Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision on the B5126 Mold Road near Northop this evening at 17.55hrs.
They say: "We were called to reports of a collision between two cars, a Toyota and a Chevrolet. One of the drivers was taken to hospital in Stoke with serious injuries.
We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has dashcam footage to get in touch on 101 Ref X143181
The road is currently closed and will remain so for the next couple of hours."
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Monday, September 30, 2019
* Visitors check out some of the stalls at the Sunday event.
* A range of local food and drink on display.
Sixteen local groups, as diverse as Llangollen Guides to the Quakers and from South Clwyd Beekeepers to Friends of the Earth, took part in Cittaslow Sunday yesterday.
Cittaslow is an international network of towns in 30 countries across the world that have adopted a set of common goals and principles to enhance their quality of life for residents and visitors.
Cittaslow Llangollen hosted the special Sunday event at the front of the Town Hall to showcase the wide range of organisations which contribute to the life of the town.
Also with stalls were the Twenty Club amateur dramatic group, Llangollen Health Centre, Dial a Ride, the International Eisteddfod, Run Free Fell Runners, the RAFA Club, Extinction Rebellion, Llangollen Christmas Festival, Llangollen Prostate Support Group and Shape My Llangollen, which is preparing the local contribution to the county's next Local Development Plan.
Freshly-made local food and drink was available throughout the event.
* Hot stuff: Chris Roberts will give an outdoor cookery demonstration at the food festival.
A larger than life TV chef will be championing Welsh beef and lamb with an outdoor cookery demonstration at a top food festival.
Chris “Foodgasm” Roberts, who has his own television series on S4C, will also have a starring role at the popular Llangollen Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20.
He went from being a man who cooked on an old-fashioned spit roasting fire with his friends, without anyone watching, to overnight fame as a Facebook foodie with thousands of fans.
The first TV series, Bwyd Epic Chris, produced by Caernarfon-based Cwmni Da, was a big hit on S4C and the second series will be going on air in November.
Chris, who lives in Caernarfon, is looking forward to his first visit to the festival which has now established itself as one of the highlights in the culinary calendar and has been named as one of the Top 10 food festivals in the UK.
According to Chris, the inspiration for his cooking style has come from Patagonia, the Welsh colony in Argentina.
He said: “My dad went to Patagonia and told me how they cooked. I never really thought about it at first but a couple of years ago I thought I’d give it a try and cook the Gaucho way. Gauchos are basically cowboys.
“It just took off really and people just seemed to like what I was doing. I was asked to do a TV series for S4C and we are just filming the second series.
Chris added: ": "There is always variation when cooking on an open-fire, instinct needs
to be used when adapting to the climate outdoors.
“You must feel the food, the heat, test the temperature and be patient. When the food’s ready, it’s ready. I’m not just putting food in the oven and waiting for three hours, I work with the elements and the experience is always different.
“I want to show that we have amazing local produce, to showcase and celebrate the local food. Food is the best way of bringing people together, it makes life worth living and makes everyone feel good.”
“I’ll almost certainly cook up some Tomahawk Welsh Black steaks in Llangollen as well as some lamb. We have the best meat in the world in Wales. It comes from animals that have had a good life. A happy lamb is a tasty lamb in my humble opinion.
“Welsh lamb that has been out on the hillsides eating succulent grass, berries and herbs and that comes through in the flavour of the meat. It’s the same with grass fed Welsh beef.
“And if you buy Welsh meat that has the PGI mark - Protected Geographic Indicator – then it’s fully traceable right down to the farm and the animal it originated from. That’s important.”
“I’m looking forward to Llangollen and showing people what an amazing product we have in Welsh meat and how to cook it Gaucho-style. I can assure meat lovers they won’t taste anything better!”
Llangollen Food Festival committee member Phil Davies says the festival is the perfect platform for Chris Roberts to demonstrate his love of Gaucho-style cooking.
He said: “The idea of the food festival is to inspire people to try new products, and see what we have to offer here in Wales.
“Chris’ Facebook videos have been viewed an incredible number of times and his first TV series was so popular we thought he’d be the perfect fit for the Llangollen Food Festival.
“We are delighted he’s agreed to come along and demonstrate his amazing cooking. There is no doubt that Welsh meat, be it lamb or beef, is a really high quality product and deserves to be championed.
“Cooking meat the way people of Welsh heritage learned to cook when they arrived in Patagonia just makes it extra special.”
