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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

llanblogger takes short break

llanblogger is taking a short break and will be back early next week.

County issues "keep dogs on leads" reminder

Walkers wanting to get out into the open countryside in Denbighshire are being reminded to keep their dogs on leads.

Denbighshire Countryside Service and the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have joined forces to launch a campaign called Take the Lead, encouraging people to keep their animals on lead in the county’s open countryside.

The Take the Lead campaign is now in its second year and was launched at Easter. The campaign is targeting local residents and visitors to the countryside and wants to build on the success of last year’s initiative.

The campaign includes the production of videos that will be shared on social media, as well as features in the local media and online. 

Councillor Tony Thomas, Cabinet Lead Member for Housing, Regulation and the Environment, said: “The decent weather we have been experiencing is making more people think about getting out into the open countryside to enjoy the views.

“That is great, but we are asking walkers, if they take their dogs, to keep their animals on the lead in the open countryside. This is part of an effort to try and reduce the number of livestock being injured and wildlife being disturbed by dogs.

“Last year’s campaign was very successful and the majority of people do act responsible. We want that to continue and we thank people for their efforts and understanding.

“However this is a kind of message that needs to be repeated time and time again to gain its maximum impact, so we will be sharing our campaign messages with locals and visitors and encourage the small minority who flout the law to take action.

“We have seen some incidents where sheep have been injured or killed as a result of attacks from dogs off their leads. This is what we need to avoid and by working together with dog owners, we can really make a difference”.

“They really must be mindful that they are crossing valuable grazing land where there are sheep roaming. The effects of attacks on animals can be devastating, to the animal and to the landowner.

The campaign will continue throughout the summer and wardens will be out and about monitoring sites.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Nature Quest at Newydd

Nature Quest at Plas Newydd, Llangollen, 
26 May to 3 June
10.30am to 3.00pm
Nature Trail quiz within the grounds of Plas Newydd.
Complete the trail to win a badge.
£3.00 per person

Serious road accident in Llangollen this afternoon

The Daily Post is reporting on a serious road collision in Llangollen this afternoon (Tuesday).
For the full story, see:

Llan's magnificent seven complete charity marathon

* The girls celebrate at the end of their marathon ride. 
Seven intrepid friends from Llangollen braved a fearsome electric storm to complete a gruelling 65-mile charity bike ride.
Elen Roberts, Samantha Jones, Louisa Jones, Stephanie Williams, Tessa Orton Jones, Alix Rawlinson and Tracey Jones took part in last weekend’s Ride the Night event in aid of three women’s charities - Ovarian Cancer Action, Jo’s Cervical Cancer and Breast Cancer Care.

Team member Tracey explained: “Just over 12 months ago we decided to do something challenging, inspired by our friend Louisa Jones’ previous charity rides in India and Cambodia.
“Action for Charity organises several cycling challenges both internationally and across the UK to raise money for these three fabulous cancer charities.

“So at 9pm on Saturday evening we set off from Windsor Race Course to complete the 104km cycle into central London and back.
“All started well on a lovely early summer evening, however at just 15 miles in the weather took a turn for the worse.

“We were treated to the most electrifying thunder storm display followed by an epic torrential downpour for several miles. Roads flooded and cars struggled to cope with this onslaught but we battled on bravely with virtually nil visibility.”
Tracey added: “The rain eventually subsided in the early hours leaving us all tired, wet and very cold but all seven finished the course within six to seven hours despite the odds.

“The overall event raised in excess of £1.5 million. The girls are exhausted but very proud of what they achieved.
“We would all like to thank everyone who has donated to this fantastic charity event and its causes but we also wish to express our gratitude to partners, husbands and family members for their amazing support.”

* The thunder storm they cycled through.

* The finisher's medal they each received.

2018 art exhibitions at Plas Newydd

The following art exhibitions will be staged at Y Caban in Plas Newydd over this season

June - Jan Wallis

Jan Wallis is a textile artist living in Llangollen. Her exhibition at Y Caban includes a 30 metre weaving depicting a river from source to the sea.  Another piece is a knitted representation of the Eglwyseg Crags

July - Rosie Davies

Rosie Davies is creative mostly with the traditional mediums  of oils and watercolour , but also produces  more contemporary works of digital art on the iPad with the app Pro create. Her inspiration is taken from the North Wales landscapes and her solo exhibition at Plas Newydd includes scenes of the   River Dee and Llangollen.

