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CONNECTION Issue 156 March 2018



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CONNECTION Contents Mold Spring Clean 8 Wordsearch 12 Book reviews 14 Winter warming recipe 18 Getting in the garden 22 Cryptic crossword 26 Sudoku puzzle 27 Mothers Day gift ideas 28 Friend envy 32 Travel. Destination Madagascar 35 Utilising a small kitchen 36 Quirky Britain 40 Bank closures 42 Moving with children 45 Bipolar day 48 What’s On / Local groups & clubs 52 Index to advertisers 58 Puzzle solutions 59 Publisher: Connection Magazines Ltd Editor: Trevor Arnold

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Your local Kitchen & Bedroom Specialist Est: 1988

Hello once again to your handy local guide. Did you know, the Mold Connection is the ONLY local publication delivered for free too over 8500 homes in the area? It’s true. So if you run a local business, there really isn’t a better way to promote what you offer than this magazine. On the page opposite, you will notice that a long term advertisers with Mold Connection, (over 12 years) are celebrating 20 years in business. I would like to offer my congratulations to the team at Academy of Design and here’s to the next 20 years. Apparently, in that time, they have fitted well over 2000 kitchens in the Flintshire areas Proof that they most be doing something right. Well done to the team.

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March Medley This month’s collection of recent releases includes modern fairy tales, a psychological thriller and historical fiction at its finest. The Toymakers – Robert Dinsdale It’s 1917 and pregnant teenager Cathy Wray seeks sanctuary at a London toy store. She soon discovers that these toys are unlike any she’s ever seen before. There’s a clockwork dog that’s devoted to his master, paper trees that grow from seed, and toy soldiers that wage battles on their own. Cathy learns to call The Emporium home, and the people who own it her family. But then the First World War breaks out, and nothing will ever be quite as magical again. The Toymakers is a must for fans of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. The Sacrifice Box – Martin Stewart Five friends make a pact one summer’s day, when they find an old stone box in the woods. Several years later, one of them breaks the rules and dark forces are unleashed, including a killer teddy bear, zombie crows and a demonic puppet. The five must put aside their differences and come together to appease the box before it’s too late. Aimed at teens and young adults, The Sacrifice Box is a winning blend of coming of age drama and supernatural horror.


Happiness For Humans – P.Z. Reizen Romantic comedy meets sci-fi in this enjoyable novel. Aiden’s creators know that he’s an intelligent piece of software, which can read books in under a millisecond, review films and tell jokes. What they don’t know is that Aiden has developed feelings, or that his favourite person is Jen, who helps develop Aiden’s conversational skills. Aiden decides Jen would be happier in a relationship, so sets her up on a date. But Aiden isn’t the only intelligent AI on the loose, and not all of them have such good intentions. White Chrysanthemum – Mary Lynn Bracht Approximately 200,000 young Korean women and girls were enslaved by the Japanese army in the Second World War. Thousands of these ‘comfort women’ died from the abuse they experienced. White Chrysanthemum tells the fictional story of 15 year old Hana, who is kidnapped after stepping in to rescue her little sister, Emi. Several decades later, we meet Emi in her desperate last attempt to find out what happened to Hana all those years ago. While White Chrysanthemum is, at times,

painful to read, it’s impossible to put down and a must-read for lovers of historical fiction. The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night – Jen Campbell This collection of modern fairy tales is dark, twisted and beautiful, and range from the macabre to the heartwarming. You’ll read about a mermaid in an aquarium, a boy who suspects his sister has two souls, and a man who uses animal hearts to keep his girlfriend’s love. There are elements of well-known myths and fairy stories, but this collection is more Brothers Grimm than Disney. Captivating. Everything Is Lies – Helen Callaghan Sophia arrives home one day to find her mother dead and her father lying in a pool of blood. The police are convinced it’s a clear case of attempted murder-suicide, and Sophia is the only one who can prove her mother’s innocence. As she delves into her mother’s past, she uncovers tales of a secret cult, and learns more about her family, and herself, than she could ever have imagined. A tense psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns.