* For more information about the Llangollen International Food Festival, visit www.llangollenfoodfestival.com
Sunday, September 29, 2019
* The Llangollen estate in Virginia, USA.
But before the panic starts, that's not our famous town but an enormous mansion of the same name in the state of Virginia, USA.
First American diplomat and publisher Jock Whitney, then Donald Brennan, a former Morgan Stanley exec, built up the equestrian mecca and now it’s somebody else’s turn, according to an article on the Bloomberg news website.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
* From left, town councillor Jackie Allen; Susan Elan Jones MP; Ken Skates AM; county councillor Terry Evans and Kronospan’s environmental manager Keith Baker at Chirk Parish Hall this morning.
Politicians have held 'constructive' talks about concerns over emissions from the Kronospan factory in Chirk.
Clwyd South Assembly Member Ken Skates and Susan Elan Jones MP met with Terry Evans, county councillor for Chirk South and Wrexham Council’s Lead Member for Economy and Regeneration this morning (Friday).
They were joined by Chirk town councillor Jackie Allen, who is also chair of Chirk Environmental Liaison Group, and Kronospan’s Environmental Manager Keith Baker.
Mr Skates said: “I was pleased when Wrexham Council contacted me to arrange this meeting. I know Terry as the local member gets a lot of complaints as the council are currently responsible for monitoring emissions.
“It was a constructive meeting and Susan and I are pleased to be working alongside Terry and Jackie to address residents’ ongoing concerns.”
Ms Jones said: “We know this is a long-standing issue for some of our constituents so this was a welcome opportunity to discuss what the council and company are doing to mitigate their concerns. It’s vital we work together on issues like this which are important to local people, so I'm pleased Cllr Evans from Wrexham County Borough Council and town councillor Allen were able to attend.
“Ken and I have made numerous representations on behalf of our constituents in the Chirk area to Wrexham Council and the company itself over the past few years to convey residents' concerns. Most people say they don’t want the factory closed as it’s one of our area's biggest employers and closure would devastate hundreds of local families. However, I’m strongly of the view that more has to be done to deal with the very legitimate environmental concerns that local residents have.”
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is set to take over sole responsibility for monitoring emissions from Kronospan next year.
Mr Skates said: “I know there continues to be some confusion and misinformation with regard to Kronospan, which is why the Welsh Government has issued a direction to ensure that the site has a single regulator in the future, which will be NRW.”
Kronospan currently has two environmental permits. One is issued by Wrexham Council, which relates to the wood-related production. The other issued by Natural Resources Wales (NRW), which relates to formaldehyde production. NRW is currently determining an environmental permit application received from Kronospan and is expected to complete this process by early 2020.
A recent letter to Mr Skates from Wrexham Council’s chief planning and regulatory officer, Lawrence Isted, confirmed that the authority is currently responsible for emissions to air, land and water, as well as noise.
Mr Isted said: “Upon receiving complaints on such matters, my officers would consider the likely source of the alleged pollutant and assess the controls implemented by the company against the requirement of the permit.
“Officers would also consider the effect of the pollutant on human health and the environment with reference to relevant environmental standards issued by the World Health Organisation and relevant air quality standards regulations. These standards are used to protect the health and wellbeing of the local population.”
He added: “Recent air quality monitoring indicates that air quality levels within the Chirk area complies with relevant statutory guidelines.”
Friday, September 27, 2019
Schools across Denbighshire are being invited to join in the first ever Eco-schools awards and celebration event, taking place in the county in April 2020.
The six awards will recognise the work going on in schools to reduce waste and to recycle.
The categories are:
Litter Prevention Award – This award will recognise work done within schools or the local community to address any type of littering.
Single Use Plastic Reduction Award – An entry can be submitted if schools have done something to reduce single us plastics.
Waste Improvement Award – The award recognises schools that have taken action to reduce the amount of general waste that goes to landfill or incineration. This could be achieved by improving the recycling system or through preventing the creation of waste in the first instance. The winning school will have figure to demonstrate their impact.
Recycling in the Community Award – Schools that have undertaken projects to promote recycling within their communities should apply for this award. They could be acting as hubs to collect items for recycling, such as textiles or maybe pupils have created posters or leaflets to help educate and promote recycling to their friends and family.
Environmental Champion Award: This Award recognises the efforts of one individual who has gone above and beyond to their school become more environmentally friendly.
