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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

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 74, Issue 73Issue 72Issue 71, Issue 70, Issue 69Issue 68, Issue 67Issue 66Issue 65, Issue 64Issue 63 BIssue 63, Issue 62Issue 61, Issue SpIssue 60, 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 74 - April 2018

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


If you have any questions,  information to pass on, or a local event or activity to publicise, email us at pacdg@icloud.com


If you are able to spare a couple of hours on Friday 4th May, please help with a big litter-pick around Presteigne to spruce up the town ready for the Bank Holiday weekend....assuming the weather isn’t horrible, we’ll meet up at the recycling site lay-by on the bypass at 10am.  PAC will provide litter-picking tongs, bag hoops and bags, hi-viz vests and all information. Please bring your own work gloves and wear strong waterproof boots.  Between us we can make a tremendous difference in a couple of hours. If you can attend, so we can arrange the equipment needed and set achievable routes,  please text Terry on 07766 097600 or email pacdg@icloud.com.   Thank you for your support !



Saturday 5th May - Kington Choral’s Spring Concert this year is J. S. Bach’s magnificent “St. John Passion” 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church. This will be the first major concert KCS has put on in Presteigne and is a really special event, bringing top professional soloists from Harry Christopher’s “The Sixteen” to perform in Presteigne with the Marches Baroque Orchestra and the KCS choir under the baton of Robert Evans:

Evangelist - Jeremy Budd; Christus - Tim Jones; Soprano - Julie Cooper; Alto - Kim Porter; Tenor - George Pooley; Bass - Ben Davies. Earlybird tickets only £12 (£14 on the door, <18s free) online from www.kingtonchoral.org.uk, and from Winnie’s. Don’t miss this one !!

Sunday 6th May - a four-course Citrus Dinner from 7pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall.  This feast will showcase the delicious flavours of Italian citrus. Aperitivo and four courses. The dinner is a fundraiser for the first Presteigne Festival of Food and Flowers and Helena Attlee, author of bestselling book “The Land Where Lemons Grow” will provide a brief introduction to each course. Live music on an Italian theme by Richard Gooderson & John Hymas. Bar - fine Italian wines and beer. £35 pp tickets from The Salty Dog 01544 267 720

Monday 7th May - The first Presteigne FESTIVAL OF FOOD & FLOWERS. 10am - 5pm. The Festival will see the beautiful streets in the centre of Presteigne lined with stalls offering a rich variety of high quality foods produced in the area. Visitors will be able to stock up on plants for their own gardens and visit secret gardens in and out of Presteigne town, many of them never open to the public. There will be a corner dedicated to street food, an all-day barbecue, live music and a rolling programme of entertainments, talks and competitions. A pop-up pub selling organic beers and wines will be open throughout the evening. Free admission, free parking and plenty to eat and drink of course !

Programme: Food, Drink & Plant Stalls in High Street and Broad Street - Street Food Market in St Andrew’s Church Hall courtyard - Kitchen & Garden Brocante in the Assembly Rooms - Demonstrations in St Andrew’s Church Hall (chocolate 10.30-11.15am, butchery 11.30-12.15) - Tom Moggach: Unusual Edibles Workshop for all ages 12.30-2pm in the Assembly Rooms - Ready Steady Cook 1.30-3pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall - Images of Food & Flowers by Ruth Kirkby and Alex Ramsay at No.46 Wine Bar - Floral Workshop (morning) and Demonstration (afternoon) at 11 High Street - Pastry Pie Competition in Radnorshire Arms garden - Photography & Gardens-on-a-Plate competition and exhibition in the Assembly Rooms - BBQ noon-8pm at No.46 Wine Bar - Prize Giving 3pm - Full Circle Organic Pop-Up Pub with live music, afternoon & evening at 5 Broad Street.                     


Plus Open Gardens, 2-5pm,  in and outside Presteigne - in aid of St Michael’s Hospice

*          Corton House, Nash, Presteigne, LD8 2LE

*          Sidney Nolan Trust, The Rodd, Presteigne LD8 2LL (wild flower walks through ancient woodland that is                                 home to diverse flora).

