The River Severn

At what point does the River Severn become the Bristol Channel? Mr Peter Finch gave us the answers on June 22nd in an interesting talk on the Severn estuary and its surrounding coastline. We learnt of many facts we were unaware of and how he was stopped by security guards when attempting to walk the South Wales coastal path On […]

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Waterfall Country

  Waterfall Country  (OS map OL12)Pontneddfechan is a former silica mining hub and sits at the confluence of the rivers Mellte and Nedd Fechan. Silica mining took place in this area from the 18th century to the mid 1960s. Because of its high resistance to heat, silica was used to make ‘fire bricks’ used in the construction of kilns and […]

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The Seamstress

  by Maria Duenas Aged 12, Sira Quiroga was apprenticed to a Madrid dressmaker. As she masters the seamstresses’s art, her life seems to be clearly mapped out – until she falls passionately in love and flees with her seductive lover. But in Morocco she is betrayed and left penniless. As Civil War engulfs Spain, Sira finds that she cannot […]

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July Meeting

At our July meeting we were saddened by the news that Olwen had passed away earlier that day. She had been a good and faithful member of our institute for many years but due to ill health had been unable to continue with her membership for some time and she has been sorely missed. We held a minute’s silence in […]

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Wenvoe Castle

Wenvoe has a castle which is over 600 years old; it is not really a typical castle but rather a very grand house with some architectural features which gave it the appearance of a castle. It is an important and historic building and something of which we can be proud. The first record of a castle in Wenvoe was in […]

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Pontneddfechan and Penderyn

We started from Craig y Ddinas a towering stone wall which translates as ‘Fortress Rock’. The car park was busy and groups of adventurers were donning wet suits and crash helmets ready for ‘gorge walking’ activities in this area famous for its beautiful waterfalls. We kept to the southern side of the Afon Mellte as we set off and stayed […]

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Leisure Group

On April 20th, Mr. Philip Davies, who has had a lifelong experience in Amateur Dramatics, gave us an interesting talk on the many things that go wrong on stage, such as lights that don’t switch on, and props not where they should be, and the way the actors have coped with the situations. Margaret called Bingo for us again on […]

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March 2016

Everyone was welcomed to our March meeting including guests Val and Helen and members were reminded of  forthcoming events. These include Barry Highlight Link meeting – April 12th, our own Table Top Sale – May 14th,Culverhouse Cross Link meeting – June 6th and our Charity/Celebration Tea on June 9th. We are saving items for the tombola stall at the table […]

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