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Issue 154

October 2011


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Welcome Welcome to the October edition of News & inaugural vintage rally too. Well done also Views. to Eifion and Brian on their fantastic fund raising bike ride for the Poppy Appeal Looks like the Indian summer has arrived, but not for long, in fact, it’s probably over There’s plenty going on again this month by the time you read this. - including a quiz night at the Miners on October 6th; the annual Art Exhibition at We must say thank you to everyone who Loggerheads and don’t forget the second attended our first quiz night - it was good Triquizard night on 19th October at the to see some familiar faces and some new Druid to raise much needed funds for ones too. Well done to “Where’s Watson” News & Views. our first round winners. There’s a short Best wishes report on Page 22. Paul & Siobhan It was also good to see entries up at this year’s Garden Show too - congratulations to the prize winners and to the hard working organisers. Congratulations also to Dan Hurst and the team on another successful Mountain Bike event and to Guy et al for their


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Announcements October Birthdays Happy Birthday to the following Timmy Asbridge who will be 17 on 2nd October Sioned Cordiner who will be 9 on 3rd October Nell Williams who will be 8 on 3rd October Tom Giles on 4th October Jac Armstrong on 8th October Claire Woodcock who will be 21 on 12th October Hannah Ormerod who will be 17 on 16th October Tesni Jones who will be 14 on 17th October Jessica Lovell who will be 12 on 20th October Guy Woodcock on 24th October Andrew Roberts who will be 10 on 29th October

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Llanferres Over 60s At our September meeting we had a visit from Miss Mary Carryll who was the maidservant of Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby: two ladies who in their twenties fled from Ireland to escape the strict codes of conduct expected by the families of the Gentry at the turn of the 18th century. Their story was told by Miss Williams from Ruthin who came dressed in costume of the time. We all thoroughly enjoyed her lively and amusing presentation delivered in a strong Irish brogue and we are arranging a visit soon to Plas Newydd in LLangollen where the "Ladies of Llangollen" settled and lived happily into their eighties!! The next meeting is on October 11th as usual in the Village hall at 2.00pm The talk will be by Mr. Brian Russell on "Being a Toastmaster". Among many others he has been officiating at functions with Tony Blair, Jasper Carrot, and Freddie Starr so it promises to be an interesting afternoon. Olive 810 294 Awarded

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7.00pm Harvest Evensong 9.00pm Quiz Night at the Miners Arms



2.30pm-4.30pm Colomendy Art Exhibition, Loggerheads



10.30am-4.30pm Colomendy Art Exhibition, Loggerheads



10.30am-4.30pm Colomendy Art Exhibition, Loggerheads 11.00am Family Service


Mon 7.30pm Gardening Club meeting, Village Hall















9.30am Holy Communion 7.00pm Bowls Club 8.00pm Friends of Moel Findeg Meeting, Miners Arms

2.00pm Over 60s meeting, Village Hall 7.00pm Bowls Club Community Council Meeting

9.30am Holy Communion




Wed 7.30pm Quiz Night in the Druid

7.00pm Bowls Club







9.00pm Cheese & Wine Tasting at the Miners



9.30am Holy Communion


Mon Half Term Cookery School at Caffi Florence




Wed Youth Club Paint Balling Trip











Half Term Cookery School at Caffi Florence 7.00pm Bowls Club

10.30 Family Service, Rhydymwyn BST Ends - don't forget to put your clocks back!

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TRIQUIZARD TOURNAMENT A series of 3 quizzes at the Druid Inn After a successful first year we’re running the quizzes for another series this autumn. There are prizes for each quiz and an overall tournament prize too, as well as the accolade of Triquizard Champions of course! currently held by the Ever Hopefuls. These are not quite your traditional pub quizzes, we try to include something for everyone and add in a few different rounds to make the quizzes a little bit different - so if you’re not usually a quiz fan, please give it a go - you might be surprised and quite enjoy it!

The next dates are: Wednesday 19th Oct 7.30pm Wednesday 30th Nov 7.30pm Entry £2.50 per person. Teams of up to 4 people. Proceeds will go to fund News & Views to cover ever-increasing print and paper costs. Rounds to suit all ages and interests. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a team - come along and we can arrange one on the night.

