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Presteigne Area Community Development Group

Presteigne Area Community Development Group


UPDATE … August 2017


CONTACT US … pacdg@icloud.com


Maggie Taylor-Sanders – Chair (01547 560813 and 07718 738742)
Involved with general day-to-day life of PACDG, and various PACDG projects, including Community Energy project and Presteigne Edibles, works closely with the Town Council, applies for grants.

Terry Wells – Secretary (01544 260258 and 07766 097600)
Produces the Community News, and noticeboards around the town, replies to email enquiries, organises events, looks after Freegle re-use facility.

Maggie James – Treasurer (01544 267109)
Co-ordinates PACDG Project Teams, involved with Community Energy project and Presteigne Edibles.

Sarah Bond
Heads the Guerrilla Gardening project team.

Margaret Galliers
Involved with Presteigne Dementia Friends and WI.

Emma Lilley
Heads the Clean and Tidy project and Presteigne Edibles.

Gerry McDonnell
Involved with Community Energy project, organises the volunteers at the Bring Site for Connect (previously Chamber of Trade), keeps an eye on the use of car parks.

James Tennant-Eyles
Ex-mayor, was the liaison between PNTC and Steering Committee, mine of information and advice, trying out how semi-retirement from community work feels. Runs Town Website, Youth Project and involved with Connect.

Ann Wake
Involved with tourism, Connect and playgroup, knows lots of useful stuff.

You’d think that we needed lots of money to be able to do anything of note in the town … well we do and we don’t.


Set up Project Teams

Our teams have been working on various activities to improve the environment for residents but also to provide extra interest for visitors:

The Guerrilla Gardeners have received donations of spare plants and have been planting up the un-loved green spaces, and some tomato plants have just gone into the shoppers’ car park beds and people will be encouraged to help themselves later in the year.

The Daffodils Group have planted up boxes in front of the Judge’s Lodging with heritage bulbs from Presteigne’s past, with notices explaining to passers-by what they are. Catherine Beale will also be speaking on the subject to the WI later in the year. You may also have noticed more daffodils in the verges this Spring, they have been planted by the group from 100s of bulbs either donated by well-wishers or paid for by PACDG

The Swift Group have been researching the making of swift boxes, and we will get the Knighton Men’s Shed Group to make some for residents to put on their house for next year’s arrivals. They also organised a local swift expert to give a talk at the Assembly Rooms about Swift Conservation. They also arranged a couple of evening town walks to swift-spot in town. Another will be held in July when they will be feeing young so we can identify where they are nesting and add more boxes to encourage more.

Presteigne Dementia Friends Presteigne group have been very active making old and young alike aware of the special needs people with dementia have around the town. They have also organised two drop-in open days at the Youth Centre for anyone who wants to know more or tap into the support they can offer.

The Community Newsletter continues to go from strength to strength; the circulation is at 337 (see separate entry for all these).

Hustings events, for both local and national elections

Presentation to Audrey
We had a lovely presentation on the High Street to celebrate Audrey Cole being in her shop for 50 years. It was a simple event to organise but it made a great difference to her and spread a warm feeling around the town. Here’s the link to the clip BBC Hereford & Worcester produced having got wind of it on local ‘jungle drums’.



As part of the remit of the Community Development Group (PACDG) we applied for and got a grant of over £2000 from the National Lottery for ‘Presteigne Area Community Involvement: Phase 1’ (note that it’s Phase 1 … there will be more!!). We asked for money to cover these 5 projects:

Community communications: 3 notice boards and Community News

Community Groups Fair

Training in how to encourage community involvement

Public consultation

Celebrating our first year

Community Communications

Notice boards

Our most recent, visible achievements have been finally managing to get a Community Noticeboard on the wall of Dilwyn’s Solicitor in the High Street, with kind permission of the building’s owners. One less untidy flyposting site.

     The latest addition to the town communications is the smart double, glass-fronted notice board for PACDG and the TC together, inside the archway outside the library.

     The first board, on the Memorial Hall car park, was donated by McColville’s, as were the removal of the fence and improvements to the entrance to the carpark. PACDG paid for the board header.

Dilwyn's board with kind permission of the building's owners.

Community News

The Community News, written by our secretary, goes out on an email list to 349 to date. Paper copies go to the Library, noticeboards, and other groups and sites around the area.

Community Groups Fair: ‘Ticked all the boxes’; Press Release, extract

60 groups as diverse as Transition Presteigne, Men’s Shed, Young Farmers, Tai-Chi, Busy-Bee Quilters, Mid-Border Arts packed into the Memorial Hall until was full to bursting. Yet still they managed to squeeze in a selection of musicians who added a tuneful note to the buzz.

      Visitors and those representing the various groups were impressed with the day: ‘Quite staggering to realise just how much does go on’. ‘I think everyone had fun and Presteigne is the stronger for it!’ ‘It ticked all the boxes, bringing everyone together for a very informative and enjoyable day.’

