Powys War Memorials 

Remembering the 115 in Llanidloes

October 11, 2019

Llanidloes remembered the 115 names on their War Memorial with a 24 hour walk, over 48 miles, with places linked to the history of the men. Wendy Abel, Paul Jones, Stephen Mills, Paul Avery and John Dunkley returned to a warm welcome at 11am to launch the Llanidloes book, town walk film and the poppy appeal.

Ystradgynlais Youth Group

November 06, 2019

The Youth Service held a project funded by the Powys War Memorials Project for young people during the Summer exploring their local history around World War 1. In Welshpool and Ystradgynlais. The young people used different creative mediums to do this and worked really hard to produce some really good pieces of work, a short film and two memorial plaques. 

 

To celebrate the hard work of the young people in Ystradgynlais, the Youth Service there is an evening to showcase the work of the young people which includes a showing of the film and a presentation of the plaques to the community.

Llanidloes Book Launch

October 11, 2019

Merchant Navy Day - Raise the Red Ensign Ceremony

September 02, 2019

A Raise the Red Ensign Ceremony was held at Powys County Hall to mark Merchant Navy Day. 

Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Rosemarie Harris, Leader welcomed representatives of the Merchant Navy Association, the Royal Navy Association and the High Sheriff of Powys, David Peate. In her welcoming speech, she paid tribute to the brave men and women who in both World Wars brought vital supplies to the UK and transported critical military supplies to far flung battlefields, whilst enduring austere living conditions and long absences from home. Some were sunk, rescued and transferred to work on new ships. WWI loses totalled 2,479 ships and 14,287 men.

Cllr Harris said: “Merchant Navy Day highlights the important work today of many thousands of British Seafarers on the oceans of the world and who routinely face violent storms and mountainous seas. By volume 95% of the UK trade is transported by sea. Today gives the people of Powys the opportunity to show their appreciation to the merchant seafarers past and present that play a vital part in the economy of this county.

A Message from HRH The Earl of Wessex was read by Rear Admiral Mark Kerr, former Chief Executive of Powys County Council, who later Saluted the Ensign.

“Take a little care this day…” by Captain Joe Earl was read by the Ysgol Calon Cymru Head Boy, Liam Spence and Head Girl, Felicity Bulbia.

The Prayers and Blessing of the Red Ensign Flag was led by Rev Andrew Perrin. The Vote of Thanks was provided by Cllr Beverley Baynham, Chairman of the Council. Rhayader Male Voice Choir sang ‘Shenandoah’ and lead everyone present in the National Anthems to close the ceremony.

Traditional Skills Training at Ty Mawr Lime Ltd

September 22, 2019

The Project ran a Traditional Building Skills Training Course at at Ty Mawr Lime Ltd.

Llangammarch Memorial Window and Memorial Organ

July 31, 2019

The Powys War Memorials Project funded the restoration of the Llangammarch Church memorial window and the refurbishment of the memorial organ. Volunteers from the community were involved in both projects. The community filled the church in September for a Memorial Concert with performances by local school children and local artists.

Llanmerewig WWI Memorial Event

September 13, 2019

The Community of Llanmerewig held a successful WWI event, with interpretation displays and a rededication ceremony for the WWI additional plaque commemorating names not included on their original memorial

Poetry Competition, Presentation of Awards

July 16, 2019

Powys War Memorials Board members took part in the Poetry Competition, Presentation of Awards to Pupils of Ysgol Calon Cymru and Brecon High School.

Volunteers Reception at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show 2019

July 22, 2019

Volunteers that had given their time to work on Powys War Memorials Projects were invited to join with other volunteer groups at a Volunteers Reception in the Twr Brycheiniog at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show.

Powys War Memorials Project Films

June 15, 2019

The Powys War Memorials Project filmed a Best Practice Film, a Town Walks Film and WWI stories film at locations throughout Powys to celebrate the work of the project and to capture some of the stories behind the names on the memorials.

Caersws War Memorial and Surrounds restored

June 09, 2019

The Powys War Memorials Project is delighted to have funded the restoration of the Caersws War Memorial which is a prominent feature of the village.

Cwmbach Church Songs of Praise

June 08, 2019

The Cwmbach Church Songs of Praise Service to rededicate the restored war memorial funded by the Powys War Memorials Project.

Brecon Military Show

June 07, 2019

A great day out for Powys families. The Powys War Memorials Project was proud to support the armed forces at Dering Lines at the Brecon Military Show. 

Christmas Tree Festival in Holy Tinity, Llandrindod Wells

December 17, 2018

The PWMP has leaflets alongside the Radnor Museum information about its Radnor Remembers Exhibition which is full of detailed research and artifacts and will be on display until the end of the year. Many of  the other Libraries and Museums in Powys have put a great deal of time into their excellent WWI displays and exhibitions and are well worth a visit.

Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Builth

December 13, 2018

The PWMP recently supported the renovation of the Triptych Memorial to the Fallen of WWI in the porch of St Mary's Builth. It has its own miniature Christmas Tree as part of the beautiful Christmas Tree Festival. 

Talk to Penybont and District History Society

November 05, 2018

The Penybont and District History Society invited the PWMP Officer to talk about the Project. Local member Rev Geraint Hughes also gave a presentation about the fallen from the area and also put WWI and its effects into context for Penybont and District. 

Poppy Making Workshops in Powys

October 29, 2018

Poppy Making Workshops using paper and wool delivered by the PWMP Officer in Powysland Museum, Ystradgynlais Library, Coed Isaf School and Presteigne Day Centre to engage the public with the project and as a link to the local interpretation displays of a great deal of research into the fallen from those communities. The activities engaged and stimulated all ages and abilities and linked all generations.

Dedication of Machynlleth Memorial Garden in memory of the 52 members of the 1st Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers who fell in WWI

November 10, 2018

A moving ceremony and event (supported by PWMP) with Powys County Representatives and many local groups who had been involved in planting the garden and researching the 52 men of Machynlleth who fell in WWI. This will be a tranquil and beautiful place to remember them.

Brecon WWI Walk - featured on BBC Wales News

November 06, 2018

News. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46057576

Brecon has a number of memorials that have been restored thanks to a grant of up to £5000 from the #Powys War Memorials Project. Please email enquiries for your War Memorial to warmemorials@powys.gov.uk or visit https://www.powyswarmemorials.co.uk/ for more information.

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Ymddangosodd Prosiect Cofebion Rhyfel Powys ar Newyddion BBC Wales. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46057576
Mae nifer o gofebion Aberhonddu wedi cael eu hadfer diolch i grant o hyd at £5000 o Brosiect Cofebion Rhyfel Powys #Powys. Anfonwch e-bost os oes gennych unrhyw ymholiadau am eich Cofeb Rhyfel i warmemorials@powys.gov.uk neu ewch i https://www.powyswarmemorials.co.uk/ am ragor o wybodaeth.

