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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 May edition of News & Views. It’s carnival time! It’s seems to have been a long time in the planning (especially for some), but it’s here this month. May 6th sees the eagerly anticipated revival of the Llanferres Carnival complete with Carnival Queen et al. Sheila’s dream comes to fruition this month - lots more details inside on pages 17 -20.


BE VIGILANT There have been a number of attempted thefts in the Llanarmon area including a quad bike, sit on mower, tools, etc.

Someone in a vehicle was stopped on a farm track by a local farmer. When he challenged them they claimed to be looking for work killing foxes. The police say that is a It’s very sad that a village stalwart won’t burglar’s regular ploy if they are be here to see it, but Dolly Collins will be stopped, when in fact they are fondly remembered by all. Her funeral was very well attended and was a true testimony casing the area. to the impact that she has had on village life over many, many years. Thanks to Ady for the front page archive pictures, courtesy of Loggerheads Garage. Best wishes, Paul & Siobhan

Please pass this information on, tell everyone to take extra precautions and report any suspicious vehicles. Paul & Siobhan Gothorp Email:

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Happy Birthday to the following in May Jon Davies who will be 30 on 1st May Owen Cordiner who will be 17 on 18th May Mari Ffion Edwards 21st May Carys Jones who will be 16 on 23rd May Ben Godfrey on 25th May David Logan on 26th May Aidan Giles on 28th May Megan Llewellyn on 29th May

Dolly Collins

Happy Birthday

Dolly’s family would like to thank everyone for their expressions of sympathy and many tributes paid to their wonderful Mum. We were overwhelmed with the turnout for her funeral and would also like to thank Daniel and Wendy for a wonderful service.

to Owen Cordiner, who will be 17 on 18th May.

Tim & June would like to add their personal thanks for the many cards, flowers and condolences given by neighbours and friends. The collection for Alzheimer’s and ward 8 Glan Clwyd hospital totalled £600 with money still coming in … A huge thank you to all who contributed to these worthwhile causes in memory of Mum.

Baby Sitting Need a local baby sitter? Why not give Nell a call on 07768062079.

Love & Best wishes from Mum & Dad, sisters Hafina and Sioned, and Nain & Taid Jones

Pilates & Yoga Thank you to everyone who responded to the notice in News & Views about Pilates or Yoga classes. We’re still currently trying to confirm an instructor. Pilates was the most popular choice. More news next month.

YSGOL BRO FAMAU 100 CLUB MARCH 2018 DRAW 1st Prize £25 Alice Kenny 2nd Prize £15 Dave Jaggard 3rd Prize £9 Adam Mackridge

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. Tel 810668

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Local News LLANFERRES OVER 60's Club At our April meeting we welcomed back Mrs Joan Conner, who entertained us with snippets and stories from the twenties. Memories and laughter made for a very happy afternoon. On May 8th two pilots from the Manchester Ship Canal will talk to us about their work and experiences. Please join us at 2.00pm if you are able.

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

We also provide a full Handyman service

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

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Local News Llanferres Parish Gardening Club The meeting held on April 9th had as guest speaker George Pilkington, ecologist , environmentalist and researcher - the study of Bumblebees being his forte. In his introduction he explained pollination by bees was not only important for our food supplies but also berries for wildlife - birds in particular. In quite an explicit talk he gave a great insight to Bumblebees nesting sites and conditions, how we need to have pollen and nectar plants in the garden from February onwards - eg Grape Hyacinths, Crocus etc. Then the biggest problem - pests such as Bee-flies and Wax Moths. With graphic film of these problems it was truly a call for help on behalf of Bumblebees. Our next meeting will be on May 14th when June Allison from Mayfield Plants will talk on "Making the most of your Garden Space". There will be plants for sale. New members or casual visitors (ÂŁ1 per visit) always welcome

