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Llanferres April 2018 Issue 219

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Intruder Alarms Closed Circuit TV Welcome to the November edition of contribution you would like to make Llanferres News & Views. towards its funding. The cost to Automatic There’s lots happening this month, produce News & Views in its current & calendar Barriers soGates keep your handy to make form is about £370 per issue. A large sure you don’t miss anything. The part of this is covered by our Pre - Christmas Craft Fair is on advertisers and help from the the UK weCouncil, spend more time Takeover Maintenance Saturday 5th November (see page 24). In Community but we also rely money on our homes than Friday 11th November is the family and heavily on donations and fund raising and Service in the Bingo night which will fund the anywhere to meet theelse whole costworld each year, so if OAP’s Christmas Lunch. There are you can help, it is very much great prizes to be won, a very Is appreciated. can be ? left at yours Envelopes protected reasonably priced bar and the Loggerheads Garage, at 2 Cae Gwyn atmosphere is very jovial. It really is or we can collect. a good night, please give it and a try ifsupport you If you would liketoday to send! a festive For advice call AGS haven’t been before. Cor Cilcain message to local friends and perform on Friday 25th November neighbours in next month’s News & (see page 12) and don’t forget to book Views please let us have the details by your place at the Christmas Lunch on 20 November. Saturday 3rd December (see page 9). Field Way t: 01352 707888 Best Wishes Enclosed with this News & Paul & Siobhan Denbigh Road f: month’s 01352 707889 Views is an envelope asking for any

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Welcome Welcome to the April edition of News & Views. So sad to hear of the loss of Doll Collins and Ken Shovelton, our thoughts are with their families.


BE VIGILANT There have been a number of attempted thefts in the Llanarmon area including a quad bike, sit on mower, tools, etc.

How fortunate we are to have an excellent car repair garage on our doorstep? Family Someone in a vehicle was stopped members visiting recently for the weekend on a farm track by a local farmer. found a problem with their car just as they When he challenged them they were leaving to drive back to London. The claimed to be looking for work technicians at Loggerheads garage were so killing foxes. The police say that is a helpful and friendly. They had the problem burglar’s regular ploy if they are diagnosed, part ordered and fitted in less stopped, when in fact they are than 4 hours. They were already very busy but managed to fit us in the same day - we casing the area. were so very grateful. Thank you guys! Lots of people are busy with Carnival arrangements which is only 5 weeks away now! Don't forget to register your children / grandchildren to ensure they get free attractions / rides / ice creams etc. Please email name and age to:

Please pass this information on, tell everyone to take extra precautions and report any suspicious vehicles. Paul & Siobhan Gothorp Email:

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Happy Birthday to the following in April Ruby Steel who will be 7 on 6th April Jessica Gould on 10th April Jack William Lane Roberts who will be 12 on 10th April Elliott Hugh Jones who will be 3 on 14th April Sam Clough on 16th April Matthew Isherwood on 21st April Eli Clough on 23rd April Karl Drendel on 23rd April Graham Davies on 28th April Iestyn Dwyryd Roberts who will be 7 on 29th April

Doll Collins The Collins family are sad to announce that their beautiful Mum, Dolly passed away peacefully in hospital on Sunday 25th March. She will be greatly missed by all. A service to celebrate her life will be held at Llanferres church on Monday 16th April at 2 pm - no need to wear black Mum loved a bit of colour! The family would also like to thank Mal and Phil & Margaret for being so supportive to their Mum especially during her illness. “Please can everyone who exercises their Dogs in Maes Ysgawen clean up after your dogs. I’m regularly clearing up after other peoples dogs to ensure we don’t have calls for a ban on dogs, and end up having another “No Go” area for doggies!” Thanks in Advance Paddy.

KEN SHOVELTON The family of the late Ken Shovelton, who passed away on 14th February 2018, would like to thank all concerned for their condolences, kindness, thoughtfulness and prayers, during this sad time. We would like to thank everyone who helped at Ken’s funeral, including Rev. Daniel Stroud, for conducting the service, James Hughes Funeral Care staff, and Sam and the team at the Druid for a lovely buffet. Many thanks for the donations in Ken’s memory, the RNLI and the Alzheimers’ Society, who will receive £200 each. With sincere appreciation, From Joan Shovelton, Heather ShoveltonLewis and family.

Pilates & Yoga Thank you to everyone who responded to the notice in the last News & Views about Pilates or Yoga classes. We’re currently trying to confirm an instructor. Pilates was the most popular choice. More news next month.

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LLANFERRES OVER 60's Club At our March meeting we were given a talk by Mr Paul Davies of the Buckley Society. He spoke about the history of the Potteries, together with illustrations. A collection of the pottery is on view at the Buckley Museum. Members also discussed a possible outing in September, to visit the Terracotta Soldiers Exhibition in Liverpool, also a visit to see the Anthony Gormley figures at Crosby.