The Project has only 1 year left

November 02, 2018

Ystradgynlais War Memorial is a credit to the town and its community. If you would like funding to renovate the war memorial in your area please email warmemorials@powys.gov.uk

Battle of the Ancre Film Showing at Theatre Hafren Newtown

November 03, 2018

The Battle of the Ancre Film from The Imperial War Museum was shown at Theatre Hafren, 88 people attended and were able to see an exhibition about the Powys War Memorial Project. 

Comments included:

 

'How powerful the human spirit is'

'The extensive organisation needed to take an army of humans and horses to war.'

Project Officer Catherine Pugh briefly spoke about the project before the film. She said: 'There only 1 year to go before the project ends, I appeal to you all to look at your own community's War Memorial as see if it needs renovation or names to be added. Does the setting around the memorial need to be enhanced? Please contact warmemorials@powys.gov.uk to apply for funding.'

New Project Officer

October 18, 2018

The New Powys War Memorial Officer is Catherine Pugh. Please email her about any established Memorials and their settings that need restoration or enhancement. Also about any WWI projects that you may be developing. email: warmemorials@powys.gov.uk or phone 01597 827657.

Powys War Memorials Project Officer- change of contact details

September 02, 2018

Nathan Davies has been the Powys War Memorials Project Officer since October 2015. 

However, Nathan is leaving Powys County Council on Friday 21st September 2018. 

Before the new Project Officer is appointed and starts, please contact Kay Francis at Powys County Council for any urgent queries about the project. You can email Kay at Kay.francis@powys.gov.uk

We would advise you to copy in the project email address (warmemorials@powys.gov.uk) so the new Project Officer can get up to speed with everything when they start.

Many thanks to everyone for your ongoing support with the project. 

War memorial in Crickhowell (Powys)

July 31, 2018

This short video clip of the war memorial in Crickhowell (Powys, Wales) was recorded by the Crickhowell and District Civic Society in July 2018. The Civic Society kindly shared the video with the Powys War Memorials Project.

The war memorial in Crickhowell is about to be restored with a £4,000 grant from the Powys War Memorials Project. The grant is also going to enable the war memorial setting and surrounding to be improved. 

Here is some more information about the war memorial in Crickhowell:

 

War memorials online: 
https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk

The Powys War Memorials Project can provide grants of up to £5,000 for World War 1 memorials in Powys to be restored or repaired. Any type of World War 1 memorial in Powys is eligible. The application process is quick and easy. The grants are being allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more information, please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer at warmemorials@powys.gov.uk

Brecon World War 1 trail

July 29, 2018

The Powys War Memorials Project worked in collaboration with History Points to create a World War trail around Brecon in Powys. 

The complete trail, which is just over 1.5 miles long, enables you to find out about 14 places of interest associated with World War 1. For example, 

The Plough Chapel, Brecon

In 1916, Nonconformists of all denominations gathered here for a lecture by the Rev Elvet Lewis of London. He said men serving in the army had found Christ, and there was more Christianity in the trenches than in the churches at home. He predicted a religious revival when the men returned after the war.

Link to map showing location of 14 points of interest along the World War 1 trail in Brecon. 

World War 1 trail in Brecon

Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant war memorial restored with £4,000 grant from Powys War Memorials Project

July 29, 2018

The war memorial in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant (north Powys) is currently being restored thanks to a £4,000 grant from the Powys War Memorials Project.

Here is a short video clip about the war memorial:

Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant war memorial video clip

The Powys War Memorials Project can provide grants of up to £5,000 for World War 1 memorials in Powys to be restored or repaired. Any type of war memorial is eligible. The application process is quick and easy. The grants are being allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so it best to apply sooner rather than later. 

Please contact Nathan Davies, Powys War Memorials Project Officer, for information:

Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk 

07973 973 687

"Ringing Remembers" bell ringing event at St Mary's church in Brecon

July 22, 2018

The Powys War Memorials Project supported a free bell ringing event at St Mary's church in Brecon on Saturday 21st July 2018. 

Many thanks to the Swansea and Brecon Diocesan Guild of Bellringers for leading the bell ringing event. 

Thanks as well to everyone who came along to the event to have a go at bell ringing. 

The event took place as part of "Ringing Remembers". This is a national project to remember, commemorate and honour the 1400 bell ringers from across the UK, who died during World War 1. 

Short video clip of bell ringing event in St Mary's church, Brecon

Shrouds of the Somme

July 12, 2018

Shrouds of the Somme
Remembering those who gave their all


To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War 72,396 shrouded figures, all made by one man will be laid out in rows, shoulder to shoulder. Each represents a British serviceman killed at the Somme who has no known grave, many of whose bodies were never recovered from the battlefields. The display at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in November 2018 will be extraordinary in its impact and recognition of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

Shrouds of the Somme

War memorial in Llandrindod Wells (Powys) restored with grant from the project

July 12, 2018

The restoration work to a war memorial in Llandrindod Wells (Powys), funded by the Powys War Memorials Project and Llandrindod Wells Town Council, is now complete. 

The restoration work was carried out by local stonemason, Jonathan Protheroe. 

The Clerk to Llandrindod Wells Town Council said, "The memorial looks fantastic." 

Please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer for more information about the grants (up to £5,000) still available to restore World War 1 memorials in Powys. 

Restoration work to war memorial in Llandrindod Wells

Grants of up to £5000 still available to restore World War 1 memorials in Powys

July 04, 2018

The Powys War Memorials Project can still provide grants of up to £5000 for World War 1 memorials in Powys to be restored. 

 

- Any type of World War 1 memorial eligible. 

- Application process quick and easy. 

- Grants also available to improve war memorial settings and surroundings, e.g. fences, railings or lighting. 

Please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer for more information. 

Ringing Remembers: FREE bell ringing experience, St Mary's Church Brecon, Saturday 21st July 2018

June 26, 2018

Among the many who died in WW1 there were 1400 who were bell ringers.  A hundred years later the worldwide community of bell ringers has decided to honour their memory by recruiting and training 1400 new bell ringers in a special project called Ringing Remembers.

Some of those who died came from the area that is now Powys and the bell ringers of the county are already recruiting new ringers ready to ring on 11th November 2018 in commemoration of the end of the war.  But we need more and you could be one of them.

The British Isles are home to a particular style of bell ringing called 'change ringing' which is used to mark personal rites of passage like christenings, weddings and funerals and to celebrate civic and national events.  Although bells are mainly in church towers you don't have to go to church to be a bell ringer.  Ringers are a friendly and welcoming community of all ages and backgrounds and of all faiths and none. 

If you would like to know more about this satisfying activity and about Ringing Remembers in particular you can meet local ringers at forthcoming events in Brecon this July.  Brecon ringers will be taking part in the Community Day at Dering Lines on Sunday 8th July from 12.00 to 5.00 pm and would love to meet you there.

