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Llanferres July/August 2018 Issue 222

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

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Welcome Welcome to the summer edition of News & Views. And this year it really does feel like we’re having a summer! This month we have an update from the successful local Badminton Club, which makes you realise that we have some excellent sporting talent in the community. And there’s clearly some burgeoning talent, sporting and creative, judging by the school report. See pages 22 and 23. In July the LOPWC will be cleaning windscreens at Loggerheads - so please try to support them and the garage - see page 5. And there’s a special event in August with no charge - see page 29. Don’t forget to work on your entries for the Garden Show, which is on 1st September this year. The next News & Views will be the September one, with a deadline of 20th August. Enjoy the sunshine and have a lovely summer. Best wishes, Paul & Siobhan

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Happy Birthday to the following in July and August Alec Thomas on 12th July Siôn Edwards on 12th July Ben Ussher on 14th July Sam Llewellyn on 20th July Jos Hill who will be 14 on 25th July Erin Hughes on 30th July Isabella Foulkes who will be 17 on 1st August Isaac Le Vay who will be 19 on 1st August Daisy Harris who will be 13 on 3rd August Alexi Gould on 5th August Niamh Roberts on 6th August Emily Prtak on 10th August Theo Le Vay who will be 17 on 10th August Daniel Stanley Jaggard who will be 4 on 10th August Max Griffiths on 11th August Hannah Roberts who will be 7 on 13th August Osian Clwyd Roberts who will be 6 on 13th August Barry Roberts on 17th August Josie Le Vay who will be 21 on 23rd August Gemma Madigan on 24th August

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YSGOL BRO FAMAU PTFA NEWS As we approach the end of the school year Ysgol Bro Famau PTFA would like to thank everyone for their support over the last year. Thanks to fundraising efforts we have bought a new maths scheme for the school, an IT trolley, outdoor equipment, craft items and contributed towards the puppet show totalling around ÂŁ3000. Unfortunately we have had rather less coming in with fundraising efforts at the Christmas Fair, the Carnival and at sports day totalling around ÂŁ1600.

Working at the Car Wash Llanferres older persons welfare committee will be!! Our annual screen wash this year will be Wednesday 11th Thursday 12th and Friday 13th (oh no) July from 4.30-6.30pm at the Loggerheads garage forecourt. Call to have you're windscreen professionally washed (well nearly), or just pop in to laugh at the fancy dress! Your continuous generous support for our little charity is very much appreciated &

We hope to make up for this at our 'Barn Dance, Beer and Burger' event on Saturday 29th September (see advert on page18 for further details). Tickets can be bought from Charlotte Jaggard (07769 631551) or Sali Newsam ( We have also had 2 successful working parties in the outdoor areas at both schools, and the greenhouse bought with the Aviva grant should be up any day now! YSGOL BRO FAMAU PTFA

Smarties month Hi all the lovely ladies on the older persons welfare committee will be calling for your smartie tubes by Saturday 7th July. please don't worry if they're not full, as every little helps. We'll leave a note if you're not at home, and you can ring Yvonne on 810867 to have it picked up, or drop off to Sheila at the loggs. Huge thank you in advance for your generous donations, see in this edition where your small change will be spent.

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July Diary Dates 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th

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9.30 am Holy Communion, St Berres’ Church 6:30pm Tai Chi 7.00pm Bowls Club

9.30am Morning Worship, St. Berres’ Church 6:30pm Tai Chi 7.30pm Gardening Club Meeting 2.00pm Over 60s Club Meeting 7.00pm Bowls Club 4.30-6.30pm LOPWC charity car windscreen wash, Loggerheads Garage 4.30-6.30pm LOPWC charity car windscreen wash, Loggerheads Garage 7.30pm Community Council Meeting 4.30-6.30pm LOPWC charity car windscreen wash, Loggerheads Garage 9.30am Holy Communion, St Berres’ Church 4pm Messy Church, Gwernaffield Church Hall :30pm Tai Chi 7.00pm Bowls Club

