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					                                       issue 21 autumn 08


the wrexham county borough council magazine

                    Wrexham is
                  firmly on the
                     retail map
                             Eagles Meadow opens for business

                      A ‘Community Vision’
                             for Wrexham
                         Time is running out to give your views

                                       Happy days
                            Why the library can make you happy

                                   What’s on in our country parks?
                                                        Web walks
                                                Children’s Connect
                                           Win tickets to London!
We hope you enjoy the autumn edition of
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                                                           If you would like to
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Message from the Leader
During the summer my colleagues and I started              work to upgrade the
working on the Council's priorities for the next           adjoining roads and
three years.                                               pedestrian areas in
As a Council we also pride ourselves on starting           the months to come.
early on the budget process and this year has been         We need to
no exception. We aim to build on our commitments           celebrate the
over the previous three years which included               confidence shown in
improvements in educational attainment, funding            our town, however,
48 Police Community Support Officers to tackle             by the retailers who are coming to Wrexham for the
anti-social behaviour and launching our                    first time and those who have decided to increase
Streetscene service which all proved to be popular         substantially their presence here. What is pleasing is
initiatives. I also believe that the financial prudence    that we still have a very compact town centre
which we have shown over this period setting               compared to most others when you measure the
amongst the lowest Council Tax increases in Wales          distance from King Street to Eagles Meadow. Our
has recognised the difficulties faced by many of our       priority now is to continue to attract other retailers
residents particularly those on low or fixed incomes.      here especially to those sites where stores have
      The current economic downturn and the rising         moved and to ensure that our parking and transport
cost of fuel poses as many questions for us as a           infrastructure keeps pace with the continued
Council as for each and every one of our residents.        development of our regional shopping centre.
That is why we have been helped by steps taken                    Finally, congratulations to all our young people
over the last two years to reduce our fuel                 who did so well in their GCSE and A Level results.
consumption by 25% as a Council. It is quite clear,        It's also worth celebrating that for the first time
however, that with fuel estimated to rise again over       ever they are able to go on to university in their
a twelve month period that we still have much more         home town if they so wish. Well done to the staff
to do. We shall need to build on our work with                                       ˆ
                                                           and students at Glyndwr University for achieving
others to deliver a programme that continues to            university status.
attack fuel poverty and cut CO2 emissions in our                  Once again if there are any issues that you
own residential properties in the County. I hope that      wish to take up with the Council please feel free to
we can announce a programme over the coming                phone, write or email.
months to deliver a County strategy for carbon
reduction with realistic timescales and targets.
      By the time you read this message we shall be
moving ever closer to the opening of Eagles
Meadow which is the largest ever addition to our           Aled R Roberts
town centre. As with any building work some have           Leader of the Council
been inconvenienced and we shall continue with    or 01978 292105
                                                               Wrexham County Borough Council can accept no responsibility for the products or services
2   Connect                                                supplied by any other companies portrayed within this magazine.
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                                                                                 WREXHAM IN BLOOM AND

BBC presenter to                                                                 GREEN FLAG AWARDS
                                                                                 Wrexham’s entry in the Wales
                                                                                 in Bloom competition earned

launch Wrexham                                                                   it a merit silver gilt award.
                                                                                   Judges visited Wrexham in
                                                                                 July to make their assessment

Business Week
Attracting delegates from across Wales and the North
                                                                                 and Wrexham Council would
                                                                                 like to thank everyone who was
                                                                                 involved in the competition for
                                                                                 their tremendous efforts to
West and highlighting the town’s economic success,                               achieve this high standard.
Wrexham Business Week returns for its seventh year                                 Wrexham’s environment has
and begins on October 20th.                                                      also received a further boost
                                                                                 with the news that the Civic
Launching this year’s event is BBC       gaining that all-important
                                                                                 Trust has awarded four of
TV presenter Sian Lloyd. Originally      competitive edge.
                                                                                 Wrexham’s country parks the
from Wrexham, Sian has made a              Events range from small seminars      Green Flag Award. The
name for herself as both a journalist    to large conferences and while          coveted award has been given
and presenter of news                    many are free you should be sure                            ˆ
                                                                                 to Alyn Waters, T y Mawr,
programmes and will be the face of       to book your place as many events       Bellevue and Nant Mill. Cllr
this year’s event.                       book out within a short time. The       David Bithell, Lead Member for
  Both new and established               full programme will be available in     Environment and Transport,
businesses will be able to take          local press prior to the launch date,   said: “The Pride in Your Streets
advantage of the superb range of         but details are also available on       campaign has certainly begun to
expertise on show during the                                                     make a difference to Wrexham.
                                         01978 366366, via
week, including advice on legal                                                  The Wrexham in Bloom result and
                                or at
                                                                                 the Green Flags awarded to the
issues, creativity in business, stress                     country parks are further
management and pointers on                                                       evidence that Wrexham is
                                                                                 becoming a cleaner place to live,
                                                                                 work and visit.”

