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July 2018

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Welcome... to your latest edition of EssentialsMAG What amazing weather we’ve been having! These hot, sunny days make you want to head straight for the nearest beach! But when you get there do you really understand what all the different beach flags mean? The seaside isn’t most people’s usual environment so it’s easy to miss some of its hazards. Before heading off, please read the RNLI’s safety tips for avoiding mishaps and accidents at the beach. Summer is a great time for purchasing (or harvesting) some fabulous fruits and vegetables. Our delicious recipe this month is a fresh summer pea soup created for us by celebrity chef Mark Ellis, who has just opened a new restaurant called Shippon at The Plassey in Eyton. Keep on sending us your news and events at vicky@essentialsmag.co.uk and please follow EssentialsMAG on Facebook and Twitter. Have a lovely July!

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Cover Photo: Poppy field on Hoseley Lane by May Lee

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Four Keys to Unlock a Positive Mindset By EssentialsMAG motivation contributor SASHA KENNEY You have probably heard the expression “You reap what you sow.” If you believe this to be true, you will want to know how to develop a positive mindset. The “power of positive thinking” is a popular concept and it’s physical and mental benefits have been supported by several scientific studies. Positive thinking can give you more confidence, improve your mood, and even reduce the likelihood of developing depression and other stressrelated disorders. All this sounds great, but what does the “power of positive thinking” really mean? You could define “positive thinking” as a mental attitude in which you focus on good and favourable results. It can be achieved through positive imagery, positive self-talk or general optimism. Here are four practical keys to unlock your positive mindset through positive thinking: 1. Start the day with positive affirmations Instead of letting a bad start of the morning dominate the rest of the day, start your day with positive affirmations. Say three positive things to yourself every morning, for example: “I’m going to be awesome today” or “Today will be a good day.” You’ll be amazed how much your day improves.

2. Focus on the good things, however small It is highly likely that you will encounter a few challenges throughout the day. When you do, see if you can find and focus on the benefits, no matter how unimportant they seem. For example, if your train is late, think about how you now have more time to read your favourite book or this EssentialsMAG! 3. Turn failures into lessons We all make mistakes and experience failure. Instead of focusing on how you failed, think about what you’re going to do next time; after all F.A.I.L. only stands for First Attempt In Learning. For example, you could come up with new ways to manage a project as a result. 4.Find positive friends, mentors and co-workers My mum always used to say: “Show me who you fly with and I will tell you who you are”. She was right, as always. When you surround yourself with positive people, their words will sink in and affect your own line of thinking. Sow “good” and “positive”. You will reap all that you sow. Recommended further reading: “Mindset” by Dr. Dweck.

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On The Beach - A Guide to a Safe and Fun Time at the Seaside this Summer You're all packed for a day at the beach. You've got sunscreen, a beach chair and a good book, and you're looking forward to a day in the sun and surf. When you arrive at the beach, though, it's lined with red flags. The RNLI has developed a flag warning system to notify beachgoers of potential water hazards. Understanding and heeding these coloured flags keeps you safe in the water and helps you enjoy your trip to the beach.

RED AND WHITE PROHIBITION SIGN Do not enter the water at any time. Swimming and other water-related activities are not permitted.

RED AND YELLOW FLAGS Lifeguarded area: safest place to swim, bodyboard and use inflatables.

RED FLAG Danger! NEVER go in the water when the red flag is up, under any circumstances.

BLACK AND WHITE CHEQUERED FLAGS For surfboards, kayaks and other non-powered craft. NEVER swim or bodyboard here.

ORANGE WINDSOCK Indicates offshore or strong wind conditions. NEVER use an inflatable when the sock is flying.

Choose a Lifeguarded Beach When you’re heading to a beach, the RNLI urge you to respect the water and visit a lifeguarded beach. On a lifeguarded beach there are trained professionals to help keep you safe – they’ll be on hand if something goes wrong, in or out of the water. It’s easy to search for lifeguarded beaches to make sure you and your family have a safe and fun trip to the coast. Simply visit: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches. Remember: If you see anyone in trouble, alert the lifeguards, or call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

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Las Vegas - you have to see it to believe it! It’s never been easier to get to Las Vegas. From 2019 Virgin Atlantic alone will have four non-stop flights per week from Manchester. It’s popular as a stand-alone holiday destination with UK visitors spending anything from a long weekend to three weeks in ‘Sin City’. So what’s the attraction? As the World’s number one gambling destination Las Vegas caters for highrollers and ‘nickel & dime’ slot machine players alike. Glitzy ‘Center-Strip’, with its landmark luxury hotels such as The Bellagio and Caesars Palace, mainly caters for the higher end of the market with prices and stakes to match. $25 minimum for Black Jack is not uncommon! Some seven miles to the north, the older, original downtown Las Vegas around Freemont Street still offers low stake gambling coupled with complimentary drinks and a free light show every night. Perfect for the novice! It’s also number one for entertainment with headline artists and a host of regular shows on every night. Cirque Du Soleil alone has no less than seven different shows across Las Vegas! Discounts for same day and next day shows can be had from ticket outlet booths along the strip, so, if you are flexible in what you want to see, wait until you get there! If shows don’t grab you then how about leaping off the top of the 108th floor of The Stratosphere in a ‘controlled’ freefall most of the 855 feet down to the strip?

