Social Aid

Ceiriog Valley
Art Society
meets on the 2 nd and 4 th Saturdays, to confirm venue and further information contact
Helen Crossley
01691 718875.

Anyone interested in meeting like-minded people from the Valley with an interest in ‘visual arts’ is most welcome.

The Ceiriog Lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (ROAB) GLE

meets in the Royal British Legion, Chirk on Monday evenings at 8 pm. , all members most welcome. For further information contact
01691 772059.

Chirk & Ceiriog Valley Partnership
meets on the 2 nd Tuesday of every other month at various venues. Please contact the secretary on
01691 718170
for details.

Is the bottom falling out of your world, or out of your seat? Why not let Kate Barber restore your ailing chairs with a new cane seat. All proceeds to Church Funds, contact Kate at Hen Bopty on 01691 718905.


Welcome to 2017

The Glyn News publishing committee wishes you all a very happy New Year and welcomes its readers, advertis ers and distributors to the first edition of the New Year. The committee hopes that you will enjoy receiving the newsletter over the following months and don't forget: keep sending us all the local news.

Within this edition you will find an envelope which, if you wish to, you can make a donation in aid of the newsletter. The donations can be taken to either the Glyn or Pontfadog Post Offices.

The Ceiriog Tidy Team

Tim Tacluso Ceiriog

The Team would like to thank all those people who supported their stall and 'Lucky Dip' at the Canolfan Christmas Fair. A total of £130 was raised, which will go towards more equipment and planned improvements to the Village.

There has been a noticeable increase in dog fouling over recent months. While some dog owners are extremely diligent, the Team requests that ALL dog owners take on the responsibility of keeping the village and surrounding area dirt free.

We meet to clear litter at 9.30am on the first Wednesday of each month at the Canolfan, so please Come and join us! For further information ring 01691 712820.


The Team wishes everyone a 'Happy and Tidy New Year'. We hope to include details of our proposed improvements to sites in the village in the next edition of the Glyn News.

We hope that you enjoyed the village illuminations? The Team plans to develop its modest contribution to this year's festive lights next Christmas.

There has been a noticeable increase in dog fouling over recent months. Whilst some dog owners are extremely diligent, the Team requests that ALL dog owners take on responsibility of keeping the village and surrounding area dirt free.

Should you wish to support our work, cheques should be made payable to 'Ceiriog Tidy Team' and handed in at Glyn Ceiriog Post office. Thank you in anticipation.

We meet to clear litter at 9.30am on the first Wednesday of every month at the Canolfan Ceiriog Centre. Come and join us!

For further information ring 01691 712820

Dyffryn Ceiriog Group Cancer Research UK

The group would like to thank everyone who supported our fund raising at the Christmas Fayres in Dolywern and in the Glyn. Thanks to everyone who made cakes and donated raffle prizes, with a special mention to the Mulberry Inn for the generous voucher. A total of £552 was raised which has now been sent to Cancer Research UK .

Diolch yn fawr

Canolfan News

Happy New Year from all at Canolfan, here's to a great 2017!
We have our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 22nd February at Canolfan, open for all members of our community, user groups, volunteers and anyone interested in becoming a trustee or helping out in 2017. Cake and refreshments available at 6.30pm with the meeting commencing at 7pm . We look forward to seeing you there!
We have a great line up of events for 2017, please see attached timetable and diary each month for updated listings.
Don't forget we host a variety of classes for mind and body wellbeing here at Canolfan, so if you feel the need to burn off some Christmas calories there is Zumba on a Monday evening at 7.30pm, Pilates, Monday's at 8.30pm, Badminton on a Wednesday 7.30pm, Circuit Training on a Thursday 8.15pm or an Extend gentle exercise class on a Friday 10am.
To relax we have Art Therapy at Ceiriog Creates on a Monday 1.30pm , Pilates each Monday at 8.30pm , Yoga on a Wednesday 1.30pm , T'ai Chi on a Thursday 10.30am or Yoga evening on a Thursday 7pm . All these classes need to be well attended to run so please do come along and try something new—we're proud to be able to provide such a variety of fitness/relaxation groups locally and want to keep doing so… let's spread the word and get active!
Please see our noticeboards and website which are regularly updated with full listings of upcoming events and classes available at Canolfan.
Looking forward to a great year ahead
Many Thanks

Thank You

Carys Davies, Pontau Farm, Pontfadog would like to thank everyone for the cards and gifts she received on her 70th birthday, also for the kind donations amounting to £800 to be shared between Wales Air Ambulance and Diabetes UK.

