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Llanfihangel-ar-arth and Parish Eisteddfod

To see the report for 2017 and the full results click on the links below.

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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 15th May at 7:30 pm, in the Pavilion.

Please come along.

PLEASE NOTE

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

November – With the establishment of an Editorial Committee the funding application for Clecs Bro Cader can proceed. It was agreed not to have coloured pages as it was too expensive. The website continues to be popular, with 2671 visitors to the site. After the meeting John Hubert gave a film show of Pencader and the surrounding area, taken with a drone camera. The images of the village, Hill Fort and Llanllwni Mountain were most impressive.

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.

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,

The Pencader and District Regeneration Group met on October 17th. It was decided to postpone a decision on further funding for the newsletter until the editorial position was clarified. The problem of limited space on the website had now been sorted. There had been 2838 visits in the last month, looking at 2.35 pages each time on average. Visitors came from 128 countries but 78% were from the UK. The entries to the Garden and Craft Show were lower this year especially from children. There was a need for more volunteers. The Clean Up had gone well with less rubbish than on previous occasions. It was understood that the Women’s Institute were still proceeding with plans for a defibrillator which may be located by the shop on the square in Pencader.

The Pencader and District Regeneration Group met on July 18th and were concerned to hear about the state of the road following the installation of the wind turbine at Wern. Arrangements were in hand for the Garden Competition and the Garden and Craft Show. Several of the Greetings Cards needed reprinting. The information panel area would be trimmed.

At its meeting in August the Group were informed that several articles for the newsletter had been held over as there was insufficient space. The number of pages might have to increase but this would affect the costs of postage. There were difficulties in uploading the issue onto the website due to a lack of memory space. Several old articles had had to be deleted. On average 13 people a day visited the website and looked at 5 pages each time.

The Garden Competition had been judged and certificates would be presented at the Show. The Women’s Institute had been successful in getting a defibrillator from the British Heart Foundation which would be located at the Pavilion, Pencader.

At its May meeting the Pencader and District Regeneration Group noted with sadness the death of Sally Ballamy, one of its members, and also that of Jane Billington who had judged at the Show. The Garden and Craft Show will be held on Saturday September 10th in the Pavilion. There had been a  number of complaints about the speed bumps in Alltwalis. The County were arranging an audit to see if they met official guidelines. Following complaints about rubbish bins not being emptied regularly, the County had instructed its staff to empty the bins every week irrespective of the amount of rubbish in them. The Women’s Institute had submitted an application for funding defibrillators to the Wind Farm Benefit Fund.

On June 20th the Group heard that there was no further news about the speed bumps. The website was still proving popular with 365 visits in a 24 hour period. The Garden and Craft show classes had now been decided. Group meetings may be rearranged to the first Wednesday in the month to accommodate another activity in the Pavilion.

At its meeting on March 21st the Pencader and District Regeneration Group heard that its financial management would be shared for the time being rather than having one Treasurer. The possibility of getting a grant to place a defibrillator in every village was still being discussed by the Women’s Institute. It was noted that the YFC had put one on the front wall of T L Thomas, Llanllwni.

Clecs Bro Cader – Spring Edition

    Clecs Bro Cader Community Newsletter

Online version of the latest edition is available here

Clecs Bro Cader 85

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Christmas Lights in the Parish 2016

The Christmas Lights were judged on the evening of 20th December, a miserable wet night – again!

