of Marford Hill near the traffic lights will be carried out in the new financial year. Planning Appeal Red Lion Retail Unit The appeal against the refusal of planning permission will be heard in public over three days by a planning inspector starting on 28th May in the Council Chamber. Marford Community Centre Negotiations are continuing between the Council and the new group MCC hoping to take over responsibility for running the Centre. Maes Y Pant A public meeting will be held on 1st April at Marford Community Centre at 7.30pm to enable everyone who supports the Community Woodland in our village to hear about the plans for its future. If you or your family have not yet signed up to be a “Friend of Maes-y-Pant”, this will be a good opportunity to show how much you value this facility. Membership is not restricted to our villages and friends from neighbouring villages are welcome. We are always pleased to have workers to help maintain our woodland and our next volunteer days are on March on 12th & 23rd at 10am.

Coffee Morning Success There was excellent support for the coffee morning held in Church House, Gresford, which raised over £400 for Maes-y-Pant funds. Many thanks to the organisers. Marford and Gresford Luncheon Club The Luncheon Club will meet again on 18th March, 8th and 29th April at 12.30pm at Marford Community Centre. Please ring Beryl Blackmore on 01978 85569 if you have not booked a meal at the previous meeting. Street lights Long standing problems in Sandrock Rd and Wynnstay Lane have been sorted out.We do still need to inform the Council as quickly as possible about potholes, light failures etc., so please use the website, telephone (01978 854992) or drop in to the Contact Centre in Lord St.

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ROSSETT MILL UPDATE

You have probably noticed scaffolding at Rossett Mill for quite a while now and the fact that the unsightly metal shutters have also been removed from the windows for a while too, and may have gathered it has new owners after its recent period of uncertainty. You will be pleased to hear Rossett Mill was purchased in December 2012 by local Chester people Celia and Brendan, and they moved in, or rather on site, and not in the actual mill in July 2013. Quite simply they fell in love with it at first sight and are making it their family home. Painting and chimney

repairs have been undertaken already but it will need a little more work before it's the family home they want. As a grade 11* listed building they will consult the local authority planners to do this. Celia kindly showed me round. It really is beautiful if you like olde worlde quirky buildings and lots of wood, but it does need a fair amount of work to make it a safe, comfortable and habitable home. Celia informed me that they would like to protect the history and the essence of the building. It was very kind of them to let me have a look round and talk to them, and I wish them all the best with their renovation programme.


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Other than re homing strays and other cats and kittens from their re homing centre in Wrexham, the Cat Protection help with problems too. Simon, as you can see is a perfectly friendly and normal little cat. However, he turned up as a stray and started making a nuisance of himself terrorising the local pet cats. Just defending a territory he thought was his, he started to fight and bully the other cats out of the area, and caused quite a bit of damage and some hefty vet bills for the owners of the other local cat. The cat protection helped catch him and neuter him to try and calm him down and covered the cost of this. In the end they also took him into their rehoming shelter to find him a nice home of his own. The local pets were pleased! I'm sure Simon has gone to a lovely new home by now where there are no other cats to compete with, but if you would like to support the charitable work they do by volunteering or make a donation you can get in touch on 01978 313574. Or if you would like to give a home to cat in need, you

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Slavonian Grebe (summer plumage - right) Slavonian Grebe (winter plumage - below) © Hugh Linn

Last month’s gale force winds and torrential rain brought inland a number of bird species normally found in coastal locations. Waterlogged fields provided a welcome haven for storm-driven wildfowl seeking refuge away from the worst of the weather. Steve Palin found one displaced marine duck, a female Scaup, associating with Pintails and Wigeon on the Trevalyn floods. From the same area there have been unconfirmed reports of Whooper Swans and a possible White-fronted Goose. While the River Alyn was in full spate a Grey Wagtail, temporarily forced off Rossett weir, was spotted in the middle of Burton Road foraging for invertebrates. A small flock of up to 9 Goosanders (all female) spent most of the winter on Gresford Flash. On Llay Pool a Slavonian Grebe proved a major attraction. Now often renamed the Horned Grebe this attractive little bird is remarkable for the transformation it undergoes each year from its sober black and white winter feathers to the colourful plumage acquired for the breeding season - a change so dramatic that it is hard to believe it is has not morphed into a completely different species. Slavonian

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Grebes prefer to winter on coastal waters and are unusual inland at this time of the year. One of their predictable winter haunts is Beddmanarch Bay in Anglesey where in Spring the progressive plumage change can be seen as they assume breeding plumage prior to migrating north. There is a small breeding population in the north of Scotland but most of our winter visitors come from Iceland, Scandinavia and northern Europe. By mid-March summer migrants should be dribbling in. Sandmartins, Wheatears and Chiffchaffs are usually the earliest to arrive. Chiffchaffs, easier to hear than to see, are named after their distinctive song which is just that - “chiff chaff chiff chaff” endlessly repeated following a barely audible sotto voce warmup of “chirrup, chirrup, chirrup“. Llay Pool is a good spot for migrant waders in Spring. Last year Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, Common Sandpipers, Dunlins, Oystercatchers and Redshanks were all recorded.


