New funding has been secured to help with the Clawdd Construction and Stone Wall standards booklets. It is now hoped to print a bilingual Clawdd booklet with an English only stone wall standards booklet, with bilingual versions of both available on this site. The final draft text of each should be available in English as pdf files on the standards page before Christmas
Many Thanks to retiring members Helen Jenkins and Michael Dowman
DSWA TRUSTEE BOARD ELECTION
As part of the current re-organisation of the management of the DSWA, elections are soon to be held for the new Trustee Board which will be replacing the current Management committee. Rather than each Branch electing their own representative there will be fewer trustees to all be directly elected by the general membership. The North & South Wales Branch Committees have decided to endorse a single candidature, namely the current North Wales representative Sean Adcock. click here to find out more about Sean and his aims/policies.
DSWA TRUSTEE BOARD ELECTION#2
The DSWA recently held new Trustee elections as part of its restructuring. The Trustee Board now consists of 12 members. Branches continue to be represented with each Branch assigned to a specific Trustee with responsibility for representing and liaising with them. Details are given on the new DSWA of GB Page. Sean Adcock was one of 4 trustees elected for the maximum 3 year term and has taken on the responsibility of representing Wales. The DSWA of GB page will include updates of DSWA news, events and Trustee Board business in due course. A UK Branch forum is being set up to run twice a year, the format of this is expected to develop over time, but it should provide an opportunity for updates and discussion of Branch concerns. The first meeting is planned for 24th March, to be held at Brookland. In addition we will be having occasional Welsh Forums, the first of these is planned for the weekend of 17th/18th March in Aberwystwyth, it is hope a training event will take place on the Saturday, with discussions on the Sunday morning, food and slide presentations to be fitted in somewhere. WATCH THIS SPACE!
SOUTH WALES COMPETITION
The vaynor competition was held on August 13th with eight competitors taking part three professional and five amateur North Wales Master craftsman Alan Jones judged the competition the weather was not very good with light drizzle through out the day but it didn't dampen the competitors spirits there was good prize money plus all wallers who completed their stint had a £20 payment.
1st Martyn Jones
2nd Ceri Jenkins
3rd Jamie Williams
1st Stephen Meredith
2nd Toby Small
3rd Brian Lock
L to R: Alan Jones (Judge); Martyn Jones, Stephen Meredith
North Wales Branch retain the DSWA of GB Small Branch of the year trophy. Special mention is again made of "Stonechat", plus the wide range of activities the Branch offered in 2010. Sean Adcock (left) with trophy.
Alan Devonport DSWA Chairman centre. Right, Mike Benge, Cumbria Branch with Large Branch of Year trophy.
A Brief Review of Branch Activities in 2011
The year started well with the Branch once again receiving the Association's best small branch award for 2010.
Press coverage was a little down on 2010, with training receiving less interest. However coverage in the Farm & Country section of the Daily Post the leading North Wales daily, remains strong, including contribution of an article from Sean (in press clippings). Getting people to send in clippings remains a problem, if you see anything on-line or in print please contact a member of the committee.
The link with, and grant from, Clwydian Range AoNB remained through 2011. Training in the North West picked up well from its 2010 low. Administrative problems mean that full figures for training are unavailable. 4 taster days and 3 training weekends, with at least 21 individuals receiving over 45 days of training on 3 different sites.
As a change of tack we ran 2 weekends where other branches (OYD & Cheshire) were invited (both new venues), one of which included a BBQ, a number of Branch members attended these as practice days. Including the members of the other Branches this totalled 20 individuals and 40 practice days. We also ran a single skin walling seminar (which attracted very good press/web coverage) which 4 Branch members attended.
Grand total of 77+ trainee days (43+ different individuals) at all events. Sean Adcock and Iolo Jones continued to carry out a number of examinations for DSWA in Purbeck, Kentucky, Derbyshire and South Wales.
Stonechat continues to grow and develop, with 'Subscriptions' in particular growing with 9 branches taking up a bulk offer, and 6 individual additions with three lapsing. Consequently we are now able to have each run professionally printed in sufficient numbers to be able to give more away. This year has also seen back-copies (nos 6-22) available online via the dswales.org.uk website. Between them they have been accessed/downloaded 850 times with issue 21 having had 187. Greater awareness of the facility and potential income is something the Branch needs to look into for 2012. Branch (members) also contributed 3 Branch news to "Waller and Dyker", plus 6 feature articles, and 2 cover photos for the summer edition. The Branch has also enabled the accessing of individual masterclass articles from "Stonechat" (to present) on line via http://drystoneresource.blogspot.com/p/index.html a private American site, and has also secured permission from the Trustees for this to include Craig Arbennigol's professional Column from Waller and Dyker.