Denbighshire Outstanding Eco-School Award: All schools are invited to create a display of their overall Eco-Schools activities. Eco-committee members will have the opportunity to talk about their board during the event and the winning entry will be decided through a vote by everyone attending on the day.
All category winners will receive a prize, free transport for an Eco-Committee or class to visit the brand new Parc Adfer Energy from Waste facility and an award trophy made from recycled plastic.
Councillor Brian Jones, Cabinet Lead Member for Highways, Environmental Impact, Waste and Sustainable Travel, said: “Our schools in Denbighshire are great ambassadors for the environment and they are doing a tremendous amount of work in their schools to become greener to help preserve the planet for future generations.
“We are delighted to be working with Keep Wales Tidy to recognise their efforts through the Eco-schools awards and celebration event. The event will also give participating schools a chance to learn about each others exciting projects and help strengthen the Eco-School network of dedicated pupils, teachers, caretakers and parent helpers that make up each school’s Eco-Committees.
“We have some major changes on their way for recycling and refuse collection services in the county and we want to work with as many schools as possible to help prepare them and their communities for the changes coming.
“Engaging with school children is an effective way of sending back messages to parents and guardians about our efforts in Denbighshire.
The awards have kindly been sponsored by Biogen Residual Waste Plant, LWT Transport, Thorncliffe Building Supplies and CAD Recycling.
* For further details about waste and recycling in Denbighshire, please visit: w.denbighshire.gov.uk/recycling
* Welsh Conservative candidate Simon Baynes pictured in Llangollen.
The Welsh Conservatives have selected their candidate to fight Clwyd South at the next general election.
Simon Baynes is a former businessman, founder of the charity Concertina – Music for the Elderly and author of the recently published book “Lake Vyrnwy – The Story of a Sporting Hotel”.
He stood in Clwyd South in 2017, increasing the Conservative vote by almost 4,000.
Mr Baynes said: “I am extremely pleased to have been selected, and I will be campaigning hard on the issues that matter most to the people of Clwyd South.”
He says his number one priority is Brexit.
“It is essential that we leave the EU on 31st October, with or without a deal. I strongly support the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and his approach to negotiating with the EU,” he said.
He also wants to make sure money made available to the Welsh Labour Government from Westminster is spent where it is needed most.
He said: “That money must be used to fund front-line services, particularly health, education and care for the elderly. It must not be used to finance Welsh Labour’s pet projects in South Wales.”
Care for the elderly is a particular concern for My Baynes, who said: “We need a long-term solution so that people are not forced to sell their homes when they go into a care home. I also want to see pensioner benefits fully protected.”
Having grown up in the hotel business at Lake Vyrnwy, Mr Baynes has vowed to fight Welsh Labour plans for a tax on tourism. He also wants to see a reduction in business rates, to ensure the survival of local high streets.
Farming and the countryside are important to him and he says he will work hard to support both. He is chairman of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust and says he is keen to protect and promote heritage in Clwyd South.
Mr Baynes is a Trustee of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and Mid Wales Opera and chairman of the Holroyd Community Theatre near Oswestry.
Gwlangollen Heritage Workshop, located in the Lock Up Heritage Centre on Victoria Square, is now up and running. Here project spokesperson Gill Britten gives an update on the new facility.
The room is upstairs, and from the beginning of September we will be open to the general public as often as we can manage.
We now have a number of experienced crafters supporting the project. Between us we cover a wide range of “wool” skills and are able to offer talks demonstrations and bespoke workshops. These can take place in the workshop, at Pentredwr Community Centre, or we go out to groups if that is easier.
* The interior of the new Gwlangollen Heritage Workshop,
So many people have been intrigued by what’s happening outside the workshop door on a sunny day. We are washing and drying fleece in preparation for carding. Raw fleece is sorted, at Pentredwr. All the bits of vegetation and contamination are removed and recycled by local gardeners as soil conditioner. Nothing goes to waste!
The soft locks suitable for crafts are put into net laundry bags, to prevent loose fibres clogging up the drain. Still in the bags, the fleece is gently hand washed in hot soapy water. The bags are hung outside on an A frame.
Once the bags have stopped dripping, the fleece is taken from the bags and spread out between two sheets of smooth plastic coated wire. These again are hung up outside to dry. Once dry and fluffy, the fleece is carded. This part of the process combs the fibres, so they all run vertically, ready for spinning or felting. Many spinners prefer to spin raw fleece and wash the yarn in hanks. We all have our own preference.