Local News Working Party at Ysgol Bro Famau Llanferres - Saturday 14th April 10am to 1pm Llanarmon - Sunday 22nd April 10am to 1pm

If you have any time to spare please join us for our working parties to tidy up the outdoor area behind the back of the school in Llanferres for the children to use as an outdoor Anyone interested in joining us? Please contact any member or ring classroom. And then to dismantle, Betty Cook on 810 722. On Tuesday prepare and put up the new April 10th Mrs Joan Corner will greenhouse (that we won with the entertain us with Snippets and stories Aviva grant) in Llanarmon. from the Twenties. We meet at the Village Hall 2.00pm. Everyone is welcome.

Thank you, Ysgol Bro Famau PTFA

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9.30am Easter Day Holy Communion, St Berres’ Church BANK HOLIDAY 7:00pm Bowls Club 7.30pm Church Annual Congregational Meeting 10.00am Maes Ysgawen Working Party 9:30am Morning Worship, St. Berres’ Church 6:30pm Tai Chi 7:30pm Gardening Club Meeting 2.00pm Over 60s Meeting 7:00pm Bowls Club 7.00pm Carnival Committee Meeting, Druid Inn 7:30pm Community Council meeting 10.00am Working Party at Ysgol Bro Famau, Llanferres 9:30am Holy Communion, St. Berres’ Church. 4:00pm Messy Church, Gwernaffield 6:30pm Tai Chi 7:00pm Whist Evening 7:00pm Bowls Club

9:30am Morning Worship, St. Berres’ Church 10.00am Working Party at Ysgol Bro Famau, Llanarmon site 6:30pm Tai Chi 7:00pm Whist Evening 7:00pm Bowls Club

9.30am Step out for Cancer Walk, Moel Famau 10.30am Group Holy Communion, Gwernaffield Church 6:30pm Tai Chi

Events in italics are in the Village Hall Check the latest Village Hall bookings on our website: Click on ‘What’s on’ on the main menu

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Local News Llanferres Parish Gardening Club The meeting held on Monday March12th had as guest speaker Mr Brian Palmer, a volunteer for the 'Woodland Trust' who gave a talk about the restoration of ancient woodland. He explained that 12,000 years ago Britain was covered in woodland and over the millennia it had disappeared down to an average of only 2%, N.E. Wales still has 4.7%. Growing ancient woodland had been cleared for agriculture and for charcoal to support the Industrial Revolution. In England and Wales Ancient Woodland dated back to 1600 and has particular species growing. Brian explained how the Trust is working to remove alien trees and plants to give these, perhaps 400 year old trees, breathing space and their younger saplings room to grow. The interest in planting trees was explained, along with the Trust's policy, which is to 'CREATE, PROTECT AND RESTORE'. It has saplings for any group who plans to grow an area of amenity woodland. We ended with a short tree quiz, which was won by Hugo Watts who was given a Wild Cherry sapling to plant. Our next meeting will be on April 9th when Mr George Pilkington from 'Nurturing Nature Ltd' will speak on" Bumblebees" with information on nest boxes, ecology and pests.

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Church News Services Sunday 1st April 9.30am Easter Day Holy Communion Sunday 8th April 9.30am Morning Worship Sunday 15th April 9.30am Holy Communion 4pm Messy Church Gwernaffield Church Hall Sunday 22nd April 9.30am Morning Worship Sunday 29th April 10.30am Group Holy Communion, Gwernaffield Church Church Decoration for Easter Apologies for the incorrect day for decorating the church for Easter in the last magazine. It will be Saturday 31st March at 2pm, and not on Good Friday as previously published. As usual any help is welcomed. New Curate We have a new curate joining us from June. Kathy Stewart, from Mold church, will be ordained on 30th June at St Asaph cathedral and will then be starting as a curate in the Bro Famau parishes. Messy Church Messy Church is still being held every third Sunday in Gwernaffield at 4pm, and everyone in the Mold Mission Area is very welcome. In April we will have been looking at Easter including making palm branches, resurrection biscuits, empty tomb pastries with marshmallows, dark and light crosses, and telling the story of Easter. Come and join us on 15th April for activities relating to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Congregational Meeting The annual Congregational Meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 5th April. All parishioners are welcome! Church Opening From Easter Sunday the church will once again be open during daylight hours for anyone to visit. A chance to help your church when renewing your home insurance As you may be aware we insure the church through Ecclesiastical Insurance. As part of their 130th anniversary next year they are offering to donate ÂŁ130 to the church for any home insurance policy taken out during the year. It might be worth giving them an opportunity to quote when you renew? This offer is open to all the Congregation. Details as or ring 0800 783 0130 quoting TRUST 130.

