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Yo ur lo se cu cal r sp ec ity ial ist 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 July and August edition of News & Views Now is the time to be cultivating those flowers and vegetables, trying out your recipes and practising your floral arrangements for this year's gardening show, which is only 9 weeks away - Saturday 2nd September! Let's hope the weather is kind to us this year. If you haven't already done so, please be sure to book your place on the Older Person's Summer Outing to Southport (see page 14). There will be plenty of seats on the coach, so if you're only a youngster (under 60) and fancy a day out, you would be

more than welcome. Please contact a Committee member ASAP. Finally, just a reminder that this is a two month summer issue and the next News & Views will be the September edition with a 20th August deadline.

Best Wishes Paul & Siobhan

Paul & Siobhan Gothorp 2 Cae Gwyn Llanferres Tel: (01352) 810668 Email:

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Happy Birthday to the following in July & August Iwan Thomas on 3rd July Aislingh O'Garra on 7th July Alec Thomas on 12th July SiĂ´n Edwards on 12th July Ben Ussher on 14th July Sam Llewellyn on 20th July Jos Hill who will be 13 on 25th July Erin Hughes on 30th July Isabella Foulkes who will be 16 on 1st August Isaac Le Vay who will be 18 on 1st August Daisy Harris who will be 12 on 3rd August Alexi Gould on 5th August Niamh Roberts on 6th August Emily Prtak on 10th August Theo Le Vay who will be 16 on 10th August Daniel Stanley Jaggard who will be 3 on 10th August Max Griffiths on 11th August Hannah Roberts who will be 6 on 13th August Osian Clwyd Roberts on 13th August Barry Roberts on 17th August Josie Le Vay on 23rd August Gemma Madigan-Johnson on 24th August After 10 lovely years in Cae Derwen we've now moved to Eryrys! We look would like to thank all their friends and forward to catching up with everyone neighbours for their good wishes after at school and all the village events and Bob's recent illness and wish Neil and Dawn Dabbs all the best subsequent operation. He is making in Llanferres! slow but steady progress towards a Tamsin, Dyfan, Owen and Alys x full recovery. A special thank you to Hugo Watts and lan Hughes for taking up the lawn mowing duties and CASH BUYER FOR A LOCAL HOME keeping the grass under control! We are cash buyers looking for a detached 3-4 bed house in a quiet area, about a 5 mile radius of Cilcain. It is much appreciated. More then 1 reception and/or out buildings to convert into studio and Welcome workshop. Minimal or low Steph and Jon maintenance garden. to Cae Derwen from the community. A cat friendly road please! We hope you'll be very happy here. Email.

Bob and Penny Goulding

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Local News LLANFERRES OVER 60's Club Another pleasant afternoon was enjoyed by members taking part in a programme of poems, readings and singing organised by Pat Armstrong. Followed by strawberry cream tea supplied by Beryl Davies and Betty Cook. The outing was discussed, to be on 12th September. Arrangements to be finalised by our meeting on Tuesday 11th July when our speaker will be Mrs June Corner. Her talk will be on Victorian underwear, titled “Naughtie but Nice” Our meetings are held in the Village Hall at 2.00pm on the second Tuesday of the month. £2 for raffle and tea. Everyone is welcome. Please join us at 2.00pm

YSGOL BRO FAMAU 100 CLUB MAY 2017 DRAW 1st Prize £30 Helen Roberts 2nd Prize £20 Catriona Smith 3rd Prize £10 Pat Parry

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9.30am Morning Worship, St Berres’ Church 6.30pm Tai Chi 6.00pm Gardenjng Club visit to Pen y Graig 9.15am Parents & Toddlers. 2.00pm Over 60s meeting 7.00pm Bowls Club 7.30pm Community Council Meeting

9.30am Morning Worship, St Berres’ Church 6.30pm Tai Chi 7.00pm Bowls Club

Group Holy Communion at Nannerch Church

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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LLANFERRES PARISH GARDENING CLUB Unfortunately the outing in June to the N.G.S. Garden of Mrs Readhead in Chester had to be cancelled and, as an alternative meeting could not be arranged, there is no report for June. The next date for members is July 10th when there will be an outing to N.G.S. Garden 'Pen y Graig' at Tremeirchion. Those members who have booked should meet at St Berres Church gate at 6.00pm. The cost is £5.00 to include refreshments. Should anyone else wish to join us please telephone me by July 3rd (number at end of article). The next meeting, on August 14th, is to arrange the final details for our Annual Show. We need members to commit to the Show preparation on evening of September 1st for our Show on September 2nd. May I also remind members that we will be having a plant stall at the Show and need contributions. Hon Secretary Mrs Joan Almond ℡ 01352 810808

