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CONNECTION Contents Sudoku puzzle 8 Festive gadget survival tips 10 Christmas recipe 14 Best beauty gift ideas 18 Travel destination - Camargue 22 Book reviews 28 Gardening -Winter pruning 30 Cryptic crossword 32 Savvy money tips for Christmas 34 Wordsearch puzzle 36 Kids Christmas eve boxes 38 Spruce up your home for Christmas 42 Stay healthy this winter 46 What’s on / Local groups 50 Index to advertisers 54 Puzzle solutions 55 Publisher: Connection Magazines Ltd Editor: Trevor Arnold Tel: 01824 707 013 E: 16 Parc Alun, Mold, CH7 1LQ Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publication is accurate, the publishers cannot accept any liability for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions. All adverts are published in good faith using information supplied by each company, on the understanding that relevant permissions have been obtained.

Well, we’ve reached the last edition of the Clwyd Connection for 2019 and I would like to thank all our advertisers who continue to use the magazine and to all you lovely readers for using the magazine to find wonderful local companies and tradespeople. Keeping our money local helps in so many ways.

As we head toward Christmas, for me, it’s the simple things that will bring me most pleasure, like the fact that my Daughter is coming home from America and my son will be coming up from his home in Swindon. It will be great to spend time catching up with them. If you live in Denbigh and will be on your own on Christmas Day, take a look at page 49. St Thomas Church is offering a Christmas Lunch for those who would otherwise be on their own I hope you all have a wonderful time and I will be back just after Boxing Day with what will be the start of the 14th year of the Clwyd Connection magazine, goodness how things have changed in all those years.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New year.


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Your Festive Gadget Survival Guide Make sure your technology is happy this Christmas.

For many households, Christmas means lots of new gadgets under the tree – and if you’re not prepared, that could mean a distinct lack of Christmas cheer if people can’t play with their new toys on Christmas morning. It’s still wise to have batteries of all sizes (ideally rechargeable ones) in common sizes such as AA, AAA and CR2032 for things like talking toys, games console controllers, radio car controllers and so on, but it might be wise to consider a few other things too.

First of all, make sure you have a multi-tool or small toolkit to hand. Many toys now come either in hard-to-open transparent plastic, or with lots of cable ties and screws to stop people stealing them from their packaging. Some sharp scissors and a small cross-head screwdriver will be a big help here.

Think about chargers, too. Not all gadgets such as phones and tablets arrive charged, and the ones that do are going to need charging after a morning of intensive use. Check the devices that Santa’s bringing either come with charging cables or that you have the appropriate ones already. We’ve also found portable chargers (power banks) to be really useful for long trips to visit the family; if your car has a power/cigar lighter socket, investing in a USB adapter and a very long phone charging cable could be worthwhile. One of the biggest Christmas technology traumas is when games controllers are involved. Now that most games require an internet connection, consoles need to be running the most up-to-date system software before use, and downloading and installing that software can take hours. It’ll take longer still on Christmas morning if half of


your street or block is doing that or streaming Christmas films on Netflix, so if at all possible try to connect the console and download the updates before Santa gets in his sleigh. Last but definitely not least, expect the unexpected. Make sure your home insurance covers the additional technology items that you’ve got in your home – some insurers, but not all, automatically increase your contents cover over the festive period – and make sure you keep receipts for any expensive items such as computers or smartphones. If any gadgets are easily broken or smashed – tablets are particularly prone to accidental injuries – then it’s a very good idea to invest in a protective case and/or screen protector.

Dedicated gadget insurance is worth considering It’s also worth considering a dedicated gadget insurance policy if your home is now full of expensive and easily broken devices. Such policies tend to have reasonably low excesses – for example, having to pay £50 to replace the screen on an Apple Watch sounds like a lot, but Apple charges nearly £300 – and cover loss and theft as well as damage.

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Cranberry, Orange & Nut Loaf This simple cake makes a delicious alternative to a classic rich fruit Christmas cake. It will keep un-iced in an airtight container for a few days. Add the icing and fresh cranberry topping on the day of serving.

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175g unsalted butter, softened 175g golden caster sugar 225g self-raising flour 2 tsp ground mixed spice ½ tsp baking powder 3 large eggs 75g sweetened dried cranberries 50g walnuts, chopped 50g hazelnuts, chopped Zest of 1 orange 1 tbsp orange juice


FROSTING Half of a 400g tub ready-made royal icing 2 tsp snowflake sugar sprinkles 75g fresh cranberries Fresh mint sprigs, to decorate (optional)


Preheat the oven to 170C, 150C fan, gas mark 3. Grease a 900g loaf tin and line the base and up two long sides of the tin with baking parchment. Place the butter, sugar, flour, spice, baking powder and eggs in a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 2-3 minutes until thoroughly combined. Fold in the dried cranberries, nuts and orange zest and juice.

Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the surface. Bake for 1hr-1 hr 15 minutes or until risen and golden and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

Spread the royal icing over the top of the cake. Scatter over the sugar sprinkles and fresh cranberries, plus the fresh mint sprigs if using. Leave in a cool place until set. Serve sliced.

