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Issue 161

July/August 2012







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Welcome are being noted and reported now you have been warned!. Well done to the Jubilee Party organising committee. What a fabulous party in a beautifully decorated Village Hall! And what a fantastic turn out from local people. It was an event to remember and one we were lucky to experience.

Don’t forget to get cracking with your entries for the Gardening Show on 1st September. Have a great Summer. Paul & Siobhan

We have received pleas for local Contact: residents to reduce speed when Paul & Siobhan Gothorp driving up Tyn Llan, on Cae Gwyn 2 Cae Gwyn and through Maeshafn. Children are Llanferres out and about playing and on the Mold Park in Cae Gwyn, and it is only a CH7 5SL matter of time before a child or pet is Tel: (01352) 810566 injured by a speeding resident. Email: Licence plates and names of offenders




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Notices Happy Birthday to the following

July Birthdays Iwan Thomas on 3rd July Aislingh O'Garra on 7th July Alec Thomas who will be 21 on 12th July Si么n Edwards who will be 21 on 12th July Ben Ussher on 14th July Sam Llewellyn who will be 17 on 20th July Joe Hill who will be 8 on 25th July Helen Evans on 31st July

August Birthdays Isabella Foulkes who will be 11 on 1st August Isaac Le Vay who will be 13 on 1st August Alexi Gould who will be 16 on 5th August Niamh Roberts who will be 16 on 6th August Emily Prtak who will be 17 on 10th August Theo Le Vay who will be 11 on 10th August Max Griffiths who will be 19 on 11th August Barry Roberts on 17th August Josie Le Vay who will be 15 on 23rd August Gemma Madigan who will be 14 on 24th August

Ray Robinson We would like to thank everyone for their kind words of sympathy and condolences. Thank you to everyone who attended the service and for your generous donations too. The collection raised 拢474 for North West Cancer Research. Thanks also to Adrian Copping for a lovely service and to the Druid for the food and excellent reception.

From Ian, Paul, Ada and families 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

An introduction to crafts CRAFT taster sessions are to be held at Llanferres Village Hall for anyone interested in learning a new skill, starting on Thursday, October 18, from 710pm. The sessions will run over a 10-week period, finishing on Thursday, December 13. The numerous crafts involved will include ribbon weaving, cross stitch, card making, Christmas decorations and felt work. Also covered will be an introduction to sewing – how to cut out a pattern, use a sewing machine, etc. To get an idea of what is on offer, anyone interested can come along to the first session on October 18 for free. Subsequent classes will cost £10 each and include all materials, plus tea/coffee and biscuits. · For further details, contact Jane on 01824 780607 (email or Gill on 01352 810510 (

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July Diary Dates 1st 2nd

Sun 10.30 Holy Communion, Cilcain Mon




Wed Llanferres Dance Club

5th 6th 7th 8th 9th

11th 12th 13th

Thu Fri Sat Route 76 Vale of Clwyd Beer Festival Sun 11.00 Family Service, St Berres Mon 6.00pm Gardening Club Trip to Penley 12noon Lunch Club, Caffi Florence Tue 7.00pm Bowls Club Wed Llanferres Dance Club Thu 7.30pm Community Council Meeting, Village Hall Fri Old persons welfare summer trip



15th 16th

Sun 9.30 Holy Communion Mon




Wed Llanferres Dance Club

19th 20th

Thu Fri








7.00pm Bowls Club

7.00pm Bowls Club

9.30 Holy Communion




Wed Llanferres Dance Club

7.00pm Bowls Club

26th 27th 28th

Thu Fri Sat



30th 31st

Mon Tue 7.00pm Bowls Club

10.30 Holy Communion, Nannerch

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

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Local news

Race for Life – June’s Angels take flight! Well done to Debby Lovell, Sue, Becky and Emma Clarke, plus Anna Gittins, Michelle Jones and Catherine Jones for completing the 5km ‘Race for Life’ event in Chester on June 24. They completed the course in a fantastic time of 25 minutes and in the process raised a total of over £700 for Cancer Research UK. All the girls would like to say a massive ‘Thank You!’ to all those in the village that donated to their team ‘June’s Angels’. Donations are still coming in and anyone who would like to add to their total can do so at


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August Diary Dates 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd

Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed



24th 25th 26th

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28th 29th 30th 31st

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7.30pm Whisky Masterclass, Druid Inn 1.30pm onwards, Music on a Summer's Afternoon, Miners Arms 7.00pm Bowls Club

12noon Lunch Club, Plas Hafod 7.00pm Bowls Club

September News & Views deadline 7.00pm Bowls Club

Summer Bank Holiday (Eng. & Wales) 11.30 Cilcain Show 7.00pm Bowls Club

Key Dates for September Saturday 1st Sunday 16th

Gardening Club Annual Show Vale of Clwyd Classic Car Rally Chain Reaction Cycles Mountain Bike Event

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Local News/Your Views



Thirty three people enjoyed a lovely meal at the Druid on 21 June and the next meeting will be at Caffi Florence on Tuesday 10 July. The events are proving popular and there is a great demand for places. The two course meal (including tea or coffee) costs ÂŁ6.50 each and it is essential to book beforehand by ringing Len Phillips on 01352 750311.