Later, on Saturday 21st July, the tower of St Mary's, Brecon, will be open for a 'ringing experience' day with an information point in church and the opportunity to see the bells and try your hand at learning to ring.  There will be four sessions starting at 10.15 am, 11.30 am, 2.00 pm and 3.15 pm.  It is best to book to be sure of a place.  For those who feel after this introduction that they would like to learn to ring there will be a fast track training course at St Mary's  from August to November.

To find out more and to book a place on 21st July please contact Kath Johnson by email at pckmj@tiscali.co.uk or by phone on 01874 658670.  For more information on Ringing Remembers email bells@big-ideas.org.

Ringing Remembers

History Points QR code World War 1 trail in Brecon, Powys

June 17, 2018

The Powys War Memorials Project supported History Points to create a QR code-based trail for World War 1 points of interest around Brecon in Powys. 

Here is a link to one of the QR code associated website pages: 

Christ College Brecon 

 

Please contact Nathan Davies, Powys War Memorials Project Officer, if you would like to develop a World War 1 walk or trail around your town. 

History Points World War 1 QR code trail around Brecon in Powys

Curtain of Poppies competition winners !

June 13, 2018

The Powys War Memorials Project Officer organised a competition: Guess the number of poppies in the Curtain of Poppies display in County Hall, Llandrindod Wells. 

Many thanks to the 111 people who entered the competition ! 

Congratulations to Shaun, the winner, who guessed within 3000 of the correct number. Well done Shaun ! Shaun won first prize of £100 Love to Shop vouchers. 

Well done to the other winners as well, who won £150 in Love to Shop vouchers between them. 

Here's a photo of the Powys War Memorials Project Officer (on left) with competition winner, Shaun (on right). 

What people thought of the Curtain of Poppies display at County Hall (Llandrindod Wells)

May 29, 2018

We asked people to leave comments and give feedback about the Curtain of Poppies display at County Hall (Llandrindod Wells). 

Here are a few of the comments that people kindly made: 

-I think the curtain is very impressive and I’m glad I made a lot of poppies to contribute to it. I’m nearly 89 and it kept me busy for weeks. 

-Wonderful display and a good way of commemorating the centenary.

 

-Absolutely stunning. 

 

-Just shows the waste of life in a fantastic display.

 

-Wonderful sight. I did knit 100 poppies so pleased I did make a small contribution. 

 

-Looks amazing. Well done ! 

 

-Beautiful ! Lovely to be able to come and see them. 

-It’s a wonderful achievement. 

-Amazing display ! Looked brilliant at Wonderwool Wales and looks great at County Hall. Was glad to have made a poppy to contribute. 

 

-Incredible ! 

-A truly beautiful memorial. Thank you. Well done all the poppy-makers from a long-time poppy-seller. 
 

Thanks to everyone who visited the Curtain of Poppies display and left feedback about it. We really appreciate your support. 

Curtain of Poppies display has now left County Hall (Llandrindod Wells, Powys)

May 28, 2018

The Powys War Memorials Project would like to thank Wonderwool Wales for the opportunity to display the stunning Curtain of Poppies in County Hall (Llandrindod Wells) during May 2018. 

If you saw the Curtain of Poppies in County Hall and would like to give some feedback or make any comments, please email Nathan Davies at:

Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk 

The Curtain of Poppies has now left County Hall. However, if you would like to see the Curtain of Poppies, it is going to be on display at the National Wool Museum. Please contact the museum directly for details. 

Thank you once again to Wonderwool Wales. 

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"Lost, Forgotten, Found" by Frances Marshall

November 15, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project Officer would like to thank Frances Marshall for writing the article "Lost, Forgotten, Found" about war memorials in Llandrindod Wells, Powys. 

"Lost, Forgotten, Found" by Frances Marshall (July 2017)

The Powys War Memorials Project Officer presented Frances with a framed copy of her article yesterday. 

 

Poppy-making workshop

October 16, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project would like to thank everyone who came to the free poppy-making workshop at the Welfare Ystradgynlais yesterday.


The workshop was delivered by Wonderwool Wales.


People at the workshop made textile poppies for the Curtain of Poppies. The Curtain of Poppies will consist of 887,858 textile poppies. The poppies will commemorate each person from the UK who died during World War 1.


The aim is to display the Curtain of Poppies at the Wonderwool Wales festival in 2018.


Thanks again to everyone who came to or helped with the event.

Curtain of poppies

Imaging the Bible in Wales database

October 12, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project would like to thank the Imaging the Bible in Wales project for their support. 

Biblical Artwork from Wales 1825–1975

The images included in this on-line collection have been collected as a research database for the Imaging the Bible in Wales Project (2005-8).

Many of the images were photographed specifically for the project and include artworks from places of worship in Wales. In addition, further images have been included from public and private collections. 

Search the Imaging the Bible database here

Free poppy-making workshop: Monday 16th October 2017, 10am-5pm (drop in), Welfare hall, Ystradgynlais, Powys

October 10, 2017

Free poppy-making workshop

Monday 16th October 2017

10am-5pm 

Drop in session with no booking needed

Welfare Hall, Ystradgynlais, Powys 

Information about free poppy making workshop

Talgarth (near Brecon) QR code World War 1 walk

October 08, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project has worked with History Points to create a QR code walk for the World War 1 walk around Talgarth near Brecon (Powys).

Link to Talgarth World War 1 QR code walk information 

The First World War took a heavy toll on Talgarth, where the local war memorial lists 25 men who died. Two days after war broke out, a meeting was held at the town hall to encourage local men to enlist. About 20 young men rushed forward to give their names.

By 1915 the school headmaster’s roll of honour listed 95 of his past pupils who were serving in the war. Two men who were known and respected locally as preachers were killed. One had been rejected by the army several times because of a childhood leg injury but he eventually got his way, and was killed only a week or so after reaching the Western Front.

Talgarth’s postman was quick to enlist. His bravery on the field was rewarded with the Military Medal but he died in 1917. Side by side in Talgarth’s churchyard are the war graves of a brother and sister.

Now you can discover how the war affected Talgarth by following our self-guided trail. Simply scan the QR codes with your smartphone at any of the featured places to start. When you’ve read the text for that location, click “Next” to see the text and map for the next place on the trail. Eventually you’ll return to your starting point.

Talgarth World War 1 QR code walk information

 

Newtown Remembers

October 04, 2017

The Newtown Remembers partnership, led by Newtown Town Council is leading a project to commemorate the impact of the First World War on the town.


Activities during 2015 included free trips for local people to visit exhibitions, museums and the National Memorial Arboretum in Stafford and then use these experiences to highlight how Newtown and the local population were affected by the war.

Newtown Remembers project website

 

Holy Trinity Church, Llandrindod Wells

October 02, 2017

If you're in Llandrindod Wells (Powys), the Holy Trinity Church  is well worth visiting. There are several World War 1 memorials in the church, including a memorial chapel and this memorial stained glass window. 

FREE POPPY MAKING WORKSHOP !!