Llanferres Parish Gardening Club 43rd Annual Show Reminder The show schedule was distributed with News & Views last month and copies are also available at the Druid Inn and Loggerheads garage. You can download a copy from too. Although some categories are restricted to Llanferres Parish residents or Garden Club members, the Art, Photography, Floral Art, Home, Adult Handicraft and Junior sections are open to all. We have also introduced some Novice classes this year. Hopefully, there is something for everyone. You don’t have to be a serious gardener, something as simple as a single bloom could win you a prize. If gardening isn’t your thing, why not get painting, taking photographs or producing some handicrafts. New exhibitors are always welcome.

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Church News Sunday Services in July Sunday 2nd July Sunday 9th July Sunday 16th July Sunday 23rd July Sunday 30th July

9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 4pm 9.30am 10.30am

Morning Worship Morning Worship Holy Communion Messy Church, Gwernaffield Church Hall Morning Worship Group Holy Communion, Nannerch

News Arrival of Rev Daniel Stroud St Mary's Church in Cilcain was full for the licensing service of Rev Daniel Stroud on 4th July as he starts his work as priest for the Bro Famau group of churches. After the service everyone celebrated by enjoying refreshments together in Capel Gad, Cilcain. We welcome Daniel and his family to our community. Christian Aid Thanks to everyone who donated to the collection tins in Loggerheads Garage and the Druid Inn, which together with a contribution from the Church led to a total of ÂŁ230. Flintshire Foodbank Anyone who wants to donate items to the Foodbank can leave them in the donation box at the back of church. Open Church The church is open daily during daylight hours for all who want to visit our beautiful church or come for a quiet moment of reflection. Please also join us for our regular service on Sundays at 9.30am.

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

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in its entirety be included in the CYNGOR Y CYMUNED - LLANFERRES Minutes: COMMUNITY COUNCIL Cllr Bob Barton wishes to advise GENERAL MEETING Held Thursday 15th everyone that he has a lifelong JUNE 2017 medical disability which was Present: Cllr. John Almond (Chair), Cllr's confirmed in November 2011 Bob Barton, Jac Armstrong, Isla Watts, Asperger's Syndrome. It is a form of Ivy Watts, Allan Morgans, Michael autism on the more able end of the Cordiner and the Clerk, Mrs. G Dillon. autistic spectrum. Symptoms include Members of the public were present. not being aware of facial expressions Apologies: Cllr Rob Jones, Cllr Martyn or body language, not picking up nonHolland verbal signals from others around Meeting Open to the Public - It was them and the ability to talk the hind suggested that in relation to the re-use leg off a donkey - those of you who of the Telephone Kiosks, the know him will never have noticed the Community Council consider applying last one!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some of the to the Sustainable Development Fund positive aspects of Asperger's for a grant (Tony King). A complaint Syndrome include a good memory for had been received with regard to the facts and single-mindedness. He has a mature trees, which had been cut at strong desire for order, routine and the rear of the Playing /fields near diligence. Bob has suffered a lifetime Mayfield. The LPFRA lease the area of intolerance - he clearly now sees from the Community Council but they this attitude as disability had received no notification or request discrimination. Bob had a provisional for permission for this. diagnosis in October 2004 - so it took Declaration of Interest - the Councillors the Welsh NHS 7 years for a consultant were reminded that they should to make the clinical diagnosis.......... declare an interest at the Item 4 - Election of Vice-Chairman 'Cllr commencement of the Meeting should Michael Cordiner was nominated as any item on the Agenda be prejudicial Vice-Chairman and seconded by Cllr or if they should have a pecuniary Rob Jones' should read 'Cllr Michael interest. Cordiner was nominated as ViceDeclarations of Interest - none declared. Chairman by Cllr Bob Barton and Co-option Notice - the Notice had been seconded by Cllr Rob Jones'. displayed until June 14th - no Item 6 - Meeting opened to the public applications had been received. It was 'Mrs. Sheila Hawkes requested ……' agreed to ask for a repeat inclusion should read 'Ms. Sheila Hawkes into the News & Views. requested …..) Minutes of the Meeting Held 11th May 2017 - these were accepted as a true Matters Arising The broken tourist sign in Maeshafn record and signed by the Chairman has not been repaired. The Clerk has subject to the following amendments: been handed a photograph a Statement by Cllr Bob Barton read out copy of which will be sent to by the Clerk at the May Meeting - Cllr Barton requested that this statement,

