Cymdeithas Treftadaeth Eglwyswrw a'r Fro

Eglwyswrw and District Heritage Society

Meetings and Activities 2019

Notes from our Minutes.

January 2020
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.

February 2020
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

March 2020

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 allow.

The following meetings and events were cancelled due to the coronavirus restrictions

April 20th
Speaker - Eirlys Thomas.
‘Argentina to Antarctica’.

May 11th
Business Meeting.

May 23rd / Trip.
Llanddewi Brefi Church / Tregaron / Strata Florida Abbey / Glanyrafon Arms, Talgarreg.

June 8th
Speaker - Dyfrig Harries.
‘Cape to Cardigan on a Motorbike’.

July 13th
Speaker - Roger Antell.
‘Early Postal Services in Pembrokeshire’.

August 10th
No meeting.

September 14th
Speaker - Peter Claughton.
‘Lead and slate: Working the mineral resources in North Pembrokeshire’.

October 12th
Business Meeting.

November 9th
A.G.M. & Business Meeting.

December 14th
Christmas Celebration.

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.