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Church News Services Sunday 6th May 11.15am Holy Communion Thursday 10th May 7.00pm Mold Mission Area Joint Eucharist in Llanferres Church Sunday 13th May 9.30am Morning Worship Sunday 20th May 9.30am Holy Communion 4.00pm Messy Church Gwernaffield Church Hall Sunday 27th May 9.30am Morning Worship A chance to help your church when renewing your home insurance As you may be aware we insure the church through Ecclesiastical Insurance. As part of their 130th anniversary next year they are offering to donate ÂŁ130 to the church for any home insurance policy taken out during the year. It might be worth giving them an opportunity to quote when you renew? This offer is open to all the Congregation. Details as follows:- or ring 0800 783 0130 quoting TRUST 130. Church Bins The church green recycling bins have recently been emptied and contained a lot of broken ceramics and glass / plastic flower wrappings and wreaths, none of which are recyclable and some quite dangerous. Please use the green bins only for flowers and other degradable matter. If you cannot take rubbish home please use the bins to the right of the church door. It is only a few yards' walk and on the way out of the church yard anyway. The churchyard has also been used for dumping of garden waste (non varietal trees to the church grounds). Repairs to church Repairs have been completed to two sections of guttering and (again) to the outside tap. Congregational Meeting The annual Congregational (Vestry) meeting was held in church on the 5th of April. The treasurer reported a deficit last year of circa ÂŁ2,500, the third consecutive year of deficits, and that urgent remedial actions are required with structural repairs needed on the church this year. Church Opening The church is now open during daylight hours for anyone to visit. Flintshire Foodbank Anyone who wants to donate items to the Foodbank can leave them in the donation box at the back of church. Thanks to everyone's donations we have already been able to make two donations this year.

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Cyngor y Cymuned - Llanferres CYNGOR Y CYMUNED - LLANFERRES COMMUNITY COUNCIL Minutes of the GENERAL MEETING Held Thursday 12th April 2018 Present:Cllr. Michael Cordiner (Chair), Cllr's Bob Barton, Isla Watts, Amanda Curtis, Ivy Watts, Allan Morgans, Rob Jones and the Clerk, Mrs. G Dillon. There were Members of the public present and the County Councillor Martyn Holland. Apologies: Cllr's John Almond, Jac Armstrong. The Community Councillors wished Cllr Almond a speedy recovery. Meeting Open to the Public - there have been incidences of fly-tipping in the community, at Cadole where a number of slates/tiles were deposited at the edge of the highway and in the Churchyard (this has now been cleared). It was requested that the Community Council would support the placement of a wooden fence panel (alongside a resident's fence) to complete the overall look near the Turning Circle at Cae Derwen. The Carnival Committee issued an apology for not obtaining permission to carry out a 'tidy-up' in Maes Ysgawen. Concerns were expressed that the rabbit guards had been removed from around the trees in the Park, they were discarded into the grassed areas, causing problems with the motor mower. No permission was given for their removal and they are to be put back around the trees to prevent the damage caused by rabbits. This is essential to safeguard the fruit trees which we were in danger of losing. Mr. Hugo Watts has kindly offered to provide additional guards to replace those that were damaged. The Community Council have given permission for a 'clean-up' of the dog fouling which is taking place in the Park. The fallen tree is to be cut up and plans made for a 'Bug Hotel' to be situated in that area.


Permission is being sought to place a temporary skip in the vicinity of the 'affordable housing' site near the Church. This needs to be pursued through the landowner. Could the Community Council provide a hand gritter for the Village? Deferred until May. *Agenda Item for May Meeting. Declarations of Interest - the Clerk read out the Declaration of Interest information. Declarations of Interest - none reported. Minutes of the Meeting Held 8th March 2018 - these were accepted as a true record and signed by the Chairman subject to the following amendment: Item 15a Planning Matters - '16 Bryn Artro should read 12 Bryn Artro'. Matters Arising - a weight limit sign on both Tyn Llan and Cae Gwyn? Cllr Holland was happy to pursue this item - no update. a) Cllr Barton asked that the matter of Planning on 21/2018/0166 12 Bryn Artro, be redefined due to 'raised concerns regarding the accuracy of the submitted plans. Officers have checked the plans against the Council's mapping system and consider the plans to be accurate. For the avoidance of doubt, measurements referred to in the report have been measured against the submitted plans and the Council's mapping system'. Cllr Barton will clarify in an email to the Clerk. Cllr Barton was to attend the Planning Committee as an individual. County Councillors Report - Cllr Holland offered the following Report prior to the Meeting. 1) Local Government reorganisation is back on the table in Wales with the Welsh Government pressing to reduce the number of County Councils from the current twenty-two to ten. The local proposal is to once again merge Denbighshire with Conwy. 2) I was very sorry to hear the sad news of Dolly Collins death. I had known Dolly for many years when in my miss spent youth I used to play pool on a Friday

