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Regeneration Group meeting

Could you support us?

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

The next meeting will be on Monday 21st October 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.

June 2019

Sadly, Dotti announced she would have to give up as Clecs Editor due to a recent major health scare, she was thanked by the group for all that she had done during her term as Editor.

 The June Clecs had been distributed and a flyer to advertise the Strawberry Tea afternoon had been put into each local copy. Final details for the Sunday event were discussed, prizes for the raffle would be needed and also cakes for the refreshments.

 Descriptive plaques had been bought for the Jane Billington Award. Stuart had spoken to the headmistress at school and she said the children would contribute artwork for the Show in September.

 Thanks to a local craftsman for replacing the slats on the oak bench at the Panel Area, it has also been scrubbed and cleaned. All the daffodils had been cut back and the planter replaced with summer bedding plants. There is some repair work needed to be done on the Interpretation panel itself but don’t know who to contact.

May 2019

It was nice to see a new face from New Inn joining the group. Work on the new  website www.pencader.org.uk continues, the new data had been uploaded onto the website, however quite a large amount had got ‘lost in transit’ and means a lot
more work for John and Emma to restore it. However the new site is now accessible by all devices including mobiles and tablets.
The schedule for the September Garden & Craft Show had been agreed and an item would be prepared for the front page to promote the Jane Billington Award. The schedule would be included as the back pages of the June and August editions of
Clecs Bro Cader.
The results from the Table-Top sale were disappointing, support was lacking from both sellers and people coming in the door. Louisa commented that not enough members come and help with new ideas and events. The Group has to move with the times to attract younger people from the community if it is to survive.

April 2019

Current website had been updated with latest CBC, plus info from Skanda Vale about their planned walking events. The updated website files had now been sent to SCL for them to swap the sites over.

Table-Top sale being promoted on website and Facebook, posters to be distributed to usual outlets.

The group were told there will be no Carnival this year due to lack of community support.

Nine helpers had taken part in the Clean Up and 18 bags of litter collected. By the next day time CCC came next day to remove the 18 bags someone had added a further 10 black bags of soil and ashes.

This is not acceptable, nor is dumping of rubbish behind the wall by the bridge.

The new planter has been installed at the panel area, and thanks sent to the maker for his generosity.

March 2019

Invoices sent out for CBC advert renewals, it was agreed that if not paid by time  issue due to go to press then advert would be deleted.
Postage costs due to rise at end of month so stock of stamps for mailing CBC copies
purchased at current rate to keep costs in line with grant application.
Louisa now taken over as Facebook coordinator Work continues on new website, the Online Directory needs updating, request to go in CBC for new entries.
Quote received for repairing hardwood bench, awaiting another one before decision can be made.
Clean up- forms submitted to CCC with request for equipment.
Skanda Vale had asked Group for letter of support for a project that they are submitting to Brechfa Windfarm fund. It was agreed to support their application.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

2019 Fun Garden & Craft Show

PENCADER & DISTRICT REGENERATION GROUP
GRŴP ADFYWIAD PENCADER A’R CYLCH

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FUN GARDEN AND CRAFT SHOW

SIOE HWYL ARDD A CHREFFT

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PAVILION

PENCADER

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SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2019

DYDD SADWRN 14 MEDI 2019

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Entry fees: – per item 40p, children 20p, payable on the day

Tâl mynediad: – 40c yr eitem, 20c i blant, yn daladwy ar y dydd

Doors open to the public at 11.45 am

Drysau ar agor i’r cyhoedd am 11.45yb

Items to be removed between 1 & 2pm

Dylai eitemau gael eu symud rhwng 1 & 2yp

Entrants must reside in the Pencader area including Alltwalis, Dolgran, Gwyddgrug, Llanfihangel ar Arth, New Inn and Pont Tyweli

Am fwy o wybodaeth, CLICIWCH YMA

For more information, please CLICK HERE

Merched y Wawr Pencader a’r Cylch

In May – as a continuation of the 50 years celebrations – a concert was held in Gwyddgrug chapel. There was an evening of singing by Dafydd Iwan, children from Gwyddgrug chapel and children of Tabernacl chapel and it was a thrilling experience for the children to sing along with Dafydd Iwan. There were also items by the enchanting Sandie Steffanetti.

To end the year the members had an evening of Ten Pin Bowling followed by a meal in Tafarn Tanerdy. The group has also been successful in two competitions – This Year’s Programme and Dominoes.

The group has raised a substantial amount of money for this year’s charity –Merched y Wawr’s Music Project and Dementia Centre University of Wales.

 

 

Family Centre news

The Family Centre has agreed and is happy to now be a venue for the Credit Union “Save Easy” scheme whereby money can be saved and low cost loans are available. The representatives come every Tuesday afternoon from 2:00pm until 3:30pm if you would like to know more and start a savings account for yourself or family.

We have re-engaged with the Time Credits Scheme whereby credits are given for every hour of voluntary service. These credits can be used in multiple locations. Please come down to see us if you are interested in this.

Don’t forget about our great food co-operative scheme, with orders coming in by Wednesday midday please.

Summer is now upon us, and we are planning a trip in late August. Watch this space!

To find us, our post code is SA39 9BP, our email is pencaderfamilycentre@btinternet.com, our phone is 01559 384490, and in the village, if coming from Carmarthen, turn left at the corner of the flower shop and we are 100 yards down on the right. Do feel free to see us at any time on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am to 3:00pm and Wednesdays from 9:00am to 12:00 noon.

Sponsored Wheel Race

Sponsored Wheel Race

*** Pencader Carnival ***

We are sorry to announce that there will not be a Village Carnival this year. We realise that many will be really disappointed but the Committee has dwindled to only 3 members having lost 3 very hard working members due to personal circumstances. The 3 remaining members also found it difficult this year to free up enough spare time to continue with preparations.  It was an extremely hard decision to take but hope to reinstate the occasion in 2020. We hope to hold an AGM in January 2020 with the intention of recruiting hard working and enthusiastic members. Definite dates to be announced closer to the time.

Apologies once again.

Pencader Carnival Committee x

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.

 

 

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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Memories of the Old School, Pencader

This message has been received in the ‘comments’ at the bottom of the Letters to the Editor page. To reply please use the form at the bottom of that page, or if you would like the sender’s email address, please request it from webmaster@pencader.org.uk.

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I was bemoaning the fact the other day, how there is nothing on television that is of any interest to me when I happened on something that was of interest. It was “The Restoration Man” Visiting Pencader and showing how two people bought the old school, restored it and made something really marvellous of it. Why was I interested? That was the school I attended from the age of seven until twelve, when I went on to the Grammar school in Llandyssul.

 I have lived on the Gold Coast in Australia for a long time now, I have no one to speak Welsh to, yet I surprise myself how, much I remember, how “homesick” I feel whenever anything Welsh appears on TV. Halfway through the “Restoration Man” I was crying, there was the headmaster’s home, that’s where kitchen used to be, the boys playground was so dirty, we all (girls and boys), had to assemble there in the morning and after the lunch break, before marching into classes. The School was originally built on the site of an old castle–all these old memories came flooding back.It was good to see that something has been done to maintain the history of Pencader.

 Diolch yn fawr

 Cofion Cynnes,  Constance Glyde or as I was known in Pencader, Connie Davies.

 

 

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