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Presteigne Holidays

Wild Meadow Shepherd's Hut

Corte Cottage

Pear Tree Cottage

Rough Acre

Hicks Farm Holidays

Redwood Valley Yurts

Middlemoor Barn

Wild Meadow Cottage

No 1 The Byre

Radnor House B & B - Central Presteigne

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

The Parks Barn

Wegnalls House B & B

The Buzzards

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

Willey Lane Farm B&B

Oak View Cottage

Oak view is a detached self-catering cottage situated in the heart of the small historic market town of Presteigne.  The cottage sleeps 4-5 people.  

The cottage lies within a 1 minute walk from the town which boasts plenty of shops, restaurants/pubs, tea room, wine bar, library, tourist information centre, sports centre with swimming pool.

Whilst having a central location it retains privacy and peacefulness, ideal for families or couples.

Ground floor

On the ground floor there is an entrance hall with a cosy living room off to the left, a large cloakroom can be found on the right; the hall leads through to a well equipped kitchen and dining area with views to the pretty garden at the rear.

1st floor

A flight of stairs from the entrance hall takes you to the 1st floor where you will find two double bedrooms. The master bedroom is at the front of the property and boasts a king size bed with far reaching views of Presteigne.  Bedroom two has two single beds with views across to the historic warden, a wooded park set around a 12th-century motte and bailey castle that provides an enjoyable walk with wonderful views across Radnorshire, an extra bed is available upon request for bedroom 2.   Next to bedroom 2 you will find a large newly fitted shower room and toilet.


Outside there is a small tiered cottage garden with a raised deck area that takes advantage of the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Outdoor garden furniture, including a bbq, are provided for our guests to enjoy.   At the front of the property there is a seating area where you can enjoy morning coffee whilst enjoying the countryside views or simply watching the town wake up from its slumber.   Private off road parking for 2 cars is situated directly outside of the property.

Oak view is pet friendly, you are welcome to bring along your furry companion, there are lots of lovely countryside walks for you to enjoy, Just advise us in advance if you are bringing your furry friend.  The cottage is suitable for one well behaved dog.

We have a strict Non-smoking policy at Oak View.  We like to ensure that all of our guests are able to enjoy a smoke free environment during their stay.


Gas central heating
Electric fire in living room
Kitchen EquipmenT
Cooking utensils
Washing machine
Ironing Board
Vacuum Cleaner
Electric oven and hob
Free view tv
PS3 which also plays dvds
Towels and bedding provided
Selection of Books, DVDs, and games for lazy days in
Outside clothes airier for drying
Garden table and chairs decked area
Two sun loungers
Bistro set at front of property
Private off road parking for up to two vehicles

Available upon request:
Travel cot please bring your own cot bedding
High chair,
Stair gate,
Dog crate,

If you have any specific requirements then please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our upmost to accommodate your requests.

Local information

Presteigne, (Llanandras in Welsh), was once the county town of Radnorshire and nestles at the heart of the Marches on the border of Wales and England. Surrounded by devastatingly beautiful, unspoilt countryside, this thriving border town has many unique qualities that make it both a perfect destination and a base from which to explore.

Set alongside the river Lugg, at the corner of the three counties of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Powys, it is within a short drive from Hay on Wye, Hereford, Ludlow and Shrewsbury.

Just over an hour and a half from Birmingham and the beautiful coastline of West Wales, it would be difficult to find a better place to stay for easy access to the rich variety of experiences necessary for a rewarding break. There’s always something on hand, or within easy reach, to treat the whole family

Presteigne has been voted one of the top 10 towns in Britain by Country Life magazine. The reason for this award is obvious, as the town boasts an array of black and white timbered buildings, narrow streets, individual shops, tea rooms and traditional pubs as well as the award-winning Judges’ Lodgings, a Victorian museum complete with stunning judges’ apartments, servants’ quarters, courtroom and cells. The town plays hosts to music and arts festivals throughout the year as well as a monthly farmers market.

Local activities

Horse riding is available nearby. 
Guided walks
Bowling Green
There is also a well-equipped sports centre located in Presteigne, including a swimming pool, should you be feeling energetic. 

