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Thursday, December 20, 2018

And More Houses?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Redrow's funding boosts for Flintshire community groups

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Raw Milk

If you like raw milk, I do, there's a vending machine in Broughton. It's the farm opposite the convenience store on the main road. £1.30 a litre. Bring your own containers. I think this an excellent idea.
Not sure if you see following link if you are not on Facebook.

John the Car Salesman

I bought a car off John in 2014. He lived in Penyffordd and traded cars in Cefn y Bedd. Car looked good drove well. Problem only arose after driving car 10 miles. It would start over heating. (blown cylinder head gasket) Took me at least 2 months of dealing with him to exchange car. Should have gone straight to Trading Standards, I was however very ill at the time and not thinking straight.

The exchange car I got is still running 4 yrs later lol. That had a cooling system problem as well but was easily fixable by my mechanic.

Here's John on Watchdog. He trades out of Mold at present. He's not the chap with long hair.

Both these men are now ashes RIP, God's people

Tuesday the new Friday

Not available in Penyffordd as far as I know

Too dear as well

Tuesday the new Friday. Work re organised................

Monday, November 19, 2018

Chester Rd 30mph limit moved.

This is to cater for the new Redrow estate.
I'd have preferred a roundabout to stop drivers hammering in an out the village. Drivers going out of the village are regularly overtaken because they have the temerity to obey the speed limit.

Time for compulsory 20 mph zones in Penyffordd.
I presume we have to wait till 3 pedestrians get knocked down.
Flintshire are hopeless. Wrexham BC have 100's of 20 mph zones.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Something for Colin Lolly Pop

Penyffordd History - Hope Enclosure Act

Found this looking for something else. Hope Enclosure Act was formed in 1791. I took the above from here. Most probably other stuff here. 1.2 million pages..............

Penyffordd Bonfire Night - Donald Trump Guy Fawkes.

I thought this was in very bad taste.
I expect better of the bonfire organisers.

postscript: This came across my timeline on Twitter

117,466 brave Americans died and a further 204,002 were wounded defending Europe in WWI. Then 419,400 brave Americans died and a further 671,801 were wounded defending Europe in WWII.

Friday, November 02, 2018

Speeding Penyffordd

Car written off outside The Spar the other day.
Chester Rd, Hawarden Rd and Vounog are race tracks.

How long before someone gets seriously injured or killed?
Have Penyffordd Cllrs got data to show the problem?

Its quite easy to do, FCC have the technology.
Would Penyffordd Council publish the data?

And do something about it.
Occasional police presence is not the answer.

Wrexham BC have 100's of 20mph zones. FCC next to none.

Why is that?

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Spectacular walk in Hope. Sand Quarry


Map - Please read conditions of use

Been around the lake today. Things a bit muddled at the moment. We parked in a layby on Mold Wrexham Bypass road. Its part of the old road. Took footpath on left of houses, then spent 30 mins walking over fields. Footpath to the right of houses takes you to the main entrance which is better than walking along paths on side of road with car and lorries coming past at 40mph

Did some exploring in the car after. On Stryt Isa there is a footpath between 2 houses that leads to a path over the railway line. It can be seen from the road. A few parking places. This seems best for us.

At the main entrance the route includes a walk through the River Alyn...... We had walking shoes on.
This is to get to the lake. The big issue throughout the walk is the River Alyn, it blocks you off from the lake.

Meadows on left of lake may have cows / calves in them. Due to past experiences with our dogs we avoid fields with said animals in.

I'm sure it will improve. Not a bad idea to have the Park in the Past link above on your phone.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Disturbing Events

A few weeks ago a house was broken into at the top of Penymynydd Rd. An amount of money was stolen in the break in. The car used is black.

Yesterday the same house was broken into yet again.
The lady occupier is not young.

