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ISSUE 136 December 2009/ January 2010

Merry Christmas Nadolig Llawen


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Welcome Welcome to the December January issue of News & Views.


We’re looking forward to the challenges of 2010 - please continue Many thanks for the very generous to let us have your contributions, donations that are still being ideas and pictures. gratefully received, and also for your The next issue will be out at the encouragement and kind words. beginning of February, so until then It’s almost a year since we started wishing all readers a wonderful work on our first issue in early Christmas and peaceful New Year. January 2009. We’ve learnt something new every month and 10 Thank you. issues later we’ve finally got the hang Paul & Siobhan of it! Our dining table looks like a production line on publication weekends and all family members (plus any unsuspecting visitors) are drafted in to staple, fold, count & pack!

Notices Congratulations to on reaching a landmark Birthday ...

Louisa, Steve and Jack

are pleased to announce a new addition to the Roberts family baby Adam arrived safely and Hope you have a wonderful speedily on 11/10/09 weighing 7lbs. birthday. A big THANK YOU to everyone for their cards and gifts which have been Love and Best Wishes from much appreciated.


would like to say Congratulations thank you to all our friends and to James Logan family for their cards, gifts and good on the completion of his wishes and helping us celebrate Plumbing Apprenticeship - now Doug's umty tum birthday. a fully qualified plumber! We hope you all had as good a time as we did and we would like to thank Lee Love from and Steve for their entertainment and Mum, Dad & David Jane and Gill for helping with the food.

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December & January Birthdays Happy Birthday to the following December Birthdays Dave Ivanoff on 1st December William Fellows who will be 10 on 8th December Julie Dolan on 10th December Gwyneth Logan on 13th December Sheila Hawkes on 14th December Steve Clarke on 18th December Ian Logan on 19th December Colin Thomas on 21st December Derrick Evans on 27th December Lizzie Gothorp who will be 12 on 28th December Luke Givelin who will be 14 on 28th December Vera Stobbs on 29th December Charlie Baines who will be 13 on 31st December January Birthdays Andy Evans on 5th January Declan Bonar who will be 12 on 6th January Deborah Joanne Lovell who will be 14 on 9th January Joshua Carney who will be 14 On 10th January Angharad Ivanoff on 18th January Dave Moore on 18th January Ellie Ashworth who will be 16 on 21st January Alun Edwards who will be 11 on 23rd January Nick Partak who will be 12 on 24th January Suzie Moore on 27th January Rebecca Clarke who will be 15 on 27th January Hafina Cordiner who will be 12 on 27th January Helen Llewellyn on 27th January Gary Myles on 28th January Sam Shillito on 29th January Louis Carney who will be 13 on 30th January

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Llanferres Parish Gardening Club The final meeting of the year, which was held on Monday 9th November, was our Annual General Meeting. After the official reports - Secretary's and Treasurer's - the Chairman thanked all members who had helped in any way with the show and with the running of the club during the past year, emphasising that without their help neither could continue. The election of officers then took place:Mr J Almond Chairman Mr T McKinstry Vice Chairman Mrs J Almond Hon Secretary Mr J Roberts Hon Treasurer Hon Show Secretary Mr D Jones Committee Members:Mrs G Roberts, Mrs M Barton, Mrs J Mc Kinstry As our finances are still stable, it was agreed that the Annual Subscription of ÂŁ4.00 should remain unchanged for 2010. After the business had finished, members enjoyed an illustrated lecture given by the Rev Hugh Linn entitled "Look North - Anglesey to the Arctic". It was the story of bird migration and illustrated the distances some species travel to find their specific needs for feeding and breeding. A well illustrated talk which fascinated many members who enjoy visits from more common species in their own gardens. As this was our last meeting of 2009, NEW EXPRESS THROUGH BUS may I wish members and readers DAILY sincere Season Greetings and look forward to another year of talks and Ruthin 9.25am visits in 2010. Llanferres 9.39am Mold Chester 10.25am

