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ISSUE 132 July/August 2009



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Welcome Welcome to the Summer edition of News & Views. There was a packed June calendar of events and we hope to carry some more photographs in the next edition of News & Views, as several took place too late in the month for inclusion in this issue.

HIMALAYAN BALSAM working party Sunday 5th July For details contact Dave Clough (810802) or Graham Harvey (810362)


We had a very pleasant hour or so at the book swap and agreed to vary the The next book swap will be on day of the week for future swap evenings to allow others to attend Wednesday 19th August who may have commitments on 7.30p.m. certain days of the week. The next at 2 Cae Gwyn, Llanferres meeting will be in August due to holiday commitments. The idea is; everyone brings along a book or books they have enjoyed It was disturbing to hear of one and would not mind lending. You resident’s experience from the Gallon can then spend a pleasant hour or Walk, and we wondered if any others so browsing through all the books in the community had views they others have brought along, take would like to share on this event, positive or negative? away up to five to read - then return them at the next event. Paul & Siobhan Entry fee - £1 which includes a glass Email us at of wine or a cup of tea/coffee. All welcome or ring us 810566

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Birthdays this month Happy Birthday to the following Iwan Thomas on 3rd July Aislingh O'Garra who is 21 on 7th July Alec Thomas who is 19 12th July Siôn Edwards who is 19 on 12th July Ben Ussher who is 20 on 14th July Sam Llewellyn who is 14 on 20th July Helen Evans on 31st July Isabella Foulkes who is 8 on 1st August Isaac Le Vay who is 10 on 1st August Enya McGuire who is 12 on 1st August Alexi Gould who is 12 on 5th August Niamh Roberts who is 13 on 6th August Emily Prtak who is 14 on 10th August Theo Le Vay who is 8 on 10th August Max Griffiths who is 16 on 11th August Barry Roberts on 17th August Josie Le Vay who is 12 on 23rd August Gemma Madigan who is 11 on 24th August If you would like a birthday or special announcement included in News & Views please send the details to : Or 2 Cae Gwyn, Llanferres, CH7 5SL

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Llanferres Parish Gardening Club Our last meeting was held on June 8th when we welcomed three new members. After the business, the chairman introduced Anthony Norman with his topic on the night entitled "Climbers". After a range of slides showing the different situations and associated climbing structures, Mr Norman then talked about the diversity of climbing plants that he had brought as samples and members were then able to buy. On June 13th four members who have been involved in creating the wildlife garden at Loggerheads Park explained to visitors the purpose of the garden which is to encourage all wildlife from the smallest spider to bees, butterflies, birds, amphibians and even voles. The next club meeting will be a visit to Yellow Book Garden "Leeswood Green Farm" on Monday July 6th meeting at the Church at 6.30pm for car sharing travel. The cost is £5 - garden entrance and refreshments included. A Show Schedule should be with this News & Views Magazine, if not please contact either myself or the Show Secretary. . Hon Show Secretary David Jones É 01352 810511

