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The local newsletter for Llangorse, Bwlch and surrounding communities Llangorse • Llanfihangel Talyllyn • Talyllyn • Llanywern • Pennorth • Llangasty • Cathedine • Bwlch Spring 2018

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Llangorse Primary School - Open Day

Lynne Jones, Headteacher

Sunday 4th March 2018, 2pm to 4pm The pupils and teachers of Llangorse Church in Wales Primary School officially moved into the new school on Monday 19th February. The new school will be open to the community, and past and present pupils and friends on Sunday 4th March 2018 from 2p.m. until 4p.m. There will be a display of pupils' craft items for the St David's Day Eisteddfod and all are welcome to look around the school. Unfortunately the grounds will be out of action due to the ongoing works to demolish the old school. Although staff and pupils are delighted with the new school we are very sad to see the end of the old school. We have very fond memories of being there - most staff having taught there for around 30 years. We look forward to welcoming you all on the 4th March!

Llangors Youth & Community Centre

Melrose East, Chair

The committee are very grateful to Willmott Dixon for supplying and fitting new vinyl flooring in the committee room of the Community Centre. They will also make other improvements to the surrounding area of the Community Centre. This is the legacy that Willmott Dixon have agreed to provide for the community. Thanks are extended to Lee Walters and Kimberley Sweet-Walters from Willmott Dixon who have regularly attended the coffee mornings in the Community Centre and provided updates on the new school building and answering all questions and concerns. The committee would like to wish the children and teachers all the best in the new Llangors Church in Wales Primary School.

Bwlch With Altitude – Saturday 2nd June 2018

Emma Harrison

Bwlch with Altitude is a popular, family friendly navigation challenge held annually in Llangorse & Bwlch (since 2009). The challenge can be conducted either by foot or on your mountain bikes, and it is a team event (minimum 2; maximum 8 members per team). Whilst navigating the routes, your team will have a quiz sheet to fill in, digital checkpoints to collect, photographs to take, and marshalls to say hello to! There are prizes galore... all kindly donated by local businesses. The challenge starts with check-in, safety briefing and refreshments at Bwlch Village Hall.

Every year there are 3 options to choose from: • A 15 mile circular mountain bike route – ideal training for MTB challenges such as the Brecon Beast. Our route requires entrants to have some experience – it contains steep ascents/descents over rough terrain, and riders must wear a safety helmet. • A 12 mile circular walk – ideal training for WAAT4 and similar challenges, or just a really good day out in the hills with your mates! • A 5 mile circular walk – ideal for families of all ages. Further information is available at with a link to book online, with early bird rates, coming soon!

Cor Saffadon Celebrate their 3rd Anniversary

Dave Jones

Cor Saffadon the local choir, that meet every Wednesday, have been together now for over 3 years. The choir was started by Margaret Jones following a successful concert that took place in the village hall at Llanfihangel Talyllyn. The concert featured local residents performing a variety of acts to a “sell out” audience. The group of ladies presented their version of “Sister Act”. Following this a few of the girls decided that they had so much fun rehearsing and singing that they should continue to meet and form a singing group. Over the years the number of members has grown and now eleven meet on weekly basis at the Black Cock Inn Llanfihangel Talyllyn for singing followed by tea cakes/biscuits. Over the three years the Choir, have been together, they have performed at Brookside and Trenewydd homes, Churches in Llangors, Llanfihangel Talyllyn and Pennorth Chapel. The Black Cock Inn is always a home venue and the choir have enjoyed singing at the functions arranged by the Garrett family and ladies of Llanfihangel. Some of their highlights were to be asked to entertain diners at the Llangasty harvest supper and to sing with members of the Ebbw Vale Male Choir on their frequent visits to the “pub”. Not only do the members meet for rehearsals they “get together” socially and enjoy dining out on special occasions. The choir are always happy to welcome new members and visitors to their rehearsals which take place at the Black Cock Inn 2pm every Wednesday or for further information contact Margaret on 01874 658 477.

