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Presteigne Area Community Development Group

Progress on Projects from Town Action Plan


Following the launch of a selection of Projects outlined in the Presteigne & Norton Action Plan here is the latest news about their progress. As always if you want to help, or have some money or time to donate to the Gift Economy then please get in touch pacdg@icloud.com


1. THE GARDENING PROJECT has attracted many new recruits. They are currently working on the Shoppers carpark, the Scallions, the pathway between carpark and Premier. Future work to include area from the Bring Site bus shelter towards the Industrial Estate.

HELP: Do you have any spare plants which can be donated to the cause (e.g. snowdrop clumps, hardy geraniums, day lilies, hardy perennials)? They can be left at the Local Food Market.


2. DAFFODILS PROJECT  This Project Team is researching heritage varieties and Presteigne’s history of growing daffodils. Planting will happen throughout the town and surrounds. This will include as many heritage varieties as can be found. Kinsham Court has generously offered to donate bulbs from their collection.

HELP: Has anyone any of the old heritage varieties in their gardens with some to spare to donate? If you know anything of the history and /or have some existing heritage varieties please let us know. We will also welcome donations of any standard varieties or a bit of cash.


3. DEMENTIA FRIENDLY PRESTEIGNE PROJECT  A presentation has been made at the Junior school, and one is planned for the Seniors on the effects of ageing and dementia.


4. RECYCLING/UPCYCLING/RE-USE PROJECT  A Men’s Shed has started in Knighton and we want to start one in Presteigne. Men’s Shed is primarily a social organisation FOR MEN ONLY but also offers services such as tool sharpening, equipment repairs, making ‘stuff’ e.g. bird boxes, training and mentoring. The Project Team, is also researching community composting, recycling of plastic bags and film, Tetrapaks, plastic plant pots, etc.


5. PLAYGROUNDS   Local mums are organising on Facebook to improve and repair the facilities in the children’s playgrounds. YOU CAN VOTE AT TESCO 31 October – 13 November for the playgrounds to receive a big chunk of cash from sale of carrier bags … please do so if you can.


6. SWIFTS PROJECT   This Project Team aims to encourage more swifts in town by providing education and swift boxes (possibly being made by Men’s Shed). They are also in touch with other local towns in Shropshire who have also made a Swift Tower for housing multiple nests.

HELP: Did you have swifts nesting in your house in Presteigne and Norton this Summer? Please let us know if you do so we can record their numbers. Or if you’d like to encourage swifts onto your house sign up to receive a swift box to attach under your eaves.



i) New one at Memorial Hall is being well used.

ii) Sadly as yet no progress for one on the flyposting wall in High Street.

iii) In progress – a glazed locked board in Library arch for use by PACDG and Town Council.

And of course Gifts of time, skills or money to offer the Community can be donated at any time, just 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. 

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Community News - Issue 37


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


Always wanted an allotment ?.....a vacant allotment plot has come available - contact the Town Clerk (Tracey) for more information or go to the application form on the Town Council pages of the Town website. Tracey Price, Presteigne and Norton Town Council tel. 01547 528575 mob. 07866 815622


There will be detailed feedback on the Assets Transfer consultation in the next issue, but suffice to say that the response rate was good, the results positive, and three lucky online respondents won cash prizes of £50, £25 and £10 !!


On the 28th February The Circle celebrated 5 successful years of being part of our community. A party was held with games, fun and laughter and lots to eat and drink.

The Circle - encouraging well-being and quality of life for those who may be more isolated in our community; sharing and caring. A weekly drop-in is held at the Youth Centre, Hereford St. Presteigne on Tuesdays between 9.30am and 1.30pm.

Meet old friends, make new friends. Refreshments and activities, advice and support. All Welcome. Transport can be provided. For further information contact Presteigne and Norton Community Support on 01544 267961


Did you know ?

....at the Library there is a battery recycling box just inside the entrance - a collection box for used postage stamps raising funds for the Day Centre - and the Library keeps a stock of food waste bag rolls for your kitchen waste caddies.

