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Penpont 350 Celebration

Penpont will be celebrating its 350th Anniversary with a action packed weekend on October 1st and 2nd 2016.

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

Information on this page may change, so please do re-check this page before coming or our face book page.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Saturday 1st: 10.00am - 11.00pm.  For a program of events please scroll down.

Sunday 2nd: 10.00am - 6.00pm.

Entrance fee: £5 per adult. £2.50 for children.  

Please dress for the weather.

Car parking will be in the fields to the east of the House, and a Disabled Car park will be allocated in close proximty to the entrance gate.

Dogs, on leads please.

DISABLED ACCESS

This is an outdoor event, many of the demonstrations will be placed within a field setting, and within a woodland environment, and access by wheelchair users could prove difficult. There are hard standing areas around the estate buildings and full disability access to all open areas  within the buildings will be possible ( Except for the upper storeys of the Granary Workshop studios). There is a disabled toilet within the Stables. Parking for disabled will be in the field very close to the entrance to the site. There will be no vehicle access to the areas close to the buildings for safety reasons.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The T6 bus from Brecon to Swansea stops at Penpont from 10.15 every hour until the last bus at 19.45. There is also a returning bus every hour - please check Traveline Cymru for exact times.

CAMPING Please note that there will be no camping at this event. The nearest camp site is 1/2 mile down the valley at Aberbran. Please call David and Nicky Jones on 01874 622929. They are taking camp bookings for this event.

CHILDREN... NOTE TO PARENTS

Please be aware that there are areas of open water on site that are accessible to children. We have tried to minimise the level of risk, but we ask that you keep your children within your sight at all times... stay safe and have fun... Thank you

EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS:

HISTORY CONFERENCE

A historical mini conference is being organised in conjunction with the Brecknock Society. This part of the day is now fully booked but scroll down for everything else that is on from 10am on Saturday & Sunday

 

* Cynefin - an organisation that is attempting to digitalise all the old tithe maps will have a stall at the conference. They will be bringing with them tithe maps of the Penpont and Trallong parishes. It is hoped that local people will be able to put names to some of the fields that can then be recorded for prosperity.

* Carys Evans from Cynefin will be giving a talk at 2.00pm to tell us more about this project. This talk is open to non - conference members, subject to numbers

* Mervyn Bramley, Environmentalist will talk at 2.30pm on the great Naturalist - Alfred Russel Wallace, and his connection with the Trallong tithe maps. This talk is open to non - conference members.

* Unique historical documents relating to Penpont will be on display, including the earliest estate map from 1738.  

GARDEN & TREES

* Gardens Tours: a number of guided walks will be led by Jonathan Williams around the gardens illustrating the important historical features and the development of the garden over the centuries. These will be at 3.30 & 5pm on Saturday

* Launch of the Tree Trail... Penpont hosts a magnificent collection of fine specimen Trees, and we have put together a trail that guides you around the trees, and gives you information on notable species. Guided walks will be led by Steve Clarke, Arboricultural consultant at Midday & 3pm on Saturday, 11am & 1pm on Sunday.

ART EXHIBITIONS

* Penpont Artists : Robert Macdonald, Morag Colquhoun, Simon Royer, and Tessa Waite will be exhibiting their new autumn collections.

* Simon Harpur: celebrated photographer has been recording developments on the Penpont Estate over the past 25 years, he will be exhibiting a beautiful collection of photographs.

* Simon English will be undertaking a piece of land art in celebration of this occasion.

*Jessie Fleck works in wood, metal and rope to create playful interactive sculpture, swings, objects and Jewellery. You can see more at www.jessiefleck.com

WOODLAND CRAFTS

* Penpont Green Wood Work: Gareth Irwin will be demonstrating the art of Green wood work, from Stick Chair making to Spoon carving... he is a master.