Nevertheless, the diverse displays made it worthwhile with several outstanding shows. It is as well that this competition does not specify winners in order of merit, indeed it could not, such is the diverse nature of what home owners think is appropriate. Small, large, brilliant or discreet, you name it and it was out there to view. I do wonder how many people actually drive around looking at other people’s Christmas lights; it is well worth the effort. All the following are highly commended and to be congratulated for their efforts to enhance a very wet evening

PENCADER
Mr & Mrs Thomas – Taliesin
Kevin & Annette Jones – Vinette
Mr Powell – 10 Glanawmor
Mr & Mrs Whyment – Courtlands
Mr & Mrs Evans – Llwynhaf
Lisa Thurgood – Maescader
Mrs Griffiths – 5 Rhandir Wen

LLANFIHANGEL AR ARTH
Janet Davies – Cartref
Ffion Marks Valley – Lodge
Morfydd Evans – Eagle Inn

GWYDDGRUG
Deenah Thomas – 14 Bro Nantlais

ALLTWALIS
Jenny & Walter Lovell – Penrhiw

For those unmentioned, there is this year to aspire to, so please try again. Who knows it could be you in 2017?

SGW

Pencader WI

The year has started well. We are very pleased that Linda, Barbara and Rosemary have joined us and hope they enjoy the benefits to be had from becoming W.I. members.

In January, the Federation Annual Quiz was held at the Halfway Inn, Nantgaredig. One of the Pencader teams (Mary, Rosemary and Jane) did very well. They came 9th out of 53 teams. Congratulations to them! Last month Lesley Cutler from Llandysul W.I. came to our meeting and talked to us about Pearls. She brought some lovely jewellery for us to look at and explained the differences between natural sea water, cultivated and simulated pearls. We all enjoyed the talk very much. As usual we have an interesting programme arranged for the rest of 2017.

Our St. David’s day Lunch will take place on Tuesday 7th March at the Porth Hotel. Also in March, Pencader W.I. will be hosting the Teifi Group Meeting at Neuadd yr Ysgol, Llanfihangel ar Arth on the evening of the 17th . Group Meetings are always good fun, so we look forward to that.

On Tuesday 4th April, Vicki Hayes, (W.I. County Chairman) will talk to us about The History of Underwear. This should be interesting!

We have a day trip planned for Tuesday 2nd May, to see the Tapestry of The Last Invasion of Wales at Fishguard Library.

There are also many activities organised by the Federation which our members will be taking part in. These include:

  • Creative day (crafts include Quilling, Button work and Flower arranging).
  • Fashion Show
  • Spring Fair, with lots of fun competitions to enter.

So, if you would like to learn a new skill, enjoy interesting days out, make new friends or meet up with old ones, come and join us in the Pavilion at 2pm on the first Tuesday of the month.

You can be sure of a warm welcome!

Next Event Local History Club

Local History Club

The next few talks arranged by Llanfihangel-ar-arth and Parish Local History Club are as follows –
March 16th – Mr Greg Wyn, Barrister, will talk on Strange causes of a strike (in Welsh)
April 20th – Dr John Davies will talk on the Mabinogion and Dyffryn Teifi (in Welsh)
Meetings are held in Neuadd yr Ysgol, Llanfihangel, and start at 7.30pm. Admission is £3 including refreshments and a raffle.

A warm welcome to all.

Pencader Carnival

Clive Scourfield (Wales Air Ambulance Community coordinator for Carmarthenshire) accepting a cheque from Pencader Carnival committee – Cerys Cooke, Jody Williams, Carl Atkinson a Darren Horwood.

This money was raised in 2016 carnival.

There will be lots of information on Facebook regarding the Carnival under *Pencader Carnival 2017* or you may contact Jody Williams on 07891268009

Regeneration Group – Chairman’s Report 2016

2016 saw the arrival of a new Editor, albeit temporary, for the newsletter, initially for three issues but later extended to cover a whole year’s six issues. No doubt you will join me in thanking Dylan Davies for his effort and wish him success in the next phase of his career.

Both Clean Ups throughout the community of Pencader produced over 40 bags of litter and rubbish, the Council refuse collectors came and removed those larger items we could not manage. Without the help of our dedicated supporters this task would take at least a couple of days. The Autumn Saturday could have been better supported but much had been attended to beforehand by those who knew they would miss it.

At the Carnival (what a lovely afternoon that was) the Group had a stand selling over £80 worth of the Greetings Cards. Either officially or unofficially perhaps we could support their younger, new ongoing committee for this year.