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Cyngor y Cymuned - Llanferres CYNGOR Y CYMUNED - LLANFERRES COMMUNITY COUNCIL Minutes of the GENERAL MEETING Held Thursday 8th FEBRUARY 2018 Present: Cllr. John Almond (Chair), Cllr's Bob Barton, Ivy Watts, Isla Watts, Ms Amanda Curtis, Rob Jones and the Clerk, Mrs. G Dillon. There were Members of the public present and the County Councillor Martyn Holland. Apologies: Cllr's Michael Cordiner, Allan Morgans, Jac Armstrong Meeting Open to the Public - A resident asked the Community Council if there was a possibility of placing a weight limit sign on both Tyn Llan and Cae Gwyn? Cllr Holland was happy to pursue this item. Also, the Carnival Committee would be concerned with regard to Carnival deliveries. Declarations of Interest - the Councillors were reminded that they should declare an interest at the commencement of the Meeting, or as soon as the councillor affected becomes aware that they have a personal or personal and prejudicial interest in today's business. Any member declaring an interest are required to state clearly what that interest is. Declarations of Interest - both Cllr's Isla and Ivy Watts declared an interest in Item 11 Maintenance in the Community - Maes Ysgawen. The reason given that they were close family members. Minutes of the Meeting Held 11th January 2018 - these were accepted as a true record and signed by the Chairman. Matters Arising - The salt bin in Cae Derwen has now been replenished. With regard to the proposed New Allowances for Councillors, a letter


had been received from 'One Voice Wales' recommending that the costs be included in the Precept requirement for the coming financial year. Llanferres have not awarded any payment, due to the very high costs which would be reflected in the Precept. A letter of complaint will be forwarded to the Welsh Government, copy to One Voice Wales to highlight the planning and timing of this new regulatory item. One of the paving slabs had slipped beneath the Tafarny-Gelyn Noticeboard, making access to the Noticeboard unsafe. This has now been repaired, thanks to Cllr Almond. County Councillors Report - Cllr Holland offered the following Report prior to the Meeting. a) The County Council has now got authority from the Welsh Government to erect non- standard signs when and as required on our highways. b) I have requested an extra grit bin in Cae Derwen. c) New curbs were installed on the Cilcain road in Tafarn Y Gelyn before Christmas and patching will commence this week to resolve the pools of water on the road, which have adversely effected neighbouring properties. d) A request for dog poo bins for Maeshafn has been made, but to date I have not had a reply from county. e) We have appointed a new Chief Exec for DCC. Judith Greenhalgh will take up her role soon. I was involved in what was an extensive selection process and we all look forward to working with her. Dr Mohammed Mehmet leaves us in April after ten years as the county’s Chief Exec. He will be a hard act to follow in these difficult times.

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Flintshire County Council have confirmed that they will replace and move their tourist route sign in Maeshafn and the county are in the process of replacing our give way sign. I chased this issue once again. g) There was another accident on the A494 between the Llanarmon turning and the Clwyd Gate. A car took out two telegraph poles and I have asked the Trunk Road Agency via Highways to get the relevant Utility company to replace them asap. I have also asked for the cable that has been lying in the hedge on that stretch of road for some time to be removed/repaired. It is a danger to passing cars and to the hedge cutters especially if it is live!! h) At the full council meeting last week, we agreed the budgets for the coming year and due to cuts in our direct funding from the Welsh Government and the disappearance of many of their grants, council tax will rise by 4.75%. This is in part also due to the fact that we need to put more money into our social care budget for our ageing population. i) The AONB have conducted a survey to see how dark our skies are as part of our attempt to get a designated Dark Sky Status for the ANOB. The survey showed the following, Llanferres was 3.50 NELMs rating, Llandegla 5.80, Loggerheads 5.75, Llanarmon 5.40, Eryrys 5.60 and the Horseshoe Pass 6.00. The higher the score the darker the sky. Therefore, the AONB are looking to apply for Dark Sky Community Status for those areas who qualify and over a period of time full Dark Sky status for the whole of the AONB eventually.

j) Cllr Holland is also investigating sheds still in Big Covert that should have been removed. k) Finally, I have applied for white give way lines at the junction with the village road Maeshafn and the road to Fairy Glen. Llanferres Carnival - Update Mrs. Sheila Hawkes gave a report on the current position of the Carnival arrangements. Essential attractions have been booked, all good old-fashioned fun that will bring back memories for the older generation and create new ones for the youngest in the community. Children's races, tug of war, provision of a Beer Tent and Vintage Tea Room is all in the planning. With plenty of refreshments, Cllr Barton in the stocks, a Marquee with various stalls, the Parade, led by the King & Queen of the Carnival the whole day promises to be spectacular! Any remaining funds will go to the upgrading of the Village Hall. Date to book 6th May 2018. It was confirmed that all insurances were covered. Reports from Other Meetings - Cllr Barton and the Clerk attended the 'One Voice Wales' area meeting, held in Llandulas. The Police representative sent apologies for non-attendance and the majority of the meeting was taken up with discussions regarding the Councillor Allowances. Green Flag Award (Cllr Barton) - adjourned until next meeting. Photographs will be required and feedback concerning the Wildflower Meadow. Maintenance in the Community Maeshafn - the outer wall will be repaired completely by the end of the week. The Mower Shed roof has now been repaired. (ÂŁ450) The maintenance contract for the Green will begin shortly and the overgrown hedgerow Continued over the page

