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.