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Issue 162

September 2012

Gardening Club Annual Show September 1

CRC Mountain Bike Event September 16 Vale of Clwyd Classic September 1







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Welcome well-being. It certainly made me stop and think. With apologies to Philip & Margaret for not including this in the A reality check. I was just finishing last issue. News & Views this month checking Paul back through emails to make sure I hadn’t missed anything (not infallible, as many know), when something stopped me in my tracks. It “To-night we received a phone call was an email from Phil & Margaret from our son Richard, the last time we Hughes sent at the end of May. One spoke to him was three weeks ago. which I had made a mental note to Richard is out in Afghanistan serving put in the next edition at the time. with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, on And one which I had omitted last this deployment he is working with month. It’s here in full and just puts Military Working Dogs on the EOD things in perspective for us all. With Search Task Force. the excitement of the Olympics and other events, it’s easy to forget that there are men and women still out in Capt Steven Healey who was recently Afghanistan risking their lives on a killed in Afghanistan was Richard’s daily basis, and also families and commanding officer in the Reccon friends constantly fretting for their Platoon, Philip and I were at the Dale


barracks yesterday (30 May) to attend a vigil for Steven at the same time Richard was attending one in Afghanistan. Richard will miss Capt Healey and was proud to serve under him.

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Notices Happy Birthday to the following

September Birthdays Jonni Griffiths who will b e 10 on 2nd September Zeta Selena Le Vay who will be 6 on 7th September Sam Madigan who will be 16 on 15th September Tim Healy on 20th September Dewi Ivanoff on 22nd September Lauren O'Garra who will be 21 on 24th September Sam Godfrey who will be 11 on 25th September Thomas Healy on 26th September

Marian, Cyril & Family Would like to thank all family, friends and neighbours for cards and flowers received in memory of their daughter, Wendy. Also for donations received to the total of £1,240 for Nightingale House.

Thank you all so very much.

VILLAGE HALL CRAFT AND ATTIC SALE Thank you for your support on June 23rd. Collectively we raised over £600 with the raffle and teas raising £153 for V.H Funds. Thank you also to all stallholders and helpers. Our Village Hall has yet again proved to be a most useful asset.

Rob & Pat Armstrong

Gwen Rogers Four Winds Rectory Lane Llanferres I am sure that all those who went on the Old Peoples’ Welfare Summer Trip to Anglesey would like me to thank those who gave up their time to organise it so well, in spite of the miserable weather. Many thanks to Sandra, Jenny and Yvonne and everyone else who may have been involved.

DIABETES RESEARCH AND WELLNESS Thank you to all who supported our efforts,both at the village hall and the Daniel Owen centre. Together we raised £310 for this worthy cause.

Pat Armstrong

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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Local news

An introduction to crafts CRAFT taster sessions are to be held at Llanferres Village Hall for anyone interested in learning a new skill, starting on Thursday, October 18, from 7-10pm. The weekly sessions will finish on Thursday, December 13. All materials will be provided. The numerous crafts involved will include ribbon weaving, cross stitch, card making, Christmas decorations and felt work. Also covered will be an introduction to sewing – how to cut out a pattern, use a sewing machine, etc. To get an idea of what is on offer, anyone interested can come along to the first session on October 11 for free. · For further details, contact: Jane on 01824 780607 (email or Gill on 01352 810510 (

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VILLAGE HALL WHIST DRIVE As a fund raiser and a social event a Whist Drive will take place over 10 weeks from Sept. to Dec. The first will take place on Monday 17th. Sept 7pm to 9pm. Future dates: Sept. 24th. Oct. 1st., 15th. 22nd., 29th. Nov. 5th., 19th.,26th. Dec. 3rd. Entrance £2.50 includes refreshments.

