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2018 Calendar on Sale

The Rhuddlan Local History Society's 2018 Calendar is now available on sale at £5.00.

There are limited numbers of this calendar.

Don't lose out order NOW on 01745 590900 or purchase from our local chemist shop in Rhuddlan.

2018 Calendar Cover photo by courtesy of Haydn Parry
Cover photo by courtesy of Haydn Parry

Rhuddlan Wins Gold

Rhuddlan for the second successive year has won GOLD in the "Boldeuo in Wales" competition. Rhuddlan Local History Society's contribution to the event was a tour of Rhuddlan High Street explaining all the changes that had taken place over the last hundred years followed by a display in the community centre of old photographs showing these changes entitled" Then and Now."

The Chairman of the society Mr Dai Thomas would like to thank all members for their contribution to the event, and would also like to on behalf of the history society offer "congratulations to all other organisation who helped to make it a success".

Year Six Project Winners 2017

Every year the Rhuddlan Local History Society set a project for year six at Ysgol y Castell Rhuddlan. This year the project was to create a model of St. Mary's Church Rhuddlan.

The winner was Luke Jones -Booth who received a Cup ,aTrophy which is his to keep a £10.00 voucher and a copy of the society's book entitled " Peace and War" a book about life in Rhuddlan before, during and after WWI.

The runner-up was Darcie Kenway who received a Trophy to keep, a voucher for £5.00 and the society book. The judge was Mr Mark Davies proprietor of the model shop Rhuddlan who found the task of choosing a winner very difficult due to the standard on the models. The voucher were also donated by Mr Mark Davies.

2017 Year Six Winners

The Society would like to thank all the children in year six who took part in the project and also thank you to Ysgol y Castell for their support in allowing us to put forward the project.


January 2017

Chairman’s Report 2016

We have come to the end of a very interesting and successful year which would not have been possible without the full support of our membership and visitors throughout the year. So, before I reflect on 2016, I would like to thank you all for that support and also take this opportunity of wishing you a Happy New Year.

In our January meeting we had a talk and slide presentation by George Petry MBA on the life of Philip Jones Griffiths a Rhuddlan born lad who went on to become a renowned journalist and photographer recognised the world over for his photographs, in particular the ones he took while covering the Vietnam war. February saw a talk by David Waller on The Royal Mail in North Wales, it made you think how lucky we are today. In March we had a talk by Jane Brunning retired archivist from the records office entitled Crime and Punishment which included the story about the only man to be hanged in Ruthin jail.

April saw a presentation by our own Chris Grier who gave an interesting talk on Bodelwyddan Castle and some of its previous owners. May is the month we have our AGM, this was followed by a talk about Tool Makers entitled “The Early Beginnings” by Howard Green explaining that before you went to chop some wood you first had to make the axe. Although we did not have a meeting in June we did in fact organise a coach trip to the Ironbridge Museums at Telford including Blists Hill Victorian Town, this turned out to be a very enjoyable trip so much so we are thinking of running another one later in the year to a different venue, look out for it.

July is the holiday month when everyone takes a well deserved rest but no sooner it started it’s over we have August upon us and we had our fund raising Saturday afternoon in Rhuddlan Community Centre where the society puts on a film show containing photos of Rhuddlan how it was 50 to 100 years ago and also stories were told of happenings during that time.

A very enjoyable afternoon which was followed by light refreshments served by some of our members and staff of the centre.

September saw a talk by Fred Hobbs of Prestatyn formerly of Rhuddlan on the local industries in and around Prestatyn. At over ninety years of age Fred told the story all from memory, no props whatsoever a very entertaining evening. Hope I can archive that at that age.

In October we had Rufus Adams giving us a talk about Lloyd George entitled “His Early Years” Lloyd George was considered by university historians to be the greatest prime minister this country ever had, after hearing the talk they may have a case. November saw Jerry Bone give a power point presentation on WWI entitled “Trench Warfare”. To finish the year off we had Fiona Gale, Denbighshire’s senior archaeologist who gave us a talk supported
by a slide show about Archaeology in our local area. This was followed by our Christmas Quiz hosted by Reg Davies which consisted of items of yesteryear along with a few old photographs of Rhuddlan. A team of ladies, Molly Blake, Dorothy Sutcliffe, Deirdre Roberts and Jean Draycott won the quiz with total points of 22.

