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Issue 153 September 2011


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Welcome Welcome to the September edition of Add in the Mold Food Festival on the News & Views. 24th and 25th, a Rugby World Cup and the dance classes back in the Well that was summer again! We had Village Hall and there’s definitely three barbecues this year, which is something for everyone this month. one more than last year - two in April and one in June! Let’s hope we get a Finally, well done to all our young nice spell in September again readers who gained GCSEs and A (especially for the annual mountain Levels during August and good luck to bike event please!) those off to work, college or university. It looks to be a busy month from the Best wishes calendar, kicking off with the annual Paul & Siobhan Gardening Club Show and the new Contact: Classic Car Rally on the first Paul & Siobhan Gothorp Saturday of the month. Then there’s 2 Cae Gwyn the CRC Mountain Bike event on the Llanferres 18th of course; Cara Luft at Caffi Mold Florence on the 13th; and don’t forget CH7 5SL the Quiz Night on the 28th! Tel: (01352) 810566 Email:

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Announcements September Birthdays Happy Birthday to the following Jonni Griffiths who will be 9 on 2nd September Zeta Selena Le Vay who will be 5 on 7th September Sam Madigan who wil be 15 on 15th September Tim Healy on 20th September Thomas Melvin on 21st September Dewi Ivanoff on 22nd September Lauren O'Garra who will be 20 on 24th September Sam Godfrey who will be 10 on 25th September Thomas Healy on 26th September If you would like a birthday or other special announcement including in News & Views please send the details to: or 2 Cae Gwyn, Llanferres, CH7 5SL

ADVANCED NOTICE FOR OCTOBER Llanferres Colomendy Art Group Annual Exhibition Loggerheads Country Park Oct 7th, 8th and 9th Further details next month.


Dear Customers James Logan Plumbing has stopped trading and I'm writing this to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported me during my apprenticeship and my time as a self-employed plumber. Thank you

James Logan

Thank you

to Steve and Louisa Roberts on the birth of Hannah on 13th August, a little sister for Jack and Adam.

to everyone in Maeshafn who gave so generously to our collection for the Mold branch of North West Cancer Research. A total of ÂŁ66.50 was raised

Best wishes to you all

Mrs. Mair Roberts Mrs. Esther Simpson

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Local news Llanferres Over 60s

Rotary Coffee Morning

The monthly meetings start again on Tuesday Sept. l3th at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.

Patrick would like to thank everyone for the tremendous support there was for the coffee morning held at 19 Cae Gwyn on 13th August in aid of Polio Now, a Rotary charity dedicated to the task of eradicating polio worldwide.

The speaker is Mrs. Williams with a talk on "The Ladies of Llangollen" Looking forward everyone again. very welcome.

to seeing Newcomers

Olive 810 294

The magnificent sum of ÂŁ310 (to date) was raised thanks to generous support and numerous donations. This sum will allow 1200 children to be vaccinated against polio.


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September Diary Dates 1st






4th 5th 6th

Sun Mon Tue 7.00pm Bowls Club


Wed Dance Classes start again, Village Hall

8th 9th 10th 11th 12th


Thu Community Council Meeting, Village Hall Fri Sat Sun 11.00 am Family Service Mon 2.00pm Llanferres Over 60s meeting, Village Hall Tue Cara Luft in concert at Caffi Florence 7.00pm Bowls Club Wed Dance Classes, Village Hall Thu 7.30pm Village Hall Management Committee Meeting, Village Hall Fri 7.30pm Mountain Bike Event Marshals meeting in the Druid Sat 9.30 am Holy Communion and Baptism Sun CRC Mountain Bike Event Mon



21st 22nd

Wed Dance Classes, Village Hall Thu

13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th

8.30 am Classic Car Rally start 1.45 pm 37th Annual Gardening Club Show 9.30 am Holy Communion

7.00pm Bowls Club







26th 27th

Mon Tue 7.00pm Bowls Club Dance Classess, Village Hall, Wed 7.30 pm Quiz Night at the Druid Thu Fri

28th 29th 30th

Mold Food Festival 9.30 am Holy Communion Mold Food Festival

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

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Community Council News - July Meeting There being no formal meeting of the Council in August, the last meeting was on July 14th and the next meeting will be on September 8th 2011. Points of Interest from July:The public consultation period regarding the proposed parking restrictions on the A494 at Loggerheads has now closed. Some objections have been lodged. The Council still requires further details before the request by MADRA for assistance with the maintenance of the village green in Maeshafn may be considered.