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September Diary Dates 1st 2nd

Sat Sun

Gardening Club Show, 2pm Village Hall Vale of Clwyd Classic Rally Holy Communion 9.30am St Berres, John & Gilly’s last night at Miners





5th 6th 7th 8th 9th

Wed Llanferres Dance Club Thu Fri Sat Sun Family Service 11.00am St Berres



11th 12th 13th

Tue Llanferres Over 60s Club, Bowls Club 7.00pm Wed Llanferres Dance Club Thu Community Council Meeting 7.30pm Village Hall

Bowls Club 7.00pm



MTB Marshals Meeting, 7.30pm Druid






Mon Whist Drive,7 -9pm Village Hall



19th 20th

Wed Llanferres Dance Club Thu Lunch club at Druid Inn

Holy Communion 9.30am St Berres MTB Marshalling all day BBQ after in Druid Bowls Club 7.00pm





Mold Food & Drink Festival



Holy Communion 9.30am St Berres


Mon Whist Drive, 7-9pm Village Hall



26th 27th 28th

Wed Llanferres Dance Club Thu Harvest Service 7pm St Berres Fri





Mold Food & Drink Festival

Bowls Club 7.00pm

Holy Communion 10.30am Cilcain

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

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

HOW IT WORKS Each number costs only ÂŁ12 per year - you can have as many numbers as you like.(Numbers are allocated) Numbers are drawn each month (except August - but there is a double draw in December). Half of the money raised goes directly to the school and the other half is used for prize money. There is a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize each month. The more people who participate the greater the prize money. An envelope for the 100 Club is enclosed with the News and Views. Please complete the form and enclose a cheque or cash if you wish to play, and return to Jackie Godfrey at 29 Cae Gwyn Llanferres . I will also be collecting the envelopes in Llanferres during September. If you would like to know more please give me a call on 810872 Thank You On behalf of the PTFA Ysgol Bro Famau

A NOTE FOR YOUR DIARY October 5th 6th and 7th Loggerheads Country Park our 7th. Annual Art Exhibition. Loggerheads and Beyond More details next month

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Church News Sunday Services in September 2nd Holy Communion at 9.30 am 9th Family Service at 11.00 am 16th Holy Communion at 9.30 am 23rd Holy Communion at 9.30 am 30th Holy Communion at 10.30 am at Cilcain Church Open The Church has been open for the whole of the summer. Some feedback to the Rector or Churchwardens as to whether this is appreciated would be helpful. Vera Stobbs We are pleased to welcome Vera back into our congregation after a long spell in Ruthin hospital after breaking her shoulder and a bone in her arm. Vera says she was very well looked after and is grateful to everyone's help. Harvest Service Our Harvest Service will be on Thursday 27th September at 7 pm. Money donations or gifts of non-perishable foodstuffs are invited and will be given to the new Mold Food Bank. The cash collection during the service will be donated to Save the Family at Plas Belin. Harvest Supper It's back! We shall hold a Harvest Supper in the Village Hall on Thursday 4th October at 6.30 pm. Please give your names to Churchwardens (telephone numbers on penultimate page of the magazine). Volunteers to make main course or desserts would be appreciated. Please see details in the October magazine of the Harvest Services in Llanferres.

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Marshals needed Sunday 16th September 2011 The Llanferres Playing Field Association has again agreed to marshal the event, with the help of our local community. In 2011 we raised ÂŁ2000 for the playing field. As in previous years, there will be a marshals meeting on Friday 14th, at 7.30pm, and post event BBQ / free drink at The Druid. If you have marshaled before,wish to help out, or if you have any questions please email me. Please support your local playing field and children's park by helping out on the day. Thanks, Dan Hurst - on behalf of LPFRA

