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Welcome Telephone 01244 571 602 I managed a weekend away recently, and chose to use John Lennon airport, where I haven’t been for years. If you’re anything like me going away is a stressful affair; constantly checking the passports haven’t magically disappeared in my bag, despite them being there just 2 minutes ago, all this checking in online in advance, printing off boarding passes, vouchers for hire cars and parking etc etc. I thought I’d be safer in Liverpool, it’s a smaller airport and I always get lost in M/cr or end up in the wrong terminal. I remember going to Liverpool airport for the first time many years ago. Late again, I set off to Liverpool city centre, relying on picking up signs for the airport, got stuck in city centre traffic and missed the flight, and was told later to follow signs for Runcorn. Why I decided to head for Liverpool centre I have no idea, I’ll put that down to being young and foolish! Anyway this time I set off in plenty of time. No hold baggage, to save an extra £10 and some time at the other end. That’s a job in itself measuring your cabin bag to make sure it fits the accepted cabin size, and making sure none of your toiletries are too big a size to travel in the cabin. When on the plane what really annoys me is people taking ages to put their bags in the overhead lockers, not a thought for the big

long queue outside on the hard standing area getting wet in the rain. It’s not hard is it , either sit down with your bag and pop it up later when everyone’s onboard or just do it quickly! John Lennon airport was an experience I have to say; I was amazed at the girls travelling with their hair in rollers! Yes, apparently it’s quite usual for the local girls to travel with their hair in rollers. I’ve never seen anything like it. Only in Liverpool, I guess. Apparently they go out shopping like this too. Hilda Ogden springs to mind if you’re old enough to remember! Anyway soon at the other end we found out we had printed out the wrong piece of paper for the car hire, so that was useless, and the £40 cheap weekend bargain became an expensive last minute airport purchase. Oh yes and my partner dropped his phone in the car park when we arrived at John Lennon airport, and we only noticed when embarking our flight so too late to go and find it. Would you believe it was returned safe and sound to us upon our return! Restores your faith in human nature, doesn’t it , and we had a lovely break more importantly. Anyway it’s fast approaching holiday season, so don’t let me put you off and I hope you all have a lovely summer.

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Have you noticed the amount of interesting classic cars in our area, ranging from a rare and immaculate Sunbeam of the ‘20s, a LeaFrancis, Triumphs Herald and Vitesse, Austin 1800 and even a Ford Capri. Sports cars are well represented, with a ‘dental’ Austin-Healey 3000, an MG RV8 and a host of Mazda MX5s- still very popular even after 25 years of production, but in Bangor -on-Dee there is also a little jewel of a sports car, a 1971 Lotus Elan Sprint owned by Lotus enthusiast Charles Bebbington.

The Sprint engine has the higher compression ratio of 10.3 to 1 as compared to the 9.5 to 1 of the standard Elan, enabling the 1,558 c.c. Lotus-Ford twin-cam unit to produce 126 b.h.p. at 6,500 r.p.m., thus allowing the Elan, with its high power to weight ratio and renown handling qualities to give a brilliant sporting performance. Indeed, the Mazda MX5 owes its very existence to Colin Chapman’s Lotus Elan, because when I spoke to its designer at the Motor Show on its

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wouldn’t stop blowing, as the cable form in the engine compartment had dropped onto the exhaust manifold and melted all the wires together! John soon cured that little problem- and a few others- before he and his wife, Pat, went on a camping holiday to the Continent with it, but goodness only knows where they managed to stow their tent and equipment in an Elan? Still, they apparently enjoyed it, though Pat did say that they had learned how to ask for a push in three languages before they got home!

