Leisure

Ruabon Bowling Club 

 

Members play on The Green which is situated behind the Sports Pavilion and the Village Hall off Maes-y-Llan Lane

Membership is open to 'seasoned' players and novices of all ages and each is welcomed.

Free family and youth coaching has been introduced since mid season 2013 and has proved so successful that coloured bowls have been purchased and a new name and Logo - 'Ruabon Reds'. This name was chosen to link in with the heritage of Ruabon Red Bricks

Life President of the Ruabon Reds’ Bowling Club: George Critchley with Gareth Owen and Daniel Tincello.

Gareth and Daniel are part of the Ruabon Reds B team which competes in the Wrexham and District Saturday League, Division 2

And in the Ruabon C Team in the Oswestry League Division 6

Currently, the club plays in the Wrexham and District Saturday League, Premier Division and Division 2, the Oswestry and District League, Divisions 1, 4 and 6.

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2014 -The Bowling Club has now taken out a lease on the Sports Paviion from Ruabon Community Council and will support other sports requirements in Ruabon.

Facilities at the club have been upgraded with a newly refurbished kitchen french windows opening on to the Bowling Green, new front entrance doors and solar panels. The green now has flood lighting, new paths and shelters

For more information on joining the club, please telephone:

Paul Tincello, Chair, Tel.No. 07841688820 or e-mail; paul.tincello@btinternet.com

or David Rogers, Secretary, e-mail: david.rogers@live.com

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Growing Ruabon – A Community Growing Together -

Rhwabon tyfu

Growing Ruabon Ltd is a new company limited by guarantee set up for the purpose of creating community growing and food projects within the village of Ruabon, helping the community grow together.

There are many projects planned and they will all be designed to be inclusive of all age and ability groups. In order to facilitate this, Growing Ruabon will be building up a collection of tools and equipment so there are no barriers to participation. To reach a wide cross section of the community the planting events will be publicised and invitations made to everyone.

We particularly hope that local groups, schools, churches etc will be participate and you are encouraged to register an interest and share your thoughts with the coordinator Bill Smith, home 01978 821869, mobile 07730 433660, email bill@billsmith.co.uk or via our facebook group page Rhiwabon tyfu - Growing Ruabon. 

 

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Ruabon Library  (see also 'Useful Contacts ' and 'What's On' pages)

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Rhiwabon Leisure and Activity Centre

This is a superb facility designed to offer a first class centre for cricket development. However, a wide range of other sporting activities are also provided to encourage junior and community participation.

For further information on the range of activities  or to simply  book a football, badminton court please contact the centre:

Rhiwabon Leisure and Activity Centre
Ysgol Rhiwabon
Ruabon
LL14 6BT

Tel: 01978 822 978
email: rhiwabon.sportscomplex@wrexham.gov.uk

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Ruabon Field Club

Ruabon Field Club was founded in 1918.  In its early days it concentrated on actual 'field work when the society studied the archaeology, geology and botany of the surrounding countryside as well as its history.  At the time, such field clubs were very popular.

By now, though the name has been kept for historical reasons, the 'field trips' have ceased and the club concentrates on lectures of historical or environmental interest.

Members meet on the third Tuesday of each month from October to to March at St Mary's Church Hall, Ruabon at 2pm.

In the Summer. two or three excursions are arranged to places of historical interest.

In the past there were coach trips covering a wide are of the country; but by now, owing to the high cost of coach travel, the excursions have been confined to places within reach by cars or public transport.

 

For information on joining the club please contact the Secretary,

either:

Mr Malcolm Crosbie on:- 01978 821572 or

Mrs Dorothy Taylor on 01978 822039

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Ruabon Young People's Centre

(Please also see 'Useful Contacts' and 'Community Groups' pages)

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Ruabon Ladies' Craft Group

This group was originally part of Ruabon WI but has since expanded to include a wider circle of friends.  The group meets on a Tuesday afternoon from 2-4pm in the small top room of Ruabon Community Centre.

The crafts produced cover a wide range which includes: lacework, knitting, greetings cards, jewellery and embroidery(and more!).

If anyone is interested in joining the group, please telephone:-

Pat Asquith on 01978 820449 or Mary Baxter on 01978 822166

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St Mary's Church Choir

St. Mary's is blessed with an established SATB robed choir which helps to lead the main 9:30am service every Sunday, in addition to other occasional services throughout the year. The choir is made up of around 20 singers of all ages/abilities and is always willing to welcome new recruits with a passion for singing. Practices take place most Tuesdays at 7pm during term time.

Members enjoy enriching worship with a broad repertoire of music drawn from the history of the Anglican tradition and are as much at home singing Thomas Tallis as Graham Kendrick.

Recent years' highlights of activity have included the Ruabon Harvest Festival and Christingle services with village schools, choral evensong to celebrate Mr Ron Breeze’s 60 year anniversary of lay readership; “The Word Revealed” service in celebration of the 400th birthday of the King James Bible and the Christmas carol tour of local care homes.

Anyone interested in joining the choir should contact the director of music: Gareth Erlandson, at g.erlandson@btinternet.com or visit any service or rehearsal.