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Community Council News - July Meeting From the minutes of the July meeting:Eight councillors were present, Councillor Jac Armstrong sent his apologies. There were no declarations of interest. Meeting open to the public for ten minutes:- It was reported that there were three named persons who were trained to operate the grass mower in Maeshafn and a letter would be sent confirming that only those persons should be allowed to use the mower for safety reasons. Report of County Councillor Martyn Holland:- Councillor Holland reported that he had had a busy week with debate on the LDP still ongoing. The inspector thought that not sufficient land had been allocated to meet the projected demand for housing and that sites, not originally allocated, would need to be re-considered, including land in Llanferres. Councillor Holland and two Llanferres Community Councillors had attended the Bus Forum and reported that it had been a constructive meeting. Cuts to the bus budget, originally reported to be 27%, will now only be 10% which will mean the projected loss of one bus, from Ruthin to Mold through Llanferes, from next April but this would be the bus least used. The school budget will be increased because pupil numbers have increased. The Police have reported that there have been a number of break-ins in the villages in our ward and also car break-ins, including on Moel Famau. Residents are reminded to be vigilant, lock up valuables and equipment and not leave anything visible in cars. Bus stop in Maeshafn:- Councillors have inspected the sites and Councillor Holland is to consult with residents to

hear their views. No decision has been reached and recent rumours have no foundation. The minutes of the June meeting were signed as a true record. There were to be six training sessions for Community Councillors on the 'Code of Conduct' but no dates were as yet available. Work is progressing, slowly, on the landscaping of the Memorial Stone. Two Community Councillors had attended the AGM of 'One Voice Wales' at Pentrefoelas when a new Chairman and other officers were elected. There then followed a constructive meeting with reports from the National Executive, and the Stakeholder Reference Group - Betsi Cadwaladr University Health board. It was proposed to hold Induction Training Sessions for new Councillors and future training for Chairs and Vice chairs was suggested. It was agreed that the current bill for Welsh Water of ÂŁ17.22 (and subsequent bills) will be paid by direct debit. PLANNING MATTERS:21/2012/0721 Proposal: Erection of conservatory at rear of dwelling. Location: Maes-yGarnedd Llanferres. The Community Council resolved to pass no comment. 21/2012/0720 Proposal: Demolition of existing pump station, construction of a new storm tank/pumping station & associated plant & machinery, new control kiosk, new access gate & new internal concrete site access road. The community Council resolved to pass no comment. Certificates of Decision. 21/2012/0501 Proposal: Erection of single-storey pitched-roof extension at rear of dwelling and erection of detached garage and store at front of dwelling

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Community Council News - July Meeting Location: Oldfield Forestry Road Llanferres. Granted. 21/2012/0514 Proposal: Erection of shelter to cover Mountain Rescue Ambulances. Location: Colomendy Centre Loggerheads. Granted. 21/2012/0350 Proposal: Certificate of lawfulness for the existing use of land for the siting of 1 no. static caravan. Location: Land at 16 The Nant Llanferres. The siting of the caravan is lawful. Maeshafn Playing Field:- no progress to report. An invitation had been received for the Chairman and Clerk to attend a special evening for Chairs and Clerks of Town and Community councils. Chair and Clerk will attend. The next meeting of the Community Council will be held on Thursday 13th September 2012 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. There will be no Community Council meeting during August 2012. John Almond. Vice Chairman

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Ysgol Bro Famau Llanferres Summer Fair! Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Summer Fair. We raised an


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Local Veg on Our Doorstep FlintShare CSA Ltd is a local, community run social enterprise producing food with, and for its members. There are sites at Cilcain, Hawarden, Northop and Ffynnongroyw - all producing a selection of fresh veg, herbs, honey and flowers for FlintShare members. The produce is grown by volunteers who are learning fast about how to grow veg from the more experienced growers on board. All members can access produce from any site through our veg account scheme whether they dig or not. FlintShare is all about people and we always mix chores with chinwag! We have social gatherings, workshops and stuff for kids, too. In 2013 we will be employing a grower to utilise a bigger area at Cilcain and will offer 20 veg shares. Our upcoming events are

