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Welcome Welcome to the June edition of News and show rules should be with your & Views. News & Views this time, but extra copies are available if needed, The “Computers don’t bite” course at including via our website. the Druid is nearing the end and everyone is feeling a lot more Please note that the next edition will confident. Jim & Julie and cover both July & August, there will participants would like to thank the not be a separate August edition, so tutor, John Hughes, who has been please send information for both very patient. Unfortunately there is months next time. However we will no more funding available to update the website regularly so if you continue, but a request has been miss the deadline please do still send made for notification if anything information via the website or email. becomes available (so if anyone has Contact: any influence, please bring it to Paul & Siobhan Gothorp bear)! There is a PC available for 2 Cae Gwyn community use and free wifi in the Llanferres pub, so call in at anytime. Mold CH7 5SL

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Announcements June Birthdays Happy Birthday to the following Rebecca Eyre on 5th June Zac Atherton-Collins who will be 18 on 7th June Brianna Hodge who will be 14 on 11th June Ebony Guitton who will 9 on be 12th June Leah Eyre who will be 10 on 13th June June Healy on 14th June Kim Madigan who will be 17 on 15th June Doll Collins on 20th June Mike Eyre on 20th June Luis Prtak on 21st June Daniel Philipson who will be 14 on 25th June If you would like a birthday or other special announcement included in News & Views please send the details to: or 2 Cae Gwyn, Llanferres, CH7 5SL

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Garden Party Sunday 19th June Pentre Cerrig 1pm to 5pm A big thank you to Ted and Charmian for kindly agreeing to open their garden once again. Last year’s event was huge success, and we hope you will offer the same support to this year’s event. Proceeds to MADRA and other local charities. Admission free. Afternoon Tea, Cakes and Raffle. Sorry No Dogs! Readers of the MADRA news will have noticed an error on the date of the event – please note that the event is taking place on the Sunday, not Saturday as printed. Awarded

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June Diary Dates 1st

Wed Llanferres Dance Club



7.30pm Village Hall Committee meeting








Mon Schools Re-open




Wed Llanferres Dance Club

9.30am Holy Communion

9.00am Bag2Schools Day at Bro Famau. 7.00pm Bowls Club







Royal Welsh Freedom of the County event



11.00am Family Service


Mon Gardening Club Meeting




Wed Llanferres Dance Club











Community Council Meeting

7.00pm Bowls Club

Gallon Walk

9.30am Holy Communion 1.00pm Pentre Cerrig Garden Party




Wed Llanferres Dance Club

Llanferres Over 60's Trip. 7.00pm Bowls Club














Wed Llanferres Dance Club



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Llanferres Over 60's On May 10th we had a lovely " Afternoon tea" at Betty's. There was enough food for a Banquet, and we had a good natter, and much amusement doing a "Television" quiz. Many thanks to Betty from us all. On June 21st, instead of a meeting, and following Mr Parkin's talk on Paper-weights, Betty has arranged a visit to St Helens Glass Museum. The cost will be ÂŁ12.99 for a tour, a demonstration,and Lunch. The cost of the Mini-bus (for which we only have to pay mileage) depends on numbers. Details available from Betty 810 722 or Olive 810 294

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Community Council News - May Meeting Llanferres Community Council Meeting May 12th 2011 Apologies: Cllr Jac Armstrong Meeting Open to the Public There were no matters raised for discussion. Chairman`s Annual Report Cllr John Almond described the year as "somewhat frustrating but with some positives". Many factors have contributed to the delays in the transfer of the Maeshafn Playing Field land to the council and progress towards the purchase of the land adjacent to the school is very slow, despite the best efforts of the Council. Parking at Cadole and Loggerheads has yet to be resolved but we do have some road resurfacing due this year. The Council has dealt with numerous planning applications but not without experiencing difficulties with the DCC planning department over the time allowed for responses to be made. The play equipment has been installed at Maeshafn play area, new notice boards have been erected at Tafarn -y-Gelyn and Pant Du and the board at Tyn Llan will be extended shortly. It had been a busy year with attendance at formal meetings being almost one a week in addition to informal meetings with colleagues and others. Following the meetings reports had been circulated to Councillors. Cllr Almond congratulated Cllr Rob Armstrong on being made a School Governor, as a community representative and Cllr David Jones on his election to the County Council`s Standards Committee as the Town and Community Councils member.

