This month we held our Branch AGM, and it came as no surprise that all our officers were returned unopposed. Our thanks go to them all for their dedication and hard work.
Afterwards we were entertained by six of our members, who showed us some of their family heirlooms, each with its own story. This interesting selection included a school exercise book from the 1800s, pretty glass dishes, a china biscuit barrel and a working oil lamp. There was a collection of commemorative books about our royal family, and an Indenture prepared for the sale of a Monmouthshire cottage, handwritten in 1870. Each one a precious link with the past.
Finally, we were shown a potential heirloom for the future: an invitation to a reception by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, in appreciation of years of voluntary charity work.
We met on the 31 August to hear a talk on William Evans by Don Llewellyn Continue reading
The call came at the end of August, and there was very little notice. We heard that the site of Beulah Baptist Chapel in Newbridge was to be developed, Continue reading
On a lovely sunny morning we set out for the new premises of Somerset Archives. We made good time, and arrived soon after 10 am, full of optimism.
There was a vast Continue reading
This year we have very much enjoyed a series of short talks by our own branch members. They have entertained us wonderfully, and given us new slants on the joys of FH research, and this month’s speaker had something very special to show us. Continue reading
We enjoyed an excellent talk about the origin and early days of the Mormons and their church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Malcolm Otton on 29th June. Continue reading
For the second consecutive month we had a talk about graves and cemeteries and again it proved to be most interesting and informative.
On May 25th, Geoff Brookes considered individual graves and developed a fascinating story for each. Continue reading
The barometer was set fair, and we were set for a trip to the NLW in Aberystwyth, pleased this time to have the company of some members from Newport, Ebbw Vale and Abergavenny. Continue reading
We had high expectations of an entertaining evening with a return visit from Rosemary Scadden, and we were not disappointed. Continue reading
We were pleased to welcome Richard Davies, curator of the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh (Brecon) to speak at our April meeting. Continue reading