We are extremely concerned again, this is an annual event, on the length of grass on the verges entering Loggerheads from Ruthin direction. The hedgerow on this section is also neglected making the footpath approaching impassible for pedestrians. Egress from our drive is becoming extremely dangerous as traffic does at times approach at high speed. Why is this section of road always treated differently from the section before and after? I have to email Denbighshire CC every year on this issue. Perhaps somebody from the local council can follow this up please.

Lunches all start at 12 noon. See below for future dates.

Lunch Club Dates Lunch Club Venue Caffi Florence Plas Hafod Druid Llanferres Caffi Florence

Colin Bennion Derwen Deg, Ruthin Road, Loggerheads.

Date 10 July (Tuesday) 13 August (Monday) 20 September (Thursday) 16 October (Tuesday)

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

Holy Communion at 10.30 am at St Mary the Virgin, Cilcain Family Service at 11.00 am, remembering St Berres Holy Communion at 9.30 am Holy Communion at 9.30 am Holy Communion at 10.30 at St Michael & All Angels, Nannerch

Rev'd Phillip Bettinson Ordination and special Communion Rev'd Phillip Bettinson has been Assistant Curate in the Bro Famau Group of Parishes for a year now and will become a fully ordained Priest on Saturday 30th June at St Asaph Cathedral at 10.00 am. Phil will preside at the celebration of Holy Communion the following day, Sunday 1st July, at a group service at Cilcain at 10.30 am followed by a bring and share lunch. We are all invited to join Phil on this special day for him. St Berres' Day Family Service We shall be remembering our Patron Saint, St Berres, at the Family Service on 8th July at 11.00 am. 5th Sunday Service Following our usual practice, the fifth Sunday service will be at the Parish Church of Nannerch, followed by light refreshments. July Wedding On Friday 27th July, John Shirley and Michelle Evans will be marrying in St Berres. They both now reside in the Parish of Bistre but the bride only recently moved to Buckley and has lived all her childhood and early adult life in the Gwernymynydd part of our parish. Llanferres goes into the Bike Export business Three families recently retrieved forgotten bicycles from their garages and after refurbishment they will be sent by Rotary to Africa for the use of school children who currently walk a long way to school each day. ÂŁ10 was donated with each bicycle to meet some of the restoration and shipping costs. Services for August The services in August will follow the usual pattern.

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Community Council News - June Meeting From the minutes of the June meeting:Eight councillors were present, Councillor Yvonne Foden-McCorry sent her apologies. Declarations of interest:-Councillor Rob Armstrong declared an interest, ref church maintenance, and signed the book accordingly. Meeting open to the public for ten minutes:- The hedge next to the bus shelter at Pont y Mwynwr crossroads was obscuring vision and needs cutting. It was reported that the bus stops in Mold were badly signed where the road diversions were in place during the current road works. County Councillor Martyn Holland promised to report the matter to the transport department. In his report to the Community Council, Councillor Holland declared that he has been elected to the Corporate Governance Committee (formally the Audit Committee); he is still attending training sessions for County Councillors; parking at Loggerheads is still being negotiated; because the A494 is a trunk road the agency will not consider further speed restrictions on the Loggerheads stretch but is looking at alternative options; he has reported the condition of the road surface in Ty'n Llan; a member of the public had complained that the new road surfaces in Maeshafn were so good that people were speeding through the village. Councillor Holland also reported that two representatives of Welsh Water had attended Llanarmon-yn-Ial Community Council meeting the previous evening to answer questions regarding the sewage pipe to be laid from Eryrys to Llanferres. They explained that the route of the 6 inch pipe had been chosen and/or altered to prevent damage to properties or trees. New pumping facilities would