Thanks were expressed to Mrs Gwyneth Dillon, Council Clerk, for all her hard work during the year and to Councillors for all their support and excellent attendance during the year. Cllr Almond paid a personal tribute to Mr David Scruton who died on April 21st. "David served on this Community Council for a number of years. He was hard working and brought an enthusiasm to every project he became involved with - such as Moel Findeg, the Maeshafn play area, the Logging group, the village Bar-B-Q or the Local Business Group. David was passionate about the village of Maeshafn and worked hard for the people of the village. He will be sorely missed." Cllr Almond thanked the councillors, past and present, who had formed the guard of honour at David`s funeral. All present then observed a one minute silence in memory of David. Election of Chairman: Cllr David Jones was elected. Election of Vice Chairman Cllr John Almond was elected. Representation on Committees "One Voice Wales" Denbigh/Conwy Area Committee:-Cllr Margaret Davies,Mrs Gwyneth Dillon ( Clerk ), and Cllr David Jones. Cllr Martin Holland , Llanarmon yn Ial, represents both Councils on the school Governing Body. Village Hall Management Committee: Cllr John Almond Old People`s Welfare Committee :-Cllrs Yvonne Foden- McCorry and Margaret Davies Burley Hill Quarry Liaison Committee:- Mr Tony King (Co -opted)

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Community Council News - May Meeting Aberduna Quarry Liaison Committee:- Cllrs John Almond and Peter Williams Playing Fields and Recreation Association:Cllr Rob Armstrong. DCC Transport Forum:-Cllrs Olive Parry and David Jones Planning Sub -Committee:-Cllrs David Jones, John Almond, Rob Armstrong, Peter Williams and Jac Armstrong MADRA:-Cllr Peter Williams Moel Findeg Management Advisory Group:-Cllrs John Almond and Peter Williams.

access on land between Tan y Graig and Bracken Hill, Maeshafn. No Objection. Maeshafn Playing Field Documents are in preparation for the final transfer of the land to the Community Council.

Correspondence Received :- (1)Copy of the Highways Capital Programme for 2011/2012 (2) Details of the North Wales Police new functional model of policing to replace the three geographically based Divisions. MADRA:- Request for assistance with the Minutes of the meeting held on the 7th April cost of grassed area maintenance. To be considered when more details are were accepted and signed. received. Matters Arising Cae Derwen turning area. Despite requests from the Council that Matters brought to Councillors` this area should not be used for parking, no Attention positive response has been noticed to date. There are no bins for dog waste at the Moel The Chairman thanked the Clerk for Famau lower Car Park. DCC Countryside providing Councillors with an electronic Services will be contacted. During the Easter bank holiday North Wales copy of the new Code of Conduct leaflet. Police placed notices on cars parked on the Notice Board ,Tyn Llan Final cost has yet verge at the side of the road at Loggerheads requesting that drivers should to be received. not park their cars in that area. Landscape Project- Memorial Stone Concern was expressed about the use of the layby in front of the Church to park Ongoing vehicles which are for sale. Owing to the success of the recycling Bills: Annual Insurance ÂŁ1404.20 arrangements for household waste, the Planning Matters Following a letter of pink bag collection will shortly be alternated complaint to the Planning Dept expressing with the blue and white bag collection. concern about the way recent applications Dates to be announced. were handled the council has received a New `bus timetables are imminent. There reply which indicates that there was room are no changes to the Llanferres services for some improvement in considering the expected. time allowed for responses to be made. 21/2011/0470 New porch to Pine View, Date of the next meeting: June 9th 2011 Ruthin Road No Objection David Jones Chairman 21/2011/0536 Outline planning application for a detached dwelling and

