Notes from our
cancelled as a covid precaution.
14th, 2022 Meeting
A well-attended meeting was held on the evening of February 14th. Our
guest speaker was Heather Tomos, the title of her presentation was ‘Three
of Pembrokeshire’s past Members of Parliament’, aided by
pictures and information on a screen she spoke of the personal and professional
lives of Walter Roch; Charles Price and Desmond Donnelly, there was
great interaction by the members as some recalled past elections and
the members of parliament who represented Pembrokeshire in living memory.
There followed a business meeting, our Treasurer Brenda James will again
organize this year’s day trip, a guided tour of Strata Florida
Abbey and Saint David’s Church, Llanddewi Brefi, with a meal to
end the day on our way home. Due to covid this trip, planned for 2020,
Among other items, we discussed having a ‘facebook’ page.
Heather offered to set up the page, to help promote local history and
the Society’s work and also to be more accessible to the public.
This offer was gratefully accepted. We are pleased to announce that
the page ‘Cymdeithas Treftadaeth Eglwyswrw Heritage Group’
is now up and has attracted much interest. Our next meeting will be
a business meeting. New members always welcome.
Our meeting was held on March 14th, though attendance was low, we had
a very enjoyable and interesting meeting under the chairmanship of Enid
Cole. There were lively discussions,
informative and entertaining, though deviating a little from the agenda
The correspondence received was discussed and announcements made.
It was agreed that we would support the Coffee Morning to raise money
for Ukraine's refugees on Saturday, April 2 at Yr Hen Ysgol.
Material from our archive were available for members to borrow.
We decided on arrangements for our annual day out which is as follows:
- On Saturday May 7th we will leave Eglwyswrw at 9.30am to arrive at
Saint David’s Church, Llanddewi Brefi by 11.30, to meet our guide
- Church Warden Llinos, then to Tregaron for a break and refreshment,
then on to Strata Florida Abbey for 2.30pm to meet our guide - Charles
Arch. We will stop for a meal at Glanyrafon Arms, Talgarreg on our way
Members and guests are invited to pay a £10 deposit by April 11th
– at our next meeting at Yr Hen Ysgol. or directly contact our
Treasurer and trip organizer Brenda James on 01239 841710
Our speaker for our April meeting is Eirlys Thomas who will talk about
her travels from Argentina to Antarctica.
Among other matters discussed was our Facebook page set up by Heather
Tomos who informed us that membership to date was 176 and it has attracted
a lot of interest.
Throughout the year we have interesting speakers, guests are always
welcome for an admission fee of £3 or become a full at £10.
We held our April meeting on Monday the 11th. There were 17 members
and guests present.
Our Chairman Enid Cole welcomed Eirlys Thomas our guest speaker. Title
of Eirlys’ presentation was ‘Argentina to Antarctica’
a journey she made some years ago. Eirlys talked about the history and
traditions of the places visited recalling facts and figures of interest.
The newly installed projector and equipment was used for the first time
and the great many photos showed up well on the large screen. The presentation
starting at Buenos Aires then on to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in
the world, then to The Falkland Islands and South Georgia visiting Shackleton’s
grave and the abandoned whaling stations and finally to Antarctica showing
the abundance of wildlife on route.
Delyth thanked the speaker on behalf of the members, as it has been
decided not to hold business meetings when we have a guest speaker there
was plenty of time to enjoy a cup of tea and socialise. Our next event
is our annual day out, this year we will visit St David Church, Llanddewi
Brefi and Strata Florida Abbey.
Trip 2022 - Llanddewi Brefi and Strata Florida.
Members of the Eglwyswrw Heritage Society and friends had a wonderful
day on Saturday May 7th. We visited the picturesque and well-known church
of St Davids, Llanddewi Brefi. The Church with its many legends has
been site of worship at Llanddewi Brefi since the 7th century. Church
warden Llinos was there to show us around and point out points of interest.
One interesting grave that caught everyone’s eye was that of Ajax
Ajax, the script on the stone was in Welsh, so maybe he was Welsh speaking.
