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Presteigne Area Community Development Group

UPDATE … June 2017


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.

Dementia Friendly 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

You will be more than aware that we also organised two very successful hustings for the TC and PCC, and General Election recently.

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.

Presteigne’s Got Talent event

In conjunction with the Chamber of Trade we are working on a joint event to celebrate the talent which abounds in Presteigne both from the indigenous community and our many residents from other parts of the world. Plans are at an early stage but it is likely to be a food, stalls and entertainment event, from all-ages and all-aspects of the community.


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 July (19th 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 furture.


This will happen shortly, everyone is welcome. Date tba.

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)

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 require 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 51 - July 2017
an information service from PACDG - the Presteigne Area Community Development Group


...on Sunday night we closed the gates to Went’s Meadow leaving only foot and paw prints (& a few wood chippings) behind & taking Carnival 2017 lasting memories with us...
Wow Presteigne! You are absolutely fabulous, the support you gave your town carnival has been tremendous.
A huge THANK YOU to all the carnival parade entries.  Pub landlords, eateries & shop keepers. Our High Street was colourful, bright & loud - you made the day, THANK YOU.
THANK YOU to our beautiful Carnival Queen Beth Herrits and great Attendants Ruth Roberts and Joey Jones. We are all very proud of you.
THANK YOU to all who entered the Horticultural, Floral & Cookery Classes. The Marquee looked beautiful filled with your creations. And a warm THANK YOU to the children of Presteigne Primary School for making the decorations for the Carnival's Marquee. Your artwork has been admired by many.
THANK YOU to all our local businesses, organisations & groups who have given so generously. Donating prize monies, raffle prizes, services & encouragement along the way. We couldn't have hosted the Carnival without you.
THANK YOU to Dave Luke, Clovis, George & Tony. THANK YOU to John Hymas & Presteigne Pop Choir. THANK YOU to students of John Beddoes School. A fantastic evening of entertainment, laughter, song, music & dance.
THANK YOU to Matt & John Beaumont for hooking us up to electric once again at the Meadow. Your time is much appreciated. Without you there would be no tea, toilets, tipples, tasty tip bits or twinkly lights.
THANK YOU to the 'behind the scenes' hub of wonderful people who gave their time & provisions. From 'Vera' the vintage car driving the carnival queen & attendants, Arrowfield Vets for the Dog Show, hosting a football match, cutting the grass, sheep & shearers, hay bales & dog scurry builders, to Nigel Powell & Mike Lewis for providing and fixing dozens of stakes & metres of ropes & fencing. Making decorations & floral arrangements, loaning chairs, tables, staging, bins, benches, lights, gazebos & tents.  To Den Williams for making signs galore to a tractor & balloons....and...
...one final THANK YOU to the fantastic troop of road marshals organised by Colin Kirkby, stewards, volunteers and the carnival committee members who managed the day and for their dedication during the years planning. All done with energy & enthusiasm (& a little craziness). THANK YOU. 
From all of the above, together we made Presteigne Carnival 2017 happen and it was great!
  Presteigne Carnival 2017 Committee     Chair: Debbie Davies (Tel) 01544 267044