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Monday, December 31, 2012

Secret New Years Eve Party somewhere in Penyffordd

Friday, December 28, 2012

Chairman Tom's Internet Rules

This is how Tom and Colin would wish things to be.

Be aware of the comments section it's totally uncensored


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Xmas Notes

A happy Xmas to all those at Hanson Cement. Today the water vapour plume from the chimney pushing into the atmosphere. It irks Cllr Colin Bithell a lot that today Xmas day Hanson will be producing 100's tons of cement whilst one man sits at the controls running the whole show.
It's the one man bit he doesn't like. That of course along with the rest. More on Cllr Bithell and his mates nearer the new year.

If chimney activity at Hanson be the indicator of British Industry we are on an upsurge. Emissions from Hanson have been daily for the last two or three weeks. This sort of activity has not been seen in the last two or three years

Father Xmas seen out for his morning jog. The photo opportunity missed.

Today I am excused visits to relatives ( or they to us ) who are mostly dead or living in a foreign land. A day of good food, a little wine, a time for reflection for the coming year.

This morning's dog walk on Pen Llan y Gwr. ( It's the mountain behind Y Hob.) From which can be seen the Wirral and Mersey Estuary, Liverpool City Centre, Jodrell Bank, Snowdonia. Well judged as this afternoon is a bit damp.

Coming up: Clive shoots himself in the foot.

Monday, December 24, 2012

A happy Xmas to readers

May you get what you wish for. I'm cheating and am currently messing around with my present ( total cost free, bruise on shin was extra). Looking on Ebay with what to fit it out with.

Superfast Fibre Broadband for Penyffordd

Here is the site that supposedly says whats going on

If you put a Penyffordd post code it says the middle of Buckley are currently accepting orders. No plans for Higher Kinnerton and no news about what's happening in Penyffordd.

It is in the village. Various BT Openreach Cabinets have stickers on saying it's installed.

Seems like the standard way of BT doing things. No straight forward way of seeing when various parts of Penyffordd had Superfast Fibre installed or when areas that have not had it installed will be sorted.

Obsfucation reigns supreme.

Still could be worse outlying areas away from Penyffordd and other areas of Flintshire only have dial up !

postscript: BT at their best. Sorry I mean Openreach. ( Pis*ups and Breweries)

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Happy Xmas to all at Gosafe

for helping to make Chester Rd, Penyffordd a safer and quieter place. I 'm sure all Penyffordd Community Councillors, Chester Rd residents and parents of Penyffordd Junior School also share my sentiments

Colin Hughes


The Winter Solstice

The shortest day of the year today. From here things get lighter but perhaps colder for sometime.
Today the last day of work for many before Christmas.
Many office parties taking place.
Today I am excused the office party or the trip into Chester at lunchtime for the annual inebriation.
I am just the chauffeur, quite happy to be away from all the fuss.

It's supposed to be the end of the world today. I personally can't see it happening.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Role of Police

I was communicating with a friend tonight about "Plebgate"

I have a rather naive, innocent view of police. I expect them to uphold the rule of Law, not to tell lies, or to connive with councillors.

This last year or two on a personal level my naivety somewhat rattled. ( CCTV looking at my house, it was taken down as soon as I mentioned it on here, the holding bracket still on the lampost, no one at FCC or cllrs owning up to why it was there even after an FOIE. )

The eventual NWP explanation not convincing.

Graeme Archer below tells things better than I ever could.

The police need to get back to basics. Leave politics to politicians.
The police should be honest and not members of masonic lodges or any secret societies.

At the end of the day they police with our ( the plebs) consent.


Lisa's Kitchen Chicken and Potatoes

The chicken wrapped in bacon, the potatoes with camembert cheese and orange sauce
and perhaps a glass of red.....or three.

 and pears with dark chocolate to follow

This was sent back to the kitchen as the chocolate doesn't go with the pears.

Chocolate sauce would have been better.

I joke but last week we went to the Croes Howell where one of our party sent something back.
An embarrassment supreme.

I could do a trip adviser of the evening but perhaps it would be unfair.

I could however say the chocolate truffle cake was historic.
(copyright Michael Winner)

If you want to enjoy the spectacular views go when its not dark...................


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Castell Alun rated one of the best schools in Wales

Castell Alun is where the vast majority of older Penyffordd children go to for their learning.
Chairman Tom last time I looked was a governor.

Full story here.

Shed Raids

are going on in South Flintshire.


Two stihl chainsaws went missing in our row last month. I do not think they will have been reported stolen.

It is known why they went missing and when.

One wonders how many crimes go unreported.

There is also the point of who is doing all the pinching.

People in the country know who and the police know who.

Police action seems to be reduced to handing out leaflets..................................

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Traffic Calming News

There isn't any !

I see further in the Treuddyn News that they have concerns over speeding traffic within the village.

I have asked and I have been told that it is going ahead as planned for Chester Rd.

Council House - Would you like one ?