September 9th Cilcain site big push day - non members welcome to visit. September 15th - Members meeting (with quiz) 3.30 6.00pm Join now to influence our future. All members have their say. September 22nd & 23rd - Mold Food and Drink Festival FlintShare will have a stand - come make a pot, sow some seed and have a chat. September 24th - 5.00 - 7.30pm ‘Food for our Future’ A free event at Caffi Florence to explore Where Our Food Comes From, Fun bread-making for all ages, a meal with local ingredients then Community Supported Agriculture (Nick Weir) and FlintShare CSA (Nikki Giles). Free but booking essential - contact Tony Little on 01970 621632 email September 29th Rags to Bags Workshop (For FlintShare members) Let your creative juices flow and make a beautiful bag from recycled textiles Free and all materials provided To find out more please visit our website at or call Nikki on 01352 810622.

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Local news Llanferres Playing Field achieves Green Flag status award again. The Green Flag award, the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales, has again been retained by the Llanferres Playing Field and Childrens Park. The award scheme is seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve the same high environmental standards, creating a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas. The award was presented by Wales’ Minister for the Environment, John Griffiths AM, at a ceremony at the Royal Welsh Show. “ We’re really pleased to have retained our existing green flag status.” “ Well done and thank you to everyone that put so much hard work into achieving this award.”

Dan Hurst. Chairman of the LPFRA.

YSGOL BRO FAMAU 100 CLUB JULY 2012 DRAW 1st Prize £40 Cynthia & Anthony Challii ~ 2nd Prize £24 Alan Wheatley ~ 3rd Prize £14 Eunice Roberts

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Gardening Club news Llanferres Parish Gardening Club On July 9th we went on another garden trip, this time to Park Cottage, Penley. Dr and Mrs Sime had built this five acre garden, from what had been pasture fields, in 13 years. With several different style of garden areas well planted with over 3,000 species it was indeed special. Members were delighted at such variation of plants giving them many ideas for their own gardens. Our thanks to Dr and Mrs Sime for their time showing us around. Our August meeting was to arrange details of the Annual Show which will be held on September 1st. Finer details of the show were agreed and tasks allocated amongst members, to make sure all is well organised. Show Secretary, David Jones, had all the necessary basic details to hand which made this meeting run smoothly. Show Secretary Mr David Jones ( 810 511

Hon Secretary Mrs Joan Almond ( 810808

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THE VILLAGE HALL LLANFERRES SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2012 Doors Open at 2-00pm Trophies will be presented 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 29th August or may be submitted by telephone to Mr David Jones (810511) by 6pm on 29th August All exhibits must be staged between 8am and 10-30am on the day of the show

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CLASSES TROPHY/CUP/SHIELD AWARDED TO EACH SECTION Garden Section: Restricted Classes 1-33 Vegetables and Fruit Flower Section: Restricted Classes 40-62 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 Classes 125 to 131 Home Section: Open Classes 135 to 156 Adult Handicraft: Open Classes 160-169 Art Section: Open Adult Classes 170-175 Junior Classes 177-179 Restricted Classes:-Llanferres Residents and Club Members

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Local news COME AND SING!! Hi! I'm Jennie. I've just moved into Ruthin from East Yorkshire. I'm a singing and piano teacher and have recently started a singing group. I'm a strong believer in two things; 1 Singing together makes people happy 2 Tea and cake make people happy! We meet every Thursday for tea, cake, singing and to make new friends. Don't worry if you don't read music; you don't have to. If you're nervous about coming alone, bring a friend! Come if you think you can't sing, come if you love singing, come if you're just curious, come if you love cake ~ you might just find yourself singing! Where? Llanbedr Village Hall When? Thursdays 5.30-6.30. How much? £5 per session (£3 for under 18's. Must be accompanied by an adult) If you're interested just let me know: Jennie Coates 07816 508 900

Have you ever wanted to learn to sing? Ever wished you could play the piano? Now’s your chance! Young and friendly singing and piano teacher, new to the area.