be installed at the existing sites at Eryrys and Llanferres. The work was due to start in late June and should be finished by Christmas. Five Councillors from Llanferres had attended this meeting. The minutes of the May meeting were signed as a true record. Landscape project:- Councillors had met with a representative from the 'Keep Wales Tidy' group, who are assisting with the project, and work should begin soon on landscaping the Memorial Stone to make it more accessible to the public. Logging Charities:- The scheme to supply logs to the community with the money going to various charities had now concluded and over £9,000 had been distributed to the nominated charities. Denbighshire Eisteddfod:- A committee is being organised in the village to raise funds for the Eisteddfod and four Councillors volunteered to assist. The Council agreed to supply £350 towards St Berres Churchyard Maintenance and to pay the election expenses of £1074-22. There were no planning matters and there was no further information in reference to the acquisition of the playing field in Maeshafn. A letter had been received from June Healey thanking the Community Council for their donation of £200 towards the cost of the Jubilee Celebrations but, as they had not needed to spend it all, she enclosed a cheque for £25-50 for unused cash. The next meeting of the Community Council will be on Thursday 12th July 2012 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. John Almond. Vice Chairman

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Local News Thanks to all who turned out on a very wet day (which put pay to the bouncy castle – sorry Matthew) to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee, a great time was had by all. I’d like to give a big THANK YOU to the following: The Jubilee Committee (Jane G, Mel, Rob, Ian, Jac and Tim) for their commitment and Jac for entering and winning a jubilee pack and vouchers from The Co01352 810264) and finally the tea ladies – you’ve got the job! (see photo on the front page) We asked for £1.00 per pint donations for the beer which raised £80.00, this was split between Llanferres Playing Field Assoc and Alzheimers Society – Thank you

op, The Community Council and The Village Hall Committee for their financial support, Yvette and Llanferres Dance Club for a brilliant Jive demo, Jim & Julie for kindly donating a keg of beer, all the lovely ladies who made cupcakes, the kind people who gave donations, Adrian for providing the sound system and Dan for providing the music, Gilly and the army of volunteers who help set up and clear the next day. (I have a large Tupperware and a Silver Jubilee mug which belong to someone – ring

Here’s to the next one in 10 years’ time! June

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Fancy learning to jive like these professionals? join the Llanferres Dance Club on a Wednesday at the Village Hall. Contact Yvette on 01352 741112 or 07863 293311

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Gardening Club news Llanferres Parish Gardening Club Our meeting held on Monday June 11th had as its guest speaker David Shiel, Chief Ranger for our area AONB. In his well illustrated talk about the history of Moel Findeg, David stressed how important this area is. Bought in 1999 with Lottery funds and Maeshafn villagers raising money, and now managed by the Countryside Services, this area is precious because it contains valuable heathland. Half the world's heathland is in the UK and we have a duty to preserve it. This "patch" supports Common lizard, Adder and Grass snakes and the pond contains Smooth, Palmate and rare Great crested newts. Now with ponies to control the spread of shrubs and trees, Moel Findeg seems to be in safe hands. On July 9th the club is visiting Park Cottage at Penley, Wrexham by kind permission of Dr S.J. Sime. We intend to leave from Llanferres at 6pm. The charge will be ÂŁ5 to include entrance and refreshments. Non-members are welcome by telephoning the Secretary. Our meeting in August will, as usual, be used to arrange the final details of our Annual Show, which this year will be on Saturday, September 1st. As we did last year, we will have a plant stall at the show and donations of plants etc will be most welcome. Mrs Joan Almond Hon Secretary ( 810808

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THE VILLAGE HALL LLANFERRES SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2012 Doors Open at 2-00pm Trophies will be presented at 2-30pm

Admission charges: Adults ÂŁ1 Juniors 50p Show Schedules and Entry Forms available from: Mr D Jones 810511 Mrs Glenys Roberts 810358 Mrs J Almond 810808 or online at Entry forms to be received by Mrs Glenys Roberts, 7 Tyn Llan, by 6pm on Wednesday 29th August or may be submitted by telephone to Mr David Jones (810511) by 6pm on 29th August All exhibits must be staged between 8am and 10-30am on the day of the show

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CLASSES TROPHY/CUP/SHIELD AWARDED TO EACH SECTION Garden Section: Restricted Classes 1-33 Vegetables and Fruit Flower Section: Restricted Classes 40-62 Largest Produce Section: Restricted Classes 65-83 Floral Art Section:Open Classes 85 -93 Pot Plants Section: Restricted Classes 95 to 107 Junior Section:Open Classes 110-114 (up to 10 yrs) Classes 115 -119 (11 to 16 yrs) Photographic Section: Open Classes 125 to 131 Home Section: Open Classes 135 to 156 Adult Handicraft: Open Classes 160-169 Art Section: Open Adult Classes 170-175 Junior Classes 177-179 Restricted Classes:-Llanferres Residents and Club Members

