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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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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

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.

HISTORY OF PENCADER EXHIBITION

HISTORY OF PENCADER EXHIBITION

including a model of Pencader village and station

 Yr Hen Gapel, Pencader

26-29 Mai / May 2017 (10am-4pm)

Entry: £2      Children free entry

Do you have any photos or artefacts of Pencader village, people, events, trips, weddings, clubs or memorabilia?. Bring them to Yr Hen Gapel during the weekend to help us preserveand share your memories and to learn more about the village. I will be scanning all items, and with your permission, will upload all photos to the People’s Collection website (www.peoplescollection.wales), and give copies to Llanfihangel-ar-arth Historic Society for safekeeping.

 Sponsored by: Pwyllgor yr Hen Gapel, Statkraft Alltwalis Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, Llanfihangel-ar-arth Community Council

 For further information contact

 Morfudd on 07989 520667       e-mail– morfuddnia@gmail.com

Greetings Cards

Greeting Cards

Regeneration Group Greeting Cards

Letters to the Editor

October 2016

Sir

I would like to say what a wonderful day we all had on Carnival Saturday. The sun shone all day, it was warm and relatively wind free; the crowds were generous with their money and everyone was very happy with the new Carnival Committee.

There were five floats plus plenty of attractions in the stalls arranged around the field. It was a really good effort and next year is bound to be even better.

I know I am a bit late but I do want to say “Congratulations” all round!!

Sincerely Stuart Wilson, (Cwmgwen, Dolgran Road, Pencader)

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December 2015

Dear Editor,

With reference to the sentiments voiced in the ‘Parish Pump’ section of Clecs, I have to agree with the writer that “Speed Kills” this has been proven beyond doubt on several occasions in recent months on the A485 between ‘Windy Corner’ and Carmarthen. I too have taken part in various forms of motor sport over the years, but fortunately have managed to curb my enthusiasm when on the public highway.

If some of these ‘speedsters’ were to leave for work 10 minutes earlier, they would be able to drive at a more sensible pace, arrive feeling less stressed, and in time to enjoy a cuppa before starting their work. I think this would be preferable to spending time in A&E or even worse!!

Maybe the ‘speedwatch’ initiative being introduced by the local police and community volunteers will have some effect.

Drive safely,

Concerned motorist

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Dear Editor,

I am writing in reply to a couple of issues that have been mentioned in the last issue. The first is speeding…if a car is going through the village at 50 mph it has either slowed down or is speeding up. Either way that same car on the roads outside of the village will have been going really fast.

I live near to Windy Corner and on quiet evenings and early mornings I can actually hear some of the cars and motorbikes accelerating as they exit the village and when they pass my gate they have to be travelling in excess of 80mph. Obviously the 50mph speed limit has had no affect on these individuals.

Even at busier times of day living on the outskirts we have to contend with other issues, one of the main being slow moving, heavy vehicles followed by frustrated drivers just itching to overtake, which they do without safety in mind. Are they doing 50mph when they overtake.. not a chance.

The Windy Corner end of the B4459 has now become somewhat of an accident zone with the Air Ambulance having to attend three accidents in the last 12 months, a couple of which had fatalities.

Driver impatience took the mirror off my neighbours parked car. You measure that distance and see how close the car actually skimmed past him, frightening.

People keep requesting a footpath between the village and Tremle House because of the increased traffic flow but these same pedestrians do not help themselves. I often drive from my home into the village and I see walkers on the wrong side of the road. The majority are wearing dull colours so they blend in with the foliage.

Perhaps it is a new ploy…I cannot be seen therefore I cannot be run over! It is a very dangerous practice. I have to date only ever seen one woman wearing a fluorescent jacket walking down that stretch of road and as it was intended, she stuck out like a sore thumb. With the nights drawing in and afternoons being dull, fluorescent jackets or safety vests are really something every pedestrian should have and wear. You can buy them cheaply now from many places.

The council could replace 5o benches in the village and that would not even come close to the cost of widening the bridge, something that they should have done when they rebuilt it and something that will need to be done to create a footpath. All councils are crafty in the way they operate. As I said, they had the opportunity to widen the bridge but did not.. why not? The bench replacement…it was nowhere near the cost of putting down a pavement but it could have lowered the spendable budget just enough to make the footpath unaffordable! You know how they work, if something is going to cost them £50 they will not start the work with only £49 to spend so by simply not spending £1 they save £49. I do not know what is in the coffers but I do know that swapping the benches would have certainly have dropped that amount. By enough to stop a footpath being built…your guess is as good as mine.

They installed a zebra crossing situated in the wrong location. It is hardly ever used where it is but if had it have been situated further into the village, perhaps by the small telephone exchange, it would have been in an ideal location for pedestrians However locating it where it was needed would have robbed it of the councils intended purpose. Installing a pedestrian crossing made them look as though they were providing for pedestrian safety but actually its purpose would have been to slow down incoming traffic. Putting it where it was needed and would be used, deeper into the village would have left the Maescader entrance exposed and more dangerous to exit. It is a practice not only done by our council but by many others…for them it is a two for one situation…make themselves look good in the public eye but really they are just meeting their own agenda.

