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Llanferres September 2017 Issue 213


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Yo ur lo se cu cal r sp ec ity ial ist Intruder Alarms Closed Circuit TV Welcome to the November edition of contribution you would like to make Llanferres News & Views. towards its funding. The cost to Automatic There’s lots happening this month, produce News & Views in its current & calendar Barriers soGates keep your handy to make form is about £370 per issue. A large sure you don’t miss anything. The part of this is covered by our Pre - Christmas Craft Fair is on advertisers and help from the the UK weCouncil, spend more time Takeover Maintenance Saturday 5th November (see page 24). In Community but we also rely money on our homes than Friday 11th November is the family and heavily on donations and fund raising and Service in the Bingo night which will fund the anywhere to meet theelse whole costworld each year, so if OAP’s Christmas Lunch. There are you can help, it is very much great prizes to be won, a very Is appreciated. can be ? left at yours Envelopes protected reasonably priced bar and the Loggerheads Garage, at 2 Cae Gwyn atmosphere is very jovial. It really is or we can collect. a good night, please give it and a try ifsupport you If you would liketoday to send! a festive For advice call AGS haven’t been before. Cor Cilcain message to local friends and perform on Friday 25th November neighbours in next month’s News & (see page 12) and don’t forget to book Views please let us have the details by your place at the Christmas Lunch on 20 November. Saturday 3rd December (see page 9). Field Way t: 01352 707888 Best Wishes Enclosed with this News & Paul & Siobhan Denbigh Road f: month’s 01352 707889 Views is an envelope asking for any

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Welcome Welcome to the September edition. As we go to print the forecast is for a warm and sunny bank holiday weekend - happy days! That's great news for all those who are tenderly nurturing flowers and veggies for the Garden Show on Saturday 2nd Sept. Please do make an extra special effort to make sure this year's show has lots of exhibits and attendees or it may well be the last, which would be terribly sad. There is still time to get your entry form in. Deadline is 6pm Wednesday 30th August (see page 28). We are lucky to once again have the Vale of Clwyd Classic car rally starting and finishing in the village. Be at the Druid from 8.15am on Saturday 2nd Sept to see the cars setting off (see page 18). A very big thank you to Guy Woodcock for sponsoring this edition of News & Views. Don't forget 'Race Night - Ascot Style' on Friday 15th September at the

Druid which is a vital fundraiser for the 2018 Village Carnival. A great fun night out with a chance to win prizes and cash (see page 13). Make sure you don’t miss the deadline of Sunday 3rd Sept to book your place on the Theatre trip which is planned for November ( see page 12). Finally a HUGE thank you to Charlotte Jaggard who entered a competition to win a defibrillator. She was successful and we can now look forward to having one of these potentially life saving devices in the village. What a great bit of initiative and a cracking result. See page 11. Best Wishes Paul & Siobhan Paul & Siobhan Gothorp 2 Cae Gwyn Llanferres Tel: (01352) 810668 Email:

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Happy Birthday to the following in September Jonni Griffiths who will be 15 on 2nd September Lexie Jones who will be 8 on 4th September Zeta Selena Le Vay who will be 11 on 7th September Sam Madigan who will be 21 on 15th September Isabella May Jones who will be 5 on 15th September Danny LaFlamme on 16th September Tim Healy on 20th September Penny Nora Thomas who will be 3 on 21st September Dewi Ivanoff on 22nd September Oliver Lennon who will be 14 on 23rd September Lauren O'Garra on 24th September Sam Godfrey who will be 16 on 25th September Thomas Healy on 26th September

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Local News LLANFERRES OVER 60's Club Our July meeting "Naughty but Nice" proved to be just that! June Conner collects Victorian underwear which she launders beautifully (no care labels then!) and talks about each piece. Many of the pieces carried the owners' names and the date of ownership. We had no meeting in August and look forward to 11th September when we visit the Oswestry Sculpture Park and take a boat ride on the river at Shrewsbury. Why not join us at 2.00pm on 10th October when one of our member's Marfydd Shawcross will talk about her life.

