Powys War Memorials 
Powys County Council secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw (the Welsh Government's historic environment service) and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority for the Powys War Memorials Project 2014-19: A Mark of Respect to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.
Aims of The Project

1. Find, record and map all the war memorials in Powys. 

Please follow this link to find the Powys war memorials –

Welsh Memorial and Honour Rolls of WW1

2. Provide funding for World War 1 memorials and their surroundings in Powys to be repaired, restored or maintained.  

3. Organise free training for communities in Powys, e.g. how to research names on war memorials or how to clean them.

4. Work with communities in Powys to develop World War 1 walks and trails. 

 

5. Organise and facilitate World War 1 events and activities, such as film screenings or musical performances. 

6. Support other World War 1 programmes, projects and initiatives. 

3. Organise free training for communities in Powys, e.g. how to research names on war memorials or how to clean them.

4. Work with communities in Powys to develop World War 1 walks and trails. 

 

5. Organise and facilitate World War 1 events and activities, such as film screenings or musical performances. 

6. Support other World War 1 programmes, projects and initiatives. 

Find the Youth Project WWI Play 'Through the dark clouds shining', filmed in Welshpool here: 

 

War memorials 

 

There are many different types of war memorials. They can be made of various materials and can be found in diverse locations. However, the one common characteristic shared by war memorials is that they commemorate a war or conflict and the people involved in or affected by that war or conflict.

What is a war memorial?

A war memorial can be any object that bears an inscription, or has a purpose, commemorating a war or a conflict and those involved. A memorial can be created or erected by anyone in any location and can be permanent (a stone monument, sculpture or cross), temporary (a shrine or book of remembrance) or living (a tree or group of trees).

A memorial can be in a public or a private location and can be inside or attached to a building or outside in a garden, cemetery or public space.

Many memorials are located in public parks or town squares but there are also many that are in more obscure locations that are harder to find.

War memorials can commemorate an individual or a number of people. They may have died in action, in wartime accidents or by friendly fire, or as a result of injuries or disease sustained in action. They can also commemorate those who served and survived, civilians involved in or affected by the conflict as well as animals. 

Memorials can be erected during or soon after the conflict or even some years later.

A gravestone above the grave of a fallen soldier is not classified as a memorial but as a ‘war grave’. Where their body is not present and an additional inscription has been made about the person then it can be classed as a memorial. Many Welsh and other UK servicemen were buried overseas in cemeteries still maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The War Memorials Trust in the UK has a concise definition of a war memorial.

‘Any physical object created, erected or installed to commemorate those involved in or affected by a conflict or war should be considered a war memorial. Memorials to civilians and animals should be included.’

www.warmemorials.org/uploads/publications/53.pdf

Definition of a war memorial 

(Accessed 9th March 2016)

What types of war memorials are there? 

Any object can be created or dedicated as a war memorial. They are found in a diverse range of shapes, sizes, designs and materials often far removed from the familiar traditional image of a cross on top of a column or plinth. The overriding concept, however, was to create something enduring to preserve the memory of the dead. The design chosen by the community offered an insight into their feelings and responses. 

It is estimated that there are between 60,000 and 100,000 war memorials in the UK. They all have a common purpose but there are many different types. 

War memorials built during the 1920s and 1930s are generally quite conservative in design, conveying messages of comfort and respect as an enduring commemoration. Many have classical themes from the 19th century, simplified and made more abstract, reflecting early 20th century styles. 

The commissioning of war memorials was generally at a very local level involving a wide range of local and national institutions. Their funding was also extremely varied with private and charitable contributions from many sources. 

Here are some types of war memorials: 

Addition to gravestone 

Board, plaque or tablet 

Battlefield cross or marker 

Cenotaph 

Chapel (dedicated within church) 

Church fabric: Lectern or desk 

Church fabric or fitting: Organ

Church fabric or fitting: Other 

Church fabric or fitting: Screen 

Clock or clock tower 

Column or pillar

Composite 

Cross 

Flag or banner 

Gate 

Hall or institute 

Obelisk 

Other type of memorial

Roll of honour 

Sculptured or cast single figure 

Sculptured or cast group 

Seat or bench 

Stone of remembrance

Tree, grove or avenue 

Trophy or relic

Window

Which materials are war memorials made of?

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As there are so many different kinds of war memorials, there is a lot of variation in the materials used to make or construct them. 

Here is a list of some of the more common materials that war memorials may be made from. This list is not exhaustive.

Brass 

Brick 

Bronze

Concrete 

Glass 

Iron 

Lead 

Painting or gilding 

Paper

Slate 

Stone 

Wood

 

World War 1 Walks and Trails 

One of the aims of the Powys War Memorials Project is to develop walks and trails so that people can find out more about war memorials and places or buildings associated with World War 1. Ten walks have been developed with community groups and local historians in Towns throughout Powys. They can all be found here: https://www.midwalesmyway.com/historyandheritage

Eight of the walks can be accessed by QR code plaques. http://www.historypoints.org/index.php?page=powys-tours

Many more War Memorials in Powys have their own unique QR code plaque with information on each name:

http://www.historypoints.org/index.php?page=brecon-war-memorial

Here is some information about what QR codes are and how to use your phone or other device to access QR codes

1. Talgarth World War 1 walk 

The name Talgarth means ‘front of the hill’ and the town is situated at the foot of the Black Mountains.

The walk is just over 1 mile long and has been graded 'easy' because there is little ascent or descent and most of the walk is on pavements. 

The English version of the walk leaflet can be downloaded here. 

The Welsh version of the walk leaflet can be downloaded here. 