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Go sailing! The sailing club is on your doorstep: many do not know what a great asset it really is. We talk to Peter Thomas from the club – and find out more. “Llangorse Lake offers the best facilities for sailing in the country: safe, expert instructors and first-class facilities including a new clubhouse and a great family atmosphere. But, best of all it’s on our doorstep.” Peter Thomas, is the Commodore. It sounds very grand, but he’s one of the many volunteers who manage the club – and it’s his turn at the helm, this year. “Of course, I would make these heady claims,” Peter says. “But actually they’re all true. Recently, Llangorse Peter Thomas Sailing Club was a runner up in the Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA) Club of the Year Award. We’d like to have won that,” says Peter; “But we’re proud that we’re compared with the best professionally-run clubs in the UK. We have all the benefits of great facilities and a professional approach – without the high costs!” In the past decade the club has twice won Powys County Council’s equivalent award. A high-point for the club has been the explosion of kids’ sailing in the past couple of years. “We have over 40 children here regularly – and they’re forming the best-part of the national sailing squads.” Peter continues, “We’re lucky to have a former Olympic Squad sailor leading our children’s coaching and also one of Wales’s national coaches too. It’s frightening just how strong our kids are at this sport – but the important point is that they’re local kids taking advantage of something very special on their doorstep.” Peter adds, “Whether they’re in the squads or not, they’re having a lot of good, clean and educational fun – and learning one of those life-skills that they can always turn to as grown-ups.” “The club’s not just all about the kids,” Peter Thomas continues. “We’ve been going for over 60 years now, and have a great tradition as the home for some elite sailors – some who return from national championships with the silverware.” “But the majority of us simply love messing about in boats – and sharing the joy with others.” Peter says, “Most of us strolled into the club-site and thought – I’ve simply got to give it a go!” Newcomers are very welcome, “We run open days – free of charge – to introduce people of any age and ability - to the joy of sailing. Training courses are fully endorsed by the RYA as the club is a Recognised

Fun for children of all ages and abilities! Coaching & safety cover

Training courses are run for young and older using the club’s training boats

Racing throughout the year

Training Centre – and the club has nearly 40 formally qualified instructors.” Peter continues, “Most newcomers enjoy their first experience on the water, see the facilities and notice the lowcost not only of membership but of training courses too – and very quickly become part of the club-family.”

Llangorse Sailing Club In a Nutshell • • • • • • • • •

New members are welcome Low cost – high standards Season starts mid-March (conditions permitting) Formal Open Day for Visitors: 14th July 2018 Disabled People (and families) Fun Day: 2nd June 2018 Many Family Fun Sailing Days throughout the year RYA Recognised Training Establishment Berthing of boats onsite Do come in and talk to us!

Peter continues, “We’re always looking to improve our facilities here. We’re a modest club run entirely by volunteers, but we’ve carried out some major projects to make the experience here ever better. We’ve installed superb launch and landing-facilities and the long jetty is an important resource. Just a couple of years ago we built the new clubhouse. This includes our training-room and the balcony commands the best views of the lake. The clubhouse also boasts professional catering facilities – and we use these for events throughout the year.” Peter Thomas concludes, “Llangorse Sailing Club sits alongside many fantastic amenities in the area, adding to the joys of living in the Beacons. A fleet of sailing boats is a beautiful sight and the skill of sailing is available to us all. Why wouldn’t you want to be part of it?

To find out more, visit or just stroll-in after mid-March.