Hotels are amazing! Some offer suites, amazing pool decks, restaurants, bars, wedding chapels and entertainment. The great thing is that adults (21+) are free to wander around the public areas and casinos of most hotels although the pool decks tend to be guest only. Most hotels have casinos where smoking is generally permitted. If smoking bothers you consider one of the non-casino, no smoking properties such as The Vdara. Beware that almost every resort hotel in Las Vegas charges a locally payable ‘Resort Fee’ to cover a host of benefits such as wifi, local phone calls, gym access and pool towels. At typically $30-$40 per room per night this is just one of many ways Las Vegas will burn a hole in your pocket! In the summer months (June-September) the desert heat often exceeds 40 degrees in the shade. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s always hot – Winter (DecemberFebruary) can drop below freezing at night and only hit the low to mid-teens by day and it goes dark as early as 4:30pm! That aside, with careful planning you can probably find weather that’s ideal for you. Whilst very much a self-styled resort destination, there are an abundance of sightseeing opportunities beyond, and


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en-route to Las Vegas. The Grand Canyon is the big one - literally! Personally I recommend taking a plane trip, rather than helicopter as an aircraft has the range to cover the 180 miles to the more dramatic, and scenic South Rim within the National Park taking in the Hoover Dam on the way. With other non-stop U.S. destinations from Manchester (such as Boston, New York, Orlando, San Francisco and new for 2019 – Los Angeles) Virgin Atlantic enables some very imaginative itineraries to be put together. Some routes even offer free flights between cities. Las Vegas is also a fly drive gateway to some of America’s most spectacular National Parks including Bryce, Zion, Arches & Canyonlands taking in Route 66 and maybe a detour to Monument Valley. Las Vegas is a bit like Marmite - you’ll either love it or hate it - but, if you don’t try it you will never know!

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Time Difference: -8 hours Currency: £1 = approximately US$1.30 Flying Time: 10 hours Top Tips: Book your Grand Canyon flight before you leave the UK. Use the ticket booths on the strip for discounted shows and dining. Always carry photo ID. Under 21s cannot consume alcohol and have very restricted access walking through hotel casinos. Howard Davies, Director of Delmar World, has made over 180 trips to America.


BRHS - Burton Rossett Horticultural Society Gardening News By EssentialsMAG gardening contributor CAROL EDWARDS I don’t know if you remember my articles from before so I will introduce myself again. My name is Carol Edwards and I am a member of BRHS garden society. I live in Rossett and have a medium sized garden with a mixture of plants, soft fruit, grasses, shrubs and trees. I have a small greenhouse with tomatoes and cucumbers, and at the moment a plant that the members of the society are growing on to exhibit at the August show. This year it is a rather tall salvia, and I have great hopes that it will do well in the completion. Every time we meet we swop stories of how well or badly our plants are doing which makes for interesting comments. There are a number of jobs to do at this time of the year including the lawn, if we are having a drought remember to set your mower blades higher as this will help the growth. Keep an eye out for any pests as well including greenfly, if you have ground elder and bindweed treat it with a glyposate-based weed killer before it gets a hold. The nice thing about this time of year is the harvesting of those lovely fresh vegetables marrows, courgettes, runner beans, peas etc. I have just picked my first cucumber and harvested a lot of strawberries, the raspberries are about to ripen, so I am looking forward to that as well, I will be making jam soon as we do like to eat lots of jam! In the greenhouse remember to pinch out the small side-shoots on your tomato plants, this will help to make the plants stronger and to grow better fruit. Try to resist pulling any more rhubarb now as it will encourage reserves for next year. Also do a lot of dead heading on sweet-peas and your bedding plants, and don’t forget to sit out in your gardens and enjoy them.

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Eaton Light Railway Dear Vicky, The article in the June edition of Essentials MAG reminded me of my great grand uncle, Henry Greenly, who in 1905 negotiated with the Duke of Westminster’s agent, the Hon Cecil Parker, to be able to carry out proving trials of a 15’’ gauge steam locomotive (Little Giant) on the Eaton Light Railway. This engine was destined to be used on a new miniature railway being lain down in Blackpool. Since the track at Blackpool was not ready the existence of the Eaton railway made it possible for proving trials to be carried out there. Permission was granted and Little Giant was conveyed by rail to Balderton Sidings on the GWR line to Chester and then lifted and placed directly onto the Duke’s small railway. Gauge width checks had been made to ensure the new locomotive would take to the track. The trials seem to have been successful as runs of 22mph and 30mph were achieved with a load of 2 ½ tons behind the tender. The Blackpool Railway was situated on the beach at the South Shore, but because sand caused scoring of bearing and reciprocating parts, the owners transferred the railway to Halifax after only two years operations. I hope your readers and the Local History Group will find this interesting. Michael Greenly

Stancliffe Avenue... Wynnstay Lane Closed Dear Vicky, Oh! The Joy! Oh! The Pleasure! Oh! The Silence! Oh! We live in a haven of piece for a few short weeks, now there are so few cars, vans and trucks short cutting along Stancliffe Avenue, since the gas work started along Wynnstay Lane. All good things come to an end sadly. I just hope? Now all the mad-dashers have found new routes, they won’t come back. But that’s probably a gas filled pipe dream! Paul Stephens

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Local Birds & Wildlife By Rev. Hugh Linn One wild bird may look very much like another of the same species, but thanks to the efforts of ringers working in association with the British Trust for Ornithology, it is possible not only to identify individuals but also to learn something of their history. On 22nd May a pair of Mute Swans (probably the birds seen previously on Borras Quarry Pool) appeared on Gresford Flash, and as they paddled gracefully nearer the road, no doubt associating human beings with the chance of food, I noticed the male bird was wearing an orange coloured ring numbered 17J. I contacted the BTO who confirmed the bird was known to them as W33317, having been ringed on 8th October 2013, some 90 kilometres away on the River Severn at Bewdley, Worcs.

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Probably our most-travelled local bird about Mallard with ducklings whose history we know is a female Mediterranean Gull, identified by ring no. 32J9 which spent part of the winter of 2015/16 at the Flash. This bird really did get about! Thanks to that ring, (which I managed to photograph), we know it was first recorded as an adult in Brussels in April 2007 and subsequently seen in France, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Porthmadog and Liverpool. A few months before appearing in Gresford it was found paired up with a male at the Wood Lane Nature Reserve in Shropshire. According to the BTO the record for a British bird's longest journey is held by an Arctic Tern which migrated 18,000 km. from Wales to Australia. Two pairs of Mallards and a female Mandarin have been seen with ducklings on Gresford Flash. Originally imported from China as ornamental waterfowl, Mandarin ducks now number around 8,000 in the UK. Another less welcome introduction recently observed at the Flash was a Red-eared Terrapin. Many of these were released following the Ninja Turtle craze of the 1990s when people discovered that their once trendy pets could live for 40 years while munching through other pond residents such as frogs, newts, toads - and (worryingly for our Mallards and Mandarins) - ducklings.