2. Llandrindod Wells: World War 1 QR code walk 

A World War 1 QR code walk around Llandrindod Wells and its treasured victorian buildings.

Here is a direct link to the History Points website page about the walk:

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http://historypoints.org/index.php?page=powys-tours

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Here is a direct link to a map showing where all the QR codes are located in Llandrindod Wells:

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http://historypoints.org/index.php?page=llandrindod-wells-powys-in-world-war-1

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3. Christ Church Welshpool World War 1 poppy trail walk 

Christ Church in Welshpool is a redundant Victorian church that has become the life and love of Karl, Natalie and their three sons. The family have embarked on a lifelong restoration project, to create both a beautiful home and an atmospheric public space, so all can share in this unique building and its heritage.

The Powys War Memorials Project has worked with Christ Church in Welshpool to create a World War 1 poppy trail walk around the church and its grounds. The poppy trail walk explores war memorials in the church itself and graves in the church yard. 

The English version of the poppy trail walk leaflet can be downloaded here.

The Welsh version of the poppy trail walk leaflet can be downloaded here

4. Brecon World War 1 trail 

The Powys War Memorials Project worked in collaboration with History Points to create a World War 1 trail around the Historic Cathedral town of Brecon. The trail, just over 1.5 miles long, enables you to explore 14 places of interest associated with World War 1. 

World War 1 trail in Brecon 

5. Llanidloes World War 1 Trail 

Two local historians have developed an app for a World War 1 trail in Llanidloes. 

Llanidloes in the Great War available as PDF here

 

The walk pdf can be downloaded here:

6. Crickhowell & Llangattock in World War 1

 

Take our self-guided tours to discover the many ways in which Crickhowell and Llangattock were affected by the war. To start the tour, simply use your mobile to scan the QR codes at any of the featured places (HiPoints).

 

When you’ve read the text for that location, click “Next” to see the text and map for the next place on the tour. Eventually you’ll return to your starting point.

The tour routes meet at the river bridge, so it’s easy to follow both or one at a time.


To follow the tours virtually, choose a starting location from the boxes on the right.

To view maps showing all HiPoints on these tours, follow the links: 
Crickhowell map or Llangattock map


The tour was created by HistoryPoints in conjunction with the Powys War Memorials Project.

 

7. Machynlleth in World War 1 

Take our self-guided tour to discover the many ways in which Machynlleth was affected by the war.
To start the tour, simply use your mobile to scan the QR codes at any of the featured places (HiPoints). When you’ve read the text for that location, click “Next” to see the text and map for the next place on the tour. Eventually you’ll return to your starting point.

To follow the tour virtually, choose a starting location from the box on the right.

To view a map showing all HiPoints on this tour follow this link.

The tour was created by HistoryPoints in conjunction with the Powys War Memorials Project.

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8. Newtown in World War 1

Take our self-guided tour to discover the many ways in which Newtown was affected by the war.

To start the tour, simply use your mobile to scan the QR codes at any of the featured places (HiPoints). When you’ve read the text for that location, click “Next” to see the text and map for the next place on the tour. Eventually you’ll return to your starting point.

To follow the tour virtually, choose a starting location from the box on the right.
To view a map showing all HiPoints on this tour follow this link.

The tour was created by HistoryPoints in conjunction with the Powys War Memorials Project.

9. Welshpool in World War 1 

Take our self-guided tour to discover the many ways in which Welshpool was affected by the war.

To start the tour, simply use your mobile to scan the QR codes at any of the featured places (HiPoints). When you’ve read the text for that location, click “Next” to see the text and map for the next place on the tour. Eventually you’ll return to your starting point.

To follow the tour virtually, choose a starting location from the box on the right.
To view a map showing all HiPoints on this tour follow this link.

The tour was created by HistoryPoints in conjunction with the Powys War Memorials Project.

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10. Ystradgynlais in World War 1

Take our self-guided tour to discover the many ways in which Ystradgynlais was affected by the war.

To start the tour, simply use your mobile to scan the QR codes at any of the featured places (HiPoints). When you’ve read the text for that location, click “Next” to see the text and map for the next place on the tour. Eventually you’ll return to your starting point.To follow the tour virtually, choose a starting location from the box on the right.

To view a map showing all HiPoints on this tour follow this link.
The tour was created by HistoryPoints in conjunction with the Powys War Memorials Project.

Please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer if you would like to help develop a war memorial walk or trail in Powys. 

 

Free Toolkits

Three free Toolkits have been produced by the project. You can use the Toolkits to:

  • Start to investigate the names listed on war memorials – who they are and what are their stories?

  • Help to commemorate the centenary of the First World War

  • Make a detailed record of war memorials in your community

  • Find out how to record and look after war memorials

The Toolkits are free to download by clicking below: 

Community tool kit
School and Education tool kit
Recording tool kit
 

Welsh Baccalaureate

Powys War Memorials Project linked with the Welsh Baccalaureate

26th January 2018

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Welsh Baccalaureate students can now undertake three Community Challenges as part of the Powys War Memorials Project. The three Community Challenges are:

1. Key Stage 4 National / Foundation Community Challenge
Neighbourhood Enhancement

As an Individual or a member of a team (3 –6 members) you must identify World War 1 memorials in the local community. You will plan, organise and carry out 10 hours actively helping to improve the war memorials, ensuring that they are appealing and safe for the community. You will also help to improve war memorial settings and surroundings, such as garden areas, fences, gates and railings. 

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2. Advanced Community Challenge World War 1 events and activities

You will help over a period of at least 3 months. This will involve you and / or your team planning, organising, carrying out and evaluating a varied programme of appropriate World War 1 events and activities. This Challenge would be particularly suitable for students considering a course or career in geography, history, heritage or the travel and tourism sector. 

