Centre events

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Tourist information

Local tourist information is now available on a board on the Community Centre hall, with parking available. The Centre is near the station. Click the "Local facilities" button for more information.

Heart of Wales line 150th anniversary

There doesn’t seem to be much information about celebrating our railway’s 150th anniversary. Here is some very useful information from Paul Salveson (look here):

More celebrations: Heart of Wales Line

The Heart of Wales Line (Swansea to Shrewsbury) celebrates its 150th birthday this year. As part of the celebrations there will be a wide range of events taking place up and down the line, co-ordinated by the Heart of Wales Line Development Company. This will include a special train, a Cynghordy Viaduct Walk and a range of arts activities along the line. Arriva Trains Wales has kindly sponsored a number of events over the next few months.

The celebrations kick off on Friday March 23rd, with the 10.09 from Shrewsbury to Swansea acting as a mobile reception for local councils and community groups. There will be a trolley service and some entertainment. A commemorative booklet for the line’s 150th will be launched on the day.

On Sunday April 22nd there will be a guided walk over Cynghordy Viaduct, courtesy of Network Rail. Places are limited and further details will be announced (see Heart of Wales website). A shuttle bus will operate from Llandovery station so there’s no need to take the car down the very narrow lanes to the railway. Further events will take place later in the year.

A big theme of the 150 celebrations will be arts along the line. which we’re hoping will lead to some permanent displays, adding up to a line-long art gallery, with art work at stations, galleries accessible from stations and links to other arts activities.

Local artists along the line are getting together and planning events at different locations. Between Friday June 1st and Monday June 4th artists in the Knighton, Bucknell and Knucklas area will be organising special events which will include open studios, film shows and walks linking the railway with studios.

Bishops Castle Open Studios and Shropshire Hills Art Weekend takes place at the Bank House on 8, 9, 10 & 11 June. Although it’s a long time since Bishops Castle had a railway there is great enthusiasm for the railway and it is only a 20 minutes’ drive from Craven Arms, or Broome, or Hopton Heath or Bucknell. Direct buses run from Shrewsbury. At Craven Arms, Art Cafe Artists will hold their annual exhibition at the Shropshire Hill Discovery Centre on the 15, 16, 17 and 18 June 2018. Llandovery’s big day is Sunday July 1st when the station will be at the centre of several events including an art exhibition. Llangamarch and Garth will be holding events on the same weekend as Llandovery, June 30th and July 1st, with an exhibition at the Institute, Llangamarch Wells.

Further events are being planned at other locations including Llandrindod, Llandeilo, Llangadog and Llanelli. We hope to support events at other locations including Church Stretton, Ammanford, Pontarddulais and Builth Road but we need local people to take the lead on these. We’re also planning events on some trains including music, poetry and story-telling. And there may be something a bit special coming down the line, in July. For further details take a look at the Heart of Wales Line Development Co. website http://heart-of-wales.co.uk/

The Development Company is still looking for more offers of help from local artists and musicians. All enquiries to Moira Davidson at moira@bluekite.org.uk

Grant for information board

The Community Centre is working towards making Knucklas a recognised tourism centre. The first stage is to have an information board so that visitors can discover what interesting things there are to do in and around the village.

The committee has now received a grant from Tuffin’s “Making a difference locally” (MADL) fund to cover the cost. The design was provided by a local designer Grant Jesse. The board is to be mounted on the Community Centre hall building, which provides parking for visitors.

Here is a photo of Tuffin’s Knighton branch manager presenting the cheque to our Chairman, Avril Hoyle.

Grant presentation1

Community Centre AGM

The AGM of the Community Centre is on

Monday 23rd May 7.30pm

Please come along and make some suggestions for improving the centre and its activities.

All organisation positions are open for new people to take over!

Family allotment

The Knucklas Castle Project is pleased to announce re-opening of the family allotment.

As from Monday 11th April the Family Allotment will be available for children and parents to use throughout the summer and autumn of 2016.

There are tyres, blue boxes and buckets available for you to plant potatoes, onions, peas, carrots, lettuce and much more. Once you have chosen a tyre or a box please label it clearly (plastic labels or wooden signs will be left in the shed for you to use).

The Family Allotment shed has hand trowels & forks plus buckets, kneelers, gloves and all the equipment you need to do a bit of growing in a small space.

There is also a greenhouse to start seedlings such as sweet corn, runner beans, sunflowers or whatever you choose to plant out on your plots later in the season.

There will be some seeds available for you to use too and instructions as to what to plant and when if you should need it.

Jacky Smith and Siggy Haynes are available to help you get started – if you give us enough notice. If parents wish to meet us up at the allotments with their children please ring Siggy on 528223 or email sigridwilkes@gmail.com

The Family Allotment is free to all users but a donation to costs would be welcome. It is funded in the main by the sale of the Knucklas Allotments Eggs and any surplus vegetables.

ALL WE ASK IS:

  • You keep the shed tidy and respect other people’s plots
  • Make sure there is always a responsible adult with your children
  • Observe the rules which are pinned on the door of the Family Allotment shed

Knucklas Youth Club again

The Knucklas Youth club has restarted with new support from several parents.

We meet EVERY 1ST AND 3RD TUESDAY each month

at 5.30 – 7.00pm in the Community Centre hall.

come and join in and we do need n=more helpers to keep this going.

Knucklas Youth Club restarting

The Youth Club is intending to restart, after a lapse due to lack of helpers.

We still need help from parents and other adults to keep the club going again. Please contact Sarah (529125) or via the “Contact us” page if you can assist us. It is only once a month, and you don’t have to do every month.

We will meet on the FIRST TUESDAY of every month, 6pm – 7.30pm at the Community Centre.

Grand Christmas draw

The Community Centre annual Christmas draw on 4th December was a greast success. We were donated 30 prizes to raffle and about £370 was raised to fund our community centre.

We were delighted to have Kirsty Williams AM come and draw the winning tickets, and chat to everyone.

Several stalls were set up to offer food and trinkets to our visitors.

Here are some pictures of the evening.

 

Knucklas Grand Christmas Draw

The annual open evening and Christmas draw is on

FRIDAY 4TH DECEMBER

in the Community Centre

from 7pm onwards

Our AM Kirsty Williams is joining us for a relaxed evening of music and snacks and the

GRAND XMAS DRAW

The prizes this year include:

a hamper of delicious food

vouchers for meals at each of our local pubs (Castle Inn, Lloyney Inn, and Radnorshire Arms)

bottle of whisky, etc. etc.

Tickets available from committee members and on the night.

Everybody is welcome, come and join us!

Youth Club suspended

The Knucklas Youth club has seen numbers of children dropping so it is no loger a viable club. Also the number of helpers has not been sufficient to keep the club going.

So regretfully we have decided to suspend the club’s Wednesday activities, and look forward to reviving it when numbers of children and helpers recovers.

Kevin Jones

Chairman

Viaduct information board

The Community Centre Committee have provided a new information board under the famous Knucklas viaduct.

There are many visitors who stop to admire our viaduct and this will help them to appreciate it more.

Thanks to Network Rail for permitting this installation, and to The Oakdale Trust, Beguildy Community Council and World of Water for additional funding.