.....you can pay in cash and cheques at our Post Office for most banks. If paying in cash, you need to present your bank card and the PO makes an electronic money transfer direct to your bank. If paying in a cheque, you need to take and fill out your bank account deposit slip and the PO will use a special cheque deposit envelope to send it directly to your bank.


Some recent Dyfed Powys Police DPCM messages....

(a) Please be vigilant regarding any suspicious activity in relation to old style 4x4's/Landrover Defenders as there have been a spate of thefts over the last weekend in other Police force areas. Make sure your vehicle is locked and secure at all times. Pass this information on to family members and friends.

(b) Officers are appealing for information in relation to damage caused to a vehicle whilst parked on Pound Lane in Presteigne between the 24/02/2017 and the 26/02/2017. If you have any information relating to this crime, please contact PC 851 Jones on 101 (there was another case recently of a car being damaged in Scottleton Street, Presteigne)

(c) Officers are appealing for information in relation to the theft of sheep from a farm in the Presteigne area. If you have any information relating to this crime or you notice any suspicious vehicles and/or persons in the area who you think may be associated with the theft of sheep, please contact Presteigne NPT on 101 or email presteigneNPT@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk


Did you know that speeding drivers will soon face much higher fines and stricter penalties ? On April 24th 2017, new guidelines set by the Sentencing Council will come into effect in the UK. Those caught driving at more than 101mph in a 70mph speed limit could be disqualified for up to 56 days and get a fine of between 125% and 175% of their relevant weekly income.

Although the motorway fines have taken the headlines, drivers are most likely to be affected by the new fines and penalties on slower roads. If you are caught at between 31 and 40mph in a 30mph zone you will get three penalty points and a fine of between 25% and 75% of your weekly income. Currently many drivers get away without points and a fine, by paying for a Speed Awareness course.

Why is the speeding law being changed? According to the Justice Department, the  number of speeding offences has increased 44 per cent in the last five years. The new sentencing structure has been designed to produce a sufficient deterrent to reduce the number of speeding drivers.

Will other laws change? As well as the speeding fines, drivers are set to face much tougher penalties for using a mobile phone behind the wheel from March 2017. The previous penalty of three points and a £100 fine has been doubled to six points and £200.



Tony McManus, hailed by critics as "the finest Celtic guitarist in the world," comes to the Assembly Rooms in Presteigne. 8pm start. Tickets £12 from Courtyard Antiques and The Workhouse in Presteigne and online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/387160

Presteigne Fire Fighters are holding a charity car wash at Presteigne Recycling Centre from 9:30am to 1:00pm for the Firefighters charity. Please support them.

Presteigne Bowling Club's Easter Bingo at the Memorial Hall. Bar. Prize and Cash Bingo (incl. 43" TV, £100 cash, Easter Eggs, Hampers, Wine & Spirits, and lots lots more). Doors open for 6.30pm for 7.45pm start. All welcome !



On Friday 24th March Presteigne Screen presents "American Honey" UK/USA 2016 - 163mins - rated 15. 7.30pm for 8pm start, Assembly Rooms. An outsider's take on that American classic, the road movie.

On Sunday 26th March MBA presents Antonioni's classic film "L'Avventura, This film by Michelangelo Antonio at first met with derision, then praise and astonishing success. In 1961, critics voted it best film of the year. Along with a handful of similarly striking films it had an enormous influence on other filmmakers. The film editor, Tony Lawson will place the film in context and then screen this classic. Presteigne Assembly Rooms 7pm. Tickets on the door £6. Bar

On Monday, 27th March, 2017.....Open Day at the new Walker's Meadow development (Knighton Road opposite the tennis courts and scout hut). Pop by anytime between 4p.m. and 7p.m. An opportunity to look inside some of Mid-Wales Housing’s newly-built homes prior to occupancy and to meet the people involved in the development. Sensible shoes must be worn. Light refreshments will be available. EVERYONE WELCOME

On Tuesday 28th March, The Royal Oak will be holding a quiz night in aid of the Town Twinning Association.

7:45pm start for teams of up to 4 people. £2 per person with Royal Oak meal vouchers for the winning team.

