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Next Event Local History Club

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.

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

 

Merched y Wawr Pencader a’r Cylch

February 2020

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

 

 

Pencader WI

We have enjoyed the last two meetings very much.

Our February speaker was unable to come, but all was not lost as Mary gave a very interesting talk about her great uncle, John Pryce Jones (Uncle Jack). Uncle Jack was brought up by two aunts in Pencader and went to school locally. He was very clever and later studied Organic Chemistry at Aberystwyth University. During WW1, Uncle Jack became a Sub Lieutenant in the Navy, based at Orkney. In 1919, he returned to university and studied Chemistry, later becoming a lecturer and researcher. John Pryce Jones retired in West Wales.

As usual, in March we celebrated St. David’s Day with a delicious lunch and meeting at The Porth Hotel.

Coming up in April we have Davina Watson giving a talk on Victorian Costume.

In May, we will be visiting Abergavenny Market with Taf Valley Coaches. So, lots to look forward to in the next couple of months!

We meet at 2:00pm in the Pavilion on the first Tuesday of the month. Feel free to come along. We’d be pleased to see you.

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.

February 2020

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.

January 2020

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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