12 News & Views One Voice Wales Induction Courses has been trimmed. (Cllr Rob Jones). £80.00 Welsh Water (Direct Debit) Dr. Watts has included a Maintenance £19.99 Programme for the Playing Field of between £434 and £496.00. Agreed. Planning Matters - Cllr Barton informed the Community Council that the Prices are being sought for a Consultation on the Review of Planning replacement access gate which is in a Law in Wales is currently taking place. state of disrepair It appears that the need for Outline Maes Ysgawen. The Maintenance Planning is under review. One opinion Programme is quoted to cost between is that it should be retained, especially £930 - £1196.00 agreed, dependent on in an AONB. Also, that Listed Planning various factors. Consents should be grouped together Red Telephone Kiosks - the kiosk in for ease. Cllr Barton is happy to Maeshafn is now complete. The accept colleagues' observations, Defibrillator Cabinet is to be installed. should they wish to comment. A Free Permission has now been given for the Planning Workshop is to take place on signage to go ahead and the Invoice for 22nd February in Ruthin. (Cllrs the signs (£72.00) can now be paid. Barton, Almond and Morgans). The reconnection of the power supply Correspondence list - items of is ongoing with Scottish Power. correspondence were discussed as Risk Assessments above. Also a) Copy of Press Release Financial - the Bank Reconciliation 'Welsh Taxes ready to go'. Finance Statement was circulated. No Other Matters Brought to Councillor's risk raised. attention: it was observed that there Ownership of Maeshafn Playing Field are two trees on the Heulog which still no news with regard to ownership. appear to be rotten and leaning. Alert Training & Finance Issues - none raised. David Sheil Countryside Services Bills Clerk's Salary (Feb) & PAYE £214.35 Celtic Stone - (Wall in Maeshafn) £450.00 Defibrillator Signs £72.00

Maes Ysgawen Working Party Saturday 7th April 10am - 1pm Maes Ysgawen will play a big part in the carnival on 6th May, so we thought we'd have a morning tidy up to make it look it's best. Will you join us on Saturday morning on 7th April on the field 10am-1pm? Please help to make it successful. Bring brushes, clippers, loppers, buckets etc for a fun morning. Thanks so much for all your help and support - we'll have tea coffee and bacon butties on tap! Love Sheila

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A WARM & FRIENDLY WELCOME AWAITS YOU AT THE DRUID INN Sam and the team look forward to welcoming customers old and new to the Druid Inn. A full menu is a available 7 days a week, including children’s menu and regular specials. See our Facebook page for news and updates


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Local News WHIST EVENINGS Although the Whist season is coming to an end, due to public demand, we are continuing the evenings on the 16th and 23rd of April. If there is sufficient support they will continue through the year till the new season begins in September. The latest winners are: Feb. 19th. Trevor Webb and Noel Headley Feb. 26th. Gill Williams and Tony Griffiths March 5th. Juanita Twomey and Noel Headley March 19th. Daryl Austin and Arwel Roberts We finish for Easter with a grand Easter themed evening on March 26th. Many thanks to all our members and supporters who have helped to raise over £3,000 for Village Hall funds since we began this enjoyable venture.

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Thank you for submitting applications to be part of the Carnival celebrations. Names picked out of the hat are: Carnival Queen Olivia Johnson, and her 8 attendants: Maya Eyre, Isabella Jones, Elsa Hill, Owen Barr, Lois and Luca Lanzi, Tess Blackburn and Gracie-Lee Gomes-Lewsey Look forward to seeing you all on the Carnival Float!

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Minutes of the Meeting Held 8th CYNGOR Y CYMUNED - LLANFERRES February 2018 - these were accepted COMMUNITY COUNCIL as a true record and signed by the Minutes of the GENERAL MEETING Held Chairman subject to the following Thursday 8th MARCH 2018 amendments: Item 10 Green Flag Award - delete Present: Cllr. John Almond (Chair), Cllr's 'adjourned until next meeting' Bob Barton, Ivy Watts, Michael Item 11 Maintenance in Community Cordiner, Allan Morgans Rob Jones and Maeshafn - 'the outer wall will be the Clerk, Mrs. G Dillon. There were repaired‌' to read 'the outer wall Members of the public present and the section will be repaired‌' County Councillor Martyn Holland. Item 16 Planning Matters (Cllrs Baron, Apologies: Cllr's Isla Watts, Ms Amanda Almond and Morgans) should read Curtis, Jac Armstrong '(Cllrs Barton, Almond and Morgans)' Meeting Open to the Public - a resident, present at the meeting, reported a Matters Arising - a weight limit sign on both Tyn Llan and Cae Gwyn? Cllr large volume of water running off the Holland was happy to pursue this item Cilcain Road into Bryn Artro Avenue. - no update. It was agreed to write to the a) The telegraph poles on the A494, Denbighshire Highways Department damaged in a car accident have now and Natural Resources Wales to ask for been repaired. a survey of the site to rectify/alleviate However, the cabling, sitting on the the matter. The maintenance already top of the hedgerow has not been carried out on Cilcain Road was of attended to. benefit to the area. b)The comments made from Colwyn It was reported again that the sign into Bay Town Council and Cllr John Bryn Artro was misspelt and a request Almond of Llanferres Community was made to have it changed from Council with regard to the 'Atro' to 'Artro'. protection/preservation of trees are It was requested that, although a Salt all very valid. Box was provided adjacent to the c)Two trees on the Heulog have now School, no grit or gritter was available been cut and made safe. to clear Cae Gwyn in adverse weather. Could the Community Council provide County Councillors Report - Cllr Holland offered the following Report prior to a hand gritter for the Village? *Agenda the Meeting. Item for April 1) We are working with Countryside The Community was reminded that the Services to see what grants/support Salt held within the Salt Bins MUST they can help us with to repair the NOT be used for clearing private dry-stone wall around the play area in drives. Maeshafn. One possibility is to Declarations of Interest - the Councillors approach Llysfasi Agricultural College were reminded that they should to see if they could help us and use the declare an interest at the project as a training exercise for their commencement of the Meeting. - none students. We should explore all reported.