For details on local events please visit presteigne.org.uk or visit the local tourist information office which is situated at the Judges Lodgings, Broad Street,  Presteigne. 

A short drive away you will find the small town of Kington, well regarded as a centre for walking, it is celebrated by visitors for its lovely scenery and excellent walking and cycling in the surrounding rolling hills. This quiet, pleasant town also offers a number of excellent shops, pubs and restaurants.

There is a variety of tourist attractions close by including the Kington Small Breed Farm Park and Owl Centre, the pretty blooms at the Hergest Croft Gardens and Radnor Hill, which boasts England’s highest golf course.

Pay a visit to Ludlow that boasts a magnificent castle, over 500 listed buildings and stunning medieval street pattern, provides a fascinating backdrop for the town’s regular street markets, showcasing a range of goods - from cheeses and fresh produce to books and local crafts.  

Take a day trip to the town of books, Hay-on-Wye, or the pretty market town of Leominster or Hereford with its cathedral home to the Mappi Mundi world map.

There is plenty to do and see or you could just unwind, relax and enjoy the cottage together with the local atmosphere of our pretty town.


For booking enquiries please contact

Email : oakviewcottage@icloud.com

Web:   www.oakviewcottage.net

Tel: 07788 779234 or 01544 262760 or 07765896693


Please ensure that you have read and understood our terms and conditions prior to finalising the booking.

We look forward to welcoming you to Oak View Cottage

Eating in Presteigne during Summer 2018

Presteigne Natural Health Centre

Radnor Oak

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


The Retreat

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

Slix Hair Studio

Mangar Health Limited

Carini Butchers Ltd

Deli Tinto

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



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


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.

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 Plenty.

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.

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!


Project Teams

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 pacdg@icloud.com 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.


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

Notice boards

  • 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.

Community News

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 pacdg@icloud.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.

Public consultation
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.


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.

Email pacdg@icloud.com

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Christmas Community News

Issue 91 December 2018 to January 2019

an information service from PAC - the Presteigne Area Community Group


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Presteigne’s CHRISTMAS FAYRE is back...on Friday 7th December...and it’s bigger and better than ever ! This year’s Fayre is jointly organised by CONNECT and St. Andrew’s Church to create a Winter Wonderland in and around the church and the church hall and yard. Starting at 3.30pm and running through to 7pm, children can visit Santa in his Grotto in the church hall between 3.45 and 6.15pm, while parents enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, or delicious cakes provided by the Scouts (who did so well at the November Local Food Market). There will be lots of tempting food to eat, food drink and gift stalls, plants, raffles and draws, tombola, christmas trees, some adorable alpacas, and street entertainment from Mr Bamboozle, The Scrappies, and John Bray with his fire show and circus equipment. The Community Café will be serving teas and coffees and there will be lots of opportunities to sing carols in the church. The children from the Primary School will be singing at 4pm, and the church choir and St. Andrew’s Sisters will also entertain you. The timetable for the events will be posted in the church. Don’t miss this fun-filled Community Event, supporting CONNECT and the St. Andrew’s Heating Appeal - let’s create that Winter Wonderland !!!


…and don’t delay booking for this year’s Panto on 6th to 8th December - tickets are going fast !


On a more down-to-earth note, Powys CC has advised that Recycling and Refuse collections for Powys householders and the council’s trade waste customers will be later than usual during Christmas and the New Year.

If your collection is due on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, it will take place as usual, but otherwise collections will take place two days later during Christmas week and then one day later during New Year week.

Don’t forget, Powys CC’s public consultation (on their plans to remove the green bins at the Bring Site and instead provide a paid kerbside collection on garden waste) closes Sunday 2nd December so, if you are not happy with the proposals, complete the consultation NOW on-line at https://customer.powys.gov.uk/article/790/Current-Consultations and select Green Garden Waste Collection Survey - make your voice heard !!


Message from Sharon (Presteigne & Norton Community Support).....thank you to the stall holders and to everyone that came and supported our 3rd Annual Christmas Fayre. We made £1302.04, which will be match funded by Lloyds Bank up to £500.  Also, we are selling Christmas Cards at the office, a competition was set up for JBS and Presteigne Primary to enter and our winning Christmas cards will now be sold at £1 each - thank you to all the children that entered. And....buy the Big Xmas Quiz and support The Circle!