Last day of school term 9.30am Morning Worship, St. Berres’ Church 6:30pm Tai Chi 7.00pm Bowls Club

10.30am Group Service, St. Berres’ Church 6:30pm Tai Chi

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

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Llanferres Parish Gardening Club The meeting on Monday June 11th had as guest speaker Anthony Norman of Conquest Plants, Bosley, Cheshire. They are specialist growers of hardy plants which have coloured foliage. His topic tonight was autumn and winter interest plants. He started with autumn, September - December and showed slides of the range of plants which can be grown to follow on from summer. These included bulbs such as Nerine, Amaryllis belladona and Colchium all to be grown against walls or under trees. He continued with a great range of shrubs and trees which had colourful foliage or fruit from their spring flowers. Mr. Norman continued with the months January to March with early flowering shrubs such as varieties of Mahonia, Euonymous, Daphne and also Cornus Kousa and Crab apple Red Sentinel - both with colourful fruit in the autumn As he showed his slides, perhaps 100 of them, he spoke of their needs, eventual size and spread for our guidance. The plants included here are but a small selection of his choice of plants to grow in autumn and winter. Our thanks to him for a most informative talk. Our next meeting will be on July 9th when Sarah Hughes, one of our Show Judges, will give guidance on "How to make the most of your exhibits'. As always, visitors will be most welcome at £1.00 per meeting and new members annual subscription £5.00. Further information from Mrs Joan Almond Hon Secretary ℡01352 810808

MEMORIAL STONE UPDATE You may have noticed that the old war memorial plaque is missing from its stone, having fallen off, probably due to the extreme weather conditions a few week ago. The plaque is largely undamaged and the opportunity will be taken to retouch the faded lettering before it is replaced.

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Church News Services in July & August Sunday 1st July Sunday 8th July Sunday 15th July Sunday 22nd July Sunday 29th July

11.15am Holy Communion 9.30am Morning Worship 9.30am Holy Communion 4.00pm Messy Church, Gwernaffield Church Hall 9.30am Morning Worship 10.30am Group service at Llanferres

Sunday 5th August 11.15am Holy Communion Sunday 12th August 9.30am Morning Worship Sunday 19th August 9.30am Holy Communion 4pm Messy Church, Gwernaffield Church Hall Sunday 26th August 9.30am Morning Worship Church finances At the recent Congregational Meeting (Vestry) the treasurer reported a third year of deficit for the church, with a shortfall this year in excess of ÂŁ2,000, meaning that we had to dip heavily into the limited reserves. There are also a number of major projects in the pipeline for 2018/19 including repairs to the bell tower, stained glass windows, boundary walls and hearse house. We urgently need more funding and are hoping that the community will help. A few years ago the Diocese launched a giving programme called Gift Aid Direct whereby a regular donation is given by individuals to the local church. The advantage of the system is the tax relief at 25% if the donor is a tax payer. This is collected and distributed centrally, relieving the individuals and the church gift aid secretary, of any additional paperwork. The Direct Debit can be cancelled at any time. In the next few weeks we will be delivering leaflets to households in the area - if you can spare a regular amount, no matter how small, please fill in and return the s.a.e. Please remember to note if you are a tax payer, and your church can also benefit from this vital income stream - thank you. Church bins After some initial improvements, regrettably, and despite clear notices, the church bins are still not being utilised correctly with wreaths, plastic wrappings and glass / ceramic grave ornaments being put in the green recycling bins, and conversely dead flowers in the black rubbish bins. The dangers of putting glass in green recycling are obvious.