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Llanferres Old People’s Welfare Outing Llanferres old people’s welfare committee annual day out this year is as follows. Friday 8th July to Ludlow on market day, stopping for morning coffee at Dobbies garden centre and finishing off in grand style with dinner at The Lion Quays country hotel. Leaving Maeshafn at 8.45am, Cadole at 8.55am, Tafarn-y-gelyn at 9am and Llanferres at 9.10am. Please contact committee members as soon as possible: Jenny 07976689651; Sandra 810305; Joan and Rob 810500; Ann 810270; Glenys 810358; Yvonne 810867; Daryl 810611 with names and contact numbers, no later than 20th June. A small donation of up to £5 per person would be very much appreciated if possible due to escalating costs and our desire not to burden anyone with constant fund raising.


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Llanferres Parish Gardening Club After the normal business had concluded, our guest speaker, Kate Briscoe, gave an illustrated talk "Designs from Yellow Book Gardens". Mrs Briscoe, a trained garden designer, had for 20 years worked to give some difficult spaces good design features. An exhibition of photographs and design programmes was on show and these, together with the slides, showed snippets of what can be done with those difficult garden corners. Our next meeting will be on 13th June when Carol Madden will have as her topic "Your Plot is a Herb Garden" which should prove fascinating. As usual, visitors, at £1 per meeting, or new members will be most welcome. Hon Secretary Mrs Joan Almond 810808

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Church News Services for June 5th 9.30 am Holy Communion 12th 11.00 am Family Service 19th 9.30 am Holy Communion 26th see below Ordination and Welcome to Rev'd Philip Bettinson Rev'd Philip Bettinson will be ordained at St Asaph Cathedral on Saturday 25th June at 10 am. He and his wife Megan will be welcomed by the Bro Famau parishes at a group service at 10.30 am on Sunday 26th June at Cilcain church. The service will be followed by a 'bring and share' lunch. St Berres' Day Celebration - advance notice We had a very enjoyable service last year and so will be holding another celebration this year on 10th July at the usual family service time of 11 am. AGM At the Easter Vestry, the AGM of the Parochial Church Council, which was held last month, the officers for this year were elected and the accounts accepted. Brian Skelhorn remains as People's Warden, Josh Griffiths as Rector's Warden, Noel Headley as Treasurer, Gay Headley as Secretary and Rob Armstrong as Verger. Other members of the Committee are Michael Cordiner, Ruth Cordiner, Clare Dyson, Jeni Porter and Wendy Shillito. Please feel free to contact any of these if you have a query or suggestion.


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Llanferres Village Hall Are you thinking of having a party, a birthday, a fund raising, a coffee morning or just a general 'get together'? Why not consider Llanferres Village Hall as the venue. The hall is underused and is available most weekends and even some evenings. It has an excellent new heating system and the redecoration should be completed by the autumn. The hiring rates are very competitive so why not give it a try. Contact Sonia Evans on 01352 810 421.

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100 years ago As we know from the forms we’ve all just filled in 2011 is a census year, which means that as well as recording the current population, the census from 100 years ago is now available. In reality it as been available for about 2 years. The 1911 census can be searched in full online at, but there is a small charge for any information. Access is free at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

there 10 years earlier for free there’s a full transcript of the 1901 census for Llanferres on Loggerheads Garage’s smart new website, as well as an excellent picture archive:

100 years ago the population of Llanferres was 499 with 119 households in the parish. As now, this included Maeshafn and Tafarn y Gelyn. The population was the same as that recorded in 1901, but this was well down on the peak in the middle of the 19th century when the population reached 799 in 1851. The reason for the higher figure was the number of people working within mining and quarrying, which peaked in the middle of that century. As many locals know there used to be two pubs in Llanferres village, with the Red Lion on Ruthin Road, as well as the Druid. The landlord of the Druid in 1911 was William Howells (age 31) who hailed from Caergwrle, and who resided at the Druid along with his wife Clara (age 30) and children Doris (age 5) and Samuel (age 4). You can see who was living in your house back then (if you’re not already aware) and as long as it’s old enough! from, but there is a small cost. If you haven’t got access or the inclination we can find out for you, or if you want to check who was living

This map from 1898 was obtained from and is reproduced here by kind permission of the publishers. Maps of the whole country, at other scales and from other periods, are also available from this website. News & Views readers can take advantage of a special offer of 25% off all historical maps and other products, including pdf downloads, on the Cassini website. Postage & packing, if applicable, is not discounted. Simply enter this discount code when prompted at the checkout M-LNV. The offer is valid for all purchases up until 30th June 2011.

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100 years ago Map from 1898 and print approximately 100 years ago

In 1911 Ÿ Life expectancy was 54 years for women and 50 for men. Ÿ The Liberal Prime Minister, Herbert Henry Asquith, was head of a minority government; David Lloyd George was Chancellor of the Exchequer. Ÿ George V was crowned on 22nd June at Westminster Abbey. Ÿ In the summer of 1911 there was mass social unrest in Liverpool, which needed the army to put down. Ÿ In football, Manchester United won the 1910-11 First Division title (no change there then!)

Pentre Cerrig

Tyn Llan

Transcript from the 1911 census for Tyn Llan farm and Pentre Cerrig Name

Relationsh ip to Head

Marital status

Sex Age Occupation

Where born

Beech, William





Denbigh, Ruthin

Beech, Elizabeth





Denbigh, Ruthin

Beech, Edward Frank





Farmer's son working on farm Denbigh, Ruthin

Beech, Gladys Eleanor Daughter




Farmer's daughter, dairy work

Denbigh, Ruthin

Beech, Benjamin





Labourer on farm

Denbigh, Ruthin

Edwards, John R







Edwards, Rachel





Edwards, Robert







Edwards, Thomas





Farm Labourer

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The next collection is on Tuesday 7th June. The bags will be distributed shortly, but if you are having a Spring clean before that, a clean bin bag will be fine. Alternatively, I do have spare blue bags. If you would like one or need any assistance with getting you bag(s) to school then please call me, Sally 01352 810297.

Bags to be dropped off at school before 9.00am. January’s collection raised a fantastic £310 for the children at Ysgol Bro Famau - Thank you again for your help. Bag2School is interested in collecting good quality adults’ and children’s clothing, bedding, curtains, soft toys, shoes, belts and handbags. All items are for RE-USE. No Bric a Brac please.

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From the Rector I am writing this as the list of ‘must do before we move’ seems to grow ever longer! By the time you read this, if all has gone according to plan, Diane and I will have spent seven further days with our lives partly dominated by that list (!), two days being packed up and then moved by the removal company, and will now be ‘settled’ in Y Rhiethordy Newydd. I have put the ‘settled’ in inverted commas as, in my experience of moving, it’s hard to feel settled in the first few weeks. In the meantime church life continues! Our services of worship in the next two months will include a special ‘St Berres’ Day’ celebration service on Sunday 10th July. Last year we celebrated the day with some people’s favourite hymns and by exploring who our church’s patron saint actually was. This year we will do something a bit different but still in keeping with the overall theme. Also in the next month we will welcome a new face to the clergy and ministerial team in the Bro Famau Group of Parishes. For the next three years myself and the Rev'd Jean Stephens, our part

time ‘non-stipendiary’ Curate, will be joined by Philip Bettinson who is in the final stages of a theology degree and ministerial training at St Michael’s College, Llandaff. He will be ordained as the Rev'd Philip Bettinson on June 25th at the Cathedral at St Asaph and complete his full time ministerial training as Curate based in the five parishes. Philip and his wife Megan will move into the current Rectory at Nannerch and he starts with us on June 26th. In the meantime I am conscious that, as summer (hopefully!) comes to us, I am not the only busy one. Summer events, including the show in September all take as much planning as moving house – and much more! May God be with us in all we do. With every blessing Adrian

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News & Views 27 Let’s hope the weather stays fine for the May bank holiday weekend so that you can sit outside the Druid and enjoy a platter and a jug of Pimms!

