JQN - 14/03/2014

JQN – 14/03/2014

Dear Member

What a wonderful weekend it has been up the Tump – I hope some of you managed to get up there and have a look at all the work that has been done. If not, don’t worry because you can come up next weekend to help us finish off a few odd jobs … read on…

VOLUNTEER WORKDAY – 22nd March 2014
Litter pick, Fence Repair, Gate Painting and Tree Planting

Again we’re inviting you to come and help with a bit of physical work – depending on weather and how many people turn up we will organise volunteers for the following tasks:

  • a litter pick around the area – sadly always needed, we’ll supply pick-up sticks, gloves and bags.
  • tree / brushwood dragging – we’ve been piling trees and brushwood up to the Alamo fencing and there’s still plenty more to do
  • gate painting – that horrible gate by the car park is going to become a lovely Caerphilly green with your help

But most important – we have invited Chris Evans MP and some other local VIPs to plant some trees behind the car park to commemorate completion of the Tidy Twmp project and the unveiling of the new Welcome Cairn.

The Tree Planting ceremony will take place at 12noon but if you want to get involved with the volunteer work please meet up at the car park at 10.30am on Saturday 22nd March – be sure to wear suitable clothing and footwear. We’ll have hot and cold drinks available and maybe hot-dogs if the weather is favourable.

A great deal has gone on up the Twmp in the past few months – please come along and see for yourself, and support us – bring the family along too.


EVENING LECTURE – Wednesday 19th March 2014
The Monastery Farms of Mynydd Maen and the Ebbw Valley

A Crosskeys Rugby Club  on Wednesday 19th March. Doors open at 7.00pm and the evening commences promptly at 7.30pm. 

An illustrated lecture presented by Dr Madeleine Gray – Reader in Church History at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences University of South Wales, Caerleon Campus.

Maddy has been a great friend of Twmbarlwm and has presented her interesting, inspiring talks to us on a number of previous occasions.

In this talk Dr Gray will discuss the Cistercian monks of Llantarnam Abbey, the pilgrimage trail from the Abbey to the Shrine at Penrhys and monastic grange farms established by the abbey on Mynydd Maen and in the Ebbw and Afon Llwyd Valley. There will also be an opportunity for questions and discussion following the presentation.

This event is at Crosskeys Rugby Club  on Wednesday 19th March. Doors open at 7.00pm and the evening commences promptly at 7.30pm.  The evening is free for members to attend and £3.00 for non-members. There will also be a raffle and an opportunity to join the society at the end of the evening. The evening will close at 9pm.


Good Friday – 18th April 2014

Again we will be promoting the local tradition of walking to the top of the Tump on Good Friday – there will be an organized walk from the Stony Bridge in Pontymister and we’ll be giving out Hot Cross Buns to all who reach the summit – it’s a great family day out , put it in your diary now.


There are more Events planned throughout the year – please check out the website regularly for details – www.twmbarlwm.co.uk – click on the “Events” tab.



Please remember your subs – if you joined before January 2013 your subscription is now due.

If you joined after January 2013 your subscription becomes due on the date you joined.

Subs can be paid at any Society event (Wednesday’s talk for example) – you can download a standing order form from the website and set up a payment for just £1 per month – or you can pay via PayPal on the website.

Many Regards

Chairman Cymdeithas Twmbarlwm Society

Address general queries to:  twmbarlwmsociety@gmail.com