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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

Past Community Newsletters. 

Click the issue your require, Issue 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 53 - August 2017

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


Did You Know ?

…..our Fire Brigade is currently carrying out FREE home fire safety checks and will replace any non-functioning fire alarms for you FREE OF CHARGE. Call Freephone 0800 169 1234 or visit www.freesmokealarm.co.uk

…….with local bank branches closing, we can still do our day-to-day banking for all the UK’s major banks at the Post Office in the Presteigne Premier Store (or any Post Office branch) including cash withdrawals, cash deposits, cheque deposits, and balance information. Business customers my be subject to some account fees. Ask at the counter in the Post Office for details


Welcome to another newcomer to Presteigne High Street - Bell Antiques - who have moved into what used to be the PBS premises in Scottleton Street, across from the garage, just up from the Royal Oak. Bell Antiques specialises in period furnishings, maps, prints, and lots of other beautiful items. Call in to browse and say hello to Andrew, Lance and Olivier.


…..in addition to the activities of PACDG’S guerrilla gardeners around town, others deserve a big thank-you for helping to brighten up the town - just look at Annie’s Garden on the roadside edge of the Bowling Green - brilliant, Annie !


(from Gaby)…..Museum mourns loss of great actor and friend…..The Judge’s Lodging museum, the award-winning historic courthouse and judge’s accommodation, has been hugely saddened by the passing of Robert Hardy, a wonderful actor, great mind and staunch supporter of them. Mr Hardy leant his voice to the museum’s atmospheric ‘eavesdropping’ audio tour, which leads enthralled visitors through the gas-lit world of an unusual Victorian household, taking the role of Richard Lister Venables, Chairman of the Magistrates, and as such is the highlight of the tour. In 1997, he lent his presence to the opening of the building as a museum, when he processed through the streets of Presteigne in an 1860s horse-drawn carriage, flanked by the local police, who gamely wore Victorian uniforms, and the local cadets, who took on the duties of the Victorian javelin-men, protectors of visiting judges.


Left at the Youth Club over the past few weeks ....one grey adjustable metal/plastic walking aid/stick.....and two small soup/cereal dishes + green & white tea cosy. Collect from Community Support office open Mon-Fri 9.30-12.30  tel. 267961


A message from Mandy….the Wednesday Zumba classes have been discontinued - my only class now at the Memorial Hall is the Low Impact Exercise session on Thursdays 10 –11 am. Contact Mandy Harrison on 01544 387958 or 07538218273 or email mandys.mail@virgin.net


Congratulations to Fiona Preece, Lisa Veary and Simon Dixon for being co-opted at PNTC’s July’s meeting to fill the three Town Councillor vacancies.


Wednesday 16th August - Wildlife Roleplay session at Presteigne Library 2-4pm. It is a free session run by Jenny for anyone >6 years who would like to become more familiar with insects, birds and mammals associated with Hawthorn. "Creatures" (puppets and head-dresses) will be available for scripted interviews. All welcome. It's educational and fun!! See website www.beetlesandbees.co.uk

Thursday 17th August - the PNCS AGM at the Memorial Hall 2.30pm. All welcome. A strawberry tea will be served afterwards

Friday 18th August - ‘The Mouthpiece of the Gods’ 7.30-9pm, The Assembly Rooms. John Kenny’s solo lecture and demonstration tells the ongoing story of the reconstruction of the Carnyx, the iconic Iron Age Celtic instrument, and the evolution of the great family of lip reed instruments. Kenny’s passion is the unique interface between musical archaeology and contemporary performance and recording. John is an internationally acclaimed trombone soloist and also plays jazz. 7.30pm Tickets £12/£9 from the Presteigne Festival Box Office

Saturday 19th August - Music@The Dukes, Michael Chapman 8.30pm, £5

Sunday 20th August - Norton Show. See previous issues for details.

Thursday 24th to Tuesday 29th August - Presteigne Festival. This is proving really popular this year, with the Box Office reporting brisker business than ever before for its season of music, film, literature and art - so book early to avoid disappointment !! The programme embraces music by J S Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Lennox Berkeley, Brahms, Frank Bridge, Duruflé, Haydn, Nielsen, Poulenc, Schubert and Vaughan Williams. We also have a celebration of the work of artist Sidney Nolan and a first late-night event, Memoirs of a Pear-Shaped Life, a witty salute to Erik Satie.  Actor Christopher Good narrates and pianist Anne Lovett plays Satie’s haunting music including the Gymnopédies. Ian Marchant talks about his new book tracing the story of the counter-culture. To complement this, we will screen three movies – Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless, Performance starring Mick Jagger and the unforgettable Bonnie and Clyde.

To see the full programme and to book, go to www.presteignefestival.com, phone 01544 267800 or drop into the Assembly Rooms Box Office open 11am – 2pm until August 19th, then daily 10am – 5pm from August 21st – 29th.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday 26th, 27th, 28th August - Presteigne Open Studios 2017. Presteigne has long been known for its vibrant music and arts scene, and this year artists of all disciplines will be opening their doors to visitors, during the Presteigne Festival at the end of August.  A huge range of different media will be both on show and demonstrated, from metal and stone sculpture, to installations, to paint and clay.  Some will be working in their own studios, whilst others will be sharing the Old School in Hereford Street, where they will be demonstrating their various skills and talents.

The artists will open their studios 11am-5pm on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the work of a diverse and select group of artists. Maps of the art trail will be available in many venues in the town and around the county. THE ARTISTS: Susie Arbuthnott – Painter; Sara Bamford - Metal Sculptor; Ann Campbell - Sculptor; Justine Cook – Installation Artist; June Coveney – Painter; Simon Dorrell – Painter; Tony Hall – Potter/ Sculptor; Lois Hopwood – Painter; Ruth Kirkby – Botanical Illustrator; Alison McGregor-Grimley - Painter; Lottie O’Leary – Sculptor/ Stone Carver; Celia Perceval - Painter; Alex Ramsay – Photographer; Antonia Spowers – Sculptor; Richard Studer – Painter, Printmaker; Gill Tenant-Eyles - Ceramicist

For more information, visit the Facebook page – Open Studios Presteigne. Also Twitter and Instagram.


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