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Whether you choose to wear a Poppy or not. We hope you'll look at the Poppies in our Garden and spare a thought for those who have been affected by War.

Remember those who were killed, those that came home with obvious wounds of War and those with the hidden scars of lifelong mental health problems. If we forget, we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes.

"War does not determine who is right - only who is left"

Bertrand Russell

Bronwyn's Zipline adventure raises £541.62

Bronwyn Strugnall, one of our Llanidloes Outreach volunteers, has braved the longest zip line in Europe and the fastest in the world in aid of Ponthafren's Llanidloes Outreach.

During her sponsored adventure Bronwyn descended down the Big Zipper over a quarry lake often reaching speeds well in excess of 100mph.

Bronwyn has, so far, raised £541.62 for Ponthafren's Llanidloes Outreach.Thank You Bronwyn!

If you would like to add to the amount she has raised you can do so on the link below:


George 'The Dolphin' swims 23 miles and raises £215

We would like to say a big thank-you to George 'The Dolphin' who swam a massive 23 miles (the width of the English channel) in aid of Ponthafren Association.

George has, so far, raised a huge £215 for Ponthafren, we are grateful to everyone who donated!

Well done George!

AED from Rory Evans and Morrisons Newtown

We are extremely grateful to Rory Evans and Morrisons Newtown for their donation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to our Newtown Centre.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs.

SCA usually causes death if it's not treated within minutes. In fact, each minute of SCA leads to a 10 percent reduction in survival. Using an AED on a person who is having SCA may save the person's life.

We are sure that the device will prove extrememly valuable to Ponthafren and the Newtown town centre. Thank you Rory and Morrisons!

The Visitors

We have an open door policy at Ponthafren Newtown, so we're always happy for visitors to come and go. Everyone is welcome...

...including the local wildlife!

Our volunteer maintained sensory garden is a magnet for all kinds of wildlife, but we have recently been receiving visits from a very special visitor. An otter is making regular visits in around our riverside garden.

Otters almost disappeared from England & Wales in the 1970's after pesticides routinely used three decades ago brought their numbers to near extinction levels and it is wonderful to see them back on the River Severn. We often see members of the public looking over the bridge at the otters as they go about their business.

Not just otters are visiting though, many different birds are seen on a regular basis. Most recently a Heron made a stir by using our pontoon as a viewpoint.

It is a wonderful sign that the River Severn is healthy enough to support an amazing range of flora and fauna.

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