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Issue 159

April 2012


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Welcome There’s also an update on the field adjacent to the school on page 15. There’s been a lot of activity in March to report, with some fantastic fundraising efforts. Thank you to everyone who came to the quiz night and to everyone who has supported the Playing Field Association and PTFA events recently.

The good news has been tempered with the sad loss of John Roberts to the community, a true stalwart of the village. Paul & Siobhan

Spring has sprung and the local children have made loads of bird and bat boxes - keep an eye out for nesting activity the next time you’re in the Park. See page 19.

Contact: Paul & Siobhan Gothorp 2 Cae Gwyn Llanferres Mold There’s a new initiative to launch a CH7 5SL Tel: (01352) 810566 Lunch Club, lead by Gwernmynydd locals, and there’s a chance to have your Email: input - see page 23.




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Birthdays April Birthdays Happy Birthday to the following Jaimie-Lee Evans who will be 17 on 5th April Ruby Steel who will be 1 on 6th April Jessica Gould who will be 19 on 10th April Jack William Lane Roberts who will be 6 on 10th April Sam Clough on 16th April Matthew Isherwood who will be 18 on 21st April Eli Clough who will be 18 on 23rd April Karl Drendel on 23rd April

Matthew Isherwood is 18 On 21 April

CONGRATULATIONS to Jac Armstrong on being awarded the Paul Methven Award together with an Exhibition Scholarship by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London. The Scholarship is for his forthcoming studies at Law School in Manchester, in preparation for his future career as a Barrister.

Well done Jac ! Welcome to Cae Gwyn To Jennifer, Jack, Chloe and Joe

Congratulations Son Lots of love Mum and Jonni Xx

& Welcome to Cae Derwen To Chris

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Local news On Thursday 22nd April the funeral of John Edward Roberts, aged 89, took place at St. Berres Church and after at Pentrebychan crematorium, Wrexham. John lived in Llanferres for most of his married life and was a key figure in many village activities. He served as a community councillor for over 40 years and was a founder member of the Village Hall Management Committee. Until very recently he was still receiving bookings for the Hall. He was an avid gardener, an active member of the gardening club, well renowned in Llanferres and beyond for continually winning numerous trophies for his produce in our local show. Over 150 mourners attended John’s funeral, reflecting the high esteem in which he was held by the local community. Donations in memory of John were given to the British Heart Foundation, with a total of £530 being donated, testimony John’s popularity. Our thoughts and prayers are with Glynys, their children, grandchildren and all his family. He will be sadly missed.

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For bookings or enquiries please Available all year round for weekly lets ring Simon or June Lovell. from £245, or mid week/long weekend Tel: 01352 810582 breaks. Mob: 07900 404767

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April Diary Dates 1st 2nd

Sun Holy Communion at 9.30 am Mon Cookery School at Caffi Florence



Cookery School at Caffi Florence

4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th

Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

7.30pm Llanferres Dance Club, Village Hall



Over 60s Meeting


Wed 7.30pm Llanferres Dance Club, Village Hall

12th 13th 14th 15th 16th

Thu Fri Sat Sun Holy Communion at 9.30 am Mon Gardening Club Meeting




Wed 7.30pm Llanferres Dance Club, Village Hall







22nd 23rd

Sun Holy Communion at 9.30 am Mon St. George's Day




Wed 7.30pm Llanferres Dance Club, Village Hall

26th 27th 28th

Thu Fri Sat





Good Friday Easter Sunday. Easter Day Communion at 9.30 am Easter Monday

Community Council Meeting

Live Music with Barley Corn Hop from 9.00pm, Miners Arms

Lunch Club, Caffi Florence, 12 noon (Provisional)

Monthly Fun Quiz , 8.30pm Miners Arms

Group Holy Communion in Llanferres at 10.30 am, followed by refreshments.