The Review of the Council`s assets has been completed. Details will be discussed at the next meeting. Correspondence:- DCC invitation to a Cluster Meeting at County Hall on July 26th. At this meeting the Draft Charter which aims " to define and enhance the existing relationship between Denbighshire`s Town and Community councils and the County Council" will be introduced. Councillors will discuss the document at the next Community Council meeting. Cllrs David Jones, John Almond and Rob Armstrong will attend the Cluster meeting.

Received:-DCC consultation document regarding the review of polling facilities which is held every four years. Finance:-Bills. Administration expenses £121.54, Clwyd Community Chest £10, Welsh Water £14.64, and the Clerk`s Salary, monthly. News and Views grant The Protocol for Liaison with Town and £450. Community Councils issued by the Planning and Public Protection Dept. of Councillors were informed about the large DCC was supported by the Council. quantity of dog excrement being deposited on the bridle path and verges in Planning Matters:-21/2011/0680 Erection Tafarn -y -Gelyn, areas which are of additional storage facilities and frequented by walkers and children. extension of dwelling, Tynn yr Ynn, Notices asking dog owners to take the Maeshafn. No objection waste away with them Certificates of Decision:-21/2011/0339 will be placed in the affected areas. Construction of dormer and velux windows Concern has also been expressed about no in connection with a loft conversion, bins for dog waste in the Moel Famau car Garwyn, Tafarn-y -Gelyn. Granted parks. 21/2011/0470 Erection of new porch, Pine View, Ruthin Road. Granted Thanks were expressed to Cllr Olive Parry 21/2011/0410 Erection of a first floor for clarifying the situation with regard to pitched roof extension, The Coach House, the village Mini -bus. Tafarn-y Gelyn. Granted. Local contractors have expressed an interest in refurbishing the memorial stone area. It is hoped to complete the work before the next Remembrance Day in November.

Cllrs John Almond and David Jones will attend the Planning Training meeting in July which will be concerned with variations of Section 106 agreements.

David Jones, Chairman

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Pure breeds. Cross breed layers. Trio’s. Your Eggs hatched to order. Then reared till off heat if Rqd.

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Land for Rent between Maeshafn and Llanferres. Approx 4 acres. Field shelter included. £20 per week. Would suit someone looking to start in smallholding.

Contact Jonathan Fagan on 01352 810373 or

Baby Sitting

Need a baby sitter? Why not give Niamh Roberts a ring on:

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for the plant stall at the annual Garden Show on 3rd September. If you can spare any please contact one of the following: John or Joan Almond David or Janet Jones Josh or Chris Griffiths or bring them along on the day Any plants welcome

FOR SALE Modern electric coal-effect fire. New and never used. Cost £149, sell for £50 Telephone 810205

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Llanferres Parish Gardening Club As usual, our meeting in August made the final arrangements for our Annual Show which will be held in the Village Hall on September 3rd. Our Show Secretary, David Jones, was well organised with all time-table details confirmed. Times for members to set up tables on Friday evening, stewards appointed and all other tasks were agreed. Once again we welcome new exhibitors. Gardening classes are restricted to club members and local residents but all other sections are open to everyone. Remember, that item of craft, be it woodwork, art or knitwear could be a winner; your jam, cake or pickle could impress the judges or what about your photographs? Or how are you at flower arranging? So why not have another look at our Show Schedule. Schedules and Entry Forms can be obtained from any of the people listed below or can be downloaded from Get your entries in by 6pm on Wednesday August 31st to any of the people listed below or telephone them to David Jones (810 511) or Joan Almond (810 808) by 6pm on Wednesday August 31st and bring your entries to the Village Hall on September 3rd, 8am to 10.30am. There is no charge to enter and you could win that coveted First Prize Card or even a Trophy to display at home for a year. Now that will impress your friends! DO IT!

DO IT THIS YEAR! It could become addictive.