To end the year on a high we again published a calendar which was well received, so a big thank you to all who bought one. Our events for 2017 start at Wednesday 11th January at 7pm in Ysgol y Castell where our guest speaker is Marshall Morris and the topic will be “The Story of the Titanic”

So come along you might enjoy it’s £2.50 to non members

The chairman, Dai Thomas.

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Rhuddlan in Peace and War 1911-1922
Chapter 8/16 - The Role of Women

Rhuddlan

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Rhuddlan in Peace and War 1911-1922
Chapter 7/16 - Farming & Food

Rhuddlan

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The book is available at £5.00 from Dai Thomas on 01745 590900.
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December 2016

Rhuddlan in Peace and War 1911-1922
Chapter 6/16 - Health and Welfare

Rhuddlan

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The book is available at £5.00 from Dai Thomas on 01745 590900.
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November 2016

Rhuddlan in Peace and War 1911-1922
Chapter 5/16 - Rhuddlan Foundry

Rhuddlan

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October 2016

Rhuddlan in Peace and War 1911-1922
Chapter 4/16 - Ships, Shells and Shops

Rhuddlan

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The book is available at £5.00 from Dai Thomas on 01745 590900.
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September 2016

Rhuddlan in Peace and War 1911-1922
Chapter 3/16 - Before the War

Rhuddlan

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The book is available at £5.00 from Dai Thomas on 01745 590900.
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August 2016

Rhuddlan in Peace and War 1911-1922
Chapters 1&2/16 - Introduction and acknowlegements
Cause and course of the war


Rhuddlan

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Ysgol y Castell photographic competition

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"The society decided to sponsor year six at Ysgol y Castell Rhuddlan this year and future years,this idea was well received by the head mistress Mrs. V. Cotgreave and deputy head Mrs. J Evans.

The project was to photograph something of historic value in Rhuddlan and the society would ask two members of a local photography group to judge them and award a first prize and runner-up. All the photographs were of a good standard and it made judging a difficult task, after a period of time they came up with a winner and runner up.

The winner Bethany Hughes who received an engraved cup which she will hold for one year and an engraved plaque which she will keep, the runner up was Erin Roberts who also received an engraved plaque.

By sponsoring year six that means that every pupil who attend Ysgol y Castell and reach the final year will have an opportunity to win the cup, although the topic for the project may change each year." D.T.

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Winter 2016

George Petry Talk
Photo: © Barrie Mee

The Rhuddlan Local History Society welcomed Mr George Petry to introduce his personal thoughts on Philip Jones Griffiths with regard to his photographs and his book Vietnam Inc. Everyone enjoyed his lecture and the 13th of January 2016, it will be one of the highlights surely of the society. The guest was introduced by Mr David Thomas, Chairman of the Society, and he and the Town Mayor Arwel Roberts thanked Mr Petry for his lecture and slide show. Among the audience was Mr Gareth Jones Griffiths, Philip's brother, it was a pleasure to see him there.

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Autumn/Winter 2015

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Calendar, 2016. Photo: © Barrie Mee

Calendar (pdf)

With this year coming to a close we would like to reflect on our achievements and success that the society has experienced.

The year started with a slide show and talk about “Old Rhyl” this was given by Maggi Blythin & Ruth Pritchard from Rhyl History Society, February saw a talk and slide show about the “Bone Setters of Anglesey” given by Dyfrig Hughes Roberts, followed in March by a talk about the justice system in 18th century Denbighshire given by the retired county archivist Jane Brunning.

April saw a sequel to a slide show given the previous year about local hospitals by our member Stephen Cooper, Ian Grant gave us an archaeologist’s and re-enactor’s view on “ Early Medieval Rhuddlan” in May, the AGM was also held the same evening. June / July no meetings were held. August saw a slide show and talk about “How Rhuddlan Was“ this was given by our chairman Dai Thomas. The August event gave the society the opportunity to raise funds for new equipment, which was very well supported and was much appreciated.

We started again in September with a talk by Jerry Bone this was about WW1 and was accompanied by a display of artefact from that period, also there was a display of Medals from both world wars brought in by Andrew Miller. In October we had Gwynfor Williams who spoke on the Foundry/ Iron Works circa.1860- 2000 which was also supported by a slide show relating to that time.

