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Issue 173

September 2013


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Welcome September, with Bradley Wiggins amongst the stars competing in the event when it whizzes through the It looks like a busy few weeks ahead village, there’ll be good viewing in the community, starting with the opportunities at the Druid and MTB mountain bike event on Loggerheads. Saturday (31st). Apparently a few more volunteers are needed - so if you There’s whist back on the cards have a few hours available to help (sorry) and we’ve got to mention a raise funds for the playing field please fine season for Maeshafn Cricket see page 29 for details. The post-event Club coming to a conclusion, so it BBQ and drink at the Druid is worth should be an exciting month ahead! it alone! The Garden Show is still open for entries too - so still time to prepare for the big event on the 7th September (see centre pages). That day also sees the Classic Car Rally once again set off from the Druid, so another busy weekend. The Tour of Britain cycle race should be quite a spectacle too on the 18th of

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Notices September Birthdays Happy Birthday to the following Jonni Griffiths who is 11 on 2nd September Zeta Selena Le Vay who is 7 on 7th September Sam Madigan on 15th September Isabella May Jones on 15th September Tim Healy on 20th September Dewi Ivanoff on 22nd September Lauren O'Garra on 24th September Sam Godfrey who is 12 on 25th September Thomas Healy on 26th September

Mr Austin Smith Chris Smith and family would like to thank all family, friends and neighbours for their kindness during Austin's long illness and for their expressions of sympathy at the loss of Austin at the end of May. Many thanks for the cards, flowers and donations for Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Team which amounted to ÂŁ500. Thank you all so very much Chris Smith and Family.

THANK YOU The flowers, cards and messages of goodwill have been very very much appreciated. Thank you to all, it brings home the importance of being part of such a close community. Thank you all. Julie, Jim & El

VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE Next meeting: Thursday 5th. Sept at Village Hall 7.30pm.

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LLANFERRES COLOMENDY ART GROUP Our Annual Exhibition will be held at the Loggerheads Country Park on Oct. 4th, 5th. and 6th. Further details next month.

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Gardening Club news Llanferres Parish Gardening Club Our August meeting was to arrange the final details of the Annual Show. Members agreed:The Village Hall to open at 6pm on the Friday to set out the tables On Show Day, Saturday 7th September, doors will be open only 8am to 10.30am for the receipt of entries Members volunteered to monitor exhibits and act as stewards for the judges The doors will open at 2.00pm for the show The cups will be presented at approximately 2.30pm The usual auction of produce will be approximately 4pm - proceeds to be donated to the Pensioners Welfare Committee. The RNLI, St Berres Church and Countryside Services will have stalls and there will be a member's plant stall. Member Alun Williams will have a display of his own-carved walking sticks. DO NOT FORGET - entry forms must be returned to David Jones or Glenys Roberts by 6pm on Wednesday 4th September or telephoned to David Jones 01352 810511 by 6pm on 4th September. Schedules and entry forms are still available so why not try to win one of those coveted RED CARDS. Best wishes Show Secretary Mr David Jones ( 810511

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September Diary Dates 9.30am Sunday Worship















2.00pm Annual Gardening Club Show, Village Hall Vale of Clwyd Classic Car Rally



9.30am Sunday Worship


Mon 2.00pm Music Monday, Caffi Florence





7.00pm Bowls Club, Village Hall

9.30am Mother & Toddler Group, Village Hall 7.30pm Village Hall Management Committee meeting

2.00pm Over 60s Club, Village Hall 7.00pm Bowls Club, Village Hall





7.30pm Community Council Meeting, Village Hall






Mon 7.00pm Whist Evening, Village Hall

17th 18th 19th

Tue 7.00pm Bowls Club, Village Hall Wed 1.15 pm (approx) Tour of Britain comes through Llanferres Thu

9.30am Holy Communion





Mold Food & Drink Festival



9.30am Sunday Worship

23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th

Mold Food & Drink Festival Mon 7.00pm Whist Evening, Village Hall Tue 7.00pm Bowls Club, Village Hall Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 10.30am Group Holy Communion in Llanferres


Mon 7.00pm Whist Evening, Village Hall

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News from the Druid Inn

A month of sporting events M.T.B. Mountain Bike Marathon (Merida) Sat Aug 31st Be part of this exciting day to help raise funds for the Village Playing Field. All marshals can enjoy a FREE drink and BBQ At the end of the event at the Druid Inn, sponsored by Marston's and the Druid Inn (and Gilly). Please contact Danny Hurst if you haven't already to add your name to his list.

