There are speed restriction signs at the top of the hill by Rhewl. They might just as well not be there as few motorists heed them. It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed and I would be grateful if local people would contact https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/highways-and-traffic/traffic-management/ to back my request for more police observation.
It would also be a good idea if parents and local schools would educate children to respect our beautiful environment and not just drop litter when they have finished their takeaways etc.
Shropshire Councillor David Lloyd’s Report to the Annual Parish Meetings of Gobowen and Weston Rhyn
It has been helpful to have worked in collaboration with both Parish Councils and also St Martins through Shropshire Council’s Local Joint Committee.
LJC 1, as it is known, has provided a valuable forum to debate local concerns and has over four years distributed over £90,000 to encourage and fund a wide range of organisations that do so much good within our communities. This is localism in the true sense and will become increasingly important in times to come.
A benefit of being Speaker has ensured my direct access to the administration on key issues such as road safety and highway issues and opposing unlawful encampments and unwelcome developments in open countryside. I was pleased to support the redevelopment of Brookield Close but less so with the imminent consequences of a freeing up planning to stimulate investment in hosing.
One must also keep a watchful eye on the impact of changes in the benefit system.
Working closely with Owen Paterson MP has ensured that health and care issues in the locality get regular scrutiny and I am determined that the replacement of Shropdoc and reorganisation of the ambulance service don’t impact on patient safety.
Vigilance will be needed to ensure that the best interests of youngsters moving on from our Primary Schools in Weston Rhyn and Gobowen are safeguarded. Numbers and the success of Selattyn Schol has fully justified my total opposition to the original threat of closure.
Despite the lack of public support nationally for the appointment of police commissioners, we must work constructively with the West Mercia Commissioner to secure effective local policing following the retirement of a number of well respected officers.
Shropshire Council has been faced with the on-going challenge of doing more with less but has kept its promise not to increase Council Tax. This means that this year those living in the former Oswestry Borough will be paying the lowest rate in the county.
Finally, my thanks to those with whom I have been privileged to work and represent.
I am getting enquiries from electors who have mislaid or don't remember receiving notice of poll cards for the Shropshire Council Elections on 2nd May which went out some weeks ago. It is helpful but not essential to take your card along to the polling stationg. If you cannot lay your hand on the card all you need do is to give one's name and address to the poll clerk and this can be checked off against the register and then vote. All the best, David
The programmes for OYMF will shortly be available from the Guildhall in Oswestry. There will be a display in the library from 18 February where you will be able to pick up a flyer with days, times and venues. These are already available from Qube and Honeysuckle in Oswestry.
You can follow OYMF on Twitter: OsYMF or on Facebook: Oswestry Youth Music Festival.
Don't forget, OYMF brings talented young musicians from all over Shropshire and North Wales to perform for you FOR FREE!
In coiffure and dress no women excel
Those who in Oswalds’s city dwell.
Adorned in Cheapside’s merchandise,
Harmonious her citizens, and wise.”
From ‘In Praise of Oswestry’ by Guto'r Glyn (transl DM Lloyd)
In the 15th century one of the most well known Welsh poets was Guto’r Glyn. At that time poets were held in great esteem and received patronage from landowners and gentry. His poems are full of colourful descriptions of every day life and allow us modern readers to glimpse something of how things were in the medieval border towns and grand feudal estates. One of the most famous and complete poems is ‘In Praise of Oswestry’ and it is obvious that he knew the town and its inhabitants very well indeed.
Guto’r Glyn’s fame is now being revived by a University of Wales project to reconstruct and compile a new, full collection of his surviving poetry, complete with English translations, and descriptions of Medieval life in the 15th century. This will be launched as an on-line resource in September 2012.
Here are links to this project:
and a call for papers for the project wind up conference
Guto’r Glyn wrote poems, cywyddau, that praised his patrons, and were written to be read or sung aloud. It is a fascinating insight into the northern borders of Wales and England that poems about Chester and Oswestry and Edward IV were written in Welsh, and that he was obviously a popular poet in an area where Welsh was common place. He describes fine living and feasts in lavish medieval homes, with a lot of interesting detail and lively descriptions which bring that world to life.
Guto’r Glyn’s early life is not well known. He was born either in Glyn Ceiriog or Glyndyfrdwy sometime beween 1412 and 1420. He was brought up in the Ceiriog and was obviously a local boy. He was already well known as a poet by the 1430’s. He was large, black haired and bearded and was from a farming community and once lost some sheep whilst working as a drover and was then accused of selling them in Oswestry. In 1441 he enlisted and fought on the Yorkists side during the War of the Roses. He fought in France too. In later years he went bald and then blind and lived out his final years in Valle Crucis abbey in Llangollen, dying in about 1493
A fuller description is on Wikipedia, with references. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guto'r_Glyn
and here on National Library of Wales site http://wbo.llgc.org.uk/en/s-GUTO-GLY-1440.html
There is a book about his life: Rees, E. A life of Guto'r Glyn, Y Lolfa, 2008, pp.19-20, which is still in print.