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Vale of Clywd Classic 2.00pm Garden Show 9.30 am Morning Worship, St. Berres’ Church 6:30pm Tai Chi 9.15am Parents & Toddlers 7.00pm Bowls Club

9.30 am Morning Worship, St. Berres’ Church 6:30pm Tai Chi Over 60s Club Trip 9.15am Parents & Toddlers 7.00pm Bowls Club 7.30pm Community Council Meeting 7.00pm RACE NIGHT at The Druid 9.30 am Holy Communion, St. Berres’ Church. 6:30pm Tai Chi 7.00pm Whist Evening 9.15am Parents & Toddlers 7.00pm Bowls Club

9.30am Life Support Training 9.30 am Morning Worship, St. Berres’ Church 6:30pm Tai Chi 7.00pm Whist Evening 9.15am Parents & Toddlers 7.00pm Bowls Club

Country Park Painters Exhibition, Loggerheads Country Park Painters Exhibition, Loggerheads

Events in italics are in the Village Hall Check the latest Village Hall bookings on our website: Click on ‘What’s on’ on the main menu

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LLANFERRES PARISH GARDENING CLUB On July 10th a group of members visited Pen y Graig in Treimeichion. This NGS garden is only open to private visits because of its position up a narrow road approach with limited parking. This garden is the passion of Roger Pawling and Christine Hoyle. At 560 ft above sea-level, with grass and gravel paths between box hedges, it is divided into separate gardens, with flowering plants, shrubs, fruit trees and vegetables. There are wildlife ponds too. It has three paddocks grown with wild flowers and for a hay harvest. Many trees are native varieties with the special quality of flowers, fruit or foliage which change according to the season. After 14 year of very hard work and dedication, this garden was full of colour especially when we looked across it from the house to the horizon. Although the evening was overcast, after a showery day, we had an enjoyable evening listening to Roger and Christine's stories of all their hard work and tribulations in planting this - "Their Garden". After tea and cake we made our way home with memories of another NGS garden to add to our list. Our ANNUAL SHOW will be held on Saturday SEPTEMBER 2nd at 2pm in the Village Hall when we hope to see you all and please enter as many classes as you can. Hon Secretary Mrs Joan Almond

August Meeting The August meeting was, as usual, devoted to the final arrangements for our Annual Show, the 43rd, to be held on Saturday 2 September at 2.00 pm in the Village Hall. Exhibitors are reminded that entries must be received by 6.00 pm Wednesday 30 August and exhibits must be staged between 8.00 and 10.30 am on 2 September, judging will commence at 10.30 am. Trophies will be presented at 2.30 pm by Rev. Daniel Stroud and there will be an auction of produce at 4.00 pm (proceeds to the OAP Welfare Fund). See centre pages for more details.

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Church News Sunday Services in September Sunday 3rd September 9.30am Sunday 10th September 9.30am Sunday 17th September 9.30am Sunday 24th September 9.30am

Morning Worship Morning Worship Holy Communion Morning Worship

Fundraising Thanks to Wendy Shillito's great cake making skills she has raised ÂŁ200 for Housing the Homeless towards which all of the churches in the Bro Famau group are donating. Churchyard trees A number of trees in the churchyard have died over the last few years and have had to be removed. If you would like to sponsor a tree on behalf of a loved one or otherwise, please contact Gay Headley on 01352 810224 for details of varieties and suggested donations. Harvest Advance notice of the harvest service to be followed by nibbles and drinks on Thursday 12th October. Graveyard Could all residents visiting graves in the churchyard please refrain from using glass containers as they are proving to be a hazard for the groundsman and will be removed and stored safely for collection if found. Flintshire Foodbank Anyone who wants to donate items to the Foodbank can leave them in the donation box at the back of church. Open Church The church is open daily during daylight hours for all who want to visit our beautiful church or come for a quiet moment of reflection. Please also join us for our regular service on Sundays at 9.30am.

Village Hall Booking Check the online calendar to see if the Hall is free at: then contact Gay Headley, 07836 268894 / 01352 810224 or preferably e-mail

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AINTERS P K R A P Y TR N U O C bition to our annual exhi We invite you all rk, Pa s Country at the Loggerhead ay nesd 1st. Nov. th. Sept. until Wed 29 ay id Fr ng rti sta ar the water in the Gallery ne ld he be ill w n tio rk and our The exhibi y the cafĂŠ, the Pa jo en g, on al e m l artists. mill. Please co ork is by our loca w ia ed m d ixe m Exhibition. The ual varied and as us The subjects are ages. will appeal to all

Baby and Toddler Group 9.15 to 11.15am every Tuesday during term time. 50p including a drink and biscuits. We encourage parents and grandparents of babies and toddlers to come along. It is a good way for the children to have a play while getting to know those they may start school with and also to meet other local parents.

