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Llanllwni Fun Day

Llanllwni Fun Day

7th of July at 1pm at Llanllwni Playing Field

Carnival Theme  – Nursery rhymes

  • Story telling
  • Sports
  • Tug of war
  • It’s a knock out
  • Car boot sale


£2 entry (primary school children enter for free)

A lot of fun and games

 The proceeds of the day will be shared between Llanllwni YFC, Cylch Meithrin and Ysgol Llanllwni Parents Teachers Association. Thank you to Llanllwni Community Council for sponsoring the prizes.


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 17th June at 7:30 pm.

Please come along.

“ Clecs Distributors are urgently needed for Pencader village – if you enjoy walking and meeting people and would like to help please contact Jane on 01559 384187 or Stuart 01559 384709”


Our meetings take place on the THIRD Monday in the month in the Pavilion, Pencader, at 7:30pm.

If you feel you would like to join the Group, please come along to the next meeting – held at 7.30 at the Pavilion on third Monday of the month.

February 2019

The Gwili plate has now been mounted in a wooden frame; it just needs a descriptive plaque making for it.

Statkraft has very generously agreed to fund the newsletter for a further two years. The Editor has quite a few ideas for future articles but wants to ask readers what they would like to see. It will now be possible to have more colour pages in future issues.

A volunteer has kindly offered to make a new trough for the Panel Area and will also quote for repairs to the hardwood bench.

Several suggestions made for fund raising in the next few months. See notices elsewhere.

January 2019

The AGM was held on Monday 21st January. It was unanimously decided that all officers would remain in office for another year; Stuart thanked Group for all their hard work in 2018.

It is hoped that the new website would go live in a few weeks; the original background information has to be re-written as it is very much out of date. The Parish Directory also has to be rewritten as there are so many changes.

Work needs to be done on the wooden furniture at the Interpretation Panel Area; enquiries are to be made on costs etc.

December 2018

A Grant application for funding the next two years of Clecs had been prepared and would be delivered to Statkraft in time for their meeting. Many complimentary comments had been received on the festive cover for the December Clecs. The website work was continuing, the Welsh translation was almost complete. John reported that a total of 125 countries had visited the site, the latest being Moldova. It was suggested that a special plate be used as the trophy for the new Art Work category if it could be suitably mounted to incorporate winners’ names. Concern was expressed at the inadequate street lighting on the main road between Beehive and Old Post Office.

November 2018

It was agreed to revert to the idea of booking 6 for the price of 5 advertisements when pre-booked for Clecs. The only quote received for printing was considerably higher than previous years, the other printers had not replied to a request for quotes. Emma showed the Group some of the changes being made to make the site more modern and compatible with modern technology such as mobile phones and tablets. The Garden & Craft Show has been given £40 for an award for a new Class in the show in memory of the late Jane Billington, for a form of “Original Art Work”. A new Produce Cup had been purchased and presented to the winner from this year’s show.

October 2018

A Grant application for funding the next two years of Clecs needs to be put together and submitted to Statkraft, however Proprint had not replied with estimates for printing yet. It was agreed to revert to having six issues a year as from January 2019 if we can get the funding. John introduced Emma Price to the Group; she had come forward in answer to his request for help with the website, she was full of helpful suggestions and very knowledgeable about the complexities of web design. She will be an enormous help with this.

Report elsewhere on the Garden and Craft Show, but it was good to see so many painting entries from the schoolchildren this year.

Stuart suggested that there should be a special commemoration in Chapel or Church to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the ending of the First World War, all agreed it was an excellent idea. He will liaise with Mrs Lewis of Tabernacle.

If you feel you would like to join the Group, please come along to the next meeting – held at 7:30 at the Pavilion on third Monday of the month.




Merched y Wawr Pencader a’r Cylch

In January Clinig Bach y Wlad came to visit us at the Pavilion in Pencader. They demonstrated how we could do Reflexology on each other’s hands. We all went home with more nimble fingers and softer hands.

