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Family Centre news

Due to the serious nature of the coronavirus, we would ask everybody to have a look at our Facebook page to keep updated. For the moment the Family Centre is open and we are asking all service users whilst here to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly. At the moment all our regular community services are functioning, that is: Save Easy at 2:00pm on a Tuesday, Sewing Club at 10:00am on a Wednesday and Lunch Club and the Food Cooperative on a Thursday. All being well, Gwyneth will be holding another popular storytelling and singing session on the 31st March at 10:30am.

We open Tuesday from 9.00 to 3.00 pm Wednesday 9.00 to 12.00am, and Thursday 9.00 to 3.00pm

 

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

 

 

Movin Monkeez

P.I.D.A. Easter Competition

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.

 

 

 

 

 

PENCADER CARNIVAL COMMITTEE

Pencader Carnival Committee is proud to announce the purchase of two defibrillators for the village of Pencader from funds raised during the 2018 carnival. The total cost for both defibrillators was £2800 and have been sited one opposite the Beehive Public House and on the wall of the Premier Stores to allow both ends of the village equal access to a unit.

After resting the carnival in 2019 we are pleased to announce that there will be a Pencader Carnival on Saturday 1st August 2020. We are holding our Annual General Meeting at 7.30 on Wednesday 5th February at Pencader Pavilion and we invite anyone who is interested in helping us organise this year’s carnival to come along.

2019 Fun Garden & Craft Show

The sun shone brightly on Saturday 14th September at the Pavilion when some 40 competitors brought in their various entries for this year’s Show. There were several new faces plus some faithful participants and it was a delight to see the paintings from the children from Ysgol Cae’r Felin lining the walls as you went in. There were 240 entries as well as many paintings from the school children. It had been a good summer this year and there were some wonderful entries on display, particularly the runner beans. As well as the colourful paintings and drawings there were some very imaginative robots and windmills.

The cup for the most points in the Garden Produce section was awarded to Eric Jones, Dwylan seen here receiving his cup from P&DRG Chairman Stuart Wilson

 

 

 

 

Janet Jones, Dwylan, won the Oliver Evans Trophy for the best entries in the Flower section.

The cup for the most points in the Handicraft Section was won by Edwina Davies, Davies Street, Pencader.

 

 

 

 

The Helen Rose Wilson cup for the highest number of points in the Cookery section was presented to Janet Jones

 

 

 

The trophy for Overall Winner with the highest number of points was won by Janet Jones

 

 

 

The Children’s prize was awarded to Elsi Williams.

 

 

 

 

The Committee would like to thank all those who helped in any way: PIDA for the use of the Pavilion, Premier Stores and Pencader Bakery for the refreshments to keep everyone going, all those who loaned tables and fetched and carried them, the Judges and Stewards for giving up their time, donors of cups and trophies and anyone else who helped towards the event. However our main thanks go to the residents of our Parish who proudly brought their entries to support this community event. Without them there would be no Garden & Craft Show, so thank you and we hope to see you all again next year.

Greetings Cards

Letters to the Editor

October 2016

Sir

I would like to say what a wonderful day we all had on Carnival Saturday. The sun shone all day, it was warm and relatively wind free; the crowds were generous with their money and everyone was very happy with the new Carnival Committee.

There were five floats plus plenty of attractions in the stalls arranged around the field. It was a really good effort and next year is bound to be even better.

I know I am a bit late but I do want to say “Congratulations” all round!!

Sincerely Stuart Wilson, (Cwmgwen, Dolgran Road, Pencader)

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December 2015

Dear Editor,

With reference to the sentiments voiced in the ‘Parish Pump’ section of Clecs, I have to agree with the writer that “Speed Kills” this has been proven beyond doubt on several occasions in recent months on the A485 between ‘Windy Corner’ and Carmarthen. I too have taken part in various forms of motor sport over the years, but fortunately have managed to curb my enthusiasm when on the public highway.

If some of these ‘speedsters’ were to leave for work 10 minutes earlier, they would be able to drive at a more sensible pace, arrive feeling less stressed, and in time to enjoy a cuppa before starting their work. I think this would be preferable to spending time in A&E or even worse!!

