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Next Event Local History Club

In November John Jones came to talk about the history of Ffair Rhos. The name comes from the fair that was held on the moorland by the monks of Ystrad Fflur Abbey. Later it became a hiring fair. As well as agriculture, especially raising sheep, the area was well known for its miners who were digging for lead. They were responsible for the development of the village. During its time the community has been renowned for its poets. John Jones went on to describe a number of the characters who used to live in the area.

Dr John Davies presented the story of O T Jones to us in December. He was born in 1878 in Plasnewydd farm and moved to Beulah, in the Newcastle Emlyn area, and then Blaenffynnon. He attended the local school until he was 15 years old when he went to Pencader Grammar School. After graduating from Aberystwyth University in 1899 he moved to Trinity College, Cambridge, where Geology was one of his subjects. He joined the British Geological Survey in 1903 and then became the first Professor of Geology in Aberystwyth in 1910. He made a number of original contributions to his topic, especially in Wales, and in 1926 was elected Fellow of the Royal Society. He was a famous geologist who had a long and distinguished career. He died in 1967.

February 6th: Einion Gruffydd will talk (in Welsh) about Radio and Television.

March 5th: Mary Thomason will tell us the story of John Pryce Jones, a remarkable son of Pencader (in English).

April 23rd: The Rev Eileen Davies, Gwndwn, will present ‘Here I am’ (in Welsh).

The meetings are held in Neuadd yr Ysgol, Llanfihangel, and they start at 7:30pm. Admission is £3 which includes refreshments and a raffle.

A warm welcome to everyone. 

 

Pencader WI

We started the New Year with an interesting talk by John Hubert. John is very keen on technology, and, last year bought himself a drone. He has since had a lot of fun finding out what he can do with it. Since starting drone flying, John has become more aware of the geography of where he lives: he showed us films he has made from different parts of Pencader. An enjoyable afternoon.

Next month will also be interesting, when we will be given a talk on building your own eco house.

In March we will hold our St. David’s Day lunch – venue to be decided.

Other events planned for this year include a trip to Abergavenny Market and talks on Victorian Costume and the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust.

There are many activities organised by the Carmarthen Federation of Women’s Institutes. These include craft days, sports events, walks, book clubs and holidays. Lots of things to try!

We meet at 2:00pm in the Pavilion on the first Tuesday of the month. It would be lovely if you could join us. New members are always welcome.

For further information contact Linda Harrison on 01559 389882.

Merched y Wawr Pencader a’r Cylch

It is with sadness that we note the huge loss to our branch on 21st November 2019 of Marina Davies, Heddfryn, New Inn.

Marina was a member of the branch from its inception and she was enthusiastic and loyal for over half a century. As joint secretary for two years until the summer of 2019 she took great pride and enjoyment in organising activities to celebrate the half centenary celebrations. Everyone enjoyed the concert by Dafydd Iwan and local talent and also the afternoon tea where Bro Eirwyn choir and Sandie Stefanetti took part.

During her time with Merched Y Wawr Marina worked hard on a local, county and national level where she was well respected by all. It was always such a pleasure and privilege to be in her company and have such fun at every activity.

In our local branch we feel that we have not only lost an enthusiastic and valued member but also a close and very dear friend.

December 2019

As usual we did not have a meeting in December but went to sing carols at some local residential homes.

On the 9th December we were warmly welcomed by staff who had prepared delicious snacks for us at Maesllewellyn Care Home, Newcastle Emlyn where our dear past member, Mrs Rachel Evans of Pencader had been residing for a short time. With sadness we learned that she had passed away within a matter of weeks of her 100th birthday. We have very fond memories of her within the branch and also in the community.

It was a pleasure to receive such a heartfelt welcome at Croeso Tremle, Pencader on the 16th December. They had prepared very impressive refreshments for us and we had a lovely time singing carols and then talking to the residents.

We would like to wish you a Happy New Year and extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join us and take part in our many and varied fun activities. We usually meet at 7 o’clock on the last Monday of the month.

Please contact: Fioled Jones – 01559 3846177

                        Gwyneth Alban – 01559 384344

                        Ann Phillips – 01559 384558

 

 

Clecs Bro Cader

Community newsletter - Cylchlythyr cymunedol

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Clecs Bro Cader Community Newsletter

Online version of the latest edition is available here

 

Regeneration Group meeting

Could you support us?

The Pencader and District Regeneration Group is keen to have more people supporting its activities.

You can read the Chairman’s Report for 2019 HERE.

The next meeting will be on Monday 16th March 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”

PLEASE NOTE

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.

December 2019

A warm welcome was extended to Morgan Jones from Gwyddgrug after seeing it promoted in Clecs; the group needs lively new members with fresh ideas.

The December Clecs had been printed and distributed in record time; a lot of good feedback had been received about the extra colour and compact layout.

There would be no organised Christmas Lights judging this year.

The state of the road past Banc Farm was discussed and reported to Cllr Linda.

John Hubert then gave a most interesting presentation of stills and videos taken with his drone camera over various locations in the community. Familiar landmarks looked so different from above and detail was incredibly clear.

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.

November 2019

The meeting was chaired by Stuart Wilson.

Several new advertisers taken out adverts in Clecs Bro Cader which would help with funding the costs for the extra colour pages.