Tickets are available now for Presteigne St. Andrew’s FC Christmas Draw - £100 first prize plus many other excellent prizes. To be drawn Sunday 23rd December 2pm at No.46 Wine Bar


Presteigne Pop Choir are looking to recruit new members in the new year. Reading music an advantage but not essential. Repetoire consists of pop hits from the 60s to the present day. Please contact John Hymas for details. 07969 440183/john@johnhymas.com


The Library will be open on Christmas day from 10:30am to 12:30 – Join us for the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod, the Christmas book flood!  Browse our new stock or bring your own to read, munch on a mince pie, or just pop in for a chat and a warm up! Thanks, Rhiannon


A message from Vikki at Rose Cottage Floral Creations florists ......we are busy getting ready for the festive season. So just a reminder to pre-order your Christmas flowers, door wreath or grave posies/wreaths. Of course we also have a large selection of flowers for you to choose from, along with an extensive range of gifts and cards. We really do value your custom by supporting the local high street. We are also pleased to announce that we have been given a 5-stars food hygiene award. We were a little unsure if we should just open our lovely tea shop & garden for the Summer months, but a few regulars convinced us to open in the winter too. We would really like feedback on this though from the wider community.  We have also put a mobility ramp in the top part of the shop to make it more accessible for wheelchair and mobility scooters. Please contact us on 01544 260 600 or visit our website www.rosecottagefloralcreations.co.uk


Message from Rosamund about Christmas at The Old School, Whitton - both Museum and Gallery Tea Room will be open Sundays & Mondays  16th to 31st December 11am to 5pm with new work being added to the Gallery and a chance to find out more about classes at The Old School. .....All enquiries 01547 550155






Friday 30th November - a Presteigne Screen film “Sweet Country” Aust  2017 113 mins 15. 8pm in The Assembly Rooms. An original and arresting take on the age-old theme of lynch-mob anger, this time set in the Australian outback of the 1920s. An Aboriginal stockman kills a violent white landowner in self-defence, an act that provokes self-righteous outrage within the racist local community and a ‘string him up’ manhunt. So far, so predictable. But director Warwick Thornton doesn’t allow us our usual easy assumptions as this familiar plot-line plays out. First-rate ensemble performances, fabulous visuals, intriguing flash-forwards, taut plotting & satisfying prods at the film’s moral ambiguities, lift this Western well clear of routine story-telling.

Saturday 1st December - the last PBC Xmas Giant Prize & Cash Bingo of 2018. Memorial Hall. Doors open 6.30pm for 7.45pm start. Bar. All welcome !

 Sunday 2nd December - the Ad Hoc Theatre presents “The Unkindest Cut” and “The Confessions of Jon-Jak Crusoe”at The Assembly Rooms.

Tuesday 4th December - Short walk with Presteigne Ramblers - 3.37 miles from Evenjobb Old School. Walks start at 10am - all welcome (<18s must be accompanied by an adult). Further information is available from E & S Williams on 01544 260524 at www.powysramblers.org.uk

Wednesday 5th December - Sharppp Chat “ A Hope In Hell? - Is climate change a psychological or a moral issue?” with Laurence Matthews, from Hay Science Café. 7.30pm St. Andrew’s Church Hall. Free entry but donations welcomed to cover hall hire.

Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December - Presteigne Players presents a revival of the 1988 Pantomime “Presteigne Goes For A Song”- at The Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets from Winnie’s. Thursday - £5 (£2 <16s), Friday/Saturday - £7 (£3 <16s),

Friday 7th December - Presteigne’s Christmas Fayre 3.30pm to 7pm in and around St. Andrew’s, the Church Hall and the churchyard. See above for details.

Friday 7th December - Christmas Concert at Presteigne Baptist Church 7pm, with music & song by ‘Music for Heart’s Ease”. Refreshments provided. FREE entry, all welcome.


