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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 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 56 - September 2017

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


IF YOU VALUE OUR RECYCLING SITE ON THE BYPASS - PLEASE HELP !!! The 'Bring Site' belongs to Powys CC who collect and dispose of the waste, but is maintained and kept clean by a small band of local volunteers organised by CONNECT (Chamber of Trade). PCC pay for this and it brings in several thousand £s a year for good causes and events in Presteigne & Norton. If the CoT hadn't volunteered to take over cleaning the site, it might well have been closed, meaning an increase in flytipping and journeys to the HWRC at Llandegley.

Infrequency or problems with PCC collections aside, there are two matters at the moment which threaten the continued viability of the Bring Site - more volunteers are needed to help keep the site clean. It only involves one hour or so once a week, at a time to suit yourself so please do let us know if you can help with this - and we need to stop people leaving bags of green waste at the site when the bins are full...AND to identify those selfish individuals who are dumping (fly-tipping!) large quantities of loose green waste at the site !! All that stuff, and the bags left at the site, has to be cleaned up by the volunteers, so PLEASE, if the bins are full, take your green waste bags home with you and come back on another day. And if you see anyone flytipping green waste (or any other items) at the site, PLEASE take their vehicle number, even better take a photo on your phone, and let us know so they can be warned off. Thank you !

(p.s. you can also help by flattening your cardboard boxes before putting in the bins so they'll take up less room)


The new PACDG Register of Community Groups will tell you about every club, society or organisation in Presteigne & Norton and how to contact them - see link on PACDG page of the Town website www.pntc.org.uk or see reference copies in the Library and the TIC, or email pacdg@icloud.com to receive your own copy. If your club or group isn’t on the list - well it should be - just email us!


Flu clinics...the Medical Centre is planning its first flu clinic on 27th September. They will probably be going with 1 min appointment slots so people will need to call in - or telephone 01544 267985 - to book an appointment.


Some recent DPCM messages….Dyfed Powys Police are investigating damage caused to a window at the Old Drill Hall on Hereford St. The damage is believed to have occurred sometime between 12:30hrs on the 22/08/2017 and 09:00hrs on the 23/08/2017.…..Police are investigating damage caused to the cricket pavilion at JBS, Presteigne. The damage is believed to have occurred sometime between 15:30hrs on the 25/08/2017 and 09:00hrs on the 29/08/2017……If you have any information on either of these incidents, please call PC 670 Lewis.

Visit the Town website www.presteigne.org.uk to sign up for DPCM messages


Fed up (like me) with the current avalanche of phishing emails particularly targeting PayPal, Netflix and Apple users ? - before deleting, you can help by forwarding those emails to reportphishing@apple.com, phishing@netflix.com, or spoof@paypal.com


Interested in the route of the inter-school cycleway ? ….. see map on the Community Noticeboard at the Memorial Hall.


Presteigne VIPs is a self-help group for those with any level of visual impairment unlike Radnor Association for the Blind [of which I am the Hon. Sec.] which caters only for those with a registerable eye condition. We have visits out which might be for a meal, speakers etc and very importantly we help each other with ideas on how we can manage our sight problems including the use of specialist equipment, hence the invite of manufacturers. We are also member driven, so what they wish to hear/do is my aim. I also run the Hereford Macular Group [for the past 20+ years] from the Hereford Association for the Blind premises 36 Widemarsh Street Hereford HR4 9EP. Meetings: 1st Tuesday in the month, 2-4 pm. For information call Mike Edwards on 01544 267114


Had you heard about the FREE weekend bus travel scheme on TrawsCymru ?

A pilot scheme introduced in July provides free weekend travel on the whole of the TrawsCymry bus network across Wales. The intent is to give more people across Wales better access to the Brecon Beacons National Park. All bus routes are included but really only the daily T4 service is of use to us, running between Newtown and Cardiff, via Llandod, Builth, Brecon, Merthyr and Pontypridd. See www.trawscymru.info for bus timings and stopping points.


Some minor changes to a few local bus services (thanks Chris)…..starting Monday 4th September - all Monday to Saturday. The No.461 Hereford/Kington (16.00hrs old time) will depart Hereford Railway Station at 16.15hrs (and will continue to give a connection in Kington for Presteigne & Norton). The No.41 Kington/Presteigne/Norton (17.10hrs old time) will now depart Kington at 17.20hrs (or after arrival of the 461 service from Hereford). The No.41 Knighton/Norton/Presteigne (17.47hrs old time) will now depart Knighton at 17.50hrs


Exercise classes at The Memorial Hall …Emily is running regular children’s and adult dance classes. Children’s Dance - Mondays 4.30-5.15pm for 3-6 years and 5.30-6.15pm for 7-11 years. Adult Dance for Fitness - Wednesdays 6.30-7.15pm. Contact Emily on 07447 916646 or by email egeorge95@icloud.com ….and Mandy is running Low Impact Exercise sessions on Thursday’s 10 –11 am. Pay as you go. Contact Mandy 01544 387958, mob 07538218273 or email mandys.mail@virgin.net


Friday 15th September - Lingen Flix is showing “Their Finest” 7.30pm Lingen Community Hall. £5 (£3.50 child). Refreshments. Bookings 01544 267736

Friday 22nd September - an Early Music @ Discoed concert “Handel’s London”

Saturday 23rd September - an Early Music @ Discoed concert “The Fontanella Recorder Ensemble”. Each concert starts 8pm at St Michael's Church, Discoed. Tickets £15 (incl. glass of wine) email discoedearlymusic@btconnect.com, call 07989091949, or pay on door

Friday 22nd September - Presteigne Screen is showing “Letters from Baghdad” 7.30 for 8pm, The Assembly Rooms. £5 (students £3.50)

Friday 29th September - MBA presents a Pentabus and Everyman Theatre play “Wolves are coming for you” 8pm Assembly Rooms £10/£7 tickets Courtyard Antiques, The Warehouse or www.wegottickets.com

Sunday 1st October - the return of The Velvet Violin. Cabaret Night at the Assembly Rooms. Red Ethel / Laura Cortes & The Dance Cards. £13 usual outlets


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.