Category: Regeneration Group

PARISH PUMP

February 2020

So another year has commenced and after all the various Christmas concerts and entertainments we enter that period of anti- climax. Thanks to all the organisers and participants who provided so much entertainment and pleasure for those who partook.

The practice amongst some of the refugees over the past three years or so has been to rename their houses, usually to something completely irrelevant and having no regard to its Welsh origin, charm or history. This is often the first sign of worse to come in various forms, ranging from changing the landscape, uprooting trees and even agitating for road humps or other obstructions to hinder the traveller.

Refugees may be welcome but help the community you have chosen to move into and help make that community stronger. Doing nothing is not an endearing option.

No one commented on the absence of the God Slot in the last issue; I take the hint whereby heathens are among us.

Comments please to

Stuart Wilson Tel: 384709

December 2019

So that’s it – Summer is gone.

Welcome winter with your long comforting, dark nights, the open fire accompanied by its wood smoke, soot and dust permeating the rest of the house.

Being still “under the doctor” (my farm workers of seventy years ago would say) has resulted in my reliance on kindly friends and neighbours for shopping and transport. The latter seems mainly for trips to the hospital, parts of which operate for outpatients well into the evening.

I am assured that the street lighting has been improved by replacing the old ones with ones that emit a “white light” and more efficient. Such is progress for those who wish to see it.

Although I hear much vis-a-vis happenings in the Parish it would be foolhardy to comment without checking facts rather than repeating tittle tattle.

So I refrain from any further comment.

Many thanks to Keith and Jane for their determination to produce the October edition of Clecs Bro Cader, and with the current one. It does not say anything for the lack of response to the pleas for help in its production.

I would like to make a correction to the last Parish Pump – the three defibrillators were funded by the Brechfa Forest wind farm and not Statkraft as I reported – my apologies to all.

Comments please to
Stuart Wilson Tel: 384709

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This Small Corner

If any one wants a copy of Steve Dubé’s book on the history of Pencader there are some available at Llwyngwen. Originally for sale at £9.99 they can now be purchased for £7.50. Ring Stuart if you wish to buy a copy.

Comments please to –

email: janegriffithsuk@btinternet.com

or Stuart Wilson – tel: 01559 384709

Chairman's Report 2019

PENCADER AND DISTRICT REGENERATION GROUP

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2019

 

This report has to be dominated by the sheer commitment and hard work given to the Group, for the benefit of the Group to ensure the continuation of its very existence by our Secretary/Treasurer and now Editor in Chief of the newsletter. Jane has been hugely supported in the latter by fellow night owl Keith; without these two stalwarts the previous three editions of the newsletter would have been lost – and lost for ever.

We really are indebted to you both.

CLECS FIRST EDITION IN 2002

April 2020 sees the 100th edition of Clecs being produced – what an achievement. I remember the doubts when we produced our first edition with 300 copies, there were even two editions of a more satirical and derisory so called newsletter produced, for circulation only in Dolgran to Dolgran residents that knocked our efforts, but that died a death – possibly by sepsis I expect.

Our original editor is to be thanked again for laying solid foundations upon rock before retiring and handing onto a succession of other capable and experienced persons who were cajoled into the office of Editor, also aspiring ones.

The increasing revenues and diversities of the Advertisers reflect Clecs position within this community, which year upon year and issue upon issue continues to increase. We continue to be very grateful to Statkraft for their financial support – at last one can feel confident regarding its future. We are also extremely grateful for the translation services provided by two members of the community, already very busy people but they never let us down even at the last minute.

Membership of the Group remains somewhat constant despite appeals throughout the year for younger ones to come and join us.

In June we held a marvellous Strawberry Tea & Games afternoon with side shows and various races and sports. It was really well attended and by all accounts was “eaten out” before the rains came down and put an end to the field activities. This year we will make sure there are more than enough strawberries!

It has become apparent that the Fun Garden & Craft Show has outgrown the Pavilion and an approach to the school is being made in the hope that we can utilize those premises at a reasonable cost. The Jane Billington Award for an original artwork in any medium created 19 entries – the highest number of entries for any one class. Thanks to Mrs Lynn Bushin for suggesting and funding this award. Overall the show was a success and of interest to many curious non competitors; our thanks to organisers, stewards, helpers and most of all – the entrants.

Our website Pencader.org has had a total revamp by John and Emma, to keep up with new technology and platforms, they have put in a tremendous amount of work to make the site more modern looking and attractive to all visitors.

Thanks also go to the Facebook coordinator for trying to keep the community up to date with events, to Mr Vice Chairman for stepping in when I was struck down.

Thank you all for helping to run and support the Group activities throughout the year which demands a lot of time to organise. I have not referred to the Litter Picks as these events seem to be non-starters and totally unsupported by Carmarthenshire County Council and most local residents. There have always been the usual stalwarts who do their bit throughout the year to try and make a difference, for those we are grateful that they take pride in their area.

Finally on a personal note, I again thank you all for your loyal support of the group, its meetings and functions and of course to our secretary without whom it would be chaos.

Stuart Wilson

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

CHAIRMAN’S BLOOMERS

This year instead of a Garden Competition, our Chairman has been watching local  gardens as he has been out and about and certificates will be awarded to those he felt had shown a consistent display of colour.

Best Estate Gardens
Rose Davies 2 Maescader
Derek James – 55 Maescader
Irene Jones – 18 Maesderwenydd
Pencader
Sue Jones – Cartrefle
Eric & Janet Jones – Dwylan
Gwyn & Delyth Griffiths – Delwyn

In the general opinion of the judges, there were fewer good displays this year;  watering had been a problem during the very hot spell. There were fewer
good basket displays. Having said that, there were a few highlights, do not be discouraged, try again next year.


 

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

Strawberry Tea With Fun & Games

The morning of Sunday 23rd June dawned bright and sunny however the forecast was not good for the afternoon. The Pavilion Committee had done a super job of preparing the field for the event so that games and other outdoor activities could be held. The Coconut Shy, Clock Golf and Splat the Rat were set up and lines marked out for the sports events.

Parents and children started arriving and games etc. got underway until the rain came down an hour later. A couple of the games could be enjoyed indoors so were taken into the Pavilion. It was such a shame as all who came were prepared to take part in something on the field and be rewarded for their efforts.

The Strawberries and Cream went down well too. The Regeneration Group says a huge thank you to all those individuals who helped make the afternoon such a success, whether they had donated refreshments, cakes, raffle prizes, money or given of their time, we are most grateful. Thanks must also go to the local shops – they are always willing to display a poster and help out when they can.

It was a fun afternoon which will be repeated next year.

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