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Cyngor y Cymuned - Llanferres


CYNGOR Y CYMUNED - LLANFERRES - Minutes of the Meeting Held 10th May 2018 - these were accepted as a true record COMMUNITY COUNCIL and signed by the Chairman. Minutes of the GENERAL MEETING Held Matters Arising - Big Covert - with regard to Thursday 14th June 2018 Present: Cllr. John Almond (Chair), Cllr's Bob Barton, Isla Watts, Amanda Curtis, Ivy Watts, Allan Morgans, Jac Armstrong, Cllr Rob Jones and the Clerk, Mrs. G Dillon. There were Members of the public present and the County Councillor Martyn Holland. Apologies: Cllr Michael Cordiner Election of Chairman - Cllr Almond was elected unanimously and signed the Declaration of Office. Election of Vice-Chairman - Cllr Michael Cordiner (in his absence but with his consent) was elected Vice-Chair Meeting Open to the Public - After every heavy downpour there is always debris left on the highway between the Nant and the river in Maeshafn. Declarations of Interest - none reported. Representatives on Other Committees the representatives were confirmed as:

the cutting of trees in Big Covert, this had been investigated and found to be a thinning process, which is permissible. The damage done in parts of Big Covert, those that are in an Area of Scientific Interest have been reported to Natural Resources Wales. Traffic Control Outside School - ZigZag Lines on the road outside the school is being pursued. Cae Derwen - Green Areas - the builders are responsible for the upkeep of the green areas. Dog Poo Bins in Maeshafn/Tafarn-y-Gelyn - if the Community Council provide the Bins and place them on the Bin Collection route, then the County will empty them. Cllr Barton - following the discussion at the May Meeting, Cllr Barton issued a personal statement with regard to his role within the Planning Process.


NAME OF REPRESENTATIVE Gwyneth Dillon Cllr Bob Barton

School Governing Body

Cllr Ivy Watts

Village Hall Management Committee Old People’s Welfare Committee Llanferres Playing Fields & Recreation Association Community Open Space Maeshafn Play Area Maes Ysgawen Clwyd Branch of Society of Local Council Clerks Planning Sub-Committee

Cllr Rob Jones Cllr Rob Jones Cllr Isla Watts

‘News & Views’ Reporter County Councillor

Full Community Council

Gwyneth A Dillon Cllr Allan Morgans Cllr Bob Barton Flexible Forwarded by the Clerk Cllr Martyn Holland

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Cllr Holland advises residents in the County Councillors Report - Cllr Holland Community to 'beware' of Cold Callers in offered the following Report prior to the area. the Meeting. The Chairman thanked Cllr Holland for his Cllr Holland requested the presence of comprehensive Report. a Planning Officer at one of the Community Council's Meetings. This Reports from Other Meetings - Cllr John Almond and Mrs. Almond attended the was not possible at this time, but they Royal Airforce Commemoration Day held would email a copy of the current in Ruthin and noted that there were some 'Councillor's Guide to Planning' for notable persons in attendance. information. Cllrs Morgans and Barton attended the The new Defibrillator has been installed recent Planning Compliance Workshop in Moel Fammau. Many thanks to the held in Ruthin and both agreed that it was Clwydian Range Runners for their a very informative day. Both agreed that generous financial support. Enforcement in the AONB is very With regard to the request to the important. Flintshire County Council to repair/resurface their section of the Motion submitted by Cllr Barton - Cllr Barton submitted a Motion to be discussed and road from the Youth Hostel to the sent to 'One Voice Wales' to call on the junction of the Eryrys/Mold Road. It is Welsh Government to amend Section 147 still not on their schedule for this year. of the Local Government (Wales) Measure Cllr Holland had been asked by the 2011. This was discussed but there was no Village Hall Committee to arrange a 'seconder' and the Motion was dismissed meeting with the Education Premises Cllr Barton was to raise it at his other Team, in connection with the Hall Councils. Committee's proposals to update the a) toilets and kitchen areas. Denbighshire Maintenance in the Community Memorial Stone - the Plaque has fallen off have now confirmed that they will be the Memorial Stone and needs to be responsible for the refurbishment of repaired. Cllr Barton is to make further both areas. The work will be carried enquiries with regard to additional support out during the Summer holidays. for this. The Enforcement Team have now b) Cae Gwyn Steps - Cllr Almond has investigated the number of caravans painted the steps to highlight them in the and domestic items that have appeared dark. The Clerk proposed a vote of thanks in the fields next to the Ruthin junction on behalf of the Council. Invoice of the B5430 and the A494. They have presented for paint amounted to ÂŁ15. This asked that they be removed. was approved for payment. A second coat At this time of Year parents will be of paint will be done in the near future. asked to apply for school transport. Maeshafn - with regard to the funding set This is especially important for pupils aside for payment of the legal expenses, changing schools. Parents MUST Cllr Barton suggested that as Hansons were complete their applications on time. meeting the legal costs, then the money Denbighshire Highways have started could be put towards the purchase of an work on repairing/resurfacing the Information Board at the entrance to the B5430 from Valley Lodge junction to Playing Field. When the purchase is Graianrhyd. The work will continue complete this will certainly be discussed. through June and will involve Traffic Lights and some road closures. Continued over the page