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Summer Pea Soup One of my favourite preparations in the Summer, delicious eaten hot or cold. I serve this seasonal delight as a pre-starter to get the taste buds going at Shippon, but it is delicious as a starter, or snack with some crusty bread! - Mark Ellis

INGREDIENTS 1000g Fresh Peas, picked from the pods and washed well (you can use frozen if fresh are not available) 500g potato, peeled washed and diced 1 onion, large, peeled and diced 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed 2 litre vegetable stock 10 mint leaves Nutmeg

METHOD Add the potato to a hot pan with a little olive oil and a good pinch of salt and cook gently over a low heat with a ladle of the stock. Add the onion and the garlic and continue to sweat until the onions become translucent. Add the rest of the stock and the mint leaves and cook over a medium heat until very soft. Add the peas and cook until they turn dark green and soften. Blend in batches in a blender until smooth and check the seasoning. Add some pepper and salt to taste and some fresh nutmeg. Eat immediately, or chill and serve cold.


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This delicious recipe was kindly supplied by Mark Ellis at Shippon. Here at Shippon, acclaimed chef Mark Ellis, a two time representative for the North West region on popular TV cookery show BBC’s Great British Menu, brings his unique style of restaurant to The Plassey, 12 months after successfully opening his first solo restaurant Allium Bar and Grill in Tattenhall, Chester to critical acclaim. We aim to bring you the very best dining and drinking experience in the area with sympathetic use of local and international ingredients, the finest wines , gins and other perfect serve drinks, carefully crafted by our sommelier. Whether you are joining us for a hearty brunch, afternoon tea, lunch or dinner with friends, family or colleagues, we have a range of menus with options to suit all tastes and you can expect the very best service from our team. Shippon by Mark Ellis, The Plassey, Eyton, Wrexham LL13 0SP Tel: 01978 780999 / E: contact@theshippon.com / www.theshippon.com


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Marford Girl Guides 1st Marford Guides gave their congratulations to their Leaders, Paula Jones who received her 20 year award, and Beryl Blackmore who received her 50 year award, both for volunteering in Guides. Two Gresford Brownies visited to experience Guides as they are near to moving up at the age of ten years. Any girls aged 10 years who are interested in joining, or adults who would like to volunteer please get in touch with Beryl. Thank you Beryl Blackmore Email: blackbb1927@outlook.com

Rossett Scout Group Well done to Rossett CC and the team responsible for the ‘Picnic in the park’ on June 9th. The event was part of the ‘Big Lunch’ to bring members of the community together. It also raised funds to buy silent soldiers in remembrance of 100 years since the armistice. We were there with the scouts making fresh pizzas for donations to the fund and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. Children’s crafts, book stall, cakes, blood bikes, bouncy castle etc. all added to the event. Plenty of people were still around enjoying the afternoon well past the official 2pm finish. Philip Bentley, GSL, 1st Rossett

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Gresford Trust Newsdesk By Jenny Dutton Gresford Village Bowling Club hosted the Fields Cup, the annual Open Singles Competition, on Monday 28th. May. This trophy is one of the oldest in the Wrexham Area, having been in existence for about 70 years. The competition attracts top bowlers from all over North Wales and the Wirral and the winner receives the Fields Cup Trophy and £200 in prize money, donated by a generous supporter. The competition is regarded as one of the major tournaments in North Wales and the winner also qualifies for the Welsh Champion of Champions competition at the end of September. This year we had 40 entries to the all-day event; men, ladies and one Gresford youngster, Connor Edwards, with the event also attracting a large number of spectators. The winner this year was Paul Hallett from Llay who defeated Ian Dutton of Esclusham. Gresford Village Bowling Club is open and welcoming to all newcomers as social players who may then go on to play competitively. Connor Edwards is by far the youngest member of the Club at nine years old. He is extremely enthusiastic and competitive and has won 4 of his 6 games in the Wrexham Pairs League Division 1, playing with his dad, Chris. For more information about joining the Bowling Club please contact Graham Owen. Tel: 01978 853247

All Stars Cricket on a Sunday morning is attracting a great many enthusiastic young cricketers who were visited by the All Stars Mascot, much to the children’s delight and parents’ amusement. George Morris, a coach with All Stars, who also coaches the Under 9s and assists generally with the smooth running of Gresford Cricket Club ‘volunteered’ to be the Star of the moment! Gresford Playgroup are gearing up for the new term in September and are looking for new Committee members from their parents, grandparents and supporters. Children can join playgroup from the age of two years. Playgroup email: gresfordplaygroup@hotmail.co.uk or find on Facebook at Gresford Playgroup and Playgroup Plus. With new classes and groups starting at the Trust keep up to date by finding us on Facebook at Gresford Trust and our website: www.gresfordtrust.org.


