Local Beacon Issue 81 May 2016

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The community magazine for Brecon and surrounding villages


May 2016 • Issue 81

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Hello The community magazine encouraging local residents to use what’s on their doorstep

For the town of Brecon and the surrounding villages Address: Goosepool Cottage Winforton Herefordshire HR3 6EB

Are you affected by Dementia? From 15th – 21st May it is Dementia Awareness Week. On Thursday 19th May there is a Public Meeting to explore the potential for a Dementia Meeting Centre in Brecon – turn to page 19 for more information.

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What’s On Listings Activity Ideas Days Out • Articles Recipes • Puzzles Competitions Book Reviews ... Useful for the upcoming May Half Term Download your copy from our link on: Useful and informative for parents with children aged 0 - 12 years

(Winner of April Competition: Veronica Alexander, Brecon)

Please show your support to the following new advertisers: Utops Design; Jackies Blinds; and Kim Williams.All on page 2. Kestrel Inn, page 3. Pretty Paws Dog Grooming Services, page 7. Cylch Meithrin (new to the Local Beacon but an ongoing advertiser in our Cariads Family Magazine), page 20. Healing Energies, page 7. We thought we’d come to an end of our ‘Get to Really Know’ team feature, but I’ve managed to persuade Robert Williams. See page 17.

Telephone: 01544 327716 • 07971 446632


Welcome to the May issue of Local Beacon.

An interesting article from Beacon Independent Financial Advice this month, see page 35. I myself don’t have a pension so this could be an option for my retirement, which is at least 34 years away. Although winning the Lottery seems a much better idea! You may have heard the Brecon Chamber of Trade has re-started. With a committee sorted, see what they’ve been up to and have planned on page 37. Thanks to all that have supported our Car Boot Sales. Both have been well attended by buyers. Perhaps a little better weather and we’ll get some more sellers. As we go to print, we’re currently putting together the 2017 Local Landscapes Calendar – I must say it’s another year of superb quality. Calendars will be on sale later this month! Enjoy, Lisa Marie Badham x (Photo: Lisa Marie and Otis Badham)

For the chance to win a Voucher from Proper Pizza for £15.00, please complete the word search on page 23 and send to us by 16th May 2016. The winner will be picked at random.

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We also produce a similar publication for the Talgarth and Hay on Wye area. It’s called Wye Local. Just like this magazine the aim is to support local businesses and services. The good news is, if you are unable to pick up your copy of the Wye Local in the local catchment area, you can view it on our website from the beginning of each month. Some of the many topics included in Wye Local, May issue: • Get to Really Know Davina Griffiths • Food review at Rhydspence Inn, Whitney on Wye • Day out to Wynnes of Dinmore ... And much much more. Just go to www.wyelocal.co.uk and click on the small image of the front cover ...


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News from Chris Davies -Your local MP

Hello from Westminster. Over the last few weeks the issue of security has been inescapable. From Brussels to Lahore, from Washington to Cyprus; wherever you are, security is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. These sorts of attacks are both deplorable and cowardly and I cannot condemn them enough. The security of everyone in the UK is incredibly important, and something this government takes very seriously. That’s why I’m proud that this Government has both ring-fenced the NATO defence spending target of two percent of GDP and committed to investing £500 million in counter terrorism funding. Furthermore, in the recent Spending Review we also announced there will be a £900 million cash increase in police spending. With these spending commitments we are boosting the UK’s capabilities to keep us safe both at home and abroad. In other news, it’s only a matter of weeks until you all cast your votes in the Assembly elections. Thursday 5th May is a huge opportunity to let the voices of Brecon and Radnorshire be heard in the Welsh Assembly.This is the most important Assembly election in a generation, with the future of education, health and rural services across Wales all on the line. For example, the recent local government settlement, that cut Powys County Council’s spending by three percent and has led to the proposed school closures, was put through on the nod by the current Assembly Member. We need a representative in Cardiff that understands the people of Brecon and Radnorshire’s needs. We deserve to be listened to and represented effectively in the Assembly. The time has to come to change the status quo and stop politicians in Cardiff ignoring our rural communities without understanding the implications on our local services. I want a better, stronger, more local voice for Brecon on the fifth and I hope you do too. So that’s it for now. If you would like to get in touch with me on these or any other issue you can do so at chris.davies.mp@parliament.uk or call 01982 559180; or if you see me out and about do stop and say hello!

I hold regular Advice Surgeries throughout the constituency. If you would like to make an appointment, my contact details are below:

6 Market Street Builth Wells Powys, LD2 3AG

Tel: 01982 559180 email: chris.davies.mp@parliament.uk


Kestrel Inn

Enjoy a pint by the fire or one of our 60 wines. Our ingredients are mainly locally sourced and our meals freshly created in our kitchen.

Reservations 01874 731044 www.facebook.com/thekestelinn

Brecon Road. Nr Crickhowell, NP8 1SB

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36 years and still going strong!

The team at Shipshape would like to thank all of their customers for their continued support for now and the future. Shipshape has just celebrated 36 years in the business and is open 6 days a week with a young and enthusiastic team. Wedding season is upon them and the girls are fresh from a wedding course with Paul Mitchell and GHD for this seasons new looks.

Pete’s Carpets

The team have a wealth of experience having done courses with Wella and Loreal as well as Paul Mitchell and GHD.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Domestic and Commerical Work Undertaken • High Powered Truck Mounted Machine • Fast Drying

Ask for Pete

01874 711307 07595 220242

If you would like an appointment please contact Shipshape on either 01874 622077 / 01874 620669. Opening times: Monday 9am - 5.30pm Tuesday 9am - 7.30pm Wednesday 9am - 5.30pm Thursday 9am - 5.30pm Friday 9am - 5.30pm Saturday 9am - 4pm You can also find Shipshape on Facebook.

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Ship Shape Celebrating 36 Years

10 members of a young and enthusiastic team Covering all aspects of hairdressing

Thank you for all of your support over the years

18 Ship Street, Brecon, Powys, LD3 9AD

01874 622077

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The Perry family has been repairing roofs in this area for over 45 years (three generations): • Traditional built up high tensile felting systems, fibre glass, single ply, liquid coatings, slating & tiling with manufacturers’ backed guarantees ranging from 10-25 years; • UPVC fascias and guttering – with 10 year guarantee. Your property deserves the best so, for a free survey and estimate tel: 0500 130852 www.centralroofing.co.uk

Lesley Walker RADRTS, AIDTA

www.ribbons.org.uk T: 01874 623219

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New in Town

Pretty Paws

Name of the business? Pretty Paws. Where are you based? Unit 5 Abergwdi Units, Ffrewdgrech, Brecon. Why Brecon? I live here with my family.

Unit 5: Abergwdi Units, Ffrwdgrech, Brecon, Powys LD3 8NA Appointments Only

Why did you decide to open this business? I’ve always loved animals, wanted a career that would make me happy, working with different dogs each day is challenging but rewarding. What are some of the challenges you’ve encountered? Dogs that don’t like getting wet or their first groom, the most challenging is clipping the toe nails without getting bitten! What do you wish you had known before you started? How the length of time between two dogs can vary. Is this the first business you have launched? Yes, however my husband has run his own business for a long time and I help out with the paper work side of things.

Call Cerys today on

07446 118918

Dog Grooming Services

What type of education or experience helped you to open/run/manage this business? I suppose managing my husbands made me realise that I could do this too, after a while you think about it enough that you set your heart on doing it for yourself. Describe a typical day in your business: Well I am a mom first, the business comes after. I have two young boys, so my first job of the day is getting them ready and then taking them to school. Afterwards, it’s to my salon, where I carry out my appointments booked in. My days can vary, some dogs if regular treatment is carried out can only take an hour, others could take three, sometimes four hours for a full groom. I like to book in three, maybe four appointments per day. Once I’ve collected my boys and put them to bed, I have a chance to catch up on some paper work and ordering supplies, all the fun stuff. Any advice to new businesses in this area? Building a good business takes time, it’s better to set long term goals than expecting to get successful over night.

