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Cae'r Felin School, Pencader

Well it was the end of a different term again and December was much quieter than usual.

This is a term we usually start transition plans with the Secondary school and this was no different from normal with Year 6 receiving a morning of live online learning with Bro Teifi through Teams and completing various activities.

We were once again fortunate in the generosity of Statkraft Wind Turbines. The grant helped reduce the burden of moving boards from class to class by having additional ones as well as buying bright green barriers to create a safe football area on the yard. The school council had started to collect money for this so thank you very much for contributing the rest of the money in order to make the pupils wish come true.

As a school we have won 4 Healthy School green leaves. A very suitable theme this term working towards the next leaf – Hygiene. Thanks to Covid we have already fully met a number of the requirements.

In order to continue with the Christmas spirits our cards and calendars were created, a sack arrived from Sion Corn and each class recorded a Christmas item which was uploaded on the children’s accounts for the parents to watch, and all this before we closed a week earlier than expected !

It would be nice to write today that we have welcomed our pupils back to school but this is not the case. However, teachers and pupils are busy preparing and completing daily lessons. I would also like to welcome our 6 part-time children who are now full time pupils in the school, 6 new children who have moved from other schools and 6 new part time children to school. As staff we can’t wait to get the pupils back into school to continue building and expanding their experiences.

Message from the Editor of Clecs Bro Cader

February 2021

What a year it has been for everybody. No-one can say that they have not been affected by Covid-19 in some way.

Many have lost loved ones in the most distressing circumstances when they cannot be with them to say goodbye.

It is also hard to imagine what the NHS staff and carers have seen and endured; sights too sad and awful to imagine yet every day they get up, go to work, do a superb job, and eventually get home at the end of a long shift feeling utterly exhausted and dispirited. To say Thank You does not seem enough, therefore we have to stick to the rules so that the case loads do not increase.

Many people have not been able to work or have been put on furlough causing all sorts of hardship. If they have been able to work from home, they have had to cope with home schooling the children. No-one can understand what someone else is going through because of the pandemic; thankfully there is lots of help and advice available.

Hopefully, once the vaccines are given we may start to get back to normal life but we have all learned a lot more about life that we had not bargained for in the past nine months.

Our community continues to support each other even if we cannot actually get together. Some groups managed to meet virtually with the help of Zoom and we are able to follow their activities with reports sent in to Clecs. The editorial committee is very grateful to all who have helped with keeping Clecs going in these times. It can’t be helped that issues are smaller than usual, but we have tried to keep everyone who reads it up to date with events etc.

Thank you to the Pavilion for a bit of cheer over Christmas with the Christmas tree and colourful lights; does the Community realise what an asset this facility is to the village? We can look forward to events being held inside and out on the field in months to come.

Thanks to the houses that had put their decorations up, though many of us were unable to go out and look. Sadly this year there were no prizes for best displays as there were not enough of the Regeneration Group able to go out and no one else had suggested it.

Look after yourselves and each other and I hope we will get together before too much longer.

December 2020

Sadly we are still unable to go out and about as we would wish, which means a shortage of news to put in Clecs, so I am sorry for lightweight editions.
We are extremely grateful for all contributions received, to the invaluable translators and also to those who then go and deliver copies in their area – some only have a
dozen copies, others have over a hundred, but we are very grateful to everyone who helps in any way.
Thanks must be given to our community shops; they have been absolutely wonderful during recent months, showing what a great community we live in.
We still have to be careful, the main thing is that everyone keeps to the guidelines – by keeping a distance, wearing a mask and frequent hand washing, we can help
each other.
Each family just has to do what is safest for them but hopefully everyone will have a Happy Christmas even if it will be a bit different to usual.
As we say goodbye to 2020 we can only hope that 2021 will bring some hope and will be kinder to all.

2019 Annual Report: Community Benefit Fund Statkraft Alltwalis Wind Farm

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Creative Workshops

Do you or does anyone you know live in the Brechfa Forest area?

If so, please read on and get involved by completing a simple survey to access free creative workshops over the coming months.

Arts Care Gofal Celf are thrilled to announce that we have received funding from Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm Fund in order to provide arts based activities for people living in the Brechfa Forest area over the next 6 – 9 months. We would really like the project to be guided by local people so your views really matter. If you would like to take part in free creative workshops, or if you are a professional artist living in Brechfa Forest, we would love to hear from you.

One of our multi talented artists who live in Brechfa Forest will deliver some of the workshops which could range from all manner of textiles to woodcraft or nature inspired activities depending on what you might like. We have a number of artists who work with us who could deliver all sorts of creative workshops from creative writing to dance or yoga, drama, sculpture, printmaking and more. However, we would also like to engage any local professional artists who may want to get involved and deliver workshops.

We would like this project to provide a positive splash of creativity at a time where COVID-19 is still challenging communities. The project could offer access to online workshop as well as face to face workshops in line with safety measures and guidance at the time. Again we would love to know what would work best for you in order to access opportunities.