* Martin Frazer will be demonstrating his mobile saw mill

* Kate Mobbs - Morgan will have her Timber horses on site, hauling timber from the dingle

* Talgarth small woodland group will be here demonstrating a new wood burner

* Amanda Rayner from Wyldwood will be making baskets and offering 'Have a go ' sessions

* Penponts new firewood processor will be on display, and demonstrating its capabilities

* Josh Hogg from Olive Tree Care will be giving Tree Climbing Demonstrations.

* Adam Humphreys a celebrated wood sculptor will be making a new piece on site over the weekend, and exhibiting a few of his past pieces.

WOOL & TEXTILES

* Athene English from The Great English Outdoors will be exhibiting her fine collection of Welsh Tapestry Blankets. She will also be demonstrating her leather work skills

* The Tawe Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will be here turning fleece into yarn

* Ems Cariad Bevan from Ffolkyfelt will be demonstrating felting and felt creations and offering 'have a go sessions'

 VINTAGE

Defynnog Vintage society will be on site with a host of wonderful old agriculture vehicles and implements

* Stuart Fry will be showing his fine collection of agricultural hand implements.

* Tools for Self Reliance will also be here.

BEES & HONEY

Bob and Pam Mendy will be bringing along their Honey bee display and demonstrating the art of Bee Keeping as well as selling honey and honey wax candles. 

BUILDINGS

* Ty- Mawr Lime will be demonstrating traditional building techniques, and their ethical materials. They are proposing to make a hot lime mix and then share their skills in demonstrating pointing work.

BRECKNOCK WILDLIFE TRUST 

The local branch of the wildlife branch will be on exhibiting and leading workshops on SATURDAY only. Come and visit their stand to find out how you can get involved in local conservation projects

HORSES

We are very fortunate to have Kate Mably with us over the weekend. She travels the world teaching Classic horsemanship, and she will be offering demonstrations and helping outwith any horse problems that you might be encountering! She will be doing specifc demonstrations at midday & 3pm both days.

Kate Mobbs - Morgan will have her timber horses here, extracting timber from the Dingle.

RIVER

* Saturday only... Mick Petts one of the best known Coracle makers in this area will be demonstrating the art of coracle making and allowing people to have a go on a quiet stretch of the river.

* Sunday only...Tiggy Pettifer a local leading fly fishing instructor will be bringing along her Fishing Hut.. full of rods and bug sheets and enthusiasm with an aim to help children get interested in the ecology and wonders of the river habitat.. from minnows to 30lb salmon. Tiggy will help guide you into the wonders of the river!

FOODIE STUFF

* Adele Nozedar, writer and expert on foraging in the wild will be here on Sunday, giving a talk, and then heading out into the local woods to see what delights can be found.

* Apple pressing and juice tasting by Ella Gibbs from Top Scrump. Ella has recently moved into the area, and has helped us in the garden this year. She has been part of a socialenterprise group that collected surplus apples and made juice for local communities. Ella will be demonstrating apple pressing from Midday both days.

THE CHURCH

The church will be open all weekend for people to see the flower festival and Harvest decorations - there is Baroque music and singing to listen to between 2.30pm and 5pm on Sunday 

OTHER:

* Archery - provided by Fred Wright from Interactivities (nb Sunday only).

 FIRE SCULPTURE

* Fire Spectacular: Goffee the Fire wizard will create a wonderful finale to Saturday evening, as only he knows how to do! The Fire Sculpture will take place after the final band on the main stage has finished, this will be around 10.45 pm.

 

TIMED TALKS, TOURS and specific demonstrations – Saturday

In the Stable Block:

* 2pm Bringing 1840s Wales to life – the story through tithe maps - Carys Evans

* 2.30pm Alfred Russel Wallace, naturalist – The Trallong tithe map connection - Mervyn Bramley

Film screenings start from 3.30pm (see listing below)

Tours starting from the front of the house on Saturday:

2pm & 4pm - Growing organic vegetable and fruit in the walled gardens with Pete Corbett, Penpont's grower

