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    Community Online are proud to annouce that it has won the Media Trust Inspiring Voices Award. Quote from Media Trust’s marketing director, Gavin Sheppard: “We know that there is a wealth of great media work already going on in the community, but we were especially impressed by Community Online. This project provides a valuable communication channel for those living in the villages and is a true example of community reporting in action These awards recognise the achievements of projects like Community Online that have used media to promote a positive change in their local community. Whether it’s creating an online forum to connect local people or making a film to promote awareness of an issue, anyone can use the media for the good of their local community. I hope that the success of Community Online will inspire others in Shropshire to share their story and connect with the local community” To read the full press release download the attached PDF Media Trust Press Release.pdf
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    Just a quick news update to say to that Community Online will be available at the Weston Rhyn Youthclub Victorian Tea on Saturday 18th February. So if you have any questions or would like some advice this would be a great time to have a catch up. We will have a couple of computers there if people want a demonstration or need any help in signing up. Information about the Victorian Tea is in the calendar here.....
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    Community Online

    Competition Winners

    Winners of a personalised Community Online Mug are....... Smithy rachyowen Maggie Matt H Liam Hope Vuyo Madikezela Simple Simon Neo cazzie1dav Justin (Teddy) Cliffe RobGreene Shooting Folk Zoe B Well done!
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    Chirk Bank Community Group

    What about having a go at clearing thecanal embankment slope on the Gledrid side of Avondale? Its a scrubby mess, and sycamores are growing up to hide the view. There is a seat there, but doubt you could see very much at present. Could this then be sowed with wildflower seeds? The brambles are choking out the rosebay willow herb which are very pretty where they flower. It would also be nice to put a planter or 2 alongside the canal in Chirk Bank.
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    Well said that man! I know how hard the youth club committee, and Lee in particular, worked over the years to keep the youth club going, despite the lack of support from many in the village. I know how much work goes in to each application for funding, whether or not they are successful. No way is it 'just a couple of 18 year old girls' who are needed. Shropshire council do not give grants out for this sort of thing, other than via the LJC, which has supported the youth club in the past, but nowhere near the levels of funding needed to cover room hire (£1000 from Stute plus various amounts for supposed damage caused by the youth club), Insurances, activities etc etc. It is a bit late in the day for the Quinta to offer use of its facilities to the youth club, maybe this should have been done a few years ago; one costly problem in Weston Rhyn is that transport is needed to get young people to many activities because Weston Rhyn has few local facilities. Mr Bullen seems to have a very naive idea about what is needed to get a youth club running and even more naive idea that there is a plentiful supply of money sitting in 'the council' just waiting to be asked for... I wish! Many of us have supported the fundraising activities in the village over the years, such as a race night, Victorian Fair, etc etc. all of which have taken hours and hours of organizing. The youth club committee were very successful in getting grants too, But in the end it was all too much and the youth club folded this summer. It is my belief that if there had been more support from the village, and the Stute committee in particular, then we would still have a youth club, however, if Mr Bullen manages to get a youth club going again then I will also support his efforts via any fundraising activities etc he plans. Weston Rhyn village should support all its citizens, and that includes the sometimes stroppy teenagers. (I'd be more than stroppy if I was still young and stuck without transport with nothing to do in such an anti-youth village).
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    motorcross track

    Motorcycles have been my passion for almost 40 years, yet I strongly doubt that a motorcross track, somewhere near Gobowen will have any impact on the current group that are using childrens offroad motorbikes illegally, dangerously and antisocially in the village now. They are also, in my opinion , unlikely to use any 'legitimate' track due to the likely restrictions of that kind of venture- not least of which will be the need to transport machines by some other means. One would like to think that it could be their fathers, but their influence is notable by its absence from my observation. However, if there really is sufficient demand, you will receive the support that you are going to need. I wish you well.
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    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: http://www.wales.ac.uk/en/CentreforAdvancedWelshCelticStudies/ResearchProjects/CurrentProjects/Poetry and a call for papers for the project wind up conference http://www.wales.ac.uk/Resources/Documents/Centre/2012/Galwad-am-Bapurau-SaesnegMedi2012.pdf 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.
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    Paul Drury

    Street and Road Problems?

    speeding through Gobowen past the playing fields and also past the school on the old A5 is a problem. as for parking on the st Martins road out side the Chapel, the gates are left open on the playing field car park with more than ample parking, but having said that parking outside the chapel does slow the traffic down, but is also dangerous.The ball being kicked out of the MUGA on to the the road outside the playing as caused a few near misses.
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    Introduce yourself..........