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Countryside Services for their attention. The white paint for the edge of the steps on the footpath from Cae Gwyn is yet to be completed. The Information sign (on the Triangle) in Maeshafn is at the bottom of the pole (alert Denbighshire Highways). Cllr Barton assumed the meeting place for the site visit at Maes Ysgawen would be the Village Hall entrance. All others who attended met at the entrance to Maes Ysgawen. He asked that in future the meeting place should be stipulated beforehand. County Councillor's Report Cllr Holland had sent apologies but had also attached a copy of his Report for the meeting; Cllr Huw Evans has been appointed as Leader of Denbighshire County Council and a new cabinet with a number of new faces has been appointed. Members are now being appointed to the various committees and outside bodies such as the Fire Authority and the Police and Crime Panel. All street lights in Llanferres deemed to be too bright, have now been dimmed Cllr Holland has asked that the planning committee reject the original application at 4 Bryn Artro Avenue and that they ask for the new property to be built at least three feet from the boundaries of the neighbouring properties on both sides. This will give access for emergency services and maintenance. There is a new process for applying for social housing. Applicants will now

call the new Sarth line 01824 712911 and an officer will complete an application form over the telephone with them. Applicants will then be considered for both council and housing association properties via this one route. The process is still based on a points system. Reports from Other Meetings - The 'New Councillors Induction' course was attended by Cllrs Michael Cordiner, Bob Barton and Ivy Watts and they reported a successful evening. Cllr Barton attended a meeting in Nannerch during which they discussed the re-use of redundant Telephone Boxes. This proved to be a good networking event with an exchange of information. Minutes of the 'One Voice Wales' Area Meeting, held on the 5th April have been received. The next 'One Voice Wales' Area Meeting will be held in Llanrwst and Cllr Barton will attend and will raise the question of venues at the meeting. Maintenance in the Community Maeshafn play area - the hedgerow has been cut and all the reported barbed wire removed. The mower has been collected for maintenance and the cost is expected to be ÂŁ213.92. On its return, training will be arranged for other named drivers. Nettles are to be sprayed - Hugo will attend to this. A gardener has made a site visit to quote for the damage done to the Green. The Bus Company have accepted responsibility and will process the claim for damages (ÂŁ440.00) The damage to the sign into the Village has been assessed for a repair

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(£300) together with the repairs to the Maes Ysgawen- Community Open Space the site visit took place on Thursday Mower Shed roof (£450). Cllr Barton is 25th May. In the 'wild' area it was undertaking a quest for a grant to suggested that heathers be planted meet the cost of the repair to the roof. instead of wild flowers (ease of Cllr Morgans reported that he was maintenance). Chippings to be organising a local volunteer inserted around all the seating areas. committee to undertake the Discuss with the school the use of maintenance of the Play Area. In the raised beds for the children. interim, he personally will replace the Trees will need trimming during the links required in the swings and repair Autumn months. Planting of native the entrance gate (mentioned in the bluebells and daffodils. Risk Assessment Report). Pools to be created to help prevent Red Telephone Kiosk/s - taking the next flooding with the planting of Marsh step. Maeshafn Kiosk - The Clerk had Marigolds. received photographs from Mr. Tony Use of an open area for recreational King in respect of the Quarry and these purpose? had been forwarded to Cadwyn It was agreed that the Green Flag Leader. The Community Council Award would be applied for possibly discussed the issues further and were October 2017. of the opinion that the Kiosk should: Maeshafn - Still awaiting the completion Have a simple location map of the paperwork from Hanson's Display the walking routes with Solicitors for the purchase of the Play mileage and time area. In the interim, 'Celtic Stone' have A leaflet holder - (for the Pub Menu) been contacted and a quote has been etc received for the repair to the Village Emergency contact Numbers Sign. There was still the question of Tafarn-y-Gelyn Kiosk - should display: ownership. The cost of repairing the Display the walking routes with stone boundary wall is to be borne by mileage and time (with information Celtic Stone on behalf of the regarding the Information Centre at community. The cost of repairing the Loggerheads) slate roof to the Mower Shed is Information regarding the nearest estimated at £450.00. Christmas Tree Public Toilets (Moel Famau Car Park & Lights - The tree will be trimmed in Picnic Area) time for Christmas. The old lights will Emergency contact Numbers be removed and the installation of the With both Kiosks, the Community power will be undertaken by a Council wish to pursue the installation qualified electrician. The cost of the of a WiFi Hub and Solar Panels with a new lights will be met through the view to installing a Defibrillator. Community Council from the Resolved the Clerk to relay this remainder of the Logging Fund. The information to Cadwyn Leader. tree will then be added to the Memorial Stone - no update. Council's Insurance. Risk Assessments - As reported previously there are maintenance issues in the Dog Fouling - currently no detail. Maeshafn Play Area.

