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.



I am sorry for the late update this month - I have had the nasty virus. G

Carlan Ceiriog Canter October 1st 2016

Another successful year for this race which was enjoyed by all [we think!]. A challenging race with atmospheric conditions on the tops with a bit of rain and mist. Thank you to the marshalls for putting up with the rain. We are very proud of our local winner from Glyn Ceiriog, Llewelyn Edwards (M/U23) 51.56, first woman was Susan Fourie (F/O40) 61.46 from Chester Tri Club. Everyone enjoyed hot drinks, soup and cake in the café at the end of the run. Photos and results are available to view on the Canolfan Ceiriog Centre website. Thank you to all the runners who supported us as the funds help to keep our Centre running. Hope to see you next year, date to be confirmed .

Calan Concert

On Friday, 11 November we are excited to welcome Welsh Band, 'Calan' to Canolfan Ceiriog. Calan bring together the remarkable talents of five young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.
They blast their way through some of the old favourite reels, jigs and hornpipes with fast paced and uplifting arrangements before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs.
With their unique instrumental blend of accordion, fiddle, guitar, Welsh pipes, Welsh harp and the percussive sound of the Welsh clogs, Calan have certainly found their musical niche and their plan is to continue to delight audiences far and wide!
Tickets on sale now, selling fast so please call Ellie on 01691 718 200 or Robert Davies 01691 600 310 also available on . Looking forward to it!

Telephone service in the Ceiriog Valley

Telephone signals are transmitted from the Oswestry Exchange [01691] through the Chirk Exchange to the Dolywern Exchange [718 and 712] and to the Llanarmon Exchange [600].

The signals are distributed to our homes from nearby telegraph poles, through individual lines, consisting of a pair of insulated, very thin [0.5mm] copper wire.

The Dolywern Exchange transmits signals to Pontfadog, Llawynmawr, Glyn Ceiriog, Nantyr and Pandy through cables which can accommodate several hundreds of our individual lines. These cables can be of varying lengths, normally about 150 metres in length and are housed in an underground pipe called a duct. The cables are joined in underground joint boxes until they reach the connecting and testing cabinets one in Llwynmawr, one in Pontfadog and one in Glyn Ceiriog near Llys Aber which is a mile away from the Exchange. From this cabinet signals are distributed along the individual lines in underground cables to the appropriate telegraph Poles. In a similar manner the Dolywern Exchange transmits signals directly to the Dolywern properties and to the connecting and testing cabinets in Llawynmawr and Pontfadog. The Llanarmon Exchange [600] transmits signals directly to the properties in the Llanarmon and Tregiog areas.

Recently several properties have experienced excessive interference in their phone reception resulting in some losing its use for several weeks. Over the past six weeks several 'Open Reach' engineers have been working diligently repairing and replacing defective cables. owing to the age of some of the cables deterioration has occurred and allowed water to leak in and cause all of these problems.

The connecting and testing cabinets in Glyn Ceiriog has about 600 lines entering and 800 leaving giving about a 200 line surplus to cater for future extra demand.

Fibre optic cables consist of thousands of microscopic channels which transmit signals using light waves, resulting in much faster and more efficient transmission because the signal strength does not weaken on its journey. However, they have not yet reached our homes in Glyn Ceiriog and Llanarmon.

The Ceiriog Tidy Team

Tim Tacluso Ceiriog

The volunteer members of the Ceiriog Tidy Team wish to thank sincerely Einion of 'Theo Davies' for the generous donation of wood to repair the roof of the Team's storage shed.

Work continues with regular litter picking and bus shelter cleaning. The four flower tubs will soon be replanted with pansies and bulbs, to ensure a colourful display throughout the winter and into next Spring.

The Team is disappointed that someone has removed the plagues, requesting the non-use of sticky tape on the windows, from two of the village bus shelters. The request was an attempt to help keep the shelters looking as clean as possible. The Team are aware of the sparsity of notice boards facilities in the village and are making initial inquiries as to how this situation might be improved.

