Chloe Griffiths, a keen BeeWalker and Penparcau resident has recently had an article published on the Bumble Bee Conversation site on improving bumblebee recording data and local pollinator habitat.

“In our village of Penparcau on the west coast of Wales, volunteers have been taking part in the BeeWalk survey for three years. Volunteers who wished to do something to help our bees, received training from staff at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and now carry out this BeeWalk on a hill in our area called Pen Dinas. The gorse-covered Iron-age hillfort, with a Bronze-age burial mound at the peak, is a local hotspot for bumblebees, and they can often be found nectaring on a selection of flowers from willow to bramble. The BeeWalk has become a popular survey with local people of all ages, including one baby who was enchanted to hold a pot with a bumblebee in it and watch it clambering about!”*

*to read more please follow the link at the bottom of the page.


We hope that you are all keeping well and safe.  The team here at Penparcau Community Hub have been very busy supporting vulnerable and isolated members of the Community and  have now established Penparcau Action Team (PAT) so that we can work remotely and still keep services going as best we can. We thought we would give you an outline of what PAT will be doing

PAT is a coordinated Hub volunteer community group working in support of and in partnership with the Ystwyth Medical Group, Padarn Surgery and St Ann’s Church providing logistical, organised and controlled priority community support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Under the direction of Ystwyth Medical Group practice manager, we are now delivering a daily support service that targets the most medically vulnerable within the Penparcau community.  We also support St Ann’s church providing them with a much needed delivery service to distribute some food supplies.

A team is despatched daily from the Penparcau Community Hub in our minibus and we have established a morning, lunchtime and teatime delivery service. The main priority must be that of achieving a reliable support system for the community to help counter the Coronavirus pandemic.

Routine is essential, and for the success and sustainable control of PAT we must understand that we are not an emergency service, nor a home help or care group but will provide the vulnerable in the community with support for prescription collections and the occasional drop-and-go service.

During difficult and uncertain times, we can rely on the good within the community to respond and stand tall and support those most in need. PAT aims to provide that hand of support and we are now operating a 7-days a week service with 4 volunteers operating the morning shift and 4 volunteers operating the afternoon shift. The office is also open from 09:00 – 15:00 daily to receive phone calls only.  This should provide the community with a vital point of contact where they can receive information, support and direction from our informed Hub staff and volunteers.  Please ring 01970 611099 during those times.

In the meantime stay safe – keep washing those hands!

Karen Rees Roberts (Forum Manager)