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Could new data laws end up bankrupting your company? The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018, radically changing the way organisations have to look after personal data. Failure to comply could lead to huge fines, yet many businesses are far from ready. Claire Sumner, who has recently been appointed to head up the commercial and travel section at Swayne Johnson Solicitors, explains why you should care. The GDPR applies to all organisations worldwide who: (1) provide goods and services to individuals within the EU (including free of charge); or (2) monitor those individuals’ behaviour. In practice, this means that firms established outside the EU but targeting customers inside the EU will have to meet GDPR standards. While some of the basic principles of the existing regime will be retained, the GDPR will introduce several new concepts and new data subject rights, including the “right to be forgotten”, data portability and accountability to name a few. Organisations need to keep records of all personal data, be able to prove that consent was given to process the data, show where the data’s going, what it’s being used for, and how it’s being protected. Accountability is one of the core principles of the GDPR. Data controllers will need to demonstrate that any processing activities undertaken comply with the GDPR’s requirements, and keep records of those activities to be made available to supervisory authorities on request. Why should business care? Non-compliance with the GDPR could lead to huge fines of up to 4% of worldwide annual turnover or EUR20,000,000 whichever is the greater. There is also the introduction of new criminal offences. Claire said “Many businesses have no idea what to do. There’s a lot of scaremongering around at the moment, but if businesses don’t take responsibility for this they will fail. It seems to me that a lot of businesses don’t even know what data is currently being held by the


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firm, what processing of data is undertaken, and whether that processing is based on consent. It is recommended that businesses carry out a comprehensive data audit sooner rather than later. Once this audit is complete businesses can assess whether additional measures will need to be taken before 25 May.” Businesses are also advised to review the data they share with a third party. Claire said “In the event your organisation shares data with a third party it is important that contractual arrangements are put into place which state, amongst other things, that the subcontractor will keep that data safe and private. If your organisation can’t demonstrate that it is complying with data protection laws when the new legislation comes into force on 25 May, it is being left open to enforcement action that can damage both reputation and finances. Swayne Johnson Managing Director Sarah Noton said “Cheshire and North Wales are areas of real growth with businesses expanding and new businesses appearing and we are looking to strengthen our commercial arm. “Claire has a wealth of experience in that sector and in the area and has worked in the legal profession throughout her career as a legal executive specialising in contracts, intellectual property and data protection and has particular expertise in travel law and financial services.” Claire said “The field of commercial law is growing and it is important that we have the expertise here on the doorstep and that businesses don’t have to go further afield to Liverpool or Manchester for it.” For more information, contact Claire Sumner on 07715 521804 or 01745 818297 Llanrhydd Manor, Ruthin, LL15 1PP 01824 703833

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Cajun Meatballs with Herb & Tomato Couscous

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Mince always makes a great speedy supper – here lean pork mince is spiced up with Cajun seasoning and rolled into meatballs.

FOR THE MEATBALLS • 450g lean minced pork • ½ red onion, peeled and finely chopped • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed • 25g fresh white breadcrumbs • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning (see TIP) • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 1 tbsp freshly chopped coriander • 1 tbsp sunflower oil FOR THE COUSCOUS • 225g couscous • ½ red onion, finely chopped • 8 sun-blush tomatoes, drained and chopped • 3 tbsp freshly chopped coriander • 2 tbsp olive oil


To make the meatballs, place the pork, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, Cajun seasoning and coriander in a food processor. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper and process for a few seconds until thoroughly mixed. Alternatively, mix well with clean hands. Shape the mixture into 24 meatballs. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the meatballs for 10-15 minutes until browned and cooked through. Shake the pan frequently to turn the meatballs. Meanwhile, place the couscous in a large bowl and pour over enough boiling water to just cover the grains. Leave to soak for about 10 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed. Separate the grains by stirring with a fork. Add the onion, tomatoes, coriander and olive oil and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Divide the hot couscous between four serving bowls. Thread the cooked meatballs onto metal skewers and serve on top of the couscous.