    Don't you think that hobbits probably live down in the little nooks and crannies in Glyn Morlas? Bugger otters, I'm always on the look out for hairy feet when I'm along the Ceiriog. (after all Morda is only the other side of Oswestry)
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    Free Sports Activity Day

    3PYA are running a FREE sports/activity day at Rhyn Park Sports Hall on Saturday 10th March from 1pm until 4pm. It is aimed at all youth aged 10 and above within the parishes of Weston Rhyn, St.Martins, Gobowen and Selattyn. There will be a wide range of activities for all abilities and should be lots of fun. Refreshments will be available. The event will be run by Jamie Stafford and supported by youth leaders from Weston Rhyn, St.Martins and Gobowen. If you need assistance with transport please contact your youth leaders or call 07582002023
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    WR Youthclub

    Racenight Success

    A huge thanks to everyone who came to the Racenight, sponsored races or donated raffle prizes. It was a huge success and hopefully everyone had a great time. We raised an amazing £1100 for the Youthclub, as well as £120 for Cancer Research UK from the raffle. :D
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    Community Online

    Raindrops on Roses..

    craigemery...... maybe, just maybe, this forum will get like minded people together to organise some of the events you mention. It appears to me that there are a lot of people who say, I miss or I wish we had... and if they got together then we could put all these events back on.
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    First user

    It's really good to be the first on to post a message on this part of the Community Chat site. I want to say to my fellow residents in St Martins what a wonderful place to live and can I ask anyone who loves living here, join this topic and post their views on what it is they find particualy good about living in this village. You could also share the thing that you think might improve the village. Come on, have your say, you never know you might make a difference!
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    What Lee does when he's not here

    Our computer genius who runs this site also has other strings to his bow. Watch this video to find out what he was doing last week in Sweden. http://www.mdcstockholm.com/news/media/article/15
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    motorcross track

    I meant a sales pitch as in selling the idea, and you are looking for support so maybe asking people support of kids that trespass and evade the police is not a great start for selling the idea. Just my 2 cents worth,
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    Flood News

    The road from Oswestry to Weston Rhyn has a bit of standing water between Oswestry and Hengoed. There is a flood completely covering the road between The Wern and Weston Rhyn (it is passable), there is also a bit more standing water as you come into the village.
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    The Green Room G-Olympics Win Gold!! What a success the G-Olympics turned out to be, we had to run 2 teams of under and over 11s. There were 72 individual entries taking part in competitive sports,ages ranged from 6 to 17 and a great time had by all, in fact so good we are doing it all over again next week 6pm-8pm 22August
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    Paul Drury

    Green Room Go For G-Olympics

    Green Room Go For G-Olympics Following the success of the sports events held at the Gobowen Pavilion on National Playday the Green Room Youth Project are hosting their own mini olympic event on Wednesday 15th August at Gobowen Playingfield between 5pm and 8pm. The activities which range from Javelin to Sack Race and Footnall Keepy Uppy will be aimed at making sport fun and interesting to young people. The group have been awarded a grant of £7782 to deliver a youth inclusion project which offers 20 sports and Digital Media sessions at Gobowen Pavilion over the next 9 months.Chair of the group Paul Drury said" The project is a great opportunity to engage with young people and let them help develop activities. The event on National Playday was a good model to shape this activity and demonstated how we were not put off by the rain. Having advice and guidance from qualified Sports Development staff from Shropshire Council has helped us shape what we can deliver. Our sports coach Ross Bodie will be on hand to start the races and run the basket ball activity. The team that have been opening the pavilion since the project started last July have been pleased with the numbers coming along to the sessions.The G- Olympics title for the event was suggested by one of our youth members and considered quite appropriate. For further information or to get involved with the Green Room youth Project please phone Sian on 01691 659891
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    Paul Drury