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Community rallies round to run Gresford Library

The villages of Gresford, Marford and Rossett have rallied to save and run their local library and met in glorious weather to celebrate its opening “under new management”. The “Gresford and District Library Company” (GDCL) runs their own library service as a social enterprise and a growing band of around forty people have volunteered their help. The “Grand Opening” was performed by local author Katie Flynn, also known as Judy Turner and Judith Saxton, who “cut the ribbon” on Saturday 17th May. Invited dignitaries and around eighty local residents of all ages met at the library premises in Vicarage Lane in Gresford to celebrate and give their support to the new enterprise. The opening was also given good coverage by the local press, S4C and BBC Wales, radio and television. The good turnout is testament to

Author Katie Flynn officially opened the library

the passionate support of libraries, books and reading, but our library also has computer access and directors will explore all practical ways of “spreading the word.” The library is to be open Friday 10am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 1.0pm and Tuesday 2 to 5pm (Remember FaST). They are one of a dwindling number of libraries in the Wrexham area to have Saturday opening hours. The company is keen to customise our library to the needs and wishes of the local area; to reach out to all ages and spread the joy of reading, and to keep members of the Essentiallyours community informed about what is going on in our villages. If you have any ideas or information, or would like to join our ranks of volunteers, email Company Directors, over a glass of celebratory bubbly, say a great big “thank you” to all those in the community who gave us their wonderful backing at the opening. We look forward to meeting you all in the near future and attending to your reading requirements.

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leadership and management? Again the school came out as “excellent”. Cllr Michael Williams, Lead Member for Children’s Services and Education, said: “It has been a pleasure to read such an excellent Estyn report and the school staff, governors and pupils are to be congratulated for this outstanding achievement.” Maxine Pittaway, Headteacher, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the report and I would like to thank the Inspectors for their assessment which reflects the dedication of our teaching and Leadership team and of the governors. Our pupils aspirations and achievements remain our overall focus and we will not become complacent by this excellent report and will continue to improve to achieve excellence at St Christopher’s. We look forward to the future with confidence.” St Christopher’s is a special school with a range of special educational needs. These range from moderate to severe learning difficulties. There are three recommendations contained in the report for improvement which cover ensuring sharing excellent teaching practices in the school are shared across the school. Further develop the use of information and communication technology across the curriculum to support learning and to increase opportunities for key stages 2 and 3 to work alongside their peers from mainstream schools. The school will now draw up an action plan to address the recommendations’. Estyn have also invited the school to prepare a written case study, describing the excellent practice identified during the inspection.

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James Wharton shows his S NEW support for North Wales Armed Forces Day 2014 Organisers of the North Wales Armed Forces Day 2014 are delighted to announce that James Wharton has become an ambassador for the event, which takes place on Saturday 21 June. James, a former member of the Household Cavalry and the first openly gay person to appear on the front cover of Soldier magazine, was back in Wrexham today to help launch the event. James, who grew up in the region and is a former pupil of Ysgol Bryn Alyn, spoke about his experiences after he joined the army in 2003. On the completion of his initial training James entered the ranks of the Household Cavalry, choosing to become a member of the elite Blues and Royals. In 2007 James served in Southern Iraq for seven months carrying out his duties as an Armoured Reconnaissance soldier. He has played a part on all major state occasions including the State Opening of Parliament, Lord Mayors Parade, Cenotaph Parade, and the Queen’s Birthday Parade. In April 2011, James was honoured to be escorting the Sovereign on the occasion of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding. James made history in when he became the first openly gay person to appear on the front cover of Soldier magazine, the British

Army’s official publication. Since leaving the army he has teamed up with Stonewall to visit schools to talk about his experiences as a gay soldier in the army. James said: “It is a real honour to be named as an ambassador for North Wales Armed Forces Day 2014. Wrexham has always been very supportive of the armed forces and I’m very pleased that my home town will be hosting the event this year. “It is vital that we honour armed forces personnel both past and present and remember the sacrifices they have made. It is going to be a very special day and I know people from across the region will turn out in huge numbers to support the North Wales Armed Forces Day 2014.” Plans for the free event include the Army and RAF Corps of Drums marching onto the green to mark the start of the formalities of the day. They will be playing for the crowds whilst they await a parade which will leave Hightown Barracks led by the Royal Welsh Band at 11.30 into the town centre where a