After a lunch break at Tregaron we travelled to Strata Florida to meet
our guide for the afternoon Charles Arch, who was born in Mynachlog
Fawr which is situated next to the Abbey. The tour started at newly
opened museum which holds exhibits that tells the story of the daily
lives of the Arch family who lived on the farm from 1860’s to
the 1990’s. From there we moved to the Abbey going past the school
building that Charles attended. After a guided tour of the Abbey, and
then we were shown around the Church. Equal to the facts about these
ancient buildings and ruins were the stories describing the hardships
suffered by people of the locality over the years. The employment of
people in the lead mines are their poor living conditions, great many
died young, He spoke about the snow and frost of 1947 which wiped out
sheep farming of those that grazed the surrounding mountains. The snow
was as high as the farmhouse, which is a substantial building, it paralyzed
the locality for 12 weeks, by the time the thaw came there were ten
coffins in the church awaiting burial, the ground being too hard for
the grave diggers. On our way home we enjoyed a lovely a meal at Glanyrafon
We are grateful to our Treasurer, Brenda James for organizing everything
and to everyone in the group for a pleasant and interesting day.
Business meeting on Monday May 9th. There were only
nine members present. After words of condolences to Enid on the loss
of her brother Howard, the meeting began.
Among items on the agenda that discussed was a possible programme for
Though early in the year members were invited to put forward ideas.
Our speaker for our June meeting was Dyfrig Harries who described his
and his son Ieuan’s travels in Africa. The adventure lasted from
March to September and came about by a combination of facts. Ieuan worked
in Africa as a ‘Bush Pilot’ and was coming to the end of
his contract there. Dyfrig decided to visit his son so they could travel
home together, but not by the conventional mode of travel, they decided
to travel on motor bikes, Dyfrig already owned a powerful Yamaha motorbike
which he shipped out to Cape Town, Ieuan used a motor bike to travel
to and from work, but the bike was not suitable for the long journey
planned. So, he bought an identical bike to his father’s which
he had been keenly watching its price being reduced in a showroom as
there wasn’t much demand for big bikes in that area. Dyfrig described
events leading up to the to the start of their journey home.
Linking up with his son and touring Namibia and Botswana before traveling
south again to Cape Town and preparing for the long journey home, their
route took them north on the eastern side of Africa, he described the
tortuous road leading to the Losothe border, and other parts of the
journey where the tarmac surface would end abruptly. He talked of their
activities along the route such as abseiling and visiting such places
as the memorials to those who died at Rorke’ Drift and Isandlwana
and the memorial for the Zulu warriors. When they arrived at Kenya’s
northern border, they found that to enter Ethiopia they would have to
pay a form of import tax which amounted to a considerable sum, that
could be reclaimed on leaving the country but only at the place of entry.
They decided to dissemble the motorbikes and palletise them for airfreight
to Istanbul. From there they toured a little before heading across Europe
and home to Cardigan. Their adventure raised a substantial amount of
money for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity.
July 11th 2022 Meeting.
It was pleasing to be at a well-attended meeting on Monday evening of
Attendance is slowly building up since the covid restrictions were lifted.
Our guest speaker was Rev Roger Antell from Dinas and the title of his
‘Early Postal Services in Pembrokeshire’
The presentation covered the development of postal services in Pembrokeshire
from its beginning in 1600, to 1921.
The first mail service was formed in early 1600’s and its main
purpose was to communicate with Southern Ireland, messages were being
sent from London on horseback to Dale and then the by boat to Ireland.
At that time the mail service was for Government use only.
Later in the 17th century the postal service expanded to carry letters
for private individuals though the cost meant it was only affordable
to the rich. All letters were sent to London where they were stamped,
and then sent on to their destination where the recipient would pay
In his presentation, Roger showed a sample of how some letters were
addressed which were descriptive rather than a definite address. He
also had a display of information cards showing some rare exhibits in
the form of stamped letters etc.
As the postal service became more organized, letters were left at ‘receiving
houses’ often pubs or cafes and from there they were sent to Post
Offices that were situated in large towns.
Mail carriages were introduced in the late 18th century which carried
passengers as well as mail. As well as the coach driver there was also
In the 1840’s the postal service was further improved by the introduction
of the ‘Penny Post’. Letters could be sent anywhere in the
country for the cost of a penny stamp. Cardigan Penny Post had sub post
offices in the surrounding area, and they would stamp the letters before
sending them on to Cardigan. Eglwyswrw post office being the nearest
of many post offices would stamp the letters with (No1).
Roger also had information on local people that were involved with the
The presentation was well
received, and the members had the opportunity to ask Roger questions
before spending some time socializing with a cup of tea and study the
Our September Heritage Society meeting was held on Monday 12th. Firstly,
we stood in silence for two minutes in memory of Queen Elizabeth II,
then our Chairman Enid Cole welcomed our guest speaker Peter Claughton.
Title of his presentation was ‘Lead and Slate Resources in North
With the help of projected pictures and maps, Peter described the mines
and quarries of our locality and the way they were worked.
