Clecs Bro Cader Community Newsletter
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What a year it has been for everybody. No-one can say that they have not been affected by Covid-19 in some way.
Many have lost loved ones in the most distressing circumstances when they cannot be with them to say goodbye.
It is also hard to imagine what the NHS staff and carers have seen and endured; sights too sad and awful to imagine yet every day they get up, go to work, do a superb job, and eventually get home at the end of a long shift feeling utterly exhausted and dispirited. To say Thank You does not seem enough, therefore we have to stick to the rules so that the case loads do not increase.
Many people have not been able to work or have been put on furlough causing all sorts of hardship. If they have been able to work from home, they have had to cope with home schooling the children. No-one can understand what someone else is going through because of the pandemic; thankfully there is lots of help and advice available.
Hopefully, once the vaccines are given we may start to get back to normal life but we have all learned a lot more about life that we had not bargained for in the past nine months.
Our community continues to support each other even if we cannot actually get together. Some groups managed to meet virtually with the help of Zoom and we are able to follow their activities with reports sent in to Clecs. The editorial committee is very grateful to all who have helped with keeping Clecs going in these times. It can’t be helped that issues are smaller than usual, but we have tried to keep everyone who reads it up to date with events etc.
Thank you to the Pavilion for a bit of cheer over Christmas with the Christmas tree and colourful lights; does the Community realise what an asset this facility is to the village? We can look forward to events being held inside and out on the field in months to come.
Thanks to the houses that had put their decorations up, though many of us were unable to go out and look. Sadly this year there were no prizes for best displays as there were not enough of the Regeneration Group able to go out and no one else had suggested it.
Look after yourselves and each other and I hope we will get together before too much longer.
Sadly we are still unable to go out and about as we would wish, which means a shortage of news to put in Clecs, so I am sorry for lightweight editions.
We are extremely grateful for all contributions received, to the invaluable translators and also to those who then go and deliver copies in their area – some only have a
dozen copies, others have over a hundred, but we are very grateful to everyone who helps in any way.
Thanks must be given to our community shops; they have been absolutely wonderful during recent months, showing what a great community we live in.
We still have to be careful, the main thing is that everyone keeps to the guidelines – by keeping a distance, wearing a mask and frequent hand washing, we can help
Each family just has to do what is safest for them but hopefully everyone will have a Happy Christmas even if it will be a bit different to usual.
As we say goodbye to 2020 we can only hope that 2021 will bring some hope and will be kinder to all.
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.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new Editor for Clecs Bro Cader, the highly valued and appreciated bilingual Community Newsletter for Pencader and District as from October 2019
Applicants must be computer literate, competent in word-processing and graphics management, able to communicate with other groups in the area and be able to work to a deadline. The ability to speak Welsh would be an advantage.
Although there is no remuneration for this position, it would be possible to reimburse for computer consumables used in preparing each edition.
The Regeneration Group have published 6 editions a year of Clecs Bro Cader for just over twelve years, issue 96 has just been added to the website.
If a new editor cannot be found, then the August issue will be the last one. It would be such a shame if this very popular publication, which has been described as providing a vital community service, has to stop.
If you think you may be up to the challenge please contact:
Keith Pratt – Tel 01559 384412 or email: email@example.com
Jane Griffiths – Tel 01559 384187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
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