The Tour of Britain cycling event Wed Sept. 18th The Druid will be a great viewing point to watch this race pass through on its way to Llanberis. Be here prior to 12.30pm to enjoy some lunch and catch the spectacle which will pass at about 1.15pm

Classic Car Rally Sat Sept 7th The Druid is proud to host for the third year this prestigious and entertaining event organised by Guy Woodcock and his team. Why not call and see these vehicles leaving the car park early on Saturday morning and returning at the end of the day. Coffee and breakfast baps are available from 8.00am

Beer Festival We know drinking isn’t really sport, but we have a great selection of guest beers available from August 28th. York brewery, Youngs, Navigation, Adnams, Cotleigh as well as our usual Marston's Jenning's and Ringwood.

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Cyngor y Cymuned -Llanferres From the minutes of the July meeting:Present: Cllr. David Jones (Chair), Cllr. David Twomey, Cllr. Yvonne FodenMcCorry, Cllr. John Almond, Cllr. Rob Arnstrong, Cllr. Jac Armstrong, Cllr. Margaret Davies, the Clerk Mrs Gwyneth Dillon and County Councillor Martyn Holland. 1. Apologies: Cllr. Olive Parry, Cllr. Rob Jones. 2. Declarations of Interest: None declared. 3. Meeting open to the public for ten minutes: Members of the public raised concerns regarding the planning application for Coed Moel Famauapplication no 21/2013/0646. It was considered undesirable because it would increase traffic on a country lane which already had congestion problems especially when coaches were parked on the roadside. It is a natural play area and does not need artificial attractions and some already constructed are not used. It should be left in a natural state. Because of the public interest in this matter and members of the public present, the Chairman, with the approval of Councillors, brought forward the planning applications instead of leaving them to item 14. Planning matters: 21/2013/0646 Proposal: Erection of Play Structure and a Timber Cradle Nest Swing. Location: Coed Moel Famau. The Council opposed this application. Reasons - Urbanisation of a rural area; Objection to the eradication of 100 car parking spaces, which was stated as part of the planning application; No consideration given to controlling the traffic and no infrastructure to support increased traffic; Parking already compromised by coaches parked on the highway; Safety aspects of structure


not covered; Proposals should be more sensitive to an AONB. 21/2013/0797 Proposal: Erection of pitched-roof dormer-style extension at rear and conservatory at side of dwelling. Location: Erw Las, Pant Du Road, Eryrys. The Council proposed to raise no objections. 4. County Councillors report: Councillor Holland reported that he had attended a security event at St Asaph School the children are encouraged to take responsibility for the security of the school and this was having beneficial results. 5. Minutes of the June Meeting: The minutes for the June meeting were signed as a true record. 6. Matters Arising: There were no matters arising. 7. Reports from other meetings: Councillor Margaret Davies had attended the AGM of 'One Voice Wales' where a new Chairman and Vice Chairman were elected and Councillor Davies was elected to represent 'One Voice Wales' on the Joint Advisory Committee of the AONB. She was able to report that there will be no more closures of Post Offices in our area. There were now two types of P.O. - the larger stand alone type and those situated in village shops. It is proposed that the P.O.s in village shops will extend their opening hours to assist the public. The P.O. is to reintroduce banking and in some instances intend to remove the glass panels that separate the public from the P.O. employees. 8. Maintenance in the Community: No matters raised. 9. Risk Assessment: Councillors have inspected the Councils assets and report that they are all safe. 10. Landscape project - Memorial Stone: Mr Noel Hedley is still doing research

