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Thanks to all who are contributing to the monthly Zoom meetings, so some introductions:

Justine Johnston: http://justinejohnson.co.uk/
Justine is interested in writing from or about spinners and weavers in the 1700's 

Arfon Hughes from Dinas Mawddwy:

A farmers son from Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog near Llangollen who's father Henry T Hughes was a renowned poet, dramatist and supporter of 'Y Pethe' (Welsh culture), which Arfon has now taken up the mantle of his love of all Welsh life and culture to set up a guided walking tour business 'Teithiau Cerdded DYFI Walking Tours' in the Dyfi valley near Machynlleth.

He is currently a part time administrator with ecodyfi a social environmental enterprise and was a Rural Housing Enabler for 15 years with local authorities and housing associations in North Wales. He is a member of Mawddwy community council.

Arfon has been recognised by the Gorsedd of Bards of the National Eisteddfod for his work in the Dinas Mawddwy community which he has been active. Some of his actions was to establish Y Fari Lwyd evening to encourage Welsh leraners to be more confident, setting up a Plygain carol service in the village chapel which resulted from the local church closing down, he is secretary of the community enterprise Cwmi Nod Glas who has reignited the village with purchasing and leasing a village cafe and gallery and two flats for local people.  

Lately he has been involved in an ambitious community project to upgrade public footpaths which will increase local fitness and knowledge of the area's history. He has also been instrumental in setting up the Dinas Mawddwy History Society and also a Poetry group which has been competing successfully on BBC's Talwrn y Beirdd radio programme. Recently he has been successful with a Heritage Lottery Grant to raise awareness of local place names. He has a very understanding family!

Mobile - 07426914442 . E-mail arfonh@hotmail.co.uk . FB Teithiau Cerdded Dyfi Walking Tours

Arfon also shared a photo and information about the last Stocking knotter in Bala



Edward Lloyd, Tŷ Brics, pictured here in the 1880s, was said to be the last stocking-knitter in the town of Bala.  During the 18th and 19th century, stocking-knitting was an essential feature of the rural economy in many parts of Wales. The town of Bala was once the centre of the stocking-knitting industry and men, women and children were said to be highly skilled in this craft. le of the fabric. 


John Evans was a history teacher and is now the Curator at the Newtown Textile Museum



Maya Jordon is a volunteer at the Newtown Textile Museum with responsibility for exhibitions and social media


Lesley Evans was a Community Research Volunteer for the 'From Sheep to Sugar' project and is keeping links with researchers at THE INSTITUTE in Glyn Ceriog


Nigel Hinton - A member of the Shrewsbury Drapers and author who supported the 'From Sheep to Sugar' project


Jill David is an experienced spinner and weaver, living near St Fagans Museum. Jill produced a sample of Welsh Plains' as a Community Research Volunteer for the 'From Sheep to Sugar' project


Sue Collins is a spinner from Shrewsbury, who was a Community Research Volunteer for the 'From Sheep to Sugar' project


Caroline Sansome is one of the Learning Links International team who managed the 'From Sheep to Sugar" project www.welshplains.cymru 


Jenny Hodgeman - undertook a project to recrete images to recall those Africans who were enslaved 


Liz Millman is one of the Learning Links International team who managed the 'From Sheep to Sugar" project now working on developing BORN

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