Call Jennie Coates (BA Hons) on 07816 508 900 Or email me at:


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Local news Llanferrres Over 60s Club Our next meeting is on Tuesday Sep 11th with a talk by Mr Alun Williams on "woodcarving".Most of us have seen his lovely work on display at the annual show in the hall. We have no speaker for Oct 9th but will go ahead with possibly a Quiz and a couple of Competitions. Each person to bring an unusual object to be identified and a GARDENING picture of themselves as a baby or young child or also to be identified!!


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To make up Betty is arranging a trip to Albert Dock on Oct 16th (full details later) so note it in your diaries. Looking forward to seeing you all. Betty and Olive Olive 810 294

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The Miners Arms Maeshafn Tel 01352 810464 “We would like to thank all our customers and friends for making the last 5 1/2 years at the Miners so enjoyable. We are retiring and moving to Yorkshire on September 3rd. Karen and Oliver Mason are taking over the pub and we hope that you will all support them and continue to visit The Miners Arms. Once again thank you.”

John and Gilly

Forthcoming Events The Miners will be open as usual for drinks only on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th September. Food will be available from Wednesday onwards. The opening hours will remain the same as they are currently.

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News from the Druid


Lunch Special Choose from one of our fresh homemade soups listed on our menu and then select a round of freshly made sandwiches from below: ● Home-Cooked Ham ● Rare Roast Beef ● Turkey & Stuffing ● Cheese & Spring Onion ● Brie & Grape ● Caerphilly Cheese & Branston Pickle

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Choose white or brown bread All for Only £7.75 Add a side portion of chips for £2.25

We welcome everyone back to the Druid on 20th September. New members are encouraged. Make sure you contact the organisers in advance as places are limited. Tel: Len Phillips on 01352 750311



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Baking enthusiasts are being called upon to enter their homemade Welsh cakes in a competition at this year’s Mold Food and Drink Festival . The Best of Welsh Bake-off competition, which is for non-professional bakers only, is organised by the festival in conjunction with the Mold WI and first launched last year. It proved highly successful with over 60 entries of bara brith received from a cross-section of the local and wider community. The competition is open to anyone who enjoys home baking and, in particular, has a special recipe or method for making scrumptious Welsh cakes. Entry form and details on

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A note from your County Councillor Summer has arrived although it will still go down as one of the wettest on record. Sadly this has not stopped the criminal fraternity and we have had a number of break-ins in the area. Once again we need to be good neighbours and report anything that looks suspicious to the North Wales Police. With this in mind North Wales Police have recently launched a new on line watch link call OWL. By registering your name, location and e- mail address you will receive relevant crime alerts and timely crime prevention advice. I have asked for a thousand of these leaflets and over the next two months I will drop one through each door in the area. Are you in receipt of a state pension, liable to pay council tax in Denbighshire and your home in Denbighshire is your main residence? If you have answered yes to all three questions you may be entitled to a share of a grant received by Denbighshire from the Welsh Government to help reduce pensioners council tax bills. Denbighshire has received ÂŁ148,209 and this will be divided equally between all those who register an interest by November 1st this year. To register you should write to: The Pensioner Grant Scheme, Revenues Dept, Russell House, Churton Road, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 3DP quoting your state pension reference number, your address including post code and your council tax reference number. Central Government gave all English Counties enough money to freeze council tax for all tax payers this year and similar funding was given to the Welsh

Government but they decided not to pass it on. It appears that this may be part of that funding and sadly it also appears that it may be more of a lottery in Wales as to wether or not you receive any money. It is therefore important that you register early. There have been a number of complaints about the bus service in Maeshafn from bus users outside the village. The complaints revolve around the problems the buses have in turning around in the village. I feel that this is also an issue about the limited parking in the village for visitors and residents alike. In early September it is my intention to complete a survey in the village to listen to the views of all concerned and to look for possible solutions. I hope that everyone will take part and I am looking forward to your suggestions on how we can improve the position for all. Best wishes. Martyn Cllr Martyn L Holland. Tel. 01824 780703