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avenues including such things as the AONB SDF grants. 2) I have received some very positive feedback from residents on the Cilcain Road Tafarn Y Gelyn about the work undertaken to stop the pooling of water on this road. Some other residents have now contacted me about the entrances to their properties and I will see what can be done to help them. 3) New Bus Time tables will be introduced on the 11th March and I am pleased to say that we have only lost one service on the Mold Ruthin route. The service that has been discontinued is the last bus from Ruthin to Mold which apparently is very rarely used. There have been a small number of changes to bus departure times around the late mornings and the New Service provider is the MH bus company. I will be dropping off copies of the new bus timetables in the village shops and pubs as soon as they have been printed and they are already available on the relevant websites. 4) Last month I arranged a meeting between village hall committee, the school head and county officers to look at the committee's proposals for up grading the facilities in the hall. It was a constructive meeting and although funding is tight the county will help the committee to find grants etc to help fund the planned alterations. During the meeting it came to light that the hall committee and the county are insuring the building. The good news is that the committee can cancel their policy because the county will continue to pick up this cost.

5) I have already circulated the details of the meeting held on the 16th February at Loggerheads where we discussed the problems residents are encountering in Loggerheads and Cadole when there is snow on the ground. I visited the area myself last weekend and experienced the abuse from members of the public when they are challenged about parking illegally. With the chairman's permission I will give a full update at the meeting because I have further news that will improve the position in future. 6) During the Snow last weekend, the County did struggle to keep all our roads open. We did encounter extreme conditions where no sooner had the snow ploughs cleared the main roads the wind was already blowing more snow across the roads behind them. Sadly, I did receive several calls from residents who could not get out of their lanes due to the snow drifting but if the road was unadopted or private the county was unable to help. 7) The village Recreational Ground Committee are holding their annual Casino Night this Saturday and there are still tickets available. It is a black-tie event and worthy of support. 8) The Highways Dept will be confirming the road works schedule for the coming financial year next week and I will report on how this will affect our community at our April meeting. Please do not expect great things because the budgets are very tight, and the recent bad weather has also had a major impact on our road surfaces. I can report that the Association of Welsh Government are meeting with the Welsh Government to ask for more money for our roads. Central Government have given Wales an Continued over the page

24 News & Views Councillors will not carry out any additional 1.2 billion in this year's enforcement action. settlement but as you all know i) There was a need to put an article in Denbighshire has still had its funding the daily newspapers that the fields in from the Welsh Government cut again Cadole and Loggerheads are private this year by nearly five million pounds!! property and the destruction of the 9) The spectre of local government fences will not be tolerated. reorganisation has once again reared ii) Denbighshire County Council will its head with announcements from the ensure that Forestry Road is cleared new Welsh local government minister and Countryside and suggestions from another minister Services will ensure their car parks are that local authorities should come clear. (These may be free in extreme together to produce joint LDPs. conditions). The letter from the minister was typical of the Welsh Government with Llanferres Carnival - Update Mrs. Sheila Hawkes gave a report on the current a veiled threat in the last paragraph position of the Carnival arrangements. that she expected this to happen. She Essential attractions have been has suggested that Conwy and booked. There are others on the wish Denbighshire produce a new joint LDP!! list but are dependent on funding. The 10) Finally, it is that time of year when we approach to local businesses for should all be good neighbours and support has been pleasing with many keep an eye on the more vulnerable promises made. Funding stands in the members of our communities. region of ÂŁ3000.00, half of which is Communities have come together to reserved for final invoices and clear snow and getting in shopping for provisions. The King/Queen our older residents. Please also nominations should all be in by Friday encourage everyone to keep their dogs 9th March. A registration site will be on a lead when crossing farm land set up to give an idea of how many especially at this time of year when youngsters will be present and all the lambing season is in full swing. parents etc. will be encouraged to Snow in the Community - Following the register the number and ages of extreme snowfall there was again children attending. The Committee chaos in Loggerheads in respect of are now awaiting the response from indiscriminate car parking, vandalism the Community Council with regard to and litter. A meeting was held on 16th their agreement to support the February between all the relevant Carnival. The Chairman thanked Mrs. parties, Countryside Services, Police, Hawkes for her concise report and the Denbighshire Highways to discuss the letter from Mr. Headly. There issues. The following steps were put followed a discussion with the forward: The PCSO's have no power to Councillors, as the Community Council book cars for indiscriminate parking, had also received a copy of the but the Enforcement Agreement between the Skye Marquee Team from Denbighshire County Company and the Carnival Committee Council will. In extreme snowfall, the for the hire of the Marque. It was team will be directed to the area to proposed and seconded that the ensure that this is carried out if Community Council meet the total necessary. The Community cost of the Marque. Resolved: The