He outlined the geology of Pembrokeshire as a whole, from coal in the
south to the lead and slate in the north. He described the lead mines
in Llanfyrnach, situated near the Taf river, which were at the peak
of production in the 70’s and 80’s of the 19th century.
The mine finally ceased production in 1890 when that lode was again
lost, due to faulting and they were unable to continue, but interest
in the mine continued for many years after.
Also described were the slate quarry in Rosebush; Glogue; Cilgerran
and other smaller mines and quarries. Peter described the working conditions
and method of extracting materials from the mines and quarries. His
talk was well received by members present who felt they had learned
a great deal about the mining and quarry industry which employed hundreds
of people in their day, though these places were known to most, it was
very interesting to hear more about what went on in these important
workplaces of long ago. After, we enjoyed a time to socialize with a
cup of tea and a biscuit.
October 10,2022. Meeting.
The Heritage Society’s October business meeting was held on Monday
10th. As our Chairman Enid Cole could not be with us, the meeting was
chaired by Vice Chairman Diana Vaughan Thomas.
Diana greeted members and asked all to stand for a minute’s silence
in memory of a faithful member – Mrs Audrey Jones who died on
We had a full agenda to attend to and there was much correspondence
It was announced that Glynwen and Mike Bishop manned a second-hand book
table on behalf of the Society at the annual CADAMM Show which was held
at Carnhuan in the summer and raised £50. The money was donated
to ‘Cardigan Food Bank’
We discussed our programme for next year, we will have five speakers
during the year, on alternate months for the first part of the year,
with the AGM in November and Christmas Celebration in December. And
for added attraction our business meetings from January 2023 will start
by showing a short film of historical interest or some other feature
that will be decided month by month.
The Village Remembrance Day Service will be held in St Cristiolus Church,
Eglwyswrw on Sunday, 13th November, Glynwen was chosen to lay a wreath
on behalf of the Society.
Members were reminded that we have unsold books, which are now being
sold at a reduced price.
Our Facebook page has 310 members and is well received, we have showed
many photos from our collection on this page throughout the year. Scans
of the Crosswell W.I. scrapbook is drawing much attention. Glynwen had
found that it was the work Mrs Frances Margaretta Morris, Bannondale,
probably with some help from other members of the Crosswell W.I. It
was produced sometime in the 1950’s.
With other matters decided we then enjoyed our customary cup of tea
and a chat.
Our 2022 AGM was held at Yr Hen Ysgol on Monday, November 14th.
After welcoming members, Enid asked all to stand for a minute’s
silence to remember Graham and Audrey, members who have died recently,
and as a mark of respect to our friends who have lost family members
since our last AGM.
During the meeting Enid talked of our activities over the year, of guest
speakers that came to us and of our annual day out in May, a guided
tour of Llanddewi Brefi Church and Strata Florida Abbey the Church and
Members were invited to propose new officers, Enid wished to step down
from being Chairman, a position she has held for several years. Glynwen
Bishop was voted to be Chairman for the coming year. Other officers
were individually asked to continue in their post, and they agreed to
do so. Officers for 2023 as follows. Chair – Glynwen Bishop. Vice-chair
- Diana Vaughan Thomas. Secretary - Will Thomas. Treasurer - Brenda
James. Auditor - Adrian Charlton.
Every year we receive several enquiries from people that have come across
our website and Facebook page.
If research is needed, Glynwen will continue to attend to these enquiries
as she has done in the past.
All agreed that the annual membership fee to remain at £10 for
the coming year and there will be no change in the charge of £3
for non-members who come to listen to guest speakers.
A business meeting followed the AGM, it was reported that book sales
are picking up with Christmas approaching.
It was reported that a well-attended service was held at St Cristiolus
Church on Remembrance Sunday. 18 organizations or individuals laid wreaths
or crosses. Glynwen laid a wreath on behalf of the Society.
It was decided to hold an event at Yr Hen Ysgol on December 12, (7.30pm)
to celebrate Christmas. Members, and their guests to bring food to share
and if desired, their own drinks. Coffee and tea will be provided. There
will be carol singing with Brenda at the keyboard.
Due to weather conditions, our planned event to celebrate Christmas
at Yr Hen Ysgol for Monday, December 12, was cancelled. We hope to organize
a similar event early in the new year, where members, and guests are
invited to bring food and drinks to share.
Officers for 2023 as follows - Chair – Glynwen Bishop;
Vice-chair - Diana Vaughan -Thomas;
Secretary - Will Thomas; Treasurer - Brenda James; Auditor - Adrian