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Llanferres Parish Gardening Club The Exhibitors at Llanferres Gardening Club`s Annual Show were once again complimented by the judges on the high standard of their entries, (a total of 620) An increase of 10% compared with last year. Entrants in the Junior classes are to be particularly congratulated both on the quantity and quality of their entries. Visitors were met with outstanding displays of Floral Art, Flowers, and Fruit and Vegetables. The Handicraft, Art, Photography, Home Produce, and Junior craft classes were keenly contested . The trophies were presented by Mrs Charmian Spencer of Pentre Cerrig Mawr. Visitors enjoyed the woodcarving demonstration by Alun Williams, who had also carved the new trophy awarded for the best picture in the Adult Art Classes. Thank you to the donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The vintage Hornby Dublo Railway layout created considerable interest as did the displays by Denbighshire Countryside Services, Caffi Florence of Loggerheads Country park and the Aberduna Quarry Learning Centre where younger visitors were given the opportunity to make their own models of fossils. The Show is an excellent opportunity to catch up on local news so that the refreshment area organised by Mary Barton and her helpers was very busy. Special thanks are due to Betty Cook who made all the very enjoyable cakes and scones. St Berres`Church and the R.N.L.I. stalls were well supported and the proceeds of the auction of produce ( £60 ) will support the Llanferres Senior Citizens Welfare Committee. The organisers wish to thank the exhibitors (without whom there would be no Show!) for all their efforts. Our thanks also to the Judges for their support and to everyone who contributed to the Plant Stall, the Raffle prizes, the Bottle stall and who helped with the setting up of the Show, the organisation on the day, and to the visitors who attended. ……………………………………………… For next month`s Meeting of the Gardening Club we are extending a special invitation to all the exhibitors and visitors to the Show and anyone else interested to join members for an Open Evening, Free of Charge, when Mr Ray Bailey will talk on " Bulbs with a difference". Monday, October 10th, 7-30pm in the Village Hall David Jones Show Secretary

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Monthly recipe from CAFFI FLORENCE Vegetable Casserole with Herb Dumplings As the nights draw in and the temperatures fall we inevitably start to fancy more wintery food. This is a great recipe because it is warm and comforting without being too heavy. It is good served with some green leafy vegetable such as kale or savoy cabbage. Serves 4 2 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion chopped 2 sticks of celery 3 carrots diced ½ swede or sweet potato 2 leeks tin chick peas tin of tomatoes 300ml vegetable stock or water Dumplings 125g self raising flour 25g butter or vegetable suet 50 g grated cheese ½ tsp mustard powder 4tbsp milk herbs seasoning Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large saucepan. Add the chopped vegetables and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add chick peas, tomatoes and stock and bring to the boil. Continue to simmer on hob or place in casserole dish with a lid and cook for 25 minutes. While cooking make dumplings : If using suet mix all dry ingredients and add milk to form soft dough. If using butter, rub butter into flour and when the texture is like breadcrumbs add remaining dry ingredients and milk. Roll dumplings into small balls and add to casserole. Cook for a further 20 – 25mins until vegetables are soft and dumplings are light. 01352 810397

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Church News Services for October 2nd 9th 16th 23rd

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Holy Communion Family Service Holy Communion Holy Communion

There will be a fifth Sunday Group Holy Communion at 10.30 on 30th October at St John the Evangelist, Rhydymwyn. Harvest Our Harvest Evensong will be on Thursday 6th October at 7.00 pm followed by sandwiches, cake and a glass of wine. We would be very grateful for any help to decorate the Church for Harvest. If able to help, please come along at 2 pm on Wednesday 5th. Donations of money or flowers will also be very gratefully received please speak to Gay Headley on 01352 810224. We hope to have a Harvest cooked meal in the hall in 2012.

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LLANFERRES MINIBUS At last things seemed to be moving with some groups showing interest and four people volunteering to drive the 'bus. I was going ahead to arrange a training session but on reading the application forms for prospective users I came to the following clause. "............ "I confirm that should any damage be done to the vehicle or it is involved in a road traffic collision, our organisation has the means to pay for such damage ,or should there be a valid insurance claim,we would be able to pay the excess of ÂŁ500...... As we would be paying charges to cover insurance costs as well as fuel and maintenance,I think this makes it beyond the means of our Village groups. I will not go any further for now but would be glad to know what other people think. It's a pity but I tried and at least we know what has happened to our 'bus. Olive Parry ( 810 294