Different Strokes: Open-Water Swimming By EssentialsMAG fitness contributor HELEN CONWAY It’s that time of year again - warm, long days when a cool dip seems so inviting. So, we are revisiting some pointers to stay Safe in the water. Regardless of how inviting it might seem, unless you are an experienced open water swimmer and with a buddy, don't be tempted to jump into your local river or lake. Open water, or wild swimming, is a popular, but an extreme sport. If you want to start open water swimming, there are many, large, well organised open water swimming events through the year. Most of these cater for novices, so a perfect opportunity to gain experience safely. Some important points to remember: • When you first enter cold water, even in summer, you experience something called the gasp reflex. This is where the cold water causes the swimmer to involuntarily gasp, which can be fatal if someone has jumped in and is submerged rather than entering the water carefully and slowly. • A calm body of water can often hide unseen undercurrents. If you don't know your lake or river, don't enter it. • Never swim alone. Always swim with another experienced swimmer and if possible, also have someone on the bank for shore support. Always advise your companions how far you intend to swim and for how long. • Swim along the bank rather than away from it. Always stay within the reach of help. • Recognise when you are getting too cold. Keep swims short if you are new to the sport. Have a hot drink available for when you are out and layers of warm clothes ready. It's completely normal to shiver after swimming in cold water, so have a hot drink and something to eat and don't drive until the shivering has gone. • Never jump into a river or lake if you aren't familiar with what's under the surface. If you want to jump, join a recognised group that specialises in coasteering. • Never swim in reservoirs. They often house, and hide, underwater equipment and vents. • If you fall in, don't fight. Allow yourself to float on your back until you are calm and then able to exit safely. • If you cannot answer simple questions about yourself (e.g. your pet's name, address etc), then your mental state is being adversely affected by extremes (heat or cold or exhaustion). You should exit the water immediately and get help. Open water is inherently dangerous. Get local information before entering the water. But, follow the advice, and you will be able to enjoy a fabulous EssentialsMAG fitness activity safely. It's a truly contributor is Helen Conway magical experience. from Bodywork Pilates www.bodywork-pilates.co.uk Tel: 01978 512401


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What is the ‘X’ Factor in Divorce Proceedings? By EssentialsMAG legal advice contributor CAROL McGUIRE The X Factor revolves around the word "TALK". First of all, you should talk to your Spouse/Partner and try to resolve the issues between you. If you feel that you need some help, then perhaps consider counselling through Relate or Mediation. Talking to a third party might ease the situation for you. If, however, you cannot resolve matters between you, then you really need to seek the advice of a Specialist Solicitor as soon as possible, to avoid future conflicts, e.g. potential orders for costs against you. Such a Solicitor can be found as a Member of RESOLUTION, or the FAMILY LAW PANEL, both of which can be found easily on the Internet. Each website will give you a list of Solicitors in your area that specialise in this area. You may of course choose to use a Solicitor that has been recommended to you, which you may find more appealing. The most important point is that you choose a Solicitor who is willing to listen to you, because it's your life that is being dealt with and so you need someone who can empathize with you and understand from experience what you are going through. This is especially important when there are children involved. If you feel more comfortable with a parent or friend accompanying you, then that should be permitted. It's a very emotional

time and we understand that it's almost impossible to take every piece of advice in at a first meeting. This is where a parent or friend can help. They may be able to ask the questions that you have temporarily forgotten. Very often, the cause for the divorce is more important to the client (and we can quite understand that), than resolving financial issues, but as solicitors, we have to look to the future for you and make sure that you are safeguarded so to speak. Divorce or Separation hurts, but after a first appointment with a Solicitor, you can at least leave your worries with them, and as I have said, it's important to TALK. You need to release that inner pressure and the only way you can do it, is to TALK. Don't be afraid of telling your Solicitor everything because such information is "privileged " and no one else will know about it. Your solicitor is not going to talk you into taking divorce or separation proceedings, but is there to explain the consequences of both. So please TALK and seek the much-needed advice that you need.

EssentialsMAG legal advice contributor is Carol McGuire of Thomas Andrews www.thomasandrews.co.uk


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Playing to Your Strengths By EssentialsMAG relationships contributor CAT WILLIAMS If I asked you about your strengths and weaknesses would you find it easier to identify what you’re not good at, rather than to sing your own praises? You are not alone. I recently found out my strengths and the difference it has made has really surprised me. Maximising our natural strengths has been proven to have a positive impact on many life factors including motivation, self-confidence, relationships and career success. What are Personality Strengths? There are 24 personality strengths of which each of us will have a unique combination of seven that are particularly strong. Think about when you feel at your most energised. Which of the 24 strengths below do you think might be your natural seven? Courage Collaboration Efficiency Creativity Flexibility Critical Thinking Initiative Detail Orientation

Results Focus Strategic Mindedness Self-Improvement Relationship Building Emotional Control Compassion Enthusiasm Developing Others

Optimism Empathy Resilience Leading Self-confidence Persuasiveness Decisiveness Common Sense

Play to your strengths but don’t go into overdrive! Resilience is a top strength for me, I feel a surge of energy to overcome things that are difficult! Knowing my seven strengths means I can now use them in balance. I am now much more self-aware, motivated, confident and successful. What are the strengths of those around you? Have a think about what the natural strengths of your partner, children or colleagues might be – do your different strengths sometimes cause a clash? Do you think the strengths of yourself or others might be under or over-used? If you are interested in analysing your own, or someone else’s strengths, or to find out more about Cat’s private, school and work-place sessions, please get in touch. Mention ‘Essentials MAG’ when booking a session and receive a 20% discount!

EssentialsMAG relationship contributor is Cat Williams from Stay Calm and Content www.staycalmandcontent.com catstaycalm@gmail.com Tel: 07799 641347


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Financial News with Hadlow Edwards What are the prospects for cash savers after the recent interest rate decision by the Bank of England? After the worst quarterly growth rate figures in five years1, it was probably not surprising that the Bank of England decided, again, to leave interest rates on hold at 0.5%. Though its widely expected, particularly with wage cost pressures building, that the Monetary policy committee won’t delay much longer, the extent of any rate rises means that current market forecasts are to reach just short of 1.25% in three years’ time2, still a long way below prefinancial crisis levels. In 2007, £100,000 deposit in an average account with three month’s notice, would have generated interest of £6,000 over the calendar year. In the 12 months to March this year, the same amount held in a similar notice account would have provided interest of just £740 - a fall of over 87%3.

