Presteigne Area Community Development Group
UPDATE … August 2017
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THIS IS WHO WE ARE …
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.
Heads the Guerrilla Gardening project team.
Involved with Presteigne Dementia Friends and WI.
Heads the Clean and Tidy project and Presteigne Edibles.
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.
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.
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.
THIS IS WHAT WE’VE DONE WITH VERY LITTLE OR NO MONEY …
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’.
THIS IS WHAT WE’VE DONE WITH SOME MONEY …
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
Celebrating our first year
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.
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.
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.
PROJECTS (follow links to poster)
Current version of the Action Plan
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Local Bus Information
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Past Community Newsletters.
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Issue 79 - mid-June 2018
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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
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