Community News (October 2013)

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Items of Interest from Community Council Meeting 17th September:

Matters Arising from Previous Community Council Meetings:

Proposed Closure of Public Toilets by Powys County Council:

Having been alerted to the decision by Powys County Council Cabinet on 30th July 2013, via an article in the County Times, that unless Town and Community Councils, or others, were prepared to take on the operation of the Public Toilets in their Towns and Villages, they would be closed by 31st October. This was confirmed by our County Councillor Darren Mayor, who had also been informed after the event and supplied us with copies of correspondence he had received. Following on from this, an Extraordinary Meeting of the Community Council was convened on 6th September, to consider the impact of this proposal on our village, as the deadline for a decision on this matter was 30th September. As a result it was resolved to seek clarification of costings and other points contained in Powys CC’s Guidance for Transfer document, highlight the fact that it was extremely unlikely that we (either financially or practically) were in a position to take this on, the subsequent impact it would have on tourism and to express our concerns that there was no prior consultation or advance warning that this was being considered and to highlight the fact that our Clerk had not received any official correspondence from them. It was also resolved to invite the Author of the Report to the Cabinet, Councillor Barry Thomas, to attend our next Community Council Meeting on 17th September, to discuss the matter face to face. As it turned out, he was unable to attend on that date but undertook to meet with the Community Council on a future date. (This will now take place on 1st October 2pm). At our meeting on 17th September, after consideration of the response from Powys CC to our request for clarification and additional information, it was resolved strengthen our case by sending a press release to local newspapers, TV companies and the Welsh Tourist Board, highlighting the impact this would have on tourism, as our Toilets are probably the busiest in Powys, at a long established stop over point for travellers and tourists from Shropshire, the West Midlands and beyond (a random survey conducted on the car park on a daily basis, confirms this beyond any doubt). We will endeavour to persuade Powys County Council and Welsh Assembly Government to include our toilets in the Group adjacent to trunk roads, that are already part funded by WAG and are scheduled to be kept open until March 2014 and beyond. Our Assembly Member Russell George has tabled a question about this in the Assembly Chamber, this week.

Damage to Cwm Rhiwarth Road: Some repair work has now been carried out on Cwm Rhiwarth Road. Concerns were expressed about the lack of edge sealing on patches and County Councillor Mayor undertook to follow this up.

Community Website (Llangynog online): John Wilson of Dol Eglwys would like to thank those who have submitted potential content or suggestions but would like to hear from anyone else who might have something to submit. Possible content he has in mind: Facilities – News – Tourist Accommodation – Local Businesses – Village History – etc. The site will be bi-lingual, so help with translation would be very welcome. John can be contacted via E-mail:

Any Other Business:

Affordable Housing:

Correspondence received from the Rural Housing Enabler advised that both Housing Associations approached so far had declined to take on this project. There was a possibility that another Housing Association might take a look at this after March 2014.

Hedge and Verge Cutting, Road Sweeping and Gully Jetting: Concerns were expressed that some hedges and verges, especially those going up to the Cattle Grid on the Bala Road, had not been cut. The Road Sweeper and Gully Jetter had not been to the village this year and it was resolved that a request be put to Highways to ensure they came before the onset of Winter. County Councillor Mayor undertook to look into this.

Date of Next Meeting: Tuesday 15th October 2013 at 7.30pm. If anyone has concerns about anything affecting the village or any suggestions for improvements, please contact the Clerk or any one of the Councillors on the list displayed on the Public Notice Board.

Other News:

What a Ball!
If you weren’t at the Llangynog Ball, you missed out on a great party! Nearly 140 guests, 30 arriving by coach, over 200 cocktails, a busy bar, a busy dance floor and over £3,100 raised. There are so many people to thank, who helped before, during and after the event. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this possible, including everyone who bought tickets, came along on the night and really enjoyed yourselves. You all looked fabulous!
We know everyone had a great time but would like your feedback, so that we can make it even better in two years time! An evaluation form is enclosed with the newsletter for your completion or drop a note to or call 860622.