There will be the usual range of Charity stalls and attractions for you to visit plus the bottle stall, raffle and plant stall. And, of course surplus produce will be auctioned off at the end of the show - proceeds to go to the Old Peoples Welfare Fund.

Entry forms to:Show Secretary David Jones

Entry Co-ordinator Glenys Roberts

Hon Secretary Joan Almond

( 810 511

( 810 358

( 810 808

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FLORENCE Loggerheads

A great place to eat and drink

Open everyday

10am - 5pm

2011/2012 workshop programme Our workshop programme for autumn/winter is now available. We have a wide range of cookery workshops including bread making, preserves, fish cookery and much more. Nik Giles will again be helping new vegetable growers and new for this year we have herbal medicine and cake decorating workshops.

Workshops for students We are offering cookery and catering skills workshops for students before they head off to University. Great quick, easy and economical meal ideas and skills to give you a head start at any interview for a bar, restaurant job in the big city.

CARA LUFT in concert Tuesday 13 September Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire Cara Luft is playing at CAFFI FLORENCE as part of the UK leg of her European tour. She plays her own contemporary North American folk/roots music. Tickets from CAFFI FLORENCE £7.50 music only 8.15 pm £15.00 music and hot pot supper 7.30pm 01352 810397

fresh • local

• seasonal • homemade

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Monthly recipe from CAFFI FLORENCE Apple, pear and beetroot chutney As word has got around that we are looking for locally grown produce, the amount arriving at our kitchen door has increased hugely. So, once the apples start arriving it’s chutney time. The beetroot in this recipe gives it a wonderful colour and earthy taste to off set the sweetness of the fruit. Ingredients

1kg fresh beetroot 500g cooking apples, peeled, cored and diced 500g conference pears, peeled, cored and diced 1 large onions, finely chopped 1 cloves garlic, crushed 1 pint white wine vinegar 1 tbsp ground mixed spice 1 tsp sea salt 500g dark brown sugar Method

Place all ingredients in a large pan and bring to boil, stirring. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 ½ - 2 hours, stirring occasionally until chutney is thick. Pour into prepared jars while still hot. Seal with air tight, vinegar proof covers. Chutney is best left to mature for a couple of months so this will be perfect for Christmas – for eating or as gifts. 01352 810397

fresh • local

• seasonal • homemade

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Church News Services for September 4th 11th 18th 25th

9.30 am Holy Communion 11.00 am Family Service 9.30 am Holy Communion and Baptism 9.30 am Holy Communion

Church Open The Church has been opened every day in August and it would be interesting to know if this has been appreciated. If anyone has feedback on the experiment, Adrian or churchwardens would be pleased to hear from you.

Need any sewing work done? Curtains,Valances, Pelmets, Blinds, Cushions, Clothing alterations Give Barbara a call on 01352 810485


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Whatever you’ve got in mind If you’re thinking wood think Pip’s Wood Pip’s Wood is a company of specialists in working with wood. Proprietor Pip Verholleman hails from Belgium, learning his trade from a young age and to say he is a perfectionist, is a major understatement. Now based in North Wales, Pip specialises in solid oak flooring and can supply and fit the finest quality oak to the very highest standards. No matter how small or how ambitious your plans - give Pip a call for an informal chat about the possibilities. He’ll provide you with a no obligation quotation that may surprise you. All types of work can be undertaken: § Flooring § Kitchen fitting § Skirting boards § Doors § Book Cases § Panelling

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100 CLUB Join the Ysgol Bro Famau 100 club and support your local school

HOW IT WORKS Each number costs only £12 per year - you can have as many numbers as you like.(Numbers are allocated) Numbers are drawn each month (except August - but there is a double draw in December). Half of the money raised goes directly to the school and the other half is used for prize money. There is a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize each month. The more people who participate the greater the prize money. An envelope for the 100 Club is enclosed with the News and Views. Please complete the form and enclose a cheque or cash if you wish to play and return to Jackie Godfrey at 29 Cae Gwyn Llanferres. I will also be collecting the envelopes in Llanferres during September. If you would like to know more please give me a call on 810872

Thank You On behalf of the PTFA Ysgol Bro Famau

YSGOL BRO FAMAU 100 CLUB JULY 2011 DRAW 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize

£30 £20 £12

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ÂŁ625 per month Contact 07711

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Jamie Oliver at Home parties now available in your area!