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Training & Finance Issues Training Issues - Code of Conduct Training for new Councillors dates were circulated. Resolved - Cllr Michael Cordiner will attend 11th July 6pm in Ruthin Cllr Bob Barton on 11th July 2pm. Cllr Bob Barton also requested permission to attend the Joint Conference at Ewloe half the cost will be met by the Llandegla Community Council. Agreed Finance Issues - The Clerk presented the Accounts to the Council and also a copy of the Internal Audit Report for discussion and resolution at the next meeting. Resolved to accept the Accounts to submit to the External Auditor. These were approved and signed by the Chairman and the Clerk. Bills AVOW/Clerk's Salary £214.35 Internal Auditor J D H Bus Services £147.60, Conference Fee for Clerk St. David's Ewloe £82.80. 'One Voice Wales' Cllr Training £40.00 Planning Matters - none received. Cllr Barton made a proposal that every time the Community Council reject a

Planning Application and it goes to full Planning that a representative from the Community Council should attend. Motion not carried. However, the Community Council did accept an amendment made by Cllr Allan Morgans that each application be considered on a case by case basis. Agreed. Cllr Barton announced his intention to attend the next Planning Meeting and speak on behalf of the Community Council if either the last planning Applications were on the Agenda for discussion. (Bryn Artro or Windyridge) Agreed. Correspondence list - items of correspondence were discussed as above. There were no additional items. Other Matters Brought to Councillor's attention: The next Cluster Meeting will be held on 20th July 23017 in County Hall at 6pm. Date of next Meeting: A General Meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday 13th July 2017 at 7:30 pm in Llanferres Village Hall.

Llanferres Playing Field & Recreation Association

Notice of AGM Thursday 31st August 2017. 7:30pm Llanferres Village Hall.

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LLANFERRES OLDER PERSONS’ SUMMER OUTING TO SOUTHPORT The older persons’ summer trip this year will be on

The itinerary for the day includes the Botanic Gardens, the Model Railway Village, Pier, Prom and Lord Street (as much or as little of these as you like) rounded off with a smashing meal back at the Druid. Cost is £6 a head for local OAPs and £15 a head for non-pensioners Coach leaves the village at 9am with pick up in Tafarn y Gelyn at 9.10am Please contact us if you’d like a lift from Maeshafn to the coach. Please contact any committee member ASAP to book your place. There will be plenty of space available on the coach, so we’d welcome any ‘youngsters’ (aged 18 - 60) if you’d like to join us! Contact: Joan Jones (810500), Yvonne McCorry (810867), Wendy Drendel (810697), Ann Woodwood (810270) or Siobhan Gothorp (810668)


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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. New summer menu See our Facebook page for updates


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Dragon House Dragon House is a new B&B in Llanferres, set on the Forestry Road with lovely views over the Alyn Valley. We are well within the Moel Famau Country Park AONB and close to Offa’s Dyke path. We are also within walking distance of three great Pubs! We have two double rooms, both with ensuite facilities. One of the rooms has a large balcony overlooking the valley. Wherever possible we will be using locally sourced ingredients for our Breakfasts. ● ●

Walkers and Cyclists are welcome. Well behaved dogs by arrangement.