* Midday & 3pm Penpont Tree Trail walk with Steve Clark

* 3.30pm & 5pm Historic garden tour with Jonathan Willams

Kate Mably – Classic Horsemanship - 12 noon & 3pm - working with her horse in the Ynys Field over the bridge

The Talking Tipi - Saturday 

* 11am Eleanor Falherty 'Get Filming' - Smart phones and tablets capture great footage and a few simple tips will get you on the road to making your own films. Eleanor is inviting you to shoot your favourite part of this weekend festival to be included in a short film

 

TIMED TALKS, TOURS and specific demonstrations – Sunday:

In the Stable Block:

Film screenings start from 3.30pm (see below)

Tours starting from the front of the house on Sunday:

2pm & 4pm - Growing organic vegetable and fruit in the walled gardens with Pete Corbett, Penpont's grower

* 11am & 1pm Penpont Tree Trail walk with Steve Clark

* Midday, 2pm & 3.30pm Historic garden tour with Jonathan Willams

* 3.45 following the tipi talk Adele Nozedar writer and expert on foraging in the wild will be here on Sunday, giving a talk, and then heading out into the local woods to see what delights can be found

 Kate Mably – Classic Horsemanship

12 noon & 3pm - working with her horse in the Ynys Field over the bridge

 Tiggy Pettifer - 'Tightlines' – fishing demonstrations and children’s sessions in the Ynys field on Sunday – times to be confirmed

 The Talking Tipi on Sunday:

* 11am – Eleanor Flaherty Get Filming - Smart phones and tablets capture great footage and a few simple tips will get you on the road to making your own films. Film-maker Eleanor Flaherty is inviting you to shoot your favourite part of this weekend’s festival to be included in a short film.

* 11.30am Jamie Fielden from Jamie's Farm 

* Midday - Gareth Irwin - Welsh Stick Chairs

* 1pm Tools for Self Reliance

* 2pm - Jonathan Morgan - The Welsh Warrior 

* 3.30 - Adele Nozedar - writer and expert on foraging in the wild

 

LIVE MUSIC - Saturday night:

A program of live music is starting at 3.00pm, and finishing around 10.45pm, the program and stage times are: 

3.00 - 3.45 Matthew Frederick

4.00 - 4.45  Douglas Joshua and Daviid

4.45 PROCESSION ARRIVES..

5.00 - 6.00pm Climbing Trees

6.30 - 7.30  Deana Samkange Manwenya

8.00 - 9.00  Funky Love Posse

9.30 - 10.45  Nkomba

Read about the artists below: 

NKOMBA

Nkomba - are a contemporary African folk band who play an energetic mixture of Malawian folk songs and African roots music. The band is led by Ron Nkomba who performs on guitar, mandolin and harmonica and sings in English & Chichewa, the national languages of Malawi. As well as interpretations of traditional Malawian folk songs, their compositions draw on experiences and influences from Europe, Asia and Africa which reflect their up-bringing.

Nkomba are an impassioned band whose songs provide insightful social and political storytelling and commentary, from the current devastation of deforestation and the plight of women in Malawi to present day UK politics. They have played numerous gigs in Egypt, Eastern & Southern Africa, Malawi and Europe.

CLIMBING TREES

Formed in 2011, the band soon came to the attention of BBC Radio Wales as work on their first release progressed, being named BBC Introducing Band of the Week in February 2013 after supporting New York group Spin Doctors the previous month.Shortly after, the band appeared as part of BBC Radio Wales Music Day, before Single of the Week (for Aloisi) and Welsh Artist of the Week recognition followed in August 2013.In October of the same year, the band were hand-picked by Jamie Cullum as the support act for the Cardiff leg of hisMomentum tour.