Should you wish to support our work, cheques should be made payable to 'Ceiriog Tidy Team' and handed in 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 712829.

Show Results

The Ceiriog Valley Garden Society held their annual show at Canolfan Ceiriog on Saturday, 17 September when exhibits were of the usual high standard. Winners of the various awards were as follows:-

Berseford Cup for the highest total points in the whole show: Bev Buckley; Society Rose Bowl for most points in Flower section: Bev Buckley. Pets & Garden Cup for highest points in Vegetable section: John Edwards; Jones Salver for most points in the fruit section: Ros Greenwood; Engraving Plus Salver for most points in Floral Art: Mrs Lesley Bowdler; Society Silver Tray for most points in domestic section: Mrs Anne Northwood; The Artists Cup: Bev Buckley; Society Cup for Photography: Bev Buckley; Hughes-Parry Rose Bowl for Roses and the Specimen Rose Vase: Margaret Swift; Glyntraian Shield for Dahlias: John Edwards; Bates Cup for large onions: Ted Johnson; Mike Williams Cup for Onion with largest girth: Ted Johnson; Founders Cup for Chrysanthemums: Gwyn Roberts; Harrop Cup for sweet peas: Trevor Bates; Edwards Cup for Fuchsia: Rowena Lewis; Pets & Garden Trophy for indoor plants: Bev Buckley; Kennaway Cup for preserves: Anne Northwood; Chirk Fisheries Trophy for handicraft: Fiona Salomonson; Northwood Cup for the best exhibit in the handicraft section: Meryl Lloyd; Children Cup Winners Fred Gilmer and Ffion Gilmer, RHS Banksian Medal for most points in horticulture: John Edwards.

Next year's show will be held on Saturday, 2 September.

Eisteddfod Dyffryn Ceiriog

The AGM of the Eisteddfod Dyffyn Ceiriog Committee was held on Monday, 26 September in the Ceiriog Memorial Institute, Glyn Ceiriog. The chairman, Richard Jones welcomed all members and wishes for a speedy recovery were conveyed to Mrs Mona davies.

Minutes of the previous AGM were read and passed as an accurate account of events.

Mr Graham Edwards, treasurer provided a detailed account of the finances for the year 2015–16. Records show that the statement is favourable and would enable us to organise an Eisteddfod again next year. The chairman thanked him for his hard work.

The committee was re-elected as follows: chairman, Richard Jones; vice-chairman, Sydney Davies; treasurer, Graham Edwards; Vice-treasurer, Beti Jones; Secretary, Janet Warren; members, Jean Hughes, Bethan Jones and Mona Davies.

The committee will invite new members from the three local schools and community to join them and help keep the tradition alive in the valley.

The committee voted unanimously to hold an Eisteddfod in 2017. The chairman, treasurer[s] and secretary were thanked for their hard work.

There followed a short meeting to organise next year's Eisteddfod which is to be held on Saturday, 13 May at 1pm.

A list of possible adjudicators and helpers was prepared and will be discussed in full at the next meeting on Monday, 14 November at 7pm .

If you want to know more please contact Janet Warren on 01691 718772.

Community Choir

The Ceiriog Community Choir holds its fourth Annual Concert on Friday, 25 November at the Ceiriog Memorial Institute, starting at 7.30 pm . Once again the choir will offer a range of music old and new and, this year, there will be instrumental input by the two youngest and, also, two of our adult members.

There will be a number of soloists offering a variety of musical styles thus offer an evening of melody and surprises.

Refreshments will be available during the interval and there will be a raffle. Admission is free-donations most welcome. It is the policy of the choir to donate to charitable causes whenever possible. Last year money raised was donated to the Welsh Air Ambulance. The choir also supports the Institute from its annual concert revenue and offers support to the Canolfan by paying for rehearsal time there.

All money raised at this year's concert will be shared between Nightingale House, Wrexham and the Memorial Institute.