There is outrage over this on Facebook. A funding page was set up and nearly a £1000 has been raised for this lady. Steps are being taken to make sure this cannot happen again.
NWP have called for CCTV footage.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Recent Property Sales

2 Linwood Close
Penyffordd, CH4 0ND
3rd Aug '18
1, Somerset Cottage Chester Road
Penyffordd, CH4 0LD
19th Jul '18
24 Melwood Close
Penyffordd, CH4 0NB
13th Jul '18
33 Poplar Court
Penyffordd, CH4 0FP
12th Jul '18

13 Watts Road
Penyffordd, CH4 0HD
3rd Aug '18

More Redrow stuff

Monday, September 03, 2018

Hawarden Rd resurface update

Looks like the "boys from the black stuff " are putting the finishing surface on today.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Vounog Hill Development Update

The above development no different to the Chester Rd 190 houses.
Not that I'm in favour of either.

I'm hearing off Facebook that Rhos Rd development (left hand side near roundabout going out of village) is also going to be recommended for refusal.

IMO Penyffordd district should have very little expansion for the next 5 years. If ever.....

Further postscript:

Monday, August 20, 2018

Trouble at the Millennial Clock

I see someone has managed to miss the road in their car at the clock. Mounted the pavement, straight over the road sign and into the rockery surrounding the clock.

Must be damage to their car which looks deserved.

I'm sure Facebook will tell more later.

postscript: Apparently grandson took grandad's car, crashed it into 2 cars up the Vounog, then came down the road crashing into various items before narrowly missing the millenial clock. Relatives don't want it all over Facebook. Too late........... names mentioned.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Current Village Roadworks

are set to last 4 weeks.  This is causing problems. One example Chester Rd exit into Hawarden Rd.
Hawarden Rd / Vounog is best avoided. One driver took 20 mins to get through.

Best use the by pass.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Penyffordd Education - Trouble ahead?

Current situation

Primary Education - Nearly full
Secondary Education at Castell Alun, nearly Full

Below figures are approximations on new builds

If one uses a figure of 2 children per new house

Continuing development at The Groves.
Redrow 190 = 380 children
Spar 30 = 60
Rhos Rd 40 =80
Other developments are in the queue ie.  Vounog.

Approx Total = 500

Wrexham BC have given permission for 362 new houses in Llay
Some children from the Llay area go to Castell Alun for secondary education.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Gosafe in the village

Up the Vounog, Saturday night 6 pm
Plenty of comments on Facebook
Some aren't happy, lots pointing out speeding in their area.

It still happens on Chester Rd.
We should have 20mph zones in the village.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Large Housing Development - Village Sentiment Expressed

David Williams, County Councillor for Penyffordd, said: ''The anger in the village is immense at the moment, where we have not only been let down by Lesley Griffiths (Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs), but in my opinion, by Welsh Government as a whole, the Planning Inspectors and our own Local Authority who I consider to have all failed us in various ways.''

Well said David.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


In the last week a blue fronted pick up has been going around looking to "buy" vehicles. In one instance they turned up at a house with a low loader. Told children that their parents had give them permission to take car. Location, somewhere near Penymynydd Rd, Penymynydd.

This morning at around 5am someone was in gardens in Watts Rd trying shed doors. Two residents have reported this to the police. If you see a chalk mark outside your house please remove. You might have been designated for a raid.

Usual suspects

Also in the last 2 weeks a white BMW was stolen from the top of Penymynydd Rd. Miscreant broke in house and took the keys.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Well done England

Have the windows open just heard a loud roar from Penyffordd British Legion. Seems we've won the match on a penalty shoot out. Well deserved Columbia were being dirty.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Les Hewitt judging sheep

Judge Les Hewitt, Penyffordd, Chester, found his supreme breed champion in Fronarth Dynamite, a ram lamb from Sion Jones, Ceredigion.


I see Beltex sheep on our dog walks. They have double muscles so have more meat. Don't they look pretty.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tan 1 Consultation - Welsh Assembly Government

WAG are doing a consultation. This is to do with Welsh County Councils and having a 5 year supply of land for building purposes. Without a 5yr supply developers are able to build regardless of WAG Law. Well that's my interpretation. Flitshire County Council are currently in this position as are many other Welsh Councils. Should never have been part of the Bill. Someone batting for developers on this.

You can have your say here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The morning's drive to work

So you're on your way down Penymynydd Rd, you're in a rush, half a sleep, etc. You get to the bottom you see the traffic has stopped, you swing around to the left, not paying attention, suddenly there is a loud shout, you hit the brakes. You are 10 feet from the lollypop man and three children crossing the road.

