City Status Anniversary Celebrations
June this year sees the fifth anniversary of the award of City Status to St. Asaph and plans are well in hand to celebrate the occasion with a number of events starting with a Flower Festival in the Cathedral.
This event has caught the imagination of a wide area with Flower Clubs from all over North Wales and beyond planning beautiful arrangements of flowers to display to their very best advantage in the historic setting of the carthedral.
A Flower Festival Committee, headed by Dr. Janet Cameron, are delighted to have been given permission to use the Cathedral by the Dean, the Very Rev. Nigel Williams as the venue offers wonderful scope to flower arrangers to design and execute spectacular displays within the ancient walls where colourful stained glass windows and natural stone pillars offer an inspirational backdrop.
Planned improvements to the facilities within the Cathedral should be well underway by the beginning of June to ensure that visitors have the very best experience.
St. Asaph City Council are also planning events to coincide with the June anniversary. They are currently in the early stages of organising a concert in the Cathedral and a fun sports day while Oriel House Country Hotel have entered into the spirit of the community event by organising a Hog Roast and the Parish Church community are planning a ’Messy Church’ event with a range of activities for children. It is also hoped that a French/German style market event will be held within the grounds of the Cathedral with the celebrations finishing with a service in the Cathedral at which a very special piece of music will be played by organist John Hoskin who has agreed to compose a musical tribute to the historic city and its tradition of music through the centuries.
It is hoped that all the events will receive the enthusiastic support of the community and the Council are happy to hear of any extra events which clubs and organisations feel they would like to include in the celebrations which begin on June lst.
The second Ensemble 1677 concert was held at the Cathedral on Saturday, January 21st .The group was inspired by the performances of the French ensemble L'Arpeggiate and featured instruments including a Harpsichord along with the instruments held by the musicians in the photograph. The concert was held in candle light which added to the wonderful atmosphere created by the music. Picture by Nathaniel Ramanaden
County Clean Up From Dog Fouling
Efforts to tackle dog fouling in Denbighshire are paying dividends, with a drop in the number of complaints being received over a three year period.
Figures from January 2013 to the end of 2016 show a declining trend, down from 59 complaints in January 2013 to 38 in November 2016, although there have been an increase in the number of complaints each year in the winter months.
The Council has been implementing a long-running campaign to tackle dog fouling and environmental crime, with a key focus on education and prevention, as well as enforcement action against those individuals who fail to clear up after their dogs.
Prevention activities have included direct engagement with dog owners about the Council’s approach, handing out bags, spraying dog foul with yellow chalk to highlight problem areas, the introduction of yellow glow in the dark signs to deter would be offenders and high visibility patrols. Dedicated operations have been carried out in ‘hot spot areas’ where there have been regular complaints.
In 2016, there were 77 notices issued to individuals for dog fouling offences.
Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member for Environment, said: “We are delighted that our efforts are proving successful, but we want to continue with our campaign for clean and tidy streets in Denbighshire.
“Residents have told us that dog fouling is on the top of the list of issues that they want us to address and we have been working tirelessly to raise the profile of dog fouling issues and raising the profile of the matter.
“Of course, the majority of people act responsibly and clear up after their animals. We would like to thank them for that. This message is targeted at those individuals who act in an irresponsible manner and who show disregard to the health and well-being of other people in the community”.
You can report any instances of dog fouling by reporting it through the Council’s website: www.denbighshire.gov.uk/dogfouling or by phoning 01824 706000.