It’s the perfect excuse to get your friends together and earn yourself some amazing FREE products. Also available for school and charity events. All bookings made that mention News & Views will bag themselves a free gift.

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New Museum in Liverpool houses local exhibit Do you recognise the totem pole in the picture? It was, until quite recently (2007), in the Kingswood Colomendy Centre at Loggerheads. But it is currently on loan for three years to the new Museum of Liverpool, which opened on 19th July. Originally made in the ‘60's by pupils from Sefton Park Secondary School, the pole has been carefully restored to its original colours by the Museum, and is now displayed on the top floor of their stunning new premises at Pier Head in the city. The Colomendy Centrer was originally built as an evacuation centre for Liverpool children during the Second World War, and has given many Liverpool youngsters Photograph courtesy of Julia Bryan, their first experience of the countryside. reproduced with kind permission of the Museum of Liverpool

The new Museum of Liverpool tells the story of the City through a diverse range of exhibits . It is open daily from 10am to 5pm and entry is FREE. For more details see the website: Thanks to Betty Cook for the information for this article.

IT’S BACK! Adult Beginners Ballroom & Latin American Dance Taster Classes starting again Wednesday 7th Sept ha haC


Tango Rumba

In Llanferres Village Hall Further details contact: Yvette La Flamme-Williams Tel: 01352-741112 Mob: 07863 293311


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THE VILLAGE HALL LLANFERRES SATURDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER 2011 Doors Open at 1-45pm Trophies will be presented at 2-15pm Admission charges: Adults ÂŁ1, Children 50p Show Schedules and Entry Forms available from: Mr D Jones 810511 Mrs JR Roberts 810358 Mrs J Almond 810808 or online at ENTRY FORMS to be received by Glenys Roberts, 7 Tyn Llan, Llanferres by 6pm on Wednesday 31st August or can be submitted by telephone to David Jones by 6pm on 31st August, Tel 810 511 All exhibits must be staged between 8am and 10:30am on the day of the show

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CLASSES TROPHY/CUP/SHIELD AWARDED TO EACH SECTION GARDEN SECTION: Restricted Classes 1-33 Vegetables and Fruit FLOWER SECTION: Restricted Classes 40-62 Flowers LARGEST PRODUCE SECTION: Restricted Classes 65-82 FLORAL ART SECTION: Open Classes 85-91 POT PLANTS SECTION: Restricted Classes 95-108 JUNIOR SECTION: Open Classes 110-114 (up to 10 years) Classes 115-120 (up to 16 years) PHOTOGRAPHIC SECTION: Open Classes 125-131 HOME SECTION: Open Classes 135-156 ADULT HANDICRAFT: Open Classes 160-169 ART SECTION: Open Adult Classes 170-175 Junior Classes 177-179 (Open Classes) Restricted Classes:-Llanferres Residents and Club Members..

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Marshals needed Sunday 18th September 2011 The Llanferres Playing Field Association has again agreed to marshal the event, with the help of our local community. In 2010 we raised over ÂŁ2000 for the playing field. As in previous years, there will be a marshals meeting on Friday 16th, at 7.30pm, If you have marshaled before or wish to help out please add your name to the list in the Druid, or if you have any questions please email me. Please support your local playing field and children’s park by helping out on the day. Thanks, Dan Hurst -


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Maeshafn CC news What a fantastic season this has been for weather. We have not had a weekend game cancelled (yet) this year and most rain seems to have affected our practice and friendly nights in the midweek.

3 games left, including a probable mauling by Menai Bridge, but also Llangollen and Pwllheli. We hope to play a friendly at the end of the season and then start winter nets after Christmas. We are also touring in Stratford upon Avon over the August We are currently 5th in a league of 17 bank holiday and have a barge hired that includes teams such as Buckley, for one day, which should be Llangollen, Mochdre and Menai entertaining. Bridge, so this has been a good year for us. Tom Hall, the saviour, currently holds the highest score by a Maeshafn player Maeshafn have won plenty of games - hitting 150 not out against Corwen. this year. League table so far is below: Jonathan Fagan

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Can you bake a belting Bara Brith? Put your abilities to the test and maybe win some fantastic prizes in the W.I. sponsored event at this year’s Mold Food Festival. Just take your best Bara Brith along on to the W.I. marquee by 4.00pm on Saturday 24th September, along with your entry form to take part.