Unfortunately, the familiar story is one that cash savers have had to come to terms with for over ten years now, and whilst undoubtedly UK savers preference or the perceived safety of cash remains firm, of the 1779 savings account available, only 19 are paying a rate that beats last month’s inflation figures of 2.5% and this includes the 4 out of 399 Cash ISAs currently available4 at the end of the first quarter of this year. Research conducted last year by Royal London concluded that, over the previous decade, Cash ISA savers missed out on more than £100 billion in returns by using cash as a long term investment strategy. Furthermore, its estimated that inflation has wiped off the equivalent of £26 billion from the purchasing power of Cash ISAs over the same period. The average no-notice Cash ISA currently pays 0.8% which equates to a return of minus 1.7%

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after inflation. What’s more, all variable Cash ISA rates remain below the level they were when the base rate was last at 0.5%, before the cut in August 2016 which followed the Brexit vote5. For the analysts amongst you, the source of all these facts and figures are listed below! Why am I giving you this information, not because you should all rush to the phone now and demand an appointment to put all of your cash into stock market investments, certainly not. But, and here is the crux of the matter, a single asset class strategy is rarely successful, be that in cash, stocks and shares, property, bond and gilts. A well thought out financial plan, using different assets classes, to suit your own risk profile, meet your long term objectives, can be flexible enough to adapt to change, and ideally is designed and monitored by a professional and qualified Financial Planner just might improve your savings prospects. The value of an ISA with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the underlying funds selected and may fall as well as rise, you may get back less than you invested. An investment into a Stocks and Shares ISA will not provide the same security of capital associated with a Cash ISA. The favourable tax treatment of ISAs may be subject to changes in legislation in the future. 1. Office for National Statistics, April 2018 2. Bank of England, Inflation Report, February 2018 3. J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Guide to the Markets, March 2018 4. Royal London, The Curse of Cash, February 2017 5. Moneyfacts, UK Savings Trends, April 2018

Contributed by Warren Hadlow & Medwyn Edwards, Hadlow Edwards Wealth Management Limited. Telephone: 01978 311 611 - e-mail: hadlow.edwards@sjpp.co.uk Hadlow Edwards Wealth Management Limited represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website www.sjp.co.uk/products The title `Partner Practice' is the marketing term used to describe St. James's Place representatives.


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Rossett Community Awards 2018 This year is the first Rossett Annual Community Awards. The awards will be presented at the Rossett Village Festival on Saturday 25th August 2018. Please support by nominating someone that you think fits the criteria in the five categories outlined below. The closing date is 1st August 2018.

The Catrin Pugh Young Persons Award: - for someone who is always busy helping others from sports coaching, charity work or any other volunteer work that has a positive impact on others.

The Christine Whiles Environmental Award: - for someone who has made an environmental impact within the village.

The Matt Hodgson Award: - for someone from the village who has made charitable contributions.

The Village Elder Award: - for someone in retirement who supports the elderly of the village.

The Community Spirit Award: - for someone who has given time and effort to work towards village improvements. The school awards will be decided by the schools.

The Emma-Jane Hopper Award: - a primary education award for the most effort at school.

The Darland High School Award: - a secondary education award for the most effort at school. There are three ways to nominate: 1. In person: Place your nomination in a sealed envelope and leave at the Golden Lion. 2. Facebook: Send us a private message via our Facebook page: @rossettcommunitycouncil 3. Online using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwrFG_M2ywXC_9HjJBZdi7kKwJvS0pyqH V9-lgvsIZ_ngLYw/viewform?usp=pp_url


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Carol McGuire has specialised in all areas of Family Law, including: DIVORCE; SEPARATION; ISSUES RELATING TO CHILDREN and FINANCIAL REMEDY for over 30 years. Carol welcomes you to the brand-new offices of Thomas Andrews & Partners at First Floor, Suite 7, Church Street, Wrexham LL13 8LS, which are just around the corner from her old premises, next to St. Giles Parish Church. She offers FREE 30 minute appointments. So ring her today and arrange an appointment to gain some FREE ADVICE. Telephone 01978 291506. Carol McGuire, Thomas Andrews & Partners, First Floor, Suite 7 Church Street, Wrexham LL13 8LS T: 01978 291506 / E: carolinem@thomasandrews.co.uk / www.thomasandrews.co.uk


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Sit Back and Relax at Wild Goose Bar & Restaurant

The stunning Wild Goose Bar & Restaurant is truly a hidden gem set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes. We have recently re-opened under new owner and very excited for the future of Wild Goose. You can either sit inside in our beautifully decorated restaurant or sit outside in one of our colourful beach huts overlooking the stunning lakes and if you feel a bit chilly help yourself to one our warm blankets! Families are welcome, we have something for everyone to enjoy at Wild Goose you won’t be disappointed. We serve traditional English food with an international twist! A choice of Healthy options, gluten-free and a child’s menu for those little fussy eaters! Our famous Sunday roast is to die for, freshly made by our talented chefs, don’t believe us? Why not pop in and see for yourself?! Our well stocked bar has a selection of Cheshire ales and more familiar ales along with a selection of wines, spirits, hot & cold drinks, selling the famous delicious freshly ground illy coffee. Opening times Tuesday - Saturday 10am-10pm (Food orders taken 12pm – 9pm) / Sunday 12pm-6pm. Wild Goose Lakeside Bar & Restaurant, Church Road, Dodleston, Chester Lakes, CH4 9LQ Please visit our website www.wildgooserestaurant.co.uk to view our menus and see what events we have on. Or call us on 01244 661 858. Twitter: @WildGooseCH4 / Facebook: @wildgoosechester / Instagram: wildgoosechester


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THIS BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED, LIGHT AND SPACIOUS FOUR BEDROOM DETACHED HOME IS SITUATED IN AN ENVIABLE POSITION ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ROSSETT.

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THREE BEDROOM SEMI DETACHED HOME FORMS PART OF AN EXCLUSIVE AND SELECT DEVELOPMENT. SITUATED IN AN ENVIABLE POSITION AND ENJOYING A PRIME ASPECT OVER THE 'VILLAGE GREEN'.

