Our Monthly Meetings
All meetings are held at 7.30pm (unless stated otherwise) and held at the Methodist Church Hall, Castle Street.
If you need any assistance getting to our meetings or would like to find out more about our monthly emails please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings are free to members. Non members are very welcome though we ask for a £2 contribution. Tea and coffee is served before the meeting begins for a small fee.
Once again we find ourselves with no shortage of topics to choose from for the coming year’s programme of meetings. We hope you like it and, if you have suggestions for other topics, please let us know. As always some flexibility is required to accommodate issues/topics that arise.
10 September – Town of Sanctuary (Harry Iles) & Abergavenny’s ‘Food Bank’ (Peter Price)
City of Sanctuary UK supports a network of groups across the UK to welcome people seeking sanctuary. Abergavenny Town of Sanctuary is a part of this wider network, working to provide welcoming places of safety for all, offering sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution. The Abergavenny Food Bank offers a tangible support to struggling individuals and families.
8 October – AGM followed by John Keegan, CEO of Monmouthshire Housing Association
John will speak about the work of MHA and the challenges it faces meeting future housing need in Abergavenny and Monmouthshire.
12 November – Black Mountains Project and farming futures – speaker tbc
Members of a local pioneering partnership will attend our meeting to talk about a new million pound project to restore and create a sustainable future for the Black Mountains. The partnership brings together key stakeholders in the area, including graziers from the Black Mountains Graziers Association and private land owners, to create viable solutions for the future.
10 December -Jabolique
For our Christmas social we will be entertained by members of a select and dedicated group of musical and theatrical enthusiasts who will be giving us an Abergavenny focused performance. Nibbles and non-alcoholic punch will be on offer too.
January 2019 – an opportunity to get together and socialise over lunch – date & event tbc
11 February – Dr Ami Jones National Director of the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer
Service Cymru (EMRTS Cymru) will explain the workings and logistical challenges facing the Wales Air Ambulance service.
11 March – Patrick Hannay: Design Judgement and Visual Taste – are they one and the same?
Patrick is the editor of Touchstone, the annual magazine for Architecture in Wales: In September 2017 his stimulating talk about whether building designs can be judged ‘good’ or ‘bad’ provoked the Society to consider whether it can issue its own guidance; this talk is likely to be more on the same theme.
8 April 2019 – Steven Harris, local architect: Towards Zero Carbon Building
The energy efficiency of even the latest housing estates in Britain falls well short of the standards required or achieved in some other countries; Steve has experience of building to high environmental standards and can discuss obstacles to progress in this country.
13 May 2019 – Revising the Local Development Plan
MCC has started updating the county’s development plan, which will cover the years up to 2033; the process will be well under way by May and the Society will want to work closely with the planning authority. We will know by the spring what type of meeting will be of most interest to our members.
10 June – ‘Green Infrastructure – what is it and how can we make more of it? – tbc
It is hoped that a newly appointed MCC officer will be able to come and let us know more about Monmouthshire’s commitment to green infrastructure – essentially ensuring new development in the county maximises benefits for nature as well as people.