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Community Council News - September Meeting From the Minutes of the July Meeting:Future maintenance items for Maeshafn will be considered next month, which will be after a meeting of MADRA. The resurfacing of the roads in the centre of Maeshafn and to Llanferres is confirmed and should be undertaken in the near future. The final legal transfer of Maeshafn playing field to the Community Council is still delayed. The extension of the Notice Board at the bottom of Tyn Llan has been completed. The outcome of some grant applications to support the landscaping of the Memorial Stone is still awaited. Cllrs.John Almond, Rob Armstrong and David Jones attended the Town and Community Council Cluster meeting on July 26th. Presentations by County officers included a Review update of Leisure Strategy for Denbighshire, The Devolution and Empowerment Project (The Charter between DCC and Town and Community Councils ) and Future arrangements for Refuse Collection. DCC Review of Polling Arrangements:Councillors recommended that the use of Ysgol Bro Fammau, Llanferres, as the Polling Station should continue. Planning Matters:-21/2011/0971 Sycamore Tree near The Old School House, subject to DCC Tree Preservation Order (T1) No 2 1997. Proposal : Crown reduction of 30% to clear a garage roof and remove crossing branches. Supported 21/2011/1002 Conversion of stone barn and brick shippon to form 2 new dwellings, demolition of a dutch barn and cow kennels and installation of new septic tanks. Cae`r Odyn, Tafarn y Gelyn. Following a site inspection, No Objections.

21/2011/0939 Installation of photovoltaic panels on garage roof, Ty Fy Nain, Forestry Road. While Cllrs. noted that the solar panels would not be in the same plane as the roof surface, the Proposal was supported. Certificates of Decision:- 21/2011/0680 Erection of detached oak framed building for vehicles and storage and erection of two storey pitched roof extension at Tyn yr Ynn, Maeshafn Granted. 21/2011/0536 Development of land between Tan y Graig and Bracken Hill, Maeshafn by erection of a detached dwelling. Granted 21/2011/0575 Certificate of Lawful use for siting of two static caravans and erection of 4 associated buildings. Land at Bryn Arian, Tafarn y Gelyn. Certified Lawful The Draft Charter:Councillors discussed in detail the draft Charter which is to define the existing relationship between Denbighshire`s Town and Community Councils and the County Council. It represents a mutual agreement between the two tiers of local government and sets out how we aim to work together in the future to the benefit of local communities. The Charter also outlines the roles and responsibilities of both the County Council and the Town and Community Councils. Councillors supported the aims of the draft Charter while expressing the hope that, when adopted, there will be adequate resources available to ensure its successful implementation. Correspondence :-Notification of the submission of the Local Development Plan to the Welsh Government and details of the proposed focused changes.

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Invitation to join the new Tourist Forum for Denbighshire, "Destination Denbighshire". Cllr Rob Armstrong will attend the first meeting. A letter of thanks has been received following the grant of £350 towards the maintenance of the churchyard. Other matters:-Comments were made about the unsatisfactory standard of the hedge cutting in the upper part of Rectory Lane. DCC Highways dept. will be informed. Enquiries are also being made regarding the surface maintenance of the lane. Expenditure agreed:- £182.50 plus travel costs to allow Mrs Dillon, Council Clerk to attend a national conference.£50 to purchase Poppy wreaths . The next meeting will be on Thursday 13th October 2011.

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Llanferres Parish Gardening Club Show September 3rd 2011 Results, trophy winners. The Hitchmough Perpetual Rose Bowl, most points in the Garden Produce section

Tony Mc Kinstry

The Peter Plews Perpetual Challenge Cup, most points in the Flower section

John Almond

The Audrey Raba Perpetual Challenge Cup, most outstanding exhibit in the Flower section,

David Jones

The Dumbhill Perpetual Challenge Trophy, best exhibit of Sweet Peas

John Almond

The Sid Davies Perpetual Challenge Trophy, best Specimen Rose

Joanne McKinstry

The Pont yr Alyn Perpetual Challenge Cup, most points in Largest Produce classes

Tony McKinstry

The Tom Collins Perpetual Challenge Shield, Heaviest Marrow class

Eddie Wild

The McCreanor Perpetual Challenge Cup, most points in the Floral Art classes

Pat Tatum

The Vena Raba Perpetual Challenge Cup, most outstanding exhibit in Floral Art classes

Pat Tatum

The Llanferres Perpetual Challenge Cup, most points in Pot Plants section

John Almond

The J.O.Smith Perpetual Challenge Shield, most points in Junior classes up to 10 yrs.

