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Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Eve - What to do?

Years ago we used to go to a golf club do. They left it to the last minute (August) to arrange entertainment, so we got the worst.

You go to your local pub get charged at the door and the place is full of people you don't see for 364 days of the year.

Taxis cost a mortgage.

So we are staying in. Everything under control.

Happy New Year !

Friday, December 30, 2011

So ends 2011

As far as Chester Rd is concerned (it's where I live)

1. Increased traffic levels to trunk road levels on occasions.
2. Token traffic policing.
3. Our rat run still hammers through every work day morning
as it has when I pointed this out to Penyffordd Cllrs five years ago

Presuming this stays as it is up to local elections in May.

Last election on a voting of 2000 approx the three county council contenders
were I seem to remember within 10 votes of one another.

Presuming the main three groups put forward a contender

What if I stand as a county councillor ? How does that alter the numbers?

Happy 2012 councillors !

ps. It must be said that both Labour and the Independents have betrayed Chester Rd and other main roads within the village used instead of the bypass.

Perhaps someone else will stand, it would make things even more interesting.

Or perhaps its all off if we get the Higher Kinnerton speed bumps treatment?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Penyffordd meanders into the new year

One of these in the garden this afternoon. I've lived here nearly 30 years and never seen one in the garden. I released one from a trap last year which is apparently against the law. You have to watch what your doing as they bite.
Traps should be made illegal they're barbaric.

I'm familiar with their lifestyles. Lots of other wild life such as robins and blackbirds are nasty when you get down to how they live.

If you want a little free entertainment buy a rubber robin and nail it to the top of a post in the garden with a view from the house. Then watch what happens when the local robin sees it. He'll knock five buckets of guano out of it.

On the allotment front it's tidy up time. Strawberry runners to be potted up.
I have a large box of vegetable seeds that are a few years old. I have a friend who planted out seeds that were ten years old. Many  were successful.

I have ten old varieties of lettuce, we shall see.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Places not to go on Xmas Eve

Two years ago we ended up due to circumstances beyond our control booking haircuts in Wrexham on Christmas Eve. Traffic and parking was dire.

It would appear this issue had an extra ingredient this year.

In The Daily Post

ps. The chap in the photo looks remarkable like the Green Man from Treuddyn. Our nickname for the man who drives only green.

Happy Christmas

May your God smile upon you.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Simple Seed Swapping 2012

Black Krim Tomato

I am in the process  of ordering tomato seeds on Ebay.
I have ordered 9 different tomato types. This will bring me over 1000 seeds!
You get a 100 seeds for 99p whether you like it or not.
This of course is a little over the top.

So I am open to some plant material swapping
in groups of 10 seeds.

What I have.


1. Principe Borgese
2. Black Krim
3. San Marzano 2
4. Cherokee Purple
5. Striped Stuffer
6. German Orange Strawberry
7. Beefsteak Pineapple
8. Soldacki
9. Cuore di Bue

I also have to swap fruit tree scions, please enquire.
As examples I have victoria plum, bramley, various pears, quince.

What do I want?

Cucumbers, peppers, other tomato, fruit tree scions, strawberry plants, grape cuttings.

I'm looking for a simple swap. No money exchanges just stamp addressed envelopes or packages. (perhaps adjustments may be needed for post)

Email Colin in the first instance
The comment box below can also be used for communication.

keywords: surplus, seed swap, 2012, growfruitandveg, growyourown, grapevine

Friday, December 23, 2011

Church metal thefts in Wales rise five-fold in two years

Among the biggest claims was for nearly £53,000 after metal was stolen from St John the Baptist Church in Penymynydd, Flintshire, in 2007.

read BBC News

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Speed Cushions

Higher Kinnerton which has a similar issue (speeding /short cut traffic) but smaller volumes than Chester Rd is to have speed cushions along its main road. (presuming not too many objections)
Last week Chambers Lane, Mynydd Isa was advertised for similar.

Is Chester Rd,  Penyffordd to get road cushions?

They have the data, they know what's happening.

Are we to carry on being a major support for local trunk roads?

We shall see.