Mr Derek Bond [No relation to James ] gave us an interesting talk and slide show about “The Belgian Refugees in North West Wales” and to bring our programme to a close, in December we have our annual quiz which is hosted by our Reg, followed by a talk from Phil Ebbrell about comparing “ Rhuddlan & Denbigh” historically.

We think everyone who came to the talks/slide shows will agree that we covered a very comprehensive range of subjects so a big thank you to all our guest speakers who have all been exceptional and to all our members and visitors who attended.

This has been a busy year, we have produced a booklet about Rhuddlan before, during and after ww1 which has been very well received by all who have read it. A pamphlet naming all service personnel from the parish of Rhuddlan who served in ww1 and a Roll of Honour was created to honour those who went and that hangs in our community centre. This has been archived by a team of dedicated people, members and non members, as for the financial aspect of the project it would have been impossible without the backing of the heritage lottery funding.

Did we stop no we did not, to finish this year off we have manage to produce a calendar, this was introduced at our November meeting. The calendar shows photographs of old Rhuddlan, along with some events and of some well known and respected people from Rhuddlan.

This limited edition is on sale at £5.00, this alongside our book which is also on sale for the same price would make an ideal Christmas gift. Any one requiring any of these two can obtain them by contacting – Dai Thomas on 01745 590900.

The front cover of the calendar is here for you to see Acknowledgements to Kenneth Derringer & Barry Mee for their kind permission to use their photographs.

Dai Thomas, Chairman
Rhuddlan Local History Society

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Summer 2015

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The book launch opening remarks from Dai Thomas, Chairman. Photo: © Barrie Mee

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Dai Thomas, Chairman, with Rhuddlan Town Mayor and Denbighshire County Councillor,
Arwel Roberts at the book launch.
Photo: © Barrie Mee

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Jerry Bone and Paul Young inspecting the new book. Photo: © Barrie Mee

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Dr Jeanne Seager receiving the first booklet from the Chairman, Dai Thomas. Photo: © Barrie Mee

The launch of our booklet which has been funded by The Heritage Lottery took place on Saturday 12th Sept. at the Community Centre, Rhuddlan. It was a well attended afternoon which included our Mayor, Cllr. Arwel Roberts, Lady Mayoress, Awen Roberts, Members of Rhuddlan Town Council, the trustees of the community centre, invited guests and members of the public.

This launch was a culmination of a project which started with three elements over a year ago, comprising of creating a Roll of Honour for all the men from this parish who went to WW1, producing a pamphlet detailing not only their name, rank and service number but also their home address and finally the booklet which tells about life here in Rhuddlan before, during and after WW1.

The booklet which is bilingual was very well received by all who saw it and the comments received were very encouraging although that does not mean we will be writting another book any time soon, but we do have another project in mind so watch this space. The sales of the booklet which is priced at £5 have also been very encouraging and we will have stalls selling the booklet where ever we can including a stand at the open doors at St. Mary's Church Rhuddlan on the26/27th Sept.

Any one wishing to buy the booklet can contact the chairman on 01745 590900 or email:
rhuddlanhistorysociety@outlook.com 

Dai Thomas, Chairman

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VJ Day 70  RHUDDLAN

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Photos: © Barrie Mee

The Rhuddlan Local History Society Book, Rhuddlan in Peace and War, 1911-1922, was launched in the Community Centre on the 11th of September 2015. The Mayor is seen in the company of the Society's Chairman, Mr David Thomas.

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HLF Project Update: Booklet

As you know the Society has for the past year been very busy writing a booklet about how Rhuddlan was before, during and after WW1.

The good news is, it has been completed, and the launch of the booklet will take place at the Community Centre Rhuddlan 2:30 pm on Saturday 12th September 2015.

The booklet, which is bilingual, will be on sale at a very modest price of £5.00, also on the day, there will be a pamphlet naming all the people from this parish who went to the War. There is no charge for this pamphlet, but if you would like to make a donation in the box provided, the proceeds will be given to the 2015 Poppy Appeal.

In order for as many people as possible can have a pamphlet, please refrain from taking more than one copy.

Dai Thomas, Chairman
Rhuddlan Local History Society

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VJ Day 70  RHUDDLAN

Dai Thomas, Chairman, presenting an illustrated talk on the 70th Commemoration of VJ Day,
Victory over Japan, when Japan surrendered and the Second World War ended.

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Project Update: The Roll of Honour has been completed.