Individual treatments available plus Monthly Sound Baths in Subud Hall, Brecon


Reiki Master & Sound Therapist For more information please call 07967 200813 Or visit my website www.healingenergieswales.com

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DO YOU NEED YOUR SEPTIC TANK EMPTYING? Give us a call on 01874 690205 / 07469 187545 24hr Emergency Call Out

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Mike Luxton Electrician PAT Testing Installation & Repairs Part P Registered Elecsa Registered No electrical job too small 3 The Paddocks, Newgate Street, Llanfaes, Brecon LD3 8DJ Tel: 01874 611794 Mob: 07802 711670 Email: mikeluxton1@tiscali.co.uk

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Extra Farmers Market at The Muse! Brecon town’s popular Farmers Market has added an extra market to the fresh and local produce shopping calendar. The Chairman of Brecon Farmers Market’s Steering Committee, Simon Mackenzie-Mason, said: “The monthly Brecon Farmers Market at the Market Hall has proven to be so popular lately that we’ve decided to do another one at The Muse on Glamorgan Street on the fourth Saturday of the month.” The Farmers Market in Brecon started in the summer of 2000, giving space to local makers and food producers every second Saturday of the month – selling seasonal vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy produce i.e. eggs and cheese, plants, flowers, herbs, jam, chutneys, honey, fish, wine, craft cider, pies, cakes, apple juice, dog biscuits, real ale and much more. Simon said: “We decided that, for a change, the extra monthly market would be at another historic Brecon venue – The Muse in Glamorgan Street. It’s a perfect venue to have indoor and outdoor stalls and as a trader myself I am really looking forward to having a regular market in this impressive building.”

At a farmers market, local producers (mainly from a 30 mile radius, but wider if the product can not be sourced locally) sell their produce that they have grown, raised or produced themselves. It’s a shopping experience known for its ‘try before you buy’ ethos, with traders like Caroline’s Real Bread Company and Tim from Court Farm achieving a cult following. Brecon Farmers Market will be at The Muse on Saturday 28th May from 9.30 to 2pm. The original Farmers Market at Brecon Market Hall will continue on the second Saturday monthly (next one 14th May). Simon Mackenzie-Mason, also known as The Gourmet Gardener, adds: “Spice up your lunch, stock up on treats. Stalls will be providing healthy, tasty, affordable, sustainable produce from ethically minded community traders. Customers can be confident of the origin of the food and are welcome to question the local producers. We want the town of Brecon to be bustling with people and produce.” For more info go to www.breconfarmersmarket.co.uk, or find Brecon Farmers Market on Facebook and follow it on Twitter @breconfarmersm.

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“For those unexpected moments in life, when you can make a real difference.”

Leather Working in Brecon In the records of 1698 – 1739 there were 95 people in Brecon listed as running businesses connected with leather working. Cordwainer / shoemaker - 10 Shoemaker - 36 Cobbler / mending shoes and boots - 7

The Giddy


Saddlers for bridles and saddles - 13 Tanner / making leather from raw hides - 14 Glover / making gloves - 14 Officer of the Leather - 1

HOG ROAST COMPANY Fully Mobile Hog Roast Catering Service for all Social occasions and events.

www.thegiddypig.com Get in touch to discuss your event 01874 658819 Meat supplied by W J George Butchers, Talgarth

In Brecon Cathedral there is a chapel now called St Keyne’s Chapel but formerly called the Corvizers’ Chapel. The Corvizers’ Guild was the trade body for shoemakers and business would have been carried out in the Chapel as agreements made ‘under the eye of God’ made sure there was no cheating or malpractice. The businesses continued into the 20th century. A 1936 Trade Directory lists 222 businesses in Brecon and Llanfaes; of these there were 10 shoe and boot maker, two saddlers and one leather merchant. www.blfhs.co.uk © Breconshire Local & Family History Society

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1 Steeple Lane, (next to St. Mary’s Church) Brecon LD3 7DJ Tel: 01874 623371 Fax: 01874 611195

Property Law and Commercial Specialist Buying and Selling Property Acquisition of Land Business Sales & Purchases Commercial Leases Probate Wills

JANET TIMOTHY specialises in all matters concerning land including the buying and selling of houses, land, businesses, commercial property and commercial Leases. Janet also has extensive experience in Probate and Wills.The firm promotes dealing with clients directly on a one to one basis without any legal jargon. “I know myself how frustrating it is not to have phone calls returned or not to be able to speak to the person you need to, so we put our clients first by making ourselves easily accessible.We give out direct phone numbers and email addresses in order that we can deal with any queries as quickly and efficiently as possible to, hopefully, ease what is already a stressful process. We know that the modern business is not constrained by traditional office hours and 9 to 5 doesn’t always suit business clients.”

Family Law Specialist Divorce Lawyer MOD Pensions Finances after divorce Separation Agreements Children’s Matters to include shared care arrangements Adoption and representation of Grandparents. Pre/post Nuptial Agreements Cohabitation Disputes/Agreements DAWN EVANS is our matrimonial consultant who has recently joined us here at Richards Thomas. Dawn is a highly experienced matrimonial lawyer who has over 34years of experience. She is a member of Resolution which promotes a constructive and non-adversarial approach to family matters. Dawn is based in our Brecon Office but can also see you in our Cardiff office if this is what you would prefer. Dawn is happy to discuss fixed fees for suitable cases. Dawn believes that knowing the likely cost of your case is hugely important at a time when finances can be difficult and will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed of the options open to you to finance your case.

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Tips for Gardeners

Appointments at Brecon Complimentary Medicine Centre & Stone Street Llandovery

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New build houses • Building & Construction Services Structural Restoration and repair • Extensions Barn conversions • Garden and Retaining walls Traditional Stonemasonry Services Tel: 01873 890543 Mob: 07814023519 Web: www.masonrybuilderswales.co.uk Mail: info@masonrybuilderswales.co.uk

Cuprum Ltd Computer repairs New Computers and Laptops All computer supplies and parts 13 Ship Street Brecon 01874 611877 www.cuprum.co.uk

Flower Garden 2 Support perennials before they get too large. 2 Continue deadheading and feeding spring flowering bulbs leaving the foliage to die down naturally. 2 Tie in growth of climbers and wall shrubs. 2 Plant out and train sweet peas. 2 Continue to plant container grown plants. Kitchen Garden 2 Water the vegetable patch regularly in dry weather. 2 Sow crops of Swede, winter cabbage/cauliflower, lettuce, maincrop carrots, peas and beans. 2 Plant frost tender vegetables, eg. runner beans, once risk of frost has passed. 2 Continue to plant container grown soft fruit and fruit trees. Greenhouse 2 Ventilate the greenhouse well and water plants more frequently. 2 Apply shading to greenhouse. 2 Continue to prick out and pot on seedlings, cuttings and young plants. The Lawn 2 Feed established lawns if you didn’t get chance in April. 2 Remove weeds. 2 Mow lawns weekly. General Advice 2 Check all garden plants for watering on a regular basis. 2 Introduce new fish to the pond and continue to feed fish. 2 From the middle of the month plant bedding plants in pots, baskets and borders. 2 Keep an eye out for any pests and deal with them straight away. Article supplied by The Old Railway Line Garden Centre, Three Cocks.

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William Powell - a record of action,a promise of more Tower Shop, . Talgarth, Brecon LD3 0BW

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Powys Secondary School Plans MUST be scrapped Having consistently campaigned in the National Assembly for greater transparency in local authorities across Mid & West Wales, I recently challenged Powys County Council Leader Cllr Barry Thomas to a fair and open debate on the future of our local high schools.

Brecon urgently needs a new school and fresh thinking is required now on how Welsh Government funding can be secured for this, together with equity of access for Welsh Medium education locally.

Welsh Lib Dem More Nurses Campaign wins cross party support As AM for Mid & West Wales, I worked with Kirsty Williams to secure a minimum nurse staffing level in Wales, starting on acute wards, and steadily spreading throughout the Welsh NHS. The support of the RCN and top clinicians, combined with Kirsty’s tenacity, won Welsh Government backing for this ground-breaking legislation.

As a former pupil and head boy of Gwernyfed High School, where I now serve as a Governor, I am totally committed to the School’s future. It would be utter madness to close such a popular and successful school, contrary to longstanding Welsh Government policy and the recent Donaldson Review. If re-elected as your Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for the Mid & West Wales Region, this will remain a high priority.