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Community Council News No response has been received to Mrs Dillon`s letter to Gwernymynydd Community Council about this matter. Apologies: Cllr Jac Armstrong, Cllr Parking in Cae Derwen:-ongoing, North Wales Police have been consultYvonne Foden McCorry ed. Meeting open to the Public Recycling:-The blue and white bags used Risk Assessment:-Councillors will in rural areas are not being supplied to meet on Thursday 18th June to conproperties on the approach roads to duct an assessment of Community Maeshafn or to the houses at the top of assets. Rectory Lane Llanferres. Cllr Christine MADRA will be contacted regarding the annual arrangements for festive Evans will make enquiries. Aberduna Quarry:-The Planning lights on the Christmas tree in Consent granted in 1998 included Maeshafn. mitigation measures which allowed for a trust to be set up to administer an Bills:-Water bill for Llanferres fountain, area of land in Maeshafn for recreation £24.12(a refund of £11 has been received following the water contamipurposes. It now appears that Aberduna Quarry nation episode.) do not own the land in question and With the payment of £936.10 ( to be are therefore unable to comply with the claimed from the member`s priority conditions. Denbighshire County fund) for the notice boards at Tafarn y Council will be contacted in the hope Gelyn and Pant Du Mrs Dillon will point that they will assist in clarifying the out that it is difficult to pin notices to the boards due to the hardness of the situation. wood . The Minutes of the last meeting on Council Clerk`s Salary. Council Clerk`s SLCC conference May 14th were accepted and signed. fee,£24.50. Matters Arising: Park House, ongo- Quotation accepted for final bus shelter information boards, £660. ing, no progress to report. Bryn Ffynnon:-Cllr Rob Armstrong has Planning Matters Replacement been contacted by Mrs Jelley and has 2009/0348/PF been advised that the hedge cutting is dwelling(revised), Bracken Hill,Village Road, Maeshafn. GRANTED in hand. Roadside Parking at Loggerheads:- 2009/0528/AC Conditional details for Complicated by the fact that the park- 21/2008/0359/PF. Ty Pren, Hendre ing is on a Trunk Road and therefore Foelas, Pant Du Road, Eryrys. not the responsibility of Denbighshire APPROVED. County Council. Cllr Christine Evans is 2007/1537/AC Conditional details of pursuing this matter through contact signage. Bryn Ffynnon Farm, Llanwith the Highways Safety Officer at the ferres. APPROVED National Trunk Roads Agency.

Community Council Meeting 11th June 2009

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Community Council News Presentation of Accounts:-Council accounts for the year ending March 2009 were accepted for Audit and signed by the Chairman. Maeshafn Playing Field: Councillors considered requests for expenditure on play equipment for the Playing Field. It was agreed to authorise the purchase of a Junior Swing at a cost of £2200, £1927.50 of which will be met by the member`s priority fund. Denbighshire County Council will be asked for assistance with other items such as safety surfacing.

An appeal by the Representative Body of The Church in Wales against the decision of Denbighshire County Council to refuse permission for the development of the Glebe Field, Rectory Lane has been allowed. Permission has been granted for the formation of a new vehicular and pedestrian access and construction of 5 residential units, including 2 affordable units. Welsh Assembly Government consultation paper re changes to Audit Regulations. Response:-no changes to be made.

Matters brought to Councillor`s attention :-WARNING Residents using woodland pathways in the Maeshafn area, particularly in the Big Covert, are warned that barbed wire barriers are being placed across some paths in an Logging Group:- Deliveries will re- extremely dangerous manner. commence shortly. Cheques to the The Police are investigating and warning notices are in place. value of £210 have been received. (Community Police Constable:- PC Bus Shelters:- ongoing. Information Osian Davies 07800 993 721 ) Boards ordered. The window of the Bus Shelter in Correspondence:-A mutually accept- Llanferres is obscured by the hedge. able date is being sought when a meet- Cllr Rob Armstrong will attend to this ing may be arranged between Dr matter. Mohammed Mehmet, Chief Executive, DCC, Cllr Christine Evans and The next meeting will be on Thursday the 9th of July. Councillors. The meeting will be from September Vice Chairman and is intended to discuss the delivery David Jones of County services in our area. An invitation to councillors for a meeting with Mr Darren Millar AM was accepted. Planning Inspectorate. Appeal Decision, The Glebe Field Field adjacent to the school:-Outline proposals have been sent to the AONB management committee. No response received. An outline Planning Application has to be completed.

