Events attended in August 2017

August 29, 2017

09/08/17 – Minister (Lesley Griffiths AM) visit to the Biogen Waen Food Waste Facility at St. Asaph.

14/08/17 – Citizenship Ceremony, Ruthin

14/08/17 – Minister (Lesley Griffiths AM) visit to Plas Newydd in Llangollen.

17/08/17 – Denbigh and Flint Show, Denbigh

We were welcomed by the Secretaries and given teas and coffees. The President and the Chair both welcomed us.  I was asked to judge 6 trade stands, and walked for what seemed miles to see each entrant, there being quite a difference in the stands.

The first prize went to the Young Farmers who do a terrific job in both helping young people in farming but also charity works related to farmers and their families.

Second prize was to a Veterinary Practice which is based in Abergele and has branches along the North Wales Coast

Third prize went to a Tractor/farm Equipment Company.

It took around 3 hours to visit each stand and discuss with them what they were about, then re visit with the rosettes.

I visited the Denbighshire and Flintshire Stand which won first prize in their judging competition. We enjoyed the whole day.Flint and Denbigh Show

20/08/17 – Meet the Orchestra Event at Moreton Hall School in Oswestry.

27/08/17 – Rhyl Air Show, Rhyl


Events attended in July 2017

July 21, 2017

01/07/17 – Glan Morfa Roundhouse Celebration was held in Rhyl

Having given a note of thanks to Volunteers and congratulations on the first 12months of the Roundhouse Project we went on to plant plugs with the children and chatted with Mums and Dads about how important this area was for local Residents.

02/07/17 – Family Fun Day at Rhyl Botanical Gardens

I opened the event, praising the work of Denbighshire County Council and the Gardens Committee on the successful way of working to ensure Residents can enjoy the gardens, also thanking Noreen Stevenson previous Chair for her hard work, and continued support to the Committee over many years. I visited all of the stalls, thanking the stall holders, cafe volunteers and nearby Poly Tunnel Committee members for supporting the Day.

Botanical gardens 2

03/07/17 – Chairman’s sponsored Concert held at the Royal Pavilion, Llangollen

The Llangollen Eisteddfod’s opening concert is sponsored by Denbighshire and this year, the 70th Anniversary of the Eisteddfod the concert was a celebration of brass and voices with the combined forces of four formidable male voice choirs and the world class Cory Brass Band.  The reception held prior to the concert was an enjoyable event, so nice to meet and greet the many Chairs, Mayors and invited guests who were able to attend.

04/07/17 – Chairman attended the evening concert at the Llangollen Eisteddfod

Sir Bryn Terfel, Kristine Opolais and Kristian Benedikt delivered a unique rendition of Puccini’s Tosca, accompanied by the acclaimed Welsh National Opera Orchestra.

06/07/17 – Youth Council Event held at Denbigh Town Hall, Denbigh

06/07/17 – Chairman attended the evening concert at the Llangollen Eisteddfod

We were treated to an evening of music and dance from all corners of the globe as the week’s competitors united together as the international Procession of Nations.

08/07/17 – North Wales Young Dragons Community Cadet Challenge held at Rydal School Colwyn Bay

09/07/17 – Mayor of Ruthin’s Civic Service – held at St. Peter’s Church, Ruthin with lunch to follow at the Vale Country Club. An enjoyable and thoughtful service with lovely food to follow.

09/07/17 – Mayor of Denbigh’s Civic Service – held at St. Mary’s Church in Denbigh. A very nice, thoughtful service with lovely refreshments to follow.

10/07/17 – Summer Reading Challenge 2017 Launch Event held at Prestatyn Library

On arrival I sat and joined the children during story time before welcoming Ken Skates AM Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, to the Library, in my introduction the I discussed with the children how I was scared when they all did their ” monster shout” !

I thanked the children for letting me listen to the story teller, and asked everyone to cheer and clap their thanks. We were all offered some fantastic cakes and drinks before the Minister thanked everyone and left.


13/07/17 – School visit to County Hall, Ruthin. Pupils from Ysgol Bro Fammau visited and had a tour of County Hall.

14/07/17 – Demolition Event at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St. Asaph

Chris Ruane MP, the Mayor of St Asaph, St Asaph Councillor attended.  After my welcome speech we had a tour of the new and old part of the school. The Head Teacher and I were then interviewed as ex-pupils of the school.