Instead of the fresh cranberries you could scatter over more festive-themed sugar sprinkles and add a dusting of edible gold spray for a really sparkly finish.

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Tasker’s Flying Carpets TASKER'S CARPETS has now become TASKER'S FLYING CARPETS and we have flown just down the road onto the Lôn Parcwr Business Park, here in Ruthin!


We have a huge selection of carpet and vinyl to suit all budgets. Opening Sale Offers Clearance of room size remnants, prices start from £1 per meter. Example 4x1 roll end just £4. Roll end 2x4 £16. Roll stock from £7.99 mtr Vinyl rolls stock from £9.99 sq mtr From traditional to modern we can offer you beautiful, inspiring and practical rugs for anywhere in your home. Choose from hand woven wool/wool mix rugs, including Persian Shiraz, Aqshar, loop incorporating intricate designs and textures. We also have flat weaves, Berbers, super soft, seagrass/hemp and geometric designs ranging from subtle shades to the bold, colourful statement pieces.


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Going Green for the Future The UK pledge to cut greenhouse emissions by 2050 has inspired interest in green technologies with Ground Source Heat Pumps being a go-to choice. However, despite government financial support within the Renewable Heating Incentive there are misconceptions about such technology. “The two most common misconceptions I hear are ‘I don’t have enough land for that’ and ‘There’s no hot water under my property,’ said Andrea Ellison, director of North Walesbased specialists Dragon Drilling and Chair of Marketing

for the National Ground Source Heat Pump Association. “There’s no need to dig up gardens or fields to have ground source heating. Instead, boreholes go straight down to a depth appropriate to your heating system, where the ground is a constant 9-11°C, leaving just a 6” manhole cover. Andrea added: “Ground Source isn’t the same thing as geothermal heat, which relies on taking hot water from a source like a geyser. Underground hot water is not required. Ground source can be installed in all types of properties, from flats, houses

and farms to holiday parks. Dragon Drilling geologists work alongside accredited installers to ensure the heat required for the property is properly calculated prior to installation.” Dragon Drilling’s philosophy is ‘the sustainable utilisation of natural resources’. Ground source heating systems cool and heat your building and is carbon positive. “Everyone should have their own renewable “green house” to stop the greenhouse effect. Ground source heating is the way forward for a sustainable, renewable property using the ground beneath you.”


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The Best Beauty Gift Sets Beauty gift sets are not all created equal. There are the ones you buy in a panic on Christmas Eve – guaranteed to either end up in a charity shop or forgotten in a cupboard somewhere – and then there’s this little lot…

Chocolate lovers will rejoice with this Nature’s Kitchen Double Indulgence Chocolate Gift Box (£24.99, It features the Dark Chocolate Cleansing Butter Fudge

Mask and Chocolate Mocha Polishing Scrub, both of which are packed with nourishing natural ingredients, such as raw organic cacao, organic Italian roasted coffee beans and organic avocado, and smell delicious. Fragrance fans will enjoy creating their own perfumed body oil with this Neal’s Yard Remedies Aromatherapy


Bespoke Blending Kit (£32, There are three organic essential oils to choose from – orange, lavender and palmarosa, along with a base oil, mixing bottle and the Little Book of Essential Oils. Know someone who could do with a bit of a break over Christmas? Treat them to the Fearne Cotton Calming Collection (£18, Boots). They’ll get a body wash, body mist, bath bomb, body lotion and candle – all with a fragrance designed to calm the mind and soothe the senses. And, as a bonus, there’s a rather pretty gift bag, so you don’t even need to wrap your gift up if you don’t want to. It can be tricky to choose skincare or make-up for someone. If in doubt, stick to a pretty new cosmetics bag or a new brush set. The No7 Ultimate Brush Collection (£27, Boots) is a good bet. There’s an uber-soft brush for every makeup requirement, and a pot to keep them all in. Lip gloss fans will love Bobbi Brown’s Glossy Lip Duo (£16, www.bobbibrown. Choose from Rosy and

Pastel shades, or Bellini and Buff. Or buy both sets to get all four shades, and keep three for yourself. We won’t tell.

Frequent travellers will welcome Green People’s Skin Retreat – Comfort & Clarity Collection. There’s a 30ml Neutral Scent-Free Cleanser & Make-up Remover, a 30ml Neutral Scent-Free Light Day Moisturiser and a 10ml Neutral Scent-Free AntiAgeing 24 Hour Cream. All for the bargain price of £15 ( The products are aimed at people with sensitive skin, but they’re great all-rounders that will suit most skin types. The 50ml version of the moisturiser is usually £19.50, so you’re pretty much getting the cleanser and 24-hour cream for free.

