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Issue 166

February 2013


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Welcome The Eisteddford Working Party are looking for help with an event too to raise funds for this year’s National Firstly, sincere thanks for the many spectacular, which is taking place in donations that we have received, and Denbighshire. See page 5. thank you to the advertisers who have continued to support the magazine. Best wishes for 2013.

This month’s front cover photograph of a winter sunrise was taken by Mark Jelley, who was up very early to catch this!

Many thanks Paul & Siobhan

Contact: Paul & Siobhan Gothorp 2 Cae Gwyn Llanferres Mold February always bring Pancake Day CH7 5SL and once again the Shillitos are Tel: (01352) 810566 hosting an event on Tuesday 12th - see Email: page 7 for details.

We always welcome any photographs for the front cover, so please do send them in.

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Notices February Birthdays Happy Birthday to the following Bethan Turner who will be 14 on 1st February Charlie Turner who will be 11 on 1st February Amber Louise who will be 11 on 1st February Adam Perrin who will be 3 on 12th February Roger Llewellyn on 22nd February Mike Hall on 25th February

A VERY WARM WELCOME to Christine and Edward Moore who have moved into Cae Gwyn in Llanferres



For successfully passing his Ph.D. Well done Dr. Jac from family and friends.

Poppy Appeal 2012 Total £151-20 Many thanks to the people of Tafarn-yGelyn, Bryn Eithin, and Forestry road for their generous donations again this year.

Dioch / Thank you Anne Woodward

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YSGOL BRO FAMAU 100 CLUB December 2012 DRAW 1st Prize £80 Gwyneth Logan 2nd Prize £40 S B Roberts 3rd Prize £28 Rita Jones January 2013 Draw 1st Prize £40 2nd Prize £20 3rd Prize £14

A.J. Balmer Alison Beaumont Gill Williams

If you would like a birthday or special announcement included in News & Views please send the details to: or 2 Cae Gwyn, Llanferres, CH7 5SL

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Local news Supporting the NATIONAL Eisteddfod of Wales The LLANFERRES working party are holding an


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February Diary Dates 1st











Wed Llanferres Dance Club



Caffi Florence Workshop



Schools close for half-term

9.30am Holy Communion 2.00pm Music Monday, Caffi Florence 6.50pm Whist Evening, Village Hall 7.00pm Bowls Club





11.00am Family Service



Caffi Florence Workshop Gardening Club Meeting



Shrove Tuesday. 7.00pm Bowls Club 2.00pm Over 60s Meeting, Village Hall 6pm onwards Pancake Party at the Shillitos



Ash Wednesday. Llanferres Dance Club 7pm Ash Wednesday Holy Communion



St. Valentine's Day Community Council Meeting







9.30am Holy Communion



Schools re-open 6.50pm Whist Evening, Village Hall



7.00pm Bowls Club


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9.30am Holy Communion



Caffi Florence Workshop 6.50pm Whist Evening, VIllage Hall



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On Shrove Tuesday 12 February 2013 from 6.00pm At wendy and Nigel’s house 1 bryn eithen, llanferres th

Tickets available from Patrick and Daryl Austin, Druid Inn , Loggerheads Garage

Family £5.00 Adults £3.00 Children £2.00


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Church News - Lifestraws The LifeStraw is a personal water purification device turning any water into drinking water. It effectively removes all bacteria and parasites responsible for causing common diarrhoeal diseases. It costs less than the price of a cup of coffee. Distribution will be via the Life Box organisation who will send them when called for - to disasters & areas of great need around the world. At the Millennium, the United Nations made the following statement: “ The need for safe drinking water is denied to many people in this world. Every 15 seconds a child will die as a result of drinking unsafe water. We are committed by the year 2015 to provide this basic human right” More than one billion people – one sixth of the world’s population - are without access to safe water supply. At any given moment, about half of the world's poor are suffering from waterborne diseases, of which over 6,000 – mainly children – die each day by consuming unsafe drinking water. Mold Rotary Club have decided to adopt this charity for this year and half of the proceeds of the pancake party will go to this very deserving cause. Please come along, eat as many pancakes as you can, buy lots of cakes, and have a good evening in support of Llanferres Church and Lifestraws.

