Programme of meetings to run up until June 2016
Venue – Methodist Church Hall, Castle Street, unless otherwise stated, starting at 7.30 pm (non-members £2)
14 Sept – The Monmouthshire and Brecknock Canal
A chance to hear from the Canals and Rivers Trust about the challenges they face looking after such a unique waterway, from how it was constructed alongside mountain slopes to the exciting plans for the future – with even a full restoration being planned.
12 October – Our annual AGM with guest speakers Robb Merchant from White Castle Vineyard and Edward Holland, Vice-President of the Village Alive Trust in Monmouthshire. An opportunity to hear about the inspirational and infectious story of creating this vineyard from the owner himself and the ambitious project to restore an ancient barn on the site to develop a heritage skills training venue.
Amanda Peters will also tell the Society a little more of the ambitious plans to restore the Gunter Mansion
9 November – Farming Futures
The challenges and future of upland hill farming and commons management
Alvin Nicholas, Commons Development Officer for the Forgotten Landscape Partnership project in Torfaen will talk about the issues and threats to our upland commons, how they are currently managed and projects to help them survive.
14 December – Another festive treat to conclude our programme before the Christmas break but details yet to be finalised. Watch this space! TBC
January 2016 – time for our Sunday lunch and social get together – date and time TBC
8 February – King Henry VIII High School pupils will join us to share their aspirations and concerns about the town. We will consider how we can work together to make improvements for all. TBC
14 March – The National Trust and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority share the care of most of our beautiful countryside in and around Abergavenny. Join us for an entertaining event to hear more from our local wardens, the innovative projects they are undertaking and the challenges they face in maintaining and enhancing our upland environment.
11 April – River Gavenny, the river that gives its name to our town is very special, not only for its beauty but for the important role it plays in helping keep one of the country’s most protected watercourses healthy. Learn more about our project to enhance the quality of our river, the wonders of the River Usk and also an inspirational project about the River Taff which we can learn from. We will be joined by Natural Resources Wales and also members of the Gavenny Project Team.
9 May – Saints and Sinners – Rescuing and Restoring Abergavenny’s Gunter mansion’
Amanda Peters discovered more than she bargained for when she took on the tenancy of part of this historic building in Cross Street to open the Pot and Pineapple sweet shop. We will learn how a rough sketch on a paper sweet bag turned into a major project, led by the Welsh Georgian Trust, to restore an important building and help re-vitalise this part of the town.
13 June – The Mysteries of Historic Building Listings Edward Holland, Heritage Consultant, offers us a fascinating insight into an area which is a mystery to most of us. He will explain about his work, why buildings are listed and give us an insight into some of our local heritage treasures.