Council News

June 2017

Welcome...

Welcome...

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...to June's edition of Council News!

This edition is full of events that you can enjoy over the coming months, whether you are looking to find out what you can do with the children this summer, enjoy some live music or learn something new you will find plenty in the pages of this month's edition.

We also have news on an event for you to find out more about the latest developments and plans at OW People's Market, the official opening of Gwenfro and Hafod y Wern schools and how you can save hundreds of pounds on magazines!

This is an online-only publication, so make sure you spread the word to other residents so they can subscribe to this service and keep up to date too.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at: councilnews@wrexham.gov.uk.

We hope you enjoy reading this month's edition.

Latest news

Update on OW People's Market

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This is your chance to keep up to date with the plans and latest developments with OW People's Market.

On 3 July, you can call in to the Guildhall anytime between 3:30pm and 7pm to find out where the project is up to, and speak to constructors, project staff and staff from Oriel Wrecsam. 

A meeting was also recently held for representatives across the arts and markets sector and branding company Elfen. 

People came along to discuss the project and have decided that a new name would be required for the £4.5 million town centre facility. 

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, who attended the event, said: 'The workshop was a hive of activity and produced both interesting and unusual suggestions for names. We are grateful for the enthusiasm and commitment for our partners and I look forward to receiving the recommendations from Elfen and to announcing the final name for this new facility for the arts and market sector in Wrexham.'

The £4.5 million development is due to be completed in 2018 and is supported by funding from the Arts Council for Wales, the Welsh Government's Vibrant and viable Places and Wrexham Council.

Throughout the works, members of the public are reminded that the businesses within the South Arcade are open as usual. Updates on the project can also be found on the new noticeboard within Cafe in the Corner in the South Arcade.

June 2017 OW PM shops open

Annual Memorial Service

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Every year, Pentrebychan Crematorium hold a memorial service for all those who have lost a loved one, friend or relative, giving them the opportunity to join others in a united act of remembrance.

This year's service will be held a 2pm on 23 July and will be conducted by Reverend Sam Erlandson.

For further information please contact the Crematorium Office on 01978 840068 or crematorium@wrexham.gov.uk.

 

Ways to save money...

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If you regularly buy magazines you could be spending a small fortune when you could be getting them for free!

Here are just a few examples of money you could be saving by being a library member:

  • Do you read Hello! Magazine? You could save £104 per year 
  • Readers of Chat, Woman or Best magazines you could save £145 per year
  • People buying Golf magazine will save you £51.60p per year and
  • Those buying World Soccer magazine will save you £54 per year. 

How? 

By simply using your library membership to download each copy free of charge to your phone, tablet or PC.

These are just a few of the savings you can make if you have a library card.  There are over 250 magazines to choose from, just visit our website www.wrexham.gov.uk/libraries and follow the Online Services – e-zines link.

 

How does your garden grow?

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The competition is on in Johnstown and Penycae this July as the Rhos Estate Office host their first tenant garden competition.

So if you live in either if these villages, make sure you show off your blooms when the judges come to call on the 19 and 20 July. 

If you would like to enter, call in to the Rhos Estate Office to pick up an application form.  

Trophies and certificates will be awarded to winner and runners up in a later event.

Ever thought about adoption?

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June 2017 adoption logo

There are children in North Wales who urgently need a loving family, and the North Wales Adoption Service is looking people who can provide a home for them.

People from all walks of life can adopt, but in particular we are looking for adoptive parents who will be able to meet a child’s needs. Like all families, adoptive families come in all shapes and sizes. So if you’re thinking about starting the adoption process then please get in contact with us.

If you want to find out more in an informal setting, the North Wales Adoption Service will be holding an information/drop in session at Wrexham Library on 12 July, 4pm-6pm, giving you the opportunity to come and find out more about the adoption process. No appointments are necessary!

For more information please visit our website www.northwalesadoption.gov.uk.

 

Your waste and recycling service

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Did you know that you can now subscribe to a bin collection day reminder via e-mail?                      

You will receive a weekly reminder of your collection day and bin colour.

Just visit www.wrexham.gov.uk/register and sign up for the weekly bin collection reminder. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family too.

What will you get up to this summer?

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June 2017 WFIS logo

Get ready to start planning for this year's school summer holiday with the Wrexham Family Information Service's (WFIS) summer events and activity pack, which will be released on 14 July.

The summer 2017 Activity Pack is free and features a comprehensive guide of children’s activities taking place across the County Borough for children and families.