This year we had one full day guided walk, looking at the dry stone features in Dinorwic quarry, 4 individuals took part.
Displays and demonstrations were limited due to organisational problems (and weather again). Consequently we were present at only one countryside event in 2011.
10 talks were given to various groups both home and abroad during the year, including Conwy Historical Society, Llandudno Friendship trust, (both attracting audiences of nearly 100), OYD Branch, Stone Foundation and general open talks in Llanberis.
13 Presentation "An Idiosyncratic Survey of the Dry stone walls of the British Isles". Stone Foundation, Ventura, California. USA
18 Presentation "From the Wailing wall to the Pyramids: The stone structures of the North Wales Slate Industry." Pete's Eats, Llanberis. 7.30pm
1 Presentation "From the Wailing wall to the Pyramids: The stone structures of the North Wales Slate Industry." Otley Branch DSWA, Yorkshire
3 Presentation "Inscriptions on the Landscape". Conwy Historical Society, Civic Hall Conwy.
9 North East Taster Moel Famau, Mold
16 North West Taster Moel y Ci, Tregarth
30 North East Taster Moel Famau, Mold
1 North East Taster Moel Famau, Mold
14/15North East Training Course, Moel Famau, Mold
21 North West Taster Blaen y Nant, Bethesda
21 Display Greenfield Valley Heritage Park, Holywell
4 North East Taster Moel Famau, Mold
12 Snowdonia Society Competition, Hafod y Llan, Beddgelert
25 North West Taster Pen y Pass, Snowdon
25/26North East Training Course, Moel Famau, Mold
9-10 Walling Weekend and BBQ, hosting Cheshire Branch, Llanrhaedr yn Mochnant.
18-21 Demonstration with South Wales Branch, Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells
23 North East Taster Moel Famau, Mold
23/24North West Training Course Pen y Pass, Snowdon
29 Delving in Dinorwig, Guided walk - dry stone features of Dinorwig Quarry Llanberis. Breakfast in Petes eats, Leaving 10am. Full day
10/11 North West Training Course, Blaen y Nant, Bethesda
20 Presentation "From the Wailing wall to the Pyramids: The stone structures of the North Wales Slate Industry." Cozmic Pizza, Eugene, Oregon.
4 Presentation "Inscriptions on the Landscape". Dry Stone Walls Across Canada, Hart House Farm, Caledon, Toronto.
2 AGM, Foelas Arms, Pentrefoelas
11 Presentation "Inscriptions on the Landscape". Llandudno Friendship Link, Craig y Don, Llandudno
The North Wales Branch would like to thank the following for their sponsorship in the last 12 months:
First Hydro Company, Llanberis. Pete's Eats, Llanberis.
Mr Meirion Pritchard, Ty Isa, Nant Peris
And the following for their support:
Don& Anne Eland; Andrew Kehoe, Kehoe Countryside; Mark Sykes, Mark Sykes Contracting;
Alan Williams, Cefn Du Construction; The National Trust (Carneddau)
A Brief Review of Branch Activities in 2011
The year started off well with a good training course held in April at Libanus Brecon attended by 6 trainees. The branch was successfully awarded a grant of almost £1, 000 to purchase a gazebo for use as a shelter for training days, and it was to prove its worth... the training course held in June was a wet one but it didn't dampen our enthusiasm the course went very well.
In mid September we had a training weekend which proved to be the best with 15 trainees and 5 members a very good weekend was had by all and a lot of much needed revenue was made for the branch
In May we attended the smallholders show for the first time and with over 25,000 visitors was a good shop window for the branch to promote its self and the DSWA our stand enjoyed a lot of attention from the public and the feedback was very good
July saw us at the Royal Welsh Show again this year we built a bench (surprise surprise) we also did our demonstration wall and a milk churn in the form of a farm name plate which was designed by Martyn Jones it was a big talking point and proved very popular with the visitors the show went very well and a number of people signed up for the September training course.
The Pembrokeshire show was also held in August and the branch had a stand there again a beautiful curved wall was built at the main entrance around the shows name sign.
The vaynor show was held in August with eight competitor's three professionals & five amateur Martyn Jones won the professional class while Stephen Meredith won the amateur our thanks to DSWA master craftsman Alan Jones for being the Judge and to the vaynor show for supporting this event
November was time for our AGM there were no great changes to the committee it was felt the year had been a successful one for the branch And we are looking forward to 2012