Diolch yn fawr

Community Agent Report

We have two new groups starting in 2017:


There will be an opportunity to play a range of Boardgames in the Christian Centre on the last Monday of each month from 10:30 am to 12. You are welcome to bring your own boardgame or use the ones that Riv Carter and Rhys Hughes purchased for the Centre. I would like to thank Margaret for volunteering to help start this group.

Sgwrs a Paned

There will be an opportunity to practice your Welsh in an informal way by meeting in the Christian Centre on the first Tuesday of the month from 10:30 am to 12 noon . I would like to thank Jenny for volunteering to help start this group. Please remember that there is also a weekly group meeting in Y Dderwen each Tuesday evening at 8 pm .

If you feel you are able to offer your time as a volunteer to help with any of the existing or new activities then please contact me.

The existing groups include Ceiriog Creates on a Monday afternoon, Nordic Walking on a Tuesday afternoon, Bridge on a Tuesday evening, IT on a Wednesday afternoon and Scrabble on a Thursday morning.

The Luncheon Club at the Christian Centre will be on every Friday.

Mrs Bates, Glyn Ceiriog Community Agent 07908 373003

Ceiriog Valley Players

The Ceiriog Valley Players met at the Oak on Wednesday, 30 November to begin preparations for the next annual shows at Canolfan Ceiriog on 21st & 22nd April 2017 . With the task of narrowing down 20 sketches to a final 12 which producer Jim Mills expects the 2017 show to be even better than the previous 5. The 2017 show will be called 'Something Completely Different' and will feature some new cast members. The next meeting will be on January 11th and rehearsals will start in February 2017.

Farming Connect Discussion Group

Sixteen members of the Ceiriog Valley Discussion group met at The Oak, Glyn Ceiriog, on 23rd November when Kate Phillips, gave a presentation on sheep nutrition in light of detailed analysis of silage samples taken from members prior to the meeting. Advice was given regarding the correct supplementation of concentrates during late pregnancy and early lactation based on the results of individual samples. Members learned about balanced diets for pregnant and lactating ewes to increase the number of lambs reared. The evening was organized by Marial Edwards of Farming Connect and refreshments were served prior to the meeting.

Community Christmas Lunch

A Community Christmas Lunch was held at Canolfan Ceiriog on Thursday 22nd December when over 50 people attended. Organized by Isobel Waine and Ellie Mills along with Community Agents Dilys Bates and Shelley Griffiths with funding from Glyn Ceiriog Community Council. The room was decorated by Sue Turner and the Garth Hillside Organic Garden supplied fresh vegetables for the soup starter. There seemed like an army of helpers with sandwiches and cakes and also transport. Due to the success of this pilot event it is hoped that it will become an annual event.

Llangollen YFC

Llangollen YFC followed up a night of carol singing around Llangollen on Tuesday, 20 December with a second night around Glyn Ceiriog on Thursday, 22 December. £360 was collected over the two nights to add to the Manchester Children's Hospital fund in memory of Jake Hughes. YFC organiser Sharon Jones was delighted with the effort, 'Members had to negotiate several mince pies, sausage rolls, mulled wine and fizzy drinks. It was a tough job, but being YFC members, they coped very well,' said Sharon.

Lent Study Group

All Welcome to join St John's Church Pontfadog 2017 Lent Study Group held at Anne Sopwith's home

Buarth Cynfor, Selattyn Road, LL20 7HB

This is a 6 week course, meeting each Monday BEGINNING Monday, 6 March UNTIL Monday, 10 April 2017 , 9.45am for coffee, 10am start 11am finish.

A great opportunity to come and learn about Lent, share your thoughts and make friends.

If you would like to know more about the group please telephone Jackie Whelan on 01978 480147.

Looking forward to welcoming you on the 6th March.

Cylth Meithrin Glyn Ceiriog Playgroup

The Christmas alcohol and chocolate hamper sold all 100 tickets raising £200 for the group with the winning ticket being drawn on Thursday, 1 December at the quiz held on behalf of the group at The Oak. The hamper was won by Bob Hughes of Glyn Ceiriog. Thanks to all who bought a ticket and to the quiz regular supporters who enjoy sharpening their wits with Jo's excellent questions, also to The Oak for allowing us to use the pub for quizzes.


We visited the Glyn Ceiriog engine shed in late November when the volunteers who have been working hard on it opened it to the public. We would like to congratulate them on the result of their hard work: the shed, exhibits in it and surrounding yard are a credit to them, a very useful addition to preserving the heritage of the valley and an asset to the look of the village and its tourism potential. Well done to those who have clearly spent a lot of time organizing funding and working so hard on the project.

