Members Winter Newsletter 2019/2020

County Councillor and Civic Society committee member Edward Thomas writes “This week the A483T/LLANDEILO TRAFFIC SOLUTIONS reported that the series of Consultations WELTAGE 2 planned for 3 December, 4 December and 7 December have been postponed.  These consultations are rescheduled for early New Year, likely to be February.”


Edward Thomas also reported that the latest news of the Old Provision Market Hall was announced last week. The County Council will inject 2.5m along with 1.3m from the Welsh Government into the Market Hall project. It is envisaged that 45 jobs will be created by workshops, offices, etc. After planning is granted, work will start in April 2020.  I am sure, Edward  writes, that all members will agree that it will be great to see this building, which has been empty for many years, restored and regenerated.


Our next meeting is to be held on 3 December in the Vestry, Crescent Road at 7.30pm.  Our speaker will be Julia Jones, this year’s community award winner and a foundation committee member of our society when it was reformed in 2003. To celebrate the forthcoming 20th anniversary of the now famous Llandeilo Music Festival, she will reflect on the past two decades since she founded  the Festival and tell of the people and their stories that lead to the resounding success of this unique international annual event that takes place in our town.  Please put the attached information poster for Julia’s talk in your front window.

Her talk will be followed by our Society Annual Christmas Buffet to which all the audience are invited.

Our 21 January 2020 meeting will be held in the Vestry, Capel Newydd,  Crescent Road at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Lois Morus, Menter Bro Dinefwr. She will be telling our members of the interior restoration of Shire Hall and the proposed Heritage Centre within it. Part of her presentation will be to seek suggestions and local knowledge from Society members on display material and artefacts that will form the prime attractions in the centre.  Our Society archivist, Ann Keen, former V & A, Ham House and Narbeth Museum curator, has offered to take Lois to Narbeth to show her of the interior layout there.

Member William Wilkins visited our Executive Committee meeting in November. He expressed a concern about redundant road signs in our area and our secretary assured him that we had written to the relevant County Council Department about the matter and will now send a follow up letter to the Chief Executive.  Another matter raised by William Wilkins was the  attractive porches of Llandeilo buildings that were a feature in the past. The Committee agreed to start a research project, using the D C Harries collection in Aberystwyth University’s photographic archive, to establish whether or not there was enough material to warrant taking the research and possible restoration work further. Do any of our members have images of past Llandeilo porches? Telephone 824019 if you do.

In March we will be presenting a programme celebrating the finish of the National Botanic Garden of Wales Regency Restoration Project..

In May we plan a talk by Dylan Rees, the author of the recent publication on the history of  Llandybie.

It was thought that an interesting lecture would be the history of our neighbours that is relevant to us.

We confirm that the postponed Thomas Lloyd talk on the Architects of the Towy Valley will now take place at our Society AGM  2020 in late June/early July.

We thank Ken Murphy who led a Dinefwr Archaeology Walk and Talk in October which was well attended with full information at the various sites.

At the 3 December Christmas meeting there will be an opportunity to pay this year’s subscription.

The Membership Secretary will be at the entry desk in the Vestry from 7pm onwards to collect any

outstanding subscriptions.

Ordinary(Adult): Individual £6, Couple £8.  Pensioner: Individual £5, Couple £6. Family: £10.  Junior under 18: £2. Corporate:£20