Saturday 12th October saw 15 members travel to Anglesey to view Llanbadrig Church, founded in the 5th century but later decorated with Moorish, Moslem design tiles! After a rather delayed lunch at the Cooper Kingdom in Amlwch we were conducted on a tour of the new Visitor Centre designed to explain the importance of copper to the area during the 18th century. In fact Parys mountain was the largest copper mine in the world at that time. A brief visit to the Geo-Mons centre to learn about the importance of Anglesey from a geological viewpoint was perhaps not enough and deserved a longer visit.
Having enjoyed brilliant sunshine and stunning views we then visited what were probably the high points of the trip. Llaneillian Church with its incredible 15th century rood screen and 12th century tower was brought to life by an excellent tour including a demonstration of a contraption for removing stray dogs from the service (see main photo). A short trip on the coach and a ten minute walk and we arrived at Din Lligwy a 5th century village with buildings with walls 5.5 feet thick. Why so thick? 300 metres away we gazed upon the neolithic burial chamber of Ligwy with its 25 ton capstone before travelling to our hotel in Llandudno for an excellent meal and even better home grown entertainment (our star turn this year was David T)! Sunday morning was bright and clear as our guide led us on a fascinating tour of Llandudno and its amazing history. Lunch in Chester, a walk round the walls, a visit to the amphitheatre and museum before returning to Barrowford about 6pm for a well earned rest!.