Sunday, 2 December 2018

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 2018

First of December saw our Christmas Lights Festivities in 'The Stag' car park.

Following the success of last year, this year saw an increased number of visitors. Entertainment was provided by Crwbin Brass Band, and stalls provided burgers, hot dogs and mulled wine.

Afterwards everyone repaired to Five Roads Square for the lighting up by our guest of honour, Captain Winston Thomas. There followed a superb firework display and singing of Christmas carols.




Wednesday, 14 November 2018

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE 2018


A moving service this year to celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, with respectful attendance by members of the Heritage Society; Rehoboth Chapel; staff, pupils and parents of Five Roads School; local dignitaries and especially families of the fallen of both World Wars.


As ever, the children were in glorious voice, and was warmly appreciated by all who were enthralled by their performance.
In addition, the pupils were pleased to announce that the school was honoured to receive the status of 'Peaceful School' gained as part  of a National Peaceful Movement to promote peace in the school, community and the wider world. They are among the first schools in Wales to receive this accolade which was presented to them at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff. Many, many congratulations to them for honouring the school and the community.


The weather was on our side this year and we were able to conclude the service with the laying of the wreaths outside on our War Memorial.








Wednesday, 17 October 2018

A SWANSEA DEBTOR

 Debra John - 'A Swansea Debtor'


Dressed in period costume, storyteller and actress, Debra John, enthralled our society members as she performed a poignant monologue entitled 'A Swansea Debtor.'

The story was based upon her research into the harrowing conditions in Swansea Debtors' Prison in the 1850s, then located in the tower of Swansea Castle.

Debra portrayed a Victorian lady, who described the circumstances of her husband's death, her consequential financial ruin and the harsh, uncompromising regimen within the prison. To quote an example - prisoners had to provide their own food,clothing and furniture otherwise the basic essentials of life were only available from the gaoler, often at exorbitant costs! This of course resulted in further debt. Should a debtor have no relatives to provide for him, or her, then the bleak outcome was death!

It's a sobering thought that such appalling penal conditions existed not so very long ago.








Wednesday, 1 August 2018

THE ROYAL MINT TRIP


This year's annual trip took us to The Royal Mint at Llantrisant, and what a fascinating experience it turned out to be! 1,100 years of history in coins. Initially, mints were not large factories but more like blacksmith's shops, often operated by a part-time moneyer who travelled from town to town to meet local demand for coins.

For nearly half its existence The Royal Mint was located inside the Tower of London until it moved to nearby Tower Hill in 1810. Although housed today in a modern factory at Llantrisant, specialist skills and expert knowledge has been passed down by staff over hundreds of years. The action of striking a blank disc with a 'heads and tails' by means of a single blow from a hammer still forms the basis of what is done at The Royal Mint today.

Still on show today, an Alfred the Great Penny c.880AD, inscribed with the name 'LVNDONIA' represents the start of The Royal Mint's long history. A Sovereign, struck on 10 November 1975 was the very last coin to be made by The Royal Mint in London. Today, The Royal Mint is the world's leading export mint, striking coins for as many as 60 different countries around the world. 'From Wales to the World'.


Following the fascinating experience at The Royal Mint we repaired to another experience - Spanish style cuisine at the 'Braseria El Prado',  Laleston. OlĂ©.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

THE BRONTES

On 15th May 2018, we were privileged to receive an illustrated address from the Rev. Richard Walker on the history of the Bronte family. In an erudite, educative and entertaining talk, Mr. Walker enlightened us on the fascinating history of this famous family. As a member of the Bronte Society, he showed the true breadth and depth of his knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, these one-time inhabitants of Haworth Parsonage, West Yorkshire.

 
Rev. Richard Walker - 'The Brontes'
  
The three most famous family members, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, proved themselves to be, at one and the same time, women of, and women ahead of, their time. The authors of 'Wuthering Heights', 'Jane Eyre' and 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall', drew on their colourful and tragic upbringing, as well as their literary skills, to write some of the English language's most influential tomes.

Mr. Walker left us in no doubt of their importance and contemporary relevance, and of the pleasure to be had from reading their work. 





 

Monday, 4 June 2018

VICTORIAN COSTUMES








17 April 2018

Mr.&Mrs. John Blyth entertained us with a talk and demonstration of Victorian costumes and accessories. Considering how we dress today, it is remarkable how they could wear such voluminous and heavy duty clothing in those times.

LLANELLY & REBECCA


19th September 2017
Lyn John of  Llanelli Community Heritage gave us an in depth account of the Rebecca Rioters' actions in Llanelli and the surrounding district. Of particular and important interest was their involvement in Five Roads at their meeting and rallying points in the 'Stag and Pheasant' and 'Farmers' inns. Another local inn, 'The Plough and Harrow' witnessed the capture of one of their ringleaders.