For updates and future dates see the What’s On page at

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Llanferres Over 60's Club Llanferres Over 60's CLUB On March 13th we had an interesting talk given by Mr Philpott who last year spoke to us about "The Plight of the Albatross". Both times he showed lovely pictures and this time told us about life in the Vatican. It was so interesting to hear about the two parts: "Vatican City" itself and the Pope's residence and world headquarters of Catholics. The April meeting is on Tuesday 10th when Mr Mark Baker is going to talk (with pictures) about Prince Charles and his houses We missed having a Welsh Day in March so are having Welsh cakes and Daffodils this time instead! See you all then Betty and Olive Contact Olive 810 294 or Betty 819 722

Need any sewing work done? Curtains,Valances, Pelmets, Blinds, Cushions, Clothing alterations Give Barbara a call on 01352 810485

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Local news Weekend Personal Assistant required in Llanferres Saturday 9.30-2.00pm To assist an elderly couple every Saturday with personal care, domestic assistance and food preparation. You will be working as part of a team so it is essential that you are able to cover additional shifts during the week as and when required for holiday and sickness absences. Notification will be provided. This post would suit an individual who resides locally as there are no requirements for a driver for this post. Training is available through Denbighshire county council and will be discussed in depth upon interview and during induction. ÂŁ6.20 per hour and double pay if covering bank holiday shifts. Please apply on line by visiting www.therowan.orq for an application form and a detailed Job Description. Or call our recruitment line on 08456024614 quoting ref JB/NR/DENB.

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Llanferres Parish Gardening Club Llanferres Parish Gardening Club Our meeting held on March 12th had a lecture entitled "Our Moral Obligations" to quarries and mines - not an exciting title but what an inspirational story. In his talk, Noel Williams gave an explanation of his experiences in Kenya and how they have been translated into his work on local quarries at the end of their productive life. The quarry faces are blasted and shaped to take larger expanses of trees, soil and flora "en masse" to enable quicker regeneration to take place. Working with Gerry Lucas at Edgehill University, results show that the resulting establishment of flora and the return of wildlife - particularly bird species - is enhanced. Once again an excellent talk by an enthusiast in his field of work. Our next meeting is on Monday April 16th when the club will visit The Old Rectory at Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr by kind permission of Mr and Mrs E. T. Hughes. We intend to leave in convoy from Llanferres at 6.30pm prompt. The charge will be ÂŁ6.50 to include entrance and refreshments. Non-members are welcome by phoning the secretary. Thank you.

Mr David Jones Hon Show Secretary ( 810511

Mrs Joan Almond Hon Secretary ( 810808

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Loggerheads A great place to eat and drink

Open everyday 10am - 5pm New Spring Menu Our new spring menu is now up and running using the best seasonal local ingredients we can source. We are of course keeping the old favorites like Welsh Rarebit and delicious soups and sandwiches fresh from our kitchen. A few new things to whet your appetite: · Roasted vegetable, tomato & pasta bake · Char grilled local free range chicken with smoked cheddar cheese on homemade foccacia · Goats cheese with roasted vegetables on our homemade sourdough bread · Bubble & squeak topped with crispy bacon & a poached egg

Easter at Loggerheads Egg heads Follow the Easter quiz trail around Loggerheads and collect your Easter biscuit from CAFFI FLORENCE

Children’s Cookery School Monday 2nd & Tues 3rd April : making Easter biscuits, chocolate nest cakes, lots of eggy dishes & veggie chilli 01352 810397

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Monthly recipe from CAFFI FLORENCE There has been a lot in the press in recent weeks about the need to eat less red meat, so it seemed appropriate to do a veggie recipe this month. This is a very flexible dish and you can easily swap the combination of vegetables or indeed omit the chick peas. The dumplings are in fact very light and provide carbohydrate for the meal, so all you need to add is a nice green veg such as kale or purple sprouting broccoli which are wonderful at the moment,