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UPDATE Following the strong advert in last months' News and Views, there was a good turn-out to our planning meeting held at the Druid Inn on Friday 2nd June 2017. There were lots of brilliant suggestions and ideas which can now be viewed by logging into where Paul Gothorp has very kindly set up the link on the News and Views website. Listed are minutes of all previous meetings. Should you be unable to log in but would like a copy please let me know on 01352 810832 and I will print off copies. From the meeting and a lively, amusing discussion on " Who Will Be Queen??" we are seeking nominations for a Carnival Queen from any AGE, SIZE OR GENDER!! All suggestions will be considered!! In the same vein, we are seeking a local celebrity or person of standing to open the event - again all suggestions will be considered. My email address: Tel no. 01352 810832 (answer machine) or mail to 7, Cae Derwen, Llanferres, Mold, Flints. CH7 5SX. The next planning meeting will be held at the Druid Inn on

FRIDAY 21ST JULY 2017 AT 7.30PM This will primarily to discuss our next fund raising event

RACE NIGHT - to be held at the Druid Inn on FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017. Thanks for your continued support. Sheila

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Llanferres Badminton Club Llanferres ‘A’ Badminton team had a very successful season in Division 2 in the Flintshire League. They finished top of the division remaining undefeated after 14 matches during the season. This of course means promotion to Division 1 ‘Premier League’. Congratulations to all players! Llanferres ‘B’ Badminton team in Division 3 ended the season mid table. They entered a Challenge Cup tournament, but were unlucky losing 9-7, although they scored more points.

Above: Seniors, back row: David Clough, Claire It was good to see Duncan some of the Halestrap, Peter Williams, Church. Front row: Lis Cullen (sub), Mikey Parr, and Jane juniors playing in the Senior league. Givlin. Missing are regular team players Sue Clarke and Sara Jenkins We wish them success.

We are entering a ‘C’ team next season and we welcome new players to our Club. It has been a remarkably good year for our juniors. With Carys Jones Securing a place in the Welsh squad. Many congratulations to her! A number of our juniors have also received winner and runner up medals in various tournaments during the year. Well done to all of them! The juniors of Llanferres Badminton Club achieved promotion in the Flintshire Badminton League.

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At the end of season awards evening special mention went to to Adam Griffiths for Player of the Year, Dylan Chetcuti for club player and Josie Hurst as the most improved player.

Above: Llanferres Badminton Club Juniors

Well done to all players!

Below: Trophies won by the Club this season

Above: Dylan Chetcuti, Josie Hurst and Adam Griffiths

Right: Carys Jones

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Glan Llyn is situated in the Clwydian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our house dates from the 1850's, we have completely renovated it, maintaining plenty of ‘olde worlde’ charm while utilising all the latest eco – green technologies. Each room is uniquely and artistically styled with an en-suite wet room, free WiFi, TV, fridge, hair dryer. We also have a selection of high quality self-catering accommodation to suit every need. Fishing, paragliding and several 18-hole golf courses are all within a few miles. Bring your horse, canoe or cycle with you! We have stables and grazing for your horse, and secure drying and “A lovely friendly welcome storage facilities for all your equipment and tack.

from Richard and Paola. We stayed in The Sun Room: tasteful, comfortable Walking Offa’s Dyke? Riding on a long distance trail? We can transfer your luggage from your and spotlessly clean… …Highly recommended!” last accommodation and onto your next.

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26 News & Views You may have seen this character on your travels near Eryrys. He is Domingo and belongs to Richard Heggarty and Paola Albertazzi of Glan Llyn. They were so fed up with the amount of litter left in the area they put their pet to work! Domingo's hardworking attitude drew the attention of Keep Wales Tidy who made him their latest litter champion and the mascot for the Spring Clean Cymru campaign!

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A note from your County Councillor I have just returned from a weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday in the West Country where we rented a cottage near Tavistock on the fringes of Dartmoor. The weather was kind to us and we enjoyed a very pleasant break. Over the last couple of months we have had a number of terrorist attacks in the UK including last nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s madness in Finsbury Park. Our television screens have also been filled with the graphic details of the horrendous fire in the tower block in London. Our thoughts must be with the families of those who have lost loved ones in the attacks and the fire and we must all continue to work together to resist those who want to divide us. At County Hall Plaid have now decided that they cannot work in a cabinet which includes Conservative members. This seems a little strange when they have worked happily with Conservatives in cabinet for the last five years. It now looks as if the county will be run by a coalition of Independents, Liberals and Conservatives who between them will have a working majority. In Denbighshire we have always tried to work together and to include all parties/groups in the cabinet. To date the Labour Party have opted to take the role of the formal opposition and Plaid will now join them. This is not necessarily a bad thing because in any good democracy it is important that you have an effective opposition.

