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Presteigne Area Community Development Group

Presteigne Area Community Development Group


UPDATE … August 2017


CONTACT US … pacdg@icloud.com


Maggie Taylor-Sanders – Chair (01547 560813 and 07718 738742)
Involved with general day-to-day life of PACDG, and various PACDG projects, including Community Energy project and Presteigne Edibles, works closely with the Town Council, applies for grants.

Terry Wells – Secretary (01544 260258 and 07766 097600)
Produces the Community News, and noticeboards around the town, replies to email enquiries, organises events, looks after Freegle re-use facility.

Maggie James – Treasurer (01544 267109)
Co-ordinates PACDG Project Teams, involved with Community Energy project and Presteigne Edibles.

Sarah Bond
Heads the Guerrilla Gardening project team.

Margaret Galliers
Involved with Presteigne Dementia Friends and WI.

Emma Lilley
Heads the Clean and Tidy project and Presteigne Edibles.

Gerry McDonnell
Involved with Community Energy project, organises the volunteers at the Bring Site for Connect (previously Chamber of Trade), keeps an eye on the use of car parks.

James Tennant-Eyles
Ex-mayor, was the liaison between PNTC and Steering Committee, mine of information and advice, trying out how semi-retirement from community work feels. Runs Town Website, Youth Project and involved with Connect.

Ann Wake
Involved with tourism, Connect and playgroup, knows lots of useful stuff.

You’d think that we needed lots of money to be able to do anything of note in the town … well we do and we don’t.


Set up Project Teams

Our teams have been working on various activities to improve the environment for residents but also to provide extra interest for visitors:

The Guerrilla Gardeners have received donations of spare plants and have been planting up the un-loved green spaces, and some tomato plants have just gone into the shoppers’ car park beds and people will be encouraged to help themselves later in the year.

The Daffodils Group have planted up boxes in front of the Judge’s Lodging with heritage bulbs from Presteigne’s past, with notices explaining to passers-by what they are. Catherine Beale will also be speaking on the subject to the WI later in the year. You may also have noticed more daffodils in the verges this Spring, they have been planted by the group from 100s of bulbs either donated by well-wishers or paid for by PACDG

The Swift Group have been researching the making of swift boxes, and we will get the Knighton Men’s Shed Group to make some for residents to put on their house for next year’s arrivals. They also organised a local swift expert to give a talk at the Assembly Rooms about Swift Conservation. They also arranged a couple of evening town walks to swift-spot in town. Another will be held in July when they will be feeing young so we can identify where they are nesting and add more boxes to encourage more.

Presteigne Dementia Friends Presteigne group have been very active making old and young alike aware of the special needs people with dementia have around the town. They have also organised two drop-in open days at the Youth Centre for anyone who wants to know more or tap into the support they can offer.

The Community Newsletter continues to go from strength to strength; the circulation is at 337 (see separate entry for all these).

Hustings events, for both local and national elections

Presentation to Audrey
We had a lovely presentation on the High Street to celebrate Audrey Cole being in her shop for 50 years. It was a simple event to organise but it made a great difference to her and spread a warm feeling around the town. Here’s the link to the clip BBC Hereford & Worcester produced having got wind of it on local ‘jungle drums’.



As part of the remit of the Community Development Group (PACDG) we applied for and got a grant of over £2000 from the National Lottery for ‘Presteigne Area Community Involvement: Phase 1’ (note that it’s Phase 1 … there will be more!!). We asked for money to cover these 5 projects:

Community communications: 3 notice boards and Community News

Community Groups Fair

Training in how to encourage community involvement

Public consultation

Celebrating our first year

Community Communications

Notice boards

Our most recent, visible achievements have been finally managing to get a Community Noticeboard on the wall of Dilwyn’s Solicitor in the High Street, with kind permission of the building’s owners. One less untidy flyposting site.

     The latest addition to the town communications is the smart double, glass-fronted notice board for PACDG and the TC together, inside the archway outside the library.

     The first board, on the Memorial Hall car park, was donated by McColville’s, as were the removal of the fence and improvements to the entrance to the carpark. PACDG paid for the board header.

Dilwyn's board with kind permission of the building's owners.

Community News

The Community News, written by our secretary, goes out on an email list to 349 to date. Paper copies go to the Library, noticeboards, and other groups and sites around the area.

Community Groups Fair: ‘Ticked all the boxes’; Press Release, extract

60 groups as diverse as Transition Presteigne, Men’s Shed, Young Farmers, Tai-Chi, Busy-Bee Quilters, Mid-Border Arts packed into the Memorial Hall until was full to bursting. Yet still they managed to squeeze in a selection of musicians who added a tuneful note to the buzz.

      Visitors and those representing the various groups were impressed with the day: ‘Quite staggering to realise just how much does go on’. ‘I think everyone had fun and Presteigne is the stronger for it!’ ‘It ticked all the boxes, bringing everyone together for a very informative and enjoyable day.’

