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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.

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)

Neighbourhood Watch Pencader

Neighbourhood watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives ever. Behind it lies a simple idea, and a central value shared by millions of people around the country: getting your neighbours to take action can cut local crime.

Everyone knows that the police are there to fight crime, but they need your help to do an effective job. Neighbourhood Watch is all about an active partnership with the police. Neighbourhood Watch can:

• Cut crime and the opportunities for crime;

• Help and reassure those who live in fear of crime;

• Encourage neighbourliness and closer communities.

If there are any of you readers who are interested in the Neighbourhood Watch scheme for Pencader, please contact me either by phoning 101 and asking to speak with PCSO 8163 JAMES or by emailing me on alice.james@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk.

Concerns were raised in the Community Council Meeting regarding the use of the ‘Give Way’ piece of road next to the Fish and Chip shop in Pencader. Information has been passed on to the Traffic Department who will target the problem.

PCSO 8163 Alice JAMES