I really like his poem about Oswestry and look forward to a new version when the Guto’r Glyn project is launched. I love the bits about fine wine shops and good beer, and well dressed ladies… Nothing’s changed then!
Derek Williams from Oswestry Library gave me a photocopy of a translation of ‘In Praise of Oswestry’ done by DM Lloyd. It's from A Book of Wales edited by D.M. and E.M. Lloyd (Collins, 1953). I have typed it out again and here it is in full. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
In Praise of Oswestry
Guto’r Glyn c.1412- c.1493
Transl from Welsh by D.M.Lloyd
Hill-countryman in younger days,
Now with grey hairs I’ve changed my ways;
My faltering steps prefer the town,
Within its walls I’ll settle down,
My jaded stomach milk will scorn,
And calls for physic night and morn,
A wandering poet near life’s goal
Prefers his flask and pewter bowl,
Warmth and comfort and friendly cheer,
Fresh meat, white flour, and good beer.
The timbered homes of lowland lea
Restore my health like the green tree,
Hence the home which shall be mine
In Marchland where are mead and wine;
Generous and true, a friendly town,
Gracious, gifted, of high renown;
The castle with its curtain wall
Famed far as Rome above them all:
Oswald’s town, where Christ is loved,
To the conqueror a treasure proved.
The London of our Owain’s land,
With orchards rich and wine-shops grand,
A school that’s free, and of wide fame,
The town of preachers of good name;
In a temple rich the Host they raise-
Men in grammar and metrics beyond praise,
A church supreme, and jewelled chalice,
Clear bells, and an organ in God’s palace,
A tuneful choir-a well-trained band,
Vestments famed throughout the land;
Where find you clergy as good and bright
As they who serve in that temple white?
In coiffure and dress no women excel
Those who in Oswalds’s city dwell.
Adorned in Cheapside’s merchandise,
Harmonious her citizens, and wise.
A tall Earl rules that city bright,
An Earl who is England’s proud delight;
May God in his grace preserve him long
To maintain his rule, a guardian strong
Over commons and yeomen proud and free,
And citizens too of higher degree.
Among these men I too, would stay
As one of them to live my day.
My muse to leave this town no more
Would strive than the sea to leave the shore.
Long wedded here, a burgess am I,
To whom should I pay my fee, should I try?
May Oswald’s citizens hold their hand
Till hair on my head again will stand!
If suddenly I’m called five pounds to pay,
My fellows will aid me without delay.
Among gracious folk whose hearts were true,
Owain Waed Da was a burgess too;
He had only to sing among his friends
To gain his greatly coveted ends.
The privilege I seek is what came his way,
My burgess rights let none gainstay!
A cowyth I offer, a song in court-
Good poetry avoids great hurt.
The muse’s solace is a gift more blest
Than a noble of gold in the city chest;
More lasting than gold, of greater fame,
As Welshmen have sung, is our good name.
To my fellow-townsmen sing then will I
And my welcome will hold until I die:
No more will I wander without consent
To offer my song where once I went.
Well, 15th April saw the Chirk Triathlon take place so did the winter training pay off?
I was 4 minutes faster than last year in my personal best time of 1hr 14mins 39 seconds.
Strangely, I feel disappointed somehow.... 4 minutes on last year is a fair chunk of time but maybe I thought there was more in the tank.
Right, next triathlon....... Cheshire.
Congratulations to Mrs Joan King from Chirk Bank who has won the giant milk chocolate Easter egg donated by The Vale Of Llangollen Lions Club today!
I managed to sell 94/100 tickets for the raffle, thank you to everyone that bought them! :)
Every year I do the same, I think its because you have to enter Chirk triathlon so early (6 months) that I think the triathlon is way off and suddenly it just 3 weeks to go, hmmm I am ready?
Well I have probably trained more than any other year, got the aerowheels and the pointy aero helmet, (yes they do look daft! :wacko: ) so I guess I should be, just don't quite feel that way. Only one way to find out, Sunday 15th April will reveal all.
I also said way back in January that I wanted to be 13kg lighter, well as off today I am 10kg lighter so not too far off.
I also have some more goodies on the way in the post, some tri specific cycle shoes, new pedals and new tri shorts :)
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Its been a bit of a busy week, training somewhere near a full week. Also managed to squeeze in some rides and a trial run of the Chirk Tri course around the weekends Rugby and Football.
Sunday I thought it was time I have a blast on the TT bike with the Zipps fitted. As pictured..... The tyres stayed on! So my gluing must be OK. Although with 150psi in the tyres I can't see them coming off.
