News: Cambrian Mines Trust To Host NAMHO 2019

Peter Claughton takes questions after his presentation to the NAMHO 2017 Conference in Godstone, Surrey. Photo: Peter Burgess

Cambrian Mines Trust will be hosting the NAMHO 2019 event in association with Dr Peter Claughton as lecture programme organiser. Peter has extensive experience in organising events and the trust is extremely grateful for his expertise.

Cave Access Ltd will be providing access to mines on land owned by the Welsh Government.

The theme of the five day conference will be “Mine exploration as a research tool – applications in mining history, geology and archaeology” and the event will take place over the weekend of Thursday 4th July until Monday 8th July inclusive.

The venue will be Lisburne Hall, Llanafan, Ceredigion. This is close to Cymystwyth and Frongoch, and a short distance only from most field trips. The longest trip is Talybont at 17 miles.

The ‘NAMHO Village’ comprises one of the biggest community halls in Ceredigion (Lisburne Hall) as the main hall for lectures, reception, and Saturday evening sit down dinner. Facilities include the main hall which holds up to 120 people, modern kitchen and 5 toilets, (2G 2L and disabled) and of course the venue is fully licensed.

The Church Hall is a short distance away and will be used for display stands. These will include the hosting trust, Cave Access Ltd, South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue, and some of the participating clubs. The church hall also has its own toilets. Display areas will demonstrate the history and work of the trust and also of Cave Access Ltd

Parking is available, there are plenty of verges in the immediate vicinity plus parking on a small industrial estate about 50 metres away, which can be used on Saturday and Sunday only.

Camping will be at the Maesyfelin Sports Complex which is just around the corner. The car park will be for caravans and motor homes, the football field will be used for tents. There is a permanent toilet block, a log cabin as an informal meeting point, and a portable four person shower will be on site. There will be a Saturday Night barbecue as an alternative to the dinner centred on the ‘cabin’.

The object of this early announcement is to allow prospective delegates very ample time for forward planning. Unlike last time it is unlikely any trips will be cancelled and NAMHO are aiming to make this a record event.

Field trips will include much new ground in the popular mines and also some new locations.

Full details will be available after next year’s Royal Forest of Dean event.