Please come and join us on the 25th, if you can and enjoy a pleasant evening of melody and fun.

Cancer Research UK

Our next fund raising events will be a raffle and cake stall at the Christmas Fayres at the Oliver Jones Hall, Dolywern, on Saturday, 19 November and also at the Canolfan, Glyn Ceiriog, on Saturday, 26 November.

We look forward to seeing you at these events.

Community's Cashpoint

AM and MP step in to fight

Ken Skates and Susan Elan Jones have called for assurances that Glyn Ceiriog's only cashpoint will be returned to working order.

The Clwyd South AM and MP have written to HSBC and Cash Zone, the company which operates the ATM in the village, following concerns raised by the community council.

The machine has been out of order since being vandalized at the beginning of the year.

Mr Skates said: 'Glyn Ceiriog has already had its bank closed, now there are concerns over whether the cashpoint will return to a working state.

'Susan and I have both asked for confirmation in writing that this issue won't be ignored and also for a commitment from Cash Zone that it has no plans to remove or relocate the ATM, which is the only one for miles around.'

Ms Jones said: 'This has been going on for months now, which is far too long for a rural community such as this. The nearest cash machine is currently Chirk or Llangollen, which is extremely inconvenient for elderly residents and those without transport.

'We've asked for answers on behalf of the people of Glyn Ceiriog, and will report back via the community council as soon as we have any news.'

Ceiriog Valley Poppy Club

The Poppy Club held its inaugural meeting on 6th October to replace the RBL Women's Section Ceiriog Valley Branch. After drawing up a constitution and appointing officers, a programme for 2017 was drafted. Our aim is to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal and Help for Heroes. We meet at 2 pm in the Canolfan Ceiriog Centre on the first Thursday of each month and invite you to drop in for tea and interesting activities. Further details from Anne on 718672.

Leonard Cheshire Disability

We have had plenty going on in September here at Dolywern. Llangollen Rotary Club visited with an afternoon of songs, jokes and poems—a big thank you goes to all the members of the Rotary club for a very enjoyable and entertaining time! Shane Hughes from Keep Wales Tidy joined us for a very informative talk with photos of his work on conservation projects, and working with wildlife in many parts of Wales . On Friday, 23 September, we held a Macmillan Nurses Coffee Morning and raised over £400 for this worthy cause—thanks goes to all those who made cakes, helped before, during and after the morning, and to all those who joined us for a cup of tea or coffee and bought all the lovely yummy cakes! The same day, John Edwards, a local singer, entertained us again with his songs and jokes, playing his keyboard too for us. On the Saturday, we had a Bingo afternoon which was fun and many residents joined in. Sheena and Alan from Bond Entertainment performed a fantastic 'Country' music show—what a great time was had by all that afternoon! The same week, we were entertained by singer Janice and pianist John, from Music in Hospitals—a lovely enjoyable afternoon. Mark Whitby visited us for his regular show, and sung some lovely old 50s and 60s songs, together with his very accomplished guitar playing.

Many of our residents have been out on trips over the last month—three afternoon trips were organised on the Llangollen Steam railway—how everyone enjoyed themselves! Residents also went to the seaside at Llandudno and had a great day out, eating fish and chips and enjoying the sea air. Some went to Bala Lake , and had a lovely afternoon out in the sunshine. A few residents enjoyed the afternoon at the Garden Society Show in Glyn, and one resident had a day at the races in Bangor on Dee ! One resident went all the way to Barnsley , Yorkshire for an encaustic art workshop—this resident enjoys making pictures and cards using encaustic art which is the use of coloured waxes melted by a craft iron. He learned a lot more about his craft during the workshop and will now be able to develop his ideas for additional work.

