Clecs Bro Cader Community Newsletter
Online version of the latest edition is available here
We haven’t been able to meet for some time, due to Covid restrictions. However, we are managing to keep in touch with each other via email, etc. The Carmarthenshire Federation’s monthly newsletter keeps us informed of the many online activities, such as Book Clubs (via Zoom), competitions and online courses and talks which members can take part in.
Obviously it’s not the same as meeting face to face, but it’s much safer at the moment.
Although we don’t know when our meetings will start up again, we have lots of interesting activities and speakers planned for when they do.
Davina Watson Victorian Costume
Judith Holland Welsh Historic Gardens Trust
A talk on the Citizens’ Advice Bureau
Trip to Abergavenny Market
In normal times, meetings take place in the Pavilion at 2:00pm, on the first Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in joining the WI, give Linda a ring on 01559 389882 or look us up on Facebook.
Our September, socially distanced, meeting was held outside the Pavilion. We all took our own chairs to sit on. This was the first time we’d met up since the beginning of March and it was lovely to see each other after all that time.
We welcomed Kirstine, a possible new WI member, to the meeting. Good to see a new face.
Our October meeting was held in Rosemary and Mike’s barn at Llaingyfre. Only six members braved the weather to attend the meeting, but they still managed to raise £20.70 at their Bring and Buy sale. Due to Covid restrictions, there was no AGM in November. However, our 3 Officers have all agreed to continue in their roles for another year and we are very grateful for all their hard work.
They are: President…………………Rosemary Richardson
Secretary ………………..Linda Harrison
Treasurer ………………..Madge Pratt
In normal times, meetings take place in the Pavilion at 2:00pm on the first Tuesday of the month.
If you are interested in joining the WI, give Linda a ring on 01559 389882. And don’t forget, you can look us up on Facebook now.
Does your community have difficulty in accessing high speed broadband? If so, residents and businesses could be entitled to a broadband upgrade.
The Government is offering rural residents up to £1,500 and small to medium sized businesses up to £3,500 to upgrade to gigabit broadband, which is capable of download speeds of 1 gigabit (1000 megabits) per second.
By encouraging communities to work together, residents and businesses can register their interest to increase the overall fund. The registration is open until the 30th of September and rural residents and businesses are encouraged to check if they are eligible and register on the website – https://broadband-upgradefund. campaign.gov.uk/register.
In addition, rural residents and businesses who have less than 30 Mbps may be eligible for a top up from the Welsh Government’s voucher scheme which doubles the potential funding of up to £7,000 for businesses and £3,000 for homes. In most cases, the funding provided will cover the cost of installing the new broadband if sufficient interest has been registered in a group project.
If you would like to have more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot register online, please send a written response with your name, first line of address, postcode and an email address (if available) to:
Ceri Jenkins, County Hall, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 1JP
As Chairman, Stuart Wilson has been the figurehead of the Pencader & District Regeneration Group since its inception in 2002 but he has now decided it is time to step down and let someone younger take on this position.
Stuart has overseen the many changes that the Group has brought about in the community, most notably the publication of Clecs Bro Cader but also:
Without Stuart the group would not have been able to do half of these things, his determination and dry wit helped get things done. He loved the annual Garden and Craft show and seeing the amazing produce the community had grown and the vivid imagination of the children with their art works.
When his friends organised a coffee morning for his 80th birthday in 2014, over £2500 was raised for the Velindre Hospital Aphrodite Appeal, which shows how highly regarded he is in the community.
So it is time he put his feet up, with a cat on his knee and looking out of one window at his garden and out of the other to see his horses.
Stuart – ENJOY IT – you have more than earned it.
In March, before the lockdown, Mary Thomason told the Llanfihangel-ar-arth and Parish Local History Club about her remarkable great uncle, John Pryce Jones. He was an illegitimate child who was born in 1894. He was brought up by his aunts in Bryn Hafod, Pencader. He went to the village school and then Llandysul Grammar School. He studied in Aberystwyth University and received a degree in physical chemistry.
After serving in the Navy in World War One he went to work for the Reckitts company in Hull where he did a lot of research on pigments and became famous for his work. He also had an interest in bees and studied the properties of honey.