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Church News Services in February 3rd 9.30 am Holy Communion 10th 11.00 am Family Service 13th 7.00 pm Holy Communion for Ash Wednesday 17th 9.30 am Holy Communion 24th 9.30 am Holy Communion Morning Prayer will be said throughout Lent in one or other of the churches in the grouping. In Llanferres Church this will be on Thursdays at 9.00 am Christmas Thanks Very many thanks to 'the team' who helped to decorate the Church in time for the Carol Service and for Christmas. Thanks, also, to those who gave flowers or money for flowers, enabling the Church to look splendid to celebrate the birth of Christ. Money, as usual, was donated in lieu of Christmas Cards. Shrove Tuesday Drs Wendy and Nigel Shillito will be hosting their usual Pancake Evening at Dragon House on Shrove Tuesday, 12th February. The proceeds will be shared between Llanferres Church and a Rotary charity called LifeStraw. Please see Wendy's poster on a separate page for further details of her evening and ticket prices and also her article about LifeStraw. Ash Wednesday There will be a Holy Communion service with imposition of ashes on Wednesday 13th February at 7 pm in Llanferres Church. There is also a morning service at 10.30 am at Cilcain Church.

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Cyngor y Cymuned -Llanferres From the minutes of the December meeting:- Present: Cllr. David Jones (Chair), Cllr. Olive Parry, Cllr. Margaret Davies, Cllr. John Almond, Cllr. Rob Arnstrong, Cllr. Rob Jones, Cllr. Yvonne Foden-Mc Corry, Cllr. David Twomey and the Clerk, Mrs Gwyneth Dillon. 1. Apologies: Cllr. Jac Armstrong and County Cllr. Martyn Holland. 2. Declarations of Interest: None declared. 3. Meeting open to the public for ten minutes: No matters raised. 4. County councillors report: County councillor Holland was not present, due to another commitment, but he had reported that he had received many queries/complaints about the new refuse bin system and he was looking into the matter. 5. Minutes of the November Meeting: In the absence of the Clerk at the November meeting, these minutes had been taken by Cllr. John Almond. The minutes were signed as a true record. 6. Matters Arising: None. 7. Maeshafn Bus Stop & Parking: David Jones(Chair of Llanferres CC), County Cllr. Martyn Holland and an official from the Highways Department had met in Maeshafn to consider what steps could be taken to alleviate the problem. They suggested that an extra white line could be painted at the lower entrance to the Village Green to emphasise that it was a road junction and that vehicles should, therefore, not park there. This would then enable the bus to use this space to turn round. This would be subject to Denbighshire CC approval. A notice could be placed at the bus stop advising passengers to stand in a place where they could be seen by


the bus driver when he was at the T-junction above the village. It was emphasised that the driver had an obligation to come to the bus stop in the village on every occasion. 8. Maintenance in the Community: It was reported that the telephone box in Tafarn-y-Gelyn had been very badly damaged by a vehicle which had collided with it after skidding on the icy road. The police had been informed and the insurance implications were being investigated. 9. Risk Assessment: It was reported that a light was not in use at the top of the school car park causing inconvenience to members of the public. This was believed to be the school's responsibility. Enquiries would be made. 10. Landscape project - Memorial Stone: Several of the new paving stones at the Memorial Stone have been broken, presumably by vehicles reversing over them when delivering to the school. It is disappointing that this improvement to the Memorial Stone should be damaged by what appears to be careless and incompetent driving. Any information would be welcome. Cllr. Rob Armstrong reported that he had purchased some bulbs and these would be planted when conditions allowed. 11. Setting the Precept: Councillors were provided with copies of the accounts for 2011/2012 to study, prior to setting the precept for the coming year which will be set at the January 2013 meeting. 12. Training/Finance: The next training meeting for 'One Voice Wales' will be in Denbigh on 8th January. 13. Bills: HMRC ÂŁ29-40. Administration Expenses ÂŁ227-93. Resolved to pay.