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Church News Services in July/August Sundays in July 5th Holy Communion 12th Morning Service 19th Holy Communion 26th Holy Communion Sundays in August 2nd Holy Communion 9th Morning Service th 16 Holy Communion 23rd Holy Communion 30th No service in Llanferres The fifth Sunday service for August will be held at 10.30 a.m. in Gwernaffield. Fun in the Garden Please see separate report on Page 17 on Fun in the Garden; just to say we are very grateful for the enormous support we received from so many people, enabling us to raise over ÂŁ1,000. Just over half of this will go to the orphanage in India. Veneziana Fund We have now received a cheque in the sum of ÂŁ370 from this fund which is directed towards churches and buildings over 200 years old. This will offset some of the cost of renewing the Vestry roof which was completed last autumn. Every time you eat a Veneziana Pizza, a small sum goes into this fund, which was originally set up to aid Venice when a vast number of buildings were flooded. We have to wait 5 years before we can apply again for funds. Induction of New Rector Our new Rector is to be the Reverend Adrian Copping, currently Rector in the Bangor-on-Dee area. He will be inducted at a special service in Gwernaffield on Monday 7th September at 7.00 p.m. His first Communion in Llanferres will be on Sunday 13th at 3 p.m. It would be helpful if those wishing to attend the induction could inform Churchwardens as there will be refreshments afterwards.

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July Diary Dates 1st








Village Campfire and Camp Out



Himalayan Balsam Working Party; Holy Communion 10.a.m.


Mon Gardening Club Meeting



8th 9th

Wed Brynhyfryd School Fair Thu Community Council Meeting

W.I. Meeting

10th Fri 11th Sat 12th Sun Morning Service 10a.m. 13th Mon 14th Tue 15th Wed 16th Thu 17th Fri

Schools finish for the Summer Holidays

18th Sat 19th Sun

Holy Communion 10a.m.

20th Mon 21st Tue 22nd Wed 23rd Thu 24th Fri 25th Sat 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th 31st

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

Holy Communion 10a.m. Children’s Cookery School, Children’s Cookery School, Children’s Cookery School, Children’s Cookery School, Children’s Cookery School,

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August Diary Dates 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th 31st

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Holy Communion 10a.m. Senio Citizens outing to Ruthin Castle

Morning Service Gardening Club Meeting

Holy Communion 10a.m.

Book Swap 7.30p.m. Deadline for September News & Views

Holy Communion 10a.m.

Church Service in Gwernaffield 10.30a.m. Summer Bank Holiday

Three important September dates: Schools reopen Thurs 3rd Sept Annual Garden Club Show Saturday 5th Sept. Merida Mountain Bike Event Sunday 20th Sept.

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Llanferres W.I. Llanferres’ W.I. June meeting President Mrs Maureen Hill opened the meeting and accepted apologies from absent members. In the absence of both Secretary and ViceSecretary Mrs Hill read last month's minutes & signed them once accepted.

The Raffle was won by Mrs Joan Almond & Mrs Vera Stobbs.

Mrs Beryl Davies presented her Treasurer's Report & Mrs Beryl Hughes a Leete Group Report which detailed an outing to Welshpool on September 9th & the Autumn Meeting which we will host on Oct 14th.

Mrs Headley then presented a short Quiz which was won by Mrs Stobbs.

Correspondence was discussed and the Newsletter briefly read. Llanferres Senior Citizens have invited us to join them on their outing to Ruthin Castle on August 4th for a tour of the castle and afternoon tea. It was agreed we will do this instead of our outing to Stonyford Cottage Nursery later that week.


The Competition for a single Flower of the month was won by Mrs Davies, 2nd Mrs Gay Headley, 3rd Mrs Hill.

Next month: Guest Afternoon. Competition: Members' Artwork, to be judged by our guests. Gay Headley


Mrs Hill then gave a brief report of the AGM at the Albert Hall. Arrangements for our Guest After- Professional, reliable service noon were discussed and refresh- Telephone: 01352 750342 ment list circulated. Mobile: 07933 803 972 Email: Mrs Betty Cook & Mrs Hughes then Address: served refreshments. 28 Parc Hendy Mold CH7 1TH

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Monthly Recipe from CAFFI FLORENCE

Home made pizza With the school holidays fast approaching, this is a great recipe for young people to make either by themselves or with some adult help. This recipe involves making the base from scratch which is not difficult and great fun. If you want to make it quicker and easier, just buy a pizza base.