August - Mark Pullin

My imagery deals with emotion, with the capacity to create simple forms and marks to connect symbolically with past event in my life or memories of particular importance.  The presence of shape and colour, their influence on mood and latent energy emerges out of a physical engagement within the medium of paint.

September - Wrexham Cluster for Helfa Gelf

We are a collective group of artists from the County of Wrexham who belong to the Helfa Gelf artists group, who  are represented in 5 counties across North Wales. During this month we will also have our studios open on weekends. During our exhibition we hope to have an  artist in the gallery each weekend

October - Criw Celf 
Criw Celf is a pan North Wales arts programme for more able and talented young artists; the aim of the scheme is to allow children who have shown artistic promise and an interest in art to practice and develop their skills, with masterclasses led by professional artists in a variety of disciplines and at venues throughout Denbighshire.  This exhibition shows a small selection of work created by Criw Celf Denbighshire, with students from years 5 to 9.  Criw Celf Denbighshire is run by Denbighshire County Council Arts Service, with funding from the Arts Council of Wales.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Local firm launches charity singing project

* The talented "workman" belts out Calon Lan in Welsh on the film.

* Linguassist MD Graham Paton outlines his singing project
on the video now causing a social media stir.
A Llangollen business has pledged to make a donation to the new Centenary Square project in return for local people singing to welcome the world to the town.
As sponsors of the Van Morrison concert at this July’s International Eisteddfod, languages firm Linguassist is making a charity film and inviting people from the community to come together to sing the classic Welsh song Calon Lan.

But in keeping with the global spirit of the eisteddfod, where “Wales welcomes the world”, this will be a multi-lingual version of the song, with Linguassist in return making a £1,000 donation to the Centenary Square project which will eventually include a re-sited war memorial.
Company managing director Graham Paton was in Riverside Park recently to make a short film outlining the idea, and said: “I love this town and I love the talent in this town. To show off Llangollen’s talent we’re doing a global version of Calon Lan and making a donation to the new town memorial.”

As the camera rolls Mr Paton is interrupted by a high vis-coated workman who first politely points out that he has mispronounced the song title and then starts to a sing a powerful version of Calon Lan in Welsh.
Clearly enjoying the rendition Mr Paton urges him to carry on as “we have a film crew here”.

The man - who may not actually be who he appears to be – then ends the song to warm applause and bashfully carries on with his work.
The film is already creating a stir on YouTube via social media and you can watch it at

* For more details about the singing project, email:

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Llan's Marianne joins team at Rhug Estate

The Rhug Estate near Corwen has announced that Marianne Burrell from Llangollen has recently joined the team as the Farm Manager’s Assistant, covering maternity leave for Gwen Williams.

Marianne (pictured) will assist the Farm Manager, Gareth Jones, with the paperwork and accounts relating to farming the 6,700 acres at Rhug.

Wellies will always be at the ready though as farming such a large estate means Marianne will need to be on-hand for farm duties and tours of the farm as well.

Welcoming Marianne to the team, Lord Newborough, Owner of the Rhug Estate, said: “I am delighted to welcome Marianne to the team in the Estate’s office. She is already well known to me from her time with KK Fine Foods so I know she will be a great asset to the team here.

"Gwen is loved by us all and Marianne has big boots to fill but I am confident she will fit in well. We wish Gwen well in her new role of mum and no doubt we will hear the sound of tiny feet in the office before long.”

Marianne was born and bred in Llangollen and continues to live there with her fiancé and five-year-old daughter. 

Previous to starting with the Rhug Estate, Marianne worked for an Apprenticeship Training Company.

During her six years working as an account manager with KK Fine Foods, in Deeside, Marianne became familiar with the Rhug as she worked with the Wholesale team on developing sauces and pies for Rhug.

Prior to KK FineFoods Marianne helped run a motorbike shop for seven years. In her spare time shee enjoys spending time with her horse at her stables.

Marianne said: “I’m delighted to be have been given the opportunity to work with the team at the Rhug Estate whilst Gwen takes time off on maternity. Having worked with the Rhug during my time at KK Fine Foods it’s a pleasure to now be working as a member of the staff. I’m looking forward to my work changing with the seasons on the farm.”