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Llanferres - Community Council

into local people killed on active service. 11. Red Telephone Kiosk: No progress on this but the Clerk has sourced a supply of suitable paint. 12. Training and Finance: 'One Voice Wales' had issued a list of their training courses for September to December and this had been forwarded to all Councillors. 13. Bills: HMRC £29.40 each for August and September. Welsh Water by Direct Debit £17.92 14. Planning Matters: As dealt with above. 15. Maeshafn Playing Field: No further progress. 16. Correspondence: A letter had been received requesting a donation to assist with the printing of News & Views. The Council had precepted £450 for this and a cheque would be sent. 17. Other Matters that have been brought to Councillors Attention: (1) A complaint had been received regarding inconsiderate car parking in Cae Derwen which was causing inconvenience to other residents. (2) The Council's attention had been drawn to the hedge which was overhanging the road near to the T junction in Maeshafn. A letter would be sent to Denbighshire CC asking for it to be trimmed. 18. Date of Next Meeting: the date of the next Meeting will be Thursday 12th September 2013. THERE WAS NO COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN AUGUST

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Church News Sundays in September 1st 9.30 Sunday Worship 8th 9.30 Sunday Worship 15th 9.30 Holy Communion 22nd 9.30 Sunday Worship 29th 10.30 Group Holy Communion in Llanferres Please note that September sees the start of our new pattern of worship and that all services, apart from those that fall on a 5th Sunday, will be at 9.30 am. Afternoon Tea Very many thanks to those who came along and those who helped at our church fund-raising event at 19 Cae Gwyn last Saturday 17th September. It was a happy social occasion and raised ÂŁ270 for church funds. Open Doors Event Llanferres Church is now kept open during daylight hours. The weekend of 7th & 8th September should see an increased number of visitors to the Church as part of the Open Doors Event organised by the Civic Trust for Wales. Our thanks go to those who open and close our church on a regular basis. Dates for October Harvest Evensong Thursday 3rd October at 7.00 pm followed by a few sandwiches and cakes in Church Sponsored Walk More details next month, but we shall be organising a sponsored walk to take place on Saturday 19th October for Llanferres Church as well as a charity. Please Chef Armstrong demonstrates his skills put the date in your diary for a fun social event. All very welcome.

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Vale of Clwyd Classic Event Saturday 7th September This is the third running of the event and once again it is being organised by local man Guy Woodcock and he will be assisted by experienced officials from Clwyd Vale Motor Club. The Druid Inn, Llanferres, will become the focal point for the event where 75 cars and their crews will assemble before making their way around our local highways and byways. Being a daylight Historic event it is primarily aimed at the older, classic cars that we all remember from our youth and the likes of long forgotten names such as a 1955 Austin A90, 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. Also during the day the cars will be attempting special tests on private land where the drivers will be let off the leash and they can stretch the legs of their pride and joy! In fact the very first test will be in the Loggerheads Country Park where these classics will attempt a short test in the car park. The first cars are scheduled to leave the Druid Inn at minute intervals from 8:30am and should be starting the Loggerheads test shortly afterwards. So keep a look out for these cars and marvel at the love and devotion that their owners bestow on them to keep these classics alive. Cars then return to the Druid, after their day’s endeavours, from 16:45 onwards for results and prize giving. For more information about the event and to see the entry list, visit the Clwyd Vale MC website:

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Men of Llanferres in the Great War Llanferres in the Great War - Private Charles Williams 36982 Royal Welch Fusiliers 16th (Service) Battalion Charlie Williams, one of six children of William and Sarah Ellen Williams of Sawmill Cottage Loggerheads was born in Llanferres in 1899, having an older and a younger sister, two older and one younger brother. His father was a gardener and domestic worker, his mother originally from Llangollen.

training and iron discipline would have taken place, finally joining his unit in the field on April 1st. The service battalion would have been primarily engaged in excavation and entrenching work, often under very difficult and dangerous conditions.

Charlie attended Llanferres school and his The 38th Division had moved from the later occupation is listed as “footman” Givenchy - Laventie area on June 10th, and then marched south to the neighbourhood He enlisted in Wrexham, the home of the of St.Pol where they underwent a short RWF, on the 17th of November 1916 (his training course, arriving in the battle area 19th birthday) and joined the 16th Service on July 4th. The service battalions, Battalion, part of the New Armies, which including the 16th, arrived 2 days later Humorous post card of the bullring Etaples