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Maes-y-Pant - we’re getting there!

Three Thank-yous and an All Fools’ Day Meeting I hope all of you who live in Marford and Gresford have received your free leaflet about Maes-y-Pant. It was intended as a thankyou to volunteers and supporters alike and for the support received from Gresford Community Council. I can’t yet give a date for when we will put in a footpath on Pant Lane and resurface the car park entrance – and yes, you’re right, the car park itself is a bit of a muddy mess at present, so we’ll have to think of ways of improving it. For those of you who are still finding your way around Maes-y-Pant, I hope you find the map in the leaflet of use. Ironically, the surfaced footpaths have stood up well to the heavy rainfall we’ve had recently, even if the car park hasn’t. The unmade paths are also shown on the map, as I know some of you prefer the natural paths, but you will need boots in places. Even so, most of the surfaced paths are blending in with their surroundings very well, although there are still loose chippings in parts. We would also like to thank the volunteers’ group from All Saints Church and all of you who attended the coffee morning in February in Church House. We raised £412, including proceeds from a raffle. A wonderful effort and what’s more there were excellent cakes and coffee.

There is yet a third thankyou and that is to all of you who have joined the Friends of Maes-y-Pant (FoM), both through oneoff donations as well as annual direct debit payments.We have our first FoM meeting at 7.30pm, 1 April in the Marford Community Centre. For this first meeting we would like to open it to everyone who is interested. I know there are many calls on your time and finances but I hope that in achieving what we have in the last 2 years, we have shown that we are worth supporting. We still have important projects in the pipeline for this year but I don’t want to jump the gun until I can confirm the details. Spring is around the corner – or is it here already? We’ve renovated and installed twelve nestboxes on site and birds are showing a big interest already. We have previously created glades and also have a meadow area. It’s our plan to sow British woodland plants and meadow flowers. Hopefully I can tell you more at a later date.


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THIS FOUR BEDROOM DETACHED FAMILY HOME REQUIRING SOME MODERNISATION IS LOCATED IN THE MUCH SOUGHT AFTER VILLAGE OF MARFORD. SITUATED ON A GOOD SIZE PLOT THE PROPERTY ITSELF BENEFITS FROM DOUBLE GLAZING, GAS CENTRAL HEATING VIA A COMBINATION BOILER AND COMPRISES ENTRANCE HALLWAY, LOUNGE, DINING ROOM, KITCHEN, GROUND FLOOR CLOAKROOM/W.C, FOUR BEDROOMS, BATHROOM, GARAGE AND OFF ROAD PARKING, FRONT AND REAR GARDENS AND IS AVAILABLE WITH NO ONWARD CHAIN.

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info@townandcountrychester.com Email: info@townandcountrychester.com The propertyEmail: benefits from double glazing and gas central heating. The internal accommodation briefly comprises an entrance vestibule, hallway, wc, living room and dining room both with feature bay windows, large kitchen/breakfast area, pantry, utility room, further wc and conservatory which opens on to the large rear garden with far reaching views beyond. On the first floor there is a landing, 4 large double bedrooms, majority with built-in bedroom furniture, one being en-suite, dressing room with family bathroom off. The property is situated in idyllic a vast The sweeping leads tokitchen, the single Benefitting from upvcgrounds double offering glazing, oil fired degree central of privacy. Entrance hallway, lounge,driveway dining room, fitted utility garage

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By April 24th, spring will be in full bloom in Wrexham. However, so will the music and comedy scene be, as the Focus Wales Festival delivers 3 days of the finest both have to offer. Playing in a range of venues across the town centre (some more unusual than others) will be established and even legendary talent, alongside some fantastic up-and-coming artists. On the Thursday, the great John Cooper Clark, punk poet, broadcaster and hilarious raconteur, will be performing in the William Aston Hall and this surely is a must-see for all. However, careful balancing will be needed to ensure that optimum use is made of the time available as during the Focus Wales festival being in two places at once is a required skill. Damo Suzuki is former frontman for the hugely inventive and influential German pro-rock combo Can and will be at Central Station on the Thursday evening at the same time as John Cooper Clarke is at Glyndwr; you see the problem! Poltergeist are the instrumental side-project of Echo and the Bunnymen members Will Sergeant and Les Pattinson and headline Central Station on Friday Night. Gulp is the latest project by Guto Pryce (former Super Furry Animals) and promises a dream-folk electronica feast and they headline Central Station on the Saturday night. Another must-see will be North Wales’ very own Golden Fable, no doubt performing tracks from their soon-to-be-released second album. Noone can seriously be planning to miss the

