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Past meetings




May - Ro-wen Memorial Hall

"The world is your oyster - restoring a forgotten ecosystem in the Conwy  estuary" - Maria Hayden-Hughes

April - Llanbedr and Tal-y-bont Memorial Hall

"North Wales: The Home of Low Carbon Energy"

Dr. Debbie Jones, Innovation Manager in Low Carbon Energy,

MarchLlanbedr and Tal-y-bont Memorial Hall

Nigel Beidas - "Sheepfolds in the Carneddau - and Beyond"

February - meeting postponed, lecture rescheduled for May 2023


December - no meeting

November - Ro-wen Memorial Hall,

Mike Potts - "A Bird Photographer's Travels in the Antarctic"

October - Church House, Glan Conwy
Prof. Chris Baines - "From Greenland to Glan Conwy

– a personal view of climate change"
(Joint meeting with CPRW, Conwy Branch)

September - St Mary's Church Hall, Conwy
Alastair Dick-Clelan - "Rescuing ruins - the work of the Landmark Trust"
(Joint meeting with the Aberconwy Historical Society)

August - no meeting

July - Members' annual outing

June - Members' social event

May - Llanbedr and Tal-y-bont Memorial Hall - Teresa Bodner

Trees, farms, and the uplands – when is a landscape sustainable, and what does that look like in the Conwy Valley?

April - Ro-wen Memorial Hall - Dr Shaun Evans

Landed estates in North Wales: their effects on culture, society and landscape

MarchBetws-y-coed Memorial Hall - Dr Martin Cherry

Houses in North Wales 1400-1600: some new discoveries

February - Ro-wen Memorial Hall - Professor John Reynolds

When mountains and lakes move: causes and consequences

January - (Our annual Pub lunch)  CANCELLED

  Unfortunately under the restrictions in force it was not possible to arrange our      usual New Year get-together. 


(Meetings recommenced in September 2021)
September - Ro-wen Memorial Hall - Beca Roberts - The Carneddau Landscape Partnership

October - Tal-y-bont Memorial Hall - Dr David Gwyn - The North Wales slate industry and the bid for UNESCO World Heritage status

November - Ro-wen Memorial Hall - Gerallt Llewelyn Jones - The Morlais Tidal Energy Project, Anglesey

December – no meeting

January - Lunch and Awards presentation - The Princes Arms, Trefriw 
February  -  (Afternoon meeting)  -  Ro-wen Memorial Hall   - Morgan Burgess (History dept., Rydal Penrhos) "The Normans in North Wales"
(No further meetings were held during 2020)


January -  our winter pub lunch at The Bee, Eglwysbach, with guest speaker - Judy Corbett, Gwydir Castle

February  -   Ro-wen Memorial Hall - David Hopewell (Gwynedd Archaeological Trust) - "Recent Discoveries in Roman North-West Wales"

March -  Betws-y-coed  Memorial Hall - Jenny Emmett (Gwynedd Archaeological Planning Service)  - “Archaeology and Development in North-West Wales”
April   -   Ro-wen Memorial Hall - Professor Roy Alexander (University of Chester) - "Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral Project: 14 years on"

May   -  Members’ social evening - at Gilfach, hosted by Isoline and James Greenhalgh

June   -  Dolgarrog Community Centre  -  our A.G.M - with guest speaker, Dr. John Willis (Dolgarrog Railway Society) “The Dolgarrog Railway”.

July - Members’ summer outing - guided tour of Gwrych  -  Dolgarrog Community Centre  -  our A.G.M - with guest speaker, Dr. John Willis (Dolgarrog Railway Society) “The Dolgarrog Railway”.
August - no meeting
September - Ro-wen Memorial Hall  -  Matt Osmont RIBA  (Architect, Donald Insall Associates) "Building conservation in practice"

October - Seion Chapel, Llanrwst  - Prof. Chris Baines  (Naturalist, horticulturalist and broadcaster) - "Working with nature – from water management to wildlife gardening" (joint meeting with CPRW (Conwy Branch)
November - Tal-y-bont Memorial Hall  -  Dr. Malcolm Smith(Biologist and author, former chief scientist at The Countryside Council for Wales)"Farming post Brexit: a once in a lifetime local opportunity"

December - no meeting


January - Eglwysbach, Aberconwy Hall - Dyfrig Roberts - Consultant Engineer and Herald Bard  - "Lighthearted professional anecdotes"

February - Ro-wen Memorial Hall  - Aneurin Phillips - "Llefydd Gwyllt/ Wild Places"

March - Trefriw Village Hall - Gavin Gatehouse  - Founding chair Ynni Anafon Energy Cyf. - "How to build your own hydro"

April - Ro-wen Memorial Hall - Gareth Evens - Team leader Flood Risk Management NRW - "Flood prevention in The Valley"
May - Trefriw Village Hall - John Lawson Reay - "The Dolgarrog Flood Disaster"

June - Betws-y-coed Memorial Hall - Bob Booth - North Wales Wildlife Trust - "Swifts" 

