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The society usually meets on the third Monday of the month at 7.30 p.m. From 2019 the meetings will be held in St Agatha's / Llanymynech Parish Church Hall.
There is no annual subscription but we ask for a 3 donation from each person attending each meeting.
Tea and biscuits [included in the donation] are provided at the end of each meeting.




JANUARY [Tuesday 15th]  Society lunch

FEBRUARY [18th ] AGM and Members eveningElect officers and structure the Society. Discuss possible speakers/visits for 2020 programme .

MARCH [18th] The role and history of the High Sheriff - John Abram

APRIL [15th ] Llanwddyn and Lake Vyrnwy - Alwyn Hughes

MAY [20th ] Ditherington flax mill - Peter Dunhill

JUNE [17th ]  AFTERNOON VISIT 2.00 p.m. Ditherington flax mill.

JULY [15th ] AFTERNOON VISIT 2.00 p.m. Melverley church.


SEPTEMBER [16th ] Vernacular architecture - Harriet Devlin

OCTOBER [21st] The king’s escape, Charles II and Boscobel -
Justin and Sherie Soper

NOVEMBER [18th ] A Shropshire view of D Day -  David Thornycroft



2019 meeting reports

January 2019

  History Society lunch
The January meeting was our winter lunch at the Dolphin. Good food, friendly atmosphere and lots of chat. It looks like it could become an annual event.

 February 2019

    A.G.M. and Members Evening 18th February, 2019

The AGM and members evening took place on at our ‘new’ venue of Llanymynech church hall.
The hall was warm and the electricity supply did not fail.
Twenty members accepted Liz Amys’ healthy financial report, thank you Liz, and approved the continuation of committee members.
Members shared several ideas for the 2020 programme which the committee will take forward.
Paddy Martin  gave a talk on the history of the church hall, reviving relatively recent memories [CLICK to see transcript  of Paddy’s talk].
Ruth Allcock spoke of villages drowned to make reservoirs [CLICK to see transcript of Ruth’s talk].
John Pinfold updated the group on good progress being made on his researches of Llanymynech race courses.


March 2019

badge high sheriff

A very well-attended meeting was engrossed by the March talk. John Abram spoke on the history and role of the High Sheriff of Shropshire. John held this title in 2012/13. Along with his wife, Christine, a very busy programme of engagements was fulfilled. At times, three events in one day! John explained that the role of High Sheriff dated from Saxon times and was by the monarch’s appointment. The High Sheriff remains the monarch’s representative for law and order in the County today.  Although the role is now largely ceremonial the High Sheriff maintains and supports the links with law enforcement agencies, the military, and the public and voluntary services throughout the County. The badge of the High Sheriff is shown to the left.

April 2019

 Alwyn Hughes, from Llanwddyn, gave a most informative and engrossing talk on the building of the Vyrnwy dam and the subsequent flooding of the original village of Llanwddyn. Using a unique range of old and more recent photos, a large group of members was taken from the stone age to modern times in the upper Vyrnwy valley. Alwyn shared a wide range of both humorous and poignant events involving the local population. The evening was much enjoyed by all. At the end of the talk Alwyn was given an old bible [pictured left] thought to be from the original, now submerged, parish church. 

May 2019

 Peter Dunhill treated the society to a whistle-stop tour through two centuries of the history of Ditherington flaxmill. Peter is an active member of the friends of the mill and no stranger of Llanymynech as he led the very successful renovation of the local limeworks. The talk was very polished with relevant slides and even samples of flax given to members to ‘process’. The history of the flaxmill from its very early days to the most recent renovations was comprehensively covered. The social, economic and technical aspects were dealt with in a clear and entertaining manner. More information of the flaxmill can be found at www.flaxmill-maltings.co.uk. We look forward to our visit to the mill in June.

June 2019

 June saw us meeting with Peter Dunhill at the Ditherington flax mill. Because of building works going on our visit involved touring the outside and one inside area.  The weather was very kind to us after some persistent rainy days.
The photo left show some of the extensive scaffolding in place-a modern feat of conservation engineering. The main mill, apprentice and manager's houses promise to be great assets to the interpretation of the history of the flax industry.

July 2019

September 2019

October 2019

Justin Soper Charles 2 (Small) (Small)

November 2019


 We were well informed, ‘fed and watered’ during our visit to Melverley church. There has been a place of worship at Melverley for about 1,000 years. The current church was built in 1406 after the previous building was burned down by Owain Glyndwr. The two churchwardens, Lyn Lloyd and Sue Gitttins, gave a comprehensive history of the church. The church is very close to the River Vyrnwy and was even closer in 1990 when the river bank partially collapsed.  A tremendous initiative by the community made the bank and church secure. This earned the award of ‘Best Motivated Village 1991’. Excellent refreshments were provided at the end of our visit. The church website is www.melverleychurch.co.uk  

  Harriet Devlin, MBE, gave an engrossing account of Vernacular Architecture. Not the most obvious of titles but the meeting was taken through the development of buildings down the ages from mud-walled thatched houses to elegant half-timbered mansions. The different types of building seen across the UK was clearly linked to natural, local resources. Not least of these was the geology of the land. The talk was fully illustrated with photos of many different types of building.

Justin and Sherie Soper made a very welcome return to the society to give a talk on ‘The King’s Escape- Charles ll and Boscobel’. Justin was dressed as a soldier of the time and produced an impressive collection of weapons that would have been used at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Tales of intrigue, mistrust and plotting were graphically told. We were given a vivid description of Cromwell’s thorough strategies of how he crushed the Royalists and devastated its army.  The king's escape, including his famous hiding in the oak tree at Boscobel House, and his long and painful journey to exile in France were brought vividly to life.

  David Thornycroft gave yet another riveting talk based on very recent research on D Day and the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry [KSLI]. D day took place on 6th June 1944. David drew on his father’s war diaries and the KSLI museum archives. The talk was through the eyes of the Shropshire soldiers who led the way off Sword Beach. By the end of day two, the KSLI were further inland and closer to the 3rd British Division’s D Day objective of Caen than any unit that had come ashore that morning. The presentation effectively burrowed down through the huge numbers of men, ships and aircraft involved to hear what D Day was like for a handful of individual soldiers from Shropshire.

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