issue 21 autumn 08
the wrexham county borough council magazine
firmly on the
Eagles Meadow opens for business
A ‘Community Vision’
Time is running out to give your views
Why the library can make you happy
What’s on in our country parks?
Win tickets to London!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 01978 292105
Wrexham County Borough Council can accept no responsibility for the products or services
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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
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
email@example.com or at
the Green Flags awarded to the
issues, creativity in business, stress www.wrexham.gov.uk. 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
How long has Brenda Szewczyk
worked as a school crossing patrol?
Email your entries to
firstname.lastname@example.org or send
entries to Rail Competition,
Connect, Communications Unit,
Wrexham County Borough Council,
Guildhall, Wrexham LL11 1AY.
Closing date 14 November 2008.
www.wrexham.gov.uk Connect 3
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.
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
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.
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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 www.wrexham.gov.uk.
special fash ion workshop prov
of Wrexham wit h an exclusive oppo
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
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
Artist’s impression of Eagles Meadow at night
www.wrexham.gov.uk 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
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.
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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 www.wrexham.gov.uk 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,
6pm start Queens Square and St
Father Christmas will Giles Church
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
www.wrexham.gov.uk Connect 7
New team up Save over £300
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
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
• 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 email@example.com.
like to help?
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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 www.wrexham.gov.uk 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Or at
www.wrexham.gov.uk 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
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’.
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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
on a walk but
There is a
To download a walk: go to
www.wrexham.gov.uk/walks. Printed versions
are available at the Tourist Information Centre in
Wrexham for 45p. There are six urban walks
also available to choose from. advertisment
www.wrexham.gov.uk Connect 11
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 www.wrexhamcu.co.uk. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.library.wales.org. 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 www.library.wales.org
of October. or www.wrexham.gov.uk 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.
• 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
www.wrexham.gov.uk Connect 13
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 email@example.com. why not ask your teacher how you can
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 www.childline.org.uk.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
Suitable for all ages
Build a bird box for your
Tel: 01978 763140
Sunday 23 November
Watch The Birdie
Suitable for all ages
Make bird feeders for
your garden. Bring used
plastic bottles with
screw tops to re-cycle.
Tel: 01978 763140
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