                                                                                 We are giving one reader the
                                                                                 chance to win a pair of first class
                                                                                 train tickets to London on the new
                                                                                 Wrexham to Marylebone line.
                                                                                 This new service means that in just
                                                                                 a little over four hours, you could
                                                                                 be enjoying the sights of the city or
                                                                                 hitting the shops to do your
                                                                                 Christmas shopping. If you would
                                                                                 like to be in with a chance of
                                                                                 winning simply answer the
                                                                                 following question:
                                                                                 How long has Brenda Szewczyk
                                                                                 worked as a school crossing patrol?
                                                                                 Email your entries to
                                                                        or send
                                                                                 entries to Rail Competition,
                                                                                 Connect, Communications Unit,
                                                                                 Wrexham County Borough Council,
                                                                                 Guildhall, Wrexham LL11 1AY.
                                                                                 Closing date 14 November 2008.

                                                                      Connect           3
Putting Wrexham
on the retail map
October 30th sees Wrexham’s town centre expand as its brand new shopping and leisure
destination begins to open its doors.

                                                                              Investment in the town extends
                                                                              beyond the retail and leisure
                                                                              facilities as the Council has made a
                                                                              successful bid to the Welsh
                                                                              Assembly Government to improve
                                                                              the road infrastructure, aiding traffic
                                                                              flow, improving appearance and
                                                                              reducing congestion in a number of
                                                                              areas around the town centre.
                                                                              These include:
Eagles Meadow will encompass            Investment also continues outside
over 306,000 square feet of retail      of Eagles Meadow with Laura           • White street lighting, which is
space and major high street             Ashley and over 21s leisure venue,      more environmentally friendly,
names including M&S, Next and                                                   will be introduced on St.
                                        The Lounge, opening within the
                                                                                George’s Crescent along with
River Island have signed up. While      last few months while other new         new paving, seating and
these stores are not new to the         stores are set to open their doors      landscaping
town, they are taking the               on Island Green.                      • New, one hour, short-stay, on-
opportunity to move to much               In preparation for the opening of     street parking will be created on
bigger premises and will therefore      Wrexham’s new retail and leisure        St. George’s Crescent to help
be able to offer the people of          outlets, Wrexham Council’s              those visiting the doctors’
Wrexham a much greater choice           Economic Development                    surgery, pharmacy and other
                                                                                small businesses
of product, for example, M&S’s          department has been working
                                                                              • There will be traffic signal
new store will bring with it their      alongside Job Centre Plus to make       improvements at both the
Per Una and Autograph ranges.           sure that local people are given        Green Dragon junction, and the
Other big brands will make their        the best chance to benefit from         junction of Salop Road and St.
first appearance in the town            the new business and career             Giles Road
including Debenhams, H&M,               opportunities that are being          • New pedestrian crossings
Starbucks, Bank and Jane Norman.        brought to the town. During July      • Road widening to improve
In total, the additional retail floor                                           traffic flows through the St.
                                        there was a jobs fair with several
                                                                                Giles Way/Salop Road junction
space increases the town centre         town-centre employers, such as
by about 25%.                           ASDA, Debenhams, Boots, Next          Such heavy investment in
   In addition to increasing                                                  employment and infrastructure,
                                        and the Odeon, providing displays
Wrexham’s retail offering, the                                                given the current uncertain
                                        and advice on the application         economic climate, shows the
development will add a new              process. Organisers estimate that     confidence that retailers have in
dimension to the town centre,           around 500 posts were filled as a     Wrexham’s ability to sustain
creating an area in which families      result of the event and it is hoped   growth during the current ‘credit
can spend their evenings at the         that the same success will be         crunch’, and is particularly
ten pin bowling alley, the multi-       achieved at another jobs fair to be   encouraging in the light of the
screen cinema or in restaurants         held at Glyndwr University,
                                                       ˆ                      fact that projects in many other
such as Pizza Express, Nando’s and                                            towns have been mothballed or
                                        Wrexham on October 20th as part
Frankie & Benny’s.                                                            put on hold.
                                        of Wrexham Business Week.
4    Connect
Launch diary                                                       Townlink
                                                                   Some residents have expressed
                                                                   concern about getting between
30 October                                      e
                          a big party parad
                                                                   town and the new Eagles
T e fu n kicks off with                                            Meadow development, and to
 h                               agles Meadow.
through th  e town and into E                                      address this issue Wrexham
                           ent is scheduled
Musi   c and entertainm                                            Townlink bus service has added
                     y.                                            Eagles Meadow to its route
 throughout the da                                                 meaning that there will be a
                                             roughout              regular bus service running from
                     r lots more events th
 Keep a look out fo                                                King Street. For more information
  November includ                                                  on Wrexham Townlink’s route and
                                            will deliver a
                     guru Mark Heyes
                                                                   timetable, please visit
  GMTV's fashion                    iding the shoppers   
  special fash ion workshop prov
                                           rtunity to
  of Wrexham wit    h an exclusive oppo
                                       mn/winter                   Shopmobility
   find out abo ut this year's autu                                This successful town centre
   trends.                                                         service, run by Wrexham Council,
                                   live music from                 provides scooters for those with
   Music in   the Meadow - Free                                    restricted mobility and will be
                        g musicians.
    Wrexham's leadin                                               opening a second Shopmobility
                                  - Local charity                  site at Eagles Meadow, making
    Charity  Family Fun Day                              s
                                    join in with Eagle             the whole town centre even
    Nightinga   le House Hospice
                                         g a family fun
                                                                   more accessible for those with
     Meadow's celeb rations by hostin                              mobility restrictions.
                                        to all launch
     day in the  centre. Admission                                 For further details on
                                                                   Shopmobility, please contact
     event is free.                                                Carol Dean on 01978 312390 or
                                                                   call in at the Bus Station on
                                                                   King Street.