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Spotting Scam Emails By EssentialsMAG tech contributor DAVID HUGHES A few issues ago, I covered the broad subject of cyber security. This time, I want to focus on a specific area of security that, unfortunately, affects most of us: how to spot scam emails. Hundreds of billions of emails are sent and received on a daily basis. The statistics are staggering. According to a number of studies, over half are considered spam to be ignored. Only a small percentage are actually malicious – but this still represents a large number of emails. So, here are five ways to spot the scams and avoid the traps: 1. Check who the email is actually from. On scam emails, the “from” address will be spurious. Don’t be fooled by the name over the address, which may well be perfectly normal. Hover over the name, or right-click on it, to see the email address itself. 2. Look out for poor presentation. Scammers will often try to imitate established brands, like Google, BT or any of the major banks. But they often do this badly! Look out for poor quality images and logos, spelling and grammatical errors, and just a general disregard for design conventions. 3. Don’t click on links or open attachments. If you suspect an email might be a scam, simply ignore the links and attachments, as these are the

simplest ways for viruses and malware to get on to your device. For example, if you receive an email from your bank and it includes a link that says “Click here to login to your account”, ignore it. Instead, open a new browser window, go to your bank’s website directly and login yourself in the normal way. 4.Never provide personal or bank details via email. No reputable organisation will ask for sensitive information over email. Even if you are 100% certain the email is from a genuine source, you should never send passwords, bank details, or answers to security questions over email. 5. Don’t be rushed. Think before you act. The main tactic of scammers is to make you act without thinking. They will rush you into a decision: “Reply now or your account will be closed.” Far more often than not, these emails will be scams. A few extra minutes to think about the email’s contents, and consider at the above points each time, will cost you a few seconds - acting immediately, without caution, could well cost you far more.

EssentialsMAG tech contributor is David Hughes a freelance web developer Tel: 07595 303418 www.davidhughes.co


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Great Day Out - A Garden Lover’s Dream at Stonyford Cottage Gardens Set in the heart of Cheshire on the edge of Delamere Forest, Stonyford Cottage Gardens offers a plenitude of plants for the garden lovers, beautiful gardens for the nature and photography lovers and a delightful tea room for food and coffee lovers. Tony and Janet Overland moved to Stonyford Cottage with their three children over 35 years ago. It was then a derelict cottage with swampy gardens, which would be unrecognisable today. The gardens have been lovingly created over the years, where shade and moisture loving plants, including Primulas, Astilbes and Hostas grow amongst natural wooded areas. Paths lead the visitor over bridges, to an unusual island where groups of Alder and Willow grow through the water. The beautiful views across the pool to the cottage gardens lead the eye over waterside Iris, giant marsh Marigolds and borders of summer flowering perennials, set around some rarer trees and shrubs. Stonyford has appeared on BBC Gardeners World, was chosen as one of the Top Ten Spring Gardens in the Telegraph and is one of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction. With the vast array of plantings and beautifully created borders, these gardens truly are magical. Stonyford Cottage also has a plant nursery producing over 500 varieties of perennials, shrubs and alpines, including some rare or unusual specimens. The Tea Room Set in a beautiful garden setting, the tea room serves a good selection of tasty snacks and light meals, paninis, jacket potatoes, quiche, sandwiches and home-baked cakes. Cyclists, walkers and horse riders are very welcome at Stonyford, as this is now a popular refreshment stop-off on the way to Delamere Forest. Opening times, prices and access: 1st March to 31st Oct: 10am - 5pm Tues to Sat / 1st Nov to 28th Feb: 11am - 3pm Mon to Fri. Adults £4.00 / Senior Citizens £4.00 / Children Free. Most areas accessible, with some steps and gravel paths. Address information Stonyford Cottage Gardens, Stoneyford Lane, Oakmere, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2TF Tel: 01606 888970. www.stonyfordcottagegardens.co.uk


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Everyday Life, Admirable People

This month’s spotlight is on Stans Superstore Stans Superstore, located in the village of St Martins, just off the A5 between Wrexham and Oswestry, is a phenomenal family-run independent enterprise. The Superstore is massive (28,000sq ft) and includes a wide-range of locally sourced produce, petrol station, garden centre, restaurant, Post Office and pharmacy. Here, Andrew Faulks, one of the Partners and the 3rd generation of the Faulks family tells us all about his business. How did it all begin? It was almost 70 years ago that Stan Faulks was shipped home from a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp to a Britain still firmly in the grip of rationing. As Stan struggled to rebuild his life his brother-inlaw stepped in to help. There was a fish & chip shop available in St. Martins, and with a little personal training his long-suffering relation’s start-up in business began. Stan also helped out in the shop next door, and after a year or so he was running the shop and selling fish & chips. Eventually he was asked if he wanted to buy the shop, and with goods coming off ration, he took the plunge. With his wife Vera, and sister Gert they worked steadily and hard selling cigarettes, sweets, toys and novelties to what was then a mining community.

Overtime, Stan’s sons Peter and Robert were introduced to shop work early, standing on boxes to serve customers and getting used to their father’s flexible hours. By the time Peter and Rob were teenagers in the 1960’s they were taking more notice of the business, and Stan decided it was time to take matters in hand. Experience of how the big shops operated would do them no harm and might do his shop some good, so Rob went to work for Woolworths and Peter for Tesco. They returned six years later in 1974, ready to help build a bigger Stan’s Shop. Plans were laid, and in 1981 a new building almost tripled the size of the shop from 3,000 to 8,000 square feet. The staff too,


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had to grow from less than 10 to 50-60. The shop began to serve a wider area, drawing customers from nearby towns and villages, especially at Christmas when late opening, seven-day trading and famously low prices combined to produce a bumper trade. However, the building proved to be too small, so further plans were made. In 1991, the 23,000sq ft. Stans Superstore was opened by Liz Dawn (Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth), giving plenty of space inside for the goods, and 250 parking spaces outside for customers. In 1994, a petrol station was added to the site. The petrol forecourt attracts many customers to fill up on a regular basis due to Stans competitive pricing policy. On March 5th 2012 Stans Superstore expanded into the nearby town Llangollen. Built on a site which had been derelict for years, the new store provided Llangollen, and the A5 corridor, with a much-needed fuel supply and a 3,000 square foot supermarket with Post Office. With Stan’s untimely departure in 1988, his wife Vera remained a familiar figure in the store, often seen shopping and catching up with staff who she had known of old. After her passing in 2008, the family tradition is still deeply embedded, where the third generation are committed to securing the success of the store for years to come.

