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December Notes

The season to remember Guy Fawkes and his band of plotters is now gone, this of course means fireworks and bonfires , these bonfires need fuel, which could mean prunings from the garden, which may be tree or shrub prunings and hedge trimmings which need to be disposed of.

This could be a good time to look at pruning tools that can be used in the garden. For serious pruning of larger branches etc., there are various small chain saws available, including small petrol or electric saws on extendable handles which can reach up to about 3 metres. It is important to be careful when cutting off branches above your head, that they do not fall on you, please wear goggles and helmet when carrying out this work.

A hand saw is an essential piece of kit, there are many types available in the form of bow saws and specially designed pruning saws. Carpenters saws have finer teeth making them unsuitable for cutting green wood. I find ‘pull saws’ are the best for tree and shrub pruning, as these little saws are designed to be pulled towards you on the cutting stroke, rather than pushed away from the body as you would with most saws. I find the brand ‘ Silky Fox’ are really excellent for amateur and professional users (available from MGM Carmarthen, and also online )

You will need some good loppers for cutting thick stems, again there are several types available, some have a ratchet mechanism, this means less effort is needed to cut through thicker stems than would be attempted with non ratchet pruners. A pair of secateurs are invaluable for general pruning work in the garden. In my opinion it is false economy to buy really cheap secateurs, as they do not last and sometimes break when put to hard work. The old Anvil type of secateurs tend to crush soft stems if not kept really sharp, this can damage plants and let diseases into damaged stems. I think that the type now more readily available, which have blades that cross each other ,leave a cleaner cut, but also need to be kept sharp. If you can persuade someone to give you a good pair for Christmas , I would recommend one of the ‘Felco’ range, they are easily serviced and all parts are replaceable, not the cheapest but they will last a lifetime if looked after.

You may need to reach up a bit higher for pruning taller shrubs and fruit trees, ‘long arm’ pruners are available for this job, these useful gadgets will add another 2-3 metres to the length of your arms , and some have the facility to remove the pruning head in favour of a saw blade for thick branches etc.

With the pruning finished, let the prunings dry a bit before building your bonfire, but make sure you check for hibernating hedgehogs before setting bonfire alight. Did you try putting some large potatoes in the hot embers to cook, Baked potatoes taste good when freshly raked out of the fire.

Hopefully, you gave old Guy Fawkes a thought while you were tending the bonfire, and ponder on what might have happened if he had been successful in blowing up Parliament !

Enjoy your Gardening

Old Gumboot

September Notes

Old Gumboot is on holiday but sent a postcard saying “weed, weed, water and weed again are the main tasks at the moment. More next time………..”

Fun Garden & Craft Show Saturday 9th September

As you will see from the back pages of Clecs Bro Cader, it is Show Time again, so have a look at the schedule and decide what you are going to enter this year.

Even if you are not into “growing your own” there are plenty of other classes to choose from, so get baking and making! There is a Children’s section too, so why not while away the last few days of the school holiday and get creative.

All entries must be brought to the Pavilion between 8.30am and 10am on Saturday 9th September. Prize giving will start at 12.30pm and items can then be removed between 1pm and 1.30pm.

Further information from Chris Fuller 01559 384499

June Notes

Spring has finally arrived here in West Wales, we have been enjoying a really fine display of wild flowers in the fields and road verges, let’s hope that the local authority do not cut them down before they have set seed.

During the recent spell of good weather, ‘old gumboot’ took himself and the Memsahib across the sea to the south east of Ireland, where we enjoyed visiting several historic sites and ‘heritage gardens’. By far the most impressive was a 2 acre walled vegetable and fruit garden known as Colclough garden ( pronounced “Coke-Lee”) it was set up in the 1830s as part of Tintern Abbey.

As this area suffers from a higher than normal rainfall, most of the crops are grown on ‘ridges’ which are banked up prior to planting, these are like potato ridges but bigger. Rhubarb seems to thrive under these conditions as there were about 30 rows in full leaf, they looked enormous as they were also grown on top of these ridges. Potatoes too were being grown in this manner, but their ridges were 4-5 foot wide with 2 rows running along the top of each ridge, this is a very labour intensive method of growing, but it would help to prevent the tubers from rotting in the wet conditions.

I would recommend a trip to the Wexford/ Waterford area to see the interesting rural landscapes, lovely little villages and of course the extremely friendly people.

