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Regeneration Group – Chairman’s Report 2017

Firstly I would sincerely thank you all for your support during the past year, particularly those who serve on the committee, organise the annual Garden and Craft Show and produce the newsletter.  These activities rely on our untiring Treasurer who will produce an update regarding the accounts as of this past year.

Revenue from the sale of the cards has been constant; there is always a demand for them with the most popular ones having to be re-printed each year.

This year’s Garden and Craft Show was deemed to be the best ever. With entries up, competitor numbers up and revenue up it was a real boost for the organisers after several years of decline. An effort will be made to increase the children’s entries for the 2018 show, by urging the school to promote relevant classes during the summer term.
Clecs Bro Cader has become an unprecedented success judging by the way it has been cleared from the shelves of the retail outlets within days of its appearance. The whole layout, especially the coloured front and rear pages has made a tremendous difference to peoples’ perception of it, our thanks go to all the editorial committee but especially the typesetter who makes it look so well laid out.  In fact we should be very proud of it.
We are also most grateful to Statkraft for the continued finance to produce it during this and previous years; without the help generated by the windfarm it just could not be produced in the volume it currently is.
Finally, don’t let us forget the so important Distributors, who, come rain or shine, cold or hot, wend their way along tracks or garden paths, cross farmyards and risk pesky dogs to deliver copies of the latest masterpiece.
We were lucky to have some young helpers at both Clean Ups this year, we are most grateful to all who do their bit to help, either on or before the actual day. None of us are getting any younger!!
Thank you again, to each and every one of you here tonight (and those unable to attend) for all you have contributed, not only in this past year but in the previous years too.
Stuart Wilson     January 2018


If you are interested in helping your community why not come
along to Pencader Village Hall (Pavilion) on the 3rd Monday of the
month and have your say. The next meeting is Monday 19th
February 2018.

Anyone from Pencader, Llanfihangel ar Arth, New Inn,
Gwyddgrug, Alltwalis and Pontweli would be most welcome.
Further information from Stuart Wilson Tel 01559 384709


Regeneration Group meeting

Could you support us?

The Pencader and District Regeneration Group is keen to have more people supporting its activities.

The next meeting will be on Monday 19th February at 7:30 pm, in the Pavilion.

Please come along.

“ Clecs Distributors are urgently needed for Pencader village – if you enjoy walking and meeting people and would like to help please contact Jane on 01559 384187 or Stuart 01559 384709”


Our meetings take place on the THIRD Monday in the month in the Pavilion, Pencader, at 7:30pm.

October - Garden & Craft Show was very successful, will need more space next year. Results had been posted up at several locations around the villages and on Facebook as too long to wait until December to read in  newsletter.
New banners – to be discussed further at AGM in January.
It was good to see several children helping at the Clean Up.

August- Plans for Garden & Craft show finalised.
There were not many gardens to be considered for the Chairman’s Bloomers, more people seem to have pots and containers rather than traditional gardens.
Date fixed for Autumn Clean Up.
No Meeting in September

July – Garden & Craft show details discussed. Copy of schedule to be sent to Editor to form back pages of September Clecs as usual. Copies will also be left in shops. Cllr Linda reported that yet again Pencader had been unsuccessful with the funding application that would include a pavement down from Tremle to Masescader. The recently cultivated area in the grass by the bus stop at Maescader is supposed to be a wild flower area. Turbine parts deliveries were causing traffic hold ups on the Carmarthen road. Residents can request text message from Innogy to notify times of daily deliveries.

June – Banners had been made to promote the Group at various events and also one for the Garden Show. Notice board to be removed from Local Bargain wall and relocated at pavilion by PIDA due to difficulty of access to it. All copies of June CBC that were left in local shops had gone within a week. Webmaster is appealing for someone to help with the website and routine maintenance.

May – Garden Show schedule had been agreed and would be in September Clecs. Concern had been expressed about the access to the Community Notice Board on the wall of Local Bargain. It has been suggested relocating this at the Pavilion.

April – A successful “Clean Up” was held. It was heartening to see some new faces helping us.. The group will have a stall at the School Fair in July. We hope to be selling greeting cards. There is a need to produce an information sheet or poster explaining the group’s role in the Community. The New collection of Garden Waste was discussed. The Information can only be seen on the County Council’s website. However perhaps it should be remembered that not all households have access to a computer.