Friday, May 25, 2018

Canal history talk on Monday

Gardening club's plant sale is tomorrow

Llangollen Gardening Club has a Plant Sale tomorrow (Saturday May 26) outside the Town Hall.

If you have any spare plants you would like to donate, please take them to the Town Hall today (Friday May 25)  between 1.30 -3.00pm, or Saturday morning, 9.30am. 

Call goes out for joint campaign on clean streets

* Rhuddlan residents are tackling dog fouling and environmental crime.

Residents of Rhuddlan are calling on other communities across Denbighshire to work together to keep the county’s streets clean.

Denbighshire County Council has been implementing a long-running campaign to tackle dog fouling and environmental crime within the county, with a key focus on education and prevention, as well as enforcement action against those individuals who fail to clear up after their dogs.

Prevention activities have included direct engagement with dog owners about the council’s approach, handing out bags, spraying dog foul with yellow chalk to highlight problem areas, the introduction of yellow glow in the dark signs to deter would be offenders and high visibility patrols.

Rhuddlan residents have come together to tackle the problem in their town and are now calling on the rest of Denbighshire to support the campaign.

Councillor Arwel Roberts said: “There are parts of Rhuddlan still seeing dog mess not being picked up, we’re not perfect, but there has been a large increase in people picking up after their dogs within the town and surrounding areas. The residents of Rhuddlan and Denbighshire County Council need to be congratulated on the work they have done in keeping the streets of Rhuddlan clean for everyone.”

Councillor Ann Davies said: “We are now calling on other towns in Denbighshire to follow our lead and always pick up after their dogs and dispose of their dog mess appropriately. It’s very important to keep dog mess away from all the areas highlighted in the PSPO. If a child comes into contact with dog mess it can cause serious health risks, so this campaign is very important. The people of Rhuddlan are working hard to keep their town clean and we want to thank them for all of their hard work.”

The county council want to remind dog owners across the county that under the county-wide Public Spaces Protection Order, dogs are prohibited from all maintained, marked sports areas such as football and rugby pitches in Denbighshire, multi-use games areas, children’s play areas and certain stretches of beaches. 
These areas are clearly marked with signs and those who fail to comply with the law could be issued with a fixed penalty notice. Dog owners are also expected to clean up after their animals in any other public space in the county.
Councillor Tony Thomas, Cabinet Lead Member for Housing, Regulation and the Environment, said: “The majority of people act responsibly and clear up after their animals. They also take heed of signage that prohibit people from taking their dogs on certain areas of land. We thank them for their co-operation. However we continue to find that some individuals clearly ignore the message.
"They do not seem to realise the negative impact that dog fouling has on the local community and its potential implications on people’s health. Residents tell us that they want us to tackle problems with dog fouling. Unfortunately we are having to repeat the message again. Please work with us to clean up the county – for everyone’s benefit.”

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Llangollen FC gets life-saving new machine

W* Wales captain Ashley Williams and Welsh Hearts director Sharon Owen handed over the defibrillators.             

Llangollen Football Club is one of six across Wales where defibrillators have just been installed.

And there are plans to fund others in a bid to minimise deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.

The first six machines have been funded by Wales football players who donated their match fees for their friendly against Mexico in Los Angeles on May 29.
Ground staff will be trained to use the devices under the scheme, which aims to have them at all clubs in the country.

Llangollen Football Club was the first to receive its defibrillator on Monday.

A defibrillator is an automatic device that can be used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm during cardiac arrest. 

Performing CPR and using a defibrillator until an ambulance arrives, can help double a victim's chance of survival.

The partnership between the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and heart charity Welsh Hearts has found few of the hundreds of football grounds across Wales had one.

Its scheme aims to change that by fundraising to ensure every player and spectator at every club in Wales has access to one.

The FAW's medical services manager and lead physiotherapist, Sean Connelly, said: "With this partnership we will work together to fundraise to aid Welsh Hearts with the amazing work they do for heart health in Wales.

"Together we hope that this equipment will minimise the terrible instances from sudden cardiac arrests that have occurred in football grounds across Wales."

Welsh Hearts director Sharon Owen said: "We believe the impact on lives will be far-reaching, as no one should die in Wales due to a lack of a public access defibrillator in the event of an emergency.