Need some small gifts for teachers, colleagues or friends? The Champneys Bubble Heaven Gift Set (from £16 at Boots) contains three of its bestselling bath soaks. As a set, it makes a great present, but it’s also ideal for splitting up into three smaller gifts. Looking for a male grooming gift set? The Mr Festive Gift Set at White Stuff features a Christmasthemed body wash and soap for just £12.50…

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Provence on the Wild Side

As the river Rhône approaches the Mediterranean, it splits into the Grand Rhône and the Petit Rhône to form one of the largest deltas in Europe. This is the ‘Camargue’, an enticing place unlike anywhere else in France, where marshlands and lagoons glisten in the sun, fringed by broad windswept sands to the south while paddies, orchards and wheat spread on the fertile plain. But the deeper you head into the delta, the wilder the land strung with lakes and dunes, deserted beaches, sand bars, meadows and ponds festooned in tamarisks and yellow irises – and at the heart of it all, the saltwater lagoon of Vaccarès, which looks almost like a sea. Orchids and forget-me-nots splash colour here and there and along the coast delicate sand lilies, golden


immortelles and sea lavender flutter in the breeze. With just ten inhabitants per square kilometre, these vast open spaces almost feel like the end of the earth, and although there are a few roads around the more isolated areas are easier to reach on horseback, as the locals do. There are guesthouses and stables where anyone can learn to ride or join a guided trek to enjoy a landscape with no boundaries. Scenery aside, the Camargue has a character all of its own, steeped in age-old culture and traditions. There may be few humans about but you’re sure to come across a paddock where white Camargue horses gallop semi-wild, manes flying in the wind, or you might find a whitewashed traditional cottage thatched with reeds and shaped like a prow to withstand storms, a saltpan, a stretch of barren

land or a ranch called ‘manade’ where black bulls are bred for the game of ‘cocarde’. The protected wetlands and coast attract around 350 bird species, from raptors and waterfowls to song and sea birds. Magpies and jackdaws are common but it’s always a treat to spot a colourful bee-eater, a crested hoopoe or a roller pirouetting in the air on a spectacular courtship dance. Yet, above all others, pink flamingos are the icon of the Camargue, wading in shallow lagoons, amazingly peaceful until something disturbs the peace and the whole colony takes flight, shrieking through a magnificent cloud of flaming colours. In the spring, thousands of chicks are born in the Regional Park, all fluffy and white, for it will take several years for them to turn pink. Some will stay in the Camargue throughout the winter; others take off across the sea in search of warmer climes. But when you reach the coast don’t expect glittering resorts, for this is still the wild ‘cowboy land’. Just look out for the lonely walled village of AiguesMortes, once a sea port, now inland, and LesSaintes-Maries de la Mer, 8,000 residents and capital of the Camargue where gypsies from far and wide honour their patron saint on an annual pilgrimage. As visitors like to say, wherever you come from, ‘there is no place like the Camargue’.

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The Nutcracker by Fiona Watt Stunning illustrations and simple text tell the story of The Nutcracker Ballet. Press the pages to hear the special arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s music and scan the QR code to watch a scene from the ballet. This is a delightful introduction to a timeless classic that young children will love to read and listen to.

The Snow Dragon by Abi Elphinstone In Griselda Bone’s gloomy orphanage fun and laughter is banned and Christmas is well and truly cancelled. For Phoebe and her dog Herb an exciting adventure is about to begin. Out of the snow comes a dragon who takes them on a magical journey flying high above the snowy mountains and forests, and then Phoebe receives the best present ever............ A beautiful, moving story with enchanting illustrations by Fiona Woodward

The Time of Green magic by Hilary McKay Soon after Abi and her two step-brothers move into a new house strange things begin to happen. Mysterious shapes are seen in the shadows and when a startling guest arrives through the window they have to find out where it came from, and send it back. The problem is how? A spellbinding novel about family, magic and an old house from the award winning author of “The Skylark’s Song”

The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer 11yr old twins Myles and Beckett Fowl are completely different. Beckett is messy and hates wearing clothes, Myles is extremely neat and 3D prints a fresh suit everyday. Left alone for one night they befriend a troll who is being chased by a strange nobleman and an equally strange nun. Both of whom want him for their own gain. This is an epic adventure where the twins try to avoid being shot, kidnapped and even temporarily killed as they race to save their new friend.

Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street by Felicita Sala In each apartment at 10 Pomegranate Street someone is preparing a special dish to share with their neighbours. Mr Sing is making coconut dahl and Maria is mashing avocados for guacamole. Full of easy to follow recipes from all over the world and stunning illustrations, Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street is a celebration of community and sharing. Perfect for young chefs.

Our Planet This fascinating and informative book is a celebration of the natural world. The combination of stunning photographs and illustrations will enable the reader to lose themselves in icy landscapes, dense jungles and endless oceans. A beautiful book which will inspire and delight children in an engaging way. With a special forward by Sir David Attenborough.


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tidying up larger branches on trees and shrubs and is perfect for fruit trees. Use a sawing action for best results and make the pruning cut a few millimetres or so away from the main stem from which the branch you are removing is joined. A cut like this will heal quicker and is less prone to fungal rotting.