September 28, 2017

FREE POPPY-MAKING WORKSHOP


Monday 16th October 2017 
10:00am - 5:00pm 
The Welfare, Ystradgynlais, Powys 
Free refreshments 
Everyone welcome 
No booking needed


Would you like to come to a free workshop, delivered by Wonderwool Wales, to make a textile poppy for the Curtain of Poppies?


The Curtain of Poppies will consist of 887,858 textile poppies. The poppies will commemorate each person from the UK who died during World War 1.


The aim is to display the Curtain of Poppies at the Wonderwool Wales festival in 2018.


http://www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk/sh…/curtain-of-poppies.html


Funded by the Powys War Memorials Project: 
www.powyswarmemorials@powys.gov.uk

Grants of up to £5,000 to repair or restore World War 1 memorials in Powys

September 14, 2017

Grants of up to £5,000 to repair or restore World War 1 memorials in Powys


The Powys War Memorials Project can provide grants of up to £5,000 to repair or restore World War 1 memorials in Powys.


- Any type of war memorial is eligible, e.g. obelisks, crosses, stained glass windows, boards or benches.


- World War 1 memorials with World War 2 additions are also eligible.


- Grants are also available to improve war memorial settings or surroundings, e.g. railings, gates or lighting.


- Allocating grants on a first come, first served basis so advisable to apply as soon as possible.


- Application process is quick and easy.


Please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer for more information:


Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk 
07973 973 687

Email the Powys War Memorials Project Officer

World War 1 memorials in Powys

September 07, 2017

One of the outcomes of the project is to find, record and map all the World War 1 memorials in Powys. 

We currently know of about 350 World War 1 memorials in Powys. Here is a list of the memorials that we currently know about:

World War 1 memorials in Powys 

If you know about a World War 1 memorial in Powys that is not on the list, please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer (warmemorials@powys.gov.uk). Similarly, if you notice that any of the information about a war memorial is incorrect or if you have any other information about a war memorial (including photographs), please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer. 

It has been suggested that there could be about 1000 World War 1 memorials in Powys. In other words, it is likely that we do not yet know about all the World War 1 memorials. Why is this? Some memorials may have been located in hospitals or schools that have since closed down; others may have been in places of work that moved premises. 

 

FREE World War 1 play "Between the Crosses": Friday 17th November 2017, 7:30pm, Welfare Ystradgynlais, Powys

August 23, 2017

Between the Crosses
By Will Huggins
Flying Bridge Theatre Company 

FREE ENTRY (booking required) 
Friday 17th November 2017
7:30pm 
The Welfare Ystradgynlais (Powys) 

Funded by the Powys War Memorials Project.

Edgar Huggins, World War One veteran and the last surviving member of the Durham Light Infantry, gave an incredible audio interview to the Imperial War Museum in the 90’s about his life and wartime exploits. Now, his great nephew Will unpacks and stages the interview using his own memories, family memories, military records and furiously drawn diagrams on a huge blackboard, to try and find the hidden truths buried by a sense of duty and terrible trauma.

Edgar talks about how he joined up wanting to work with horses, but found himself on the frontline. The accounts of Ypres and the Somme are honest, shocking and direct, while the story of his relationship with his trusty horse “Captain” is heart-warming and moving.

Like so many veterans of the Great War in life Edgar held his tongue for national security and to spare his family the horror, but in this entertaining, moving and informative production, the full true story is laid bare, for the first time….. 

Please visit the Flying Bridge Theatre Company's website for more information about the play: 
 

Flying Bridge Theatre Company

Would you like some *free* training like Llangammarch Wells History Society?

August 23, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project funded free website development training for members of the Llangammarch Wells History Society. 

The main aim of the training was to provide members of the History Society with the knowledge, skills and confidence to update and maintain their website. 

Here is a direct link to the World War 1 pages of the History Society's website:

Llangammarch Wells History Society World War 1 

Sue Lilly, Chairman of the History Society, provided a summary of the training. 

Please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer for more information about the free training available through the project. 

"Lost, Forgotten, Found" by Frances Marshall (16th July 2017)

August 06, 2017

Frances Marshall, a volunteer with the Powys War Memorials Project, wrote this emotive article about war memorials in Llandrindod Wells, Powys: 

Lost, Forgotten, Found 

What is a memorial? If someone had asked me that question eight years ago I’d probably say a statue with some names and words inscribed on it, recording people long gone from this world. Shadows trailing behind us, the nagging thoughts at the back of our minds, ghosts, who wail from beyond the grave, hoping for us to listen to their stories. And why should we? Sadly, that is what most of my generation of internet-dependents probably believe as well.

When I first volunteered to help the project locate and record memorials, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Llandrindod Wells is a small town and the only memorial I had been aware of was the one standing near its centre.

So imagine my surprise when I was informed there were possibly eighteen memorials in Llandrindod rather than one, all waiting for me to find them.

I guess there is a good side to technology after all.

To date, I have learned memorials can come in a variety of forms; brass plaques, stone obelisks, wooden Rolls of Honour and can be located in even the most obvious and sometimes overlooked places such as community churches.

Personally, I find it unfortunate to see the past hidden in a place of sanctuary. But then again where does one go when you are forgotten?

Of all the memorials I have seen so far, the planted oak trees at The Lakeside, the war graves in the town’s cemetery and the cenotaph outside Llandrindod High, I found the stained glass windows in Trinity Church the most outstanding, not simply because of its enlightening display, but for its metaphorical representation. It is fragile like the bodies of the soldiers as they clambered over the trenches, avoiding bullets and missiles. Yet, it lets in the light and stands as a protection against the terrifying truths of the world. The colours; pieces of the souls reassembled by the hands of those they fought and died to protect.

And I suppose that is what all memorials are. Our way to preserve the soul, to anchor the men and women whose final thoughts were torn and shattered by the howling of air sirens and whistling of bombs, to assure them that they are home now and that they are safe.

The dead can’t say much anymore. Which is why it is up to the living to step in.

Memorials are not just stone statues and glass windows, they are a physical representation of our ability to be selfless.

No one wants to be forgotten or left behind.

Frances Marshall

July 2017 

"Lost, Forgotten, Found" by Frances Marshall (16th July 2017)

Free training about how to clean and maintain war memorials !

July 20, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project would like to thank everyone who came to the workshop in New Radnor to find out how to maintain and clean the war memorial.


Please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer if you would like to arrange a *free* workshop for your local war memorial.


Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk 
01597 827 597

In Memoriam 2014: Free "Smart Water"

July 12, 2017

War Memorials Trust is working in partnership with the SmartWater Foundation on a project called In Memoriam 2014 which will provide greater protection for war memorials in the United Kingdom.

In Memoriam 2014 Smart Water

Thanks to everyone who came to or contributed to the free World War 1 event in Presteigne on 7th July 2017

July 10, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project Officer would like to thank everyone who came to, helped at or contributed to the free World War 1 community event at the Memorial Hall in Presteigne on Friday 7th July 2017.


About 40 people attended.


The event included presentations from Judge's' Lodging PresteignePowys Archives and the Welsh Memorials to the Great War Project (Swansea University).