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Community Council News Llanferres Community Council Llangynhafal. Two County Councillors Meeting November 12th 2009 are envisaged for this ward. Apologies: Cllr. Olive Parry Councillors do not support this proposal. Cllr Christine Evans outlined an alternaLoggerheads Country Park Manage- tive arrangement of two wards 1:-Llanment Plan The meeting was addressed ferres, Llanbedr D.C. and Llangynhafal ; by Lorna Jenner, a consultant who is and 2:-Llanarmon yn Ial, Llandegla and conducting research into the impact that Bryneglwys. There would be one the Country Park has on the community. councillor to each ward. The results of the survey will be consid- Councillors agreed to support this ered during the preparation of a new proposal. management plan. Issues raised included parking, bus serv- The Minutes of the Meeting held on the ices, signs, inconsiderate use of land 8th October 2009 were accepted and through which footpaths pass, opening signed. times of the visitor centre and volunteer Involvement. Any comments may be Matters Arising Councillors wish to sent to Ms Jenner via Loggerheads staff. thank members of the public for their support at the Remembrance Day Meeting Open to the Public A meeting Service. to discuss the supply of equipment is Cllr Christine Evans will be arranging anbeing held at Maeshafn playing field at other surgery, date to be decided. 1pm on Saturday 21st November. Trees on The Heulog; no response from Scottish Power re. trimming. Proposed Local Development Plan :- Bus Shelter notice boards, near complecomments were received regarding a tion and will be fitted as soon as possible. candidate site in Tafarn y Gelyn Telephone kiosk at Maeshafn:-ongoing. (The Deposit Stage of the L.D.P. ends Inquiry into Public footpaths 10 and12 on November 30th ). diversion order will now be held on Dec.12th 2009. Councillors received a report of a plan- Tourist sign in Maeshafn; no response ning inquiry re. Camp Alyn, Tafarn y Ge- received. lyn. Councillors expressed their thanks to Mr Brian Hughes, Cae Derwen for refurbishBoundary Commission Proposals ing the bench near the Memorial Stone The Boundary Commission have "No Entry" signs on an entrance near the proposed a rearrangement of County lower Moel Famau car park have yet to Council wards in Denbighshire which will be replaced. take effect in time for the 2012 local elections. Llanferres is included in a ward Field Adjacent to Ysgol Bro with Bryneglwys, Llanarmon yn Ial, Famau The plans submitted to Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Llandegla and D.C.C planning department have

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Community Council News been returned with a request for fur- opportunity to meet Dr Mehmet. ther information. There were useful discussions about planning matters and the possibility Cluster Meeting Report The of a dedicated officer being employed meeting was attended by Cllrs. John at County Hall to be a first contact for Almond, Yvonne Foden-McCorry and Community Councils. David Jones Requests for Financial Assistance Items discussed:-The Deposit phase None Granted of the Local Development Plan; the Bills It was agreed to pay the Clerk`s gathering of information so that Salary. policies concerning community Planning Matters: None to be disissues may be developed and Lei- cussed sure Services in the future. A mobile Logging Group The payment youth facility for use in rural commu- of ÂŁ45 expenses was agreed. A total nities is being launched this month. of ÂŁ315 has been paid in to the acA special meeting to discuss Codes count. of Conduct will be held at a later date. Correspondence Denbighshire County Council:-Invitation to an Moel Findeg AGM 26.10.2009 evening meeting at Theatr Elwy, Councillor`s received a report by Cllr. Ysgol Glan Clwyd on Nov 26th. Cllrs John Almond.:- The aim is to restore John Almond and David Jones will much of the mountain to `Lowland attend. Heath, a very valuable habitat. Tree Invitation from the Chairman of D.C.C thinning continues, to create a more to join the Christmas Celebration in open woodland with glades, which St Asaph Cathedral on Dec. 2nd. tends to be more conducive to wildlife Welsh Assembly Government: such as birds and butterflies. Brack- Consultation document on Proposed en is being controlled by rolling and Guidance for the improvement of Fire in some areas by spraying. In newly and Rescue Authorities in Wales. created open areas saplings are being controlled by hand pulling, Matters brought to Councillor`s which is labour intensive. Some are- Attention The parking problem as may benefit from grazing by in Cae Derwen appears to have been Hebridean sheep, but fencing and resolved. gates would then be required. Lights in the area of the Church are not working. Cllr.Rob Armstrong will Meeting with D.C.C Chief Execu- investigate. tive Officer Dr Mohammed Mehmet Five Councillors were able to attend Date of the Next Meeting the meeting which had been ar- Thursday 10th December 2009 ranged by Cllr Christine Evans to give Community Councillors the David Jones, Vice Chairman.