Basic Bread recipe 375g strong bread flour Pinch of salt 225 ml of tepid water (38 degrees C) 10 gram of sugar 25 gram of fresh yeast or 3 tablespoons of dried yeast. 50 ml olive oil Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the tepid water, the sugar helps to activate the yeast. After about 5 minutes the water should make a fizzing sound if you hold your ear to it. Place the flour, salt and oil in to a bowl and roughly mix together. Add the water & yeast mix and knead until a soft dough is formed. After the dough is formed place onto a lightly floured work surface and allow to rest for a couple of minutes. The dough should have a elastic texture. If it is a little tight it needs kneading a little more. Roll dough into flat round disk. Cover with a thin layer of tomato puree and toppings of choice and finally cheese. Allow to rise until dough has doubled in size. Bake in a hot over 220 C for about 10 minutes.

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BRYNHYFRYD SCHOOL FAIR Wednesday 8th July 6.30p.m.

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Fun in the Garden Magic weather, fun afternoon and good result for charity ....... For the fifth year in a row, the "Fun in the Garden" was been blessed with good weather. About 100 people from Llanferres, Mold and destinations as far away as Preston and Rutland gathered together in Llanferres to enjoy an excellent finger buffet lunch, various garden games and a relaxing time in the large and attractive garden of Patrick and Daryl Austin. Entertainment was kindly provided by "Sus", a magician; his

tricks, as last year, were enjoyed by the many children as well as the adults. A short talk was given by Bob Capper about this year's chosen charity, The Harvest Mission for Orphans in Visakhapatnam India. The event was jointly held by Llanferres Parish Church and the Rotary Club of Mold. Over ÂŁ1,000 was

raised and this will be shared between the Church and the Orphanage. The organisers are grateful to all those who contributed to the event and their thanks go to Absolute Cutters of Mold, the Beaufort Park Hotel and Caffi Florence who gave the star raffle prizes. The Druid Inn of Llanferres kindly contributed some of the soft drinks.

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Mr Ian Bell Kingswood Colemendy 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 All entry forms must be received by 6pm on Wednesday September 2nd 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—36 Vegetables and Fruit FLOWER SECTION: Restricted Classes 40—62 Flowers LARGEST PRODUCE SECTION: Restricted Classes 65—81 FLORAL ART SECTION: Open Classes 85—91 POT PLANT SECTION: Restricted Classes 95—107 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—155 ADULT HANDICRAFT: Open Classes 160—167 ART SECTION: Restricted but to include Colomendy Art Group Adult Classes 170—175 Junior Classes 176—179 (Open Classes)

Restricted Classes = Llanferres Residents and Club Members.. All other classes open .

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County Councillor's Report Dear all It’s now eight weeks since my ankle replacement op. I was doing brilliantly until last week, when I was in Glasgow, I walked too far and now am back on crutches and in severe pain! Fortunately I have been able to get to most council meetings, as I now have a driver, who is being paid for by travel expenses!! (Although I’m not really giving him very much!) The only meeting with any local consequences was a rural transport forum, which I chaired on 16th June. The bus services between Ruthin and Mold were discussed and I am very grateful to Bob Barton, for attending, as he uses the local bus service, and was therefore able to contribute usefully to the discussions.

Whilst I was in Glasgow I realised just how lucky we all are to live in our beautiful part of Denbighshire. I was on the Glasgow to Edinburgh train at 8.30 a.m. one morning, when a very drunken and embittered ex-member of the armed services sat next to me. He became verbally abusive and I had to call the conductor who put him off at the next stop. As the man was escorted off the train he turned to me and said:”you’re a very lucky (something unrepeatable) I’ve got a knife in my pocket”. It was only after he got off that I realised how lucky I was to avoid injury and I reflected on how fortunate we are to live in such a civilised and ordered community in rural Denbighshire. I will be more mobile in the nest month or so, I wish everyone a lovely summer and I will report again in the September issue.