Car reg reported to FCC

This is the 2nd time this has happened. A minority of drivers use Chester Rd as a race track.
Time for 20mph zones which are enforced

Wrexham BC have 20 mph zones everywhere. Flintshire CC next to none.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Penyffordd Carnival this coming Saturday

Local people are to be thanked greatly for making this happen.
Weather forecast is not good at the moment.
Rain is forecast.
It is however only Tuesday. Plenty of time for change.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Speed check warning from police for motorists using Penymynydd Road

Happens on Chester Rd too, a major route to school and used by many children. Motorists are over taken on the speed bumps, also because they observe the speed limit.

Perhaps a councillor could have a word with NWP.

FCC have data on when it happens.

Going to work, coming home and shift change at lunchtime.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tom's Farm

Whilst on planning developments I see former Cllr Tom Jones' farm has been sold. I think the assets were split in to two parts. Farm buildings and a bit of land and farm land.

Our green barrier to shrink?

Proposed development of land between Buckley and  Padeswood / Penymynydd. This has been on the cards for at least 10 years. The proposed development will as a local cllr points out fragment Buckley shopping centre which is constantly under threat from local supermarkets, etc.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Knives found in Penymynydd Park

Someone is killed almost every other day in London by people using knives.

The pair of knives were discovered by police officers in the park off Oak Drive in Penymynydd , prompting an investigation.


Its Saturday night 18.40. The bus is outside at the bus stop. There are no people getting on the bus, there are no people on the bus. Just an observation.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Penymynydd roundabout, not fit for purpose

We had a bypass built, a proper roundabout constructed at the train station.  Penymynydd roundabout was left as it was. So many mornings we have a queue of traffic the entire length of Penyffordd bypass. This encourages traffic to take a short cut through the village.

Penymynydd roundabout needs upgrading. Dual entrances. Smaller roundabout?

Don't see much concern over this.

Another issue is the Hope junction at Hope. If you get there before 4.30 pm the world is fine. 15 minutes later and you are in a 15 minute queue.

Thursday, April 26, 2018


FCC are going to start dealing with potholes. Have wondered for a while why the potholes were allowed to develop. The amateur repairs a joke.

I've decided it's some sort of political thing. #nationalgov

Here's the lovely Carolyn.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Speed Awareness

Police have been seen up the Vounog with speed cameras. This morning on my way the Spar I noticed a young man in a dark car coming out of the Spar, he seemed intent on reaching 60 mph before he got to the barbers. I have a policy of always walking on paths facing the traffic so I have a second or two to react.

Bus Stop Timetables in Penyffordd

New bus stops have been erected. Old timetables have been installed. Also FCC website is showing old timetables.

Also routes have been changed.
People have been stranded. Having to walk to Buckley, someone having to get a taxi home from Tesco's with a full shop.

Some piss poor management going on here

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Chester Road is having a new bus shelter

The old one has been pulled down yesterday. The Welsh Assembly Government are funding this.

Penyffordd Institute

is having its carpark enlarged. Looks like Read's are doing it.

Proposed Redrow 192 houses

If you drive up Chester Rd past the estate on the left you will see nets on the hedges before Mrs Hibbert's house. I've decided these are there to stop birds nesting. Perhaps so the hedges can be pulled down.

Why would that be?

At the time of writing I'm unaware of any decision made by the WAG Inspector or a senior WAG politician with regards that proposed in the headline.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Recent Property Sales

17 Pine Way
Penyffordd, CH4 0AA
25th Aug '17
5 Treetop Close
Penymynydd, CH4 0GP
22nd Jan '18
14 Well House Drive
Penymynydd, CH4 0LB
21st Dec '17

Friday, March 23, 2018

Blast from the past - Hawker Siddeley Apprentices now Airbus

Front Row:  Mervyn (office) George Hudson, Paddy Gray, John Brown, Bill McMinn, Fred Pickford, Don Martin, Bob Anthony.

Second Row: Ron Dance

1976 Apprentice Intake I presume still Hawker Siddeley

I was in the 1970 intake.

With thanks to Facebook Broughton.