The Garden and Craft Show was again a very smooth and efficient affair, despite Children’s entries being extremely few. An appeal will be made to the school for this year to encourage the children to enter. I did enquire of most entrants if cash prizes would appeal in the main classes; however the consensus of replies was that it would destroy the “Family Fun” image/principle of what is essentially a Parish Show, which I definitely accept.

Christmas Lights were judged as normal – through the rain! This year maintained the high standard of the previous year. Finally, my sincere thanks go to you all for your unending support, friendship and tolerance. May 2017 be an improvement on 2016.

Stuart Wilson     January 2017

Merched y Wawr Pencader a’r Cylch

The season started with a visit to the Craft Company Bodoli at Waungilwen at the end of September. Rhiannon, the owner spoke enthusiastically about establishing her business and we watched her create original and personalised frames with the pebbles and crafts. Over a cup of tea we had the opportunity to view her creative frames and other crafts as well as ordering and buying items.Gwyneth Alban, our President thanked Rhiannon for a very entertaining evening and wished her well for the future. The winner of the raffle was Ina Morgan. It was good to welcome two new members – Maud Evans and Janet Jones.

On October 31st we visited Gwinllan Llaethliw Vineyard at Neuadd Lwyd near Aberaeron. Siw the owner, with her sister Lena guided us through the history of establishing the Vineyard and the hard work of producing the red, white and rosê wines. The story of the Ship Llaethliw and how it came to be the logo of the Company was also very interesting. Gwyneth, our president thanked Siw and Lena for a very entertaining evening and for the opportunity to taste the wines. She wished the Welsh, West Wales based Vineyard well for the future. We completed the evening with a light buffet at The Feathers Hotel, Aberaeron and a short business meeting.

A Team from the Branch will be competing in the National Quiz Competition at the Halfway Hotel, Nantgaredig at 7 o’clock on Friday, November 11th.

Our meeting in November will be on the 28th at Neuadd yr Ysgol Llanfihangel ar Arth at 7.30. Our guest will be Elinor Wyn Reynolds, Carmarthen.

Members of the Branch will be Carol singing at local Old People’s Homes around Christmas time and on January 30th 2017 two of our Branch members – Marina Davies and Yvonne Griffiths will be reminiscing over the History of Merched y Wawr Pencader a’r Cylch – a branch that was established nearly fifty years ago! This meeting will be held at Gwyddgrug Chapel’s Vestry at 7.30.

A warm welcome is extended to new members. For more details contact Mair on 01559384283.

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Bee Friendly Carmarthen

We are launching a new project to make Carmarthen an official Bee Friendly town.

In September the Welsh Government launched a new nationwide scheme for towns, communities, schools, businesses, universities, public bodies and places of worship to encourage action around pollinators under the title Bee Friendly / Caru Gwenyn (http://www.biodiversitywales.org.uk/Wales-Action-Plan-for-Pollinators )

We would like to make Carmarthen  one of the first towns in Wales to be an official ‘Bee Friendly’ town,  so we are launching this new project with a special film showing a talk by Friends of the Earth bee campaigner Bleddyn Lake.

If you would like to get involved with Bee Friendly Carmarthen please do join us :

7pm Wednesday, November 2nd

Carmarthen Library

9 St. Peter’s Street,

Carmarthen

SA31 1LN

Terry Howe

Friends of the Earth Cymru

33 Castle Arcade Balcony

Cardiff

Wales

CF10 1BY

Tel 029 2022 9577

E-mail  terry.howe@foe.co.uk

http://www.foecymru.co.uk

The Four Goals for Bee Friendly are:

1. Food–providing pollinator-friendly food sources in your area

2. Five Star accommodation–providing places for insect pollinators to live

3. Freedom from pesticides and herbicides – committing to avoid chemicals that harm pollinators

4. Fun–involving all the community and telling people why you are helping pollinators.