Election Day - Thursday, May 5th Don’t forget you have 3 votes to cast: 1. For your B&R Assembly Member 2. For your Regional Assembly Member 3. For the Police & Crime Commissioner Published and promoted by Selwyn Runnett on behalf of MWW Lib Dems All at 83a, Water Street, Carmarthen. SA31 1PZ. Printed by CariADs Local Ltd. HR3 6EB

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Visit this year’s Hay Festival!

Visit this year’s Hay Festival over half-term, 26th May 5th June, for ten days of discovery and fun. With over 600 debates, talks, performances, workshops, music and comedy there is entertainment for all the family. HAYDAYS for families and children run events and workshops with the greatest children’s writers for all ages. Don’t miss the Make and Take tent for free creative workshops all day all week. The festival site is free to enter and explore and packed with exhibition stands to visit. The fabulous Food Hall

is famous for tasty lunches from a host of creative local producers. The Festival Bookshop is open all day every day and you are welcome to come and browse. The full programme is online at hayfestival.org. You can book tickets online, or ring the box office on 01497 822629. Join the mailing list for regular updates on Hay Festival. For all information please see HayFestival.org. They look forward to welcoming you!

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Get to really know... Robert Williams Job role within this magazine? I assist with the distribution of the magazine and compile the “What’s On” sections for both the Local Beacon and its sister magazine, Wye Local. Start date? 1st October 2010. What was your favourite childhood television programme? Tom & Jerry. Are you a collector of anything? Cookery books and paperwork! If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? I think it would have to be a cat as they have 9 lives and get to sleep all day! If you could have any superpower, what would it be? “Super-speed” – the ability to move and travel at incredible speeds. What is usually your first thought when you wake up? What day is it? Why did I have that last drink last night? What do you usually think about right before falling asleep? Plan for the next day. Do you believe in ghosts? I didn’t until I had a strange experience in a very old farmhouse on the island of Gozo. Whilst asleep I awoke to the presence of a strange figure in my room. It was either a ghost or could it possibly have been a visit from my hostess? Most exciting thing you’ve won? The Middle Park Stakes – which is a very prestigious Group 1 horse race run at Newmarket. Strictly speaking I didn’t win it as it was the horse, Mister Majestic that won it, but it was trained by me. Two lessons life has taught you? Don’t always believe everything that people tell you, and don’t always assume that if someone tells you that they have done something, that they have actually done it – always check. What makes you grumpy? The list is endless – text speak, bad spelling, politicians, bankers, energy companies, foreign call centres, political correctness and being asked inane questions because of the Data Protection Act. Teenage crush? Not just one – Diana Rigg, Ursula Andress, Raquel Welch, Honor Blackman, Jayne Mansfield and Brigitte Bardot…..in no particular order! You’re given one million pounds, what do you spend it on? Family, property and travel. Which bad habits drive you crazy? Unpunctuality, rudeness, bad organisation and poor service in restaurants. What book would you recommend to others? Persiana

– a cookery book by Sabrina Ghayour. I recently attended a cookery class with her in London which was brilliant, as are the recipes in the book. Don’t miss her at Hay Festival this year when she launches her new book ‘Sirocco’. Best present ever received? A lovely Longines gold wrist watch and my family. List one thing you wish you could change about yourself: Would like to be taller and slimmer. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? To visit the ice fields and glaciers of Alaska. List five goals on your life’s to-do list: Tandem paragliding in the Alps, taxi bobsleigh ride in St Moritz, balloon flight (which is planned for later this year), travel to Vietnam and Cambodia, and speak fluent French and Spanish. Name one regret you have: Not going to University. Name one thing you miss about being a kid: Having no responsibilities. Name one thing you love about being an adult: Freedom to do as I wish…..within reason! What’s your favourite song of the moment? I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons. What’s your favourite song of all time? Love is All Around by Wet Wet Wet. What’s your favourite thing to do on a Saturday night? Currently I usually work at The Bridge Inn at Michaelchurch Escley as part of the front of house team which I really enjoy.There is always such a great atmosphere there. If not doing that it would be either cooking supper at home or going out to dinner. What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon/evening? Cooking the supper, helped along by several glasses of wine! Have any hidden talents? I really enjoy cooking. What would be your dream job? Glamour photographer or Executive Chef at a top restaurant. If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to? My wife says that I should be called “Half-a-job” Williams! What have you done today to make you feel proud? Made some pesto and secured a good discount on a hotel booking. Sum yourself up in five words: Hard-working, conscientious, thoughtful, analytical, romantic. What would you like to see in a future issue of this magazine? It is just great as it is!

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Becoming a DEMENTIA Dementia Friendly AWARENESS Community WEEK On Thursday 19th May, 11am - 1pm at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon and Hay Dementia Supportive Community will hold a public meeting to explore the potential for establishing a Dementia Meeting Centre in Brecon. This event is being run in association with Worcester University which has successfully supported the establishment of two such centres in Droitwich Spa and Leominster. Come along and hear some of those involved in these centres speak and find out what the benefits are. Everyone is welcome. What is a Meeting Centre? Meeting Centres are a low-cost community-based way of supporting people living with dementia and their families that have been successfully implemented in the Netherlands for over ten years. They provide a place where people are supported to understand and adapt to living with dementia. Who is the Meeting Centre for? Anyone who has mild to moderate dementia living in the local area. What happens at a Meeting Centre? A dedicated team of staff and volunteers provides the support programme. People take part in recreational, social activities and outings. All sessions are built around the interests and hobbies of the people who attend. Carers and families are fully involved in the support programme alongside the person living with dementia including: • Assistance and support with practical, emotional and social issues • Regular one-to-one advice and support Community involvement Involvement from the community is welcomed. This includes volunteer opportunities. For further information, please contact Rhiannon Davies 07940 961006 or Joan Brown 07533 768575 or email info@dementiafriendlybrecon.org.uk

15th - 21st May 2016

If you need help and support with dementia-related issues or would like to learn more about the small things you can do to make a big difference to those living with dementia in our community join us to find out more:

Brecon Guildhall

Friday, 20th May 2016

10am – 1pm

• Advice and information • Support for Young Onset Dementia • Local Activities • Volunteering Opportunities • Involving Young People • Refreshments Watch out for other events and activities taking place throughout the week SEE WWW.DEMENTIAFRIENDLYBRECON.ORG.UK FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND WWW.DEMENTIAFRIENDS.ORG.UK

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Affordable Nursery Places

Ysgol y Bannau and Cylch Meithrin Aberhonddu in Brecon are pleased to announce that they will be expanding their Early Years and Foundation Settings based at the school to cater for children who were due to start school in September 2017 but are now not being offered a place until September 2018 following the changes announced by Powys County Council. The nursery already offers half day places to 2 year olds, full ‘school’ day places to 3 year olds and will be expanding its provision to include 4 year olds from September 2017. As the nursery is managed on a notfor-profit basis, holding charitable status, it will offer an affordable solution to parents in need of childcare with sessions priced from just £8 per half day and EarlyYears funding providing up to 10 hours free care a week.

ethos and language which make starting school a progression rather than a change. Staff are conscious of the use of English and/or Welsh in the home so tailor all communication according to the family preference. The nursery teachers are experienced and qualified in childcare and Early Years education and the nursery is regulated by CCSIW. Cylch Meithrin Aberhonddu is registered with Mudiad Meithrin the Welsh Early Year Specialists and is the only Welsh-medium nursery setting in Brecon and the surrounding area. For more information on what Cylch Meithrin Aberhonddu can offer please contact Claire Morgan (Setting Leader) at meithrin.aberhonddu@gmail.com or visit www.meithrinaberhonddu.wix.com/signup.

