16 January 2018

Tuesday 16 January, The Shire Hall, Monmouth, 11.00 to 13.00

Fiona Wilton, our Chair, welcomed about 60 members to our first meeting of 2018. Fiona explained that 2018 is VisitWale’s Year of the Sea and that our meeting would be framed around that theme.  Although we don’t have much of a coast line, we do have rivers our and some surprising connections with the sea.

Annie Rainsbury and Sue Miles, from Monmouthshire Museum Services spoke about the Nelson Museum in Monmouth which has one of the best collections on Nelson Memorabilia in the world including many letters from the Admiral.  The collection was bequeathed to the museum by Georgiana, Lady Llangattock, the mother of Charles Rolls. Download presentation.

Annie and Sue further explained that not only was Nelson freeman of Monmouth but he made to visits to the town in 1802.  Later in the meeting Susan Amos added to the picture built by Annie and Sue in describing Nelson’s 1802 Cambrian Tour including his trip from Ross to Chepstow. Download.

We heard more about the visit to the town from Martin Kerrigan, Deputy Manager for the National Trust at the Kymin.  Martin told us that the Kymin is one of the oldest National Trust properties and that it’s origins are with the Round House, built in the 18th century by gentlemen of Monmouth as a dining club.  The site also has the Naval Temple built between 1794 and 1800 to commemorate a series of successes by the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars. Download.

Sarah Sawyer from the Wye Valley AONB told us about the forthcoming 2018 Wye Valley River Festival, which this year will be bigger and better than ever. From 5th – 20th May it will be flowing through the riverside towns and villages of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as artists and communities celebrate the river and its wonderful woodlands in our magnificent arts and environment festival. Download presentation.

Finally we had an update from Maureen McAlliser, our Executive Director and Tim Davies, Marketing Manager on the recent activities of the Association and plans for the future.



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