This weeks turbo session, supposed to "the easy week" then I was asked if it was about time I did my max heart rate test. For people who don't know, we train to certain heart rate zones, percentages of your maximum heart rate. So to truly know what zone you are in, you need to know your maximum heart rate. So to find out, you basically take your heart to its maximum...... and yes, it is as bad as it sounds!
Weight is still going the right way, I set a sort of mid goal that I wanted to see if I could be 100kg by the end of Feb. I have a day left.... and I am not too far away, lets see.
Here we go..... week 8
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Couldn't think of a title for this week, training has been a little bit less than normal this week, Valentines day and other commitments took priority.
Got in a couple of runs, which are going pretty well, (averaging close to 7minute 30 second mile now) just one trip to the gym. Turbo training was a pretty good session this week, burning nearly 1200kcals! Managed to squeeze in an hour ride on the roads before watching the pro's show us how its done on the track.
So all in all, not a bad week training wise and another 0.5kg lighter. Want to see if I can drop another 2kg by the end of the month...... that only gives me 9 days but I should be able to get some decent training in this week although its England against Wales in the 6 nations and Carling Cup final on Sunday.... actually that 2kg is looking less likely!
Here we go..... Week 7
Missed the week 5 update, can't recall why now. Perhaps I was still suffering from being frozen out on the bike in sub zero conditions, didnt quite feel that cold when I left but certainly was when I returned. Hands were frozen and couldn't hold the bars as well as feet like blocks of ice., and the pain when it all thawed out was..... well not pleasant :(
No Wednesday night footy so I have been back at Turbo's and squeezing the gym sessions/swims so all going reasonably well.
Slight mechanical fault on the last ride, with rear mech failure, cable retention bolt decided to fall off so I couldnt get any gears. Which reminds me I need to get that sorted before Wednesdays turbo session.
Weight looks like its going to the right way too...... if the initial reading on the scales was correct I am now nearly 7kg lighter (about 15.5lb) in ummm 5 weeks is it?
So here we go...... week 6
Well here we are, end of January and entering my 4th week of "training" This week has been a little shuffled about due to the Carling and FA Cup competitions, but Liverpool came out of that well :D Fitted in the 3 gym sessions, 2 runs and 2 swim drill sets. Got the Garmin sensor fitted to the bike now, so yesterdays ride was GPS tracked and monitoring speed, cadence and heart rate.
Made the decision to get the tyre glued on to my 808 yesterday and to be honest it wasn't too bad a job, I guess time will tell if my skills will actually keep the tyre on the rim. :wacko:
Generally feeling like the training is paying off, effort sessions aren't feeling quite so laboured as they were a couple of weeks back, and the bike and run times are getting quicker. If I am putting my trust in to the scales at the gym, then I am another 1kg lighter.
Should be a relatively normal training week, so here we go week 4........
Did my first training session with OOTri this week, a one hour turbo training session. For those of you who don't know, this where you use your bike on a roller so that you are stationary. Hard work, but I enjoyed it. Bit lost without a heart rate monitor and cadence sensor..... but thats all about to change with my new training toy, a lovely Garmin Forerunner 910XT :D
Other than the turbo session training has consisted of 3 gym sessions, 3 swims (1500m drill sets). 2 bikes, 25miles and 15miles in some crazy winds.
Although not too convinced with the scales in the gym, I have dropped another 1kg, so still on target.
Winter miles, summer smiles is a phrase triathletes and I am sure a few other sports people use. The theory being you get the hard work done in the winter months and reap the benefits during the summer race season.
So week 1 of my training proper is complete, and its been a pretty good start. 4 sessions in the gym, 2 swims (1500 drill sets) and finally got out on the bike, a gentle 25 mile ride to Llanarmon in the cold, brrrrr.
It also seems to have worked, 3kg lighter than last week!!
Well, what a trip to the gym that was. Haven't been for a while and how it showed! :o
So I made a decision tonight, well more of a goal. The aim is to be 13kg lighter by the time Chirk Triathlon comes around, 15th April. So thats 14 weeks away, so here we go.....
After two lazy weeks of doing nothing over Christmas I thought it was time to get back training properly.
So I kicked off with a 3 mile trail run around the area, haven't run for probably 10 weeks so it was a bit of a shock to the system and pretty slow,although I am going to blame that on the 13 stiles I jumped over ;)
So thats the first session over with, might get out on the bike tomorrow and have a decent week training next week.
We have had a lovely time listening and joining with the Carol singing around the Christmas tree at the institute. It was great to see the event so well supported by the community, with people of all ages turning out on a winters eve for some festive fun. This was rewarded not only with the singing but afterwards with sherry and a mince pie in the institute.
It really got me into the Christmas Spirit and I am now looking forward to the rest of the holidays.