"They should be available everywhere. I am excited to work with the FAW as they are at the heart of communities in Wales."

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Garden fete raffle prize is £100

* Cwmwd Ial re-enactors will star at the fete. 

As part of the annual Garden Fete at Plas Newydd on Saturday June 9 the  Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs of Llangollen are organising  a grand raffle with a first prize of a £100.

The committee say they are grateful to so many local businesses for their generous donations of prizes and they would like to thank the following: The Wild Pheasant Hotel and Spa, Jades Hairdressing, Witzend Gallery, Café Bistro and Tea Rooms, Mickey Finn, fish supplies, Fouzzi’s , Vintage Rose Tearoom, Vanity Nails and Beauty, Cefn Mawr and New Dot Cinema.

The committee are also grateful to The Coop Supermarket Llangollen for allowing their volunteers to sell tickets there.

Members of both clubs will be selling tickets at The Coop on Saturday, May 26 and Saturday June 2.

Tickets will also be on sale at Plas Newydd  on the day of the fete when the Grand Draw will take place at  approximately 4.30 p.m.

The organisers have decided that the prime beneficiary will this year be Marie Curie Cancer  Care but say that other local charities will also benefit.   

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

County cabinet backs Castle Street redevelopment

* How a busy Castle Street looks at present.  

* An artist's impression of how Castle Street could possibly look in the future.

At the Denbighshire County Council cabinet meeting today (Tuesday) members were asked to  agree  how  Denbighshire  should  use  its  allocation  of £1,204,380  from  the  £30m  Highways  Refurbishment  Grant recently  announced  by  Welsh  Government. 

Four plans were put to the cabinet and Llangollen's Castle Street was awarded £500,000 of the total. 

This supports the work of a joint working group set up by Llangollen's two county councillors, Graham Timms and Melvyn Mile, and Llangollen's Chamber of Trade and Town Council. 

The working group, which has been meeting since October last year, has been looking for ways to solve parking and traffic flow, two major problems in Llangollen town centre. 

Grant funding has been received from Cadwyn Clwyd.

Cllr Timms said: “We're delighted that this scheme has been given such a huge boost. The £0.5 million will be used to attract other major funders to contribute to a major overhaul of the town centre, expected to cost over £2 million.

"The cabinet has recognised the determination of the working group to tackle the problems of the town and to make the environment on Castle Street more suited to its place at the heart of the Dee Valley and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

"A consultation will take place during the latter part of June where locals, businesses and visitors will be given the chance to share their opinions and ideas on how our town can work better for everyone.”

Views sought on services for learning disabilities

Residents are being asked to take part in a consultation about how to improve services for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities in North Wales.

Councils across North Wales are working together with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to develop a regional plan for learning disability services.

The plan will look at how health and social care services can work better together and focus on the areas people say are important to them: having something to do; having a good place to live; having the right support through changes in life; friends and relationships; being healthy; and, being safe.

The plan is being developed along with people with learning disabilities, parents, carers and organisations who provide care and support.

Neil Ayling, the Project Lead in North Wales and Chief Officer, Social Services at Flintshire County Council, said: “We want all people with learning disabilities to have a better quality life; living locally where they feel ‘safe and well’, where they are valued and included in their communities and have access to effective personal support that promotes independence, choice and control.

“I want to encourage everyone to take part in the consultation to help us achieve this vision together.”

* More information about the consultation is available at:

The consultation will be open until Friday 20 July 2018.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Operatic's successes in amateur stage Oscars

* Members of the Young who were successful
at the NODA Awards. From left,
Maia Malloy, Cassius Hackforth and Celyn Orton-Jones.  
Llangollen Operatic has scored more successes in the amateur stage "Oscars". 

A group of society representatives headed off to Hereford last weekend for the Wales and Ireland Regional Annual NODA Awards.

The ceremony is a popular event for am-dram societies.

The Operatic’s junior section, the Young ‘Uns, landed the prize for Best Musical for its smash-hit production of Bugsy Malone.

For the same show Celyn Orton-Jones and Maia Malloy were both nominated for Best Supporting Performer Under 21 and Cassius Hackforth was nominated for Best Performer Under 21. Cassius walked away as category winner.

