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What a lovely warm welcome we received from the lovely ladies at Pennard library, the tea and coffee were flowing, a most generous member of the community had donated a fabulous home made cake to the event and members of the community arrived to communicate - ticking all our boxes!

I was joined by members of the community who were already using VocalEyes.org, those who had been online and felt they wanted some support to use it and also people who were interested in finding out more - we also roped in unsuspecting visitors to the library. 

We had a great morning, with people registering for the first time and getting involved, rating and debating ideas already being discussed and inputting excellent ideas of their own. We also had very interesting conversations around the ideas on the platform and ways to make them become a reality.

Great stuff Penard! See you in Monday January 29th at 10am for our next Coffee, Cake & Communicate!

posted on 16 Dec 2017

Plastic-Free Pennard
Follow Penzance in Cornwall by achieving the Plastic-free Coastline award. Reduce the use of single-use plastic in Pennard ward, working with residents and businesses to achieve this.

https://www.sas.org.uk/news/plastic-free-coastlines-approved-penzance/

posted on 8 Jan 2018

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Pennard Area Community Partnership (PACP) is an organisation within the community of Pennard that operates on a charitable basis to take ideas within the community forward. They have agreed to investigate the feasibility of putting on the first event, making use of the "Night Out" scheme, putting in place a process for a team of individuals to take over and turn this into a regular activity - even if it's only twice a year!

posted on 2 Jan 2018

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Tree Planted
The Tree planting ceremony took place on November 30th 2017 at the entrance to Pennard Primary school and car park. It was attended by Gwen Watkins, Vernon's widow as well as members of the local community, Pennard Community Councillors, Gower Unearthed, The Gower Society, the AONB, Pennard Library, children from Pennard Primary and members of the Vernon Watkins community. The tree was blessed by the Rev. Nigel King and Gwen Watkins read one of Vernon's children's poems aloud. It was a beautiful and fitting tribute to Vernon and it was a pleasure and a privilege to be in attendance. The tree is to be accompanied by a memorial stone in the New Year. This will commemorate 50 years since the passing of Vernon Watkins, along with the 50th anniversaries of Pennard Primary and Pennard Library. The stone will be funded by donations from The Gower Society, the Gower Landscape Partnership, Pennard Community Council and VocalEyes.org.

posted on 2 Jan 2018

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Idea: Plant a tree for Vernon Watkins (archived) av. rating: 4.7 rated by: 13 declined by: 5
WHATS ON
A Pennard Area "whats on" so every one knows what is going on in the area. Groups can then plan ahead without clashing with other events.

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PEACEFUL GARDEN
CREATE A PEACEFUL COMMUNITY GARDEN IN THE OVERGROWN AREA WITHIN THE LINKSIDE, THREECLIFFS ROAD AND PENNARD ROAD TRIANGLE

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Tool share
many people have an array of tools in their garden sheds which are only used once or twice a year. these could be lent to others in the village instead of them buying one.

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Link up the 114 and 118 Bus services
This would allow connections across Gower to and from Pennard.

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Our first engagement event is coming to Pennard on Monday 27th at 10 am. Coffee and Tea will be provided by the lovely ladies at the Library and VocalEyes will provide the cake. All you need to bring is your voice! This is set to be a regular gathering at the library on a monthly basis. We will be skipping December as it's so busy but we will return in January and every month from then on! 
Looking forward to seeing you there!

posted on 18 Nov 2017

Well it's been a whirlwind couple of months but we are up and running with our Community Voice project! We have started in Pennard and have our first list of priorities for the ward. We have so much support for the project it's really fantastic to be a part of it. Rebecca Evans AM and MP Tonia Antionazzi are thrilled to be involved in such an innovative and exciting project and have committed to help us out in any way they can.

Cllr. Lynda James, for Pennard, is also keen to engage with the community and will soon be adding her community budget to the process so we can all see where this funding is being prioritized in line with the community's needs. We have a new Twitter account with frequent tweets about progress and groups we’re working with. Follow us @swanseavoice to keep up to date with developments.

 We are working in partnership with Friends of Pennard Library (FoPL) in Pennard and Gower Access Path (GAP) in Bishopston – where we’re heading to next with the project. We are also about to start discussions with AFC Pennard about their aspirations for women/girls sports teams in the ward and a fit-for-purpose Pavilion on the Playing Field. You can make a difference to the community without leaving your armchair but if you're inspired by the project and want to be involved, we are recruiting teams of Community Organisers in all 8 wards.

We need diverse teams of people with many different skill sets so don't be shy or sit at home thinking there wouldn't be a place for you; contact me now at susan.r@vocaleyes.org and help bring positive changes to your community! There are very exciting times ahead - more and more people are registering with www.vocaleyes.org and having their say on what they want in their communities.

Coming soon is our first "Coffee, Cake and Communicate" event with plenty more to follow. We are also about to launch a very exciting competition for the younger members of the community with a fantastic £50 prize! I’ll be back soon with more news on our progress – keep communicating! Susan x PS Here are Pennard's priorities for August: http://vocaleyes.org/vocaleyes/group/idea-report/grp/3502/token/8a1c7347af8ff51ef7b4b2f2b78e6658

posted on 8 Sep 2017