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.
9 September – Rural and active travel – latest developments
Mark Lloyd and Mike Powell from Monmouthshire County Council join us to talk about the issues of active transport in our rural area. Learn about the many diverse projects that have been funded as well as plans for the future which include electric vehicle charging points, active travel, commuter travel and more. Jack Thurston, a local author, broadcaster and cycling advocate, will join us to discuss the role of walking and cycling in the rural transport mix.
14 October – AGM at 7pm followed at 7.30 by an update on the Town Hall refurbishment with Cheryll Haskell, Hub Manager, David Baxter, Manager of the Borough Theatre and Project Manager, Poppy Harris
11 November – Julian Hyman, Programme Manager of The Grange University Hospital Mr Hyman will present an overview of services that will be offered by the new Grange University Hospital, Llanfrechfa and also discuss the implications for Nevill Hall Hospital, for both patients and staff
2 December – Don Balkwill will tease and delight us with a collection of his ‘Forgotten Gadgets’ at our sociable festive evening. See if you can identify what some unusual historic items were used for! Festive refreshments will be served.
January 2020– an opportunity to get together and socialise over lunch – date & event tbc
10 February – Dame Claire Clancy DCB DL, High Sheriff of Gwent
Dame Claire will give us an insight into her very busy year as High Sherriff of Gwent
9 March – “What’s in a Name? Some Streets of Abergavenny.” – Dr Gill Wakley
Some street names are obvious, others need some history knowledge, others are unknown. Why ‘Ireland Street’, for example? Was Holywell really Holy? And if you have any favourite places you would like to know about, please let Gill Wakley know in advance. Research takes time!
6 April – Community working for the community
Representatives from the Melville Centre, Abergavenny Community Centre and Abergavenny Community Enterprise will tell us about the progress they have made, the challenges and exciting opportunities that are coming their way.
11 May – Glandŵr Cymru’s plans for the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
David Morgan, Glandŵr Cymru (The Canal & River Trust in Wales) Development and Engagement Manager, will enlighten us about the Canal and River Trust’s new health and wellbeing campaign and also the many opportunities that brings for our very own canal.
8 June – A year in the life of a Mayor – Cllr Tony Konieczny
Civic Society member and town councillor Tony talks about his year in office as Mayor of Abergavenny. Some highs and lows and probably some unexpected left field surprises!