9 to 5 (co-produced by Robin Crowley and Alix Rawlinson, artistic direction by Robin Crowley, musical direction by Elen Mair Roberts) was nominated for  Best Musical Theatre Production, Best Stage Management and Technical, Best Individual Performance - Helen Belton for the role of Violet Newstead, Brett Jones for his role as Franklin Hart Jr and Louisa Jones for Best Supporting Individual Performance for her role as Judy Bernly.

Helen, who produced the Operatic’s last hit show My Fair Lady, scooped the Special Achievement award but the Operatic narrowly missed out in the other categories.

A society spokesperson said: "It was great to be nominated in so many categories for a third consecutive year and a tribute to the phenomenal work that goes into these shows by the production team, cast and crew."

Pamela Williams, who was producer for Bugsy Malone, said: “We’re delighted to have been acknowledged in this way for the show.

“Now it’s on to our next production, which will be the musical Grease, and for this we need lots more teenage boys to join the cast.”

 * The full Llangollen Operatic contingent at the NODA Awards in Hereford.

* Helen Belton in 9 to 5.

* Brett Jones in 9 to 5.

* Louisa Jones in 9 to 5.

* Louise Cielecki, left, who played Dolly Parton’s own character, Doralee Rhodes, in 9 to 5 with Helen Belton and Louisa Jones. 

Ken Skates' summer surgery dates

An Assembly Member has announced a round of summer surgeries to offer help and support to constituents.

Ken Skates holds monthly drop-in advice sessions with Susan Elan Jones MP – which will continue – and has now organised an extra three over the summer months.

The Clwyd South AM (pictured) said: “Surgeries are vital part of my diary and provide a valuable opportunity to sit down face-to-face with constituents and discuss all manner of things and to offer support and advice. I want to make sure my constituents have plenty of opportunity to come and talk to me over the summer.”

Mr Skates added: “My normal surgeries with Susan will continue, these are additional.”

Mr Skates’ summer surgeries will be by appointment – by calling 01978 869058, emailing or via his Facebook page – and will be held in Plas Madoc Leisure Centre, Llangollen and Penley.

Mr Skates said: “My regular surgeries with Susan are drop-in, but by making these additional surgeries by appointment it means that anything which is within Susan’s remit and not mine, non-devolved issues such as crime and social security, can be referred to her office and looked into. 

“It also gives me the opportunity to do any initial research or work in advance which might help when I sit down with the constituent.”

The surgeries will take place at:

* Plas Madoc Leisure Centre on Friday, June 8

* Mr Skates’ office at The Malthouse, Llangollen, on Friday, July 6

* The Rainbow Centre, Penley, on Saturday, August 4

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sun shines on churches in the park

Llangollen churches held their annual joint Pentecostal service around the bandstand in Riverside Park this morning (Sunday).

Led by the Rev Phil Poole from the Methodist Church, it included contributions from a number of the other local churches.

Musical accompaniment was provided by Llangollen Silver Band.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Eisteddfod seeks peace award nominations