    Artist’s impression of Eagles Meadow at night

                                                      Connect          5
Waifs and strays
Each year Wrexham Council
                                                                            Have you heard about
picks up over 600 stray dogs.                                               Wrexham’s Rural Taxibus
Many seem to have been                                                      Scheme? If you live in one of
abandoned while families go on                                              Wrexham’s more isolated
holiday or by people who simply                                             communities, which are not
want to avoid paying vet’s bills                                            served by conventional
when their pet becomes ill.                                                 public transport, then this
  This is a worrying number,                                                service could be just the
but with the introduction of                                                ticket!
the Animal Welfare Act 2006                                                   The Taxibus is an on-demand
and with many new initiatives                                               service covering three areas,
from Wrexham Council’s Dog                                                  namely, Wrexham West (Rhos y
Warden Service there is now
plenty of help available to
                                     Reporting a                            Madoc, Pen y Lan, Erbistock,
                                                                            Eyton, Gyfelia, Ridleywood,
                                                                            Isycoed, Bowling Bank), The
ensure that everyone can be a
responsible owner.                   stray dog                              Maelor (Worthenbury,
                                                                            Wallington, Tallarn Green,
  Information on all aspects of      Since April this year, any issues
dog care – including health          with stray dogs have become the
                                                                            Iscoyd Park, Horsemans Green,
                                                                            Bettisfield, Higher Wych) and
plans, insurance, subsidised dog     Council’s responsibility. If you see
                                                                            Wrexham West (New Brighton,
microchipping, and help with         a dog that you would like to
                                                                            Aber-oer, The Wern, Fron-deg,
vet’s bills – in addition to a       report as stray please contact
                                                                            Legacy, Talwrn, Bronwylfa,
limited number of free               01978 298989 (Monday to Friday,
                                     8.30am-5.30pm) or 01978
                                                                            Llwyneinion, Tai-nant). Anyone
neutering vouchers (available at
                                     292055 (at all other times,
                                                                            living in these areas can use
the Dog Warden’s discretion) is
                                     including weekends).
                                                                            the service to travel to
available on 01978 298989.
                                                                            Wrexham, or other approved
                                                                            neighbouring villages, you can

Are you aware of your options?                                              even call Taxibus if you would
                                                                            like to visit friends or
                                                                            attractions in these areas.
Wrexham Council and Age              It is a short term scheme
                                                                              The service is provided
Concern North East Wales have        providing support for between
                                                                            under contract to Wrexham
teamed up to provide a new           four and eight weeks, aiming to
                                                                            Council. Single fares range
housing support project called       help people find solutions to
                                                                            from £1.40 to £2.50
Options, funded by the Welsh         the difficulties and practicalities    (depending on your
Assembly Government’s                of managing their home life,           destination), but is free for
Supporting People Programme.         which may have changed due             those with a concessionary
  Options provides advice and        to, for instance, bereavement or       travel pass.
support on a range of topics         a stay in hospital. In order to
that aim to help older people        reach new people, the scheme           Journeys can be booked
retain independence in their         is open to householders who            between 8am and 6pm,
own home and enjoy a high            are not receiving any services         seven days a week by calling
quality of life within their         other than a community alarm.          Wrexham & Prestige Taxis
community. This may be as               People may be referred to the       01978 357777.
simple as providing access to        scheme by professional or
social activities or it could mean   voluntary agencies, but they are       For more information please
providing information on             equally welcome to contact             contact the bus information
repairs and maintenance within       Options directly on 08450              line on 01978 266166.
the home.                            549822.

6   Connect
Great line-up Free HIP refreshers
of authors for Children's Book Week    Wrexham Council’s free refresher searches are helping to
Wrexham Libraries have a               reduce costs for anyone selling their house and have been
great line-up of authors for           hailed a success by the conveyancing community.
this year’s Children’s Book            Home Information Packs (HIPs)       to the Council a free refresher
Week during October.                   were introduced back in             search is given provided the
Popular authors Andrew Fusek           December 2007 and are               original search was made in the
Peters, Tony Mitton, Chris d’Lacey     required before a house can be      last six months.
and Ifor ap Glyn are among the         put onto the market. Part of the      For further details please visit
                                       HIP is a Council search, which is   the Council website at
team of authors who will be
                                       usually valid for six months and and
visiting schools and libraries
                                       a full search costs £75.            select the land charges section
throughout the county as part of
                                         Residential property specialist   of the website.
the annual event.                      Patricia Hughes from local firm
  Children’s Book Week is a great      Walker Smith Way says “in the
chance to meet famous authors          current financial climate the
and hear them present their work       provision of free refresher
- often in dramatic style. This year   searches is proving to be
there will be poetry, stories, and     beneficial to sellers as it helps
skateboarding, as well as a bit of     to keep the cost down,
didgeridoo playing!                    especially if properties are not
  For more information contact         sold quickly.”
Wrexham Library on 01978 292090.         If full searches are submitted

