A series of lectures by prominent speakers are held on the second Thursday of the month, from September to May. These are held at the Church Hall of St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Pen-y-Lan Road, Roath, Cardiff. CF24 7PB (at the junction of Wellfield Road) Free parking is available in the Penylan Library car park diagonally opposite the church.
The evening begins at 7.45pm with complimentary refreshments and a chance to socialise. At 8 o’clock, the meeting is called to order, for Announcements and the Introduction of the Speaker.
THURSDAY 11th. APRIL 2019
Angels in the Line of Fire
In “Angels in the Line of Fire” Rosemary considers the indispensable role of women working in war zones; through the development of the nursing service. The period covered shows how Florence Nightingale’s experience, in the Crimean War, provided a cornerstone for establishing the professional and voluntary nursing services, that rapidly developed in response to World War 1.
(Note change of speaker from original programme)
THURSDAY 9th. MAY 2019
The family-owned businesses, that established Roath as Cardiff’s premier, suburban shopping area.
Mike Collins, grandson of the founders of Collins Drapers, considers the retail development of Albany and Wellfield Road and the great changes that took place, after World War II.
Here are the details of R.L.H.S.’s Summer Visits 2019:
Thursday, 6th. June: Merthyr Town Centre. A guided walk around Merthyr led by the charismatic historian, Huw Williams, with afternoon tea to finish. Cost £10.00, inclusive of VEST transport and afternoon tea. Mini-buses leave St. Andrew’s URC at 12.30 (estimated return – 17.00).
Thursday, 13th. June: Cardiff Reform Synagogue, Moira Terrace, Cardiff. CF24 OEJ. We will be welcomed by R.L.H.S. Member, Stanley Soffa, who this year was awarded the BEM in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list – For services to community cohesion, combating anti-semitism and the Jewish community in Cardiff. This evening visit also includes a talk on “The History of the Jewish Community of Cardiff”, beginning at 19.30. Free on-street parking in Howard Gardens.
Wednesday, 19th. June: Cardiff Masonic Hall, 8, Guildford Street, Cardiff. CF10 2HL
Mr. Naunton Liles will guide us around this fascinating Victorian complex, founded in 1893 and centred around three Masonic temples. He will outline its history and how it functions today. Tour begins at 14.00
Thursday, 27th. June: Maindy Barracks, Whitchurch Road, Cardiff. CF14 3YE. John Dart, retired Sergeant Major of The Welch Regiment, will put us through our paces at this military installation, built in 1877. Look lively, you’re in the army now! Tour begins at 14.00.
Thursday, 4th. July: Pierhead Building & Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay
At the Pierhead Building, Alan Knight will give an historical introduction, before we engage with the various exhibitions for ourselves. This will be followed by a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, for refreshments at a second landmark building – the Norwegian Church. Meet at 14.00 at the Pierhead Building.
Wednesday, 10th. July: Tewkesbury Abbey. The VEST mini-buses will arrive & depart from the Abbey. Leaving at 16.00 gives ample time to see something of both the Abbey and the town. Entry to the Abbey is free but visitors are asked to leave a donation.
Mini-buses leave St. Andrew’s URC at 10.00 (estimated return – 17.00). Cost: £9.00.
Only two of the trips incur a charge, but, because of security issues, we need to have a register of names and contact numbers (preferably mobiles), for each visit.
It would help enormously, if you could bring the exact money for Merthyr (£10.00) and Tewkesbury (£9.00) to our April or May monthly meetings. Alternatively, cheques should be made payable to Roath Local History Society.
All bookings and reservations must close on Thursday 23rd May
Please note carefully the various days and times – two trips are on a Wednesday
and one is an evening event.
To jog our memories of some excellent past events and speakers and provide a resource to others, we have preserved copies of RLHS Past Programme