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Autumn Clean Up 2017

The Autumn village clean-up will be held on Saturday 14th October, commencing at 10am from the Pavilion. Pick-up sticks, bags, gloves, tabards etc can be collected from the Pavilion and returned with the rubbish collected.

The AutumnClean-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 01559384709.

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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.

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

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 16th October 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.

July – Garden & Craft show details discussed. Copy of schedule to be sent to Editor to form back pages of September Clecs as usual. Copies will also be left in shops. Cllr Linda reported that yet again Pencader had been unsuccessful with the funding application that would include a pavement down from Tremle to Masescader. The recently cultivated area in the grass by the bus stop at Maescader is supposed to be a wild flower area. Turbine parts deliveries were causing traffic hold ups on the Carmarthen road. Residents can request text message from Innogy to notify times of daily deliveries.

June – Banners had been made to promote the Group at various events and also one for the Garden Show. Notice board to be removed from Local Bargain wall and relocated at pavilion by PIDA due to difficulty of access to it. All copies of June CBC that were left in local shops had gone within a week. Webmaster is appealing for someone to help with the website and routine maintenance.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

October - 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.

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 384709

Thank you

CHAIRMAN’S BLOOMERS 2017

This year instead of a Garden Competition, there will be recognition for the best or most interesting front gardens under the heading of “Chairman’s Bloomers”.

Judging will be through Spring and Summer up to early September. Everything that is visible from the road or public footpath, with no entry to the garden being necessary, is eligible. The display does not have to be flowers – the front garden could be planted as a vegetable garden if that is your choice.

Stuart Wilson (as Chairman) will be the judge and as he goes out and about on his travels, he will keep a watch on the various areas and draw up a list of possible contenders.

“Highly Commended” certificates will be awarded at the Garden at Craft Show on Saturday 9th September after the main prizes from the show are awarded.

Anyone can send in nominations, you can nominate your own garden if you want to – just contact Stuart Wilson on 384709 and leave a message and be sure to leave a contact number for him to get back to you. Or email janegriffithsuk@btinternet,com with your suggestions.

Good Luck!

Fun Garden & Craft Show

Buy your seeds and start planting and growing – the Garden & Craft Show will be held at the Pavilion of Saturday 9th September 2017. There will also be Cookery and Handicraft sections plus something for the younger members of the Community. This is an event in which all the family can take part. Full details and schedule will be in the next edition of Clecs Bro Cader

PARISH PUMP

September 2017

I am told to “be more positive “ and “less complaining” so no more comments regarding the state of the roads, pot holes or even speed humps or police who vanish like snow in the morning sun…………………… Instead- look on the bright side, the glass is half full.

It is Summer time, the children are on holiday and the weather is good. We’ve seen and enjoyed another outstanding Carnival for the second successive year. Any brief loss of electricity was but a blip in the efficient afternoon of activity at the pavilion.

The Pavilion and grounds were so tidy and gave the impression that here was a community that took a pride in its appearance, together with its carnival and associated activities. Our thanks must be directed at PIDA and all those who have brought this about after several weeks of grass cutting and weeding in the evenings. So Thank You to all those people.

The official Carnival report appears elsewhere. Is it not reassuring to witness the arrival of this new family of even larger wind turbines progressing along the road from Carmarthen and up the hills at such an even speed, non-stoppable, steady and sure as light follows dark. All to ensure the chance of our being plunged into the cold and dark of winter is averted and swelling the size of the Community Fund. Now that surely is something to be pleased about?

Enjoy the remainder of the summer holidays and hopefully you will attend and participate in the Garden and Craft Show at the Pavilion on 9th September.

Comments please to Editorial Committee

c/o clecscader16@gmail.com

janegriffithsuk@btinternet.com

or Stuart Wilson Tel: 01559 384709

June 2017

Following the audit on the speed humps in Alltwalis and the single one in New Inn, it’s good to see that some action has at last been taken whereby the “illegal” one in Alltwalis has been replaced with one conforming to the Department for Transport – i.e.3” or 75mm which was considered adequate. I wonder who financed this remedial action.

The road to the turbine site at Wern is still in a bad state, much worse than before the turbine was erected. What action, if any, is the “Enforcement Department” of Carmarthenshire County Council likely to take over the inadequate reinstatement of this road and the island? None I expect without pressure being brought to bear.

The flower troughs in the community have been good this spring and hopefully the summer displays will be equally successful.

There are still too many holes and bumps in the road between the Beehive and Twelly Garage.

Has anyone seen a representative of the Police in the villages lately despite a rise in the Police precept for the year 2017-18? The old adage of “the more you pay, the less you get” certainly springs to mind.

Following a most welcome dry April, could this be a precedent for a grand summer with events such as the PTA Fayre, Carnival, Garden & Craft Show and Chairman’s Bloomers to look forward to in the coming months.

Who says nothing happens in the Parish? Come on – participate, mingle and share in the competition and fun.

Comments please to Editorial Committee c/o clecscader16@gmail.com or janegriffithsuk@btinternet.com or Stuart Wilson Tel: 01559 384709

March 2017

New Faces
At the meeting on 16th January, our AGM, it was particularly pleasing to welcome three new members of the Community, Hannah Phipps, Louisa Lovell and Ian Chapman. All made offers to help this group to appeal more perhaps to younger members of our society, while widening the concept of our actions and activities.
Accordingly Hannah and Louisa have created a Facebook Community Page, which will be coordinated by them with current news and activities applicable to the area covered by Clecs Bro Cader. Useful comments should be directed to them directly.
Troed y Rhiw Chapel in Alltwalis
At last this decrepit eyesore has been in receipt of some maintenance. Its tired, broken window frames have been boarded up changing the whole appearance of this once lovely building in the centre of the community to one that is little cared for.
How a chapel of all places, even defunct and privately owned, can be permitted to get into such a state beggars belief. Doesn’t anyone care about the history of these places? Think of the efforts that the community made in 1784 to establish and build such a place and the subsequent rebuilds in 1833 and 1897 – what an indictment for modern society.
All credit to the Community Council for ensuring that the grass in the graveyard is regularly cut in summer; otherwise this would doubtless become an eyesore too.
Now I see there is a banner on the gates sating “Love My Wales”, this appears to be a charitable building preservation trust which aims to restore buildings with a historical significance. Well done to them for caring.
Uneven Road Surfaces
Surely sufficient time has elapsed for the Highways Department to address and repair the road surface adjacent to and below the Beehive Inn in Pencader. There are water problems beneath the surface of the road, but it is time the bumps and holes were sorted out once and for all.

Comments please to Editorial Committee c/o Stuart Wilson Tel: 01559 384709
Or janegriffithsuk@btinternet.com

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This Small Corner

If any one wants a copy of Steve Dubé’s book on the history of Pencader there are some available at Llwyngwen. Originally for sale at £9.99 they can now be purchased for £7.50. Ring Stuart if you wish to buy a copy.

Comments please to –

email: janegriffithsuk@btinternet.com

or Stuart Wilson – tel: 01559 384709

Greetings Cards

Regeneration Group Greeting Cards