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Llyn Syfaddan History Group

Roger Reese

It was pleasing to see over 30 attending our first talk of the year given by Ann Reese relating the experiences of soldiers written in their own words. A variety of campaigns was covered including the Anglo Zulu war, Gallipoli, the far east and First World War.The talk vividly illustrated the hardship and deprivation experienced by soldiers even when not in battle. Next Talk, Thursday April 19th at Llangors and Youth Community Hall. 7.30 start. Author and photographer Phil Scope will be talking about the “ Living Wells Project” which is run by Keep Wales Tidy. Phil has considerable knowledge of Holy Wells and will be showing and describing examples of wells from the Brecon area and fom around Wales We are delighted that the Brecon Beacons National Park authority has awarded a considerable grant towards the conversion of the Talyllyn Phone kiosk into a local history information point. A small group of Talyllyn residents have been busy giving the kiosk a rub down and new coat of BT red paint ready for when the internal work begins in late spring. Talyllyn based graphic designer Jon Dixon has drawn up some exciting designs for the display and we have no doubt that the kiosk will be an informative local asset. The kiosk will be accompanied by a bench and a planter. Attached to the bench will be a small box containing a notebook for anyone, local or just passing, to record any memories about the Llangors area. These will then be recorded in the history groups archive. We are grateful to local residents for supporting this venture. Our website is now live and can be accessed by keying in history There is currently limited information on the site but a small team of members is adding material on a regular basis. We are extremely grateful to Sam Bryan from Talyllyn for generously giving his expertise and time in setting this up for our group.

The Mysteries – they are happening and are on the way!

Lynn Clausen

HOORAY! Our community performance project is well and truly underway! The schedule is in place. Parts are cast. Lines are being learnt. Costumes are being created– and they are looking simply wonderful!

WHAT: A modern stage production of the medieval mystery-cycle (Adrian Henri’s ‘The Wakefield Mysteries’) We are all thoroughly enjoying putting together this collaborative event which will involve plenty of comedy while being balanced out by more thought-provoking scenes. Those involved - on-stage and off - are drawn from across our community and across the age ranges too – it really is a shared project!

WHEN: To whet your appetite, there will be open rehearsal performances taking place early April at both Llangorse Church and Llanfihangel Church. Dates TBC.

These will be followed by two performances which will run on Saturday 28th April at Llangorse Youth and Community Centre. 2pm and 7pm.

WHAT’S NEXT – Keep the dates in your diary free! It won’t be long before we can start taking bookings for tickets – so do get in touch with Lynn for more details.

Please, if you would like to advertise in the programme, contact Lynn for more details.

Sue Phair and Ailsa Dunn rehearsing the Temptation Scene

Do get in touch if you think you would like to become involved in any way – this is open to all!

FOCUS and HOPES: Our focus is to create a community project drawing together people from all walks of life. We hope to celebrate

our community and church spaces as well as meet new people, forge new friendships and broaden our community network even further. We also hope this will be the beginning of a bi-annual event and that it will continue to grow and become a part of our community calendar. So, we shall start with our first steps. Here. At the beginning of this venture!

Lynn: 07949 329 561 Email: Web: Facebook: www.facebook/ravendramawales

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Llangors Youth & Community Centre Regular Events: Post Office Services Mondays 10 am - 12 noon Thursdays 9.30 am - 11.30 am Coffee, Tea & Biscuits Monday & Thursdays All Welcome! from 10 am in the Hall Cub Scouts Mondays 6 pm - 7.30 pm Maureen Lowe - 658 453 Llyn Safaddan Art Group Mondays 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm Myra Morris - 611 868 Welsh Class Tuesday mornings from 9.15 am Susan Jevons - 658 298 Junior Dance Tuesday & Thursdays 4 pm to 4.45 pm Rowan Kennedy-Brown 07494 433 531 Dog Training Tuesday & Friday Evenings Tracy - 07833 439 446 Badminton Wednesdays Under 11 - 6.30 - 7.30 pm Dave Hope - 665 618 Over 11 - 7.30 - 8.30 pm Mike Scruby - 658 410 Junior Drama Group Thursdays 5 pm - 6.30 pm Lynn Clausen 07949 329561 Beaver Scouts (6-8 yr olds) Fridays 6 pm to 7 pm Tony Hodge 01639 701 254 Parkinson’s Keep Fit Saturdays 10 am - 11 am Val Morgans Judo Classes Saturdays Juniors - 11.30 am - 12.30 pm Seniors - 12.30 - 1.30 pm Phil - 07854279957