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animals could have killed them. The night in the Druids and Dolly kept us County did respond to our request to all in order. I know that her family and enforce the no parking in the Loggerheads friends will miss her greatly. area and on the Saturday prior to the last 3) I have received a letter from the fall of snow, a team of council staff Minsters Office regarding my request to cleaned all the No Parking signs to ensure reduce the height of the hedge on the there could be no disputes over the A494 by the Llanarmon Yn Ial turning. parking restrictions. Sadly, the Trunk Roads Agency will not 8) I was invited to attend the March cut the hedge, but they will contact the meeting of the Gwernymynydd Community landowner and ask him if he would Council meeting were, I was made very consider cutting it himself!! welcome and where I explained what had 4) I have reported once again the pile of been agreed at our joint meeting and what slates stacked on the road side by the DCC would now enforce. Tafarn Y Gelyn turning and I have 9) The roads repair and resurfacing asked the Trunk Roads Agency to Programme has been in part agreed for remove them. this coming year. The good news is that 5) I recently attended a meeting with the county will start a resurfacing Countryside Services and Gareth Programme on the B5430 from Valley Jaggard who is a member of the local Lodge through to Graianrhyd in May and runners club. The club have agreed to through June. donate £800 towards a new defibrillator Welsh Government has also now given which will be placed on the external Denbighshire a further 1.2 million pounds wall of the public toilets at the Moel and this budget has yet to be allocated. I Famau car park. This is a very generous have put in a plea for Bryn Alyn and two offer and it will be matched by other smaller roads in the ward. Countryside services who will pay for 10) New Dog Fouling signs are going up the installation. I would like to thank around the county and all dogs will be Gareth and his committee on behalf of banned from public recreational areas. the community for their commitment to The fines for dog fouling will now be £100+. and support for our area. 11) After raising concerns about Pont 6) There have been a number of thefts Cyfnant Bridge I was invited to inspect it reported in the ward from vehicles and with the county’s bridges officer. It out buildings. A quad bike and sit on appears that in the 1960s the underside of mower were recovered from a local the bridges arch was sealed with cement. field in Llanarmon after the thieves Sadly, this has retained the water and were possibly disturbed. caused some considerable damage. 7) I spent two hours one Sunday Holes have been drilled in the cement to afternoon with a community spirited allow water to drain naturally and the gentleman from Mold named John bridge will be inspected again in June. If Cranwell clearing the field in Cadole of things have not improved the bridge will rubbish after the winter sledging. We be added to the at risk register next year. removed over twenty broken plastic The Chairman thanked Cllr Holland for his sledges and a dozen sacks of various Report. items discarded by people who had supposedly come to enjoy our beautiful Reports from Other Meetings - Cllr Barton and the Clerk attended the 'One Voice countryside. We also picked up huge quantities of small fragments of broken Wales' Area Meeting held in Denbigh on 11th April. There was an excellent ridged plastic which if ingested by farm Continued over the page

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Cyngor y Cymuned - Llanferres April Meeting presentation on Rural Crime by the guest speaker PC Dave Allen from the North Wales Rural Crime Team with graphic examples of the damage inflicted by dogs worrying sheep. There followed an update on the Data Protection Regulations and the opportunity to download the Toolkit (only pages 12/13 appertain to Community Councils). Cllr Barton brought up the Draft Autism Bill and encouraged all Councils to respond. The next Meeting will be in Pentrefoelas on 11th July 2018. Thanks, were expressed to Luned Evans the Development Officer who was moving on. Maintenance in the Community - Maes Ysgawen update as discussed above. Maeshafn - i) Cllr Morgans has now received three quotes for the maintenance of the gates to the Play area. ii) The Flintshire directional sign is hanging off the post (Cllr Holland has reported it). Resolved: The Community Council have authorized Cllr Morgan to remove it for safety reasons. iii) Denbighshire will not provide Dog-poo bins in Maeshafn. Resolved: Contact Denbighshire to ask if the Community Council provide them, would the County empty them? *Agenda Item. The Green Flag paperwork is on its way. Red Telephone Kiosks - The Red Kiosk is now operational. Someone has used the

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bicycle pump! Still awaiting full connection by Scottish Power. Risk Assessments Financial - the Finance Statement was circulated. No risks were raised. No other Risks were noted. Training & Finance Issues - the current Training Programme has been circulated. With regard to Finance, the Community Council are happy to appoint JDH Business Services Ltd to carry out the Internal Audit. The date has been set for Thursday May 24th, 2018 with completion by Thursday 31st May 2018. Bills Clerk's Salary (April) & PAYE £220.33 LawnOrder - Maeshafn Green Treatment £35.00 OVW/SLCC - Shared Conference £90.00* *Bursary applied for to offset cost (£37.50) Correspondence - items of correspondence were discussed as above. Also a) Thank You letter from the Carnival Committee and an Invitation to attend the Llanferres Carnival to be held on the 6th May 2018 B) Information regarding the importance of the External Audit. Other Matters Brought to Councillor's attention: a) Camp Alyn has been demolished. b) Cllr Barton will circulate the Autism Bill c) The gorse on the Moel Famau Road is causing problems and requires cutting (Cllr Holland) d) Agenda Item - for the Footpaths Officer's visit. Date of next Meeting: A General Meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday 10th May 2018 at 7:30 pm in Village Hall Llanferres.

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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. See our Facebook page for news and updates


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Fundraising Marathon man hangs up his running shoes I just wanted to say a big thank you to those (London) and 3 half marathons (Liverpool twice of you that sponsored me and Emma for the and Malta) in 2 years here goes:Liverpool Half Marathon in March. 2 hours ● People are wonderfully generous and kind. 30 minutes (give or take a minute or two), Over the 4 runs we have raised about which whilst not quite Olympic standard, is £5,000 for the kids and parents in Claire the same as 2 years ago which ain’t bad for a House through the various events. Some 57 year old bloke who was never born to run people in the village have put their hands in marathons! their pockets for me every time I have asked….you know who you are and I am very Most importantly the £1,000+ Emma and I grateful! raised is still rising, and the kids and parents ●The money has bought time, happiness and at the hospice are delighted….so a big thank respite in an otherwise terrible situation for you from me and Emma! children and parents. ●It makes you appreciate and value your I would also like to share a few things about health and the health of your own children the last 2 years of training and running when you see such sadness. marathons… ●Hospices aren’t always sad places and when I visited I was struck by the joy and So having hung up my running shoes for happiness brought about by small but fund raising and having completed 1 full significant gestures.

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Local News ●Anything is possible..…some of the people I have encountered whilst running have been truly inspirational – blind people , mentally and physically handicapped people, very young and even older than me. The oldest I ran with was 85 and the most heart - warming was a couple I ran with last month in Liverpool, who were both 80 plus running with their severely autistic 50 year old son who was on his 20th marathon. We were queuing for the toilet half way round and they brought me to tears. They ran with him constantly because… when he ran he smiled.... Simple! ●I have run with some great characters….one of the funniest being Speedo Mick…an Evertonian who runs in blue speedos whatever the weather for Prostate Cancer charities. ●Without getting too political…there is something wrong with the way the NHS is funded and money is spent when hospices have to rely on volunteers to fund essential services. ●The time you run doesn’t matter. It’s you against yourself and the elements. Just make sure you finish ahead of the runners in fancy dress (we nearly lost to Mr Blobby in London) and the lorry that collects the cones at the end of the race. ●Training around Llanferres in the hills reminded me how lovely a place we live in…..but there is still too much dog dirt left, not only in dog poo alley but elsewhere by irresponsible dog owners. So to add to those recent voices in News and Views and to those of you that leave your dog’s mess for runners, riders and walkers to cope with …TAKE THE BLOODY STUFF HOME WITH YOU and STOP BEING SO SELFISH!..end of rant!

So that chapter of challenges ends and a new one opens….the money is still needed. Thank you again and for those who would still like to donate having read this it is still not too late!!! - Steve (and Emma) Clarke.

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2018 Sunday 6th May 12.30pm – 5pm Llanferres Village Hall & environs + the Druid Inn Grand Parade starts 12.30pm at the Druid Inn To be opened at 1pm by Rev. Daniel Stroud Compere: Derek Robinson Official photographer: Ian Robinson

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12.30pm Carnival Queen’s parade from the Druid Inn

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Thank you to all the following who have helped to make the event possible: Llanferres Community Council Wall-Lag Snowdonia Windows Artisan Conservatories Iain Sharp Co. Ltd and News and Views along with the many individual donations received. Without this most generous support, the Carnival would still be a dream! Thank you to the dedicated Carnival Committee; also to Alec Thomas, Paul, Siobhan and Lizzie, Ged and Polly, June and Tim, Yvonne and her Team, Cassie and her volunteers, Louis and Jake, Paddy and Adrian, Sam and her team at the Druid, the bunting makers and to Derek Robinson for compering the afternoon……….. huge thanks to each and every one for all their hard work!