March – Statkraft have kindly released the first payment of the grant allocated to us for the production of the newsletter. The March issue of “Clecs Bro Cader” with the colourful cover page was very well received, congratulations to the typesetter for an excellent issue. It was suggested to ask the school to produce a “Children’s Page” for “Clecs Bro Cader”.

February –The March edition of “Clecs Bro Cader” has been sent to the printers, all thanks to our new typesetter. CAVS is no longer in charge of the website it has been transferred to the group. An appeal has been launched by John for support by anyone with website experience. “Pencader Community Group” has set up a “Facebook page. Unfortunately it can only be accessed by Facebook members.

Complaints made to CCC about the state of the public footpaths on the Pencader Loop walk, stiles are broken and paths are impassable in places.

January – Three new visitors were welcomed, the AGM took place first and officers elected were;

Chairperson     Stuart Wilson

Vice Chairperson     Chris Fuller

Secretary/Acting Treasurer     Jane Griffiths

Chairman’s and Treasurer’s reports were given and the need for further fundraising was discussed together with ways to attract more supporters. At the general meeting that followed, changes to the newsletter were discussed, there will now only be four issues a year. The Grant application had been submitted for discussion at Statkraft’s February meeting. Advertising rates will be amended for advance bookings to reflect the change. More distributors are needed especially for Llanfihangel. One of the visitors offered to set up a Facebook page for Pencader to encourage younger residents to support the group and other activities. Certificates have been delivered for the Christmas Lights,

December – Accounts to accompany the Grant application had been sent to the Auditor. In his absence, Dylan was thanked for his Editorship of Clecs over the past year. The latest country to visit the website was Sri Lanka, the total number of visiting countries now increased to 121 each visitor looking at 2.5 pages on the site. Gerald & Wendy announced their retirement from the Group, after some twelve years. They will be greatly missed. The Christmas lights would be judged later in the month.

Clecs Bro Cader

    Clecs Bro Cader Community Newsletter

Online version of the latest edition is available here

Clecs Bro Cader

Clecs Bro Cader 88

Next Event Local History Club

Local History Club

The next three talks arranged by the Llanfihangel-ar- arth and Parish History Club are as follows –
January 4th – Mr Tweli Griffiths, his story (in Welsh). Tweli Griffiths, the well-known broadcaster, was brought up in Pencader.
February 1st – Mr Eifion Daniels, Pembrokeshire, topic to be confirmed (in Welsh).
March 8th – Mr Lloyd Jones, Ystrad Dewi, Llanio, will discuss the Milk Factory at Llanio (in Welsh).
The meetings are held in Neuadd yr Ysgol, Llanfihangel, and begin at 7.30pm. Admission is £3 including raffle and refreshments.

A warm welcome to all.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new Editor for Clecs Bro Cader, the highly valued and appreciated bilingual Community Newsletter for Pencader and District.

Applicants must be computer literate, competent in word-processing and graphics management, able to communicate with other groups in the area and be able to work to a deadline.

Although there is no remuneration for this position, it would be possible to reimburse for computer consumables used in preparing each edition.

The Regeneration Group have published 6 editions a year of Clecs Bro Cader for just over twelve years: issue 87 has been added to the website.

If a new editor cannot be found, then the December issue will be the last one; it would be such a shame if this very popular publication, which has been described as providing a vital community service, has to stop.

If you think you may be up to the challenge please contact:

Jane Griffiths– Tel 01559 384187 or email for further information

John Hubert –

Local History Club – Programme 2017-2018

Clwb Hanes Lleol Llanfihangel-ar-arth a’r Plwyf

Llanfihangel-ar-arth and Parish Local History Club

Rhaglen / Programme

2017 – 2018

(C) Cymraeg  (E) English  (D) Dwyieithog / Bilingual

Hydref 19eg /October 19th Noson Clwb / Club Night

Tachwedd 2il / November 2nd  Jane Davies, Gwardafolog Pontsian gynt (C)

