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Need to renew a bus pass?

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Transport for Wales is currently managing the reissue of free bus passes across Wales

There are currently around 750,000 bus passes in Wales and the current green coloured cards will all expire on 31 December 2019 and not be accepted on buses. Since September Transport for Wales has received 450,000 applications however  the deadline is now fast approaching and we need to promote the changes as much as possible to ensure as many people as possible have time to re-apply and receive their new-style cards before the end of the year.

Cardholders can either reapply online at www.tfw.wales/travelcards or by paper, which can be downloaded from the website or pick up a copy from your local council. You can also request a copy in the post by calling the helpline 0300 303 4240.

The new cards offer the same travel benefits for 60s and over and eligible disabled persons.

 

For further information click here

VE DAY 75 CELEBRATIONS

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Town and Community/Parish Councils throughout England and Wales are taking the lead in the organisation of local celebrations marking the 75th Anniversary of the end of the war in Europe on the 8th – 10th May 2020. After six years of fighting, the end of hostilities were officially announced on the 8th May 1945 by Prime Minister Winston Churchill. That date has since become enshrined in history as VE Day.

VE Day 75, on the weekend of 8th – 10th May 2020, will be an international celebration of peace – a time to remember, reflect and pay tribute to the millions who played such a vital part in achieving it. This includes the Armed Forces personnel from many countries who gave their lives or were physically and mentally injured; the hard-working women and men who kept the factories, mines, shipyards and farms operating throughout the years of turmoil; the ARP wardens, police officers, doctors, nurses, firemen, local defence volunteers and many others safeguarded the home front.

SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity – which has been supporting service personnel, veterans and their families since 1885 – are the charity partner for this series of VE Day 75 commemorative events.

Sir Andrew Gregory, chief executive of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said “It is our duty to keep the events of the past alive in collective memory, including future generations – this is how we ensure that such a conflict never happens again. It is our hope that the nation takes a moment to reflect on the significance of this date, as a milestone that changed the course of history for the whole world.”

We would like to encourage you to engage with your local SSAFA branch to ensure community collaboration. To find out the location and contact details of your local SSAFA branch visit: www.ssafa.org.uk/get-help/find-local-branch/

The planned activities over the weekend are as follows, please go to the VE Day 75 website – www.veday75.org to see the complete overview for this anniversary:

  • The Playing of Battle’s O’er & VE 75 Years
  • The ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’
  • The ‘Cry for Peace, around the World’
  • Churches & cathedrals ‘Ringing out for Peace’
  • Street parties and parties in pubs, clubs, Hotels, on town and village greens and in halls etc
  • Services of commemoration and celebration in churches, including the reading of the ‘Tribute to the Millions’ and the playing of the Last Post

FRIDAY 8TH MAY 2020 has been designated a bank holiday by HM Government so all can partake).

Farm Diversification Event – 23rd October 2019

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Did you know BT intends removing the payphone in Llanbedr?

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The Community Council believes it’s important to retain a payphone service in Llanbedr and whilst intending to oppose BT’s removal of this phone it would first like to know what the community wants.

  • Do you think the phone should remain?
  • Do you think the phone should be removed?
  • Do you think the kiosk should be adopted and used as a community facility?

Please let us know what you want

Email:                        valeofgrwyneycc@gmail.com
or write to:                The Vale of Grwyney Community Council
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by Sunday 15th September 2019

Oh, what a day…

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The sun shone brightly…. and whilst there was no sand… or sea…  elderflower pressé flowed aplenty….. and, after 10 years (or so) we are able to officially declare the affordable housing, community allotments and nature garden OPEN

How better to celebrate than invite Llanbedr School to design signs for the nature garden, and WOW….. what a success.  They did us, and them, proud…. albeit presenting our Councillors with a bit of a quandary…. BUT someone has to win, so…   after careful deliberation….the winners of each of the three categories were revealed to be Daisy Deeble, Ryan Griffiths and Eleri Smith.