News & Views Community Council will meet the total cost of the hire charge providing the Invoice is made out to the Community Council of Llanferres. Cost £627.50 plus VAT. Reports from Other Meetings - Cllr's Barton, Almond and Morgans attended the recent (free) Planning Workshop held on 22nd February, in Ruthin Castle. Agreement was that it was not a very productive meeting. A question was raised whether or not Denbighshire was going to arrange any training courses on other subjects in the future? Cllr Holland agreed to enquire. Green Flag Award (Cllr Barton) Photographs had been received but more may be required otherwise Cllr Barton had prepared all the relevant documentation for submission. The Play area in Maeshafn is also being considered. Maintenance in the Community - Maes Ysgawen - 'Green Flag' submission sent. Maeshafn - The Play Inspection Report had been received in which minor and low risks had been noted. The main risk was to the entrance gate which requires maintenance. Cllr Morgans is asking for quotes for the work. The Community Council have received a communication from our Solicitors with regard to the Transfer. The Quarry Solicitors have asked that we execute the Transfer. Unfortunately, it is noted that the execution clause is incorrect and will have to be amended. They had also asked that we execute the Section 39 Agreement. It was understood that this did not concern the Community Council, therefore clarification is required. As the Community Council have now undergone a change in the Officers, new signatures are required


on the documentation. This will also need amendment. Red Telephone Kiosks - the kiosk in Maeshafn is now complete. The Defibrillator is soon to be installed, together with the new signs. The reconnection of the power supply is ongoing with Sottish Power at present. Risk Assessments Financial - the Bank Reconciliation Finance Statement was circulated. No risk raised. Training & Finance Issues - none raised. Bills Clerk's Salary (March) & PAYE £214.35. Society of Council Clerks (Membership) £72.00 Play Inspection Report £78.00 Skye Marque Hire (Carnival) £753.00 (inc VAT) Planning Matters - 1 Application received outside the Agenda. 21/2018/0166 16 Bryn Artro. Discussions to be held through Planning Committee for ratification in April Meeting* Correspondence list items of correspondence were discussed as above. Also a) Engagement Event Invitation through One Voice Wales. b) Independent Remuneration Panel invitation to attend a discussion regarding the current framework. Llandudno 9th May Conwy Business Centre 10.30 - 12.30 (Clerk) c) From the SLCC a copy of the Data Protection 'Toolkit'. Community Council must register by May 2018. d) Letter from a local owner from Big Covert regarding trespass and mountain bike riding. Response: Letter r(email) to be sent in reply this matter is a civil matter and as such you should take legal advice. Also notify the Denbighshire County Council Footpaths Officer for further advice. Date of next Meeting: 12th April 2018 at 7:30 pm in Village Hall Llanferres.

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Welsh Curlews need your help! The Curlew is one of Britain’s most iconic bird species. Its distinct and evocative song is a familiar sound; a harbinger of spring that is deeply ingrained within our culture.

How can you help?

Sadly, the Curlew is under severe threat, facing an uncertain future throughout Wales and is fast becoming rare.

Secondly, we are looking for volunteers to survey areas where the birds have been recorded in the past. You don’t

Evidence suggests that since the 1990’s, Wales has lost over 80% of its breeding Curlew population. Today, there may be as few as 400 breeding pairs left in Wales and is now considered to be the most pressing bird conservation priority in the UK. It is ‘Red Listed’ on both the Welsh and UK Birds of Conservation Concern (BoCC). With the current rate of decline it is thought that, without intervention, breeding Curlews could be lost from the Welsh landscape within fifteen years. We need to act now to stop them edging towards extinction. In January this year, the Welsh Curlew Conference was held at Builth Wells. It was attended by 120 delegates across the conservation, farming, game and rural policy sectors to address the issue of reversing curlew declines in Wales through working together in partnership. From this, the North Wales Curlew Action Group was formed, and we need your help to ensure that this species has a future in our area.

Firstly, it is vital to determine where Curlews are present. We need as many records as possible to tell us where curlews are during the breeding season (between April and June). If you encounter any curlews whilst out and about, please let us know.