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To All Our Wonderful friends in the village, we’d like to wish you all a very Peaceful Christmas & A Healthy New Year Don, Yvonne & Teale A donation in lieu has been made to News & Views

Chris & Josh Griffiths wish everyone A Very Merry Christmnas & A Happy New year

Elaine, Aislingh and Lauren O’Garra would like to wish everyone A Wonderful Christmas and A Happy New Year

Sean Llywela, Ceri, Iwan and Alec wish all their friends A Very Merry Christmas and A Very Happy and Prosperous 2010

Wishing all our friends in the village a very ‘Happy Christmas’ and here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2010! Love from Simon June Deborah and Jessica Lovell

Christmas Greetings to all our neighbours and friends From The Clarkes

Christmas Greetings to all our friends in Llanferres Ian, Gwyneth, David and James

Tim, June & Tom Healy would like to wish all their friends in the village a Very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year A donation will be sent to The Alzheimer’s Society in lieu of cards this year

Colin and Barbara Thomas would like to wish all their friends and neighbours a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to everyone in the community & Thank you for your generous support Paul, Siobhan, Ben, Becky & Lizzie

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December Diary Dates 1st










OAP Christmas Lunch

Christmas at Loggerheads



Holy Communion 9.30am

Christmas at Loggerheads



Cricket Club AGM 8pm Miners Arms



Bowling Club 7-9pm









Christmas at Loggerheads



Christingle Service 11am













Santa’s visit to Druid Inn 4pm



Holy Communion 9.30am Druid Christmas Draw Night 7.30pm



Christmas at Loggerheads

22nd Tue

Bowling Club 7-9pm

Community Council Meeting

Christmas at Loggerheads

Bowling Club 7-9pm Carol Service 7pm St Berres

Bowling Club 7-9pm

Christmas at Loggerheads

Christmas at Loggerheads


Wed Christmas at Loggerheads



Crib & Christmas Story Service 4.30pm St Berres Carols around the fire from 9pm Druid Midnight Mass 11.30pm St Berres



Christmas Day Communion Service 11.15am



Boxing Day











New Years Eve Party Druid

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Accidents on the A494 As some of you may be aware I have been investigating the possibility of erecting speed sensitive road signs along the A494 which runs though Llanferres. These would be similar to the sign just outside Mold as you approach from Gwernymynydd. I have received several comments from residents of Llanferres who are understandably concerned about the speeds at which some cars travel though the village. These concerns are exacerbated by the position of the school bus stop, which requires children to cross the busy road daily. I have made some progress identifying what is needed to enable us to put forward a case for installation of speed sensitive road signs. The key issue

appears to be the NUMBER OF ROAD ACCIDENTS which have occurred on that stretch of road. I need to be able to say that there have been AT LEAST 3 road traffic accidents in the last 5 years. I am aware of two and will be consulting police records to discover any additional accidents but many road accidents are settled through insurers and therefore no police record exists. IF YOU CAN THINK OF ANY ROAD ACCIDENTS WHICH HAVE OCCURRED IN THE LAST 5 YEARS ON THE A494 (THE MAIN ROAD THROUGH LLANFERRES) PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

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Thank you to everyone who attended the Remembrance Service on the 8th of November. Whilst the act of a minute’s silence must seem insignificant when compared to the sacrifices made by both Veterans and current Servicemen and women, it is an act of great poignancy that is clearly appreciated and obviously truly deserved. Cllr Jac Armstrong On behalf of Llanferres Community Council.