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Kirsty Williams AM and Ann Hinchey of Wales & West Housing Association, both went beyond the call of duty…  distributing goody bags, as well as cutting, and savouring cake…. kindly donated (and made) by our skilful residents …. again WOW… what community spirit….

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Thank you Llanbedr, thank you Kirsty, thank you Ann, not forgetting Wales & West Housing Association for contributing towards the success of this event… and David James, Rural Housing Enabler, whose involvement started way back in 2008.  It was a day enjoyed by all…  but now, it’s up to YOU, the community….

We hope you will use the garden – enjoy the solitude, appreciate the wildlife, bugs and all, and  remember, if you have any ideas on how you wish to see the garden progress, let us know… email the Clerk… after all this is your space….

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And of course, without blowing our own trumpets…. thanks to the Councillors, without whom this would not have happened…

Things like this make us realise what a truly special place the Vale of Grwyney is.

 

Hip Hip Hip Hooray… the sun has got its hat on…

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so.… why not join us tomorrow (28th June 2019) for the Grand Opening of Llanbedr Nature Garden.

Kirsty Williams AM will open the garden accompanied by Anne Hinchey, Chief Executive Officer of Wales & West Housing Association and children from Llanbedr Primary School, who have competed in a competition to design signs for the garden.   The winners, and winning entries will be revealed on the day!

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Join us at 2:00pm in the nature garden, at the end of St Peter’s Close, to celebrate, with cake, the creation not just of the nature garden, but also the community allotments and affordable housing.

We hope you can make it!

 

 

 

 

 

WOW… we have a nature garden….

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So, the secret’s out….. the Community Council, in conjunction with Wales & West Housing Association is holding a grand “Opening Event” to celebrate not only the creation of a nature garden….


but also community allotments and affordable housing.

Kirsty Williams AM has kindly agreed to open the garden , accompanied by Anne Hinchey, the Chief Executive of Wales & West Housing Association.

The Community Council asked Llanbedr School to design signs for the garden – the signs, and the winners, will be revealed on the day!

Please join us in the celebrations on Friday, 28th June at 2:00pm in the nature garden, at the end of St Peter’s Close.  

Notice of appointment of the date for the exercise of electors’ rights

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The secret unfolds…..

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Over the last few days, in between downpours, residents and visitors to St Peter’s Close, should have noticed a hive of activity around the nature garden.

We now have a wooden seat:Table - close up

a log for children to play on:Log - close up

and furniture for the Bug Hotel, in the form of cones and twigs:Bug Hotel and fillings

Your Councillors have been very busy.

 

Please keep an eye on this web site for news of a very special event…

 

Shhh…… do you wanna hear a secret……?  

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If you happen to live in Llanbedr, near St Peter’s Close, you could be wondering “what’s occurring”?   And yes, you may have spied not one, but two tractors, a log and some pallets masquerading as a hotel (…quite salubrious, for a bug).   If you look extremely carefully you may even see some discreetly concealed nesting boxes….

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To explain, your hardworking councillors are proving their dedication to duty by helping create a nature garden for the community to use and enjoy.  We have crab apple trees, a log to scramble over and a bench on which to sit and ponder.   A place to savour quietness and appreciate nature’s beauty, while fathoming what species of bird is flying overhead.

 

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It is a work in progress, but we have many ideas, which we hope, to bring to life over the coming months, and years.  Most importantly this is an area for the community to use, enjoy and nurture.  If you would like to be involved in the development of what is intended to become a wildlife haven, please contact the Council, either by speaking to your elected representative or the clerk.

So… what is the secret?  Well, that would be telling  – to find out more keep checking this web site (and the village noticeboard) for further posts… and posters.

 

 

 

 

NHS 111 Wales Access – for those who cannot speak or hear on the phone

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Police & Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund

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The Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Dafydd Llywelyn is launching his funding programme where grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available to groups and organisations across the Force.

The Commissioner is inviting applications from voluntary and community organisations, as well as the public and private sectors, for projects which will have a positive impact on the security and safety of local communities and is also encouraging organisations to work collaboratively on this.

