To whom it may concern,
RE - A polite request

We would like to bring to the attention of parents in the village the fact that our school grounds are being used, at night, by teenagers for the consumption of alcohol and drugs. Twice, in the past couple of weeks, members of staff have had to clear up rubbish left by the teenagers including plastic bags with remnants of cannabis.

We do not want this to be happening on our school grounds and politely request that teenagers that have been using our bird hide to stop from doing so. We have recently taken part in a ‘Nature spy’ workshop where we left a hidden camera in that area for a few weeks to record the wildlife. This camera was triggered by movement and not only recorded wildlife but that of the two-legged variety too! This may come as a bit of a surprise to our unwanted visitors.

Should this behaviour continue to happen we will have no option but to get the police involved.

Many thanks for your co-operation,

Beth Evans

Ysgol Cynddelw

Canolfan News Update

We held our first Auction Night on Saturday 4th March with Trevor Bates doing a sterling job as Auctioneer. It was a huge success, with a fun atmosphere, lots of bargains purchased, bacon baps munched and we were so pleased with the outcome we are looking at having another same time next year—put the date in your diaries! With very generous donations from within the community, commissions from items sold, bar and raffle takings we raised a grand total of just over £900! This will go towards our running costs and really makes a difference to us so a huge THANK YOU to all who came and helped set up, run and take part in a fabulous night!
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 information.
The Ceiriog Players are hard at work rehearsing for their annual production which will showcase this year on Friday, Saturday, 21 and 22 April. 'Something Completely Different' airs at 8pm each night with doors and Bar opening 7.30pm . Tickets that are on sale now, do sell fast so make sure you get yours! The tickets can be purchased in advance from Trevor Bates 718 294 or Ellie 718 200 at Canolfan.
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 12noon–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 information on 01691 718 200.
On Saturday, 27th May Leonard Cheshire Dolywern is holding a Car Boot Sale and family day with activities to tie in with their Wales wide 'Tour de Cymru' fund-raising event. There will be a BBQ, Bar, refreshments, fun activities, cycling theme, raffle, much more—details to follow in next issue!... Please contact Ellie 01691 718 200 to book your pitch at Car Boot, £5 per car.
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! .

Canolfan Ceiriog Trustee Management Meeting Summary

March 6 2017

A meeting of the Canolfan Ceiriog Board of Trustees was held on Monday, 6 March at the Canolfan Centre. The main objectives of the meeting were to welcome four new trustee members, to reconstitute the board following the AGM and to reassign roles and responsibilities for the coming year.

Presentations were given by the new chair of Trustees: Neene Price; New Treasurer: Trevor Bates and the Head of Centre: Ellie Mills. A wide range of other business was discussed and exciting plans were made for the future of the charitable company. A great start to the year.

Canolfan Ceiriog CYF is a registered charitable company set up to provide sports, recreation, meeting and social facilities for the benefit of the community.

Community Agent Report

The 'Paned a Sgwrs' group meets on the last Tuesday of the month in the Christian Centre from 10:30 am to 12 noon . Thank you to the Welsh speakers who join the Welsh learners giving them an opportunity to practice their conversational Welsh. New members are welcome.

The Boardgames group will continue to meet on the last Monday of the month in the Christian Centre from 10:30 am to 12 noon . There are a range of boardgames available to play.

Remember your childhood days? We would like to give you an opportunity to share your memories and record some of the events for future generations to read—a living history. Please come and join us for the first meeting in the Christian Centre on Thursday, 20 April from 2 to 3 pm . For more information please contact Anne Northwood on 01691 718672 or me on 07908373003.

Are you interested in Nordic Walking? I am a qualified Nordic Walking Instructor and I am hoping to run a 5 week course one evening in the summer months. The session would last for an hour. Please let me know if you would be interested in attending the course by phoning 07908373003.

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 and Scrabble on a Thursday morning.

The Luncheon Club at the Christian Centre is on a Friday.

Mrs Bates, Community Agent for the Glyn Ceiriog Community Council.

Cwmdeithas Glyntraean

On Thursday evening, 9 February committee members met at the Mulberry Inn, Llwynmawr for their Annual Dinner. Chairman Eifion Davies welcomed members and families, noting how pleasing it was to see so many gathered together.

Sincere condolences were sent to the families of Many Lewis, Margaret and Emyr Jones who lost sisters and sister-in-law. We also remembered Iola and John Evans whose sister/-in-law is at present in the Maelor Hospital .