St Mary's Church Choir - Ruabon

St Mary's shared Church Choir

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Ruabon Constitutional Sports and Social Club

Park Street, Ruabon,LL14 6LE

Darts, Dominoes, Pool, 2 Snooker tables and bar.

Competitions are held with local organisations and the 'Cons Club', as it is widely known, has a close affiliation with Ruabon Bowling Club.

Facilities are available for Christening and Birthday Parties and Wakes.

Membership is available at £5 per annum (£2.50 for Senior Citizens).

Please telephone: 01978 820062 for further details.

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Bell Ringing at St Mary's shared Church

If any young person would like to undertake church bell ringing for their Duke of Edinburgh Award, he or she would be most welcome to attend practice night at St Mary’s Church on a Thursday, between 7pm and 8:30pm. For more information contact Gordon Richardson (g.j.richardson@hotmail.co.uk).

 

www.stmarysruabon.org.uk/bells.html

Bell ringingBell ringing is good exercise, both physical and mental, for all ages from ten upwards. St Mary's Church, Ruabon, is affiliated to the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (www.cccbr.org.uk) through membership of the North Wales Association of Church Bell Ringing (www.northwalesbellringers.org).

As well as normal ringing for church services (9am - 9:30am on a Sunday, plus special services), our practice night (7pm - 8:30pm on a Thursday). There is also ringing for weddings and special occasions. For more information please contact Gordon Richardson, Captain of the Tower on: 07970 140004 or gordon@richardson1502.fsnet.co.uk.

All learners, regardless of age, will be closely supervised by a bell ringer who is deemed competent to teach by the tower captain. Learners will get to see the bells in the bell chamber from a safe distance.

Learners will start by controlling the backstroke, followed by the handstroke. They will then put the two together. The skills required for bell ringing cannot be acquired overnight and it may take a couple of months before learners can safely handle a bell by themselves.

Once a ringer can safely handle a bell they will be able to join in ringing with the rest of the band.

Although bell ringing is safe, there are hazards. Access to the ringing room is via a steep set of stairs so flat footwear should be worn. Excessively loose clothing and jewellery should not be worn as it may get caught in the rope when ringing. Learners must not touch ropes or mechanisms unless closely supervised by a competent ringer.

What’s involved when learning to ring?

St Mary’s Church, Ruabon - Permission to Ring:

Click attached form: Bellringing%20form%20Parents%20Guide

 

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Ruabon Walk

Tatham - Hill-fort - Afon Eitha - Gardden Wood (3.5 miles)

Please note:

The curate must be notified in advance if you wish to look inside the church.

At times the route can be muddy, stout footwear is recommended

Transport

Ruabon is on several bus routes from Wrexham.

Car parking space is available at Station Road (grid ref. SJ 300438) and there is also parking in the village centre nearby.

Walk Directions

Starting from Station Road, turn left onto the main road, passing the Roundhouse (1), an early 18th century jail. A few metres further on is the Wynnstay Arms (2), an old coach-house.

Turn left by the 13th century Church of St Mary (3). Soon you will pass the Old Grammar School (4) on your left and the almshouses on your right.

Just over the railway bridge turn right and follow the footpath along the edge of the cemetery. Cow parsley and rosebay willow herb grow here in abundance. There is a good view to your right of houses built from the famous local red brick, a clay-pit can also be seen to your left.

Turn left following the cemetery boundary. Look northeast and on a clear day the Peckforton Hills and Beeston Castle can be seen in the distance. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD into the next field with the hedge on your RIGHT. You are now on what was probably an original track from the hill fort, which you will see later. Follow the same line along a muddy lane to Tatham Farm (5).

Go quietly through the farmyard, passing the recent barn conversions, to the road and turn right. Going downhill this lane runs adjacent to Offa's Dyke (6), which is the bank on your right. There are some majestic old oak, beech and sycamore trees here. You will also pass a ‘Ruabon Heritage Trail’ information

 

 

board. Turn left just before the Industrial Estate into a lane. Going steeply uphill, you may notice the great variety of plant life here. Herb robert, ramsons, hart's tongue fern, foxglove and woody nightshade abound; also holly, horse chestnut and elder trees.

Follow the bend round to the right past the chalet-type house. Further on note the Ice-House on the left and on the opposite side of the road the site of Gardden Lodge (7). Up around the bend and past Pen-y-coed, the remains of the prehistoric Hillfort

 

 

(8) come into view. Here there is a second ‘Ruabon Heritage Trail’ board, with some interesting natural & historical background information on the area.

There are some beautiful beech trees here as well as an abundance of bird life. Extensive, picturesque views to the right reveal the now restored and landscaped Delph opencast mine workings. Turn right by the semi-detached, Ruabon brick houses, go past the stone cottage and the path leads you left into 'Rocky Woods' (9)

 

Rocky Woods

 

You will come to a sandstone quarry on your right. From the point where it is closest to the path count 80 average adult paces to a fork. (The fork is at approximately SJ 29442 44531; this could be useful if you have a GPS.) Take the path on the right and after 25 paces turn left down a small slope (SJ 29424 44539).