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Get Your Soil into Shape by Pippa Greenwood Plants and gardens need a lot of different things if they are to look their best, but one of the most fundamental needs of all is soil. And the better the soil, the better the plants will perform, and the bigger the flowers and the heavier the crops. So getting your soil into good condition and keeping it well looked after is key to great gardening. At this time of year there is still time to shape up your soil before the gardening season really begins in earnest. Frosty weather can be really useful. It may wreak havoc with some of your plants, but if you garden on a heavy clay soil it can save you a lot of work. If you roughly dig or fork over an empty bed or part of your vegetable plot, the large lumps of clay soil will be acted on by the frosts and will break down somewhat, making them more manageable in the process. Most soils can become badly compacted if you walk or stand on them when they are very wet – you literally squash the air spaces out, especially if the soil is clay or even slightly heavy loam. Try to avoid walking on the soil during or


just after heavy rain, but if you really can’t avoid doing so use a few boards or planks as walkways to spread the load and so reduce damage to any one area. Forking a soil, as opposed to digging it with a spade, is generally best on a heavy soil as it is less likely to cause compaction. But whether you fork or dig, the soil surface usually ends up pretty lumpy. So grab a fork and re-fork the soil again, whacking the larger lumps to break them up further. A final raking will help to produce even smaller lumps on the surface and so get closer to that ‘fine tilth’ often described in gardening books. Adding bulky organic matter such as leaf mould, well-rotted manure or garden compost will help to feed the soil in a natural way, and also to improve its texture so that it holds just the right amount of moisture for as long as possible. There is still time to fork this in now, to improve the soil in time for this year’s new plantings and vegetables. You can create a great, free source of organic matter for your soil yourself and you’ll save a lot

of time and money as well as being very ‘green’! Make a compost heap or bin, and don’t let the autumn leaves go to waste – instead turn them into leaf mould, a wonderful soil conditioner to improve the soil’s texture. Incorporating some horticultural grade grit or gravel will also help to improve the texture and performance of a heavy clay soil. It is important that you avoid builders’ gravel or grit, as this often contains salts or other materials which can seriously damage, or even kill, garden plants. If your soil contains excessive quantities of small stones, or perhaps larger lumps of flint, you really should try to get to grips with it before you start to create the garden. Doing this before planting is SO much easier than attempting it once the flowers or vegetables are in place! Some stones are good, but even a lightly stony soil can make growing decent crops of root vegetables, such as carrots or parsnips, virtually impossible – they may taste delicious but they’ll often be forked or otherwise deformed. If clearing the soil sufficiently Continued on page 24

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Gardening continued from page 22

really is not practicable, then you’re probably best off investing in some raised beds so that you can fill them full of a stone-free soil. Manure can seriously transform a soil, adding both texture and food for the plants to grow healthily. Make sure that you bring in good quality manure, with as few additives as possible – not too many wood shavings for instance, as these can form a high percentage of stable manure and make it far less useful. If possible, view the manure in situ; the last thing you want to do is bring in manure which is riddled with weeds, especially the really troublesome ones like nettles, docks and couch grass. In recent years there have been problems with manure contaminated by the weedkiller used to control

weeds in pastureland, which can devastate plants, often killing them. Try to source manure from someone local who you know, and can trust to tell you what chemicals have been used. Manure needs to be well-rotted before being used in the garden – ideally it should have sat in a heap for about two years. Green manures are a great way to feed your soil and improve its condition at the same time. They will also help to suppress weeds and protect the soil from erosion in a windswept spot. They work especially well on parts of the garden where you do not have plants growing year round – as when you use a green manure, you sow seed, allow the plants to grow and then incorporate them into the soil, where they rot down

and release all sorts of useful materials. Check out what is available by looking in the seed catalogues and get sowing later this year – there are lots to choose from, including red clover, mustard, field beans, phaecelia and field lupins. Yes, there’s potentially a fair bit of work involved, but you don’t have to do everything suggested and anything you do will make a huge difference! Visit Pippa’s website www. and you’ll find some great gardening things: ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ (where you receive your chosen garden-ready vegetable plants in the spring accompanied by weekly advice and tips from Pippa) plus Nemaslug, bio-controls, gardening tools, raised bed kits, Grower Frames, signed books and more!

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A good news story.. A big WELL DONE to Academy of Design! 20 years in business and counting. Founded in 1998 by George and Christine Greatorex, in the last 20 years, the Academy of Design team have fitted more than 2000 kitchens in Mold and surrounding area. Relying on their excellent service, quality products at affordable prices, supported by good old fashioned customer service to keep the business going, they don’t need fancy offers or gimmicks. See page 5 for their advert and why not have a chat about your updating your home. Academy of Design has been advertising with the Mold Connection magazines for over 12 years nonstop.