Today at Stans Peter and Rob are still very active in the business, but leave the day-to-day running of the store in the hands of their children Andrew and Sarah (Peter’s children) and Lisa and Katie (Rob’s children). Today, Stans Superstore is a major employer in the area having grown a brilliant team of over 158 members of staff - some working for the business for over 30 years. It is their loyalty and commitment that has helped Stans to succeed in a very difficult and competitive market place. All your shopping under one roof Stans pride themselves on their friendly and professional customer service, making shopping a stress-free experience where nothing is too much trouble. 28,000 square foot housing over 33,000 lines, with a massive emphasis on locally sourced produce. Do pay them a visit - you’ll be delighted with what you find! Stans Superstore St. Martins, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 3AY Tel: 01691 772348 OPENING TIMES: Monday – Saturday: 8am - 8pm Sunday: 10am - 4pm www.stans-superstore.co.uk


Hugh Jones Councillor for Rossett Overgrown Hedges. Every year I raise this issue, but people still allow hedges and trees to block pavements. Burton Road is a disgrace, hedges and trees are blocking the footpath and pedestrians are forced to walk in the path of often speeding traffic. The Council have issued four compliance notices, all of which cost time and money. High Speed Broadband. Progress is slow trying to resolve this chaotic situation. I raised the issue at the Cadwyn Clwyd Board, it appears that the situation is equally shambolic across the whole of North Wales. Conwy Council have appointed an officer to try and resolve the situation. Contact with BT and Openreach is a waste of time. The main culprits don’t have a telephone number. The Board agreed that I should write to Ken Skates on behalf of Cadwyn Clwyd to ask the Welsh Government to appoint a specific officer for North Wales to sort out what are now being referred to as ‘Not Spots’. It also appears that at least one commercial company has set up to market alternative solutions. All of this is unacceptable given the funding from the Welsh Government, namely ourselves as tax payers. I have had responses from both Ken Skates and Lesley Griffiths who assure me ‘something is being done’

Resurfacing. Darland Lane and Stringers Lane have now been included in the current resurfacing programme with both being scheduled for late 2018 early 2019. LDP 2. I have met with senior officers to explain why I will not support LDP2 as long as it has the two sites in Rossett (Bellis Field). My main objections are, flooding, traffic and green barrier. They have agreed to closely examine the detailed objections submitted from residents and consultation period has been extended until July 16th. The Green. I have just received draft plans for traffic management measures in this area and after discussing with Highways Officers will arrange for a residents meeting in early August. Parking Enforcement. Wardens are active on Station Road and have issued a number of tickets, it is important to try and ensure a reasonable turn-over of parking spaces particularly with the anticipated increase in surgeries being offered by the Doctors later in the year. Dog Fouling. I have asked Kingdom to increase their patrols in Rossett following an increase in the number of complaints that I am receiving from residents.

Potholes. At last I have managed to arrange for the significant number of potholes on Stringers Lane to be filled in, along with a number of others around the ward. The quickest way is for residents with internet access to use the ‘Report It’ section on the Council website

Tel: 07769 706999 hugh.jones@wrexham.gov.uk


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Andrew Atkinson Councillor for Gresford Alyn Family Doctors. The Community Health Council have informed me that they are informed that the practice will be making an application to the Health Board Panel that will be meeting on the 2nd July to gain approval to move ahead with their plans. Please do keep up the contact with the health board and ask them to consider all other options and forms of support. The health council are preparing their report which they say includes an exceptional number of objections and reference to the public meeting, thank you for your support with both. 28k developer contributions secured for school and 12k for park as planning conditions. I attended the planning committee to speak to the application for 12 homes on the old caravan site on Old Wrexham Road. Like many who commented on this when it was previously mentioned I'd like affordable homes there, but there is no way of making that a condition as it is below the 25-home threshold to trigger that. As it is a brownfield site it ticks many boxes and was recommended for approval. The application was approved subject to various conditions. I'm pleased to say that we've had conditions that provide developer contributions of ÂŁ28,800 for our local primary school (I spoke again to get confirmation that this was the village school only and not just put in the education budget) and ÂŁ12,000 for the local park where I've been working with the community council to get disability friendly play equipment for local children that have a right to play with their friends in

the park, I hope it can go to this. I thank the planners for working on these conditions. Not everyone will want houses to be built there but my view is if it is going to happen (ticks legal planning boxes) we must get appropriate mitigation for the community. Cutting Back Hedges. If you have hedges next to pavements and footpaths can you please cut them back so that pedestrians can walk safely. Stolen Defibrillator. Community Councillors have been working on renovating the phone box on Pant Lane which had a defibrillator installed. This was recently stolen. If you saw anything please contact 101. Corner of Pant Olwen. I've had the council remove the contractors’ lorry containers from the corner of Pant Olwen. I'm insisting they come back and put the grass back to its original condition. Jonathan Ratcliffe Memorial Event. It was brilliant to see such huge numbers brought together from the community to honour the memory of Jonathan Ratcliffe. Well done to his family and all of his friends that worked so hard and so professionally to deliver such a great event.