Drumhead service will take place followed by British and Welsh anthems. Veteran Pins will be presented and the Armed Forces Day Flag will be formally handed over to next year’s event host, Conwy Council. The formalities will then be followed by an afternoon of entertainment on Llwyn Isaf Green and Queen’s Square. Entertainment already confirmed are circus acts from Circus Malabaristas including jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon modellers, giant games and a circus workshop. There will be free facepainting available for the younger ones, musical entertainment from the Rhos Male Voice Choir and the County Youth Band will also be playing during the afternoon. The RAF have confirmed that a static Griffin helicopter will be flown for the occasion and a Spitfire will fly over during the day. A military village including vehicles and a climbing wall have also been confirmed. RAF Hawks will also be flying over Llwyn Isaf during the event, along with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight featuring the world famous Spitfire Fighter plane. Cllr David Griffiths, Armed Forces Champion said: “I’ve known James and his family for many years and it is a tremendous privilege for us to have his support and backing for this year’s North Wales Armed Forces Day“James has shown tremendous courage during his years of service and since leaving the army, and as a town we are incredibly proud of James and his achievements.

“We are all looking forward to welcoming serving and former members of the armed forces and their families into the town centre what will be an incredible day. “Wrexham has a long and very proud tradition of supporting the armed forces and I know that all visitors and their families will receive a very warm welcome on the day.” The event starts at 10.00 am and the parade will leave the barracks at 11.30 and arrive in the town centre at 12 noon. The event is free to attend. Road signage will be in place on all main routes into the town to advise those travelling to the event to use town centre car parks. There are also excellent rail and bus links into the town centre. For further information visit


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skin condition alone but instead will spend a great deal of time exploring all aspects of the case to assess how your body is functioning as a whole, including the impact of physical, emotional and psychological stress on your skin. Prescriptions are tailored to each individual patient according to their specific symptoms. Take a step towards a new you and see a homeopath soon!

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Andrew Bailey Village Improvement Scheme

A funding application has been submitted for the first stage of our “Village Improvement Scheme” in Gresford and we await the verdict with crossed fingers and toes. This was widely consulted upon in 2013 and is the result of much hard work and dedication by colleagues on IMAGE, Community Council and local businesses; I am a mere “bit part player.” To prevent me omitting names, may I just say that you know who you are and “Well done” for getting the project to this stage. We await the verdict with baited breath.

Gresford and District Community Library

The news of the library opening appears elsewhere in Essentiallyours, so let me just say that we remain open for all your requirements. The full title of the service is “The Library and Information Service” and we are determined to provide both of these for our communities. We do not want to tread on the toes of the many other groups in our villages which provide a host of activities; indeed we would like to help promote these so feed us your thoughts, ideas and activities via Gresfordlibrary@ and we will try to help.

Grass Cutting

This has been an undoubted headache for your local councillors recently, but as Councillor Hugh Jones outlined in May, this resulted from the halving of both manpower and budget in the relevant department. We will be pressing, along with 51 colleagues, for an earlier first cut in the year and will

Contact details: Woodvale, Pant Lane, Gresford, Wrexham.LL12 8EU e-mail tel 01978 855144 monitor the promised minimum of four cuts in residential areas. However, as Hugh also outlined, there are some areas such as rural lanes which benefit from fewer cuts and whilst I suspect I won’t find unanimity if you would like to suggest sites that may actually benefit from fewer cuts I will certainly explore the proposals.

Thank You

I have said before that one of the most gratifying aspects of being a local councillor is working with others to provide facilities in our local communities. An outstanding example is the largely volunteer-based Gresford and District War Memorial Trust, which has run a village hall and other outdoor and indoor recreational facilities for the past sixty five years. Our Chairperson Emlyn Jones has not been at the helm for that length of time but has guided us with fortitude, good humour and a sense of direction for the past few years before standing down in May. Thank you Emlyn!

