L /R: Richard Tyler, Rachel Morgan, Adrian Humpage, Nina Davies, Norman Lowe and Garnet Davies

New welcome signs unveiled at Llangorse

Visitors and residents in Llangorse will notice something different if they walk down to Llangorse Common today.

Situated at the entrance to Llangorse Lake and Common new ‘Welcome to Llangorse Lake and Common’ panels are designed to encourage visitors to explore the area and take a stroll around Llangorse Lake and the Common to discover more.

The initiative is part of Rural Alliances, which is funded by the EU’s Interreg 1VB NWE programme and was created in partnership with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, The Discover Llangorse and Bwlch Rural Alliance group and Antomic (who came up with the concepts for the signage) as part of a local strategy to improve the direction and welcome visitors experience.

Richard Tyler, Sustainable Tourism Manager, for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority said, “We have been working hard with the Llangorse and Bwlch Rural Alliance group to implement some of the recommendations put forward in line with a signage study produced in September 2013. We hope that by improving the signage at Llangorse Lake and Common we will encourage more visitors to the area who will stay longer once they realize the abundance of activities they can enjoy in and around the Lake.”

Norman Lowe, Chair of Discover Llangorse and Bwlch Rural Alliances group said, “The new signs have been crafted in oak to make sure that they will be attractive as well as informative for a long time to come. They emphasise to both local people and visitors the beauty of Llangorse Lake and Common and are in keeping with the high quality of scenery and visitor attractions here.”

Main Image – L / R: Richard Tyler, Rachel Morgan, Adrian Humpage, Nina Davies, Norman Lowe and Garnet Davies

The Language of Dogs – Understanding Your Pet

Have you ever wished your dog could talk to you? Well, he can, just not with words! Research shows that dogs have their own way of communicating with their owners, and with other dogs.

Dog

Join Theresa Toomey, dog behaviourist and trainer, for an evening all about dogs and their communication skills, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions, and learn some amazing factsabout your canine friend.

Thursday March 6th , 7.00 – 8.30 pm Llangorse Youth & Community Centre – Admission £5

For further information please contact: Theresa Toomey BSc (Hons) PGCE (FE) PG Dip CABC, MSc

Email [email protected]

Tel 01874 636785 Visit the website www.dogbehaviouristwales.co.uk

Dark Sky Event a Great Success!

The Discover Llangorse and Bwlch Group organised a successful Astronomy Evening on January 3rd 2014 in Llangors Youth & Community Centre – the Event was a sell out!

Dark Sky Wales brought a large Planetarium demonstrated by Allan Trow, and Martin Griffiths from University of South Wales gave a fascinating talk. There was also an exhibition with items for all ages from Rockets and Space Modules to details of the Solar System, Galaxies plus Photographs of the stars and night sky. Refreshments including two types of soup were available and were greatly appreciated. Although skies were not clear for viewing there was plenty to occupy those present and it was great to see youngsters taking an interest in Astronomy.

Mike Featherstone

Bwlch With Altitude Challenge – Teams rise to the occasion!

Bwlch Winners 2013

Whilst many of us enjoy a leisurely Saturday morning stroll after a long week at work, spare a thought for those hardy souls who took part in the recent Bwlch With Altitude Challenge.

Setting off at equidistant but opposite sides of Llangorse lake, our 17 teams of 4 people – not forgetting Geli the dog started their 12 mile walk around the lake from Bwlch and Llangorse respectively, seeking out clues and answers to a number of questions set as part of the challenge’s photographic quiz.

Whilst there was, undoubtedly, some tired and aching feet at the end of the journey, the breathtaking views and glorious sunshine made it all worthwhile.  And if any further motivation was required, cheques to the sum of £100 awaited the two winning teams to donate to a charity of their choice.

First to cross the line from Bwlch were ‘Last year’s winners’ – yes they really are called ‘Last year’s winners’  – confusing I know.  So this year’s winners were, Robert Davies, Nicky Williams, Kerry Graeves, Wendy Wakelin and Geli the dog.  They will be donating their winning cheque of £100 to Abergavenny Alzeimers group.

The winning team from Llangorse, the ‘Whatevers’ made of up George Cochrane, Karla Lohuis, Ioan Manson and Bryn Wright arrived back for an early tea at 3.30pm.  They kindly donated £50 to Motor Neurone Disease and £50 to Cancer Research.

Returning at a more leisurely pace, no doubt pausing to enjoy the views along the way, the final team arrived back at 7.30pm.  All those taking part in the challenge were treated to some tasty food and drink upon completing the walk.

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Member Champion for Visitor Centres, Carys Howell said, “A lot of effort goes into organising events such as this – one of many Rural Alliances initiatives in partnership with the National Park Authority aimed at bringing people and communities together to enjoy the wonderful landscape.  Aside from the obvious health benefits of the Bwlch With Altitude Challenge – those taking part also get to learn about the area in a way that is both informative and fun.  It’s fitting also that this community event, now in its fifth year provides much needed support for meaningful charities.”