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!

Regards

Linda

CllrLDaviesEvans@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

07792 199161

  

Cae'r Felin School, Pencader

Well it was the end of a different term again and December was much quieter than usual.

This is a term we usually start transition plans with the Secondary school and this was no different from normal with Year 6 receiving a morning of live online learning with Bro Teifi through Teams and completing various activities.

We were once again fortunate in the generosity of Statkraft Wind Turbines. The grant helped reduce the burden of moving boards from class to class by having additional ones as well as buying bright green barriers to create a safe football area on the yard. The school council had started to collect money for this so thank you very much for contributing the rest of the money in order to make the pupils wish come true.

As a school we have won 4 Healthy School green leaves. A very suitable theme this term working towards the next leaf – Hygiene. Thanks to Covid we have already fully met a number of the requirements.

In order to continue with the Christmas spirits our cards and calendars were created, a sack arrived from Sion Corn and each class recorded a Christmas item which was uploaded on the children’s accounts for the parents to watch, and all this before we closed a week earlier than expected !

It would be nice to write today that we have welcomed our pupils back to school but this is not the case. However, teachers and pupils are busy preparing and completing daily lessons. I would also like to welcome our 6 part-time children who are now full time pupils in the school, 6 new children who have moved from other schools and 6 new part time children to school. As staff we can’t wait to get the pupils back into school to continue building and expanding their experiences.

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.

 

Creative Workshops

Do you or does anyone you know live in the Brechfa Forest area?

If so, please read on and get involved by completing a simple survey to access free creative workshops over the coming months.

Arts Care Gofal Celf are thrilled to announce that we have received funding from Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm Fund in order to provide arts based activities for people living in the Brechfa Forest area over the next 6 – 9 months. We would really like the project to be guided by local people so your views really matter. If you would like to take part in free creative workshops, or if you are a professional artist living in Brechfa Forest, we would love to hear from you.

One of our multi talented artists who live in Brechfa Forest will deliver some of the workshops which could range from all manner of textiles to woodcraft or nature inspired activities depending on what you might like. We have a number of artists who work with us who could deliver all sorts of creative workshops from creative writing to dance or yoga, drama, sculpture, printmaking and more. However, we would also like to engage any local professional artists who may want to get involved and deliver workshops.

We would like this project to provide a positive splash of creativity at a time where COVID-19 is still challenging communities. The project could offer access to online workshop as well as face to face workshops in line with safety measures and guidance at the time. Again we would love to know what would work best for you in order to access opportunities.

We will soon announce a short series of taster sessions just to get you started in order to try a few different art forms and have your say on what else you might like. We would like any future workshops to meet your creative bucket list so please help us to provide workshops that will inspire and support wellbeing.

If you or anyone you know would like a hard copy of the survey posted out, then please just let us know at 01267 243815. Welsh copies of the survey are available upon request.

Please share with anyone in the Brechfa area who might be interested.

Thank you very much,

Rachel Project Coordinator at Arts Care Gofal Celf

rachel@acgc.co.uk

01267 243815 (leave a message)

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

Remembrance Sunday 2020

Cyngor Cymuned Llanfihangel-Ar-Arth Community Council

Clerc Mrs S. Anita Evans, Frongelli. New Inn, Pencader, Sir Gar. SA39 9AZ

ffôn: 01559 384266                             e-bost: anitaevans9@hotmail.co.uk

cc-llanfihangel-ar-arth-cc.org.uk

The Remembrance Service in Pencader at 10.45 on Sunday November 8th this year will be different, in order to keep within Covid rules.

 

  • No singing.
  • It is expected that people from different homes will obey the 2 metre rule.
  • It is required that everyone wear a mask.
  • One person only to stand within the perimeter of the War Memorial at one time.
  • No leaflets will be circulated.
  • Everyone to be responsible for themselves please, and adhere to the above requests.

 

NOTE:  if Government rules are changed, we will have to adhere to the new rules.

