Monthly Meetings Programme 2018-2019
Meetings are 2.30pm - 4.30 pm at Bridges, Drybridge House, Wonastow Road, Monmouth
September 18 AGM followed by Exploring Gwent Castles Chris Barber
October 16 The Life of a Travelling Magician Gerry Walker
November 20 Sailing Around the World Sara Coxon
December 11 Members’ Christmas Party with seasonal music from The Whiskey River Trio.
January 15 Titanic Effort – RMS Carpathia’s Dash to Save Liner Paul Barnett
February 19 Anglo-Saxon Period – Forest of Dean Alex Knight
The Anglo-Saxon migrations into Britain began in the mid 5th century following the withdrawal of the last Roman forces in 410AD. Beginning in the East of Britain and spreading out in all directions, over the course of the next hundred and fifty years or so the Anglo-Saxons would come to control much of modern day England, conquering and creating kingdoms as they went. But when did the Anglo-Saxons arrive in the area now called the Forest of Dean, an area that sits between the rivers Severn and Wye on the border with Wales in the west of England; and an area rich in natural resources ripe for exploiting. This talk will examine the evidence for when and how the Anglo-Saxons moved into the Forest of Dean, what impact they had upon this area after they arrived and the legacy they left behind by piecing back together all the details from available documentary and archaeological sources. The Anglo-Saxon period was an incredibly important time in the history of this nation and the effects would be no less monumental in the Forest of Dean!
March 19 Working as a Full Time Artist Nick John Rees
Art has always played an important part in Nick’s life and he painted from a very young age. His work reflects his fascination with the effect of light on nature. Nick enjoys the challenge of painting seascapes and his interest lies in capturing atmosphere & light. Wherever possible Nick paints en plein air to fully absorb the atmosphere & spirit of the scene before returning to his studio to complete the work. Through the reduction of excess detail he strives to translate the ordinary and evoke the power & emotion of the sea in a way that allows people to find their own interpretation of the mood of the water.
His work is spontaneous & architectural in nature with much use of impasto technique, employing palette knife to create strong textures which are juxtaposed against the flat background of immense skies. This gives his work its recognisable tactile & dimensional quality and creates a painting that offers something a little different each time it is viewed.
Nick’ paintings are held in both public and private collections throughout Europe, Australian, America & Asia and his work in galleries throughout Wales & England as well as in France.
April 16 Special Places Around the World Malcolm Meadows
A presentation visiting several special destinations around the world, many of which are UNESCO world heritage sites. A sprinkling of history, some fabulous images, art and architecture and just a little music to explore these special places and buildings
May 21 DNA – Forensics and Crime Rhian Morgan
Join Wales Gene Park for a talk on DNA, forensics and crime. The talk will give an introduction to DNA – the blueprint for life – and describe what a DNA fingerprint is; how it is produced; how it was discovered, and how this discovery has revolutionised the way in which criminal investigations can be conducted. Examples will be given of cases in which DNA evidence has been used.
June 18 Topic and speaker to be confirmed
July 16 Members’ Summer Meeting and entertainment
August 20 Ty Hafan Kelly Dibble
September 17 AGM then Antarctica – The Human Side Rachel Morgan MBE
October 22 Topic not yet confirmed David Scaysbrook
November 19 Stained Glass Sian Thomas