Saturday 8th December - Local Food Market 9am to 1pm in the Memorial Hall. For those who will have had enough of travelling to find the best presents and treats for Christmas they need go no further than Presteigne.  Customers to the November Market will have noticed that the best market in The Marches is still growing.  The December Market will have some stalls outside, including local Christmas trees from Broadaxe Farm, a second Kotlich cooking demonstration, together with lovely cookware. Kotlich cooking isn’t just for the Summer!

The wonderful food produce will be found in both the main and rear hall, the Community Cafe being in the latter, as always providing Fairtrade teas, coffee and homemade cake for customers to sit and share with friends.

Saturday 8th December - Artists and Makers “Christmas Fair” at the Assembly Rooms 9am to 4pm.

A selection of work from Local Artists and Makers with extra seasonal Cards, Gifts and Decorations, also with a selection of donated gifts to raise funds for the Whitton Museum Project. ..enquiries 01544 260777

Saturday 8th December - calling astronomers and novices! Free guided ‘Dark Skies Night’ at Went’s Meadow  7.30pm to 9pm. Open to all (Children under 12 must be accompanied). Meet at Scout Hut. Leigh and Helen will be there to show you the stars and help you appreciate our night sky.  There will be a telescope on site on the night but please bring small torch, binoculars and telescope if you have them. Sensible, warm clothes. Event is weather-dependent - if unsure, please email Leigh at presteignedarksky@gmail.com on the day to check the event is going ahead . Donations to Presteigne Dark Skies Project welcome. NOTE there is some parking at Scout Hut but no parking on Went’s Meadow itself.

Saturday 8th December – Judges Lodging Museum Free Open Day 10am to 4pm.  Come along and visit our atmospheric Victorian museum, and at the same time see our wonderful 16 foot Xmas Tree, traditionally decorated and roaring open fires.  And as a bonus, our wonderful team of volunteers are putting on a fundraising coffee morning with mince pies and delicious home-made cakes.

Saturday 8th December - Talgarth Male Voice Choir - Christmas Concert at Lingen Village Hall 7.30pm. A traditional concert with lots of favourite songs and carols - a lovely way to start off the Christmas festivities.  Ticket £12 to include a glass of mulled wine and mince pie.  Please pre-order tickets as space will be limited.  lingenweb@gmail.com 01544 267736. Raffle donation to Hope House Children’s Hospice.

Monday 10th December - YFC Christmas Quiz at the Memorial Hall. 7pm. Teams of 4. Raffle, bar

Wednesday 12th December - Quiz Night at the Bowls Club. 7.30pm Bowls Social Club on Hereford Street (opposite Little Shop). Fun general knowledge quiz, this time with a Christmas twist. £2 pp. bar, coffee, mince pies/cake ! Win big on Backwards Bingo. Text 07766 097600 or email presteignedogman@icloud.com

Thursday 13th December - Christmas Shopping Evening at The Retreat  (next to The Warehouse on the Industrial Estate) 4-8pm. Skincare, bath and bodycare, teas, mugs, fitness aids and more...Raffle in aid of Presteigne Food Bank (The Retreat is a centre for massage, bodywork, posture and movement therapies)

Friday 14th December - a Presteigne Screen film “Let The Sunshine In” (Fra 2017 94mins 15). 8pm in The Assembly Rooms. A very French take on modern sexual politics, in which middle-aged Parisian artist Isabelle (a luminous Juliette Binoche) searches for love among a pretty unsatisfactory clutch of men, a search that leaves her wondering if it has all passed her by. The pleasures of this film lie in its wit and lightness of touch – quite a departure for director/writer Claire Denis – and in the star turns from Binoche and Gérard Depardieu.

Friday 14th December - CROONING AT CHRISTMAS with Stephan Hollinghurst in St. Andrew’s Church, Presteigne 7.30pm. Stephen sings Songs from the Shows, Pop Standards, Easy Listening Greats and Christmas Classics: Let There Be Love, White Christmas, Moon River, On Days Like These, Luck Be A Lady, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - you name it.  Tickets £10 (to include a glass of wine) from Winnies, the Rectory on 01544 267777 or email revstevehollinghurst@gmail.com.  Proceeds to the new church heating system.