Speaking about the changes,Toni Borgia, a committee member for Cylch Meithrin said: “Ever since Powys Council announced their proposals to raise the school admission age we have been working to find a practical solution for parents who would potentially need an extra years childcare for their 4 year olds. Now that this is unfortunately a reality we are pleased that in conjunction with Ysgol y Bannau we can help plug the gap and offer quality, affordable childcare to 4 year olds.” Cylch Meithrin nursery is situated within the grounds of Ysgol y Bannau primary school on the outskirts of Brecon, benefitting from extensive outdoor space and a rural setting. Established in 1998 the nursery is committed to encouraging, supporting and nurturing children through creative play and exploration of their surroundings in a Welsh-medium environment. Many families see their children continue through the school although this is not a prerequisite for attending the nursery. There are many benefits from the children’s familiarity with the surroundings, staff,

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6. What has Eighty-eight keys but can’t open a single door?





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5. What has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps, can run but never walks, and has a bank but no money?


1. A Keyboard. 2.The letter V. 3. Your feet off the floor. 4. A pillow. 5. A river. 6. A piano. 7. Nine.


4. What loses its head in the morning but gets it back at night?

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3. What is the last thing you take off before bed?




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News from Brecknock YFC Brecknock YFC Recent Successes Brecknock YFC has become the highest placed Welsh Federation in the National Competitions Finals 2014-15, with a very credible 17th place out of 66, an amazing achievement for a Federation of just over 600 members. Brecknock YFC held Public Speaking Competitions at the Castle Hotel, Brecon recently.

Welsh Public Speaking 16 & under – Elin Davies, Ffion Williams, Morgan Ellen Field (Troedrhiwdalar) with judges, Ieuan and Gwyneth Evans of Brecon.

Intermediate Brainstrust – Elin Havard, Eifion Phillips, Kim Jones, Rhianwen Jones (Sennybridge). Successful competitors went on to compete at Wales YFC Public Speaking Day in early April and Brecknock came away with a number of top prizes: • English Speaking 3rd Overall • 1st places for: - Brainstrust 21 & under - Lydia Powell, Sam Powell, Elin Havard, Kim Jones (Erwood/Sennybridge). - Just a Minute - Kim Jones, Rhianwen Jones, Eifion Phillips, Sioned Davies (Sennybridge/Pontfaen). - Cake Decorating – Nia Havard (Sennybridge).

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Protecting wildlife for the future

Wild in May

It took quite a while for botanists to work out that, in the east of the country, there was a very similar looking but completely separate species and name it Oxlip (Primula elatior). To add to the confusion, it is now known that this species can also hybridise with Primrose or Cowslip. The Oxlips on Shakespeare’s “bank where the wild thyme blows” were probably this hybrid.

Primula x polyantha

The Wildlife Trust are organising several events for May: A Dawn Chorus Walk at Ystradfawr on the 1st with breakfast; Fence repairs at Allt Rhongyr on the 6th and 20th; and a Globeflower survey at Cae Pwll y Bo near Abergwesyn on the 31st. See bit.ly/ bwtevents for more information.

This picture is of a “False Oxlip” which is actually a hybrid of Primrose and Cowslip. It’s worth looking out for at this time as it occurs quite frequently in our county, as do its parents.

John Crellin

The Globeflower is one of our most attractive wildflowers and Brecknock has several good sites for it – none better than Cae Pwll y Bo.

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achieved 1st place. It was superb and a lovely size to accommodate fruit.The crocheted knee blanket was also won by Defynnog & Sennybridge, there was excellent tension throughout and the weight was just right.

Powys Brecknock Federation of WI As usual the annual show which had been held at the Market Hall, Brecon was a great success with a large number of entries in every class. As well as viewing items for competition visitors were able to admire quilts sewn by the W.I Quilters under the guidance of Francis Isaacs. Francis also holds art classes at Llanvihangel Nant Bran and Llangasty for members and their work was also displayed. Craft Club members exhibited cards and knitting including baby bootees which had been made at their monthly meeting. The competitions covered craft, cookery, floral, photography and art. Priory’s beautifully made cushion made 1st prize. There were joint winners in the embroidered tray cloth class. Merthyr Tydfil Celtic Chicks , and Llanfrynach & Cantref submitted identical cloths. Both showed good tension in stitching, were beautifuly executed and the reverse was as neat as the front. Defynnog and Sennybridge’s paper mache fruit bowl

In the cookery section, Merthyr Cynog received first for the cottage loaf and for the Victorian sandwich. The judge suggested that Victorian Sandwiches would look better if presented on doylies and lightly dusted with castor sugar. Talybont on Usk’s fruit cake entry was best in that class. Competitors were told to avoid using commercial tin liners when showing. Defynnog & Sennybridge’s entry in the 4 tartlets - visual only, carried off the 1st prize. The tartlets were to have been made using sweet pastry and confectioners custard and fruit. In the preserve class the jar of chutney to have been made 2/3 months previously was won by Llangynidr W.I. There was a large number of trophys to be presented at the end of the day,The Betty Roberts engraved class for art won by Builth & Cathedine, The Buckland Cup for a family gathering won by Llangynidr, the Doris Charlton Award for the Open Floral display went to Talybont on Usk,The Lilian Knight Salver for the Novice display was won by Cradoc & District W.I.

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The Brecknock shield for the highest points in the craft section was presented to Defynnog & Sennybridge. Merthyr Cynog gained the most points in the Home Economics and received the J+M Like cup.

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Lynda Probert, Merthyr Cynog, was presented with the F.I Price trophy for the floral art display. Lynda will now represent the Federation at the Royal Welsh Show in July. The Gillian Thomas Challenge Cup for the best co-operative display was won by Hay on W.I who will compete for the Rose Bowl at the Royal Welsh Show. Merthyr Cynog and Llanfrynach & Cantref were the joint winners of the Lynda Probert award for the highest points in all competitions excluding the cooperative class. The overall winners on the day were Merthyr Cynog who will receive the Federation Salver.

Veronica Gibson, artist and teacher, came to talk about her visit to Pakistan. She had decided to learn the skills of printmaking in Swansea. Whilst there she met a fellow artist from Pakistan who, after getting married, invited Veronica and friends to visit her country and to hold an exhibition of their work at an art gallery in Karachi.

County Chairman, Margery Davies, presented the awards with her usual charm and thanked everyone who had sponsored the event, given raffle prizes and refreshments, and a special thank you went to those who had prepared the Market Hall the previous evening ready for the show. Written by Mariane Morgan

What a very interesting country Pakistan is – mixed topography, mixed wealth, mixed freedom for women, even mixed religions.

Veronica was fascinated by the country. She took photographs of highly decorated lorries which she said was an art form in its own right. She went to Lahore where she saw the largest mosque in the world. On her journey to Northern Pakistan she travelled through areas where women are confined to their homes, where there are territorial rulers and different dialects are spoken. Northern Pakistan is very liberal. Women and girls receive an education which is much appreciated. The game of cricket is very popular throughout the country but in Northern Pakistan polo is also played. Veronica saw the majestic snow-covered mountain – K2, an area frequented by mountaineers. A trip to the Khyber Pass was permitted but everyone had to be accompanied by an armed escort. There were many lorries waiting at the border to Afghanistan laden with people and their possessions, who had to return to the country of their origin. Deanna Leboff thanked Veronica for her enthusiastic talk and interesting slides.

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Earlier in the evening, after the singing of Jerusalem, Secretary Lynne Jones read a card from Elizabeth Prosser thanking everyone for their sympathy card and flowers she had received after the death of her husband. Val Lewis from Aberbran was welcomed to the meeting. President Deborah Cogger was pleased that Priory was placed 7th at the recent show. Her cushion had been placed 1st and Gill Todd’s embroidered tray cloth 2nd. Former Treasurer, Jean Evans, has left Brecon returning to Hertfordshire to live near her daughters. The raffle, a bowl of spring flowers, was won by Maureen Evans. Written by Mariane Morgan.

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A New Committee

Brecon Chamber of Trade was officially re-launched at a meeting in the Guildhall on Thursday 14th April. A new committee has been elected and will be starting work immediately on key issues, with a view to revitalising the town which has seen a visible decline in businesses investing in it since the last Chamber of Trade was disbanded in 2011.

Brian Popsys, the Chairman, who runs the Brecon Pet & Garden Centre, said: “We have already had constructive meetings with the authorities and, now that the committee has been elected, we will be setting up Working Groups to take these discussions forward. We will be speaking to Powys County Council regarding finding a solution to the parking problems in town and Brecon Beacons National Park Authority regarding the planning issues faced by traders. Other issues we will tackle are the high rents, Business Rates, empty shops and absentee landlords. We really need to get the town back on its feet and it is encouraging to see how many businesses have already expressed an interest in joining the Chamber of Trade.”

