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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 79Special Carnival Issue, Issue 78, Issue 77Issue 76, Issue 75Issue 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 79 - mid-June 2018

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


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Just a reminder that PAC’s 2018 AGM will be held on Tuesday 26th June, 7.30pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Presteigne. All welcome - come along and talk to the committee on the updated Community Action Plan (CAP), what you feel is important for the future of Presteigne & Norton, and how we can all work together to implement the CAP over the next few years in these continuing times of austerity in local government.


PAC is looking to engage someone to carry out occasional and limited pavement and gutter cleaning in the town for a few hours each month to supplement the efforts of litterpicking volunteers. Equipment provided. Hourly paid. Respond to pacdg@icloud.com or text to 07766 097600.                                  We could also use a few more volunteers to form roving litterpicking teams during the Presteigne Carnival and to help with clean up the following Sunday morning, so if you could give just 1/2 to 1 hour of your time during the Carnival, please contact Terry on 07766 097600


Our French Twinning partners would like to bring people together by matching PEN FRIENDS. If interested, let Muriel know via: www.ligne-presteigne.fr/ or send an email to: comitejumelageligne@gmail.com and give your name, email/postal address, age, hobbies, photo?


The Sidney Nolan Trust is seeking volunteers for their summer season at The Rodd. CAN YOU SPARE A FEW HOURS? The Trust have re-opened the Gallery and Sidney's Studio to the public for the summer. In 2017 they celebrated the centenary of artist Sidney Nolan's birth, bringing wider attention to the work of the charity that he founded and attracting more visitors to The Rodd. As their plans develop, they are looking for volunteers to assist in a number of areas across the site and activities. The immediate priority is to recruit an initial core group of dedicated volunteers to assist with visitor services. The role will involve 'front-of-house' duties - providing a friendly welcome, answering questions, taking money, being vigilant and caring for the facilities. Relevant training will be given to volunteers about the Trust’s work and buildings, Nolan's life and career, the exhibition on show and the contents of Nolan's Studio. The role is rewarding and will appeal to those with an interest in the arts and heritage. Potential volunteers will enjoy meeting people and be happy to work flexibly. If you would be interested in applying to be a volunteer, please email info@sidneynolantrust.org to receive an information pack. 


Our County Councillor Bev Baynham has asked to draw attention to these two important consultations involving blue badge holders and school transport. If these issues involve or interest you, please take part using the links below - both consultations close in the first week of July:




While the Radnorshire Arms is closed, the Chess Club is now meeting at Kinnerton Village Hall on Tuesday evenings 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.  http://www.oldradnorcommunitycouncil.co.uk/village-halls/kinnerton-villa...


Recently, Presteigne Primary School were successful with their application for a grant from Tesco to develop the play areas in the school grounds. , so PLEASE VOTE FOR THE SCHOOL if you are shopping in either the Llandrindod or Ludlow Tesco during June - and please tell your friends and family !!!! Thank you.


The Cider Barn Gallery has now opened at Mistletoe House at Combe. Opening times: Mon/Tues 10am-2pm and 4.30pm-5pm, Wed/Sat 10am-2pm, Frid 10am-5.30pm (closed Thurs/Sun). Art and craft events and workshops are held throughout the year, see www.ciderbarngallery.com or contact 07903 936952 or email ciderbarngallery@gmail.com for information. Free parking.


Friday 22nd June - “YOU MUST BE JOKING” with EDWARD STOREY AND STEPHEN HOLLINGHURST. Another unforgettable evening of wit, nonsense and health-warnings to celebrate life. Admission £7 on the door to include refreshments. St Michael's Church, Discoed, 7.30pm.


Saturday 23rd June - The Warden Guardian Foundation are holding a cake and coffee morning at the Memorial Hall 10am to 12noon, we would like the community to see the work achieved in the last few years. Examples are  the new oak steps and handrailings from the main gate. We’ve also set up a kindling area just inside the main gate - help yourself ! There will also be a small plant sale to help fund a few projects. Thank you, Heather.


Saturday 23rd June - Summer Concert at St. Mary's Church, Pilleth, featuring RHAYADER MALE VOICE and supporting artists. Tickets £10 (guarantees a seat) including glass of wine


Saturday 23rd June - Strawberry Tea 2pm-5pm in the delightful Rose Garden at Knill. Raffle, plants, cakes. Adults £4, children £2


Wednesday 27th June (and every Wednesday) - new Slimming World classes at the British Legion 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Call Amanda on 07507 969599


Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” on  Friday 29th, Saturday 30th June, and Sunday 1st July in the Assembly Rooms, 7.30pm. Tickets £6 from Winnie’s


Saturday 30th June - EG Fitness and Dance presents their Summer Show, "Dancing through the Decades" at The Memorial Hall at 5.30 pm. Adults £5, Under 16s free. Proceeds in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and The Bracken Trust.


Tuesday 3rd July -  Drewie’s Quiz at the Royal Oak 7.45pm (in aid of the Firefighters Charity)


Saturday 7th July - Summer Fayre in the church, churchyard and church hall at St Andrew’s, Presteigne. 2pm-4pm


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.

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