Category: Events

Dolgran Tractor Run


The annual Easter Monday tractor run at Dolgran, Pencader organised by Tom Lewis, yet again, proved as popular as ever despite the drivers facing atrocious weather conditions on the route raising a mammoth £3,630 towards the Ceredigion Branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind. 35 tractors took to the road and numerous donations were received from other drivers who attended the start to see the tractors leave but did not have suitable tractors to take part in the heavy rain. A small auction was held at the start and raffle tickets were sold during the day which further bumped up the takings. Numerous donations were received prior to the day, one from as far as Hong Kong which proves how popular this Run has become. Tom Lewis says a big thank you to everyone who contributed towards the run, being those who sponsored the run, donated money, the raffle prizes given, those who bought raffle tickets, and especially the tractor drivers (some without tractor cabs) who braved the heavy rain for 15 miles, all the way from Dolgran, calling at the Woollen Museum where a very interesting talk was given, to the Red Lion, Drefach Felindre where a first class beef dinner was served to finish off a very pleasant and successful day.


In the picture Tom Lewis is presenting a cheque to Ruth Edwards who volunteers to raise money for ‘Guide Dogs for the Blind’. Also in the picture is Louise Jenkins from Drefach Felindre, who is blind, with her dog Trinity. The cost of keeping a dog from birth to retirement is £56,000. One blind person may have up to 8 dogs which costs £450,000. It takes about 20 months to train a dog, and surprisingly one person becomes blind every hour in the UK. In the last year, the waiting list for a Guide dog has risen by 25%. Some more facts about Guide dogs: £5.00 – keeps a Guide dog for one day £20.00 – one hour dog training session £25.00 – white dog harness £140.00 – purchase of a starting kit for a new dog owner.  



Pencader WI

Our June meeting was held at Linda’s house, where we were able to see some of Linda’s pet tortoises. We learnt a lot about these fascinating creatures. Tortoises have been around for 200 million years. They are herbivores: in some parts of the world, e.g. the Galapagos Islands, they can grow to an enormous size and live for up to 200 years. Linda’s tortoises are Mediterranean, they are very placid and like to eat dandelions.

In July we visited the Coracle Museum in Cenarth, where we were given an interesting talk about these simple boats. Coracles date back to the first civilisations of the world and were one of the first forms of water transport, made from locally available materials. We saw examples of coracles from different countries, e.g. India, Tibet, Iraq, Vietnam, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Coracle net fishing still takes place on 3 rivers in Carmarthen – the Teifi, Taf and Towy. After a delicious lunch in the tearoom, we called in on artist, Helen Elliott in Newcastle Emlyn. She talked about her work and showed us her studio.

Forthcoming meetings at the Pavilion:

September 3rd: Susan Macadam will talk about natural skin care products.

October 1st: Risky Buildings – Richard Keen will talk about projects he’s been involved in.

You are welcome to come along.



Local Eisteddfod

Llanfihangel-ar-arth and Parish Eisteddfod

To see the report for 2018 and the full results click on the links below.

             Report                 Results



Eisteddfod Llanfihangel-ar-arth a’r Plwyf

I weld yr adroddiad ar gyfer 2018 a chanlyniadau llawn cliciwch ar y dolenni isod.

                   Adroddiad                    Canlyniadau


Historical Walks

Historic Walks

Historic Walks

Have you ever wanted to see a Norman castle, a Roman road, an Iron Age hillfort or a Bronze Age burial site? Or perhaps you would like to know about the woollen industry in our area or see an old railway station? Now is your opportunity to discover the rich history of our community while at the same time enjoying healthy exercise.

The Llanfihangel-ar-arth and Parish Local history club is pleased to announce that it has produced a bilingual booklet of eight historical walks. The journeys are of varying distances and will take from one to three and a half hours, though the longest can be done by car. The walks begin in Alltwalis, Gwyddgrug, Llanfihangel and Pencader and will be of interest to visitors and local residents. The booklet gives a detailed description of each walk together with outline maps.

Copies are free of charge and can be obtained from Club members. Please ring Calvin Griffiths 384812, or Gerald Coles 384987. The booklet was officially launched on May 7th and the photo shows Club members with their copies.

We are grateful to the Statkraft Alltwalis Wind Farm Community Benefit Trust for a grant towards the costs of printing.

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