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Glebe Field, Llanferres Proposed development of the Glebe Field by the Representative Body of the Church in Wales. The St Berres Parochial Church Council deeply regrets the granting of planning permission on the Glebe Field. The PCC has consistently opposed the decision made in Cardiff by the Representative Body of the Church in Wales. The PCC are continuing their opposition and have sent a strongly worded letter to Bishop Gregory of St Asaph, expressing our views. We have requested a site meeting in the near future, with a view to making the Bishop aware of the views of the PCC and of the residents of Llanferres. We wish to thank all residents for their active support in this matter, Cllr Rob Armstrong, Member of St Berres PCC

Need to bulk freeze? we now have a Blast Freezer for freezing Dtoi's meals. We can freeze 30 -40 kgs down to -18 C in a little over an hour. If anybody has a large glut of vegetables at the end of the summer they are welcome to bring them round for blast freezing which is much better, in terms of preserving quality, than simply sticking them in the deep freeze. Give us a call on 810362 Graham & Dtoi Harvey

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Ysgol Bro Famau Sports Day

Llanferres Year 6 girls enjoying the day Top two photographs courtesy of Emma Dovey

A celebratory lap for the winning house teamClwyd

Mrs Hilton rounds off a lovely day

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Maeshafn Cricket Club News The season is going with a swing so far. We have only missed one game to date due to weather, which is the same as last year (most players judge the quality of the summer by the number of missed opportunities to clatter a cricket ball around a field), and are thoroughly enjoying playing in the North Wales Cricket League. We entered the Welsh Cup for the first and last time, having been absolutely thrashed by Marchwiel & Wrexham, who fielded their professional Australian fast bowler to speed the game up a bit!

Maeshafn players include the forever present Steve Pugh, a mass of bruises and damaged limbs from his time behind the stumps. Best known for his wicketkeeping, he did hit the winning runs in a recent tight match on Anglesey, much to the amazement of his team mates. Dave Williams is the captain, and probably best known round the villages for his resemblance to a former Sheffield United player of a similar name. We have about 8-9 players left from the two villages out of a squad of 20, and the remainder are a mix of players from across the area. Would be nice to keep the link strong, so anyone wanting to come along for practice or friendlies on Wednesday nights at Nercwys or Shotton would be very welcome.

We have won two league fixtures against good opposition, and also beaten a number of good teams in friendlies. We have a qualified coach giving regular sessions and the team is very different to the eclectic mix we were a few years ago. Hopefully by the time you read this we will be vying for promotion to League 5. Results this year so far: Blokes from Llanferres who have played so far are Sean Thomas and Tom Hall. Tom has become a regular in the side, and bowls terrifyingly quickly, as well as having a good eye for launching cricket balls as far as they will go whenever given the chance (when he actually hits them rather than missing). Sean Thomas is doing well in the field and worksd hard throughout the game to unnerve the opposition with his accurate throws. Not had a chance to demonstrate his batting prowess yet, but his moment of glory will come.

19.04.09 Carmel CC Friendly XI (Home) - Won 26.04.09 Corwen 2nds (Away) - Lost (3-7) 02.05.09 Liverpool Diocese (Home) Friendly Won 09.05.09 Castell Alun 2nds (Home) Won (8-2) 16.05.09 Ruthin 2nds (Away) - Lost (2-8) 20.05.09 Kinnerton CC (Home) Friendly Won 23.05.09 Menai Bridge 3rds (Home) Lost (4-6) Continued over the page

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Maeshafn Cricket Club News 24.05.09 Marchwiel (Welsh Cup) (Away) - Annihilated 30.05.09 Anglesey Aluminium 2nds (Away) Won (6-4) 03.06.09 West Kirby Wasps (Away) Friendly, 6.30pm Lost 06.06.09 Bala 2nds (Home) Cancelled - Rain

The club is also going on tour in a minibus to Hastings for the weekend in July - social punters welcome to boost the ranks. Any questions, get in touch! Jonathan Fagan, Secretary 810373,

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YSGOL BRO FAMAU 100 CLUB YSGOL BRO FAMAU 100 CLUB The PTFA would like to thank all the people who have supported the 100 Club over the last year. We raised £550, which has been used to buy books and equipment for school.