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Llangasty Village hall

Roger Reese

CPR and defibrillator training will be held at the hall on Tuesday 13th March between 7 and 9pm. This will be an informal session, the purpose to be familiar with when and how to use the defibrillator and how to conduct CPR. Members of the hall committee who are trained first aiders will be there to guide and answer questions and we will have available the resuscitation dolls to practice on. This is a great way to build up your confidence and experience in basic life saving skills. As our Festive Walk proved so popular with young and old alike we have decided to organise another to coincide with the summer solstice. The walk up the Allt would take place on Friday 22nd June to be followed by a BBQ. There will be a treasure hunt quiz for the youngsters ( and the young at heart ). Further details will be circulated closer to the date. If there is a local musician who would be interested in performing in the evening to round the event off please get in touch. On Thursday 5th July the hall be be hosting the Llyn Syfaddan History Group talk given by Alan Jenkins on the subject of the Crawshay Baileys, iron work owners, who had strong connections with Llangors area. The talk will be followed by a ploughmans and refreshments in support of the hall maintenance fund. After many years of tireless work on the hall committee Elaine Sweet has decided to step down. Along with a small number of other local community members Elaine has played a big part in keeping the hall going though thick and thin. Even when Elaine moved to Brecon she still actively supported the hall. Whilst Elaine will be focussing on more Brecon based activities she will still be attending the hall through her WI commitments so the link will still be maintained. A big thanks to Elaine for her contribution. The hall is a community asset run by a committee of volunteers without whom it would simply cease to run. It is in a beautiful spot, overlooking Llangors lake and retains all its original Arts and Crafts features. If you would like to be involved in supporting the hall please consider joining our committee. Experience not required just a willingness to muck in and be part of an enthusiastic team!

Pennorth Chapel News

Roger Young

For the first time in many years we had to postpone a Service because of the weather, that Service had to be our ever popular Christmas Carol Service, luckily the following Sunday the weather was much kinder, and by word of mouth and modern media we managed to nearly fill The Chapel for a delightful Service. Again this year we were able to bring in an element of Welsh to the Service with two welsh students telling the Christmas story in Welsh and followed by the congregation singing a carol in Welsh. The Service was followed by tea/ coffee and festive nibbles. I am pleased to say that Revd. Ian Kirby has been inducted to the Eastern half of the Brecon Beacons Group Pastorate, his wife Julie is currently training to be a Minister of religion at Cambridge University, and we are looking forward to her taking our Service on April 8th at 10.30am. A warm welcome to everyone.

Pennorth Chapel Coffee Morning - Saturday 28th April We are planning our annual Coffee Morning in The Chapel on Saturday 28th April between 10 – 12noon. This year the charity is our local Alzheimer’s Society. We are hoping that some representatives of the Society will be on hand to talk of their work, and need for “Befrienders” willing to visit a person with dementia. Please try and support this very good cause, every penny raised will go to the charity. It is hoped that this year we will be able to redecorate the front of The Chapel, with traditional Lime mortar, supplied and applied by Ty-Mawr Lime. This will involve removing the old cement render to allow the stone wall to thoroughly dry out during the summer. This is one of many plans we have for the Chapel, please come to the Coffee Morning and find out more.

Dyfed Powys Police Neighbourhood Policing Team Contact: PC 181 Jeff Cahalane Email: Contact: PCSO 8058 Billy Dunne & PCSO 8044 Lee Garrett Email: or Telephone: Non emergency no. 101 ext. 50453/4/5 Keep up to date with the latest information on Twitter….. follow us @NPTBrecon

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Llangors Youth & Community Centre Llangors hall is available to book hourly for table tennis, badminton and short tennis. Hall facilities include a meeting room and main hall. Screens, copier, kitchen, stage, lighting, piano, tables and chairs. Suitable for Wedding receptions. Bookings: 01874 658 645

Llanfihangel Talyllyn & Llanywern Hall Find us on Facebook!

