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.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

RIVER TAWE TRIP

A pictorial record of our trip on the River Tawe aboard the 'Copper Jack', exploring the industrial history of Swansea,  which  earned the nickname of "Copperopolis" for its importance as the world capital of the copper industry during the 19th century.



Following an initial visit to the Waterside Maritime Museum, we repaired to another "cultural" establishment, the "Queens Hotel".
Fabulous beef and ale pie.



 Still standing and getting ready to board the "Copper Jack".








Safely aboard and ready for embarkation. Note Elfryn, our Landlord of the "Stag Inn", immediately testing the liquid refreshments on board. More on Elfryn in the next picture.









Outward bound and safely out of harbour.  To the left you will see "the wall that Elfryn built". It was during his time as an engineer with Swansea City Council. Was it a one-handed job with a glass in the other! Must have been a navvy on the canals in his previous life.


This is Roger, our host and guide for the trip.
A font of knowledge and not a note in sight. Remarkable memory.


















These two chimney stacks are all that's left of the many that stood during the heyday of "Copperopolis".










The end of the outward journey. In the distance is the Liberty Stadium, home of the legendary Swansea AFC. Following a heart stopping end to the season , the "Swans" staged a heroic performance to secure their first division status.
FLY HIGH SWANS.
A THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE DAY OUT.












 












Friday, 21 April 2017

FAMILY HISTORY


At our meeting on the 18th April, we were given a talk by Christine Davies of the Dyfed Family History Society who entertained us with her own family history, together with a detailed explanation of how she researched and gathered all the necessary information. If any member wishes to research their own family history, contact Christine who will be pleased to help.

Should any members have any interesting tales, photographs, and articles from their family history, especially relating to a community, heritage or historical value please let us know. We would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

LOCAL FIELD NAMES - CAEAU LLEOL



Cae Mynydd....Cae Delyn....Cae Tomos....Waun Ganol......Waun Isha......Erw Galed.....Cae Porcyn!
These are just some of the poetic names given to fields locally. Each name has significance, whether historical or topographical. Previously, none of them have been recorded and collated. It is the intention of the Heritage Society to collect as many of these names as we can, record them on a map and tell the stories behind them. 
Inspiration for this came from listening to some of those who have been born and bred in our community, and from an S4C series presented by Brychan Llyr called, 'Caeau Cymru'. 
To do this, we need your help. Please let us know if you are aware of any field names in the Cynheidre, Horeb, Five Roads or Sylen area; be a part of this project.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

PENSIONERS' PARTY

Five Roads & District held its very first Christmas Dinner at the Waun Wyllt Inn on Monday 19th December, where  we enjoyed a fabulous traditional festive fare. Many thanks to Delwyn and the superb service provided by the staff. 

Not only did we enjoy fine food and great company in a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere, but we were marvelously entertained by the wonderful Philharmonics, led by the vivacious Sarah. What a talented choir. These girls can tackle any musical genre. As well as the traditional Christmas carols, cross-over and Welsh folk, we were treated to a "blast from the past", and a  "rave from the grave" in the form of a medley from the fifties and sixties. Rock on girls, yeah yeah yeah! Look forward to your forthcoming first CD.