Convenors:   Jackie Kerr
Pat Fackrell
  Phone: 01633 856741
01633 420279

Meetings:   Thursday, 1.30 - 3.00, weeks 1, 3, 4 & 5

We endeavour to have a mix of local and world topics, below are a few of the interesting talks we have had during the last few months:

Doug Jones gave us a fascinating talk about the "The Life and Death of J.F. Kennedy" from the time of his birth in 1917 to his assasination in 1963. J.F. Kennedy was the youngest and first Catholic to become President of the USA. Doug's talk included slides and many little known facts, plus some very interesting theories on the reasons for the assassination.

The history of our own local Holy Trinity Church Christchurch, and St. John's Evangelist Church Maindee formed the talk given by Stuart Murray. Stuart used slides to show the construction of the Churches the effects of the disastrous fires/arson attacks in November 1949 and the rebuilding and renovation of the Churches.

Roger James gave two quite different talks. Firstly he gave us vivid descriptions and slides on the build up and the actual "Evacuation of Dunkirk". The evacuation took nine days and involved large transport ships and over 600 small boats. He explained how the Royal Engineers built piers into the sea so the men could walk out to board the boats. Over 338,226 people were evacuated during the nine day period.

Roger's second talk with excellent slides was the "History of South Africa", from pre historic times when the first inhabitants were bushmen to the present day. He explained the Dutch formed the first colony in South Africa, became the first major trading country and formed the Dutch East India Company. He gave us details of the various countries' involvement in South Africa including, in 1820, the first British settlers, and in 1910 the formation of the Union of South Africa.

The continued changes and effects of the First World War on Gwent, was Peter Strong's excellent talk. As the war continued he gave us a real insight including local press articles of how local families and industry coped.

Recently we have made a number of day visits including to the Royal Mint Llantrisant and the Penderyn Distillery, Brecon.

In May this year we made a "Germanic Odyssey" - a trip which also included Holland and Belgium. You can read about it here.

June 2017


Convenors:   Maureen Rocke   Phone: 01633 266449

Meetings:   Thursday 1.30 - 3.00 - week 2

Once a month we take a leisurely stroll down memory lane, covering a variety of topics, e.g.

  • Living through the war years
  • Rationing
  • Memories of a first Christmas
  • Life before supermarkets

Trips are arranged by Pat Fackrell

Read about our visit to BBC Llandaff Cardiff here

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