Please join us for our festive fundraising Christmas Market on Saturday, 3 December, 1.30 till 4.30 pm . There will be a variety of Christmas themed stalls—including many craft stalls, Christmas wreaths, bric-a-brac, lots of lovely cakes, tombola, raffle with wonderful prizes, jewellery, guess the name of the teddy, handmade wooden items and lovely yummy festive refreshments served with a cup of tea or coffee. Santa will be here with a present for all the children! Look forward to seeing you all here!

Minutes of Llansaffraid Glyn Ceiriog Community Council held at Memorial Institute, Glyn Ceiriog on Thursday, 22 September 2016

Cash Dispenser in village: Clerk had had numerous telephone conversations with Card Zone the latest when she was told that an assessment would be undertaken on the 26 September 2016 which would be sent to the agent who had commissioned the ATM to be installed in the village in the first place [assume this is HSBC although this not confirmed]. Cash Zone were reluctant to pass much information to the Clerk as the Council was not the body that had commissioned them to install and manage the ATM in the village. Decision made to write to AM and MP regarding this to see if pressure could be put on the agency who had commissioned the ATM to replace the machine.

Feedback re BT internet and landline: Clerk had received an excellent response to this from residents who have/are experiencing difficulties regarding their BT internet and landline service. It is understood that some improvement has been made to the internet service in the village itself although outlying areas e.g. Pandy, Nantyr remain problematic. Decision made to write to BT and copy AM/MP to the letter

Bus Service: the bus service to the valley has been resumed and seems to be at the moment working well.

Defibrillator: Clerk to pursue possibility of getting a grant/match funding from BHF

Nantyr Outdoor Education Centre: notification received from Steve Plack WCBC that the Centre together with Pandy Woodland will be vacated end of November 2016 and the Council is looking to sell the property and woodland early 2017

Email received from Michael Morris regarding a consultation which will be undertaken shortly on proposed savings and operational methods for the Fire Service in the Wrexham area. The plan is to reduce the number of fire engines from 2 to 1 in Wrexham making 24 jobs redundant in their attempt to save £1m. Apparently there is a petition on Facebook which those who have concerns can access and record their opposition This could have implications for the service provided to the Valley as fire engines from Llangollen and Chirk may need to help out in Wrexham.

Broadwalk along by the Fisheries/Upper Mills towards the river: Cllr Morris reported that this had been overgrown and unpassable. Apparently organizations such as Groundworks had many years ago donated towards the cost of developing this which was for the use of the residents. Clerk to contact Groundworks to ask if they have any information re legal status of the broadwalk.

From the Vicar

November brings with it the falling of the leaves—this process seems to happen later and later these days—and with it a reminder of the cycle of life and the certainty of death and renewal. Coming with these thoughts about nature is of course a reminder too of the mortality of all of us.

With this thought we make our remembrances. These remembrances are not only about those who have died in the various wars and conflicts in which our country has necessarily been involved. It will also include memories of our relatives and friends who have died and without whom there remains a gap in our lives. This month is the time to give thanks for them all and commend them once again to God's love and care.

We will have an opportunity to do this on Remembrance Sunday [November 13th] with services in our places of worship and at the war memorials at Pontfadog and Glynceiriog. The times of these events are given elsewhere in this paper. At these we will remember the departed in prayer and especially those fallen in war.

We are also reminded at this time about ongoing conflict and our prayers are surely with the people of Syria as the civil war rages on there particularly in Aleppo. As well as this, we have had some unpleasant reminders that our own country seems to have entered upon a harsher period with some disturbing attitudes being shown to immigrants and other people. Whatever our attitudes to politics, there is surely no room for violence in regard to the expression of any of our views.

We should pray this Remembrance season for peace throughout the world and for the virtue of tolerance and patience amongst the many problems which confront us. We do not want to

experience again some of the more unpleasant features of, say, the 1930's which heralded the outbreak of World War II. It is a time I think for careful reflection on these matters—a useful thing to do as Remembrance Sunday approaches. We remind ourselves that Christ Himself was—and is—the prince of peace and we pray that He will help all of us to be also peacemakers.

With best wishes and prayers.

Edward Yendall.

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