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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

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

Welsh couple featured on George Clarke’s The Restoration Man finish their eco home after SIX years – Wales Online

Welsh couple featured on George Clarke’s The Restoration Man finish their eco home after SIX years – Wales Online.

Wind Turbine will affect TV reception

The new 67m high, 500kW ‘Wern’ wind turbine will soon be erected about one mile from Pencader, overlooking Cwm Tyweli,.

A report has been published in planning application W/32909 which shows that up to 30 households in Cwm Tyweli and particularly in Llanfihangel-ar-Arth are likely to have their Freeview television reception affected. This is because the wind turbine will be in direct line with the Preseli transmitter.

In these locations the presence of unwanted signal reflections and interactions from the rotating wind turbine blades could disrupt Freeview reception. Satellite television should not be affected. Interference with HD television is more likely to occur.

The report suggests that affected Freeview viewers could use digital satellite reception to restore their services, but not all terrestrial channels are currently available via satellite.

Previous versions of the TV report [Baseline TV Signal Survey and TV Reception Impact Assessment] are still available for download on the County Council’s Planning web site. The changes have been obtained that mean that the turbine’s operator, now stated to be a company in Helston, Cornwall will respond to complaints. Complaints will be investigated and if found to be valid the developer will fund the work needed to restore residents’ reception. The waiting period was 3 months but in the latest document, [Amended TV survey] dated 14/4/2016 this has now been amended to 4 weeks. This amendment has yet to be approved and will go before the Planning Committee on Thursday 28th April.

Please click on the links to download the report where you can see a map of the affected areas and more details on how to complain.

webmaster@pencader.org.uk

Knit an Elephant Campaign

Do you love knitting? Fancy a new project? Try your hand at knitting one of these cute little woolly elephants, and help raise funds for our new hospice.

Skanda Vale Hospice is run by the monks and nuns of Skanda Vale Monastery – a sanctuary for hundreds of birds and animals. Standing head and shoulders above this menagerie of beasties is our beloved temple elephant Valli.
Elephants are close to many people’s hearts. Valli has greatly enriched the lives of many of our patients and volunteers – meeting her can be a moving and memorable ‘bucket list’ kind of encounter.Valli inspired Cath (our Clinical Nurse Manager) to take up her knitting needles once again, and create a whole herd of baby wooly elephants. They’re selling like hot cakes – Cath can’t keep up with demand, so we really need your help!
Using the pattern below (or any other pattern if you prefer) choose your colour yarn and get knitting. When your elephant is finished please post it to us – or sell it on our behalf. We recommend between £8 and £12 as a guide price. Here’s the address to post it to:
Sister Gemma
Skanda Vale Hospice
Saron
Llandysul
SA44 5DY
If it’s not practical to post us your elephant then you could always sell them locally and donate the proceeds to the hospice. Please contact Sister Gemma: sister.gemma@skandavalehospice.org if you have any questions. Have fun!
Knitting pattern here

Rogue traders in our area

Dyfed Powys Police have been made aware of rogue traders operating in our area; incidents have been reported in Llanrhystud, Talgarreg, Parc y Rhos, Cwmann & Llandysul.

We ask that you circulate amongst your members/ neighbours the following information: The vehicle used in the Talgarreg & Parc y Rhos area has been described as a white van with black panels, possibly a transit style. There were two male occupants in the vehicle. The male who has approached the elderly residents is described as white, aged early 20′s, approx. 5’6″ tall, West Wales accent, not fluent welsh.

These persons are cold calling individuals who travel long distances offering work at what appears to be a reasonable price. They fail to give the consumer a written quote or allotted cooling off period and try and start work there and then. The price of the job tends also to increase. They are targeting vulnerable residents, such as the elderly in our communities.

Police are appealing for information from anyone who has been cold called recently or had a flyer put through their letterbox offering to carry out work for services such as gardening, home repairs, roofing, driveways or similar.

It maybe that you know or have seen an elderly or vulnerable neighbour that is having or had work carried out at their property which is not required or something that does not look quite right! If so, please help by contacting Lampeter Police neighbourhood policing team as soon as possible.

Our advice would always be NEVER DEAL WITH ANY TRADERS THAT COME TO YOUR DOORSTEP. Always use reliable tradesmen who provide a quote before work commences. DO NOT DEAL WITH COLD CALLERS. Do not allow anyone into your address without first checking for ID. IF IN DOUBT KEEP THEM OUT! and call the Police on 999 or 101 the non emergency number.

If any suspicious vans are in your area, if possible please attempt to take the registration numbers down, or take a picture of the van and report it immediately to the Police.

If you would like me to call with you to discuss anything, please contact me by email or ringing 101.

Kind regards

Eleri

PCSO 8106 Bonning

Lampeter Police station

Memories of the Old School, Pencader

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I was bemoaning the fact the other day, how there is nothing on television that is of any interest to me when I happened on something that was of interest. It was “The Restoration Man” Visiting Pencader and showing how two people bought the old school, restored it and made something really marvellous of it. Why was I interested? That was the school I attended from the age of seven until twelve, when I went on to the Grammar school in Llandyssul.

 I have lived on the Gold Coast in Australia for a long time now, I have no one to speak Welsh to, yet I surprise myself how, much I remember, how “homesick” I feel whenever anything Welsh appears on TV. Halfway through the “Restoration Man” I was crying, there was the headmaster’s home, that’s where kitchen used to be, the boys playground was so dirty, we all (girls and boys), had to assemble there in the morning and after the lunch break, before marching into classes. The School was originally built on the site of an old castle–all these old memories came flooding back.It was good to see that something has been done to maintain the history of Pencader.

 Diolch yn fawr

 Cofion Cynnes,  Constance Glyde or as I was known in Pencader, Connie Davies.

Letter from the Editor

Dear Reader,

As you will know, this is the last issue which I will edit. It has been an interesting experience and I will miss it, although not the late nights!

I would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thanks to the many people who have contributed to the success of Clecs over the years: those who have sent in articles and letters, the advertisers, the distributors who deliver it to households, the printers and, of course, Statkraft who have funded the productionof the newsletter over the last four years. Thanks also to the Newsletter Committee for their help and advice, Jane for the coffee and cakes at those meetings, and a special ‘Thank you’ must go to the small but dedicated band of translators who have, given my lack of Welsh, made the job of editing so much easier over the last 3½ years. Everyone has contributed greatly to the undoubted success of Clecs.

I sincerely hope that a new editor (or editors) will come forward and take Clecs into 2016 and I wish it well for the future. It would be a great shame if there were to be no more editions of a newsletter for which there is clearly a need in our community.

Keith Pratt

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Residents will have to live with ‘very unpleasant’ views of a giant wind turbine

Wales Online

Residents will have to live with ‘very unpleasant’ views of a giant wind turbine

Glass recycling banks return to Pencader From Tivyside Advertiser

Glass recycling banks return to Pencader From Tivyside Advertiser.

Pictured L-R: CCC Waste officer (infrastructure) Mike McCauley; Cllr Linda Evans, CCC Environmental Inspector Mark Cotterell at the new bottle bank at Pencader. Pic Jeff Connell 23/12/14 (15171855)