Something not Penyffordd but important

Thursday, March 15, 2018

New Bus Shelters

Lots of froth on social media as to who is paying for the new bus shelters. Its not Penyffordd Community Council, its not Flintshire County Council, its Welsh Assembly Government.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

The history of the far park / sledgeing field by John Wrench

The field was originally park land with the slope being covered in trees as it was the park for the small county house Meadowslea the last private owner was Mr Almore Frost (spelling possibly wrong) who sold the house with gardens to the council to create the TB hospital he then sold the field with Blackbrook farm to Charles Wrench
In the 1926 miners strike the trees were all felled so the villagers could have the wood to burn to keep there house warm and to cook with
The flat part of the field at the bottom was the first Penyffordd cricket pitch complete with pavilion until the 50s when they moved to Wood Lane and the pavilion moved to Blackbrook farm as a hen house and lasted until the early 2000's
Blackbrook farm was sold after the death of Cora Wrench in the 1970s but two of her sons rented the farm John and Harry and later my farther Stephen. They continued to run the farm as "Wrench Brothers" the farm was known for its pedigree Border Lester sheep and its dairy herd which sadly due to its small scale gave up in 1997 after a fire in 2006 at Blackbrook our landlord later sold the farm house and building with a couple of field but the land on the Vounog Hill is still farmed the the family mainly for summer grassing for our beef herd

Just though I would let you all know the history of this field that has been an asset to to village for many years with sledgeing and pleasant views which may not be here for future generations to enjoy

If anyone has an memory's of the field / farm please share

Sourced: Facebook.

Recent Property Sales

35 Vounog Hill
Penyffordd, CH4 0EY
4th Jan '18
15 Pine Way
Penyffordd, CH4 0AA
18th Aug '17
19 Pine Way
Penyffordd, CH4 0AA
17th Aug '17
20 Pine Way
Penyffordd, CH4 0AA
14th Jul '17


9 Treetop Close
Penymynydd, CH4 0GP
18th Dec '17

25 Abbottsford Drive
Penyffordd, CH4 0JG
12th Jan '18
30 Vounog Hill
Penyffordd, CH4 0EZ
20th Dec '17
35 Berwyn Avenue
Penyffordd, CH4 0HS
19th Dec '17
You can search all these sales totally free of charge by going to

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Our Idiot Politicians

Very cold today wind chill factor  -11c
Not a good day to be homeless.

We continue to let immigrants in for free give them houses and cash
Allow them to set up their own religions and laws

I see there is a possibility of running low on gas, I'm ok I have a wood log burner.....
President Putin has loads of gas, but Theresa keeps trying to wind him up
Reminds me of a fly trying to worry an elephant.

EU policians continue to try bully us

I see Jeremy Corbyn  thinks we only need 1 delivery company for postal services because we only have 1 letter box
This is a man favoured by 10's of millions of people to lead the country.
His ideas will lead us towards the Venezuela situation

Royal Mail charge £13 for over 2 kg, Collect Plus charge £6 by the way

Rant over

Cllr Colin Bithell Remembered

Found on Facebook Broughton. I used to meet Colin in The Maelor in 2014. We were both not in very good shape. I would bump into him in the corridors and have a chat.

Tom Jones' Farm For Sale

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Council Tax set to rise

Roads are pretty disgraceful at the moment, not just Flintshire. Here close to home we have amateur repairs that last about 10 minutes. The repairs themselves also are a disgrace.

There wouldn't be any motive behind this would there?

Friday, February 09, 2018

This is Penyffordd District

One of our residents patrols the villages taking photos. Here they are, most excellent. I presume you will be able to see them ( not being an Instagram member)

Photos are not confined to Penyffordd.

This is the spirit of Penyffordd District.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Recent Property Sales Penyffordd District

16 Priory Close
Penyffordd, CH4 0JB
1st Dec '17
13 Priory Close
Penyffordd, CH4 0JB
24th Nov '17
2 Maple Way
Penyffordd, CH4 0FR
30th Jun '17
25 Poppy Field Drive
Penyffordd, CH4 0GE
30th Jun '17

123 Penymynydd Road
Penymynydd, CH4 0LG
15th Dec '17
Arundel Penymynydd Road
Penymynydd, CH4 0LJ
10th Nov '17
22 Watts Road
Penyffordd, CH4 0HD
4th Dec '17

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Alyn and Deeside By Election

Congratulations to Jack Sargeant  ( Lab) for his win at the election with 60% of the vote.

