Charity Shop - Happy Anniversary! (6/5/08)

Shop Manager Liz Easton with a cheque for £20000 Builth Wells Community Supports Charity Shop celebrates its first year in business on Tuesday 6th May.

The success of the shop is due to the hard work of the shop manager Liz Easton and her team of Volunteers but of course without the donations from the local community there would not be any stock to sell. Local people have been incredibly generous with their donations and the shop has become an important asset to the town.

“The continued support of all our customers & donors is essential for our future success and we would like to convey our heartfelt thanks for their involvement” Liz Easton Shop Manager. She is pictured with a cheque for £20000 - this amount represents the money channelled into various community schemes and in the future we hope to expand and maybe initiate new projects.

Charity Shop Success! (2/4/08)

Our Charity Shop in Builth Wells. Our shop was opened last year to raise money for Community Support, as we were facing a budget shortfall due to funding becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.

The shop has proved the answer to all our prayers and exceeded everyone’s hopes, not only has it raised enough to cover the shortfall, but it will enable us to continue to run our transport schemes. We are also able to increase the amount we give to members:

Taxi card scheme: Members allocation will be increased from £50 to £60 and number of members can be increased.
Voluntary transport scheme: From 1st April, the charge to passengers will be reduced from 25p to 20p per mile, minimum charge reduces from £2.50 to £2. (Other schemes in Powys are now having to charge passengers 40p per mile). Check out our costs in full.
Monthly outings: This scheme will also be funded

Grants from Powys County Council, Powys Local Health Board & WCVA via Powys Volunteer Centre are received for staff & office costs.

Tested Electricals for Sale! (20/2/08)

Electric plugWe have been awarded a grant from Powys Environmental Partnership to train volunteers to test small electrical appliances, which means we can we can now accept donations of these items and once they are tested they can be sold in our shop.

January Outing (17/2/08)

Penny FarthingThe first outing of the new year was to the National Cycle Museum in Llandrindod, and what an amazing place it is! There are many cycles of all descriptions from early Penny Farthings to the latest Olympic-style models, as well as an array of cycling accessories.

We were made welcome by Mr. David Higman MBE, who was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the exhibits, and told us lots of intereting anecdotes as we wended our way round the museum. Many amongst us exclaimed that they had once owned a bike like this one, or ridden a bike like that one when they were a grocer's delivery boy, bringing back lots of fond memories. Many thanks to David for making it an interesting afternoon.

We then made our way to the Metropole Hotel for a well-earned sit down and a delicious afternoon tea to round off an enjoyable visit to Llandrindod.

Save Wyeside (10/1/08)

Wyeside Arts CentreWyeside faces enforced closure this year. Please consider signing this online petition to Wales’ Minister for Heritage, Rhodri Glyn Thomas? Click on the link below:


Letters to the Minister supporting the appeal would add significant weight to the campaign. If you wish to send a letter please include your name and address to ensure a reply. A copy to Wyeside would also be appreciated.
Email address:
Postal address: National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA.
Wyeside: Wyeside Arts Centre, Castle St, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3BN.

On 25th January the Arts Council will be deciding which of its clients to cut. To impress upon them the level of support for Wyeside, we would like to encourage people to sign the petition by 21st January. We will continue to seek signatures and letters of support beyond that date to submit to the Minister for Heritage once the Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council publicly announce their decisions concerning the future of Wyeside.

Builth Project (23/11/07)

BACH at Builth Hospital on Valentine's DayFollowing on from this year's Assembly Elections a new plan is being developed for health and social care in the Builth and Llanwrtyd area. The plan is being promoted by the Local Health Board and County Council and their recent consultation document is available here.

The Project Board is keen to hear your views and an online questionnaire is available here.

October Outing (7/11/07)

William WilliamsThe outing in October was a very well-attended trip to Pantycelyn, the home of William Williams. He was, of course, the famous 18th century preacher and hymnist, whose best-known hymn is surely that Welsh favourite "Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah".
The weather was cool and dry, and it was a lovely ride to Pantycelyn nestling in the hills, and we received a very warm and friendly welcome from Cynthia Williams, wife of the present direct descendant of William. It was fascinating to hear something of the life and times of William, and to view various artefacts of his. It turned out that several members knew Cynthia in their youth, and many reminiscences and tales were recalled!
When we finally managed to tear ourselves away we stopped at the Craft Centre cafe in Llandovery for a delicious afternoon tea, before making our way home over the Sugar Loaf. It had been a very enjoyable afternoon.

Free Light Bulbs (20/10/07)

Ian and Eirionwy at Buckingham PalaceBuilth Wells Community Support has obtained a supply of energy saving light bulbs from Powergen together with some energy saving "PowerDown" plugs for use with a home computer.The devices should help to reduce yor electricity bill. Bulbs and plugs are available FREE from the office; Monday – Friday 10a.m. - 1p.m.

What is a "PowerDown plug"?
This clever computer multi plug will save you money and hassle, automatically switching off any equipment linked to your computer, such as your printer, scanner or speakers, when you shut down. PowerDown also helps to protect your sensitive computer equipment from the hazards of voltage spikes and power surges. PowerDown is only suitable for desktop computers. A laptop compatible version will be available later this year.

Two FREE energy saving light bulbs per household only - no proof of benefit required.
One FREE PowerDown plug per household only but you need to be in receipt of one of the following qualifying benefits or tax credits:
Council Tax benefit (does not include single occupancy reduction)
Child Tax Credit (where the relevant income is £14600 or less)
Working Tax Credit (where the relevant income is £14600 or less)
State pension
Credit Income based job Seekers allowance
Housing benefit
Income Support
Attendance Allowance
Disability Living Allowance
Disablement pension
War Disablement pension

Outings (15/10/07)

Croft Castle Outing This summer has shown the diversity of the venues chosen for the monthly outings - a salmon hatchery, a mountain visitor centre, a country park and a castle with, amongst others, Oakchurch and the Cycle Museum still to come.
September's destination was Croft Castle, about an hour away through beautiful countryside on one of the few fine days of the summer! After lunch in the cafe we listened to a very interesting talk on the history of the castle, and then had a chance to wander round the lovely grounds. A browse round the shop and plant stalls was a must for many of us, before gathering back at the car park ready to go home.
Croft Castle OutingTransport for these outings is provided by BWCS volunteers using their own vehicles. Transport is also provided for anybody to get to appointments in surgeries, hospitals, dentists, opticians, etc. Passengers pay towards the cost of these journeys, and volunteers claim mileage for them. Our volunteers also provide a befriending service, library book deliveries, meals-on-wheels, office cover. It is a rewarding way to help others in the local community, and volunteers are always needed, so if you're interested and have time to spare, call into the office in the High Street (opposite Boots) or ring on 01982 553004 for more information.
Contact BWCS with suggestions for future outings.

Garden Party (17/07/07)

Ian and Eirionwy at Buckingham PalaceKirsty Williams AM asked Cathy Ysart to nominate an outstanding Volunteer to attend the Queen's Garden Party.
"As Ian Phillips has done such a brilliant job as treasurer and still continues to do lots of other voluntary tasks for us, I felt he was the ideal candidate".
Ian and his partner Eirionwy had a fabulous time at Buckingham Palace this July.


Annual Coffee Morning:
Many thanks to those who attended on Monday 18th February 2008
St Mary’s Church Hall, Builth Wells.

Can We Help?

Have you any ideas on how Community Support can further help out? If so please contact us - we value all suggestions.