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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 will be held on Saturday 14th October, commencing at 10am from the Pavilion. Pick-up sticks, bags, gloves, tabards etc can be collected from the Pavilion and returned with the rubbish collected.

The AutumnClean-Up is usually challenging to say the least, and we really do need your help on the actual day. Should that not be possible, please try and do some on the day before or whenever.

But DO help please – we really need you. Refreshments will be provided afterwards.

Further Information from Stuart, telephone 01559384709.


On Saturday April 8th the Regeneration Group held a village Clean Up.

This was the 27th time that the “Clean Up” took place. It was very welcoming to see 4 children helping along with eleven adults attending either on the day, or the day before, they diligently picked up litter from the main, side streets and the sports’ field. A total of 8 black and 11 blue bags were collected. There was a redundant boiler and some goal posts left out.

Afterwards the cleaners returned to the Pavilion where there were refreshments gladly received was served. Grateful thanks must be given to Hannah for her delicious scones and jam.

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

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 16th October at 7:30 pm, in the Pavilion.

Please come along.


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

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.

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.

October - 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.

DO YOU HAVE GREEN FINGERS? Has anyone a couple of hours a month to spare to help with the upkeep of the border behind the Pencader Interpretation Panel by the Primary School? The grass around it needs occasional strimming and the shrubs need pruning/and keeping tidy.

If you can help please contact Stuart on 01559 384709

Thank you


Over the weekend the officers employed by Carmarthenshire County Council issued three FPNs for dog fouling.

Two were issued in Pendine, one to a local woman and one to a female holiday maker, both of whom had failed to remove the faeces from the beach after their dog had defecated. A female day visitor to Llansteffan who failed to remove the faeces from the footpath leading towards the castle was also issued with an FPN.

In a recent incident a member of the public reported cardboard discarded at Furnace Pond, Llanelli. A local man has admitted leaving the cardboard and has been issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice.

Members of Llanfihangel ar arth community council ask members of the community not to allow their dogs to foul the roads, pavements and paths when taking their dogs walking. Also, we wish to remind members of the public that dogs are not allowed in the cemetery. A sign has been installed.

Let’s have some pride in where we live.

No fly tipping.

Next Event Local History Club

Local History Club

The Llanfihangel-ar-arth and Parish Local History Club is preparing another year of talks and presentations.

The first three will be held on October 5th, November 2nd and November 30th. Details will be available in early Autumn.

Meetings are held in Neuadd yr Ysgol, Llanfihangel, at 7.30pm. Admission is £3 which includes refreshments and a raffle. A warm welcome to all. For more information please contact Calvin Griffiths, 384812, or Gerald Coles, 384987.

Clecs Bro Cader

    Clecs Bro Cader Community Newsletter

Online version of the latest edition is available here


Clecs Bro Cader 87

Merched y Wawr Pencader a’r Cylch

Gwyneth Alban presenting flowers to Siân Davies

On Friday evening 5th May a coffee evening was held to raise Money for Cancer Research, Glangwili Hospital and to the local branch of Merched Y Wawr.. A warm welcome was extended to everyone by the branch president Mrs Gwyneth Alban, and she also welcomed the guest for the evening Mrs Sian Davies, Cae’r Felin School’s Headteacher.

Mrs Davies gave a very favourable address, tracking her whereabouts before taking on the Headship of Pencader School. She also generously contributed towards the evening. Entertainment was by the Sunday school children of Tabernacle, Pencader and Gwyddgrug chapels, and it was wonderful to see the youngsters enjoy singing in front of an audience. At the end of the evening it was noted that the sum in excess of £300 was raised. Many thanks to all who contributed to the evening’s success.

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


Local Eisteddfod

Llanfihangel-ar-arth and Parish Eisteddfod

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

             Report                 Results