We will soon announce a short series of taster sessions just to get you started in order to try a few different art forms and have your say on what else you might like. We would like any future workshops to meet your creative bucket list so please help us to provide workshops that will inspire and support wellbeing.

If you or anyone you know would like a hard copy of the survey posted out, then please just let us know at 01267 243815. Welsh copies of the survey are available upon request.

Please share with anyone in the Brechfa area who might be interested.

Thank you very much,

Rachel Project Coordinator at Arts Care Gofal Celf

rachel@acgc.co.uk

01267 243815 (leave a message)

First World War Treasure

A familiar face in Pencader earned herself a national audience recently when she appeared on prime-time television. Ruth Lewis, of Castle Green, is often seen around the village with her German shepherd, Vincent, but in May she appeared on the BBC’s Antique Roadshow with a unique item from her family’s history.

Ruth attended the Roadshow team’s visit to the National Botanic Garden last summer, taking with her a small, engraved silver cup which has been in the family for more than a century. The cup immediately caught the eye of silver expert Duncan Campbell, but it was the story behind the cup that ensured it would feature on the broadcast, which was watched by around eight million viewers.

Ruth described how the cup – which actually belongs to her mum, Mary Thomason of Bryndelyn – had been found by her great-grandfather, Henry Morris, in the trenches at Ypres during the First World War. “He found it in the trench, in the mud, so it was all black and horrible,” Ruth told the astounded expert. “He used it while he was in the war as a shaving mug.”

Ruth went on to describe how the cup had come home with her great-grandfather after the war, but almost ended up in the bin. “When he came home, my grandmother was cleaning out his bag and she found the cup and said: ‘What’s this?’ and he said ‘Oh I don’t know, you can throw it away, I’ve been using it as a shaving mug.’”

However, Henry’s wife Mary was not so sure, as Ruth explained. “She said: ‘I think it is silver,’ so she cleaned it up and then when my mother was born in 1942, it was given to her as a christening present. “My mother still has it in her china cabinet at home.”

Duncan was clearly delighted by the cup’s journey. “A little beaker like that can only have been made in France,” he explained. “So, your great-grandfather dug it out of the mud in Ypres? Presumably, it belonged to a Frenchman. In a French trench was it?”

Ruth told him how the family had presumed the beaker was a stirrup cup, but Duncan explained how cups of this kind were often given as a christening gift in France. “On the front, it’s engraved with the chap’s name, which may well have been the soldier of the Great War who lost it,” he told Ruth. “So, it’s been recycled, used as a shaving mug and then recycled again. “It’s been used as a christening mug, back to what it originally was!” Despite the incredible story behind the beaker, there will be no need to get it insured, unfortunately. “I’ll tell you the truth,” Duncan said, “it’s not a valuable thing. It’s not actually silver. In fact, it’s electroplated – it’s silver plate.”

However, he stressed that there were many ways to value an object. “This is a fantastic example of an antique, or an old object that doesn’t have to be worth much to be enormously valuable,” he said. “It’s the best history of an object I’ve heard in a long time, it’s really quite moving.”

Delighted Ruth told him: “My mother will be really chuffed.”


 

Help! Coronavirus Covid-19

Pencader Community School

For the first time ever I have no news of any successes or a record of activities to note. Since March, the school doors have closed, the noise of children has gone quiet, however the noise does continue but behind their own doors at home.

The highlight of our week as staff is to receive pictures, videos and work completed by the children – keep them coming – they bring a smile to our faces,

Keeping in contact is very important to us in Cae’r Felin. Over Easter the staff created a video for the children as a message to all the children and of course to wish them a Happy Easter. Our aim is to support the parents as much as possible by sharing useful ideas, websites and links. Through phone calls we hope we can resolve any concerns or problems.

The staff are by no means redundant – far from it. They are planning and preparing appropriate tasks that can be completed at home and then put on the electronic platform so that the teachers can mark and support further. They also have been phoning to catch up with parents and pupils and of course they are also working in the hubs supporting the vulnerable and key workers children – some in Carreg Hirfaen and the others in Y Ddwylan.

We wait weekly for the updates from the Assembly with regards to our schools, but no school will re-open until we can ensure it is safe and purposeful during this strange time. We look forward to see the school full of chat again and the yard full of laughter and play. Once again the sun sets on the hill and I look forward to reporting again.

Thank you to all the staff and parents for all their support and patience.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS

Now that the winter evenings are here, it is time to set to work in your studios, workrooms, garages etc, to produce items for displaying at the GARDEN AND CRAFT SHOW next September in Pencader.

Once again the “Jane Billington Award” is the class in the show that is for ‘The most original piece of artwork, in any medium’. So why not have a go at entering one or more items that you have produced?

This class provided the show with a wonderful selection of exhibits from many talented local people in 2019. We will be providing a larger display area for this popular class at next year’s show, so there will be room for your exhibit!!

What would you like to see as a handicraft class? Tell us your suggestions for the classes in the normal craft sections. These will be announced in the February edition of Clecs Bro Cader.

Suggestions please to Chris Fuller: 01559 384499 or email: chrisfuller480@btinternet.com.

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