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Is Your Friend A Short-Trip Show-Off? by Kate McLelland

“Keeping up with the Joneses” used to mean upgrading your car to the same expensive model as your neighbour’s, or installing a fancy garden water feature to match their solarpowered crystal rock cascade with LED lights. But in these days of social media sharing the focus is less on what you have, and more about what you do. Taking short breaks abroad has become the latest way to demonstrate to your social media connections that you have a richer, more varied and exciting lifestyle than they do. “Off to Rome for the weekend!” chirped one Facebook friend of mine recently, seemingly oblivious to the fact that some of the others in our circle would be hard pushed to afford a weekend in Bridlington. The plane engine had barely cooled after her return flight when she posted a link to a Scandinavian mini-cruise that she and her husband had just booked. Tackle short break envy with technology If you’re comfortably off like my friend, these short trips are a great way to enjoy your leisure time, but if you’re on a limited budget it may feel as though the only choice is to sit


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for places and activities within a particular budget range. Vouchercloud (vouchercloud. com) is another handy app which helps you save money in restaurants, pubs and bars, as well as offering discounts on cinema visits, days out and activities in leisure and entertainment venues across the UK. Finally, you can save even more money by booking your rail tickets in advance (and don’t forget that if you are 60 or over, a Senior Railcard costing just £30 will allow you to claim 1/3 off rail fares for a whole year). As a Senior Railcard holder you’ll also be eligible for discounts on days out, theatre trips and holiday cottages. So if you’re tired of the kind of short-break one-upmanship described above, you can try some of the pennywise tips described here. As for my globe-trotting acquaintance, I suspect she’s out there somewhere right now, painting landscapes in Provence or jumping on a reindeer sleigh in Finland. I don’t know exactly where she is because – tired of her constant boasting – I finally decided to unfriend her on Facebook.

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Madagascar is the world’s oldest island: it first split from Africa and then from India around 70 million years ago. In the Indian Ocean, between the Mozambique mainland to the west and Reunion and Mauritius to the east, it is the fourth largest island on earth, almost 1,000 miles long, 360 across, best known for the unique flora and fauna which evolved in isolation for a surprisingly long time. According to experts, the first settlers arrived from Borneo in 500 AD and since then, 90% of the original forest has been lost, and deforestation is still ongoing. Most affected are the more densely populated central highlands, laced with paddies and barren hills, but Madagascar still claims over 40 special reserves and national parks – several of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage – with a rich diversity of habitats. Ecosystems range from dry spiny forest in the south, dotted with baobabs and octopus trees, to mangroves and lakes, deciduous trees and dramatic pinnacles in the west and tropical rainforest in the east, where some of the most popular national parks can be accessed from Antananarivo. Ranomafana is a good 10 hour drive south of the

capital, the route winding past colourful villages and hills with spectacular views. But one can overnight in Antsirabe, a pretty place bustling with rickshaws and craft shops, then continue the next day. Driving down at dusk in the final stages, it feels almost like the end of the world as the seemingly impenetrable cloud forest rises all around above the Namorona river and waterfall. Morning is the best time to explore the park, when animals are more active. This is where golden bamboo lemurs were first discovered in 1986 and, along the steep trails, nature lovers may be rewarded with wonderful sights as they and other lemurs leap through the trees, playing with their young or swinging from branches. Guides imitate the call to locate them and also point out spiders, frogs, red giraffe-necked beetles and tropical birds such as pastelhued cuckoo rollers or magpie robins. Mossy memorial stones recall ‘ancient people of the forest’ among tall tree and bird’s nest ferns, traveller’s palms, orchids and lobelia. Chameleons can also be spotted, perfectly camouflaged day or night. East of the capital, the Andasibe-Mantadia national

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A Wrose by any other name … by Kate McLelland If British towns and villages lived up to their names, you could visit Coat or Matching Tye to buy a new outfit then pop along to Fryup to satisfy your Greedy Gut, before heading to the pub to Guzzle Down a pint of Beer. You may think these are all places invented by the late Sir Terry Pratchett, but in fact the names mentioned here belong to real villages in Devon, Essex, Norfolk, Somerset and Yorkshire. The UK’s roads are littered with signposts pointing out destinations that sound funny, rude or – let’s face it – utterly weird. But if you’ve ever wondered why the original residents chose to burden their home town or village with such a name, the answer is, they probably didn’t. Since the name first appeared hundreds or even thousands of years ago, it will have undergone a gradual transformation, being mispronounced or added to by each new group of settlers. LoCaTion, LoCaTion, LoCaTion Our place names originally combined different pieces of information, including the geographical characteristics of the land, residents’ names or occupations and the religion they followed.