There was also an open session during which people shared memories and stories about how their ancestors were involved in or affected by World War 1.


A student from the local High School also recounted a visit to World War 1 battlefields.


Thank you once again to everyone who came to, helped at or contributed to the event. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Presteigne war memorial restored with funding from the Powys War Memorials Project

July 04, 2017

Summary of how Presteigne war memorial was restored with funding from the Powys War Memorials Project.  

Presteigne war memorial case study

Everyone welcome ! FREE World War 1 event: Friday 7th July, 6pm-9pm, Memorial Hall, Presteigne, Powys

July 02, 2017

Powys War Memorials Project

Free World War 1 event 

 

Friday 7th July 2017

6:00pm - 9:00pm (latest)

Memorial Hall, Presteigne, Powys

 

Although the event is free, donations are welcome for the East Radnorshire Day Centre in Presteigne.

 

Please feel free to bring World War 1 photographs, newspaper articles, artefacts etc for an open session.

 

6:00pm      Nathan Davies: Powys War Memorials Project Officer

 

6:10pm      Gabrielle Rivers: Judge’s Lodging Presteigne   

 

6:30pm      Roz Williamson: Powys Archives (family history research) 

 

6:45pm      Jonathan Protheroe:

                  Stonemason who repaired Presteigne war memorial      

 

7:00pm      Break followed by Beverley Baynham (East Radnorshire Day Centre)

 

7:30pm      Meg Ryder:

                  Swansea University (Welsh Memorials to the Great War Project)

 

7:45pm      Gabrielle Rivers: Judge’s Lodging Presteigne   

 

8:00pm      Open session: World War 1 poetry, photographs, stories etc

 

8:45pm      Thanks and close

 

Free buffet and refreshments provided. 

FREE World War 1 event !

Powys War Memorials Project competition tie-breakers

June 29, 2017

The 2017 Powys War Memorials Project quiz asked entrants to complete the following tie-breaker in less than 15 words: 

"It is important to preserve war memorials because...." 

Here are some of the tie-breakers:

-A local physical presence connects yesterday’s sacrifice and a reminder to strive towards peace.

 

-They are an important part of history, ensuring future generations never forget the sacrifices made.

 

-They are a physical reminder of people, now long gone, who died for their country.

 

-They allow us to remember fallen heroes.

 

-They form part of our cultural heritage through commemoration of those affected by global conflict.

 

-It is vital to remember the past so we don’t repeat the same mistakes.

 

-We need to commemorate the lives that were tragically lost in historic wars or conflicts.

 

-It reminds us to consider how we have the life we lead today.

 

-Memorials both honour each individual sacrifice and represent a community’s chosen method of remembrance.

 

-They commemorate those who lost lives and remind us of the devastating impact of war.

 

-Not only do they provide history they give us a place to reflect on life.

 

-They commemorate our past, criticise our present and council us for our future.

-It is the least we can do in order to remember and honour those heroes.

War Memorials Trust training: Video clip of site visit to war memorial outside St Mary's church, Brecon, Powys

June 28, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project and the War Memorials Trust would like to thank everyone who came to the training in Brecon about how to use the website War Memorials Online:

https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/

The training included a site visit to the war memorial outside St Mary's church in Brecon. 

War Memorials Online is an unprecedented opportunity for the public to upload images of war memorials and log concerns for the conservation of these important community and historical sources for future generations. Together, we can build a complete picture of the whereabouts, type and condition of all war memorials in the UK. To date, our Contributors have added over 30,000 war memorials to War Memorials Online and over 20,000 condition reports.

Anyone and everyone can help protect war memorials for future generations. Your content is vital. Register to contribute information or explore the site to find out more about war memorials.

Video of War Memorials Trust training: site visit

 

Video of war memorial in Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, Powys

June 26, 2017

Fascinating 3 minute video clip on You Tube about the war memorial in Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, Powys.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZKiOKbNNwo

 

Here is some more information about the war memorial on the Clwyd Family History Society website:

 

www.clwydfhs.org.uk/cofadeiladau/llanrhaeadrym_wm.htm

Fascinating 3 minute video clip on You Tube about the war memorial in Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, Powys

 

War Memorials Trust training

June 25, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Trust was delighted to work with the War Memorials Trust to deliver free training in Brecon last week (22nd and 23rd June 2017) about how to use the website:

War Memorials Online

We would like to thank the 25 people or so, who came to the training. A quick look at the evaluation forms show that people found the training useful, interesting, relevant and enjoyable. 

Thanks once again to the War Memorials Trust for coming to Powys to deliver the training. 

War Memorials Online

Competition winner announced !

June 11, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project is delighted to announce that Jo Hammonds is the winner of the 2017 competition ! 

Jo has won a "My Pamper Day" voucher for the Lake Country House Hotel in Powys worth £95.00. 

Jo's winning tie-breaker was: 
It is important to preserve war memorials because…….

"Each unique commemorative monument gives insight to sacrifices made by generations never to be forgotten." 

Here's photograph of Jo receiving her prize ! 

Many thanks to everyone who entered the competition. 

The Lake Country House Hotel & Spa

 

Wonderwool Wales: Curtain of Poppies

June 05, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project is delighted to be supporting the Wonderwool Wales Curtain of Poppies project.

Wonderwool Wales would like to bring together textile makers to recreate the united determination of the WW1 volunteers. The aim of the Centenary Textiles project is to produce a Community Textile Installation at Wonderwool Wales 2018 to mark the end of WW1. The 'Curtain of Poppies' will include 887,858 textile poppies, to commemorate each person from the UK who died serving their country.

Volunteers are invited to use our range of patterns to make one or more textile poppies to feature in the Curtain of Poppies in 2018. If you or your textile group would like to make a larger contribution, please make lengths of green i-cord (4 stitches) approximately 2 metres long, and stitch pairs of poppies back to back, at a spacing of about 15 cm.

Wonderwool Wales Curtain of Poppies

 

Battle of the Somme film screenings at The Hafren in Newtown, Powys

May 26, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project Officer (shown in photograph) worked in collaboration with The Hafren Newtown to screen the restored version of the 1916 Battle of the Somme film on Saturday 27th May. 

In total, about 100 people came to the two free screenings. Here's what some people said when asked how they felt during the film:

-Sadness at such a waste of life
-Admiration for the troops
-Amazed by the sheer number of soldiers
-Frightened
-Hopeful
-Regretful 
-Empathetic 
-Disbelief 

Thank you to everyone who came to watch the film.
 

The Hafren Newtown

 

Llangammarch Wells History Society

May 25, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project is delighted to be working in collaboration with Llangammarch Wells History Society. 

Llangammarch Wells History Society website

Imperial War Musuems

May 17, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project is delighted to be working in collaboration with the Imperial War Museums. 

Imperial War Musuems

 

Talgarth's War 1914-1919 (book launch)

May 02, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project was delighted to support the launch event for the Talgarth and District Historical Society's book "Talgarth's War 1914-1919".