Llanferres OAP Welfare Christmas Lunch is being held on Saturday 5th December. Area representatives will be coming around soon to get numbers for lunch. If you are eligible to go and have not been asked please ring Sandra Jones 01352 810305. Awarded

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Llanferres W.I. Llanferres W.I. November 2009 Report President Mrs Maureen Hill and VCO Mrs Rosina Daniels presided over the meeting. Apologies were received from four absent members. In the absence if the secretary and vice-secretary, Mrs Gay Headley read the minutes and took today's. Mrs Beryl Davies presented her treasurer's report. Correspondence included thanks for our donation to "News & Views" and various flyers. The newsletter was briefly read. Mrs Davies and Mrs Headley jointly won the annual competition and will share the prize. Mrs Davies and Mrs Hill presented their annual reports. Mrs Daniels announced the result of the ballot which was reluctantly in favour of suspension of the Institute for up to 3 years. Refreshments were served by Mrs Beryl Hughes and Mrs Betty Cook. All members were presented with a scented candle and chocolates in lieu of the birthday posies Mrs Hill has been unable to prepare. Mrs Daniels then shared some jokes with us : This month's competition for wartime memorabilia was won by Mrs Davies, second Mrs Headley. Our final meeting as a W.I. will be our Christmas party next month with tea and mince pies and a quiz. As usual we will donate to charity in lieu of exchanging Christmas cards. Gay Headley

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A great place to eat and drink Loggerheads Country Park Open everyday 10am - 5pm open boxing day, new years day but not Christmas day Christmas at Loggerheads Ÿ We have commissioned a special story that will be told by our professional story teller. Ÿ You will be able to have time on your own with Father Christmas in his wonderful country grotto. Ÿ Follow this with a riverside walk following a special Christmas trail with a delicious CAFFI FLORENCE prize at the end. Every Saturday and Sunday in December plus Monday 21st Tuesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd Cost £8.50 per child Booking essential through CAFFI FLORENCE Workshops for the New Year : A great gift Our cookery, art and grow your own veg workshops make great Christmas gifts.

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Monthly recipe from CAFFI FLORENCE Homemade Cranberry Sauce Freshly made cranberry sauce is so much better than the jam like sauce that comes ready prepared. This receipe has orange and port, is incredibly easy to do and can be made in advance and frozen or kept in the fridge for several days. Ingredients 200g cranberries 1 large cooking apple 100g castor sugar 1 orange 50ml port Zest the orange and add to cranberries with 100ml water. Bring to the boil in a pan and simmer for about 5 minutes until fruit has softened. Add juice from the orange, sugar and port and stir until sugar has dissolved. Cool and refrigerate or freeze. This can be served warm or cold with your turkey and is great cold with your cold meats.

Christmas Pudding The beginning of December is not too late to make your own pudding its very easy - we made these last week in our Christmas workshop and they turned out brilliantly. Makes a 2 pint pudding to serve 6-8 550g dried fruit : currents, raisins, sultanas, dates &/or figs 50 g chopped peel 1 large cooking apple peeled and finely chopped 250ml stout zest of 1 orange & 1 lemon 100g cold grated butter 100g dark brown sugar 100g white bread crumbs 50g self raising flour 50g almonds ½ tsp each of ginger, cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg ( or 1tsp mixed spice) 2 eggs Mix dried fruit, zests and stout in a bowl and leave to soak (preferably over night). Butter inside of pudding basin. Mix dry ingredients in large bowl, Add butter, eggs and fruit and stir well. Spoon into basin about 2cm from top. Cover with greaseproof paper and foil with pleat and secure with string. Steam in pan of just boiling water, halfway up basin, for 6 hours. Check water regularly and top up. Recover with fresh paper and foil and store in cool place. Steam for 1 ½ hours to serve.

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Bring the children to meet Santa, who is visiting the Druid between 4 and 5 pm. Enjoy the festive spirit with carols and mince pies. Ask at the bar for details The Druid Christmas Draw -7.30pm Numbers now available - £1 each Usual fantastic night with great prizes Who will be this year’s big winner? Call in to buy your squares now! Carols around the fire from 9pm Bar open 12 - 2pm Bar and Kitchen open 12 - 6pm We are open all day for food and drink from Wednesday 23rd December to Monday 4th January inc, except Christmas night and Boxing Night.