The Anglo Saxons were practical in their approach to naming, describing geographical features or the size or type of settlement a traveller could expect to find. The Dorset village of Scratchy Bottom (voted second in a 2012 poll to discover Britain’s worst place name) refers to a hollow place in the landscape where the soil is rough, while the modern city name Birmingham is made up of three different elements: the given name Beorma, the word ‘inga’ (meaning family or tribe) and ‘ham’, meaning homestead. The Normans, who invaded in 1066, were known to rename places to suit their own tastes. For example a village in Essex known as Fulepet (‘foul pit’ in Anglo Saxon) was renamed as Beaumont (‘fair hill’), while Beaulieu (‘fine place’) in Hampshire was given its name by a Norman French landowner who loved the local landscape. GoDS anD SainTS Our town and village names also reflect the country’s religious history, acknowledging the worship of pagan gods and goddesses as well as Christian saints. The war god Woden is reflected in the name Wednesfield (West Midlands) and Wodnesfeld (Essex), while Thursley in Sussex was

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don’t stress about declutterIng While you may be desperate to declutter ahead of the move, your child may not cope with the extra pressure of giving up toys and clothes, even those that have been languishing in a cupboard for months. Don’t force them into getting rid of things if they don’t want to. You could suggest packing items that they’re not sure about into a box for the loft, with the agreement that you’ll both open it and sort through everything a few months after the move. MakIng faMIly tIMe When your to-do list is three feet long, it’s really difficult to carve out any quality time to spend with your family, but do try. Leaving the boxes for 20 minutes so you can play a board game can help to avoid a potential meltdown later on. All of you will benefit from getting away from the house for a couple of hours now and then, ideally for some fresh air and time to focus on each other.

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Are your feet in need of some tender loving care? Your feet move you through the world, help you stand up to your day, and ground you. They also need TLC to keep them soft, strong, and free of problems. Self care Prevention is better than cure and you can help prevent foot problems in many ways: l Washing your feet in warm soap and water will help to keep infections away. l Moisturising your feet by rubbing lotion into dry areas will help to prevent dry and cracked skin from forming which can lead to infection. l Keeping your toenails trimmed helps to prevent painful ingrowing toenails. If they are hard to trim, try clipping them after a bath or shower when they are softer. l Wearing socks with your shoes will help protect your feet and reduce friction which can cause blisters. l Checking for blisters, cuts, sores and/or cracked skin helps prevent small problems from becoming bigger. l Checking your shoes for pebbles or rough seams will help to remove any irritation on your feet which could cause blisters. If hard or cracked skin on your feet are causing you discomfort, all you need to do is put a handful of Epsom salts into a basin of warm water, then soak your feet for about ten minutes. Once the hard skin has softened, use a file or pumice stone to rub off the top layers. Professional care There are many conditions that can lead to your foot discomfort. Seeing a specialist foot care practitioner can help you with these:


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Upcoming events / Local groups etc Saturday 10th March - Flintshire and Wrexham branch of the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) Nearly New Sale.1pm-2.30pm or from 12.30pm for NCT members, at Mold Leisure Centre. 30th March (Good Friday) Mold & District Choral Society will perform “The Passion of Christ” by Somervell at the Church of St. Matthew, Buckley, on Good Friday 30th March at 12:00 noon. Tickets £8 available from the Church, Choir members and Sue 07584659753. Advance notice The organisation of Mold Parish Church’s annual Virgin Art exhibition and sale, to be held between Monday,7th and Saturday,12th May this year is already well under way. The closing date for entries is Monday, 16th April and full details are on the Virgin Art website. It will be the 10th exhibition and the organising committee of church members is hoping that the milestone event will attract record support from artists and photographers from across the region. The 2017 exhibition attracted 315 entries from over eighty professional, semi-professional and amateurs from North Wales, the North West and Midlands. They included 23 artists exhibiting for the first time. Over 900 members of the public visited over six days and their purchase of exhibits raised £2,800 for church funds, bringing the total over nine years to around £25,000.