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THE NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD DENBIGH 2013 The National Eisteddfod fund raising committee have asked Llanferres Community Council to pledge ÂŁ2,000 towards next year's event in Denbigh. It was decided that we would like to support them, but the amount was thought to be excessive and could not just be paid out of Public money. Four members of the Council have therefore joined with some other interested people to form a "Working Party" to try to raise some funds for them. We need more help and would very much like to hear from anyone living in the Community of Llanferres who is willing to help. Contacts are Rob Armstrong David Jones Margaret Davies Olive Parry Thank You

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Nature Notes On a sunny morning in late June I was walking from Llanferres to Loggerheads Garage when I was struck by the beauty and diversity of the plant life encountered on this short walk. I did not do an intensive survey of all the plants, but passed along at a normal walking pace, yet I counted 18 woody plants or trees, of which 5 were in bloom, 6 species of grass and no less than 60 flowering plants (although not all were actually in bloom) and all on the one side of the road (the left-hand side, going towards Loggerheads). I did not use the old road through Tafarn y Gelyn but walked along the pavement until I came to the new road where I used the gravel edge before again resorting to the pavement to take me the rest of the way to Loggerheads. On leaving Llanferres, I admired the gardens splendid with the plants of cultivation, sometimes complemented by wild flowers, but I did not include these in my count but only started to count when I became aware of the diversity of wild flowers growing on the verge. Many of them very familiar such as Hogweed, Daisy, Dandelion and Cow parsley but let us not dismiss them as they all add to the picture. I quickly noticed pink Dovesfoot cranesbill, yellow Creeping buttercup, blue Forget-me-not, lilac Tufted vetch and the burgundy coloured Common vetch. Honeysuckle climbed and entwined on Holly and Elder, the latter in full bloom. Meadow buttercup and Tufted vetch crowded together to make a colourful scene that would enhance or compete with any cultivated garden. There were Wild cherry trees, no longer in flower and their fruits already taken

by the birds. The yellow flowers of Birdsfoot trefoil caught my eye. This is the food plant for the caterpillars of several butterflies and its seed heads, when ripe, resemble the claw of a bird, hence the name. Red campion, Crosswort and Meadow sweet were here with a patch of Nettle. Many people regard nettles as a pest, and so they are in the wrong place such as a decorative garden, but in the wild they are valuable food sources for the caterpillars of some of our most colourful butterflies and through the centuries they have been harvested by man for a variety of uses. Rosebay willowherb flourishes and, in season, is very colourful and is the food for Elephant hawk moths but is reviled by gardeners because of its plethora of fluffy seeds which blow everywhere. In the brook I spotted Brooklime and Watercresss. Near the gate and stile, the pearly white flowers of Guelder rose shone brightly in the sunshine. Not a rose, of course, but a relative of cultivated Viburnums. I passed more Birdsfoot trefoil with red and white Clover, all capable of extracting nitrogen from the air and 'fixing' it in the soil to the benefit of other plants, such as the profusion of Ox-eye daisies. A Laburnum tree hung heavy with racemes of yellow flowers and a Horse chestnut was displaying its miniature 'conkers'. Regarded as a native species this tree was only introduced into Britain about 350 years ago. All about were Knapweed, Yellow rattle, Meadow vetchling and bright blue Germander speedwell. Yarrow, which is usually white flowered, had some heads of pink - as far as I know the only umbellifer to do this. Marking the road edge was yellow flowered Black medick, or