General French at Kinmel Park 1916

embarked for France in early December 1915, along with the 13th ,14th and 15th Battalions as part of 113th Brigade, 38th Division. Charlie first undertook his basic training at Kinmel Park until the end of February 1916 and was posted to his unit on the 17th March, leaving from Folkestone on the SS Queen (later sunk 28th June 1918) on the 18th and arriving at Etaples on the 19th. More instruction at the infamous “bullring” renowned for its rigorous

"tired and footsore" after a week's march, their arrival observed by no less than the war poet Siegfried Sassoon who described them as "mostly undersized men" (Charlie was 5'3") and "half trained civilians" - but soon to become spearhead troops. The battle of the Somme had started 4 days earlier and the village of Mametz taken on the first day, the wood itself being the next key objective. The 113th Brigade took over the line between Marlborough Wood and Cliff Continued over the page

18 News & Views Trench to the south of the wood, and information of what was in front of them circulated, Mametz Wood being "very dense, with thick undergrowth" and "movement for infantry not easy" - not helped by heavy shelling having uprooted trees.

the entertainingly named Bunny Trench and Fritz Trench.

The attack was fixed for 4.15am and before going into action, and after Welsh hymns, the 16th battalion commander Lieutenant - Colonel Carden addressed his troops thus; "Boys, make your peace with God. You are going to take that Operational orders were issued late on the position and some of you won't come back - but 6th of July, the first attack to be undertaken we are going to take it" by 17th Division at 2.00am next morning, which failed. At 8.30am the attack was Charlie Williams was to become one who renewed and the 16th battalion alongside wouldn't come back - one of the 64 missing, the 11th South West Borderers "were met presumed killed, out of 300 casualties, which Mametz village after its capture on July 1st

Mametz Wood after the battle

by machine-gun fire, which stopped them also included Carden himself who advanced before they reached the edge of the wood" with a brightly coloured handkerchief on his swagger stick to show where he was to his A second attempt was made at 11.00am troops. He was shot down, rose again, and led his with a similar result, a 3rd attempt ordered men to the very edge of the wood where he was for 4.30pm cancelled due to the sodden ground shot again and killed. (heavy rain all day) and the difficult downhill approach to the wood. Communication was bad; The specifics of Charlie's death are unknown, his all the telephone wires had been cut and repairs body was either never recovered or not slow under the conditions, and the artillery identified. Very rarely were the details of inaccurate. individual deaths, even when known, recorded below the rank of 2nd lieutenant. Statistically, it Over the next 4 days the wood was pounded with is likely he was killed by shell-fire (70% of all artillery, trench mortars and machine gun fire, but WW1 casualties were thus) and quite possibly all efforts to dislodge the defenders, including the from a British battery; his body never latterly crack Lehr Regiment, failed with attacks barely identified, or even found, and he is penetrating the edge of the wood. commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme - the largest memorial on Yet another attack was planned for the 11th to be the Western Front, bearing 72,191 names. He led by the 16th battalion in 8 waves from behind was in France less than 4 months. White trench, immediately behind them the 14th in four lines, the 15th and 13th behind them, in The wood was not cleared until the following day after fierce hand to hand fighting, and further

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Thiepval memorial

Pier face 4A

Charlie was posthumously awarded the Victory medal and the British War medal. He is also commemorated on his parents' grave in Llanferres churchyard, although the date of his death unfortunately incorrectly recorded.

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THE VILLAGE HALL LLANFERRES SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2013 Doors Open at 2-00pm Trophies will be presented by Cllr. Martyn Holland at 2-30pm

Admission charges: Adults ÂŁ1 Juniors 50p Show Schedules and Entry Forms available from: Mr D Jones 810511 Mrs Glenys Roberts 810358 Mrs J Almond 810808 or online at Entry forms to be received by Mrs Glenys Roberts, 7 Tyn Llan, by 6pm on Wednesday 4th Sept. or may be submitted by telephone to Mr David Jones (810511) by 6pm on 4th Sept. 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 1-30 Vegetables and Fruit Flower Section: Restricted Classes 40-60 Largest Produce Section: Restricted Classes 65-83 Floral Art Section:Open Classes 85 -93 Pot Plants Section: Restricted Classes 95 to 107 Junior Section:Open Classes 110-114 (up to 10 yrs) Classes 115 -119 (11 to 16 yrs) Photographic Section: Open Classes125 to 131 Home Section: Open Classes135 to 155 Adult Handicraft: Open Clases 160-169 Art Section: Open Adult Classes 170-175 Junior Classes 177-179 Restricted Classes:-Llanferres Residents and Club Members

