Would the person who left the article about a 'smiling monk' please contact the Glyn News editor on 01691 773280.

Thank you

Calling Ceiriog Valley Beekeepers

There will be a meeting at the Ceiriog Memorial Institute at 7.30pm on Monday, 13 March 2017 for anyone with an interest in bees. Whether you are an existing beekeeper, considering a hive or two in your garden or just interested in learning more about these fascinating creatures then please come along .

Last year Dewi Rowlands, who was Chair of the Welsh Beekeepers Association [known to many as Dewi Buzz] of Pentre, near Chirk passed away, his library of bee books are to be kept at the Ceiriog Memorial Institute. At this initial meeting we intend to see what interest there is, and how often we shall meet whilst having a chance to peruse the large amount of information available in the books.

Trevor Bates 01691 718294

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who helped and attended the recent Bring and Buy sale at the Christian Centre. We were able to send £352 to the DEC Yemen Appeal. This also included our takings for the week.

Heartfelt Thanks

Dymuna Eirian Austin, John, Meinir, Morfudd ar teulu ddiolch ogalon i bawb am bob arwydd o garedigrwydd a Chydymdeimlad a dderbyniwyd yn eu profedigaeth. Hefyd diolch yn fawr am y rhoddion er côf o £900 a fydd yn Cymru ac Ysbyty Plant Alder Hey.

Diolch yn fawr iawn

Eirian Austin, John, Meinir, Morfudd and family wish to express their heartfelt thanks for the kind expressions of sympathy received in their bereavement. Also thank you for the donations of £900 to be shared between Air Ambulance Wales and Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Thank you very much.

Thanks

Ted and Anne Johnston would like to thank everyone who took part in the 'Guess the number of pickled onions in a jar' the correct number was 217 and won by Marion Edwards of Glyn Ceiriog. The total raised was £100 for Diabetes UK .

Diolch yn fawr.

Canolfan News

As you can see from the diary there is lots going on here at Canolfan this year so keep an eye on our facebook page, website and the noticeboards for more info. This year will see our website redesigned with a fresh, new look to take us forward in 2017 enabling us to showcase our growing opportunities on offer to all. This will be completed by late spring.
We will have held our AGM by the time this copy goes to print and I would like to thank all of you who joined us for tea, cake and an overview of Canolfans operations in 2016. We really do have a fantastic community spirit here in our valley and on behalf of myself, and all trustees, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support.
We are looking forward to holding our first Auction Night on Saturday, 4 March at 6.30pm . It is a great opportunity to have a clear out at home and earn a few pounds or perhaps grab yourself a bargain or two! There will be an opportunity to submit items from 6.30pm–8.30pm on Friday, 3 March or 2.30pm–4.30pm on the day. Doors open for viewing 5.30pm on Auction day and Licensed Bar will be open along with the Café serving bacon/sausage baps. Lots are being accepted now and all submitted in advance will be included in our facebook catalogue for perusal. Call Auctioneer Trevor Bates 01691 718 294 or Ellie at Canolfan 01691 718 200 for more info. Monies raised from the Bar and Sales commissions will go towards costs of running Canolfan and will be received most gratefully.
If you need advice on how to save on your energy costs at home we have a Coffee Morning with The Citizens Advice Bureau on Wednesday, 8 March at 10am . They will be making a presentation on how to save money on your energy bills and be on hand to answer your questions. Café will be open serving cooked breakfasts/baps, tea and coffee. All Welcome, free to attend.
Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Activities for children just got bigger this year with a fancy dress disco being included in the fun! It will be on Saturday, 8 April 12 noon–2pm, £2.50 per child to join in the fun with a Chocolate Easter Egg or Bunny to take home. Café open for Hot lunches, Children's menu, refreshments. Please contact me for more info on 01691 718 200.
All our events are run with the help of much appreciated volunteer input—if you would like to help at any of the up coming events listed in the diary please contact me, I would love to hear from you! admin@canolfanceiriog.org .
Many Thanks
Ellie

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod July 3–9

This year marks the 70th birthday of the Eisteddfod, so it is a very special occasion! As ever we have competitors coming from all over the world with some of these requesting 'homestay' accommodation, so that they can sample our wonderful Welsh hospitality. It is hoped that we can repeat this incredible experience in the Ceiriog Valley again this year with your help. There is a modest remuneration for this service, which involves providing bed and breakfast. The number of nights will be 3–4 and it will be adults. More detailed information is available, but initially an estimate of the total number of beds available is all that is required, so that the appropriate group can be allocated to the valley.

If you would like to take part in this most rewarding project this year please contact Sarah Hawkes with details of how many guests you can take and your bed configuration.

Tel: 01691 770760 email: arwelfa.sj@googlemail.com


Lent Group

A bilingual series of Lent Group will be held in the Christian Centre starting on Wednesday, 8 March at 2pm . The group will be using material linked to the United Services which was held at Sieon Chapel in January entitled, 'Crossing Barriers'. These meetings are open to anyone who would like to come. A warm welcome to all.


