The arrangements for our gathering in September are now well underway. We have a stimulating programme planned which we hope will excite and please all those who attend.
On the Saturday, as well as the public cultural events and entertainment planned, mostly to take place in King Street and the outside Castle in the town centre during the afternoon, there will be guided tours for those that wish, starting out from the Castle. The tours will include visits to the Coracle ‘mini-museum’ alongside the river Towy, (a great show for fishing aficionados) with an instructional display of the Coracle fishing procedure. There will be a tour round the Carmarthen castle, built at the behest of Henry I in 1109, and to the iconic St Peter’s Church, also dating to 1109, which still has the ancient “Court of the Inquisition” within, as well as the tomb of Sir Rhys ap Thomas, the slayer of Richard III on Bosworth Field. A little known grand-daughter of George III is buried in the church chancel, though this is a long story…
A number of people will be planning to visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales with its famous “great glasshouse” which houses some of the most endangered plants on the planet. These come from six areas of the world: California, Australia, the Canary Islands, Chile, South Africa, and the Mediterranean Basin. We are laying on a coach for this visit, though those visiting with cars may prefer to take the twenty-minute or so drive to the Garden, then taking the long route back through some of Wales’ most beautiful countryside along the Towy valley.
Those going out to eat on the Friday evening may care to peruse Trip Advisor’s “10 best places to eat in Carmarthen” and other similar sites on the PC. There’s a great choice, and nobody even mention our Wetherspoons! One needs to be careful, as some of the recommendations are a long way outside Carmarthen Town. Those in the town centre mentioned include: Cafe at Number 4, Ginger Indian Restaurant, Diablos on the Quay (unsurprisingly by the riverside), Diablos – in Nott Square, Florentinos Italian Restaurant, Karem’en Cafe, Cinnamon, and The Falcon and The Rose and Crown, both in Lammas Street. And this is not to mention some of the town’s great fish and chip shops! All a short stroll from The Ivy Bush and other hotels.
We understand some people are combining a holiday with the NACTSEW gathering, and those arriving early or staying late who would like help or advice from the Town Council need only ask. We should be able to rustle up some Town Guides too for individual tours.
We are sure that Sheriffs, former Sheriffs, and their families travelling will enjoy themselves and have a ball in Carmarthen in September.
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