Vegetable Casserole with cheese dumplings 2 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion chopped 2 sticks of celery 3 carrots diced ½ swede or sweet potato 2 leeks tin chick peas tin of tomatoes 300ml vegetable stock or water For the dumplings 125g SR flour 25g butter, marg or vegetable suet 50g grated cheese ½ tsp mustard ½ tsp paprika 4 tbsp milk chopped herbs Salt & pepper Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large saucepan. Add the chopped vegetables and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add chick peas, tomatoes and stock and bring to the boil. Continue to simmer on hob or place in casserole dish with a lid in an oven at 170C and cook for 40 minutes. For dumplings, rub fat into flour. Add remaining dry ingredients, add milk and mix to 01352 810397

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For the latest updates and more photographs or to get in touch with us visit the website

GARDENING or DOG WALKING Do you need help with either of these?

Then call me on 01352 810559

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Local news

Success The Community Council has secured the field adjacent to the School/ Village Hall for the Community in perpetuity. The agreement was signed and the cheque handed over on Friday 9th March. It is hoped that contracts will be exchanged shortly.

FOR SALE Antique church pew 8 ft. 6in. Long Offers around ÂŁ90 Contact Rob Armstrong Tel. 01352 810259.

The photograph shows the Chairman, David Jones, the Vice Chairman, John Almond, and the Council Clerk, Mrs Gwyneth Dillon, at the signing of the agreement.

Call Danny LaFlamme 01352 810350 07791 674216 Or visit

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Community Council News - March Meeting From the minutes of the March meeting:All Councillors were present. County Councillor Christine Evans reported that the purchase of an acre of land adjacent to Loggerheads Country Park to be developed as a car park was progressing. The 'Drop In' session on 'How to Become Councillor' would be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 10th March as advertised in the News and Views. The Chairman reported that the signing of the papers and the handing over of the ÂŁ8,000 cheque for the purchase of the field adjacent to the Village Hall and School would take place the following day (Friday 9th). He also reported that Llanferres Playing Field and Recreation Association had given the Community Council ÂŁ4,000 to assist with the purchase and/or development of the field. The Chairman commended the work of the Council Clerk, Mrs Gwyneth Dillon, in facilitating the purchase and producing the high quality presentation documents which had been well received by Denbighshire County Council. The maintenance of the name plate in Cae Derwen was not the responsibility of Denbighshire County Council as the road had not yet been adopted. The highways department had, so far, not been able to come to an agreement with the builders. The notice board at Loggerheads had been temporally repaired. It was reported that a downspout on the bus shelter in Llanferres had been broken from its mountings. It would be repaired.

Quotes were to be obtained for the landscaping of the memorial stone. Planning matters:- 21/2012/0158. Proposal; Erection of detached garden room and store. Location: 2 Tyddyn Daws, Cadole. It was resolved to raise no objections. 21/2007/0344. Revisions to detailing of development relating to public footpath link to Llanferres Church Housing scheme at Glebe Land Rectory Lane. The Community Council was not prepared to treat this as a minor amendment. The Council noted that the Church Commissioners are to maintain the path and hedge and it was felt that that there should be a 3m gate and a 'kissing gate' at Rectory Lane and at the Cemetery end of the path. The Council reserved the right to be consulted on any other amendments. Acquisition of the playing field in Maeshafn is still ongoing but there has been progress in the negotiations. LDP. Denbighshire County Council is still negotiating with the inspector regarding the number of houses to be built in Denbighshire up to 2021. A question was raised about the legality of a building in the field opposite to Bryn y Coed in Maeshafn. The owner, Mr Scott, later assured the Council that planning permission had been granted for the building. The next meeting of the Community Council, which will be the last before the election, will be held on Thursday 19th April. John Almond. Vice Chairman

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Church News Sunday Services for April 1st 8th 15th 22nd 29th

Holy Communion at 9.30 am Easter Day Communion at 9.30 am Holy Communion at 9.30 am Holy Communion at 9.30 am Group Holy Communion in Llanferres at 10.30 am, followed by refreshments.

