The book sold well,
there are a few copies left, and it has been posted abroad to
families who once came from the area and to those who have been
researching their ancestry. It is still available for sale at
£10 and anyone interested can contact us at email@example.com
Since then the group have gone from strength to strength, membership
for most years is between 40 and 50 people. They have all enjoyed
listening to the stories of the regular guest speakers every month
at the Butchers Arms or at Yr hen Ysgol. Day trips to places such
as the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth, the gardens at
Aberglasney, and of course St Fagans, the Welsh Folk Museum has
been very successful. As have the ‘walk and talk’
days where we have explored our village and other places of interest
such as the POW Camp at Henllan and the local ‘Ty Canol’
Over the years the Society has continued its work, collecting
and recording history of the locality. We have been fortunate
to receive donations of varied local history related documents
and photographs. There are always many projects being worked on.
The most prominent in recent times is the James Brothers project
so named as it is the first of a series of projects, for which
the Society has received a substantial Lottery Grant.
In February 2013 the Society held workshops at the Shire Horse
Farm, as part of the James Brothers project that is managed by
Rheinallt James. Children of all ages and ability were given the
chance to use tools of the period of Howard and Herbert James
of Narberth who built and then flew their ‘Caudron Biplane’
some hundred years ago. The children worked on shaping a propeller,
making flying helmets of leather as well as building an apparatus
for steam bending lengths of wood. It was rewarding to see youngsters
getting to grips with tools of yesteryear with many showing good
level of skill. The second workshop saw even more people involved.
We continue to visit sites of historical interest, Gower Heritage
Centre; Waterfront Museum in Swansea; Cardigan Castle; Manordeifi
Church; Iron Age Fort, Castell Henllys; Cenarth Coracle Museum
to name a few.
We have attended meetings for Affiliation of History Societies
at Haverfordwest Library for lectures on a wide variety of history
related topics sadly these have discontinued.
The Society exhibited the James Brothers Cauldron biplane complete
with a simulator at the Urdd Eisteddfod 2013 at Boncath, and there
have been aviation related trips arranged.
The most memorable was our visit to Control Tower, Carew where
enthusiastic Control Tower volunteers described war time life
at the base in an entertaining manner. A day that adults and youngsters
alike will remember for a long time to come.
Our visit to Sunderland Trust at Pembroke Dock was also a fine
We have been able help family historians from this country and
abroad who have contacted the Society with enquiries about their
ancestries who used to live in our neighbourhood.
We have continued to find very able speakers who have spoken on
varied topics such as Cardigan Castle; The Cardi Bach; The Barony
of Cemais and Maritime Heritage of West Wales to name just a few.
In recent years we have commemorated Meigan Fair with a sing along
in the Butchers Arms.
The Society working with other
parties started a project to erected a War Memorial for Eglwyswrw
and surrounding area, twentyfive people are known to have died
mainly during the First World War. Our intention was to have a
memorial erected in memory of these men by the centenary of the
start of World War One.
A Service of Memorial and Dedication
of the new War Memorial was held at St Cristiolus Church Eglwyswrw
on Sunday, August 10th 2014, see the Memorial
Around the same time as our Heritage
Society started the War Memorial project, we began another to
remember the two boys Milton Jones and Donald Pritchard who were
killed in an accident on the Preseli hills in 1944, when the boys
handled or moved military ordnance which exploded, killing both.
This project had many facets aimed to help young people be aware
of local as well as wartime history.
A service was held on August 31st to unveil a plaque in their
memory at Seion Chapel Crymych with the Sunday School children
taking a prominent part.
The success of the Society is due to the hard work of members
and the support from the community and further afield.