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Presteigne Area Community Development Group

Celebration of shop open for 50 years.

Audrey Cole opened her shop on the High Street 50 years ago on Friday 14th April. The Community Plan Group supported by the Chamber of Trade arranged a celebration on the day. Click here for more details.

Progress on Projects from Town Action Plan

 

Following the launch of a selection of Projects outlined in the Presteigne & Norton Action Plan here is the latest news about their progress. As always if you want to help, or have some money or time to donate to the Gift Economy then please get in touch pacdg@icloud.com

 

1. THE GARDENING PROJECT has attracted many new recruits. They are currently working on the Shoppers carpark, the Scallions, the pathway between carpark and Premier. Future work to include area from the Bring Site bus shelter towards the Industrial Estate.

HELP: Do you have any spare plants which can be donated to the cause (e.g. snowdrop clumps, hardy geraniums, day lilies, hardy perennials)? They can be left at the Local Food Market.

 

2. DAFFODILS PROJECT  This Project Team is researching heritage varieties and Presteigne’s history of growing daffodils. Planting will happen throughout the town and surrounds. This will include as many heritage varieties as can be found. Kinsham Court has generously offered to donate bulbs from their collection.

HELP: Has anyone any of the old heritage varieties in their gardens with some to spare to donate? If you know anything of the history and /or have some existing heritage varieties please let us know. We will also welcome donations of any standard varieties or a bit of cash.

 

3. DEMENTIA FRIENDLY PRESTEIGNE PROJECT  A presentation has been made at the Junior school, and one is planned for the Seniors on the effects of ageing and dementia.

 

4. RECYCLING/UPCYCLING/RE-USE PROJECT  A Men’s Shed has started in Knighton and we want to start one in Presteigne. Men’s Shed is primarily a social organisation FOR MEN ONLY but also offers services such as tool sharpening, equipment repairs, making ‘stuff’ e.g. bird boxes, training and mentoring. The Project Team, is also researching community composting, recycling of plastic bags and film, Tetrapaks, plastic plant pots, etc.

 

5. PLAYGROUNDS   Local mums are organising on Facebook to improve and repair the facilities in the children’s playgrounds. YOU CAN VOTE AT TESCO 31 October – 13 November for the playgrounds to receive a big chunk of cash from sale of carrier bags … please do so if you can.

 

6. SWIFTS PROJECT   This Project Team aims to encourage more swifts in town by providing education and swift boxes (possibly being made by Men’s Shed). They are also in touch with other local towns in Shropshire who have also made a Swift Tower for housing multiple nests.

HELP: Did you have swifts nesting in your house in Presteigne and Norton this Summer? Please let us know if you do so we can record their numbers. Or if you’d like to encourage swifts onto your house sign up to receive a swift box to attach under your eaves.

 

7. THREE NOTICEBOARDS  

i) New one at Memorial Hall is being well used.

ii) Sadly as yet no progress for one on the flyposting wall in High Street.

iii) In progress – a glazed locked board in Library arch for use by PACDG and Town Council.

And of course Gifts of time, skills or money to offer the Community can be donated at any time, just email pacdg@icloud.com

PROJECTS (follow links to poster)

Dementia-Friendly Presteigne

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

Past Community Newsletters. 

Click the issue your requirei 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 42 - April 2017

 

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

 

TONIGHT !!!!! ELECTION HUSTINGS at the Memorial Hall, starts 6.30pm sharp. Organised by PACDG. Candidates for both our Town Council and Powys County Council elections will be there. This is your chance to see and hear the candidates, and ask questions, followed by informal chat with tea and cake.

 

A reminder on unwanted daffodil and narcissi bulbs, and Plant Swap.... please bring bulbs, and any other perennial plants along to the Local Food Market on the 6th May. There will be a collection box at the door. The PACDG Guerrilla Gardeners can make good use of these in brightening up our town. Thank you ! There will also be a Plant Swap - Bring Some/Take Some with proceeds to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust

 

Were you at Audrey’s on the High Street last Friday ?.... the town was celebrating 50 years of Audrey's shop. What an achievement and commitment to our main shopping street ! Audrey's special day was marked by balloons and a large crowd of residents, effectively closing the High Street for a short while, speeches and a presentation by the Mayor, and was covered by an interview with BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester - see video on the BBC H&W Facebook page, link https://www.facebook.com/bbcherefordandworcester/videos/1498910026848067/

 

Have you seen the spanking new Noticeboards in the alcove at the Library entrance ? These were made by Adams Joinery - one for the Town Council to display meeting agenda, minutes and other notices - and one for PACDG to display the latest Community News etc.

 

The Presteigne CoT has been revitalised....at the recent AGM, Leon Abecasis (from The Salty Dog) was appointed as Chair, with Deputy-Chair Pete Mace (Ducks Nest) and David Tennant Eyles as Treasurer. The Chamber of Trade's focus will be on promoting Presteigne and Norton in all ways including the organisation of local community events. Good news !