Brian went on to say: “If any businesses in town are interested in joining the Chamber ofTrade, the committee would be delighted to hear from you, whether you are a long-time existing business, a new business in town or indeed a business considering investing in the town. We need enthusiasm, skills and expertise to help us tackle all the issues that Brecon faces.” The committee will be organising monthly meetings, with guest speakers invited to talk on a variety of subjects. There will also be a new website, which all members will have links on to their own websites. A Facebook page is being set up too and the Chamber of Trade will be working together with Brecon Beacons Tourism in producing the latest issue of “Brecon at a Glance” leaflet, which from now on will be available in all shops in town. Those interested in finding out more should contact the Secretary, Sarah Lewis, on 01874 624796 (work) or 07791 098166.

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Colin makes clear that “I am not a poet but a retired design engineer running a B&B in Battle, Brecon”.

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pointing towards to the new to-morrow. Contributions from local poets are invited.These should be no more than 24 lines in length and accompanied by two or three succinct sentences about the poet. They should please be emailed to breconpoets@ yahoo.com and not directly to the Local Beacon.

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What’s on: during the week MONDAY ITC ‘Happy Hour’: 11am – 12noon. Brecon Library. First time online? Whether its help with Basic Computing or ICT queries, eBooks or audiobooks, eMagazines, or even just renewing your books – Brecon Library can help. Free drop in session. Contact 01874 623346. Sewing Group: 1 – 3pm. Llanddew Village Hall. An informal group meeting each week for a chat and cup of tea while sewing. Playford Style Dancing (English Country Dancing): 2.30 – 4pm. The Subud Hall, Nr Watton Villa, Brecon. Contact Peter Brock 01874 622889. 2nd Rainbows (girls aged 5-7): (Term time only). 5.30 - 6.30pm. www.girlguiding.org.uk. Brownies: 6 – 7.30pm. Age 7 to 10. www.girlguiding.org.uk/brownies. Brecon Athletics Club: 6 – 8pm. Brecon Leisure Centre. Contact Kath Crane 01874 623677. Take pART – Veronica Gibson teaches painting: 6 – 8pm. Unit 28 Ffrwdgrech Industrial Estate, Brecon. Contact 01874 610643 / 610825. Alive & Kickin’ Community Choir: 7 – 9pm.The Old Museum, Brecon. Everyone aged 10+ who wants to sing is most welcome. £5 per session. Contact Tanya Walker 07723 016837. Charity Cash Bingo: 7.30pm. The Gremlin Hotel, Brecon. Brecon Rotary Club: 7.30pm. The Castle Hotel, Brecon. New members welcome. Contact 01874 636390.

TUESDAY Crick Howlers: 10am. The Parish Hall, Church Lane, Crickhowell. The Crick Howlers are a natural voice group led by Helen Vincent, where all songs are taught by ear so you don’t need to be able to read music. Contact 01873 832795. Story Time: 11 – 11.30am. Brecon Library. Free & all ages welcome. Badminton: 11.30am – 1.30pm (Term time only). Brecon Leisure Centre. Friendly group. All ages and abilities welcome. Equipment provided. £2.50 per session. Contact Rose 07531 459134. Rob’s No Worries Yoga – “Stretch & Release”: 12noon – 1pm at The Well-Being Centre, St Mary’s St. Brecon. £5 or £25 for a 6 week course. Contact 01874 625358. Rob’s No Worries Yoga – “Stretch & Release”: 1.30 – 3pm. £7 or £35 for a six week course.The Well-Being Centre, St Mary’s St. Brecon. Contact 01874 625358. Free help with NHS hearingaids: (1st Tuesday of the month) 2 – 4pm. St Mary’s, Brecon. Contact 02920 333034. DAI y Bannau: 4pm. Theatre Brycheiniog, Brecon. A Multimedia Theatre group that aims to develop & enhance the skills of young people in relation to performing arts & multimedia theatre. Ages 7+. Contact 07846 446268. Brecon Library Book Club: (2nd Tuesday of the month) 5 - 6.30pm. Brecon Library. Call the Library to check what we’re reading this month! Visitors welcome. Contact 01874 623346.

members. All levels welcome. Contact Bryan 07817 002318. Brownies: 5.45 – 7.15pm. Age 7 to 10. www.girlguiding.org.uk/brownies. Samba Brecon: 6 – 8pm. A lively, friendly community percussion band who play Afro-Brazilian rhythms. No previous experience needed. 1st taster session is free. £4 per session. Contact Glenn 07971 398727 / Catherine 01874 625422. Slimming World: 6.00pm. Bishop Bevan Hall, Lion St., Brecon. Contact Joan 01873 812053. Brecon Bridge Club: 6.45pm. Brecon Rugby Club, Watton, Brecon. New members and visitors always welcome. Gwernyfed Hockey Club – Training: 7 – 8pm Brecon Leisure Centre’s Astro. All abilities welcome. Contact Nicola Drew 07812 691345. SambaBrecon: 7 - 9pm. Harley’s Night Club, 8 Bell Lane, Brecon. (Close to the library). SambaBrecon is a friendly community band which meets each week to practice drumming together and have fun. Contact Sue 07792 165481 or Gill 01497 821631. Scottish Dancing: 7 – 9.30pm. Subud Hall, nr. Watton Villa, Brecon. Beginners welcome. Contact Peter Brock 01874 622889. Brecon Youth Club: (Term time) 7 – 9.30pm. Brecon Youth Ctr., Cradoc Rd., Brecon. Age Group: 11 – 25. Contact Rhodri Jones 01874 622658. Shukokan Karate: 7.15 – 8pm beginners, 8 – 9pm intermediates, 9 – 10pm seniors & adults. Brecon Leisure Centre. Contact Paul Jones 01874 623677.

Brecon Bellringers: 7.30 - 9pm. Brecon Cathedral (1st & 3rd), St Mary’s Church (2nd & 4th). All Brecon Tennis Club: 5.30 – welcome. Contact Paul Johnson 7.30pm at Brecon Leisure Centre. Table Tennis Social Club: 7.30pm. To advertise 898432 email. Freetel.to07775 members, £2 to non-advertising@localbeacon.co.uk Trallong Church Hall. Beginners, 01874 658670. in the Local Beacon - 42 -

What’s on: during the week enthusiasts & veterans welcome. Contact Trevor Lee 01874 638995. Brecon Basketball Club: 8 – 9pm. Brecon Leisure Centre. Contact Roger Norris 01874 623677. WEDNESDAY Aberhonddu Angels (A young WI group): (First Weds of the month) Plough Chapel. Follow on Facebook for updates. Baby Signing Classes – “Signing for Little Hands”: (Term time only). 9.15 – 10.45am.The School Hall, Ysgol y Bannau, Brecon. 0 – 3yrs. £2.50 per session. Followed by coffee, chat & play. Stitch Together: (Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month): 10am – 5pm. The Muse, Brecon. A Community Sewing group. Tea, coffee & cake as well as a chance to sew, knit & chat in a friendly environment. Contact Charlie 07967343619. Visual Impairment Breconshire: (Every 2nd & 4th Weds in the month) 1.30 – 3.30pm. Watton Presbyterian Schoolroom. Contact 01874 624949. “Looking Good in the Walled Garden” – A Walk around the Walled Garden: 2pm & 3pm. The Walled Garden, Treberfydd. A walk to see & discuss what is looking good & what we are doing next, followed by tea & cake. Contact 01874 730169. The Mothers Union: (1st Weds in the month) 2pm.The Diocesan Centre, Cathedral Close, Brecon Although called a “Mothers Union” you do not have to be a mother to join; single, married or divorced, all are welcome. Contact 01874 636390.

