EISTEDDFOD LLANFIHANGEL-AR-ARTH AND DISTRICT

EISTEDDFOD

 LLANFIHANGEL-AR-ARTH A’R PLWYF

 DYDD SADWRN

 Chwefror 29 2020

yn dechrau am 10:30

 Neuadd yr Ysgol

LLANFIHANGEL-AR-ARTH

 RHAGLEN Y DYDD

 Llywyddion

Mr & Mrs Mansel Griffiths,

Anwylfan, Llanfihangel-ar-arth

 Mynediad ar y dydd – plant £1, oedolion £4, Aelodau Côr/Parti £1

 Entrance on the day – children £1, adults £4, Members of a Choir / Party £1

Please CLICK HERE to view the full programme. (Word.doc)

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 16th December 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.

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.

July 2019

The Strawberry Tea had been a great success and the games were well  attended but after an hour the rain came down and curtailed the fun. Some activities were able to be carried out inside. Hopefully next year will
be better but it gave a much needed boost to the Group funds.
More work had been done on the website and it was now possible to monitor visitor numbers etc to the site and from which country.
The August edition of Clecs was almost finished and should be with the printers soon.

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.

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.

 

 

 

Next Event Local History Club

In its meeting in October the Llanfihangel-ar-Arth and Parish Local History Club had an interesting talk by the veterinary surgeon Lowri Davies. She explained how the close connection between the mind and the body could contribute to ill-health in animals, also how the emotional problems of owners could affect the creatures under their care.

December 5th – Dr John Davies, Llandysul, will talk about O T Jones the famous geologist who had part of his education in Pencader (in Welsh).

January 9th – Glyn Parry will discuss William Owen the smuggler (in Welsh).

February 6th – Radio and Television will be Einion Gruffydd’s topic (in Welsh).

March 5th – John Pryce Jones, son of Pencader. Mary Thomason will present the story of this remarkable man (in English).

The meetings are held in Neuadd yr Ysgol, Llanfihangel, and they start at 7:30pm. Admission is £3.00 which includes refreshments and a raffle.

A warm welcome to all.

 

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.

PARISH PUMP

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

October 2019

Many thanks to all those, especially from this group, who have so freely given me their time and support, over the past three months. You know who you are and I truly love you all (in my way!) for your kindness and support. By December I plan to be almost as good as new again. Improvements occur weekly I notice.

The defibrillators have started arriving and it is planned that there will soon be one near you. Watch for further details. The supply of these important machines is from several sources; I understand that Statkraft have supplied one in Alltwalis, one in Gwyddgrug and the one at Pencader cemetery. Other funding is supplying the remaining ones in Pencader, Llanfihangel and Pontyweli. New Inn has been fortunate to have had one privately funded by an anonymous benefactor. More information when it is known.

Autumn Clean Up Saturday 12th October, please meet up at the Pavilion at 10.00am in the effort to make a difference to your area.

Clarification– the Regeneration group is not a charity, never has been and never will be. Whatever profit we make at the events we organise (usually little) goes into general funds used for running the group. Insurance, venue hire and other expenses all have to be met. Of course if you are really concerned then you could come along to our meetings and see the financial report presented at each meeting. You will be welcome on the third Monday of the month at 7.30pm at the Pavilion.

God Spot – Acts 2 Verses 19 – 20

Comments please to the Secretary
(janegriffithsuk@btinternet.com)
or Stuart Wilson, Tel: 01559 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

Notes from the Garden Shed

December Notes

 Old Gumboot is rather partial to vintage agricultural equipment and likes to visit shows that display vintage items.

We are fortunate in this part of West Wales to have several ‘working shows’ and vintage working days during the season. 2019 has been a good year, weather-wise for the organisers and visitors to these events.

In June we have the first significant Show at Pontargothi show field. This Show is organised by the ‘Towy Valley Vintage Club’ and usually provides a good line up of working barn engines, many of them driving sheep shearing sets, generators, water pumps, root cutters etc. which would have been their job in bygone days.

There are also vintage tractors on display, classic and vintage cars, and masses of other items.

A little later in the year there is the Teifi Valley Vintage show. Here you will find a massive display of vintage tractors (usually more than 100) along with classic cars, commercial vehicles etc and working threshing drums, balers etc. Auto jumble stalls are a good source of those hard to find spare parts too.

Later still in the season we are treated to the Camrose vintage working day, down in Pembrokeshire. This show features large working fields where a corn crop is usually harvested using binders and vintage combine harvesters. A working threshing drum is set up to separate the grain from the straw, often powered by a steam traction engine or a stationary vintage tractor. Tractors, horses and ploughs are to be seen turning in the stubble followed by other implements breaking down the soil to create a seedbed in preparation for re-seeding.

September means it is also time for the Talgarreg working show; this event incorporates a produce show in a separate marquee. Working and static tractors also feature here, along with a large display of tractor collections and barn engines. This year 2 threshing machines were in use, driven by local vintage tractors, one Field Marshall and a Fordson Major, both from the 1950s. In previous years potatoes have been grown and harvested the old fashioned way, potatoes collected by an army of pickers, and sold to the public.

As you can see we are fortunate enough to have an abundance of events down here throughout the season, along with Classic car shows, tractor road runs for charity, and Autojumbles. There is usually something of interest to vintage enthusiasts on most weekends through the season.