Pruning Perfection Winter is perfect for pruning and cutting back woody plants (except if it is really icy or frosty), so get stuck in now that deciduous trees, shrubs, hedges and climbers are bare of leaves. Remember that for pruning to really benefit the plant, you need the right tools. For a small expanse of hedge or a shrub that needs reshaping, a good, sharp pair of well-oiled shears should do the job. When cutting along a hedge top, a guide line – such as a taut string – will help you get a neat, level surface. For larger hedges a powered hedge cutter or hedge trimmer is preferable. Use ‘loppers’ for removal of stems at various heights and of varying thicknesses. These are available with various handle lengths (some have telescopic handles), so that you can reach higher. For relatively thick stems they are better than shears or

secateurs and allow for accurate cutting. Wear goggles and ideally protective headgear if you have to cut back branches above your head.

Create sloping cuts whenever you can so that rain and moisture runs off Everybody needs a pair of good-quality sharp secateurs for pruning smaller woody stems. Always cut to an outward-facing bud (so that the new growth produced from that bud grows outwards). Secateurs are good for removing dead and dying stems, for formative pruning (to ensure the plant grows in the right direction), and for pruning to encourage flowering. A proper pruning saw is necessary for pruning out or

MORE PRUNING TIPS Always check the best pruning time for your plants – most hedges and many shrubs can be cut back now, but you may impact the flowering potential of others. Some trees, mainly those in the Prunus family – such as edible and ornamental cherries, plums, apricots, damsons, peaches and nectarines – are prone to the potentially fatal fungal ‘silver leaf’ infection, and should be pruned in the summer months. Pruning tools must be really sharp – blunt tools mean more effort and the risk of damage to the plant.

Create sloping cuts with secateurs, loppers and saws to prevent moisture accumulating (wetness encourages wood rotting), and cut close to but not on top of a bud to allow new growth without dieback. Stand back from time to time when pruning, to let you see how you are affecting the overall shape of the plant.

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Five Smart Ways to Pay for Christmas The cost of Christmas can take away some of the magic of the festive season if you’re not careful, as well as causing serious financial problems well into the New Year. Saving in advance is obviously the ideal, but if you’ve not been able to do so for this Christmas, there may still be an option that can reduce your credit card bill a little. 1. 0% purchase credit cards If your credit rating is good you may be able to obtain a credit card with 0% interest to pay for your Christmas purchases this year. You need to be careful not to miss a payment on the card, however, as you’ll lose the interest-free deal and will have to pay a high rate of interest on the remaining balance.

2. Regular savings accounts Regular savings accounts allow you to save a little money each month, and are a tried-andtrusted way to ease the pressure on your finances. They also offer a higher rate of interest than ‘standard’ savings accounts. Typically, you’ll need to hold a current account alongside the regular saver so it may be worthwhile switching banks if necessary. At the time of writing, 5% interest is available on some regular savings accounts, including First Direct and M&S Bank.¹


3. Instant-access savings accounts Saving for Christmas in an instant-access savings account means your money isn’t tied up if you need it during the year. This can be both a blessing and a curse, however, particularly if you think you might spend the money on non-essentials. Although savings interest rates are currently very low, an easy access savings account does offer more flexibility, whilst also providing a safe place for your money that’s separate from the everyday funds in your current account.

A piggy bank could provide the answer to Christmas saving 4. Credit unions Credit unions are non-profit financial organisations that sometimes offer Christmas savings clubs to their members. Similar to ‘traditional’ Christmas clubs, access to your savings is restricted until a few weeks before Christmas, and you can save in a number of ways. Crucially, credit union savings accounts are protected by the Financial Services

Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the same way as bank and building society accounts.²

5. Piggy bank or money jar If you’re disciplined with money and know you won’t be tempted to spend it during the year, a piggy bank could provide the answer to Christmas saving. Regularly emptying your pockets or purse of change adds up to a surprising amount if you start in January and save throughout the year.

With so many beautifully decorated coin jars and money pots now available, it can be fun to save in this way. You could even buy novelty piggy banks for the children so they learn the habit of saving, or help them decorate their own mason jar.

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Piles of presents Presents look better when colour-coordinated and crisscrossed with ribbons and bows. Inexpensive paper looks lovely with a home-made label, or consider wrapping in fabric or employing a reusable box. Finish with a tiny pine cone, small bauble or home-made iced biscuit.

Traditional Christmas style Our top tips for festive decorating to create a warm and welcoming look.

A wreath on the front door A front-door wreath provides a wonderful festive welcome. There is an enormous variety of ready-made wreaths to choose from, or make your own, using leaves, flowers and seed heads from the garden.

An impressive tree Britain’s most popular Christmas tree is the Nordmann fir, while the Norway spruce is cheaper but drops needles unless watered frequently. When buying a cut tree, sawing half an inch off the trunk will help it absorb water. Remove any unneeded low-down or interior branches, and position your tree away from sunny windows and radiators. Wind with an even distribution

of lights and garlands and add baubles and other ornaments, hanging them in the centre of branches and at the tips to create depth and interest. Mantelpieces, balustrades and pictures Drape fir, ivy, holly and lush green foliage along mantelpieces and the tops of pictures, and wind among balustrades. Add pine cones, baubles, strings of LED lights and battery-operated candles for a gorgeous display. Candles, candles everywhere Nothing says Christmas like warm, flickering candlelight, but keep them away from decorations and extinguish them before going to bed or leaving the house. Better still, use

Setting the table Set out a special runner and your best crockery, perhaps with plates that layer in colour or have gold edging. Add glassware and cutlery then finish with greenery, pine cones, candles, baubles and other small-scale decorations, plus hand-written place settings.