Farming Connect, Ceiriog Valley Group

On Friday, 3 February, vet Joe Angell MRCVS from the University of Liverpool came to give a talk and practical demonstrations on sheep lameness at the Ceiriog Valley Sheep Discussion Group meeting organised by Farming Connect Development Officer Gwenno Puw. The meeting was held on The Edwards Family farm at Pentre, Llanarmon D.C where 11 members attended. He shared results of recent research at the University and emphasised the Five Point Plan to help reduce lameness in flocks: 1. Treat early to reduce spread. 2. Vaccinate June and December to build immunity 3. Cull susceptible stock to improve resistance in the flock. 4. Avoid high foot traffic in gateways and feeding areas or applying lime if unavoidable. 5. Quarantine affected stock, or new stock on arrival at the farm.

Joe Angell gave practical demonstrations on how to treat lameness correctly and how to diagnose various foot diseases such as scald, footrot and CODD [Contagious Ovine Digital Dermatitis]. Farmers were advised that foot trimming generally reduces recovery, spreads infection and can cause more problems like granulomas. As a result, members learned how to improve the efficiency of their sheep flock by reducing lameness, reducing overuse of vet and med and by making more accurate diagnosis.

Leonard Cheshire Disability

In the month of January we had a visit from Iwan Edwards of the North Wales Wildlife Trust to put up bird and bat boxes in various places around the garden. He gave us a very interesting talk on the wildlife we will be seeing in the garden, (some which we have already seen), and the type of birds that may use the nesting boxes.

We have had various entertainments: George Croiala pianist and singer, John Edwards keyboard player and singer, Mark Whitby singer and guitarist.

Karen Diffey played the flute beautifully, this was slightly different entertainment and well appreciated by all of us.

Llangollen Rotary Club and Inner Wheel visited us for a whist drive, as always a very good afternoon was had by all of us. Liz Corrin organized a Bingo afternoon so we were shouting 'house' all afternoon, with good attendance and excellent prizes.

We had a music and drama workshop from Sharon of Arts Connection, what a fun afternoon with a good collection of residents enjoyed themselves and many laughs when things went wrong!

We do appreciate all the entertainment that we have, so very much, it brightens up everyone's day!

Lynda's church, Trinity Presbyterian, Wrexham, visited us for an afternoon of hymns, songs, readings and prayers—this was enjoyed by all of us, with everyone joining in singing, laughing and playing musical instruments such as drums, bells and tambourines. A big thank you to the many members and Lynda's friends for making this such a lovely afternoon.

Chirk and the Ceiriog Valley Partnership

Representatives from Cadwyn Clwyd were welcomed to a meeting of the Chirk and Ceiriog Partnership on 17 January. They had come to promote a new scheme, ibeacon which would allow visitors to download information about the area on their phone or tablet which is then triggered by passing the relevant ibeacon. Cadwyn Clwyd are working with a number of organisations in North East Wales to set this up.

Members of the Partnership felt that this was a useful initiative, particularly as the Partnership is hoping to develop a 'Heritage Trail' as part of their programme to encourage tourism in Chirk and the Ceiriog valley. Members confirmed that they would take part and match fund the project. A small sub-committee was set up to steer the project.

Members went on to discuss the re-printing of the leaflet on Chirk and the Ceiriog Valley which they intended to tie in with their website and Heritage Trail ( http://www.chirkandtheceiriogvalley.co.uk/ ). Discussions on the replacement of village signs with a new design also took place and it was noted that the three Community Councils had supported the individual designs. Members discussed ways in which these initiatives could be funded, given that CCVP funds were limited to subscriptions from members.

The continuing degradation of footpaths, bridleways and green lanes was discussed following a report by Save Our Paths Wales on the website at http://www.saveourpathswales.org/ .

From the Vicar

March this year brings with it the season of Lent. Lent has varied in its observance by the church down the centuries. At the beginning, it consisted of a few days before Easter but was extended in medieval times to a period of forty days reflecting Jesus' own fast in the wilderness. Nowadays, it seems that we have reverted to the earlier custom in practice. People have in recent times associated it with 'giving up' something or another and donating any money saved to charity.

Perhaps that is a rather negative approach to the matter. It is possibly better to concentrate on the positive by spending a bit more time on reading the Bible privately, or simply setting aside more time for prayer and for reflection and reminding ourselves what the most important things are in our lives, as time rushes ever onward.

Whatever, I think it must be emphasised that the keeping of Lent requires personal commitment. Lent, according to one description I have in a dictionary, is 'generally observed as a time of penance, abstaining from festivities, by almsgiving, and by devoting more than the usual time to religious activities'. These are things that everyone has to do for themselves, if the keeping of Lent is to have any benefit for us.

The word 'Lent' is associated with spring time and perhaps with what used to be known as spring cleaning. It means the spiritual preparation of our hearts and minds for the celebration of Easter.

This is what we should ask Our Lord to help us with through our prayers and through his grace.

A hymn associated with Lent reminds us that we need above all to reflect on God's love shown in Jesus Christ who suffered and went to His Cross for us. Lent allows us time to thoughtfully and

prayerfully accompany in spirit Jesus as he goes on his way to Jerusalem to that Cross. To quote this hymn:

'To prayer, to prayer!

Bells call and clash and hurry,

In Lent the bells do cry,

'Come buy, Come buy,

Come buy with love the love most high!'

With my best wishes and prayers for a holy Lent.

Edward Yendall.

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