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Llanferres - Community Council

14. Planning Matters: 21/2012/1560 Proposal: Erection of a rural enterprise dwelling and installation of a package treatment plant. Location: Land at Fron Hen, Llanferres. The Community Council resolved to raise no objections. Certificates of Decision: 21/2012/1093 Proposal: Retention of 16 no. ground mounted solar photovoltaic panels (retrospective planning). Location: Cae Cymro, Gwernymynydd. GRANTED

'Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Bill. 17. Other Matters that have been brought o Councillors' Attention: Ice is a hazard on Forestry Road near to Tafarn-y-Gelyn where water drains off the adjoining field. It was resolved to ask Denbighshire CC roads department to give this area special attention when gritting. A resident of Tafarn-y-Gelyn asked whether a seat could be sited along the old road/bridle path for the convenience of elderly people who walk this area. A resident of Rectory Lane in Llanferres had asked if signs could be erected at the bottom of Rectory Lane advising that the road was unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles. The Clerk will contact Denbighshire Highways department and request that I sign be provided.

21/2012/0720 Proposal: Demolition of Existing Pumping Station, Construction of New Storm Tank/Pumping Station and Associated Plant and Machinery, A New Control Kiosk, New Access Gate and New Internal Concrete Site Access Road. Location: Waste Water Works, A494 Ruthin Road, Llanferres. GRANTED 15. Maeshafn Playing Field: No update The Date of the next Community Council to record. meeting will be Thursday 10th January 16. Correspondence: Web sites were 2013. provided for Wind Energy John Almond, Vice Chairman Development Interim Planning Guidance and for Consultation on the

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Cyngor y Cymuned -Llanferres From the minutes of the January meeting:- Present: Cllr. David Jones (Chair), Cllr. Olive Parry, Cllr. Margaret Davies, Cllr. John Almond, Cllr. Rob Arnstrong, Cllr. Rob Jones, Cllr. David Twomey and the Clerk, Mrs Gwyneth Dillon and County Councillor Martyn Holland. 1. Apologies: Cllr. Jac Armstrong and Cllr. Yvonne Foden-Mc Corry. 2. Declarations of Interest: None declared. 3. Meeting open to the public for ten minutes: A planning application for a dwelling in Maeshafn was to be considered later in the meeting and it was pointed out to the Council that concrete piles had been necessary when a property had been constructed on a nearby site, due to the nature of the land and possible mine workings and it was probable that similar protective measures would be required for the proposed development. A complaint was received about parking on the pavement near to Loggerheads Country Park which would have prevented the passage of prams or pushchairs. County Councillor Martyn Holland reported that the matter was before the Welsh Assembly and that, once the order was signed, yellow lines would be painted on the road to stop this kind of parking. 4. County councillors report: The new refuse bins were still causing issues but Denbighshire CC were dealing with them as quickly as possible; the problem at Plymog would seem to have been resolved; the Village Hall refuse was being treated as Industrial Waste. A white line was to be painted at the Village Green in Maeshafn to discourage parking which caused


problems for the bus when turning; a notice was being displayed at the bus stop asking prospective passengers to stand where they could be seen by the bus driver when he was at the T junction above the village. Councillor Holland had asked for the pot-holes to be filled on Forestry Road(some had been done) and he reported that water could be as big a hazard as ice. It was doubtful if finance would be available to resurface the road. The County Council had inspected the problem of water on the road at Tafarn-y-Gelyn and it was suggested that officials talk to a local landowner who might have detailed knowledge of the adjacent drains. Cae Derwen would be adopted shortly(after 17 years) but Morris Homes would continue to be responsible for the maintenance of the strip of land at the entrance to Cae Derwen. Denbighshire CC had agreed to a sign at the bottom of Rectory Lane advising the road was not suitable for heavy vehicles. He reported that a tenant wanted to build a large barn on the site currently being used by Welsh Water as a temporary site office and to store equipment etc for the construction of the sewerage pipe, once the site had been cleared. Although not in Llanferres it would be visible from the main road. The land is under covenant to the National Trust. There had been a spate of ‘break-ins’ in Llanarmon(18 in past 3 weeks). Residents should be very wary of door to door salesmen. 5. Minutes of the December Meeting: The minutes for the December meeting were signed as a true record.