Hang up stockings Both children and adults can hang stockings, and if you don’t have a handy mantelpiece try a peg rail, branch, coat hooks or stocking hooks.

Arrangements of cards Christmas cards are a lovely way to decorate your home. Display them in neat rows on a shelf or mantelpiece, tucked into mirrors and picture frames, stapled to ribbons and hung alongside the staircase (weighted with a bauble or pine cone) or from rows of string using mini wooden pegs. Decorative displays Use illuminated ornaments or a few poinsettias in pots, some bowls of clove-studded oranges and a few baubles or fairy lights in a glass bowl or vase for a sparkly effect.

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Glitter The sparkle of glitter is very attractive to pets, but glitter is easily ingested. The tiny pieces can also lodge in their eyes and set up a nasty irritation. Baubles Glass baubles present a serious danger to pets if broken, and also pose a choking hazard.

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The glitz and glitter of Christmas is so pretty that it’s easy to forget the potential dangers of our festive trimmings, so here are some of the possible hazards that may threaten your pet at this time of year. Spray snow Spray snow looks very pretty but it does contain chemicals that are harmful to animals. If your cat or dog licks the substance they could suffer from sickness and diarrhoea or other gastrointestinal problems. Tinsel Tinsel can cause a blockage in the intestines if


Fairy lights Your pet can be electrocuted by fairy lights if bitten through, but there’s also a danger they could become tangled in the lights and be unable to free themselves if they’re alone in the house. Silica gel Silica gel sachets are very small and your pet may eat them without you noticing. These sachets can cause gastrointestinal upset, vomiting, and diarrhoea. Whilst not wishing to diminish the joy of Christmas, it pays to make sure your pets are safe this festive season. Many of these trimmings aren’t obviously hazardous but they do have the potential to cause serious harm.

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Six Tips for a Healthy Winter The shorter, darker, colder, wetter days of winter can leave even the fittest and chirpiest people feeling run-down. To feel better through the winter:

1: Reduce infection risk While being cold cannot give you a cold or the flu (only viruses can do that), it can stress your body and lower your immunity. Practise good hygiene and take antibacterial hand gel out with you.

If you’re recommended to have a flu vaccine or are eligible for a free one, get it early, before flu season starts. Rest assured it can’t give you flu, as it contains no live viruses. People who get flu after vaccination may have a rarer flu strain not covered by the vaccine or a strain contracted before it became fully active. 2: Keep exercising Exercise can warm you up, boost your immune system and release endorphins that make you feel good. If you’re exercising outdoors, bundle up, avoid exercising when it’s icy and wear bright, reflective clothes if it’s dark. Consider indoor alternatives: swimming,


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Being too cold puts stress on your body Check out and click on ‘fitness guides’ for free tenminute workouts, or www.nhs. uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio for online exercise videos, including yoga, Pilates, strength exercises, aerobic workouts and more.

3: Get enough daylight, fresh air and vitamin D Your body uses sunlight to regulate your body clock and create vitamin D, essential for strong teeth, muscles and bones, so don’t hibernate! However, in the UK, there’s not enough sunlight between October and early March to make sufficient vitamin D, nor can you get enough by eating vitamin D-rich foods, so the NHS recommends a daily 10mcg vitamin D supplement.

4: Stay warm When the temperature drops below 8°C, those who are over 65, disabled or pregnant, or have children under school age, or have a mental or long-term health condition are more vulnerable to illness. Low temperatures increase vulnerability to heart attacks, stroke, flu, pneumonia, hypothermia, falls and injuries, and can worsen depression, dementia and Raynaud’s Disease (which interrupts blood supply to the extremities, causing pain, numbness, stiffness or tingling, most commonly in the fingers). Keep your home heated to at least 18°C and use hot water bottles, heat packs or electric blankets if necessary. Try a hot bath before bed, and have hot meals and drinks. Pre-warm clothes on radiators or in your airing cupboard. When outdoors, wear warm gloves and a hat, and use hand dryers for a warmth top-up while you’re out.

5: Eat healthy comfort food Choose healthy comfort foods like stews and soups (but watch your fat and salt intake and include plenty of vegetables). Homemade soups are easily made with a simple blender, and cooked fruit with low-fat custard makes a great winter pudding. Visit and click on recipes to find healthy, warming dishes. 6: Finally… look after your mental health Stay active, warm and sociable: exercise, time spent outdoors and the company of others can all help stave off winter blues. However, if you think you may have full-blown SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), see your GP for help.