    All Welcome at Gobowen Play Day

    Groups in Gobowen are planning a fun filled Play Day on Wednesday 1st August between 1pm and 4pm. The event which is hosted by The Green Room Youth Project will take place on Gobowen Playing. All ages are invited to take part in this community event which aims to celebrate outdoor activities. Following last year’s event the groups involved committed agreed to expand what was on offer this year. Partners which include Shropshire Council Community Action Team, Outdoor Recreation Team, Selattyn & Gobown Parish Council, Gobowen Allrounders, Gobowen Coppice Group and Gobowen Playing Field Committee have set up a range to attract all ages. The event will host a demonstration of play equipment from Safe & Sound play so that youngsters can try before they buy and give their opinion as to what extra piece of new equipment they would like. There will be a special story time for under 5’s and also a Dance workshop from Diddi Dance. Sports and Games will be organised in a mini Olympics with special prizes for all taking part. Chairman of The Green Room Youth Project Paul Drury said ”We are fortunate that all the groups are working together to support The Green Room. The parish council have helped by allowing the groups to use the pavilion and volunteers will be on hand to man our new tuck shop. Activities which get people out as a family help to build the community . The play equipment demonstration was organised by Cllr Sue Crow at the request of the Silo Central Trustees. Following the event Silo Central will look at purchasing a new item for the play area. We are all looking forward to this event and are hoping that the weather is as kind to as the volunteers and groups are.
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    I've seen some plans for the proposed new Zebra crossing in Gobowen that will cross the road between the Post Office and the Co-op. Although I recognise that there is a strong need for a crossing, I would advise caution. Situating a pedestrian crossing so close to the level crossing could cause a nasty accident, especially if longer vehicles are backed up onto the railway line waiting for people to cross. I would advise decision makers to approach RailTrack, the Highways Agency and the Derwen College.
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    I agree with all the comments on the reduced parking, but my main worry is how safe it will be to use! I also think people will park anyway, even with parking restrictions which will make the crossing even more unsafe. any comments on the zebra crossing I think needed to be at shirehall by the 14 of February
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    Lost Cat

    Just thought i'd up date you. We got reunited with our cat, Magick after nearly 5 months of him being missing. With special thanks to Animalsearchuk without their help we would have never got him back. He was found 23 miles away in Shrewsbury and is now back home with us, time to crack open the tuna! :)
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    Sophie Hughes has been accepted onto the Volunteer Eco Students Abroad program and will be travelling to South Africa in July 2012 to take part in an important sustainable community development project. I am seeking sponsorship to enable me to participate in the programme and complete essential volunteer work in a KwaZulu-Natal village. I will work in conjunction with the villagers and the village chief in addressing the major issues faced by the village and the local schools such as a lack of fresh running water, dilapidated schools and generally poor infrastructure. Your donation will help to facilitate the means for implementing a major community development project, which will encompass construction in addition to educating the community on matters of conservation, sustainability, health, hygiene and English proficiency. By sponsoring me, you will be directly assisting with the costs involved in participating in the program. These costs are significant and include hiring local skilled trades people to supervise and assist in the building projects, building materials and donations to local organisations. Every volunteer will complete a minimum of 40 hours of hands on community based volunteer work. I would appreciate donations of any amount, which will enable me to participate in this vital community development program. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to make a difference donating my time and energy into volunteering overseas next summer. If you are able to help through donation or help with fund raising, even in the smallest way it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Sophie Hughes directly either on her mobile: 07525457193, telephone: 01691 773817, e-mail: sophhughes@hotmail.co.uk or address: 45 Oaklands Road, Chirk Bank, Chirk, Wrexham LL14 5DW UK For information on the VESA program please visit www.vesabroad.com Thank you :) X
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    Big Local Survey

    Deadline has been extended until 17th October and you can fill it in on-line via this link http://www.shropshire-rcc.org.uk/assets/userfiles/parishplans/questionnaires/Big_Local_Survey/big_local_area_survey.htm so no excuse now for a computer literate person like you Simon :) . There will be an announcement of a public meeting at the end of November, and if you like I will try to put some of the results of the questionnnaire up on this site. Its really important to get a consensus of opinion about what we should spend our £1 million on in the area. So far the 'steering group' (for want of a better word) have been looking at how we reach everyone in the villages, but once we move into actual projects and gasp spending money, then there is obviously going to need to be a group of representatives set up so that we are truly working together to use the money wisely. Last thing anyone wants is for anyone to feel they have been left out of decisions.