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Planting for Pollinators

A brand new booklet to planting for pollinators has been released and it is brim-full of great ideas and top tips.

Botanic Garden’s science team has provided expert advice for a booklet detailing some of the top plants for pollinators to guide growers on what to plant throughout the year.

There are also tips on grass cutting, containers, growing from seed, from cuttings, and advice on making new plants using techniques such as layering and division.

You can find out more about the Bee Friendly scheme and download a booklet here:

To download a copy of the booklet, please follow the link below

Planting for Pollinators booklet

Many thanks to the following organisations and people for their support in producing this booklet: Marc Carlton (Wildlife Gardening Forum), Jan Miller (Wildlife Trust Wales), Abi Lowe, Kevin McGinn and Natasha de Vere (National Botanic Garden for Wales), Cath Shellswell (Plantlife), Mark Cleaver (Monmouthshire County Council), Lucy Arnold-Matthews (Newport City Council) and the All Ireland Pollinator Team.

Rachel Carter

Swyddog lleodd lleol ar gyfer Natur

Local Places for Nature Officer

Un Llais Cymru

24c Stryd y Coleg Rhydaman

Sir Gaerfyrddin

SA18 3AF

Ffôn symudol: 07392 803323

Ffôn swyddfa: 01269 595400

One Voice Wales

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Office phone: 01269 595400

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Coffee Morning

Morning everyone,

Please remember that we have the coffee morning this Saturday, 7th March at 10:30 am in the Penmaen and Nicholaston Village Hall.

Lovely cakes will be available (all homemade by the lovely ladies of the village) and all are welcome!!

ADDITIONALLY, please don’t forget about the showing of the Wales vs England Rugby Match at 4:45 pm in the village hall! There will be chilli available as well as coffee and tea. If you want, please feel free to bring your own beer! Please contact me if you wish to attend so we can make sure to have enough Chilli!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Rural Development Plan (RDP)

Rural Development Plan

The Community Council has received an offer of Grant Aid of approximately £12,000 under the Rural Development Plan for Wales. This is a Scheme being administered by the City and County of Swansea and is a distribution of funding that has been obtained by the Welsh Government from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development for enhancement to Community areas and other projects throughout rural areas in Wales. Ilston Community Council is of course set in Rural Gower, and as such has qualified for some of this funding. The Community Council has identified a number of items that could benefit from improvement.

Work throughout the Villages of Penmaen, Parkmill, Lunnon, Ilston and Nicholaston.
Future proposals

All residents and businesses are invited to participate in the improvement process either by coming forward with ideas or assistance in any proposals. A working group has been set up by the Community Council to co-ordinate the Scheme and deal with the quite complex administration that does come with European Grant Aid packages.

For further information please contact:

Clerk to Ilston Community Council

6 Belvedere Close, Kittle, Swansea, SA3 3LA

or please visit the RDP website

Scope of improvement

The Grant is going to be administered by the City & County of Swansea under their Programme called Swansea Rural Business Plan 2, and information about the full extent of this is available from the City and County Website at

The Scheme works will take place over a period ending in March 2013. The project has to have an element of what is called matched funding, that is contributions in kind or cash from residents and businesses within the Community area.To date a number of partners and residents have agreed to take part in this Scheme, either by providing practical support or direct financial help. So far local sponsors and residents have pledged £3000 towards the match funding.

Environmental Improvements

Ilston Community Council encompasses an important and sensitive environmental area with many wonderful and fascinating landscape features, and it is hoped that this grant will compliment the protection of this important aspect of our Community. It is also our hope that more people in the Community will be able to enjoy all the various assets that we have, and this can be achieved by some basic improvements to the existing footpaths throughout the Villages. Whilst the existing grant does not go very far in the terms of achieving lots of objectives, and it may be a stepping point to obtaining further grant aid in the future, depending on residents and local’s interest and commitment to this process.
Works that can be undertaken under this scheme

A number of items have been immediately identified as needing attention such as:

Replacement of dilapidated benches in Ilston and Penmaen.

Save the Date – Children’s Christmas Party

Dear all,

The Village will be holding the Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday, 1 December at the village hall from 3 pm – 5 pm.

All ages are welcome as we will be making christmas cards and decorations for the family, playing games, feasting and there will be a visit from Father Christmas!!

All we ask is for you to bring a dish of food to share.

I will be sending a flyer out shortly with more details.

Thank you and best regards,


Penmaen and Nicholaston Parish Hall Christmas Children’s Party!!

Sunday, 1st December 2019, 3pm – 5pm (ish)

Children of all ages from little ones to teenagers from the
villages that use the hall are welcome.

This year we will be making Christmas cards and decorations to
take away and there will be games, music and a special visitor
from the North Pole will be appearing around 4pm!!

There is no charge (but donations welcome) just bring a dish of food /
snacks to share.

Please confirm a week before if you are coming or if you have any

Thank you Nigel 07850 503970

An Evening of Entertainment

An Evening of Entertainment on Saturday, 21st September 2019

Jeff Eley will provide an evening of entertainment in aid of Church funds at Penmaen & Nicholaston Village Hall with doors opening at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Parking will be available near the hedge adjacent to road.

The event will be in two sessions with a buffet supper during the interval.

Tickets are £10 payable in advance with no refunds after 16th September, please book by 16 September.

Tickets available from David Harry (371 615) or Frances Owen-John (371 204) (

There will be a raffle with brilliant prizes! 

A free drink (wine or beer) will be given with each ticket and thereafter a suitable donation for any further drinks will be accepted.

We look forward to seeing you!

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