Clecs Bro Cader

Clecs Bro Cader Community Newsletter

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Message from the Editor of Clecs Bro Cader

Message From The Editor

The sun shine and warmer weather plus the clocks going forward are encouraging us all to get out and about a bit more, even if we still have to be a bit careful.

It is really positive to see several new events being advertised in this issue.  The various organisers spend a lot of time, money and effort to set these events up, so it is up to the community to support them.

Particularly suffering are the community groups like Regeneration Group and Pencader Improvement & Development Group (PIDA) and who meet regularly but only have about 4 or 5 people turning up.  These groups exist to improve our Parish and to encourage residents to come along and say what they would like to see happening in the villages – and give their support for any activities that are planned.

It is no good sitting back and saying there is nothing to do if people don’t join in with ideas and help.  There are many new residents in the area now and it would be so nice if they came and showed support for the community where they have chosen to make their home and join in with activities.

The Regeneration Group meet on 3rd Monday of the month usually, but because of Easter, their next meeting is Monday 25th April at 5:30 at the Pavilion.

PIDA meet up on the second Wednesday of the month at Pavilion at 7:30 so their next meeting will be 13th April.  Other groups have details of their next meetings in their reports in this issue of Clecs.

You can be assured of a very warm welcome.

Nature Notes

Nature Notes: April

As I write this in mid March the rain is lashing at the window and the lambs are sheltering behind the hedges.  However, Spring is definitely creeping in – hawthorn leaf buds are slowly unfurling in our hedge, a few crocus and primrose have exploded with colour on our wildflower bank, snowdrops are hiding in the hedges, and there are female house sparrows prospecting the nest boxes.  However, whilst Spring is a lovely time of new life, it has been a sad week in this part of Gwyddgrug – the fields we walk through daily, which have been left largely to do their own thing over the past five years and as a result have thrived with wildlife, have had the majority of the trees in the old hedgerows chopped almost to the ground this week – an upsettingly late point in the year to remove vast swathes of vegetation with fantastic nesting and habitat potential.  The hazel catkins that were brimming from the swaying branches have gone, and so with it any habit for the woodcocks who nestle under the cover these trees provided, the stems on which the group of little long-tailed tits used to chatter on and the tree in which the song thrush use to sing.  Yes, these creatures will hopefully find another place to call their home, but tree felling is becoming increasingly common in our local countryside and it should not just be assumed that there will be another place for nature to move to.  My days have been made poorer for this particular management practice in the place I loved so much.

What is biodiversity and why is it important to us?

Instead of my environmental tips, I thought I would answer a question each edition on some of the issues that we face in terms of nature and climate, in Wales and globally – something I come face to face with daily in my role as a Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Science.  Biodiversity is the variety of plant and animal life we have in the world, or within a particular part of the world, such as our parish.  In 2019 the World Wildlife Fund released the State of Nature report, in which they reported that biodiversity has decreased dramatically in the last 50 years, and wildlife populations have decreased by 60% globally.  60%!  Such a dramatic decrease means we are in a biodiversity crisis.

But why does this matter to us?

Biodiversity affects our gardens and agriculture, as well as wild places.  Without biodiversity in plants we will find crops we grow now will not withstand the change in rainfall, air temperature and storm frequency that is happening due to climate change.  For example, apples need to get cold (below about 7°C) for about 40 days every winter to produce fruit the next year – we’re no longer getting that number of cold days consistently in the UK.  Without hedges and trees livestock will have no shelter from storms or shade in periods of hot weather.  Without insects there will be no natural pollination of plants – growing food for us, or for livestock, will be impossible so all plants will need to be artificially pollinated, causes cost of food to rise dramatically.  It will also not be financially possible for plant nurseries to grow the flowers we like having in our gardens.  So, even if we disregard the benefits of being surrounded by nature for mental wellbeing, there are so many reasons to save the plants and animals that live alongside us.

Morgan Jones

Nature Notes: February

I am writing this issue’s Nature Notes looking at a fantastic sunrise over the frosty valley below – the clouds are bright and the sky completely clear – days like this are my favourite.  It is well and truly the depth of winter, but it is nice to have a cold spell at last, and the days are just getting that little bit longer.

Nature is at its quietest at this time of year – plants are generally hidden underground or stagnant, but there are a few signs that Spring is around the corner.  The hazel catkins are dangling from the trees and now and then I see a shoot of a spring bulb appearing above the leaf litter – not in our garden though – Gwyddgrug is much too cold!

My visits to top up the bird feeder are at their most frequent this time of year – there is often a robin and a couple of blue tits waiting for me to fill it in the morning.  If they could talk I am sure they would be telling me to hurry up!  The long tailed tits are back in the fields near our house – they go round in a group and are often joined by a blue tit or great tit, all chatting away as they feast on the hazel catkins and chirping a warning sign as my dog wanders past them.

Environmental tip of the month

Moths are great food for birds (and bats when they’re not hibernating), vital pollinators (bees aren’t the only ones!) and can be found throughout the year.  Moth populations have declined by a third in the last 50 years due to a variety of factors such as climate change.  Another key control on this decline is human’s keenness for artificial light at night, when most moths are active.  Outside lights are useful in the depths of winter but try to only have yours on for the period you need it, or have it on a timer so it goes off quickly after someone has walked past.  We live on the edge of a dark sky reserve – an area celebrated for the ability to see a huge number of stars and where the dark sky is preserved through reduction of artificial light wherever possible.