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The Gresford Bells (One of the Seven Wonders of Wales) The earliest record of the famous bells at All Saints Church, Gresford dates back to 1714. The Parish magazine for February 1873 lists six bells. In 1875 a crack was found in the tenor bell and the two oldest bells were replaced. In addition to replacing the damaged bells two smaller bells were cast to make the Ring of eight. The weight of the tenor bell is estimated at 1.2 tonnes (24 cwt) and the total weight of the bells is approximately 4.7 tonnes. In April 1877 an apparatus was put in the belfry by which all eight bells could be rung by one person. This makes it possible to ring hymns and carols. In January 2013 work was completed on the installation of a Ring of six lighter bells. These bells are now rung most frequently and enable beginners of all ages to learn to handle a bell and join the Band of ringers. The bells are rung regularly for church services and to celebrate special events such as weddings. The ringers practice every Tuesday at 7pm. On November 11th 2018 we are joining ringers from all over the country to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1. ‘Ringing for Peace’ is part of an international event and over 1,000 churches and cathedrals will ring simultaneously at 7:05pm. The Tower attracts visitors from across the World and the television company S4C are filming at the Tower in September. We are holding an Open Tower Afternoon on Saturday 8th September 2018, 12-4pm. You are invited to join us on a Tower Tour where you will climb the stairs to the ringing chamber, visit the belfry and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the village and surrounding area from the top of the Tower. You can see the bells being rung and if you wish, have a short taster session. We are always looking for new ringers. If you would like to find out more about the bells and bell ringing please telephone: Ruth Smith, Tower Contact 01978 856884 Vaughan Roberts, Ringing Master 01978 852830 We look forward to welcoming you on 8th September!


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Equipe - Working in Partnership to Make a Difference Equipe is a small charity based in Wrexham, which started around 20 years ago with the aim to help poor and needy children in East Africa to get an education. During a visit to East Africa, the founders were moved by the way the people lived with virtually no resources – often lacking the barest essentials, including proper nutrition. They returned to the UK and resolved to make a difference. In 1998 the charity was formed. Since then Equipe has reached out to help 1000’s of children in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania through a child sponsorship program; a drop-incentre for street children; two orphanages; feeding programs; support several schools and help release women and young girls from being sold into prostitution. In addition, they support the building of societal infrastructure like water wells and tree plantations to encourage sustainability. Oversight of the charity’s work in East Africa is carried out by Sue and John Gasston who are based in Uganda. John and Sue also have a project on the Ssese Islands, Lake Victoria where they have a base called Maranatha Gateway which helps youngsters aged 18 and over who have failed in school to gain a practical skill. Short courses in carpentry are held three to four times a year to provide the students with a new means of earning a living. Equipe is the French word for Team. Everything Equipe does revolves around partnership working to make a difference. It values every person and seeks to equip them to play their part to improve the lives of others. If you would like to be involved with the work of Equipe, or just find out more information please look at the website www.equipeglobal.org or call: 07538 406226. Registered Charity Number 1075156.


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Erddig to host BBC Antiques Roadshow on 26 July 2018. Doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free, everyone is welcome, and no tickets or pre-registration is required. Eaton Hall Estate Charity Garden Open Days Sunday 29 July 2018 Gates open 10.30am to 5pm Adults £8 / Children £2 / Family £18 (Cash only - no card payment) ALL PROCEEDS TO CHARITY

Keep the Date...Advance notice Friday 7th September at 7.30pm. All Saints Church Gresford

Celtic Harpist Delyth Jenkins and daughter Angharad, a fiddler (DnA) will be performing traditional and folk music along with their own compositions. Tickets £10 to include wine or soft drink and nibbles in the interval, available online from TicketSource (quote DnA Gresford); from jsusiek@hotmail.com / tel 01978 854469; or from church members.


RSPCA - Flystrike in pets

Flystrike is a painful, sometimes fatal, condition caused by flies laying eggs on another animal, which hatch into maggots and eat their ‘hosts’ flesh. If an animal becomes infested, seek immediate veterinary advice. Which pets are most at risk? Pets with dirty rear ends or generally dirty fur are particularly at risk. This may occur in animals which: • Are unable to clean themselves properly • Are ill, they may produce abnormally smelly urine or have diarrhoea • Are fed inappropriate diets • Have internal parasitic infection • Have open wound(s). Even clean, well-kept pets can get flystrike Preventing flystrike in pets Flystrike can occur in hours. Toxic shock and death can result very quickly. Speak to your vet about the best way of reducing the risk of flystrike before warmer weather starts between April and October.

Prevention methods include: • Check for signs of illness/injury/abnormal behaviour daily. • In warm weather check your pet all over their body, especially around their rear end and tail area at least twice a day. • If your pets back end is dirty, clean immediately with warm water; ensure the area is dried thoroughly. It may be necessary to clip the fur; if you’re unsure how to do this, seek advice from a specialist. • Clean toilet areas daily. • Clean housing and change bedding at least once a week. • Ensure your pet is not overweight and is fed a correct diet. • Consider insect-proofing the housing of pets living outside, putting net curtains over hutches and runs etc. • Neuter female rabbits, entire females may be more prone to flystrike.

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Puzzle Page... Just For Fun Crossword Across 1 3 9 10 11 12 13 15 17 18 19 20 21 22

Hollow cylinder (4) Giant ocean waves (8) Having sharp corners (7) Underground worker (5) Unwell (3) Trench (5) Send someone to a medical specialist; allude to (5) Spring flower (5) Take pleasure in (5) Listening device (3) _ Nash: writer of light verse (5) Render utterly perplexed (7) _ hour: the latest possible moment (8) Eager (4)

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If you want to find out the answers they will be published in next month’s edition. Here are the answers from June:

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We offer full and part­time places for children from 6 weeks old to school age.

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Essentials Mag July 2018 Rossett  

Your monthly insight into local living, covering Rossett, Marford, Gresford, Pulford and surrounding areas.

Essentials Mag July 2018 Rossett  

Your monthly insight into local living, covering Rossett, Marford, Gresford, Pulford and surrounding areas.

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