15/07/17 – Celebration of the 108th Birthday of Rachel Stanyer at St. David’s Care Home, Rhyl

16/07/17 – Mayor of Rhyl’s Civic Service, Rhyl

The Service was conducted by Rev Andy Grimwood, quite a few Chains attended as did the MP.  I completed a reading (as I am also the Deputy Mayor of Rhyl). I welcomed/ introduced myself to all Chains, local Residents etc.  The Service was very pleasant and at the end everyone sang ” we do like to be by the seaside “!

16/07/17 – St. Kentigern Summer Sale Event in Bodelwyddan

I arrived around 12.30 and met customers and volunteers. It was a very successful event and sales exceeded the expected amounts from other sale days.

20/07/17 – Citizenship Ceremony, Town Hall, Ruthin

23/07/17 – Chairman of Flintshire’s Civic Service, Mold.


Events attended in June 2017

June 23, 2017

01/06/17 – Youth volunteering Awards Presentation, Ruthin School

Along with the High Sheriff we presented certificates to youth volunteers who had given up anything up to 200 hours to help in children’s nurseries, charity shops, other young school pupils with their reading and spelling.

21/06/17 – National Reserves Day/Armed Forces Fly the Flag Event, County Hall, Ruthin

This nationwide celebration is in its ninth year and allows the whole nation to show its appreciation for the contribution made by all those who serve in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. At the ceremony this morning we welcomed the Lord Lieutenant – Mr Harry Fetherstonehaugh, the High Sheriff of Clwyd – Charlotte Howard, the Mayor of Ruthin – Councillor Jim Bryan and from the British Legion – Mr Fowlee.

The ceremony not only commemorated Armed Forces Week but also National Reserves Day (21st June). We were joined at the event by two members of Denbighshire County Council staff – James Cassidy, a current Reservist and Sarah Edwards a former Reservist and it was a pleasure for me to be able to thank them both personally for their most worthwhile contribution to our communities and our country.

Armed Forces - Reservists Day 2017

22/06/17 – School Council Visit to County Hall, Ruthin

22/06/17 – Musical Extravaganza Concert, Pavilion, Rhyl

25/06/17  – Mayor of Wrexham’s Civic Service at St. Giles Parish Church, Wrexham

28/06/17 – North Wales International Music Festival Opening Concert held at St. Asaph Cathedral

30/06/17 – Panel Signing Ceremony at the new school site, Glasdir, Ruthin

After giving a welcome speech to all attending we joined the children in signing 2 timbers that were then installed within the school building.

Councillor Pete Prendergast: Profile

June 21, 2017

Councillor Pete Prendergast has been appointed Chairman for Denbighshire County Council 2017/2018. He has represented Rhyl South West as a County Councillor since March 2015 and has sat on the DCC Planning Committee, Partnerships Scrutiny Committee, Licensing Committee and various sub-committees.

Cllr Prendergast has also served as Town Councillor for Rhyl since 2012. He has been Chair of Finance, Risk Assessment Committee, Civic Committee, Vice Chair for Staffing. Cllr Prendergast was appointed as Deputy Mayor of Rhyl for 2017/2018.

Cllr Prendergast has been Secretary for Rhyl in Bloom for the last 7 years. He is also a member of the fundraising Committee for RNLI Rhyl.

Cllr Prendergast worked in retail for over 40 years. He had his own Grocers/off Licence and then went to work for A.S. Watson trading as Savers, Superdrug, Perfume Shop as Area Manager covering the West Coast, Shropshire, North Wales, Manchester, Liverpool, Lake District where he was responsible for the profit and loss of all stores who employed over 200 staff.

He became National Training Manager for all 450 stores, set up NVQ Training for Savers Division with sister Company Superdrug. He was responsible for setting up Alcohol Training for Senior Staff/Managers (over 200 applicants) having a 100% pass rate.

Cllr Prendergast is very much looking forward to representing Denbighshire in his role as Chair during the coming year. His charities are to be Rhyl RNLI and St. Kentigern Hospice, Denbigh. The Vice-Chair for Denbighshire will be Councillor Peter Scott and the Chairman’s Chaplain will be Rev. Stan Walker.