The presentation of the Roll took place on Monday 13th July at the Rhuddlan Community Centre. The Roll was unveiled by Sarah Hodnett, a researcher with the History Society. Cllr. Arwel Roberts, the Mayor of Rhuddlan, received the Roll on behalf of the local community.

In addition to the Mayor and Mayoress, the event was attended by Lady Langford, Members of Rhuddlan Town, Council, Trustees of the Community Centre, invited guests and members of the public.

Also, there was a pamphlet produced which listed all who went to war from this parish, including their home address, this was given free to all who attended. It was suggested that if anyone wished to make a donation this would be given to this year’s poppy appeal, many responded to that suggestion.

The launch of the booklet is expected to take place in early September 2015.

Dai Thomas, Chairman

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Rhuddlan Local History Society members at a historical re-enactment event at the castle.

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Unveiling of the First World War Rhuddlan Roll of Honour at the Community Centre.

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June 2015

From the Chairman

The Roll of Honour has know been completed and is ready to be presented to the community of Rhuddlan. The Roll will be received from the Rhuddlan Local History Society by the Mayor of  Rhuddlan, Councillor Arwel Roberts, on behalf of the community.

The presentation will take place at 11.00am on Monday morning the 13th July 2015 in the Community Centre, Parliament Street, Rhuddlan.

David Thomas
Chair/Secretary

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May 2015

From the Chairman

The Booklet & Roll of Honour
At last we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not that of an oncoming train. All the English version has been proof read and all alterations have been completed and now is awaiting delivery to the printers, this has been made possible by a great deal of hard work by our committee and researchers which I as chairman is very grateful.

The Roll of Honour is now complete and has been framed all that remains with the Roll is for us to make arrangements for the presentation to be made to the people of Rhuddlan from the Rhuddlan Local History Society, this hopefully will be within the next three to four weeks.

As I am sure you are aware that the fete at Ysgol y Castell takes place on Saturday 6th June 2015 and our history society will have a stand there and will have some old photos on display. So if you are a member or not and can spare an hour to man the stand we shall be very grateful.

Also on the weekend 18/19th July Cadw are holding an re-enactment in the castle grounds, again we are displaying a stand there, another opportunity if you have an hour to spare it would be appreciated.

David Thomas
Chair/Secretary

 

Rhuddlan David Thomas addressing the VE Day commemorations. Photo:SR Hughes, 2015.

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February 2015

We have been successful in our application to the Heritage Lottery for funding to a project which we as a society embarked on and were granted an amount of £7,100. There are stringent conditions applicable to accepting the grant which we as a society must adhere to.

The project which we put forward was to gather information about our village of Rhuddlan before, during and after the First World War and when we had the information, was to go about producing a booklet both in English and Welsh. All the information was got by a dedicated team of researchers headed by Dr. Jeanne Seager. Before we could use the information gathered we had to check and re-check to make sure the booklet when published was as accurate as we could possibly get it. The position at present is that the booklet has almost been completed in English text and the translation into Welsh will begin shortly.

In addition to the booklet, we are also going to produce a Roll of Honour, naming all the men who went to the war from Rhuddlan. This was a much more complex operation than was first thought, it meant going through no end of documents and record cards in the county archives to make sure the names were correct and the forces numbers were also correct and above all to make sure they were from our village, there were a lot of Jones’, Roberts’ and Williams’. At present the roll is nearly complete and when it is, the trustees of the local community centre have agreed to have it hung in a prominent place in their community centre.

We will keep you informed when the presentation and the launch of the booklet will take place.

David Thomas
Chair/Secretary


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January 2015

Rhuddlan William de Freney, Saint Mary's Church, Rhuddlan. Photo: DO Hughes, Redstone Creative, 2012.

A photograph of William de Freney on our website, taken by Redstone Creative, has been requested to be included in an academic book about monasteries of the UK by a researcher based in Cambridge.

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December 2014

RhuddlanPhilip Jones Griffiths,aged about eight, (standing and wearing glasses) outside the darkroom at Fron Deg Studio with Mr Humphreys and the Tabernacle Sunday School. Photo: JR Hughes, Fron Deg Studio, 1944.

A PhD research student from the European Centre for Photographic Research at the University of South Wales contacted the Society about the early life of Philip Jones Griffiths, the worldwide renowned photojournalist.

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