Owen Cordiner

The Jack Hughes Shield,(11 to 16 yrs) Most points in classes 115 to 120 The Kingswood Colomendy Perpetual Challenge Trophy, most outstanding exhibit in Junior classes

Sophie Drendel

Mali Jones

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Llanferres Parish Gardening Club Show September 3rd 2011 Results, trophy winners. The Andrew Brooman Perpetual Challenge Cup,most outstanding exhibit in the Photographic classes

Tony McKinstry

The Cadole Perpetual Challenge Trophy, most points in the Home Produce classes

Doll Collins

The W.I. Trophy, Best Jar of Jam

Joan Almond

The Pentre Cerrig Mawr Perpetual Challenge Trophy, most outstanding exhibit in the Adult Handicraft classes

Pat Tatum

The H. Parker Perpetual Challenge Trophy, most points in the Adult Art classes

Janet Jones

The “ Best in Show� Trophy for Adult Art Classes

Janet Jones

The News and Views Cup, Best exhibit in the Junior Art classes

Hafina Cordiner

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Triquizard Update A fun night was had on the first Triquizard evening. 11 teams competed in a very tightly contested quiz. The winners on the night had to be decided by a sudden death tie-breaker! The “Where’s Watson” team just pipped The Headstrongs to first place after they had both tied on an excellent 81 points. Current champions the Ever Hopefuls took third place.

Team Awesome (above) and PollyWollyDoodles (below, that’s Tim behind Jed!) “Where’s Watson” also took the special picture shared the Dingbats prize, both scoring 19 round prize. (Sorry we didn’t get a photograph of out of 20!

the team!) There’s a few more pictures on the website, and scores round by round if you really want to see them!. Don’t miss the next quiz on Wednesday 19th October - it’s not too late to join in. Thank you to everyone who took part for your support. We raised £167 on the night towards News & Views costs. Paul & Siobhan.

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Outstanding success for the inaugural Vale of Clwyd Classic

The format of this increasingly popular and PR friendly type of motor sport is rather complex and head scratching for the competing crews. Local businessman Guy Woodcock and his experienced organising team from Clwyd Vale Motor Club had created a route that would tax the skill of the very best of the competitors. The route instructions are given to them shortly before the start and the navigator has to plot the 130 mile route on to 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey maps. Then, by using their skill and expertise, direct the driver around whilst maintaining the exact average speed and staying on the correct roads. These sections are called Regularities and form the backbone of the event. By keeping up with the scheduled average and visiting all the secret controls on the route, the crews strive to get the minimum of penalty points. They are also required to attempt a number of special tests interspersed in the route on private land where the driver has a chance to stretch the legs of his pride & joy. Friday evening saw the cars being checked at Loggerheads Garage before

the crews made their way for documentation at the Druid Inn. The cars have to be tested for excessive noise and also to make sure that they conform to the type rules laid down by the regulatory authorities. In a nutshell they fall into three basic year bands; Category 1 for cars registered prior to 31st December 1967, Category 2 prior to 31/12/1974 and Category 3 prior to 31/12/1981. The entrants are further divided by the ability of the crews and the results and successes they have achieved; i.e. Masters, Experts & Novices. This therefore created 9

classes with possible awards for the first three crews in each class. Starting from the Druid Inn on Saturday 3rd September the 52 cars and crews in the Vale of Clwyd Classic set off at minute intervals and wound their way eastwards through the local lanes towards Nercwys.

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Vale of Clwyd Classic Moving north and west they then tackled tests in Gwysaney Hall, Lygan Uchaf and Penbedw outside Nannerch. Morning coffee halt at the Pwll Gwyn in Afonwen was a pleasant respite for cars and crews. Then off towards St Asaph to undertake further regularity sections and tests before heading south toward

through the dozens of time cards and marshals check sheets to produce a worthy overall victor and class winners. The organising team would like to thank the hundreds of volunteer marshals and officials who steadfastly manned all the controls and also the courtesy of the ‘locals’ who came out to watch these