Other Easter Services On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (2nd, 3rd & 4th April) of Holy week there will be Compline (Night Prayer) preceded by short meditation and quiet time of reflection in Llanferres Church at 8.30 pm. On Maundy Thursday, 5th April, there will be Group worship at 6.30 pm in Gwernaffield Church Hall and Church, until about 8.00 pm. On Good Friday there will be a Devotional Service at 10.30 am in Llanferres and services in the other four churches of the grouping at 2.00 pm. Llanferres Church will be decorated from 2 pm and donations towards the flowers, or help in any form, would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Gay Headley on 810224. On Easter Eve there will be a Group Service of Light at Cilcain at 8.00 pm. Llanferres Church will be open from 1st to 15th April between 9 am and 7 pm. Please do take this opportunity to have some extra quiet time for reflection and to appreciate our church. If you have visitors over Easter, bring them along as well.

YSGOL BRO FAMAU 100 CLUB MARCH 2012 DRAW 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize

£40 £24 £14

Cath Lewis Sue Cordiner Mary E Beech

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Local News There was a fantastic turn out for the recent working party on the park and bird and bat box making. With the generous help of Denbighshire Countryside Services and local adult volunteers the children made an excellent selection of bird and bat boxes, that have now been put up in the Park (thanks to Tim G for additional sitings!) Pictured here are some of the children (and helpers) hard at work and showing off their handiwork on what was a perfect Spring day. Keep an eye out next time you’re in the Park to see if we have any birds nesting! Thank you to all the workers and helpers who did a great job. There are more photographs on the website:

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Local news Llanferres Parish Gardening Club Advance Notice

38th Annual Show, Saturday September 1st Art Classes (Open ) Adult Section Overall max. size 22in×18in (550mm × 450mm) including mount (if used). Unframed. Any medium may be used. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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Ysgol Bro Famau P.T.F.A. Summer Fair SATURDAY 30TH JUNE 2012 If anyone is interested in having a stall at the Schools annual Summer Fair please contact Jackie on 01352 810 872


Best B&B in Britain By Period Living Magazine

Bryn Tirion is a snug and cosy 17th Century cottage in beautiful surroundings with panoramic views in an area of outstanding natural beauty, making it a paradise for walkers and nature lovers. Private parking, heating and all electricity are inclusive to all our rates of stay, plus colour television and all linen. FREE wi-fi. For further details contact Mrs Sylvia Hughes

Telephone: (01352) 810444 Email: Website: We apologise that we allow no pets, and the cottage is strictly no smoking

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LUNCH CLUB Supported by the Community Councils of Gwernymynydd & Cadole, and Gwernaffield. COMMUNITY CONSULTATION FORM Have you ever thought about attending a lunch club? Would you like to have the opportunity to get out more, meet friends and make new ones whilst enjoying a nice lunch with refreshments. We would like to consult with members of the public to ascertain the need for a lunch club within our community. By complete the form below you will assist us in the development of this scheme. All feedback is welcomed.


Please circle as appropriate 1.

I am interested in attending a lunch club




I am interested in helping out at the lunch club




I am in the age group: 18 - 49


50 – 65

Once a fortnight

Once a month

I would be interested in attending on a: Monday


76 and over

How often should a lunch club be held? Once a week


66 – 75





Would you require transport to and from the Venue?




Do you have any special dietary requirements?




Do you think a lunch club should include other YES



If yes, what type of activities?







Gentle Exercise




Guest speakers




Other - please detail …………………………………………………………….


