JQN - 23-10-2015

JQN – 23-10-2015

Just a Quick Note ~ 23rd October 2015

Dear Member


Our last Litter Pick and workday on the 27th Sepetember had better weather than we have been used to so far this year so the half dozen of us who turned out had a very pleasant few hours up there . We bashed down some bracken, checked the fences for damage and collected several bags of litter. There was a bit of a fly-tip of a mattress, fridge, tyres etc. that we contacted the council about and who collected it later in the week.

These small incidents of fly-tipping seem to be getting more frequent – if you see anything like this you can report it directly to CCBC yourself or if you prefer you can drop me a line and I’ll make sure the message gets through to the right people.

Last Monday, 19th October, we had Maddy Grey come to give us a talk on her pet project “The Cistercian Way” – it proved to be a successful evening with over 25 attendees and a few new members joining us on the night.

The 11th October saw another great event up the Tump, unfortunately it had nothing to do with CTS – the last flight of the Vulcan bomber XH558 went directly over the top of the mountain – a crowd of at least 60 people were up there to witness the impressive event. The pilot must have seen us all on the mountain top as he tipped his wings towards us as he roared past – a great sight. There’s a few photos of it on our website and Facebook page.

If you visit Twmbarlwm this week you will see that the cattle grid has been renewed and the mountainside itself looks very different now that much of the forest has already been removed as part of NRW’s larch clearance. It is very sad to see but if you are interested in seeing the forest and the drive returned to its fullest glory then please consider following “Friends of Cwmcarn Forest Drive” on Facebook


Here are a few dates for your diary, of events we hope you will like to get involved in:


The last Sunday of the month will be our usual litter pick / workday, as usual, meet up at the car park on the common below the Tump at 10.30.

Apart from a litter pick other jobs needing doing include fence post repairs, steps and footpath construction, but we are unsure if we will have the equipment to do the latter this weekend.

We’ll have most equipment needed but please remember to wear sturdy shoes and clothing to suit the terrain and weather conditions.

Monday 2nd November ~ 7.00pm Crosskeys RFC

Annual General Meeting

A report on the work of CTS over the past year and election of committee and Trustees for the coming year. All members should attend.

Monday 23rd November ~ 7.00pm Crosskeys RFC

Tump Quiz Night

Our popular Annual Quiz with a bit of a Christmas Theme on various subjects. Bring along a Team of friends, there’s loads of Prizes and a splendid Trophy for the winning Team.

Sunday 27th December ~ Pontywaun Wharf 10.30am

Xmas Excess Walk

Shake off those Christmas Excesses with a walk to the top of Twmbarlwm where there will be a hot toddy and mince pies waiting for you.

Those who follow our Facebook page or the “Friends of Cwmcarn Forest Drive” page are also invited to consider becoming “paid-up” members and/or take part in our projects – if you know any of them please pass this on.

I also repeat my request for persons who might have special skills or knowledge to help run the Society or assist with our projects, to get in touch

Getting to the car park

For the Events starting at the car park if you would prefer to have a lift there please get in touch with me at the address below and I’ll try to arrange transport for you – or if you are able to offer transport to others also let me know. There are maps and descriptions how to get there on our website – under the menu tab “Location”

These details are posted on our website and on FaceBook – but if you know of anyone who is interested but don’t get their news through the internet – could you please let them have a copy of this message.


Many Regards

Chairman Cymdeithas Twmbarlwm Society


Address general queries to: twmbarlwmsociety@gmail.com