Looking forward to Christmas?                            WREXHAM COUNTY
Your next edition of Connect will contain                BOROUGH COUNCIL
listings of exciting events over the Christmas           ADOPTION OF REVISED
period… but here is a sneak preview!                     MEMBERS CODE OF CONDUCT
Christmas Lights             Victorian Christmas
Switch On                    Market
                                                         LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 2000
Thursday 20 November,        Thursday 11 December,       Notice is given that Wrexham County
6pm start                    3pm – 8pm                   Borough Council has adopted a revised
The Little Theatre will      48 stalls selling crafts,
                                                         Members Code of Conduct.
perform songs, dances        jewellery, food and all
                                                         This document is available for inspection
and excerpts from their      sorts of gifts will be
                             located in Church Street,
                                                         by members of the public at the
pantomime, Aladdin.                                      Guildhall, Wrexham, between the hours
Lots of fun for all the      St Giles churchyard and
                             the church itself. Also,    of 8.45am and 5.15pm Monday to
family.                                                  Thursday, and between 8.45 and and
Father Christmas             Victorian Entertainment.
                             Camels and Carols           4.45pm on Fridays.
Arrives in Wrexham
Thursday 4 December,         Thursday 18 December,
                                                         Trevor Coxon
6pm start                    Queens Square and St
                                                         Monitoring Officer
Father Christmas will        Giles Church
                                                         Wrexham County
                             Christmas carols and
arrive in Wrexham on a                                   Borough Council
                             real live camels from
Smiley Train and the                                     Guildhall
                             5.30pm then a parade
Grotto will remain open                                  Wrexham
                             down to St. Giles Church    LL11 1WF
until 7.30pm that night.
                             for a carol service.        5th May 2008

                                                              Connect           7
New team up                                                                                           Save over £300
                                                                                                      and be
and running!
The Communities First programme                      what the residents of Hightown
                                                                                                      Have you heard about
has now opened its doors in                          feel are a priority.                             Wrexham Library’s ‘Rapid
Hightown and is ready to provide                       Pauline Vickers, Co-ordinator for              Reads’ collection?
local people with opportunities to                   Hightown Communities First says,                   Launched earlier this year, this up
shape their future.                                  “we would like as many people as                 to date collection gives you the
  The new team is based in Luke                      possible from the Hightown area                  chance to read the latest top 10
O’Connor House in Barter Court,                      to get involved – so if you want                 best selling books in fiction and
Hightown, Wrexham and will be                        to makes things better in
                                                                                                      non-fiction, and they're all FREE!
setting up a ‘Partnership Board’.                    Hightown please get in touch!”
This will be a group made up of                        If you live in the Hightown area                 There are multiple copies of
local residents and partner                          and would like more information                  each best selling title which
organisations such as the health                     contact 01978 357583 or call in                  you can borrow for one week
service, police and voluntary                        to Luke O’Connor House in                        only, which means you should
groups and will look to find out                     Hightown.                                        be able to find the one you're
                                                                                                      looking for, AND if you don’t
                                                                                                      live close to Wrexham Library
                                                                                                      you can return them to any
                                                                                                      local branch.
                                                                                                        So, if you currently buy one
                                                                                                      book a week costing £6,
                                                                                                      swapping to the library means
                                                                                                      you will save over £300 a year
                                                                                                      and will be kind to the
                                                                                                      environment! For more
                                                                                                      information call into Wrexham
    Lesley Griffiths AM joined the staff of the new team to officially open the centre on 2nd June    Library or telephone 01978 292090.

                                                      There are a number of ways you                 A training programme, support
Could                                                 can volunteer, depending on your
                                                      availability. These include:
                                                                                                     and supervision are provided to
                                                                                                     develop your skills to work

you help                                              • Being a Referral Order
                                                                                                     effectively with young people and
                                                                                                     the next round of courses will

the Youth                                               Panel Member
                                                      • Mentoring a young
                                                                                                     begin shortly. A positive attitude,
                                                                                                     life experience and your time are

Justice                                                 person
                                                      • Acting as an ‘appropriate
                                                                                                     all we need.
                                                                                                        If you would like an application
                                                                                                     form, further information or an
Service?                                                adult’ when young
                                                        people are in custody
                                                                                                     informal discussion about
                                                                                                     volunteering, please contact
Wrexham Youth Justice Service is                      • Helping to deliver group                     Hayley Douglas on 01978
looking for volunteers to assist in                     work sessions                                268140 or email
all areas of their work; would you
                                                      • Supporting victims                 
like to help?