& older. Brecon Leisure Centre. £3 on the night or reduced fee for the term. 1st training session free. Contact 01597 840420. Brecon Women in Business: (1st Wednesday of the month) 5.30pm at The George Hotel, Brecon. Contact Johanna 01874 625994 or Janet 01874 611467. Brecon Business Club: (2nd Wednesday of each month) 6pm. The Clarence Inn, Brecon. The meetings give opportunity to network with each other and “showcase” their businesses. Key note speakers are invited to share their expertise. Contact www.breconbusinessclub.org. Rob’s No Worries Yoga – “Stretch & Release”: 6 – 7.30pm. £7 or £35 for a six week course.The WellBeing Centre, St Mary’s Street, Brecon. Contact 01874 625358. SlimmingWorld: 6pm. Glangrwyney Village Hall, Crickhowell Rd. Contact Joan 01873 812053. The Alternative Business Club: (Alternate Weds) 7pm. The White House Inn, Sennybridge. Meet & chat with people who are like minded & interested in helping other people & their businesses by networking. £5 each session, 1st meeting is free. Contact 01874 636986. Gwent & Powys Army Cadet Force: 7 – 9pm. The ACF Ctr, Conway St, Brecon. Ages 12 – 18yrs. We aim to inspire young people to achieve success in life, make the most of their abilities & develop the qualities to be a good citizen. Contact 01873 813756.

an interesting programme planned for the current year. Contact 01874 623820. The Brecon Singers – Rehearsals: (Term time only). 7.30 – 9.30pm. Neuadd Goffa, Christ College, Brecon. We are now rehearsing Faure’s Requiem and Charpentier’s Prodigal Son for our concert in Brecon Cathedral on Saturday 21st May at 7.30pm. Contact 01874 658332 or visit www.breconsingers.com. Rob’s No Worries Yoga – “Meditation”: 7.45 – 8.15pm. The Well-Being Centre, 1st Floor, Old Post Office, St Mary’s Street, Brecon. Contact 01874 625358. Brecon Racketeers (badminton): 8 – 10pm. Brecon Leisure Centre. Contact 01874 623677. THURSDAY

Probus Club of Brecon: 10am. The Castle of Brecon Hotel. Brecon Breastfeeding Support – BIBs: 10am – 12pm. The Muse, Brecon. Brecon U3A: (Term time only) Morning session 10.30am. Afternoon sessions at 1.15pm & 2.30pm, each 1 hour. Studio, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. Coffee available from 10am. Lectures on any one of a wide variety of topics.Contact : Richard Walker 01874 712292. Knit and Natter: 11 -12noon. Brecon Library. All ages and abilities welcome to our friendly knitting & crochet group. Contact 01874 623346. Rob’s No Worries Yoga – “Stretch & Release”: 12.30 – 1.30pm. £5 or £25 for a six week course. The Well-Being Centre, St Mary’s Street, Brecon. Contact 01874 625358.

AberhondduWomen’s Institute (1st Wednesday of the month): 7.30pm. Beacons Netball Club: 4 – 5.30pm Watton Church Schoolroom. A Slimming World: 5pm & 7pm. Local Beacon when adverts David’s Hall, Bailihelig Rd, years 7, 8 & 9. 5.30Please – 7pm.mention Yr 10 the friendly group of ladies whoresponding have St to - 43 -

What’s on: during the week / month Llanfaes, Brecon. Contact Shelley 01874 622846 / 07980 259638. Football for Girls: 5.30 – 6.15pm (Years 1, 2, 3). 6.15 – 7pm (Years 4, 5, 6, 7) at Brecon Leisure Centre. Ages 5 – 12. Contact 07854 012841 / 07836 501925. Brownies: 5.30 – 7pm. Age 7 to 10. www.girlguiding.org.uk/brownies. Ladies Bowling: 6pm. (Until Sept). Brecon Bowling Club. All ages & abilities welcome, equipment is available. Flat soled shoes must be worn. Lady Coaches, CRB checked. Adults £2. Contact 07813 523579 / 01874 624126. Gwernyfed Ladies Rugby Training: 6pm (U15’s girls), 6.30pm (U18’s), 6.45 (Ladies). Gwernyfed Rugby Club, Talgarth. Fun, challenging & exciting. Delyth Thomas 07891 371458. Rob’s No Worries Yoga – “Stretch & Release”: 6.30 – 8pm. The Well-Being Centre, 1st Floor, Old Post Office, St Mary’s Street, Brecon. Contact 01874 625358. Brecon Youth Club: (Term time) 6.30 – 9pm Tuesday & Friday. Brecon Youth Centre, Cradoc Road. Age Group: 11-25. Contact 01874 622658. Short Mat Bowls: 7pm. Trallong Hall. Come & join a small, friendly group playing Short Mat Bowls on an informal basis. Contact 01874 636125. Club Night: 7.30pm. The Globe at Hay. Home to a rich variety of groups & societies. Contact 01497 821762. Brecon & Glanusk Explorer Scouts: (Term time) 7.45 – 9pm. We provide scouting for 14 – 18 yrs, meeting either Crickhowell / Brecon. A

friendly group. Visit our website www.breconexplorers.co.uk. FRIDAY Brecon Country Market: 8.30am - 1.30pm. Brecon Market Hall. Everything we sell is home-made or home-produced. Brecon Canoe Club – Laid Back Launchers (Relaxed canoe paddling): 9.30am. Brecon Canoe Club, Spor ts Association Fields Car Park, Brecon. (Behind Morrison’s Garage). Adults only. £3.50 per session. Booking essential. Contact Fran 07745 641873. Brecon Walking Group: 10am. Meeting point changes, use contact details below. Free local walk up to an hour long. Improve your health and enjoy a cuppa and a chat after. Contact Martin Bevan 07791 620482. Poetry Group: (Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month) 11 – 12noon. Brecon Library. Join our friendly group for informal discussion of poetry and sharing of writing. Contact 01874 623346. Cathedral Lunchtime Recital: 1pm. Brecon Cathedral, Priory Hill, Brecon. Art group for the over 60s’: 2 – 4pm. The Youth Centre, Cradoc Rd, Brecon. Any level or ability. Any medium. Professional tutor. Contact 01874 610415 or 01874 623937. Brecon Bouncers: 4.15 – 5.45pm. Brecon Leisure Centre. Trampoline activities. Contact 01874 623677.

Social Bowling: 6pm. (present – Sept). Brecon Bowling Club. All ages, gender & abilities welcome, equipment available. Flat soled shoes must be worn. Coaches available, CRB checked. Adults £2, Juniors 60p. Contact 07813 523579 or 01874 624126. Pub Quiz in support of the Brecon Volunteer Bureau: (Last Friday of the month). 7.30pm. The Three Horseshoes, Llanfaes. Entry fee £1 per person. All invited. Contact 01874 622874. SATURDAY Brecon Farmers Market: (Every 2nd Saturday in the month): 9.30am – 2pm. Brecon Market Hall. Contact 07926 196714. Brecon Farmers Market – Extra Farmers Market: (Every 4th Saturday in the month): 9.30am – 2pm. The Muse, Brecon. Contact 07926 196714. Rob’s No Worries Yoga – “Stretch & Release”: 10 – 11.30am. £7 or £35 for a 6 week course. The Well-Being Centre, St Mary’s Street, Brecon. Contact 01874 625358. Rob’s No Worries Yoga – “Yoga for Pregnancy”: 12noon - 1pm. The Well-Being Centre, 1st Floor, Old Post Office, St Mary’s Street, Brecon. Contact 01874 625358. Breconshire Local & Family History Society – Assistance on Family History Research: (3rd Sat in the month) Mornings. Brecon Library. Just drop in for one-to-one advice.