 

News from the Bring Site.....Presteigne Recycling Site. The Mayor and outgoing Chair of the CoT sent this message and thank-you to Bring Site volunteers: I write to thank you, on behalf of the Chamber of Trade, for your support with this project. The Chamber is tremendously grateful for all your efforts in turning out on an ongoing basis, regardless of rain or shine, to maintain the recycling site in such wonderful condition. You may be interested to know that the Chamber has received a net income, after minor expenses on equipment required, of £1953 for 15/16, £2405.01 for 16/17, and £519.48 for the current year to date. This income has helped to fund the work the Chamber does in supporting the community, such as the Queen's Street Party and the Christmas Fair and particularly in its ability to have funded new Christmas Lights for the Town last year.

Thank you again, most sincerely, for all your hard work. James Tennant-Eyles.

 

"Don’t miss the bluebells! The bluebells are out in Silia Wood and looking particularly beautiful against a background of fresh green leaves on the trees. The wood is owned by the Woodland Trust and visitors are welcome. The wood is on a steep slope with many steps so not suitable for those with limited mobility, but you can see the bluebells from the bottom path.

Please resist the temptation to pick them - bluebells look much better in their natural setting and don’t last long once picked. The entrance is on the right going up Slough Road about 5 minutes walk from the primary school (very limited parking at the woodland entrance)."

 

Great news for Presteigne - a Welsh Government grant provides money for new cycle paths to/from/between Presteigne schools....In September 2015 Sustrans and Powys CC launched an initiative to find out what communities would like in terms of cycle routes (these are funded by Welsh Government). Our Town Clerk Tracey Price and Cllr Hilary Marchant met the organisers, and encouraged local residents to fill in the questionnaire. Local teenager Stephanie Seidman test-cycled several local roads and reported back to the council on safety and ease of use; and in 2016 groups from John Beddoes school put forward their suggestions for new cycle routes.  Presteigne's enthusiastic response meant our bid was the only one submitted by Powys to Welsh Government – and we've just heard that we have been awarded almost £300,000.  The new path will give a safe route for cyclists and walkers going along the bypass from Kings Court to Warden Road, with safe crossing points where needed.  Most importantly, work will be done to narrow Slough Road, giving priority to vehicles coming down the hill, and encouraging parents and children to walk or cycle to school rather than clogging up the road with cars.  Both schools will receive new bike sheds, and there will be a bike stand at the top of Green End for cyclists going into town.  

 

Recent DPCM notices......[a] Powys Trading Standards have received reports of a Scam telephone call taking place in Powys. The caller claims to be from the Ministry of Justice and tells you that you have only a few days to avoid attending a court hearing and a fine of £5000, but you can avoid this by making a smaller payment to them immediately over the phone. This is a well-established scam which has no link to the HM Courts System or the Ministry of Justice. Do not respond to these calls, If someone rings you and asks for financial information over the phone such as your account details or PIN number, don’t provide it.

.......[b] On the 06/04/2017, the barn on Wentes Meadow, Presteigne, was damaged by removal of a 6ft length of slating. If you have any information relating to this crime, please contact PC 851 Jones on 101.

 

An update on Friends of Presteigne Library.....after the Open Meeting in March, three people came forward to help form a Steering Group. The group met on 4 April and notes on the discussion have been sent out to the Friends of Presteigne Library mailing list and have been placed in the Library. Please email presteignelibraryfriends@gmail.com if you would like to be added to the list.

The Steering Group will concentrate on building up wider support for the library service and encouraging the community to think of new ideas and projects which could form part of the service.

If you would like to join the Steering Group, or have any questions or ideas, please contact us on presteignelibraryfriends@gmail.com or through the librarian.

 

Tonight, Friday 21st April 7.30 for for 8pm, Assembly Rooms, Presteigne Screen presents "The Queen of Katwe". The final film of our 2016-17 season.vDoors open 7:30pm for Bar, Coffee, Tea, Home-baked Cakes. Film starts 8:00pm. USA -124 mins. Rated PG. Touching reality-based tale of an illiterate 9-year-old Ugandan kid, Phiona, who rises from the slums of shantytown Kampala to triumph as a world-class chess player. A real heart-warmer from Disney.

 

Wednesday 26th April Quiz Night @ The Bowls Club. Monthly general knowledge pub quiz for teams of 4. Only £2 pp. Full bar. Prizes plus WIN BIG at Backwards Bingo. 7.30pm for 8pm start. Text Terry on 07766 097600 or email presteignedogman@icloud.comto reserve your tickets.

 

Saturday 29th April Guides Big Breakfast at the Memorial Hall 9am - 11.30am. Have a full breakfast and help raise money for the Guides

 

3-Day Weekend coach trip to York & Harrogate....departs Friday 5th May, coach leaves Presteigne 7.40am, Knighton 8am, returning home 8pm-ish, staying at the 4-star Fairfield Manor Hotel on outskirts of York. Cost £215 + single supplement of £40. Only six single rooms available so singles book early ! Deposit £75 payable on booking. Contact Jim on 01547 528099.

 

Friday 5th May "Don't Make Me Laugh" at Discoed Church 7.30pm, with Stephen Hollinghurst and Edward Storey. £7 on door (includes tissues and drinks !)

 

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

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