Bookings: Sheena Sheppard - 711 584

Regular Events: Pilates Tuesdays, 10.30 - 11.30 am Tuesdays, 6 - 7 pm Thursdays, 10 - 11 am Thursdays 6.15 - 7.15 pm Please contact Sheena Sheppard (01874 711 584) before attending a class.

Llangasty Hall Bookings: Ann Reese - 658 726 or 07760 382 447

Regular Events: Women’s Institute January - March: 1st Wednesday at 2 pm April - December: 1st Wednesday at 7 pm New members welcome! Hire of the hall for family and social events, receptions and meetings charged at £8 per hour with reduced rates for local and extended use.

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Pennorth Chapel Tabernacle Pennorth URC, Part of the Brecon Beacons Group Pastorate Services every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 10.30am - families welcome

Loop system fitted Small comfortable meeting room (up to 20 people) Food preparation area & disabled facilities Available for Hire

Roger Young - 658 205

Llyn Safaddan Church Services

Revd Kelvin Richards

Mothering Sunday There is a special service for Mothering Sunday 11th March at 10-30am in Llanfihangel Church - all welcome Services for Holy Week and Easter in the Parish of Llyn Safaddan Palm Sunday 25th March 10-30am Palm Procession & All Age Worship at Llangors 6-00pm Service of Music & Readings for Holy Week at Llangasty Monday in Holy Week 26th March 7-00pm A performance of Stainer’s ‘Crucifixion’ at Llangors Tuesday in Holy Week 27th March 7-00pm Compline & Meditation at Bwlch Wednesday in Holy Week 28th March (7-00pm Taize Prayer at Cantref) Maundy Thursday 29th March

Bwlch Village Hall Bookings: Marion Heaffey Tel - 07541 236 243

Regular Events: Bwlch & Cathedine Women’s Institute 1st Monday - 7pm Choir Mondays (except WI night) 7pm Garden Club 1st Tuesday - 7.30 pm Hatha Yoga Class Suitable for all levels Wednesdays 6.30 pm - 8 pm Heather - 07811 628247 Bwlch Creative Crafters Thursdays - 7pm - 9pm Bwlch Bumps & Babies Fridays 10 am - 11.45 am Pregnant mums & children aged 0-4 yrs welcome. Tea, coffee & juice served.

Hire Charges: Group Bookings Villagers £15, Others £30 Morning/Afternoon Session Villagers £15, Others £30 Evening Session Villagers £25, Others £35 All Day Villagers £45, Others £65 Trestle Tables £5 each

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7-00pm Passover Supper at Llangors Village Hall A lamb stew dinner, as we read and hear about the first Passover and the Exodus of the people of Israel from their slavery in Egypt. A lovely preparation for the events of Good Friday and Easter. Good Friday 30th March 2-00pm The Last Hour Service at Llanywern Easter Sunday 1st April 6-00am Dawn Communion at Llangasty Retreat House followed by breakfast 9-30am Holy Communion at Bwlch 11-00am Holy Communion at Llanfihangel

All welcome.

Bwlch Village Hall - News

Lesley Doggett

Watch out for BIG improvements to Bwlch Village Hall in 2018! Our new chairs are not only stunning but ever so comfortable and really add to the bright, modern and welcoming ambience of the hall! A new catering sized cooker and hood will shortly be fitted continuing our improvement schedule to the kitchen and providing excellent catering facilities for anyone hiring the hall and for future Bwlch Village Hall events. The Committee Room is being refurbished and will shortly provide an attractive and more private venue for smaller meetings and group activities. Improvements to the existing car park are also planned including easier access and better lighting. The committee, ever aware of parking limitations in the village and the ensuing risk to pedestrians, are investigating the possibility of obtaining ground adjacent to the hall with the intention of providing more parking, a wildlife garden and a children’s community vegetable garden. If anyone can help with this please contact a committee member. The provision of a water bottle refill facility is also underway continuing the committee’s commitment to sustainable development whenever possible. As well as regular activities in the hall we will continue to expand the range, and appeal, of events and support community events such as The Bwlch Memorial Rededication Ceremony held last November. Everyone is assured of a warm welcome and excellent facilities at Bwlch Village Hall! • 2 March – Bingo* • 2 June - Bwlch with Altitude Challenge BwlchFest Hired Gun • 8 June – Bingo*

• 7 September – Bingo* • 1 December - Bazaar BwlchFestive Hired Gun • 7 December – Bingo*

* Bingo dates to be confirmed. Usually arrangements are 7 p.m. start, and bring and share. Please check Bwlch Village Hall on Facebook, Twitter and posters at the hall and the Gate Shop.

