Local Services & Businesses
Wild Meadow Shepherd's Hut
Pear Tree Cottage
Redwood Valley Yurts
Hicks Farm Holidays
Wild Meadow Cottage
No 1 The Byre
Radnor House B & B - Central Presteigne
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.
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.
Willey Lane Farm B&B
Eating in Presteigne during Summer 2018
Presteigne Natural Health Centre
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
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!
Slix Hair Studio
Mangar Health Limited
Carini Butchers Ltd
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 email@example.com
Presteigne Area Community Development Group
Presteigne Area Community Development Group
THIS IS HOW WE GOT HERE …
Back in 2015 Powys County Council employed consultants to help 4 pilot towns (Presteigne, Newtown, Builth Wells and Ystradgynlais) develop Community Action Plans (CAP) so that when funding came available for specific projects these towns would be able to back up their applications with evidence that this is what their towns not only wanted but needed. A detailed questionnaire was developed and posted through every door in Presteigne and Norton, and from those replies the Community Action Plan took shape. Some of those involved with the initial work then stayed on to do their best to facilitate the realisation of that CAP. Click HERE to see the latest version
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 Plenty, 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 Plenty.
Heads the Guerrilla Gardening project team.
Involved with Presteigne Dementia Friends and WI.
Heads the Clean and Tidy project and Presteigne Plenty.
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.
Involved with tourism, Connect and playgroup, knows lots of useful stuff.
THIS IS WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING ...
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...
Our teams have been working on various activities to improve the environment and support 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 with flowers, various herbs and even some tomato plants were planted in the shoppers’ car park beds which people were able to help themselves to. Guerilla gardening activity continues, there are more spaces in need of some TLC!
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 gave a talk on the subject to the WI, who are planning a produce a public noticeboard about the history of daffodil growing in the area. You may also have noticed many more daffodils in the verges this Spring, these have been planted over the last two years by the group from 100s of bulbs either donated by well-wishers or paid for by PACDG. More will be planted each year.
The Swift Group have commissioned the Knighton Men’s Shed Group to make more boxes for residents to purchase at cost to put on their house for this and next year’s arrivals. They 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. We’re hoping that further walks will be held this year when the swifts will be feeding young, so we can identify where they are nesting and add more boxes to encourage swiftlets to adopt Presteigne as their future ‘home town’.
The Bags for Life group (in association with The Salty Dog) turns old curtains, sheets and duvets into re-usable fabric bags in a bid to banish plastic bags from Presteigne. They are made by a team of willing helpers either at home or in the workshop we've set up above The Salty Dog. The bags are currently available at the tills of The Salty Dog, The Rowan Tree and Spar and are exchanged for a donation, with all profits going to help community projects in the Presteigne and Norton area.
The Presteigne Plenty group takes excess, locally-grown or foraged fruit and veg and turns it into tasty produce or useful items that are then sold at local fairs for the benefit of community projects in the Presteigne and Norton area. We work with anything, from windfall apples, wild garlic, gluts of gooseberries and blackcurrants and even piles of wood (to make bundles of kindling).
The Tidy Town group has organised several clean-ups and smaller ad-hoc litter-picks around Presteigne. Some litter-picking equipment has been purchased using money raised by Project teams. For larger pitter-picks, additional equipment is borrowed from Keep Wales Tidy and Knighton community group. We’re also currently trialing a regular pavement and gutter clean to complement the litter picks.
The Community News e-letter continues to go from strength to strength with a steadily growing circulation (see separate entry for the current issue, and links to all past issues of the Community News). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be included on the mailing list.
Registers of all local area groups, clubs and organisations, and new one of meeting venues with their contact names and addresses have been prepared by PACDG and uploaded on to the Town website by the volunteer team at the Judge’s Lodging. Hard copies are available at the Library and Tourist Information Office.
A Register of local venues for hire has also been prepared by PACDG and uploaded onto the town website, again with paper copies available at the library and TIC.
Tourism – we are investigating suitable locations for a proposed World Signpost and a 3deg.West Meridian marker; and working with Pete Smith to explore the future of the Sleeping Dragon, which he made to commemorate the anniversary of the First World War.
Industry - we are working with Connect on a proposed project to identify and publicise companies on the two Presteigne business parks and other local businesses by producing a public register of local businesses, and campaigning for proper signboard for the parks.