3. Advanced Community Challenge World War 1 walks and trails

The Powys War Memorials Project is inviting you to help produce the World War 1 walks and trails. Producing a World War 1 walk or trail will enable you to help others to develop their knowledge and understanding of World War 1. You must actively engage and demonstrate commitment over a minimum of 30 hours and at least 4 weeks to develop the World War 1 walk or trail.

Please visit the WJEC website for more information about the Community Challenges. 

 

Useful links

Disclaimer

Here are some links to external websites that may be useful or interesting.  

This list is arranged alphabetically. 

Although every effort is made to ensure these links are accurate, up to date and relevant, Powys County Council can not take responsibility for websites or web pages maintained by external providers. This is because:

· Powys County Council does not produce or maintain them

· Powys County Council can not alter them 

· The websites can be changed or updated with the knowledge or agreement of Powys County Council

If you come across any external links that do not work, please report them to the Powys War Memorials Project Officer by email: Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk

Please note that external links from this website may include material of a political nature. Powys County Council takes no responsibility for information contained on external links from this website. 

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Archwilio

www.cofiadurcahcymru.org.uk/arch/index.html

Archwilio is the online access system to the Historic Environment Records (HERs) of Wales. The system has been developed through a partnership of the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts (Clwyd-Powys, Dyfed, Glamorgan-Gwent, Gwynedd) to provide wider public access to this valuable resource. We believe that the dissemination of information leading to a wider understanding of our cultural heritage and historic environment is the most effective conservation tool. Archwilio translates as to explore, examine or audit and therefore encapsulates the use of the HERs in relation to the historic environment.

 

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Biodiversity Information Service (BIS) for Powys & Brecon Beacons National Park

http://www.b-i-s.org/

BIS was the first Local Record Centre in Wales and was established in 2000 covering the counties of Breconshire, Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire. It was one of 3 pilot record centres in the UK, (the others being in Cheshire and Northeast Scotland), funded by the partners and the Esmee Fairburn Trust through Wildlife Trusts UK. These pilot record centres were set up as 'nodes of the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) and would adopt the standards of NBN' (Linking LRC’s Project).

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (BBNPA) 

www.beacons-npa.gov.uk/

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. The remit of our work is set out in our Statutory Purposes and Statutory Duty. In summary these are

To protect the natural beauty of the Park;

To help visitors enjoy and understand it; and

To foster the wellbeing of local people.

Building Conservation Directory 

www.buildingconservation.com/directory/prodserv.php

Information resources for conservation, restoration and repairs

 

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Cadw 

http://cadw.gov.wales/?lang=en

Cadw is the Welsh Government's historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales.

 

Clywd- Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT) 

www.cpat.org.uk/

This is one of the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts working to help protect, record and interpret all aspects of the historic landscape.

Clwyd Family History Society

http://www.clwydfhs.org.uk/

The Clwyd Family History Society was founded in 1980 to encourage the study of genealogy and family history in north-east Wales, and to provide a forum for people who are interested in these subjects to meet, and to help each other. It now has approximately 1000 members worldwide.

Coflein

www.coflein.gov.uk/

Coflein is the online database for the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW), the national collection of information about the historic environment of Wales. The name is derived from the Welsh cof (memory) and lein (line).

Coflein allows access to details of many thousands of archaeological sites, monuments, buildings and maritime sites in Wales, together with an index to the drawings, manuscripts and photographs held in the NMRW archive collections.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) 

www.cwgc.org/

We commemorate the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars.

Our cemeteries, burial plots and memorials are a lasting tribute to those who died in some 154 countries across the world.

Our Register records details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located.

 

Cymru1914

http://cymru1914.org/en

This project has conducted mass digitization of primary sources relating to the First World War from the Libraries, Special Collections and Archives of Wales. The project will make available a coherent, consolidated digital collection revealing the often hidden history of the First World War as it impacted all aspects of Welsh life, language and culture. This digital archive brings together source materials that were previously fragmented and frequently inaccessible. This digital archive is a unique resource of vital interest to researchers, students, and the public in Wales and beyond.

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First World War Centenary

www.1914.org/

Together, through the First World War Centenary Programme, a vibrant global programme of cultural events and activities, and online resources, we are connecting current and future generations with the lives, stories and impact of the First World War.

Join us and take part in this global commemoration.

Forces War Records

https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/

Forces War Records is the sister site of Forces Reunited, the leading British military community on the web with more than one million members and reuniting veterans since 2001, part of Clever Digit Media Ltd.

The site was created in 2008 upon the request of some Forces Reunited members who were looking for information on their ancestors but had come up against dead ends with the usual genealogy sites. Since inception we have gone on to add over seven million individuals records and a ton of supplementary military data not found on any other sites and are currently adding over 200,000 records a month.​

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Grow in Powys 

www.growinpowys.co.uk/

Our mission is to nourish strong and vibrant communities, to provide support and a capacity to grow for businesses and to enhance and protect the physical, social and cultural identity of the area. 

 

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Hay Castle Trust 

http://haycastletrust.org/

Hay Castle Trust is a registered charity that was formed in 2011 to preserve this historic site and provide a future of cultural enrichment, educational opportunities and community enjoyment.

 

Heritage Alliance

www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/

The Heritage Alliance now unites over 100 independent heritage organisations in England, acting as a powerful, effective and independent advocate for the movement.