Sheila We would be very grateful if residents could keep Tyn Llan and the route from the Druid to the village hall clear just for the period of the parade - 12.30pm - 1.00pm on Sunday 6th Many thanks for your understanding

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‘A walk on the Wilde Side’ At last the long drawn out winter has been replaced by a colourful spring, with masses of lesser celandine, primroses, wood anemone and forget-me-nots to brighten any walk. Soon we will have the bluebells, wild garlic and early purple orchids. My favourite time of the year.

Changes in land use, the huge increase in predators, both on the ground and in the air. The Curlew, Lapwing and Partridge have gone from the area. I have seen a good number of Curlews overwintering on the wet Bodafon fields at Llandudno. They will by now have moved up to the moorland to nest.

Since writing about rooks in last month’s News and Views, I've had a On a brighter note, some Swallows and number of phone calls from interested Martins are back in the area plus readers, saying how intelligent the crow Redstart and Spotted fly catcher. Keep a lookout for the Pied fly catcher, the cock family is and their experiences. bird will arrive first and choose a nesting The whole of the crow family, from the site, then start calling in the hope of raven to the jackdaw has quite a attracting a mate. vocabulary. While sitting on one of the More next time, donated seats on Llandudno promenade, I was joined by a rather bedraggled Eddie Eddie Wilde 01352 810271 jackdaw, who did it's best to communicate with me. I was amazed at the number of different sounds it was capable of making. I was very tempted to share my sandwich with it, but knew that would result in being mobbed by seagulls. Last month’s page 'Welsh Curlews need your help' about the decline in Curlew numbers, took my interest. The Curlew is just one of many of our bird species in danger of becoming extinct, mostly ground nesting birds. When I first moved to Maeshafn, Curlews nested alongside Lapwings on a wet area next to the Youth Hostel, their long legged young could be seen running along the grass verges which are now gone. This must be a country wide problem as Paul O' Grady wrote about the same thing in his book 'A Country Living'. What were good grass verges, are just deep muddy tyre tracks. Copyright © May 2018 Eddie Wilde.

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A note from your County Councillor I would like to thank everyone for their e-mails and telephone messages after my mother fell and broke her hip on Mothering Sunday. I am pleased to say that she is now home but it will be a long and slow process to get her back to her old self and fully mobile. In last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edition of News and Views I mentioned that the reorganisation of Welsh Local Government had not gone away with pressure being put on local authorities to work together when it comes to the next LDP ( Local Development Plans). Well it is now official that Local Government reorganisation is back on the table with the Welsh Government pressing to reduce the number of County Councils from the current twenty two to ten. The local proposal is to once again merge Denbighshire with Conwy. There is still not a lot of appetite for these changes especially because the additional work to complete these mergers will come at a heavy cost when our budgets are still being cut by Welsh Government. Perhaps there will be a sweetener, no cuts if we all agree to merge!! I have been chasing the Trunk Roads Agency on a number of issues. Firstly to honour their commitment to install the promised speed reduction measures between Loggerheads and Tafarn Y Gelyn. Secondly to reduce the height of the hedges at the Ruthin /Llanarmon Yn Ial junction to improve visibility and finally to remove the debris on the side of the A494 by the Tafarn Y Gelyn

junction. Hopefully I will have something positive to report on all these issues in the next copy of News and Views. I recently attended a meeting between Countryside Services and Gareth Jaggard, who was representing the local runners club. The club have very generously agreed to donate ÂŁ800 towards the cost of a new defibrillator which will be placed on the external wall of the public toilets at the Moel Famau car park. Countryside Services have agreed to match this sum of money and will cover the cost of the installation. On behalf of the Community I would like to thank Gareth and his committee for their generosity and their support for our area. With the completion of this installation it will mean that our ward is one of the best for defibrillator coverage in the County with units now in Llanferres, Maeshafn, Loggerheads, Moel Famau, Eryrys, Graianrhyd, Llanarmon Yn Ial and Llandegla. Again my thanks go to the three Community Councils, the volunteers who have raised vital funds and the generous benefactors who have given their financial support often in memory of family members. There have been a number of thefts and break ins reported in the area and sadly I have to report that Caffi Florence and the Loggerheads Country Park buildings have also targeted. A quad bike and sit on mower were recovered from a local field in Llanarmon after the thieves were possibly disturbed and tools were also stolen in Llanarmon Yn Ial and from a van in Llandegla. Please report anything unusual to the Police.