What’s on: during the month DURING THE MONTH Sunday 1st May

Brecknock Wildlife Trust – Dawn Chorus Walk & Breakfast at Ystradfawr: Visit www. brecknockwildlifetrust.org.uk. See article on page 29. Brecon Outdoor Group – Trip & Walk to Llanthony Abbey: 10am – 4pm. Contact Alan 07969 986154, Avril 01874 711677 or Rachel 07790 594485. Plan Brecon - Litter Picking: 10am – 12noon. Meet at Watergate Car Park, Brecon. Litter picking around Brecon town. Join us for a social stroll and help keep Brecon beautiful. We have all the kit, just bring yourself, maybe a friend, the kids, and help us keep our town tidy! Contact Charlie Searl 07967 343619 or Gareth Ellis 01874 611039. Monday 2nd May Brecon Film Society presents: “Chimes at Midnight”: (PG). 7.15 for 7.30pm. Coliseum Cinema, Brecon.The career of Shakespeare’s Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413. Non-members welcome. £6 admission. Contact Judith Fitton 01874 623166. Tuesday 3rd May “The Founders and Treasures of the Wallace Collection” - Brecknock Decorative & Fine Arts Society: 2.30pm. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. Lecturer: Stephen Duffy. Annual Membership of Society £40 (Reduced after 1st March). Visitors welcome, £7.50 per lecture. Contact Deborah Cogger 01874 625679. Brecon Outdoor Group – Walk: 6 – 8pm. Llanfrynach. 3.5 mile

walk around lanes and canal. Contact Alan 07969 986154, Avril 01874 711677 or Rachel 07790 594485. Thursday 5th May Welsh Assembly Elections: See article and advert on pages 3 and 14. Brecon Political and Theological Discussion Group – Presentation and discussion on “Buddhism: The Path towards the End of Suffering”. 7.30pm. The Three Horseshoes, Llanfaes. Led by Venerable Choje Lama Rabsang, Resident Lama at the Palpung Changchub Dargyeling, Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Brynmawr. All welcome. Contact John Harries 01874 622874 or Mike at mjdouse@gmail.com. Friday 6th May Brecknock Wildlife Trust – Fence Repairs at Allt Rhongyr: Visit www.brecknockwildlifetrust. org.uk. See article on page 29. Saturday 7th May Howey Hedgehog Rescue Visit: 11am – 3pm. The Old Railway Line Garden Centre,Three Cocks. Free to attend – No booking required. Contact 01497 847055. Brecon Outdoor Group – Trip to Tretower Castle and Gardens: 2 - 5pm. Contact Alan 07969 986154, Avril 01874 711677 or Rachel 07790 594485. Mike Douse presents his paper on WH on WB: Auden on Yeats: 7.30pm. Llaneglwys Village Hall. Mike explores the views of one great 20th century poet upon another to be followed by tea, cakes and a lively discussion. Entrance £3 (children £1.50) to include light refreshments. Visit www.llaneglwys-village-hall.weebly. com. Contact 01982 560332.

Friends of Cwmdu Music present – “The Eilan Quartet from the Royal Welsh College of Music: 7.30pm. St Michael and All Angels Church, Cwmdu. Tickets £12. This concert will feature talented musicians who are in their final year of studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In addition to the concert there will be an exhibition of the work of artists Dawn and Imogen Cripps. Contact 01874 730263. Grand Pavilion Events presents – Luna Club Wales with DJ Modaa: Grand Pavilion, Spa Rd, Llandrindod Wells. Contact Box Office 01597 258118. Tuesday 10th May

Arts Taster Day: Arts Alive Studio, Crickhowell. (to support people with dementia and their carers.) The taster, to support people with dementia and their carers will provide a range of creative activities with a professional artist and will be followed by a six week block of workshops. Contact Director, Justine Wheatley 01873 811579. Brecon Outdoor Group – Treasure Hunt in Brecon: 6 – 8pm. Contact Alan 07969 986154, Avril 01874 711677 or Rachel 07790 594485. Book Club: 5 - 6.30pm. Brecon Library.The Library Book Club will be discussing Holly Müller’s latest book “My Own Dear Brother”, fresh from its launch at The Hours during Brecon Women’s Festival earlier this year. Holly will be joining the group to discuss her novel. Contact 01874 623346. Friday 13th May

Poetry Group: 11am – 12noon. Brecon Library. Anyone with a love of reading or writing poetry is

What’s on: during the month welcome at Brecon Library’s Poetry Group. Contact 01874 623346. Brecon Outdoor Group – Meal: (venue TBA). 6.30pm. Contact Alan 07969 986154, Avril 01874 711677 or Rachel 07790 594485. Saturday 14th May Brecon Farmers Market: 9.30am – 2pm. Brecon Market Hall. Contact 07926 196714.Visit www. brecknockfarmersmarket.co.uk. See advert and article on page 9. Stained Glass Workshop: 10am – 4pm. The Tithe Barn, Brecon Cathedral Shop, Priory Hill, Brecon. £45 incl. materials. Booking essential. See advert on page 22. Wales YFC purple tractor run: Hosted By Brecknock YFC: 10am starting at Dan y comin Velindre. Touring the county with bbq and evening social starting at 7.30pm. Contact Brecknock YFC Office 01874624 889. Car Boot Sale: 1 – 4pm. Gwernyfed High School, Three Cocks. All weather venue. Sellers from mid-day, buyers from 1pm. £6 per car, £10 per van. No booking required. Contact 07469 249963 or hello@cariadslocal. co.uk. See advert on page 39. Aberhonddu & District Male Choir & Guest Soloists: 7pm. St Mary’s Church, Brecon. Tickets £8 from Tower Café, St. Mary’s Church, Brecon. Proceeds in aid of Church Roof Appeal. Contact stmarysbrecon@hotmail.com or 01874 622602. Sunday 15th May Brecon Outdoor Group – Nature Walk at Craig y Cilau: 10am – 4pm. Contact Alan 07969 986154, Avril 01874 711677 or Rachel 07790 594485.

Sunday 15th – Saturday 21st May

Dementia Awareness Week: Visit www.dementiafriendlybrecon. org.uk. See advert and article on page 19. Contact Rhiannon Davies 07940 961006 or Joan Brown 07533 768575. Monday 16th May Brecon Outdoor Group – Pub Quiz: 8pm. The Clarence, Brecon. Booking essential. Contact Alan 07969 986154, Avril 01874 711677 or Rachel 07790 594485. Tuesday 17th May

Storytime: 11 – 11.30am. Brecon Library. The library will be helping celebrate Dementia Awareness week by reading a special story during Storytime – ‘Elephant Who Forgot’. Contact 01874 623346. Brecon Outdoor Group – Tree ID in Bronllys Hospital Grounds: 6 - 8pm. Contact Alan 07969 986154, Avril 01874 711677 or Rachel 07790 594485. Brecon Jazz Club: 8pm. Theatr Brycheiniog, Canalside, Brecon. Ben Thomas (trumpet) and Julian Martin (piano) play themes from the Film & TV shows, with Erika Lyons (double bass), Greg Evans (drums). Pre-supper at 6.30pm for £10 - please email to book, or £7 on the door. Contact Box Office 01874 611622. Wednesday 18th May “The UK’s Worst Serial Killers”: 7.30pm.Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. Presented by Trevor Marriott, a retired Murder Squad detective. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions). Contact Box Office 01874 611622. Brecon Political and Theological Discussion Group presents a public debate on the subject “That Brexit is Best”: 7.30pm.

The Three Horseshoes, Llanfaes. To be proposed by Mike Douse and opposed by Cornelia Rahdes. Come along and speak and question and applaud and (politely) jeer but do not decide how to vote until after this event. All welcome. Contact John Harries 01874 622874 or Mike at MJDouse@ gmail.com. See advert on page 29. Thursday 19th May Dementia Awareness Week Event – Brecon & Hay Dementia Supportive Community Public Meeting: 11am – 1pm. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. Visit www. dementiafriendlybrecon.org.uk. See advert and article on page 19. Contact Rhiannon Davies 07940 961006 or Joan Brown 07533 768575. Friday 20th May Brecknock Wildlife Trust – Fence Repairs at Allt Rhongyr: Visit www.brecknockwildlifetrust. org.uk. See article on page 29. Dementia Awareness Week Event: 10am – 1pm. Brecon Guildhall.Visit www.dementiafriendlybrecon. org.uk. See advert and article on page 19. Contact Rhiannon Davies 07940 961006 or Joan Brown 07533 768575. British Cheese & Wine Evening: 6.30pm. The Old Railway Line Garden Centre, Three Cocks. Free to attend – Booking essential. Contact 01497 847055. See advert on page 13. Saturday 21st May Stained Glass Workshop: 10am – 4pm. The Tithe Barn, Brecon Cathedral Shop, Priory Hill, Brecon. £45 incl. materials. Booking essential. See advert on page 22. Brecon Outdoor Group – Walk from Llanfrynach with a pub visit:

What’s on: during the month / next month 2 - 6pm. Contact Alan 07969 986154, Avril 01874 711677 or Rachel 07790 594485. Open Mic: 7.30pm. Llaneglwys Village Hall. Richard Walker invites you to strut your stuff in our neck of the woods. If you write poetry or prose, sing or play an instrument, come and share your talents with us. 5 minute slots - more if time allows. Entrance £3 (children £1.50) to include light refreshments. Brecon Singers present Faure’s Requiem and Charpentier’s The Prodigal Son: 7.30pm. Brecon Cathedral. Tickets £10 (under 18s £5) Cathedral Shop, St Mary’s Church and on the door. Contact 01874 658332 or Cathedral Office 01874 623857. Saturday 21st May – Saturday 18th June An Exhibition of Recent Paintings by Kim Williams: Brecon Library. See advert on page 2 for opening times. Sunday 22nd May Brecon Outdoor Group – Garden Fayre at Glanusk Estate: 11am - 5pm. Contact Alan 07969 986154, Avril 01874 711677 or Rachel 07790 594485. Brecon Outdoor Group – Walk at Aberyscir: 6 - 8pm. Contact Alan 07969 986154, Avril 01874 711677 or Rachel 07790 594485. Monday 23rd May Live Music @ Pilgrims with “Just 3 Harmony”: Pilgrims, Cathedral Close, Brecon. Contact 01874 610610. See advert on page 22. Wednesday 25th May

Brecon Poetry Group: 7.30pm. The Three Horseshoes, Llanfaes. Come along and – if you wish – read your recent poems. Contact John Harries 01874 622874.

Thursday 26th May – Sunday 5th June

Hay Festival: Ten days of awardwinning writers, great ideas, wonderful entertainment, plus a packed programme of events for children of all ages. Visit www. hayfestival.org. Contact Box Office 01497 822629. See advert on front cover and article on page 15. Friday 27th May

Poetry Group: 11am – 12noon. Brecon Library. Anyone with a love of reading or writing poetry is welcome at Brecon Library’s Poetry Group. Contact 01874 623346. Brecon Outdoor Group – Walk and Meal at Glasbury: 3 - 9pm. Contact Alan 07969 986154, Avril 01874 711677 or Rachel 07790 594485. Pub Quiz: 7.30pm. The Three Horseshoes, Llanfaes. In support of the Brecon Volunteer Bureau – entry fee £1 pp. All invited. Contact John Harries 01874 622874. Saturday 28th May Brecon Farmers Market – Extra Farmers Market: 9.30am – 2pm. The Muse, Brecon. Contact 07926 196714. See advert and article on page 9. Car Boot Sale: 1 – 4pm. Gwernyfed High School, Three Cocks. All weather venue. Sellers from mid-day, buyers from 1pm. £6 per car, £10 per van. No booking required. Contact 07469 249963 or hello@cariadslocal. co.uk. See advert on page 39. Monday 30th May

Spoilt Rotten Hire Event: 11am – 4pm. Brecon Castle Hotel. £1 per child, adults free! Bouncy castles and giant garden games. Contact 07498 295470. See advert on page 21.

Tuesday 31st May Brecknock Wildlife Trust – Globeflower Survey: At Cae Pwll y Bo, near Abergwesyr. Visit www.brecknockwildlifetrust.org. uk. See article on page 29. Wednesday 1st June “Fathers Day” – Wild Wednesday: The Old Railway Line Garden Centre, Three Cocks. Booking essential. Contact 01497 847055. See advert on page 13. Sunday 5th June Plan Brecon - Litter Picking: 10am – 12noon. Meet at Watergate Car Park, Brecon. Litter picking around Brecon town. Join us for a social stroll and help keep Brecon beautiful. We have all the kit, just bring yourself, maybe a friend, the kids, and help us keep our town tidy! Contact Charlie Searl 07967 343619 or Gareth Ellis 01874 611039. NPTC Group of Colleges – Open Farm: Fronlas Farm. Visit www. nptcgroup.ac.uk. Contact 0845 4086 200. See advert on page 40. Monday 6th June Brecon Film Society presents: “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence”: (12). 7.15 for 7.30pm. Coliseum Cinema, Brecon. Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes. Non-members welcome. £6 admission. Contact Judith Fitton 01874 623166. Saturday 11th June Car Boot Sale: 1 – 4pm. Gwernyfed High School, Three Cocks. All weather venue. Sellers from mid-day, buyers from 1pm. £6 per car, £10 per van. No booking required. Contact 07469 249963 or hello@cariadslocal. co.uk. See advert on page 39.



S.A.D. FREE-STANDING LAMP. Hardly used. Cost around £200. Sell for £75. Collect from brecon. Mobile 07792 791224 / landline 01874 611943.

ONE REMAINING LOCK UP UNIT TO RENT. Available immediately. Storage space in Golden Valley, 4 miles from Hay, huge clean warehouse with lighting, power points, water, lavatory, concrete floor, completely dry, very easy wide access from road, roll up/roll down door, competitive monthly rates, short or long term. Suitable for caravan storage, scaffolding, household effects etc. Ring to find out more – Emma 0777 567 1868.

HALOGEN HEATER. £20 ono. Collect from Brecon. Mobile 07792 791224 / Landline 01874 611943. CANE 3 PIECE CONSERVATORY SET. £120 o.n.o. 07471653010. 3 DRAWER A4 BLACK FILING CABINET. With keys. 40x40x96cm. Excellent condition. £35. 01874 625862. 3 DRAWER FOOLSCAP. Beige/brown filing cabinet with keys. 46x62x100cm. Excellent condition. £40. 01874 625862. PINE DROP LEAF TABLE. Overall length 132cms, width 92. Excellent condition. £40. 01874 625862. ERCOL BLONDE ELM SMALL WINDSOR CHAIR, SEAT. 33cm high, overall height 70, width 62. In fab condition. £50. 01874 625862. GARDEN PARASOL. Wood frame, green fabric, large - 270cm span. Excellent condition. £25. 01874 625862.

USEFUL NUMBERS Brecon Medical Group Practice....... 01874 622121 Brecon Advice Centre............................. 01874 624595 Dyfed-Powys Police.......................................................... 101 National Grid Gas (Gas Leaks)............ 0800 111999 Powys Citizens’ Advice Bureau....... 0845 601 8421 Powys County Council.......................... 01597 827 460 RSPCA............................................................. 0300 1234 999 Samaritans National Helpline............ 08457 909090 Scottish Power..............................................08452 722424 Welsh Water..................................................08000 520130 Western Power Distribution...............08000 520400

M&S TWEED TYPE BROWN/GREEN JACKET. 42” chest + coordinating shirt & tie. Worn once. New £171, sell £50. 01874 625862. PHILIPS HOSTESS TROLLEY. Four serving dishes and plate warming rack. £35. 01874 754721. BRADCOT CARAVAN PORCH AWNING. Excellent condition. £300+ when new. £100. 01874 754721. SOLID WOOD EXTENDING TABLE WITH SIX CHAIRS,TWO WITH ARMS. Dark wood.Table has slight water damage to one panel, easily repaired. £50 ono. 01544 327716. GIRLS CLOTHES 12-18 MONTHS, 18-24 MONTHS, 2-3 YEARS. Various makes: Next, M&S, etc. All washed and stored in plastic boxes. Welcome to come view or request pictures via text. £1-3 per item or special price for bundle. 01544 327716. GRANDVITARA SUZUKI 16V SPORT CONVERTIBLE JEEP 2004. Blue, 54,000 miles only. £2200. 01497 847955 or 07901 715555.

Brecon Town Council

are putting on an afternoon of free entertainment to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday on the

11th June 2016

at the Bandstand, The Promenade from 2pm We hope as many people as possible of all ages will come along and enjoy the celebrations. The Guildhall will be open for the week commencing 6th June during the day for people to call in and enjoy a cup of tea. The Bandstand is available for use free of charge by all local community and voluntary groups & schools. If you are interested in putting on an event please call 01874 622884 (mornings only) for more information.

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