from our Minutes.
On Monday evening, January 13th
we held a well-attended meeting at Yr Hen Ysgol.
Our guest speaker was Martin Roberts of Croesgoch Heritage Society,
whose presentation titled “Brave Women of North Pembrokeshire”
was well received by members.
He told the story of Mrs Williams, Treleddyn near St Davids, who
rowed her boat to rescue seven of the crew of eight whose ship
had foundered on rocks some distance off the coast.
Then he told the tale of Jemima Nicholas and the French invasion
of 1797. Jemima died in 1832 aged 82 years, her grave is at St
Mary’s Church, Fishguard. His final story was of the women
of Trevin who were quicker to react than the men when a ship was
blown onto rocks during a severe gale, they saved eight of the
crew of eleven, the women were also praised for looking after
the traumatized sailors and for raising money for a memorial stone
for the men lost.
After a cup of tea and the usual socializing we held a business
meeting chaired by Enid Cole.
As this was the first meeting of 2020, we invited ideas for the
year ahead. There were many correspondences, one from as far afield
as Australia, who wanted to buy our latest book
“From The Crags Of The Cairns To The Crest Of The Wave”.
“O Grib Y Garn I Frig Y Don”
and we were pleased to oblige. Glynwen was congratulated for handling
the local history enquiries that she deals with comprehensively.
Our next meeting is on February 13th 7.30pm at Yr hen Ysgol, Eglwyswrw.
A very warm welcome to anyone who wishes to join us.
On Monday evening, February 10th at Yr Hen Ysgol, we held a business
meeting chaired by Enid Cole, there were 18 members present. After
discussing the full agenda where it was reported that we had satisfactorily
completed all ongoing projects, we then turned our attention to
our Annual Day Out. Suggestions were short listed to three, and
enquiries will be made regarding these and discussed further at
our next meeting which is on the 9th of March and guest speaker
for that evening is Heather Tomos, title of her presentation:
- Sir William Edmond Logan. For a reasonable fee we will welcome
anyone who would like to come and listen to any of our varied
guest speakers or join us on our Annual Day Out in May. For up
to date information visit our website at www.eglwyswrwheritage.org
At our meeting on Monday, March 9th with attendance only slightly
affected by the wind and rain, we were entertained by our guest
speaker – Heather Tomos. Her presentation described the
life of Sir William Edmond Logan, who as Heather described was
an exceptional geologist.
Born in Canada of Scottish parents and educated in Edinburgh.
He was a linguist and an accomplished artist, he got interested
geology and soon made a name for himself whilst working in south
Wales, so much so that he was appointed to head the Geological
Survey of Canada. Heather kept secret the local connection until
the end of her presentation.
He died at Castell Malgwyn, the home of his sister, Elizabeth
Gower, on 22 June 1875, and is buried in the churchyard of St
Llawddog at Cilgerran.
After a break for tea, we then held a business
meeting chaired by Enid, and as well other matters, we discussed
an enquiry by a member of the Industrial Railway Society who was
seeking information on the narrow gauge railway that was used
to remove timber from Pengelly forest during WW1. Any help with
this request will be greatly appreciated. We also decided on our
annual day out, which this year will be as follows subject to
changes if necessary.
On Saturday, May 23rd we will leave Eglwyswrw on a coach and travel
to visit Llanddewi Brefi Church, there, we will meet Canon Philip
Davies who will give us the history of Church. On from there to
Tregaron and have a break for refreshments. In the afternoon,
we will visit Strata Florida Abbey and be guided by Mr Charles
Arch. We then make our way via Aberaeron to Glan yr Afon, Talgarreg
for our evening meal. If anyone is interested in joining us for
the day, please get in touch with our Treasurer and trip organizer
Brenda James. 01239 841710.
Our next meeting is on April 20th later in the month than usual,
due to Easter Monday falling on our regular date. Our speaker
for that meeting is Eirlys Thomas who will describe her visit
to Argentina and Antarctica. This meeting will take place if circumstances
The following meetings
and events were cancelled due to the coronavirus restrictions
Speaker - Eirlys Thomas.
‘Argentina to Antarctica’.
May 23rd / Trip.
Llanddewi Brefi Church / Tregaron / Strata Florida Abbey / Glanyrafon
Speaker - Dyfrig Harries.
‘Cape to Cardigan on a Motorbike’.
Speaker - Roger Antell.
‘Early Postal Services in Pembrokeshire’.
Speaker - Peter Claughton.
‘Lead and slate: Working the mineral resources in North
A.G.M. & Business Meeting.
All the above were 2020 dates cancelled.
We would like to thank all members for their loyalty over the
years and we hope it will be possible to work and socialize together soon.