Penyffordd schoolchildren perform Christmas carols in Ewloe

in The Flintshire Chronicle

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Alison Halford Part 2 - Control Freakery, Anarchy, Indiscipline and Back Bench Muppets

Link Alison Halford

Alison on Perjury and Malfeasance in Public Office

Link Alison Halford Blog

There's nothing on the telly

Tonight a feast of a program about food and culture in Jerusalem in houses and restaurants of Israeli's and Palestinians.

Internationally-renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi returns to his home town of Jerusalem to discover the hidden treasures of its extraordinarily rich and diverse food culture. He meets and cooks with both Arabs...

Yotam Ottolenghi
Yotam Ottolenghi (2)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Shopping List from PACA

Mr Sian Le Tissier presented Penyffordd Community Council with a wish list of facilities for local organisations.

1. Premises modification for Scouts / Cubs / Beavers and possibly Brownies.
2. A youth pitch for Penyffordd Junior Football Team. (one presumes a pitch without sheep grazing)
3. Penyffordd Senior Football Club would like some assistance for a wet room.
4. A skate park ( not near my house please)
5. BMX outdoor adventure area ( again not near my house please)

Mr Le Tissier's letter included realistic costings.

Copies of letter were sent to Flintshire Chief Planning officer and Chief Leisure Services Officer.

Penyffordd Community Council decided to support the above aspirations.

Penyffordd District comment.

Sian Le Tissier's efforts are a breath of fresh air, he is to be congratulated over his efforts.

Penyffordd has many little play areas dotted around. How often are these areas used? I think very little.

Would it not have been better to have one large area and buildings that all the sports teams could use? From a social point of view people would mix more readily in one central area.
Why do I ( and any one else) have to drive to Padeswood to watch Penyffordd Senior's football?

224 Housing plus points

Cllrs David Williams and Cindy Hinds' meetings with Flintshire Planning has borne the following developments some of which are ongoing.

1. Large play equipment on the Millstone Playing Field.
2. Section 106 gain for Penyffordd and district would be in the region of £150,000.

Sunday Morning Walk

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dog walks get colder

We have had a little trouble with the roads. In the end we left the car on the trunk road. Perhaps a 4 x 4 is the best way forward.

It seems the A55 is best avoided when we have snow. Further tales on the A55.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Plans for 224 homes in Flintshire village approved

Bad news for Chester Rd, Flintshire County Council's covert trunk road. More traffic, no policing, no traffic calming, increased traffic from A55 Warren Bank. Of course traffic calming can't be put on trunk roads can it?

Cllr Cindy Hinds spoke against the plans.

Link Flintshire Chronicle

ps. I tell a little fib. Gosafe was seen last week....................
A lot of traffic continues to ignore the limits. We are just a big fast short cut.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

How Inflation affects Penyffordd

This is particularly good. A comment in The Telegraph


Inflation is heavily influenced by personal spending patterns. For example, if you are not one of those people who has to have the latest electrical gadget in your home, then you can remove this factor from your calculation. Therefore, it does not matter to you if such goods are not rising in line with inflation or, for that matter, actually becoming cheaper.

What really matters are the necessities in life, a roof over your head, food on the table, keeping warm and healthy, and the cost of travel to and from work. When you look at these essential factors in life, it is clear that some, if not all, are subject to large price rises and have been for some time.

Current methods of calculating inflation, particularly the ludicrous CPI unsurprisingly relied upon by this inept Government to suppress demands for wage increases, pay no heed to the question of priorities, essentially relying on a calculation that lumps together the cost of luxuries and necessities.

Finally, anyone using CPI as a measure of inflation is either an idiot or a politician, admittedly difficult to distinguish because the two are synonymous.

Penyffordd Today

Cold and Windy with some sun.
The Post Office doing brisk business.
Chester Countess Hospital has the Norovirus.
Eight days to go then we have the Winter Solstice.
Then it starts to get lighter each day whilst getting colder.

British high streets are disappearing before our eyes
Runcorn has a 30% shop vacancy rate.
Local towns such as Mold and Buckley face an uphill struggle
as the raised taxes bite to pay for our government / bankers folly which
still remains largely hidden

Further a field the EU is on the edge of bankruptcy.

The simple life awaits in 2012.
Pastimes that attract little tax such as the allotment.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Penyffordd Community Councillors have no moral compass

On Wednesday 26th October a meeting was held to hand out £3200 to community groups in Penyffordd. Cllrs Tom Jones and Colin Bithell wished it to be recorded that they wished Penyffordd Wine Society which has been going for nigh on 30 years to be excluded, no reason offered.

