Parish church LlanidloesPowysland Club Programme 2017

(last updated 7/07/2017)

Each year the Club arranges a series of six or seven lectures between September and May. These are held at various centres within the old county of Montgomeryshire and are delivered by specialists in the fields of Welsh history and archaeology. During the summer months there are several one-day excursions (see below) to places of historical interest in the area. Details will be posted as they become available.

Special Events 2017

A number of special events have been planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Powysland Club.

1. On Saturday evening, 17th June 2017, Lord Powis hosted a special evening at Powis Castle to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Powysland Club. This event took the form of a buffet with wine and non-alcoholic drinks followed by a number of short presentations on the history of the Club in the Castle Ballroom. Following a short address by the Earl of Powis, David Hall (Chairman) outlined the Powysland Club’s claim to be the oldest continuously functioning county history society in Wales. David Peate (Vice Chairman) described the formation of the Club in 1867, the contributions of Morris Charles Jones, one of the founders, and the various fortunes of the Club in its early years, leading to the establishment of the Powysland Library, the Museum and Arts classes in Welshpool. Roger Brown (Secretary) gave a short and humorous account of ‘The Welshpool Mummy’, and finally David Stephenson  provided a brief account of the history of Powis Castle, the oldest continuously occupied castle in Wales and even in the wider world. The evening was a great success and was much enjoyed by the large and enthusiastic audience. 

2. A one-day conference on the significance of the Treaty of Montgomery in 1267 will be held at Plas Dolerw on Saturday, 30th September 2017 and will run from 10.15 am to 5.00 pm. The speakers will include Mr John Davies, Professor Huw Pryce, Professor David Carpenter and Dr David Stephenson. The price of £15 will include lunch and refreshments. Registration is strictly limited to 70 persons.

To apply for places to the one day conference in September please complete the Booking Form below and return it with a cheque made out to the Powysland Club for the full amount to the address given on the form below. Please note that tickets will not be issued but a name check will take place at the entrance in each case. 

Booking Form

I wish to apply for place(s) at the following event:

The Conference at Plas Dolerw, 30th September 2017:

Places required at £15 per head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  

Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

Telephone numbers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

E-mail address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Cheque enclosed for £. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Please return this form and your cheque made out to the Powysland Club and send to:                        The Powysland Club, Triangle House, Union Street, Welshpool, SY21 7PG.   If you cannot obtain a blank form please just send the relevant information as above.

Note: Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. No refunds will be given unless it is not possible to allocate you a place or places. In the latter case you will be notified and your cheque will not be presented.

Other event related to the Anniversary and the Treaty of Montgomery.

John Davies will lead a visit to the Rhydwhiman Ford at Montgomery on Friday, 29th September 2017. See Excursion 3 below for details.

Lecture Programme 2017

Church cottage TregynonAll lectures are on Saturdays and commence at 3.00 pm.

The program for 2017/18 will be aannounced shortly.

Excursion Programme 2017

Contact John Davies, Oak View, Old Churchstoke, Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6DH, on 01588 620936 or [email protected] for information.

Three excursions have been arranged for this year. If you would like to receive full details of the excursions please provide the information indicated on the pro-forma below and return to John at one of the above contact addresses. For planning purposes please reply as soon as possible. Full details will be sent out about three weeks before each excursion.

An excursion for Saturday 15th July by coach has been arranged to the sites of the battlefields of Pilleth/Bryn Glas and Mortimers Cross including Kingsland and Pilleth Churches. There will be coach pick-ups at Llanidloes, Newtown and Welshpool. There will be an optional lunch at the Mortimers Cross Hotel.

A second excursion has been arranged for Saturday 5th August with a guided tour of Llanymynech Heritage Site in the morning and a visit to Maes Fron Hall, Trewern, in the afternoon.  The Heritage site has been much upgraded with Lottery funds and there is now much more to see.

An afternoon guided visit to the Ford at Montgomery on Friday 29th September on the 750th anniversary of the signing there of the Treaty of Montgomery between Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and Henry III. This will be followed by a visit to the Luggy Moat (motte) Berriew where it is thought Llywelyn stayed prior to the ceremonies associated with the signing of the treaty. Coach pick-ups as for excursion 1 above.

I/we will be interested in the excursions as indicated below:

1. 15th July – Battlefields                                                              YES/NO

2. 5th August -Heritage/Maes Fron                                           YES/NO

3. 29th September -Ford at Montgomery                                  YES/NO

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Only provide your e mail address if you are happy to correspond by e mail; your email address will not be disclosed to others in John’s communications. If you are unable/unwilling to communicate by e mail please include a stamped and addressed envelope for each excursion for which you wish to be sent further information.