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.


Village Tidy Group

The Caru'n Pentrefi Love Our Villages group completed its last village tidy of 2016 recently in Pontfadog and Dolywern. Strimming, litter picking and cleaning of the Memorial area took place in time for the Remembrance Day service.

We are delighted to have received a donation of a village Christmas tree, kindly supplied by Julian Morris from Pentreclawdd Farm. The tree will be sited opposite the Gareth Morris Construction offices. The children of Ysgol Pontfadog are making tree decorations and customers of The Swan Inn and Pontfadog Post Office have generously donated money to purchase Christmas lights. All members of the community are invited to our inaugural Christmas lights switch on on Friday 2nd December at 5:30pm. We'll have carols round the tree and mince pies and mulled wine will be served by members of the tidy team.

Ceiriog Tidy Team

Tim Taculuso Ceiriog

The Team's work continues with regular litter picking. The four flower tubs have been planted with violas, pansies and bulbs, to ensure a colourful display tyhroughout the winter and into Spring. We are most grateful to the villager who left a donation hich covered the cost of replanting the two tubs close to the play area.

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

We meet to clear litter at 9.30am on the first Wednesday of every month at the Canolfan Centre. Come and Join Us! For further information ring 01691 712820.

Befriending Service

The Befriending Service Ymestyn-Reaching Out aims to provide companionship for people who

are lonely and socially isolated, from troubled teenagers, struggling parents, people with mental

health problems and those who are older and perhaps bereaved or housebound.

We started to take referrals in June 2016 and are now 'open for business', Ymestyn regularly

receives referrals for people who are lonely and would benefit from company. It has taken several

months to get to this stage but we now have some trained volunteers who are visiting people in

their own homes and sometimes taking them out on short trips to a café or garden centre.

The GP's, Nurses and Social Services have all shown an interest and are being very supportive of

this new service.

Recruiting volunteers is an ongoing process and we are pleased that a second group of volunteers

have been trained, this will enable us to take on even more clients.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or know of someone who may benefit from our

service we can be contacted by phone on 01978 897698, by email at, via our Facebook page or at St Collen's Community Hall.

Thank you

David, Bethan and family would like to thank all family and friends who attended Lorraine 's funeral on Wednesday, 26 October at Pentrebychan. Also many thanks for donations for Nightingale House which amounted to just over £1,000.


Dymuna Eirian Austin Berwynfa, ddiolch yn fawr iawn yw ffrindiau, Cymdogion a'i theulu am y llu o ddymuniadau da, Cardiau ac am ynweld a hi yn Ysbyty Y Waun.

Hefyd hoffai defi ac Eirian ddymuno Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddynn Newydd Dda 1 bawb.

Diolch o galon


Eirian Austin Berwynfa wishes to thank friends, neighbours and family for their best wishes, cards and frequent visits whilst being in Chirk Hospital .

Defi and Eirian would also like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year.

Thank you very much.

Good Wishes

Sorry I will not be sending Christmas cards this year. So I would like to thank everyone for the beautiful cards sent to me in the past and hope you all have a nice Christmas and to wish you the very best in 2017. Phyllis Morris


Baden , David, Frank, Bronwen and Eiryls would like to thank family, friends and neighbours for all the cards and phone calls of sympathy on the sad loss of their brother Gwilym Powell. Thanks too for the donations amounting to £300 friends, Chirk Hospital .

Diolch yn Fawr

I Wonder

I wonder if you could help me to find the whereabouts of my Taid’s grave. Thomas Griffiths (known as Granomac) died in 1949, and the clock outside the Institute was erected by public subscription in his memory.

I have met the Vicar and he searched his records and there is no trace of him there, neither is he buried in Tregeiriog according to Emyr Lloyd who holds the burial records. The only other place would be the Baptist cemetery in Glyn.

I wonder whether you could something in the Glyn News to the effect that his grandson [Rev'd John Williams of Brecon] would like to find his grave.

Thank you for your help.

John Williams [Tel: 01874 938196]

Play Area

Refurbished Pontfadog Play Area now open following official launch

Pontfadog residents are celebrating the opening of a new £50k play area.

The Maes Meredydd Play Area is officially up and running following a launch party attended by Rupert Moon, the ex-Welsh international rugby player, who cut the tape thus opening the newly updated play area, Llangollen Youth Band, the Playground committee, local Cub Scouts and Brownies, and members of Glyntraian Community Council at the facility in Pontfadog on Thursday.

The new play equipment includes swings, a rota rocker and multiplay units which have been funded by a £36,500 grant from WREN’S FCC Community Action Fund.

Fiona Futcher, Clerk to Glyntraian Community Council is delighted that the project is now in use.

She says: 'This vital facility is going to make a real difference to those who use it, as well as the wider Glyntraian community. We are extremely grateful to WREN for providing funding as we would not have been able to go ahead without its support.'

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, WREN’s grant manager for North Wales , says: 'It’s wonderful to see something we have funded finally open and ready to make such a difference to young people across the Ceiriog Valley . WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.'

