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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 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 63 - December 2017

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


Brilliant Panto !!!!......still laughing, and looking forward to next year already !


Daffodil update....over the past three months or so, some lovely volunteers have planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs around Presteigne & Norton, using bulbs purchased by PAC and the Town Council, and others donated or paid for by residents and local businesses, building on the planting efforts of last year. We’ll see the fruits of all that work next Spring !!! Some wild varieties have been planted on The Warden to naturalise....and bulbs have been planted in three specific locations in memory of residents - by the entrance to the Primary School as a tribute to the late Eileen Bradford (Eileen was the caretaker and lollypop lady who died suddenly earlier this year) - by the bench at the Warden Road/Bypass junction in memory of Mrs Dunne - and on the Warden in memory of Simon Arbuthnot.


Please save the stamps from your Christmas cards - there is a collecting box at the Library which raises funds for our Day Centre. Every little helps !! Note that the Day Centre will close on Friday 22nd at 3.30pm and re-open on Tuesday 2nd Jan at 9am.


Christmas Day Lunch.....would you enjoy some company for lunch on Christmas Day? Or maybe you know of someone who may be on their own ? Lynne and Beth invite you to the Methodist Church from 12.30pm onwards. Cost only £5. Transport can be provided if needed.To book or for information call Lynne on 267253 or Beth on 267534, or call into Community Support in the High Street.

....and there’s a Christmas Lunch at the Baptist Church on Thursday 14th December. For information, contact Peter Jennings on 01544 388 816


Did You Know?

.....both the Hat Shop Restaurant and the Duck’s Nest in Presteigne offer coeliac / gluten-free GF meals on request. All such meals are cooked to order and as standard they also provide vegetarian / lactose-free options. When booking, tell the restaurant if there are any special dietary requirements, restrictions or allergies that they should be aware of, and then ask to speak to the chef before ordering.

......need your watch battery replaced ? The Warehouse can do this and carries a stock of batteries of all shapes and sizes

.....in case of a minor accident needing nurse treatment there are three Minor Injury Units in our area - Kington MIU at Kington Court 01544 232 333 (8am-8pm excl. PH/BH) - Llandrindod Wells MIU Community Hospital 01597 828753 (usually 24/7 but temporarily closed 12am-7am) - Leominster Community Hospital MIU 01568 614211 (Mon-Frid 8.30am-5.30pm excl. PH/BH). If you’re unsure whether to use the MIU or A&E, or to check availability, best call the MIU unit to discuss before traveling.


The Knighton & East Radnor Food Bank is extending its Winter Crisis service to cover residents of Presteigne and surrounding villages initially just for December and January, but may be extended depending on usage and funding. To find out how to help, donate food or money, or use the service, contact Helen Anderson 07731 524058 or visit www.knightonfoodbank.co.uk. You can drop-off food donations in the Presteigne Baptist Church foyer between 10 and 11.30am.


(thanks to Ken Rodmell for this information). It is easy to be complacent about asteroid impacts. The last really big one (Siberia, 1908) destroyed 2,000 square kilometres of virgin forest – about the area of Greater London. The more recent 2013 Chelyabinsk impact was a wake-up call. While not a direct hit, its airburst smashed thousands of windows and caused many injuries.

Spaceguard's role is basically threefold: (1) To participate in the worldwide search for Potentially Hazardous Asteroids. (2) As the National Near-Earth-Objects Information Centre, to provide reliable and factual data about PHAs (as opposed to tabloid sensationalism) and (3) To raise awareness of the PHA problem (and what we can do about it) particularly at governmental level.

Work on the Spaceguard observatory expansion continues apace, facilitated largely by public tour admissions, charitable donations and voluntary labour. Public tours last about 90 minutes and take an in-depth look at the PHA problem. As such the tours require a reasonable attention span and may not be suitable for the very young. For tour timings, bookings, charges, etc, contact Spaceguard on 01547-520247.

An excellent YouTube presentation by Spaceguard UK's Director can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJjnrl3CTY8


Wednesday 13th December - Christmas Quiz Night at the Bowls Social Club on Hereford Street. All welcome. 7.30 for 8pm start. Bar tea/coffee. £2.50pp includes sausage rolls and mince pies. Prizes. Win Big at Backwards Bingo. Book for teams of up to four people at presteignedogman@icloud.com or text Terry on 07766 097600

Thursday 14th December - John Beddoes’ “Christmas Concert” 6pm, Main Hall. Tickets £1 on the door. https://www.facebook.com/events/1888051717874989/

Friday 15th December - Presteigne Screen presents “Red Turtle” Rated PG. Assembly Rooms 7.30 for 8pm start. Bar coffee tea home-baked cakes

Saturday 16th December - Christingle at St. Andrew’s, Norton 2.30-3.30pm. All invited - children and older-but-young-at-heart to make your own Christingle. All  materials provided. Followed by short Christingle service.

Sunday 17th December - Royal Oak Big Christmas raffle. Over 50 prizes with several big Christmas meat hampers, joints of turkey, beef and pork plus many more meat, drink and chocolate related prizes on offer. £1 per go available at the bar. Draw to be held at 1pm. Proceeds from December’s meat raffle will go the Primary School PTA.

Tuesday 19th December - Drewie's Christmas Quiz at The Royal Oak 7:45pm. Teams of up to 4 people - £2 pp. A free pint will be given to the person with the best Christmas jumper!  Proceeds to Presteigne Primary School PTA.

Thursday 21st December - Midwinter Celebrations at St Michael’s Church, Discoed. “Songs of Great Cheer” with Whitton Voices and Sue Harris. Merry Music and Wintry Tales with Benji and George Kirkpatrick. Tickets £8 - children free. Raising funds for Help Refugees. Seasonal refreshments. Booking advised - contact 01547 550158

Friday 22nd December - Christmas Family Service 7.00-9.00pm at St. Andrew’s, Norton. Come to our pretty, cosy village church - carols, readings, Nativity, songs with our Norton Village Choir, music with Leila Basletic & Co, followed by festive refreshments. A lovely way to start the Christmas weekend celebrations.

Tuesday 26th December Boxing Day - live music from Bugs Brummy, 8pm Royal Oak


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