The band recorded their debut album Hebron at Mwnci Studios in Carmarthenshire between May 2012 and February 2013, releasing it in August.The album was described as "an essential purchase for 2013" by the BBC's Bethan Elfyn; New Sound Wales deemed the record "one of the most impressive albums of 2013"and Wales Online described the album as "majestic", listing "pure blown gospel standout" track Burning Candle amongst "The 51 greatest Welsh pop records of 2013".In April 2014 Climbing Trees were announced as one of the twelve BBC Horizons acts for 2014–2015.They've toured performed around the UK and performed at various festivals, including Green ManLaugharne and Festival N°6.The band's second album, Borders, was released in July 2016 on Matthew Frederick's label Staylittle Music. It was again recorded at Mwnci Studios. Preceding it were the singles Graves and Tracks. The album was nominated for the 2015-2016 Welsh Music Prize.

FUNKY LOVE POSSE

A funk cover band hailing from Cardiff, who deliver a staedy stream of classic funk songs to get your feet moving and dance the night away

DEANA SAMKANGE MANGWENYA

Mangwenya is a Zimbabwean musician who is based in Harare. She started her musical career with an Urban Grooves group called 2BG (Two Boys & a Girl). After a couple of work with 2BG, Mangwenya was later groomed by the legendary Zimbabwean Afro-Jazz musician Tanga wekwa Sando who intensively tutored her vocal skills before she started her illustrious solo career. Over the years she has worked with numerous high profiled producers in Zimbabwe, namely Oliver Mutukudzi,TBA The-PlayBoy, Russo, MacDee, Jairosi Hambahamba, and Clive Mono Mkundu. With three albums to her name and an upcoming fourth album named Mationesa Mangwenya has performed at various venues and functions that include local festivals. In 2014 she had an opportunity to perform at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA), as well as private and corporate functions.

Please listen her on

 https://youtu.be/r0libxSUvoo

MATTHEW FREDERICK

Matthew is the keyboard player with Climbing Trees, who has a up and coming solo career when he is not playing with the full band.

DOUGLAS JOSHUA & DAVIID

Douglas Joshua is a Brecon born signer/songwriter and one half of the acoustic duo ‘Water & Wine’. Inspired by the likes of Damien Rice and Glen Hansard. ‘spun on the silk of emotive strings and whispering vocals, there is a wistful passion at every twist and turn of these ambient folk spirits.’ (Pete Josef) ‘Beautiful...feel the hairs on your neck stand on end.. (BBC Introducing) ‘A Nick Drake for the 21​st Century’ (Newcastle Chronicle) ‘Simply brilliant’ (The University paper). These are just some of the recent plaudits used to describe the music of Daviid aka David Smith, a unique singer-songwriter who draws upon some of the world’s most admired acoustic artists for inspiration, yet creates a spellbinding sound that is entirely his own. Both currently studying at Bath Spa University Daviid and Douglas have worked together in various projects over the last two years. Today they bring together their music, accompanying each other and collaborating.
 
 FIRE SCULPTURE

* Fire Spectacular : Goffee the Fire wizard will create a wonderful finale to the evening on Saturday, as only he knows how to do. The Fire Sculpture will take place after the final band on the main stage has finished, this will be around 10.45 pm.

 

CHILDRENS WORKSHOPS - Children’s Arts Workshops both days with a Celebration Parade on Saturday!

Lynette Mar will be leading an exciting range of children's workshops over the weekend with a celebratory parade on the Saturday and a scavenger hunt and hide and seek games on the Sunday.

The workshops theme will be based on the turning of the season into Autumn:  Greenman/women, woodland creatures such as foxes and badgers.  Masks, head dresses & willow wands will made using natural and recycled materials.

 Saturday 1st October

Morning workshop: 10.30 - 12.30pm

 Afternoon workshop: 1.30 - 3.30pm

 Celebration Parade:  4 - 4.30pm

 Sunday 2nd October

 Morning workshop:10.30 - 12.30pm

 10.30 - 11.00am Autumn scavenger hunt

Followed by garland, willow wand & mask making to 12.30

 Afternoon workshop

1.30 - 3.30pm Garland, willow wand & mask making.

2.30pm Animal hide & seekgame

 The workshops will be covered by the children’s entrance fee of £2.50. 

