Whilst driving through Chirk today I noticed a prominent sign stating they have won the best kept village award again this year from the Wrexham County Borough Council. For a village that has in its midst Kronospan and a Cadburys factory I think that is some achievement.
There is a ‘Wales in Bloom’ sign on a road traffic island by a supermarket which doesn’t have single flower on it. Shouldn’t large businesses like supermarkets be encouraged to sponsor nearby roundabout maintenance as part of their community project.
I haven’t been to Chirk for a few years so maybe it looks lovely these days.
Does it still have that horrible smell?
I wonder what the criteria are for best kept village – maybe the award is not based on aesthetics such as blooming flowerbeds and hanging baskets, but more about things like littering? Perhaps it ran on a platform of “ugly but clean”?
Is Chirk nicer than, say, Marford, Hanmer or Overton-on-Dee?
Maybe Chirk is lovely now. But I tend to wonder about the reasons for any of Wrexham council’s decisions, as those decisions do often seem so strange.
Chirk is long known as ‘the Sitges of North Wales’. Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino all have summer homes there.
Ingmar Bergman used to be a regular at the Hand Hotel until he sadly passed away. Conversely, Sandy Posey who in 1966, had a no.1 hit single with ‘Single Girl’, favoured the Last Inn in Hengoed and in her later years, went on to be landlady of the Green Dragon in Hightown.
Edited to add that none of these people however, had any hand in the exploitation of the village of Llay.
It has an innate beauty and glow that can be rivalled only by a handful of places such as Pripyat or Hiroshima post 1945.
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