Maybe Old Gumboot should attend one of the many local auctions in the area to find some ‘treasure’ to display at the local show!

Will have to get back to the garden next time, but the ground is saturated at the moment!

Old Gumboot

 

October Notes

Every year around this time, when our bedding plant displays are still looking good, the postman drops a stream of bulb catalogues through the letterbox, it is at this point that you suddenly realise that summer is really coming to an end and that you need to focus on selecting bulbs for flowering next spring.

Daffodil and narcissus bulbs are the most popular, types for planting in our gardens, and are probably the most showy of the spring bulbs, except maybe the tulip family.

This Autumn I am going to plant a fairly short growing daffodil, commonly known as ‘the Tenby daffodil’ ( proper name Narcissus Obvallaris,) this variety is not so widely available as some, but it is a super little daffodil, ideal for naturalising in grass areas where it looks most natural without appearing too ‘domesticated’. If you are unable to obtain them locally they can be found on line at www.dutchbulbs.co.uk. If you are lucky enough to also find the variety Narcissus Lobularis (the Lenten Daffodil) you will discover this little gem is as close as possible to the English wild daffodil. This is one of only a handful of daffodils native to the UK, and was reputed to be responsible for the poetic verses famously penned by Wordsworth. I find some of these smaller, less blowsy types can be just as rewarding as some of the more modern varieties, which in my mind tend to look almost ‘artificial’.

A carpet of crocus in flower is a most welcome sight in early spring. Crocus are equally good planted in a border or in a grassy position, but remember that you will not be able to mow where they are growing, which could make the area look untidy until they have died down later in the spring. Crocus are inexpensive smaller sized bulbs, which makes them easy to plant in bulk, to create impressive ‘drifts’ of the various colours available. There are of course many other types of spring flowering bulbs available from your local garden shop or online supplier. Now is the time to plant most species, preferably before the weather turns too cold and wet. Always try to obtain bulbs grown in the UK, as more and more are being grown here now. Also make sure that the bulbs have not been collected from wild sources but have been commercially grown.

Let’s hope you manage to produce an impressive display next spring in your beds, borders and pots.

Happy Gardening,

   Old Gumboot

August Notes

Watering the garden and greenhouse seems to take a lot of time at the moment. In fact, apart from weeding it seems to be the main job recently. I am sure it is the same for many other gardeners at this time. The sudden arrival of Summer along with record breaking temperatures has meant a record breaking number of weeds germinating meaning more hoeing between crops. Good weather this time of year is, of course, excellent for hay and silage making. The mowers, rakes, balers and wrappers have been working flat out for the past couple of weeks.

Old Gumboot is on his holidays at the moment, but has managed to add this plea to GARDENERS, CRAFTERS and COOKS to get busy preparing your exhibits for the annual ‘FUN GARDEN AND CRAFT SHOW’ in September. The schedule was printed in the last issue of ‘Clecs Bro Cader’ and is repeated in this one, and further copies will available from local shops etc. nearer the time.

Old Gumboot is looking forward to viewing a hall full of produce, craft work and baked items. As I have said before ‘come and view the exhibits on the Saturday Morning’ or better still ‘come and enter something yourself’.

Happy gardening

Old Gumboot

 

Pencader WI

In October, we enjoyed Richard Keen’s talk about important old buildings in Wales. Richard worked with the National Trust for many years and was involved in the preservation of many buildings, such as Newton House in Dinefwr Park and Llanerchaeron, near Aberaeron.

November’s meeting was our AGM, where we elected new officers. Rosemary Richardson replaces Rosemary Edwards as President (Rosemary Edwards will be Vice-President). Madge Pratt is the new Treasurer, replacing Avis Morris and Linda Harrison takes over from Mary Thomason as Secretary. Many thanks to Rosemary E, Avis and Mary for their hard work over the last 3 years.

It has been an interesting year for us and next year should be just as good with some interesting talks already planned. These include:

Building Your Own House;

Victorian Costume;

The Effect of the American Civil War on the Cotton Industry in Derbyshire.

Trips are yet to be decided.

We are looking forward to our Christmas Lunch at The Porth Hotel in December.

From January, feel free to come along to any of our meetings held in the Pavilion on the 1st Tuesday of the month.

We will always be glad to see you.

Family Centre news

The Annual General Meeting was held recently and passed very well.

This time of year has been increasingly busy for us with the Christmas Table Top Sale and our trip to Burry Port to see Cinderella and our usual Christmas shopping trips.

Santa is coming to visit us on the 12th December which we are looking forward to, and most importantly we wish everyone who has come to the Centre, a very Happy Christmas. We look forward to an exciting new year and welcoming lots of new families.

Other services on offer:

  • · A weekly food co-operative with fresh produce at low cost
  • · The possibility of earning Time Credits
  • · The Save Easy Credit Union scheme every Tuesday between 2.00 & 3.30pm
  • · The weekly lunch club on a Thursday at mid-day
  • · Finally the “sewing workshop” takes place on a Wednesday morning from 10:00am until lunch time, and all are welcome.

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

 

Clecs Bro Cader

Clecs Bro Cader 98

Clecs Bro Cader Community Newsletter

Online version of the latest edition is available here

 

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.

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