* Eisteddfod president Terry Waite with international competitors. 
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, is encouraging all community members to submit details of local individuals or organisations responsible for the furtherance of peace, for the chance to gain international recognition.
This year, the Rotary International will award both an international recognition prize, which will be sponsored by Typhoo Tea, and a national tier reward supported by Westminster Stone.
This will be the third year that the International Eisteddfod will be working with Rotary International to host the prestigious award.
Rotary International is one of the largest humanitarian organisations in the world and the partnership with the Eisteddfod is ideal, as the Peace Award is a logical extension to the aims and objectives of this unique event, which was established to promote peace and harmony between nations.
Shortlisted entrants will be invited to the picturesque town of Llangollen, North Wales, where the 2018 winner will receive international acknowledgment on Thursday 5th July, following an evening of international celebration for which the Llangollen Eisteddfod is renowned.
Last year’s judges were completely blown away by the inspirational initiatives presented by the 2017 nominees, deciding to reward not one but two organisations with the Rotary Prize in a joint celebration of peace during the International Eisteddfod’s 70th Anniversary Opening Concert.  
British Ironworks was acknowledged for its Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife weapons amnesty project, which culminated in the creation of the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression – an Angel sculpture crafted from surrendered weapons from 43 police constabularies across the country. Also recognised at the presentation was Médecins Sans Frontières, for its policy of témoignage – speaking out to alleviate suffering and protect human life.
Chairing this year’s adjudicating panel is Richard Hazlehurst of Bradford Peace Centre, who was recognised as a peace honoree at the United Nations in 2017.
As peace initiatives take many different forms, the judging panel will consider the public benefit of the project, the profile and longevity of the organisation or individual and the impact of their work.
To enter or nominate for the Rotary International Peace Prize, please send an email to Molly Youd at, enclosing details of your nomination and any links to websites or any information which may support the application. Nominations must be received by the 31st May.
Past District Governor for Rotary International, Molly Youd, said: “Building on the resounding success of the last two year’s celebrations, we’re excited to once again recognise the individuals and organisations that work so tirelessly to promote peace and understanding here in the UK and worldwide.
“The initial idea of creating the Rotary International Peace Prize was born at the Llangollen Eisteddfod four years ago, when performers from Ukraine and Russia, two countries that were waging war against one another at the time, united during a spectacular dance performance in a moment of peace.
“With the festival’s message of global friendship now more relevant than ever, it’s with great joy that we’re able to bring together peace advocates during a celebration of international music and dance, for the chance to win this prestigious and significant prize.”
Former Host Area Coordinator for the Rotary Peace Centre at the University of Bradford, Richard Hazlehurst, said:  “Following the high calibre of valuable work presented to us during the 2017 award, the panel fully expect this year’s judging process to be made even more difficult.  
“The Rotary Foundation motto is, simply, doing good in the world and the judges for this remarkable award by Rotary District 1180 are looking for people who are doing just that – good in the world. We will welcome nominations from or about individuals and organisations who have changed the course of history for the better, through their peaceful practices and awareness, making our world a better place to live in today.” 
* For more information about the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and the Rotary International Peace Award, visit

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Government slammed over school uniforms

The Welsh Government has been criticised by Denbighshire County Council for scrapping their School Uniform Grant and for not giving any details of any future funding they might provide to assist with uniforms.

Plaid Cymru – the Party of Wales - put forward a motion calling for urgent clarification from the Welsh Government regarding their cutting of the school uniform grant.

The total value of the grant was £16,380 to Denbighshire last year and it assisted 156 learners in the county.

The school uniform grant was provided to learners from the poorest backgrounds as they moved from year 6 in primary school to year 7 in secondary school.

Plaid Cymru Councillor, Huw Jones, who represents Corwen, proposed the motion on behalf of the party.

Cllr. Jones said: “Last year 156 pupils received the School Uniform Grant in Denbighshire, and on average 166 pupils have received the grant each year since 2009/10. These families are already struggling in a very difficult financial climate.

"Only last month we saw figures showing how more and more people are having to go to foodbanks. Parents are having to do double jobs in order to make ends meet, and children are suffering anxieties and distress because of their families financial difficulties, which in turn impacts on their education and life chances.

This grant was essential to many families here in Denbighshire, and I’m disgusted that the Welsh Government have taken it away. They’ve since given some vague promises that they’ll do something else, but parents will be starting to plan for their children going to secondary school in July.
"They need assurances now, not some woolly words from Cardiff Bay. This is why we’re calling for an urgent clarification and a clear timetable of what and when this new funding will be put in place.” 
The motion, which expressed dissatisfaction with the Welsh Government and insisted on clarification regarding the School Uniform Grants passed unanimously.

County elects new chair and vice chair

* Councillor Peter Scott and Councillor Meirick Lloyd Davies.

Denbighshire County Council has elected a new chair and vice chair for the coming year.

Councillor Peter Scott (St Asaph West)  will be the chair, with St Kentigern Hospice being his chosen charity.

Councillor Meirick Lloyd Davies (Trefnant) will be the vice chair.

Meanwhile, outgoing chair, Councillor Pete Prendergast presented cheques to his chosen charities for the past year at a ceremony at County Hall, Ruthin.

He raised £61,500 during a year long programme of activities and fundraisers. The money will be shared between RNLI Rhyl and St Kentigern.

* Laura from St Kentigern Hospice accepting a cheque. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

County considers free sanitary products for schools

Denbighshire County Council has voted to consider providing free sanitary products to every young woman and girl in schools across the county, following a motion put forward by the Plaid Cymru group.