Did any councillor or Chairman David Williams ask why? Not a peep.
I am particularly disappointed in Cllrs Linda Vidamour and Cindy Hinds remaining silent.

meaning: morality

Smile of the Day

Apologies to any offence given.



In Penyffordd it's raining. A window of opportunity this afternoon to walk the dogs. Gale force winds occasionally over the next week. I need to get my allotment prepared just like the new Penyffordd Allotments planned. As Cllr Tom Jones alluded to at last  committee meeting. Spring will be upon us in no time. I have 25 blueberry plants on order. An acid soil home needs to be prepared for them. Raised beds with plenty of pine needles being the favourite option with sprinklings of ammonium sulphate to keep the soil pH to 4.5 - 5.5.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Sign of the Times

This is a small sample of what is going on in the back ground whilst public sector workers strike. They really don't know what day it is. Who pays public service wages and  pensions? The Private Sector.

What happens when the Private Sector can no longer pay?


Rescue founder Sheila Stewart blames ever-increasing economic pressures on families for the situation, which she claims is the most serious the 30-year-old centre has ever seen.

She said: “The position at the moment is just unbelievable. We are absolutely full to bursting and cannot possibly take any more animals in.

“In recent years, I have taken one or two calls a week from pet owners who are being evicted from their homes or having to move out due to money problems.

Now I’m taking about three calls every single day. I think the impact of the economy is having a worse effect than ever before.

So many jobs are being lost and businesses closing. People are hanging onto their pets for as long as possible but just can't cope with the cost any more.”

in The Daily Post


"No more Boom and Bust" copyright Gordon Brown.
Let's not forget Margaret Thatcher ( don't read if you are having a bad day )

Buckley Police Station to close

in The Daily Post

Also Saltney.

One wonders what "corporate buildings " are.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Quote of the EU Millenium

Terry Smith, CEO of City broking firm Tullets, says…

“The UK is as isolated as somebody who refused to join the Titanic just before it sailed “


Carl Sargeant AM impressing

One of my bug bears is seeing traffic orders in local papers. They cost a fortune and a lot of people don't read papers. Carl Sargeant AM Welsh Transport Minister has launched a formal consultation to remove local council obligations with regards advertising in the dead tree press. (newspapers).

Ken Skates AM is in the article below. It should be pointed out that he is an ex Chief Reporter for The Leader.

While Carl's at it can the price of 20 mph compulsory zones be reduced and implemented.

This could be applied to Chester Rd to show WAG really didn't want it to return to trunk road status after the opening of A55 Warren Bank.

Question asked to Penyffordd Cllrs. " How many vehicles go through Chester Rd daily?" Answer: Go away we don't want to know !

Link Walesonline

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Penyffordd's Child Guardian in The Flintshire Chronicle

Colin Bithell of Penyffordd Community Council had been calling for an investigation into the site for 10 years.

“I’m not satisfied with the outcome of it,” he said. “We also wanted assurances the health of young people in the village would be monitored for the next 10 years to see if there’s an increase in cancers. There are two primary schools practically underneath the plant.”

Link Flintshire Chronicle


postscript: Colin has done his level best to ignore speeding through the middle of the village. When our youth get their bikes and scooters out in the summer Chester Rd is an accident waiting to happen.

He resorted to asking North Wales Police and Flintshire County Council to do something about me.

CBM Chris Pullen said I had a democratic right to protest over his and Penyffordd Communty Council's lack of action.
I presume legal eagle for Flintshire County Council  Barry Davies said similar.

Penyffordd Councillors stick the boot in to Penyffordd Wine Circle

It would be fair to say that Penyffordd Wine Circle has diminished numbers for various reasons not related to the current financial climate. Each year Penyffordd Councillors dole our our money (rates) to communities and groups through out the village and further. This year they have in their infinite wisdom decided to give Penyffordd Wine Circle the grand some of £25. Whilst everyone else receives over a £100 pounds.

Cllrs Colin Bithell and Tom Jones had it minuted that they wish the Penyffordd Wine Circle to receive no further grants.