The website had been updated and the programme for the 2020 Llanfihangel-ar-Arth Eisteddfod would be made available as a download.

The Remembrance Service at Tabernacle had been poorly supported by the community; need to have better publicity for next year to promote it.

October 2019

The meeting was chaired by Stuart Wilson.

Despite it being published so late and having fewer pages than usual, those present said the October issue of Clecs was a very good one, and thanks to Keith and Jane for their determination to get this issue out. Discussion continued on the subject of how many readers actually read their copy of Clecs through the Welsh language side. It is the dual language that seems to deter potential editors as any who have shown an interest only speak English and we rely heavily on a couple of very faithful and overworked translators.

Some superb aerial photos of the local community had been posted on the website and various items had been updated. Visits to the website had increased by 20%.

The Fun Garden and Craft Show had generated a profit of over £170, a much needed boost to general funds. It looks as if larger premises will be needed for next year.

It was suggested that Clecs readers are asked to submit suggestions for the handicraft section at the beginning of the year, thus giving potential entrants more time to get their entries done.

The Autumn Clean Up had been disappointing with only three people turning up on the day. A sharp contrast to the first Clean Up in May 2003 when 23 people came to help.

There will be another Remembrance Day service at Tabernacle Chapel on Sunday 10th November to be taken by community members. All are welcome.

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.

At the meeting on 16th December John Hubert will be presenting a slide show of some of his aerial photos of the villages, there will be also be a cuppa and mince pies.

August 2019

This meeting was taken by Vice Chairman, Chris Fuller, although Stuart attended, he preferred to take a back seat this time.
The August Clecs had been distributed and adverts for a replacement Editor had been put around the area and on the Facebook page, in the hope someone will come forward and take on the role.
Plans for the Fun Garden & Craft Show were well underway. Chairman’s Bloomers had also been judged and winners will get their certificates shortly.
The Autumn Clean up will be held on Saturday 12th October; the Council will be asked for the usual equipment to be delivered.
There will be no September meeting so next one will be Monday October 21st.

 

 

 

 

NEW EDITOR FOR CLECS BRO CADER

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: pdrg@ffermffynnonwen.plus.com

Jane Griffiths – Tel 01559 384187 or email janegriffithsuk@btinternet.com for further information

Spring Clean Up

Spring Clean Up 13th April 2019
This time we were lucky with the weather, and the regular stalwarts came out and did their area either on the day or during that week.
18 bags were collected (3 black, 9 red and 6 blue) plus an assortment of larger items found at roadside. However, by the time CCC came and collected the bags the next day, someone had dumped a further 10 black bags which seemed to be full of soil and ashes.
This is not acceptable nor is it very community spirited after the hard work done by others.

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Table-Top Sale
Despite advertising in Clecs, Facebook, Website plus the usual local shops, there were only 4 tables rented out. There were however, quite a few shoppers eager for bargains and have a cuppa and a cake.
The organiser had gone to a lot of trouble to arrange this but once again the result shows the lack of community spirit in the village.

Mobile Library Timetable

Solar Energy being produced and used locally in Llandysul and the area

A very exiting, local renewable energy project is currently underway in Dyffryn Teifi. Energy Local Llandysul is a project where locally generated renewable energy will be used by local residents as a means of lowering annual energy bills. Energy Local Llandysul are collecting names of those with an interest in being a part of this project – and at the moment are looking for 50 homes to take part.

A local solar project on the land of Lesley and Greg Parker, Pont-Tyweli will be selling the energy generated by their 150kw solar array to the ‘Cooperative Energy’ group, who will in turn sell the energy at an agreed lower rate to the Llandysul Energy Local Club. By joining this group, you will be taking an active part in the project and be able to take advantage of lower energy prices.

Energy Local projects already exist in Bethesda in Gwynedd, and are in development across Wales, with Llandysul and the area a part of this collection of innovative community enterprises. Following this initial project, the hope would be that other community energy projects could be developed in the area, keeping the benefits local.

Ynni Sir Gâr (Carmarthenshire Energy) are currently in the process of collecting the names of local people who want the opportunity to use renewable energy, decrease their energy costs and contribute towards a green local economy, by joining the Llandysul Energy Local Club. You will also be doing your bit in acting on climate change, by using local renewable energy.

If you live in the area, particularly around the villages of Llandysul, Pont-Tyweli, Pencader, Pentrecwrt,Horeb, Trelech, Cynwyl Elfed, Croeslan, Saron, Bancyffordd, Llanfihangel-ar-Arth, Rhos, Cwmduad, Alltwalis and Bryn Iwan; contact Ynni Sir Gâr to declare your interest. Contact Cara through: cara@ynnisirgar.org.

Look out for more events about Llandysul Energy Local in the area over the coming weeks and months!

Used Postage Stamps

The Royal National Institute for the Blind recycle used British and Foreign Stamps, they are usually sold by weight, the British stamps can be expected to sell for £10.00 per kilo and the foreign stamps for up to £15.00 per kilo. The money raised goes to help blind and partially sighted people. Sorting the stamps into separate piles…British and Foreign, leave about 1cm. of envelope around each stamp.

400g of stamps have been collected and it would be nice to have 1 kilo to make it more worthwhile sending the parcel so please continue to save your stamps.

If you can help, please take them to Avril, The Green House, Pencader or drop them off to Glyncoch, Alltwalis. 01559 384499

Thank you

 

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