Local Services & Businesses

No 1 The Byre

Wild Meadow Cottage

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

Wegnalls House B & B

The Parks Barn

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

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.

Amenities

Gas central heating
Electric fire in living room
Kitchen EquipmenT
Cooking utensils
Washing machine
Ironing Board
Iron
Vacuum Cleaner
Dishwasher
Fridge
Electric oven and hob
Microwave
Wi-fi
Radio
Hairdryer
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 Holidays

Roseland

Wild Meadow Shepherd's Hut

Corte Cottage

Pear Tree Cottage

Hicks Farm Holidays

Rough Acre

Middlemoor Barn

Redwood Valley Yurts

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

 

UPDATE … August 2017

 

CONTACT US … pacdg@icloud.com

 
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.

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.

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’.

https://www.facebook.com/bbcherefordandworcester/videos/1498910026848067/

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

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.

COMING SOON

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.

AGM

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.

Questions?

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 82Issue 81,  Issue 80, Issue 79Special Carnival Issue, Issue 78, Issue 77Issue 76, Issue 75Issue 74, 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 82 - July 2018

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

 

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What a weekend - the annual wheelbarrow revisited and a brilliant Carnival - thanks to everyone who gave so much time and effort to put on both events for the Town - you’re all stars !!

 

PAC has prepared a Register of Local Meeting Venues for those wanting to find a venue for their meeting, club night or event. You can view this now at the Library and at the TIC in the Judge’s Lodging, and on the Town website www.presteigne.org.uk under ‘Local Organisations’. Please email us if you’d like to be on that Register but haven’t yet been contacted by PAC. The latest Register of Local Organisations can also be viewed on the Town website, and at the Library and TIC, so if you’re looking for contact details for a local club or society or community organisation, this is where to go (or email pacdg@icloud.com and we’ll send you a copy of the Registers).

 

After residents raised concerns about the speed of traffic travelling through the Village of Norton,  Dyfed-Powys Police are willing to work along side residents to form a Norton Community Speed Watch group. If you are interested to take art, please contact Deb Edwards for forms & details of how to join - 01544 260074

 

Confused about your recycling? - check out the information on the County Council website -

http://www.powys.gov.uk/…/what-do-i-do-with-my-recycling-a…/. Leaflets are also being sent to the Library. Households in Powys are being encouraged to put their recycling containers & food caddy out every week for collection instead of only putting them out on the weeks when they are full.

Powys County Council’s Recycling and Waste Team want households to take advantage of the weekly kerbside recycling and food waste collection service by putting their containers out every week on their collection day.

One of the advantages for households is that it is easier to move containers if they are lighter, especially the paper/card and glass containers. Putting the containers out weekly will also help the council ensure that its collection routes are as efficient as possible as the quantities of material collected from the kerbside each week will be more consistent. Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste, said: “We understand why households might only put their recycling boxes out for collection when they are full but there is no need to do this with our weekly collections.  Regularly using the service not only prevents materials building up at home, but also makes it easier for our collection lorries to complete their rounds by balancing out the material collected every week. “So even if you only have a couple of glass jars, a couple of food items or few sheets of paper and card, please put your containers out for collection every week.”

 

The Warden Guardians would like to thank everyone for supporting our Fundraiser, we can’t get over the generous donations, which are still coming in. We raised £600 towards the re-building of the wall and pillar which moved when the old conker tree was fallen. Recently, we’ve had a lot of tree surgery work as well, so please help yourselves to wood stacked in and around the Warden. There is also a lot of mulch, but it’s rather very fresh at moment. Thank you again for the ongoing support for our wonderful Warden. Regards Heather

 

Residents on Rockbridge Park would like to thank those who supported our Macmillan tea party on Sat 7th July. The best so far raising £1450.64 - thank you everybody for supporting this deserving charity!

 

Powys Befrienders Craft Club have ceased and a independent club has been formed  by the members - Presteigne Crafty Ladies Club for the over fifties,  they meet every Thursday at 2.00 pm to 4.00pm at the Methodist Chapel,  £2.00 per session.  All crafts and socialising over tea, coffee and biscuits. Everyone welcome.  Contact Gill Edwards tel: 01544 267912 or Glenys Roberts tel: 01544 267667.

 

The Judge's Lodging is a charity which has no public funding so we always need volunteers to help with elements of the day to day running of this fantastic building at the heart of Presteigne.

If you would like to help us welcome visitors, keep the house working, tidy and clean or join our gardening team, you can give as many or as few hours as you like - please get in touch at volunteering@judgeslodging.org.uk. We'd love to hear from you! We are open Tuesday - Sunday and you can volunteer on any of these days. If you would like to volunteer we can arrange days and times to suit you, depending on the role you wish to volunteer for. Contact - Sue Knox, Volunteer Coordinator volunteering@judgeslodging.org.uk  07506 884735

 

Presteigne Festival takes place from August 23rd to 28th. Ticket sales are hitting new records this year, and The Times has named it as one of the top ten UK classical music festivals – but there’s a lot more to enjoy beside the music e.g. film, literature, art, theatre and open studios

The programme has a strong northern flavour, with music by Pärt, Vasks, Grieg and Sibelius alongside that of Schubert, Bach and Beethoven, Huw Watkins and James MacMillan. Ian Marchant will mark 50 years since the ‘revolutionary’ year of 1968. Peter Lord, author of The Tradition:  A New History of Welsh Art, will introduce twelve iconic pictures that sum up Welsh visual culture since the mid-15th century, and Notional Theatre presents Well Thumbed, mischievous stand-up literature that squeezes the work of 70 great writers into an hour. Returning to the northern theme, a mini-film season, chosen and introduced by Tony Lawson, features Wild Strawberries, Festen and Pelle the Conqueror, all with a mid-evening start time at the Assembly Rooms, and a bar. To see the full programme and to book, go to www.presteignefestival.com, phone 01544 267800 or drop into the Assembly Rooms Box Office open 11am – 2pm until Aug 18th, then daily 10am – 5pm from Aug 20th to 28th.

 

Got excess stuff you don't need or need things you don't have? ....join Presteigne Freegle, your local free re-use group of over 2,600 like-minded people living in the area around Presteigne/Knighton/Kington. You'll be amazed at the wonderful (and weird!) things you can give away and get in your local area - everything from rubble to radios, pig arks to pet carriers , cookers to cot beds, table tennis tables to tow hitches... the 20 most popular items listed on #Freegle are the essentials of life ! See our Facebook page and sign-up at  https://www.ilovefreegle.org or download the Freegle mobile app for your tablet or phone to give away unwanted things and find things you need - and all for free! When stuff can no longer be used for its intended purpose, please don't throw it in the bin, give it away so it can be re-purposed into something new and wonderful....#WasteNot #ChooseToReuse. There are more than 400 Freegle UK communities helping to keep good stuff out of the bin, skip or tip! Join Presteigne Freegle now - you don’t know what you’re missing !

 

On Tuesday 24th July at The Duke’s Arms, Swamp Candy are back - catch this wild and talented band one last time. Raw ‘n rockin’ whiskey-soaked music with guest vocalist. 8.30pm £5 entry 01544 267 318

 

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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
encouraged.

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