This part of the year is usually the busiest in the garden, with planting, seed sowing etc taking place. but with so many jobs to do, it is easy to overlook the dreaded weeds, which are now beginning to grow strongly along with our border plants and vegetables.

Small young weeds may be simply sliced off with a sharp hoe, and left on the soil surface to wither in the sun. Larger weeds in amongst plants can be removed using a hand fork or a larger border fork, these larger weeds should be removed by the roots if possible. If you are happy to use a herbicide, there are many types available at the garden shop. I find the most effective ones to be ‘Glysophate’ based, but be sure to ask in the shop, or read the directions on the packing, to check on safety advice before buying.

Be very careful to avoid ‘spray drift’ from the sprayer nozzle, as a small amount of drift on to your plants and crops can be disastrous, so avoid spraying when the wind is blowing.

There are also ‘flame weeders’ available, these are like a blowlamp and run on either butane gas or kerosene, these literally scorch the weeds into submission .

Which ever method you use to control your weeds, it is still important to keep on top of them, by not allowing them to set seed, thereby preventing another generation of seedlings to germinate, indeed some seeds remain viable in the soil for several years. The old saying is very true even today “One years seeds means seven years weeds”.

Enjoy your garden and try not to become a slave to your weeds.

“Old Gumboot”

Autumn Clean Up 2017

The Autumn village clean-up was held on Saturday 14th October.

 Fortunately it was dry for the clean up, a total of 13 bags was collected,. Several people were unable to come on the day and had done several areas in the week. It was good that there were some younger ones joining in.

Over the years the County Council have provided more litter bins in the village making residents and visitors more aware of the need to keeping the streets of their home land clean and tidy.

Thank you to all who helped.

FUN GARDEN AND CRAFT SHOW

PENCADER & DISTRICT REGENERATION GROUP

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FUN GARDEN AND CRAFT SHOW

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PAVILION

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SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2017

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 Entry fees: – per item 40p, children 20p, payable on the day

 Doors open to the public at 11.45 am

Items to be removed between 1 & 2pm

Click 2017 Garden Show.FINAL docx to download a printable copy of the full details with an entry form. 

More details available here…

Entrants must reside in the Pencader area including Alltwalis, Dolgran, Gwyddgrug, Llanfihangel ar Arth, New Inn and Pont Tyweli

CHAIRMAN’S BLOOMERS 2017

This year instead of a Garden Competition, there will be recognition for the best or most interesting front gardens under the heading of “Chairman’s Bloomers”.

Judging will be through Spring and Summer up to early September. Everything that is visible from the road or public footpath, with no entry to the garden being necessary, is eligible. The display does not have to be flowers – the front garden could be planted as a vegetable garden if that is your choice.

Stuart Wilson (as Chairman) will be the judge and as he goes out and about on his travels, he will keep a watch on the various areas and draw up a list of possible contenders.

“Highly Commended” certificates will be awarded at the Garden at Craft Show on Saturday 9th September after the main prizes from the show are awarded.

Anyone can send in nominations, you can nominate your own garden if you want to – just contact Stuart Wilson on 384709 and leave a message and be sure to leave a contact number for him to get back to you. Or email janegriffithsuk@btinternet,com with your suggestions.

Good Luck!

Fun Garden & Craft Show

Buy your seeds and start planting and growing – the Garden & Craft Show will be held at the Pavilion of Saturday 9th September 2017. There will also be Cookery and Handicraft sections plus something for the younger members of the Community. This is an event in which all the family can take part. Full details and schedule will be in the next edition of Clecs Bro Cader

Greetings Cards

Regeneration Group Greeting Cards

Letters to the Editor

October 2016

Sir

I would like to say what a wonderful day we all had on Carnival Saturday. The sun shone all day, it was warm and relatively wind free; the crowds were generous with their money and everyone was very happy with the new Carnival Committee.

There were five floats plus plenty of attractions in the stalls arranged around the field. It was a really good effort and next year is bound to be even better.

I know I am a bit late but I do want to say “Congratulations” all round!!

Sincerely Stuart Wilson, (Cwmgwen, Dolgran Road, Pencader)

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December 2015

Dear Editor,

With reference to the sentiments voiced in the ‘Parish Pump’ section of Clecs, I have to agree with the writer that “Speed Kills” this has been proven beyond doubt on several occasions in recent months on the A485 between ‘Windy Corner’ and Carmarthen. I too have taken part in various forms of motor sport over the years, but fortunately have managed to curb my enthusiasm when on the public highway.