Further reading through Treuddyn News finds not much of a queue for council bungalows. A £1000 is offered also if you will downgrade from a council house to a bungalow.

Penyffordd?   No idea.

Lorries using the village as a short cut

This is a continuing phenomena. Yesterday I estimate Chester Rd lorry traffic was 30 plus. ( I  had work to do on the car. ) This is extra to new estate building work.

Do Penyffordd Cllrs think lorries should use the village as a short cut?

I've always been of the opinion that Chairman Tom is an honorary member of the local Haulage Association.

Put the daffs in the ground. That's the environment sorted !

This is another area where our long serving members lack any vision for the village.

Penyffordd Institute Grants

Do we ever apply for any?
I read about Treuddyn receiving yet more grants for their village hall in Treuddyn News Issue 261
( I see our news letter appears to be dead and buried )

I read about Llanasa getting £150k last week in The Flintshire Chronicle.

Previously on here there have been commentors on village councils who have active sub committee's whose sole occupation is to seek out public money grants.

Penyffordd at the back of the queue yet again?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Penyffordd business wins yet more awards

Helen Vaughan of Penyffordd collecting prize for her high quality meat balls.
Helen makes delicious pies and ready meals.
Vaughan's Family Butchers well worth a try.

Photo courtesy of Chronicle Xtra

Carry on Crashing

Yet another accident beyond Penyffordd train station towards Pontblyddyn. Someone has ran out of road or has been forced to take evasive action. Hedge flattened on the left near cottage that sits on its own.

Cllr Edwina Davies ( Cllr of the month) brought this issue up two meeting ago. Problem is a radical solution is needed to deal with the muppets. Such as compulsory 20 mph zones at multiple accident spots.

It's not going to happen though. It's as the title suggests...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Edwina says " We are behind the times ! "

Well Edwina that's what you get when you leave an 87 year old conservative (small c) control freak in charge of the village. The only problem with the £300 notes is, is it a one off or one of ongoing payments?

By the way it takes 10 mins to set up a Hotmail or Gmail account for Scribe Nigel. Cost free.
30 mins setup for a blog that will suffice for the council's requirements. Cost free.

Perhaps Clive and David can meet down at headquarters at "The Red".

Big issue at giving the Wine Club 50 quid but we'll spray rate payers money around like there's no tomorrow.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Recent House Sales

28 Plas Yn Rhos £152,000
Penyffordd, CH4 0JU 14th September 2012
18 Abbottsford Drive £190,000
Penyffordd, CH4 0JG 5th October 2012

You can search all these sales totally free of charge by going to

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Nearly up for murder

There we were at 9 am this morning negotiating Penymynydd roundabout with icy windows, slippy roads and large blind spots courtesy of VW in the Sharan. Lisa suddenly draws my attention to an old man with walking stick and dark clothing in front of us scuttling at a snail pace across the road outside Penyffordd Headquarters.

For it is he Chairman Tom, Penyffordd's greatest living resident.

I had time to slow down but maybe not others rushing to where ever.

Defence would have been futile. " Just read the blog !"

ps. I want to know is our Leader 87 years old yet?

Friday, December 07, 2012

Penyffordd Council Grants 2012

where councillors vote their favourite groups within the village ratepayers money and take revenge on me for having the temerity to occasionally criticise them.

You will notice that there are no comments on the various applications in the minutes. It has all been "resolved" by Chairman Tom.

Penyffordd Wine Circle the only group within the village ever refused with no reason given you invertebrates.

Why aren't the "resolved comments" in the minutes ?

I presume Chairman Tom says they are not needed. 

A travesty of process that's for sure.

Click on images to read.

There seems to be a yellow streak running through the council. No moral fibre and no backbone.

The minutes a waste of paper councillors !  Not a true reflection of the meeting.

No bottle amongst any of you.


The Tom Jones Dictionary

resolve - verb - to resolve, meaning to hide dirty dealings from the residents,
to make council minutes meaningless

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The State we are in

Following the Chancellor's Autumn Statement you might wish to look at where we actually are.


I think it best to consider cutting your borrowings and living within your means.

The USA and EU are in similar situations

Extra Link

Monday, December 03, 2012

Penyffordd Community Council Meeting December 2012

This coming Wednesday at 6.30 pm in the back room of the Penyffordd Institute
All are welcome to attend but you may not speak unless asked to do so.

ps. Cllrs. September minutes are missing out of the post office.

Will the special meeting grants minutes be made available for residents scrutiny?
Will the minutes show a full picture of what went on?
We will see.

There is of course FOIE legislation to force answers.

A sledge hammer to crack a nut..........

postscript: Grant minutes now in the Post Office.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Recent House Sales

Land Registry recent sales
Here are the 10 recent transactions recorded by Land Registry closest to your CH4 0LS, click on a 
property you are interested in to see more details. To view all Land Registry data for CH4 0LS click here

CH4 0JU28, Plas Yn Rhos£152,00014/09/2012
CH4 0JG18, Abbottsford Drive£190,00005/10/2012
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