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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

Talk on History and Future of Community Assets as presented on 27th February, 2017.

To read the text of this talk, Click here.


Current version of the Action Plan

To view the current version of the Action Plan click here

Local Bus Information

To view bus information click here

Register of Community Organisations

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

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

Past Community Newsletters. 

Click the issue your require, Issue 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 66 - January 2018

an information service from PAC - the Presteigne Area Community Development Group



Presteigne & Norton Community Support is keen to recruit volunteer drivers to provide local seniors with transportation for vital medical appointments. Help others. Have fun. Mileage is reimbursed. If you enjoy driving and want to make a difference to the lives of people in your local community who, without our service, would really struggle to be independent, and even if you only have half a day free a week, we would still like to hear from you.Your volunteering commitment would be flexible to meet your availability.  Contact PNCS on 01544 267961 or call in to the PNCS office in the High Street. YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE !


We now have the opportunity to question Powys County Council direct at their monthly Council meeting - after trialling it last year as part of a public participation drive, PCC has agreed to have a 20 minute slot at the start of each meeting to receive and answer public questions. Questions must relate to Powys and/or the services the Council provides. If accepted by the Chair, they will be added to the Agenda in the order received. To submit a question, go to the PCC website www.powys.gov.uk.

n.b. Questions need to be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance of the meeting


Need some extra help with your NHS hearing aids? Come along to the ‘Hear to Help’ Presteigne drop-in session for free hearing aid repairs, information and friendly support. We know it can take time to get used to hearing aids, understand the different settings and learn how to take care of them. At our Hear to Help drop-in sessions, you’ll have plenty of time to find out how your hearing aids work, how to look after them, and the simple things you can try if one of them stops working properly. You can also drop by if you’re having problems with one or both of your hearing aids, and we’ll see if there’s a simple fix. If there isn’t, we’ll recommend you see your audiologist. At Hear to Help, we can:

   •     change hearing aid batteries

   •     replace hearing aid tubing

   •     clean ear-moulds

   •     carry out minor hearing aid repairs.

We can also give you information about assistive technology and products that you can use with your hearing aids, and let you know about other useful services in your area.

All of our drop-ins are run in partnership with hospital audiology departments. Whether you’re new to hearing aids or have been using them for a while, we’re here to help you get the most from them. Drop in to one of our sessions at the Youth Centre - no appointment necessary. 4th Tuesday of each month 1.30pm - 3.30pm


Gather Round and Sing for Fun with Marion Rowlatt starts again on Saturday 10th February in the Assembly Rooms from 10.30 until noon.  £5 per session. Contact Marion for more details. 01544 260466


Presteigne Pacers are starting a new beginners group. For more information contact 07532 034128 or visit www.presteignepacers.com


Please help our Day Centre by donating your empty printer ink cartridges and old mobile phones (drop them in at the Day Centre anytime) as these can be recycled to raise funds - ditto with used stamps (collection boxes at the Library and at St Andrew’s Church


Could saving lives be your New Year’s resolution ? The Welsh Blood Service is asking people to pledge to give blood in 2018. There will be a chance to give blood in Presteigne at the Memorial Hall, Friday 26th January 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.20pm.



....there is a display in Presteigne Library with details about the Tree Charter Project  for Trees, Woods and People plus a national petition to sign. This is an inspirational project that was launched  by The Woodland Trust in November 2017 and is now live across the UK. Hopefully people in the Presteigne area will want to add their support and sign it (thanks for this information Lynden)

....for young drivers looking to improve their skills (and help reduce insurance bills!) Pass Plus Cymru is available to all 17–25 year olds who have passed their driving test.  The course consists of a 2.5 hour theory session and a nine hour paired practical session (booked at a later date) with an Approved Driving Instructor, for just £20. For more information or to book, visit www.dragondriver.com (sponsored by PCC)

....if you have any old postcards lying around, Peter Gibbons (at Roseland in Broad Street, opposite St Andrew’s) will happily take these off your hands to support the Sudan Church Association - see www.sudan.anglican.org

....if you need anything printed, photocopied, scanned or laminated, don’t forget that PNCS can do all of this from their new premises on the High Street at very competitive rates - A5, A4 and A3. For large quantities, provide paper for 5% discount

....Presteigne Health Visitors Clinic has changed to Tuesdays 10-11am at Presteigne Surgery. Health Visitors Joleen Hamer and Stephanie Williams, Community Nursery Nurse Lynsey Price. More info 01547 521226

....Knighton & Presteigne Leg Club is held in The Reynolds Room of Knighton Community Centre every Thursday morning 9.30-11.30am. Just come along - Doctor’s referral not necessary.


Saturday 20th January - an evening of music with Fitty Gomash. Based in Bristol and with years of experience and an ever growing set of wild tunes, both traditional and original, Fitty Gomash create a heart-warming hooley on the dance floor. Blow the winter blues away!  Dance floor & cabaret seating, bar with local ales & fine wines. Presteigne Assembly Rooms 8pm. Tickets £10 from The Workhouse & wegottickets.com
Saturday 20th January - Ceilidh with Sue Harris & Bandamania 7pm at Whitton Village Hall. Organised by Whitton WI. £7 on door (includes refreshments) 

Saturday 20th January - Kay & Jane invite you to a Ugandan Dream Experience 7.30pm Lingen Village Hall. Raffle, refreshments, bar. Donations welcome.

Friday 26th January - Presteigne Screen presents “Afterimage’, Poland 2017. 98mins. 12. A moving valedictory work by Andrzej Wajda on the theme of Stalinist oppression. Assembly Rooms. 7.30pm for 8pm start. Tea, coffee, home-baked cakes. £5 (students £3.50) or buy a 7 Film season ticket for £25


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