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Coronavirus / COVID-19 - A notice from your comittee

Hello everyone.     

In light of the current fast changing situation with the coronavirus pandemic, the Llangwm Local History Society has decided to suspend its activities for the foreseeable future. 

We are sure that you will understand that we need to put the safety and well-being of our members and friends first. 

For those of you who have already paid your subs, we will make arrangements to carry them over to include next year. 

We hope that it will not be too long before we are able to resume our activities, but in the meantime, keep well, keep safe and keep positive.

     LLHS Committee.


Llangwm Local History Society was founded in June 2002 and currently has upwards of 70 members. Membership is just £5 per annum and includes free refreshments at all our talks. The fee for non-members is £2 per talk including refreshments.

Monthly meetings take the form of evening talks in the village hall or visits to local places of interest, museums, etc. These are generally held around the second Wednesday of each month, but watch for posters and notifications on Llangwm Facebook page (members sign up to receive emails).

In the past few years the History Society has commemorated those Llangwm men who gave their lives in World War One. Services have been held, a major exhibition mounted - we even commissioned a village opera, which went on to win a national award.

Research into all aspects of Llangwm’s past is constantly being done. The cemetery graves have been mapped (details are available through the Pembrokeshire Archive) and the churchyard graves are in the process of being mapped. We also work closely with St Jerome’s Church in their Heritage project discovering the Flemish roots of the village.

Llangwm Local History Society is a member (along with Pembroke and Monkton, Hook, Penally and Coastlands) of the Five Communities group which aims to identify, catalogue and make digitally available each group's respective archive material.

In 2018 the Society published a book, Some Remarkable People of Llangwm and Hook, the last work by local historian, W. Grenville Thomas (for details on how to obtain a copy see below).

To become a member or make any other enquiry, please contact the Society via:

webeditor@llangwm-pembrokeshire.org.uk

 

Programme for 2020

 

Monday 20th January - 7:30 pm - Llangwm Village Hall

Annual General Meeting

 

Monday 17th February - 7:30 pm - Llangwm Village Hall

The History of Cricket in Pembrokeshire - a talk by Keith Johnson

 

Monday 16th March - 7:30 pm - Llangwm Village Hall

Some Questions Regarding Llangwm's Medieval Past - a talk by Dai Stephens

 

Monday 20th April - 7:30 pm - Llangwm Village Hall

The Pembrokeshire Chariot Burial - a film and talk by John Ewart

 

Monday 18th May - 7:30 pm - Llangwm Village Hall

Suffragettes in Pembrokeshire - a talk by Mari James

 

Monday 15th June - 7:30 pm - Llangwm Village Hall

Beneath the Feet of Pembrokeshire - a talk by Rhianydd Biebrach

 

Monday 22nd June - 7:00 pm - from Neyland Marina

Members' Cleddau River Trip

Starting with a river tour of Pembroke Dockyard then progressing upstream to Lower Quay, Hook, on the Western Cleddau and Slebech House on the Eastern Cleddau, with a commentary by Graham Stephens. Further details of this trip will be sent to members in due course.

 

Monday 20th July - 7:30 pm - Llangwm Village Hall

Belgian Refugees in Pembrokeshire during World War I - a talk by Simon Hancock

 

Wednesday 9th September - Times TBC - Pembroke

     

Members' Pembroke Trip

A visit to Pembroke Museum in the morning, followed in the afternoon by a Civil War themed walk around Pembroke with Terry John. Further details of this trip will be sent to members in due course.

 

Monday 19th October - 7:30 pm - Llangwm Village Hall

Flying Boats - a talk by John Evans

 

Monday 16th November - 7:30 pm - Llangwm Village Hall

Mesolithic Finds in Inland Pembrokeshire - a talk by Andy Shobbrook


Some Remarkable People of Llangwm and Hook

by W. Grenville Thomas

Local historian, teacher and Baptist minister W Grenville Thomas had prepared the manuscript for this, his third book about Llangwm, when he sadly died in May 2002 before it could be published.

The family kept the manuscript safe and in 2018 his daughter Amanda Britt gave Llangwm Local History Society permission to print it.

The book tells the story of the infamous ‘Llangwm Riots’ of 1900 - complete with courtroom drama. There is also a tale of a terrace of houses which changed hands following a bet on the Grand National.

Read about the Llangwm parson’s opposition to the neighbouring village of Hook having its own school (in case he lost congregation!)

Hook’s long fight for a road to link them with their market town of Haverfordwest is told with sympathy and admiration.

The hey-day of the village choirs is also touched on.

Enquiries about the book, priced at £5, can be made via webeditor@llangwm-pembrokeshire.org.uk  


Llangwm: A Glimpse of the Past

9th-11th August 2019

The History Society's recent exhibition "Llangwm: A Glimpse of the Past" held at Galilee Baptist Chapel in conjunction with Llangwm Literary Festival, was well received.