February is the month for our annual dinner. We enjoyed a lovely meal at The Falcon Hotel Carmarthen, followed by another feast by our guest speaker Mr Tweli Griffiths who is originally from Pencader.

For March we were invited to join the Peniel group. We had a wonderful flower arranging demonstration for celebrating St David’s day followed by a delicious meal of Cawl and Welsh puddings, all prepared by Gareth Richards Llanwnnen.

Later in the month for our meeting we will be inviting the local Welsh learners to join us for an evening of Folk Singing in the vestry Nonni Chapel Llanllwni.

In April the group are preparing Afternoon Tea at the old school in Llanfihangel ar Arth to celebrate 50 yrs since it’s formation. Tickets for sale from the members.

Proceeds towards the Miwsig Project of MyW & Dementia Centre University of Wales.


Keep Fit

Keep Fit poster

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Clecs Bro Cader Community Newsletter

Online version of the latest edition is available here


Spring Clean Up

Pencader and District Regeneration Group

Grŵp Adfywiad Pencader a’r Cylch

Please come along to the Pavilion on Saturday

13th April at 10am for the Spring Clean Up.

Helpers of all ages are needed to pick up litter etc on the main areas around the centre of the village.

All equipment is provided and there will be refreshments provided afterwards.

Plis dewch i’r Pafiliwn bore Sadwrn Ebrill 13fed

erbyn 10.00 gyfer y Glanhau Gwanwyn.

Mae angen helpwyr o bob oedran i gasglu sbwriel ag ati yn y mannau canolog yn y pentref.

Darperir pob offer a bydd lluniaeth ysgafn a’r gael at y diwedd.



February 2019

New Year Greetings to all readers of this column.
It is quite surprising, that despite the majority of people who claim to read the newsletter, how many there are who either don ’t read it or absorb what it contains and then say “We didn’t know about that event”. After all the effort to write the item, get it printed and then delivered, surely it is not asking too much for people to actually read it?

The district was alive with Christmas related events this year – Carol Singing, Christmas Tree Lighting, Christmas lights and parties galore – enough for everybody. All the organisers are to be congratulated in such a variety of events, while the Chapels and Churches maintained a solid and traditional grip on the true meaning of Christmas.
Little, if anything, has occurred during the past couple of months in Pencader and District. Although the recent ram raid and a drugs raid did produce some police activity over the holiday period.

Comments please to Editor
or Stuart Wilson Tel: 384709

December 2018

I initially thought there was very little to comment about this quarter – how wrong I was. Thanks are extended to Dotti Hicks for producing the newsletter for a second time and she is to be congratulated on her first edition. The official Autumn Clean up that was to have been done in October had to be cancelled at the last minute on account of the diverse weather; in anticipation of this however much of the village had been done earlier in the week thanks to our regular die-hard litter pickers.

Remembrance Sunday, 11th November

This year being the centenary of the cessation of hostilities of the First World War, following the usual gathering at the village War Memorial this year there was a special bi-lingual service held at Tabernacle Chapel. This took the form of a remembrance service with readings, prayers and hymns delivered by diverse members of all ages from this community. Our thanks to the Chapel Committee for permitting this to happen.

Christmas lights

It is hoped there will be some increase in first time/new entrants this year with different designs and ideas. Judging will take place the week before Christmas. Efforts to trace the owner of a picture that had been restored by the late Jane Billington finally came to fruition recently, after many months of trying by Lynn. Lynn has generously donated the costs of this work to the Regeneration Group’s Garden & Craft Show to have a perpetual trophy in Jane’s name for some form of painting in any medium. Jane was a very talented craftsperson and it is good to think her memory will live on.

Comments please to Editor ( or Stuart Wilson, Tel: 01559 384709

September 2018

I had not expected to be asked to produce another missive regarding life, as I see it, within the parish. So, this will be brief and hopefully not infuriate the reader.

The highlight must be the super carnival held in glorious weather for the third year running. It was surely a stroke of genius that a real magician was there who absolutely enthralled groups of children all afternoon. Never have I seen, or would have imagined, that magic was so popular.