July - Dolgarrog Community Centre - A.G.M.  - no meeting

August - no meeting

September  -  Ro-wen Memorial Hall - Dewi Davies (The National Trust) - "The Upper Conwy Catchment Project"

October  -  7:30pm   -   Ro-wen Memorial Hall - Anne Pedley, Archivist, Royal Welch Fusiliers - “The Poets of the Royal Welsh in WW1”

November - Trefriw Village Hall - Dr Andre Mazzetto, Bangor University - "Shrinking the footprint of food produced in the Conwy Valley"

December - no meeting


January - Tal-y-bont Memorial Hall - Afternoon meeting - Anne Pedley - "The Royal Welsh Fusiliers in The Great War"

February - The Bee Inn, Eglwysbach (afternoon meeting), lunch followed by talk - Eric Maddern - "Mythic Snowdonia"
March - Trefriw Village Hall - Jane Kenney - "The Home Front" 
April - Natural Building Centre, Llanrwst - Ned Schärer - "From Westminster Abbey to Plas Tirion".  Talk, tour and refreshments.

May - Eglwysbach, Aberconwy Hall - John Harold - "The Snowdonia Society at 50"

June - CVCS Awards - Princes Arms, Trefriw.
July - A.G.M. Ro-wen, Memorial Hall

August - no meeting

September - Ro-wen Memorial Hall - Joyce Hughes, Chairman CPRW North Wales -  "CPRW – protecting rural Wales for future generations"

October - Ro-wen Memorial Hall - Mark Baker, Architectural Historian -"Gwrych Castle"

November (change to printed programme) - Trefriw Village Hall - Susan Jones, Education Officer at the Welsh Mountain Zoo - "The history of the Welsh Mountain Zoo"

December - no meeting


January  - Ro-wen Memorial Hall - Fiona Braithwaite - "Bodnant, the Winter Gardens, the Far End, and future plans"

February  - Tal-y-bont Memorial Hall - Gethin Davies - "The Dark Skies campaign"

March - Eglwysbach, Aberconwy Hall - Helen Bradley - "The Chardon Family, indigo planters in Calcutta, and the founders of Llandudno Museum"

April - Trefriw Village Hall - Alan Pritchard - "A day in the life of a Snowdonia National Park Warden"

May - Tal-y-bont Memorial Hall - Dr. Andy Evans  "Organ donation update and the introduction of deemed consent in Wales"

June - Betws-y-coed Memorial Hall - Margaret Thomas - "The history of Ty Hyll and its gardens"

July - A.G.M. - Dolgarrog Community Hall

August - no meeting
September - Ro-wen Memorial Hall - Glynis Shaw - “The Historic Gardens of North Wales”
October - St. John's Methodist Church, Rose Hill St. Conwy - Mike Brotherton - "Steam to Patagonia"  (Joint meeting, courtesy of Aberconwy Historical Society).
November - Ro-wen Memorial Hall - Ken Davies - "40 years of working with lead"

December - no meeting


January - Trefriw Memorial Hall - Vicky MacDonald -The Men who crossed The River Conwy

February - Plas y Brenin  - Mrs. N. Collister - Search and Rescue Dogs
March - Ro-wen Memorial Hall  - Aneurin Phillips - Hot and Cold part 2 Contrasting Wildlife and Landscape

April - Betws-y-coed Memorial Hall - HiPoints

May - Plas Maenan - Awards  Ceremony

June - Tal-y-bont Memorial Hall - A.G.M

July -  Trip, Hendre Hall (courtesy of Mr. Michael Tree)

August - no meeting
September - Ro-wen Memorial Hall - Gwyn Lloyd-Jones - "Catherine of Berain"
October - Peniel Chapel Schoolroom, Deganwy - Richard Clammer  - "Trefriw Steamers" - joint meeting, courtesy of "History of Deganwy Group" 
November - Old Board School, Lloyd St., Llandudno - Susan Ellis, Archive Service" All you ever wanted to know about the Conwy Archive Service - hands on at the current Archive Office" + Quiz

December - no meeting


January - Fairy Falls Hotel -Vicky MacDonald – Artists of the Conwy Valley

February - Tal-y-bont Memorial Hall - Chris Martindale – Tea Tasting

March - Maenan Abbey Hotel - Rev Eirlys Griffith – Holy Wells of Wales

April - Eagles Hotel, Llanrwst - Peter Collins – Welsh Furniture 

May - Betws-y-coed Memorial Hall - Mel Morris – Stickmaking

June - Tal Goed Nursery - AGM

July - Llangollen Railway outing.

August - no meeting

September - Tal-y-bont Memorial Hall –Paul Kay - Underwater Wales and the work of the Marine Conservation Society

October  - Eagles Hotel, Llanrwst - Mrs. S. Goodey - WWI, Battlefields of France
November - Eglwys-bach Village Hall  - Chris Wynne - North Wales Wildlife Trust  - From Gardens to Landscape

December - no meeting


August - no meeting

September -  St Tudclud’s Church, Penmachno - Open doors exhibition, talk and tea

October -  Ro-wen Memorial Hall - Helen Bradley – Princes of Wales
November - Glasdir, Llanrwst - Keith Jones – Hidden Hydros of North Wales

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