The PAVO ‘Skills for Participation’ training workshop

An enjoyable day was put on by PAVO for local people active in the community; all of whom were keen to find out about what helps and what hinders people participating in community work, and the benefits that can be gained from it for the individual and the community. There was representation from Whitton Community Hall, Knighton Men’s Shed, Young Farmers, Presteigne Carnival, and PACDG. Paid for by the ‘Awards for All Community Involvement Phase 1’ grant received by PACDG last year.

Public consultation

PACDG worked closely with the Town Council designing and delivering the town-wide public consultation seeking residents’ support for the Council’s negotiations with Powys County Council over assets and services in the town, some of which are under threat. An overwhelming display of support for this was received and the Council is now pressing ahead.


Community Action Plan (CAP) Review

We will soon be revisiting the CAP in conjunction with volunteers from the TC, CoT, PNCS, etc. to check the ongoing relevance of this document to the town with special regard to the changes to assets and services, among other things. When it was created PCC stressed that it was a ‘live’ document to be developed and pruned as the need arises.

Presentation to the Town Council

We will be making a presentation to the Town Council at their meeting in August (20th at 7pm) seeking their support for a town-wide project to cover all aspects of life in Presteigne for making the town as sustainable as possible for the long-term future.


See Community News 52 below for a summary of the event.

Launch of more projects

Once the CAP has been updated PACDG will consult about the next round of projects to be launched. These will form the basis of the next big grant application.


Email pacdg@icloud.com

PROJECTS (follow links to poster)

Presteign Dementia Friends

Green & Clean In and Around Presteigne

Green & Community Energy: Producing and saving

Playgrounds: “We’ll just stick them in front of the TV shall we?”

Community Re-cycling and Up-cycling

Tourism: Promoting Presteigne area

Community Groups Fair - 12th November

Talk on History and Future of Community Assets as presented on 27th February, 2017.

To read the text of this talk, Click here.


Current version of the Action Plan

To view the current version of the Action Plan click here

Local Bus Information

To view bus information click here

Register of Community Organisations

We have prepared a list of all community organisations we are aware of, click here to view the list.

If you are a community organisation and not on the list please contact pacdgd@icloud.com and we will include you in the next update.

Past Community Newsletters. 

Click the issue your require, Issue 59, Issue 58Issue 57, Issue 56Issue 55, Issue 54Issue 53, Issue 52, Issue 51Issue 49Issue 48, Issue 47A, Issue 47, Issue 46Issue 45 AIssue 45Issue 43, Issue 42Issue 39, Issue 38, Issue 37Issue 36 ,Issue 35,  Issue 34Issue 33, Issue 32, Issue 31, Issue 30 Issue 29Issue 28,  Issue 27,    Issue 26Issue 25Issue 24Issue 23Issue 21Issue 20Issue 19Issue 18Issue 17Issue 16, Issue 15, Issue 14, Issue 13Issue 12, Issue 11, Issue 10, Issue 9, Issue 8, Issue 7, Issue 6, Issue 5, Issue 4, Issue 3, Issue 2, Issue 1

Community News

Issue 59 - October 2017

an information service from PACDG - the Presteigne Area Community Development Group


Wondered what the road and pavement works at the south end of town are all about ? ..... this is the first phase of the new inter-schools footpath and cycleway being constructed to provide a safe travel route to and between John Beddoes and the Primary School. See the route map on the Community Noticeboard at the Memorial Hall.


Presteigne's Bags for Life is motoring ahead... together we've made over 150 bags (the lion's share being made by sewing whiz Phil) from your old curtains and received donations of just over £120, some of which will be going towards helping plant daffodils around the town. We've about a dozen volunteers (some of whom make bags at home) but can always do with more. No sewing experience needed; if you'd like to help - or learn how to sew, then just drop Emma an email at emma.lilley@btinternet.com


NEWS AND AN URGENT APPEAL from Presteigne & Norton Community Support.....we’ve now moved into the old Flower Shop at 5 High Street, Presteigne LD8 2BA - unfortunately we have been having problems with BT setting up our existing phone, but hopefully this has been fixed by the time you read this.

Although the office has moved, for the moment all stuff for the Charity Shop should be delivered to the Drill Hall, or larger things direct to the Warehouse.

Need a Radar Key ? These are available from the Shop for  only £3.

We desperately need more Volunteer Drivers...Volunteer drivers take members of our community to health and hospital appointments - being volunteers it is entirely up to our drivers how much they want to volunteer. We take people to hospitals in England and Wales, and also lots of local journeys too. Some volunteers like going everywhere, some only like local and Hereford, again you can specify what you would like to do. No qualifications are needed, just a clean driving licence, MOT and an insured car. DBS checks will be done by PNCS. We pay all volunteers mileage at 45p a mile. We also now help the Welsh Ambulance - some special training may be needed if you would like to take on these transports. Interested ? Call in to the Shop or see us on the PNCS stall at the PACDG Community Groups Fair on Saturday 28th October in the Memorial Hall.     The Warehouse would welcome anyone who can help out selling, tidying and general duties. In particular, help is needed with delivery/collection of large items - if you have a van or trailer and can assist now and again, we can pay your petrol money.


