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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 21st August 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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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 381709

Thank you

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.

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.

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,

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.

The Pencader and District Regeneration Group met on July 18th and were concerned to hear about the state of the road following the installation of the wind turbine at Wern. Arrangements were in hand for the Garden Competition and the Garden and Craft Show. Several of the Greetings Cards needed reprinting. The information panel area would be trimmed.

At its meeting in August the Group were informed that several articles for the newsletter had been held over as there was insufficient space. The number of pages might have to increase but this would affect the costs of postage. There were difficulties in uploading the issue onto the website due to a lack of memory space. Several old articles had had to be deleted. On average 13 people a day visited the website and looked at 5 pages each time.

The Garden Competition had been judged and certificates would be presented at the Show. The Women’s Institute had been successful in getting a defibrillator from the British Heart Foundation which would be located at the Pavilion, Pencader.

PARISH PUMP

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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August 2016

Speed Humps for Class A Roads

The Highways (Road Humps) Regulations 1999 (Statutory Instrument 1999 No 1025) applies to both those in New Inn and Alltwalis, where the prescribed height may be between 25 mm  and 100 mm.

Being Imperial and old fashioned  I would prefer 1” to 4”.

The Ministry for Transport recommends the height of 75 mm or 3”, as in their opinion, these provide a similar reduction in speed but reduce discomfort.

The general advice given by the Department for Transport to Local Authorities is that road humps should not exceed 75mm or 3” imperial. They quote “Humps of this height minimise discomfort while maintaining their effectiveness as speed reducing measures.

Going into this at greater depth, one needs to refer to Local Transport Note (LTN)07/07 Traffic Calming. This apparently may be viewed at https.www.gov.uk/governmentpublications/traffic-calming-ltn-107

The speed hump outside Ysgol Cae’r Felin Pencader should be considered as a separate issue as there is clearly a social reason for its presence.

Communications with the Traffic Management department of Carmarthenshire County Council are continuing.

Local Walks Booklet

The bilingual booklet produced by the History Club of eight local walks has much to commend it. The size, picture quality and choice of content/route are bound to appeal to all walkers and visitors, it is an excellent publication – congratulations and thanks to all involved in the production.

Litter Bins

This is a continuing saga and after a particularly bad spell of the Council  bin men not emptying them as directed, yours truly has yet again had to get involved with the County Council. .As a result it is urged that residents who happen to see full or unemptied bins should either contact the County Council  (01267234567)  and asking for Mr Mark Davies or Mr Huw Morgan (Network Services Manager) or by contacting myself, who will happily become motivated. Location of the bins and the day and time the problem was noted needs to be given. All bins should be emptied on Wednesdays or Thursdays, usually in the mornings.

Comments please to Editor

email: clecscader16@gmail.com

or Stuart Wilson Tel:  01559 384709

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 the Editor –

email: editor@ffermffynnonwen.plus.com

or Stuart Wilson – tel: 01559 384709

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.

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.

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

Greetings Cards

Greeting Cards

Regeneration Group Greeting Cards