The Heritage Alliance is the biggest coalition of heritage interests in England. It brings together the independent heritage organisations, from the National Trust, Canal & River Trust and Historic Houses Association, to more specialist bodies representing visitors, owners, volunteers, professional practitioners, funders and educationalists. Between them, their 6.3 million volunteers, trustees, members and staff demonstrate the strength and commitment of the independent heritage movement.

 

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) 

www.hlf.org.uk/

Heritage Lottery Fund. From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks we love, from precious memories to rare wildlife… we use money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.

 

Historic Religious Buildings Alliance

www.hrballiance.org.uk/

We bring together those working for a secure future for historic religious buildings.

We are an independently-funded group within the The Heritage Alliance (established in 2002 as Heritage Link). This is the biggest alliance of heritage interests in the UK and was set up to promote the central role of the non-Government movement in the heritage sector.

History Points 

http://historypoints.org/index.php?page=anglia-anchor-memorial-holyhead

HistoryPoints.org delivers Welsh history to your mobile, on the spot!

Look out for our QR codes on windows, fences, doors, walls, gateposts and noticeboards at more than 1,000 places across Wales. Simply scan the codes with your smartphone or tablet to read a concise history of the object in front of you.

 

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Imperial War Museum: UK War memorials register (IWM) 

www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/search

This is a register of about 66,000 UK War Memorials. 

In Memoriam 2014

www.inmemoriam2014.org/

2014 will be the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and war memorials were, and still are, erected by communities to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In Memoriam 2014 is a national project which will, with the assistance of local communities and groups, locate, log, maintain then protect the nation's war memorials in time for Remembrance Day 2014.

 

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Living Legacies

http://www.livinglegacies1914-18.ac.uk/

Please follow this link through Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Centre to find the Powys war memorials – Welsh Memorial and Honour Rolls of WW1’: www.qub.ac.uk/sites/LivingLegacies1914-18/CommunityResources/DigitalResources/DigitalMapping/

Llangammarch Wells History Society 

http://www.llangammarchhistory.co.uk/home.html

Llangammarch Wells History Society has been in operation for many years - at their monthly meetings they have welcomed many interesting speakers from far and wide, and whilst numbers fluctuate over time, enthusiasm for local history has remained popular with local people as well as those who have come into the community from "off".

Llangynidr Local History Society

https://llhsblog.wordpress.com/

 

The aims of the society are to establish, record and maintain the historical make up of the village.
It seeks to examine the archeological and social history of the village and to create a record which is as comprehensive as possible, easy to access by all and safely preserved in the digital and material archive.
Particular areas which form the base of the society’s work are
Archeological digs in areas of known or suspected local historical value.
Studies of the historical development of village institutions and services.
The impact of major external events on the community, particularly the two world wars and changes in transportation.
The patterns of work in the village and the means of living.
Studies of families and social mobility over time.

Llanidloes Great War Trail

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.geosho.rougeoreader.llaniltd&hl=en_GB

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/llanidloes-great-war-town/id897855139?mt=8

A guided trail around the market town of Llanidloes, in mid Wales, highlighting the sacrifice made by families in the town during World War One. The trail gives details of the war experience of men from Llanidloes, many of whom paid the ultimate sactifice and whose names are recorded on the war memorial at the start of the trail. By linking the names on the memorial to the places where the men lived, worked and socialised, the trail brings them back to life and reconnects the present to a past Llanidloes that is in danger of slipping out of memory. This trail is the first in a series that illustrates the experience of a rural Welsh community (Arwystli) in the Great War.

 

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Never Forget Your Welsh Heroes

www.neverforgetyourwelshheroes.org.uk

Never Forget Your Welsh Heroes is the national archive that tells the story of the wars and conflicts of Welsh soldiers through the letters and diaries they wrote. There must be lot of letters and diaries still out there, hidden in family papers. we want to share them with the nation, and allow thses soldiers to be recognised for their sacrifice. But that does not mean families letting go of their valuable personal histories. The archive uses copies of letters or diaries, or even videos of family members reading selected passages.  The digital archive is being built now for Never Forget Your Welsh Heroes, and this is your gateway into all that it holds. Get involved, and help us build a resource for future generations to understand our past.

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People's Collection Wales

www.peoplescollection.wales/

History, culture and traditions of Wales

Pevsner Architectural Guides

www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/architecture-powys-prehistoric-forts-21st-6289371

The publication of The Buildings of Wales: Powys means Wales is the first nation to be covered in full by the prestigious Pevsner Architectural Guides. 

Powys County Council Archives

http://www.powys.gov.uk/en/archives/find-archives-local-records/

Access to the records held by Powys Archives is granted in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Act and the Environmental Information Regulations. There may be restricted access to certain records that we hold. 

 

Powys County Council museums 

www.powys.gov.uk/en/museums/visit-your-local-museum/

There are five museums run by Powys County Council, which display local artefacts and hold exhibitions about the culture and heritage of the county.

 

Powys Family History Society

www.powysfhs.org.uk/

The Powys Family History Society was formed in 1980, is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies, the Association of Family History Societies of Wales and Capel, the Welsh Chapels heritage society. We are a registered charity, No 511875, our membership currently stands at 700.

Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA) 

www.pmsa.org.uk/

The PMSA aims to heighten public appreciation of Britain's public sculpture, and to contribute to its preservation, protection and promotion. It seeks to achieve this through several projects that include: the National Recording Project, the Sculpture Journal, Save our Sculpture and the Marsh Award for Public Sculpture.

 

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Roll of Honour: Lest We Forget 

www.roll-of-honour.com/

Dedicated to men and women who fell fighting for their country. Recorded here are various war memorials within a variety of countries. 

Royal British Legion 

www.britishlegion.org.uk/

The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families. 