Entry forms and more details at Enquiries: Carolyn Poole 01352 750621

House to let Two bedroomed cottage in village of Llanferres available for let soon. New kitchen, recently decorated and new carpets. Off road parking. Good location. Also items of furniture for sale including dining table with 5 chairs and piano (Bell) very good condition

Enquiries: Gary 07738291228

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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!

This year’s dates are: 1. Wednesday 28th Sept 7.30pm 2. Wednesday 19th Oct 7.30pm 3. 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. why not enjoy supper before the quiz Special pre-quiz menu available at the Druid

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Ysgol Bro Famau P.T.F.A. Summer Fair Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Summer Fair. We raised an



All the proceeds will go to much needed resources and equipment for the children of Ysgol Bro Famau Special thanks go to the local businesses and individuals who donated prizes for the Auction: Kingswood Colomendy

Loggerheads Garage

One Planet Llandegla

Caffi Florence

We Three Loggerheads Pub

Dtoi Harvey Thai Food

Miss Wray

The Miners Arms

Raven Llanarmon yn lal

Fantastic Fun House, Mold

Rhesgoed Farm Shop

Druid Inn



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VALE OF CLWYD CLASSIC 3RD SEPTEMBER 2011 The Druid Inn, Llanferres, will become the focal point for the forthcoming Vale of Clwyd Classic Historic Tour on Saturday the 3rd September. This inaugural event is the brainchild of local man Guy Woodcock and he will be ably assisted by experienced officials from Clwyd Vale Motor Club. The daylight Historic Tour is primarily aimed at the older, classic cars that we all remember from our youth and the likes of a 1955 Austin Westminster, 1966 Hillman Imp and a 1959 Triumph TR3A, will be touring round the local lanes trying to maintain a low average speed whilst keeping on the correct route. During the day the cars will also be attempting special tests on private land where the drivers will be let off the leash and can stretch the legs of their pride and joy! The first cars are scheduled to leave the Druid Inn at minute intervals from 8:30am, so keep a look out for these ‘classics’.

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CLASSIC CAR RALLY Sat 3rd September. Why not call in to support this new village event - over 50 classic cars will be leaving the Druid car park between 8.30 - 9.30 am and returning between 4.15- 5.00pm after touring the sights of the Vale of Clwyd. Sponsored by ags Security Systems.

CHAIN REACTION CYCLE EVENT Sunday 18th September. Please try to support this event, which contributes hugely to the cost of maintaining the playing field and park. It’s a great village event that culminates with a BBQ and beer at the end of the day sponsored by Marstons Brewery and the Druid Inn. Contact Dan at

3RD WHISKY TASTING NIGHT 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

Friday 4th November Back by popular demand we will be holding an Irish Whiskey Tasting Night complete with Jim’s Irish Stew and Crusty Bread includes a selection of Irish Whiskies and supper all for £22.50. Buy your tickets now to avoid disappointment - promises to be an enlightening evening!


3 dates to note - Weds 28th September, Weds 19th October, Weds 30th November The Triquizard Tournament is back for another Choose from a selection of curries. year. There’ll be a special pre-quiz supper menu available on each occasion. Support the News & Menu now extended from 6 dishes Views and have a fun midweek night out at the to 8 to include Chicken Jalfrezi and Druid. Beef Madras. Call us to discuss any requirements All served with Basmati rice and that you or your friends may have for Naan bread your parties or accommodation needs. Call in and end your weekend with no washing up!

Wine Down Fridays: End your working week with friends. Enjoy a 20% discount on all our full bottles of listed wine.