*          Upper Tan House, Stansbach, Presteigne, HR6 9LJ

*          Stansbach Barn, Stansbach, Presteigne, HR6 9LG

*          Stapleton Gate, Ford Street, Presteigne LD8 2LW

*          Stapleton House, Ford Street, Presteigne LD8 2LW

*          Garrison House, Church Street, Presteigne LD8 2BU

*          The Red House Court Garden, St Davids Street, Presteigne LD8 2BP

*          14 Hereford Street, Presteigne LD8 2BP

*          Stapleton Castle Court  LD8 2LS (Open 10-5. Adults £5 in aid St Michael’s Hospice. Children free. Entry                           includes guided castle walks at 11am and 2.30pm)

Please note that dogs are not allowed and most gardens have very limited wheelchair access.


...and, alongside the Festival, at the Judge’s Lodging 10.30am-12.30pm you can enjoy bespoke coffee, tea and home-made cake for just £3.50. There will also be food and flower-related books for sale.



Sharppp Chat DISCUSSION GROUP. Following the success of the inaugural discussion, with 30 participants, we are pleased to tell you that Presteigne’s resident philosopher Roger Kite will be introducing ‘The truth, the whole truth, and anything but the truth’ on Wednesday 2nd May at 7.30pm in The Assembly Rooms. If you like to have your thinking stretched this will be a must-do event. Oh, and why are there three ‘p’s? You’ll have to come along to find out! OPEN TO EVERYONE. More information from maggie@pccs-books.co.uk


Thought of taking up green bowls ? It’s Open Day at the PBC bowling green on Greenfield Road on Sunday 6th May from 2pm, so just come along and try your hand at bowling - everyone welcome - all equipment supplied for adults and children. Bar, tea/coffee and snacks. Free entry. Contact David for more information by email dave.weale@hotmail.co.uk or mobile 07969 203 339. New members always welcome - regular club social nights at the green 6.30pm every Tuesday evening.


More help needed for the churchyard gardens ! A message from Marion Rowlatt....a few of us have started to weed, deadhead and cut back in the St Andrew’s churchyard gardens but we would welcome more help. If you can give an hour or so of your time call Marion on 01544 260466.



...We (PAC) still have a number of specially-designed swift boxes available, and now is the time to get boxes installed on your house or on outbuildings before the first swifts start to arrive. The boxes were made by the Men’s Shed for PAC to an approved design, and cost just £15. Email pacdg@icloud.com to buy your box.

...There are collection boxes for the recycling of batteries both in the Library and in Spar. The Library also has RSPCA pre-paid envelopes to allow you to send your used ink cartridges for recycling to benefit the charity

...If you’re unemployed, searching for work, need help with your CV or application, or just looking for advice, a friendly chat and a cuppa, then help is at hand - just go along to COFFEE STOP at the Presteigne Baptist Church on Tuesday mornings 9.30 to 10.30am. They would be delighted to see you.

...If you feel trapped by alcohol, or are afraid you’re developing a problem and need someone to talk to, there is a way out - visit www.alcoholics-anonymous or call 0800 917 7650 to talk to someone in the strictest confidence.



Friday 20th April - Presteigne Screen presents “The Florida Project” 8pm in The Assembly Rooms. USA 111mins 15. Starring William Defoe.

Wednesday 25th April - Book Club 4.30pm at the Library. Discussing “Orphans of the Carnival” by Carol Birch. All welcome !

Thursday 26th, Friday 27th, Saturday 28th April - Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall. Performed by the newly-formed Shoestring Players, directed by Frank Cosgrove. Tickets £6 from Winnie’s. NOTE - PERFORMANCES CANCELLED - NEW DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED.

Saturday 28 April - “Wind in the Willows” by Box Tale Soup, 7.30pm in The Assembly Rooms. A beautiful new adaption of Kenneth Grahame’s much loved classic, featuring unique handmade fabric puppets and a charming original score, commissioned by the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. Adults £10 Children £7 Family Ticket £25 from The Workhouse and online http://www.wegottickets.com/event/425590

Wednesday 2nd May - Sharppp Chat, 7.30pm in the Assembly Rooms. See above.

Friday 4th May - 10am-12noon. Big litter-pick around Presteigne town. See above

Saturday 5th May - the Big Breakfast 9am - 2pm at Lingen Village Hall. In aid of Walk the Walk Breast Cancer Charity. “The Plate” £6, “The Works” £8

Saturday 5th May - KCS concert Bach’s “ St John Passion” 7.30pm at St Andrew’s. See above

Sunday 6th May - Open Day at PBC bowling green from 2pm - see above

Sunday 6th May - Citrus Dinner. See above.

Monday 7th May - Presteigne Food & Flower Festival. See above.


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 distribution list