Parish church LlanidloesPowysland Club Programme 2017

(last updated 4/10/2017)

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 took place 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 was held at Plas Dolerw on Saturday, 30th September 2017 running from 10.15 am to 5.00 pm. The speakers were Mr John Davies, Professor Huw Pryce, Professor David Carpenter and Dr David Stephenson. An enthusiastic audience of about 75 attended the meeting.

On Friday, 29th September as a prelude to the conference John Davies organized an excursion to the Luggy Motte where Llywelyn ap Gruffudd may have stayed prior to the ceremonies at the ford. This was followed by a visit to the Rhydwhiman Ford itself. 

Lecture Programme 2017/2018

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

Saturday 14th October 2017 at The Corn Exchange, Welshpool: Philip Hume ‘The Mortimers and the March’.

Saturday 28th October 2017 at Plas Dolerw, Newtown: Brian Poole ‘Return to Clywedog’.

Saturday 11th November at The Tabernacle, Machynlleth: Barbara Walker ‘Derwenlas, the river port of Montgomeryshire – new research’.

Saturday 17th March at The Town Hall, Montgomery: Revd Terrence and Mrs Jacqui Bryan ‘The Garmon Preaching Mounds, an exercise in conjecture’.

Saturday 7th April 2018 at Bryhafren School, Crew Green: Stephen Jones ‘The Marcher Lordship of Bausley’.

Saturday 12th May 2018 at Plas Dolerw, Newtown: Andrew Green ‘Welsh Antiquarians and the Powysland Club’.

This lecture will be preceded by the 2018 AGM at 2/15 pm.


Excursion Programme 2018

To be announced.

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