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Community Council June Meeting cond Maes Ysgawen/Maeshafn Playing Field in September/October. Details were the Green Flag inspection has now taken necessary in the first instance. place and the outcome is awaited. Bills Clerk's Salary (June) & PAYE £220.33 Risk Assessments Lawn Order Maeshafn Green £35.00 Financial - No risks were raised. Internal Auditor £152.40 Internal Auditor's Report - the Report Council Insurance - BHIB £578.75 had been circulated and the alterations Paint for Steps £15.00 to the Final Accounting Statement had Administration £230.67 been made accordingly. The Community Application made for VAT Refund Council were happy with the outcome Correspondence - items of correspondence and the Statement was signed by the were discussed as above. Also Copy of Chairman ready for the External Audit. Denbighshire Housing Newsletter, letter Training & Finance Issues - the current of thanks from the Llanferres CC for the Training Programme has been circulated. financial support for Churchyard Training day for Clerks to be held on 12th maintenance. July in Ruthin. Cllr Barton was Other Matters Brought to Councillor's requesting authorisation to attend the attention: 'One Voice Wales' Conference to be held Footpath Sign past the Miners Inn needs maintenance. Power has now been installed in the Telephone Kiosk for the Defibrillator and light. A vehicle is again illegally parked on the pavement outside the Old School House in Llanferres causing pedestrians and wheelchairs/pushchairs into the road. A reminder that all Community Council Meetings are open to the public should they wish to attend. Date of next Meeting: The General Meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday 12th July 2018 at 7:30 pm in Village Hall Llanferres.

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Llanferres Parish Gardening Club 44th Annual Show Saturday 1st September 2018 The show schedule was distributed with News & Views recently and copies are also available at the Druid Inn and Loggerheads garage.

something for everyone. You don’t have to be a serious gardener, something as simple as a single bloom could win you a prize.

We have made a number of changes to the show schedule this year as a result of the low number of entries in some sections in recent years but these can be reinstated in the future if there is a demand.

If gardening isn’t your thing, why not take some photographs or produce some handicrafts. New exhibitors are always welcome and it is free to enter.

Although some categories are restricted to Llanferres Parish residents or Garden Club members, the Photography, Floral Art, Home and Adult Handicraft sections are open to all. Hopefully, there is

If you are unsure about any of the categories, please ask a garden club member - we are always happy to help. In case anyone is wondering, entries in ‘The Carnival’ class in the photographic section must be of the Carnival held in Llanferres in May 2018.

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Church graveyard bins Please use the correct bins at the Church graveyard – these were items that had to be removed as they were in the incorrect bin this month. We will have to consider removing the bins if they continue to be used incorrectly.