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Local news A glorious summer’s day greeted the wedding of Miss Lucy Amanda Tarran (younger daughter of Mr Norman & Mrs Susan Tarran) with Mr Alan James Lashmar (son of Mr Christopher and Mrs Barbara Lashmar) The bride was radiant in an Alfred Angelo strapless gown of ivory satin adorned with crystal & sequin embroidery & a half cathedral train. Her veil was held by a diamante tiara & matching pins. She was attended by her elder sister Mrs Julia Stanbury and her childhood friend Miss Hazel Headley in full length strapless gowns of cobalt blue georgette. All three carried posies of cream rosebuds. Junior bridesmaid was Miss Scarlett Lashmar wearing a white chiffon ballerina length dress & blue sash scattered with floating embroidered butterflies, and carrying a fairy wand embellished with a single rose. Best man was the groom’s friend Mr Mark Brown, and page boys Adam Lashmar & Daniel Stanbury also attended.

The bride’s mother wore a floral dress of pink, lilac & teal on ivory organza with an ivory organza picture hat and matching stole. The groom’s mother wore an African Violet 2-piece ensemble with matching feather fascinator. The reception & wedding breakfast were held at the Beaufort Park Hotel at Alltami. Lucy & Alan will live in Ellesmere Port.

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News from the Druid GUEST ALE This month’s single hop beer will be STYRIAN (4.0% Abv) made from a Slovenian Hop. Grown in the heart of Slovenia, this hop has taken on its own character due to the local climate and soil conditions. With hugely aromatic, floral and spicy character, it’s one not to miss.

Village Lunch Club WHISKY OF THE WORLD 5TH MASTERCLASS Saturday 4th August David and Brian will present this excellent evening of entertainment with an opportunity to taste some interesting whiskies produced from some of the 24 whiskyproducing countries. Great value - includes whisky tasters and supper, £25 per person.

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A note from your County Councillor Six weeks into my new term of office and I am beginning feel that I am suffering from information overload. All new members are receiving intensive training in all aspects of local government from child care to housing policy and finance to education to name but a few. Most of the key committee positions have now been filled and I am pleased to say that I will be sitting on the Councils Corporate Governance Committee which basically acts as an audit function. With my back ground in finance I am looking forward to my new role.

Often it is other local residents who are the guilty parties and in one village they are now taking the numbers of regular offenders. Please help us all to keep our roads safe by killing your speed and having respect for the type of roads we are all using.

Once again the grass cutting season is here and Highways are dealing with our road side verges. In some areas the first cut is restricted to what is called a biodiversity cut, in other words the verges will be left until all wild flowers have seeded. After the election I submitted a long list of They are expected to cut the grass at key highway issues that were raised by voters road junctions and so please let me know across the ward. These varied from no if this is not happening in your area. speed limits, to people exceeding existing limits. From pot holes to resurfacing roads I attended Jubilee events in all the main and this week I will be joining someone villages and although the weather was from highways to visit all the sites on the unhelpful this did not stop our list. Sadly highways are one of those communities coming together and having departments that seem to have a no can do a great time. My congratulations go to attitude and so I am looking forward to an those who arranged what was a very interesting journey. successful party in Llanferres despite the weather. Many people in our area are concerned about the speed of traffic through their Regards. villages and sadly where the roads have been resurfaced speeds have increased. Martyn L Holland. One resident recently asked if she could Tel. 01824 780703 have some of the pot holes back just to e.mail help stop cars speeding in her local narrow lanes. Denbighshire seems to move very slowly when it comes to appointing Councillors to committees and outside bodies which cannot be good for all those involved.

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Local news DENBIGHSHIRE RURAL TRANSPORT SCHEME LLANFERRES COMMUNITY CAR This is a free service offered to pensioners and handicapped people who do not own cars and cannot access public transport. It is funded by Denbighshire County Council and run by volunteer drivers, who are paid a 'mileage' to cover fuel and maintenance costs. It can be used for: ● ● ● ● ● ●

Appointments with G.P.s Appointments with Dentists, Chiropodists, Osteopaths, Collection of prescriptions Visiting close relatives and friends in hospital. Weekly food shopping trips Attending activities specifically arranged for pensioners and the handicapped. E.g. Darby and Joan Clubs, Over 60's Clubs. Contact Olive Parry 01352 810294

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Maeshafn CC news As I write this, I am staring out from my cabin across to where Llanferres/Moel Famau ought to be, but alas I can only see sheets of rain.