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Llanferres - Community Council

6. Matters Arising: The telephone box in Tafarn –y –Gelyn which had been wrecked by a car had been inspected by a contractor who declared it too expensive to repair but had erected safety screens round it. It will require a crane to remove it. The Council are making enquiries as to what action can be taken in view of the fact that the telephone box is a listed building. 7. Maintenance in the Community: Telephone box – see 6 above. 8. Risk Assessment: Nothing to report. 9. Landscape project – Memorial Stone: Flower bulbs had been purchased and planted in pots and would be transferred to the Memorial site when coming into bloom. 10. Setting the Precept: Councillors discussed the precept for 2013/14. 11. Training/Finance: The clerk will provide a précis of the meetings applicable to Llanferres Councillors. 12. Bills: HMRC £29-40. Water Authority £16-73. Resolved to pay. 13. Planning Matters: 21/2012/1539 Proposal: Erection of detached dwelling and formation of new vehicular access. Location: Land

between Tan y Graig and Bracken Hill, Maeshafn. The Community Council resolved to raise no objections but wished to draw the attention of Denbighshire Planning Authority to the ground conditions. 21/2012/1626 Proposal: Alterations and extension to farmhouse into adjoining building. Location: Cae Madog, Llanferres. The Community Council resolved to raise no objections. 14. Maeshafn Playing Field: No update to record. 15. Correspondence: None received. 16. Other Matters that have been brought to Councillors’ Attention: It had been reported that a dead sheep had been observed on the land adjacent to the Village Hall. The tenant farmer had been informed and a he would remove it as quickly as possible. The Date of the next Community Council meeting will be Thursday 14th February 2013. John Almond, Vice Chairman

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Monthly recipe from CAFFI FLORENCE Sweet potato cottage pie This recipe comes from one of our recent workshops - 'Healthy Family Meals'. It is great winter comfort food, is healthy and the sweet potato gives a modern twist to this traditional meal. 500g lean beef mince 2 onions 2 carrots 2 sticks celery 2 cloves of garlic 100ml stock 500g sweet potatoes Heat 1 tbsp. of the oil in a large saucepan. Add the carrot, onion, garlic and celery and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add beef and stir until meat is browned. Add stock. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. While meat is cooking, peel and chop sweet potato into cubes. Add to a saucepan of cold water and bring to the boil and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes until soft. Drain potatoes, retaining a small amount of cooking fluid. Mash potatoes and add a little cooking liquid to get a creamy texture. Place meat mixture into bottom of flat ovenproof dish. Cover with the sweet potato mash and place under grill to lightly brown the top. Serve with green vegetables such as savoy cabbage, broccoli or spinach. This dish can be prepared in advance, refrigerated or frozen and cooked in the oven at 180 C for 25 minutes. Defrost fully if frozen. 01352 810397

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Christmas Lunch The Llanferres Old people Welfare Committee would like to thank all who supported the bingo night in November. Every penny raised was gratefully used for the Grand Christmas Lunch at the Druid. A huge thank you also to all waitresses and waiters on the day, and special thanks to Jim and Julie, as always, Christmas lunch was fantastic.

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News from the Druid Inn

Llanferres Insiders Menu All our main courses can be purchased with smaller portions at a reduced price (£2.50 less than the menu price). Please ask. Lunch times Monday - Saturday

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We’ve stuck to our New Year’s Resolution and redecorated the pub throughout. ~ Don’t forget that we can organise private parties for up to 40 people with menus of your choice.

Chickpea, sweet potato & spinach Chicken Tikka Masala Chicken Korma Beef Vindaloo Red Thai King Pawn Beef Madras Lamb Rogan Josh Chicken Jalfrezi Chicken Murgh Makhani

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Local news One enterprising local teenager has turned her hand to jewellery making. Bethan Turner makes and sells bracelets at three pounds a piece. She can turn around a bracelet in two days, some examples of her work are shown here. Bethan can produce all sizes in a vast range of colours.

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Village Hall Booking. If you wish to book the Village Hall for an event or party or what you will, please contact the booking secretary Gilly Carney Tel: 01352 810468 or mob. 07774388574

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Local news If you spotted Santa and his little elf and a friendly cracker delivering milk just before Christmas, your eyes weren’t deceiving you. Mike and his team were getting into the Christmas spirit as they made deliveries in the festive season. They’re pictured here at Loggerheads Garage. The gesture was definitely appreciated by all his customers, and it’s probably timely to thank Mike, Vicky and all the team for their regular deliveries that get through whatever the weather seems to throw at them, as illustrated in the last couple of weeks!