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LLANFERRES BADMINTON CLUB 2017/18 SEASON SUCCESS The 2017/18 season has been the club’s most successful season to date. With over 55 members both senior & junior, 3 senior teams, 2 junior teams and many individual achievements the club has continued in this its 20th year to offer competitive yet social badminton. The junior club continues to meet during the school terms on Thursday evenings from 6.30 – 7.30 at Ruthin Leisure Centre with coaching from qualified coaches Jane Givelin and Claire Halestrap and support from parents and other club members. Beginners are welcomed and the

more experienced players compete as teams in the North East Wales Junior League and in a range of tournaments, locally and further afield. 5 of our junior members are now part of the North East Wales County Squad. The senior club also meets on Thursdays between 7.30 & 9.30pm. This season the A team finished in 3rd position in Division 1, the highest finish in the club’s history. The B team finished 2nd in Division 3 and will be promoted to Division 2 for next season. The C team finished strongly in Division 3 and is ready to build on this for next season.

B team in festive mood on their way to a promotion to Division 2 Left to right – back row : Peter Williams, Duncan Church, Mikey Parr, Will Fellows, front row : Jane Clough, Gill Tustain, Sue Clarke, Moira Bonar As well as great team performances, individuals have achieved some outstanding success during the season. Carys Jones from Maeshafn who started her badminton career in the club is now competing nationally and internationally at junior level and has been a great asset to the A team ladies. Another A team player Jane Givelin also achieved national success winning the Welsh Over 50’s ladies singles and mixed doubles. The end of season tournament saw some great competitive badminton with Tomas Tustain & Duncan Church coming out winners after a tough final against Gill Tustain & Andy

Swash. Losing semi-finalists were Sheila Palmer & Andy Purslowe, Sara Jenkins and Simon Lovell. It was a great evening and thanks to the Druid for after match refreshments. Some players take a break over the summer while others are continuing to play on Thursday evenings despite the hot weather. The new season starts in September and for the first time the club will be taking additional courts on Tuesday evenings to provide more opportunity for club play during the busy match season. For more information about joining contact Claire Halestrap

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LLANFERRES OVER 60's CLUB During our June meeting members enjoyed a programme of poems and folk song, organised by Pat Armstrong. Members chose to read their favourite poems, which fell into 3 main categories: our wonderful world, people, their memories and interactions and humorous poems reflecting upon some aspects of the aging process! The light hearted afternoon ended with a delicious strawberry tea, supplied by Betty Cook and Beryl Davies. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday July 10th. when the speaker will be Eirin Lloyd Jones. We are looking forward to her talk ' Walking with Derek Brockway - The weather man ' We meet in the Village Hall at 2pm. on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. For just ÂŁ2 we are entertained, have a raffle and refreshments. Everyone is most welcome.

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LLANFERRES OVER 60's CLUB Next Meeti ng Tuesday July 10th

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9.30 am Holy Communion, St Berres’ Church 6:30pm Tai Chi 7.00pm Bowls Club

4.00pm - 7.00pm LOPWC Afternoon Tea 9.30 am Morning Worship, St. Berres’ Church 6:30pm Tai Chi 7.00pm Bowls Club

9.30 am Holy Communion, St Berres’ Church 4pm Messy Church, Gwernaffield Church Hall 6:30pm Tai Chi 7.00pm Bowls Club