Thanks to the Carnival Committee for a great day.

Referred to elsewhere in the newsletter is the date for the Autumn Clean Up. It will be interesting to see if Carmarthen County Council promotes its politically correct policy “Pride in Your Patch” for the estates as they did last April; only to cancel it at the last minute citing “illness of the organiser” as the reason. After some thirteen years of “doing” Maescader I will apply myself elsewhere rather than embarrass them and the politically correct council.

My thanks to the new Editor for taking on the September edition of the newsletter and, hoping it continues, we all wish her well.

Comments please to the Editorial Committee c/o 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 –


or Stuart Wilson – tel: 01559 384709

Mobile Library Timetable

Notes from the Garden Shed

December Notes

Well, here we are in November again; Guy Fawkes and his gang of plotters have been locked up in the Tower of London, awaiting their fate. In the garden our bonfires have also been lit, with the aim of burning up dead plant tops and prunings, which in turn will provide us with some valuable wood/bonfire ash for spreading on the garden. This is a valuable source of the plant food ‘potash’ which is so important, as it aids the fruiting and flowering ability of our vegetables and flower borders. Keen vegetable growers will already be planning next year’s vegetable plot, and even starting the ball rolling by sowing some Broad Beans in a sheltered and well drained part of the garden, which will give an earlier crop next year. I know mice can be a real problem, but if you are able to protect an area from these destructive little critters, why not try growing some early round seeded peas, again this will give you a much earlier crop next spring. Try the varieties ‘Meteor’ or ‘Douce Provence’ as suitable early varieties. For next year’s flower garden, now is a good time to sow some sweet peas in the greenhouse, but again be wary of our little furry friends as they love sweet pea seeds and will dig into your pots to find a meal. Thinking of garden pests and diseases, I came across a very old gardener’s book recently, yielding the following information which applies to a vegetable garden of approximately 800 square yards (this is larger than most people’s entire garden today) the recommended items for the year are:- 7lbs of crude Naphthalene, 8 lbs of flowers of sulphur, 1lb of calomel dust, 4 lbs of 98% Nicotine, 4lbs of Derris dust, 2 gallons of D.N.C (Dinitro-Ortho-Creasol), 1 tin of ‘Tanglefoot Grease’, 1 gallon of Lime Sulphur, and 2 gallons of Tar distillate. That lot should have killed all the pests, and probably speeded up the demise of the poor old Gardener. This was followed by the materials needed to feed the plants during the year: – 1 ton of Farmyard manure, 2cwt of Hydrated lime, 1cwt of general fertiliser, 7lbs of dried blood, 7lbs of bone meal, and 7lbs of sulphate of ammonia. Quite a large shopping list for one vegetable garden. The plant food list is still widely applicable today, but we are fortunate to have these items available in more convenient forms. As for the pest and disease items, most have been withdrawn from sale over the years, as they have been proven to be harmful to humans and the environment. As there is no real substitute for getting your vegetable plot dug before the winter frosts set in, ‘So back to the spade’. Enjoy your garden Old Gumboot

September Notes

Notes from outside the Garden Shed

The door to my garden shed is not wide enough for a Land Rover to pass through. Maybe I will have to settle for a model of one as I have been a fan of Land Rovers since childhood.

You, the reader, may or may not be aware that the Land Rover is seventy years old this year. You also may not be aware that this iconic vehicle had its origins in Wales.

The Rover car company was heavily involved with armament production during the Second World War, which meant that car production more or less ceased for the duration of hostilities. When war work came to an end, Rover were left with a large factory space and no new model of car to manufacture coupled with a chronic shortage of steel as so much had been used in wartime. The fact was that steel was needed to produce items for export as the UK needed to export as much as possible to earn valuable dollars for the Treasury.

At this time two of the leading figures in the Rover Car Company, Maurice and Spencer Wilks, had an interest in an Anglesey farm. They came up with the idea of making a vehicle with a similar capability to the wartime American Jeep which they used around the farm. While on a visit to the coast, one of them drew a simple design in the sand on the beach which turned out to be similar to the basic shape that we are all familiar with today.

