Treftadaeth Eglwyswrw a'r Fro
District Heritage Society
and Activities 2016
On Monday, January 11th, AGM was held at Yr Hen Ysgol.
The Chairman, Fleur Buston reported on the events of the previous year
and she commented on the number of very interesting guest speakers that
we had during the year and the enjoyable summer trip together.
Appointed officers for 2016 are as follows, President
- Beatrice Davies; Chair - Fleur Buston; Vice-chair
- Enid Cole; Treasurer - Brenda James; Secretary
- Glynwen Bishop; Auditor - Adrian Charlton.
The A.G.M. was followed by a business meeting.
The next meeting at Yr Hen Ysgol is on February 8th at 7.30pm and the
guest speaker is Mr. Emyr Phillips, from Cilgerran.
February 8th, our guest speaker was Mr. Emyr Phillips from Cilgerran.
He talked about Mr. Tom Mathias, a notable photographer of Cilgerran,
describing his life and the diversity of his work which was the subject
of many of his photographs. Most of these were taken between 1900 and
1920 and they are an important archive that records daily life and industry
in the area. Mr. Mathias died in 1940 and after several years his collection
of glass negatives were discovered and were restored and developed. They
have been used in a number of publications and a selection can be seen
in the old phone box near Aberdyfan, Pontrhydyceirt, home of the Mathias
family. Thank you Emyr for an interesting and enjoyable evening.
The next meeting will be on March 14th at Yr Hen Ysgol.
On Monday, March 14th. We held a business meeting at Yr Hen Ysgol. The
meeting was chaired by Fleur Buston and was well attended. Many topics
were discussed regarding events and projects.
And during the obligatory cup of tea members had a chance to discuss individual
interests and spend some time socializing.
On April 11th, our guest speaker was Professor Angela John and the title
of her lecture was ‘Life and Times of Menna Gallie', the distinguished
writer who spent her final years at Newport. Menna Gallie was born in
Ystradgynlais in 1919 to a Welsh family that were deeply involved in politics
and the Labour party. She went to Swansea University where she met the
philosopher W. B. Gallie and they were married in 1940.
Although Welsh was her first language, she is known for her English written
novels, and also as the translator Caradog Prichard's novel ‘Un
Nos Olau Leuad’ (One Moon Lit Night) under the title 'Full Moon'.
Number of her novels were dramatized for radio and her first novel, first
published in 1959, 'Strike for a Kingdom' by Honno was reprinted in 2003.
Menna Gallie died at Newport in 1990, and in 2011a plaque was mounted
in her honour at her former home of 'Cilhendre' in Upper St. Mary’s.
Professor John, who was a friend of the author, gave an insight into the
life of a distinguished resident of our area.
At the next meeting on May 9th, we will make arrangements and collect
the names of those who wish to visit Picton Castle on May 21st.
At our meeting on May 9th, after finalizing the arrangements of our visit
to Picton Castle and other matters, we had an interesting time sharing
stories that were prompted by viewing projected pictures of the area from
On Saturday May 21st our members
met in Eglwyswrw at midday then drove to Picton Castle. We had a guided
tour of the Castle then spent our time wandering through the extensive
gardens; the herb garden in particular drew much interest. There was a
lot of interest also in the lawn mower museum, and on
our way home to
end a very enjoyable afternoon we had a meal together at Nantyffin Motel,
We look forward now to our next meeting on Monday June 13th when Martin
Roberts will give us the history of Castell Henllys. All welcome.
At our June meeting, our guest speaker was Mr. Martin Roberts of Pembrokeshire
Coast National Park, who is employed at the reconstructed Iron Age hill
fort at Castell Henllys, near Eglwyswrw. He described the site and explained
how the reconstruction based on remains found by archaeologists over many
years. The place is now a major tourist and educational center that shows
how Iron Age people lived and gives, especially for children, the practical
experience of trades of the period. The site is open daily and is visited
by many school parties from Wales and beyond, and also by other visitors
that come from all over the world. The story by Martin was interesting
and it was evident that he was passionate about his work there; we had
a very special evening.
A business meeting in July, August recess, and the guest speaker on September
12th is Mr. Boyd Williams.
On July 11th, we had a business meeting at Yr Hen Ysgol and then had an
interesting time looking at old photos and maps with Will and Elfed, and
were told a little of the history of the homes in and around Ffynongroes
and Brynberian which are now ruins. There was no meeting in August and
will next meet on Monday, September 12th, when Mr. Boyd Williams will
speak on the topic 'Welsh England - a contradiction in terms, or is it
The September meeting was cancelled as a mark of respect to the passing
of a popular and devoted member - Mr Hywel James who had died some days
before. We look forward to the next meeting on October 10th at Yr Hen
Ysgol, when Mr Martin Lewis is with us again to entertain us with more
pictures and stories and history of Newport. All welcome.
At our meeting in October, Martin Lewis came to us for the second time
to continue his talk about Newport. He spoke especially of Parrog and
surrounding area, using old postcards and photographs and presented some
of his extensive knowledge of the history of that area. He described the
port and how it was operated and talked about some of the characters associated
with the river. Martin's approach and presentation as always is very interesting
and everyone enjoyed the evening very much.
Our next meeting is on Monday, November 14th at Yr Hen Ysgol.
On Monday, November 14th our Annual General Meeting (AGM)
was held at Yr Hen Ysgol. (Date for the AGM has now been changed from
January to November so that the programme for the New Year can be completed
and programmes printed).
The Chairman, Fleur Buston, reported on the events of the year and pointed
to a number of very interesting speakers we had listened to during that
time, and also of our enjoyable trip to Picton Castle together in the
summer. Appointed officers for 2017 are as follows - Chair -
Enid Cole; Vice Chair - Diana Vaughan-Thomas; Secretary
- Will Thomas; Treasurer - Brenda James; Auditor
- Adrian Charlton.
The AGM was followed by a business meeting; main discussion was the programme
and events for 2017 and the Christmas Dinner.
This year’s Christmas dinner is on December 12th at Llwyngwair Manor.
On Monday, December 12th, 34 members and friends went to celebrate Christmas
at Llwyngwair Manor, Newport. We enjoyed a delicious dinner in a social
and relaxing atmosphere. Many thanks Marilyn and staff for their hospitality.
Our guest speaker was Mr. Conway Davies who spoke about ‘Love and
Courtship Practices in West Wales in the 19th Century’. His stories
were very interesting and brought back some memories for the audience
of the stories they had heard of the bygone time - and of some things
that has not changed much over the years! Many thanks to Mr Davies, he
will talk to us on another subject at Yr Hen Ysgol in the New Year.
Our next meeting will be at Yr Hen Ysgol on January 9th at 7.30pm.
And that is on the second Monday of the month as usual.
We would like thank everyone
who have helped us enjoy another period of learning about our heritage,
we would like to extend our thanks to all our guest speakers who came
to educate and entertain us, and our officials for their work, and to
all that have contributed to the Society’s success.