Let’s get involved and turn that artificial outside light off.

Morgan Jones



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


Eisteddfod Llanfihangel-ar-arth a’r Plwyf 2022 - Results

Eisteddfod Llanfihangel-ar-arth a’r Plwyf 2022


Canlyniadau / Results


Adran Lenyddiaeth / Literature Section

Y Gadair / The Chair

Hanna Roberts, Caerdydd

















Tlws yr Ifanc / Young People’s Literature Prize

Sioned Bowen, Llanfihangel-ar-arth
















Cân Ysgafn / Amusing Poem

John Meurig Edwards, Aberhonddu


Cerdd Rydd / Free Verse

Hanna Roberts, Caerdydd



Jo Heyde, Stanmore, Middlesex


Limerig / Limerick

John Meurig Edwards, Aberhonddu


Erthygl yn addas i Bapur Bro / Article Suitable for a Local Newspaper

Aled Evans, Trisant


Stori Fer / Short Story

Sioned Bowen, Llanfihangel-ar-arth


Cwpan Coffa Gwilym Walters am y darn gorau o ryddiaith yn Adran yr Oedolion / Gwilym Walters Memorial Cup for the best piece of writing in the Adult Section


Sioned Bowen, Llanfihangel-ar-arth



Dysgwyr / Welsh Learners

Gruffudd Thomas, Caerfyrddin
















Brawddeg / Sentence

Gaenor Mai Jones


Meithrin a Derbyn – Llun a Brawddeg / Nursery and Reception – Picture and Sentence

  1. Hari Davies, Cynwyl Elfed


Stori Blwyddyn 1 a 2 / Stori Years 1 & 2

  1. Non Thomas, Talgarreg


Blwyddyn 3 & 4 – Stori / Years 3 & 4 – Story

  1. Elliw Grug Davies, Llanybydder


Blwyddyn 7 – 9 – Stori / Years 7 – 9 Story

  1. Alwenna Owen, Ysgol Bro Teifi
  2. Fflur McConnell, Aberaeron
  3. Siân Jenkins, Ysgol Bro Teifi


Blwyddyn 10 – 13 – Stori / Years 10 – 13 – Story

  1. Celyn James, Ysgol Bro Teifi


Enillydd Tarian Gwenllan am y darn gorau o waith yn Adran Lenyddiaeth y Plant / Winner of the Gwenllan Shield for the best piece of writing in the Children’s Section


Celyn James, Ysgol Bro Teifi


Llawysgrifen / Handwriting

Lan i Flwyddyn 2 / Up to Year 2


  1. Efa Medi James Bl2, Ysgol Bro Teifi


  1. Alana Wilcox-Brooke Blwyddyn 1, Ysgol y Ddwylan


  1. Alys Powell, Blwyddyn 1, Ysgol Llanllwni






Blwyddyn 3 & 4 / Years 3 & 4

1.Lleucu Horwood, Ysgol Caerfelin

  1. Elliw Jones, Ysgol Llanllwni
  2. Gwenlli Thomas, Ysgol Bro Teifi



Blwyddyn 5 & 6 / Years 5 & 6


  1. Grace Ives, Ysgol Bro Teifi


  1. Solomon Gilpin, Ysgol Caerfelin


  1. Eliza Keyworth, Ysgol Bro Teifi


Blwyddyn 7 – 9 / Years 7 – 9



  1. Lleucu Mathias, 9R Ysgol Bro Teifi


  1. Cerys Davies, 9Y Ysgol Bro Teifi


  1. Crystal Ann, Ysgol Bro Teifi

Celf / Art


Meithrin a Derbyn / Nursery and Reception


  1. Steffan Joyner, Ysgol Caerfelin


  1. Soffi Davies, Ysgol Caerfelin


  1. Ela Jones, Ysgol Caerfelin


Blwyddyn 1 & 2 / Years 1 & 2


  1. Tommy Doyle Ysgol Caerfelin


  1. Eule Gilpin, Ysgol Caerfelin

Mili Davies, Ysgol Caerfelin


Blwyddyn 3 & 4 / Years 3 & 4


  1. Lili Williams, Ysgol Bro Teifi


  1. Ioan Hedd Davies, Ysgol Bro Teifi


  1. Sienna Allman, Ysgol Bro Teifi


Blwyddyn 5 & 6 / Years 5 & 6

  1. Magw Fflur Thomas, Ysgol Bro Teifi


  1. Holly Thomas, Ysgol Caerfelin



  1. Lexi Venables Ysgol Caerfelin


Cwpan Her er cof am Heledd Griffiths / Winner of The Heledd Griffiths Memorial Cup

Magw Fflur Thomas, Llandysul






















Celf – Agored / Art Open


  1. Sharon Williams, Deganwy, Dolgran
  2. Wendy Rhodes, Alltwalis
  3. Sharon Williams, Deganwy, Dolgran



























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