Local Services & Businesses

The Parks Barn

Warden Court Holiday Apartment

This fine Regency Villa is one of several historic houses in St. David’s Street, all leading to our celebrated medieval church.

Once home to the town’s Doctors, recent restoration combines original Surgery rooms with old domestic quarters above, to create a homely, contemporary apartment, while retaining Georgian high ceilings, lovely hardwood floors, original pitch-pine staircase and sash windows.

There’s off-street parking for ONE CAR, by prior arrangement, (at owner’s risk).

A simple, fair tariff, all year round.

Sorry, the apartment is not suitable for pets. Or children.

Please call John or Wawan; 01544 267911 or emailjohnandwawan@yahoo.com

The Radnorshire Arms Restaurant and Hotel

Luggside House

Presteigne Holidays


Upper House Discoed

Corte Cottage

Wild Meadow Shepherd's Hut

Hicks Farm Holidays

Middlemoor Barn

Milebrook House Hotel

No 1 The Byre

Pear Tree Cottage

Radnor House B & B - Central Presteigne

Rough Acre

Paradise Farmhouse

Paradise Farmhouse is a place of exceptional peace and restfulness, situated less than a mile from Presteigne, with spectacular long-ranging views that our luxurious new-build cottages are designed to maximise for your enjoyment.

Available for self-catering or bed and breakfast, we sleep 13 people in total in six double or twin bedrooms, each with en suite bath or shower room. Alternatively, we offer two self-catering flats which each sleep four people. One of the rooms has a fully equipped en-suite shower room for people in wheelchairs or with restricted mobility.

Enjoy a game of ping-pong in our games room, play Scrabble while cosying up to the wood-burning stove, or prepare a barbecue and eat al fresco. And if you want to put your feet up, then head for a hammock, lie back and absorb the views.

Whatever your choice, we guarantee you a warm welcome and a break that will recharge your batteries.

Telephone John or Gloria on 01544 262848 or emailinfo@paradisefarmhouse.co.uk, or go to www.paradisefarmhouse.co.uk

Redwood Valley Yurts

Milebrook House Hotel

Wild Meadow Cottage

Wegnalls House B & B

The Ducks Nest

The Buzzards

The Retreat

The Workhouse Gallery and Cafe

Along with our gallery and café, we are home to David Bamford Handmade Carpets, makers of beautifully designed, bespoke, handknotted carpets, textiles, flat weaves, runners, blankets, embroideries, cushions and scarves. The Workhouse also houses a specialist carpet conservation, restoration and cleaning business.
Industrial Estate, Presteigne LD8 2UF
www.theworkhousegallery.co.uk, 01544 267864


Deli Tinto

Mangar Health Limited

Presteigne Natural Health Centre

Slix Hair Studio

Carini Butchers Ltd

High Lea Presteigne Ltd

Is this you?

An individual with a new invention, who needs some design work done, or a prototype made?

An established company, needing help with a new product, or improvements to the design or production of an existing one?

Anyone needing small parts machined?

At High Lea, we use Computer Aided Design to show how a new product will look and work prior to anything being made.

Parts can be made on our computer controlled machine or sent electronically to other manufacturers, without the need for drawings.

Contact us to find out how all this needn't cost a fortune!

Telephone 01544 267561 or email info@highlea.co.uk or visit websitewww.highlea.co.uk

Radnor Oak

Presteigne Memorial Hall

Memorial Hall gets a Refurbishment.

Following an unsuccessful bid to the Big Lottery for funds to rebuild the Memorial Hall the Memorial Hall Committee decided to seek funds for a refurbishment of the existing structure. 

James Tennant-Eyles volunteered to seek suitable funds and apply for them and if successful to run the project through to completion of the works.

Successful applications to the Joint Forces Military Fund, and the Powys County Council Regenration fund, provided some £85,000 to install new double glazed doors and windows, a new insulated roof covering, and entirely refurbished the toilets. Funds were also obtained to upgrade the stage and provide demountable raised seating.  Adjacent land was donated by Powys County Council and was converted into an additional car parking area for the Hall. 

The Memorial Hall Committee undertook to create a Rememberance Room celebrating the relationship between the Miltitary and Presteigne.

All these works are now completed and have given the Hall a new lease of life which should enable it to carry on providing an excellent large venue facility in Presteigne for many years to come.

Anyone interested in further information about this project should contact James Tennant-Eyles on 01544 267363, or email jtennanteyles@gmail.com

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

Our Dragon

Sleeping Dragon,
When I was growing up in the early 1950s, the First World War was
still very much a living memory to many. Today it is history, with no
survivors left to tell the living tale. This transition point in time,
from live memory to history, is upon us. This is the point where we
must now translate, somehow, what took place, in such a way that it is
clear to all that this war must be remembered and learned from.
We have chosen a sleeping dragon for the memorial instead of the
heraldic Welsh dragon that we all know and love. The reasoning for
this is that the traditional Welsh dragon has a very “up front”
attitude with an aggressive stance and unflattering sharp lines, most
suitable in war.

The Welsh dragon flying on its standard would have raised the morale
of any Welshman fighting for what he believed in. Sadly, many a good
Welshman died doing just that, sometimes in lands far off, sometimes
for reasons too complex to reason with. Where ever and for whatever,
Welshman have always been distinguished in battle. However, there is
another side to all of this and that is the Welshman who sang and who
is now silent, the Welshman who loved his valleys and hills but will
never again walk there, the Welshman who told his children bedtime
myths and tales of dragons in Wales. His legacy being the continuation
of the culture of Wales. All so proud to be Welsh and all died so.
This is the soft underside of our loss. This is the real loss. It is
this loss that the sleeping dragon reflects, the soft inner being of
all those sleeping Welshman who rest so far from the country they
loved, in the fields of World War One.

The Cromlech links us back many thousands of years in Welsh history to
the Stone Age. Cromlechs usually have solar alignments attached to
them and this Cromlech is set to align with the rising sun on the
Equinox. The Cromlech itself is low enough for an adult and for a
child raised up by an adult, to see and touch the dragon, giving the
connectivity to reinforce the point of the memorial. A child raised up
to touch the dragon thus, may not yet understand, but will remember
and perhaps in time, understand. As time passes the dragon will
hopefully develop a hand worn nose from the many hands that will
gently stroke it. That human hand polished area, will shine in the sun
as a testament to all those who have visited and touched the dragon
and remembered. This physical connection by touching is to be much

The dragon sleeping peacefully on its ancient stone is only a
temporary installation for the four years duration of World War One.
During those four years it is hoped by all involved with the dragon’s
creation that many people will come and see, touch and connect with
the sleeping Welsh dragon and return home, somehow inexplicably
enhanced by the experience. Perhaps there is some truth in the stories
of dragons, our sleeping Welshman left his children!

Pete Smith, August 1st 2014