Please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer if you would like to discuss World War 1 events and activities in your local community.


Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk 
01597 827 597

Talgarth and District Historical Society

Do you know any World War 1 memorials in Powys that need to be repaired or restored?

April 11, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project can provide grants of up to £5000 to repair, restore or maintain World War 1 memorials in Powys.

 

Any type of World War 1 memorial is eligible. 

Quick and easy application process. 

Please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer for more information.

Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk 

Funding for war memorial repair or restoration

Free World War 1 event: Friday 7th July 2017, 6pm, Memorial Hall, Presteigne

April 10, 2017

Free World War 1 event

Friday 7th July 2017

6pm-9pm

Memorial Hall, Presteigne, Powys

 

The Powys War Memorials Project would like to invite you to a free World War 1 event. 

With presentations from:

Judge's Lodging Presteigne 
Powys Archives
Welsh Memorials to the Great War Project 
Stonemason who repaired the war memorial in Presteigne 

Please feel free to bring World War 1 photographs, newspaper articles, artefacts etc for an open session. 

Although the event is free, donations are welcome for the East Radnorshire Day Centre in Presteigne.

Facebook post about the event

Would you like to be considered for war memorial repair, restoration or maintenance work?

April 09, 2017

Can you help? 

 

The Powys War Memorials Project is currently looking for specialists, craftspeople and conservators, who would like to be considered for war memorial repair, restoration or maintenance work. 

 

There are many different types of war memorials, including stone obelisks, crosses and statues, stained glass windows, plaques and boards, benches, paper Rolls of Honour and memorial halls and institutes. 

 

If you have experience in any of the above or in repairing, restoring or maintaining war memorials please contact me. 

 

With thanks 

Nathan Davies

Powys War Memorials Project Officer 

Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk
 

Talgarth World War 1 walk

April 04, 2017

The Talgarth Walkers are Welcome Group and the Powys War Memorials Project worked together to develop a World War 1 walk around Talgarth.

 

The 1 mile circular walk (graded as easy) enables you to find out about how men, women and children from Talgarth were involved in and affected by World War 1. 

The Talgarth walk leaflets (English and Welsh) can be downloaded here. 

Free training

March 26, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project can organise or deliver free training about, for example:

  • How to research names on war memorials using online resources.

  • How to record war memorials.

Here's a photograph of Nathan Davies (Powys War Memorials Project Officer) helping a local resident find out more about her ancestors' involvement in World War 1. 

Please contact Nathan Davies (Powys War Memorials Project Officer) for more information about training. You can either email Nathan at warmemorials@powys.gov.uk or phone him on 01597 827 597. 

 

Powys War Memorials Project free competition !

March 26, 2017

Enter the Powys War Memorials Project free competition to be in with a chance of winning one of four prizes ! 

The four prizes are worth about £200 in total.

- Free to enter.

- 10 questions plus tie-breaker.

- Anyone aged 18 years or over can enter. 

Questions and entry form

The Unremembered

March 22, 2017

Big Ideas Community Interest Company is working with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on a new community engagement programme The Unremembered, commemorating the bravery and sacrifice of the Labour Corps throughout World War One.

http://www.bigideascompany.org/project/the-unremembered/

The Unremembered

 

The Village Quire: Back to the Garden

March 20, 2017

The Village Quire:

Back to the Garden

The Powys War Memorials Project would like to highlight Back to the Garden by The Village Quire:

Back to the Garden: A new musical story of life and hope in the trenches of war-torn France during the Great War, from the letters of Corporal William Bevan, soldier and gardener.

Back to the Garden by The Village Quire

Free training !

March 20, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project can provide *free* training about, for example, how to research names on war memorials.


This is a photograph of the Powys War Memorials Project Officer helping a Powys resident to find information about her ancestors using online resources.


Please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer if you would like more information about the free training that can be provided:


Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk
01597 827 597

National Manuscripts Conservation Trust (NMCT)

March 16, 2017

National Manuscripts Conservation Trust (NMCT)


The Powys War Memorials Project would like to highlight the grants that are available from the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust (NMCT).


The NMCT helps preserve important manuscript and archive collections by awarding grants for their conservation. The NMCT has been awarding grants for the conservation of manuscripts since 1991. Between 2010 and the end of 2016 the NMCT awarded grants totalling over £1m.


If you have a World War 1 manuscript, such as a Roll of Honour, which needs repair or restoration work, please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer to find out about grant funding opportunities.
Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk

National Manuscripts Conservation Trust

 

Free screenings of the Battle of the Somme film: Saturday 27th May 2017, 2pm and 7pm, Hafren, Newtown (Powys)

May 26, 2017

Free screenings of the Battle of the Somme film 

Saturday 27th May 2017 
Two screenings: 2:00pm and 7:00pm
The Hafren Theatre Newtown (Powys) 
Free entry for everyone 

The Powys War Memorials Project and the The Hafren Theatre Newtown in Newtown (Powys) are working in collaboration to screen the restored Battle of the Somme film. 

This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and members of the First World War Centenary Partnership are working together to show The Battle of the Somme to audiences across the world. Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people (almost half the population of Britain at the time) watched it, many hoping to see the image of a loved-one, or friend captured on film.

The film is being screened twice on Saturday 27th May 2017 at the The Hafren Theatre Newtown (Powys). The first screening is at 2:00pm, the second screening is at 7:00pm. 

Entry is free for everyone. 

Battle of the Somme film: Saturday 27th May 2017, Hafren, Newtown, Powys

Powys War Memorials Project quiz is now open !

March 13, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project 2017 Quiz is now open !


- Free to enter.
- Total prize fund worth about £200 including 1st prize of "My pamper day" Lake Country House Hotel and Spa (Llangammarch Wells, Powys) worth £95.00.
- Ten questions plus tie-breaker.
- All the answers can be found either on the project website or on the Welsh Memorials to the Great War website.
- Closing date: Friday 9th June 2017. 

Please visit the Powys War Memorials Project website for more information and to download an entry form.
www.powyswarmemorials.co.uk/competitions

Quiz information and entry form

 

Two free screenings of the Battle of the Somme film: Wednesday 15th March 2017, 2pm and 7pm, Wyeside Centre, Builth Wells, Powys

March 15, 2017

Battle of the Somme film

 

Two free screenings 

Wednesday 15th March 2017

2pm and 7pm 

Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells, Powys 

The Powys War Memorials Project and the Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells are working in collaboration to screen the restored Battle of the Somme film. 

This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and members of the First World War Centenary Partnership are working together to show The Battle of the Somme to audiences across the world. Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people (almost half the population of Britain at the time) watched it, many hoping to see the image of a loved-one, or friend captured on film.

The film is being screened twice on Wednesday 15th March 2017 at the Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells. The first screening is at 2:00pm, the second screening is at 7:00pm. 

Entry is free for everyone.