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Village Hall Booking. If you wish to book the Village Hall for an event or party or what you will, please contact the booking secretary Gilly Carney Tel: 01352 810468 or mob. 07774388574

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THE 2012 TRIQUIZARD TOURNAMENT Winners of 2012 Triquizard Tournament were the Headstrongs (pictured below) who had the best aggregate score overall. Winners of the third quiz were PollyWollyDollyDoodles, pictured on the right, who also claimed first prize in the recycling round and were award their recycling proficiency certificates.

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Local news COME AND SING!! Hi! I'm Jennie. I've just moved into Ruthin from East Yorkshire. I'm a singing and piano teacher and have recently started a singing group. I'm a strong believer in two things; 1 Singing together makes people happy 2 Tea and cake make people happy! We meet every Thursday for tea, cake, singing and to make new friends. Don't worry if you Above: Where’s Watson, overall Tournament runners up don't read music; you don't have to. If you're nervous about coming alone, bring a friend! Come if you think you can't sing, come if you love singing, come if you're just curious, come if you love cake ~ you might just find yourself singing! Where? Llanbedr Village Hall When? Thursdays 5.30-6.30. How much? £5 per session (£3 for under 18's. Must be accompanied by an adult)

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Badminton Club news 2013 brings with it the second half of the badminton season and plentiful supplies of snow!! The end of 2012 saw one of two rival matches of the season, where Llanferres B Team played (none other than) Llanferres C Team. As expected from a team that has played for many seasons, the B team won overall. Afterwards there was amazing Thai food served courtesy of the Harvey Family. The New Year also promised a junior league tournament hosted by Llanferres.

Unfortunately this was cancelled due to the snow… however it will shortly be rearranged. Before Christmas, saw steady performances by both the A Team and the B Team in Division 2 and 5, respectively. The final junior season for Declan and Nick in the North Wales Shuttle Series has seen them win three silver medals in the doubles at Rhyl, Deganwy and Deeside. In the Junior club Cadhan O’Garra is developing the skills needed to start his coaching qualifications, Declan and Nick leave to join the senior club, with newcomer Dylan welcomed. After some confusion, the ‘C’ Teams match against Mold C was postponed until later on in the season, which gives the team a second chance to scrape a few more points after the exams. Declan and Nick have both played matches for the team since their promotion to the senior club. The team awaits their revenge match against the B Team!! The ‘B’ Team got off to a good start in the league but suffering due to ‘star’ players having exams. Hugo and Dan Williams are unbeaten this season in men’s doubles and playing really well. Mark Pimblett has stepped up to the B team on a few occasions and has acquitted himself well – improving steadily. Looking forward to the second half of the season where a more settled team should see us climb the league… Early December, after three failed attempts, saw the ‘A’ Team win their first match of the season against Deeside 6-2. Featuring on and local newspapers Jane Givelin … ‘gave a sparkling display for Llanferres A’ against the top of division team, Airbus (however, they lost the game

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Badminton Club news 7-1). After Christmas, the team had the opportunity to show them what they were made of at home in the cup match. The night finished with a disappointingly 9-7, however with a third match against Airbus, the A team will be fighting for game!!! Future day tournaments: ●

Welsh Senior Satellite at Deeside 16th and 17th Feb (Closing Date: 4th February)

Junior Shuttle Series Wrexham on 24th February (Closing Date: 10th February)

Junior NEWBA Tournament Deeside 3rd March (Closing Date: 18th February)

Junior Welsh Nationals Sports Wales National Centre 16th and 17th March (Closing Date: 23rd February)

Senior NEWBA League at Deeside 24th March (Closing Date: TBC)

Junior Gareth Coppack Tournament at Deeside 14th April (Closing Date: TBC)

Final note, if anyone wants to come along and give badminton a go, the junior club starts at 6:30 and the seniors at 7:30 at Brynhyfryd School (Ruthin Leisure Centre) on Thursday Evenings. With half a dozen or so games left for all the teams, it’s still all to play for! Wishing all the teams the best of luck for the rest of the 2013 Season

VILLAGE HALL WHIST EVENINGS 6.50pm We are continuing with the Monday Whist Evenings up until Easter. Recent winners: Week 8 Chris Griffiths and Phil Hughes Week 9 Joan Almond and Pat Armstrong Week 10 Joan Almond and Josh Griffiths Future dates: Feb. 4th. 18th. 25th. March. 4th. 18th. 25th. Entrance £2.50 including raffle and refreshments.

