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Energy Local Capel Dewi Q&A session

If you have registered your interest for Energy Local Capel Dewi, or you are thinking of registering, please feel free to join our one-hour Zoom gathering.  

Jane O’Brien, from Energy Local, will be hosting the session and will do a short presentation on how Energy Local works, and will then answer questions.  

Join with or without video, and stay as short or as long as you like during the session.

We look forward to meeting you!

Date: Sunday 26th September 2021

Time: 6pm-7pm

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2020 Annual Report: Community Benefit Fund Statkraft Alltwalis Wind Farm

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The Capel Dewi Energy Local is Now Live!

Following on from the article in August’s Clecs Bro Cader, we are delighted by the demand for our cheaper, sustainable, local electricity scheme, and the Capel Dewi Energy Local is now live!

There are still some places on the scheme, and if you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please register your interest at or email if you would like to find out more.

The scheme covers the area supplied from the Llanllwni distribution substation which includes Capel Dewi, Rhydowen, Pontsian, Cwrtnewydd, parts of Llanybyther, Llanllwni, parts of Gwyddrug, and Llanfihangel-ar-arth.

Please note that there is no payment required to register your interest. Also, once registering your interest, there is no obligation to follow through if you later change your mind. 

Don’t miss this chance to reduce your electricity bills and use locally produced renewable electricity.

Message from the Editor of Clecs Bro Cader

Message From The Editor

Many thanks to those who have helped in any way to tidy up the ‘Panel Area’ down past the Pavilion.

Thanks also to Richard at Farmyard Nurseries for the very generous donation of the plants for the small trough.

The shrubs will get cut back a bit more when they have finished flowering, also the long grass at the side. At present these are helping the wildlife survive.

We would like to get the Interpretation Panel repaired. Does anyone know of a company that does these now?

Thanks also to Leanne and her children for doing a litter pick on Maescader, the Parish Pickers kit coming in handy. If anyone else wants to have a go in their area, just ask for the required equipment. 

Nature Notes

Nature Notes: August

The start of August brings the warmest (although normally not the driest) month of the year when the soil is warm, the vegetables are cropping and the fruit bushes are brimming with fruit. Our garden is full of blackbirds trying hard to reach the blackcurrants, whilst the sound of bumblebees fills the garden as they make the most of the catmint that has grown tall in the summer rain. The nights are getting slowly darker, reminding us that summer will not be around for much longer, but as I wander around my garden at dusk the sound of territorial hawkmoths and screeching swifts ready to make their way to Africa reminds me it is still summer for a little while yet. Wandering into the fields the grass has grown long and blows in the wind and birds foot trefoil, a low yellow flowering plant that gets its name from the three-pronged seed pods in the shape of a bird foot (hence the name!), hides at the bottom of the grass. It is that time of year to stop for a while on your dog walk or walk to the shops to admire the flowering plants in full bloom and the trees at their finest, and be happy to live in such a lovely place.

Environmental Tip of the Month: An eco-friendly phone contract

Phones are a huge part of our lives and use vital earth resources, so we need to bring environmental and ethical consideration to them too. You can do this by choosing the eco-friendly contract provider, Ecotalk, which is run in partnership with the RSPB. It uses its profit to buy land and then plants wildflower meadows on the land. Ecotalk uses the EE network and I’ve found I have signal everywhere I need it, and its prices are really competitive. If you’re looking for a new phone, have a look at Fairphone – a modular phone that you can replace bits in yourself, produced from recycled and ethically sourced materials, which is now just as good as any other phone that hasn’t got such great credentials – I just got mine from eBay as my old phone stopped keeping its charge, so not only is it eco-friendly but second-hand too (a great combination!). Fairphone will also take your old phone and recycle it too.

Morgan Jones

Nature Notes: June

And, just like that, we’re in Summer and the longest day is nearly here. Whilst we may have been a little distracted by being able to get out and do more, nature has been getting on with its most productive time of year – the breeding season. If you’ve woken up early and popped your head outside recently, you’ll have heard the most spectacular dawn chorus – birds of all shapes and sizes signing as loud as they can to attract attention from the females of their species. At our house we’ve been watching some busy blue tits and house sparrows making nests and then – both can have more than one brood of chicks per year and each brood takes around 3 weeks to fledge. Blue tit parents will be busy in those three weeks – an average sized brood of chicks needs around 10,000 caterpillars and other invertebrates to get it to fledgling age!


Wildflowers start to bloom this month – foxgloves, ragged robin and oxeye daisies will all appear this month, starting to fill any wild spaces with colour. It’s really important to try and leave some space to go wild at this time of year so wildflowers have a space – we need them to support our pollinators, including bees, moths and butterflies. Pollinators are in decline because of a lack of food, due to the use of weed killers and people’s keenness to mow the grass short. However, we really need them to pollinate flowers and crops, so try and be a bit less tidy this year and leave a space for wildlife to thrive.