8       Connect      
Time is running out to tell us what you think…
You have until the end of             We have carried out a survey        You can get copies of the
October, when the consultation      with a large cross-section of       strategy and questionnaire from
on Wrexham’s Community              local people to find out what       the reception at any of the main
Strategy ends, to tell us what is   they feel would improve their       Council buildings, the hospital,
important to you.                   quality of life and have held a                      ˆ
                                                                        Yale and Glyndwr University,
  Wrexham’s Community               workshop for staff to identify      libraries, and many other places
Strategy sets out what we want      what you have already told us is    is also available on the Council’s
Wrexham to be like in the           important.                          website by going to
future, and how all the public        Based on these views a new or by
service and voluntary               Community Strategy has been         calling 01978 292271.
organisations will work together    drafted. This sets out what
to make this happen.                Wrexham County Borough will         If you would like more
  Wrexham Refreshed,                be like in the future and what      information please contact
developed in 2004, was              difference this will make to the    Louise Payne on 01978 292253
Wrexham’s first Community           people of Wrexham.                  or email
Strategy. It was based on what        This draft is available now for
you, the public, told us was        you to comment on – it is really
important at that time. We are      important that you tell us what     Look out for further
now carrying out a review of this   you think – so please take the      information on the
strategy to make sure it is still   time to complete the short          Community Strategy in the
focused on the right things.        questionnaire.                      next issue of Connect.

Adult Social Care in Wrexham
Wrexham Adult Social Care Department provides services to adults
over the age of eighteen. The services support people with mental
health problems; physical, sensory or neurological issues; drug and
alcohol issues; people with learning disabilities; those aged over 65
years and those looking after someone else (e.g. carers).

There is a particualr focus at present on supporting older people to
stay in the community (A Corporate priority for Wrexham Council)
and engaging with citizens and service users around service
reviews and development (in line with Welsh national policy).
During 2008/09 we are also concentrating on improving further
access times to services.

More information on our services is available in our range of
information leaflets available online or through the Contact
Assessment Centre (CAT). Leaflets include:
•     Getting Help from Adult Social Care
•     Fair Access to Care
•     Supporting Carers - What Makes you a Carer?
•     Have your say.

To get in touch with Adult Social Care through the CAT call
01978 292066 or you can email Or at


                                                           Connect           9
An award winning team in Plas Madoc                                                     Tourism is
Since September 2007, the
Wrexham Flying Start team has
been working with families in
                                      baby club with between 8 and 20
                                      mothers and babies taking part
                                      in a number of activities.
                                                                                        on the up
Plas Madoc to make sure that          Following its success, the team’s                 Latest official figures have
under 4s get the best start in life   next project is to develop a                      been released showing that
– and they have done it so well       group for families with children                  Wrexham County Borough is
they have won an award!               aged 1-2 years and aim to give                    continuing to grow as a
  The ‘Communities First Making       them the same opportunities.                      tourist destination, attracting
a Difference Professional Award’        If you live in Wrexham and                      over 1.52 million visitors
was presented to reward the           would like more information on                    during 2007.
team for their intensive and          Communities First or Wrexham                         As the number of visitors
visible work within the               Flying Start contact Liz Painter on               has increased, so has its value
community and Liz Painter,            01978 823716.
                                                                                        to the local economy,
Flying Start Health Visitor, says
                                                                                        increasing by 11% to a record
that ‘the team are flattered and
proud to have received this                                                             breaking high of £73.9 million.
award, particularly as we are a                                                         The County Borough is also
new team and it is the community                                                        well-placed to develop further
that nominates for these awards’.                                                       as Pontcysyllte Aqueduct’s
  The team consists of a health                                                         UNESCO World Heritage Site
visitor, midwife, nursery nurse,                                                        nomination continues to
family support workers, speech                                                          progress and the Council’s
and language therapists, portage                                                        Economic Development
worker and community                                                                    department is working with
psychiatric nurse. This multi-
                                                                                        private companies to develop
skilled team works closely with
families, mainly within the home,                                                       new initiatives and continue to
to provide help in a range of                                                           boost the local economy.
areas including parenting skills,                                                          For information on all of
behaviour management and                                                                Wrexham’s tourist attractions,
sleep programmes.                      Liz Painter, Flying Start health visitor at      in addition to local events and
                                       Min y Ddol, receiving the Communities
  One of the team’s major              First Making a Difference Professional           activities, you can contact the
successes has been to expand a         Award from the The Worshipful the                Tourist Information Centre on
previously poorly attended baby        Mayor of Wrexham, Cllr David Griffiths           01978 292015.
clinic into a popular clinic and

25 years on school                                                           Sheila Humphreys-Jones, School Crossing Patrol
                                                                             Supervisor, presents Brenda with a bouquet

crossing patrol
Congratulations go out to Brenda Szewczyk who, back on
the 6th of June 1983, started as a school crossing patrol for
Rhosddu School and has now clocked up 25 years in the job.
  Brenda has proved a valued member of staff over the
years working as a mid day supervisor within the school
and as a dedicated supporter of Kerbcraft, a scheme
providing pedestrian training for 5 to 7 year olds.
  Brenda said ‘it has been nice to see former pupils I have
crossed returning with their children for me to cross. I hope
one day I may cross one of their children’.