If some of these ‘speedsters’ were to leave for work 10 minutes earlier, they would be able to drive at a more sensible pace, arrive feeling less stressed, and in time to enjoy a cuppa before starting their work. I think this would be preferable to spending time in A&E or even worse!!

Maybe the ‘speedwatch’ initiative being introduced by the local police and community volunteers will have some effect.

Drive safely,

Concerned motorist

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Dear Editor,

I am writing in reply to a couple of issues that have been mentioned in the last issue. The first is speeding…if a car is going through the village at 50 mph it has either slowed down or is speeding up. Either way that same car on the roads outside of the village will have been going really fast.

I live near to Windy Corner and on quiet evenings and early mornings I can actually hear some of the cars and motorbikes accelerating as they exit the village and when they pass my gate they have to be travelling in excess of 80mph. Obviously the 50mph speed limit has had no affect on these individuals.

Even at busier times of day living on the outskirts we have to contend with other issues, one of the main being slow moving, heavy vehicles followed by frustrated drivers just itching to overtake, which they do without safety in mind. Are they doing 50mph when they overtake.. not a chance.

The Windy Corner end of the B4459 has now become somewhat of an accident zone with the Air Ambulance having to attend three accidents in the last 12 months, a couple of which had fatalities.

Driver impatience took the mirror off my neighbours parked car. You measure that distance and see how close the car actually skimmed past him, frightening.

People keep requesting a footpath between the village and Tremle House because of the increased traffic flow but these same pedestrians do not help themselves. I often drive from my home into the village and I see walkers on the wrong side of the road. The majority are wearing dull colours so they blend in with the foliage.

Perhaps it is a new ploy…I cannot be seen therefore I cannot be run over! It is a very dangerous practice. I have to date only ever seen one woman wearing a fluorescent jacket walking down that stretch of road and as it was intended, she stuck out like a sore thumb. With the nights drawing in and afternoons being dull, fluorescent jackets or safety vests are really something every pedestrian should have and wear. You can buy them cheaply now from many places.

The council could replace 5o benches in the village and that would not even come close to the cost of widening the bridge, something that they should have done when they rebuilt it and something that will need to be done to create a footpath. All councils are crafty in the way they operate. As I said, they had the opportunity to widen the bridge but did not.. why not? The bench replacement…it was nowhere near the cost of putting down a pavement but it could have lowered the spendable budget just enough to make the footpath unaffordable! You know how they work, if something is going to cost them £50 they will not start the work with only £49 to spend so by simply not spending £1 they save £49. I do not know what is in the coffers but I do know that swapping the benches would have certainly have dropped that amount. By enough to stop a footpath being built…your guess is as good as mine.

They installed a zebra crossing situated in the wrong location. It is hardly ever used where it is but if had it have been situated further into the village, perhaps by the small telephone exchange, it would have been in an ideal location for pedestrians However locating it where it was needed would have robbed it of the councils intended purpose. Installing a pedestrian crossing made them look as though they were providing for pedestrian safety but actually its purpose would have been to slow down incoming traffic. Putting it where it was needed and would be used, deeper into the village would have left the Maescader entrance exposed and more dangerous to exit. It is a practice not only done by our council but by many others…for them it is a two for one situation…make themselves look good in the public eye but really they are just meeting their own agenda.

These are my own opinions and assumptions, I have no factual evidence except using my own eyes and brain but after reading this letter I think that more people will see the light and realise how they are being ‘conned’.

Bryan C Perks, Pencader

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Letters are welcomed on any topic of local interest. They will be printed in the language in which they are written. The right is reserved to edit or decline to publish any letter. Please be concise and supply your name and address.

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 October 2015

To the Chair Person of local Parish Council        

Dear Editor,

I am writing a letter to inquire what prompted the Council to dispose of perfectly good quality benches and replace them with new benches. We had the original benches for years and they only needed a fresh coat of good quality paint that would have made them last for many more years. I inquired what they were going to do with the benches and was told that were going to be given to the surrounding football fields and parks. The majority of local people are deeply disappointed as this money should have been spent for a pavement as many local carers are risking their lives with traffic, please note that these carers are dedicated to caring for our local senior citizens that live in Tremle House.

