President’s Evening

A reminder about the President’s Evening:

A Gower Society Talk by Dr Ruth Callaway on Marine Life in North Gower, specifically the decline of the cockle industry.  

This will be at Sketty Parish Hall on Saturday 28 October at 7.30pm.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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Peter Hutchison

Peter Hutchison, who died on September 21st at the age of 86 had been struggling with poor health for some time. He was a very active member of the Gower Society. He led walks regularly and was especially knowledgeable about industrial archaeology which made his walks very interesting. He was vice chairman on the main Gower Society committee until resigning.  He was an active member on the Planning Search Team using his computer skills to look at applications online until he was too unwell to continue.  He was also an very active member of the Gower Society Youth Action committee, helping us decide which schools and youth organisations to award grants and attending the Youth events. He was a keen photographer and until his eyesight deteriorated was the “official photographer” for the Gower Society Youth Events.  Most of his photos were displayed at the Gower Show and until last year he helped preparing all the displays for the Youth corner using his many computer skills. He also used these skills to run the Gower Society website until it was radically updated. His determination to do as much as he could even when his health was deteriorating was an example to us all. He will be missed.

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Peter Hutchison

The funeral for Peter Hutchison, a former member of the Gower Society committee, will be on Thursday, October 12th at 10.30 a.m. at Morriston Crematorium.

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Grant to Swansea Canal Society

Swansea Canal Society recently carried out some restoration work at Clydach Lock and the Gower Society was pleased to give them a grant to help with this valuable work.

More information about the work can be found here.



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Walk through Bishopston Valley and Southgate

Notes of a walk in September 2017 from the walk leader, Jane Probert.

Our walk took us from the church in Pennard down a very muddy Bishopston Valley to Pwlldu Bay. We talked about the quarrying, shipping and farming which had made the area such a busy place in years gone by. Making use of Heather Holt’s publication ‘Pwlldu Remembered’ we identified the dwellings that remain in Pwlldu, including the ruins of a little cottage on the side of the stream. Climbing up from the valley to High Pennard, we walked along the cliffs towards Southgate. The views from the cliffs here are amazing – and the houses along East Cliff and West Cliff are always interesting to look at. After we’d had lunch on Pobbles Beach the rain really started to come down heavily, and it drove us to head back: through the village, down Hael Lane and back into the Bishopston valley. We walked through what must have been one of the muddiest sections possible in the valley, and so back to our starting point and home to clean our boots!

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Unfortunately, the walk on Saturday 2nd September  MYNYDD Y GWAIR ARCHAEOLOGY has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled in the next programme (October 2017 to March 2018).

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Walk Saturday, 5th August to KILLAY, FAIRWOOD LAKE & BLACKHILLS

The walk details in the programme say that there will be the option  “of stopping for coffee at the Wildflower Café part way through our walk (or bring a picnic to consume nearby)”. Unfortunately the Wildflower Café is closed this weekend so please bring your own refreshments.

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GSYA Summer Newsletter

Dawn Thomas, who organises events for the Gower Society Youth Activity group, has published a Newsletter  which can be viewed by clicking here.

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Chairman Says Thank You.

Our chairman, Robin Kirby, called into “Cover to Cover” in Mumbles,  prior to the shop closing, to thank Sarah Rees for selling Gower Society publications. We now understand that “Cover to Cover” will not be closing but is being taken over by Tim Batcup, who is  Mumbles born and bred and an alumnus for 16 years of Jeff Towns, the Swansea based renowned bookseller.

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Clyne Valley Brickworks.

This Saturday, 1st July, Jane Shrrard-Smith will be talking about the Clyne Valley Brickworks – with a train crash included! The talk will be in Sketty Parish Centre, de la Beche Road, Sketty and start at 7.30pm. All welcome

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