Please turn over

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Any other comments: ………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………………………

The scheme will be piloted as follows, please indicate if you would be interested in attending 1 or both of the pilot days: Register Interest in attending Pilot 1: Please circle Date - 24th April 2012 Time - 12 Noon Venue - Caffi Florence, Loggerheads country Park YES Cost - £6.50, for a two course meal with tea/coffee Pilot 2: Date - 17th May 2012 Time - 12 Noon Venue - Plas Hafod Hotel, Gwernymynydd Cost - £6.50, for a two course meal with tea/coffee


Your Details: Name:………………………………………………………………… Address:……………………………………………………………… …................................................................................................. Telephone number…………………………………………………..

Please detach and return this form by 20th April 2012, to: NAME: Mr Len Phillips ADDRESS: 25 Uwch Y Dre, Gwernymynydd, Nr Mold, Flintshire, CH7 4AB Or Contact: Len Phillips - 01352 750311 or Karen Jones - 01352 756954 or Shirley Hughes - 01352 755243 Thank you for taking an interest and completing this form

Anyone who would like to help with transport please contact Len Phillips, 25 Uwch y Dre CH7 4AB , telephone 01352 750311

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Thank You Thank You to everyone who came to and supported the Casino Night on 3rd March. A fantastic total of ÂŁ1,868.83 was raised, this to be divided between the Playing Field Association and the PTFA.


Thank you to all the local businesses and people that donated prizes including : Caffi Florence NP Logistics Loggerheads Garage Charles Appleton Druid Inn Hodge Family Dtoi Harvey The Sun Inn Ysgol Bro Famau PTA Armstrong Family Artisan Windows Gareth, Tree Surgeon Kingswood Colomendy Very many thanks too to all who helped make it happen including: Yvonne and Elaine on the door/bank All the special waiting on staff for the evening and Lizzie for the brilliant photos. The volunteers who helped on the tables, set up the hall and the people who cleared up. Special thanks also to Jim and Julie for the bar and the fantastic food for the evening. And to John Eccles for the Fun Casino.

More pictures online:

Dan Chairman of the LPFRA

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John & Gilly Look forward to welcoming you at

The Miners Arms Maeshafn Tel 01352 810464 E mail: Opening hours Monday & Tuesday 6.00pm -11.30pm Wednesday to Friday 12.00noon - 3.00pm 6.00pm - 12 midnight Saturday & Sunday 12 noon -12 midnight Food served Lunch Wednesday to Friday 12 noon - 2.00 pm Saturday 12 noon - 3.00 pm Sunday 12 noon - 4.00 pm Main courses ÂŁ5.95 or ÂŁ7.95 Dinner Wednesday to Saturday 6.00pm - 9.00pm April at the Miners Easter Openings Good Friday Open 12.00 - 12.00 April 6th Food served 12.00-3.00 and 6.00-9.00 Easter Saturday Open 12.00 - 12.00 April 7th Food served 12.00-3.00 and 6.00-9.00 Easter Sunday Open 12.00 - 11.00 April 8th Food served 12.00 - 4.00 Easter Monday Open 12.00 - 11.00 th April 9 Food served 12.00 - 3.00 Forthcoming Events Saturday 21st April - Live Music with Barley Corn Hop from 9.00pm Monthly Fun Quiz Thursday 26th April @ 8.30pm

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What’s Happening at the Druid? RBS 6 NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIPS Thanks to all who supported the RBS 6 Nations championships.


Tickets available now- Back to Scotland for this tasting evening - ticket price includes haggis, neeps and tatties. Selection of the familiar and the more unusual malt whiskies. Call in for tickets - £25 each.

