Local Services & Businesses
Willey Lane Farm B&B
The Radnorshire Arms Restaurant and Hotel
Wild Meadow Shepherd's Hut
Pear Tree Cottage
Hicks Farm Holidays
Redwood Valley Yurts
No 1 The Byre
Wild Meadow Cottage
Radnor House B & B - Central Presteigne
The Ducks Nest
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.
Wegnalls House B & B
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.
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
UPDATE … August 2017
CONTACT US … firstname.lastname@example.org
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
To view the current version of the Action Plan click here
Local Bus Information
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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 email@example.com and we will include you in the next update.
Past Community Newsletters.
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Issue 74 - April 2018
an information service from PAC - the Presteigne Area Community Development Group
If you have any questions, information to pass on, or a local event or activity to publicise, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are able to spare a couple of hours on Friday 4th May, please help with a big litter-pick around Presteigne to spruce up the town ready for the Bank Holiday weekend....assuming the weather isn’t horrible, we’ll meet up at the recycling site lay-by on the bypass at 10am. PAC will provide litter-picking tongs, bag hoops and bags, hi-viz vests and all information. Please bring your own work gloves and wear strong waterproof boots. Between us we can make a tremendous difference in a couple of hours. If you can attend, so we can arrange the equipment needed and set achievable routes, please text Terry on 07766 097600 or email email@example.com. Thank you for your support !
A VERY SPECIAL MAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND IN PRESTEIGNE....
Saturday 5th May - Kington Choral’s Spring Concert this year is J. S. Bach’s magnificent “St. John Passion” 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church. This will be the first major concert KCS has put on in Presteigne and is a really special event, bringing top professional soloists from Harry Christopher’s “The Sixteen” to perform in Presteigne with the Marches Baroque Orchestra and the KCS choir under the baton of Robert Evans:
Evangelist - Jeremy Budd; Christus - Tim Jones; Soprano - Julie Cooper; Alto - Kim Porter; Tenor - George Pooley; Bass - Ben Davies. Earlybird tickets only £12 (£14 on the door, <18s free) online from www.kingtonchoral.org.uk, and from Winnie’s. Don’t miss this one !!
Sunday 6th May - a four-course Citrus Dinner from 7pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall. This feast will showcase the delicious flavours of Italian citrus. Aperitivo and four courses. The dinner is a fundraiser for the first Presteigne Festival of Food and Flowers and Helena Attlee, author of bestselling book “The Land Where Lemons Grow” will provide a brief introduction to each course. Live music on an Italian theme by Richard Gooderson & John Hymas. Bar - fine Italian wines and beer. £35 pp tickets from The Salty Dog 01544 267 720
Monday 7th May - The first Presteigne FESTIVAL OF FOOD & FLOWERS. 10am - 5pm. The Festival will see the beautiful streets in the centre of Presteigne lined with stalls offering a rich variety of high quality foods produced in the area. Visitors will be able to stock up on plants for their own gardens and visit secret gardens in and out of Presteigne town, many of them never open to the public. There will be a corner dedicated to street food, an all-day barbecue, live music and a rolling programme of entertainments, talks and competitions. A pop-up pub selling organic beers and wines will be open throughout the evening. Free admission, free parking and plenty to eat and drink of course !
Programme: Food, Drink & Plant Stalls in High Street and Broad Street - Street Food Market in St Andrew’s Church Hall courtyard - Kitchen & Garden Brocante in the Assembly Rooms - Demonstrations in St Andrew’s Church Hall (chocolate 10.30-11.15am, butchery 11.30-12.15) - Tom Moggach: Unusual Edibles Workshop for all ages 12.30-2pm in the Assembly Rooms - Ready Steady Cook 1.30-3pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall - Images of Food & Flowers by Ruth Kirkby and Alex Ramsay at No.46 Wine Bar - Floral Workshop (morning) and Demonstration (afternoon) at 11 High Street - Pastry Pie Competition in Radnorshire Arms garden - Photography & Gardens-on-a-Plate competition and exhibition in the Assembly Rooms - BBQ noon-8pm at No.46 Wine Bar - Prize Giving 3pm - Full Circle Organic Pop-Up Pub with live music, afternoon & evening at 5 Broad Street.
Plus Open Gardens, 2-5pm, in and outside Presteigne - in aid of St Michael’s Hospice
* Corton House, Nash, Presteigne, LD8 2LE
* Sidney Nolan Trust, The Rodd, Presteigne LD8 2LL (wild flower walks through ancient woodland that is home to diverse flora).
