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Programme of Events for 2018/19 Season

Cymdeithas Hanes Blaenpennal Local History Society

Meetings at Long Room Penial Chapel 7.30pm

12 September   St David’s Church and records – Rev Phillip Davies

10 October       The poets of Mynydd Bach – Rhiannon Evans and Jez Danks

14 November   A shepherd’s life – Erwyd Howells

12 December   Christmas Social – Venue to be decided

13 February     Members old items and heirlooms    Bring anything of interest

13 March         The mills of Ceredigion – Andrew Findo

10 April            Local field names –   Rob Ackroyd

8 May               Daytime visit to local venue of interest.

Membership £ 5 per person,

Enquiries Andrew Findon, Y Felin Fach , 01974-251231 or









September Meeting

Phillip Wyn Davies – St David’s Church Blaenpennal.

To start the new season of meetings we are starting with a talk by Phillip Wyn Davies
about St David’s Church Blaenpennal, and its records.
Long Room Penial Chapel  7.30pm
Subscription of £5 per person  will be due.

Strata Florida Visit

 Strata Florida Visit with Professor David Austin.

The visit is now confirmed for Monday 11th June, 2pm in the car park.
Unfortunately it was not possible to arrange a date which suited everyone, this was the best option.
If you are attending please let me know if you want a lift or are able to take others,
There  will be a CADW site  visit fee of £4.00 pre adult of £2.60 for seniors.

February Meeting

–   Blaenpennal History Society

The next    meeting is to be held  at 7.30pm on  Wednesday 14 February 2018,

at  Caffi Sali Mali, Pentre Bach, Blaenpennal

Help The National Library of Wales to ‘Unlock the Hidden History of The Great War’

If you would like further details, please contact Andrew Findon (Y Felin)
on 01974-251231, or email at

Dear Secretary of Cymdeithas Hanes Blaenpennal,
I write to invite you to become involved in an exciting project that will make part of the First World War’s secret heritage which is held at The National Library of Wales (NLW) accessible to the people of Wales and the world.
The National Library has received financial assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver a project that will focus on the Cardiganshire Great War Tribunals Records. These were the tribunals that dealt with appeals against conscription to the armed forces on personal, economic, moral or religious grounds.
In 1921, the Government ordered that all tribunal records should be destroyed; nevertheless the Cardiganshire minutes survived. Now the archive is completely unique in Wales, and one of the few of its kind that exists in the United Kingdom.
Our project enables volunteers to use an online resource, recently developed by NLW, to transcribe and index the records so that they can be searched by name, address, date etc. 

 Staff and NLW volunteers will visit you to share the history of the records and to provide training on how to use the online resource. There will also be an opportunity during the information sessions to share and record local oral histories of the First World War.

 The final resource will be available on the NLW website to researchers, family historians and anyone interested in the heritage of the Great War.

New Year Social Evening

 Paul and Carolyn Everton  are  hosting
a New Year Social Evening at Bryntair Llyn , for members, on Wednesday 10th January 2018
from 7.30pm

For further details contact  Andrew on 01974-251231

or email  –

Please bring a contribution of food and drink.  Please indicate if sweet or savoury.

R.S.V.P      A.S.A P

Andrew  Findon, Ysgrifennydd – Secretary Cymdeithas Hanes Blaenpennal  History Society

November meeting

Blaenpennal History Society

The next meeting is to be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 November 2017

at Caffi Sali Mali, Pentre Bach , Blaenpennal.

A presentation by Aled Williams

About his book – Cerrig Milltir/Milestones

If you would like further details, please contact Andrew Findon (Y Felin)
on 01974-251231, or email at

The £5 subscription for 2017 / 2018 is now due.

Cerrig Milltir/Milestones — Canon Aled Williams

THE life story of a semi-retired clergyman with strong connections in the Aberystwyth has been launched at a special event in Lampeter.
The Cambrian News reported “A native of Glamorganshire, Canon Aled W Williams moved as a young boy with his parents to Llanbadarn Fawr in 1957.

Brought up in a bilingual home, he attended Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth and Ardwyn Grammar School, prior to enrolling at the then University College of Wales in the town, graduating in 1969. During this time he served as chorister, Sunday School teacher and organist at St Padarn’s Church, under the guidance of vicars Lloyd, Parry and Davies.

Following theological training in Cardiff, he was ordained in 1971 to a curacy in Llanelli, subsequently moving to a first incumbency in North Pembrokeshire. His love of rugby saw him play for one of the town’s teams during his short spell as a curate in Llanelli

Returning to Cardiganshire in 1981, he was inducted to the parish of Llanddewi Brefi, thence to Lampeter in 2001, serving also as Area Dean and as Canon of St. David’s Cathedral.

Retiring from full-time ministry in 2011, he and his wife Eirian, a native of Llanilar, moved to Llanllwni in Carmarthenshire, retaining, at the same time, family links with the Aberystwyth area.

He was later able to indulge his interest in agriculture, rearing store cattle and keeping a flock of sheep while living in vicarages with small parcels of land.

Aled, it might be said, could be described as something more than the conventional vicar”.