10    Connect
Wales’ newest
has started its first term
Congratulations to Wrexham’s formerly named            of enterprise should be associated with an
North East Wales Institute (NEWI) on being             educational institution where enterprise is at the
awarded university status.                             very core of our activity.”
  The now-named Glyndwr University is Wales’
newest university and is named after one of the        What does university status mean for Wrexham?
country’s important cultural and historical            • Positive impact on the economy
figures. Professor Scott, the Vice Chancellor said     • Investment in campus-based facilities for the
“we can take great pride in our association with         community e.g. sports facilities, performing arts
Owain Glyndwr, I believe for many Welsh people           centre, art gallery, William Aston Hall
he is the single most important historical and         • Putting Wrexham on the map attracting
cultural figure. He argued for the establishment         international research and international
of universities in both North and South Wales. His       students to the town
thinking was centuries ahead of its time. It is        • A key criterion for achieving city status for the town
fitting, also, that a figure who embodied the spirit   • More course choice

Just choose your walk
and go….
Fancy going
on a walk but
not sure
where you
want to
  There is a
selection of
walks now
available to
help you
explore the
around the
County Borough.

To download a walk: go to Printed versions
are available at the Tourist Information Centre in
Wrexham for 45p. There are six urban walks
also available to choose from.                                                                    advertisment

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Mayor joins the Credit Union
The Worshipful the Mayor of Wrexham, Councillor David Griffiths, has become one of
the latest members of the Wrexham Credit Union.
                             The Credit Union provides       found at There is no
                             two great benefits for its      minimum borrowing amount and the website has an
                             members and is open to all      easy to use interest calculator so you can see how
                             those who live or work          competitive interest repayments will be.
                             within the County Borough.       Credit Unions are a world wide financial movement,
                             Firstly, it offers a savings    with over 160 million members! In Britain alone
                             scheme to allow people to       there are 160 Credit Unions, the largest of which are
                             put money on one side for       able to offer its members access to current accounts,
                             the future – whether it be to   cash machines and even mortgages.
                             cover the unexpected cost of     Councillor Griffiths said, ‘I welcome this new
                             a new boiler or car, or even    business, offering affordable high quality financial
 The mayor signs up for      for Christmas. You can save     services for the County Borough and I hope
 Wrexham’s Credit Union
                             as little or as much as you     everyone will join.’
 at their town centre office
                             want and you can access          If you would like to learn more or find out how to
your money whenever you need it.                             join Wrexham County Borough Credit Union contact
 In addition to this, members can benefit from               David Collins at or telephone
competitive loan interest rates – more details can be        01978 266843.

Oriel Wrecsam introduces Gwersyllt’s got
its new programme        talent!
                                                                                Our television screens are filled
Oriel Wrecsam (formerly                                                         with young hopefuls singing,
Wrexham Arts Centre) has
                                                                                dancing and ice skating their way
launched a new programme
                                                                                to fame, and in August this year
that contains events running
until the end of the year.                                                      the young people of Gwersyllt
 There is plenty going on,                                                      took part in their own show,
including recent works by Iwan                                                  Gwersyllt's Got Talent!
Bala and Tim Davies celebrating                                                   The standard was extremely high
Liverpool’s year as European                                                    and Wrexham’s very own Simon
Capital of Culture as well as the                                               Cowells, Hazel Mayambo-Kasongo
‘Wrexham Open’, giving artists                                                  (Senior Practitioner with Wrexham
using any media the chance to                                                   council’s Early Intervention Team),
display their work.                                                             Christine Jones (Estate Manager
 There will also be plenty to do this                                           for Gwersyllt), Jim Mackenzie
October half term. Call in or                                                   (North Area Manager for Wrexham
telephone 01978 292093 for details.
                                                                                Youth Service) and PCSO Kevin
Need a Christmas gift idea?                                                     Szabo (North Wales Police)
Oriel Wrecsam has a great                                                       definitely had their work cut out!
collection of unique gifts ready                                                  The winner was 17-year-old
for Christmas that includes                                                     vocalist Leon Jones, who won a
jewellery, bags, ceramics and                                                   ticket and coach travel to Alton
hand blown glass.                                                               Towers as well as vocal and
 Make sure you visit Oriel
                                                                                performance coaching to the
Wrecsam and be sure your gifts
                                                                                value of £100.
are extra special!

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                                                                                Wrexham’s Golden Two!
                                                                                Wrexham’s Tom James and Ellen
                                                                                Hunter have raised well-deserved
                                                                                cheers from their home town as
                                                                                they rowed and cycled to gold
                                                                                medal victory at this year’s
                                                                                Olympics and Paralympics in
When was the last time you visited your local library?                          Beijing. Brought up in
Perhaps you are a regular user, but you only ever call in                       Coedpoeth, Tom played his part
to use the internet.                                                            as one of Team GB’s Coxless
                                                                                Fours. Following his victory he
This autumn you are being              Welsh celebrities are lending their
                                                                                said “It’s great to be flying the
encouraged to ‘take a fresh look       support to this campaign and will
                                                                                Welsh flag on the world stage.
at your library’ as part of a          be attending regional events -
national campaign to show the          keep up to date with who will be         My dad’s born and bred in
positive impact libraries can have     where by visiting                        Wrexham and is Welsh through
on your life and why they can                   and through and so am I
make you ‘happy’!                        There is something for                 Congratulations both on a
  Throughout October and               everyone, whether you want               fantastic achievement!
November events will be held in        somewhere quiet to read the
libraries across Wales showcasing      newspapers or just pop in to
the range of activities and            email friends across the world.
services on offer in your local        Libraries aren’t just full of books
library. In Wrexham, adult             but offer a wide range of
members are being given the            resources suitable for everybody
chance to win a prize in our           whatever your age and whatever
Reading Passport competition -         your lifestyle.
call in at your local library and        You can also access library
pick up a ‘passport’ from the end      services via
of October.                            or to find out
                                       what’s going on in your local library.

