Clecs Bro Cader Community Newsletter
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Well it was the end of a different term again and December was much quieter than usual.
This is a term we usually start transition plans with the Secondary school and this was no different from normal with Year 6 receiving a morning of live online learning with Bro Teifi through Teams and completing various activities.
We were once again fortunate in the generosity of Statkraft Wind Turbines. The grant helped reduce the burden of moving boards from class to class by having additional ones as well as buying bright green barriers to create a safe football area on the yard. The school council had started to collect money for this so thank you very much for contributing the rest of the money in order to make the pupils wish come true.
As a school we have won 4 Healthy School green leaves. A very suitable theme this term working towards the next leaf – Hygiene. Thanks to Covid we have already fully met a number of the requirements.
In order to continue with the Christmas spirits our cards and calendars were created, a sack arrived from Sion Corn and each class recorded a Christmas item which was uploaded on the children’s accounts for the parents to watch, and all this before we closed a week earlier than expected !
It would be nice to write today that we have welcomed our pupils back to school but this is not the case. However, teachers and pupils are busy preparing and completing daily lessons. I would also like to welcome our 6 part-time children who are now full time pupils in the school, 6 new children who have moved from other schools and 6 new part time children to school. As staff we can’t wait to get the pupils back into school to continue building and expanding their experiences.
The days may still be short, but there are small signs that change is coming and Spring is on its way. Look out for leaf buds and catkins on trees – hazel catkins, which are flowers, will have grown considerably longer through the winter, and the slender beach tree buds are getting ready to burst open.
The first of the bulbs are also appearing – snowdrops and crocuses will pop out of the ground. These are the vital first flowers for any hungry queen bees braving the cold weather. It’s really important to keep feeding the birds at this time of year, and remember to leave out some water when it is frosty as birds need to drink and bathe even when most water sources are frozen.
Look out for a wood mouse in the cracks and crevices around your garden – these beautiful little mice with huge black eyes keep busy throughout the winter. On cold sunny winter days look to the skies for circling buzzards and red kites – both a common sight around here due to Brechfa Forest and the high open moorland – the latter can join together in groups and use pockets of rising warm air to go ever higher in the sky. This is the perfect time of year to take ten minutes to wander around your garden with a warm coat and a cuppa and just notice the first activity of the year – a welcome routine in these uncertain times that will carry on year after year.
Environmental tip of the month:
Swap your scourer! Scourers are made of plastic and they break into pieces from being used, the tiny plastic particles go down the drain and into streams, rivers and then the sea. Plastic is now found in every living thing, including in our bloodstreams and even breast milk. Scourers also go in the bin and sit in landfill where they take 100s of years to break down, or have to be incinerated, which released greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. A fantastic alternative is a loofa and/or a coconut brush – we use both of these alongside a washable cloth in our house. You can get all of these items from Aardvark Alternatives or The Green Scoop in Carmarthen, Watson and Pratts in Lampeter, or online at Ethical Superstore (or Amazon!). They last for ages (our loofa and coconut brush are still going strong after a year), so they work out cheaper in the long run, and don’t come packaged in plastic either.
Pencader Carnival Committee is proud to announce the purchase of two defibrillators for the village of Pencader from funds raised during the 2018 carnival. The total cost for both defibrillators was £2800 and have been sited one opposite the Beehive Public House and on the wall of the Premier Stores to allow both ends of the village equal access to a unit.
We haven’t been able to meet for some time, due to Covid restrictions. However, we are managing to keep in touch with each other via email, etc. The Carmarthenshire Federation’s monthly newsletter keeps us informed of the many online activities, such as Book Clubs (via Zoom), competitions and online courses and talks which members can take part in.
Obviously it’s not the same as meeting face to face, but it’s much safer at the moment.
Although we don’t know when our meetings will start up again, we have lots of interesting activities and speakers planned for when they do.
Davina Watson Victorian Costume
Judith Holland Welsh Historic Gardens Trust
A talk on the Citizens’ Advice Bureau
Trip to Abergavenny Market
In normal times, meetings take place in the Pavilion at 2:00pm, on the first Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in joining the WI, give Linda a ring on 01559 389882 or look us up on Facebook.