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LOCAL EVENTS AND CLUBS If you are on your own and would like some company on Christmas Day, why not join us at St Thomas’s Church, Vale St, Denbigh, for Christmas Day lunch. This is a free lunch and transport can be arranged if necessary. Booking is essential so please ring either Iona on 01745 813 256 or Lilian 01745 813 426 as soon as possible. You will be assured of a very warm welcome. Friday 17th January, Ruthin Rotary Club are holding a Charity concert at Llanfair Village Hall in aid of Alzheimer’s disease featuring PORTHMYN CHOIR. Tickets £10 including refreshments available from Peter Jones Tel: Ruthin 01824 707576. Leisure time / Friendship / Volunteering PWLLGLAS VILLAGE HALL WHIST DRIVES Do you enjoy playing whist? Good company? Nice cuppa and biscuits? Why not come to the hall on a Tuesday evening at 7.30. Whist drives held throughout the year. Ruthin Camera Club. We’re a friendly club meeting weekly in the Tabernacle Chapel, Ruthin, on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. Our programme is a mix of visiting speakers, competitions and improving one’s skills; why not give us a try? For more information visit our website or phone Phil Durrell (Secretary, 01824 703453) or Ray Davies (Chairman on 01824 703505) Soroptimist International: Denbigh, Ruthin and District meet in Brookhouse Mill, Denbigh, at 7pm for 7.30pm on the first Monday of every month (except Bank Holidays). A warm welcome is extended to visitors. For more information about our programme, who we are and what we do, please visit our web site or telephone our members secretary on 01824 707132 Are you looking for friendship through lively discussion, theatre trips, restaurant visits and lots more then why not come and join us at NWR! We are a group of lively-minded women who arrange our own programme of speakers, discussion topics and outings. We meet in each others’ homes fortnightly on a Thursday. If you would like to join us, Please contact Alison on 07764 578613 for an informal chat.


Ruthin and District u3a meet on the last Tuesday of every month at 10 am in Ruthin Rugby Club. It costs just £15 a year to join. This includes access to 34 different interest groups and a monthly meeting with a variety of speakers. For more information visit our web site :-www. or contact the Chairperson, Rose Hislop on or on 01824 705331 MEETING POINT Come along for a cuppa and chat with a friend or to meet new friends. From 10am to 12 The last Wednesday of the month at the English Presbyterian Church, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin Meeting point Coffee morning. Ruthin English Presbyterian church, Wynnstay Road Ruthin, In the church hall on the last Wednesday of each month 10am-12.30pm Why not join us if you are new to the area, out shopping or simply want a bit of company. Everyone is welcome to join us for a chat and a FREE cup of coffee/tea and cake. Disabled access. Ruthin and District RNLI Branch We are appealing for volunteers to help us to raise funds for the RNLI in the Ruthin Area. The RNLI is entirely dependent on charitable funds to run its lifesaving operations around the UK so, can you help us in our efforts to support this very worthy cause? If you are able to help, please contact our Branch Chairman, Mike Brennan on 01824 780416. Ladies Guild Denbigh....... Why not come along and join us, we meet on the second Wednesday of each month at Eirianfa 7pm. Any age, we are a mixed age group, we have talks, demonstrations, quizzes etc, if you require further details or information contact 01745 815827 Ruthin Probus Club We are retired ladies and gentlemen from a wide range of backgrounds who meet each month to enjoy friendship and conversation over lunch; followed by a talk from an invited speaker. We meet at Rhewl Pavilion, at midday on the first Wednesday of each month. There is free parking, or transport can be arranged if requested. Guests are most welcome to join us. For more details, or to let us know you would like to make a first visit, call Bill Evans on 01824 702005. Henllan Table Tennis Club meets at Henllan church institute every Monday 7 to 9 p.m. Continued on 52 All ages and abilities

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1st. RUTHIN-BRYNBACH SCOUT GROUP NEEDS YOUR HELP We are now looking for enthusiastic adults, 18 years and onwards, to help the Scout Group move forward and in doing so present exciting opportunities and experiences to all its members. The Group meet in their own Scout Hall tucked under the walls of Ruthin Castle. Leaders, Assistants and Helpers will be welcome in all four sections which cater for young people aged between 6 – 18 years. Beavers -aged 6-8 years meet on Monday evening. Cub Scouts- aged 8-10.5 years meet on Tuesday evenings Scouts – aged 10.5– 14 years meet on Thursday evenings Explorers aged 14 – 18 years meet on a Wednesday night. If you want to ‘Join in’ and volunteer on a path of fun and adventure, and see the pleasure of young people growing and developing please contact :Katie 07976 229 671 Please mention The Clwyd Connection when using any of the advertisers