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Gardening Club news Llanferres Parish Gardening Club On Sunday 13th January, a total of 22 members and guests attended our usual 'Christmas Lunch' at Plas Hafod which was enjoyed by all. Unfortunately, a number of members were not able to attend due to health problems and we wish them speedy recoveries. On Monday 14th January we held a meeting to discuss arrangements for our Annual Show. Several alterations were made to the competitive classes and suggestions were put forward for future discussion. We do not usually have a meeting in January but this one was included to allow us to have a speaker in February, who will be Nikki Giles talking about 'Vegetable Growing including Rotation'. Visitors will be most welcome - Charge ÂŁ1. May I remind members that Annual Subscriptions of ÂŁ5 are now due (although many members already paid theirs' at the Annual Lunch). New members would be very welcome to help keep the club going and ensure the continuation of the Annual Show, which this year will be on Saturday 7th September. Syllabus for 2013 continues as follows:March 11th Warden April 8th May 13th June 10th July 8th August 5th SEPTEMBER 7th September 9th October 14th November 11th

'The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB', David Shiel, Senior 'Herbaceous Plants into Autumn' Nicolette Evans Visit to Walton Fuchsia Nursery 'In the Shade' Carol Madden Visit to Cae yr Haul Garden, St Asaph Show Arrangements ANNUAL SHOW Show Report Winter Gardening, Ray Bailey ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Followed at 8.00pm by a Buffet

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A note from your County Councillor Can I start by wishing everyone a Happy New changes, although Year and I hope that you all had a great ( flu needed for safety reasons, will have an free ) Christmas. impact on visitor and I am pleased to start the new year with a late numbers Christmas present for the residents of Cae therefore on local Derwen by confirming that Cae Derwen will at businesses. long last will be adopted. Residents tell me I will be pressing Denbighshire for further that it has taken 17 years to get to this to financial help as Loggerheads is one of the point and I am pleased to say that after a few biggest visitor attractions in South e-mails and telephone calls the plans of the Denbighshire and the county needs to help surface water drains have been confirmed. tourism here as well as in Rhyl. Denbighshire will now take responsibility for The area school review is under way and this the road and its maintenance. will include our own Ysgol Bro Famau. I Denbighshire is about to set its budget for the believe that our school meets most of the key coming year and you will have seen in the factors that the schools are being measured press that the county has a number of against. Good pupil numbers, an excellent ambitious building programmes including a head teacher, excellent teachers and support new high school in Rhyl and improvements to staff and very good results. Over the next few a number of other schools including some in months the future of all schools in the area the Ruthin area. Funding will come in part will become clearer. from the Welsh Government, from reserves and from borrowing. The programme will take There have been a number of break ins in the place over the next five years and the plans area with nine such incidents in one night in will be reviewed every year to take into Llanarmon Yn Ial. On that occasion it was just account the constant changes in the world before Christmas and the targets were Sheds economy. As your county councillor I am and Garages with bikes, power tools, committed to sound finances and I will not Christmas presents and a frozen chicken on support any thing that I feel will put the the hit list. council tax payer at risk. Did you know that North Wales Police can The good news is that we are also looking at help with advice and that you can purchase a council tax rise of about 2% this year and the such things as shed alarms via the Police county is still committed to finding savings station in Mold for as little as ÂŁ5. If you see through sound management and improving any thing suspicious please report it and do not buy goods from people selling door to the way we do things. door. If it is a bargain chainsaw it could have I believe that the Welsh Government has been stolen!! signed off the proposed parking restrictions on the A494 around Loggerheads. This will Best wishes, stop all parking on the road sides but sadly Martyn they have also decided not to help with any Cllr Martyn L Holland funding to provide additional parking in the Tel. 01824 780703 area. This is very worrying as these proposed

