New Year honour for St Asaph city councillor

City councillor  awarded New Year’s honour for her service to the community.

Denise Hodgkinson,  city councillor and editor of the City Times, will be presented with a British Empire Medal to recoginise her work in St Asaph.

Denise, 74, said: “It came as a shock, I go41Denise26webt a letter from the cabinet office saying my name was made aware to the Queen.

“We’ve been invited to the Royal Garden Party and there will be a ceremony held locally where the medal will be presented.”

Deputy Lord Lieutenant Austin Savage from St Asaph nominated Denise for the New Year’s Honours award for the effort she puts into the City Times, and the amount of service she gives the city.

Denise and the City Times team are starting their 20th year on the newspaper.
After the floods devastated St Asaph last year the newspaper published an extra addition to keep residents informed.

Denise said: “This award is for the team of City Times, all the people involved and who deliver it for us, some people have been doing it for 20 years.

“People know I write it but they do not see what happens beneath that.”

The City Times is published every two months with 2,500 printed for St Asaph, Rhuallt, Tremeirchion, Waen and Cefn.

Denise said: “Some people post the City Times out to family and friends.
“And we put it on the internet now as well.”

In addition to the City Times, Denise helps welcome visitors to the St Asaph Cathedral during the summer.
She has been attending St Asaph’s council meetings since 1955 when she first started working as a reporter on The Journal in Rhyl, becoming city councillor in 1994 and serving as mayor in 1999 and 2002.

Steps to promote Tourism in St Asaph

The City Council has been successful in accessing funding from Cadwyn Clwyd that hopefully will enhance the visitor experience when they visit the City. Funding of £800 has been granted by Cadwyn Clwyd ,with a contribution of £200 from the City Council to place QR codes in 20 different locations of historical interest in the City.

A QR code (Quick Response code) is a type of 2D bar code that is used to provide easy access to information through a smartphone. Apps can be downloaded free of charge onto the phone that enables the owner to point the phone at a QR code. The phone`s camera will scan the QR code which will then automatically load the encoded data for you to see. The information stored on the code could include a piece of music or pictures relevant to that particular place. To date the codes can be found near the War Memorial, on the Mary Short Fountain ,at the entrance to R N Williams`s yard giving the history of the railway that ran through St Asaph at one time. They can also be found on some of the information boards near the river. The majority of the others should be in place by the time this edition of The City Times reaches you.
A sum of £2750 has also been granted by Cadwyn Clwyd to erect Plaques on a number of buildings with some information about the building or the people who lived there in the past e.g Sara Tonin`s were the Powell brothers who wrote the song “ Pack up your troubles” in 1915 and won a competition for writing the “best moral- building song” for the Soldiers in the First World War.Ironically one of the brothers was a pacifist and became a conscientious objector. Eliza Doolittle jazzed up the song and added some additional lyrics and had success in the charts with the song in 2010.
At present Cadwyn Clwyd are looking at two other bids by the Council to secure funding to have half a dozen wood carvings of animals and forna found alongside the river and a brochure with walks in and around the City.

In addition following discussions between members of the City Council and officers at DCC a number of properties have received offers of having their properties painted free of charge in a pastel colour of their choice. Which must be an offer that`s too good to refuse.