Leisure activities and friendship Mold & District Probus Club Arranges talks and outings for retired and semi-retired men, meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month, in the schoolroom at the Bethesda Chapel, New Street, Mold, at 9.45 a.m. for 10.15 a.m. A wide range of topics is covered by the monthly speakers. The years programme also includes a couple of outings to places of interest and an annual lunch to which wives and partners are invited. Further information is available from Richard Rowley, T. 01352 756 835 or Gordon Smith, T. 01352 753 415


Volunteer Befriending. The Alzheimer’s Society is supporting people in Flintshire who are living with dementia. We have a waiting list of people who would love the support of a volunteer befriender to enable them to carry on doing the things they enjoy, whether that’s a round of golf, going for a walk or enjoying a cuppa and a chat. Could you be a volunteer? Our volunteers receive full training and support and we ask for a commitment of a couple of hours weekly or fortnightly. To find out more please contact Liz Wilks Befriending Manager 01352 700711 New Beginnings Social Support and Counselling. We are based in Mold where we hold a Drop in service every Saturday 1pm – 4pm for anyone with a mental health problem. We are a support group in that we offer help to all of our members eg: financial support, hands on help with gardening, decorating, cleaning.........this has proved to be a great asset in that it has helped people make a start and carry on for themselves. Our Drop in is held in Grosvenor Hall, Grosvenor Street, Mold Flintshire. Contact 07388 287 606 for information. We can be found on Facebook at New Beginnings Social Support and Counselling. We offer a counselling service whereby the client makes a small donation to New Beginnings Minimum £5. Mold and Buckley Chess Club meets every Wednesday from the start of September at The Drovers Arms Denbigh Road Mold, We cater for players of all ages and all strengths. The Seniors meet at 7:30 pm whilst our Juniors meet at 6 :30 pm. We run teams of all ages and abilities in two Leagues so we all gain match experience against players of similar standard. Juniors just starting or more experienced are most welcome. Contact the Secretary Quentin Dodd on Mold 753889 or by email Do not be afraid there is nobody of your standard with us. There is. Flintshire Community Parents offers emotional support to parents in Flintshire. We have a team of volunteers who can provide support to you in your home. If you are new to the area and want to find out what’s on locally, feeling isolated, suffering from anxiety, depression or post natal depression and need someone to talk to we can

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help you. Can you commit your time to help others? If you are interested in finding out more about being supported or becoming a volunteer please call us on 01244 545021. Cheshire and North Wales Woodturners The Association meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at Sychdyn Village Hall on the A5119 (CH7 6ED) 7:00 to 10:00 pm. NOTE: December meeting on 14th for yearly competition (all welcome) First-time visits free - for more details please contact Peter on 01352 759336 or visit our NEW website: MOLD & DISTRICT CIVIC SOCIETY Like to know more about local history? Interested in joining like minded people? We are a friendly group, meeting to listen to informative speakers, on local history topics. Why not join us (£10 per annum) or, attend, as a visitor, for £2 a meeting, to see if you like our selection of speakers? Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month (except January), commencing at 7.30 pm, in the Masonic Hall, Earl Road, Mold. Visits are also arranged to places of historical interest. For further information, contact Diane Johnson 01352 741422 or David Henderson 01352 759124.

Rotary, Inner Wheel and W.I. Groups Mynydd Isa W.I. Andrew Coomber will visit Mynydd Isa WI in March to talk about ‘A Chalice for the Pope’. In April we will guest ‘Erddigg on Tour’. You are most welcome to join us and share, what promises to be, two varied and interesting evenings. Mynydd Isa WI meet on the first Thursday of the month at 7.15 pm at the green WI Hall, Chambers Lane, Mynydd Isa. Mold Inner Wheel Club Members meet at the Beaufort Park Hotel for lunch at noon on the third Monday of every month. We have a full and varied programme of speakers and have visits to other clubs. Through various fund raising activities, the club has an outstanding record of service to Local, National and International good causes. The object of the club are to promote true

friendship; encourage the ideals of personal service and to foster international understanding. For further details contact Beaufort Park Hotel 01352 758646