1st Overall - Vale of Clwyd Classic Trophy & Deefab Trophy Driver Navigator Roger Powley Leigh Powley 1972 Porsche 911 Coupe Class M1 - Masters in Category One Cars 1st Howard Warren Iain Tullie 1965 Porsche 911 Coupe 2nd Andrew Buzzard Robb Lyne 1967 Alfa Romeo Guilia GTV Class M2 - Masters in Category Two Cars 1st David Mustardé Peter Blackett 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV 2nd Ian Crammond Nigel Raeburn 1968 Mercedes Benz 280 SL Class E1 - Experts in Category One Cars 1st Gary Edgington Pete Johnson 1972 Ford Cortina GT Class E2 - Experts in Category Two and Three Cars 1st Rich Harrison Peter Boyce 1973 MGB GT Class N1 - Novices in Category One Cars 1st Tony Newman Paul Chavasse 1965 Austin Mini Cooper S 2nd Pete Welch Richard Bestwick 1965 Ford Anglia Super Class N2 - Novices in Category Two and Three Cars 1st Ken Jones Charles Hughes 1972 MGB GT 2nd Tudor Morris Gerallt Davies 1972 Ford Escort Mexico 3rd Matthew Warren Sean Toohey 1979 Porsche 911 SC Highest Placed Mini - Elvet Pierce Trophy Tony Newman Paul Chavasse 1965 Austin Mini Cooper S

Cefn for a well earned lunch halt in Cefn Meiriadog Village Hall where the residents had provided a wonderful home prepared buffet. Suitably nourished the competitors then tackled a very demanding afternoon route with Regularities and tests before finally finishing back at the Druid for a superb meal provided by Jim & Julie and where the results team ploughed

cars of yesteryear. We must also thank the sponsors; AGS Security Systems of Mold, without whose help the event would not have taken place. Put 1st September in your diary for next year! If you’re interested in learning more about this popular sport then please contact Guy or any member of Clwyd Vale MC or visit their website:

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Local News Friends of Moel Findeg

Llanferres Badminton Club

The Trustees of the Friends of Moel Findeg invite you to a meeting at the Miners Arms, Maeshafn, at 8.00pm on Tuesday, 4th October.

Welcome back to the new season! Only about 3 weeks until the senior Flintshire league starts, so teams are being chosen and practice is getting serious. Congratulations to everyone who has been selected for this seasons’ A team. Their first match is coming up on the 6th October against Mold A, and the B team will be playing against Broughton on the 5th.

David Shiel & Glyn Williams of Denbighshire Countryside Service will talk about the developments on Moel Findeg, including the introduction of the Welsh Ponies. Everyone is welcome.

Don’t forget, it’s never too late to join. New members are always welcome – both juniors and seniors.

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TRIQUIZARD SERIES Back by popular demand a series of three quizzes. Represent your team - great fun, great prizes, great night. Pre - quiz supper menu available from 5.30pm. Next quiz October 19th.

FREE BEER & WINE! Our popular collectors Cards are back - buy 7 pints get 1 free (offer includes individual bottles of wine). Pick up your card now - best value pint around only £2.58


Steak Night is proving ever more popular - booking is becoming advisable - and there’s a new addition of Fillet of Beef Stroganoff with Rice now available at £10.95.

Sunday Night Curry Club 5pm - 8pm FIXED PRICE £6.99 Choose from a selection of curries.

Friday 4th November Tickets are selling fast £22.50 including Irish Stew Supper. Call in to register your interest.

CHRISTMAS DRAW 7pm Sunday December 18th Tickets available from October - still only £1 each

ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT THE DRUID INN with our customised individual menus from as little as £9.95 per person. Call the Druid ion 01352 810225 or email us at to discuss your

Menu now extended from 6 dishes to 8 to include Chicken Jalfrezi and Beef Madras. All served with Basmati rice and Call us to discuss any requirements that you Naan bread or your friends may have for your parties or Call in and end your weekend with accommodation needs. no washing up!

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Thanks for your help. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL MARSHALS Just a note to say a MASSIVE thank you to ALL of you that turned out on both Saturday night and Sunday to help out. Despite the changing weather, over 70 volunteers helped out all over the Clwydian Hills to ensure the CRC Mountain Bike Marathon could take place. This raised £2000 towards the maintenance costs and future replacement of park equipment for the LPFRA. A big thank you to Jim and Julie, at The Druid, for the “after event social” and Gillyfor the BBQ. Dan Hurst On behalf of LPFRA

Gallon Walk Feedback You may recall that we asked for your views on the Gallon Walk a few months back. Thank you to everyone who gave feedback via the website and Facebook . Opinion definitely appears to be divided with an equal split between those who want the Walk banned and those who say leave it as it is. Results were:

Ban It 40%

Leave it as is 40%

Set up an alternative 7%

Adopt it as a fundraiser 13%

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Local News “The Green Flag Award Scheme, and its growth, is essential in driving up the standards of our parks and green spaces. Access to quality green space is something Llanferres Park is one of the best we all desire and the scheme plays a key community-run green spaces in the country role in providing it.” – and that’s official! All award-winning sites now have the The Park received the Community Award, chance to receive a further award from the a sign that the site is a well- managed and Green Flag Plus Partnership, the People’s welcoming place, central to the local Choice Award. This award is voted for by community. A high-quality green space in the public, so if you want to see your local the village. park receive a national accolade as the People’s Choice, then visit the Green Flag In 2011, 1,288 parks and green spaces will Award website now to register your vote. fly either the Green Flag or Community There’s a link at Award, a sign that the value of green space is widely acknowledged as vital to our communities.

Local community park is one of the best in the country

Phil Barton, Green Flag Plus Partnership chairman said: “I would like to congratulate this year’s winners, who have worked hard throughout the year to keep their parks and green spaces at a high standard and ensure they are pleasant and enjoyable spaces for the whole community.

The award was officially presented to local winners at the Flint & Denbigh Show

FUN CA$INO NIGHT Saturday 26th November Llanferres Village Hall Tickets available soon Proceeds in aid of Llanferres Playing Field & Recreation Association and Llanferres PTFA

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Local News Welsh apple expert on hand for Flintshire gardeners A Welsh apple expert will be giving growing tips and advice to green-fingered fruit growers in Flintshire. A special Welsh Apple Day workshop will be held at an organic orchard in Northop on Saturday 8th October. The workshop will be hosted by FlintShare, a community-run group that grows fruit and veg for local people. Apple growing specialist Ian Sturrock will be on hand to talk about the best local Welsh varieties and give growing tips and advice. He will also be bringing a traditional apple-press, which will be used to make fresh apple juice from the many varieties of apple growing at the site. Ian is renowned for discovering the Bardsey Island Apple, a rare and historic apple tree which can withstand the harsh conditions on the small island of Bardsey off the North Wales coast. The workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in how to grow apple trees. It will include pruning tips, harvesting techniques, apple pressing and information about traditional Welsh apple varieties. People are also invited to bring their own apples for pressing or to identify pest and disease problems. The event lasts from 10am to 4pm and costs ÂŁ10, or is free for FlintShare members. For tickets email FlintShare have sites at Northop, Cilcain, Hawarden and Ffynongoryw, and are always open to new members. Please visit for more information.

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Dr Christine’s letter Autumn seems to have arrived no Indian summer this year. I am sorry I missed your annual gardening show yet again. I managed to be in Africa teaching for last 3 years. This time I was at the 45th anniversary of my graduation from Edinburgh. Very good meeting, we have all now retired and so met jovially, less competitively and all carrying on with the rest of our lives. Some of the year have done very good works eg Medicine Sans Frontiers, rearranging the front line army emergency services at battle zones. Soldiers at the front line now get treated where they lie by brave emergency paramedics, under fire, and survive to get back to Birmingham within 48 hours. A complete change from 10 years ago. One of the year has become a member of the Scottish Parliament. My efforts in North Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa appear pretty paltry in comparison.

unit in the 3 will have to be a midwife led service, I think it should be Wrexham as they are close to Chester for emergency surgery, ie sections, but the powers that be in Cardiff don't like spending our money in England if they can avoid it. I went to Aberdunna quarry meeting on September 1st they are getting to the end of the quarry life but appear to have it all under control and also the landscaping.

I am very busy with the Hospital Patient Environment HPE visits for the CHC which are being held late September and early October. These are unannounced, day or evening, inspections in all the 3 DGH hospitals plus 2 community, across the top half of Wales down to Powys. We look specifically at comfort, courtesy, cleanliness, toilets, food standards and linen as well as other thing like parking, Council work is back to the fore with many signage and single sex accommodation. meetings, we discussed the Town Plans for Ruthin trying to get the shoppers into the The Youth club has restarted in the Old centre of the town, rearranging the traffic schoolroom I am arranging a paint balling flow in St Peter's square. trip on 26th October half term afternoon The next meeting of the Partnerships for 13 to 16 year olds, cost to be decided Scrutiny late September is having their 6 but around ÂŁ25 including minibus. monthly briefing from Betsi C UHT, the Anyone interested let me know as I won't Maternity review has been delayed again, go if not enough interest. now over a year partly due to the elections Have a good Autumn last May and partly because they cannot Regards Christine Evans decide what to do. It appears one Maternity