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After the Easter week-end we received bad news about problems at one of our best local wildlife sites. A message was sent to the Essential office to report that several Lapwing nests at Llay Pool had been abandoned due to dogs running loose. Most dog owners are responsible and do take care to avoid disturbance to sensitive wildlife but there is always a risk of desertion caused unwittingly to Lapwings and Little Ringed Plovers by people unaware of the presence of birds nesting on the ground. Unattended nests provide easy pickings for predators like Carrion Crows, Magpies and Buzzards. Even worse was to follow. A local reported finding the body of a grebe shot with an airgun and dumped in a bush and swallows on telegraph wires used as targets. These are criminal offences. Fortunately several Lapwings resumed courtship and re-nested. At the time of going to print at least 6 pairs were incubating. Little Ringed Plovers and Oystercatchers are still present. The site has attracted a good run of passage migrants including Yellow Wagtails, a Whinchat and a “Commic Tern”. (If specific identification is in doubt the very similar Common and Arctic Terns are often lumped together as “Commic” as an admission of uncertainty). These terns are essentially seabirds but

Spotted Flycatcher at nest

do occur inland when on migration. The Llay bird was feeding on insects delicately picked in flight from the surface of the pool. Singing Lesser and Common Whitethroats and a Garden Warbler also recorded there may remain to breed nearby. Burton House Martins returned to their nests on 6th May and the first Swifts were observed flying over two days later. So far we have not heard of a local Cuckoo record. These once common countryside birds have virtually disappeared as have Turtle Doves and Spotted Flycatchers although a single Spotted Flycatcher was seen near the Golden Grove on 12th May. These inconspicuous little summer visitors usually arrive at breeding sites in mid-May so there is yet hope we may not have lost them altogether. Last summer they were recorded in Pulford.

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Poulton and Pulford new web site!

The Parish Council has commissioned a new web site which focusses on the Poulton and Pulford area. The web site contains lots of useful information about the village and contact details for the various clubs and societies that operate in the village. The web site will be continually updated with news and information for residents of the surrounding areas.

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I have to say I read what’s happening with Alyn drive with interest. I can fully appreciate the dog walkers are inconvenienced with the sudden loss of the local land that was handy and useful for dog walking, but I’m flabbergasted that they think they have a right to keep this access. Would the correct view to take not be, it’s been a bonus that we have had free use of this land for so long, and its been very kind of the land owner to allow this, but now it’s being sold, things have to change. If I was the owner of the land I would feel disappointed that I have allowed access for all this time, and now my gesture of good will is being used against me, and the last few years although a favour, seems to have been ungratefully received. Perhaps now the local dogs will get a real walk, when people cannot rely on what is on their doorstep and will have to travel further afield. I have spoken to a few people who are of the same opinion, interesting isn’t it? Name and address supplied

A diary of Douglas the Westie

West Highland Ramblings Hi Readers, I almost missed this month’s ramblings with my preparation for the Hay Literature Festival to which of course I receive a personal invitation. My paws don’t seem to have touched the ground since last time they were stroking the keyboard! You will recall last month I went on the Brecon Mountain Railway and this month I have continued exploring the steam railways of Wales. I started the month with a ride on the Welshpool to Llanfair Caereinion railway – a lovely day out. The highlight of that particular journey was meeting a charming Westie called Clyde, whose owner was a volunteer on the Bleanavon Heritage Railway. Clyde regularly goes to work with his owner and wears a high visibility jacket! If readers see me strolling around the village in a high-vis jacket they will know where the idea came from! The month ended with a journey on the Welsh Highland Line, which I think might have been named after me. However I have to say that I registered the strongest protest at the sign Dogs and Bicycles not allowed in First Class. You can imagine my annoyance, a refined gentlemen such as myself does not travel Third Class. So on this occasion

I donned dark glasses and hoped no one recognised me. I understand the BBC will shortly ask me to replace Michael Portillo by presenting my own programme; it will of course be entitled Great West Highland Railway Journeys. The biggest shock this month came with the unexpected cancellation of my long awaited trip to Scotland. There I was all ready to go, Tam O’Shanter packed, kilt, sporran and Scottish guide books at the ready! We were about to leave home when Himself announced that as the weather forecast was SO bad for the North West of Scotland it wasn’t worth driving all that way to sit in the rain for 4 days! I was totally aghast and it was all I could do to stop myself from throwing a complete wobbler! After I calmed down a bit I was informed that as a slight recompense we would go somewhere nearer to home for a few days! Not hard to believe I know but guess where we were when I woke up … Ynys flipping Mon yet again! I wouldn’t admit it to Himself but I did actually quite enjoy it and had some nice runs on the beach in the sunshine! I am hoping that I can persuade the powers that be to reinstate the Scottish trip in the Autumn maybe. That’s all for now folks, Cheers, Douglas x