The prototype used aluminium for the bodywork to get over the steel shortage. This was fixed to a sturdy box-section steel chassis. A central steering column featured on the prototype vehicle similar to the position on a tractor but this was move to the normal position on production models.

The production Land Rover was launched during the 1948 Amsterdam motor show. It was an instant success becoming popular with farmers, contractors and, of course, the military.

My introduction to this versatile vehicle was in the early 1950’s when my father bought a 1953 model for his work and to double as the family car. I checked on the DVLA website to find that it is still on the road today, an excellent recommendation considering it is 65 years old! I bought my ‘very second-hand’ 1952 model in the early 1960s and I have discovered that it too is still on the road somewhere in the UK.

Looking at the price of 1950’s Land Rovers today, I think I will keep the small door on my garden shed and look for a Dinky toy.

Happy gardening.

Old Gumboot

June Notes

Spring is often referred to as ‘blossom time’ which is true, as most trees and shrubs produce their flowers at this time of the year, in an attempt to attract the insects needed to allow pollination to take place. Blossom time in this area seems to invite cold winds and rain, just at the most unwelcome time of the year, this is reflected by the poor fruit crops often found on apple and plum trees in our gardens. Orchards of fruiting trees produce a beautiful sight when in full bloom and of course a delightful scent on a warm still evening, but surely the most spectacular sight must be the magnificent Japanese cherry trees, which have graced our gardens for the past century. There are a very wide range of cherry trees or ‘prunus’ to give them their proper name, trees of varying habit, size and flower colour to satisfy most gardeners, and of course there are also many fruiting types as well. The flowering type most often seen is the strikingly beautiful Prunus Hisakhura which is clothed in pale pink blossom in early spring. Sadly this is short lived and petal fall leaves the ground covered in pink ‘confetti’. The wild cherry (Prunus Avium) is seen growing in hedgerows and certain woodlands, this valuable timber tree produces small white flowers, and is not nearly as striking as some of its cultivated cousins. Another cherry for the larger garden is the ‘bird cherry’ (Prunus Padus). This is an upright growing tree which produces bunches of small white blossom in early spring. For the small garden, the compact upright growing cherry (Prunus Ama-Na-Gawa) is ideal as it has a neat habit and masses of pink flowers, without becoming too large for the average garden. Weeping cherries are popular; if you have a larger garden you could try ‘Cheals weeping’ which produces double pink blooms in late spring. If space is not a problem there is nothing more striking than Prunus ‘Taihaku’ in full bloom, this wonderful tree also known as the ‘Great white cherry’ is surely without equal in a large garden or public park. I have recently planted a Prunus ‘Autumnalis’ which is unusual in the fact that it starts flowering during the winter , in mild spells and continues in the early spring. There are literally dozens of other varieties available from specialist Nurseries. It is worth doing some research before making your final choice of a tree as it will be growing with you for many years to come. Happy gardening and blossom watching Old Gumboot.







Pumpkin Carving Workshop and Party

Saturday 27th October at the Pavilion

This was a huge success with children and parents alike. Many pumpkins were reduced to crazy smiling faces with help from Louisa Lovell and Chris Fuller while Frances Fuller explored the use of pumpkins as flower containers complete with oasis and flowers.

Louisa also had a table where “slime” was being produced in industrial quantities at one point. There were two lucky dips in operation all afternoon which needed frequent topping up.

The party afterwards was the remit of Hannah Phipps who managed to produce a wonderful selection of special Halloween cupcakes beside the traditional (I am told) party fare. Following tea the party commenced with a mini disco, smoke machine and lights plus noise in abundance. It concluded with “sit down” party games to calm the proceedings before going home time.

Louisa, Hannah and I would like to thank all who helped make this such a lovely occasion, we all enjoyed it and it will be repeated in 2019.

Stuart Wilson

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