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Clecs Bro Cader

Clecs Bro Cader 103

Clecs Bro Cader Community Newsletter

Online version of the latest edition is available here

 

Dear Friends

Dear Friends,

It is hard to believe that six months have passed since we received the order to stay home and the lockdown began. So much has changed during this time, and although restrictions have begun to loosen and many of us have celebrated being able to see some of our friends and family again, this virus is still around us and our journey is not yet over.

The last six months have meant changes for us all, and for most of us that means working from home. I had to move my office from County Hall to the landing at the top of the stairs, and that’s where I am for County Council meetings and all other meetings – everyone seeing each other on the computer screen and seeing a bit more than we should from time to time in the background! This is where I’ll probably be if you contact me. For months now I have not been able to hold my monthly surgeries like I used to do, but I’m still here for you, you’re welcome at the door of my home any time, by phone or email.

Many of you have contacted me about broadband provision in your homes, and I have personal experience of having to move around the house to find the best signal many times! The County Council is keen to improve the situation and you will see an advertisement from the County Council in this edition of Clecs urging you to register an interest in being part of the Government’s plan to improve supply in our rural areas. The scheme is aimed at residents and businesses. Take the opportunity to read the ad and go on the web to register an interest – the more that register, the more likely we are to receive an additional supply. If you want to register to declare an interest – you must do so before the end of this month. If you would like further details, please do not hesitate to contact me or the County Council.

Continuing to use local services is important in sustaining our community. It is pleasing to see that the bus service is steadily improving in terms of timetable -and please – don’t forget to wear that mask wherever you are!

I’m still confident after the lockdown that the sense of togetherness will continue; I think it’s taught us all the true meaning of community.

Remember I’m here and I’ll do my best to help you.

You can contact me on – 07792 199161 or LDaviesEvans@carmarthenshire.gov.uk.

Stay safe!

Kindest regards,

Linda Evans (County Councillor)

PARISH PUMP

April 2020

This is indeed our 100th edition of Clecs Bro Cader. The Committee would like to sincerely thank all those who have contributed in any way to help us reach this milestone in our history – the many societies who contribute reports about their activities, the translators, the advertisers, the compilers, the printers and finally the distributors bravely going out in all weathers. As the relevance of Clecs becomes apparent, the number and variety of advertisers has become more diverse – local government, travel companies and a variety of businesses. Without the support and funding from Statkraft Community Fund it would be difficult to envisage how 100 issues could have been achieved. Once again we thank you for entrusting your faith in our ability to deliver the next 100 editions on your behalf.

Comments please to Stuart Wilson Tel: 384709

February 2020

So another year has commenced and after all the various Christmas concerts and entertainments we enter that period of anti- climax. Thanks to all the organisers and participants who provided so much entertainment and pleasure for those who partook.

The practice amongst some of the refugees over the past three years or so has been to rename their houses, usually to something completely irrelevant and having no regard to its Welsh origin, charm or history. This is often the first sign of worse to come in various forms, ranging from changing the landscape, uprooting trees and even agitating for road humps or other obstructions to hinder the traveller.

Refugees may be welcome but help the community you have chosen to move into and help make that community stronger. Doing nothing is not an endearing option.

No one commented on the absence of the God Slot in the last issue; I take the hint whereby heathens are among us.

Comments please to

Stuart Wilson Tel: 384709

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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

Chairman's Report 2019

PENCADER AND DISTRICT REGENERATION GROUP

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2019

 

This report has to be dominated by the sheer commitment and hard work given to the Group, for the benefit of the Group to ensure the continuation of its very existence by our Secretary/Treasurer and now Editor in Chief of the newsletter. Jane has been hugely supported in the latter by fellow night owl Keith; without these two stalwarts the previous three editions of the newsletter would have been lost – and lost for ever.

We really are indebted to you both.

CLECS FIRST EDITION IN 2002

April 2020 sees the 100th edition of Clecs being produced – what an achievement. I remember the doubts when we produced our first edition with 300 copies, there were even two editions of a more satirical and derisory so called newsletter produced, for circulation only in Dolgran to Dolgran residents that knocked our efforts, but that died a death – possibly by sepsis I expect.

Our original editor is to be thanked again for laying solid foundations upon rock before retiring and handing onto a succession of other capable and experienced persons who were cajoled into the office of Editor, also aspiring ones.

The increasing revenues and diversities of the Advertisers reflect Clecs position within this community, which year upon year and issue upon issue continues to increase. We continue to be very grateful to Statkraft for their financial support – at last one can feel confident regarding its future. We are also extremely grateful for the translation services provided by two members of the community, already very busy people but they never let us down even at the last minute.

Membership of the Group remains somewhat constant despite appeals throughout the year for younger ones to come and join us.

In June we held a marvellous Strawberry Tea & Games afternoon with side shows and various races and sports. It was really well attended and by all accounts was “eaten out” before the rains came down and put an end to the field activities. This year we will make sure there are more than enough strawberries!

It has become apparent that the Fun Garden & Craft Show has outgrown the Pavilion and an approach to the school is being made in the hope that we can utilize those premises at a reasonable cost. The Jane Billington Award for an original artwork in any medium created 19 entries – the highest number of entries for any one class. Thanks to Mrs Lynn Bushin for suggesting and funding this award. Overall the show was a success and of interest to many curious non competitors; our thanks to organisers, stewards, helpers and most of all – the entrants.

Our website Pencader.org has had a total revamp by John and Emma, to keep up with new technology and platforms, they have put in a tremendous amount of work to make the site more modern looking and attractive to all visitors.

Thanks also go to the Facebook coordinator for trying to keep the community up to date with events, to Mr Vice Chairman for stepping in when I was struck down.

Thank you all for helping to run and support the Group activities throughout the year which demands a lot of time to organise. I have not referred to the Litter Picks as these events seem to be non-starters and totally unsupported by Carmarthenshire County Council and most local residents. There have always been the usual stalwarts who do their bit throughout the year to try and make a difference, for those we are grateful that they take pride in their area.

Finally on a personal note, I again thank you all for your loyal support of the group, its meetings and functions and of course to our secretary without whom it would be chaos.

Stuart Wilson

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