9.30 am Morning Worship, St. Berres’ Church 6:30pm Tai Chi BANK HOLIDAY

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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On 19th June, I represented Refugee Essentials at a meeting in Mold to launch a new community group called 'Synergy: working together to make Flintshire a place of Sanctuary'. Consisting of representatives from various organisations which support refugees across the county of Flintshire, this initiative supports the vision of Mold as a 'Town of Sanctuary', welcoming those fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries. Organisations attending the event were invited to sign a Pledge to support this vision for Mold. If you or your business are interested, Pledge forms are available from Mold's Salvation Army shop. Around 11,000 refugees have already been resettled in the UK, 400 of whom are living in Wales. Flintshire itself has committed to accommodate five refugee families each year until 2020 and Wrexham, Denbighshire and Conwy are also working towards similar goals under the national Syrian Resettlement Programme, supported locally by the Red Cross. In July and August, we will continue collecting summer clothing as per the list below. Our next container is going to Lesvos, so please help with any of the following items if you can. ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Soap, shampoo, cream, toothpaste and toothbrushes Towels Socks and underwear (new only please) Shoes and flipflops Trousers, T-shirts & shorts - especially small size for men Female hygiene items (no tampons), nappies and baby wipes Strollers Baby beds, boxes or bassinets Tents and Blankets Children's toys Sun screen & Sun hats Mosquito repellent & mosquito nets for babies

If you prefer to donate funds towards the cost of new flipflops and underwear, all purchases are supported with receipts. Our bank details are as follows: Lloyds Bank, CARE UK RENEW, Sort code 30-99-14, Account Number 41788268. Please use reference 'Mytilene'. Alternatively, physical donations can be dropped off at Bistre Church Hall in Buckley on a Wednesday. Please check opening times on our Facebook page as many of our volunteers will be on holiday during July and August. If you would like to be added to our weekly emailing list, please let me know.

THANK YOU! Joanne McKinstry

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Village Event On Friday 10th August LOPWC are planning afternoon tea in the village hall, but not just the older persons in our community. We would like to extend the invite to the village August 10th as a thank you for all the wonderful support you unstintingly offer us. From 4pm to 7pm we'll be serving afternoon tea, sandwiches, homemade cakes, tea and coffee etc. for no charge at all! We'd enjoy your company, so please join us for vintage tea, a really good look at the wonderful archive material inc lots of new pieces not seen for years courtesy of Lesley Collins from her dad Tom and fun bingo, we hope you'll join us to let us say thank you to this wonderful community we live in. All we ask is please let us know you're joining us, ring Yvonne on 810867, contact any committee member Wendy Drendel, Elaine Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Garra, Anne Woodwood, Joan and Kelly Jones, Llywela Thomas and Sheila at the Loggs. See you there for a lovely afternoon

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‘A walk on the Wilde Side’ With the recent warm and clear days we've had, I have enjoyed watching the swifts high above the New Street Car Park in Mold. The most obvious nesting site is the large chapel which backs on to the car park. They also use a row of cottages on the other side of Wrexham Street, which offer dark and sheltered crevices to nest in. The swift is a complete master of the sky, a true aerial acrobat and will appear as if from nowhere, swooping and wheeling. Then suddenly they are gone, only to reappear much higher in the sky as they search for insects. With fixed wings they are capable of such unbelievable heights as ten thousand feet and can catch a nap whilst they soar and spiral with their huge mouths open to catch insects in their throat pouch. Once a young swift leaves its nest it may not land again for months or even years, as eating drinking and even mating takes place in the air, only landing to nest. All nesting material is collected in the air, the nest is just an untidy few pieces of hay and feathers.

leave for Africa as soon as they leave the nest and will be completely independent, unlike swallows which will be seen on phone wires with their parent swooping in feeding them for weeks before they take off for their long migratory flight . A builder told me he had found a nest containing four tiny dead young tucked under the eaves while he was doing a roof repair, fortunately he didn't want to touch them and left them where he found them as these were very likely to have been young swifts in a torpor state, which would have been revived when the parent birds returned with a throat pouch full of insects. There can be up to one thousand insects in the ball known as a bolus. During a poor summer the parent swifts might rear just one chick, as apart from food shortage, the chicks also carry a large parasite which takes a blood meal every few days, they can have up to thirty of these feeding off them, which weakens the young chick. So to be ready to undertake such a long journey just six weeks after hatching, life for a young swift is hard.

