Secretary: Noel Davey
Telephone: 01758 713300
The Caernarfonshire Branch covers the districts of Arfon and Dwyfor in the North and West of Gwynedd.
We liaise closely with the Meirionnydd Branch regarding developments in the South of Gwynedd, with the Anglesey Branch particularly regarding the Menai shores, and with the Snowdonia Society in matters relating to the National Park.
The Branch holds formal committee meetings 4-5 times a year and meets regularly for social events. Our active Planning sub-group continuously monitors planning applications with particular reference to Dwyfor.
Branch Events for 2019
This year our themes are Community Enterprises (notably drink) and wild plant communities.
Saturday May 18th Moel y Ci Farm, near Bangor (400m off B4366 on Tregarth road)
Moel y Ci has gone through some difficulties since our last visit but has now re-established itself as a Community Interest Company. We plan a visit for lunch in their restored barn up by the farmhouse.
We will then have a talk about the new developments, both the struggle to establish the CIC and the plans for its future sustainability within the ethos of ecologically sensitive landuse. We will then have an opportunity to take a tour of the farm. Please arrive for lunch at about 12.30pm.
Cost for the Day £12.00 per person. Please notify your intention to come and any dietary requirements before May 15th. firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday June 10th Nefyn and Clynnog : Brewery and Caeau Tan y Bwlch Wildflower Reserve
Meet 11.45 at the brewery in Nefyn, Cwrw Llyn, Parc Eithin, Ffordd Dewi Sant, LL53 6EG. 45 minute brewery tour with tasting - £4.
Lunch at The Cliffs, Morfa Nefyn, (own cost, choose from menu) c. 1.15pm
2.30 p.m. at Caeau Tan-y-Bwlch, Capel Uchaf, Clynnog Fawr, grid ref SH 431 488.
Guided tour of the nature reserve to look at wild flowers. (Donations to Plantlife please).
Short walk at Coed Elernion above Trefor to look at woodland flora.
Please tell Maggie Mason (email@example.com) if you plan to come on the brewery tour and lunch.
Friday July 12th Abergwyngregyn : Gin Distillery, lunch, Hydro scheme and Ancient Woodland
Assemble at car park of Gin Distillery (off A55 J13 towards sea) before 12.00 for tour 40 min £6
Lunch at Hen Felin Community Café in Aber (limited parking, own cost, choose from menu). After lunch we will go to the head of the valley to see the Turbine House of the Community Hydro Scheme with Dr Gavin Gatehouse and take a walk in the ancient woodland to look at the flora.
Please contact Frances Llewellyn (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01248 364865) in advance so we know numbers
Saturday September 14th Llanystumdwy : visit to Lloyd George Museum and village walk with Adam Voelcker.
The lunch venue for this trip has not yet been fixed, but we will visit the Museum in the afternoon and then have a village walk guided by Adam Voelcker to look principally at the Clough Williams Ellis buildings and restorations (such as Ty Newydd) and Lloyd George’s grave.
Please contact Noel Davey (email@example.com ) to register your interest.
Caernarfonshire CPRW Annual General Meeting Saturday October 5th
Our AGM will take place in Canolfan Y Fron the new Community Hall, shop, cafe and bunk house, newly created from the old village School by Gwynedd County Council.
This is above Carmel, best reached from the A487 at the Groeslon roundabout.
The AGM will start with coffee at 11.30 am and lunch will be available in the café (own cost from menu). We will have a talk after lunch. Details will be announced in the Annual Report
Members from other Branches are most welcome to join us on these excursions. Please contact Noel Davey to be put on our mailing list. firstname.lastname@example.org
Seven years of Renewable Energy Day Schools
Over the last seven years the Branch has been running an annual Day School on various aspects of renewable energy and energy conservation. These have been designed for CPRW members who wish to adopt a greener lifestyle and the speakers have been local academic researchers and consultants who have generously given us an insight into their on-going work. We have particularly benefited from the advice of Keith Jones of the National Trust, Prof Stuart Irvine of Glyndŵr University and Prof Gareth Wyn Jones of Bangor.
In 2010 we started with a day on small hydro electric schemes, starting with the 19th century ones and concentrating on their technology and construction. This was followed by a day on the science behind photovoltaic panels, and then we looked at house insulation, especially the options relating to our stock of stone houses in Gwynedd. The following year, 2013, we studied new-build houses, the passi-house and its associates. In 2014 we returned to science and discussed Power Storage: the history and future of battery design, and also pump storage (so appropriate since we meet in Electric Mountain, Llanberis). We followed this with a discussion of various low-energy heating systems: ground, water and air source heat pumps and also the improving technology of wood burning stoves. In 2016 our Day School returned to hydro-electricity, looking not so much at the technology of generation, as at how local communities can use and benefit from their own power sources. Last year we discussed electric cars and how we need to prepare for their widespread use. This year (2018) we had hoped to look at the Swansea Barage and other such major schemes, but politics defeated us – and also the fact that Electric Mountain is closed for 6 months refurbishment.
Grants and Awards
In recent years the Branch has given small bursaries to support Bangor University students in Conservation and Land Management complete MSc theses with topics relevant to CPRW interests. In 2014-15 we maintained our link with the University and with Treborth Botanical Gardens by donating a grant for the expenses of external speakers in the new Applied Plant Conservation MSc course.
In 2018 the Branch has given a Rural Wales Award to the Llŷn Maritime Museum for its informed and enthusiastic promotion of Nefyn’s history and its active engagement with local people and visitors alike to expand the understanding of that history.
In 2016 the Branch gave a Rural Wales Award to Dylan’s Restaurant in Criccieth in recognition of their restoration of the beach cafe, Morannedd, designed by Clough Williams Ellis in 1952, and of their care for the ecology of the beach on which the building stands, as well as their establishment of a flourishing business bringing life and vibrancy back to this part of Criccieth.
In 2015 the Branch gave a Rural Wales Award to Welsh Slate Ltd for their work on restoration of native vegetation on the slate tips of the Penrhyn Quarry at Bethesda.
In 2014 the Branch gave its Rural Wales Award to Richard and Iola Wyn Huws for their work in establishing the Pant Du Vineyard in the Nantlle Valley near Penygroes.
In 2013 the Award went to the local arts and cultural centre of Plas Glyn y Weddw in Llanbedrog in recognition of the excellent Winllan development, comprising an open air amphitheatre and the restoration of woodland and paths which have been adopted for the Coastal Path route.
We would like to welcome new members. Please contact the Secretary if you would like more details about Branch activities or if you would like to join us in helping to protect local rural landscapes and communities.
We are looking for members for our Branch Committee and for those interested in reviewing planning applications on a regular basis, particularly in Arfon.
Current Branch Interests and Concerns
Third Menai Crossing
Joint Local Development Plan
Protected Landscapes in Gwynedd
Sustainable Development and well-being policies
If you would like to read further information about these issues, then please download the latest Branch News from the link below: