Local Services & Businesses

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 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

Lower Buckton

Wild Meadow Shepherd's Hut

Presteigne Holidays

Pear Tree Cottage

Corte Cottage

Rough Acre

Hicks Farm Holidays

Redwood Valley Yurts

Middlemoor Barn

No 1 The Byre

Wild Meadow Cottage

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

Past Community Newsletters. 

Click the issue your require, Issue 100,  Issue 99Issue 98 mid April, Issue 98Issue 97Issue 96, Issue 95,  Issue 94, Issue 93,Issue 92, Issue 91Issue 90, Issue 89,  Special Issue, Issue 88Issue87, Issue 86, Issue 85aIssue 85 ,Issue 84, Issue 83, 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 100 !!!!! mid-May 2019

an information service from PAC - the Presteigne Area Community Group


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If you haven’t visited the Warden over the last few weeks, you’ve missed the most incredible display of bluebells, cowslips and other wild flowers. You might still catch the tail end if you hurry. We should be so grateful to the dedicated band of Guardians who cherish and look after the Warden! It’s a very special place. If you’d like to help there, email pacdg@icloud.com and we’ll put you in touch.


Bank Holiday Monday may not have been as sunny or warm this year, but that didn’t put off the visitors pouring into Presteigne for the annual Food and Flower Festival. They strolled through streets lined with stalls, browsing, tasting and buying goods from artisan bakers and cheese makers, gourmet cake and chocolate makers, coffee roasters, speciality tea factors and a host of other passionate food and drink producers in our area.  Local nurseries set out their stands in St Andrew’s churchyard, filling it with spring colour. The church flung open its doors to visitors enjoying the beautiful floral decorations and performances by two choirs. Outside, buskers filled the streets with music. Seven private gardens opened their gates to visitors during the afternoon. Godwyn House in Broad Street was also be the venue for About Face Theatre’s captivating performances of Theatre for One, inspired by local stories and performed throughout the afternoon. There were hot meals available all day in the food court, and families relaxed with tea and cakes in the lovely garden of the Old Rectory, while the kids enjoyed sack races, a treasure hunt, face painting and crafts. A willow weaving workshop and tempting recipes to make with locally brewed beer were all included in the programme for this happy and inspiring day. Everyone in CONNECT sends a big THANK YOU to everyone else who took part, and helped to make this such a special day.


We’ve just heard from Jo that the Presteigne Natural Health Centre will be closing its doors on 23rd May. Most therapists will continue to work from other venues locally - see PNHC posters on the town noticeboards for details.


If you haven’t received your voting card for the MEP ELECTIONS to be held in The Memorial Hall on Thursday 23rd May, or a letter from the Electoral Commission notifying the petition in the Library about the possible deselection of the Brecon & Radnor MP Chris Davies, this probably means you’re not on the local Electoral Register in which case you need to urgently contact your county council (Hereford or Powys) to check if this is so, and register if needed, to allow you to vote in future. YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE.


If you or your group or society uses, or is thinking of using the Memorial Hall, there is now a large drop-down screen in the small hall (Norman Raey Room) which you can use for video projection. The screen was purchased and installed for general community use by Presteigne Chatterbrook W.I., partly funded by a community fund award. Great initiative by the W.I. to provide this community facility.


A week of music @ The Dukes.... In the wake of  his recent sold-out tour promoting his latest album “True North”, the veteran singer/songwriter and guitar genius Michael Chapman returns to the Dukes in Presteigne  on Sunday 19th May.“This is the sound of a real songwriter who’s lived a real life and all that entails”  - Q Magazine. Then on Tuesday 21st May, “Swamp Candy” return to The Dukes by popular demand. 8pm. Tickets £5 on  door.