 

Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum

www.rwfmuseum.org.uk/

The Museum is housed in two towers of Caernarfon Castle. In it you will find a wealth of original exhibits, supported by film, sound and models, which tell the story of over 300 years of service by Wales’ oldest infantry regiment, in peacetime and in war, all around the world.

 

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Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families (SSAFA) 

www.ssafa.org.uk/

We are the longest serving national tri-service military charity. For 130 years, we have provided lifelong support to those who are serving or have ever served in our Armed Forces. Today nearly five million people living in the United Kingdom are estimated to have served in the Armed Forces at some point in their lives. Every year, around 20,000 servicemen and women leave the services and return to civilian life.

 

SmartWater®

www.smartwater.com/

For over 20 years SmartWater® has consistently delivered significant reductions in criminal activity on behalf of our customers and clients, helping the police to convict hundreds of offenders in the process.

 

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Talgarth Walking Festival 

www.talgarthwalkingfestival.org/

We are delighted to welcome you to Talgarth's Fourth Walking Festival 30th April - 2nd May 2016. The ancient market town of Talgarth is an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park on foot, particularly as it forms the "Gateway to the Black Mountains".

 

The Building Conservation Directory 

www.buildingconservation.com/

Information resources for conservation, restoration and repairs

 

The Great War 1914-1918 

www.greatwar.co.uk/

This site provides an overview of the First World War battlefields on the Western Front by showing you where they are and what you can see there today. Established in 1998, the website is dedicated to the memory of more than 20 family members who served in the military during the Great War of 1914-1918.

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)

www.ihbc.co.uk/index.html

The IHBC is the professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment experts working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with connections to the Republic of Ireland. The Institute exists to establish, develop and maintain the highest standards of conservation practice, to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment, and to promote heritage-led regeneration and access to the historic environment for all. 

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) Wales branch

www.ihbc.co.uk/branches/wales/index.html

The Wales branch of the IHBC is the professional body for building conservation practitioners in Wales. All Branch Members promote the highest standards of conservation practice and heritage led regeneration in the historic environment in Wales.

The Radnorshire Society 

http://radnorshiresociety.org/

The Radnorshire Society, established in 1930, is a local field club concerned with the archaeology and history of the historic county of Radnorshire (now part of Powys).

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

www.rcahmw.gov.uk/HI/ENG/Home/

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales has a leading national role in developing and promoting understanding of the archaeological, built and maritime heritage of Wales, as the originator, curator and supplier of authoritative information for individual, corporate and governmental decision makers, researchers, and the general public.

 

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) 

www.spab.org.uk/

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. Today it is the largest, oldest and most technically expert national pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage.

The Unremembered

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

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.

The Village Quire

www.villagequire.org.uk/BGshow.php

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.

 

The War Graves Photographic Project

http://twgpp.org/

The original aim of The War Graves Photographic Project was to photograph every war grave, individual memorial, Ministry of Defence grave, and family memorial of serving military personnel from WWI to the present day. However, due to its popularity we have now extended our remit to cover all nationalities and military conflicts and make these available within a searchable database.

 

The Welsh Experience of World War 1 

http://cymruww1.llgc.org.uk/

This project will conduct mass digitization of primary sources relating to World War One from the Libraries, Special Collections and Archives of Wales. Wales had the highest level of recruitment of any UK country during World War One. The project will make available a coherent, consolidated digital collection revealing the often hidden history of World War One as it impacted all aspects of Welsh life, language and culture. These source materials are presently fragmented and frequently inaccessible, yet they collectively form a unique resource of vital interest to researchers, students, and the public in Wales and beyond.

 

Ty Mawr Lime Ltd

www.lime.org.uk/

Established in 1995, by husband and wife, Nigel and Joyce Gervis, Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd has made an enormous contribution to resurrecting the use of traditional building materials in Wales.

Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd has gone on to become a market leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of environmentally-friendly building materials and systems, providing a 'one-stop' shop to clients throughout the UK.

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Wales at War 

www.walesatwar.org/site/home

The Wales@War website will be a fully bilingual platform in which students from Wales are able to explore the WW1 timeline and also have the possibility to add user-generated content. The user-generated content will be gathered continuously and will be publicly available. 

 

Wales Remembers 

www.walesremembers.org/

This site provides news, events and signposting information for the commemoration of the centenary in Wales. 

War Memorials Online 

www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/

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.

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.

 

War Memorials Trust 

www.warmemorials.org/

War Memorials Trust works for the protection and conservation of war memorials in the UK. We provide advice and information to anyone as well as running grant schemes for the repair and conservation of war memorials. The website provides a range of resources to help you discover more about war memorials and their preservation. Please remember we are a registered charity relying entirely on voluntary contributions to undertake our work.

Weloveyew

www.weloveyew.org/

Celebrating and protecting our yew tree heritage.

Welsh Memorials to the Great War

www.qub.ac.uk/sites/LivingLegacies1914-18/Projects/FundedProjects/WelshMemorialstotheGreatWar/

In addition to the ‘official’ war memorials to the fallen that can be seen in public places around the towns and villages of Wales there were thousands of memorials dedicated to First World War servicemen by private institutions – chapels, workplaces, schools and clubs. Most of these are not included on the available databases of war memorials. Many of these have been lost as the workplaces and chapels have closed down and the schools have relocated; many of those that remain are vulnerable. This project aims to preserve the information that is on these memorials, and to share images of them and any research that has been carried out into them.

 

Welsh Traditional Buildings Forum

www.wtbf.co.uk

This Group promotes the development of traditional building skills and sustainability issues relating to all old buildings across Wales. We provide support through educational events, advocacy on national construction committees and sharing information.

