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.

 

 

 

 

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)

Next Event Local History Club

In November John Jones came to talk about the history of Ffair Rhos. The name comes from the fair that was held on the moorland by the monks of Ystrad Fflur Abbey. Later it became a hiring fair. As well as agriculture, especially raising sheep, the area was well known for its miners who were digging for lead. They were responsible for the development of the village. During its time the community has been renowned for its poets. John Jones went on to describe a number of the characters who used to live in the area.

Dr John Davies presented the story of O T Jones to us in December. He was born in 1878 in Plasnewydd farm and moved to Beulah, in the Newcastle Emlyn area, and then Blaenffynnon. He attended the local school until he was 15 years old when he went to Pencader Grammar School. After graduating from Aberystwyth University in 1899 he moved to Trinity College, Cambridge, where Geology was one of his subjects. He joined the British Geological Survey in 1903 and then became the first Professor of Geology in Aberystwyth in 1910. He made a number of original contributions to his topic, especially in Wales, and in 1926 was elected Fellow of the Royal Society. He was a famous geologist who had a long and distinguished career. He died in 1967.

February 6th: Einion Gruffydd will talk (in Welsh) about Radio and Television.

March 5th: Mary Thomason will tell us the story of John Pryce Jones, a remarkable son of Pencader (in English).

April 23rd: The Rev Eileen Davies, Gwndwn, will present ‘Here I am’ (in Welsh).

The meetings are held in Neuadd yr Ysgol, Llanfihangel, and they start at 7:30pm. Admission is £3 which includes refreshments and a raffle.

A warm welcome to everyone. 

 

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.

Notes from the Garden Shed

February Notes

Now that the Christmas festivities are over and the New Year is firmly in place, it seems like a good time to start thinking of the season ahead in the garden.

Chips are a very welcome form of ‘comfort food’ during the cold winter months. I am sure a lot of readers will agree with that sentiment, and occasionally indulge in the consumption of the odd bowl of the popular potato based speciality. Chips, of course, are made from potatoes which are one of the most versatile of our vegetables crops.

There are many different varieties of the humble ‘spud’. Old Gumboot has grown several of the dozens of varieties available to gardeners to try.

The early maturing varieties are normally split into two groups, first early or second early. These take approximately 14-16 weeks from planting to harvesting, of course this is weather dependent and not a hard and fast rule. Well proven first earlies worth trying are ‘Rocket’ which is probably the earliest or ‘Casablanca’ which is a good all-rounder with very white skin and a creamy flesh.

Second earlies take slightly longer to mature. Varieties of note are ‘ Maris Peer’ which is a heavy cropper, or why not try ‘Kestrel’ which is an award winner with a good ‘old fashioned ‘ flavour and purple eyes.

There is a much wider choice when it comes to maincrop varieties; these need a longer growing period, which means harvesting later and storing for winter use. ‘Maris Piper’ is probably the most popular and widely grown potato for chip making, and is well loved by the fish and chip industry.

‘Cara’ is a good variety in dry summers as it is fairly drought resistant and also resistant to some of the common potato diseases. If you prefer a red skinned spud ‘Desiree’ is probably the one for you.

There are some newer types in the ‘Sarpo’ range that are supposedly resistant to potato blight, which is a problem down here in West Wales where the atmosphere is more humid than some other parts of the country.

Why not try a different variety this year? There is a very wide range available at your local garden shop, just waiting to be planted out in March/April, then look forward to your own home grown bowl of chips!

Happy Gardening

Old Gumboot

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

 

Pencader WI

We started the New Year with an interesting talk by John Hubert. John is very keen on technology, and, last year bought himself a drone. He has since had a lot of fun finding out what he can do with it. Since starting drone flying, John has become more aware of the geography of where he lives: he showed us films he has made from different parts of Pencader. An enjoyable afternoon.

Next month will also be interesting, when we will be given a talk on building your own eco house.

In March we will hold our St. David’s Day lunch – venue to be decided.

Other events planned for this year include a trip to Abergavenny Market and talks on Victorian Costume and the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust.

There are many activities organised by the Carmarthen Federation of Women’s Institutes. These include craft days, sports events, walks, book clubs and holidays. Lots of things to try!

We meet at 2:00pm in the Pavilion on the first Tuesday of the month. It would be lovely if you could join us. New members are always welcome.

For further information contact Linda Harrison on 01559 389882.

Family Centre news

Happy New Year to all.

We look forward to a busy and purposeful year, with lots of families attending the centre, and lots of interesting and exciting trips during the year. We especially welcome new families who may have moved to the area, and a reminder that the Family Centre is a drop in centre where a family can stay for as long as they like, or simply come in for a cup of tea /coffee and a chat.

The lead up to Christmas was very busy; Santa came as usual and a good time was had by all at the traditional Christmas lunch and party. We would like to thank all who supported our table top sale; we still have some great babies’ travel cots for sale if anyone wants a bargain!

One of our aims this year is to get in touch with many of the people – there must be hundreds – who have visited the centre since it opened in 2003. Many children have grown up and become parents themselves and we are looking to have a celebratory gathering in the summer and make a picture display of the people who have passed through.

We would be thrilled if you are one of those people and who would be willing to send us an email to

pencaderfamilycentre@btinternet.com

letting us know what you are doing now with a picture if possible. Further information can be obtained by phoning Trevor on 01559 384490. Lastly, we would like to give a big Thank you to the Tenants’ Association for their generosity in providing the £200 necessary to buy two new children’s tables.

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

It is with sadness that we note the huge loss to our branch on 21st November 2019 of Marina Davies, Heddfryn, New Inn.

Marina was a member of the branch from its inception and she was enthusiastic and loyal for over half a century. As joint secretary for two years until the summer of 2019 she took great pride and enjoyment in organising activities to celebrate the half centenary celebrations. Everyone enjoyed the concert by Dafydd Iwan and local talent and also the afternoon tea where Bro Eirwyn choir and Sandie Stefanetti took part.

During her time with Merched Y Wawr Marina worked hard on a local, county and national level where she was well respected by all. It was always such a pleasure and privilege to be in her company and have such fun at every activity.

In our local branch we feel that we have not only lost an enthusiastic and valued member but also a close and very dear friend.

December 2019

As usual we did not have a meeting in December but went to sing carols at some local residential homes.

On the 9th December we were warmly welcomed by staff who had prepared delicious snacks for us at Maesllewellyn Care Home, Newcastle Emlyn where our dear past member, Mrs Rachel Evans of Pencader had been residing for a short time. With sadness we learned that she had passed away within a matter of weeks of her 100th birthday. We have very fond memories of her within the branch and also in the community.

It was a pleasure to receive such a heartfelt welcome at Croeso Tremle, Pencader on the 16th December. They had prepared very impressive refreshments for us and we had a lovely time singing carols and then talking to the residents.

We would like to wish you a Happy New Year and extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join us and take part in our many and varied fun activities. We usually meet at 7 o’clock on the last Monday of the month.

Please contact: Fioled Jones – 01559 3846177

                        Gwyneth Alban – 01559 384344

                        Ann Phillips – 01559 384558

 

 

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

Clecs Bro Cader

Community newsletter - Cylchlythyr cymunedol

CBC99

Clecs Bro Cader Community Newsletter

Online version of the latest edition is available here

 

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

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