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Llangors Community Council - update

Llangorse Community Council

Annual Public Meeting Members of the public are welcome to attend the bi-monthly meetings of the Community Council which are advertised in the local noticeboards and the webpage. Additionally in May, an Annual Public Meeting is held with a guest speaker invited to give a brief presentation about a topical community matter. The Chairperson also gives a brief outline of the work covered by the Community Council in the last year and an update on current topical matters. Residents are encouraged to attend to meet Councillors, understand the extensive range of subjects and work they do on a voluntary basis and raise current concerns. The meeting will be held on the evening of 15th May 2018 with further details being published nearer the time. Please watch the noticeboards and webpage or contact the Community Council Clerk; Judith Phillips at

Broadband Residents in some parts of the community are receiving a very poor broadband signal. It appears Openreach have now halted the installation of fibre due to the end of the Superfast Cymru project on 31st December 2017 and no current funding is in place. Welsh Government are considering the current status and funding for future broadband projects. The Community Council continue to monitor this situation and it is understood that County Cllr Emily Durrant is actively working on the matter with Kirsty Williams AM.

Llangors Primary School Everyone is delighted to see that the new school opened on 19th February 2018. We hope everyone is settling in well and we look forward to the community open day. Thanks also to Wilmott Dixon for the Llangors legacy project and the work they are currently doing at Llangors Youth & Community Centre.

Welsh Government Review of Town & Community Councils An independent review panel has been set up to consider the future role of Town and Community Councils. The review will explore the potential role of local government below Local Authority councils, define appropriate models/structures and how such structures should be applied across Wales. All views are being called for, before 6th April 2018. To take part visit:

Keep Wales Tidy Spring Clean 1st-4th March In conjunction with St. Davids day, there is a national campaign to collect litter and keep our communities tidy. Thank you to all who are constantly helping litter pick and keep our community tidy. We can all do our bit!

Community Projects there are many local voluntary groups in our community working on exciting new projects, enhancing the area we live in. Good luck to those applying for grant funding and well done to those who have already been successful.

Llangors Community Council Annual Public Meeting Tuesday 15th May 2018 Further details will be published nearer the time on the community noticeboards and webpage

Everyone Welcome! For more information visit or contact the Clerk, Judith Phillips at

The Black Cock Inn Llanfihangel Talyllyn

Food served all day Curry Night on Fridays Curry and a Pint For £9.95

(Ordinary Menu Also Served)

Steak Night on Saturdays 2 Steaks and a Bottle of Wine For £34.00 (Ordinary Menu Also Served)

Families Welcome

 Orders Taken for Mother’s Day  (March 11th)

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Beautiful Evergreen Plants for Shade…. into March. Lime green Helleborus foetidus and apple green Helleborus viridis also bring in the light to a dark corner.

Beautiful Evergreen Plants for Shade…. I have a new planting project at the Walled Garden – a gloomy overshadowed north west facing corner. The Strawberry tree and the Tassel tree are both strikingly dramatic and unusual trees for a shady place. Arbutus unedo has shiny dark green leaves and red strawberry like fruits in autumn. Garrya elliptica “James Roof” has dark matt green foliage and 1ft long silver grey flower tassels and can be trained against a wall or pergola. Winter scented evergreen shrubs give depth and structure all year and an unexpected sensory thrill in the darkest months. Skimmia confusa “Kew Green” is neat and compact and has apple green leaves with green winter buds and lily of the valley fragrance. The glossy dark leaved Sarcococca confusa has glorious scented white winter flowers and can be kept pruned as low hedge or edging plant. A hellebore that has architectural presence in the shade is the huge metallic leaved Helleborus argutifolius with large pale green flowers from the end of January right through