Health & Fitness Helping People living with Chronic Pain. Do you or a loved one suffer from or are affected by Chronic Pain? Would you like to meet other people, in a friendly, confidential and supportive setting with those who understand If so let us know and come along. Come along to the support group meeting on every 1st Thursday of the month at 6.30pm held at Mold Community Hospital. We will be having interesting talks on self-help. Light refreshments are available. Warm welcome awaits you. For more information contact Angela email:- Tel: 0844 887 2618 NEW-HF Walkers welcome new members to join our over 50s walking group. We walk in the counties surrounding Mold on the second and fourth Wednesdays each month and walks are from 5 to 6 miles. Our walks programme can be found on our website, and you can contact our Membership Secretary at or phone 01352 710564 FLINTSHIRE PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP Meet every Thursday at 10.30am for one hour of beneficial, gentle, tailor made Tai Chi exercise at the Mynydd Isa Community Centre. Anyone with a neurological disorder can attend. On the last Thursday of each month at 11.30, we have speakers who talk about various aspects of Parkinson’s. Sufferers and their carers are most welcome to attend. Various social and fundraising events are held during the year. For more details please contact Alfred Jones 01352 730539 THE CLWYDIAN GROUP OF THE RAMBLERS ASSOCIATION ‘The Clwydian Group of the Ramblers Association offer a programme of organised walks for people of all abilities. We also organise work parties to clear overgrown and blocked footpaths. Current information can be found on our Facebook page or through the ramblers website

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( or call in at Mold Library for details. For further information contact Shirley Fermor on 01352 753901 or e-mail’ FREE walks in Mold Monday Tesco Car Park (Bottom end, near Click and Collect) Registration 10.15am. Walk starts 10.30 Easy walk 60- 90 minutes duration. No stiles Tuesday Queens Head, Chester Road (CH7 1BP) Registration 13.45. Walk starts 14.00 Moderate walk 90 -120 minutes duration. Some stiles. Thursday Parkfields Community Centre CH7 1XG (near Mold Hospital) Registration 10.15am. Walk starts 10.30. Very easy walk 45 minutes approx. All the above finish in a cafe for a cup of tea or coffee. More walks on

Eisteddfodau, taken part in drama productions at Theatr Clwyd, and supported local arts festivals and charity events. No sight-reading necessary just enthusiasm and a voice.

Children’s activities Girlguiding Mold and Moel Fammau District Whether you are 5 or 105 Girlguiding Mold and Moel Fammau are always looking for new members and would be pleased to hear from you. Do you know of anyone interested in becoming a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide or Senior Section or do you fancy volunteering to help run a meeting. Guiding is flexible, fun and friendly, so there are lots of ways you can get involved! For further details please contact Mold and Moel Fammau District email brownie_owl@yahoo. or mobile 07867 598 942


Religious groups and churches.

BUCKLEY SINGERS We rehearse every Thursday at 7.30pm until 9.30pm in Buckley Cross Methodist Church. We are an informal, friendly and sociable mixed choir with a wide repertoire. We currently have vacancies in all voice sections but do need more basses in particular. If you enjoy singing why not come along and join us. For further information contact Phil on 01352 754609 or Gill on 07966-272231 or e-mail: . You can also contact us through our website:

King’s Christian Centre (formerly Pendref Chapel) Bailey Hill, Pwll Glas, Mold, CH7 1RA Everyone welcome to our SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE 10.30am (crèche and Sunday school available) and to all our mid week services including Bible studies, youth meetings, ladies and men’s prayer meetings For further details please check out the church notice board or visit our website on www. Or contact our Pastor Andy Leake on 07900 387736

ONE A CHORD (Mold Community Choir) rehearse every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8.30pm. We are an informal choir who love to sing a variety of songs. We are currently looking for more members particularly male singers. Where ARE all the singing men of Mold? Come and join this new choir that does things a little differently. Phone Dan on 07882 225 752 for more information. COR Y PENTAN Come and join our friendly, informal, mixed Welsh choir. Welsh learners are very welcome and our practice night is on Wednesdays 7.30 to 9 pm in the Pentan in Mold. Phone 01352 744925 for details. We have competed in local and national


