Local Services & Businesses
No 1 The Byre
Pear Tree Cottage
Radnor House B & B - Central Presteigne
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.
Redwood Valley Yurts
Milebrook House Hotel
Wild Meadow Cottage
Wegnalls House B & B
The Ducks Nest
The Parks Barn
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Radnorshire Arms Restaurant and Hotel
Upper House Discoed
Hicks Farm Holidays
Wild Meadow Shepherd's Hut
Milebrook House Hotel
Presteigne Natural Health Centre
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
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!
Slix Hair Studio
Mangar Health Limited
Carini Butchers Ltd
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 email@example.com
Presteigne Area Community Development Group
Presteigne Area Community Development Group
UPDATE … August 2017
CONTACT US … firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Heads the Guerrilla Gardening project team.
Involved with Presteigne Dementia Friends and WI.
Heads the Clean and Tidy project and Presteigne Edibles.
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.
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.
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’.
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
Celebrating our first year
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.
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.
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.
PROJECTS (follow links to poster)
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 email@example.com and we will include you in the next update.
Past Community Newsletters.
Click the issue your require, Issue 66, Issue 65, Issue 64, Issue 63 B, Issue 63, Issue 62, Issue 61, Issue Sp, Issue 60, Issue 59, Issue 58, Issue 57, Issue 56, Issue 55, Issue 54, Issue 53, Issue 52, Issue 51, Issue 49. Issue 48, Issue 47A, Issue 47, Issue 46. Issue 45 A, Issue 45, Issue 43, Issue 42, Issue 39, Issue 38, Issue 37, Issue 36 ,Issue 35, Issue 34, Issue 33, Issue 32, Issue 31, Issue 30, Issue 29, Issue 28, Issue 27, Issue 26, Issue 25, Issue 24, Issue 23, Issue 21, Issue 20, Issue 19, Issue 18, Issue 17, Issue 16, Issue 15, Issue 14, Issue 13, Issue 12, Issue 11, Issue 10, Issue 9, Issue 8, Issue 7, Issue 6, Issue 5, Issue 4, Issue 3, Issue 2, Issue 1
Issue 66 - January 2018
an information service from PAC - the Presteigne Area Community Development Group
GET BEHIND YOUR COMMUNITY - GET BEHIND THE WHEEL.....
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.
DID YOU KNOW....
....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
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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