THANK YOU. This is also an early reminder that there will be a new 100 Club starting in September. I will be posting envelopes through doors before then if you wish to participate. HOW IT WORKS Each number costs £12 per year - you can have as many numbers as you like. Numbers are drawn each month (except August - 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 in the 100 Club the greater the prize money. If you would like to know more or purchase a number please contact Jackie Godfrey at 29 Cae Gwyn Tel 810872 Thank you again on behalf of the PTFA

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Bro Famau News & Views TEACHER: Young man, you've The sound of seagulls squawking for food, been late for school five days this week. people laughing at Punch and Judy, I’m disappointed in you. Does that make you happy? children playing in the water, PUPIL:Yeah! That means it's Friday!

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Dates for Your Diary Wednesday 1st July Friday 3rd July Monday 6th July- Wed 8th July Friday 17th July Thursday 3rd September

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Here comes another Blue Bag collection! The last collection of “Blue Bags” from Ysgol Bro Famau, Llanferres was a great success. Can we do it again please? The date for the next collection has been confirmed as: Wednesday

15th July 2009 Bags will be collected from the school at 10am. The blue bags will be circulated soon, but don’t worry if you don’t get one – a CLEAN bin bag will do fine. If you have any queries about the collection, or difficulty getting your bag(s) to school, please phone Fran on 01352 810261 Bag2School is interested in collecting good quality adults’ and children's clothing, bedding, curtains, soft toys, shoes, belts and handbags. All items are for RE-USE. No Bric a Brac please

Here is another update on what the PTFA has bought recently: Complete new school library system - £2000.00+ Science equipment for all ages - £1700.00+ Maths learning aids - £300.00+ New football strip - £70.00 Music resources - £120.00 Computer reading aids Plus loads of other things including a Christmas party! NONE of which would have been affordable out of the budget that the government gives to the school each year. The support we get from parents and the wider community is vital – so thank you again. If you wish to find out more about the Bag2School scheme – their web address is:

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Nature Notes Readers will have seen in the press and on television that there has been an unprecedented influx of painted lady butterflies this year. Nowhere was it more evident than on a sunny 30th May at Bodnant Gardens where they could be seen in their thousands. Blue flowers particularly attracted them with many quite small plants hosting eight or nine specimens. The sound of camera shutters was almost deafening! I did a walk round our district the following day and found them widely scattered but in only small numbers. On that day I recorded eleven species but only a total of fifty two specimens both small counts for the time of year. The painted ladies started in North Africa, especially in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The migration begins around January and they progress northwards through Europe, breeding as they go until they arrive in Britain usually in early June. Each generation takes about five to six weeks to complete its life cycle - the adult insects living about two weeks. So if the migration starts in late January it is probably the fifth generation that arrives in Britain. While here they will normally produce two generations, the caterpillars feeding on several species of thistle, before being killed off by the cold weather. The butterflies need a body temperature of about 27째C to be able to fly. It was once thought that the butterflies started a reverse migration back to Africa in the autumn but not a single butterfly has ever been recorded

heading south. Why this migration takes place is a mystery as it seems to be of no benefit to the survival of the species which is probably the most widespread butterfly in the world as it can be found in North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Flowering widely at the moment is hedge woundwort(Stachys sylvatica). Growing to about fifteen to eighteen inches(20 - 45cm) tall it has the typical square stems of the mint family, to which it belongs, and carries beetroot-red flowers decorated with white spots. It has long been regarded as a country remedy for cuts and wounds and the oil it contains has been proved to have antiseptic properties. The leaves were used as a poultice or made into ointments or infusions and in ancient times it was regarded almost as a cure-all. Its close relatives, the marsh woundwort and betony were thought to have even better qualities yet field woundwort has no healing benefits at all. Betony was also planted in churchyards to ward off evil spirits which seems rather strange but perhaps early Christians believed in hedging their bets. It is pleasing to note that otters are still active on our local river and streams. I keep finding new spraints (droppings) showing that the animals have recently passed that way although I have yet to see one as they are mostly nocturnal. at are other peoples impressions?

