Kyrle Probus Club
   of Ross-on-Wye


Autumn Break

KYRLE Probus Club members, wives and guests enjoyed Summer weather for their Autumn break in Tenby, West Wales, recently.


On the way to their hotel in the pretty Pembrokeshire seaside resort, the Probus party travelled through the picturesque Towy Valley in Carmarthenshire to visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales.


Both a visitor attraction and a centre for botanical research and conservation, the Garden features the world’s largest single span domed glasshouse, measuring 300ft long by 200ft wide,. designed by Sir Norman Foster. It houses plants from Chile, Western Australia, South Africa, California, the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean countries.


Another area of interest was the double walled garden, which contains a modern kitchen garden and also ornamental beds. A tropical glasshouse, opened here in 2007, contains beautiful plants with stunning features having evolved in steaming hot climates and dark jungles, such as the orchid.


As they wandered around the Botanic Garden, the Probus party was able to explore a mosaic of lakes, streams, marsh, meadowland and woodland, providing a natural habitat for an array of wildlife. And to cap it all, while enjoying lunch in the courtyard of the Stable Block, visitors were entertained by Welsh folk dancers in traditional costume.


The next day, a morning of exploring Tenby was followed by an afternoon’s visit to St David’s Cathedral in the most Westerly corner of Wales. Unfortunately, visitors were unable to get a close-up view of the interior of the 12th century cathedral because of a meeting being held as part of the Friends of the Cathedral Festival Weekend. However, they were able to admire the historic building’s exterior bathed in bright sunlight and look round the ruins of the adjacent Bishop’s Palace..


An exhibition on the history of St David and the cathedral could by viewed in the Tower Gatehouse, next to which is the bell tower, housing a ring of ten bells, rather than in the central tower of the cathedral. Another area of interest was the restored cloisters and the Cloisters Gallery and Refectory.


The point of interest changed again on the journey home the following day, with a visit to the National WaterfrontMuseum in Swansea. The Museum, opened in 2006, is housed in a fine building, originally a listed waterfront warehouse, which is now linked to a modern slate and glass building. .


Using cutting-edge, interactive technology, together with traditional displays, it tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales over the last 300 years. It traces the effect the industrial revolution had on people and communities in Walesas well as the rest of the world and gave the Kyrle Probus group a unique, involved experience at Wales’s newest national museum.


Picture Gallery


The Kyrle Probus group pictured in the foyer of the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea



The pretty harbour at Tenby



St David’s Cathedral



Part of the great domed glasshouse at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.


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