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Crickhowell & District History Society was formed twenty years ago when an inaugural meeting was held in January 1997 by Mr. John Addis, author of the two “Crickhowell Yesterday” collections of photographs.

The aims of the Society are, briefly, to promote and encourage the public study of history with particular reference to the local area. To hold lectures and discussions and organise research visits for Society members and interested members of the general public. It holds eight talks a year in February, March, April, May June, September, October, and November. They also produce a twice-yearly newsletter for members, usually distributed during the breaks in July and December.Meetings take place in the Parish Hall, Church Lane, Crickhowell at 7.30pm, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. 2017 Membership Fee is £7 (students under 18 – £4) with an entrance fee per meeting of £3 for members and £4 for non-members. In addition to their monthly talks, the society occasionally organise visits to sites of historical interest and conduct local guided walks. Each year they invite a local school to participate in the Louis Hurley Memorial Prize, where cash prizes are awarded to those pupils producing the best project on some aspect of history, and a donation is made to the school to purchase resources for its history curriculum. It has also produced a booklet “Walking through History” which guides visitors around the town and provides information about local landmarks and places of interest. Copies can be purchased from Crickhowell Archive Centre. It s website is where details of this year’s talks and pages of local interest can be found. Talks scheduled for May and June are “Industrial Archaeology in Action on the Glamorganshire Canal” and “The Murder of Billy the Twyn.”

Rosalind Matty

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