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It was with great excitement that I learnt that this photo of our village hall has won us a defibrillator through the Arrhythmia Alliance ‘Does your polling station have a defibrillator?’ Competition as part of World Heart Rhythm Week. It will be arriving soon and will be installed on the outside wall at the Village Hall entrance, once we have a heated cabinet for it and someone to install it. This is great news for the community. There have been campaigns to get defibrillators into all schools, and into rural locations. Around 100 000 people die every year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest, but with quick access to a defibrillator, when used alongside

CPR the survival rate is around 50%. Using a defibrillator needs no training and can be used by anyone. However Chris West from LifeLine FirstAid Training ( has kindly offered to provide a free life support training session on Saturday 23rd September from 9.30am to 12 o’clock. These sessions usually cost around £25 per person. A small donation may be required from everyone attending to cover travel costs. There are only 15 places so please can people let me know if they would like to reserve a slot by emailing me on Charlotte Jaggard

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LLANFERRES OLDER PERSONS’ THEATRE OUTING Llanferres Older Persons Committee Theatre Trip only £5 per person for tea, ticket and transport. We were disappointed not to go on our annual summer trip this year so we've planned a winter one instead:Wednesday 8th November "Kiss me Kate" at Theatr Clwyd with tea (soup sandwiches and yummy deserts) in the Druid before we go. We need to book the tickets ASAP, so please give Yvonne a ring on 810867, or see Sheila at the Loggs Garage before Sunday 3rd September, so that we can book and pay for your tickets. We'd love to see you for a great night out. We can accommodate wheelchairs and walkers so everyone is invited Please get in touch ASAP Yvonne 810867

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SHORT UPDATE ON CARNIVAL PLANNING Several roads of enquiry are being undertaken and are on-going. As there was no interest in my quest for a Carnival Queen, the idea has been expanded and we will think outside of the box!! Thanks to those groups/clubs who have pledged support by means of providing a stall in the hired marquee. I will now invite outside quality stall holders to join us. I am also sourcing side-show entertainment e.g. Tin Can Alley, Coconut Shy, Inflatable Slide, Swing Boats etc. As I have said before, the intention is to have a fun day with as much free entertainment as possible (particularly for children)!! Obviously this will be quite costly to pull off. Hence our major fund-raising event next month!!

Fun Race Night - Ascot Style!!! DRUID INN, FRIDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 2017, 7PM SHARP!! (See advert on page 13 For details) Please please support the many people who have agreed to sponsor a race (and provide the prize) and need YOU to buy a horse hopefully a winner!! We will also be pre-selling raffle tickets for a superb CHAMPAGNE HAMPER (generously provided by Cath Skates) Hope to see you all on Friday 15th - I BET it’ll be a great night!! Thanks for your continued support. P.S. I would just like to join the hundreds of well wishers in thanking Paul and Shiv for their outstanding effort over the last 8 years in producing the monthly News and Views magazine. This much-loved and eagerly awaited publication has provided not only news and views but has become a life line to many in the community, it being a mine of useful information. Their hugely successful themed Quiz nights to raise funding were great fun, much enjoyed and well attended - all thanks to their sole efforts!! Huge thanks for support with the Carnival 2018 - your expertise and know- how has proved invaluable - I hope l'll still be able to tap into it!! So huge thanks are sent with best wishes for the future.


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Dragon House Dragon House is a new B&B in Llanferres, set on the Forestry Road with lovely views over the Alyn Valley. We are well within the Moel Famau Country Park AONB and close to Offa’s Dyke path. We are also within walking distance of three great Pubs! We have two double rooms, both with ensuite facilities. One of the rooms has a large balcony overlooking the valley. Wherever possible we will be using locally sourced ingredients for our Breakfasts. ● ●

