Bulletin 404

August-September 2016

KHS day out in Brecon, Friday June 17th
The weather was eventually very good to the few of us who took time out to spend a very pleasant half-day in Brecon. The day started with a tour around the Cathedra, which I am sure many of us have been to before, but perhaps had not looked at things with the experienced eye of our guide, who was able to point out certain points which could have been missed when wandering around unescorted. The Cathedral is a splendid example of restoration especially with the High Altarreredos which was rebuilt as recently as 1930. After the tour, most of us took an opportunity to have lunch at the Pilgrim`s tea rooms before we all met up again at Brecon canal side to cruise down the Brecon canal as far as the Aqueduct over the River Usk, which is where we all got off the barge and stretched our legs in glorious sunshine. The crew, Dave and his daughter Bethan, were delightful and made our day with their banter and chats as one by one we took turns to stand at the helm with Dave. Cream tea was served on the return journey and was a delight to savour on the way back. If any of you have not been on the canal I can definitely recommend going with Dragonfly cruises, either on the tour barge or hiring a picnic launch for yourself. A very relaxing day was had by all and it is regretted that not more members were able to attend.

Bradnor Hill Map Overview and Picnic, Saturday23rd July 2016
This was our last summer outing for this year and we were blessed with a superb day. We had 13 members join us on the hill overlooking Kington and our beautiful old maps interested everyone as they examined an old tithe map, a hand sketched map by Beryl Lewis and several larger maps from 1800. The comparisons were very clear and as any town evolves you could see where the town planners got it wrong and right. The afternoon was full of sharing old stories, especially from our locals present, but everyone contributed a piece of the history of Kington. Our Chairman, Dr John Rerrie was very helpful and was able to explain a lot of the surrounding history to new members. As the afternoon drew on we all got peckish so sat down in selected areas to start our picnic but it was not long before we all gathered in a group sharing our food and drinks with a sense of belonging , friendship and general satisfaction that only good company and good food gives you. On the whole a super afternoon.   Thank you to all who attended and supported the Programme Committee.   Review: Nancy Wheatland

If you have any ideas for future outings or talks please do not hesitate to contact us via the website or by email or call into our new office in the Museum. If we are not there please leave a message on the notepaper provided. Next term starts on Friday 16th September, 7-30pm at Kington Primary school with a very local topic presented by Roger Curtis “The Old Picture House” How many of you have been to see a film show at this iconic building? Come along and find more out about this delightful place. Non members welcome, £2 entrance. Free refreshments served after the talk.
Thank you again for all your support over the year to our programme and the society.   Nancy Wheatland.

Resignation of Mick Turner. We are all very sad to announce that after many, many years our beloved and knowledgeable friend is leaving the committee. Thank you, Mick, for your long and faithful service. We now have a vacancy on the committee and we should be grateful to hear from any interested person at the AGM in October.

Irene Smith We are sorry to announce that Irene has died at the age of 95.   She gave a spirited lecture to us about her life in the ATS as recently as last October. We shall remember her with affection.

Bulletins 403, 404 and Papers 2014-2015. Owing to circumstances beyond my photocopier’s control, I have had to delay the printing of the last issue of Bulletin and have agreed with the committee to send them together. Those wonderful members who receive their Bulletins by email will still do so; their Papers will arrive by post. I hope so much that you enjoy the Papers. Please let me know of your interests in our locality and, if possible, furnish details for the next issue. Vera Harrison.