I am pleased to announce that I have just had confirmation that the Welsh Government have agreed to change the current Give Way at the junction by Valley Lodge to a formal Stop. This will mean that in future all motorists must stop before turning onto the B5430. We have been asking for changes on this stretch of road for some years and we have eventually achieved the result we have been looking for. With the rumble strips, increased road markings and the new Stop sign I hope this will make this junction a lot safer. I have also been chasing the county regarding the visibility problems at the junction where the road from Eryrys and more importantly the school, joins the B5430. At the moment when you come to the junction, as you look to your right, your visibility has been restricted by trees and a high hedge. DCC had stated that the hedge was the responsibility of the land owner and so I met three months ago with Welsh Water and a contractor on site to see what could be done at this junction to ensure the safety of all road users, parents and school children. Once again I am pleased to announce that Welsh Water have removed two trees and lowered the height of the hedge which has had a great impact on the visibility on what was again a dangerous stretch of road. I have received a lot of complaints recently about the sudden appearance of caravans in fields and asking if changes to properties in the area have had planning permission.

News & Views It is important to note that caravans cannot be sited permanently in fields without planning permission. Small touring caravans can be placed in a field during the lambing season for up to six weeks to accommodate farm workers but they must be removed when lambing has been completed. It has been brought to my attention that people have bought small pieces of farmland in the ward and sadly they appear to want to develop them. Any change of use of designated agricultural land requires planning permission and the county’s enforcement officers will take action against any unauthorised changes or developments. Small extensions to the rear of properties can be allowed under permitted development rights, but as we live in a Designated Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty these rules may not always apply. It is therefore important that you check the Planning Portal on the County’s website for advice before committing to any alterations to your property. It is important to note that even if you do not need planning permission you will still need building regulations approval. New access to properties or farm land from classified roads also need planning permission. Please seek advice from highways before ripping up hedges etc. If you do something without the correct permissions you may be asked to return your property to its original state which can be costly. Unauthorised extensions etc. may also cause you major problems if you ever come to sell your home. If you are unsure about a development and you want to check


to see if it has had planning permission you can view all planning applications via the County’s website. Finally, my mother and I were very pleased to attend the recent induction of the new Vicar and we would like to join everyone in wishing him and his family all the best in their new home, new roles and new country. Because of my week’s holiday I am still catching up with my e-mails and so if you have written to me in the last week please bear with me. I will respond as soon as possible. I hope that you are all enjoying the weather. Best wishes, Martyn

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LLANFERRES COMMUNITY COUNCIL Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011, Section 116

NOTICE OF CO-OPTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Llanferres Community Council intends to Coopt ONE member to fill the vacancy that exist in the office of Councillor for the LLANFERRES COMMUNITY COUNCIL. Expressions of interest are being sought from members of the public who meet the following qualifications and are interested in representing their community on the aforementioned Community Council. You must be a British, Commonwealth, Irish or a European Union citizen and be 18 years of age or over; and meet at least one of the following criteria: ● registered as a local government elector for the area named above; or ● during the whole of the last 12 months occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the community named above; or ● your principal or only place of work during the last 12 months has been in the community name above; or ● you have during the whole of the last 12 months resided in the Community or within 4.8 kilometres of it*

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If you wish to be considered for cooption for a vacant seat or want more information regarding the role of a Community Councillor please contact the Proper Officer, Clerk to the Community Council on 01978 790269 or email: Write to: Rhosddigre Llandegla Wrexham LL11 3AU Dated this 13th day of May 2017 Clerk to the Community Council * Certain people are disqualified from standing and these include paid officers of the community council, anyone subject to bankruptcy restriction orders and those subject to recent sentences of imprisonment. This notice is printed in Welsh on page 36

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Have a say on the future of bus services in your area Denbighshire County Council is inviting people to have their say on proposals to revise a number of public bus services in the county. Drop-in sessions will be held on Thursday, July at Denbigh Library on Thursday, July 6 between 9.30am and 12pm and at County Hall, Ruthin between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. A session will be held at Corwen Library on Friday, July 7 between 9.30am and 12pm. Representatives from the Council and the Bus Users Forum will be available to answer questions. The services being consulted on are: 1, x1, 2 Ruthin - Mold 5 Llangollen - Wrexham (evenings) 19, 40 Dyserth 19, 40 Tremeirchion and Prestatyn Local X51 Denbigh - Ruthin - Wrexham Showing selected Rhyl - Denbigh daytime journeys X51 Sundays Denbigh - Ruthin - Wrexham Showing selected Rhyl - Denbigh daytime journeys 53 Denbigh - Prestatyn 55 Ruthin - Corwen - Wrexham 66 Denbigh Town & Henllan 72, 73, 77 Fflecsi Rhuthun 76 Denbigh - Llandyrnog - Ruthin 95 Bryneglwys 98 Llantysilio & PentredĹľr People can also have their say by completing the online survey at: The closing date for comments is August 10. All feedback received will be considered as part of the review, with the services going out to tender in the autumn.