.......Kington Choral Society returns to St. Andrew’s, Presteigne on June 1st at 7.30 to perform Monteverdi’s exhilarating ‘Vespers’ of 1610. Supported by early music band, ‘Canzona’ and seven young professional soloists, (variously having sung with Genesis Sixteen, Monteverdi Apprentices and Kings College Cambridge) this promises to be a very special evening. Robert Evans will lead a double choir in this inventive and energetic work, with Hilary Norris on chamber organ. Secure your earlybird tickets at £12, on the KCS website www.kingtonchoral.org.uk or from local outlets: Courtyard Antiques, Presteigne; Tower House Gallery, Knighton; Border Bean, Kington; Ye Olde Steppes, Pembridge; Central Stores, Eardisley. Limited availability on door at £14.

.......Presteigne Carnival on Saturday 13th July - see posters around town for details/acts. Volunteers

Carnival Queen & Attendants. Ideas for main acts for 2020 very welcome, have to book soon.

.......Come and visit us at the Judges Lodging and see our 2019 Artist in Residence Matthew Wood creating his stunning interiors in situ.  Join him on a short course in sketching and drawing.  Based entirely at this historic location, you will be guided and tutored toward producing a variety of sketches, drawings and paintings over a series of 1 day courses between June and October.  First session Saturday 8th June. See our website for full details and booking form.  http://judgeslodging.org.uk/events/artist_in_residence_-_matthew_wood/

........Save the date!  The Norton Show this year has a new date and a fantastic new range of activities for all ages.  Come and join us on Sunday 28th July for a fabulous family afternoon out.  Show starts at 12 noon.  New date but same place - Home Farm, Norton, LD8 2EF.  More info nearer the time!  If your community group would like to book a stall, contact Maggie on 01544 267109 or email maggiejames476@gmail.com.


The swifts have started to arrive ! Ann says “.....please join 130,000 other concerned people and sign the 38Degrees petition to the Secretary of State for the Environment to “Legislate that all UK house builders shall install Swift Bricks in all new-build homes, and give incentives for retrofitting nest boxes on older properties“. This is the link: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-our-swifts. Why is this important? Swift numbers have declined across the UK by 53% between 1995 and 2016. By incorporating a Swift Brick in all new houses we can save these beautiful birds. On fine summer evenings Swifts gather in "low flying screaming parties" as they chase each other around the buildings where they nest. Because they rely on eating insects, swifts can only live in the UK for a short period in summer when insects are plentiful. Swifts migrate south to Africa in August and return to us in the following May.

Let's make sure we continue to have these incredible birds every summer.

(editor’s note - if you want swifts nesting at your house, you can purchase locally a beautifully made swift box from The Men’s Shed. Contact them at jtknightonmensshed@gmail.com)


It’s Dementia Action Week 20th to 26th May. If you or your family are affected by dementia...you are among friends!! There are free Dementia Awareness Sessions at the Youth Centre on Hereford Street on TUESDAY 21st May 2.30 - 3.30pm and THURSDAY 23rd May 6 - 7pm. More information is available in the Library, or contact Kate on 01544 267227 or Roly 01544 260766


Beware phishing emails ! There seems to be a rash - almost an avalanche of phishing emails this month - purporting to come from Apple, Amazon, Netflix saying your account has been suspended and, most recently, impersonating Royal Mail about a parcel that can’t be delivered. Stay safe - don’t respond or click on anything. If you know how, forward the email to each company’s phish-reporting websites or otherwise, just delete !


This is clever! #Weee All medals at next summer’s Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo will be made from recycled electronic waste, including discarded smartphones, digital cameras and other handheld games and laptops. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/feb/08/olympics-medals-recycled-g... The organizing committee said municipal authorities had already collected 47,488 tons of junked devices by last November, roughly 19 months after the project was launched with targets of 30.3kg of gold, 4,100kg of silver and 2,700kg of bronze. The goal for bronze was reached in June, while more than 90% of the gold and 85% of the silver has been collected, officials said. It is estimated that the remaining amounts of metal required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals can be extracted from the devices already donated. BRILLIANT !!!