We also support, assist and fund (where needed) other community groups such as Dementia Friendly Presteigne which continues to be very active making old and young alike aware of the special needs people with dementia have, by holding presentations and workshops in our schools and with other groups. They have organised drop-in open days at the Youth Centre for anyone who wants to know more, or to tap into the support they can offer.
Hustings events, for both local and national elections
You will be more than aware that we also organised two very successful hustings for 2016’s TC and PCC election, and the General Election, and will repeat this for future elections.
Presentation to Audrey
We had a lovely presentation on the High Street last year to celebrate Audrey Cole being in her shop for 50 years before retiring. 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’. https://www.facebook.com/bbcherefordandworcester/videos/1498910026848067/
Insurance and banking.
As an established community organisation, we provide insurance cover and a ‘banking’ provision for PACDG project teams, and for associated groups such as Dementia Friends and Playgroup Mums.
We are working on bringing in funds from donations, sales of goods (Bags for Life and Presteigne Plenty) and grant funding for specific projects and are working with Connect (formerly the Chamber of Trade) to distribute the Bring Site income for projects of joint interest (e.g. Tidy Town). The TC grants PACDG a small annual precept, essentially to cover the cost of insurance.
Our second AGM was held 26th June 2018.
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:
1. Community communications: three notice boards and Community News
2. Community Groups Fair 2016 and 2017
3. Training in how to encourage community involvement
4. Public consultation, Assets and Services Consultation.
5. Celebrating our first year
1. Community Communications
- We installed a small Community Noticeboard on the wall of Dilwyn’s Solicitor in the High Street, with kind permission of the building’s new owners.
- We also commissioned a double, glass-fronted notice board for PACDG Community News and TC Agendas and Minutes, installed inside the archway at the entrance to the Library.
- We arranged a large community board in the Memorial Hall car park, which was generously donated and installed by McColville’s, including the removal of the fence and improvements to the entrance to the carpark. PACDG paid for the board header and have continued with its maintenance.
The Community News, compiled by our secretary, goes out by bulk email to local residents. Paper reading copies go to the Library and The Circle, and on noticeboards in Presteigne and Norton. We have ensured that the data we hold is fully compliant with the new GDPR requirements. To receive the News, email email@example.com.
2. Community Groups Fairs: ‘Ticked all the boxes’
Press Release extract about the 2016 Fair: 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.’
A second Fair was held in October 2017 also in the Memorial Hall which, in addition to showcasing local groups and clubs, included demonstrations and performances by local clubs, groups and musicians under a Presteigne’s Got Talent banner.
We plan to re-run the Fair every second year.
3. Training Workshops and other courses/conferences by PAVO and others
An enjoyable ‘Skills for Participation’ Workshop was put on in 2017 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.
We continue to liaise with local organisations about PAVO courses, and other conferences and workshops of potential benefit, with financial support where needed.
PACDG worked closely with the Town Council designing and delivering the town-wide 2017 Assets and Services Consultation (see it HERE) seeking residents’ support for the Council’s negotiations with Powys County Council over assets and services in the town, some of which were, and still are, under threat. An overwhelming display of support for this was received (see it HERE).
There have been mixed results from the Town Council’s negotiations with PCC, (see results HERE):
- the additional cemetery land was acquired by the TC but a change of mind from PCC resulted in them purchasing the land from the TC and continuing to run the cemetery
- the future of the Library has been secured – in the short term – with the assistance of volunteers and a reduction in working hours for the remaining professional librarian
- the Old School remains under the ownership of PCC with the Youth Centre taking on a new lease for the building
- the Drill Hall is to be sold on the open market by PCC following the TC’s withdrawal of their Expression of Interest. This building is now unfortunately lost to the Community.
THIS IS WHAT WE’RE PLANNING TO DO NEXT ...
Community Action Plan (CAP) Review
We have now revisited the CAP and plan to extend this review in collaboration with volunteers from the Town Council, Connect, PNCS, etc. to check the ongoing relevance of this document to the town with special regard to the changes and reductions 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.
Launch of more projects
PACDG will soon be consulting about the next round of projects to be launched. These will form the basis of the next grant applications. They will include:
- Space Walk. You may have seen a mock-up of this at the carnival, where visitors to the site voted 56:1 in favour. The intention is to create a new walking trail based on a one-billionth scale model of our solar system, the 1.39m diameter Sun will hopefully be on Stonewall Hill with the planets will scattered round the locality, taking in the Spaceguard Centre and Offa’s Dyke Path.