Saturday 15th December - a Full Circle DANCE NIGHT featuring Californian bluesman Guy Tortora and his Dance Band at The Assembly Rooms.8pm. £12 from Courtyard Antiques and 01544 267 163

Saturday 15th December - EG Fitness and Dance presents their Christmas Showcase at The Memorial Hall, 4.30pm.  Adults £4, children <16 Free.  Proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support and The Bracken Trust

Saturday 15th December - ‘Experience Christmas’ and Coffee Morning at Presteigne Methodist Church from 10.30. The story of Christmas told simply in stages around the church for you to enjoy and pause to remember what Christmas is really all about. Coffee and mince pies. We look forward to seeing you there!




Sunday 16th December - Royal Oak Christmas Raffle. 1pm. Tickets available at the bar £1 a go with all proceeds going to Decembers meat raffle charity of Presteigne Badgers Hockey Club. Over 60 prizes varying from several large meat hampers, joints of meat to spirits and chocolates.

Tuesday 18th December - Drewie’s Christmas Quiz - 7.30pm at The Royal Oak. Teams of up to 4 people. £2 per person with all proceeds going to St Michael’s Hospice

Wednesday 19th December - “VOTES FOR WOMEN !”  for one night only in The Assembly Rooms at 7.30pm. An illustrated lecture by Roger Curtis and friends commemorating the first time women in Britain voted legally turns into drama when the Suffragettes and suffragists arrive, with orations, battle cries and a banner or two.  They help tell the story of the struggle for women’s rights let alone the vote and we hear that the Suffragettes began to fall apart in 1914 after a campaign of violence resulting in imprisonment, hunger strikes and forcible feeding, paid off by the government.  The suffragists, male and female, carried on and even then it took until 1918 to get the vote for just some women.  What made it happen, then?  Local actors and singers entertain, amaze and tell you things you probably didn’t know.  Come along to boo and cheer: ideal for feminists and mysoginists alike.  Tickets £10 from Winnies or reserve by phoning (01544) 262846, or on the door subject to availability.  All proceeds to help pay for the new heating system in St Andrew’s Church.

Thursday 20th December - Whitton Voices Mid-Winter Concert 6.45pm St Michael's Church, Discoed

With Whitton Voices led by Sue Harris and guests, Benji & George Kirkpatrick - also joined by singer Rowan Godel. Wassails, rare carols/seasonal ditties with Merry music and Tales for the longest night. Tickets £8  [children free]. Raising funds for Help Refugees. Seasonal refreshments. Booking advised - contact 01547 550158

Friday 21st December - Traditional Carol Service in All Saints Church, Kinsham at 7pm.

Sunday 23rd December - Carol Service at Presteigne Methodist Church at 3.30pm., followed by tea. It will be led by Adrian Williams and all are welcome.

Sunday 23rd December - Choral Carol Service at St Andrew’s Parish Church, Presteigne at 6.30pm. The Church Choir and an expectedly large congregation will sing carols, enjoy anthems and hear the Christmas message from readings.  Everyone welcome, to appreciate, too, the new heating system.

Sunday 23rd December - Crib & Carol Service in St Michael and All Angels Church, Lingen at 3.30pm.

Monday 24th December - Crib Service in St Andrew’s Parish Church, Presteigne at 5pm.  The ever-popular Christmas Eve event for children of any age awaiting The Day.

Monday 24th December - Christmas Eve Midnight Communion (Traditional Service) in St Andrew's Parish Church, Presteigne at 11pm




Friday 11th January - “The Bookshop” (PG)  a film at Lingen Village Hall. 7.30pm. £5/£3.50. Starring:  Bill Nighy, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson. Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's bestselling novel of the same name, The Bookshop is set in 1959. A free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop - the first such shop in a sleepy seaside town. Fighting damp, cold and considerable local apathy she struggles to establish herself - her fortunes change for the better but this brings her fierce enemies: the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers and a vengeful, embittered alpha female. They begin a struggle not just for the bookshop but for the very heart and soul of the town. Tickets on line www.lingen.org.uk




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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