The focus is on the 500,000 buildings in Wales built before 1919.

Western Front Association 

www.westernfrontassociation.com/

The Western Front Association was formed in 1980 to maintain interest in the First World War (1914-1918). The 'WFA' works to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all, from all sides, on all Fronts: on land, at sea, in the air and on the Home Front. The Western Front Association is non-political and does not seek to glorify war.

West Wales War Memorials Project 

www.wwwmp.co.uk/

Welcome to my website, The West Wales War Memorial Project. The aim of this website is to remember the men and women of the old county of Dyfed (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire) who are commemorated on war memorials throughout the three counties. These many memorials cover such conflicts as the Anglo Boer War, World War 1, World War 2, Palestine, Korea, the Falklands, and Iran and Afghanistan.

 

World War 1 

www.worldwar1.com/

Various resources, information and links. 

World War One Cemeteries 

www.ww1cemeteries.com/

A site of remembrance and a comprehensive guide to the military cemeteries and memorials around the world. This site contains photographs of all 940 cemeteries in France and Belgium of 40 or more burials visited by Sidney C. Hurst whilst compiling his 1929 book "The Silent Cities".

 

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Ypres 2016: International Blacksmithing Event

www.ypres2016.com/

In September 2016, a striking new World War 1 Cenotaph will be created at the Grote Markt, in front of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium. The Cenotaph will be located adjacent to the German War Cemetery at Langemark Poelkapelle.

Standing 7m tall and weighing 12 tonne, the metal Cenotaph for the 21st century will feature the evocative image of a single Flanders poppy surrounded by a field of 2016 steel poppies handcrafted by blacksmiths and farriers worldwide.

Hundreds of blacksmiths and farriers from around the world will come together in Ypres to create the Cenotaph in the week-long event.

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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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

Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant war memorial video clip

 

"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. 

Cymraeg

The Armistice and Armed Forces Communities Programme

May 16, 2018

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Heritage Angel Awards Wales

May 09, 2018

Do you know anyone who could be nominated as a ‘Heritage Angel’?

 

A new Welsh awards scheme, sponsored by the Andrew Lloyd-Webber Foundation, has been launched in Wales to recognise people who have made a significant contribution to rescue our heritage.

 

Anyone can nominate a person or project for the awards and the winners
will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony in November 2018.

 

The Awards have five categories:


• Best Rescue of an Historic Building or Place for projects under £5m
• Best Major Regeneration of an Historic Building or Place for projects in excess of £5m
• Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People
• Best Craftsperson or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project
• Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording


Nominating people and projects for the awards is simple: you can find full
details at www.rcahmw.gov.uk/about-us/heritageangelawardswales/

 

The closing date for nominations is 21 June 2018.
 

Heritage Angel Awards Wales

Curtain of Poppies display in County Hall Llandrindod Wells

May 07, 2018

The Powys War Memorials Project is delighted to have worked in collaboration with Wonderwool Wales to display the stunning Curtain of Poppies in the foyer of County Hall, Llandrindod Wells (Powys). 

Everyone is welcome to come and see the free display. 

You can also enter the free 'Guess the number of poppies' competition with a total prize fund of £250. 

Wonderwool Wales

Llanllugan war memorial restored with £500 grant from Powys War Memorials Project

May 03, 2018

The war memorial in Llanllugan (Powys) has been restored thanks to a grant of almost £500 from the Powys War Memorials Project. 

The Powys War Memorials Project can provide grants of up to £5000 for any type of World War 1 memorial in Powys to be restored or repaired. The grant can cover up to 90% of the total cost of the work. The application process is quick and easy. 

Please contact Nathan Davies for more information:

Nathan Davies

Powys War Memorials Project Officer 

Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk 

07973 973 687

Curtain of Poppies *free* display at County Hall (Llandrindod Wells, Powys) during May 2018

April 24, 2018

Everyone is welcome to visit the *free* Curtain of Poppies display in the foyer of County Hall in Llandrindod Wells during May 2018. 

The Curtain of Poppies, which consists of more than 65,000 textile poppies, commemorates those who served and died during World War 1. 

The Curtain of Poppies project has been managed by Wonderwool Wales. 

The Powys War Memorials Project is delighted to have worked in collaboration with Wonderwool Wales to organise the Curtain of Poppies display in County Hall. 

Wonderwool Wales Curtain of Poppies

Forces War Records

April 09, 2018

If you are interested in military genealogy, you may like to have a look on the Forces War Records website.

 

Forces War Records currently has over 10 million military records, with over 6 million being from World War 1. 

"The site was created in 2008 upon the request of some Forces Reunited members who were looking for information on their ancestors but had come up against dead ends with the usual genealogy sites. Since inception we have gone on to add over seven million individuals records and a ton of supplementary military data not found on any other sites and are currently adding over 200,000 records a month."

Forces War Records

Thanks to everyone who came to the free poppy-making workshop in County Hall (Llandrindod Wells, Powys)

April 04, 2018

The Powys War Memorials Project Officer would like to thank everyone who came to the free poppy-making workshop for the Curtain of Poppies yesterday in County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, Powys.

Members of the public, Powys County Council staff and Councillors all took part in the free workshop to make a textile poppy for the Curtain of Poppies. Some people chose to make felt poppies, others made woven poppies or knitted poppies. 

In total, 101 poppies were made throughout the day. These 101 poppies will be added to the Curtain of Poppies. 

The Curtain of Poppies is going to be displayed at the Wonderwool Wales festival at the end of April 2018. The Curtain is then going to be on display in the foyer of County Hall in Llandrindod Wells during May 2018. 

