Connect

Presteigne Food & Flowers Festival 2018

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Food & Flower Festival and to all the volunteers, participants and local businesses who helped to make it such a wonderful day! 

The Open Gardens raised £1886.36 for St Michael’s Hospice, ‘We’re delighted that the Open Gardens during the Presteigne Food and Flowers Festival raised such a wonderful sum for St Michael’s Hospice,’ said Paddy Nugent, the Hospice’s Community Fundraising Manager, ‘Thanks to everyone who opened their garden and to the many generous visitors who donated.’

Terry Wells, Secretary PACDG / Editor Community News commented, ‘It was just a wonderful day and a great event for the town. The weather was a huge bonus of course and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people around Presteigne, some of whom will have been first-time visitors and have now seen the town at its best’.

Connect donated over £3000, raised at fundraising events over the last two years, to the Town Council to enable them to buy ten pop up gazebos for the community which Connect used at the Food and Flower Festival. These are now available for community groups to hire at no charge for community events. Any group wishing to hire one or more gazebos should contact the Presteigne Town Clerk at pntc@hotmail.com or by phone on 01547 528575.

 

Connect is a business network membership organisation.

Our mission is to foster and support business in the Presteigne area. Through collaborating and skills-sharing we aim to promote Presteigne as a key destination town for locals and visitors alike.
 

Background and Objectives.

The organisation has been in existence for over 50 years. Our views are often expressed to local authorities, national bodies and our A.M. and M.P. The Connect is seen by Powys County Council as a valuable point of contact with the local business community. We also have close links with the local press and the tourist information office.

Our objectives include:

Providing a platform for members to air their views

Providing a united voice on local issues

Promoting the trading and visiting appeal of Presteigne

Organising regular social activities for the community & the membership

It was Connect's responsibility for the original Town Guides that has brought about the launch of the Town's website and the re-launch of the revised and complementary Town Guide and Town Trail.

Events and Functions

Each year, Connect organises the annual Llanandras Christmas Fayre. It also runs a number of other social and fund raising events.

Connect presents an annual prize, "The Judge's Gavel" to the Vintage Sports Car Club's most promising young person, when the club visits Presteigne and the surrounding hills in October.

A recent undertaking has been to take over and run the Recycling Centre, to prevent it being closed by Powys County Council. This facility is very well used by the community and would be sorely missed if it was closed. Connect receives payments from Powys County Council based on the amount of recycling processed.

Volunteers to assist with all our events are always welcome, you do not need to be a member to help!

Membership

Our membership represents a broad spectrum of local business people, from high street retailers & local businesses to other professional people in the Presteigne and the surrounding area. We encourage all businesses to join us because the more businesses that we represent, the greater the voice of business interests in the town. Membership does not mean that you have to take an active part in every, or any, event. However the active membership does work hard but also has FUN.

We are always looking for new members and new ideas for the promotion of the town, the local area and Connect itself. Current membership cost is only £20 per annum. This amount includes updates through minutes & bulletins, general meetings, invitations to special events as well as representation to Town Council & Powys County Council.  Now, through our page on the Town website, you and your business can be part of a wider virtual community.

Welcome Pack

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Connect please click Welcome Pack. This contains an introductory letter, a synopsis of activities and events, our constitution, contact details for officers, and a membership application form.

Contact Details

CHAIR – Leon Abecassis, The Salty Dog, in the High Street, Presteigne, email  saltydogpresteigne@hotmail.co.uk. Mobile 07805 727486.

VICE CHAIR - stands in for Chair when absent. Eva Venny. 01544 267594.

TREASURER - keeps financial records.
David  Tennant-Eyles, Boultibrooke House, Norton road, Presteigne, Powys, LD8
2EU. Email davidtennanteyles@gmail.com 

SECRETARY - deals with minutes, agendas, and ongoing membership.
Francesca Sandwell. Email francesca.sandwell@googlemail.com. Mobile 07561 012010.
There is a honararium of £300 per annum for this post.

PRESIDENT – chairs the AGM when the above positions are subject to reelection.
James Tennant-Eyles. Email jtennanteyles@gmail.com. Telephone 01544 267363.

Approved Minutes

If you want to view or download approved minutes please click as appropriate,  10th July 2018,19th June 2018, 24th April 2018, 5th March 201829th January 20187th November 20172nd October, August 21st,  August 7th,  July 31stJune 5th 2017May 8th 2017April 24thApril 10th 2017AGM 10th April 2017, January 2017May 2016, March 2016February 2016October 2015, September 2015, August 2015, July 2015,  June 2015,  May 2015, April 2015March 2015February 2015November 2014October 2014, September 2014 August 2014,  July 2014,  June 2014