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1 Of high moral values (5) 2 Travel (11) 3 Hot drink (3) 4 Planning (11) 5 Fashion (5) 7 Brother of your father or mother (5) 10 Circulate (5) 11 Exceptionally bad (5) 14 Allowed by official rules (5) 16 To have been in possession of (3)

Neighbourhood (5) Characters (5) Luckily (11) Second person pronoun (3) 9 High quality porcelain (5) 12 Regions (5) 13 Entirely (3) 15 Causing dread or terror (11) 17 Bordered (5) 18 Long and narrow strip of water (5) Last month’s quiz answers 1. Edinburgh 2. Asia 3. Dublin ("Dubh Linn" in Irish means "black pool") 4. New Hampshire 5. India 6. Switzerland 7. Oxford 8. Iceland 9. Liliane Bettencourt, the 86-year-old daughter of L'Oreal founder Eugene Schueller 10. Indonesia

Family Quiz 1. What is the fastest thing in the universe? 2. Who became Queen in 1542 when Last she was only 7 days old? month’s 3. What was the first full length crossanimated film, released in 1937? word 4. Who was the first man in space? solution 5. Which is the smallest country in the world? 6. In which year did World War I begin? 7. What was the world’s first underground railway? 8. What is the longest word (with 45 letters) in the Oxford English Dictionary? 9. Who discovered penicillin in 1928? 10. Who wrote the novel Pride and Prejudice?

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FIELD TO LET 2½ acre field to let in Llanferres suitable for pony/horse grazing. Please ring 01352 810582 for details

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Need a builder? Look no further We undertake all types of building work and property maintenance – Extensions – Loft conversions – Conservatories Call us now for a competitive quotation: – Ground work – Landscape Gardening Tel: Dave Collins: 07790 025 538 – Decking or Steve Hughes: 07816 630 171 – Fencing – Property maintenance

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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.

‘Llain Hir’ – 4-bedroom house, sleeps 8 (+cot). Situated on seafront with first floor balcony providing superb views of St Tudwal’s islands and the Cambrian coastline. The house is literally a stone’s throw from the beach, within walking distance of the town centre, Pwllheli Golf Club, the leisure centre and the marina. All bed linen provided along with well equipped kitchen, colour TV, washing machine, dishwasher etc and barbecue area to the rear. Pets welcome by prior arrangement.

For bookings or enquiries please Available all year round for weekly lets ring Simon or June Lovell. from £245, or mid week/long weekend Tel: 01352 810582 breaks. Mob: 07900 404767

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Solid oak flooring Fitted to a high standard Supply or fit only Fully qualified Belgian carpenter Most aspects of carpentry undertaken: 路 路 路 路

Kitchen Fitting Doors Skirting Boards Book Cases etc.

Phone for a free quotation: Tel: 07733 032 730 Email:


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 Chris Griffiths Tel: 810853. Church - Rev. Jean Stephens, NSM, Noddfa, Pen y Fron Rd, Pantymwyn, CH7 5EF Tel: 01352 740037 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 Library (mobile) - Every 3rd week. Maeshafn, 9:40am- 10.10am Tafam-y-Gelyn, 10.20-10.40am Llanferres Tyn Llan,10:45am -11:20am 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 Mini Bus Bookings - Contact Sian Hilton, Ysgol Bro Famau 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:

News & Views Jul/Aug 09  

Summer edition of magazine for Llanferres community

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