Carys Davies was wished a belated happy birthday after celebrating a special event.

During a short meeting it was discussed whether it was possible to organize an evening of entertainment in the Autumn. The committee will meet again to discuss the matter further.

The meeting was followed by an excellent and very tasty meal. The staff are to be commended for their care and professionalism at all times. Later, there was time to relax and chat together.

Janet Warren [secretary]

Poppy Club

The March meeting of the Poppy Club was opened by the chairman, June Chatton with the Exhortation and Silent Tribute also remembering Marie Proudlove, a faithful member who recently passed and other members unable to attend.

A Welsh afternoon followed to celebrate St David's Day .

The secretary, Anne Northwood gave a talk on the narcissus flowers and kindly presented members with a beautiful pot of daffodils.

Chirk History Society

February's meeting of the society took the form of a talk by the 'Kynges Souldiers' entitled 'Richard III and the road to Bosworth'. The talk was extremely interesting and the speaker, who was in authentic costume, brought several artifacts for us to look at.

The April talk is by Colin Herbert with 'Life in the trenches'.

The society meets in Chirk Parish Hall at 7.15pm on the second Monday of the month. Visitors and new members always welcome.

Thank You

Rob and Viv Ellis of Treigeiriog would like to thank everyone who attended Rob's 80th birthday at the West Arms, Llanarmon DC on 29 January which has seen £250 being donated to the Wales Air Ambulance and £195 to the Greyhound Rescue, Shropshire and Borders.

Sorry it's a bit late unfortunately we missed the March edition.

Thank you everyone.

The Bees in April

April heralds the start of the active beekeeping season with any luck. This means, given a decent spell of settled weather, we can do the first, exciting hive inspection.

On a bright, warm day when you are comfortable in shirt sleeves, you can don your bee suit and get your smoker lit. When bees smell smoke they assume their house is on fire and know that in the worst case scenario they will have to leave home and find somewhere else to live. In preparation they immediately begin to stuff their faces on honey [their food] because it is not good to move house on an empty stomach. In a few minutes all in the hive are stuffed full and this makes them less aggressive and less likely to sting. It is however rather mean to frighten them so [we all know moving house is very stressful] and although I always have my smoker lit, I very rarely use it. It is very important to always have it lit because if the bees do get out of hand you will need smoke to shoo them back inside and close up the hive.

Funny things can upset bees like low air pressure and the beekeeper drinking loads of alcohol the night before and clod hopping around the hive, banging and squashing bees . Bees have what is called a corporate memory which means that if you didn't treat the last generation nicely then the next generation won't like you and will react defensively when you open the hive. Only open a hive when the pressure is reasonably high so you will need to invest in a barometer.

The main objectives when opening a hive for the first time in April is to find the queen and mark her [this will make your life hugely easier later in the season when you need to find her quick]. I use a little cage that I place over the top of the queen and then press it gently down to immobilize her enabling a dot of special, non toxic paint to be placed on her thorax. My tip is to NEVER take your eye off her when you have spotted her until you have got her marked, which means having the cage and pen handy in a top pocket of your bee suit. It sounds like an impossible job to find the queen but it is surprising how different she looks to the workers with her bigger abdomen. She has a retinue [constantly taking it in turns] of workers who cluster round her, feed her constantly on honey [it is a hungry job laying eggs] and take her poohs away to chuck out the front door. Keeping everything clean and tidy in the hive is very important when you live in such close quarters with so many others... disease can spread like wild fire.

You are also looking for eggs [tiny], unsealed and sealed brood at this inspection and check they have enough stores. There should be some weight to outer frames and I am feeding fondant to all my hives regardless, at this time of year which keeps them happy, well fed, optimistic [moral is terribly important as with all livestock and indeed ourselves], and stimulates the queen to lay lots of eggs resulting in strong confident colonies that are capable of bringing in large honey harvests through out the season, when the right weather conditions prevail.

The biggest set back you can give your bees at this time of year is hashing through the hive when it's on the chilly side and destroying that vital 34 degrees centigrade in the brood nest, thereby chilling brood. If in any doubt, check the barometer and the forecast and wait till a warmer day. Last April I didn't dare open any hives and had to wait till early May to get queens marked.

Most of all have fun with your bees and if you need help I do provide a mentoring service.

Kirsty Williams

The Ceiriog Tidy Team

Tim Tacluso Ceiriog

The Team wish to thank those residents who have kindly made donations to support the work of the volunteers.