This called for free sanitary products to every young woman and girl in Denbighshire schools to be provided in a way that respects their dignity and independence.
Rhondda Cynon Taf have already agreed to such a move following a campaign by young Plaid Cymru councillor Elyn Stephens.
Plaid Cymru said that a recent End Child Poverty report noted that, after housing costs, 27% of children in Denbighshire lived in poverty and over 3,000 girls and young women attended High Schools in the county.
Cllr Glenn Swingler, Upper Denbigh and Henllan, who proposed the Period Poverty motion, said many young women and girls were put in a position of having to choose between sanitary products and food which was wrong and not their fault.
He added: "It’s not right that young women are having to make do with unhygienic homemade sanitary products simply because they or their family can't afford them from a shop, and the discomfort and embarrassment that entails.
"This in turn impacts on their education, and I have no doubt that it leads in some cases to some young women failing to attend school because of their discomfort. It’s wrong that in twenty first century Wales young women should live in period poverty. We believe that Denbighshire County Council should ensure that every young girl has access to free sanitary products in our schools in a way which respects their dignity." 
Councillors expressed a clear support to the principal of the motion, including the education portfolio holder, Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts.
However, the final decision rests with the council’s cabinet. The council therefore agreed that officers should bring detailed figures to the cabinet within four months in order for them  to make a final decision.

New town mayoral team chosen

At the annual meeting of Llangollen Town Council yesterday evening, Councillor Jon Haddy was appointed as Town Mayor and Councillor Isabel Richards as Deputy Town Mayor.

Appointments were also made to the Asset Management, Cittaslow and Human Resources Committees.

The Chairs and Vice Chairs of these Committees will be decided at their first meeting, over the next month.

* Mayor - Cllr Jon Haddy.

* Deputy Mayor - Cllr Isabel Richards.

It's midsummer madness at Llandegla

Llandegla boasts a thriving calendar of community activities and events. 

Amongst the most popular is its All Styles Music Club which meets monthly in the Memorial Hall with the primary objectives of keeping live music alive, whilst providing its audience with quality entertainment.

This year the organisers are proud to announce a new venture, a day of music and dance on Saturday June 16 featuring some of the most popular musicians in the region. 

Proceedings begin at 2pm with a concert in the Memorial Hall featuring an impressive line-up of new and veteran performers, followed at 7.30pm by a folk dance ceilidh. 

Whilst all of this is underway a 'come all ye' music and song session will ensure that the needs of those who just like to perform are not overlooked.

On-site catering has been arranged and a range of local amenities, (pub, licensed community shop,  B &B and campsites) are on hand to make it a really memorable event.

It is hoped that singers and musicians who plan to stay over the week end will be available to participate in the service at St Tecla's Church, the following morning.

Further information and tickets can be obtained from Kath Evans (, or Tel: 01978 790671).

* Before the June 16 event there's a Singers and Musicians Night at Llandegla Memorial Hall starting at 8pm on Monday May 21.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Duo run Llangollen Round to honour Tom

The third Llangollen Round Challenge is now just a few weeks away, on the weekend of June 2 and 3.

Entries are coming in thick and fast and amongst them are a father and his step-daughter doing the challenge to honour the young lady’s partner who is currently receiving treatment for a brain tumour.

Anthony Rogers, 63, (pictured left) from Corwen is teaming up with Sarah Crosby from Chorlton to tackle the tough course as a salute to Tom Lewis who was diagnosed with the tumour in March 2016.

They hope to have raised £2,000 in sponsorship by the time the event gets underway.  

Tom will be supporting the walkers along with the rest of the family who will all be wearing distinctive Tom's Long Walk tee-shirts.

The Round has a well-waymarked 33-mile circular route visiting every summit around the Vale of Llangollen. 

The Challenge uses exactly this route, but since it starts and ends at Dinas Brân School in the town, an extra stretch has been added at beginning and end, making the total distance to be covered 35 miles. 

* Tom and Sarah.

* Sarah in her Tom's Long Walk tee-shirt.

Participants have the option of doing this in one day, the Saturday, or two, with those choosing two days being bussed back to Llangollen from the mid-point on Saturday and returned to the same place on Sunday morning.

This year organisers are hoping to raise £50,000 for Cancer Research UK.

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