Historically, anecdotal evidence suggests that locally, young boys foraged the hillsides for fleece. Washed fleece would be snagged on bushes, stone walls or wire fences to dry. The children scared away the birds and retrieved any clean fleece blown away by the wind. I’ve been told by local farmers of a certain age, they remember damming a bend in the river to make a temporary sheep wash.
This would be done two or three days prior to shearing. They say the fleece in those times were much cleaner than today. Perhaps someone knows what year the river authority stopped the practice.
If this has aroused your curiosity and you would like to visit the workshop, please do so. Visitors are most welcome. Unless you happen to be passing, do please get in touch first to make sure someone is here to let you in.
* Call, text, or Facebook Gill on 07871 774 651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, September 26, 2019
North Wales Assembly Member and Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government, Mark Isherwood AM, has condemned Labour and Plaid Cymru for supporting proposals for legislation to give Welsh prisoners the right to vote.
Speaking in a debate on the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee report Voting Rights for Prisoners, Mr Isherwood (pictured) referred to the fact that only 9% of people in Wales said that all prisoners should be allowed to vote in a 2017 YouGov survey.
He said “The fact that Labour and Plaid Cymru are supporting this further evidences the growing gap between the expressed will of the people of Wales and their elected so-called representatives.
“Rights go with responsibilities, and not voting is just one of the facts of life arising from being in prison, reflecting a decision by the community that the person concerned is not suitable to participate in the decision-making process of a community.
“Some 17% of prisoners are already eligible to vote - prisoners in the community on temporary licence can now vote, and both un-convicted prisoners being held on remand and civil prisoners jailed for offences such as contempt of court also already have the right to vote, although very few do.
“The UK Government has also said that it should be made more clear to people given prison sentences that they will not have the right to vote while in prison."
He added: “It is concerning that some Committee members believed in the principle of votes for all prisoners.
“Despite this, the Committee report only recommended that the Welsh Government and National Assembly legislate to give Welsh prisoners serving custodial sentences of less than four years the right to vote in devolved elections.
“For the reasons already outlined, Mohammad Asghar AM and I could not agree with this recommendation.
“Responding to this report, the Welsh Government stated that it “will work to introduce legislation in this Assembly to enable prisoners from Wales serving a custodial sentence of less than four years to vote in devolved local government elections”.
“Responding on behalf of the Assembly Commission, the Llywydd stated that it “does not consider that amendments should be introduced to the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill to address this issue”.
“In a letter to the Committee Chair last week, the Welsh Government added that it is committed to the principle of prisoner voting in all local elections and that it will seek an appropriate legislative vehicle at the earliest opportunity, to enable prisoners from Wales to vote in Assembly elections on the same terms as will apply for local government elections.
“To be clear, according to the Law Pages, giving the vote to prisoners serving a custodial sentence of less than 4 years will include those convicted of: Having a blade or sharp point in a public place; Racially aggravated common assault; Racially aggravated criminal damage; Procurement of a woman by threats; Attempted incest by a man with a girl over 13; Abduction of an unmarried girl; Causing prostitution of women ;Soliciting by men; Ill-treatment of patients; Assault with intent to resist arrest, and procuring others to commit homosexual acts.“It is this that Labour and Plaid Cymru are supporting, further evidencing the growing gap between the expressed will of the people of Wales and their elected so-called representatives here."
Llangollen and District Welsh Society says a warm welcome awaits all those who wish to join in its 2019-20 programme of concerts and interesting talks at Seion in Castle Street.
The new season will begin tomorrow, Friday, September 27 at 7pm, in the company of Ieuan Ap Sion, a past Blue Ribbon winner at the National Eisteddfod, who will be entertaining the audience by singing a mixture of folk and easy listening Welsh songs.
The society says it would be great to welcome new members who wish to practice conversational Welsh while enjoying a variety of talks and concerts.
* More information is available at the Tourist Centre in Castle Street, Llangollen.
* Ian Parry steps out along the canal to help beat prostate cancer.
Ian Parry, who is secretary of Llangollen Prostate Cancer Support Group, decided to take up his personal walking marathon to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
Each year, 11,000 men die from this form of cancer and therefore the charity felt that taking 11,000 steps - by walking, running, jogging or even dancing - every day during the month of September would be an appropriate fundraising challenge, with each step being in memory of a life lost this year.
The money raised across the country will go towards research that will help spot prostate cancer sooner with more accurate tests, faster treatments with fewer side effects and emotional and practical support for everyone affected.
