President Towyn Jones with Vice-chairman Roy Davies arrive at the Museum
with their guests
The Edwardian theme of the Antiquarians'
Centenary Year continued in July when they held a picnic in the grounds of Carmarthenshire
County Museum in Abergwili. The lawn under the huge Cedar of Lebanon was dotted with tables
and rugs, many people seeking shade under the trees while some preferred to take advantage
of the glorious summer sunshine.
The President, the Revd J. Towyn Jones, travelled by landau from Carmarthen
with Vice-chairman Roy Davies, Mrs Margarette Hughes and Mrs Ann Lewis. Drawn by two greys
with coachman and postilion in attendance, they made an impressive scene as they were greeted
at the entrance to the museum by programme secretary Jill Davies.
The President then led the way to his pavilion
where he was joined by his other guests, all in Edwardian costume, while the band led by Abergwili
musician Alun Williams played music from the period. After a talk on the changes the historic
building has undergone by Museum Curator Gavin Evans the picnic began in earnest to lively
jazz from the band.
Programme Secretary Hazel Martell, who worked so hard to make the day
Anne Davies, Gwyon Nethercote and Hazel Martell
Early members donated large collections of books
and artefacts to the Society and these were the foundation of the Museum. The grounds were
therefore a fitting setting for a centenary celebration by the Society and the beauty of the
surroundings added a great deal to members' enjoyment.