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LLANFERRES OVER 60's Club LLANFERRES OVER 60's Club We start our meetings on September 10th with a visit from “North Clwyd Animal Rescue”. They are bringing a “four legged friend” and giving an illustrated talk on their work. We are finding it more and more difficult to get an interesting mix of speakers, so would be grateful for ideas and “offers”! We are also pleased to see visitors and friends at our meetings. THE VILLAGE HALL 2.00PM SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH For more details contact

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VILLAGE HALL WHIST EVENINGS By popular request These will re-commence on Monday 16th. Sept at 7pm. at the village hall. Everyone is welcome ( even beginners! ). Only ÂŁ2.50 , refreshments and raffle tickets included. Future dates: Sept. 23, 30. Oct. 7, 21, 28. Nov. 4,18, 25. Dec. 2, 9, 16. Please join us for a light-hearted social occasion.

Mother & Toddler Group The first meeting will take place on Thursday 5th September in the Village Hall from 9.30 to 11.30 am. The cost will be ÂŁ1.50 per session, including refreshments. Louisa has help us acquire a few toys, so should be fun. If you are able to come along it would be helpful to let me know. Contact: Mrs Daryl Austin, email Tel: 810611

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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 Melanie Berry at Cartref, Ruthin Road, Llanferres I will also be collecting the envelopes in Llanferres during September. If you would like to know more or would like me to collect your envelope please give me a call on 810461 Thank You On behalf of the PTFA Ysgol Bro Famau

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Maeshafn Cricket Club What a season we have had this year. As I write this we are third in the league with 3 games to go. There is the possibility that if results go our way we will be promoted into the next division, which would be the best finish we have had in 4 seasons of league cricket. We have beaten Bersham, Llangollen, Castell Alun, Rhewl, Ruthin and Dolgellau. We got slaughtered by Bodedern but our other losses to Corwen and Bethesda have been very close.

Maeshafn have seen a boom in numbers. We have managed to get 11 players out every week (no matches cancelled this year so far for the weather) although this has included a debut for Jason Pugh, aged 13 at Bodedern.

The league are planning to change the set up a little bit and we may find ourselves in a North East league rather than a North Wales league. Some of our players are quite keen on this exciting away trips will include a trip to Our batsmen have batted well this Halkyn or Ruthin rather than Bodedern year, our bowlers have bowled well. (near Holyhead) or Pwllheli. The wicketkeeper, Steve Pugh, is still very much the same. Members of Quite a few of our players enjoy the LAMBS will be pleased to note that camping opportunities with the family when we played Llangollen Mr Pugh that these games throw up or managed to get there in one piece and alternatively the 'fun bus' - a car loaded did not end up in Chirk. with beer driven by a fairly unenthusiastic volunteer, pausing at It has not been the best season in various hostelries on the way home North Wales for cricket - a number of plus a curry house. On the other hand, teams have struggled to get the we rarely win games on our travels to numbers together in order to run their the West. Partly because of the fun bus, teams. Rhewl, who have a couple of partly because some of our players do local Llanferres lads playing for them not like travelling so far and refuse to (the Carneys), lost their 1st team after play (particularly anyone travelling with failing to attract enough players to Steve Pugh who drives like a maniac), compete at a fairly high level. Shotton and partly because there are some very folded their 2nd team. Castell Alun and good cricketers on Anglesey! Llangollen have both struggled to fulfil their fixtures. Although we have lost our talismanic former skipper Dave Williams to his

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Maeshafn Cricket Club sheds, old age and DIY, Aled Jones, Steve Pugh, Tom Hall, Dominic Kearney, Jason Pugh, Pete Gresty (formerly of Llanferres) and myself still retain the connection to Maeshafn. Rhun Jones has not played for a few years and was last seen by a couple of villagers armed with a shotgun and carrying a couple of grouse he had bagged on Nercwys Mountain. He has taken the role of hunter/gatherer very seriously.