Noise, nuisance or nightmare?
Wrexham Council receives more than 600 noise related complaints every year.
Top 5 most annoying noises in the      pleasure to another but a general        resolved through mediation, some
County Borough:                        rule of thumb is to ask if the noise     are classed as anti social behaviour
• barking dogs                         is excessive and would it be             and referred to the police and
• loud music                           considered unreasonable by the           community safety partnership,
• televisions                          majority of people?”                     while others result in legal action.
• radios
• DIY                                  “Barking dogs, booming music, screaming car alarms,
Noise is a fact of life and our
                                       noisy neighbours and on-going DIY – most of us have
capacity to make noise is              been bothered by noise at some point in our lives.”
increasing but when does it stop
being an every day occurrence and      “Many of the noise nuisance              Some of the more unusual
become a nuisance giving cause         complaints we receive come from          complaints involve clucking
for action?                            neighbour disputes and a lot could       chickens and crowing
  “It can be a difficult question to   be avoided if people took the time       cockerels, echoes from neighbours
answer,” says Helen Cook, Wrexham      to talk to each other” explained         walking on laminate flooring, wind
Council’s senior environmental         Helen. Wrexham Council’s Public          chimes, noisy sexual activity,
health officer. “Noise nuisance can    Protection Service receives more         swearing and children shouting
be very subjective and what is         than 600 noise nuisance                  and screaming.
noise to one person maybe              complaints every year. Some are

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   Stuff                                       have you heard about
 welcome                                       Wrexh am ’ s childr en ’ s
  to Children’s Connect

  section in Connect magazine, which
  is for children living in the county
  borough. We want to make sure that
  Wrexham County Borough is the best
  place to go to school and to have fun                         ^
                                              Wrexham’s Glyndwr University
  and play!                                   and Wrexham Council
  In these pages we feature advice on         teamed up back in 2002 to
  what to do if you are being bullied,        bring you the Children’s
  you can find out what’s on your school       University.
  dinner menu and give you the chance         It is a great way for you to try out a new
   to win a goodie bag!                       hobby such as theatre, drama , dance
                                              or music, and every hour you spend
  We’d love to hear about what is
                                              taking part give you extra ‘credits’
  important to you so if there is something                                                 Mary McBain (left) of Victoria Junior Sc
                                              towards a bronze, silver or gold award.                                                hool
  that you want to see in this magazine                                                       and Seren Ward-Jones (right) of Barkers
  write to us at Children’s Connect,                                                        Lane School received special awards from
                                              Anyone aged 5 to 19 can take part so
   Guildhall, Wrexham LL11 1AY or email us                                                            Professor Scott and the Mayor
   at                 why not ask your teacher how you can
                                              get involved!

n Win Win What you said about
    Boomerangs, frisbees,                     bullying                                       Do you need help
                                                                                             Are you being hurt?
     fluffy bugs, pens and                     Thanks to the input from 130 young
                                                                                             Or are you worried that
                                                                                             a friend is being hurt?
         trolley coins!!                      people, the NSPCC has been able to             They may be hitting you
                                              make sure that their Anti Bullying Guide is    or hurting you physically,
   The first 15 readers to send their                                                         or perhaps they are
                                              full of up to date and correct information.
   details to us at Children and Young                                                       touching your body in
   People’s Connect will win a great                                                         ways that you don’t like.
                                              Young people were asked what sorts
   goody bag with lots of exciting free       of bullying they thought were the worst,       Are you feeling upset
   gifts inside.                              where they think it usually takes place        and worried a lot at
                                              and what they thought was an effective         home? There are people
   To be in with a chance of winning,                                                        who can help you.
                                              solution. The answers to these questions
   send your name and address to:
                                              will form part of the guide they will be       You can phone Childline on
   Children and Young People’s Connect
                                              putting together for schools that will be      0800 1111 or go to their website on
   Communications Unit, Wrexham                                                    
                                              used to make sure that everything is in
   County Borough Council, Guildhall,
                                              place to help you should you need it.          At Childline you will find someone
   Wrexham LL13 1AY
                                                                                             you can trust and who can help you
   Email:              If you find yourself a victim of bullying,      talk to the right person.
               Remember to be as              whether you are being sent nasty text
                quick as you can; the         messages or emails, having money or
                 prizes will go to the        belongings stolen or being physically         workers or, if you would rather speak
                                              attacked, there is lots of great help and     to someone outside of school, you can
                 first 15 entries we
                                              advice for you. Within the school there are   call NSPCC Cymru on 0808 100 2524 or
                                              NSPCC counsellors and education social        Childline on 0800 1111.

                                                                c h il d r e n s Connect


                                            A snail can sleep for three years

                                                  A snail is a member of the mollusk
                                                 family and they need to have lots of
                                                       water in their body to survive.
                                           Sometimes, for example if they live in the
                                          des ert there is not enough water, so they
                                           will go back in their shells and sleep until
                                                    things improve for up to 3 years.
                                                                                              I always brush my teeth in the
                                                                                              morning but in school last term
Did you enjoy watching the superstars                                                         we were told to brush them
                                                                                              before we go to bed as well. Is
of tennis at this year’s Wimbledon?                                                           this correct?