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50 Now firmly established as one of the United Kingdom’s top historic events, Saturday the 2nd of September sees the seventh running of Clwyd Vale Motor Club’s ‘Vale of Clwyd Classic’. The event is based at The Druid Inn at Llanferres, with technical and safety inspections taking place on Friday the 2nd of September at Loggerheads Garage between 17:00 and 20:30 followed by documentation checks at The Druid, where the cars will be parked up be viewed. The event is part of a nationwide championship aimed solely at vehicles registered prior to 1983, with many of the vehicles competing from the 1950’s The event brings in many competitors from all over the UK and Eire, with the majority of crews staying in the locality during the event, thus it provides a great boost to the local economy. The first car starts from The Druid Inn at Llanferres at 8:15am on the Saturday. The competitors will head into the first driving test at Loggerheads Country Park; where Denbighshire County Council have decided to make spectators more than welcome. The event will then wind its way around the lanes of Flintshire and Denbighshire, taking in many more driving and manoeuvrability tests along the way. The route is a closely guarded secret, as some parts take place on private land through the kind permission of landowners. It is also guarded as the standard of the crews

Last year’s winner Matt Warren over the last few years has risen, many competitors are so skilful they only drop a few seconds penalties over the whole event, so everything is done to provide them with a challenge. The course designer, or ‘Clerk of The Course’, Guy Woodcock, is well known for putting on well received and tricky events, not just here in Wales, but all over the UK and Europe too. Guy said, “It’s great to bring so many well-known and respected competitors on the HRCR Championship here to Llanferres. The response we have had since this event started has been nothing short of amazing. We plan to use sections at the beginning of the event close to Llanferres with the first part heading out around Eryrys. The lunch and afternoon tea halt will be at Ruthin Farmers Mart this year, where the cars will also do 2 special tests. Again spectators are welcome from 12 noon. The final section, around Nannerch, will then see the cars return to the village for the prize giving.”

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Sixty cars are scheduled to make the start from The Druid on Saturday, the route will take some eight and a bit hours to complete with the first finishing car and crew scheduled to be back around 17:00 at The Druid Leading the cars away will be last year’s winners Matt Warren from Chester, with his Navigator from Yorkshire Andy Pullan. This year’s championship is the most open for years with lots of the top crews vying for a good result. Matt will be chased hard by the Porsche 911 driven by 2015 winners Howard Warren (Matt,s father) and Ian Tullie plus a number of other crews. This year we have a car entered that competed in the London to Mexico rally in 1970 and the Austin Maxi (yes an Austin Maxi), known as “Puff the Magic Wagon”, will be in the hands of one of the original drivers Bron Burrell, navigated this time by Suzanne Barker.

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HALLOWEEN FAMILY BINGO Friday 27th October Llanferres Village Hall 7.00pm start

If you would like to donate a prize please contact Yvonne 810 867, Wendy 810 697, Siobhan 810 668, Llywela 810 673 or just bring along on the night.

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WHIST NEWS Our regular weekly meetings resume on Monday 18th Sept. at 7pm in our Village Hall. Entrance remains the same at ÂŁ2.50 which includes refreshments and raffle. New members are always welcome beginners or card sharps!! Rob Armstrong 810259

Baby and Toddler Group 9.15 to 11.15am every Tuesday during term time. 50p including a drink and biscuits. We encourage parents and grandparents of babies and toddlers to come along. It is a good way for the children to have a play while getting to know those they may start school with and also to meet other local parents. Village Hall Booking Check the online calendar to see if the Hall is free at: then contact Gay Headley, 07836 268894 / 01352 810224 or preferably e-mail

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Glan Llyn is situated in the Clwydian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our house dates from the 1850's, we have completely renovated it, maintaining plenty of ‘olde worlde’ charm while utilising all the latest eco – green technologies. Each room is uniquely and artistically styled with an en-suite wet room, free WiFi, TV, fridge, hair dryer. We also have a selection of high quality self-catering accommodation to suit every need. Fishing, paragliding and several 18-hole golf courses are all within a few miles. Bring your horse, canoe or cycle with you! We have stables and grazing for your horse, and secure drying and “A lovely friendly welcome storage facilities for all your equipment and tack.

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A WARM & FRIENDLY WELCOME AWAITS YOU AT THE DRUID INN Sam and the team look forward to welcoming customers old and new to the Druid Inn. A full menu is a available 7 days a week, including childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu and regular specials. See our Facebook page for news and updates


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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A walk on the Wilde Sideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Recently my wife Jean was doing a bit of gardening and dead-heading some of the flowers on our walls. When she called me saying, she had found a large group of spiders sunning themselves on the side of our house. I estimated there were between sixty and seventy, impossible to be accurate because of all the legs being entangled, they covered an area about the size of a desert plate.

