The Society’s Fifteenth AGM was held in the Museum on Monday, 30th April 2018.
It was reported that the Membership of the Society for the year 2018/19 currently stood at 101 – that is 34 Vice-Presidents and 67 Patrons.
Twenty Members were in attendance at the meeting although thirty four had submitted apologies for absence.
The Officers’ reports, which covered in detail, the Society’s activities during the 2017/2018 year were considered and all were unanimously accepted.
As required under Paragraph 12.1 of the Company’s Articles of Association the three longest serving Directors and Trustees, Ann Axford, Ernie Cusack and Richard John Hill, had tendered their resignations which were received. Under Paragraph 12.8 of the Articles of Association, all three had indicated that they were willing to be re-appointed should no other nominations be received. No other nominations having been received, it was unanimously resolved that all three be re-appointed for the year 2018/2019.
The meeting concluded with tea and coffee being served when members who hadn’t met recently had the opportunity to chat and “catch up” with their personal news
The Museum’s Annual Open evening was held on Friday 13th July 2018.
Some seventy-five Members and guests from Brynmawr, Gilwern, Beaufort, and Tredegar as well as several who travelled from Ystradgynlais, Cwmbran and Pontypool enjoyed this annual get together. There was much “catching up” with lots of discussion and reminiscences. Volunteers Marjorie, Merryl, Maureen and Sandra worked hard to ensure the success of the evening. A raffle, with lots of prizes, was organised with June and Carol making a sterling effort in selling the tickets. The sale of the tickets covered the cost of the evening as well as making a profit of £88.50.
There will be much excitement in Brynmawr on Saturday 22nd September. The Re-affirmation Parade of the Welsh Guards will be taking place in the town and the Museum will be hosting a reception. More information nearer the date.
After a well earned Christmas/New Year holiday for the Volunteers the Museum will re-open on Thursday, 10th January, 2019.
Friday 11th January will see the start of Frank Olding’s 12 week lecture course entitled “The History of the Archaeology of Wales”.
Many of the displays in the first floor exhibition room have been changed and new ones added.
The most significant new display is that of the Brynmawr Town Cricket Club. Sadly, the Club, which was established in 1872 was dissolved in 2017. Many of its trophies and other memorabilia are now in the keeping of the Museum
The Society’s Sixteenth AGM was held in the Museum on Monday 29th April 2019.
Twenty three of the Society’s 101 Members attended and apologies for absence were received from 32 Members.
As required by the Company’s Articles of Association, the three longest serving Directors and Trustees: Merryl Caleb; John Davies; and Vivienne Williams, submitted their resignations but had previously indicated they were willing to be re-elected should no other nominations be received. This was the case and the three were, therefore, unanimously re-elected.
For the year 2019/2020, John Davies was appointed Chairman; John Hill was appointed Treasurer; and Vivienne Williams was re-appointed Secretary.
Tea, coffee and Welsh cakes were served at the conclusion of the meeting when Members were able to chat and catch up on local news.
Louise Garrett of “Visit Wales” (VAQAS)” inspected the Museum on Thursday 11th July2019.
On Friday 12th she emailed to say that she was pleased to confirm that the Brynmawr & District Museum continued to meet all the requirements of the Visit Wales “VAQAS” accreditation scheme.
She says she is now in the process of putting our assessment report together which should be with us within the next week or so.
Four hanging baskets have been planted and are now in place – all looking good.
A new Museum hanging sign has been ordered and will be located on the corner of the building.