....you can now apply for Blue Badge online. Try the new online service to submit your form and upload evidence in one go. Try it for yourself on www.powys.gov.uk/bluebadges

....a new Singing For Lung Health group has just started up at the Knighton Methodist Hall on Victoria Road. Thursdays 2 to 3pm. £4 (or whatever you feel you can afford). Learn to breathe better, reduce stress and have fun!! - no singing experience necessary. Contact Annie Summers on 01568 771983 email anniesummers@btinternet.com

....Presteigne Medical Centre provides a Minor Injuries service. Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm. This could save you a journey and a long wait in Hospital A&E ! No appointment necessary but do please phone ahead if possible. Treatment for: sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head injuries, insect & animal bites, minor eye injuries, sports injuries. Spread the word amongst neighbours & friends please.

....Presteigne Medical Centre doctors carry out home visits where essential between 12.30 and 2.30pm. If you need to arrange a home visit, please make sure to call the surgery on 01544 267985 during morning surgery hours 8.30 to 11am. This will enable the surgery and pharmacy time to arrange any necessary medication. Don’t wait until it’s too late - please contact as early as possible.




Wednesday 15th May - Coffee and Crime at the Library. Come and celebrate National Crime Reading Month with Powys’ own crime writer Jan Newtown.    FREE.  Coffee will be available for a small donation.

Thursday 16th May (and 23rd and 30th May) - Line Dancing for Beginners in Arkwright Hall, Kinsham. 2 to 4pm £2.50. Wear comfy shoes and bring water. Info from Carrie 01544 267759

Friday 17th May - Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Concert at The Rodd, 7.30pm-8.30pm

NEXT is a brand new, innovative programme of study created by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to support early career musicians who want to dedicate their professional career to contemporary music. In this performance at The Rodd, the first cohort of NEXT musicians will present a concert of works by living composers including Tristan Murail, Kalevi Aho and Rebecca Saunders. Refreshments will be available. Tickets are £12.00 plus a booking fee of £1.16 made to Eventbrite.

BOOK NOW: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-contemporary-music-group-conce...

More info on our website: sidneynolantrust.org/whats-on/birmingham-contemporary-music-group-concert

Saturday 18th May - School Dinners Night @ Walton Hall including fancy dress, school photos & memories. Photos & memories required. For info and to book call 01544 350 511

Saturday 18 May - Open Day at The Retreat.  Come and enjoy taster sessions at The Retreat in Presteigne on Saturday 18 May from 10am to 4pm. MASSAGE - PILATES - MINDFULNESS - ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE - OSTEOPATHY (£3 donation to Shelter). Please call or e-mail to book sessions (07816 981454 or marian@retreat.wales). Alternatively just drop in to look around and meet the practitioners. There will also be opportunities for skincare consultations (Silvan Skincare) and to shop for Pukka, Helios homeopathy as well as some pilates aids. Everyone very welcome. Refreshments available. The Retreat is a centre for massage, bodywork, posture and movement therapies next door to the Workhouse Gallery on the Industrial Estate.

Saturday 18th May - Table Sale & Coffee Morning at the Royal British Legion. 10am to 3pm. Raffle,

cake. £5 per table (in aid of RBL social Club funds). To book and for info contact Paul on 07949 964690

Saturday 18th May - St. Andrew’s Coffee Morning in the Church Hall 10.30am to 12.30pm. Come and enjoy a hot drink, cake, and friendly company.

Sunday 19th May - Music @ The Dukes (see item above)

Tuesday 21st May - Music @ The Dukes (see item above)

Tuesday 21st May - Dementia Awareness Sessions at the Youth Centre (see item above)

Thursday 23rd May - EU MEP elections ????? (see item above)

Thursday 23rd May - Dementia Awareness Sessions at the Youth Centre (see item above)

Friday 24th May - Ladies Fashion Show & Pop-Up Shop by Colours at the Memorial Hall, arranged as a fund-raiser for the Norton Show Committee. A fun evening and your chance to buy your favourite High Street brands at 50% off or more!  Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.  Tickets £5 from The Salty Dog or on the door. 

Tuesday 28th May - Craft & Chat at Arkwright Hall, Kinsham. 2 to 4pm. £2 includes tea/coffee/biscuit. Wednesday 29th May - May Book Club @ The Library. 4.30pm. This month’s book is Orlando by Virginia Woolf. All Welcome!