Winter nets will start in the winter (!) they are likely to be on a Friday night at the Argoed School in Mynydd Isa. If you fancy playing for either our friendly side or league team it is a good time to come along and have a bat and bowl. Email me at to be kept updated on dates and times etc.. Jonathan Fagan

Season awards are likely to be fairly predictable, with Vice Captain Tom Hall odds on favourite to win the coveted Wally (slightly toned down for family reading) of the Season Award for getting married on a Saturday in August.

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A note from your County Councillor Summer has been glorious so far and it looks as if there will be bumper hay and fruit harvests this year. Sadly the County’s Highways department have been a little over enthusiastic this year and they cut many of our grass verges far too early in the season. Last year they came in for a lot of criticism because they left it until September by which time many of our very narrow lanes were impassible. The process should ideally start just before the end of July when most wild flowers have seeded but the Trunk Roads and all junctions should be cut earlier to ensure road safety. I have an apology to make in relation to the LDP. As the new member for our ward on Denbighshire County Council I was led to believe that the only parcels of land to be included in the new LDP were in the village of Llanarmon Yn Ial. It has come as a great surprise to not only myself but also to the Llanferres Community Council to find that land behind the properties on the right as you enter the village from Mold was passed as part of the LDP back in 2010/11. Under the new LDP future Barn Conversions can also only be used for affordable housing which I must admit I do not understand as most barns are expensive to convert and are normally well away from bus routes and village centres where most first time buyers want to live. There is also provision for a small amount of building in hamlets such as Maeshafn, Loggerheads and Tafarn Y Gelyn but again this is restricted to affordable housing. There is a lot going on this year in our ward with events such as the ETAPE road race over the Horseshoe Pass and around the lanes at Llandegla on the 8th September. The Welsh Motor Rally with stages in the Forest at Llandegla for which the date has yet to be confirmed and the Tour of Britain which will pass through Loggerheads and Llanferres on

the 18th September. All of these will be spectator events and should help to support our local economy. Fracking has become the latest concern when it comes to finding ways to overcome our energy supply problems. I understand that before any one can start exploring for these reserves, they have to be granted a licence. To date no such licences have been granted for the Denbighshire area and even if they were granted, the applicants would then have to go through the rigorous planning process. Although parts of the Clwydian Range are made up of shale deposits, it is also part of the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and I do not therefore believe that we will see any of this type of activity in our area. Sadly whatever type of energy resource we look to in the future there will be a price to pay either on the landscape, in the risks associated with its extraction in the case of gas and oil or in the safety aspects of Nuclear power. Many of you are aware of the plans currently being considered in the planning process for extensive play areas to be constructed in the Forest at Moel Famau by Natural Resources Wales (the old Forestry Commission) which is now a part of Welsh Government. There will be an impact on the roads in the area if they achieve the increase in visitor numbers they are anticipating. With this in mind I would like to hear from residents in the area and I hope to visit many of you over the next few weeks. Finally in Denbighshire we are already planning for next year’s budgets and although Wales did not come off badly in the recently announced spending cuts by Central Government, the signals coming out of the Welsh Government are not good. We could be facing cuts to our budgets from the minimum 2% announced by the Chancellor up to 6% which we feel is the worst case scenario. Anything in excess of 2% would mean cuts to services or higher than normal increases in council tax. Watch this space. Best Wishes. Martyn

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You’re probably aware by now that the Tour of Britain will be travelling through Loggerheads and Llanferres on Wednesday 18th September. The estimated time of arrival in Llanferres is around 1.15pm, so bear that in mind if you’re travelling! It should be a spectacular site as they whiz by on their way to Llanberis on the 188km (117 mile) fourth leg of the Tour. The Tour of Britain is the UK's biggest professional bicycle race and a centrepiece of the British sporting calendar as the country's largest free-to-watch live sporting event, attracting over a million spectators to the roadside each September, with many hundreds of thousands more following via television and online around the world. The Tour of Britain starts in Peebles in the Scottish Borders on Sunday September 15, finishing in the centre of London eight days later on Sunday September 22, with live coverage in the UK on ITV4 and British Eurosport. There are 114 riders making up 19 six-man teams. Sir Bradley Wiggins has built his comeback training around two targets: the World Championship time trial and the Tour of Britain, so watch out for him on the 18th. There is much more information on the official website