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Councillor for Rossett

Hugh Jones Alyn Drive

I held a productive meeting with a representative from Watkin Jones and WCBC Access Officers and was able to facilitate a meeting with local residents. As a result, Watkin Jones have agreed to fence off and dedicate a footpath, commencing at the scrub land access by the River Alyn. The path will follow the river bank and then route around the perimeter edge of the field to a new style access to Hardwoods Lane at a point close to the access to the that routes towards Darland. The proposal has been submitted to the Council. This is an excellent result for all parties which has been achieved without the long drawn out process of amending maps. Residents will have a dedicated footpath to enjoy. I would make a plea to dog owners, this will be a footpath for the whole community, including young children who access ‘Pebble Island’, please use doggy bags and take any waste home an deposit in your bins. This will ensure that all can enjoy the facility. A thank you to Glyn Roberts for liaising with residents.

Croeshowell War Memorial

Thanks are due to Peter Cade and Irene Hughes for the hours they have spent in preparing the ground around the Memorial in readiness for the work being undertaken by the Community Council to restore it as part of our commemoration of World War 1. Peter has been busy this monthing restoring the waste bin soon to be placed on Rosemary Lane.

Network Rail

Work has now started on the duelling of the track through Rossett, a number of residents attending the drop in session,

ConTACT DETAILS: e-mail tel 07769 706999 arranged by Network Rail all be it at too short notice. I am in regular contact with them in dealing with issues being raised by residents. The likely outcome of discussions regarding the Broadoak crossing point is a bridge over the line. The construction will result in significant disruption to traffic and I am working with Network Rail to ensure mitigation measures are in place to minimise the impact of the works. It is important to ensure that everyone is given adequate notice of any road closure.


Work is scheduled to commence this Autumn on the improvement (allegedly) to the A55 A483 junction. Our officers have some reservations that the scheme will deliver the improvements claimed. The replacement of the roundabout at the end of the 483 with two sets of traffic lights seems a retrograde step.

Grass Cutting.

Following numerous meeting between officers and members it is anticipated that we will have a minimum of 4 cuts per year and not 2. I am hoping the village will soon be restored to its former glory.


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S Boost for North Wales as Lend W E N Lease is Awarded Prison Contract Wright announced that Lend Lease has been selected to build a new prison in Wrexham. The contract proposals offer a significant benefit to the north Wales economy and by creating jobs and opportunities supports this Government’s long term plan to build a stronger, more resilient economy. The £151m (plus VAT) construction contract also ensures that, with other expenses, the overall project spend is set to be around £212m - substantially under the original £250m estimate. The proposals include approximately £50m to be spent with small and medium enterprises (SMEs), £30m to be spent with local businesses and 50% of the entire workforce to be recruited from the local area, including around 100 apprenticeships. Lend Lease has also proposed to offer practical help to local schools and dedicate time to meeting local needs with a Community Engagement Manager employed. Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright said: “We knew that a new prison in Wales was going to be a massive boost to the Welsh economy, and I’m delighted that local people are going to benefit from it. “This contract will ensure that millions of pounds are spent with SMEs, with significant levels of work for local businesses and young people – a key part of this Government’s long-term plan to build a stronger economy. “This first prison for north Wales will be a significant boost to the prison estate, helping ensure taxpayers are given the best possible value while holding offenders closer to home to help prevent reoffending.”