You would wonder why Penyffordd Wine Circle deserve such treatment. What have they done to Penyffordd Cllrs. Nothing.

ps. I'm a member

keywords: petty, vindictive, small time,

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Gosafe in attendance at lunchtime

Thank you Gosafe.
Thought things a little strange everyone was doing the speed limit.
Excepting those that had not been warned by other drivers.

ps, they hammer through the village every work day morning
as you well know you have the data.

There are some arrogant arses want nailing, they need a lesson or three.

There are of course Penyffordd councillors who are for the morning rat run being allowed to speed. You think me unfair. Why then does it continue after 5 years.

I'm surprised Cllr Linda Vidamour goes along with the speeding after 5 years.
Part of the problem of being in Tom's gang Linda.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Flintshire Planning Permission NOT

How many unusual designed houses do we have in Flintshire?
Not many, this above would never get planning.

This house is so good.

Accountability and Transparency move steps closer in Penyffordd

Is Cllr Tom Jones retiring you might ask? you might be disappointed....

Tomorrow night on the agenda of Penyffordd Community Council is an item to discuss Penyffordd residents having more of a say in monthly meetings. Usually us the great unwashed are allowed to speak once a year.

You can of course write to the council. The normal Tom Jones sort of reply will be "contents noted", end of story.

I mention councillors who hide their email addresses from residents as an example

Also apparently Penyffordd Council agendas and meeting minutes are to go online

A bit of a move away from the Cllr Tom Jones method of ruling us wasters. Which is to treat us all like mushrooms.

Hanson Cement works has not caused ill health - report

on the BBC NE site.


I've lived in the village for nearly 30 years. Cement dust emissions have fallen drastically from a car windscreen unable to be seen through due to sun dried cement emissions to no dust emissions on the car wind screen at all.

Penyffordd Cllrs will walk a mile to discuss Hanson Cement yet continue to ignore speeding short cut traffic through the middle of the village to A55 Warren Bank and Airbus. They hammer through the village each day.

I'm quite prepared to put up an embarrassing poster for the next 10 years over cllr foot dragging.

Speeding traffic kills children a lot faster than fairy dust councillors!

Village environment for you starts with daffodil bulbs and ends with their planting.

No Gosafe, no police, no interest.

Bottom line being Hanson cement has more political points than children's lives on Chester Rd. ( but we've done all we can, they say)

Penyffordd councillors disgust me.

First snow of the winter

Didn't quite reach Hope Mountain but found the hills behind on Pen Llan y Gwr.
This fungi is fly agaric. It grows near silver birch. It was spied on this morning's walk on Pen. Doesn't look very inviting but it is psycho active. It has been taken by Russian witches for 100's of years. As they say on telly. Don't try this at home.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Alison in full blog mode

Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and closer to home Cllrs Arnold Woolley and Patrick Heesom.

link Alison Halford

Road Deaths around Penyffordd over the last 10 years

Click to enlarge or go to link and put your postcode in.

Traffic is still hammering through Chester Rd, councillors!
What happened to Gosafe? Can't go upsetting the speeders (voters) can we?
It will be alright for Colin lolipop to get run over then?
Foot dragging five years on............................


Highways officers will tell you any old twaddle to explain why you cannot have a gatso. I have been told you need at least three road deaths to qualify. They just make it up I think.

Pontybodkin / Coed Talon has a gatso. There are no road deaths showing on the linked map.

Two deaths missing, one in Padeswood and one in Dobshill are after analysis was taken.

Hawarden has an epidemic.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Penyffordd Institute Strange Happenings

Last Wednesday Penyffordd Wine Circle and the Pilates class had a chilly evening, no central heating. Apparently the boiler had been switched off at the wall sometime between caretaker morning check and the Over 60's meeting in the afternoon.

It would be fair to say that 99.9% of Institute users are unaware of the position of the boiler. That narrows it down a bit!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Penyffordd butcher wins Eblex lamb competition

A Welsh butcher has won £1,000 in an Eblex lamb display competition.

Vaughan’s Family Butchers’ in Penyffordd in Flintshire won the award for creating an eye-catching display in its counter using new, alternative cuts of lamb.

Butcher Steve Vaughan placed branded cabinet cards and a recipes book on the counter to help show customers how the meat, which included a saddle of lamb as the centrepiece, with stuffed shoulder and lamb rumps, should be cooked.

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