Ian began the challenge on the first of September by walking from his home in Llan to Trevor Basin along the canal and registering his 11,000 steps.
His steps are recorded from an app on his phone. On average 11,000 steps are equivalent to approximately five miles and Ian says he is aware that this sort of distance is not really significant and can easily be achieved by younger and even fit older men.
He has been recording his daily steps mainly along the canal from the Horseshoe Falls to Trevor Basin, from there towards Chirk and from Chirk to Lion Quays. A couple of days were spent in Chester walking around the city walls and riverside.
After completing three weeks of the challenge Ian has accumulated 281,327 steps against the target of 231,000 and approximately 121 miles and so is well on his way to achieve his total of 330,000 steps.
His fundraising through Just Giving and donations made direct to Prostate Cancer UK has reached £500 but he is hoping to get considerably more.
* If you would like to support Ian in this challenge by making a donation and helping Prostate Cancer in its research you can do so by visiting the Just Giving website at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ian-Parry9
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Llangollen Health Centre has sent the following message to llanblogger about flu jabs ...
LLANGOLLEN HEALTH CENTRE
WALK-IN FLU CLINIC FOR
ALL PATIENTS AGED 65 AND OVER
SATURDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2019
9.00AM – 3.00PM
No appointment necessary
For patients aged 65 and over only
Details of further flu clinics will be announced in due course – please check our website after 2nd October
* County Cllr Graham Timms.
The council has blamed a cut in Welsh Government funding for a decision yesterday (Tuesday) by its cabinet to make reductions in the free swimming programme.
But this has prompted an angry response from County Cllr Graham Timms, Labour member for Llangollen.
He said: "Welsh councils were given £3m grant for free swimming provision for children and over 60s. A report produced last year showed that the actual cost of all the free sessions was only half what the Sports Council had paid out. Source: http://sport.wales/media/
"The report estimates that the actual cost of providing the free swimming is only £1.5million, but this has not been mentioned by the Denbighshire Cabinet. They simply pointed out that because a grant had been reduced by 25% they were going to reduce the number of free swimming sessions.
"The health and wellbeing of residents is supposed to be one of Denbighshire's proprieties. It seems odd that such a cut in a vital provision is being made without a proper information being considered by the council.
"It is cheap politics and does not report the full facts, which shows that the grant funding is double the actual cost of the provision across Wales. Denbighshire Leisure needs to assure us that the take-up in the county is double the national average before it can start looking at such a damaging cut.
"It is cheap politics to reduce a vital benefit for Denbighshire when we should be encouraging more people to get active. If Denbighshire genuinely has twice as many free swimmers as the Welsh National average then this should be celebrated and the extra £20k is well worth it. I am calling on DCC to halt this reduction and let's have a grown-up debate rather than cheap politicking.
"Incidentally, the Cabinet yesterday approved how they were going to spend an extra £1.388 million on vital school maintenance. This was extra money from Welsh Government but no press release has been issued about this good news story even though it is nearly 700 times as much money as the free swimming grant reduction."
The press release issued yesterday by the county council on the free swimming issue says:
"Denbighshire County Council has made changes to its free swimming programme following a reduction in funding from the Welsh Government.
* John's Boys Male Chorus celebrate winning Choir of the World last year.
Applications to take part in the 2020 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod are now being invited.
Over 4,000 dance, choral and instrumental artistes from around the world perform and compete annually at the world-famous festival.
Prestigious awards in 2020 include the renowned Choir of the World and Dance Champions of the World with a number of new award categories being launched this time around.
Group competitions and non-competitive applications opened last Saturday and those interested have until Friday November 29 to apply.
Musical director Dr Edward-Rhys Harry said: “The International Eisteddfod is a truly unique experience, offering the most diverse and stunning collection of cultural performances.
"Our new competition categories are exciting new additions which will showcase amazing new talent from around the world. This is the first time the festival will be inviting show choirs, contemporary dance and musical composition entries, enabling us to support and champion the evolution of the arts.”
Musical Composition will offer two opportunities to compose new works for youth, mixed, female/male choirs, or for a piano quintet.
Each winner will receive a cash prize and will be invited to debut their work at the eisteddfod. Applications are open until Wednesday April 1.
Solo applications will open on Friday December and also include a new Solo Contemporary Dance competition. For more information on all competitions, or to apply online go to: www.eisteddfodcompetitions.co.uk/