Brilliant news in that our Librarian, Rhiannon Hooson’s book “The Other City” has been shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year award - as one of three books in the poetry category.  The judges said about it: "[The Other City] announces a stunning new voice in contemporary poetry. From the first reading these are poems which are going to consume you as the reader, and draw you back to them again and again. With their dark, compelling strength, their distinctive musical voice, and their refusal to explain or simplify, her poems reminded us of writers like Tiffany Atkinson or Louis MacNeice.  Hooson is a writer who completely understands the magic, music and mystery of poetry and she draws on all the power of language to create hauntingly beautiful and unforgettable poems." The shortlist is here: http://www.literaturewales.org/lw-news/announcing-wales-book-year-short-...

And you can vote for Rhiannon for the ‘People's Choice’ award here: http://www.walesartsreview.org/vote-now-wales-book-of-the-year-peoples-c...


Thank you so much ! The Royal British Legion in Presteigne raised £385, and Lesley and Frances, both from Norton, raised £227 and £332 respectively at their Macmillan Coffee Mornings and raffles - tremendous results, and thanks to everyone who supported them !!


Want advice or to save money on your energy bills?....Citizens Advice provide free energy appointments. Book now 01686 617667. Find the best deal - grants for improvements - help if struggling to pay bills - energy efficient advice on home insulation & heating - complaints about suppliers - help for rural, older, low income & disabled customers. One-to-one appointments & home visits possible.


Presteigne Dance Club - tune up your mind and body with sequence dancing - professional tuition - friendly atmosphere - excellent dance floor in the Memorial Hall. Tuesday 8 to 10pm (Beginners), Thursday 8 to 10pm (Advanced), Saturday 8 to 10.45pm (Open Dance). Call Frank or Pauline on 01544 267370


Wednesday 18th October - Flu Clinic 9am - 12.30pm. If you are eligible (call 01544 267985 if you’re unsure), get your winter flu jab at the Medical Centre. Just come along - no appointment necessary.

Friday 20th October - Presteigne Screen “The Eagle Huntress”. Assembly Rooms 7.30 for 8pm. Bar/coffee/tea/homemade cake. www.presteignescreen.org.uk

Saturday 21st October - Live Music @ No. 46 Wine Bar with ‘Barebacks’ at 9pm

Sunday 22nd October - Open Mic @ No. 46 Wine Bar hosted by Rich & Helli Gooderson. Music, poetry, spoken word or comedy. 7pm to 9.30pm

Monday 23rd October - ‘Cairo and the Western Desert 1942 - Rommel out-foxed - Espionage - Deception and Camouflage’. 7.30pm East Radnor Day Centre. Who was the real ‘English Patient’? What was the cross-dressing colonel doing in Madrid?  Why did an incompetent German spy and his belly-dancing friend fail to steal the secrets of the 8th Army? Where (and how) were 1,000 tanks and 2,000 field guns concealed in the desert before the Allied attack at El Alamein exactly 75 years ago?  In an illustrated talk Roger Curtis will provide the fascinating, little-known and often amusing answers. Tickets £8 from Winnies, or reserve at (01544) 262846. All proceeds to the ERDC

Tuesday 24th October - Presteigne Evergreen Club are organising a coach trip to Abergavenny Market. We will be leaving Norton at 8.50am, and Presteigne 9.00am . The cost will be £12.00 per person, and everyone is welcome to join us. For more information please phone Judi on 267420, or Eileen on 262710

Saturday 28th October - a spectacular Black Tie Halloween event in the Judge’s Lodging by the Duck’s Nest and Mark Hughes from the Real Wine Company. A glass of bubbly in the Drawing Room followed by a gas-lit evening tour of the historic museum and a four-course gourmet meal in the beautifully-restored Dining Room. £80 pp. Limited to 22 people. Book your place NOW for this very special evening 01544 598 090.

Saturday 28th October - PACDG’s 2017 COMMUNITY GROUPS FAIR 9.30am to 3.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Free entry. Stalls from local clubs, societies and organisations, musical & craft performances & demonstrations through the day plus food/refreshments.

Sunday 29th October - Medium Night @ No. 46 Wine Bar - Jackie Mecke 6.30pm

AND DON’T FORGET - Saturday 4th November - ‘Local Food Market’ & Town Council Surgery in the Memorial Hall, & ‘Artists & Makers’ in the Assembly Rooms 10am-3pm.


If you have any questions on what's happening - or not happening - in our community, do let us know and we'll do our best to provide an answer, or at least point you in the right direction - simply email pacdg@icloud.com. We're happy to help publicise community and charity activities and events (but only for events in the immediate Presteigne area) - mail pacdg@icloud.com. Feel free to tweet or forward this to others. If you would prefer not to receive further issues of the News, please email us with REMOVE and we'll immediately take you off the the distribu