He was honoured with FRIC and FLS. He married in 1921 but sadly his son died by falling through ice when he was 19. After retiring John Pryce Jones moved to Boncath and died in 1956. There are more details about him on the website www.pencader.org.uk.
Because of the virus we had to cancel the rest of our programme as well as our annual historical trip. Hopefully we can restart sometime in the autumn and reschedule the three talks that were postponed. More details will be available in the newsletter and the website above once they are available.
Members attended our annual St David’s Day celebration at a lunch at Gwarcefel Arms, Prengwyn on the 25th February, 2020. All were warmly welcomed by the president, Mrs Fioled Jones. In particular, she welcomed two brave husbands, Tom Lewis and Dafydd Jones and our guest speaker, Mrs Anne Thorne, Llanllwni.
After the meal, Mrs Jones officially welcomed the speaker and made particular reference to her past participation in Merched Y Wawr national competitions. Mrs Thorne is originally from the Neath Valley but she and her husband, David, have made their home in the area and raised their children here. They have both worked very hard to promote and further Welsh language, history and culture.
We had such an interesting afternoon, learning about the history of one of the prominent women of the Neath Valley namely Winifred Coombe Tennant. The reference for some of the information was a book by Peter Lord entitled Between Two Worlds. Winifred was born in 1895 and received a good education which included schools in Italy and France. She married young to an older man who was very wealthy and led a privileged life. However, she worked very hard in her community and had a great interest in many things including the Eisteddfod and the world of Art, being a patron of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. She also worked in the field of Women’s Suffrage.
The above only gives a flavour of our afternoon’s talk by Mrs Thorne. If you have a chance, do go and listen to this story or find the book for yourself; it really is fascinating.
Mrs Fioled Jones thanked Mrs Thorne for the interesting story heard during the afternoon.
Our next meeting will be at Capel Nonni, Llanllwni on 30th March at 7 o’clock when Non Elias from Melysion Mam will be joining us.
Please contact: Fioled Jones – 01559 3846177
Gwyneth Alban – 01559 384344
Ann Phillips – 01559 384558
A short meeting was held at the Pavilion on Monday 17th November at the earlier time of 4:00pm and it was good to see familiar faces again, even if at a distance of two metres.
Minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting held in July were agreed and signed.
Financial report was distributed; bank mandates had been changed for new signatories. It was agreed not to increase advertising rates in Clecs Bro Cader for a while longer as advertisers are having a hard enough time in the current pandemic; those who had been unable to work during lockdowns have had their pre-paid run extended.
A new grant application for funding the next two years of the newsletter needs to be compiled and submitted to Statkraft.
The website has been updated with items from the recent editions of Clecs.
It was agreed that in common with other community groups that the AGM due to be held in January 2021 will be postponed until such time as larger groups are allowed to meet up. Existing officers will remain in post until then. The next meeting will be held at the Pavilion on Monday 21st December at 4:00pm.
If you wish to support the community we would be delighted to see new faces.
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.
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 would normally take place on the THIRD Monday in the month in the Pavilion, Pencader, at 7:30pm.
The next meeting will be held at the Pavilion on Monday 21st December at 4:00pm.
A few complaints had been received about an article in the last edition of Clecs; it was agreed that it must be made clear in Clecs Bro Cader that the views expressed are those of the writer and not the Group or the editorial team. The Community Facebook page now had 345 members,an increase of over 30 from last month. Stuart & Chris will go and see about hiring the school as the venue for next Garden & Craft Show in September as running out of room in Pavilion now. Need to meet up and arrange schedule.
The evening began with the AGM, Stuart read out his Chairman’s report (a copy can be seen on the Pencader.org website) and thanked all for their support in the year. No nominations received for changing Officers, so it was proposed and seconded to keep the officers as they are. The usual monthly meeting then followed. Morgan had met with Keith and Jane and was happy to help with Clecs Bro Cader. Suggestions needed for the 100th issue in April. There had been a problem accessing the Welsh version of the website, Emma had done a temporary fix. It had also been pointed out that Parish Records are no longer held at the National Library as they have been returned to the Parish. These are available for inspection at Llanfihangel Vicarage at a charge of £22 per hour.
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.
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.