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Clecs Bro Cader

Clecs Bro Cader Community Newsletter

Online version of the latest edition is available here

 

Local History Club

A message of thanks

After  years of contributing in the parish of Llanfihangel-ar-Arth Dr. Gerald Coles and his wife Wendy will be moving to their new home nearer to their family in Cardiff.

They will be hugely missed in this area where they have been truly generous benefactors of the community and will leave a huge gap in the History Club and in the Llanfihangel-ar-Arth Parish Eisteddfod committee.

In a special meeting of the History Club on Thursday February 17th, a gift was presented to Gerald and Wendy to thank them, on behalf of the Club and the Eisteddfod, for the immense work they have done since coming to live in this parish many years ago.  A glass ornament was especially commissioned featuring an image of Hen ŵr Pencader (the old man of Pencader) against a scene of the Teifi valley.  There are words of gratitude also included.

We give our sincere thanks to Gerald and Wendy and wish them every happiness in their new home.

History Club – February

Because of the pandemic it has not been possible for us to meet for two years.  However, in February the Llanfihangel-ar-Arth and Parish Local History Club succeeded in restarting its activities.  We had a very interesting talk about carving from Ed Harrison, Pontsian.  He has been working with wood and stone for more than half a century and has won a number of international prizes for his work as well as completing many commissioned items.  He showed us pictures of his carvings, including the biggest love spoon in the world, which is in Cardiff at the moment.  He also showed us some of his carving tools.

Ed was thanked for a special evening which everyone enjoyed.

The Club is hoping to meet every four weeks from now on, on a Thursday evening in Neuadd yr Ysgol, Llanfihangel, at 7:30pm.  Admission is £3 which includes refreshments and a raffle.

For more information, please contact Calfin Griffiths, 01559 384812.

A warm welcome to everyone.

Merched y Wawr Pencader a’r Cylch

April 2022

It was decided not to hold meetings in January and February but we kept in close contact and joined Zoom meetings where possible.

A few of us went for supper at the Ivy Bush in Carmarthen and went on to see a performance of Shirley Valentine in Welsh at the Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen.  The script, by Manon Eames, was excellent and the performance by Shelley Rees who had such presence on the stage can only be described as brilliant.  It was such a treat to go to a live, local performance and enjoy time together again in this way.

We are currently organising our annual lunch together at The Mari Glyn, Llanllwni and very much looking forward to it.  If you would like to join us to experience our friendship and enjoy our hospitality you are very welcome to join us.

Please contact:

Fioled Jones 01559 384617,

Gwyneth Alban 07976 276011

Ann Phillips 01559 384558

if you would like to join us.

You will be warmly welcomed.

 

 

Pencader WI

Women’s Institute

At our February meeting Mr Ivor Thomas showed us a lovely film, originally made by S4C, to celebrate the opening of the Wales Coastal Path in May 2012.  It was a really uplifting film and the afternoon was enjoyed by everyone.

The March meeting took the form of a St. David’s Day lunch at Tafarn Tanerdy in Carmarthen.  We were all delighted that Julia was well enough to join us.  Also, it was lovely to see Barbara, who came all the way from her new home in Llandrindod Wells.  So, all in all, it was a lovely get together.

In April, Davina Watson will make a return visit to the Pavilion.  Her talk is entitled “Lights, Camera, Action!”.  We will also be holding a small Bring and Buy sale after Davina’s talk.

Instead, of meeting on 3rd May, WI members are going on a coach trip to Abergavenny Market on 10th May.  Thanks to Avis for organising this trip.

In June, we will have another outing, this time to the Woollen Mill at Drefach Felindre.  So there is plenty to look forward to.

Pencader WI meetings are held in the Pavilion, at 2pm, on the 1st Tuesday of the month.

If you’d like to know more about us, ring Linda on 01559 389882 or email pencaderwi@gmail.com.

 

Broadband Connectivity

Does your community have difficulty in accessing high speed broadband? If so, residents and businesses could be entitled to a broadband upgrade.

The Government is offering rural residents up to £1,500 and small to medium sized businesses up to £3,500 to upgrade to gigabit broadband, which is capable of download speeds of 1 gigabit (1000 megabits) per second.

By encouraging communities to work together, residents and businesses can register their interest to increase the overall fund. The registration is open until the 30th of September and rural residents and businesses are encouraged to check if they are eligible and register on the website – https://broadband-upgradefund. campaign.gov.uk/register.

In addition, rural residents and businesses who have less than 30 Mbps may be eligible for a top up from the Welsh Government’s voucher scheme which doubles the potential funding of up to £7,000 for businesses and £3,000 for homes. In most cases, the funding provided will cover the cost of installing the new broadband if sufficient interest has been registered in a group project.

If you would like to have more information, contact cejenkins@carmarthenshire.gov.uk. If you cannot register online, please send a written response with your name, first line of address, postcode and an email address (if available) to:

Ceri Jenkins, County Hall, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 1JP

The End of an Era?

As Chairman, Stuart Wilson has been the figurehead of the Pencader & District Regeneration Group since its inception in 2002 but he has now decided it is time to step down and let someone younger take on this position.

