When? Saturday 2nd August at 2pm
Where? Plas Newydd, Hill Street, Llangollen, Denbighshire, North Wales LL20 8AW
Summer is the time for getting out and about and a perfect excuse for our new CEO, Tracey Byrne to meet with LGCM members and supporters – and for you to meet with one another. We currently have lots of members in the north Wales area but no active group there, so let’s see who comes along to our first meet-up of the summer! It will be a chance to make connections and ponder possibilities.
Wherever you live, if you can get there, you’re welcome to join us at Plas Newydd – home to the ‘Ladies of Llangollen’. Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby eloped from Ireland together and settled here, capturing the imagination of Regency society. They received a stream of visitors to the unpretentious little cottage which, over the years, they transformed into a Gothic fantasy of projecting stained glass and elaborately carved oak. Inside Plas Newydd today, an exhibition including some of their possessions and an audio tour bring their story to life. You can stroll through their gardens and along their riverside walk. And you can take tea, as Wordsworth, Sir Walter Scott and the Duke of Wellington have all done before you.
Their ‘romantic friendship’ and their somewhat ambiguous diaries have received considerable attention over the years, with some seeing them as queer icons. Whatever the nature of their relationship they were exceptional women for their time, and Plas Newydd is a lovely place to spend a chilled-out afternoon. If it rains (it’s Wales, after all) there is an under cover coffee shop which is accessible and both dog and child-friendly.
We’ll meet around 2pm, and stay a couple of hours with a tour of the house (costing around £5) for those who would like it, or a stroll round the grounds – nothing too strenuous! Bring picnic items if you like, or buy something there, and we’ll possibly adjourn to a local watering hole or for a coffee by the river in Llangollen if people wish.
It would be helpful if you could let the office know if you’re likely to be coming, or if you need help with travel or accommodation suggestions.