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Dr Christine’s letter - Summer 2011 I am having a really enjoyable summer. The reduction in council work is very beneficial for my wellbeing as I find the meetings in the main very tedious. For some reason however the Community Health Council [CHC] does not seem to take a holiday so I have been inspecting hospitals and GP practices in Oswestry [which has 40% Welsh patients] and Denbigh, this I enjoy. I have also been making radio programmes for Radio Wales called 'Irritated by Cuts' to be aired in October. The events of the rioting in England have rather pre-empted the discussion I had with a Connah's Quay councillor about the effects of the cuts on the front line visible police officers who have been axed from there and they now have a rapid response team for the 3 counties, which due to distance is less than rapid. I was in Belfast for the British Transplant Games the weekend of the riots. Belfast was peaceful but they had had their annual riots at the end of June/early July in the marching season. I notice Wales was quiet but I did hear that they failed to get a riot together in Newport!!! Back to the British Transplant Games [34th] which were wonderful. These are Games for those who have had life threatening heart/lung/liver disease or renal failure, aged 3 to 79 years. They have a 25 metre dash for the under 5s who run like mad from one of their parents into the arms of the other at the finishing line, either that or they turn back and start crying as they are overwhelmed by the

occasion and the cheering of hundreds of spectators. I defy anyone not to have a tear in their eye. There are loads of sporting events for all ages and abilities over 4 days culminating in a Gala dinner, which is a celebration of life. The donor families are much in evidence as this event, which thanks the donors and promotes organ donation. These are not just the donor families of people who have died but also the live donors, many now who are unrelated, they donate for altruistic reasons. The photo is me awarding the gold medal to the winner of the 100 metres, adult male, at least the medal is around his babe's neck so proud he was to have been able to become a father. Also I had 3 days at the Eisteddfod in Wrexham, the first to talk to the Children's Commissioner about vulnerable children, the 2nd to sing in Cor Dewi Sant, our village choir, we came 3rd out of 10 in the welsh learners choir singing Finlandia.. We were delighted, the judge said we need to learn the welsh words but I fear we are a bit old for that. The 3rd day was to man the CHC stand.. Wonderful atmosphere on the Maes. The Youth club starts again 7th September now in the newly renovated 'Old Schoolroom' by St Garmon's church. All 11 plus year olds are welcome. Happy Autumn Regards Christine

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Broadband Not Spots or Slow Spots - How Is It For You? Do you remember 15th February and 14th July 2004? On 15th February the 810 Broadband 4 Llanferres campaign successfully achieved 186 Registrations when we needed 100 to Trigger Broadband in Llanferres. 14th July was our Broadband Start Date. So 7 years later how good is your reception? I have just discovered I live in a 'Slow-Spot' as I receive a broadband signal of less than 2 megabytes per second (Mbps). I have such low broadband speeds that I struggle to use popular internets sites such as the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player or YouTube' Downloading attachments from emails or web sites takes ages or just fails. Mary has suffered recently trying to catch up on gardening shows, as the screen freezes or jumps along slowly trying to catch up with the expert's dialogue. Athletics events, especially 100m sprints, often end up with watching them get on their marks and next watching the winner celebrating after the race!!!!!!!! The Welsh Government launched the Broadband Support Scheme (BSS) last summer. It offers help in areas where broadband connection speeds remain low because they are too remote from telephone exchanges. A 'Not-Spot' is defined as below 512 kilobytes per second. Anyone below this level, where connectivity is unable to sustain the most basic broadband, can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 to replace their dial-up connection with the most appropriate technology available. By the end of May this year BSS had approved £600,000 worth of grants from the original pot of £2 million. Wales' Technology Minister Edwina Hart has just announced that the BSS will be extended to include areas where connectivity is less than 2Mbps - Slow-Spots'. She said: 'Since the scheme was launched last July, over 800 households, businesses and third sector organisations have had applications approved and now have broadband access. By extending the criteria for the BSS we can make sure that more people can access broadband and take advantage of the opportunities provided by digital technologies.' I had already looked up the BSS grants and was disappointed when I found the limit was 512Kbps. I had been tested at 530 Kbps or 0.53