Did you know that Roger Federer,                                                              Yes it is, your teeth are really
Raphael Nadal and Maria Sharapova                                                             important and need to be
started their careers at junior                                                               looked after. As well as helping
tournaments? If you love tennis and                                                           you chew and digest food
want a chance to see a possible future                                                        they also help you talk and
Wimbledon winner then make sure you                                                           have a nice smile. By brushing
are at the under 14s juniors tournament
                                                                                              your teeth twice a day you
at Wrexham Tennis Centre from 15th
                                                                                              will remove something called
 December.          It is free to watch, so why not get in touch                              plaque. If you don’t remove
                    for more information on 01978 265260.                                     plaque it can cause tooth decay,
                                                                                              which can sometimes hurt.
                             What do you call a                What do you call a             Remember to visit your dentist
                             man whose father                  bee that is always             regularly and limit the number
                             was a Canon?                      complaining?                   of sugary snacks.

                             A son of a gun                    A grumble bee
                                                                                              I never know what to have
                                                                                              for school dinner and end
                                                                                              up picking something I don’t

 What’s on
                                                                                              like. I wish I knew what was
                                                                                              available before I got to the
                                                                                              counter, is this possible?

your plate?                                                                                   We have been working really
                                                                                              hard to improve the food
                                                                                              available in schools. Before
Have you seen your new school                                                                 the summer we spoke to lots
lunch menu this term? It may not                                                              of young people to find out
be quite what you expect!                                                                     what they thought of the food
                                                                                              available, the canteen, queuing
Primary schools have got a great                                                              systems and menu displays.
new choice of dinners to make                                                                 After listening to these young
sure that you can have a meal                                                                 people we will now be working
                                                                                              with schools and trying lots
you will enjoy – omelettes, chicken
                                                                                              of new things to improve the
curry, pasta and roast dinners are
                                                                                              food in your school. Look out
just some of the choices.                                                                     for opportunities to try food
                                                                                              before you buy it or even invite a

Tuck in!                                                                                      member of your family to school
                                                                                              for a meal!

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What’s on in our country     Here are some of the exciting events and activities that are on offer at

Saturday 4 October
                             Wrexham’s country parks - for details of even more events log on to the
                             Council’s website or pick up an information and events leaflet.
                             Memorial, Ruthin Rd.          30 minute workshops      Meet at the courts.
Aqueduct Amble               (Grid ref: SJ 263536). This   from 1.30pm              1.00-3.00pm
Ty Mawr                      walk is 6 miles and is        Admission: £1.50
Join this walk along the     suitable for those aged       Tel: 01978 264150        Thursday 30 October
River Dee to Telford's       8+ who are                                             Fancy Dress & Stories
aqueduct. Meet at the        accompanied by an             Wednesday 29 October      ˆ
                                                                                    Ty Mawr
Visitor Centre. This walk    adult. You are advised to     Arty Tree Collages       Suitable for all ages
is 3 miles and is suitable   wear sturdy shoes or          Alyn Waters              Wear fancy dress and
for all ages. It is graded   boots as the walk             Suitable for all ages    hear spooky stories
‘B’ meaning there are        includes unsurfaced           Create a woody picture   1.30-3.30pm.
some moderate inclines       footpaths, steep inclines     for Arbor Day.           Tel: 01978 763140
and grasslands, and          and stiles. Please bring a    1.30-3.30pm
there may be some            packed lunch. No dogs         Admission: £1.50         Friday 31 October
stiles.Starts at 1.30pm      please.                       Tel: 01978 763140        Autumn Walk & Crafts
Admission: £1.50             Starts at 10.30am                                      Bellevue
Tel: 01978 822780                                          Wednesday 29 October     Suitable for all ages
                             Tuesday 28 October            Open Sports Day          Explore and collect items
Sunday 5 October             Treemendous Trees             Bellevue                 to make an autumn
Public Rights of Way         Nant Mill                     8-16 year olds           scene. Meet at the
Nant y Ffrith Walk           Suitable for all ages         Sports in the park       Bowls Pavilion
Meet Alison Whitley at       Make a tissue collage for     including football &     1.00-3.00pm 1 hour
the Bwlchgwyn War            Arbor Day.                    basketball.              workshops
                                                                                    Tel: 01978 763140

                                                                                    Saturday 15 November
                                                                                    Bird Box Building
                                                                                    Alyn Waters
                                                                                    Suitable for all ages
                                                                                    Build a bird box for your
                                                                                    Admission: £1.50
                                                                                    Tel: 01978 763140

                                                                                    Sunday 23 November
                                                                                    Watch The Birdie
                                                                                    Nant Mill
                                                                                    Suitable for all ages
                                                                                    Make bird feeders for
                                                                                    your garden. Bring used
                                                                                    plastic bottles with
                                                                                    screw tops to re-cycle.
                                                                                    Admission: £1.50
                                                                                    Tel: 01978 763140

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