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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!

In February 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. We have enjoyed some interesting meetings recently.

The St. David’s Day Lunch at the Porth Hotel was very enjoyable, as was the Teifi Group Meeting at Neuadd yr Ysgol, LLanfihangel Ar Arth. The meeting was well attended and the guest speaker was Elin Jones, Presiding Officer of the National Assembly of Wales. She talked about her childhood in West Wales and her interesting political career.

We all enjoyed May’s trip to Fishguard to see The Last Invasion Tapestry in the Library. The 30 metre long embroidered tapestry is beautiful. It tells the story of the 1797 last invasion of mainland Britain. It took 70 local women 2 years to make and is well worth a visit.

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

Forthcoming events:

Tuesday 6th June: a talk by local solicitors

Tuesday 4th July: a talk by Jamie Richards, who worked at No. 10 for many years.

You are welcome to join us at any of these meetings.

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.

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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 17th July 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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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 381709

Thank you

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.

Pencader Carnival 2 – 6 August 2017

£5 for each child for all day fun on the bouncy castles.

Food and drinks served throughout carnival week.

Carnival Competitions:

STONE PAINTING – Was a big hit last year so Wow us with a painted pebble. Any size, any design. 50p entry. Rosettes for 1st 2nd 3rd place in each age category. 0-3,4-5, 6-10 11-15, 16+

WIND CHIME - Source the materials from your garden, woodland, beach or recycling. Rosettes for 1st 2nd 3rd place in each age category. 0-5; 6-10; 11-15; 16+

**Please bring entries to the stone painting and wind chime competition to Pencader pavilion by 8pm Thursday 3rd August so they can be judged ready to be displayed for Carnival day.

SUNDAY August 6th from 12 midday: Duck race, Egg/Welly throwing fun and a Footy memorial match for lost friends

The Duck Race forms can be found in:

Farmers Arms

The Green house

Pencader Chippy

Local Bargain (middle shop)

Premier (Spar)

Family Centre

Windy Corner Garage

Rach’s Comb Mirror Scissors

Cylch Meithryn Ysgol Cae’r Felin

Beehive

*The 1000 duck race is raising funds for Llandysul Fire Crew First Responder *1st prize £100, 2nd prize £60, 3rd prize £30, 4th prize £10

To advertise in this year’s Carnival programme, prices are £40 full page £25 half page and £10 business card size.

*Stalls are £5 per table and if electricity is required we kindly ask for a donation towards the electric. Could I also remind you to bring your own table and electric cable if required

Find us on Facebook

‘Pencader Carnival 2017’

or contact myself Jody Williams on 07891268009 if you require further information.

Fingers crossed for great weather and we hope to see you all in Pencader Carnival 2017

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 –

The last talk in this year’s programme will be held on June 15th when there will be an evening ‘In the company of Bees’ (John Wigli) (in Welsh).

The Club’s Annual Trip will take place on Saturday July 15th. For more details and to book a place please contact Calvin Griffiths, 384812.

A warm welcome to all.

Spring Clean Up 2017

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.

Clecs Bro Cader – Summer Edition

    Clecs Bro Cader Community Newsletter

Online version of the latest edition is available here

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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

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

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