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News from Talgarth by Cllr.William Powell Powys County Councillor for Talgarth As I prepare to sign off this month’s column, we’ve had a taste of early summer, but the autumnal wind that has recently returned suggests we may have had our ration for a while. And although weather forecasters are more loved and better trusted than politicians in this country, I suspect that any who predict a barbecue summer in 2013 will be greeted with a degree of scepticism. In any case, preparations are beginning to take shape for a range of popular local events in the coming months, including the Three Cocks Vintage Rally, Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains and more immediately this month the Royal Welsh Show, Europe’s premiere agricultural show. It is difficult to overstate its importance both for the agricultural industry and for our wider rural economy. I often find myself celebrating the power of volunteering in our local community in the Wye Local and this month is no exception. I was delighted to hear just a couple of weeks ago that Jack Christopher - until recently coordinator of the Talgarth Tourist Information and Resource Centre (TiRC) - had received a Highly Commended certificate in the Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards 2013. Jack continues to be a key member of the volunteer team at the TiRC, as well as being longstanding Treasurer of Talgarth Festival, a sterling helper at Talgarth Luncheon Club and a volunteer steward at Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon. He never seeks recognition - but I am delighted that he has received it on this occasion - and it is richly deserved. 

considerable, especially when Gwernyfed RFC has made such a contribution for so long. Although I am sorry that Gavin is stepping down as manager, it is reassuring that he will be continuing, alongside Tom Sharp, to run the under sevens’ team in Talgarth, which is so important in nurturing young football talent for the future. In the meantime, if anyone is interested in getting involved with building on Gavin’s legacy at Talgarth Town, they should contact Chairman Les Gwynne on: 07791 509107. Earlier this month, I had a meeting with the new Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Constable Simon Prince at the Force Headquarters in Carmarthen. It was a useful opportunity to raise a number of residents’ concerns at the highest level. Our agenda included a discussion on the scourge of speeding motorists, so called ‘boy racers’ and particular issues on the A479. We need urgent progress on the long awaited 50 mph speed limit out of town between Pengenffordd and Cwmdu as well as action to address safety concerns on Bronllys Road and at the Trefecca Road zebra crossing. I have written to Welsh Transport Minister Mrs Edwina Hart AM on these matters of local importance. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if you have any feedback or issues of concern on 07703 112113 or by email: william.powell@  Alternatively, please come along to my next advice surgery on Friday, 5th July from 5:00pm at Talgarth TiRC. Appointments are not essential – but in the past advanced notice has been useful if the issues are complex. You can also pop into the TiRC at any time to request a call on any issue which may be troubling you.

Similarly, Gavin Perry has been a real contributor as player/manager at Talgarth FC over a number of years and was instrumental in the successful re-launch of football under the banner of Talgarth Town. The impact on young people locally of having the opportunity to play football for the town once again is

Best wishes William

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Wye Local issue 81 / July 2013  

Welcome to our July '13 issue of Wye Local - the community magazine for Hay on Wye, Talgarth and the surrounding villages.