Stuart has overseen the many changes that the Group has brought about in the community, most notably the publication of Clecs Bro Cader but also:

  • Noticeboards in Pencader, New Inn, Alltwalis & Llanfihangel ar Arth;
  • Getting flower tubs in the villages;
  • Planting of bulbs in the community;
  • Campaigning about the Council Local Development Plan;
  • Trying to get public footpaths opened up;
  • Instigated the History Panel and landscaped area below Pavilion;
  • Undertaken traffic speed monitoring;
  • Ballroom dance classes;
  • Organising bi-annual Clean Ups in Pencader;
  • Annual Garden & Craft Show;
  • Greetings Cards of local views;
  • Photography & Art exhibitions;
  • Arranging WDA Employment Survey;
  • Survey with Help Us Trade Ltd which resulted in the Parish Directory being published;
  • Garden & Chairman’s Bloomer competitions;
  • Christmas lights competitions;
  • Instigated Facebook Community Site;
  • Website for the village www.pencader.org.

Without Stuart the group would not have been able to do half of these things, his determination and dry wit helped get things done. He loved the annual Garden and Craft show and seeing the amazing produce the community had grown and the vivid imagination of the children with their art works.

When his friends organised a coffee morning for his 80th birthday in 2014, over £2500 was raised for the Velindre Hospital Aphrodite Appeal, which shows how highly regarded he is in the community.

So it is time he put his feet up, with a cat on his knee and looking out of one window at his garden and out of the other to see his horses.

Stuart – ENJOY IT – you have more than earned it.

 

Regeneration Group meeting

November 2020

A short meeting was held at the Pavilion on Monday 17th November at the earlier time of 4:00pm and it was good to see familiar faces again, even if at a distance of two metres.

Minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting held in July were agreed and signed.

Financial report was distributed; bank mandates had been changed for new signatories. It was agreed not to increase advertising rates in Clecs Bro Cader for a while longer as advertisers are having a hard enough time in the current pandemic; those who had been unable to work during lockdowns have had their pre-paid run extended.

A new grant application for funding the next two years of the newsletter needs to be compiled and submitted to Statkraft.

The website has been updated with items from the recent editions of Clecs.

It was agreed that in common with other community groups that the AGM due to be held in January 2021 will be postponed until such time as larger groups are allowed to meet up. Existing officers will remain in post until then. The next meeting will be held at the Pavilion on Monday 21st December at 4:00pm.

If you wish to support the community we would be delighted to see new faces.

 

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.

 

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 would normally take place on the THIRD Monday in the month in the Pavilion, Pencader, at 7:30pm.

 

The next meeting will be held at the Pavilion on Monday 21st December at 4:00pm.

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.

February 2020

A few complaints had been received about an article in the last edition of Clecs; it was agreed that it must be made clear in Clecs Bro Cader that the views expressed are those of the writer and not the Group or the editorial team. The Community Facebook page now had 345 members,an increase of over 30 from last month. Stuart & Chris will go and see about hiring the school as the venue for next Garden & Craft Show in September as running out of room in Pavilion now. Need to meet up and arrange schedule.

January 2020

The evening began with the AGM, Stuart read out his Chairman’s report (a copy can be seen on the Pencader.org website) and thanked all for their support in the year. No nominations received for changing Officers, so it was proposed and seconded to keep the officers as they are. The usual monthly meeting then followed. Morgan had met with Keith and Jane and was happy to help with Clecs Bro Cader. Suggestions needed for the 100th issue in April. There had been a problem accessing the Welsh version of the website, Emma had done a temporary fix. It had also been pointed out that Parish Records are no longer held at the National Library as they have been returned to the Parish. These are available for inspection at Llanfihangel Vicarage at a charge of £22 per hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW EDITOR FOR CLECS BRO CADER

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new Editor for Clecs Bro Cader, the highly valued and appreciated bilingual Community Newsletter for Pencader and District as from October 2019

Applicants must be computer literate, competent in word-processing and graphics management, able to communicate with other groups in the area and be able to work to a deadline. The ability to speak Welsh would be an advantage.

Although there is no remuneration for this position, it would be possible to reimburse for computer consumables used in preparing each edition.

The Regeneration Group have published 6 editions a year of Clecs Bro Cader for just over twelve years, issue 96 has just been added to the website.

If a new editor cannot be found, then the August issue will be the last one. It would be such a shame if this very popular publication, which has been described as providing a vital community service, has to stop.

 

If you think you may be up to the challenge please contact:

Keith Pratt – Tel 01559 384412 or email: pdrg@ffermffynnonwen.plus.com

Jane Griffiths – Tel 01559 384187 or email janegriffithsuk@btinternet.com for further information

Spring Clean Up

Spring Clean Up 13th April 2019
This time we were lucky with the weather, and the regular stalwarts came out and did their area either on the day or during that week.
18 bags were collected (3 black, 9 red and 6 blue) plus an assortment of larger items found at roadside. However, by the time CCC came and collected the bags the next day, someone had dumped a further 10 black bags which seemed to be full of soil and ashes.
This is not acceptable nor is it very community spirited after the hard work done by others.

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Table-Top Sale
Despite advertising in Clecs, Facebook, Website plus the usual local shops, there were only 4 tables rented out. There were however, quite a few shoppers eager for bargains and have a cuppa and a cake.
The organiser had gone to a lot of trouble to arrange this but once again the result shows the lack of community spirit in the village.

Mobile Library Timetable

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