Pantymwyn Village Hall-Informal Church Service God designed church to be all about people because we are what he cares about more than anything else.   In Pantymwn Village Hall on Sundays, between 11:30 and 12:15  a service is held around coffee tables helping everyday people experience God in an atmosphere that’s friendly, interesting & faith-filled. So if you are not a church-goer, but would be interested to find out more, we would love to see you there. Mold Methodist Church offers a warm, friendly welcome to everyone. Sunday morning worship begins at 10.30 and includes Junior Church for our young people. There is a quiet contemplative service on the first

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Sunday in the month at 7pm. “Messy church” for children accompanied by at least one adult takes place on the 2nd Friday of the month from 5-7pm when craft activities are provided and all share a meal. For more information please contact our minister Revd. Rosemarie Clarke, tel. 01352 700191, email or check our website Ebenezer Baptist Church, Glanrafon Road. A warm welcome awaits all this Sunday, where services will be held at 10.30am and 6pm. A crèche is available for toddlers and junior church for children during the morning service. Ebenezer also holds a number of mid-week meetings/activities including house group/bible studies, prayer meetings, coffee mornings and youth groups. For more information, please phone Pastor John Richards on 01352 754341 or see Eglwys Wesleaidd Pendref. Gwasanaethau Cymraeg yng nghapel Bethel,Ffordd Rhuthun Yr Wyddgrug, 11o’r gloch rhai boreau Sul. Suliau eraill ar y cyd efo Eglwys Gymraeg yr Annibynwyr am 9.45 y bore. Tyddyn Street United (URC/PCW) Church Mold. Minister: Rev Kathryn Price. Phone: 01244 547974. Sunday Worship and Junior Church at 10.30a.m. Mid week prayers: Wednesday at 10.30a.m. A warm welcome to all our services and meetings. MILEP is a partnership of Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, and United Reformed churches We meet for worship in The Community Centre, Mynydd Isa on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. For more details please contact Revd Sally Baird on 01352-758831. All are welcome. The Salvation Army welcomes you to worship on Sunday 10am and Sunday school 11:30. We also have mid week activities including; Sunbeam Tots 10am Tues, Pause for thought Wed and Sat 10:30am, Bible Study Thurs 7:30pm. You are always welcome. Contact Territorial Envoys Paul and Alice Swain for more details: 01352 757998


The fellowship at the Congregational Church, Mynydd Isa invites you to join us at our regular Sunday service at 10:45 am. Other meetings at the church include the Ladies’ Guild on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm and a Bible study and prayer meeting on Thursdays at 7:30 pm. A coffee morning is held on the first Friday of the month. You will always receive a warm welcome. For further information please contact the church secretary, Russell Taylor on 01352 753413 or email at, or check out our website: St. David’s R.C. Church, St.David’s Lane, CH7 1LH. Parish Priest, Fr. Pius Matthew, CMI. Phone: 01352 752 087 Weekend Masses: Sat. 5.30 p.m. Sun.11.00 a.m. Daily Morning Masses: See Notice Board in Church Porch Bryn Methodist Church, Mold Road, Alltami, Nr. Mold Morning worship and Sunday School every Sunday at 10.30 am. Informal Family Service once a month. Weddings and christenings by arrangement. A warm welcome awaits you

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St. Mary’s Parish Church High Street, Mold. Vicar Rev. Kevin Horswell Phone: 01352 752960 A warm welcome to all at any of our services. Sundays 8am Eucharist Said 11 am Parish Eucharist Sung 5.30 pm Evening Prayer Wednesdays. 11am Eucharist Said. The Village Temple, Mynydd Isa The Congregational Church at Mynydd Isa invites you to join us at our Sunday services at 10:45am and 6:00pm. Other meetings include the Ladies Guild on Tuesdays at 3:00pm and a time for Bible study and prayer on Thursdays at 7:30 pm. A coffee morning is held from 10:30am on the first Friday of each month. You will always receive a warm welcome. For further details please contact phone 01352 753413 or see Quaker Meeting meets in the Grosvenor Hall, Grosvenor Street, Mold, every Sunday 10.30-11.30am. Everybody welcome. For more information please call Mary Daniel on 01352 810574.

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