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Whisky Tasting Nights Following the success of our second whisky master class two more evenings are being planned for the early autumn. One will be exclusively Irish whiskies and the other premium Scottish malts. If anyone has any other suggestions please let us know. Otherwise watch this space for further details.

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Dr Christine’s letter - June 2011 June here already and I am counting down the days till I retire early next May!!! Work first. The new Scrutinies have been selected. I am on the Partnerships which means we deal with Health through BCUHT, the Police and other partnerships such as Waste and Highways. The other Scrutinies are Communities and Performance. I am still Homelessness Champion. I have been on a committee to try to regenerate Rhyl [West End]. Some of the Children's village built only 20 years ago will be either smartened up for ž million or pulled down. Rhyl's beach, which is its best thing, is completely obscured by walls for flood defences, nothing can be done there then. I was also on the CEO appraisal committee, which turned out interesting. We have a very competent CEO who has brought in lots of good changes. He has improved the number of sick days off, trimmed down the work force, sold off unnecessary buildings and made DCC a happier place in which to work. Tim Towers of Highways and I have travelled every road in the ward in late April and hope the right roads will be improved. The road through Maeshafn village will be resurfaced as well as village road. And the road from Tafarn y Gelyn top Pen Barras cark park. I have also asked for traffic calming at the cross roads in Eryrys by The Sun. Although not in your village I suspect many of you travel on this road. On 20th May we had a special Full Council to discuss the LDP [Local Development Plan] a very important document [massive multi volume tome]. I am writing this as I listen to the arguments. The vote was 20 for the LDP as it has been written and 20

against. So the Chairman had the casting vote for. This means the village of Bodelwyddan, will get an additional approx 2000 houses. I went on an unannounced Community Health Council [CHC] Protected Mealtime visit to Ward 12 YGC [diabetic, renal and stroke]. They coped very well, despite the horror of seeing me again!!! They fed the stroke patients and the food looked good and well heated [only one complaint] I went to London to meet my surgeon friends from East Africa, a joint meeting at Royal Society of Medicine [RSM] with the Irish College, [they now seem to be the only college with money]. A lovely day and I will be going to examine again in late November in Harare and Lusaka for 2 weeks. Ruth had a great birthday weekend on the Tree Top walk in Betws y Coed, with her amazing University friends and then a medieval banquet in Ruthin where a bunch of Cavaliers were clopping Monty Python style around the roundabout at the top of town, with the police not caring a hoot. There was also my birthday, an unimportant one, but getting nearer 70. We went to Ruthin for a fabulous lunch at the Manorhaus Although a sad occasion I went to David Scruton's funeral. He had great love of the area, a wonderful villager of Maeshafn and guardian of Meol Findeg. He will be sadly missed. Regards Christine

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Royal Welsh Freedom of the County update Denbighshire's Chairman, Councillor Meirick Lloyd Davies is calling on residents to show their support for the Freedom of the County event, when Denbighshire officially grants the Royal Welsh the freedom of the county on June 11 in Denbigh.

Denbighshire (20 – 25 minutes). To follow on - eyes left at Dais in Town Centre 1255hrs - 2nd Battalion, The Royal Welsh departs to Denbigh Leisure Centre.