On Friday 31st March 7.30pm, Lingen Flix are showing ‘A United Kingdom’ (12A) Biography/Drama/Romance

Set against the breath-taking backdrops of the African savannah and period London, this is a fascinating and important true story. Seretse meets and falls in love with Ruth in 1940s London. All's well and good except he's the black heir to the throne of Botswana, and she's the white daughter of a salesman. The true story takes us between England and Botswana and shows the tension and outcry of the inhabitants of both nations, and the call for Seretse to stand down or

divorce his new bride. One of the greatest love stories. Adult £5/child £3.50 Refreshments. Book a seat: 01544 267736


News from the High Street....

A message from the Duck's Nest.....we thought you would like to know about a whole weekend of upcoming Events...

Friday 24th March - Vegetarian and Organic Wine-tasting Menu. A fully Organic evening at the Ducks Nest with Mark Hughes from Presteigne's Real Wine Company and a great selection of organic wines

Saturday 25th  March - Candle-lit dinner with WWF in aid of climate change awareness - we will be hosting a candle-lit evening and the lights in the restaurant will be off!

Sunday 26th March - Mothering Sunday Brunch

Some bad news - sad to say goodbye to Candy & Sam with the closing down of Serendipity. Wonder who will take over the shop now ?

But some very good news - No.46 Wine Bar has been undergoing a renovation and will - hopefully ! - be re-opening under new ownership on Saturday 25th March. Further info to follow.


Email scam warning from a Presteigne resident.... I thought it might be helpful to some community members to be made aware of an email scam that is being sent all around the UK. It tries to draw the recipient into believing they are being offered a Council Tax rebate. Although many people would spot it as a scam straight away, some of the details may convince others that it is genuine. The details are as follows:

Hello...........(recipient's email address)........

A refund was issued for the amount of £331.04 on 2/3/17.

You should receive the refund in your bank account after you confirm your details in the FORM

provided in this email.


Miss Rourke, Revenues Adviser             council.tax@council.tax.gov.uk.           Unity Partnership Limited 0161 770 6623

Registered in England No. 89464322. Registered Office: Tempsford Hall, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG20 2BB

This of course does NOT come from Powys County Council (I have checked with them), and YOU MUST NOT CLICK ON THE FORM - and certainly not fill in any details. Please help by circulating this information to others.


Friends of the Library meeting, 15 March 2017.......a report by Sharon and Hania

Wednesday's Open Meeting about the formation of a Friends group to support our Library was attended by 27 people.

Some background information was given about the position of the Library for the year 2017-2018. Just to clarify this, Presteigne and Norton Town Council (PNTC) will be funding 50% of the running costs of the Library, whilst Powys County Council (PCC) will be funding the remaining 50% of the running costs and also will be funding 100% of the staff costs (which is 12 hours per week of a professional librarian). It was appreciated that PNTC had stepped forward to support the Library which is a service highly valued by many in the community.

There was a wide ranging discussion which resulted in the decision to form the Friends of Presteigne Library as an independent group to represent the interests of the whole community with respect to the library and to liaise with both PNTC and PCC about the provision of a library service to Presteigne and Norton.

Moving forward...the Friends group will need to be established more formally, with a constitution and a small steering group comprising some elected officers, the volunteer coordinators and others either with specific roles (e.g. fund raising) or with a more general remit. In the meantime, and working towards this, it would be helpful if there was a small group of volunteers to step forward to form a working party to steer the group leading up to the formalities of the adoption of the constitution and beyond. A number of people at the meeting indicated some interest in this, but more are needed. If you are interested in helping, please email presteignelibraryfriends@gmail.com or leave a note in the Library.

Additionally, one or two people are needed to work on writing a draft constitution, based on model constitutions and informed by the discussion in the meeting. One person has already volunteered to work on this and is looking for a couple of people to join him. If you are interested in helping, please email presteignelibraryfriends@gmail.com or leave a note in the Library. We would like to thank Mid Border Arts for the use of the room.

Sharon Hall Shipp, Hania Bienkowska-Baker


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 - or collar one of the Steering Committee in the street and tell us what's on your mind. You can also leave a written message at the Library for us - remember to include your name and a contact telephone number ! 

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

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