COUNCIL HAVE JUST DECLARED A CLIMATE EMERGENCY, and for many years nearby
Centre for Alternative Technology have been researching, demonstrating
and teaching sustainable technologies and lifestyles.
GLOBAL WARMING NOT ONLY CAUSES
DANGEROUS SEA LEVEL INCREASES AND CLIMATE INSTABILITY,
it also threatens the delicate balance of our ecosystem on which so many
species depend, including ourselves. A new local group has
been formed for discussion and appropriate action
Barmouth ECO Abermaw.
BARMOUTH RNLI are on call 24/7 365 days a
year, and now have a new Shannon class all weather, high performance
lifeboat, the Ella Larsen. Propelled by jets of water for extra
manoeuvrability instead of traditional propellors, she is 50% faster than her predecessor, the Mersey
class Moira Barrie. At the lifeboat station on the prom both boats can be viewed and there is
a charity gift shop selling lifeboat related gifts and memorabilia. On
Sunday 26 May there will be all day music at the boathouse, and the open day on Sunday July 29 is
also an opportunity to learn more about the RNLI and meet crew
ST JOHNS HALL GALLERY OPEN APRIL
1ST WITH AN EXHIBITION BY STEPHEN WEST
Stephen West is an experienced artist,
lecturer, curator and
writer working in Montgomeryshire. (Picture left: Bird Feeder and Ash)
There are many other exhibits at the
Gallery, in the old Church Hall on St John's Hill including new
work by Bernard Barnes and Reyna Rushton. For
program of events, music, poetry, talks, and a 5 day screen
printing course from 29 April with London artist Jon George see
gallery website or call 01341 280822
Longboats, canoes, rafting, standup paddleboarding, events for people
of all levels of experience or none over the weekend.
SUP BARMOUTH hold paddleboarding events and classes throughout the
year, based at Merioneth Yacht Club on Barmouth quay where other
activities include junior sailing, rowing and kayaking.
"THERE IS NO BETTER WALK THAN THAT THROUGH
FROM BARMOUTH TO DOLGELLAU OTHER THAN FROM DOLGELLAU TO BARMOUTH".....
new path beside the railway linking the bridge and harbour, will further
enhance the walk which so impressed Ruskin, giving pedestrians, cyclists
and wheelchair users a safer route than the existing narrow pavement
between sheer rockface and the main A496. For more information see
Access Group website
2019 is the 200th anniversary of
the birth of John Ruskin, writer, artist and social reformer. In 1872 12 cottages on the Barmouth hillside
were gifted to Ruskin for his social experiment. One of the tenants was
Auguste Guyard, known as the Frenchman, Ruskin and Guyard shared an
interest in sustainable, healthy lifestyles. Guyard grew crops and medicinal
plants on the hillside above Barmouth, where he is buried and where his
grave can be seen, overlooking the terraces he once cultivated. The ideas
of Ruskin and Guyard are enjoying something of a revival now that the
need for sustainability is greater than ever.
AND COMMUNITY CENTRE
varied program of shows and activities
including the very successful
AND BLUES NIGHTS
on the fourth Friday of every month. Next one
Friday 26 April 2019 will be an evening with highly acclaimed jazz
guitar maestro Gary Potter Trio. These
nights usually sell out so best to call 01341 450353 for reservations.
There are LIVE MUSIC SESSION at the Last Inn every Tuesday
Probably the best pub music night in Wales! Singers and players who
would like to perform with us are always welcome and we have occasional
theme nights. Music nights have included a School uniform party, and
a night with special guest former
Duran Duran frontman Andy Wickett.
THREE PEAKS YACHT RACE is more than a boat race.
It is one of the world's oldest and best endurance events, and for Barmouth its a great day in town.
The 41st race commenced at Barmouth on Saturday 9th June 2018. Batala Bermo drummed and
people on the quay and breakwater applauded as the boats left harbour for
the start line out in the bay, heading for Fort William,
stopping only for the runners to ascend Snowdon, Scafell Pike, and finally
Ben Nevis. Congratulations to 2018 winners Wild Spirit. Next years race will begin on Saturday June
15th 2019. More details,
regular race reports, satellite tracking info etc. can be found at
HUGH ROBERTS HAS COLLECTED THOUSANDS OF IMAGES
RELATING TO THE BARMOUTH AREA
through the ages.
collection has exceeded 10 million online hits, and can be viewed at
Exhibitions of the
collection are held periodically and are announced on this site.
Was JRR Tolkien's creation of Middle Earth
inspired by Barmouth?
Local resident and sculptor Mr
Frank Cocksey believed so. Mr Cocksey's work includes "The Last
Haul" on the harbour, sculpted from marble salvaged from the Bronze
Bell wreck of 1709. The sculpture represents three generations of
fishermen. In the tourist season the Bronze Bell shipwreck exhibition may be
seen at the house known as Ty Gwyn (The White House) above the Davy Jones' Locker
cafe just a short walk along the
quay. Ty Gwyn with its "secret" cellar was built in the 15th century by
Gruffydd Fychan, who lived at the Corsy Gedol manor near Talybont, a
friend of Jasper Tudor. During the Wars of the Roses, Jasper Tudor and
his Nephew Henry Tudor are believed to have secretly used Ty Gwyn while
plotting against King Richard III. Eventually Richard was defeated at
the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and Henry Tudor became King Henry
VII. The cellar beneath Ty Gwyn still exists, and there are other
stories about it which may be told another time, maybe over a coffee at
the table above it in Davy Jones' Locker!
Frank Cocksey at work in Barmouth
"Gollum" by Frank Cocksey
Thanks to all the people, too numerous to
mention, who have helped with these web pages