* Upper Tan House, Stansbach, Presteigne, HR6 9LJ
* Stansbach Barn, Stansbach, Presteigne, HR6 9LG
* Stapleton Gate, Ford Street, Presteigne LD8 2LW
* Stapleton House, Ford Street, Presteigne LD8 2LW
* Garrison House, Church Street, Presteigne LD8 2BU
* The Red House Court Garden, St Davids Street, Presteigne LD8 2BP
* 14 Hereford Street, Presteigne LD8 2BP
* Stapleton Castle Court LD8 2LS (Open 10-5. Adults £5 in aid St Michael’s Hospice. Children free. Entry includes guided castle walks at 11am and 2.30pm)
Please note that dogs are not allowed and most gardens have very limited wheelchair access.
...and, alongside the Festival, at the Judge’s Lodging 10.30am-12.30pm you can enjoy bespoke coffee, tea and home-made cake for just £3.50. There will also be food and flower-related books for sale.
Sharppp Chat DISCUSSION GROUP. Following the success of the inaugural discussion, with 30 participants, we are pleased to tell you that Presteigne’s resident philosopher Roger Kite will be introducing ‘The truth, the whole truth, and anything but the truth’ on Wednesday 2nd May at 7.30pm in The Assembly Rooms. If you like to have your thinking stretched this will be a must-do event. Oh, and why are there three ‘p’s? You’ll have to come along to find out! OPEN TO EVERYONE. More information from firstname.lastname@example.org
Thought of taking up green bowls ? It’s Open Day at the PBC bowling green on Greenfield Road on Sunday 6th May from 2pm, so just come along and try your hand at bowling - everyone welcome - all equipment supplied for adults and children. Bar, tea/coffee and snacks. Free entry. Contact David for more information by email email@example.com or mobile 07969 203 339. New members always welcome - regular club social nights at the green 6.30pm every Tuesday evening.
More help needed for the churchyard gardens ! A message from Marion Rowlatt....a few of us have started to weed, deadhead and cut back in the St Andrew’s churchyard gardens but we would welcome more help. If you can give an hour or so of your time call Marion on 01544 260466.
DID YOU KNOW...
...We (PAC) still have a number of specially-designed swift boxes available, and now is the time to get boxes installed on your house or on outbuildings before the first swifts start to arrive. The boxes were made by the Men’s Shed for PAC to an approved design, and cost just £15. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to buy your box.
...There are collection boxes for the recycling of batteries both in the Library and in Spar. The Library also has RSPCA pre-paid envelopes to allow you to send your used ink cartridges for recycling to benefit the charity
...If you’re unemployed, searching for work, need help with your CV or application, or just looking for advice, a friendly chat and a cuppa, then help is at hand - just go along to COFFEE STOP at the Presteigne Baptist Church on Tuesday mornings 9.30 to 10.30am. They would be delighted to see you.
...If you feel trapped by alcohol, or are afraid you’re developing a problem and need someone to talk to, there is a way out - visit www.alcoholics-anonymous or call 0800 917 7650 to talk to someone in the strictest confidence.
Friday 20th April - Presteigne Screen presents “The Florida Project” 8pm in The Assembly Rooms. USA 111mins 15. Starring William Defoe.
Wednesday 25th April - Book Club 4.30pm at the Library. Discussing “Orphans of the Carnival” by Carol Birch. All welcome !
Thursday 26th, Friday 27th, Saturday 28th April - Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall. Performed by the newly-formed Shoestring Players, directed by Frank Cosgrove. Tickets £6 from Winnie’s. NOTE - PERFORMANCES CANCELLED - NEW DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED.
Saturday 28 April - “Wind in the Willows” by Box Tale Soup, 7.30pm in The Assembly Rooms. A beautiful new adaption of Kenneth Grahame’s much loved classic, featuring unique handmade fabric puppets and a charming original score, commissioned by the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. Adults £10 Children £7 Family Ticket £25 from The Workhouse and online http://www.wegottickets.com/event/425590
Wednesday 2nd May - Sharppp Chat, 7.30pm in the Assembly Rooms. See above.
Friday 4th May - 10am-12noon. Big litter-pick around Presteigne town. See above
Saturday 5th May - the Big Breakfast 9am - 2pm at Lingen Village Hall. In aid of Walk the Walk Breast Cancer Charity. “The Plate” £6, “The Works” £8
Saturday 5th May - KCS concert Bach’s “ St John Passion” 7.30pm at St Andrew’s. See above
Sunday 6th May - Open Day at PBC bowling green from 2pm - see above
Sunday 6th May - Citrus Dinner. See above.
Monday 7th May - Presteigne Food & Flower Festival. See above.
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 email@example.com. We're happy to help publicise community and charity activities and events (but only for events in the immediate Presteigne area) - mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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