Maybe the ‘speedwatch’ initiative being introduced by the local police and community volunteers will have some effect.

Drive safely,

Concerned motorist

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Dear Editor,

I am writing in reply to a couple of issues that have been mentioned in the last issue. The first is speeding…if a car is going through the village at 50 mph it has either slowed down or is speeding up. Either way that same car on the roads outside of the village will have been going really fast.

I live near to Windy Corner and on quiet evenings and early mornings I can actually hear some of the cars and motorbikes accelerating as they exit the village and when they pass my gate they have to be travelling in excess of 80mph. Obviously the 50mph speed limit has had no affect on these individuals.

Even at busier times of day living on the outskirts we have to contend with other issues, one of the main being slow moving, heavy vehicles followed by frustrated drivers just itching to overtake, which they do without safety in mind. Are they doing 50mph when they overtake.. not a chance.

The Windy Corner end of the B4459 has now become somewhat of an accident zone with the Air Ambulance having to attend three accidents in the last 12 months, a couple of which had fatalities.

Driver impatience took the mirror off my neighbours parked car. You measure that distance and see how close the car actually skimmed past him, frightening.

People keep requesting a footpath between the village and Tremle House because of the increased traffic flow but these same pedestrians do not help themselves. I often drive from my home into the village and I see walkers on the wrong side of the road. The majority are wearing dull colours so they blend in with the foliage.

Perhaps it is a new ploy…I cannot be seen therefore I cannot be run over! It is a very dangerous practice. I have to date only ever seen one woman wearing a fluorescent jacket walking down that stretch of road and as it was intended, she stuck out like a sore thumb. With the nights drawing in and afternoons being dull, fluorescent jackets or safety vests are really something every pedestrian should have and wear. You can buy them cheaply now from many places.

The council could replace 5o benches in the village and that would not even come close to the cost of widening the bridge, something that they should have done when they rebuilt it and something that will need to be done to create a footpath. All councils are crafty in the way they operate. As I said, they had the opportunity to widen the bridge but did not.. why not? The bench replacement…it was nowhere near the cost of putting down a pavement but it could have lowered the spendable budget just enough to make the footpath unaffordable! You know how they work, if something is going to cost them £50 they will not start the work with only £49 to spend so by simply not spending £1 they save £49. I do not know what is in the coffers but I do know that swapping the benches would have certainly have dropped that amount. By enough to stop a footpath being built…your guess is as good as mine.

They installed a zebra crossing situated in the wrong location. It is hardly ever used where it is but if had it have been situated further into the village, perhaps by the small telephone exchange, it would have been in an ideal location for pedestrians However locating it where it was needed would have robbed it of the councils intended purpose. Installing a pedestrian crossing made them look as though they were providing for pedestrian safety but actually its purpose would have been to slow down incoming traffic. Putting it where it was needed and would be used, deeper into the village would have left the Maescader entrance exposed and more dangerous to exit. It is a practice not only done by our council but by many others…for them it is a two for one situation…make themselves look good in the public eye but really they are just meeting their own agenda.

These are my own opinions and assumptions, I have no factual evidence except using my own eyes and brain but after reading this letter I think that more people will see the light and realise how they are being ‘conned’.

Bryan C Perks, Pencader

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Letters are welcomed on any topic of local interest. They will be printed in the language in which they are written. The right is reserved to edit or decline to publish any letter. Please be concise and supply your name and address.

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 October 2015

To the Chair Person of local Parish Council        

Dear Editor,

I am writing a letter to inquire what prompted the Council to dispose of perfectly good quality benches and replace them with new benches. We had the original benches for years and they only needed a fresh coat of good quality paint that would have made them last for many more years. I inquired what they were going to do with the benches and was told that were going to be given to the surrounding football fields and parks. The majority of local people are deeply disappointed as this money should have been spent for a pavement as many local carers are risking their lives with traffic, please note that these carers are dedicated to caring for our local senior citizens that live in Tremle House.