Our September, socially distanced, meeting was held outside the Pavilion. We all took our own chairs to sit on. This was the first time we’d met up since the beginning of March and it was lovely to see each other after all that time.
We welcomed Kirstine, a possible new WI member, to the meeting. Good to see a new face.
Our October meeting was held in Rosemary and Mike’s barn at Llaingyfre. Only six members braved the weather to attend the meeting, but they still managed to raise £20.70 at their Bring and Buy sale. Due to Covid restrictions, there was no AGM in November. However, our 3 Officers have all agreed to continue in their roles for another year and we are very grateful for all their hard work.
They are: President…………………Rosemary Richardson
Secretary ………………..Linda Harrison
Treasurer ………………..Madge Pratt
In normal times, meetings take place in the Pavilion at 2:00pm on the first Tuesday of the month.
If you are interested in joining the WI, give Linda a ring on 01559 389882. And don’t forget, you can look us up on Facebook now.
The 2019 Annual Report of the Community Benefit Fund administered by Statkraft Alltwalis Wind Farm is available to download.
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Do you or does anyone you know live in the Brechfa Forest area?
If so, please read on and get involved by completing a simple survey to access free creative workshops over the coming months.
Arts Care Gofal Celf are thrilled to announce that we have received funding from Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm Fund in order to provide arts based activities for people living in the Brechfa Forest area over the next 6 – 9 months. We would really like the project to be guided by local people so your views really matter. If you would like to take part in free creative workshops, or if you are a professional artist living in Brechfa Forest, we would love to hear from you.
One of our multi talented artists who live in Brechfa Forest will deliver some of the workshops which could range from all manner of textiles to woodcraft or nature inspired activities depending on what you might like. We have a number of artists who work with us who could deliver all sorts of creative workshops from creative writing to dance or yoga, drama, sculpture, printmaking and more. However, we would also like to engage any local professional artists who may want to get involved and deliver workshops.
We would like this project to provide a positive splash of creativity at a time where COVID-19 is still challenging communities. The project could offer access to online workshop as well as face to face workshops in line with safety measures and guidance at the time. Again we would love to know what would work best for you in order to access opportunities.
We will soon announce a short series of taster sessions just to get you started in order to try a few different art forms and have your say on what else you might like. We would like any future workshops to meet your creative bucket list so please help us to provide workshops that will inspire and support wellbeing.
If you or anyone you know would like a hard copy of the survey posted out, then please just let us know at 01267 243815. Welsh copies of the survey are available upon request.
Please share with anyone in the Brechfa area who might be interested.
Thank you very much,
Rachel Project Coordinator at Arts Care Gofal Celf
01267 243815 (leave a message)
Does your community have difficulty in accessing high speed broadband? If so, residents and businesses could be entitled to a broadband upgrade.
The Government is offering rural residents up to £1,500 and small to medium sized businesses up to £3,500 to upgrade to gigabit broadband, which is capable of download speeds of 1 gigabit (1000 megabits) per second.
By encouraging communities to work together, residents and businesses can register their interest to increase the overall fund. The registration is open until the 30th of September and rural residents and businesses are encouraged to check if they are eligible and register on the website – https://broadband-upgradefund. campaign.gov.uk/register.
In addition, rural residents and businesses who have less than 30 Mbps may be eligible for a top up from the Welsh Government’s voucher scheme which doubles the potential funding of up to £7,000 for businesses and £3,000 for homes. In most cases, the funding provided will cover the cost of installing the new broadband if sufficient interest has been registered in a group project.
If you would like to have more information, contact email@example.com. If you cannot register online, please send a written response with your name, first line of address, postcode and an email address (if available) to:
Ceri Jenkins, County Hall, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 1JP
Cyngor Cymuned Llanfihangel-Ar-Arth Community Council
Clerc Mrs S. Anita Evans, Frongelli. New Inn, Pencader, Sir Gar. SA39 9AZ
ffôn: 01559 384266 e-bost: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Remembrance Service in Pencader at 10.45 on Sunday November 8th this year will be different, in order to keep within Covid rules.
NOTE: if Government rules are changed, we will have to adhere to the new rules.