Travellers' Tales



We meet at the Kea Community Centre on the 4th Thursday in the month at 10am for a 10.30 start and talks are usually for an hour.  (We may in future have to adjust the start and finish time to fit with the bus schedules from both Truro and Falmouth.) 




In November Jon & Anne Skelton talked about North Wales and Chester.  We enjoyed Welsh cakes with festive food and non-alcoholic wine as it was the last meeting in 2018.
The tour began at Barmouth where the long wooden railway bridge featured in television walk programmes by both Julia Bradbury and Rob Bell (“Lost railways of Britain” series).
North Wales is perhaps rather over endowed with castles, Harlech, Criccieth, Conwy, Caernarfon and Beaumaris being the ones which Jon & Anne visited but there are also many more castles that they didn’t.
Portmeirion was the fantasy of architect Clough Williams-Ellis and was largely constructed by recycling parts of demolished buildings from all over Britain.  Portmeirion was the setting for “The Prisoner” TV series starring Patrick McGoohan who was known as Number 6.
Plas Newydd, on the Anglesey side of the Menai Straits, is a very substantial National Trust house.  The largest canvas painting in the UK fills a whole wall of the dining room.  The affair between the artist Rex Whistler and the Marquess of Anglesey’s daughter Lady Caroline is thought to have been the inspiration for Brideshead Revisited.
Jon & Anne walked up and down Mt. Snowdon so Jon could take too many pictures of the trains!  They also walked up and down the Great Orme at Llandudno so he could take too many photos of the trams!
The gardens at Bodnant are among the finest of the NT gardens. It was the second garden the NT were willing to accept without having the house too.
Chester is very photogenic and particularly so the Tudor-style half-timbered streets of shops,known as The Rows, which uniquely have covered arcades on first floor level behind which are entrances to the shops.
Please note there will not be a meeting in December.

On Thursday the 24th of January (not the 25th as appeared in the December edition of the Newsletter) Andrina Cossey will delight us with a talk about another leg of her and her husband John’s intrepid voyage around the world. 

Andrina Cossey


We meet at the Kea Community Centre Playing Place. Talks start at 10.30am but come any time after the doors open at 9.30am and have a tea or coffee.  Talks end around 11.45.
Jon Skelton Group Leader 123.skelton@talktalk.net  Phone 01872 865316 


Please note there will not be a meeting in December.




Pat Harrod & Wendy MorrisGroups coordinator