You can pick up a copy of this pack by popping into WFIS (based at Wrexham Library), phoning WFIS on 01978 292094 or you can register for WFIS email updates, which will include events and activities during all school holidays.  Go to http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/user_register/register.cfm and enter your email address in the Email Updates box.  Once you hit subscribe, choose Family Information Service and you will receive information from WFIS direct to your inbox.

If you are trying to find childcare or holiday clubs for the summer contact WFIS for up to date information on registered settings in your area. WFIS can also help if your child has a disability or additional needs and you have difficulty finding support and/or suitable childcare.

Contact WFIS on 01978 292094 or email fis@wrexham.gov.uk for more information.

Library on the move...

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Have you seen Wrexham's mobile library out and about across the County Borough?

It provides a very popular service in parts of Wrexham that are not within easy reach of a branch library. Covering 70 locations on a three-week rota, the mobile library brings with it an extensive and regularly updated range of fiction, non-fiction, large print and audio books for adults and children. 

If you want to make sure the book you are after is on board, you can reserve items from any public library in North Wales by asking a member of staff in any library (in person or on the phone) or you can request online using the library catalogue (you will need a pin number to do this, just ask a member of staff).

To find out when the mobile library is near you, please visit the following link: http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/community//libraries/mobile_library.htm.

A lift is available on the vehicle for easy access for those who require it.

We look forward to welcoming you on the mobile library!!

 

Buried in the Borderlands

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Have you heard of the Bronington Hoard? 

Back in 2013 and 2014, coins and a gold ring dating back to as early the reign of Edward I were discovered near Bronington in Wrexham and they are going to be on display at Wrexham Museum in March 2018. Staff are now looking for local people in the area to volunteer to help create the display and join in with lots of other exciting opportunities.

If you want to find out more, come along to The White Horse in Overton on 11 July, 7-8pm or contact us on 01978 297460 or museumvolunteers@wrexham.gov.uk.

Wrexham Self-Build - RECRUITING!

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Do you want to learn a trade, earn qualifications and build what could become your own home at the same time?

In Wrexham, the Community Self-Build Agency (CSBA) makes it possible for men and women from ex-service backgrounds to do just that - and they are recruiting now!

CSBA in Wrexham is looking for anyone who has served in any of the armed forces - Army, Navy, RAF or active merchant navy - who would like the opportunity to be a self-builder and gain the skills and qualifications to work on site and gain employment. Accredited courses will be made available in carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing, plastering, painting and decorating. When the project is complete, those who have worked on the build will be given the chance to apply for one of the apartments.

CSBA projects are taking place all over the country, and in Wrexham work is already underway on a 16-apartment development as part of the Western Gateway development. Substantial progress has already been made by Veterans, who are assisting contractors with general day to day tasks as well as gaining experience at William Homes Ltd's factory in Bala. Training courses are also booked with Coleg Cambria and CAIS with more in the pipeline.

The Wrexham Western Gateway development, supported by Wrexham Council, will consist of one and two-bed apartments and will be partly funded by the MoD Veterans Accommodation Fund.

If you would like to get involved - no building/trade experience necessary!! - then contact us for more information on 01978 298993.

In the classroom

Wrexham shows off two new schools

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Pupils and staff from Hafod y Wern and Gwenfro will proudly show off their new schools this week as Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, calls in for a tour.

These schools received a total of £10 million from the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools Programme and Wrexham Council. 

Gwenfro Primary School's 1950s building has been replaced with a brand new 315 plus nursery place primary school near to the original school. While Hafod y Wern now has a new building to replace the junior school and the infant school has been retained. There are currently 229 pupils on the school roll and there is demand for additional spaces, so this work will mean an increase in spaces to 315.

While work has been carried out at both schools, the existing schools remained open to minimise disruption.

Both schools have been built to BREEAM standards, the world's longest established method of assessing, rating and certifying the sustainability of buildings.  

What's going on...

Learning at Lunchtime

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Learning at Lunchtime is back once again by popular demand and the next session at Wrexham Library will be Energy Bill Swapping - The Facts.

Many people could save as much as £400 on their energy bills simply by changing providers. With the recent drop in gas and electricity prices, now is a great time to look for a cheaper deal, and moving energy supplier is easier than ever before!

This talk will give you all of the facts about bills swapping and dispel any myths and concerns you might have. If you bring a recent bill to the talk, we can take a look there and then to see how much you could save! 

The event takes place on Wednesday 5 July, 1-2pm and is free of charge.

Summer days in country parks

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This sounds great, right?

So, why not take a look at the events guide for all of the country parks in Wrexham and make sure you make the most of everything they have to offer - space, fresh air, events, activities...we could go on!

Click on this link to download the 2017 brochure and get planning...http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/assets/pdfs/countryside/events.pdf

What's happening at the museum?