Party with friends, neighbours and regulars at he Druid and see out the “noughties” in style! All welcome. Contact us for further details. Food reservations available until 8pm

FREE POOL Available Sunday - Thursday to all over 18’s who have purchased a drink at the bar (conditions apply)

WE’RE CONNECTED! Did you know that we now have a P.C. available for community use at the Druid Inn. Supported in part by a grant from ‘The pub is the hub’ with local help of Cadwyn Clwyd. The premises now has an excellent wi-fi signal and the computer and broadband connection is available to all at any time at no charge. If you are a community group, a individual or a group of people who would like to us the facilities - please call in and see us or give ring on 01352 810225.

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Homemade Soup of the Day served with a warm crusty roll Tradional homemade pheasant terrine with warm toast Goujons of fresh salmon with crunchy homemade tartare sauce Creamy garlic mushrooms en croute Traditional roast turkey served with cranberry sauce, stuffing, chipolata sausage, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy Baked trout parcel with lemon and fennel; served with seasonal vegetables and new potatoes Homemade fish pie with creamy potato topping - succulent pieces of fresh fish bound by tarragon infused creamy sauce with fluffy potato topping served with seasonal vegetables Mixed bean and butternut squash casserole with rice timbale and fresh vegetables Hot Christmas pudding served with brandy sauce Trio of ice cream served with crisp wafer Fresh raspberry trifle Homemade apple crumble served with hot custard Coffee Menu £17.50 Available 1st - 24th December Earlier dates by arrangement. Don’t forget - Discounts available for local groups Party bookings available at any time with menus designed to suit your requirements

Jim, Julie, Eleanor and all the staff at the Druid Inn wish all in the community a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year, and thank all for their continued support

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A note from the Vicar I am really looking forward to my first Christmas in Llanferres, and the four other parishes with which we are now grouped. Trying to arrange services in such a group has proved challenging but we have managed to produce a variety of opportunities to worship in the weeks leading up to and including Christmas. I won't take up space mentioning all of them as they are all listed in this magazine, but I will say something briefly about two of them. One of the challenges in a large parish grouping is what to do when big festivals mean that, much as I might like to, I cannot be everywhere at once! For many years the churches of Cilcain, Rhydymwyn and Nannerch have had a combined Chrismas (Eve) Midnight Mass and this is continuing this year. At the same time we will gather at 11.30pm, and there will also be a service at Gwernaffield. As we only have two Priests in the group to hold these services we have to ask for help to achieve this. This year the help comes in the form of The Revd Ron Evans, who is a Priest assistant to the Vicar at Connah's Quay, and who has offered to help by coming to Llanferres. I will be delighted to come to the Christmas Morning Communion service and other services in December, and my plan is that if we keep three Midnight services in the group then next year or the next year it will be my turn to come here at Midnight.

The other service to mention is a new one. I say 'new' but it will incorporate some elements that will be familiar to some. If you have younger children (or if you are at young at heart!) please read the details in the service list about the short 'Crib and Christmas Story Service' at 4.30 in the afternoon of Christmas Eve. Christmas, and the lead up to it, can be a busy and exhausting time for many people. Amidst all the busyness I do hope each one of us can take some time simply to ponder the amazing thing that Christmas is all about - that God entered into human history by coming to us as a baby in a manger a baby that grew into the saviour of all who turn to and follow him. May the light of Jesus Christ shine in all our lives this Christmas. With every blessing Adrian Give a chicken for Christmas Instead of giving Christmas cards to each other, we are donating to a CAFOD project; maybe you would like to join us? We give one card wishing everybody seasons greetings, which is put up in the church and make a donation in a box at the back of the church, or to one of the church wardens. If you forgot to do it in News and Views why not give it a try.

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Church News Services for December Sunday 6th Holy Communion 9.30 am Sunday 13th Christingle Family Service 11 am (will include a Baptism) Thursday 17th Carol Service 7.00 pm Sunday 20th Holy Communion 9.30 am Weds 24th Midnight Mass 11.30 pm Crib and Christmas Story Service 4.30 pm Friday 25th Christmas Day Communion 10.15 am Sunday 27th Combined services in Grouped Churches - Family Service at Gwernaffield Church Hall 10.00 am Holy Communon at Rhydymwyn 11.15 am. Services for January 2010 The second Sunday will be a Family Service at 11.00 a.m. All other services will be Holy Communion at 9.30 a.m.

