On Saturday 30th April 2016 the ACS spent the day at Caerleon, with our venerable Archaeologist as a most knowledgeable and entertaining guide. We visited the Barracks , the Amphitheatre , the Baths and the Museum with a spot of lunch in the pleasant surroundings of the Hanbury Arms.
There was almost a modern day Gladitorial contest within the Amphitheatre when a young father was politely requested to stop his small son climbing all over the walls of the preserved monument. The aforementioned (supposedly responsible) adult took great offence at the request ( it’s only a pile of old stones innit ? ) and (what’s it got to do with you , my kid can play where he likes ) before lumbering off , his knuckles making little streaks along the finely mown grass to continue his football game within those ancient walls. The child was later seen still engaged in his mountaineering activities with his father looking on.
We cannot corroborate reports that a similar looking young man was later seen to be chased by an older somewhat agitated bearded gentleman wildly swinging a CADW sign in wide swinging chopping motions .
To see some photos of the trip , please click the link below which will take you to our Flickr photo album.
The Ancient Cwmbran Society holds a monthly Committee Meeting on the first Wednesday of every month.
During the meeting held in January, our good friend and Co-Founder of the Ancient Cwmbran Project, Richard Davies, tendered his resignation from the Committee.
A little history for anybody who may not be aware of our beginnings, it was due to the interest and determination to find out more about the local woods by local residents Richard Davies and Mike Price, that the Ancient Cwmbran & The Cistercian Project was created. A £48,000 grant was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund to explore Greenmeadow Woods along with some other previously unrecorded sites of interest in the Greenmeadow and Thornhill areas.
This all happened way back in 2009, and the project really struck a chord with the local population ( and surprisingly with many others from outside the area) being a huge success with some 200 people showing interest in the Project. The work was carried out by volunteers from the local community and celebrated the medieval pilgrim heritage of the area through a complimentary art project, and produced a large carved effigy of St Derfel. A medieval crop growing project was established and circular heritage walk leaflet was produced for the area, along with a most informative publication entitled “Warriors, Saints and Lords”.
When the Project ended, it was mainly due to the drive and determination of Richard that the Ancient Cwmbran Society was founded, with its inaugural meeting held in Henllys Village hall on June 14th 2011.
It was with some reluctance that we accepted Richards resignation from the Committee, but please be rest assured that Richard will continue to remain a friend of the Ancient Cwmbran Society, and will continue to support the Society during the transition period and will continue to join our activities as a Friend of the ACS.
On a personal note, I, and probably many others, will miss Richard’s vast wealth of knowledge and boundless energy and enthusiasm that we have all been graced with over the past 8 years.
I am sure that you will join me in wishing Richard every success in his future endeavours.
The Ancient Cwmbran Society tends not to become involved in political activism of any type, but recently we became aware of some proposed cut backs which would affect the very core of our existence, namely the ability to gather and disseminate records and information held within the public library system.
Did you know that many Public Libraries are under threat of closure ?
Yes, it’s true.
More than 500 out of the 4500 libraries in the UK are earmarked to close .
Many of us spare little thought for our local library services now that we have instant access to news, books and other media from our phones and other modern devices, but many people are still reliant on our Public Libraries, such as those of an earlier generation who may not feel to comfortable with our modern technology or those without internet access seeking employment.
The Government and Local Authorities have a legal responsibility to provide you with a quality library service that meets your needs. Please click the following link for an explanation of what will happen if these services are eroded by Local Authority cutbacks.
Could I ask that if If you are planning come along to the AGM / Christmas gathering, please drop me a line (Nigel) at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can reserve another bench if numbers dictate. (it’s not essential since we know that AGM’s are not everybody’s idea of fun , but if everybody reading this post attends, we may need more room)
Many thanks for your support over the past year ,
and if we don’t see you at the AGM,
the Committee wishes you all
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !
On Wednesday 17th June 2015, members of the ACS had a lovely day on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.
Billed initially as a heritage trip – but once the sun rose over the yard arm and the ships grog ration was administered, any thoughts of heritage were soon forgotten as we all relaxed into a life on the water, chugging along at a sedate 3 miles per hour in the good ship “Red Robin”.
Goytre Wharf is a 200 year old former industrial site, which, in later years transitioned into a Marina and Wharf for around 120 canal boats. There are some very impressive lime kilns at the site and a lovely cottage nestled down in the bottom of the area which, in days gone by, was the Weighman’s Cottage which housed the weighing machine used to weigh coal, limestone and other goods so that a Toll could be charged to the relevant company for the use of the tramroad.
Nowadays the cottage is used as a rather picturesque holiday rental property .
This fact sheet about the canal is, although written for a younger audience, actually rather informative
After some mandatory instructions about how to drive the boat safely from the team at the Wharf, ( “just give me the blooming keys will you, i’ve done it all before” ) we set sail, leaving behind the lovely setting that is Goytre Wharf.
By which time we had reached bridge 62 the mutiny had been quashed, all handbags had been retrieved and all heads returned to their rightful owners, it was time for dinner.
We did attempt to turn the boat around , but strangely enough- for some reason – nobody could quite figure out how to do it any more …………..Best leave it till after dinner .
We managed to tie it up and all disembarked safely to walk the short distance to the Star Inn
After an excellent Dinner, it was time for an afternoon constitutional so a gentle amble around the churchyard of St Illtyd,s church yard. St Illtyd’s church is thought to be of the 14th or 15th century but occupying the site of an earlier foundation church, possibly dating to the 6th century. The yew tree within it grounds is reportedly two to three thousand years old.
Sadly, it was time to return to the Wharf or risk losing our deposit on the boat if we did not return it before 5 PM, so we weighed anchor, shivered several timbers, hoisted the Mizzen Mast and set out with a following wind to ye olde Goytree Wharfee, thankfully some of us had regained sufficient mental capacity to direct the pointy end of the boat back in the general direction of Goytre by that time.
And with the Red Robin safely delivered back into the care of “Redline Boats” , it was time for a cream tea back at the Cafe.