Saturday 1st June - KCS Spring Concert (see item above)



Looking for a venue to hold your meeting or for an event or celebration ? Or maybe you need to find out details of local clubs, societies, groups or organisations to join or contact ?

If so, it’s all there on PAC’s Registers of Local Venues, and of Community Organisations, on the Town website www.presteigne.org.uk.   Select ‘Local Organisations’ from the left-side menu.  Or ask to see a paper copy at the Library.

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) - email text (not poster images please) at least 3 weeks in advance to pacdg@icloud.com. The Community News is published twice per month. Feel free to tweet or forward this issue to others

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

Presteigne Daffodil History


Photo above is of ‘Wilson’s Carbineer’

For a town of its population, Presteigne has bred an extraordinary number of new varieties of daffodil – 470. There were four breeders of the Narcissus here in the first half of the twentieth century – the golden age of daffodil breeding: Gwendolen Evelyn at Corton, Dr Nynian Lower at St David’s House, Alexander Wilson at Middlemoor and Sir John Arkwright at Kinsham Court. Presteigne’s doctor, Nynian Lower (1872-1926) had trained at Guy’s Hospital, London, and served as surgeon on British India steamer Rewa before settling at Presteigne. He bred 66 varieties from 1907- 26 including ‘Beauty of Radnor’, ‘Discoed’, ‘Norton’, ‘Presteigne’ and ‘Stapleton’ and was President of the Midland Daffodil Society (MDS) in 1923-4.

By far the most prolific of the four was Alexander (Alec) Wilson (1868-1953) who moved from Somerset to Middlemoor in 1918. In all he contributed an astonishing 371 varieties, including the well-known ‘Snipe’ with swept back petals. Many have local names: ‘Ackhill’, ‘Bledfa’ [sic], ‘Broadheath’, ‘Byton’, ‘Coleshill’, ‘Cwm’, ‘Felindre’, ‘Harpton’, ‘Knill’, ‘Lingen’, ‘Ludlow’ (white), ‘Monaughty’, ‘Nash’, ‘Pilleth’, ‘Stocken’ and ‘Stonecote’. Wilson was a great benefactor to Presteigne (Wilson’s Terrace) and he donated bulbs for each of the town’s new council houses.

Sir John Arkwright (1872-1954) began breeding daffodils in 1919. Between 1930 and 1938 he contributed nineteen to the Royal Horticultural Society’s register, most of them notable for the contrasting colours of their trumpet and petals. He was President of the MDS in 1937-39. His stock patch still comes up annually in the lawn at Kinsham and 60 varieties have been recorded in the grounds. Miss Evelyn (d1949) had grown up at Kinsham Court and was the niece of Arkwright’s wife. From 1927-33 she contributed thirteen new varieties, four of them collaborations with Wilson.

Unfortunately, most of Presteigne’s introductions will have been lost by now. Unless they had significant commercial appeal and were taken up by the Dutch growers (like Wilson’s ‘Carbineer’ – see photo), as improvements were made with each new cross, the parent varieties were usually cast aside and the next generation used as new parent plants. If used in gardens, unless careful notes of their location were kept, they will now be unknown.

Both Miss Evelyn and Alec Wilson harvested flowers for commercial sale, too. Harry Hatfield (later, Presteigne’s greengrocer) managed Miss Evelyn’s crop, and after her death he continued to raise daffodils in Presteigne. Lane Walker oversaw Wilson’s enterprise at Middlemoor, and afterwards grew his own blooms on ten acres at Broadaxe, Presteigne. The flowers of both growers were picked and bunched by local ladies and dispatched in wooden crates on the overnight train from Presteigne Station to Paddington, London. There they were met by an agent who oversaw their safe delivery to Covent Garden market. The closure of the local railway line in 1964 didn’t just make travel more difficult, it also killed off a colourful contributor to the local economy.

©Catherine Beale

Information produced in collaboration with members of Chatterbrook WI.

For a full account of these breeders, reproduced from Hortus, please

see http://www.cbeale.co.uk/Articles/hortus.html