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QUIZ NIGHT THANK YOU to everyone who came to the quiz night on 24th March. We raised a fantastic total of £205 towards our target, which was a great boost. The quiz winners were ‘The Paper Clips’, pictured right, who also won the spot prize for picture quiz. Runners up were the Kit Kat Club and Mel’s Gang. Thank you to the raffle prize donators and especially to Aunty She for scoring! Thanks to everyone who has sponsored us and

More pictures online:

donated so far, we think we’re probably half way there now. There’s still time to sponsor or donate - which can be done on our just giving page:

or call us on 810566. Many thanks Becky, Paul & Siobhan

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Letter from Dr Christine Lovely that spring is here. I have not sent you any news recently so a bit of a catch up is needed. The parking at Cadole has taken a bit of a move forward with the purchase of land behind the Loggerheads Country park being arranged, so as to increase the amount of space for parking. I doubt whether this will stop all the on pavement parking, and it won't stop until we get no parking signs, a yellow line and some enforcement. I went on an advanced driving test this week, called ODD. This is for people over 60 who feel that they may be losing their driving skills. At present everyone from the age of 70 years has to do a 10 yearly self assessment, which is not really a good idea as we may not tell the whole truth!!!! This ODD should be compulsory especially over 75 when eyesight may get poorer and reflex reaction times get slower. At present if anyone wants to take it, it is free. I passed but I was reprimanded for going through all my gears every time I changed up or down and I coast to traffic lights; i.e. I am in neutral when braking. As I learnt to drive in a 3 gear Ford Popular in 1966, we did not have many gears to choose from and double declutch was an art form and essential. Still I passed I was considered safe. Give it a go, ye oldies, for your own peace of mind and your families. Also I am making more radio programmes called 'Irritated by the Council' which will be broadcast in June /July As I will have retired then I can say anything I like, suggestions welcome. The topics are dog fouling, potholes and verges, waste

management, which we do well in Denbighshire and rural bus services/ transport for the elderly. So in order to find out more I went on the bins on 15th March, it was the pink bin collection in Llandegla and Bryneglwys. Martin the driver, fast Eddy and Edward were in the cab and we had great bin banter and a good laugh. I was recording them for the programme. I was also wearing fluorescent uniform with the trousers reinforced at the bottom so glass and sharp stuff doesn't tear through and cut the legs. I spent a morning in Llangefni with the half, out of one and a half dog wardens they have for the whole of Anglesey, going around the country park in the centre of the town. This is an attractive broadwalk, people actually let their dogs foul on the walkway, others do pick it up but hang it up on the railing rather than carry the stuff home, dearie me how selfish people are. Enjoy the daffodils and the lambs frolicking and have a good Easter Regards Christine . Christine Evans

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Recognise anyone?

More pictures from the Loggerheads Garage website. The top one is believed to be from the Carnival of 1957. If you know who anyone is, please contact Ady at Loggerheads or via News & Views.

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Support from Llanferres and Mold for a charity project in India Great efforts are being made in the Llanferres and Mold areas to raise funds to support a project, which for several years has been providing free treatment for children affected by a cleft lip or palate. The Charity is called The Northern Cleft Foundation (NCF), and each January it sends out a team of surgeons and anaesthetists from the U.K. to a town in central, rural India. This year over 100 children have been treated and the results of these operations are life-changing so that the children go on to play a full part in society.

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The arrangements in India are made by the local Rotary club, and this year the Rotary Club of Mold is liaising with their Indian colleagues to apply to the international Rotary movement for a grant which could more than match whatever is raised locally. The aim is to raise sufficient money to provide extra equipment for the operating team. The Mold club has recently held its annual charity quiz (won this year by "The Vicings" from Mynydd Isa) which with strong support raised just under £600 for the charity. Our local Parish Church in Llanferres held a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Night, supported by the Rotary Club, which was well attended and raised over £800, half going to the Church and half to the Northern Cleft Foundation. Very encouragingly, the Alun School Mold has chosen the Northern Cleft Foundation as its 'Charity for the Year'. Pupils and staff at the school have devised a number of innovative fund raising activities and over £1000 has already been raised! One of the school's current projects is an Easter Raffle with excellent prizes for the winners!