Evaluation form for Battle of the Somme film (English)

You Tube clip about war memorial in Llanymynech

March 09, 2017

You Tube clip about war memorial in Llanymynech

Produced by Stuart Stanton. 

Click Here to go to You Tube clip

 

Brecon Remembers World War 1

February 20, 2017

Brecon Remembers World War 1 

The Family History Group of the Brecon U3A undertook a project to commemorate the centenary of the commencement of World War One, but in choosing the topic they wished it to be both meaningful and useful.

The choice was to try and provide a brief biography of all the Brecon men who fell in World War One, as listed on the town's memorial. This was seen as not only a presentation topic, but also the opportunity to provide a useful outcome through the production of this book, and a subsequent website.

Prior to this there was little detail readily available and the memorial itself only gives initials and surnames, which after one hundred years is not very useful to researchers, let alone family members and others.

The details gathered and produced within this book have been shared with local churches, schools and museums to enhance the process of remembrance, and it is also hoped the book will provide a basic insight into the social and military history of the individuals and their times.

Brecon Remembers World War 1

2017 Digital Past Conference: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHM)

February 17, 2017

2017 Digital Past Conference:

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHM)

The Powys War Memorials Project Officer attended the 2017 Digital Past Conference in Newport, south Wales. 

Organised by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Digital Past is an annual two day conference which showcases innovative digital technologies and techniques for data capture, interpretation and dissemination of the heritage of Wales, the UK and beyond. Bringing together individuals from the commercial, public, academic, third sector and voluntary sectors, the conference aims to promote learning, discussion and debate around a range of digital technologies in current use, or in development, to record and understand the historic environment.

2017 Digital Past Conference

Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival 2017 Call for Entries Now Open

February 08, 2017

Imperial War Museum (IWM) Short Film Festival 2017 Call for Entries Now Open

IWM Short Film Festival is a showcase of imaginative and challenging films inspired by our collections and our role – to explore the causes, course and consequences of war and conflict, and its impact on people’s lives.

Call for entries for IWM Short Film Festival 2017 closes midnight Friday 28 April 2017.

 

Entries will be accepted in two categories:

Documentary
Creative Response 


There will be four additional awards:

IWM Special Category: States of Emergency
Best Student Film
Best Use of IWM Archive Material
Audience Vote Award


All shortlisted films will be screened at IWM London in November 2017. Filmmakers will also be in with a chance of having their film screened at Picturehouse cinemas.

Prizes for 2017 include:

An archive and restoration package of up to £10,000 with R3Store Studios Ltd
A 12 week paid internship with October Films
5 days free access to a fully equipped studio space or High End post-production facilities at London South Bank University

Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival

 

World War 1 event in Llanidloes, Powys

February 02, 2017

The Powys War Memorials Project would like to thank everyone, who contributed to, came to and helped at the World War 1 event in Llanidloes (Powys) on 31st January 2017. 


Local historians presented their research about how local families were affected by or involved in World War 1.


We also enjoyed presentations from the Wales at War Project, Powys Archives and a Commonwealth War Graves 'Living Memory' Project.


During an open session at the end of the evening, people showed family artefacts relating to World War 1.


Many thanks are given to the Wesley Singers, who performed a variety of songs and recited some poetry during the event. Please click on the link for a short video clip.


The Powys War Memorials Project is keen to support other local communities to hold World War 1 events. For more information, please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer: Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk or on 01597 827 597.
 

Wesley Singers performing at the World War 1 event in Llanidloes, Powys

Christ Church Welshpool: Remembering the Fallen of The Great War at Christ Church

January 31, 2017

Christ Church Welshpool (Powys) 

There are many memorials within the church and churchyard dedicated to the fallen of the First World War. To commemorate the centenary of WW1 we will be exhibiting the stories behind these names. As each anniversary comes throughout 2014 – 2018 we will display that soldiers’ story, therefore the exhibition will grow over the four years.

Each of the men have a different story to tell, but their connection is that they are all remembered here at Christ Church.

http://www.christchurchwelshpool.co.uk/ww1-memorials/

Click Here

The Story of Fourteen Llanfechain Sons

January 23, 2017

This booklet is intended as a written memorial to all those named on the plaques that are mounted either side of the St Garmon’s Lychgate in Llanfechain (Powys) and to others who saw service in those conflicts. It attempts to put their sacrifice in the context of a changing world and village. 

Llanfechain and the surrounding area sent 78 men to war from a farming population of about 540. It no doubt also sent horses. Such a loss in man and horse power must have been significant. Those listed in St Garmon’s Church as having served in the First World War are at Annex A. Others who saw service but for some reason were not included on the Church list are also noted. The following pages pay tribute to those who were killed during that war

 

Acknowledgements
The Lychgate and its war memorial plaques, which together constitute the ‘War memorial’, was built in 1919 in recognition of the sacrifice made by members of the Llanfechain community during the First World War. It was dedicated on 10th August of that year.

 

This booklet was produced and funded by The Llanfechain War Memorial Trust with
the help of certain long term members of the village and where available the families of
those servicemen named. It has been produced at a time when our country has witnessed
the passing of the last survivors of the First World War and on the 70th anniversary of the
beginning of the Second World War. This then has been our effort to record the sacrifices
made by members of this community nearly one hundred years ago and for the following
thirty years of conflict ending in 1945. 

 

The Story of Fourteen Llanfechain Sons

Free screenings of the Battle of the Somme film: Wednesday 15th March 2017, 2pm and 7pm, Wyeside Centre, Builth Wells

Battle of the Somme film screenings

Free entry 


Wednesday 15th March 2017

2:00pm and 7:00pm

Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells, Powys 
 

The Powys War Memorials Project and the Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells are working in collaboration to screen the restored Battle of the Somme film. 

This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and members of the First World War Centenary Partnership are working together to show The Battle of the Somme to audiences across the world. Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people (almost half the population of Britain at the time) watched it, many hoping to see the image of a loved-one, or friend captured on film.

The film is being screened twice on Wednesday 15th March 2017 at the Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells. The first screening is at 2:00pm, the second screening is at 7:00pm. 

Entry is free for everyone.

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Grants of up to £2700 available to repair, restore or maintain World War 1 memorials in Powys

January 09, 2017

Grants of up to £2700 available to repair, restore or maintain World War 1 memorials in Powys 

The Powys War Memorials Project can award grants of up to £2700 to repair, restore or maintain World War 1 memorials in Powys.

 

Any type of World War 1 memorial in Powys is eligible to apply for the funding. 

Please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer if you would like to apply for project funding for your local World War 1 memorial. 

Photograph of the refurbished war memorial in Ystradgynlais, Powys. The memorial received funding from the Powys War Memorials Project. 

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Tuesday 31st January 2017 
7:00pm - 9:30pm (refreshments available from 6:30pm) 
St Idloes Church Hall, Church Street, Llanidloes, Powys. SY18 6AN


With presentations about:


-Llanidloes and World War 1 
-Wales at War Project
-Powys Archives- Family history research
-Commonwealth War Graves Commission Living Memory Project


Entertainment by the Wesley Singers.


