Ewyas Harold & District


We meet once a month, at 2pm, on the second Wednesday of the month at Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall Pontrilas Road, Ewyas Harold, HR2 0EL.

Dates for your Diary
Wed May 9th

Monthly Meeting

Presentation by Janet Robinson

Talk is Family Matters and is a presentation of a family history c. 1845-1945 with an emphasis on the changing role of women during that period.

Wed Jun 13th

Monthly Meeting

The Sheik of Shellac presents MUSIC BEFORE THE MICROCHIP

Music is very convenient now. There is usually no hiss and crackle either. But what happened to its soul? Does the sterile stuff that you can download have vitality or depth?

Come back to the time when people cranked a handle for half a minute in order to hear three minutes of music – and appreciated it all the more as a result. YOU don’t have to crank the handle – the SHEIK OF SHELLAC does that.

Wed Jul 11th

Monthly Meeting

Presentation by Terry Ewington, Station Manager at the Barry Island Coastwatch station.
The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores.

Each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline.

Wed Aug 8th

Summer Party - Bring and Share

Wed Sep 12th

Monthly Meeting

Film Presentation

Spirit of Place - People and Inspiration in Llanthony and Black Mountains

Douglas Wright Speaker

Wed Oct 10th

Monthly Meeting

Fool's Gold

Following their successful visit in September 2017, Steve and Carol return with their musical story Beat The Drum -
Originally produced for Help for Heroes and The British Legion, the show Is a commemoration of The First Great War, this show examines the conflict through the eyes of a newly married couple, who are caught up in the events of 1914.

Wed Nov 14th

Monthly Meeting

My Life in the Civil Service by our member Lynda Cecil

It will consist of 4 sections:

1. Entry to the Civil Service- the structure of a Department.
My first post and "learning on the Job" how the system works.

2.The expansion of the CS in the 70's and the rise of the super ministries ie Department of the Environment(DoE}.
My role as Head of Prosecutions,London Enforcement Office, including managing a large office of 75 staff.

3.Policy Work in Whitehall. The culture shock of the transition from the executive arm to the policy-making elite.
Developing policy on Environmental Protection with particular reference to contaminated land and to protection of rivers and the marine environment.

4.The relationship between Ministers and civil servants. A selection of anecdotes.

Wed Dec 12th

Monthly Meeting XMAS Party

Tue Jan 8th

Monthly Meeting

Every Picture Tells a Story by Peter Preece

The presentation includes how Peter attracts wildlife into situations to obtain good images and there is a sequence of action pictures of kingfisher to begin with. The talk also covers butterflies/insects, many mammals, amphibians and snakes, mice etc.

Wed Feb 13th

Monthly Meeting

followed by a presentation War Diary ~ story of a WW1 soldier by Mike Watkins.
The story of a Canadian soldier who started the war as a private, ended the war as a lieutenant with a Military Cross and a German wife! It’s a fascinating story of his life and fellow soldiers in and out of the trenches.

Wed Mar 13th

Monthly Meeting

Roy Wood How to Enjoy a Healthy & Wealthy Retirement

This is Roy's most popular presentation, which has so far been well received by over 150 Probus Clubs and U3As.
It is a light hearted talk, delivered in a humorous manner;
Upon receiving extremely disappointing results at an annual health check, Roy learned that he had abnormally high blood pressure& cholesterol, he was pre-diabetic, overweight and that his alcohol intake was beyond the recommended amount.
He was told that high blood pressure is the single biggest killer amongst men in the western world, regularly leading to heart attacks and strokes... this meant it was time for change!
Roy decided against the use of medication, as suggested by his UK doctor, and instead spent 10 days at the Pritikin Longevity Centre in Miami, Florida. It was here where he learned that all of his ailments could be improved and treated with simple lifestyle changes: diet, exercise and sleep as opposed to medication and eventually surgery. His results were so stunning within such a short period of time, that Roy now shares the secrets of his new found passion with audiences worldwide!

Wed Apr 10th

Monthly Meeting

Hopes of Longtown - The story continues - Following on from last year’s presentation Christine will update us on her fascinating life and progress.

Wed May 8th

Monthly Meeting

Presentation by Don Balkwill - Forgotten Gadgets
Don gives a unique presentation that has evolved from regular articles called “Grandma’s Gadgets” which have appeared in the local Abergavenny newspaper for the last 5 years.

Wed Jun 12th

Monthly Meeting

Dean Powell - The Incredible Life of Dr William Price
Dean enjoys a first-class reputation as a guest speaker in a wide variety of events ranging from after-dinner appearances and public lectures.

Chartist, surgeon, heretic, Archdruid and pioneer in the legalisation of cremation in the British Isles, Dr William Price was undoubtedly one of the most flamboyant, romantic and eccentric characters in Welsh history. Famed healer, crusader of reform, exiled political activist and a sparkling, dynamic, eloquent man who blazed progress and controversy by outraging a conventional society, there was much more to Price than his radical attitudes to cremation. Poverty-stricken in his youth, his father was an insane priest, although Price remarkably became a surgeon by the age of just twenty-one. He created an embryonic national health service, masterminded the first Museum of Welsh Life, launched Wales's first cooperative society, had visions of a new massed druidic rising and was exiled to France as a Chartist leader. Calling his first son Iesu Grist (Jesus Christ) Price, claiming he was a druidic Messiah, he cremated the child after its death aged just five months. The landmark court case led to the passing of the Cremation Act in 1902. He fathered illegitimate children with a housekeeper sixty years his junior and died sipping a glass of champagne at the age of ninety-two.

Wed Jul 10th

Monthly Meeting

Tax, Care and Toyboys presented by Oliver Hill
Protecting your family's nest egg-
Inheritance tax -
Stopping sideways disinheritance -
Lasting Powers of Attorney -

Our speaker will introduce the above issues, and explain what steps can be taken to plan for the future.

Wed Aug 14th

Monthly Meeting

Presentation by Roger Curtis

Wed Aug 14th

Summer Party - Bring and Share

Wed Sep 11th

Monthly Meeting

Presentation by Dexi Garman -

Wed Nov 13th

Monthly Meeting

Roger Curtis will continue with is talk on the Kennedy Assassination of Friday Nov 22 1963.