The closing date for applications is 24th May 2019.

For further information on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund please click here:

 

http://www.dyfedpowys-pcc.org.uk/en/the-commissioner/commissioners-community-funding/

 

Need a Blue Badge? Now you can apply online.

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The VoGCC £1,000 Giveaway

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VoGCC £1,000 giveaway

The Calor Rural Community Fund is now OPEN!

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On 1st January 2026, unrecorded and under-recorded historic public rights of way will cease to exist.

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It’s scary to think how many routes, including some that we take for granted because ‘there has never been a problem’, could be lost forever if we don’t all do our bit to get them recorded on the definitive map before the 2026 deadline. The deadline is close, but THERE IS STILL TIME TO ACT!

Sarah Bucks and Phil Wadey, authors of the research guide: ‘Rights of Way: Restoring the Record’ run FREE TRAINING DAYS on researching and recording rights of way.

The training days are designed to help:

  • Check historic rights on a track;
  • Find extra evidence before a public inquiry;
  • Have confidence to visit an archive office;
  • Check which Act authorized which activities.

Training days in mid/South Wales, organized by Waters of Wales – WoW:

Saturday 23rd March 2019 – Newtown (Powys)

Sunday 24th March 2019 – Glasbury on Wye.

Open to all: BOOKING ESSENTIAL on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

BOOK BY EMAIL: admin@watersofwales.org stating which date/venue you wish to attend, and the names + email contact address of all attendees you are booking for.

THE TRAINING DAYS ARE FREE TO ATTEND.  The costs are borne by the Waters of Wales – WoW campaign, which campaigns for fair, shared, sustainable open access for ALL.  If you wish to contribute towards the costs, donations via PayPal to admin@watersofwales.org will be very welcome.

If you have any queries, please email admin@watersofwales.org, or visit the Facebook page where you can message the admin team:

https://www.facebook.com/WatersofWales.WoW

Play Sufficiency in Powys

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Powys CC is required to complete the Welsh Government Assessment by March 2019

The Assessment requires a review and up to date status of Play Sufficiency Opportunities in Powys, which cover a range of different matters and requires the input and engagement of services, partners and organisations.

We would really appreciate if you would contribute to this Assessment by answering the questions below.

  • How do you feel about the play provision/opportunities in your area?
  • Do you feel there is anything missing? If so, what play opportunities/provision would you like to see?

An online survey for children and young people, aged 0-25 years has been put together to gather their views on play. Please can you share the below links with your communities. The deadline for responses is the 20th January 2019.

English – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NQ9DV2V

Welsh – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NWQTFJM

Vale of Grwyne Newsletter

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The Community Council has combined resources with the Vale of Grwyne Parish to produce a newsletter (see link below).  With your help we plan to produce this every quarter.

So, if you have an local event you would like to publicise, local news or have an interesting tale or two please send details to  vogpaper@gmail.com

The link for our first edition is shown below – we hope you will enjoy it.   Let us know what you think!

Issue 1 – Vale of Grwyney News & Events – December 2018

Have you witnessed speeding along the A40?

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Following years of lobbying Welsh Government the Community Council was pleased when earlier this year traffic calming works were undertaken on the A40 in Glangrwyney and a pedestrian island constructed.

How effective the current measures prove will only be assessed over time however the Community Council believe additional measures, ie electronic speed signs, need to be provided to encourage drivers to stay within the 30 mph speed limit.  When the Council approached Welsh Government with this request it was informed a 3 year Speed Limit Review into road safety issues at over 600 sites on all trunk roads in Wales (including this section of the A40) is currently being undertaken and any works arising will be prioritised, as funding permits, over the next three to four years.

Whilst disappointed with this response the Community Council continues to monitor the position  and suggests if you witness dangerous driving or speeding in the village these concerns are reported to Go Safe, the Road Safety Partnership responsible for speed limit enforcement by clicking here 

 

Volunteers Needed!

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Volunteers NeededVolunteer by emailing:  johne@ctauk.org or call 01782 844 290

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