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.


The Ceiriog Tidy Team

The volunteer members of the Ceiriog Tidy Team wish to thank sincerely Dan and Grace Parry for their generous donation of a storage shed. Thanks also go to Trevor Bates for his help in moving the shed and his initial work on the proposed site.

Work continues with regular liter picking, bus shelter cleaning, the erection of anti-litter signs and maintenance of the four flower tubs. The team will shortly continue the clearance of a permanent site for the storage shed behind the Canolfan Ceiriog. It will soon be necessary to consider winter planting for the flower tubs; let us know if you have any ideas or can help.

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.

Come and join us! For further information ring 01691 712820.

Chirk History Society

October's meeting of the Society is the AGM followed by a short talk about Chirk's history by Mr Graham Greasley.

Meetings are held at Chirk Parish Hall on the second Monday of the month starting at 7.15pm prompt.

Visitors and new members welcome.

Library Update

Hello everyone, Library here again. Hope you all enjoyed your Summer and are now looking forward to Autumn. We have had a busy summer once again with children participating in this years’ Reading Challenge called, ‘The Big Friendly Read’ which coincided with the release of the film ‘The BFG’ [which Carolyn thought was really ‘scrumdiddlyumptious’!] and Roald Dahl’s centenary year as well. For all the children that have yet to finish, please don’t worry as you have until Friday,16 September. Our Presentation Day will take place on Monday, 3 October at 4pm–5pm when all children will receive their certificates. To extend our Roald Dahl summer event we will be running a, ‘Find the Giant Peach’ competition for children under the age of 12. As from Thursday,1 September until Friday, 30 September we want children to search the library for the Peach and then they will be entered into a draw for various prizes, entry is completely free of charge.

This half term on Friday, 28 October we will be holding a Spooky themed story time, followed by a spooky Glue ‘n Stick, normal times of 3.30pm until 4.30pm and again free of charge.

Dates for the Diary:

Monday: CAB, 9am– 12 noon , for help with all sorts of problems.

Tuesday: Adult Reading group, held on the first Tuesday of the month, 2.30pm onwards. Enjoy varied selection of titles and good discussions.

Thursday: Adult Colouring Group, free of charge, we provide all materials and also the best cup of tea or coffee in Chirk! You may even get a biscuit, please come along and try it, meet new people and have a very pleasant and relaxing couple of hours.

Thursday: Computer Help session at 3pm–4pm , if you have any problems or would like to know 'how to‘, e.g., send emails, attachments, search internet, please come along and we’ll try to help.

May we remind you about our Exhibition Area, where we will be pleased to show off your work, so if you have a talent for Jewellery making, knitting, paper crafts, art, wood, photography or anything else please phone us on 01691 772344 for further details. Also if you have an event that wants advertising, we do have a notice board in the foyer, so if you have a poster, we will put it up. We look forward to seeing you all this Autumn, Carolyn and Liz.

Leonard Cheshire Disability

During the month of August we have had many entertainments at Dolywern.

We had a visit from Richard and Joan Andrews of the Glyn Valley Tramway Society -  Richard gave a very entertaining and informative talk with slides of the Tramway and the Valley, during the years that it was running.  All the residents really enjoyed the afternoon, thank you very much Richard and Joan.

Sheena and Alan of Bond Entertainment performed their Rock n Roll show for us one afternoon—it was great and had everyone rocking and rolling in their seats!

Michael Richards, harpist and harper joined us for a lovely afternoon playing his harp, encouraging everyone to join in with singing English and Welsh folk songs.

Steve from the Owl Rescue brought along three beautiful owls, who sat on residents arms, allowing themselves to be stroked – what a wonderful experience for all residents and staff who joined in with this! Steve was very informative and chatted all about the owls, many people asked a lot of questions throughout the afternoon, and they were all answered by Steve who is very knowledgeable about wildlife.

We had Pete Spesh to entertain us with his singing and guitar playing for an afternoon—Pete enjoys entertaining the residents, and very kindly donates all the proceeds of the sale of his CDs to Dolywern, thank you Pete—we look forward to your next visit!

To go with the Olympic Games theme, we had a group of volunteers from the Wrexham offices of the Department of Works and Pensions with us, running an Olympic Games day, we had a lot of fun in the garden with many games and sports, the ice cream van came too for many of us to enjoy the summer sunshine!

The same week, Carol and the kitchen staff cooked Brazilian food, which was to be a barbecue, but due to the inclement weather on the day, was served in the dining room. But what a wonderful variety of yummy food she cooked!

Sioned Ellis and Phillip Knowles of Music in Hospitals performed for us, what a lovely pair of entertainers, Sioned has a beautiful voice and Phillip is so expert on the piano.

Many of our residents have been out on fantastic summer outings over the last month: Some to the seaside for a day out to Llandudno, some on the Llangollen steam train, many to the Dyffryn Ceiriog Male Voice Choir concert at the Oliver Jones Hall, some on the Llangollen Horse drawn canal boat, to the Ironworks, Chirk Castle, various shopping trips, Bingo at Fron Community Centre, to mention but a few.

Please keep the date of our Christmas Market, Saturday, 3 December, 1.30 till 4.30pm in your diaries. This will be a fun afternoon for all, with many stalls, festive refreshments, and Santa who will visit to see the children and everyone! Please come along and enjoy the festive spirit with the residents, there will be plenty of opportunities to buy some unusual and interesting gifts to add to your Christmas shopping! If you would like to book a stall, please contact me, Sylvia on 718303. If anyone feels that they could give a little time to help us on our stalls, please get in touch.

We are always looking for new volunteers for various roles, including fund-raising, helping with art and craft, IT help, gardening, and many other activities that residents like to enjoy, including just sitting and having a chat over a cup of tea!

From the Vicar

Now it is Autumn again and the leaves will soon begin to fall. An awful lot seems to have happened this year which will probably be remembered firstly for the referendum in which a majority of people voted to leave the European Union after 43 years of the UK ' s membership. No-one knows what the full consequences of this choice will finally be.

Many people amongst us have also experienced changed circumstances in their personal and family lives this year.

Our church is going through a period of change too. It is planned that local parishes in Wales will instead be absorbed into a greater ' Mission area' which in our case will include Llangollen and Corwen. This will be yet one more challenge for us to take on board.

On reflection, it seems that most of our challenges lie in that one word 'change'. Many people find change daunting and difficult to deal with. Change is nothing at all new but it may be true to say that the rate of change in our society has speeded up considerably. Change is an inevitable part of life.

Change and its challenge also offers us an opportunity to turn to God who, says the Bible in the letter to James, is the 'Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change'.

Having stated our problem, it is not so easy to come up with ways to deal with it, especially for older folk who may well be bewildered by constant change. If we turn to God to sustain us and guide us in all this, then we must turn to prayer for His help. Words of the famous New Year prayer of King George VI come to mind:

'Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand

of God... that shall be better to you than light and safer than a known way'.

Which brings us to remember that all we do is done in the presence of God. Part of prayer is to remind ourselves always of this and to remind ourselves also that however disturbing we may find some aspects of change, God always remains unchanged and present with us to help us establish the right way ahead.

Words of a hymn come to mind from the hymn 'Abide with me'

'Change and decay in all around I see, O thou who changest not, abide with me'.

We may well pray that God will travel beside us and make us more aware of his presence as we address all the changes with which we are presented.

With good wishes and prayers.

Edward Yendall.





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