 

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.

 

First World War Treasure

A familiar face in Pencader earned herself a national audience recently when she appeared on prime-time television. Ruth Lewis, of Castle Green, is often seen around the village with her German shepherd, Vincent, but in May she appeared on the BBC’s Antique Roadshow with a unique item from her family’s history.

Ruth attended the Roadshow team’s visit to the National Botanic Garden last summer, taking with her a small, engraved silver cup which has been in the family for more than a century. The cup immediately caught the eye of silver expert Duncan Campbell, but it was the story behind the cup that ensured it would feature on the broadcast, which was watched by around eight million viewers.

Ruth described how the cup – which actually belongs to her mum, Mary Thomason of Bryndelyn – had been found by her great-grandfather, Henry Morris, in the trenches at Ypres during the First World War. “He found it in the trench, in the mud, so it was all black and horrible,” Ruth told the astounded expert. “He used it while he was in the war as a shaving mug.”

Ruth went on to describe how the cup had come home with her great-grandfather after the war, but almost ended up in the bin. “When he came home, my grandmother was cleaning out his bag and she found the cup and said: ‘What’s this?’ and he said ‘Oh I don’t know, you can throw it away, I’ve been using it as a shaving mug.’”

However, Henry’s wife Mary was not so sure, as Ruth explained. “She said: ‘I think it is silver,’ so she cleaned it up and then when my mother was born in 1942, it was given to her as a christening present. “My mother still has it in her china cabinet at home.”

Duncan was clearly delighted by the cup’s journey. “A little beaker like that can only have been made in France,” he explained. “So, your great-grandfather dug it out of the mud in Ypres? Presumably, it belonged to a Frenchman. In a French trench was it?”

Ruth told him how the family had presumed the beaker was a stirrup cup, but Duncan explained how cups of this kind were often given as a christening gift in France. “On the front, it’s engraved with the chap’s name, which may well have been the soldier of the Great War who lost it,” he told Ruth. “So, it’s been recycled, used as a shaving mug and then recycled again. “It’s been used as a christening mug, back to what it originally was!” Despite the incredible story behind the beaker, there will be no need to get it insured, unfortunately. “I’ll tell you the truth,” Duncan said, “it’s not a valuable thing. It’s not actually silver. In fact, it’s electroplated – it’s silver plate.”

However, he stressed that there were many ways to value an object. “This is a fantastic example of an antique, or an old object that doesn’t have to be worth much to be enormously valuable,” he said. “It’s the best history of an object I’ve heard in a long time, it’s really quite moving.”

Delighted Ruth told him: “My mother will be really chuffed.”


 

Help! Coronavirus Covid-19

Pencader Community School

For the first time ever I have no news of any successes or a record of activities to note. Since March, the school doors have closed, the noise of children has gone quiet, however the noise does continue but behind their own doors at home.

The highlight of our week as staff is to receive pictures, videos and work completed by the children – keep them coming – they bring a smile to our faces,

Keeping in contact is very important to us in Cae’r Felin. Over Easter the staff created a video for the children as a message to all the children and of course to wish them a Happy Easter. Our aim is to support the parents as much as possible by sharing useful ideas, websites and links. Through phone calls we hope we can resolve any concerns or problems.

The staff are by no means redundant – far from it. They are planning and preparing appropriate tasks that can be completed at home and then put on the electronic platform so that the teachers can mark and support further. They also have been phoning to catch up with parents and pupils and of course they are also working in the hubs supporting the vulnerable and key workers children – some in Carreg Hirfaen and the others in Y Ddwylan.

We wait weekly for the updates from the Assembly with regards to our schools, but no school will re-open until we can ensure it is safe and purposeful during this strange time. We look forward to see the school full of chat again and the yard full of laughter and play. Once again the sun sets on the hill and I look forward to reporting again.

Thank you to all the staff and parents for all their support and patience.

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