Anti-litter signs designed by pupils from the village school have been placed at three sites along New Road and at a site on the Llanarmon Road . The team were responsible for, and funded, the production and siting of the four all-weather signs.

There are plans for the Team to start work soon on tidying shrub beds along the main routes through Glyn Ceiriog.

There has been a significant increase in dog fouling over recent months. Whilst 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.

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 Centre. COME AND JOIN US! For further information ring 01691 712820.

Chirk Library

We hope you all had a lovely Xmas, we did, and once again we held our Annual family Xmas quiz and it was well attended. It was won by the Stones family, so well done to them. At the moment we have a big book sale, so come along and grab yourselves a bargain or two or three! We don’t know whether or not you know, but on the first Tuesday of every month we have a Reading group who meet at 2.30pm to discuss a book that they have read the month before, if you fancy giving that a go we will all make you most welcome. We have just started a Creative Writing group on the first Friday of the month and we are delighted to say we have a full class already, with some budding authors. We are pleased to say the DVD’s are back for rental, very reasonably priced for weekly hire. As this year is the Year of Legends 2017, we are running a number of different book promotions every month, so we are sure there will be something for everyone. Remember to become a member of our library, all you need to bring with you is proof of identity, current address, etc.,

and it’s all free, [how good is that?] We have copies of the 1922 booklets compiled by Deryn Poppitt for sale, they contain some fascinating newspaper articles of that year, so makes for entertaining reading plus all proceeds will be donated to Chirk Hospital Circle of Friends.

Up and coming events for Easter: We have just launched our story writing competition for junior members aged 11 and under. Subject can be anything, and must be under 500 words. Entries to be in by April 1 and must include Name, Age and a contact number, and can be hand written or typed. Winners will be notified and prizes donated by Kronospan Ltd, our grateful thanks to them. All entries will be displayed at the Library for you to view.

Monday, 10 April: a Family Quiz 3pm start and 50p, try and come along it’s good fun, prizes donated by Mondelez Ltd, our grateful thanks to them.

Friday, 21 April: Easter craft session for under 8s to start 2.30pm and 50 per child

We will be having some story times and workshops given by The Dogs Trust, details to be arranged.

Dates for the diary:

Monday: 9am –12 noon , CAB, get free advice and help with any problems.

Tuesday: 2.30pm onwards, Adult Reading group [first Tuesday in the month]

Thursday: 2pm–3pm , Drop in computer help session. Help with emails, word etc.

Friday: 3.30–4pm , Story and Rhymetime and Glue ‘n Stick on the last Friday of the month at 4pm

Leonard Cheshire Disability

We have had lots of entertainment at Dolywern this past month. Chris Sims played the piano, Marian volunteer gave a talk and picture show for us on "a Year in Nature", Llangollen Rotary Club ran a Bingo afternoon, Karen played the flute, Sheena and Alan of Bond entertainment performed their "Cruise" show. Each one of these were absolutely wonderful, a big thank you to all!

Many of our residents went out to various shows: Chirk Pantomime 'Rapunzel', to Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury for 'The Full Monty', to William Aston Hall, Wrexham for 'Elvis the King is Back', to Liverpool for 'The X Factor'. The residents who attended these shows all had a fantastic time.

One of our Japanese volunteers Naoko has left us to work in London , we all miss her very much, she has promised to keep in touch and visit us sometime soon.

A new Japanese volunteer, Tomoko, has arrived and is settling in well.


Dates for your diary:-

The 'Tour de Cymru' will be a 350 mile bike ride by several staff members, family members and friends, starting at our Leonard Cheshire Service in Anglesey, ending at our Service in Newport, South Wales, visiting all the Leonard Cheshire Services on the way including Dolywern on Thursday, 25tMay, where we will be holding a fund-raising afternoon, details of this to follow.

Please come and join us for our Summer Fête and Dog Show on Saturday, 3 June from 11.30 till 4.30 with many stalls and refreshments, and the Dog Show promises to be great fun with lots of classes for dogs both large and small!


Potato Day In Garth, Glyn Ceiriog

We will be having a Potato Day on April 6th and 13th [Thursdays] from 11am until 4pm . There are so many ways to grow potatoes, come and join in our annual potato planting, where we will be demonstrating three different methods. Its easy and fun, come and get your hands dirty, with plenty of tea and cake!

If you would like transport up the hill, or from anywhere in the valley please get in touch.

Lots of free seed potatoes to take home to plant!

A big, big thankyou to all our volunteers and supporters and to Spar for selling our produce! Tel: 01691 718127





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