The most obvious difference between spiders and harvestmen is that the harvestman's body consists of a single pea~like unit, whereas the spider's body is divided into two parts. It can lose one, sometimes two of it's spindly legs to a predator and manage perfectly without them.

They are well protected by pungent secretions emitted by glands which will deter ants and spiders,but are still Commonly known as daddy-longlegs taken by frogs and birds. I recognized them as harvestmen, although they share an eight-legged The female, which is larger than the body form, they are not spiders at all, male will lay her eggs in the soil in this is where the similarity ends. They autumn, where they remain until the don't make a web and they don't have young, miniature replicas of their parents, emerge in the spring. After venomous fangs. several skin changes they mature in Mair from the village was passing on about three months, when they lay one of her walks and Jean drew her their own eggs. If they can avoid attention to this group of "spiders". predators they live for about twelve Although she keeps her eyes and ears months. Keep an eye open for this interesting insect while open during these walks and is always most one of the first to hear the cuckoo on gardening. it's return to Moel Findeg, usually during the first week in May. She had More next time never witnessed this before. Eddie We are all familiar with daddylonglegs in the garden, but this was a Eddie Wilde 01352 810271 "first" for me too, seeing them in this form. Copyright Š September 2017 Eddie Wilde. The name harvestman, comes from the fact that they are most commonly seen after the harvest has been taken in, walking through the stubble or on bare ground when everything has been raked up Being carnivorous, they eat a lot of flies and other insects, including other harvestmen and small slugs, by trapping them in their long spindly legs and drawing them towards their mouth parts.

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FORTY THIRD ANNUAL SHOW Saturday 2nd September 2017 The Village Hall, Llanferres Doors open at 2.00 p.m. Trophies will be presented at 2.30 p.m. by Cllr. Martyn Holland Admission Adults: ÂŁ1, Children: 50p Show Schedules and Entry Forms available from: Ivy Watts, 23 Cae Gwyn, Llanferres, Tel: 01352 810248 or online at Entry Forms to be returned to: Josh and Chris Griffiths, Jontindale, Ruthin Road, Llanferres Tel: 01352 810853 or to Hugo and Ivy Watts, 23 Cae Gwyn, Llanferres or email entries to

by 6.00 pm Wednesday 30th August All exhibits must be staged between 8.00 and 10.30 am on the day of the show

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CLASSES Trophy/Cup/Shield awarded in each section Novice Section: Restricted Classes 1N - 5N Garden Section: Restricted Classes 1 - 30 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 - 107 Junior Section: Open Classes 110 - 114 (age up to 10 yrs) Classes 115 - 119 (age 11 - 16 yrs) Photographic Section: Open Classes 125 - 131 Home Section: Open Classes 135 - 155 Adult Handicraft Section: Open Classes 160 - 168 Art Section: Open Classes 170 - 175 (adult) Classes 177 - 179 (junior) Restricted Classes - Llanferres Residents and Club Members

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Lead mining at Maeshafn If you walk on the path through Cascade Wood you cannot help but notice the substantial stone buildings, mainly derelict, on the other side of the River Alyn; the most complete is the Grade 2 listed bridge, the biggest, the Grosvenor pump house ( which is not the one shown in the bus stop photograph on the main road, but similar.) This was a lead mine and associated works. Maeshafn was built for miners and this was one of the important sites. It worked from the early 17th century or possibly earlier until the early twentieth century and there were three phases: from the beginning until about 1800, about 200 tonnes of lead per year were recovered from shafts above the water level; after that for about sixty years there were small quantities, sometimes only 2 tonnes per year, which was probably individuals taking gleanings from existing workings; in 1858 the Grosvenor family installed water pumping machinery and other industrial equipment so that towards 1000 tonnes per year were taken out from shafts driven below the water table. Lead ore, called galena or lead glance which is black and crystalline, was taken out mixed with calcite, clear or cream