Approximately 50 children attended the grand opening along with their families. Many of the children helped to get this new equipment by raising money from selling toys and cakes, washing cars etc. The whole community contributed by donating time and money and making cakes, raising a fantastic £2,500 towards the cost. Glyntraian Community Council has granted the remainder of the costs.

Ceiriog Valley Players

The Ceiriog Valley Players held their awards evening at Canolfan Ceiriog on Saturday, 22 October when a recording of the 2016 Show was screened. This was the fifth show in the Carry On series. Awards were presented to Jane Ballinger for Make Up, Lynn Brotherton for best contribution, Lifetime award to Peter Bates, Best female impersonation: Marco Robinson, Least funny; Trevor Bates, and Director Jim Mills picked up the award for actually rehearsing. The awards were presented by Jim Mills, Ann Lloyd Morris and George Jones, and a raffle of Paul Meakin's photographs raised £132 for Wales Air Ambulance. Anita Ward and Duncan Mills provided some extra entertainment and disco. Plans are afoot for Carry On 2017 with provisional dates of April 21/22.

Equine Car Boot Sale

An Equine Car Boot Sale was held at Canolfan Ceiriog on Saturday, 15 October organized by Sian Bates and Shelley Jervis, assisted by Michelle Mackleston-Edwards and Rhian Wyn Edwards.

With some of the 24 stall holders travelling over 50 miles to attend there was brisk trading from the start and the Canolfan Ceiriog kitchen was just able to cope with the heavy demand for bacon, egg and sausage butties. North Wales Horsewatch were also in attendance. Helen Lacey [Horsewatch co-ordinator] and PCSO Amanda Jones were on hand to offer advice and to security mark saddles throughout the day.

Buyers and stallholders fees were donated to Wales Air Ambulance and were boosted some very generous donations to raise a grand total of £329 for the Wales Air Ambulance Fund.


Christmas at St Garmon’s Church, Llanarmon D.C.

Join us for activities for the Christmas season:

December 4, 11.30am : Advent readings, carols, and Communion .

December 14, 2pm : Ysgol Llanarmon's Christingle service in church

December 18, 11.30am : Christmas lessons and carols .

December 25, 10.30am : Christmas Day Communion

December 28, 7pm : Traditional PLYGAIN

Lleisiau Ceiriog

Fe fydd Lleisiau Ceiriog yn cynnal eu Cyngerdd Nadolig blynyddol yn Neuadd Goffa Ceiriog, nos Fawrth, Rhagfyr 6ed am 7.30 yh. Byddwn yn canu amrywiaeth o garolau hen a newydd ac fe fydd Cor y Dysgwyr yn cyfrannu eitemau i’r rhaglen.

Fe fyddwn yn paratoi paned a mins-pei, dewch yn llu i fwynhau noson gartrefol o adloniant y Nadolig.

Lleisiau Ceiriog will hold their annual Christmas Carol Concert at Neuadd Goffa Ceiriog on Tuesday, 6 December at 7.30 pm . We will be singing a variety of old and new carols with the Welsh Learners Choir contributing items to the programme.

We will be preparing tea and coffee and mince-pies, come and enjoy an evening of Christmas entertainment.

Chirk Hospital Circle of Friends

Chirk Hospital Circle of Friends wishes everyone a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year and wishes to thank everyone for all their very generous support given over the past year to the Circle of Friends with their fund raising efforts. We also would like to warmly invite you to the following forthcoming events:

Thursday, 8 December, Chirk Hospital Christmas Tree of Light and which will commence at 2pm with the children from the Pentre, Fron and Garth Federation School Choir singing carols for patients, staff and visitors. This will be followed with the reading of the names of those being remembered with a star on the Christmas Tree of Light and will conclude with the serving of seasonal refreshments and also the Christmas Raffle being drawn, all welcome. Should anyone wish to remember a loved one on the tree of light then they may do so at Chirk Hospital, Chirk Health Centre, Chirk Library or by calling 01691 773642 or 01691 772321.

Saturday, 10 December see a Christmas Craft Fair at Chirk Parish Hall from 10am–1pm , lots of festive hand-made goodies on sale.

Monday, 12 December is the date for a Christmas Carol Service at St Mary's Church, Chirk at 7pm with Llangollen Silver Band together with the Ysgol Dinas Bran Choir. Donations to Chirk Hospital Circle of Friends and the Chirk and Weston Rhyn Branch of the Orthopaedic Hospital League of Friends.

Community Agents

The Community Agents have been in post for a number of years covering the community councils of Glyn Ceiriog and Glyntraian. The CAs live in the Ceiriog Valley and know the area well.

We are employed by the Community Councils to provide a FREE service for the over 50’s. We offer easy access to a wide range of information that will enable you to make informed choices about your present and future needs. The aim is to make people more independent, secure and cared for, and to have a better quality of life.