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Nature Notes No sooner had I sent in my Nature Notes for the March issue of News & Views than the weather turned mild and spring erupted. On the 24th February I saw my first bumblebee of the year. It was our largest species Bombus terrestris, always the first to emerge. Having hibernated in a tunnel dug in a sandy or mossy bank, since probably last August, this already mated queen is easily recognised by its large size, two yellow crossbands and a buff tail. A couple of days later I saw a lesser house fly, two species of hover fly and some other insects in flight and also B. lucorum. The latter is similar to B. terrestris but smaller, slightly brighter coloured and with a white tail. Since then both species have become widespread. A lady telephoned from Maeshafn to say she had seen a strange bird, on two occasions, which she could not identify. She described it as being finch sized with a white head, faintly pinky-brown breast, white back and mainly white wings with patches of colour. I could not identify it either. She made a tentative suggestion that it might be a snow bunting but I thought that to be very unlikely and the description did not match. She told me where she had seen the bird and I went to investigate not really expecting it to see it. I parked the car, walked the few yards to the described location and there it was, obligingly perched, in full view on top of a bush. I was able to quickly identify it as a partially albino male chaffinch and, just to confirm the identification, it obligingly burst

into song. It was a striking looking bird and I could see why the lady thought it might have been a snow bunting but they are birds of the arctic and high Scottish peaks (I have seen them in the Cairngorms). In severe winters they will sometimes come down to coastal regions (I have seen them on the Wirral coast) but seldom move inland. Being in Oxfordshire in early March, we visited Otmoor Nature Reserve where I identified over 30 species of birds including red kite and a peregrine falcon hunting over the marsh and was able to watch some 'mad March hares'. They were feeding on the grassland and every so often one would approach another and they would rear up on their hind legs and 'box' with their front paws. It was once thought that it would be two males sparring but we now know it is a female fighting off the advances of an amorous male. Passing a drainage ditch we heard the short whistlelike call of an otter, close to a 'slide' which descended into the water. On the 18th March, in a small wood near Ruthin, I heard one, or maybe two, chiffchaffs piping out their onomatopoeic refrain - the first of the summer migrants. There were fourteen species of wild flower in bloom, many being visited by bumblebees, so I think we can conclude that spring really is here.

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Village Organisations Archery Club - lan Logan, Tryfan, 17 Cae Gwyn, Llanferres Tel: 810627 Badminton Club - June Healy Tel: 810264 Bowling Club - Every Tuesday in the village hall, 7pm - 9pm Contact Dave Twomey Tel: 810690. Church - Rev'd Adrian Copping, The New Rectory, Rectory Lane, Llanferres Mold, CH7 5SR Email: Rector's Warden - Josh Griffiths, Jontindale, Ruthin Road. Tel: 810853 People's Warden - Mr. Brian Skelhorn 16 Cae Gwyn. Tel: 810422 Clwydian Conservation Campaign - Pen y Chwareli, Pant Ddu Road, Nercwys CH7 4DD Llanferres Holiday Club ( School Holiday Child Care) Becky Thomas, Booking Officer Tel: 01352 759263 or mobile 07530 721953 Gardening Club - 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, Simon Hodge. Tel: 810686 Maeshafn Cricket Club - Secretary: Jonathan Fagan. Tel: 810373 Old People's Welfare Committee - Secretary, Yvonne Foden-McCorry Tel: 810867 PTFA Ysgol Bro Famau - Chair, Kym Willis 07578392305 / 01824 780888 Llanferres Over 60s Club - Olive Parry. Tel: 810294 Village Hall Booking Secretary - John Roberts, 7 Tyn Llan. Tel: 810358 Village Hall Management Committee - Secretary, Sonia Evans. Tel: 810421 Sudoku solution online at: In the beginning Nincompoop They do not rhyme with any other words The same pronunciation The Full Monty (Monty was short for Montague) Nine Heroine Panama (this makes the phrase become a palindrome) 9. Sudoku Crossword solution 10. Pull the wool over your eyes


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Llanferres News & Views April 2012  

April 2012 edition of the magazine for Llanferres & District, North Wales