Sherry and mince pies will be served following this service Crib and Christmas Story Service on Christmas Eve at 4.30 pm. A new short service which might be of special interest to those with younger children although anyone is welcome to come! For those that would like to there will an opportunity to help complete the Christmas Crib. We will sing some short carols, and hear the Christmas story in a fun way!

Midnight Mass and Christmas Day services. Midnight Mass will begin at 11.30 pm and, on Christmas morning, there will be a shortened service of Christmas Day Holy Communion at Christingle Service We shall be holding our usual popular 10.15 am. Christingle service at 11 a.m. on Sunday 13th December, with Christingle oranges On the first Sunday of Christfor the children to take home. The service mas which this year falls only will include the Baptism of Lexie Summer two days after Christmas Day Jones. The collection at this service will be - on the 27th the grouped for the Archbishop of Wales' Fund for churches will come together to worship. A Family Service at Children. Gwernaffield Church Hall Carol Service on Thursday 17th Decem- takes place at 10.00 am, and Holy Communion will be at ber at 7.00 pm. Rhydymwyn at 11.15 am.

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Maeshafn CC News You would be forgiven for thinking that the cricket season ends in September, and does not start again until April. However the winter is almost as busy as the summer for us, and our calendar is below. We may try and get a few indoor matches set up as well, as we are using the Argoed cricket nets this year, and have full use of the hall.

The Dave Moore Memorial Trophy Best Bowler of the Season: Tom Hall Batsman of the Season: Coenraad Rossow Wally of the Season: Phil Keidel Most Number of Ducks in the Season: Steve Pugh (quack quack). Best cricketing picture of the season: Dave Williams (see opposite).

We held our annual dinner at the Druid Tom Hall may be up for a league award in October and awards as follows: as well - will have to see. A good night was had by all, except for those people The John Harrison Trophy - Clubman in the bar (including a famous actor) of the Year: Leigh Jones who had to sit near Captain Williams Players Player of the Year: after he had consumed mushrooms Stu Applewhite and a South African concoction called Mamba Spit. We also went to Old Trafford for cricket coaching from a Lancashire CCC pro, which was enlightening, including his decision to speed a bowling machine up to 91 mph so that we could experience Allan Donald in his prime! We are always on the lookout for new local and further afield players. As I always put in these articles, it would be wonderful to keep the link to the villages very strong, but to do this we need active players.

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Maeshafn CC News There are 5 or 6 left from Maeshafn who form the backbone of the team, 3 from Llanferres, and ideally it would be good to pick a few more up. John Walker in the Miners Arms is toying with the dark side, but not quite made the leap yet (partly because Gilly would probably remove his toe nails one by one). If you happen to be a pharmacist recently moved to Maeshafn who intimated to our President Harrison after a few beers that you were very interested in the game of cricket, please feel free to get in touch! We can operate a pressganging service for any wives requiring a break on Friday nights during the winter season. Dates for your diary: Cricket Club AGM at the Miners Arms: 7th December at 8pm. Usually involves lots of intense discussions that carry on for many an hour... Winter Nets at the Argoed Sports Centre, Buckley - provisional as we have managed to include Good Friday: Friday 27 Nov Friday December 11th

Friday Jan 8th Friday Jan 22 Friday Feb 5 Friday Feb 12 Friday Feb 26 Friday March 12 Friday March 26 Friday Apr 2 8pm-10pm. We can use proper balls and have the whole hall so can also play indoor cricket if we want to. Cost likely to be ÂŁ6 each per session, but we do have a grant application in that may fund all or part of this. Please give me a ring if you want further details - includes batting, bowling, fielding and often a game of indoor cricket. All ages and abilities welcome and encouraged. Jonathan Fagan, Secretary, 810373 or

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St Berres Church, Llanferres (Part of the Grouped Churches of Llanferres, Gwernaffield, Cilcain, Rhydymwyn and Nannerch)

Christmas Services Sunday 13th December at 11.00 am Christingle Family Service Christingle oranges to take home for Christmas – and this year a baptism in the service too. (Collection to the Archbishop of Wales’ Fund for Children.)