The following are some examples of things we have supported:-

  • Information on services locally and nationally
  • Health and well-being services and activities
  • Telecare [Sanctuary 365]
  • Blue Badges and bus pass applications
  • Occupational Therapy referrals
  • I.T. [there is a Computer Club in the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall]
  • Community safety [links with Fire and Police Services]
  • Helping to set up activities [Please let us know if you have new ideas for clubs or social gatherings].
  • Signposting to organizations such as CRUSE for bereavement support

If you or someone you know would benefit from these services then please contact:-

Glyn Ceiriog area Dilys Bates 07908 373003

Glyntraian area Shelley Griffiths 07954 489358

News from Chirk Library

The children did a reading challenge again this summer and it was a big success. It was Roald Dahl  themed, and all the children that completed it had a medal and certificate, which we presented them with on October 3 rd . We also had a ‘Find the Giant Peach’ competition for which we had twenty seven entries all of which won a prize. Congratulations to them all.  Story and rhyme time has been very well attended too with a number of new children and their mums, we welcome them all. Friday afternoons are quite noisy but we enjoy it as well as the children. If you would like to join us please come along

Special Events:

Friday December 9 th 4 – 4.30 a Xmas Glue ‘n Stick

Monday December 19 th 3pm   Our famous Family Christmas quiz 50p per person.

Xmas opening hours Friday 23 rd December 9 – 12pm and closed until Tuesday January 3 rd .

Dates for the diary:

Monday - CAB 9-12pm

Tuesday – First Tuesday in the month Reading Group meets at 2.30pm

Thursday – 2 – 3pm Computer help

Friday -  Story & Rhyme time   3.30 – 4pm with Glue ‘N stick on the last Friday in the month.

Merry Xmas to all and a Happy new Year, Carolyn & Liz.

Leonard Cheshire Disability

During October we have had various entertainments including Sheena and Alan of Bond Entertainment with their 70s and 80s show—an excellent afternoon of fun and laughter. Llangollen Rotary Club joined us for an afternoon, title being 'My favourite piece of music and the reason why it was special to me'. We had a lovely afternoon, much laughter and chatting with our friends the Rotary Club members. The same evening, we were entertained by the Choral Variations Choir of Llangollen—what an enjoyable evening and beautiful singing. A visit from Zoolab with various animals including a snake, spider, lizard, hamster, giant snail—we all had a touch and feel of each one—how great is was to experience the closeness of these animals. Chris Sims, pianist and singer entertained us one afternoon—what a fun time we had. We had a busy time with volunteers on Monday the 31st, with a team from Scottish Power clearing the raised beds to make a sensory and herb garden, and digging a large area of lawn to make a vegetable garden. Also we had a team of volunteers from the Department of Works and Pensions who organized a fun and games day for Halloween, ending with a lovely pumpkin soup.

On Tuesday, 1 November we had Sharon from Arts Connection who ran a music, drama, craft and story telling workshop—all residents who joined in really enjoyed the afternoon. We started to decorate the picture of a dragon that she had drawn previously, each resident decorated a part of this dragon which we completed the following day with Amanda our art volunteer, and it is now hanging on a wall in the dining room for all to see.

A small firework display was organized by Chris volunteer and Gary, Activities Assistant. A number of fireworks were let off and were watched by the residents who were in the sun lounge, apart from one or two very tough people who went outside, as it was a bitterly cold evening!

Residents have been out to various shows including:- 'All Saints' in Manchester , 'Dr Hook' and 'Magic of Motown' in Shrewsbury , and two trips to, 'The Vicar of Dibley' by the Llangollen Twenty Club. Residents enjoyed the first three shows very much. The last trip mentioned was such fun, very professional, below the belt at certain points, but myself I couldn't stop laughing! Looking forward to their next production.

Please, please, please kindly join us on SATURDAY, 3 December for our Christmas Market. We will have the following stalls:- Raffle, cakes, savouries and preserves, bric-a-brac, books, tombola, crafts, jewellery, various refreshments to be served by our kitchen staff including sausage rolls, mince pies, cup cakes, and mulled wine punch.


From the Vicar

Once again we are coming fast to the close of the year. 2016 has been something of a momentous year, one way and another. As I write this, news of the result of the American presidential election has come in and one senses the possibility of radical changes there. Our prayers and good wishes therefore go to Donald Trump as next month he will be inaugurated as the US President.

Then there has also been our own change of direction in our choice earlier this year to leave the European Union otherwise known as 'Brexit'. The details of how this is going to be brought about and worked out have yet to be fully worked out by all the parties concerned.

As far as life on a personal basis is concerned, I know some have also found this year quite a difficult one for reasons of illness and bereavement and our prayers remain with them at this time.

We remind ourselves, as Christmas approaches, that Jesus Christ was born into a world of great uncertainty both political and personal. His mother Mary gave birth to Jesus as she and her husband Joseph were being enrolled so that they could pay the taxes demanded of them, as is explained by St Luke in the gospel.

Jesus came to the world to help each one of us to live our lives to the full and to help us through our difficulties whatever these may be. And He is present now in the lives of all those who put their trust in Him no matter what our politicians decide to do or not do.

So as Christmas comes we should ask God in our prayers to refocus our thoughts on the Christ child who lay in the manger so that we may realise more fully that, whatever 2017 may bring, Jesus will be travelling with us forward on our life's journey.

We recall the words of a well-known Christmas Carol:

'O little town of Bethlehem,

how still we see thee lie!

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting light;

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight'.

I wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a peaceful 2017.

Edward Yendall.





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