Other Organisations' Events - September

CADW OPEN DOORS - many free events during September in addition to those below.  http://cadw.gov.wales/open-doors/events-2018/?lang=en
St David’s Church Usk
1-30 September 2-5pm
The redundant church of St David is in the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches. The church is largely from the fifteenth century: most of the windows and the screen and rood loft date from this century. The font is another, very simple, medieval survival but the pewing and pulpit and indeed the larger squire’s pew in the chancel are all eighteenth century. Free fact sheets on the history and conservation of the building will be available. http://cadw.gov.wales/events/allevents/open-doors-st-davids-church-llanddewi-skirrid-abergavenny-2018/?lang=en

Monnow Bridge Monmouth
8-9 September 2-5pm
This really is Monmouth’s trademark. It is the only surviving fortified gatehouse on a bridge in Britain. Only twenty years ago all the traffic used to go under its arch, but now it is only for people on foot or on bikes. Built in the 1270s, it used to have battlements, but after the Civil War it was converted into a house with a pitched roof and dormer windows. In the 19th century the walkway-slits on both sides were made.  Access is not easy, but well worth while. The room over the road is surprisingly large. http://cadw.gov.wales/events/allevents/open-doors-monnow-bridge-gatehouse-monmouth-2018/?skip=1&lang=en

This autumn’s series of Sunday Lunchtime Talksincludes profiles by Joe England of three controversial personalities.
Sunday 9th September    Nye Bevan     12 – 1.15pm
Sunday 7th October    Disraeli      12 – 1.15pm
Sunday 4th November    George Orwell    12 – 1.15pm
To reserve a seat, please leave a message on ansaphone: 01873 853167 or email melvillecentrearts@gmail.com  £3, to cover venue costs.  Sessions include time for Q & As                                           
Joe England was born in Merthyr Tydfil, educated at Cyfarthfa Grammar School and the University of Nottingham where he studied Economic and Social History. Well known as a lecturer on social and industrial affairs he lives in Abergavenny. His latest book is Merthyr: Crucible of Modern Wales (Parthian/Library of Wales). Refreshments, including a Ploughman’s Lunch £4, will be served in the Café Bar from 11.00 – 2pm.

Raglan Castle
Hands on History

8-9 September 10am-4pm, Adult - £6.90, Family - £20.00
Join the group Castles of the UK for their annual meet up.  Enjoy a full programme of multi-period living history, craft displays, talks and tours. http://cadw.gov.wales/events/allevents/castles-in-the-uk-raglan-2018/?lang=en

Gloucester History Festival
1-16 September various venues and prices
There are masses of events and talks by well-known names. Find the programme here: https://gloucesterhistoryfestival.co.uk/media/1791/ghf-new-festival-pdf.pdf

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/advanced-search
Clodock Mill Longtown
9 September 2-5pm
Visit a traditional working watermill. We expect the mill to be grinding wheat on the day of your visit and producing flour (as long as there is water in the river and there are no technical problems).
Clodock Mill is a country corn meal beside the River Monnow, close to the Welsh border. It dates back to the 13th century when it was owned by Walter de Lacy, the Norman marcher baron who had castles at Ludlow, Weobley, Longtown and Trim in Ireland. The present mill buildings go back to the 17th century. Some of the milling machinery is over 200 years old and still working. https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/clodock-mill1

BRECKNOCK HISTORY FESTIVAL – lots of events over September and October. Contact alhs@live.co.uk for the .pdf of the programme or contact Elaine Starling: 01874 711484 or evstarling@lineone.net for more information.
Llanthony Valley and District History Group, launch of a new book
The Llanthony Valley: A Borderland by Oliver Fairclough
Wednesday 19 September, 5.30pm followed at 7.00 pm by the AGM of the History Group (free) and at 7.30 pm by an illustrated talk by Caroline Stanford
‘Llwyn Celyn: The Full Story’ (visitor admission £4.00). Cwmyoy Memorial Hall NP7 7NF
Oliver’s book explores the valley, and especially its landscape, people and buildings, through
probate records, estate archives, maps, newspaper reports and personal accounts. Its catalyst was the recent restoration by the Landmark Trust of Llwyn Celyn, a farmhouse dating back to 1420.
The event starts at 5.30 pm onwards (light refreshments)

Walk: Upland Archaeology - Trefil, Clo Cadno, Chartist Cave
12 September 10am-3.30pm
Starting/Finishing Point: Top House Pub, Trefil, Tredegar, NP22 4HG (SO 1196 1290)
Leader: Frank Olding, 6 miles/10km, moderate.  Booking: 07971 081647 (Frank Olding)
A guided walk looking at the archaeology of upland Blaenau Gwent. The walk will take in the Duke’s Table, the Brinore tramroad, prehistoric burial mounds and the Chartists’ Cave. Walking boots, waterproofs and packed lunch essential.

Walk 11 – Ancient and Modern on the Doward

9.30-2.30, £5, book at http://rosswalkingfestival.co.uk/
The Little Doward Wye Valley woods and river walk features King Arthur's cave, amongst other ancient limestone caves, and a newly restored lime kiln. Other features include the viewpoint over the Wye from the Seven Sisters and the Biblins suspension bridge. 5 miles, moderate

The National Library of Wales
Book Launch: Wales in a 100 Objects

27 September 7.00pm, Tickets 01970 632 548, free admission by ticket, simultaneous translation
An evening to launch the latest book by Andrew Green, former Librarian of The National Library of Wales. This great book enshrines the history of Wales in a hundred objects collected from a variety of locations, and various periods in history. The book contains striking images by photographer Rolant Dafis from Aberystwyth. Two versions of the book will be available – one in Welsh and one in English. There will be a wine reception at the end of the evening. https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/263328

Abergavenny Local History Society 
          Charity Number 1098582              

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