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The last talk of our 2018/19 season is on Wednesday 20th March at 7:30 p.m. when we welcome back Mr Paul Busby, local historian and Tredegar House guide.

Members will remember Paul's talk in 2015 on the adventures of Evan Morgan of Tredegar House.

This time, Paul's subject is 'Raglan Castle and the Noble Dukes of Beaufort'.

There will also be the opportunity at the meeting to purchase tickets for our 2019 trips that take place in April, May and June. See the 'Trips' page for further details.

Our February talk this year had a full house to hear Prof. Maddy Gray speaking on 'Wall Art at Llangybi Church'.

As a follow up, the Group has arranged to visit the church in April, when Maddy will be our guide. See the 'Trips' page for further details.

Llangybi Church has its own website that can be found here:
Llangybi Church

One of the significant medieval wall paintings is 'The Sunday Christ', with a sketch of the painting depicted here. This is a warning to Sabbath breakers, illustrated by the tools of various trades of the period.

The Sunday Christ

Our first talk of 2019 is on Wednesday 16th January at 7:30 p.m.

Our speaker is David Cartwright, who will speak on 'Hughesovska and the Welsh Development of the Russian Iron Industry'. Hughesovska, sometimes spelt Hughesovka, is the city in Ukraine now known as Donetsk.

In 1870, John Hughes from Merthyr Tydfil accepted a concession from the Imperial Russian Government to develop a metal works in Russia. The Hughes factory gave its name to the settlement which grew up around it and became the town of Hughesovka.

See this webpage link for a Wikipedia article on John Hughes and Hughesovka:
John Hughes

A local resident has visited Donetsk and has kindly sent a photo of the statue of John Hughes that is there.

John Hughes statue

Our December talk this year is on Wednesday 19th December. We will welcome back Mr Peter Strong, who will be talking about Henry Jones. 'The Monmouth Flour King' is the story of Mr Jones from Monmouth and his invention and development of self-raising flour.

See this webpage link for a short Wikipedia article on Henry Jones:
Henry Jones, baker

The evening will conclude with our traditional December refreshments of mulled wine, stollen and mince pies.

Membership will be available at the reduced price of £8 at the meeting, to give free entry to the remaining talks of the season and priority booking for any trips arranged for 2019.

Over 50 people filled the hall on Wednesday 21st November 2018 to hear Sue Amos tell us all about the life and times of Horatio (later Admiral Lord) Nelson. We watched slides of collages created by Mrs Amos, each depicting a period of Nelson's life, and she explained the significance of these in his life story.

There then followed images copied from 'lantern slides' hand-drawn on glass over 200 years ago, showing his State Funeral procession.

Our first talk of the 2018/19 season is on Wednesday 17th October 2018. Dr Rhian Morgan from Wales Gene Park in Cardiff will talk on 'The King in the Car Park'. This is the amazing story of the search for the grave of Richard III and subsequent identification of his remains.

The leader of the project was Philippa Langley. You can read her story of the project by following this link:
What Philippa Did

The Richard III Society has also set up a webpage describing the project:
Looking for Richard

Saturday 29th September 2018 saw the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the group.
Around 55 people were assembled to toast the group's continued success and listen to a talk especially prepared by Dr Naylor Firth entitled 'Focus on Llangwm'. The proceedings were finished off with the presentation of plaque recording the event, followed by afternoon tea.

Anniversary Plaque


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