crystalline and limestone, grey non crystalline. There was a crushing process in which the mixture would have been reduced to the texture of granulated sugar ( there is a heavy stone block left on site which would have been housed in an iron crusher.) The whole lot was mixed with water in a flotation tank. Pine oil was mixed in. This has an affinity for the galena, which sticks to it and floats, being then raked off. After drying, the galena was carted off to Mold where there were smelting furnaces in the area along the River Alyn now called Leadmills. The cart track going up the field can clearly be seen, which comes to the lane just past Pont y Mwynwyr. The separated stone, known as dross, had to be disposed of. On both sides of the river it can be seen that the natural contours have been filled in with large quantities of dross. The residual lead salts are toxic to plant life so in one hundred years little vegetation has grown, especially on the Maeshafn side, which was filled last. However mosses have established, and in another hundred years it will be greening over nicely. Galena contains, in addition to lead sulphide, other elements, zinc, antimony, arsenic cadmium, iron, copper, bismuth, selenium, silver and even perhaps gold. Sale of

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Lead mining at Maeshafn these are reckoned in mining economics to pay for the high recovery costs, but gold is a bonus! Gold was mined four miles away at Cilcain, so might have been found. This helps to keep the cost of lead down. It is a utilitarian product, necessary for sealing houses against water, water pipes in the past, paints, car batteries, radioactive shielding and many miscellaneous uses. In the early twentieth century galena crystals were used in early radios as current rectifiers and further back were ground up for black eyeliner ( NOT RECOMMENDED! ) Our mine was exhausted by 1903 but there are many active around the world. In time though, they will all be played out, which emphasises the importance of recycling, since it will then be the only source of this essential metal.

Silversmiths in Chester were shareholders in the smelting furnaces in their own interest. In the Grosvenor museum in Chester there is a silver room. A large case displays the beautiful products of the workshop of Richard Richardson, a major shareholder at Mold. When you see them, reflect that some of the silver came from below ground at Maeshafn. Lead mining was difficult work and dangerous, but provided employment for dozens of men. The Miners Arms at Maeshafn is where the miners were paid, and no doubt slaked their thirst after a day's work. We have a debt of gratitude to them for taking this useful metal from the ground under conditions of great hardship. John Foxlee

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Local Councillors Martyn Holland, Denbighshire County Councillor for Llanferres, Llanarmon yn Ial & Llandegla. 01824 780703 Gwyneth Dillon, Clerk to Llanferres Community Council, 01978 790269 Mailing address: Rhosddigre, Llandegla, LL11 3AU. Email: Llanferres Community Councillors John Almond, Chairman, 01352 810808 Michael Cordiner, Vice Chairman, Jac Armstrong, 01352 810259 Allan Morgans Isla Watts Ivy Watts Rob Jones, 01352 810500 Bob Barton, 01824 780872 Please contact any of the above if you have anything you would like to be brought to the attention of your Community Council.

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Village Organisations Badminton Club - June Healy Tel: 810264 Bowling Club - Every Tuesday in the village hall, 7pm - 9pm Contact Dave Twomey Tel: 810690. Church - Rev'd Daniel Stroud, The New Rectory, Rectory Lane, Llanferres, CH7 5SR. Tel: 01352 810694. Lady Rae Roberts: 01352 741184/01824 780496, Church Wardens - Mrs Anne Woodward, Cysgodfa, Tafarn-y-Gelyn, Llanferres, CH7 5SQ, Tel: 810270 Mr Rob Armstrong, The White House, Rectory Lane, Tel: 810259 Clwydian Conservation Campaign - Pen y Chwareli, Pant Ddu Road, Nercwys CH7 4DD Clwydian Range Runners - Chairman Gareth Jaggard Tel. 810357 Email: Gardening Club - Hon Sec. 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, Miss C Boffey, Tel: 810925 Maeshafn Cricket Club - Secretary: Steve Pugh Tel: 810327 Old People's Welfare Committee - Chair, Yvonne Foden-McCorry Tel: 810867 PTFA Ysgol Bro Famau Llanferres Over 60s Club - Betty Cook. Tel: 810722 The Country Park Painters - Pat Armstrong Tel: 810259 Village Hall Booking Secretary - Gay Headley, 07836 268894 / 01352 810224

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Llanferres News & Views, Sept 2017  

September 2017 edition of the magazine for Llanferres, Tafarn-y-Gelyn, Maeshafn, Pant Du & Loggerheads, Denbighshire, North Wales

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