To celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Mon and Brec Canal and the 360th Anniversary of Llanwenarth Baptist Church, Govilon Heritage Group will be arranging a Village Photographic History Exhibition on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July.
But it’s a Photo Exhibition with a difference… because those who come to see the many old photos on display will be asked to help! As Govilon Heritage Chairman, Frances Baines, explained, “Our photographs are all copies of old photos which have been lent to us over the last 15 years. Although we do know the stories behind quite a few of them, there are still many “mystery” photos in our collection. So we are really hoping people will tell us who they recognise in the pictures, and what they were doing. We’ll record everyone’s comments and add them to the display as we go along.”
The group are also asking everyone in the village and surrounding area to look out any old photos, newspaper cuttings and other memorabilia for the event. “We’ll set up a computer scanner and have a camera ready, too,” said Mrs. Baines, “so that we can add pictures of all the treasured items that people bring to show us. We hope to add many new photos and stories to our Govilon village history, so that they can be shared for generations to come.”
Entry to the Exhibition will be free. It will be held in Llanwenarth Baptist Chapel Hall, in conjunction with the Chapel’s 360th Anniversary Flower Festival – which has the Village History as its theme.