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A note from your County Councillor After the last lot of snow I spent two hours one Sunday afternoon with a Community Spirited gentleman from Mold, John Cranwell, clearing the field in Cadole of rubbish after the winter sledging. We removed over twenty broken sledges and a dozen sacks of various items discarded by people who have supposedly come to enjoy our beautiful countryside. We also picked up huge quantities of small sharp fragments of broken ridged plastic which if ingested by farm animals could have killed them. The county did respond to our request to enforce the no parking in the Loggerheads area and on the Saturday prior to the last snow fall a team of council staff cleaned all the no parking signs to ensure there could be no disputes over the parking restrictions. I was invited to attend the March meeting of the Gwernymynydd Community Council where I was made very welcome and where I explained what DCC would do to enforce the no parking in Cadole. The roads repair and resurfacing programme has been in part agreed for this coming year. The good news is that the county will commence resurfacing the B5430 from the Valley Lodge junction to Graianrhyd through May and June. The Welsh Government have also now given Denbighshire a further 1.2 million pounds towards our roads and this budget has yet to be allocated. I have put in a plea for Bryn Alyn and two other small roads in the ward. Watch this space. I was very sorry to hear the sad news of Dolly Collins death. I had known Dolly for many years when in my mis

spent youth I played pool on a Friday night in the Druid Inn and Dolly kept us all in order. The fact she was held in high esteem was evident at her funeral where many people had to stand outside because the church was so full. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. Finally, did you know that there are now outreach Post Office Services available in the Llandegla Community Shop every Thursday morning between 9.15 and 11.15. In the Raven Inn every Thursday lunch time between 12.00 and 2.00 and in Eryrys at the Canolfan Dewi Sant every Thursday afternoon between 2.30 and 4.30. By supporting our local Post Office services you will help us to keep them. Best wishes, Martyn

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Ice Houses Before the advent of refrigerators keeping perishable foods for any lengthy period of time was difficult. Only the wealthier members of society had sufficient resources to construct and maintain a cold store facility. These were known as ice houses as they used ice as a coolant. The ice would be covered with insulation such as straw or sawdust and sacking. Packed ice has a relatively small surface area which slows down the rate of thawing with the result that the ice could remain for most of the year. The ice would be sourced from a local water supply such as a lake or pond during the winter. The classic design of an icehouse was a cylindrical brick built building with a domed roof. The building was usually below ground level to provide further insulation to slow down the rate of melting of the ice. The largest one that I have seen in north Wales is at Bodelwyddan Castle between St Asaph and Abergele. Surprisingly this structure has not been Listed by Cadw as being worthy of protection. However, this is not unusual as a number of others are not listed either. Ice Houses that have been Listed, all as Grade II, include those at Leeswood Hall, Plas Teg, Rhual, Llewesog Hall, Mostyn Hall and Hawarden Old Rectory. A variant on ice house design is a structure in the form of a short buried passageway. This has no doubt given rise to speculation in the past about secret underground passages associated with large old houses. Adjacent to Aberduna Hall and Aberduna Farm is a buried tunnelshaped stone lined structure aligned roughly north-south. This was possibly

used as an ice house in the past by the occupants of Aberduna Hall. The Hall is known to have been used as a shooting lodge in the nineteenth century. The tunnel is 2m high, 1.9m wide and 5.5m long. There is an access doorway at the northern end and a bricked up aperture at the highest point at the southern end. There were two possible sources of ice: the Aberduna duck pond and the meadow to the south-east of Aberduna Hall which used to flood regularly. It is clear that the structure at Aberduna has subsequently been used for other purposes. However we have no clear evidence one way or the other about its original purpose. Which raises the further question did the nearby Colomendy Hall have an ice house? There are cellars under the Hall with access through a ground level aperture similar to that of the Aberduna structure. They may have been used for that purpose; but again we have no definite evidence.

Tony King Copyright ŠMay 2018 Tony King

Tug of war at the Carnival May 6th Do you and 7 friends fancy making a tug of war team? All ages, all sizes, men, ladies, kids!! The more the very merrier. Let Sheila know your teams and get practising to be crowned champion tug-o-war team 2018!!

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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.

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Village Organisations Badminton Club - June Healy Tel: 810264 Bowling Club - Every Tuesday in the village hall, 7pm - 9pm Contact Dave Twomey Tel: 810690. Church - Rev'd 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 May 2018  

May 2018 edition of the magazine for Llanferres, Tafarn-y-Gelyn, Maeshafn, Loggerheads & Pant Du

Llanferres News & Views May 2018  

May 2018 edition of the magazine for Llanferres, Tafarn-y-Gelyn, Maeshafn, Loggerheads & Pant Du