Christmas Eve – 24th December at 4.30 pm Crib and Christmas Story Service For the young and young at heart! An opportunity to help complete the Christmas Crib – Carols – and the Christmas story in a fun way! A new, shorter service)

Christmas Eve - Midnight Mass 11.30pm on Christmas Eve night – all welcome. Christmas Day – Holy Communion – at 10.15 am (to about 11.00am) And….on the first Sunday of Christmas (27th December)…we join with our group churches in a Family Service at Gwernaffield Church Hall at 10.00 am, and Holy Communion at Rhydymwyn at 11.15 am

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Ysgol Bro Famau News YSGOL BRO FAMAU 100 CLUB Thank you to everyone who has supported the 100 Club again this year. The winners for the first 3 months are as follows. Thanks again Jackie Godfrey 100 CLUB SEPTEMBER 2009 DRAW 1st Prize


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Next Blue Bags Collection!

The next collection of Blue Bags from Ysgol Bro Famau, Llanferres will be on Wednesday 27th January at 9am. So, if you're having a New Year clear out, please remember us! Blue Bags will be handed out after Christmas, but don't worry if you don't get one, a CLEAN bin bag will do fine. If you have any queries, or difficulty getting your bag(s) to school, please phone Fran on 01352 810261. Bag2School is interested in collecting quality second hand ladies', men's and children's clothing, as well as bedding, curtains, soft toys, shoes, belts and handbags. All items are for RE-USE. No Bric a Brac Please. The Blue Bag collections in the village have raised over ÂŁ1000 for the school so far which has been spent on sports equipment, learning aids, crafts, trips out and one or two fun things too! May we take this opportunity to thank everyone for their ongoing support, and to wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas Season.

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INDOOR BOWLING CLUB We are part of the Clwyd Vale Bowling Alliance, and annually take part in a League & Knock-out competition. This year we have been drawn with Pwllglas & Henllan in the league. Each team has 12 players and play in pairs, there are 4 leagues and the winner of each league goes into a knock-out Semi-Final. The Knockout competition is a 9-a-side singles, and we WILL do better than last year as we have a bye in the 1st round. We meet Clawddnewydd away [not so good ] in the 2nd round. If you are interested and would like to take part, our club night is every Tuesday evening 7 - 9 pm. You’re never too old to try, but you will soon get old if you don't try! Josh Griffiths


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Nature Notes In last month's Nature Notes I mentioned summer migrants, willow warblers, passing through on migration back to Africa, and no sooner had my article been sent than the winter migrants arrived in the area. I noticed a big increase in robins and blackbirds. Both these species come to Britain from mainland Europe in quite large numbers but it was noticeable that most of the blackbirds were male. However, it is not possible to say whether the same applies to robins as the sexes are indistinguishable. A few days later I saw a flock of 60 to 100 fieldfares accompanied by a small number of redwings and then they quickly became widespread. On 14th November a flock, which I estimate contained 300 to 400 birds, passed over the village in successive waves. On the subject of migration, readers may remember that in my July Nature Notes I wrote that no painted lady butterflies had ever been recorded migrating south at the end of summer. How wrong that proved to be! Watchers of BBC's "Autumn Watch" will know that amateur observers were asked to look out for migrating butterflies and responded with numerous sightings so proving the experts wrong. Never underestimate the value of amateurs! It was an amateur bird watcher in America who first alerted the world to climate warming. Over very many years she recorded the date that migrant birds arrived in her garden each spring and realised that over the period they had gradually been