Since starting to write this page Springwatch has had a section on swifts and the importance of nesting sites as modern buildings don't have the access to roof space. Some building companies are encouraged to build - in nest sites. I hope Despite appearances swifts are not this will help the survival of such a related to swallows, being closer to remarkable bird. nightjars they have the same gaping mouth. The parent birds can leave their More next time. young for long periods whilst out searching for food. The chicks will drop their temperature and go into a state of Eddie torpor, to be warmed and woken then fed Eddie Wilde 01352 810271 on the parents return. The swift is a long living bird and will return to the same nest site for up to twenty years. Two to four eggs are laid and will hatch after about nineteen days depending on weather conditions.

Young swifts will spend six weeks in the nest which is twice as long as swallows, this enables them to develop their strong wing feathers as they will

Copyright © July 2018 Eddie Wilde.

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A note from your County Councillor What a fantastic start to the summer after such a long winter. Everyone’s gardens are looking good and on Saturday 23rd of June Llanarmon Yn Ial hosted another open gardens in the village with afternoon tea available in the Old School Room. I am pleased to start this months report with a number of good news items. I recently attended a photo shoot with the Clwydian Range Runners to celebrate the installation of the New Defibrillator at the Moel Famau Country Park toilets. Once again I would like to thank the Runners for their generous donation of £800 towards the installation costs and thank David Shiel Countryside Services and Tomos from the North Wales Ambulance Service for all their help and support in getting this project off the ground. Earlier this year I was asked by the Village Hall committee if I could arrange a meeting with the County’s Education Premises team to see if the County could help with the refurbishment of the Village Hall toilets. This was part of the committee’s plans to up date the hall for this year’s anniversary celebrations. The Committee had raised funds to modernise their kitchen but would have struggled to fund new toilets as well. Although it was a good meeting and the officer offered advice on how to obtain grants etc it did not look as if the County could finance the up grade the Committee was hoping for. We have now had some very good news. As part of the Schools modernisation programme the County’s Education Department plan to refurbish the toilets at the Llanferres site of Ysgol Bro Famau and they will upgrade the Village Hall toilets at

the same time. The work will be undertaken during the school holidays and this is excellent news for everyone. I know that the Village Hall Committee feel that by offering better facilities they will be able to let the hall more often thus helping to increase their income to sustain the Village Hall for many years to come. Further good news. As you all know BT announced last year that Superfast Broad Band had arrived in Tafarn Y Gelyn but after the initial take up many residents were told by BT that they were no longer in scope and that the service was not available to them. Sadly this was happening across the ward and it appeared that although new Superfast Broad Band cabinets had been installed in many communities Openreach had not allocated enough connections/ports in each cabinet to cover the demand for the new service. I asked the County’s Communications Officer who covers such things as Broad Band and telecommunications for the county to look into these cases and he has chased Openreach/BT with some success. I am pleased to say that many of those residents who were told they were out of scope have now been contacted by BT to say that they can now apply for the service. If you live in Tafarn Y Gelyn and would still like to up grade to Superfast Broad Band you should now contact your supplier. I have once again been spoken to my opposite number on Flintshire County Council about the poor state of the stretch of road from the old Youth Hostel in Maeshafn to the junction with the Eryrys/ Mold road. This small section of road is in Flintshire and sadly it is still not on Flintshire’s road repairs schedule for the coming year. I have thanked Kevin for his efforts but with a forty million pound repairs backlog in Flintshire it may be some time before this road is brought up to standard.