performance of Wrexham legends Terminal in The Commercial on Friday night. Once favourites of John Peel, this enduring postpunk act came so close to breaking through in the early ‘80’s and still deliver a powerpacked set of classics today. Also local heroes, Heal The Last Stand will be performing material from their hugely anticipated new release in the Catrin Finch Centre on Thursday. Other local groups you will want to see are Orient Machine, Sparrowhawks and the excellent Maydays. But possibly the real joy of Focus Wales is the discovery of a band you’ve never heard before, but are unable to live without ever again. You could be in St Giles’s Parish Church, or Wrexham County Museum, or even at the free performances at Queens Square on the Saturday, and the band could be from Sweden, Germany, Brazil or Canada to name but a few of the countries that will be represented. One thing is certain; you will not be disappointed by the music or the comedy which includes shows by Gary Delaney of Mock the Week and Norman Lovett of Red Dwarf. Add to this three days of conferences with panels including former Creation Records boss Alan McGee (Oasis, Primal Scream etc), Huw Stephens of Radio 1 and Louder Than War boss and leading music journalist John Robb, and you have a feast that is difficult to ignore. For further information and ticket details, visit the Focus Wales website at www. focuswales.com


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Divide the meat mixture into 15-18 evensized pieces and shape into balls (they should be about the size of a walnut). Heat the oil in the frying pan over a medium heat and add the meatballs using a spoon. Cook them for 5 mins, turning until golden brown. Remove from the pan and place them on to the tray. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins. Remove from the oven. Remember to use oven gloves! Allow to cool slightly and serve with a fresh, crisp green salad, some pitta bread and tomato salsa.

How it’s done: Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Put the mince into the mixing bowl. Add the onions, garlic, curry powder, cumin, garam masala, paprika or cayenne pepper and coriander, then mix well. By adding these spices, you’ll get a delicious flavour without having to add any salt. Add the beaten egg and breadcrumbs, then mix again.

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hugh.jones@wrexham.gov.uk Chester Road/Chapel Lane. Residents of Chapel Lane have expressed concern about traffic ignoring the ‘access only’ signs and using the lane as a shortcut. I have proposed that Chapel Lane is made ‘No Entry’ from Chester Road. The scheme will create a metre length one way at the junction. This will still enable residents to drive in both directions from their properties. The scheme will be advertised together with the proposed 20mph speed limit on Chester Road. All residents of Chapel Lane will be notified and have the opportunity to express a view. The slow progress of the Chester Road scheme is due to the staffing cutbacks. We have one officer drafting all permanent and temporary traffic orders for the whole County Borough. In the meantime our PCSO will monitor vehicles using the road as a short cut. Also, thanks to his efforts, we have had several visits from the ‘Go Safe’ speed detection van outside Darland School.

I am afraid to say that this saga continues. There are so many different issues being raised by concerned residents that I am arranging a further public meeting. I expect to have representatives from council departments, including engineering and legal, present on the night. In response to the concerns about trees, we have reduced the number of trees to be felled to 6, all of which have horse chestnut canker. It seems this is a small price to pay to alleviate the risk of flooding to people’s homes. The trees will be replaced with more appropriate species such as oak. Other issues, such as the capacity of the pond to take the water, will be dealt with. On this subject, thanks are due to Council staff who responded promptly to the recent flooding and deployed a tanker to take away nine full loads of surface water.

Council Budget. The 2014/15 budget was Ballswood Quarry. The Quarry is in Llay passed on February 26th. This will result in a Ward though the site borders farmland in 3% increase in the County Borough precept. Rossett Ward and its operations potentially Wrexham will have the 15th lowest Band D impact on our residents. Council Tax in England and Wales. I have been Proposals are in hand to strongly criticised for voting to close Plas commence the production Madoc Leisure Centre. It was a tough decision, of tarmacadam from the but the centre is losing £540,000 this year with site. This raises a number previous years’ losses in excess of £700,000 of environmental issues. I per year. Users are subsidised at the rate of am working with councillors £2.40 per visit.There was no viable alternative. from Llay to organise a public meeting so that all of the As always I can be contacted at issues can be discussed. Hugh.Jones@wrexham.gov.uk or on Darland Lane/Gamford Lane. 07769706999


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