Keep going downhill to pass another quarry on the left. Here you find yourself on a narrow ridge, with a chain mesh fence to your left, between the quarry and the river valley. Once nearing the bottom continue in the same direction to find a broad cart track and waymarker.

Turn left and in a few metres take the right fork to reach the famous 'Devil's Bridge’ that crosses the Afon Eitha, a notorious spot for suicides in the 18th century.

Devil's bridge, Rocky woods

Devil's Bridge

 

 The wood is rich with plant life: bluebell, ramsons, yellow archangel, and oak, beech and rowan trees to name but a few.

Go over the bridge and follow the path to the right up the hill. Turn right onto the B5097. Across the road notice the clinker in the wall. There was a foundry nearby and 'clinker' or slag is the waste from the furnace.

Continue past Wynn Hall (10), and just after the house 'Brooklyn' (large white house) turn right onto a footpath that leads almost immediately to a gate and stile. Once over the stile the footpath then descends gradually to a footbridge.

Go over the footbridge and follow the obvious path diagonally right across the field and up to the top of the embankment. Head straight on passing a path to your right, to cross over a culvert and on through a few trees and into an open field.

Descend to the hedge on your right, which you should then follow. This grassy bank is unimproved meadowland - a sanctuary for wild flowers - including vetch, sweet vernal grass, field woodrush and birdsfoot trefoil. Head for the large beech tree in the bottom corner of the field and once over the stile you are back in Rocky Woods.

Follow the main track through the woods. You’ll soon re-join the track you previously walked on to reach Devils Bridge. This time continue past the bridge along the track, passing the red brick cottages to the road.

Diagonally across to the right you’ll see six steps up the roadside embankment. Go up these and through the kissing gate and walk along the top of the steep bank, near to the hedge. The curious ridges in this field are the result of landslip, a common feature of clay soils on steep slopes.

On the other side of this field follow the path, over the stile, along the boardwalk, into some trees to reach the road. Turn right.

Take the lane to the left of the Great Western public house signposted for the station and follow it to the footbridge across the river. By the waterfall look out for sycamore, willow and rowan trees, and in the spring, ramsons, bluebell and cow parsley. Go under the railway bridge and follow the path back to Station Road.

Places Of Interest

 

(1) The ROUNDHOUSE is one of three of its kind in North Wales. It was used to imprison drunks and undesirables overnight.

                                                                   

(2) The WYNNSTAY ARMS HOTEL is an old coaching house named after the Wynn family. It was here that the stagecoaches would change their horses for the next part of their journey.

(3) St MARY’S CHURCH has a fascinating churchyard, some notable monuments, and a 14th century fresco entitled 'The Works of Mercy'. It also has six bells each bearing a different inscription.

(4) The OLD GRAMMAR SCHOOL was founded in 1618 and was used as a school until 1858.

 

(5) TATHAM FARM takes its name from Richard Tatham who was tenant around 1784. It was originally two farms.

(6) OFFA’S DYKE was constructed in the 8th century by Offa, King of Mercia. It is approximately 138 km (80 miles) long and provided a boundary between England and Wales.

(7) GARDDEN LODGE was the home of the High Sheriff of Denbighshire, Edward Rowland, in the early 19th century.

The interior of the ice house

ICEHOUSES were a feature of 19th century estates. Built for the storage of meat, these buildings were usually constructed with thick walls and often partly underground for extra insulation. The large bulk of ice collected in the winter would keep the meat edible for up to a year.

The exterior of the ice house

(8) GARDDEN FORT possibly dates back to the early Iron Age. Extending to four acres, and partly enclosed by a drystone wall, it was defended by two banks and three ditches on the south side. No excavation has been made of the fort but it is possible that it may still have been occupied in the 8th century.

In 1167 a battle was fought on this site between Owain Cyfeliog, Prince of Upper Powys, and the English and Normans. This battle was won by the Welsh and the poem ‘Hirlas Eucin’ was written to commemorate the event.

'Hirlas' is the name given to the long, blue horn, which is used for celebrations and can still be seen in ceremonies at the National Eisteddfod. This battle is also credited for the naming of the Afon Goch, which is reputed to have overflowed with the blood of the English - 'goch' being the Welsh word for red.

(9) GARDDEN WOOD. The woodland is known locally as 'Rocky Woods' because of the three old sandstone quarries, which supplied stone to North Wales, Lancashire and Cheshire until 1952.

The wide variety of bird-life in and around the wood includes jay, spotted flycatcher, pied flycatcher, little owl, tawny owl, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, dipper, pheasant, grey wagtail and long-tailed tit.

(10) WYNN HALL is a 17th century house named after the family who built it. In 1670 William Wynn lived at the Hall; he was a commissioner named in the 1650 Act of Propagating the Gospel in Wales. He served Parliament during the civil war between Royalists and Roundheads. He died in 1692 and was buried in the Dissenters' Graveyard, Wrexham.

His granddaughter married the Rev. John Kendrick, minister of Chester Street Presbyterian Chapel, Wrexham. So began the long association between the Kendricks and Wynn Hall, which ended in 1970 when the remaining members of the family sold up and emigrated to Australia.

 

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