These are my own opinions and assumptions, I have no factual evidence except using my own eyes and brain but after reading this letter I think that more people will see the light and realise how they are being ‘conned’.

Bryan C Perks, Pencader

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Letters are welcomed on any topic of local interest. They will be printed in the language in which they are written. The right is reserved to edit or decline to publish any letter. Please be concise and supply your name and address.

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 October 2015

To the Chair Person of local Parish Council        

Dear Editor,

I am writing a letter to inquire what prompted the Council to dispose of perfectly good quality benches and replace them with new benches. We had the original benches for years and they only needed a fresh coat of good quality paint that would have made them last for many more years. I inquired what they were going to do with the benches and was told that were going to be given to the surrounding football fields and parks. The majority of local people are deeply disappointed as this money should have been spent for a pavement as many local carers are risking their lives with traffic, please note that these carers are dedicated to caring for our local senior citizens that live in Tremle House.

Yours truly

                           Liz Beynon

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Dear Editor,

Innocent Knitted Hat Campaign

So far over 300 hats have been knitted for the Age Cymru campaign. Many thanks to knitters, Gillian, Mrs. Griffiths, Joan, Catherine, Carol, Maisie and those people who have left packets of hats on my doorstep!!

I have yarn if anyone wants to have a go with the hat pattern below. There is no closing date, just keep knitting!!!!

Using 4mm ( No. 8 ) needles and any DK yarn -

Cast on 28 sts; knit 2 rows; starting with a knit row, work in stocking stitch for 12 more rows. Row 15: knit 2 tog. to end of row (14 sts); Row 16: purl 2 tog. to end of row (7 sts). Cut yarn leaving say 25cms. Thread the yarn through the 7 sts and remove from knitting needle. Tighten the yarn and sew the little hat together along the side seams. Once sewn, turn inside out.

Approximate measurements are 5 – 7cms along the bottom and at least 3cms high.

Frances Fuller

01559 384499

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April 2015

Too Trusting                            

Dear Editor,

At 4pm on the 30th of January I was driving along the hill top road that the old Dragon Concrete works used to be on. The majority of it being single lane you do encounter other traffic and have to give way, sometimes reversing to a lay-by. This happened to me but unfortunately, as I pulled out of the lay-by, I found that I had a flat tyre. I reversed back to a safer spot and then tried to use a can of ‘Instant fix’ repair. No joy. Thinking that it might have done the job but not blown the tyre up I flagged down several people and asked if they carried a foot pump. I had a spare but was not well enough to fit it myself so in the end I called out the recovery people. While waiting for them to arrive, one person who I had spoken to earlier actually returned and offered to change the wheel for me but I explained the AA were on their way and he left. There are two points to this story: the first is to thank those who did stop and especially the fellow that returned. The second point is a bit more of a warning. In Wales, especially in this area, people are friendly, helpful and trusting, and it is the trusting bit that worries me. I am in effect a stranger standing in the middle of a very quiet lane, just before dusk, waving at the odd car when a young lady pulls up in her works van. We spoke through her wound down window and then without hesitation she jumps out, opens the van, a rental, to see if there was a pump inside. I could have been the Yorkshire Ripper for all that she knew but her rural upbringing probably never even made her give such a thing a thought. It is this naivety that worries me. In any city or big town in the country, with people and cars everywhere, the most that I would expect would be to talk to a driver through a small gap in the window, and even if they could help, they would probably refuse to. This is because those city dwellers are knowledgeable of the risks they are exposed to daily. All I am asking is that people in our area be aware, never put yourself in a situation where you could be at risk, no need to worry all the time but just think twice and ask yourself this question before you act…”Am I putting myself at risk?” This applies to everything from stopping for a stranger to simply opening your front door.

Regards,

Bryan Perks

Pencader

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December 2014
Cais am gymorth

Annwyl Olygydd,

Sgwn i a fyddech yn gallu fy helpu. Hoffwn i blant a myfyrwyr Ysgol Gymraeg yr Andes Trevelin ac Esquel ddod i adnabod pentrefi, trefi a dinasoedd Cymru yn well, ac felly buaswn wrth fy modd petai pobl Cymru – unrhyw un sydd â diddordeb – yn anfon cerdyn post atom ni o lle maen nhw’n byw yn cynnwys ambell i frawddeg fach am y lle dan sylw. Gallwch eu postio i Ysgol Gymraeg Esquel, i Ysgol Gymraeg Trevelin, neu’r ddau os ydych chi’n dymuno.

Dyma’r cyfeiriadau:

Ysgol Gymraeg yr Andes Esquel,               Ysgol Gymraeg yr Andes Trevelin,

Centros Galeses de la Cordillera,              Casa de la Capilla Bethel,

Rivadavia 1065,                                         Trevelin 9203,

Esquel 9200,                                              Chubut,

 Chubut,                                                     Patagonia

Patagonia,                                                  Argentina

Argentina

Diolch

Denise Davies

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Letters are welcomed on any topic of local interest. They will be printed in the language in which they are written. The right is reserved to edit or decline to publish any letter. Please be concise and supply your name and address.

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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

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.