The PAVO ‘Skills for Participation’ training workshop

An enjoyable day was put on by PAVO for local people active in the community; all of whom were keen to find out about what helps and what hinders people participating in community work, and the benefits that can be gained from it for the individual and the community. There was representation from Whitton Community Hall, Knighton Men’s Shed, Young Farmers, Presteigne Carnival, and PACDG. Paid for by the ‘Awards for All Community Involvement Phase 1’ grant received by PACDG last year.

Public consultation

PACDG worked closely with the Town Council designing and delivering the town-wide public consultation seeking residents’ support for the Council’s negotiations with Powys County Council over assets and services in the town, some of which are under threat. An overwhelming display of support for this was received and the Council is now pressing ahead.


Community Action Plan (CAP) Review

We will soon be revisiting the CAP in conjunction with volunteers from the TC, CoT, PNCS, etc. to check the ongoing relevance of this document to the town with special regard to the changes to assets and services, among other things. When it was created PCC stressed that it was a ‘live’ document to be developed and pruned as the need arises.

Presentation to the Town Council

We will be making a presentation to the Town Council at their meeting in August (20th at 7pm) seeking their support for a town-wide project to cover all aspects of life in Presteigne for making the town as sustainable as possible for the long-term future.


See Community News 52 below for a summary of the event.

Launch of more projects

Once the CAP has been updated PACDG will consult about the next round of projects to be launched. These will form the basis of the next big grant application.


Email pacdg@icloud.com

PROJECTS (follow links to poster)

Presteign Dementia Friends

Green & Clean In and Around Presteigne

Green & Community Energy: Producing and saving

Playgrounds: “We’ll just stick them in front of the TV shall we?”

Community Re-cycling and Up-cycling

Tourism: Promoting Presteigne area

Community Groups Fair - 12th November

Current version of the Action Plan

To view the current version of the Action Plan click here

Local Bus Information

To view bus information click here

Register of Community Organisations

We have prepared a list of all community organisations we are aware of, click here to view the list.

If you are a community organisation and not on the list please contact pacdgd@icloud.com and we will include you in the next update.

Past Community Newsletters. 

Click the issue your require, Issue 73Issue 72Issue 71, Issue 70, Issue 69Issue 68, Issue 67Issue 66Issue 65, Issue 64Issue 63 BIssue 63, Issue 62Issue 61, Issue SpIssue 60, Issue 59, Issue 58Issue 57, Issue 56Issue 55, Issue 54Issue 53, Issue 52, Issue 51Issue 49Issue 48, Issue 47A, Issue 47, Issue 46Issue 45 AIssue 45Issue 43, Issue 42Issue 39, Issue 38, Issue 37Issue 36 ,Issue 35,  Issue 34Issue 33, Issue 32, Issue 31, Issue 30 Issue 29Issue 28,  Issue 27,    Issue 26Issue 25Issue 24Issue 23Issue 21Issue 20Issue 19Issue 18Issue 17Issue 16, Issue 15, Issue 14, Issue 13Issue 12, Issue 11, Issue 10, Issue 9, Issue 8, Issue 7, Issue 6, Issue 5, Issue 4, Issue 3, Issue 2, Issue 1

Community News

Issue 73 - 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 pacdg@icloud.com


You may have noticed that the big PAC Community Noticeboard (originally generously donated and erected by McColvilles) at the Memorial Hall has been cleaned up and painted. Apologies if your notice or flier has disappeared - we had to take everything off and remove all pins and staples before painting. The Sadolin coating used was kindly donated by Presteigne Building Supplies - thank you PBS ! Incidentally, we do appreciate that, unless you’ve got really strong thumbs, it’s difficult to use drawing pins on the board - so feel free to staple instead. But, if removing old notices, please be sure to pick up & dispose of old drawing pins that drop on the floor - car tyres and dog’s paws do not like them ! That goes for the High Street noticeboard as well.


The daffodils are making a lovely splash of colour around Presteigne and Norton at the moment. Over the last two years, PAC volunteers and others have been busy planting more and more daffodils and narcissi to honour Presteigne’s proud heritage as ‘the daffodil town’. Some daffs were donated and others paid for by PAC. We’ll be doing the same this Autumn when we’ll be asking again for volunteers to get planting - so, remember where the daffs are now, and let us know later in the year where you would like to see more planted. And if you can help at that time by donating bulbs or assisting with the planting, even better !

.....don’t forget Daffodil Sunday 8th April at Kinsham Court to see their wonderful display of heritage daffodils. 2pm-5pm. Tea and lovely home-baked cakes served in the church. Free entry but donations welcome!