New Members Needed: New Members needed for the local Entertainments Committee. Contact: C. Williams on 860419 if you are interested in helping.

Soup and Song (Cawl a Chan) Evening:
A Soup and Song evening will be held in the Memorial Hall on 18th October at 7pm. Tickets £6. Proceeds to Local Community.

Wanted – Metal Gate:
Due to damage caused by a courier reversing into the wooden gate at Vicarage Farm, Sarah Chambers is looking for an old character metal gate to replace it. If anyone can help or know of a possible source for such a gate, please ring Sarah on 860622.

Turning Over a Very Old Leaf:
Rob McBride, Tree Hunter, is coming to give a talk in Llangynog Memorial Hall on Friday, 1st November at 7pm. Tickets £5 (includes glass of wine) and for Children £2 (with a soft drink). All welcome. Any enquiries please contact Sarah on 860622 (sarah@vicarage or Jennie on 860312 ( See enclosed flyer for details.

General Information:

Weigh Hey Slimmer’s Club: Meets every Thursday at 5.30pm in the Library of the Memorial Hall.

The Post Office is open in the Memorial Hall every Monday and Thursday 9am-2pm.

The Community Food Co-operative offers Fresh Fruit and Vegetables every Wednesday at the Memorial Hall between 2.30-3.00pm. For info ring Brenda Young on 860243.

Come and enjoy our Contact Club: Every Monday from 11am-2pm in the Memorial Hall. Open to anyone of any age. We have a variety of activities every week (see What’s On). Lunch is provided. If getting to the Club is a problem we do have volunteer drivers, who would be more than happy to collect you from your home. Please call Jennie Eilbeck on 860312 or Carol Jones on 860230.

New Inn: Every Thursday Bingo 9pm

Llangynog Book of the Month Reading Group: Mon 28th Oct Light Between Oceans by M L Steadman – Bryn Tanat Mon 18th Nov And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini - Tegfan Contact: Alison Layland 860457

Thanks to Alison Layland for the Welsh Translation. Any items for the November edition should be sent to Trevor Foster, The Old Rectory ( by 19th October.

Churches and Chapels
6 OctoberSunday06:00pmCapel Penuel (Presbyterian Church in Wales)Buddug Medi
13 OctoberSunday10:00amCapel Penuel (Presbyterian Church in Wales)Rev G Richards
27 OctoberSunday02:00pmCapel Carmel (Wesleyan)T Ellis

What's on (Memorial Hall)
3 OctoberThursday05:30pmWeigh Hey Slimmers' Club
4 OctoberFriday09:15am - 12:30pmYoga with Paula
6 OctoberSunday10:30am - 02:00pmYsgol Pennant (Sponsored Walk)
7 OctoberMonday11:00am - 02:00pmContact Club (Bingo)
9 OctoberWednesday07:00pmWomen's Institute: WI meeting
10 OctoberThursday05:30pmWeigh Hey Slimmers' Club
11 OctoberFriday09:15am - 12:30pmYoga with Paula
14 OctoberMonday11:00am - 02:00pmContact Club (Mavis Nicholson)
15 OctoberTuesday07:00pmPublic meeting - proposed closure of public toilets by Powys County Council
15 OctoberTuesday07:30pmCommunity Council: Community Council
17 OctoberThursday05:30pmWeigh Hey Slimmers' Club
18 OctoberFriday09:15am - 12:30pmYoga with Paula
18 OctoberFriday07:00pmStory and Song (Cawl a Chan)
21 OctoberMonday11:00am - 02:00pmContact Club (Cookery demo)
22 OctoberTuesday07:00pmPowys CC Tenants Panel Meeting
24 OctoberThursday05:30pmWeigh Hey Slimmers' Club
28 OctoberMonday11:00am - 02:00pmContact Club (Sera Carpenter)
31 OctoberThursday05:30pmWeigh Hey Slimmers' Club