The construction of the prison is estimated to create approximately 1,000 jobs and boost the regional economy by bringing in around £23m per year. The Ministry of Justice has particularly encouraged the use of SMEs and regional businesses during the tendering process, with a special local supplier event to help companies show the potential contractors the services they can offer. Secretary of State for Wales David Jones said: “The new prison in Wrexham will bring a huge boost to the regional economy in north Wales. “During the local supplier event in January we saw the high quality products and services on offer from local businesses vying to be a part of this important development. “I was delighted to see so many companies expressing such a strong interest in playing their part in the construction of the prison. “It was a clear demonstration that Wales has some of the very best suppliers in the UK and I look forward to seeing them benefitting directly from today’s significant announcement.” The new 2,100 place prison will be the first for north Wales and forms part of the ongoing modernisation plans that are not only creating a fit-for-purpose prison estate but reducing prison costs by £500m during the current spending review period. Work has already started on the site – which was previously the Firestone Tyre factory – and the prison will be fully operational by late 2017.


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Councillor for Marford & Hoseley

Mike Edwards Appeal against “Drilling for Gas� planning refusal

In April the Planning Committee refused an application for a borehole to test for methane gas in the coal seams under parts of our villages. The applicants have now lodged an appeal which will be decided by an inspector appointed by the Welsh Government. Should the appeal be successful and sufficient quantities of gas are found, we could expect an application to extract methane gas from the coal by a method similar to the fracking of shale beds. This would involve drilling down to the coal seams and then drilling laterally. Such an application would need careful examination to ensure no environmental damage occurred.

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The appeal took place in the last week of May.

Maes-y-Pant Entrance

During the summer, regular maintenance work takes place, keeping paths clear etc. In August we will be preparing a site for a pond in the middle of the wood. A lot of manual help will be needed. If you have joined the Friends of Maes-y-Pant, you will be informed. Even you have not yet joined, you can find out more on the website.

Marford and Gresford Luncheon Club

We held one of our meetings enjoying the hospitality of the Red Lion in May. Now that the Rofft School has a new cook, we are meeting again at Marford Community Centre.

Contact details: e-mail tel 01978 854992 The next meetings of the Luncheon Club are on 17th June and on 1st and 15th July at 12.30pm at. If you have not booked a meal at the last meeting, please ring Beryl Blackmore on 01978 855691.


The reduction in grass-cutting made our streets look a mess earlier, but the Council have relented and we are promised additional cuts. Thank you to everyone who cut the area outside their houses. Any grass cut on an amenity area can be left there as this is what the council cutters do. If you need to contact the Wrexham Council for potholes, lighting failures, dog fouling, failed bin collection etc., you can use the website, telephone (01978 298989) or drop in to the Contact Centre in Lord St.

Please keep me informed of your views. I look forward to your comments and suggestions.


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Recreational Newsdesk I start this month’s update with the exciting news that every interest group in the village has now joined the Festival Committee. At the last meeting there were some terrific ideas emerging on what could be done to ensure success of the event. We can confirm that there will be a special exhibition about the Gresford Mining Disaster. All Saints School was excited to get on board with the Festival and we are jointly looking to link the theme of the event to the school curriculum. I was also delighted to hear that the team are hot on the heels of finding a Vera Lynne tribute singer. The latest group to sign up was the new team that has taken on the ownership of Gresford Library and on behalf of our village folk I would like to wish them every success. The picture above shows them on the morning of their opening. If you are reading about the Festival for the very first time, it will be held on the 25th August. The whole focus is to remember the Gresford Colliery mining disaster of 80 years ago and show our respect to those who lost their lives. In addition, we wish to celebrate 65 years since the formation of Gresford Trust and

additionally recognise that this year will mark 100 years since the start of the First World War. We are still on the look out for sponsors and donations for our Festival raffle, so if you can help in any way, please call me on 07525-824679. Hot off the press is news that, at their AGM, Gresford and District War Memorial Trust elected as their new Chairman the very popular Bill Barker. Bill is also a key figurehead at the Bowling Club in the village. He moved to Gresford in 1991 after a successful career in the insurance industry. In 2011 he was invited to join the Trust and since then he confirmed that he has “really enjoyed working with the Trustees and the very many volunteers to improve the facilities available to the clubs and other organisations in the village”. Gresford Football Club also has a new man at the helm and has announced Eddie Maurice Jones as their new manager. He is a former player with an impressive knowledge of local football. Gresford has also appointed Josh Griffiths as a player coach who is a very talented footballer. At