Mbps. Then I heard the Eye on Wales programme on Radio Wales about successful schemes around Wales and the extension of BSS. The programme featured the community of Treleddyd Fawr on the St David's peninsula in Pembrokeshire. In January of this year it became the first community scheme to successfully apply to the BSS. 20 individual applicants pooled their grants to receive £20,000 of funding and buy in a wireless solution from a communications company. The scheme delivers download speeds up to 10 megabits per second for a monthly payment of £20 and could serve as a blueprint for the rest of rural Wales. The company owner said 'Eighty per cent of the people here are running small rural businesses and it's very frustrating if you haven't got broadband. They were getting miniscule connections, dial-up speeds. We've brought them in connections far in excess of anything they can get this side of Swansea. This is the role model for everywhere. It's been so easy to do. It's been a simple exercise and very fruitful for everyone concerned. Denbighshire County Council is also trying to locate the communities, mainly in rural locations in south Denbighshire, which cannot access broadband. While Denbighshire is not able to directly provide broadband for residential use because of restrictions around State Aid, it has a lead role in enabling communities to access better broadband services and promoting local economic development that often requires access to internet services. The first thing we need to do is find out how many Llanferres households are in Broadband Not or Slow Spots. If your broadband speeds seem low. If you find trying to watch repeats of TV programmes almost impossible or downloading attachments a real time consuming task. Please let me know. It only took 20 applicants to succeed in Treleddyd Fawr.............. Please note my email address - you can contact me at: Cllr Bob Barton 01824 780872

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Nature Notes On a sunny day in late July I was delighted to see a Slow-worm slither across the path in front of me and I immediately thought what a misnomer it was, on two counts, for this creature was neither slow nor was it a worm. I suppose most people would consider it to be a snake but in fact it is a legless lizard.

of the species Misumena vatia. The female of this species, measuring less than 10mm (excluding legs) is pale yellow with five faint red dots on the body but the male is only half the size and totally different in appearance, being reddish-brown, with white markings, and its front pair of legs are reddish-brown with the other two pairs yellow. Misumena vatia is a southern Slow-worms (Anguis fragilis) are species, although it has been recorded probably a lot commoner and wide on the North Wales coast. spread than is realised for they are seldom seen, as they are most active in Crab spiders are identified by having the hours of twilight, and spend most of the front two pairs of legs very long and the day hidden under a rock or perhaps held sideways, giving the spider a craba discarded sheet of corrugated iron. like appearance and they can also run Coppery-brown in colour, they can grow sideways like crabs. M. vatia can up to 50cm in length and can live about change colour over a few days to match 30 years (in captivity one lived for 56 the colour of the flower on which it years). The one I saw, on this occasion, rests. They do not spin webs but catch was only about 20cm long and about the their prey by lying in wait on flowers thickness of a pencil, so would be a and pouncing on insects which are youngster, probably born the previous attracted to the flower. However, crab September - they take three years to spiders can produce silk and this species reach maturity. They differentiate uses it to stitch a leaf together in a cone from snakes in that they have eye-lids shape in which the eggs are laid. The and can blink; they shed their skins in female guards this cocoon, without patches rather than sloughing them off eating, until the young hatch and leave in one piece, as snakes do and they can the cocoon, whereupon she dies. autotomize, that is shed their tails if caught by a predator - the tail then I was recently asked "Where have all the re-grows but will never be as long as the rooks gone?" While nesting and rearing original. They are completely harmless the young, rooks tend to forage within and are quite useful as they feed on about a kilometre of the rookery, where slugs, worm and insects. Like all they also roost at night. Once the British reptiles they are protected by young fledge, they and their parents law. leave the rookery, forage further afield and find other places to roost and will On another sunny day, in Oxfordshire, probably not return to the breeding site I noticed a white, umbelliferous flower- until January or February of next year. head of hog weed with a pale yellow centre, which seemed odd, so I inspected it further and found the yellow was actually a female crab spider

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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. Springfield Elementary 2. Rugby (he is credited with inventing the sport of Rugby, named after the school) 3. Just William 4. General Certificate of Secondary Education 5. Hogwarts (in the Harry Potter novels) 6. Jemima 7. Recess 8. St Trinian's 9. Purple and yellow 10. Matchstalk Men And Matchstalk Cats And Dogs Crossword solution

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Llanferres News & Views Sept 2011  

September 2011 edition of the magazine for Llanferres and District, North Wales

Llanferres News & Views Sept 2011  

September 2011 edition of the magazine for Llanferres and District, North Wales