Thanks once again to everyone who made the day such a success. 

Curtain of Poppies

 

Would you like to become one of 1,400 new bell ringers to commemorate the bell ringers who died in World War 1?

March 23, 2018

The Powys War Memorials Project is pleased to be working with “Ringing Remembers”.

 

About 1,400 bell ringers, including about 40 from Wales, died during World War 1.

 

You can honour their memory 100 years after the end of the war by becoming one of 1,400 new bell ringers and joining others across the nation in ringing on the centenary of the Armistice in November 2018.

 

There are 227 bell ringing towers across Wales so most people will be near one.

 

To find out more and register your interest, please email:

bells@big-ideas.org.

 

www.big-ideas.org/project/ringing-remembers/

Ringing Remembers

Free World War 1 workshop Council for British Archaeology and Living Legacies

March 20, 2018

Free World War 1 workshop

Council for British Archaeology and Living Legacies

Sat 14 April 2018
10:00 – 16:15

National Waterfront Museum
Oystermouth Road
Maritime Quarter
Swansea
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Join the Council for British Archaeology’s Home Front Legacy team working with Living Legacies for a community workshop and learn how to research, record and get funding for your own First World War project.

Please register here

Register for free World War 1 workshop here

Powys before, during and after World War 1 on People's Collection Wales

March 09, 2018

Images and newspaper articles from Powys before, during and after World War 1 on People's Collection Wales:

https://www.peoplescollection.wales/collections/408185

Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914 – 1918

March 09, 2018

The Powys War Memorials Project is delighted to be affiliated with the Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914 – 1918 programme.

 

This Wales Remembers programme reflects the impact that the First World War had on Wales – and the impact Wales had on the First World War. Over the coming months and years, it will reflect how the people of Wales will be commemorating this important centenary through information provided by individuals, communities and organisations in Wales.

Here is the Powys War Memorials Project on the Wales Remembers website. 

Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914 – 1918

Groups in Wales can now apply for up to £200 of funding to take part in activities exploring and commemorating the Labour Corps

March 08, 2018

The Unremembered

World War One's Army of Workers

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. We invite community groups to get involved by holding their own Unremembered event or join the conversation online.

The Unremembered

 

Powys Archives

March 05, 2018

Powys Archives is located in Llandrindod Wells (Powys) and serves as the official repository for the records of the county of Powys.

 

Our collections date from the fourteenth century and can be used for all types of research.

 

Trace your family history, discover the history of your house and find out more about the history of your village or community. Find information for school or college projects and investigate legal issues such as rights of way.

Powys Archives is now based in its new home at Unit 29, Ddole Road Enterprise Park, Llandrindod Wells.  Booking is still essential and appointments can be made by email (archives@powys.gov.uk) or by phone (01597 826088).

Powys Archives

The stories of the men on the war memorials in Glasbury-on-Wye, Boughrood and Llowes (Powys)

March 02, 2018

The Powys War Memorials Project Officer would like to thank Barbara Lloyd from Glasbury Historical Society (Powys, Wales) for providing so much information about the men on the war memorials in Glasbury-on-Wye, Boughrood and Llowes (Powys).

Here is a link to the information online:

www.glasburyhistoricalsociety.co.uk/pdf files/ww1memorial.pdf

If you have any information about the men or women on World War 1 memorials in Powys, please contact Nathan Davies, Powys War Memorials Project Officer. 

Thanks once again to Barbara Lloyd. 

The stories of the men on the war memorials in Glasbury-on-Wye, Boughrood and Llowes (Powys)

 

Powys Family History Society (PFHS)

March 01, 2018

Are you interested in family and local history in Powys, Wales?

If so, the Powys Family History Society may be able to help. 

The mission of the Powys Family History Society is to enable to all those interested in family and local history of Powys, the ability to research, publicise and publish information relating to the families and communities in the geographical areas of Breconshire, Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire.

You may also like to join them on Facebook. 

Powys Family History Society on Facebook

First World War Centenary Partnership Programme

February 23, 2018

The Powys War Memorials Project is proud to be affiliated with the First World War Centenary Partnership Programme. 

The First World War Centenary Partnership led by the Imperial War Museums is a growing network of over 3,000 not-for-profit organisations from 50 countries planning to mark the First World War Centenary.

Together we are presenting the Centenary Partnership Programme, a vibrant programme of events, activities and resources which will enable millions of people to engage with the centenary.

First World War Centenary Partnership Programme

Grants of up to £5,000 for World War 1 memorials in Powys to be restored

February 14, 2018

The Powys War Memorials Project can provide grants of up to £5,000 for World War 1 memorials in Powys to be restored, repaired or maintained. 

Any type of World War 1 memorial in Powys is eligible, including, for example, stone crosses or obelisks, statues, stained glass windows, wooden boards or brass plaques. 

The application process is quick and easy. 

 

The grants are being allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so it is advisable to apply sooner rather than later. 

The first thing you need to do is contact Nathan Davies, the Powys War Memorials Project Officer. You can either email Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk or phone 07973 973 687. 

Email Nathan Davies, Powys War Memorials Project Officer

 

"The Wood": Wednesday 7th March 2018, 7:30pm at The Welfare Ystradgynlais

February 06, 2018

The Wood 

Wednesday 7th March 2018

7:30pm

The Welfare Ystradgynlais (Powys)

A TORCH THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION
WRITTEN BY OWEN THOMAS • DIRECTED BY PETER DORAN • BASED ON AN IDEA BY IFAN HUW DAFYDD •

“A tale of friendship, love and sacrifice set against the backdrop of a world in flames…”

It is July 1916, and as the Battle of the Somme rages, Mametz Wood echoes to the sounds of war as the 38th Welsh Regiment face the ferocity of the German army…

From Owen Thomas, writer of the award winning ‘Grav’, comes a brand-new play written to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I. Inspired by a true story.