their recent Presentation Day, Owen Roberts was awarded player of the season, Kris Bailey won the Reserves award with Jack Mountford, Mark Postle, Darren Jackson and Timmy Jones also receiving recognition awards. I have been out and about with my camera this month and sign off with three special team pictures. Gresford cricket club is up and running and featured are Steve Griffin’s young warriors, at Marford and Gresford FC, Nigel Jones’s Under 16 side were Cup finalists and the Under 11 team managed by Tony Roberts won the Penycae football festival.

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“Wisteria woke me this morning, And there was all June in the garden” Ann McGough

This month is the longest day of the year and the extra light and warmth gives the plants in our garden an extra boost of growth. So whether it’s pruning, tidying or sowing, there’s always something to do. Shrubs & Hedges • Dis-bud roses if larger blooms are wanted. • Continue trimming hedges. • Prune early-flowering clematis. • Deadhead and prune shrubs that have finished flowering. • Dis-bud grey-leaved shrubs.

Flowers • Continue sowing biennials. • Sow perennials and calceolarias, cinerarias and fairy primroses. • Lift and divide bearded irises and primulas after flowering. • Continue training sweet peas. • Move chrysanthemums outside. • Stake tall-growing flowers. • Propagate pinks from cuttings. • Cut back or dead head spent flowers.

Veg & Fruit • Continue sowing salad crops. • Make a final sowing of peas and French beans. • Thin carrots. • Plant out tomatoes and pumpkins. • Transplant brassicas and leeks. • Plant winter celery in trenches. • Expose shallots to ripen. • Remove side shoots of tomatoes as necessary. • Finish earthing up potatoes. • Harvest new potatoes, autumn sown peas. • Stop picking asparagus. • Start harvesting herbs. • Layer strawberries and remove unwanted runners. • Thin fruits of apples, plums and pears. • Continue tying in the young shoots of cane fruit. • Continue training and tying in grape. • Begin harvesting gooseberries and strawberries. • Summer-prune gooseberries and red currants at the end of the month.


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Wrexham Library Service has S scooped a prestigious award at W E N the Welsh Libraries and Archives Marketing Innovation Awards 2014 The service was recognised for its innovative marketing of a Murder Mystery evening when it received third place in the Public Libraries category. Eight library services from all sectors and two archive services have scooped national prizes in the Welsh Libraries and Archives Marketing Innovation Awards 2014. The awards were open to all library and archive services in Wales to recognise and reward innovative marketing activities which take place throughout the year and the aim of the awards is to celebrate and promote this valuable work. The awards were judged by Dr Jonathan Deacon, Reader in Marketing and Entrepreneurship at University of South Wales and Trustee (former Chair) of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Cymru – Dr Deacon said: “Although these awards are to recognise marketing within the library and archive services across Wales I have to say that there are many aspects and illustrations of excellence in marketing that could equally be applied to any business or organisation within Wales. The majority of entrants displayed a clear focus as to what their objectives were and set about developing a marketing strategy to achieve their goals - what makes this applicable to many more business situations is that the strategies were low in budget but high in innovation and creativity - just proving that sophisticated and successful marketing does not depend on large budgets.”

Thirty six entries were received in total (fourteen more than last year) –from public, higher education libraries, further education and health libraries plus archives services. Councillor Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships and Collaboration commented: “I am very pleased that our Libraries have won an innovation award for the marketing of a Murder Mystery evening last year. The staff involved in the project really enjoyed themselves and I think this was a crucial factor in scooping the award. I am delighted that we have gained national recognition for the work that our libraries do locally.” This year two new categories were introduced for Library Marketer of the Year and Joint Marketing Project of the Year. The marketer of the year category was looking for someone who goes the extra mile to promote their library, bring in new audiences and the joint project category identifying excellent collaborative working, sharing audiences and giving great results. The Marketing Innovation Awards form one part of the Welsh Government’s national marketing and audience development programme for libraries and archives in Wales.