Yours truly

                           Liz Beynon

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Dear Editor,

Innocent Knitted Hat Campaign

So far over 300 hats have been knitted for the Age Cymru campaign. Many thanks to knitters, Gillian, Mrs. Griffiths, Joan, Catherine, Carol, Maisie and those people who have left packets of hats on my doorstep!!

I have yarn if anyone wants to have a go with the hat pattern below. There is no closing date, just keep knitting!!!!

Using 4mm ( No. 8 ) needles and any DK yarn –

Cast on 28 sts; knit 2 rows; starting with a knit row, work in stocking stitch for 12 more rows. Row 15: knit 2 tog. to end of row (14 sts); Row 16: purl 2 tog. to end of row (7 sts). Cut yarn leaving say 25cms. Thread the yarn through the 7 sts and remove from knitting needle. Tighten the yarn and sew the little hat together along the side seams. Once sewn, turn inside out.

Approximate measurements are 5 – 7cms along the bottom and at least 3cms high.

Frances Fuller

01559 384499

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April 2015

Too Trusting                            

Dear Editor,

At 4pm on the 30th of January I was driving along the hill top road that the old Dragon Concrete works used to be on. The majority of it being single lane you do encounter other traffic and have to give way, sometimes reversing to a lay-by. This happened to me but unfortunately, as I pulled out of the lay-by, I found that I had a flat tyre. I reversed back to a safer spot and then tried to use a can of ‘Instant fix’ repair. No joy. Thinking that it might have done the job but not blown the tyre up I flagged down several people and asked if they carried a foot pump. I had a spare but was not well enough to fit it myself so in the end I called out the recovery people. While waiting for them to arrive, one person who I had spoken to earlier actually returned and offered to change the wheel for me but I explained the AA were on their way and he left. There are two points to this story: the first is to thank those who did stop and especially the fellow that returned. The second point is a bit more of a warning. In Wales, especially in this area, people are friendly, helpful and trusting, and it is the trusting bit that worries me. I am in effect a stranger standing in the middle of a very quiet lane, just before dusk, waving at the odd car when a young lady pulls up in her works van. We spoke through her wound down window and then without hesitation she jumps out, opens the van, a rental, to see if there was a pump inside. I could have been the Yorkshire Ripper for all that she knew but her rural upbringing probably never even made her give such a thing a thought. It is this naivety that worries me. In any city or big town in the country, with people and cars everywhere, the most that I would expect would be to talk to a driver through a small gap in the window, and even if they could help, they would probably refuse to. This is because those city dwellers are knowledgeable of the risks they are exposed to daily. All I am asking is that people in our area be aware, never put yourself in a situation where you could be at risk, no need to worry all the time but just think twice and ask yourself this question before you act…”Am I putting myself at risk?” This applies to everything from stopping for a stranger to simply opening your front door.

Regards,

Bryan Perks

Pencader

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December 2014
Cais am gymorth

Annwyl Olygydd,

Sgwn i a fyddech yn gallu fy helpu. Hoffwn i blant a myfyrwyr Ysgol Gymraeg yr Andes Trevelin ac Esquel ddod i adnabod pentrefi, trefi a dinasoedd Cymru yn well, ac felly buaswn wrth fy modd petai pobl Cymru – unrhyw un sydd â diddordeb – yn anfon cerdyn post atom ni o lle maen nhw’n byw yn cynnwys ambell i frawddeg fach am y lle dan sylw. Gallwch eu postio i Ysgol Gymraeg Esquel, i Ysgol Gymraeg Trevelin, neu’r ddau os ydych chi’n dymuno.

Dyma’r cyfeiriadau:

Ysgol Gymraeg yr Andes Esquel,               Ysgol Gymraeg yr Andes Trevelin,

Centros Galeses de la Cordillera,              Casa de la Capilla Bethel,

Rivadavia 1065,                                         Trevelin 9203,

Esquel 9200,                                              Chubut,

 Chubut,                                                     Patagonia

Patagonia,                                                  Argentina

Argentina

Diolch

Denise Davies

 
 
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Letters are welcomed on any topic of local interest. They will be printed in the language in which they are written. The right is reserved to edit or decline to publish any letter. Please be concise and supply your name and address.

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