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Updated 01/05/2020 


Meetings - Following the latest update from the government the Chairman/Vice-Chairman & Chairman of Finance have agreed that all meetings of the Parish Council are now suspended until further notice.

Parish Issues - it is most important that members of the parish let me know in the first instance or any of our Councillor’s any concerns or reports they have including those from the general public on street lights, pot holes and other parish issues on a daily basis. Contact details on this website.

From the Chairman of St Martins Parish Council.

It is with great sadness that I report the sudden death of John Stevens.

John Stevens was a greatly valued member of our Parish Council. Chairman of Finance and the St Martins Recreation Partnership, Editor of our Village Life magazine, member of The Lib Dem party, one of the volunteers at The Village Centre and helping with computer lessons, Ifton Colliery Commemorative Project, and many other groups.

I cannot begin to comprehend the enormous loss to all of these groups, as a working member of everything he was part of. He was always polite and kind, patient, caring, and very knowledgeable, and extremely organised.

He has been a County Councillor and Chair of St Martins School Governors. Both roles he took on seriously and with total commitment. But always had time for anyone who had a problem.

Unfortunately there cannot be a funeral because of Covid-19, and we cannot have any gathering to recognise the huge loss to us all.

Rest in Peace John, you will be remembered.


St Martins Parish Council Emergency Procedures due to Coronavirus

The special information bulletin issued by SALC on 13th March 2020 contradicts our discussion at our March Parish Council meeting on our suggested procedure for meetings and decisions to deal with the possible scenarios resulting from the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, the SALC notice makes clear that Parish Council meetings cannot by law be held as tele or video conferences simply because they are supposed to be meetings at which members of the public are entitled to be present.. This means that we simply need a process that allows the delegated powers (to no less than two of the Chair of Council, the Vice Chair of Council and the Chair of Finance, in conjunction with the Parish Clerk if available) to be brought into effect in circumstances where a physical meeting of the Council cannot take place. The following diagram does, I hope, identify such circumstances and the actions needed to deal with them.

Flow chart of delegated powers 2020Click on the image above for a larger version

Brynkinallt Colliery

The Parish   

The village of St. Martin's is situated in North Shropshire just 6 miles north of Oswestry and 3 miles east of the Welsh town of Chirk. Agriculture predominates the beautiful landscape of the parish however until 1968, coal was successfully mined here for more than a century.  

The village church is dedicated to St Martin and the parish was part of the Welsh Diocese of St Asaph until 1922 when it was transferred to the Diocese of Litchfield in England.

For centuries the village was under the influence of Middleton’s of Chirk Castle and later passed to the Trevor family of Brynkinallt in Chirk.

Originally the village was made up of the local townships of Ifton, Wigginton, Bronygarth and Weston Rhyn. All of these townships bordered Wales and the River Ceiriog and the River Dee forming a natural border. By 1870 Weston Rhyn and Bronygarth were formed into the new parish of Weston Rhyn. 

Ifton Meadow MapIfton Meadow is a Nature Reserve which has extensive views over the clwydian hills, created using land reclaimed from what was once a colliery spoil. The site supports a wide variety of wildlife from a magnificent display of spring woodland wildflowers to birds such as skylarks and woodpeckers, bats, dragonflies, adders and grizzled skipper butterfly. A busy industrial estate uses some of the old colliery buildings.

In the 19th century Thomas Telford constructed the Ellesmere Canal through the village. The canal linked the industrial areas around Ruabon to the canal network and now forms a small part of the Llangollen canal. The canal is now part of the famous Llangollen canal attracting visitors from around the world. Just over a miles from St. Martins along the canal will bring you to the Pontycyllte World Heritage area, which includes both Chirk and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.