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Local News In our ward the B5430 is being repaired and works including traffic lights and road closures will take place until the end of June. It is that time of year when parents need to apply for school transport for the 2018/19 school year. This is particularly important if your children are changing schools and you can download the forms from the County’s website or call customer services for a paper copy. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment. The County has issued a warning about cold callers offering free replacement boilers, heating systems and loft insulation. It is always better to say no thank you on the door and contact the County Council or the CAB for advice on the current schemes available. In the next few months I hope to arrange a public meeting with the CAB to see what energy packages are on offer at the moment. Watch this space. Finally, I would just like to explain what my role is as your County Councillor when it comes to planning applications. When I joined the County Council as your representative I decided not to take a seat on the planning committee. As a member of the planning committee you are not supposed to prejudge any application before it is discussed at a formal planning committee meeting. When it came to controversial planning applications in our ward such as major housing developments, quarry extensions, etc, I wanted to be able to speak on behalf of the ward’s residents when and as required. If a planning application may have an impact on you or you property the County’s Planning Department will contact you by post and you will be able to view the full planning application on the County’s

planning website using the reference number quoted in the letter. If any resident has a concern about a planning application I am more than happy to come out to see them, discuss their concerns and give guidance about the planning process. If I believe that your concerns are justified I am more than happy to then speak on your behalf at the planning committee or raise your concerns with the relevant planning officer. All County Councillors can attend planning meetings and speak on planning applications in their ward but we can not vote unless we are a member of the committee. Because there are so many domestic planning applications across the ward I will not be knocking on your door unless you have asked me to call. I would like to reassure everyone that if there is an application that I or the Community Council have concerns about I will contact the residents affected and where necessary even call a public meeting if I feel it is appropriate to do so. I hope that our summer continues to be a good one and that you all have trouble free summer holidays. Best wishes, Martyn 01824 780703

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Swallow Holes along the River Alyn In last month's article I explained that The Leete watercourse was designed to provide a continuous supply of water by extracting water upstream of the known swallow holes or river bed fissures. The Halkyn United District Mining Company who developed the lead mines in north east Wales during the 1920s and 1930s encountered problems with water leaking into their underground workings. During the rainy season their underground railway tracks were covered in up to 0.6m (2 feet) of water. This made movement of the mined lead ore, mining materials and men very difficult. From about 1931 onwards the Company conducted a series of investigations to identify the source of this water. This involved introducing dyes into the flowing river to identify the more important fissures in the River Alyn river bed as this was the source of the water. Various solutions to the problem of excluding water from the workings were considered. These include canalizing stretches of the river, re-opening and enlarging The Leete, piping the flow over bad stretches, and lastly, tunneling from Loggerheads to below Gwernymynydd in order to divert the whole river away from the Loggerheads to Rhydymwyn section. All these proposals were rejected on the grounds of cost. An alternative, and potentially cheaper, solution was adopted. It was decided to seal the fissures once they had been located. The river was dammed off in sections so that one set of fissures could be treated at a time. Once identified the fissures were sealed with

concrete or bags of soil. This was by no means entirely effective as new fissures often opened up near fissures that had just been sealed. It was then decided to deposit about 3,800 cubic metres (5,000 cubic yards) of ashes of various grades into the river. It was hoped that they would be sucked into the remaining active fissures and that they would seal them. Although this measure had an immediate result there was no significant long term improvement. The river bed near the Glan Alyn waterwheel pit (within today's Loggerheads Country Park) was particularly leaky and a concrete wall was built along the west bank to direct the river away from major fissures here. Despite the unsuccessful outcomes of the attempts to seal the river there was at least one positive result. A bronze horse harness ring was discovered at a depth of 2.4m (8 feet) during the excavations in the river bed gravels near the Glan Alyn waterwheel pit. The cast ring was 28mm (1.1 inches) in diameter, with a plain inner surface and the outer surface divided by a groove into two parallel mouldings. It was probably made during the first century AD. The Mining Company presented the ring to the British Museum.

Tony King Copyright ŠJuly 2018 Tony King

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

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

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

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Llanferres News & Views July/August 2018  

Summer 2018 edition of magazine for Llanferres, Tafarn-y-gelyn, Loggerheads, Maeshafn & Pant Du, Denbighshire, N Wales

Llanferres News & Views July/August 2018  

Summer 2018 edition of magazine for Llanferres, Tafarn-y-gelyn, Loggerheads, Maeshafn & Pant Du, Denbighshire, N Wales