Image courtesy of RSPB have to be an expert birdwatcher Curlews are easy to identify and a handy fact-sheet and recording form will be available soon to make it an easy a process as possible. If you are keen to know more and to take part in this project, there will be an illustrated talk at Loggerheads Country Park on Thursday 12th April from 6.00 -7.00pm. If you require any further information, please email Vicky Knight from the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB at

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‘A walk on the Wilde Side’ In last month’s article, no sooner had I mentioned all the signs of spring, we were visited by what the weather man called 'The beast from the east' with heavy snow which put spring on hold and put us back into the gloom of winter. With the exception of a few sunny days, we are still there. One of the signs of spring I've always looked forward to is the activity and calling from a rookery as nests are repaired and relationships strengthened. This starts in February and by March they usually have four to six eggs. The small rookery at the end of Maeshafn road has moved to the other side of the turning for some reason. I have counted seven nests and the birds are busy. For the first few years of our marriage, Jean and I lived on a farm in Northamptonshire. Most of the rural villages had their own rookery, either in the grounds of the vicarage or the church yard itself. Our village was no exception and a flock of rooks was always feeding in the field behind our house. This is where I witnessed a rook court on two occasions. A group of rooks had formed a circle around a very dejected character and took turns to caw their disapproval and hopped forward to peck the 'accused'. This went on for close to an hour before they all jumped in and killed it. I can only assume some serious rule of the rookery had been broken and justice was swift. As a boy growing up on the Wirral, I would cycle all over with my notebook when the Wirral was lots of individual villages. Before the urban sprawl and the Copyright © April 2018 Eddie Wilde.

M53 motorway which has made it all one mass of housing estates I would go and watch the rookeries. There was a big one in the grounds of Clatterbridge hospital also another huge rookery between Eastham and Bromborough until the monastery at Carlette Park was turned into a college. I used to move young fledglings which had fallen from their nests off the road. The A41 was widened and the trees felled. Such a shame. Among the members of the crow family the rook is the least destructive I haven't know them taking eggs and chicks of other bird species and unlike the carrion crow they leave lambs alone. But to some farmers a 'crow is a crow' and are all treated as such. More next time. Eddie Eddie Wilde 01352 810271

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A note from your County Councillor Once again the snow has been falling across the ward and we have again seen every man and his dog arriving in Cadole and Loggerheads to sledge. We want people to come and enjoy the area but when it snows people seem to lose all sense of reason. They park all over the highway and verges, they park in front of peoples drives and become abusive when they are politely asked to move their cars, they actually cut the fences of the local farmers fields to gain access and they leave large amounts of rubbish behind them. After the snow in December I organised a meeting with the police, highways, NRW, Countryside Services, the Chairs of both Llanferres and Gwernymynydd Community Councils and my opposite number on Flintshire County Council. It was a successful meeting and we had agreement from the county that Forestry road would be snow ploughed asap to allow traffic to get to Moel Famau and to help residents at the same time. NRW agreed to open and clear their car parks and leave the barriers up to give greater access for all concerned and Countryside Services agreed to do the same at Loggerheads. More importantly the county agreed to go away and look at the way we enforce the no parking policy. All present acknowledged that in the long term the only way to resolve this issue was to issue parking tickets and fines. I visited the area after the recent snow falls and encountered abuse when I took pictures of the volume of cars

parked on the A494 and when I tried to explain that they were parking illegally and causing a traffic hazard. The good news is that the county has now reorganised the enforcement team and some officers will be based in Denbigh rather than just Rhyl and Llangollen. Each week the weather forecast will be checked in advance and two enforcement officers will be sent to our area to ticket offending vehicles when and as required. Let us see how this works!! During the snow I received a number of requests for help to clear snow from local roads. With the combination of very fine snow and high winds, drifting snow was a major problem and no sooner had a road been cleared than it was blocked again. Sadly the county were unable to help those residents who live on unadopted or private roads but in many cases local farmers came to the rescue and can I thank everyone who acted as a good neighbour during the bad weather. In Llanarmon Yn Ial the Community came together to get a bride to the church on time and the bride and her bridesmaids all wore matching green wellies!! New bus timetables have been introduced as from the 11th March. We have only lost one service namely the last bus from Ruthin to Mold but there have been some minor changes to the late morning services and we have a new provider M&H. I was sorry to see that Stage Coach did not win the tender this time because they were reliable and friendly but I hope that M&H will step up to the mark. All new time tables are

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A note from your County Councillor available on line and at county hall. I have also delivered a supply to the Community Shops in the ward and if you let me know I will gladly drop one off for you if you require a paper copy. We all thought that local government reorganisation had gone away but the new Welsh Assembly Local Government Minister has raised the spectre again and councils are already being pressurised into completing joint Local Development Plans. DCC has objected to this proposal but sadly like most things coming out of Welsh Government it looks as if this will be forced upon us. I attended the village Casino night which was a very enjoyable evening and very well supported. I hope that is was also a financial success and I would like to pass on my thanks to the organising committee for all their hard work. Finally, I would like to thank everyone for their kind words of support after my mother fell and broke her hip last week.

She is the proud owner of a new hip but it will take some time get back to normal. My apologies for the delay in responding to recent e-mails but as you can imagine I have been spending some time travelling back and to to hospital.