welcome. Help and advice offered if wanted. Have fun and get fit. Equipment provided. For more information contact Don. 01824 709959 or Iain. 07879 648351 General health and fitness groups. Exercise for mind and body,. Why not try Scottish country dancing in a friendly atmosphere, no partner needed. Tuesday Ruthin Rugby Club.&.30 pm-10pm, Friday Llanbedr Village Hall &.30pm-10pm. Details tel Elizabeth Phillips 01824 704552. Positive Steps 10.45-11.45 Friday at Eiranfa Denbigh. Armchair exercises to music fun and chatter 12.30-1.30 Friday at Trefnant village hall. Armchair and some standing with music fun and chatting. Coffee tea and biscuits after. Please contact Tina 07738610611 Llanbedr D C Table Tennis Club Are there any table tennis players out there, who would enjoy a game. Come along to our friendly Table Tennis Club that meets every Tuesday from 4 t0 6pm in Llanbedr Village Hall. For more information contact Guy Alford, Tel 01824 703645 or e-mail Keep Moving Exercise Class Moderate movement to music in a fun and friendly setting. Wednesdays 2 – 3 pm (during school term) at The Youth Centre, Borthyn (Denbigh Road), Ruthin. New members very welcome - first class free. For more information: Mair on 01824 703583 or Maureen on 01824 704173. Ruthin Badminton Club Every Tuesday 7:30-9:30 in the Sports Hall at Ruthin Leisure Centre, Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Mold Road, Ruthin LL15 1EG Visitors first session is free. We are a senior club so you must be 16 or over. Contact Jeff Brown. or just pop in. The Denbigh and District branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society MS is a neurological condition that affects around 100,000 people in the UK. The branch, raises funds and provides support and information to people with MS, their families and carers, whether newly diagnosed or just needing someone to talk to. We are always looking for new members, including people with MS. If you can spare some time to help


or would like to join the branch or live with MS, then please telephone Alan on 01824 705729 Getting active; improving exercise, health and well being for people living with M.S. Tai chi classes are being held at Trefnant Village Hall for people with Multiple Sclerosis and their Carers. The classes are held on each Thursday from noon until 1pm. The seated classes are led by a fully qualified Tai Chi instructor and cost £3 per person. For more information and book a place, please call Alan on 01824 705729. Tai Chi Classes are held at Eirianfa Denbigh Twice weekly , new members are always welcome, first lesson free. Tai Chi is a gentle therapeutic activity which people of any age can participate, We are a very friendly group with an experienced teacher. Thursday 9:30am to 11:30am , come along or ring Maureen on 01745812108 for more info Rotary, Inner Wheel and W. I. groups Trefnant WI meet on the second Thursday of the month at Trefnant Village Hall at 7pm. We have a variety of speakers, trips and meals out. New members welcome. Contact Ena Stewart 01745 730353 or just come along. The Inner Wheel Club of Ruthin meet on the second Wednesday of each month at Nant y felin Restaurant Llanrhaeadr at 6.30pm. We have a meal followed by a speaker or various activities throughout the year. Our club raises monies  for many local and some overseas charities. We enjoy friendship and welcome new members to join us. Ring Geraldine Whelan on 01824 703466 for more details Rotary in St Asaph Needs New Members. For 33 years we have been Helping Others. To continue doing this we invite enthusiastic, caring people from all walks of life to join us at the Bod Erw, St Asaph on a Thursday evening and find out how much fun we have. YOU can make a difference to other people’s lives. For more info contact Tony Dean (Club Secretary), Tel:-07766130583 The Rotary Club of Ruthin. Clwb Rotary Rhuthun. (Founded 1959) We meet every Wednesday in Wetherspoons Ruthin at 6.30pm and you are welcome to come and see what Rotary is all about. If you would like to come and join us please contact Terry Bolton tel no 01490 460 388, email

To advertise your business in Connection Magazines - call 01824 707013 Peter Jones: 01824 707 576 Barbara Bolton 01490 460 388 jnob16@aol.comvisit our website - or our Facebook page which is @RuthinRotary. Denbigh Rotary invite potential new members to come along and see what Rotary is all about! We meet at The Brookhouse Mill, Ruthin Road, Denbigh most Tuesdays, 6.45 for 7pm. If you are interested, please ring Rotarian Gwynn Parry on 01745 813197 e-mail Ruthin W I meet on the second Friday of every month in Newcombe Hall Llys Goodman at 7pm. We have a varied programme of speakers and trips out. If you are interested in joining us as a new member, please come along to one of our meetings or contact President Jen Roberts - Jones on 01824 703816 or Secretary Mary Marques on 01824 705166. The Denbigh Green WI meet the second Tuesday in the month at Eirianfa Denbigh at 7pm. This year we have had a variety of guest speakers. Trips and meals out. We would love new members to join. Further details contact Liz on 01745 813197 or Jean 01745 814031 or just come along to the meeting. Children’s interest. Saturday morning Youth Theatre at Myddleton College, Denbigh. Professional training from The Denbigh Workshop. 9.30-11.30am aged 7-16yrs