Environmental tip of the month: Shop local After a year of staying in our houses we’re making the most of socialising and being outside. But barbeques and picnics can make a lot of waste – reusable barbeques, food in plastic, drinks in bottles. So, as well as buying yourself a reusable barbeque, why not make a trip to your local butcher for the meat on your barbeque – higher quality, supporting a local butcher, and now some butchers are happy for you to bring your own containers to put your purchases in.


Morgan Jones


Environmental tip of the month: Are you a ‘google-er’? Did you know that Google is one of the most power hungry organisations in the world, with huge buildings full of computers ready to find the name of that song or the date of that important event for you? Whilst Google are carbon neutral, you can go one better – Ecosia ( is a carbon negative search engine and plants trees every time you search. At the time of writing they had planted over 1.2 billion trees around the world. By using them you can do something about mitigating the effects of climate change without leaving your house – the easiest kind of climate action! I’ve used Ecosia for around 4 years now, and now honestly find Google garish and horrible to use, so give it a go and stick with it.

Morgan Jones


Pencader WI

Women’s Institute

Our June meeting was held in Linda’s beautiful garden. It was a glorious sunny afternoon and we ate a delicious tea in idyllic surroundings. Rosemary read through the Federation monthly letter and we discussed forthcoming events such as Book Clubs, quizzes, etc. Avis suggested a visit to Norwood Gardens (with Afternoon Tea, of course!) for our July meeting. Many thanks to Linda for hosting the meeting and for letting us see her gorgeous baby tortoises.

We had another lovely afternoon in July when we visited Norwood Gardens. Although we weren’t as fortunate with the weather this time, we managed to walk around the delightful gardens between showers. Tea followed in the café and then we held our meeting.


Avis has arranged the following speakers for us in the Pavilion:

7th September: Davina Watson will talk about Victorian Costume.

6th October: Molly (our newest member) will tell us about North East France.

There is no W.I. meeting in August, but we’ll probably get together for yet another Afternoon Tea, this time at the Porth Hotel!

If you would like to find out more about the W.I., please ring Linda on 01559 389882 or look us up on Facebook.


This year, instead of a Garden and Crafts show, which has had to be cancelled due to the difficulties imposed by the remaining Covid restrictions, our Chairman will be out and about looking at the local gardens. Certificates will be awarded to those he feels have shown an interesting design and a consistent display of colour.

Gardens will be judged on their appearance from the roadside, irrespective of size. Window boxes, hanging baskets and pots can be just as appealing as the largest gardens.

If you would like to have your gardening efforts considered or you would like to nominate a friend or neighbour, please contact Jane Griffiths on 01559 384187 or


Clecs Bro Cader

Clecs 108

Community Newsletter-Cylchlythyr Cymunedol

Clecs Bro Cader Community Newsletter

Online version of the latest edition is available here


Cheaper Electricity offered by Energy Local

The Capel Dewi Energy Local is Now Live!

Energy Local is transforming the electricity market for communities and small-scale renewable generators. Our mission is to help communities get more value from small-scale renewable generation by using the electricity locally.

The way it works is that you can buy cheaper electricity direct from those generating solar energy in the area.

It reflects local renewables’ true value and keeps more money local.

Energy Local co-operatives have already been formed in several areas of Wales, including Corwen, Crickhowell and Bethesda.

A new Energy Local co-operative is forming in this area.  Please see map below for areas included.

The scheme covers the area supplied from the Llanllwni distribution substation which includes Capel Dewi, Rhydowen, Pontsian, Cwrtnewydd, parts of Llanybyther, Llanllwni, parts of Gwyddrug, and Llanfihangel-ar-arth.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, which is, unfortunately, limited to the first 80 households that sign up, please register your interest at or email if you would like to find out more.

Please note that there is no payment required to register your interest – it is like changing electricity providers.  Also, once registering your interest, there is no obligation to follow through if you later change your mind.  The move to Energy Local does not take place immediately, so please be patience after you have registered, as it typically takes several months to put everything in place for an Energy Local to ‘go live’ in your area.

Don’t miss this chance to reduce your electricity bills and use locally produced renewable electricity.


Message from Cllr Linda Evans

Message from Cllr Linda Evans

Following months of closure, by now many holiday and leisure businesses are opening their doors once again, staff returning to work, daily pattern of life changes within families and everyone trying to find some normality. Yes, we are all looking for the new normal.

Through the next uncertain period we should all appreciate what’s important and how valuable it is to share time with family and friends. Being apart has affected every one of us – although we may not be prepared to admit it at times. Although technology has provided some of us with the ability to see each other there is nothing like the companionship and friendship between family and friends.

By this time of year many of us would have made plans for our annual Summer holidays and the weekends within in out calendars would include many activities such as Carnivals, Sport Days, Festivals and Shows just to name a few – for this year again the calendars will be emptier than usual.

Yes, the pandemic kept us apart – together we can see the light at the end of the tunnel getting closer.

Remember you are welcome to contact me any time.

Take care all!



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