Yours truly

                           Liz Beynon

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Dear Editor,

Innocent Knitted Hat Campaign

So far over 300 hats have been knitted for the Age Cymru campaign. Many thanks to knitters, Gillian, Mrs. Griffiths, Joan, Catherine, Carol, Maisie and those people who have left packets of hats on my doorstep!!

I have yarn if anyone wants to have a go with the hat pattern below. There is no closing date, just keep knitting!!!!

Using 4mm ( No. 8 ) needles and any DK yarn -

Cast on 28 sts; knit 2 rows; starting with a knit row, work in stocking stitch for 12 more rows. Row 15: knit 2 tog. to end of row (14 sts); Row 16: purl 2 tog. to end of row (7 sts). Cut yarn leaving say 25cms. Thread the yarn through the 7 sts and remove from knitting needle. Tighten the yarn and sew the little hat together along the side seams. Once sewn, turn inside out.

Approximate measurements are 5 – 7cms along the bottom and at least 3cms high.

Frances Fuller

01559 384499

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April 2015

Too Trusting                            

Dear Editor,

At 4pm on the 30th of January I was driving along the hill top road that the old Dragon Concrete works used to be on. The majority of it being single lane you do encounter other traffic and have to give way, sometimes reversing to a lay-by. This happened to me but unfortunately, as I pulled out of the lay-by, I found that I had a flat tyre. I reversed back to a safer spot and then tried to use a can of ‘Instant fix’ repair. No joy. Thinking that it might have done the job but not blown the tyre up I flagged down several people and asked if they carried a foot pump. I had a spare but was not well enough to fit it myself so in the end I called out the recovery people. While waiting for them to arrive, one person who I had spoken to earlier actually returned and offered to change the wheel for me but I explained the AA were on their way and he left. There are two points to this story: the first is to thank those who did stop and especially the fellow that returned. The second point is a bit more of a warning. In Wales, especially in this area, people are friendly, helpful and trusting, and it is the trusting bit that worries me. I am in effect a stranger standing in the middle of a very quiet lane, just before dusk, waving at the odd car when a young lady pulls up in her works van. We spoke through her wound down window and then without hesitation she jumps out, opens the van, a rental, to see if there was a pump inside. I could have been the Yorkshire Ripper for all that she knew but her rural upbringing probably never even made her give such a thing a thought. It is this naivety that worries me. In any city or big town in the country, with people and cars everywhere, the most that I would expect would be to talk to a driver through a small gap in the window, and even if they could help, they would probably refuse to. This is because those city dwellers are knowledgeable of the risks they are exposed to daily. All I am asking is that people in our area be aware, never put yourself in a situation where you could be at risk, no need to worry all the time but just think twice and ask yourself this question before you act…”Am I putting myself at risk?” This applies to everything from stopping for a stranger to simply opening your front door.

Regards,

Bryan Perks

Pencader

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December 2014
Cais am gymorth

Annwyl Olygydd,

Sgwn i a fyddech yn gallu fy helpu. Hoffwn i blant a myfyrwyr Ysgol Gymraeg yr Andes Trevelin ac Esquel ddod i adnabod pentrefi, trefi a dinasoedd Cymru yn well, ac felly buaswn wrth fy modd petai pobl Cymru – unrhyw un sydd â diddordeb – yn anfon cerdyn post atom ni o lle maen nhw’n byw yn cynnwys ambell i frawddeg fach am y lle dan sylw. Gallwch eu postio i Ysgol Gymraeg Esquel, i Ysgol Gymraeg Trevelin, neu’r ddau os ydych chi’n dymuno.

Dyma’r cyfeiriadau:

Ysgol Gymraeg yr Andes Esquel,               Ysgol Gymraeg yr Andes Trevelin,

Centros Galeses de la Cordillera,              Casa de la Capilla Bethel,

Rivadavia 1065,                                         Trevelin 9203,

Esquel 9200,                                              Chubut,

 Chubut,                                                     Patagonia

Patagonia,                                                  Argentina

Argentina

Diolch

Denise Davies

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Letters are welcomed on any topic of local interest. They will be printed in the language in which they are written. The right is reserved to edit or decline to publish any letter. Please be concise and supply your name and address.

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