Cilcain goes Geothermal!

Geothermal heating systems have been  installed  in Cilcain Pensioners' bungalows in Cilcain  have one of the first installations in Wales. Water is passed through 75m deep bore holes collecting heat as it circulates. This is released into the properties  using what is effectively a freezer in reverse. Installation costs around £5,000, but running costs should be low.     Click photo to enlarger. October 06.

Cycling Sunday visits Cilcain!

On 7th October 600+ cyclists passed through Cilcain stopping off in the Village Hall for afternoon tea!  Thanks to all the helpers and those who kindly donated cakes raising funds to maintain our village hall.

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Gwylfama hits the Village Hall.  On Saturday October 10th 2009 Gwylfama ran a Youth Music and Arts festival in Cilcain. There were open music sessions from some very talented young performers and at times the Village Hall was packed.

Many thanks for their efforts. If you weren’t there you missed a good day! Click on their photo for a larger image!

Winter in Cilcain 2009/10

The hardest winter for 30 years in photos!

All Photos by Phil Parsons except “Four Yellow Hammers & Blackbird” by David Allen.


Cilcain Bridge - Finished at last!

The new Cilcain - Pantymwyn bridge was opened 30th October 2010, but labour to finish the stonework coping on the top of the walls stalled until July 2011, when work re-commenced. At last it is finished!  

To my eye the 8 enormous wooden bollards ruin what would otherwise have been a sympathetic replacement of out historic bridge. What happened to the two heritage cast iron bollards at each end that  we were promised?  And is that life belt a joke?  Phil P. 7.9.2011.  


When one door of happiness closes, another opens. But often we keep looking at the closed door &  we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

Classic Cars visit Cilcain.

On Saturday 4th June Cilcain car enthusiasts were treated to a classic car rally passing through our village.

Cilcain Post Office & Cafe

On Friday 21st October our new  post office opened.

The part time post office will be run by Norman Shuel and will open Wednesday and Friday mornings, 9.00am to 1.00pm. Many thanks to our parish councillors who helped to negotiated this service for  us. Please try to use it as much as possible.

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

The celebration for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee started at Ysgol-y-Foel with the opening of the new Foundation Phase building. The Royal Welsh were there, Shadows guitarist Brian Lockin, Street Dancing and Cheerleading added to the fun. The weekend continued with a strawberries and champagne party in the village hall, a barbeque in the White Horse and a beacon on Moel Famau.    June 2012.

March 22nd, 2013 spring coming, so what a surprise to open our curtains and find heavy snow! Despite the usual hardships, power off, phones down the usual community spirit reigned, neighbours helped neighbours, kids (and adults) made igloos and snowmen and as usual at such times, the pub was packed!     

Winter comes late to Cilcain

Jubilee Tower Restoration

If you’ve not walked up to Jubilee Tower recently you will have missed the partial rebuilding of one of the tower’s original corners. A spiral stairway has been included to give easier access to the summit. The corner section was rebuilt using stone from the original structure.

10.13 Phil.

Many thanks to David

On Saturday 27th June a surprise party was given in honour of David Johnson who with a team of helpers has worked tirelessly over the past few years to have our village hall completely refurbished.  Thank you David.

Wind Turbines heading towards Cilcain?

Would you want a 283 feet high turbine in your garden?

The proposed 86.5 metre high Wind Turbine on Lygan Uchaf farm in Rhosesmor, North Wales, is almost 20 double decker buses high, this is nearly as high as the Padeswood Cement

Factory tower (96m) and just taller than the metropolitan cathedral in Liverpool (85 metres). It almost doesn't matter how far away it is, because it is so big, it looks like it's right there, in your garden! And it shouldn't be there!

You may remember running the 100 yards at school, and thinking that was a long way (we were smaller then though), well this is about the same distance (95 metres), and it's not along the ground, it's upwards! It's really big.

Click HERE to find out more and to join in a protest against this developememnt.

Did you know? Cilcain’s community police officer is PC1700 Gary Aldous. He can be contacted by email  or tel. 07789 291 107.  MORE LAST ORDERS PLEASE

Sunday 21st October saw Peter and Chris’s last day of running our village pub, the White Horse. After nearly 41 years behind the bar and in the kitchen it was time for a well earned retirement, but their last day turned out to be one of their busiest. By late afternoon the pub was filling up with village people armed with plates of food, there to wish Peter and Chris a happy retirement and by early evening it was “standing room only.” Regulars had clubbed together to commission a painting by local artist Wendi and a presentation was made to our departing hosts by Simon Kneale. The “evening” ended in the early hours of Monday morning!

Best wishes to Peter and Chris and if you should think about settling  back in Cilcain, you would be sure of a warm welcome from your old customers and friends.

After their leaving, I received this message from Chris:   


Firstly we want to thank Wendi for the fantastic painting and all the people who contributed towards it, it is really the work of a genius. Peter has particularly enjoyed looking for all the spam tins.

We want to tell everybody how overwhelmed we were by the amazing farewell that was given to us in the White Horse on Sunday evening.

To thank all the very kind and talented people who brought such lovely food, and to thank everyone for the presents and cards.

We will never forget any of you and will miss you all.

With our love,

Chris and Peter