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Nature Notes should I say Shamrock? For this is the plant it is believed that St Patrick plucked to illustrate the doctrine of 'three persons in one God'. Up the slope was a collection of trees - Hazel, Oak, Sycamore, Field maple, wild rose and others, fronted by a range of grasses including Meadow grass, Yorkshire fog, Cocksfoot, Rye grass and Timothy amongst which grew Ragwort (Cinnabar moth food plant), Spear thistle, Sorrel, Yarrow, Perennial sow thistle and the now faded flowers of Cowslips. Many of the trees were encrusted with yellow crustose lichens which impart colour to these trees in the winter. Passing Tafarn y Gelyn I regained the pavement to see a big patch of Butterbur whose large leaves where once used to wrap 'pats' of butter to keep them fresh. There was a stand of Welted thistle - not everybody's favourite but a good source of nectar and pollen for many insects. I wondered why so many people regard all insects as pests to be destroyed, when the vast majority of insects are useful to humans. Have we got so far away from reality that we are so ignorant of life and the natural world? Another Willowherb grows along here - the Great willowherb - differing from the Rosebay in having deeper pink flowers and downy undersides to the leaves. There was Garlic mustard, Figwort, Herb Bennet (related to the garden Geum), Dog's mercury, Greater Celandine and Welsh poppy. I passed under two fine Sycamores and a Wych elm tree and here (between the pavement and the road) the grasses were flowering magnificently. But soon the Council will come along and mow them all

down. Why? They are doing no harm! We live in the country for goodness sake not some municipal park where everything has to be controlled. Why cannot we enjoy them? People say it is 'only' grass yet grasses, and their derivatives, are probably the most important phylum in the world, without which we could not survive. Ground elder grows here. Hated by gardeners, with good reason, in the wild it tends to be kept in check by competition with the other plants and its white umbelliferous flowers provide pollen and nectar. To the untutored eye all the white umbels look the same yet, on this walk, I had seen six species, although I may not have named them all. They tend to flower in succession, perhaps giving the impression that one species dominates the roadside verges throughout the growing season. Sometimes they are not easy to identify and one has to rely on the seed capsules to separate them. And finally, I came to the houses just prior to the Loggerheads Garage where I noticed a Lilac tree, some Solomon's seal and, clinging to cracks in the wall, Shining cranesbill and Ivy-leaved toadflax. Although I have not mentioned all of them by name, all told, I had seen at least 84 species of plant and, undoubtedly, I had missed many more and these were only the ones apparent on this particular day. There will be others which show themselves at other times of the year, so who can guess just exactly how many there actually are. And all on one side of about a mile of a trunk road.

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'Thank you' to the organisers of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee party in the village hall for the generous donation to the LPFRA of £40 from the proceeds of the excellent event. Dan Hurst - on behalf of LPFRA

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Village Organisations Archery Club - lan Logan, Tryfan, 17 Cae Gwyn, Llanferres Tel: 810627 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: Rector's Warden - Josh Griffiths, Jontindale, Ruthin Road. Tel: 810853 People's Warden - Mr. Brian Skelhorn 16 Cae Gwyn. Tel: 810422 Clwydian Conservation Campaign - Pen y Chwareli, Pant Ddu Road, Nercwys CH7 4DD Llanferres Holiday Club ( School Holiday Child Care) Becky Thomas, Booking Officer Tel: 01352 759263 or mobile 07530 721953 Gardening Club - Mrs Joan Almond, 20 Cae Derwen, Llanferres. Tel: 810808 Llanferres Alcoholic Mountain Biking Soc. (LAMBS) - Gordon Jones Tel: 810305 Llanferres Community Council - Mrs Gwyneth Dillon, Rhosddigre, Llandegla, LL11 3AU Tel: 01978 790269 Llanferres Playing Field & Recreation Association - Secretary, Simon Hodge. Tel: 810686 Maeshafn Cricket Club - Secretary: Jonathan Fagan. Tel: 810373 Old People's Welfare Committee - Secretary, 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 Village Hall Management Committee - Chairman, Rob Armstrong. 810259 Sudoku solution online at: Austin Powers The Moon Ealing Studios Rowan Atkinson American Pie Terry Jones I Got You Babe Eric Sykes Cameron Diaz Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me (from Carry On Cleo


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Llanferres News & Views Sept 2012  
Llanferres News & Views Sept 2012  

September 2012 edition of the local magazine for Llanferres and district, North Wales