Freedom of the County itinerary: 1130hrs - Royal Welsh and Band of the Prince of Wales’ division assemble at Caledfryn Council offices

Marching from Caledfryn in order of appearance will be: Billy the Battalion goat with Goat Major, Ceremonial Pioneers, Band of the Prince of Wales’ Division, Colour Party and A 1200hrs - Parade forms up Company Guard from 1st Battalion, a detachment of Clwyd & Gwynedd Air 1210hrs - Parade steps off Cadet Force and standards of the Follow on to Town Centre - Parade and Regimental Association. Please be speeches for Conferring the Freedom of advised: Road closures will be in place along Smithfield Road, Lentenpool, Bridge Street, High Street and Vale Street during the duration of the march and ceremony. See the website for the map and link.

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Nature Notes After the warm spell in April, the last few weeks have been a little disappointing, mainly due to the cool breeze. But cast your mind back to 1997. On the 6th May that year it snowed but luckily soon thawed. Going further back, I remember it snowing quite heavily (about an inch/25mm) one evening in May and that followed a couple of weeks of mild weather. Fortunately, the snow went overnight, so did little damage to plants which had been put out in the garden. It does, however, indicate the capricious nature of the British climate and warn us not to take anything for granted. One tends to think that cold winters are bad for wildlife and this is often so but in the case of hibernating insects, such as bumblebees and butterflies, a cold dry winter is preferred. They slow down their metabolism and are able to produce a type of antifreeze to stop their body fluids freezing and, therefore, survive very well. In mild damp winters, they often succumb to fungal infections. I mention this because we do seem to be having a bumper year for bumblebees, judging by the number and variety I am finding on my cotoneaster bush. However, bees do have a problem, as I have also seen the bee fly, Bombylius major, also taking nectar. This large fly looks like a bumblebee but has a prominent proboscis and long hairy legs. It often hovers in front of flowers and emits a high-pitched whine but is quite harmless to humans. Not so to bees, especially solitary bees, as it

lays its eggs in their nests and its grubs parasitize the bees' larvae. This year there does seem to be an abundance of St Mark's flies. Easily recognised as a large, black, hairy fly with long, dangling legs, it forms large mating swarms which, annoyingly, tend to fly at head height. It is harmless and gets its name because it usually appears around St Mark's day which is 25th April. Anglers, for some reason, call them hawthorn flies but they do not have any connection with the bush of that name. Passing a patch of woodland my attention was caught by a loud 'chittering' sound, which puzzled me for a few seconds, before I recognised it as the begging calls of young great-spotted woodpeckers. The young birds are very noisy as they beg for food from their parents and one can sometimes find two young birds with their heads out of the nest hole, as they compete with each other to be first to get the food when the parents return. They often give away their presence, with the noise they make, and leave themselves open to predation. I was not able to spot the nest from where I stood but, no doubt, I would have found it by delving further into the wood and any predator in the vicinity would have been quickly on the case.

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Village Organisations Archery Club - lan Logan, Tryfan, 17 Cae Gwyn, Llanferres Tel: 810627 Badminton Club - Jane Clough Tel: 810802 Bowling Club - Every Tuesday in the village hall, 7pm - 9pm Contact Dave Twomey Tel: 810690. Church - Rev'd Adrian Copping, The Rectory, 9 Pen-y-Coed, Nannerch, Mold, CH7 5RS Tel. 01352 741376. 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 F.L.A.S.H. - 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, Jenny Studley. Tel: 810229 PTFA Ysgol Bro Famau - Lindsay Turner. Tel: 810403 Llanferres Over 60s Club - Olive Parry. Tel: 810294 Village Hall Booking Secretary - John Roberts, 7 Tyn Llan. Tel: 810358 Village Hall Management Committee - Secretary, Sonia Evans. Tel: 810421 QUIZ ANSWERS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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Llanferres News & Views June 2011  

June edition of the magazine for Llanferres, Maeshafn, Tafarn-Gelyn, Loggerheads and district, North Wales