 Please make sure that your children are dressed warmly and suitably for outdoor weather.

More about Kate Mably:

We are very fortunate to have Kate Mably with us over the weekend. She travels the world teaching Classic horsemanship, and she will be offering demonstrations and helping outwith any horse problems that you might be encountering! She will be doing specifc demonstrations at midday & 3pm both days.

 

FILM PROGRAM - Saturday & Sunday:

Eleanor Flaherty MA BA(hons) is a film-maker, photographer and artist with many years experience of working in community and commercial settings. Her work often investigates the connection between people and place and she is passionate about teaching lens based media to others as a way of re-connecting to our creativity. She also holds a Mountain Leader (summer) award and has led expeditions in Wales, Nepal, Tanzania and Morocco.

Saturday Film Screenings 3.30pm 

 The Horse; His industry, our industry 

Dir Eleanor Flaherty (25mins)

A documentary on the role of the working horse in South Wales. With emotive interviews with local people who worked with the horse on the land, in the communities and down the mines, this film asks, 'Where would we be today without the horse?' In English and Welsh with subtitles. 

Voices of the Stones

Dir Eleanor Flaherty (20mins)

For over 3,000 years ancient standing stones have been watching over us from the mountains of South Wales. What things they have seen, what stories they could tell? This year long multi-media project involved pupils from schools and other community members who created narratives for the stones using storytelling, filming, photography and animation. 

Project Wild Thing

Dir Bob Huges (83mins)

Filmmaker David Bond is a worried man. His kids' waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors - not like it was back in his day. He decides it's time to get back to nature – literally.

Sunday Film Screenings 11am & repeated at 2pm

Morwyn Llyn y Fan Fach / The Lady of the Lake

Dir Eleanor Flaherty (6mins)

A re-telling of an old Welsh tale by storyteller Owen Staton about a magical lake where once a shepherd fell in love with a fairy lady. Artwork from local primary school children inspired by the telling of this tale. Aimed at people learning Welsh, the tale is told in a mix of English and Welsh.

 

The House that Time Forgot

Dir:Paul Starling HTV Cymru (25mins)

Filmed in 1991 this documentary is a rare glimpse into a Penpont house with many of its rooms and contents preserved for over 300 years. Many of these items were sold at auction so this film is an unique record of the house at this point in time.

 

Josef Herman ‘Jo Bach’

Dir Eleanor Flaherty (10mins)

The artist Josef Herman came to south Wales as a WWII refugee. He started in Brecon but later moved to Ystradgynlais where he found solace and inspiration in the vibrant community. From here he developed his style and became an internationally recognised artist.

 

Y Fari Lwyd

Dir Eleanor Flaherty (3mins)

In the dark time of the year an ancient Welsh tradition comes to life. A grey mare, y Fari Lwyd’s origins are lost in the mists of time, yet she still entrances us.

 

The Horse; his industry, our industry 

Dir Eleanor Flaherty (25mins)

A documentary on the role of the working horse in South Wales. With emotive interviews with local people who worked with the horse on the land, in the communities and down the mines, this film asks, 'Where would we be today without the horse?' In English and Welsh with subtitles.

SUNDAY CONCERT IN PENPONT CHURCH

* Flower Festival and harvest decorations will adorne  Penpont Church. We are also very excited to announce a very special recital that will take place on Sunday afternoon:

Live Baroque Music & Singing in Penpont Church

between 2.30pm and 5pm on Sunday 2nd October 

David Price will be playing the organ accompanied by Sophia McKenna Lloyd on the baroque oboe with

soprano Elisabeth Priday

The music will include pieces by Handel, Purcell & Telemann 

This is not a formal concert so please come & join us at any time.  Any donation towards the upkeep of our beautiful church will be gratefully appreciated & received.

 

FOOD & DRINK

Local caterers will be on site to satisfy your every need.

There will be a bar and Brecon Brewery have promised that they will create a special Penpont Ale just for the occasion

 

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