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PUBLIC MEETING & PIDA AGM

Pencader Spring Clean Up 2018

The Spring village clean-up will be held on Saturday 7th April commencing at 10am from the Pavilion.

Pick-up sticks, bags, gloves, tabards etc can be collected from the Pavilion and retuned with the rubbish collected.

The April Clean-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 01559 384709.

Pencader Improvement & Development Association

The above committee (carnival committee incorporated) proposes to hold a Public Meeting at the Pavilion on Wed April 18th at 7.30p.m..

This is in relation to the possible development of a MUGA (multi use games area) to the rear of the playing field. We would like to see a good representation from the catchment area to ascertain the level of interest, support and encouragement for this venture.

There will also be a short AGM meeting.

This is your community please support it.

Bingo evening to be held at the Pavilion March 23rd. eyes down 7.30p.m.

Family Centre news

Now that the excitement of Christmas is well and truly over, we are looking forward to a year of activity, with lots of arts and crafts and story times, and also the opportunity to keep to a good diet with the continuing success of the Food Co-operative.

As always, the prices remains the same, £3.00 for a bag of veg and £3.00 for a bag of fruit-  fantastic value! Please get the order in by mid day on Wednesday on 01559384490.

Don’t forget our lunch on a Thursday, still at £2.00 per adult with children under 3 for free!
Pencader Family Centre sends a warm hello to all our new centre users, as well as our regulars and we are just beginning now to plan trips to places of interest in which your ideas are welcome.
If anyone wishes to visit the centre but doesn’t know anyone to bring them, simply call the co-ordinator on the above number and we can arrange to get you here to see what we can offer.

Pencader WI

We have enjoyed some interesting meetings in recent months.

Janice Richards told us about her many years working at No. 10 Downing Street. Janice worked with several Prime Ministers during her time there. Her favourite was John Major.

Steve Adams talked to us about his book, “Murder at the Star”. Steve is a journalist, who became editor of the “South Wales Guardian” in 2014. Whilst researching feature ideas for the newspaper, Steve became aware of the unsolved murder of Thomas Thomas, which took place in the Carmarthenshire village of Garnant, in 1921. Steve did a lot of research into the case and discovered new evidence about the suspects. His book reveals the identity of the murderer. Steve’s illustrated talk was very entertaining.

Doug Rowlands entertained us with an illustrated talk about his career at sea. He worked on many different types of ships and travelled all over the world, before retiring to West Wales.

In February our guest was local fitness expert, Joan Venables. We all thoroughly enjoyed the “Ease into Fitness” session and have resolved to follow Joan’s advice, “Use it or lose it!’

We have many more interesting meetings planned for this year:

Tuesday 6th March St David’s Day lunch at the Porth Hotel

Tuesday 10th April Richard Keen, the Ukulele Man

Tuesday 1st May an afternoon visit to Aberglasney Gardens

If you would like to join us at any time, we’d be pleased to see you.

Meetings are held in the Pavilion at 2pm on the 1st Tuesday of the month.

GARDEN & CRAFT SHOW 2017 WINNERS

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.

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CHAIRMAN’S BLOOMERS 2017

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

FUN GARDEN AND CRAFT SHOW

PENCADER & DISTRICT REGENERATION GROUP

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FUN GARDEN AND CRAFT SHOW

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PAVILION

PENCADER

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SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2017

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 Entry fees: – per item 40p, children 20p, payable on the day

 Doors open to the public at 11.45 am

Items to be removed between 1 & 2pm

Click 2017 Garden Show.FINAL docx to download a printable copy of the full details with an entry form. 

More details available here…

Entrants must reside in the Pencader area including Alltwalis, Dolgran, Gwyddgrug, Llanfihangel ar Arth, New Inn and Pont Tyweli

Greetings Cards

Regeneration Group Greeting Cards

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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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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