GRAND SPRING SALE SUCCESS DESPITE SNOW....The Grand Spring Sale at the Assembly Rooms on Saturday 17 March was a great success, despite the ‘mini beast from the east' which undoubtedly prevented many people from venturing out. Those that braved the snow to come along enjoyed delicious coffee and home made cakes at the pop-up cafe, and browsed all kinds of fabulous items for sale, from vintage clothes to sweet pea seedlings. A total of £380 was raised - from the cafe, entry money and donations - for the two charities, Calan DVS (which provides domestic violence services in Powys) and Help Refugees. The Sale organisers would like to thank everybody who came out in the teeth of the wintry weather and contributed to the lovely atmosphere, as well as helping to raise such a fantastic amount for the charities. Many thanks ! - Kate & Sabina


Presteigne Youth Club still desperately needs volunteers.....The situation at the Youth Club is now very serious as a second youth worker is having to resign due to moving away from the area. Unless further volunteers come forward the club will be unable to operate and will close. The Youth Club operates on Mondays in term time from 6-8pm and is open to any child from the last year in primary school and 1st year in secondary.Please consider giving up a couple of hours a week in term time to support this valuable and important local service, and have an enjoyable and rewarding experience at the same time. No previous experience required. DBS check required but this is straightforward and the Club will arrange it. Please ring James Tennant-Eyles  01544 267363, or email jtennanteyles@gmail.com to arrange an informal chat.


Result of Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ Vote - The Town Council was third so now has £1000 to spend purchasing a gravity bowl for the Wilson Terrace Play Area. Powys County Council is kindly installing it for us. Thanks to County Councillor Beverley Baynham and PCC Officer Steve Gealy for their help in all this.


CORRECTION - the swift boxes ordered by PAC from the Men’s Shed cost £15 (not £6 as mentioned in the previous News issue). Sorry for the error. Order your box now by emailing pacdg@icloud.com



If you are a carer and would like the chance to meet other carers...the Knighton Carer Group is also open to carers in the Presteigne area to join for a cuppa and a chat. They meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the new Library in Knighton Community Centre 10.30am to 12.30pm. Call Kate Doody 01597 870 030

Presteigne Cricket Club is offering a free net session 3pm-5pm Sunday 8th April at the Leisure Centre. Come along and give cricket a go ! Anyone >13yrs welcome (<16s must be accompanied by adults). Contact Marc 07939 294812 or James 07798 772822 or find the Cricket Club on Facebook.

Presteigne Chess Club welcomes new members and meets 7.30pm on Tuesday evening @ The Rad. For more information see their website www.presteignechess.club

Presteigne 1st Rainbows are also open to new recruits ! Contact Maureen on 07582 912 746 or email maureenkiff@btinternet.com if your daughter is 5 or 6 years old (or about to turn 5) and would like to join us on Tuesday evenings for Rainbow fun - adventures, games, cooking, arts & crafts, new friendships


A message from Connect about the first Presteigne Food & Flower Festival on 7th May... our arrangements are going really well but we still need a few more volunteers to help on the day.

(a) someone to coordinate Hygiene and Rubbish, duties including: * Policy instructions to stall holders regarding rubbish   * Locate bin points around the town   * Emptying bins throughout the day   * End of day tidy up

(b) also we need at least six car park attendants during the day for the Went’s Meadow car park.

All help would be gratefully appreciated. Many thanks, Leon


A future Date for your Diary - Presteigne & Norton residents are warmly invited to the "Presteigne Day" on Saturday, 22nd September 2018 in our French twinning town, Ligné: cricket, cards, cream tea,  fish & chips and English/Welsh beer. Our French visitors had this original idea when they travelled back on the ferry after the visit in Presteigne in May 17 when we shared fun activities like an outing to Hampton Castle and Ludlow, a walk on Offa's Dyke to Discoed, a ceilidh, and, incidentally, fish and chips, a game of cricket, cream tea! Get involved: PNTA (Presteigne & Norton Twinning Association), sonja.parg@yahoo.co.uk


Sunday 8th April - Daffodil Sunday at Kinsham Court - see above

Wednesday 11th April - Quiz Night @ Presteigne Bowls Social Club 7.30pm for 8pm start. General knowledge pub quiz with a twist. 2nd Wednesday of each month. Teams of 4. £2pp. Full bar, refreshments. Win Big with Backwards Bingo at the break. All welcome. To reserve your table text Terry on 07766 097600 or email presteignedogman@icloud.com

Thursday 12th April - Chatterbrook WI - an illustrated talk by Sue Knox on The Judge’s Lodging (some history and future plans). 7.30pm Memorial Hall (Visitors welcome at 8pm). Info 01544 267245

Friday 13th April - another chance to see “Tulip Fever” followed by a talk by the book’s author Deborah Moggach.  105mins. A Presteigne Screen promotion at The Assembly Rooms. Deborah’s account gives a fascinating insight into the workings of the movie industry and what happens to an author’s work once it’s in the grip of the studios. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Bar, refreshments, home-baked cakes.

Sunday 15 April - Full Circle Dance Night in The Assembly Rooms 7.30pm. Party featuring Little Rumba in dance mode and Dave Luke’s Poobahs. The chequered dance floor will be in action as well as the Full Circle Bar. Tickets £12 from Courtyard Antiques and 01544 267163


If you have any questions on what's happening - or not happening - in our community, do let us know and we'll do our best to provide an answer, or at least point you in the right direction - simply email pacdg@icloud.com. We're happy to help publicise community and charity activities and events (but only for events in the immediate Presteigne area) - mail pacdg@icloud.com. Feel free to tweet or forward this to others. If you would prefer not to receive further issues of the News, please email us with REMOVE and we'll immediately take you off the the distribution list