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Nature Notes Where have all our most colourful butterflies gone this year? Usually in August and September buddleia bushes, and later Sedum spectabile plants, host large numbers of 'Nymphalid' butterflies which include the well known Small tortoiseshell, Red admiral, Peacock, Comma and Painted lady. Yet this year they have been conspicuous by their absence with only very small numbers being seen. The weather for the last few weeks has not been very benevolent towards butterflies but one would have thought that if they were about they would have emerged on the few sunny days that have occurred but this does not seem to have been the case. Incidentally, it is a feature of butterflies of this group that they only seem to have four legs, which defies the categorisation of insects as having six legs. They do, in fact, have six but, as an evolutionary adaptation, the two front legs have reduced into stumps so that only the remaining four are used for walking. These stumps are often covered in dense tufts of scales giving the group of butterflies the alternative name of brush-foots. Although butterflies are mostly absent from the Sedums, new queen bumblebees are taking advantage of the rich source of nectar to build up fat reserves to sustain them through the coming winter hibernation. I counted over a dozen on one plant, composed of five species. Readers may remember that in my June "Nature Notes" I commented on the large number of bumblebees feeding on my cotoneaster bush. This was the species Cotoneaster

horizontalis which grows against our fence and was colonised by many bumblebees and hoverflies. However, I noticed another species of Cotoneaster, which grows as a bush, which was hosting wasps. There were 20 to 30 wasps on it at one time but not a single bee or hoverfly and I could not but wonder why wasps preferred one and bumblebees the other. Flowering at present are the lightblue, delicate looking Harebells(Campanula rotundifolia) known in Scotland as Bluebells - what we, south of the border, call Bluebells the Scots call Wild hyacinths. But why are they called 'Harebells'? They have very thin flower stems so 'Hairbells' would seem to be more appropriate. I have done some research and the best explanations I can find are 'they grow in places frequented by hares' or 'it was a literal translation from 'Hasenglรถckchen' the German name for bluebells'. Neither seems satisfactory. Has anybody got a better explanation? The first of the migrant songbirds to arrive, in March, is the diminutive Chiffchaff heralding its presence with its repetitive, onomatopoeic song. In autumn they often burst into song again just prior to leaving for their Mediterranean winter haunts and this explains why I have seen and heard them at several sites recently, including our own garden. I could not but wish them 'bon voyage' and look forward to their return next year to mark the beginning of another spring.

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Local Councillors Christine Evans, Denbighshire County Councillor for Llanferres, Llanarmon yn Ial & Llandegla. 07887774909 Gwyneth Dillon, Clerk to Llanferres Community Council, 01978 790269 Llanferres Community Councillors David Jones, Chairman, 01352 810511 John Almond, Vice Chairman, 01352 810808 Rob Armstrong, 01352 810259 Jac Armstrong, 01352 810259 Margaret Davies, 01352 810491 Yvonne Foden-McCorry, 01352 810867 Rob Jones, 01352 810500 Olive Parry, 01352 810294 Peter Williams, 01352 810287 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 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 New Rectory, Rectory Lane, Llanferres Mold, CH7 5SR Email: Rector's Warden - Josh Griffiths, Jontindale, Ruthin Road. Tel: 810853 People's Warden - Mr. Brian Skelhorn 16 Cae Gwyn. Tel: 810422 Clwydian Conservation Campaign - Pen y Chwareli, Pant Ddu Road, Nercwys CH7 4DD Llanferres Holiday Club ( School Holiday Child Care) Becky Thomas, Booking Officer Tel: 01352 759263 or mobile 07530 721953 Gardening Club - Mrs Joan Almond, 20 Cae Derwen, Llanferres. Tel: 810808 Llanferres Alcoholic Mountain Biking Soc. (LAMBS) - Gordon Jones Tel: 810305 Llanferres Community Council - Mrs Gwyneth Dillon, Rhosddigre, Llandegla, LL11 3AU Tel: 01978 790269 Llanferres Playing Field & Recreation Association - Secretary, Simon Hodge. Tel: 810686 Maeshafn Cricket Club - Secretary: Jonathan Fagan. Tel: 810373 Old People's Welfare Committee - Secretary, 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, Oct 2011  

Ocober 2011 edition of the community magazine for Llanferres & district, Noth Wales