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Two grasses that work well as ground cover, and in pots, are snowy woodrush, Luzula nivea, with softly arching creamy white flower spikes and slightly hairy matt green leaves, and the glossy fresh green leaved Hakonechloa macra which adds a more contemporary feel. The grass like Liriope muscari flowers in late summer and autumn with mauve flower spikes, and there is also a white flowered variety.

….and some more shade loving plants Where it is wet enough I’ll grow the water loving deciduous Royal Fern and Ostrich Plume Fern for their height and lush foliage and also the classic white Arum Lily. In pots on the gravel, hopefully safe from the slugs, I’ll have stately blue grey hostas. There are some lovely geraniums for shady spaces. The macrorrhizum varieties are semi evergreen and tolerate shade and drier soils – “Bevan’s Variety” has deep magenta flowers and aromatic foliage and “White Ness” has clear bright white flowers over emerald foliage.

telephone: 01874 730 169

P L A N T N U R S E RY Another striking geranium for shade is the lime foliaged “Anne Folkard” with black eyed magenta flowers. Cut them all back after the first flowering to promote a second flush of fresh foliage and sometimes flowers too. Plants for dry shade with great foliage, early emerging growth and late season show include the classic Male fern Dryopteris felix mas for stature. For colour the purplish spears of Amsonia “Blue Ice” first appear in April, followed by pointed apple green leaves, which look good with cut flowers, and clusters of bright blue star flowers in June and July. The foliage stays sharp all summer and then turns butter yellow in autumn. A woodland aster, Eurybia divaricatus “Eastern Star”, is another great performer. Shiny, green leaves appear in March to form a mound of bright green leaves held on striking black stems. Then, in from August to October, it produces masses of tiny white daisy flowers.


Post Office Services at Llangors Youth & Community Centre (Llangors Village Hall) Mondays 10 to 12 Thursdays 9-30 to 11-30 Tea, Coffee and Biscuits are also available on Mondays and Thursdays

Llangors Community Council - contacts Llangors Ward

Llanfihangel Ward

Colin Preece (Chairman) - 658 691

Mike Scruby (Vice Chair) - 658 410

Robert East - 658 335

Simon Bailey - 658 126

Tony Evans - 658 319

David James - 658 509

Rev. Alan Jevons - 658 298

Emma Symonds - 658 129

Mark James - 07432 387 395

Richard Doylend - 658 692

Clerk – Judith Phillips 658 869 ( The views and opinions expressed in this newsletter are solely those of the original authors and contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Discover Llangorse & Bwlch, Llangors Community Council or Cwmdu and District Community Council.

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GARDEN DESIGN with Sarah Price and Noel Kingsbury


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Weds 12 Sept SHRUB PRUNING with Mary Payne

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Home grown & organic produce Visit our Kitchen Garden Open 10am-4pm Thursday - Sunday or order online at: WE ARE PLASTIC FREE

We only use brown paper bags, salad can be purchased in Vegware compostable boxes and our greetings cards are in cellulose sleeves  Seasonal vegetables, salads, fruit & flowers  Homemade preserves  Local Honey  Welsh produce including Coaltown Coffee and NomNom Chocolate  Locally produced wood ware by Florentina James  Kitchen & garden objects, artifacts & linens  Potting & seed composts

 Locally made beeswax food wraps - a planet friendly alternative to cling film!  Tea, coffee & cake  Lunches available with 24hrs notice  Courses & workshops including: Fermentation Made Easy, Photography Days, An Introduction to Permaculture and Get Growing

Call Rae on 07949 396589 or email: Tŷ-Mawr Farm | Llangasty | LD3 7PJ | T: 01874 611350

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Served Sunday 12.30 - 3pm

Stag & hen parties

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