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‘Hot off the press is the news that the container that SHARE helped to fill a few weeks ago has just arrived in Athens. All donations will be split between Hope Café and the Ellinkon Airport refugee camp. We are also planning to help fill another container with summer clothing for Lesvos and Chios this month and a further container is planned for Syria through Syria Relief – the contents of which will focus on medical aid and educational support. Finally, following another successful Pre-Loved Sale recently, SHARE Volunteers in Mold have decided to open the Pre-Loved room each day to bargain hunters. Brand names, good quality shoes and clothing for men, women and children, books and toys all at great prices!! Pop along to SHARE in Mold and grab yourself a bargain! Mon -Thurs 9.30am to 2.30pm and Wed evening 6.30pm to 8.30pm

THANK YOU! Joanne McKinstry 810506

CAN YOU FIT A NEW KITCHEN FOR US? We are applying for grant funding to refurbish the kitchen and toilets in the Village Hall as part of the 60th Anniversary events. We would welcome quotes from any interested parties to carry out this work please. We have a Kitchen Refurbishment Sub-Committee who are leading on this. They have a specification of what is required and visits to the hall to measure and cost up the work can be arranged. If you are interested please contact one of the Sub Committee members ASAP. They are Rob and Pat Armstrong (810259), Gilly Carney (07741 316 349) and Aunty Sheila (07504 660 251). We are keen to get our funding applications in soon and need quotes to support our submission.

Thank you, Village Hall Management Committee

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The Llanferres Pinfold A pinfold (or pound) was a small lockable structure for retaining cattle etc. It was used for holding animals that had been distrained for debt, or which had strayed onto the public highway or had trespassed on someone's land. The animals would be fed and watered by the pound keeper and his costs plus any other amount claimed by the person who had impounded them would have to be paid by the owner in order to reclaim them. The use of pounds dates back to Saxon times. Virtually every village had a pound. They were generally rectangular in shape and the walls were high enough to prevent the animals escaping. Early pounds were constructed from thorn hedges but later ones were stone built with lockable doors. In Llanferres the pound was situated on the east side of the main road close to Cacwn brook. (Convenient for watering the animals.) There are frequent entries in the church wardens' accounts for the maintenance of this pinfold. In fact there were 25 (mainly unspecified) repairs recorded in the 45 year period from 1673 to 1718. Perhaps it was not very well built or perhaps there had been frequent interference with the

structure (there is only one reference specifying the repair of the stone walling). Most pinfolds fell out of use after the Enclosure Acts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. We do not know when the Llanferres one was demolished but it was mentioned in the church Terrier of 1791 and appeared on a highways diversion map drawn in 1811. There are so few pinfolds remaining today that they are usually Listed Buildings. The nearest existing pinfold is in Drovers Lane, Caerwys. This is an impressive structure built in limestone. It is about 8m by 5m in dimensions and is surrounded by castellated walls 2.5m high with slit openings to permit viewing of the interior. It is in the care of the Caerwys Town Council. The author also knows of two existing pinfolds on the Wirral at Capenhurst and at Spital. Both have been built of Cheshire sandstone and have been maintained in a good condition.

Tony King

Baby and Toddler Group 9.15 to 11.15am every Tuesday during term time. 50p including a drink and biscuits. We encourage parents and grandparents of babies and toddlers to come along. It is a good way for the children to have a play while getting to know those they may start school with and also to meet other local parents.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A walk on the Wilde Sideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; During the sunny spells I have been watching the lizards come out and bask on the stone walls once the top stones have absorbed some warmth. They are quite relaxing as I sit with a mug of tea in my garden. Their colours are iridescent and shimmering when the sun is warm enough. These are the common lizard which is widespread throughout Britain, although more plentiful in the south east. This lizard unlike the sand lizard doesn't lay eggs, but gives birth to live young. This makes it viviparous, from five to nine young is average in a clutch and after a day or two they become totally independent, hunting for small insects in dry walls and log piles. Before getting their adult colours the young range from dull brown to metallic bronze. They grow quickly, although as adults they will only be about five cm. As a means to escape from predators these lizards are able to lose their tails, which after a time will grown back, this means some are seen with just a stump for a tail. A reminder of a lucky escape.