3rd Sunday of the month: 9.15am Morning Prayer in St. Meugan’s Church. 10.30am Holy Communion in St. Peter’s Church, Ruthin. 11am “Taste & See” -informal church for everyone -in St. Peter’s Church Parish Rooms 11am Morning Prayer in St. Mwrog’s Church. 6pm Evensong in St. Peter’s Church 4th Sunday of the month: 9.15am Bilingual Holy Communion in St. Meugan’s Church. 10.30am Matins in St. Peter’s Church, Ruthin. 11am Informal Holy Communion with the Llan Band Thursdays 10am Bilingual Holy Communion in St. Mwrog’s Church Last Friday of each month “Teenscreen” Young people’s film club 7pm in No. 10. Mwrog Street. Holy Trinity Church Trefnant. 9.30a.m. 1st. Sunday of the month. Short Family Service 2nd & 4th. Eucharist. 3rd Morning Prayer Coffee and cake after each service Corpus Christi Church, Tremeirchion 11.15 a.m. 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month. Eucharist 2nd. Family Service 4th Cymun Bendigaed/Boreol Weddi All Saints Church Sinan 9.45a.m. 1st Sunday of the month. Eucharist 2nd & 4th Morning Prayer 3rd Eucharist English Presbyterian Church, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin. Sunday services at 10:30am. Communion is held on the first Sunday of every month. Everyone is welcome.

Girlguiding. Guides in Ruthin. The unit meets on a Monday night 6-7.30pm at Ruthin Rugby Club and is open for girls aged 10 to 14 years old. Contact Sammy Spillane, for more information

Ruthin Quakers. PLEASE NOTE, WE NOW MEET EVERY SUNDAY AT The Red Lounge, 1 – 18 Llys Awelon at 10.30 for an hour, followed by a hot drink and biscuits. All very welcome. Contact Jean on 01824 705592

Churches and Religious groups

St. Mary’s Church Cefn 11.15 1st Sunday of the month Morning Prayer 2nd. & 4th Eucharist 3rd Eucharist 5th Sundays in all 4 churches vary. Time remains the same.

Ruthin Town Churches 1st Sunday of the month: 8am Said Eucharist in St. Peter’s or St. Mwrog’s Church 10.30am Sung Eucharist in St. Peter’s Church. 11am Morning Prayer in St. Mwrog’s Church. 4pm Gosper yn Cymraeg yn Eglwys St. Meugans 2nd Sunday of the month: 9.15am Holy Communion in St. Meugan’s Church. 10.30am Matins in St. Peter’s Church, Ruthin 11am Holy Communion in St. Mwrog’s Church

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Index to advertisers Aerial installer Gethin Thomas Owen Telstar Aerials

Denture repairs

35 AS. Moore 51 Domestic appliance retail

Book shop

E. Jones (Denbigh) Ltd

Mold Book Shop

29 Domestic cleaning


Quality Cleaning Services

CWM Builders G. Parry building services PMJ Developments Steve Roberts

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Camper & Caravan repairs Carpet Cleaners A.C.S. Cleaning Simply the Best Zerodry time cleaning

40 Pest Control Global Pest Services

15 Phil Morris Pest Control

Drain services Drains Today Ear health Hear Shop GWP Electrical

32 Rowen Care 51 Estate agent 47 Williams Estates 18 Colourfence

Andy Jones Ben James Clayton Jojnery Ian Kneale


Ken Jones Carpets & Flooring Carpet Emporium Taskerts Flying Carpets Carpets & Furniture Denbigh Carpets & Beds

JT Williams

49 Granite products

Car sales

Vale of Clwyd Memorials

Redstone Subaru


Car servicing

37 Kitchens & Bathrooms

Chimney Sweep Dave the Sweep Jimmy Gilmore sweep

Academy of Design

48 A&J Kitchens & Bedrooms 13 Locksmith

Computer repairs

Denbigh Locksmith

37 Mobility aids 48 Adjustamatic

CITS MAC 3 Craft products Lavinia Stamps

22 Ruthin Maths

Lovingly Made by Lyn Curtains & Blinds

Oven U


56 Dragon Drilling

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31 Woodlands Hall


Roofing contractor

23 P Tattum Roofing



31 Edmunds Scaffolding


Slimming help

20 Slimming World



44 Swayne Johnson Solicitors


Tool hire centre

20 JT Williams


Toy Shop

25 Harris Toy Shop


Website designer

5 9



Window Blinds Andersons Curtains & Blinds

26 Window cleaning Vale of Clwyd Window Clean

12 Windows & Conservatories ADG Windows

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Renewable energy


36 Smith & Son Optician 18 Oven cleaning


Private Tuition

Hardware supplies Morgans of Ruthin

Redstone servicing

JCP Heating

49 Design 2 Print Ltd

Garage door replacement

45 Garolla Doors 16 Garden machinery sales



Foot care

2 Dyffryn Foot Care 15 Garden Centre 35 Greenfingers

44 18

Plumbing & Heating

Fencing replacement

Carpenter & Joiner

2 20


13 Steven Holden Plastering

Employment opportunity

Carpet fitter


Vale Painters

Electrical contractor


MPI Campers

Painter & Decorator

24 Steve Price

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The long-established local magazine for Ruthin, Denbigh and surrounding areas in North Wales, featuring local news and what's on plus some o...

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The long-established local magazine for Ruthin, Denbigh and surrounding areas in North Wales, featuring local news and what's on plus some o...

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