Nationally we have Sharia May not doing a good job with Brexit.
Also up the pole on Paris Accord, Immigration, Islam, etc , etc.

Jeremy Corbyn and Team  ( inc Momentum) who want to send us the way of Venezuela.

Tomorrow I battle at Maelor Hospital for a parking place. There is a deficiency at any one time of at least 10%. People park on grass verges everywhere because there is no place to park.

Have a good day.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Allotment News and Door trying

Residents continue to report someone trying their front doors to see if they are unlocked. Usually at night. Two attempts on The Groves estate. One resident says he is "baseball bat ready". There was a multiple NWP presence in Penyffordd the night before last. Perhaps they are connected.

Penyffordd Allotments near The Millstone now have CCTV. This can scan the allotments and the children's play area. Also the rear of the bus shelter.

Penyffordd Institute also has CCTV

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Attempted Break In Abbotts Lane Tonight

On Facebook somebody reports that their front door handle was tried to see if it was open. The lights were on, they were in and security light came on.
This is disconcerting.
This individual says it has happened once before.
Another person mentions same scenario, the dogs went mad.

If this stunt is tried at our house they will get 22kg of muscle and teeth with night sight flying at them. He doesn't let go. He will be closely followed by a golfing male wielding a mashie niblick. One's home is one's castle. Most probably against the law but they shouldn't be breaking in.
Too many horror stories in the press. We should have similar laws as US. The right to fire arms and a right to shoot intruders.

Last night a girl on FB said someone tried to set her car on fire which was on her drive.
I know the technique used, it was mentioned in The Daily Post. This was Cae Vounog which must be a new estate.

I hope these people have reported incidents to NWP.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Public Enquiry - Hawarden Rd Development Next Tuesday Theatre Clwyd 10 pm

Quote from above link.

We need as many people as possible to turn up on Tuesday 10:00 to show the strength of feeling in the Community.

Speeder's Surprise

On Facebook someone reports seeing Gosafe I presume, outside St Johns Primary School in Penymynydd at 11 pm . Yes one hour before midnight.

postscript: Post now removed on Facebook. So was poster making it up? Or what?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

All change at The Evening Leader

A sign of the times

A big thank you to Leader staff you have done communities proud.
A big help when 2000 cars a day* broke the speed limit most days on Chester Rd.

*FCC hold the data

Speeding in the village

North Wales Police were up The Vounog yesterday educating motorists. Down here in Chester Rd we have a speed hump to slow down traffic. Some motorists go full speed over them.
In fact some motorists use the traffic bump as an over taking opportunity when motorists slow down for the bump.

Profiles of the speed bumps can be made more severe at little cost.

Our lolly pop man is currently unwell and last week a young girl had a narrow escape I am told. We had a road traffic accident 2 days ago between a bus and two cars. Nothing to do with the bus driver. There was a rather large bang as the two cars collided.  The give way at the bottom of Penymynydd Rd a dated function not fit for modern roads.

Time for some education in Chester Road.

Time for 20mph zones. Flintshire County Council currently have an allergy to 20 mph zones.
It would be good to see a change of policy.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Penyffordd Bus Time Table

I'm told time tables have changed. I try not to use buses myself after my Crosville experiences as a child. The use of a car is the ultimate freedom.

Here's the time table which I presume is correct.

Here's an app below.
It says they do the trains too
My wife uses an app to see if trains to Wrexham are running on time or cancelled due to vehicles hitting bridges.

Monday, January 08, 2018

No Entry at the top of Penymynydd Rd

HGC De Sir Fflint / NWP South Flintshire
Word of warning, as of the 13th December the ‘Fail to comply with No Entry Sign’ offence has reverted back to an endorsable offence under section 36 of the RTA.

This means 3 points on your driving licence or to put it another way caught 4 times means you lose your licence.
Police still get reports from Penymynydd Road about people entering the No Entry sign near the school so be aware.

Quiet Tarmac for the By Pass

That would be good.
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