Dan and Billy, two young soldiers, forge a friendship in the heat of the build-up to the infamous battle. When Billy is killed in Mametz Wood, he leaves behind a devastated friend and, back home, a heart-broken and pregnant wife.

Altered by his experiences on the Western Front, Dan returns home to step into his friend’s shoes, ultimately marrying Billy’s widow and raising their baby son as his own.

Fifty years later, in a clearing in the wood, Dan has returned to lay a ghost to rest.

The Torch Theatre is very pleased to be working once again with Owen Thomas – one of the most exciting writers in Wales, following the success of ‘Grav’. Owen is also delighted to be working again with the creative team at the Torch Theatre.

The production will be directed by our Award Winning Artistic Director, Peter Doran (Best Director, Wales Theatre Awards 2017).

Tickets: £10 / Concessions £8

The Wood at the Welfare Ystradgynlais

Powys War Memorials Project linked with the Welsh Baccalaureate

January 26, 2018

The Powys War Memorials Project is now linked with the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Welsh Baccalaureate students can now undertake three Community Challenges as part of the Powys War Memorials Project. The three Community Challenges are:

1. Key Stage 4 National / Foundation Community Challenge
Neighbourhood Enhancement

As an Individual or a member of a team (3 –6 members) you must identify World War 1 memorials in the local community. You will plan, organise and carry out 10 hours actively helping to improve the war memorials, ensuring that they are appealing and safe for the community. You will also help to improve war memorial settings and surroundings, such as garden areas, fences, gates and railings. 

2. Advanced Community Challenge World War 1 events and activities

You will help over a period of at least 3 months. This will involve you and / or your team planning, organising, carrying out and evaluating a varied programme of appropriate World War 1 events and activities. This Challenge would be particularly suitable for students considering a course or career in geography, history, heritage or the travel and tourism sector. 

3. Advanced Community Challenge World War 1 walks and trails

The Powys War Memorials Project is inviting you to help produce the World War 1 walks and trails. Producing a World War 1 walk or trail will enable you to help others to develop their knowledge and understanding of World War 1. You must actively engage and demonstrate commitment over a minimum of 30 hours and at least 4 weeks to develop the World War 1 walk or trail.

Please visit the WJEC website for more information about the Community Challenges. 

Welsh Baccalaureate

Free heritage interpretation training

January 05, 2018

Free heritage interpretation training (booking required)
Saturday 3rd February 2018
10:00am - 1:00pm

Radnorshire Museum, Llandrindod Wells, Powys 

Funded by the Powys War Memorials Project 

Everyone welcome

This course will provide a basic introduction to heritage interpretation for communities covering what heritage interpretation is, getting the best out of the research that communities carry out on their history and heritage, and how to undertake heritage interpretation. It will discuss the three most common forms of interpretation media encountered by community groups:

•    Publishing
•    Interpretation Boards
•    Getting Your Project Online / The Digital World

The course is designed for individuals and groups that find themselves working on heritage and heritage interpretation but have no formal training in it, or for those who want a basic understanding of heritage interpretation, its principles, methods and outcomes. 

The course will begin with an overview of the three forms and will be followed by a participatory workshop. Groups or individuals with projects that they would like to begin interpreting could you please bring along any information or research that you have. Specimen materials will also be provided.

Booking essential. To book a place, please contact: 

Jane Johnston 
Town Clerk
Llandrindod Wells Town Council
llandrindodcouncil@btconnect.com
01597 823116
www.llandrindod.co.uk

Facebook event page about free heritage interpretation training

 

The Sleeping Dragon in Presteigne, Powys

January 04, 2018

The Sleeping Dragon is a wonderful piece of art on the edge of Presteigne in Powys. 

 

The Sleeping Dragon was created by blacksmith Peter Smith to commemorate everyone from Wales who died in World War 1. 

The dragon took three months to build using seven hundred feet of steel, three and a half thousand cable ties, fifty metres of cheesecloth and three gallons of PVA.

The dragon, sleeping peacefully on its ancient stone, is only a temporary installation for the four years' duration of World War One. It is currently due to finish on 11th November 2018. 

The Sleeping Dragon website

Powys War Memorials Project 2018 competition.....

December 15, 2017

Watch this space ! 

The Powys War Memorials Project Officer organises a competition each year. The 2016 competition was a war memorial photography competition and the 2017 competition was a quiz.

Watch this space for details of the 2018 competition....

"Go and See" First World War Commemoration Activity funding for schools

December 13, 2017

From 11 November 2017 Go and See funding will also be available for schools to access creative experiences for their learners, as part of a meaningful educational activity relating to First World War commemoration.

Schools can apply for up to £1,000 at any time in the year and will receive a decision within three weeks. We will award 100% of the costs of the experience. Schools are not required to match-fund.

Go and See funding for schools

"Men on the Gates": The lives and stories of the men commemorated on Oswestry War Memorial Gates

December 11, 2017

Oswestry Community Action, otherwise known as Qube, is a registered charity based in Oswestry.

 

In 2016, Qube was awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to research and record biographic details of the fallen men who are listed on the Oswestry War Memorial, sited at the entrance to Cae Glas Park.

The project aims to uncover civilian and military information for each of the men listed on the pillars, enabling each of their unique stories to be told as completely as possible and interpret their lives and sacrifice in the context of ‘Oswestry’ and ‘The Great War’.

"Men on the Gates" project website

 

Men on the Gates project website

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