Although the event is free, donations are welcome for the 


Llanidloes Hospital Palliative Care Unit.
Please feel free to bring World War 1 photographs, newspaper articles, artefacts etc

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Free training: Researching men and women listed on war memorials

November 30, 2016

Date:      Thursday 9th February 2017
Time:     1:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue:   Brecon Library, Ship Street, Brecon, Powys. LD3 9AE

The Powys War Memorials Project and Powys Archives are delivering free training for anyone interested in researching the lives of men and women listed on local war memorials. 


Aimed at people who are new to researching family and local history, the session will guide you through resources available online, such as the websites Ancestry.co.uk and FindMyPast.co.uk, as well as original resources held by Powys Archives itself. 

Numbers are limited so it is advisable to book early. 
Please contact me reserve your place: 

Nathan Davies


Powys War Memorials Project Officer 
Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk 
01597 827 597


www.powyswarmemorials.co.uk
 

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Screening of The Battle of the Somme (1916) film in The Welfare, Ystradgynlais

November 17, 2016

The Powys War Memorials Project and the Welfare Ystradgynlais hosted a free screening of The Battle of the Somme (1916) film* last night (17th November 2016). 


Many thanks are given to Côr Y Gyrlais for performing before the film.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0cE5mcoDdk&feature=youtu.be


Please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer if you would like to screen the film:


Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk


* This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and members of the First World War Centenary Partnership are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme, to audiences across the world. Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme many hoping to see the image of a loved-one, or friend captured on film. One hundred years later, this unique film from IWM’s collection, is being shown to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.


Music composed by Laura Rossi
Performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra

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Rededication service for refurbished war memorial in Ystradgynlais, Powys

November 07, 2016

The Powys War Memorials Project has contributed to the refurbishment of the war memorial in Ystradgynlais, Powys. 

The rededication service for the refurbished war memorial is taking place on Friday 11th November 2016. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please be at the war memorial at 10:45am.

Free screening of The Battle of the Somme film

November 17, 2016

Free screening of The Battle of the Somme film
Thursday 17th November 2016
7:00pm 
The Welfare Ystradgynlais (Powys) 
With Cor y Gyrlais (choir)

Powys War Memorials Project, in collaboration with The Welfare Ystradgynlais, is screening the 1916 film, The Battle of the Somme. 

This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and members of the First World War Centenary Partnership are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme, to audiences across the world. Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme many hoping to see the image of a loved-one, or friend captured on film. One hundred years later, this unique film from IWM’s collection, is being shown to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. *
*(For more information about the First World War Centenary Partnership’s plans to commemorate the Battle of the Somme visit www.1914.org).

Music composed by Laura Rossi
Performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra

..

World War 1 QR-code around Llanrindod Wells, Powys

October 20, 2016

A Powys town’s connection with World War One will be brought to life thanks to a new mobile phone QR code tour.

Visitors to Llandrindod Wells will be able to scan Quick Response (QR) codes that are being put up at various locations across the town as part of the tour.  The tour has been jointly developed by the Powys War Memorials Project and the organisation, History Points, which will see up to 17 QR codes installed as part of the tour.

The Powys War Memorials Project, which is being led by Powys County Council, commemorates the centenary of World War One.

Visitors will be able to scan the QR codes with either their smartphone or tablet and will then be taken to the History Points website and receive a concise history of the object in front of them including stories about people or events there during World War One.

Most of the featured locations will be linked together to form a self-guided tour with a World War One theme.

All the information is available on the website where readers will be able to follow the tour virtually.  The information is free to view but mobile phone users may have data download charges.

The Powys War Memorials Project has provided £1,500 towards to creation of the QR codes and webpages while Llandrindod Wells Town Council has contributed £90 towards the cost of featuring the town’s main war memorial in the tour.

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Would you like free training?

October 19, 2016

The Powys War Memorials Project can provide free training, e.g. 

  • How to care for, clean and maintain war memorials.

 

  • How professionals carry out surveys and repair or restore war memorials.

 

  • How to research the names on war memorials (including family history research)

 

  • How to record the results of research about war memorials.

 

  • How to create a website to record information about war memorials.

 

  • How to use social media, such as Facebook or Twitter, to share information about war memorials and generate community interest.

  • How to create war memorial or World War 1 heritage walks or trails.

Please contact Nathan Davies for more information: 

Nathan Davies 

Powys War Memorials Project Officer

Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk / 01597 827 597

First war memorial repaired and restored through the project !

October 18, 2016

The Roll of Honor (sic) for Builth Wells, Salem and Cefn-y-Bedd is the first war memorial to be repaired through the project. The Roll was restored by a specialist paper conservator.

War memorial photography competition winners and runners up announced !

July 31, 2016

The Powys War Memorials Project is delighted to announce the winners and runners up in the war memorial photography competition !

Adult category winner: 
S. Ball (Llanidloes memorial)

Adult category runner-up:
C. Griffiths (Old Radnor memorial)

Young people's category winner:
E. Francis (New Radnor memorial)

Young people's category runner-up: 
E. Francis (New Radnor memorial)

Congratulations to the winners and runners up ! 


Your vouchers will be with you very soon. We hope you enjoy them !

Many thanks once again to everyone who entered the photography competition. The judges were impressed by all the entries. Please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer if you would like any feedback on your entry:

Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk

Special thanks are also given to the judges for supporting and contributing to the project.

War Memorial Competition

June 14, 2016

Powys War Memorials Project: Photography competition

The war memorial photography competition closed on Friday 10th June 2016. Thank you very much to everyone who entered. 

The judges will be looking through all the entries carefully over the next couple of weeks. The winners and runners up will be announced as soon as possible. 

Thanks again to everyone who entered. 

Here are some of the entries:

Powys War Memorials Project Competitions

The Powys War Memorials Project School Poetry Competition June 2019: The winning Welsh and English Poem were judged by the Powys War Memorials Project Board, pictured above. The winning schools were Brecon High School and Ysgol Calon Cymru.

Cymgraeg 1

 

English 1.pdf

 

Cymraeg 2.pdf

 

English 2.pdf

The Powys War Memorials Project May 2018: Guess the number of poppies in the curtain of poppies in Powys County Hall. Winner Shaun Morris with the closest number to 56,978 poppies. 

The Powys War Memorials Project 2017 quiz closed on Friday 9th June 2017. 

Jo Hammonds who won the first prize of a "My pamper day" at the Lake County House Hotel and Spa in Llangammarch Wells, Powys. Jo's winning tie-breaker was:

"It is important to preserve war memorials because...."

Each unique commemorative monument gives insight to sacrifices made by generations never to be forgotten.

2016 War memorial photography competition

The winner of the under 18 category was Elliot Francis of Howey near Llandrindod Wells with a photograph of the War Memorial statue in New Radnor. Llanidloes photographer Suzanne Ball won the adult category with a photograph of the Llanidloes War Memorial. Other entries are shown below.