Ros and Bob Greenwood, Tregeiriog

Leonard Cheshire Disability

During the run up to Christmas we had various days of entertainment starting with Havanna Nights, a dancing couple who entertained us with their Christmas "Strictly" themed routine. We had two regular local entertainers: John Edwards, singer and also a keyboard player, and Chris Sims, who is a singer and pianist.

We had Sionedd Ellis from Music in Hospitals to sing for us together with Philip on his keyboard.

We also had the Busy Bee company to perform the pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty'.

These entertainers were enjoyed by all the residents and some of the staff.

We had the Weston Rhyn Singers [one of our residents happens to belong to this group], as usual the residents all enjoyed their performance very much. Llangollen Rotary Club visited us with Christmas entertainment and presents for each of us—well what can we say, a wonderful variety of not only singing but jokes, readings and to end it all, a duet by two of their members, how good was that!

Glyn schoolchildren sang carols and songs for us, it was very enjoyable to hear a variety of songs sung by a range of ages.

The local Brownie group visited us and performed parts of their Christmas play for us, which was enjoyed by all.

Côr Meibion Dyffryn Ceiriog joined us and sang a wonderful selection of Christmas carols and songs both in English and Welsh.

A big thank you to all these groups that we have mentioned: please come next year and sing for us.

The Christmas party was enjoyed by all, with a fantastic buffet served by Carol and the kitchen staff, and entertainment from Sheena and Alan of Bond Entertainment. A big thanks goes to all the staff from the kitchen, all the staff who helped to organize the evening and help the residents enjoy themselves, also to Sheena and Alan for the great entertainment.

Our Christmas Day started off with Father Christmas bringing lots of goodies for each resident, thank you to Eric and Mel, Santa and his little Elf. Lunch was served at noon , turkey and all the trimmings finishing off with a plum pudding accompanied by a glass of wine served by Bob Coleman. It was Norman 's job to wash all the pots, what a good job he made of this. We had plenty of workers to help Carol the chef in the kitchen her assistants along with the two Japanese girls Miyuki and Naoko clearing the tables. What a fantastic day we had!! A huge thank you goes to all the staff who worked during the Christmas and New Year period, thus enabling the residents to enjoy both.

The New Year celebrations were just as good, plenty of nice food, drink and entertainment from Gary who organized something different each day.

A member of the Llangollen Rotary Club, Mike Connolly, sang for us a few days after Christmas, what a delightful singer he is. Thank you very much Mike.

On the Wednesday after the New Year, Pete Spesh and his friend Ron entertained us with many varied songs, folk songs, and funny songs. Thank you to both of you for a fun afternoon!

Our two Japanese volunteers, Miyuki and Naoko, together with Miyuki Bower, arranged a Japanese lunch for us—lots of varied dishes from Japan . How different this was, but how absolutely lovely and a nice change compared to the normal British cuisine.

Lynda and Sylvia

From the Vicar

From the Vicar

Many people will remember last year [2016] for the remarkable public events that took place during it and others have found it a difficult year for more personal reasons. It would not be surprising therefore for some to be apprehensive about what 2017 might bring.

There is much wisdom in the recommendation to take one day at a time. I recently took heart from a story about the American businessman who founded a chain of stores across the U.S.A. , known as Penney's stores.

He had been successful in this venture but his personal life and finances were not in good shape and he developed the illness known as shingles. One night, he could not sleep despite heavy sedation and felt so ill that he would not make the dawn.

However he did wake and somehow found his way to the chapel in the hospital where he was staying. He listened to the reading of the Scripture and the prayers. The small congregation then began singing a hymn - 'God will take care of you'.

Mr Penney relates what happened as follows: 'Suddenly-something happened. I can't explain it. I can only call it a miracle. I felt as if I had been instantly lifted out of the darkness of a dungeon into warm, brilliant sunlight—transported from hell to paradise. I felt the power of God as I had never felt it before. The most glorious twenty minutes of my life were those I spent in the chapel that morning and hearing those words 'God will take care of you'.

It may well be the case that we have started out on our journey of 2017 worried about some particular thing or about life in general. We may do well to remember this story and place our lives and plans into the hands of God. This after all reflects the teaching of Jesus Christ himself as he reminds us 'Don't be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day'.

Or, to quote the refrain of the above hymn:

'God will take care of you, through every day,

o'er all the way. God will take care of you'.

With my best wishes and prayers for everyone for the

remainder of 2017.

Edward Yendall.





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