March. Restoration of the “Fire
Queen” Engine built in 1848 and refurbished at Penrhyn Castle.
Eric Lander gave a presentation of the restoration Fire Queen engine he and
several other National Trust volunteers worked on at Penrhyn Castle Bangor. In
his talk he explained with the assistance of slides the intricacies of this
complex restoration project. Eric also gave a presentation on the Llanberis to
Port Dinorwic railway that brought slate down from the quarry to the port.
April. Colwyn Bay
at War. Once again Graham Roberts came along to talk to the Society, this time
about his recently published book “Colwyn
Bay at War”. The book
featured how the Ministry of Food was moved from London
in 1939 to set up its administration for Great Britain to ensure that enough
food was produced to feed the general population. The talk was about the two
independent schools being requisitioned, the pupils who moved away to house the
civil servants plus hotels and houses being used to provide living
accommodation for the workers. The departments that were housed in the large
houses of the area were shown and the effect of the increase in population also
discussed as there became a lively social world for the locals and those from London to join in.
May. Walking Tour of Menai Bridge.
Members gathered at the Heritage Centre in Menai
Bridge and were split into two groups
for a walking tour of Menai
Bridge. These fascinating
tours were led by two green badge guides and started at the HC and went along
the Belgium Prom to the church and cemetery on the island, under Telford’s
suspension Bridge to the old part of the Town and finishing at the HC. The
guides pointed out the fascinating building en-route detailing the rich history
of Menai Bridge
and its importance as the gateway to Anglesey.
14th.June. Annual Outing.
The trip this year was to Ruthin. Over 40 members travelled by coach to the
town to visit a number of old buildings in the town. We had the benefit of a
Blue Badge Guide for the walking tour and one of the guides at Ruthin Jail
dressed up as a warder in the 19th Century to show how the Jail
would have been during this period. After the visit to Ruthin we stopped at
Llanrhaeder to visit St Dyfnog’s Church to view the famous Jesse Window. The
churchwarden gave a talk on the history of the church and the window and to
complete the tour members could visit the old Anvil Pottery.