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This is a pleasant 4-mile walk, mostly across fields and quiet country lanes. Starting at the car park on Station Road, pass Christ Church and cross the main road (B4554). Walk towards the river bridge. Going down a flight of steps, follow the riverside path onto Gun Street and continue to the main road. Reaching the Butchers Arms turn onto Holt Road and Harwoods Lane. Follow the lane into the countryside, passing a water pump on your right. Going over a stile and following a fence-line you come to the river bank.

Follow the River Alyn downstream going over more stiles to Cooks Bridge. Follow the lane over the bridge until reaching a bend. Crossing more stiles and fields, you will come through a field gate and onto Cox Lane. Going down a farm drive and over another stile before the farm buildings, you cross a bridge into the field. Following some fences and crossing more fields and another bridge you will reach a track. Follow this track and climb a large oak ladder stile onto the road. Turn onto the drive of Barnside. A little further along is Baptist Chapel (a white cottage). Follow the drive through a garden to a field gate. Continue through more fields and over more stiles and a footbridge until you reach a stile in a hedgeline. Turn onto the main B4554 and follow into Rossett by Trevalyn Hall and the Rossett Water Mills. After going over the river bridge, turn into Station Road and return to car park. For a leaflet with detailed descriptions of even more walks and maps visit english/leisure_tourism/walks/ routes/explore_rossett.htm

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ROSSETT WI Meetings are held in the Presbyterian Church Hall, Rossett

At 7.30pm The next meeting is on the 11th June When Andrew Clay will Host a workshop in sugarcraft Don’t forget to bring a pinny. New members are always welcolme. Why don’t you come along and try your hand at sugarcraft

COMMEMORATION of WORLD WAR I Hosts 1st Marford Guides Friday June 13th Gresford Methodist Church 11.30am: Display of Wartime Memorabillia (if you have items to loan please contact me)

12.30 - 1.30pm: light lunch available 2pm: the Pulford Handbell Ringers Candles can be lit in church in remembrance of those who fell. Tickets £4 incl lunch & entertainment ............. Saturday 14th June All Saints Church, Gresford, 7pm - 9.30pm GRAND CONCERT - Songs from 1914- 1918 Sirenian Singers plus a Community Group & guides (please get in touch if you would like to sing) Tickets £5 adults, children under 15 £1 Drinks available plus a raffle Contact Beryl Blackmore 01978 855691

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We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7.30p.m in Pulford Village Hall. Tea and cakes are included. The speakers are interesting and cover numerous topics and we have days out and an annual lunch. There is a darts group who meet weekly for social games.

New members would be very welcome. Contact Mavis Torgersen 01244 570521

ECCLEstoN VILLagE oPEN garDENs Sunday 8th June, 1pm until 5pm Refreshments - Plant and Produce Stalls

For further details - 01244 683414 Eccleston Villagers


Capricorn Animal Rescue Companion Dog Show Sunday 13th July

at the Rec, Ruthin Road, Mold Open 10am, Judging 12 noon All Welcome, Entries taken on the day

ROSSETT TENNIS CLUB Open Day at Darland High School Tennis Courts Saturday 21 June 1-4pm Please come along and support your local club - everyone welcome whatever age or ability


“Diary of my grandfather” A talk by Mr Edward Hilditch in Pulford Village Hall at 7:30pm

Admission: Members £2, non-members £3 More information: Hon. Sec. Jenny Nethercott 01244 571040


Saturday 21st June, 4.30 pm Rossett Presbyterian Church

Station Road, Rossett Tickets £5.00 each are available from Mr M Thompson (Church secretary. on: 01244 570723 or email:

10th VILLAGE FESTIVAL saturday august 23th Darland sports Centre and school grounds, Chester road, rossett LL12 0EN 12.30pm until 5.00pm. If you want to know more, want to do more or would like a stall do get in touch.

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