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Nature Notes Gardeners will have noticed the large number of white butterflies in their gardens this year and will, no doubt, have been concerned about the survival of their cabbages and other brassicae such as cauliflower, kale, sprouts, broccoli etc. And with good reason. But it is important to realise that there are three species and to differentiate between them. The biggest pest is the Large white(Pieris brassicae) followed by the Small white(Pieris rapes) and then there is the Green-veined white(Pieris napi) which confines its feeding to wild brassicae and is, therefore, not a threat to gardeners - in fact it is an allay as it eats many plants which are regarded as weeds. Distinguishing between the species is not difficult as the Large white is easily recognised by its size. The Small white is similar but, obviously, much smaller and the Green-veined, which is about the same size as the Small white, has prominent green markings, which resemble veins, on the underside of the rear wings. The Large white is the most numerous with two, and occasionally three, broods each year. The first emerge from overwintered pupae around May and lay eggs which produce the brood currently flying. Although May was cool and wet the beginning of June was hot and sunny and it is possible that these butterflies had good breeding success but I suspect that the large numbers presently flying are due to continental migrants. This happens most years, but occasionally they arrive in prodigious numbers. In 1911 there were reports of fields in the south-east being white with them

and 2009 also had a big influx. The Small white flies at about the same time but does not usually have many continental migrants. The Greenveined white has a shorter season only emerging in late April and usually disappearing by the end of August. The Large white is the biggest pest and a single female can lay up to 600 eggs, developing into large black and yellow caterpillars which, unfortunately, are distasteful to birds and other predators. However, on the positive side, they are particularly vulnerable to a parasitic ichneumon fly Apanteles glomeratus, which injects its eggs into the young caterpillar where the fly larvae feed on the insides of their host, avoiding the vital organs, until the caterpillar is fully grown when they kill it and break out to pupate in yellow cocoons. It is estimated that this parasite kills 80% of the Large white caterpillars. The Small white is not as fecund as its larger cousin and its green caterpillars are eaten by birds and tend to inhabit the more central parts of the plant. It is also parasitized by the ichneumon fly so, overall, is not usually as bad a pest. People have commented on the large number of 'Chacking' Jackdaws which sweep in of an evening to their night time roosts, in the trees adjacent to the Church. There does seem to be more this year than usual perhaps indicating a good breeding season. One can already discern a diminution in the numbers and it is a sobering thought that by the start of next year's breeding season most of them will be dead, from disease, starvation, cold or old age, and numbers will be Continued over the page‌

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Nature Notes back, more or less, to what they were early this year. Records indicate that 30-40% of young Jackdaws die in the first year and that survival in subsequent years is only marginally better. A study into Song thrushes, carried out in 2004, showed that 2% of chicks die each day immediately after leaving the nest. "By the time they reach adulthood the mortality rate will have decreased to about one bird in every hundred dying each week. Thus, most Thrushes (and other birds) that hatch will live for only a few months; only about 20% will survive to breed". It is thought that this example will be broadly typical for most song birds (believe it or not, Jackdaws are considered to be 'song

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Village Organisations Badminton Club - June Healy Tel: 810264 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: Tel: 810936 Rector's Warden - Mr. Brian Skelhorn 16 Cae Gwyn. Tel: 810422 People's Warden - Mrs Anne Woodward, Cysgodfa, Tafarn-y-Gelyn, Llanferres, CH7 5SQ, Tel: 810270 Clwydian Conservation Campaign - Pen y Chwareli, Pant Ddu Road, Nercwys CH7 4DD 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: 810824 Old People's Welfare Committee - Secretary, Yvonne Foden-McCorry Tel: 810867 PTFA Ysgol Bro Famau - Chair, Kym Willis 07578392305 / 01824 780888 Llanferres Over 60s Club - Olive Parry. Tel: 810294 Village Hall Booking Secretary - Gilly Carney. Tel 077413 16349 Village Hall Management Committee - Chairman, Rob Armstrong. 810259

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Llanferres News & Views Sept 2013  

September edition of the magazine for Llanferres & District, North Wales

Llanferres News & Views Sept 2013  

September edition of the magazine for Llanferres & District, North Wales