Tachwedd 16eg / November 16th  Noson Clwb / Club Night

Tachwedd 30ain / November 30th  Mr Terry Beverton, Maesycrugiau (E)

Rhagfyr 14eg / December 14th  Noson Clwb / Club Night

Ionawr 4ydd / January 4th  Mr Tweli Griffiths, Ei Hanes a Doethuriaeth (C)

Ionawr 18fed / January 18th  Noson Clwb / Club Night

Chwefror 1af / February 1st  Mr Eifion Daniels, Sir Benfro (C)

Chwefror 15fed / February 15th  Noson Clwb / Club Night

Mawrth 8fed / March 8th  Mr Lloyd Jones, Ystrad Dewi Llanio (C)

Mawrth 22ain / March 22nd  Noson Clwb / Club Night

Ebrill 5ed / April 5th Y Parchedig Goronwy Evans, Llambed (C)

Ebrill 19fed / April 19th  Noson Clwb / Club Night

Mai 3ydd / May 3rd  Mr Rhys Mwyn (C)

Mai17eg / May 17th  Noson Clwb / Club Night

Mai 31ain / May 31st  Mererid Hopwood a Tudur Dylan Jones,Llyfr Du Caerfyrddin (C)

Mehefin 14eg / June 14th Noson Clwb / Club Night

Mehefin 28ain / June 28th Hawl i holi hanes / A chance to ask about history  (D)

Gorffennaf 14eg / July 14th  Trip Blynyddol / Annual Trip


Am fwy o wybodaeth / for more information, cysylltwch â / contact –

Calvin Griffiths 384812 neu/or Gerald Coles 384987




This year’s Fun Garden and Craft show was held on Saturday 9th September at the Pavilion. Despite the heavy showers 37 competitors came to the Pavilion with some 202 entries – a huge increase on previous years.

The winners were:

Garden Produce / Cynnyrch yr Ardd – Meredith Williams

Flowers / Blodau – Oliver Evans Trophy – Frances Fuller

Cookery / Coginio – Helen Rose Wilson Memorial Cup – Karen Bowen

Handicrafts / Crefftau – Edwina Davies

Children /Plant – Sophia Trigwell and Tabitha Radford

Overall Winner / Enillyd Cyffredinol – Green House Cup – Meredith Williams

 Thank you to all who helped make the day a success: the judges, stewards, those who donated cups and raffle prizes, but especially the entrants for taking part. As always we are very grateful to Pencader Bakery and Premier Stores for supplying refreshments. Without the support of the Community it would not have been such a success.



This year instead of a Garden Competition, our Chairman has been watching local gardens as he has been out and about. Certificates will be awarded to those he felt had shown a consistent display of colour from spring until September.

Mrs & Mrs Evans, Gaywood, Dolgran Road, Pencader

Mr & Mrs J Evans, Veindre Parc, Gwyddgrug

 Mrs W Brooker, Springfield, Llanfihangel ar Arth

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.

Pencader WI

WI members continue to enjoy interesting meetings and activities.

In June we welcomed Carys Davies, a solicitor from James, Jones Son and Francis, Llandysul. Carys spoke about her career in Law and told us how she got to be the owner of a busy legal firm. She outlined the areas of law covered by the practice. It was an inspiring talk.

We spent an interesting afternoon in July at Carmarthen Museum, where we learnt a lot about local History.

We particularly enjoyed seeing the schoolroom, the farmhouse kitchen and learning about farming and industry in Carmarthenshire in days gone by. The Welsh dressers, filled with china are gorgeous. The museum visit was followed by a meal and meeting at Tafarn Tanerdy in Carmarthen.

The WI took part in Pencader Carnival again this year, with their usual a bric a brac stall.

We don’t usually meet in August, but this year we all went to the Porth Hotel for a delicious afternoon tea. It was a very pleasant occasion. Our guest of honour was former WI member, Sally Richards. We have missed her at our meetings, so it was lovely to see her again.

W.I. meetings are held in the Pavilion at 2pm on the 1st Tuesday of the month.

Forthcoming events:

Tuesday September 5th:Janice Richards will talk about her work at Number 10.

Tuesday October 3rd: Steve Adams will tell us about his book, “Murder at the Star”.

You are welcome to join us at any of these meetings