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Diaries at the ready? There is plenty going on at Wrexham's museum throughout July, so why not make a note of any that catch you eye...

1 July 
11am-4pm   
Wrexham History Fair
One jam-packed day of history, featuring exhibitions & activities by local heritage groups, stimulating talks and tours, musical interludes, plus activities especially for the little ones.
For full programme details see www.wrexhamstory.co.uk
Facebook: Wrexham Heritage Forum

6 July
10.30am-11.30am      
Bersham Ironworks Guided Tour
Enjoy a guided tour of Bersham Ironworks and learn about ‘Iron Mad’ Jack.
Meet at Bersham Heritage Centre car park where you will be met by our volunteer guide. There will be a short walk to the Ironworks site.
Please note, there are no toilet facilities available at either Bersham Heritage Centre or Bersham Ironworks. We recommend wearing sturdy footwear.
No need to book, just turn up. 
FREE

20 July
10.30am-12.30pm
Quilters Session - 2: Super  Stitchers
Focusing on three-dimensional items such as a needle case.
Led by: Val Shields
Limited spaces available. Pre-payment required (cash only) to secure booking
£15 per person (includes £5 materials charge & refreshments)

24 July
10.30am-12pm
Messy Museum
Painting, sticking and general messy fun for 0-3 year!
This week’s craft : Door hangers.
Drop-in event. 
£1 per child

25 July
10.30am-12.30pm
Make and Take
Make a craft with a historical twist at Wrexham Museum.
This week’s craft theme: Brymbo Man’s beaker.
Suitable for families with children.
Drop-in event.
£1 per child

26 July 
10.30am-12pm and 1-2.30pm    
Hands on History
Find out more about some of our collection objects on our handling trolley.
Supervised by our Young Volunteers.
Drop-in event.
FREE

31 July
10.30am-12pm         
Messy Museum
Painting, sticking and general messy fun for 0-3 years!
This week’s craft :  Mini paper shields.
Drop-in event. 
£1 per child

Underneath the Arches

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June 2017 UTA

Wrexham Playday 2017

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Eleven years on and Playday is still going strong in Wrexham, when children relish in being able to take over the town centre.

Wrexham will be celebrating National Playday on Wednesday 2 August, 12-4pm, on Queen's Square and Llwyn Isaf with the usual favourites including the giant sandpit, mass water fight, junk play and rope swings.

June 2017 playday

The event recognises children's right to play, demonstrates the value of play and highlights the need for children across the County Borough to have enough time, space and permission to play. The event is free for everyone and is for people of all ages including babies and toddlers, older children, teenagers, parents, professionals and grandparents.

Approximately 3,000 people visited our Playday event last year and we aim to make this year’s even bigger and better, but this can only happen if people come along and join in the fun. All we ask is that you bring along a playful mood and some clothes you don’t mind getting wet and messy. In the past families have brought along picnics and stayed all afternoon!

To get a better idea of the sorts of things that happen on Playday, please visit: www.wrexham.gov.uk/play and click on the Playday link to view photographs from previous events.

 

Get quilting

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Have you seen the Wrexham Tailor's Quilt on display in Wrexham Museum? If it has inspired you to try making one of your own, why not call in to one of Wrexham Museum's quilting workshops for beginners?

Each session focuses on a different aspect:

20 July
10.30am – 12.30pm
Super Stitchers

21 September
10.30am – 12.30pm
Purse Strings

12 October
10.30am – 12.30pm
The Foundation Course 

Each session includes an introduction to quilting via a talk, demonstration and workshop.

The sessions cost £15 per person (includes materials and refreshments). Spaces are limited so please call in to the museum to book and pre-pay (cash only) to secure your booking.

For details on the different sessions call 01978 297 460 or email museum@wrexham.gov.uk.

Music in the Park 2017

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Bellevue's bandstand will once again come alive this summer as Music in the Park returns!

Kicking off on 23 June, these live music concerts will run for five weeks, they are free and offer a lovely way to enjoy balmy summer evenings. 

Here is this year's line up:

Friday 23 June   7pm-9pm - Luke Gallagher

Friday 7 July  7pm-9pm - Thunderbugs    

Friday 14 July  7pm-9pm - Dinosaur

Friday 21 July   7pm-9pm - Billy Thompson Gypsy Style

Friday 28 July   7pm-9pm - Wall St Krash

Music in the Park events are hosted by the Friends of Bellevue in partnership with Wrexham Council. The concerts all take place from the Edwardian Bandstand in the award winning park, which is situated close to Wrexham Town Centre.

For further details please contact Bellevue Park on 01978 264150.

 

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