arriving ever earlier. She mentioned this to a scientist friend who did some research on temperature records and realised that they also had increased over the period and so began the investigation that led to the realisation of climate change. On the River Mersey, Graham Thomaset and his team of bird observers have been counting the various species of wildfowl and waders on the river, and the mudflats, from Frodsham to Stanlow for over 25 years to my knowledge. They have noted how the species have changed as the river has been cleaned up. At one time the, so called, waders were only in comparatively small numbers but, as the mudflats became less chemically polluted, their numbers increased because their food of shell fish and invertebrates were able to thrive. This was more convincing proof of the improved cleanliness than water testing alone could have provided. Over the last three years I have been recording the plants growing on the Heulog in Maeshafn, on behalf of Countryside Services at Loggerheads. Some people think of it as just a bit of waste land yet, so far, I have found 25 species of tree or shrub and 118 species of flowering plants - a total of 143 species. This year I added at least 11 new species to the list. On top of this there are many species of ferns, grasses and lichens which could be added to the list. Not bad for a bit of waste land! Yet some people refuse to acknowledge its value and treat it as

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Nature Notes

Track Santa's journey around the world ground for their garden waste at etc, even though it is an offence to deposit litter on Common Ground. May I thank all those readers who pass on their observations to me - they are always most welcome. If you have any questions you think I might be able to answer please contact me and I will do my best to help. I would also like to wish all readers a Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

The "NORAD tracks Santa" program has been around since 1955. Last year this website was visited by millions of people from all around the world who wanted to know Santa's whereabouts. By the use of radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft, the North American Air Defense (NORAD) tracks Santa's progress around the globe. Starting on Christmas Eve you can track Santa live as he makes his historical journey and see pictures as the NORAD Santa Cams take photos of Santa and his reindeer. You can even send Santa an email. His elves, Chuckles and Buckley, will be sure he gets John Almond ' 01352 810808 your mail.


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Take A Christmas Break A

B Down 1 Natural abilities (6) 2 Construct (11) 3 Impenetrable (5) 4 Relatively large (5) 5 Employment request (11) 6 Gives (4) 13 Colour (6) 14 Talk (5) 15 Walk with a stride (5) 16 Depict (4)

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Can you spot the 10 differences between the two pictures above? If you get stuck the answers are over the page

Crossword Across 1 Suitable (6) 4 Breaks open (6) 9 Sticks of wax (7) 10 Picture (5) 11 Set of circumstances (5) 12 Cherubic (7) 13 Christmas tree illumination (5,6) 18 Old word for news (7) 20 Subsequently (5) 22 Of them or themselves (5) 23 Energised (7) 24 One of Santa's reindeers (6) 25 Calendar used during December (6)

Down 1 Sinful (6) 2 Cooking stove (5) 3 Protective cover (7) 5 Utilising (5) 6 Crimson (7) 7 Chalk out (6) 8 Instituted (11) 14 Speak to an audience (7)

15 Hit at an angle (7) 19 Carer for the sick (5) 16 Declared as fact (6) 21 Deed of conveyance (5) 17 Deferred payment (6)

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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 John Almond, Chairman, 01352 810808 David Jones, Vice Chairman, 01352 810511 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.



1. The string of lights the son is carrying is missing a bulb on picture B 2. There is a bauble missing near Dad on picture A 3. The date on the calendar is different Ÿ Set in the beautiful Alyn Valley 4. There is less snow outside on picture B 5. There is a drink missing from Mum’s Ÿ Quality Care tray on picture B Ÿ Fully licensed & insured 6. More writing on the son’s box on picture B 7. Candy-cane near son has turned into a Contact: diamond-drop. 8. The light-switch to the kitchen is Lorraine Hughes missing on picture A Alyn Kennels & Cattery 9. Holly in door in picture A is mistletoe Tan-y-Craig in picture B Leete Walk 10.Baby’s tooth missing on picture B

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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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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 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. - Moira Bonar, Booking Officer Tel: 0791 063 0138 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 Senior Citizens 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 Women's Institute - Murial Shaw, Tan y Craig, Village Road, Maeshafn. Tel: 810463 (meetings Ist Thursday of the month in the Village Hall)

Please send copy by the 20th of the month for inclusion in the next issue

Contact: Paul & Siobhan Gothorp 2 Cae Gwyn Llanferres Mold CH7 5SL Tel: (01352) 810566 Email:

Llanferres News & Views Dec 09  

December 2009 edition of the magazine for Llanferres & community, North Wales

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