Since writing my last column Mr Rhun Jones has been spotted on numerous occasions in the parish of Llanferres and HMP Liverpool but, as no-one has paid the membership fee to join the This season has been a bit of a wash official Rhun Jones Spotting Club, I am out, with matches getting cancelled afraid I cannot reveal what clothes are left right and centre. currently in fashion in the Jones household, nor his various activities. So far we have only played 5 league games, which is half the amount we Dave Williams has retired from the are due to have played by now. cricket club and joined a hippy Maeshafn were 2nd in the league last commune, where he holds regular talks time I checked, which is always nice, on how to use hugging to get inner but there are some very good teams in happiness. He is making a guest our league these days and I suspect we appearance on tour with Maeshafn CC may finish up about 5th or 6th. later in the season, along with professional octogenarian ballroom As you will see from the following there dancer and lothario Mr Derek Parsons. is now very little to write about in terms of cricket, so I think this will be the last Steve Pugh (aka 'Chirky' or 'XL') is column for a while! presently suing the ECB for falsely

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Maeshafn CC news representing that it is possible to keep wicket with his head, legs and arms rather than his hands. He still loses his teeth from time to time when batting. Aled Jones has sprouted a moustache and taken to throwing quoits rather than cricket balls (which is a blessing because the majority of the balls he threw went backwards including one infamous 6), Sean Thomas was last seen collecting conkers somewhere in Stratford and Tom Hall is happily married with a wife and six kids.

African runner, but as you the reader would not have a clue who I am talking about, I suspect it is time to call it a day on my rantings in the Llanferres News and Views. The club is still here, so if you want to get out of the house for lengthy periods of time at a weekend and disappear to a field somewhere in North Wales, please get in touch via my number on the back of the News and Views. Jonathan, Secretary

Maeshafn Cricket Club continues onwards and upwards, but it has now moved to foreign climates such as Gwernaffield and Buckley. I could tell you all about Big Kev (nicknamed 'the Udder' because parts of his anatomy dangle further than they ought to), Mr Chumley Warner, a batsman scared of bathing and Bazza, the suicidal South

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Nature Notes I was recently admiring Greenwinged orchids(Orchis morio) in a field where they proliferate when I observed that growing near every clump of orchids were the diminutive Adderstongue fern (Ophioglossum vulgatum). I speculated whether there is a symbiotic relationship between the two. All orchids have a relationship with the underground stems of certain fungi which supply food to the dust-like orchid seeds and Adderstongue ferns also need ground fungi to enable them to flourish. In fact Adderstongues spend a considerable part of their lives underground before they break through the surface. Both species need a nutrient poor soil and are regarded as indicators of ancient meadows. I have done considerable research but I cannot find any reference to a symbiotic relationship between the two plants but I do wonder if they both rely on the same fungus. However, I have not been able to verify that either. Green-winged orchids are similar to, and easily confused with, Early purple orchids, which are quite common in our area, but can be distinguished from the latter in that there are parallel green veins on the side lobes of the Green-winged (hence the name) and the leaves are unspotted, whereas the Early purple leaves have dark spots and blotches. Adderstongue fern is a diminutive plant usually only about 2-4 inches(5-10cms) tall, but can in exceptional circumstances reach 12 inches(30cms). It resembles a tiny

wild arum (Lords and Ladies) having a single pointed oval leaf and a single green fertile spike from which come the spores. I have never found it in our area or in the proximity of other orchids but, perhaps, I just have not looked hard enough. Insects have been scarce during the recent unseasonably bad weather and one wonders what effect it will have on the breeding success of those birds which feed entirely on insects such as Swallows, Martins and Swifts. It must also have consequences for those birds that feed on caterpillars as they are the immature stage of insects. Swifts, however, have a survival strategy in that, when the weather is cold or food scarce, they can go into a sort of torpor so that they use less energy. Adult birds can survive in this state for a couple of days but nestlings can last for even five days. The nestlings rate of growth varies according to the food supply and they may spend anything from 35 to 56 days in the nest. Swifts spend all their lives in flight, feeding, mating and sleeping and only land to actually nest. As they do not breed until two or three years old they, therefore, remain in the air for that length of time from leaving the nest. It is often assumed that Swifts are the fastest flyers of all birds but the Hobby, a small falcon, can out fly a Swift and is its only avian predator.

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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 Village Hall Management Committee - Chairman, Rob Armstrong. 810259 1

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Summer 2012 edition of the magazine for Llanferres and district, Denbighshre, North Wales

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