Best wishes, Martyn

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Colomendy Cave There are a number of natural caves in our area that have been found to contain prehistoric remains. Probably the best known are Colomendy Cave in the Loggerheads Country Park, Maeshafn and Orchid Caves in Big Covert and Lynx Cave on Bryn Alyn. In August 1975 two members of the North Wales Caving Club examined Colomendy Cave and discovered a collection of bones and teeth. They ceased operations and consulted Melvyn Davies of the then Nature Conservancy Council who had had considerable experience in cave archaeology. As the discovered material proved to be of human origin Melvyn, with helpers, conducted a systematic excavation of the cave. All the material removed from the cave was sieved to ensure nothing would be missed. Apart from animal bones they discovered the remains of two humans. One curious feature being that all the long human bones were broken at the middle, and sometimes near one end. Presumably this was a result of some form of pre-interment ritual. A further excavation took place in 1976 which yielded further animal bones and the remains of a third human skeleton. During the final excavation in 1977 a Neolithic leaf-shaped flint arrowhead was found. It had been partially broken and had also been in a fire. No more excavations took place at that time. The entrance mound outside the cave entrance was left untouched for later archaeologists. In October 2015 Richard Hankinson of the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust conducted an evaluation excavation at the cave. This was part of a wider programme of re-visiting known caves of

archaeological interest in north Wales. Two small trenches were dug. One inside the cave and the other in the undisturbed platform outside the cave mouth. Finds included animal and human bones, a shard of pottery and twentieth century rubbish. The human bones were dated using the carbon 14 method to about 2900-3100 BC. This date is not too dissimilar to that of finds in Orchid Cave. Colomendy Cave is about 3m in length but there is evidence that it was originally closer to 5m: the entrance had been quarried away, probably in the nineteenth or twentieth centuries as there is further evidence of quarrying nearby. It appears that the cave entrance had originally been walled off to protect the burials as the wall is still in situ. This is unusual as such a feature would normally have been removed by explorers to gain access to the cave. Its survival is no doubt a result of the quarrying activity.

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Local Councillors Martyn Holland, Denbighshire County Councillor for Llanferres, Llanarmon yn Ial & Llandegla. 01824 780703 Gwyneth Dillon, Clerk to Llanferres Community Council, 01978 790269 Mailing address: Rhosddigre, Llandegla, LL11 3AU. Email: Llanferres Community Councillors John Almond, Chairman, 01352 810808 Michael Cordiner, Vice Chairman, 01352 810392 Jac Armstrong, 01352 810259 Allan Morgans Isla Watts, 01352 810248 Ivy Watts, 01352 810248 Rob Jones, 01352 810500 Bob Barton, 01824 780872 Amanda Curtis, Please contact any of the above if you have anything you would like to be brought to the attention of your Community Council.

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Village Organisations Badminton Club - June Healy Tel: 810264 Bowling Club - Every Tuesday in the village hall, 7pm - 9pm Contact Dave Twomey Tel: 810690. Church - Rev'd Daniel Stroud, The New Rectory, Rectory Lane, Llanferres, CH7 5SR. Tel: 01352 810694. Lady Rae Roberts: 01352 741184/01824 780496, Church Wardens - Mrs Anne Woodward, Cysgodfa, Tafarn-y-Gelyn, Llanferres, CH7 5SQ, Tel: 810270 Mr Rob Armstrong, The White House, Rectory Lane, Tel: 810259 Clwydian Conservation Campaign - Pen y Chwareli, Pant Ddu Road, Nercwys CH7 4DD Clwydian Range Runners - Chairman Gareth Jaggard Tel. 810357 Email: Gardening Club - Hon Sec. Mrs. Joan Almond, 20 Cae Derwen, Llanferres. Tel: 810808 Llanferres Alcoholic Mountain Biking Soc. (LAMBS) - Gordon Jones Tel: 810305 Llanferres Community Council - Mrs Gwyneth Dillon, Rhosddigre, Llandegla, LL11 3AU Tel: 01978 790269 Llanferres Playing Field & Recreation Association - Secretary, Miss C Boffey, Tel: 810925 Maeshafn Cricket Club - Secretary: Steve Pugh Tel: 810327 Old People's Welfare Committee - Chair, Yvonne Foden-McCorry Tel: 810867 PTFA Ysgol Bro Famau - Charlotte Jaggard Tel: 810357 Llanferres Over 60s Club - Betty Cook. Tel: 810722 The Country Park Painters - Pat Armstrong Tel: 810259 Village Hall Booking Secretary - Gay Headley, 07836 268894 / 01352 810224 or preferably e-mail Village Hall Management Committee - Chairman, Siobhan Gothorp. 810668 Whist Club - Mr Rob Armstrong, The White House, Rectory Lane, Tel: 810259

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Llanferres News & Views April 2018  

April 2018 edition of the magazine for Llanferres, Tafarn-y-Gelyn, Loggerheads & Maeshafn, north Wales

Llanferres News & Views April 2018  

April 2018 edition of the magazine for Llanferres, Tafarn-y-Gelyn, Loggerheads & Maeshafn, north Wales