- Share. The idea of this venture is for the town to share its skills. Skills of all sorts but especially focusing on hand skills. We hope to find a venue where we can bring together a sewing room, a big kitchen, and a workshop etc., where skills can be shared and acquired.
- Dark Skies status for the town (PACDG will be supporting Transition Presteigne and the Marches Astronomy Group in this venture). If Presteigne receives this prestigious status it will be the first town in Wales and England to do so, and will compliment the Dark Sky Areas in the Brecon Beacons and Elan Valley.
Presentation to the Town Council
We will be making a presentation to the Town Council at their September 2018 meeting seeking their support for a second phase of community projects to help make life in Presteigne and Norton as sustainable as possible for the long-term future.
Launching a town-wide group (still looking for a name!)
There are many groups in Presteigne and Norton working for the benefit and well-being of the community. We will be calling them together to see if we can focus our efforts in the same direction to share help and expertise rather than us all working in isolation. In short we are hoping to have a common vision for the community for the next few years to see us through Brexit and inevitable cuts to our assets and services.
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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
Presteigne Daffodil History
Photo above is of ‘Wilson’s Carbineer’
For a town of its population, Presteigne has bred an extraordinary number of new varieties of daffodil – 470. There were four breeders of the Narcissus here in the first half of the twentieth century – the golden age of daffodil breeding: Gwendolen Evelyn at Corton, Dr Nynian Lower at St David’s House, Alexander Wilson at Middlemoor and Sir John Arkwright at Kinsham Court. Presteigne’s doctor, Nynian Lower (1872-1926) had trained at Guy’s Hospital, London, and served as surgeon on British India steamer Rewa before settling at Presteigne. He bred 66 varieties from 1907- 26 including ‘Beauty of Radnor’, ‘Discoed’, ‘Norton’, ‘Presteigne’ and ‘Stapleton’ and was President of the Midland Daffodil Society (MDS) in 1923-4.
By far the most prolific of the four was Alexander (Alec) Wilson (1868-1953) who moved from Somerset to Middlemoor in 1918. In all he contributed an astonishing 371 varieties, including the well-known ‘Snipe’ with swept back petals. Many have local names: ‘Ackhill’, ‘Bledfa’ [sic], ‘Broadheath’, ‘Byton’, ‘Coleshill’, ‘Cwm’, ‘Felindre’, ‘Harpton’, ‘Knill’, ‘Lingen’, ‘Ludlow’ (white), ‘Monaughty’, ‘Nash’, ‘Pilleth’, ‘Stocken’ and ‘Stonecote’. Wilson was a great benefactor to Presteigne (Wilson’s Terrace) and he donated bulbs for each of the town’s new council houses.
Sir John Arkwright (1872-1954) began breeding daffodils in 1919. Between 1930 and 1938 he contributed nineteen to the Royal Horticultural Society’s register, most of them notable for the contrasting colours of their trumpet and petals. He was President of the MDS in 1937-39. His stock patch still comes up annually in the lawn at Kinsham and 60 varieties have been recorded in the grounds. Miss Evelyn (d1949) had grown up at Kinsham Court and was the niece of Arkwright’s wife. From 1927-33 she contributed thirteen new varieties, four of them collaborations with Wilson.
Unfortunately, most of Presteigne’s introductions will have been lost by now. Unless they had significant commercial appeal and were taken up by the Dutch growers (like Wilson’s ‘Carbineer’ – see photo), as improvements were made with each new cross, the parent varieties were usually cast aside and the next generation used as new parent plants. If used in gardens, unless careful notes of their location were kept, they will now be unknown.
Both Miss Evelyn and Alec Wilson harvested flowers for commercial sale, too. Harry Hatfield (later, Presteigne’s greengrocer) managed Miss Evelyn’s crop, and after her death he continued to raise daffodils in Presteigne. Lane Walker oversaw Wilson’s enterprise at Middlemoor, and afterwards grew his own blooms on ten acres at Broadaxe, Presteigne. The flowers of both growers were picked and bunched by local ladies and dispatched in wooden crates on the overnight train from Presteigne Station to Paddington, London. There they were met by an agent who oversaw their safe delivery to Covent Garden market. The closure of the local railway line in 1964 didn’t just make travel more difficult, it also killed off a colourful contributor to the local economy.
Information produced in collaboration with members of Chatterbrook WI.
For a full account of these breeders, reproduced from Hortus, please