will result in very few, if any sand lizards hatching. Another one of our lizards is the slow worm. I have seen plenty of these on visits to Devon, but have not seen them in our area. I would be interested to know if anyone has seen them in North Wales. We are having birds hitting the windows and being killed instantly on a regular basis, not all of them juveniles It must be the sun or reflections. Migrating birds flying over big cities are hitting the reflections in glass sky scrappers and falling in large numbers. Groups of volunteers are picking up the injured and dead. The same is happening with wind farms, this is just another thing reducing bird numbers. Enjoy your summer gardening as plenty of flowers will suit the butterflies. More next time Eddie

On a trip to the beach we might be fortunate enough to see another one of our resident lizards. This is the much bigger sand lizard, which can grow up to 20 cm. in length making them not as agile as the smaller common lizard. Out of the breeding season the male and female don't look much different, then to attract a mate the male will develop bright green marking along their flanks. Different to the common lizard the female sand lizard will lay eggs and cover them with sand and hope they will hatch. This will depend entirely on the weather, a cold wet summer

Eddie Wilde 01352 810271 Copyright Š July 2017 Eddie Wilde.

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CYNGOR CYMUNED LLANFERRES Mesur Llywodraeth Leol (Cumru) 2011 Adran 116 HYSBYSIAD O GYFETHOL RHODDIR HYSBYSIAD TRWY HYN FOD Cyngor Cymuned Llanferres yn bwriadu Cyfethol aelodau I lenwi’r UN lle gwag sydd ar gael ar gyfer Cynghorwyr yng Nghymuned LLANFERRES. Ceisir datganiadau o ddiddordeb gan aelodau o’r cyhoedd sy’n cyflawni’r meini praef canlynol ac sydd a diddordeb mewn cynrychioli eu cymuned ar y Cyngor Cymuned dywededig. Rhaid bod yn ddinesydd Prydain, y Gymlanwlad, Iewerddon neu’s Undeb Ewropeaidd ac yn 18 oed neu’n hyn, ac yn cyflawni o leiaf un o’r meini pawf canlynol: ● wedi’ch cofrestru fel etholwr llywodraethwr leol ar gyfer yr ardal a enwir uchod; neu ● yn ystod y cyfan o’r 12 mis diwethaf, wedi bod yn berthennog neu’n denant tir neu safle arall yn y gymuned a enwir uchod; neu ● wedi bod a’ch prif neu’ch unig weithle yn ystod y 12 mis diwethaf yn y gymuned a enwir uchod; neu ● rydych wedi bbyw yn y Gymuned, neu o fewn 4.8 cilometr ohoni yn ystod y cyfan o’r 12 mis diwethaf* Os ydych yn dymuno cael eich ystyried I gael eich cyfeythol ar gyfer y sedd gwag, neu’n dymuno cael rhagor o wybodaeth ynghylch rol Cynghorwr Cymuned, cysylltwch a’r Swyddog Priodol, Clerc y Cyngor ar 01978 790269 neu ebost: Neu llythyr I Rhosddigre Llandegla Wrexham LL11 3AU ERBYN CANOL DYDD AR 14 MEHEFIN 2017 Dyddiedig y 13 diwrnod Mai 2017 Clerc I’r Cyngor Cymuned * Mai rhai pobl penodol wedi’u hanghymhwyso rhag ymgeisio, yn eu plith swyddogion cyflogedig y Cyngor, unrhyw un sy’n destyn gorchmynion cyfyngu methdalwyr a’r rheiny sy’n destun dedfrydau o garchar yn ddiweddar.

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, Jac Armstrong, 01352 810259 Allan Morgans Isla Watts Ivy Watts Rob Jones, 01352 810500 Bob Barton, 01824 780872 Please contact any of the above if you have anything you would like to be brought to the attention of your Community Council.

Village Hall Booking Check the online calendar to see if the Hall is free at: then contact Gay Headley, 07836 268894 / 01352 810224 or preferably e-mail

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 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

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July 2017 News & Views  

Magazine for Llanferres, Maeshafn, Tafarn-y-Gelyn, Loggerheads, North Wales

July 2017 News & Views  

Magazine for Llanferres, Maeshafn, Tafarn-y-Gelyn, Loggerheads, North Wales