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to Simon and Rachel Farr with their plough horse, Boxer. The Farrs have joined us to grow for the VegShare scheme at Cilcain. The beautiful and sturdy Boxer will lend a hoof to the project. He will be much kinder to the land than a tractor, not to mention all that lovely fertility delivered straight to the site! The basic plan is that 20 sharers will share the costs (under £10.50 per week) and contribute four hours per month on site to work alongside Simon and Rachel (and sometimes Boxer, of course). As their ‘dividend’ the sharers split the harvest equally between them. This will provide local, organically grown, fresh veg weekly for two people - great value and much more fun than the supermarket! Sharers will be members of FlintShare which has many benefits such as free pick your own fruit, social events with like-minded people, workshops and more. There are still a few shares available but you need to be quick as the scheme needs to start in Feb to get the ground ready. To find out more check out the website at Email or call Nikki on 01352 810622 : We will be pruning the orchard at Northop on Saturday, 16th Feb with experts on hand to teach us how to do it right. Everyone welcome.

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Nature Notes Except for the second week of December, it has been a fairly mild winter up to this week and signs of spring are all about us. Snowdrops, of course, are already blooming as are Hellebores and there are instances of Lesser celandine and Primroses in flower. Daffodils are showing well(depending on variety) and Bluebells are peeping through. In sheltered places buds are loosening on Sycamore, Elder and Willow, male catkins hang from Hazel branches and seedlings of several wild plants are making an appearance. Frosty weather will not harm any of them unless it is very severe. Slugs and snails have started emerging from their hibernacula in hollows, cavities in old walls etc but I suspect we all hope that the cold spell will kill off many of them. More bizarrely I have seen my first butterfly - a Small tortoiseshell! However, it was not outside but flying around in the Tesco store in Mold. I suppose it had hibernated in some corner, probably in a store room, been disturbed or perhaps the temperature had been increased, and it had taken flight. It would probably find somewhere else to hide and continue its sleep for another few weeks when, hopefully, the weather warms up. A lady from Rectory Lane telephoned me to say she had just seen about 35 Waxwings strip all the berries from a Sorbus cashmiriana tree in her garden. I was a little surprised that the tree still had berries, as they have long since either fallen off or been eaten by resident birds from the tree in our garden. The lady's tree is one that she had grown from seed many years ago and is a white berried species similar to Sorbus glabrescens. Most Sorbus are hybrids and hybrids do not usually come true to type from seed

but certain plants are 'apomictic', that is they breed true without pollination and the progeny are genetically identical to the parent plant. Sorbus trees are one such example. Birds often do not eat the berries of the white Sorbus until they have been softened by frost.


For those who are not familiar with Waxwings they are described as " about the size of Starlings and in flight they look very similar with their short, triangular wings. They are mostly pink-beige with a characteristic crest. They have a black mask and bib. The tail is tipped with yellow and there are yellow and white markings on the wings. The secondary wing feathers have red waxy 'fingers'. The vent is red and the legs and bill are black". 'Waxwing years' occur infrequently and it usually signifies a shortage of berries in Northern Scandinavia and Russia - their normal habitat. This could be a 'Waxwing year' as there are reports of the birds being widespread, with many reports from Cheshire. In the February 2005 issue of News and Views, I wrote of many Waxwings feeding on the berries from the trees round the Craft Centre in Ruthin and as many as nine hundred and thirty five birds were counted on one occasion and I think that will take some beating. John Almond

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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 Llanferres Community Councillors David Jones, Chairman, 01352 810511 John Almond, Vice Chairman, 01352 810808 Rob Armstrong, 01352 810259 Jac Armstrong, 01352 810259 Margaret Davies, 01352 810491 Yvonne Foden-McCorry, 01352 810867 Rob Jones, 01352 810500 Olive Parry, 01352 810294 Dave Twomey, 01352 810690 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 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 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 - Gilly Carney. Tel 01352 810468 or mob. 07774388574 Village Hall Management Committee - Chairman, Rob Armstrong. 810259 News & Views: Paul & Siobhan Gothorp, 2 Cae Gwyn, Llanferres, Mold, CH7 5SL Tel: (01352) 810566 Email: Wordsearch solution

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February 2013 edition of the magazine for Llanferres & district, North Wales